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Reasonably-priced lamb

Seconded. American lamb with great flavor and it's very nicely trimmed before it hits the scale.

Mar 20, 2008
billh in Manhattan

Potroast -- Braise with Beer vs. Wine

Guinness. mmmmmmm!

Jan 25, 2008
billh in Home Cooking

What was your New Year's Eve champagne?

Larmandier-Bernier "Terre de Vertus" - NV

Jan 03, 2008
billh in Wine

Michel Cluizel Chocolate for Sale in NYC?

Although I haven't had the NYC version yet, supposedly the quality is the same. In Paris I found MC the second best chocolate. Next time you're there give Cote de France a try. mmmmmm

Dec 10, 2007
billh in Manhattan

Steak Frites near Luxembourg Parc area

I'll second Les Fontaines. It's been a few years since I've been there, but I'm leaving for Paris in about 24 hours and LF is on my list.

Nov 18, 2007
billh in France

Belcourt Opening in EV?

We were there on the previous Saturday and I was not impressed. Of the dishes we had, I thought the octopus app was the best. The bourride was seriously lacking in flavor. My wife's lamb burger was just ok. The thing that bothered me the most was that the waitress dropped the check twice without me asking for it. Once before we ordered dessert and the next before we ordered an espresso. The second occurrence was with the manager glaring from behind. I think we had been there at that point for about 75 minutes. At that price point, (around $150 w/tip for the two of us), I could think of many other more enjoyable venues. They just want to turn tables.

Oct 29, 2007
billh in Manhattan

Looking for Polish Smoked Meats - Sausages

That would be East Village Meats or Baczynsky's. It's between 9th St. & St. Marks on the West side of the street.

Oct 01, 2007
billh in Manhattan

Le Gigot (brief review)

As to the "food doesn't rush out of the kitchen", one of the reasons I haven't been back to Le Gigot (and this goes back at least 5 years) is every time I had been there the service was very rushed. At their price point I didn't care for that aspect much. Perhaps it's time for another chance, since the space is nice and the food was excellent.

Sep 19, 2007
billh in Manhattan

Restaurants you love that are rarely mentioned on Chowhound

Having missed the post you're speaking of, please share. What/where is the little bistro?

Sep 02, 2007
billh in Manhattan

Pork Shoulder Emergency - Which Butchers Carry It?

Ottomanelli's on Bleecker always has it. I just bought a 8lber on the bone a couple of weeks ago.

Aug 16, 2007
billh in Manhattan

Barbone Review

I think Barbone's biggest problem is that on busy nights with the garden packed, the kitchen and staff are overwhelmed. My best meals there have always been on slow weeknights or in the winter when the garden was closed.

Aug 13, 2007
billh in Manhattan

Brasserie Flo at Paris airport--very good

Anyone know how late B Flo is open? I'm on the day flight out of JFK that arrives CDG around 9pm. I'm planning on overnighting at the airport for a TGV the next am. It would be great to grab a decent meal before my sleeping pill. :)

Jul 23, 2007
billh in France

Neighborhood butchers

Never had a problem. Everything is pretty much cut to order. re Kurowycky: RIP :(

Jul 21, 2007
billh in Manhattan

Grandaisy Bakery on Sullivan Street

I picked up a Pane Pugliese from the West 40's Sullivan Street via Murray's Cheese yesterday. It wasn't even close to the one's I usually get from Grand Daisy. No almost burnt crispy crust or airhole filled interior. Blech!

Jul 14, 2007
billh in Manhattan

Jever Pils?

Zum Schneider Ave. C & 7th St.

Jul 08, 2007
billh in Manhattan

Looking for good lunch eats around 8th St--NYU

Go see the dosa man on the south side of Washington Square. Great stuff and cheap too. FYI, I think he's on vacation all next week and will be back on the 16th.

Jul 06, 2007
billh in Manhattan

Best toppings/combinations at Arturo's Pizza

Either sausage or pepperoni. Sometimes we'll add mushrooms, but no more than the two ingredients.

Jul 06, 2007
billh in Manhattan

Help me recreate dish from momofuku saam

I asked at the original Momofuku if they par-boiled the brussel sprouts first and the answer was yes. I'd do that and then saute with the above ingredients. You'll probably have to experiment a bit to get the amounts correct.

Jul 06, 2007
billh in Home Cooking

Needed: Washington Sq Suggestions

+1 for Blue Hill, especially if you like Hearth.

Jul 06, 2007
billh in Manhattan

mourning the hot dogs at kurowcky...

how about Bacynsky (sp?) on 2nd Ave. btwn. St. Marks and 9th? Otherwise, I always get a box of natural casing weiners as well when I order bratwurst from Usingers.com.

Jun 09, 2007
billh in Manhattan

Best Caeser Salad

second for Pietro's

May 19, 2007
billh in Manhattan

Maldon Salt [moved from General Chowhounding Topics]

Kalustyan's as well.

May 03, 2007
billh in Manhattan

Any recent takes on Aquagrill?

I know I was the op, but I'll second the Giorgione raw bar, not to mention the pizza. BTW, thanks to all who replied on my original question.

Feb 28, 2007
billh in Manhattan

Any recent takes on Aquagrill?

It's been some time since I've been and I was considering a return visit. I'm sure the raw bar is still fantastic, but how's the kitchen doing?

Feb 28, 2007
billh in Manhattan

Popcorn and popcorn salt

Just tried some of that popcorn yesterday. It's excellent. My usual method is to pop it in a bit of canola oil, then top the popped corn with good olive oil, some fresh grated parmesan and a combo of some Maldon's sea salt and xtra hot dried Indian chili peppers that I've bashed up in the mortar and pestle.

Feb 25, 2007
billh in Manhattan

Craftsteak vs. "traditional" steakhouses

+3 for the Strip House. Only substitute a piece of the chocolate cake for the sundae.

Jan 25, 2007
billh in Manhattan

Unfortunate Pizza ideas

Well my sister-in-law out in CA loves "Peking Duck Pizza".......... BLECHHHHH!!!!!!!

Jan 18, 2007
billh in General Topics

Alone, hungry, and prefer sitting at the bar.

Gotham, Veritas, Babbo and I like the bar at Hearth as well.

Jan 15, 2007
billh in Manhattan

italian sub

Faicco's on Bleeker. I just finished one. Well actually 1/2.

Jan 06, 2007
billh in Manhattan

Does anyone else not like turkey?

Capon for Thanksgiving and a goose for Christmas. Turkey is one of my least favorite dishes.

Dec 28, 2006
billh in General Topics