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Sky Cafe - Indonesian in Elmhurst.

Exciting news, can't wait to try it.

Jul 21, 2014
swannee in Outer Boroughs

Looking for best Dim Sum for a Sunday Brunch in NYCity

Yes, do look at the threads. There is considerable controversy on this subject (!!), and the right answer depends a lot on what kind of experience you are looking for (and how much you are willing to spend).

Jul 21, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

Singapore - Street Food at Changi Airport Terminal 3

Any of these places have good rojak?

Jul 21, 2014
swannee in China & Southeast Asia

Dining recommendations in The Alta Badia (in The Alto Adige) 2013

At Passo Giao, try Da Aurelio. It's great.

Jul 20, 2014
swannee in Italy

California hound starting honeymoon in NYC...Need reqs please!

Why go to West Coast like places on a honeymoon in NY?

Jul 20, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

Open XLB Kitchen at Shanghai Heping on Mott St.

456 still has the yellowfish with tofu sheet on the menu.

Jul 14, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

Coming from San Fran ... look for great Asian cuisine

These upscale places are just what SF has. I would aim for Spicy Village (Henan), Xian Famous Foods, Fu Run, Biang, Little Pepper, Hunan Kitchen, Main St. Imperial (the last 5 all in Flushing) or any number of Fujian places in Eastern Ctown. Or Spicy Lanka in Jamaica Queens or the even better Sri Lankan places in Staten Island.

Jul 13, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

I really miss Saigon Grill, especially in this hot weather.

Jul 11, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

Best South Indian Restaurant in KL - Green Banana Leaf @ Cyberjaya

I don't think I've ever seen it in NY or London, nor did I have it in Singapore. But I didn't know about it either.....now I do.

Jul 08, 2014
swannee in China & Southeast Asia

Best South Indian Restaurant in KL - Green Banana Leaf @ Cyberjaya

What is pongal rice?

Jul 07, 2014
swannee in China & Southeast Asia

Hakkasan

I should hope not.

Jul 07, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

Hakkasan

Perhaps Spice Market should post your review on its walls.

Jul 07, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

Hakkasan

Good report. What was the bill and how many people were you?

Jul 06, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

Best Chocolate Souffle

La Grenouille

Jul 01, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

Who Makes The Best XLB (Soup Dumplings) in NYC?

I think that their juicy buns and their 毛豆雪菜百葉 are also well worth getting (the latter is edamame with bean curd sheet and snow vegetable).

Jul 01, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

Singapore - Best Bolo Char-siu Bao in town at Taste Paradise

I don't I ever see bolo bao's with char siu filling in NY. They look marvelous.

Jun 30, 2014
swannee in China & Southeast Asia

Update on Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan

wow, I'm really sorry. Your dish was totally different. But in case it was the wrong dish. The "water cooked" tofu is vegetarian, no meat at all, and vey spicy. But if the chef was new, all bets are off......

Jun 21, 2014
swannee in Outer Boroughs

Pok Pok lines and plan of action

Do I hear Emperor's New Clothes? That was my impression.

Jun 20, 2014
swannee in Outer Boroughs

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

Cabana Carioca. Cote Basque.

Jun 18, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

Update on Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan

On the menu they may use a variant of 豆干, 香干. It is the same thing--one means "bean dry", the other "fragrant dry"--both are pressed tofu. 水煮 usually refers a very soupy and spicy dish with slices of meat or fish flash boiled along with napa cabbage and other veggies. It translates to "water boiled"--I always assumed the name was ironic, since the dish is usually very spicy and nothing at all like the name.

Jun 17, 2014
swannee in Outer Boroughs

Upscale Chinese in Chinatown??

"Close to it" is very kind, indeed. Like Trader Vic's (whose relationship to Asian food 40 years ago was pretty similar to Fung Tu's) cocktails are the way to go.

Jun 17, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

Update on Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan

the dish I ate was 水煮豆干 literally water cooked pressed tofu, although this was quite dry. There is no meat.

Jun 16, 2014
swannee in Outer Boroughs

Update on Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan

I am still dreaming about the dried beef with white pepper and the smoky pressed tofu.

Jun 16, 2014
swannee in Outer Boroughs

Why do chinese restaurants insist on having "secret" Chinese menus their English-Speaking customers can't decipher?

Unfortunately Chinese very often uses poetic euphemisms which a dictionary translation will not understand. Frog is always called "field chicken". Bitter melon is called "cold melon". Or in the other direction, your "husband and wife" example: I assumed it was testicles with uterus until I found out otherwise. Or "cat ears" which are a type of noodle. And then the incomprehensible ones: e.g. "mother meets young", "Buddha jumps over wall", "ants climb tree", "male and female phoenix", etc. ad infinitum.

Jun 14, 2014
swannee in General Topics
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Is Spicy & Tasty still good?

Went with a group of Chinese friends last night. Mostly very good, not nearly as crowded as years ago, but still reasonably busy, two huge very happy groupd from Sichuan.
Of the cold dishes, the pressed tofu and tendon were both a little disappointing, the seaweed wonderful. The fish with bean paste (they say carp, but is most definitely NOT carp) was excellent, the twiced cooked porkbelly very good (if very oily), the cabbage with vinegar a tad bland, the water cooked beef good, the 3 cup chicken (why in a Sichuan place??) still IMO the best in NYC. And for those who like it really hot, the tiper peppers were the single hottest thing I have eaten in 25 years; it varied by the chili, of course, and they had really tried to steer us away from them, but they were delicious---and really, really, really hot.

Jun 13, 2014
swannee in Outer Boroughs

Best desserts in NYC

Soufflés at La Grenouille, especially Grand Marnier and Raspberry

Jun 11, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

GATO last night

Perhaps the Times was recognized......

Jun 11, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

Jing Fong still good for Dim Sum?

me, too. To me it's a convivial time with a group of friends or family, drinking lots of tea, and eating tasty tidbits. I seldom eat great dishes at dimsum but that isn't what I expect.
That being said, if one is aiming for great cuisine in a vst to NY, I would concentrate on th many things that are really well represented here. Kathryn has great lists.

Jun 09, 2014
swannee in Manhattan
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Jing Fong still good for Dim Sum?

It is pretty esoteric. I love their wine lees dishes, their fish soups, their bizarre meat stuffed fish balls, their fish noodles, and their odd take on vegetable dishes (cold bitter melon, cauliflower). But it will never become the new Sichuan or Shanghai cuisine!

Jun 09, 2014
swannee in Manhattan

Jing Fong still good for Dim Sum?

And Henan, Xian, and Fujian. Some good Cantonese, too, but not really good dim sum.

Jun 08, 2014
swannee in Manhattan