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Need a good Jewish bakery in Brooklyn (like Leon's or Teena's)

Open on Saturday. Your joking right?

Jan 24, 2013
driggs in Outer Boroughs

Best Mac n Cheese is in Bronx and made by Mexicans

Here is the other photo which did not load for some reason.

Jan 24, 2013
driggs in Outer Boroughs

Best Mac n Cheese is in Bronx and made by Mexicans

Curiosity drove me inside. What the hell was a Macaroni and cheese take out joint, and why was it in the South Bronx. I wasn't expecting much.

What I got was some of the best Mac n Cheese I have had. Almost burnt on the top but creamy on the inside. Each take out serving (Small or Medium) is carefully prepared, then packaged with two forks and put in a box. There are 7 or so varieties, from plain old 4 cheeses to Mexican.

I have had pretty much all of them, but prefer the Vegetarian (mushrooms and broccoli) and the Mexican (Spicy with ground beef).

Landin Macaroni & Cheese (705 Melrose Ave) is run by Sergio Sanchez and his two sons. He has lived in NY for fifteen years, having immigrated from Morelia Mexico.

When I asked him "what the hell is a Mexican guy doing making Mac n Cheese?" he replied, "I am always thinking. Always have ideas. I have worked in kitchens all my life and wanted a different place. I love Macaroni and Cheese."

Not many folks go to the Bronx. I do for my work so am happy to have a place to stop by on way home.

I also love they don't have a large serving. Just medium and small.

Jan 24, 2013
driggs in Outer Boroughs

Coming to terms w/ the loss of Spicy Mina's

I agree, although at Spicy Mina's the wait was because the food was being prepared with the correct amount of attention.

Jan 12, 2012
driggs in Outer Boroughs

Ayada: Better than Sripraphai?

Sri is nothing close to its reputation, having become a soulless machine. I say this with remorse, a jilted lover who was there from the very beginning.

I agree blanket judgments are inferior to dish by dish analysis. However Sri's biggest problem is volatility. Its impossible to state with certainty what you will get.

Ayada has held up well for me, as someone said, if you remember Sri from the pre expansion (not into Long Island, but into the space next door in Queens) then that is Ayada. Consistent strong food with some outstanding dishes.

Chao Thai is at times utterly amazing. Other times is just damn good. I prefer Ayada because I like to be able to sit and relax at a table rather than be jammed in and cramped. Food alone though, its Chao.

One last rant on Sri. I am still utterly amazed that is reputation has held up. I used to put up with the inconsistent food because of the warm friendly staff, some who I knew from the tiny 8 table days. Now the service is brusk, confused and with dollar signs flashing in everyones eyes. Its become about the money. Great for them, not so great for me.

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Chao Thai
85-03 Whitney Ave, Queens, NY 11373

SriPraPhai
64-13 39th Ave, Queens, NY 11377

Ayada
77-08 Woodside Ave, Queens, NY 11373

Jan 10, 2012
driggs in Outer Boroughs

Neerob in Parkchester

Ha! Thanks. Although I don't wish bad parking on you, I do wish good parking on me.
Yes, I often find the ordering wrong argument to be a bit flat, but I have followed many of the posters here and generally mesh with their tastes. So I was surprised by the food being so whatever.

I am a big believer that ambience often trumps food, and especially if its a new experience. On that front, this place was just great. Everyone was so kind and generous and willing to help me.

I look forward to exploring the area and the community with my camera soon. parkchester is not a part of the Bronx I know that well.

Dec 28, 2011
driggs in Outer Boroughs

Neerob in Parkchester

What would you suggsset. I ordered the birayani based on the rave review here

Fish dishes? From reading your posts I would guess fish.

Dec 27, 2011
driggs in Outer Boroughs

Neerob in Parkchester

Although I found everyone in Neerob very helpful, I had only so so food. The Goat Biryani was very average. Dry chunks of flavorless meat and lukewarm rice.

I also had the vegetable curry, again it was just average.

The standout was the chicken tandoori. Oh and the spiced tea for the drive home, so milky and sweet!

Given the wonderful reviews and how often I am in the neighborhood I will give it a few more trys.

Oh, if you are thinking of driving. Parking is just hell. So few spaces, lots of cut curbs, and many Taxi and Limo drives hogging spots.

Be prepared to park illegally or take a subway....

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Neerob
2109 Starling Ave, Bronx, NY 10462

Dec 27, 2011
driggs in Outer Boroughs

Garifuna Star -- World's rarest cuisine comes to South Bronx

I know this post is from long ago, and Garifuna star is gone. Still, there is a very active Garifuna community in the Bronx, although no official restaurant exists, during the summers you can get food at Rainey Park (two blocks from the 2 & 5 stop at Prospect Av in South Bronx).

The Garifuna community gathers there almost every day, but its the summers when food carts come out. During the winter most everyone there is still happy to talk to you about the culture and the food.

I have been lucky enough to get a home cooked Garifuna meal in the Bronx, but that was a result of my photo trip to Belize.

Here are two teens at the park yesterday: http://www.flickr.com/photos/arnade/6...

And here is some pictures I took of the Garifuna community in Belize
http://www.flickr.com/photos/arnade/s...

For those curious about one of the more unique cultures that thrives in New York a trip to the park during a summer weekend is worth the trip.....

Dec 17, 2011
driggs in Outer Boroughs

El Nuevo Bohío, East Tremont Bronx

Yes, the sauce is pretty good, as is the pork. I went last night again, and the plantains where only so so.

Don't go to the one on Webster. Its been pretty awful recently.

Dec 12, 2011
driggs in Outer Boroughs

El Nuevo Bohío, East Tremont Bronx

Ok. Just went back to the one on 168th and webster and the food was awful. Don't go....

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El Nuevo Bohio
1155 Webster Ave, Bronx, NY 10456

Dec 09, 2011
driggs in Outer Boroughs

Great Eats in the Bronx

I like El Nuevo Bohio. The one on 791 East Tremont ave. The other one on 167th or so blows.
Here is my write up on it
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/817655

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El Nuevo Bohio
791 E Tremont Ave, Bronx, NY 10460

Dec 09, 2011
driggs in Outer Boroughs

El Nuevo Bohío, East Tremont Bronx

There is an unaffiliated El Nuevo Bohio at 168th and Webster. Its got a better vibe (quieter more local feel) but food is not as good and it still feels a bit like a machine.

Nov 16, 2011
driggs in Outer Boroughs

El Nuevo Bohío, East Tremont Bronx

I have been spending a lot of time in the Bronx, mostly the southern tip, working on a photo series. I was finally persuaded to go to this well regarded Puerto-Rican joint. It recently received the NYT treatment

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/24/nyr...

Its good, but there are many similar places scattered throughout the Bronx. El Nuevo however is crowded and feels like a machine, a nice machine, but a machine.

I got the roast pork with rice, beans, and sweet plantains. The pork and plantains where great, the rice and beans not so much. I was hoping for more garlic in the pork. It was juicy with a wonderfully crunchy skin.

The Bronx is a borough of neighborhoods, a series of small interconnected towns. Part of the appeal of the local joints is meeting people and getting great food. The food at El Nuevo Bohio is at the higher end, but the pace is hectic and loud. Not the Bronx I like or know, but the Bronx that seems to get the headlines.

Here are a few of my photos from the Bronx
http://www.flickr.com/photos/arnade/s...

791 East Tremont Avenue

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El Nuevo Bohio
791 E Tremont Ave, Bronx, NY 10460

Nov 14, 2011
driggs in Outer Boroughs

Does anyone else find that the Uzbek places in Queens tend to be rude?

Well said.

There was a brief thread called something like "What annoys you about chowhound", well recently complaining about non standard service in non standard restaurants makes my list.

If you are expecting western service, stick with western places. If you go to Eastern European places expecting to always be warmly received you will be disappointed. As I wrote below, If I want to eat in these places I am aggressive; I don't mind grabbing a waiter, or marching up and getting my own menu or even placing my own order if no one comes to me.

I have never seen outright denial of service based on race, religion, etc. Some folks, who speak the language, personally know the owners get treated better. Not surprising.

If that treatment is going on then its simply illegal and needs to be addressed on something other than a food forum.

I remember a small polish place back when I moved to NY that had a typo in the menu, saying "We maintained the right to sear our customers" Sometimes it felt like they would!

Sep 06, 2011
driggs in Outer Boroughs

Does anyone else find that the Uzbek places in Queens tend to be rude?

Yes the service is rude/gruff whatever. The way I deal with it is just be aggressive and polite back. Seat myself if need be, walk up to counter grab a menu and if they still don't come go back with my order. All while smiling and being polite. It always work and in half the cases they end up being friendly. When in Rome.....

The few times I was initially given the cold shoulder that is what I did and it worked.

I just don't find the food that great....

Sep 01, 2011
driggs in Outer Boroughs

The New Little Pepper in College Point

I went this Sunday night with a group of 7. We had no issues, the food was a great as always.

Perhaps, because the waiter and the owner know us and what we order, there is less confusion.

I am not a blind admirer, its just that the confusion in ordering and getting our food has been no different than in the past, and that is not very much.

Aug 01, 2011
driggs in Outer Boroughs

The New Little Pepper in College Point

I go once a week, with about seven of us. The service is as haphazard if its filled, but that was the same at the old place. The food is the same as before, consistently strong.

Never had a wrong dish, have had long waits. The English skills of a few of the newer waiters is pretty slim, which seems to cause confusion for those who are not familiar with the menu.

As long as these two are in the place, the food has been the same
http://www.flickr.com/photos/arnade/5...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/arnade/5...

Jul 28, 2011
driggs in Outer Boroughs

Al-Wahda: Yemen food in Cobble Hill

I had forgotten I had written this.

All three of the places mentioned are super friendly, and once asked, are very happy to help and explain the food/culture.

I have been coming over the last few months more often to Al-Wahda to learn about whats going on now in Yemen; I have found this place is the easiest to talk to people, almost like a cafe or bar.

The food in all three is similar, but this is now my favorite one because of the atmosphere.

Jun 29, 2011
driggs in Outer Boroughs

La Esquina Criolla, Corona Queens

There is really no difference in the food or culturally. The accents are the same. Uruguay and Argentina used to be part of the same Spanish province but due to a variety of wars et all became different independent countries.

Most of the waitresses are from Argentina, and during the world cup large the crowd was as pro Argentina as Uruguay.

The cafes and food in Montevideo is almost exactly the same as Buenos Aries, its just a more relaxed smaller city. Less Italian influences, but as far a steak houses go its all the same

Jun 24, 2011
driggs in Outer Boroughs

La Esquina Criolla, Corona Queens

Yes, the no thrills but warm atmosphere is part of the appeal. Reminds me of the small places in Buenos Aries.

I have tried Bocca Juniors on Queens Blvd once and was not impressed.

StuartLafonda: Yes, the empanadas on the grill are good, thanks for pointing that out. My family gets them that way.

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Boca Junior
81-08 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11373

Jun 23, 2011
driggs in Outer Boroughs

La Esquina Criolla, Corona Queens

This Argentinean steak house is still my favorite restaurant, I have been coming here about twice a month for close to ten years.

Its got amazing steak, its not expensive, and never a wait for a table. You come here for the steaks and meats, nothing else. Don't get the appetizers, dont get the wine, don't get the fish or pasta, they are all pretty average. The flank steak for two (21 dollars) feeds me and my three kids and is my favorite. The various grills and platters (sweetbreads, sausages, and various cuts of meat) are huge and equally as good as the flank steak.

The flank steak, a quilmes beer (pretty bad beer, but when in rome), and some chimichurri sauce is all I need to be happy.

This is not Peter Lugers, its much more of a simple cheap very amazing steak. Oh, and they take credit cards. They also are a butcher and sell meats.

Here is the cook, minding the grill. He seems to always be here.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/arnade/5...

Its at the corner of Corona Ave and Junction Blvd

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La Esquina Criolla
94-67 Corona Ave, Queens, NY 11373

Jun 21, 2011
driggs in Outer Boroughs

Bad Experience at Tacos Matamoros

I am not a big fan of the food of Matamoros, I prefer Xochimilco across the street; but your concern is service and there is no difference between Xochimilco and Matamoros. Both are cheap Mexican restaurants that employ mostly younger women who speak little english and work long hours for little money.

I have had some confused service, but then again I am in place that earns its keep by selling two dollar tacos. I dont speak an ounce of Spanish, but I have never had rude service in well over ten years of going to these or similar places. I certainly have never felt like I get the short end of the stick because I aint latino.

Perhaps its a difference in expectation. When I go to a cheap restaurant that serves an immigrant community I expect and actually enjoy the awkwardness of being the outsider. Its how I learn and its why I go to places like this.

How long till someone complains about the service from the shaved ice guy or the taco truck.

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Tacos Xochimilco
4501 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220

Jun 20, 2011
driggs in Outer Boroughs

Tatiana, brighton beach

Jen, don't really know. There are three places side by side, two Tatianas and one really downscale place (the one farthest east). The two Tatianas seem pretty much the same, although folks have said one is better than the other.

The downscale place is fun if you want to hang with really drunk young Russians. The food is american pub grub and like the place is generally pretty bad.

Jun 18, 2011
driggs in Outer Boroughs

Tatiana, brighton beach

As summer is here, its back to Tatianas for me. I was in Brighton beach doing a photo shoot so had to stop by.

As usual, brusk service (you can win them over, if you really want), hit or miss food, and some pretty amazing people watching.

The food. Well, like I have said before, is just so so. I tried the sushi this time, assuming since the smoked fish was good it would be. Mistake. Its pretty bad.

My friend tried the steak, and like Tatianas, it was more about show than taste.

As usual I stuck to the smoked fish and cavier. I also did my usual I will try Kvass even though I know it really is awful stuff.

This time, I got to have some fun with the roving musician. I am a sucker for any accordion music. Here is he is with my friend.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/arnade/5...

Jun 16, 2011
driggs in Outer Boroughs

What Outer Boroughs Restaurants Are You Tired of Reading About On Chowhound?

Well i am certainly guilty of over discussing Sripraiphai, but thats because I feel like a jilted lover. She was so good to me for so long before she changed and we went our separate ways.

I do find discussions about upscale places in Park slope to be pretty mind numbing. I come to this forum for the obscure, unique, or cultural side of food. I know chowhound has expanded beyond its early incarnation, and that makes business sense, but I myself could really care less what park slope place is good for a wedding party or to take the parents.

Jun 13, 2011
driggs in Outer Boroughs

What is the best Mexican restaurant in Jackson Heights?

Thanks
I am partial to a lighter beer (like Tecate) mixed with some combo of spicy/salty. To me a Michelada has to have Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce. I have also had it with soy sauce, chili paste, etc. Oh, and salt on the rim.

For me its the clash between the lighter cooler beer and the harsh salt/spice of the other ingredients.

I think Indian spices would be amazing. The only mixed drink I have ever really fallen for (I am a beer man) was the Indian Bloody mary from Tabla

Jun 10, 2011
driggs in Outer Boroughs

Xi'an Restaurant -- in a tiny basement food stall, a taste of western China

I pick up food from the Chinatown locations about three days a week; today I have never seen it so crowded. Seems the NYTimes story did the trick.

Jun 09, 2011
driggs in Outer Boroughs

Micheladas in NYC?

I would focus on the bars/restaurants on Norther Blvd or 37th avenue; the Mexican bars on Roosevelt are pretty much all Taxi bars or Bikini bars and do not focus on the drinks.

Listo el Poljo on 86th and 37th is a Colombian place (used to be Tiki bar!) that has a bar where you can sit and get decent mixed drinks. I have never had the michelada there, but have seen it being ordered.

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Listo el Pollo
86-02 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11372

Jun 09, 2011
driggs in Outer Boroughs

What is the best Mexican restaurant in Jackson Heights?

They will make it, but they are not particularly good. There are many Mexican bars around, but they are more Bikini or Taxi bars than a place to get a good Michelada

cross the street is Scorpion Bar, here is a little photo series I did on it to give you a sense on what they are like

http://www.flickr.com/photos/arnade/s...

I would also add I have never found two people, much less two Mexican bars, that agree on what goes into a Michelada.

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Scorpion
69-08 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11377

Jun 08, 2011
driggs in Outer Boroughs