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Lin's Gardens

Are you sure it was Lin's Garden, it might have been 69 Bayard or Sum Hey Rice shop. they all had the same dishes. Not sure of a replacement, for any of those, maybe Hop Kee or Wo Hop upstairs.

about 3 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Nothing expensive in lower Manhattan

Glad you enjoyed your trip. Sorry I didn't get back to you on a few posts. But glad you enjoyed Robataya, it wasn't on my list but I do frequent that place.

about 3 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan
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No reservations

Yep, I agree that most places it is possible to eat at the bar. But some are comfortable eating and some are too crowded.For example, Minetta for example is so packed at the bar it would be totally difficult to eat. Where En Brasserie is super comfortable eating.

about 3 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

4 ladies in NYC

The Musket Room ( has some New Zealand hints to the food) fun place.
Salvation for Mexican food ( esp. tacos) and drinks ( in your area)
Motorino for pizza
Docks for seafood ( normal seafood)
Locanda Verde, Babbo, Bar Pitti ( italian)
Tribeca Grill ( very normal nice place)
Rosa Mexicana ( not great but Mexican and fun)
Katz's Deli ( your friends can get hot dogs, you can try the pastrami)

about 17 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Help us decide on an Italian restaurant for early December girls trip...

seafood salad, several pastas ( i like the Stracci which is wide noodles with wild mushrooms and rosemary oil, and the squid ink pasta
the Porchetta, look at the specials

about 17 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Best Dishes 2014

I've been to Saigon Grill quite a bit. It is now called Saigon Market. All the workers I've come in contact with were Chinese not VietNamese. The food was always decent , nothing special.

1 day ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Help us decide on an Italian restaurant for early December girls trip...

Osteria Morini is a good choice. It's lively, the food is good. Fun neighborhood (SoHo) to walk around before dinner. ( if you're not too tired from previous running around).

1 day ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

PIg and Khao is AWESOME

Had the fried oysters tonite, delicious. The sisig was as good as it gets. And those Shan noodles delicious. The back room is enclosed now. New people firing up the food. Chef Leah Cohen overseeing it all. Still Awesome.

1 day ago
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Hop Lee or Hop Kee?

I'm pretty sure that my friend from HK, would go to Hop Kee and get weird or unimaginable things like Lion , dog etc Only stuff they would serve to Chinese people.

Sep 16, 2014
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Best dinner in the city for under $100 pp

+1 for Batard

Sep 12, 2014
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Per Se's Extended Tasting Menu Review + Photos

I don't remember reading this review in 2011, great review. It just made me change my plans from Jean Georges ( which I love their foie gras) to Per Se. I think we will skip the extended courses. I'll be paying for 6 people ( big ticket). I love the French Laundry so much, I hope my meal comes close to that. Thanks again for the well written review.

Sep 12, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Dessert and Drinks after Batard

Brandy Library definitely for drinks. Blaue Gans has good dessert, acceptable drinks. On same block as Batard ( heading south) there's a place up a few steps, Distilled, has good drinks and some "different" desserts, it's close.
Cercle Rouge is a nice place for drinks and has good dessert.

Sep 12, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

I've never been to Joe and Pat's, i'll check it out. The best pizza ever was in Staten Island, long closed though, Crispino's on Richmond Rd. better than Motorino for sure.

Sep 12, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Hakkasan

My closest and best friends are Asian. ( including Chinese).
I think if there are people that think badly of Chinese people , they are jerks. I love the food, the culture ( including martial arts) , the people. It is also interesting to see how the Chinese have influenced food all over Asia. I guess that means the food must be really good to have such an influence.

Sep 12, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

15 east (which day not to go)

He is off on Mondays. He is going on vacation in October

Sep 12, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Dinner for a large group (25 people), $100 incl. of tax & tip

Buddakan has a nice room ( LIbrary) could be a good choice.
Zio ( Italian) has a private room, that can serve 30 people, they can definitely fit the budget. The food is very decent. I had some pasta ,and a burrata appetizer , very good. Tasted ravioli good, and short rib very good. It's not in the league of the places you tried but , it seems like a very accommodating place.

Sep 12, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Need a partner for Sushi Nakazawa - Saturday

Sorry can't join you . Saturday at 5, is not a great time. I have gone 3 times thru invites on CH. I don't think anyone would expect you to cover the tip. But it is a nice gesture. Also, the 3 times I went once was with a CH'er the other was with a Ch'er's rez. I guess peoplel haven't seen your name here, so they don't want to show up at Nakazawa and you don't show up. Worst case scenario so you don't get charged, if you don't get a response, offer both seats, so you covered your reservation. Hopefully you get someone to go with you .

Sep 11, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Hakkasan

That's some strong statements you've made. My affluent Chinese friends both born in Shanghai , Taiwan, Hong Kong and ABC,love to eat Chinese food here and they also like Jean Georges etc. No one I know who is non Chinese thinks poorly of Chinese people nor of the food. I think your statement is very untrue.
All that aside, I like to eat Chinese food in NYC and always look to find something different or new. Especially from a region I haven't had before.
I like your posts , so hopefully you didn't take my comment as antagonistic.

Sep 11, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

Ziggy, for regular old school Bari oven pizza ( no wood or coal) Napoli on Clove and victory, good regular and good square grandma. Wonder your opinion if you're in that area. ( this is the SINY board right)

Sep 11, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Nothing expensive in lower Manhattan

As Trockwood said,there are so many places that are inexpensive and casual. Here;s a few:
Yokocho (EV)
Porchetta (EV)
Lukes Lobster (EV)
Soba Koh (EV)
Pig and Khao (LES)
Meat Ball Shoppe ( LES)
Katz's( LES)
Yopparai ( LES)
Fukurou (WV)
Rasa (WV)
Rockmeisha (WV)
Nish Nush ( Tribeca)
Baba Ganouj ( Tribeca)
Sole di Capri (Tribeca)
Grandaisy Bakery (Tribeca)
Num Peng ( Chelsea)

Sep 11, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Shawarma & Falafel Question

Nish Nush is still very good and is still Yemenite lol. I saw I didn't respond to sugar toof previously but I will say, I know the style of the falafel because I ask the owners and workers where they are from. That's how I know Ba'Al is Palestinian for example.
Anyway, I've been going to Baba Ganouj lately ( across street from Nish Nush) the falafel is made with a mix of fava bean and chick peas ( no flour filler) and is good. Their chicken shwarma is excellent and I like their "roll up" pita very much. better than pocket pita. I did not ask where they were from, but they do speak Arabic. In Paterson, NJ the Palestinian places use straight up chickpeas. So Im not sure of the ancestry of Baba ganouj owner/ chefs.

Sep 11, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

I've only had sausage pie there, it wasn't soggy, but it was spicy. Crust was perfect. Had it 3 times. Weird that you had a soggy one. I haven't been there in over a year though

Sep 11, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

I used to go to King Umberto's. They had good red sauce dishes.

Sep 11, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Hiyashi Chuka or other cold noodle for lunch? East Village-ish

Misoya in EV has cold ramen that's good.

Sep 11, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

PIg and Khao is AWESOME

The oysters are sometimes on the "specials" menu. Sometimes I ask for them and it's off the menu but they have fresh oysters and make them for me. They have always been excellent. I love that sauce she makes. It's the same sauce she learned in Viet Nam for another dish that I saw her learning on youtube.
IMO the pieces for the sisig are cut too big. They used to be smaller. And I agree the cast iron needs to be hotter. And give me some lemons too, to squeeze. I like how Tito Rad's puts a paper bag over the cast iron , so it cooks at the table without splashing hot oil on you.

Sep 10, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

I will definitely try Percy's. I don't know if Marta opened yet. I also like the pizza ( not slices) at Co., and slices at Sullivan St and Gran Daisy ( whole other thing).
Lexismore: I had the Margherita regular slice. They were pushing the artichoke slice, but I wanted just good pizza. I'll try the square next time.
What's weird about square pizza, we always called it Sicilian pizza. Even as a kid, the pizza shop , owned by Sicilians introduced me to the square pie. They baked it 3 times. first with nothing on it then with sauce and onions on it then with cheese and on it. I don't know if that's an old family recipe or not.
However, when I was in Sicily , all I saw was round pizza. In Rome i saw square pizza. So very strange they call square Sicilian.
Should I get started on GrandMa pizza?
Every Italian Grandma I know here in NY, made pizza with Marinara sauce and Polly O. So what's with the name Grandma pizza?

Sep 10, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Best Ice Cream in NYC

I was going to guess Pistachio. Anyway , Amorino is my go-to place, however , it has gotten so popular and the lines so long , sometimes I just pass on it and drive over to L'arte del Gelato ( i forget if that's the new name or their old name).
Had some good gelato or was it ice cream? at Frisco on 2nd Ave. EV. was good.
For unique flavor, the ice cream outside The Odeon has a stand. They have Banana Graham flavor and it's delicious. As a matter of fact, I'm going their now.
Strangest flavors are at the Labortorio del Gelato. Pepper flavor is good their.
Big Gay Ice Cream Shop has some strange stuff in general.

Sep 10, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Great meal at Jaiya (Thai; 3rd Ave. at 29th St. location) last night

I think they were one of the first Thai places in the city. 25 yrs. ago it was the best Thai around. Although, I went back about 5 years ago and my Fried whole fish had was all dried out and no fish meat on it.

Sep 10, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Feed me! Where to eat?

I don't know the eating at the bar situation at Batard. But I will say the crowd at Batard for the most part , you will never see at Pig and Khao.
More LES, down to earth crowd at P&K. Eating at the bar there is always possible, although a bit smokey. The music is loud and probably hip hop.
Although Batard is far more relaxed than Corton was, Pig and Khao takes relaxed to a new level.

Sep 10, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

PIg and Khao is AWESOME

At one point the Fatty guys were firing Leah. But She fought the "big guys" who used her and drained the money. She got her own financing and , kind of bought them out. Fatties are no longer involved, its all Leah's place. She is awesome. Ben the head chef is awesome too, even if he is a Phillie's fan.
Btw the new Burma noodle dish is very good. Fried oysters are always awesome.

Sep 09, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan