This place has pretty good noodles, but for a place called "Luscious Dumplings," they ought to have the absolute tastiest dumplings in the area. Only one type of dish accomplished that -- the Fried Pork dumplings. These were great, but the rest of the meal was unextraordinary. All their other dumplings are...bleah. Maybe it's just because most of their dumpling options are boiled (if you like boiled dumplings, this is a good place to go) -- in my opinion, boiled dumplings tend to be pretty tasteless, and thus, far from "luscious."
During the summer, this small restaurant can get cramped and humid, as they have no air conditioning. And towards dinnertime, the sun shines right through the glass windows and doors, so you get blinded every time someone walks in or out. I imagine winter time would be the perfect time to come here.
This place is for real. Compared to Sushi Nozawa, Matsuhisa, Sushi Sasabune -- this place beats them all. Get the $35 Sushi Omikasa (which basically means "chef's choice"), the one that says "ask your waiter for details." Most people usually order off the special big board menu they bring around, and end up paying a fortune. They also have a $53 Chef's Omikasa which the waitress informed us herself, "takes forever." The $35/person version is a great bargain actually, they start you out with a fresh clam miso soup, then with a appetizer of albacore sashimi, then proceed to go through about 6-7 courses of rounds with 2-3 pieces of the best tasting sushi you've ever had. Some of it is traditional, some of it more modern fusion sushi (in one, they cooked the rice till crispy, then added an spicy tuna paste mix on top with scallions and a jalepeno -- awesome with a little kick); others include king crab sushi and the blue crab roll (both delicious). In the end, it actually filled me up! Other big time sushi places usually leave you wanting more. We even got a bowl of green tea ice cream for dessert. All this for $35/person! Other places I've been to don't even come close to this. Get a reservation, of course. This place is worth it.
PROS: Sushi is great, price is good if you order the sushi omikasa
CONS: need reservations
This place has a little bit of everything -- though they specialize in crepes, they offer a pretty mean burger, and a very fluffy stack of pancakes. It's located in a nice little restaurant/shopping district, and has an open air dining area. Great for dessert, but holds its own in regular meals as well!
They have pretty good sushi here -- Their combination meals are ok. I ordered a combo with tempura (which didn't have the perfect light batter, it was a bit hard and crunchy) and it was average. Luckily we ordered some sushi and rolls, or I wouldn't have been satisfied. I'd say come here only for the sushi, as the fish was pretty fresh and tasty.
This place has some of the tastiest sandwiches I've ever had. Located in a business park, it's the only restaurant in the area -- but that doesn't mean that you have to "settle." This place has thick, fresh sandwiches on high quality bread, piled high and as "neat" as can be. Some sandwiches look like they've placed a ruler at the edges and cut the ingredients to fit the bread -- no mess here. The owner is also very cheerful and upbeat -- each order she takes and serves feels like a happy and momentous occasion.
Love walking in here and browsing. The atmosphere here is creative -- the hold workshops and seminars on their large work table for people to create their own stationery. They have some unique cards you won't find in any Hallmark store. They also have some nice artistic books, albums, novelties and sketch/note books you can buy as well.
I went to the Grand Central Station location, and though the soup was very tasty, they gave us these tiny portions -- small was like a teacup for $4+. The large was like 2 teacups for almost $7. Tasted great, but gimme more!
A friend of mine introduced me to this place-- it's hard to find at first because there's a special unmarked staircase you take up to the shop which turns into this cramped little area with tons of Japanese toys and trinkets in all price ranges. I like the "surprise" items, like buying a pack of baseball cards but with toys as the prize. You get them from 3.99 to 7.99 per box, you don't know what's in them, but there are sometimes percentages on the box of which toys you are likely to get -- the lower percentages obviously the most desirable and yet the toughest to pull. Even the common toys are pretty cool, though.
This place is huge, the main area is exactly what the name describes-- grand. They've put a lot of shops in here, but most of them cater to the tourists (including myself) -- namely, high prices and small portions (in terms of food). I still had a good time there, but sometimes the crowd can get to you. It affects everything from comfort level to service speed and quality.
We were here for a convention, there were 3-4 going on at the same time! The National Stationery Show, an Interior design show and a licensing show. The aisles were so big -- I got tired just looking down some of the rows. Sometimes i couldn't see the end! The food prices were high and the location was inconvenient -- right in downtown, hard to get out of when you leave during business hours.