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need midtown suggestions for a last minute trip

Yes, at Hide Chan, I normally get the Hakata kuro ramen. That or the regular tonkotsu or the spicy one. Depends on my mood.

Jan 19, 2015
churros in Manhattan

Recs for Flushing next Wednesday?

It seems like you've gotten a lot of good recommendations. But are you basically trying to do a food crawl? If so, I wonder if most of these suggestions are conducive to that.

For example, I haven't been to Dumpling Galaxy but it seems like it might be more appropriate for a full sit-down meal. If you just want their dumplings, they also have a stall in the Golden Mall.

You can get a lot of ideas by searching for food crawl on this board. Some snacks that I like include wontons at White Bear, soybean milk from the place on Roosevelt, lamb skewers from the street carts. Of course the plentiful options at the various malls/food courts. There are the pan-fried dumplings with the "crepe-like" bottom in the New World Mall. I've been meaning to try E-Pie which is a food stand selling meat pies near the subway station (and written about here on Chowhound). If you decide to walk down to Kung Fu, nearby there's Yeh's Bakery with good baked goods and Tea Shop 168 with good Hong Kong-style milk tea.

Jan 18, 2015
churros in Outer Boroughs

need midtown suggestions for a last minute trip

At Totto, I've only had the paitan ramen and the spicy ramen. Both are good.

Jan 18, 2015
churros in Manhattan

need midtown suggestions for a last minute trip

Wow, even without a ramen meal, you managed to fit in a lot of good eating!

As an fyi, there is now a Totto Ramen in the same building as Hide-Chan. It apparently opened up a few months ago. (Totto's original location is in Midtown West and usually has very long lines.) Totto does a chicken-based broth while Hide-Chan does a pork-based one. I like both! Had a very satisfying meal at this newer Totto location just a few days ago.

Jan 12, 2015
churros in Manhattan

need midtown suggestions for a last minute trip

Yes, this week was perfect weather for ramen! Where did you end up going? How did the rest of your meals go?

Jan 10, 2015
churros in Manhattan

Chinatown Fruit Report 2014

I just had the canistels. They were really hard when I bought them over a week ago and now seemed fully ripe with the skin starting to wrinkle. Tasted pretty good, sort of like a sweet potato. The texture toward the exterior of the fruit was also similar to a cooked sweet potato or maybe a mango. Then it was sort of gooey in the middle. I guess like a cooked egg yolk? I enjoyed them.

Jan 10, 2015
churros in Manhattan

Zapp's Chips in NYC?

Bed, Bath & Beyond on 18th and 6th. The Zapp's chips are in the international food section. Bigger bags, not the individual-sized ones.

Jan 10, 2015
churros in Manhattan

Worth the Hype (Butter, Nobu, etc.)? And your recommendations!

Maybe this thread can help. A lot of suggestions for visitors:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9919...

Jan 07, 2015
churros in Manhattan

need midtown suggestions for a last minute trip

I like both Hide Chan and Ippudo. I'd go to whichever one is more convenient.

Jan 05, 2015
churros in Manhattan

need midtown suggestions for a last minute trip

There are a bunch of Japanese places in the East 40s between Lex and 2nd. Sakagura (small plates) on 43rd, Menchanko-Tei (ramen) on 45th. Also an udon place around there, a soba place, etc. I probably wouldn't characterize any of these as destination-worthy, but they're decent options in the neighborhood. I also like Hide-Chan Ramen on your list, but beware it may be too rich and porky for some people. Sushi Yasuda is in that area too, but maybe not realistic as a walk-in option.

A few good Szechuan places in that area. Szechuan Gourmet, like others mentioned, is always good. Also consider Hunan Manor (39th and Lex) for Hunan food. Plenty of old threads with good recs on these restaurants.

Salvation Taco (39th and Lex) for inventive tacos and other small plates.

Jan 04, 2015
churros in Manhattan

Chinatown Fruit Report 2014

Picked up a couple of canistels at this stand the other day. I never had them before. How should I eat them? Read a couple of things on the internet that suggested to wait until they get really ripe and soft and the texture is supposed to be like a hard-boiled egg yolk.

Jan 04, 2015
churros in Manhattan

Is Chowhound dead?

I think people are too focused on thinking Chowhound is special or unique. It's not. Maybe it used to be, but there are lot more food resources available now.

Food discussion boards have changed. People don't "discuss" as much because there is a lot more information already out there.

If people are truly interested in keeping Chowhound relevant, they should post more themselves. They should be more welcoming of newbies, even those who don't post in the "traditional" Chowhound way. We need some new blood to offset the natural attrition.

Not like the "Fed Up" thread where a brand new poster starts using the site, and some comments have been along the lines of "I don't see the point of your posts" and "Chowhounds don't typically post that way". And not like the case of my local board the other day, where a first-time poster asked a fairly generic question (good cheap eats). One poster tried to be helpful by asking for specifics and explaining how to do a search on this board. But some other posters decided it would be better to say things like "I guess this person is too cheap or lazy to search". (These posts have been deleted.)

I don't get this attitude. How many potential new users of this board have been already turned off by this? If you can't be nice, just ignore the thread. If you prefer more lengthy reviews and "rich dialogue", lead by example.

Sorry I got long-winded. Just offering my opinion. Maybe this is all a lost cause, but I have gleaned a lot of useful tips over the years and would like to see this site and community stick around. I fear the negative attitudes by some regular users are accelerating the demise of this board.

Family Day in Flushing...Looking for Baked Char Siu Boa and Bakery Recommendations.

Roasted meats: I usually go to Good Fortune (46-45 Kissena Blvd; used to be called East Manor). Easy to get to by car or about a 15-20 min walk from downtown Flushing. Just a few days ago, I had really great roast pork (char sui) from there. Roast duck is usually good. Though like most Chinese places, it can be inconsistent. If I'm in downtown Flushing, I go to Corner 28. Just to give you my personal reference points, I don't think these places are as good as Big Wong in Manhattan Chinatown but are pretty good options for Flushing.

Bakery items: I think a must-visit, assuming you're traveling by car, is Yeh's Bakery (57-25 Main St) located close to the LIE. It has been recommended on Chowhound. I think the wife cake (the one with winter melon) is one of the best ones I've ever had and not too sweet. There is also a sesame pastry that is really good and kind of rich. If you like the spongy muffins that are found in most Chinese bakeries (I don't like them myself) or the cream in Lady M's crepe cake in the city, then you probably will like their Boston pie. This place is known for it.

A couple of blocks away is Tea Shop 168 (59-20 Main St) which has good Hong Kong style milk tea. Stronger than the typical milk tea. I would avoid their baked goods...I tried a couple that were mediocre.

For egg custard tarts, I have liked the ones at New Flushing Bakery (135-45 Roosevelt Ave) just outside the subway station. They also have a location next to the supermarket in the New World Mall but the one time I went there, the egg custard tart was undercooked and disgusting. Might have been a bad batch.

Hope this helps.

Dec 28, 2014
churros in Outer Boroughs

A Faster Chowhound: Pagination for Longer Threads (Part 2)

I said it could be. I am an occasional user and a lurker at times. This new functionality helps me.

Then again, this might mean that my opinion doesn't matter. I'm done with this conversation.

Dec 28, 2014
churros in Site Talk

A Faster Chowhound: Pagination for Longer Threads (Part 2)

Guess about what? People use this site in different ways. I know what benefits me. You know what benefits you.

People here have a tough time understanding that there can be different ways of using this site. The point is still nothing has changed for regular users who want the old default. Just change the damn settings. Chowhound fucked up with the communication but what's with the angst?

Dec 28, 2014
churros in Site Talk

A Faster Chowhound: Pagination for Longer Threads (Part 2)

I probably wouldn't go so far as to say that Chowhound only wants casual users. But I do think they need to find ways to attract new users, who are all going to start off lurking or participating casually. I lurked for years myself before I signed up on Chowhound and posted.

And just my view, but most of the changes on Chowhound over the past few months don't seem like they're game-changing for current regular users. Many are just added features (like the Q&A format) that can be easily ignored or silly things (like the blue heart). The one I was most concerned about was allowing "professional voices", but for now, my local boards don't seem to be impacted much.

Dec 28, 2014
churros in Site Talk

A Faster Chowhound: Pagination for Longer Threads (Part 2)

I could be wrong but I think that the pagination functionality and "show all" feature might be linked. That is, it may not be possible to have collapsed posts while pagination is on.

Should pagination and "show all" be the default for people logged in? I don't know. Depends on how people use the site. Not everyone is a power user.

Regardless, I still don't see the big deal. Plenty of other sites change their designs and features all the time. You just adapt. In this case, it is so easy to just change the individual settings back.

Dec 28, 2014
churros in Site Talk

A Faster Chowhound: Pagination for Longer Threads (Part 2)

If you haven't done it yet, I think you need to log out and log back in for the changes to take effect.

Dec 27, 2014
churros in Site Talk

A Faster Chowhound: Pagination for Longer Threads (Part 2)

That's sort of the point. Some people may not care to see collapsed posts. It's advantageous to have collapsed posts if you want to converse or stay on top of threads. I don't care to do that on my mobile device. I'm usually just searching and looking for quick recommendations. This new change of having multiple pages instead of one long page makes things easier for me.

I see this move as a possible way to attract new users. People who use their devices to quickly look up things. Chowhound was sort of a pain for that. Some people may not have the patience. Isn't it a good thing if this site can attract more people? More unique users, more page views, etc? Maybe some of these people will eventually sign up to Chowhound and start posting.

And if you want to follow conversations, no problem as far as I can tell. This recent move didn't take away the ability to see all on one page and have posts collapsed. I changed the settings and have no issues.

Maybe the site can default to non-pagination and collapsed posts when people are logged in. That might make sense. But I don't get the incessant whining about this site becoming this evil place out to screw its own posters.

Dec 27, 2014
churros in Site Talk

A Faster Chowhound: Pagination for Longer Threads (Part 2)

But nothing is really a problem if you can change the settings back easily.

I can see why the site made pagination a default. To make it easier for those new to the site and who don't log in. I personally don't log into Chowhound on my mobile device since I mainly use it for quick searches and don't care to "converse". I see the benefit.

On my laptop, I do care about read-posts-being-collapsed so I log into the site. It was really easy to change the settings. The site should have communicated all this better and posted a sticky or pinned post or whatever. But otherwise, what's with all the complaints.

Dec 27, 2014
churros in Site Talk

A Faster Chowhound: Pagination for Longer Threads (Part 2)

I find the pagination helpful on my mobile device. I do searches often when looking for places to eat in unfamiliar neighborhoods or cities. It was sometimes a pain to load and skim through the longer threads.

Granted I probably would not be classified as a "regular" here. I only log into Chowhound and post occasionally from my laptop/desktop. I think the default pagination feature may be helpful to non-regulars and new users. It seems like it may help Chowhound's readership.

I have to say, given the ease of switching back to non-pagination, I don't see why people are still complaining. I understand the initial frustration with the poorly communicated rollout, but what's with the ongoing negativity? Let's focus on sharing food tips!

Dec 26, 2014
churros in Site Talk

"Shake Shack Eyes New Hyde Park" (LI)

It's only been this way at the Westbury location for me. Have been going to Shake Shack a long time myself, and my visits to the Manhattan locations are still good with an off experience only every now and then.

Actually, as I think about it, maybe they're purposely cooking the burgers more here. Do Long Islanders not like to see any hint of pink in their burgers?

Never tried Bobby Flay's place.

Jamaican food in Queens (and Long Island)

Since my original post, I have revisited some of these places.

Jerk pork at St. Best was a miss. Very dry and the hot sauce I put on it was a disappointment. It just tasted like spicy BBQ sauce. It should be the same one that I put on the jerk chicken in previous visits so I don't know if the sauce changed or it just goes better with the chicken.

Good oxtail at Genesis and Yardies. Nice flavor and falling off the bone tender at both spots. Better than the oxtail I've had over the years at Dominican and Cuban places (like Sophie's in the city) where they generally don't cook it as long and it's more difficult to eat. My favorite oxtail by far though is still at Yvonne's Jamaican food truck in the city (71st and York) that was recommended on Chowhound years ago.

Oct 12, 2014
churros in Outer Boroughs

Caribbean/West Indian food in Queens

Recently had good doubles at Sharon's Roti (180-04 Hillside Ave, Jamaica). Light and not overly greasy, good chickpea filling, good condiments. Tiny shop with no real seating.

On my second visit there, I had to wait for them to fry up the bread. Probably obvious, but fresh is best. So I imagine that all these places see some inconsistency depending on how long the bread has been sitting and the individual making your doubles.

Oct 12, 2014
churros in Outer Boroughs

"Shake Shack Eyes New Hyde Park" (LI)

I've been very disappointed with the Shake Shack in Westbury. Quality control is just not the same as in the city. Ate there again recently and same as in my past 3 or 4 visits...overcooked burgers, limpy fries. I guess it's to be expected as this chain continues to expand and there's less competition on the Island. But I thought Danny Meyer and the Shake Shack organization would do a better job of this.

The shakes continue to be great though.

BEST PIZZA ON LONG ISLAND

Well, the idea of trying a place twice in case you hit it on an off day applies to every restaurant. I'm not writing Gino's off, just saying I tried it once and didn't find it special.

There really are a lot of good pizza places in this part of Long Island. A recent favorite is Carmela's in Franklin Square. Hadn't been in over 10 years but ate there a couple of times in the past few months. The crust of the regular slice is really flavorful. I'm more about the sauce and cheese which I think is better at the other places I mentioned but this place is pretty good.

The Arepa Lady Moves Indoors

Hmmm, maybe I'll have to try reading her reviews again. I couldn't stand them in the past. The content might have been good but her writing always seemed overwrought.

Oct 10, 2014
churros in Outer Boroughs

Early Saturday dinner near Museum of the Moving Image

I'll second Arepas Cafe.

A couple of other options though a little more of a walk:
Snowdonia (35th Ave and 32nd St) - gastropub with good food and nice beers on tap
Malagueta (36th Ave and 28th St) - Brazilian

Oct 09, 2014
churros in Outer Boroughs

Best Ecuadorian cuisine in NYC

Sorry no recs from me as I'm not really familiar with Ecuadorian food. But what a coincidence! I was just thinking about this yesterday (Sunday) as I was walking along Roosevelt Avenue from the 100s to 74th Street. Noticed a bunch of Ecuadorian food trucks/carts, maybe 10 in total, clustered around the SE corner of Roosevelt Ave and Warren St. Quite busy at 4-5pm with customers eating and some watching the TV screens set up at a couple of the trucks. A fair number of people were having soups.

One lady offered me a sample of fried pork skin from her cart so I got some along with a mashed potato and some corn. The first few pieces of the pork tasted great, but after a while it started to feel too salty and kind of heavy. Based on some internet searching later and this link http://iwantmorefood.com/2011/11/01/e..., I determined that I actually had chicharron con maize, hominy, and llapachingo.

Are these trucks and carts always parked at this corner or is it mainly a weekend thing? They all seemed to have very similar dishes/menus which struck me as odd. How does one decide where to go? Or do some trucks specialize in certain dishes and just use a common menu template? I was also surprised at the prices. Most dishes were in the $10 range, seemed kind of high for a food truck/cart. There were also a few other Ecuadorian carts spread out along Roosevelt and another truck parked near 80th St.

Sep 15, 2014
churros in Outer Boroughs

Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

Grandma pizza was supposedly "invented" on Long Island by King Umberto's. See Newsday article and Chowhound thread:

http://long-island.newsday.com/restau...

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/252359

Sep 10, 2014
churros in Manhattan