Super Wings, Crown Heights, NYC


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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆

Cost: $

I recommend: Trini Tamarind, Pineapple Jerk, Ginger Buff, Spinach Bites, and Mango Salad

 

Ever wondered what happens when you truly pursue your passion and believe in your dreams. Meet Colette Burnett, the owner of the wildly popular Super Wings, to find out.


 

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The Chocolate Room, Park Slope, NYC

THE CHOCOLATE ROOM
86, 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 783-2900
http://www.thechocolateroombrooklyn.com/

The Chocolate Room is the quintessential playground for a grown up chocoholic!

The minute you step into this chocolate boutique and dessert cafe, you start melting into a sensual state of comatose comfort that only chocolate can bring on. Continue reading

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Baohaus, Lower East Side, NYC


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BaoHaus, is where owner Eddie Huang merges the age old Taiwanese street snack Gua Baowith the all natural, environmentally conscious spirit of today. Continue reading

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THE KING OF FALAFEL AND SHAWARMA, ASTORIA, NYC


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MY RATINGS FOR THIS MEAL

Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆

Cost: $

I recommend: Falafel

 

And the winner of this years Vendy Awards is……….

Farez “Freddy” Zeideia’s – the King of Falafel and Shawarma.



I really do agree with the king of falafel part. Freddy fries up an unbeatable, oblong shaped falafel, which is absolutely delicious. Its crisp on the outside and the filling is perfectly spiced.

The best part is that you get to try a free falafel while you wait for your order to be cooked up.

Freddy’s halal cart serves up quite a variety of shawarma, falafel and chicken rice combinations.

I really liked the basmati rice that comes with their rice platters. It is very nicely flavored and the pickled turnips that they add to their salad really adds great bite.

All the people working at the King of Falafel and Shawarma cart are super friendly and even though it is a food cart, it has a nice homey, community feel to it.

So if you are in and around Astoria, do make sure that you go and pay homage to the king!


Here is some of what we ate:



FALAFEL




CHICKEN AND RICE PLATE




SHAWARMA PLATE


 

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Negril Village, Greenwich Village, NYC


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Aren’t Jamaicans the coolest people?

Just by walking into this funky restaurant – I feel like the stress of everyday life drops down a few notches. Step in and within minutes, you are sipping on some exotic cocktail and lilting to a rocking reggae beat. Ya mon!

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The Golden Dragon, Chennai, India

THE GOLDEN DRAGON
Taj Coromandel Hotel
37 Nungambakkam High Road,
Nungambakkam,
Chennai, India
Ph: 044 66002827


Golden Dragon – the Chinese Restaurant at the Taj Coromandel Hotel has always been considered the crown jewels of the Chennai fine dining scene. It was one of the first Chinese restaurants, to introduce fine Sichuan cuisine, to the city.


It has reigned supreme in the promise of a terrific dinning experience all the way from its orange beaded curtain days in the seventies to the newly renovated space created recently. It reached it’s heights of popularity when Chef Hardy Cheung, who was considered one of the best Chinese Chefs in India, took its helm in the nineties. Continue reading

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Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao- Soup Dumplings‎, Flushing, NYC

Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao
38-12 Prince Street,
Flushing, NY 11354
718-321-3838


Got a craving for soup dumplings?

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NIROS OF JAIPUR, Jaipur, India

NIROS RESTAURANT
MI Road
Jaipur
India
Ph: 2374493
www.nirosindia.com


If you ever visit the beautiful pink City of Jaipur in India, you must make a pit stop at Niros for a meal.



Conveniently located on the bustling MI road, right in the heart of the city, Niros is a food haven for locals, tourists and celebrities. Continue reading

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Bee’s Kopitiam, Chennai, India

BEE’S KOPITIAM
49 Whites Road,
Express Avenue Mall Food Court,
3rd Floor
Chennai 600 014
India
Tel: 044 2846 4088
http://kopitiam.beehospitable.com/



Meet BeeBee Martinent – one of the hardest working gals I know. If you’ve ever been lucky enough to eat at her table, you would know that she serves some of the best Malaysian Chicken Rice in the city.


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Pacific Asia, New Delhi, India

PACIFIC ASIA
Cascade Shopping Arcade
Netaji Subhash Place
Pitampura
, Delhi -110034
India



Hey Delhites..how many of you have been to Pitampura?

I for one had never even heard of it until two nights ago when honestly….what I saw there knocked my socks off.

Malls that are more modern than anything in South Delhi (what I’m used too) and gargantuan eateries that were packed with people at all odd hours of the night. Continue reading

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Xi’an Famous Foods, Flushing, NYC

 

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Stall # 36 marks the spot for Xi’an Famous Foods which is housed in the basement of the Golden Mall in Queens. Here’s where you will find some really incredible hand pulled noodles. It’s best known for its Liang Pi “cold skin” noodles, Savory Cumin Lamb Burger and Lamb Face Salad. Continue reading

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Ilili – Brunch, Gramercy/ Flatiron, NYC

 

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Philippe Massoud has a story to tell at Ilili (which means tell me). Ilili is a high end, contemporary Lebanese restaurant, located in the Flatiron district.

Massoud’s culinary tales are woven into the nouveau Lebanese cuisine he’s created that draws on his beginnings in hospitality in Beirut and experiences that followed suit in the United States. Continue reading

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Vespa Cibobuono, Great Neck, NY

When you walk into the artsy lair of Vespa in Great Neck, you are warmly greeted by the immaculately suited owner, who fits right in with the vibrantly warm decor. This restaurant is rather an anomaly for a rather staid neighborhood. I think it really brings some much needed zing, to this neck of the woods.

I love the bright red vespa that is parked right outside the restaurant to announce ” We are here!!!” Continue reading

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Shiro – Restaurant and Sushi Bar, Novi, Michigan

SHIRO
43180 West 9 Mile Road
Novi, MI 48375-4125
(248) 348-1212
http://www.shiro-restaurant.com/





Shiro is set in the beautiful Rodgers mansion of Novi, Michigan. It is a real surprise to find a Japanese restaurant in this grand home that pays homage to Antebellum architecture. The interiors are adorned with early 20th century decor. It’s rather quaint to see a sushi bar with large lace valance! The place is very charming and has a lot of character.

The wait staff were very friendly and helpful though a bit disorganized. We ordered sashimi which never came and our waiter would sometimes disappear for long spells of time.

The food was decent (I cant compare it to New York Sushi) but considering where we were – I was pleasantly surprised.

We really went there to eat rolls only.The problem I found with the selection of rolls was that a lot of them had some deep fried element in it and I wanted to try more combinations of fish that were not fried or cooked. I thought that a lot of the sauces and dips accompanying the rolls were a little too sweet.

Here is some of what we ate:



EBI SHUMAI

 

 

This was pretty standard shumai but was served with honey mustard which was interesting.


SHRIMP & VEGETABLE TEMPURA

We tried an appetizer of the shrimp and vegetable tempura. I thought that the batter was a little too thick and the tempura was too crunchy. Really good tempura is a very delicate dish, where the shrimp and batter just melt in your mouth.


ATLANTIC ROLL

Their Atlantic roll had grilled tuna, scallion , cream cheese and was wrapped with avocado and topped with their house special BBQ sauce. I thought these were the best rolls I tried there. The combination of everything made for a really delicious roll.


KISS OF FIRE ROLL

This roll was made of crab meat, spicy tuna, jalapeno, avocado and topped with a hot sauce. This is one of the rolls that s touted as being spicy but it wasn’t. I thought it was a little too sweet but the combination was good. It could have done with more of a hit of spiciness.


CANCUN ROLL

 

This was a shrimp tempura roll topped with chopped jalapenos, mango and sweet and spicy sauce. For me, this roll was entirely too sweet though the extra crunchiness of the shrimp tempura worked well in this roll.


CALIFORNIA ROLL

I thought their California roll was really badly made. The rice was terribly uneven and it was just not appetizing to look at or eat.


SPICY TUNA ROLL

Their spicy tuna roll was sublty spiced  and tasty.


MY RATINGS FOR THIS MEAL

 

Food: ☆☆1/2

Ambiance: ☆☆☆1/2

Service: ☆☆1/2

 

Price: $$

Overall experience: ☆☆☆

 
I recommend: Atlantic Roll, Kiss of Fire Roll
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* Restaurant Name
Shiro Restaurant
* Overall
★★☆☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
Japanese
* Street Address
43180 W 9 Mile Rd, Novi, MI 48375
* Phone
(248) 348-1212
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Buttermilk Channel, Carroll Gardens, NYC

 

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MY RATINGS FOR THIS MEAL
 Food: ☆☆☆☆
 Service: ☆☆☆
 Ambiance: ☆☆☆
 Cost: $$
 I recommend: Country Ham and Foie Gras Terrine, Duck Meatloaf, Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

 

 

A long time ago……so the story goes…… during low tide, farmers from Brooklyn could walk their cows across a mile long tidal strait from Brooklyn to Governors Island. It is said that the water currents in this channel were so strong, that it would churn milk into butter – hence the name “Buttermilk Channel.” Continue reading

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OSHA THAI, San Francisco, CA

OSHA THAI
149 2nd St
San Francisco, CA 94105
Ph: (415) 278-9991
www.oshathai.com



“Osha”  is the royal Thai word for delicious which is what I kept repeating after sampling the food at Osha Thai Restaurant on 2nd street.Osha! Osha! Osha!

Osha Thai is located in the up market SOMA area of San Francisco. The huge space is impressively modern , with many Thai decorative touches.

In 1996, Osha Thai was started as a tiny food spot on Geary by the combined efforts of two sisters, Wassana Korkhieola and Lalita Souksamlane. It has now morphed into an empire of hip-new age Thai cuisine with locations all over San Francisco city.

The food is stylized Thai cuisine. The dishes served at Osha, preserve the authenticity and essence of Thai food and yet focus on being inventive. They use local, seasonal greens and continue to change their menu offerings with new renditions of creative dishes.

In my book, at Osha Thai, they have perfectly blended traditional Thai with the progressive sensibilities of San Francisco. I did discover though that all Osha Thai’s are not equal. I tried the one in the Embacadero and found that the food there was not as good.

Here is some of what we ate:


TOM YUM SOUP

This traditional soup is a bit different at Osha. It tastes like a combination of a Tom Yum and a Tom Kha Kai, which gives it an interesting edge.


ANGRY PRAWNS

In this dish prawns are sautéed with curry paste and Kaffir lime leaf served over fried eggplant in hot plate. It is cooked with fresh Thai green peppercorns, which really adds great flavor to this dish.


LEMONGRASS CHICKEN

This sweet and sour stir-fried chicken dish was good but must be eaten spicy.


GRILLED SEA BASS

This was the best dish of all. The sea bass was flawlessly cooked to a silky tenderness and complemented with a tangy flavorful sauce that enhanced the dish perfectly.


CRAB FRIED RICE

This fried rice was made with egg, onion and green onion with fresh crabmeat. It was really “osha”!!


DESSERTS

Both the desserts were disappointing. Really not worth wasting the calories on – I’d just order more food next time.


Vanilla Sky

This had a crispy roti that was served with vanilla ice cream. The roti was not crispy – it was kind of soggy and too oily.


Chocolate Soufflé

This was a warm chocolate cake, which was meant to have with a heart of creamy ‘A’ grade chocolate. It was over-baked and there was no creamy center.


MY RATINGS FOR THIS MEAL

Food: ☆☆☆1/2

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

I recommend: Lemongrass Chicken, Grilled Sea Bass, Crab Fried Rice

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Osha Thai
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
Asian Fusion
* Street Address
149 2nd St ((between Natoma St & Minna St) ), San Francisco, CA 94105
* Phone
(415) 278-9991
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Java Girl Inc., Upper East Side, NYC

 

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I’m sitting in the cutest coffee shop on the Upper East Side as I write this. Everything in this place spells comfort – from the fabulous aromas of fresh Java to the woodsy, country, rustic look of the Café that makes it feel like home. Continue reading

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Chiles & Chocolate: Oaxacan Kitchen, Park Slope, NYC

 

I was intrigued by this little restaurant that was dedicated to my two favorite foods of all time – chilies and chocolate.

So of-course I had to trek over to Park Slope to check out this charming joint, that has carved out a niche of its own. This tiny restaurant can only seat about 16 people at a time. Its very informal and the server was very friendly. Continue reading

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Naya – Mezze & Grill, Midtown East, NYC

NAYA – MEZZE & GRILL
686 3rd Ave
(between 43rd St & 44th St)
New York, NY 10017
(212) 557-0007
http://www.nayarestaurants.com/



At Naya, traditional Lebanese cuisine meets designer chic!

The sleek, modern space consists of a narrow passageway lined with cool glass and white leather cubicles. It opens up to a bright back room which is suitable for group seating.



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Sushi Ran, San Francisco, CA

SUSHI RAN
107 Caledonia St
Sausalito, CA 94965
Ph: (415) 332-3620
www.sushiran.com


Just a few minutes away from San Francisco, across the Golden Gate Bridge, lies the picturesque waterfront community of Sausalito. It’s in this charming area that Yoshi Tome opened his highly acclaimed Sushi Ran.

Having received a prestigious Michelin star, the chefs at Sushi Ran work hard at the ever-changing menu that combines traditional Japanese and Pacific cuisine.

The fish here is very fresh and the cuisine is inventive. The service was friendly and efficient.

The restaurant has a sushi bar and main dinning room and an adjacent sake bar too.


Here is some of what we ate:


CALIFORNIA SALAD

This was a true California cuisine salad. It had fresh crab, cucumbers, avocado, tofu and crisp mixed greens with delicious sesame dressing. Everything was just fresh fresh fresh! Outstanding!


CRUNCH ROLL

This roll was highly recommended by our server and he was right on the money with this one. It was the best roll we had. The eel, spicy crab, shrimp and avocado melded beautifully with each other while the tempura flakes added a perfect bite of crunch to it.


SALMON & AVOCADO ROLLS

These were very good. The salmon was fresh and melted with the avocado in this roll.


NEGITORO

These rolls made with fatty tuna, grilled green onions and fresh scallions were really interesting. I loved the play of the grilled and fresh scallions with the fish.


SPICY TUNA ROLL

This was a different take on the traditional spicy tuna roll. Served with chunks of tuna, miso aioli and togarashi – it was rather unique – not exquisite but interesting.


SOFT SHELL CRAB ROLL & EBI TEMPURA ROLLS

I wasn’t very impressed with their soft shell crab and tempura roll.


SALMON & TUNA SUSHI

Their sushi was not as impressive as their rolls.


MY RATINGS FOR THIS MEAL

Food: ☆☆☆ ½

Service: ☆☆☆ ½

Ambiance: ☆☆ ½

Cost: $$$

I recommend: California Salad, Crunch Roll, Salmon and Avocado Rolls


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Sushi Ran
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
Japanese
* Street Address
107 Caledonia St , Sausalito, CA 94965
* Phone
(415) 332-3620
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Asmara – Eritrean/Ethiopian Cuisine, Oakland, CA

ASMARA
5020 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA 94609
Ph: (510) 547-5100
www.asmararestaurant.com/



Asmara, (named after the capital of Eritrea) has been serving up Eritrean/ Ethiopian delights in North Oakland since 1985.

What begins with a rather mediocre facade opens into a roomy, inviting space with cute touches of ethnic décor.


The food is pretty good overall though in certain dishes I felt like there was something missing – perhaps something in the spices they use. Their injeras were very good and we were given plenty of them.

The service is a little slow but overwhelmingly warm and friendly.

All in all – Asmara is a really good bet!


Here is some of what we ate:


POTATOES & CARROTS AND SALAD

The potato and carrots combo and salad are usually served on the shared plate with an injera at the bottom. I thought the potato dish was very bland and devoid of spice and flavor. The salad was nice and crunchy and went very well with the rest of the meal.


TEMTMO/ YEMISSIR

This red lentil stew marinated in berbere sauce was very good. It really had great depth of spices and flavor.


DORO AND GOMEN

This boneless chicken cooked with mustard greens was outstanding. The chicken was cooked down to a perfect tenderness, which melded really well with the cooked greens.


SHIRO

This roasted grounds peas cooked in berbere sauce is one of my favorite Ethiopian dishes. I found Asmara’s shiro very lacking. It was disappointing.


TEBSY

This dish had pan-roasted strips of beef, simmered with onion, butter, and mild spices.


MY RATINGS FOR THIS MEAL

Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$

I recommend: Temtmo/ Yemissir, Doro and Gomen


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Asmara Restaurant
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
Ethiopian
* Street Address
5020 Telegraph Ave ((between 49th St & 51st St) ), Oakland, CA 94609
* Phone
(510) 547-5100
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Panorama of My Silent Heart Cafe, Jamaica, NYC

 

 

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This is my new favorite “hang out with your best buddy”, local spot.

Panorama Café is the most unlikely find, in this neck of the woods. It’s an artsy, warm café with a whole lot of soul.

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53rd and 6th – Halal Cart, Midtown West,NYC

 

 

MY RATINGS FOR THIS MEAL

 

Food: ☆☆☆☆

 

Service: ☆☆

 

Cost: $

 

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“The Best Halal. Delicious Chicken and Gyro  – We are different!” scream the yellow shirts worn by “The Gyros Guys” on 53rd and 6th avenue.

They have no official name and are known as anything from  the Halal Cart to Chicken and Rice to Platter!


There are many Halal Carts around that block but this one in particular is in a class by itself. They are known by their distinctive yellow sweatshirts and plastic bags that read ” The Best Halal……….”

They are only open at night from 7:30 PM to 4:00 AM. It doesn’t matter what time of night you go  – they always have a long line of eager night owls waiting to get their fix.

This was the line we found when we got there at 2:30 AM on a Saturday night!!



But here’s the BIG secret. They usually charge $6 for a chicken rice platter but for $10 – you get to cut the line!!!

So, if you dont want to wait and are willing to pull out the big bucks……. all you have to do is go up to the guys directly and tell them that you want the ten dollar deal!!



Needless to say their food is fabulous. There is no better way to wind down the New York night scene.

They have two options on their menu – the chicken and rice platter or the chicken gyro sandwich. Their sauces are to die for!

Apparently the recipe for their white sauce is top secret – that’s where all the flavor is and they have a kick-ass hot sauce. I’m a spice hound but you really have to take it easy on this one – its is SMOKING hot!

So delicious!!


So if you ever get those late night munchies and need a hit of something cheap and fabulous……53rd and 6th is the place to go!



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* Restaurant Name
The Halal Guys
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
Brooklyn / Middle Eastern other
* Street Address
6th Ave & W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019
* Phone
(347) 527-1505
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