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Sep 23, 2008 11:52 AM

Worst ethnic place you've been to

I thought it would be fun for people to share the sorriest excuse for ethnic food they have have had the horror of experiencing

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      1. Lord, there are so many. I have a particular hatred for Sea, the "Thai" restaurant on 2nd Ave. I think they make most of their sauces out of melted lollipops.

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        1. re: small h

          You should try Spice. Their sauces taste like disappointment.

          1. re: JungMann

            I can't stand Spice either, but at least disappointment has a little complexity! Once I ordered mushroom soup from some Japanese place, the name of which I have erased from my memory. It was 4 raw white mushroom slices floating in hot water. Austerity? Apathy? Nihilism? I like this game.

        2. I'd have to say delivery from Tina, a Chinese place near Gramercy. We ordered three or four dishes and all I remember is throwing each of them away.

          1. Primorski in Brighton Beach - was like $45 a person for black bread, bad vodka, and some unidentifiable inedible spreads, and there was a guy in a silver tracksuit with a synthesizer singing disco songs.

            Spice Market in the Meatpacking District serves up completely bland faux Asian food at ridiculous prices for tourists that don't know any better.

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            1. re: ShinjukuAce

              I like Spice Market.
              But I don't need my Asian food to be "authentic" and wouldn't know it if it was.

              I wanted to love La Taza d'Oro on 8th Ave, but it kinda sucks.

              1. re: il Trifulau

                I wouldn't go so far as to say La Taza de Oro sucks, but there are things they do well and things they do not so well.

                If you want to try bad ethnic food, pretty much any restaurant on East Sixth street should do the trick. And add Bombay Grill and Ghandi Cafe to the mix. Those restaurants have done more than "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" to malign South Asian foodways.

                A couple "in-the-know" Californians dragged me to Mary Ann's for "authentic" Mexican. It was about as close to a Mexico City taqueria as Gonzalez y Gonzalez. Little Italy is pretty much horror after horror, as well.

                1. re: JungMann

                  La taza de oro had GREAT FOOD back in the day until about 15 years ago. Nowadays I would not include in this list by any means, but the food is just not memorable.

                  1. re: JungMann

                    just wrote a short note on Gonzalez y Gonzalez but basically, if you do get stuck there with a large group, order the large ceviche as an entree (it's listed under apps). it's probably the best thing on the menu.