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God is my co-protein

it's been a while since i've been, but i'm sure it's the chinese shiitake.

39 minutes ago
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God is my co-protein

just across the street, Amazing 66 serves a mushroom e-fu braised noodle dish. it's very subtle - initially i thought it was bland - but the earthiness of the mushroom is prevalent.

about 10 hours ago
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Challenge: Sunday lunch for 6 within 10 blocks of Grand Central; inexpensive (long)

It's not a place to stay for any appreciable amount of time.

about 18 hours ago
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Challenge: Sunday lunch for 6 within 10 blocks of Grand Central; inexpensive (long)

What about the 39th Street Szechuan Gourmet? Not everything on the menu is spicy. As for Korean barbecue, you don't actually cook anything yourself. Most places will balk at you if you try to control the grill. That said, it can get pricy. Cho Dang Gol is good, but the menu is fairly limited. i go specifically for one or two dishes, but i don't think i'd bring a group unless they all wanted tofu stew.

about 23 hours ago
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When do fresh lychees show up in Chinatown?

They're their now.

May 25, 2015
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Eataly?

if that were the case, Amy's should close up shop. they sell some perfectly good breads and absolutely one of the worst baguettes you can find in New York.

May 24, 2015
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Passion fruit? Any stores selling passion fruit?

the main season is late summer, but they are sometimes available in spring. Eataly and Manhattan Fruit Exchange are likely your best bets. there are some frozen pulp products available that are quite good, depending on your desired preparation. Goya can be found in the freezer section at Western Beef, but Buon Italian at Chelsea Market carries a wide selection of Boiron's. really great stuff.

May 22, 2015
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Eataly

If BX refers more to Belgium than Bronx, you might have interest in Eataly's beer section. they have many 750ml bottles from Dogfish Head, several of which i want for the names and bottles alone. you could put together a great meal of sausages, cheese, bread, and veggies to go with two or three. could make for a nice summertime meal, especially if you have access to a grill and a yard.

May 18, 2015
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Dominique Ansel Kitchen (not bakery)

I was there at 1pm on Sunday and there was a short line of maybe six people ahead of me. It stayed about that busy the whole team I was there. Did have to hover in order to get a seat outside which I hate doing. No indication that anything was sold out at that time.

May 18, 2015
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Dominique Ansel Kitchen (not bakery)

Now in it's second week, Dominique Ansel's Kitchen is serving equal parts savory and sweet, some made-to-order and others ready from the case. it's a very different menu from the bakery that made him a household name.

a first visit left a tremendous impression. great value, super fresh ingredients, and a lot of interesting options. really difficult to narrow our choices to two + dessert. the croque monsieur is enormous, loaded with ham and cheese, but it's the bread that sets it apart from others. the edamame avocado and ricotta brioche was something else entirely. so light, so fresh, so perfect for an early summer lunch outside.

Kitchen is so much of what i've been looking for - a light, fast, inexpensive option that differs from my weekday lunch options. i can see this becoming a part of my regular rotation quite quickly.

May 18, 2015
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fung tu or marc forgione? realize they're totally different(altho lower manhattan-ish), sort of like who's your favorite child, but really wanted to go to batard,couldn't get in, so i'm struggling between these 2 and oiji(but can't seem to get info on it)

not the most romantic neighborhood, but Kajitsu is a beautiful, serene place to celebrate an anniversary. totally vegetarian, but any meat eater should be fully satisfied there.

i had my birthday at Fung Tu this year and really enjoyed it, but i don't think there'd be enough options for a vegetarian.

May 18, 2015
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Dinner, 5/12: Txikito

the octopus dish is exceptional.

May 16, 2015
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Spring 2015: New in Chinatown

interesting story about Tianjin Goubili Stuffed Buns, but what's inside?

May 16, 2015
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What gets sold out fast at Union Square Greenmarket?

best way i've had them was charred with toast and buratta at Babbo. I've repeated it at home with ease and great results.

as for what sells out quickly, bibb lettuce is often gone by midday.

May 15, 2015
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Lunch after redeye

i wouldn't want to have such a large, long meal after a long flight, especially if it's an overnighter. i usually want a shower and a change of clothes and a toilet, not in that order. i'd do better with a picnic in central park. pack an old sheet, stop by Maison Kayser, and head into the park.

May 14, 2015
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What are they thinking at Mamoun's?

just want to mention Soom Soom in a post about falafel. i'm not the most experienced falafel eater, but i live by one Soom Soom and work near the other. i'm a regular at both. i've had sad Mamoun's. Not good. Soom Soom is at least fresh and they offer plenty of toppings to stuff into the pita. i'm a glutton and a bad customer. thankfully they don't charge by weight!

May 07, 2015
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Bourdain Market - What do YOU Want to See

without turning this into an I <3 Eataly post, i'll just say - your loss. it's really no different than any other market in new york. know what you want. know where to find it. seek and destroy. the average tourist isn't shopping for raw produce, butchered meats or fresh seafood.

May 06, 2015
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Bourdain Market - What do YOU Want to See

of all that markets that have popped up in the past few years, Eataly is the only one i return to with any frequency. did Essex Market. did Gotham West. did Hudson Eats and Le District. am not rushing back to any of them.

i visit Chelsea Market often, but it could use a major makeover and some redirection. i go for Buon Italian, Fruit Exchange and for an occasional indoor picnic. unfortunately, most of the places are forgettable.

May 06, 2015
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Bourdain Market - What do YOU Want to See

yes, yes and yes! a real pintxos bar would be awesome. stand up, fast, crowded, and drowning in wine! proper Korean hottdeuk, not like what they serve at Grace, and bungeoppang, the red bean fish-shaped bread that is now sold everyone where there's a korean population, other than Manhattan.

the reason the current food hall scene is tired is that the menus aren't really conducive to bouncing around. seems like you kind of have to pick a place and go all the way, rather than grab a bite, look around, and try something else. i hope Bourdain's is more focused on smaller, portable bites.

May 06, 2015
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Le Veau d'Or

I was there for a weekday lunch with some friends from France. I chose it. They still make fun of me for it.

May 03, 2015
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3-story Chick-Fil-A opening in Midtown

i'd urge you to try the chicken biscuit at Pies n Thighs. that's freakin' delicious. Chick-fil-a is almost passable for a reststop on the highway - almost.

May 03, 2015
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3-story Chick-Fil-A opening in Midtown

There's a McDonalds at 33rd & 10th that has a drive thru and a parking lot!

https://www.google.com/maps/place/McD...

May 03, 2015
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3-story Chick-Fil-A opening in Midtown

Can't really compare hate to theft.

May 03, 2015
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Sichuan Hit Han Dynasty to Open on Upper West Side this Spring

we now have Parm and a soon to be open Blue Ribbon. i wish Mario Batali would open Otto II on 72nd where Dallas BBQ was.

May 03, 2015
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3-story Chick-Fil-A opening in Midtown

37th & 6th? at least it's out of the way.

May 02, 2015
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Sport Peppers at Bed Bath and Beyond....

personally speaking, i find chicago style pizza inedible. i don't care where it's from or what it's called, it's disgusting. chicago dogs are delicious. it addressed everything that's wrong with a regular hot dog. instead of being meaty and salty, it's spicy and fresh plus meaty and salty.

May 02, 2015
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Ethnic foods only in New York?

Xi'An Famous Foods is a must. Assuming you're here as a tourist, you could try the one in midtown at 45th bet. 5th & 6th, as it's very near Bryant Park, the main library, and Rockefeller Center. I'd also hit Zabb Elee, which you could do after running around Soho. If you're up by Natural History, check out Gazala for Northern Israeli Druze food. it's the only Druze restaurant in the US.

what's your thought on including Momofuku? which Momofuku and what do you plan to order? if it's ramen, there are better options. just to be clear, i love each of the Momofuku restaurants and often recommend them, but they don't fit clearly into any ethnic category.

seeing as you are including Pok Pok and Momofuku, you should look at Mission Chinese, Uncle Boon's, Jeepney, and Pig and Khao.

Apr 26, 2015
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Brookfield Place (Battery Park)

yeah, i bike along the Hudson Greenway almost daily. have even seen another UWS hound along the way. i'll have to try kimchi fries. i actually have a BBE discount at Umami that i've been forgetting to use.

curious if anyone has had a consistently good experience at Hudson Eats' Black Seed.

Apr 16, 2015
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Brookfield Place (Battery Park)

T, our paths seem to cross often. i was also there on Sunday around 2pm to check out Le District. I too have had problems with Black Seed there, but i'm totally enamored with their Soho location. damn, if those bagels were smaller, i'd pop them like pills.

wife and i tried for a glass of wine and lunch at Le Comptoir at Le District. we left before being served, having seen what a mess everything was. we'll try it again some time later. instead, we opted for take-away sandwiches at the bakery. my ham and cheese was fine, not better than others, though. my wife's went in the trash. is it a true french thing to put hard boiled egg slices on a roast chicken sandwich? nasty.

cheese counter was nice, as was the almond brioche we shared.

who serves kimchi french fries at Hudson Eats?

Apr 14, 2015
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best bagel in new york city

Murray's are less puffier than Ess-a-Bagel, so you might start there.

Apr 06, 2015
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