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Candle 79 recommendations?

I've never been there an am dining there tonight! What's good?

Jan 22, 2010
KiwiGirl625 in Manhattan

Awesome gua bao in Rego Park!

It's $3.95 for two. I guess it isn't fair to compare it to Momofuku. I have had the gua bao at Temple Snacks in the Flushing Mall and thought Andy's was superior.

el jefe, what kinds of dishes did you order? There are two menus: a Chinese one and an Americanized one. I always order from the Chinese one and have enjoyed mostly everything, like the soup dumplings and the cumin lamb. They do seem to have off-nights, though, and while good, they're not as good as when they first opened.

Jan 13, 2010
KiwiGirl625 in Outer Boroughs

Awesome gua bao in Rego Park!

I recently tried the gua bao from Andy's in Rego Park and it was AMAZING. The bread was so soft and fluffy, and the pork was so rich, meaty and flavorful. Yum. Way better than Momofuku's pork buns, plus the rest of the menu is pretty good, too. Delivery is also speedy on most nights. Just a note: It's listed as a "Taiwanese hamburger" on the menu.

Jan 13, 2010
KiwiGirl625 in Outer Boroughs

Has anyone tried the new Korean place in Forest Hills?

It's called Green Sky and it's on Austin Street in that same complex with Ripe, Corfu et al. I grabbed a takeout menu last night and it's a bit limited. There's also a weird-sounding bulgogi burrito. Just wondering if anyone has eaten there yet?

Jan 13, 2010
KiwiGirl625 in Outer Boroughs

Question on shabu shabu in Flushing

Where do you guys like to go for shabu shabu in Flushing? A friend recommended a spot but can't remember the name--she said it's right by the LIRR station on Main Street, on that block right across the street from the handball court. Do any of you know what she's talking about?

Jan 12, 2010
KiwiGirl625 in Outer Boroughs

Which vegetarian restaurant would you rather go to?

I love Dirt Candy! We went there when it first opened and are looking to go somewhere we haven't been to before.

Jan 11, 2010
KiwiGirl625 in Manhattan

Which vegetarian restaurant would you rather go to?

I am setting up a dinner for one vegetarian, one vegetable-averse carnivore (who has begrudgingly agreed to go to a vegetarian restaurant for the sake of the first diner) and two people who eat meat occasionally but prefer to eat mostly vegetables. Would Candle 79 or Pure Food & Wine be better? I know they specialize in different types of vegetarian cuisine, but the menus for both places look fantastic. Any recommendations? And does one have an edge over the other in terms of pleasing a carnivore?

Jan 11, 2010
KiwiGirl625 in Manhattan

Where to buy sumac in Queens?

Does anyone know where I can find this spice in Queens?

Oct 16, 2009
KiwiGirl625 in Outer Boroughs

LA suggestions for New Yorkers?

We're staying at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on the Avenue Of The Stars, and yes, we will have a car.

Jul 23, 2009
KiwiGirl625 in Los Angeles Area

LA suggestions for New Yorkers?

My fellow New Yorker friends and I are going to spend three days in LA this September and I'm looking for suggestions on terrific LA eats that have no comparison in New York. We're open to all kinds of cuisine, but nothing too expensive or high-end. Some of the places we're considering are:

-Apple Pan, for the burgers (we've had In 'n Out and really like their burgers. Are Apple Pan's better?)
-Stan's Donuts (what's the most popular flavor?)
-Kogi taco trucks
-Philippe's, for the French Dip
-Grand Central Market
-Fugetsu-Do Confectionaries (I love mochi and read they have a good selection)
-Bulgarini (is this the best gelato?)
-Langer's Deli (is the pastrami better than Katz's in NYC?)

Any insights and recommendations are appreciated! Thanks!

Jul 23, 2009
KiwiGirl625 in Los Angeles Area

What to get at Le Bernardin?

My wonderful husband is taking me there tomorrow night for my birthday and the menu looks fantastic! Neither of us have been there before. Would you recommend the regular prix fixe or springing for the tasting menu? What are the best dishes in your opinion? Thanks!

Jun 23, 2009
KiwiGirl625 in Manhattan

Forest Hills—Has Casa de Elian closed?

I'd heard about this place awhile ago and went there on Saturday night to try it, but it was closed when we drove by at around 8pm. I just tried calling, too, and the number is not in service. Did we miss our chance to eat there?

Jun 01, 2009
KiwiGirl625 in Outer Boroughs

Thoughts on Rouge Tomate?

What did you have when you ate there?

May 20, 2009
KiwiGirl625 in Manhattan

Thoughts on Rouge Tomate?

Has anyone been here? Any thoughts?

May 19, 2009
KiwiGirl625 in Manhattan

Amai and Tafu closed--now where do I go??

Yeah, it's such sad news. I went by this morning to stock up on macaroons and mochi, but all they have left are the looseleaf teas and the matcha chocolates.

Apr 23, 2009
KiwiGirl625 in Manhattan

where to get sea salt caramel in the city?

I second the pretzel-covered sea salt caramels from Bespoke. They are excellent! Nunu Chocolates also sells relatively good hand-dipped salt caramels, but the shop is in Brooklyn.

Apr 23, 2009
KiwiGirl625 in Manhattan

Amai and Tafu closed--now where do I go??

My favorite spots for green-tea drinks and sweets are no more (well, Tafu is still open for one more day tomorrow), so now where can I go for lovingly made green-tea muffins, cupcakes and daifuku mochi? I am most sad about losing the mochi. Does anyone sell mochi as good as the ones that were available at Tafu?

Apr 23, 2009
KiwiGirl625 in Manhattan

Katsuno Japanese in Forest Hills

My husband and I ate there a few weeks ago and were impressed by the quality of the food. The sushi and sashimi were very fresh and the miso cod was pretty good (though not as good as the ones I've had at Lan and Nobu in Manhattan). We also liked the pickled cucumber appetizer we tried, and the waitress (I think she was the owner's wife?) was incredibly warm and attentive. I'd recommend it, but it is pricy.

Apr 13, 2009
KiwiGirl625 in Outer Boroughs

Who sells LAFFA in Queens?

Pahal Zan on 71st Avenue in Forest Hills (right under the LIRR station platform) has awesome laffa pita.

Apr 02, 2009
KiwiGirl625 in Outer Boroughs

Where to eat in Williamsburg?

El Almacen was great! I really liked the intimate bistro vibe and the food was terrific. My friend and I shared:

Ensalada de Remolacha-fresh and light spinach salad with manchego cheese, almonds, beets and a good tangy dressing
Corn on the cob-rich but not too heavy and slathered in chipotle mayo and parmesan
Chorizo tacos-if you like chorizo, you will like these, though they were a little salty
Braised short ribs-so tender and flavorful and served with delicious sweet potato mash
Avocado fries-loved the contrast of the crunchy exterior with the creamy avocado and became addicted to the spicy ketchup that was served with them

The desserts didn't appeal to us and we had some time before the concert, so we walked to Penny Licks. We'd never tried vegan desserts before and were wary, but we had a super-fudgy brownie topped with chocolate mousse and a white chocolate-covered pretzel and it was amazing. We thought it tasted like a "real" brownie with butter and eggs.

Thanks again malibu! El Almacen was a great recommendation!

Feb 23, 2009
KiwiGirl625 in Outer Boroughs

Where to eat in Williamsburg?

Oh wow, El Almacen's menu looks amazing. Thanks malibu! I think we'll try to go there. Which dishes do you recommend?

Feb 19, 2009
KiwiGirl625 in Outer Boroughs

Where to eat in Williamsburg?

Someplace with entrees in the low $20s and under range would be good and I'm open to any cuisine: American, Indian, Thai, Mexican, Japanese. The concert starts at 8pm, so I think we're aiming to eat around 6pm to avoid being rushed.

Feb 19, 2009
KiwiGirl625 in Outer Boroughs

Where to eat in Williamsburg?

I've lived in New York for 5 years but I've ventured out to Williamsburg a total of one time. I'll be there this Saturday for a concert at the Music Hall of Williamsburg and was wondering if anyone had recommendations for a nice, casual dinner before the show? Nothing too expensive, but I'm open to any type of cuisine. I'm basically asking, if I have one meal in Williamsburg, where should I go eat? Thanks!

Feb 19, 2009
KiwiGirl625 in Outer Boroughs

Are there Xinjiangese restaurants in NYC?

I tried Xinjiangese food for the first time when I was in Shanghai last year and loved it. Are there any Xinjianese places in Queens (or other boroughs)? A Fan Ti in Flushing looks promising, but I read a thread that it's actually Chinese-influenced Korean dishes?

Feb 11, 2009
KiwiGirl625 in Outer Boroughs

Momofuku Milk Bar Cookies?

I was there two weeks ago and the cookies were big, flat and crispy. I tried the Compost and the Marshmallow-Cornflake ones and didn't like either. I thought they were waaay too sweet and the massive amount of butter seemed to overwhelm the other flavors. I wasn't a huge fan of the pistachio cake, either (too dense) but did like the chocolate malt and root beer soft serve.

Feb 09, 2009
KiwiGirl625 in Manhattan

Opinions about Red Chopstick in Flushing?

I'm meeting friends there for dinner this Saturday. What should I expect? I haven't eaten a lot of Taiwanese food, so I don't have a real gauge for this type of cuisine. What are some recommended dishes? I'm willing to try anything! I know people tend to recommend Gu-Shine for Taiwanese food, but I read that Red Chopstick has a more welcoming interior. Is this true?

Feb 05, 2009
KiwiGirl625 in Outer Boroughs

Where do you go for Malaysian cuisine?

I'm looking for a good Malaysian place in Queens. Any recommendations? Thanks!

Feb 02, 2009
KiwiGirl625 in Outer Boroughs

Where do you go for Malaysian cuisine?

I'm looking for a good Malaysian place, any neighborhood and price range. Thanks!

Feb 02, 2009
KiwiGirl625 in Manhattan

What's your favorite thing to eat in Manhattan right now?

Sloppy bao sandwich from Baoguette

Feb 02, 2009
KiwiGirl625 in Manhattan

Baoguette, curry hill

They serve it in the bread. Mmm, I think I'll go get one for dinner tonight.

Jan 21, 2009
KiwiGirl625 in Manhattan