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Trip report from my trip to NYC this week

*Wassail – new cider bar LES. Not a cider fan however after learning more about cider from the staff at Wassail I am a new lover of cider. I was more impressed with the food. The chef is thoughtful on local sourcing, plating, and playing with herbs paired with in season products. Watch out for this chef. He is THAT good.
*Bowery Meat Company – Strip steak, burger, zucchini app, fries. Decent but I will not venture back; perhaps only for the wine list.
*Maman - the chocolate chip cookie is one of my new favorite bites in NYC. It’s a life changer. Great spot for lunch too. Very kind staff.
*Manush – new spot in West Village. Staff was over whelmed with orders. Tried the yogurt and za’atar option. Great spot but hope they work out staffing issues.
*Union Square Market – bought some herbs and goats milk ricotta and Hot Kitchen partha cheese and garlic bread. I expected it to be larger. Only having few chances to get to the city, I would not return.
*Attaboy – great drinks. Pappy Van Winkle bourbon 12 and 20 year. Will return next trip.
*Picked up Ovenly peanut butter cookie at airport; decent but would not purchase again.
*Breads Bakery – biggest disappointment of the trip. Breads was on my radar for a return visit( wanting to try the croissants this time) since I have had their babka and quiche which I loved; tried the babka this trip and it was good but not great. I love chocolate almond croissants. Payards is my favorite in the city. The staff explained that the chocolate almond is only available on occasions when they have an abundance of leftover chocolate. I am not sure why it is listed on the menu if they only make them twice a month? The almond croissant was not good. It was filled with a tiny bit of marzipan and the shell was doughy. Payards is still the winner in my book. Tried the mushroom quiche again. Not good. Rubbery mushrooms and the crust was tough. Everything tasted commercial. Have they lost their touch?

Apr 16, 2015
six dower in Manhattan

Killer Meal at Wichcraft satellite at Lincoln Center

The brownie is my favorite in the city. The baker will soon have her own shop...Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery.

Apr 12, 2015
six dower in Manhattan

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - April 2015

Yep...I was hoping someone would notice and crack a smile. The dip was amazing....

Apr 07, 2015
six dower in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - April 2015

I used it in a dip with Pulled Pork on top for the Super Bowel. People went nuts for it...

Moving offices to Midtown East ... I need new lunch options!

What do you enjoy at Eclair?

Mar 31, 2015
six dower in Manhattan

Returning to a "never again" restaurant (in my case EMP)

I agree. Write a quick email to the team and explain your situation. Let them respond which perhaps will be a decision factor for you....
I love EMP. My first time was three years ago, after meeting Will and Chef Humm at a local food event I decided to meet a friend at the bar for bites and wine while I was visiting the city. I was alone when I arrived at EMP during rain/sleet storm that evening. Thinking back on my entrance, I was probably a mess as a ran through the door soaking wet and frozen. I had a very bad trip into the city so my mood was not great. The team, not knowing who I was, ushered me to the bar area and provided me with a seat, warmed scarf, and hot tea. The rest of the evening was perfection. I had told my friend while pursuing the bar menu that I was craving soup which was not listed as a dish that evening. 5 minutes later, soup arrived to our table. To this day it was the best soups I have tasted.
I celebrated my birthday a year later at EMP. My bday gift from the EMP team? A box (12 in count) of the dinner rolls. Best take-home gift ever. Screw the granola.....

Mar 30, 2015
six dower in Manhattan

I eat it my way

Same...minus the peanut butter. I like the warming the slices.

Mar 07, 2015
six dower in General Topics

Who makes the best THICK hot chocolate?

Glad you liked it! Its my daughters fav in the city and we have to stop by the shop during each visit to NYC....even during hot summer months. Great greek bakery next door.

Feb 24, 2015
six dower in Manhattan

Who makes the best THICK hot chocolate?

Marie Belle for sure....super thick and they also have pure white hot chocolate too.

Feb 20, 2015
six dower in Manhattan

Fig still a 'go-to' spot in Charleston?

Fig is a great spot. Amke sure to get reservations. Hit Halls Chop House for drinks after dinner.

Feb 11, 2015
six dower in Southeast

Fruit Smoothie = "Bad for You"

I agree. Your body is not smart enough to know the difference between sugar, sugar from fruits, agave, etc. It processes all the same. If you are blending a lot of fruit alone in a liquid form, I would label it as a sugar shake. Eat your fruit. As a cancer survivor it is one lesson that I have learned is that too much sugar, in any form is hard for the body to process...certainly not easy for your body in the morning (after going hours without food) by dumping sugar in liquid form into it, very quickly.
I am surprised by how many people order huge smoothies at juice bars/shops that are full of fruits, honey, agave, sweetened peanut butter, fruit juice and sweetened milk. I cannot imagine the sugar grams....

Feb 08, 2015
six dower in General Topics

Banana Bread

You forgot to mention they have brioche donuts at Bibble and Sip.;) Must try during my next visit. this place looks awesome!'
Try the banana bread at Little Collins

Feb 04, 2015
six dower in Manhattan

Where to watch the Super Bowl in Charleston?


Jan 31, 2015
six dower in Southeast

Where to watch the Super Bowl in Charleston?

Saturday - drinks at Gin Join, dinner at Vendue Inn (sit at the bar in the hotel). The space is beautiful and the food is the best in Charleston
Sunday - Coffee and snacks at St Albans, Brunch at Halls Chophouse, Bay St Bier garden for Superbowl, Belmont for drinks
Monday - You day is full of heavy meals. Light breakfast then Husk for early lunch and Dinner at FIG or Chez Nous
Tuesday - Callies for breakfast and Butcher and Bee for lunch (make sure to pop into the Daily for pastries for the plane ride

Jan 31, 2015
six dower in Southeast

Cioppino (fish stew) to try for comparison

Call Hearth, they will make it for you if you give them notice.

Jan 23, 2015
six dower in Manhattan

Tomato Gravy - tasted a lot, but not the "real" thing

From Sean Brock - one of the best chefs in the USA:

For the Tomato Gravy:

2 tablespoons bacon fat
2 tablespoons Anson Mills Antebellum Fine White Cornmeal
3 cups home-canned tomatoes, or canned San Marzano tomatoes
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon freshly cracked black pepper
For the Tomato Gravy:

Heat the bacon fat in a large nonreactive saucepan over high heat. Stir in the cornmeal with a wooden spoon. Reduce the heat to low and cook, constantly stirring, until the cornmeal turns a light brown color, about 5 minutes. Using your hands, crush the tomatoes into small bite-sized pieces. Add them to the pan and stir to combine. Increase the heat to medium, bring the gravy to a simmer, and cook it, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes, until it is slightly thickened and the cornmeal is soft. Be careful that it is not sticking or scorching. Add the salt and pepper. Hold warm on low heat for up to 1 hour.

Jan 17, 2015
six dower in Home Cooking

Coming to NYC for 36 hours!

Steak - Costada (great pasta and crudo), Minetta Tavern, Wolf Gang, Marta (good pizza too)
Italian - Hearth, Maialino, Babbo, Del Posto, Marea
Lunch - Il Buco Almintieri, Dutch, Charlie Bird, Lafayette
New but great - Mission Chinese Food, Dirty French, Cosme, Russ and Daughters
All great for solo bar dining. Go to places that are hard to get in witout a rez and more than one person. Hit Chelsea Market or Essex Markers and eat at many spots within the building.

Jan 14, 2015
six dower in Manhattan

Vegetarian options in Soho


Jan 10, 2015
six dower in Manhattan

need midtown suggestions for a last minute trip

Please make sure to go to Essex Market. That sandwich was one of my "best bites" of this year. Stop by the ice cream cart fr a sample of unique flavors and the Boubouki Bakery for a slice of pear cake. Very light and not too sweet.
Try to squeeze in Xian Famous Foods. My daughter and I made a visit to the city over Christmas and we are still talking about our lunch of the spicy lamb noodles and pork burger. Enjoyed Marea, Ma Pache, and Betony as well since they were all located within walking distance.
Thanks to Ziggy and Ellen for all of their tips.

Jan 05, 2015
six dower in Manhattan

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015 [Old]

The Pacific is not wild, it is farmed raised. I checked today.

Jan 04, 2015
six dower in Chains

Sufganiyot (Israeli Jelly Donuts for Chanukah) in NYC

They have them at Breads Bakery

Dec 21, 2014
six dower in Manhattan

Pete Wells's Top Ten NYC Ramen

where can I get a great bowl of soup in Chinatown or Nolita?
I had the duck cabbage soup at Vanessa's during my last trip and I thought it was decent.

Dec 14, 2014
six dower in Manhattan

Where can I still find great "dairy" babka, rugelach, and cheese danish?

Regprager - funny you should mention dairy free babka. I was in Miami at Zak the Bakers recently and I tried his chocolate babka. It was amazing....better than Breads, Zabars, Dean and Deluca's. I had a chance to speak to Zak because I was making such a fuss over the babka. He stated that his babka had a ton of dairy in it while most babka's are pareve.
If you ever have the chance to visit Miami, please make the bakery on your list to visit. Perhaps he will ship to NYC? I asked him to ship to my area and he stated that he will consider it after the holiday.

Nov 25, 2014
six dower in Manhattan

Charleston SC in February..... HELP!!!

What are favs in Philly? That will help.

Nov 18, 2014
six dower in Southeast

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - November 2014 [Old]

and popcorn

Nov 12, 2014
six dower in Chains

5 days in Charleston w/ family: how's this list?

Skip Glazed - add Cristophe Chocolates, Jeni's Ice Cream, Browns Court Bakery, Callies Little Hot Biscuit
Lunch/Dinner - Park Cafe, Chez Nous, R Kitchen

Nov 10, 2014
six dower in Southeast

God is my co-protein

Breads bakery has excellent Mushroom Quiche and Mushroom and Onion Focaccia,

Nov 08, 2014
six dower in Manhattan

One Dinner at the bar...cravings, please advise

What about Senza?

Nov 05, 2014
six dower in Chicago Area

Birthday Dinner Suggestions


Nov 05, 2014
six dower in Manhattan

One Dinner at the bar...cravings, please advise

One evening for dinner:
Deciding on a spot for my next trip to Chicago ( I make the trip once a month)
I thinking of returning to Nico Osteria for crudo, bread, and trying the Nico Cake (I did not order it during my last visit). They may have the beef tongue app bruschetta, which I love.
I do want to try some others that are on my list; Boka, Balena, Celeste (fried chicken), Topolobampo (goat), RPM Steak (foie gras, bison steak), Bavette (Tongue/steak)
I am craving really great bread to start my dinner? Craving ceviche/crudo, offal (foie gras, tongue) and awesome dessert. Price not an issue. I want to avoid tasting menus. I hope to sit at the bar and enjoy good food and wine.

Nov 05, 2014
six dower in Chicago Area