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: Pazza Notte

Details: Located at 1375 6th Ave, New York, NY 10019. The official site is http://www.pazzanotte.com

Came here a quick work lunch. They have this deal where they give you a fast lunch for fifteen dollars.

You get to pick two things from a list. I ordered a salad with carbonara penne pasta. Both the salad and pasta were served in small portions and wasn’t really all that filling, which is what a need during lunch on a workday. There was some complimentary bread and biscotti as well.

Overall, not a great place for a work lunch. I imagine their dinner service is a lot more satisfying as well as expensive.

Score: 6/10

Restaurant Review: Sheng Ramen

Details: Located at 36-36 Prince St. Ste. 102, Flushing, NY 11354. I couldn’t find an official site so here’s their claimed Yelp page: http://www.yelp.com/biz/勝面-sheng-ramen-flushing

Sheng Ramen stands out in my mind because it has the best bowl of zha jiang mian (or jia jiang mian) that I’ve had in all of New York City. It isn’t the best by a wide margin, but it is the best.

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Bar Review: Juniper

Details: Located at 237 W 35th St, New York, NY 10001. The official site is http://www.juniperbarnyc.com/

Juniper is a bar located near Penn Station. They’ve got bar and table service in the back. This place is usually pretty packed so keep that in mind if you’re looking for a seat.

Had the Vietnamese chicken wings for twelve dollars. They’re good to share, not so good to eat for a single person as the taste becomes overwhelming after a while. Someone else had the Mahi burger and said it was pretty good.

Service was okay. The music was deafening.

Overall, it’s an okay place to get a drink and some food.

Score: 6/10

Restaurant Review: Tuck Room

Details: Located at 11 Fulton St, New York, NY 10038. The official site is http://www.thetuckroom.com/

Tuck Room is a really comfortable place to get a drink and a bite to eat. It isn’t all that cheap though.

The first thing you notice when you walk in is just how nice it is inside. It’s a big space. The seats are comfortable, the waiters/waitresses are all really nice, and there was a live DJ and a lady playing an electronic violin. Not something I often see for a bar and restaurant.

I had the Tuck Room Marrow Burger. It was fine. Just a slightly above average burger that came with a side of fries for twenty-four dollars… which is kind of steep for a slightly above average burger.

The cocktails here were pretty good and they even gave us a complimentary drink to try.

Overall, if you feel like paying extra for a comfortable place to eat and drink in the financial district, this isn’t a bad choice. It is a little pricey though. If I come back here again, I will definitely try their ribs. Those looked good.

Score: 6.5/10