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Grand Central Oyster Bar- Park Slope

If you see a Black Pearl definitely try it. The ones I had at GCOB weren't Black Pearl, but also from Nova Scotia. So I thought they'd be similar they weren't.

about 5 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Outer Boroughs

Meatpacking district rec for dinner

Yeah, sad Dee Dee and Connie both gone.and don't forget Joey.
Sheena was a friend of mine. There are still plenty of great memories at that location. All the Bowery flop houses now getting all fancy.
I'll stop by there for a lobster roll. I had a Red Hook lobster roll , from their food truck in park slope. I had a warm one and a cold one. Both good. And yep, no dripping mayo.
Thanks for the memories and letting me know where I can get a good lobster roll in EV

about 5 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Jamaican food in Queens (and Long Island)

I was at Jamaican Flavors on Springfield Blvd. recently, I love that place. And for patties with coco bread they are so much better than Golden Crust , across the street from there.
Although Golden Crust does have good oxtail.

Grand Central Oyster Bar- Park Slope

One of the best oysters i ever had was a Black Pearl oyster from Nova Scotia, so I was excited to see a Nova Scotia oyster on their menu. I was staying away from local, because of a recent chemical spill in L.I. Sound. On Connecticut side, but didn't want to risk it.
Mike R: Park Slope is already Manhattan Expensive., check the real estate section.

Uni lover? Here are a couple of great selections

Do you mean, to buy uni to take home with you , or to eat in a restaurant? Fresh uni in the shell or a box of uni.
here's a link that might be helpful.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/759949
or this one
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/748966
Also Mitsuwa in NJ sells uni .
As far as straight up uni, 15 East always has good uni.

1 day ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Meatpacking district rec for dinner

Yep, I forgot about Hector's, and Rio Mar. A little further down people thought it was really cool that Gulf Coast opened in such a weird neighborhood. Tortilla Flats still survives.
I knew the Florent people also but years later , actually right before they closed. I also have met most of the distributors that still remain in the meat market. Pat Le Freida seems to have made a name for himself. He is further way down Washington though. And when you were a punk, I was one of the people at Pyramid, CbGb, Gildersleeves, Mudd Club, and the best was Tier3 ( where Columbine recently has been). Time flies when your having fun.

1 day ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Best Sushi for $100pp?

Call me prejudiced, call me silly. I prefer to eat sushi prepared by trained Japanese sushi chefs.
I had learned from an old Japanese sushi chef, that bonito should be seared or charred , as there are parasites possible right under the skin. So when I see sushi places serving bonito not seared I panic. Or serving fresh tuna ( happened in Hamptons) right off the boat. Sushi chef ( Chinese guy) bragged how fresh the tuna was. Anyway, contrary to my thoughts, Ichimura served bonito without searing it. I said " not seared" , he said I removed the skin. Interesting.
http://www.sushiencyclopedia.com/sush...

1 day ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Uni lover? Here are a couple of great selections

WOW, you're killin' me. I want some. I want to go to Kosmose's restaurant. :)

1 day ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Ma Peche - meh

Minetta is overrated. Overrating seems to be the trend these days. Sometimes, I am guilty of doing it after one great meal. After 4 meals, the ratings seem to go down in many cases. Minetta I find to be inconsistent. Ive been there 4 times. I hate sitting up by the bar area, so crowded and loud.
But this is about Ma Peche , isn't it?

1 day ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Ricette, The Gander, or ?

i've eaten at both many times. The food at Recette is better than Gander. The Gander is a much larger place and more comfortable. On a week day Recette can be quiet enough for conversation. Gander certainly fine, i usually sit in booth in front not in rear. There's an Italian place around the corner called Zio, very comfortable seating in back and quiet.

1 day ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao (Flushing)....Any Better Successors?

Although The Bao and Kung Fu are the same owners,I prefer the XLB at Kung Fu. Although , even at Kung Fu I sometimes find inconsistency. I had liked the pork better than the crab.. Lately the crab was better than the pork. Go figure.
At the Bao I like the spicy XLB. My Chinese friend had also complained about the steamer not being cabbage lined. However, I am pleased that an XLB never sticks to the steamer at Kung Fu , regardless of cabbage or paper. At several places they do stick, as does many dumplings at Cantonese dim sum places. I hate that.

Oct 22, 2014
foodwhisperer in Outer Boroughs

Ma Peche - meh

I've eaten there at both table and at counter. I don't mind counters. But I do hate when you ask to sit at a table and the place is empty and they refuse you. It happened to me the other night at Khe Yo. Pissed me off with the attitude and I walked a few stores down and ate a Bouley , where I was warmly welcomed.
Anyway, I also think the pork buns at Ma Peche are overrated. They are no better than the 3 for $7 ones on St Marks at Jum Mum.
Sometimes, I am happy when I read a non-glowing review of restaurants that many CH'ers love, and I don't love. Good to see others have same bad experience. Of course , I am sorry for your bad experience. And I don't wish a bad experience on anyone. But good to see I'm not alone in my opinion. ( if that makes any sense)

Oct 22, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan
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Best Sushi for $100pp?

15 East was a great decision. Make sure you get to try the anago ( sea eel), it is excellent.

Oct 22, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Grand Central Oyster Bar- Park Slope

Many years ago , I liked the GC Oyster Bar in Manhattan. I particularly liked their oyster stew. Driving thru Park Slope, seeing several Manhattan names such as Luke's Lobster Roll, Pain a quotidian, Blue Ribbon and Grand Central Oyster Bar.
I decided on GCOB. I was in the mood for a good oyster stew. It is located in the space of previous Italian restaurants. A huge space. The white plastic ( i think) tables and chairs in the outer room are pretty uncomfortable, but the TVs are visible in that room and the World Series was on. The back room is more comfortable, but no one was in there.
The beer selection was decent. They oyster selection was good.
I started with a disappointing oyster stew. I remember such a good Oyster stew years ago. This was a watery , milky, tasteless hot liquid. Not very good.
The New England Clam Chowder my friend had was creamy and better than the oyster stew.
The oysters , were a mixed review. of 6 types 2 were good , 2 were bad, 2 were mixed. I hate getting two oysters from the same place, and one is plump and juicy and the other lacking both of those qualities. I had one good West Coast oyster ( kumamoto) the other wasn't as good. The oysters from Nova Scotia , i had anticipated to be as good as the oysters i had on a trip to Nova Scotia . A big disappointment. The shells , thin and long, the oyster kind of shrunken. I once read something about mussels, saying when you get muscles that lack plump meat, and you get a stringy flattened thing inside, they have been frozen.
If that is true, then perhaps these Nova Scotia oysters were frozen.
Two large oysters had a strange taste. I thought maybe bad , maybe interesting, but it left a bad taste in my mouth.
The fried oysters were boring. Loaded with corn meal. Fried in what seemed to be old oil. After a few, I had to stop eating them. The french fries were poor quality. The crab cakes, were meaty, tasted good. The temperature of them was about room temperature, it would have been better if they were hotter. Cole slaw was decent.
Overall, i was very disappointed. I'm curious about other CH'ers experience there.

Oct 22, 2014
foodwhisperer in Outer Boroughs

Meatpacking district rec for dinner

Not to be picky. Spice Market is not really Thai, it is more Asian Fusion, Nice decor,
You can see where the meat packing district really was when you look around the Standard , and on 14th and little west 12th,, you can still see Meat Hooks hanging. Still see Freezer doors. And off West St. near 14th, you still see the Meat distributors that remain in business.
Old Homestead , which I hate,, I guess since MPD expanded could be considered MPD. Frank's and Florent used to be the only restaurants there. El Faro was nearby.

Oct 22, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Burgers

Yeah , me too. I was also thinking it isn't really one of the best burgers in the city.

Oct 22, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Dinner near 57th and 5th this Friday

The Modern dining room is over the OP's budget. Is the bar room less expensive? I've only been to the main dining room.
Danji is another choice
Blue Ribbon Izakaya another choice

Oct 22, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Uni lover? Here are a couple of great selections

Kosmose that is awesome! I love uni. Uni nice cream , OMG. and the sashimi looks great.
I prepared some uni ikura and also had some delicious Lopez Island ,Wa. uni (fresh) the very recently. Just to show my love for uni.

Oct 22, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Balducci's new york

Cangiano's from Staten Island ( who makes great sausages) tried to make a go of it years ago on W. Houston St, in a Balducci's like format but failed, the store lasted maybe a year.

Oct 22, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Shu Han Ju - New Szechuan at 6th Ave. and 11th St.

Thanks for the report. The location is very convenient for me.

Oct 22, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Uni lover? Here are a couple of great selections

Here's a few. Recette foie gras canvas with an uni backdrop.
Rosanjin uni soba salad
Ichimura double uni sushi ( Hokkaido, Santa Barbara)

EDIT: on Recette's dish there was a frozen log of uni "batarga" grated on top with a microplane. I think the rectangular background was an uni foie mixture.

True Japanese Wagyu in NYC

I just had some at Bouley. Actually it was Kobe Beef which is probably the best Wagyu.
Brushstroke has it also. Per Se has it.

Oct 22, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Balducci's new york

Yes , I remember and used to go there all the time.
Citarella took over the space on Ave of Americas in the Village, and tried to model after Balducci.
King's Supermarkets in NJ, bought the Balducci name and has opened some cafes and smaller stores. Nothing at all like the original Balducci's

Oct 22, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Bouley

Bouley still has the bread and cheese cart.

Oct 21, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Best tripe dish in NYC?

Blue Ribbon Izakaya: Braised Tripe with Tamari butter and candied ginger

Oct 20, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Best Dishes 2014

Bouley: Fresh uni with green apple cloud and oscetra caviar.

Does anyone remember a restaurant called Chelsea Place?

Il Vagabondo is still in business. I believe the bocce court is still there

Oct 20, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Does anyone remember a restaurant called Chelsea Place?

I used to frequent Artie's and been to Chelsea Place as well.
They don't make them like they used to.

Oct 20, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Dinner with Clients

Buddokan ( meat packing)
Zio ( union square area)
Aqua Grill ( SoHo)
Babbo
Tribeca Grill
Osteria Morini

Oct 20, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Union Square Area Dinner Reco Needed

I second Casa Mono ( it is small) good dishes too.
Tocqueville may be too formal or not fun but good food
+1 on Gander, very comfortable and fun
Zio for Italian, fun place
Ootoya for Japanese sets

Oct 20, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan