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Va Bene, Revisited

Last evening, Irving Schild – my videographer at KFWE 2016 – and yours truly, had dinner at my favorite dairy Italian restaurant in Manhattan: Va Bene (1589 2nd Ave, New York 10028 – Tel: 212.517.4448). The place, as usual, was mobbed when we got there around 7:00pm. We each had one dish and, at least for me, the portion was enough to satiate me.


VaBene 1

Irving ordered Ravioli a la Giudia, this time it was covered in Alfredo Sauce (when I ordered it last time, it came in a tomato sauce), he asked to have some more grated Parmeggiano cheese over it. The Ravioli were filled with artichokes and cheese. He declared it absolutely delicious!

VaBene 2

I had a freshly stretched chunk of Mozzarella cheese, topped with tomato and onion bathed with lemon juice and olive oil, it was a rare treat, indeed!

VaBene 3

We each had a glass of the house Sauvignon Blanc, a perfect pairing!



Yossis Glatt Sushi Inc.

One of my grandsons and I had just visited a relative at Maimonides Hospital, in Boro Park. We were both starved and we both wanted Chinese. During the visit, another relatives – who lived in the neighborhood – raved about Yossis Glatt Sushi Inc. (5221 Fort Hamilton Parkway – on the corner of 53rd St. – Brooklyn 11219 – Tel: 718.576.6636) which reopened its doors yesterday, under new management, and we decided to try it. While it is not the upscale type eatery we normally review in these pages, the food, the service, the prices made for a delightful surprise!


As we watched the Sushi Chef prepare the rolls, my grandson had their Sweetheart Roll…


…which consists of spicy salmon, spicy tuna, rice and avocado. I shared it with him it was very good.

I ordered the American Dream Roll


…it comes with spicy salmon, cucumbers, avocado topped with spicy mayo. I loved it!

We followed these with a beef dish for him and a chicken one for me. He had Beef Lo Mein


He found the beef juicy and tender, the vegetables cooked to perfection, the Chef’s sauce delicious.

I had the Sesame Chicken


Aah, those nuggets! They came bathed in a delicious sauce and the right balance of tenderness inside with just a bit of crispness on the outside. It was a great way to end the meal.

The portions were nice, and the freshness and the dishes’ taste well worth the wait and more than worth the price.

I’ll definitely be back again and again; maybe I’ll even see you there, gentle reader.


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