Authentic Ethnic Food (any kind, any where)
May seem like a vague topic, but I'm looking to take my boyfriend out for a surprise birthday eating adventure next week. He loves anything that's new to him and "out-there"; he always tries the most bizarre thing on any given menu.
That being said, African and Asian are some of his favorite varieties.
We live in Brooklyn, but I'm considering renting a car for the night to go somewhere off the beaten path (Jersey, SI, LI, Queens or Bronx - anywhere).
Most important quality I'm looking for in our dining experience is authenticity. Of course, if the food's not excellent, why bother making the trek?
forgot about my own hood! uzbek options in rego park (queens) are great and the simplest to go to is probabably cheburechnaya (still good); haven't been to salute which is nearby but regardless, kebabs run anywhere from $2 to $10 maybe and there's plenty of nice salads, manti and chebureki; kebabs range from skirt steak and fish to lamb fat, testicles, hearts and sweetbread. about 8-10 sticks will do it for two, maybe more or less depending on what sides you get. love this place! menu below.
if you're going for an adventure, it sounds like multiple stops are called for and the roosevelt avenue corridor is great. get the dinuguan at ihawan (filipino bbq joint), along with the chicharron bulaklak or crispy pata, wash it down with an avocado drink and walk about 10 blocks north to taqueria coatzingo and get a pair of their excellent tripe tacos (or try a cemita). then walk another block or so and have the pigs blood soup (I think its pig) at arunee (thai); not chunks of pork blood but incorporated into the broth so its rich, tasty yet still a light taste somehow. and, its all off the E, F, R, V or G to roosevelt avenue.