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Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

"Oh man", you just made me smile at the mention of Exterminator Chili. Indeed, the corner of Church and Walker current home of Los Americanos. The interior is virtually the same. Great Chili and one of the all time best logos, a walking, wise aleck chili better in green cowboy boots. I still have the matchbook at home.

Aug 22, 2014
stuartlafonda in Manhattan

Detroit suggestions for lunch and dinner in the Motown Museum /Institute of Arts area

Thank you all. I saw on line,The Essential 38,something about a Good Girls Paris Crepes that looks very close to the museum, allowing me to park at the museum and walk over. Most importantly,my wife and son love crepes. I called a few of their numbers and got no answer, what's up, and,is it worth it? Also, after the museum can I stroll over to "Midtown" and pick one of the aforementioned spots or is it better to drive, and then walk. Is it a pleasant area to walk around? Again, thanks for the help.

Aug 21, 2014
stuartlafonda in Great Lakes

Detroit suggestions for lunch and dinner in the Motown Museum /Institute of Arts area

The family will spend the morning at the Motown Museum and the afternoon at the nearby Detroit Arts Institute...............

Lunch or dinner suggestions please. Haute to Hot dogs, what should we eat? Bonus points if I can park the car in the morning and leave it 'till we head back to Ann Arbor.

Thanks in advance.

Aug 20, 2014
stuartlafonda in Great Lakes

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

Rusty's Ribs. Nothing like La Grand Orange stopping by the table and saying to a young Met fan, "You went through those ribs like Sherman went through Atlanta"

Royal Canadian Pancake House, pancakes as big as manhole covers, only slightly better tasting.

American Place (33rd just west of Park)Larry Forgione opened my culinary world.

Aug 20, 2014
stuartlafonda in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

We did the duck at Charda's Hungarian restaurant in the 70's

Aug 19, 2014
stuartlafonda in Manhattan

Cafe Sport (Portuguese in Williston Park, Long Island)

I ate there about a year ago and it was fine. Nothing memorable but the food was good,as was the sangria. Not sure it is better then the other couple of Portugese restaurants in the area.

Hey,where else has your group been? Would love to hear reports about great local restaurants.

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Outer Borough Memories

Queens:
Bob, is the mansion restaurant you refer to the old Rudolph Valentino home and originally named,Café on the Green? Still there in the umpteenth incarnation, still serving lousy catering hall quality food.
I miss,
Holly Inn on Holly ave in Flushing. Half bar, half restaurant, all character. Great old Italian tavern food. Sunday nights were some of the best family restaurant meals we enjoyed.

Stork's in Whitestone and The Cakebox in Bay Terrace.

Every queens deli now gone. The one on Utopia next to the current Utopia Bagels, the one that was on Francis Lewis across from the Milk Maid, also great and gone.

Scobee Diner in Little Neck and the Howard Johnson's a few blocks west. Seville Diner, for late night meals.

Aug 19, 2014
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

Favorite Xiao Long Bao ( soup dumplings) in Queens?

howdini, different name same owners.

Peter, I think of all the ones we are discussing, Kung Fu is the best as well. I have never had the soup dumplings at Shanghai 33 just saying the sister restaurant ones are excellent, and for me a convenient lunch spot.

Aug 06, 2014
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

Favorite Xiao Long Bao ( soup dumplings) in Queens?

Shanghai 33 Cuisine up the block has a branch on Mott, at the corer of Mosco. That spot has become my go to lunch spot for soup dumplings.

Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

Now your talking good pizza. One of my all time favorite slice joints, can't be nearby without grabbing a few. Often a little too floppy, but they get it right and no slice is as light. Razor thin, good balance of not sweet sauce to cheese.

Aug 04, 2014
stuartlafonda in Manhattan

Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

I use their first names where appropriate, rather then say, Mr. Demarco. I do not claim to be a friend though I am friendly. They are both very nice people, Maggie in particular always has a smile and is as helpful as she can be in the midst of all the chaos and anger. The pizza is not always perfect. Sometimes it is, and for me it is my favorite. I don't think awful is a fair description of what a typical diner is likely to experience.

Aug 03, 2014
stuartlafonda in Manhattan

Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

I am a regular at the 7 Carmine street location, and have been for a long time. I was there yesterday. I don't think the sauce is particularly or noticeably sweet. They do a great job of keeping it thin and crisp despite the larger then normal size.

Aug 02, 2014
stuartlafonda in Manhattan

Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

MacGuffin:
You missed the point, he was wearing the hat because one of his violations was for not wearing proper headgear, he was not closed because he was wearing the tam o'shanter.
Yeah, thanks for letting us know that you think DiFara pizza is awful. It allows us to understand what kind of pizza you would enjoy. Based on that opinion, I suggest one of the dollar pizza spots. Any of them, as I consider them awful.

Aug 02, 2014
stuartlafonda in Manhattan

Best eats near Laguardia?

Little Pepper is close by cab and unique. I love Biang. Maybe Ayada which is also close by cab going off the BQE.

Jul 29, 2014
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

Khao Kang in Elmhurst?

Overall I would say excellent,for what it serves. Not quite amazing though as you can get this dishes as good other places. Just can't get them this way or this inexpensively. Poo do you think a place like this, particularly at this price point and allowing customers to bring their own alcohol could open, let alone survive in Manhattan or Brooklyn?

Jul 28, 2014
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

If you really care,check to see what the violations actually were. I remember visiting one time and Dom was wearing a tam o'shanter. When I stopped laughing asked why a guy from Italy had chosen such headgear,Maggie told me that they got clipped for Dom not wearing a hygienic plastic hair net. Yeah the place is not always that clean but I have never felt my health was in any danger.

Jul 25, 2014
stuartlafonda in Manhattan

Di Fara Pizza HORRIBLE

Yes.
$30 per person, includes tax but not a tip.
20 people minimum 30 maximum, approximately.
They serve from 6-9.
Price includes all you can drink from the refrigerator case and you can bring your own alcohol, and dessert. We buy some babkas from across the street. They arrange all the tables and chairs into one long banquet table down the middle.
You tell Maggie what you want. Round or square with any toppings, in any combination. She will make good suggestions on combinations. Whatever they have, you can have on your pie.
You reserve by phone, they do one or two a week. Tuesday and some Thursdays. The wait is now months. We have two reservations, one in October and one next March.
For those of us that love DiFara pizza it is a unique and fantastic experience. The pizza is spectacular. Dom is at his best. No lines, no pressure no complaints makes Dom seem younger. He will tell you stories and ask about the group. Maggie is a perfect host. We appreciate how well she runs things and tip her well. They will box up what you can't finish. No waiting as the pies come flying out once Dom gets warmed up and he is a quick starter.
Enjoy

"Artisan" Western-style bread in Flushing

Maybe the biggest advantage is that between OP's location and Cannelle is some of the world's greatest chow. Can't say as much for Forest Hills.

Jul 22, 2014
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

"Artisan" Western-style bread in Flushing

I used Flushing Town Hall as my reference point for Main and Northern as the old RKO Keith movie theatre is no longer in Google maps and I get this:
Town Hall to La B 4.8
Town Hall to Cannelle 3.7
So really no difference. Why not do both?

Jul 22, 2014
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

Khao Kang in Elmhurst?

Excellent little spot. Took everyone's advise and hit the place on Saturday. For someone like me that loves Thai curry and always has a hard time deciding which one to choose, this was heaven. I had three:
1. Panang Curry with pork. Mild and classic panang curry taste.
2. Green with little slices of eggplant and chicken on the bone with skin, cut into small bite sized pieces. Incendiary and delicious.
3. Sour curry. Can't remember the last time I had the stones to order this one. It came as the NYT article points out, in its own styrofoam cup. Beads of sweat rapidly formed. It had large slices of a yellow (stained from the curry?) vegetable, no idea what it was. What is beyond incendiary? I don't know but this is it.

As I walked in another customer leaving had a beer in a bag. He told me that they didn't say a word about it to him. I then grabbed a beer from the bodega a few doors down.
This place easily slides into the Thai rotation, particularly when I'm feeling like a curry is what I need. And when I feel cheap.

"Artisan" Western-style bread in Flushing

Yeah PC is right that is tough, but so are Chowhounds. Head over to the other side of the Grand Central after a day at the Zoo and try Rio de la Plata Bakery for some Italian Argentine stuff or up to Mama's. Not Bien Cuit level but good.
The best choice though would be a trek to Cannelle Patisserie in Jackson Heights. I love some of their pastries but I usually walk away with loaf of bread as well.

Jul 22, 2014
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

HELP!!!! Does anyone know where I can get great TEX-MEX? [Long Island]

As a Queens kid from the 70's whose first Mexican food experience was at Taco Bell, I understand you. Try Senor Nacho in Great Neck. They actually have some good food but they will also satisfy your cravings.

http://senornachony.com/menu.html

Little Neck Shanghai and Taiwanese Cuisine Soup Dumpling restaurant

With all the 90 degree days I was going to hit them for some cold sesame noodles, were they spicy? Looks like a mixed bag and hopefully enough Chowhounds will go so we can figure out what items are worth a visit.

Jul 09, 2014
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

bayside bay terrace whitestone

I have become a frequent movie goer at the Fresh Meadows theatre as my kids love the leather lazy boy seats and I love the ease of internet purchase of a designate seat, so I have been on the look out for good local chow. The Two Bites Bakery sounds great. Thanks.

Jul 08, 2014
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

Di Fara Pizza HORRIBLE

Yesterday July 4, at 4:00. No line, every seat,taken three people milling about the counter. I waited ten minutes and got three slices. Each one perfect, Slight char where appropriate, super thin and delicious. While I was waiting he had to toss a square pie at that stage where he is baking it with sauce but nothing else yet. A second fully prepared square pie was thisclose to officially being tagged burnt. Inconsistent as always, but my slices were transcendent.

Jul 05, 2014
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

Little Neck Shanghai and Taiwanese Cuisine Soup Dumpling restaurant

Not even sure what the name is as it is recorded some places as Little Neck Fun and has Chinese characters on the sign as well. Newly opened just east of the corner of Little Neck Parkway and Northern blvd near the recently razed Scobee Diner.

Looks like the real deal. Just one visit but the soup dumplings were excellent. Wrapper was not so thin that it seemed the soup would burst out upon lifting or so thick that you could not even see a bulge. Just right. Good amount of tasty soup. Also had the scallion pancake with beef, also delicious though a little more beef and a little less sauce is my preference. To my uneducated eye it seems authentic as the menu is very similar to Kung Fu in Flushing, just about my only point of reference in these matters. Clean simple interior of all brown leather chairs and banquettes with brown fabric, white walls and brick with interesting black and white photos on the walls. Service was spot on though I was there at a very quiet time.Great addition to the area. Adorable soup dumpling mascot on the signage, next best icon to the original pepper at Little Pepper in Flushing.

Jul 03, 2014
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

Long Island Ice Cream Spots?

I was passing Baci last night and decided to stop for a little bit of gelato. Still excellent. The pistachio in particular was as good a pistachio gelato as I have ever had. Banana nutella, baci and raspberry were also good. I had the assistance of my daughter in this endeavor. large portions and fair prices as well.

On a related note, Marvel was sold but a patron would never know. Smart new owners, keeping things the same as it has always been.
On another related note, on the same corner as Marvel , on the south side of Lido Blvd is a new ice cream shop replacing Surf Pizza. Tried it twice, eh. Seemed like what I call a 'mix in" place. Couple of simple base flavors then they dump stuff in. I ordered the milky way and got vanilla ice cream with rock hard pieces of Milky Way bar to break a tooth on. Just slightly harder then the frozen whole strawberry in my strawberry ice cream.

Anything else new out there?

Great Chinese Restaurant in Nassau County?

Two place I have gone to innumerable times.
Pearl East is a long time favorite for old style NY Jewish style Chinese food. A similar cuisine to King Yum. Excellent eggrolls,shrimp fried rice and ribs. I love that stuff. My young son once walked in, looked around and commented that the place looked like the dinning room at Boca West.
Northern Manor is the opposite, authentic as it comes, excellent Dim Sum. The only issue is that unless you live nearby, you are probably better off going to Flushing.

Di Fara Pizza HORRIBLE

Yes, and you are very prolific here in general and about Brooklyn food in particular.This debate seemed right up your alley, that's all.

Jun 26, 2014
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

Jamaican food in Queens (and Long Island)

Good report thanks. On the corner of 103 and Astoria blvd (Corona?) is a green awning spot that is takeout only. They do a decent jerk chicken and some stews. Once in a while I grab something to take home, with a Ting and it satisfies the craving for Jamaican food.

If you are in the area of Uniondale Ave and Front street in Nassau, near Hofstra, there is a cluster of Jamaican/Island spots. Ever changing so nothing I can recommend other then a visit and a roll of the dice.

Jun 23, 2014
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs