Grilled pork bahn mi, Ba Xuyen. I am in love with this filling sandwich! Their bread is crispy and well-considered. Other Vietnamese sandwich places that I’ve been to does not seem to have the same fresh resources that Ba Xuyen has. I hate liver and pate, but the mixture of refreshing cilantro, sweet carrots, and savory meat calls for it. I hardly even realize I’m eating the pate! This place sells other snacks like sponge cakes and summer rolls, and is relatively cheap. This is definitely a great lunch place.
Fettucine con salmone and peach martini, Casa Bella. Fried oreos and cannoli at the San Gennaro Festival in Little Italy. You can see how behind I am in updating photos >_<. Anyway, the meal was delicious, dessert was great, and I bumped into people all night long.
Gyoza, Thai Iced tea, KK Roll, and Lady Gaga Roll, Omiya Sushi. I’m not sure if the names of the rolls are correct, but they have almost every combination of rolls possible, and the food is good. The gyoza tasted a little burnt, but it wasn’t my order so I don’t mind. The sushi rolls are great. I love crunch with my spicy tuna.
I really liked the interior of the place. I like eating in dark, clean, and spacey places. I don’t see a big need for table linen in general, but it probably does help since I am a messy eater.
Mapo Tofu, Eggs with Tomatos, Pig Feet, and Clams in Black Bean Sauce over rice, Fortune Restaurant. My guilty pleasure is going to open hot food/salad bars and grabbing food because it is so easy to just grab it on the go. The good thing about places around Brooklyn Chinatown is that only the workers are handling the food. There aren’t serving spoons for you to grab your own food, so there’s less chance of germs spreading.
The food itself was good. I was surprised that the pig feet was tender and juicy. I would get everything again except for the clams. They had a bit of sand in them.
Pizza! I think the place that I got this closed down already, but it was typical NY pizza. It was ok. The bottom was crispy brown, and the balance of cheese and tomato sauce was good, but it wasn’t too special… which is probably why I created my own topping of pepper flakes, oregano, and garlic.
White, Margherita, Shrimp and Pineapple, Ignazio’s. The place is so close to the beautiful Brooklyn Bridge Park. Freshly prepared pizza was served on cute circular holders. The pizza was great. I was so surprised that shrimp did not taste so out of place. We went on a weekend as soon as it opened so it was easy to get seats, but as soon as we left, there was a line outside. We finished 2 pies with 8 people.
Chicken salad, Pret. Pret is one of my favorite go to places because sometimes, you just don’t want to wait for food to be prepared. The food is fresh, and there are so many choices of food. That being said, I am not a big fan of their salads. I don’t usually put dressing on, but this salad needs it or else it feels very dry.
Bibimbap, Panya. Pre-packaged bibimbap was probably not a good idea, but I had only 10 minutes to eat, and I was hungry. The food is not bad, but I prefer eating it cooked in a stone pot in a K-town restaurant.
Milk bubble tea (black tea), Vivi Bubble. The bubble tea is pretty good. In other news, our school’s clubs tend to bribe visitors into staying with them with free food. My friend and I tend to take advantage of this by going to as many free food events as we can. Now, I pretty much get free food once a week.
Falafels, Mamoun’s Falafels. If you’re looking for cheap, quick, and fresh lunch, come here. I dislike chickpeas in general, but deep-fried (and probably not so healthy) chickpeas taste great. The mixture of lettuce and tomatoes and sauce has a great texture.