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Shanghai Asian Manor

A friend of mine from Shanghai recommended Shanghai Asian Manor. We went tonite. The place was full.
I heard a lot about the soup dumplings , so we had both the pork, and the crab. The outer dough wrapper was very good, not too thick. They were adequately filled with soup and the filling was tasty. They were the best i've had in Manhattan. But I don't think they were as good as Kung Fu in Queens.
The jellyfish was great, but I don't think i;ve ever had bad jelly fish.
the fried rice cake was with shredded pork and vegetables was excellent maybe even fantastic,
We had braised Kao Fu ( wheat gluten) very very delicious. Better than what I had at Kung Fu .
Lastly had a casserole of salted pork with bamboo shoot and tripe. It was just Ok, the broth didn't have much taste. i had to add a bunch of hot sauce to give it some life.
Overrall a good experience, and it is right there on Mott St. land of mostly not great restaurants. I'll be back.

Jul 22, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Costata: The Underrated Michael White Restaurant that Covers All the Bases

Thanks for the review. I've been wanting to get to Costata and i'm glad you highlighted some of the delicious sounding starters. The space was beautiful ages ago with what i think was a Mario Batali restaurant ( memory loss).
I wonder how it looks now. I can't wait to try it. Thanks again

Jul 22, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Toon Thai 30th & Park Avenue South?

I believe there are two Pam Real restaurants. I don't particularly like them. I think perhaps when you were at Toon's , Toon wasn't cooking. I believe she is training the cooks that are there now to learn how to make dishes properly. She is Thai, and is a good cook. I do hate their dumplings, fish cakes ( tod mon pla) and other things they get frozen. But the laab, and noodle dishes ( some of them) I like a lot. I like the whole fish a lot there too.
Uncle Boon is my favorite Thai place presently.

Jul 22, 2014
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Looking for AMAZING food trucks/stands/carts

Not an answer to your post. But related, is see the film Chef. Very enjoyable

Jul 21, 2014
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Food crawl LES/East Village

Why do people post and disappear? It makes you feel like you wasted your time responding.

Jul 21, 2014
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Salinas in Chelsea?

Salinas is good.

Jul 21, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Who do you follow on the Manhattan Board?

I thought I saw some Ms Needle posts on Outer Boroughs. Micheleats has been gone for a year, even her blog has no new posts. I always enjoyed both of their posts. I dont remember hcbk

Jul 21, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Best Burger????

Burger Joint on 56th Street ( can't be seen from street)it's like a secret location. The location is the best thing about the place. The burgers are good. The fires are good

Jul 21, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Toon Thai 30th & Park Avenue South?

It did change its name, to noodle bar. It is the same as it used to be, except more noodle dishes have been added. This goes along with the name change "noodle bar". Since the name change business increased quite a bit. I used to frequent Toon's when they were on Bleecker St for decades.
The food at the Park Ave location is better than it has been, since Toon ( the owner) is presently the chef. She is an excellent Thai cook.
Several of the noodle dishes are good, The laab is excellent, the moo yang is good. They will make your food as spicy as you request. If you don't request hot , it won't be.
Their other locations are Tom and Toon on W 56th st.
Grand Central Station ( fast food)
John Street, ( a name with Basil in it)
I was at the Park Ave location twice in June and July. Definitely better than it was a year ago.
Nice waitresses too.

Jul 21, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Celebrity chef - whose got the best restaurant?

ditto

Jul 11, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Celebrity chef - whose got the best restaurant?

Correct me if i'm mistaken but I think of the one;s you mentioned Bobby Flay and Wyle would be the only one's cooking in their restaurant.

Jul 11, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Anyone know what's opening up next to the MeatBall Shop, UES?

If it's on the corner, a bank is a good guess. I've been noticing so many banks are on corners. And so many corners have banks on them in Manhattan especially.

Jul 11, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Slurp Shop at Gotham Market - a Disappointment

I'm very surprised with your review. I was at Ivan Ramen in Gotham the other night.I had the shio ramen, the noodles and broth were perfect and very tasty. My only complaint would be , I think the servings are smaller than most. But my ramen tasted great. I also had the whitefish/ikura rice. It was quite tasty and the flavors went perfectly in my opinion. There was also a good amount of white fish in the dish.
The ice cream stand I also enjoyed there.
I;ve been to Ivan in Gotham 3 times and each time it was consistently good.
I recommend you try again, maybe at a different time of day. I was there on all visits around 8 PM.

Jul 11, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Betony -- menu suggestions

wow, you all confirm the good things I've heard about Betony. I can't believe I haven't been there yet. Lobster , foie gras, corn angiolotti w/truffles, short rib, tagliatell ham hock, ...omg . I'm salivating

Jul 11, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Your favorite tapas?

Thanks for the info on morcilla. Now I feel better about the the food I ate at Kana(~ over the n).
Also vaPaula thanks about Pao, I do love portuguese food, but I guess i'll stick to Ironbound in NJ

Jul 11, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Who do you follow on the Manhattan Board?

I follow Foodwhisperer but i disagree with him quite often.
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kidding aside: As Darren said, I don't follow anyone, but I pay close attention to : most everyone. Yes , there are some in particular but I know i'll leave out someone.I like reading and commenting on all those mentioned. Those not mentioned that I can think of, that I like are Pookipichu, jonkyo ( don't shoot me, but I get a kick out of jonkyo),
I like Kosmose's blog. I do follow Silverjay on Japan Board.
Thanks to anyone who likes or reads my posts.
I do miss Micheleats, i wonder what happened to her. She doesn't post on her blog either.

Jul 11, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Dishes that look better than they taste?

Sadly there was a time when Veniero's made everything great. Before they had seating. I agree the Italian bakeries are not good. They may have one or two things that are passable, but not great. I used to like the Pasticiotti and pasticroce at Cafe Roma were once good but that was ages ago. Bruno's always had beautiful artistic cakes but they disappoint when it comes to taste. Ceci Cela still makes a good financier but they don't look beautiful.
Eileen's cheese cakes are still consistently excellent.
Dominique Ansel has beautiful looking pastries but only a few really taste good IMO.
Outer Boroughs- Staten Island has nothing good ( bruno may be the best there)
Brooklyn: Catania in Ridgewood has very very good sfogliatelle , especially in the morning when they are still warm.

Jul 10, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Your favorite tapas?

I went to Kana ( accent over the n, so Kanya). I thought it was a new spot but its been there for 16 years. Seems more of a spot for drinks. The tapas is pretty limited. The croquettes are good and so is the shrimp. The black sausage with onions , seemed like a good dish, but the sausage was very mushy. I wasn't sure if that's how it was supposed to be or if I should stop eating it. I never had sausage that was that consistency. The service was great. I guess I always thought this place and the Portuguese place next door Pao, were part of Ear Inn. But I guess i was wrong. Too bad Kana was no great shakes. I will try Pao next.

Jul 10, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

15 east - suffering any downturn ?

Its nothing against Nakazawa-san, They were not friends but just acquaintances. it's the owners who did the poaching. The owners used to frequent 15 East.
No longer will that be the case.
re Shirang: I am pretty sure the kitchen chef was one of the people who left

Jul 10, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Reasonable wait for ramen in/near East Village on Saturday night?

Misoya ( try the Hokkaido style ramen)

Jul 10, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Wait time at Ippudo

it is amazing how this place still packs them in. I do happen to like the place a lot, but I do avoid going because of the waits. Just amazes me that the novelty hasn't worn off. I guess they have the right formula, congrats on their part.

Jul 09, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

15 east - suffering any downturn ?

15 East is great. I was there twice in the past 3 weeks. The only recent turn of events, has been a big change in staff. The owners of Nakazawa have recruited several or many of the staff from 15 East. One of the twins now works at Nakazawa. I think it was deplorable to "steal" so many people. Anyway, you still get the great sushi from Massa at the sushi bar omakase. The tomago that is made by the remaining "twin" is great. Some of the kitchen dishes might suffer a bit now. Also, a lot of prep pressure is on Massa due to lack of staff. But the omakase is still the best in the city , IMO. The OP should not hesitate to go, and guaranteed it will be fantastic.

Jul 09, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Your favorite tapas?

I never tried El Quinto Pino. Thanks for posting it, I love the tapas in Barcelona, so I'll definitely check this place out.
Mostly I go to Casa Mono, or Boqueria which I like. Tableau out of convenience but it isn't great.
I noticed next to The Ear Inn a tapas bar called Kana. I have yet to check it out. Have you been there?

Jul 09, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Dishes that look better than they taste?

I felt all of Corton's ( closed) dishes fit into this category. Beautiful, artistic, but ingredients that didn't even compliment each other. Just kind of added for "fanciness". Not good.

Jul 09, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

2014 Update on Restaurants in Battery Park Area

Second Inatesso.
Add Palm, and all the great Tribeca restaurants, very walkable from BPC

Jul 07, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Ukraina of Brooklyn [split thread]

Do they have seating inside, or is it a take-out Deli?
My family is from Ukraine so i'm curious what dishes they have besides veal liver.

Jul 03, 2014
foodwhisperer in Outer Boroughs

French Louie

Thanks for the review. I've been wanting to try it. I wish they had seared foie gras, it seems they only have terrine of foie gras. The anchovy frites sound good.

Jul 03, 2014
foodwhisperer in Outer Boroughs

Canadians Visiting Bedford-Stuyvesant

Great list. I second Fette Sau,,I think it is way better than Dinosaur but Dinasaur is a bit roomier.
Purple Yam I think is OK, I don't think its really that upscale . Actually it's less upscale than Romi's old place in Manhattan Cendrillon. For the best Filipino food in NY go to Tito Rad's in Woodside, Queens.
Coney Island is a must , just because it's Coney Island. Maybe get some Russian food on the Boardwalk by Brighton Beach, that would be different. I second Totonno's. Spumoni Gardens I like the square pizza, it has more sauce than cheese, which I like. ( not a destination , i agree)
Frankie's 457 is a good place to check out.
Pok Pok is worth checking out for sure.
Peter Luger is worth checking out but above your budget.
For Old School, Italian Bamonte's is the spot to check out. It is on border of Greenpoint and Williamsburgh. The Soprano cast used to eat there often.
Yemen Cafe in Bay Ridge. Very authentic and delicious.. They have another place in Brooklyn Heights but Bay Ridge is better.

Jul 03, 2014
foodwhisperer in Outer Boroughs

Yummy weekend in NYC

Thanks for the report. You mentioned some places i have yet to try.

Jul 03, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Lion Head Meatball question

The Lion's head at Kung Fu, doesn't resemble the filling of the soup dumpling at all. As a matter of fact I had both the other day there. Both were fantastic

Jul 02, 2014
foodwhisperer in Outer Boroughs