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Great Restaurant for Group of 18 in NYC

Candied yams are made with butter. Waffles are made with milk. And it's very likely that both the black-eyed peas and the collards are prepared with ham hocks or something similar. Many vegans don't eat honey.

But more to the point, why send people to a place with such limited choices for them, when there are much better options?

14 minutes ago
small h in Manhattan

Great Restaurant for Group of 18 in NYC

<It sounds like great fun.>

Unless you're a vegan, in which case it sounds like an entire menu of food you don't eat, like cheese, butter, cream, honey...

about 2 hours ago
small h in Manhattan

pie plate mystery, please help me solve

Do you drape the crust over top of the pie plate edge? If so, I think it's possible that some fat is melting onto the outside of the pie plate.

What is the best way to invite guests online to casual gatherings at your home? Evite, Facebook, or some other way?

It's an herbal liqueur. I hated it. And I'll drink pretty much anything.

Jan 24, 2015
small h in Not About Food

What is the best way to invite guests online to casual gatherings at your home? Evite, Facebook, or some other way?

Yes, it does make you feel as if the bride and groom really want you to come. But then they serve Unicum at the reception. Gak.

Jan 24, 2015
small h in Not About Food

What is the best way to invite guests online to casual gatherings at your home? Evite, Facebook, or some other way?

In 2001, I went to a wedding in Budapest. The bride (my co-worker's girlfriend) told me that it is the custom in Hungary for the happy couple to visit each person on the guest list to hand-deliver the wedding invitations. So that's what they did. I wonder if that's still in practice, or whether you're allowed to mail the invitations now.

Jan 24, 2015
small h in Not About Food

Favorable review of new Olive Garden in Grand Forks, ND

Jan 24, 2015
small h in Food Media & News

What is the best way to invite guests online to casual gatherings at your home? Evite, Facebook, or some other way?

Are the Facebook invites customizable? Different themes, fonts, an animated envelope that opens? If so, I will withdraw my "half-assed" assessment and back slowly into my antisocial media lair.

Jan 24, 2015
small h in Not About Food
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What is the best way to invite guests online to casual gatherings at your home? Evite, Facebook, or some other way?

I am dimly aware of that. I guess if everyone you want to invite is on Facebook, it's the way to go. But it still feels half-assed to me. I'm probably in the rapidly shrinking minority.

Jan 24, 2015
small h in Not About Food
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What is the best way to invite guests online to casual gatherings at your home? Evite, Facebook, or some other way?

In my opinion, Evite is an invitation - you are actively asking people to attend your event. Facebook feels more like hoping they'll hear about it through the grapevine. (Also, I'm not on Facebook, so if you don't want me at your party, definitely go the Facebook route.)

Jan 24, 2015
small h in Not About Food

Burrata

I have very fond memories of the burrata at Scarpetta.

Jan 23, 2015
small h in Manhattan

pre 90's before automation

I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say that "technology" and "automation" did not magically spring into being in 1991, nor was that the year that corporations decided profits were cool.

I miss old school Chinese restaurants.

There was a restaurant like this on Avenue B in Manhattan. It opened in 2004. I don't think it lasted very long. Good concept, bad execution.

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/21/din...

Jan 23, 2015
small h in General Topics

Red & Gold Boil on St. Marks

I think you'll like it. It's hard not to. I'd be interested to know if any of the sides are worth getting. The boil was just enough for the two of us, meaning I could have eaten more, but it's probably just as well that I didn't. And the food mysteriously stays quite hot for the duration of the meal, despite just sitting there in a plastic bag on the table.

Jan 21, 2015
small h in Manhattan

Red & Gold Boil on St. Marks

I support this new trendlet of bag-o'-seafood places (the other one I know of is The Boil on Chrystie), even if it's not the most elegant way to dine. We had a pre-theater meal of the Florida Golden Crab Boil with Old Bay, which serves two and was only $22.50 - all the boils are half-off for "the winter." So what's in the bag?

One excellent impressively large crab
About a half dozen very good head-on shrimp
A couple of sizable, but tough-ish, mussels
A handful of okay squid
Potato wedges
Corn, out of season and cooked to death, so pretty lousy
And about a half pound of spaghetti, who knows why

I like a long, leisurely meal, and this is definitely that, because it's a fair amount of work. Don't go in a rush, or with people whose company you don't enjoy. The staff is very friendly, and they provide the necessary hazmat materials: gloves, bibs, assorted plastic weaponry for tackling the crabs. If I could change anything about the place, I'd tell them to swap out the spaghetti for some bread, and ditch the godawful music.

http://www.redandgoldboil.com/

Jan 21, 2015
small h in Manhattan

The Word-Snobs can bite me!!!!

<I explained that insulting the idea is no different than insulting the person- assuming there is no explanation.>

But it is different. That's my point. You can keep repeating yourself, but it doesn't make you right. The presence or absence of an explanation has no bearing on whether I am "insulting" a person (you) or a thing (your idea). You can choose to be insulted either way, as it seems you quite enjoy doing, but as jrvedivici points out upthread, that's on you.

Jan 21, 2015
small h in Not About Food

The Word-Snobs can bite me!!!!

I've already explained myself in my two previous posts: you've invented your own definition of "argumentum ad hominem," in which "to the man" means the same thing as "to what the man says." Except it doesn't. For more about this, you can turn to the posts relevant to this point by Indy 67, Harters, and GH1618. And I'll just kick it over to Lewis Carroll:

'I don't know what you mean by "glory,"' Alice said.

Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. 'Of course you don't—till I tell you. I meant "there's a nice knock-down argument for you!"'

'But "glory" doesn't mean "a nice knock-down argument,"' Alice objected.

'When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.'

Jan 21, 2015
small h in Not About Food
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The Word-Snobs can bite me!!!!

Yes, an example of judging the deed, not the doer. As was (and is) my point.

Jan 20, 2015
small h in Not About Food

The Word-Snobs can bite me!!!!

It really seems like you're arguing that any insult of any thing created by a person is by extension an insult to that person (rather than of that thing). If so, that's nuts.

Jan 20, 2015
small h in Not About Food
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Be Careful Who You Invite to Your Party....Or Accept Your Invitations From...

I have a bit of sympathy for the hostess (although not nearly enough to be on her side in this insanity). Because if the guest's parents had her contact info to RSVP, as stated in paragraph 4, then they also had it to send regrets when they realized he was double-booked.

Jan 19, 2015
small h in Food Media & News

How do we feel about microwaving cheese to bring it to room temperature?

Which reminds me, the Superbowl is coming. And that can only mean one thing chez small h: Velveeta + Rotel. I have queso once a year, because it takes me that long to forget that I can eat, like, two tablespoons of the stuff before I get sick of it. If only Velveeta were sold in pats.

But yes, warm-ish cheese is usually exponentially better than cold-ish cheese.

Jan 18, 2015
small h in Cheese
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Terrific Dinner at Contra!--How do they do it for $55?

You posted this as a Q&A. Are you seeking answers to "how do they do it"? If so, I'm going with: volume.

I hate this format. But I'm not blaming you, ellenost, 'cause I bet you meant to create a discussion thread.

Jan 18, 2015
small h in Manhattan
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LIquor stores stocking Takara Mirin

Landmark actually does have a website. A pretty rudimentary one.

http://www.wineon23.com/

Jan 18, 2015
small h in Manhattan

How do we feel about microwaving cheese to bring it to room temperature?

I've had some unfortunate experiences with butter. But the brie's been pretty forgiving.

Jan 18, 2015
small h in Cheese

How do we feel about microwaving cheese to bring it to room temperature?

You must have one hell of a fancy microwave if it takes finesse to work it. Mine just has a really straightforward control panel.

Jan 18, 2015
small h in Cheese

How do we feel about microwaving cheese to bring it to room temperature?

That's a good solution for someone with more cabinet space than fridge space. I am not that someone. Plus, I'd probably put the cheese behind a box of raisin bran and forget about it, which would be bad.

Jan 18, 2015
small h in Cheese

What makes a Diner special?

I cannot in good conscience recommend that you eat at the Imperial Coffee House. But you'll be better than fine at Joe Jr.'s or Chelsea Square, or my old neighborhood favorite, the Malibu Diner on W. 23rd. I had an egg & cheese sandwich from there pretty much every day for six years. And they were all excellent! (Saltpepperketchup? Yes, please.)

Jan 16, 2015
small h in General Topics

Pastel de Choclo in NYC?

I found these two additional restaurants using Menupages' Find-a-Food search:

http://freddieandpeppers.com/MENU/PAG...
http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/...

Jan 16, 2015
small h in Manhattan

What makes a Diner special?

<But.... isn't that a "coffee house"?>

You would think. It's called the Imperial Coffee House. But it's a diner - the first picture shows its interior. The other two pictures are Chelsea Square Restaurant and Joe Jr.'s Restaurant, both of which are actually diners. Al Pacino prepared for his role as a short order cook in Frankie and Johnny by working at Chelsea Square.

Jan 16, 2015
small h in General Topics

Hipster eats and drinks

A word to the wise: although the oysters are a safe bet, the crabs are hit or miss. They will happily replace a "miss" crab, but I prefer not to receive a "miss" crab in the first place. (I'm there a lot. Can you tell I'm there a lot?)

Third Estela, add Gato. And a wild card entry, near 169:

http://www.theleadbellynyc.com/

Last time I was there, the entertainment was an ironic jazz trio.

Jan 15, 2015
small h in Manhattan