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The problem with Chowhound

The way that France thread reads currently, I don't see major issues. I think the initial post was too broad, then someone asked for additional information, and finally we see some constructive dialogue. Seems okay to me.

As I said, I normally ignore these types of posts myself. I like to feel that my advice may be of some value (don't we all?), and there's a good chance I'll be wasting my time with these types of posts. Do you actually respond to the "Where to get the best food in NYC" posts yourself? I see some regulars respond with links or requests for additional information. The exact thing that the OP seems to be complaining about.

Mar 16, 2014
churros in Site Talk

The problem with Chowhound

The issue with your girlfriend's post is that it is incredibly broad and suggests that she did no research whatsoever before posting the question. Had she been more specific with her preferences or at least prefaced her post with something along the lines of "I tried doing a search but don't know where to start", she might have gotten more useful responses.

Have you responded to the generic "What should I eat in X city" posts on Chowhound yourself? Personally I ignore those. I have no idea if my recommendations would be useful at all to this type of poster and I would rather not waste my time.

Mar 16, 2014
churros in Site Talk

Large Group Dinner At A Cantonese Restaurant?

I had a bad meal there a couple of months ago. Steamed flounder was really bad - not fresh and was just really poorly made. It seemed like the kitchen didn't heat up the oil enough prior to pouring it over the fish so the dish was this oily fishy mess. Can't remember what else we ate, but almost nothing was good. We used to enjoy this restaurant a lot when it was called East Lake and located across the street from Rockbottom closer to downtown Flushing.

I might be willing to give it another try based on the positive reviews here, but another person in our group is writing the place off. It was her second bad experience there.

Mar 13, 2014
churros in Outer Boroughs

was this a social faux pas?

I agree that it depends on the group that one's entertaining. This particular situation seems like a work function. In my line of work, I don't think my co-workers would appreciate being schooled on food.

Mar 11, 2014
churros in Not About Food

was this a social faux pas?

To me, it comes across as a little condescending. This is a meal, not a classroom. If I wanted to know if one version was more authentic than the other, I would ask.

Mar 11, 2014
churros in Not About Food

was this a social faux pas?

Yes, this was a minor faux pas. You probably should not have used the word "native". It highlighted the fact that the other version has been dumbed down for the non-natives. Descriptors like "spicy" and "mild" should have sufficed.

That said, I do think your guest was overly sensitive if he did in fact get very upset. Are you sure this was the reason he left early?

Mar 11, 2014
churros in Not About Food

Delivery sushi-- really?! [moved from Manhattan board]

This thread is a hoot! Who knew so many people were protective of delivery sushi. And of their Chowhound credentials!

For me, I get sushi delivered on a regular basis. I rarely eat out at high-end sushi spots so maybe I just don't know better. Anyway, my lifestyle is such where takeout/delivery makes up a significant portion of my meals. Not the ideal way of eating, but it is what it is. And based on the options I have available to me, delivery sushi is better than no sushi.

Are there some things I won't get delivered? Well, I've never had any problems with delivery pizza in the past, but I have pretty high standards for pizza and most places near me right now stink. So I rarely get pizza delivered. Chinese is probably my #1 delivery choice. I think the food holds up well enough and I happen to live close to some really good spots.

Mr. Taster, I really enjoyed reading your post. It seemed to be all in good fun, and I found your perspective, as someone who's never really thought about delivery sushi before, interesting. I too think you're a snob but so are most Chowhounds including myself. =)

Jan 18, 2014
churros in General Topics

Pho

This is an odd generalization. There are a lot of different Asian cuisines. Also, many places to eat outside of the Upper West Side.

But to be helpful, I would suggest venturing down to Manhattan Chinatown for pho. I go to Nha Trang. I know people who like Pho Bang. I've had better pho in other US cities but those areas usually have larger Vietnamese populations.

Oct 19, 2013
churros in Manhattan

La Vie En Szechuan Brief Report

I wasn't impressed with my visit earlier this year (at least 6 months ago). Perhaps I ordered wrong or it was an off day. I remember not liking the Dan Dan noodles - the noodles were thicker than I'm used to and the dish was quite sweet and not spicy at all. I can't remember what other dishes I tried but usually I stick to the standards like mapo tofu, double-cooked pork, wontons in chili oil, etc when trying out a new Sichuan place.

Compared to the nearby Sichuan joints, La Vie en Szechuan had a lot of interesting-looking dishes on the menu. But due to my lackluster meal and also higher prices, I wasn't compelled to return. Based on this Serious Eats review, maybe the restaurant is better at the less typical Sichuan dishes?

http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2013/0...

Oct 16, 2013
churros in Manhattan

Birthday Dinner Recs? Ink, Red Medicine others?

Wow, when I ate at Red Medicine 6 months ago, the restaurant wasn't polarizing at all on this board. There was near-universal adoration at the time which only led to my greater disappointment with the meal itself. My use of Chowhound was even questioned because of this meal!

My overall experience wasn't as bad as yours seemed to be. We had pretty great service with the waitress noticing from across the room our very unhappy faces with one of the dishes and then the kitchen comping us a dessert. Desserts were pretty great although we were just itching to be done with this meal by then so didn't really fully enjoy them. Cocktails were pretty good too.

Anyway, I think some negative reviews can be a good thing for a restaurant as diners know better what they're getting themselves into. Room to be surprised on the upside.

Sep 14, 2013
churros in Los Angeles Area

Chinatown/Little Italy/LES Food Tour

To me, your Thurs itinerary has 2 days worth of activities. Also, I'm not sure if anyone really has the stomach capacity to fit all those things in. Breakfast in UES, lunch at Shake Shack, snack at Plaza food hall, massive food tour in Little Italy/Chinatown, dinner at Katz's?

Your other days look pretty full to me too. But hey, we all have different traveling paces/styles. If you can do it, more power to you. Enjoy!

Sep 12, 2013
churros in Manhattan

Need help planning a Foodcation to NYC

Yeah, it probably depends where on Long Island. My experiences are mostly in western Nassau. Quite a few places that have been around a long time and still make excellent pizza.

Sep 11, 2013
churros in Manhattan

Han Dynasty in E.V.

My thinking is if any of these restaurants see their business decline, then they may try to compensate in other ways that impact quality in order to maintain profits. My guess, and I could be wrong, is some of the better Sichuan restaurants in Midtown currently have a fair amount of customers that travel from other neighborhoods to eat there.

Anyway, this is really just me wondering out loud. I certainly hope that Han Dynasty has good food and the Sichuan landscape continues to get better. Sorry that I led this thread way off topic.

Sep 10, 2013
churros in Manhattan

Need help planning a Foodcation to NYC

Just a random thought. Since you're hoping to see a lot of the city in a short period of time, perhaps consider doing those hop on/hop off buses? I like doing that in big cities at the beginning of trips to get a lay of the land and then decide where I really want to return later on in the trip.

Sep 10, 2013
churros in Manhattan

Han Dynasty in E.V.

Maybe my worry is clouded by where I live. I'm in Midtown East with at least 5 Sichuan places.

Sep 09, 2013
churros in Manhattan

Han Dynasty in E.V.

Hopefully. But we've had a surge in Sichuan restaurant openings here over the past few years and many of them are already very good. My worry is some of these restaurants may start to struggle.

Sep 09, 2013
churros in Manhattan

Need help planning a Foodcation to NYC

I personally wouldn't argue against Long Island pizza. Depends on where the OP is staying, but I've been to a number of pizza joints there that are much better than the average spot in Manhattan. Definitely inquire on the New York State board if you don't already have personal recommendations.

As for Live Bait, I've been there mainly for drinks but a couple of times for food. I don't think it's anything special. It seems like any old bar to me.

Sep 09, 2013
churros in Manhattan

Han Dynasty in E.V.

Yep, I would never be against a good new restaurant opening up. However, I do wonder if we're in the midst of a Sichuan restaurant bubble. Is there really sufficient demand to support all these Sichuan places in Manhattan? Wouldn't want to see overall quality decline if competition gets too fierce.

Sep 09, 2013
churros in Manhattan

Main Street Imperial Gourmet – There’s A lot More To Taiwanese Food Than Street Food

Had a late weekday lunch here a few weeks ago. We were planning to eat at a Cantonese noodle shop on the same block but then I saw this place and remember it being recommended here. I'm not at all familiar with Taiwanese food but thought it was pretty good. The menu is not very English-friendly as Lau mentioned but fortunately for me, my friend reads Chinese. They do have lunch specials but we ordered off of the regular menu.

The wok skills were clearly very good and portions were a good size. We had the 3-cup chicken which was cooked perfectly and had good flavors although I personally thought it could have used a little more seasoning. We also got another dish that was only written in Chinese but my friend translated as a Hakka dish? It was stir-fried pork and chinese celery. Very tasty and my friend described the dish as having good wok hay.

Overall a good lunch and I would definitely return. We also stopped by Yeh's bakery down the street afterwards. I'm not a fan of Chinese bakery goods myself but my friend enjoyed the Boston pie and a few other things (something with meat, another thing with preserved egg). The bakery didn't have English names for everything so we just picked what seemed to be the more popular items.

Sep 04, 2013
churros in Outer Boroughs

Anyone been to Biang lately?

Good to hear that service has improved. I went to Biang around this time a year ago (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8443...) and service was so bad and the meal so one-note that I never intended to return. But with good service, I'll consider it as an option when I need a later-night spot in Flushing with above-average ambiance. Do you know if they're serving beer now?

On a somewhat related note, I have become less enamored with the Xi'an Famous Foods branches in Manhattan. I usually get the spicy cumin lamb noodles and I have found the texture of the noodles sometimes to be hard and clumpy, spicing to be inconsistent, and less meat being provided. And while I know Manhattan rents are high, the food just doesn't seem to be good value anymore. I'm liking Spicy Village in Manhattan Chinatown a lot more for similar (though I know not exactly the same) noodles. I enjoy the food more and the prices are lower.

Sep 04, 2013
churros in Outer Boroughs

Nice lunch in metro tech area in Brooklyn

I agree with most of Bkeats' post. Mile's End, Ganso, Queen, Hibino, Frankie's, Bar Tabac are all places I've enjoyed myself. I think all the places on Montague Street, including Heights Cafe, are mediocre to bad. But it can be a pleasant stroll on the way to the Promenade.

Given there are not many options in the immediate vicinity of Metrotech, it really depends on how much time you'll have for lunch.

Ganso may be the best bet within a short walk. It probably depends on how crowded it is during lunch hours. I've been there between the lunch and dinner hours and was able to linger with no problems. Decor is Momofuku-esque. I don't think the ramen is that great compared to places in the city. Its broth is lighter-tasting (or bland depending on how you want to look at it) but the ingredients are very good quality. If you do go, I highly recommend the wings. Fried very well and the flavors are really good.

Queen has really good food and it's also a reasonable walk. But with a very old-school Italian feel, it may not be what you're seeking.

If you have more time, you might even consider hopping on the subway and going to places in Park Slope like Al di la. That can be a very pleasant lunch.

Aug 26, 2013
churros in Outer Boroughs

Indian-Chinese food

nativeNYer, thanks for your suggestions. I'll have to give the Tangra places a try. I think I may have actually gone into the Elmhurst location once before a few years ago to check it out but the very dim lighting and lackluster decor kept me from returning there to eat. But if the food is good as you say, I'm willing to overlook that stuff.

And based on the thread provided by squid kun, the restaurant that I went to a number of years ago was probably Indian Oasis. Location seems about right and I remember the restaurant seemed pretty nice and clean for an ethnic joint.

Aug 26, 2013
churros in Manhattan

Preferences Subdued

I personally wouldn't characterize someone who is extremely rigid about how he/she wants eggs cooked and then gets worked up over a restaurant who chooses to serve eggs a different way as adventurous.

Jul 31, 2013
churros in General Topics
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Preferences Subdued

I can see why people might find the wording obnoxious. But given the hostility expressed by some on this thread on "how dare the restaurant not cook the eggs the way I want", it's easy for me to see why they opted for a longer explanation.

And it looks like they took a somewhat softer approach in an earlier menu. Given the changes to the wording, my guess is many customers questioned the policy or ignored it. The current wording makes it pretty clear what they do and do not allow and why.

Jul 31, 2013
churros in General Topics
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Preferences Subdued

I'm in the camp of there's nothing wrong with this policy and the wording on the menu. Maybe it's just a New York metro thing or a big city thing because I don't think it's that uncommon to have a no modifications/no substitutions policy.

This restaurant is not trying to be a diner. The explanation on the menu is a bit long-winded but I can see why they feel the need to explicitly lay out its policy and the reasoning behind it. Most people are used to diners where they can customize their eggs as they please. They aren't used to composed breakfast dishes. And with regard to this particular menu, many of the items are not commonly seen in Long Island restaurants.

Why this policy angers some people here is puzzling to me. I always thought Chowhounds tended to be more adventurous and were willing to try foods out of their comfort zones. Even if you are picky about your eggs and/or the menu here doesn't appeal to you, why the wishes of bankruptcy? This is just very odd to me.

Jul 31, 2013
churros in General Topics
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"moral" food preferences, as a guest

I'm confused...is this post directed at me or the OP? Maybe you would like to re-read the thread. The OP has chimed back in a few times to clarify. (Although I thought her initial post was actually quite clear and for those who find offense, did you notice she put words like "moral" and "happy" in quotes?)

Jul 24, 2013
churros in Not About Food

"moral" food preferences, as a guest

Some posts on this thread seem quite antagonistic to me. Do you disagree? It has since been deleted but there was one post that went so far as to ask whether the OP wears leather. Implying that if she does, then she has no right to prefer "happy" meat.

Look, I have no dietary restrictions myself but for people who do, I don't question their beliefs. I just accept and adapt.

Jul 24, 2013
churros in Not About Food
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"moral" food preferences, as a guest

A lot of people here don't seem to respect the preferences of the OP. I don't think the OP is trying to force her beliefs upon others. Rather she is merely asking if she should share her eating preferences with hosts prior to a meal. And some posters here are attacking her and demanding she defend her beliefs?

Who knew some Chowhounders were so intolerant?

Jul 24, 2013
churros in Not About Food
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NY Magazine's "Sichuan Belt" in midtown Manhattan

I can relate to the consistency issue. I've had bad meals at every one of these places and it was frustrating because I knew the kitchens were capable of putting out great food.

But ever since I learned that Monday is a common day off for Chinese chefs (this may very well be common knowledge but I just found this out a year or so ago), I've stopped ordering on Mondays and those issues have all but gone away for me. I also try to avoid Tuesdays just in case.

Lan Sheng is a prime example. Early on, I had really fantastic meals that surpassed Szechuan Gourmet's but then I would have a couple of pretty bad ones. Since there continued to be good reviews, I never completely gave up on Lan Sheng and then the whole consistency issue went away when I stopped ordering on Mon/Tues. Lan Sheng is my current favorite of the bunch.

Besides Lan Sheng, the above pertains to Hunan Manor, Szechuan Gourmet, and Cafe China. (Though possible downhill alert for Cafe China - my recent bad experience matches those reported by others.) And I only order the more traditional/authentic dishes and not the Americanized Chinese ones in case that matters.

May 27, 2013
churros in Manhattan

NY Magazine's "Sichuan Belt" in midtown Manhattan

I haven't been to Mission Chinese but certainly I would recommend the Sichuan places. I guess you don't like them? Those aren't the only places recommended on this board anyway. Plenty of discussion of spots in Manhattan Chinatown as well as those in the outer boroughs.

May 26, 2013
churros in Manhattan