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Chada and Lotus of Siam: More similar than contrasting

And get ready for Chada Street, at 3839 Spring Mountain Road, debuting this Summer.

2 days ago
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

In Search of Otak otak

Thanks for this, Dave. Totally new to me.

In Search of Otak otak

We are going to call first before any otak otak runs. I think she has thoughts of chili crab running through her head, but that will be easier to find.

May 20, 2015
Dave Feldman in Outer Boroughs

Inexpensive ethnic CLEAN newish restaurant in Queens?

The portions of rice are enormous, too, and that basmati with carrots and raisins tastes great cold and as leftovers the next day. It is not overly sweet -- I don't think there is any sweetener other than the raisins.

And don't ignore the pastas, aushak, etc.

May 19, 2015
Dave Feldman in Outer Boroughs
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In Search of Otak otak

Thanks, Dave. Unfortunately she lives outside of Boston, and really only has a couple of weekdays open. Her hotel is actually close to Bali Nusa, so I'm guessing she'll first take one or two out from there and we'll eat Malaysian Wednesday night.

May 19, 2015
Dave Feldman in Outer Boroughs

In Search of Otak Otak

One thing we will do for sure is call before we go. Thanks for your help.

Pan, my friend's search is based on homesickness and emotion as much as quality. At this point, she'd rather have a mediocre otak otak than a great anything else. I totally understand how she feels. During a year abroad in the 1970s, I would have given anything to get a good hamburger in Great Britain.

May 19, 2015
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

In Search of Otak Otak

I knew about Bali Nusah but not about Java Village -- thanks!

May 19, 2015
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

In Search of Otak otak

I haven't been to Bali Nusa since the first year it opened and I wasn't at all impressed, but so far it seems to be the only place with otak otak on the regular menu.

May 19, 2015
Dave Feldman in Outer Boroughs

In Search of Otak otak

Are there any Malaysian, Singaporean, or Indonesian restaurants that feature this fish cake? This subject came up about five years ago, but don't remember any sightings in Manhattan or the Outer Boroughs. A Singaporean friend is coming to town and she desperately misses this comfort food. Thanks.

May 19, 2015
Dave Feldman in Outer Boroughs

In Search of Otak Otak

Are there any Malaysian, Singaporean, or Indonesian restaurants that feature this fish cake? This subject came up about five years ago, but don't remember any sightings in Manhattan or the Outer Boroughs. A Singaporean friend is coming to town and she desperately misses this comfort food.

May 19, 2015
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

"The Noodle Man" (return of...)

Best news I've heard all day! Is the chef's wife running the front of the house? Do they have house-made wontons, too?

May 18, 2015
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Corkage Disappointment in Vegas

Hi Zin,

I remembered that post from John Curtas. I was certain about that. What I wasn't sure about is whether all the points in that article are still clear -- sorry for the confusion.

May 18, 2015
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Chao Thai

I had a very good meal there on Wednesday night. I know this is a small thing, because it isn't the essence of the dish, but the chicken in the khao soi was as beautifully cooked as any I've ever had. And the mangos were delicious.

May 18, 2015
Dave Feldman in Outer Boroughs

Inexpensive ethnic CLEAN newish restaurant in Queens?

I just want to second your recommendation of Arya. The kabobs and rice are terrific. And the waitresses are utterly charming.

May 18, 2015
Dave Feldman in Outer Boroughs
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Vegas Trip Itinerary with 2 + 4 year old

I'm not going to argue that the food is outstanding at Peppermill, but I do think your worries are groundless. The bar area is totally separate from the coffee shop (although you can order alcohol from the good area) but the bar area tends to be quite mellow and quiet. Think Johnny Mathis rather than Jimmy Buffett.

May 17, 2015
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Vegas Trip Itinerary with 2 + 4 year old

Hi js, I think the food at Raku would definitely suit the kids. Because of all the interesting menu items and fish specials, lots of people ignore the inexpensive and absolutely delicious grilled items there, and some of the most humble ones are great. Some of the tables are rather close together and I wouldn't want you to be worried about the kids running around and disturbing "neighbors." Places like the buffets, LOS, and El Gordo are more boisterous. Holstein's and Peppermill both have booths, which give them a more private feel.

Adobada is a variation of el pastor (and Greek gyros). But I've also eaten adobada as a composed dish in sit-down restaurants, looking like the photo in the Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adobada

May 15, 2015
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Vegas Trip Itinerary with 2 + 4 year old

I haven't been to the two pizza places, B&B, Bazaar Meats, or the Monte Carlo buffet, but of all the others you've mentioned, I think you are on the right track. The two places that strike me as perhaps not the right atmosphere for kids Milos and Raku (especially if the kids are prone to move around). Some of the food at Raku IS kid-friendly, especially the simple chicken and beef grilled items.

At Tacos El Gordo, the adobada is the first item as you enter. It's spiced pork sliced from a vertical grill. It's their most famous taco, and IMO, deservedly so. The staff there is very solicitous of kids, in my experience.

May 14, 2015
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Here Is Ronny Emborg's New 18-Course Menu for Atera – 'Temperance Pairing' Optional

Two main reasons:

1. I have no idea if the meal I received will be reflective of what paying customers will encounter. There is also a reason why critics don't review restaurants during F&F events or plays during previews: this time is used to iron out kinks and the last chance to experiment before setting things in stone.

2. It's hard to know if one can be objective when one or more in your party is friends or family of the restaurateur(s). Even with full disclosure this problem doesn't go away.

I'm not casting aspersions on others who don't feel the same way.

May 13, 2015
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

Here Is Ronny Emborg's New 18-Course Menu for Atera – 'Temperance Pairing' Optional

I was lucky enough to be at the first friends and family service of the new menu. I don't think it's fair to comment based on this, but am eager to hear from any Chowhounds who have been there since.

Just adding that there will be one more option for drinks. Instead of sticking with the straight Temperance non-alcoholic offerings, you can choose to have the same juices with liquor, prepared right in front of you (I don't know if this will always be true, but it also came with one tasting-sized glass of red wine).

May 12, 2015
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

Dinner upper west side

Good, Pan -- I think the same recipe as the Broadway branch.

May 09, 2015
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

Dinner upper west side

I think I can clear up the confusion, at least for the Amsterdam branch, which I've been frequenting for more than 20 years.

1. The Peruvian specials have never been on the menu, either inside the restaurant or takeout. There is a small section of Peruvian dishes on the menu that are available every day.

2. The dominant customer base has always been Dominican, and the cocktails and "Spanish" food has been geared to their tastes.

3. The Chinese and Spanish offerings have always been marginal, much like the average Cuban-Chinese places that used to dot the neighborhood.

4. The quality of ingredients is not high (particularly evident in the parihuela), which is understandable considering the size of the portions and the low prices, but the Peruvian stuff has always been much better than the other fare.

May 08, 2015
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

Return to New Orleans trip report, 4/13-4/16

Kingfish replaced its chef recently, and it's unclear whether the new regime will be an upgrade.

May 07, 2015
Dave Feldman in New Orleans

Dinner upper west side

But the OP mentioned *fried* chicken, so I'm not sure if the reference was to the pollo a la brasa. As I understand it, the owners of Flor de Mayo are ethnically Chinese *Peruvians." This is important because the Amsterdam Ave. has a dedicated Peruvian cook, or at least it did the last time I checked, and it's the strongest stuff, especially the daily Peruvian specials.

May 06, 2015
Dave Feldman in Manhattan
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Corkage Disappointment in Vegas

Jesush's recent post was a copy/paste from a John Curtas blog post six years ago. Don't know if all is the same now.

May 03, 2015
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Dinner upper west side

Sorry I'm late to the fair. Next time, Bustan might fit your description well.

May 02, 2015
Dave Feldman in Manhattan
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A Tale of Two Couples, Part 1 -- Marriott Downtown and Kingfish

What a great story. Chris seems to have a soft spot for mojitos. When Laura found out how much I like Campari, she told me to hie over to Kingfish to have Chris whip up a Campari mojito for me.

May 02, 2015
Dave Feldman in New Orleans

A Tale of Two Couples, Part 1 -- Marriott Downtown and Kingfish

Canal Street, Celery. I belong to two different groups that has meetings at the Marriott. Has anyone ever thought of the Marriott as a destination for food or drink? I think Laura's nights off are Monday and Tuesday, and same for her husband.

Apr 30, 2015
Dave Feldman in New Orleans

The James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Winners 2015

Although Orangette may not be my favorite food blog, Molly Wizenberg has been at it for a long time, she's remarkably consistent, and clearly deserves it.

To me, both awards for Eater are huge surprises.

Anything I should DROP?

Keen's is a beautiful restaurant and a place that you should visit at some point. I've never had a steak there: I've had the prime rib hash at lunch, which I adore. And the mutton chop at dinner (or lunch) can't be duplicated elsewhere in NY. The bar is gorgeous, with a great selection of scotches, and in my experience, gracious bartenders.

Apr 29, 2015
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

Broasted Chicken in NYC?

l haven't seen it in NYC. In my experience, it's a fantastic way to prepare chicken: http://broaster.com/

Apr 29, 2015
Dave Feldman in Manhattan