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why so confusing to pay @ katz deli

you don't sound confused, you sound like you understand it perfectly.

about 17 hours ago
debinqueens in Manhattan

quick sushi dojo question

First visit slated for this weekend, and wondering if we should stick to sushi bar offerings, or go for the upper-tier omakase, which includes kitchen items. are those worthwhile? do they make up a large portion of the meal?

thanks for any advice!

Apr 14, 2014
debinqueens in Manhattan

Bereket

never been disappointed in the food. good kebabs, though I often get the veggie platter - top notch, smokey baba ghanoush, very good grape leaves, not so fond of the hummus, which is a little too tahini-dominated. get a lahmajun for before/on the side.
be aware that it's mostly takeout/fast food atmosphere, if that matters.

Apr 13, 2014
debinqueens in Manhattan

Guided food tour of queens for the parents

Agreed , he truly knows his stuff, but he's not overly precious. Highly recommend

Apr 12, 2014
debinqueens in Outer Boroughs

Best Thai....Please tell me the very best....

I'd cut slack, except it's part of the zabb group that he diismisses, and has caucasian clientele, a real deal breaker :)

Apr 08, 2014
debinqueens in Outer Boroughs

Lahori Chilli and Sweets, Coney Is. Ave...

if there are peas mixed in, I tend to think it's Keema. Haleem tends to be smoother, without veggie "intrusion," in my experience.

but I agree about haleem. there are a couple of places in Jackson heights that serve a good one -- I like Kabab King, though not much else on the menu does it for me.

Apr 08, 2014
debinqueens in Outer Boroughs

Best Thai....Please tell me the very best....

1) there are thai people you don't know. and some of them eat at Zabb

2) any time i've been to Ayada -- a dozen or so times in the past two years -- there's been a sizeable Thai presence.

3) since you are, in essence, a tourist, and, to all outward appearances, a colonialist, you're simply adding to the problem to speak of.

Apr 07, 2014
debinqueens in Outer Boroughs
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Gentleman Farmer, Black Tree, North River

the entree menu isn't all sandwiches. look above. there's one featured animal per cycle - fish right now - and there are two or three apps, two or three mains featuring that protein. it was beef last month, with steaks, tartares, etc., and rabbit the month before that. just fyi

Apr 05, 2014
debinqueens in Manhattan

Seeking a recommendation for a good value, very nice steakhouse

your best (only) bet may be le relais de venise. it's not a standard steakhouse, and don't expect brilliance, but it does serve up a credible steak (one cut only) for a low price.
http://www.relaisdevenise.com/newyork/

Mar 30, 2014
debinqueens in Manhattan

Calibrating Yelp reviews for Manhattan/NYC

if it's a new-ish place, i tend to lop off all the top and bottom reviews -- experience dictates the ubiquity of shills and anti-shills (read: friends and family of direct competitors). after that, i believe you have to carefully read these things, as opposed to glancing at stars qua stars.

if there's a consensus that a particular dish is heavenly (or hellish) and that's a dish you are intrigued by, go for it. but as far as pure numerics, it's kinda like glancing at rotten tomatoes and saying 'oh, movie A got a 78, movie B got a 64' without considering who's writing, what kind of movie it is and so on.

Mar 24, 2014
debinqueens in Manhattan
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Suggestions for an eating tour of Chinatown

you'd be better off grazing in flushing, in my opinion -- more chances to grab small bites and move from place to place in a fairly small area.

Mar 22, 2014
debinqueens in Manhattan
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Easter Dinner

thanks to both of you. i like aquavit, especially in the spring (scandinavian food seems geared that way to me).

i hadn't seen the open table holiday link yet. will delve in. much appreciated.

Mar 21, 2014
debinqueens in Manhattan

second avenue deli update

seven years in, i think they've got the hang of it ;)

seriously, though, they're going pretty strong. their chopped liver is one of my guiltiest guilty pleasures and the soups are as good as ever. i was never crazy about their corned beef or pastrami, but a turkey/chopped liver combo never disappoints.

Mar 20, 2014
debinqueens in Manhattan

Easter Dinner

i know it's a yearly discussion, but does anyone have a recommendation for a restaurant -- classic american, southern, perhaps french -- that's serving a special easter dinner? manhattan below 59th preferred (flexible on that, but would prefer manhattan or queens), ideally under or around 100 pp with drinks/wine, before tip. two, maybe three of us.

thanks for any suggestions.

Mar 19, 2014
debinqueens in Manhattan

Bluefin Tuna

just about every sushi restaurant above the bottom tier.

Mar 16, 2014
debinqueens in Manhattan

The problem with Chowhound

Summarize? 140 characters or less, I presume ?

Mar 15, 2014
debinqueens in Site Talk
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Who still drinks soda?

Diet Pepsi, though I've cut down from a two liter per day to about half that. Throwback Pepsi when available and vernors ginger ale too

Mar 15, 2014
debinqueens in General Topics

Who still drinks soda?

they sell herr's at Duane reade in NYC - big drugstore chain now owned by Walgreens. Maybe at Walgreens proper?

Mar 15, 2014
debinqueens in General Topics

Big Meals for two ER Nurses Who Finish Work at 7am? Downtown/East Preferred

how about the newly re-opened Sarge's? i know it's not cushy, but it is comfortable and as far as i can recall, they serve their whole menu around the clock, not just breakfast during breakfast hours.

Mar 14, 2014
debinqueens in Manhattan

Run, Don't Walk -- Orwasher's Corn Rye, Only Available in March

best post of 2014.

and not just because it put me in the mood for both corn rye and salt sticks.

Mar 09, 2014
debinqueens in Manhattan

It was not Van Bobby Vans.....

i don't think the comment was directed at his photography skills.

Mar 04, 2014
debinqueens in Outer Boroughs

Makosh - Hungarian Poppy Seed Roll

If it's similar to the polish Patica (rolled log like cake), Francesca bakery, which hits many of the green markets, does a nice one

Feb 28, 2014
debinqueens in Manhattan

exceptional kosher restaurant lower west side?

The cheeseburger was a dead giveaway for me ;)

Feb 28, 2014
debinqueens in Manhattan

Knife sharpening: Queens

Actually, that's reasonably convenient to my office. Thanks for the suggestion.

Feb 26, 2014
debinqueens in Outer Boroughs

Knife sharpening: Queens

Not sure if this is the right forum , but wondered if anyone had a recommendation for a good knife person in queens. Have a set that's well overdue .

Feb 26, 2014
debinqueens in Outer Boroughs

The Melting Pot

Kashkaval on ninth ave is actually my favorite fondue in terms of bang for the buck. Really good charcuterie and spreads as well.

Feb 26, 2014
debinqueens in Chains

owl meat / 夜猫子肉

it's illegal to own an owl, illegal to hunt owls, and, according to fish and game websites, illegal to pick up the carcass of a dead owl that you might stumble across.

and if you want to call in the real big guns, owl meat is also prohibited under jewish dietary law (so much for that O-B-L-T.

Feb 26, 2014
debinqueens in Outer Boroughs

Frank Bruni / A taste you just hate?

Not so much a taste as a feel. I cannot bite into a piece of citrus without recoiling . Juices, extracts, flavorings? Fine. Just that mouthfeel I can't handle.

Feb 25, 2014
debinqueens in Food Media & News

stellar meal at Black Tree

We opted for sandwiches , which make up a third of the menu. The core is a nose to tail type rotation of dishes from their animal of the moment . This week, it was two - quail and rabbit. There were three dishes made with each, from small (offal tacos) to large (a nice looking saddle of rabbit). The chef said he was getting a half cow in for next week, and had steaks and other offal dishes in mind.

Feb 25, 2014
debinqueens in Manhattan

stellar meal at Black Tree

Been meaning to check out this relative LES newcomer, and finally got to stop in last night -- with uniformly positive results.

It's a smallish place, 8-10 tables, long bar, dark, rustic décor, quiet, well-chosen music selection and overall nice vibe.

The guys behind the operation are devoutly locavore without being pretentious about it (some sourcing is mentioned on the menu, but not to the level of being tiresomely minutae-driven). The menu changes every two or three weeks, according to the owner, who came over a couple of times to check on our meal.

we started with a shared order of burrata - a nice, intensely creamy ball accompanied by a warm, crusty small loaf. a good appetite-whetter.

moved on to sandwiches. I've been veggie-deprived the past few weeks, so I opted for the squash sandwich -- a rough mash of several varieties, delicata, hubbard and some others, topped with toasted squash seeds, thin sliced chips of same, fresh mozzarella and a handful of herbs (sage dominant) on a ciabatta. the essence of winter veggie captured perfectly, and enough textural variation to keep things interesting.

my GF opted for the Winter Pig - beer braised pork belly, sliced a bit thinner than usual and very tender, matched with baked apple, pickled apple, cheddar and mint. had a nibble of the pork, which I plan on trying next time around, and was very impressed.

the biggest winner, for both of us was the one dessert on hand -- a s'more with brownie topped with a house made brown sugar marshmallow offset with a scattering of sea salt and a house made graham cracker. warm, melty, sweet, salty and comforting.

impressed by the food as well as the service/interaction. our server seemed really interested in what she was doing, and the food she was offering. she answered every question we had, and was actually conversant in details of preparation and ingredients. the chef came out near the end of our meal (it was approaching closing time, and there was only one other table of diners) to talk as well. asked about how we liked the food, what we might add or subtract, what we'd like to see served...the friendliness was so non-lower east side, so anti-hipster (despite the beards :) )....reminded me of a small town church supper (although I don't think many of those places have Fourtet on the jukebox).

131 orchard, just above delancey.

Feb 25, 2014
debinqueens in Manhattan