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L+L Hawaiian/Cafe Gray

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L+L Hawaiian/Cafe Gray

Andy T. | Jan 18, 2005 08:15 AM

L+L: 3 visits. Definitely a "guy" kinda place with lotsa starches and stuff like Spam sushi (called musumi). Had the short ribs (very thin, practically microtomed slices, with a char-broiled hint), the "moko loco" (lunchroom caliber hamburger patty with two small sunny-side up eggs, covered with mild brown gravy), and the barbecued pork (contrary to the Voice, not very BBQ-tasting. In fact, had a sweet, almost-spoiled taste to it. Of course, being an idiot, I finished the portion and luckily suffered no gastrointestinal distress. Laced with cabbage, oddly enough). Difference between "regular" and "small" portions only appears to be an extra scoop of rice. Comes with their by-now notorious mac salad, as well as some iceberg lettuce with that ginger dressing found in many budget Japanese joints. I recommend the barbecue sauce condiment, liberally applied to everything.

Cafe Gray: 1 visit, for lunch. If you're expecting "Le Bernadin on a budget", as NY Mag says, you'll be crushed. Instead, expect a glitzed-up, fun, comfortable diner-type experience. Apps (open-face ravioli, mushroom risotto, seafood nage) and desserts (choc marquise, creme brulee) more successful than mains (short ribs, sea bass). At lunch, apps average low teens, mains mid-twenties. Creme brulee was 11 bucks, tho.

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