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Best place to eat crawfish

If you have a car, Salvos in Belle Chasse.

I promise its worth the short trip.

Mar 22, 2011
NYNO in New Orleans

Sylvain bar and bistro?

Asking whether or not you should go depends mainly on where you're vising from IMO. Assuming you're from LA (based on your handle), then I wouldnt recommend going. My wife and I left impressed after eating there two weeks ago, but there's also nothing else like it in town. Having lived in NYC most of my life I wouldnt travel to Louisiana to eat at a gastropub -- and I use that designation loosely in this instance. However, since we live here now (and absolutely love it, btw!) this is a phenomenal alternative to most of what's out there.

My post isnt meant to take anything away from Sylvain because the food was very good. -- the beef cheeks were a huge win and the cocktails artfully crafted -- but I can assure you this isnt something you cant find in LA.

When I go to LA and I want gastropub-ish food I'm going to Father's Office in Santa Monica for a burger and something from Russian River Brewery to wash it down with. Nuff said!

Mar 01, 2011
NYNO in New Orleans

recommendations for a New Yorker, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

My wife and I just got back from a meal at Feast this evening.

The menu is certainly a bit less adventurous since the first time we were there, but what we had -- charcuterie plate, scallops, and cassoulet -- was all very good.

They're worth a try.

Feb 11, 2011
NYNO in New Orleans

Need one more dinner during Jazzfest week

+1 on Bon Ton or Mr B's given your criteria.

I moved here about two years ago from NYC so I have a pretty good idea of what the OP wants. Some of the suggestions in this thread are head-scratchers though. The food is very good at Sylvain, for ex, but I wouldnt tell someone from NYC to check out a gastropub (see: Spotted Pig, et al.) when they want something with local flair.

If you really cant muster up the energy to go uptown, then I think Bon Ton and Mr B's are two solid suggestions; both walking distance from your hotel.

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Bon Ton Cafe
401 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Feb 07, 2011
NYNO in New Orleans

Tully's Pizza

I've tried many slices since moving down here two years ago. PD is the only thing that even comes close to a NY style pizza -- my personal barometer for pizza, because thats what I grew up with -- in NO.

I would skip the Margherita and go for the regular cheese. The margh was loaded with too much sauce which weighed down on the crust. Their sauce is very good, but the balance wasnt there. The cheese pizza OTOH didnt suffer the same fate.

Domenica's pizza, while also good, has a crust which almost disintegrates. There's no elasticity whatsoever in my experience. Again, I realize its a different style altogether, but the crust was lacking.

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Domenica
123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

Jan 13, 2011
NYNO in New Orleans

Lookinng for Challah bread

I am in NYC now visiting family for the holidays and I have not stopped stuffing my face with Challah, Jewish appetizing, pastrami, bagels, and every other food item (too many to list!) I sorely miss since moving to NO.

If it werent for this dreaded snowstorm I'd be pounding the pavement, and my stomach!

Dec 26, 2010
NYNO in New Orleans

You guys aren't going to like this...

Wonderful.

This is exactly what I was looking for. Thank you!
PS: I have eaten at 9 Roses. My wife had salt crusted scallops which tasted as if they had been frozen. I had a goat stew special, redolent of curry which was quite good. We'll be back.

Nov 27, 2010
NYNO in New Orleans

FEAST opens in New Orleans

I went last week on a slow Tuesday night.

My wife and I werent terribly hungry so we only ordered a few things.

The bath chaps were truly phenomenal. They were unctuous without being over the top (as often is the case with many of these fat-in-your-face dishes!). The rutabaga and mustard greens were perfect foils for one another as well as for the bath chaps. The dish was well balanced, executed and presented.

In addition we ordered mussels and the chicken onion. The broth the mussels were cooked in was heady and aromatic. The mussels themselves werent plump and tasted a bit off. None of the shells were cracked and they all steamed open properly but they were slightly funky. The chicken onion was rather underwhelming. The concept sounded great -- an onion wrapped in chicken skin. The onion was devoid of flavor and the skin was flaccid. The dish really fell flat IMO.

Our server was extremely attentive and knowledgeable.

Overall, I really enjoyed the experience despite the miss and a half with the mussels and chicken onion and will absolutely be coming back.

Nov 18, 2010
NYNO in New Orleans

You guys aren't going to like this...

The largest immigration of Eastern European Jews ended up in NYC, many in the Lower East Side. Most of the delis in the rest of the country were started by transplants from NYC. Katz's has been around since the late 1800's.

The two four star restaurants you mention are both lavish and serve haute cuisine in high end atmospheres. They're each wonderful, but lets face it, they're in NYC in part for the same reason many fashion houses have flagship stores on 5th avenue. Eric Ripert doesnt have quite the same roots in that NYC concrete as does Yonah Schimmel's!

On the one hand you can argue that NYC is a major epicenter of creative, high end cuisine in the US. But to me, NYC is defined by its neighborhoods and each neighborhood is further defined by its cultural composition. So while the LES isnt representative of every borough, the deli, much like the pizzeria, very much typifies NYC cuisine.

Now if you want to argue that you cannot get great NOLA cuisine outside of NOLA but can get great NYC cuisine outside of NY, I would have to agree with you.

I also have not had a good example of NOLA cuisine anywhere else outside of this region. And that, IMO, is one of the things that makes living here so special. However, the reason I posted in this thread is because I said that since moving here I felt deprived of the diverisity NYC cuisine offers. Those two things aren't mutually exclusive.

Nov 03, 2010
NYNO in New Orleans

You guys aren't going to like this...

Of course it does, starting with Jewish appetizing and delicatessen.

I could go for a pastrami on rye, heavy on the mustard with a Dr Browns Cel-Ray to wash it all down!

Nov 03, 2010
NYNO in New Orleans

You guys aren't going to like this...

I've searched the board for what are considered exemplary restaurants in each category:

Spanish: Rambla, Rio Mar, and that tapas place in the Riverbend (cant remember the name)
Indian: Nirvana
Chinese: Jung's Golden Dragon
Thai: Banana Blossom
Middle Eastern: lebanon's and Mona's

Have I had some good meals at some of those places? Sure, but I cant say I've had a great dish at any of these that really typifies its cuisine and isnt toned down to cater to an American palate.

Maybe I'm eating at the wrong places.

Like I've maintained since my first post in this thread, if you dont have an active community supporting its own cuisine you're going to get a diluted version catering to whatever population is present.

Now as far what you said about the seafood, I acquiesce based on a definition of "cuisine" :)

A traditional cuisine is a coherent tradition of food preparation that rises from the daily lives and kitchens of a people over an extended period of time in a specific region of a country, or a specific country, and which, when localized, has notable distinctions from the cuisine of the country as a whole.

Nov 03, 2010
NYNO in New Orleans

You guys aren't going to like this...

Fair enough, but much of it isnt very good which is where we'll have to agree to disagree. The Chinese, Sushi (except for Horinoya), Thai, Spanish, Indian, and Middle Eastern have all left me underwhelmed. Granted, I havent tried every single rest. in those categories, but perhaps you can steer me toward some that provide authentic interpretations of their respective cuisines. I definitely welcome any suggestions!

I should have been a bit clearer in my post above.

Moreover, some of what you mention above, namely the seafood categories, are not cuisines, but rather preparations.

I'm rushing out the door for Chinese here about as fast as i'm rushing out for Creole in NYC.

Nov 02, 2010
NYNO in New Orleans

You guys aren't going to like this...

Absolutely, yes, I feel deprived of the foods I used to eat on daily basis back in NYC.

What NO does, it does wonderfully well. When things are good here, both food and otherwise, they are great, often magical. However, you simply cannot expose yourself to even small fraction of what is offered in large cities.

Creole in NYC sucks, but that's not what we're discussing here and I think some people (I am not referring to you) are conflating getting good food from this region elsewhere, and getting a wide variety of foods here.

Nov 01, 2010
NYNO in New Orleans

You guys aren't going to like this...

I moved down here from NYC (born and raised 30+ yrs) about 16 months ago. I love the food down here and am very thankful to live somewhere with a unique food culture so steeped in tradition. However, I would be lying through my teeth if I said I didnt miss what NY has to offer.

NO is diverse, but you cant compare the sheer diversity of food which can be had in a large city like NY. Its simply a numbers game. The Vietnamese pop. here is larger than that in NY, therefore, the food is better in this region. Similarly, there are more Chinese in NY and Sichuan , Shandong , Jiangsu, and Guangdon can be found. Not just generic "Chinese."

Since you need the indigenous population to support a food culture, you're always going to have more varied cuisines in larger cities. This isnt a knock on smaller cities, but rather just an observation based in fact.

Oct 27, 2010
NYNO in New Orleans

John Besh Happy Hour Specials

I stand corrected!

Aug 01, 2010
NYNO in New Orleans

John Besh Happy Hour Specials

I dont believe so.

Jul 31, 2010
NYNO in New Orleans

Help me find some family owned bagel shops?

My wife and I are moving to The Bywater in August and now I'm looking forward to trying PD!

Jul 07, 2010
NYNO in New Orleans

Local Knife Sharpening Service?

I am terribly ashamed to say I still havent made it over to the CCFM to get my knives sharpened. The best part is that I live on Magazine and Poeyfarre.

In my defense, I have been working every Saturday since this post.

As for my wife's defense. Well, uh...

She promises me she's going to go this weekend!

Jun 28, 2010
NYNO in New Orleans

Help me find some family owned bagel shops?

If you're in NY take the Q to ave J stop and check out DiFaras.

You wont be disappointed.

Jun 22, 2010
NYNO in New Orleans

Help me find some family owned bagel shops?

Absolutely. My standards were re-calibrated long before I even moved ;)

Interestingly, people just dont get it when I tell them I can get better pho here than I can anywhere in NYC. If the Vietnamese population were large enough in NY, there would be more than one place with adequate broth.

The same principle applies.

I ate a lot of pizza and bagels (and pastrami, and corned beef!) growing up and miss them more than I thought I would.

Jun 22, 2010
NYNO in New Orleans

Help me find some family owned bagel shops?

I will definitely check them out. Thanks for the suggestion.

Jun 22, 2010
NYNO in New Orleans

Help me find some family owned bagel shops?

Since moving here from nyc, I have yet to find a decent pizza or an adequate bagel!

Sigh.

Jun 20, 2010
NYNO in New Orleans

Local Knife Sharpening Service?

I had to work on Saturday morning and the wife slept in. So no go.

I'll be away this weekend but intend on going next Saturday and I'll report back here.

May 21, 2010
NYNO in New Orleans

Nom Nom Truck in NOLA this weekend: get your bahn mi on

The truck was outside of the Spotted Cat on Saturday. We were going to Frechman to listen to music anyway so I figured I would give it a shot.

At 1045p I asked the girl in the truck what time they would be open until. She confirmed it would be 1a. At around 1215a I left the club to get some food but they were closing up and wouldnt serve me!

How was it?

May 17, 2010
NYNO in New Orleans

Nom Nom Truck in NOLA this weekend: get your bahn mi on

I was going to head up there this afternoon. I'm glad I saw this first!

I guess we'll check it out after the Irvin Mayfield show in Washington Sq. Park tonight.

Thanks for the info.

May 15, 2010
NYNO in New Orleans

Des Allemands Catfish Source?

Unfortunately she already got home but is in that area about once a month so I will pass those suggestions along to her.

Thanks!

May 14, 2010
NYNO in New Orleans

Des Allemands Catfish Source?

Hi,

My wife will be in Des Allemands today and I was hoping someone could recommend a source/market for catfish.

Thanks.

May 14, 2010
NYNO in New Orleans

Local Knife Sharpening Service?

Since I live about 5 blocks from the CCFM, I'll give that a go this Saturday. If that doesnt work out I'll try the place in Metairie.

Thanks to both for the responses.

May 10, 2010
NYNO in New Orleans

Local Knife Sharpening Service?

Does anyone know of any skilled knife sharpening services around town?

Thanks.

May 09, 2010
NYNO in New Orleans

Boiled Crawfish

3.99 lb boiled this past Saturday.

They have an all you can eat special which includes king and blue crabs for ~$33 I believe. I usually order a la carte since I cant put away that much food!

Mar 22, 2010
NYNO in New Orleans