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Momofuku Milk Bar

When I was in the fourth grade, my teacher introduced the whole class to her favorite treat from her hometown in Florida – chocolate covered potato chips.  Now, as a kid who loved nothing more than dipping her french fries in her milkshake and always had to have something salty after she ate something sweet, these chips seemed like they had been invented just for me.  Every so often, my mom would order me a box as a gift, but they’ve never been very readily accessible, often resulting in strong yet always unsatisfied cravings for their salty sweet goodness.  So, when a friend told me last summer about a place that sold chocolate chip cookies with bits of potatoes chips and pretzels in them, I was sold – I didn’t even have to look at the rest of the menu to know that this was going to be one of my favorite dessert spots in New York. And that it has certainly become.

Momofuku Milk Bar, a dessert restaurant attached to David Chang’s Momofuku Ssam Bar in the East Village, offers some of the most creative, if not shocking and bizarre, desserts I’ve ever had.  And my least favorite that I’ve tried has actually been the aforementioned cookie, called the Compost Cookie, which should indicate just how good the other items on the menu are.  I pretty consistently take friends or family members who visit New York to Momofuku Milk Bar to try one of their unique desserts – whether it’s because they’ll actually love what they’re eating or if it’s just to take them somewhere kind of kooky and fun. 

The first time I ever stopped by Milk Bar, it was a weeknight around 9 and what I thought was going to be a quick trip to buy some cookies turned into a 25 minute experience.  I have only been here once when it wasn’t packed – and I’ve been at a lot of different times: weeknights, weekend afternoons, weekend evenings, etc.  There is always a fairly long line, oftentimes out the door, of people waiting to get their hands on any number of the desserts – but it isn’t painful waiting in line here because the décor is cool and there’s always upbeat, trendy music playing. The space itself is minimalist cool with a touch of homestyle appeal.  The floors are poured concrete, the tables are all high, long slabs of natural wood, and there is graphic photography on the walls; however, the very traditional dessert cases with their cheerful contents, some chalkboard menus, and a wall covered in photos of dogs tone the edge on this place down a bit.

When you finally get up to the counter, the choices are a little overwhelming – there’s soft serve, pie, cake, cookies, flavored milk, cake truffles, and bread.  Of the desserts, it’s hard to pick out the most “famous items” because there are a lot of them, but the highlights are the Cereal Milk soft serve, the Crack Pie, the Compost Cookie, the Cornflake-Marshmallow-Chocolate Chip Cookie, and the Blueberry & Cream cookie.  Nonetheless, there really isn’t anything on their standard menu that people haven’t tasted, loved, and written glowing reviews about.

My personal favorites are the Cereal Milk soft serve, the Red Velvet soft serve (never on the menu but on a fairly regular rotation), and the Cornflake-Marshmallow-Chocolate Chip cookie.  The Cereal Milk is actually a really odd favorite for me, since I’m the kind of girl who never drinks the milk left over at the bottom of her cereal bowl; furthermore, my friends have pointed out that they think it tastes like malted milk balls, which I also don’t like.  And yet, there’s something about this soft serve that I just love.  It is the most blatant combination of sweet and salty, it’s creamy and smooth (not too icy like some soft serves can come out), and the flavors are robust.  They also serve it overflowing in this cute little white cup with a wooden spoon stuck in.  The Red Velvet, however, is even better than the cereal milk – though, since it’s available less often, I eat it less often.  Though it’s a cold soft serve, it is actually even creamier and less icy than the already smooth cereal milk. In fact, it has more of the texture of red velvet cake batter than ice cream, and yet it’s definitely cold, yummy, creamy soft serve. And like red velvet cake batter, it has that amazingly rich chocolate-y flavor and red coloring.

The cookies are all really awesome as well. Like I said before, the Cornflake Cookie is the best in my opinion.  It’s a little bit crumbly because of the cornflakes, but it’s also kind of sticky and gooey like a rice krispy treat due to the abundance of marshmallow.  And I love it because, like the cereal milk soft serve, it blends saltiness and sweetness beautifully – you get a bite of pretty salty cornflakes coupled with lots of butter as well as sweet marshmallow and chunks of semi-sweet chocolate.  If you leave this cookie in its paper bag for a few hours, you’ll notice spots of butter on the bag – this cookie is that decadent.

I also really like the Compost Cookie, though I find it a little dry – there’s just so much stuff in this cookie, like chips, pretzels, butterscotch chips, chocolate chips, and oats, that this cookie really requires some milk to wash it all down.  The Blueberry & Cream cookie is also quite yummy.  I was a little bit unsure about it when I first purchased it, as I don’t tend to like fruit in desserts, but the blueberries inside are large and sweet, the cookie is soft, and the milk crumbles add a richness and creaminess to the cookie. 

One unique thing about Momofuku Milk Bar is that they’re always striving to push the boundaries of what “dessert” means.  Currently, they’re offering the following soft serve flavors: creamed corn, purple drink (or “drank,” as I’d like to call it), and BBQ.  I couldn’t even bring myself to try the BBQ flavor, but the other two were horrendous – and yet, they really do taste like their names, so props to Momofuku for that. 

Overall, Momofuku Milk Bar is a super fun spot to hit up with a group of friends after dinner or before going out, and the desserts are so unique and delicious that they’re worth their inflated, New York prices (I mean, nothing is outrageous, but cookies are $1.85 and soft serve is $4.15).  I would taste the weird stuff, but stick to the more standard menu items.  And if you taste any of the cake truffles or pies, let me know how they are – I feel like I need to branch out!

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S’MAC

Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve had a love affair with mac n’ cheese.  I used to always ask my mom to make me Kraft macaroni right out of the blue box, and if I was really lucky, she would add in cut up hotdogs.  As I got older and went to college, I would still come home from school and have her make me macaroni – even though I could have very easily made it myself.  But despite my love for the blue box macaroni, I’ll eat nearly any kind of macaroni (except ones that include broccoli), from microwavable Easy Mac to gourmet macaroni made with gruyere and black truffles.  In any form, it’s creamy, luxurious, and comforting.

So, when I first arrived in New York two years ago and discovered a little spot in the East Village called S’MAC – a restaurant totally devoted to mac n’ cheese goodness – I was giddy.  The restaurant, which opened in 2006, serves a variety of creative macaroni dishes right in the skillet in which it was baked– of which there are several sizes – and allows patrons to create their own mac n’ cheese.  They even offer whole wheat pasta.  On my first visit, I ordered the Cajun mac n’ cheese.  My memory is a bit fuzzy about this meal, since it did take place over 2 years ago, but I remember thinking that all of the add-ins, including andouille sausage, green peppers, and celery, were overwhelming, and that there wasn’t enough cheese.  Furthermore, I thought it was a little dry.  Nonetheless, the concept still excites me, and when a macaroni-loving friend came to visit last week, a group of us decided to have dinner there.

We got there at 8 on a Wednesday night and the restaurant – especially its to-go area – was pretty busy, but not totally packed.  We snagged the last 4 person table top and went up to order 1 by 1.  Everyone else decided to try the more inventive varieties – one ordered the Masala, another the Parisienne, and the other the Alpine.  I, however, went with the four cheese and added in hot dogs – I just felt like reliving my childhood.  My excitement was quickly diminished, however, by the horrendous attitude of the girl behind the counter.  With her hipster attire and permanent scowl, I figured that working at a macaroni restaurant probably wasn’t at the top of her to-do list.  She could barely open her mouth to answer a question, she flung the receipt and pen at me when it came time to pay, and when I asked her to substitute whole wheat pasta for regular pasta about 45 seconds after I placed my order, she flatly told me “No, it’s too late.”  When she brought out our hot, bubbly, golden skillets of cheesy goodness, an otherwise glorious moment, she slammed them on the table so aggressively that I was almost didn’t want to touch mine.  But I get ahead of myself.

While we waited for our macaroni, I had the opportunity to soak up the insane-o décor.  The interior of this restaurant looks like you’ve dived into a bowl of macaroni, which I think little kids would do on the Kraft macaroni commercials from my childhood.  Everything is bright yellow and orange and seems to be outfitted with the type of IKEA furniture that you might find in a daycare center.  It’s horribly garish and blinding, but I can ignore it for a good skillet of macaroni.

In any case, when our food did finally arrive, I noticed that mine had some kind of bright turquoise melted plastic on it.  I considered sending it back, but given the counter girl’s attitude, I chose to just pick it off and dig in.  It was quite yummy.  The noodles were al dente with the exception of the crispier, breadcrumb-coated ones on top, and there was plenty of thick, creamy, melted cheese.  My one complaint would be the hotdogs.  They were very overcooked and pretty burnt/chewy.  My friends’ more gourmet dishes didn’t seem quite as good though. 

The Masala was by far the most bizarre and unpleasant.  It is described as “North American comfort food blended with Indian spices.”  Sounds interesting, until you think, “Man, how is this American cheese actually going to taste with Indian spices?”  I feel like there must be some other, more authentic Indian cheese that they could have used instead of plain old Kraft American cheese slices, as these flavors simply did not combine well.  One second, you get a burst of pure Americana, and in the next, you fell like you’re sitting at the Indian buffet in the mall.

The Parisienne was good, but somehow managed to miss the mark.  This dish combines brie, roasted figs, shiitake mushrooms, and fresh rosemary – which all sound amazing.  Again, this dish was good, but not as spectacular as I was expecting.  Though I love rosemary, it was very heavy on the rosemary, and the cheese wasn’t nearly as bountiful or creamy as in my dish.  Furthermore, there didn’t seem to be quite enough figs or mushrooms – perhaps a cost cutting method, or perhaps I just missed out on them…

The Alpine was probably the 2nd best dish, but it still had its flaws.  With gruyere and slab bacon, the flavors are simple but should combine to create something wonderful.  Like my macaroni, this dish had a good deal of creamy cheese, but I was disappointed by the bacon.  It was definitely “slab bacon,” as it was very thick, but it was a little overcooked.  It had more of a charcoal/burnt flavor than a bacon flavor.

Overall, it was an odd dinner.  The tacky décor, the rude waitstaff and the hit or miss food didn’t motivate us to stay long.  We ate our food and left.  However, it wasn’t bad; it just wasn’t all that the hype builds it up to be.  Perhaps ordering it to go and baking it at home would be better, but I’m not sure that I’m in any hurry to go back and sit down for a meal.  However, if you’re having a mad mac n’ cheese craving and want something filling and pretty affordable, then S’MAC might be worth a try.

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The Orchard

Though I’m a big fan of the LES for going out, getting lunch, or shopping at funky boutiques, I don’t venture down that far very often for dinner – and certainly not for dinner at a restaurant where the average entrée costs around $25. However, at the suggestion of a friend, I wound up at The Orchard last Saturday, an American Nouveau restaurant with Italian, Spanish, and even Asian influences (which sounds a little overwhelming, as if maybe they’re trying to do and be too much).

When I arrived, I had to take a moment to adjust to the scenery and sort of soak everything up. The décor of the restaurant is a mixture of art deco and Japanese, and the entire place is illuminated by orange lights – not Sunny D orange, but more of an amber hue. If you’ve ever been in a black and white photography dark room, it was very much akin to the dull orange lighting you would find there. There were also some artificial vines here and there, which definitely threw me for a loop… The overall design of the restaurant is confusing and a little off-putting – it definitely made me question whether or not I wanted to stay.

As I was the first to arrive, I was able to inspect the menu before my dining companion showed up – and the menu made me even more uncertain about the choice of restaurant. It was only one page, they only offered starters and entrees (no soups, salads, side dishes, etc.), and the prices were obscene. Now, I know New York is expensive. Having spent 8 months of my life here now (which still isn’t terribly long), I’ve come to just accept that bottled water is $3 and gum is almost $2. The prices just seem normal, and in the case of restaurants, I understand that rent is expensive here and they have to adjust prices up accordingly. However, for a restaurant in the LES to charge $28 for a duck breast and side of risotto seems a little exorbitant.

In any case, I decided to stick it out and make the best of this place – especially because my friend seemed really excited. After taking another look at the menu, this time ignoring the prices, I noticed the steak tartare flatbread. If you’ve read my review on Fig & Olive (which was horrible), you’ll know that I’m a sucker for steak tartare, despite the disturbing fact that you’re eating raw beef. I was a little concerned, however, when I noticed that it involved a “tartare sauce,” which called up memories of the mayonnaise-soaked chipped beef at Fig & Olive. Nonetheless, I couldn’t resist. I had to at least try it. We decided to split the flatbread, and then I ordered the Orchard Paella, which the waiter highly recommended (though, how could he not when it was $26?), and my friend ordered the Wild Crab Pasta. In addition, this friend ordered a cocktail that sounded pretty incredible. Called the “Southern Gentleman,” it’s a mixture of Maker’s Mark, fresh lemon juice, pear nectar, natural maple syrup, and cinnamon.

The drink, obviously, was the first item to arrive. I was pretty pumped to taste it, as I love all of the ingredients in this drink and I was really excited that see what kind of flavor profile they combined to create. Unfortunately though, all that either of us could detect was the flavor of Maker’s Mark. On one hand, I guess we could have been thankful that we definitely got our money’s worth in terms of the amount of alcohol included – but we could have just ordered a Maker’s and water and achieved nearly the same flavor. So, for $12 – good value if your goal is to get drunk, terrible value if you’re looking for a really creative, delicious cocktail.

Thankfully, our flatbread arrived shortly thereafter. It looked lovely when it was placed on our table – crispy golden edges on the flatbread, vibrant pink beef on top. I was a little worried that the dish would be overcooked and too hot to really enjoy the raw steak portion, but after my first bite, any hesitation I had about the dish melted away and I was in a state of pure bliss. I devoured my half of the flatbread in a matter of a few minutes – it was that good. The bread was warm and soft, there was a layer of a well-seasoned mashed potato mixture, and then the large chunks of steak on top were still cool, fresh, and delicious.

After annihilating the flatbread, it was a long time before our entrees arrived. Luckily, we had plenty to talk about, so it wasn’t unbearable – but the delay on the food could be problematic for other groups of diners (although I’m inclined to believe that the delay might be attributable to my paella, as that is traditionally made to order). When they finally arrived however, I was thrilled – and not just because I was super hungry.

My paella was beautiful to look at. It was a combination of shrimp, mussels, chorizo sausage, chicken, and lobster – and they were not kidding around with the lobster. There was an entire lobster tail and a claw sitting atop my rice. There was also an abundance of all of the other ingredients. The last time I had paella (which also happened to be at the totally abysmal Fig & Olive), I was given basically one bite of meat. Here, I couldn’t avoid it in any bite I took, which is fan-tastic. The rice portion of the paella was terrific – it was incredibly moist and flavorful. It wasn’t dry or sticky or just coated with seasoning. Rather, it had clearly been cooking in a pot with plenty of stock, wine, and seasoning. The meats were also superb. The chorizo was incredibly flavorful and well cooked – not greasy or chewy. The shrimp were large, and the mussels were steamed to perfection. My only complaint was the lobster. Though it was good and had plenty of meat, it tasted a little fishy. Lobster is supposed to have a sweet flavor (at least as far as I know…), but like my friend said, you could really taste the sea. I don’t think this is the restaurant’s fault, but it’s just one thing to note. Though I didn’t get to try my dining companion’s pasta dish, it looked super yummy with its rich cream sauce and plentiful crab meat – and while I had a little paella left over to take home, they completely cleaned their plate.

At the end of the meal, we ultimately passed on dessert, as nothing was really awe-inspiring. The dessert menu just seemed to be a bit of any afterthought, with very traditional items like flourless chocolate cake and a cinnamon apple crumble.

Overall, I was very pleased with my meal. I was able to swallow the price of the food in the end because it was simply fantastic. My only complaints are the décor and the lack of an interesting dessert menu. But, since most people are probably searching for a restaurant based on the quality of the food and not these other factors, I would recommend The Orchard. It’s definitely a place to check out if you’re on an intimate date with a long(er)-time partner (it’s too expensive and dimly lit for a first date) or if you’re celebrating a major occasion with a friend or loved one.

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Stand

Do you ever find yourself craving a burger?  I do.  Once, in light of a burger craving but in the absence of a good burger joint, I went out and bought all of the ingredients to make my own burger patties plus a little hamburger shaped patty maker.  This girl knows what she wants.  So this past week, I found myself having such a craving.  Living on a budget and cooking very little for myself as of late, I haven’t been getting quite as much red meat as I probably need, so it was high time for an all-American beef burger chow down.

Now, there are a LOT of burger joints in New York.  For example, take Danny Meyer’s chainlet Shake Shack (which I’ll be reviewing sometimes soon).  It specializes in burgers and shakes and has grown rapidly since it first opened in Madison Square Park in 2004 – there are now 6 locations, one of which is in Miami.  There’s also BLT Burger, Black Shack, Burger Joint at Le Parker Meridien, etc.  Then, there are also a lot of restaurants that have capitalized on the burger trend by adding frou-frou burgers to their very frou-frou menus, including Minetta Tavern, DBGB Kitchen & Bar, Txikito, and Bar Breton.  Clearly – my simple burger craving can’t be resolved easily in New York.  There are just too many places with their own spin on the classic hamburger!  I suppose I could just settle for a simple Big Mac, but that would take all the fun out of discovering New York cuisine – am I right?  So, when the weekend rolled around, I did my research and settled on Stand.  I’m sure you’re wondering, what were the factors that swayed my decision?  Two things really:

  1. They have a hamburger with fried egg
  2. They have a milkshake called Toasted Marshmallow

I arrived at Stand around 8:45 on a Saturday night and had to wait about 5 minutes for a table.  While waiting, I had a chance to take in the atmosphere and decor.  If I had to neatly sum up my impression of the restaurant’s design, I would say that it looks like a diner out of an episode of the Jetsons.  Much of the restaurant is styled like your typical 1950’s/1960’s American diner, but all of the lines are a little sleeker and cleaner and it seems that everything is covered in stainless steel or chrome.  There was very loud music playing, and the clientele seemed to be 20-somethings out with friends or on dates.  I actually found the music to be too loud – my voice was hoarse by the end of the meal.

After being seated and given menus, it took the waitress a little bit too long to bring water to the table and take drink orders.  Poor service would continue throughout the meal…  One of my dining companions ordered a glass of Captain Lawrence Liquid Gold beer, which was surprisingly delicious.  It had a very unique finish – I would actually describe it as being “sweet” – and very low IBU (thank goodness, because I hate the bitterness of many microbrews).  Our waitress abandoned us for a little while longer, but then came back and took our orders.  I chose the Bold Burger, along with shoestring fries and regular fries.

The food took a bit longer than expected to arrive, and once it did, I realized that my order was incorrect.  However, since the waitress once again vanished, I decided just to make do with what I received.  Shortly thereafter though, she walked past, noticed my “modifications” to the burger and, without really even asking, whisked it away to be replaced with a new once.  While I waited for my food to reappear, I focused my attention on the massive amount of french fries in front of me.  The regular french fries were great.  Hand cut, golden brown, perfectly salty, and in that wonderful middle ground between crispy and soft.  I can’t say the same about the shoestring fries.  Now, I know that I can’t expect that shoestring fries will be comparable to regular fries, but they just didn’t meet the basic expectations that I have for shoestring fries.  They were the right size – not too thin, not too thick – and they weren’t tangled together in some horrendous bird’s nest.  However, they were overcooked and under-salted.  We ended up only eating about half of our small order.

Once my corrected burger finally arrived, it was very enjoyable.  The brioche bun was light and flaky on the outside and tender on the inside.  The beef patties were very generous, coming in at 7 oz. each, and they had a fairly high fat content, making them incredibly juicy and flavorful (though this might not sound like a pro for some people).  I was a big fan of the chipotle sauce, though it seemed to be applied a bit haphazardly, as I didn’t really start tasting it until 1/3 of the way into the burger.  The fried egg was a nice addition, but it had been fried for a bit too long.  I think a sunny side up egg with a runny center a la Croque Madame could actually be better on this burger.

The presentation of the burger was decent – for a burger with so much stuff on it, they managed to keep it from looking sloppy.  The lovely golden crust of the brioche bun and the usage of a large toothpick to hold everything together probably helped.  However, the placement of the two, sad-looking fried pickles on the plate took away from the appeal of the burger.  I would have preferred to just get this huge burger on a clean white plate – especially since the fried, bread and butter pickles weren’t very good.  They came across as an afterthought.

After our waitress managed to clear our plates, I ordered Stand’s famous Toasted Marshmallow shake.  I have to admit – I had very high expectations for this milkshake as I adore toasted marshmallows.  When the shake arrived, I would have to say that the toasted marshmallow floating on top was the best part of it. The shake itself was a big let down.  It tasted like a regular vanilla shake.  There was very little marshmallow flavor, and there certainly wasn’t any of that charred, smokey flavor that one expects from a toasted marshmallow.  I later discovered the recipe for this shake on Gourmet.com, and I can see why the predominant flavor was vanilla:

  • 3 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • I large dollop buffalo milk yogurt or regular yogurt
  • 5 Kraft Jumbo Jet-Puffed marshmallows

With more marshmallows or perhaps some marshmallow cream, this milkshake would probably have been better.  For all the hype about it, my friend’s vanilla kahlua shake had significantly more flavor – though it had small pieces of bittersweet chocolate blended throughout, which was sort of an odd and unexpected addition.

With the burger, the fries, and the shake, I spent about $34 at Stand.  Was it worth it?  Yes – despite the various let downs throughout the meal, it satisfied my craving.  However, I don’t know that I’d go back.  I’ve had a better burger and a better shake from BLT Burger (which I personally think gets too little credit) and from Shake Shack.  However, the atmosphere is fun, the selection of burgers and shakes is diverse, and I think it could be a good spot to hit up with friends before going out or even on a casual date.

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Nooï: Pasta To-Go!

Let me start by saying – I’m not a huge fan of pasta.  The occasional spaghetti is good and I won’t pass up a bowl of Crawfish Monica, but I’m a southern girl, and I like my food served over rice.  Lately though, I feel like I can’t get away from pasta.

After 10 days in Italy surrounded by various pasta dishes, I returned to New York.  Upon my return, I discovered that numerous made-to-order pasta restaurants modeled after Subway’s style of food preparation are opening throughout the city.  One of these shops happens to be located along the 4-block walk from the subway to my apartment.  It’s called Nooi: Pasta To-Go!  At first, I ignored its garish purple and red decor and its bizarre name as I walked to and from the subway.  However, a chalkboard sign with “FREE SAMPLES!’ scribbled on it finally lured me in (yes, I am a sucker for free samples…).

As I implied in the last paragraph, the decor at Nooi is truly awful – royal purple walls with red accents, including red velvet chairs in the small eating area.  To make matters worse, the restaurant was completely empty.  Not a good sign at 6pm on a weeknight…  But I figured, what the hell?  They’re offering me free food.  So I walked up to the counter, where a chipper employee asked what I’d like to order.  I told her I came in for a sample, and she immediately pulled out a stack of mini Chinese takeout-like cartons and asked what I wanted to taste.  I picked the Tomato Fresco, a basic vegetarian sauce, and the Bollywood.  The girl filled two cartons with noodles, ladled sauce on top of each, placed them in a bag, and sent me on my way – but not without first pleading with me to come back sometime soon.

When I got home, I was genuinely excited to taste the pastas, and I was especially happy by how generous the sample sizes were.  I took the cartons out of the bag, and they smelled great.  I popped open the Tomato Fresco first, a sauce which is composed primarily of tomato, olive oil, and basil.  Though the noodles were a little undercooked, the sauce was lovely.  Thick with chunks of tomato, it was salty, a bit garlicky, and slightly acidic – overall, it had a nice, robust flavor.  I would have liked for the basil flavor to be more pronounced though…

Next, I tried the Bollywood, which is a cream based sauce with mild curry, lemon, and chicken.  This sauce didn’t quite meet the mark.  First, describing the curry as “mild” is an understatement.  If not for the light yellow color of the sauce, I’m not sure that I would have identified the presence of curry in it.  Also, there was extremely little chicken in the sauce.  It wasn’t until my last bite that I discovered two small pieces of chicken – and it was the kind you’d find in condensed chicken noodle soup.  In general, the flavor of this sauce in comparison to its description is very confusing.  It was so light tasting – not at all reminiscent of something that you’re expecting to incorporate a lot of curry and lemon juice.

Since I only had free samples, it’s hard to say if Nooi is worth the money, but based on the price list (32 oz. for between $4.95 and $6.45, depending on the variety), I’d say it’s a pretty good value.  Would I go back?  Probably not, unless I was in a pinch for a side dish.  I will say, however, that this restaurant is still growing and may improve.  The girl who helped me told me that they plan on adding an “Add Meat/Add More Meat” option to the menu, which might have improved my opinion of the Bollywood.  In addition to this, I would recommend that they add more customization opportunities and increase the pasta selection (there are only 2 as of now).  Then, maybe it might be more worthwhile.

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