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Red Cat or Perilla on a Saturday?

that's odd because i found my fish dishes at Perilla somewhat oversalted. still loved them though. I guess it varies.

Aug 21, 2008
jeanki in Manhattan

Dinner in Montauk?

I went as a couple and had a great meal so I don't think that is an impossible feat at Harvest. You and the other person would have to agree on the same dishes though.

Aug 21, 2008
jeanki in General Tristate Archive

What has the old Chart House in Dobbs Ferry Changed to?

It's Half Moon, owned by the same group that runs Harvest on Hudson and Harvest/ENE in Montauk. There are several threads on this board about it; sounds like service kinks still need to be worked out and it's gotten mixed reviews.

Aug 20, 2008
jeanki in General Tristate Archive

Petite Abeille (First Ave.) -- any recent experiences?

Try Cafe de Bruxelles in the West Village if you want plentiful, fresh and tasty moules frites.

Aug 20, 2008
jeanki in Manhattan

Dinner in Montauk?

I really enjoyed Harvest on Fort Pond. The portions are double sized, so its not as pricey as it initially appears. Lovely view of Ft Pond.

Aug 20, 2008
jeanki in General Tristate Archive

Le Boujolais Nouveau is coming...

Does anyone have any other good recs for French bistros in Westchester? I only know of Red Hat besides Le Provencal and Encore.

Aug 16, 2008
jeanki in General Tristate Archive

No Reservations - Tokyo [SPOILERS]

I'm an authenticity nut as well, but I have to admit I was surprised that the sushi was eaten with the hands, is this always the case in Japan?

It infuriates me that in my old hometown in Maryland, the Chinese-owned fake sushi joint gets ridiculously high scores in Zagat, and the tiny Japanese-owned joint in the small strip mall that makes the real deal (that someone else mentioned earlier in this thread) gets ignored. It's not to say that innovative fusion cannot ever take place, but it needs to have real links to the soul of the original, and unfortunately the American masses just can't see the difference.

Aug 15, 2008
jeanki in Food Media & News

The Red Hat by the River in Irvington, NY

I had the spiced duck breast on a recent visit and found it one of the more disappointing parts of the meal. The duck was tough and fatty, and the spicing, which was probably of Moroccan influence, was tasty but somewhat overwhelming and not well controlled/executed. I had an excellent salad and dessert though. I love the setting at Red Hat, which is beautiful yet still has a touch of an old world seedy bistro vibe, and the service was very good, but I thought the food was just ok, and actually somewhat overpriced for what it was.

Aug 13, 2008
jeanki in General Tristate Archive

Where to find Coke with sugar, not HFC

I've tasted Mexican coke in the glass and can definitely note a difference; there's a cleaner aftertaste with cane sugar, more of a rock candy kind of flavor than the more cloying sweetness with corn syrup.

Aug 07, 2008
jeanki in New York State (exc. NYC)

E. 85th betw. Park/Lex.

Maybe Cavatappo Wine Bar? its around 90th and 2nd ave. its very small inside but has a communal table that encourages random people to chat over wine and tasty small plates (the prosciutto/arugula pizza is yummy.)

Aug 05, 2008
jeanki in Manhattan

The state of Chinese cuisine right now...

There's another recent thread on this, but as I said before, Aberdeen is easily the best Chinese restaurant in Westchester, because it has a wide range of authentic Cantonese dishes and killer flavors, and above average dim sum. The salt and pepper squid is like crack for the tongue. The jellyfish, the sauteed greens, ginger and scallion fish, crispy spiced chicken, all great.

Aug 04, 2008
jeanki in General Tristate Archive

What's going on with David Chen's?

I tend to dislike overly salted food and have never found Aberdeen too salty personally. That being said, it might not be as good as stuff in Flushing, which is Asian cuisine central in the area. But hey, we're in Westchester, and I feel lucky to have Aberdeen in my backyard. Don't know what you mean by too difficult to get to since it's right across the street from Bao's. But if booze is what you're looking for, true, Aberdeen is lacking thereof.

Jul 31, 2008
jeanki in General Tristate Archive

New SF transplant in NYC: looking for good/similar SF Greats!

I agree you're out of luck if you're looking for the same strengths in NYC as San Fran, especially re: southeast Asian food which is surprisingly weak in Manhattan. Mingala Burmese is the only Burmese (on upper east side, east village branch too) which is ok but it was nowhere near as good as Burmese Superstar. Vietnamese is so so here, although you can find passable stuff in Chinatown, and I like Bao 111 for a more fusion take (although again, nowhere near as good as Slanted Door). Thai quite frankly sucks in Manhattan, although I hear raves about Sriphaphai in Queens.

One OK authentic Mexican joint I've found since you live in Harlem is El Paso Taqueria on 97th and Park (and there's another Harlem branch too I believe). I like their tacos al pastor, although it might not compare to San Fran mission stuff.

I just found a new Cambodian place on the Upper east side (93rd and 3rd) called Cambodian Cuisine which is unique if you want to try it.

Jul 30, 2008
jeanki in Manhattan

New places in White Plains

unfortunately they've raised the drink prices now at Peniche, more in line with everywhere else. I also wasn't as impressed with the food execution on a recent visit, my favorite sliders were dry and tough, and their restaurant sign is messed up. Are they on a downhill alert? I hope not.

Jul 30, 2008
jeanki in General Tristate Archive

Restaurants in Westchester, NY

I agree Fujinoya is a great all around authentic Japanese place, and family friendly. If you're closer to Dobbs Ferry, I also like Sushi Niji, small space but casual and friendly as well. Seasons is maybe not as good as these for sushi but still reasonable and reliable as well. I'm a little more cagey about all the pan-Asian places around Westchester, but Asian Temptation is reasonably fresh and has fun rolls, although overpriced.

Jul 30, 2008
jeanki in New York State (exc. NYC)

Soju in Westchester

I haven't been able to find a spot to get soju in Westchester as yet (although I haven't checked the Westchester Wine Warehouse yet which has tons of stuff). I know there's a nice sake store in Hartsdale (but they dont have soju). Cham Isul and Chung Moo ro are popular brands I recall.

Jul 30, 2008
jeanki in General Tristate Archive

best korean in Westchester?

I like both places, but I totally cannot agree that the BBQ or banchan is better at Kalbi House than Kang Suh at all. You get a wider variety of banchan and better portions/meat quality for the same price. I do think Kalbi House has much better mandoos though, and maybe better kimchi.

No, there's no Korean fried chicken in Westchester as far as I'm aware. Gotta go to Ft Lee or Flushing.

Jul 30, 2008
jeanki in New York State (exc. NYC)

What's going on with David Chen's?

I agree Nick, Aberdeen is the best Chinese in Westchester, hands down. It even beats many places in Chinatown/Manhattan. Dont know about Flushing though.

Jul 30, 2008
jeanki in General Tristate Archive

What's going on with David Chen's?

Central Seafood is actually more authentic Cantonese style than Americanized (although they may have some dishes from both genres of course). That being said, I don't find it as good as Aberdeen.

Are you referring to David King's, DimSum Diva? I didnt know it closed. I never thought it was very good anyway, too bland.

Jul 30, 2008
jeanki in General Tristate Archive

David Chang on Charlie Rose last night

Yeah it's interesting because it sounds like he entered cooking as almost a kind of escape from his prior competitive world (i.e. golf), but it ended up giving him more public 'greatness' in the end.

Jul 25, 2008
jeanki in Food Media & News

David Chang on Charlie Rose last night

I agree, he seems driven by some fierce internal demons, but his mix of low brow modesty and high brow perfectionism has culminated in culinary dynamite. He seems very intelligent and matter of fact when it comes to the food, and that comes across in his approach, make it the best even if its in a humble setting. I think most chefs I've read about tend to be Type A personalities, and it's a very stressful industry. Aside from Asian modesty, I think on some level he does seem genuinely baffled and surprised that people find his version of culinary editing and 'fusion' (even if he hates the term) so appealing, and Momofuku Ssam Bar's current approach seemed like a serendipitous accident. But his perfectionism and competitive drive certainly made his success possible. He's probably more stressed out than ever now that he's on the map.

Jul 25, 2008
jeanki in Food Media & News

No Reservations-Saudi Arabia

But wasn't the part with the fast food chicken place a 'non-exotic' thing? That seemed like a typical Saudi family place to eat.

Jul 25, 2008
jeanki in Food Media & News

Iso best grocery store kimchi?

don't know about specific brands, but you can find the real deal at Han Ah Rheum on 32nd St in Koreatown or M2M around 12th st/3rd ave in the East Village. you can sometimes find it in Japanese stores too around the city, but they're usually not as good.

Jul 23, 2008
jeanki in Manhattan

Rice Ball Truck on 55th (Park and Mad)

yeah i had some great ones in Rome, I think there they call them 'suppli'. i want to find this rice ball truck.

Jul 18, 2008
jeanki in Manhattan

You Chun closed - best naeng myun in the city gone

do any of these places use 'homemade' buckwheat noodles (like made with a noodle machine on site with buckwheat flour) or are they all using premade package noodles?

Jul 16, 2008
jeanki in Manhattan

Best Gelato

that is awesome news. we keep getting great Philly imports! do they have their thai coconut milk one? my fave.

Is L'arte the gelato area that is inside the Italian market inside Chelsea market?

Jul 16, 2008
jeanki in Manhattan

Upper East Side -- Recommendations anyone?

the food at cilantro is mediocre at best. try El Paso Taqueria between Park and Madison on 97th or Sabor a Mexico around 91st and 1st

Jul 15, 2008
jeanki in Manhattan

Amagansett Dinner

thought Channing Daughters had better whites, and Wolffer better reds, although I agree the North Fork probably has overall higher quality and diversity (apparently the climate is more suited for the grapes on that side of the island). Channing Daughters only charges like $6 for a tasting, Wolffer charged around $15, but they have a nicer sit-down setting/building.

Jul 14, 2008
jeanki in New York State (exc. NYC)

Amagansett Dinner

for a casual, cheap but delicious lunch option, try La Fondita, an authentic Mexican takeout stand right off the main highway in Amagansett. delicious shrimp tacos and more.

Jul 14, 2008
jeanki in New York State (exc. NYC)

Amagansett Dinner

no frills and cheap, but super-delicious and authentic is La Fondita, a Mexican takeout stand right off the main highway.

Jul 14, 2008
jeanki in New York State (exc. NYC)