Restaurant Review: B Squared

Details: Located at 679 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036. Official site is https://www.bsquared-nyc.com/

B Sqaured is a solid place to get some pizza and some small plates.

B Squared is a pizza place that sells pizza by the pie. They also have a bunch of small plates or appetizers that look pretty good.

We ordered the Killer Bee (tomato, mozzarella, sopressata, garlic puree, chili oil, honey) pizza and an order of the Brussels sprouts. Both were very good. The Brussels sprouts cost about thirteen and the pizza was about seventeen dollars.

The service was fine, but the place was really loud and hard to have a conversation in.

Overall, a good place.

Score: 7/10

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Food Truck Review: The Queen and the Prince

Details: I visited the food truck on the corner of Sixth Avenue and forty-sixth street. A claimed Yelp page can be found at https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-queen-and-the-prince-new-york-3

The sandwich I got here is one of the largest I think I’ve every purchased. The only sandwich that might be bigger was one from Sal, Kris and Charlie’s Deli. Otherwise, this sandwich was humongous and magnificent. You could easily eat this for two or three meals.

I ordered The Eagle, which was largely a chicken parmigiana sandwich with eggplant. It cost twelve dollars for a hero and was fucking huge. Spent the whole day eating that shit.

Overall, pretty fucking good. I recommend it. It is a mess though so you may want a fork and knife handy if you don’t want to be covered in tomato sauce and grease.

Score: 7/10

Restaurant Review: Ample Hills Creamery

Details: Located at 34-02 30th Ave, Astoria, NY 11103. Official site is https://www.amplehills.com/

Ample Hills is a relatively well known franchise of ice cream places. A new one opened in Astoria not too long ago and I decided to come by and give it a try.

First thing to know is that for the near future, there will be a huge line around the block for this place that generally takes about an hour to get through, at least during peak hours. This place is popular.

They have some unconventional flavors here. I got the honey flavor ice cream and the raw deal, which was ice cream with pieces of candy in it like Reese’s pieces and cookie dough. They have four serving sizes. I got the small which was around six dollars. You can get two flavors in each serving size.

The honey ice cream was a little weird I don’t recommend it. Too syrupy and sweet, even for ice cream. The raw deal was okay.

Overall, this place is just okay.

Score: 6.5/10

Restaurant Review: Hot n’ Fresh Indian Grill

Details: Located at 200 W 40th St, New York, NY 10018. A claimed Yelp page can be found here: https://www.yelp.com/biz/hot-n-fresh-indian-grill-new-york

This is a small Indian restaurant mostly serving kati rolls. It’s like Indian burritos. I ordered a Tikka Masala Kati roll for about five dollars. It wasn’t like the Tikka Masala I was used to which usually has a heavy cream and tomato sauce. This was just bits of grilled chicken with a spicy green sauce over it. It was okay, but spicy. I would not come back.

Score: 5/10

Restaurant Review: Sugarcube

Details: Located at 10-16 50th Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101. Official site is https://www.sugarcubenyc.com/

Sugarcube is a small place that serves desserts like pastries, slices of cake and gelato.

Most of the people I saw come in here just came for the gelato. Some people got pastries and slices of cake. I had some of the raspberry and another white colored gelato whose name I can’t remember. I remember it sounded like a Greek word and that the owner was very proud of it. That gelato came with a story and is comprised of a bunch of ingredients. It just tasted cinnamon-y to me, like a horchata. A small size gelato costs about six dollars after tax.

The people taking orders were nice. The space is small, so don’t expect to get a seat. It’s got enough seating for maybe eight to ten people.

Overall, a decent place to get some gelato.

Score: 6/10

Restaurant Review: Ok Lah!

Details: Located at 136-20 38th Ave, Flushing, NY 11354. A claimed Yelp page can be found here: https://www.yelp.com/biz/ok-lah-flushing

Score: 7.7/10

I’ve been seeing a lot of stuff on the internet about this place. I’ve seen the video above, The New York Times did a review, and I also saw it on one of ny.eater.com’s heat maps. It’s all over the place. So I finally went down to try it out. What I found was a very tasty place to get food that would probably be more in successful in Manhattan versus Flushing.

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Restaurant Review: Local 92

Details: Located at 92 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003. Official site is http://www.local92nyc.com/

Local 92 is a Mediterranean restaurant in the lower east side.

The menu is composed of small plates (or tapas), some appetizers, and entrees. It’s not a huge menu, which isn’t bad. I had the squash ravioli (cost about $18) and the hummus (cost about $10). Both were good.

Interior was nice. Lots of exposed brick. Service was good.

Overall, a good place to get some Mediterranean fare.

Score: 7/10

Restaurant Review: Modern Szechuan

Details: Located at 7 W 45th St, New York, NY 10036. Here’s the unclaimed Yelp page: https://www.yelp.com/biz/modern-szechuan-new-york

Score: 7/10

Modern Szechuan is a cheaply priced Chinese takeout restaurant in Midtown Manhattan. Like most food businesses in the area, they mainly cater to the working crowd at lunch.

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Restaurant Review: Jamba Juice

Details: Located at too many places around New York City. The official site is http://www.jambajuice.com/

Jamba Juice is a franchise that primarily sells fruit juices and iced smoothies. It’s mostly marketed towards health conscious people.

I’ve tried a number of things from here, but I generally just pick stuff from their classic menu. Smoothies from this part of the menu either have sherbet or yogurt in them. Smoothies here generally cost around five to ten dollars. It’s very sweet, but cold and good on a hot day.

They have other stuff, like yogurt bowls and even sandwiches. None of those items seem appealing to me.

Overall, it’s a good place to get smoothies. I’d complain about the price, but after looking at smoothie prices at other places in Manhattan, the pricing at Jamba Juice is decent.

Score: 7/10