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NYC Experiences: Mary's, Wondee Siam, Ess-a-Bagel (long)

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NYC Experiences: Mary's, Wondee Siam, Ess-a-Bagel (long)

lizard acres | Jul 3, 2004 12:28 AM

Mary's Fish Camp - We liked the feel of this restaurant. We arrived a bit before noon on a Tuesday and expected a line, but there were a number of empty tables and spots at the bar. Our neighbors were enjoying lobsters that looked really good. We were still pretty full from Daniel the night before and anyway, we'd come for the lobster rolls...something I hadn't had since I was a kid, and hubby had never had. Mary's lobster rolls were good, but couldn't they put it on a higher quality hot dog bun? The cheap wonder bread style bun just didn't do the lobster salad justice. The large hunks of lobster in the salad were nice...and tasty, too. For my taste, the salad had too much dressing,it was too bland and there was too much ketchup (I think that's what was making it pink) in the dressing. And I prefer a few more crunchy veggies in it - especially a bit more celery. Brooklyn Brewery beer on tap. Pretty good. Great service...none of the attitude I've read about here. I do want to go back and try the fried flounder...another item awfully hard to come by in New Mexico.

Wondee Siam - the one on the east side of 9th between 51st and 52nd. What a great hole-in-the-wall! Squid with green beans cooked with a brick-colored chili paste. Yum. I told them I liked it almost Thai hot and it was good and hot. Hubby had well...I can't recall, but he liked it. Good and spicy for him, too, but he ordered the gringo version. Delicious food, who cares about the ambience and I want to go back there, too.

Ess-a-Bagel - OK...so I thought we had "OK" bagels in New Mexico, but they are down-graded to "barely OK" after the big, chewy crusted, ultra-dense Ess-a-Bagel. We ordered cream cheese, lox, onion and tomato bagel sandwich...one each. Those people who came in to carry out some bagels or get a bagel and a shmear...I hope they know how good they have it. The sandwiches held us all the way to dinner. Next time we're in NYC we'll try Murray's to compare...and H&H.

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