a

auroragb's Profile

Title Last Reply

Looking for new financial district lunch places

There is already a number of chocolate places in the area right?
Jacques Torres on Water, Godiva's on Maiden Lane, and another place on New St.

How's La Maison different?

Aug 22, 2008
auroragb in Manhattan

Looking for new financial district lunch places

Where is Bon Bon? One thing that confuses me about Mangia is why the bulk of their buffet cold? There are some dishes there (especially meat ones) that I thought would be better served warm/hot.

Unfortunately, distance is an overarching factor in the rotation, the next is speed. Nothing in the rotation is more than a 10 minute walk. So, my rotation is heavily influenced by that. A couple of places on my rotation but I wish weren't are Subway and Blimpie's. Distance and speed is just so important for lunch

For example, I don't think that good Chinese food exists within 15 min walking distance of Broad / Stone (regardless of price). However, #1 little house is at least edible and not too expensive. Diwan-e-kaas is cheaper and spicier than Balucchi's but Balucchi's is also sort of on my rotation.

As for Cosi's and Chipotle, I'm partial to Cosi's bread, but I don't go often because I don't like sandwiches. Chipotle's only when requested by others in lunch group. Although, I think either is a step above Subway / Blimpies

Aug 22, 2008
auroragb in Manhattan

Culinary School/Restaurants?

I heard from my aunt that there are culinary schools in the upstate area that open restaurants for the public. Basically, customers are test subject for the chef-to-be's, but get a slightly discounted price and chance to taste from future master chefs.

So, my question is, is this real? or urban legend?

If real, where can they be found? Has anyone tried it? What was the experience?

Aug 20, 2008
auroragb in General Tristate Archive

East Ocean (55th street), what's there now?

Wow! Blast from the past, remember many a late nights making a run there for food when I was in the area. Always a bit too oily and salty for my tastes, but pretty dependable and cheap. Hard to imagine that they're closed now.

Aug 20, 2008
auroragb in Manhattan

Looking for new financial district lunch places

Acqua seems a bit far, but good to know
Soma is just right on the edge of too far. I'll check it out next time I have a craving for Korean

Aug 20, 2008
auroragb in Manhattan

Looking for new financial district lunch places

I go to Mangia for a treat, every once in a while.

Table Tales sounds interesting, but seems a bit far for me...

Veronica's cart sounds like right up my alley, I might check that out. Sounds like a place that has a line tho, so I'll try to be early.

Aug 20, 2008
auroragb in Manhattan

Looking for new financial district lunch places

Hmmm... I occasionally go to Financier, but never really noticed their paninis.

Fresco Scotto is that new place on Pearl, right? I didn't know they had pasta. I'll definitely give that a try thanks!

I was also underwhelmed by Burger Shoppe. Burger Burger was more my speed anyway.

Aug 20, 2008
auroragb in Manhattan

Looking for new financial district lunch places

Yeah, I know, I got one of those "we're moving" cards when I went there just before they closed. But Greenwich / Carlisle is just not walking distance for lunch for us working on Broad.

Aug 20, 2008
auroragb in Manhattan

Looking for new financial district lunch places

Been working downtown for a while. So, I've developed a rotation of a few places for lunch:
hibachi at the Riverside Cafe
Rosario's
diwan-e-kaa (sp?)
#1 Little House
Cosi's
Burger Burger
Chipotle

Occasional treats at the following:
Ise
Seh Ja Meh
Alfanoos (sp?)

I tend to avoid sandwiches and empenadas.

However, I'm losing places with little to replace them. First Rosario closed and I had no Pasta options in the rotation. Now Seh Ja Meh is closed and lost my Korean option. I'm looking for places to replace them. Suggestions?

Aug 19, 2008
auroragb in Manhattan

Queens Restaurant Week Recommendations

Mulan is in Flushing. Their dinner prices approach $35. But not sure if it's worth it. It's pretty nice for a change of pace if you want Chinese but not the traditional decor

Aug 19, 2008
auroragb in Outer Boroughs

Taiwanese/Korean Shaved Ice

Sounds like you're interested in Manhattan Chinatown
Vivi is a popular spot
http://www.chow.com/places/10361
tian ren doesn't have the jellies, but they have red bean and stuff
http://www.chow.com/places/28661

Also see:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/272493

Aug 13, 2008
auroragb in Manhattan

Flan / Custard

I'm looking for good flan / custard in Manhattan or Queens
where do they serve the best flan?
I'm not looking for the chinese style egg custard that has a flour shell. Just the filling :P
Probably something like flan dulce du leche.
Suggestions?

Aug 13, 2008
auroragb in Manhattan

Where to find the best Zongzi in Flushing?

Where do you go to buy zongzi? Any place with novel fillings? best flavors

Either in Flushing or Chinatown. Thanks

Jun 05, 2008
auroragb in Outer Boroughs