Kimganae Korean Restaurant – Korean Sushi!?!?

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Flushing, NY 11354

Menu and Prices

In Flushing, you will find a variety of Asian restaurants – Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, and maybe even Japanese. We went to check out Kim Ga Nae Korean Restaurant located in Downtown to get some Kimbap.

Now what exactly is Kimbap/ Gimbap? In a sense… it’s sushi but with different distinctive elements. It’s made with steamed white rice (bap) and various other ingredients, rolled in seaweed (kim/gim). Here’s something interesting I learned from wikipedia about kimbap:

Gimbap is derived from Japanese futomaki (Makizushi) during the Japanese rule (1910-1945). but now has certain distinctive elements not found in Japanese-style makizushi. Whereas the essence of Japanese sushi is vinegared rice, gimbap does not use rice vinegar but rather sesame oil.

Little note: It may be difficult to find parking around here 😛 and it is a cash only restaurant!

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57. Don Katsu Roll rice, seaweed, salt, sesame oil, pork cutlet, carrot, egg, sweet radish, spinach, gourd strip, teriyaki sauce $5.00

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I will have to start off that I am completely biased for this place because I’ve been here numerous times.  The food is always fresh and always comes really quickly.  The kimbap is so cheap and the wait staff are incredibly nice.  They always let my party and I stay more than the normal duration… Usually I don’t stay on purpose, but there was no pressure to quickly eat and leave.  It always feels like I’m visiting someone’s house when I visit here.

When I catch up with friends and want to only spend the minimal for a quick lunch, I just come here! They even let you refill for the complementary miso soup and kimchi!

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I usually have the spicy tuna roll, but since Victor doesn’t eat fish, this time I ordered the Don Katsu Roll.  If you haven’t had Katsu before, it’s kind of a fried pork chop!  It was pretty tasty and very filling.  So filling for only $5! The teriyaki sauce was a nice touch and the meat pieces weren’t overwhelmingly huge for the size of the roll.  The spicy tuna roll is even cheaper, being $4.50! I enjoy their freshness and fragrance of the sesame oil.

Other than the rolls, I’ve had the curry rice with pork cutlet (the curry donkatsu) and spicy bulgoki dupbap (beef with rice and vegetables) during my other visits.  They are all normally cooked fresh, but even better is that the portions are pretty HUGE! Good for your money.  There will never be a last time that I visit here!  (Unless I move away from NYC…hehe)

59. Spicy Beef Roll* rice, seaweed, salt, sesame oil, beef, carrot, egg, sweet radish, spinach, gourd strip, hot sauce $5.00
59. Spicy Beef Roll* rice, seaweed, salt, sesame oil, beef, carrot, egg, sweet radish, spinach, gourd strip, hot sauce $5.00

Victor says: 4/5Fish Toys icon thumbnailFish Toys icon thumbnailFish Toys icon thumbnailFish Toys icon thumbnail

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Kimbap is definitely  a first for me. When my mom use to make sushi at home, she would use to make a separate roll with dried shredded pork. I suppose, I guess that’s similar enough to kimbap.

Even though it’s an decent sized restaurant, you may have wait half an hour just to get seated. Another option is taking it to go. As noted before, it’s also difficult to find parking around here, so good luck!

So this is my first time I had real kimbap.. and it’s pretty good. For about $5, you can fill yourself on these rolls are densely packed. I ordered the spicy beef roll and it was quite delicious. You’d be surprise how full you can just eat from eating a single roll. It’s sorta sweet from the vegetables and also flavorful from the beef. I would definitely like to try out their rice dishes if I do come here again.

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The waiter we had was incredibly kind. We were actually waiting to meet up with some other people, but they weren’t able to find parking. The waiter didn’t ask us to get up and move or even rush us. He accommodated to us the whole time while we were eating.  If I do come again, I’d actually like to sit and try to enjoy my food as I eat. I was eating quickly because I felt bad taking two extra seats in the restaurant.

Overall, this is a nice place with a home-y feel to it.  Staff is great. Food is great. Check it out if you’re in Flushing and if you want something else than Korean BBQ, Sushi, or Dim Sum.

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!

Pommes Frites

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the counter with so many sauces!

123 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003
Neighborhood: East Village

This place is so tiny! It was a bit hard to find because it’s right in between two other places.  The front isn’t really flashy enough to pay attention to it.  It was so narrow that once you enter, you probably won’t fit!  That’s because of the actual dimensions of the place and the fact that it will probably be very crowded.

Menu

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dining area with a mini ipad on the side
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the large golden fries ($6.25) with some sweet mango chutney mayo (extra $1) with raw onions and jalapenos (free) = total $7.25

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What could possibly go wrong when eating french fries. This is the place to go if you are desiring some edible condiment shovels. They literally only serve fries with a a wide variety of sauces. I would suggest taking a look at the menu outside before going in to order. It easily gets crowded and it may be difficult to find a seat. This places serves their fries in a cone, which is rather interesting. Conveniently, there are these unique holes in the table and which allow you to rest your cones of fries in.

This place has some great fries, but the real gem of this little shop are the sauces. Pinky and I were only able to get Sweet Mango Chutney Mayo (their most popular sauce). It was indeed very good as the staff recommended. It was sweet and it was not as thick as normal mayo. However, I have made the poor choice of asking for sauce on the fries instead of a cup. Because of that, the consistency of the sauce on the fries was different throughout the cone. A lot of the sauce also made its way to bottom on the cone too. So if you do go, I would suggest getting the sauce in the cup. You also get the option of adding some other little things for free such as jalapenos, onions, or ketchup. However, adding jalapenos could take away from the flavor of the unique sauces.

All in all, this place is pretty good. A bit pricey just for some fries, but its yummy. The fries are crispy and pleasant. The sauce was zesty and delicious. You should check it out if you’re a die-hard fry kind of guy .

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I LOVE POTATOES. “Love” as in “I would eat potatoes for every friggin’ meal” love.  I love it any way.  Boiled, baked, fried, mashed…the only thing I have not tried is probably potato smoothies (which they do make by the way, in Macau..sadly, not here at Pomme Frites and yes I wanted to try it but I was with my family that time and we didn’t have time to buy it).  ANYHOO…this place, you have to try. I would come here often if it weren’t for the prices though.  I never had $7.25 bunch of fries.  I was a bit disappointed that they add a dollar for the sauces.  I wonder who would actually only get the fries without any sauce.  I am a condiment-fiend.  Sometimes I wished people would invent fries scoopers..you know like those Tostitos tortilla chips, but in potato form! Million-dollar idea people! I should actually patent that..But the sauce for these fries were all the way on the bottom :[  I know that they are probably most known for their paper funnel cones to put in the fries but there must be a cleaner way to eat these! We were dropping these expensive babies all over the place.  You can put your funnel in the table! Very cute idea lol…Don’t plan to bring a lot of people here though the place is small and be willing to share a table with some strangers if your party is small.  The sweet mango chutney mayo was very tasty! I would highly recommend it.  The fries were extra crispy b/c apparently they’re fried 2x! Each were hot and fresh, good on a cold winter day.  The jalapenos were very very spicy because according to Victor, that means they’re fresh.  I could have done without them though.  I loved the raw onions but man, they give you such bad breath obviously lol so I would advise against that if you’re on a hot/blind date.  Victor is already used to my occasional bad breath ;] so it’s okay for us.

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