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Best Shellfish Tower

Hello CH-ers!

Where, in your opinion, serves up the best shellfish tower?

Sep 05, 2010
Chairman Meow in Manhattan

Just moved to East 60th Any Recommendations?

Thank you all for your recommendations! I checked out Ideal Cheese, Piscane which was next door, as well as Simchik's the butcher today. Simchik's which used to be next door to Ideal Cheese moved up a few blocks between 54th and 55th. They were all wonderful places, and I can't wait to try the other places mentioned! They all sound great!

In the interim, I checked out Real Thai and Luscious Thai. I have to say, that I'm a sucker for Goi Cuons (Fresh Summer Rolls) and Real Thai was the only one in the vicinity that had them. They were not bad, although they didn't include any rice noodle in their summer roll which baffled me. I did a comparison of the papaya salads, and the one at Luscious Thai was far better than Real Thai. The dressing had better acid and the peanuts were well caramelized and crunchy. As for the pad thai and pad see ew, both places were pretty lackluster. I would not order them again. I might do a comparison of the curries soon, but if anyone has eaten at either of these places and have specific recommendations or would advise strongly against ordering particular dishes, would love to hear them. The Larb at Real Thai was okay, but I preferred the one at LAND.

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Ideal Cheese Shop
942 1st Ave, New York, NY 10022

Real Thai
1069 1st Ave, New York, NY 10022

Aug 19, 2010
Chairman Meow in Manhattan

Just moved to East 60th Any Recommendations?

Hello Glutton08!

Thank you for your recommendation! We checked out Grand Sichuan this evening, and ordered family style (er, without the family). We started off with the Dan Dan Mian, the Jellyfish appetizer, an order of steamed dumplings, then had the Sliced Fish and Sour Cabbage Soup, the Tea Smoked Duck and the Sauteed Peashoots. We were very happy with our meal. I highly recommend the Dan Dan Mian and the soup. I really wanted the Ma Po Doufu, but it was already way too much food! Do you have any particular dishes to recommend? We didn't order too many spicy dishes. In fact, the only truly spicy dish was the Dan Dan Mian. I am not afraid of spice, but not having much experience with Sichuan, would like to try something more adventurous. Would love to hear your, or anyone else's favorite dishes at Grand Sichuan.

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Grand Sichuan
1049 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022

Aug 19, 2010
Chairman Meow in Manhattan

Just moved to East 60th Any Recommendations?

Hello Chowhounders!

I just moved to NYC on East 60th and am looking for some recommendations in my new neighborhood. Specifically, I'm looking for the following:

Gastropub
A place that pours good pints and has a good selection of gastropub fare

Brasserie
A place to go when you don't feel like cooking, but isn't going to break the bank

Tex-Mex
I'm really just looking for a good burrito, no frills

Indian
Somewhere casual that does the standard dishes well

Italian
For a good, laid-back, non-pizza meal

Diner
For breakfast/brunch on weekends, dinner in a pinch, or late night indulgence

Fishmonger

Butcher

Bakery
Good loaves, and dolce selections?

Good place for produce
Not a fan of Food Emporium or Gristedes. Is there hope?

After trying a few Asian Ethnic spots in the area, have been woefully disappointed, but if anyone knows of good Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese, or Japanese places, would be eternally grateful! Otherwise, I'm already mostly resigned to the fact that I need to go downtown or to the burroughs.

As for pricing, if I could have a meal (sans booze) for roughly $50 for two, it'd be ideal. I realize though, for superior quality that I'd need to pay more. For now, I'm just looking for casual, reliable neighborhood go-to options.

Thanks in advance and looking forward to your guidance!

Aug 17, 2010
Chairman Meow in Manhattan