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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
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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
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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
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Manhattan/Brooklyn sushi

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

Oct 14, 2014
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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
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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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Best BBQ in NYC

this. so much this.

Aug 29, 2014
tex.s.toast in Manhattan
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Fuss free, cool dinner for not so new to NYC

Rubirosa? Like Ttrockwood im not so sure i get a theme from your places, but we like it (Rubirosa) a lot for the price, good food, pretty hip atmosphere. Its not too near (though not that far) from either of your bar picks but its also fairly close to a bunch of your other suggestions so perhaps it would work?

Aug 26, 2014
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Best BBQ in NYC

They are (as are most wings) on the salty end of the edible spectrum. I could certainly see a saltier-than normal batch or salt sensitive customer experiencing them as just too much.

Aug 25, 2014
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Good Fried Chicken in the City

im going to assume you are looking for traditional, southern-style fried chicken, but in case not, the fried chicken thigh at Somtam Der in the East Village is great.

Aug 21, 2014
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Indian/Thai/Vietnamese in New York.

Most definitely add somtam der in the east village to this list. Terrific grilled meats (and grilled sticky rice) fried chicken thighs and spicy sour salty salads.

Best BBQ in NYC

my experience with the Brookfield Center location has been that its just as good as the EV (have not yet tried the west village shop).

Aug 09, 2014
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

Georgia's Eastside - Most Underrated Ribs in NYC?

im not entirely sure about how they could taste like barbeque (as its being construed here) without being smoked. they could taste like char, from the grill, and have typical chili/paprika/garlic n onion/sweet notes from having sauce brushed on them, but your comment seems to imply that the relationship between taste and preparation is a little less concrete than most people would probably suggest.

if im misunderstanding - thats fine - and if youre saying that they could still taste good as baked, grilled, sauced baby backs, i cant dispute that, but they wont taste like ribs smoked over wood for 4-6 hours which is what id call bbq.

Aug 09, 2014
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

Financial District Lunch Recommendations 2010

Pisillo is quite good - they arent panini in the typical (american sense) in that they are not heated/griddled, just solid italian sandwiches. they are a bit pricey (13 bucks give or take) and dont have the heaps and heaps of meat on them you might find from similar places in the outer boroughs like Defonte's and Lioni but they are well constructed with a totally adequate (but not excessive) amount of filling and good quality ingredients (they slice meat and cheese to order).

Aug 07, 2014
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where can i buy shishito peppers?

pretty sure ive bought them at all times of the year at sunrise mart

Aug 05, 2014
tex.s.toast in Manhattan