November 30, 2012
Metro Diner, New York NY
Mixed Seasonal Green Salad
Five Vegetable Stir-Fry
Who knew traveling on a bus for two hours then lugging heavy luggage around New York in the dark and cold would be so tiring? All of us were hungry by the time we dropped off our belongings at our host’s apartment, settling in before the weekend’s dance competition. Thus, we decided to go for a late night meal at a nearby diner, Metro Diner.
My entree came with a Mixed Seasonal Green Salad. It was a very simple dish with some chopped romaine, a quarter of a tomato, some shredded carrots, and a little red cabbage. The dressing on the side tasted like a ginger soy dressing but I am not 100% certain. It was so simple that I am running out of comments.
The Five Vegetable Stir-Fry was probably as good as any Asian dish would get in an American diner. The vegetables were all decent; I love zucchini, yellow squash, Chinese cabbage, snow peas, and red peppers when they are cooked. The light sesame soy sauce was a little bland, very light indeed. It lacked flavour but I could taste the sesame aroma. It was too greasy, though, making the dish almost like vegetables in oil. The saffron rice, while not a traditional Asian grain on such a dish, was aromatic. It worked with the sesame soy sauce.
At least such a place was still open past midnight. Otherwise, we would have had two minutes to order and eat. The service was lacking but friendly nonetheless. Our server was horrible with math and his handwritten receipt was so messy it gave us some trouble calculating the bill. Otherwise, the place was a nice casual place to relax and grab a simple bite.