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Mission Chinese Food

Anyone know what time they open for dinner? Multiple articles on them opening and NO mention of helpful details like their hours or telephone number.

22 minutes ago
Pookipichu in Manhattan

Need a Chinese restaurant for Christmas Eve/New Year's Eve

There is no dress code, but some of the patrons are Long Island wealthy and they're well dressed, the type that dress up to leave the house, most patrons are generally casual. The banquets usually are Chinese families that are dressed casually. If you go, please report back with your experience, it's good to get more reviews.

about 22 hours ago
Pookipichu in Outer Boroughs

Best Black Cod

Not fan of the food at Nobu, I'd get the black cod at Buddakan, Morimoto or silver cod at Hakkasan. All three have better food imo.

about 22 hours ago
Pookipichu in Manhattan
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HARBS ... a nice (and better?) alternative to Lady M

I know, but sometimes a stomach has cravings and I'm more stomach than person at times :)

Dec 19, 2014
Pookipichu in Manhattan

Mu Ramen LIC

Oops, sorry for the typo! The nitamago was amazing.

Dec 19, 2014
Pookipichu in Outer Boroughs

Weekend report

Didn't realize RedFarm was serving lunch, because the downtown location doesn't. Makes an interesting dim sum option during the week, but the uptown location is a bit of schlep for lunch, decisions...

Dec 19, 2014
Pookipichu in Manhattan

HARBS ... a nice (and better?) alternative to Lady M

Went back, don't think they will have strawberry cake this season? Both visits, it wasn't offered.

Tried the chocolate custard cake instead. It was the sweetest of the three flavors I've tried, but the sugar is mainly in the fudgy chocolate ganache, not in the custard. Nice, subtle combination of textures with the chewy chocolate, soft custard, puffy pastry, little pops of raisin. The rum in the raisins is quite strong, I think they are a bit too liberal with alcohol, I could get tipsy from the kirsch in their berry cake.

Dec 19, 2014
Pookipichu in Manhattan

Dumpling Galaxy - Dumplings and more

Had the cumin lamb at Dumpling Galaxy,not as spicy as Spicy Tasty, but the quality of the lamb is very good, fragrant with cumin, and if it were a bit spicier, I'd say it's one of the best I've tried in Flushing. The lamb is prepared/cooked well.

Dec 19, 2014
Pookipichu in Outer Boroughs

Mu Ramen LIC

They are now serving chicken ramen at Mu. I LOVE chicken soup, the broth is just lovely, very hearty. Comes with chicken confit. Glad they are offering a variety, perhaps there will be seafood in the future??? Or mushroom? :)

Dec 19, 2014
Pookipichu in Outer Boroughs

New Years midtown

Totto Ramen is fine food-wise but the space is cramped and dingy, also has long lines.

Szechuan Gourmet 56 is not as good as the 39th street location in my experience, but it's convenient to where you are staying.

Not a fan of the small dishes at Ma Peche, what I tried was mostly mediocre to bad.

The Modern dining room is very expensive, but the bar room is very good as well, less expensive and more casual.

Yakitori Totto is delicious, just be aware that the restaurant is very small and it can be very difficult to get a table, i.e. long waits, go at opening to avoid.

For brunch I highly recommend the dim sum brunch at Hakkasan, hands down the best dim sum in NYC and their pipa duck is fantastic. It would be my choice over RedFarm.

Dec 19, 2014
Pookipichu in Manhattan

Maille Mustard Boutique

Artificial truffle flavor tastes really unpleasant to me. They use it in the mayo at Artisanal and it's seriously stomach turning. It has a distinctive piercing smell that real truffles don't. I'm glad you're calling them out on it, because there's no way mustard with chemical truffle smell should cost $45.

Dec 18, 2014
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Reluctance to buy online?

Shipping our jobs to China has brought consumer prices down.

In the end, this is sucking money out of our economy, penny wise, pound foolish. With this, it's not too late to make a change. I try to buy things made in the US and buy locally, I'm not talking about caviar and truffles, every day items.

Dec 18, 2014
Pookipichu in General Topics

Reluctance to buy online?

Convenience and saving a few pennies is destroying our neighborhoods. I'm tired of shipping my money out of the state to improve the quality of life somewhere else while my neighborhood deteriorates. The Walmart clan is filthy rich and how many mom and pop stores had to close so they could live in mansions. Now Amazon is taking Walmart one step further, you don't even need to leave your home, you can directly deposit you money into Jeff Bezos's bank account, UPS and Chinese retailers.

Dec 18, 2014
Pookipichu in General Topics

Maille Mustard Boutique

Do they have any Asian mustards like the Chinese dim sum mustard that's really pungent or wasabi?

Dec 18, 2014
Pookipichu in Manhattan

Need a Chinese restaurant for Christmas Eve/New Year's Eve

In 8+ meals, the tasting menu has never been the same. There have been stellar dishes that I wish they would repeat but haven't. They did this sticky rice with pork baked in a loaf of bread that was amazing, soy marinated sea bass in fried lemongrass basket, noodles with dungeness crab, exquisite pea shoot cake, 8 treasures rice, etc.

The cost varies depending on ingredients, you call the owner and discuss with her how many dishes, what ingredients you like/dislike and the chef customizes a menu. It's pretty unique. The price has ranged from $50+. Things like shark fin soup and abalone raise the price. I've had sea cucumber and other delicacies there.

Dec 18, 2014
Pookipichu in Outer Boroughs

Do people consider DIM SUM as breakfast?

Breakfast, lunch or dinner, any time it's available is a good time.

Dec 17, 2014
Pookipichu in General Topics

Great Midtown Restaurants for first time visitors to NYC

+1 but only get the oysters and clam chowder or else you will wonder why anybody sent you there.

Most of the food is barely above a university cafeteria. Also the blue points are spotty in quality, sometimes they're just too big and the flavor is off.

Dec 17, 2014
Pookipichu in Manhattan

Great Midtown Restaurants for first time visitors to NYC

If you don't wish to travel far from your area, do not be concerned, you can get a great meal almost anywhere in the city.

Modern Bar Room has seafood options and is very good, it has a buzzy vibe in a casual but tasteful room. It will be within your budget and is 5 minutes walking from your hotel.

You are a stone's throw from a delicious sweets shop called Minamoto Kitchoan, 509 Madison Avenue between 52nd and 53rd street.

Dec 17, 2014
Pookipichu in Manhattan

Need a Chinese restaurant for Christmas Eve/New Year's Eve

Regarding Pearl East, just be aware their a la carte menu is much inferior to the chef's tasting, I'm reluctant to call it Americanized, but it's food that is being made to appeal to what they think Americans will want to eat (more sugar, salt, sauce, etc.). If you are looking for an upscale food experience, the kitchen is excellent when they're doing their banquets.

Lys Chinese has dishes that are more accessible like dan dan noodles, dumplings, tea duck and crispy shrimp, but nothing that I'd call Americanized. It's pretty standard Chinese fare and you have your less accessible elements like a wide variety of organs and innards.

Dec 17, 2014
Pookipichu in Outer Boroughs

Reluctance to buy online?

I'd much rather support a local business whenever possible or else the entire city will become banks, fast food/coffee chains and drugstores.

List of places serving the best burgers in NYC

I don't get the popularity of Umami Burger. The meat has an unappealing texture to me, bleh.

Dec 16, 2014
Pookipichu in Manhattan

Los Angeles family staying Midtown East between Christmas and NYE, please advise...

I haven't been to Anjappar, but I'll check it out, it's going on my list to try, along with Moti Mahal and Awadh.

Dec 16, 2014
Pookipichu in Manhattan

Need a Chinese restaurant for Christmas Eve/New Year's Eve

How big is your party? If over 6 people, I'd say it's a no brainer imo, Pearl East, chef's tasting (do not do a la carte, totally different food). Best Chinese food in Long Island and the back room is beautiful.

Otherwise, there is a new place in Fresh Meadows that is pretty good, Lys Chinese, http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/993248

Dec 16, 2014
Pookipichu in Outer Boroughs

HARBS ... a nice (and better?) alternative to Lady M

I don't know if they'll do well, I do think their green tea cake is better (texture) and less sweet than the one at Lady M. (not talking about the green tea crepe cake, comparing their regular green tea cake) . I hope they can succeed because I do appreciate having a quality bakery that is not a sugar bomb.

Dec 16, 2014
Pookipichu in Manhattan

Los Angeles family staying Midtown East between Christmas and NYE, please advise...

I guess I'll have to get my butt off the chair and try some of those places.

Dec 16, 2014
Pookipichu in Manhattan

Los Angeles family staying Midtown East between Christmas and NYE, please advise...

Not beating anyone up :) but it doesn't help the Chinese food scene in NY for people to constantly dump on it, and whether that dumping is fair or otherwise is debatable.

From my experiences with Thai food in Manhattan and Middle Eastern, both cuisines do not have an abundance of quality offerings vs. LA, but in any list it's usually Chinese or Vietnamese that are singled out (granted, the Vietnamese food I've had in the NY area has been majority bad outside of some very good food at Bun-ker and ok food at the restaurants in the Elmhurst mall).

I'm just offering an alternate point of view, I would not be reluctant to point out the unique Chinese offerings we have in NYC vs. LA. Even with a restaurant like Hakkasan which has a branch in LA, the LA one no longer serves dim sum brunch so the variety available in NYC is 3x's greater. I don't hear much about Shanghainese restaurants in LA nor modern Chinese like Fung Tu, etc. Decoy is truly unique in some of its offerings. Their fried fish skin and their Peking duck are excellent.

Dec 16, 2014
Pookipichu in Manhattan

HARBS ... a nice (and better?) alternative to Lady M

Yes it was matcha, the bitterness is very, very nice. I really enjoy the green tea cake. I like that Harbs is making cakes their way and not adjusting for perceived palates (i.e avoiding bitter or acid or tempering them with sugar ).

Dec 16, 2014
Pookipichu in Manhattan

HARBS ... a nice (and better?) alternative to Lady M

The cakes are made in-house, they didn't have the strawberry cake I wanted.

I tried green tea cake and the berry berry cake.

Both had low levels of sweetness which were appreciated.

The green tea cake is spongy, moist, nicely textured, slightly bitter, the taste of the actual tea is mild.

The berry berry has fresh berries that were very good indeed, unsweetened! and that really surprised me. The raspberry had a kick of acid. The kirsch lingers and is a bit strong for me. Not a slice of cake for a typical child. I preferred the texture of the green tea cake and the chocolate flavor is mild. There's also A LOT of fresh whipped cream, which will appeal to some, but was overwhelming for me.

Both cakes had a flavor style very common in East Asia, neither were very intense in tea or chocolate.

I absolutely love how little sugar they use and I would go back based on that alone, no sugar headache after eating both slices. The cost is on the pricey side, $22.50 for two slices, but the quality is evident.

It's an interesting and welcome addition to NYC desserts. Both cakes were beautiful and the green tea was executed very precisely.

Dec 16, 2014
Pookipichu in Manhattan

Los Angeles family staying Midtown East between Christmas and NYE, please advise...

No offense whatsoever and not directed at one person, but for the posters who are so dogmatic about LA Chinese food being superior, and not eating Chinese food if you are from LA, have you been to Decoy, China Blue, Tuome, Hakkasan, Fung Tu, Cafe China, Koa, Red Stix? And if so how many times? Tried a variety of dishes? Because my guess is not, few or little. The trope is self-fulfilling. While there is good Chinese food in SGV, nothing I've had there has been revelatory, there's mediocre food aplenty. And the amazing food I've had in China doesn't preclude my enjoyment of Chinese food in the US or NY.

Dec 16, 2014
Pookipichu in Manhattan

cheesecake

I think Eileen's is better than S & S

Dec 16, 2014
Pookipichu in Manhattan