West Side Stories: B Cafe and Miyako Sushi

This is just what it sounds like – a couple of quickie reviews of UWS restaurants. Both are reasonably priced, with relaxed atmospheres and good service. So, how do they fare?:
B Cafe is a small Belgian restaurant that is casual, quiet, and perfect for having a beer with a friend or a relaxed night out. 
 Roasted Beet Salad with Goat Cheese, Mache, Walnuts and Olive Oil
Such a simple salad, but a perfect one. Tender, herbaceous mache, grassy, creamy goat cheese, meaty walnuts, licoricy fennel and a bracing, mustard dressing that cut through the richness of the cheese and the sweetness of the beets. Oh, those beets. Miniature sized, yellow and purple, so sweet and delicious that my dining partner who “hates” beets promptly ate them all. 
Yeah, I was pretty pissed off about that.
 Macaroni and Cheese
Bad blogger that I am (that was a test, you should disagree with me now), I did not write down the types of cheese used here. But they were extremely strong – pungent, sharp, woodsy, with underlying levels of funkiness similar to a blue cheese. I love strong cheese, and at first bite, it was a bit strong even for me. However, as I kept eating the flavors mellowed out and I enjoyed the stringy sauce, crunchy cheese on top, and al dente noodles. A large portion and well priced. 
Miyako is one of those sushi restaurants you don’ really frequent – if you want the food, you order it in. There is nothing wrong with the small, clean restaurant, it just isn’t a destination -not for a date, not for dinner with the folks, and if you are taking yourself out alone, you might as well go somewhere fancy and eat at the bar, right? Regardless of all that, Miyako is a reliable spot for some fresh, tasty sushi. 
 Gyoza
Um, no. I love me a good fried dumpling and this ain’t the real stuff. Greasy, limp, chewy skin surrounded flaccid vegetable filling. Not bad so much as…a waste of stomach space. And since dumplings are next to Godliness, this is really a sin. 
Yellowtail Jalepeno Roll
Just want chili heads like myself crave. Fresh, silky yellowtail atop still-warm sticky rice, spicy yellowtail and avocado. Topped with a razor-thin slice of jalapeno, the taste is at first mild and slightly salty, followed by the creaminess of the avocado and finishing with the lip-prickling heat of the jalapeno. Fresh, clean, spicy and delicious. 
So, there you have it – 2 very good restaurants. Not destination worthy, but I would be pleased to have them down in my neck of the woods.

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