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Dieci - Excellent Japanese Style Italian Food

I walked by a place called Bara on East 1st the other night. Anyone know anything about it? Japanese/French izakaya or something like that?

about 14 hours ago
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Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong

I haven't been, but there aren't very many options in Koreatown that I find tolerable - what do you like nearby?

1 day ago
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Vietnamese Breakfast at Mission Cantina

Some people call that Bushwick.

Here's what I wrote about Bunker the only time I went. I'm willing to try again. It's been 1.5 years. Oh and btw, since I wrote this, Nightingale 9 moved and went way downhill (the original post refers to it):

Bunker was pretty solid, but I felt like many of the dishes needed a little more dimension. The rib special we tried was pricey - I would have preferred less meat and a lower price. The flavor was something I would have been happy if I made at home, but was hoping for a bit more for the price. I didn't try the chicken curry - it looked really good, so I'm going to do that one of these days. The fried rice was a favorite.

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

That's exactly my feelings.

Feb 23, 2015
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Vietnamese Breakfast at Mission Cantina

I've gone twice and eaten the entire menu. It's almost all great. The bo kho was a bit too rich without balance. I loved the duck porridge, broken rice, chicken pho, beef tartare. I thought the lamb pho could use more broth - it was good as its own thing - not really pho.

Feb 22, 2015
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Who makes the best THICK hot chocolate?

Grom is too sweet for me. I like LA Burdick and La Maison du Chocolat.

Feb 22, 2015
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Columbia Student with foodie aspirations

What's good about Cafe Sabarsky besides the atmosphere (which is beautiful)?

Feb 21, 2015
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Columbia Student with foodie aspirations

Almost all the food I eat is less than $20/person, although admittedly most of that is in the outer boroughs. And according to Google Maps, even Chinatown is within a 40 minute commute of 79th & 1st via 6 train.

But I don't want to comment in detail until I find out more specifically what you mean by "the city's best food." This is a thread that could become several hundreds of posts long.

Feb 20, 2015
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Gui Lin Mi Fen - Flushing

Why are you skeptical? It's not as if the Guilin stall in Sunset Park is paean to Chinese food - I'm glad it exists, and I patronize it from time to time. The food is good enough and although I've never had any other Guilin food, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that it doesn't reach any culinary heights.

cheap thai or indian food inthe village

It seems that he's meeting the OP's requirements and saying it's good for what they require. Somtum Der ain't all that but it would be good for the OP as well.

Feb 19, 2015
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NY James Beard Semfinalists Announced

What a joke.

Feb 19, 2015
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Serious Eats: Where to Eat Chinese in NYC

That's great, but it's not the Flushing "location." There's an owner in common but it's not the same restaurant or menu.

Feb 17, 2015
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Serious Eats: Where to Eat Chinese in NYC

Yeah we’re on the same page re: Max, but like you, I don’t give a hoot about the Red Farm-esque stuff.

Feb 17, 2015
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Serious Eats: Where to Eat Chinese in NYC

I would think almost any place would be better than The Bao. Despite being related to Kung Fu Xiaolongbao, the food is not even close. Dumbed down, predominantly soy sauce flavored food. The XLB weren't as good either.

Feb 17, 2015
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Best Selection Coffee Beans

It’s not a no-compete thing - it’s a common sense thing. Why offer 2 large national roasters when you can offer something more interesting that isn’t available everywhere?

Feb 17, 2015
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Best Selection Coffee Beans

Many shops in NYC treat coffee as art. Box Kite is a good choice, but there are many shops offering at least one other roaster for sale, notably Third Rail, Sweetleaf, the aforementioned Joe Pro, Cafe Pedlar, Culture Espresso, and others.

Feb 17, 2015
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Best Selection Coffee Beans

I specifically do not recommend Murray's Cheese - some of their coffee is 2 months old!

Feb 17, 2015
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Best Selection Coffee Beans

Roasting date matters more than almost anything. Roasted coffee is a perishable item. It's best within 3-14 days, a month tops.

Feb 14, 2015
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Best Selection Coffee Beans

Porto Rico is not in the same league and only sells its own coffee.

Best Selection Coffee Beans

There's not much like that. Joe Pro Shop or Budin.

Feb 14, 2015
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Best late-night Manhattan Chinatown/Financial District, preferably vegetarian options

There are some good dishes at Happy Garden Palace, a Fujian restaurant on East Broadway. Their fried rice is especially good, all variations - I’ve been told that Fuzhou restaurants specialize in fried rice in general.

Here’s a good blog post about the place.
http://ericeatsout.blogspot.com/2009/...

They’re open quite late, usually past midnight (and possibly much later), but I’m not at all clear about their hours.

Feb 12, 2015
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Asian Taste 86 in Elmhurst--Mostly Indonesian

Java Village always had the steam table, but if you caught it fresh or ordered off the menu, you could get a good meal. But they've gotten lazy and cut corners and after having several mostly or entirely bad meals in succession I gave up on the place - my Indonesian pals have returned from time to time since then and report the same.

Feb 12, 2015
Peter Cuce in Outer Boroughs

Indonesian Food Bazaar: Feb 28

Thanks!

Feb 12, 2015
Peter Cuce in Outer Boroughs

Best not-"third wave" espresso/coffee?

Are we going in circles?

For the most part, there was no high quality coffee in the past that was roasted darkly. It is only relatively recently, since the advent of direct trade, that coffee farmers had the impetus to harvest and produce green coffee using better methods - for example, harvesting coffee cherries only when ripe. Mass producers use machines that harvest all of the cherries, ripe or not.

In the past, for the most part, coffee was roasted darker to cover up the ills of cheap coffee, farmed and produced badly. When people realized that coffee could taste more like fruit and less like burned toast, they started experimenting with lighter roasts to reveal those fruit flavors.

Yes, some people like dark roasted coffee and that is fine for them, and probably there are some modern roasters out there that do a good job with this style, but I personally don’t enjoy any that I’ve had.

That’s not to say that lightly roasted coffee is all good - much of it is also terrible, but it’s a period of evolution and experimentation, and we’re only at the beginning of this new era.

Some roasters, such as Ritual, used to roast too light, revealing some nasty green flavors, but everyone is learning and improving.

I don’t think it’s anything to do with trendiness or palate boredom as you imply - it’s an evolution of realizing what is possible.

Feb 11, 2015
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Does any place exist where you can smoke a cigar and have a cocktail?

Carnegie Club

Feb 11, 2015
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Great coffee in Brooklyn

If it helps, Cafe Grumpy gets their pastries from Bien Cuit. Also, if you haven’t been, I recommend the almond croissants from Runner & Stone. Oftentimes stellar.

Feb 11, 2015
Peter Cuce in Outer Boroughs

Great coffee in Brooklyn

Cafe Grumpy is the best in Park Slope. They roast their coffee in Greenpoint.

Cafe Pedlar in Carroll Gardens uses Stumptown roasted in Red Hook and currently guesting Madcap Coffee (not local).

Others might recommend Ninth Street Espresso's new shop in the Threes Brewing complex on Douglass Street in Gowanus (they roast locally), or Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream in Boerum Hill (using Toby's Estate roasted in Williamsburg), or Blue Bottle Coffee in Boerum Hill (roasted in Williamsburg).

Feb 11, 2015
Peter Cuce in Outer Boroughs
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Best not-"third wave" espresso/coffee?

Hear hear. Although I think your sentence would be better something like, this is why there is both McDonald's and Minetta Tavern :)

Feb 10, 2015
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

Best not-"third wave" espresso/coffee?

This is Chowhound, where people are "fussy and precious" about pizza, ramen, and hamburgers, but somehow coffee is not allowed? I realize that it's not necessarily possible to have an interest in every palate-related endeavor, but I don't understand Chowhounds who have reverse snobbery about beer and coffee, to take some recent examples.

I'm totally fine with you preferring what you prefer, but not with the gist of your message, which is that people who are interested in exploring the wonders of coffee are pretentious and a little nuts.

Feb 10, 2015
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Best not-"third wave" espresso/coffee?

I think it's pretty obvious and doesn't need to be stated that because something exists it's not an automatic indicator of quality. So please don't insinuate that I'm saying anything of the sort.

In fact I've said that many times in this thread, that further up the chain, if you are buying prepared coffee based on roaster, there is NO guarantee that it will be good. That is why you can't compare it to wine. Once wine is produced it is done and for the most part what is bottled is what you get. Prepared coffee quality depends entirely on the barista.

However, the fact remains that Robusta is used by primarily low cost producers for a variety of easily researched reasons.

Feb 08, 2015
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