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Lobster in Brooklyn

It's pricey, but I'd recommend the whole steamed lobster at Brooklyn Fish Camp in Park Slope (they have a nice garden for the summer). And for lobster rolls, I think you can't beat Red Hook Lobster Pound (in Red Hook and also at the Brooklyn Flea).

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Brooklyn Fish Camp
162 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Brooklyn Flea
176 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Red Hook Lobster Pound
284 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Jun 18, 2010
pslopian in Outer Boroughs

Help with handle of atlas pasta roller

Thanks so much for these tips! I'm going to try the hammer trick and then check the handle - hopefully I'll be able to return the machine if these tricks don't work.

Dec 15, 2009
pslopian in Cookware

Help with handle of atlas pasta roller

Hi everyone - I just bought a marcato atlas pasta machine (hand cranked) and made pasta for the first time by hand last night - what fun! The only problem is that I can't seem to get the handle out of the main roller (i.e. I had to cut all noodles by hand), which makes storing it a challenge. Unfortunately the manual isn't much help and I can't find anything online, any suggestions? Thanks so much!

Nov 16, 2009
pslopian in Cookware

Smoked Ham Hocks? Where to buy in Brooklyn?

Agreed that you can usually find them in regular supermarkets, but I also know that you can usually get them at the flying pigs farm stand at the Grand Army Plaza greenmarket on Saturdays.

Oct 09, 2009
pslopian in Outer Boroughs

Locanda Verde or Lupa for Restaurant Week-help!

I haven't been to Lupa, but did go to LV for lunch (and had the restaurant week menu, which is pretty much exactly the same as their regular menu) and it was fantastic!

Aug 06, 2009
pslopian in Manhattan

Best (or good) outdoor/garden restaurant in Park Slope?

Song has a nice garden, although it's pretty crowded on a Friday so there are no guarantees of getting seated there, Perch also has a nice outdoor area with large round tables

May 22, 2009
pslopian in Outer Boroughs

Morcilla/Blood Pudding

Balthazaar has it at brunch

Apr 23, 2009
pslopian in Manhattan

where to buy morsilla (blood sausage) and molleja (sweetbread)?

Sometimes they have morcilla at Blue Apron in the slope, but you can definitely get it at Despana in Soho (I know that's not the neighborhood you're looking for, but their morcilla is delicious).

Apr 23, 2009
pslopian in Manhattan

Zuzu Ramen on 4th Ave. - open yet?

I went last night and really liked this place - I'm no ramen expert, but I thought the broth for the "zuzu ramen" was really unique and nicely smokey. Also, I love the way they torch the pork belly, it adds great flavor. The eggs are very runny, but that's how I prefer them. It's definitely no momofuku, but its own unique thing, and I love having this place in the slope! Oh, and agree with others who say that the pork buns are skippable - I wish I'd gotten some dumplings instead.

Apr 23, 2009
pslopian in Outer Boroughs

paella?

I second Soccarat - I had a paella in Madrid when I was in college more than 10 years ago and have been dreaming about it ever since, and basically thought I would never be able to find it again without going back to Spain and finding that specific little restaurant, but then I went to socarrat a few weeks ago and got to relive that paella experience, almost to a t!

Apr 20, 2009
pslopian in Manhattan

Batali

I say Babbo if you want the all out, bells and whistles experience. Lupa is good, in a more homestyle kind of way, but if the idea is to see what the fuss about Batali is about, I think Babbo is the way to go.

Apr 09, 2009
pslopian in Manhattan

Zuzu Ramen on 4th Ave. - open yet?

Am thinking of trying this out this weekend - anyone know how late they are open (it's not on the website yet). Thanks!

Mar 12, 2009
pslopian in Outer Boroughs

Good Eats Near Murray's?

I like Blue Ribbon Bakery, which is pretty close to there, delicious brunch and small plates throughout the day

Feb 20, 2009
pslopian in Manhattan

Bone Marrow recipes wanted

Maybe sea salt (I like the big, flaky kind) and something a bit acidic (like lemon or balsamic)? I think marrow is one of those things that some people love fervently and some people are just sort of indifferent to (I'm in the former camp, but have many friends in the latter).

Feb 19, 2009
pslopian in Home Cooking

Bone Marrow recipes wanted

I second the risotto milanese - by happy accident we mixed some marrow from veal osso buco into accompanying risotto (because I didn't have any bread on hand) and it was DIVINE!

Feb 18, 2009
pslopian in Home Cooking

Rehearsal Dinner Locations Near Morristown/Parsippany

I'm also interested in this, if anyone has any suggestions, so wanted to bump it up on the thread

What should i eat at Balthazar?

the chips that come with the confit are excellent - I think you should get those AND a side order of frites :)

Feb 06, 2009
pslopian in Manhattan

What should i eat at Balthazar?

all of these recommendations are good - but I just wanted to add that whatever you get, make sure you get the frites!

Feb 05, 2009
pslopian in Manhattan

need an excellent spot for brunch in brooklyn

Peter Luger's does lunch, I believe, on the weekends and many have sung praises about their burgers (I've been meaning to go forever). I really like Stone Park (haven't ever had a bad brunch there), Palo Santo and Applewood in Park Slope. Also, Al di la in PS recently started doing brunch - I haven't been, but if it's anything like dinner there it should be fabulous!

Feb 04, 2009
pslopian in Outer Boroughs

Where to buy truffles?

Thanks so much for this suggestion (both because the Italian store has two enormous jars of lovely truffles and because it is an amazing store that I've never been to before)!

Jan 30, 2009
pslopian in Manhattan

Where to buy truffles?

Hi everyone, I'm making a special dinner and was wondering if anyone knows of a good, reliable place to buy truffles. I've tried Dean and Deluca in the past, and would love some other options. Thanks very much!

Jan 21, 2009
pslopian in Manhattan

A Great Tomato Soup recipe?

I'm glad you posted this b/c I've been searching chow today to see how others make their favorite tomato soup! I have a really simple soup recipe that I love, but would love to hear variations...

My method - saute some onions and garlic in a bit of oil and butter with some salt until they were super soft and slightly caramelized, then added 2 large cans of san marzano whole tomatoes (I remove the seeds beforehand, but not sure this was entirely necessary), the juice from the can and (optional) some plum tomatoes that are halved, seeded, roasted for about an hour at 350 and skinned. Add some thyme and simmer for about 1/2 hour and then some chicken broth (not too much if you want a thick soup, maybe 2-3 cups) and simmer for another 1/2 hour before blending with an immersion blender. I sometimes add just a bit of balsamic vinegar (about 10 min before blending).
I think this soup is really satisfying and rich-tasting. I've also added some roasted red peppers to it for an interesting flavor dimension, and sometimes, if I'm feeling decadent, I'll add a touch of creme fraiche at the very end (sort of cream, but so much more interesting!).

Jan 15, 2009
pslopian in Home Cooking

Korean BBQ...

It's at 32 W 32nd St (b/w broadway and 5th, I think). The prices, compared to other places, were pretty reasonable... I think 24 for the "special" kalbi and 15 for the pork belly (or something around there)... here's the menupages link: http://www.menupages.com/restaurantde...

Jan 13, 2009
pslopian in Manhattan

Korean BBQ...

Thanks for the feedback - We went to NY Kom Tang and they do indeed have wood fired bbq. The banchan wasn't the greatest, but the kalbi was really good (although the pork belly was so-so). Really fun place, though.

Jan 12, 2009
pslopian in Manhattan

Korean BBQ...

Hi - I'm a bit confused about where to go for BBQ (even after reading all the threads, including the "i'm confused" thread) - I'd like to go somewhere where they do it over charcoal, but it seems like this is very rare in Manhattan and the few places that used to do it may not. Does Won Jo (still) grill over charcoal? Also - although I've had Korean bbq before, I'm still pretty novice, is there a really big difference b/w the charcoal and gas grilled places? Enough of a difference to make up for going somewhere that is not as highly recommended b/c it has charcoal? Thanks so much!

Jan 08, 2009
pslopian in Manhattan

james restaurant in prospect heights

Thanks very much for the update - I will have to try the brunch! I went on a friday night with SO, and we had a very pleasant and short wait at the bar. The food (crispy sweetbreads and scallops (both DELICIOUS) for apps, steak with marrow and arctic char for entrees) was very good and the place is quite charming.

Jan 03, 2009
pslopian in Outer Boroughs

james restaurant in prospect heights

Hi everyone - just wondering if anyone had been here recently. Am planning to go for the first time this weekend and was wondering if anyone had any recommendations (I already know I'm going to get the sweetbreads, this is the whole reason I'm going in the first place!) I'd really appreciate it since it seems like the menu has changed a bit to reflect the season. Thanks!

Dec 30, 2008
pslopian in Outer Boroughs

Where can I buy liquid smoke (Brooklyn)?

I've seen it at supermarkets as well, but I'm also certain that they have it at Union Market (6th and Union) right in front of the fish counter.

Dec 29, 2008
pslopian in Outer Boroughs

Tasting menu in Brooklyn?

I know some like it and some are so so, but I love the tasting menu at Palo Santo (union b/w 4th and 5th) - it's quite reasonably priced, rarely has long waits and I think they could probably be quite flexible... also, the tasting menu I had was quite heavy on fish and birds, I actually can't remember if there was any red meat involved at all.

Oct 03, 2008
pslopian in Outer Boroughs

Who wants to think up a meal starring Sun Gold tomatoes and eggplant?

I make a sort of bastardized version of caponata, and I think the flavors would be really yummy served with quinoa or farro:
Cube the eggplant and salt in a colander for 1/2 hour to 1 hour (or not, I'm not sure how effective this step is, but I always do it anyway) and then rinse and dry the eggplant.
Saute in a little bit of oil until browned, but not necessarily cooked all the way.
Remove the eggplant and saute some finely diced / sliced onion and lots of chopped garlic with some salt, pepper and a bit more oil.
Add some vinegar (red wine and sherry work really nicely, but I bet any not-too strong vinegar would be nice, well, maybe not balsamic) and let it evaporate almost entirely.
Add the eggplant back in and then the tomatoes and let the whole thing stew. I like to add some thyme also.
Then a little sweetness (in the form of currents, raisins, sometimes i've used honey) and saltiness (capers or chopped olives, if available... or just a pinch more salt).
I've never added chickpeas, but I think they'd be pretty yummy in this too. If I have some around, I also add basil at the very end.
Taste for seasonings and voila!
Perhaps it seems a little weird, but I really like this dish and have been making a batch every weekend with the pretty eggplants that I've been seeing at the market.

Oct 02, 2008
pslopian in Home Cooking