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Lombardi's comes to Mattituck

Here is more on the Latham's/Tuthill/Orient issue:

http://suffolktimes.timesreview.com/2...

about 23 hours ago
erica in New York State (exc. NYC)

Dinner at The NoMad (Restaurant) -- Recommendations

Really delicious. I liked it better than the legendary pasta with crab that was on an earlier menu. Let us know the details after your dinner...maybe one of these days we can meet up for a meal there!

1 day ago
erica in Manhattan

Lombardi's comes to Mattituck

See, I knew you were joking! And you always have to make the distinction between Orienters and Orient Point-ers!!! (There are even two different decals for your car..!)

The biggest excitement on the food scene in the past few years was the opening of a branch of the pie shop from Gowanus, Four and Twenty Blackbirds, run by the charming and adorable Toby. But sometimes they run out of pies.

We do get Van Leeuwen ice cream and TomCat bread at the Fork and Anchor store on the Main Road in East Marion..really great little store:

http://forkandanchor.com/

And, not to mention the one and only food store in Orient, the Country Store, which sells everything from canned baked beans to home-made baked goods:

http://suffolktimes.timesreview.com/2...

Thank goodness for our two local farm stands, Latham's in Orient (the scary rumor has it that their farmland will soon give way to development) and Sep's in East Marion!!

Well, unasked, I've given you the roundup of the food scene out here, in less than 5 minutes!!! I hate to admit this, but the new Costco in Riverhead is a welcome addition; we no longer have to depend solely on the iGA in Greenport.

Lombardi's comes to Mattituck

Thanks for that.....perhaps we (in Orient) no longer have to travel to Jamesport for good pizza!! Pizza all day long?? Sit down or just take out?

Dinner at The NoMad (Restaurant) -- Recommendations

Tagliolini with clams.

2 days ago
erica in Manhattan

Peasant Restaurant

Read your review on Yelp; is this the lamb that you had?

http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/peasan...

How many persons were in your party?

If you hated the steak, did you send it back, or mention it to staff?

I mentioned that i've had Peasant on my list for ages, but somehow never was eager enough to book a table...

Not sure I agree, though, that you should be able to bring dessert for no fee.... would never occur to me, to do so..

Sep 13, 2014
erica in Manhattan

4 lunches in Madrid in mid-Sept; interesting food, 100-120 E a couple (w. wine)

Here are two of my standbys in Madrid:

Taberna Laredo (cocina del autor--chef-driven, casual place)

Casa Rafa (classic seafood; open Sunday lunch when many places are shuttered)

Sep 11, 2014
erica in Spain/Portugal

Peasant Restaurant

I'm curious about what you ate; I have never been there although it has been on my list for years. Can you elaborate further on the dinner?

I would not think that steak would be the best item on their menu but again, I've not been, and am curious...

Sep 11, 2014
erica in Manhattan

Best Old School/ Traditional NYC Small Batch Food Makers

Borgatti Ravioli..fresh pasta cut to order; outstandingly helpful staff. Bronx.

Calandra Cheese..my favorite for ricotta, and many other cheeses, in the Bronx. Lovely staff.

Greek Yogurt, tzatziki, taramasalata, and other spreads....Mediterreanean Foods, with two locations in Astoria.

I could spend all my days roaming around to the various food shops in the area....my shoulders pay the price!!

Honorable mention: Burek at Djerdan (Bosnian) in Astoria, among a few of the burek places I like; with a green salad--great dinner.

Sep 11, 2014
erica in Outer Boroughs

Florence-- your thoughts on our list...

Allende, you are one of the gems of Chowhound and I've learned so much from your posts through the years. About Sostanza, is it too full of tourists at dinner and therefore better at lunch? Or is there another reason to book lunch? (I've been to Florence quite a few times but never had the opportunity to eat there; do like Vecchia Bettola very much, though!)

Sep 09, 2014
erica in Italy

First time to DF

I mentioned this after reading quite a few reports of how the second string chefs helm the evening meals, and how the experience has suffered because of this. Quintonil comes to mind, but there have been others mentioned.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/03/din...

Sep 09, 2014
erica in Mexico

First time to DF

I will be following this thread with interest. We are two New Yorkers (one, a Mexican novice) who will be in the DF for a week in late October, and have many of the same places on our list. One concern I have with Pujol is that Chef Olvera will be spending most of his time in New York for the launch of Cosme.

Is there a way for us to discern whether or not Chef Olvera will be at Pujol on the desired day we wish to dine? And if he is not there, how much does the experience suffer?

Sep 08, 2014
erica in Mexico

B√Ętard

Do you think that he was aware of your dozens of reviews on Yelp, and your contributions to Chowhound?

Sep 04, 2014
erica in Manhattan

Anyone been to Denny's yet?

Anyone have a link to the menu? Same pricing as other Denny's? (Partner is quite excited about this new addition to the dining scene..)

Aug 29, 2014
erica in Manhattan

Madrid Trip Report -- hits and near-misses

Thanks for the report. We've begun our last few visits with late lunch at Casa Rafa. Charming traditional restaurant, open Sunday lunch, which is not the norm for the capital.

Madrid one of the unsung food capitals of Europe.

Aug 27, 2014
erica in Spain/Portugal

I've eaten here and it was good! (I'll go first) Sweetwater (Boynton)

Can you explain further about the beers and why they were strange? Do you mean that they were not familiar to you?

And what was wrong with the lobster..too much spicing?

I will be heading to the area again in a few months and am always looking for good spots. This place looks interesting,, based on their online menu. Perhaps the clientele skews very young (??)

What are your favorites in the general area--from Palm Beach south to Pompano?

Thank you.

Oaxaca for dummies

I will be at Casa Oaxaca for a week in November. Have read various reports about dinner there.....wonder if this is a "safe" place oriented only towards gringos; should I add it to my just-evolving list(??)

Aug 26, 2014
erica in Mexico

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Outer Borough Memories

Is Royal Crown now closed, after some reported legal issues?

I adored that bakery.

Aug 25, 2014
erica in Outer Boroughs

Ralph and Dave's in Verplank

Speaking of Verplanck, I have long heard raves (not from CHers) about a place named Paradise.

Any one care to comment about this restaurant? Is their pizza really superb?

http://www.paradiseverplanck.com/

The NoMad Bar

K: Thanks for that, and for your myriad informative posts over the years!! Think the restaurant is more the place for me.

Aug 24, 2014
erica in Manhattan

The NoMad Bar

Is there any reason, apart from price, that I should try NoMad Bar instead of NoMad, which is one of my "regular" restaurants?

Should add that I abhor loud spaces but am willing to dine early to avoid. And not interested too much in cocktails, as prefer to drink wine.

Aug 23, 2014
erica in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Outer Borough Memories

I will add one of our favorite near the track (Aqueduct)--Don Peppe, in Ozone Park. Still in business, although I've not been in about 30 years, or more.

Any recent reports?

My first taste of raw clams was at Lundy's in South Brooklyn, mentioned above. Brooklyn Restaurant Hall of Fame.

Partner who grew up in the Bronx, near the stadium, long ago, has offered:

The Jerome Cafeteria, on 161st Street
Addie Vallins Ice Cream Parlor
The Roxy Delcatessen on 161st Street

Aug 19, 2014
erica in Outer Boroughs

EATING IN MEXICO CITY..my tentative list, plus request for barbacoa

Cristina: Great idea, never knew about InterJet. I had the idea that the bus from Puebla to Oaxaca would pass great scenery..volcanoes, etc. But right...why spend the time on the bus, instead of in Oaxaca. Will look into this, and thank you again.

And will heed the advice about the barbacoa. Perhaps El Bajio is not in the cards for this trip, but I have a feeling that I may return in not too long a time. Will connect with you before departure.

Aug 19, 2014
erica in Mexico

EATING IN MEXICO CITY..my tentative list, plus request for barbacoa

Contramar is now on the "definite" list.

Cristina, many thanks for the info on the Bellas Artes tour, and all of the other information you've offered here.

Just to clarify: El Bajio will have barbacoa every day, not just on weekends (??)

How am I going to fit in all these amazing sounding eating places, let alone have time for non-food-related activities!?
So glad that I planned a full week in the city.

After DF, we were planning on taking the bus to Puebla and staying there for two nights before taking the bus to Oaxaca. I will start a thread on those two cities soon..

Aug 19, 2014
erica in Mexico

Fresh ravioli?

Try DiPalo and Ideal Cheese (First Avenue@52nd Street).

Or make the trip to the Bronx, to Borgatti.

Aug 17, 2014
erica in Manhattan
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EATING IN MEXICO CITY..my tentative list, plus request for barbacoa

Cristina, Many thanks for truly giving me food for thought! I will put both Biko and Quintonil on the "maybe" list, while adding Nicos to the definite category.

Choosing either Biko or Quintonil, it sounds as if you would choose Biko, correct? Or neither? (I realize that they are quite different from one another)

If we have time, perhaps we will try the carnitas at Reina de Roma, or maybe just leave the carnitas on the plate for this trip.

Ditto the regional foods, except the barbacoa. (The sonoran place sounds a bit meat-heavy after all these barbecue spots)

I have such a hankering for the lamb bbq after having sampled it so many years ago. Have you heard anything about Barbacoa de Santiago, or Restaurante Enrique, for barbacoa?

Another place that I read about (I think on a local Spanish-language food blog) is La Oveja Negra, but could not find an actual online menu, or list of opening hours. They have a branch in Santa Maria la Ribera, which looks pretty central. Any thoughts on this place?

http://www.restaurantesovejanegra.com...

I remember years ago that some places served barbecue only on weekends, so will have to check that by phone, I guess, once I select a few possibilities. Or perhaps I am thinking more of street- or road-side places, that only offer it on weekends (?

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I plan to spend some quality hours reading your blog, and will start another thread on dining in Oaxaca once I get a handle on the capital. Many questions to come! Will also take a look at possibilities for a market tour.

Aug 17, 2014
erica in Mexico

NY to Charleston (Kiawah), am I missing anything?

That is absolutely one of the best ways to find good food, no matter the destination. I've also had good luck overseas (not for BBQ, however) by asking market vendors where they would eat for a special celebration; often they will tell me who buys their produce and why that particular place is worth considering. I hope you will report back...sounds like some good chow is coming your way!

Aug 16, 2014
erica in Southeast

EATING IN MEXICO CITY..my tentative list, plus request for barbacoa

OMG: Nicos looks great, and the weekend will find me on line early to taste the mutton/lamb at Cocina Vianey. A million thanks for those two. Curious about the opening times for Nicos--they are open until 7pm, according to their website. So does that mean they are serving will be serving lunch/comida until shortly before they close, so one could arrive about 5:30 or 6pm?

I also read your post about El Bajio, where they seem to have the borrego (and carnitas!) daily, along with lots of other great-sounding food, and even have several branches convenient to the center. Would you recommend the original location over the others, even if somewhat of a trek by taxi? Should I add this place to the list? They list the barbacoa under "desayuno," but they must have it at other meals, right?

http://www.restauranteelbajio.com.mx/...

Will also try to check out Kaliman for tacos, as it looks great as well.

Aug 16, 2014
erica in Mexico

EATING IN MEXICO CITY..my tentative list, plus request for barbacoa

Two of us are planning a week in Mexico City in late October/early November. Based on what I've read so far, including the helpful threads here on CH, I've come up with a list and hope that the "experts" will offer counsel on favorite dishes in each place, as well as helping me finalize the list. The restaurants will be supplemented by street food, and I will do more reading on that before returning with specific questions.

Most places are closed Sunday nights, or so it appears. So we will probably plan a big lunch on that day, and may include other lunches as well.

I have El Hidalguense on my list for the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I think I would like to add another barbecue place. Years ago I remember weekend dining at a very large restaurant in the south of the city that was known for lamb barbecue on weekends, and also had live music. I don't remember the name or location but it was filled with families and had great atmosphere. But I have come across three possibilities that seem to offer what I am looking for and that may have lamb on weekends. Curious to hear the comments of anyone who has been. Which would be most convenient to the center; we are staying in Polanco and I know these will be a long taxi ride (??)

1. Restaurante Enrique, Insurgentes Sur, Tlalpan
http://www.enrique.com.mx/

2. Restaurante Arroyo, Insurgentes Sur, Tlalpan
http://www.arroyorestaurante.com.mx/

3. Barbacoa de Santiago, Colonia Napoles
http://www.barbacoadesantiago.mx/

Now, for my tentative list; please let me know if you agree about these, and if you have favorite dishes at any of them; I realize that comida is the main meal, but would it be terrible if we dined in the evening instead at most of these? Are any of them far better for lunch? Again, we will supplement with street food.

DULCE PATRIA (we are staying 7 nights at Las Alcobas, which houses the restaurant

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QUINTONIL

PUJOL

EL HUEQUITO, for Tacos al Pastor and what else? Any particular branch far better than any other?

EL HIDALGUENSE (weekend barbecue)

BIKO

The list is weighted toward high-end dining but it is difficult to cut any of them, given the great things I've read. I do wonder if Biko is a good reflector of local flavors, or if it is too European and not "Mexican" enough. (??)

We will have one additional dinner (two if we eliminate the BBQ "palaces" I mentioned at the top of this post. Is there anything more mid-range that stands out? (I did read about Azul Historico but wonder about more modest spots to round out the list; any family favorites or places with standout classic dishes? Any place famous for carnitas?

We will travel to Puebla and Oaxaca after the DF, so will not seek out those cuisines during this week. Any regional places I must visit? I should mention that the travel partner is not only a spice shunner, but also has a sensitive stomach.

Many thanks to the regulars on this board for providing so much great information! I just booked our tickets and am extremely excited about returning to Mexico after many years.

Aug 16, 2014
erica in Mexico

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

Anyone remember Guy Pascal's patisserie on First Avenue@52nd Street, across the street from the former Mid-City food Market?

Aug 15, 2014
erica in Manhattan