Restaurant Review: Sugar Freak

Details: Located at 37-11 30th Ave, Long Island City, NY 11103. Official site is

Sugar Freak is a cajun/southern restaurant in Astoria. They serve your classic cajun dishes like seafood boils, jambalaya, and Po’ boys.

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Restaurant Review: Cafe Du Soleil

Details: Located at 2723 Broadway, New York, NY 10025. Official site is

Cafe Du Soleil is a casual French restaurant on the Upper West Side near Columbia University.

I ordered the Boeuf Bourguignon (braised beef in red wine sauce, mushrooms, pearl onions, bacon, and fettuccine for $28) and had the Tarte Tatin (upside down warm caramelized apple tart for $6). The bourguignon was pretty good. The tarte was okay, but it tasted a little burnt.

Service was very nice. The interior was dimly lit, packed with people, and comfortable.

Overall, a great place to eat if you live in the neighborhood. I don’t know if it’s worth a trip uptown though.

Score: 7/10

Food Stall Review: Taco Dumbo

Details: Located at Pennsy, the food court at 2 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY 10121. The official site is

Pennsy is a food court at Madison Square Garden. Taco Dumbo is a food stall inside. It’s a really hipster-y food stall.

I ordered the Wild Salmon Nori Taco for four dollars and the Chicken Tinga Taco for four dollars. The nori taco was more like sushi than taco and was dressed with a chipotle mayo. The chicken tinga was your regular taco. Both were okay.

Overall, it was okay for the price.

Score: 6.5/10

Food Stall Review: Donuts from The Cinnamon Snail

Details: Located at the food hall Pennsy, at 2 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY 10121. The official site is

Pennsy is a food court located at Madison Square Garden. The Cinnamon Snail is vegan food truck with a stall in Pennsy. I didn’t really eat much here except some blackberry donuts for about two dollars a piece. It was pretty fucking good for a vegan donut. Tasted like a donut from Dough, which is denser and more cake-like than your average donut. If you’re vegan, you should definitely try one. If you’re not, then you won’t be able to taste a difference.

Score: 7/10

Restaurant Review: Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ

Details: Located at 40-52 Main Street, Floor 2, Flushing, NY 11354. Official site is

Gyu-Kaku is a chain of Japanese BBQ restaurants across America (perhaps even internationally). If you’ve ever had Korean barbecue, you’ll have a pretty good idea what you’re in for.

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Restaurant Review: Saigon Shack

Details: Located at 114 MacDougal Street, New York, New York 10012. Official site is

Saigon Shack is a Vietnamese restaurant near New York University. The most important things to keep in mind with this restaurant is that they do not take reservations, they only seat when the entire party is present, they only take cash, the prices are surprisingly cheap, and the food is surprisingly good.

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Restaurant Review: Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan

Details: Located at 42-47 Main St, Queens, NY 11355. Official site is

Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan is a Sichuan restaurant that mostly caters to family style eating. That means communal dishes to share. They don’t really cater to individuals buying separate things. Accordingly, the menu is kind of expensive considering the type of food they’re serving.

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Restaurant Review: Canaan Bakery

Details: Located at 4030 Union St, Flushing, NY 11354. I couldn’t find an official page so here’s the unclaimed Yelp page:

Canaan Bakery is a small, mom and pop Korean bakery with a surprisingly varied selection. In addition to cakes and other baked goods, they recently started selling steamed buns as well. It’s all pretty good stuff. However, I worry for this place because there are a lot of higher end Asian bakeries in Flushing and I’m not sure how a small independent bakery like this place can compete.

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Restaurant Review: Naked Crab

Details: Located at 39-16 College Point Blvd, Flushing, NY 11354. Official site is

Naked Crab is a fairly expensive seafood restaurant when compared to the other restaurants in Flushing. It mostly focuses on Cajun style seafood boils, but they also have a surprising number of higher end seafood dishes that cost a lot.

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