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Queso Fresco varieties

Sounds good Melanie... I'll see if I can find that one

Feb 13, 2014
cousincole in Cheese

Queso Fresco varieties

What are the differences in flavor between the different types (salvadoreno, centroamericano, mexican) and brands of Queso Fresco?

And are there other differences, like how they melt perhaps?

Feb 09, 2014
cousincole in Cheese

Top 5 Most Overrated in Manhattan

Did you order it well done? I don't see how it could be dry and tasteless otherwise.

May 15, 2011
cousincole in Manhattan

Top 5 Most Overrated in Manhattan

PORCHETTA! Why do people praise this place for transforming a perfectly good pig into the the worst dry chicken breast?

Jul 19, 2010
cousincole in Manhattan

St. Anselm in Williamsburg BK - I'm a fan

I tried this place one weekend for brunch and ended up going back 4 times in a row.

The hot dogs are great too, but the specials are the draw for me. On various occasions I've had fried brains (too much panko), fried sweetbreads (very good), butcher's faggots (fantastic), cured lamb sandwich (super fantastic), and scrapple (great). I'm sad I missed out on the foie gras pierogies.

And the disco fries (with ricotta and white gravy) are the best ever and cheap as hell too -- 4 bucks.

The prices are very good for some interesting and super tasty food. If those disco fries were on the menu at Brooklyn Star or Dumont, they'd probably be $14 instead of $4. And I'd probably order them anyway.

Although coming from a totally different background (NJ + UK maybe?) I felt like St. Anselm does in its sleep what BK Star tried so hard to do -- touch up comfort food with offal and great preparation.

I'm not sure what is going to happen when they get their liquor license but I hope it's more of the same.

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Brooklyn Star
593 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

St. Anselm
355 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Jul 18, 2010
cousincole in Outer Boroughs

thailand's center point - delicious

I would try the crispy green salad (i guess this is like sri's crispy watercress) over the crispy papaya salad.

One thing I think TCP has over Sripraphai is the fact that it's smaller (I've had good food at sri but it's just not consistent). Plus I like the BYOB, the general friendliness of everyone there, and never having to wait helps too.

I had the duck curry and it was okay, but I would suggest ordering the green curry with duck instead. It blew me away recently, especially the thai eggplants that looked oddly like tomatillos.

I like Chao and Ayada a lot too, and I'm planning to try Nusara. Any recommendations on what to get from there?

PS TCP is expanding the restaurant into the grocery space. Not sure if that will mean any big changes to the menu.

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SriPraPhai
64-13 39th Ave, Queens, NY 11377

Nusara Thai Kitchen
82-80 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373

Ayada
77-08 Woodside Ave, Queens, NY 11373

Jul 16, 2010
cousincole in Outer Boroughs

Downtown Manhattanite moving to Park Slope

"P.S. Please only comment on the Asian restaurants if you're an expert on the authentic and refined version of the cuisine."

Authentic like Sea, Bozu, and Saigon Grill?

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Bozu
296 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Jul 16, 2010
cousincole in Outer Boroughs

thailand's center point - delicious

Same thing at Thailand Center Point: it's in the fridge. But if you ask for it they'll take it in the kitchen and plate it for you.

May 05, 2010
cousincole in Outer Boroughs

thailand's center point - delicious

I love this place; it's my personal favorite in the city. WAYYY better than Sripraphai down the street. That herb soup is unbelievably good. I love the crispy green salad with batter fried watercress (??? - i think), the use of celery in the yum, the pork leg over rice, and the thousand year egg.

The prices went up a little recently but it is still very cheap. The E-Sarn combo (listed as an appetizer) gives you a 3 course meal -- papaya salad, sticky rice and chicken -- for 7 or 8 bucks. BYOB doesn't hurt either.

Also this is the only place in NY that I have found that serves the DIY leaf wrapped snack Mieng Kham (if there's anywhere else that serves it please let me know!)

It's a lot nicer than you would expcet from a restaurant in a grocery store, and its a pretty fun place to hang out. One time I went the restaurant was full with various friends and family watching a bootleg DVD of Avatar. Good times.

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SriPraPhai
64-13 39th Ave, Queens, NY 11377

Thailand's Center Point
63-19 39th Ave, Queens, NY 11377

Apr 29, 2010
cousincole in Outer Boroughs