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Best Steak You've Had Not at a Steakhouse

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Jul 21, 2014
lazylghtng in Manhattan

Defrosting cooked ground turkey

A month ago, I cooked up a batch of ground turkey (taco night!) and froze it. I recently defrosted it overnight in the fridge, but we only warmed up half ot it for dinner. Any thoughts on re-freezing the remainder (which never left the fridge or hit a pan after being defrosted) so I can squeeze another meal out of it down the line? I am well aware that freezing/defrosting/re-freezing is not a particularly good idea with raw meat, but I feel like this shouldn't be an issue with taste or bacteria, etc. in this case. Thx!

May 09, 2014
lazylghtng in Home Cooking

Fresh bread crumbs storage ?


I jumped the fun on chix parm and made a batch of fresh bread crumbs. I already seasoned them with grated parm, chopped garlic, fresh parsley, etc. Given the fresh herbs, cheese, and garlic already in them, is it still safe to store them in an air tight container for a day or two without having to freeze them? Thx!

Nov 06, 2013
lazylghtng in Home Cooking

NYC couple - 3 days/nights of recs!!

Taralli, brilliant! Just called and grabbed a couple of seats at the bar (which is just fine by me, anyway)!! Many thx for the smart heads up rec ;)

NYC couple - 3 days/nights of recs!!

Any thoughts on:

Russel House Tavern
Mare Oyster Bar
Hungry I
Highland Kitchen

NYC couple - 3 days/nights of recs!!

Yep, that is correct -- the night in question is the 26th. The (home) season concludes the night before!! Thx everyone.

NYC couple - 3 days/nights of recs!!


Until a few hours ago, I had reservations at Oleana, Island Creek, and Hungry Mother...but we just had to move the trip back a week and I was unable to pull Island Creek for the new dates (although I squeaked by with the others!). Any suggestions? Does not have to be seafood, etc. (after all, we will def hit Neptune) but am pretty bummed to miss out on the ICOH buzz. Looking for a good replacement with plenty of color and vibe. Thx all!!

NYC couple - 3 days/nights of recs!!

Brilliant OC! Thx for the input. Just cancelled B&G and replaced with ICOH :)

NYC couple - 3 days/nights of recs!!

Thanks LL! I like the idea of Casa and you're right -- I honestly can not recall when we last ate Portugese food...that usually requires a road trip to Newark which does not rank high on the list of priorities. Back to Casa, I think I'd go for it were it not for wanting a room that goes beyond strictly utilitarian/no-frills. Trying to get a little bit of a vibe to compliment the meal (and company!).

NYC couple - 3 days/nights of recs!!

Thx very much for the feedback! We tried E. Standard and were not overly impressed. Not bad, but didn't really strike me as particularly unique in terms of ambience, etc.

Catalyst looks great, but my wife will divorce me if I her drag her to Westbridge. Schnitzel made from beef heart with kimchi, pecan and yogurt is exactly the sort of "chef-y" afffectation we are trying to avoid!! Area Four, on the other hand, seems like hella fun!

Thx for Sam's looks like a killer spot. Very happy to learn of La Voile. And Scampo is an excellent call!

Thx for playing :)

NYC couple - 3 days/nights of recs!!

Up from Brooklyn for three nights in late Sept without the kids! We have visited many times and usually do lunch at Neptune one day, dinner at B&G or Butcher Shop on another, and run the gamut in between. We have done Craigie, No 9, Prezza, Pigalle, Aquitaine, etc. - each for different reasons/circumstances.

This trip, we are holding reservations at Hungry Mother, Oleana, and B&G, but might drop B&G. Where should we go instead? Prefer to not go to Cambridge since we have two dinners there already but are staying downtown. On the other hand, we will go wherever necessary if urged!

Looking for laid back and "distinctly Boston" restaurants that we won't find back home in NYC. As much as I'd like to try Peach Farm or Coppa some day, this isn't the trip for that. Seeking fun, casual spots that are big on ambience/color and void of affectation, pretense or drawn-out tasting menu meals!

If we did hit Cambridge for a 3rd night, any thoughts on Bondir vs Chez Henri? Back in Boston, how about Franklin Cafe?

For lunch...
Beacon Hill: Marliave or Artu if we are downtown/Beacon Hill? Newbury: Where else besides Stephanie's?
Fort Pt/ICA: Sportello, Tavern Rd, 75 on Liberty????

Pushing the envelope here, but any recs on a killer walk-in spot for jazz/blues in Cambridge after Oleana or Hungry Mother. Eyeballing Wally's Cafe back in Boston for one night as well, but clueless in Cambridge. Note: we are mid-40s and need a little more elbow room than when we were 25 ;)


Green Street, Garden@Cellar, or Hungry Mother?!!

Thanks, all -- I secured a res at Hungry Mother! Any of you been over to Lizard Lounge before? Show is at 9:30, but doors at 8:30. It's a Friday night show and I am trying to figure out how early I need to get to the venue -- right as doors open or can I slink in at 9 instead? Made my reservation at HM for 7 so I ought to be at the show by 8:45 if I cab it over, right? Thx again.

Green Street, Garden@Cellar, or Hungry Mother?!!

Howdy, I am coming up to Boston from NYC in Sept for a few nights with my wife for her birthday and considering going to see Session Americana at Lizard Lounge Club in Harvard Square. I have been wanting to hit Hungry Mother for years and have never been, but also have Garden and Green on my list as well. Any thoughts? Also, how long is cab ride from Hungry to HS? Many thanks!

Downtown Brooklyn, four nights with a 3 year old...

110% for Queen!

I have a 3 and 7 yr old and live in DUMBO. We go to Queen all the time. They are great with kids and the food is top-notch, particularly the house-made mozz as well as the ravioli.

For lunch, you are within striking distance of Shake Shack at Fulton Mall.

I also highly rec. Noodle Pudding in Brooklyn Heights. Another one of our faves. Not old-school stiff like Queen, rather very casual and congenial. Excellent Italian food and an upbeat, chummy atmosphere. Also int he heights is Jack The Horse which a terrific upscale tavern -- great mac and cheese as well as burger and daily special pizza for your son; lots for you two as well.

In Cobble Hill/Carroll Gardens, you will strike gold at Buttermilk Channel which is upscale comfort food with a kid's menu to boot. There is also a solid newish burger joint that is quite appealing called MooBurger. And Buschenschank which is sort of an Austrian/German/American hybrid that smartly leveraged its excellent takeout-only next door neighbor, South Brooklyn Pizzeria, by offering pizza for the kids. Bocca Lupo gets much love from kids, too, and is perfect for lunch.

In Boerum Hill, check out Bond & Pacific for lunch (or dinner). Very unique. Just a sweet, sun-soaked, cool vibe with great casual food (salads and sandwiches, mostly).

Over in Fort Greene, you can hit Walter's for excellent American (great seafood and steaks, super cool vibe) and Dino for very good Italian in laid back digs.

Plus one for Pharmacy, too!

May 21, 2013
lazylghtng in Outer Boroughs

Going to Paris tomorrow -- 11th hour help, pls!

Thx All! I knew I could count on you. Still on the fence about Les Montagnards although it seems a fun and safe bet. L'Entrecote is a great rec. given its ease and proximity. Might do it. Looking fwd to Mulot ;)

Oct 09, 2012
lazylghtng in France

Going to Paris tomorrow -- 11th hour help, pls!

Tomorrow, I am taking my 6 yr old son to meet my brother and his family in Paris. My niece and nephew are 8 and 10 yrs old. All three kids are exceptionally well-behaved, but there is some variance with regard to their palates! At any rate, we are staying in a flat in the 6th on Rue Jacob btw Rue Bonaparte and Rue d"Echaude.

Because of the kids, we are avoiding extremely long and fancy meals. We are veering towards local, homey, rustic, and atmospheric. Not that we can't go somewhere more modern or trendy. Just giving you guys some context! Also trying to stay reasonably close to our flat for dinner since we might be back there on any given late afternoon.

We have reservations booked at the following:

Thursday: La Regalade Sainte Honore
Friday: Les Montagnards
Saturday: Chez Paul

I did do swift research on this board (I'm talking to you, LulusMom, Parigi, Talbott!) and came up with the following short list, but have yet to do anything about it...in other words, if you think any of the spots BELOW are not only superior to our existing holds, but are also places where we still have a shot of getting in (and where the kids can have a steak or roast chicken if all else fails)...pls let me know. AND THANK YOU!!!!

La Palette (just a block from our apt. - perhaps a good breakfast or lunch spot?)
Zinc Caius
Le Grand Plan
Dans Les Landes
Au Passage
Cafe Constant (no reservations, I know)
Reed (looks delightful)
Le Galopin (prob not a good bet w/ the kids -- 7 courses)

For lunchtime crepes, I'm thinking either Creperie Josselin or Breizh.

Also, I know that both patisseries such as La Duree and Pierre Herme are near our flat. Any other gems (esp. those under the radar) that I should seek out?

Finally, we are probably doing Notre Dame on Thurs aft; Louvre/Luxembourg/Champs on Fri.; Eiffel on Sat morning. Looking for lunch spots. Fontaine de Mars nr Eiffel, perhaps.

Again, many thanks for the last-minute SOS :)

Oct 09, 2012
lazylghtng in France

Brooklyn bridge marriott area

There is a Five Guys (tasty In&Out-style burgers; eat-in or take-out) at both MetroTech Center which is just a hop away from the hotel, and Montague St. If you head over to Court Street, beeline it to Queen which is arguably one of the best and most authentic old-school Italian restaurants in Brooklyn. If you cross Atlantic and stay on Court, check out Van Horn for high-end, but low-brow southern-inflected sandwiches including an excellent fried chicken sandwich and grilled pimento cheese, etc.

84 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Five Guys Burgers and Fries
138 Montague St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Van Horn Sandwich Shop
231 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Feb 07, 2012
lazylghtng in Outer Boroughs

Spiral ham (heated/glazed on Xmas) - how long does it last?

Hi -

Bought a pre-cooked spiral cut ham from Burger's Smokehouse for Xmas. Arrived frozen. Thawed a couple of days in fridge, then cooked low and slow to heat up and glaze. Now it's one week later and still lots of leftovers ! Burger's instructions state ham is good for 28 days in fridge, then freeze. But is that upon arrival only? In other words, since I opened, heated, and glazed it a week ago I am totally paranoid about it still keeping a few weeks (as opposed to just keeping in fridge unopened). Should I just relax? Never heard of cooked meat lasting a month in fridge, although the ham (and the boneless turkey which has same instructions) is cured, etc.

At any rate, it is one week since cooking low and slow and both ham and turkey taste great and don't smell, etc.

THX for advice! And Happy New year!!

Jan 01, 2012
lazylghtng in Home Cooking

Red Velvet Cake Hunt! What's the best bakery for a red velvet wedding cake?

One Girl Cookie on Dean St. nr Smith in Boerum Hil -- best cakemaker in Brooklyn, imo. Use them for every imp. occasion and they always come through with flying colors. The most delicious, moist cakes and, yes, they have a superb creamcheese frosting!


One Girl Cookies
68 Dean St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Sep 25, 2011
lazylghtng in Outer Boroughs

Oriental Garden, S. China Garden or Amazing 66?

Mother-in-law's 65th b-day with young grandkids in tow. Loves Chinese, but not particularly adventurous -- a big cut above a General Tso's-type, though. She is def a big Peking duck fan, but this is not make-or-break. Clean and not frenzied, however, is a pre-req. Would take her to Peking Duck House, but she has been numerous times. Don't want to go uptown to C'town Brasserie or Shanghai Pavillion, etc., so I am eyeballing C 'town, specifically OG, S. China Garden, and Amazing 66. We will be six (with a five and one yr old) at 6PM on Sat. night -- prefer not to wait too long even if it means compromising quality of meal. Welcome thoughts and alternatives. Thx!

South China Garden
22 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

Amazing 66
66 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

Oriental Garden
14 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

Jul 13, 2011
lazylghtng in Manhattan

Alt. to Billy Martin's in GT?

How about The Tombs?

Alt. to Billy Martin's in GT?

any other casual spots with some DC character worth hitting in Georgetown for a family dinner with little ones in tow? Would love to hit Tackle Box but fearful of walking in with a party of 6 tonight at 6:30 since they don't take reservations. Cafe, pub, bistro all good -- prefer New American or American cuisine. Thx.

Chef Geoff's - mmm or meh?

hi -

Is Chef Geoff's worth a visit? I am in town for 3 nights with a party of 6, including a 1 yr old and 5 yr old as well as my in-laws! Kids are easy in restaurants and used to the drill (we live in NYC). That said, 5 yr old is not adventurous eater so we have to stick to American cuisine more or less. Is Chef Geoff Downtown a fun spot or is it lame? Alternatives besides pizza, etc.? Looking for some good character...Ted's Bulletin? Firefly? THX,,

Chef Geoff's
3201 New Mexico Avenue, Washington, DC 20016

Dumbo lunch?

For future reference, the General Store is uninspired with spotty service. It's centrally located and a good hang, but the food is just serviceable (and overpriced, imo). The best lunch in the hood can be found at Superfine and reBar (across the street from one another).

Or walk up to Henry St. in the Heights and head to Siggy's for excellent mediterranean food with a super-healthy twist.

126 Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Siggy's Good Food
76 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

147 Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Mar 17, 2011
lazylghtng in Outer Boroughs

Best Italian peppers and eggs sandwich in the city?

Too bad Cono's closed shop. I'd go with DeFonte's, but you might also try Torrisi Italian Specialties 'across the river' -- they do eggs, potatoes, and provolone hero...not the same, but knowing them I'd bet it is excellent. Ditto for Parisi Bakery on Mott St.

Does Caputo's or Esposito's on Court St. do pepper and eggs?

Feb 14, 2011
lazylghtng in Outer Boroughs

Brooklyn restaurants within walking distance of B'klyn. Bridge

Agree with Noodle Pudding, Henry's End, and Jack the Horse. I also like Bread & Butter although it is hit or miss, still nice folks and a fun if uneven menu.

In DUMBO, there is SuperFine and reBar, both of which are a lot of fun. Superfine is an American bistro with market ingredients -- limited choices, but well-executed. reBar is a gastropub with more ambitious fare spanning many cuisines -- they have a great bar and the room is very hip. I also like Ignazios right under the bridge by the water -- doesn't get a lot of love on this board due to high prices, but the pizza is very good, esp. the square, and they make a first-rate calzone.

Stay away from Bubby's, Miso, One Front, and Pub One (and Grimaldi's as mentioned)...

The best restaurant in this neighborhood, however, is in Vinegar Hill -- the Vinegar Hill House. This is exceptional food in an exceptional setting. They are open for brunch and dinner only. No reservations and usually a wait unless you get there at an earlier hour. Lots of press on VHH, just Google them.

126 Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Noodle Pudding
38 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Henry's End
44 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Ignazio's Pizza
4 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Vinegar Hill House
72 Hudson Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

147 Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Bread and Butter
46 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Henry's End
44 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Feb 07, 2011
lazylghtng in Outer Boroughs

Recipe for cheese sauce for nachos needed!


This one looks good -- I've heard of the evaporated milk trick before...less soggy chips from a thicker sauce, etc. Check it out -- they toss shredded cheese with 1T corn starch, then melt down with evap milk and Frank's Hot Sauce.

I also like Tyler Florence's sauce which is a basic roux plus cheese, however, he uses chix stock rather than milk:


Feb 06, 2011
lazylghtng in Home Cooking

Il Porto

bump for any updates...thx! Looks like a great find.

Jan 31, 2011
lazylghtng in Outer Boroughs

Good Place for a Surprise Party in Brooklyn?

Second Tommaso's -- we had our rehearsal dinner, here, and they were absolutely wonderfu. Great staff, great food!

Also rec. Aurora in Williamsburg -- they can handle the size of your group and they have excellent food.

Hear good things about River Deli in the Heights. Prob not big enough, though?

In C. Gardens, there's Luna Rossa (never been) and Fragole.

In Ft. Greene, Locanda Vini & Olii

70 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211

394 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Locanda Vini e Olii
129 Gates Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Luna Rossa
552 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

1464 86th St, Brooklyn, NY 11228

River Deli
32 Joralemon St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Jan 23, 2011
lazylghtng in Outer Boroughs

BAM-BAM: Stuck Inside of Fort Greene with the NY Blues again

Cafe Lafayette is where you want to go -- cozy, quaint, sweet, close to BAM, and delicious.

Cafe Lafayette
99 S Portland Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Jan 19, 2011
lazylghtng in Outer Boroughs