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Soft Shell Crab !

Maysville on 26th St. has a soft-shell crab appetizer on the menu these days that's pretty tasty.

May 26, 2014
tkc in Manhattan

Rehearsal dinner for 20 in Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill/Boerum Hill?

So, my parents want to have a rehearsal dinner the night before our wedding in late June, and we're trying to find an ideal place for it.

Since the attendees will mostly be my parents' friends, who are all in their 70s, proximity and a low noise level are big pluses. And since they're insisting on paying for the dinner -- and aren't accustomed to NY prices -- the lower the price, the better.

They'll be staying at Atlantic and Smith St. -- any thoughts on places near there?

(We checked out Red Gravy and French Louie, both of which seemed feasible, though the $40/pp price -- though reasonable-seeming to us -- is probably going to induce sticker shock in them.)

Any thoughts?

May 26, 2014
tkc in Outer Boroughs

Pippali in the East 20s

Update: Ordered from there last night. Not bad!

Tried the samosas, which were tasty, although they came on a bed of chickpeas in sauce, and were topped with (among other things) chopped raw red onions and pomegranate seeds. All of which seemed like overkill, and made them soggy. But they were still pretty good.

The chicken tikka masala was very good -- a thicker, darker sauce than I'm accustomed to. The chana masala was all right, although the chickpeas were so soft, it was akin to a cumin-infused order of baked beans. And the naan was delicious, although really, it's difficult to go wrong with buttery bread.

(A tip: Nothing came with rice, so if you want rice, make sure to order it. We didn't, and wound up eating everything with just the naan.)

Nov 02, 2013
tkc in Manhattan

Pippali in the East 20s

Just saw that there's a new Indian place on Seamless in the East 20s called Pippali -- a little Googling shows that it's from the people behind Chennai Garden and Tiffin Wallah. Anyone tried it yet? Any good?

Nov 01, 2013
tkc in Manhattan

last-minute help needed

Thanks for all the advice. We wound up at Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill at the MGM. The food was pretty good, although the location -- our table was a few feet away from the gaming floor -- made for a high noise-and-cigarette-smoke level.

And Dave Feldman, thanks for the tip about Lotus and Rosemary's -- I wish either place had mentioned their bar when I called to ask about reservations. (They both simply said, "We're completely full.") Just curious about Lotus of Siam -- is the bar open at lunchtime? Was thinking of trying to squeeze in a visit there tomorrow afternoon, before our flight home at 4:30.

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Lotus of Siam
953 E Sahara Ave Ste A5, Las Vegas, NV 89104

Mar 18, 2011
tkc in Las Vegas

last-minute help needed

After three days in Las Vegas, we're stuck for a place to go to dinner tonight -- and, stupidly, forgot to make reservations in advance, so board favorites like Lotus of Siam and Rosemary's are booked up. Anyone have any recommendations for a place in Vegas -- ideally near the MGM Grand (where we're staying) or the Mirage (where we're seeing a show at 9:30) -- that might have room for two at 7:30? For what it's worth, we've already tried Fleur (great food, lousy setting) Border Grill (very salty) and Bouchon at the Venetian (great food, great setting).

(We've got a car, BTW, so we can go off-strip if need be.)

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Bouchon
3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Border Grill
3950 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV 89119

Lotus of Siam
953 E Sahara Ave Ste A5, Las Vegas, NV 89104

Mar 18, 2011
tkc in Las Vegas

stuffed pork tenderloin -- cooking time

I have a delicious-looking recipe for pork tenderloin, but just wanted to double-check something: The recipe calls for a cooking time of 60 to 75 minutes in a 325-degree oven, for a 3/4-pound tenderloin. I've seen recipes that call for as little as 20 minutes cooking time for a tenderloin, so an hour and fifteen minutes seems a little excessive -- would cooking a stuffed one at that temperature for that long wind up drying it out?

Dec 24, 2009
tkc in Home Cooking

Inexpensive lunches near 7th Ave and 28th Street

Blue Dog Cafe, on 25th between 6th and 7th (closer to 6th, on the north side of the street) has excellent sandwiches, cookies, and pastries.

Oct 22, 2007
tkc in Manhattan

Buying fish on a Monday at a supermarket

I know you're not supposed to eat fish at a restaurant on a Monday, because the odds are, it's been sitting there since the restaurant got its delivery on Friday. But does anyone know if the same applies to fish at a supermarket, e.g. Whole Foods?

Aug 07, 2006
tkc in General Topics

Sammy's Roumanian - proper attire?

Going to Sammy's Roumanian tonight, and just have one quick question -- is it like a standard steakhouse, where you'd be extremely out of place in shorts and a t-shirt? I ask only 'cause, given the current temperatures, I'm not eager to wear a whole lot of layers, especially if I'm going to be stuffed with steak and vodka.

Aug 05, 2006
tkc in Manhattan

Maroons in Chelsea or Clinton (???)

It's all good -- the jerk chicken and the smothered pork chops especially.

Jul 09, 2006
tkc in Manhattan

Blue Ginger (sushi place) in Chelsea?

Anyone tried this sushi place on 8th Ave around 16th or so? Is it any good? (And, if not, any recommendations for other sushi places in the vicinity?)

Jul 09, 2006
tkc in Manhattan

Flight 151 in Chelsea?

Anyone know anything about this place on 8th Ave.? It's the airplane-themed one (windows that look like a hangar, etc.) between, I think, 15th and 16th. I'd never given it a second look, but I just saw some enthusiastic reviews on Citysearch -- almost *too* enthusiastic, as if they'd been placed there by the restaurant's owners. Is it any good?

Jun 25, 2006
tkc in Manhattan