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Good "ethnic" restaurants which won't break the bank

Yememite Cafe is better than Tanoreen and Tripoli, but a simpler place. The one in Bay Ridge is better than the one on Atlantic Ave.
I eat there with Arab friends, they swear by the place. The fresh made pita is amazing , so is the lamb.

Apr 10, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Good "ethnic" restaurants which won't break the bank

Try Pig and Khao for an assortment of Asian foods.
Edit: they have non- pork dishes, but maybe OP's friend won't eat from same pots or grill that pork is cooked on.
Maybe Yemen Cafe in Bklyn would be good.

Apr 10, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

What's great for dining with an old friend -- West-ish Side btwn Soho and Flatiron?

That steak looks good and it's prime meat . I think its $110.
I'm usually up for a meal anywhere that's good, I eat solo quite often.

Apr 10, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

What's good at Kung Fu besides the XLB

Thanks, i'll report back after I make myself try some different things. After trying that shredded pork with chillis, I can see I have to expand from my usual . That being said , the Lion's Head meatballs are still really good. When I went with my friend from Shanghai we had a bunch of stuff, a couple of the cold things too, but I don't remember names of the dishes. I will try all of the above mentioned dishes.

Apr 10, 2015
foodwhisperer in Outer Boroughs

Ketchup on Eggs? Not in my House!...Yours?

I eat mostly omelet with ketchup or Filipino Banana Ketchup ( i don't think it has any bananas in it). We cook up spam as a side for our omelet, and dip it in banana ketchup .

Apr 10, 2015
foodwhisperer in General Topics

Killer Meal at Wichcraft satellite at Lincoln Center

I'll have to check the food out at Witchcraft Tribeca. I've only had the brownie, brioche etc.
Telepan's branch in Tribeca closed. The menu was expensive, it lacked pastas, salads, even french fries. The pizza was good, the quail was good but soon eliminated from the menu, a few other decent but expensive dishes. I guess that's why they closed.
Thanks for the report on Witchcraft.

Apr 10, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

What's great for dining with an old friend -- West-ish Side btwn Soho and Flatiron?

Went to Botequim recently. The Bacalhau Bolinho ( cured cod croquettes) were
fantastic.
Calabrezza Acebolada ( brazilian home made sausage with grilled onions) Maybe the best dish in the place.
Pao de Queijo- cheese bread, goes well with the sausage.
Roast suckling pig- had a nice crisp skin and good flavor, a good dish
The Costela ( slow cooked hearth roasted short ribs, and a crisp crusty outer layer above the juicy meat. It was a little bit lacking flavor , but the hot sauce helped that dish a lot. The cashew rice was cooked nice.
The desserts are good. The drinks are great.
The room is amazing. The restaurant , was half full, even after a NYT review.
Very nice dining experience.

Apr 09, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Cheap Sushi

I haven't been to Bugs in awhile. She makes sushi because people remember when she made really good sushi at Jewel Bako. But her soups are great , and many of her cooked dishes. Bugs is a really good deal. Several Japanese friends of mine frequent Bugs.

Apr 08, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Cheap Sushi

I went to tribeca. I also had sake, some rolls, some cooked, some sushi, sashimi. Yes i ate a lot, but still not cheap.

Apr 08, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Cheap Sushi

Takahachi is not so cheap anymore. I was there the other day and spent $100

Apr 08, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

What's good at Kung Fu besides the XLB

I did have the kaufu once and it was good. I had some cold dishes awhile ago but I forgot which. I'll try that "mock chicken". Erica, thanks for the link
The Lion's head is something I keep going back for.
The Taiwanese place 2 doors down has the "stinky tofu", which is good.

Apr 07, 2015
foodwhisperer in Outer Boroughs

What's good at Kung Fu besides the XLB

Thanks, seems like all the pork things are good.

Apr 07, 2015
foodwhisperer in Outer Boroughs

Little Park= Little food, Little taste

The duck was tasteless, ,, but I did have a good duck at Hakassan ( i never remember if it has 2 k's or 2 s's or both.),,, I had a friend in vermont that had ducks, killed them all except for one with a lame webbed foot. Eventually they killed that one. That one had a name and was so cute. We are still mourning that poor disabled duck.

Apr 07, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Dojo v. Blue Ribbon Izakaya v. Yuba

I'm glad you enjoyed your meal. Thanks for reporting back

Apr 07, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Gotan Cafe - Tribeca- really good stuff

I went to the old Pecan,,, They redid it, and changed menu. I'm not sure if ownership changed or not.
I had whitefish salad on a bialy, it was delicious. They also have smoked salmon on bialy. I personally prefer bialy to a bagel and there aren't many places that offer bialy sandwiches. The service at Gotan is better than Pecan was. They actually bring your food to your seat after you order and they bus your dishes for you. The Cappuccino I had was very good too. The pickle slice they serve as an accompaniment is a half -sour or almost half-sour with some red pepper,dill and other spices on it, very tasty.

Apr 07, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Dinner in West Village

+2 for Louro
+1 Annisa
Morandi ( italian)
Crispo ( italian)
D'Andrea ( italian)

Apr 07, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

What's good at Kung Fu besides the XLB

I go to Kung Fu Restaurant often, I usually order the same dishes. Kung Fu xlb and Lion Head meatballs. Both excellent. I've tried a few other dishes on occasion. I do like the shredded pork with chillies over rice, an really good dish.
I'm curious if anyone can recommend dishes at Kung Fu that they particularly like.

Apr 06, 2015
foodwhisperer in Outer Boroughs

Sushi Omakase with 5 month old baby

+1 on everything sgordon said.
Of course much of what the OP asks for response on depends on how the baby acts , how the mother acts when the baby acts etc.
The early hour arrival is really important.
Just as an aside, I had omakase dinner at Ichimura with a fellow CH'er and her infant. She kept the baby close to chest in one of those front carriers. Ichimura was a little hesitant about having an infant , but he flowed with the flow. The baby was well behaved. When he started to act up slightly, the mom took the baby to the bathroom and breast fed for a few minutes. Came back and all was fine. So things can work out anywhere, but Blue Ribbon Izakaya at the sushi bar would be fine I think.

Apr 06, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Cantonese Chinese?

Correct me if I'm wrong. But I think Hakkasan has the best Cantonese food.
Isn't it Cantonese food?

Apr 04, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Little Park= Little food, Little taste

hi

Apr 04, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Where can i buy gribenes?

In response to Smilingal: Sammy's has Schmaltz ( chicken fat) , but i don't really like their chicken fat, i find it lacks flavor. I have never seen gribenes there.

Apr 04, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Suggestions for rich and heavy cheesecake, please?

IMO Eileen's is the best around. Exactly what you are looking for.

Apr 04, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Are you old enough to remember Schrafft's ice cream and Restaurants??

Not very memorable for me, Horn and Hardart Automat much more memorable , if not totally cool. Open the little door and grab your food. As far as Schrafft's candies goes, Barton's had the best chocolate covered cherries around.

Apr 04, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

best dim sum in manhattan

+1 on Pookipichu picks
adding Hop Shing

Apr 04, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Ollie and Ry - Park Slope

I had a shrimp tempura po' boy today , it was excellent.
The Detox juice drink was also excellent.

Apr 04, 2015
foodwhisperer in Outer Boroughs

Park Slopers -- what are your go-to spots for take-out?

Ollie and Rye ( great sandwiches) , fresh squeezed veggie/fruit juice
Luke's- lobster rolls
+1 on Katsuie

Apr 04, 2015
foodwhisperer in Outer Boroughs

Where can i buy gribenes?

Gribenes with schmaltz is what you really want. But I don't know anywhere that has it. I make it myself, with onions.

Dojo v. Blue Ribbon Izakaya v. Yuba

If Takashi is not there that night, the 2nd guy who takes over for him is excellent. So don't worry if he is there or not. Just sit close to the head chef's area that night. They are all good.
If it came down to a table, i'd say you are better off at Dojo at a table.
The biggest drawback of Blue Ribbon Izakaya, is that the omakase chef has to deal with food for tables also. It is the stupidest thing they do,
At the counter you end up with getting more "good things' , than if you are at a table. I think the list price for omakase is $85 at BR. But don't be hesitant to order some cooked dishes too. They have great scallop skewers, the aji sashimi and then fried bones is good, other dishes may sound good to you , either in skewers or starters. They are small and go well with the omakase. The omakase is a mix of sashimi composed dishes and sushi. Maybe if you are lucky the whole lobster too.

Apr 03, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Dojo v. Blue Ribbon Izakaya v. Yuba

Blue Ribbon at the bar is way better than Dojo at a table. Ask to sit in front of head chef. You will be amazed. Also, it is better than Kura IMO.

Apr 02, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan
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Cajun Korean on Northern in Douglaston?

O Crab, supplies you with plastic gloves and serves up king crab,snow crab, crawfish, etc, in a plastic bag filled with the shellfish and your choice of sauce. The hot sauce is super hot, the sweet and hot is hot, all the sauces are really good. You get plenty of food. It's a casual place and the gloves are a good idea since it is very messy .

Apr 01, 2015
foodwhisperer in Outer Boroughs