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Best BBQ in NYC

this. so much this.

Aug 29, 2014
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

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
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

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
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

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
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

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

Georgia's Eastside - Most Underrated Ribs in NYC?

BBQ is about (a diversity of) tradition(s). "Baby back" ribs are a modern invention - ive heard an apocryphal story that a massive order of boneless pork loin by an east asian country (Korea?) in the mid-late 20th century led American pork producers to the term as a way to sell off what was effectively waste meat.

Websters has the first usage of the term in 1954:
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictio...

As noted they dont take as long to cook and lack the fat and connective tissues that make bbq work.

Aug 04, 2014
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

Generous portions, cheap prices, good food--is it possible in NYC anymore?

not most of them. mighty quinns is, in my mind, the best and best value of NYCs big name bbq options - compared to, say, hill country its not only a great bargain but the food is considerably better. i guess you could camp out on a table for 45 minutes without getting bothered, it is sit down, as requested (though not table service), and offers doggy bags.

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

Is "calamari steak" available in SF?

I have had, and enjoyed, the calamari steak dore w capers at sams on numerous occassions.

Brooklyn for group of 30?

Any other constraints? Hill Country in Downtown is quite large and while it is definitely not my #1 BBQ destination, it has its merits.

Aug 01, 2014
tex.s.toast in Outer Boroughs

Manhattan Steakhouse that isn't loud?

I liked the Pastrami Steak (and other food) quite a lot at American Cut, but we had a 845(?) Saturday reservation and quiet is NOT a word i would use to describe the experience. I did not mind, though im not terribly sensitive to loud restaurants i do notice and think theres a time and place for a variety of settings, but i would categorically exclude it if you are seeking quiet. perhaps at other times and on other days it may be different.

Aug 01, 2014
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

List of top steakhouses in NYC

I also really enjoyed the pastrami spiced steak at american cut and can heartily recommend the marrow w escargot and in addition to the steak. the complimentary everything biscuits are also excellent.

Jul 28, 2014
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

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.

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).

Restaurant suggestion in Fillmore District [San Francisco]

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

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
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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
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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