Monday, August 31, 2009

NYC Cravings Truck AKA Bian Dang

I finally went to the NYC Cravings truck to see what all the hype was about. I'm quite familiar with Asian food so when something is suddenly popular, I'm skeptical. Mostly because I like tradition and things should taste the way they do. I hate fusion. Although, some very few places have proved me wrong. Just a very few. Anyhow, I passed by this truck several times in the past on 46th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues. But I never stood in line. Mostly because it always long. And the other Asians annoy me. Hahahah! However, the other day it was parked on 48th Street. That was technically farther away from me but the line was much shorter. So short in fact that I was the second person in line. Nice! So if you don't know already, NYC Cravings is a food truck that serves Taiwanese food. It's mostly home-cooked style food. It's not fancy. Just supposed to be good and satisfying. Once at the truck, I quickly glance at the menu and I knew exactly what I wanted: the fried tianbula (fish cake) over rice with secret pork sauce ($8). I pretty much like all kinds of fried fish. I'm not afraid of fishiness so anything goes really. While I was waiting for my order, who did I spot in line? Zack Brooks from Midtown Lunch along with his adorable son, Harry. Apparently, he was thinking the same thing for lunch. Good Taiwanese food outside of Chinatown. I finally found the courage to talk to him (I've seen him on the streets many times over). And he was very friendly. Of course, his cute son was a giggle monster. He gave me some good pointers about the NYC Cravings truck. He liked the fried fish too. It reminded him of Asian fish cake but not the rubbery kind. He was especially fond of the pork sauce that came with it. But that day he had something else on his mind: porken. This he had failed to mention to me (ahem!). It's the fried chicken and pork chop over rice ($7). Woah, big time lunch there. Next time, I have to try that. Anyhow, back in my cubicle, I unwrap the glory of my food. It smelled fantastic. I first tried the fish cake. It was good but not what I'm used to. It's a mixture of ground fish and flour shaped into a patty and deep fried. The kind that I am used to is mostly flour and definitely rubbery. This wasn't rubbery at all but had a strange texture. I liked it. The flavor was very outstanding. It was definitely the seasoning. The rice was well made and soaked up the pork sauce. It was salty and delicious. The pickled vegetables added a nice contrast to all of the other heavy ingredients. Okay, so now I know what the hype is all about. It's good food. It's traditional. And it's under $10. NYC Cravings nyccravings.com Read more...

Friday, August 28, 2009

Squirt's 1 Month Celebration

The cutest baby in the world right now is my new nephew, Squirt. He's one month old. And in my culture, that's pretty big. We had a grand party for him with lots of amazing food. It's funny though because he doesn't eat solids yet. It's more of a spectacle to show off your amazing baby while introducing him to new sites, smells, and people. This special day was hosted by yours truly. I did it right. I ordered an entire suckling piglet for him from Diamond on Eighth. It was roasted Chinese barbecue style. I also ordered a whole chicken and some dimsum. Everything smelled so good. It was the first time I've seen him smile. Oh yeah, we have a budding food lover. The suckling piglet is about 10 pounds. It's skin is so crispy and crackly. It reminds me of pork rinds. So good. The meat is soft and tender. And you will find a thin layer of fat in just the right places (pork belly!). When you get this fresh, it's one of the best foods you can find. The chicken is just steamed. This method retains the juices very well. It's very bland though. But this type of chicken is made for dipping sauce. My favorite is ginger and scallion. Some people use soy sauce. And we got a large variety of dimsum to share. Even Squirt had a taste of everything. You can bring the food up to his lips so that he can smell and taste it. But no chewing. That's for us, for now. Diamond on Eight Restaurant 6022 8th Ave Brooklyn, NY 11220 (718) 492-6888 Read more...

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Daisy May's BBQ

Now that I'm within close proximity to Daisy May's, my ribs cravings will be satisfied much more quickly. The other night, he went to pick up some goodies for me. He came back with so much more. He bought some Kansas City Sweet and Sticky Pork Ribs that came with mac and cheese and creamed corn ($17.50). He also bought a pulled pork sandwich that came with some cole slaw ($10.50). Now, I've been to this barbecue joint many times over. And I still think they provide the best ribs in the city. Best barbecue overall? That's questionable. It really depends on what you like to eat. I've noticed that the different pro and cons of each place is dependent on what people always order at a barbecue joint. I, for one, always order ribs. And that night was no different. He wanted to try something new. So he got the pulled pork sandwich. I have to say, the ribs were lacking that night. Sure it was sweet and sticky. The meat was tender with a good smoke ring. But it wasn't what I remembered. It wasn't a ooooooh type of meal. It was just okay. I was disappointed really. The sauce actually kind of congealed slightly. I don't know if that's a sign that it was sitting around for awhile. I felt unsatisfied. However, the sides were solid. The mac and cheese and creamy and thick. So satisfying. The creamed corn was good too with the slight heat balanced with the cheese. The pulled pork sandwich was surprisingly very good though. I've recently come back from a trip to North Carolina, so great pulled pork was still fresh on my mind. Daisy May's wasn't as good as down south but it came close. It needed more vinegar but the flavor, tenderness, and juiciness was there. It was just missing something. I couldn't pinpoint it. Oh, and I did eat it the correct way with cole slaw on top. They did it right at Daisy May's. Not much mayo but vinegar based. That's so much better. Even on an off night, Daisy May's is still solidly good. I will continue to be a patron. I just love barbecue that much.


Daisy Mays BBQ USA 623 11th Ave New York, NY 10036 (212) 977-1500 daisymaysbbq.com Read more...

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Brasserie Athenee

Another quick, easy dinner with friends in Midtown West. I was looking for something simple again. I always passed Brasserie Athenee on my walk in the mornings. It looked nice. Why not give it a try? It's a French/Mediterranean place. There are lots of seafood of the menu. The best part, it's not expensive at all. Very decently priced for what you get. On a hot and humid summer day, the last thing you want is something heavy to eat. Good thing there were lots of salads and lightly cooked seafood fare on the menu. I opted for the mussel frites ($15). My friends got the seafood salad ($15) and steak frites ($24). We also got a grilled octopus ($14) as an appetizer to share. The octopus starter was pretty big. It was enough to share between the four of us. The octopus was lightly grilled but still left a slight chewiness to it. It could have used a little more lemon. Otherwise, it was quite tasty. My mussel frites were very good. They gave me a pot of green mussels. The meat inside each shell was large and plump. The juicy ran down into the pot which gave way to perfect dipping with bread. The frites were mediocre. They were crispy enough but didn't have a nice creamy potato inside. They were just okay. My friends like their salad and there was a lot of seafood in it. It had shrimp, scallops, squid, and mussels. My other friend also liked his steak. It was cooked to order, medium-rare. It was a smaller steak but the price was right. In all, I thought the place was okay. The waiter checked up on us every so often. My water was refilled occasionally. It was a friendly place to just go and have a meal. I would come back to just sit back, watch the crowd, and enjoy some seafood. Brasserie Athenee 300 W 46th St New York, NY 10036-3801 (212) 399-1100 brasserieathenee.com Read more...

Monday, August 24, 2009

Doggie Bagging It

The best about going to a steakhouse in NYC, I hardly finish the meal. This means awesome steak sandwiches (on garlic bread) the next day! Read more...

MarkJoseph Steakhouse

Finally, I had some free time to take Mr. Meat & Potatoes out for his birthday dinner. His birthday was in May. Oops! But nonetheless, I wanted to make it special. He picked MarkJoseph Steakhouse. As you can tell by his alias, he loves steak and he loves potatoes. How fitting! We arrived on Water St far and away from what we're used to. We never venture this far south and east. It was a nice night out though. Cool and refreshing, especially near the water. Once arrived, the place wasn't packed at all. That's not a good sign for a Saturday night. But we were happy to have a good meal. We were sat immediately. Our waiter, Marty, was friendly and gave us great service. We knew what we wanted before he even gave us the menus. But we always like to look to see if we missed anything. But we're seasoned steak eaters. We love our dry aged steaks. For appetizers, we had the sizzling thick cut bacon ($3.75 each) and the lobster bisque ($10.50). The bacon was very good. Thick like ham and hot and sizzing when arrived. It's fatty and meaty. The lobster bisque was very good too. You can find small chunks of lobster in it. The cream was sweet and smooth. The flavor of the lobster was really apparent. I savored it slowly. For entree, we shared a porterhouse steak for 2 ($82). One side is the filet mignon and one side is the sirloin. We asked for it medium-rare and it was a nice lovely pink. The filet side was a little overcooked though. But good nonetheless. For sides, we ordered creamed spinach ($9.95) and steak fries ($8.75). A plate of goodness for a happy diner. Overall, this place was okay. The food was okay. The service was good and the decor was lovely. But we weren't impressed by the food at all. It's an offshoot of Peter Luger's. We both thought that the steak and sides didn't live up to the original. He even said that the steak was bland. I thought that the dry aging process wasn't up to par. We would gladly for to Luger's or Wolfgang's over this place. With all the great steakhouses in NYC, why settle for mediocre? MarkJoseph Steakhouse 261 Water St New York, NY 10038 (212) 277-0020 markjosephsteakhouse.com Read more...

Friday, August 21, 2009

Ferrara's Bakery

A special treat for me from Mr. Meat & Potatoes! Pastries from Ferrara's! A lobster tail, eclair, cannoli, rainbow, and chocolate medalion (missing in photo). I love desserts from here. So incredibly good. In fact, I've demanded my birthday cake to be ordered from here for years and years.


Ferrara Bakery 195 Grand St New York, NY 10013 (212) 226-6150 ferraracafe.com Read more...

Galaxy Diner

When moving to a new area, it's nice to find some local go-to places such as a bar, fancy restaurant, and diner. We finally had time to go to the diner on the corner. The first time had already sealed the deal. Galaxy Diner seemed simple enough. It's menu was huge to cover all tastes. The place was spacious with tables outside. And there was a bar in the middle. We were there for the food. Normally, a burger is a good test. But we've already had some local burger places. So we opted for brunch food. I had the eggs benedict ($9.75). It came in a small plate but still offered enough to fill me up. The canadian bacon was crisp, the english muffin was soft. And the eggs were poached perfectly. The hollonaise sauce was too thick though but tasted good. I enjoyed the meal. The only downside were the hash browns. Tasteless. Bland. Completely unappetizing. I tried to add salt, pepper, and ketchup. That didn't even remotely save it. They were lost. He ordered a ham and cheese omlette ($7.95) with a side of sausage ($3). They tasted good too. The side of sausage were 3 fat links of breakfast sausage, his favorite. The omlette was decent and a good size. Again, the downside were the hash browns. Tasteless spuds. We liked everything. Definitely good enough to go back.


Galaxy Diner 665 9th Ave New York, NY 10036 (212) 586-4885 Read more...

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Pam Real Thai Food

Now that I'm in Midtown permanently, I want to find the best authentic places. It's a new neighborhood that I'm excited to explore. A nice cheap dinner with friends at a local place was the agenda the other night. A quick scour of my favorite blogs brought me to Pam Real Thai Food. The name wasn't impressive but the food was. We got there at 8pm on a Friday night and it was quite busy. We were lucky to have scored a table for 6 people. The menu was huge. Some were too daunted to pick something so they went with Pad Thai. The more curious went for new dishes. I piked crispy pork with basil ($8) with rice. It was really flavorful. The pork was a little too crispy in a very chewy way. The basil was good though. And the sauce was fantastic. I wish they gave me more rice to soak up the sauce. Every one enjoyed their dishes. Even the non-spicy fans were happy. This place wasn't pretentious at all. Service was okay. But the food was fantastic. I'll definitely be going here again.


Pam Real Thai Food 404 W49th Street New York, NY 10036 (212) 333-7500 Read more...

Saigon Banh Mi Bakery

A week long Asian food craving is driving me crazy. I'm not at home where mom's food usually does the trick. And I'm not near anything remotely authentic (any borough's Chinatown). On my last day of my not-brown-bagging-lunch week, I decided to forget the distance. I'm taking an extended lunch to get to Chinatown and back. I decided to get some banh mi from Saigon Banh Mi Bakery. It's been a while since I've had one. And it's a great summer sandwich. It's not too heavy and it's filled with vegetables. The train takes about 15 minutes from Midtown. A quick 5 minute walk from the Grand Street station and I'm at the door of the bakery with the blue awning. Once inside, there's the jewelry store. They actually had customers. And in the back, the bakery with it's simple, yet delicious menu. I order the #4 which is the banh mi with pate cha and spicy($3.75). Normally, I would get the banh mi with pork but I felt like having that livery taste from pate. There's a bit of wait since it's around lunch time. It's getting busy with people off the street and dialed in orders. Lucky for me, my pate cha is easy to assemble with no cooking needed. I get my order before several people before me. Score! Now back at the office, 1 hour later, I unwrap the sandwich and it's smaller than I imagined. I'm used to bigger banh mi's. At least, that's what I've been getting at other place. Maybe my memory is giving up. This is just one half of what you get in an order. A side shot of the sandwich and you can see a good schmear of pate with pork roll and cucumbers, cilantro, carrots, and daikon. Everything you need to make a good banh mi. The bread is super crusty. I love it! But the inside is soft and yields to the filling well. The pate is livery just the way I like it. The pork roll adds a good meatiness. And the pickled vegetables add a nice tang while retaining their crunchiness. It's a great summer sandwich. One thing of notice is the spiciness. Every time that I get a banh mi, I order it spicy. It doesn't usually add much kick. Many times, I don't even notice it. However, Saigon is the only place where I can actually taste the hotness. It wasn't too hot for me. But I can see how some people wouldn't like it. The pickled vegetables help cool it off. But in some bites, it overwhelmed the other tastes. In other bites, it was normal. I have to say that Saigon Banh Mi Bakery offers one of the better sandwiches out there. Is it the best? Hard to say but definitely up there. If you like spicy banh mi's though, it will please you. And at $3.75 (with no tax), you can't complain. Plus, the Saigon seems much cleaner than some of the places that I've been to. That's always a good thing.

Saigon Banh Mi Bakery 138 Mott Street New York, NY 10013 (212) 941-1541 Read more...

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Little Italy Pizza

Still on that pizza high from L&B, I went in search for more. This time, I was stuck in Midtown for lunch. I picked the closest place, Little Italy Pizza. I've heard decent things about it. Time for me to try. Once inside, I was happy to see a line at the back to order. Where there's people, there's usually good food. Also, it gives me time to peruse the options before getting up to the counter. There was a good variety of toppings. And there were many slices with vegetables. I really like meat and vegetables in my pizza. The combination is great. Eventually, I went for the grandma slice with mozzarella, tomato, and basil. And it's topped with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. And a slice with pepperoni and sausage. Both slices came out to $7.45 with tax. The grandma slice was good. The crust was crunchy but still soft on the inside. The cheese didn't melt too much which was good for this type of topping. They give you a while basil leaf with each slice. That's awesome! The tomato was very generic. Not ripe enough but not under-ripe. The balsamic vinegar on top was not that great. It was more sweet than sour. I like my vinegar sour. But overall, the slice was good. The meat slice was better. They're not stingy with their toppings. The whole thing was covered with pepperoni and sausage. The sausage is sliced thin so when it bakes in the oven, it crisps up. I liked that crunchy factor. The crust, again, was crispy. They cheese was okay. I wish there was more sauce though. When it comes to pizza, I like the all the ingredients to work together to make a really good slice. As much as I like cheese, I want that sauce to be good. I want that crust to be crunchy yet soft. I don't like to overdose on toppings. And I like a mixture of meat and vegetables. It's like a complete meal to me. Everything should have a say when you take a bite. As far as Little Italy Pizza goes, it's an okay place. It's good enough for a return visit. But I won't be raving about it. Nor would I be hating on it.

Little Italy Pizza 55 W 45th Street New York, NY 10036 (212) 730-7575 littleitalypizzany.com Read more...

L&B Spumoni Gardens

A craving for pizza led me to convince Mr. Meat & Potatoes to drive us to L&B Spumoni Gardens. I've been here before. Loved the food, hated the restaurant service. This time, it was just the pick up window. And that's the way I'll go from here on. It was a warm summer evening and the place was crowded. But we wandered up to the window to order hot pizza anyway. I thought they offered slices with toppings. I was wrong. Instead, we both opted for 1 round plain slice and 1 square (sicilian) slice each ($2.25 each). Even though they were just plain, they were delicious! Normally, I will always pick thin crust over any other type but the sicilian here is so good. The flavor of the sauce and the crunch of the crust was to die for. In actuality, the plain round slice was very mediocre. The crust was flimsy and it was all cheese. Not enough sauce for a well balanced pizza. Maybe next time I'll just go just for the sicilian slices. Mmmm, so good. L & B Spumoni Gardens 2725 86th St Brooklyn, NY 11223 (718) 449-1230 spumonigardens.com Read more...

Monday, August 17, 2009

53rd Street Famous Halal Guys

I was craving some halal food but wanted to try some place new. Then I thought to myself that I've never been to the famous cart of 53rd Street and 6th Avenue. I needed to go. When I arrived at its daytime location (SE corner), the line was pretty long. But I stood in the hot summer sun anyway. The smell that emanated from the cart was hooking and reeling me in. A good 15 minutes later and the guy took my order: chicken and lamb over rice with white and hot sauce (the Midtown Lunch Street Meat Palooza dish - $5). A quick walk back to my office and I opened up a container of goodness. The chicken and lamb was tender and flavorful. The rice was a little dry. I could have used a little more white sauce to moisten things up. The lettuce and tomato was a nice addition to the carb and meat heavy dish. They also add a couple of pita wedges which was nice. The white sauce was okay. I actually like the tang of other carts better. The hot sauce was very good though. They put on just enough for me to get the heat in some bites while leaving other bites for me to recover from the spice. This is a great deal for what you get. It's a lot of food and they don't skimp with the meat. I finished the whole thing and I'm very full. And it gave me food coma at 3pm. But that's just a sign of some good, satisfying food.


Famous Halal Guys 53rd St & 6th Ave SE corner for daytime SW corner for nighttime Read more...

Deli Sushi at Cranberry

Sometimes, all I want is some generic deli sushi. Price may be slightly cheaper but there's no wait. Most of all, it's only down the block. I'm just glad that Cranberry Deli is clean, crowded, and food is fresh. I always like to get the seaweed salad. This time, I picked a shrimp tempura roll. Unfortunately, being fried early and refrigerated softened the once crispy battered coating. But I liked it enough to finish it. I also picked a mixed fish combo that consisted mostly of tuna and salmon. I don't expect much from the sushi chefs at Cranberry. It satisfied my craving just enough.


Cranberry Deli 15 W 45th St # 1 New York, NY 10036-4005 (212) 730-9495 Read more...

Friday, August 14, 2009

Lattanzi

After a long day, Mr. Meat & Potatoes and I were looking for some dinner. I was feeling pasta so we hit up Restaurant Row (West 46th Street). First, we called up Becco and inquired about their pasta special. First, the hostess didn't know what they were. And second, she butchered the dishes' names while reading them to me. Come on! If you work at an Italian restaurant, should you be able to pronounce the dishes there?! Whatever, it was a total turn off. Luckily, we had a back up. It was recommended by several co-workers. Lattanzi was just next door. And it was better than anything that I expected. The place is nice and quiet. I can have a conversation with people at my table with ease. And it wasn't very crowded. No waiting for the bathroom. And no crowding at the front door. I was very comfortable. The service was quick and very helpful. Specials were given with perfect pronunciation. Always a plus in my book. They gave us a really good bread basket. We really liked the flat, crispy bread on top. It had garlic oil and sea salt on top. Great way to whet the appetite. For appetizer, we share the beef carpaccio ($13). The beef was fresh and delicious. The parmesan cheese was sharp yet creamy. The arugula salad underneath was well dressed and gave the dish needed bitterness and crunch. We liked it and there was plenty enough to share. For entree, I ordered linguini with clams ($19). It was really good. It came with the clams already out of the shells. The garlic and clam sauce was very good. It was all over the pasta. I enjoyed this very much. He got the mushroom ravioli ($19). This was very good as well. The ravioli was large but filled with lots of mushrooms. The sauce was hearty enough to stand up to the strong taste of mushrooms. We enjoyed everything so much. In fact, we went back a few days later with his parents. That time, we tried the meat. And Lattanzi did not disappoint at all. I got the veal stuffed with fontina and vegetables in a marsala wine sauce. It was so good. I liked it even better than my pasta dish last time. He got the seafood risotto which was very excellent as well. They gave him mostly lobster and shrimp. The risotto absorbed the great seafood flavor. His parents got a chicken scallopine in marsala wine sauce, and another veal dish. They were equally as good. We couldn't stop raving about the food. Everything was the perfect portion. We didn't feel overstuffed or hungry. Just happy and full. At this point, I would love to make this my go to neighborhood restaurant. It was that good all around.


Lattanzi Ristorante 361 W 46th St New York, NY 10036 (212) 315-0980 lattanzinyc.com Read more...

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Follow the Blue Bunny

Something classic for dessert. A lovely vanilla ice cream sandwich. It certainly helped me cool down. Read more...

Miso Noodles

The last cleaning out of the fridge and pantry. Some leftover miso paste, noodles, and meatballs. Perfect for lunch. Not so perfect for a hot summer day. The miso soup made me sweat like I was eating hot Thai chilis. Yikes! Read more...

Pacificana, again

Whenever people ask me to take them to dimsum, I like to go to Pacificana. The atmosphere is nice. The place if big and clean. And the food is good. A recent treat for my Parsi family brought me to Sunset Park. We dined on so many different dishes that I couldn't snap pictures. Instead, I just had enough time to do a picture of the table. We had a lot of the usual take like shu mai, har kow, rice skin noodles with shrimp, cha siu, and beef, soup dumplings, stir fried vegetables, etc. We also got some weirder stuff like tripe and beef tendons which they didn't really enjoy. It's okay though. I don't expect people to like everything. Heck, I don't like everything. But it was a good meal. And they definitely want to go back. Pacificana Restaurant 813 55th Street Brooklyn, NY 11220 (718) 871-2880 Read more...

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

My Old Friend, Treats Truck

I finally decided to give myself a treat. I've been working really hard and convinced myself that I deserve one. What better place to go than the Treats Truck. I fell in love with this food truck a while ago. But I've been neglecting it. I've even left the frequent buyer card out of my wallet. Gasp! But back I went. And instead of one treat, I spied two! A peanut butter and jelly cookie sandwich, and an ice cream cone cake. The peanut butter cookie sandwich is the best cookie peanut butter cookie I've ever had. It's rich and the flavor is intense. In the middle, you'll find both peanut butter and jam. It's so good. I devoured it and pick up the crumbs. The ice cream cone cake was good too. I picked a chocolate cake with vanilla icing. The cake and icing are layered through the entire cone. I thought the icing was a little too sweet for my tooth. But I'm abnormal. I like not too sweet icing. For instance, I think store bought canned icing is too sweet. But most people love that stuff. Also, the cone wasn't crunchy any more. But this isn't due to the baking. It's actually the humidity outside. As a baker myself, I know how humidity can be such a drag on baked goods. I, myself, have tried to save icing only to have it break with the humidity and heat. Blech. Nonetheless, the cake was good. The cookie was better. Treats Truck (212) 691-5226 treatstruck.com Read more...

Cafe Zaiya, again

I was craving something different for lunch one day. Plus, I ran out of my lunch for that week. Then I realized that I haven't been to Cafe Zaiya in a very long time. It's time for another visit and something different this time. I decided to go a little earlier to beat the rush. I wasn't sure of what to get so I wanted more time and space to roam. The place was crowded already by the time I got there (11:50am) but it was manageable. It has definitely been much more crowded on my past visits. It seems that they changed the place around. The Beard Papa was no longer there. And the cash registers moved to it's spot. It actually created more space for people to walk around. It was a good move. I ended up picking up 3 things: an onigiri, a sandwich, and some fish over rice. Normally, this would be too much food but I was really hungry. I almost didn't pick a onigiri due to my decision of something different but they had spicy shrimp tempura ($2.25). I've never tried it before. I had to taste it. First, the packaging is really clever. It looks whole but the seaweed is actually separated from the rice to prevent sogginess. I loved it! The seaweed was crisp. The rice was still warm and not dry. The shrimp tempura was crispy. There was a little spiciness inside. Though, personally, I would have liked more spiciness. Otherwise, this was a really good deal. I also picked up a Whiting Fish sandwich ($3.75) due to a good review by Kathy from A Passion for Food. I follow her blog every day and trust her judgment. But one bite into this thing, and I knew it wasn't good. Several things bothered me. First, the bread was stale. And the bread to fish ratio wasn't there. Second, the fish was very dry. The sandwich gave me two thin pieces of fish that were fried too long. Even the over abundance of tarter sauce couldn't save this sandwich. Lastly, I picked up a container of Chirashizushi on a whim. I was actually standing in line to pay. I was right next to the refrigerated area. I looked down and saw this box of fresh fish over rice. It enticed me. Even a quick glance of the price ($9.75) didn't deter me. Even though on normal days that would. And I am very glad I picked it up. The fish in it was very fresh. There was some salmon, shrimp, roe, squid, eel, mackerel, egg, tuna, and yellowtail. It also had a lump of wasabi, pickled radishes, and soy sauce on the side. Underneath was an abundance of rice. I finished this dish to the last grain of rice. My favorite part was the seaweed beneath the fish to keep the rice from getting soggy. I also enjoyed the roe. It was salty and briny. They popped in my mouth and let me taste their fishy juices. Another successful meal from Cafe Zaiya. Though, I don't think I'll ever get that fish sandwich again. I'll stick to Kim Aunt's Kitchen Cart for that.

Cafe Zaiya 18 East 41 Street New York, NY 10036 (212) 779-0600 cafezaiya.com Read more...