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Best calzone in NYC?

lucali's calzone is indeed excellent, though its not the fried style the OP mentions.

Feb 21, 2015
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

Park Slope / V-Day

Are you looking for a place with romantic ambiance for the actual night of valentines day (which, unfortunately for you, falls on a Saturday this year)? That may be a big lift this late in the game.

My immediate thought was Convivium Osteria but they arent showing any openings for 2/14 on opentable, you might have more luck if you try calling them.

My next thought would be the excellent sushi at Katsuei on 7th ave, but while the food is terrific i dont think id call it romantic (its sort of unatmospheric, just there, neither downscale or particularly nice, just a blank palate for truly terrific fish and rice).

Good luck and do end up letting us know where you end up.

Feb 11, 2015
tex.s.toast in Outer Boroughs

Your Favorite $5 or under bites in San Francisco

On a recent, albeit very brief, visit back to SF I got a banh mi at Sing Sing on hyde and had a great experience. The $4 sandwich was better than any of my reasonably accessible NYC options AND germane to the conversation about free beverages it came with a glass of (unsweetened) iced tea, a pleasant surprise.

Good pizza and rice balls?

None of the suggestions above are typically "NY-style" pizzas.

Marta, while very good, is shooting for a roman-inspired ultra thin crust.

Rubirosa is producing another very thin (and quite good) style that i think is meant to reference Staten Island bar pies.

Don Antonio is very very traditionally neopolitan.

Frankly most [classical] "NY Style" pizza isnt all that great, the biggest market for these down-market slices is and always has been post-school crowds who arent known for their refined pallets and deep pockets (not that pizza need be expensive to be good). To me, anyway, a typical ny city slice is inhaled between errands or as an emergency hunger-mitigation method between meals, its not something I think about planning a meal around, particularly.

One old-school spot where you could still sit down (and have quite an atmospheric experience) would be Johns on bleeker in the village. Of all of the old-school places that are still around its my first pick for a sit-down visit.

Feb 09, 2015
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

Hipster eats and drinks

169 is awesome - and for a place as decidedly dingy the oysters have always been spot on.

it can get kind of crowded fridays and saturdays.

Jan 15, 2015
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

Favorite cookbooks by NYC chefs

The Roberta's cookbook is pretty great - both visually and for the recipes it includes (though i suppose your opinion on this will vary with your feelings on Roberta's in general.)

Dec 05, 2014
tex.s.toast in Manhattan
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Where can I find great PIEROGIES in Manhattan??

It's not a regular menu items so perhaps this comments value is questionable, but we had a dinner special of meat pierogies at Russ and Daughter's cafe a few weeks ago that was excellent. more refined than typical presentation these were boiled and came with some braised greens, sauteed mushrooms and a really rich reduced stock/sauce.

Nov 25, 2014
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

The Red Rooster - anybody been?

Yeah i think we were there a little later in 2012 but still not really recent. My comment wasn't meant to say that the OP should definitely choose RR over other options but merely to say that just because some of NYC's better Ethiopian was a nearby option, they shouldnt assume they would be any better than the options in the Twin Cities (which, for east african, are very very good).

Nov 25, 2014
tex.s.toast in Manhattan
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The Red Rooster - anybody been?

I haven't been to Zoma but i havent had any Ethiopian in NYC that compared to Fasika in St Paul. . . We havent been back to Red Rooster in quite a while (its not all that covenient to us) but its definitely not something you can get all that easily back in Mpls.

Nov 24, 2014
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

Brooklyn Source for Russ & Daughters-Esque Chopped Liver?

I have had the Shelsky's liver within the last couple weeks and can say that it is terrific. Also highly recommend the bluefish salad with hazelnuts and orange segments.

Nov 19, 2014
tex.s.toast in Outer Boroughs

Brodo

that might make the first time id ever turned down a jello shot!

Nov 07, 2014
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

Traditional North India / Punjabi

Tamarind in tribeca is well below your lower limit of 34th street but still pretty west. Its sort of absurdly overpriced but on a recent visit (we werent paying) the food was all quite good.

Nov 06, 2014
tex.s.toast in Manhattan
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Ridiculously Downhill Alert: Damascus Bakery

that baba ganoush is better than any commercial one i can find - outsourced or not I will continue to buy it (love the pronounced herbal flavors and overall balance).

goat labneh is also great from the fridge case.

of their baked goods we really only ever buy the pita (good) and sambousek - which are technically fried not baked, but make a delicious snack for a buck each in either the cheese or meat variety.

Nov 05, 2014
tex.s.toast in Outer Boroughs

Burgers

Really? this definitely goes in one of those inexplicable and probably indefensible restaurant policies.

Oct 30, 2014
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

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
tex.s.toast in Outer Boroughs

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
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

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
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

Manhattan/Brooklyn sushi

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

Oct 14, 2014
tex.s.toast in Manhattan

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
tex.s.toast in Outer Boroughs