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Tag: Gravesend

Fiorentino’s

Old school Italian in Gravesend – filled with the local aged population at 5:30.

What We Had

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I had the Pork chop with cherry peppers – a nicely broiled double chop with good peppers – and the
sautéed spinach with roasted garlic in olive oil, which was also very good. Oily, but good.

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My DH had the baked ziti, which was also not bad. Exactly what you would expect, down to the dish it went under the broiler in.

The bread basket was very bountiful.

Decor

Cavernous and dated.

Service

Liveried waiters and white tablecloths speak of bygone eras.

Overall Impressions

Old school but not bad. The menu is varied, the quality seemed to be decent, and they actually seasoned the meat – despite being a hangout for the aged.

Rating

3.5 out of 5 for decent food if you happen to be in the area and in need of a sit-down dining experience.

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Mirage Diner

Huge shiny old school diner (with liquor) in Gravesend.

What We Had

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I ordered the Roumanian Steak & Two Stuffed Mushrooms Combo, which came with soup, salad, potato and vegetable. I opted out of the salad, and took matzoh ball soup, broccoli and mashed potatoes.

The matzoh ball soup tasted like someone’s nanna was in the back making it – flavorful broth with that particular mouth feel only present with home made stock, lots of chicken, light matzoh balls – this was a satisfying cup of soup.

The Roumanian Steak (more familiar to me as vaco or flap steak) was tender but under seasoned – still tasty though, and surprisingly cooked to temperature (rare). The mushrooms gave me flashbacks to the “fancy” stuffed mushrooms my mother made when I was a child – mushrooms basically stuffed with a crab cake – moist and flavorful too-salty stuffing with small dice krab broiled in a large button mushroom cap. Too salty by half, but still yum. And it went downhill from there: the potatoes were real, but mealy, underseasoned and gross; and the broccoli was a sad little dish of watery steamed-to-death greenery better left as a garnish.

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Things did not improve with my DH’s dish. He ordered the Chicken Santa Fe Sandwich with fries – I’m not sure what was ‘Santa Fe’ about this sandwich — a badly cut and pounded sad breast of chicken cooked until bone dry and topped with cheddar cheese and limp bacon. At least the fries were good.

Our meal also came with a wide variety of generously-portioned table food: cole slaw, pasta salad, and an assorted breads basket (challah slices, whole wheat cranberry rolls, sesame sticks, and something I can’t remember). The slaw was ok (rather like KFC), and the pasta salad was another edible childhood throwback. Where’s the jello salad?

Décor

Very 80s – lots if hunter green and pink.

Service

Slower than molasses. Most of the black vested servers were bordering on retirement age; ours was not, but I think we expended his English and I have a feeling his youthful muscles were in high demand in the back.

Overall Impressions

These people are hell bent on stuffing you to the gills before you leave. If you walk out the door even remotely close to not collapsing into a food coma, it’s your own damn fault. And, with the crazy amount of dishes on the menu, everyone you know is liable to find something they want to eat.

This place also has crazy deals – There is a large specials menu with soup or salad, appetizer, entree & dessert for $19.

The clientele (at least during our visit) was in the over 60 category, which might just explain the lack of seasoning.

Rating

3 out of 5 for the tenderness of the steak and the selection. Don’t go for the chicken. Bring your own seasoning.

Fuji Hana

Glatt kosher Japanese restaurant serving things like rack of lamb teriyaki, ribeye steak and burgers alongside Japanese and Chinese dishes on Avenue U in Gravesend (blocks from the F).

 

What We Had


My DH and I split the Fancy Roll (pepper kinda cooked tuna and cucumber with spicy tuna, large globes of salmon roe and ikura crunchies on top). This wrap was so-so. Not horrible, not great, and not terribly memorable. Not particularly expertly rolled, either.

 

My DH had a whopping huge cauldron of Chicken Ramen (chicken, vegetables and yellow ramen in chicken broth). This dish was bland, and boiled chicken is better served to sick pooches, but according to my DH it was not the worst thing he’d ever eaten. This dish could have been great, too. Some depth to the broth from kombu or bonito would have put it over the edge. Also, some spice and egg yolk (and non-boiled chicken!).

 

I had a huge plate of Chicken Yakiudon (sautéed flat noodles with chicken and vegetables). Yay. My favorite. Boiled chicken. What? does being Kosher preclude one from using seasoning? This dish was also very bland, but the noodles at least weren’t covered in goopy sauce. They also had that pleasant taste only achievable with a burning hot wok. With a little work and some depth, this dish could also have been great. A little miso, a little acid, spice, and all would have been delicious. I could have maybe (maybe) even forgiven the rubbery, joyless chicken.

Both meals came with a house iceberg lettuce salad with carrot slivers, a slice of cucumber and a few nice grape tomatoes. The dressings were interesting – a light ginger dressing with almost a mango chutney taste in the background and a green herby dressing that tasted almost exactly like the mint chutney served at Indian restaurants in salad dressing form.

 

Decor

Kind of like a place time forgot back in the 70s or 80s. Lots of formica, long white tablecloths, pink, and some very interesting wall coverings.

 

Service

Terrible. our server sucked and was much more interested in checking his phone than waiting on us. I think he gave up after we received our meals; other servers checked on us, got the to-go boxes and brought the check. Meanwhile, our server was sucked into the depths of the Internet.

 

Overall Impressions

I think this place stays in business since it is Kosher and the only place to have a sit-down dinner for blocks in the middle of a residential area. Prices were about $20 per entree and $15 per “fancy” roll; portions were easily large enough to serve 2, especially of the ramen. That was seriously served in some sort of small-ish cooking vessel. This was a blind pick out of convenience, and in hindsight not the best choice for the first sit-down meal in our new neighborhood.
Rating

2 1/2 out of 5 – we won’t be in a hurry to go back. We prefer taste in our food.