Restaurant Review: &pizza

Details: Located at 740 Broadway, New York, NY 10003. Official site is https://andpizza.com/

Score: 7/10

&pizza is a chain of pizza restaurants around the city. They let you make your own pizzas or order a preset one, all for the same price. Most importantly for some, this place caters to vegans.

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Restaurant Review: Izakaya Juraku

Details: Located at 121 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002. Official site is https://www.izakayajuraku.com/

Score: 7/10

Izakaya Juraku is a comfortable bar and restaurant that serves some low to middle priced Japanese food. It’s bar food.

I came here during happy hour and ordered a bunch of food from the happy hour menu. I got some gyoza for $3, the karage for $5 and a beef dish that came with a salad for $5. All of it was pretty good.

Service was good.

Overall, this is a really comfortable, laid back place to hang out with your friends. Additionally, they had One Piece playing on a projector, which was fun.

Restaurant Review: Dunwell Donuts

Details: Located at 102 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009. Official site is https://www.dunwelldoughnuts.com/

A decent place for vegan donuts. I had an orange creamsicle. Each donut is about $2.50. The donut was fine, which I guess is pretty good for a vegan donut. My resident vegan friend said these donuts were much better than Cinnamon Snail donuts. They also have ice cream, though I’m not sure if it’s vegan or not.

Score: 6.5/10

Restaurant Review: Local 92

Details: Located at 92 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003. Official site is http://www.local92nyc.com/

Local 92 is a Mediterranean restaurant in the lower east side.

The menu is composed of small plates (or tapas), some appetizers, and entrees. It’s not a huge menu, which isn’t bad. I had the squash ravioli (cost about $18) and the hummus (cost about $10). Both were good.

Interior was nice. Lots of exposed brick. Service was good.

Overall, a good place to get some Mediterranean fare.

Score: 7/10

Restaurant Review: Pig and Khao (NYC)

Official site: http://pigandkhao.com/

I originally heard about this place from a friend. She wanted me to look at the menu and confirm her opinion that it looked terrible. She thought it was just another stereotypical Asian fusion trash restaurant for hipsters trying to look cultured. After looking at the menu, I reached the opposite conclusion. I thought it looked good. After some finagling, I convinced her to come try it with me. Afterwards, she quietly admitted she was wrong.

Make no mistake, this is undeniably a douchey/hipstery kind of place. It was opened by a top chef contestant — who is not of south east Asian decent — who has put her spin on south east Asian food. Regardless, the food is good though maybe not authentic.

The menu consists of just some small plates and a few large plates. We had the sizzling sisig (pork head, chili, whole egg, stir it together yourself) and the Bun Bo Nam Bo (lemongrass, beef, noodles). They were both really good. I wish we had more people so we could try everything, but it was just the two of us to that was all we had. The coconut rice was also really good even though it was just rice.

We finished with the Halo Halo, which is a dairy soup of ice cream and flan among other things. It felt like I was eating cereal. I did not enjoy this.

Score: 7/10 Don’t get any of the deserts. Everything else is great.