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Brooklyn Source for Russ & Daughters-Esque Chopped Liver?

Here are two more potential sources:

EAGLE Provisions on 5th Avenue in the South Slope...I know they've cut back a few products recently but their chopped liver was outstanding last time I had it.

PECK's on Myrtle Avenue near Waverly / Ft. Greene...With some Lower East Side family history, a good selection of old-fashioned Kosher-deli-type stuff.

Nov 20, 2014
Mike R. in Outer Boroughs

Grand Central Oyster Bar- Park Slope

No belated anything will work within the same paradigm.

But this might:

Convert the place into an all-out "Grand Central Oyster Station" with $1-or-two LOCAL oysters all-day and night and lots of crafty beers, well drinks and happy hours galore and a menu of barfood/fried fish items (and dare I say wings!) at long, copper-topped beer-hall like communal tables. Get the football crowd in there (college Saturdays; NFL Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays), do a bunch of other promos around the other major sports (think World Series, World Cup, Stanley Cup, etc.) It may well siphon (clam-talk, haha) off some biz from 200 Fifth, but they're already packed to the gills. GCOB's rooms can accommodate a huge crowd and a bunch of high-def TVs. It'll become a mecca for the Slope sporting crowd.

Nov 07, 2014
Mike R. in Outer Boroughs

Brooklyn Pizza around Barclays

Acceptable but with a Stefano Ferraro oven CAN be superb if only the right temperature and skill. (Think Paulie Gee's!). Since it's probably not used solely for pizza, they have to moderate it. I've found the mozz a bit too sourish and the sauce kinda meh. Walked into the Numero 28 on First Avenue and 74th Street Manhattan the other day and wow, the truffle oil aroma was bouncing off the walls.

The 7th Avenue/Slope store faces such stiff competition, to the left, right and directly across the street. Should be interesting to see just how much pizza the 'hood can take.

Nov 06, 2014
Mike R. in Outer Boroughs

Brooklyn Pizza around Barclays

I hadn't read that but now it's confirmed. Quite the evolution for this particular pizzaiolo, whom I've followed from Sottocasa to Brooklyn Central to Pizza Moto to Emily.

A distinguishing feature, no question.

Nov 06, 2014
Mike R. in Outer Boroughs

Brooklyn Pizza around Barclays

Jen - Your >>>veg Pizza William was very thin crust scrupulously dressed and tasty and pretty not exactly lusty<<< has given me confirmation about an "aberrant" pie I had a couple of weeks ago. By golly, Matt has shifted to a thinner, bar-pie-ish crust from the pillowy, succulent one (especially the cornicione) of earlier days. Not to say the body of my "Q" Pie with sausage was anything less than stellar, but oh how I miss that dense, speckled edge!

The mystery deepens...I thought maybe it's an extension of Emily's monthly bar-pie popup (a.k.a. Margot's) OR that my daughter and I happened to walk in on a night that Matt and Emily weren't in the house. Like you, I gotta go back. I just lust for some heavy (end)crust.

Nov 06, 2014
Mike R. in Outer Boroughs

Guavate (Puerto Rico)-Best Lechoneras?

We arrived on a Tuesday around 5PM, on our way from Ponce to San Juan Airport and had an immensely great experience at BRUNY's on the main road.

Since it was getting close to day's end, there wasn't much pig left...but here's what was: the head and shoulders! Needless to say, we asked for and got the cheeks and the tenderest meat ever, with a couple ounces of crispy chicharron for good measure. The sides had depth of flavor and yes, they had turkey, too. Advice about the huge bottle of homemade hot sauce on the table...cuidado! Friendly staff, would visit again.

Enough food for a to-go package - which made it back to NYC with little trouble.

Grand Central Oyster Bar- Park Slope

I enjoy the Original GCOB as much for its Guastavino vaulted ceiling tiles and cacophonous bar vibe as their oyster selection. That said, the food experience we had was similar to your own...and to make the bivalve trifecta compete, it was the clams which tasted "off".

Park Slope's branch is a great idea. The problem these days is how many other "buck-a-shuck" Happy Hours abound in Brooklyn with great beer selections and, most of all, reasonably priced, everfresh food. Bringing ths institution to the outer-lands suggests Manhattan-expensive and that perception in and of itself is unsustainable.

Oct 23, 2014
Mike R. in Outer Boroughs

anyone remember SHATZKIN'S knishes

At one time, I thought the second coming of Hershy's was the Knish Nosh on Queens Boulevard and 67th Road / Forest Hills. And living right down the block gave me ample opportunity to test and reinforce that theory again and again.

Alas, the "peppery" and "fluffy" have receded a bit, but you might want to give them a whirl. Regrettably, the hockey-puckish liver knish is no longer made there.

Oct 21, 2014
Mike R. in Outer Boroughs

Brooklyn Pizza around Barclays

"amateurish pizza naming"

In this case, ZERO to do with the highest-calibre pizza-making.

Oct 17, 2014
Mike R. in Outer Boroughs

Brooklyn Pizza around Barclays

Pizza + "Cajun-heavy = TWO BOOTS?

Krescendo floundered after the short-lived run of their West Coast founder ended.

Oct 17, 2014
Mike R. in Outer Boroughs

bagel recs

Could be a tough week for these crispy critters in Borough Park...Succos, Shemini, Simchas Torah, Shabbos...lots of door closure.

I meant no malice BTW...just stimulating conversation about a worthy alternative to the 'berry kind. (OOPS, I broke the fast last week with a half of one). I'm no longer able to take most so-called cinnamon-raisin versions either...something faux about the swirly look and flavoring.

That I can walk just a few blocks to Bagels & More is amazing.

Oct 10, 2014
Mike R. in Outer Boroughs

Nino's Spinach Pie - Anything Like It Out There?

Oh, yeah...that heavy-hand with the garlic...just heavenly!

Oct 10, 2014
Mike R. in Outer Boroughs

Nino's Spinach Pie - Anything Like It Out There?

Once upon a time, the must-stop on any trip to Carroll Gardens was for a wedge of the old Nino's (Union & Henry Sts.) powerfully good spinach (or escarole!) pies. Loads of fresh greens in a well-baked, crunchy dough, totally satisfying, especially with a dose of grated cheese under the flap.

Can't locate anything close anywhere. Hoping someone can help.

Oct 08, 2014
Mike R. in Outer Boroughs

bagel recs

Freshness of these lasts throughout the day...but the ultimate is scoring a bunch right off the cooling rack around 7:30 in the morning.

Sep 26, 2014
Mike R. in Outer Boroughs
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bagel recs

Hot Bialys - If you mean the one on Coney Island Avenue, it looked boarded up, gate down and gone a few days ago.

Sep 22, 2014
Mike R. in Outer Boroughs

bagel recs

Same ole, same hole...Sorry, AmyMintzer, but you probably have never ventured outside your local bagelsphere, unlike the adventuresome OP!

That said, I'll reveal a little sleeper bagel cell deep in the heart of Borough Park..."Bagels & More"...ssssshhhhhh don't tell anybody you're going, but feel free to report back with your (OMG, now THAT is a bagel!) findings. No cinnamon raisin, no blueberry.

14th Avenue around 43rd Street. Closed Shabbos.

Sep 20, 2014
Mike R. in Outer Boroughs

Nargis Cafe - Uzbek With an Attitude

Five straight trips, five straight great meals on my side...and consistent no matter the hour. I'd be shocked if your first was anything less. The outdoor tables rock on a nice day. Weekend waiting times can be DiFara-esque.

Sep 15, 2014
Mike R. in Outer Boroughs

Nargis Cafe - Uzbek With an Attitude

Allow me to add two additional outstanding dishes...the Avocado Salad, a heaping wonderland of tomato, dill, and other delights, held together by the smoothly integrated alligator pear. And do not leave without an order of meaty chuchvara, another dumpling dish in sufficient quantity for three or four.

Nargis gives fair value and tosses the "small plates" concept to the trash bin. But can someone explain the 10% charge tacked onto your check before you compute the tip?

Sep 15, 2014
Mike R. in Outer Boroughs
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Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Outer Borough Memories

Ebinger's...all over the place...loved the honey buns from the one on Church Avenue near East 19th Street / Brighton Line station.
Hamburger Host - On Flatbush Avenue near Beverly Road...they grilled 'em in the window and the smoke wafted onto the street - a burger for the ages!

Aug 27, 2014
Mike R. in Outer Boroughs

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Outer Borough Memories

Hershey's KnishShop under the West End Line 50th St. station...way-way back!
Nino's Pizza and their heros, incomparable spinach and escarole pies - corner of Union & Henry Sts.
N. E.Tell's Bakery - REAL prune danish and ruggelach - Church Avenue...near the long-shuttered Scarola's and Edna's Delicatessen...and Saul's Appetizing store.
Royal Crown Bakery on 14th Av. & 65th St.- at its peak.
BoBowl - A rinkydink Chinese takeout joint on Queens Blvd. and 65th Avenue, down the street from JayDee Bakery.
...and so many more.

Aug 25, 2014
Mike R. in Outer Boroughs

Generous portions, cheap prices, good food--is it possible in NYC anymore?

Mooncake is an absolute gem. Splurge a little bit and go above $15...start with peashoot leaf dumplings, move on to a main/salad with grilled chicken, buckwheat/soba noodles and two delicious sauces. Wash it all down with a $2.50 pint of icecold Sapporo on draft. That's living. Split the app and salad, add another beer and you're at or below your price point.

I know you're soured on buffets, but heck they are a bargain. There are more than a handful of Chinese/Malaysian steam table joints featuring 5 items on top of rice for $5 (or in Brooklyn Chinatown, the Red Apple on 8th Avenue and 48th Street - 4 for $4.50, including a pint of tofu soup). You will be full. You will have change left. You can linger as long as you like. You may even come back. Turn the corner on 48th and have a $1 worth of pork/leek dumplings for dessert.

Gia Lam Vietnamese (across 8th Avenue from Red Apple) has full table service, excellent spring rolls and grilled pork chops, filling rice plates (squid w. lemongrass is the fave) and you'll certainly get bang for the buck.

I'm with you...looking for value and NOT "small plates"!

Jul 30, 2014
Mike R. in Outer Boroughs

Canadians Visiting Bedford-Stuyvesant

I see you went to none of them.

Jul 25, 2014
Mike R. in Outer Boroughs

Lebanon bologna?

Great stuff.

My next trip to Palmyra, PA I'm going to stock up. There's a gigantic thrift shop just off Main Street with a Lebanon Bologna factory store attached...Heaven on earth!

Jul 25, 2014
Mike R. in Outer Boroughs

Canadians Visiting Bedford-Stuyvesant

Fulton Street has evolved and you'll have no problem strolling up and down looking for local, authentic eats.

A & A Bake and Doubles...on Nostrand just north of Fulton...excellent Trinidad treat shop. Saltfish, chana, aloo pie...all good, especially the doubles...and won't bust your budget.

Ali's Roti - on Fulton from Nostrand going towards Bedford...try the curry goat buss-up-shut roti.

EMILY Pizza - Terrific newish wood-oven pie place with supremely fresh ingredients. Salads excel and good tight tap beer selection. Try a "Q" pie with added housemade sausage...picture-perfect.

Also nearby...Saraghina's, Peaches Fried Chicken, Alice's Arbor (best mussels in gingery lemongrass broth) at happy hour.

Jul 03, 2014
Mike R. in Outer Boroughs

Brooklyn or Queens pizza joints

"Joe's of Avenue U"... just west of the "F" train near McDonald Avenue. Your Sicilian faves, outstanding Pulpo salad, greasy-great potato croquettes and a nightshade fantasyland what with all the tomato, pepper and eggplant variations. Freshest ricotta in town for the sandwich "specials"...including panelle.

Not full? Stroll over to Ciccio's Pizza for a sesame-crusted NY slice...On "U" by West 5th Street.

Jun 09, 2014
Mike R. in Outer Boroughs
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Di Fara Pizza HORRIBLE

Toss one of Dom's masterly creations???...Could cause a serious case of dumpster-diving. Ask anyone who's waited an hour or more and they will gleefully eat the burnt pie you wouldn't.

Jun 05, 2014
Mike R. in Outer Boroughs

Where is the BEST Grandma Pie?

Yessir, that's a LoDuca's grandma pie and is recognized by pizza aficianados as one of the finest renditions.

Pepino's in Woodside even better if made the same as it was 8 years ago.

May 20, 2014
Mike R. in Outer Boroughs

Does anyone know where to find...

Haha!...Soemone brought a bottle of it to me a couple years ago...and I still have it!

Of course, I couldn't be sure how well it's "bottle-aged", but my alternate recommendation would be the Thrifty Beverage Center on Court Street and Kane in Cobble Hill across from the movie theatre and Chocolate Room. They have an outstanding selection from England/Scotland.

Let us know if your search is successful.

Apr 30, 2014
Mike R. in Outer Boroughs

best white pie in ny other than louie & ernie's?

This thread revival caused me to remember my latest white pie slice...at...of all places...NEW PARK in Howard Beach!

A truly masterful rendition and a pleasant surprise at that. On the day we popped in, the white eclipsed their traditional red.

Apr 21, 2014
Mike R. in Outer Boroughs

27 foods you can find in Tulsa but NOT New York. Am I wrong?

No more Schlitz in da Bronx...What a cool place it 'twas.

I was just reading about he General Slocum disaster today. Decimated the German Lower East Side community...many remaining moved uptown to Yorkville and opened up the Bavarian Inn, Heidelberg, Ideal Lunch & Bar, Lorelei, Kleine Konditorei, Elk Candy Marzipan and so many other historic places on East 86th Street. Aside from Schaller & Weber and Heidelberg, all gone.

Apr 19, 2014
Mike R. in Outer Boroughs