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Oh, you don't need a reservation. The crowds haven't discovered me yet. But I'll let you know if I catch Pete Wells lurking in my lobby, so you can come over before the review drops.

about 13 hours ago
small h in Manhattan

Best Buffets in the World

*gasp*

No! I'm not sure at all. It may well have been a mock monk encounter!

about 18 hours ago
small h in General Topics

Best Buffets in the World

I had one lunch at IchiUmi, just to test it out (and because I love buffets). It was full of Buddhist monks. I don't know whether that's always the case, but it somehow made me feel better about the food.

about 19 hours ago
small h in General Topics

Best Buffets in the World

Add to your knowledge here:

http://www.rainbowroom.com/dining-ent...
Have been, is very good.

and here:

http://peacockalleyrestaurant.com/sun...
Have not been, would like to go if someone else pays.

and here:

http://www.ichiumi.com/
Have been, is not a candidate for best anything, but is also not terrible.

about 19 hours ago
small h in General Topics

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I haven't been there for a couple of years; I remember the falafel being very good, while the babaganoush tasted right but was too loose. Can't speak to the shawarma 'cause I don't eatz the meatz.

about 19 hours ago
small h in Manhattan

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Thanks! I've added Azuri, Ba'al and Turco to my restaurant map (Gazala was already on it). One of my best friends is from Haifa - more precisely a kibbutz outside of Haifa - so I'll ask her if she knows Hazkenim. And yes, I am on Open Table, but why do you ask?

about 19 hours ago
small h in Manhattan

A Happy Hour (actually more like two hours) at La Contenta on the LES

La Contenta occupies what I think is the former Tides* space on Norfolk, a short, skinny room with a bar along one wall, tables along the other, and a trying-hard-to-look-casual line of people on the sidewalk outside. We got in under the wire and snagged the last two open bar seats. My first drink was a winner - the Lavender Gimlet. It was light and refreshing and not at all like laundry detergent (I had a little anxiety about ordering it). The crab tostata, two good-sized corn tortillas heaped with crab, chiles and what I'm pretty sure was fried kale, were delicious, and a steal at the happy hour price of $8. The shrimp cocktail was less of a bargain, but an intriguing dish none-the-less, in that it was a warm-ish, soupy mix of spicy tomato broth, cucumber, avocado and big shrimp. I wasn't sure what to make of the supermarket crackers served alongside, but I ate them anyway, because what's not to like about crackers.

My second drink, the Mayan, was less successful. I ordered it because I've never had a drink made from corn puree before, but I still feel like I haven't since the corn flavor was MIA. Had I gone in expecting a perfectly fine alterna-margarita, I'd not have been disappointed. To cheer myself back up, I had a La Contenta Michelada, which got better as more beer was added to it (it started out a little too salty).

About the service I cannot say enough good things. This is a crew invested in your happiness, knowledgeable about the food and drink they serve and the music they play, and also willing to commiserate about the lack of Mexican craft beer in New York. What is up with that, anyway?

http://lacontentanyc.com/

*Tides was the subject of my very first post on Chowhound back in aught six. Meeeemorieeees, light the corners of my miiiind....

1 day ago
small h in Manhattan
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Finally !!! The formula for proper tipping ........

Can't relate, as calculating the tip is about the only math skill I have left (and it was never a very crowded field). But "Find X" made me laugh out loud. And SOHCAHTOA gave me an awful flashback to 7th grade geometry. I may not sleep tonight.

1 day ago
small h in Not About Food

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I make my own falafel and pita these days, so I don't buy them as often as I used to. But I like Alfanoose and Maoz (although I've had bad falafel at Maoz once or twice) and Hummus Place and Jerusalem. I think Nish Nush and Taim are pretty good. I used to love Mamoun's back when I was drunk more often. Rainbow makes a good falafel on a terrible pita, which is a dealbreaker for me. I haven't tried Azuri or Gazala and I need to.

My two favorite falafels of all time are Pita Express on 1st at 15th (which is gone) and some random Turkish-style falafel I had in Berlin in 1989. I don't think I can find it again, but I might try some day.

Jul 30, 2015
small h in Manhattan

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If the falafel at Eastwood is anything like it was when I had it (when they first opened, so it might be better now), you're going to be disappointed. Dry as dust, and it needed about a gallon of hot sauce to make it taste like anything at all. Then again, I wasn't that impressed with Nish Nush, either. I thought it was fine.

Jul 29, 2015
small h in Manhattan

How to eradicate tiny black bugs on my potted cucumbers

Thanks very much. I get the standard green aphids on my eggplants, and those are easily eradicated with neem oil, which is why I thought the cucumber bugs might not be aphids as they are smaller and black and neem oil doesn't seem to harm them. I'll grab a tweezer and see if I can't get rid of them the old-fashioned way.

Jul 28, 2015
small h in Gardening

Biggest, most expensive bullshit at a fine dining restaurant.

I was just thinking of that movie the other night, the scene in which Griffin Mill sends his water back because it's in a red wine glass, and he wants it in a water glass.

Jul 28, 2015
small h in Not About Food
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Moving to New York from the UK. Shopping advice needed!

The chile relleno is also very good, but it's not always available.

Jul 28, 2015
small h in Manhattan
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Name a dish that you cannot find anywhere in town that you have to make yourself???

Here's some old (possibly stinky) intel. When Hou Yi was on Eldridge St. - it's since moved to Hester - there was a whole page of "crispy smelled bean curd" dishes on the menu. Jim Leff and I both saw it, neither of us ordered it, and I have no idea whether those dishes are on the current menu. But if you're in the area, maybe check it out:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8485...

Jul 27, 2015
small h in Manhattan

How to eradicate tiny black bugs on my potted cucumbers

They are poppy-seed-size, round, and immobile. My research indicates that they might be flea beetles, but they don't jump or even crawl. They are on the undersides of the leaves, and to a lesser extent on the flowers and fruit.

The plant is still in pretty good shape, but some of the leaves are yellowed and/or "scorched," and I think some of the fruit is yellowing, too (although those could just be un-pollinated). I've tried neem oil, which doesn't seem to do anything.

Thanks in advance for any information or help you can provide. The plants live on my balcony, so I can't throw ladybugs at them or anything like that. There's a bumble bee that comes by a few times a day, but no other visitors.

Jul 27, 2015
small h in Gardening

Now look what they've done to organic white bread!

You are seriously misinformed about Roundup. Roundup is an herbicide, and it is not being "genetically engineered into" anything. Rather, certain crops are modified to be resistant to Roundup, meaning that Roundup can be sprayed on those crops without killing the crops (it just kills the weeds).

Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing, I cannot say. But it is a true thing. More info (from a reputable source) here:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/20...

Jul 24, 2015
small h in General Topics
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Holy and Hungry - a new Cooking Channel series

I devoutly hope there will be at least one show devoted to Pastafarianism.

Pea soup

My point is that I didn't realize butter was the worse choice until I tried it. I see that your pea soup recipe calls for either butter or olive oil. I advise you to use olive oil rather than butter if you plan to serve the soup cold.

Jul 24, 2015
small h in Home Cooking

Pea soup

If those are the only ingredients, I don't see a problem. But if there's a fat involved, I suggest you go with oil instead of butter. In my opinion, cold soups made with butter are kind of gross. I just made one - an otherwise perfectly fine celery soup - which is how I know.

Jul 23, 2015
small h in Home Cooking
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Name a dish that you cannot find anywhere in town that you have to make yourself???

Cautiously optimistic. I will explore this option. But the cheese needs to be American, and Parisi may be too fancy for that.

And not to put too fine a point on it (too late for that, I know), it should be an egg & cheese sandwich + potato, not a potato & egg sandwich + cheese. Patrons of Edie's in Little Silver circa 1984 will know what I mean.

Jul 22, 2015
small h in Manhattan

Union Square Cafe Will Take Over City Crab Space

I used to work a few blocks away and went there every so often for raw bar & martinis at happy hour. It was fine for that. And pretty terrible for everything else.

Jul 22, 2015
small h in Manhattan

Union Square Cafe Will Take Over City Crab Space

This makes me happy. Even though I haven't been to Union Square Cafe since...good lord, 1986.

Jul 22, 2015
small h in Manhattan

Name a dish that you cannot find anywhere in town that you have to make yourself???

Good luck. I don't eat Shepherd's Pie, but it would be nice if someone in Manhattan could make a decent potato, egg & cheese on a roll. It's a pain to make at home, and it's also a pain to have to go all the way to New Jersey for breakfast.

Jul 22, 2015
small h in Manhattan

Name a dish that you cannot find anywhere in town that you have to make yourself???

Shepherd's pie with lamb available here:

http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/...

Jul 22, 2015
small h in Manhattan

Bitchin' Kitchen: You Sexually Harass Nadia, She’ll Message Your Wife

Good for her. I would've sent a message to his mother as well.

Now look what they've done to organic white bread!

The pit keeps getting bottomless-er.

Where to eat/buy pig ears in NYC?

You can get a pork ear taco at Taqueria Tehuitzingo.

http://www.tehuitzingo.net/ShowMenu.t...

Jul 18, 2015
small h in Manhattan

Whole turmeric

Best Foods at Essex Market. And I've seen it at Whole Foods Union Square, in the refrigerated case across from the bottom of the escalator.

Jul 18, 2015
small h in Manhattan

"Bacon" from seaweed

Obviously people like what they like, but I find it baffling that you would dismiss one imitative food (without even trying it) while embracing another. The two are equally "fake," so you're apparently not against fakeness on principle. The topic almost demands to be overthought.

Jul 18, 2015
small h in Food Media & News
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"Bacon" from seaweed

You used the fear-mongering term "Frankenfood," usually reserved for lab-created stuff, to describe fried seaweed. If you've decided "Frankenfood" actually means "food that emulates other food," then mashed cauliflower standing in for mashed potatoes would also fit your definition. I think you'd have a hard time convincing anyone that mashed cauliflower is a "Frankenfood."

Jul 18, 2015
small h in Food Media & News
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