Restaurant Review: Alley 41

Details: Located at 136-45 41st Ave, Flushing, NY 11355. Official site is

Alley 41 is a somewhat trendy Szechuan restaurant in Flushing. Szechuan is a region in China that mostly focuses on spicy food. Specifically, they have a lot of food that has that numbing type of spicy you get from a kind of peppercorn.

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Restaurant Review: Bread and Butter

Details: Located at 25 W 56th St., New York NY 10019, among other locations. Official site is

Bread and Butter is a place that largely caters to the working crowd in Manhattan. They have a couple of stations that make sandwiches, noodles, baked goods, and a buffet/salad bar.

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Restaurant Review: Cocoron

Details: Located at 16 Delancey St, New York, NY 10002. Official site is

Cocoron is a vegan noodle place. They have vegan and non-vegan items. They mostly focus on soba.

The space is small and cramped. Service was okay. The place was severely crowded when I went.

I ordered a bowl of Kake soba for around ten dollars. It was okay. I’m starting to realize that I either don’t like soba or that I’ve never had good soba before.

Overall, Cocoron reminds me of the stereotypical trendy noodle place that is all trendy-ness, no substance. It’s not terrible, but I don’t recommend anyone come here.

Score: 5.2/10

Restaurant Review: Candle 79

Details: Located at 154 E 79th St, New York, NY 10075. Official site is

I came here for vegan brunch because… vegans.

We sat in a comfortable booth.

I had the cranberry apple french toast for fourteen dollars. It was okay.

Overall, vegan food is still pretty depressing. Worth mentioning is that this place is really popular and was packed when we got there, which was around lunch time.

Score: 5/10

Fast Food Review: McDonald’s Bacon McDouble, New Classic Chicken Sandwich and the $1 $2 $3 Dollars Menu

Details: Located at 946 8th Ave, New York, NY 10019, among other locations. Official site is

McDonald’s has redesigned their value menu and, in my opinion, has made itself a much more competitive option versus the other fast food companies in the United States. This $1, $2, $3 value menu is a step in the right direction.

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Restaurant Review: Salt & Bone Smokehouse

Details: Located at 32-07 30th Ave, Astoria, NY 11102. The official site is

Salt & Bone Smokehouse is a barbecue place in Astoria. It’s not the best barbecue I’ve ever had, but it was satisfying.

I ordered the half rack of ribs (cost $22) and a small order of potato salad (cost $4). Ribs were pretty good. The potato salad was pretty good… for the first four bites. It was hard to eat after that as I got real tired of the taste. There are like some small seasoning they use, I think it might be capers, that they over did. The potato salad wasn’t great.

Overall, if you want barbecue and live nearby, then Salt & Bone isn’t bad. I think there are vastly better barbecue places in the area though. Butcher Bar comes to mind.

Score: 6.6/10