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best bagel in new york city

ive had mixed experience with zuckers - im of the opinion that they are less dense than ess-a-bagel, but more dense relative to "average" nyc bagels - like pick a bagel or H&H.

And russ and daughters uses bagel hole in case one does not want to travel to brooklyn

Apr 07, 2015
majordanby in Manhattan

best bagel in new york city

i disagree. I think murray's is more often "puffier" than ess-a-bagel - in fact, all of my trips to murray's have been disappointing. ess-a-bagel is not perfect, but 7 to 8 times out of 10, their bagels have not been bready like they are at murrays

Apr 07, 2015
majordanby in Manhattan

best bagel in new york city

absolute bagels, bagelworks, bagel hole (in brooklyn)

recently tried leo's bagels - thought they were good (dense, chewy)

note that black seed bagels are montreal style

Apr 06, 2015
majordanby in Manhattan

Midtown Fine-Dining Destination Betony Goes Prix Fixe Only

note that they are now closed on Sundays.

Apr 02, 2015
majordanby in Manhattan

bagel recs

I tried three recommendations

-Bagel Bob's: A little bit on the airy and dry side. Maybe it was one of those days off, but the bagel didnt impress me. Seems like a pretty popular spot among the NYU students. Proximity to Wash Square Park is a plus - grab a bagel, sit at the park. Bagels are half off after 4 pm.

-Corner Cafe - Pretty comparable to places like daniel's, H&H, Baz, Bergen. Not dense, but not airy - good crust, but lack's flavor. Not a bad bagel at all. Buy a dozen, get two free. Excluding the really bad bagels in the city, i would consider this a standard NY bagel.

-Leo's Bagels: Probably the best of the three. Really nice chew, dense, and solid crust. Tempted to put it in the 2nd tier. Plus, the bagel I got was not right out of the oven - so, even after sitting at room temp for awhile, it still held well. Pretty popular place among the Wall Street crowd. Buy a dozen, get two free. Only slight complaint - a bit more expensive (although not black seed bagel expensive) than the bagels on my list. - baker's dozen costs $15 - baker's dozen at corner cafe - $12.50.

Mar 31, 2015
majordanby in Manhattan

Aquavit - Betony - Lincoln...help me choose

I went to Betony for dinner on a sunday night as a solo diner. Sat at the bar. Not too many diners, so I got a lot of attention from the staff, including some interesting discussions with staff at the bar. I went with the $95 4 course. I had the hamachi, striped bass, delicata squash ravioli and rice pudding for desert. All were exceptional, except perhaps the ravioli. Didnt particularly like the foam. Should have went with the short rib or lobster, but I let my waiter dictate the course. great cocktails - probably had two too many.

The $195 chef's tasting menu will feature dishes from the menu as well as off-menu items served only for the tasting menu. The Sunday I went will also be the last Sunday they will be open. Starting this week, Betony will only be Mon-Sat.

Mar 31, 2015
majordanby in Manhattan

Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

"you seriously want me to provide bills of lading for every invoice for every grower in the southern US?

Really?"

No, im asking you to verify your statements with some data so i know what you are saying is true.

"It wasn't meant to piss you off -"

Hmmmm, I dont think I was pissed off. I really do apologize if my post came off that way.

"it was meant to point out that a lot of people don't realize how much stuff other than strawberries and citrus that Florida grows. Sorry you're one of them."

I'm sorry too i am one of them. Given that, if you have the time, please explain to me what the percentages in column 3 of Table 1 and column 3 of Table 3 in the link i posted are showing me. For example, Table 3 shows me that CA's share of total US production in celery is 94%. I take that to mean that CA supplies a vast majority of celery to the US - hence, that would mean most Texans and Floridians are eating CA's celery. I understand it's not 100%, but 94% is still quite a lot in my naive eyes.

Mar 30, 2015
majordanby in General Topics

Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

im not sure what you are exactly arguing - but, the data show that CA produces a substantial majority of the fresh produce in the US.

http://ers.usda.gov/topics/in-the-new...

surely, you can buy local produce like celery and lettuce - but that doesnt counter the fact that CA overwhelmingly supplies the majority of the nation's fruits and veggies. can you back up your dividing line (FLA, TX and CA) statement a few posts up? I cant find any USDA or national statistics backing that statement.

Mar 30, 2015
majordanby in General Topics

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

pizza slice - dont forget patsy's in harlem!

bakery/bread - orwasher's on 78th

Mar 28, 2015
majordanby in Manhattan

Best Sandwich in Berkeley?

did you ask for your money back? visit the toilet immediately after the meal? if you didnt finish it, did you at least give it to a Berkeley street person? or you didnt because it was that bad? I remember a poster a few months ago saying that his meal at Bar Tartine was a worse experience than getting his car broken into. was it that bad?

I dont really care for it one way or another - ive had it twice. the first time was no good. i tried it a second time, and it was fine. If the OP is looking to try as many sandwiches in Berkeley, this is one to try because it's fairly popular.

Best Sandwich in Berkeley?

Also Brazil Cafe's tri tip sandwich.

And people have mentioned the crab sandwich at Sea Breeze Market, although I havent personally eaten it.

Best Sandwich in Berkeley?

900 grayson is known more for their burger, but I tried some of their sandwiches before and they were good, although this was several years ago. Try the pulled pork

Another pulled pork sandwich - the angry pig at Cafe M.

Please tell me your favorite dim sum and favorite sushi in San Francisco?

For sushi: Kusakabe

http://kusakabe-sf.com/

West Oakland Suggestions

Definitely true about the wait - it's more take out than sit down at this point.

NYT Mark Bittman finds the Monterey Market. [Berkeley, Ca]

the things i saw and heard during peak hours in MM - in the parking lot, picking fruit, in the check out line - would make a child's ear bleed. I once saw a customer throw some fruit at an employee!

that's why i always went shopping before or after lunch on a weekday.

NYT Mark Bittman finds the Monterey Market. [Berkeley, Ca]

if your point is that MM (and BB) are unique places that provide a consolidation of the produce that CA farms have to offer, I agree.

if your point is that the Bay Area produces plenty of apples - of many varieties - I agree.

if your point is that CA is equal or surpasses the other coast in apple production, i dont agree.

NYT Mark Bittman finds the Monterey Market. [Berkeley, Ca]

I'm in the east coast now and you're not exaggerating. And you went in August - imagine what it's like during the dead of winter. And spring doesnt bring too much hope - you've got to wait till May or June till you start seeing anything remotely close to what you might get in the bay area.

Apples here beat out CA. Other than that, the fruit isnt so plentiful. no citrus, no cherries, no grapes, melons (if any of these are present, get ready to pay up the nose) - stone fruit is present, but doesnt overwhelm you like in the bay area - and the season for it is relatively short.

And I used to live 3 blocks from MM.

Cowgirl Creamery

favorite cheeses from CC - red hawk and sir francis drake - with the latter the tougher one to find.

Mar 10, 2015
majordanby in Cheese

One night...one restaurant [San Francisco]

here's a recent post you can read through to get some suggestions

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/979856

Moving to the Bay Area!

i lived in N. berkeley within walking distance of the N. berkeley BART and commuted to 12th St BART - easy commute. N. Berkeley BART also has (paid) parking. there is some free parking on the residential streets nearby - but those spots get scooped up before 7 or 8 am.

Downtown Berkeley Food Ideas

I like Gather's brunch, pizza and vegan charcuterie. Other items have been more of a miss.

bagel recs

hi. They get their bagels from, I believe, Kossar's, which are fine but not great.

Mar 01, 2015
majordanby in Manhattan

Enjoyed dinner at Julia's/Berkeley

hi, thanks for the review. do you know if they make their own bread?

bagel recs

brooklyn bagels and coffee? - they're not the chewiest, but they have tremendous flavor in a good bagel kind of way.

Mar 01, 2015
majordanby in Manhattan

bagel recs

that's two for corner cafe- must be good. i'll give them a shot. thanks

Mar 01, 2015
majordanby in Manhattan

bagel recs

great, i'll give them a try.

Mar 01, 2015
majordanby in Manhattan

bagel recs

Well the most dense and chewiest bagels ive consistently had are from bagel hole, but theyre not large.

I can see what you're saying about ess-a-bagel - i've had a few of those soft and fluffy guys from them - but, 8 times out of 10, they're usually pretty dense. you may want to try Tal's, which I find to be close to ess-a-bagel in chewiness.

as i mention above, there are two places, mill basin cafe and crafted bagels, where I had pretty good bagels from - dense and chewy. but, that was only one experience. i believe crafted bagels opened late last year. i passed by and saw some hasidic jews in there and thought it must be worth a shot!

hope this helps.

Mar 01, 2015
majordanby in Manhattan

bagel recs

I usually compare places using either a plain, poppy or sesame, depending on what is hot out of the oven. But, I always make exceptions. I'll give the whole wheat everything a try! thanks

Feb 28, 2015
majordanby in Manhattan

bagel recs

Perhaps it's a problem of sample size. God knows how many times I ate at ess-a-bagel, but i've tried utopia twice - and both times were so good, I felt compelled to put them in my tier 1. It's difficult for me to go there because i dont have a car, but i'll go by there again to see if my two tries are outliers (consistency is important).

I havent tried Slims or Bagel Club - I'll hit them up soon.

You may be right about the overall quality - but, im a nativeCAer - so, relative to what I got there, the stuff most of these places (sans Murrays!) put out is like manna for the bagel obsessed.

Feb 28, 2015
majordanby in Manhattan

bagel recs

saw that article. been meaning to try em - will do very soon and report back. thanks.

Feb 28, 2015
majordanby in Manhattan
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