A Kitchen in Queens

Recipes and Reviews from a little kitchen in a borough of nyc.

La Superior

Having a blog REALLY makes you look at what you eat closely.  I eat a lot of mexican food and asian foods apparently.  But how can you not when there are so many great restaurants in the city that serve these delicious dishes? 

One of my very favorite places in Brooklyn to eat is La Superior.  A tiny taco spot on South 2nd and Berry, this hole in the wall serves up some delicious, cheap tacos.  At 3.00 each you can’t go wrong and the variety makes it easy to choose a few.  

I usually start with the roasted shishito peppers because, well, it’s like playing russian roulette with peppers!  Doesn’t that sound fun?  If you’ve never had them before, one in every ten is spicy so you never know what you’re going to get. 

Two or Three tacos is really all I ever need, it just depends on how hungry I am.  I like to mix it up, I’ve tried most of their tacos except for the seafood.  My absolute favorites are the Tinga De Pollo and the Chorizo toluqueño, or spicy chicken and chorizo with serrano peppers.  I also LOVE the Taco de pavo en escabeche - a deliciously spicy (VERY SPICY) turkey taco. 

I’ve had their ezquites, corn with epazote, cheese and mayo.  It’s not the best corn I’ve had at a mexican restaurant.  Runny, watery and ultimately just not very enjoyable to eat, I steer clear now.  

Their quesadillas are more like empanadas which I also find a little strange.  They are deep fried and stuffed to the brim, and are delicious, but not exactly the healthiest thing on the menu.  

I love this place and would recommend it to anyone who loves a good taco and a good margarita.  You can easily spend 10.00 on a meal and 20,00 on drinks, and it’s completely worth it. 

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Ramen Misoya

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I work across the street from Ippudo, one of the highest rated Ramen restaurants in New York City.  Every day, no matter what time of day it is, there’s a line.  A long line.  A line that generally spills out of the door and onto the street and I imagine that it must be the greatest Ramen on the face of the planet. But I wouldn’t know.  I wouldn’t know because I don’t go there, I go to Ramen Misoya

I was introduced to Ramen Misoya by my coworker this past winter.  Although I eat a lot of Asian foods, Ramen is not a dish I’ve ever had.  My coworker and I went out a few times for mediocre thai food.  Specifically a place that I ate at regularly while Bodhi Tree was out of commission.  Then one day she suggested Ramen.  I’m fairly adventurous, or at least I like to think I am - so I agreed.  I’m so glad I did, because MAN Ramen is delicious!

Ramen Misoya has three types of Ramen - Kome, Mame & Shiro.  I always get the Kome - it’s the standard Ramen flavoring and is incredibly good.  I always add some spice to it just to kick it up a notch and I never regret that I did.  The warmth of the broth with the textures of the rest of the soup are soothing and comforting.  The corn and cabbage add a nice texture and the ground pork is delicious. 

My coworker and I have probably been back here at least 10 times since we first went, and when either one of us is having a bad day, we let the other know that it’s time for a comforting bowl of Ramen.  One day I’ll venture outside of my comfort zone again and try the Mame or Shiro - but for now, I’ll stick with my spicy kome ramen soup. 

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Bodhi Tree

I’m just going to get this out of the way right now.  A year and a half ago Bodhi Tree was shut down by the health department for a week.  I had been there several times before and felt it was the best thai in the east village, or at least within a walkable lunch distance from my work.  Then, it was shut down by the health department and I vowed NOT to ever go back.  It was a massive disappointment.  The ONLY good thai restaurant was CLOSED BY THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT.   This was a disaster.  Such a disaster that I pretty much stopped eating thai completely in the east village and started eating a lot more Ramen and Chinese.

So, how did I end up back here a little over a year later?  The now have an A up in their window.  I have mixed feelings about coming back here, but I have spent a lot of time in restaurants that are probably questionable in terms of cleanliness in New York City, and if the food is good, you’re willing to take the risk.  I mean, let’s be real here, in New York, if you get food poisoning from the one good Chinese restaurant in your neighborhood, you’re still gonna order from here and take your chances.  How is this any different?

Anyway, let’s talk about what makes this place so good.  One, it’s incredibly reasonably priced!  Lunch dishes around around 7.50 or 8.50 depending on the type of meat you get with your dish.  You get 2 sides and quite a few options to choose from. 

Although I love Pad See Ew and would like to eat it on a daily basis, my trainer would probably kill me, so instead I opted for my second favorite thai dish, Chicken and Basil, with some extra heat added on.  The spicier the better I always say.  My stomach may hate me later, but my taste buds will love me now.  I also got vegetarian dumplings and a thai salad - very responsible choices considering my other options were spring rolls, taro wontons and a fried chicken wing.  

The salad was pretty standard, iceberg lettuce, cucumber, some carrot slivers, nothing special, but the peanut sauce dressing was delicious and they didn’t drown the salad in the dressing which sadly happens more often than not at most thai spots. 

The dumplings were surprisingly tasty.  I probably should have paid more attention to what was in them, but I ate them so fast that well, I just didn’t. 

But the Chicken and Basil is what really matters.  And Bodhi Tree doesn’t disappoint.  The balance of peppers, onions and thai chili blends nicely with the basil.  A little sweet and in my case, incredibly hot.  Not too heavy, not too greasy, and perfectly spicy.  The rice takes the heat off as needed, although I would probably request brown rice instead of white rice in the future.

So, Bodhi Tree has redeemed itself and I can return to a life of Thai food during the work week.  That said, I will probably continue to look for new options so that I’m not overly dependent on Bodhi Tree.  If it happened once, it can certainly happen again and I’m not sure I want to risk losing the best spot I have a second time around.  

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Pies & Thighs

Ah yes.  The yearly “I’m gonna actually keep up with this blog” blog post.  No promises, but I might as well give it another go.  I’ve had a lot of people mention to me over the year(s) that they really enjoyed my blog while I did it, so although I may not be able to commit to frequent posts, I might as well write when I can. 

I’ve been busy.  Mostly with work, but also with Soccer and training sessions at the gym.  With these things comes changes in how I eat as well, and, although I cook more than ever before, the reality is that I haven’t been cooking many different things.  Hopefully this will motivate me to change that.  

What I have been doing is eating out here and there and taking some pictures (when lighting allows).  

So this post is about the Brooklyn Restaurant Pies & Thighs

My husband (yes husband!) asked me one night if I wanted to meet up for dinner.  He knew I had a tough day at work and wanted to give me a chance to just relax and not think about it for a while.  Then he suggest Pies & Thighs.  I’ve known about Pies & Thighs for a while, and it’s full of foods that are maybe not so friendly for my new lifestyle as a soccer player and athlete.  He always picks the healthiest choices. I also knew it would make him happy to go and what’s another hour at the gym anyway? 

When we arrived, it looked pretty small.  I figured we’d have a long wait.  Once the waitress noticed us (and our confusion), she quickly ushered us to the back of the restaurant where there were 2 additional rooms which is a nice balance between larger restaurant and smaller, more intimate dining rooms.  

The menu is FULL of fried chicken.  3 pieces of fried chicken and 2 sides, chicken and waffles, fried chicken sandwich and a chicken biscuit.  The husband was beside himself with indecision.  What type of fried chicken would he get?  Go classic? Be adventurous?  So many decisions! 

What caught my eye wasn’t the chicken or mains at all.  It was the sides.  Watermelon with Cucumber, Lime, Jalapeño and Mint sounded incredible, but anytime I see corn on a menu I have a tough time passing it up.   Each main came with one side, but which would I choose?  Couldn’t I just get 2 sides?  I’ve also become incredibly frugal, hence cooking more frequently, so I also couldn’t justify ordering a main with a side and then a 2nd side.  That seems gluttonous and probably expensive.  

Luckily, Pies & Thighs had an option for people just like me.  The Superbowl!  3 sides, or a choice of 2 sides and a substitution of a main, either pulled pork or 1 piece of fried chicken.   I opted for the watermelon, corn and pulled pork.  

I have to say, I know I was excited by those sides, but the pulled pork was by far the best part of the meal.  It was well cooked and well seasoned and I couldn’t get enough of it.  The watermelon was also quite good - the heat of the Jalapeños added something extra to a dish that just has “summer” written all over it.  The corn was also good, but didn’t stand out as much as the other two dishes.  They also give you the choice of a biscuit or a piece of cornbread.  I opted for the biscuit and I was not disappointed.  A little crisp on the outside, and nice and fluffy on the inside. No butter necessary.  

The dinner overall was incredible.  The only thing I would have done differently is skip the wine and opt for an Arnold Palmer instead. I would go back tomorrow and order the exact same thing. 

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What better way to start a new era of blog posts than with a post about some of my favorite things.  Enchiladas and Corn!  My new (well, not so new now) job is right below Union Square as I believe I’ve mentioned before.  I love Union Square, and I’m starting to familiarize myself with the restaurants in the area.  
One day I met a few of my ex co-workers at Rosa Mexicano.  I’ve been to Rosa Mexicano before, but it was in 2007 with my co-workers at the time and I didn’t eat Mexican back then.  I remember being overwhelmed and confused about what to get.  This time was very different.  My indecision was based on how many things I wanted, rather than how many things I wanted to avoid.  
I opted for the enchiladas, as I tend to do, but also realllllly wanted some corn on the side, so I talked my former coworker into splitting it with me.  I decided on the mole sauce.  I tend to choose red sauces over any other color sauce.  Green, white, pink.  I feel like the lighter sauces tend to be cream based and I’m hesitant to get involved with something that my stomach may react badly to.  Unfortunately I forgot that mole sauce can be much heavier than the tomatillo sauce.  When the Enchiladas arrived, I was intimidated by how heavy the sauce was and concerned that it would be too much for lunch.  Then the side of corn arrived.

The corn was swimming in a white cheesy sauce.  It was at this time that I decided I had possibly, no definitely, gotten 2 really heavy lunch time dishes.  But of course that didn’t really stop me.  No, what stopped me is a flurry of emails and texts that came across our cell phones. 
MCA of the Beastie Boys had died.  When you work in media, your world stops when celebrity news breaks, and this was big news.  A majority of the group immediately started waving our cell phones in the air desperately trying to get reception.  Although we were sitting in what appeared to be an open air room, none of us had service.  
Now I was not only eating 2 really heavy dishes for lunch, I was going to be eating them quickly.  What helped with this is that both of them were amazingly delicious.  The enchiladas, although heavy, were flavorful and the chicken was nicely cooked.  However, if I was going to get the Enchiladas again, I would probably opt for the tomatillo sauce instead.  
Rosa Mexicano is good, they have a great happy hour special, and I’m a fan of the ambiance, but I still prefer Dos Caminos if I’m going to go out for high priced Mexican food. 

What better way to start a new era of blog posts than with a post about some of my favorite things.  Enchiladas and Corn!  My new (well, not so new now) job is right below Union Square as I believe I’ve mentioned before.  I love Union Square, and I’m starting to familiarize myself with the restaurants in the area.  

One day I met a few of my ex co-workers at Rosa Mexicano.  I’ve been to Rosa Mexicano before, but it was in 2007 with my co-workers at the time and I didn’t eat Mexican back then.  I remember being overwhelmed and confused about what to get.  This time was very different.  My indecision was based on how many things I wanted, rather than how many things I wanted to avoid.  

I opted for the enchiladas, as I tend to do, but also realllllly wanted some corn on the side, so I talked my former coworker into splitting it with me.  I decided on the mole sauce.  I tend to choose red sauces over any other color sauce.  Green, white, pink.  I feel like the lighter sauces tend to be cream based and I’m hesitant to get involved with something that my stomach may react badly to.  Unfortunately I forgot that mole sauce can be much heavier than the tomatillo sauce.  When the Enchiladas arrived, I was intimidated by how heavy the sauce was and concerned that it would be too much for lunch.  Then the side of corn arrived.

corn

The corn was swimming in a white cheesy sauce.  It was at this time that I decided I had possibly, no definitely, gotten 2 really heavy lunch time dishes.  But of course that didn’t really stop me.  No, what stopped me is a flurry of emails and texts that came across our cell phones. 

MCA of the Beastie Boys had died.  When you work in media, your world stops when celebrity news breaks, and this was big news.  A majority of the group immediately started waving our cell phones in the air desperately trying to get reception.  Although we were sitting in what appeared to be an open air room, none of us had service.  

Now I was not only eating 2 really heavy dishes for lunch, I was going to be eating them quickly.  What helped with this is that both of them were amazingly delicious.  The enchiladas, although heavy, were flavorful and the chicken was nicely cooked.  However, if I was going to get the Enchiladas again, I would probably opt for the tomatillo sauce instead.  

Rosa Mexicano is good, they have a great happy hour special, and I’m a fan of the ambiance, but I still prefer Dos Caminos if I’m going to go out for high priced Mexican food. 

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It’s been far too long.  I know.  And, like any good procrastinator, I have several excuses.  Of course, I’ve done this before, so I don’t expect any sympathy, but I do expect you all to believe me when I say that I may come and go, but I’m committed to this blog.  
The difference between this and other blog projects I’ve done?  People have actually asked me where I’ve been and why I haven’t been posting.  
Well, here it goes.  My adorable little kitty who just turned 2 years old in June passed away from heart failure a little over a month ago.  It was a long 3 week ordeal in and out of vets and animal hospitals and very traumatic for my boyfriend and myself.  I don’t think it’s important to give specifics, and I don’t want to dwell on his death.  For those that know me well know that I only take pictures of 2 things.  Food that I love and my cat that I love. His name was Steve French.  When I stopped taking pictures of Steve French, I guess I kind of stopped taking pictures of food for a little while too.  It’s taken quite a while to get used to an empty house.   
It still hurts, but after some time the boyfriend and I decided that we were ready to consider a new kitten.  We figured that Steve French would want it that way.  After all, we have a giant cat wall that’s going unused.  So, we decided to head down to a shelter and check out the kittens. 

My cousin Kathi, who had helped us through Steve French’s medical care and death suggested that we consider 2 kittens so that they could keep each other company.  I was a big fan of this idea, but the boyfriend wasn’t so sure.  I asked him to keep an open mind and he agreed. 
Within 5 minutes of being in the shelter, we each were holding a kitten.  I was holding a fluffy little girl that was part calico and part tabby (tabbyco?)  And the boyfriend was holding a little black and white boy who was swatting at his hand from the cage.   2 hours later we were the proud parents of Stringer Bell and Avon Purrsdale.  

My boyfriend has a nack for naming pets.  He names them after TV show characters. (Steve French is from the canadian hit show Trailer Park Boys and Stringer Bell and Avon Barksdale are from The Wire.  We renamed Barksdale to Purrsdale because, well, Avon isn’t a dog.)  People generally think this is odd, but I think naming a dog Spot or a cat Fluffy is just as silly.  Plus, who is to say that animals shouldn’t get their own last names?  
For the past week, we’ve been watching these two nuts run around and attack each other. It certainly doesn’t replace Steve French, but they do help lessen the pain.  I’ll always love Steve and wish he hadn’t been taken from us so soon. 
With the new kittens will come new entries on the blog.  Unfortunately they may not be daily, but I’ll do my best to keep up!  Steve French would have wanted it that way. 

It’s been far too long.  I know.  And, like any good procrastinator, I have several excuses.  Of course, I’ve done this before, so I don’t expect any sympathy, but I do expect you all to believe me when I say that I may come and go, but I’m committed to this blog.  

The difference between this and other blog projects I’ve done?  People have actually asked me where I’ve been and why I haven’t been posting.  

Well, here it goes.  My adorable little kitty who just turned 2 years old in June passed away from heart failure a little over a month ago.  It was a long 3 week ordeal in and out of vets and animal hospitals and very traumatic for my boyfriend and myself.  I don’t think it’s important to give specifics, and I don’t want to dwell on his death.  For those that know me well know that I only take pictures of 2 things.  Food that I love and my cat that I love. His name was Steve French.  When I stopped taking pictures of Steve French, I guess I kind of stopped taking pictures of food for a little while too.  It’s taken quite a while to get used to an empty house.   

It still hurts, but after some time the boyfriend and I decided that we were ready to consider a new kitten.  We figured that Steve French would want it that way.  After all, we have a giant cat wall that’s going unused.  So, we decided to head down to a shelter and check out the kittens. 

Cat Wall

My cousin Kathi, who had helped us through Steve French’s medical care and death suggested that we consider 2 kittens so that they could keep each other company.  I was a big fan of this idea, but the boyfriend wasn’t so sure.  I asked him to keep an open mind and he agreed. 

Within 5 minutes of being in the shelter, we each were holding a kitten.  I was holding a fluffy little girl that was part calico and part tabby (tabbyco?)  And the boyfriend was holding a little black and white boy who was swatting at his hand from the cage.   2 hours later we were the proud parents of Stringer Bell and Avon Purrsdale.  

Kitties

My boyfriend has a nack for naming pets.  He names them after TV show characters. (Steve French is from the canadian hit show Trailer Park Boys and Stringer Bell and Avon Barksdale are from The Wire.  We renamed Barksdale to Purrsdale because, well, Avon isn’t a dog.)  People generally think this is odd, but I think naming a dog Spot or a cat Fluffy is just as silly.  Plus, who is to say that animals shouldn’t get their own last names?  

For the past week, we’ve been watching these two nuts run around and attack each other. It certainly doesn’t replace Steve French, but they do help lessen the pain.  I’ll always love Steve and wish he hadn’t been taken from us so soon. 

With the new kittens will come new entries on the blog.  Unfortunately they may not be daily, but I’ll do my best to keep up!  Steve French would have wanted it that way. 

SF on Stove

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My soccer team and I regularly go grab a drink after our games.  Last season, during our indoor league, we were regulars at a bar called The Copper Door.  They had 2 for 1 burgers on Tuesdays, Endless Wine Wednesdays and Wings with pitchers on Mondays.  Your typical bar food, we became used to a way of dining.  The food was actually pretty good, and we were content.  
This season, we’ve got games in other areas of the city and we’ve had to find new places to eat and drink.  After game 1, a teammate and local resident of the area led us to a bar in the Lower East Side.  He promptly dropped us off and left.  It wasn’t until he was gone that we realized he took us to a bar without food.  After one quick drink, we ventured back out into the world looking for something delicious. 
Directly next to the bar was Mikey’s Burger.  A whole in the wall burger joint, the front was wide open.  There were bar stools and a grill.  Simple and small.  At the back were a few small tables.  We checked out the menu above us and decided to stay.  
When presented with burger options, I almost always opt for a turkey burger, chicken sandwich or hot dog over a beef burger.  I took a break from red meat for 10 years, and finally started eating it again in 2008.  (meatballs were my downfall.  I love me some meatballs!)  The burgers at Mikey’s were very interesting.  A lamb burger with onions, jalapenos and mint sounded enticing, but I wanted to go for the real deal…on a hot dog.  
I ordered the Mikey’s hot dog. A hot dog smothered in corned beef hash, onion and mustard.  I usually like to keep it simple, but I like all of these things, especially corned beef so I wanted to see what it would be like.   Not too shabby.  The corned beef isn’t overwhelming, and it wasn’t piled so high on the dog that I couldn’t eat it.  The onions were nicely sauteed and the whole concoction was pretty darn impressive.
If you’re ever in the LES and looking for a quick, delicious bite, stop here, it’s seriously delicious, reasonably cheap and super duper fast. 

My soccer team and I regularly go grab a drink after our games.  Last season, during our indoor league, we were regulars at a bar called The Copper Door.  They had 2 for 1 burgers on Tuesdays, Endless Wine Wednesdays and Wings with pitchers on Mondays.  Your typical bar food, we became used to a way of dining.  The food was actually pretty good, and we were content.  

This season, we’ve got games in other areas of the city and we’ve had to find new places to eat and drink.  After game 1, a teammate and local resident of the area led us to a bar in the Lower East Side.  He promptly dropped us off and left.  It wasn’t until he was gone that we realized he took us to a bar without food.  After one quick drink, we ventured back out into the world looking for something delicious. 

Directly next to the bar was Mikey’s Burger.  A whole in the wall burger joint, the front was wide open.  There were bar stools and a grill.  Simple and small.  At the back were a few small tables.  We checked out the menu above us and decided to stay.  

When presented with burger options, I almost always opt for a turkey burger, chicken sandwich or hot dog over a beef burger.  I took a break from red meat for 10 years, and finally started eating it again in 2008.  (meatballs were my downfall.  I love me some meatballs!)  The burgers at Mikey’s were very interesting.  A lamb burger with onions, jalapenos and mint sounded enticing, but I wanted to go for the real deal…on a hot dog.  

I ordered the Mikey’s hot dog. A hot dog smothered in corned beef hash, onion and mustard.  I usually like to keep it simple, but I like all of these things, especially corned beef so I wanted to see what it would be like.   Not too shabby.  The corned beef isn’t overwhelming, and it wasn’t piled so high on the dog that I couldn’t eat it.  The onions were nicely sauteed and the whole concoction was pretty darn impressive.

If you’re ever in the LES and looking for a quick, delicious bite, stop here, it’s seriously delicious, reasonably cheap and super duper fast. 

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My new job is in Astor Place.  This means I’m steps away from St. Marks and just blocks away from Union Square.  This is my absolute favorite area of town.  I’ve explored all sorts of areas of the city, and I find that there’s something to love about each one.  I’ve recently fallen a little more in love with China town, and working in Tribeca gave me an appreciation for lower Manhattan, but I always come back to Union Square and St. Marks Place.  
A photographer friend of mine lives in this area and knows all the best spots.  We were IMing one day and decided to have lunch since he worked fairly close by.  ”Let’s go to Xi’an Famous Foods” he suggested.  ”They’ve got these amazing noodle dishes and it’s super spicy.”
Well, everyone knows I’ve got a thing for spicy foods, so it’s not hard to talk me into trying something new if it’s spicy.  I’ve mentioned before that I used to be an extremely picky and scared eater and was afraid to try anything new unless I was absolutely sure I’d like it. I’m clearly over that because I did not even hesitate when the suggestion was made.  ”I’m in.” I said quickly.  (I mean, spicy AND noodles?  Of course I’m in!)
A tiny hole in the wall restaurant on St. Marks, I did not know what to expect.  I looked at the wall…tons of dishes with photos.  Pork with noodles, noodle soups, lamb with cumin, “Spicy and Tingly Beef with Hand Ripped Noodles” I confidently stated.  Decision made.  
"Get the Hawberry Tea." Chris suggested.  
"I only really drink water." I replied very directly.  For those of you who don’t know me well, I am almost strictly a water, coffee and wine drinker.  Oh, and margaritas.  I’ve never been a fan of carbonation, ever since I was a little kid.  Soda is not my cup of tea, and I don’t drink beer, or champagne.  I also just never really got into tea.  
"It’s the best thing to wash the spicy food down with.  It’s really refreshing, I promise it’s good." He worked to convince me. 
"And one Hawberry Tea." I said to the man at the register.  Hey, if I’m going in, I’m going in.  Why stop with trying new foods, right?

This particular location seats about 15 people total.  We grabbed the first seat by the door and waited for our food.  Chris explained that he and his coworkers LOVE making food runs here.  He lives around the corner, but work is a bit further away, so any excuse he has to come down and grab lunch here he will.  It seemed like they had a pretty loyal following.  Everyone who came in knew exactly what they wanted and ordered confidently.  Several people also ordered the tea. 
The food came out and looked amazing. The noodles were broad, similar to pad kee mao or pad see ew, but these were a bit thicker and much longer.  It was fairly difficult to eat at times because of how long the noodles were, but you could tell they were very fresh.  The meat was tender and cooked perfectly, together enough to pick up with chopsticks, but not tough to eat at all.  Very tender and juicy.  And most importantly, it was very, very spicy.  Every bite had a kick and a really nice flavoring of cumin.  It was different than anything I had ever had in the realm of Asian foods. 
Chris had a soup, with similar ingredients to mine, but in soup form.  I’m not a huge soup person, but it looked and smelled amazing.  Some guys at the table next to us looked to be having the oxtail, which also was surprisingly appetizing.  We finished as much as we could (the portions were huge) and headed back to work, full and happy. 

Looking forward to another lunch here and trying other things, especially the lamb burgers.

My new job is in Astor Place.  This means I’m steps away from St. Marks and just blocks away from Union Square.  This is my absolute favorite area of town.  I’ve explored all sorts of areas of the city, and I find that there’s something to love about each one.  I’ve recently fallen a little more in love with China town, and working in Tribeca gave me an appreciation for lower Manhattan, but I always come back to Union Square and St. Marks Place.  

A photographer friend of mine lives in this area and knows all the best spots.  We were IMing one day and decided to have lunch since he worked fairly close by.  ”Let’s go to Xi’an Famous Foods” he suggested.  ”They’ve got these amazing noodle dishes and it’s super spicy.”

Well, everyone knows I’ve got a thing for spicy foods, so it’s not hard to talk me into trying something new if it’s spicy.  I’ve mentioned before that I used to be an extremely picky and scared eater and was afraid to try anything new unless I was absolutely sure I’d like it. I’m clearly over that because I did not even hesitate when the suggestion was made.  ”I’m in.” I said quickly.  (I mean, spicy AND noodles?  Of course I’m in!)

A tiny hole in the wall restaurant on St. Marks, I did not know what to expect.  I looked at the wall…tons of dishes with photos.  Pork with noodles, noodle soups, lamb with cumin, “Spicy and Tingly Beef with Hand Ripped Noodles” I confidently stated.  Decision made.  

"Get the Hawberry Tea." Chris suggested.  

"I only really drink water." I replied very directly.  For those of you who don’t know me well, I am almost strictly a water, coffee and wine drinker.  Oh, and margaritas.  I’ve never been a fan of carbonation, ever since I was a little kid.  Soda is not my cup of tea, and I don’t drink beer, or champagne.  I also just never really got into tea.  

"It’s the best thing to wash the spicy food down with.  It’s really refreshing, I promise it’s good." He worked to convince me. 

"And one Hawberry Tea." I said to the man at the register.  Hey, if I’m going in, I’m going in.  Why stop with trying new foods, right?

Hawberry tea

This particular location seats about 15 people total.  We grabbed the first seat by the door and waited for our food.  Chris explained that he and his coworkers LOVE making food runs here.  He lives around the corner, but work is a bit further away, so any excuse he has to come down and grab lunch here he will.  It seemed like they had a pretty loyal following.  Everyone who came in knew exactly what they wanted and ordered confidently.  Several people also ordered the tea. 

The food came out and looked amazing. The noodles were broad, similar to pad kee mao or pad see ew, but these were a bit thicker and much longer.  It was fairly difficult to eat at times because of how long the noodles were, but you could tell they were very fresh.  The meat was tender and cooked perfectly, together enough to pick up with chopsticks, but not tough to eat at all.  Very tender and juicy.  And most importantly, it was very, very spicy.  Every bite had a kick and a really nice flavoring of cumin.  It was different than anything I had ever had in the realm of Asian foods. 

Chris had a soup, with similar ingredients to mine, but in soup form.  I’m not a huge soup person, but it looked and smelled amazing.  Some guys at the table next to us looked to be having the oxtail, which also was surprisingly appetizing.  We finished as much as we could (the portions were huge) and headed back to work, full and happy. 

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Looking forward to another lunch here and trying other things, especially the lamb burgers.

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mrthell asked: I've been meaning to explore LIC more. Where else would you recommend in the area outside of LIC Market and Dutch Kills?

If you’re looking for a hearty dinner, go to El Ay Si.  They have southern and mexican as well as some standard American fare   I recommend their meatballs or jalapeno corn fritters to start,  chicken fried chicken or pork tacos for your main course, and either their fried oreos or chocolate burbon pecan pie!  They also have an amazing brunch.  

Of course since I love Thai food, I have to recommend Tuk Tuk.  They’ve got a great Pad Kee Mao and they don’t shy away from the spicy level.  If you ask for spicy, expect it to be super spicy.
Manetta’s is old school, but great food.  It’s a long Italian style dinner where everything is made fresh at the restaurant.  Can’t go wrong with anything you order here.
Enjoy!
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I’ve written before about LIC Market, and I’ve mentioned that it’s one of my most frequented brunch spots, but I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned their super seasonal menu.  One of the things that I love about LIC Market is that the menu is always changing, but is consistently good.  It’s nice to go somewhere that forces you to have variety.  I’m the type of person that sticks with what I like once I find it.  I assume that those who read my blog regularly are not surprised by this news based on the amount of posting I have about Pad Kee Mao, but hey, I guess if anyone ever needs to research the Pad Kee Mao in NYC, they can just come here and they’ll find what they need. 
My friend Emily sent out an email to a group of people.  ”NYC Foodies, who wants to buy some Meat?!”  Was the jist of it.  There was a Groupon for Omaha Steaks and she was looking to split the cost and the meat.  I volunteered and next thing you know, Emily and her boyfriend are delivering meat to my doorstep and we’re all heading to brunch.  We hopped in the car and headed further into Queens, opting to skip the standard brunch fare at Le Barricou and introduce them to the LIC Market. 
For some reason I’ve always had some weird hang up about lunch and breakfast eating times.  Once it gets past 1PM, I have a tough time committing to breakfast.  This is a vast improvement for me, as the cut off used to be 11AM.  I’ve been to LIC Market a million times and almost always choose a breakfast dish, but lately have been leaning towards their array of lunchier options. 
Then the best thing happened.  ”I really want the slow roasted duck hash, but those pancakes look so good.  Maybe we should get an order for the table.”  YES.  Yes.  By all means yes!  The best of both worlds!  I could safely commit to my lunch dish of a roasted chicken sandwich with arugula, caramelized onions and roasted shallot vinagarette and STILL try the buttermilk pancakes with housemade berry jam and pumpkin seed butter.  
We were NOT disappointed, and the pancakes were delicious.  The butter had this wonderful pumpkin taste that wasn’t overpowering.  Just enough to compliment the berry jam.  It was sweet, and treated as more of a dessert than a dish.  
I highly recommend LIC Market as you can tell.  Always something new and always something delicious!

I’ve written before about LIC Market, and I’ve mentioned that it’s one of my most frequented brunch spots, but I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned their super seasonal menu.  One of the things that I love about LIC Market is that the menu is always changing, but is consistently good.  It’s nice to go somewhere that forces you to have variety.  I’m the type of person that sticks with what I like once I find it.  I assume that those who read my blog regularly are not surprised by this news based on the amount of posting I have about Pad Kee Mao, but hey, I guess if anyone ever needs to research the Pad Kee Mao in NYC, they can just come here and they’ll find what they need. 

My friend Emily sent out an email to a group of people.  ”NYC Foodies, who wants to buy some Meat?!”  Was the jist of it.  There was a Groupon for Omaha Steaks and she was looking to split the cost and the meat.  I volunteered and next thing you know, Emily and her boyfriend are delivering meat to my doorstep and we’re all heading to brunch.  We hopped in the car and headed further into Queens, opting to skip the standard brunch fare at Le Barricou and introduce them to the LIC Market. 

For some reason I’ve always had some weird hang up about lunch and breakfast eating times.  Once it gets past 1PM, I have a tough time committing to breakfast.  This is a vast improvement for me, as the cut off used to be 11AM.  I’ve been to LIC Market a million times and almost always choose a breakfast dish, but lately have been leaning towards their array of lunchier options. 

Then the best thing happened.  ”I really want the slow roasted duck hash, but those pancakes look so good.  Maybe we should get an order for the table.”  YES.  Yes.  By all means yes!  The best of both worlds!  I could safely commit to my lunch dish of a roasted chicken sandwich with arugula, caramelized onions and roasted shallot vinagarette and STILL try the buttermilk pancakes with housemade berry jam and pumpkin seed butter.  

We were NOT disappointed, and the pancakes were delicious.  The butter had this wonderful pumpkin taste that wasn’t overpowering.  Just enough to compliment the berry jam.  It was sweet, and treated as more of a dessert than a dish.  

I highly recommend LIC Market as you can tell.  Always something new and always something delicious!

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