Faux Meat at Red Bamboo

Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 presetThere are some times where we want to be healthy.  Healthy times are rare times, however of course there would be this really hip asian fusion soul food that is VEGAN / VEGETARIAN in our greatest city ever.  A small intimate dining area – Red Bamboo would be an ideal date spot.

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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

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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.

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SE-Port Delicatessen

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301 Main St
East Setauket, NY 11733
http://seportdeli.webs.com/

A very popular spot among  locals and Stony Brook University students. It’s located right across the street from Three Village Church, off Route 25A. It has a pretty distinct sign outside and it isn’t very difficult to find. We probably would have never found this place if people never stopped ranting about it.

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This isn't even all the Sandwiches!
This isn’t even all the sandwiches!

4Pinky says: 5/5

Always craving this stuff, man! it is the best thing that has ever happened to stony brook students.  If you have a car and get off campus (assuming you’re a student at Stony) this should be your first stop!!!!  Their sandwiches are always so fresh and so BIG that you really get a bang for your buck.  The staff are always friendly and will always be patient when you are deciding which sandwich you want to sink your teeth in.  Even the vegetarian delight sandwich was good ..and I LOVE MEAT. Have to come here, no joke! It had the eggplant, provolone cheese, roasted red peppers, lettuce, tomatoes, with balsamic vinegar on a hero :D.  NOT SO BAD FOR A NO MEAT, “healthier” option :D.

Victor says: 5/53

HANDS DOWN, BEST DELI SANDWICH IN LONG ISLAND.

Don’t believe me? Check this out: http://www.urbanspoon.com/f/201/21238/Long-Island/Sandwich-Sub-Places

It’ll be a sad day when I move out of Long Island because I’ve been a loyal customer of Se-Port Deli since my Sophmore year. This place just does not have the capacity to disappoint.

The staff is nice and humorous. The decor gives you the feel like you’re on an old school yacht. The environment is lively. It’s just a nice place overall. Once you go in you are flooded with the number of delicious choices you can choose from on the extensive menu. They have all sorts of salads, deli meats, hot foods, and such, but this place is known for its AWESOME SANDWICHES. You can’t substitute ingredients from customized sandwiches, but that doesn’t matter, because it’s just that darn good. There is not a lot of seating and it can get crowded at times. If it’s warmer, you can sit outside.

My favorite sandwich has always been the Gasm. A popular choice among many people. There really isn’t any sandwich like this. It’s like Subway’s FootLong (It may or may not be a foot), but on steroids! Each bite into this sandwich just leaves you wanting more. The saddest part is taking the last bite of your delicious sandwich. The Gasm is garlic toasted hero with a heap of chicken cutlet, bacon, cole slaw, and Russian dressing.

You should definitely come here. No doubt about it.