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Great New York style bagels and homemade cream cheese concoctions. "Eppy" himself is definitely a character and doesn't put up with indecisiveness too often. The sandwiches are huge and I hear the soup isn't too bad either. If you work in the area, you get a neighborhood discount.

Posted by Cristin McCurdy on 10/15/2005 at 2:34 PM

The food was good, but it did not make me say "wow!" The food was very flavorful for the most part, but as one of my fellow diners put it, they just didn't complement each other fully. Also, the presentation was on the somewhat bland side. There were few bright splashes of color to catch the eye. The serving sizes were good for the price, and the quality of the ingredients was good. My biggest complaint is the comfort level of the chairs. We were seated at a table in the main section of the dining room and the chairs were a bit uncomfortable.

Posted by Cristin McCurdy on 01/29/2005 at 1:13 PM

Re: “One SixtyBlue

This place really blows me away. I went in with no expectations the first time, especially since it was the location of the office holiday party, BUT, man, was I shocked by the level enjoyment from the first bite to the last. The diver sea scallops appetizer is a MUST have. You are confronted by three large, plump, beautiful diver sea scallops sitting atop a medley of diced heirloom apples, celery chips, and truffle juice. My God, the first time I had these, I thought I had died and gone to heaven! The scallops are so perfectly cooked, not too chewy and the temperature was just right throughout. The truffle sauce adds amazing flavor as well. I don't know which was better, the chocolate bombe or the bittersweet chocolate souffle. Both are very simple, yet divinely satisfying. The quality of chocolate used in both is top notch. The chocolate bombe was the perfect ending to the perfect dinner on my first visit. Crisp chocolate cookie like bottom, filled with smooth, flavorful chocolate, and surrounded by a bit more chocolate before being dusted with cocoa powder. Just thinking about it makes me drool. I was also fortunate enough to enjoy the bittersweet chocolate souffle served with raspberry sorbet. W-O-W is what my mouth and brain were screaming on the first taste of the chocolate. I could not get over just how good the melty, chocolately goodness was on the inside of this treat. I think I could probably eat something like that everyday. So light and fluffy on top, and so dense and rich on the inside. This place is probably one of the best I have ever eaten in my short life. I highly recommend one sixtyblue to anyone looking for a wonderful night of food.

Posted by Cristin McCurdy on 01/29/2005 at 1:08 PM

Re: “Hema's Kitchen

Hema's was a great find. I dined there with four friends and everyone was able to find something to their liking and the portions are large enough to share. Everything tasted very authentic and had wonderful spice levels. Luckily we were eating in the middle of the afternoon, so it wasn't too busy. I could see how easily the place could get packed though because as time passed the place filled up fast. The service was sometimes slow, but friendly. Only one waiter working when we dined, so he kept busy with all of the tables. We ordered appetizers, entrees, breads, rice, and dessert and walked out stuffed. Definitely one of the better Indian restaurants I've been to in the city and I love the fact that you're not forced to do buffet at lunch like so many of the other restaurants that I've been to. The food was full of flavor and as colorful as the ingredients permitted. I spent time in India and this is just the non-Americanized comfort food I was looking for, I'll definitely be back!

Posted by Cristin McCurdy on 10/09/2004 at 5:05 PM

Re: “Silver Spoon

The daily lunch special is an excellent deal. For $6.95 you can get choice of individual portions of appetizer and entree and a cup of the soup of the day. The service is friendly and fast. The space is small, but not crowded. The freshness of the vegetables was remarkable and they steer away from the heavy brown sauce found at many Chinese/Thai restaurants.

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Posted by Cristin McCurdy on 09/25/2004 at 11:37 AM

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