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Fish Burger/Sandwiches

The pan-fried fish sandwich at Pearl Oyster Bar, available only at lunch, might be my favorite thing on the menu. It's on a Sullivan Street Bakery ciabatta bun, slathered with homemade tartare sauce, and full of fresh fish. Lately, it's usually skate. I desperately miss when grouper was available. It's served with a giant portion of shoestring potatoes (or a salad if you'd prefer to sub that).

about 14 hours ago
Dave Feldman in Manhattan
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Long Trip Report 6/22/15 to 6/25/15

I love that your kids are getting exposed to so many different tastes as such an early age. Good for you and them and thanks for the terrific report.

Jun 28, 2015
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas
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Best fried rice

FWIW, Pichet Ong told me that he thinks Hakkasan has the only "proper" fried rice he's eaten in North America. I'm not even sure what that means -- I didn't press him on it. He wasn't as enthusiastic about the restaurant in general as some of the regulars here, but he loved the Peking Duck and the fried rice, and I remember vividly he said that the fried rice alone was worth a visit.

Jun 23, 2015
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

Trip report 6/11 to 6/15

Thanks, Pegmeister.

Jun 18, 2015
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Trip report 6/11 to 6/15

Thanks so much for a report on many restaurants that have not been discussed here in a long time, if ever.

What the heck is zip sauce???

Jun 17, 2015
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Any Pho Recommendations

Thanks, QAW, about what I expected. I was asking for a local friend. Somehow I made this a Q&A rather than a discussion, but of course I'm interested in other opinions, too. To be honest, I've stopped trying for the most part.

Jun 13, 2015
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Ouest is closing

I was a big fan of Alison on Dominick, but not been overly impressed with anything Valenti has done since (Ouest, Cesca, and West Branch).

Jun 13, 2015
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

Any Pho Recommendations

I think it's been awhile since we've discussed pho. Most of the pho I've tried in Las Vegas has been feh -- any recommendations?

Jun 12, 2015
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Less Expensive LV Options for 1st time visitors?

Hot & Juicy isn't really New Orlean's-style food at all. It is a style of fish-boil made popular in southern California. Did you know that at one time there was a branch of Commander's Palace on the Strip?

Jun 11, 2015
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Searching best dosa

One encouraging development on the So. Indian front is the ascendancy of tomato chutney, often served along with rasam and coconut chutney these days. It's been awhile since I've been to SB (I live near the inferior Saravanaa on the upper west side) -- thanks for the tip.

Jun 11, 2015
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

Angeleno moving to NYC looking for help!

I was born and raised in Los Angeles but have lived in NYC for 35 years and have survived. I think food is a great way to learn about NYC neighborhoods, just as it is in Los Angeles. One idea is to go to the Outer Boroughs board and look for threads with tons of replies. You'll have more choices than you can imagine.

Jun 11, 2015
Dave Feldman in Manhattan
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Less Expensive LV Options for 1st time visitors?

I don't think Las Vegas has an outstanding Jewish deli, so if your son is gung-ho about the Carnegie, it might not be the worst idea, especially if the attraction is the too-huge portions, particularly on sandwiches.

Do the three of you like spice and mess? You might get a kick out of Hot & Juicy Crawfish?

I'll second Monta for ramen, and if you want a special, if pricey dessert experience, Raku Sweets.

I think Lotus is a great idea, and you can spend a little or a lot there. I think Pretender meant that it is hard to get a "reservation" there, not a recommendation. Generally, Lotus doesn't answer the phone during non-business hours. I think the best time to call is during lunch service, particularly on the late side (say, after 1:30 during the week).

Fat Choy and Viva Los Arepas are two more ideas for tasty, informal meals.

Jun 10, 2015
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

My Vegas Trip Report

The menu looks great, Westie. I want the Egg Som Tom right now.

The mango/sticky rice "nigiri" is a brilliant idea, especially for folks sharing the dessert.

QAW, I have an admission to make. For obvious reasons, I haven't eaten at Komol since it started serving non-vegetarian fare.

Jun 10, 2015
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Searching best dosa

Same owner as Tiffin Wallah, with some of the waiters making the transfer. I agree that overall, Chennai Garden was superior.

Jun 10, 2015
Dave Feldman in Manhattan
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Last night in NYC before move to CA

A private table at Aburiya Kinnosuke? An easy walk from Grand Central.

Jun 09, 2015
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

Searching best dosa

I assume you are referring to Sri Ganesh's Dosa House, at 809 Newark Avenue in Jersey City? It has always had my favorite dosa in the NYC area, and its tomato chutney is my favorite Indian condiment in the tri-state area. It ain't fancy, but the ambiance is part of the fun, to me. My only complaint is that the rasam is watery and not up to the level of the rest of the offerings.

Jun 09, 2015
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

My Vegas Trip Report

Thanks, as always, for this Westie. I had never even heard of Table Thai before. When I looked at the menu, it was looking very standard issue until I found the "Chef's Recommendations" section -- there are several dishes I've never had before.

Jun 09, 2015
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

las Vegas - fun dinner for 10!

Jaleo was the first restaurant to pop into my mind, as it has a varied, sharing-friendly menu, a high energy level, and reasonably good food. I've never been to Yardbird, but if Southern food sounds appealing...http://www.venetian.com/content/dam/l...

Jun 08, 2015
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Louro closing

I couldn't resist going to Louro for closing night. If any Chowhounds are going late, ask for me. I ordered one of the last hot chickens and will probably have some to share. I won't be there until a little after ten.

Jun 04, 2015
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

Louro closing

Indeed. The rent is a crusher.

Jun 04, 2015
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

Annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas June 8-13

Darn. I'm "here" NYC. Might be coming to Vegas in late June or early July but not during your time frame, and I'm not even sure about that. I haven't explored downtown (i.e., area around the hotels on Fremont Street) much at all lately. Itsy Bitsy Ramen and Whiskey at The Ogden certainly sounds interesting (http://itsybitsyramen.com/).

May 25, 2015
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Breakfast in Summerlin?

The reason I asked is that I often stay at Red Rock and have found the service at Grand Cafe to be excellent. I think you might have run into a stray bum server. I may not be quite as enthusiastic as uhockey about the food, but it's always been above average for a LV coffee shop and it's quiet and spacious.

May 24, 2015
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Breakfast in Summerlin?

Thanks for reporting back, Cortez. Just to be clear, was your disappointing breakfast at the Grand Cafe, the buffet, or ?

May 22, 2015
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Chada and Lotus of Siam: More similar than contrasting

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

May 20, 2015
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

In Search of Otak otak

Thanks for this, Dave. Totally new to me.

May 20, 2015
Dave Feldman in Outer Boroughs

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