Red Star Sandwich Shop

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Sandwiches, people love them, right? Sure. I’m actually not wild about them (shhhh don’t judge), but, if they’re delicious enough, you’ve got me. And, if a place is serving them with amazing sides? Ok, definitely in. Well, you’ll find all that at Red Star Sandwich Shop in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. This fast-casual spot is serving up a variety of delicious Asian-American sandwiches, along with some equally tasty sides. Oh, and they even have a great collection of board games to play while you eat. No one said they had to be for the kids. Being mainly veggie, they had me covered with different options, and I was pretty pumped.

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To start, I had the Seaweed Noodle Salad. It was the perfect little bowl to get as a side. It’s light, but still has a wonderfully delicate vinegar flavor, mixed with sesame seeds, that goes so well with the noodles, cabbage and seaweed.

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Next, I had their Tater Tots as another side. So, heads up, these are probably my most favorite tater tots I’ve eaten. Why? Well, because they’re amazingly awesome, and they’re scratch made. Forget those frozen tots you’ve had in school, and probably in some lazy restaurants, and focus in on these little guys. They’re perfectly crisp and golden brown on the outside, and then, the inside is basically like mashed potatoes. Yeah, you’re pretty much eating fried mashed potato balls, and it’s incredible. Get some of their chili sauce on the side, and it might be the best decision you make that day.

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Finally, I had their Fried Tofu Sandwich (sautéed shiitake mushroom, corn, mixed greets, sweet Dijon mustard). This was great. The tofu has a marinade, making it really flavorful. The shiitakes are kind of everything in this sandwich though. They’re tender and savory, and really go well with all the ingredients. I love corn, so you could literally throw that in any dish and I’d eat it, and the sweet mustard brought everything together really nicely.

The Shorts:
Name: Red Star Sandwich Shop
Location: 176 Smith Street, Brooklyn NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Absolutely. The staff is awesome, and the restaurant itself is open and airy and super inviting.
Would I recommend it? For sure. And get those tots now, because rumor on the street is, they might be taking them off the menu (insert panic here). So, eat them, and then sign a petition to keep them on the menu.

Ovenly

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I love sweets, and that certainly includes pastries. I’m no stranger to the name Ovenly, but I hadn’t yet tried their goods, until now. I visited their flagship store in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. 

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Their shop is bright, airy and welcoming, where you can take your things to go, or have a seat at their cafe tables to enjoy your treats. They’ve been on lots of “best of” lists for their cookies, so, I knew I definitely had to try some. They also offer an array of items from scones, to cupcakes, and brownies. 

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I tried two of their cookies, the first was one of their staple, most popular items, their Salted Chocolate Chip. First off, vegans, this one’s for you. Yes, it’s vegan. Now, I’ve had some amazing vegan baked goods, where you’d never know the difference, and some, well, you could tell the difference. These cookies, you would never know they were vegan, and they’re delicious. They’re soft, buttery (even though it’s not animal butter), with large, gooey, chocolate chips. Its almost tastes like you’re eating cookie dough, focusing on a soft baked cookie rather than a crisp one. Then, you have large, coarse granules of salt on the top for that salty/sweet combination to bring out the flavors. 

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Next, I had their Salted Peanut Butter, which is gluten free. Again, you’d never know the difference. This cookie is also soft baked, and it’s rich in peanut butter taste, with real peanut flavor and none of that artificial taste. You even get some of that peanut texture in the cookie, and the rest melts in your mouth.

The Shorts:
Name: Ovenly
Location: 31 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure, they have a few other items I’d love to try, but just didn’t have enough room in my stomach at the time.
Would I recommend it? Yes, it’s a really quaint, homey shop, and there’s a park just steps away with a view of the river and Manhattan. So, grab a cookie and a view, and you’re all set. 

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