Lucky Buddha in Thornwood, NY

My department at work likes to go to a restaurant at the winter holidays every year. Before I started a few years back, they typically went to Applebee’s. When I heard that’s where they were going my first Christmas there, I really, really, really didn’t want to go. I explained to one of the people organizing that there really wasn’t much there I could eat, and fortunately, there were a couple of other people not thrilled with the idea, based on Applebee’s just not being very good.

So I had to come up with somewhere that everyone would agree on.

Nearby, we had Indian and Thai that I could eat. Not everyone is into those types of foods, though, so I had to come up with something else.

There was a hibachi place just down the street. Everyone likes food entertainment, so Lucky Buddha it was.

I’m not writing them a love letter over their food- it’s not my favorite place, but it is somewhere where pretty much everyone can get something. When we go as a large group for the holidays or other celebrations we usually sit at the hibachi grill (I just engage in conversation and don’t pay much mind to the food), and when with smaller groups, there’s plenty of regular tables. They can sub tofu into many of the meat-based dishes, even though they’re not on the menu, but this has been my recent standby:

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Avocado/cucumber roll and mini vegetable spring rolls.

It’s a-okay. I prefer my sushi without seaweed, but I’m learning to tolerate it!

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