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CSAs for lower Westchester County?

That doesnt sound much like a CSA to me

Jun 17, 2011
rebloonin in New York State (exc. NYC)

looking for laid back diner/cafe in Park Slope near 4th Ave

Now that I have seen the menu, looks like a great spot to share some wine and lots of little bruschettis!

May 02, 2011
rebloonin in Outer Boroughs

looking for laid back diner/cafe in Park Slope near 4th Ave

The owners of Bar Toto and Provini have a nice looking spot at the corner of 9th street and 3rd ave, just a block from the subway (F,G,R).
It never is crowded when I pass by it (probably because it's not on a heavily foot trafficked corner) but it looks lovely and a place I would definitely try.
Oh, found the link for you...
http://bartano.com/

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Bar Toto
475 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Bar Tano
457 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Provini
1302 8th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

May 02, 2011
rebloonin in Outer Boroughs

more Brooklyn Fairway disappointment

Luckily I make my own seltzer at home. It's a joy. And for someone who loves her seltzer, no more recycling!

May 02, 2011
rebloonin in Outer Boroughs

more Brooklyn Fairway disappointment

I have been shopping at the RH Fairway for only a few years and admittedly wasn't going for the cheese section so can't really report there. Over all I love it. I'll take it over C-Town any day. I do happen to only go once every couple months, with my other shopping being korean bodegas, Union Market, and Trader Joe's.

What I enjoy about Fairway- lunch out on the water (though my beloved lobster roll has been skimpy lately), their Fairway smoked salmon is like buttah, one stop shopping in general, somewhat decent organic packaged foods section, the olive/pickle bar, they stopped carrying Sonny and Joe's chummus for positive political reasons (Sonny and Joe's wasn't paying employees among other issues). I used to be more excited about their meat section (they *do* have great sales on USDA prime sometimes) but lately have been cooking way less meat so I rarely even look anymore. The fish section requires savviness. They have tilapia from China but also local wild fish from NY. It takes thinking outside the box and eating lesser known varieties to see that they do sometimes carry good fresh fish.

Things I do not enjoy...their smoked salmon has gone up in price and it was already really expensive, the organic produce section is pathetic and shoved in the corner like a disobedient child, they stopped putting out coupons for $10 off $100s or more (which I used to put towards a $10 car ride home).

I always make sure to hit up their sales and check their online circular before going, making sure the trip will be worth it. I do wish they would up the ante with organics and local food.

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Union Market
754 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

May 01, 2011
rebloonin in Outer Boroughs

Best Bagels in NYC

I like H&H and yes, Bagel Hole in Park Slope is also great. But I have to say, and I never thought I would be saying this, the best bagels I have had in the NY area, because technically it's not NY, is at Bagelwich in Verona, New Jersey. Hands down.

Apr 03, 2011
rebloonin in Manhattan

CSAs for lower Westchester County?

Oops! here ya go http://www.localharvest.org/

Mar 14, 2011
rebloonin in New York State (exc. NYC)

CSAs for lower Westchester County?

This website might be of help to you. I love my CSA farm but we pick up in Brooklyn. Goodluck!

Mar 14, 2011
rebloonin in New York State (exc. NYC)

Dumbo lunch?

Sorry for the late response. We actually wound up eating on Smith Street. Dumbo didn't happen. Thank you for the suggestion though!

Mar 14, 2011
rebloonin in Outer Boroughs

Dumbo lunch?

Gotchya, thank you. So you are or you are not recommending the Dumbo General Store? :) Sorry for my confused state :)

Mar 08, 2011
rebloonin in Outer Boroughs

Dumbo lunch?

What does ETA mean? Estimated Time of Arrival?? :)

Mar 07, 2011
rebloonin in Outer Boroughs

Dumbo lunch?

Looking for lunch this Wednesday in Dumbo. I live in Brooklyn but don't know that hood very well. Any suggestions? Looking to not break the bank but not go for cheap burritos either. Some place with a yummy menu (pardon being vague) and where my cousin can get a glass of wine. We'll be heading there around 2:00. We both *try* to eat healthfully when possible so while we're not aiming for a bowl full of lettuce I think we're also not aiming for just pizza. Thanks for the feedback and ideas! :)

Mar 07, 2011
rebloonin in Outer Boroughs

Al Di La... Overrated?

I personally really love the joint but I could see how it could go wrong for some people. In my experience, the best dishes were not the mains. Actually. I had an unforgettable pork chop there a couple years ago.
Recently though I have found their housemade gnocchi in pork ragu to be out of this world in addition to am amazing, very classic and done perfectly pasta carbonara which can be so bastardized in so many places.
The wait can be annoying (but I like that they take a phone number which allows us to grab a drink nearby while we wait) but I kind of go in with the expectation I will have to wait so that if thee is not a wait I am pleasantly surprised :)
Overall I have had the best luck with apps and pastas (and the random porkchop) and I still really enjoy the food here that as long as I am living in Park Slope I'll continue to go once in a while.

Sidenote: I have heard great things about Convivium Osteria so I hope to dine there sometime soon :)

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Convivium Osteria
68 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Oct 31, 2010
rebloonin in Outer Boroughs

Coney Island: Worth the Trip?

Without even reading what other people have posted here I will say that no, it is NOT worth going to Coney Island. I live in Brooklyn off the F train which is what you can take to get out to CI and after having been twice last summer (a concert and a cyclones game) I was so grossed out by the overall scene and had my fill for a very long time.

Honestly, you can get a Nathan's hotdog anywhere and for pizza you should really head to Difara's in Midwood. The best. The subway ride out to CI isnt really so terrible it just simply isn't worth it. It's so gross out there. It smells, it's dirty, and the old novelty and charm sadly has faded into this depressed state. Yukky.

Oct 31, 2010
rebloonin in Outer Boroughs

Clam Chowder Recommendations?

I was just in Boston for one night this weekend and went to Neptune today for late lunch. Especially because the place is tiny, it was packed but because it was 2:30, a lull in the afternoon, we got a seat right away.
Chowder was delish. Different than any kind I've had and have grown to love (the gloppy thick kind) but it was really great trying this style (creamy but thin, not heavy and very fresh tasting) and hubby and I agreed it was very tasty.

Fried Ipswich clams we ordered but could have done without. At $19 we were expecting something more memorable but perhaps it was due to the nature of the small clams? I think if they were larger clams it would have made for a better batch of fried clams. They just werent clammy enough. So be it, glad we tried them. Goes to show how much we know about different varieties of clams.

The lobster roll we had was to die for- decadence through and through. We got the hot lobster roll which was warm meat, no mayo, but rather drenched in butter. Usually i find $25 to be a little bit steep for a lobster roll but this one was so jam packed with meat it was worth it. Glad hubby and I split it because the butter was a little overwhelming *and* it came with fries (but who are we kidding, it was all about the lobster).

I highly recommend this place- parking in the area is tough (but we eventually found a free spot) but this place didn't have a crazy touristy trap vibe and the lobster roll was ridiculous.

Oct 31, 2010
rebloonin in Greater Boston Area

Yummy suggestion for Mom's bday?

Yeah I have read similar reviews. We'll be ok though. She doesnt require anything too fancy. She's pretty easy to please. I think she will appreciate the follow up of walking in the park.

Jul 12, 2010
rebloonin in Manhattan

Yummy suggestion for Mom's bday?

I think we're going to try Bouchon Bakery in the Time Warner building. I hear its a little tight in there but it has grilled cheese and tomato soup which she loves- plus an array of other salads and such. Then we can walk around the Time Warner building (which I could care less about but she would love) and walk with iced coffees into the park.

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Bouchon Bakery
10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

Jul 12, 2010
rebloonin in Manhattan

Yummy suggestion for Mom's bday?

Thanks, menu looks yummy. Not sure there's enough there for her though. She doesnt eat shellfish either lol :) I on the other hand eat it all :)

Jul 12, 2010
rebloonin in Manhattan

Yummy suggestion for Mom's bday?

I should also mention she doesnt eat meat. She eats fish, no meat.

Jul 12, 2010
rebloonin in Manhattan

Yummy suggestion for Mom's bday?

I'm taking my mom out for lunch on Friday- she is coming into Grand Central from CT, I'll be meeting here there from Park Slope.
I wanted to take her to Lady M's for tea (she has always wanted to go) but I can only get a later reservation. She also doesn't want half her lunch being desserts :)
She suggested Sarabeths but she has been many times I I would like for us to go somewhere new. I thought maybe Balthazar but she has been there once.

The place doesnt have to be fancy but should be somewhere with a variety on the menu- salads, sandwiches, entrees. We dont need to stay around Grand Central because we'll take the train wherever but I dont want it to be too big of a haul transferring and whatnot.

If you have a favorite place you like, a cute little bistro lunch spot or cafe thats been around forever, I would love to hear about it.

Thanks!

Jul 12, 2010
rebloonin in Manhattan

Habana (SONO) Reopens in Stamford

stacy? :) i used to work there too :)

Jun 29, 2010
rebloonin in Southern New England

Kosher bakeries near DiFara (Isaac's)

I personally do not like all those expensive, not so amazing Ashkenazi bakeries....try Pita Sababa for some really yummy Syrian pastries. They have the BEST fresh pita, amazing chummus and various salads in their fridge, delish little cookies and really really yummy baklava in every shape and form. Its not right by Difaras- its at 540 Kings Highway but its so much better IMO than the Midwood Ashkenazi brethren.

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Pita Sababa
540 Kings Hwy, Brooklyn, NY 11223

Jun 26, 2010
rebloonin in Outer Boroughs

GOOD Jewish Bakery in Brooklyn???

I cant bare to read through every one of the responses here, but, if you can make it out to Long Island, Long Beach to be specific, I remember from my youth, Country Boy Bakery to have some amazing onion rolls. Maybe make a day out of it and continue on out to the beach.

Jun 26, 2010
rebloonin in Outer Boroughs

Best Cheap Eats and Happy Hours? In town for 2 days.

Do you think I need suggestions or can I can peruse the market and find a spot not too touristy? I just dont want to walk around there and fall into a tourist food trap you know? We might also want to seek out a good spot to sit and eat crabs- suggestions? We're thinking bib and hammer style.

Aug 03, 2009
rebloonin in Pacific Northwest

Best Cheap Eats and Happy Hours? In town for 2 days.

Sweet. thanks mrnelso. I'm staying at 68th street and 30th ave i believe? NE?
I've been informed that we need to take a bus to get into downtown and its no big whoop for us.
"I'm down with cioppino!" the fiance just yelled from the other room. And, "Nice. I'll take that advice." Would you say that it would be for sharing as an app? Sounds like a filling app for one person, no?

Aug 02, 2009
rebloonin in Pacific Northwest

Best Cheap Eats and Happy Hours? In town for 2 days.

Hey Westcoasters,
I'm coming in from NY with the fiance on Wednesday 8/5, staying in the city until Friday morning and then heading to the Gorge for a couple concerts. We have never bee to the city before (would be nice if we had more time, oh well, hopefully another time) and we are both big "foodies" (getting sick of that word).
Being from NY, we do get our fare share of quality pretty much everything. We're not looking to do any fancy dinners but still want yummy yum food. Although I want to go to the market and maybe even try Matt's since I keep hearing about it, my goal usually when I travel is to eat where the locals eat. I'll bullet-point for your convenience.
Where can I find....
-Very good coffee
-Good breakfast (gimme your fav spots, and places that serve breakfast during the week)
-Really good happy-hour (not sports bar style). I'm thinking oysters, yummy fresh apps, creative drinks, not cheesy atmosphere yet somewhere chill enough we can wear whatever we want
-Maybe some good Vietnamese (I'm thinking Pho since I've never had it...though if its very hot out there this week which I hear it has been lately, we may not be trying to eat hot soup)
-Good cheap eats or a Seattle "must have" spot you love and think is quality
-Affordable (not thai, not italian, not pizza) dinner spot
Keep in mind we're willing to walk a bit to get off the main drag if it means getting to a better spot. We walk everywhere so we're used to it. Also by "affordable" I mean less than $20 for entrees. But if you think there's a certain place we cant miss and its more than that, please inform. Also I request no thai, italian, or pizza suggestions because we eat so much of it out here.
Also, if any of you know fun things going on this Wednesday or Thursday or have any suggestions in general of things you would show friends if they were in Seattle for only 1.5 days I would love suggestions. This includes great stores of any kind, thrift shops and so on.
Thanks guys, looking forward to hearing what your brains have to offer.

Aug 02, 2009
rebloonin in Pacific Northwest

Moving to Stamford CT. Where to eat?

Agreed about Mario's, not the same. That's ok. I just get my pizza in Brooklyn now :)

Jul 31, 2009
rebloonin in Southern New England

Red Hook Ball Fields Latino Food

Here is a map for you....you have to zoom in

http://gis.nyc.gov/parks/lc/NYCParkMapIt.do;jsessionid=63B98C77D7729971E79C68340851261D
And here is a great article that I have to say I am PSYCHED to just find!
http://eater.com/archives/2008/03/red...

Last summer, the soccer fields were zilch. There was nothing but a few vendors out on the road. I did however get to experience the vendors the year *before* that and thank god because yes, its amazing. I feel lucky that I got in on the action when there were talks of the vendors possibly being no more.

Apparently a 6 year contract- woohoo! Give yourself the entire day. And plan to wait on very long lines for food. Its worth it though.

Mar 25, 2009
rebloonin in Outer Boroughs

Moving to Stamford CT. Where to eat?

Just found this post- wow, long time.
gunksny- I never said Kiku was high on my list for decor, nor did I recommend it for a romantic date so I can see why you would have been disappointed. For sure Kiku is not romantic or cozy. When I eat sushi though I'm after the food, the freshness of the fish and the temperature of the rice- not the decoration really. But I can respect where you're coming from. Or at least where you were coming from that evening.

For me though, fancy decor and a candelit table doesnt make up for crappy sushi. I'm a sashimi eater so I'm not always able to accept sushi as good when its covered up with sweet sauces (which of course I can also love)

I still stand by Kiku.

Mar 25, 2009
rebloonin in Southern New England

Best Dim Sum on the weekend?

Ohhh, snap from KT. Maybe I'll forget Dim Sum altogether and keep it simple with some roast duck. Mm.

Oct 21, 2008
rebloonin in Manhattan