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Restaurant Review: Clarke’s Standard – Union Square – NYC

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CLARKE’S PROMISE
We promise the most juicy, delicious burgers you’ve ever tasted made with 100% freshly-ground USDA-verified Natural Angus free of hormones, antibiotics, and preservatives. A BURGER JOINT BY THE LEGENDARY P.J. CLARKE’S
There’s no better burger than one made from beef ground fresh at your local butcher. That’s why there’s Clarke’s Standard, inspired by the techniques and standards derived from our family’s three generations of butchers. We use only 100% USDA verified, hormone and antibiotic free Natural Angus, ground every day using a wide-gauge plate for a loose-textured patty and a juicier, more flavorful burger. Plus premium jumbo hot dogs, custom brewed iced teas, and our famous “Little Clarke’s” dixie-style ice cream cups. So now you can enjoy the legendary P.J. Clarke’s burger anytime.
We support local farms, including our own
MAKE IT A COMBO!
ADD FRIES & A FOUNTAIN SODA TO ANY ITEM
ONLY $3.00
FRESHLY GROUND BURGERS
All Burgers are 1/4 pound Freshly Ground Beef
THE STANDARD CHEESEBURGER
American Cheese, Tomato, Lettuce, Standard Sauce
Single $4.90Double $7.75
THE CADILLAC
Smoked Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Tomato, Lettuce, Standard Sauce
Single $6.25Double $8.85
BROOKLYN AU POIVRE
Cracked Pepper Sauce, Cheese, Jimmy Peppers, Savory Onions
Single $5.85Double $8.70
MUSHROOM & CHEDDAR BURGER
Marinated Mushrooms, Cheddar Cheese, Cracked Pepper Mayo
Single $5.85Double $8.75
CLARKE’S TURKEY BURGER
Cracked Pepper Mayo, Lettuce, Tomato Jam
Single $6.25Double $8.85
REGULAR HAMBURGER
Lettuce, Tomato, Mayo
Single $4.50Double $7.05
ADDITIONAL TOPPINGS:
BACON, EGG, AVOCADO, BLUE CHEESE +$1.25
CHEESE, JIMMY PEPPERS, SAVORY ONIONS, MUSHROOMS, TOMATO JAM +$1.00
JUMBO HOT DOGS
Premium Custom Blend Jumbo Hot Dogs
NY STANDARD DOG
Choice of Toppings: Three-Onion Red Sauce, Old Dutch Mustard, Chopped Red Onion, Spicy Sriracha Mayo
$3.75
CHICKEN
BUFFALO CHICKEN SANDWICH
Spicy Buffalo Sauce, Shredded Slaw, Blue Cheese Dressing
Single $5.90Double $8.75
CALIFORNIA GRILLED CHICKEN SANDWICH
American Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, Avocado
Single $5.90Double $8.75
CRISPY BUTTERMILK CHICKEN STRIPS
Box of 5, Classic or Spiced
$5.25
FRIES
NATURAL FRENCH FRIES
$2.90
SWEET POTATO FRIES
$2.90
BEER BATTERED ONION RINGS
$2.90
ADD CHEESE +$0.60
DRINKS

MILKSHAKES
Vanilla, Chocolate,
Black & White
REGULAR $4.90
LARGE $5.90
FOUNTAIN SODA
REGULAR $1.95
LARGE $2.50
DRAUGHT BEER
SHORTY [12oz] $3.75
PINT [16oz] $4.90
BOTTLED WATER $2.50
THEA’S ENGLISH ICED TEAS
Black Rose, Dandelion Mint, Green Honey, Red Mango
$3.00
BOYLAN SODA $3.00
MASH FRUIT DRINK $3.00
ICE CREAM CUPS $2.50 EACH
Vanilla Bean, Malted Milk Chocolate,
Mint Chip, Salted Caramel, Wild Strawberry,
ASK ABOUT OUR LIMITED EDITION FLAVORS!
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The chicken sandwich was delicious! I got the double meat combo. The size of each of the chicken cutlets were huge! It stuck out of the other side of the bun almost as far as that side did!

They have natural ice cream and vanilla and chocolate shakes. They have a condiment station with BBQ sauce, mustard, ketchup, relish and more.

The fountain drink selection was terrible but oh well!

Check this place out! You will like it!


Recipe: Shrimp and Avocado Ceviche

In honor of Cevich here is a delicious Ceviche Recipe for Ceviche Tacos – for a healthy low carb meal substitute a small salad for the Tortillas!

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They give the nutritional value but I think it’s for the whole recipe with the 12 tortillas so it is skewed! Eliminate the Tortillas and who would eat 12 tortillas in one sitting, even I wouldn’t do that on a cheat day!

I can’t wait to try this! Stay tuned!


Supplement Review: Fire Cider – Tweefontein Herb Farm *

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Stimulate the senses and kickstart the immune system with Tweefontein’s housemade Fire Cider, a spicy blend of medicinal herbs, roots and Thai peppers infused in a base of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. Fire Cider makes a tasty and nutritious salad dressing and an exquisite hot sauce. Enjoy Fire Cider as an alternative to alcohol based tinctures for a cold remedy or immune tonic, use about 1 TBS, 3-5 times daily for best results. Packaged in 5oz. bottles.
Ingredients: Organic Cider Vinegar, Ginger Root, Chives, Horseraddish Root, Garlic, Garlic Mustard Root, Thai Peppers, Oregano, Rosemary, Black Peppercorn
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It’s pretty strong! The Apple cider vinegar, ginger and garlic are strong! People use it as a tonic for when the aren’t feeling good, I think it’s good to take every couple days! As a metabolic booster. I want to try to make my own and see how it is matched against theirs.

Recipe: Fire Cider
Have you heard of fire cider? The first time I encountered this traditional folk recipe, I have to admit I was terrified. Horseradish, garlic, onion, ginger, and hot peppers infused in vinegar? To drink? It took me years before I tried it, but you can be braver than me. It’s worth it! Plus you can use fire cider in so many ways — from cold cure to cooking to cocktails.

Hot, pungent, sour, and sweet, fire cider is certainly not for the faint of heart. Yet this fiery concoction has been revered for generations as a simple and effective remedy to relieve sinus congestion, ward off colds and flus, aid digestion, and increase circulation. Fire cider can be sipped neat on its own, mixed with other beverages, or used in cooking. (You might think of it like a savory shrub.) It’s especially useful to have fire cider on hand in cold weather.

As a folk remedy there are countless variations, but most fire cider recipes include ingredients like fresh horseradish, garlic, onion, ginger, and chile pepper. These are infused in apple cider vinegar (vinegar draws out many plant constituents), which is then strained and sweetened with honey. My recipe is based on the one popularized by herbalist Rosemary Gladstar (see her video and recipe here). In addition to the ingredients mentioned above, I like to add turmeric, citrus, and herbs like parsley, rosemary, and thyme. Together they form a potent punch that is immune-boosting, antibacterial, antiviral, congestion clearing, and warming.

I really encourage you to have fun and create your own fire cider according to your tastes and available ingredients. In fact, I make it a little different every time. In some batches I use spices like cinnamon and cardamom or add vitamin C-rich rose hips. Other times I use ground cayenne or dried chiles rather than fresh habaneros or jalapenos. If you use ground chile, start with a small pinch; you can always add more to taste after you strain the vinegar.

If you’re a fan of spicy foods, you might take to fire cider right away, tossing back shots to get your blood flowing on a cold winter day. If you have a more timid palate, you might want to dial back on the chile, sweeten with extra honey, and start with small dashes of fire cider in your food rather than drinking it straight.

A few serving suggestions:
Straight up: Rosemary Gladstar recommends taking 1 to 2 tablespoons at the first sign of a cold, and then repeating every 3 to 4 hours until symptoms subside. Some people also take fire cider as a preventative during cold and flu season.
Mix with lemonade or orange juice
Mix with hot water and extra honey to make a tea
Use in place of vinegar in salad dressings and condiments (like this fire cider honey mustard at Salt+Fat+Whiskey)
Drizzle on steamed vegetables or sautéed greens
Use in marinades for meat, tofu, and tempeh
Add to soups and chilis
Try a couple of dashes in a cocktail, such as a Bloody Mary

Are you inspired to make fire cider now? I’d love to hear what you put in yours and how you use it.

Note: As with any health concern you should, of course, listen to your own body and the advice of your health practitioner. If you’re curious about the research associated with some of these ingredients, check out the University of Maryland Medical Center’s guides to garlic, ginger, and cayenne/capsaicin.

Fire Cider
Makes 1 pint or more

1/2 cup peeled and diced horseradish
1/2 cup peeled and diced garlic
1/2 cup peeled and diced onion
1/4 cup peeled and diced ginger
1/4 cup peeled and diced turmeric
1 habanero chile, split in half
1 orange, quartered and thinly sliced crosswise
1/2 lemon, quartered and thinly sliced crosswise
1/2 cup chopped parsley
2 tablespoons chopped rosemary
2 tablespoons chopped thyme
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
2 to 3 cups raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar (at least 5% acidity)
1/4 cup raw honey, or more to taste

Place all of the vegetables, fruits, herbs, and spices in a clean 1-quart jar. Fill the jar with vinegar, covering all the ingredients and making sure there are no air bubbles. Cap the jar. If using a metal lid, place a piece of parchment or wax paper between the jar and the lid to prevent corrosion from the vinegar. Shake well.

Let the jar sit for 3 to 6 weeks, shaking daily (or as often as you remember).

Strain the vinegar into a clean jar. Add honey to taste. Refrigerate and use within a year.
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Sounds pretty good! Lets give this a whirl! Stay tuned!


Restaurant Review: Organic Avenue – cold-pressed juices to grab and go plus!

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Organic Avenue is the only organic plant-based grab-and-go brand in the U.S., providing fresh breakfast, lunch and light dinner entrees and cold-pressed juices that make healthy eating easily accessible and delicious. With an engaging community atmosphere across 12 New York City stores, including a new flagship at 5 Bryant Park, Organic Avenue offers flavor-focused hot and cold wraps, hot grain bowls, soups, oatmeals and juices that blend tasty options with optimal nutritional benefits. Customers are encouraged to interact with Wellness Concierges and knowledgeable store advisors, who provide a welcoming experience with their nutritional and lifestyle information and interactive community events. Organic Avenue is owned by Weld North, an investment company concentrating on education, health and wellness, consumer services and marketing businesses.
Follow Organic Avenue on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Denise Mari, Founder

Denise founded Organic Avenue in 2000, combining her passion for whole foods, healing, vegetarianism and entrepreneurship. She is the author of Organic Avenue: Recipes for Life, Made with LOVE* and continues to be inspired by the implications of a Live, Organic, Vegan, Experience.

I was surprised at how delicious all the food was! The coconut yogurt (fake yogurt like substance) tasted like yogurt even though the wasn’t any dairy in it! The Chocolate Mousse didn’t taste like Chocolate Mousse but it was delicious and the base ingredient is avocado! Which is a staple in my current diet! The Matcha Tea and Chia seed was also delicious! It’s flavors were layered nicely! At $6-8 I would buy all of the products again, but not too often!

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The Dragon’s Breath was $4 and wasn’t bad the flavors were layered first the lemon then the ginger and pow the cayenne! I saved it for preworkout and it was nice!
I want to try to reverse engineer it for myself! It seems easy enough to make.


Restaurant Review: Liquiteria – smoothies plus!

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In 1996 Liquiteria pioneered the original cold pressed juice in
New York City, delivering health and balance to our devoted guests
who quickly become a part of the Liquiteria extended family.

Our cold pressed juice is packed with easily digestible raw vitamins, minerals and enzymes from fresh fruits and vegetables, flooding your body with wholesome nutrition and the nourishment you crave.

We are committed to offering the finest nutritional options available. Our stores are a healthy oasis, delivering a fun, vibrant, and comfortable atmosphere. Sit back and relax with friends, hang out with our team, or just pop in, grab and go—we’ve got something for everyone.

Our Cleansing Coaches and Ambassadors are energetic, approachable and knowledgeable. This passionate team strives to personalize your Liquiteria experience; they’re always on hand to guide you and answer your questions, no matter your health goals or lifestyle.

The Liquiteria menu offers a wide range of cold pressed juices, cleansing options, superfood smoothies, herbal supplements, healthy snacks and remarkably fresh and wholesome grab and go options. Our menu is custom designed to ensure that you don’t just survive, you thrive.

Liquiteria is about inclusion—we welcome everyone. We believe balance and not extremism is the key to reaching your full potential. No matter your current lifestyle, our mission is simply to inspire you to live a life filled with health and vitality.

What is Cleansing?
The cleansing process allows your digestive system to rest while fully nourishing your body with live enzymes and nutrients. Our cleanse programs are designed to rejuvenate and alkalize your body. The reward of a successful cleanse is enhanced well-being at all levels: you will feel leaner, have a glowing complexion and live each day with increased vitality and energy.

The duration of a cleanse varies based on your current level of health and prior experience with cleansing and cold pressed juice. We offer four options for beginners and expert cleansers alike. In addition, our Cleansing Coaches are available to personalize a program to suit your individual needs.

Why Cleanse?
Is your body functioning at its optimum health? We can all benefit from recharging our systems by eliminating toxins and flooding our bodies with nutrients. During a fresh juice cleanse, your digestive system has the opportunity to rest, allowing your body to utilize the energy normally required for digestion to restore your entire system.

Positive effects of a cold pressed juice cleanse include:

Increased energy
Improved mental clarity
Reduced bloating
Boosted immune system
Heightened senses
Rejuvenated skin
Normalized digestion
Reduced inflammation
Improved metabolic function
Deeper and more restful sleep
Weight loss
Reduced cravings for unhealthy foods
Restored alkalinity
Toxin release
Before a Cleanse
To ensure you get the best results from your cleanse, we suggest modifying your diet up to a week before you begin.

We recommend eliminating:

Caffeine
Alcohol
Nicotine
Refined Sugar
Wheat
Processed Foods
In place of these items, we suggest consuming 80% raw foods, including fresh fruit and vegetables and an ample amount of water to keep you hydrated. To introduce the juices to your system before cleansing, you can also drink two to four cold pressed juices during the day and enjoy a dinner consisting of salad, steamed vegetables and a serving of lean protein.

During
Drinking a juice every two to three hours ensures that you flood your body with rich nutrition throughout the day.

Water is extremely important during your cleanse as it flushes your organs and blood system of toxins. Juices drench your body with live nutrients, encouraging your cells to release toxins and allowing the water to carry them away.

As you become a more experienced cleanser, you will learn how your body responds best. The process of periodic cleansing will become easier over time and your results will enhance every time you cleanse.

For the best results during your cleanse:

Drink all of your daily cold-pressed juices in the order as directed
Drink your bodyweight in ounces of water daily
Drink one juice every 2½ to 3 hours
Rest when you’re tired
Exercise lightly to promote blood circulation; try yoga, deep breathing and gentle cardio
Exfoliate your skin, take saunas and hot baths
Post
Coming off your cleanse properly is important. The first day after a cold pressed juice cleanse, drink juices and smoothies, eat soups and consume lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. At this point, your body will feel deeply rejuvenated—take this new experience to build momentum toward a healthier lifestyle.

Lifestyle
Cleansing is a remarkable and effective process that heals and nourishes your body. Once you have achieved your desired results, maintaining is simple if you follow what you learned during your cleanse.

The best maintenance program includes keeping your diet clean:

Drink 2 to 3 fresh cold-pressed juices daily
Keep your food intake at 80% fresh fruits and vegetables
Drink your body weight in ounces of water daily
Exercise regularly
Exfoliate your skin regularly
Alkalinity
We suggest your dietary goal be to maintain an alkalinity of 7.36, as your body performs best when the blood is slightly alkaline.

The body’s pH is measured on a scale of 0–14. At 7.36 your pH is balanced and anything below 7.36 too acidic. An acidic body is prone to fatigue, stress and inflammation, and can experience a loss of lean muscle mass and weight gain. Keeping your body’s alkalinity at 7.36 or above is optimal and achievable with a balanced diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruit and cold pressed green juice.

Alkalization is the process of alkalizing your body, allowing it to thrive and ward off disease.

To achieve an optimal alkaline balance:

Drink nutrient-dense, live green juices full of chlorophyll
Drink your body weight in ounces of pure water per day
Maintain 80% of your diet with fresh fruits and vegetables
The paramount way to reset your alkalinity is to complete a 3 to 5 day cleanse with fresh cold pressed juice.

our menu
we deliver in new york city

Smoothies
Liquiteria smoothies deliver dense nutrition to your body; they are rich and velvety—a pleasing result of fresh fruits, vegetables and superfoods.

MEAN GREEN
kale, spinach, mango, bananas, golden pineapple & fresh golden pineapple juice

Benefits: The only smoothie on the menu with fresh leafy greens blended inside! Great source of vitamin C and packs a big energy boost.

PEACHES AND DREAM
peaches, strawberries, bananas, apple cider, aloe vera, energy memory & cinnamon

Benefits: This smoothie has aloe used for detoxifying the digestive tract and skin, energy memory for a boost in mental energy and clarity plus cinnamon for circulation.

BERRY POWERFUL
blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, bananas, vanilla almond milk, vanilla whey protein & flax seeds

Benefits: This smoothie is packed with antioxidants from the berries to build muscle and burn fat. It’s a great meal replacement!

HANGOVER CURE
papaya, peaches, bananas, apple cider, vanilla almond milk, coconut, vitamin c, liver-kidney-lymph detox & honey

Benefits: Papayas are high in enzymes that aid in digestion.

BULLDOZER
bananas, peanut butter, vanilla almond milk & chocolate whey protein

Benefits: Our highest protein content smoothie. Very filling.

POWER PIÑA COLADA
golden pineapple, strawberries, bananas, apple cider, coconut & bee pollen

Benefits: Bee pollen is one of nature’s perfect foods, high in amino acids and protein. This smoothie is also high in vitamin C.

COFFEE AND CACAO
fair-trade coffee, raw cacao, almond butter, bananas, chocolate almond milk, chocolate whey protein & raw coconut sugar

Benefits: One of the healthiest smoothies on the menu. This combination of high quality, raw ingredients ensures you are receiving the most nutrient-rich smoothie possible.

DEEP BLUE AÇAÍ
acai, blueberries, mango, vanilla almond milk, orange juice, ginger, vitamin c & raw coconut sugar

Benefits: High in antioxidants and vitamin C, this smoothie has anti-inflammatory properties and boosts the immune system.

“GREEN” MONSTER
blueberries, strawberries, bananas, apple cider, super green food & vegan protein

Benefits: Super Green Food – chock-full of vegetable, grass and sprout powders, high in nutrients and amino acids. Vegan protein, berries and apple cider make it incredibly nutritious yet light enough before exercise.

MUDSLIDE
blueberries, bananas, vegan protein, spirulina & vanilla almond milk

Benefits: High in protein, vitamins and amino acids. Recommended for building muscle and boosting the immune system. Our lowest calorie smoothie.

SKINNY
bananas, strawberries, apple cider, fat burner & vegan protein

Benefits: Great way to start the day and burn fat. Rich in vitamin C and a solid meal replacement.

Boosters
Our boosters include a mix of superfoods and organic herbal blends designed to enhance your overall health.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

FAT BURNER
Accelerates the fat-burning process, increases energy and decreases sugar cravings.

IMMUNITY NOW
Strengthens the immune system.

FRESH GINGER
Relieves nausea and indigestion.

ENERGY MEMORY
Fights fatigue and rebuilds energy.

LIVER-KIDNEY-LYMPH DETOX
Increases rate at which your body removes toxins.

COLD & SINUS BLASTER
Increases immunity with a focus on the common cold and sinuses.

GRASS-FED WHEY PROTEIN
Burns fat and builds muscle, gluten and soy-free (choice of vanilla or chocolate).

PLANT BASED VEGAN PROTEIN
Rich in essential amino acids, gluten and soy-free.

SPIRULINA
Antioxidant rich, boosts energy and supports cellular health.

VITAMIN C
Strengthens Immune System.

ALOE VERA
Pure digestive healer

BEE POLLEN
Promotes vitality and stamina.

CAYENNE
Revitalizes respiratory system.

FLAX SEED OIL
Benefits cardiovascular system.

HONEY
Fights allergies and soothes sore throats.

SUPER GREEN FOOD
Blend of greens, fiber, enzymes and antioxidants.

Grab-n-Go
Our chef and nutritionist has developed a revolutionary menu based on solid, contemporary nutritional principles, using ingredients assured to energize and keep you balanced. Our menu appeals to everyone: vegans, vegetarians, carnivores – we have what your body craves. All items are prepared daily using only the freshest gluten and dairy-free ingredients. Our menu includes wholesome, nutritious soups, salads, entrees, snacks and desserts.

HOT OATMEAL
Your choice of milk: regular, rice or almond milk.
Choice of toppings: walnuts, cinnamon, raisins, honey, brown sugar, green apple, banana, strawberries, blueberries and honey.

PEANUT BUTTER AÇAÍ BOWL
Açaí blended blended with apple cider, almond milk and banana, topped with granola and a big scoop of peanut butter.

MEAN GREEN AÇAÍ BOWL
Açaí blended with spirulina, super green food, apple cider, vanilla almond milk and banana, topped with sliced banana, fresh blueberries & granola.

AÇAÍ TOPPINGS
Choice of additional toppings:
fresh berries
sliced banana
peanut or almond butter
boosters

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This place was really cool, fun and bright! But highly overpriced!

The Raw Chocolate Chia pudding was extremely tiny and about $8.00

The PEANUT BUTTER AÇAÍ BOWL was $7.50 and twice the size of the Chia pudding.

All that being said they were both delicious! The pudding was creamy and with the fresh raspberries the flavor just jumped out unexpectedly when you bit them. Would I get it again? Absolutely! But not very often due to the price!

The PEANUT BUTTER AÇAÍ BOWL was totally marketed wrong! I wasn’t sure exactly what I was getting! It turned out to be like frozen yogurt. I wasn’t sure if it was hot or cold, or just a bowl of fruit in a bowl with peanut butter on top.

They also had almond butter for those that prefer that.

Overall; check this place out! There are numerous locations around NYC. If you are in the area stop by!

**Update** July 7th 2014
I had a fee products over the weekend. The Killer XX juice was potent and it’s kind of like fire cider, but it’s more gentle due to the apple in it, but the cayenne and ginger is still strong! I liked it a lot.

The quinoa brownie was dry and tasted like wood chips just like the carrot cake both I can do without!

Now comes the smoothie!
The Blue Velvet is amazing! The nut butter is strong and the berries enhance the flavor overall it’s probably one of the best tasting and healthiest shakes I have ever had! I love it and will definitely get it again! However; I want to see how much whey protein they add next time!

**Update** July 17th 2014
Tried to make my own blue velvet today, it was close and was delicious, but not quite.


Restaurant Review: One Lucky Duck NYC – Raw Vegan

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Gramercy Menu:
savory

spicy thai lettuce wraps – 12
mango, carrot, cabbage, cashews, basil, mint, cilantro, pea shoots, tamarind sauce (3 wraps per order)

sushi rolls – 14
marinated shiitake, avocado, asparagus, red pepper, jicama rice, tamari NF

falafel with tabhouli – 16
over whole romaine leaves, lemon tahini, red pepper hot sauce

tortilla wraps – 19
spicy sun-dried tomato filling, corn cilantro guacamole, tomato-lime salsa, cashew sour cream

zucchini and tomato lasagna – 19
sun-dried tomato sauce, pistachio basil pesto, pumpkin seed macadamia ricotta

portabella and hemp seed burger – 15
sprouted manna bread*, lapsang tea smoked cashew cheese, house-made mustard, pickled pink onions, caraway kraut
(*manna bread is neither raw nor gluten free)

house-made chips & guacamole – 15
corn cilantro guacamole, chili-lime chips NF

side of guacamole Small (4oz) $5 – Medium (8oz) $9 – Large (16oz) $15

salads

caesar salad – 14
romaine lettuce, nori, pumpkin seed macadamia parmesan, lemon, caesar dressing
+ half an avocado $3

spicy sesame salad – 13
shredded cabbage, beets, jicama, daikon, cashew sesame crunch, wasabi aioli, cilantro, sesame dressing

pumpkin seed and herb salad – 14
greens, kale, parsley, cilantro, mint, hemp seeds, pumpkin seed macadamia parmesan, pumpkin seed lemon dressing

mediterranean salad – 15
arugula and kale, kalamata olives, tomatoes, pumpkin seed macadamia parmesan, balsamic vinaigrette

tuscan kale and radicchio salad – 15
golden raisins, pine nuts, grapes, macadamia pumpkin seed parmesan, lemon caper dressing

falafel salad – 16
mixed greens, tabhouli, lemon tahini, red pepper hot sauce

s&m salad – 16
greens, avocado, hemp seeds, dulse, rosemary crackers, pumpkin seed lemon dressing

taco salad – 17
romaine lettuce, spicy taco crumble, pico de gallo, guacamole, cashew sour cream, cilantro-lime dressing

side of manna bread – 3
(*manna bread is neither raw nor gluten free)

add on salads

fresh organic greens – 7

– add ons –
beet, carrot, cucumber, daikon, jicama, mushrooms, scallions
(+ 1 each)

cashews, chewy dulse, cilantro, basil, dried cranberries, hijiki, kale, nori, parsley, pumpkin seeds, raisins, sliced almonds, sunflower seeds, sweet pea shoots, tomato, walnuts
(+ 2 each)

avocado, kale, cayenne-dulse almond crumbs, hemp seeds, kalamata olives, red pepper, taco crumble
(+ 3 each)

macadamia cheddar – 3.5 macadamia pumpkin seed parmesan – 4

– dressings –

all NF
pumpkin seed lemon – balsamic vinaigrette – caesar – flax italian – ginger tahini – sweet miso

sweets

tiramisu – 15
vanilla cream layered with coffee-sake almond cake

mallomar – 6
chocolate coated pecan cookie with vanilla cream

moon pie – 9
chocolate brownie vanilla cream sandwich

fig bar – 5
fig sandwich cookie NF (contains coconut)

lemon bar – 8
almond coconut crust, tart lemon custard

chocolate caramel bar – 5
chocolate dipped pecan caramel bar

chocolate ganache tart – 14
chocolate ganache filling, chocolate crust

orreo cookie – 3.5
vanilla cream filled chocolate cookie

thin mint cookie – 3.5
chocolate peppermint dipped cookie

linzer cookie – 5
spiced hazelnut and almond cookie sandwich, raspberry jam

rainbow cookie – 7
tri-colored almond cake, raspberry jam

raspberry cheesecake pop – 9
chocolate dipped, raspberry jam

snickers cupcake – 8
peanut butter frosting and cookies, caramel and ganache sauces

chewy chocolate honey bunches – 10
chocolate dipped buckwheat granola bar (contains coconut)

puddings – 10
mango, chocolate, vanilla – NF (contains coconut)

yogurt parfait – 11
buckwheat, hemp seed & dried fruit granola with seasonal fruit

ice cream

half pint / pint of ice cream – 8/16
vanilla – chocolate – almond buttercup – vanilla mint chip – strawberry – orreo cookie – special: cake and cream

classic sundae / ice cream sandwich – 16/11
vanilla and chocolate ice creams, chocolate and cherry framboise sauces, sliced bananas, candied almonds, and vanilla cream

mint sundae / ice cream sandwich– 16/11
chocolate, fresh mint, and mint chip ice creams, mint chocolate cookies, chocolate sauce, and vanilla cream

juices

*Made-to-order drinks are only available until 10:30pm

lemonade – 6
house made, agave sweetened

fresh coconut water – 7/13
16oz / full 1L bottle

hot pink – 9
beet, pineapple, pear, ginger

fruit spice – 9
pineapple, pear, ginger

bunny brew – 10
carrot, apple, ginger

blue grape – 10
grapefruit, blue-green algae

green spice – 10
greens, lemon, ginger

thai green – 10
greens, pineapple, cilantro, lime

draft kombucha* – varies
seasonal flavors (*not available for take out)

wheatgrass – 2.5/4.5
1 oz or 2 oz

ginger shot – 4
2 oz

almond milk – 8/15
16 / 32 oz

cashew milk – 8/15
16 / 32 oz

cinnamon almond milk – 11
filtered water, almonds, cinnamon, dates, salt

pressed juices

green apple – 11
apple, cucumber, celery, mint, lime, spinach

mean greens – 11
kale, chard, celery, cucumber, lemon, parsley, ginger

red ginger – 11
apple, orange, grapefruit, ginger, beet, pineapple

swan greens – 11
cucumber, spinach, dandelion, pear, grapefruit, tarragon, spearmint, yuzu

orange or grapefruit juice – 8

shakes

*Made-to-order drinks are only available until 10:30

banana nut – 10
banana, cashew milk, vanilla, cinnamon

calypso – 11
mango, raspberry, lemonade, vanilla

avocolada – 11
avocado, pineapple, coconut water, lime, vanilla

cacao or carob latte – 11
banana, cashew milk, cacao or carob, vanilla

blue sunset – 11
pineapple, mango, banana, blueberry, coconut water, vanilla

strawberry blonde – 11
strawberries, pineapple, banana, coconut water, vanilla

green mango – 11
mango, cucumber, cilantro, coconut water, lime

goji high – 12
goji berries, blueberries, cashew milk, vanilla

piña colada – 12
fresh coconut, coconut water, pineapple

berry blue – 12
mixed berries, banana, coconut water, blue-green algae

spanking – 12
fresh coconut, blueberry, banana, cashew milk, cinnamon, vanilla

tropical snow – 13
fresh coconut, coconut water, vanilla

sarma’s favorite green shake – 14
grapefruit, pineapple, cucumber, chard, kale, cilantro, parsley, stevia, and a pinch of salt

the rich but not that rich milkshake – 12
almond or cashew milk with any half pint of ice cream

millionaire’s milkshake – 22
whole pint of ice cream, cashew milk

supplements & add-ins

– supplements –
ground flax (1),bee pollen (2), blue-green algae (2), green powder (2), hemp protein (2), maca powder (2), spirulina (2), tocos (2), moringa (3)

– additions –
cacao nibs (1), cacao powder (1), goji berries (2), coconut meat (3)

shakes are not sweetened – please ask if you would like stevia or agave nectar added!

NF – nut free
*on site consumption only

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everything at one lucky duck is prepared at pure food and wine, new york’s raw, vegan, and organic restaurant, and kept below 118 degrees to preserve nutrients and enzymes. all of our ingredients are gluten free with noted exceptions where manna bread is an option.
please inform us of any allergies!!
ask for daily specials!!

-oneluckyduck.com

This is the takeout for pure food and wine restaurant. Check out this site it also has an online store.

I went there today skeptical… And had the chocolate pudding: first off it’s not pudding! You vegans can’t steal our names and make your food ours!

Pudding is pudding! If you want to call yours pudding-like substance ok! Ps the same goes for yogurt, veggie burger, tiramisu, ice cream, moon pies and definitely Cheesecake! Make up your own names! No piggybacking!

That being said; I had the pudding like substance from One Lucky Duck and let me tell you it was amazing! That being said; I am not giving up meat! But I can add some of their products to my diet!

Does it taste like pudding? No! It was delicious and tastes totally different. Like nothing you have had. Does it have a pudding consistency? No! It’s slightly thicker. Does it look like pudding? Yes. Will I buy it again? Yes, but at $11 that’s crazy! Maybe once in a blue moon! Will I try to reengineer it? Yes!

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I’ll just have to sneak in a ziplock bag of grilled chicken to make these dishes perfect! 😝

Seriously; try it and you will be amazed at how delicious raw food can be!

If you think hard enough there are plenty of foods that are delicious, fruits, veggies, Nutbutters, coconut etc.. However; my body and lifestyle demands way more protein on a daily basis! 1-1.5g of protein per pound of bodyweight! At 250lbs It would cost me a fortune to eat enough protein, with vegan proteins normally come carbs, carbs for my body-type are the Devil! So for me; I couldn’t totally switch. Nor do I want to! But like I said; it won’t hurt for me to integrate a little in my diet.

Remember the phrase:
Everything in moderation! Too much of one thing isn’t good for you! The same goes for not enough of everything also isn’t good!

Check it out! And stay tuned for more from them!

The only problem with this place is the prices are insane! Not crazy…insane! If the pudding was a reasonable $6-6:50 each I would be in everyday!

That’s a guaranteed $32.50 a week! And I would most likely buy more stuff as I go and look. But at $11 each maybe one a week if they are lucky!

If only they were reasonable! I could probably get a lot more people to go! Even those of us that aren’t vegan!

**Update** July 7th 2014

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I got the infamous Mint Ice Cream sundae!

For being raw vegan and zero dairy it wasn’t that bad! The mint pseudo ice cream tasted like ice cream but the other flavor and the brownie chunks were noticeably different, but as a whole it was delicious and I would get it again. However; the chocolate pseudo pudding is by far my favorite! It tastes like real pudding and I wouldn’t mind eating it daily! If only it was more affordable!

**Update** July 10th 2014
Last night my girlfriend made the avocado Pseudo pudding recipe from here and she hit the nail on the head! She has all the cookbooks from Pure Food and Wine, so It was exactly the same consistency, color and flavor! It was delicious, lucky for me she made a big batch, so I can enjoy it for the next couple days! I had a little this morning for breakfast!

It’s great for battling a sweet tooth while staying on your diet! The best part is the recipe is raw, so how hard can it be! Avocados, cocoa and probably a few other ingredients together and boom yummy pudding like substance! It satisfies your healthy omega requirements and gives you a treat at the same time!

Check out Pure Food & Wine as well as One Lucky Duck! I promise you won’t be upset even though it’s raw vegan! If you happen to be raw vegan however; it may ruin your life! The products are soo good it may ruin other places for you and make you go broke only eating their food! I am not sure if they still sell cookbooks, but if they do, invest in them and take your raw vegan lifestyle to the next level! If you aren’t raw vegan like myself, some of the recipes will give you another tool for your toolbox on your way to a healthy balanced lifestyle!

Remember my catch phrase: Everything in moderation! That goes for anything and everything in life! If you can stick by that, you will have a happy, healthy and fun life! That’s my recipe for success!

It’s on my when we go to extremes that we get in trouble! Think about that!

**Note** Stay tuned July 19th for more!


Attractions: Terracotta Warriors – Discovery Times Square

The Terracotta Army or the “Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses”, is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BC and whose purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife, and to make sure that he had people to rule over.

The figures, dating from 3rd century BC, were discovered in 1974 by some local farmers in Lintong District, Xi’an, Shaanxi province.

The figures vary in height according to their roles, with the tallest being the generals. The figures include warriors, chariots and horses. Current estimates are that in the three pits containing the Terracotta Army there were over 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses, the majority of which are still buried in the pits near by Qin Shi Huang’s mausoleum.[1] Other terracotta non-military figures were also found in other pits and they include officials, acrobats, strongmen and musicians.

The Terracotta Army was discovered on 29 March 1974[2] to the east of Xi’an in Shaanxi province by a group of farmers when they were digging a water well around 1.6 km (1 mile) east of the Qin Emperor’s tomb mound at Mount Li (Lishan),[3][4] a region riddled with underground springs and watercourses. For centuries, there had been occasional reports of pieces of terracotta figures and fragments of the Qin necropolis – roofing tiles, bricks, and chunks of masonry – having been dug up in the area.[5] This most recent discovery prompted Chinese archaeologists to investigate, and they unearthed the largest pottery figurine group ever found in China.

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View of the Terracotta Army.

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In addition to the warriors, an entire man-made necropolis for the Emperor has also been found around the first Emperor’s tomb mound. The tomb mound is located at the foot of Mount Li as an earthen pyramid,[6] and Qin Shi Huangdi’s necropolis complex was constructed as a microcosm of his imperial palace or compound. It consists of several offices, halls, stables and other structures placed around the tomb mound which is surrounded by two solidly built rammed earth walls with gateway entrances. Up to 5 metres (16 feet) of reddish, sandy soil had accumulated over the site in the two millennia following its construction, but archaeologists found evidence of earlier disturbances at the site. During the digs near the Mount Li burial mound, archaeologists found several graves dating from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, where diggers had apparently struck terracotta fragments which were then discarded as worthless back into the back-filled soil.[5]

According to historian Sima Qian (145–90 BC), work on this mausoleum began in 246 BC soon after Emperor Qin ascended the throne (then aged 13), and the full construction later involved 700,000 workers.[7] Geographer Li Daoyuan, six centuries after the death of the First Emperor, recorded in Shui Jing Zhu that Mount Li was a favoured location due to its auspicious geology: “… famed for its jade mines, its northen side was rich in gold, and its southern side rich in beautiful jade; the First Emperor, covetous of its fine reputation, therefore chose to be buried there”.[5][8] Sima Qian, in his most famous work, Shiji, completed a century after the mausoleum completion, wrote that the First Emperor was buried with palaces, towers, officials, valuable artefacts and wonderful objects. According to this account, there were 100 rivers simulated with flowing mercury, and above them the ceiling was decorated with heavenly bodies below which were the features of the land. Some translations of this passage refer to “models” or “imitations,” those words however weren’t used in the original text with no mention of the terracotta army.

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The mound where the tomb is located.
Recent scientific work at the site has found high levels of mercury in the soil of the tomb mound,[10] giving some credence to Sima Qian’s account of the emperor’s tomb. The tomb of Shi Huangdi appears to be a hermetically sealed space that is as big as a football pitch and located underneath the pyramidal tomb mound.[11][12] The tomb remains unopened, one possible reason may be concerns about the preservation of valuable artifacts once the tomb is opened.[11] For example, after their excavation, the painted surface present on some figures of the terracotta army began to flake and fade.[13] In fact, the lacquer covering the paint can curl in 15 seconds once exposed to the dry air of Xi’an and can flake off in just four minutes. [14] Later historical accounts suggested that the tomb had been looted by Xiang Yu, a contender for the throne, and other people after the death of the Emperor,[15][16][17] however there are indications that the tomb may not have been plundered.[18]

Only a section of the site is presently excavated, and photos and video recordings are prohibited in some viewing areas. Only a few foreign dignitaries, such as Queen Elizabeth II, have been permitted to walk through the pits to observe the army at close quarters.

The terracotta army figures were manufactured in workshops by government laborers and by local craftsmen, and the material used to make the terracotta warriors originated on Mount Li. The head, arms, legs and torsos were created separately and then assembled.[19] Studies show that eight face moulds were most likely used, and then clay was added to provide individual facial features.[20] Once assembled, intricate features such as facial expressions were added. It is believed that their legs were made in much the same way that terracotta drainage pipes were manufactured at the time. This would make it an assembly line production, with specific parts manufactured and assembled after being fired, as opposed to crafting one solid piece and subsequently firing it. In those times of tight imperial control, each workshop was required to inscribe its name on items produced to ensure quality control. This has aided modern historians in verifying that workshops that once made tiles and other mundane items were commandeered to work on the terracotta army. Upon completion, the terracotta figures were placed in the pits in precise military formation according to rank and duty.

The terracotta figures are life-sized. They vary in height, uniform and hairstyle in accordance with rank. Most originally held real weapons such as spears, swords, or crossbows. The figures were also originally painted with bright pigments, variously coloured in pink, red, green, blue, black, brown, white and lilac.[21][22] The coloured lacquer finish, individual facial features, and actual weapons used in producing these figures created a realistic appearance. Most of the original weapons were thought to have been looted shortly after the creation of the army, or have rotted away, and the colour coating has flaked off or greatly faded. However, their existence serves as a testament to the amount of labor and skill involved in their construction.

The terracotta figures are life-sized. They vary in height, uniform and hairstyle in accordance with rank. Most originally held real weapons such as spears, swords, or crossbows. The figures were also originally painted with bright pigments, variously coloured in pink, red, green, blue, black, brown, white and lilac.[21][22] The coloured lacquer finish, individual facial features, and actual weapons used in producing these figures created a realistic appearance. Most of the original weapons were thought to have been looted shortly after the creation of the army, or have rotted away, and the colour coating has flaked off or greatly faded. However, their existence serves as a testament to the amount of labor and skill involved in their construction.

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View of Pit 1, the largest excavation pit of the Terracotta Army.
There are four main pits associated with the terracotta army.[23][24] These pits are located about 1.5 km east of the burial mound and are about 7 metres deep. The army is placed as if to protect the tomb from the east, where all the Qin Emperor’s conquered states lay. Pit one, which is 230 metres long and 62 metres wide,[24] contains the main army of more than 6,000 figures.[25] Pit one has 11 corridors, most of which are over 3 metres wide, and paved with small bricks with a wooden ceiling supported by large beams and posts. This design was also used for the tombs of noblemen and would have resembled palace hallways. The wooden ceilings were covered with reed mats and layers of clay for waterproofing, and then mounded with more soil making them, when built, about 2 to 3 metres higher than ground level.[26] Pit two has cavalry and infantry units as well as war chariots and is thought to represent a military guard. Pit three is the command post, with high-ranking officers and a war chariot. Pit four is empty, seemingly left unfinished by its builders.

Some of the figures in pit one and two showed fire damage and remains of burnt ceiling rafters have also been found;[27][28] these, together with the missing weapons, have been taken as evidence of the reported looting by Xiang Yu and its subsequent burning. The burning is thought to cause the collapse of the roof which crushed the army figures below, and the terracotta figures presently displayed have been reconstructed from fragments of the crushed figures.

A large number of other pits which formed the necropolis have also been excavated.[29] These pits may lie within or outside the walls surrounding the tomb mound. These accessory pits variously contain bronze carriages, terracotta figures of entertainers such as acrobats and strongmen, officials, stone armour suits, burials sites of horses, rare animals, and labourers, as well as bronze cranes and ducks in an underground park.

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Stone armor suit on display in the National Geographic Museum, USA.
Weapons such as swords, spears, battle-axe, scimitars, shields, crossbows and arrowheads were found at the pits of the terracotta warriors. Some of these weapons such as the swords are still very sharp and found to be coated with chromium oxide. This layer of chromium oxide is 10–15 micrometre thick and has kept the swords rust-free and in pristine condition after 2,000 years. Chromium only came to the attention of westerners in the 18th century. Many swords contain an alloy of copper, tin and other elements including nickel, magnesium, and cobalt.

A collection of 120 objects from the mausoleum and 20 terracotta warriors were displayed at the British Museum in London as its special exhibition “The First Emperor: China’s Terracotta Army” from 13 September 2007 to April 2008.[37] This Terracotta Army exhibition made 2008 the British Museum’s most successful year ever, and made the British Museum the United Kingdom’s top cultural attraction between 2007 and 2008.[38][39] The exhibition also brought in the most visitors to the British Museum since the King Tutankhamun exhibition in 1972.[38] It was reported that the initial batch of pre-bookable tickets to the Terracotta Army exhibition sold out so fast that the museum extended the exhibition until midnight on Thursdays to Sundays.[40] According to The Times, many people had to be turned away from the exhibition, despite viewings until midnight.[41] During the day of events to mark the Chinese New Year, the crush was so intense that the gates to the museum had to be shut.[41] The Terracotta Army has been described as the only other set of historic artifacts (along with the remnants of ruins of the RMS Titanic) which can draw a crowd simply on the back of the name alone.

A number of terracotta warriors and other artifacts were exhibited to the public at the Forum de Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain between 9 May and 26 September 2004, and it was their most successful exhibition ever.[42] The same exhibition was then presented at the Fundación Canal de Isabel II in Madrid between October 2004 and January 2005 and it was also their most successful ever by number of visitors.[43] From December 2009 to May 2010 the exhibition was shown in the Centro Cultural La Moneda in Santiago de Chile.[44]

The exhibition has travelled to North America and visited museums such as the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California, Houston Museum of Natural Science, High Museum of Art in Atlanta,[45]National Geographic Society Museum in Washington, D.C., and the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.[46] Subsequently the exhibition travelled to Sweden and was hosted in the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities between 28 August 2010 and 20 January 2011.[47][48] An exhibition entitled ‘The First Emperor – China’s Entombed Warriors’, presenting 120 artefacts from the First Emperor’s burial site, was hosted at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia), between 2 December 2010 and 13 March 2011.[49] An exhibition entitled “L’Empereur guerrier de Chine et son armée de terre cuite” (“The Warrior-Emperor of China and his terracotta army”), featuring artifacts including statues from the First Emperor’s mausoleum, was hosted by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts from 11 February 2011 to 26 June 2011.
-Wikipedia

Discovery Times NYC Exhibit:

Although, they only had 9 out of 8000 Warriors it was amazing to see and touch (Shhh don’t tell anyone I touched one, I just had to!)

The other pieces in the collection were also very cool from old swords to finely detailed pieces.

First you walk in and watch a movie about the discovery of the Terracotta Warriors in 1974. Then the screen raises and behind it, is the entrance to the exhibit. The first piece in the exhibit just beyond the entrance, all lit up is the stone suit of armor pictured above!

Pictured Below are some artifacts from the exhibit:

look at the detail of the bronze bunnies above!

Pictured above is a wine holder

The colors and decoration on that pot were beautiful!

Sword, Crossbow Bolts and Axe Heads

Decorative corner roof tiles

This one was the best! look how tiny and look at the details and remember its all by hand with primitive tools

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who knew you can add coal to make a gorgeous piece of art.

The Next 3 images are actually currency from different kingdoms (provinces) in China with the round one being the most common

The hole is smart they used to string the money and hang from waist. Organized! not like here where we have a pocket of loose change and jars of it in our house

Now time to see the best part!

Acrobat

I guess he broke his legs flipping around?

This last Terracotta was a replica to show that some were actually painted and it is the statue of the famous Archer

I can only show you the pictures, like you have probably already seen. What I can’t show you is the feeling of honor to be in the same room with them and to touch them (shhh don’t tell anyone lol) It was truly amazing!
Below are some other Artifacts, check out the detail on the little pigs.

These are a bunch of miniatures, probably a foot high

the army of creepy anatomically correct armless dolls

help I lost my horse and my legs stayed that way!

if you look in the background you can see other animals, goats, dogs etc…

It was an amazing exhibit.

Oh btw if you were wondering whats inside the warriors, here was a chip on one of them.

After you exit the exhibit you go downstairs into the gift shop and in the gift shop is an overpriced Cake Boss stand. My nephew went to his original store in NJ and said although its beautiful the cake sucks! So, I wasn’t about to spend NYC prices for imported (non fresh) sucky cake. $4.00 for a canoli and $6 for 3 tiny pieces of rainbow cookies

As a bonus on the drive in I took a picture of the almost completed Freedom Tower (New World Trade Center)

Sorry It was a foggy day.
If you can get there before AUG 25th in NYC at Discovery Times Check it out you won’t be disappointed!


Restaurant Review: Cha Chan Tang – Chinatown, NYC

Cha Chan Tang

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45 Mott St. New York, NY 10013
(Chinatown)
212.577.2888

Traditional Hong Kong Cuisine. A must visit!!
I wasn’t really sure what to get, so I just got what the locals were getting and what the waiters suggested. I have been to Hong Kong restaurants before, but just got what the locals had there too lol.

The menu is the largest I have ever seen for one establishment. They have 1 page single spaced typed of just drinks!! So I ordered 3 drinks
1. Hong Kong styled tea

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it comes in a cool covered carafe with a straw in a small bucket of ice. Looks cool and sweet, but isn’t really sweet, has bitter brewed tea taste.
2. Black tea with milk (with Tapioca) – it was cream color and tasted surprisingly like coffee with jelly like dark balls of Tapioca on the bottom. It was pretty good (and I hate coffee) Weird consistency, if you aren’t used to it.
3. (my favorite) Mango & Green Apple with Aloe Vera – awesome sweet taste, again weird consistency if you aren’t used to it. My favorite all-time refreshing drink.

I had the Hong Kong Style Shark Fin Soup with fish cake.

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It was too fishy for my taste, but was superbly made with giant pieces of fresh exotic mushrooms and other ingredients.

For dinner I had the Spicy Fried Spaghetti with Shredded Tenderloin & Black Pepper it was excellent! If you are looking for sauce; don’t! It’s dry, but tasty. I also got the Fried Noodle with Beef & Egg, it was incredibly delicious with flat noodles (like Thai drunken noodles) a nice creamy sauce and peas and carrots. That dish alone warrants a return visit!!!

The menu is huge! If you try a new dish everyday, it will take you months to try the complete menu.

They even have a Giant breakfast menu!! I didn’t inquire if you can order it all day. I did see Pb&j on the menu to satisfy the kid in you lol.

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