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Is there ANY decent pizza on the UWS?!

Has anyone been to the new Koronet up on 172nd St? I know it's higher than the Upper West Side, but worth asking.

Adrienne
www.cheazza.com

Jan 16, 2013
AdrienneK in Manhattan

Visiting Montreal Thursday-Monday

We're going next weekend, starting Thursday the 18th.

Thanks for the recs, I'll start taking a look through these lists now!

Jun 05, 2012
AdrienneK in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

New York Breakfast?

Russ & Daughters or Murray's Bagels for a bagel and lox
Peels or Egg for a biscuit breakfast sandwich
Shopskin's for a truly bizarre, well done breakfast menu (mac and cheese pancakes!)
Prune - I second that for a weekend brunch, although you'll be waiting a while
Buttermilk Channel is in Brooklyn, but also wonderful for a weekend brunch and in a beautiful Brooklyn neighborhood
Bowery Diner is newly opened and getting some good press

Hope this helps!
Adrienne
www.cheazza.com

Jun 05, 2012
AdrienneK in Manhattan

Visiting Montreal Thursday-Monday

I'm visiting Montreal for the first time Thursday through Monday of next week with my boyfriend. We're traveling up from New York City, and are BIG food lovers.

I've started the search a bit (Toque! is a must-try, yes?). But I'd love some recommendations.

We truly do love any cuisine. We like spots with drink options, and very much enjoy sitting at the bar for dinner as well. Our price range is pretty flexible - it is vacation, after all - but we'll probably stay away from the top-tier expensive restaurants. We're staying at the W Hotel in Old Montreal, but willing to explore anywhere.

Look forward to getting some recs!
Adrienne
www.cheazza.com

Jun 05, 2012
AdrienneK in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Patsy's 117 St & 1st

Hey Pizzafreak,

Out of curiosity, can you elaborate on what you didn't like about it? I've never been either, but I've really only heard good things. I'm curious to hear the other side.

Cheers,
Adrienne
www.cheazza.com

May 24, 2012
AdrienneK in Manhattan

Dining alone in Park Slope/Fort Greene/Boerum Hill

I'm on my own tonight for dinner and in the mood to dine out. I live right by Atlantic Terminal, so I'm close to Fort Greene, Prospect Heights, Park Slope and Boerum Hill. I love all cuisines and am not a picky eater at all.

I have some ideas of my own, but would love your recommendations. What are some great restaurants for dining at the bar or eating solo?

May 15, 2012
AdrienneK in Outer Boroughs

Before movie dinner suggestions for Court near Atlantic

Woops! I was thinking just that - restaurants by the Cobble Hill Cinema. Apologies. Frankies is great though, if you're willing to make the trek.

Closer to Court & Atlantic: Colonie on Atlantic between Henry and Clinton is great - I thought a bit on the pricy side - but delicious nonetheless.

May 14, 2012
AdrienneK in Outer Boroughs

Before movie dinner suggestions for Court near Atlantic

Bar Tabac on the corner of Smith St and Dean St is a great French bistro-type restaurant. Outdoor seating, live music every night, and a great steak frites.

Frankies 457 has incredible Italian food - simple dishes executed perfectly. Try any of the crostinis - the ricotta with speck and cremini muschroom and truffle oil options are superb. Frankies is on Court St and 4th Place (457 Court).

Cheers,
Adrienne
www.cheazza.com

May 14, 2012
AdrienneK in Outer Boroughs

Is there ANY decent pizza on the UWS?!

Hmm... that's good to know. I've heard so much about it, and included it as a place worth trying in my cheap pizza app. B grades don't bother me as much as they should though. Anyway, maybe I'll try it this weekend and see for myself.

May 11, 2012
AdrienneK in Manhattan

Best Cheap Asian Food

For those recommending Vanessa's Dumplings - they're delicious. But Prosperity Dumplings a few blocks away is even better. It's on Eldridge between Hester and Canal in Chinatown. The space is small - maybe 4 stools. But show them a buck and you get five dumplings. I love the fried pork and chive dumplings. And the scallion pancakes for $1.50 or so are out of this world. This spot is one of my favorite finds in all of New York.

Anyone else been? What did they think?

Cheers,
Adrienne
www.cheazza.com

May 11, 2012
AdrienneK in Manhattan

Worst slice of pizza in Manhattan

I think Two 'N A Can on 6th Ave and 38th is TERRIBLE. The pizza was lukewarm and limp, the crust just tasted like dough and the sauce tasted like they dumped splenda in it. Really disliked it - the slice was a buck though!

Cheers,
Adrienne
www.cheazza.com

May 11, 2012
AdrienneK in Manhattan

Best Specialty Slice of Pizza in NY

PeteZaas in Brooklyn does some really wacky pizzas. You can create your own with options like BBQ onions, sausage, etc. They also have a Mexican Chorizo with salsa roja, pickled onion and chorizo - a bit off from BBQ, but delicious all the same! There's also a Baked Potato Pizza. All the flavors are wacky, but they've gotten great reviews.

Cheers,
Adrienne
www.cheazza.com

May 10, 2012
AdrienneK in Manhattan

Is there ANY decent pizza on the UWS?!

Has anyone been to Koronet? It's on Broadway and 111th and I've wanted to go for a while. Unfortunately, I don't get up to the Upper West Side too often, so I haven't been yet.

One slice is around $3.50 and the size of at least two slices, supposedly. Might be worth checking out, because I've heard good things!

Cheers,
Adrienne
www.cheazza.com

May 06, 2012
AdrienneK in Manhattan

Vegetarian Comfort Foods

This butternut squash, brown butter and gorgonzola recipe is to die for. Classic comfort food with really powerful flavors and minimal ingredients. It's pretty quick and easy for a weeknight, but luxurious enough for a homemade date night. I usually grab fresh pasta from my neighborhood Italian deli to amp it up.

http://keeprecipes.com/recipe/howtocook/homemade-tagliatelle-brown-butter-gorgonzola-butternut-squash

Ingredients:

batch homemade tagliatelle, or about 1 pound of any dried or fresh pasta
(click here for pasta recipe, instead of cutting into rectangular sheets, cut into 1 1/2-inch wide strips
)1 small-medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
3-4 medium-large shallots, peeled and quartered
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon minced sage
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
salt and pepper to taste
crumbled Gorgonzola and chopped parsley to garnish

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Toss the cubed squash and shallots with the olive oil, season generously with salt and pepper, and spread evenly on a lined baking sheet. Roast on the middle rack for 45 minutes to 1 hour, flipping the squash a few times, until browned and starting to caramelize.

2. Transfer 1/2 of the squash and shallot mixture to a bowl along with the heay cream and mash with a fork until you have a relatively smooth paste. If needed, add additional hot water while mashing. Set aside.

3. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Cook the fresh pasta for 4-5 minutes, or until just al dente.

4. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt the butter and cook for a few minutes until just starting to brown. Add the sage and fry for about a minute, stirring, until butter has turned a amber brown, and sage is fragrant. Reduce heat to medium-low and whisk in the squash puree to combine with the browned butter.

5. When the pasta is cooked, transfer directly from water to the skillet with the squash sauce and toss to combine. If sauce seems very thick or clumpy, add pasta water by the 1/4 cupfuls until sauce has evenly coated the pasta. Toss in the reserved cubed butternut squash, transfer to individual serving bowls and top with a generous amount of crumbled Gorgonzola cheese and fresh parsley.

Let me know what you think!
Adrienne
http://www.cheazza.com

Apr 30, 2012
AdrienneK in Vegetarian & Vegan

Everyday places around 46th and 10th?

Awesome recs above. I especially love Danji - try the bulgogi sliders and the buckwheat noodles.

I absolutely love Kashkaval, which is a bit higher on 56th and 9th. It's a charming Mediterranean wine bar hidden in the back of a cheese shop (weird, I know). Great wine selection, a large variety of fondues and small plates, and a charming atmosphere.

Pam Real Thai on 47th and 9th is a wonderful hidden treasure, and Empanada Mama on 9th between 51st and 52nd has delicious empanadas, appetizers and soups. Each empanada is just a few bucks, which is perfect for tasting a bunch.

Hope this helps!
Cheers,
Adrienne
http://www.cheazza.com

Apr 26, 2012
AdrienneK in Manhattan

$1.00 pizza slices

Dollar slices (we call it Cheazza, for cheap pizza haha) are one of my favorite New York snacks! Try Mamani on Avenue A between 9th and 10th. It's delicious.

I also like Percy's on Bleecker St and the 99C Fresh Pizza on 9th Ave and 41st (NYC's first dollar slice spot).

I haven't had the Gray's Papaya dollar slices yet. And I've wanted to try Roll & Go's pizza. Anyone had it?

Cheers!
Adrienne
www.cheazza.com

Apr 24, 2012
AdrienneK in Manhattan

what's missing from my list of must-try pizzas in nyc?

Will have to try Frank's, I've never heard of it. Thanks!

Apr 24, 2012
AdrienneK in Manhattan

what's missing from my list of must-try pizzas in nyc?

I think MacGuffin has it - the dollar slices are great for what they are. Plenty of New York pizzerias sell the same "classic New York slice" for $4 or more. They're greasy, satisfying and quick. Dollar slices are perfect for late-night snacks, quick lunches, etc. And it feels like an accomplishment to get food for a buck! Of course, I also like higher-end pizza like Lucali's or Otto's. But those types of pizzas are a different class from dollar slices, obviously.

I didn't like Forcella all that much, for the hype that's gone into it. And I don't love 2 'N A Can's dollar slices. It's a pizza spot by Bryant Park.

Apr 24, 2012
AdrienneK in Manhattan

Best Pizza Slice in Midtown

Yeah the 2 Bros there is great for pizza in a pinch. It's 75c because of a price war (did anyone see the NYTimes article covering it?) with 6th Ave Pizza (also called Bombay Pizza) next door, which is also worth a visit.

Apr 23, 2012
AdrienneK in Manhattan

Best Pizza Slice in Midtown

Get two slices - one from 2 Bros. Pizza on 9th Ave and 40th St and one from 99C Fresh Pizza catty corner across the street.

99C Fresh Pizza was NYC's FIRST dollar slice spot. It's famous for being around forever and serving classic New York slices. It actually originally opened to give the needy affordable meals, but serves lots of Port Authority commuters now.

2 Bros. Pizza is also a dollar slice NYC chain. These two spots have had a rivalry for years. Try both of them out.

Cheers!
Adrienne
www.cheazza.com

Apr 23, 2012
AdrienneK in Manhattan

what's missing from my list of must-try pizzas in nyc?

This list is great and very comprehensive. Lucali's is a must-try, especially if you want to explore an outer borough a bit (Brooklyn). Lombardi's is also wonderful, and in trendy Soho.

You guys are missing some of New York City's best pizza though: dollar slices. It's super quick, super fast, super greasy... and so classic New York.

Some recommendations:

Mamani in the East Village. Classic, classic New York slice.

2 Bros along St. Marks. Actually, there are two right next to each other. Who knows why 2 Bros put two locations side by side, but they're both awesome. And you can people watch all day long on St. Marks.

Ray's on Broadway between 54th and 55th. Slices are often $.75, because they have a price war with 99c Fresh Pizza across the street. Grab a slice and check out Times Square nearby (if you dare).

Cheers!
Adrienne
www.cheazza.com

Apr 23, 2012
AdrienneK in Manhattan

what's missing from my list of must-try pizzas in nyc?

I second Lucali's. Delicious and in a beautiful Brooklyn neighborhood.

Apr 21, 2012
AdrienneK in Manhattan

New York Pizza

These pizza places are all great. My favorite kind of pizza is what my friends call "cheazza." That classic New York slice that's greasy, crunchy quick. Plenty of New York spots have stop-and-go slices, but you have to do some research. Some recommendations for a classic, cheap slice of New York pizza:

Koronet: Up in Morningside Heights. You'll pay between $3 and $3 bucks for a HUGE slice.

2 Bros or 99C Fresh Pizza between 40th and 42nd on 9th Ave: The 99C Fresh Pizza here was the first dollar slice spot in NYC. The two spots have a cross-street rivalry. I prefer 2 Bros.

Mamani: In the East Village on Avenue A between 9th and 11th St, can't remember exactly where. The dollar slices are just delicious, and you're across the street from Tomkins Square Park after.

Cheers!
Adrienne
Cheazza app: www.cheazza.com

Apr 20, 2012
AdrienneK in Manhattan