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ISO Qingdao-style cold sesame noodles (shou gan liang ban mian)

Tried the version at Sheng Wang on ipsdixit's recommendation. They're listed as Cold Sesame Hand-Pulled Noodles on the menu (#31–see photo for Chinese). Slightly warm hand-pulled noodles in a very thin sauce, served with bok choy. They're ok, but not worth seeking out.

Jul 01, 2013
jeremyhfisher in Manhattan

ISO Qingdao-style cold sesame noodles (shou gan liang ban mian)

Trying to find Qingdao-style cold sesame noodles (shou gan liang ban mian–Lau's translation) like Yipin in Flushing (now closed) used to make. Handmade whole wheat noodles topped with julienned cucumbers and a thick, spicy sesame sauce (photo credits to Dave Cook).

Jun 25, 2013
jeremyhfisher in Outer Boroughs

ISO Qingdao-style cold sesame noodles (shou gan liang ban mian)

Trying to find Qingdao-style cold sesame noodles (shou gan liang ban mian–Lau's translation) like Yipin in Flushing (now closed) used to make. Handmade whole wheat noodles topped with julienned cucumbers and a thick, spicy sesame sauce (photo credits to Dave Cook).

Jun 25, 2013
jeremyhfisher in Manhattan

senegalese/guinean restaurants

I'll second JFores' Bate recommendation. It's awesome.

Apr 09, 2013
jeremyhfisher in Outer Boroughs

Jerk Chicken in the city?

I've tried about two-dozen places in the Bed Stuy and Flatbush areas, along with a good number in Manhattan. Best I've found is at Exquisite on Church and Nostrand (better than Peppa's IMO).

Jan 07, 2013
jeremyhfisher in Manhattan

Restaurant Moldova

Would it be good for a group? Is it BYOB?

Aug 01, 2012
jeremyhfisher in Outer Boroughs

Forget What I Said About Hua Ji Pork Chop

7 Station Store made the best bubble tea of all time. I miss it terribly.

Feb 03, 2012
jeremyhfisher in Manhattan

Looking for fun/rowdy ethnic restaurants: big group + great food (BYOB a must, live entertainment a plus)

Menu looks pretty generic, any particular standouts?

Jan 13, 2012
jeremyhfisher in Outer Boroughs

Looking for fun/rowdy ethnic restaurants: big group + great food (BYOB a must, live entertainment a plus)

Sounds great, thanks! How does it compare to places like Ayada, Ploy Thai, Zabb Elee etc...?

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Zabb Elee
71-28 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11372

Ploy Thai
81-40 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373

Ayada
77-08 Woodside Ave, Queens, NY 11373

Jan 11, 2012
jeremyhfisher in Outer Boroughs

Looking for fun/rowdy ethnic restaurants: big group + great food (BYOB a must, live entertainment a plus)

Trying to expand beyond Central Asian, but no great luck yet. Still looking.

Jan 11, 2012
jeremyhfisher in Outer Boroughs

Looking for fun/rowdy ethnic restaurants: big group + great food (BYOB a must, live entertainment a plus)

Looking for fun BYOB places anywhere in the five boroughs. The kind of places where "cuisine locals" get a bit rowdy (cuisine locals = Koreans at a Korean restaurant, Georgians at a Georgian restaurant). Something along the lines of Cupola Samarkanda II or Cafe Sim-Sim would be perfect. I remember a dinner at A Fan Ti featuring old Chinese men drinking copious amounts of Coors Light with their shirts off, that's the kind of thing we're looking for. Live music at the restaurant (like at Cupola Samarakanda II or Sim-Sim) is a huge plus, but not a requirement. If there's no live entertainment at the restaurant, a fun bar/karaoke bar nearby would great.

Are there any really fun BYOB Korean restaurants (ideally in Murray Hill, Queens), or do all the fun ones (e.g. Han Shin Pocha) serve drinks?

Places we're considering include Tacis Beyti, Caucasus Garden, Baku Palace, Old Baku, and Cafe Afsona. Would love some Korean, Chinese, West African, Latin and Filipino recommendations as well.

Thanks in advance,
-Jeremy

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Taci's Beyti
1955 Coney Island Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11223

Han Shin Pocha
40-03 149th Pl, Queens, NY 11354

Baku Palace
2001 Emmons Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11235

Cupola Samarkanda II
1797 McDonald Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11230

Sim-Sim Cafe
312 Ditmas Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218

Caucasus Garden
2715 Avenue U, Brooklyn, NY 11229

Old Baku
115 Ditmas Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218

Cafe Afsona
416 Ditmas Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218

Jan 02, 2012
jeremyhfisher in Outer Boroughs

kavkaz (kavkaze / kavkazi) food in kensington/ditmas/midwood?

The one with a star of David is called Old Baku. It's Azerbaijani food and worth checking out. Just wrote about it here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/820210

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Old Baku
115 Ditmas Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218

Dec 01, 2011
jeremyhfisher in Outer Boroughs

Central Asian Restaurant Row in Kensington

Photos of pelmeni and kharcho

Nov 28, 2011
jeremyhfisher in Outer Boroughs

Central Asian Restaurant Row in Kensington

Ditmas Ave between McDonald and Ocean Parkway now features no fewer than four Central Asian restaurants. There's Old Baku (Azerbaijani, Jewish), Cafe Afsona (Uzbeki), Gayana's Bakery, and Sim Sim Cafe (Azerbaijani).

I ate in the backyard of Old Baku this weekend and had some very good food. There's no English menu, so we let Baku's English-speaking owner, Nate, order for us. We had wonderful little pelmeni, outstanding lamb and beef-stuffed grape leaves (about the best I've had), good goat kharcho and a platter of mixed kebabs. The starters, which included an eggplant spread, tomatoes with feta, a generic salad, and cold fish, were mediocre.

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Sim-Sim Cafe
312 Ditmas Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218

Gayana's Bakery Cafe
418 Ditmas Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218

Old Baku
115 Ditmas Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218

Cafe Afsona
416 Ditmas Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218

Nov 28, 2011
jeremyhfisher in Outer Boroughs

Old Delhi Indian Street Food?

Ate there for lunch today: delicious samosa and good aloo papri chaat. Based on the quality of the samosa, would go for samosa chaat on my next visit.

Sep 08, 2011
jeremyhfisher in Manhattan

El Tambo in Ossining

Yeah, no detectable cinnamon flavor whatsoever.

Aug 29, 2011
jeremyhfisher in New York State (exc. NYC)

El Tambo in Ossining

Went to El Tambo for dinner last night. Ordered marranitas (fried pork wrapped in green plantain mash and then fried), choros a la chalaca (Peruvian-style mussels), and lomo saltado (steak, french fries, tomatoes and onions), with chicha morada (sweet purple corn beverage) to drink. I only managed to snap photos of the choros and the chicha before my phone died.

The choros were outstanding. Eight knife-and-fork-size mussels, perfectly cooked, dressed with lime and topped with a dice of corn, tomato, red pepper, onion and cilantro. Lomo saltado tasty but unexceptional. Marranitas totally skippable. The chicha morada was very sweet and could pass for jamaica (hibiscus).

Next time I'd go for the jalea (fried seafood platter), which looked excellent, and what I'm sure is a killer ceviche.

Aug 27, 2011
jeremyhfisher in New York State (exc. NYC)

Raw Kibbe in Brooklyn

@Wet Towel and @ForestHillsFresser, this is great, hope to head there in the next few weeks and will report back, thanks!

Jul 08, 2011
jeremyhfisher in Outer Boroughs

Raw Kibbe in Brooklyn

Looking for the best raw kibbe in Brooklyn (Bay Ridge, most likely).

Jul 06, 2011
jeremyhfisher in Outer Boroughs

Best North Indian I know....in Danbury CT

Had dinner at Kabab Grill last night. Jim's right, the place is a gem. It reminds me a little bit of Lahore Karahi in San Francisco, which is also a favorite. It's worth going far out of your way to eat here, but there's absolutely no decor and you order at the counter, so keep that in mind. The chef/owner is Noman, who grew up in the Danbury area and decided to open his own place after learning to cook at Dera in Jackson Heights (he worked there for a year and said the food is great, particularly the chickpeas). He's looking to open a second place in the near future, probably in Meriden.

Here's what we ate:
Samosa Chat (astonishingly good, this was the crowd favorite. Like Jim says, it's not on the regular, but it is on the takeout menu)
Chicken kabab and lamb kabab (both great, but chicken was the winner)
Chicken tikka (ordered per Noman's suggestion. Probably the best chicken dish I've had in the past 3 years. A mind-blowingly awesome rendition)
Palak paneer (awesome)
Sesame naan (awesome)
Dal tadka (very good)
Chicken karahi (merely good)
Green pea pulao (well executed)
Mango lassi (very good)

Jul 05, 2011
jeremyhfisher in Southern New England

New Feature Coming: Been There/Wanna Go buttons

yes, interesting lessons to be learned from facial recognition software. the technology was able to develop extremely rapidly because huge numbers of people "volunteered" to help train it by tagging photos of themselves and friends in FB photos.

Jun 26, 2011
jeremyhfisher in Site Talk

Catania Cafe on Atlantic Ave

Just had the Siciliana, which is the anchovy, scallion, olive and pecorino-stuffed fry bread @bina mentions. The fry bread itself is quite similar to West Indian fry bread e.g. the "bake" half of "bake and shark." I'll be back to try more.

Jun 06, 2011
jeremyhfisher in Outer Boroughs

New Feature Coming: Been There/Wanna Go buttons

sorry, I wasn't clear enough there: by "public listing" I mean specifically creating public lists (e.g. places I want to try, places I've been) on chowhound.

Jun 05, 2011
jeremyhfisher in Site Talk

New Feature Coming: Been There/Wanna Go buttons

Your Facebook scenario identifies a legitimate problem with the default public approach, which is that an analysis of the risks of our own online behavior may change over time. It's important that young people understand that, and discussions like these help that happen.

But collectively, your posts offer an argument against public listing that's indistinguishable from an argument against posting on public sites like chowhound altogether. The Chowhound-specific risks you identify (someone figuring out who you are, a business deciding to go after you) are much more strongly associated with posting behavior than with listing behavior. Maybe it's that I'm not be old enough to realize the inherent problems with public listing :) but the marginal risk to listing publicly when you're already posting publicly seems infinitesimal.

Jun 05, 2011
jeremyhfisher in Site Talk

New Feature Coming: Been There/Wanna Go buttons

Not trying to judge your preferences, was just curious to understand why people have the preferences that they have. I don't work for Chowhound, but having that sort of knowledge is what let's designers design well. You might design a separate solution to address a user who wants to keep information private because she doesn't see the value of that information to others than you would design for a user who wants to keep information private because she has a stalker. Or the same solution might be appropriate for both--the point is that you don't know whether there is one use case or two (let alone a single appropriate solution) until you get the full story.

Jun 04, 2011
jeremyhfisher in Site Talk

New Feature Coming: Been There/Wanna Go buttons

"I already have a list of places I want to go. It's a Word document, and I keep it on my desktop. I'd be happy to tell you what's on it, but only if you ask, because I'm not self-centered enough to think that my restaurant hopes and dreams are interesting to anyone but me," -small h.

The discussion of privacy on this thread is fascinating. I think it speaks to two separate "defaults" regarding privacy and sharing. "Default public" and "default private." My guess is that these defaults have a strong generational correlation, but I don't want to assume *too* much :)

The default public camp asks, "Why *shouldn't* I share this?" If they can't identify a harm associated with sharing, then they make the item public. Default private asks, "Why *should* I share this?" If they can't identify a benefit, then they want the item to be private. That calculus has important implications. One camp computes risks, the other computes benefits. That's why the public folks think the private folks are uptight--they assume that the private folks think sharing lists of restaurants is risky and dangerous. And it's why the private folks think the public folks are self-centered--they assume that the public folks think the whole world wants to know about their opinions.

Would love to hear from people in both camps. Do you agree with my characterization? Am I missing something? Would love to hear more specifically from private camp that don't fit my characterization. As a thought experiment, consider your go-to dining resource, could be Jim Leff or Sam Sifton or your college roommate. Would you be interested in getting a preview of their pipeline? I, for one, would love to know where Jim wants to eat, because chances are I would want to eat at those places too, IF I knew what he knew. Since I don't know what Jim knows, following his want list is the next best thing. Likewise, knowing where he's eaten that he *hasn't* posted about is useful too, because then I can ask him about it. Maybe it was amazing and he just hasn't had a chance to post about it yet. Or maybe was terrible. Because there's not enough time in the day (for most people, at least) to post about *every* place they've been, knowing which places the people whose opinions I care about have experience with is useful.

Jun 04, 2011
jeremyhfisher in Site Talk

Best North Indian I know....in Danbury CT

I would love to take a trip to this place. If anyone is going, let me know jeremy at dinevore dot com.

May 02, 2011
jeremyhfisher in Southern New England

The Stunning Duck Penang Curry at Ayada Thai in Elmhurst

Just checked the day of the week that I went with ChiefHDB back in December...it was a Tuesday and the duck we had wasn't anything to write home about. So your Tuesday hypothesis seems plausible.

Mar 06, 2011
jeremyhfisher in Outer Boroughs

Sunset Park Chinatown: "Rice Noodle" Dim Sum From Scratch

Embarked on an epic MLK day food crawl through Sunset Park (6 people, 9 stops full list here http://nyc.dinevore.com/lists/7510/su...) and am glad to report that the (or at least a) cheong fun vendor is back. Found him on the northeast corner of 8th ave and 56th Street. He was around all afternoon, and his cheong fun was the best I've had in NY. Better (and a bit cheaper) than the cheong fun at my now-former fave, Sunlight Bakery.

Jan 23, 2011
jeremyhfisher in Outer Boroughs

REALLY GOOD PIZZA

Ate at Enoteca and Luna Rossa for the 1st time on the same day last week. Prefer Luna Rossa.

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Luna Rossa
552 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Enoteca on Court
347 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Jan 16, 2011
jeremyhfisher in Outer Boroughs