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Lets Talk Wings

"I don't care for Pok Pok's wings the way others do"

I can say the same thing considering the fame, but I still prefer them over most wings out there. Mission's wings are great.. until the second or third one which bursts your palate. My favorite yelp review of MCF 2.0... "The wings were INCREDIBLE, but I couldn't eat more than two".

Pok Pok's are more enjoyable, and wont burst the palate after a few. Overall I'm finding that the Pok Pok dishes are much milder than their waiters claim them to be.

about 15 hours ago
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favorite Fish&Chips these days? here are mine; looking for more...

I liked the Eastwood Fish & Chips. The falafel Scotch Eggs are fun as well. Good place to have a snack and a drink while waiting for a Mission Chinese table

The Cull and Pistol version is worth trying. The fries at least will be an upgrade over Eastwood. Overall however I havent been wowed by any fish & chips here.

about 20 hours ago
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Lets Talk Wings

I hate bringing up old threads with irrelevant info. Where are the best wings these days? Korean, BBQ, doesnt matter.

I may be forgetting some, but this is how I would rank those I liked so far

1. Ma Peche
2. Danji
3. Pok Pok
4. Mission Cantina
5. Mighty Quinn's

Ma Peche Jerk wings are now on the regular menu (instead of the carts). Chef Paul I believe is from Barbados, and so brings much of that Caribbean influence to the menu. Another example is the whole Porgy with his dad's hot sauce. The wings are addictive. Great jerky flavor, spicy, smoky, perfectly juicy on the inside. Fits my taste buds like that perfect bra ipsedixit keeps talking about. 6 wings for $8.

What else am I missing

1 day ago
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Mission Chinese Food

Finally made it to 2.0 and had a great meal overall. Practically no one there at 5:15, half full by 6, and finally filled up by 7 with almost no wait on a Wednesday night. Looks comically fancy when compared to the old location, almost like a practical joke. A cross between a fancy diner and a lounge.

Because it wasnt busy, we got permission to order some dishes first and and the rest later. What a great country. Judging by other posts they are still bringing all the dishes at once (or close) just like before. And even with just a few dishes at a time on our table we were still struggling with space

Liked the Tom Khallins a lot. The free dumplings had a nice flavor and a nice touch. Leaves you less room to complain about the $7 "Bread Service" which is essentially a nice round Laffa flatbread. The price tag would make any Middle Eastern origin person shiver.

Cumin Lamb Ribs I liked more than the previous version. It was quite fatty and chewy but so nicely seasoned. Worth ordering for the Dates in that dish alone. Kung Pao Pastrami went from best dish to least favorite. It was good, but not the same great pastrami as before. The pastrami was much more charred, and not enough of it. It almost had the same texture as the potatoes

Loved the Beef Jerky Fried Rice. Second best fried rice dish I had that day (oxtail fried rice @ Blue Ribbon Columbus). If I have to pick a favorite of the night it was probably the Green Tea Noodles. Simply genius. Great matcha flavor. Great recco loratliff.

Mar 26, 2015
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Can you help me map out my eating plan?

At Taim I much prefer the platter over the sandwich. For a sandwich I would go to Azuri or Nish Nush.

As for pizza, there's a big difference between pie and slice joints and both should be on everyone's itinerary. In midtown I'm partial to Capizzi (pie) and Sacco (slice)

Mar 26, 2015
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Viable Italian Options LES/EV/WV for this Saturday

Osteria Morini

Mar 24, 2015
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Updated Itinerary Due to Chowhound Input

FWIW, Bustan chief chef is now back with Taboon where he started in NY

Mar 24, 2015
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NYC first visit (kind of) - where to eat to feel like you're in NY!

Of course the OP should have the Nathan's dog. But follow that with a proper Uzbek meal. NY experience should contain some ethnic food.

My other hot dog recco is just in the likely event that the OP doesnt make that CI pilgrimage

Mar 24, 2015
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

NYC first visit (kind of) - where to eat to feel like you're in NY!

The best thing about a visit to CI is eating in Brighton Beach. Perhaps something like Kashkar Cafe combined with Glechik would compliment this eating itinerary nicely

for a hot dog, if you'll be at the Chelsea Market, try the beef dog at Dickson's

Mar 24, 2015
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NYC first visit (kind of) - where to eat to feel like you're in NY!

Sri Lankan would be the best bet. Lakruwana or Sanrasa. Other than that, I cant think of anything else. Enoteca Maria is dead to me ;)

Mar 24, 2015
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NYC Italian with Teen

In this case I would go with Scarpetta or Maialino (even though my last Maialino meal was a meh). Not as expensive as some of the places mentioned like Marea, but dressy enough, and with plenty of simple dishes for the unadventurous.

Mar 24, 2015
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10th Anniversary Trip in May - Help requested with Midtown ramen & Meatpacking brunch

Good point about Lincoln/Babbo, I missed that. How about something ethnic in Hell's Kitchen (another 5-10 min walk) like Danji, Pure Thai, Gourmet Szechuan 56.

Mar 22, 2015
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Best Chinese Restaurant in NY

Could have been worse. Trip Advisor data

"amount of reviews" does not only mean popular, it means old

Mar 22, 2015
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

10th Anniversary Trip in May - Help requested with Midtown ramen & Meatpacking brunch

Wed, May 27
Others may disagree, but Big Gay to me is low quality ice cream, and is all about the toppings. I would choose Luca and Bosco, Il Laboratorio del Gelato. Or better yet, if you are heading that direction, Amorino

Thu, May 28
For ramen I would rule out Ivan. Go with Ippudo for the Akamaru, but if the wait is too long, Totto near 10th on 51st should do just fine
NoMad Bar over Breslin

Fri, May 29
I would consider Lincoln for lunch over Boulud

The rest looks good. Great actually

Mar 22, 2015
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Unexpected dinner alone in nomad area

Slapped? oh no, on the contrary. I pay close attention to everything you say, and will look for a hot dog next time.

As a side note, did you find a bra that fits yet. I'm afraid I'm heading to that direction as well

Mar 20, 2015
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Acadian Cuisine at King Bee, East Village

I don't see where they claim that. The claim is "KING BEE is inspired by the Acadian culinary tradition. Focusing on seasonality and flavor, the menu is a contemporary interpretation connecting the lineage of Louisiana country cooking to its predecessors in the Canadian Maritimes and France"

Now, I'm not a leading expert on "Acadian Cuisine" whatever that may be, but as far as I know Acadians left Newfoundland and Nova Scotia a long time ago, and some of them returned to New Brunswick, but the majority went to Louisiana where Cajun derived from.
I see that its not exactly a Cajun menu nor they claim to be, but its probably as Cajun as it is Acadian

Mar 20, 2015
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Unexpected dinner alone in nomad area

+1 The NoMad Bar. Get the burger

Mar 20, 2015
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Acadian Cuisine at King Bee, East Village

I see this place has ties to Herbsaint, one of my favorites in New Orleans.

But why "Acadian" and not "Cajun" as the rest of the world calls it

Mar 20, 2015
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Help! Input wanted!

Ok, take a deep breath. You came to the right place. Some ideas, mostly well below your budget...

Indian: Malai Marke, Kokum (Southern), Moti Mahal, Chote Nawab
Thai: Pok Pok may be a schlep but worth it IMO. Otherwise... Somtum Der, Larb ubol, Pure Thai Cookhouse, Pam Real Thai (really enjoying lately)
Middle Eastern: Taboon, Bar Bolonat, Nish Nush, Azuri, Zizi Limona
Miscellaneous based on your preferences: Khe-Yo, Jugnsik, Maialino, Cull and Pistol, Mission Chinese, Momofuku Ssam Bar

Bonus Tip: Paragraphs ;)

Mar 20, 2015
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Salzburg?

Well, I'm from NYC so just looking for typical Salzburg/Austrian cuisine, but if there's anything else that may rock my world, I would consider. We have 4 nights in mid May to cover, after three nights in Prague, and one in Cesky Krumlov (I can use a suggestion in Cesky Krumlov as well).

I'm looking at a few interesting looking places close to the hotel like Pescheria Backi as a possible seafood fix, among others

Mar 19, 2015
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Salzburg?

Did a search and dont see much except for the coveted Esszimmer
We are staying at Hotel & Villa Auersperg but willing to walk anywhere. any ideas?

Mar 18, 2015
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Where Can I Get Fassone Meat

Cattle from Piedmont. I dont believe I've seen it on any menus. Any butchers or restaurants sell it?

Mar 18, 2015
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Jerusalem Bagel

Yes and no. Jerusalem Bagel is not boiled like Pretzels so you dont get that crunchy exterior. Its soft throughout

FWIW, I think Bar Bolonat is worth a meal or two. A sort of lighter version of that is Zizi Limona in Williamsburg, closer to Taboon light. But Bolonat is the only one doing the bagel, and is more popular with the Shiksas

Mar 17, 2015
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Jerusalem Bagel

They are similar but not the same. Jerusalems are lighter (both color and texture), fluffier, not as crispy or dense, and normally bigger. They soak them in different ingredients resulting in different colors and flavors.

Mar 17, 2015
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Jerusalem Bagel

Yes, you can do exactly that. The bagel and another dish can be a full meal

Mar 16, 2015
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Ko reservation policy change

Ahh, I see. I misunderstood the policy.

Mar 16, 2015
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Ko reservation policy change

So... whats the trick behind making those reservations. I finally timed it perfectly today and still no luck. All they had available was Sunday after 9, dangerously close to Sunday bed time. I had an easier time getting Justin Bieber tix

Mar 16, 2015
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Jerusalem Bagel

Its essentially those bagels you see in Mahane Yehuda in Jerusalem by the 100's.

Bar Balonat's version is soft and fresh but yes would be a nice gesture to get it for free. It comes with some Za'ater seasoning on the side and olive oil for easier sticking.
I havent seen it anywhere else

Mar 16, 2015
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Restaurant near August Wilson Theatre

Havent been to Carnegie Deli in ages so cant speak about the quality, but its fairly touristy (always a long line when I pass by)
Other solid options near the theater in order by name length..

Danji
Ippudo
Toloache
Don Antonio
Totto Ramen
Empanada Mamma
Pure Thai Cookhouse
Szechuan Gourmet 56
Island Burger and Shakes
Kung Fu Little Steamed Buns

Mar 12, 2015
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Good Food Near MSG

Who are you calling old...

Mercato is great. So is Capizzi for pizza on 9th/41st.

Marta is close as well

Mar 11, 2015
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