Bits & Pieces (Midtown West Edition): Free Toppings at Go Go Curry, Piece of Chicken Raises Prices and more

Normally they give away free topping coupons the day after Hideki Matsui hits a homerun, but why should we be punished because it is the Yankees’ offseason?  Problem solved.  Today is free topping coupon day at Go Go Curry on 38th St. btw. 7+8th. 

The new House of Pita on 8th Ave. btw. 39+40th finally replaced the Mandler’s Sausage sign.  They smartly decided to keep the H.O.P. name, and only add the “Chicken Bar” part to the sign underneath.  I guess they “discovered” that Chicken Bar already exists.

Kashmir Express, the Indian take out place on 8th Ave. btw. 38+39th, has converted to a by the pound buffet.  Looked pretty good, although having to pay for my lunch by the amount it weighs is always a scary proposition.  The $4.99 price tag is not bad, but Indian food can get heavy!  And it forces you to break the #1 rule of eating at buffets by the pound… go easy on the rice and bread.

A shot of the buffet, plus Piece of Chicken’s shocking new menu changes, after the jump…

The New Inside of Kashmir Express

Not into the by the lb. buffets?  There is always the $9.95 Kashmir all you can eat buffet, in the proper restaurant next door (down the stairs).

Saw this sad sign hanging in “Out of Bounds”, Midtown Lunch favorite “Piece of Chicken” on 45th btw. 8+9th. 

“Due to the price increase of milk, eggs, cheese and butter, we have to raise the price of Macaroni & Cheese to $3.00.  Sorry.” 

Sorry indeed.  The chicken and waffles is now $3 as well (although that seems a little more worth it.  I mean you’re getting a piece of fried chicken AND a waffle.  Is there anything better?)  They make up for it a little by adding a whole bunch of new $2 options, including Bread Pudding, Spicy Jezebel Herbed Tea (from the original restaurant whose kitchen they now occupy), honey chicken, smothered chicken and Jamaican jerk chicken.  And of course each piece of fried chicken is still a buck.  They also have an entrance now, so you don’t have to wait in line in the freezing cold for your food to be put together.

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  • You may need to add a corollary to the ML Guide to By teh Pound Buffets: exceptions for rice and bread can be made in Indian buffets because they are so good. Basmati or jasmine rice is much better than white or brown rice from a Chinese buffet.

  • Having Goan fish (pomfrit) later for dinner with pickled cucumber salad with a vindaloo masala,huge single naan for the whole table (must be 4 ft x 3 ft,at least).Washed down with indian cobra beer.

    Bloody laaaverlay.

    Have a nice weekendend very nearly everyone.

  • Rudy,
    Where are you getting your pomfret? Being goan, I’m experiencing major jealousy pangs…any prawn balchao in the mix?

  • I love HOP i go there all the time.

    What free topping do people get when they go to go go curry?

  • Lrao,Group of friends and I are dining in Brick Lane,east London.Huge indian,bangladesh communities and extraordinary phoood.

    Pomfret is flown in everyday from Goa :)

    I’m hungry. Hum… Can I trade you a home cooked Mexican meal for your Pomfret?

  • I’m not a fan of Kashmir, although I’ve tried to give them a decent chance to prove me wrong since I’ve worked in the neighborhood for years. I’ve tried their former take away shop, and their sit down restaurant downstairs. I tried their new buffet bar last week. My chicken tikka masala had the lousiest excuse for a curry sauce I’ve ever tasted — all the flavors tasted raw, unblended. The chicken was overcooked and dry. Skip this place.

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