Qi

675 8th Ave. New York, NY 10036(212) 247-8991qirestaurant.com

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For the area it’s a refreshing change of pace from the touristy hell that is Times Square. With its vibe and décor the place exudes a cool similar to that of Peep down in Soho, but without the voyeuristic bathroom. That said, the food is not quite as good as Peep, but it’s still good. And the prices, like Peep, are VERY reasonable- especially when you get the lunch special. So reasonable, with a drink, an app and pad thai, the bill came to $10. You can’t even get a sandwich and a soda in this city for less than $10. And that’s without chips!

I didn’t notice the bad service, however, mentioned by hordes of others. I also didn’t think anything was so good it was worth more than 3 stars… So, guess what I’m giving it…

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Peep

177 Prince St. New York, NY 10012(212) 254-7337 •  peepsoho.net

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While shopping in Soho, we stumbled upon this place by accident and man am I glad we did. What a find! First of all, the decor is very cool. Sleek, modern and little something special for those who visit the bathroom. Well, special if you’ve ever been curious about exhibitionism.

Service is nice and fast. And the food- I swear, I can’t think of a better thai restaurant in the city. Seriously. If you know one, please do tell. Because Qi, Pongsri, Larb Ubol and Jai et Thai have nothing on this place. Everything was excellent from the appetizers to the entrees to the classics like Pad Thai.

But here is the kick. Guess how much it was for three people to have lunch? With Three apps and three entrees? Are you sitting down?

$27 including tax! In New York City! In Soho!

Okay, now pick yourself up off of the floor and go.  What do you have to lose (except maybe modesty, if you venture to the bathroom)?

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The Ultimate Falafel Sandwich

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Taim – New York, NY

Leave it to the chosen people to create the chosen falafel sandwich. Sorry to get all religulous on you, but this sammie is biblical. Crammed to the gills, your pita will be literally hemorrhaging cabbage and hummus and peppers and tahini and about ten other things they manage to wedge in there.

It’s enough to make one worry that the falafel might get lost in that sea of accompaniments, but somehow they pull it off like epicurean pros. Perhaps by creating special falafel flavors you don’t see every day, like roasted red pepper, kalamata olive, harissa and spinach w/ feta.

This is all conjecture of course. Magic is always best left a mystery. I just can’t wait for their next trick.

Bread and Cocoa

199 Sutter St. San Francisco, CA 94104 • (415) 956-7200breadandcocoa.com

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After reading the reviews post visiting, I’m a little pissed I didn’t get the chocolate chai, but I suppose that’s what tomorrow is for. That said, the Haight (egg sandwich with white cheddar, shrooms and spinach on focaccia was pretty awesome. And fast. Making for a very nice speed to awesome ratio.

Plus, I dig the vibe. It’s sort of a Panera meets Le Pain kinda vibe with its communal tables mixed in with cafe.

My one nit is with the fresh squeezed OJ. C’mon people, what’s the point unless it has pulp? Take it from a purist who grew up in Florida. Keep the strainer in the drawer.

***Okay, it’s tomorrow. Just had the chocolate chai and let me say I am VERY glad that I live nowhere near this place, otherwise I might turn into a two-seater by drinking these damn things every day!

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