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Is it possible to get a quality cup of coffee between W. 57th St. and W. 84th St.?

There are many modern coffee roasters that do dark roasts that you might enjoy: La Colombe, Counter Culture, to name a couple.

Sep 14, 2014
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Is it possible to get a quality cup of coffee between W. 57th St. and W. 84th St.?

Oren's is more like Second Wave coffee, peers with Starbucks and Peet's.

Sep 13, 2014
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Peasant Restaurant

I love Peasant, downstairs only. Great date spot. Can't say I've had any serious disappointments. Bread and ricotta from Sullivan St & DiPalos respectively is a great thing in and of itself.

Sep 13, 2014
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Is it possible to get a quality cup of coffee between W. 57th St. and W. 84th St.?

Box Kite will be good most likely. Aroma is not acceptable and Irving Farm is eh.

Sep 13, 2014
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Is it possible to get a quality cup of coffee between W. 57th St. and W. 84th St.?

That's a real dead zone. I think you're out of luck.

Sep 13, 2014
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Korean Lunch

Any particular recs in there? I haven't had much luck.

Sep 12, 2014
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Exploring Jackson Heights--recommendations?

What is excellent at Playground?
If you're including Elmhurst you have to include Chao Thai.

Sep 12, 2014
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Best Ice Cream in NYC

Luxardo Cherry at same place and tomato feta swirl at Hay Rosie.

Sep 10, 2014
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2 Burn-Your-Face-Off Spicy Dinners?

I don't think that's exactly true about the Thai spicy farang thing. Thais do adjust soupy dishes.

Sep 05, 2014
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Indian/Thai/Vietnamese in New York.

It's better than most, but I'd only put it in the above average for NYC category.

Aug 29, 2014
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Sichuan Dry Pot -- available in Flushing?

Make sure you go to Tian Fu, in the back corner. Another spot serves it in wooden bowls - not as good.

Aug 27, 2014
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Indian/Thai/Vietnamese in New York.

Sorry it's been a while and N9 has changed locations due to popularity (larger space), but all 3 modern spots opened at roughy the same time and I tried them all and found myself liking N9's take more.

Aug 27, 2014
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Weakest cuisines

Bali Nusah is pretty lame.

Aug 27, 2014
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Weakest cuisines

There are very many good Korean restaurants in the giant Koreatown which runs roughly along Northern Boulevard (but extends both north and south along it) from Main Street all the way up to and into Long Island, with many tributaries and offshoots. Some people lump them all into the general designator of Flushing, but there are also the aforementioned Murray Hill, which is almost an entirely Korean community, Auburndale, and Bayside, among others.

Aug 27, 2014
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Weakest cuisines

What? Have you been to Eden Center?

Aug 27, 2014
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Weakest cuisines

I won't tell you then.

Aug 27, 2014
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Weakest cuisines

But the Indonesian we do have is far better than our Vietnamese or Indian.

Aug 26, 2014
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Indian/Thai/Vietnamese in New York.

For modern takes on Vietnamese food I prefer Nightingale 9 in Carroll Gardens to Bunker.

Aug 26, 2014
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Indian/Thai/Vietnamese in New York.

Agree on all points but wanted to point out that there's an Indian neighborhood in Glen Oaks, Queens. There's a Keralan restaurant I tried there - first visit was inconclusive because I visited with a vegetarian friend and couldn't try signature dishes.

Aug 26, 2014
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Chengdu, Xi'an in Flushing

Chengdu is the first restaurant on the left in Golden Mall when you go down the stairs (basement level).

Aug 25, 2014
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QUIET restaurant, GOOD FOOD (that's it!)

Jung Sik meets the quiet requirement at least.

Aug 23, 2014
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Quickly Bubble Tea

Iris has been Iris for many years.

Aug 17, 2014
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NYC's Underground Japanese Eats

I saw a sign in Sunrise Mart today that they're getting Green Tea KitKats soon. I also noticed that the rice burger shop in the old Otafuku place down the street is opening this month.

Aug 08, 2014
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Northern Italian in southern Brooklyn?

Park Slope isn't exactly northern Brooklyn, but I get your drift. Interested to hear the answers as well.

Aug 08, 2014
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Favorite Xiao Long Bao ( soup dumplings) in Queens?

I strongly prefer Kung Fu for XLB.

Aug 06, 2014
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Favorite Xiao Long Bao ( soup dumplings) in Queens?

I'm glad you enjoyed. There are many long threads about the nearby Taiwanese place, Main Street Imperial, and the Cantonese spot across the street in the converted diner, Lake Pavilion.

Aug 06, 2014
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Khao Kang in Elmhurst?

What does Egg have to do with any of these? And why is the comparison to modern restaurants in other boroughs rather than its Thai neighborhood peers?

Aug 05, 2014
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Malai Marke - a new Indian on (gasp!) 6th St.

I had two bad meals there, one lunch, one dinner, a couple of months ago that were akin to my initial visits: muddy flavors, tomato predominant. I figured they had given up caring and stopped going. I can't afford the inconsistency.

Jul 31, 2014
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Less sweet cakes from italian bakery

Try Matsunosuke, a Japanese bakery on 8th St near 6th Ave, that specializes in American desserts such as banana cream pie, apple pie, & cheesecake. Everything I've had there has been good and somewhat less sweet. Smaller portions too, which I appreciate.

Jul 29, 2014
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Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream?

They rotate flavors so call ahead.

Jul 22, 2014
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