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casual food & drinks for a large group

no one's been to these places/has any ideas?

Nov 13, 2011
morisaur in Outer Boroughs

Two Weeks in HK/Macau - Restaurant Suggestions

yes there was shark fin, abalone, etc. i mean, those ingredients are great, but i think the way in which they are used is much more important... the dishes shouldn't ride on the fact that the ingredients are there in the first place.

the fried rice makes more sense in that context.

thanks for the recommendation, unfortunately i don't know when i'll be in hong kong again!

Dim Sum for some, but not only, vegetarians and kids

i'd second dim sum go go. i think they're kind of known for having good vegetarian dumplings and i've taken vegetarians there who have been impressed. also i don't really do vegetarian so i can attest for their carnivore offerings as well (although i haven't been back for some years). they are also accommodating for large groups and children.

Nov 11, 2011
morisaur in Manhattan

Reservations in Greenpoint, cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens?????

you could try melt in park slope, i believe they take reservations.

i've also heard some good things about seersucker in carroll gardens, although i haven't been.

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Melt
440 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Seersucker
329 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Nov 09, 2011
morisaur in Outer Boroughs

Donuts

i love peter pan but just be aware of the fact they don't do everything well. their honey dip is great, and a few of the others are good too, but i would suggest staying away from their more fancy offerings (i.e. anything with cream, jam, etc). they do simple best. and definitely go early and get them fresh. the first doughnuts i had from them a friend had a picked up in the morning and didn't get to me until that evening and i thought they were pretty mediocre, having heard so much about them. but they really are good fresh! simple, but good.

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Peter Pan Donut & Pastry
727 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Nov 08, 2011
morisaur in Outer Boroughs

casual place for large group

no one's been to any of these places or has any other ideas?

Nov 08, 2011
morisaur in Manhattan

Looking for Excellent Mid or Up Scale Mexican

It's really not that easy to find good Mexican food in NYC. That said, I think Hecho en Dumbo is pretty wonderful.

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Hecho en Dumbo
354 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

Nov 08, 2011
morisaur in Manhattan

Looking for budget conscious, but great-tasting non-intimidating options for eating alone in lower Manhattan/midtown.

hecho en dumbo is great but if you're looking for something on the cheaper end i would definitely try pinche taqueria (i recommend the carnitas tacos). it's more of a takeout place but there are places to sit.

xi'an famous foods is cheap, spicy, and delicious.

crif dogs for hot dogs.

breakfast: maybe do peels? you can sit at the counter, so you won't feel uncomfortable being alone. same for locanda verde. i personally prefer locanda verde but i think peels is cheaper.

there are frequently a number of solo diners at these places and i've eaten at the majority of them alone and never felt uncomfortable. then again i'm not entirely sure i know what you mean by budget conscious so these might be a little more lowbrow than you're looking for.

Nov 07, 2011
morisaur in Manhattan

Restaurants everyone loves--except you

the breslin. over salty and just... gross. the pig's foot was so fatty it made me feel nauseous.

egg. everyone loves this place. it baffles me. it's overpriced and mediocre. same with prune, ippudo, and pies n thighs.

and i gotta throw in the sandwiches at torrisi. disappoint

Nov 06, 2011
morisaur in Manhattan

casual food & drinks for a large group

already posted this on the manhattan board, but i figure outer borough folk have a better idea of casual.

i'm inviting a group of friends to meet up on a friday evening. the idea is to pick a time and place where we can get dinner and then stick around for drinks, maybe relocating to somewhere in the area at a later point.

i'm inviting a little more than 20 people. my guess is that no more than 10 will show up for dinner. more people will probably show up for drinks, but probably not all at the same time. the main thing is that with this amount of people, i need somewhere pretty casual where people can drop in and out, where there is enough room, and where the food is good. somewhere in williamsburg would be the most convenient for most of the people who would be coming (although i'm open to ev or les).

my ideas: mable's smokehouse, the commodore, hill country, or maybe radegast (although i've heard the food is bad?).

are these places any good/big enough?

Nov 05, 2011
morisaur in Outer Boroughs

Sunday breakfast/brunch that starts earlier than 11?

i'd second peels, clinton st, and locanda verde.

personally not a big fan of prune. nice atmosphere but the food's not worth the wait or the money.

you could also maybe try joseph leonard, which opens at 10:30.

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Joseph Leonard
170 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

Nov 05, 2011
morisaur in Manhattan

casual place for large group

dbgb could work but i don't know if you can really drop in there? they always look pretty crowded and i don't really know how many people are going to end up coming on time or how many people are going to actually want to eat.

haven't been by wong but it seems less casual than what i'm looking for.

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DBGB
299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

Nov 05, 2011
morisaur in Manhattan

casual place for large group

i'm inviting a group of friends to meet up on a friday evening. the idea is to pick a time and place where we can get dinner and then stick around for drinks, maybe relocating to somewhere in the area at a later point.

i'm inviting a little more than 20 people. my guess is that no more than 10 will show up for dinner. more people will probably show up for drinks, but probably not all at the same time. the main thing is that with this amount of people, i need somewhere pretty casual where people can drop in, where there is enough room, and where the food is good. somewhere in williamsburg or in the ev or les would be the most convenient for most of the people who would be coming.

my ideas: mable's smokehouse, the commodore, hill country, or maybe radegast (although i've heard the food is bad?).

are these places any good/big enough?

for drinks i was thinking somewhere like union pool could work, but if it's too cold there isn't really a lot of room inside, so i'm reconsidering.

Nov 05, 2011
morisaur in Manhattan

London Pastry Chef Visiting, need your input!

good point! the creme brulee doughnut is a yeast doughnut. other than that i'm not partial to their yeast doughnuts. if you want the yeast type i prefer the honey glaze at peter pan doughnuts in greenpoint.

Nov 04, 2011
morisaur in Outer Boroughs

cocktail bars

if you've already been to milk & honey, i don't know if little branch is worth recommending, but it's one of my favorites. also if you're at all interested in sake bars, decibel is a lot of fun.

Nov 03, 2011
morisaur in Manhattan

cocktail bars

if you're in bk at all, char no 4 is great for bourbon

Nov 03, 2011
morisaur in Manhattan

non european food NYC recommendations

i would say definitely hit up momofuku. ssam bar is my favorite but noodle bar is definitely worth going to as well, maybe for lunch, especially if you want ramen (i wouldn't recommend ippudo - if you want more traditional style ramen i'd try minca). for more good food with asian influence: kin shop, fatty crab, or fatty cue. for cheap chinese, x'ian is great. for slightly more pricey japanese, i'm really partial to the pigs' foot hot pot at hakata ton-ton (but be sure to make a reservation).

for mexican, on the more expensive end i would try hecho en dumbo. for cheaper eats (in this case tacos) pinche taqueria.

if you want bbq i would head over to fette sau, which has a fun vibe, is very new brooklyn. pies n' thighs i am not very impressed with, although i think the chicken biscuit there was pretty good. regular fried chicken is unimpressive and the pie is too sweet (hit roberta's for fried chicken, four & twenty blackbirds for pie).

also, i would not recommend going just anywhere in chinatown (unless you're in flushing). a lot of it is really awful.

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Momofuku Ssam Bar
207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

Minca
536 E 5th St, New York, NY 10009

Momofuku Noodle Bar
171 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

Hakata TonTon
61 Grove Street, New York, NY 10014

Pinche Taqueria
227 Mott St, New York, NY 10012

Fatty Crab
643 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

Ippudo
65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

Xi'an Famous Foods
81 St. Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

Hecho en Dumbo
354 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

Kin Shop
469 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Fatty 'Cue
50 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014

Nov 03, 2011
morisaur in Manhattan

Two Weeks in HK/Macau - Restaurant Suggestions

i also searched the chowhound boards before going to hong kong and ended up pretty disappointed with most of the places i went. so, i'd be careful with that.

Two Weeks in HK/Macau - Restaurant Suggestions

don't bother with yan toh heen. totally overrated and disappointing. not worth the money.

Need some "Dive/Neighborhood" Bar Recommendations

i'm equally surprised.. last time i was there they only had dumplings?

Nov 02, 2011
morisaur in Manhattan

Recommendations for Asian Food With Fantastic Ambiance?

Maybe Kin Shop or Fatty Cue? I've definitely heard good things about Kittichai, but can't speak from experience.

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Kin Shop
469 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Fatty 'Cue
50 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014

Nov 02, 2011
morisaur in Manhattan

Need some "Dive/Neighborhood" Bar Recommendations

huh.. i wonder if it was a bad day? i've been multiple times and never had that problem (and don't know of anyone who has).

same with the duck lunch, although i went right when they started serving it and haven't had the opportunity to go back recently. in any case, i think it is pricey, but totally worth it. it's probably my favorite lunch in manhattan.

Nov 01, 2011
morisaur in Manhattan

Need some "Dive/Neighborhood" Bar Recommendations

hm.. i wouldn't waste a meal on prune, personally. i think it's way overhyped and overpriced.

there are a ton of good options for lunch. if it's a weekday, go to ssam bar for the duck lunch. otherwise you could go to noodle bar for ramen or the pork and kimchi stew (if it's still on the menu). pinche taqueria, porchetta, and motorino are also solid options.

Nov 01, 2011
morisaur in Manhattan

Sapporo food blogs and or restaurant review sites?

thats good to know, i didn't know they took reservations.

Nov 01, 2011
morisaur in Japan

Need some "Dive/Neighborhood" Bar Recommendations

oh god, skip sweet revenge. worst cupcakes i've ever had. disgustingly sweet and dry.

i would definitely recommend 169 bar, especially if you're going to be in chinatown anyway.

a lot of the other bars you mentioned aren't really dives. dives i like: ace bar, the library, sophie's, max fish, welcome to the johnsons, international bar. these are all les. i personally prefer the dive bars in bk (wreck room, king's county), but since it sounds like les is more your area, i'd check these places out.

Nov 01, 2011
morisaur in Manhattan

too many places too little time

sounds like a good list.

a couple of roberta's pizzas are on par with motorino (notably the beastmaster), but as a whole i like motorino's pizza better. i think the motorino's in bk is still closed, though, so you'd have to go to the one in the EV, which i think has a kind of unpleasant, rushed atmosphere. if you're going more for the overall experience, i like eating at roberta's better.

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Motorino
349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

Nov 01, 2011
morisaur in Manhattan

Queens!!!

i'll admit i haven't explored queens as much as i would like to, but speaking from my limited experiences there, i would have to say either sripraphai for thai food or one of the malls in flushing for chinese.

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SriPraPhai
64-13 39th Ave, Queens, NY 11377

Nov 01, 2011
morisaur in Outer Boroughs

Sapporo food blogs and or restaurant review sites?

map is on this site http://r.gnavi.co.jp/h196800/

just a heads up, sometimes there is a really long wait

Oct 31, 2011
morisaur in Japan

Junoon (bad)...Other suggestions for Indian, please?...(very long)

i'd agree, indian food in ny is not very good. i liked bombay talkie when i went, but that was quite a while ago and i'd say it wasn't on par with the indian food i've had in california.

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Bombay Talkie
189 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Oct 30, 2011
morisaur in Manhattan

Junoon (bad)...Other suggestions for Indian, please?...(very long)

tamarind is overpriced and unimpressive.

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Tamarind
41 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

Oct 30, 2011
morisaur in Manhattan