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Polpettina (Larchmont)

Curious to know if anybody's tried the food and cocktails at the new Polpettina in Larchmont. Getting together with family in the area and wondering if it's worth it.

Minzhongle: Another Korean-Chinese Spot in Flushing

HI scoopG,
I've been eating at the joint since it opened under the name "Korean Delicacies of Every Kind" six months ago. Since then they have changed the name and added a lot more signage as the restaurant sits at the rear of a small mall. Said signage includes a picture of the chef along with his passport. The folks who run the place are from Jilin, and offer a bunch of Korean stuff (bibimbap, soondubu etc.) as well as some regional specialties like shan dong hai shen, shandong sea slug soup ($22). It is a ginormous bowl of the critters slong with bits of egg, cilantro, and chicken in a light (chiekn-based?) broth seasoned with white pepper. Interesting but probably not something I'd order again unless with a large group.

Xiang son ya tui ($18), or crispy duck legs is truly superb. It's a whoel duck that's been salt-baked served with seasoned salt. Crispy, fatty, and above all ducky! Makes me think that their salt and pepper lamb chop ($22) must be excellent. Also makes me wonder whether these people are from the same area of China as those who ran A Fan Ti before it changed hands.

Also enjoyed the tea tree mushrooms or gan guo cha shu gu ($14) and
"popcorn with egg yolk sauce"

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Minzhongle
37-14 Main St, Queens, NY 11354

Dec 17, 2010
Joey Deckle in Outer Boroughs

Asian Food Tour of Flushing Queens

Tito,
Please do contact me at jdistefanonyc68@yahoo.com. I know Flushing (from food courts to dim sum halls to beer bars and street carts) like the back of my hand. I'd be honored to take you and your chef friends on a tour. Let's discuss more over e-mail.

Jan 05, 2010
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Golden Sichuan in Flushing

Sounds good..re: no 1: A litle mandarin goes a long way; if you don't want them to skimp on the Sichuan peppercorns try saying: wo yao ma la.

Sep 24, 2009
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New in Flushing: M&T Restaurant - A Taste of Qingdao

Thanks for the linkage Jeff...and many thanks again to Scoop for doing the original reconn. on this joint!

Keep on smokin',
Joey Deckle

Sep 18, 2009
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Best North Dumpling, White Bear Dumpling, Xian Famous Foods, House of Yun Ho at Flushing Mall, Nan Xiang Soup Dumplings, Sun Mary Bakery

Kathryn,
Yall folks know how to throw an eating/outing/fooding. Even though I'm in Flushing on an almost daily basis never have I eaten so much there in one day. Loved the dumplings at Best North and was glad to get over my fear of White Bear. Kinda funny that the dude who loves the ma la yang lian (lamb face) at Xi'an Famous Foods would be put off by the the Bear's relatively innocuous offerings. Too bad they were out of the sea cucumber dumplings and ice cream!

I'm really glad the liang pi at Xi'an Famous Foods was good. Lately he hasn't been using enough chili oil. As for the mysterious part in that blisteringly hot lamb face salad I still say it was eye. http://www.the-feedbag.com/eat-this-n...

Now if you'll excuse me I'm gonna go eat that chocolate dome thingie I bought at Sun Mary.

Keep on smokin',
Joey Deckle

Mar 09, 2009
Joey Deckle in Outer Boroughs

Moving: Temple Snacks & Little Pepper

Stopped by this evening. The gate was partially up, but every stall was closed. Saw the tall grey-haired gent from the Taiwanese stall at the back. He couldn't tell me why RFC was closed but said it should up and running in about a week.

Mar 07, 2009
Joey Deckle in Outer Boroughs

What to order at Cheburechnaya?

Samsa, flaky triangles of pastry filled with chunks of fatty lamb meat are a staple at the nabe's many Uzbek joints. Cheburechnaya takes a unique approach to this snack, by offering a "bone-in-samsa." http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2008/0......

as mentioned the green plov is tasty ...they also have a smoked fish plate (kinda fatty maybe herring) that's served with garlicky potatoes...Since you're a big party, I encourage you to bring a bottle of Cognac to share at table,,,,as someone who lives in regoparkistan I assure you that it is standard practice here...don't forget to order plenty of green tea

Mar 03, 2009
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NON HIGHBROW RESTAURANT CRITICS

I am a big fan of "mom and pop"ethnic restaurants as is reflected in my writing on Serious Eats New York, check out my stuff for some great finds http://www.seriouseats.com/user/profi...

Gawd I hate writing stuff like that since I am actually quite modest...

Keep on smokin',
Joey Deckle

Feb 23, 2009
Joey Deckle in Food Media & News

Cuy...Guinea Pig...Ecuadorian Delicacy

I had some great cuy for Mother's Day at this place
http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2008/0...

Best to call in advance as it takes some time to roast.

Keep on smokin',
Joey Deckle

Jan 05, 2009
Joey Deckle in Outer Boroughs

ISO Traditional Sicilian Restaurant

Dunno where to in MH for Sicilian, but Joe's of Avenue U in Gravesend is quite good. Killer stuffed artichokes as well fried baby chokes, pasta cu sarde, great seafood salad...real old-school...
http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2008/0...

Mangia bene,
Giuseppe

Dec 29, 2008
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41-28 Main st. Big Fat Lamb noodles once more

To be honest, I'm not sure if that's the same folks or not. Haven't had their soup, but I hear that it's good. Spose I need to get in there and have a bowl.

Keep on slurpin',
Joey Deckle

Dec 15, 2008
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Chinese Food Court in Flushing (lamb burgers)

Benny,
Per mrnyc those are two must-have's at the X'ian stall. Also good are the Tiger Vegetables, a salad of parsley, hot peppers, cilantro, sugar and vinegar. It's the same dish that used to be served at the-once great A Fan Ti. And the lamb spine's done up in some sort of five-spice braise is pretty darn good too. I've been going to GSM for about a year now and I find it hard to tear myself away from the X'ian stall, cause it's so damn good. I only just had a soup from the Lanzhou hand-pulled noodle place across the way. Check out this article I wrote for Serious Eats http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2008/0... about GSM for more ideas. Happy eating.

Keep on smokin',
Joey Deckle

Dec 15, 2008
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41-28 Main st. Big Fat Lamb noodles once more

Pretty sure they're different people...still damn good soup and noodles though

Dec 14, 2008
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41-28 Main st. Big Fat Lamb noodles once more

That place is great...I love it so much that I wrote about it ....
http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2008/0...
People who work there are super-nice

Keep on smokin',
Joey Deckle

Dec 08, 2008
Joey Deckle in Outer Boroughs

BON CHON CHICKEN

From Julia Moskins' NYT article on, ahem, KFC...

"Korean-style fried chicken is radically different, reflecting an Asian frying technique that renders out the fat in the skin, transforming it into a thin, crackly and almost transparent crust. (Chinese cooks call this “paper fried chicken.”) The chicken is unseasoned, barely dredged in very fine flour and then dipped into a thin batter before going into the fryer. The oil temperature is a relatively low 350 degrees, and the chicken is cooked in two separate stages, After 10 minutes, the chicken is removed from the oil, shaken vigorously in a wire strainer and allowed to cool for two minutes. This slows the cooking process, preventing the crust from getting too brown before the meat cooks through. It also shaves off all those crusty nubs and crags that American cooks strive for. After 10 more minutes in the fryer, the chicken is smooth, compact, golden-brown, and done."

Keep on smokin',
Joey Deckle

Dec 06, 2008
Joey Deckle in Home Cooking

best spicy soups?

Get over to Golden Shopping Mall in Flushing. The Chengdu stall has an insanely good fiery ma la tan or Sichuan spicy soup with all manner of things floating in it. Upstairs there's some great handpulled noodles in a fragrant lamby broth that you can doctor up with hot sauce.

http://gothamist.com/2008/01/22/cheng...

http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2008/0...

Keep on smokin',
Joey Deckle

Nov 25, 2008
Joey Deckle in Manhattan

New Food Court Flushing

Ike it is was really great meeting you...glad you had success at Chengdu stall in the Golden Shopping Mall. Hope your Mom enjoys the grub. I wasn't feeling so hot at Roosevelt Food Court I think I may have ingested some bad home-brewed beer last night. In any case it was cool to see so many people enjoying great regional Chinese goodies.

Nov 23, 2008
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Top 10 Bars for Beer Snobs

d.b.a. is opening on North 7th Street between Berry and Wythe in Williamsburg. i think they've started hiring bartenders, which means they'll be opening relatively soon

Nov 23, 2008
Joey Deckle in Manhattan

Top 10 Bars for Beer Snobs

Yo Big Dog,
d.b.a.'s pretty good, but I find it kinda dank and depressing, though I am excited to try their new location in Brooklyn. Blind Tiger's real nice but it gets crowded as does Ginger Man which except for weekend afternoons always seems packed with investment bankers.

Jimmy's No. 43 is a great spot. Full disclosure: Carbone's a friend of mine. He's got a great list of bottled and tap beers. Even though the chef left the food is still very good and they have lots of interesting beer tastings (beer cheese and chocolate etc.). And despite what the Observer article says Richard Olney is not the chef but a deceased food writer who wrote the quote that appears on Jimmy's menu. I don't mean to rant but I can't believe the other made such an error.

I'd like to know about other beer bars. The only other good one I can think of now that hasn't been mentioned in this thread is The Gate in Park Slope.

Cheers,
Joey Deckle

Nov 22, 2008
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New Food Court Flushing

Arete,
That's awesome! I wish I'd had your translation when I wrote the Serious Eats article. Can't wait to try the pork belly burger.

Keep on smokin',
Joey Deckle

Nov 22, 2008
Joey Deckle in Outer Boroughs

A Fan Ti - revisted

Gary,
I went a few weeks ago after doing a food court crawl and they didn't yet have an English menu. I only had two dishes. After much language difficulty, I determined they were still serving the cilantro salad and ordered a plate of roast lamb meat. The cilantro salad was a shadow of its former self. Suddenly it had a Korean accent thanks to the addition of jap chae-like noodles. Lamb was OK and appropriately cuminy. I wish it had been crispier though.

It is really too bad. I think the new owners are trying recipes from the old A Fan Ti and not succeeding. Perhaps they should just go full-bore Korean.

Keep on smokin',
Joey Deckle

May 25, 2008
Joey Deckle in Outer Boroughs

Fantastic Big Flat Lamb Noodle Soup in Flushing, 41-28 Main

Sad to say that is closed. The fellow who was working at the hair stylist across the way left me the impression that it's closed for good. I was just there a few days ago.

Keep on smokin',
Joey Deckle

Mar 16, 2008
Joey Deckle in Outer Boroughs

dim sum tomorrow; which place, and i can get some greens right?

Hey Unocal,
I wasn't that impressed by O.J. when I went, but I'm glad to hear you had a good time. In my book Gum Fung was the best Flushing dim sum joint what made it stand out was the abundance of special plates like baby octopus in sweet sauce and shrimp fried in the shell. A close runner up is Tung Yi Fung http://gothamist.com/2007/07/31/a_tas.... Not so many special plates, but truly wonderful dumplings.

Keep on smokin',
Joey Deckle

Nov 12, 2007
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Restaurant Warning Signs

I can't parse out a list of 10 distinct warning signs. I eat everywhere from holes-in-the-wall on up. Regardless of whether it's a taqueria or a four-star restaurant the one universal turnoff is seeing the staff just lolling about when the house is empty. Its' not that I'm all about seeing the staff filling salt shakers, but I've found that"lack of hustle/care" usually indicates a bad spot.

There's *always* something to do in

Aug 22, 2007
Joey Deckle in Features

Little Pepper, with apologies

Why apologize for such a great post? Sure you're a bit late to the Little Pepper (aka http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/...) party, but so what. I was also floored by the frog legs. Next time you're there, try what the menu calls 'spicy whole green pepper in salt and sour sauce." It's a platter of the mildly hot green peppers from which the restaurant takes its name that have been lightly pickled and then broiled.

Keep on smokin'
Joey Deckle

Jun 07, 2007
Joey Deckle in Outer Boroughs

Swojska: Dried Polish sausage?

I recently bought a Polish sausage called swojska. It's meant to be eaten out of hand much like dried Italian sausage. It has a great smoky flavor with lots of garlic and pepper and plenty of pork fat. The wierd thing is the texture. At first bite it's practically crunchy. If I drop a small chunk of it on my desk it sounds like a rock. Yet upon some concerted chewing all the fat comes out and it becomes something wonderful. Did I come across a bad batch or is this stuff supposed to taste like this?

Keep on smokin',
Joey Deckle

May 16, 2007
Joey Deckle in General Topics

Best restaurants in Forest Hills

I don't have a Top 5 because FH spots just don't grab me. Despite the variety of cuisines, many of the restaurants fall short of the mark.

That said, I like Mickey's Place for sushi on Qns. Blvd. at 102 St. The fish is always fresh and the staff couldn't be friendlier. Never been to La Vigna, but I did hear some folks talking favorably about it, while I was enjoying a sundae at Eddie's Sweet Shop (105-29 Metropolitan Ave.) Eddie's is a mandatory stop on Metro. I'm too young to have enjoyed a sundae at a soda fountain, but it seems to me that Eddie's has preserved everything from the flavor to the feel.

One place on Metro that I need to explore more is Danny Brown's (104-02 Metropolitan Ave.)I had a glass of wine and some grilled calamari recently. Pls. report back and let us know what you find.

Keep on smokin',
Joey Deckle

Dec 04, 2006
Joey Deckle in Outer Boroughs

Cold Noodles in Queens

Natural Tofu in Sunnyside has great naeng myun. Unlike others where you have to add vinegar and hot mustard to spice it up theirs is already seasoned. It's got a pretty hefty red pepper kick and lots of snowcone like chunks of frozen soup.

Keep on smokin',
Joey Deckle

Aug 07, 2006
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New York City restaurants serving top notch dim sum.

I'm gonna have to echo the reccomendations for Jing Fong. Not only do they make standout versions of traditional dim sum, they continue to amaze me by offering such items as fried pear-shape dumplings,complete with stem.

Keepon smokin',
Joey Deckle

Jun 25, 2006
Joey Deckle in Manhattan