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Matsue Kashi in New York (at Cafe Zaiya)

Er, that is, Cafe Zaiya on 41st St between 5th and Madison. South side, in between Yagura and Chiyoda Sushi.

Dec 04, 2007
larrylee in Manhattan

Matsue Kashi in New York (at Cafe Zaiya)

Kashi are small, hand crafted desserts made from a ingredients including mochi, sweet bean past, and agar. Not the cereal.

Cafe Zaiya is highlighting kashi desserts made by New Matsue Kashi, based in Matsue City.

According to the flyer, "The New Matsue Kashi Project is planning to create a kashi bar in New York. Here people will be able to watch the kashi being handmade by master craftsmen, as well as being able try the kashi. The New Matsue Kashi Project will also be exporting the technique of kashi making." In the meantime, I guess you can get your fill at Zaiya.

They're tiny, artistic, and not cheap, but they're the sort of thing you're going to eat in four or five bites. If you're in the neighborhood, stop by and pick up a couple, or at least drop in to take a look.

Here are some pics:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/larrylee...

Dec 04, 2007
larrylee in Manhattan

Status of the Trini-Pak cart?

I haven't been in a while, a friend of mine says the cart hasn't been around for the past few weeks. I searched the Chowhound boards and I saw a stretch (or two) a few years back when they had permit problems and disappeared for a while.

What's the word?

Sep 07, 2007
larrylee in Manhattan

Babbo reservations: new question

Actually, they do take walk-in reservations.. of a sort. They pick up the phone and call the reservation line for you. :-D So you might as well call from the comfort of wherever you are at 9:58 AM.

Sep 07, 2007
larrylee in Manhattan

Pinkberry in the NY Times

My wife and I went there last night after, quite possibly, the worst ever K-town meal ever (at Won Jo) and frankly, we don't get the hype. $7 for a tub with two toppings, and a line out the door. We're also not sure why we got the tub... we didn't know there was a smaller size until we sat down at a table. Maybe they don't serve twists in small portions? It would have been nice if they told us. Grrr.

I'm happy for the success of the franchise owner and all, but this seems just a bit ridiculous to me. There's another sour frozen yogurt store on 32nd, south side, east of Fifth Ave. The name escapes me... changed facades at least once in the past year.

Are there any other secret items besides mochi?

Mar 20, 2007
larrylee in Food Media & News

UFO/UFC on Roosevelt

We went to UFC on the 15th and the service was still slow. The downstairs area sits about 30 and no liquor license yet, but on the bright side it's BYOB.

The fries we ordered were flavorful and well seasoned but unacceptably limp (we notified the owner), but the chicken was crispy and tasty. The signature flavors are soy garlic and "hot," and they'll split an order between two flavors if you ask. The original is, as others have noted, a bit bland.

I hope the kitchen will be able to turn around the orders faster. Ordering to-go is kind of dissing the crispiness of the chicken. Come with an open mind, bring some beer or soju and don't plan to be anywhere in a hurry.

Feb 23, 2007
larrylee in Outer Boroughs

Dinosaur or Blue Smoke this Sunday?

I've eaten at Blue Smoke several times and Dinosaur once.

If your primary focus is on the quality of food, I would recommend Blue Smoke, hands down. I found the 'cue at Dinosaur to be unremarkable and the sides (cornbread, fried rice, mac and cheese) were extraordinarily disappointing. The NYT review (http://events.nytimes.com/2005/01/12/...) is still fairly accurate, except the point below.

The final nail in the coffin, for me, was the service. I wasn't expecting special treatment and we didn't put a lot of demands on our server, our table was blatantly ignored. So-so food and good service I can take. So-so food and bad service is unacceptable. The food was nowhere good enough to make me consider going back.

Blue Smoke has large selection of bourbons and whiskeys available. I didn't check the bar at Dinosaur closely.

Oct 03, 2006
larrylee in Manhattan

Dining Alone -- Need Some Tips

Gotham Bar and Grill has special dining tabletops that are placed on the bar to enhance the dining experience. Normally I go just for dessert, but you can have a full meal if you like. The bartenders are friendly, too.

Oct 03, 2006
larrylee in Manhattan

Film Centre Cafe

Note: I'm really not trying to spam the boards here, but my previous search attempts for "film center cafe" returned no results and only now did I find this "film centre cafe" thread.

According to Grub Street, the Film Center Cafe recently reopened after a renovation.

The article goes on to say "New chef Joseph Cacace, formerly of JUdson Grill and Gramercy Tavern, has created a menu of elevated comfort food (pork chops marinated in mustard and sage, wild-mushroom risotto with white-truffle oil), and there will be twenty wines available by the glass."

Has anyone been by to check out the new menu?

http://nymag.com/daily/food/2006/09/f...

Oct 03, 2006
larrylee in Manhattan

Bouchon Bakery?

I've only eaten at the counter. If only mall food were more like this! Their croissant and counter service are both excellent. For a stark contrast in quality, try a lackluster croissant at recently opened Tisserie. The macaroons are like the ones provided after dinner at Per Se. That is, the last time I went, which was a while ago.

Aug 08, 2006
larrylee in Manhattan

Chinatown Ice Cream factory (correct name?)

I never object to stopping in to the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory for a scoop or three. I think there are traditional "American" flavors but come to think of it, I've never had them. If I'm there, I'll be getting mango, lychee, green tea, red bean, etc. You can ask them to try a flavor before buying it.

Larry

Jun 26, 2006
larrylee in Manhattan