Category Archives: Quick Bites

Mŏkbar, Chelsea, NYC

Mŏkbar, Chelsea, NYC

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Disclaimer: I was invited as a guest to this establishment for a complimentary meal. All opinions expressed in this post are my own

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Dhruv’s Kati Shack Factory, Fresh Meadows, NYC

Dhruv’s Kati Shack Factory, Fresh Meadows, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½ 

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $

Must try: Jhal Muri, Chicken Kati Roll, Keema Kati Roll

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Thelewala, Greenwich Village, NYC

Thelewala, Greenwich Village, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $

Must try: Chicken Phall Roll

Thelewala, as its name suggests, has recreated the street food experience right here in New York City.

 Situated on MacDougal Street amongst numerous tiny eateries, Thelewala offers stiff competition to Kathi Roll Company that is situated diagonally across.

The concise menu here offers uncommon variations on kati rolls which they call “Famous Nizami Rolls”. There are several fillings one can choose from with both vegetarian and non- vegetarian options. My favorite was the spicy Chicken Phall Roll.

Thelewala also offers other street style food ubiquitous in Kolkata. Do try their Jaal Moori which is a riff on the more common bhelpuri. It is prepared with puffed rice, peanuts, red onions, potatoes, lime and oil (ask for mustard oil which is the authentic version vs. olive oil)

The owner Shiva Natarajan’s who also owns Chola, Dhaba, Bhojan and more, is a native of Kolkata – where street food reigns supreme. As I too am of similar origins, I can tell you that Thelewala is the real deal.

 Here is some of what we ate:

 

Phuchka

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Jaal Moori

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Chicken Malai Roll

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Chicken Phall Roll

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* Restaurant Name
Thelewala
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
West Village / Thai
* Street Address
112 MacDougal St. (Between Minetta Ln. & Bleecker St.), New York, NY 10012
* Phone
(212) 614-9100
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Mozzarella & Vino, Midtown West, NYC

Mozzarella & Vino, Midtown West, NYC

 

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(I was invited as a guest to this establishment. All opinions expresses in this review are my own.)

I was recently invited to review Mozzarella & Vino, a brand new spot opened by veteran restaurateurs Gianfranco & Paula Sorrentino of Il Gattopardo and Leopard at des Artistes fame.

Located in the old Il Gattopardo space, right opposite the MOMA, Mozzarella & Vino is housed in a chic, inviting space that is filled with warmth and authenticity.

 

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Mozzarella & Vino distinguishes itself from it sibling restaurants by offering a seasonally inspired small plate menu with an emphasis on  Mozzarella di Bufala Campania DOP, Italian cheeses and affettati.

This affordable enoteca style restaurant also offers a full bar and an extensive wines list. This is one of the first spots in New York City to use an Enomatic wine serving system, which allows them to store unique high-end wines.

The kitchen is supervised by Chef Vito Gnazzo of Il Gattopardo and The Leopard and helmed by Antonio Savino. The menu at Mozzarella & Vino is quite simple but the flavors are truly authentic and the quality of food really shines. The best of ingredients are flown in twice a week from small artisanal farms in Italy. One can tell that in this kitchen there are no short cuts – everything is made fresh from scratch and is all really delicious.

Mozzarella & Vino is open everyday from 11:00 AM to 10 PM. The genuine affection and care taken of anyone who walks through the doors of Mozzarella & Vino is palpable. Its almost like you are welcomed home when you set foot in here and are pampered the whole way through with great food and wine.

Here is some of what we ate:

 

Bread Basket

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Zucchini and Calamari fritti with spicy tomato sauce

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Affettati & Fromagi

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Smoked Mozzarella with Cherry Tomato Suace

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Baked Rigatoni with Eggplant and Riccotta

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Meatballs

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Apple crostata with smoked mozzarella gelato

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Mascarpone chocolate mousse cake

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* Restaurant Name
Mozzarella & Vino
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
Midtown West / Italian
* Street Address
33 West 54th Street (b/t Avenue Of The Americas & 5th Ave in Midtown West), New York, NY 10019
* Phone
(646) 692-8849
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Pommes Frites, East Village, NYC

Pommes Frites, East Village, NYC

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Food: ☆☆ ½

Service: ☆☆ ½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $

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Little Fox Café, NoLita, NYC

Little Fox Café, NoLita, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $

(This meal was complimentary which did not affect my review.)

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Luke’s Lobster, Upper East Side, NYC

Luke’s Lobster, Upper East Side, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$

Must try: Lobster and Shrimp rolls

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Moustache, West Village, NYC

Moustache, West Village, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Baba ghannouj, Pita bread

 

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Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice-Cream, NYC

Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice-Cream, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$$

Must try: Any Flavor

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Motorino, East Village, NYC

Motorino, East Village, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆ ½

Cost: $$$

Must try: Brussel Sprouts Pizza

 

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The Quarter, West Village, NYC

The Quarter, West Village, NYC

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Food: ☆☆ ¾

Service: ☆☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆ ½

Cost: $$

Must try: Grilled Salmon

(This meal was complimentary which did not affect my review.)

 

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Pok Pok Phat Thai, Lower East Side, NYC

Pok Pok Phat Thai, Lower East Side, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆ ½

Cost: $$

Must try: Kuaytiaw Khua Kai

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Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto, Upper West Side, NYC

Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto, Upper West Side, NYC

 

 

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$

Must try: Selezione Del Salumiere, Caponanta, Focaccia

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Co-Op Food & Drink: Brunch, Lower East Side, NYC

Co-Op Food & Drink: Brunch, Lower East Side, NYC

 

 

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$

Must try: SPICY TUNA EGGS Benedict

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The DL, Lower East Side, NYC

The DL, Lower East Side, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: PB&J, Rice Crispy Crusted Monkfish

 

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Totto Ramen, Hell’s Kitchen , NYC

Totto Ramen, Hell’s Kitchen , NYC

 

 

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $

Must try: Paitan ramen, Totto extreme spicy ramen

 

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La Provence Artisanal French Bakery & Cafe, South Beach, FL

La Provence Artisanal French Bakery & Cafe, South Beach, FL

 

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$

Dishes not to miss: Breakfast sandwiches, pastries

 

La Provence  is a great breakfast spot right in the midst of South Beach, FL. You will always find a long line at their counter for it’s readymade bakery items such as pastries and cakes. It also serves a decent breakfast featuring sandwiches, quiches, and eggs in many styles.
 
La Provence boasts as being an authentic French bakery – I don’t know how fine the food is but the attitude is certainly French! Customer service and politeness is not on their to-do list for sure!

However, for the offerings it has, that hardly makes a difference. La Provence offers an awesome break from the beach, for a quick bite and a good cup of coffee at an affordable price point.

 

Here is some of what we ate:

 

Breakfast Sandwich

 

Eggs Benedict

 

Croque-Madame

 

Fresh Fruit Tart

 

Royal Chocolate Cake

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* Restaurant Name
La Provence
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
French
* Street Address
1629 Collins Avenue , Miami Beach, FL 33139
* Phone
(305) 538-2406
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Bruschetteria, Lower East Side , NYC

Bruschetteria, Lower East Side , NYC

 

 

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Food: ☆☆ ½          

 Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆          

Cost: $$

Dishes not to miss:  Pork Meatball Panini ,  Deviled Eggs with basil pesto 

 

The Bruschetteria is a tiny little eatery on the Lower East Side in New York City. It specializes in bruschetta, paninis and a smattering of other Italian fare. Read the rest of this entry

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Lan Zhou: Hand Pulled Noodles, Flushing, NYC

Lan Zhou: Hand Pulled Noodles, Flushing, NYC

Food: ☆☆☆ ½

Service: ☆☆

Ambiance:  ½

Cost: $

Fit for: foodies, cheap eats, authentic ethnic eats

Dishes not to miss: Dumpling hand pulled noodles, hand pulled noodles with meat sauce

Special notes: You can buy bags of frozen dumplings ( 50 for $10)


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The Meatball Shop, Lower East Side, NYC

The Meatball Shop, Lower East Side, NYC

 

Food: ☆☆☆ ½

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$

Good for: kids, foodies, small plates, hip cheap eats

Dishes not to miss: Spicy pork slider with pesto sauce, ice-cream sandwich

Special notes: Cramped quarters/ not good for large groups, long waits unless you go right at opening time, open until 4:00 AM Thursday through Saturday, and until 2:00 AM every other day of the week.

 

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The Meatball Shop on Stanton Street is a shrine dedicated to one of America’s favorite Italian imports – the meatball!

The concept is so simple and the execution so clever – it blows my mind.

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THE KING OF FALAFEL AND SHAWARMA, ASTORIA, NYC

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:



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CHICKEN AND RICE PLATE




SHAWARMA PLATE


 

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Xi’an Famous Foods, Flushing, NYC

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. Read the rest of this entry

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