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Nagoya eating plan

Great information in this thread. Yeah, I might want to sample the chicken better than just in a donburi. But then I also don't want to spend 5,000 yen on dinner every night either.

What is akadori? Is that a different type of chicken than Kochin?

Oct 25, 2012
JacksonH in Japan

Excellent Food and Football Near The Waldorf?

Ben and Jack's on 44th street has a bar with a TV.

Oct 25, 2012
JacksonH in Manhattan

Rustic Unagi Restaurant

A google search for una fuji, is only leading me to your posts. Would you be able to help the Japanese-impaired with an address and approximate costs at lunch and dinner, japanesefoodlover?

Oct 24, 2012
JacksonH in Japan

Nagoya eating plan

Thanks for the correction of my botched spelling and especially for the bento.com reminder, Robb. I'll definitely have to check out 23 Craft Beerz Nagoya.

It looks like Torishige has some rather reasonably priced lunches.

I definitely want to try kishimen, I had mistakenly thought that was what they serve at Yamamotoya. Maybe I will give Ebisuya a try.

Oct 24, 2012
JacksonH in Japan

Szechuan Gourmet or Great Sichuan?

OK. I'm surprised there appears to be no mention of La Vie En Szechuan at all on Chowhound. I think it compares favorably to Szechuan Gourmet and Lan Sheng.

They don't have shredded pork with dried tofu and chinese celery on the menu, but they do have a dish called shredded pork with firm tofu and cayenne chili.

Oct 24, 2012
JacksonH in Manhattan

Szechuan Gourmet or Great Sichuan?

"But I'm also curious what the 4th restaurant option is that Bob Martinez didn't want to confuse me with."
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Maybe La Vie En Szechuan?

Oct 23, 2012
JacksonH in Manhattan

Nagoya eating plan

Not much on Nagoya in the last year, are places mentioned here still among the best?

Maybe Horaiken (eel), Yamamotoya Souhonke (kochin udon), Yobaton (katsu), Yamachan (wings) and some tenmusu and other stuff from one of the dept store food courts would cover food for a couple of days?

I saw una fuji mentioned in another post, how does that compare to the other eel places in this thread?

Oct 23, 2012
JacksonH in Japan

Southern Spice: seems to be getting better and better

I tried Southern Spice the last time I was in Flushing recently. I ordered a chicken dish in a mint gravy, eggplant in a tamarind gravy and the onion kulcha.

I don't see the chicken dish listed on the takeout menu in front of me. At first bite I wasn't too impressed, but by the time my chicken and kulcha were gone I was spooning up the last few spoonfuls of the gravy and just eating it like soup.

I didn't like the eggplant dish as much and I'm usually a big fan of eggplant. Maybe the tamarind gravy just isn't for me, but I didn't think the eggplant itself was so hot. The spice level was perfect, until I went and bit into the chile pepper that was giving the dish its heat and turned it into a double vindaloo. My own fault, of course.

The shark dish sounds interesting. And that cabbage dish that isn't on my takeout menu and don't recall from the restaurant.

Nov 23, 2009
JacksonH in Outer Boroughs

Shochu bar hatchan?

Hatchan has been reopened for a few weeks back at its orignal spot on 44th Street. The shochu list has been slightly modified and it's just slightly larger than before and a couple of the most expensive selections appear to have been removed.

There is now a plum shochu available. Unfortunately they didn't add the akanone carrot shochu to the menu that was occasionally available before.

They weren't doing too well last week, but the night I was there, the bar filled up by the time I left. I hope business picks up for them, not many places that have about 40 different shochu selections available.

Nov 23, 2009
JacksonH in Manhattan

Shochu Bar

Thanks to everyone who replied. Hatchan has been reopened for a few weeks at its orignal spot on 44th Street. The shochu list has been slightly modified and it's just slightly larger than before and a couple of the most expensive selections appear to have been removed.

There is now a plum shochu available. Unfortunately they didn't add the akanone carrot shochu to the menu that was occasionally available before.

They weren't doing too well last week, but the night I was there, the bar filled up by the time I left. I hope business starts picking up for them.

Nov 23, 2009
JacksonH in Manhattan

Shochu Bar

I used to go to Hatchan on 44th Street, which was closed due to a fire. They supposedly moved to the East Japanese Restaurant on 3rd Ave, but the website makes no mention of it and I'd like to find someplace with a bit better food.

I see mention of a shochu bar at the Soba Totto place on 43rd street, but is the bar there really just a few seats where people would only have a drink before being seated for dinner?

EN is probably more upscale than what I'm looking for. And I'm guessing too crowded. Is there a separate bar more relaxed than what the restaurant appears to be? Does this vary by night?

What about Shimizu, is that more of just a restaurant where nobody would just sit at the bar for a couple of shochus and maybe an appetizer or two?

It sounds like Umo No Ie is the closest to what I'm looking for, but does that place get ridiculously crowded? Can I count on walking in there at any time on say, a Thursday night and expect to find a table or a couple of seats at the bar?

Any ideas are appreciated. And ideally the bar will serve shochu flights and perhaps have fresh squeezed grapefruit juice available as well.

Aug 18, 2009
JacksonH in Manhattan

Yasuda Sushi~reservations essential?

OK, I see on menupages a "Sushi-Matsu" for $36 that includes 12 pieces and a half-roll. Do they essentially allow any 12 pieces that are available that day? That would really be a steal.

One note about reservations at Yasuda. They will generally call you the day before to confirm. If they leave a voicemail, you need to call back in time or they will cancel your reservation. On one occassion, they didn't call to confirm or just didn't bother to leave a message and the next day just before lunchtime I had a voicemail that my reservation was cancelled.

Aug 18, 2009
JacksonH in Manhattan

Does this even exist in Jackson Heights?

I usually order the bife de chorizo and a watercress salad at La Portena or Chivito de Oro though I've probably tried most of the cuts at the latter. Chivito de Oro can have issues with overcooking as well, but not to the point of burnt or dryness. Even besides the grass vs grain fed meat, I wouldn't expect any Argentine or Uruguayan parilla in Queens to compare to the big name steak houses.

If you like short ribs in general, you might want to try the BBQ short ribs at Texas Ranger, they're usually quite good. Not that I'd necessarily plan on bringing a kid in a stroller there, but Legends can actually be quiet enough sometimes.

Aug 18, 2009
JacksonH in Outer Boroughs

Yasuda Sushi~reservations essential?

Basic tuna/salmon/yellowtail/mackerel/eel should be $4-$5. Fatty tuna/urchin maybe $8-$9, I think. Eel other than unagi somewhere in between (sorry I don't have an old fish list here to say for sure, must have discarded it).

Lunch special will obviously not include toro, uni, peace passage oysters, specialty eels, etc, but you can generally put together a meal with recommended fish (marked off with red marks on the fish list I mentioned before). There's an option with sashimi that only includes one roll.

Might as well make a reservation if you're worried, I believe they are accepted for 12:00 & 1:30.

If you order a bunch of pieces a la carte I suppose one of every 7-8 may be comped. I won't bother telling you that X number of pieces will cost $Y because that totally depends on what you're ordering. Even with "omakase" you're entitled to request the chef include/exclude according to your likes/dislikes.

Aug 13, 2009
JacksonH in Manhattan

Autour du Monde

I was in there for dinner once, had the portobello/beet salad and the lamb shank, will go back to try something else sometime.

Wouldn't bother going back for brunch.

Aug 13, 2009
JacksonH in Outer Boroughs

Does this even exist in Jackson Heights?

Unless the extra walk or couple of bucks per entree is a big deal, I'd certainly choose Uncle Peter's over Novo.

El Chivito de Oro has a solid roast chicken, their beef on average is better than La Portena, surely they have a pasta or two and salads that are veggie friendly.

I suppose all those options are technically Latin American though.

I can't imagine any of these places, or Sapori, turning away someone with a stroller, you could always call to ask.

Sapori is probably be the best option of all those, if you can't convince someone to trek all the way there, I'd go w/ Uncle Peter's, but I doubt it's all that much closer to 74th & Roosevelt.

Aug 13, 2009
JacksonH in Outer Boroughs

smoke joint: what the ?!?!?

Had the short ribs and greens here and a similar experience to bigjeff. Ribs were quite tender, not in the least bit dry like so many have apparently experienced, but there was no smokiness whatsoever. Maybe the name of the place is supposed to be ironic. If you want smoky flavored short ribs go to Texas Ranger BBQ in the back of Legends Bar in Jackson Heights.

Jun 25, 2009
JacksonH in Outer Boroughs

tacos guicho cart status

The last time I ordered from the Guicho cart there were different people than I was used to seeing and the carnitas torta wasn't especially good.

Where is the store located? Did the competent people get moved there?

Jun 25, 2009
JacksonH in Outer Boroughs

Does good Indian exist in Brooklyn?

I think Bombay Masala on Franklin Ave in Crown Heights compares favorably to Seva in Astoria to anyone who is familiar with that place. Probably a notch below. Certainly better than any similar restaurants in Jackson Heights.

I'm new to Brooklyn so can't say how it compares to any other Indian in that borough.

Jun 25, 2009
JacksonH in Outer Boroughs

pho-bang new york or pho-vietnam?

Pho Bang has tasteless broth in NYC, I can't imagine it's any better exported to other countries.

Le Carolus

Wow. This place must be literally serving soups and appetizers out of cans, scooping main courses out of TV dinner boxes.

I've had worse, far worse tasting meals freshly prepared at restaurants hailed by foodies, but this place is just bizarre, charging $10/app, $20/main for Campbell's/nuveau spam/lean cuisine quality food. At least the soup was included. And it's BYOB. Bring lots of your own B if you bother coming here.

New and Untested in Jackson Heights

What kind of unsalubrious characters would discuss such heinous topics on an affable internet message board dedicated to the pursuit of delecable foods? That sort of behavior is simply offensive, it's just saddening. I for one am glad that the mods took attention to protect the more respectable members of this fine forum from witnessing such reprehensible comments.

As far as Tomo goes, I found the quality of the sushi questionable even at $1/piece. The mouthfeel just wasn't there in any of the eight differnet pieces I tried, and certain items tasted more than a bit....strange, the mackerel was simply awful. A yellowtail & scallion roll was acceptable, perhaps items like spicy tuna rolls or eel/avocado rolls would be palatable enough, but otherwise I'd just as soon pay double Tomo's (eventual) normal menu prices for good sushi.

The vegetable tempura was actually quite well prepared, fried to just the right texture, a light batter, even the tempura sauce seemed reasonbly close to what I've had served in Japan.

It appears besides the $1 sushi, they are probably being more generous with portion sizes on items they haven't otherwise discounted. For now.

Jul 03, 2008
JacksonH in Outer Boroughs

Healthy Eating In JH?

"perhaps the perfect grilled fish is waiting for you somewhere on Roosevelt."

I wouldn't count on it.

Actually, there' a Colombian tapas bar on Northern in the high 80s that does some decent grilled sardines, but you better bring a few boxes of breath mints if you plan on eating the whole plate, or even half of it.

Jul 03, 2008
JacksonH in Outer Boroughs

taqueria coatzingo

I find TC to be quite the opposite, you're fine sticking with tacos, but the specials are where everything seems a bit "off" (in particular the mole poblano). The joint can be 1/3 full or 2/3 full whether Monday or Saturday (or Thursday) and sometimes there are familiar faces among the waitress and other times not, so there's no need to proclaim a downhill alert based on 1 bad meal out of 13 for those reasons.

Now if only they would put Styx's "Boat on the River" in the mix with the Nortenos on a regular basis, I wouldn't care how much liver they put into the pipian.

Jul 03, 2008
JacksonH in Outer Boroughs

Sushi in Queens

Is there any Korean place that stands out in this regard?

Nov 13, 2007
JacksonH in Outer Boroughs

Szechuan Gourmet - latest trip

How is the eel here? Anybody try it?

Nov 13, 2007
JacksonH in Manhattan

Best places to buy BEER in the 5 boros

The two best places in Queens I'm aware of:

Flushing, on Northern Blvd at 166th St
Bayside, by the LIRR station on 41st Ave

I don't have names of either store, google is failing me and I think the Bayside place is pretty new, but for any Queens beer lovers who might be driving in the areas this might be helpful.

Nov 13, 2007
JacksonH in Outer Boroughs

Decent Bar in Jackson Heights?

Texas Ranger is your best bet in Jackson Heights for a beer and a ballgame. Orzabelle is probably referring to Cassidy's Ale House which is actually on the corner of 31st Ave and 75th St, a couple blocks above Northern. You might find Ready Penny appealing, they at least have TVs, unlike Novo. I suppose it's possible Novo might have 10 different bottles, but they're mostly the typical Bud/Heineken/Corona etc and I recall settling for a Sam Adams there. Not that you shouldn't go there, just don't expect any ball games or a wide selection of draft beer.

Scorpion, Cafe 75, La Jungla and any other bar on Roosevelt are going to be heavily Spanish speaking crowds that are going to be more interested in soccer from Latin America, not that it would be impossible to see a football game. These places are basically going to have a couple of provocatively dressed bartenders and a 99% male clientele.

Saints & Sinners in Woodside is a little bit closer than Donovan's, it's a good bar that has a few TVs. But a plate of 7 wings there is $9 and they don't even give you any celery or carrot sticks! Not sure if the rest of the food is so overpriced, I'd usually just be in there for drinks.

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Saints & Sinners
59-21 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11377

Ready Penny Inn
37-07 73rd St, Queens, NY 11372

Cassidy's Ale House
75-02 31st Ave, Queens, NY 11370

La Jungla
78-13 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11372

Nov 13, 2007
JacksonH in Outer Boroughs

Best BEER Restaurants (not bars)

Jimmy's No. 43 only has a couple of actual full meals on the menu, but they also have a few specials that change every day. I've never eaten more than snacks there, but the last time I was in there someone at the bar ordered this incredible looking thick slab of gourmet bacon. The bartender told me they have that pretty often, I hope they do next time I'm in there.

Nov 13, 2007
JacksonH in Manhattan

Nusura New Thai Restaurant in Elmhurst, NY

Just in case you miss the other Nusara thread, there is another poster who has had more favorable experiences here, and several of them.

http://www.chowhound.com/topics/451639

Oct 19, 2007
JacksonH in Outer Boroughs