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Lets Talk Wings

Good stuff. Will check it out thanks.

Coincidentally I had great wings today but a little bit outside the area. Kolkovna Olympia in Prague

May 15, 2015
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Need a great place in Hell's Kitchen - please help!

It's actually east of 8th. But, deliciousness has no borders.
I had a nice lunch there on Friday

May 13, 2015
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Unpretentious Italian restaurant booked; help with the rest of my itinerary please.

If you strictly want just ramen than I would suggest Ippudo or Bassanova. Otherwise, most definitely Ivan for the rest of the fun menu including the Mazemen

From our limited experience, we surprisingly found Chelsea Market not so packed over the weekend. Weekdays is always packed during lunch time. High Line will be swarming. Try to have lunch at Santina

Maialino and Lupo are too similar IMO, I wouldn't do both unless you do Maialino for Brunch, Lupo for dinner.

Costata for steak. Bowery Meat Company an alternative

May 12, 2015
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Need a great place in Hell's Kitchen - please help!

Why Ugh ;)

Danji
Ippudo
Totto Ramen (On 51st and 10th bigger and more comfortable)
Gotham West Market
Mercato
Taboon - a bit pricier and more special than the above

May 12, 2015
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Recent Lunch at Babbo: Terrific Food, Exemplary Service

The difference Monica is all in the hair...

Ziggy - http://images1.fanpop.com/images/phot...

Zaza - http://samegrelo.geguchadze.com/image...

Coincidentally, my fantasy basketball team is called "Zaza's Hair" formerly "The Flying Zazas" after the great Zaza Pachulia. So there's more confusion than you think.

May 11, 2015
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Suggestions for egg custard tarts in Chinatown (or anyplace else in Manhattan)?

Pastel de nata or pasteis de nata. Or the legendary Pasteis de Belem in Belem.

May 11, 2015
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Best unpretentious italian in NYC?

I have had simple pastas (Stracci at Morini comes to mind, one of my favorites), and more ingredient heavy pastas at his places. I've enjoyed them equally. Generally we find that the pastas in the north are richer and more complex than the historically poorer south. He got much of his inspiration from Emilia Romagna where he used to work. The ragu in OM is more or less in line with what we had in Bologna

After the last few visits, I actually prefer Osteria Morini over Maialino. They do a much better job with the salumi and the appetizers at OM, and the pastas are great

Like I said I don't know how we can categorize "MW pastas" as one. Are we talking about Marea, OM, Costata. All these pastas don't have much in common, and many of them like the Fusilli were not even created by him.

And I cant remember ever having a pasta with balsamic glaze at any of his places

May 10, 2015
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Best unpretentious italian in NYC?

There's nothing Roman about MW's pastas. With that I agree.

I've had some saucy and some not so saucy dishes at his places but pretty much all the pastas were great and ingredient driven. They are all so very different so I dont know how to generalize his pastas, but whenever I have one with sauce, I find myself asking the waiter if there's anyway I can buy a jar of that thing

May 09, 2015
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Suggestions for egg custard tarts in Chinatown (or anyplace else in Manhattan)?

As its also a Portuguese specialty, I normally get them at City Sandwich in midtown. Don't know how it compares to anything in Chinatown tho

May 09, 2015
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Recent Lunch at Babbo: Terrific Food, Exemplary Service

Good to know. Thanks for reporting back

May 09, 2015
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Best unpretentious italian in NYC?

We can argue on whats pretentious and whats not until the Chianina cows come home. Pretentious is everything and it is nothing. If you've been to Italy a few times, you may understand by now that there's no such thing as Italian food. We just label it as such here because we have to label it.

And as a pasta lover I'm always surprised to see the Michael White bashing here. Osteria Morini, Costata and Marea produced some of the best and most ingenious pastas I ever had in NYC, and they don't have a lot in common.

May 09, 2015
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Italian Restaurant near NYU

If you insist on old school, as in NY style old school than Da Andrea is out. Its mostly specialties of Emilia Romagna (owners from Bologna), although one of their most popular dishes (Pappardelle with sausage ragu) is a red sauce dish. Its a very popular neighborhood spot

May 09, 2015
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Best unpretentious italian in NYC?

Any Hylan blvd, Staten Island establishment

May 08, 2015
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Trip in June to Florence, Bologna, Parma, Lucca, Certaldo

Yes, I would do both for lunch. Sunday lunch Da Ruggero will be packed with locals which adds that special something. Visit Pitti palace in the morning and walk the 15 mins. Monday lunch at Sostanza. I agree with everything Lisa said

May 08, 2015
Ziggy41 in Italy

Bourdain Market - What do YOU Want to See

How about a $3.50 Falafel that doesnt suck! With a side of Hummus that was made an hour ago, with chickpeas on top please. And a decent lamb Shawarma wrapped in a Lahmajun

Instead of Xi'an, how about Uyghur/Uzbek babushkas pulling Lagman noodles and serving it with lamb, veggies, and lots of cumin (Geiro Lagman)

http://tinyurl.com/p8edol5

I would also like to eat little Frenchies. Francesinha that is, a Porto specialty, and just about the sickest sandwich you can imagine. Its probably too messy to be considered street food, but we dont have anything like it.

https://penne4yourthoughts.files.word...

And in addition to a sausage stand, how about some Mititei with a side of Mamaliga

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mititei
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C4%83m...

May 07, 2015
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Bourdain Market - What do YOU Want to See

Eataly doesn't resemble a normal neighborhood grocery store by any stretch, and I can def see why anyone would think that residents don't shop here while maneuvering between all these tourists. But it does have good products, and I like to go as often as I can

May 07, 2015
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Bourdain Market - What do YOU Want to See

Bourdain is a big fan of Xi'an and had something to do with its success many believe. By the time this market opens there may be much more than 10 locations by the way it's going. Although, I can use one in Hell's Kitchen.

May 07, 2015
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Bourdain Market - What do YOU Want to See

The food hall and emporium scene here is getting a little tiresome if you ask me. But this promises to be different. Promises! The only vendor so far that I know of is Xi'an Famous Foods which is fine, but we aren't exactly suffering from a Xi'an shortage at the moment. So, one down, 99 to go. What do you want see.

It can be something new, something from your travels perhaps, or something that we already have but you want to see more of and save the trip to the outer boroughs

May 06, 2015
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Trip in June to Florence, Bologna, Parma, Lucca, Certaldo

Mysterious forces pulled me to the forum today. Now I see why ;)

Sostanza is closed on Sunday. Yes, you need to call from the US unless you want to risk it. But if you ask me its not an absolute must

Da Ruggero - Great pick. I would call for resvs a few days before

Car - Why not take the train to Bologna, and rent a car when you leave? Do Giusti on one of the following days instead as mentioned by David. Its an easy and more convenient train ride

In Bologna I suggest Via Serra, and for something different/lighter, Sale Grosso

You can then visit Villa San Donnino on the way to the Parma area.
For lunch perhaps a stop at Verdi town Busseto and visit the historic Salsamenteria Storica e Verdiana

Sunday, with the current plan you are essentially staying in the same area. In fact you can bike from ACP to La Bucca. I would look perhaps at exploring the south side of things. Visit dairy producer CiaLatte early for the tour. You may not find another one that speaks English if needed. Visit Locanda Mariella for lunch, followed by Torrechiara castle. Thats a nice day and potentially meal of the trip.

I was slightly underwhelmed by Cocchi, but I still feel its a good option in Parma based on many facotrs

Lucca - I couldnt find anything decent either. And FWIW Slow Food guide doesnt have any suggestions inside the wall

Sounds like a nice trip. Have fun

May 06, 2015
Ziggy41 in Italy

Pre-theater dinner Lincoln Center

Another option is Taboon which is about a 10 min walk

May 06, 2015
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Vienna - Grade my Homework

I saw Unger&Klein in that area and thought it was a law firm. The name actually has a very personal meaning to us.

I also looked at The Kameel place before. For lunch tho we won't be around the area. since we'll be sight seeing. Should we target it for dinner?

Thanks for the suggestions

May 06, 2015
Ziggy41 in Europe

What are they thinking at Mamoun's?

Its the $1 slice of falafels. Too bad it has come to this

May 05, 2015
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Pre-theater dinner Lincoln Center

+1. The oxtail fried rice and the squid are reasons enough for a visit.

May 05, 2015
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

new Tone Cafe (Georgian) takeout on E.17th!

Now who's being greedy!

May 05, 2015
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Cecina Sighting at Santina

Its the same thing from what I can tell. Cecina is the Tuscan name.

May 04, 2015
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new Tone Cafe (Georgian) takeout on E.17th!

Yes, the one with the egg. I call it The Love Boat. At Tone Café Brighton its huge, hence the napkins comment...

https://eatingwithziggy.files.wordpre...

It is called Tone Café I presume? Google doesn't recognize this new jewel yet

May 04, 2015
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

new Tone Cafe (Georgian) takeout on E.17th!

How the hell did I miss this delicious news. I love Tone Cafe/Georgian Bread/whatever they call themselves these days in Brighton.

Can I take an Adjaruli with extra napkins to the High Line?

May 04, 2015
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Cecina Sighting at Santina

You say greedy, I say greedy too. I have no excuse besides pure greed. But sounds like you understand.

May 04, 2015
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Cecina Sighting at Santina

The greatest invention since the Falafel. Round pancake made with chickpea flour, served with a very nice spicy salsa verde and even nicer mild tomato sofrito. Combine it with any of the 5 "toppings" (tuna tartar, mushroom, shrimp, lamb tartar, avocado) for a very playful snack. So far I enjoyed the lamb and tuna. The tuna a little more since I didnt have to share it with someone this time, tho I did miss the company (that person is reading the board so I have to say it!). You get just enough "meat" for four tasty little wraps.

In Lucca, Italy they bake the Cecina in a wood burning pizza oven. Its thicker and can be eaten alone. https://eatingwithziggy.files.wordpre... Here its more like a thin spongy crepe, like the Ethiopian Injera.

On both visits I felt like I was missing a white sweater around my neck and a tennis racket. Its like eating at a somewhat undesirable corner in South Beach somewhere. But it still rather pleasant out, and I'm liking the unique fish/veg filled menu. So far so good

May 04, 2015
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3-story Chick-Fil-A opening in Midtown

And its not like we dont have any good chicken sandwiches around.
The Buttermilk chicken sandwich at Genuine Roadside/Gotham West Market is made fresh and pretty tasty. Dont think I ever had Chick-Fil-A so cant compare, but that genuine one is, well, genuine

And that Momofuku joint coming soon

May 04, 2015
Ziggy41 in Manhattan