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Touristy Spots Worth Visiting

You should have had the cookies from Levain. You must go back!!

Apr 13, 2014
six dower in Manhattan

Help finding pastry

Hi NYC Chowhounds! I recently had a pastry at the Aroma Espresso in Miami:
HALVA PASTRY
$2.70
Rich, dense and sweet sesame-based confectionery
The same cafe carries the pastry in NYC. It is the best pastry I have had in a long time. I am not even sure what compelled me to order it....
Now I am on a mission to find a similar pastry in NYC. Perhaps a different version than Aroma's? I do know of Brooklyn Sesame that sells Halva Spread. Has anyone had a similar pastry or dessert? If yes, please tell where???

Apr 11, 2014
six dower in Manhattan

Touristy Spots Worth Visiting

I am in the same boat, Chowser.
recent trip to NYC with daughter:
Shopsins - she will love it due to the insane food combo and surly service. we had a blast and the food is great. Read the menu prior to your visit. Read the rules.
Eataly/Shake Shack - Sit at the pizza counter at Eataly. Order small pie to share. Shop around the store for take home items. Try some gelato. Walk across the street to Shake Shack and split a burger and custard.
Jocques Torres/Levain Bakery: They are very close neighbors. My teen loved the Century 21 store which is very close to both...nice afternoon treat. Hot choc. from JT and cookies from Levain.
We also toured around Chinatown eating at few spots. We walked to SoHo for lunch at Lafayette then dessert at Ansels Bakery.
You have to take her to Dylans. Yes it is crazy busy and dirty but the teens love it.
We did dine at Minetta Taven - we are both steak lovers but it may be out of your price range for her.
She also LOVES ordering a dirty water dog from the guy outside of the Plaza Hotel. We always make a stop at the Food Hall inside the Plaza for treats and sushi while taking a break from shopping.

Apr 10, 2014
six dower in Manhattan

Planning Charleston trip, need "less fancy" suggestions

Skip Hominy, Pen Grill, and Grocery.
Ordinary should be on your list fir dinner and then stop by Belmont for drinks after (they have homemade poptarts).
You have to go to Martha Lou's for lunch - go right before or after the lunch crowd, cash only
Butcher and Bee is good for late night
If you visit the Oak Tree, stop by JB's SmokeHouse for lunch. It is a dive buffet but it is decent BBQ and fried chicken.
I like Husk for lunch and the bar is great for small eats/drinks
For sweets - stop by Browns Court Bakery and Christophe Chocolates)

Apr 04, 2014
six dower in Southeast
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Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - April 2014

I finally bought the marinated mushrooms this week and poured a few with some juice in a food processor. WOW! so good...spread or topped onto many dishes this week.

Apr 03, 2014
six dower in Chains
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decent brunch around 55th street 5 and 6 av. - possible on workday

I LOVE Little Collins Olive Oil Cake.

Apr 03, 2014
six dower in Manhattan

Best desserts in NYC

Olive Oil Cake is great at Little Collins near 57 and Lex. Monica - you must stop by this shop sometime...it is in your work area.

Mar 26, 2014
six dower in Manhattan

MInetta Tavern - The Big Conundrum

I will get groans when I say this but I prefer the Burger vs the Black Label Burger. It is so much better, IMO. The bartender, Fabrezio(?) encouraged me to try it side by side when I was dining with a group of friends( we were discussing the "bet burger" in NYC). We agreed that it was much better. Anyone else agree?
Also in our group was the VP of Marketing for Danny Meyers. She orders the burger once a week...she claims it is the best in the city.

Mar 24, 2014
six dower in Manhattan

Weight Watchers Foodies -- March Forth Edition! -- March 2014 [OLD]

I have the same travel schedule as you aimee. A few tips:
Marriott Breakfast: Skip the yogurt - it is full of sugar/fat. Stick with the hot oatmeal and add a few nuts and fruits to eat. No cheese or meats unless they have smoked salmon. Skip the cereal - processed and yucky. I always take a few apples or pieces or fruit with me for the road. If they have hard boiled eggs, I stick a couple in a cup with lid and I have them on a salad for lunch.
Lunch - veggs/protein or salad/protein. Learn to eat salad without dressing.
Dinner - either have one piece of bread or a glass of wine. No dessert unless you can steal a bite from your coworker. I try to go for sushi however we tend to stick to steak houses. I order shrimp cocktail with a salad or steamed veggies. Most places dump so much oil and butter on fish, steak, and veggies...you think you are ordering healthy but the kitchen is added way more calories than you would count. Stick to "fresh as possible" and learn how to order wisely. Spend some time in a kitchen at a steakhouse and you will be amazed at what goes in/on your "healthy" dinner.
It is very hard having that damn breadbasket stare at you along with the butter and oil. It is so tempting but at the end of the day, not worth it!
Goodluck

Mar 16, 2014
six dower in Home Cooking

Low Country Road Trip

Skip SeeWees, Eli's Table, and Taco Boy. Your other choices are ok; however you should include the Ordinary. Hit Xiao Bao for lunch. Two Borrows Ladder is a great dinner spot and Twenty Six Divine is a hidden gem for lunch. Park Cafe is new and they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.If you like sweets, you must try Christophe's on Society and King.

Mar 14, 2014
six dower in Southeast

Pancakes - What's Your Favorite Type??

Rosemary Pancakes with Creme Anglaise Sauce

Feb 08, 2014
six dower in General Topics

Food-loving parents & teenagers on the loose in Charleston. Help!

Rutledge Cab is good. Stick w Cru since it is downtown.
Try a sandwich at Persimmon Cafe for a sandwich. It is great!

Really low end but great food is Martha Lou's on East Bay. Cash only, meat and three, go before or after lunch.

Jan 10, 2014
six dower in Southeast

Food-loving parents & teenagers on the loose in Charleston. Help!

Rue de Jean

Dec 19, 2013
six dower in Southeast

What are you baking these days? December 2013 edition! [to 12/31/13]

Thanks for the recipe Buttertart. I added rosemary and walnuts. So good!

Dec 15, 2013
six dower in Home Cooking
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Hidden gems that you don't wanna tell even the closest friend?

What do you enjoy at Villard?

Dec 04, 2013
six dower in Manhattan

Your Ideal Bakery

Perfect chocolate almond croissants.

Nov 12, 2013
six dower in General Topics
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Costco Food Finds - 4th Quarter 2013

Last trip I purchased the Edamame and Lentil Baked Chips. Yesterday I could not find them. The store reported that they may not receive them again. Anyone have any idea where I can buy them? BTW....they do NOT taste baked.

Nov 04, 2013
six dower in Chains

Where's your fav Italian in the east and west village or downtown on the moderate side $36/ person

Rosemary's is great. Il Sodi is also good however is not mentioned on this board.

Oct 25, 2013
six dower in Manhattan

FIG, Husk, McGrady's, or all three? Tips for a Charleston 1st Timer!

Not like the desserts that Sean is making at McCrady's.

Sep 16, 2013
six dower in Southeast

FIG, Husk, McGrady's, or all three? Tips for a Charleston 1st Timer!

Do not miss the desserts at McCrady's. The pastry chef is very talented. Do try to stop by Browns Court Bakery. Order the ice cream. the best I have had in the States..I am not joking.
Skip the Bahn Mi's. You have better, much better, in NYC.

Sep 15, 2013
six dower in Southeast

Last question about Charleston...

Do not go to Bowens Island!

Do go to the Ordinary:
Lobster Roll, Oyster sliders, fish stew

McCradys:
Eat soup and apps at the bar. Do not miss dessert. The pastry chef is amazing.

Husk - bar for cheeseburger

Another option for dinner - . Two Boroughs Larder or Indaco (new place from Steve Palmer). Indaco is across the street from the MacIntosh. Have apps at MacIntosh and dinner at Indaco.

Lunch - Twenty Six Divine. Go and thank me later. Hidden gem. Stop by Christoph's Pastry (Society and King) for desserts

Sep 03, 2013
six dower in Southeast
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Spot for soft shell crab in South Beach?

Price point not an issue. Lunch or dinner menu.
Thanks

Jul 20, 2013
six dower in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Blue crabs - male or female - do you prefer your crabs to have a Y chromosome?

Sorry...per dozen

Jul 10, 2013
six dower in General Topics

Blue crabs - male or female - do you prefer your crabs to have a Y chromosome?

In SC - purchasing crabs monthly since moving here last year. Male Crabs - $25.00/lb.
Mixed - $17.00/lb
When I buy the crabs for our monthly neighborhood party, I purchase Males.

Jul 10, 2013
six dower in General Topics

Looking For Good Mussels in Charleston

High Thyme.

Jul 09, 2013
six dower in Southeast

World's Top Airport Based Eateries [split from UK]

ATL Airport - One Flew South. Great Sushi, excellent wine list.

Jun 09, 2013
six dower in General Topics

Best almond croissants?

Hi Lau,

Here is my report from last week's sampling's:
FP and Kaiser- great as always. I stopped by the UES locations. I stopped by Kaiser first. Kaiser would not warm the croissant as requested. The server at FP warmed both croissant's (FP and Kaiser) for me so that I could compare the two (she was interested in the comparison as well). Hands down FP! The FP croissant has the correct ratio of Valrhona chocolate throughout the entire croissant. The Kaiser croissant is to date, my least favorite in the city. I wish I had a picture. I cannot describe in words how bad it looked and tasted. A tiny cube of waxy chocolate that did not melt during the baking process and the texture was similar to a pastry crust vs a croissant.
Ansel's - good but without the chocolate it is hard to compare. Cronut - insane. No words for this creature. Please try asap.
Bread's - my new favorite. The croissant is very good and I would compare it on a level to some of the few that I sampled in Paris. The Babka is amazing. I also sampled the cheese stick;decent. My next trip, Bread's will be my first stop.

I also stopped by TreeHouse. The spot carries several sweets from around the city. Dough Donuts, Pipcorn, Ovenly cookies. I purchased a bit of everything. The only rave was the chocolate chip cookie from Ovenly. The other items did not taste fresh. Perhaps they are not delivered daily?

May 19, 2013
six dower in Manhattan

30th birthday in Charleston

Two Borrows Ladder or Butcher and Bee for lunch
Do not miss dessert at Hall's Chop House or Cristophe's Chocolates.

May 18, 2013
six dower in Southeast

Best almond croissants?

Yes. FP on Houston is the only FP location that serves the almond croissant with chocolate. This is my favorite of the FPayard's locations.

I agree with the comments on Ceci's croissant quality decline. I tried one two months ago...not good.

My upcoming visit will include stops at Tous Les Jours, Breads, Maison Kayser, and ?others I have yet to try?

May 05, 2013
six dower in Manhattan

Best almond croissants?

I would love it if you could cover the almond croissant in a post. When I am in NYC, this is my "have to have". I have tried the following:
FP - love the chocolate,I ask for it warmed.
Ansel's - great, current favorite, I ask for it warmed
Dean and Deluca - not good
Mille-Feuille - not a fan
Petrossian's - ok, not worth a return visit
Ceci Cela's - ok

My next stops will be Bread's and Bien Cuit.

May 03, 2013
six dower in Manhattan