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Pre-grated parsnips?

Thank you all for the suggestions--I somehow have managed to miss out on Eataly so far, but the concept of a vegetable prep service may be life-changing for me.

To answer the curiosity--I'm actually not a mess in the kitchen. I have pretty good knife skills and can usually handle a grater with finesse. But this dish....I swear. Parsnips are such a seriously woody vegetable. They catch on even my sharpest of graters unless a fair amount of pressure is applied, and add that to the inherent moisture of the vegetable, and my hands both slip and get very tired, and then there is blood and misery.

If it were a matter of one or two or even three or four parsnips, I could take sufficient care that this wouldn't matter. But the way I make this dish requires, at minimum, 6 cups or so of grated parsnips because they lose so much moisture when sauteed. It's a Danish parsnip custard--sautee in an obscene amount of butter, and they lose about 3/4 of their volume. Add double cream, nutmeg and black pepper and bake. I once spent four hours just hand-grating the parsnips for this when I needed to make a triple batch.

In any case, thanks again for the answers!!!

Feb 20, 2014
planetjess in Manhattan

Pre-grated parsnips?

Possibly a strange request, but:
I am trying to persuade a dear one to allow me to cook for Valentine's Day rather than venture into the hordes, and one of my most spectacular dishes involves grated parsnips.

Does anyone know if pre-grated parsnips are available anywhere? My food processor is in storage, and I lost half a pound of flesh the last time I tried to grate them by hand.

Many thanks for any ideas!

Feb 10, 2014
planetjess in Manhattan

Sick, need soup, in Park Slope

It's Sunday, mid-afternoon, and I am ill ill ill. I really need soup. My go-to soup when I'm under the weather is tom ka gai, but the Thai place I used to order it from has closed down, and the Thai places around here seem like an undifferentiated mass.

Please help. I need to have soup delivered to me. What can I have delivered that will make me feel better? Can anyone recommend a tom ka gai or tell me "forget the tom ka gai, [xxx] soup from [xxxx] will make you as happy as it's possible to be with severe upper respiratory misery"? My only real limitation is allergy to shellfish. Spicy is fine, not spicy is fine, anywhere in Park Slope that delivers.

Thank you.

Sep 29, 2013
planetjess in Outer Boroughs

Daniel gets demoted - NYT

Daniel was my favorite restaurant for over a decade after first eating there (at its previous location) in 1996. However, it was then a special occasion restaurant for me, and I usually went only two or three times a year--far from a first-timer, but not enough to be a regular. My husband and I experienced inconsistent to indifferent service a number of times, but I persisted in loving it for the food (even through the ego swallowing experiences of seing Mr. Boulud make the rounds of the lounge and dining room more than once but never so much as make eye contact with us). Finally, my husband drew a line and refused to return after a particularly insulting incident with one of the sommeliers (others having been lovely to us on many occasions).

I'm not saying I'd never go back, as the nostalgia is strong with me, but I am not at all surprised that they finally got called on this. We were not regulars, but we witnessed inferior service occur over many meals over many years. There have been a number of threads about this in the past. To me, this review is great news--even the economic downturn didn't make them shape up. Losing (and needing to regain) their fourth star is the only thing I can think of that might turn this problem around.

Aug 03, 2013
planetjess in Manhattan

Master chef: the Professionals (UK)

I am so thrilled that BBCAmerica is back to showing this program. I first fell in love several years ago when they showed a season of Masterchef Goes Large (involving Thomasina). For years I would check the listings almost every week to see if they were showing another series, and even as cooking competition shows blew up in America, I trumpeted to anyone that would listen that UK Masterchef blows every one of them away.

I'm watching the finals week episodes of the 2012 series of The Professionals tonight, and I have actually been crying at the true awe and joy of the finalists at cooking for the Michelin chefs. Top Chef OR TC:Masters at their toughest have never put together a behemoth panel of talent like that (the exalted palates of Robuchon, Ripert and the like are not multiplied by 30 and served simultaneously). When 3-starred chefs declare that a dish is perfect, you *know* that you are witnessing the best moments of these cheftestants' lives.

Then I moved on to swearing at the intimidation of working at The Fat Duck. I can't imagine more than two or three of the American cheftestants on ANY American cooking competition program being required to deliver molecular gastronomy at The Fat Duck without passing right out.

I truly believe that Monica coddles no-one, and that Greg spares no praise for anything that is at least delicious, honest cooking. Michel Roux's frequent glee when he sees the contestants being inspired or cooking something inspiring is lovely to watch.

There is no pain in watching this show other than wishing as hard as possible for the participants to succeed, and when is the last time that happened on a reality show? Bravo!

Jun 26, 2013
planetjess in Food Media & News

Ickky Party Dishes

Oh yes. Hungarians be damned, "goulash" involves macaroni, hamburger and canned tomatoes. Tater tot casserole, tuna noodle casserole, green bean casserole, turkey tetrazzini...Hot Dish would have its own menu section. All the stuff from this thread would be in the section called Buffet. Dessert offerings would include batters and puddings served on spatulas and around the edges of mixing bowls (with complimentary wet wipes).

For real authenticity, the La-z-boys should each have a partially filled fifth of some kind of hard liquor and a smattering of Brach's wrapped candies in the side pockets. I really would never leave.

Jun 16, 2013
planetjess in General Topics
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Ickky Party Dishes

That's a terrifying thought. If I owned my own restaurant that was the culinary equivalent of a church potluck every day, I'd die of heart disease within the year. I'd end up moving a la-z-boy, bookshelf, laptop and liquor cabinet into the kitchen and anoint myself the "expediter" then just let myself go...

Ickky Party Dishes

Could you please describe this Pick-A-Peppa sauce to me? I am now officially reading this thread for ideas, as I seem to like a lot of things that others find disgusting.

Jun 16, 2013
planetjess in General Topics

Ickky Party Dishes

My Iowan family makes both the weenies and the meatballs in ketchup and grape jelly. I think they are delicious. In fact, most things mentioned in this thread that don't involve putting carrots in jello sound good to me--I can't say it's Midwestern, or Southern, because there seems to be a lot of overlap. I guess I'll just call it Flyover Country cuisine, and boy do I miss it living in NYC. I can remember so looking forward to "real delis" before I moved here and realized that delis have managed to screw up potato salad and macaroni salad, which I would have thought impossible (and yes, there are good delis and bad delis, but even the good delis could learn a thing or two from Midwestern community fundraiser cookbooks)...

Cringeworthy dishes by people who think they are terrific cooks...

Wow--Thanks for the memory. It's been four years since my only visit to San Francisco, and the beauty of eating the Cafe Zuni chicken for lunch shines out among the best things I've ever eaten (even the panzanella that came with it knocked my socks off). Off to order the cookbook...

Jun 15, 2013
planetjess in General Topics

MET Opera House Questions - food, drink and logistics

Shame you probably missed the very beautiful Julie Kent KILLING IT with Roberto Bolle in Romeo and Juliet tonight. Better technique than Tiler Peck in Allegro Brillante last Friday, and that's saying something. She and some others in the company are brilliant actors as well as dancers.

Dinner at the Grand Tier pre-show is serviceable and unrushed, but pointless with better (if not great) restaurants across the street and great restaurants nearby (Jean Georges, Marea, the various restaurants at Columbus Circle, etc.). For pre-show drinks, I prefer picking up at the lobby bar in Avery Fisher Hall, then just walking out the back entrance and grabbing one of the numerous chairs by the wishing fountain across from Lincoln (NB: this wouldn't work this weekend, as they're in the latter week of the craft fair on the plazas, but drinking and browsing was nice too).

There's nothing nicer to do in New York than have a drink outside at Lincoln Center when the weather is like this...

Lincoln (the restaurant) is probably the best bet for eating and drinking pre-show if the OP really doesn't want to be off campus beforehand.

Jun 15, 2013
planetjess in Manhattan

Jaded Manhattanite Looking for "new" fine dining restaurant

Ai Fiori--rarefied Italian, lovely dining room, refined feel, and not dead. Excellent food, by the way.

Dec 07, 2012
planetjess in Manhattan

Financial District Blues

I'd be interested in your reaction to Water Street Gourmet. It's a standby for the neighborhood because it's always open, but man...I sum up the place by what I witnessed first-hand six years ago--the food guy working the deli line took a verbal order, reached down and adjusted the rubber floormat (gloveless), then stood up and moved without interruption to preparing a sandwich. And yet, if you gotta eat, you gotta eat.

May 27, 2012
planetjess in Manhattan

Financial District Blues

Have to argue about Vintry. I go there regularly and compared to other restaurants in the area and at the price point, I think the food is quite good. You're not going to get truffles in "truffled cavatelli" at that price--but just because truffle oil doesn't have truffles in it doesn't mean that anything containing truffle oil can't be delicious. I realize that you're not necessarily saying that that's the case, but the truffled cavatelli in particular is, IMO, delicious. As are the short rib sliders and the lobster stuffed mushrooms. The tarte tatin is very good, and the charcuterie is also pretty good. I'd say Vintry (particularly after work) kicks the ass of anything else on Stone Street other than Adrienne's sausage and onion pizza (if you're able to get in to Adrienne's), including SmorgasChef, which I find laughable. Vintry, in addition to good wine and whisky, also has a kick-ass cocktail program--however, their weakness is beer. They've improved from a couple of years ago, but there aren't really any decent beer places on Stone Street. I'd advise avoiding Ulysses like the plague, unless you're dying to cruise for an ibanker one night stand. It has othing other than a pedestrian beer selection and rail liquors you can get anywhere, together with TGIF appetizers. I have nothing against Ulysses, given what it is, but it's not chowish by any means in my view.

Mexicue truck at Broad and Water on Thursdays. SHO Shaun Hergatt for the second best lunchtime prix fixe steal in Manhattan, and agreed on Fika for coffee--also for the swedish meatball platter or for really delicious/hearty soup and sandwich combos in the wintertime. Capital Grille is doing the closest approximation of a decent steakhouse in the area, and has a lovelier wine list than most. Also, strangely, the restaurant that opened up last summer in Fraunces Tavern (which used to be godawful) is straight up decent for lunch (think salads, sandwiches, shepherds pie, burgers, etc.).

May 27, 2012
planetjess in Manhattan

Wowing visiting friends near Battery Park/ Wall St.

You're thinking of Battery Gardens. It used to be called An American Place. Battery Gardens' food is really terrible, even by Financial District standards. Gigino is not very good; Battery Gardens is only worth going to if you don't care about the food at all and want the view--and I'm writing as someone who has had to go for the view more than 10 times (from lunch to dinner to weddings). Gah. Please, no. I'd also skip Gigino. If you need a water view, go over to the restaurants by World Financial Center and North Cove. At least they're mediocre.

May 27, 2012
planetjess in Manhattan

Dinner at Romera on Opening Night

And for a completely different take, I've had four dinners at SHO (non during restaurant week) and approximately 10 lunches. I have never had a bad meal, a mediocre meal or even an above average meal. Things have admittedly calmed down a bit on the "white glove" aspect from right after it opened--when they would be running over with stools for purses. However, IMO (and there are anumber of other threads where this is discussed), SHO has never disappointed--every dish has ranged for me from the very good to the outrageously good. Service attentive, beautiful space, and for what it is, one of the better fine dining restaurant values in town.

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SHO Shaun Hergatt
40 Broad St, New York, NY 10004

Oct 28, 2011
planetjess in Manhattan

Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanks--I'll take a look when it comes out. It's not so much what's on the menu that I'd be paying attention to (most places will do some version of traditional turkey dinner), but to move from Perilla, which I love, I'd need to be absolutely sure it would be for the sake of my husband being thrilled with the specific dark meat turkey aspect of the meal. I don't know that I can take that conversation one more time on top of the in-laws.

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Perilla
9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

Sep 28, 2011
planetjess in Manhattan

Guidance, please? Midtown West-ish, relaxed, comfortable, delicious...

Bumping this, and sorry I didn't reply earlier, especially as I see you're involved in the more current Ma Peche discussions. I wanted to let you know I loved it. I loved it so much I took another friend there for the same type of dinner a few weeks later. That friend and I now go once a month or so and recommend it to anyone willing to go to that area. Next month, old chow-ish friends of mine who left NYC a few years ago are coming for a visit. I'll be taking them there.

Given all the meals I've had there over the past nine months, I can't go into a ton of specifics, except to say that I've never had a bad dish. First impressions were that it was exactly the place I was looking for--flavorful, inventive food, with an exquisite amount of attention paid even to vegetable sides. Next, it was so calm, so relaxed, and the service so pleasant. Very interesting and reasonably priced wines by the glass.

In the months following, I have supplemented my approach. Now I go for relaxed meals that I absolutely want to stretch out with wonderful company and wonderful food. The problem had been choosing what to get when everything looked amazing. Now I don't choose. I tell them upfront that we want to order everything that looks good to us, and to just bring it out at whatever pace they like. They're always happy to oblige--not trying to oversell on this point--I'm well aware that their comfort at having me occupy a two top for four hours even on a Friday or Saturday night is not divorced from the number of dishes I am wont to order, but still. They're so lovely, the food is so good, it's like having a private chef come and cater the best girls' night in ever, just without the pajamas but with cereal milk and crack pie to take home. I've also become addicted to their Dark & Stormy.

Standouts from two Fridays ago: fried chicken salad, pork summer roll, coquillage, lamb corn dog, lamb large plate, corn side, pig's ear, shaved frozen cream cheese.

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Ma Peche
15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

Sep 28, 2011
planetjess in Manhattan

Thanksgiving Dinner

Do you happen to recall how the dark meat was (if anyone at your table had any)? I'm a devoted repeat Perilla customer for Thanksgiving (having posted about this before--Thanksgiving is a hallowed culinary thing for me), but the one problem we keep running into is that my husband, who only eats dark meat (he doesn't make himself a pest about it--if the restaurant doesn't do single-type orders, he's fine with getting both light and dark and then just eating what he wants), thinks theirs is insufficiently moist. At some point, I might just consider giving another place a try (places like EMP, etc., that I might choose to try just for myself are out of the question given who I eat with).

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Perilla
9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

Sep 28, 2011
planetjess in Manhattan

Unhappy thing I'd nearly forgotten to post re: Luscious Food (PS)

I've edited my post to clarify. But to clarify further, I think my issue with your response was that, IMO, the takeaway wasn't "we will all do things our own way," but rather that you ascribed the motivation for following up on nasty customer service to my being "really counting" on dessert. Which was not the point. Totally contrary to how you described what you would do, I would categorize your approach as cutting out the people who made the mistake entirely, which doesnt' give a good restaurant a chance to rectify a mistake in good faith and lets bad restaurants "who made the mistake" off the hook entirely. As I mentioned, I often don't bother--but by not bothering, I mean I actually just let it go entirely, most often because I don't want the restaurant to go to the trouble of sending out a separate delivery (most restaurants I order from directly in PS know me well as a regular orderer and would go straight to this option) or figuring out a way to get me a refund on something I paid cash for. With Seamless orders, the restaurant can sort out the billing refund quickly itself, or can really impress me by sending out the omitted item(s).

You're right. We will all do things our own way. Luscious Food sure does. Give 'em a try. And next time someone does a search on this board for Luscious, they will get to choose whether to take their chances on missing items, nasty service and/or self-help with Seamless or to order from somewhere else. If the searcher works at or manages Luscious, they will know that someone thinks their customer service is unacceptable, and can choose to treat their customers with respect or risk losing them. All hail the free market.

On a positive note--Da Nonna Rossa may not be gourmet eating, but they have the best customer service (both delivery and eating in) I've ever experienced at any restaurant in PS. One of these days I'll write a tl;dr ode to how wonderful they have been on a number of occasions.

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Luscious Food
59 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Da Nonna Rosa
140 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Sep 28, 2011
planetjess in Outer Boroughs

Unhappy thing I'd nearly forgotten to post re: Luscious Food (PS)

Can't win 'em all. If a poster has a complaint and doesn't address it with the restaurant itself, some posters will take them to task for not addressing the root of the problem. I guess I was, as you say, trying to let the people who made the mistake and the people who run the system fix the problem--e.g., by sorting out the billing between them. However, in order for that to happen, I needed to let them know there was a problem. This would have been a two minute fix if the guy hadn't been a jerk (you're supposed to call the restaurant first about a problem with the delivery--most will make it right, and it gives them the option of working with you about how to do so--lose the sale by giving you your money back or sending the paid-for item--or just saying "we'll give you a refund" straight out). You wouldn't have bothered--that's your choice. I don't react well to being bullied about a simple request (particularly since I'm not a Seamless orderer who leaves the default tip at $2.50--I had tipped 15% on the post-tax total for this order)--there's incompetence, which I don't post about, and nastiness, which I understand to be a fair topic to make note of on this board.

Sep 28, 2011
planetjess in Outer Boroughs

What is the best Indian in Park Slope?

Ok, can you help? My husband loves lamb saag. He had a meh experience with an order of it from Baluchis, so I took the opportunity to try to convert him to Kinara. He was actually revolted--apparently the quality of the lamb in the lamb saag (not that he expected gourmet moist succulence) was extremely poor to the point of inedibility, and now he refuses to order from there again (FYI--I thought it was good Indian food by PS standards). Any other recommendations in the neighborhood for a place that does a decent lamb saag or similar?

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Kinara
473 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Baluchi's
113-30 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11375

Sep 28, 2011
planetjess in Outer Boroughs

Unhappy thing I'd nearly forgotten to post re: Luscious Food (PS)

This happened a few weeks back, and I'd almost forgotten to post about it--I've been ordering more often from the more confined stable of restaurants that are available on Seamless in PS, just because the payment process is so much easier. Normally, Luscious Food isn't the kind of place I'd go out of my way to order from, but we were in the mood for sandwiches, and I'd heard some good things (A&S was closed at the time).

The food (that was actually delivered) was fine--my husband was not so crazy about whatever hot sub it was that he'd ordered, but my hero was ok. The problem was the service. We'd ordered a couple of the dessert items (and, given the way Seamless works, we paid for them in advance). When the order came, they were not included. Sometimes I don't bother to address stuff like this, but it was both dessert items, and I thought I should let them know and give them a chance to address the error--my base level expectation for something like this would be that the restaurant would *either* offer to send someone over with the missing items (I realize that this is not always the most practical option, particularly if the items missing don't strike the proprietor as material to the order) *or* to offer to refund the money (in this case, by calling Seamless and letting them know to take the charge off the order).

What I got was none of this. The guy on the phone when I called was an absolute jerk. No apology, not even a pro forma insincere one. Not even a "what would you like to do here"? What I got was him telling me "Ok, well, whatever. Go ahead and call Seamless and have them take the charge off." To which I responded that I wasn't sure why I should be calling Seamless and dealing with customer service at yet a second place when they should fix the mistake in some way. I wasn't asking for free anything. Either the food I'd ordered or that they arrange for a refund. I was polite but firm. Reply: "Well, I wasn't here, so I don't know what happened, and this really isn't my problem." At this point, based on his tone of voice and what I heard him saying offline to other workers, I deduced he was in some kind of managerial capacity. Finally, he said, "Fine, then. We'll send them over."

Half an hour goes by. No delivery. I then get a phone call from a different person at Luscious. Unlike the first guy, whose tone was rude from the moment he answered the phone, this guy was at least polite. He told me sorry for the inconvenience, but by the way, it turns out they didn't actually have either of the items I'd ordered (which could have explained why they weren't delivered in the first place--I've had this happen before with Seamless, and every time the restaurant calls me at the phone number they get on my order and let me know, then offer me a substitution or a refund). Nor had the rude guy checked when stating that none of it was his problem but finally agreeing to send them over. I said that was ok, but I'd appreciate if they could deal with contacting Seamless to arrange for the refund. This second guy agreed.

I have never received the refund. I don't care about the money. It's really paltry. I care about the fact that they didn't bother to let me know in the first place, treated me rudely when I called to seek redress, couldn't follow through on what they ultimately agreed to send, and then reneged on their commitment to fix it. Based on the food, I'd order from there again. Based on the total jerk who appeared to be running things, never ever ever again.

FYI, I ended up calling Seamless just on principle (feeling like a total cheapskate for making a big deal over a few dollars). They took care of it and were very nice.

Sep 28, 2011
planetjess in Outer Boroughs

Bare Burger (Park Slope)

Yikes. I guess we'll have to agree to disagree, or just keep having different experiences (except for the buns--I love those buns). Eventually, the craze will die down, and those who really enjoy their style of burger will stick around, and others will migrate, and I'll be happy to deal with smaller crowds. I'm still having fantastic experiences with the burgers and veggie burgers, every time. I have come up with one critique, though--I wish the onion rings were a little smaller. The batter gets so crisp that, when they're that big, they get a little difficult to eat. Not up there with your concerns, though.

Funny thing that DH has noticed, given my earlier observation about Cheeburger Cheeburger--indeed, about a month ago they started aggressively pushing their hormone-free/organic ingredients. based on the timing, it indicated to us, per Occam, that BareBurger is in fact rolling right over them.

I lived in WT for nine years, and always heard about the great burger at Rhythm & Booze--just never made it there. It's never been conveniently situated for me--wrong end of WT at the time, and now closer places in PS. Any chance it has a pool table? If so, I'll have a relatively easy time convincing DH to make the mini-trek.

One last question on BareBurger--I am a BLT addict, but never bring myself to turn down a burger-type sandwich when eating from BareBurger, though I noticed they had a tempting BLT on the menu. Is that different from the sandwich you're describing with the chicken, or a separate sandwich that you don't think is very good? I can get a decent BLT at a few places in PS, but true BLT greatness has eluded me since the little loft restaurant that used to be in the Pavilion movie theatre closed down almost, what, eight years ago now? THAT was a BLT--gently toasted challah, bacon that was close to Neuske's-good and perfectly crisp, good quality/balanced amount of lettuce and tomato. I dream of a great BLT, if you can't tell...

Sep 28, 2011
planetjess in Outer Boroughs

Thanksgiving Dinner

Could you be more specific about what you consider to be "moderately priced"--e.g, what you would want to pay per person before tax, tip and any alcohol? Also, are you willing to travel outside of Times Square, and what time of day are you looking for (afternoon vs. evening)? Keep in mind that getting out of/around the Times Square area will be madness early in the day because of the Macy's parade. For me, this would make me want to get as far away from Times Square and the parade route area as possible for eating, but being "near the action" may be the point for you.

A substantial number of the restaurants in the city that are open for Thanksgiving do prix fixe menus for that day, so it will be pretty easy to know in advance whether something will come in at your price point (and if you don't get answers right away, you might want to bump this post in a few weeks--restaurants will start posting their Thanksgiving menus/pricing in early-mid October).

Sep 28, 2011
planetjess in Manhattan

Bare Burger (Park Slope)

Korzo Haus? I haven't heard of it, and must go there immediately. Boiled spaetzle with butter, salt and pepper is like the food of the gods to me.

Sep 07, 2011
planetjess in Outer Boroughs

Bare Burger (Park Slope)

We haven't been to Corner Burger, but will put it on our list to try. We've been planning to go to Farm on Adderley for years (many of those years while we lived much closer, in Windsor Terrace), and when we finally make it over there, I'll let DH know that the burger comes recommended.

Sep 01, 2011
planetjess in Outer Boroughs

Bare Burger (Park Slope)

We're Bonnie's loyalists at my place, think Cheeburger Cheeburger and Flipsters are laughably mediocre and Five Guys are grease bomb gullet busters best invoked to treat serious hangovers. However, we couldn't disagree more about Bareburger, which has been delicious each of the four times we have tried it.

At this point, we've tried the veggie burgers, lamb burgers and beef burgers with various toppings. All three have been great. They tend to cook on the rarer side, so we order the lamb burgers medium well to get them medium, and the beef burgers medium to get them medium rare. The brioche buns were fresh and soft, the toppings fresh and flavorful, and no soggy fries whatsoever (not crispy like McDonalds-type fries, but solid and potatoey but not mealy--and fried in peanut oil). Excellent onion rings as well, and their long list of special sauces, reminiscent of all the frites bars, actually produce several sauces that can be differentiated as "spicy", "curry", "chipotle", etc., as titled.

My personal favorite is the #7 Avocado California Burger made with a veggie burger and suffused with the cilantro lime dressing. Admittedly, it falls apart eventually in the brioche, from the combination of the veggies and veggie burger and dressing, but I've developed a method of eating the thing in less than five minutes that avoids that problem. DH loves the #13 lamb burger (think "greek" themey), and he's normally a die-hard "I want nothing on my burger other than cheese and ketchup" kind of guy.

We ask them to smash a banana into our chocolate milkshakes, and the only thing that ever doesn't make it up the straw is a few banana chunks. Hopefully they'll start delivering at some point--we do a lot of pick-up at this point because it's always packed. Cheeburger Cheeburger must be gnashing their teeth right now.

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BareBurger
170 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Aug 26, 2011
planetjess in Outer Boroughs

restaurant suggestions - party of 6 - at NON CELBRITY RESTAURANT?

Yeah, that's odd. There have been parties of six or more present every time I have been to Scarpetta (once a party of 20 sitting at tables they ran down the middle of the room).

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Scarpetta
355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

Apr 21, 2011
planetjess in Manhattan

Seeking Restaurant for Large Group Brunch in Brooklyn?

With a group that size, I think sette would be a squeeze, even if they take you. Also in the slope is Fornino, ex- Cucina/Tempo space. The second dining room (not the one with the bar) is huge. My husband and i have been in there for brunch while they're seating parties larger than 15. Food's good, too. I love the truffles and eggs on toast.

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Fornino
256 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Apr 15, 2011
planetjess in Outer Boroughs