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Alta, lately?

Sweet! I've been itching to come back lately, and now the itch is more like a full blown rash. I'll keep your highlights in mind, thanks

about 8 hours ago
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EV Lunch

How about branching out a little to perhaps LES for something like, I dont know... Nordic Preserves? Live a little ;)

Mar 02, 2015
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Wishing for Midtown Diners for breakfast

Not to make it more than a friendly argument but... Spend a few months on Trip Advisor Forum and you'll understand the importance of Cheesecake to visitors. Its a must eat, like pizza, and bagel. When you google for best Cheesecake in NYC, S&S is second on the list between the ultra touristy Eileen's and Junior's, so not exactly a secret. To the average New Yorker, cheesecakes aren't nearly as important these days. When was the last time you had one?

Feb 28, 2015
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Wishing for Midtown Diners for breakfast

And the average New Yorker does?

Feb 27, 2015
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Wishing for Midtown Diners for breakfast

NYC without tourists. Buffalo?

Cheesecake is perhaps the only item out there that the average tourist knows better than the average New Yorker where to get a decent one

Feb 26, 2015
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2015 Restaurant Week?

I don't have the answer, but I would be surprised if there's any change, or if he was involved much in the kitchen prior to his departure. Considering Scarpetta is practically a national chain and all his other involvements

Feb 25, 2015
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Best restaurant roast chicken: Barbuto, Mighty Quinn's, other?

Annisa
The NoMad
Louro
Marta

Feb 23, 2015
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Eataly?

Chocolates - If they have the Venchi stand, grab a bag and start filling, especially anything dark and Hazelnuty. Its expensive for a reason. Also if they have Baci Di Cherasco

Fresh Pasta - Especially the Agnolotti del Plin (stuffed with meat). 1.5 pounds feeds a hungry family of 4. Just add butter.

Truffle Sauces - I like Urbani. Mushroom with black or white truffles.

Lemon soft drinks - Gazzosa, Tassoni...

Parmigiano-Reggiano - Try the 24+ months, 36 if they have

Wine

Feb 23, 2015
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Who has really good Patatas Bravas?

Its been a while, but ye.. Tia Pol

Feb 13, 2015
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Oxtail Dishes? preferably organic/natural/etc

Oxtail soup at Pam Real Thai is quite possibly my favorite soup in NYC at the moment

Oxtail + Bone Marrow fried rice at Blue Ribbon Sushi (Columbus)

Feb 13, 2015
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If you could eat at only one restaurant in NYC, what would it be?

Today? the Halal guy around the corner. Brrrr..
But if its tomorrow, I'd say Halal guy 3 block away. Still cold but manageable

Feb 13, 2015
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Italian

Osteria Morini

Feb 13, 2015
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Any place like Raoul's?

Have you been to Minetta Tavern?

Feb 11, 2015
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Any place like Raoul's?

Interesting news. The menu online hasn't changed much. And it hasn't been particularly difficult reservation for a while now.

Feb 11, 2015
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Moroccan Restaurant in Manhattan

Mogador would be the most Moroccan (or one of the most) of the bunch, but may or may not be best for "special date" as Pan said. I would go for something less Moroccan but a little sexier like..

Bar Bolonat (they have their own take on Tagine)
Ilili
Taboon

Feb 11, 2015
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Hokkaido Hairy Crab

Never heard of it but looks good.

Does this mean if you find hair in this dish you have no ground for complaining

Feb 11, 2015
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Good pizza and rice balls?

Rubirosa is actually an offshoot of Joe & Pat's of Staten Island. Its thin alright but Bar Pies are even thinner, originated at Lee's Tavern in SI.

To the OP, consider Capizzi in midtown. They have "spinach rice balls" according to the menu which I never had since I'm always busy attacking their pies which seem to get better with age. It doesnt have the same history as some of the more famous ones, but the owner has been dishing out pies in Brooklyn, Staten Island, and Manhattan all his life

Feb 09, 2015
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Anyone know where to find this exact brand of Adjika? (Georgian/Abkhaz Pepper Paste)

You can always find a good selection in Brighton Beach as well.

I used to buy Adjika back in the day, but now that spot in the fridge has been taken by S'chug, a Yemeni spread more fiery than Adjika
You may find Sabra S'chug at an Israeli store near you, or better yet but much harder to find (which is why I have supply for another year) is this one by Pereg

Feb 07, 2015
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Where to find the best crispy charred brussel sprouts

Alta was the game changer
Best recently was at Tuome - with Pork XO, raisins, grapes
Ma Peche used to have a good one. Don't see it lately

Feb 06, 2015
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Banana Bread

Yesterdays discussions dictated my lunch.
XLB at Kung Fu Little Steamed Buns - tasted really great, no squirting accidents to speak of this time. Scallion beef pancakes I didnt like ta all. Greasy sweet mess

Followed by the BS Banana Bread - excellent. Fresh, good size, crispy, and sweet enough. They are on the wrong side of 8th Ave. Rent must be insane and so they probably have much bigger ambitions. I was a little surprised to see the "BS all you want" slogan displayed. Funny, but requires some chutzpah in this hood. I asked for nuts, and while I was at it Banana Nut Muffins too. Good ones are hard to find. $3 for the slice and muffins

Feb 05, 2015
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Eater NY Article - Xiao Long Bao

Thank you Pook. Its good to know that such manners are still appreciated these days. The last squirt job was on a woman in the food court in Brooklyn's Chinatown (too lazy to look it up.. 8th and 63rd or so), and her manners were quite lacking. Bail wasnt too bad tho

Hmmm, does this make me a squirter?

Feb 05, 2015
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Eater NY Article - Xiao Long Bao

My method is take a few bites while holding a napkin in my right hand. Squirt soup all over my neighbor to the right, clean his/hers area and blouse if needed, then suck the remaining soup. Works for me

In other words, I still havent mastered this art

Banana Bread

In that case I will be there tomorrow demanding nuts. Worse case scenario we hire one of those giant inflatable rats and park in front of the store until they give in. Too harsh?

Feb 03, 2015
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Banana Bread

You had me at Banana Bread... then lost me at no walnuts... then got me back because of the location... then lost me again with the site not working. I want to "BS all I want" but I cant

I'll check them out. Looks like they just opened

Feb 03, 2015
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Can one find good pasteis de natas in the city?

City Sandwich has them and they are good. Its been a few years since I've had them in Belem so I cant really compare. Chef Guerrieri lived in Lisbon for many years and gets much of his ingredients including the bread from the Portuguese bakeries in Newark

Feb 03, 2015
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Tuome - Modern American Chinese

How is this place not booked every night. Had a very nice meal here last night. While nothing was earth shattering every dish was prepared well, even with the very evident sweet tone. Here's what we had..

Chicken Liver - Good, Very good according to liver freak mrs Z. I found it enjoyable if not overly sweet, almost dessert like, with that Maple syrup

Deviled Egg - Nothing like any deviled eggs I've had in my young Deviled Eggs career. Three eggs, breaded and fried, with a nice dollop of chili-garlic sauce. Just a great combination of textures and deep lasting flavors. Perhaps the dish of the night

Octopus - Excellent. One tentacle, surrounded by porky XO sauce on one side while waiter squirts "Espuma" (fancy for foam) on the other. Doubt East Villagers are impressed by table side squirting any more. Maybe a better fit for Theater District where you can even get away with "Espuma". The leg was nicely cooked, not too mushy or too hard, and the XO sauce I couldnt get enough of. Reminiscent of the All'onda XO with Soppressata. The only thing is I wished the leg was a bit bigger, like Portuguese octopus I see on occassion. A few bites of the meaty part and you are left with a long slightly overcooked skinny dude. Terrific dish nonetheless

Next was a welcomed wait after all three small plates came at the same time 10 minutes after we sat down. Proper pacing of the dishes seems like a rarity these days.

Short Rib - Another exceptional dish. Extremely tender and juicy, with a sweet glaze and more sweetness from the sweet potato puree. Very good dish, but felt all too familiar. Unlike the other dishes, nothing out of the ordinary here but I'd order it again. Well done.

Skate - Good, really good according to Mrs Z. Nice size, lightly fried, with cauliflower bits and Marcona Almonds. Good flavor though got a little boring toward the end

Brussels Sprouts side - Outstanding. One of the better ones we've had in NYC. Mixed with more of that Pork XO, raisins and grapes

Rice side - Very good. Sticky rice with sweet Chinese sausage (a bit too sweet), duck fat inside Lotus leaves. Another dish where most of the excitement came from the initial touches, but I would order again. Sides here require special attention. The Corn looked good as well

Pig Out for two - This is their specialty but with just the two of us we opted to try more of the menu and sides instead of being in the mercy of one dish. The gimmick seems to work for them, but as a customer I dont see a reason why they cant evenly divide the 10 pieces by 2 and offer individual sizes. So the plan was to get friendly with the neighbors and try theirs. We half succeeded... jokingly offered any help if they required and even gave some advice on visiting Iceland, but no {porky} dice.

For such a young chef who started out as an accountant, Tommy, or "Tow Me" as his parents used to call him (hence the name) is doing a lot of things right. Well done

Jan 31, 2015
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PLEASE CRITIQUE MY UPCOMING FEB TRIP TO NYC

White truffle season is coming to an end if not ended already. Unless there's a new truffle oil pizza I'm not aware of

Jan 28, 2015
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Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop now open (11th ave and 44th St). Ivan Ramen's 50 seat LES flagship will open January

Gotham West is the name of the building on 11th and 44/45th. Gotham West Market is in the lobby - 7 food vendors including Ivan Ramen and a bicycle shop, so you can eat well while having your bicycle fixed

Jan 26, 2015
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Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop now open (11th ave and 44th St). Ivan Ramen's 50 seat LES flagship will open January

There's a lot more to Gotham West than Ramen. In fact the ramen and all the offerings of the Mexican place are the least exciting options IMO. You got the excellent Whitefish Donburi, Genuines chicken sandwich and burgers. Cannibals pig's head Cuban, Spanish tapas, court street has some of the best sandwiches in the area.

Almost the same distance to Javits is the stretch on 9th between 37-42. Larb Ubal, Mercato, Capizzi, Tehuitzingo, Shortys...

Jan 25, 2015
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No pork bun at Momofuku???

Try the pork buns at Ippudo. I prefer them over fukus

Jan 22, 2015
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