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Muffalatta?

If you're looking for the best, you'd be better off ordering some olive salad and making the Muffuletta yourself. I love Central Grocery's, and it makes about 3-4 sandwiches depending on how heavy handed you are (I tend to pile it on my sandwiches). They also sell king cakes, though I can't speak to the quality of those though.

www.nolacajun.com

Mar 02, 2014
benn2009 in New Jersey

Making pot roast in advance: some questions

My family brisket recipe calls for keeping the meat whole and separate from the liquid and any veggies you may have in the pot. We usually wrap the meat in foil and store it in the fridge for a day or two. Then slice straight from the fridge and put in a pan with the juices. I'd say 350 for 20-30 minutes should do the trick to re-heat.

Jan 26, 2014
benn2009 in Home Cooking

Best Portuguese in Iron Bound?

Forno's has great food and top notch service but is pretty pricey. If you're looking for something a bit more low key, Mompou has excellent tapas.

Jan 26, 2014
benn2009 in New Jersey

Newark, NJ

Hobby's and DinoBBQ are solid choices, as is Mompou. Scully's and Bello's also have really great food and drinks (just be careful not to go on a game/event night). For something fancy, Forno's never disappoints and it is always someone's birthday (you get free flan and singing waiters). Most of the other places right next to the Rock (I.e: Edison Ale House) are not worth the money.

Nov 27, 2013
benn2009 in New Jersey

My favorite burgers in New Jersey are served at...

About the Linwood - have you been recently, like within the last month? I fear it has changed ownership/management and whoever left took the burger recipe with them! I've been several times this year and it has always been my favorite jersey burger. But I went 2 weeks ago and it was completely different and not very good - the name is now Linwood Inn Gastro/Brew Pub. The bun didn't seem the same and was too difficult to get a bite out of. The meat had no flavor and was overcooked, and I never had a problem getting a medium rare burger there before. It also was a lot flatter than it had been before. It was incredibly depressing.

May 27, 2013
benn2009 in New Jersey

Muffaletta Bread in Manhattan

focaccia works just fine - i use trader joe's rosemary focaccia and it blends quite well with the meat and olive salad.

i ordered my central grocery olive salad from this site, and they also have muffuletta bread if you're looking for something more authentic!

http://www.nolacajun.com/

Mar 03, 2013
benn2009 in Manhattan

NJ locations with failure after failure

not like i'm hoping they fail or anything...but nothing has ever lasted there for too long, unfortunately.

Mar 02, 2013
benn2009 in New Jersey

NJ locations with failure after failure

referring to the corner spot across south avenue from the station. i think now it is a burger and bbq restaurant. for how long, though, is anyone's guess!

Mar 02, 2013
benn2009 in New Jersey

NJ locations with failure after failure

i'm glad wild greens has stuck it out. cosi didn't stand a chance across the street from panera. i think china light was the chinese restaurant that was in there for quite some time. since it left, it seems nothing has been able to stay there for too long!

Feb 23, 2013
benn2009 in New Jersey

NJ locations with failure after failure

in garwood, at the corner of center street and south avenue. the location definitely seems to be cursed. i've lived in the area my whole life and it seems like nothing's lasted more than a year or so. i chalk it up to a lack of parking - there aren't very many street spots around.

Feb 23, 2013
benn2009 in New Jersey

Cajun/New Orleans Groceries?

i'd also recommend trying nolacajun.com. i get my central grocery olive salad from them. good deals and huge selection.

Jan 22, 2013
benn2009 in Manhattan

Healthy place for lunch in SoHo?

i second spring street natural. really good, fresh food and not too expensive. i went recently with someone who had some very specific requests given his diet (no carbs, no starch, etc.) and they accommodated him without hesitation.

Jan 22, 2013
benn2009 in Manhattan

Broccoli cheese soup

this is my go to recipe. tons of flavor from the roasted broccoli and somewhat healthy because no cream. up the potato if you want it a little thicker, and use a nice sharp cheddar for a stronger flavor!

http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-roast...

Dec 28, 2012
benn2009 in Home Cooking

Bareburger

i've only been to the one uptown, so maybe it's different at the location you're going to, but i'd stay away from the lamb - my boyfriend's had it twice and both times it was too dry. i've had the Roadhouse with beef and it was cooked to perfection. it kind of has a lot going on because of all the toppings, but it was really, really good! all the flavors come together really nicely. the bare burger supreme is also pretty good, and since the burger comes with onion rings on it, there's no need to order a side.

Jul 10, 2012
benn2009 in Manhattan

Summer Restaurant Week 2012

I did notice that the Kitchen's RW menu is a bit more substantial than Townhouse's, but from the pictures the former seemed much more casual. Since it's a special occasion, I thought the Townhouse might be more appropriate. Also, Townhouse is a much more convenient location for us. I would love to do Barbetta for the garden, but Yelp doesn't really give it very good ratings during RW.

Jul 09, 2012
benn2009 in Manhattan

Summer Restaurant Week 2012

Thanks for the link! You beat NYCGo's email, which just arrived in my mailbox.

I am curious as well as to what is and isn't worth my time and money during RW. I have an anniversary that is smack dab in the middle of RW, and would love to take advantage of the timing, but I always read about terrible service and sub-par food. I also have no idea how to pick one restaurant from the list...my pickiness and Yelp searching has led to just one restaurant seemingly worth going to - David Burke Townhouse.

Jul 09, 2012
benn2009 in Manhattan

breakfast in westfield area?

I second the love for Vicki's, even though you'd probably classify it as a diner. Vicki's food is great and the service is quick and easy - their pancakes are fantastic, and even the short stack is huge! Turning Point, while perhaps a "notch above a diner," has terrible food and service. In the time it took a waitress to come take our meal order, at Vicki's we already got our food. Once our order was finally taken, the waitress disappeared, and even though our table was right next to the kitchen, one order of eggs was cold by the time we got it. The food itself was nothing to write home about, either - my omelette and potatoes were swimming in a pool of oil and water, and my english muffin was burnt. You can always count on Vicki's, though - and that's why you go to a diner, isn't it?

If you really don't want a diner, might want to try Ana Beall's Tea Room (opens at 11, so might be better for brunch). From what I've heard, it has a cute atmosphere. However, be warned as I haven't heard as good things about the food.

http://www.anabeallstearoom.com/home.htm

Jul 08, 2012
benn2009 in New Jersey

Summer Restaurant Week 2012

i just got an email from NYCGO with a link for summer RW (http://www.nycgo.com/restaurantweek/)... from what i can tell they haven't posted a list, just the dates. what gives?

Jun 28, 2012
benn2009 in Manhattan

Jersey Shore Food Truck Wars

Just got back as well. Was really hoping I'd be able to try a bunch of different things, but as it usually goes with events like this, unless you show up right when it starts, you'll spend most of your day in a line. We arrived around 2PM and the lines were insane. It was incredibly difficult to find out what line pertained to which truck, and once you did, there was no turning back. We stood in line for the Rickshaw Dumpling truck for about 45 minutes. Of course, once we were about 2 orders back, they ran out of the side that we wanted to order with our dumplings. What we did get to eat was fantastic (pork dumplings and chicken dumplings), but since we had no patience to wait in another line, we ate our entire lunch from the one truck. The trucks were doing the best they could given the number of people, so there really isn't anyone to put the blame on - it just sucks that you either had to show up at 11:30 or divide and conquer (and spend 45 minutes alone) in order to fully enjoy all of the trucks.

May 27, 2012
benn2009 in New Jersey

Dinosaur BBQ coming to Newark

Tonight's opening night! Menu is up for the Newark location on their website.

May 08, 2012
benn2009 in New Jersey

Anywhere to Get Empanadas?

thank you all for the feedback. i also came across Valdebenito's in my searches but having a party there is more money than i'm willing to spend. they don't have to be argentine empanadas, any empanada will do! and i am toying with the idea of making them myself because i know it will cost less money, i just don't know if i can handle making 75-100 of them.

Apr 20, 2012
benn2009 in New Jersey

Anywhere to Get Empanadas?

Thank you! I had actually seen that one before when I began my search, but thanks to you now I know they do catering. Never before bothered to check out the "Contact Us" link. Will give them a ring!

Apr 20, 2012
benn2009 in New Jersey

Anywhere to Get Empanadas?

I'm having a party and wanted to get a whole bunch of empanadas to serve. I found a place in Kearny that I fell in love with (Stella's - it's really good, you should go!) but just found out that they'll be closed the weekend of my party for a soccer game! I've done a lot of searching and there just aren't that many Argentine restaurants in NJ and fewer that seem to serve empanadas and would do catering.

Anyone know of any places that could make up a huge amount of empanadas? Preferably in Northern/Central NJ (party is in Garwood, but willing to travel to pick them up). My last resort is to either pick them up from Stella's the last night they're open (which is 2 days before the event) or just make them myself.

Apr 20, 2012
benn2009 in New Jersey

Torrisi and Parm - once you get past the 'hype' they're still pretty darn good.

i'm not sure i could have described the ice cream cake as eloquently as you did, but i agree that it is one of the most fantastic desserts i've ever had. italian comfort food at its finest, for a reasonable price, is what you find at parm. the fact that everyone in the restaurant, and not just my group, was in awe of what was being put in front of them shows you're eating at a very special place. haven't had the luxury of eating at torrisi, but maybe one day!

Apr 18, 2012
benn2009 in Manhattan

Where To Eat Near Penn Station

good to know! i had planned on going once because of its proximity to the train and my experiences at the other location - now i'll plan otherwise next-time!

Apr 11, 2012
benn2009 in Manhattan

Where To Eat Near Penn Station

There's a Brother Jimmy's (BBQ) right outside Penn Station - haven't been to that exact location but the food at their downtown shop is pretty good. If that's not your thing, check this out: http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2011/0...

Apr 11, 2012
benn2009 in Manhattan

John Bon Jovi Soul Kitchen

I was there last Sunday, and it is well worth the trip out to Red Bank! We arrived at about 11:45 for the 12:00 opening, and there were 2 other parties ahead of us. I don't believe they take reservations, and if you show up early, you're in a good position. It did seem to fill up pretty quickly, though, once the doors opened. They seat multiple, small parties together at larger tables, so you may not be dining with just the people you arrived with -- but everyone that shows up at a restaurant like this is very nice and interesting, so it's not the worst thing in the world.

I'm sure everyone is wondering about the food, and it is incredibly fresh and absolutely delicious! That was the consensus among everyone at my table - family as well as strangers - and not just because it was for a good cause. For a suggested donation of $10 (or volunteering), you get your choice of water/iced tea/coffee/hot tea, an appetizer, entree, and dessert. In addition to a standard menu that rotates based on what they have available/fresh, there were also several specials available for brunch that day. I opted for a green salad with blue cheese/chive dressing, the special brunch frittata with ricotta cheese, broccoli, asparagus, and spinach, and the donated dessert of the day, which was a toasted coconut cake. Everything was cooked perfectly and tasted wonderful. My companion had the vegetarian chili, pulled pork sliders, and the cake as well -- the few bites I had of their meal was also wonderful. The portions are nicely sized too -- I left behind a little bit of cake as I felt so incredibly full, but I wish I could have finished it all!

Mar 14, 2012
benn2009 in New Jersey

Dinosaur BBQ coming to Newark

Still no windows on the building and the front is completely exposed, BUT signs have gone up on the plywood announcing a Spring 2012 opening and that they are now hiring. So, the opening seems to be coming within the next few weeks/months...I hope...

Mar 05, 2012
benn2009 in New Jersey

How good is The Star Tavern in Orange NJ?

it's fantastic! definitely worth the trip, and definitely worth making it a regular stop if you live nearby. make sure you order your pie well done so it's nice and crispy. i recommend the plain pie and the meatball pie - i found the pepperoni to be a bit too salty and the sausage wasn't very flavorful. but the plain pie on its own is amazing, which is the true test of a good pie! i second the recommendations to go early or late. on a weeknight around 5:30, it's not too crowded...but get there a few minutes later than that and you'll find yourself waiting. also, on a saturday around 3 its dead.

Feb 25, 2012
benn2009 in New Jersey

Is There Any good Thai Restaurants in East Village or Lower East Side?

Kati on 14th btwn 1st and 2nd was really good. I order the same thing at every Thai restaurant I go to (chicken with thai basil and chili) and this was by far the spiciest and most flavorful I've had! Be warned that it's only worth it for the food, not the service - a dish that one person in our party ordered came out about 15 minutes after the rest of us got our food. We forced em to take it off the bill.

And I can sympathize about the lack of good Thai options in Vermont -- I would drive a half hour into Massachusetts to get some!

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Kati
347 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003

Feb 22, 2012
benn2009 in Manhattan