Restaurant Review: Gui Zhou Miao Jia

Details: Located at 136-55 Roosevelt Ave, Flushing, NY 11354. Couldn’t find an official site so here’s their yelp page: https://www.yelp.com/biz/gui-zhou-miao-jia-flushing

All you need to know is that this is a good place for cheap noodles. I usually get the beef noodle soup for $6.50. There are also other kinds of noodle soups, all generally under ten dollars. This place is also open pretty late on most days. I think it closes at 11:00 PM.

You should be aware that it’s in the back of a kind of dirty strip mall/food court and that most of the people eating here are Chinese immigrants.

Score: 6/10

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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

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

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: Fuku+

Details: Located at 15 W. 56th Street, First Floor, New York, NY 10019. Official site is https://fukuplus.momofuku.com/

Fuku+ is a small bar under the Momofuku brand name. There’s some seating, but not a lot.

I came here to try their spicy fried chicken sandwich and fries. The spicy fried chicken sandwich costs eight dollars and consists of a friend chicken patty (tasted like dark meat) with pickles on a potato bun. It came with their Ssam sauce on the side, which mostly tasted like Korean gochujang sauce. I kind of wish they had some mayo or aioli type sauce on the sandwich, but it was fine even though the sandwich itself had no sauce on it. Fries were three dollars and average.

Overall, this is just your standard bar food. Nothing extraordinary, nor do I think it was intended as such. Just your average small bar inside a hotel. Additionally, there’s a Momofuku Milk Bar in front of the place, but bring credit card if you want some dessert because that’s all they take.

Score: 5.2/10

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