In Re.: Gem: Cuisines of China
Saw this restaurant within a sub-thread here http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/748358 and an older thread that became a bit opened and thought that it should have it own topic.
I drove by it the other day and did not have the time to stop by. So after seeing the comments, I made the effort to stop by today.
Location: 1838 Central Park Avenue is just about across the street from Highridge Shopping Center-914-361-15
And yes Paul is there. We had a very nice conversation. My parents took my sisters and I to The Pagoda of Eastchester just about once a month when we were young. So we had nice talk about his travels and business over the past several years.
Place looks very nice-almost upscale in some ways. Still working on menu items so right now there are 12 appetizers, 3 soups, 6 beef/pork, 7 poultry, 6 seafood, 5 vegetables/tofu, and 6 fried rice/noodles dishes. And still working on back-end operation. Which is normal for any restaurant to go thru the first few months. So first experiences may not be the very best and one can not judge owns experience and taste from others.
I did not go there to eat but what little I saw looked good. Apps range from $3-$14, soups $3-$6, mains $12-22.
We all have our own POV's and taste so I will not try to guess yours. I will say that it should be well worth the trip just to go down and see the place for yourself. Check out the menu and perhaps have a nice talk with Paul.
And while from the "other" board, this shows how different 5 POV's can be: http://www.yelp.com/biz/gem---cuisine...
I was taught at a young age, by my parents, that one should never go on the POV of just one person. And that your own POV is very important.
I do plan on going very soon to check food out for myself. And will bring a few others along to see what they think.