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Katzs Deli

Carnegie Deli is bad. Next time spring for a buck and give the guy who cuts the meat at Katz's a tip. You will see a bigger sandwich.
An additional, FYI, Sammy from the original Sammy's , after he left Sammy's was cutting meat at Katz's.

about 20 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Nobu Next Door: The Good ,Bad Ugly, Good

Shin was a friend of mine, I knew him since he was at Hatsuhana on Park Av South. He used to eat at a place called Fukuda and 1 Hudson. He was a really good sushi chef. He worked at Nobu Next Door before they moved him. May he rest in peace.

about 20 hours ago
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Dim sum in NYC

Hop Shing is fine to eat in. It gets crowded but the food is good. Zaza calls it the New Hop Shing, I don't know what to call it because they've been at this location for around 20 years and then changed the name to Chatham, even though the restaurant next door had the same name ( almost), I was happy when they changed it back to Hop Shing. I think in the Chinese writing they kept the name Hop Shing. I have only eaten dim sum dishes there, they have good har gow ( spell correct hates typing that dish), i put worcestshire sauce on it.
One day i will figure out how to say worcestshire in Cantonese, as i always have to lead the waiter to a bottle of it to get it.
The egg tarts are real good, the char siu bao are the way i like them, both the steamed and the baked. It is a very unfunny place, and on Sunday, they are mobbed with huge takeout orders by their Chinese patrons.

about 23 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Tuome - Modern American Chinese

Thanks for your review. I passed by their the other night but it was packed, so ended up at GG's.
Anyway, I look forward to trying Tuome, regardless of the sweetness issue you had. I will look for dishes that do not seem like they would impart any sweetness. The lotus leaf dish Ziggy had sounds like lo mai gai or lo mai fon. I wonder how much that dish cost at Tuome compared to maybe $7.00 at Golden Unicorn and how it compares

about 23 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Sam Sifton interactive Manhattan restaurant map

Who ignores the latest and great TRENDS. Trends being the key word. I eat at the old and at the newist. Where have you eaten lately that you liked?
For me Batard might have been the best newcomer. Cosme was so-so. The food at North End Grill , with the newest chef is far better than it was.

1 day ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Dim sum in NYC

I don't remember if I ever went to Asian Jewels, but I'm in Flushing every week, so I'll check it out. I used to go to #1 restaurant for dim sum, but it really wasn't that good. And I go to the stalls under the train station for snacks , i guess that's not dim sum. But yes, I really do like Golden Unicorn. And at the fancier places like Hakkasan, you can't get things like chicken feet. I also think the lo mei gai (sp) is quite excellent at Golden Unicorn, way way better than Lake Pavillion. Oh for take-out dim sum, I continue to go to Hop Shing. I have friends who are from HK , and they think Hop Shing is the best in Ctown. Best midget around.

1 day ago
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Dim sum in NYC

I have never been to HK. But I've been eating dim sum for decades.
When 30 Pell St was Hong Gung Restaurant , that was the best dim sum around. The dan tat would come out fresh from the kitchen still warm. The dinner food was great too.
These days, I guess I am a midget lover, as I think Golden Unicorn is very acceptable. Especially when I judge it compared to DSGG, Red Egg, Hakkasan ( yes even hakkasan), Nom Wah, Lake Pavillion ( Queens) , and Brooklyn places I don't remember names of, as well as place I recently went to in Seattle and in Victoria.
One day I will go to the land of giants and visit HK.

1 day ago
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Nobu Next Door: The Good ,Bad Ugly, Good

I didn't want to leave Tribeca. I eat at Blue Ribbon Izakaya often.
I thought I gave the positives and negatives. On CH , Nobu gets the "touristy" , "terrible" reputation. I think the fish quality is good and the sushi chefs at Next Door are good. I don't know why the rice "grains" (thanks Pan), were hard, maybe the rice was old. I guess the chefs didn't taste their own rice. I suspect the rice is made by kitchen staff.
Their jalapeño yellowtail is still the best and I do like that "new style sashimi". The fish selection is very limited, which is a minus. The tempura dishes were good.
As far as those berries go, these were slightly bigger and much sweeter than similar ones I've had in Japanese restaurants.
For this neighborhood, if you want a mix of cooked and sushi, it is a good choice. Brushstroke and Ichimura are the best choice. ( but also expensive). Azabu is a good choice. Gari is modern style and expensive, a once in awhile place. Then of course there is Zutto, Takahachi, Ninja, and on a lower level about 4 really bad places.
That being said, I will be back to Nobu Next Door again, even with the negatives, but next time I go if the rice is bad, I will actually, respectfully ask the chef to try it.

1 day ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Best not-"third wave" espresso/coffee?

I agree with the 15 rules. Except Roasted Beans and Ground coffee if vacuum packed will last for many months. Roasted of course better than ground. So I'd say the 15 rule is for exposed to air coffee.

1 day ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Nobu Next Door: The Good ,Bad Ugly, Good

No problem yukking my yum, because I yukked it too. The bill was super high, perhaps we ate more than normal people. It didn't seem like it though.
But I still think there are good dishes to be had there. I have even had good sushi in the past, I'm not sure what happen to the rice tonite.
By the way , aka btw haha, One of my few meals I've had at 15 East at a table,
was a pretty bad experience. It was about 2 months ago, and the cooked dishes were not enjoyable. The tempura was especially bad. I was quite disappointed and will stick to the omakase at the sushi bar in the future.

1 day ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Is the Super Bowl a good time for restaurants that don't take reservations in NYC?

+1 on what ipsedixit ( and Bob) say. Worth taking advantage of.
I will be one of the people eating a spread of good and not so good food, and beers, while watching the Superbowl and the commercials of course.

1 day ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Forgotten but not gone restaurants

Indochine is still there. It changed hands way back when. But it is still packed, the decor hasn't changed one bit ( palm trees and all) , the menu changed a bit since the 80's. They used to have good stuffed chicken wings.
I haven't gone in months, but was going often the last few years.

1 day ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Nobu Next Door: The Good ,Bad Ugly, Good

Nobu and Nobu Next Door have been kicked and smacked by CH'ers for years.
Actually, I was one of the kickers. Yes, back in the day Nobu was considered an innovator, and then it got old and touristy. But
Here it is, so cold in possibly the windiest neighborhood in Manhattan, Tribeca.
You want Japanese food, preferably sushi or sashimi. Its the wrong time for Ichimura who only has 2 seatings (6 and 9) and is probably booked. Takahachi doesn't have the quality of fish you want. Ninja is silly. Azabu is booked, not in mood for Sushi Gari, Zutto not. And there it is , right in front of you , Nobu and Nobu Next Door. There was a time when you couldn't even think you would be able to get into Nobu or without a wait at Next Door.
Getting out of the freezing cold and eating Japanese food was the idea at hand. I peaked thru the window and saw Nobu was not completely full, then looked at Next Door Nobu and although it was even more crowded than Nobu, they did have 2 seats at the sushi bar. So we went in to once again try Nobu Next Door. The vibe seemed somewhat better than Nobu.
The Good:
It was very warm inside, felt so good. There was no coat check to be bothered with. The menu was pretty much the same , with a few new additions or specials. The fish looked good, the familiar good innovations of Nobu were still on the menu. Toro tartare was excellent. Off to a good start. Jalapeño Yellowtail, created at Nobu was as good as ever. It is still better than all the copies I've had. The "new style sashimi" is a really good dish. You get 6 or 8 pieces of slightly warmed sashimi with a sauce on it( some sesame oil in it), you have a choice of a white fish or salmon. I chose the white fish, i think it was suzuki. These two dishes were excellent. Then got rock lobster tempura in a creamy jalapeño sauce. It is a good dish to fill up on, it was a special and cheaper than the King crab tempura, which I usually get if I come here. A good belly filler. As if that wasn't enough tempura, we went on to get uni tempura, whih was accompanied by a pepper tempura and mushroom tempura. It was good as far as NYC tempura goes.
Then comes the sushi, the fish was very fresh. The knife skills of the sushi chef (s) were very good. We had hamachi, madai, kohada, Santa Barbara uni, ikura, and tamago.
The Bad:
Although the fish was fresh and the sushi composed properly. The rice was pretty bad. The rice kernels( are they kernels?) were hard. Distinctly feeling each dry ,hard kernel. This ruined the sushi. The temperature was pretty cold on the rice, and no vinegar taste at all. Good pieces of sushi ruined.
Had a dish that sounded interesting. Kumamoto Oyster and Wagyu jalapeño. The ingredients were great. I love oysters and love wagyu beef. But together it was not good. The tastes didn't go together. The slice of jalapeño was unnecessary, especially for me who ordered too many jalapeño dishes( not on purpose). I should have got an order of oysters, and the hot rock with wagyu, but I ate this, and it was a bad dish.
There was some problem in the kitchen, everyone standing around yelling about something. It caused a delay, in our lobster tempura coming out, but it seemed to be a big problem. The condition of the kitchen seemed old, and needed improvements made also.
The Ugly:
Pretty much the clientele. A lot of rolls being ordered for one thing. I guess it was a roll crowd. Yes, I ordered jalapeño yellowtail ( i was trying to blend with the crowd , haha)but that was a good dish. The people were either tourists or neighborhood people. Nobu was definitely tourists, Next Door was slightly less dressy people for the most part, but couldn't tell if they were tourists or Tribeca-ites. That is sad. Tribeca used to be "artsy" casual people . Now I can't tell the tourists from the neighbors. Really sad.
The Price. So Ugly, It was $400 for a party of 2. 2beers, no sake, no omakase. That is obscene.
The Good:
No tip needed for coat check :).
The service was friendly, excellent ( except for kitchen glitch), courteous, attentive, helpful, great. The sushi chefs and waiters were all Japanese ( a big plus for me). Nobu was a mixed staff. The chefs were sociable and nice and skilled.
The desserts were good. Had the good old bento box thing with the chocolate cake and green tea ice cream, Also had a really good yuzu panna cotta, with caramelized pistachios and blue berry compote, and blueberry coconut ice cream. It was delicious. The tea was a shiso tea. Nobu contracts this tea with a farmer in Japan, and this is the only place you can get it. It was tasty, and refreshing. You could smell the shiso, a bit of plum taste, and floralness. I didn't open the pot but i think they added shiso and perhaps more to the tea.
Photos of a few dishes attached.
So let me hear your thoughts about Nobu and Next Door. I think we pan it too much. I think it satisfies a craving for Japanese food, and the ingredients are quality ingredients. Hey, don't throw stuff at me, for praising the place. I just think it still warrants some recognition.

1 day ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

small plates and great cocktails in Manhattan

blue ribbon izakaya

2 days ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Landmark Movie Theater - 1st Ave and Houston

+1 blue ribbon izakaya
Lucien is another choice

2 days ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Which chinese restaurant serves crispy noodles that look like this?

I've had fish at CV and it was good. I like getting their Singapore chow mei fun, it's always good, although some may consider it a lame dish to order. You know, not exotic ,probably not "authentic". I do get congee there, i guess it is the name that makes me do it. Sometimes it's very good , sometimes not the best.

Jan 29, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Lebanon bologna in NYC?

It is not a big seller here in NYC, mostly because most people never heard of it or tasted it. It has an interesting taste. If you like that bit of a sour taste, then you will crave this, since there is not another meat that taste like it. As far as the Pernodoj , picking it up on the Jersey shore,,,,although it is surely possible, it may in fact be Taylor ham aka pork roll that her husband buys. That is the most popular item of this type on the Jersey Shore.

Jan 29, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Which chinese restaurant serves crispy noodles that look like this?

I wasn't sure about Congee Village , as I too haven't been there in awhile. Wo Hop definitely serves them. I didn't think Congee Village had a mostly Chinese clientele. It always seems mostly Caucasian when i go to the one on the Bowery. I forget what the clientele is like on Allen St.
The congee I get in mostly Chinese clientele places never has it, just scallions on top.

Jan 29, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Sam Sifton interactive Manhattan restaurant map

I had dinner with him one night. Just by chance he was sitting next to me. He seemed to be a nice guy. I don't agree with his reviews quite often though.

Jan 29, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Best not-"third wave" espresso/coffee?

"...These peaberry beans are smaller and rounder than regular beans, and don’t have that flat side so characteristic of a regular bean..."
Well, yep, that's what they look like. I had them in Costa Rica. It seemed to be quite plentiful there, and Costa Rica is well known for Peaberry. Perhaps they have figured out a way to make a single bean cherry. In any case, it made a good cup of coffee, and the bean was roasted quite evenly ( not burnt).
Thanks for the definition of Peaberry, I didn't realize it is something that can happen to any coffee. Just that it was so prevalent in Costa Rica, and I hadn't seen it anywhere else. Now i'm going to keep my eyes open for it elsewhere.

Jan 29, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Best not-"third wave" espresso/coffee?

Peaberry is a type of bean from Costa Rica that is small and round.

Jan 28, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Sam Sifton interactive Manhattan restaurant map

LOL I've seen Chowposts on all of those except Elio's. Matter of fact I posted on them

Jan 28, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Which chinese restaurant serves crispy noodles that look like this?

Mr. K's and Peking Duck House I think have those.
King Yum in Queens definitely has those wider ones
I think 17 Mott ( wo hop downstairs) puts them on top of their Congee, not sure about Congee Village

Jan 28, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

best ny style eggroll

I used to go to Nom Wah in the 60's , it was one of the few places to get Cha siu bao and maybe the only place to get dim sum and that was only on Sundays. I went last year because of all the positive posts and the food was pretty bad. I don't plan on going back.

Jan 28, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Best not-"third wave" espresso/coffee?

Coffee I had brewed in Colombia was good not brewed weak, but very smooth in taste. Unlike Robusta coffee which is harsher. Peaberry coffee I had in Costa Rica and the Tarrazu was really good. I think they refer to these as "milds". It makes a good blend with some other coffees that are more acidic.

Jan 28, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Good neighborhood Italian near 29th and Park?

Zio is a good choice.

Jan 28, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Great Restaurant for Group of 18 in NYC

I suggest Anjappar for Southern Indian food. Or there are other Indian restaurants that would fit the bill. Another one that is in Tribeca is Balucchi, or Salam Bombay. Most vegans I know have no problem with indian restaurants.
Pala might be a good choice for pizza and salad etc.

Jan 28, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Chicago deep dish pizza in NYC

you might find the Grandma pizza at GG's suitable to your Chicago deep dish pizza tastes. Its not the same but has similarities

Jan 27, 2015
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best ny style eggroll

I don't throw rice at weddings anymore. But I eat more rice now than ever. I also had the same combinations, with an occasional switch to egg foo young, friend rice and egg roll

Jan 27, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan
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Best not-"third wave" espresso/coffee?

I did find our link interesting about Parlor. Colombia cares about its coffee. The FNC ( Federation) protects and helps the more than 500,000 farmers in that country. Sustainability is of utmost importance. I am going to find out more about the differences of various small farm coffee. I know the different regions in Colombia will produce coffee of different characteristics. I also know the Federation helps educate the farmers to put out high quality coffee. Coffee is quite interesting, the popularity and marketing is also interesting.

Jan 27, 2015
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