Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Rundown: What I Ate in September 2014

As I said in my previous entry, I'll be posting super quick summaries of what I ate/drank that was noteworthy for every month I've been MIA on the blog. Here's September 2014.

Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, Chinatown

This was technically in August, but I'll squeeze it in here. Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory has very creamy, smooth ice cream and interesting flavors with Asian flair. I got green tea and black sesame, and while they were both quite good, the black sesame taste was a little too strong for me. Definitely would come back, but it's slightly pricey for ice cream ($5 for two scoops).

Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles, Chinatown

Surely a bang for your buck, but Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles' bowl of pork wonton noodles ($6.25) were a bit of a let-down for me. The price is great, and you do get a lot of food, but the soup and noodles were all too greasy for me to finish the dish. The place is also pretty grungy, and space is tight — you'll most likely be sharing tables with other parties. Gotta give it to them for fast, cheap noodles, but I'd rather spend the money on cheap dim sum, Chinese baked goods or bubble tea instead.

City of Saints, East Village

One of the newer spots in the East Village, City of Saints has pretty great-tasting coffee ($2.25) and a very clean, modern space. The only thing is the seating area's not the most ideal — there are only bar-type seats along the window. But the coffee was good, robust and slightly sweet, and the staff was kind, so it's definitely worth checking out.

LIC Market, Long Island City

A gem in Long Island City, LIC Market offers an awesome brunch menu with great deals. The slightly rustic yet cute restaurant had quite a long list of parties waiting for a table when we went for Saturday brunch but for good reason. The slow-roasted duck hash ($12) I had was delicious — fresh, flavorful and tender but not greasy. The waiters were also very kind, and the service was quick.

Sylvia's, Harlem

I was pretty underwhelmed by Sylvia's chicken and waffles ($11.95), unfortunately — maybe because it's been hyped up a lot, and I had high expectations. Both the chicken and waffle were a bit dry, and the salmon bites ($6.95) were too salty. While the collared greens and potato salad sides ($4.50 each) were OK, there was nothing strikingly spectacular about our entire experience. Maybe I'll give Sylvia's another try, but I would probably order something other than the ever-so-famous chicken and waffles.


  1. Glad to see you back from your hiatus! That duck hash looks AMAZING. I'm definitely going to try it next time I'm in town!