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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.

1 day ago
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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! :)

1 day ago
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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...

1 day ago
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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
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Guide to NYC's 10 Best Greek Restaurants and Tavernas

I've tried waiter recommended fishes, baby shark, squid, etc. All were overcooked. They could have been super fresh, but they were not well prepared.

They must be doing something right, most of the time because they have thousands of fans. But when the wait is 2-3 hours, I'm reluctant to give them a 4th chance.

Queens Night Market kickoff tonight

It's in the parking lot of the Queens Hall of Science. 111th Street stop off the 7 train.

http://gothamist.com/2015/04/27/queen...

https://www.google.com/maps/place/New...

Apr 29, 2015
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Gong Cha Manhattan

Went to the, 75 W 38th St, location. About the same quality as Ten Ren Chinatown, although I give the edge to Ten Ren for quality of tea. The bubbles are soft, chewy, good texture. Great to have quality bubble tea in midtown vs. Coco, Vivi and the other places that use powder vs. brewed.

Some people were having a debate on whether to get the 30% or 50% sugar QQ tea. I tend to go with 0% because the coconut jelly, bubbles and the passionfruit flavor itself, all have sugar. 50% is super sweet, especially if you don't like ice/or don't get ice.

Apr 29, 2015
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NYC Tea Meeting 4/29

Thank you for sharing!

Apr 29, 2015
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Guide to NYC's 10 Best Greek Restaurants and Tavernas

I've had really bad meals at Taverna Kyclades (Astoria) I really don't get the love for it, am I just unlucky? I've ordered the horta, lemon potatoes, greek salad, different grilled fishes, over 3 separate meals to give it a chance.... could it be really bad luck? I've had better Greek food at Loukoumi, Agnanti, Stamatis, Telly, MP Taverna, etc., not that all of them are great or perfect, but my worst meals have all been at Kyclades. I'm mystified.

Apr 29, 2015
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favorite Fish&Chips these days? here are mine; looking for more...

Simon, Chip Shop on Atlantic, and the one formerly in park slope are/were my two favorite places for fish and chips, the places in the city are not quite as good.

Apr 25, 2015
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Tuome - Modern American Chinese

After being closed for 3 weeks due to a fire, Tuome is back open. I hope that they can bounce back from this.

Apr 23, 2015
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Breads bakery's chocolate babka, when fresh from the oven, is pure heaven

They should call it a crabka and market it on daytime television like Ansel.

Apr 21, 2015
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Breads bakery's chocolate babka, when fresh from the oven, is pure heaven

I tried the chocolate and poppy seed and they're very rich, while delicious, they're almost too buttery for me. Just FYI for those who are interested in it, the texture is not quite as bready as traditional babkas I've had, and teeters on the edge of being greasy. Delicious but not quite what I expected, it's almost croissant-like.

Apr 21, 2015
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36 Hours in Manhattan

I'm not a big fan of Daniel for service reasons (i.e. poor service).

I've been to Mission Chinese, pre-move and new, I would recommend Hakkasan dim sum brunch, it's the best dim sum in the city imo and the food overall is better than MCF. The desserts are also standout.

Still love Katz's. I would recommend Annisa for dinner, the service and food are impeccable. While it's good, I'm not a huge fan of their signature soup dumpling, but everything is good with some stellar dishes and their bread pudding is truly outstanding.

Tuome is another great choice, their pig out for two is excellent.

Apr 20, 2015
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5 nights NYC restaurants

Since your wife likes Buddakan I suggest:

Hakkasan is a good pre-theater option. They have dim sum and small eats, as well as more substantial entrees. Their desserts are fantastic, especially the banana tapioca pudding with pineapple.

or

Decoy, dim sum/small eats, a Peking duck specialist. Their fried fish skin is addictive and the oxtail dumplings are very good. No desserts though.

Apr 15, 2015
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5 nights NYC restaurants

Where are you coming from?

Apr 14, 2015
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Need recs for quiet business lunch - Financial District

+1 Mark Joseph is very quiet.

Apr 14, 2015
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My Manhattan Dream Begins Tomorrow!

Bao for XLB, I'd scratch off Old Shanghai Deluxe. If you want to stay in Chinatown for XLB, then go to Shanghai 456, their pork XLB was pretty good.

If you go to Grand Central Oyster bar, stick with oysters, chowder, everything else tends to be pretty mediocre-bad. Unless your BF likes oysters, might be hard to find something on the menu that isn't bad.

As Kathryn suggested, Breslin is a great choice. Wolfgang's is better than Dylan Prime.

Don't go to Handynasty for Sichuan, it's not great and the food is unpleasantly greasy spoon. Szechuan Gourmet is pretty good. I also like Cafe China but it can be a bit inconsistent.

Apr 14, 2015
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Need 3 dinner recommendations - previous favorites: EMP, Atera, 15 East, etc.

If it wasn't one of your favorites then I'd skip it on a three day trip. It's better to try places you haven't been or somewhere you loved. I think Annisa gets better and better and the experience is more refined and cohesive than 10 years ago, but there's less of a difference from 3-4 years ago, other than different menu items.

Apr 14, 2015
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Need recs for quiet business lunch - Financial District

The Dead Rabbit is pretty quiet during lunch.

Apr 13, 2015
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Need 3 dinner recommendations - previous favorites: EMP, Atera, 15 East, etc.

Annisa, one of the best restaurants in NYC.

Apr 13, 2015
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Il Falco

So I've been back to Il Falco, because I'm a glutton for punishment. No, not really. Someone else wanted to go there... to be totally fair, I've found that there are things that they do well. I had a lamb ragu that was very good with homemade spaghetti.

I've found the major issue I have with the food, everything is cooked twice, once in the kitchen and then once on the dining room floor, meaning if you order lamb chops medium rare, they're not going to be medium rare, if you order something that can be cooked twice without suffering for it, it might be good. Dark meat chicken, meat that's stewed, ragu, etc.

Apr 13, 2015
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MP Taverna early impression

I thought I had written up a review for MP Taverna, but I guess I didn't, so I'll post an update here.

Went to MP Taverna for Easter, their bulgur salad no longer has pomegranate seeds in it. It's still good but not quite as amazing as it was. Grandma's meatballs are still excellent. Hangar steak was great, asked for smashed fries without salt and they were obliging. Calamari was very good, lamb chop special was lovely, clean flavor, well trimmed of fat. Everyone enjoyed what they ordered, food wasn't really shared so didn't get to try everything.

Apr 13, 2015
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Good "ethnic" restaurants which won't break the bank

I haven't had the wings yet, but I definitely don't like their version of burnt ends. You can't go wrong with luscious fatty, charred beef, but shredding it and drowning it in sauce comes close to taking away much of the charm.

Apr 12, 2015
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August Gathering (Chinatown)

So I've eaten here three times now for lunch. Tried the roast duck all times, char siu and siu yuk. It's okay as a cheap eats place. Am I missing anything in particular that's a standout/must try?

Apr 10, 2015
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Good "ethnic" restaurants which won't break the bank

Great list. For korean bbq I'd add Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong, although their best dish is pork, their beef is excellent. Be aware kbbq is not cheap, looking at over $50pp without alcohol.

I'd stick to American and Mexican as cuisines that are harder to get in Paris, there's some great Chinese food in Paris.

I'd suggest outer borough Thai as something that's done fairly well in NY vs. Vietnamese, it's fairly quick to get to Sripraphai from Manhattan. For Peruvian, Pio Pio is inexpensive and their green sauce is addictive.

I agree with everyone that Moroccan should be scratched, so good in Paris.

Apr 09, 2015
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The Daily Meal: 101 best restaurants in the US (NYC Edition)

Just looked at the full list. You missed Carbone 93.

Ippudo is not better than Michael Mina, 1/5 of the New York list is not better than Michael Mina.

Glaring omission of Chinese restaurants. Hakkasan is better than Nobu and Babbo, let alone Ippudo.

Annisa is easily better then most of the list.

Schwa is better than more than a handful.

Daniel is not number 1.

Bouley should definitely be on the list.

Sripraphai is better than Ippudo.

Disagree with so many of the placements.

Apr 09, 2015
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