The first thing that struck us on our visit to Kalbi House, was that the place was frequented by a fair number of seemingly native diners. This is always a good sign for an ethnic restaurant. The general feeling and thinking here is naturally that original eaters of a cuisine would be able to discern the good from the bad. This being said it is also worth considering that there are not a whole lot of Korean restaurants. We are not really very facile with Korean food, but being picky and adventurous eaters we can certainly comment on good tasting food, which is what we thought the food at this small and whimsical Korean spot on Central Ave, next to Nikos Greek Taverna.
800 6TH AVE
New York City, New York 10001
Before we discovered Aberdeen and Central Ave Seafood, there was a restaurant we used to go to called David’s Jade Garden. The place closed down they had something else in there and looks like they are back to being a Chinese and Dim Sum joint.
I am not sure about the management just commenting on the nature of the restaurant. There is something comforting about small plates, irrespective of the cuisine, something that sort spells relaxed and experimental without being overwhelming.
The place is very spacious and as our local Dim Sum restaurants go, pretty decent in terms of decor. The colors are lighter and brighter. The general think that we really liked was that despite being reasonably crowed, we did not feel crowded in.
As we waited the kids had fun with the place mats, trying to figure out what animal each one of us on the table were. So who says math cannot be fun, one just needs to thing outside the traditional concept of sitting and crunching numbers on a piece of paper.
So down to the food, they had several of the usual suspects but what was new to me was that they had a couple of roll options in bean curd wrappers, they had a really interesting vegetable dumpling that seemed to primarily be filled with peanuts and shitake mushrooms. I really liked the diversity of their dumpling wrappers lighter ones for the seafood variations and heavier ones for the meaty options.
Their sticky rice had a nice fragrant lotus leaf wrapper, in that the wrapper actually smelt good when you unwrapped it. Their prices were actually a little better than the other restaurants that I have seen in the area. Now, their service while very friendly was a little on the disorganized side, they seemed to get a little confused on occasion and sometimes slow on the uptake. So, I think it is good that Dim Sum is usually a relaxed meal. To make up for some of their blunders, they brought us double rounds of fortune cookies. The kids now get a real kick out of figuring out the fortunes, so this actually did help them redeem themselves!
In addition, the husbands fortune read something to the effect that the stars had blessed him with a wonderful wife, so you know I am generally pleased with all of this. We shall be back there! (actually have been back since the first visit just try not to do it on a very busy day).
The Geographical Lowdown.
156 South Central Avenue,
Hartsdale, NY 10530
This little spot in the Indian hub in NYC around Lexington and the corner of 27th was a pleasant surprise and absolutely joy to visit.
The word Bhojan actually translates to a meal in Hindi. This little spot is a vegetarian tea room and cafe that actually also serves regular healthy complete meals in Indian platters called Thalis.
The restaurant has warm open brick walls, reminding you of rural style Indian decor. The space was small and packed this afternoon that I visited. The wait staff however moved very efficiently through it all to accept and service your order.
The small compact menu consists of a few tea options including a chai option, and a few Indian chaat options that actually consisted of a good selection from around the diversity of India. I actually tried the Dabeli sandwich, this is a soft spiced potato sandwich on a soft buttery roll. My friend tried the lunch thali that is actually cooked in the true religious vegetarian tradition without onion and garlic.
The Thali is quite delightful, in that it includes a complete meal in perfect proportions. It consists of two entrees a rice and bread and dessert. The options are pre-selected for the day, and I noticed that the regulars got a thrill out of guessing the entree for the day. The restaurantt is a part of the Chola Group. I like their restaurants and tend to find their menus and themed restaurants well thought out and this was no exception.
What I did not mention was Bhojan is also a great value, since you can get the lunch platter for $8 and the average price of a meal combination with other items would also be in the under $10 range. So, if you are looking for something different from your mainstream Indian fare, do take a trip and stock up on your Indian spices when you visit since the neighbourhood is littered with ethnic spice stores at all corners.
102 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10016
Their menu was a good balance of anytown USA Indian restaurant style classics (such as butter paneer) and several dishes (a large number of them cooked in the Bengali style of cooking) that were touted as house specialties. A lot of the dishes were also listed a special favorites of the owners and their spouses clearly emphasizing the home style flavors that the restaurant prominently dubbs as their genre of Indian cooking.
We actually sat in to enjoy a nice afternoon meal. We order a couple of rolls, a regular chicken roll, a vegetarian skinny roll, the vegetable chop and their goat curry.
Ardsley, NY 10502
914 591 2222
There are days when you want go out and have a special meal, but want simplicity in the cuisine, well heeled but country styled settings,. particularly when the whether has this nip in the air. This is when you want to head off to a tested a tried place like the Harvest on Hudson.
I have eaten there a few times and this picture was from a meal about a year back. I was just was waiting for the right time to write about my wonderful experiences here.
Late fall and winter, the garden action in my life is slower, allowing me the time to catch up on old posts.
|LT on Whole Wheat Toast|
|`A somewhat lopsided view of what the place looks like.|
While we all know about the Blue Hill Restarant at Stone Barnes, there is also a little cafe with a small but quite satisfying selections of salads, sandwiches, crostada’s, light baked items all of which are made from the amazing bounty of the agricultural center. If like us you want a good weather day outdoors, please to venture out to the agricultural center.
|Onions on a conveyor belt|
|Hanging out with the turkeys
The above are just some snippets of a beautiful summers day with the kids and friends. It was wonderful feel like we had a picnic without having to tote a bag full of food.
(between 5th and 6th Avenues)
New York, NY 10018
212 730 4280
It is hardly a novelty to find good food in NYC, one can get almost anything that ones heart desires. This was a rainy sleepyI afternoon, my favorite kind of eweather, cool but not too cold, wet but more a rainy mist rather than pouring rain. I would have loved to walk miles and miles, but since I could not I settled for the next best thing – to walk a few blocks to find a place that caught my eye. Tiffin, in Indian parlance, referrs to snack and in South Indian cuisine this refers to items such as Dosa (lentil and rice flour crepes.
The restaurant was vegetarian, and had a simple fairly South Indian menu. What was amazing about the place was how well, it hadher created a wonderful, homey atmosphese with very little fuss.
The ambience was simple but had lots of simple character – ther decor consisted of steel Indian tiffin carriers, there are layers containers joined with a carry on handle. Each compartment is for a separate dish to make a complete meal. The simple small tables all had little ivy plants. The buffet self service had large plates and for a nice and very homey touch lots of steel bowls. A very simple accent but again very authentic and very Indian. The small tables had little ivy plants as centerpieces and a corner of the restaurant had a bookshelf and a tiny alter to Krishna.
Nothing still had prepared me for the wonder and delight of their food. My taste buds woke up with the pure crisp sharpness of black pepper in the vadas (lentil dumplings), sang with the taste of fresh ajowan in the spinach whole wheat flat breads and was cooled and satiated by the fragrant mint and cilantro chutney and cool tangy raita. I wanted to eat five times more, but time and my stomach were full. I will be back and highly recommend checking it out if your are in that neck of the woods.
127 East 28th Street
New York City
Ps. The food is very affordably priced as well.