Food Stall Review: Mama’s Kitchen

Details: Located in the food court at 8202 45th Ave, Flushing, NY 11373. A Yelp page can be found at https://www.yelp.com/biz/mama-s-kitchen-%E8%80%81%E5%9C%B0%E6%96%B9-elmhurst

Score: 6/10

Came here and ordered a white colored spicy soup with fish in it with a side of I think spinach cooked with garlic. Food was just okay. I think we ordered the wrong thing. It cost somewhere between twenty and thirty dollars. We also got some free ice cream because we ordered over twenty dollars… I think.

People working here were really nice.

Based on what we ordered, I would not come back. There are other things on the menu that looked good though.

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Restaurant Review: Toasties

Details: Located at 924 Third Ave, New York, NY 10022. Official site is http://www.toastiesnyc.com/

Score: 6.5/10

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Restaurant Review: Itavolo

Details: Located at 875 Third Avenue, Concourse level, New York, NY 10022. Official site is http://itavolo.com/

Score: 6.4/10

Itavolo is another lunch place primarily catering to office workers in the area. It’s in the bottom level food court inside a building. You can get there from that buildings lobby down an escalator or through an entrance leading into the nearby subway stop.

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Restaurant Review: The Best Frozen Dumplings In Downtown Flushing Ranked

Dumplings are an interesting food. In Chinese culture, they are culturally significant as they are must eat foods on Chinese New Year. Practically, they are a convenient food that is quick to prepare yet fairly nutritious, at least compared things like cup noodles or instant ramen. I usually keep a bag of frozen dumplings in the fridge in case I need a snack.

The following list is a ranking of dumpling places in Flushing that sell frozen dumplings. I went and purchased a bag of frozen dumplings from each of the following places. I boiled each batch for about seven minutes (normally, you’re supposed to heat the water to a boil, then add a cup of cold water and reboil the water so that you don’t overcook them but I’m too lazy for that crap). I should also mention that I picked these restaurant because these are places that primarily sell dumplings and nothing else. Lots of places sell dumplings, but few places sell dumplings (frozen or cooked) and almost nothing else. Here are the results. I’ll probably add to this list as I eat more frozen dumplings.

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Restaurant Review: Los Tacos No. 1

Details: Located in Chelsea Markets at 75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011. Official site is https://www.lostacos1.com/

Score: 7/10

Los Tacos No. 1 is a taco stand inside Chelsea Markets, which is kind of a food market. Most of the stuff in here is priced for tourists.

The tacos here were pretty good. Nothing extraordinary, but good.

I got the carne asada and the adobada. Both were fine. All tacos cost around three to four dollars. They also give you a choice of tortilla (corn or flour tortilla), though I couldn’t really taste the difference between them.

Overall, an okay place to get some decent tacos. Keep in mind that this is a stand with no place to sit. There’s some public seating areas if you look for them in the hallway, but they are usually packed.