Michael's Restaurant

Michael's Restaurant

This post originally took place on April 14, 2010.

A day out with family. First stop, Michael’s Restaurant, a much-loved diner a few blocks away from Steinway.

The best part of Michael’s is the friendly staff. I’ve never had a warmer welcome before. I felt at home right away.

At diners, the only thing I usually order is some sort of breakfast. One of my favorite meals is two eggs with homefries and toast, and maybe some sort of sausage or bacon.

I got my eggs soft scrambled this time – they came out perfectly. The sausages were yummy, but a little dry on the inside.

Michael's Restaurant - Two Eggs Soft Scrambled with Homefries and Sausage

Soft Scrambled Eggs with Homefries and Sausage

C. got a similar meal with her eggs sunny-side up. Aren’t they gorgeous?

Michael's Restaurant - Two Eggs Sunny Side with Homefries and Sausage

Sunny-side Up Eggs with Homefries and Sausage

After a bit of shopping at the newly opened Century 21, which I think is the best yet, we headed for a bit of lunch in nearby Elmhurst at Pho Bang. Of course, we got some pho!

C. and I both got the Tai Nam Gan, with a few slices of fresh raw eye of round, tendon, and navel. The soup base was a little weak though, but still pretty decent for a quick pho-fix.

Pho Bang - Tai Nam Gan

Pho Bo Tai Nam Gan

A. also ordered a dish with grilled slices of pork topped with some scallions and chopped peanuts, sitting on some cakes of rice vermicelli. They came with a plate of lettuce and mint for wrapping, but I just ate the pork as is. I think the dish is called Banh Hoi Thit Heo Nuong or something similar, but all I saw on the check was “BH-IN.”

Pho Bang - Banh Hoi Thit Heo Nuong

Banh Hoi Thit Heo Nuong

Kumo

Kumo

Our last stop for the day was Kumo, a newly opened Japanese Restaurant and Lounge on Northern Blvd. They had a 50% off promotion, which led to a very busy restaurant that night. The prices are very fair even without the promotion, with deals such as $1 sushi or sashimi a la carte.

I love the decor here – very modern and relaxing. The ceilings are high, giving a lofty air to the restaurant.

Dynamic ambient light (cold cathode tubes maybe?) are in cool hues, seemingly changing to the music. HDTVs are abound, high up on the walls.

We did wait for food for awhile though – the hot food came from the kitchen fairly quickly, but the sushi bar had trouble keeping up with orders. They had three guys making sushi.

We started off with Ikamaru, or BBQ Calamari. The calamari was a bit tough, but it was somewhat understandable with the large slices of calamari they used. The sauce went with the calamari perfectly.

Kumo - Ikamaru (BBQ Calamari)

Ikamaru

A. and Y.’s bento boxes arrived next. A. had the fish katsu bento box, while Y. got the pork katsu.

Kumo - Pork Katsu Bento Box

Pork Katsu Bento Box

The bento boxes came with a variety of sides, including this amazing miso soup. I only wish they used fresh seaweed slices instead of dried seaweed.

Kumo - Miso Soup

Miso Soup

Finally, the sushi arrived. Every dish had fresh, delicious fish.

Kumo - Salmon Roll and Alaska Roll

Salmon Roll; Alaska Roll

Kumo - Salmon Sashimi, Salmon Sushi, and Alaska Roll

Alaska Roll; Salmon Sashimi; Salmon Sushi

Kumo - Chef's Spicy Tuna Roll and Spicy Dragon Roll

Chef's Spicy Tuna Roll; Spicy Dragon Roll

We rounded off our meal with some dessert.

Kumo - Tempura Green Tea Ice Cream

Tempura Green Tea Ice Cream

The dough didn’t quite go with the ice cream, but the dough itself was interesting. The green tea ice cream didn’t have a strong enough matcha flavor – it was more like tinted vanilla ice cream with a hint of green tea.

A. also ordered a banana sundae-esque dessert:

Kumo - Ice Monster

Ice Monster

Day two of April Food Week 2010 complete.

ADDRESSES

Michael’s Restaurant
3317 Broadway
Long Island City, NY 11106
(718) 726-7474

Pho Bang
8290 Broadway
Elmhurst, NY 11373
(718) 205-1500

Kumo
47-11 Northern Blvd.
Queens, NY 11101
(718) 728-9600

 

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