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Istanblue in Saratoga

So sorry to hear this! My mother really liked that place (I did, too, but I'm not in Saratoga all that frequently).

Fantasy Cuisine or Imperial Wok for birthday dinner for Sichuan food lover?

(opening up the menu...http://www.imperialwokwp.com/Datamenu...

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The ones we order over and over are the Pork Dumplings in Spicy Hot Oil (melt in your mouth freshly-made wontons in a thin packet), Dan-Dan Noodle with Chili Sauce, Sliced Pork with Fresh Garlic, Lamb with Special Szechuan Sauce, Szechuan Double Cooked Pork, Szechuan Salted Pork with Garlic Sprout (our special favorite--it's pork belly, cured on site), Prawns or Squid with Salt and Pepper, Fish Filet and Bean Curd, Bean Curd Szechuan Style.

I feel like I've enjoyed some of the chicken dishes, and I must have enjoyed them, but we keep gravitating more toward pork and bean curd for the Szechuan.

Fantasy Cuisine or Imperial Wok for birthday dinner for Sichuan food lover?

We love the eggplant with basil, and I've enjoyed any of the casseroles that we've had. I'm pretty sure it's the Taiwanese menu that has items with pea shoots, which is always a special treat (and if it's not the Taiwanese menu that has them, just find them wherever they are on the menu).

Fantasy Cuisine or Imperial Wok for birthday dinner for Sichuan food lover?

I've been to both, and enjoyed both.

Fantasy Cuisine has a less varied menu than Imperial Wok. That might be fine for you, of course--there's still plenty worth ordering.

If you and your kids want a variety of types of Chinese food, you'll do much better at Imperial Wok. We also love the other items, especially ones on the Taiwanese menu. Other threads on this board include more details on what my family and I have enjoyed there.

You'll have a good time at either one. You aren't going to make a bad choice here.

Fantasy Cuisine or Imperial Wok for birthday dinner for Sichuan food lover?

It's possible that the Sichuan chef is only there for dinnertime. Jim Leff determined that there's a specific day of the week that he is off; not sure if it's Tuesday, but it wouldn't hurt to call ahead and ask.

I've had almost all the items on the Sichuan menu at Imperial Wok in North White Plains at dinnertime, and they've always been spicy when indicated.

Bastille Day, July 14th: Where to dine and celebrate in greater Westchester?

Just got an email from Tagine in Croton. They're having a special Bastille Day menu all week. Their website isn't up to date, but the Facebook page is:

https://www.facebook.com/TagineRestau...

Meatballs at The Cookery

Maybe they're poached before browning?

Hudson River Valley 1st Timers - Help!

You know, I was going to recommend that place, but I thought I'd get flamed for recommending something that wasn't higher-end.

Drove past the dumpling place on my way home from class tonight, but I figured they'd be closed by 9:30 (which is when I was on the road southbound).

Need shiva platter in Rockland County - any suggestions?

Have you asked on the Kosher board?

Fairway in Nanuet may be able to help you.

Ginger beer in Westchester

They don't have the syrup.

Love all the Ginger People's products!

Charming lunch spot near Lincoln Center

+1

Jul 08, 2015
Elisa515 in Manhattan

Ginger beer in Westchester

If you put it in soda water, it's more of a ginger soda than a ginger beer...and it's delicious. We've been making Manhattans (either with bourbon or whiskey) adding in either the ginger syrup or the ginger liqueur. Really really delicious!

To further complicate--or enhance?--your ginger search, this year's Magic Hat summer brew has ginger in it. And at Fairway in Nanuet (maybe other places too) you can get Original Sin (alcoholic) cider with ginger.

Ginger beer in Westchester

Do you mean alcoholic ginger beer? If so, the latter is at Trader Joe's in Danbury--might be at one in Westchester, but you should call ahead.

If you want ginger syrup, I can tell you from experience that your best bet is to order the kind from Ginger People it through Amazon.com.

Another option--great for cocktails--is ginger liqueur. We got a bottle from Stirrings for $10 for a liter at the liquor store around the corner from Whole Foods in Danbury, but it's a common brand that you should be able to find in one of the larger stores in Westchester.

Actually, you should be able to get regular ginger beer at Trader Joe's in Westchester and probably also in any Whole Foods.

Great Tortillas May Soon Flood NY Metro

Thanks! I look forward to tasting the effects of this superior preparation.

Bastille Day, July 14th: Where to dine and celebrate in greater Westchester?

Tagine in Croton.

Cheap Italian Birthday Dinner Restaurants??

You'll get great recommendations on the Outer Boroughs board for Brooklyn.

Jul 06, 2015
Elisa515 in Manhattan

Buttino's Italian Bistro, Chestertown (Adirondacks)

We had a great lunch on July 4 at Buttino's in Chestertown. It's located on Route 9 (Main Street in Chestertown), making it a great stop off the Northway between Lake George and Schroon Lake. We got there going southbound, which meant a lovely drive past Loon Lake.

Buttino's may look like a simple pizza and sandwich place, but everything is thoughtfully prepared with quality ingredients, either from scratch or locally sourced.

I'm making my second meal out of the generous sausage, peppers and onion hero I ordered for lunch. When I mentioned to our waitress that it had particularly wonderful tomato sauce, she included an extra container of it when she packaged up my leftovers.

The gelato is from Saratoga Gelato, the place next door to Mrs. London's. I enjoyed the creamsicle flavor, and my husband loved his peanut butter cup flavor.

This will now be our go-to stop when driving in the area. Very convenient and relaxing after shopping at the outlet stores just south of Lake George, too.

Open Wednesdays through Sundays. Dinner only on Wednesdays and Thursdays (4 - 9 p.m.), lunch and dinner Friday - Sunday (11 a.m. to 10 p.m.).

Great Tortillas May Soon Flood NY Metro

No, sorry...just that a commenter was noting the type of corn, validating your assertion that people will respond positively to this.

Am I correct in understanding from your earlier postings in this particular thread that this type of corn in tortillas is currently difficult to find in the NYC area?

Great Tortillas May Soon Flood NY Metro

Where can I find 70/30 ground beef?

Can you tell us generally where in NY State you'd like to find this?

India House? [Relocation from Montrose?]

Well, this is what my dad would have called "non-news," but the answer is: there is no news right now. Not a word on their website (which doesn't even indicate that they've closed the Montrose location). Their Facebook page in April said they were closing and hoped to reopen "ideally" in Croton. Nothing since then.

Only restaurant location in the village that isn't currently occupied is where the tapas place used to be (near Capriccio II). The old Black Cow location is still unoccupied, but I don't think it's large enough for a restaurant of any substance.

Lunch after Staten Island Ferry ride

Yeah, I only noticed the age after I posted (which was after someone else had revived it, and it was still located on the Manhattan board).

I believe the "new" place is really still the old place, with some improvements. My son lives nearby, and I've always been glad when we go there. Definitely my favorite place to go after a Staten Island Yankees game.

Jun 26, 2015
Elisa515 in Outer Boroughs

Need pre-theater dining recs for 7 near Barrymore Theater

It may be hard to believe, but many local people don't have any idea where specific theaters are located.

(but I'm nice: looking it up, the theater is on 47th Street between 7th and 8th Ave)

Jun 26, 2015
Elisa515 in Manhattan

Sichuan at Imperial Wok in N White Plains: thumbs up

I'm sorry to hear people are having service issues at Imperial Wok.

I'd like to say, though, that I've been there at least a dozen times a year over the last few years, and have never had a service issue. I've been there with only two people, groups of 4 or 5, and three times with large groups (multiple tables in the separate room).

Might have something to do with the fact that I haven't been there on a Saturday.

How do Manhatannites keep track of food trucks?

Wafels and Dinges is great to follow on Twitter, and they post locations and hours each day. Plus they usually have some sort of daily special that you can only find out about on Twitter.

Jun 24, 2015
Elisa515 in Manhattan

Lunch after Staten Island Ferry ride

Your question about places to eat on Staten Island belongs on the Outer Boroughs Board--and you'll get more answers.

That said, we've greatly enjoyed 120 Bay Cafe (name and address), which everyone knows as Cargo Cafe, its former name. It's an easy walk from the ferry, food is really good, and you can eat outside on the covered patio or indoors. Definitely fine with kids.

Also, re what brianj wrote, this is the place next to the best thrift shop in town, "Everything Goes" (there are several locations; this is the clothing one).

Jun 24, 2015
Elisa515 in Outer Boroughs

Great Tortillas May Soon Flood NY Metro

It moved around the corner.

favorite pizza, northern westchester?

Haven't been to Paradise. Sounds like it's worth a trip! Your recommendations have always been good.

favorite pizza, northern westchester?

Since the toppings are pretty much the same on the wood-fired pizza, you may not like their version either.

I just realized I forgot to include Two Brothers in Montrose. Has anyone been there recently?

favorite pizza, northern westchester?

(trying to get the discussion back to **northern** Westchester, as you specified in the header):

In addition to the places you mentioned...

We like both the regular and wood-fire pizza at Gaetano's, just north of Croton/not quite Montrose. Also Portofino in Golden's Bridge.

Haven't had Turco's (Yorktown) pizza in awhile, but it was quite good last time I had it. You can get by the slice, but even better is ordering a whole pizza when you start shopping, then pick up when you're ready to check out. Can also eat on premises.