Restaurant Review: Red Lobster

Details: Located at 211-217 Old Country Rd., Carle Place, NY 11514, among other locations. Official site is redlobster.com.

Not too long ago I went to a Red Lobster and found that every single thing I ordered was some of the shittiest food I’d ever had. Truly, Red Lobster is one of the shittiest places to eat in America. I can see the appeal if you live inland and have no access to seafood. However, if you don’t, there is almost no reason to ever visit this den of shitty food.

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Food Stall Review: Shikoku Teriyaki Express

Details: Located in the food court of the New World Mall, Flushing, NY 11355. Couldn’t find an official site, so here’s the yelp page: https://www.yelp.com/biz/shikoku-teriyaki-express-flushing

This is your standard chicken teriyaki place you’d expect to see in any reasonably sized American mall. What’s ironic is that this is mostly a Chinese mall with Chinese oriented businesses and the chicken teriyaki here is decidedly an American mall style. It’s about five to six dollars for chicken. Other options like beef or shrimp cost more. You get rice and vegetables and you can replace rice with noodles. It’s classic, American mall food in a Chinese mall. It’s not great, but I sometimes get the urge for it.

Score: 4/10

Restaurant Review: Asian Station

Details: Located at 155 E 52nd St, New York, NY 10022. Official site is http://www.asianstation.nyc/.

Asian Station is the kind of Americanized Asian restaurant that someone with a vague inkling of what “Asian” food is would enjoy, designed largely for Western palates. If you actually have concept and appetite for authentic “Asian” food, this place is grotesque. However, if you do not, this place likely isn’t bad and serves a kind of food many would find appealing.

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Restaurant Review: Indian King Biryani House

Details: It is the food cart on the northwestern most corner of the block of 140 Broadway,
New York, NY 10005. Couldn’t find an official site so here’s an unclaimed yelp page: https://www.yelp.com/biz/indian-king-biryani-house-new-york?osq=food

I normally don’t write any post for halal food carts, but this was identifiable enough to write something. Got the chicken over rice for five dollars, which was fine but better priced than most places by a dollar. Notable is that a lot of people waiting on the line with me got other stuff. For instance, they have a Chinese style chicken over rice and other biryanis. I think they use a different sauce for those. Those things seemed fairly popular, but they do cost extra, like eight or nine dollars.

Score: 4.5/10

Restaurant Review: Hibachi Express 1

Details: Located at 4 Cortlandt St, New York, NY 10007. Official site is http://www.hibachiexpressny.nyc/index.html

Came here for a quick lunch. Got the chicken which came with rice and cooked vegetables. It’s pretty much the same as the chicken teriyaki you’d expect from the food court at a mall. Wasn’t great, but wasn’t terrible. Cost around eight to nine dollars. They also have beef, shrimp, and tofu if you want that. Portions were smaller than I’d have liked.

Score: 4.5/10

Restaurant Review: Bento Sushi & Noodles

Details: Located at 173 Broadway, New York, NY 10007. Couldn’t find an official site so here’s the yelp page: https://www.yelp.com/biz/bento-sushi-and-noodles-new-york-2?osq=japanese

Came here for a quick lunch. Got the beef rice bowl for around nine dollars I think. It wasn’t great, but it was fast. They have some shitty sushi and noodles if you want that.

Score: 4.5/10

Restaurant Review: Dominos v. Pizza Hut v. Papa Johns v. Little Cesars

Detais: Located all over the place. Official sites are https://www.dominos.com/en/, https://www.pizzahut.com/#/home, https://www.papajohns.com/, https://www.papajohns.com/.

I’ve been eating a lot shitty, fast food pizza lately. You know the kind; a big brand that heats up ingredients frozen for years. It’s particularly shitty because I live in New York City, which means I have access to cheaper, better quality pizza everywhere. In any case, I decided to write a review for it and since there are so many brands of shitty pizza, I decided to declare a winner. Here goes.

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Restaurant Review: Peacefood Cafe

Details: Located at 460 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024. The official site is peacefoodcafe.com

This is a gluten free, vegan place. I’m not vegan nor do I give a shit about gluten.

The decor was nice. The service was nice. The food was horrendous. I had the seitan avocado sandwich… to my great regret. It cost around ten dollars. My vegan friends really enjoyed their food.

Overall, I don’t like vegan places and I did not like this place.

Score: 3/10

NYC Bubble Tea Review: Kung Fu Tea v. Ten Ren Tea v. CoCo Fresh Tea and Juice v. Vivi Bubble Tea v. Gong Cha Bubble Tea

Details: Located around New York City. Official sites are http://kfteausa.com/, http://www.tenren.com/index.html, http://www.cocobubbletea.com/, http://www.vivibubbletea.com/index.php, http://www.gongchausa.com/

I’ve been drinking bubble tea for years. Many, many years. So it’s not surprising that I’ve developed my own preferences in regards to which bubble tea place is my favorite. The bubble tea places that I chose for this list needed to have at least three locations within the New York City area and they needed to be primarily bubble tea places. They could not be restaurants or cafes that happened to also sell bubble tea. If you go to these establishments, you’re going here for the bubble tea and the bubble tea alone.

Kung Fu Tea

Kung Fu Tea in my opinion is one of the best if not the best tasting bubble teas because their tea actually tastes different. I want to say it’s because they use Lactaid as their dairy component, but I’m not entirely sure. Whatever they put in there, it’s good. I will note that some friends have had bad experiences with the service here.

Score: 6/10

 

Ten Ren Tea

Ten Ren Tea just makes the cut with only three locations in NYC. Where Kung Fu Tea has a slightly distinct taste, Ten Ren tastes vastly different from other places. Personally, I don’t like it, but I do know people who love Ten Ren bubble tea and prefer it over other brands.

Score: 4.5/10

 

CoCo Fresh Tea and Juice

Coco is an unexceptional place to get bubble tea. They have pretty much everything you can get anywhere else. Even though it’s merely average, I still prefer CoCo over other places. I can’t explain it.

Score: 5/10

 

Vivi Bubble Tea

Vivi’s tea is like CoCo’s; it is unexceptional. It is average. One thing that distinguishes Vivi is that they offer food. I don’t recommend any of it that isn’t deep fried. The other thing that distinguishes this place are the bubble teas or floats with cotton candy coming out of the top. Those I recommend.

Score: 5.5/10

 

Gong Cha Bubble Tea

I had Gong Cha once and I never went back. I thought it was terrible. I’ve since asked people who actually liked Gong Cha about what they liked about it and they said that it had a very distinct tea taste which, I’m guessing, is different from the sugary taste of other bubble teas. Personally, I don’t like it.

Score: 4/10

 

Conclusion

Kung Fu Tea is the best place that mainly does bubble tea and has three or more locations in New York City. Personally, I prefer CoCo… for no discernible reason. I still acquiesce that Kung Fu Tea is better.