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Saturday, July 22, 2006

Last Night's Dinner: Take-out from Great Neck

Last night Newell stopped by around 9:30p for dinner. We considered our various C-Town eating options over a couple of glasses of Glenlivit Nadurra (16 year old single malt, non-chill filtered, very crisp and almost fruity), which somehow turned into two more drinks each. Suffice it to say, with the clock ticking and our unwavering resolve to continue the consumption of Scotch, our dining options were becoming rather limited. We finally admitted to ourselves that all we could really do at that point was get take-out from Great Neck (Great NY Noodletown, Bowery at Bayard, C-Town). Here's what we ordered:

Roast Duck and Flowering Chive Spring Rolls - Crispy and delicious, never disappoints.
Three Jewels (Roast Duck, Roast Pork, Soy Sauce Chicken) - First time getting this take-out vs. eat-in. I'm against it and won't make the same mistake twice. Not nearly as much duck as when you sit and get table service. Yummy garlicky scallion sauce still made me lose my mind though.
Beef Chow Fun w/ Chinese Vegetables - Not so psyched on this dish either for take-out. Now, I've had take-out Beef Chow Fun sans vegetables countless times from Great Neck and have been pleased every time. I'm wondering if it was the VEGETABLES that compromised the integrity of the dish? I knew there was a reason for my unadulterated love of meat and strong aversion to vegetables! Anyway, inexplicably, Great Neck separated our Chow Fun into two containers, one with noodles only, the other with the beef, Chinese vegetables (jerks) and sauce. This was no good for me because I wanted the noodles to be tossed around in a pan with the other components of the dish. Especially the SAUCE. Great Neck frequently does this with their takeaway noodle soups as well, but that's ok because there's no sauteeing going on there.

While we were finishing up dinner, Donovan stopped by with a six pack, fresh off the F train from some place in Brooklyn called Bar BQ (6th Avenue and 20th Street). It sounded seriously delicious and I was getting super jealous just hearing about it. I plan to visit there soon. Mike W. (aka Robo) and Sean Murphy came by Chinatown: the Apartment as well. Suffice it to say, we killed the bottle of Glenlivit, the beer and made a dent in some Bushmills, courtesy of Newell. My two drinks a day plan is really not working at all. Not even a little.



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