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A Chowhound destination: Formaggio New York, in the Essex Market, Essex St., corner Delancey St.

PS: On your way out, you could stop at Saxelby's for Northeastern regional cheeses. Try Karen Weinberg's 3-Corner Field Farm selection of cheeses or her sheep milk yogurt. Stop for lunch at Shopsin's.

Jun 14, 2014
ConnieC in Manhattan

A Chowhound destination: Formaggio New York, in the Essex Market, Essex St., corner Delancey St.

Everything in this store is chosen with great care. There are unusual items, such as home bottled sherry vinegar, acorn oil. Just the top brands and top quality food is here: the best selection of Rancho Gordo beans I've seen anywhere in NYC, house made sausages and pates that are lean and very flavorful, very special selections of cheese, such as an Italian small farm pecora with a soft, dense texture and warm, rich taste. You will not be able to just stick to the items you intend to buy when you walk in.

Jun 14, 2014
ConnieC in Manhattan

locavore restaurant?

What is the best locally sourced restaurant in Manhattan or Brooklyn?

May 11, 2013
ConnieC in Manhattan

Why Chill the Dough?

I just tried it. I left the discs of dough in the refrigerator overnight. It says somewhere here that doing that makes it easier to roll out. In fact, the dough was impossible to roll out. The discs were just hard. I had to leave them out an hour before the rolling pin would push the dough down a bit. When I began rolling, it all came apart. I wound up pressing the pieces of dough into the tart dish.

Nov 22, 2012
ConnieC in Home Cooking

Per Se

Would anyone be interested in organizing and participating in a Chowhound group dinner at Per Se?

Nov 17, 2012
ConnieC in Manhattan

Under the radar Coffee Bar

I agree about the coffee at Chowhound--a wonderful cappuccino--and also recommend the ambience of the place.

Dec 22, 2011
ConnieC in Manhattan

Top 10 Bakeries in the 5 Boros? [moved from What's My Craving?]

You can't really get the original bagel anymore, but you can still get the original bialy! Kossar's, on Grand St. between Norfolk and Essex. Yes to City Bakery, where you will find originality combined with old-fashioned big flavor. You might not want to miss their state-of-the-art hot chocolate while you are there. It's Ruby et Violette, on W. 50th St., for a cookie experience you'll never recover from.

Jan 19, 2011
ConnieC in Manhattan

informal place to eat near Columbus Circle

Can anyone recommend an informal, inexpensive eatery close to Columbus Circle? Ninth Ave. would be OK.

Sep 14, 2010
ConnieC in Manhattan

I'm from Boston, NY Wife says: "NY Pizza is the best." So where is it?

Di Fara's. He is the artist. Your wife would need to be willing to wait. He is the only cook and he takes his time. Each detail of each pie gets his full attention. My favorite is the Sicilian porcini mushroom pizza. However, any will do. Dom is consistently great. Take the Q train to the Avenue J stop and walk two blocks to 1424 Ave. J (corner of 15th St.) This is authentic old New York pizza at its height. If you want something more comfortable, a sit down eating experience, less wait time, Motorino is good. I had a wonderful mozarella di bufalo with proscuitto pie. Motorino has unusual and great beer. L train to Graham, corner Devoe (Manhattan location is 349 E. 12th St.).

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Motorino
349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

Sep 14, 2010
ConnieC in Manhattan

PAPRIKA EMERGENCY

Penzey's paprika doesn't compare to the paprika you can get from Adriana's Caravan. You can only get it online, www.adriana'scaravan.com. Especially wonderful is the smoked paprika.

Jan 20, 2010
ConnieC in Manhattan

cookies

The best cookies in New York City, or perhaps anywhere, can be found at Ruby et Violette, a small cafe in Hell's Kitchen on W. 50th St. between Ninth and Tenth Avenues, which also has brownies and ice cream (I only tried the cookies). I ate three of them, each one a little masterpiece. I don't remember the names of two of them. The third, Geisha Seduction, was amazing, dark chocolate with chunks of candied ginger. I was told that all cookies have chocolate in them, some dark, some white. The taste is so wonderful, and the texture is your dream cookie texture, providing that in your dreams you can imagine this far. I asked for a cookies menu. They informed me that they can't have a menu because they make different cookies every day. This place is definitely a destination. 718.728.6250 • 457 West 50th Street, NYC 10019. You can also look up the cookies on their website: www.rubyetviolette.com.

Jan 20, 2010
ConnieC in Manhattan