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Finally! Good Chinese Food in Park Slope!

March 16, 2012 Leave a comment

Park Slope is a great place to live — proximity to Prospect Park, beautiful brownstones, good schools, relaxed watering holes, etc.  However, it is definitely lacking in good, reasonable restaurants.  Sure, you could blow a wad at Al Di La or Blue Ribbon for a great meal, but is that what I plan to do every Wednesday night after work?  (Don’t worry.  There are those who do.)

While many Park Slopers fancy themselves “foodies” or otherwise knowledgeable about organic-free range-local-artisinal this and that, the reality, based on the eateries in the nabe, is that there are a good number of people paying lots of money night after night for mediocre take out and delivery food.  This is especially true for ethnic food.  There is no good Indian restaurant.  All of the sushi and banh mi joints are run by ethnic Chinese folks, which alone doesn’t discredit the establishments, but do they compare to the real thing?  No.

But at last!  Some quality Chinese food exists in the ‘hood.  Tofu on 7th has been on 7th Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets for a good number of years now.  The name speaks to its history of catering to the large number of vegetarians in the area, but don’t let it be a misnomer for its current iteration.

Recently, a new chef has been hired and real Szechuan food can be had from its kitchen.  The decor is a bit blah, and I’ve never observed many people eating in.  Go for delivery and order off the Szechuan menu (there is an American menu available for all your greasy, overly sweet favorites but just skip it).  My favorites so far have been the Ma Po Tofu (with pork), “Kung Pao Style” chicken, tea smoked duck and “Hot Pepper Style” beef.  I hope more people discover this joint as I would love for it to stay as is for years to come.

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May 24, 2010 1 comment

Although we have yet to mention it until close to the end, May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.  One of the things we love the most about New York City is the variety and number of Asians here because we all know what that means: good food!  From holes in the wall serving up chop suey to the Chinatowns and other ethnic enclaves serving authentic fare in the outer boroughs to the fancy, white tablecloth restaurants serving haute cuisine, there is so much to choose from in our great city.

But what do most New Yorkers settle down to at the end of a long work day or on those lazy weekends when we can’t be bothered to cook?  We like our classic Americanized Chinese food.  I’m partial to an order of roast duck and Chinese broccoli (gai lan) with white rice.  Tell us your favorites.

Midtown Survival Guide: Kosher Deluxe

May 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Obviously, you don’t have to keep kosher to eat at Kosher Deluxe, although you’ll notice that a good number of the clientele likely does.  Kosher Deluxe is located at 10 W. 46th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues).  The restaurant is split into distinct food ordering areas.  In the back, you can order Chinese food and assorted deli items.  (Advice: Whenever I am sick but forced to go into the office, I head straight to the back for an order of matzoh ball soup.  They make the soup with real chicken broth and fresh vegetables.  It helps cure any cold quickly.)  A salad bar serving up the regular assortment of vegetables and fixings is located in the middle of the restaurant.

On your right as you enter the front door, you will find the shwarma/falafel/Israeli salad bar area.  Get in line with everyone else and be ready with your order when it’s your turn.  The gentleman who takes your order and makes your shwarma or falafel sandwich is efficient but can be bit sketchy toward the ladies.

J. Frankfurter and I are partial to the shwarma with hummus and hot sauce on a baguette simply because it is easier to eat than the same in a pita.  While I usually get the shwarma, I can vouch that Kosher Deluxe probably makes one of the better falafel sandwiches in Midtown.

After you pick up your sandwich, you’ll be given a small plastic dish to fill up with sides.  There are an assortment of items including pickles (full and new sours — haven’t seen half sours yet), hot peppers, fried eggplant, carrots, slaws, beets, and tomato salad.  At the end of the salad bar, you pay the nice lady who packs up your order and throws in some extra containers of tahini.

I’ve been coming here for nearly six years and have a nice rapport with the staff.  You may feel rushed and unwelcomed your first few visits like I did, but it’s nothing personal.  That’s just the way the place operates.  Stick it out and you’ll be treated with good, quality food each time.