Corner Bistro

331 W 4th St
New York, NY 10014

Located in the West Village, Corner Bistro is a bar that has stood the test of time. When you step in you can tell this place has been around for many many years. I visited Corner Bistro for lunch, which has a very limited lunch menu. They basically have couple of interesting burgers, a chicken sandwich, a grilled cheese sandwich and fries. I went with the Chili Burger, and no drinks, well it was lunch so no alcohol was allowed, dont worry I will make a trip back to the bar and update this entry. The food came out suprisingly quick, and I saw a plate of mush. It wasn’t really a burger we are used too, more of the an open plate sandwich. The bun laying on the plate with the burger in the middle, toped with chilli, knife and fork were the only way to go. My burger was medium as usual and was excellent. The burger plain was a little dry even at medium, but this is where the chili came in and gave it the juice i needed. The chili had a nice kick to it, which def. gives Wendy’s a run for their money! I will be back to try the Bistro Burger next time and hopefully a beer with it.

Tandoor

95-25 Queens Blvd.
Rego Park, NY 11374

I have been dining at Tandoor since its opened, and their food has been consistently excellent. On Sundays they have an affordable brunch. One of my favorite items on their menu is the Tandoori Chicken, comon, what a name like Tandoor you would hope their Tandoori Chicken is simply amazing. Another great vegetarian item is the Punjabi Pakora Kudi, I have never had it prepared as well as Tandoor. I would think over the years I have eaten almost everything on their menu, especially since Tandoor is also famous for its catering, but these 2 dishes are the ones that stick out. An interesting aspect of the restaurant is that you can see the chef cooking with the tandoor. If you are around the Rego Park area of Queens and enjoy Indian, this is a must hit.

Sea Thai Bistro

75 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003-8640

Apparently this is the original, but I have to say this review will be biased. I have visited the Sea location in Brooklyn and it is one of my favorite places to dine out. I finally did decide to visit the original in Manhattan last night. I had eaten dinner already, so I went for a small late night meal. The food was excellent, just what I am use to of Sea. I had the Spring Rolls and Lettuce Rolls, yes both appetizers but made a great mini meal. I was not excited over the ambience, maybe I am spoiled by the location in Brooklyn, and I understand this one is in the East Village and does not have the space but it just was not the same experience to me. If you are in the East Village looking for a good place for Thai food, then check out Sea, otherwise I would say for ambience and great food make the QUCIK trip out the Brooklyn location.

China Grill

60 West 53rd St.,
New York, NY 10019
http://www.chinagrillmgt.com/chinaNY/

Tonight, I had a nice company dinner at China Grill. When ever I enter a fine dining establishment such as China Grill, I set my expectations high. With the prices on the menu, there is allot to be expected. As with many Pan-Asian restaurants China Grill, is family style dining. To start with we decided on the Coriander Dusted Dumplings and Tempura Sashimi. The dumplings were good, nothing special but definitely good. The tempura sashimi was excellent, it is the first time I have ever eaten anything of the sort, and this dish hit the tastes buds spot! Moving on to the entrees we settled on the Wild Mushroom Profusion Pasta, Grilled Garlic Shrimp, Miso Glazed Black Cod and Vegetable Fried Rice. The service at this place was incredible; all the food must have come out within 10 to 15 minutes. Off all the dishes the one that really stuck out was the Grilled Garlic Shrimp, rest was average. Overall, I think China Grill will guarantee a good meal; I did enjoy the meal, but feel I have been to better places in the price range.

Yatagan

104 Macdougal St
New York, NY 10012-1248

When ever I am in the West Village late night, Yatagan is one place I always end up at. I always get the same thing here a Sharwarma and it is excellent each time. If you are not sure what it is, in short it is pita bread filled with gyro type meat, some lettuce tomatoes and their white sauce. They also have a hot sauce which actually says “use at your own risk”, I have to admit it is pretty spicy. What makes this place so great is that they are not greedy and will fill the pita with meat.

Al Capone’s Hideaway and Steakhouse

35W337 Riverside Drive
St. Charles, Illinois 60174
http://al-capone.com/

This will probably be the sole restaurant in the city, but there are many of you who know me, and well will appreciate this review since you will end up at St. Charles, IL sooner or later. We have to start with the decor, which is right out of the roaring 20’s. You walk in and really get a feeling that you are walking into a Speakeasy during prohibition. For an appetizer, we started with the Calamari which was enough for 6 people. Not often can you find an appetizer that can feed a table. Choosing my entree was pretty rough since this place has a massive menu with so many great options. After much time, I decided on the Cajun London Broil. Every entree comes with a soup, salad and potatoes. I went with the French Onion Soup, House Salad with French dressing and French Fries. One a side note I just realized that was all French, OK back to the review. If the soup, salad was not enough they brought out a hefty portion for the London broil. As great as it was I was unable to finish the meal. Overall I would say this was a great experience and I def see myself visiting the next time I am in St. Charles.