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Chengdu Heaven vs Little Pepper?

I love Chengdu Heaven for what it is, and the ability to get food from other places simultaneously, but nothing there is as good as Little Pepper. CH does have a few dishes you can't find at LP.

Chinese dinner (NOT dim sum) in Sunset Park - who's good these days?

Yunnan Flavor Garden is one of my favorite Chinese spots, especially on a cold night. Their hot and sour wontons are out of this world, made sour with tamarind. The wontons have beautiful thin skins. I also love the crossing bridge noodle soup and the plate of cold cured offal they call lu mein.

Dec 13, 2014
Peter Cuce in Outer Boroughs

Pete Wells's Top Ten NYC Ramen

Definitely agree on Vietnamese soups or Vietnamese food in general in NYC. There's none I'd go out of my way for. I've had some good soups at Dongbei restaurants, especially the meatball soup at Lao Dong Bei before the chef left and the blotch soup at Fu Run.
I also enjoy the crossing the bridge soup at Yunnan Flavor Garden.

Dec 13, 2014
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

Pete Wells's Top Ten NYC Ramen

I think we have to signal the downhill siren on Nightingale 9. It's become thoroughly mediocre since the move.

Dec 13, 2014
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

Where Best Places for Local Brews ?

In Manhattan Fool's Gold, Proletariat, Jimmy's 43, Blind Tiger, Upright Brew House are some downtown craft beer favorites that, as Silverjay says, pour local beers and do tap takeovers.

Dec 10, 2014
Peter Cuce in Outer Boroughs

Soba-ya or SobaKoh?

Sobaya used to be better. In any case, stick to small dishes or soba - their donburi are lame.

Dec 09, 2014
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

Soup dumplings in Brooklyn?

I think there’s a place in Bay Ridge or thereabouts called Shanghai Dumpling or somesuch, but I’ve never been.

Dec 01, 2014
Peter Cuce in Outer Boroughs

Don't shoot me... looking for red-sauce Italian and "NY Chinese"

I don’t consider the Congees to be Americanized Chinese either. They are both solid Cantonese restaurants.

Dec 01, 2014
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

Don't shoot me... looking for red-sauce Italian and "NY Chinese"

Nearly every Chinese restaurant has sweet and sour pork, even Szechuan Gourmet, but I wouldn’t recommend you try it there. It’s terrible. If this guy wants old-school NY style Chinese, Noodletown is not the place.

Dec 01, 2014
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

Park Slope Gems

How could you possibly compare Kiku, run of the mill crappy Chinese sushi, to Katsuei, some of the best sushi in NYC?

Nov 26, 2014
Peter Cuce in Outer Boroughs

Settle a debate about food in Flushing.

LPHP closed over the summer. Little Pepper does hot pot.

Nov 24, 2014
Peter Cuce in Outer Boroughs

Eating our faces off, any suggestions?

Simply Bakery across the street from CICF has good flaky Chinese pastries. Skip the western-style Chinese offerings.

Nov 22, 2014
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

Where is Manhattan food heading? Good or bad?

"For the fattest of the fat cats, though, look to New York where 70 billionaires have made their home.."

Nov 21, 2014
Peter Cuce in Manhattan
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Where is Manhattan food heading? Good or bad?

I don't know if elites "wishing" to live somewhere is different than actually living there, but actual articles I've found with actual numbers say that while London is close, more elites live in NYC. http://www.theguardian.com/news/datab...

Nov 21, 2014
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

Where is Manhattan food heading? Good or bad?

There's tons of great hole-in-the-wall Chinese in NYC, easily comparable to SF. And it's not just Mexican and Chinese. NYC has all kinds of stuff - the aforementioned Korean, Thai, Indonesian, African, West Indian, etc.

Eating our faces off, any suggestions?

I ignore them always. I find their ice cream to be pretty terrible: overly sweet and not true to flavor. Their pandan tastes like sickly sweet bright green fake pistachio ice cream.

Nov 20, 2014
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

Where is Manhattan food heading? Good or bad?

If you post on the Outer Boroughs board, sure, or bother to read some threads there.

Nov 20, 2014
Peter Cuce in Manhattan
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Where is Manhattan food heading? Good or bad?

There isn't good rifstaffel [sic] in NYC, but there is some pretty darned good Indonesian food, spread across and serving the Indonesian community residing in Woodside and Elmhurst, Queens.

Nov 19, 2014
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

Where is Manhattan food heading? Good or bad?

I didn't read the entire thread, so maybe this was covered, but I don't get how you compare LA, which is a giant disparate area, to Manhattan? Why not the entirety of New York City, which most assuredly offers those Korean specialties (among other things) that you pooh pooh Manhattan's tiny Koreatown for not providing.

Nov 19, 2014
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

Settle a debate about food in Flushing.

The first one is mala xiang guo. I prefer the one from Tian Fu, same mall. The second one is mala tang. Neither one is hot pot.

Nov 19, 2014
Peter Cuce in Outer Boroughs

Where is Manhattan food heading? Good or bad?

There’s also a BCD Tofu in Bayside and a fake one in Flushing.

Nov 16, 2014
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

Where is Manhattan food heading? Good or bad?

I don't understand why you're comparing Manhattan to LA. LA is a huge spread out area. It's not a fair comparison. New York City as a whole compares more favorably to LA. For example, Flushing / Auburndale/ Bayside have gamjatang, soolungtang, soondae and many others.

Nov 16, 2014
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

Bohemian Restaurant - getting in without reservations?

Honestly I can't remember, but I'll ask my friend. I wasn't trying to remember - in fact I was trying to forget. We tried a bunch of stuff (she's Japanese and really into food) and we both thought it was a lot of money for ill-conceived dishes that are trying too hard to be different. Pretty uncomfortable seating too. I just don't get the place.

Nov 12, 2014
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

Kao Soy--new Thai in Red Hook

Great, balanced review. I don't think anyone wrote that it was "just like Thailand," though.

Nov 12, 2014
Peter Cuce in Outer Boroughs

Little Pepper Hot Pot Closed!!!!???

it happened sometime over the summer, don't know why. You can get hotpot at the restaurant itself.

Nov 07, 2014
Peter Cuce in Outer Boroughs

Bohemian Restaurant - getting in without reservations?

I didn't care much for anything I had at a visit a few months back. They do use wonderful soba but then ruin it with foie gras.

Nov 05, 2014
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

Chowhound lunch at Zabb Elee in Queens

Isn't that an example of confirmation bias? Anyway why do you assume that Outer Borough board readers wouldn't be interested?

Nov 05, 2014
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

What is your favorite tiny bar in (Manhattan or BK preferred)?

I guess our tiny's are not the same.

Nov 04, 2014
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

Chowhound lunch at Zabb Elee in Queens

Anyone from Manhattan who is interested in eating in Queens will read the Outer Borough board. It's not like you have to take the train to get to the other board.

Nov 04, 2014
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

"Foodie" Weekend in NY

Huh? Have you been back since the new executive chef?

Nov 04, 2014
Peter Cuce in Manhattan