3307 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria, NY 11105
I've been going to Taverna Kyclades off and on for several years now and while the quality of the seafood has remained excellent, the rest of the menu is just ok. Coupled with the wait time (don't even bother on a Friday or Saturday night) and the service (which is either good or horrible - a BIG miss with one waitress in particular) it's just not worth it anymore. It's Astoria, there are plenty of other Greek restaurants around.
100 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012
Several friends and I went to Jane for brunch recently and our overall impression was very mixed to say the least. While the food was decent (though in one case tepid), the service was horrible. Now I understand that during brunch on a Sunday in NYC it can be really crazy - but it seemed to all of us that once our food was placed in front of us our waiter completely ignored us - even while serving the table next to us several times. Ordering a second drink took forever and they must have been shipping the coffee beans in from Columbia for the amount of time it took to get just a simple cup of coffee.\r
No soomer had the last person in our party put their napkin on the table then our check was placed there - no ""Can I get you anything else"" or even ""How was everything?"" Yes, they have to turn tables over, but considering we had been sitting less than 45 minutes there is no reason we should feel rushed.\r
Then they completely screwed up our check.\r
In the end not worth the hassle considering how many good brunch places there are in the area.\r
Sahara's Turkish Cuisine
513 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10016
What turned out to be a second choice for dinner turned into a great decision. The meze platter made the perfect appetizer - we ordered the small and it was more than enough for the three of us. The baba-gounoush (sp?) was excellent! And the homemade, piping hot bread was perfectly done.
For entrees, the Ground Lamb in Spicy Sauce (can't remember the name on the menu) was perfectly cooked and had just enough kick for the average person. The Feyti (lamb kabob) was tender and wonderful.
Yes the decor is exceedingly basic but that should not distract from the food or the friendly staff.
Totonno Pizzeria Napolitano
1524 Neptune Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11224
I have to admit, being a native Brooklynite, I never got down to Totonno's until recently. As it turned out I wasn't missing anything. For all the hype and history surrounding Totonno's, it falls flat on so many levels.
Yes the crust is thin (which is good), but the sauce was very runny and made the crust soggy. Except for an over abundance of garlic (too much in fact), there was no other taste to the sauce.
The service was abrupt and rude...moreso than your typical Brooklyn attitude. We were yelled at to wait outside when we got there even though we already had a table inside (friends were there).
Given the plethora of great pizza parlors in NYC, Totonno's is not worth the trip. Go to Lombardi's or Grimaldi's instead.
My Most Favorite Dessert
120 W 45th St, New York, NY 10036
Given the plethora of places to have dessert in the Times Square/Theatre District, this has to rank very low on the list of plaes you should go. With several tables clearly open and available, we still had to wait 15 minutes to be seated. Then the actual desserts were not much better than those available in most delis. The cakes were dry...the mousse bland...and the coffee not fresh and burnt.
Lenny & Johns Pizzeria
2036 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11234
Lenny & John's is definitely a mid-Brooklyn/Flatbush tradition for 2 reasons - the food and the hours. You feel like some chicken parm at 3 am? No problem! L&J's will be open - and as crowded as at 8pm.
Their food is top notch with overflowing portions and a wonderful sweet, tangy gravy (sauce). For cheese lovers try the baked zitti sicilian.
I will say that while their entree's are excellent, their pizza is just a little above average.