Saturday, November 19, 2011

Mooncake Foods: NYC: Chelsea, Hell's Kitchen, and SOHO

FA Rating: FF

I finally figured out a good place to get food that's close to the Megabus departure location (31st and 9th.)

Mooncake Foods has a few locations around NYC, but the one on 30th just east of 8th ave. was the one I tried out, useful as it was to me as I needed dinner before my 11 hour bus experience to Toronto.

There's plenty of comfortable seating at this casual "Home-cooked Asian Comfort Food" spot, and some band was sitting at a table together when I was there.  The kitchen is lined with bottles of fish sauce, which I took to be a good sign.

After ordering my food (and it's cash only, by the way), I discovered a delightful restroom:  a clean, well-stocked, single restroom with organic hand soap.

Before I had even finished using the restroom, they had my food ready for me, so it really is a good, fast take out option for such times as catching a bus or a train (also near Penn Station of course).


Pulled Pork Sandwich with Curry Lime BBQ Sauce
Slow cooked pork on a semolina roll with napa cabbage slaw and curry lime BBQ sauce. - $9.25
Mmmm, pulled pork, fish sauce among the flavors of the sauce, hot jalapeƱo cilantro sauce, nice cole slaw for a little heat relief.  There was also a roasted clove of garlic and a big hunk of ginger.  It was all delicious.  The bottom of the bun was quite soggy with juicy goodness by the time I got settled into the bus and could eat my food, but that was okay.  I made the top of the bun into a huge stuffed taco and then I still had this much:



It became two tacos and a salad, plus some lettuce wraps. I had been wondering if $9.25 was too much for a sandwich and if I would need to order something else or buy some side from a bodega in order to have enough food.  When I felt the weight of the bag they handed me, I decided it would be fine.
So ten bucks might seem pricey for a sandwich, but somewhere along the way Jesus must've come along and multiplied the shit outta my meal.

To sum, we have a comfortable, casual, fairly inexpensive restaurant with a good restroom, and tasty, interesting food, plus a good though sadly non-alcoholic drink selection at three locations in Manhattan (and they deliver).

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Foodie Asshole Menu Wish List:

Salads:
  • Asian Pear & Chicken Sausage Salad - $9.50 - Asian pears, chicken sausage, mesclun, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, mint balsamic vinaigrette.
  • Broiled Salmon & Mesclun Salad - $10 - Miso glazed salmon, cherry tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, and mesclun, lemongrass dressing.
Sides:
  • Choy Sum - $5 - Asian greens drizzled with chinese oyster sauce. Vegetarian friendly.
  • Japanese Eggplant - $5 - Grilled Japanese eggplant, sweet soy sauce. Vegetarian friendly.

Sandwiches, etc.:
  • Vietnamese Pork Meatball Hero - $8 - Chili sauce, cilantro, pickled carrots and daikon. Probably the best Meatball Hero you'll ever have minus the pizza sauce and MOOTZ.
  • For Vegetarians: Garlic-Grilled Veggie Sandwich - $9.50 - Grilled eggplant, zucchini, asparagus, on a semolina roll with curry ketchup. Vegetarian friendly.
  • Spicy Hoisin Fish Taco - $9.50 -Grilled Tilapia fish, cucumbers, scallions, cilantro, flour tortilllas, spicy roasted pine nut hoisin sauce.

Plates:
  • For Vegetarians: Roasted Veggies & Korean Chili Paste - $9.50 - Roasted eggplant, zucchini, asparagus, seasoned tofu, bean sprouts, and Korean chili paste. Vegetarian friendly.
  • Sliced Steak with Cilantro & Ginger Chimichurri - $9.50 - Sliced hanger steak, home-made chinese kickass chimichurri.

Dinner Specials - Daily $16 Specials served after 5 PM:
  • Monday - Grilled Prawns & Glass Noodles - Grilled Head-On Prawns, Glass Noodles, Cilantro Mint Pesto
  • Tuesday - Slow Cooked Anise Short Rib
  • Thursday - New Zealand Lobster Tails - With roasted pine nut garlic sauce.