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Stainless steel steamer baskets

Why doesn't some company make a decent stainless steamer basket? The one I purchased less than six months ago just lost one of its supports (feet). The feet are made of some weak base metal and are bound to weaken and fall off even with careful handling. Why aren't the supporting feet stainless steel too and firmly attached?

about 6 hours ago
BluPlateSpec in Cookware

What do New Yorker's think about Dean & DeLuca and other expensive gourmet shops?

A friend on mine always referred to Dean & DeLuca as the "Food Museum."

Nov 23, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan
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Long-fermented sourdough bread in Manhattan?

Thanks I will try it. Years ago I had Boudin's sourdough bread in San Francisco and since then always ask friends returning from there to bring back a loaf or two.

Nov 19, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

Long-fermented sourdough bread in Manhattan?

Where can I get real long-fermented sourdough bread in Manhattan?

Nov 18, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

Where's the best place for knife sharpening?

Mike & Son Sharpening Service have a truck and travel around the city doing sharpening on location. I've seen them in Manhattan and believe they also do location work in Brooklyn. Check them out on yelp.
http://www.yelp.com/biz/mike-and-son-...

Nov 13, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

Where's the best place for knife sharpening?

I've used crock sticks on my old French carbon steel blades and they remain razor sharp. I found a four stick set in my local thrift store with the brand name "Crock Stick" but they don't seem to be in business anymore.

Nov 13, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

New York Bakery: Best Fish Tacos in Manhattan?

Not there but had the fish tacos at Clinton St. Baking Company and they were really good.

Oct 13, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

East Village Help!

Something a little different, Risotteria Melotti. 309 E. 5th St. Good food,cozy ambiance, all gluten free but still very tasty and very nice people.

Aug 27, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

The Bellmore (I think it was called) on the north east corner of 28 st. and Park Ave. When you walked in they handed you a ticket like Katz's still does. When you got food the amount was punched on the ticket. Free seltzer on tap. It was a big hangout for taxi drivers.

Aug 25, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan
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Beer low in Gluten/Gluten light?

I believe that there are different test for gluten and also a beer not marketed as Gluten Free may test below 20ppm one day and another batch may be over that. If you've been tested for celiac and it's positive you're taking a chance with a regular beer. Some regular brewers say that they test every batch and certify that their beer is gluten free even if it can't be labeled so.

Aug 18, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Beer

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

There were two, The Cauldron and The Well

Aug 18, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

Cape Cod Chowder Review August 2014

Haven't been back in a very long time but used to really enjoy the clam chowder at Mildreds when I spent the winter working at the Hyannis airport when JFK was President. I remember how good it tasted on those freezing days outside. Is it still there?

Trader Joe's Piñon Coffee

I saw this in TJ's coffee section. Made with coffee and pine nuts. Worth a try? What's it like?

Jul 25, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Chains

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

I didn't mean to imply that, I haven't been there in years. What I do remember is that Carlos had a way of making each and every "guest" feel that they were special. That kind of charm is lacking today by all the "star chef" run operations.

Jul 14, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

The same but not the same without the legendary owner Carlos.

Jul 13, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

That's just the place I was trying to remember. I used to frequent their places on Madison Ave. and Rockefeller Center in the McGraw Hill building. A great place to grab a quick tsty lunch. It was owned my Mitsubushi. Never should have closed.

Jul 10, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

Jack's Nest, the original downtown soul food restaurant on 3rd. Ave. and 24th St. Busy with big crowds every night. Moved uptown to 55th St. off Sixth Ave. and folded. Should have stayed downtown.

Jul 09, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

Fonda de la Sol in the Time Life building west of sixth avenue. I had dinner there and saw skits put on by former Chicago Second City actors John Belushi and other before there was Saturday Night Live.

Jul 09, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

Best gluten free bread

CANYON 7 grain gluten free bread available at Whole Foods and sometimes Fairway. In the gluten free section of the freezer.

Jul 09, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

Even in those days Dean and Deluca's prices were sky high. My friend referred to it as the "Food Museum" look but don't touch.

Jul 09, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

You're right. Here's the full story:
http://tinyurl.com/mxs5edw

Jul 08, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

"Ballroom" on West Broadway below Houston. There before SOHO became what it is today, led the development that followed. You could drive there and park right in front it. No need to know its address, it would be the only place open at night in that still industrial area. Was discovered by New York Magazine I believe. Had Astroturf for a carpet and a low picket fence inside for decoration. Had an interesting cabaret scene with with famous singers from the 40's and 50's.

Jul 08, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

Amy's on University around 12th St. Middle Eastern food served in pita pockets. Inexpensive, tasty and unique for that time. I don't know if this is the same Amy that makes bread now at Chelsea Market.

Jul 07, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

Steak & Brew ( there was one on Fifth Ave. below 14th where NYU Law is now. Not gourmet but for kids in their late teens and early twenties with empty stomachs and almost empty wallets, the place to go. Unlimited beer with your food.

Jul 05, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

The Well and (I believe) Cauldron on east 7th street in the 1960's. One was macrobiotic and the other vegetarian. Hippies and Hippies want to be would trip on over from St. Marks Place to eat.

Jul 03, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

Bass Ale - The Horror

Becks and Lowenbrau, when they were made in Germany by their original companies and imported here were really great. Now even if offered for free I would not take them. My other favorite beer was Ballantine IPA that came in 7 oz. green bottles but all this was a very long, long time ago. Thank goodness for the craft beer development.

Jul 01, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Beer

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

There used to be a szechuan restaurant on Irving Place south of 16th st. They had the best cold sesame noodles that I ever tasted which was also the opinion of anyone who had the good fortune to eat there. I believe the owners sold the place in the late1970's and the food was never the same. Another Hound remembers them too:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3485...
Anyone else remember this place?

Jul 01, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

Lutèce. My wife had recently been to Lyon and for her birthday I surprised her with reservations for lunch at Lutèce. When we got there we were seated right at the time of our reservation. As we were eating, André Soltner, the owner and chef stopped by to see how we were enjoying our meal. He was known as a very democratic person. Once when the President of France called to eat that same day, André Soltner refused to cancel any existing reservations to make room for him. I doubt if any "Star Chefs" today would do likewise.

Jun 29, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

Yes, yes, yes! We read about Alfredo's in the NYT and went there several times. Alfredo would always briefly sit down with us and ask how we liked the meal. What a great, intimate place that unfortunately does not exist anymore.

Jun 29, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

Bun N' Burger on 34th street just east of Park Ave. Craig Claiborne, legendary food writer for the NY Times gave this place a fabulous review in the late 1960's. The owner/cook offered just four items; burgers (with melted cheese if desired) , thick cut fries, apple pie and coffee. He purchased the meat fresh every day at the meat market (in what's now "The Meat Packing District). When that meat was used up, no more burgers for that day. Inside was a counter, no tables, and at lunch time there was always a line outside waiting to get in. Sometime later someone bought the place, opened several more branches around Manhattan, added many items and went out of business.

Jun 25, 2014
BluPlateSpec in Manhattan