Restaurant Review: Soba Azuma

Details: Located at 251 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019. The official site is https://www.sobaazuma55.com/

I came here for dinner one night and ordered the Azuma Gozen (mini assorted tempura, dashimaki, three pieces of salmon sashimi, random side dish, rice, soba, and a scoop of ice cream, cost $19.50). You can get hot or cold soba. I chose cold. You can also order 100 grams, 200 grams, or 300 grams of soba depending on how much you feel like eating. Any serving size up to 300 grams all cost the same and over 300 grams costs extra.

The thing about soba is that it’s supposed to taste different. It’s also supposed to  be healthier. I can’t testify to any of that. To me, it just tasted like a bowl of regular noodles. I will say that if I ever have soba again, I will order the hot option where it comes served in a soup/broth. The cold version comes with cold noodles with a cold dipping sauce. It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t all that appetizing eating cold noodles.

Overall, not bad. If you’re in the area and feel like eating something slightly different from Japanese ramen, this isn’t a bad choice.

Score: 6.4/10

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Restaurant Review: Via Trenta

Details: Located at 36-19 30th Ave, Astoria, NY 11103. The official site is http://viatrenta.com/

The best pasta I’ve had in New York City in the fifteen to thirty dollar price range was at Eataly. The pasta at Via Trenta is about as good, if not better.

I had the fettuccine ala bolognese for seventeen dollars. It was a great plate of pasta. The noodles were really fresh. I also had a slice of ricotta cheese cake for around seven dollars. If you like New York City style cheesecake, don’t get this. Ricotta cheese cake is not like New York style cheese cake and I didn’t like it.

Overall, this was a great Italian restaurant with great pasta. It’s a good place for a date or just dinner with friends.

Score: 7/10

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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Restaurant Review: Sushiya

Details: Located at 28 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019. The official site is http://www.sushiya56.com/

Sushiya is a Japanese restaurant in midtown Manhattan. I came here for lunch and ordered the Ten Don (rice bowl with tempura fried vegetables and shrimp on top) for around thirteen dollars. It was okay.

If you’re in the area and in the mood for Japanese food, I’d probably recommend Ise Menkui-Tei instead since it’s on the same block, but priced slightly cheaper for similar items.

Score: 6/10

Restaurant Review: Topaz Thai Authentic

Details: Located at 127 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019. I couldn’t find the official site so here’s the Yelp page: https://www.yelp.com/biz/topaz-thai-authentic-new-york

Came here for their lunch special. Had the pad thai for about twelve dollars. The portion is one of the smallest portions of pad thai I’ve ever been served. I generally don’t recommend this place for lunch, except that there aren’t that many other Thai places in the immediate area. So if you work a block or two away and don’t want to walk any further than a block or two for lunch, this is the only Thai option you have.

Score: 5.5/10

Restaurant Review: Ise Menkui-Tei

Details: Located at 58 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019. I couldn’t find an official site so here’s the Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/ise-menkui-tei-new-york

Ise Menkui-Tei is a Japanese restaurant in midtown Manhattan.

I’ve been here twice and had the Hakata ramen (pork bone broth soup, 2 pieces roasted Pork, bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, scallion, pickled ginger, and sesame seeds) and the pork katsu don. Both items cost around ten dollars, a little under ten dollars I think but I can’t recall exactly. Both items were all right.

There’s plenty of seats inside and service was fine.

Overall, it’s a good place for lunch during the workday. Certainly not the highest quality Japanese restaurant I’ve ever been to, but decent.

Score: 6/10