Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
t

tex.s.toast's Profile

Title Last Reply

16-YO intro to fine (and funky?) dining

We had a really pretty great meal at danji recently for your near-theater option. it is pretty high brow (though i dont think it has a michellin star any longer) but accessible - the chicken wings are amazing. its also remarkably affordable and filling - i think we got the 55 dollar tasting (i think) and it was a surprisingly large amount of food.

it may not have a ton of bells or whistles (though i find the room pretty in a small but well decorated kind of way) but its worth considering.

about 9 hours ago
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

Bites on/near Broadway for and end-to-end walk

thanks - im gathering from your response that there isnt one particular spot i should hold out for.

about 10 hours ago
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

Bites on/near Broadway for and end-to-end walk

Sounds good - any clue what the place is/was called? i just did a google streetview of that side of that block and see, in order as you go uptown towards 138:

-duane reade
-dollar store
-flor de broadway restaurant
-another non-chain pharmacy
-bodega/fruit vendor

about 12 hours ago
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

Brewery/distillery tours in NYC

Have not been to Kings County Distillery since they opened their whiskey garden/bar space but the tour was quite good (if brief, there are basically three rooms to show you). I enjoyed the attention to both historical/political forces in shaping the history of alcohol production and some solidly nerdy science as well.

Bites on/near Broadway for and end-to-end walk

Tell me more? Googling "coco pina" didnt really help much - im assuming some sort of sweet baked good but you've definitely got my attention.

1 day ago
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

Bites on/near Broadway for and end-to-end walk

Do they make a pepper/potato and egg?

Incidentally i dislike Diners in general so wasnt too tempted by Riverdale.

Aug 26, 2015
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

Bites on/near Broadway for and end-to-end walk

the first part of the walk is definitely the section im least familiar with - i was doing some google mapping and noticed this place but didnt know what the story was - thanks for the heads up!

sadly, while i would always be down, i dont know that starting a 13 mile walk with a mid morning gyro is advisable (i did mention we were walking north-to-south somewhere, right?)

Aug 26, 2015
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

Searching best dosa

I dont think there is a consensus choice in Manhattan, as evidenced by this thread. Dosai are finicky things with very very short shelf lives and peoples' preferences can be heavily shaded by childhood experiences (in this sense they are very much like bagels).

i would probably send you to Saravana Bhavan in Curry Hill, and wherever you go would recommend starting with either a plain (unfilled) dosa, so just the pancake, or a masala dosa (this one will come with a curried potato filling). to me these are the basics where you should start off - before venturing into the world of paneer and chilies and other fillings or rava or other pancake mixes (my personal standard order at this point is an onion rava masala dosa, the batter is made from a different type of flour/semolina and it gets this lacey texture from being cooked with sliced onions, and again the masala part just means that after its cooked it gets folded around the potato curry filling).

Aug 26, 2015
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

Ike's Love & Sandwiches in Serramonte

i havent had one in a while but Sub Center in west portal will always have a place in my heart. theyre nothing special, ingredients-wise, but something about getting a sandwich from the same exact guys who have worked there for pretty much my whole life and the combination of all those perfectly-run-of-the-mill ingredients makes a great sandwich.

Last minute help, please!

the brookfield location was running a special of "dirty fries" which had their (very good) house cut fries topped with burnt ends and some of the wing sauce - worth ordering if theyre being offered.

Aug 21, 2015
tex.s.toast in Manhattan
1

Whole roasted chicken $5 today only at Whole Foods

i work very near to one and dont have as much time as id like to shop and cook so we end up eating them fairly frequently - i think theyre better than most.

i bought one for lunch and can say it seems slightly less well done/jucier than usual which may be on account of them trying to rotate more through the ovens given the special price.

Aug 21, 2015
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

Mekelburg's

In case anyone else was curious where this restaurant was located (as i was) and wanted to save the click-and-google: it appears this place is on grant and greene in ft green, bk.

Aug 17, 2015
tex.s.toast in Outer Boroughs

How would you make Green Curry Pork Sausage?

unless you live in a tiny brooklyn apartment with nowhere to store the thing. maybe someone should start a kitchen equipment rental service or something. (not bitter, really)

Lunch at Hummus Place - Oh The Zhug!

Ziggy i was hoping you would chime in with this comment - i too have never heard of the weird alternate pronounciation from Taim until this past weekend when a cousin used it! i didnt ask her why or where she'd gotten it from but she grew up in (far flung) brooklyn and went to yeshiva out there through middle school.

Aug 14, 2015
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

How would you make Green Curry Pork Sausage?

id add that while i like the kitchenaide grinder the sausage stuffer attachment they sell to go with it is pretty crappy - at 15 bucks i guess its the right level of investment for those who dont make sausage that often, but it was not fun to work with.

Bites on/near Broadway for and end-to-end walk

After talking about it for a while im finally ready to prepare to do an end-to-end broadway walk and am turning to you all for tips suggestions on how to stay fueled and maybe even full as we meander down manhattan.

The plan is to take the train to marble hill and walk downtown from there. Google says the walk (without stops) is about 4.5 hrs, so im planning on making most of a day of it - figuring it will take at least 6+ with stops and distractions, with the ideal of meeting up with a group down at battery park at the end.

Schedule wise id be pretty flexible ranging from an early start to mid afternoon finish or a late morning start winding up in the evening.

Where, from 225th to the battery, should i stop for food and drinks along the way? no dietary restrictions of any kind, any suggestion welcome, with obvious preference for take out/snack/mobile friendly options (im not thinking of sitting down for a long meal in the middle). Doesnt need to be directly on broadway but id like to keep it within a block or so.

Aug 14, 2015
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

How would you make Green Curry Pork Sausage?

cubed fatty pork butt, plus probably about 25% of the weight of the pork in additional fat, cubed tossed with salt, canned green curry paste (thais used prepared stuff like this all the time, im sure making your own is great but its a pain and unless i had a thai granny to ship me some of her special recipe id be more than fine buying it) and maybe some coconut cream (not too much) and chilled for an hour or two. run the cubes through a meat grinder, mixing chopped cilantro in to the mince, and stuff in to casings.

i was making some sausage earlier this year and while out shopping for supplies came across some good looking prepared jerk paste and did basically the exact same thing but with jarred jerk instead of curry.

Best rotisserie chicken in NYC

Seems like im too late to be helpful (and im not sure how regularly its available) but we are dinner at Narcissa last week and they had a whole chicken for two as a special and man did it look good - we didnt end up ordering it but saw several come out of the kitchen and they were beautiful.

Aug 10, 2015
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

Dinner recs near NU Hotel in Brooklyn

you seem like youre from boston/new england based on posting history. totally sincere question: is there not a pervasive stereotype of brooklyn as hip/cool/food-obsessed/trendy in your parts?

Aug 05, 2015
tex.s.toast in Outer Boroughs

steak in a non steakhouse

Can you elaborate on what it is about steakhouses that turns you off? there are a variety of places in nyc id consider steakhouses that arent very traditional (Costata which has been mentioned a few times thus far for sure, also possibly American Cut which we really liked - it is unquestionably a steakhouse but not of the dingy/old-man-centric variety).

We just had our first meal at Narcissa, and while we did not get the ribeye (in fact i ordered the carrots wellington, so about the furthest thing from steak) i would STRONGLY conisder going back for it on the basis of the rest of their cooking. overall we had a terrific meal there in a decidedly not steakhouse setting (its shooting for and hitting a trendy vibe). if you go you must get the octopus app.

Another non steakhouse place that has steak and is new and trendy is Marta, more known for their pizzas but they do a great job with the wood fired grill. ive been meaning to go back since we spotted the 60 day dry aged Fiorentina for two on a neighborhs table on our last visit.

Aug 05, 2015
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

Maialino ordering

The signature mialino has never let me down, though its been a while since we've had it (last couple visits have been at brunch).

Ill second others recommendation of the carbonara and say that one time when we went they had a special of sorts that was sweetbreads, miatake mushrooms wrapped in prosciutto and it was amazing. i forget what they called it but it was not even really appetizer sized, it was more like italian sushi (i think it was like 3 or 4 bucks for a single, two bite piece of offal, shrooms, and pork).

Aug 04, 2015
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

Dinner recs near NU Hotel in Brooklyn

how casual? can you be more specific about pricing?

We live close by and would suggest Colonie (~3 blocks down atlantic, maybe too far?) French Louie, Sottocasa (no hard alocohol/cocktails though) for solid neopolitan style pizza. Ganso Yaki for japanese drinking snacks is the other direction on atlantic but also less than 4 blocks. Mile End might be another option but i dont think they have cocktails either (and their website appears to be down so i cant check).

Aug 03, 2015
tex.s.toast in Outer Boroughs

Russ & Daughters - food shop order

i dont think that all cream cheeses from all appetizing/bagel spots are inherently superior to philadelphia but R&D's sells Ben's which most definitely is superior.

Russ & Daughters - food shop order

id be pretty tempted get some of their dill-horseradish cream cheese and wasabi tobiko (flyign fish roe) to recreate their greatest (imo) contribution to food - the super heebster sandwich.

i may or may not have done this myself (choosing to take home the insides of the sandwich separately and making myself one at home with a fresher/better bagel)

NYC for 3 days!

trendy w steak and pasta? check out Costata (apparently im a poet . . .)

Brooklyn Bavarian Biergarten

agreed that this is a bang up post - missed the obvious opportunity for the title though "BK Bavarian Beer Hall - WE MAKE YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE"

Whole turmeric

Dual Specialty in the East Village on 1st ave also carries it, im fairly certain.

Jul 20, 2015
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

Greenmarket Rant

Unlike my local neighborhood grocery stores or Trader Joes which are barren wastelands of emptiness on Saturdays /s

Jul 17, 2015
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

Chiang Mai 293 Van Brunt St. Red Hook Just steps away

im not sure about that - i dont really care for DNA info generally but do think that particular reporter - Nikita Venugopal is reasonably good at what she does. the only "slanderous" thing i see is the ex partners allegation that Supachana was taking money, which the reporter attributes to the offended part, says no legal action has yet been initiated, and then says Supchana declined to comment (on the split, she obviously gave quotes about her food, one of which was used).

To me it looks as much like she is staying above the fray while hes left crushing on his sour grapes.

Jul 17, 2015
tex.s.toast in Outer Boroughs

Good brunches/dinners near Downtown Brooklyn

Building on Bond is pretty solid for brunch.

we live on the brooklyn heights side of the nabe but would highly recommend you consider traveling as far as our side for Colonie and La Vara (though the later may be too out there for your meat and potatoes non-father-in-law). Also on this side of things Henry Public is fun and good and traditional as can be.

youre also under a half mile from Mile End should you not mind waiting for brunch or want a good dinner (though we havent been since the Sussman brothers stopped cooking there)

Jul 15, 2015
tex.s.toast in Outer Boroughs