So our day started out with music class for my toddler and then we were supposed to go to the Japanese Festival at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. Well we got through the music class, then my husband decided to do some detours. After that and an hour plus time passage, we decided to head to Brooklyn. Yeah, because we can and well right before we crossed the bridge, we started to examine our plan. There was already traffic, it was warm outside (oh late April weather), we were starting to get hungry and also, we knew that it would be at least an hours drive from that point.
What to do, what to do!! So we racked our brains and decided that going to the festival at that late time would not be that great as all the cool stuff always happens early on as well as we would only get to enjoy a few hours. Also, it was 30 dollars per person. That would be 90 dollars just to enter and then if we wanted to buy food, who knows, and parking if we could not immediately find a spot. It was looking like an expensive day.
So because of the traffic, we had a few moments to think. We turned to Yelp and Trip Advisor. We found ourselves in Whitestone, NY. It is in Queens, off the Whitestone Bridge.
When we arrived we were excited, as there were people waiting outside, which was a good sign.
We sat close to the corner and just smelled all the wonderful odors. We wasted no time in ordering. The taste of the curry dish we ordered reminded me of the ones I had while travelling. The chicken curry included bamboo shoots as well as sweet potato–that was great on day 2. I had a stuffy nose so only randomly did I taste the food but the following day, post stuffy head, the food was better. We had one of the spicy short rib sandwiches, which was large and had a strong 5 spice taste. That we liked. We also had the seafood and chicken pancake as well as spring rolls.
I noticed the cool herb garden on the wall. It actually inspired my husband. The restaurant also makes this refreshing drink that includes water, cucumber, ginger and possibly one other ingredient I forgot. (nice differentiating feature)
What everyone seemed to be eating was the broth with a large bone in it. Not my thing but I am sure it was great as that many people cannot be wrong.
The service was decent and the place was nice in terms of decoration. It is a small place, so not much wiggle room and large groups need not apply. Parking can be a challenge but that just means a longer walk from your transportation. The bus does pass by it though. It is in a partly residential area so only if you search (internet) for it or drive by it accidentally, will you see it. Its not on a main street.
The small menu works well. When I am hungry I am easily frustrated if I have to turn through a book.
I would return. I give it a 7. Small place, good food.