Just kidding!!! I can't stand IKEA, but I can't hold off on Pavement references. Sunday I took myself on a lunch date! It was a gorgeous day and I spent a lot of it biking around. I biked out to my folks' house (to help clean for Thanksgiving - didn't get any cat photos, but I will on Thursday) and back. When I got home my roommate and her dude had been cooking and were in the living room, so I kinda wanted to stay out of their hair as well as eat some food without making too much noise in the kitchen. So back out on the bike it was.
I remembered having passed/heard good things about Co Co Lin on Fresh Pond Road in my neighborhood, and it was in the direction I was bike-wandering anyway.
After briefing looking over the menu, I went with the spicy Ma Po Tofu, which came with a side of brown rice (unpictured.) Usually I like something with more vegetables, but after not eating all day, and all that cleaning and biking, I was huuuuungry. Spicy, warm, and high in protein won out. It was weird seeing meat items listed on the menu before I realized that everything in the restaurant really is vegetarian (and probably mostly vegan seeing as how so little dairy is used in Asian cooking.)
This was really good. A huge serving, too. Soft tofu, nice and saucy - plenty to cover the rice on the side as well. I got a refill of the green tea and really enjoyed just sitting and reading (Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay) and taking my time. I so rarely eat out alone - I rarely dine out in general - but this was a chill atmosphere. The dish was 8 dollars and could easily have been spread into two meals, so it's not all that expensive either. Definitely will be returning.
Co Co Lin
64-19 Fresh Pond Road
Ridgewood, NY 11385
11am - 10:30pm (most days)