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Moving to Prospect Heights

Also for jerk chicken you gotta go to the Spice of Life on Franklin between Lincoln and St. John's. It's a hole in the wall take out place but the jerk chicken is A+. Skip their other dishes. It's not bad, just not memorable.

Nov 04, 2009
ladypandora in Outer Boroughs

Peaches in Bed-Stuy, anyone have any feedback???

My first trip to Peaches was this past July and the experience was worlds different from that post. While nothing on the menu is going to knock your socks off, the food was good. They have a liquor license now and serve tasty cocktails. I remember having a rum punch that was quite refreshing for the hot day. I'd say Peaches is a good choice if you live in the nabe or are just passing through. Never been to their brunch but I've heard good things.

Nov 04, 2009
ladypandora in Outer Boroughs

Dine in Brooklyn - anyone been yet?

Hubby and I hit Olea in Ft. Greene last night. Lovely little place. Food was good and great portions. Service was very friendly but not overbearing. The lamb meatballs in a light tomato sauce were tasty and juicy. I'd definitely come back for those alone. The sparkling pear cocktail was sweet and delicious. Our main entrees (pasta for him and roast chicken for me) were flavorful and well sized. Olea's not gonna win any awards for innovative meals but for simple, tasty food I enjoyed it a lot. If I lived in Ft. Greene this would be my home away from home.

Mar 26, 2009
ladypandora in Outer Boroughs

Brooklyn Museum area Restaurants

Steps away from the museum on Underhill & Lincoln Pl. is Cheryl's Global Soul. I've only been once but found it realy cozy with nice sized portions. I had a grilled pork chop that was perfection. Nice thing is that you can have a pre- or post dinner cocktail at Sepia which is right next door. Sepia also has food but I've never had any of it. Moving east a little there's Washington Ave and several places. Gen on Washington/St. Marks has fantastic sushi. The spicy citrus salmon sashimi app is like crack. I was immediately hooked. They also have a sake sangria that's really tasty. Across the street is a Thai place I'm drawing a blank on the name. Friends go there all the time and love it. Next avenue over on Classon there's Chevalla's. It's on Classon & Prospect. They do Mexican right there. Good sized portion and no skipping on the flavor at all. The place is tiny. I've loved everything there from the arroz con pollo to the enchiladas and soft tacos. Finally, there's Abigail's on Classon/St. John's. The food is tasty but the service is slooooow. I mean really slow. I love their peppadew stuffed with cheese app. Short ribs and kobe beef burger are good too. Enjoy First Night. They're always fun.

Mar 25, 2009
ladypandora in Outer Boroughs

anything new and noteworthy in BKLYN??

I had dinner at Abigail's a few weeks ago. Very delicious. The pepperdew appetizer was awesome. A sweet and slightly spicy pepper stuffed with manchego(?) cheese. Short ribs dinner was very good also. I've heard that they were a bit slow on the service but the night we went service was fine.

Jul 14, 2008
ladypandora in Outer Boroughs

Union Sq. recs for NYE early dinner

I need a good restaurant in the Union Sq. area that won't break the bank but casual enough for a teen and pre-teen. Unfortunately, my first pick Basta Pasta is closed NYE. We always go to Chat & Chew in the area and I wanted to do something different. We're going to a show in the area so it'd be an early dinner. I'm liking Borgo Antico or Via Emilie but any type cuisine works.

Dec 29, 2007
ladypandora in Manhattan

B & B at the Venetian is Babbo

I'm from NYC, visited Vegas for Thanksgiving and really appreciated B&B. First of all there was none of the jumping through Babbo's hoops to get a reservation. B&B was one of the few busy restaurants I saw the entire week. Granted, it is tucked away in a far corner of the Venetian, but I saw that as a plus since this was the last night of our trip and the clanging of the slot machines was wearing thin. Service was very pleasant and helpful without being intrusive. The tables were quite close together but in NY this is standard. It gave us a chance to chat with our fellow diners on either side and ogle their food. This is something I enjoy so YMMV. The food was rich and hearty without making you so full you passed out in your seat. They played David Bowie at a comfortable level and my husband and I enjoyed watching the various servers wind in and out of the tables with relative ease. Yes, there were a lot of servers bringing you different things but the main server who greeted us in the beginning of the meal always seemed to appear just as I had a question or we needed more wine. Highlights of the meal were the beef cheek ravioli and the hazeulnut dessert. It was a delightful meal and an excellent end to our Vegas adventure. I look forward to expericing Babbo in my own backyard.

Nov 30, 2007
ladypandora in Southwest

Looking for authentic Senegalese food

Well you're in the right area! Try around 116th St. area. Start at Adam Clayton (7th Ave. and just head east. Sorry I can't reccomend a place specifically. I've never eaten Senegalese in NY. Good luck and if you find something really good post it!

Oct 18, 2007
ladypandora in Manhattan

Jamaican Dutchy, Midtown Luch Cart - WOW

Seriously! Is this cart in Midtown East or West?

Oct 18, 2007
ladypandora in Manhattan

Rayuela?

I ate at the bar a few days ago. The bartender was refreshingly helpful in describing and suggesting dishes. Everything was really flavorful and fresh. The guac and crab dip was delicious as was the seven seafood ceviche. I tried several of the cocktails but particularly enjoyed the one with mezcal. Rayuela has a comfortable ambiance. Not too loud but not so quiet you can hear pots clanking in the kitchen. The price prevents me from making this a regular spot but it's perfect for giving yourself a little foodie pick me up.

Oct 05, 2007
ladypandora in Manhattan

One NYC cupcake

SSS lemon goodies are quite tasty but my favorite has to be Tonnie's (120 W. 3rd St) yellow cake with chocolate cake inside and chocolate frosting. Crumbs is the last place I'd go. Pretty to look at but not much else.

Sep 24, 2007
ladypandora in Manhattan

What recipes do you cook on Auto-Pilot?

I have two auto-pilot dishes. The main go-to dish is shrimp (or chicken) and broccoli (or spinach) with penne in a garlic butter sauce. The second is turkey chili. Both are no brainers that are bound to please those between five and 95. And my banana pancakes also rock.

Kelli, my style is exactly like yours! I follow the recipe to the letter the first time to get a sense of the flavors. Even then I'll probably add more garlic or onion. Usually, I'll just buy ingredients I feel like eating that week and throw something together. Sometimes it's a win. Sometimes a disaster. Mom cooked the same way so I guess that habit was passed on!

Sep 23, 2007
ladypandora in Home Cooking

crown heights - anything?

I'm here to second Tavern. A delightful little place with wonderful staff and delicious food. While I wouldn't call the menu adventurous in any way, it's good simple fare (think ceasar salad, roast chicken, clams in white wine broth) and a nice change from the Carribean eats that are a dime a dozen on Nostrand.

I also want to recommend Exquisite. A bright, clean hole in the wall with curry chicken that melts off the bone and into your mouth. It's on the corner of Nostrand and about five blocks in from Eastern Parkway going towards the LIRR. Forgive me for no exact street! I'm still getting used to the nabe.

Asian Jazz still isn't open yet but looks very close.

Sep 23, 2007
ladypandora in Outer Boroughs

Is BBQ in NYC hopeless? How is BLUE SMOKE?

Blue Smoke is ok but way to fancy for BBQ. They do serve up some nice cocktails. Dinosaur is my fave with RUB a distant second. I'm trying to get to Daisy May's but they close way too early for me. Locked up tight at 11pm on a summer Sat. night? WTF? Anyone been to Oklahoma Smoke? I think it just opened this summer.

Sep 08, 2007
ladypandora in Manhattan

Casa for Brazilian?

I want to surprise my fiance with really good Brazilian but want to avoid the parade of meats experience. Is this place any good?

Sep 07, 2007
ladypandora in Manhattan

IL SOLE on Dyckman Street

I used to love this place. Sadly, I won't set foot in it again. It was always good for the Italian basics. Chicken parm, penne alla vodka, chicken ceaser salad were my faves. They renovated the place in the spring and the food has suffered. Chicken was dry and everything was way too salty. I gave it two chances after the renovations and both sucked. If you want Italian uptown I suggest Aquamarine around 171/Bwy.

Sep 06, 2007
ladypandora in Manhattan

crown heights - anything?

Thanks for the list! My fiance just moved to the nabe and we're looking forward to trying out all these places.

Sep 06, 2007
ladypandora in Outer Boroughs

Cuban Restaurant in W. Village

I've heard good things about Cuba on Thompson St/W3rd. Is it true?

Aug 29, 2007
ladypandora in Manhattan

Where to eat in Hudson Heights?

I think it's called Sushi Yu.

Aug 29, 2007
ladypandora in Manhattan

Where to eat in Hudson Heights?

This is my nabe! Our diamond restaurant is Park Terrace Bistro (207/Bwy) Moroccan food, good wine selection, great service. Eaten almost everything on the menu and it's all excellent.

For bugers and pub fare it's Piper's Kilt (207/Bwy) or Coogan's (168/Bwy).

Garden Cafe (207/Bwy) has a kick ass brunch. Love the french toast! Newcomer on the block is Estufa (215/Bwy). Just opened in May I think. I've only had brunch there once but it the french toast was good.

My go-to, every day place is Next Door (Ft. Washington/187). A little bit of everything. Turkey meatloaf or a pasta dish hits the spot every time. Sushi rolls aren't bad either.

For upscale Latino head to Hispaniola (towards river end of 181) or 809 (Dykman/Nagle). Love the empanadas at Hispaniola. Service is slooow at 809 but the cocktails will make you forget all about that. For no frills Latin to go hit Dykman Express (Dykman/Nagle). It's 24 hrs and they have platters for five bucks!

For a refreshing glass of wine and a light snack hit the wine bar Vino Veritas (St. Nick's/171). The staff is great in explaining the wines to you. Not pretenious at all.

Plum Pomidor (168/Bwy) has a tasty takeout special of two skewers (beef or chicken) with rice and veggie.

For drunk food 24 hrs it's always Kennedy Fried Chicken(Dykman/Nagle). Name says it all.

Grandpa's (211/Bwy) is it for pizza and homestyle Italian (chicken parm & baked ziti type stuff). It's good and not overly salty but DO NOT go hungry. They are sloooow.

Welcome to the Heights! Only real estate folk call it Hudson Heights. These are only my regular haunts. Try to find an uptown dining guide and it will have all the good places to eat north of 155. Also, check in with washington-heights.us. There's a thread there that keeps track of all neighborhood eateries.

Aug 29, 2007
ladypandora in Manhattan

Recomendations for lunch/dinner in the UWs around 110th??

I second Mamie's. Beef ribs and sweet potato pie are excellent. I gave Rack & Soul two chances and they went from bad to worse. Very bland and mushy black eye peas and tastless smothered ribs.

Turkanz is on Brodway and 100th or 101 and that's pretty good Turkish.

Aug 21, 2007
ladypandora in Manhattan

Is Son Cubano worth it?

I've read some reviews that say the service is horrible and food is not that great but these were old reviews. Hopefully they've improved by now? Right? Right????

Aug 16, 2007
ladypandora in Manhattan