Kimpenguin

Below are restaurants that I consider "MISS", so if you come across them, don't bother!


bar primi

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

After a few great experiences at Locanda Verde, we finally booked a reservation for our first wedding anniversary at Bar Primi. If this was going to be a similar experience, we expected that the antipasti would be way better than the entrees. We arrived on time for our reservation. Immediately, red flag #1: The hostess Read more…


butter midtown

Sunday, February 7th, 2016

I had Butter on my shortlist of restaurants I wanted to dine at ever since I watched a few episodes of Chopped in which Chef Alex Guarnaschelli exuded this stern, don’t-give-a-fuck attitude. It resonated with me and with a restaurant named after my favorite spread in the world, how could I resist! I made reservations Read more…


bono trattoria

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Focaccia with Prosciutto – More in the form of a Panini, with the prosciutto and arugula nestled in two slices of the dough used to make pizza. The shell was thin, not anything like focaccia. I’m not an Italian expert, but I was sure focaccia was doughier and usually the ingredients are embedded into the Read more…


famous sichuan

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Dan dan noodles – The noodles were different than those served at other restaurants in that the main ingredient looked like rice, given its white, near-translucent color. The texture of the noodles was more fragile as well. The chili sauce mixture wasn’t particularly heated in taste and there was very little pork mixed in. Not Read more…


wondee siam v

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Crispy pork kra prow – crispy pork with basil sauce By appearances, this Thai entree reminded me greatly of one of my favorite Szechuan dishes; the meat was crisp dark golden brown with heat. Sadly, there was an overuse of the sauce that coated each piece of pork belly. The taste of the soy sauce Read more…


ditch plains

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Crab Dip – The warmness of the dip and the crab pieces was welcoming, but everything together just didn’t have much flavor. It was like eating thickened milk with hints of green onion and crab. Ditch Dogs – I could make this better, using store bought franks, buns, and mac and cheese! The mac and Read more…


red hook lobster, smorgasburg

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Lobster Roll – The roll was garnished with snippets of green onions and a side pickle. While the roll looked nice and meaty, it was over-seasoned with lemon and/or vinegar because we couldn’t taste the lobster meat. To make matters worse, there was hardly any butter! *This roll falls several levels below my favorite Luke’s Read more…


red lobster, harlem

Friday, March 7th, 2014

This location is very hit or miss. The service can either be very atrocious or very friendly. During one visit, we were neglected, overcharged without being told, and made extremely uncomfortable. On a different visit, I got as many biscuits as my heart desired and the staff was always making sure we were all right. Read more…


mrs dorseys kitchen, madison square eats

Friday, December 27th, 2013

The grilled cheese sandwiches just didn’t achieve the highest level of multitude that a good grilled cheese sandwich should. The cheese didn’t ooze out from the sides. In fact, there wasn’t even enough cheese for the sandwich to even dream of it! Obviously, very poor bread-to-cheese ratio for a GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH!


bassanova ramen

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Truffle Ramen – The ramen looked wildly healthy; it has a lot of forest colors with hints of red and yellow. While I’m a sucker for truffles, this ramen was full of bad choices. For example, the use of baby corn rather than full kernels was a bummer. The red pepper would have been better Read more…


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