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In Search of Otak otak

If you have problems finding decent otak otak, I'd try to find a place that does hor mok (Thai). It's similar but not as pungent as otak otak as I think there's a larger ratio of coconut milk in hor mok.

May 19, 2015
Miss Needle in Outer Boroughs

Brooklyn Blackout Cake-- does anyone make an authentic version?

It is almost the exact same bakery. They were partners who parted ways a few years ago. They were both called Two Little Red Hens. When they separated, the Brooklyn location renamed itself Ladybird -- kind of similar to the story between Sullivan Street Bakery and Granddaisy. Aside from a couple of things (ie. no cheesecake at Ladybird), you'll find the food (including the blackout) the same.

May 12, 2015
Miss Needle in Outer Boroughs
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Oiji, new Korean restaurant in EV

It's probably more similar to MW or Alan Wong than Side Street -- but smaller portions. Be sure not to miss the corned beef tongue musubi!

May 06, 2015
Miss Needle in Manhattan

Oiji, new Korean restaurant in EV

There's not much of a Korean slant at Noreetuh. Best way to describe the food would probably be Hawaii Regional.

May 06, 2015
Miss Needle in Manhattan

Food Sake Tokyo by Yukari Sakamoto

I've got the book (actually ended up with two copies as somebody gifted me one) and thought it was really helpful. If you get a chance, try to book a tour with her. I did and Yukari was fabulous! She's very knowledgeable and very enthusiastic about the food.

May 01, 2015
Miss Needle in Japan

Northern NJ Korean

Here are the addresses:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/chung-dam-don...
http://www.yelp.com/biz/tang-maru-pal...

If you want BBQ, it's best to go to a restaurant that specializes in the dish. That's generally how Koreans eat -- they decide what they want to go eat first and then go to the appropriate restaurant for the food. But I understand that sometimes you need to find a place that has Korean BBQ dishes for those who don't like to stray far away from their comfort zone. I think Chung dam Dong had BBQ dishes but Tang Maru did not.

Apr 21, 2015
Miss Needle in New Jersey

Northern NJ Korean

Chung Dam Dong -- have been here a few times. My favorite is their pork belly and octopus chul-pan where they stir-fry some pork belly and octopus and in a spicy gochujang-based sauce. Huge portions. After you have finished most of it, they'll bring out some fried rice and mix it in where it gets all nice and hot and savory. Very generous with their banchan.

Tang Maru -- If you don't read Korean you may have problems finding this place as there's no Tang Maru written in English, only in hangul (Korean characters). I believe the only English word outside is tofu. They have a really good gamja tang and hae mul pa jun. Love their pajun because it's mostly scallions and seafood with small amount of flour. It looks like they specialize in tofu dishes though I did not see one person order a tofu dish. They were all getting soups. Banchan includes one whole fried fish per person.

Apr 20, 2015
Miss Needle in New Jersey

Please interpret this menu pricing....

Yes, we did cross post! I missed your reply until I went back to this post.

Yup, kind of confusing. I'm hoping the OP will come back posting a revised menu. Food looks good.

Apr 20, 2015
Miss Needle in Not About Food

Rudy Merlin Executive Chef of Payard Caesar's Palace Las Vegas Turning out sublime confections in New Age Asian Market on Northern Blvd and 160th Street

I was in the area so I checked out this bakery. Not a destination place but I can see why this type of bakery would be really welcome if I lived in the area as there's nothing like it in Flushing. Prices are really good (but maybe I'm used to crazy Manhattan and Brooklyn prices).

Apr 20, 2015
Miss Needle in Outer Boroughs

Ollie and Ry - Park Slope

They do have some interesting sandwiches -- not all of the specials are available even though they list them. It was a little frustrating trying to place orders for items that they didn't have. I think they were out of the 3 items I originally tried to order. The specials were on a whiteboard or chalkboard, I believe. Just erase it if you no longer have it.

House-made chips are a nice touch but they were not super memorable but that may be because I prefer kettle-style chips.

People are very nice. Hope they do well.

Apr 20, 2015
Miss Needle in Outer Boroughs

Please interpret this menu pricing....

If you read below to my response to your latter post, you'll see that I thought the OP was talking about was a whole lamb chop. So that's why I thought the OP wrote kabob/char-grilled -- as char-grilled referred to a whole lamb chop char-grilled as opposed to in kabob form. And as I stated below, both of us can be right cuz the menu is too cryptic (IMO).

ETA: I always think a kabob would be char-grilled. Having char-grilled refer to kabob would be redundant. That's why I thought OP was differentiating between kabob and non-kabob.

Apr 20, 2015
Miss Needle in Not About Food

Please interpret this menu pricing....

I agree about the reversing of the prices to have one skewer price on left as it seems more natural -- though I wonder if the OP intentionally lead with the higher price as that was what he/she preferred the diner to order.

Apr 20, 2015
Miss Needle in Not About Food

Please interpret this menu pricing....

You see, I interpreted the lamb chop to mean 2 lamb chops or 1 chop. You may be right. I may be right. I think this means the menu needs tweaking.

Please interpret this menu pricing....

I interpreted the lamb chop to be part of the char-grilled section. That said, I think the skewers and char-grilled items need to be separated in addition to clarifying the 2 vs 1 skewer bit.

The average customer isn't going to peruse the menu like Chowhounders do. You'll be doing your waitstaff a big favor by making the menu clearer.

Apr 20, 2015
Miss Needle in Not About Food

Please interpret this menu pricing....

I get the price differential of 2 vs 1 skewer but I think you're going to get lots of questions with the menu as it's printed. Based on what happens at my office I find that many people just don't read. I think you need to make it more obvious, perhaps by adding a heading of 2 skewers under the 19 and 1 skewer underneath the 12 (in koobideh).

And I don't get why you've got 8 oz next to beef tenderloin only. You'll probably get questions about that point as well.

Trip report from my trip to NYC this week

I can understand why a tourist would not be as into the greenmarket as locals are as most probably stay in hotels without cooking facilities. Vendors aren't allowed to cook on premises there so you've got a lack of hot prepared food which is probably what most tourists are going after when visiting a farmer's market.

Apr 17, 2015
Miss Needle in Manhattan
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Returning to a "never again" restaurant (in my case EMP)

I think it happens more often than we would like to think. I went to a restaurant (not in the US) where they googled me beforehand. I'm a nobody but they treated me like a rock star. They were very nice but the whole experience was kind of embarrassing.

Mar 30, 2015
Miss Needle in Manhattan

Bricolage - Vietnamese in Park Slope

You know, I don't think Vietnamese is done particularly very well in NYC compared to what I've had in California, Hawaii and Vietnam. So in terms of places like New Tu Do, I find the cooking at Bricolage a bit more careful than your NYC C-town Vietnamese restaurants. The spring rolls and banh xeo were cooked crisper than what I would get in a place like New Tu Do. The chicken wings and pork ribs aren't something that would be found in a traditional Vietnamese restaurant so it would be hard to compare. The "unshaking beef" was more tender but less flavorful at Bricolage than at your average Vietnamese restaurant in C-town. Believe it or not, I think the best shaking beef I've had in NYC is at Saigon Grill and its new incarnation, Sugarcane. Most of Saigon Grill's food was not that great, but their shaking beef was actually quite good.

Mar 30, 2015
Miss Needle in Outer Boroughs

Returning to a "never again" restaurant (in my case EMP)

It sounds like your dinner at EMP was quite some time ago. I agree that it would seem odd Emailing them years (if I'm correct) after the fact.

You probably should put an Email address in your profile (or create a spam address for chowhound). I wouldn't be surprised if they set up a google alert and find this thread and contact you. They apparently google every diner to customize their experience.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/artic...

Mar 30, 2015
Miss Needle in Manhattan

The Upper West Side

Yes, you're correct -- it's mostly Turkish. But I called it Mediterranean cuz it also includes a whole bunch of pizzas (and not of the lahmajhun variety) and items such as fried calamari in marinara sauce.

Mar 27, 2015
Miss Needle in Manhattan
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The Upper West Side

Second Senn Thai and Jin Ramen. Had no idea that Senn was owned by the same people as Land. I'm not too fond of Land either even though I know most people love it.

How is Poleptte compared to Meatball Shop? Not the biggest fan of Meatball Shop as I think the meatballs are too dense.

Some other places on the UWS:

Kefi (Greek) -- can be a madhouse during the night but relatively quiet during the day (unless it's brunch)
Bodrum (Mediterranean)
Luke's Lobster (lobster rolls)
George Keely (burgers)

If you want pho, there are a couple of Vietnamese places in the 90s.

Mar 26, 2015
Miss Needle in Manhattan
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Is it safe to let my chicken stock simmer on the stove overnight while I sleep?

Before I got a pressure cooker I would simmer my chicken stock overnight. Once the flame went out (have no clue how as there was no draft or window near the kitchen) and my apartment filled up with gas. I would be cautious if you've got a gas stove.

Mar 20, 2015
Miss Needle in General Topics

Park Slopers -- what are your go-to spots for take-out?

Have you tried Indian Spice? I prefer it to Aarpan. I will say that portions are smaller though.

Agree about Olieng being better than Song. I don't understand why it's so popular. I'm hoping for a good Thai restaurant to open in Park Slope at some point.

Mar 18, 2015
Miss Needle in Outer Boroughs

Bricolage - Vietnamese in Park Slope

Thanks for the review. I was there a couple of weeks ago for dinner and didn't order any of the same dishes you did. Looking forward to trying their summer rolls and pork chop.

Off the top of my head, this is what I ordered:

spring rolls -- crisp, hot; can eat these all the time
banh xeo -- my 2nd favorite version in NYC; first being Bunker; prefer Bunker because it's more flavorful
wok-sauteed kale -- delicious but very small portion
unshaking beef -- OK; probably my least favorite of everything I had but still fine
sriracha chicken wings -- not the biggest chicken wing fan but these were good
pork ribs -- meat was very tender and juicy

Overall my meal was good. I agree with you that it's a nice neighborhood place -- probably not a destination restaurant. But I'm happy they are in Park Slope as I'm not the largest fan of Ha Noi.

Service was super friendly and efficient. I left my credit card in the restaurant and they called me later that evening to let me know. The only thing I would say is that they probably should use a different glass for the sparkling water (which is what I was drinking). They (two different people) accidentally refilled my glass with tap water. First time the woman just refilled my glass (which still had sparkling water in it) and walked away. Second time I stopped the guy after he poured a tiny bit of tap water into my glass. He apologized and offered to get me a new one. Said it was OK as it was really only a tiny bit of tap water. He still came back with a brand new glass of sparkling! How's that for service!

Mar 18, 2015
Miss Needle in Outer Boroughs

The best ceviche in Queens (or in NYC)?

Love Cevicheria el Rey in Jackson Heights.

Mar 16, 2015
Miss Needle in Outer Boroughs

Park Slopers -- what are your go-to spots for take-out?

Some options:

Meltkraft -- grilled cheese sandwiches
Tofu on 7th -- Szechuan food
Christie's Jamaican Truck -- parked usually on 5th Ave between 10th and 11th or 7th Ave and 9th Street
Bonnie's Grill -- for burgers and chicken wings; not a buffalo chicken wing fan in general; Bonnie's is the exception
Katsuei -- I've only dined in but have seen lots of take out orders being prepared
Bagel Hole and Bagel Pub -- I prefer Bagel Hole as it's denser
Bar Toto -- most people seem to dine in but I've done take out a few times
Zito's -- really good eggplant parm sandwich
Tacos Nuevo Mexico
Luke's Lobster -- in fact, I did take-out from there tonight
Hanco's -- banh mi; grilled pork over rice noodles
Gather -- they've got a really good tortilla and excellent carrot cake
Russo's -- sandwiches; they've also got an assortment of prepared foods as well
Olieng -- it's not saying much but I think it's the best Thai in the hood
Talde -- when you don't want to wait for a table
Indian Spice -- relatively new; better than Kinara; never been to Joy

Mar 15, 2015
Miss Needle in Outer Boroughs

Flushing for Medicinal Herbs and Ginseng

There's one on Main Street near the LIRR overpass. Interactions may be limited if you don't speak Chinese though.

Best place in Manhattan with a good selection of herbs (including ginseng) with fluent English speakers is Kamwo. I would say second best is Lin Sister.

Mar 14, 2015
Miss Needle in Outer Boroughs

Why delicious Indian food is surprisingly unpopular in the U.S.

Rasika has spoiled me forever. Just absolutely love that restaurant!

Klyeoh, I went to Punjab Grill in Singapore based on one of your many wonderful recommendations on the Singapore board. I was seeking high end Indian because I was looking for something similar to Rasika. I know you're a big fan of Punjab Grill but I found Rasika to be so much better. Flavors were so fresh, bright, aromatic. There was so much care taken with every dish. I hope you get to try it if you're ever in DC.

Brooklyn Blackout Cake-- does anyone make an authentic version?

I really like Du Jour Bakery's version. Prefer it to Two Little Red Hens as it's more refined.

Feb 27, 2015
Miss Needle in Outer Boroughs
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Vietnamese Breakfast at Mission Cantina

The banh xeo is their strongest dish. But I liked their other items as well.

What is your 1st fave food?

Feb 26, 2015
Miss Needle in Manhattan