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Moving to Prospect Heights

didn't mean Weather Up for food, meant The Vanderbilt. whoops!

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Weather Up
589 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Apr 06, 2010
ginsbera in Outer Boroughs

Moving to Prospect Heights

Can't say I agree with much of the above. Franny's, Weather Up and James are the top dining spots in the hood, but I also enjoy Maya Taqueria, Amorina, Little Miss Muffin, Geido, and Mitchell's. Franny's is definitely better than Amorina (although not the 2nd best in BK), but can surely cost a ton more and is a completely different type of environment (Amorina's square slices are a steal too.) I used to frequent Beast, but just wish they would change up the menu some. I don't know if I would call the dining scene overrated, as it has surely changed a ton in the past few years, allowing people to get excited by it. It's no Carrol Gardens, or West Village for that matter, but it sure is nice to not have to leave the neighborhood to eat or drink out.

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Geido
331 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Amorina
624 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Weather Up
589 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Apr 02, 2010
ginsbera in Outer Boroughs

The Vanderbit ripping off The Wing Bar

Good point. I do love the Ssam bar sprouts, though sometimes they are too salty for me. The Vanderbilt's actually have a nice acidity and sweetness. Another place to go for sprouts is Motorino for their Brussels sprouts pie.

Clearly different The Vanderbilt and Ssam Bar's are different than the ones being referenced by the original post.

Mar 11, 2010
ginsbera in Outer Boroughs

The Vanderbit ripping off The Wing Bar

The Vanderbilt's sprouts are mixed with lime, honey and siracha, not to mention they aren't battered or floured and fried, but more flash fried. Are The Wing Bar's served with any flavor combination similar to that? I've never been, but in looking at the menu I can guess they are very very different.

Mar 10, 2010
ginsbera in Outer Boroughs

tpoutine - the real deal or poser?

Little background on poutine: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poutine

From what I understand, the curds are supposed to have some texture to them and not melt completely like we would see with Disco Fries. Cold may not be correct, but not completely melted is the appropriate way. Not to mention they need to be fresh!

Jan 20, 2010
ginsbera in Manhattan

Pat Lafrieda Burgers

Just going by what I've been told. Not to mention any place that has the black label mix has used that as a press opp and there is nothing online supporting that they carry it. If they do, great as it offers another place to go.

City Burger used to say they had the black label mix, but LaFrieda told the press that they had a special blend, but it was not in fact the true black label blend. Eventually City Burger closed down (there burger was not that good anyway).

Jan 07, 2010
ginsbera in Manhattan

Pat Lafrieda Burgers

the only place that uses the REAL black label blend is Minetta Tavern, I've talked to the LaFrieda folks myself to confirm.

Jan 06, 2010
ginsbera in Manhattan

Can I afford to eat in Park Slope / Prospect Heights?

Plenty of spots to eat at on a budget, many of which named above. Amorina also does a takeout order of 2-slices and a Boylans for $5, best deal in the neighborhood. Little Miss Muffin has the best BBQ chicken patties at only $2.50 each. Tom's, Miriam and Sheep Station range from $8-15 for brunch and offer plenty of food. For the best burgers hit up Dram Shop, or go to Alchemy for lunch and get a free 1/2 pint of beer. Second Bark for hot dogs, and in terms of ssandwiches head to Bierkraft for some monster ones.

Jan 05, 2010
ginsbera in Outer Boroughs

Best Falafel Manhattan?

Agreed. I love the fries, never order them well-done, didn't think they needed it, but could have been a different fry cook.

Dec 16, 2009
ginsbera in Manhattan

Best Falafel Manhattan?

I had the falafel platter so I did have the salads, many of which were good, others just decent. I hear you about the pita, but maybe it was an off day. It was just really dry, not stale, but not that great. The falafel wasn't hot, but more cold, the temperature of the salads. It didn't resemble the plate of food I had from there months ago, so I was surprised. At Miriam I love the falafel platter with a side of saffron aioli fries, mmm.

Dec 15, 2009
ginsbera in Manhattan

Best Falafel Manhattan?

the falafel and pita were cold and dry...if those are your two main ingredients then they should be cared for a bit more IMO.

Dec 15, 2009
ginsbera in Manhattan

Best Falafel Manhattan?

I like Azuri, but have to say on my recent trip I wasn't too impressed. None of the hot food was hot and the pita was a bit dry and almost seemed pre-packaged. Kind of disappointing after all the good meals I've had from there. Taim remains a clear #1 in my book.

Dec 15, 2009
ginsbera in Manhattan

Your Comments and Thoughts on Dram Shop on 9th Street in PS

The burger is one of the best in the area and the fries are also delicious. Unfortunately I have never really thought it was overly loud, I mean it is a bar. Granted when I have gone was during football or baseball games so the crowd is fully into the game. It the music is too loud and enough people feel that way then just talk to the owner, hopefully they will make some changes for you.

Dec 13, 2009
ginsbera in Outer Boroughs

Visiting NOLA from NYC, Need Must Eat Spots

Great tips. I actually was just infomed that I am going to Bayona, not Mr. B's for New Years. Looks like a well decorated (culinary wise) restaurant so I'm expecting a great meal. Thoughts?

Dec 11, 2009
ginsbera in New Orleans

Visiting NOLA from NYC, Need Must Eat Spots

Looks like my hosts made reservations at Mr. B's for New Year's Eve, looking fwd to it. Cochon is also on the menu, then a quest for the best Po'boy (roast beef, catfish and oyster).

Dec 10, 2009
ginsbera in New Orleans

Moving to Prospect Heights

That's too bad, what was the dish? I just went with a large group this past weekend and ordered a good portion of the menu. Everything was good to excellent, with the Pig's Feet, Meatball special, Rilettes and Blood Sausage really standing out.

Dec 10, 2009
ginsbera in Outer Boroughs

Convivio vs. Alto

That's a good point. At Convivio I actually substituted a second pasta for my entree in the prix fixe.

Dec 09, 2009
ginsbera in Manhattan

Moving to Prospect Heights

Their tacos are probably some of the best (not saying a whole lot) without going to Sunset Park, or Tacos Nuevo Mexico in S.Slope. I did really enjoy Chavella's Chile Rellenos Torta as well.

Dec 09, 2009
ginsbera in Outer Boroughs

Park Slope faves

great to hear, I'll give it a few more weeks then head over and check it out. I hope they can turn it around.

Dec 09, 2009
ginsbera in Outer Boroughs

Visiting NOLA from NYC, Need Must Eat Spots

I personally am a big meat eater, so would prefer the roast beef po'boy. Not a huge shrimp fan, but I do love oysters and catfish.

Dec 09, 2009
ginsbera in New Orleans

Convivio vs. Alto

I had one of the best meals in NYC at Convivio just last month. the prix fixe, which was only $59, was a superb deal. The gnochetti with uni and crab as well as the chicken liver crostini are some of my new favorite restaurant dishes. Never been to Alto, but you certainly can't go wrong with Convivio.

Dec 09, 2009
ginsbera in Manhattan

Visiting NOLA from NYC, Need Must Eat Spots

It is amazing how many different places I have heard I should visit. Aside from what is listed here I've been referred to so many different spots for po'boys and the like, including:

Domilise's, Willie Mae's, The Joint, Parkway, Cochon, Commander's (lunch), Central Grocery, Crabby Jack's .... there is just so much to sort through and so many different opinions.

I think Cochon is a must for me and the biggest thing is deciding where to get the most authentic an affordable NOLA cuisine and where to get the absolute best po'boy...I guess I could have a worse problem.

Dec 09, 2009
ginsbera in New Orleans

Moving to Prospect Heights

I found the James burger to be dense, underseasoned and overcooked. Fortunately I had it during their happy hour so it wasn't the full $15 pricetag, but it was rather disappointing. I wish there were better burger options in Prospect Heights, but I really have only found Soda and Beast to have worthwhile options on this side of Flatbush. A short walk into the slope and I suggest Alchemy.

Definitely Tom's for pancakes.

Dec 09, 2009
ginsbera in Outer Boroughs

Moving to Prospect Heights

For Tom's I usually opt for the pancakes. Their blueberry and lemon-ricotta are, light and fluffy, everything else is standard diner fare, but it's just a comforting place to visit. Key is to show up before 11 on weekends or you will always be waiting in that long line.

The Spot for top burger? Never been, or heard people talk about it and isn't that in Crown Heights? Of the burgers I've had in Prospect Heights I recommend Soda and Beast also, but unfortunately not James.

Dec 08, 2009
ginsbera in Outer Boroughs

hunter sausage?

you can also eat it at Prime Meats in Brooklyn.

Dec 03, 2009
ginsbera in Outer Boroughs

Visiting NOLA from NYC, Need Must Eat Spots

Wow, that is a lot to sort through. I'll make my way through this list shortly. For me it is all about getting the best of what I can't get in NYC, but also being conscious of cost. I don't enjoy spending upwards of $30 an entree in NY (don't think you need to for that matter) so I won't be doing that kind of spending per dish in NOLA either.

Dec 02, 2009
ginsbera in New Orleans

Visiting NOLA from NYC, Need Must Eat Spots

I'm about as enamored as one can be with food and I want to make sure that during my NYE trip to NOLA I get to all the must eat spots I can. From the hole in the wall spots to the nicer restaurants (within reason) I'm looking for a mix to scatter through my 4 day stay. I don't get very good cajun/creole food in NY (imagine that) so I want to eat my fill.

So far Cochon, August, Domilise's have been recommended to me. I also was told to go to Commander's Palace for Happy Hour.

I've been to ACME and Jacque Imo's years ago, but suspect that those aren't nearly as good as I can get. I'm staying in the Milan area near Napoleon Ave as a reference.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions!

Dec 02, 2009
ginsbera in New Orleans

Park Slope faves

I suggest staying away from Aunt Suzie's, but just my opinion. I love Al Di La for Italian; Stone Park for brunch; Bark Hot Dogs for dogs, beers and fries; Alchemy for good bar food and happy hour; Applewood for a great, but pricey meal; Taqueria for suitable and cheap Mexican; Song for cheap and filling Thai; La Villa for pizza; Blue Ribbon for expensive comfort food; Sheep Station for fish and chips; Pacific Standard and The Gate for beers; Dram Shop for their burger...

Melt has a new chef, but I was never impressed with their food. Bussaco has a new chef worth visiting and I've always heard good things about Convivium, although it is pricey.

Dec 02, 2009
ginsbera in Outer Boroughs

Moving to Prospect Heights

I would recommend Chavellas over Taqueria de los Muertos. The food at the latter was bland for the most part, I only enjoyed my cantaloupe aqua fresca when I was there.

The Korean grocer is called Natural Land, just up from the subway and under Crunch. Open 24hrs with good produce, sometimes good fish, and fresh bread from a handful of top bakeries.

Nov 30, 2009
ginsbera in Outer Boroughs

Bark Hot Dogs

Yup, I do recommend it. It is salty, but not so much I didn't enjoy it. The sauce can be spooned off and I never said it was necessarily overcooked, just that you can't request the cook temp (you can't undercook jowl...). Best in the neighborhood? No, but not a bad option and something different.

Nov 28, 2009
ginsbera in Outer Boroughs