Jul 18 2018

Lucky Bento VIP

36-29 Main Street
Flushing, NY 11355

New, generous portion and pretty delicious; full bar and wine menu with 12 choices: Caymus Carb 2016 $100 to Rawson’s Retreat Shiraz $10.

The mushrooms etc. in the squash is light and tasty. The shrimps are good but hard to eat – the yummy taste is on the shell – I couldn’t resist but regret every time after ordering. Need to remember bringing my head next time.

The service could have been better – nearly empty at lunch time, they only changed our plates when we’re almost done. We told them not to bother – save some water. And there’s a friendly fruit-fly keeps us company throughout.

There are private rooms on either side of The narrow dining hall. Street parking.


Jul 6 2018

Hot n Spicy Crawfish

36-36 Prince St
Flushing, NY 11354

Mostly won’t return. Taste is fine so is service … but …

Dined on a Friday evening at around 6:30, it’s empty. I know it’s the way … but I really don’t like to see and use styrofoam thing, bad for the environment!!

We have the Drool under the experience with Hot n Spicy medium. (4 seasonings are Louisiana, Juicy Cajun, Garlic Butter, Lemon Pepper and Hot n Juicy. Spicy levels are baby spice, mild, medium, spicy and extra spicy.) You eat with your hands, no gloves provided – so if you’ve just done your nails, think twice.

It has two entrances, one on Prince Street and one on 37th Avenue. Parking isn’t easy: street parking, lot parking and garage parking. No reservation and they ask to see ID when we pay with credit card, under $100, come on, really?


Jun 28 2018

Saaho Village 沙河

69 Middle Neck Road
Great Neck, NY 11021

Not an average Chinese restaurant but won’t return.

Saaho  (shahe 沙河) is short for shahe fen or hefen (沙河粉), is rice noodle, which widely used in Cantonese cuisine. I developed my taste during my time in Hong Kong. I like it more than the wheat noodle.


The three of us tried six different kinds of dishes. The seafood noodle is my favorite especially the soup, super yummy, the caviar fish wraps are ok, and the rest are just so so, bland. I know my Peking duck, so finding theirs with crepe a somewhat a joke. Fried okras dish is ok, but the okra is too hard to chew!

They have a full bar, the corkage fee is $10. Street parking, free after 6 pm. A parking lot is half a block away, on either side of the restaurant.

Jun 24 2018

Toku Modern Asian Fusion

2014 Northern Blvd
Manhasset, New York 11030

My first time there, the service wasn’t good at all. Over the times, I stopped by for coffee and tea, the services were ok – not much is needed. Tonight’s dinner is ok. It’s a full house on a Sunday night. The spicy yellowtail roll and the Geisha roll which is wrapped in cucumber, are fine. The martinis are good too.


Jun 23 2018

Martha Clara Vineyards

6025 Sound Ave,
Riverhead, NY 11901

One of North Fork‘s vineyards, across street from Hallockville Museum Farm. It has an outdoor seating area. Mostly young people. Found Pinot Blanc.
I’m so so on this one.


Jun 8 2018

Liang’s Noodle 黄金角 @ NY Food Court

133-35 Roosevelt Avenue
Flushing, NY 11354

I’ve been to this little takeout place (Huangjin Jiao – Gold Corner 黄金角), inside the (Yelp) New York Food Court many times. I like their beancurd wrap (suya 素鸭 – vegetarian duck) very much. But sometimes they’re not that fresh – this time, it tastes sour by the night. Their kaofu (烤麸) is too greasy.

They’ve tables to sit and eat and a small parking lot for the Food Court.

Jun 6 2018

Le Pain Quotidien @ Central Park

2 W 69th Street
New York, NY 10023

A good food chain that I enjoy. They serve coffee or tea in a small bowl without handle which brings me to think of my Nainai (grandmother in Chinese; who’s my grandpa’s last and his most favored concubine …) who considered manner, especially table manner was important, who disapproved of drinking out of a bowl … -:)

Dogs with their owners and birds from the skies are our drinking buddies and lunch dates -:)

The beer garden @ tavern on the green isn’t open so this is always my other choice. In terms of setting, this one beats out tavern on the green’s out door areas.

Jun 6 2018

UVA Italian wine bar @ UES

1486 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10075

Rusting. Yummy food. Good service. Will return.

Really enjoyed what we ordered, particularly Carta Fontadina (thin crispy bread that reminds me of naan bread; and wondered why don’t they use the board with “moat” so the olive oil won’t flow into the table?) drenched in rosemary flavored olive oil and fried artichoke (Carciofi Fritti)

The Nero D’Avola 2013 is better than the Super Tuscan.

The only complaint would be the cork in the wine – they changed it. This is perhaps the first time I send something back … and check your bill – they charge another table’s on us – I checked the bill because I wanted to get the spelling of Nero D’Avola right.

The last time we went to a “rustic” restaurant was Rustic Root in Woodbury (out of Long Island) which is a joke. Want rustic? Come to UVA on UES.


May 28 2018

ChilSung Korean BBQ

221-16 Horace Harding Expressway
Oakland Garden, NY

Won’t return.

Smoky – poor ventilation. Running waiting staff – so rushed. Sweet kimchi. Falling kids (other dinners’ and they let their kids run wild). Nay.

Food is ok, 3 stars – 5 kinds of beef many has gristle. The 2-star rating is for service, like dining in a war zone.

The first page of their menu says they’re 7 stars of food and service. That has to be a joke, as big as their restaurant.

The waiting staff didn’t have time to take our drink order. Corkage fee is $25 but I didn’t see a wine list/menu. On my way out, I saw their wine racks.

When we finished our dinner, our hall (they’ve 3 areas) which is inside with large tables (8 people and more) became quite (at around 7), but that doesn’t slow them down – dumping the fruit plates while the table is still messy and full.

We’ve two birthday cakes (we needed to tell 5 times to chill them, 5 times!) – after cutting the coconut, with the same knife they cut red velvet. 7 stars?

Parking is easy: on the street or behind.


May 18 2018

Park Avenue Tavern

99 Park Avenue
New York

Will return. A great lunch spot. A pretty bartender. Good service. Decent food. It has two levels. We dined at the lower level because I forgot to make a reservation. The crab cake is delicious. The salad is fresh and to the point.