Main Squeeze: Had a Buddha Bowl the other day at this perennially-struggling but tasty downtown vegetarian spot. First time I’ve ever confused tofu with chicken, though I walked away pretty sure I’d be famished by 3pm. Instead, I had that pleasant “not hungry but not stuffed” feeling all the way to dinner. Worth more visits than I’ve given it.
3 more after the jump…
Houlihan’s: Seems to suffer from the scourge of almost all chains: lowest-common-denominator flavor. Basically, Houlihan’s, Applebee’s and the like have no niche. They have to appeal to as many people as possible. So I ended up at Houlihan’s with a thin void of tortilla soup, a inoffensive but utterly forgettable club sandwich, so-so fries and chewy, over-fried calamari. Best thing I tasted was the fried polenta crouton garnishing Mrs. SMEs’ salad.
Bamboo Roll and Sushi: Not-bad sushi in the West Broadway shopping center. The white tuna sashimi was buttery and sweet and the service was attentive. Kids loved the edamame and wonton soup. Nothing earth-shattering, but probably underrated nonetheless.
Casablanca: I have so far avoided the slow service some others have told me about. Affordable, with excellent hummous and baba ganoush, a terrific lamb stew and rollicking Turkish pop music. What else can you ask for?