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Bar Bolonat

Took another shiksa to Bolonat the other day and had another fine meal. 8 pm plenty of empty tables on a Friday night but by the time we left the place was packed. Are we eating later now like in Europe? I didn't get the memo. A few new hits, some misses, and former hits downgraded

Sunchoke Latkes - Hannukah special. Tasted much better than they looked (they looked like latkes!). Nice falafely flavor

Delicata Squash - Good. Essentially a hefty meaty sweet squash lightly dressed with some Tahini and a few pieces of brittle adding more sweetness and crunch. Contrary to how the media praises the veg dishes, I don't see them as the strong points here. Timeout named the Everyday Cauliflower one of the best dishes of the year, but I thought it was just ok and not nearly as good as Balaboostas version

Octopus - Just ok. Came with a couple of purees, roasted peppers, and something called "Squid Ink Cracker" which was like a tasteless rice cake. The octopus itself was a bit too tender, as in undercooked and missing that nice octopus bite (octobite)

Zabzi Tagine - still great but lost some of its "Taginess". Short rib instead of beef cheek this time (I prefer cheeks). Came with a closed lid. I was hoping to impress this particular Shiksa with the incredible aromas I remember from last time that would drive her mishegas. But this time as soon as the lid went up, it was bupkes. Still, a solid dish overall and something I would order again

Hudson Street Kibbeh - This was a fantastic dish and possibly the best Kibbeh I ever had. Three egg shaped pieces with preserved lemon sauce. The meat was perfectly seasoned and the crust had a nice crunch.

Falafel Encrusted Grouper - I wasn't sure about this one. Love my falafels and groupers but not necessarily together. Turned out to be a great surprise. The falafel crust was just strong (or weak) enough to compliment the delicate fish which was perfectly cooked. Loved the accompanied beans in this white Chermoula seasoned sauce which absorbed much of the fish. Perhaps my new favorite dish here

Halva Crème Brulee - As good as before. Love Admony's desserts.

Nice meal overall. $200 final damage. Not cheap

about 19 hours ago
Ziggy41 in Manhattan
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Kid-friendly but interesting near Museum of Natural History

So why stop now. Continue the Hummus odyssey and try some of the best hummus in NYC IMO. Hummus can be a sensitive subject as everyone has their favorite ways, but Gazala's is quite simple and made fresh almost daily. When I bring visitors to the other location I normally get a "this is so not the Hummus I eat back home", The texture is the closest to the hummus I've had in Jerusalem and Acco (arguably the hummus capital of the world). Gazala herself comes from a Druze village not too far from Acco, Daliat El Carmel.

Also good: The various Bourekas - I prefer the Sun dried tomato one, Kebabs (my coworker is obsessed with their grilled chicken), Osh Al-Saraia for dessert

Dec 19, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan
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Sufganiyot (Israeli Jelly Donuts for Chanukah) in NYC

Agree, its pretty much the same thing. But we still need to call what we buy in jewish delis, Italian bakeries, etc in their respective names. The differences are in the way they make them. Bombolonis (the jelly filled ones, they also fill with cream and chocolate) are filled more liberally and a little rounder.

But please dont call it a jelly donut. Sufganiyot as any other Jewish "delicacy" like Matsoh Ball soup is really supposed to be eaten once a year. And calling it a jelly donut takes all the fun out.

Dec 18, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Moving to 129th and Lenox-and I'm vegetarian...

Ttrockwood, now that I finally stopped laughing I just want to say that I got nothing to add except to say best of luck with the move. Mazal Tov!

Dec 18, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan
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Sufganiyot (Israeli Jelly Donuts for Chanukah) in NYC

Bombolonis at Sullivan Street Bakery. Just as good if not better than Sufganiyot. But not cheap

Dec 18, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Osteria Francescana - Currently Italy's most innovative and popular restaurant ...

"Did Francescana's modern and innovative cuisine deter you from going there? "

Well, in a way yes, and the prices had something to do with it. This was already a very ambitious trip food wise, and adding this one would have been a bit too much. A place like Giusti which is quite possibly the most often mentioned ER spot on Chowhound was a better fit for us. And yes, it was everything I expected and more. Like Francescana, I feel that Giusti is another reason to come to Modena

Dec 17, 2014
Ziggy41 in Italy

Osteria Francescana - Currently Italy's most innovative and popular restaurant ...

Fun read. Thanks for taking the time to write this review.

I considered Francescana on a recent visit, but when the time came I opted for the other local legend, Hosteria Giusti which is a little closer to "casalinga cibo". Ok, much closer. We also indulged in cotechino covered with zabaglione
After the meal we walked around, and my mission was to get at least a picture of the unassuming Francescana entrance. It was somewhat strange seeing it there considering how dead the immediate area was

BTW, Vignola is a town about 30 minutes south of Modena, known for its cherries

Dec 17, 2014
Ziggy41 in Italy

Kid-friendly but interesting near Museum of Natural History

Well for starters, Gazala herself is at the uptown location roughly 100% of the time. The place is much bigger and much much livelier than the midtown location. I've been to both the past year and I didn't find any big differences quality wise

btw, correcting myself, the place uptown is called Gazala's, not Gazala's Place which is the midtown place (in case the OP googles)

Potential Bonus: Both places employ only Russian waitresses!

Dec 16, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Which restaurant have you eaten at the most?

The Crayfish we eat in New Orleans look like cockroaches.

But still, there's a greater chance we'll be playing Cricket than eating them

Dec 16, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

A Tale of 2 Restaurants on Christmas Day

Let me put it another way. If your husband would post here asking this question, then I'd imagine Ai Fiori would be the clear winner, followed by a "happy wife happy life" chant. On this board (and everywhere else pretty much) Ai Fiori prevails as you know
Still, just follow your heart (as long as your heart says Ai Fiori)

Btw how do they serve the Misto in SD. Do they come with a cart and let you choose the meats?

Dec 16, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Kid-friendly but interesting near Museum of Natural History

Gazala's Place

Dec 16, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan
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Lincoln Ristorante - Need soothing words to calm me down!!

Dont know about that. I wouldnt want to miss the important details...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSJVE...

Dec 15, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

List of places serving the best burgers in NYC

I would also be shocked if there's any real truffle in there. Admittedly I do indulge in those fake truffle oils from time to time, but in this case I found it more off putting for some reason

Dec 15, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

List of places serving the best burgers in NYC

I was so underwhelmed by Umami burger and its "Truffled Fries". The first time in my life I was removing the "truffles" from the subject midway to eating it.

Dec 15, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Lincoln Ristorante - Need soothing words to calm me down!!

This thread is like a Tale of Two Lincolns. Great in 2012, not so much in 2014.

Me, I had one good meal during Restaurant Week (just experimenting. Probably done with RW forever), and a much better meal later on. I liked the Reginette which looks like a menu staple and mentioned here a few times. But the dish that won me over was the lobster Strozzapreti which is one of the most creative and delicious pastas I've ever had, and perhaps better than any I've had in Marea. Problem is, its no longer on the menu, which brings another point when comparing Marea to Lincoln as was done so often during this thread. Lincoln lacks signature dishes.

I was also surprised by the way Lincoln chose to celebrate Piedmont, arguably Italy's greatest food region. The two pasta dishes most associated with the region, Tajarin and Agnolotti del Plin which can be so good when done right, could only be ordered with shaved white truffles for $55. The Plin, looking now is out entirely and replaced by its cousin "Ravioli". Why not do it the way its done in every single hole in the wall in Piedmont this time of the year. Have two versions of the Tajarin. One simple one with butter and white truffles (and the price tag). And one with a rich, wonderful ragu. This way, everyone can enjoy this region. Not just those that can afford front seats at the opera

Dec 15, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Charcuterie in Rome

Was thinking Sorpasso as well. Good choice

Dec 14, 2014
Ziggy41 in Italy

Crispin's - Hell Kitchen

Thanks for reporting back

Dec 14, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Besides Rome and Naples Where Else for Pizza

Just curious. I know great pizza can be found everywhere in Italy (well, maybe not everywhere) but in which city or region one should be targeting it.

Dec 14, 2014
Ziggy41 in Italy

Espoleta - Big Names, One to Watch

Thanks Pan

BTW, I meant Forcella, not Percello. Now that I'm sober I can read this more clearly

Dec 14, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan
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Piora revisited- Fantastic dinner!!

Yes I need to go back there pronto, and this time without sharing those pastas with 3 people who don't appreciate it as much. We were there around this time last year staring at the snow covered bushes outside. So I need to time it with the next snow storm to get the full effect

They were just Michelined btw. Thanks for the review

Dec 14, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Pete Wells's Top Ten NYC Ramen

I asked the man himself. Here's what he said..

"the soup and the tare are essentially the same, although the chickens and water are different. The noodle are not the same."

So yes and no.

FWIW, I met Ivan a few times when the Gotham location was the only Ivan Ramen. A class act, very interesting and quite moving story. At both places I prefer the Donburis, Mazemen, and everything else they offer over the traditional ramen. The menu at the LES especially needs to be thoroughly explored. Some of the best fried rice I've had in NYC

Dec 13, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Crispin's - Hell Kitchen

I work nearby, pass by Crispins every day pretty much but never felt like trying it. A lot of similar wine bars popping up in the hood lately with your basic mainstream menu. Try Mercato for something more authentic, The Marshal, or Taboon even

Dec 13, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Live from Emilia Romagna

Live from Staten Island NY. Trying to combat some major post vacation blues by writing about it. It's not working. And this board has been sort of quiet.
Anyway, more on Pallavicina, Mariella, Sale Grosso, breadsticks and ladybugs in Piedmont and more to come if anyone is interested...

http://eatingwithziggy.com/category/i...

Dec 13, 2014
Ziggy41 in Italy

Gold Label on Brighton Beach

Its not that interesting trust me ;)

Dec 13, 2014
Ziggy41 in Outer Boroughs

Espoleta - Big Names, One to Watch

The other day I was invited to the launch party of Espoleta a new tapas and wine joint in NoHo opened officially last night I believe. Yes, Mrs Z and I are moving up the NYC social scene in rapid pace.

Suenos fans can finally come out of their depression as Sue Torres is consulting here. I was told she'll be in the kitchen once or twice a week. Executive chef is Giuilio Adriani, pizza master of Percello which was located at the same spot. Both names mean Wishbone

Chef de cuisine, Francis Peabody, famous "American physician born November 24, 1881". Wait that makes no sense, googling some more... not finding much, but Ariel Lacayo, the manager who was once voted Best Maitre D in New York City says Francis is a Daniel, and Le Bernardin veteran

Since this was more of a party with mass produced food, we only got a small taste of what they have to offer. We munched on various Pintxos and tapas. Japanese squash, jamon, artichoke with manchego, various croquettes, Shishito peppers and more. My favorite was perhaps the Goat Empanadas with raisins and salsa verde.

Excellent Spanish wine here, too excellent perhaps for me to remember to note it down. One to watch

Espoleta
334 Bowery

menu: http://www.scribd.com/doc/249293660/E...

Dec 13, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan
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Gold Label on Brighton Beach

Brighton Bazaar. That's a good one too. I'm banned from it. Long story

Dec 13, 2014
Ziggy41 in Outer Boroughs
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Lunch near Penn Station?

Lechaim!!

Dec 12, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

W. Village recs?

Bar Bolonat

You may go over the $30-$40, but sounds to me from reading between the lines, you are worth it

Dec 12, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan
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Uzbechka Avenue O: Trained Uzbek Chef Prepares Great Food

Looking good. I've been intrigued by this place as well. Lagman dish there looks like the one they serve at Kashkar (geiro).
I may go to this sunday

Dec 12, 2014
Ziggy41 in Outer Boroughs

Chinese dinner (NOT dim sum) in Sunset Park - who's good these days?

Funny sgordon, I was just about to ask the same question

Dec 12, 2014
Ziggy41 in Outer Boroughs