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NEW YORK: Rue B

Posted in food, new york, restaurants by sue on July 27, 2010

ruebnyc.com
188 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009
212 358 1700

Price: Cheap/Reasonable
Rating: Eh
Directions: L to 1st Ave
Reservations: Unnecessary

This place has a great brunch deal ($12 for an entree, drink, and coffee/tea, including tax), but is nothing special. The atmosphere is great and laid back, but the food was bland. I got their eggs with truffle oil, but couldn’t even taste a hint of the oil. It was just a piece of toast over an egg. I was disappointed.

It made me appreciate Paprika more actually since it’s practically the same great deal (Paprika is $12 for the amount of food, minus the tax), but the food there is just so much more flavorful.

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NEW YORK: Destination Bar

Posted in new york, restaurants by sue on July 17, 2010

destinationbarnyc.com
211 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009
212 388 9844

Price: Reasonable
Rating: Good
Directions: L to 1st Ave
Reservations: Unnecessary
Must Get: Jalapeño bacon benedict tacos

Destination Bar is not a place I would normally stop by for food, but this morning I was starving and the aroma of bacon was flowing into the street… How could I pass it up? Their cheeseburger eggs (pictured above) and jalapeño bacon benedict tacos were both really good. They weren’t that filling, but at $8 each I couldn’t have expected too much. It’s worth trying if you live in the neighborhood, but nothing to go out of your way for. Plus, the seats and tables are kind of awkward for a meal.

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NEW YORK: Sobaya

Posted in food, new york, restaurants by sue on July 5, 2010

www.sobaya-nyc.com
229 E 9th Street, New York, NY 10003
212 533 6966

Price: Reasonable/Pricey
Rating: Great
Directions: 6 to Astor, R to 8th St
Reservations: Unnecessary
Must Get:

A staple Japanese restaurant here in the city that constantly reminds me how much better Japanese food is here in New York than it is in Los Angeles. I love this place. You can never go wrong with any of their dishes. Even though they are clearly known for their soba, everything is good here, especially their seared tuna steak with garlic sauce over rice (seen above). Their desserts are great too; my favorite is their milk pudding.

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NEW YORK: Paul’s

Posted in food, new york, restaurants by sue on July 4, 2010

131 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003
212 529 3033

Price: Cheap
Rating: Great
Directions: 6 to Astor, R to 8th St
Reservations: Unnecessary
Must Get: Burgers and cajun fries

Just straight up one of the best burgers in NYC. It’s cheap, juicy, and made the way you want it. There are so many varieties, but if you can’t find the one you want, you can just tell them your toppings. The only way to make this place better is by giving the customers more napkins! Be prepared the have hamburger juice run down your arm; you’ll be tempted to lick it off.

Go for their Cajun fries and skip the chili cheese fries unless you like cheese goo– I prefer shredded cheese and onions on my chili cheese fries.

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NEW YORK: Buenos Aires

Posted in food, new york, restaurants by sue on July 3, 2010

513 E 6th Street, New York, NY 10009
212 228 2775

Price: Reasonable
Rating: Great
Directions: 6 to Astor, R to 8th St
Reservations: Necessary for big groups/special occasions
Must Get: steak

In a city full of steakhouses that continue to copy and outdo each other, Buenos Aires is a great standard. The steaks are delicious and cheap (16oz costs about $26). Medium rare is really medium rare here– nicely charred on the outside and red and juicy in the inside. I’ve never walked out hungry or worried about the hole that was burned through my wallet. I’ve been a few times and the only complaint I have is their overpowering chimichurri sauce that comes on the side.

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NEW YORK: Num Pang

Posted in food, new york, restaurants by sue on July 3, 2010

21 E 12th Street, New York, NY 10003
212 255 3271

Price: Pricey for what you get
Rating: Great!
Directions: NQRW456 to Union Square
Reservations: Unnecessary
Must Get: Hoisin Veal Meatball Sandwich

Potentially the best Asian sandwich shop I’ve tried. Potentially just because it’s overpriced for the size ($8 for a tiny sandwich that would not fill me up?? Pft!) and the staff could be a bit more welcoming. Their hoisin veal meatball sandwich which was simply mouth watering. The meat was tender, the sauce was tangy, the bread was perfectly crisp, and it had the right amount of veggies, especially cilantro. Although the sandwiches are made to order, it’s definitely no burger king– you can’t have it your way; so, if you are not a fan of mayo, don’t go to Num Pang. At least everything else you can pick out.

Early warning though– do NOT get the corn. It sounded like a great combination of some of my favorte things: corn, spice, and coconut… Unfortunately, it just did not go well together. Lesson learned.

NEW YORK: Luzzo’s

Posted in food, new york, restaurants by sue on June 10, 2010

211 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003
212 473 7447

Price: Reasonable/Cheap
Rating: Decent/Good
Directions: L to 1st Ave
Reservations: Unnecessary
Must Get:

Decent pizza, but definitely not the best I had. We ordered number 11– can’t remember the name, but it had mozzarella, ricotta, sausage, olives, and a tiny, tiny bit of basil. It was really oily; so oily that the toppings actually slid right off the pizza. The dough came out soggy… I just was not impressed. Unless I was desperately craving pizza and couldn’t find a taxi to take me to lombardis/harrys, i’ll probably never step foot in here again. The bruschetta wasn’t even that great and how can you screw that up?? Disappointed, it had such great reviews.

On the other hand, the couple next to us ordered lasagna as we were leaving and it looked damn good. Maybe if I was craving some pasta…

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NEW YORK: Zaragoza

Posted in food, new york, restaurants by sue on May 14, 2010

215 Ave A, New York, NY 10009
212 780 9204

Price: Cheap
Rating: Good
Directions: L to 1st Ave
Reservations: You don’t need them
Must Get: chicken tacos

This deli looked promising, but sadly fell a bit short. We ordered their spicy pork tacos, chicken tacos, and chicken enchiladas. Their chicken tacos were the best of the three, then the chicken enchiladas, and in a far, far, far third came their spicy pork tacos. In their container, the spicy pork looked amazing– moist, tender, etc. but when you a took a bite, the taste was anything but desirable! It left an after taste of medicine, like robitussin! It’s kind of a toss up if I’ll ever go back to this place again… They do occasionally have lengua on the menu which may be worth trying.

NEW YORK: Crif Dogs

Posted in food, new york, restaurants by sue on May 13, 2010

113 St Marks Place, New York, NY
212 614 2728

Price: Reasonable/Pricey
Rating: Great!
Directions: RW to 8th St, 6 to Astor
Reservations: You don’t need them
Must Get: Good morning or spicy redneck

The best hot dogs in New York. How can you go wrong with BACON wrapped hot dogs? My favorites are their good morning (fried eggs & cheese) and spicy redneck (cole slaw, jalapenos, chili; pictured above) dogs.

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NEW YORK: Panya

Posted in food, new york, restaurants by sue on April 19, 2010

10 Stuyvesant St, New York, NY 10003
212 777 1930

PRICE: Reasonable
RATING: Great
DIRECTIONS: 6 to Astor, RW to 8th St
RESERVATIONS: It’s a bakery!  You don’t need them.
MUST GET: Green tea cookie custard!

I used stop here on my way to school everyday during my last year at NYU, back when this place was no bigger than a closet. Now that it has tripled the size, I thought it might not taste the way I had imagined. Luckily, I was wrong. I had my usual green tea cookie custard and a curry pan (pan means bread in Japanese; panya means bakery), both tasted the same as it did years ago. And if those two are a reflection of their other dishes, which from looks alone I think they are, I recommend you stop by for a snack or a quick meal. Besides their bread selection, they also sell sushi, rice bowls, and (surprise!) Mexican food… I don’t know if their Mexican food would be any good though, so don’t hold me to that one.

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