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Boite a cafe in Astoria . . . anyone else been?

I ate here the other day, by myself, and I liked it. I got a lamb burger with swiss cheese and some coffee. All was very comforting on a snowy, stressful afternoon. This place is pretty good and different for the neighborhood, but it doesn't get a lot of business. I walked past last night (Friday) and there wasn't a single customer to be seen. My food however was very fresh. If anyone's looking to try it, I recommend going soon. The brunch options are much cheaper than the dinner options and, to me, more appetizing.

Feb 07, 2009
magicmouse in Outer Boroughs

Skyr (Icelandic) anywhere in NYC?

I regularly dig through the yogurt selection at Westerly Natural, on 54th St and 8th Ave, and they recently started carrying Siggi's Skyr. I am currently eating the pear & mint flavor, which is fascinating, though the thickness of the stuff surprised me for a lowfat yogurt-like food as I've never had skyr before.

Sep 03, 2007
magicmouse in Manhattan

Can anyone recommend a good tea pot?

I was on the same search last year and ended up biting the bullet and going with an electric one, because I too found it very difficult to find a teapot that seemed both reliable and comfortable to use. I got this model:

It looks better in person than it does in that picture - compact and sleek. It's easy to pour, heats up water much more quickly than the stove does, and the handle does not get hot and it feels very sturdy. And unlike some other electric kettles, it only has a 2-cup minimum as opposed to some where you need nearly a liter of water to be able to use it, so you don't feel like you're wasting water.

Electric kettles are very popular in England. I understand the allure of a stovetop teapot, but don't count these things out either.

**Edit: It occurred to me after reading the other replies that you might just be looking for something to brew the tea in, and not a kettle like I was talking about. The terms are interchangeable to me. Sorry if this wasn't what you were looking for, but maybe it'll be useful anyway.

Jul 01, 2007
magicmouse in Cookware

Thai Panang Curry in NYC

Wondee Siam, on 9th between 53rd and 52nd, is pretty good in that neighborhood. (NOT Wondee Siam II, which is on the next block up.) I haven't had their panang curry, but it's worth a try. Otherwise, yes, I recommend checking the outer boroughs board.

Jun 30, 2007
magicmouse in Manhattan

Where to get lunch @ 54th and 10th Ave?

Oh, there's also a tiny coffee shop called Café Olé on 54th between 9th and 10th, right across from Sony Music Studios (which, sadly, is closing this summer). With the studio going out of business, they will probably lose a lot of customers. You should go there and get coffee. They froth the milk for each coffee. The paninis are delicious too but take a long time to make -- but are worth the wait if you have time- especially the chicken artichoke one, mmmm -- and they have some salad and sandwich options. Good soups and good chili when they have it.

Jun 22, 2007
magicmouse in Manhattan

Where to get lunch @ 54th and 10th Ave?

I've worked right on that block for the last couple years. There is tons of stuff in that area. I'll recommend some of my favorite work options that also fit your criteria. All these have menus on Menupages, and they are in no particular order:

Italian: Casabianca, on 10th and 57th. Delicious, copious amounts of pasta/sauce and great value. It's the cheapest thing in the area for what you're getting. The penne a la vodka is soooo tasty. It's not an attractive place, but delivery is quick and it's close enough to pick up.

Mexican: Burrito Box, on 9th between 57th & 58th. Cheap, shockingly filling burritos. They have a nice fresh salsa too that comes with a greasy bag of chips with every order. It's another hole-in-the-wall place but delivery is very fast. They do not let you call for pickup, but you can order in and take out.

Greek: Greek Kitchen is my favorite, on 58th and 10th. A lot of people like Uncle Nick's too, but I ended up preferring Greek Kitchen.

Thai: Wondee Siam. There's also Wondee Siam II. The way I judge the two is that II is better looking, but the regular Wondee Siam has better food. Wondee Siam II is on 9th and 54th, and Wondee Siam is on 9th and 53rd, on the other side of the street.

General: Georgio's, on 53rd and 9th. Just a solid, all-purpose menu - wraps, pastas, sandwiches, breakfast, entrees. Delicious shakes too.

General #2: Vynl, on 9th and 51st I think. Again with wraps, sandwiches, but different options from Georgio's. Very tasty, along with some Thai offerings that I never tried.

Falafel: Azuri Cafe, as already mentioned. Incredibly delicious and cheap, but the dude hates people. Delivery is not recommended- go and order it there.

Chinese: Mee Noodle, 9th and 53rd. Better than your average Chinese takeout. Tonnssss of options- pay attention to the noodle soups too.

Indian: Kiran is on 53rd between 9th and 10th. It's okay. They have lunch specials.

If you just want a deli sandwich, I recommend taking the walk to 9th Avenue to get it from 54 Royal, which is on the corner of 54th and 9th.

I'm probably leaving some stuff out, but I think those were the places I ordered from most often. If you're in the mood for a Grilled Asian Chicken Salad, call Eatery. Never found a Japanese place in the immediate area that I loved, and I love Japanese food. If you have any specific cuisine questions let me know and I might be able to think of some other places.

Jun 22, 2007
magicmouse in Manhattan

Any info on new bakery on Austin St.?

hm, it's not that expensive at ours. I think it was $3 last time I got it.

Jun 19, 2007
magicmouse in Outer Boroughs

Any info on new bakery on Austin St.?

If they make everything the same way they do in the Astoria one, to me the best thing they have are the buttercream cupcakes. They used to sell cupcakes that were about 3 times as big, and they weren't nearly as good as the little ones they sell exclusively now. I'm glad to see a food place that realizes bigger isn't always better.

I haven't enjoyed their other desserts as much as they're a little cloying for me, however I do like their spinach pie when they offer it (that might be an Astoria-only thing, and it's not your usual Astoria spinach pie but it's comforting) and I get a cappuccino from them sometimes as well. It is definitely a nice place to stop by.

Jun 17, 2007
magicmouse in Outer Boroughs

Brunch at Hell's Kitchen

I don't know what the crowd is like for brunch and as such how kid friendly it is, but have you considered Vynl? I think they're one of the best things in the neighborhood, taking price and quality into consideration.

Jun 14, 2007
magicmouse in Manhattan

Hot lobster roll, not lobster salad roll

I'm looking for the kind of lobster roll that's made with just a bunch of hot lobster meat and melted butter served unceremoniously on some sort of toasted bun. The kind of thing you'd get on the Connecticut shore. I grew up on these and can't stand the comparatively flavorless lobster salad-esque rolls that seem to be the thing here. I want unadulterated lobster goodness on a bun. Is there anywhere in the city that I can get one of these, or am I doomed to a cold, lobster/mayo combo?

Jun 13, 2007
magicmouse in Manhattan

Rosa Mexicana - Still Good?

I went there recently and wasn't thrilled with my entree (something involving a thick white fish with a sauce that involved tomatoes) but I would definitely go back just for some guacamole and a margarita. That was delicious.

Jun 13, 2007
magicmouse in Manhattan

Any chance Peter Luger is not overrated? [moved from Manhattan board]

Like others have already said, it depends what you're looking for and it also depends on what kind of steak you like. I wasn't all that excited about it the one time I went there, but I'm also really picky about my steaks in that I like them very lean but tender and delicious (like a filet mignon). My ideal steak doesn't contain big chunks of fat that I need to cut around, and I never eat the fat; often I'll leave a steak dinner hungry because of this, and from what I remember at Luger's I was a bit gingerly about the whole thing because that is one large hunk of meat to navigate around.

But if you're into giant hunks of meat, as many people are, you'll probably like Peter Luger's.

Jun 13, 2007
magicmouse in Outer Boroughs

Los Amigos in Astoria? (31st St. btw. Ditmars and 23rd Ave.).

I haven't eaten there myself, but I've only heard mediocre things about it. I would imagine it's better than Fresca Tortilla, though.

Jun 09, 2007
magicmouse in Outer Boroughs

Need suggestions in Astoria

I'm not sure about Ovelia being the best. Agnanti wins out for me, plus I prefer the atmosphere. The one time I was at Ovelia there was loud dance music with way too much bass. Has that changed?

May 29, 2007
magicmouse in Outer Boroughs