Press 195: Are they REALLY “Sandwich Kings”?

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22 N Park Ave
Rockville Centre, NY 11570

This gorgeously decorated restaurant is a local favorite to Rockville Centre, NY.  They serve good selection of beers and has a full bar…as well as a wide variety of pressed sandwiches (hot or cold), fries, soups, burgers, knishes, and salads!

They even do free local delivery from Monday – Sunday 11:30am to 9:30pm.  If you’re in the area…you know to call 516-536-1950.

You cannot miss this place with the nicely designed sign “PRESS 195” and the floor to ceiling glass, where you can peer into the full-bar area.

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They also offer Lunch Specials from Monday -Friday 11am – 3pm for half a sandwich/salad AND Belgian fries/house salad/soup of the day FOR ONLY $10!!!

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#43: Crispy Panko breaded chicken cutlet, grilled pineapple, Canadian bacon, Monterey Jack and Press 195’s famous chipotle sauce $10.00

Victor says 4.25Fish Toys icon thumbnailFish Toys icon thumbnailFish Toys icon thumbnailFish Toys icon thumbnail3fish

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These sandwiches are delicious and savory.

Press 195 is an interesting, yet beautiful restaurant. It has warm colors and has a lot of windows for allow natural light. It’s aesthetically pleasing and this place is just nice to be in. The waitress we had was very nice, but she didn’t ask if we ever wanted refills or any napkins.

Now onto the food and drinks!

I ordered a root beer float. Pinky wanted an alcoholic drink, but sadly… it was happy hours… but not where we sat. The root beer float was okay. I’m pretty sure I could have made it myself. It was just 2 scoops of ice cream with Saranac Root Beer. Still… I really enjoy drinks from Saranac.

Repeating what I said earlier, the sandwiches are delicious and savory. I ordered a Hot Press sandwich #43. It contains Crispy Panko breaded chicken cutlet, grilled pineapple, Canadian bacon, Monterey Jack cheese, and Press 195’s famous chipotle sauce sandwiched in between 2 slices of crispy Ciabatta bread.

Yeah, yeah, yeah… it sounds like something you may have had before, BUT ITS NOT. Its pretty freaking good…. and savory. I ordered the 1/2 Hot press sandwich with belgian fries lunch combo fo $10. If I could change something that day about the dining options, I would have just bought a whole sandwich without fries. It’s not that the fries were bad… it’s just that sandwich was so good. Remember… it’s quality over quantity!

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Getting back to the sandwich… Sandwich #43 just melted in my mouth. The flavors complimented each other well. It was sweet and also a bit spicy. The chicken wasn’t too dry and you can taste the seasoning on it. I loved every bite of this sandwich. I think what makes this place so good is their delicious ciabatta bread. It is so crunchy and that it doesn’t seem like ciabatta bread. Its like an English toast muffin with that crisp. It’s unique and I would love to eat these sandwiches again in the near future.

Definitely go check it out! Not very expensive and it’s quite good too!

#38: Grilled sliced steak, avocado, sweet onion jam, fresh Mozzarella and creamy roasted pepper dressing (Originally $11.00 for full; however as shown 1/2 sandwich with Belgian fries $10.00)
#38: Grilled sliced steak, avocado, sweet onion jam, fresh Mozzarella and creamy roasted pepper dressing (Originally $11.00 for full; however as shown 1/2 sandwich with Belgian fries $10.00)

Pinky says 4.5 16-coffee-cup-icons-square-brown-lg16-coffee-cup-icons-square-brown-lg16-coffee-cup-icons-square-brown-lg16-coffee-cup-icons-square-brown-lg2 coffee

DSCN5576This place is so amazing.  I just wish it was a lot closer for me…Even though they have a second location in Bayside (I hate riding the bus) I can’t even head out there.  I was first impressed by their front door and all the mirrors and shiny decorated walls.  It has a lot of natural light and can be seen as very trendy and modern.

I was really excited to go to this place because of all the good ratings on Yelp.  Yes, they are indeed true! I want to come back here often, as they have soo many sandwiches to try.  I actually had one in mind, then the waitress came and asked me what I wanted.  I answered, but in actuality I later realized I forgot my first choice and ordered a random one, #38.

The steak was so tender!! I’ve never had onion jam — It was delightful, however I still would like more physical pieces of onion, not just them mushed together.  It still worked really well with the avocado though.  THE BREAD was the most fantastic thing on earth.  Cripsy, crunchy, and most important delicious.

I initially wanted the #29, Grilled marinated sliced steak, tomato, Provolone cheese, onions and homemade Chimichurri sauce.  That is definitely on my first choice, once I step into this place again.

AND CAN YOU EVEN BELIEVE?! $10 lunch special with BELGIAN FRIES?! AND THAT MANY?! I almost fainted.  You loyal readers know I’m a sucker for fries.  They were hot to touch and fresh to taste.  There were some burnt ones on my plate though..I was a bit bummed out that they charge more for their Chipotle dipping sauce.  Good thing I got a taste from Victor’s sandwich.  Mwahah. Again, to die for.

Note: My half star off was because I was bummed that they don’t offer the same happy hour price for their alcoholic drinks if you sit in the dining area.  You have to be sitting at the bar if you want those prices.  BIG BUMMER.

Other than that, this place…..heavenly.

Extra shots.

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John Harvard’s Brewery & Ale House

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2093 Smith Haven Plz
Lake Grove, NY 11755

Hey there everyone, it’s been a while! This is Pinky here writing about our Valentine’s day this year! I know that was a long time ago but hey, we are first students (sadly) then food bloggers LOL. Victor was very sweet to get me those beautiful flowers on this very special day.  Although we didn’t even really see each other because we have conflicting schedules, he came by after my class to drop off the presents!  Very very sweet.  But I know that you don’t want to hear these stories! (hehe)…I swear that this is a food post! We went to John Harvard’s Brewery and Ale House for a Valentine’s day dinner.  Once you enter in here, you feel like you’re in a old cowboy movie.  Looks a bit like an old saloon.  The good thing about this place was that they had happy hour from 10pm until closing! The bad thing? No one was leaving.  I’m not sure if this is a restaurant thing but customers really get annoyed when half of the restaurant is not being used to seat us.  I think we approximately waited for 40 minutes for a table.  Ridiculous! We were starving!  However, 40 minutes was probably nothing considering it was an “eat-out” kind of holiday.  Also sadly, we couldn’t get the special valentine’s day deal because it was happy hour!

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Online Menu HERE

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crystal ship brew $3.00 (happy hour)
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Quesadilla: Chicken, pico de gallo, cheddar & pepperjack cheeses served with sour cream, salsa and jalapenos. $7.29 original price — but 1/2 off happy hour..but doesn’t include addition of chicken (+$2)
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CHIPOTLE BBQ: bacon, cheddar cheese, red onion, house BBQ, chipotle aioli $11.99 (not half off for happy hour)
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GORGONZOLA* brandy-mushroom sauce, gorgonzola cheese, crispy shallots
$12.99 (not half off for happy hour)

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Victor says: 3/5

This place decent. It’s sorta like typical diner food. I guess the quality of food and service was not as good that day due to the nature of it being Valentine’s day. It took forever to be seated, but our food came out rather quick. The waiter was extremely attentive to us despite the large volume of people that night. I don’t really know anything about beer, but we got something called the “Crystal Ship”.  Not really sure what to make of it.

The chicken quesadilla was a bit a messy. Taking a bite into that thing and juices just started to squeeze out of the sides. It was good for an appetizer and can be filling if you eat it alone. They added corn to the quesadilla and I thought that gave it a nice a crunch. However, it is nothing to go crazy for.

I ordered a Gorgonzola and it wasn’t too shabby. I asked for medium rare, but it came out a little on the dry side. Nevertheless, it was still delectable. The gorgonzola cheese is rather thick like bleu cheese. It added a very creamy texture to the burger. The flavor of the cheese and burger went well together with the shallots.

I’m giving a shoutout to the fries because they were fried to crispy perfection. Each fry had a wonderful crunch to them and they did not disappoint.

I’m guessing this place is better known for its beer rather than its food. The food is good, but not great or amazing.

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Pinky says: 3/5

Not the best food I’ve ever had but a pretty okay place.  I was at first pretty reluctant to go here since I actually was looking at the Suffolk Public Health website and it had a lot of violations in the food/restaurant inspections.  But hey, this was the only place that was open after 10pm and I was really craving some good BURGERS.

I was a bit annoyed that we waited for so long but I guess it was expected.  We got our table about 11:15pm and they were saying kitchens close around 11:30p.  I just really wanted to sit! I didn’t find the waiting area until I turned the corner after the entrance! I guess they assume that we would head straight to the bar haha.  First impression, not good.

Crystal Ship wasn’t really a good brew for me.  I’m not that into very strong or bitter.  It could have been stronger but i’m not such a fan.  I was glad at least the appetizer, quesadilla was very hot in temperature so at least we knew the food was made fresh.  Not the greatest but it beats the old frozen ones you buy at a grocery store.  It wasn’t a skinny quesadilla either.

I ordered the Chipotle burger and boy..was it messy!  This burger was also hot off the grill.  I appreciated that!  There was way too much BBQ sauce..I’m glad it was at least tasty though!  I had a lot of fun licking it off my fingers haha!! However, it was soaking my burger bun.  If it was a regular bun instead of like a kaiser roll, I would have disliked it very much.  Smart alternative!  Fries were also hot to touch and were yummy and delicious.

I gave a 3 because, it was good but not so special!

Jake’s Steak

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the menu

 

708 N 2nd St
Saint Louis, MO 63102
Neighborhood: Downtown

We were down in Missouri for a Mission’s Conference called Urbana. From time to time, we needed to fill up the black hole in our stomach’s. Because there were 18,000 other people looking for food at the same time in a dead city, it was difficult to find a place to eat without waiting hours and hours. Taking a stroll south of the conference center, we came across this little run-down restaurant.

Upon entering the dark lair, we find ourselves in some sort of old, western-looking saloon.

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Bubba burger, smoked pulled pork, grilled onions, pepperjack cheese, queso, and BBQ sauce $9.95.

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To be fair, there literally was only one waitress and cook. I could see that the waitress was very fluttered and uneasy seeing such a large crowd of people. Even under kind When the cook came out of his kitchen doors,  I could have sworn that he muttered the words “Holy S***” under his breath. I guess this place is pretty dead during the winter and that its a summer kind of place.

I was hoping for a steak when I came here, but to my surprise, they didn’t serve steak at a place that’s named “Jake’s Steaks.”  The water isn’t very pleasing here, but maybe that’s because I’m so used to New York’s tap water.  Seeing how their was only one waitress and cook, the wait for our food came out to be around 45 minutes to a hour.

I ordered a Bubba Burger, which had beef brisket, pepperjack cheese, grilled onions, and queso, which seemed mouth-watering at the time. The waitress also asked if I wanted potato chips or onion rings. I ordered chips, but upon arrival of the food, I saw onion rings. I don’t blame her, but the management of the restaurant for letting only two people work in a restaurant that can house up to 30 to 40 people.

The burger…. was really bland. There was sour taste from the cheese and queso and it didn’t exactly please me. The cheese also dredged over the side of the burger, making it difficult to grasp. The beef brisket was soft and flavorless. I barely even noticed it in my burger. The burger didn’t seem too fresh either. The onion rings were okay. They were your average deep-fried onion rings.

Nothing spectacular here. There are other places that are a lot better within the area. It could have just been the wrong timing for this place.

Pinky says: 1/5  NO. JUST NO.

I am giving this place a pity point just because I am not a local and probably my taste buds are  not like theirs…but, I hope the locals don’t think this place is good! I’m giving them a 1 because of the nice lady waitress that was most likely overwhelmed with all of the customers (from our Urbana Conference: which is why we were in Missouri anyway).  But seriously, you cannot have one waitress working!  No matter what time or day it is!  That’s just unfair.  However, in addition to being understocked in people-power…they were unfortunately understocked IN FOOD. A restaurant understocked in food?!  My original choice was going to be the Califonication.  THERE WAS NO GUACAMOLE.  Ok, so I order the Swiss mushroom. THERE WAS NO MUSHROOM.  In the end, I had to order the jalapeno burger, which…actually didn’t taste like they had jalapeno in it.  Disgraceful.  What’s worse than that was that the waitress played me!  I am a potato lover…she knew. SHE KNEW IT IN HER HEART (okay i’m a bit dramatic now) but she was telling me that she could get me potato chips as my side.  I was a bit confused because she told all my other friends that she only had onion rings left…To my surprise, of course they didn’t have potato chips.  She probably got so used to saying potato chips that she offered it to me lol.  My heart was so broken that day.  I just moped over my badly made burger (it was so dry) and onion rings.  The onion kept falling out of the fried part when I bit into it and since it was just heated up (I doubt they make their things fresh) the onion when it fell out, kept burning my chin LOL.  What a horrible and awkward experience.  Missouri water tastes different….by the way.  I’m a New Yorker at heart.

Anyway, why would you go to such a place with this kind of commercial…NO, PLEASE NO!