Restaurant Review: Young’s Dessert Bar

Details: Located at 38-02 Prince St, Queens, NY 11354. An unclaimed Yelp page can be found at https://www.yelp.com/biz/youngs-dessert-bar-flushing

Score: 7.2/10

Young’s Dessert Bar is comfortable place for trendy Asian desserts. That means those Japanese souffle pancakes and the multilayered crepe cakes. There’s also a bunch of other tasty stuff.

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Restaurant Review: Pho Huang

Details: Located at 41-01 Kissena Blvd, Flushing, NY 11355. I couldn’t find an official page so here’s their unclaimed Yelp page: https://www.yelp.com/biz/pho-hoang-flushing

There are a lot of southeast/Vietnamese restaurants in Flushing. Pho Huang stands out for one reason: it’s open until 1:00 AM.

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Restaurant Review: Singas Famous Pizza

Details: Located around New York City, though not in Manhattan. The official site is http://www.singaspizzas.com/

Singas Pizza is a pizzeria that specializes in making ten inch pies that are made when you order. They don’t sell pizza by the slice. They also have sandwiches, pasta, and chicken wings, but it’s the pizza that you should get here.

They have a variety of toppings, pretty much everything you can get at most pizzerias in this price range. Pizza pies generally price from around seven to over ten dollars depending on what toppings you get. As for the chicken wings, pasta, and sandwiches, everything goes into the pizza oven for cooking and prices at around

The pies are good. There’s nothing unique about their recipe, but there’s something delicious about a freshly made pie versus a reheated slice. Additionally, the pizza pans they use to bake the pizza almost always guarantees a crispy pizza, which is nice. The sandwiches, pasta, and chicken wings are okay. I’ve tried them all and they weren’t great. If you feel like gambling, then you should those items. Otherwise, I’d just get the pizza.

Overall, a good place for pizza. It’s a nice to get a freshly made pizza once in a while versus the individual, reheated slices that you normally find in this city. The only downside is that you have to order a whole ten inch pie — which isn’t overly big — if you want try this pizza out.

Score: 6.8/10

Restaurant Review: Great Northern Food Hall, Open Rye and Grain Bar

Details: The address is Grand Central Terminal, 89 Vanderbilt Ave, New York, NY 10017. In case the address isn’t descriptive enough, Great Northern Food Hall is located in Grand Central’s Vanderbilt Hall, with access from 42nd Street or the Terminal’s Main Concourse. Official site is http://greatnorthernfood.com/

Great Northern Food Hall is a food market focusing on Nordic cuisine. It was created by Claus Meyer, one of the creators of Noma, a restaurant considered by many as the greatest restaurant in the world. He is also credited with being one of the creators of the New Nordic food movement, which focuses on developing traditional, Scandinavian dishes while using local ingredients. A more practical description of New Nordic would be the attempt to make traditional Nordic cuisine fit for the French concept of fine dining. In other words, they wanted to figure out how to charge more money for Scandinavian food.

The food served at Great Northern Food Hall is not fine dining. Refreshingly, it is moderately priced given the prestige associated with the Claus Meyer brand. The food served here is meant as something that you can pick up quickly and eat on the go, a fitting format for a business located inside Grand Central Terminal.

I stopped by for lunch on a weekday and visited Open Rye and Grain Bar. There are six different stations here which serve different things. Open Rye and Grain Bar simply had the things that looked most interesting to me.

At Open Rye, I ordered two open-faced sandwiches (nice way of saying sandwich with only one slice of bread): the chicken salad (apple, watercress, celery) and the roast beef (horseradish, remoulade, onions). Both were served on a surprisingly strong slice of rye bread that could hold the weight of all the toppings. The sandwiches were fine. I wish they offered a second slice of bread so that I could have an easier time holding the things. Both sandwiches cost $7.

Grain Bar focuses largely on Danish porridge. It’s essentially better oatmeal. Unlike oatmeal, you can actually see the grains and feel the texture of the grains. They also do a better job of seasoning the porridge. I ordered a mushroom porridge. It was topped with some fried stuff and mushrooms with a very vinegar-y taste. It was okay. It cost $10.

Overall, it was just okay. The tastes and quality weren’t so great that I’d feel any compulsion to come back. I’d rather go to my local deli and get a sandwich for cheaper.

Score: 5/10

Restaurant Review: Luke’s Lobster

Details: Located at 207 E 43rd St., New York, NY 10017. Official site is http://www.lukeslobster.com/

I came here for lunch one day. I ordered the Luke’s Trio, which is a half lobster roll, a half crab roll, and a half shrimp roll for $19.50. The rolls weren’t great. Red Hook is far better in my opinion. The meat was all cold and the bun was buttered and warm. I like warm bread, but the quality of the meat wasn’t great. If you have the option, I’d recommend going to Red Hook Lobster Pound or Fish instead if you want to get a good lobster roll in New York City.

Score: 4/10