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Baked Kale Chips

I make these all the time -- only at a higher temperature. The result is less consistent, but I like the combination of crunch and tenderness.

Usually, I bake them for about 5 minutes at 400 degrees, and then flip/rotate them in the pan and cook for another 3-5 minutes, depending on doneness.

I've never tried using togarashi powder (or bacon salt, for that matter) -- will give that a try next time. Usually, I use a combination of salt, pepper, crushed red pepper flakes and garlic powder.

May 26, 2011
hbg in Recipes

Finding French Teisseire syrups in Manhattan

Monin syrups seems fairly prevalent in gourmet shops, but I'm having a difficult time finding the Teisseire brand anywhere. Does anyone have a retail suggestion on where I might find this available (esp. the "green mint" variety)?

I'd prefer somewhere in downtown or midtown... but would head uptown to find it. I know it is available online from places like Amazon, but I'd rather purchase it locally so I don't have to pay for shipping.


Dec 15, 2010
hbg in Manhattan

1st anniversary dinner near Times Square

Times Square is tough. There are several places that might fit the bill, but they tend to be more "expense account" dining than "non tourist" fare... i.e., Le Bernardin.

9th Avenue (Midtown West/Hell's Kitchen/Clinton) is definitely walkable, as is some of Midtown East and the Lincoln Center areas -- there are a few decent places:

Chez Josephine. 42nd Street btw 9th/10th Av. Lovely, quirky French fare.

Hell's Kitchen. 9th Av at 47 St. Nouveau Spanish. Slightly more casual, but might be good for a 1st Anniversary.

As others have said, don't be afraid of looking further afield. You're likely to find a perfectly lovely place. Depending on exactly where you are staying, you're bound to be within a 5-minute walk of the 1/2/3 (red line), A/C/E (blue line), B/D/F/V (orange line) and the N/R/Q/W (yellow line). Taxis are plentiful, quick and relatively inexpensive.

Le Bernardin
155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

Chez Josephine
414 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036

Dec 08, 2009
hbg in Manhattan

Coffee Beans in Manhattan

What about McNulty's on Christopher Street? They're definitely of the old-school-New-York variety -- they've been around since 1895. They're incredibly helpful in selecting a blend from the the variety of beans they have. Even their (gasp) decaf varieties are pretty good.

Having said that, I've heard good things about Stumptown. Mud Coffee is also a perennial favorite in the East Village.

McNulty's -
Mud Coffee -
Stumptown -

McNulty's Tea & Coffee
109 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014

18 W 29th Street, New York, NY 10001

Dec 08, 2009
hbg in Manhattan