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Why delicious Indian food is surprisingly unpopular in the U.S.

It's an interesting article but it doesn't explain the disparity between different cities. The author definitely gets NYC right -

"Indian food has slowly but surely found its way into the hearts (and stomachs) of cities around the United States. There are more than 300 restaurants that serve cuisine from across the subcontinent in New York City alone, according to Krishnendu Ray, a professor at New York University who has been studying the cuisine's rise for more than a decade. Compare that to the mere 20 Indian restaurants that could be found in the Big Apple in the early 1980s."

That's been my experience as well. Indian food in NY has never been better or more widely available.

Why hasn't a similar trend occurred in other cities? It's not really surprising - most trends start out in the major population centers. It helps that the NY area has a growing and prosperous Indian population that helps drive demand. At the same time there is a growing number of Anglos who've grown to appreciate the cuisine - people with a taste for the real thing, not some type of bland Americanized version.

I think Indian cuisine will grow slowly but steadily in the coming years. For a lot of people it represents a challenge - the spices used in Indian food are different than what most people grew up with. But in the end, enough people will try it and find it rewarding.

Look at the U.K. - Indian has become their adopted national cuisine.

about 9 hours ago
Bob Martinez in Food Media & News

Why do people find it so strange to take photos of your food?

"The flash is not as bright and does not bother diners in a restaurant."

I wouldn't be so sure of that. It's not like they're coming over to you as you're shooting pictures and saying "Go right ahead. The flash doesn't bother me at all."

I've got a camera with pretty good low light performance. Most of my pictures come out pretty well but in an especially dim restaurant they can come out murky. When that happens I just chalk it up to bad luck. I've never used a flash.

(This doesn't make me a great person. I've got plenty of faults but flash photography isn't one of them.)

What Is Chowhound Now

If it goes away I'll miss it. I prefer conversations with real people, not being talked at by some blogger.

Sure, there are some blogs I like a lot but for every one of those there are 20 produced by mediocre writers badly in need of an editor.

To me nothing is more exciting than a conversation where people express multiple points of view.

Hearts versus Plus signs

Sorry Pat. I remembered lots of comments about the hearts around that time and thought that was the thread that had the most discussion. I missed the other one.

Feb 27, 2015
Bob Martinez in Site Talk
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Hearts versus Plus signs

This is just a guess but I think you haven't been back here in awhile.

Here you go - a 464 post thread on the August changes.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/985121

Feb 27, 2015
Bob Martinez in Site Talk
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Recommendation near Marriott at Brooklyn Bridge

Right - I should have mentioned the lack of reservations explicitly.

I hadn't been back to NP for a number of years but the snowstorm earlier this month made us want to hit a place closer to home. We went to NP on a Saturday night and had a very good meal. We got there at 5:15 when the restaurant was 20% full and sat at the bar to have a drink. (The bar is small and only seats about 6 or 7.)

By 6:00PM the place was filling up and we grabbed a table.

Feb 27, 2015
Bob Martinez in Outer Boroughs

Recommendation near Marriott at Brooklyn Bridge

Noodle Pudding and Queen would be good choices.

Don't be put off by the name - Noodle Pudding is a straightforward mid priced Italian restaurant which turns out well made versions of standard Italian dishes. The only negatives are that they're cash only and the place can get very crowded on the weekend. Best to arrive before 6:00PM.

Moving a bit more upscale there's Queen. Aside from the classics they also serve a more ambitious range of dishes for about 25% more than NP.

I like them both very much.

Noodle Pudding -

http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/...

Queen -

http://www.queenrestaurant.com/

http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/...

That area is served by lots of subway lines including the A, R, 2, 3, 4, and 5.

Feb 26, 2015
Bob Martinez in Outer Boroughs

Kale on Lexington

Maybe it's a sign that the kale fad is on the wane.

Feb 26, 2015
Bob Martinez in Manhattan
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How long will you stand in line for food?

Fifteen minutes is my limit as well. Like you said, there are always great things to be had without the wait.

I don't believe in Magic Food. Really good food? Yes indeed.

Feb 25, 2015
Bob Martinez in General Topics

The best first date spot, especially for foodies: the Sushi Bar. Agree or Disagree?

We get it. You like sushi. You really REALLY like it. And that's fine. It appears this thread is simply a vehicle for you to tell us that.

Good luck with your dates. I'm sure you'll find a woman who likes sushi just as much as you and you'll both be very happy.

Feb 23, 2015
Bob Martinez in General Topics

The best first date spot, especially for foodies: the Sushi Bar. Agree or Disagree?

He didn't say that, either in his original post or his 5 follow up posts.

Do people really (and I mean "really") like Girl Scout Cookies?

Keebler is one of 2 subcontractors who bake GS cookies. The Keebler Grashoppers are dead ringers for the GS thin mints. I love 'em.

Feb 23, 2015
Bob Martinez in General Topics

Some questions for my NJ friends about our home board...

I learned a long time ago that you should post for yourself, not for other people. If you get positive feedback, great - but plenty of times you don't. That doesn't mean people aren't reading along.

There are lots of times when someone will mention a post I wrote 2 years ago that got them to try a restaurant they came to love. It took them 2 years to mention that.

And I'm fine with that. If I write a review that I'm proud of that's enough for me. If those posts help other people to eat better that's a bonus.

Recommendation Brooklyn (south) or Staten Island - 80th birthday party - 20 people

Colandrea New Corner in Dyker Heights would fit the bill. Old school red sauce Italian. Private rooms. Here's Sietsema's review from a few years back -

http://www.villagevoice.com/2008-12-3...

Their website -
http://www.newcornerrestaurant.com/

Feb 23, 2015
Bob Martinez in Outer Boroughs

does silence on an rsvp mean they aren't coming ?

Feb 22, 2015
Bob Martinez in Not About Food

The best first date spot, especially for foodies: the Sushi Bar. Agree or Disagree?

For a first date I prefer Laser Tag.

Annoyed about $6 bottled tap water charge at CraftBar

New York City has one of the finest public water systems in the country. There's no reason to filter it. That charge is pure bullshit. Shameless.

Feb 21, 2015
Bob Martinez in Manhattan

The best first date spot, especially for foodies: the Sushi Bar. Agree or Disagree?

I just read the OP's profile.

http://www.chow.com/profile/1311047

They're a major sushi and shellfish eater. That pretty much explains their choice of a "perfect" first date place.

Feb 20, 2015
Bob Martinez in General Topics

Kao Soy--new Thai in Red Hook

Thanks for the input on the wait time. They seem to be pretty accurate in their predictions.

Feb 20, 2015
Bob Martinez in Outer Boroughs

Is Costco Making Us Fat?

I've got my mind made up!!! Don't confuse me with facts!!!

Kao Soy--new Thai in Red Hook

I'm sorry to hear that you missed out on eating at Kao Soy but I'm glad to hear their business has picked up.

If a restaurant tells me there will be a 1 hour wait I usually find some other place to go. A thirty minutes wait? I stick around.

I figure by the time I get in my car, drive to the other place, park, and sit down 20 minutes would already have passed. It's not like I could walk next door and be seated instantly.

The other thing is that a quoted 30 minute wait usually turns out to be 15 or 20 minutes. I'd rather stick around and eat at my first choice.

In the case of Kao Soy they don't really have a bar but Red Hook Bait and Tackle is across the street. It's a fun spot for a drink and I'm sure KS would call your cell when a table opened up.

I have a feeling that after back to back strong reviews I'll be spending a fair amount of time at Bait & Tackle until things cool off a bit.

Feb 19, 2015
Bob Martinez in Outer Boroughs

Hounds, help us decide

We're up to 196 replies!

Feb 18, 2015
Bob Martinez in Site Talk

Hounds, help us decide

Lets make this a really BIG fight.

Feb 18, 2015
Bob Martinez in Site Talk
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Is Costco Making Us Fat?

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Top 10 Hot Dog Lies (in no particular order)

Thank you both for that great information.

Feb 18, 2015
Bob Martinez in General Topics

Top 10 Hot Dog Lies (in no particular order)

I live in Brooklyn and shop in a good edition of Associated and a terrific Key Food. I'm in driving distance of a Whole Foods (just try and get a deal there) and a Fairway.

I see Boar's Head as a quasi monopoly - pretty good quality that costs more than it should. If someone pointed me to the Ham of the Gods that was twice as good as Boar's Head and cost $15 a pound I'd buy it. Why not? I'm only good for a pound of ham every 2 months. But I'd be even happier to find a ham as good as Boar's Head for $3 to $4 less per pound.

ETA - I just checked. There are 2 locations of Best Market in NYC - Harlem and Astoria. I get to Astoria occasionally so I may check it out. In Brooklyn there are some great markets on 86th St in Bensonhurst that also have some good deals. That might be the way to go.

Feb 17, 2015
Bob Martinez in General Topics

does silence on an rsvp mean they aren't coming ?

Never underestimate the power of rudeness.

Feb 17, 2015
Bob Martinez in Not About Food

Top 10 Hot Dog Lies (in no particular order)

Unfortunately here in NYC I've never seen Wunderbar bologna, Land O Lakes Swiss, or Farmland ham. I'd be glad to try them. I've got no problem with the the quality of Boar's Head products (although I'd love to find alternatives that are better and cheaper), my main current issue is the price.

Feb 17, 2015
Bob Martinez in General Topics

Top 10 Hot Dog Lies (in no particular order)

I live in NYC so what you said is especially interesting to me. Occasionally I'll see Dietz & Watson cold cuts sold for $1 less per pound and because I like a deal I'll buy them. What I haven't found is that the Dietz & Watson meats are *better* than Boar's Head.

Could you tell me about those better and more economical alternatives?

I'll share one of my own. I've noticed that the Hillshire farm family of sausages has gotten significantly more expensive over the past couple of years. The 1 pound packages have shrunk to 12 or 13 oz. and they now cost $4.99. Smithfield makes a competing product in a 14 oz. package for $3.59. I think it tastes better too although maybe it's the fact that they're a relative bargain. Natural casing too,

Feb 17, 2015
Bob Martinez in General Topics

Top 10 Hot Dog Lies (in no particular order)

Boar's Head products are fine. The hot dogs are good, so are their bratwursts.

I do prefer Nathan's natural casing hot dogs but they're not always available.