Restaurant Review: Dim Sum Palace

Details: Located at 334 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036. The official site is  https://www.dimsumpalace.com/

I didn’t come here for the dim sum, I came here for the takeout. Had the general tso’s chicken lunch special where, as at most place, you get a soup (got corn soup) and rice (got vegetable fried rice) with the chicken. Cost around ten dollars. Overall, it was okay. The vegetable fried rice wasn’t great.

Score: 5/10

Food Cart Review: The Halal Guys

Details: There a number of carts here that are Halal Guys and a number that are imitators. The one cart that is undoubtedly a genuine Halal Guys cart is on the southwest corner of 6th Avenue and 53rd Street, New York, NY. The official site is http://thehalalguys.com/

A number of years ago I came here once under the pretense that this was the best halal cart in New York City. To my recollection, I paid around five dollars for what was arguably the best halal in the city, though not by a wide margin. Fast forward to the present day, and while I can say the food is about the same as it was the last time I had it, the price isn’t.

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Restaurant: Kiku Japanese Restaurant

Details: Located at 50 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019. I couldn’t find the official site so here’s the Yelp page: https://www.yelp.com/biz/kiku-japanese-restaurant-new-york-2

Kiku is one of those completely not authentic Japanese takeout restaurants. In fact, it’s the kind of restaurant that you find online and order takeout from, but one you never actually visit. As someone who has actually visited this place, I can say that its actual location is kind of a shit hole.

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Restaurant Review: Global Kitchen

Details: Locataed at 1290 Ave Of Americas, New York, NY 10019. Official site is https://www.nyglobalkitchen.com/

Global Kitchen is your standard New York City lunch spot. It’s like a cafeteria in that they offer a variety of options. They don’t do any specific thing especially well, but they do them decently and provide enough options to buttress the lack of quality. It’s the kind of place meant to serve the many office workers in the area with a fast, reasonably priced variety of choices for lunch. They have pizza, salads, sandwiches, sushi, poke, Korean food (mostly bowls or platters), burritos, and hot entrees among other things.

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Restaurant Review: Flower Brook Mifen House

Details: Located at 44-35 Kissena Blvd, Flushing, NY 11355. I couldn’t find the official site so here’s the Yelp page: https://www.yelp.com/biz/flower-brook-mifen-house-flushing

I came here one day on a whim. There’s a lot of places in Flushing that sell Chinese ramen or noodle soup. Flower Brook Mifen House is another such place.

I ordered the beef noodle soup, which was around eight dollars. The meat was cut into small cubes and the noodles were okay, but didn’t stay firm for long. They let you choose how spicy you want it and it can get pretty spicy. The spice they use is the numbing, Sichuan kind, not just hot.

Overall, it was okay. I think that if you had to choose between the beef noodle soup here and the beef noodle soup from the nearby Red Mountain Noodle House, the Red Mountain Noodle House’s noodles were easily better. Better noodles and broth. If you’re in the area, go to the Red Mountain Noodle House instead. However, if you like overly spicy food, this place isn’t terrible.

Score: 5/10

Restaurant Review: Blue Ocean Poke

Details: Located at 47 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019. I couldn’t find an official site so here’s their Yelp page: https://www.yelp.com/biz/blue-ocean-poke-new-york-3

Like weeds, poke place have spawned across New York City and don’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. Poke, is essentially a Hawaiian style sashimi salad. That means raw fish with rice, vegetables, and sauce among other toppings. Blue Ocean Poke is another one of these poke places.

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Restaurant Review: Fu Yuan

WP_20170723_001Details: Located at 135-43 Roosevelt Ave, Flushing, NY 11355. I couldn’t find an official page so here’s the Yelp page: http://www.yelp.com/biz/fu-yuan-富源腸粉店-flushing

I’ve walked by this place many times and I have never seen it without a line, at least when it’s open. I have no idea when the hours are but they are narrow. When this is place is open, its popularity cannot be denied.

Fu Yuan mostly serves rice rolls. That’s traditional, Chinese, steamed, soft rolls of white rice dough that many Chinese people grew up eating. You can get some with the classic oyster sauce and peanut butter sauce. You can also get toppings like fish balls and some other things I can’t recall, but plain rice rolls is generally how it’s eaten. The price ranges from around two to three dollars for a serving. It’s a small store front so don’t expect anyplace to stand or sit.

Overall, it’s okay. I think the primary attraction of this place is to all the Chinese people who grew up eating this stuff. This place sells nostalgia. For people who didn’t grow up eating this stuff, they eat it for the food credibility, for the ability to brag about eating something quintessentially Chinese. As someone who doesn’t care to brag about eating rice rolls and who did not grow up eating this stuff, I feel no compulsion to shower praises on this place. The food was okay. It was just okay. Rice rolls in general are just okay.

Score: 5.5/10

Video Game Review: Final Fantasy IV: The After Years

Details: Originally released in 2008 for various mobile systems and was subsequently released for the PC. I played the 3D version. I purchased this game for the PC through Steam in a bundle along with Final Fantasy IV for around $11.50. I spent about fifty-one hours playing through this game.

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years is a sequel to the beloved Final Fantasy IV (also known as Final Fantasy II in the United States), much like Final Fantasy X-2 was to Final Fantasy X. The version I played was the 3D remake of the original 2D version. While I enjoyed the game, there is no reason to play this game if you haven’t played and loved Final Fantasy IV.

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