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Chiang Mai 293 Van Brunt St. Red Hook Just steps away

I'll have to do a same-day comparison,,, I found them both on same level. I liked the papaya salad at KS better than the mango salad at CM. I liked the Khao Soi better at KS than CM ( thicker noodles). This week, I'll be there and order the same dishes at both

about 17 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Outer Boroughs

What dish from which restaurant do you crave most often? What's the runner-up?

meatball sandwich - Terroir
potato rosemary pizza- Gran Daisy/Sullivan St Bakery

scallop-uni tempura - blue ribbon izakaya
sizzling sisig- Pig and Khao

Papaya salad - Kao Soy ( Bklyn)
shrimp bomb- Kori

Beet pasta - Gigino
Cha siu bao- E.B. Corp
White Castle Slider- White Castle

about 17 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan
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food trucks lower Manhattan

Greenwich St and Murray, Biryani truck ,, get the Kati rolls ,,, delicious $6

about 17 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Looking for a good Cuban restaurant in NYC

Pan- Cafecito has not improved. I liked it years ago and still like it. The pork shank I think is their best dish

about 17 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Recette's $40 4-course summer supper

The offer Summer Supper is 1 snack 2 plates and 1 dessert. I've been to Mondays with Jesse many times and it's delicious creative dishes. I think the $40 meal will be worth checking out.

about 17 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Help with Suggestions PLEASE

Italian- +1 bar pitti,,, also Osteria Morini
Japanese food - En Brasserie,
Bistro- Cherche midi, Balthazar
Portuguese- Lupolo
Chinese- Mission
Wine Bar- Terroir
Thai- uncle Boon's
Hawaiian- Noreetuh
Korean- ( with atmosphere) Kori, Danji
Viet Namese ( old but still trendy) Indochine
Spanish tapas- Toro
Pizza= Co.

1 day ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Bruno

Thanks for the review and bringing this place to my attention. Bruno's sounds very interesting.

1 day ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

What's Wrong With This Picture

What makes it Palestinian is that the owner is Palestinian. I strongly recommend , somehow, one day, you go to Paterson NJ , Main St. try the falafel there. It is a Palestinian, Syrian, Turkish area. Amazing falafel. I think they are $3.00 each. The pita is amazing too.
I am no expert on falafel, but I lived in Israel for almost a year and half, and was vegetarian at the time, so I ate a lot of falafel. I like Yemenite falafel very much, and also find Egyptian ( fava bean) falafel excellent.

1 day ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Looking for a good Cuban restaurant in NYC

+1 casecito or head over to Bergenline Ave in Union City

1 day ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Eater's take on hottest sushi places

I agree, iki is the best sushi outside of Manhattan. It gets busy, but not with "sushi people", more with hotel guests and Flushing locals. Definitely not a hot spot.
Many of the other places they list are worth checking out "once". i.e. Nakazawa, Shuko, Oya,
Kura and Dojo are OK, not hot. Cagen I have to check out.
I'm surprised they don't list Ichimura, Masa, Kuruma, Azabu, Kanoyama, Blue Ribbon Izakaya, Jewel Bako, Sushi Gari, Seki, Sushi samba , sushi ko, etc.
They list Bugs, which I like, but it is not really a sushi spot, it is a home-cooked spot,, I hear she is closing up soon and going to Japan. She used to be sushi chef at Jewel Bako, and I think 15 East.

Jul 31, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Eater's take on hottest sushi places

http://ny.eater.com/maps/best-sushi-r...
They call O Ya, zen-like,,,, it's the opposite of zen-like.
They list Bugs as one of the hottest , meanwhile sadly Bugs is closing soon
They list iki in queens,,, although I love the place , it is far from Hot.. and they give acclaim to chef who worked at Nakazawa, shuko, neta,,, They do this with many restaurants,,, how long did the chef work there? what did he do there? etc
They list Dojo,,,, Shuko,,,,
Others ,,that I wouldn't call Hot,,,, the only one listed that I have not tried,,and is probably the best of the lot is Cagen.,
I welcome your thoughts on the Eater list

Jul 30, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

What's Wrong With This Picture

Ba'Al is a worthy mention on the list. Palestinian owned and style.

Jul 29, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan
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Yasuda vs Kuruma Zushi (2015)

The OP doesn't like Sushi Ann,, the new chef at 15 East is from Sushi Ann ( Takahashi). Dndcicco's review of Kuruma sounds pretty wonderful. My experience there , was not up to my expectations, maybe because of the price. Also , the chef wasn't friendly to me. I'd sooner go to Ichimura.

Jul 29, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

NYC for 3 days!

Co. for pizza ( Chelsea)
Sushi like Jewel Bako, hmmm either Dojo, Nakazawa, Kura, Kanoyama, I can't recommend 15 East, as I haven't tried it without Massa there.
Traditional food , +1 for Minetta, Cherche Midi ( same owner as Minetta), Osteria Morini
East Village for dinner is too general,,, what food? Kyo Ya for kaiseki. Ugly Kitchen for Filipino, Lavagna for Italian, Zaab Elee for Thai, Noreetuh for "Hawaiian"

Jul 28, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Scottish themed pubs/restaurants in Manhattan

McDonald's is the most famous Scottish restaurant in U.S,
and yes the meat is far more exotic than lung

Jul 28, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Scottish themed pubs/restaurants in Manhattan

Definitely a black market for it,,,but you pay through the lungs

Jul 28, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

What's Wrong With This Picture

The thing I see wrong is Nish Nush is missing and is better than the ones mentioned in the article, that I've tried.

Jul 28, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan
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Driving Hungry: cabbies worldwide share favorite food spots

Pakistani Tea House on Church St. is quite popular
Duncan Donuts on 37th and 10th is also

Jul 28, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Lunch near the Javits center

Uncle Jack's steak house, or Keens, that's where my clients like to go if attending Javitz convention.
For Issan Thai food Larb Ubol, but that is definitely not upscale.
Esca is another choice , upscale Italian ( Mario Batali), a few blocks walk

Jul 27, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Scottish themed pubs/restaurants in Manhattan

I didn't realize you couldn't get lungs anymore. My mother used to make Ukrainian stew dishes with beef lung, potatoes and other various organ meats, and meat. I loved the taste and consistency of lung.

Jul 27, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Lake Pavilion, new Chinese in Flushing

I was at Lake Pavillion today for dim sum. There were no tables for a single. But fortunately, a group of Chinese people were amenable to my joining them for dim sum at their table.
The dim sum dishes that I had were all very good. I didn't have too many because of the size of the dishes. I had lo may gai which was excellent today, congee with the 100 year egg, which was very good and roast pork with crispy skin, which I loved. In the take-out area, they have pigs hanging ready to be hacked. But I never saw them serving duck, and pork before from the carts. They also were serving several dishes that I've not seen before there. I think they are at the top of their game now.
Note: I had a few things from Yeh's on the way to Lake Pavillion, curry beef pastry, chicken pastry, and dan tat. So that helped to fill me up.

Jul 27, 2015
foodwhisperer in Outer Boroughs

Good Bye Four Seasons

I've been there, it was once a great place. Last time I went, several years ago , it was horrible
Im wondering if anyone has been to 21 Club lately. Is that worth checking out?

Jul 27, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Good Bye Four Seasons

It's sad to see " the out with the old , in with the new" trend. For those who haven't experienced service, atmosphere of a big beautiful room and great food in places like the Four Seasons, go now, before there are none left.

Jul 24, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Shuko Just Cancelled My Husbands Birthday Dinner- Alternative?

The twins both made the tamago, the octopus, and the anago at 15 East. 3 of the best things there.
However, since Shuko was the type of place the OP wanted,
I'd recommend Neta ( although maybe on its last legs most similar to Shuko)
O Ya very similar to that style, an 18 or 24 course dinner
Kura - can mix sushi and kappo
Kanoyama
jewel Bako
Ichimura for sushi or Kaiseki at Brushstroke
Sushi Gari Tribeca
PS I went to Shuko twice and have no desire to go back there.
I am awaiting mid August to return to Azabu, they got a Michelin chef from Ginza, Tokyo. A very nice guy, doesn't speak much English. He really knows his sushi.

Jul 24, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan
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Sushi Nakazawa (counter) vs. Ko 2.0 vs. EMP next week?

Jewel Bako has a new chef. The service is top notch. It would feel special. Worth checking out. The chefs name I think is Ishikawa, perhaps someone here knows of him.

Jul 24, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan
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Best place for cocktails before dinner at ichimura?

I would go somewhere in Tribeca. Seems senseless to travel after having drinks.
Not sure what atmosphere, or type of cocktails you want, or how long you plan on having cocktails for. I'll assume if you're going to Ichimura, you don't want a place like Raccoon Lodge or Puffy's, something a little more upscale.
How about Brandy Library
The Butterfly
Weather Up
Distilled
The Hideaway
Smith and Mills
Tribeca Grill
Marc Forgione
Odeon

Jul 24, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Sushi Nakazawa (counter) vs. Ko 2.0 vs. EMP next week?

Skip Nakazawa. That will be a very quiet and not memorable birthday.
You ask where to go for high end sushi, Masa is reputed to be the best. I've never been there. Ichimura would be a very good choice.

Jul 24, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Wan Chai Seafood in Flushing (Chow-meet Recap)

It was a terrific meal, with a good variety of dishes.

Jul 22, 2015
foodwhisperer in Outer Boroughs

During the late 60's, early 70's I patronized a French restaurant in Manhattan. It is now closed. All I can recall as you entered the restaurant there was a lobby that had seating around white columns, and the walls were a purple color.

The only place that comes to mind is Gavroche. But I don't remember what the inside looked like.

Jul 21, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Maison Kayser Tribeca

The baked goods are definitely their forte. the pastries all looked good.
The salads looked and sounded good( reading menu), the tartines also seemed good. I'll check it out again. The food I had wasn't fantastic, but was 100 times better than anything Sara Beth's had, which IMO is kind of an alternative in the neighborhood. So its a good spot in the neighborhood for breakfast lunch or dinner. Casual, and I didn't think it was too expensive compared to other Tribeca restaurants.

Jul 21, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan