Details: Located at 54 West 56th Street, New York NY 10019, among other locations. The official site is https://www.nayaexpress.com/
Naya Express is a chain of fast casual restaurants, like Chipotle, which differ in that they lean more towards Mediterranean flavors. That just means that they add hummus and pita bread to your burrito bowl.
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Details: Located at 58 W 56th St. Fl. 2, New York, NY 10019. The official site is http://www.bengaltigerindianfood.com/
Bengal Tiger Indian Food is an Indian restaurant in midtown Manhattan. They have a pretty good lunch deal, which is what I got.
The lunch deal they have includes two choice of dishes, rice and naan bread for around ten dollars. They have vegetarian options for those who are into that sort of thing. I had the chicken tikka masala and the aloo gobi matar (stir fried potatoes, cauliflower and peas).
The dining area is up a flight of shady looking stairs. It’s a dimly lit, kind of shady looking space. The people working there were fine though and I got the food to go.
Overall, Bengal Tiger Indian Food is a decent place to get Indian food takeout in midtown Manhattan at a decent price. I’d recommend it for lunch during a work day.
Details: Located at 62 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019. I couldn’t find and official site so here’s there Yelp page https://www.yelp.com/biz/k-bap-new-york
K-Bap is a home style Korean restaurant in midtown Manhattan. That means that they serve the Korean classics like kimbap, japchae, bibimbap, bulgogi and galbi, etc.
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Details: Located at 43-45 West 55th St. 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10019. Official site is: http://www.katsuhama.com/
Katsu-hama is a Japanese restaurant that specializes in… katsu. Katsu is Japanese style breaded chicken or pork cutlet.
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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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Details: Located at 45 W 81st St, New York, NY 10024, in the Excelsior Hotel. The official site is http://www.calleochonyc.com/
Calle Ocho is a Cuban restaurant across the street from a museum (can’t remember which one) and inside a hotel.
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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.
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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Details: 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.
Details: Located at 248 E 52nd St, New York, NY 10022. Official site is http://tottoramen.com/
It wasn’t that long ago that Totto Ramen was considered by many New Yorkers to be the best ramen in the city. Years have gone by, and while I’m not sure it’s the best ramen in the city, it’s one of the best bowls of ramen I’ve had in New York at a good price.
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