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The Presidential @4505 Burgers & BBQ - Divisadero [San Francisco]

To me that's just straight up deception - it would be like opening an olive oil company with a centuries old stone press (that didnt function) and using chemical extraction while advertising that you were "producing on a site with ancient and historically significant genuine heritage all stone presses." Seems like their marketing skills outstrip their bbq skills.

Jul 23, 2014
tex.s.toast in San Francisco Bay Area

30th Birthday Ideas

can you maybe define reasonable (or give a general ballpark)?

Jul 21, 2014
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

The Presidential @4505 Burgers & BBQ - Divisadero [San Francisco]

I dont get why it would be odd - whats their motivation to get the (finicky im sure) old pits in operation when they have lines out the door waiting to eat their much more easily produced meats made in a Southern Pride (which is essentially an oven with a smoke feature).

Jul 15, 2014
tex.s.toast in San Francisco Bay Area

Restaurant suggestion in Fillmore District [San Francisco]

when would you suggest Lower Haight was (maybe) made up by real estate agents?

Jul 15, 2014
tex.s.toast in San Francisco Bay Area

Xi'an on St. Marks open again...

Definitely noticed this on a recent visit to the midtown location - there seemed to be some knowledgeable staff (and the ones who appeared unsure did ask for help) but overall it is very difficult to maintain quality with expansion of this degree - and i cant say this is terribly surprising.

Jul 14, 2014
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

Doughnut Plant Prospect Hts.

New to me (and bad news . . . for my waistline).

Jul 14, 2014
tex.s.toast in Outer Boroughs

Coming from San Fran ... look for great Asian cuisine

I think that, proximity to TS aside, Somtum Der would be a worthwhile destination - im a SF native and have had some good Thai while visitings (though i was somewhat underwhelmed by a recent visit to Kin Khao).

Theres not much Xiian food to speak of in SF - I've heard that Terra Cotta Warrior is passable, but maybe Xiian Famous foods (though i think the midtown branch is the least well executed) or Spicy Village if you were willing to trek to chinatown - not all that far really - for the big tray chicken w hand pulled noodles and pork sandwich things.

Jul 14, 2014
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

restaurants with no kitchen hood

I think you need qualified professional advice on the codes and standards for commercial equipment set ups.

Jul 10, 2014
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

Dosas (and other regional Indian food)

we liked Chinese Mirch when they opened but had progressively less impressive meals - have you been recently?

im thinking you were referring to thelewala and kati roll in your "west village fast-casual" comment, and i really like thelewala (and dont hate kati roll) but there is also Bombay Duck which is okay even though they serve a fairly limited menu of mostly street-type snacks (not chaat, per se) like cutlets and toasties (and they are our go-to for when the Amul cheese craving hits - which is precisely never for me but it occasionally strikes the SO).

Jul 10, 2014
tex.s.toast in Manhattan
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Brooklyn in 2 weeks (coming from CA) ... suggestions?

Depending on the parts of CA the OP is coming from, im not sure that Red Hook Ballfields would be worth it.

If we could get where in CA you're coming from it would help, to a degree.

I do think that Brighton Beach/Russian/Georgian might be an experience you wouldnt get at home - it seems that the Neptune ave location of Cheburechnaya is no longer open.

How "out there" are you willing to go? My (driving) geography isnt awesome but is Neerob in Parkchester (the Bronx) on your way into/out of town? Is south asian still asian for you?

If youre taking the BQE between Coney Island and the Bridge perhaps hopping off mid-way and checking out Korzo would be worthwhile: http://www.beetketchup.com/

As a california native eastern/central european food was not something i grew up around - and the fried burgers are really pretty delicious.

If you could follow up with info on where exactly youre coming from, and perhaps narrow what you are or are not looking for a bit, it would be easier to give more precise guidance.

Jul 09, 2014
tex.s.toast in Outer Boroughs

DQ on 14th?

stopped by during pride - the line for the bathroom was longer than the line to order (there wasnt really one). servcie was a little slow/confused - we were just getting take out blizzards, food was as expected, not sure why you'd order anything but blizzards/ice cream - the savory food looked anything but, but then im not a fast food eater to start.

Jul 01, 2014
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

POOR GRAD STUDENT RECS

to me it all depends on how big a group im with - for a party larger than 2-3 i felt like we needed to double up on dishes at Somtum Der so that everyone got enough, where single-orders would suffice at Zaab Elee for a group of up to 4-5.

Jun 19, 2014
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

POOR GRAD STUDENT RECS

We havent had the same issues with the chicken but i agree that in a head-to-head Somtum Der is probably better. dollar-for-dollar it (SD) is still very affordable but id definitely say its more pricey than ZE, even if thats not obvious from looking at the menus - the items at ZE are more typical of other thai places portions where it feels like somtam der are smaller plates (great for sharing, but you would need to spend more to get the same amount of food).

Jun 19, 2014
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

POOR GRAD STUDENT RECS

2nd ave at 5th street, for future reference, but still a good choice.

Jun 18, 2014
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

Marco's Brooklyn

there is an obvious reason pointed out in egit's response to my post - which was intended to be glib and not an indictment of your sensibilities - your wine shop/importer just faces much less inflated costs of doing business and so is that much more able to offer your lower retail price. the reason you dont find low-markup wine pricing is that the margins on other products (eg food) are so bad that not capturing more profits on booze would result in non-viable businesses.

i agree its a shame, but its disingenuous to say there is no reason for it.

I can buy a super nice steak for about 20-25 dollars, why do all these restaurants feel the need to charge $100?

Jun 17, 2014
tex.s.toast in Outer Boroughs

Marco's Brooklyn

If you factor in the cost of air travel those cheap italian restaurant wines dont look like quite such a good deal ;)

but yes, it is crazy how inflated alcohol and wine prices are here (and by here i mean specifically NYC - saw some good glasses available on a recent trip to minneapolis in the 7-10 dollar range and even cocktails at a place with a michelin star in SF a few months ago were about 60% of what id expect them to cost here)

i think its one of the places local restaurateurs can go to most easily squeeze out a bit more profits - they risk pricing people out if they raise menu prices but many people will still be fine paying a few bucks more per drink.

Jun 17, 2014
tex.s.toast in Outer Boroughs

POOR GRAD STUDENT RECS

Xiian famous foods for the mt qi pork noodles, pork burger, and tiger salad. lamb dumplings as an add on if thats not enough. he really cant go wrong there, though i dont love the cumin lamb burger because its a bit one note (though if he loves spicy, and cumin, its a note he'd like).

Jun 17, 2014
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

Di Fara Pizza HORRIBLE

http://best.piz.za.com/

oh havermeyer in wburg - its a some-what modern take on classic slice-joint style, and very good (though maybe not the best? sorry, couldnt help myself)

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

Four and Twenty Blackbirds pies

I liked it (though my tolerance for sweets only allowed two smaller-than-average bites).

They had, on a recent visit, a grapefruit curd pie w. campari that i really enjoyed, complex and very grape-fruity with a ton of very forward bitterness.

its crazy expensive, yes, but i like what they do.

Jun 09, 2014
tex.s.toast in Outer Boroughs

Bostonians stayting in Brooklyn, need advice

Has the India St Pier been repaired? http://www.eastriverferry.com/NewsDet...

Jun 09, 2014
tex.s.toast in Outer Boroughs

Di Fara Pizza HORRIBLE

"no wait" obviously didnt include the travel time between midwood and williamsburg, right? (unless you have invented a teleportation device and are holding out on us!?!?)

Jun 04, 2014
tex.s.toast in Outer Boroughs

Recos for late dinner @ local joint near Marriott Marquis

while the area is, undoubtebly, saturated with generic chain crap youre rather close (by manhattan walking standards) to many non-chain options just an avenue or two west. search "hells kitchen" in the upper right hand corner of your browser and look at some existing threads, or perhaps reply back with more of what you are looking for (beside non chain) so folks can give you more guidance.

here are a number of options at a variety of price points

http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2013/0...

- havent been to that location of xiian famous foods so i cant comment on seating there but Pure Thai for noodles/soups, Don Antonio for neopolitan pizza, and Danji for semi-modern korean are all worth checking out.

Jun 04, 2014
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

Nom Wah Tea Parlor – Surprisingly Good Dim Sum at One of Chinatown’s Oldest Restaurants

had a relatively recent weekday lunch here and felt like it was pretty mixed - the good things were mainly those praised in Lau's original post - i liked the steamed pork buns (large, great bun, good filling, and i did not think they were remotely stingy with the filling to bun ratio), rice noodle roll, and the shrimp and snow pea dumpling. can't particularly recommend the fried or pan-fried items but i distinctly remember thinking to myself as we left that id return again for only the three items we enjoyed most.

would i make a special trip or wait in line for it? no probably not, though i do appreciate the english-friendly service and distinctive decor.

youre definitely paying for the service and atmosphere (and, i suppose, the fact that they are cooking to order instead of letting things sit on carts), with the large char siu bao going for $1.95 and the other dumplings considerably higher priced than other chinatown dim sum spots.

May 30, 2014
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

Bostonians stayting in Brooklyn, need advice

it seems they've given up the ghost (though the business and lease are for sale)

http://www.brownstoner.com/blog/2014/...

May 30, 2014
tex.s.toast in Outer Boroughs

park slope

This is probably a good place to mention that "park slope" covers a lot of ground and depending on where you are coming from/staying this might matter to you.

As a demonstration of this Lot 2 at the southern end of the nabe is about a 35 minute walk (per google) from my recommendation of Franny's up on flatbush.

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

park slope

Still not sure if that includes tax/tip, but Franny's is within your price range regardless and we had an excellent meal there last month.

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

park slope

what does moderately priced mean to you? it would be most helpful to include an actual price range (and specify if you are including beverages - and whether or not you plan to drink alcohol - and tax/tip in your prices).

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

Tap Beer Store Avenue U

i hear its a key ingredient in La Brea [Tar-pits] Bakery's brown bread.

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

Best of the Best

compared to Spicy Villages that pic makes it look like UZ's is strained or something - at Spicy Village the broth/sauce/oil is chock full of cumin and fennel seeds, chili pods, star anise bits, szechuan peppercorns and assorted other stuff.

obviously looks dont always equal taste but id be shocked if that rendition (at Uncle Zhou's) had nearly the palate-kicking wallop of SV's based on the picture from that link.

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

best park slope chinese delivery

agreed.

May 28, 2014
tex.s.toast in Outer Boroughs