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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.

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Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ

Japanese cook-your-own BBQ joint off of 44th st. near Times Square.

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What We Had

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We split an order of the Fried Shrimp Dumplings, which were nice, with a solid general Chinese dumpling flavor profile freshened up a bit. A little grease hit, but with 4 to an order, not to an unpleasant degree.

We then went for some ala carte items. Gyu-Kaku has a number of lunch and dinner pre-selected combo items, which all looked great, but we wanted a little from this combo & a little from that and decided to go it alone.

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All items were a few ounces each of wafer thin meat and all cooking was done on the grill in the middle of our table.

Bistro Harami Hanger Steak – A pleasant teriyaki steak

Gyu-tan Beef Tongue – Not unpleasantly chewy and incredibly beefy – it felt like we were eating much more than a few slices because of the texture and deep flavor

Yakishabu – This was another teriyaki dish

Toro Beef – Fatty and delicious; almost like cow belly

Rosu – My DH and I can’t decide if this or the Kalbi was our favorite. The Rosu was tender, steak-y, and hearty

Chuck Kalbi – After consideration, my DH is leaning toward this being our favorite. This dish was also tender and beefy, but with just a little more somethin’ somethin’

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We both added the lunch set (soup, salad & rice) for $3.

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Great little salad – nice greens, interesting dressing with shoyu base

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One of the best examples of miso soup either of us have ever had – The broth had an excellent balance with minimal grit; the tofu was silky and the scallions were plentiful.

Decor

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Modern, clean lines.

Service

Friendly.

Overall Impressions

A great place to take a date or group of friends. A fun and tasty dining experience.

Rating

4 out of 5. If you’re near Times Square, this is a solid choice for lunch or dinner.

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