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Favorite cookbooks by NYC chefs

The Roberta's cookbook is pretty great - both visually and for the recipes it includes (though i suppose your opinion on this will vary with your feelings on Roberta's in general.)

Dec 05, 2014
tex.s.toast in Manhattan
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Where can I find great PIEROGIES in Manhattan??

It's not a regular menu items so perhaps this comments value is questionable, but we had a dinner special of meat pierogies at Russ and Daughter's cafe a few weeks ago that was excellent. more refined than typical presentation these were boiled and came with some braised greens, sauteed mushrooms and a really rich reduced stock/sauce.

Nov 25, 2014
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

The Red Rooster - anybody been?

Yeah i think we were there a little later in 2012 but still not really recent. My comment wasn't meant to say that the OP should definitely choose RR over other options but merely to say that just because some of NYC's better Ethiopian was a nearby option, they shouldnt assume they would be any better than the options in the Twin Cities (which, for east african, are very very good).

Nov 25, 2014
tex.s.toast in Manhattan
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The Red Rooster - anybody been?

I haven't been to Zoma but i havent had any Ethiopian in NYC that compared to Fasika in St Paul. . . We havent been back to Red Rooster in quite a while (its not all that covenient to us) but its definitely not something you can get all that easily back in Mpls.

Nov 24, 2014
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

Brooklyn Source for Russ & Daughters-Esque Chopped Liver?

I have had the Shelsky's liver within the last couple weeks and can say that it is terrific. Also highly recommend the bluefish salad with hazelnuts and orange segments.

Nov 19, 2014
tex.s.toast in Outer Boroughs

Brodo

that might make the first time id ever turned down a jello shot!

Nov 07, 2014
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

Traditional North India / Punjabi

Tamarind in tribeca is well below your lower limit of 34th street but still pretty west. Its sort of absurdly overpriced but on a recent visit (we werent paying) the food was all quite good.

Nov 06, 2014
tex.s.toast in Manhattan
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Ridiculously Downhill Alert: Damascus Bakery

that baba ganoush is better than any commercial one i can find - outsourced or not I will continue to buy it (love the pronounced herbal flavors and overall balance).

goat labneh is also great from the fridge case.

of their baked goods we really only ever buy the pita (good) and sambousek - which are technically fried not baked, but make a delicious snack for a buck each in either the cheese or meat variety.

Nov 05, 2014
tex.s.toast in Outer Boroughs

Burgers

Really? this definitely goes in one of those inexplicable and probably indefensible restaurant policies.

Oct 30, 2014
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

Planning Philly chefs road trip to Brooklyn

what kind of food do you cook/are you most interested in?

Oct 18, 2014
tex.s.toast in Outer Boroughs

Brooklyn Pizza around Barclays

Barboncino definitely has a (full) liquor license.

Oct 16, 2014
tex.s.toast in Outer Boroughs

Pizza or Burgers Pre-Theatre

seconded.

Oct 15, 2014
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

Empellon Al Pastor

"give this a whirl" - in reference to the rotating spit. i see what you did there.

Oct 15, 2014
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

Where to get pork neck in NYC?

the neck bones i have purchased in the past had lots of meat on them. . .

Oct 15, 2014
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

Manhattan/Brooklyn sushi

Sushi Katsuei in Park Slope would be a good option - check the Outer Boroughs board for reports.

Oct 14, 2014
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

Where to get pork neck in NYC?

before clicking through to the full question i thought you were asking about pork neck bones (i think they are sometimes known as chine). ive gotten them in various chinatown butchers at ridiculously cheap prices to make massive vats of incredibly porky collagen laden broths.

Oct 14, 2014
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

Any quick suggestions on where to lunch in Tribeca today?

i suspect its probably too late but Kori has really very good korean food (if its not too far north for you).

Oct 10, 2014
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

Brooklyn Cancer free Celebration help needed...researched

would you have enough people for a reservation at colonie (i think it requires six) on saturday night? was just there with visiting family and had a very very good meal that i think came to around 70/person but that included 2 cocktails each.

also, for your splurge - we love love love sushi katsuei on 7th ave in the slope. im not a hibino hater but its my go-to for spending a little more than usual on sushi but not breaking the bank. with the sushi and sashimi omakase, some sake and usually an additional appetizer and piece of fish each it runs about 120/pp including tax and tip.

Oct 03, 2014
tex.s.toast in Outer Boroughs

Sylvain or Kingfish solo dining?

maybe my threshold for pretentious is quite high (SF native now reside in brooklyn) but i didnt get that vibe from Kingfish at all. Chris at the bar was a great conversationalist and made some truly excellent drinks. That said we didnt eat a full meal there, just had the fried green tomato salad with a couple of cocktails, and can't comment on Sylvian at all since we didnt get there, but i sure liked Kingfish (for the bar) a lot.

Oct 03, 2014
tex.s.toast in New Orleans
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Burger quandary: Spotted Pig vs NoMad vs Peter Luger?

I havent had the NoMad burger but agree with others that the Spotted Pig burger is overwhelmed by the blue cheese flavor (and i love blue cheese). In addition i found it to be rather mushy and lacking structure/char (maybe it was there but harder to taste through all that roquefort). The last straw, for me, is the fries that accompany the burget - not bad, per se, but more like chips as they are so thin and crispy that there is no inner potato.

Lugers burger is pretty well perfect - except for only being available for lunch and the potentially mortal sin of serving american cheese (easily remedied by, as ZaZa suggests, by getting it without). The bonus of being able to get a side of lugers bacon makes it a no brainer, in my book.

Just recently had the lamb burger at The Breslin, which was fantastic - better technically - more char and texture, much more favorable cheese-to-meat balance, and the thicker cut on the thrice fried potatoes was much more to my liking.

Oct 01, 2014
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

SF Foodies Visiting in 2 weeks

I was, somewhat begrudgingly, dragged to Satsuma on our recent trip - not that excited by the lack of NOLA-ness and general hiptser/healthy vibe (i get enough of that here in brooklyn) BUT the biscut breakfast sandwich was terrific and the vibe is very very bywater.

We also did brunch at Atchafalaya and really enjoyed it - the fried chicken and biscuits was superb and i really likes my eggs atchafalaya over fried green tomatoes with crab and hollandaise.

Oct 01, 2014
tex.s.toast in New Orleans

ACME - Jalapeno Fish Spread?

It isnt jalapeno flavored (or probably as good a value as Acme's) but we really like Shelky's bluefish salad with roasted hazelnuts, orange segments, and fennel.

Sep 29, 2014
tex.s.toast in Outer Boroughs

Atlantic Antic today?

We stopped at the table being staffed by two very friendly bakers who appear not to have a regular/brick and mortar operation: http://www.pistachenyc.com/catering/s...

tried a quiche w goat cheese and carmelized onions and piece of puff pastry with anchiovies, dried tomatoes and olives, plus a sweet pastry cream filled thing which i did not get the official french name of, but man, all three were delicious.

Sep 29, 2014
tex.s.toast in Outer Boroughs

DeFonte's Sandwich Shop

there are actually 5-6 picnic tables in the parking lot/area next door, and the counter where it seems most regulars take thier sandwiches before heading back to whatever firehouse or construction site they work out of (im not saying either of these are prime seating choices but you dont HAVE to take it with you)

Sep 25, 2014
tex.s.toast in Outer Boroughs

DeFonte's Sandwich Shop

The manhattan shop is, sadly, closed - there was some issue with the building owner and they lost their lease to redevelopment.

I LOVE defontes (had 12 feet of their sandwiches for a recent birthday, in fact)but i dont know that id send you there on a 5 day trip to NYC. theoretically if you were going to have an adventure down court street and a roam around red hook anyway it would be a good plan but its fairly remote and not terribly near other noteworthy attractions.

if you do end up going the valentino special, pepper and eggs, and steak pizzaolo are favorites (i prefer them to the much lauded roast beef and mozz/"mutz" which is good but not my favorite).

Sep 24, 2014
tex.s.toast in Outer Boroughs

Staying 10/30 - 11/2

we didnt get to peche but id be hard pressed to find a reason to not go to august for lunch. at 20 bucks its an outright steal - couldnt get over what a great value it was.

Sep 23, 2014
tex.s.toast in New Orleans

Restaurant August Sunday brunch reviews?

we were just there last week for lunch, but I do recall seeing pricing for brunch. im fairly certain the gnocchi were 18 (same as at dinner or friday lunch) and the pain perdu was 27 - kind of steep for french toast if you dont value in the quail and the fact that it is august.

planning on including a write up of our lunch in a (forthecoming) trip report - but id rate it a strong buy based on our meal. oh and if you go be sure to get a dark and stormy, the house made ginger ale needs to be tasted to be believed.

Sep 23, 2014
tex.s.toast in New Orleans

Fuel to Fried Chicken Fights

Just in town this past weekend and didnt go to Dooky but thought that the chicken at willie may's was just about perfect. salty, spicy, beautifully crispy outside and super moist insides.

we also had brunch at Atchafalaya and got the chicken and biscuits which came as white meat off the bone under gravy but was really really good.

Sep 23, 2014
tex.s.toast in New Orleans

Soft Shells

Im planning on a longer write-up of our just-completed NOLA trip but we had dinner friday night at Le Petite Grocery where the soft shell crab special for the evening was positively sublime. fried, though hardly battered, served with corn and tomatoes and a "crytal butter" that the waiter acknowledged was basically fancy pants buffalo (wing) sauce. really delicious.

Sep 23, 2014
tex.s.toast in New Orleans

2 Burn-Your-Face-Off Spicy Dinners?

Im going to go out on a limb here and say that Sri Lankan food in Unalaska is probably hard to find.

Sep 09, 2014
tex.s.toast in Manhattan
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