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Newport Restaurant Week

Glad to see Stoneacre Pantry there with options I've enjoyed on the regular menu (scallops, hazelnut-chocolate mousse).

Here's the link: http://www.discovernewportrestaurantw...

Nov 09, 2013
Spoony Bard in Southern New England

Norling Tibet Kitchen - Location?

I learned a lot of things from this New York Times piece on the Tibetan dumplings called momos:


I learned that the largest US population of Tibetans is in NYC.

I learned that while they are Buddhist Tibetans value meat, a necessary luxury on the roof of the world.

I learned that beef/yak are valued most highly, and that beef momos are perennially available off-menu at Tsampa in the East Village.

I learned about the Tibetan New Year, Losar, which starts today.

And I also learned about a new restaurant in Jackson Heights that the author of the Times piece, Julia Moskin, says has the best beef momos in the neighborhood: Norling Tibet Kitchen.

I did NOT learn however where the blippity bleep this place is located! And it's so new it doesn't exist online anywhere I looked! (Google, Google Maps, Yelp, Foursquare, Chowhound etc.). This, when the title of the slideshow is "Finding Momos in New York." Apparently they expect you to do the finding yourself.

So hounds, does anyone have an address, a phone, anything? I may just have to track Ms. Moskin down and berate her otherwise.

Feb 22, 2012
Spoony Bard in Outer Boroughs

Shake Shack Brooklyn

It's a Shake Shack. It's in Downtown Brooklyn. If you're the kind of person who likes Shake Shack, then it's the kind of place you'll like. I went on Xmas Eve in the later lunch time (2pm maybe) so hard to judge the lines. Had the candy cane custard so didn't try the unique "concreations." The location definitely stands out right now, but will probably aid the gentrification of Fulton St. It'll also improve in warmer weather when they finish outdoor seating (not that the indoor seating is lacking - it's pretty good, just the outdoor-ness is part of what made the original location so fun). One interesting thing is that apparently during construction (I missed this personally) there was a wall you could fill in the blank: Before I die I want to _____. It was inspired by something in New Orleans. Now the wall is memorialized in framed photos hanging from the inside walls, with some funny responses from the locals.

This might be of note: I believe the "frisky onions" (cooked onions in a slightly spicy sauce) are new to this location. You can get them on a hot dog (which I didn't try), but they're equally good on cheese fries or even a burger (kind of In-N-Out animal-style-ish). Keep in mind that if you order them with fries they'll come on the side in a cup, which is fine, but I wanted more.

Shake Shack
409 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Dec 27, 2011
Spoony Bard in Outer Boroughs

Dekalb Market (downtown Brooklyn)

Crazy as it sounds, 8:30pm on a weekday might be too late to sample everything there, especially given your (very valid) frustrations per above (which I share). I'd say go as early as 7 or even 6:30pm to be safe. When they say it's open until 10:00pm, that really just means the space. Vendors set their own hours, and they can be erratic. Also strangely, the site lists weekend hours until 7pm, but I think they mean the clothing vendors more than food.

Official Hours:

If the landlord ("Dekalb Market is a joint venture of Urban Space http://www.urbanspacenyc.com/ and Youngwoo & Associates http://www.iyoungwoo.com/") isn't going to impose hours (and I don't think that's going to fit the "experimental" spirit of the place) I think they should at least clearly post the hours for each vendor on the site.

Beer right now is Brooklyn Lager and Brooklyn Summer in cans.

Also, this morning Joe the Art of Coffee had excellent coffee (natch) and fresh scones - we had the cheddar basil cherry and the chocolate, cranberry, pepita (and skipped the strawberry whoopie pie) all from Ovenly (http://ovenlynyc.com/).

Aug 14, 2011
Spoony Bard in Outer Boroughs

Where's the best burrito in Brooklyn?

That there's no SF burritos in NY and that this town is more of a taco place has always been true, but what about Maya Taqueria? I searched chowhound and no dice, but this article was promising: http://www.nydailynews.com/lifestyle/...

He's a SF chef who wanted to bring that style specifically to NYC.

Anyone been?

Maya Taqueria
637 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Aug 11, 2011
Spoony Bard in Outer Boroughs

Are there any great, authentic malt shops (that actually serve -malts- not just shakes) in Park Slope?

It's hard to get more authentic-feeling that Brooklyn Farmacy! As long as you think of early 20th century authenticity and not 50's malt-ship with formica countertops etc. Also haven't had their malts, but enjoyed the shake and egg cream and overall feel immensely.

Brooklyn Farmacy
513 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Aug 11, 2011
Spoony Bard in Outer Boroughs

Dekalb Market (downtown Brooklyn)

Have yet to explore too much (haven't gotten the evening hours down and vendors can set their own), but so far I've enjoyed it immensely. Robicelli's cupcakes are far more interesting in flavor and texture than any other cupcakes around (for example, the pie-like peach slices on the peach melba cupcake). Mazzie's mac and cheese is rich but cut nicely with black pepper on top. The Sour Puss Pickles also stocks sandwiches and salads (I was surprised by how sophisticated the bitter okra salad was- very adult flavors). So yes, hounds- explore more and report back your findings! Forward march!

Aug 11, 2011
Spoony Bard in Outer Boroughs

Large format dinner at Char No. 4?

Has anyone sampled the large format options for a birthday party at Char No. 4 on Smith Street in Brooklyn? Here's what they offer:

1. Whole smoked baby pig stuffed with pork sausage
2. Smoked duck, guinea hen, and quail
3. Smoked whole plate short ribs
4. Smoked whole rack pork chops

This is pretty much in descending order of interest for me. So what say you, hounds? Will make sure to report back with the results! Thanks mucho.

Char No. 4
196 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Aug 08, 2011
Spoony Bard in Outer Boroughs

Anyone been to Dos Equis' "Feast of the Brave" free taco truck?

Anyone been? Curious about how it was, whether you could get more than one, any lines, etc. Options are ostrich, veal brain, crickets, scorpions, and cow tongue. Through Saturday.

More on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/DosEquis?sk=a...

and Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/feastofthebrave

May 04, 2011
Spoony Bard in Manhattan

Post-Chutima Lotus of Siam?

Looking through the posts from last month I've decided to duck out and just go to Sripraphai. Someone else can do this update, I want my Thai done right and not compromised for the farang!

Mar 01, 2011
Spoony Bard in Manhattan

Post-Chutima Lotus of Siam?

Howdy hounds. Searched the boards and haven't seen anything since end of January. I'm wondering how much the food at Lotus of Siam has gone downhill since the Las Vegas proprietors Mr. and Mrs. Chutima pulled out.

I ask because I'm 1) a big fan of the LV location and 2) too lazy to go out to Sripraphai in the middle of the week next week and 3) would like to sample some great wines with my Thai. If the consensus still matches Adam Platt's take in New York "Watch Your Back, Woodside" http://nymag.com/restaurants/reviews/...) then I'm all in.

If not, I may just make the visit with my friends to Queens.

Thanks for your help!

Lotus of Siam
24 5th Ave, New York, NY 10003

Feb 24, 2011
Spoony Bard in Manhattan

Shamrock Shake in Union Square - sightings elsewhere?

Following the Twitter updates here: http://www.shamrockshake.com/ they have them at the Water St. Ferry Terminal. That's about it for Manhattan so far. Having just made the trip to Union Square, I can say that it's totally worth it if you're a fan of mint and ice cream!

Mar 17, 2010
Spoony Bard in Manhattan

Is Momofuko Milk Bar worth a second chance?

I actually liked the rosemary soft-serve topped with olive oil crumbs. Reminded me of Otto's olive oil gelato. Compare that to the white truffle ice cream I had the other day from Ciao Bella in Grand Central? That was truly foul.

Mar 17, 2010
Spoony Bard in Manhattan

Shamrock Shake in Union Square - sightings elsewhere?

From Gothamist: http://gothamist.com/2010/03/17/shamr...

McDonald's at 39 Union Square West.

So if they vote on this regionally, I'm guessing it'll show up elsewhere. Hounds, weigh in!

Mar 17, 2010
Spoony Bard in Manhattan

Momofuku Milk Bar Review

Thanks, Leah. Not sure why I got so lyrical there! I guess I really like the whimsical (yet casual) ambition of the place. I think it's worth another shot. Not everyone will enjoy it, but I've found at least one or two of the soft serve that worked for me each time I visit, and the toppings help with balancing the strong flavors.

Jul 14, 2009
Spoony Bard in Manhattan

Momofuku Milk Bar Review

To be contrary, I like the soft serves. The flavors they use are unlike anywhere else, including Asian-style ice cream shops. There's less focus on pure sweetness, and more on a sweet-savory-salty (rosemary, salty pistacio) or sweet-sour (apricot) flavor. To balance it out I usually get a topping. With my salty pistacio I got dried pineapple, which provided sour and sweet to go with creamy, nutty, and salty, and was just perfect. With the rosemary I got the olive oil cake, making a dessert version of one of my favorite combos- rosemary-olive bread with butter, only sweeter and more rich. Sounds weird, and it is, but that's the point- savory-sweet desserts that are child-like yet challenging. As I ate it the olive oil gelato at Otto (topped with salt) came to mind. You wouldn't think it works but it does. And to me the apricot (which I couldn't stop stealing from my friend) had a rare apricot flavor- a sour-sweetness that's hard to find even in the fresh fruit. Lemon verbena I didn't care for, as it was too floral, but what do you expect for a lemony herb? Anyway, to the naysayers I challenge you to go back to the odder soft serves and pair it with a contrasting topping and see what you think.

Jul 14, 2009
Spoony Bard in Manhattan

Breakfast in Newport

Second the Corner Cafe recc. There's a Portugese element there too, most notable in the sausage and the french toast on Portugese sweet bread. The latter is a must, especially doused in the maple butter that comes alongside. Also many "healthy" juice options to chase it all down. Vintage posters on the wall elevate the atmosphere slightly over your standard neighborhood diner, but don't really mean much in terms of the cooking (thankfully).

Jul 10, 2009
Spoony Bard in All New England Archive

Moving to NYC: where can I get..

iluvcookies: Nowhere in NYC? Not for long!


Jul 09, 2009
Spoony Bard in Manhattan

Best Burrito?

This topic comes up every so often, usually from a homesick Californian. The best I've had is at Burrito Box on 9th and 58th, which benefits from good turnover at lunch. Burritophile.com agrees on this. Kitchen/Market was next, before it closed. Too bad, as they were doing something both delicious and unique.

The Calexico cart in SoHo was quite good, but still not totally a taste of home. Does anyone know if their Red Hook storefront has opened yet?

Also, a friend suggested Desperado's on Amsterdam and 109th. Anyone been recently?

Mar 22, 2009
Spoony Bard in Manhattan

Best Rugelach in NYC/ Tri State Area...Oy! I give up!

For the record, Lee Lee's "Rugelach by a Brother," are hands-down the best rugelach that I've ever had (on either coast). Even my mother and her friends agreed. Search the Manhattan board for more posts. These are well worth the trip for the chocolate but especially the cinnamon (with nuts and raisins). Go early for the best selection. 118th just east of 8th Ave. (Fredrick Douglass).

Feb 26, 2008
Spoony Bard in Manhattan

good Chinese take-out on the Upper East Side? [Moved from What's My Craving? board]

Not true. Wu Liang Ye on 86th has delivered to me at 96th and 3rd. Very highly regarded Sichuan cuisine.

Feb 14, 2008
Spoony Bard in Manhattan

Solana Gold Gravenstein Applesauce

Oh, so this is applesauce.

Egads, this stuff is amazing! I've been ill lately, so I've been consuming much applesauce. Saw this Solana Gold Gravenstein Applesauce (organic) in my local run-of-the-mill supermarket in New York and thought, varietal applesauce without sweetener? Why not! Turns out this isn't just any varietal, it's an heirloom, Slow Food protected, Sonoma County local throwback apple.

The flavor is unreal- tart, sweet, and rich, with a winey, floral aroma. Like the perfect baked apple, but without anything additional added. They must have mashed the apples whole, as there are nicely contrasting textures of skin and possibly seeds thrown in. Not chunky as I usually prefer, but this makes up for it in pure deliciousness.

Here's a link to Slow Food, where the producer of the applesauce is listed on the left:


Fellow hounds, it's well worth seeking out. Does anyone else make applesauce from this varietal? I heard Santa Cruz does, but is it as good as the Solana?

Feb 13, 2008
Spoony Bard in General Topics

Mexican cooking - in Mexico

Exactly my summer plans! So Mila, did you take any classes while you were there or did you just go to the grocery? I'm hoping I can take a class somewhere and really get into the local cuisine. Please let me know if you have any ideas!

Jan 17, 2008
Spoony Bard in Home Cooking

restaurant week 2008

Can't tell from the website, but Devi made the RW lunch year-round back when it had the original team running it. Quite worth it, regardless.

Jan 08, 2008
Spoony Bard in Manhattan

Other than cheesecake, what does Brooklyn do better than LA? (cheap eats query)

Mmm... lobster tails. Good point on the Italian bakeries, too. You'll be hard pressed to find a decent sfogliatelle (orange-ricotta filled flaky pastry) in LA like you can say at Court St. Pastry or cannoli like at Rocco's in the West Village or Veniero's in the East.

Jan 08, 2008
Spoony Bard in Outer Boroughs

I'm sick of pizza! (cheap eats query)

Thanks! I've given this topic a lot of thought. :)

Anyway, for your next trip (or anyone else's) a couple other suggestions (downtown):

Pomme Frites (2nd Ave and bet. 7th and 8th): Belgian fries, which aren't bad, but not as good as those at places like Petit Abeille (out of your price range, sadly.) Most noteworthy, however, is their poutine- a Quebecois speciality, it's fries with cheese curds drenched in gravy. Surprisingly good, and not often found south of the (other) border.

One of the few cheap eats in SoHo is La Conquita (Lafayette and Spring): a counter-service Dominican take-away. Good for stews and chicken, super cheap carbs like rice and maduro too.

FYI: There's also a Cafe Zaiya on Cooper Square East (3rd ave) bet. 8th and 7th.

Jan 08, 2008
Spoony Bard in Manhattan

I'm sick of pizza! (cheap eats query)

Even better, though in Brooklyn, is the fresh pita from Damascus Bakery on Atlantic Ave. Make sure you get the fresh stuff though- it's in a bin on your right as you enter in plain plastic bags. They also sell the factory-made stuff in the fancy packaging which is like a different comestible entirely.

Jan 08, 2008
Spoony Bard in Manhattan

Other than cheesecake, what does Brooklyn do better than LA? (cheap eats query)

Brooklyn has regional Middle Eastern. There's the row of them on Atlantic Avenue- my favorite is Waterfalls, for Lebanese. There's also Sahadi's for a unique, old-school market featuring amazing nuts, olives, dried fruit, prepared Lebanese food, and Damascus Bakery for Lebanese baked goods. In the same area you'll find Yemenite joints, check chowhound or Robert Sietsema in the Voice for more on those. Also, there's Egyptian places like Siwa Grill, 5th Ave bt. 69th and 70th in Brooklyn, which is held highly by a source I trust (haven't been yet).

Random Brooklyn shout-out for something truly obscure: Upstate NY cuisine!

Bonnie’s Grill ($5th ave and 1st Street): All by two guys from Buffalo: Best hot wings in town, great fries, beer, and beef on weck (roast beef and horseradish sandwich).

Jan 08, 2008
Spoony Bard in Outer Boroughs

I'm sick of pizza! (cheap eats query)

As a native Angeleno I understand your plight in NYC. A couple things to understand first: Most of Manhattan is the equivalent of West LA. For good cheap stuff, you have to get out of the tourist areas. That said, there’s gems mixed in with yuppie/tourist/expensive stuff, more so than in LA, I believe. Also, your $8 cut off might work in lower-cost-of-living-LA but you’re going to have to bump that up in New York, especially in Manhattan, even in the “cheap places.”

So, a few of my favorite things to load up on before visits back West:

Bouchon Bakery (Columbus Circle- 59th and Broadway): There’s one in Vegas, but it’s still worth going for baked goods and the tuna or pork sandwiches (though these are about $10 it’s worth it).

Cafe Zaiya (41st bet. 5th and Madison): Japanese bakery and cheap prepared meals. Especially for the baked goods, don’t dismiss this out of hand. I’ve been unable to find curry doughnuts (kare-pan) in LA, among other items (Mont Blanc), though my Japanese eating is usually done on Sawtelle and not the South Bay.

Uncle Nick’s (9th Ave and 51st): People seem to overlook Greek food here. Order the appetizer of grilled octopus with a side of fries (approx $10) and you’ll be baffled too. Tender garlicy goodness.

Kyotofu (9th Ave and 49th): As far as I know there’s no tofu-fusion Japanese dessert place in LA (a branch of a restaurant in Japan). Desserts are $8-10.

La Bonne Soupe (55th bet. 5th and 6th): Not really any cheap French food in LA. Omlettes, soupe a l’oignon and crepes for $12-13.

Margon (46th bet 6th and 7th): Hole in the wall, below ground, lunch only, Cuban-Dominican wonderland. Octopus salad or roast chicken are flawless, pernil sandwich or Cuban sandwich are quite good too. Wash it down with the orange-milk drink morir soñando, and don’t forget to order maduro (plantains).

Taim (Waverly just off 7th Ave): Upgraded Israeli take-out/bar with three kinds of falafel, excellent fries, date-mint and other shakes, and especially Sabich, an eggplant-egg sandwich that defies description. Might exist in Pico-Robertson, might not.

Africa Kine (116th and 8th aka Fredrick Douglass): Lunch is Senegalese (lamb mafe and tibou djenne rock), dinner is Franco-Senegalese, mostly grilled meats. Do lunch if possible. La Marmite was once on 121st and has since reopened elsewhere. Used to be the best, not sure about in its new incarnation.

Saravana Dosa Hut (Lexington bet 27 and 28): South Indian, more than just dosas, and very high quality. (And apparently Padma Lakshmi’s go-to.)

For a splurge go to Pearl Oyster Bar or Mary’s Fish Camp for New England specialties like lobster rolls. Haven’t sprung for those, but fish and chips are worth seeking out (I like Chip Shop in Brooklyn).

Finally, carts are becoming excellent ways for New Yorkers to get good cheap eats, especially in midtown. Some of these have been previously mentioned:

Hallo Berlin Cart (German sausages)
Jamaican Dutchy Cart (Jerk)
Kumar’s Dosa Cart (veggie Indian)
Carnegie John/Tony Dragonas cart (Greek)- 56th and 7th and 60th(?) and Lex.

Of course, that’s not all at once. Make sure you report back!

Jan 08, 2008
Spoony Bard in Manhattan

A very difficult challenge / request for the hounds

I've grown to like Dinosaur BBQ very much. It's not perfect but it's often pretty good. More than anything else on the menu, the bbq wings are sublime. Total paragons of sticky smoky sweet chicken parts.

Nov 15, 2007
Spoony Bard in Manhattan