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>>>You can't even get a good bagel anymore; not even in borough park.<<<

What a load of bull. No matter how hard I've try, I know of not one other adventuresome CH'er who's sampled the crusty, crunchy classics at "Bagels 'n' More" (on 14th Avenue around 43rd Street) and reported back. All this time, you've been searching the Terrace, the Holes, the (fallen) Empires, the Noshes, the Ess-As and whichever for chewy rings of dough.

Come home to Boro Park...but wait 'til next week, after Pesach and not on Shabbat. Make it your 7:30 AM wake-up call. About 10 blocks from Church Avenue on the F 'n' G trains. Who's up for the challenge?

Apr 05, 2015
Mike R. in Outer Boroughs

Bushwick Family Dinner

"Roberta's"...more than the phenomenal pizza.
If it's an early dinner, the (escorted) kids will have plenty of excitement roaming the neighborhood in search of the best, most colorful wall murals...while you grab a quick happy hour specialty drink or brew at "Pine Box Rock Shop" on Grattan St.

Morgan Avenue stop on the L train.

Apr 03, 2015
Mike R. in Outer Boroughs

Favorite Mom & Pop Italian Restaurant in Brooklyn

There's Joe's of Avenue U (Sicilian) on Avenue U near McDonald Ave...and Fiorentino's on the other side of McDonald.

Mar 27, 2015
Mike R. in Outer Boroughs

Supermarket in Brooklyn for Passover items

If you can stand the crowds, point yourself in the direction of Borough Park, around 39th Street and 13th Avenue. You won't need to go anywhere else.

1 - Kollel Rabayyim (39th between 13th & 14th Aves.) is a gigantic Kosher/KP store - it's got everything, including a dozen brands of shmura matzohs (which are in the $20+/lb. range unless you buy the Russian imports).
2 - Paperific - (38th St. just inside 15th Avenue)...Not just party goods anymore...a solid selection of everyday groceries and Pesach items.
3 - The store formerly known as Friedman's in the old NYC Public Market building on 39th and 13th corner...modern, clean, has the goods.
4 - Shatzer Matzoh Bakery - On Cortelyou Rd. near East 2nd Street - Fresh outta the oven...regular, whole wheat and (IIRC) spelt. Makes for great gifting and eating...especially the burnt ones - if you can get them. Slight discount for "broken" boxes.

It's wise to check the alternate side parking rules before you drive down...Kollel has an indoor lot but you could wait an hour to get in. Pushing your old-fashioned shopping cart? Now that's better!

Mar 21, 2015
Mike R. in Outer Boroughs

Great coffee in Brooklyn

Threes...another wild success, thus far. Stopped in on Saturday to a packed house and found the "brew"-on-"brew" concept intriguing. The caffeinated part opens up at 7AM. Once the weather warms up and their expansive backyard doors swing open, you could sip and hang all day (and all of the night)!

One cool aspect is the rotating guest appearances by hot local eateries. This week featured Battersby, opening week was Delaney BarBQue with some awesome brisket sammie-sliders. If I recall correctly, Roberta's was also in the house.

Mar 17, 2015
Mike R. in Outer Boroughs

Great coffee in Brooklyn

Let me add my two cents...with some chill thrown in:

Iced coffee, Kyoto-style, served up in a pint glass at KRUPA GROCERY (PPW and Windsor Place, just inside Windsor Terrace). A high octane brew with 20,000 leagues depth of flavor. Tip: Minimal ice...maximum enjoyment, even at 2/3 coffee, 1/3 whole milk ratio. These days, sit at the bar. Summer's coming and the backyard will open up soon.

Mar 16, 2015
Mike R. in Outer Boroughs

Park Slopers -- what are your go-to spots for take-out?

In my rotation...

KULUSHKAT (on Dean Street just off 5th Avenue) - top-notch falafel;
SONG - Thai (wide noodle dishes, squid salad, prik king) - value;
YAMATO - Maki rolls and snowpea shoots;

Mar 16, 2015
Mike R. in Outer Boroughs

two dinners and two lunches in Lima peru

Anything worthy for a two-hour Lima airport captive layover?

Argentina Salta Northwest region - Restaurant recommendations

Allow me to revive this post...as it will be our destination soon.
Salta, Cafayate, anything Northwest and some CH absolute favorites (comidas tipicas, parillas, etc.) in Buenos Aires would be quite welcome.

I am looking for a photo of Lum's Chinese restaurant in flushing.

Sad thing that LUM's is just a memory...the site of hundreds of Sweet Sixteen parties - including my cousins' - and other large-scale events.

In the current Asian-infused Flushing, a recreation of such a place with retro feel and "classic" Column A/Column B menu might be more than welcome, give a historic touch and be a huge destination spot.

I'll start with a roast pork wonton soup. Barbecued spare ribs and eggroll. Shrimp and lobster sauce. Chicken chow mein. MSG buzz. Pistachio ice cream. Fortune cookie. Glass of tea. Done.

Mar 05, 2015
Mike R. in Outer Boroughs

Morgans BBQ Vs. Dino-BBQ (union)

Here's another solid option: Delaney BBQ/Briskettown on Bedford/South 4th in Williamsburg.

Service is terrific. Sides, which can be iffy in BBQ joints, are special (rich, peppery potato salad, mac'n'cheese) and the dry-rubbed ribs and brisket (order it wet) are straightforward and supreme. Recommended for the candle: their pumpkin pie thing.

Just had my own "Birthday Meat" dinner (ask about it!) there and looking fw to multiple future visits.

Mar 05, 2015
Mike R. in Outer Boroughs

Cricket World Cup

You could snack on some top-notch Bangladeshi or Pakistani steam-table cuisine and watch the matches at "Sughanda" on McDonald Ave. near Church Ave. or in any number of spots along Coney Island Avenue between Beverley Road and Avenue H.

Feb 18, 2015
Mike R. in Outer Boroughs

Georgian in Brooklyn: Pirosmani vs. Tbilisi vs. Tone Cafe vs. Mtskheta

Drove by Lagidze the other day and it looks shuttered for good.

My personal favorite in the category is NARGIS on Coney Island Avenue near Avenue Y...Especially the outdoor section in warm weather. Stellar avocado salad, skewers, chuchvara, manti and samsas.

Feb 17, 2015
Mike R. in Outer Boroughs

Gluten-free dining in Brooklyn- need recommendations

Given so many openings the past two years, can someone please update this thread for anything Downtown Brooklyn all the way to Park Slope/Prospect Heights...pretty much same food parameters as the OP post. Looking at dinner for 6 next Monday night.

Thanks!

Feb 15, 2015
Mike R. in Outer Boroughs

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 &amp; 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