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Soban Shiktam Korean Homestyle

Closed up. Oh well. It was good while it lasted. Rumor is the owner's licenses were not up to date.

Jul 16, 2014
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs

Wax Apples ("lian wu") in NYC?

I bought them by my home in North Flushing a few weeks ago for a Jamaican cousin who loves them. In the Chinese market on 160th street and Northern. The former UA Quartet movie theater whose name escapes me at the moment. They were awful though :(

Jul 07, 2014
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs

Soban Shiktam Korean Homestyle

158-03 Northern Blvd

Jun 29, 2014
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs

Soban Shiktam Korean Homestyle

A few weeks ago after a haircut at Pokure, I decided to stop in to Soban Shiktam for some takeout. This little spot is basically around the corner from my house, but I'd never ventured inside because it appeared to have more of a pub-like ambiance. An almost "members only" vibe complete with Korean hipsters queued up on the sidewalk on weekend nights. Imagine a cross between Chatham's Squire and Chi-town's Gino's East decor wise: dim with chalk graffiti all over the walls. At noon, the place was filled with Koreans clad in business attire. Thankfully one of them spoke perfect English considering absolutely nothing is in English on the menu and the owner doesn't speak a word. As in NOT A WORD. I speak Korean Food almost fluently, but because the menu was only in Korean characters with nothing phonetically spelled out beneath, even that didn't help me. The gentleman who made suggestions says he is there every single day for lunch and that it's the only place he eats because the food is homestyle and there is absolutely no MSG used. And... that they offer the absolute best mandoo in NY! My chowpup heard that and got very excited. What was supposed to be a quick snack ended up being an order of mandoo (delicious although fried. I much prefer steamed; not sure if that is an option) and thin pieces of pork stir-fried in an incendiary sauce with stir-fried cabbage and pieces of kimchee. The businessman who had done the translation for me should've been their spokesperson. He completely waxed poetic about the place and said it was basically an under the radar secret spot that all Korean food cognoscenti frequent. And this guy definitely knew his Korean restaurants!

I noticed that the kitchen seemed to be staffed exclusively with Koreans. An older Korean ajuma was doing all the cooking. Everything was tasty and considering these were lunch portions, on the larger side. And very reasonable. Cheaper than most places. I'm enclosing some photos of the menu so that our Korean 'hounds can translate if needed. Worth checking out if you are in the area. Seems to be cash only.

Jun 29, 2014
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs
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Bangane – A Korean Goat Specialist And One Of The Most Exciting Restaurants In Flushing

Thank you so very much for the link. Yesterday I got a text from a student who was at mad for chicken. He was upset that the special happy hour menu was no longer offered. Couple of weeks ago they took over the space that is next to it. I guess the expansion and the higher monthly rent bill has inspired some changes. Oh well.

Jun 29, 2014
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs
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Harvest Buffet Incarnation?

Any clue if the former Harvest Buffet in Little Neck which is now under renovation and has a sign that says " Moonstone" will still be a buffet? Same owners? Thanks!

Jun 18, 2014
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs

Where is the BEST Grandma Pie?

Love the grandma pie at Luigi's on 35th Avenue right off the Clearview in Bayside. Excellent sauce, perfect amount of cheese and perfect thickness of the crust.

May 18, 2014
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs
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Bangane – A Korean Goat Specialist And One Of The Most Exciting Restaurants In Flushing

Thanks. I've owned a hagwon with an almost exclusively Korean clientele for over 15 years. I hear these words all the time, but don't know how to spell them.

Kamsamhamnaeda!

May 13, 2014
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs

Bangane – A Korean Goat Specialist And One Of The Most Exciting Restaurants In Flushing

Yep. That's right. Emone I think? Their kimbap CRUSHES Nolbu and Song's. yikes.

May 13, 2014
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs

Bangane – A Korean Goat Specialist And One Of The Most Exciting Restaurants In Flushing

From Wikipedia: "Additionally, there are also efforts to globalize tteokbokki in the international food market. Korean government has established a so-called tteokbokki laboratory in 2009 to try to globalize the dish and to provide technical support for its enhancement. Annually, about a billion Korean won is spent in this governmental project to try to make tteokbokki into an international product. In order to achieve a place for tteokbokki into the global market, there is investigation on market research, development of sauces, types of rice cakes and cooking methods to fit into various countries. The spelling of “topokki” was officially given by this institute in order to appear friendlier for the international market. Most tteokbokki was made of flour in modern days but after this governmental project, there's been encouragement to use rice instead. This is mainly because rice is regarded as healthier than flour and to help boost consumption in the domestic rice market."

May 13, 2014
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs

Bangane – A Korean Goat Specialist And One Of The Most Exciting Restaurants In Flushing

"Shin Hwang Je Topokki" is the name of the restaurant. They are "topokki specialists". They also make a fantastic kimbap that is almost as as filled as the ones at the previously named SUKARAK in the Murray Hill Shopping Center that is now called the Korean word for " Auntie" which I can't recall at the moment. And I'm sure I don't have to tell anyone here about the phenomenal happy hour deals at Mad for Chicken. I probably eat lunch there three times a week. The new chef is awesome. And the happy hour menu, served before 6 PM, is a real steal. They happen to make fantastic fries as well which draws a lot of local teens especially now that McDonald's has officially closed. They're even making poutines there now and a special fries with kimchi on top which reminds me of the ones we ate ad nauseum at all the Bahn Mi Boys throughout Toronto! I love living in North Flushing ;)

May 13, 2014
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs

Bangane – A Korean Goat Specialist And One Of The Most Exciting Restaurants In Flushing

The stretch of Northern between the Murray Hill Shopping Center and Francis Lewis is my specialty area as I walk it each day for errands etc. Lots of great stuff for sure. Check out the very new Topoki place wedged between BBQ Village and Mad for Chicken on 158th and Northern. It's really good. The Topoki dishes are delish particularly the Royal Court and the tonkasu is almost greaseless if that is possible. I'm a huge fan of their " flat" pan fried dumplings when I'm in need of a major carb fix. Hardly filled with anything other than scallions and vermicelli and super thin, they are still very addictive!

May 13, 2014
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs

Bangane – A Korean Goat Specialist And One Of The Most Exciting Restaurants In Flushing

I live right down the block from Bangane and the samgyetang is definitely what I eat there. Always find the panchan mediocre though.

May 13, 2014
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs

Easter Brunch at the Phoenician or The Fairmont Princess?

Thanks so much :) The divey Mexican sounds cool. I will check out T. Cook's. Someone said I had to check out AJ's Food? Supermarket?

Apr 16, 2014
ZenFoodist in Phoenix

Jersey Fresh canned tomatoes in Queens?

I order cases from mybrands.com a few times during the year. Very pricey but worth it. I am at Fairway in Douglaston every Thursday and have never seen them. I have asked the manager, and he says they do not get them. When you have seen them, have they been merchandised with the other canned tomatoes?

Apr 16, 2014
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs

Easter Brunch at the Phoenician or The Fairmont Princess?

Thanks so much for the response. I made the reservation for the Fairmont. I was just under the impression that there is something iconic about the Phoenician at Easter time. Both menus look beautiful. What do you think of pizzeria Bianco? Worth it for a New Yorker who has access to excellent pizza all the time?

Apr 15, 2014
ZenFoodist in Phoenix

Easter Brunch at the Phoenician or The Fairmont Princess?

So we'll be visiting Scottsdale/Sedona over the Easter Break from NYC and will be staying at the Fairmont. I haven't been to Scottsdale in 15 years, but I recall the the Easter Brunch at the Phoenician has always had a certain amount of clout surrounding it. I was all set to book it when I decided to look at the Fairmont's menu for the day. Of course it confused me, because it looked fantastic. Apart from the usual brunchy offerings, the resort's three restaurants have signature dishes that sound great. I'm sure I would find both of them delicious, but can anyone sell me on one over the other from experience?

Thanks so much!
lisa

Apr 04, 2014
ZenFoodist in Phoenix

Favorite Xiao Long Bao ( soup dumplings) in Queens?

Different people all the time at different hours. I have never seen the same people from Nanxiang and I am in that center every day because it's right by my home. Now with Duane Reade suddenly closing, I won't be there as much, but it's always been a fixture for me. Halal guy's food outside the parking lot is really solid by the way!

Dec 05, 2013
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs

Favorite Xiao Long Bao ( soup dumplings) in Queens?

Mekong, I'm fairly certain you all know, is owned by the same family that has Nanxiang XLB on Prince as well as Corner 28, Canton Gourmet, pho bang, green Papaya. I'm always told that the same people who make the XLB on Prince Street make them at Mekong. They taste heavier at Mekong in my humble opinion.

Dec 05, 2013
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs

Whitestone's Stork's Pastry Shop Vacant and Shuttered.

I'll miss the glorious Christmas stollen and baumkuchen and their out-freaking-rageous dark chocolate enrobed butter cookies. Super bummed. Nowhere else around here even comes close.

Nov 13, 2013
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs

Whitestone's Stork's Pastry Shop Vacant and Shuttered.

Outgoing message on the shop's machine thanks customers for their years of patronage and states that as of November 3rd, a decision has been made that Storks " is closed for good." Officially crying :(

Nov 10, 2013
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs

Whitestone's Stork's Pastry Shop Vacant and Shuttered.

From the website:

"Stork's Bakery is closed indefinitely.
We will update you on our website, facebook & twitter when the bakery reopens..."

It had declined a bit since the sale year's ago, but was still iconic.

Not hopeful it will reopen.

Sad.

Nov 10, 2013
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs

"Don't you dare leave Toronto without tasting....." a.k.a. Please help your neighbor to the south plan the perfect food-focused looong weekend.

What's "Smoke's"?

Oct 21, 2013
ZenFoodist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

"Don't you dare leave Toronto without tasting....." a.k.a. Please help your neighbor to the south plan the perfect food-focused looong weekend.

Loved the

Oct 21, 2013
ZenFoodist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

"Don't you dare leave Toronto without tasting....." a.k.a. Please help your neighbor to the south plan the perfect food-focused looong weekend.

We had a truly spectacular time for the four nights we were in your vibrant city and some excellent meals. We spent so much time wandering around and nibbling on things that apart from Treadwell in Niagara on the Lake, Momufuku Noodle Bar ( we are NYers and HAD to see David's work in your city) and Bannock, we really didn't spend much time in "proper restaurants". Went to Banh Mi Boys twice (both locations...awesome! although the one near Spadina and Queen was better IMHO) and just grazed the rest of the time at everything from Caplansky's to Modern Jelly Doughnut to peameal bacon sandwiches at Carousel, to fish sandwiches at Busker's Cove to sliced pork belly at Carnicero's
to pecorino at the Monteforte Creamey... out of the Waltzing Mathilda alas...to chocolates at SOMA and coffees at Balzac to....etc We simply walked around the city and grazed! Loved Toronto. Hoping to find the time to write something more formal up in the not too distant future. Thank you all so much for sharing your enthusiasm for your city! We look forward to an encore visit.
lisa

Oct 21, 2013
ZenFoodist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Come And Get It (Closing Mid-Oct 2013)

Great to hear. We spent last weekend eating our way though your wonderful city and really loved everything we had at Come and Get It. Cool vibe and awesome poutine!

Oct 21, 2013
ZenFoodist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

"Don't you dare leave Toronto without tasting....." a.k.a. Please help your neighbor to the south plan the perfect food-focused looong weekend.

Loved loved loved Come And Get It and the Bahn Mi Boys. Such a fun night walking around that area. Thought the quality of every single thing I put in my mouth from the house baked breads to the pickled carrots ( slightly tender which I liked) and the paratha- like tortillas was outstanding. Unfortunately, when "grazing" like this, one can not really fully appreciate the hyper deliciousness of every moresel because of the need to try almost EVERYTHING lol. Taste inundation. Today we are going to go to the St. Lawrence Market (peameal sandwiches), walk around the Distillery District (Soma Chocolates)go to the top of the CN Tower, and catch a Knicks/Raptors game (pregame? not sure what my husband said) tonight. Hockey tickets at 150 a pop seems NUTS for tomorrow night as my 10 year old is not even into the whole shebang so that will just give us longer in the NOTL region. We were thinking Bannock or Nota Bene for tonight. Our concierge seems to be a foodie and loved all the selections. He told me he thought I would love Nota Bene and when we passed it walking to Come and Get It, the menu looked cool. Any thoughts? Thanks!

Oct 11, 2013
ZenFoodist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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First dinner in Toronto near the Fairmont Royal York?

Drake 150 is complicating things: that braised Ontario Boar sounds divine! The sides are great too. Roasted Roots...yum.

Oct 09, 2013
ZenFoodist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

First dinner in Toronto near the Fairmont Royal York?

I looked at all the menus and liked everything I saw, but think that I am leaning toward Bannock; that lamb shoulder shepherd's pie is calling out to my little man and the griddled octopus and cauliflower and anchovy salad are calling out to ME!

Oct 09, 2013
ZenFoodist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Just ONE lunch and ONE Dinner in Niagara Region: Treadwell, Ravine, Regal Diner, Windows by Jamie Kennedy

So...I've looked through all the online menus and am still not sure. Provided the weather is lovely on Saturday, the plan is to rent a car and leave Toronto by 9:30 ish and drive to the Falls/ NOTL for a full day and evening (would like to see the immuniated Falls at dusk as well)...Initially thought the Regal Diner when we first arrived (friends have said great things and I like to check out Greasy Spoon type spots for bfast) and then a higher end, but still casual later lunch at one of the other three. The gents who answered the phone at both Treadwell and Ravine were both gracious and told me walk ins were welcome ( don't want to be a reservation hog as I am not really certain how the day will play out time-wise) but I was told the patio at Ravine would be spectacular for an sunny Autumn Day. Which did temporarily thrill me. My husband and ten year old son both appreciate fine farm to table fare and are up for anything. We will be purchasing wine but not drinking much as we are driving if that factors in to anyone's advice.

Decisions, decisions. Any input on how you'd arrange a perfect day trip to this area?

Many Thanks~
lisa

Oct 09, 2013
ZenFoodist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)