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Can you help me map out my eating plan?

I wouldn’t goa out of my way ;)

I consider this good to great drunk food but wouldn’t patronize this place unless I happened to be nearby. I would never make a special trip.

about 10 hours ago
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

Can you help me map out my eating plan?

Goa is not really Mexican food, at all. It's really just tasty fillings such as lamb shoulder, pushed into paratha, which is Indian bread. There's nothing remotely Mexican about it except vaguely in the form factor.

1 day ago
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

Can you help me map out my eating plan?

I don't hate on people for having under-developed coffee palates. Everyone's gotta start somewhere.The Bean is even worse - they use coffee of unknown origin and no roast date that smells and tastes dry and old. Berkli Parc uses Dallis Bros, which I don't care for, but it's worlds better than The Bean.

And I'm not a Cafe Vitta fan either - they roast far too dark for me. But I don't want to turn this thread into a giant coffee thing - I'm just adding these comments for the OP in case they have a preference.

Mar 27, 2015
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

Can you help me map out my eating plan?

All good except for Berkli Parc. Their coffee is gnarly. Petee's Pie rules though. Get some Parlor drip there or Belloq tea.

Mar 26, 2015
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

Can you help me map out my eating plan?

In the Bronx? No.

Mar 26, 2015
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

NYC first visit (kind of) - where to eat to feel like you're in NY!

Their ramen is pretty bad no matter what you think of the rest of the food.

Mar 26, 2015
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

Can you help me map out my eating plan?

Not really, but if you're in Manhattan for 2 days only, I think you can safely skip mediocre Italian pastries.

Mar 26, 2015
Peter Cuce in Manhattan
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Indonesian Food Bazaar: Feb 28

Are you coming?

Mar 26, 2015
Peter Cuce in Outer Boroughs

Indonesian Food Bazaar: Feb 28

A reminder that the Indonesian Food Bazaar is happening again at City Blessing Church on Saturday, March 28th.

The 7 train is not running from Manhattan to LIC again this weekend, but alternate train lines are not far away.

The lineup is basically the same, with a couple of additions. There is a Facebook Event if you want to keep apprised: https://www.facebook.com/events/91130...

Mar 26, 2015
Peter Cuce in Outer Boroughs
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Can you help me map out my eating plan?

Walking the Brooklyn Bridge isn't quite as good as it used to be with all of the construction, but given your schedule, it might be a better bet than the ferry, since the ferry takes you nowhere that's connected to anything else, especially food-wise. Make sure you get off at the staircase rather than walking all the way to the end. Then you'll really be in no-man's land.

There's no reason to go to Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory - it wasn't great even when it opened - and now there are so many better options.

Dumbo is really pretty, with one of the best views of Manhattan from the waterfront and a beautiful newish park along with the carousel. I always bring out-of-town guests there. The streets themselves are beautiful too: cobblestones and every sight line has a bridge or two.

There's not a lot of good food in Dumbo, but there is a Shake Shack. Don't go to Grimaldi's for pizza - it's not worth the ridiculous line. There's a cute bakery called One Girl Cookies - attractive design, variable sweet items, OK coffee.

Mar 26, 2015
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

Can you help me map out my eating plan?

Rocco's is nothing special.

Mar 26, 2015
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

Can you help me map out my eating plan?

Looks like a pretty good plan. Now that you've set up a rough structure, I'll add some alternate ideas or fill-ins.

Oren's is bad second wave-ish coffee though. At 75th & Lex is a branch of Joe - far better than Oren's. http://www.joenewyork.com/locations/l...

On Sunday morning you could still walk across Central Park and visit Box Kite Coffee instead of Joe, so there's no doubling up. http://boxkitenyc.com/food-1/, and it's close to 2/3 train.

West Village (alternate / fill-in ideas):
1. My favorite NYC lobster roll: Pearl Oyster Bar in West Village, on Cornelia Street. Closed on Sunday though and only open for dinner on Saturday, so probably wouldn't work out. (http://www.pearloysterbar.com/location/
)2. Next to Victory Garden is Prodigy Coffee, a good shop that roasts their own. (http://www.prodigycoffee.com
)3. Murray's has a cheese bar close to the shop. If you're in the WV in the evening you could hit Pearl Oyster Bar for a lobster roll and then the cheese bar for dessert and craft beer.

Also on Upper East Side (alternate / fill-in ideas).
1. Cafe Jax (http://alleygirl.com/jax-cafe-gorgeou...) using Stumptown - coffee is fine, duplex space is pretty cool. It's a Chinese antique shop that doubles as a coffee shop. Don't miss the rear staircase that leads down to the shop and adjacent outdoor space.
2. Laduree - famous French macaron shop - https://www.laduree.com/en_int/#!houses
3. Lady M Cake Boutique - while the aforementioned Two Little Red Hens is a wonderful American style bakery and you should definitely go, you should also seriously consider Lady M, a high end Japanese-influenced French style cake bakery that also has good French cafe food such as brie sandwiches. Skip the coffee here - it's real expensive and not real good. Tea would be a better choice. http://www.ladym.com

If you're going to be in Nolita/Soho, you might want to consider:
1. The new TOMS shoe store / coffee shop. They roast their own. I haven't been so don't know about quality, but one of my Twitter followers recommended it. http://www.boweryboogie.com/2014/08/t...
2. Just outside the Nolita boundary is Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream. I love this place - I've been at least 10 times. It's open late as well, I think around midnight on weekends, so you might squeeze it in somewhere. They also have good coffee, Parlor Coffee, roasted in Brooklyn. (http://www.morgensternsnyc.com/about/). They change flavors often, but my favorites include: Rust Belt (orgeat rum raisin), Durian Banana, any of the chocolates (they have 4 or 5), any of the coffees (they have 3), Green Tea Pistachio. Oh man, I gotta get there soon.

Skip Caffe Roma btw.

Mar 25, 2015
Peter Cuce in Manhattan
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Any NY dim sum close to HK DTF ?

Kung Fu Xiaolongbao is the closest you’ll find.

Mar 22, 2015
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

Any NY dim sum close to HK DTF ?

Do you mean Din Tai Fung? One of their specialties is xiaolongbao. Are you looking for dim sum or XLB?

Mar 22, 2015
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

Bricolage - Vietnamese in Park Slope

I think I get the point you're trying to make but I don't think you quite get there. Franny's makes great pizza, definitely better than the average hole-in-the-wall slice shop, whereas the other high end place in your example makes (allegedly - I haven't been) dumbed-down versions of Vietnamese food as compared to the hole-in-the-wall spot. So your point is muddled.

I'm willing to spend higher prices to try sustainably sourced and as good or better versions of an ethnic cuisine, but not something worse for more money. (See my recent review of Kiin Thai.)

I'll go to Mission Cantina any day and eat their Vietnamese breakfast, even though each dish is roughly twice the price of its hole-in-the-wall counterpart. Their food is fresh and lively, with quality ingredients, served with a smile in a place that's warm and attractively decorated and takes credit cards. And it's really good.

Mar 20, 2015
Peter Cuce in Outer Boroughs

Kiin Thai Eatery

Then thank the Chow Gods for Chowhound.

Mar 19, 2015
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

Client loves Cheese - where to take her

I concur. Get the buffalo cheese curds. Good craft beer selection too.

Mar 19, 2015
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

Kiin Thai Eatery

I went yesterday for lunch and was underwhelmed. If I'd never had sai oua before I might have liked theirs more but it lacks the fresh, herby flavor in a better version of this dish such as at Chao Thai, Kao Soy or Pok Pok.

The best thing we had was the grilled beef - different than the ones I'm used to, served as compacted meat lollipops rather than grilled cut beef- along with a delicious disc of glutinous coconut rice.

Fish ball curry was as sweet as candy despite us asking for Thai spicy on everything. The fish balls themselves seemed homemade and I enjoyed them, but I couldn't eat the curry.

The worst thing was the seafood somtum made with imitation crab legs! Who would do that? Nothing about the dish otherwise made up for that and we left it largely uneaten.

Honorable worst mention goes to the sticky rice, authentically served in a bamboo container but so hard and old that you could not chew it. I asked if they had any fresher ones and they brought another that was nearly as bad.

The decor is a fresh, clean update of the Cafetasia space. If people unearth good dishes I would return. All of the dishes are prettier looking than they taste, for the most part - Instagrammable for sure.

Mar 19, 2015
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

Noreetuh - East Village New "Hawaiian" Restaurant

I remember liking L&L. The prices were reasonable and the food was good for the price. I couldn't tell you anything I ate at Onomea (ranged from mediocre to bad) but I remember it being expensive for what it was.

Mar 19, 2015
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

Ramen restaurant in Flushing

I doubt there are any ramen shops in Flushing - I've never seen one.

Mar 19, 2015
Peter Cuce in Outer Boroughs

Noreetuh - East Village New "Hawaiian" Restaurant

Have you been to Onomea? Forgettable and empty last time I went. Zero people in there the entire time we were eating.

Mar 19, 2015
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

Plant Love House Another Personal Thai Food Spot

This isn't something I've noticed. I've been back twice since you wrote this and didn't notice any reduction in portion size.

Mar 18, 2015
Peter Cuce in Outer Boroughs

Kao Soy--new Thai in Red Hook

I don't get how something can be nicely spiced but have no complexity or depth of flavor. I find their green curry to be interesting and differently complex than others I've had. There are some notes that I can't quite place, something nutty. The noodles are supposed to be mushy - it's a style.

Mar 11, 2015
Peter Cuce in Outer Boroughs

Kao Soy--new Thai in Red Hook

Sripraphai and Kao Soy for the most part serve food from different parts of Thailand, with correspondingly different flavor balances. Kao Soy's food is more similar to Chao Thai's & Pok Pok's.

But if you thought the other dishes weren't good, that's too bad. I haven't experienced the lack of flavor you describe, although as I say above, the flavors are different, with Chiang Mai food being more citrusy to me.

My most recent visit occurred this past Friday right when they opened at 5pm (they've begun taking a break from 4pm-5pm btw), so my companion and I had the place to ourselves. We enjoyed the green curry with noodles (I forget the name), the Sai Oua (the herbal sausage you mention) - Chao Thai has a great version as well, and Pok Pok's is pretty good too, and the wonderful wingnut salad.

Indonesian Food Bazaar: Feb 28

Thanks very much. I'll pass your compliments on to the photographer. Ms. Anggono told me that she plans to hold the event year round, but I imagine that depends on her getting enough vendors if she's competing during certain months with the mosque.

There's another Indonesian bazaar coming up Saturday, April 18th in Forest Hills. It's the 3rd annual event, for charity. Here's their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/IndonesianFo.... I wrote about their 2013 event for Chopsticks & Marrow as well. You'll find some stuff here that you don't usually see in NYC so I recommend getting there if you can.

Mar 10, 2015
Peter Cuce in Outer Boroughs

Indonesian Food Bazaar: Feb 28

I wrote an article about the bazaar for Chopsticks & Marrow: http://chopsticksandmarrow.com/2015/0...

Takesushi in Sunnyside: So far downhill there might be no more down to go.

I'm not remotely incensed but sounds like you are. I couldn't give a crap honestly. I don't want people to waste their money but that's as far as my interest goes. Enjoy the best sushi in Queens as much as your heart desires.

Struggling big time, can you help me out.

I went to Jungsik for my birthday a couple of years back and was seriously disappointed. Maybe that's not the norm, but for that money, it should be better than it was.

Mar 09, 2015
Peter Cuce in Manhattan

Fresh Direct - recent delivery a disaster. Others have bad experience?

How is a $100 credit of little use? It's $100 of free stuff. Even if you hate their service, order up $100 worth of non-breakables and enjoy.

Mar 09, 2015
Peter Cuce in Manhattan
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best special occassion restaurant for this Friday

A lot of Paleo offshoots allow white rice and potatoes as "safe starches." Google it.

Mar 07, 2015
Peter Cuce in Manhattan