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One Day in Old San Juan PR - where to eat!?

Looks like I'll do Tasca el Pescador for lunch on Sunday, since they're closed Mondays, and I'm only in SJ Sunday & Monday. Turns out my friend in PR took a job on a cruise ship in South America, so I'll be on my own.

Jan 20, 2012
Peter Cherches in Latin America & Caribbean

One Day in Old San Juan PR - where to eat!?

If you're coming from the states I have to assume that you can't do duty free, since it's definitely not international (passport not needed from U.S. ).

I'll be hooking up with a friend with a car on Sunday, so maybe we can do lunch at La Casita Blanca.

Jan 18, 2012
Peter Cherches in Latin America & Caribbean

One Day in Old San Juan PR - where to eat!?

Will do. Jibarito seems like a good bet for Mofongo. I'm also doing the Flavors of San Juan dinner tour on Monday--not sure where I'll go or what I'll get, but they do a walking tour of OSJ with stops at 4 restaurants for different courses.

http://www.sanjuanfoodtours.com/tours...

Jan 18, 2012
Peter Cherches in Latin America & Caribbean

One Day in Old San Juan PR - where to eat!?

Raices comes off the list, makes choosing easier.

Here are some links for the other places I listed:

http://www.eljibaritopr.com/

http://www.gsipuertorico.com/pages/pinacle_tours/dine_around_sj/dine_around1%20copy.html

Looks like Cana (sorry for the missing tilde) may have been replaced by El Picoteco:

http://www.elconvento.com/dining/el-picoteo.aspx

La Mallorquina has a full menu but seems to specialize in asopao:

http://www.mallorquinapr.com/english/...

Jan 18, 2012
Peter Cherches in Latin America & Caribbean

One Day in Old San Juan PR - where to eat!?

It's one thing to disagree on a restaurant, but not liking a particular dish that's a cornerstone of a local cuisine is not a "universal." I think c&p is indeed trying to whiz on the parade vis a vis mofongo.

Jan 18, 2012
Peter Cherches in Latin America & Caribbean

One Day in Old San Juan PR - where to eat!?

That's in Condado. The OP was specifically asking about Old San Juan.

Jan 18, 2012
Peter Cherches in Latin America & Caribbean

One Day in Old San Juan PR - where to eat!?

I also have one day's worth of meals to think of for this weekend. La Bombonera is on my list for breakfast. I'm trying to choose from the following for lunch & dinner. Any experiences would be appreciated:

La Fonda del Jibarito
Amadeus
Cana
La Mallorquina
Raices

Looking to stick to comida tipica or modern variations.

Jan 18, 2012
Peter Cherches in Latin America & Caribbean

Yunnan Crossing Bridge Noodles - where in NYC?

No, haven't found it in NY. I had it at Spring World in Chicago, but they serve it a a pre-composed bowl, not a compose it yourself version.

Jan 15, 2012
Peter Cherches in Manhattan

Interesting Version of Beef Roll at 4 5 6 Restaurant on Mott Street

Supposedly the grandson of the original owner. I used to go to the original as a teenager.

May 26, 2011
Peter Cherches in Manhattan

Lychees! Chinatown! Hooray!

Any idea how long the season is? I know it's pretty short, like less than 2 months, right?

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May 24, 2011
Peter Cherches in Manhattan

Interesting Version of Beef Roll at 4 5 6 Restaurant on Mott Street

I love 456, and I'm actually going back tonight, but I found that item rather dry and lacking in flavor. I love the version at that xiaolongbao place in Flushing (blanking out on the name).

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May 24, 2011
Peter Cherches in Manhattan

Shaan is back, on E. 53rd

Some of you may remember Shaan, an Indian restaurant near Rockefeller Center that closed a number of years ago. It was one of the best Indian buffets in the neighborhood at the time. Last week I noticed that a restaurant called Shaan, same logo as in the past, has replaced the dreaded Baluchi's on 53rd between 2nd & 3rd, so I stopped in today for the $11.95 lunch buffet. I asked the waiter if there was any connection to the old Shaan, and he said it was the same chef. It was OK, but I think Chola and Darbar Grill are better buffet bets for the neighborhood.

The non veg dishes were tandoori chicken, tikka masala and a shrimp mushroom curry in a cream sauce. I think there were 5 veg dishes plus salad and chaat. They bring a basket of naan to the table. Desserts were rice pudding and carrot halwa.

I also wonder whether Baluchi's may be bankrolling this, as they had done in the past with Devi, before Saran & Mathur broke off the relationship due alleged unscrupulous labor practices.

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Chola
232 East 58th Street, New York, NY 10022

Darbar Grill
157 East 55th Street, New York, NY 10022

Shaan
224 E 53rd St, New York, NY 10022

May 23, 2011
Peter Cherches in Manhattan

Forgotten restaurants of Chinatown

There's a new 456 on Mott. Does anybody know if it's connected to the original?

Jan 08, 2011
Peter Cherches in Manhattan

5 Star Restaurant aka Four Star Indian cuisine fka 5 Star Tattukada aka Keralan in a candy store

For fans of South Indian non-veg, another great place to try, with an excellent weekend buffet, is Hoysala, in Somerset, NJ. They serve specialties of Karnataka, and I think it's in the same league as 5-Star. I found Southern Spice decidedly inferior to these two, and also inferior to the short-lived Curry Hill Chettinad restaurant (in its pre-Asaivam incarnation).

Jul 13, 2010
Peter Cherches in New York State (exc. NYC)

Chowder at Halibut Point, Gloucester

Yeah. I went on Sunday and had the Italian fish chowder and wasn't especially impressed.

Jul 13, 2010
Peter Cherches in Greater Boston Area

Lunch on Saturday near JFK Airtrain / Subway station

Maima's is one subway stop further from the Jamaica air train station, then about a 15 minute walk (past York College), for excellent West African (Liberian) food. I don't know their hours. The Airtrain goes to the Sutphin Blvd station, and you want to get to Jamaica Center station.

Here's a thread about Maima's: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/655248

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Maima's
106-47 Guy R Brewer Blvd, Queens, NY 11433

Jun 30, 2010
Peter Cherches in Outer Boroughs

Cornucopia of baked goods at D'Vine Taste (Park Slope)

I've mentioned various items in other threads, but I was inspired to start a dedicated thread after just eating a piece of Roger's just out of the oven baguette.

People who pass this deli/gourmet shop might not know about the wealth of great baked goods in addition to cheeses, cold cuts and packaged foods.

Roger studied baking at CIA, and he's been making fabulous croissants and baguettes for a while, and he recently started making beautiful looking nut cakes (though I haven't tried them). But added to the on premises baking, they carry a large selection of items from Ostrovitsky's in Midwood as well as bagels from The Bagel Hole.

I've been shopping there for years, ever since they first took over Durel's.

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D'Vine Taste
150 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Bagel Hole
400 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Jun 26, 2010
Peter Cherches in Outer Boroughs

Zabb in Jackson Heights - what happened?

Though I've only been once each to Nusara, Boon Chu and Ploy, I don't think any are in the same league as Chao Thai, which has been excellent all three times I've been.

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Chao Thai
85-03 Whitney Ave, Queens, NY 11373

Nusara Thai Kitchen
82-80 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373

Boon Chu
83-18 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373

May 23, 2010
Peter Cherches in Outer Boroughs

Looking for Really Good "Old Timey New York" Foods in Queens

King Yum is the most old timey Chinese restaurant left in the city. The food sucks, but that's beside the point.

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King Yum
181-08 Union Tpke, Queens, NY 11366

May 20, 2010
Peter Cherches in Outer Boroughs

Authentic Mexican in Brooklyn or Queens

Matamoros is my favorite, except for carnitas & lengua, which is better at Piaxtla es Mexico. But Matamoros has the best al pastor I've had in the city (get the taco grande, which has excellent guacamole), and the main courses are good too, especially the adobo de puerco (maybe they call it costillas en adobo rojo) and the camarones al ajillo. I was much less impressed by Coatzingo, which is fine because I can walk to Matamoros.

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Piaxtla Es Mexico
505 51st St, Brooklyn, NY 11220

May 18, 2010
Peter Cherches in Outer Boroughs

Looking for Really Good "Old Timey New York" Foods in Queens

Ben's Best in Rego Park is a classic NY kosher deli, and they even have rolled beef.

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May 18, 2010
Peter Cherches in Outer Boroughs

Chowder at Halibut Point, Gloucester

I'm planning a trip to Gloucester in the summer, and Halibut Point seems to have become an outpost of Boston's Franklin Cafe (the URL redirects).

May 13, 2010
Peter Cherches in Greater Boston Area

BEST KOSHER RESTAURANTS NYC

I just looked at the Noah's Ark menu. I don't know why the prices offend you. For a kosher restaurant the entrees aren't that high, and deli sandwich prices are in line with Sarge's, lower than 2nd Ave. Deli. One always pays a premium at kosher restaurants that serve meat.

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Noah's Ark
399 Grand St, New York, NY 10002

May 06, 2010
Peter Cherches in Kosher

BEST KOSHER RESTAURANTS NYC

Ah, sorry to hear it. Thanks for the update.

May 05, 2010
Peter Cherches in Kosher

BEST KOSHER RESTAURANTS NYC

I don't know either first-hand, but there's Le Marais for steak and Colbeh for Persian kebabs. I also haven't been to Buddha Bodai in Chinatown (they also have one in Queens), but they're kosher vegan Chinese. As has been mentioned there's a bunch of South Indian veg/dairy with kosher certification. On 47th Street, in the Diamond District, there are two fun choices: Diamond Dairy, right in the jeweler's exchange, is one of the last of the classic NY Jewish dairy restaurants, and also on the block is Taam Tov, a Bukharan place--might be something you can't get in France since the community is basically based in Israel & NY--both of those would be lunch only. Rectangles on the Upper East Side is a great bet for Israeli-Yemenite. They have stuff like malawach and shakshuka, plus falafels etc.

If you plan to go to the outer boroughs there are other choices.

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Buddha Bodai
5 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

Le Marais
150 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

Colbeh
43 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

May 05, 2010
Peter Cherches in Kosher

Cafe Grumpy's $12 cup of coffee

Details? Unless it's kopi luwak I'm not interested.

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May 04, 2010
Peter Cherches in Manhattan

Zheng Yuan Bao Gournmet (sic) in Sunset Park Chinatown

You mean the damn Rosemead California hot sauce?

http://www.huyfong.com/no_frames/comp...

Apr 30, 2010
Peter Cherches in Outer Boroughs

Near Broadway/Roosevelt Subway, Open for Lunch

Mie Jakarta is SO GOOD. I went a second time and had the nasi campur again but this time with beef rendang. Unlike the dry style I've had at the Padang places it was more like a stew, closer to the Malaysian version, but the flavors were more complex than any I've had and had the consistency of a mole. I think the vegetable curry was even better this time--not hot-spicy, but a very complex herb mix. I still have to try noodles.

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Mie Jakarta
86-20 Whitney Ave, Queens, NY 11373

Apr 30, 2010
Peter Cherches in Outer Boroughs

Zheng Yuan Bao Gournmet (sic) in Sunset Park Chinatown

That makes sense since Koreans eat rice cake (dduk).

Apr 29, 2010
Peter Cherches in Outer Boroughs

Zheng Yuan Bao Gournmet (sic) in Sunset Park Chinatown

Is this place Fujianese? You usually see New Year's Cakes (nian gow) in Shanhgai and Fujianese restaurants, and it's definitely not Shanghai. Is that the whole menu?

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Apr 28, 2010
Peter Cherches in Outer Boroughs