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Ramen Setagaya

Noodles in the village. Listed as a favorite ramen shop of Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto.

What We Had

Chicken gyoza – The gyoza was ok. Could have used more seasoning and TLC.

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I had the R1 Shio Ramen – BBQ pork, bamboo shoots, seaweed, scallions, scallop powder & salt taste egg.

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My DH had the R6 Spicy Miso Ramen – BBQ pork, bamboo shoots, corn, miso, salt taste egg, onions, bean sprouts & cabbage.

Chewy, perfect noodles wrapped in rich, luscious broth. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – ramen is the apex comfort food in my book, and the perfect remedy for the world’s ills.

My dish was more delicate than my DH’s, but it was still a great bowl of noodles, especially if you favor delicate taste over flavor bludgeon.

The BBQ pork in both bowls brought a nice smoky depth to the overall product, and is a must-have.

Decor

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You eat at long counters very informally. Lots of Japanese menu items on the wall.

Service

Standard for a busy noodle shop – they tend to leave you alone.

Overall Impressions

The only recommendation qualm we had was that our food came out at vastly different times; my DH was half done with his bowl when the gyoza arrived, which was followed almost immediately by my dish.

We still have to hand the ramen win to Ippudo, if for no better reason than the pork chunks. This is a great shop, and we will definitely be back – but Ippudo has our heart.

Rating

3.75 out of 5 for solid food but wonky serve times.

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Fox & Fiddle Kitchen & Bar

Pub grub in the Upper Upper East Side.

What We Had

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I had the Angus NY sirloin steak with 2 fried eggs and home fries. Perfectly cooked steak – the eggs were, however, cooked to death with no seasoning. I was happy with dish overall, but my DH’s pie was the winner.

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My DH had the Shepherds Pie – beef carrots onions peas and Parmesan crusted mashed potato with gravy. This was a stellar pie – good mix of veg to beef, really good taste, wholly satisfying.

Decor

Cute old school pub feel with dark woods, lots of mirrors, and black & white flooring.

Good music – Nirvana, greatest hits from the late 90s/early 00s.

Service

Decent service for a Saturday afternoon from our Irish-accented waitress.

Overall Impressions

A good find. Definitely worth checking out again if in the neighborhood.

Rating

3.75 out of 5 for better than expected quality in a relaxed atmosphere

Ten Japanese Cuisine

Sushi and dishes in Park Slope.

What We Had

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Sushi & Sashimi For Two

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Wasabi Pork Shumai – These were sinus clearing but tasty.

The sushi was really fresh, good quality, good variety and a nice roll. The raw shrimp sushi was on the challenging side.

Decor

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Modern black & white with pops of red.

Service

Not bad. Efficient.

Overall Impressions

Ako in Williamsburg is better, but this is closer. We base this not on the fish quality, which is superb at both places, but on the rice temperature and seasoning. Ako’s is better, therefore has to be our more favorite sushi spot.

Rating

DH says 3.5 out of 5 because the rice was nothing special, but I’m bumping it up to 3.75 because there was nothing wrong with the food and we will go there again.

Energy Kitchen

Healthy fast food. We visited the location near Central Park.

Nothing on the menu is over 500 calories. Everything is steamed, baked or broiled; nothing is fried. They serve smoothies, platters, wraps, burgers, salads, breakfasts, and only low calorie fountain beverages.

What We Had

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We both had the bison steak & cheese wrap with mushrooms, low fat cheese and onions and a side of baked fries. The sandwiches were pretty good – just enough cheese to know it’s there; the meat & cheese together was juicy enough to be satisfying and feel decadent enough for fast food. Not fine dining, but good enough for a quick meal.

The fries were fabulous and virtually guilt-free.

Decor

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Bright and welcoming mostly white interior with pops of blues and greens.

Service

Typical fast food counter service.

Overall Impressions

This is a place I could see us coming to again. It’s fast food I can get behind. The menu is varied with lots of great looking sides I’d like to try, including a black bean and mango salad, mashed sweet potatoes, and asparagus.

Rating

3.75 out of 5 for decent food and being a healthy option for lunch on the go that isn’t necessarily a salad.

Ruby Foo’s

Ruby Foo’s

Big Chinese off of Times Square. We visited with a friend who also loves Chinese on the way to the Down show.

What We Had

We foisted our obsession onto our poor Friday post work frazzled friend, to good effect. The Szechuan Pork Dumplings were flavorful; sweet & mildly spicy; and gone all too soon.

We ordered three entrees and passed it all around family style.

General Ruby’s – Good flavor, nice chicken.

Spicy Beef Udon – Good flavor, sweet but spicy.

Kung Pao Chicken – Great spice, nice chicken.

Decor

Gorgeous lacquers, reds and golds.

Service

Not bad.

Overall Impressions

I had zero hopes for this place due solely to its location and large sign; I’m happy to have been proven wrong. We all had a great time and even made it to the show on time – just after the door crowd got their drinks and just as the first band started. Perfect timing.

Rating

3.75 out of 5 for presenting a solid option just off the Times Square madness.

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No food pics, just decor. I was too busy trying not to freak out about the possibility of being late for the show.

Waterfront Ale House

Waterfront Ale House

Dive-ish bar & grill in Cobble Hill. Known for good liquor & free popcorn.

What We Had

I had the Pulled Smoked Chicken in Mustard Sauce Sandwich with coleslaw – The chicken was nice and juicy, with a pleasant sweet and sour tang from the mustard sauce. It was also pulled well, with a good mix of large to small chunks and no fat or gristle. The coleslaw was also a nice surprise – mustardy, refreshing and crisp.

My DH had the French Dip Sandwich with fries – This was a great sandwich; good meat cooked well, with robust flavor and really good fries.

Much to my continued delight, this place specializes in condiments, with at least three special house brands lined up along the myriad bottles of mustards, BBQ sauces and hot sauces.

To Drink

Magic Hat Elder Betty
Coney Island Blockhead

Décor

Minimal with an interesting lighted cityscape over the bar.

Service

Not the worst ever – it’s a bar and grill; adjust your expectations accordingly.

Overall Impressions

This is a quaint little neighborhood watering hole – great for drinks, mingling, and a bite.

Rating

3.75 out of 5 for food that was better than expected.

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Friedman’s Lunch

Friedman’s Lunch

Mostly comfort food in Chelsea Market.

What We Had

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I had the Chelsea Tacos – blackened pollock, corn tortilla, citrus fennel slaw, tomatillo salsa, sriracha aioli, and cilantro.

Nice meaty fish with good spice – a satisfying dish.

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My DH had the Friedman’s Burger – ground brisket with cheese on a brioche bun with herbed fries.

The beef was really something special, and the patty was cooked perfectly. Well worth the calories.

Décor

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Cute; kind of luncheonette, kind of country-ish?

Service

Not bad.

Overall Impressions

Not half bad for a wandering around starving blind pick.

Rating

3.75 out of 5 – a nice option for lunch if you find yourself hungry in the market.

Dice

Thai bistro near Prospect Park

What We Had

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I had the Spicy Basil Chicken and my DH had the Pad See Ew with Chicken. My dish had a great taste with just the right amount of spice, and his dish had a surprising depth of flavor.

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Décor

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Very skinny space with copper interior, exposed brick & layers of tin ceiling.

Service

Perfunctory.

Overall Impressions

Omfg I wanted the duck pad thai, but I was trying to behave calorie-wise since I was going to see a movie that evening, and a movie just isn’t a movie without popcorn.

Duck is an option for any menu item, and it looked wonderful.

Rating

A nice surprise & cheap. 3.75 out of 5

Little Purity

Little corner diner serving a little bit of everything in Park Slope.

What We Had

My DH and I both ordered lunch specials.

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I had the Summers End Panini – pulled chicken, avocado, red onion, cilantro, cucumber, mayo and mustard with mixed green salad. This sandwich was nice and light, just like the name advertised, with good crusty bread. The side greens were also nice – all deep greens with cruets of olive oil & red wine vinegar alongside.

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My DH had the Pulled Pork Sandwich – pork shoulder marinated & slow roasted and topped with tangy sauce.

My DH and I are heavily biased toward eastern Carolina style pig, so to us it was too sweet, with not enough smoke or vinegar. Objectively, it wasn’t bad. A little on the sweet side. The sandwich wasn’t finished, but the side of fries was decent.

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We also had table pickles & slaw.
Great fresh sour pickles; throwaway too-bland slaw.

Décor

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Lots of sun and lots of orange. Cheery.

Service

Not bad. Efficient.

Overall Impressions

Not a bad place to stop for a bite after a morning of heavy-duty walking and green market shopping, but I wouldn’t make a special trip for it.

Rating

3.75 out of 5