[yiddish] To eat like an animal, i.e., quickly, noisily, and in great quantity.

Friday, March 6, 2009


Ping's is one of my favorite Chinese restaurants. Perfect for family celebrations and for jews to eat at during Christmastime. I have never been there for dim sum- only many many family dinners. The menu is extensive, with amazing and sometimes
scary combinations and handy illustrations.
Things that I order regularly: calamari, seafood birds nest, sizzling stuffed tofu and eggplant, prawns with fried milk... Actually, lets pause to talk about this dish- fat juicy prawns, broccoli, some kinda savory white sauce and fried balls with sweet custardy milk inside- little clouds of heaven that I fell in love with as a child.

I once was fortunate enough to be dining during the banquet of a Chinese wedding and got to enjoy my food while serenaded karaoke style.

When celebrating birthdays here, the staff has an absurd birthday song recording they play over the speakers as they sing to you.

Anyway- fresh, family style dishes- coming here regularly means having your set dishes you must order because you crave them and having a billion more choices to try something new.

8302 Queens Blvd

Uncle Nick's Ouzaria Greek Tapas

Fire is fun, cheese is always good, and flaming cheese is just beautiful, I had to order the saganaki even though it pained me to compute the caloric intake. I also really enjoyed my calamari in garlic sauce: extreme garlic action, the kind that makes your pores smell like garlic for a few days- yum yum yum. The grilled swordfish was a little plain. We had a nice bottle of Greek wine. It might get a little pricey if you try to fill up on the smaller dishes; the larger entrees are priced fairly though one may not fill you up on its own. Its a cute place even though the tables are on top of each other. The service was very fast and we even got complimentary shots of dessert wine.

749 9th Ave