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I read in a book (The Collosus of New York) that you become a New Yorker the first time you say: "Hey, didn't that used to be a...?". If so, then I became a New Yorker the day I moved in to my apartment and noticed that the wonderful little French Cafe (The Blue Goose) across the street from school had been replaced by yet another sushi restaurant (*sigh*).
Especially when they had this wonderful German singer (who must have stepped right out of Cabaret) singing with her accordian. (2006-01-21)
Apparently, the Kiev used to be something of an East Village institution when it was a busy dive, but then after they renovated it no longer became popular. Currently it's open for drinks on occasion while looking for a new owner. (2006-01-21)
Into the woods
I remember the owner/clerk being a grumpy old woman, and I thought to myself: "This is a *real* New Yorker." Bless her. (2006-01-21)
That having been said, I still eat here about once every third week - especially when I'm feeling really low and I want to treat myself. Yes, the grilled cheese sandwiches are expensive ($5-7), but they're also really huge, so you don't feel too gyped. And on the whole the milkshakes are good ($4-7) - although occasionally they may have bits of ice in them, as if the icecream had been sitting in the freezer for too long.
PS: My sister really liked her Soy shake. But be sure to ask what the flavor is, there is only one and it changes. (2005-09-12)
|Very good for family|
The food is typical of East Village diner fare: roast chicken, meatloaf, soup, breakfast (all day), blintzes, pierogis, potato pancakes, etc. I had the tripe soup, green beans, salad, and meatloaf. The portions were generous and it was very inexpensive ($15 for the entire meal, including an ice tea). You can get a full dinner for under $10, easy. My only complaint was that the meatloaf was not as fluffy as I like (it was a denser, pressed meat variety) - but I'm just being picky because I happen to really like meatloaf.
Oh, and watch out for the restroom doors. Sometimes they stick shut.
Breakfast ($2-5), sandwiches ($4-6), burgers ($3.50-5), entrees ($8-9, includes two sides), deserts ($2-4). (2006-01-30)
|Only Fair but Inexpensive|
I've had the Chicken Don, Fish Tempura, Strawberry Lemonade, Salmon dinner, and the Gazpacho. Everything was fine, but nothing was very special. Except for the Gazpacho, which sould be avoided (if you want Gazpacho, go to Rueben's Empanadas on 1st Ave).
Burgers ($5), dinner salads ($4-5), appetizers and side salads ($2-5), soy burgers ($3-4), sandwiches ($2-4), Japanese specialities ($5-7), dinner platters ($5-9), beer ($3-4), wine ($4 per glass). (2006-01-20)
The Ceviche was perhaps a bit small, but nice and tart and tasty (my glands are acting up just thinking about) with a incredible side of plantain chips.
Went back a second time and had the chicken dinner. Simple, but very good. An excellent place when you get tired of fancy, over-prepared foods. (2006-01-07)
This is what Share is, and it's the only really nicer, American place in the St. Marks neighborhood I've found so far. The idea is that you share small plates of food and do wine tastings, in a more communal atmosphere. And it totally works. The wines are great and the food is always wonderfully prepared and very good. Highly recommend the risotto and the fish (have had several different types of both - always good). Avoid the oak leaf salad (too salty).
And yes, this was the place featured on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, and you will likely see "Winston S.", the Maitre'D as you walk in the door. Check out Tom Filicia's design for the restaurant interior (beautiful). (2005-09-14)
Also had a duck (sliced thin with a wasabi/honey glaze - yum) appetizer. They also have a raw bar (which I haven't sampled yet).
$5-9 salads, $7-12 appetizers, $12-18 appetizers from sushi bar, $5-15 raw bar, $6-15 ala carte sushi, $20-45 sushi/sashimi platters. They also have $45 and $65 prix fix dinners. (2006-01-15)
(Went a second time and had the chicken fried steak, arugula salad, and cobbler - everything was excellent)
Go in the winter and enjoy the working fireplace! It's a cozy, nice place.
Appetizers and sides ($5-8), entrees ($15-20), wines by the glass ($8). (2006-01-25)
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