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Cuisines from 30+ countries

Greek: Bahari Estiatorio ( Astoria)
Kyclades ( Astoria)
China: Lake Pavillion ( Queens)
Kung Fu ( Queens)
German: Zum Stammtisch ( best German Food around, I thought they closed but website looks like they reopened ( Glendale Queens)
Italy: Don Peppe's ( cash only) So.Ozone Park Queens

about 13 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Outer Boroughs

Late night options in South Jamaica/South Ozone Park?

New Park has great pizza.

about 14 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Outer Boroughs

Ethnic foods only in New York?

Tito Rad's is on Queens Blvd,, and the best Filipino food in NYC.

about 14 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Burger question

Wolfgang's on Friday , and then I really do go to white castle the next day,,, photo attached of their chicken ring and their burger

about 14 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Babbo or like Babbo

Make sure to get the octopus pastrami at Batard, it's a great dish.

about 14 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Best Offal dishes in NYC served at Lunchtime?

That's true. pig and khao not open for lunch during the week OP didn't state whether eating on weekend or during week. Maharlika is open for lunch

about 14 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Burger question

Chefs seem to be sensitive , even at Peter Luger they won't do your steak well done, They will bring it Medium and have you cook it further on the edge of the hot plate. As far as fish, most of the better places these days won't will struggle to cook your fish past rare. Well done, forget about it.
But burgers, regardless of the restaurant, is a "low-end" food. I think you can get a well done burger , even at Minetta, and even at Peter Luger.
Those weird places like TGIFriday's and the like, won't serve a rare burger,, it seems as if they get them half cooked and freeze them , so it is impossible to get rare or even medium rare.
At White Castle , i love the well done burgers,,,,, kill me why don't ya

1 day ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Neta, Blue Ribbon Izakaya or EN?

Omakase at BR starts at $85. Then if you get some skewer dishes , it is definitely more than $100 a person. But if you get a few rolls, a few skewers ( especially scallops) you can get out for $50 at BR.

1 day ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Best Offal dishes in NYC served at Lunchtime?

Pig and Khao, Jeepney, Maharlika for dishes that have ears, marrow, pig blood, intestine, etc
For best awful dishes (not offal) go to Sarbeth's

1 day ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Babbo or like Babbo

Marea would be my pick. Way way better than Locanda Verde.

1 day ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Favorite food trucks for 2015

I have not been impressed by any food trucks I've tried in Manhattan or Brooklyn. I have not tried Taim's truck , but I will. I'm also wondering when food trucks will get health inspections, as far as I know they don't , maybe because i haven't seen any A's, B's etc

Apr 25, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Ethnic foods only in New York?

firstly, check out Kathryn's links and recs.
If you're in Astoria, definitely do some Greek food , my favorite is Bahari Estiatorio.
I recommend you post on the Outer Borough board, for Thai, Filipino, Middle Eastern , Chinese, Korean, South American, and more.
in Manhattan: even though you get some jewish deli in Florida, Katz's is still a must.
Nish Nush for falafel and hummus
Motorino, or Co. for pizza
Ootoya for Japanese sets
Ed's Lobster for a lobster roll
Bar Pitti for Italian
Blau Gans or Walsse for Austrian
Hakkasan for Cantonese
Golden Unicorn for cart dim sum
Lan Larb for Issan Thai food
Pig and Khao for assorted Filipino, Burmese, Thai, Vietnamese, SE Asian
Ukrainian Home for Ukrainian/Polish food

Apr 25, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan
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Soft shell crab season!

I like both Babbo and Aquagrill. I had a good soft-shell crab tonite at Daruma-Ya.

Apr 23, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Lunch Between Penn Station and the Barrymore Theater

I had lunch recently in theatre district at Num Pang, but that's not a reservation fancy place. However, the Tiger Shrimp sandwich is delicious.
I also went to City Kitchen ( 44th and 8th) where they have Ramen from Ippudo spinoff, Luke's lobster , sliders from ummm the hamburger place in EV( start's with an S) ,,,, Other good food. But I guess you want a nice sit-down lunch.
Bluefin is good for fish and they take reservations.
Hakkasan for good Chinese food.

Apr 23, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Is John's Pizzeria the Best? Other suggestions?

May as well throw in Spumoni Gardens, tons of sauce!
Co. is worth mentioning, They make an awesome pizza.

Apr 23, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

MamaSushi - worth a trip to Inwood

Thanks for the recommendation. An interesting mix of dishes, an interesting location, and a very cool blog. Very welcoming and refreshing to read.

Apr 23, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan
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Neta, Blue Ribbon Izakaya or EN?

If it is rolls OP wants ,,, +1 for Takahachi ( Tribeca). I like the Passage to India Roll, and their Volcano Roll, and other rolls with Movie names. En is not a sushi spot. Neta is too expensive. BR will be OK, but more bang for your buck and more exotic rolls at Takahachi.

Apr 23, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop now open (11th ave and 44th St). Ivan Ramen's 50 seat LES flagship will open January

On 43rd and 8th, another "food court" opened. (City Kitchen) A spin-off of Ippudo is in there, also several other good spots, including Luke's Lobster.

Apr 22, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Looking for Regal Crown Sour Cherry Candy

There' a company in NJ called Promotion in Motion, they buy the brands of candies that have stopped being made, and relaunch them. They also make Welch's fruit snacks. Perhaps they will come with Regal Crown, I used to love those sour cherry candies

Apr 22, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Rubirosa or Arturo’s

Disagreement is part of the fun here. I have foodie friends from Italy who love Rubirosa. That is actually what got me to go there initially. But I was very disappointed with the pizza there. The crust is too crisp for me. I still go however, since sometimes I have to eat with a gluten-free crowd. It's a young, lively, happening place, and always busy. For me however, Bar Pitti for my pasta, and Co. and Motorino for pizza

Apr 22, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

best thai

Ziggy: You are quite correct about the "chef in charge" of Lan Larb, perhaps the "executive chef". The food is similar. Both places are really good. But The actual person cooking at Lan Larb, has talent, and knows how to get a good flavor balance. Therefore, IMO puts them ahead of Larb Ubol, and I like them better than Zaab Elee also. The menu Is more limited at Lan Larb however. The biggest issue I have lately with Lan Larb, is that all of a sudden the place is packed. I went the other night and left due to an hour wait. Ended up at Ngam, which has some good dishes. Owner/chef is from Chiang Mai, but she never is there cooking.
Also, IMO, a ride to Bklyn to Kao Soy is well worth it. They have the best Khao Soi, amazing sausage, amazing papaya salad with dried and fried little fish in it. Best Thai food around.

Apr 22, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Rubirosa or Arturo’s

Arturo's is more of a "neighborhood Italian spot". Rubirosa has gluten free options, if that means anything to you.
The pizza at Rubirosa , I don't describe as thin crust. I describe it a "cracker" crust.
Arturo's pizza is Coal Oven real pizza.
If you want just pizza in a neighborhood "whole pie" place. John's, Lombardi, or Motorino would be best choice.
If you want Old School red sauce, with a neighborhood feel, Rubirosa is not the place. Villa Mosconi, Bar Pitti, Frankie's, would all be better choices.

Apr 21, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

best thai

I agree with zbs that this format is confusing. I can't even figure out how to respond to a specific poster.
Anyway , Pan: I can only vouch for the Centre St. location, they have another one midtown.
Dishes I like there: the Isan sausage (sai krog isan)
Larb Kai
Som Tum Thai
Pad kee mao
* Lao chicken soup with pickled fish, thai eggplant,spicy broth. That's probably my favorite disht there.
Monica: None of these dishes are sweet at all. Some sour spicy, herbaceous, salty

Apr 21, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Halo Halo in Oahu

Agree on Elena's, their halo halo is excellent.
Jollibee is good for palabok

Apr 20, 2015
foodwhisperer in Hawaii

Oahu and Maui - where to eat? Coming from LA

Oahu- Hoku in Kahala
Maui- Nick's Fishmarket

Apr 20, 2015
foodwhisperer in Hawaii

Oahu North Shore -open market-type place that has shrimp, huli chicken, corn ... name please?

Fumi's Shrimp Truck, they also have a stand right after Giovanni's.
Also Tita's Grill is .5 km from there, all on the same road. There's a Macadamia farm nearby as well.

Apr 20, 2015
foodwhisperer in Hawaii

Feedback please - Oahu & Maui

I recommend you take a ride up to the North Shore of Oahu and check out Fumi's Kahuku Shrimp Truck, and Tita's Grill. It will be memorable. It will also be a nice scenic drive.
Hoku in the Kahala Resort ( oahu) is very good
On Maui +1 for Mama's,,,
Nick's Fishmarket
Ko ( Asian) is good .
Unfortunately, Giro Giro is closed when you are there. I've been to their Kyoto restaurant and found it to be amazing.

Apr 20, 2015
foodwhisperer in Hawaii

One chance for lunch in Maui, coming from Kahului

I would go to Mama's Fish House in Paia, right on the beach.

Apr 20, 2015
foodwhisperer in Hawaii

Edomae sushi omakase in nyc

Katsuei has good quality fish, but the omakase is not very exciting, nor is there many pieces of sushi served. That being said, Katsuei is my favorite sushi spot in Bklyn. Better than 1 or 8. Sidenote: the chef/owner of Katsuei worked alongside the chef ( Taka) at Blue Ribbon Izakaya , for a long time at another sushi restaurant. I believe it was Sushi Ann.

Apr 20, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan
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Edomae sushi omakase in nyc

The #2 chef at Azabu is excellent. Do not hesitate to go to Azabu. I'm not sure the #1 chef exists. The last 4 times I've been there, the #1 chef was not there.
Rumor has it , the original chef,Terado-san ( sp) is coming back from their Nagoya branch to work in Tribeca again. Just a rumor at this time, but Terado-san does wish to return ( not a rumor).
Blue Ribbon Izakaya sushi bar is open for lunch on Sunday. Not sure if they do omakase for lunch.

Apr 20, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan
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