Details: Located at 310 Lenox Ave, New York, NY 10027. Official site is https://www.redroosterharlem.com/
Red Rooster is one of the more well known, trendy restaurants in New York City. It’s run by celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson. The food here was pretty good.
Details: Located at 211 Airport Plaza Blvd, Farmingdale, NY 11735. Official site is https://www.bellagiopizzali.com/
Bellagio Pizzeria is a local pizzeria and restaurant. You can sit in and just get a slice or you can get waiter service in the area in the back.
I ordered a bunch of stuff here since I was starving when I arrived. I had a sicilian slice (cost $2.95) and a sausage slice (cost $3.45). I also gelato for around four dollars. I also had a side caesar salad with grilled chicken for a little over ten dollars. This is all without tax.
Everything was fine. This is a very home style American-Italian, family run restaurant. Don’t expect trendy flavors, just expect some pretty good family style food that you could probably make at home if you wanted.
Details: Located at 1890 Broadway, New York, NY 10023. Official site is https://www.breadsbakery.com/lincoln-center
Breads Bakery is a small bakery serving quality baked goods as well as some sandwiches.
I had a Marzipan cookie and a mini pumpkin pie (since I came by around Thanksgiving). They cost $3.50 and $4.25 respectively. The cookie was great, the pie was just okay.
Service was noticeably nice. There are a few tables to sit at if you want to sit.
Details: Located at 792 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019. Official site is https://www.wondeesiam.com/
Wondee Siam is an interesting restaurant in that right next door is another Thai restaurant called Thai Noodle House that has pretty much the same menu. In fact, when I was here, I saw employees shuffle from on restaurant to the other. I think it’s safe to assume that both restaurants are owned by the same owner.
Details: Located at 135-15 40 Rd, Flushing, NY 11354. Official site is http://www.yifangtea.nyc/
Yi Fang Taiwan Fruit Tea is the new hotness in bubble tea in Flushing. Every single time I’ve walked by, there has been a ridiculous line for this places bubble tea. Finally, I decided to get on line and try it out.
I ordered their signature drink, which is the Brown Sugar Pearl Milk Tea underneath the Tea Latte section. A smaller size cost about six dollars after tax. They even specify on the menu that you cannot alter any of the aspects of this drink (like sugar content) and that it is predetermined. You can do that for almost everything else on the menu.
The main thing that makes this drink unique versus the bubble tea of its competitors is the tapioca. They serve this drink with approximately slightly less than half tapioca, half milk tea. The tapioca is warm and fresh, while the tea half is cold. What you get is a drink that is half hot and half cold and that makes all the difference. The tapioca is fresh, warm, and really soft. It’s almost like a custard. It’s a pleasant sensation. The taste of the tapioca is not extraordinary, just the texture. The tea is mostly milk and not noteworthy. If you mix the two, it turns into an average milk bubble tea.
And that’s the main trick. They serve hot, fresh tapioca. Other places make tapioca in the morning and just keep serving from that initial batch throughout the day. This place makes smaller batches of tapioca throughout the day so that customers can have it fresh and warm, which is more of a hassle for the business. This likely also contributes to the line since people have to wait for batches of tapioca to get made.
Overall, this place was fine. I think it’s worth trying, but not worth waiting in line for.
Details: Located at 941 8th Ave, New York, NY 10019. Official site is https://www.breadandhoneynyc.com/
Bread and Honey is a lunch place that largely caters to the lunch rush for workers in the area. There are some places to sit inside.
They’ve got a hot buffet and cold buffet that costs around nine dollars per pound. They also have a sandwich station and I think a noodle station. They also have shelves with packaged goods.
The buffet is not great. The quality of the food is not great. I also had an Italian sandwich for a little under nine dollars after tax. It was fine.
Overall, this place is okay. The best thing to get here is probably a breakfast sandwich.
Details: Also known as Kirin Gogo no Koucha Koda. Purchased for around $2.50 in New York City. Here’s a site that sold it but discontinued it: https://hlj.com/kirin-afternoon-tea-fruits-and-tea-refreshing-peach-500ml-pet-krn07375
This is a fruit tea drink that’s very lightly sweetened, but it is sweetened. Kind of refreshing.