Restaurant Review: Famous Original Ray’s Pizza

Details: Located at 831 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019. The official site is http://www.rayspizza.com/

The best part about this place is its location. If you’re in Times Square and you want a slice of pizza, this is one of the few places to go. The pizza is pretty good actually, slightly better than average. Unfortunately, this place charges around three dollars for a slice, which is blasphemy in terms of pizza pricing in New York City. The grand majority of pizzerias in New York City follow the rule that a single slice of regular pizza will not cost more than a single fare on the subway, which is two dollars and seventy-five cents at the moment. At three dollars, Famous Original Ray’s Pizza has broken that rule. This rule obviously doesn’t include upscale Italian restaurants, just the regular Joe places that sell pizza by the slice.

Score: 6/10

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Bakery Review: Maison Kayser

Detais: Located at 1377 6th Avenue, New York NY 10019, among other places. The official site is http://maison-kayser-usa.com/

Maison Kayser is a bakery similar to Financier Patisserie. They have various baked goods like breads, cookies, cakes, etc. They also have sandwiches in an open refrigerator, which Financier Patisserie does not have.

I’ve tried a number of their desserts and baked goods. They generally cost around five to ten dollars for a single serving size. They are mostly pretty good, but I think Financier Patisserie has a larger selection of desserts and the kinds of desserts Financier has taste better in my opinion. I will say that Maison Kayser is a truer bakery in that they actually have a variety of bread instead of desserts only. Financier only has desserts.

Overall, Maison Kayser is a good place to get slightly better quality and slightly higher priced bread and desserts.

Score: 6/10

Restaurant Review: Printon 56

Details: Located at 50 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019. The official site is http://www.printon56.com/splash.php

Printon 56 is your standard, no frills New York City lunch place for office workers. They have pizza, a hot station where you can get a meat entree with two sides, a sandwich station, and a salad station. Most things here cost somewhere around ten dollars. A slice of pizza costs two dollars and seventy-five cents I think.

Overall, the food here isn’t great. There’s a place to sit in the back of where they serve pizza. Prices aren’t great considering the quality of food. Chipotle still wins in terms of quality of food versus price, which makes this a place you should avoid unless you are desperate, have eaten everything else within a block radius and want to eat something different. Otherwise, avoid this place. Also worth mentioning is that I’ve had a slice of pizza here that literally made me sick and need to take a sick day.

Score: 4/10

Movie Review: Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Details: Released in 2017. Under two hours and a half long. Stars Taron EgertonColin FirthMark Strong. Directed by Matthew Vaughn. Rated R.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is the sequel to the action packed, often ridiculous Kingsman: The Secret Service. The prior film was a movie that wanted to modernize and give a more comedic, R rated take on the spy genre that movies like the James Bond franchise familiarized to audiences. The Golden Circle continues what the first film started by adding more action, more well-known names to the cast, and more jokes. If you like the first Kingsman movie, you will enjoy this. Minor spoilers ahead, but nothing that wasn’t in the trailer above or on a promotional movie poster.

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Anime Movie Review: Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale

Details: Released in 2017. Around two hours long.

I first watched the anime Sword Art Online as it was airing a very long time ago. I really liked as there were no other shows at the time quite like it. Since then, countless animes hoping to profit off the success of Sword Art Online have copied the general plot aspects of this show and turned it into a whole genre, drowning anime watchers in a sea of shows where the protagonist is transported/reborn into a fantasy world where they can level up as if in a video game. As someone watching this movie in this context, I can say that the movie was not great, with the best part of the movie being the after credits scene.

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Anime Review: Sound! Euphonium

Details: Also known as Hibike! YūfoniamuOriginally aired in 2015. There are fourteen episodes in season one and thirteen episodes in season two. Most episodes are generally around twenty-four minutes.

Sound! Euphonium is a musically themed high school drama with a heavy emphasis on the drama and less emphasis on the music.  There are very few performances of music and while music gives the story context, it does not do as good a job presenting music as animes like Beck or Nodame Cantibile. With that said, Sound! Euphonium is a solid high school drama that successfully dances the line between drama and melodrama and succeeds at telling a compelling, believable story.

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Video Game Review: Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell

Details: Originally released in 2015. This is a stand alone game independent from Saints Row IV. I purchased the game for PC through Steam for $3.74. I spent about four hours playing the game.

Gat Out of Hell is standalone downloadable content for Saints Row IV, similar to how Freedom Cry was standalone DLC for Assassin’s Creed IV. That means you don’t need Saints Row IV to play this game, but it continues the story and looks the same technically.

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Video Game Review: Saints Row IV: Game of the Century Edition

Details: Originally released in 2013. I purchased the Game of the Century Edition (has all DLC) for PC through Steam for around $5.00. I spent about twenty-two hours playing the game, beating it and going through the two story dlc’s.

Saints Row IV does not feel like a sequel to Saints Row III. It uses the same engine and reuses a lot of the same assets, making the game visually redundant. Saints Row IV instead feels like downloadable content for Saints Row III or, at best, an expansion for the prior game.

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Restaurant Review: SpoonFed New York Country

Details: Located at 331 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019. The official site is http://www.spoonfednyc.com/

I have a weakness for southern food. I love it despite how unhealthy and heavy it is. But what I love about SpoonFed NYC is that they take southern comfort food and they put just a little twist on it, not enough to change the core of the food but enough so you feel like your eating something a little new and different.

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