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In Search of Otak Otak

Yeah I know that Pan.

May 20, 2015
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In Search of Otak Otak

I don't see how regional Chinese food has anything to do with it.

OK Indo in Elmhurst has it on the weekends. They get a variety of home cooked Indonesian food on Friday night and the pickings get slimmer as the weekend goes on. Java Village just down the street has pretty good ones on the counter sometimes.

May 19, 2015
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Brooklyn (Breukelen) Colony Rocks my world!!

I thought it was an event space?

May 18, 2015
Peter Cuce in Outer Boroughs

Chao Thai

I posted about it last week.

May 18, 2015
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Geo Si Gi – A Korean Gamja Tang Specialist In Flushing

Did you only try it once?

May 11, 2015
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Chao Thai

I have terrible news although there is/may be a silver lining. After attempting to visit Chao Thai Too today and finding it closed, I headed over to the original with a friend. We ordered a few favorites and one new dish and whilst eating observed that the entire staff was stony-faced and finding it hard to muster smiles even for customer interactions - which is not standard operating procedure there, at all.

Upon inquiry we were told that the owner had decamped to Thailand within the past week, and that the original restaurant had been brought under control of the staff. I was unable to ascertain who was doing the cooking, but it seemed to my friend and I, who collectively have around 40 visits under our belts, that everything, although fairly enjoyable, was a bit off. For example, the soft-shelled crab salad had its spicy and sweet elements but was missing some depth, and the sauce for the bbq beef wasn't correct at all, although the beef was still good.

My friend theorized half-jokingly that perhaps they had stopped using MSG.

Anyway, I'm sad but hoping that the staff collective can get things together and regain the spring in their step.

May 09, 2015
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another slew of dead restaurants

I haven’t been there since before 9/11, come to think of it, but I liked it back then.

May 08, 2015
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Oiji, new Korean restaurant in EV

I'm not clear on your clarification.

May 07, 2015
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Oiji, new Korean restaurant in EV

????

May 07, 2015
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

Oiji, new Korean restaurant in EV

According to Wikipedia, there is Filipino influence on Hawaiian food, but it dates back to 1909. Spam was introduced by American servicemen as part of their rations.

May 07, 2015
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Noreetuh - East Village New "Hawaiian" Restaurant

I'm not sure if it's been reviewed anywhere but word of mouth is strong for this place. I went once and thought it was wonderful.

May 05, 2015
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Oiji, new Korean restaurant in EV

Nice write-up. I'm looking forward to checking it out. But do you think that Korean restaurants can't be beautiful and romantic?

May 04, 2015
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Gong Cha Manhattan

What are your criteria?

May 01, 2015
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Lunch near new Whitney?

The museum opens this Friday - I'm guessing the restaurant will open at the same time. It can't hurt to call and find out.

Apr 29, 2015
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Ethnic foods only in New York?

Upi Jaya, Minang Asli, Asian Taste 86.

Apr 27, 2015
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Ethnic foods only in New York?

That's true, but if the OP sets out from Tito Rad's and walks up Queens Boulevard, there's not a lot. Better to walk up Roosevelt Avenue from there and then cut right onto Woodside Avenue until you hit Broadway.

Apr 27, 2015
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

Ethnic foods only in New York?

Bali Nusa is lame. There's a bunch of good Indonesian in Woodside and Elmhurst. Since you're only here for 3.5 days, maybe hit Elmhurst for Thai and Indonesian, go to nearby Jackson Heights for Indian, Tibetan, Nepalese, etc. and then head to Flushing for Dongbei, Yanbian, Hunan, Henan, Sichuan, Shanghainese,etc., and also Korean. I wouldn't walk - it's far, and not a good use of time for such a short trip. There's not much on Queens Boulevard though - you have to move north for most (good) things.

Apr 26, 2015
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Quiet for a 1st date but not crazy expensive

I'll chime in and agree. Those eggs are something I dream about. On the weekends they have the patatine, which are wondrously addictive potato skins with pecorino & black pepper.

Apr 24, 2015
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Good drinks near St. Anselm?

I haven't been to Shanty, but the whole of north Brooklyn? What about Featherweight or Huckleberry?

Apr 22, 2015
Peter Cuce in Outer Boroughs

Best Burger in Willamsburg for Lunch

Diner is great. Dumont Burger is also good.

Apr 22, 2015
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Rubirosa or Arturo’s

Arturo's is nothing special, at all.

Apr 21, 2015
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Where to Have Good Coffee in Midtown

One of the owners is Australian.

Apr 18, 2015
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Edomae sushi omakase in nyc

I know you posted this in Manhattan, but your title says NYC, so you might consider Katsuei, in Park Slope, Brooklyn, which opens for lunch 12-3 on weekends.

Apr 16, 2015
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Rudy Merlin Executive Chef of Payard Caesar's Palace Las Vegas Turning out sublime confections in New Age Asian Market on Northern Blvd and 160th Street

Maybe you're using the wrong criteria if no chowhound post in recent years has compelled you to try a place. I've found lots of good stuff from Chowhound in the past couple of years. My most recent such was Spicy Lanka - but I don't want to hijack this thread. I'll post in the appropriate place when I get a chance.

Despite the cool backstory on this one, I found the offerings disappointing. I wasn't going to post about it, but I felt I had to after seeing your post. I concur with your findings here but not about Chowhound overall.

Apr 13, 2015
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Roast Pig at Yee Li challenges view of nyc ctown

I know

Apr 12, 2015
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Roast Pig at Yee Li challenges view of nyc ctown

Probably Cantonese Cantonese beats them all.

Apr 12, 2015
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What's good at Kung Fu besides the XLB

Off the top of my head I can recommend the Shanghai Shao Mai, Dong Po Pork, Sa Cha Beef Pan Fried Noodles (tons better than the Bao version). I need to look at my photos to jog my memory.

Apr 08, 2015
Peter Cuce in Outer Boroughs

Indonesian Food Bazaar: Feb 28

There will be one every month, probably the last Saturday of each month, at City Blessing Church.

Apr 07, 2015
Peter Cuce in Outer Boroughs

Dinner in West Village

What's great about Little Owl? I've only been once and found it fine but maybe a bit overpriced for what it was. I never considered returning.

Apr 06, 2015
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

Excellent lunch today at Haldi in Curry Hill -- Hemant Mathur's new Kolkata-themed restaurant

Unlike y'all, I heartily welcome the changes, whatever it brings. I'm not so satisfied with the existing restaurants that I wouldn't like to see more authentic, regional menus. Why shouldn't we have an Indian version of the regional specialization available to Chinese eaters in New York City, and to a lesser extent, some other cuisines such as Thai and so forth?

It would certainly make it easier to those of us less well-versed in the cuisine of that area to get a handle on said specialization.

Apr 03, 2015
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