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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).

about 1 hour ago
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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).

about 22 hours ago
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
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Greenmarket Rant

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

Jul 17, 2015
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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

Masala Times - Village

do you know how recently? we were there maybe a month and a half ago and found it to be the same as ever.

Jul 10, 2015
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

New Yorkers Seeking the Good Stuff

tjinsf and i agree here - i havent had Solber in a while but any time ive had them at the flea they have been pre-made and nowhere near as good as my favorites in SF including Balompie and La Saneteca.

hell, even the food panchitas makes for the drunks on valencia are better than any ive had in NYC.

HELP! ideas for restaurant for gift certificate

La Vara isnt ostentatiously romantic or fancy but damn the food is good and its cute in a neighborhood/hidden gem sort of way (as hidden as a place that got a michellin star can be, anyway).

Jul 02, 2015
tex.s.toast in Outer Boroughs

Smorgasburg - any recos? Heading over this weekend

A little late for your purposes (sorry, was away for a bit and didnt reply sooner) but we've been going pretty regularly to the sunday market at Brooklyn Bridge Park and have some thoughts:

The Great:
-Goa Taco - the pork belly in paratha with crispy chicharon, cabbage and some mayo-ey sauce is great, a must order.
-handsome hanks fish shack - the fish/shrimp mixed plate (no fries) was 14 bucks and i thought a good value at that
-bolivian llama party is consistently tasty (though we tend to go to the rockaway location)
-the fries (home frites) up front are really good
-outer borough's roast pork pancake rolls are terrific also, and make a good wrapped pig face-off with the goa taco.
-east coast poke was really good - a bit pricey but not beyond what id expect for raw fish given the setting, would definitely get again

the pretty good:
the paratha kitchen was solid home-style indian, loved the condiments/accompaniments
bon chovie (havent had this season but enjoyed them previously - handsome hanks is stylistically different but, to me, preferable)

still want to try:
-zia green chili kitchen (southwestern)
-mofongo

Jun 30, 2015
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How do Manhatannites keep track of food trucks?

Can we talk about these for a second - i work right here and one of these trucks does about 99% more business than the other one (the one on the greenwich side of the southwest corner, closest to the corner). so much so that ive seen the other cart move over to claim the spot after the first cart leaves.

ive been meaning to get some coworkers together to do a blind taste test to see if all of the customers who clearly favor the one cart could be right, but my current diet doesnt really accommodate halal cart.

Ive seen a dosa guy just off the same corner (further west on murray) the last couple weeks - his stuff looks pretty good (and the customer base certainly seem like they know a good dosa from a bad one) but i havent tried them for mostly the same reasons.

Jun 24, 2015
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

Whitefish Salad

this is terrible news (for me)! my gym is really close to them and i could see treating myself to one of these post-workout. sigh, the struggle is real.

Jun 16, 2015
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Whitefish Salad

while i know this is the manhattan board, as a fellow whitefish salad lover (and i agree that the R&D whitefish salmon mix is not ideal) i highly highly recommend Shelsky's in brooklyn (court street just off atlantic, across from the Trader Joes). Their bluefish salad with orange segments and hazelnuts sounds a little precious/contrived but its just so good.

then again, I was raised in SF and understand the lack of traditional appetizing - when you just want some super basic whitefish ive had surprisingly good luck with less fancy and more "regular" bagel shops - the La Bagel Delight just down court from Shelsky's makes one that, while totally unremarkable, hits all the right notes for a basic whitefish salad.

bottom line - i think you can definitlely do better than BHB from costco, at just about any place thats making it themselves and turning it over fairly frequently.

Jun 15, 2015
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17th birthday dinner nice restaurant

Not sure why you would think soft drinks wouldnt eat into their already pretty tight budget - somewhere "nice" and "dressy" as requested is going to get them at least 2.50-4.00 even for non alcoholic beverages, which is upwards of 10% of their total food and bev budget per person.

Jun 12, 2015
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17th birthday dinner nice restaurant

Im a bit confused about what you think "order a la carte" means - you dont want to be forced into a set menu, but do want to pre-order food for your guests?

In any case you're looking at about $25 per person before tax and tip ( i dont think you're going to find anywhere that will NOT add 18-20% tip for a party of this size, plus the city has gotta get its share too).

as pbjluver mentioned - do you want this 25/pp to cover drinks?

Jun 11, 2015
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

Searching best dosa

the tomato chutney we had at Saravanaa Bhavan on Lex last week was really great - possibly the best part of an overall very solid meal.

Jun 11, 2015
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Searching best dosa

That would have been Bombay Duck, i think. Never had their dosas (they only serve them on weekends) but we have enjoyed a couple of quick meals/snacks there - its very home styled and appeals to my wife's nostalgia as much as actual taste - they offer an Amul Cheese and Chili Dosa (Amul Cheese is basically the kraft singles of india).

Jun 11, 2015
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

Great Indian Restaurant in Manhattan?

Just had a very good dosa-based dinner at Saravanaa Bhavan on lex. i do think the chennai locations ive visited are better but that is probably irrelevant here.

It is certainly not in the same class as Tamarind and Junoon (both of which i think are fine but like you just ok - and if i am footing the bill they would not be in the running as i dont think theres a great value there).

The "decor" score for SB on the zagat sign they had posted was a 9.

Saravanaa Bhavan is solid canteen-style south indian - on my most recent visit we had the rava masala dosa (with chilies and onions) and the paneer dosa and the dahi vada (which the menu calls curd vada). an order of pav bhaji came out while we were sitting there and looked terrific. they do a great job with the chutneys (though the sambar is only ok - i felt it could/should have been more sour).

Where is your out-of-town colleague coming from?

Jun 04, 2015
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Sushisamba 7 or sushisamba park what are the differences?

Not getting a dig in for reviving an old thread, but speaking of updates - im pretty certain sushisamba park is no longer. havent had reason to be in the area much in the last couple years but was by there recently and it seemed gone.

eta: confirmed - http://www.grubstreet.com/2014/06/sus...

Jun 04, 2015
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Murray Hill and adjacent neighborhoods

The soft scrambled eggs and pastries are to die for. Love dinner and the bar is a good spot to eat - nice crowd and very good service too, but definitely worth a visit for breakfast/brunch.

Jun 01, 2015
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Yet another NYC report (if you care)....

without weighing in on whether or not you might be sensitive im curious about what you experienced at Defontes? sure the guys seem straight out of central casting and have a strong sense of "brooklyn brusque" as it were but ive never had what i would call genuinely rude service there. also im impressed you were able to take down two of their smaller sandwiches because they are still huge. and now i want a pepper and egg hero.

May 30, 2015
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

Yet another NYC report (if you care)....

if youre leaning towards falafel and away from schwarma on your next visit there are much better options to be found (search the board for various strongly held opinions on which of taim, nish nush, and various others are the best, though there are at least half a dozen well respected places that put out much better falafel than mamouns - though many of them are dairy and therefor serve no schwarma).

Round out my Atlantic Ave run

I guess its all dependent on what you think of as the "new generation of brooklynites"

to me Dellapietra's is the picture of new new even as it attempts to look and feel old timey.

im not sure that the presence of strollers in Sahadi's says as much about the demographic of its patrons as you seem to think.

honestly comparing it to times square is just wildly off base - i would say that the most likely interpretation of that slur would be that it is soul-less, hermetic, and utterly without value. perhaps the store is larger and cleaner (and busier?) than when you grew up patronizing them, but you make it out to sound like they are as local/special as a duane reade.

May 20, 2015
tex.s.toast in Outer Boroughs

Pete Wells on Javelina.

entirely serious question: did you have a hard time getting in/was it crowded?

May 20, 2015
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

Pizza in Manhattan

thirding motorino. returned again for the umpteenth time recently and the prosciutto pie is as good as ever (it does not have arugula on it, however).

my wife and i were reminiscing about the unacceptably long period about 6 months to a year after they opened the East Village location when it (the prosciutto pie) was unavailable because their slicer needed a part imported from italy. glad to have those dark days behind us.

May 20, 2015
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Round out my Atlantic Ave run

if sahadi's has a hipster/yuppie vibe to you, you must have a real problem dealing with about 95% of the rest of the borough.