Restaurant Review: Homemade Taqueria

Details: Located at 40-10 Junction Blvd, Corona, NY 11368. Official site is https://www.homemadetaqueria.com/

A good place for cheap tacos. I had the bistec and the al pastor tacos. Most tacos cost around $2.50 to $3.00. Horchatta was pretty good. Very cinammon-y. Lady at the register was nice.

Score: 6.5/10

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Restaurant Review: D Napoli Pizza

Details: Located at 906 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022. Official site is http://dnapolipizza.com/

Not much to say about this place other than that it’s a decent place to get a slice of pizza in Midtown East. A regular slice is around three dollars. Everything else costs a little more. I got a cheeseburger with fries from here… bad decision. Just get the pizza because the hamburger was about as good as something from McDonald’s, maybe a little worse. They have a deal where its about six dollars for two regular slices and a drink. I usually come here for their white pizza, which is all right.

Overall, a decent place for pizza.

Score: 6/10

Restaurant Review: Glaze Teriyaki

Details: Located at 638 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022. Official site is https://www.glaze.com/

Came here for lunch one day. I ordered the chicken thigh teriyaki which came with rice and a small salad. It was okay. The chicken actually didn’t taste very good. There are some places to sit, but it is a small space catering to the lunch crowd. The cost of the meal was around nine dollars.

Overall, it was okay. I probably wont’ come back because I didn’t like how the chicken tasted. I do think you should give it a try if you work in the area and see how you feel about it.

Score: 5.5/10

Restaurant Review: Sakagura

Details: Located at 211 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017. The official site is http://www.sakagura.com/

I’ve never walked out of a tapas place completely satisfied. Not European tapas, American tapas, Asian tapas, or any kind of tapas. It’s mostly because tapas — at least in New York City — generally cost a lot of money for a little bit of food. I always walk out of tapas restaurants with an empty wallet and mostly empty stomach. The same was true of Sakagura.

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Restaurant Review: Hibachi Express 1

Details: Located at 4 Cortlandt St, New York, NY 10007. Official site is http://www.hibachiexpressny.nyc/index.html

Came here for a quick lunch. Got the chicken which came with rice and cooked vegetables. It’s pretty much the same as the chicken teriyaki you’d expect from the food court at a mall. Wasn’t great, but wasn’t terrible. Cost around eight to nine dollars. They also have beef, shrimp, and tofu if you want that. Portions were smaller than I’d have liked.

Score: 4.5/10

Restaurant Review: Giano

Details: Located at 126 E 7th St., New York, NY 10009. The official site is http://www.gianonyc.com/

According to foursquare.com, this place has the best tiramisu in the east village. I don’t know if I’d agree with that. Their pasta is pretty good.

I ordered the Bigoli al ragu d’agnello e noci tostate (homemade thick spaghetti with slow cooked braised lamb ragout and toasted walnut powder) for $17.95 and the tiramisu for $7.95. The pasta came in an unusually large plate for such a small amount of pasta. Serving sizes are somewhat small here. I will say that the quality of the pasta was comparable to Eataly, which I think is the best pasta I’ve eaten in New York City in this price range. The tiramisu was good, although I don’t think that it was so good as to be the best I’ve ever had.

Service was nice. Interior was nice as it was your standard, trendy dim lighting with exposed brick.

Overall, while a good place to eat, I probably wouldn’t recommend it because of the small portions. I would recommend it to anyone who’s vegan or all about that gluten free life. The main reason we came here was to appease our very vegan friend.

Score: 6.7/10

Restaurant Review: Go Zen (near NYU, NYC)

Official site: http://www.gozenfamily.com/

Another day, another vegan place. Hung out with my vegan friends again so I dragged my self to another vegan place to torture myself. As with past vegan restaurants, I will express not only my opinion of the place, but that of my vegan friends.

In my opinion, this place is symptomatic of all vegan places; it was tasteless, bland, and a poor imitation of what food should taste like. What’s amazing to me is that the things I ordered are served in non-vegan places, things like crispy rolls and Kao Fu (marinated gluten) and this place just does it shittier. The original recipe called for no meat, yet because it was produced in a vegan place, the quality of taste drops immensely. I just don’t understand it. It’s like if it tastes good, then it’s not truly vegan. I’m starting to think that this blandness is the exact kind of taste that vegans look for.

In the opinion of my vegan friends, the place was great. They specifically like the sesame seitan.

Score: 2/10 Vegan food depresses me.

Restaurant Review: Tacuba Cantina Mexicana (Hell’s Kitchen, NYC)

Official site: http://www.tacubanyc.com/tacubahk

Came here dinner. The first and foremost thing to keep in mind is that the portions are tiny, especially considering the prices. The tacos were tiny and my carne asada was also pretty small. The gaucamole is okay, but it’s okay everywhere.

Score: 3.8/10 Spent a bunch of money for some of the smallest tacos I have ever seen. Never coming back. There are far too many restaurants that can do tacos and decent guacamole for less money and larger serving sizes. Drinks were all right.

Restaurant Review: American Cut (NYC)

Official site: http://www.americancutsteakhouse.com/

Came here for restaurant week and was not disappointed.

Ordered the prix fixe menu. Appetizers were Jim Baker oysters, Cesar salad, and thick cut bacon. Entrees consisted of hanger steak, chicken, or salmon. We all had mashed potatoes for sides and the cracker jack sundae for dessert. Price for all was $38.00.

They toss the salad at table side, which was nice I guess. It’s still just salad. Oyster were all right. That bacon was amazing though. The bacon was so thick it was bordering on a name change to pork belly. Really good.

We mostly had steak, which is all right. Someone had salmon, which was also ok. The steak was better after I added some peppercorn sauce to it. Got to ask your waiter for that though. Mash potatoes were good, but if you let them sit for too long, you could see the butter separating from the potatoes. There was a lot of butter in those potatoes. Dessert was good, but really small.

Service was fantastic.

Loved the interior. Great design choices and the chairs were very comfortable.

Score: 7/10. Enjoyed it. Would come here again.