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Los Angeles family staying Midtown East between Christmas and NYE, please advise...

Another vote for Kee's Chocolates, a very short walk from Laduree.

For chocolates that have a more kid-centric feel, I see a lot of recs to take kids to Max Brenner? Check out some of the many kid-centric threads.

Back to Soho, also close to Kee's is Pi Bakerie, that serves up some excellent Greek pastries. iirc, they also have some savory dishes & may make for a nice, quick lunch stop.

If food halls are on the agenda, try Essex St Market. Definitely has history & a different vibe than Chelsea Market or the Plaza. Nordic Preserves for smoked fish sandwiches and Saxelby Cheese seem to get top raves.

about 5 hours ago
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Help with restaurant name, PLEASE

That location does closely describe Little Poland located on the east side of the street. (200 Second Ave).

Teresa's was similarly located but on 1st Ave. (no. 203)

fwiw, Kiev was on the west side of 2nd Ave.

Christine's & Polonia were further down 1st Ave

1 day ago
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Where to Buy whole pre cooked brisket in New York

Replying to myself to let you know that Delaney's recently announced their Christmas offerings that can be found at

http://www.delaneybbq.com/shop/?categ...

Turns out they also offer delivery to Manhattan

Dec 05, 2014
was_bk in Manhattan

Where to Buy whole pre cooked brisket in New York

Another idea in the bbq brisket vein, Delaney's BBQ aka Brisket a Town usually sells whole cooked briskets to take home around the holidays. Their Manhattan outpost is closed for the winter but they're just a short hop into Brooklyn.

Here's what they offered at Thanksgiving.

http://www.delaneybbq.com/thanksgiving

Dec 03, 2014
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Don't shoot me... looking for red-sauce Italian and "NY Chinese"

Second on the John's of 12th St. For old school red sauce Italian. The candles alone are worth a visit.

Check out this trailer of a recent documentary on John's, not so much for its content but rather to get some nice glimpses of the restaurant's interior and see if it fits your bill.

http://vimeo.com/109976298

Dec 03, 2014
was_bk in Manhattan

Great bars/restaurants for winter/Christmas?

For a good burger & pint by a real fireplace, try Molly's Shebeen (on 3rd @21st St) though iirc they keep the seasonal decor to a minimum.

Haven't been, but I suspect you could overload on seasonal decor at "Miracle on 9th St", a Christmas pop up bar that recently opened in the EV

http://evgrieve.com/2014/11/christmas...

Dec 03, 2014
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used cookbooks and Sichuan in chinatown

Reports are that Bonnie Slotnick has found a new home for her cookbooks, in the EV

http://evgrieve.com/2014/11/rent-hike...

Nov 26, 2014
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What do New Yorker's think about Dean & DeLuca and other expensive gourmet shops?

Agreed!

I usually stop by Eataly when in that area, especially if it's a Thursday or Sunday when Rosticceria is selling their porchetta sandwiches. Alternatively, I might also be be persuaded to pick up one of their roasted chickens.

While Eataly's Rosticceria chicken is very tasty, it's certainly not inexpensive. Knowing myself, if Costco were right next door, I'd likely opt for that lesser quality, yet more affordable chicken.

However, knowing how much wasted time, sitting in traffic, a bus takes to get up & back from E Harlem I'm usually willing to pay the 2/3 premium Rosticceria charges.

On a side note, I recently visited the Chicago version of Eataly and if ours was easy to maneuver around, even with crowds, as theirs, I'd probably visit the one here more often.

Nov 24, 2014
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What do New Yorker's think about Dean & DeLuca and other expensive gourmet shops?

As everywhere, it just depends upon what you purchase.

On my, admittedly infrequent, trips to Dean & Deluca I rarely spend more than $10.00.

Better yet, with that $10, I'm able to purchase certain brands and specific items (pasta, french butter, tortillas, preserves, teas, etc) that few, if any other NYC retailers carry. I appreciate that diversity and wish more "high end food retailers" would curate their product selection as well.

On a similar note, I found a much smaller, but similarly diversified product selection at the (now closed) Gotham West outpost of Bklyn Larder.

Given that I rarely need those particular items, I appreciate the hordes of tourists supporting D&D and the like, so that it can remain in business and will still be there the next time I want to buy something only they carry.

Nov 24, 2014
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Eating our faces off, any suggestions?

For some delicious sweets to eat then or take home, you can't go wrong with the baklava or galaktoboureko from Pi bakeri (Broome St) or maybe a stop at Kee's (Thompson St) for a creme brulee truffle or other very tasty chocolates.

Nov 21, 2014
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Where can I still find great "dairy" babka, rugelach, and cheese danish?

Breads on E16th near Union Square makes some damn fine babka, especially their chocolate version.

Wish I could help you on the rugelach front but I've yet to find a respectable replacement for Rigo Hungarian pastry, that served up the best rugelach I've ever had.

Same for the cheese pockets that were served up warm from the oven by (the now long gone) Cafe Geiger.

Nov 21, 2014
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SOUP for Thanksgiving

Since, the cited posted thread focuses on the sipping broths, the OP should note that Brodo also has traditional soup on their menu in addition to the selection of sipping broths with add-ins.

iirc, the soups are a ribollata or chickarina. Not sure if that ever changes?

I haven't tasted either soup but given the basic broths are excellent I'd imagine so are the soups.

fwiw, I'd opt for the Hearth broth which has a definite turkey flavor and would be a perfect choice for Thanksgiving.

Nov 16, 2014
was_bk in Manhattan

More and more Whole chickens/turkeys coming WITHOUT giblets?

The majority of whole chickens I've bought lately from the Whole Foods USQ have come without giblets.

I've bought both Bell & Evans and WF store brand but can't recall if the missing giblets were limited to a specific brand.

Nov 09, 2014
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Coffee House Lower Upper East Side

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Nov 09, 2014
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Brodo

Given that Brodo was asked about in another thread ("God is my co-protein") I thought I'd chime in my first impressions.

Happened to walk by on its 2nd day (11/4) and joined the little crowd outside the window. Marco Canora was perched at the open window chatting with anyone who stopped and was offering tastes of all 3 sipping broths.

All 3 were excellent.

Usually, I'm a chicken soup kinda gal so I wasn't surprised to like it. That said, I really enjoyed the lingering turkey flavor in the "Hearth" (chicken, turkey & beef) broth.

The beef broth deserves 2 FYIs:

1. the version, sold to be sipped in cups, is really a beef with ginger broth. Despite not really being a ginger lover, I thought the ginger essence was subtle and didn't overpower the beef flavor.

2. the version, sold in jars to take home, is NOT flavored with ginger, NOR salt. After handing me the jar of beef I bought to take home and make soup with, he kindly reminded me again that it has no salt and to be sure I adjust my recipe accordingly.

I've yet to make that beef goulash soup but am happy to be starting with a really flavorful base rather than the typical grocery store broth options.

Gotta say, I was skeptical when I first read about a standalone "sipping broth" place but it was really enjoyable! More so, it's a nice break from the typical tea or coffee drink offerings.

Looking forward to reading other opinions, especially about the soups that I didn't get a chance to try.

http://www.grubstreet.com/2014/10/mar...

Nov 07, 2014
was_bk in Manhattan

Know anything about Jacques Brasserie 200 block of E. 85th St.?

I haven't been there in several years but back in the day they had a good & reasonably priced moule frites special.

Oct 28, 2014
was_bk in Manhattan

Anyone been to the new Westside Market on 3rd Avenue?

It's large, clean & has a lot of stock. The selection is broad albeit somewhat typical. I don't recall seeing any item that isn't readily available elsewhere in the EV/USQ area.

Prices also seemed on par with the area but produce on special would be a savings. Bottom line is that imo, it's a great addition but not worth making a special trip for.

Oct 26, 2014
was_bk in Manhattan

Help me plan a one-day food adventure through East and West Village

Breads had cinnamon babka when I stopped in a few weeks ago.

Oct 13, 2014
was_bk in Manhattan

Sammy's Roumanian, never thought i'd see the day where it would be reviewed in the NYT times again.

A few years ago, my family visited Sammy's, to give my mother an "experience".

Despite my low expectations for the meal, I was very pleasantly surprised and was served some of the tastiest lamb chops I had had in a very long time. I often wish I had asked them the source of that meat.

More important, our mother had a good time, enjoyed the waiter flirting with her and the rest of the schtick.

Sep 24, 2014
was_bk in Manhattan

best fancy chocolates

For chococolates, my vote is Kee's. The shop is at 80 Thompson St in Soho.

I recently stopped in after not having been there in probably 10 years. I bought a few for myself just because I was in the neighborhood and afterwards was a bit annoyed because I really shouldn't have.

My opinion changed after eating them. I had forgotten just how good they could be!

I can't imagine anyone not enjoying them or the thought behind such a tasty and beautifully presented (in an understated way) gift.

TIBERIAS NY GREAT PIZZA

Given the truly sad selection of kosher pizza in this town, even if the OP's opinion is somewhat on the mark, that would likely make Tiberias worth trying.

Sep 21, 2014
was_bk in Manhattan

Tamales

afaik, just the morning weekday rush.

Sorry I can't be more specific, but I don't pass by there on a regular daily basis.

Sep 14, 2014
was_bk in Manhattan

Tamales

Near the subway entrance on the northeast corner of 1st Ave (towards 15th St).

Look for the ladies running the small newspaper stand. Sometimes there is wee sign stating "tamales" by the newspapers. Otherwise you should notice the blue cooler behind them.

Sep 13, 2014
was_bk in Manhattan

Tamales

Apologies yo the OP if he/she is looking strictly for retail but I'm also curious if anyone has tried any of the "sidewalk sellers" of tamales?

Not sure if they're still there, but a few I knew of were the:

1. The ladies selling newspapers by the 1st Ave L subway stop (NE corner -mornings only)

2. Outside the Our Lady of Guadalupe church on W14th (btwn 7th & 8th), iirc weekends or maybe only on Sundays?

No doubt there are others. I've always been curious to try them but the timing just never cooperated.

Sep 12, 2014
was_bk in Manhattan

Eataly - Rosticceria

I really enjoy Rosticceria's porchetta sandwich, much more so than he one served at Porchetta in the EV.

Often on Thursdays, I wonder if I can think of a reason to be in hat nabe so I have an excuse to pick up their porchetta sandwich.

The sandwich is fresh, and flavorful though I wish they offered it with a small topping of greens.

For the record, Rosticceria does sell greens but only in containers that cost more than I'm willing to spend for dressing a sandwich.

I've also tried their lamb sandwich (Tuesday only). The meat was good but iirc, I felt that the sandwich lacked something that would inspire me to have it again.

Also, once had the other type of pork sandwich they offer but it was a bit dry and very forgettable.

Not a sandwich, but I have always enjoyed the whole chickens Rosticceria sells ( by weight) They are always moist and delicious. Imo, better than a Dickson's and usually cheaper too.

Sep 10, 2014
was_bk in Manhattan

Great meal at Jaiya (Thai; 3rd Ave. at 29th St. location) last night

Thanks for the report!

Twenty five years ago, that Jaiya Thai was one my best friend's go to Thai places. Always great to read that a longstanding neighborhood place continues to serve up enjoyable meals.

Sep 10, 2014
was_bk in Manhattan

Best Ice Cream in NYC

Gonna go with Amorino.

Not sure whether my guess is based on your prior posting indicating a preference for L'Arte or the results of my own taste test between the two.

In my case, the flavor battle was over Straticella and imo, Amorino was the clear winner.

Sep 09, 2014
was_bk in Manhattan

Cheap Lobster

I also like the ease of soft shell lobsters & have been eating my fill these past few weeks as they are also $5.99/lb at Fresh Direct.

These lowere prices reflecting the smaller sizing, & are also pretty typical this time of year. Perhaps it just seems unusual based upon the typically inflated prices retailers in the NYC area can command for lobsters most of the year.

Aug 30, 2014
was_bk in Manhattan

ISO a tasty Holstein Schnitzel?

Fried egg on top is the distinguishing characteristic of "a la Holstein" but imo, it's the combination of that perfectly fried egg combined with the anchovies, capers & lemon that make the dish a true taste treat!

Appreciate the suggestions & look forward to checking one out soon!

Aug 29, 2014
was_bk in Manhattan

Pastrami - Bringing It Home on the Plane?

If already at Katz's, stop at nearby Russ a& Daughters. Word is that the rye bread baked for their cafe is excellent & iirc can also be bought by the loaf ( maybe in their retail shop). Better yet bring extra ziplocks and also take home some excellent sable or other smoked fishes.

FYI, Hot Bread Kitchen has a stand at the Union Sq Greenmarket on Wednesdays and maybe other days? Best to check the NYC GreenMarket listing. Otherwise, their rye bread should be available at the bakery counter of the Union Sq Whole Foods.

Aug 29, 2014
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