The Granola Bar

275 Post Rd EWestport, CT 06880 • (203) 349-5202
 

This place is too small for its own good, especially in light of the passing of Fliesher’s Kitchen and Neat (RIP). Now there’s no really great go-to breakfast option in the ‘Port. But if you’re willing to settle for good, look no further than yours truly, okay and Terrain, but mostly for the setting, let’s be honest.

Luckily granola bar is way more than granola. Especially since I think their granola is just eh. You can get far better at Le Pain Quotidien and even at the supermarket with Baked’s House Blend.

Where GB shines, however is in other places like the breakfast burrito, the bi bim bap, the burger and my personal fav, the blackened salmon wrap.

Regrettably, the very berry smoothie was also a bit of a letdown. But with the draught of b-fast options upon us, I’m willing to overlook the long wait, strip mall locale and the fact that they were out of the spicy Mexican hot chocolate. Tisk, tisk.

Her Name is Han

17 E 31st St. New York, NY 10016 (212) 779-9990 hernameishan.com

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Even though his name is Ferocious, I was pretty much set on at least three knives before I even had my first bite. Starting with the name alone, it’s just friggin’ cool and somehow already tells you that you’re not in for you’re typical Korean culinary experience. Then, once you enter, the setting manages to keep carrying that baton, done in a rustic-chic that sort of bridges the gap between a Le Pain Quotidien and ABC Kitchen. And as I write that I’m realizing that’s quite the chasm, but go and you’ll understand.

Also, once you get a looksy at the menu, I think you’ll come to the same conclusion as I did, you just instantly have to like the place. I mean everything looks good, so I threw a dart and partook in the spicy raw tuna bowl, which is essentially a nice twist on a bi bim bap, made with sashimi grade tuna, brown rice, poached egg, avocado, carrots, peppers, green onions and spicy sauce. Not only is it good. It’s good for you. And it’s good for your wallet, being that’ll probably set you back less than a sandwich and drink at Pret!

Looking forward to going back soon. But on the earlier side, because they don’t take reservations and they do make you wait.

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Myong Gourmet

487 Main St. Mount Kisco, NY 10549 • (914) 241-6333 • plgourmet.com
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Why is it that any time a place has the word “gourmet” in the name it seldom is? Well, not for a lack of trying, Myong has its gourmet moments, but more often than not, it falls short. And while there is something about this place that makes it hard to hate it, there is also plenty to make it just as hard to love. In fact, almost everything here is a dichotomy of elements.

For example the service is very friendly, but painfully slow. The food is good, but the decor is woefully reminiscent of an airport restaurant.

In a vacuum, the food alone would be 3 knives. We had the spicy shrimp app- which is VERY spicy. Fortunately I have a high tolerance for such heat, but the wife couldn’t even eat it. That said, she loved her roasted red pepper soup, lucky for me.

As for mains, both were good, but not great. I had the fried chicken, which they said was spicy, but after the shrimp, I don’t even think lava would’ve been considered “hot.” The wife had the Bi Bim Bap, which had gotten a shout out in reviews as being an inventive twist. Not sure what that twist was, as it tasted pretty much like any other BBB we’d ever had. Not bad. Just not special either.

The big issue being that it took 45 minutes to deliver our entrees from the time they cleared our apps.
So the lesson to be learned… Take out. No bad decor. No slow service. Just good food.

P.S. I went here a second time as a guest of the manager, so they knew they needed to up their game, and yet for some reason, they still couldn’t stick the landing. This time the service was amazing (shocker), but the food was very underwhelming. Oh well, at least I got an amazing restaurant tip from the manager. If you haven’t been, Azuma in Hartsdale is wonderful.

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