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Eats On Lex

Well-reviewed American bistro near the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

What We Had

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We started with two Asian Fried Oysters – These oysters gave a really nice bite with a great (not overpowering) fried taste and fresh little palate cleansing salad. I would recommend, even for diners on the fence regarding the issue of oysters.

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We were also brought crusty table bread with a clever little roasted garlic hummus spread.

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And just because we couldn’t resist (and because the Museum had sapped so much energy we feared we were near death), we ordered the Tableside Steak Tartar. This dish was really, really good. I had forgotten just how much I love tartar when it is prepared well, which this was.

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My entree was the Bricked Free-range Cornish Hen – OMFG, this dish was fantabulous. Crispy skin, succulent meat, all the right spices – a triumph. The accompanying mash and roasted veg were just the thing to sop up the imminently drinkable pan sauce dressing.

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My DH had the Dry-aged Steak House Burger – This was one of the best burgers either of us had eaten in quite awhile (excluding the Pat la Freida patties we bought from Fresh direct).

Décor

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Bistro – clean blacks & whites.

Service

Fair.

Overall Impressions

A great find. We happened to be at the museum and at the end of our collective ropes when my DH stumbled upon a good review on Google. Thanks, Google, this really hit the spot.

Rating

4 out of 5 for quality food in a nice atmosphere. A touch pricey but not bad at all – just enough to keep them from a 5.

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Stir Crazy

Big chain (I’m guessing) Mongolian style BBQ & full Asian fusion menu in the Palisades Mall.

What We Had

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We started with the potsticker trio sampler – 2 each pork, lobster and chicken.

All three were winners. Nice and flavorful, prepared well with a bright little Thai style cucumber salad alongside to clean the palate.

This was accompanied by a trio of tasty sauces – coconut curry, fresh duck & ponzu.

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For a main course, I had the Thai BBQ Tacos On Parata (beef & chicken) – These were great, and that parata is addicting. The sauce on the beef was a touch sweet for my taste, but I was able to balance that out with lime. The chicken was better balanced out the gate.

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My DH had the Mongolian BBQ with chicken (aka Market Stir Fry) – We have sorely missed Mongolian BBQ over the past few years, having been spoiled by a glut of the stuff while living in NC. This wasn’t the very best rendition ever, but it certainly wasn’t bad.

Décor

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Wide open with kitschy oversized food sculpture hanging from the ceiling.

Service

Not the worst, but my food did take forever and a half to come out.

Overall Impressions

Not a terrible spot for mall food.

Rating

3 out of 5 for interesting flavor combos but clunky saucing.

Great NY Noodle Town

Little hole-in-the-wall noodle joint in Chinatown.

What We Had

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My DH had the Roast Pork and Wonton Noodles Soup – This soup had some of the best Chinese-style pork either of us have yet eaten. The wontons were good, but the pork was the real star here.

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I had the Roast Duck and Noodles In Soup – The duck tasted great, but be forewarned that the meat is cleaver-chopped and includes bone fragments. Eat with caution.

Both bowls had deeply flavored broth (his had a fish base; mine had duck base), and the noodles were fresh and expertly prepared.

Décor

Nothing fancy, mostly white walls with menu items and mirror.

Service

About what one would expect. Perfunctory. Stink eye-free, even though we were the only ’round eye’ table in the joint for much of our meal (a good sign, to be sure).

Overall Impressions

This is a great place to grab a really cheap, good bite any time of day and into the wee hours of the morning. Be prepared; the restaurant accepts cash only.

Rating

4 out of 5 for great pork & comforting noodles.

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