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Where can I get an onion board?

+1 - Kossar's recipes are far askew from their last known greatness back in the late 1980s. Back then, I commonly could down three bialys in rapid succession or a whole pletzl no problem ("lotta onions, please").

Mimi Sheraton wrote a "Bialy" book sometime circa 1990 - great read, historically-speaking.

Jan 18, 2015
Mike R. in Manhattan

Zapp's Chips in NYC?

Did you try Dean and DeLuca?

If all else fails, quick hop on the subway to Park Slope. "R" to Union Street. Bierkraft on 5th Avenue has 'em.

Jan 08, 2015
Mike R. in Manhattan

queens: the lesson plan?

This thread has quite the CH "Hall-of-Fame" quality about it (restos AND posters)!

Let me add:

KNISH NOSH: Always request your knishes "from the rack" towards the back of the store...those are straight from the oven. Not from the old tin hotbox up front and not microwaved.

Pause on the N. Side of Queens Blvd. / 67th Road for some Uzbeki/Uiyghur samsas, soups and salads at CAFE ARZU...also plenty of luscious skewered meaty stuff.

Just surprised no one's given honorable mention to the Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden, site of a great CH event of all-time.

Jan 06, 2015
Mike R. in Outer Boroughs

Chinatown Banquets and Dish Selection

Funny you should mention this. Ordered a ginger-scallion whole fish at Grand Sichuan (W. 24th St.) the other night and it was, no question, tilapia.

Just as meh as you say. Since we were with out-of-town cousins and don't usually go the whole fish route, what other varieties might be cruising in the tank?

Jan 02, 2015
Mike R. in Manhattan

Chinatown Banquets and Dish Selection

Wanted Manhattan suggestions.

Jan 02, 2015
Mike R. in Manhattan

Chinatown Banquets and Dish Selection

Need a solid recommendation for a 50-person banquet in Chinatown later this month.

Any advice welcome, especially selection of dishes and knowledge of cost. The one I know most about is Jing Fong, having attended prior events there.

Thanks!

Jan 01, 2015
Mike R. in Manhattan

excellent rugalach & cinnamon bun update - Boro Park

And it should also be noted that "Bagel Spot" is now "Bagels and More" ... and that "Shloimy's" on 12th Avenue and 51st Street also has some terrific rugelach / mini-horns every Friday...Prefer their cinnamon, chocolate and poppyseed varietals.

Dec 27, 2014
Mike R. in Outer Boroughs

Name this restaurant- Please Help ! Brooklyn

Drove by Richard Yee's Avenue U yesterday and saw the shameful demolition in progress. The upright neon signage (YEE'S) belongs in a wing of the Brooklyn Historical Society.

One less Christmas dinner place for the neighborhood.

Dec 25, 2014
Mike R. in Outer Boroughs

Mu Ramen LIC

So, Pookipichu, what do we do..."Open a cup o' Cup O' Noodles..." remember that ol' ditty from the early '70s?

Like the endless variations of "quality" macaroni and cheese to the elevation of monkfish (once a trasher at .29 cents a pound) years ago by NYTimes writer Mimi Sheraton (IIRC) as the "poor-man's lobster", we've been faced with such food evolution and repositioning before. No different with ramen. Not like it's some great discovery.

Could I grill up an ounce or two of Niman Ranch bacon fat/pork belly, chop a few farm-to-table scallions and a kale leaf, add a dash or two of Himalayan Pink salt and gently place the fine ingredients atop my steaming bowl of foil-packed Nisan noodles and be happy with the results? Maybe...and for a lot less than a twenty-spot!

Dec 11, 2014
Mike R. in Outer Boroughs

Cheese - charcuterie recommendations Queens-Brooklyn ?

Check out the Ploughman on 7th Avenue/15th Street in the South Slope...They seem to have the formula down.

Dec 02, 2014
Mike R. in Outer Boroughs

Waterfront Alehouse Closing 12/28

Are we talking ownership change or closing altogether? Looks from the FB post it's the former.

Dec 02, 2014
Mike R. in Outer Boroughs

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