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Zaab-Elee, new Thai in the east village, now the best Thai in NYC, perhaps.

there were 2 vietnamese one lao and i think one or 2 thai when i was there last time and asked

Sep 23, 2011
thew in Manhattan

Zaab-Elee, new Thai in the east village, now the best Thai in NYC, perhaps.

when i spoke to them they had waitresses from across SE asia....

Sep 23, 2011
thew in Manhattan

Marea or The Modern?

these are 2 very very different places in feel, setting, and cuisine.

marea is a little more old school in demeanor, and the menu is far less adventurous. still delicious, and as most know by now the fusilli is one of the best single pasta dishes available in NYC

the modern is, well, more modern. the lighting is dimmer, the setting more styled, the menu more adventurous.

you will get a great meal at either - this is more about your desires and expectations than the skill in the kitchen, which is top notch in both

Sep 22, 2011
thew in Manhattan

Are moderator's too heavy handed?

as i'm just being let back in after an enforced exile, i have to say yes, yes they are

Sep 21, 2011
thew in Site Talk

What Food Trend are You So Sick Of?

that is not sous vide, that's bad cooking. good sous vide is well seasoned, and cooked to a proper temperature

Sep 09, 2011
thew in General Topics

chowhound vs. yelp-pros & cons?

actually volume of posts is only one factor in becoming elite, and it isn't the primary one. i've known low post/ review users who were elite, as well s posters who review everything they do that are not.

Sep 09, 2011
thew in Food Media & News

How do you feel about people eating food in the supermarket before they pay for it?

you stick your hand in your mouth when eating chips? i tend to only stick the chip in there.

you spill drinks on your hand when you drink them, making them sticky? you drool and spit on the outside of a can or bottle? i ted not to do either of those things

Sep 09, 2011
thew in Not About Food

How do you feel about people eating food in the supermarket before they pay for it?

which is your right, but you may not be choosing the healthier alternative

Sep 08, 2011
thew in Not About Food

Weird/Bad Food Related Dates

doesn't bug me - i don't have an authenticity fetish

Sep 08, 2011
thew in Not About Food

chowhound vs. yelp-pros & cons?

all else being equal i would prefer to read something clever than something plodding and pedestrian

Sep 08, 2011
thew in Food Media & News

How do you feel about people eating food in the supermarket before they pay for it?

rule utilitarianism is a logically indefensible stance. if everyone was a celibate priest the species would die out. This does not make being a celibate priest immoral.

and no, it clearly does not apply to everything in the store - why should it?

Sep 08, 2011
thew in Not About Food

ASIAN INGREDIENT GLOSSARY - maybe more Asian food info

wiki sez:
Kung Pao chicken (宫保鸡丁, pinyin gōng bǎo jī dīng; also spelled Kung Bao chicken, Gung Po chicken or Kung Po chicken in English) is a classic dish in Sichuan cuisine, originating in the Sichuan Province of central-western China. Allegedly, the dish is named after Ding Baozhen (1820–1886), a late Qing Dynasty official. Born in Guizhou, Ding served as head of Shandong province and later as governor of Sichuan province. His title was Gōng Bǎo (宮保), or palatial guardian.[1] The name "Kung Pao" chicken is derived from this title.
During the Cultural Revolution, the dish was labeled as politically incorrect because of its association with Ding Baozhen. The dish was renamed "fast-fried chicken cubes" (hong bao ji ding) or "chicken cubes with seared chiles" (hu la ji ding) until its political rehabilitation in the 1980s.[2]

Sep 08, 2011
thew in Home Cooking

ASIAN INGREDIENT GLOSSARY - maybe more Asian food info

kung, or gung is shrimp in thai.....

Sep 08, 2011
thew in Home Cooking

Souffle dish question

attach the collar on the inside edge

Sep 07, 2011
thew in Cookware

chowhound vs. yelp-pros & cons?

thats nice to hear. i got kinda bored with it all. and pissed off that my review of the modern was too damned long for them, LOL

maybe i'll return

Sep 07, 2011
thew in Food Media & News

Food/dish you are surprised hasn't caught on

again - any generalization about 300,000,000 people tends to be as false as it is true

Sep 07, 2011
thew in General Topics

chowhound vs. yelp-pros & cons?

of it can be, as there is no limitation on what is discussed on yelp. my point was about comparing CH and Yelp based on the talk side of yelp.

Sep 07, 2011
thew in Food Media & News

Should GREAT service be expected 15 minutes before a restaurant closes?

if they seat people until 11, then starting to clean up at 10:45 is premature.

Sep 07, 2011
thew in Not About Food

Weird/Bad Food Related Dates

it isn't the dish itself - it's that it has been deemed unacceptable by the authenticity police.....

Sep 07, 2011
thew in Not About Food

Weird/Bad Food Related Dates

just a note - often when a guy says he doesn't have a place in mind he means "i'd just like to be on a date with you, so anyplace you enjoy and are comfortable" and not "i'm such a loser i cannot plan a date without your help"

Sep 06, 2011
thew in Not About Food

2nd Visit to NYC....We want to be in the "know"!

off the top of my head, w/ no thinking about it -

finnigans wake, on 1st and 73rd st. (my fave these days)

go burger
genesis on 2nd ave
gracies diner.

havent been in years but i used to like the burgers at corner bistro, and at prime burger

there a place on houston that i dont know the name that a friend took me to

even stand has a better burger than shake shack as far as im concerned

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Finnegan's Wake
1361 1st Ave, New York, NY 10021

Genesis Bar & Restaurant
1708 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10128

Gracie's Corner
352 E 86th St, New York, NY 10028

Go Burger
1448 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10021

Sep 06, 2011
thew in Manhattan

2nd Visit to NYC....We want to be in the "know"!

its probably been 9 months since my last visit

Sep 06, 2011
thew in Manhattan

2nd Visit to NYC....We want to be in the "know"!

meh. maybe the best thin fast food burger in NY, but, to my mind, not the best simple burger - there are plenty of pubs and diners and restaurants that make a good simple beef burger that i prefer to shake shake any day

Sep 06, 2011
thew in Manhattan

2nd Visit to NYC....We want to be in the "know"!

YMMV

Sep 06, 2011
thew in Manhattan

The Best Dinner Conversation You've Ever Had...

easy (tho not a dinner party) - i met a woman at a poetry reading. she was, understandably in NYC i suppose, wary of my advances, but i was semi relentless - in a nice way of course. She liked the poetry i read at the open mike, which made her more amenable i suppose. The reading ended early, about 7:30 pm, and i wasn't supposed to meet another friend (also a poet) to take him out for birthday cocktails until 9. I said this to her and suggested we go for a drink or coffee or something. she said "I'm going out for breakfast" Undeterred i said "I love breakfast" and we went to the waverly diner. The talk flowed easily and was a great conversation.

now we are very in love we've been seeing each other for 2 years.

Sep 06, 2011
thew in Not About Food

Classic Retro Cocktail Bars

pegu club fits the bill

Sep 06, 2011
thew in Manhattan

Should GREAT service be expected 15 minutes before a restaurant closes?

simply - i expect the same service i'd get any other time they seat me

Sep 06, 2011
thew in Not About Food

2nd Visit to NYC....We want to be in the "know"!

this is a good list - i'd make the following changes - papaya king (they're the original), not greys, and definitely not papaya dog.

I'd opt for a good NYC street slice, over wood or coal oven pies.

in addition to pegu, pdt, etc i'd add little branch and angels share for cocktails

for BBQ head to dinosaur - i haven't been since they moved a few blocks south, but they're my favorite BBQ in the city. (great wings - i opt for the 2nd hottest sauce, as it has great flavor as well as heat) and amazing fried green tomatoes. don't miss their syracuse potatoes either.

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Papaya King
179 E 86th St, New York, NY 10028

Sep 06, 2011
thew in Manhattan

Fall is in the air but I have leftover pesto.............

put it on fish or baked chicken

Sep 06, 2011
thew in Home Cooking

Why is airport food so terrible at many US east coast airports?

airports are just bus stations with runways. why should there be good food in one?

Sep 05, 2011
thew in General Topics