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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

Extra Clam Broth (?)

Ok, great. No child but will bet the partner!!! Thanks, all!!

Aug 12, 2014
erica in Home Cooking

Extra Clam Broth (?)

I have about a quart of clam broth leftover after making a clear (Rhode Island-style) clam chowder (NYTimes Magazine recipe last Sunday). Flavorings in the broth are onions, celery, fresh thyme, dried bay leaf.

1. Will this freeze well?
2. Can I use it in place of fish stock, for poaching fish, or making a fish soup, for example?

Aug 12, 2014
erica in Home Cooking

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

Would you consider the Delmarva route via the Bay Tunnel? That would take you past Metompkin Seafood in Mappsville, Va, and into Eastern NC. I've traveled this route twice and plan to do so again (with another detour to Skylight) in December. I'm not sure it is that much longer than I-95, but do check if interested. I'm eager to hear your report once you return!

Aug 12, 2014
erica in Southeast

5 nights in Capetown

I think the V&A food market runs all day; it makes a good quick lunch stop. Please do report back!!!! You will love CapeTown, and the people you meet there!!

Aug 12, 2014
erica in Middle East & Africa

Driving NYC-> VA Beach. Stop for lunch between Wilmington and Ocean City?

Metompkin Seafood on 113 in Mappsville will be my lunch stop when I drive south from NYC next winter.

Aug 08, 2014
erica in Mid-Atlantic

Favorite Xiao Long Bao ( soup dumplings) in Queens?

Thanks, Scoop and Peter: I should have mentioned that I am aware of Main Street Imperial (will get there one day; I peered into the window to see if I could recognize a few of the dishes I'd read about here!!) and Lake Pavillion, but there seem to be a few other new places in that area, too. Will jot down the names next time I go, and check out Shanghai 33. Hopefully, we can have another group feast as soon as weather cools off!!

Aug 08, 2014
erica in Outer Boroughs

Favorite Xiao Long Bao ( soup dumplings) in Queens?

Made my first visit to Kung Fu yesterday afternoon. Proximity to the LIE makes it so convenient for those arriving by car. Liked the pork xlb very much. Dishes in the cold case looked very tempting, as noted above, and the kaufu from same case was remarkably good although perhaps too sweet for some tastes. Scallion pancake beautifully fried and not the greasy, heavy disc of dough we find at other places. The place is spanking clean; servers speak some English and all were welcoming. Cash only. We paid $14 before tip for the three dishes noted above.

I know about Flushing Main Street Taiwanese, but what of the other places on this block and nearby…noticed a vegetarian Shanghai place (the one with the big sign "no BYOB here!" one of those with "Bodhi" in the name) a few doors to the north…any other places I should sample near Kung Fu?

Thanks to all for alerting me about Kung Fu. Look forwward to trying some of the meat dishes soon, including the lion's head.

Aug 06, 2014
erica in Outer Boroughs

Where can I find great Greek yogurt? I had some for dessert last night

Do youself a favor and get on the train to Astoria. Once you discover the wonders out there, it may well become a part of your regular shopping rotation. Mediterranean Foods sells yogurt that puts Fage to shame; both their locations are within a block or two of subway stops. And their yogurts are just a small cube of the iceberg.

Aug 06, 2014
erica in Manhattan

Gazientep Turkey - Help please

E: I cannot thank you enough for responding with ana actual trip report filled with such useful, if not always encouraging, information. Well done. And thank you, again.

Aug 06, 2014
erica in Middle East & Africa

Report on Grana in Jamesport

Update on Grana: Four of us shared two pizzas, the eggplant and the meatball.
Both were excellent. But not sure if people realize that they have a very broad menu, with salads, fish, pastas, and steaks including a bistecca Fiorentina. We like this restaurant very much and only wish it were closer to our summer base further east. Excellent food, friendly and competent service..a winner in my book. For the first time I noticed the fig tree at the side of the building. Their fig pizza with Gorgonzola creme is one of my personal favorites!

Most creative nyc chefs?

Listed in the NYTimes article by Pete Wells, linked above, Ignacio Mattos is on our regular rotation. Kudos to Estela, to Mattos, and to supreme waitperson James.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/18/din...

Aug 01, 2014
erica in Manhattan

Trip Report: One Week in Puglia

I echo the thanks! I adore that area of the south, and am so pleased that you seem to share my positive opinion. I, too, would like to know where you stayed. I've had three visits, but stayed only at hotels, so have not had a chance to cook with local produce. I hope to have the opportunity on my next visit!!

Thank you again for your report!!

Aug 01, 2014
erica in Italy

Gazientep Turkey - Help please

Estufarian: I've read many of your most helpful posts. I am now musing about a possible trip to Antep, in combination with other places in Turkey. Curious is you did visit the city and if so, what is your opinion of the general food scene?
Turkish friends tell me that it is the best eating city in the country, and my interest has been recently piqued by article about baklava in the NYTimes..although I love sweets, I am more focused on the savory dishes of the city and its area:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/27/tra...

Aug 01, 2014
erica in Middle East & Africa

5 nights in Capetown

Another New Yorker here! An interesting food stop for you will be the V&A Market on the Wharf. You will almost certainly be in that area at least once during your stay, so plan to spend an hour there.

You can eat your way through various stands, sampling both local specialties such as biltong, and various ethnic treats--samoosas (note spelling!) and bobotie from the local Indian and Cape Malay kitchens. There is a very good juice stand inside that market.
Saturdays brings a food market in Woodstock but, as you noted, that is about a 20-minute taxi from the CBD.

I love CapeTown and consider the food scene there to be first-rate.
HAppy to answer any and all questions based on my two visits.

Jul 27, 2014
erica in Middle East & Africa

5 nights in Capetown

While I liked La Colombe very much, it cost about 600Rand RT by taxi. (about $30US each way, with driver waiting and including tip). I initially had the Roundhouse on my list; even with 7 nights, I could not visit all the interesting-sounding restaurants! Be sure to distinguish between what they term "African" restaurants, which means usually food rooted in tradition of sub-Saharan countries, and "South African," which can mean European or Asian-influenced food with excellent local ingredients. Most SA places will have some sort of white "line-caught"fish on the menu. I had a nice lunch at Beluga about 5 years ago; they have lots of seafood on menu and it is close to your hotel. Casual place located in a repurposed factory building; moderate prices and young crowd:
http://www.beluga.co.za/pdf/Beluga%20...

Jul 27, 2014
erica in Middle East & Africa

Overlapping text

Yes, happening on MacBook with Safari.

Jul 27, 2014
erica in Site Talk

5 nights in Capetown

Where are you staying? (I am asking only because you mention not wanting a long taxi ride, but you mention dining at The Roundhouse, which is in Camps Bay, well outside the CBD).

If you are ok with taxiing to Camps Bay, The Codfather is popular locally for seafood, and it is fun to choose your own and have it cooked to order..and they are open Sundays, when many places will be closed.

http://www.dining-out.co.za/md/Codfat...

Jul 26, 2014
erica in Middle East & Africa

Best cochinillo/suckling pig in Madrid?

Butterfly that is truly helpful, as well as inspirational as far as trip planning. Thank you.

Jul 23, 2014
erica in Spain/Portugal

Tickets and 41 Degrees closing? Barcelona must visit restaurants?

Once more, the sagest of advice from PBSF.

Jul 21, 2014
erica in Spain/Portugal

On The Hunt: New Sesame Pancake Purveyors

Happened upon this post by chance and wonder: What impact does it have it Prosperity has been "thoroughly discovered?" And what does 'just not my thing" mean in relation to Vanessa's? Are you looking for ambience above product? Eat there or take out?

Jul 21, 2014
erica in Manhattan
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Remember Hobeau's?

You might mean Chu Chu Bianco, also known as Rocky Lee, which was on Second Avenue and where the Asian bartender took bets and where Frank, indeed, was spotted. They had good pizza and other dishes. I went often, although was not any way in part of the "in" crowd.

Not far away was Goldberg's Pizza on Second...

Jul 20, 2014
erica in Manhattan