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Restaurants & Food / Re: Viva Ceviche by Raices at 88th/37th
« Last post by mewmewlia on July 04, 2020, 07:30:16 PM »
We ordered two ceviches (the clasico and the mixto) from them last week for pick-up, and they were FANTASTIC. We were a bit nervous about getting so much raw fish, but everything tasted completely fresh. Super delightful and refreshing mix of flavors, from the salty and tart tiger's milk to the nutty, roasted corn nuts. A bit pricey, but worth it for the variety of flavors and textures and quality ingredients.
Restaurants & Food / Re: Samudra
« Last post by abcdefghijk on July 04, 2020, 12:07:25 PM »
It's an idea. Not a theory.

The restaurant is free to run with it.

Or not.
Neighborhood Chat / Re: Covid-19 Memorial / Naming the Lost
« Last post by Kasow4RT on July 04, 2020, 11:32:20 AM »
^I'm happy to do it. It's also a healing effort for me, having lost someone very dear to me to Covid-19.

Unfortunately, after a week someone walked away with the supplies left for people to create their own tribute (as well as the basket to hold the supplies in). The waterproof index cards are on the pricey side. 

Anyone who wants to contribute a small donation to replenish the supplies, please contact me via private message.
Restaurants & Food / Re: Samudra
« Last post by dssjh on July 04, 2020, 10:50:53 AM »
when you float theories, expect to be challenged. if you can't rise to meet a challenge, you've shown the theory to be invalid.

when your theories generate success, you will be rewarded with silence.
Restaurants & Food / Re: Samudra
« Last post by abcdefghijk on July 04, 2020, 09:59:36 AM »
“Never allow carping critics to deter you from success. Instead, silence them with it.”

If there is one thing I have learned, it's not to engage in endless theoretical discourses with folks whose hobby is finding problems...
Hello Mr. Ecrivain. As it turns out, Wystan is devoted to the Q32, and since his schedule is so irregular it works for him just fine. I have given up on finding a ride and have bought a bike. Old dogs can learn new tricks, it would seem.
Restaurants & Food / Re: Samudra
« Last post by dssjh on July 03, 2020, 11:28:17 PM »
it will take more than creativity to screen a film in a space that limited. they can't take the whole sidewalk...there needs to be a space to walk. and people will have to walk between the diners/viewers and the screen/monitor the whole time. spatial realities have to be considered.

it's a narrow storefront. they only have room for four seats now. they could boost that to eight if they take a parking lane, but then where does the screen go.

physical reality, not out of the box thoughts. i'm not being confrontational here. would really like to hear your concrete answer.
Restaurants & Food / Re: Samudra
« Last post by abcdefghijk on July 03, 2020, 08:12:55 PM »
The solutions are staring them in the face.

Arepa Lady, Arunee (and everyone in Astoria) have taken over the street for extra outdoor space... where Samudra might screen Bollywood films.

It doesn't take an Einstein to steal that idea of using the street.

It takes creativity.

Restaurants & Food / Re: Samudra
« Last post by dssjh on July 03, 2020, 07:54:45 PM »
They could be creative. Maybe screen BOLLYWOOD movies by their outside dining area.

That'll help them stand out.

Laly's, for instance, appears to have created a night club vibe with loud Latinx club music.
And they seem to be always busy now.

the idea is cool. but their outdoor seating area is two tables with four seats, and nowhere to put a screen -- unless they block the door to the restaurant and plug in a big screen TV.
Restaurants & Food / Re: Samudra
« Last post by Shelby2 on July 03, 2020, 07:11:04 PM »
So we ordered dinner at Samudra last night. As always, so good!! In the past I was hooked on their channa bhatura. It is this super delicious, spicy chickpea dish served over this puffy fried bread. (I always add a side order of coconut chutney ($1) to take the heat down to my preferred taste.)

Last night I wanted to try a few new dishes with rice, fearing the fried bread might be too heavy. We chose Aloo Palak, Channa Phishori, Spinach Masala Dosa. It was a lot of food for two people, but we wanted leftovers for lunch.

The channa and the dosa were the stars of the show. The chickpeas had mild spice and were flavorful. I added a little of the enclosed yoghurt sauce which was a nice addition. I did enjoy the Aloo Palak too which for my tastes benefitted from adding a little of the enclosed (red) hot sauce and a touch of salt. (They also included some pickled hot mango on the side as well.)

This dosa knocked my socks off. In this version the crepe was made with rice and lentil flour and filled with spinach and potato masala. It absolutely sings with a douse of coconut chutney (which comes on the side with it) and a dash of salt. Delicious and filling.

Besides increasing our order frequency, we wonder if there is any other way we can help Samudra stay in business? Maybe a go fund me or other way to donate is out there? Please let us know. They are a true gem in this neighborhood!

A gofundme might work but it would have to be creative. Maybe raise money where half goes to the restaurant for operating expenses and the other half to purchase a meal for first responders or hospital staff. So if someone donates $20, then $10 goes to the restaurant to keep them afloat, and $10 goes to buy Samudra food to donate to some sort of group event.
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