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Degustation Review

Great review, nice to get an update

about 15 hours ago
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Best lobster roll in the city?

It's not just about the style for me, in my personal experience (ymmv), the lobster has tasted best/freshest at Pearl's regardless of mayo/butter style and if the OP is going for a first lobster roll I would try Pearl's. :)

about 17 hours ago
Pookipichu in Manhattan

Best lobster roll in the city?

I'd say neither and go to Pearl Oyster Bar if you don't mind mayo.

about 21 hours ago
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Challenge: Sunday lunch for 6 within 10 blocks of Grand Central; inexpensive (long)

Kati Roll has the ability to seat six but it's not very comfortable. Also their AC can be very spotty and the weather's starting to get hot.

Nirvana and Cafe China are both close to Grand Central and have lunch specials.

about 21 hours ago
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Gui Lin Mi Fen - Flushing

Yes, I just hope they get more word of mouth, they're one of the better new places in flushing, even though it's a tough market to succeed.

1 day ago
Pookipichu in Outer Boroughs

Gui Lin Mi Fen - Flushing

That's what my parents said. I agree as well, I just hope they don't fold before they can develop, add items.

1 day ago
Pookipichu in Outer Boroughs

Gui Lin Mi Fen - Flushing

This place is seriously good, went back this past week and they were pretty empty. It's amazing how mediocre ramen places will have 2 hour waits and one of the best noodle bowls in the city is starving for customers.

1 day ago
Pookipichu in Outer Boroughs

Pollinating Tomato Plants

I've used Jobe and personally have had good results, supposedly, it comes with the beneficial microorganisms that are part of "healthy" soil.

http://www.amazon.com/Jobes-09026-Veg...

PS - In NY I had an issue with whiteflies, I had a bad infestation on my tomato plant. I don't know if it's an issue where you are, but it's something to be mindful of.

http://www.ghorganics.com/whiteflies....

May 21, 2015
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Mr. Nilsson Restaurant in LIC

It's a shame that they ended it so soon, it was probably the best restaurant in Queens imo. Unfortunately, I don't think they had enough people who knew about it, i.e. the restaurant wasnt getting enough customers.

Mediocre restaurant like Javelina gets three reviews...

May 21, 2015
Pookipichu in Outer Boroughs

Mr. Nilsson Restaurant in LIC

The Mr. Nilsson concept has been ended permanently, and Sage General Store is now back to serving an American menu.

May 21, 2015
Pookipichu in Outer Boroughs

Dinner for 10 in the Village

Flex Mussels!

May 19, 2015
Pookipichu in Manhattan

Unusual desserts

Harbs has unique desserts, some more successful than others. The marron tart is quite good, the chestnut is pureed to an extremely fine texture without grittiness. The green tea cake is also delicious, with a bitterness that is pleasing to me.

Kee's has creme brulee chocolates that are very unique, along with kaffir lime chocolates which are amazing.

Chikalicious has mini pancakes which are fluffy, delicious and fun to eat.

Baked has a coconut chocolate curry cookie which I really enjoy the flavor of

La Bergamote has a coconut creme brulee that is rich and delicious.

Cha An has freshly made mochi which have excellent texture of the skin.

Hakkasan has a smoked banana pudding with green tea sponge cake which is delicious and unusual.

Cosme has a corn husk meringue which is lovely.

May 18, 2015
Pookipichu in Manhattan

Japanese Ramen: Is it a Hype?

Perhaps I misunderstood you, when I said make things personal, aka you starting to get rude, "no one's going to take you seriously", vs. how I simply said I disagree with you. I still do. You don't know how other people prepare these dishes. You can only speak to your experience. I've never eaten your food, I know nothing of your skill level or your knowledge, you could be a great cook or a terrible cook but you state everything with utter certainty. I'm speaking to what I've heard. Disagree all you want, but you're not there watching them make the soup. Heck maybe I'm completely wrong, then apologies to you since you know how everyone makes every soup in China...

May 17, 2015
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Japanese Ramen: Is it a Hype?

Steve, I've stated what I was told by chefs I respect. I personally am not a chef. *shrug*

May 17, 2015
Pookipichu in General Topics

Japanese Ramen: Is it a Hype?

To prepare... not boiling for a week. Based on what chefs have told me.

But it's your thread, not looking to come into it and argue with you.

I'm getting a chuckle because you're making things personal when I have nothing against you. You don't need to "take me seriously" I think you disagree with me often so *shrug*, peace and I will try to avoid saying anything to you that you view as contradictory or wrong.

May 17, 2015
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Japanese Ramen: Is it a Hype?

Oh brother, we'll agree to disagree but you're wrong about Buddha jumping over a wall.

May 16, 2015
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Japanese Ramen: Is it a Hype?

You're focusing on wonton broth as if I'm giving a recipe for boiling it all day and then trying to debunk an argument that I'm not making. I didn't say that dishes prepared in less time can't be great or the proper method for preparation.... I have been at Chinese restaurants where the proprietor and chefs have taken great pride in saying how long the soup took to make (days, Tung Ting restaurant had a soup called 3 day soup). That doesn't mean boiling it on high for 3 days. I was told that Buddha Jumping Over a Wall takes weeks to prepare..... in any event you are trying to perpetuate your point, whatever, I don't take it personally.

May 16, 2015
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Japanese Ramen: Is it a Hype?

Sorry for lack of clarity, there are soup bases that take hours, even days to prepare. I wasn't saying that wonton soup takes days, although it could take all day if they want to. There are many Chinese dishes that are labor intensive, so I am saying that ramen broth is not more labor intensive and shouldn't necessarily command a price premium. So with regard to your op, I feel ramen is overhyped.

May 15, 2015
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Japanese Ramen: Is it a Hype?

Good Chinese food takes a long time to prepare, like wonton soup in Hong Kong, there are soup bases that take days to prepare. I think ramen is overhyped and proliferating because it's inexpensive to prepare and the Japanese cache lets people mark up the price. They're all getting noodles from the same place, Sun Noodles, and eggs are inexpensive. Thin slices of pork are inexpensive. You get very little value for your money.

Dinner, 5/11: Le Bernardin

Thanks for reporting back on all your meals :)

May 15, 2015
Pookipichu in Manhattan

Pollinating Tomato Plants

PS - I've bought heirloom tomatoes at the greenmarkets and kept the seeds for people with gardens (I grew them myself one year but it's so much work indoors). It's a great way to save money on expensive heirloom tomatoes. I really like Brandywines because they're great for sandwich slices and caprese, it might be something to try next year if you decide you like growing tomatoes.

May 15, 2015
Pookipichu in Gardening
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Wilson Tang and Jonathan Wu Now Serving 'Creative' Chinese at Fung Tu

Strange indeed. In any event, I'm glad Fung Tu is getting more press, they've been rather empty every time I've gone whereas MCF gets tongue bathed in the press and is always busy. Based on the amount of press and volume of customers, you'd think that MCF is a lot better, but it's not. For the most part, the food at Fung Tu is prepared more precisely, less likely to be overly salty, with ingredients of high quality. Both have their good qualities.

May 13, 2015
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Wilson Tang and Jonathan Wu Now Serving 'Creative' Chinese at Fung Tu

New Eater review of Fung Tu:

http://ny.eater.com/2015/5/12/8586233...

May 12, 2015
Pookipichu in Manhattan

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

Which Kee's did you go to? Soho or the one on 39th Street? I just started going to the one on 39th street and wow, the creme brulee chocolates fresh from the back are almost too delicious.

Also, the sticky bun at Doughnut Plant and Baked are really good :)

Glad you had a good trip.

May 05, 2015
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Gong Cha Manhattan

Try Gong Cha and see what you think. We should have a taste off with one cup from each shop! :)

May 05, 2015
Pookipichu in Manhattan

Mu Ramen LIC

New review in NY Times by Wells. Two stars. I agree re: wings, the first iteration was better. I tried the chicken shoyu for the first time yesterday, new item, really superb broth. Also tried the kimchi mustard greens, very spicy, a bit too smokey for me but loved the heat it gives the ramen. Best ramen in NYC that I've had, unquestionably.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/06/din...

May 05, 2015
Pookipichu in Outer Boroughs

Pollinating Tomato Plants

You probably don't need to help the process outdoors but when I grew tomato plants indoors, I used an electric toothbrush to vibrate the flowers. It works!

May 04, 2015
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Gong Cha Manhattan

I respect your opinion but that's been the opposite of my experience. At least in NY, Gong Cha and Ten Ren are my favorite bubble tea chains.

May 01, 2015
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Gong Cha Manhattan

I usually try a plain tea (without sugar/flavoring/bubbles/etc.) at any new tea place I go to and sample their base product.

The more sugar in the tea, the lower quality the tea can be. Since I drink bubble tea with very little sugar, the places that have bitter, off-flavors or metallic flavors are just hard to drink. I avoid Kung Fu tea and the ones I mentioned above. There are a couple of independent non-chain places that make decent bubble tea, there's a small place on 7th ave between 29th and 30th on the west side, that brews fresh (I forgot the name of it).

Apr 29, 2015
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Suggestions Needed

Spice is really bad, like seriously. Their food is pre-fab, not Thai, more like dishes with Thai names and bland flavors. Not a fan of Ma Peche. Locanda Verde is good, solid choice. Haven't been to the others.

I'd recommend the Modern for near Rockefeller Center.

Don't know your price range but Le Bernadin is near the Ed Sullivan Theatre and excellent.

Barbuto is near the Highline and they do a good brunch.

Apr 29, 2015
Pookipichu in Manhattan