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New York's Best Falafel

Great to see Naomi's on this list. It must be one of the oldest falafel places in town, since I was eating there back when I was in college 40 years ago.

The falafel is still good, but what really stands out at Naomi's is their homemade hot sauce, which I've always found addictive.

Oct 09, 2012
Jophan in Features

Rich Chocolate Ice Cream

First time I've tried a "French" type base with egg yolks rather than the eggless, uncooked "Philadelphia" style and I'm very pleased with the results.

I used unsweetened Belgian chocolate and so added some extra sugar to compensate and it came out fine.

Jul 17, 2012
Jophan in Recipes

LITTLE PEPPER College Point is OPEN!!

Those dishes sound great bcmchong, I just wish this new branch weren't so much farther away. When I heard they were opening on CP Boulevard, I wasn't expecting it to be on the part actually IN College Point!

Feb 21, 2011
Jophan in Outer Boroughs

Peking Duck Done Right in Flushing

This place is right down the hill from me and I've been wondering about it. Thanks for the appetizing report, scoopG!

Feb 21, 2011
Jophan in Features

Music in Mark Bittman's Minimalist Video Podcast

Galindes, thank you! I'm eternally grateful. Tracking down that piece had been driving me crazy.

It was interesting to compare the 29 second version used on Bittman's videos with the much longer full version.

Music lovers may have fun exploring that whole site, which is devoted to generic music intended for use in the background of TV shows, movies, and commercials.

Feb 05, 2011
Jophan in Food Media & News

Beyond the Flushing Food Courts

Probably nowhere near "fanciest," but at least _fancier_ than most, is the awkwardly named Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan on Main Street south of Franklin.

The modern, non-kitschy decor and lighting are definitely a pleasant step up from the average in Flushing, and based on my recent first visit, the menu is definitely worth exploring, with sections devoted to Famous Hunan Dishes, Hunan Country Style Dishes, Hunan Old Style, Dishes, and Hunan Steamed Dishes, among others. The service is friendly and attentive and they seem willing to serve authentically spicy food even to gwailo. Prices are somewhat higher than at some of its neighbors, but on the other hand, they're open until 2 AM seven days a week.

We had a refreshing cucumber in scallion sauce cold appetizer, a non-spicy Hunan dish of string beans with eggplant (nice wok flavor and I liked the way the eggplant was cut into sticks to echo the shape of the beans), and white pepper smoked beef, which had a sharp cracked-pepper flavor and aroma with pieces of jerky-like, dry-textured smoked beef with no sauce. It was highly flavorful and my favorite. Since my companion wasn't big on the hot stuff, we also ordered one dish from the generic "Chinese Dishes" section of the menu. The sesame chicken we got was pretty, not too gloppy or overly sweet, and needed only a few more more broccoli florets for balance.

There are a _lot_ of dishes on the menu with those little red pepper icons. Looking forward to future visits, I particularly want to try the BBQ Fish Hunan Style, which sounded great in a Yelp review I read. Another Yelp reviewer says the restaurant's Chinese name translates to Taste of Old Hunan, a claim I suspect it lives up to.

Dec 13, 2010
Jophan in Features

Trip Report with Pictures: 41-28 Main Street Mall, Flushing (Painfully Long)

Thanks for this excellent report! You make me glad to live in Flushing. The photos are great too. I can't wait to try the Rou Jia Mo.

May 08, 2008
Jophan in Outer Boroughs

Dim Sum Default in Flushing

Thanks for the pointer to the earlier thread, which was indeed helpful. I was particularly interested to hear that Jade Asian is good. I haven't eaten at that address since Gum Fung left, and I never found Gum Fung to be as satisfying as its predecessor at that location, K. B. Garden, just more expensive, so that's good news. I think I'll also be trying Gala Manor and Guang Zhou at some point.

Feb 22, 2008
Jophan in Outer Boroughs

Dim Sum Default in Flushing

For a long time, Silver Pond at Main and Booth Memorial was my default first choice for dim sum in Flushing, simply because it was pretty good and I could walk to it from home in five minutes. (A dream come true for a dim sum lover who used to spend 90 minutes or more to schlep down to below Canal Street!) Now that it's closed, soon to be replaced by a Commerce Bank of all things, where would Chowhounds recommend I turn to begin a new exploration of the best dim sum Flushing has to offer?

Thanks,

Jophan

Feb 21, 2008
Jophan in Outer Boroughs

Good food near 'Celebrate Brooklyn' Venue?

Hi, I'm reporting back to let you guys know that all eight people from the Richard Thompson list who made it to Bar Toto after the wonderful (if very wet!) RT show were very happy with the restaurant. It was a bit further from the Park than I'd pictured -- those avenue blocks are long! -- but worth the stroll. The Cubano Italiano Panini I had (with excellent shoestring fries) would be worth going back for on its own. Thanks again for the recommendation. I hope to try some of the other places that were mentioned as well.

Viva Chowhound!

Jophan

Jun 23, 2007
Jophan in Outer Boroughs

Good food near 'Celebrate Brooklyn' Venue?

I went away and read about Applewood and Little D. Both sound really nice and worth trying at some point. For this time, though, I'm leaning toward Bar Toto, partly because it's a tad cheaper, but mostly because it stays open an hour later.

Offline friends have mentioned a few places I'd be interested in hearing opinions about: Olive Leaf (7th Ave.), Laila (7th Ave. near 15th St.) and Kinara (5th Ave. between 10th and 11th). However, those also close at 11 on Thursday, which still gives Bar Toto the edge for this occasion.

Jophan

Jun 19, 2007
Jophan in Outer Boroughs

Good food near 'Celebrate Brooklyn' Venue?

That's OK. I live in Flushing. I can have great Chinese whenever I want. (Have you guys been following the discussion of the hole-in-a-wall places in the various Main St. food malls? There's some amazing stuff there.)

Thanks to everyone for their suggestions!

Jophan

Jun 19, 2007
Jophan in Outer Boroughs

Good food near 'Celebrate Brooklyn' Venue?

I really like the idea of a stop at Fairway, but unfortunately for that plan, I'm a true New Yorker, i.e., no car. (I've had a license since the 70s, and I've never used it. Go figure.

Jun 19, 2007
Jophan in Outer Boroughs

Good food near 'Celebrate Brooklyn' Venue?

Thanks for the long list of options!

Jophan

Jun 16, 2007
Jophan in Outer Boroughs

Good food near 'Celebrate Brooklyn' Venue?

I'm going to be attending Richard Thompson's Celebrate Brooklyn concert at the Prospect Park Bandshell this coming week and I'm looking for suggestions of

a) Places for takeout suitable for eating at the venue while waiting for the show to start.

or

b) Places for supper after the show.

Not interested in chains (obviously, or why would I be posting here) or anything very expensive. Bars with good food, neighborhood favorites, ethnics of almost any stripe, would be fine.

In case you don't know, the Bandshell is on the northwest side of the park. The closest park entrance is at 9th Street and Prospect Park West in Park Slope.

I'm meeting some friends from out of town and want them to enjoy Brooklyn as much as the show itself. I know the Slope has many good places, but I don't get down there much (I'm in northern Queens), so I'm hoping you guys can help.

Thanks,

Jophan

Jun 16, 2007
Jophan in Outer Boroughs