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Costa Rican Cas Fruit - where to find in US/NYC?

I recently traveled to Costa Rica and tasted the fruit they call "cas", which I think is also called sour guava, or Costa Rican guava fruit. Anyone know where I might be able to find it here in NYC??

Feb 21, 2013
ElenaRS in Manhattan

Carr Valley Snow White Goat Cheddar

where can i get it in nyc?
murray's doesn't have it.

ack! help!

Aug 26, 2008
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Peruvian ceviche, where?

Chimu in Williamsburg!

Aug 05, 2008
ElenaRS in Outer Boroughs

Monday Night deals

I know I've heard about restaurants all over the city that have Monday and/or Tuesday night deals (there's one in Tribeca with half priced mussels or something on Mondays). But of course i can't remember anything specifically. Does anyone know which places have these kinds of deals? or how i could find some kind of a list?

Thanks!

Jun 09, 2008
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for a Vegetarian - Momofuku Ssam or Noodle?

if i'm going to dinner with a vegetarian, which one should we go to (i've heard that one doesn't have anything for vegetarians but can't remember which)?
Thanks!

Jun 04, 2008
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for a Vegetarian - Momofuku Ssam or Noodle?

if i'm going to dinner with a vegetarian, which one should we go to (i've heard that one doesn't have anything for vegetarians but can't remember which)?
Thanks!

Jun 04, 2008
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Best inexpensive Indian food in Manhattan?

Sirtaj on 26th between Broadway and 6th. it doesn't look like much but i think it's some of the best Indian food in Manhattan and a major bargain!

May 22, 2008
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Udon in chelsea/flatiron

where can i get some good udon in chelsea/flatiron area?

Mar 20, 2008
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help - dinner tonight

Where to go for dinner with a major Manhattan foodie?

originally i was going to do the Di Fara field trip, but it's closed on Mondays!
then, in the spirit of arguable best pies in the city i thought Franny's, but it's closed on Mondays!
then i tried Amorina (on Vanderbilt, near my apartment) and.....CLOSED ON MONDAYS!

apparently this is not the best day to go out for dinner.

but there must be some places in park slope/prospect heights open tonight, right??
i'd LOVE to go to a byob place, but at this point i'll settle for anything unusual and delicious (would really like to show The Manhattan Foodie that Brooklyn has great eats too).

help!

Mar 17, 2008
ElenaRS in Outer Boroughs

Di Fara - open on Mondays?

oh god, please tell me it is... (major craving happening right now!)

Mar 17, 2008
ElenaRS in Outer Boroughs

Momofuku Ko - price?

I can't seem to find out how much dinner at the new digs will put me back...anyone know??

Mar 13, 2008
ElenaRS in Manhattan

Quiet, relaxing, moderate place for dinner tonight

(anywhere in manhattan)
It'll just be 2 of us at dinner. doesn't need to be fancy or anything - quiet and relaxing (maybe with a decent wine list?) is really the most important criteria.

any recommendations?

Mar 08, 2008
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Momofuku Ko

Does anyone know when the website will go up?? (or what the url will be? though i suspect it'll be momofukuko.com or something like this...)

Mar 06, 2008
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Cocktails at 11 Madison Park

Do they have any that i would be a fool not to try?

Feb 28, 2008
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Natco rose syrup...

help! I'm trying to find this syrup, apparently found in Indian grocery stores (of which i don't know any, though i have wandered in a few in Jackson Heights).

anyone know where i could find this in the Park Slope/Prospect Heights area of Brooklyn?

thanks!

Feb 25, 2008
ElenaRS in Outer Boroughs

Natco Rose Syrup...

anyone know where I can find a bottle of this? Apparently it's sometimes found in Indian groceries...

thanks for any help! (I'm going to make rose-flavored marshmallows)

Feb 25, 2008
ElenaRS in Manhattan

Traveling to Italy...

So I'm going to have 4 days and 3 nights in Italy to do as I wish (after a trip there for work). I will start off and have to end in Bologna, so i can't stray too too far from around there.
Of course i want to see Italy but I'm pretty convinced that the best way to experience it is through delicious food and wine. so, any recommendations on 1-2 places i could spend these 4 days that would be most fruitful, in terms of outrageously delicious food?
(I am the type of person who doesn't need a menu, i'll sit down for a 5 hour meal and put myself completely in the chef's hands - if they are trustworthy hands!)

Feb 20, 2008
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Brains - i'm ready.

well, now i have a reservation at Chez Napoleon and my friends and i got very excited about this culinary adventure.
...until... people started mentioning mad cow's disease.

so what do the foodies say - is it worth the potential risk?

Feb 14, 2008
ElenaRS in Manhattan

Best restaurants in NYC for Bone Marrow?

suggestions?

i recently had some at Back Forty, but it was annoying because they didn't give us proper spoons to get it out, and the bones weren't cut lengthwise (which makes it so much easier).

i guess i'd prefer places that serve it as an appetizer, where you can have it right out of the bone, but i've never had it any other way so if there are killer dishes that use it around town then please, suggest away!

thanks :-)

Feb 11, 2008
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Brains - i'm ready.

After recently trying lamb's heart and bone marrow for the first time I think I am officially ready to take it to an even deeper level and try brains.
Now, I know that they're sometimes referred to as sweetbreads, but i also know that sweetbreads in the U.S. can sometimes mean kidneys (or something) whereas in Europe they're usually brains.

Anyone have suggestions on where i can go for a quality brains tasting experience, or - should i make them on my own?

Feb 11, 2008
ElenaRS in Manhattan

E.Village/LowerEastSide

i like the sound of this Kuma Inn a lot, though it looks like they serve sake, so not byob right?

Feb 07, 2008
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E.Village/LowerEastSide

Looking for a BYOB restaurant with tasty food. I don't know the neighborhood too well, so would really appreciate recommendations for places that fit these parameters.
thanks!

Feb 07, 2008
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Restaurant Week - never again.

thanks for the suggestions. you guys are right, i shouldn't give up on RW in general. next season i'll definitely go to 11MadPark (though from all the good reviews i might have to go before then!).
but warnings to all: avoid Thalassa at all costs! (RW or not, i'd say)

Jan 30, 2008
ElenaRS in Manhattan

Restaurant Week - never again.

For the past five years or so i've made it a point to go to at least one restaurant week meal each season (Winter & Summer). I eat out a lot, I make it a priority to spend money on high-quality food, and I use the Restaurant Week promotion as an opportunity to try new places in the hopes that i find something interesting and tasty and will then go back for regular, non-Rest.Wk meals.

I used to love the experience! I felt that restaurants welcomed me as a first-timer, gave me a nice tasting of what they had to offer, and many of my earlier experiences made me a repeat customer at various places. HOWEVER, in the past two years I've seen this experience decline in a terrible way, and after my experience last night at Thalassa I can safely (and sadly) say that I believe what was great about the promotion has been snuffed out and I will no longer take part.

Our meal at Thalassa was mediocre at best. Once we asked for the restaurant week menu we were ignored for at least 15 minutes before i had to wave wildly to get a waiter to come take our order. We ordered an extra appetizer (asked for it to come before our rest.wk first courses) and a nice bottle of wine. The waiter brought the wine and then disappeared for the duration of our meal. The appetizer we ordered came WITH our first course; it was a cheese plate and the server just plopped it down and ran away as I pleaded after him "Can you tell us which cheese is which?!" He either didn't hear me or didn't care - the fact that i couldn't tell which was the case is enough of a problem right there.
Then our main courses came while we were still eating the appetizer and first course (a lobster bisque that was actually quite tasty, but unfortunately luke warm). I had the Lavraki fish which was supposed to come with "wilted organic greens" and a "kalamata olive risotto." Where to begin? Well, the fish was okay, though it was covered with so many capers and too much salt so i couldn't exactly tell you how the FISH tasted.
The wilted greens had been so overcooked that they had a bitter taste and looked horrendous. And the risotto was...depressing. It was a pile of white mush (no bite to the rice kernels, as there should always be with risotto) and instead of having a deep olive flavor it was painfully obvious that a few kalamata olives had been thrown in at the last minute.
The dessert was a walnut cake. It was okay, though nothing to write home about.
At the end of the meal we sat there for at least 15 more minutes, trying desperately to flag down a waiter to get our bill. When it finally came they brought these nice little boxes and announced that they were filled with "some little treats, on the house." This brightened my spirits a little bit, until i got home and discovered that inside the box were two of the most tasteless mini-cookies i'd ever tried, and a promotional leaflet about their Valentine's Day dinner specials.

I really am sad to see that this is what Restaurant Week has become. It was such a wonderful idea, and I had so many lovely experiences years ago, but after a handful of these types of evenings I am finished. I wonder why places even bother to take part in the promotion, if they're going to treat it as a burden and serve food of much lower quality than is on their regular menu (I've heard from friends that Thalassa has delicious food, regularly)? Instead of making me a repeat customer, I've been turned off of Thalassa for good, whereas if i had gone for a regular meal I bet I'd have enjoyed it. Seems to me they're working against themselves with this one.

Sorry about the long vent here, I just don't understand why it has to be this way. (And I won't go into a second rant, but the fact that these meals have escalated by over $10 in price over the past few years and declined as much in quality puzzles me even more.)

Jan 30, 2008
ElenaRS in Manhattan

Quality Cooking Classes

Contrary to what I'd expect, my interests in food seem to be drifting to my own kitchen more often lately.
i'm thinking it might be fun to take a cooking class in the new year, to learn some "official" technique but also just to explore a bit.

since there seem to be many places to take classes in the city, anyone have recommendations or complaints about particular programs?

(i'm not looking to go to full-on culinary school or anything like that. just a fun evening/weekend class for a couple of months or whatnot.)

thanks!

Dec 11, 2007
ElenaRS in Manhattan

restaurant recommendations needed...

for a party of 4 or maybe 6.
cuisine isn't an issue (we'll eat anything), but here are the specifications:

we want a place where we can have a VERY leisurely meal (2+ hours)
quieter atmosphere, not busy and loud and hyped
would ideally like to spend less than $50 per person (plus for byob options, since that cuts cost)
preferably downtown (below 14th, though this is flexible for the right place)

any ideas??

Nov 28, 2007
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Dinner in W. Village near Arthur's Tavern

I'm taking a small group (5 people total) to jazz at Arthur's at 9:30pm tomorrow night. It's on Grove between Bleecker and 7th Ave.
i'd like to have 3 or 4 restaurant options for dinner beforehand (7ish).
any great recommendations? preferably places that aren't too loud, good food, not ridiculously expensive.

thanks!

Nov 15, 2007
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Manhattan Chocolate Tour

WONDERFUL!!!!

thank you!

Jul 06, 2007
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Delicious light salad for lunch

where should i go to get this, mid-day tomorrow?

[either west village, union square area, or Rockefeller Center area]

Jul 06, 2007
ElenaRS in Manhattan

Manhattan Chocolate Tour

and next question: where would you guys suggest i stop in to eat a very light but delicious salad for lunch during this day-o-chocolate?

Jul 06, 2007
ElenaRS in Manhattan