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Burgers

The Library at the Public (although not in Midtown) has a friggin' awesome burger and a small but good beer list (I love the Other Half IPA). It's also a beautiful room, easy to get into, and very relaxed; not a place where you'll feel rushed at all. Man I love their burger! (Note, however, that the burger is $19, which you should take into account since you're trying to save cash!)

about 19 hours ago
Blumie in Manhattan

Is Chinatown the best place in Manhattan to buy live lobsters?

Ok, I admit that I did not believe your statements about atrophying lobsters, but a google search has turned up support for the proposition. One article attributed the atrophy to not being fed while in the tanks, another to the fact that their claws are clamped.

Oct 20, 2014
Blumie in Manhattan

Is Chinatown the best place in Manhattan to buy live lobsters?

If their website is any indication, they're much more expensive than what I'm paying.

Oct 20, 2014
Blumie in Manhattan

Need Three Suggestions First Time Visit

As someone who also prefers regular ol' breakfast to fancier brunches, I've never gotten the jazz brunch obsession unless it was to celebrate a special occasion. So I say skip the jazz brunch and go have a great casual breakfast at Surrey's on Magazine St. (yes, there will be a line, but -- assuming, based on your hotel location, that you're going to the one in the LGD rather than uptown -- you can go grab a good cup of coffee down the street at Mojo while you wait). There are always plenty of opportunities to see great live music in New Orleans; there's no necessity to combine it with your breakfast.

Oct 20, 2014
Blumie in New Orleans
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Is Chinatown the best place in Manhattan to buy live lobsters?

The lobsters I get in C-town definitely are alive and kicking; the vendors always like to demonstrate this to you when they pull them from the tank. That said, I'm pretty sure that the lobsters I'm getting in C-town are soft shell (or "shedders") based on how easy it is to crack the shell. So I guess it's possible that the price difference is explained, in part, by hard shell vs. soft shell. (And, by the way, I think this also explains why some lobsters have muscle much smaller than the size of the shell, rather than atrophy from staying in the tank.) Here's one of many pieces that a google search turns up distinguishing between hard and soft shell lobsters:

http://www.thurstonforlobster.com/pag...

Some of these articles claim that hard shell lobsters are tastier; others claim that soft shell lobsters are tastier. But unless someone convinces me otherwise, at this price differential, I think I'll stick with C-town for now.

Oct 20, 2014
Blumie in Manhattan

Herbsaint or clancys

I agree with Smarttyparty, and most importantly the assertion that "If you are searching for a more unique NO experience, Clancy's for sure," which is why Clancy's gets my vote.

Oct 20, 2014
Blumie in New Orleans

Is Chinatown the best place in Manhattan to buy live lobsters?

When cooking, I do most of my shopping at Eataly, where I find the product quality very high and the prices, although high, no higher than Whole Foods. However, when making a lobster dish recently, the lobsters at Eataly were $12.80/lb., compared to $7/lb. in Chinatown. Is there any reason to believe the lobsters at Eataly would be any better? Is there any better place in NYC to buy live lobsters?

Oct 20, 2014
Blumie in Manhattan

Onion ring rec

It's kinda ironic that you criticize them for piling "all that crap on top" of the burgers because they don't put all the crap that you want in the burger! I eat my Bartley burgers with no toppings other than cheese, raw onions, pickles and ketchup, and I think they're great. And although the fries are nothing special, I also completely disagree with you about the rings. But again, it seems to me that it's ok that different people like different things; I'm not so sure why people need to argue in such absolute terms as though there's some objective answer.

Oct 14, 2014
Blumie in Greater Boston Area

Late Night Arrival, Meal near Hotel?

I definitely recommend a cab. Sure it would be nice to save the $40 ($33 flat fare plus tip), but the public transportation options are not great: there are E2 busses at 7:12p, 8:16p, and 9:20p, but, as noted, at these times they do not run all the way to your hotel, so you'd have to switch to a second bus (the RTA 39 bus, which runs every half an hour until about 10pm and then every hour). It's hard to imagine it's worth the time and hassle.

And, of course, by taking a taxi you'll be at your hotel much sooner, and will have countless great options for grabbing your first meal in New Orleans.

Oct 14, 2014
Blumie in New Orleans

Onion ring rec

Not sure why this thread is turning into a debate about Bartley's. Some people love it (including me); some people don't (including you). Presumably that's ok.

Oct 14, 2014
Blumie in Greater Boston Area

Onion ring rec

I love the burgers and onion rings at Bartley's, but it's so obviously NOT what the OP is looking for. Not a place to hang with a "bro," no good beer (in fact, no beer other than root beer), and not in Boston proper.

Oct 13, 2014
Blumie in Greater Boston Area

Food between Penn Station and Javits Center

I'm a fan of the skylight diner, too, but note that it's just a diner, albeit a good one. It's not clear from your post if you're looking for something fancier.

Oct 08, 2014
Blumie in Manhattan

Bar for Giants fans to watch NLCS?

My brother and nephew will be in town from the SF area this weekend for the New Yorker Festival and likely will be looking for a place to watch the Giants/Cards game on Saturday night. Any suggestions? They'll be staying in Chelsea, but might be interested in a place where Giants fans congregate, if such a place exists.

Oct 08, 2014
Blumie in Manhattan

Saturday early dinner with kids

I can't comment on the food because I have not been there in some time, but GW Fins used to do a great job when I would bring my daughter as a toddler. (She just turned 15, so you can see how dated my advice is.)

Oct 08, 2014
Blumie in New Orleans

Baby-friendly spot for lox and bagels Sunday brunch near Grand Central

Depending on how (un)-fancy you want, Ess-a-Bagel, on 3rd Avenue at 51st St. might be a great option for lox and bagels.

Oct 07, 2014
Blumie in Manhattan

4 lunches in Manhattan and 2 early dinners - it's all about the food!

Have you considered eating after your shows rather than before so you don't have to feel rushed and don't have to sit though a show with a full stomach?

Oct 05, 2014
Blumie in Manhattan

Red Bird - Waltham gets something special!!

"with no awkward pauses between courses ..."

Yeah, don't you hate it when you've got to talk to the person your dining with?!?!

Oct 05, 2014
Blumie in Greater Boston Area

Revelatory new Sichuan restaurant--Legend on 7th Avenue at 15th

Anytime I go into a new restaurant I'll ask the waiter what their favorite things are. Doesn't mean I'll go with their recommendation, but it is one person's opinion and I'll take it into account.

Oct 04, 2014
Blumie in Manhattan

Sylvain or Kingfish solo dining?

I've eaten at the bar at Sylvain a couple times and enjoyed it very much.

Oct 03, 2014
Blumie in New Orleans

Looking for good cumin lamb - Shu Han Ju?

As I've noted in the past, I've never found cumin lamb in Manhattan as good as I get at Sichuan Gourmet in Framingham, MA, but the version I had at La Vie en Szechuan is the best I've had here. I also liked the version at Szechuan Gourmet on 56th St. but not as much. (Note, however, that I've only sampled each once.)

Oct 02, 2014
Blumie in Manhattan

Balthazar: worth the price?

From Pete Wells's recent (and favorable) review of Cherche Midi:

"There is a limit, though, and Balthazar is approaching it. The cooking, under Mr. McBride, has become utterly mundane, a pretty but flavorless imitation of French food of the kind found at any generic fake bistro. Cherche Midi’s salade niçoise is delicious from start to finish; Balthazar’s is a bowl of ingredients that can’t remember what they’re supposed to taste like. How can the same chef and the same restaurateur be responsible for both?"

This criticism if Balthazar is consistent with my experience when I ate there after starting this thread. In addition to being pretty expensive for what it is, it wasn't that good. I feel differently about Minetta Tavern, where I feel like I get my money's worth, even with its high prices. And I'm looking forward to my first visit to Cherche Midi in two weeks.

Oct 02, 2014
Blumie in Manhattan

Where to eat near or on Frenchman Street?

If you cross Canal and walk down N. Peters, it merges with Decatur. Stay left on Decatur when they split again near Cafe du Monde, and shortly after the split Coop's Place will be on your left. It's a dive bar that serves good and reasonably priced local cuisine. And although I rarely go there anymore for a variety of reasons, I think it still nicely fills a niche for requests such as this one.

Oct 02, 2014
Blumie in New Orleans

Late Night Arrival, Meal near Hotel?

I'm curious how you plan to get to your hotel via streetcar.

Oct 02, 2014
Blumie in New Orleans

Question about making a seafood stew with crawfish

While this post might not properly belong in the New Orleans forum, I am looking for advice from those well experienced cooking with crawfish, so I figured the New Orleans board was the best place to start.

Last night I made a Catalan seafood stew with lobster and clams, following a recipe that was published in the NYTimes (http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/10...) fairly close to the letter. It was great, even better a day later when I added some fresh shrimp to the leftovers. There's no question in my mind that crawfish would be a great addition, too. So for those of you experienced cooking with crawfish, what would you recommend I do? At one end of the spectrum, I could add whole, uncooked crawfish, which sounds great but would require diners to dig them out of the stew and eat them liked at a crawfish boil. (And which, of course, I can only do when they're in season.) At the opposite end, I could buy pre-cooked tails, which are pretty easy to find all year round, and just add them at the last minute. I also could see using crawfish as a substitute for the lobster in the recipe, boiling the bugs, pulling the meat out of the tail to add to the stew later, and then boiling the shells to make a stock for the soup. What do you think?

Sep 29, 2014
Blumie in New Orleans

Great meal at Jaiya (Thai; 3rd Ave. at 29th St. location) last night

Ok, so I've now been two more times, and I've loved it each time. And if you tell them that you want the spice level ramped up, they'll take you at your word.

Sep 29, 2014
Blumie in Manhattan

Farmers Market or take-out option prior to Statue of Liberty tour

It's a little inconvenient, but might be worth it:

From Times Square, take the N or R train downtown to 23rd St. When you come upstairs, you'll be at Eataly, which is a great place to get picnic fixins: great breads, cheese, produce, salumi, etc. (Eataty is a tourist attraction in its own right, though not sure your kids will agree, especially if you say no when the ask for gelato at 10am!)

When you're done, hop back on the N or R downtown to 14th St/Union Sq, where you can transfer to the 4 or 5 train to Bowling Green.

Of course, if you're going on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday, you can just take the N or R to 14th St/Union Square and go to the wonderful green market there, and then continue on the 5 train to Bowling Green.

I personally would find Eataly more manageable under the circumstances -- one stop shopping -- but either would work.

Sep 22, 2014
Blumie in Manhattan
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TIBERIAS NY GREAT PIZZA

The all caps title has me highly skeptical.

Sep 20, 2014
Blumie in Manhattan

All-time best dessert?

I don't understand the concept of "saving room." I have a completely separate compartment for dessert. I can fill up on other stuff, and yet my dessert compartment remains empty and usable.

Restaurant or bar with a view?

"In order to see Manhattan you can't actually be on Manhattan."

That's kind of silly, no? Every restaurant I've ever been to in Manhattan -- at least those with windows -- has had a view of Manhattan.

Sep 18, 2014
Blumie in Manhattan

Staying 10/30 - 11/2

The first time I encountered Patrick Van Hoorebeek, one of NOLA's more highly regarded maitre d's, it was about 20 or so years ago when he answered the phone at the Bistro at Maison de Ville. Responding to my question about appropriate attire at this elegant and fairly high end restaurant, Patrick responded, "We're about the food, not about what you wear. You can come naked for all I care." (I chose not to take him up on that.)

Sep 18, 2014
Blumie in New Orleans