Crazy Bowlz (Mexican, Asian Fusion)

4.67 out of 5 based on 7 ratings | about our ratings

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301 Frank Sottile Blvd
Kingston, NY 12401
(845) 382-6955

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asian, fusion, mexican
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Reviewed on 1/9/2014


"Mexican-Asian Fusion" is the kind of thing you might joke about in a list of "food combinations that will destroy your soul", like "carnival sushi" or "Swedish pizza". I think we actually made jokes about this combination for a year or two before we stumbled upon Crazy Bowlz, awestruck that it was real.

It had to exist for a reason, so we had to go there and see what the deal was. Housed in a converted bank, Crazy Bowlz gives off the initial impression that it's a chain: very well-designed, very clean, and with signage that's almost fast-foody - but it's all misleading. This is a one-off experiment in food run by someone who's genuinely interested in food.

They say that your menu shouldn't be too extensive, but this place has a gargantuan, detailed pamphlet of a menu, most of it consumed with options you can combine into your own 'crazy bowl': noodles, sauces, vegetables or meat, or a few pre-determined options. There's stuff here I've never heard of, and stuff I haven't seen anywhere else - but the two combinations I tried on two visits were so good that I doubt that this place can do much wrong.

It's an open-kitchen scenario so you can see everything being assembled, which is always some comfort - especially when you venture into the weird depths of Kingston. A wide array of condiments, both Asian and Mexican, are also available. The combinations seem endless. And the green curry is insanely, beautifully hot.

A few minor, minor points which detract from a perfect score: they're occasionally out of certain noodles, the "Chinese bread sticks" are just naked churros, and it has a bit of a temperature moderation problem, because it's all windows, all sides. Because it's an old bank. And it's been pretty cold during both times we've gone there. But the view? At the top of a hill, right over the Hudson Valley - a very surprising treat.

Overall? The food is awesome. I wish they had an online menu, because I'd be planning some weird combination for my next visit, and maybe looking up a few things that I didn't recognize last time.


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