Alma

187 Columbia St.
Brooklyn, NY 11231
Phone: 718-643-5400
http://www.almarestaurant.com/

I had one of the most interesting experiences at Alma, one that I am not sure will ever be duplicated again, but was none the less, something I wish to talk about. Alma is a Mexican restaurant that has 1 floor as a bar, and 2 floors of dining. The top floor is a roof deck, which allows for some great views of Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge. The night I went to Alma, was a stormy night in NYC, and we felt it would be a great idea to go sit on the roof deck (which was covered, come on we are not that crazy). As we are sitting there, even though its covered with plastic drapes sprinkles of rain were getting in and some how this enhanced the overall experience. I do not understand the fascination I had with it, but I enjoyed it! Well of course there was food involved in the night, as an appetizer, I could not resist to order the seafood ceviche. It was Shrimps, scallops and snapper in a citrus sauce, which was to die for. I actually did mention during my meal “next time I will simply order 2 of these and call it a meal.” Since we are at a Mexican restaurant you can pretty much guess what I ordered as my entree.. ENCHILADAS! Woohoo, ehncys! Yeah I just made that word up! I had a choice of a chili sauce, mole sauce (ewww), and a pumpkin seed sauce for my echys. The mole and pumpkin see just sounded too sweet to try, so I stuck with the chili sauce, and was I glad. The sauce had a great kick to it. The enchys themselves were well made, cheesy and stuffed with chicken. Alma, is a great date spot and hey if you can catch it on a stormy like, you might get that little extra excitement I had.

Sripraphai

64-13 39th Ave.
Woodside, NY 11377
Phone: 718-899-9599
It is not often I find a Thai place that excites me. Especially in New York City, it seems most of the Thai places are very generic with the same food over and over. Sripraphai on the other hand definitely stands out! The overall experience with Sripraphai was great with one minor detail. They close at 10pm and do not take any diners after it seems 9pm. Additionally they are closed on Wednesday. Now that that’s out of the way, time for the food. We got there late, did not get a seat but decided that taking it home would work. We ordered the Ground Chicken with mint appetizer, Tom Yum shrimp Soup, A Shrimp dish, whose name I can not remember and a Green Curry with chicken! WARNING: THE FOOD HERE IS SPICY! I started off with the soup, and as much as I loved it, it was painful. We ordered the food medium, so perhaps mild might be the way to go. Having the soup on a hot summer night was like self torture, but I just enjoyed it so much I could not stop. The Ground chicken appetizer was very tasteful, I was surprised that I have never ordered this before at a Thai restaurant, this is a must have as they also make it with beef or pork. The Shrimps and Green curry was great as well albeit not as spicy as the soup, or maybe at this point I have burned off my taste buds, who knows? Mental note, order mild so I do not kill myself next time, and make sure to go at a time when are open so I can enjoy the food fresh as it comes out.

DuMont Burger

314 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Phone: 718-384-6127

Perhaps you have read about Anytime Cafe in Williamsburg tried their lamb burger and are now looking for a regular beef burger in area. Well tonight, I came across DuMont Burger, a relatively small burger joint / bar. From the initial looks of things, the expectation was high. The place was packed on a random weeknight, and in addition there were folks sitting outside eating burgers as well as some waiting around for their to-go orders. It did take about 10 minutes to get a spot to sit, but hey there is a bar in the place so you can commence your intake of alcohol in any case. I am not sure why I really even looked at the menu when I sat down. The place is called DuMont Burger, hmm..I will have the burger please! Well fine, there was a good reason to look at it. They have the regular DuMont burger and a DuMont mini. They are 8oz. and 6oz. respectively. Being, the man I am I went for the regular burger, medium (thanks) with a side of fries. It did take a while for the burger to come out, but in the meanwhile, I did take in A that’s correct singular, beer. As for the burger itself, it was cooked just the way I liked it, but wow was it filling. Sadly, I was unable to finish the whole thing. I was enjoying the burger, but I just could not take the whole thing down! Next time, I might have to go for the DuMont mini and I will have a second beer while waiting!

Choice

380 3rd Ave
New York 10016
Btwn 27th & 28th St
Phone: 212-779-1380

We went to Choice, randomly last night for dinner, and wow I can not wait to head back. I can not remember the last time I went to restaurant and just everything I tasted was mouth watering.
To start off, we had the coconut shrimp, buffalo chicken strips and a crap dip with pita chips. The crab dip was out of this world. I could not find the crab dip on the menu, but I guess one of the people I went with, visit this spot often enough. Maybe it was a special, I was more then a couple of drinks into the night by this time. Ok as I am writing this, I want the crab dip, I have a feeling I am going back there tonight. For my entree, I went for the 10oz filet mignon, which unlike The Spot was cooked medium, EXACTLY as I like it! IT was well flavored and a good portion, with the side of veggies. Someone else ordered the peppercorn pork chops, whom I decided to share my meal with. I am normally not a big fan of pork chops, but wow did I enjoy this. If you can not already tell, I will be back here quiet often.