Sometimes You Just Need to Try it Once

May 9, 2013 § 1 Comment

I usually don’t eat fast food, but while we were in New York yesterday, we were in Harlem waiting for a show to begin and there weren’t too many dinner options in the neighborhood. We finally came across a White Castle, a somewhat culturally iconic American fast food establishment.

The prices here are really cheap. Granted, the sliders are tiny (there are 4 included in one meal package), but you can get one for 79 cents! I don’t know when was the last time I saw something that costs under $1. I decided to try one original slider, which is a beef patty with pickles and ketchup, and a chicken breast slider, which is a little fried chicken patty with melted cheese. I also ordered a small soda, which came in a really large cup! I’m sure it was at least 24 oz, which is at least a medium at other fast food establishments.

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The sliders come in cute little cartons. One is slightly smaller than the palm of my hand, and I have really small hands!

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This experience reminded why I don’t like eating fast food. The sliders weren’t bad-tasting, but they just didn’t taste like…food. The buns were soft and squishy, and the thin patty had a generic meat-like flavor. I ate it in about three bites and it was quite unsatisfying. The chicken slider was a bit better ($1.49), as the chicken breast at least seemed to be made of real meat, albeit covered in a crunchy fried coating.

I tried a few of my friend’s crinkle-cut fries and onion rings. The onion rings were tasty, though we noticed the suspicious lack of actual onions in each ring, so much so that we began to call them “ring rings” rather than onion rings.

After the meal, I didn’t really feel like I had eaten anything – maybe the food was so processed that my stomach did not need to digest anything and was confused? But there was definitely a caloric impact, as I didn’t feel the need to eat anything until almost 6 hours later, almost unheard of for me since I’m usually a snacker.

Restaurant Review: Cafe K

May 9, 2013 § Leave a comment

Sometimes you stumble across the great places by accident. Yesterday a few friends and I were visiting New York. We were in the Rockefeller Center area, getting tickets for a show, and it started raining pretty heavily. We looked for the nearest cafe or restaurant to duck out of the dreary weather and get some lunch.

We came across Cafe K, a little hole-in-the-wall on East 48th Street. The restaurant is narrow but deep, and the front was taken up by a large counter space so we weren’t sure if this was counter or table service. However, we were quickly taken to the back to a cozy dining area.

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The menu was varied, with options from sushi and fish to pasta and sandwiches. I decided upon the avocado sandwich on a whole wheat baguette and a small coffee with skim milk. The coffee came in an adorable cup with a spoon. At $1.50, it was affordable, yet weak and rather lukewarm.

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The avocado sandwich, on the other hand, was delicious. A generous amount of ripe avocado was layered upon a crusty, hearty baguette, complete with tomatoes, lettuce, and onions. The bread-to-filling ratio was perfect, and the sandwich was pressed, giving the bread a slight crunch. With a bit of salt and pepper, the sandwich made for a satisfying lunch.

The portion size was generous but not absurd, and at $7.50, the price was quite reasonable, especially in the bustling Midtown location. Overall the service was fast and friendly, and there wasn’t too much of a crowd on a weekday lunch hour. If I have the opportunity to come back I would like to try out the sushi. I was hesitant at first to order sushi in a non-sushi place, but the table next to ours ordered some rolls which looked delicious.

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