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Middle Eastern/Persian Pastry's??

The tastiest baklava I've ever had outside the Middle East/Turkey is available in Brooklyn at a Turkish bakery/cafe.

Gulluoglu
1985 Coney Island Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11223
(718) 645-1822
http://gulluoglubaklava.com/

It's way out in Midwood, Brooklyn, but very well worth the trip. They can accommodate large quantity orders.

Jan 17, 2009
eastvillgirl in Manhattan

REVIEW: Wu Liang Ye (Rockefeller Center branch)

I'm with you on the pork dumplings in spicy chili sauce. Amazing!
If you're looking for an entree, my own favorite is the Ma Po Tofu. Really exceptional. My husband likes the Camphor Roasted Duck.

Jun 27, 2008
eastvillgirl in Manhattan

Momofuku - what to order? giving it another try

I just ate there (at Ssam) this evening. I prefer Ssam, although I like Noodle too.

My absolute favorites are the Spicy Sausage with Rice Cakes and the Pork Buns. I also really enjoy the Pork Shoulder Steak in Buttermilk Sauce, the Squid Salad, and the Pickles. Also good, though lower on my personal list of priorities: the Meachem ham, the Hanger Steak Ssam. Currently, they have Migliorelli sugar snap peas with XO sauce, which are very tasty. Nothing quite like pork fat to spice up vegetables!

I am not wild about any of the raw bar items I've tried. I tend to enjoy David Chang's meatier options more; I think pork is where his true interest lies.

If you really like traditional ramen, I think maybe you won't be crazy about the noodles at Momofuku Noodle. They are not remotely traditional, and the broth is nothing like a subtle shio broth. The signature ramen are piled high with tasty pork, which I like, but it's not remotely Japanese. Likewise, the very tasty Bi Bim Bap lunch special at Ssam is nothing like a normal Korean Bi Bim Bap - it's about 90% meat, 5% rice, and 5% vegetables, which is not the normal ratio at all. And the flavorings aren't remotely reminiscent of what I'd expect in a Bi Bim Bap. I think if you're going to enjoy David Chang, you need to not compare his dishes to traditional Asian favorites, because that's not what he's doing at all. But he certainly has a way with pork. Enjoy!

Jun 27, 2008
eastvillgirl in Manhattan

Easashi, 32 Ave. A

Yes, it is very sad, but true. Esashi's space was sold, and they are closed forever. Now I don't know where to go for sushi... I guess I'll have to see if Takahashi is still good. Recs, anyone?

Jun 12, 2008
eastvillgirl in Manhattan

crusty paella?

It's incredible! Very crusty. Also, don't miss the anchovies at La Nacional, which are meaty and delicious!

Jun 02, 2008
eastvillgirl in Manhattan

Vegan Indian Food?

As a matter of fact, while some of the rice dishes do specify that they are flavored with ghee, Saravanaas' menu notes that their dosas are all fried in peanut oil, not ghee. So they should be totally vegan. And they are extraordinary!

Jun 02, 2008
eastvillgirl in Manhattan

Perry St -- best $24 lunch in town

I think binkis is thinking of Nougatine. That's the lunch deal there. But Lucia is right that in Jean-Georges proper, the "formal dining room," it's just 2 courses for $28. Which, I might add, is a fabulous deal. Don't miss the enormous puck of foie gras!

Mar 29, 2008
eastvillgirl in Manhattan

Momofuku Ssam Bar - When to Go and What to Order?

I second the brussel sprouts and the rice cakes. Excellent and unusual. I've never had brussel sprouts taste so good! Even my vegetable hating husband was fighting for the last of this dish. The hanger steak ssam is also nice. When I last had it, the steak was perfectly medium rare and very flavorful.

Mar 27, 2008
eastvillgirl in Manhattan

Chinese food on the Upper East Side

I'm afraid I don't have additional recs, but if you do go to Wu Liang Ye, I heartily recommend the Ma Paul Tofu, which is extravagantly porky and spicy, and the Dan Dan noodles. Also, the Szechuan Pork Dumplings in roasted chili vinaigrette. Enjoy the museum!

Mar 27, 2008
eastvillgirl in Manhattan

How much are you paying for milk?

I pay $5.69/gallon for Whole Foods organic skim in Manhattan. It's just not useful comparing NYC prices to the rest of the country - ours is a different economy. I bet you non-New Yorkers wouldn't pay my $3100 rent for a 2 room studio either, but I don't want to move anyplace else! ;)

Feb 15, 2008
eastvillgirl in General Topics

Has anyone tried Adour yet?

Just to clarify - you were seated in the bar area, Feedmegood? You didn't have the tasting menu? Would you mind sharing the total cost of the food, with and without the drinks?

I have reservations, and would love to hear from anyone who has eaten the prix fixe. Thanks!

Feb 01, 2008
eastvillgirl in Manhattan

Posole anybody?

Kalustyans has dried white posole.
123 Lexington (btwn 28th & 29th)
212-685-3451
www.kalustyans.com

Jan 18, 2008
eastvillgirl in Manhattan

Things you eat only for their "health" benefits

Ooh, I actually really like that Kashi stuff. I got into it because my aunt bought three boxes of it (must've been a sale?) and then hated it, and I inherited them. Sorry you don't share my enthusiasm!

I would imagine that oatmeal with 1/4 cup of walnuts or almonds would probably have about as much protein and fiber as Kashi, and maybe you'll like it better. That's another favorite breakfast of mine. Especially when I add raisins, too.

Sep 20, 2007
eastvillgirl in General Topics

whose eggs benedict

Um, that's what I thought, but I recently was told there'd be a 30 minute wait when I went around 11am on a Monday. Now that's crazy. Maybe I'm intolerant, but I just can't stand in line BEFORE I've had a few coffees.

Sep 19, 2007
eastvillgirl in Manhattan

Good Discount Liquor Store Downtown???

Second Warehouse Wines. Fabulous. The wine guys there are really very good, too. I've had some really wonderful wine from this place, at surprisingly cheap prices.

Sep 18, 2007
eastvillgirl in Manhattan

Mexican Shopping in Manhattan

I imagine someone else will know of a great all around Mexican source, but I know that fresh epazote is available at the Union Square Greenmarket. I just recently bought some on a Saturday, a big wad of it, ($1, I think) from a farmer whose stall is on the west side of the park. Sorry, I don't recall the name, but they sell a lot of varieties of basil and other herbs, as well as many root vegetables and peppers, fennel, tomatoes, etc.

Many farmers at the Greenmarket also have fresh Poblanos. I think the Bowery Whole Foods has dried Poblanos. (They do not have epazote - I checked.) Happy cooking!

Sep 18, 2007
eastvillgirl in Manhattan

A "special" NYC meal for $60 a head?

The Babbo pasta tasting menu IS amazing, I absolutely love and recommend it. But do note that it is $69. I don't know about the corkage fee, but I can say that Batali has plenty of well priced, excellent wines available. There are lots of $30 bottles. Babbo's reservations open one month in advance, and you should really call on the day the reservations open if you're going with a group (of up to 6 people).

If you're going with a group larger than 6, I know that Inoteca and Otto both can accommodate larger groups. I had my wedding rehearsal dinner at Otto, and it was really lovely. (Although Otto is a bit on the loud side, which bothers some.) Food is excellent, and easily within your budget.

Sep 03, 2007
eastvillgirl in Manhattan

NYC's Best Hamantashen?

I'll third Moishe's. I love their poppyseed Hamentaschen.

Sep 03, 2007
eastvillgirl in Manhattan

Humus hummus hummous

Mmm, spicy Sabra is my all time favorite too! I had given up buying hummus in the US, because it was always so pathetic compared to what I'd eaten in Israel - UNTIL I discovered Sabra. And now I've given up on making hummus, I just can't make it as good as Sabra does.

However, I think that using a LOT of tahini improves hummus texture, as well as a fairly generous pour of olive oil. I agree with the previous posters that adequate processing is also essential.

Sep 02, 2007
eastvillgirl in Home Cooking

Best Indian in Manhattan?

The East Village place Jen mentioned is Madras Cafe. And it's between 4th and 5th on 2nd Ave. I'll second this recommendation!

Sep 02, 2007
eastvillgirl in Manhattan

Best Indian in Manhattan?

I'll second Banjara, my pick for my favorite Indian in the East Village, anyhow. Their Dumpahkt dishes - a vegetable and pureed cashew stew with a bread lid baked over it - are amazing, as is their Lamb Pasanda, lamb in yogurt sauce. I also love their Banjara Baingun eggplant appetizer, which is baked eggplant stuffed with shrimp and coconut, with a spicy dipping sauce. The Chicken Tikka Masala is also very good.

Sep 02, 2007
eastvillgirl in Manhattan

Best Indian in Manhattan?

As many 'hounds will know, Devi has now closed.

Sep 02, 2007
eastvillgirl in Manhattan

Ragu bolognese - question

Me too, for some reason the diced canned tomatoes definitely deliver inferior flavor, IMHO. I love Muir Glen whole tomatoes, or San Marzanos if you can find real ones (from Italy, not California)!

Aug 27, 2007
eastvillgirl in Home Cooking

Ragu bolognese - question

I've followed the Hazan recipe like gospel about 25 times, and I cannot bring myself to modify it at all. It's that good, and I'm usually an incurable fiddler. That cookbook is absolutely amazing, I use it more than almost any other book I have.

Once you have it, you might also try her Spinach Lasagna that's based on this Bolognese. Make the fresh spinach pasta, and with this sauce and gobs of Hazan's wonderful Bechamel sauce, you've got a dish that your guests will remember! Mmm. Just made a big vat of it this afternoon.

Aug 27, 2007
eastvillgirl in Home Cooking

Soaking Beans

According to Mexican cookbook author Rick Bayless, adding baking soda - although it DOES help beans soften faster - can keep your body from absorbing some of the food's protein and vitamins. I don't have any evidence of this obviously, but it's just a thought.

I always bring my pot of beans to a boil and then turn them off (without taking off the lid) and allow them to soak overnight on the stovetop. They don't ever seem to be hurt by the room temperature, and like Coll, I don't have the fridge space to soak them in there!

By the way, I recently learned that it is best to discard the bean soaking liquid before, as a lot of the oligosaccharides that tend to cause flatulence/digestive discomfort are concentrated in this soaking liquid. I was surprised to notice a difference when I did this in my last few batches of refried beans!

Aug 27, 2007
eastvillgirl in Home Cooking

East Village Bakery

I actually don't believe that Veniero's does bread, although I agree that their pastries are wonderful. My wedding cake was from Veniero's, and it made everyone very happy. I enjoy their Italian cheesecake as well. As long as we're talking bakery sweets, though, let me add another great East Village Italian cafe - De Robertis. http://derobertiscaffe.com/

Welcome to the neighborhood, New Foodie!

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De Robertis
176 1st Ave, New York, NY 10009

Aug 27, 2007
eastvillgirl in Manhattan

East Village Bakery

Mmmmm! Poppyseed hamantaschen! I love Moishe's rendition of this wonderful pastry! It's just about my only pastry craving.

Besides Balthazar's scones, that is.

Aug 27, 2007
eastvillgirl in Manhattan

Best Manhattan Whole Foods?

Bowery!! Amazing cheese cave. Plus great selection and airy, large space. Free wifi in the 2nd floor cafe area, too, if that makes a difference for you.

Aug 27, 2007
eastvillgirl in Manhattan

Fun Sushi between Delancey and 14th.

I second Leah Baila's recommendation of Esashi. Pleasant enough decor, not much of a scene, but wonderful sushi, especially considering the modest prices. Good jazz (Charlie Parker, Coltrane, Max Roach) is often on the sound system. I've eaten here 2-4 times a month for the last 4 years, and never a disappointment yet.

Aug 27, 2007
eastvillgirl in Manhattan

Lima's taste: peruvian

Sorry to hear of others' bad experiences with the ceviche. I've been a couple of times, and had the paella each time. I thought it was great. But this was a few years back.

Aug 26, 2007
eastvillgirl in Manhattan