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John's Pizza on Bleecker

I tried this experiment again yesterday and it didnt work as well.
A line out the door at Joe's with everyone getting peeping hot slices straight out of the oven. A little too much cheese (more than the pic Bob posted) that was hard to keep on but very solid still. While at Percy it was fine, but a noticeable difference in the crust quality this time around.

Jul 25, 2015
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Winter is Coming! Who Got the Best Chettinad

My guilty pleasure. Or one of them at least. I usually get my fix at Basera, but mostly due to convenience.
Kokum had the best I've had, and I'm due to return.
Who else?

Jul 25, 2015
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Name a dish that you cannot find anywhere in town that you have to make yourself???

I've had that cecina three times now. Quite different than in Tuscany where its more like pizza and can be eaten as is. At Santina its more about that side dish you choose, where you can make four wraps with the cecina or whatever you wish to do. I recommend the tuna or lamb tartar which are now only available for dinner. Try the squash carpaccio too

ps the lines at the Whitney move fast. Allow three hours

Jul 25, 2015
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Name a dish that you cannot find anywhere in town that you have to make yourself???

Two boiled eggs, sliced tomato, cucumber, radishes, and a scallion. No one does this!

Jul 22, 2015
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Name a dish that you cannot find anywhere in town that you have to make yourself???

WOW! I was thinking Mititei too.

Jul 22, 2015
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Slice of pizza near Columbus circle

#Word

#OrCombineWithMerilu #ForaNiceStyleMix

Jul 19, 2015
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John's Pizza on Bleecker

Funny I had the exact same experience, also about two years ago (maybe more like a year). A solid slice no doubt, but isn't that far ahead from other slices I've had. And right after this slice I tried Percy's Pizza a block down for $1 and I thought that was almost as decent. Perhaps a couple of Percys would have been as satisfying as a Joe's slice which will still cost more

Jul 19, 2015
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Slice of pizza near Columbus circle

Sacco

Jul 19, 2015
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Best ethnic, Upper West Side

ouch ouch ouch. Hope similar faith doesn't spread to the Hell's Kitchen location. The most underappreciated, wildly underrated Hummus in NYC

Jul 18, 2015
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Mocu-Mocu - New Hell's Kitchen Japanese Specializing in.. ok, I dont really know

More Italian really. Supposedly out of the recipe book of Hiroko Shimbo, an acclaimed cookbook author and one of the collaborators of this project. It was refreshing actually to see a different spin on Miso.

Jul 18, 2015
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Oiji, new Korean restaurant in EV

Thanks to the Paintballers terrorizing Staten Island, we got "stuck" in the city and managed to snag a last minute rezzy. And thanks to some of you we knew what to order and what not too (thanks FW, try it again now), and had an exceptional meal overall. In a way Oiji reminds me of Tuome nearby. Very young chefs, playful Asian inspired menus, no desserts (I dont consider the chips dessert). Overall I give the nod to Oiji. I didnt find the place nearly as chic or romantic as some, but very casual with ample lighting (a good thing for me). When I asked the manager over the phone if I can come with my chic, sexy long shorts and sandals, he almost burst out laughing and said "we are very casual".

Fried Chicken - Really good. Tapioca flour coated, far from your ordinary battered fried chicken. Shredded something (Leeks?) was a nice touch

Cold Buckwheat noodles - Excellent! Pretty much exactly what you expect but with the much added bonus of spring Ramps preserved from the previous spring. Those ramps carried a lot of punch

Jang-Jo-Rim - Enjoyed this one. If I have to pick the weakest dish this might be it, though its more of a testament to the other dishes. Buttered rice once mixed in with the egg and everything else had a nice flavor. The King Oysters Mushrooms was my favorite part, but the beef shank could have been a little warmer

Truffle Seafood Broth - Best dish of the night. Mussels, Shrimp, two Crispy Rice "Sheets" that sizzle when the broth is poured table side and need to be softened a little for best result. But its all about the beautiful dark rich broth that makes this a winner. Just a small hint of truffle, not enough to be part of the name, but just right

Oxtail - Finger licking juicy exceptional good. I was concerned that it would be too sweet but it wasnt. Pick it up and suck on the bones for the true affect. More tasty root veggies here. Really liked the use of veggies throughout

Potato Chips - The most disgustingly addictive thing I ever ate

Jul 18, 2015
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Pocket Bar -- Cute little bar in Hell's Kitchen

Make sure press lounge isnt closed for private party (calendar on their site)

The Cannibal? (mostly beer)

Jul 14, 2015
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New Yorkers Seeking the Good Stuff

Belated thanks for the links Melanie. Finally had a chance to spend some quality time with them. Looking forward to this, tho looks like we'll be arriving at the absolute worst time (noonish)

Mocu-Mocu - New Hell's Kitchen Japanese Specializing in.. ok, I dont really know

What happens when you hire the wrong or no PR firms. Nothing, at least for a while. Mocu-Mocu is not on any hot lists while the tex-mex across the street El Original which is a tiny notch above Chili's spent a lot of time on those buzz lists. Last time I checked the Eater list it was still there, even though we were the only people there for lunch that day (about two weeks ago)

Mocu-Mocu opened about a month ago on a somewhat odd corner in Hell's Kitchen on 10th and 51st. Before opening I thought that they would specialize in Takoyaki, doughy octopus balls. But now it looks much more ambitious than that. Essentially all sorts of Japanese street food and snacks, promising to deliver Ratatouille Moments to all the Japanese born out there (ok, maybe not). Takoyaki, Oshinko (homemade pickles), soups, savory pancakes (Okonomiyaki), Obanyaki (dessert pastries). While you order you watch videos of them making the Obanyaki. You order in the front, and take a number to your table (like Fuku). A funky, artsy modern decor, partly to blame perhaps for the over a year in the making. Next to the entrance outside there's a coffee window featuring at the moment the loneliest person in Hell's Kitchen

The menu is a little confusing. I ordered option C ($17)...

A nice small eggplant salad, "summer salad" which was mostly lettuce and a waste really, Baked Okonomiyaki (eggy veggy saucy pancakes) with pork belly in between the two pancakes. A minestrone like white bean and Sausage Miso Soup which I liked. But my favorite was the Oshinko which in this case was pickled cabbage. Very nice flavor. with this option you also get a refreshing berry flavored Saki, tho they have other flavors. I enjoyed this.

Cant tell you yet if this merits a special trip but at least as a neighborhood joint, its worth to check out

http://www.mocu-mocu.com/

Jul 11, 2015
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Uyghur Taamliri -- Xinjiang/Kazakh Food comes to the Sunset. [San Francisco]

Yes yes, Kazakh food its a very nice! I can smell that cumin already.

If its anything like Kashkar Cafe (Brooklyn), I would run, not walk. Or take the Muni (trying to speak your lingo)

Kashkar is more of an Uzbek Uyghur, but I'm seeing a lot of similarities here. That Lagman would go better with the lamb and its juices. The Lamb Geiro (my favorite lagman dish at Kashkar) isnt very spicy to help remind you, but very flavorful

I would also try their plov, monti, and kebabs. If its anything like the Uzbek/Uyghur scene here, it should be quite good. Do you have any Uzbek places?

Nice post soup├žon

http://eatingwithziggy.com/2013/04/10...

Go "local" in Turks and Caicos

Other than some high end spot all the restaurants are family friendly, and frequented by families just like yours. So dont hesitate to come to any of them

My picks after the latest trip (earlier this year) is practically unchanged.

http://eatingwithziggy.com/turks-and-...

SF can't miss..

Cockscomb looks good. But is it really safe to google it from work..

Favorite signature dishes?

The Habanero is now part of the carts, by the 1/4

The wings is my go to dish. The rice cakes need to come back. The veggie one isnt as good

BTW, did you know chef Paul is gone? He got his Beard nomination and took off. Can you believe this Chutzpah?

Jul 07, 2015
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New Yorkers Seeking the Good Stuff

The Progress... wow! The concept... wowzers!! Wonder if they can discount the kiddies

Thanks man! And what took you so long...

New Yorkers Seeking the Good Stuff

Scoma it is indeed. looks fantastic, and the menu is another one of those "cant find this in NY" type.

With that said, is there a similar place nearby without white cloth? I dont care if it has the same price tag, just without the white cloth ;)

Is there fresh crab at all? I see Dungeness crab season is later

New Yorkers Seeking the Good Stuff

Entertaining read thanks. But the green hoodie I bought in Santa Monica hanging in my closest is all the reminder I need. LA is the only place on earth where I'm always cold. When I think about Disneyland I get the shivers, not because its Disneyland, but because I had the shivers!

New Yorkers Seeking the Good Stuff

Your Cal burgers continue to haunt us with In-N-Out staring me in the face in Fisherman's Wharf/Lombard st area. I have to spend some quality time there including a possible cruise

Is eating in Fisherman's Wharf to be avoided at all costs, or is there a diamond in the rough among those seafood joints

New Yorkers Seeking the Good Stuff

Any chance it's fried chicken necks, and not pork? A specialty of Kentucky Fried Buche in Tijuana.

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!

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

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?

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.

New Yorkers Seeking the Good Stuff

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

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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.