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Sarges, In Memoriam

Just an outside view of the storefront.

Mar 15, 2014
Judyluvs in Manhattan

Sarges, In Memoriam

Sarge's sent out an email that they were re-opening on 3/6/14. My friend and I went finally got out to see the place on 3/15/14(@1AM) and ordered a tongue sandwich for him, chopped liver/tongue/brisket sandwich for me and shared an egg cream drink and the "Souper" soup: broth with matzoh ball, noodles and a kreplach. Also had dill and half sour pickles, coleslaw. Yum - it was good to be back!

Mar 15, 2014
Judyluvs in Manhattan
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With Sarge's Down and Stage Door Closed, Where Can You Go for Deli Food?

Sarge's is back in business.

Mar 15, 2014
Judyluvs in Features

Any memories of "poor people food" from your childhood that you still crave?

Mom made many frugal dishes for us: "beefaroni" - browned ground beef mixed with cooked elbow macaroni and bound with lots of ketchup. Beefy "gravy" - browned ground beef with green peas added to water thickened with cornstarch with a dash of soy sauce for seasoning served over white rice. Spam fried rice. Braised chicken gizzards/chicken feet. Custard-like steamed beaten eggs and water. Sauteed shredded cabbage with bacon. The easiest meal was either a fried overeasy egg with soysauce over rice or a just a teaspoon of bacon grease and soy sauce stirred into a bowl of hot white rice.

Feb 11, 2012
Judyluvs in General Topics

Where to buy quality Vanilla Beans in bulk?

Sahadi, Kalustan, D'vine Taste

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Kalustyan's
123 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

Feb 09, 2012
Judyluvs in Manhattan

Cracker Jack Prizes: Now Lame?

Botan rice candy used to have toys included in the boxes. These days they just have a goofy sticker.

Aug 25, 2011
Judyluvs in Features

Best Fried Clams/Calamari in Brooklyn?

L&B Spumoni Gardens has excellent calamari.

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L&B Spumoni Gardens
2725 86th St, Brooklyn, NY 11223

Jul 08, 2010
Judyluvs in Outer Boroughs

Mango Pudding

I'm interested in trying the recipe out. Just wanted to advise CHOW staff that when I tried to print the recipe from the site, the ingredient list was not on the printed page.

Feb 08, 2010
Judyluvs in Recipes

Stauffer's Chocolate Covered Graham Stars

Could anyone let me know whereabouts in Brooklyn or Manhattan I could pick up some Stauffer's Chocolate Covered Graham Stars cookies? I saw them for sale in Staten Island the other day but couldn't carry any back to Brooklyn with me.

Dec 15, 2009
Judyluvs in Manhattan

Good Fried Shrimp?

Johnny's Reef Restaurant in City Island

Oct 26, 2009
Judyluvs in Manhattan

Fried whole belly clams

Maybe in the City Island area? Had nice steamers at the Lobster House. It came down to a choice of steamed or fried and they serve a gigantic portion there (at a price.)

Aug 27, 2009
Judyluvs in Manhattan

Heads Up on Chinatown Bargains

Just be sure that the roast pork head or any other meaty scraps come from a clean and reliable source. In some lesser kitchens, the scraps may be left around to spoil or be contaminated by vermin.

Aug 17, 2009
Judyluvs in Features

Mushrooms in quantity

Thanks for the suggestions. I just wanted to update that I did find a great source for fresh mushrooms in Staten Island. There's a large asian grocery, named simply as "Asian Food Market" on 1801 South Avenue in Staten Island. They have large trays of shitake, white button and oyster mushrooms plus several other varieties of Japanese and Korean mushrooms too. (The six mushroom saute that I made was heavenly!)

The place is quite large and has all the asian specific receipe ingredients on offer, plus a bbq meats station and a small bakery goods area with coffee shop seating. The strip mall location is a bit desolate but you can certainly fill up a shopping cart there!

Aug 16, 2009
Judyluvs in Manhattan

Best Rugelach in NYC/ Tri State Area...Oy! I give up!

I've had rugelach like that from Korn's Bakery (Kosher) in Brooklyn. There are apparently several locations in the Midwood/Borough Park area of Brooklyn. The chocolate filling is best, but there are also rugelach made in cinnamon and maybe a raspberry flavor which I only bought once. Nice cakes and breads too.

Aug 06, 2009
Judyluvs in Manhattan

Prune Danish?

Famous Kosher Bakery in Staten Island (2208 Victory Blvd) makes a standard and sturdy prune danish - the filling was quite generous and they take special orders.

Jul 26, 2009
Judyluvs in Manhattan

Mushrooms in quantity

I've been cooking meals for a friend and he loves mushrooms of all types. Any amount that gets cooked is eaten up way faster than I can keep stocked. Anyone have advice on where I can get mushrooms in quantity versus buying the usual small flats that are available in the grocery stores? Manhattan, Brooklyn & Staten Island are my shopping locales and a price break would be great too - thanks all.

Jul 08, 2009
Judyluvs in Manhattan

Prune Danish?

Went back to re-supply on the prune danish (they are $3.00 each; tasty yet pricey in quantity.) Shared a slice of the the powdered sugar Napoleon that had excellent creme custard and tried some cherry-cheese strudel ($6.00 for a 4" by 5" slice) that was a little dry but with quite a generous filling of cheese and some cherries.

Looking up prune danish makers has become a hobby as they simply are less popular these days.

Jun 25, 2009
Judyluvs in Manhattan

Prune Danish?

Just picked up some prune danish for a friend. Nice place and will be going back.

Jun 19, 2009
Judyluvs in Manhattan

Most frightening food you've seen lately?

Goodness, it looks like a mutant marine "balut" egg.

I saw an old episode of Alton Brown's "Feasting on Asphalt - Episode 4:California or Bust" and one of the stops in AZ had a bunch of Navajo grill foods being prepped where two foods seemed questionable: grilled intestines stuffed with something and plain beef stomach fat. Perhaps tasty to some - just don't go asking too many questions as to what's on your plate!

Jun 01, 2009
Judyluvs in General Topics

Need Birthday Cake-PURPLE FROSTING! Help!

Well, the other day I had picked up a nice cake from Villabate Pasticceria in Brooklyn (http://www.villabate.net/about_us) that was sort of purple. It was a raspberry mousse cake; mostly made of a lavender-ish shaded fruity cream and a tiny amount of chocolate cake in there too. Topped with whole blackberries and raspberries and a fruit glaze. Down side to it was that the girl told me it was blueberry and I was looking for a non chocolate cake...yet they do make lovely cakes there.

May 14, 2009
Judyluvs in Outer Boroughs

Jerk Chicken in Flatbush, Brooklyn

Actually, it's "Fisherman's Cove" in Newkirk Plaza.

Feb 28, 2009
Judyluvs in Manhattan

Dumplings near World Tong

I recently tried two of the soups from this place: I had the lamb noodle and also the oxtail noodle. I asked for them to go and they packed up soup in containers and the noodles separately in small foam carryout boxes. A side order of fried dumplings was pretty unimpressive. The soup was pretty good, with decent amount of the two meats floating as bits in the broth. There was some unidentifiable chopped vegetable added to the broth that I didn't care for: it had an off flavor and clung to everything, the container, the chopsticks. I might ask if they can leave it out if I go back. The noodles were white and light, the same appearance as over-boiled spaghetti, but so much better in the texture! The place was clean and still new when I was there, with buckets of chopsticks and utensils at each table and hot chili oil pots on the side. Reasonable prices in the $6-$7 range.

Feb 28, 2009
Judyluvs in Outer Boroughs

Where can I find steamed Chinese buns?

I was just at this market and also saw the bag of folded style mantou buns in the display case. (Elizabeth Street entrance, immediate right hand side). The receipt for my purchase lists the name "DELUXE MEAT MARKET INC." 81 Elizabeth Street, NY, NY 10013. There's a phone number, but as it is an all Asian staff, there may be a language barrier with no guarantee that they'll be able to interact over the phone. 212-925-5766

Nov 12, 2008
Judyluvs in Manhattan

Wake Up and Smell the Bacon

Love the wooden pig clock case. I don't doubt that this would combine fantastically with the spiffy coffee maker/toaster/egg cooker combo units that I saw in the discount store the other day. (Imagine the grease fires that'd make!)

Aug 06, 2008
Judyluvs in Features

Polenta question

I'm sorry, but I have no idea about how "Flexitarian Table's polenta with corn and roasted tomatoes" is served up. If your Trader Joe log of polenta is already formed, then, I'm thinking that it's precooked for convenience? Most secondary polenta recipes (where you're not eating a freshly cooked free-form serving of it) work with the startchy firmness that polenta has once it's set up. You might try mashing it with a little chicken stock to free it from the formed shape and then nuking it to see if it will loosen up and using it from that stage in another recipe.

Jul 08, 2008
Judyluvs in Home Cooking

Popsicle Brand Famous Face Bars in Manhattan?

Most ice cream trucks will carry these kind of pops. Oh, how I'd like to try one of those "Snoopy" pops!

Apr 22, 2008
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Is There Something in My Teeth?

I once had the situation happen where a person was busily noshing on a fresh slice of pizza, and as he turned to speak to me, I saw that he was smeared with pizza oil on one side of his coat lapel. Besides having to deal with someone talking with their mouth full, I simply thought he was slovenly, and was steeled to politely ignore it. As he took another bite, that pizza oil still wasn't done and dribbled on his coat yet again. It was at that point he gave out an anguished squawk and started to mop it up and gave me the stink-eye plus complaint that I'd LET him go ahead and do that all the while he was speaking to me. Sigh.

Apr 11, 2008
Judyluvs in Features

Fermented black (soy) beans??

If you're stuck trying to find fermented black beans - why not try using the Lee Kum Kee brand of black bean paste? It's usually found in supermarkets in the Asian foods section and can pretty good as a premade substitute. I think it even has garlic already in it.

The beans are salted, so do not require refrigeration in their original state. They can be sold in plastic pouches or the brand I'm familiar with is in a cardboard cannister with a plastic lining inside.

Mar 26, 2008
Judyluvs in Manhattan

Best Jamaican Beef Patties (areas or restaurants)?

Well, you do have to consider that usually the beef patties and toppings were being ordered by big, hungry guys looking to add something to their snack of the moment... and with a couple of slices! Since I personally can't handle spicy foods very well, the separate ones where the persons added on pickled jalepenos and a (seemingly endless) shake of red pepper flakes made me watch in food prep fascination.

Mar 25, 2008
Judyluvs in Outer Boroughs

Best Jamaican Beef Patties (areas or restaurants)?

I occasionally give in to the craving for a pizza shop beef patty with sauce and cheese. I'm sure it's deadly, but it's so juicy and tasty! I've seen others who order the patties add on extra things like pepperoni, sausage, grilled onions, jalepenos and red pepper flakes.

Mar 21, 2008
Judyluvs in Outer Boroughs