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New Yorkers Seeking the Good Stuff

I'm beyond convinced. Especially after discussing the matter with the missus. It's just that the inner Ziggy pops his head once in while to remind me that it's their (kids) vacation too, to which I say shut the F%# up. Farmers market it is!

about 7 hours ago
Ziggy41 in San Francisco Bay Area

New Yorkers Seeking the Good Stuff

Thanks for the tips. I'm thinking now arriving around 4'ish after a morning activity on Sunday. Problem with this plan is that I wont be able to fit much of anything else food wise, other than breakfast. Got a tentative res at Nopa for brunch that day, just changed earlier to 11:15 so we may be good. We'll slowly start grazing our way in Mission.

I though you started another war (Panchitas vs La Santaneca), made popcorn, but nothing happened

about 16 hours ago
Ziggy41 in San Francisco Bay Area

New Yorkers Seeking the Good Stuff

Thanks. Ye I noticed the hours. I'm fighting various forces with this one...

We land at 10 am on Saturday.
We'll be hungry
Early dinner at Perbacco (I've fallen asleep at one too many shows on first night's in vegas, hence 6:30)

The plan before was head straight to Super Duper burger (which the kids would much prefer) and do the Ferry Building another day.

What to do, what to do?

about 17 hours ago
Ziggy41 in San Francisco Bay Area

New Yorkers Seeking the Good Stuff

Oh boy oh boy, more egg tarts. This reminds me to visit the bakery in LA that supposedly trademarked Pasteis de Nata in the USA.

about 17 hours ago
Ziggy41 in San Francisco Bay Area

New Yorkers Seeking the Good Stuff

Awesome. Is the salsiccia served raw. I don't see it on the menu

New Yorkers Seeking the Good Stuff

Done! Lowered. I kinda noticed some of that too from the description. I'm more interested in their Carne Cruda at this point.

New Yorkers Seeking the Good Stuff

Dont know about the SF scene but Tajarin/Taglierini isn't very common here. With all our Italian depth in NYC, you will be hard pressed to find a Tajarin dish. Possibly because its {normally} much richer (eggier)than other egg pastas including Tagliatelle and its thinner.

In Piedmont its normally served with meat sauce, white truffles or just butter. That's just about it.

New Yorkers Seeking the Good Stuff

Shhhhh, don't tell my youngest. It's a 20 min walk according to Google which means only two "Are we there yet", and one "But you said 15 minutes"

New Yorkers Seeking the Good Stuff

Empanadas play a big part in my diet, mainly courtesy of Empanada mama and some Peruvian spots near me. But it wont hurt to try them while walking in Mission. My kids do like them, so thanks for that.

New Yorkers Seeking the Good Stuff

What's the best time to visit the Mission District and La Taqueria

We have Saturday, Sunday, and Monday night.

After a rather painful ordeal we finally booked the Courtyard on Second Street Downtown. Doesn't look like the ideal location, but walking distance to Perbacco and Cotogna (which requires a CC to reserve on Sundays looks like)

New Yorkers Seeking the Good Stuff

Peas in my guac? NEVER. Ok, I'll try once, and then NEVER

Looking forward to having some proper california guac, followed by riceless burritos.

New Yorkers Seeking the Good Stuff

Thanks for the great tips. Cotogna menu looks very very interesting, but it will be very hard for me to pass on Perbacco. Assuming execution, they would fit perfectly in NYC. We have a lot of chefs doing their own thing (not nec a bad thing), but severely lacking in Piedmontese. The closest thing is Lincoln Ristorante doing Piedmont month (or weeks) every truffle season, but thats more of a joke I wont partake in.

Molinari's will be very useful for Yosemite departure day, thanks

New Yorkers Seeking the Good Stuff

Correct. I got none where I work in Hell's Kitchen other than Sergimmo which isnt walking distance. Biked there once (its hard to pass on the other options when I bike there). Di Palo's and Salumeria Rossi (nice coppa) got the good imported stuff but they are not sandwich places. Although I've coupled Sullivan pizza bianca at Di Palo's with their salumi and made my own snack on occasion.

New Yorkers Seeking the Good Stuff

Thanks Lisa. You know me too well ;)

New Yorkers Seeking the Good Stuff

Thanks. Not committed to Napa but to an experience. Like a Heuriger in Austria or a winery that serves good homemade food. Where you are sitting outside surrounded by vineyards, butterflies, etc...

I'll check out the places you mentioned.

New Yorkers Seeking the Good Stuff

Perbacco's def looks like the place. Cotogna got Tajarin and del Plin done the classic way which got me excited, but Perbacco's is more like it. Thanks.

Fish Burger/Sandwiches

Swordfish Bahn Mi at Cull and Pistol.

They also have a good sounding Salmon burger at the moment.. smoked aioli & pickled cherry peppers on a portuguese bun, served with cucumber salad (add bacon $2)

Jul 01, 2015
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

New Yorkers Seeking the Good Stuff

First visit in a long time, about 15 years. All I remember is the amazing sardines, somewhere outside. Sort of a last minute trip for first 3 days of August before moving on to Yosemite, Monterey, central coast and LA (Any musts in Monterey, Central coast are more than welcomed). Got no hotels booked yet anywhere except for Yosemite. I rather see where I'll be eating first ;)

So any general ideas for New Yorkers? So far I got Cotogna marked. We have great Italian in NYC but not so much of the Piedmontese offerings I'm seeing on the menu. La Taqueria is the other place, tho if you feel this place is just riding on its fame and there are others just as good, please share.

I'll have my two teen daughters with us, so no Coi, Crenn, tasting menus etc, but open to just about anything. They'll try anything as long as they are not trying it at home. Especially interested in good seafood. Should we target Burmese?

Also, I can use a winery lunch in napa. TIA

Decent restaurants near Jacob Javitz?

Gotham West Market is about 10 mins. You can grab sandwiches from Court St Grocers

Jun 29, 2015
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

How do Manhatannites keep track of food trucks?

We wound up doing both. Brookfield for lunch (Mighty Quinn's ribs, wings), Nish Nush for dinner (still best falafel I've had in NYC).

We also had very average crepes at Le District. Is this place supposed to be the French Eataly or Little Italy

Jun 29, 2015
Ziggy41 in Manhattan
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How do Manhatannites keep track of food trucks?

I was in the area too (sunday). Didnt see them

Jun 29, 2015
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

New catch herring at R&D

Wow, how did I miss this thread. I keep telling you to shave those arms man, but in this photo its hardly noticeable as everyone is probably glued to the herring and your technique.

But.. thanks for this, is what I'm trying to say. Looking forward to trying this herring, almost as much as liking herring

Jun 27, 2015
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

NYC report - mostly cheap bites (June 2015)

Thanks for reporting. I think you hit on one of the only empanadas at Mama I haven't tried yet (beef/chili). Brazil is nice I agree, but the spicy chicken is my #1.

Yakitori Totto - need to get back very soon. Fairly close to work but been only once

Jun 27, 2015
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Need pre-theater dining recs for 7 near Barrymore Theater

+1 to all the places mentioned

With 7, you can also make resvs at Danji. I would strongly consider that

For no frills but high level Thai food, consider Pam Real Thai. Not particularly exciting d├ęcor (for that try Room Service but the food isn't as good)

Jun 27, 2015
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

George Mendes's New Portuguese Restaurant- Lupulo

Nice meal overall. Other than one dish, nothing particularly outstanding but nothing particularly bad. The place was packed, and yes I was sweating pretty much the entire time. But wife was comfortable. I said I'll be dining solo below, but she was able to join. It has a sexy feel when you first walk in, but once you sit down that notion sort of goes away.

Drinks: The Mitten and the Saison were rather flat and not too exciting. The Saison (forgot the name of the brewer.. "Home" or something like that) came about 30 minutes after I ordered it, but there were no other hiccups I should say

Bread: Terrible. I read somewhere that it comes from a Portuguese bakery in Newark. Might as well come from the deli across the street. Mendez should talk to chef Guerrieri from City Sandwich who also gets his bread from a Portuguese bakery in Newark

Liver Pate - Yes too dry, but why serve it with those crisps with gaps so big that you cant spread anything on it.

Green Peas, chorizo and egg - Nice, light and springy. The peas were enjoyable, and the occasional Okra that was almost as rare as the chorizo. If you put chorizo in the name, put it on the plate

Red Snapper crudo - By far the best dish. Just about the spiciest crudo I ever had, but the heat is more of a delayed, back end heat allowing the fish to still shine and not interfere. Great dish though at $18 its Marea price Crudo, and should really be in the small plate column

Octopus Rice - Did not suck. But essentially a mini paella priced as a regular paella ($26 or $24) with maybe one octopus leg sliced inside it. Although I was assured the octopus came from Spain and passed immigration, it didn't have the "balls" of a Portuguese octopus we enjoy sometimes.

Chicken piri piri - Simple but nicely cooked, good size, with a shockingly low price tag compared to the other dishes. How can this be $14 while the rice dish $26. Grilled Chicken with piri piri sauce is a common Lisbon dish btw. This one came with overcooked Mcdolands fries

Chocolate Salami - this was very nice. Minty, rich, with ice cream. Must have

Pasteis de nata - Misshapen and not very traditional looking (perhaps not on purpose), a little too greasy but not bad

Jun 27, 2015
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

George Mendes's New Portuguese Restaurant- Lupulo

Timely bump as I'm considering a solo meal tonight. Got my eyes on that octopus rice. Anyone tried it? Any other musts?

Jun 26, 2015
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

How do Manhatannites keep track of food trucks?

I use Tweat.it, but very rarely. Food trucks in general is not something I would target in NYC. For lobster rolls (assuming that's your reasoning based on previous thread) especially, no reason to look for food trucks

Jun 26, 2015
Ziggy41 in Manhattan
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Manhattan visit planning - Phase I

Southern Italian - meaning what exactly? Classic NY/American Italian or what Italians eat in south Italy today?

Czech - I think Austrian/German is close enough. Cant think of any Czech serving strictly pork knuckles, pickled sausages, etc, but this place comes close, including the vibe...

http://www.dirckthenorseman.com/

Jun 24, 2015
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Manhattan visit planning - Phase I

Cant really say since I frequent only the 51st/10th location these days. But I cant imagine that the recipe would be different at the very least. Today was exceptional is usual. Last week I tried their Curry Ramen. Not as good as the Bassanova version but serviceable

Jun 24, 2015
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Manhattan visit planning - Phase I

Less of a line if any at the second Totto location near 10th. I got my monthly dose of the spicy ramen today. Good suggestion

If going early, hit Sullivan street Bakery on the way

Jun 24, 2015
Ziggy41 in Manhattan