Jul 3 2019

Lareira Restaurant


66 E Jericho Tpke
Mineola, NY 11501

Will return.

This Portuguese restaurant is homey, has pleasant decoration, good service and large portions.

The restaurant seems to have three sections, two dining rooms and a bar. We went early at 5 pm on a Wednesday, there was only a couple sat at the other end of the room. The olive container has two sections, one for the pits, which I find cute and practical. Now I’ll be on the lookout in stores.

Their house wine, Monte Serra Tinto (red) and Alandra (white; a little flat) are pretty good. Foods are fine. Love their appetizer clams w/ smoked sausage. The duck is on the sweet side and flat tho. Sardine is fine. Great breads but the butter could be better, and the table cloth could be cleaner

The staff chased us out to return our credit card: thank you!

Street parking, I think.

 


Jun 30 2019

Qingdao eatery … why?


40-46 Main Street
Flushing, NY

Qingdao restaurant is next to the LIRR east bound station. It has been there for a very long time, over 10 years, which is long in Flushing. Actually I never paid any attention to its name until now. For some reason, I thought it was a Taiwanese restaurant [changed hand(s)?].

It’s convenient for me to zoom in and grab something then catch the train. And the one item I’ve buying is the popular Sichuan appetizer Couple Lungs – 夫妻肺片 fuqi feipian. It’s made of thinly sliced beef and beef offal, and could serve cold or at room temperature – great with beer or chill white or rose. I think theirs is the better one in and around Flushing. Today I ventured a little further and bought two full bags…

 

As I was looking for it name, I found there are nine reviews on Yelp and 3 on TripAdvisor. … Rudeness is a common complain. I do speak Chinese but …

Ok, you may say, it’s a cheap eat. But I don’t seem to recall any other ethnic vendors (or even street vendors) treat their customer like dirt or non exist. Is it our tolerance that led the Chinese vendors to treat other Chinese like dirt?

Today as I was buying, the woman behind the counter was constantly serving other patron.
Me, “hi, can we finish up here? I’ve a train to catch.”
She, “I’m not delaying you. I’m just taking a payment …” And next moment, she went to clean up a table.

When I saw the slow sautéed beef I asked how much because they don’t take credit card and I only had $5 left.
She, “$8 a pound.”
I, “May I have half pound?” then added “I only have $5 left.”
After weighting, I handed her the five bill. She said, “$9.”
“I thought you said $8 a pound.”
“I said $18.” She threw back the bill and turned to another customer.
I said, “can you have some manner?”
She, “What manner?”
I, “NOT throwing thing? It’s very rude.” Then I said to myself, “Irene, why bother? Move on.”

Many years ago (early 1990s), a group of us had lunch with the Consul General of China to New York and his wife in a midtown up scale Chinese restaurant. One of the dish was lobster. I looked around there wasn’t a fork, so I asked the staff, “May we have some lobster picks?”

The staff looked at me and walked away. My next companion was an elder gentleman and he said, “Irene, just eat. This is a Chinese restaurant.”

I was stunned by his resignation or tolerance and wondered how could I eat  it without a mess on hands?

Another time, I was on line at a Chinese supermarket in Little Neck. A female cashier trying to push me away so she could go through. I stood my ground. She looked at me with a surprise, “let me go …”

“Don’t you know how to say ‘excuse me’?” …

The Chinese around me, both shoppers and workers, didn’t seem to be on my side.

Oh well …

醜陋的中國人 – 为啥呀?

今天在法拉盛一小吃买了七八样食物 – 这家开了很久了 至少十年以上 (一直买他们的夫妻肺片。。。从来没有留意过名字 。。。也许换过手?)服务员不停的收其他客人的钱 甚至去清理桌子。 我说 ”妞 先把我的东西拿完再去服务别人 行吗?” 她强词夺理说 “我没有影响你呀 ” 。。。其实我应该知趣 一走了之,非但没有,我反而又要了一个 。结果因为给错了钱 她把现金丢给我
我说 ”你怎么这样呀?“
她 “我怎么了?”
我 “为什么这么粗鲁?”
旁边的一个客人赶快说 “不要吵架 。。。”
觉得 中国人什么都能忍 所以要求不高?
很多年前被抓去和国内新来的领事吃饭 。。。龙虾来了 我问服务员 “没有小叉子?” 旁边一个中国人说 “这是中国餐馆, 吃啦。。。”
是消费者宠坏了服务业 还是 中国人什么都能忍 所以要求不高? 我还真没有见过别国人 随地大小便的 。。。 好几星酒店往地毯上吐痰的 (上一次去法拉盛的图书馆。一个中国男人不停的吐痰 虽然他吐进垃圾桶 但是那也不卫生 最恐怖的还是他 从吸到吐的响亮过程。。。 ) 。。。 那天去中国超市 一年轻的收银试图把我推开,这样她就可以通过了。 我没有动。 她惊讶地看着我,“让我过去呀…”
“难道你不知道怎么说’劳驾吗’?”…我身边的中国人,包括购物者和工人,似乎都觉得我是多事婆。


Jun 29 2019

Noodle House: Guh Song Chinese Restaurant


45-46 Bell Blvd
Bayside, NY 11361

Won’t return: bland and over priced. The shrimps NEED bath – cleaning.

We set to dine at another restaurant but someone didn’t want buffet. It was about to rain and we crossed the street … Obviously it’s a wrong move.

A waste: they use a lot of raw shredded cabbage as garnish, which made me wonder their sense: neither Korean or Chinese eat raw cabbage. And the abundance is just overwhelming and silly.

The chive and pork dish: made me feeling like a cow, chewing on long and tough grass.

 


Jun 26 2019

Colbeh


75 N. Station Plaza
Great Neck, NY 11021

I initially rated it at 3.5 and marked as ‘will return, probably.’ But as I was looking up the bill to find the spelling of babaghanoush for this post, did I realize they charged us wrongly. (Note: do check your bill, which I don’t … which is why I try to keep a photo of the bills…) So the conversation went like this the following day.

Babaghanoush $9.50

Me: ” … you should have charged us for Babaghanoush but instead Bademjoun.”
A gent at the restaurant ” … oh … right, I remember you …” We were the only Asian family there. He continued, “let me look up the bill … it will take a day or two. What’s your number?”
After my phone number, he then said, “so I owe you. How much is Bademjoun? $21.50?”
I, looking at the bill, “it’s $22.50” and not amused. Their menu is rather small and simple.
The gent, “So I owe you $12.”
I, “No, it’s $13. And the sales tax too.” I won’t be this petty but didn’t like the fact he’s trying to lowballing it.
The gent, “ok, how much do you think I owe you?”
I, “I just spelt it out for you.” I only want what was owed to me.

Throughout the conversation, there was not a single I’m sorry … He took my credit card but the refund didn’t come. So days later, I called my credit card company to dispute it.

Lamb kebab $37.50

The following review was done before the phone conversation:

Pricy. Homey. This Kosher Mediterranean grill has been there for ages. And I’m glad we finally decided to give it a try. The light color scheme makes it airy (regular ceiling) and likable in a homey way – lacking the flair like Zaytinya, etc. We got there at 7 and was quiet but by 8, on a Wednesday the place is humming.

Their hums and babagunish are excellent. I wanted the Branzino but they’re out … so I ate off my companions’ – Lamb Kebab (the green rice with dill is great but the red rice is bit too sweet for my taste) and Ghormeh Sabzi (a little bit like the Indian dish). Over all, good food but pricy. Their house wine Carb and Shiraz are good.

 


Jun 26 2019

Subway station @ Columbus Circle

The underground station at 59th Street and Broadway/8th Avenue or there about is pretty nice: with many shops … and the Beijing Duck is on a limited offer at Poké Bowl. 

 


Jun 21 2019

Marie Blachére French Bakery


550 Middle Neck Rd
Great Neck, NY 11023

Spacious and inviting, good breads but probably won’t return for the price – I’m not a bread eater. Sometimes in the restaurants when the breads taste yummy, especially when they’re warm, I’ll have one or two.

Most pastries I saw there are dark – not sure it’s their style or over baked -:). A croissant costs $2.50 and in all honesty, they aren’t as good as the Costco’s – which I recalled was about $6 for ten (or six? – a huge pack … I haven’t been there for a couple of years …) and certainly not as good as Paul – a franchise in Paris or France which I frequent whenever I’m there. This past May, a croissant costs €1.75 @ Paul. With exchange rate hovers around €1=$1.12 and being in a deserted part of a NY suburb, it’s pricy for no apparently value. Marie Blachére’s croissant is ‘solid’ or ‘dead’, nothing is falling off – not fluff or puff (good that I ‘ve nothing to clean up…). I purchased it in the afternoon around 3pm and don’t
feel the same freshness that I’ve from Paul – at identical time.

It’s a touchy subject for me because my grandmother grew up with it in Tianjin – the Kiessling – and continuously enjoyed it after she moved to Beijing after marrying my grandfather in 1932.

Ah by the way, Costco is opening its first store in China – Shanghai. No worry, with Marie Blachére charges so much I’ve no $$ to buy their stocks -:)


Jun 15 2019

Jam’s


1414 6th Avenue
New York, 10019

Will return.

I like their decorations: high ceiling,  exposed brick walls. And the plant (cactus?) grows on a plate – they spray them twice a week.

Decent service. Nice bar. Nothing to complain about.

I’ve the smoked tofu which is yummy but light on salt. Maybe bit more kale? Ha ha ha.

We sat inside. I just couldn’t place myself as the vacuum on a street, not to mention it’s busy. ~ The music is loud.

    


Jun 5 2019

Jade Asian Bistro 明都


249-32 Horace Harding Expy
Little Neck, NY 11362

This was the old Pine Court. Not much has changed. The decoration is better than their Flushing branch. The service and food are average. It’s convenient for me: a Chinese grocery store is next door.


May 29 2019

Le Hangar

12 Impasse Berthaud,
75003 Paris, France

It’s next to Anne Frank Garden. Relaxed atmosphere. Good food, and service. Not inexpensive. They close in the afternoon, between lunch and dinner.

  


May 29 2019

Cafe de l’Eglise


2 place Franz Liszt
Strasbourg-St Denis/Bonne Nouvelle

An average café in the Café Capital of the world. It’s nice, looks out to St. Vincent de Paul.

There is a harem which I find cute. For this, I’ll return.