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Flushing for dummies

Biang - cumin lamb skewers
Spicy Tasty - cumin lamb
Fu Run - cumin lamb ribs
Dumpling Galaxy - cumin lamb
Hunan Kitchen Grand Sichuan - cumin lamb
Hunan House - cumin lamb

Have not tried yet:
Lao Dong Bei - cumin lamb ribs

I suggest you pick one, go with a group so you can sample different dishes.

Jade Asian for dim sum
Gui Lin Mi Fen for noodles
Wan Chai Seafood for Cantonese classics
Little Fat Lamb Hot Pot for hot pot

about 3 hours ago
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Can you help me map out my eating plan?

+1 to Pearl Oyster Bar

I personally find that the lobster at Pearl Oyster Bar is higher quality, tastes fresher/better than several different Luke's, I'm not a fan of Luke's Lobster, the lobster tastes very supermarket pre-fab to me. Especially their kiosks like the one at Plaza Food Hall.

1 day ago
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Lin Dong Fang Niu Rou Mian 林東芳牛肉麵 – Amazing Beef Noodle Soup In Taipei

Wow, so jealous, thanks for sharing.

Astoria Greek recommendation (lamb)?

MP Taverna in Astoria has great lamb sausage, lamb shank and also a dish I haven't tried, whole spring lamb that needs to be ordered 5 days in advance.

Mar 24, 2015
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NYC first visit (kind of) - where to eat to feel like you're in NY!

That's rich, you obviously are on a "band wagon" of incessantly praising Momofuku restaurants (exhibit A - 80% of your posts). I've eaten at these places, expressed real, unbiased opinions about my experiences there.

I went to Ma Peche based on positive reviews on CH and had one of the worst meals in NYC. I actually was pulling some punches in my review because I try to highlight good elements as well as bad.

You have never found any flaw in any Momofuku establishment and lead people to Momofuku places that in my opinion, are not the best or suitable for what they are looking for. Prior to you accusing me of bias, I have not called you out on your ubiquitous and unbalanced praise of everything Momofuku (restaurants, products, baked goods, etc.).

Even my favorite restaurants are not perfect and I list the issues I encounter at them. You act as if Momofuku restaurants are PERFECT and they're not.

I ate at Momofuku Ssam bar lunch and dinner, bad experiences both times, I haven't posted about it because their menu changes often and I haven't sampled much of their menu. Whatever my faults, I have no doubt that my reviews have a more balanced analysis of a restaurants strengths and flaws than your endless praise of Momofukus.

Mar 24, 2015
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Updated Itinerary Due to Chowhound Input

Ilili does a GREAT lunch, lovely room, great food, reasonable prix fixe. More casual but still tasty, Kokum has bargain lunch specials.

Mar 24, 2015
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NYC first visit (kind of) - where to eat to feel like you're in NY!

Momofuku Noodle Bar's ramen wouldn't be in the top 5 of NYC ramen. I would not go there for ramen and I didn't like the other food there either. It's a tourist trap. With only a week, the OP needs to cull, not add to the list, especially not add places that aren't particularly good.

Mar 24, 2015
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NYC first visit (kind of) - where to eat to feel like you're in NY!

I'm going to offer a different opinion, I've been to Grimaldi's several times and I don't think it's good, definitely not as good as John's on Bleecker, Grimaldi's has a crazy long wait unless you're doing takeout. It's ok and I wouldn't recommend it to a tourist, it's a waste of time and stomach space. The quality of ingredients is completely meh and it's a bad value for what you're getting.

Mar 24, 2015
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Light crispy Salt and Pepper fish?

I don't recommend the salt and pepper fish at Amazing 66, it's serviceable but a bit greasy, salty and just not the best quality or preparation. Not terrible, but it's just ok.

Mar 23, 2015
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Punda Tibetan Restaurant in Sunnyside

A new Tibetan restaurant just opened up at 39-35 47th Ave., it was opened by a chef Tenzing Tsering, the owner of Gangjong restaurant.

Went to check it out for dinner, the place smells strongly of incense, the decor is spartan and the lighting is dim. The ratio of Tibetan monk to other is 5 to 1, maybe that's a good sign?

Beef momos looked unlike the round ones I usually see and looked more like Chinese jiaozi. Perfectly fine, but not as good as dumplings I'd get in Flushing or flavored as strongly as the momos at Phayul (I love the flavor of their momo filling). Comes with very sugary (too sweet) pickled cabbage and a chili sauce that is not pungent or hot enough.

Tried coriander chicken and chili chicken, both were meaty chunks of chicken, stir fried in a sauce. The coriander chicken was too mildly seasoned for me, i.e. not enough coriander flavor. The chili chicken was tastier, had some heat but was not quite spicy enough for me. Both had an almost general tso's chicken texture. Not unpleasant. They came with generous tingmo which were better than the ones I've had at Phayul (i.e. less stale). I need to try more dishes before I make any judgment but the place is interesting, full of monks and they've got a diverse menu of Tibetan, Chinese and Indian influenced dishes. Phayul has much more assertive spicing from what I've tried, but I have hopes for Punda because the chef is supposedly famous. We'll see how it evolves.

Mar 23, 2015
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Light crispy Salt and Pepper fish?

Wan Chai Seafood in Flushing has Cantonese salt and pepper fish also Fu Run does a great version with Northern Chinese seasoning (cumin). Both are delicious. Better than Amazing 66 in Manhattan.

NYC first visit (kind of) - where to eat to feel like you're in NY!

Just some thoughts:

I tried the chicken burger at Nomad recently at lunch and while technically very sound for a chicken burger, nice crispy chicken skin, it was very salty and the texture of a chicken burger just isn't as pleasing to me as beef, no matter how well they managed not to make it mush or a hockey puck. The fries, while crispy and technically well prepared, are too thin and collect too much salt and have too little of the soft potato inside for my taste, it's like eating salty matchsticks.

The tortelloni with black truffle had a delicious foam but the pasta was undercooked and the teeth squick was above al dente.

The dessert was very disappointing, advertised as a coconut passion fruit cheesecake, it's a jar of whipped cream cheese with a thin layer of passionfruit jelly and comes with a few sticks of shortbread with no discernible coconut flavor. Not a huge fan of deconstructed desserts like this. Food is meant to be enjoyable, not just clever, and in this case, it was neither. If I want a jar of cream cheese, I'll make it myself.

Not a fan of Gotham Bar and Grill, way past its prime and service can be brusque and haughty, better off going to Gramercy Tavern.

Grand Central Oyster Bar for history and the room, but everything other than the oysters is just borderline bad-terrible. I strongly suggest you do not venture beyond oysters if you eat there. And the oysters can be sloppy.

Upstate and Aquagrill for oysters.

Not fond of Dough, would not recommend unless there's a specific flavor you need there. Chikalicious, Lady M and Zucker for baked goods, Doughnut Plant for doughnuts. Harbs is very good for Japanese style Western cakes (low sweetness).

Motorinos for pizza, I also like John's on Bleecker.

I would not go to Momofuku Noodle for ramen. Totto and Ippudo are fine, better than Bassanova, I went recently and the broth and meat are inferior, although Bassanova has a special curry ramen which you can't get elsewhere in NY. Mu Ramen is the best of the aforementioned places, I'd rank their broth first and their meat is prepared with more care. The lines at Totto and Ippudo are crazy. I went to Ippudo last wed. at 5:30PM the wait was 50min and when I went around the block to Totto, the line was even longer. I give Totto's broth an edge over Ippudo but Ippudo (west) is cleaner, nicer and larger. Mu Ramen takes reservations so if you go there, make sure you call ahead.

I much prefer Decoy to Red Farm even though they're owned by the same people and share a kitchen. The peking duck at Decoy is excellent and the main dishes at RedFarm are really weak.

Fried chicken, try Pies n' Thighs. I like Root and Bone too but the wait can be crazy and not worth it. Charles Country Pan Fried Chicken is great fresh from the fryer but is a shlep. The fried chicken at Bobwhite Counter is very straight forward, crispy and tasty, it won't blow your mind, but it's very good.

Unless you really like salt, make sure you tell your meat professional at Mighty Quinns not to sprinkle additional sea salt on your meat. And you may need to remind them several times, because they're on auto pilot when it comes to salting.

I like DiPalo's for cheese tasting or Murray's Cheese. Artisanal for charcuterie/cheese and fondue, but I've found their other dishes/food have declined in quality.

Definitely add Kee's chocolates for chocolate, they're only in NY, handmade, fresh, exquisitely delicious and they don't ship or deliver.

Mar 23, 2015
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Best Chinese Restaurant in NY

You need to click the read more button. It lists the "best" Chinese restaurant for each state. For instance, the best Chinese restaurant in California is Chairman Food Truck.

I'm not agreeing, I'm giving it a level 10 side-eye.

Mar 22, 2015
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Best Chinese Restaurant in NY

...according to yahoo is Prosperity Dumpling. I'm glad that was cleared up. I wonder if the other 49 restaurants are of similar quality.

https://www.yahoo.com/food/the-best-c...

Mar 21, 2015
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Koa Restaurant - Chinese Restaurant (Wakiya)

The menu is a little unexpected, especially when it comes to randomly adding cheese, I believe the beef noodles has blue cheese. It did not sound appealing to me but perhaps there is an audience for it. I'm getting a very retro vibe from the menu, i.e. someone really old came up with it.

Mar 19, 2015
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Bricolage - Vietnamese in Park Slope

Compared to the Chinatown places, there's a lot less mystery in the meat. I'm not a fan of the places in Sunset Park or Flushing, the quality of the ingredients is too variable and commonly on the not good end of the scale.

Mar 19, 2015
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Wells' EMP review

I'm talking about the service throughout his connection with EMP, he's no longer with them.

Mar 19, 2015
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Ramen restaurant in Flushing

There used to be a Ramen Setagaya, there are probably still places that sell ramen in Flushing but I don't actively look for it. In Chinese restaurants, it's called la mien which is where the word ramen is derived from.

While not wheat based, I recommend you go to Guilin Mi Fen for noodles.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1005316

Mar 19, 2015
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Should You Tip on Takeout?

I wouldn't eat at the Mexican restaurant if I were you, if they're willing to punish you for not tipping, I'm sure they're willing to do even shadier things with your food for laughs.

Mar 19, 2015
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Noreetuh - East Village New "Hawaiian" Restaurant

I've been to Onomea, very nice people, but the food is forgettable as you stated, it's not horrible, it's not good, it's... for those craving Hawaiian food within a small radius of the restaurant.

Mar 19, 2015
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Wells' EMP review

I think the two moments that stood out to me most in my visits to EMP was, one where the server was approaching my table with my goat cheese lollipop, saw it sliding down the stick looked at it in panic, hesitated, was about to go back to the kitchen, then decided to serve it to me anyway in its no longer whimsical and sad looking state.

The second moment (not the same meal) was at the end of the meal when I told the server I had read about the granola they give to diners and that I had never received any and if they had any. A slightly weird look, panic, annoyance? I was told he'd have to ask if I could have some. He came back with one jar for 2 diners. My res was at 5:30pm, so I don't think they should have been in short supply. I know and they know that they don't need my business or care if I come back, so I don't.

I was treated better at Le Bernadin and Jean Georges so it all evens out. I'm not a big roller, I don't drink wine or alcohol, food critic/blogger, anyone special or important and yet my table has been comped little things at Jean Georges randomly, so my experiences there have been excellent :). I guess I should promote them more, because the food actually was great...

I've not had the best experience with the vaunted Danny Meyers service but I can totally understand how people who do get these special goodies/treatment would tongue bathe EMP or other such places, and tirelessly promote their entire chain/empire as if there were no bad restaurants, bad dishes, gross desserts or missteps in that chain.

Mar 19, 2015
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Wells' EMP review

Don't worry you're not alone in being miffed about not being special enough to be treated like a special flower ;), I had to plead to get granola... never been offered a kitchen tour, book or any other special anything whether it be on my birthday or after dropping $$$$ with a family dinner, etc. It does leave a bad taste when you read about everyone else getting special treatment, but oh well, I just eat elsewhere, four stars or otherwise, it's not my favorite food in NYC.

Mar 18, 2015
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Bricolage - Vietnamese in Park Slope

Bricolage is definitely good, but it's one of those places that could very easily be much better, even great. More rau ram, more fish sauce, more lemongrass, the food needs more flavor.

I really like Bunker but the place is a little dingy, the location is hard to get to, the prices are a bit high and the food can be too much salt and sugar. I do like that Bunker is more flavorful with the herbs and spices.

An amalgam of Bricolage with Bunker would be great.

Mar 18, 2015
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Mu Ramen LIC

They take reservations now so waits shouldn't be a problem. I tend to be an early eater and there was no wait during the week when I went at 6pm.

Mar 18, 2015
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Koa Restaurant - Chinese Restaurant (Wakiya)

I tried to keep an open mind, I tried to think of it like French onion soup, but I simply wasn't crazy about it. I think they should perhaps rethink their menu.

Mar 18, 2015
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Smashburger on William Street

The fries are so salty, my lips are still burning from them. I suggest you order them low/sans salt if you order fries.

Mar 18, 2015
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Koa Restaurant - Chinese Restaurant (Wakiya)

Finally got to Koa recently (on 12 West 21st Street), I've been wanting to try it for months. It's a modern Chinese restaurant, the brainchild of Yuji Wakiya of Iron Chef fame.

It's a gorgeous space, clean, minimalist and sedate, no loud thump thump music, good for talking. It was also fairly empty.

Ordered the pork buns, fairly standard looking, buns were fine (like from a supermarket), not quite as soft and hot as I'd like, the pork is a bit tough, not quite as nice as the dong po pork at China Blue.

Tried the fried chicken sorba and my friend tried the vegetable sorba. The chicken is high quality and nicely crisp.... except for the parts sitting in the broth which quickly become soggy. The presentation, while lovely, is not good for the eating experience because the mushy chicken breading is unpleasant. The noodles are delicious, luscious, great texture. The creamy broth is full of savory flavor. Annnnd they put rectangles of mozzarella in the broth. Which is bewildering. The cheese is not quite hot, some pieces are room temp. I don't particularly like the cheese and don't think it adds to the dish but I'm trying to keep an open mind.

I didn't try the vegetable sorba.

Service was very good, friendly, attentive. They comped us green tea which was a complete surprise and really lovely of them.

Flashes of what could be a great restaurant but weird choices. The predominance of iceberg lettuce throughout the menu is from a different decade. The use of cheese is strange. The sorba is really great and I'm going to try a couple of more dishes. I do think they could use a menu revamp though IMO. At least get rid of the iceberg lettuce and add cheese as an option instead of forcing it in the dishes.

Mar 18, 2015
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Mu Ramen LIC

Went to Mu Ramen last week, the chicken wings have changed, no longer come with the delicious plum sauce. I believe the flavoring is now inside the wing, but it's not the same and I prefer the old version. The Mu spicy ramen is still my favorite in NYC, cleanest tasting, well balanced, I've now tried all the big guns except Ramen Lab.

Mar 18, 2015
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Bricolage - Vietnamese in Park Slope

Went to Bricolage this weekend, housed in what used to be Brooklyn Fish Camp. They've done a lovely job with the space and the restaurant looks rustic chic. The open kitchen is a nice touch but the restaurant soon begins to thickly smell of the food, similar to at a Korean bbq restaurant.

I ordered the summer rolls, berkshire pork chops, chicken clay pot and tapioca pudding.

The summer rolls had much higher quality ingredients than your standard greasy spoon places, the herbs were fresh and wonderfully pungent, good pork, shrimp were firm and fresh. Flavors were balanced, nothing too salty, peanut sauce was excellent, not too sweet.

Pork chop was perfectly cooked, I ordered it medium rare, was lovely throughout, juicy and tender. Not quite as bright with herbs (could use a generous handful of smashed lemongrass) as I would have liked but the sauce adds zip. The pink lady apple salad is fresh and tasty.

The clay pot chicken is chicken thigh with salt cod and the chicken was surprisingly overcooked. The thigh meat was a little squeaky. It could use more herbs as well, more ginger, etc. The dish is very monotone in color, which doesn't bother me, but the flavor was not there either.

The tapioca was delicious, very lovely coconut but the mango topping wasn't ripe, it was a little hard and I'm not sure if that was on purpose or unintentional.

All in, it's a lovely neighborhood restaurant offering some solid but unadventurous Vietnamese cuisine. I look forward to them offering pho and I hope they ramp up the use of herbs. It's a little safe right now with the flavors and I think the Park Slope crowd can handle the dial being turned up a notch with stronger Southeast Asian spicing.

Mar 18, 2015
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HARBS ... a nice (and better?) alternative to Lady M

Tried another new flavor last week, the strawberry cake. It's strawberry mousse, exceptionally light, not too sweet, but in my opinion, it needs fresh fruit. The strawberry is too subtle and like cream with a hint of fruit.

They now have Sakura cake too.

Mar 18, 2015
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