Restaurant Review: Alley 41

Details: Located at 136-45 41st Ave, Flushing, NY 11355. Official site is

Alley 41 is a somewhat trendy Szechuan restaurant in Flushing. Szechuan is a region in China that mostly focuses on spicy food. Specifically, they have a lot of food that has that numbing type of spicy you get from a kind of peppercorn.

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Restaurant Review: Cocoron

Details: Located at 16 Delancey St, New York, NY 10002. Official site is

Cocoron is a vegan noodle place. They have vegan and non-vegan items. They mostly focus on soba.

The space is small and cramped. Service was okay. The place was severely crowded when I went.

I ordered a bowl of Kake soba for around ten dollars. It was okay. I’m starting to realize that I either don’t like soba or that I’ve never had good soba before.

Overall, Cocoron reminds me of the stereotypical trendy noodle place that is all trendy-ness, no substance. It’s not terrible, but I don’t recommend anyone come here.

Score: 5.2/10

Restaurant Review: Pio Pio

Details: Located at 210 E 34th St, New York, NY 10016, among other locations. The official site is

Pio Pio is a Peruvian restaurant with a focus on rotisserie chicken. They have other sides, too, but it’s mostly about the chicken.

The location we went was a relatively small, cramped space.

Service was meh. Not great.

In regards to food, I had the quarter dark chicken (costs five dollars) and the salchipapa (french fries with cut up hot dogs, cost six dollars). I also ate some of my friends sides. It was okay.

Overall, this isn’t a great place to eat for dinner. It’s a good place for lunch as they have decent lunch specials. If you do want to come here for dinner, you need to bring a few people with you. They don’t really serve things in individual serving sizes and none of the food here is so good that you’ll want to eat a platter of plantains or beans and rice.

Score: 6/10

Anime Review: Restaurant to Another World

Details: Also known as Isekai Shokudō. Aired in 2017. Twelve episode with each episode at a little under twenty-five minutes.

Two of the most popular genres of anime right now are fantasy anime (Sword Art Online, Konosuba, Overlord, too many others to count) and gourmet/food anime (Shoukugeki no Soma being the most popular I think). Restaurant to Another World combines these two genres to create a lighthearted anime that was relaxing and fun watch.

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Restaurant Review: Pho Best

Details: Located in the mall at 42-35 Main St, Unit 1k, Flushing, NY 11355. I couldn’t find an official site but I did find a claimed Yelp site here:

Recently I did a search for something to eat in downtown Flushing and near the top of the list was Pho Best. Pho Best is mostly the same as every other Pho noodle place in the neighborhood. What distinguishes Pho Best from the other Vietnamese Pho restaurants in Flushing is one thing: bone marrow.

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Restaurant Review: Via Carota

Details: Located at 51 Grove St, New York, NY 10014. The official site is

My goodness was this placed packed. I came here with a friend on a Saturday night and the wait took about two hours. They don’t take reservations. They just write down names onto some pipes with chalk as people come in. They have a bar where you can drink as you wait… for hours. Despite the long wait, each patron that I saw add their name to the pipes extolled the same admiration and praise for this restaurant’s food. After eating at this restaurant, I mostly disagree.

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Restaurant Review: Red 58

Details: Located at 158 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019. Official site is

What a shitty restaurant. Red 58 is the kind of restaurant that feels like it was opened by two frat brother with rich parents. One day, these two frat brother were sitting around and thought to themselves,” what if we open a bar/restaurant?” And then they did. But they didn’t know how to cook, so they hired a mutual friend who dropped out of culinary school and hired one of their Russian ex-girlfriends to be the waitress/bartender. Ask mommy and daddy for a little interior decorating investment and voilà, you have Red 58.

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