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Nobu Next Door: The Good ,Bad Ugly, Good

I don't think you really praised the place :), your review seemed more like surprise that the meal wasn't awful, which is faint praise.

To this day, the worst fish and chips I ever ate was at Nobu, with a fidi greasy dump as a close second. The fish at Nobu wasn't properly cooked and the perfectly rectangular fries were cold and mealy. Their rock shrimp and jalapeño yellowtail are OK but I've had versions just as good or better in Manhattan and Queens.

At $200pp I hope the food would be amazing, not just passable. :)

about 13 hours ago
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Nobu Next Door: The Good ,Bad Ugly, Good

They're yangmei, and you saw them in Shangai because they're native to China. There's a festival in Shanghai celebrating them, super delicious.

about 13 hours ago
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Great Restaurant for Group of 18 in NYC

I'd recommend Kokum, their vegetarian options are really delicious and their meat options will satisfy the other half.

about 23 hours ago
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Dim sum in NYC

Dog chow tastes like crap, I've never eaten DOG, but dog food is fair game, other than eating dog and cat I'm part of the "if it has four legs and isn't a table" I'll eat it Chinese. I can't be the only one who's been curious?

I still have to make it to Radiance, the menu looks good. I'm just not in that area often, last time I was there I Ma Peche'd due to the positive reviews. Maybe Ma Peche had an off night.

I'm also curious about Red Stix, it may be terrible, it may be great or somewhere in-between. It's hard to tell with upscalish Chinese because they tend to get panned based on price alone regardless of the food.

1 day ago
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Dim sum in NYC

I have no problem with fatty meat, I eat dong po rou and ti pong, etc. Ma Peche's food is sloppy, the buns were supermarket quality and had been sitting around so were stalish, the buns were also oversauced and too salty. I'd take Nom Wah (cheap, fast, hot, same level of aesthetic appeal) over Ma Peche which says a lot. I think Ma Peche like much of the momofuku empire gets a pass for putting out some really mediocre food (M. Noodle, Milk bar, the kim chee at Bo Ssam), which totally perplexes me. For instance, your friends disliked Tuome. Well IMO Tuome makes Ma Peche look and taste like dog chow. Do they like Ma Peche?

1 day ago
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best ny style eggroll

lol

1 day ago
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Dim sum in NYC

Ma Peche is a small plates place serving in dim sum carts, their food is global fusion vs. Chinese. Their food was laughably bad when I went, like worse than PF Chang bad. Their crab dip looks like play dough that a 3 year old plated with corn chips and tastes about as good. I know you're not fond of Chinese dim sum in NYC so recommending Ma Peche is a head scratcher to me when the food there is so underwhelming and not inexpensive and worse than any Chinese place in terms of value or taste. Their rice cakes are good, if the OP wants to make a meal out of 3 orders of rice cakes. If there's anything worth eating there that I missed let me know, I'm going to give it another try when I'm in the area.

Pics: Crab dip and charred scallops

1 day ago
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Dim sum in NYC

Red Stix where Chin Chin used to be has dim sum items, I haven't been yet and I'm not sure what your price point is.

Shun Lee West does dim sum as well.

1 day ago
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Children Birthday / Theme Resturant in NYC

Are you looking for a meal or dessert only?

Maybe Serendipity? Fun and child friendly with food that's "serviceable".

RedFarm has appealing/fun dim sum for kids but their desserts are lackluster.

1 day ago
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Which chinese restaurant serves crispy noodles that look like this?

+1 King Yum has them

Jan 29, 2015
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American Style Breakfast in Flushing

Pop's Diner on Kissena blvd. It's the place for American breakfast in flushing. Sheraton hotel does one too and is fancier, but Pop's is for locals, it's not Asian though.

Jan 29, 2015
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Manhattan Poutine

The poutine at big smoke burger might scratch the itch, but I find their gravy has metallic notes. Granted it's fast food and relatively inexpensive. Yes I eat a box of poutine, yes I may be obese.

Jan 29, 2015
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NYC times square brunch

If you're open to a non-Western brunch, Hakkasan has a great dim sum brunch (43rd street btwn 8th and 9th Ave.)

Jan 29, 2015
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best ny style eggroll

Do try their egg roll, it's excellent and their use of pork belly shouldn't be a deterrent. It tastes like a "classic" egg roll, only a little richer.

Jan 29, 2015
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best ny style eggroll

I don't know of egg rolls in midtown, but the egg roll at Fung Tu is really delicious.

Jan 27, 2015
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4 days in midtown NY - where to eat?

Just FYI, you might be in town during Chinese New Year celebrations depending on when in February you are coming.

February 19th there is a lion dance performance at Hakkasan and there will be CNY specials for 2 weeks. I highly recommend their Peking duck and their dim sum brunch.

Similarly there are CNY specials at RedFarm/Decoy and Buddakan. The Peking duck at Decoy is also very good as are their fried fish skin chips.

Jan 27, 2015
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Shu Han Ju - New Szechuan at 6th Ave. and 11th St.

The soup dumplings really aren't very good if you think of them as soup dumplings, as free dumplings, they're ok.

I haven't been to Grand Sichuan on 7th ave but I've been to the Grand Sichuan on 9th ave and it's pretty awful. All the complaints you voiced, things being too sweet and lacking in heat/vibrancy. I don't like how sweet Shu Han Ju makes certain dishes and I don't think it's a destination place by any stretch, but it's pretty good for the area since I haven't had great experiences with Legend or the other place in Chelsea nearby (Grand Sichuan Eastern?) and the price point is lower, especially with the frequent diner discount.

Jan 26, 2015
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No pork bun at Momofuku???

My reply was the first :) China Blue. Dong Po pork or Buddakan pork belly bun

Jan 25, 2015
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Post Spa Castle Fun, in Flushing

Please report back and let us know how your trip is :)

Jan 25, 2015
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Plant Love House Another Personal Thai Food Spot

The portion size comment was in reference to Khao Kang not PLH, I haven't been to PLH, sorry for the confusion.

Jan 25, 2015
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Where are the best Chinese restaurants in New York?

I was going to type out a lengthy response but I realized I've probably said enough of my thoughts on this subject in this thread :)

I defer to your greater experience and number of restaurants experienced and travel. Clarissa, not as much. I don't see any of her posts on Chinese food in NY, I do see you prominently featured on her blog and you are a good resource for her, but I'm not seeing an independent body of knowledge of the NY Chinese food scene. Maybe when she is your age :)

I wish there was broader coverage of Chinese food in NYC. New restaurants open in Flushing every few months. There are places like Lys Chinese in Jamaica that I wouldn't have been to if not for being driven there. How many CHers have tried the tasting/banquet menu at Pearl East vs. Nomad Chicken or "Momofuku" buns (which are both laughably overrated in different ways). The LA Chinese food discussion seems much more active with more members chiming in and coverage is broader. There are many Chinese places I'm curious about in NY but so few data points on them.

Jan 24, 2015
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No pork bun at Momofuku???

Frankly I don't think the Momofuku buns are a particularly good example of the genre, sloppy and fast foody, oversauced with buns that are supermarket quality. I've tried them at Noodle bar several times, Ma Peche once and they've been ok-mediocre. Unless someone's never had them before, which was clearly the case for a large number of people, I can't imagine being impressed by them.

Jan 24, 2015
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Where are the best Chinese restaurants in New York?

Oy, I don't see any postings on her experiences with Chinese food in NY, so she's making a declarative statement based on what? Her time in NY during college, years ago? Vs. living in a city and exploring the food scene as an adult? No bias of experience right? Anyway, I already take these things with a huge grain of salt, the most useful thing they do is to draw attention to restaurants that the writer is familiar with, or in her case, the ones that are brought to her attention through CH.

Jan 24, 2015
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Chiu Hong Bakery – A Hidden Gem In Chinatown

Looks yummy, how would you say the sweetness level is on the mochi?

Jan 24, 2015
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Where are the best Chinese restaurants in New York?

I have a lot of respect for your dedication, and of course your enthusiasm and knowledge of Chinese food. I find these articles interesting and appreciate the interest they create in Chinese food, that being said, even as a person who regularly eats Chinese food in NYC, reviewing is a difficult task. Kitchens change, menus change, restaurants open and close, are we ranking consistency when we say the "best"? I've eaten in LA and SF at some of the top rated Chinese restaurants and I wouldn't say I've been impressed or felt a force of "dominance". That being said, I don't eat nearly as often on the West coast. Even on the East coast, my meals can vary so much from day to day. I can have a bad dish at Le Bernadin, I can have a bad dish at Per Se, do we judge based on this one day or meal? Mulan in Flushing is almost maddening in inconsistency, some days turning out food that's respectable and other times glop.

Sometimes it is easy to say one city is "dominant" over another in a certain cuisine, I'm not sure it's as clear cut in this NY/LA Chinese comparison and perhaps that comparison should be qualified. Are we talking about number of restaurants (depth and breadth) or absolute quality, the best dish vs. best dish etc.? The best meal that someone happened to have in LA where that person lives and eats frequently vs. the best meal in NY where that person visits? And vice-versa. Or the Chinese food scene from when someone lived in NY 5 years ago compared to food scene in LA where that person lives now? And vice-versa. I used to live in LA and I was never impressed with the Chinese food, albeit that was over a decade ago. If the best Chinese food in LA is truly far superior to the best in NY, that's wonderful because the best in NY is really quite good.

Jan 24, 2015
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Wan Chai Seafood in Flushing - Excellent

My parents told me they wanted to eat at 6:30pm. I got a call at 6:15 pm asking what was taking me so long bc they had been waiting at the restaurant since 6pm.

Jan 24, 2015
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Wan Chai Seafood in Flushing - Excellent

My first bit of unevenness with the kitchen was when the restaurant was full, I'm hoping that they find their legs as they get more busy, my parents loved their meal but my prior meals were better (when the restaurant was empty-ish). The first duck tongue prep was so much better. To be fair, the scallop dish and chicken were both excellent during my parent's meal.

Jan 24, 2015
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Plant Love House Another Personal Thai Food Spot

I have photos of most of my meals, early on I got two three spoons of each selection, now one spoon each. I noticed Thai speaking people getting more food, especially I've seen this with thai ladies who get food to go, much more generous.

I used to order two plates of food, great value, but with the portion size so small, I went from going every week to zero. And the times I asked for more food, they gave so little more it wasn't worth asking. I'd wind up buying 3 plates to feel full.

Jan 24, 2015
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McDonald's French Fries

I don't disagree with you, I'm stirring the pot by mentioning silly putty and agree we do not know the concentration of the chemical, nor am I listing any known danger from ingesting this chemical. What I would disagree with is the suggestion or what you seem to be suggesting, that the onus should be on the consumer to parse out these details on why a chemical used in anti-flatulence drugs is included in a widely and commercially sold food product, without being disclosed readily and what concentration this chemical is used in. Whether this food will kill you is not the issue, having unnecessary chemical additives can create a compound effect and I would want more disclosure and information on a chemical that's being added to food served to children, especially when it's not added to the same product overseas.

Jan 23, 2015
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McDonald's French Fries

In that vein, why are these extra ingredients not considered "useful" enough to include overseas.

Irrational fears should be avoided, but many chemical additives have been found to have a negative effect on health and putting a anti-foaming agent (methylpolysiloxane) that is typically in chaulking or silly-putty, in french fries, would raise concern with me. Especially since these highly processed additives are not typically disclosed to the public. If you asked the average American how many ingredients are in McDonald's french fries, how many would guess 14?

Jan 23, 2015
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