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Noodletown's Entire Staff Retires ??!!

Could this explain it?

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/728987

Haven't been in a while, but I do hope the food hasn't gone downhill.

Nov 18, 2010
manilov in Manhattan

Greenmarket cranberries?

Pretty sure you mean Breezy Hill Orchard. Union Square Greenmarket on Wed and Sat. They should have them!

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Union Square Greenmarket
Broadway and E 17th St, New York, NY 10003

Nov 16, 2010
manilov in Manhattan

What produce is in season in NYC area now? Favorite Greenmarket on a weekday?

Sorry, Wew, but I fear you're confusing things. What you saw was a variety called "Early Mac", not early "Macoun". There is no such variety as an "Early Macoun" sfaik, and not even this terribly warm weather could ripen a real Macoun this quickly. I imagine you didn't try them, as the flavor of the Early Mac is entirely different from that of Macoun (and isn't actually that close to McIntosh either). IMO they are not bad for summer apples, but nowhere near as good as Gravenstein.

Aug 18, 2010
manilov in Manhattan

Chinatown Roast Meats: Warning and Recommendation

I know NY Noodletown gets a lot of press here, though I guess I didn't really realize it was a char siu destination. I've eaten there maybe 3 or 4 times over the years and have always enjoyed it w/o ever being wowed. It's probably largely a matter of knowing just what to order (though I recall trying the salt baked items because they were so highly praised and not feeling like they were anything special), but my feeling has been that Fu Wong is at least as good. And since the latter is less hectic and crowded, I end up there more often. Anyway, I'll check out the char siu the next time I'm in the mood.

Btw, let me just express my appreciation for all your great reports on this board, which I've found immensely helpful. I can't believe you take all the time and trouble to post so often and so thoroughly. Many thanks!

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Fu Wong
100 Bowery, New York, NY 10013

Aug 17, 2010
manilov in Manhattan

What produce is in season in NYC area now? Favorite Greenmarket on a weekday?

If OP likes apples on the tart side, there is a summer variety--also available in CA, though-- that is well worth seeking out: gravenstein. Available at the Union Sq market from Locust Grove for a couple of more weeks. Wed and Sat only. Gravensteins are crisp and a bit tart, with a lovely complex flavor. Easily the best summer apple imo, and now is your chance.

Aug 17, 2010
manilov in Manhattan

Looking for best places for breakfast pastries and strong coffee

Flaky pastries and strong light roast coffee? Just my thing, too! Keep the recommendations coming, folks:)

Sugartoof covered the coffee situation more thoroughly than I could-- I guess Gimme Coffee would also be my top choice. For pastries, I'd definitely recommend checking out La Bergamote. Croissants and brioche, esp almond, are the best I've had in the city (though I admit to relatively limited experience with the newer bakeries), and I'd especially recommend the chausson aux pommes. But you should probably take out, as the coffee is dark and not anything out of the ordinary.

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La Bergamote
169 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Aug 13, 2010
manilov in Manhattan

Chinatown Roast Meats: Warning and Recommendation

After Big Wong went downhill some years back (iirc it changed hands), I tried out all the usual suspects for roast pork and ended up preferring New Big Wang on Elizabeth and Bayard. Its version was never too dry--a problem with some of the other "Wong" restaurants-- and had just the right proportion of lean to fat, and the perfect hint of sweetness and (I think this is what accounts for the slight star anise taste) 5-spice powder. I went home with a pound of the stuff at least once/month.

So when New Big Wang closed in 2008, I was upset. However, it soon re-opened as Yee Li, and the char siu tasted as good as ever. Until a few months ago, that is: one night I brought some home and it had a strange chemical taste that at first struck me as probably a packaging issue. But the taste didn't go away after I transferred containers, and I had to throw it away. I figured this was anomalous, but had the exactly the same experience tonight. Same foul taste, same result. I don't intend to return. So be warned, folks.

On a more positive note, I want to put in a small plug for one bbq restaurant that flies a bit below the CH radar, namely Fu Wong on Bowery. The roast chicken (not sure the right name --it's the hanging chicken in the wax paper, not the soy sauce chicken, which is only average) is the best I've had since Big Wong in its heyday, and the duck is also better than most. I'd also recommend the congee and a delicious green bean dish w/ bean paste (can't recall the exact menu name), which reminded me of the water spinach w/ bean paste at Cantoon Garden, but might be even a bit better. I wouldn't say this place is a must visit, but for me it's better than the current Big Wong and similar places that get more press here.

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Big Wong
67 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

Yee Li
1 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

Aug 13, 2010
manilov in Manhattan

Pho Saigon #1 on Jerome Avenue: Closed!

Finally made it to Jerome Avenue for Vietnamese this evening. Pho Saigon #1 at 2614 Jerome Ave is now a nail place! What a shame! Anyone know what happened?

(Ate at Com Tam Ninh Kieu instead. It was a mixed bag: summer rolls didn't taste so fresh, but seafood soup with hofun noodles was very good.)

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Com Tam Ninh Kieu
2641 Jerome Ave, Bronx, NY 10468

May 08, 2010
manilov in Outer Boroughs