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Maille Mustard Boutique

you know, i live nearby and watched with anticipation as the shop came together. i stopped in when they opened, tasted several of the mustards, and bought some over-priced cornichons. Now, I ask myself if the neighborhood is better for having it and I've reached a resounding no. I don't see myself returning.

Dec 17, 2014
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Help with restaurant name, PLEASE

Little Poland?

Otherwise, maybe Leshko’s, Alice’s, or Kiev?

Dec 16, 2014
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Which Bakery makes the best sticky buns?

Amy's Bread has an excellent sticky bun. They often sell out by midday.

Dec 16, 2014
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Why don't Ramen places pack up your leftovers to go?

Yeah, it's not something to eat every day or week or month, even.

Dec 12, 2014
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Why don't Ramen places pack up your leftovers to go?

Forget Top Ramen. There have been marvelous advancements in the world of instant noodles. Get a case of Kokomyun:

http://www.amazon.com/Kokomyun-Spicy-...

"Make sure you try it when feel bad for taste. It will return to beautiful taste back."

If you like spicy, try Shin Ramyun. You can find it fairly easily in stores.

http://www.amazon.com/Nongshim-Gourme...

H Mart in K Town would likely have both.

Dec 12, 2014
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Why don't Ramen places pack up your leftovers to go?

Noodles swell when left in broth. they absorb all the liquid, leaving no soup and only mushy noodles. if you were to eat it the next day, you'd presumably blame the restaurant for how awful it was.

Dec 11, 2014
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Christmas Eve-

we're booked at Le Philosophe for Christmas Eve. I've read enough about it here and it met my criteria of 1. near Washington Square Park 2. not overly expensive 3. not Italian. they still have tables available.

Dec 08, 2014
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Italian Sandwich Shop-Deli from the 1890s?

some good reading on "real noo yawkas eat", the blog from Michael of Murray's Cheese:

http://realnooyawkaseat.blogspot.com/...

Dec 08, 2014
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Un-hip Dad

Gato - it's still new enough that it's possible they haven't been. Maybe my most memorable meal this year.

Dec 07, 2014
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Good Post 3pm lunch options near 58 Wall St or between JFK and lower Man?

To be clear, it's not trucks. It's just multiple vendors in one location. It's indoors and there's seating but no table service.

Dec 07, 2014
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Maille mustards

i passed by after reading your question and made it a point to check a few jars. all said "Product of France".

nice looking store. i wish them luck and i believe they'll need it.

Dec 06, 2014
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Maille mustards

That was quick! With Parm opening soon just a few doors down and the recently added Joe, this stretch of Columbus is looking up.

Dec 06, 2014
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Good Post 3pm lunch options near 58 Wall St or between JFK and lower Man?

If food trucks were of interest, you might consider Hudson Eats. It's something of a food court, but with many local favorites. At the very least, there's Mighty Quinn's.

http://brookfieldplaceny.com/dining/c...

Dec 05, 2014
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Affordable Rehearsal Dinner.. Please help!

I remember Blue Smoke and Kefi having the best offers when I was looking. Kefi is far uptown, but easy to get to by train from Chelsea.

Dec 04, 2014
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disastrous meal at The Marshal

i haven't been to The Marhsall myself, but I'd be hesitant to speak badly about a restaurant that acknowledged it's failures and comped my entire meal. It's unfortunate that you had such a bad experience, but I'm left with a higher opinion of the restaurant having read of your troubles.

Sister treating birthday dinner

Happy birthday, Monica!

Have you looked at Txikito?

Dec 03, 2014
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Lively birthday dinner

Between the two, I like The Dutch way more than Balaboosta. I like Empellon Taqueria more than either of them.

Dec 03, 2014
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Sister treating birthday dinner

what about Alder?

Dec 03, 2014
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very quick ramen near MoMA

Katsuhama is near, as is Hinata, but 45 minutes really doesn't leave a lot of time. the ramen shops are busy then ,as it's feed time in the zoo that is midtown.

Dec 02, 2014
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ISO Tiny Italian spot south of Central Park

Bar Basso, maybe?

http://www.barbassonyc.com

Dec 01, 2014
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Xmas Eve Dinner

I love Crispo during the holidays, specifically in the back garden. it's heated and covered and decorated for the season. there's a fireplace roaring in the back and the crowd is always festive. fairly straight-forward Italian. same menu as always, which is to say no overpriced special holiday prix-fixe.

Nov 29, 2014
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What do New Yorker's think about Dean & DeLuca and other expensive gourmet shops?

As have I. It was great, especially the corn bruschetta. I didn't say locals don't eat there, but it seems to be mostly tourists.

Nov 29, 2014
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What do New Yorker's think about Dean & DeLuca and other expensive gourmet shops?

Eataly is for both tourists and locals. I'd say it's the tourists that allow it to succeed to the benefit of the locals. Tourists aren't buying raw meat, produce or dairy. Locals likely aren't filling the seats at the different counters.

Nov 28, 2014
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What do New Yorker's think about Dean & DeLuca and other expensive gourmet shops?

Maybe once the FiDi location is open the uptown one won't be as packed.

Nov 24, 2014
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Stumptown coffee beans

yeah, both shops have $2 off on Wednesdays. where have you found beans different from what's sold at Stumptown? sounds interesting.

Nov 21, 2014
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Eating our faces off, any suggestions?

i think you could go to Nice Green Bo, read the menu taped to the grimy door, dream about how delicious the food may have been some time ago, and then turn around, cross the street, and march into Xi'an Famous Foods for noodles with stewed pork and some lamb dumplings. Might as well stop at New Kam Hing for sponge cake for the following morning back at home.

Nov 20, 2014
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[UPDATE] Vote for your favorite restaurants in Manhattan for "Best of 2014."

Empellon Taqueria
http://empellon.com/taqueria/

Alex Stupak struck a perfect balance of cool yet sophisticated, of innovative yet approachable, of casual yet professional, in his West Village taqueria. The taco-heavy menu eats better than it reads, with salsas that go far beyond the norm and vegetable side dishes that could star as entrees.

Nov 20, 2014
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Stumptown coffee beans

i would urge you to avoid resellers and go straight to either the 8th St. or 29th St. location. they both carry a full range of beans and, if you plan to make Stumptown your house coffee, you can get started on a punch card. i think it's buy 10 get one free - maybe it's 12. wednesdays is two dollars off. i was there tonight securing yet another fantastic bean from guatemala. the resellers are often limited to Holler Mountain and Hair Bender, neither of which is worthwhile, in my opinion.

Nov 19, 2014
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Eating our faces off, any suggestions?

however you spend the day, I'd plan to end it at Levain with a chocolate chip walnut cookie.

Quiet E. Village Belgian Beer Bar on a Friday Night?

Burp Castle actually hushes the crowd if it gets too loud. Jimmy's, as small h said, has a fantastic selection and is best during the colder nights. convenient that they're next door to each other in case one doesn't work out.

worth mentioning that DBGB has a great beer list, though not strictly Belgian. you could expect the bar seating area to be busy on a Friday, but I don't remember ever feeling like it was too loud to hold a conversation.

Nov 18, 2014
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