Restaurant Review: Bó Noodle House

Details: Located at 39-07 Prince St, Flushing, NY 11354. A claimed Yelp page can be found at https://www.yelp.com/biz/b%C3%B3-noodle-house-flushing

Score: 6/10

Bo Noodle House is a relatively new Chinese noodle place among the countless other Chinese noodle places in Flushing. Of course there’s hand pulled noodles here.

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Restaurant Review: Latin Bakery & Restaurant

Details: Located at 41-41 Main St, Queens, NY 11355. I couldn’t find a website so here’s the unclaimed Yelp page: https://www.yelp.com/biz/latin-bakery-restaurant-queens

In a sea of Asian restaurants, Latin Bakery & Restaurant stands alone. It’s been in Flushing a long time and withstood the test of time.

There are a lot of things served here, some over ten dollars. However, if you come here and spend over ten dollars, you’re doing it wrong. Here’s what to get: every day they have a different lunch special that sells for around nine dollars. It comes with salad, beans and rice. Get that. There is also a different daily soup which goes for around five to ten dollars depending on the size you order. Get that. They also have various pastries and fried snacks like empanadas, arepas, and sausages. I like the guava cheese pastry personally. Get those. And that’s about it. Don’t get the stuff that costs around twenty dollars. I’m sure it’s good, but no one orders that stuff. Most people just get some fried snacks and the soup.

Overall, this place is great. It’s the only place in the neighborhood to get some Colombian food in a neighborhood where everything is Asian, and at a reasonable price.

Score: 6.8/10

Restaurant Review: Pret A Manger

Details: All over New York City. The officials site is https://www.pret.com/en-us

I hate Pret. I’ve tried the food here again and again, but I still hate Pret. Before going into why I hate Pret, I may as well go into the good points of Pret.

The good things are as follows:

  1. Many convenient locations around Manhattan.
  2. Faster food than McDonald’s. The food sits in a refrigerated or heated display.
  3. Prices are around ten dollars.
  4. Offers some choices, mostly sandwiches, salads, and soup.

Despite these considerations, I still hate Pret. Pret to me symbolizes desperation and price gouging. I have never eaten Pret out of desire, I have always eaten it because I needed something fast and not too expensive. Even still, the food at Pret is overpriced. I look at a cup of soup or a square sandwich cut in half and I wonder to myself, “how the hell is this worth five to ten dollars?”

And the taste. Man. I know people who like Pret. To me however, I feel like I’m eating t.v. dinners. It just tastes like this preserved crap that they microwaved a few minutes ago. Maybe they do make their food fresh. I wouldn’t know, because it tastes like you just took it out of some plastic wrap and put it one display. If I wanted food like this, I would go buy a trash scone from Starbucks.

In conclusion, I hate this place. I hate it and yet I will likely come by and get something again because I am hungry and short on time. Damn you, Pret.

Score: 3/10

Restaurant Review: Hale and Hearty Soups

Details: Located at 49 W 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036, among other locations. Official site is http://www.haleandhearty.com

Hale and Hearty is a chain restaurant serving soups, salads, sandwiches, and more recently, bowls, with many locations throughout the city. If you live in New York City, you’ve probably had it before.

In the past, I generally relied on the Cream of Tomato Soup with Chicken and Orzo with a half sandwich of chicken, avocado and balsamic vinegar. More recently, I’ve given up on their sandwiches and just gone for their seafood soups, like their bisque and chowders. I also like the cheesy soups and their macaroni and cheese. I never get the salad because I feel like I can get a similar quality salad for cheaper elsewhere.

What I really appreciate about this place is that they give as many free samples as you want. Most of my trips involve me trying four different soups before landing on my final choice. It’s a nice thing for Hale and Hearty to do.

The only real objection I have for this place is the price. It’s around ten dollars for a bowl of soups and a piece of bread. For something that is mostly hot water, I wish it were cheaper. Otherwise, I do enjoy the soups here and the occasional sandwich.

Something new they’re trying are bowls. I think I saw a Korean beef bowl. Never tried it and probably never will. It’s just not competitively priced in terms of quantity when compared to places like Chipotle. Chipotle is the standard I generally use to compare the prices and quantity of what I buy for lunch.

Score: 5.9/10 I don’t come here as much as I used to, but I do enjoy a good soup every now and again. Unfortunately, there aren’t that many soup competitors with as many locations in New York City. For now, Hale and Hearty wins the crown for most convenient and reliable source of soup at this price point.