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NYC first visit (kind of) - where to eat to feel like you're in NY!

Whenever I lunch with my good friend David we always eat obscene amounts. If we go to katz's, we start by "laying a base" with a hot dog each, before each getting a pastrami sandwich. (Not wanting to overdo it, we'll share the fries.) Then it's off to Russ & Daughters for rugelach.

about 19 hours ago
Blumie in Manhattan

Flushing for dummies

Is there an extant thread that one can point to to educate a relative newcomer (by which I mean I just escaped Manhattan for Brooklyn, and I have a car!) to the joys to be found in Flushing? If not, can someone summarize the highlights? Bonus points for cumin lamb recommendations.

about 19 hours ago
Blumie in Outer Boroughs

Royal, Watertown MA

So after hijacking this thread (yes, it was Nanking on Waverly that I was thinking of), I figured the least I could do was report on a visit to the restaurant. Well, I can report that I visited, and that I'm now having breakfast at Tresca's. The website lists the hours as 6am-11pm. A sign in the restaurant window lists the hours as 10am-11pm. Yet at 10:30 this morning the lights were on but the door was locked.

about 20 hours ago
Blumie in Greater Boston Area

Lunch: Cochon, 3/25

Where do you go for the "good stuff?"

1 day ago
Blumie in New Orleans

Royal, Watertown MA

You know it could've been Waverly, not Lexington, although the name Blue Hawaii definitely doesn't sound right.

Best Cajun/New Orleans style in NYC area?

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1 day ago
Blumie in Manhattan

Best Cajun/New Orleans style in NYC area?

Thanks for the heads up. Here's the current menu:

http://nawlinz-nyc.com/

1 day ago
Blumie in Manhattan

Easter Sunday Brunch in Williamsburg

I love the brunch at Brooklyn Star. They open at noon; if you get there at 11:45, you'll have no problem getting a table.

Five Leaves looks awesome, although I haven't tried it yet. If you're early risers, that might be a good option.

I haven't had the brunch at Allswell, but enjoy their food very much. I'm not sure that they take reservations, though. The website indicates that they take dinner reservations for parties of 5 or more.

1 day ago
Blumie in Outer Boroughs

Best Cajun/New Orleans style in NYC area?

I agree that she is a lovely person.

1 day ago
Blumie in Manhattan

Best Cajun/New Orleans style in NYC area?

Well, you don't have to be a connoisseur to know if something tastes good to you. I seem to recall, however, oversized portions of really heavy, gloppy food.

1 day ago
Blumie in Manhattan
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Round 2, NOLA Burgers, Next Week?

Someone recently posted about the burger on the Coquette lunch menu. I haven't tried it, but I trust Coquette to put out a great product.

Found the thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1008170

1 day ago
Blumie in New Orleans

Acadian Cuisine at King Bee, East Village

I can't imagine that there's really a "what is Acadian vs. Cajun" debate. Cajuns are Acadians that settled in Southwest Louisiana when the Acadians fled Canada. I'm sure they had to have brought their Acadian culinary traditions with them, but that was 250 years ago. Cajun cuisine undoubtedly has evolved quite significantly over that time, being heavily influenced by the strong Creole culture in the area, as well as the more modern influences introduced by chefs like Paul Prudhomme and his progeny.

From what I can tell about Acadian cuisine (although I'm not as familiar with it), it's fairly different.

That said, the restaurant doesn't appear to be trying to be either one or the other, but, in their own words, are aiming for "a contemporary interpretation connecting the lineage of Louisiana country cooking to its predecessors in the Canadian Maritimes and France."

By the way, if you go to New Orleans today (and note that New Orleans really isn't "Cajun country," the heart of which is about 100 miles to the west), it's not as easy as it once was to find traditional Cajun food, as more modern chefs would prefer more contemporary renditions as opposed to simply trying to recreate the classics of the past.

1 day ago
Blumie in Manhattan

Food and Live Music in Greenwich Village this Saturday

Knickerbocker is a class NYC venue. The food is solid and the music is very good. Note the late starting time for the music, though. And I think there is a small music charge that gets added to the bill.

1 day ago
Blumie in Manhattan

Food and Live Music in Greenwich Village this Saturday

Cornelia Street Cafe is a jazz club with food, although I believe you eat first and then go in to see the music.

http://corneliastreetcafe.com/

1 day ago
Blumie in Manhattan

Best Cajun/New Orleans style in NYC area?

I haven't been to the Nassau County locations, but I always thought the Manhattan location of Mara's was decent -- not great, but decent -- and came closest to the flavors you'd find in Southwest Louisiana.

There's a relatively new place (open perhaps a year or so) in Flatiron called Bo's Kitchen & Bar, on W. 26th between Broadway and 6th, that I'd describe as New Orleans influenced. It's not trying to be any more than that, but I think those familiar with the food of New Orleans will appreciate the influences. I find the food to be very good and like the relaxed vibe of the place. They have a great little bar area and a comfortable and casual dining room. And I find it's an easy reservation (unfortunately for them).

1 day ago
Blumie in Manhattan

Best Cajun/New Orleans style in NYC area?

I've eaten at Delta Grill and thought it was pretty bad and not at all authentic. (The latter part doesn't trouble me nearly as much as the former!) And to be fair, this was based on a single visit, but I'm not inclined to go back.

1 day ago
Blumie in Manhattan

Neapolitan style pizza in Boston/Cambridge/Somerville/...

Ok, so on the recommendation of this thread, I had a pizza from Posto for lunch today. I'd give it a solid B. I haven't tried many (perhaps any) of the Neapolitan pies in the Boston area, but it wasn't up to the standard of the NYC places I frequent (Roberta's, Co., Paulie Gee's). Nonetheless, it was solid and gets bonus points for convenience to my Boston office (unlike the aforementioned NYC places!), fast, reasonably priced ($9), and being served out of a truck. Also note that they offer a $4 side salad that, while simple (romaine, cherry tomatoes, thin sliced red onion), was excellent (especially the dressing -- made with anchovies that you can taste, but not so much so to turn off those turned off by anchovies!).

By the way, unless you're a big eater, I would say that one pie and two side salads makes a good lunch for two. I ate an entire pizza and a salad and wish that I hadn't.

Royal, Watertown MA

Sorry for hijacking the thread -- this new place does look really promising on paper -- and maybe I don't have the precise location correct, but there used to be a Chinese restaurant (maybe it was called Tradewinds, or maybe I'm making that up!) on Lexington St. just north of Main St. And maybe it was longer ago than I remember. And in any event it doesn't really matter!

Royal, Watertown MA

I was thinking of the location, not the name. I think a long time ago (1980s, maybe into the 90s) there was an ok (at least by the standards of the time) Chinese restaurant at that location.

Royal, Watertown MA

You mean the Chinese restaurant (what was its name?) is gone from that location?!?!

2 days ago
Blumie in Greater Boston Area

Solo Dining

If it's been several years since you've been, I'd concentrate on the many wonderful places that have opened up in recent years, many of which have been mentioned in this thread. Coquette, Sylvain and The Franklin would be high on my list, but there are so many great new places that I haven't tried yet that it wouldn't be fair for me to say these necessarily are the best. But they sure are good, though. And I would definitely try for a lunch at Cochon Butcher.

Mar 25, 2015
Blumie in New Orleans

Where to eat and drink to feel like you're in New York?

Seems to me that you've done your research and have a great list.
Don't miss Roberta's!

Mar 23, 2015
Blumie in Outer Boroughs

Early evening music and good food options?

I think she plays till around 10 or so, with a couple of short breaks between sets.

If you haven't seen her, you really should try to get out there. She also sometimes plays other gigs around town at venues like Gasa Gasa and Chickie Wah Wah, sometimes solo and sometimes with others.

Mar 23, 2015
Blumie in New Orleans

Yearly Report on Most Mentioned Restaurants on CH Boston ?

"Words have meaning."

I take it you're not a literary theory scholar.

Mar 23, 2015
Blumie in Greater Boston Area

Vegemite in New Orleans?

So I guess we should out you down as a "no" then, eh?

Mar 20, 2015
Blumie in New Orleans

Unexpected dinner alone in nomad area

The bar at the Breslin is a great place for solo dining. Also the NoMad Bar and the bar at The NoMad (two separate but related places at The NoMad hotel, one block down Broadway from the Ace). Any of those three would be awesome. I'd go to one of the two NoMads (the NoMad Bar is more casual and The NoMad is more upscale) over The Breslin, but The Breslin is great, too.

For a place where you can just walk in and grab a seat at the bar without a wait, I'm a fan of Bo's Kitchen and Bar on 24th between Broadway and 6th.

Mar 20, 2015
Blumie in Manhattan

Acadian Cuisine at King Bee, East Village

Thanks for the link to The Band. Reading the menu to The Band made it even more appealing!

http://www.kingbeenyc.com/

Mar 20, 2015
Blumie in Manhattan

Acadian Cuisine at King Bee, East Village

And although a large number of Acadians did in fact resettle in Louisiana, many also settled in New England and elsewhere along the Atlantic seaboard.

Mar 20, 2015
Blumie in Manhattan

Acadian Cuisine at King Bee, East Village

Cajun is nothing more than a bastardization (said without any judgment whatsoever) of the word Acadian.

Mar 20, 2015
Blumie in Manhattan

Yearly Report on Most Mentioned Restaurants on CH Boston ?

Sure it would be interesting, but I don't think you could draw any conclusions based on the number of times a place is mentioned. For example, Legal is mentioned a lot, and always has been. Is that a sign of popularity? I certainly hope not!

Mar 20, 2015
Blumie in Greater Boston Area