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Does anyone know what's happened to the Ottomanelli's at Columbus and 79th?

This was a great butcher shop. Tommy was terrific. It's closed - it seems as if all the stores on that block are closing. What's going on? More important, are they going to reopen anywhere in the neighborhood? Or have they just given up?

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Ottomanelli Brothers
395 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

May 20, 2011
margy in Manhattan

Best cassoulet?

What's the best restaurant cassoulet in Manhattan? or Brooklyn, for that matter? It's at most a once a year meal.

Jan 09, 2011
margy in Manhattan

Tried Nigella Lawson's Chocolate Guinness Cake?

Thank you. I needed to clear my head or tastebuds. I think I may just have od'ed on it while making it. I just retasted and it was dark and complex (in a good way.) Cupcakes may be the wrong cake to frosting ratio for it, though - and I'd like to try it without adding the cream to the frosting - slightly tangy-er.

Dec 20, 2010
margy in Home Cooking

Chocolate Advent calendar?

Thanks, hitpas, I did and nothing.

Dec 20, 2010
margy in Manhattan

Chocolate Advent calendar?

It's too late for this year, but does anyone know of a chocolate Advent calendar with good chocolate? The kind where you open the little door ...?

Dec 20, 2010
margy in Manhattan

Tried Nigella Lawson's Chocolate Guinness Cake?

Has anyone tried Nigella Lawson's Chocolate Guinness Cake in *Feast* (p. 286)? If so, what did you think? I just made it, in the form of mini cupcakes, and can't decide if I like it or not. I've loved other cakes of hers.

Dec 20, 2010
margy in Home Cooking

Blintzes in Manhattan?

Thanks, Nancy. I only checked the West Side menu.

Dec 11, 2010
margy in Manhattan

Blintzes in Manhattan?

One of my French students is returning to Paris in a week or so. She loves bagels and pancakes and what she calls characteristic food. I recommended the blintzes at Sarabeth's - but I just checked the online and I don't think they serve blintzes any more. ??? And if so, where should I send her?

Dec 10, 2010
margy in Manhattan

Cookbooks: NYTimes/Hesser and/or One Big Table/O'Neill

I just read all the posts from my fellow cookbook addicts (so glad you're out there too) and I must add: I felt very resistant to the Hesser book, but then Borders had a real sale and I gave in - and I have really been enjoying everything about it: the recipes (none seem merely or impossibly historical, though I too haven't tried any yet - but I have a little list), the historical notes, the quotes from the original articles, the quotes from readers who wrote her - and Hesser's own comments, which are funny and just snarky enough. Of course I've gotten the O'Neill too, but I'm saving it for a lumpy, need-to-indulge moment. I like the Dorie Greenspan too. It's a good season, isn't it?

Dec 10, 2010
margy in Home Cooking

Humane butcher in Manhattan?

Thank you - invaluable.

Aug 30, 2010
margy in Manhattan

Humane butcher in Manhattan?

Thank you. Alas, I'm interested in non-kosher meat (pork, rear legs, stuff like that.) Do you do it yourself? Where?

Aug 30, 2010
margy in Manhattan

Humane butcher in Manhattan?

Thank you so much.

Aug 30, 2010
margy in Manhattan

Ottomanelli Mystery - Franchise or Different Buisnesses?

I just want to second Sed231 above. I've been going to Ottomanelli UWS for years. Tommy is a prince.

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Ottomanelli's Cafe
1626 York Ave, New York, NY 10028

Aug 30, 2010
margy in Manhattan

Humane butcher in Manhattan?

I'm embarrassed to ask this question; on the other hand, can I be the only person who is ready to eat meat but slightly queasy about unnecessary animal suffering? So: Are there any more or less approved, humane methods for slaughtering? If so, are there any butchers in Manhattan who carry humanely slaughtered meat? Short of that, are there any butchers who carry humanely raised meat? Does anyone know? In an ideal world, you'd have it all: a good butcher who saves backs and wings for you, and reasonably cheerful chickens.

Aug 30, 2010
margy in Manhattan