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One Night in Santiago de Compostela -- Food Plan?

alas, for medical reasons we had to reroute our trip back from Portugal to Madrid -- Galicia will have to wait for another time...thanks all for your suggestions and i'll file them for the future...

Aug 17, 2014
Simon in Spain/Portugal

Trip down Memory Lane: Nom Wah Tea Parlor

there is a long thread on Nom Wah...when i went a few months ago the food was dismal...

Aug 05, 2014
Simon in Manhattan

One Night in Santiago de Compostela -- Food Plan?

thanks for these ideas :)

We will prob eat at Rectoral the first evening, but the next day&eve we'll be exploring -- we won't have a car so we'll be getting a lift from a driver/guide and/or going for long hike in the countryside, so perhaps we can hit one of these...

Cheers...

Jul 30, 2014
Simon in Spain/Portugal

Africa Kine Restaurant -- Yummy Senegalese on 116th

i was there last weekend -- they said they don't know the specific move date and that the original is still open til further notice...

Chicken and fish and stewed lamb as delicious as ever, but i'll note a friend of mine ordered the grilled lamb and it was dry and grizzly so i'd avoid that dish)

Jul 30, 2014
Simon in Manhattan

One Night in Santiago de Compostela -- Food Plan?

thanks...staying at Costa Vella hotel in SdC...also staying two nights at Rectoral Anllo in Ribeira Sacra...cheers

Jul 29, 2014
Simon in Spain/Portugal

One Night in Santiago de Compostela -- Food Plan?

thanks for the suggestion, but only interested in traditional places -- no foam, fusion, etc

Jul 29, 2014
Simon in Spain/Portugal

Best cochinillo/suckling pig in Madrid?

Thanks...Going to Madrid next month and plan on going to El Senador (assuming they are open in August)...

Jul 22, 2014
Simon in Spain/Portugal

One Night in Santiago de Compostela -- Food Plan?

hi...we're NYC Hounds who will be in Portugal and Spain for 18 days in August...this is the first of many specific posts which will follow :)

Originally we'd planned on 10 days in Galicia but various reasons conspired to reroute the trip w/ 9 days Portugal followed 2 days at an inn in Ribeira Sacra, and only a single night in SdeC...we'll arrive there late afternoon and are staying in old town, then leave the next day for Madrid in late afternoon...

-- What would you recommend for dinner that first night?...we like rustic traditional food (nothing glossy-modern)...should we get a full dinner or do a tapas crawl?...what's a fun plan for that evening?

-- any lunch recs for the following day?...somewhere near the Cathedral/old-city as this will unfortunately be our only time to wander the city...

Thanks in advance...

Jul 19, 2014
Simon in Spain/Portugal

Where do you buy ground coffee in Manhattan to brew at home?

update for howdini (and others who have similar taste in coffee): while i still like the Monsoon Malabar from PortoRico coffee, i tried a new Bolivian from Toby Estate called "Amor de Dios": pretty great: nutty, mild, smooth...a little pricey (15 bucks for 12 oz -- i think the Malabar is 10/lb), but def good stuff...

Jul 15, 2014
Simon in Manhattan

Xi'an on St. Marks open again...

yikes...i hope it's the not the beginning of The Fall of Grand Sichuan Part Deux

Jul 14, 2014
Simon in Manhattan

UK Government strikes deal for weaker wine in pubs

heh...fascinating article and reminds of how much i disliked living in London at times...having lived in the UK however briefly, the idea that the alcohol level of "wine in pubs" is somehow at the root of the UK's alcohol troubles is laughable...

When i ordered my glass of red in a local pub, the barkeep (after doing that annoying thing they do measuring it to the exact ml before pouring) would half-mockingly say "Ah, a gentleman's glass of red wine!"...(i.e. everyone else in the place was smashed out of their minds on gallons of lager or whisky and here is this curious Yank sipping a glass of red)...

Mandating weak (likely bad) wine will only make many folks switch to whisky -- whoops!

Jul 13, 2014
Simon in Wine

Where to get merguez in NYC?

Glad you liked!

Catskill seems at the top of their game these days...i recently had the lamb sausage w/ garlic scapes and it was delicious too...

Jul 09, 2014
Simon in Manhattan

Your favorite tapas?

yeah, i had fun the first time at Donostia, but my second visit was bad...won't be back soon...

Jul 09, 2014
Simon in Manhattan

Where to find fish broth (no mix of chicken or pork) miso ramen?

Kuboya *may* have it

Jul 05, 2014
Simon in Manhattan

EV Lebanese mentioned in NYT

Finally got around to trying it: quite disappointing...food wasn't bad but the starters are very expensive for the tiny portions...nice service (the waitress/manager was a veteran bartender from Masak and Pulino and she is awesome)...but nothing we had (fried cauliflower, tabouli, haloumi salad, aubergine, chicken sharwarma) was better than a C+...decent wine list...decent space...but not really a chow-ish choice...and i concur w/ the above comments about the floppy soft bland pita...

Jul 05, 2014
Simon in Manhattan

New interesting discovery: Lebanese wine (pair with Kastalatah Ghanam--grilled baby lamb chops)

i have mixed feelings about Al Bustan...i've been there twice...

-- the food is very good...especially liked the stuff grapeleaves and stuffed squash...everything i've had there has been somewhere between decent and delicious...

-- while i agree that it's nice that tables are spaced far apart and its good for a quiet conversation, the vibe and interior design is that faux-glitzy 1970's/80's style that common in higher end Arabic (and Russian) restaurants...

-- service both times i went was borderline terrible...fairly friendly, but almost impossible to hail a waiter or get a second glass of wine, even when the place was mostly empty...just lazy and clueless, but i suppose well-meaning?...it took 30 minutes to get some hot sauce both times...

-- if it was nearby, i'd prob get takeout often...but since its out of neighborhood for me, it's prob a place i'd hazard visiting once a year at once, when it fits location, specs, etc...

Sidenote re: Lebanese wines...Astor Wines has a few...

Jul 05, 2014
Simon in Manhattan

Sasabune NYC

sorry you had a poor meal...though i am not surprised...Sasabune is a niche choice for people who favor the chef's hot rice and heavy sauce style -- me, i think it's awful (have only been to the LA original), but bizarrely there some people who seem to dig it...

Jul 02, 2014
Simon in Manhattan

Where to get merguez in NYC?

that's where i get mine (Un Sq Greenmarket lamb vendor)...they have several kinds (Tunisian, etc)...

Flying Pigs has a pork-version which i've liked too...

Jul 01, 2014
Simon in Manhattan
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Where to Watch Brazil/Colombia on Friday and Root for Colombia?

Preferably downtown...

Jul 01, 2014
Simon in Manhattan

Options for Jazz and Food

as a jazz purist, i also think you'd be best off separating the two...jazz&drinks, then food&wine :)

I'd say do thee early set at the Village Vanguard and then go dine nearby...some food ideas:

Bar Pitti
Navy (Sullivan St)
The Clam
Kinshop
Blue Ribbon

Jun 30, 2014
Simon in Manhattan

Brooklyn Domino Sugar Factory on Kent St

i'll add Miss Favela -- casual Brazilian food

Jun 28, 2014
Simon in Outer Boroughs

Recommendations for visitors (you must be getting tired of this)

definitions of "Old School Italian" vary and are a subject of much debate, but a place you might enjoy is Bar Pitti -- cash only Tuscan w/ outdoor seating, a chalkboard of yummy specials, and fine peoplewatching...

Jun 28, 2014
Simon in Manhattan

Kafana/кафана in the East Village

this place doesn't get much mention here, but my second visit here was excellent (first visit was 3 yrs ago)...two varieties of pork and pork/lamb sausage, a tomato/cucumber/feta salad (esp fresh), a smoked trout, good bread and pepper sauce, and an interesting wine list from Eastern Europe...

Jun 26, 2014
Simon in Manhattan

Xi'an on St. Marks open again...

yikes...this is bad news...hopefully they are reading CH and realizing they are risking alienating their fans...i'll go sometime this week and see how it goes...

Jun 25, 2014
Simon in Manhattan

BYOB Chinatown Resto for Group of 10 - 14 people

i was once in a Noodletown a few years ago and witnessed an ugly late-night argument btw a group of BYOBers and the manager (both the group and the manager were rude, and while i'm not sure who was more at fault, it made me never want to hazard BYOBing there)...

And when i went there a couple months ago, food wasn't up to par in any case...

Jun 22, 2014
Simon in Manhattan

Ducks Eatery (East Village) . . .anyone been?

Pan, what did you have on your last Oda House meal...i like the people there and the wines, but wasn't thrilled w/ my food both times i went...but i'd give it another shot and try dishes which you recommend...

Jun 22, 2014
Simon in Manhattan

Ducks Eatery (East Village) . . .anyone been?

i had some decent one-dollar happy hr oysters there last week...not a very good wine selection, but a pleasant enough place to see outside at and watch the EV go by...didn't look at the rest of the menu, but a friend likes it...

Jun 22, 2014
Simon in Manhattan

Who's been to these iconic restaurants before, which would you recommend first?

agreed: Gramery Tavern is the only one of the bunch that i'd recommend...(but even then it's not even in my Top 25, or maybe not even Top 50 for NYC All Boroughs)...the GT cheese plate is nice...and i like their front Tavern Room...

Jun 19, 2014
Simon in Manhattan

Africa Kine Restaurant -- Yummy Senegalese on 116th

Went back and tried the grilled fish...might the best 15 dollar main course i've had anywhere in town...

Jun 18, 2014
Simon in Manhattan

Africa Kine Restaurant -- Yummy Senegalese on 116th

Jun 15, 2014
Simon in Manhattan