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Grand St.: Bánh Mì Saigon or Paris Sandwich and other treasures?

Despana is excellent. The sandwiches are a little small but after I tooth pick my way in and out I am always full. I am no Sangria expert but I always have a glass there. As OP is a shopper, she will find plenty to purchase and bring home.

Black Seed I have mixed feelings about. It is by no means a traditional NY bagel so it is worth trying, if for nothing else but the experience. I never sense that their bagels are cooked in a wood burning oven, but I do like small crispy bagels so it has some appeal to me. The spreads are excellent the bacon egg and cheese was not.

May 26, 2015
stuartlafonda in Manhattan

Grand St.: Bánh Mì Saigon or Paris Sandwich and other treasures?

Piemonte Ravioli is good? It looks so old and dusty, always empty, almost a pasta museum looking place. Is the fresh pasta really fresh? I occasionally get the pork neck sauce from DiPaolo and now willlook to combine it with some of the Piemonte ravioli.

May 22, 2015
stuartlafonda in Manhattan

Grand St.: Bánh Mì Saigon or Paris Sandwich and other treasures?

Banh Mi Saigon is the Banh Mi of choice for my group for many years now. Try the #1 spicy, wonderful. They also do a chicken curry that is dark meat with just a glaze of mild curry, on that great bread. My second favorite sandwich from there. Just around the corner on Mott is Golden Steamer for cheap delicious buns. In fact, today I had the beef rending at Nyonya on the south side of Grand. I love it.

May 20, 2015
stuartlafonda in Manhattan

North Shore restaurant options? (Waterfront would be ideal)

Thanks for getting back to us, and glad it went well. No doubt about the sunset view from Louie's being pleasant.

Jury Duty next week - what is new and exciting near the courts

If I posted about a bagel in Kuala Lumpur I would post when I remembered how it looked and tasted. I would never say,it's inauthentic and only someone who has never tasted a New York bagel, or knows what a New York bagel tastes like may be able to find it perfectly satisfying. So only someone unfamiliar with the cuisine would think the beef rendang tastes great?

May 13, 2015
stuartlafonda in Manhattan

Jury Duty next week - what is new and exciting near the courts

But not having had everything on the menu it's probably not fair of you to judge every dish and most importantly,to do so in such a condescending manner. Chowhound is about finding delicious food. If you want to disagree about the taste of dish fine. But eat it and explain the reasons for your opinion,don't just slam a menu as inauthentic and imply every dish is therefore unworthy of the uneducated. So,is the beef rendang at Nonya delicious?

May 13, 2015
stuartlafonda in Manhattan

Jury Duty next week - what is new and exciting near the courts

Relax. I'm not talking about a transporting experience to Malaysia, nor a taste of a Malaysian grandmother's home cooking. Nor am I promising a taste of home to an expat. I am talking about lunch while on jury duty. If you have not been there, reserve judgment. The beef rending is delicious. As for the rest of the menu, I have no idea.

May 13, 2015
stuartlafonda in Manhattan

Jury Duty next week - what is new and exciting near the courts

Whiskey Tavern will be packed with cops and lawyers drinking to excess. It does have its own charms, but the food is not one of them.
Consider Nyonya up on Grand for a great beef rendang. That block also has Saigon Banh Mi,the best of the bunch and a declining Alleva. DiPaolo on the corner is a must shop. New on Mulberry and Grand is Genuine Superette. Good, but expensive for what you get, sandwiches.
I look forward to the report!

May 13, 2015
stuartlafonda in Manhattan

Jury Duty next week - what is new and exciting near the courts

Pongsri has been closed for weeks with a "gas problem". If it must be Thai, do Laan Larb up Centre across from the old Police Headquarters, better food anyway. Why Whiskey Tavern? Breakroom next door does the same stuff much better.

May 13, 2015
stuartlafonda in Manhattan

Mother's day brunch in Great Neck, LI area

Nope. Nothing raw. Just fried, fried and fried. :)

Mother's day brunch in Great Neck, LI area

Love Bigelow's, all summer long, to or from the beach. Still open and still going strong.

Mother's day brunch in Great Neck, LI area

There are few dishes as singularly delicious as the properly breaded and fried whole belly Ipswich clam. The burst of brine through the breading is perfection. Of course usually it is accompanied by a cold beer and a spectacular ocean view but nonetheless I suggest you find this dish locally and enjoy.

Mother's day brunch in Great Neck, LI area

I hate these threads where it is hard to keep track of things. My fault, sorry.

http://www.dueponti-ristorante.com/

...and speaking of waterside eating, tonight I hit Butler Flats in Manorhaven/Port Wwashington for one of my favorite dishes, fried whole belly clams.

http://butlersflat.com/

Mother's day brunch in Great Neck, LI area

Well, I will partly agree and disagree. Having eaten at JF for decades I have noticed a great improvement in the last few years. Food, décor and the overall experience. Sure, they will gladly broil a simple piece of fish, though usually expertly, and pair it with a boring steamed vegetable but they have modernized the menu. That is not to say that Kyma and Limani are not superior,they are. They are also more expensive and a better overall experience.

Mother's day brunch in Great Neck, LI area

If you are an Optimum subscriber you get access to this section of Newsday. It is a great local resource and Erica Marcus in particular covers the beat wonderfully.

Mother's day brunch in Great Neck, LI area

Yup, you were last call.

Mother's day brunch in Great Neck, LI area

The old Lola is gone, here comes a new version.

http://www.newsday.com/lifestyle/rest...

Before opening Lola he had a kosher spot up the road named Tel Aviv. The kosher mafia would not let him run a kosher restaurant at the same time as a non kosher one and pulled his certificate. He sold it to his sous chef and within a short period of time it went out of business. Sounds like this will be a little bit like that old place, non kosher though.

Funny, on another thread Lola was described as being sweet and I disagreed. Maybe I was wrong. I have had the Korean Fried chicken a million times and though the heat has declined to a minimal level I did not taste an increase in sweetness.

Yesterday I took my mom to a place in Whitestone, Due Pointe. Ate on their pier with a view between the bridges at sunset, spectacular. Food was fine but it was a buffet so after a return visit on a regular day I will have a report.

Pre-theater dinner Lincoln Center

Lincoln is excellent food and it is so nice to walk out on to the plaza and into the theatre. Just feels more relaxed.

Boulud Sud (pre theatre/prix fixe)is my second choice for the interesting menu with perfect service.

May 05, 2015
stuartlafonda in Manhattan

Mother's day brunch in Great Neck, LI area

Of course. I was a regular Newsday reader when they were a NYC paper,loved the food and sports sections in particular. Marty Noble, fantastic. The wonderful work of Molly O'Neill.

You have spurred me to Chowhound action. I will check out the Kebab place that replaced Fiza and the new Jackson Diner down the block from Mumbai Xpress.

North Shore restaurant options? (Waterfront would be ideal)

Yeah Vivaldi is ok at best. In its first incarnation as a restaurant it was good but with each new owner it has gotten worse. Once they became a catering hall, all bets were off.

Yes the best view would be from the Academy so a picnic lunch would be the perfect choice, right? In fact, just north of there, about a mile is a park that formerly was an estate on the water. My son and I occasionally fish from there and nothing beats lunch on the beach/lawn.

Mother's day brunch in Great Neck, LI area

Southern Spice. My all around favorite. Sri is a great host and the food is just outstanding.

Kerala Kitchen. When I want something different and spicy I hit the weekend buffet.

Mumbai Express. Excellent vegetarian chaats. People love the "grilled cheese" sandwich. I don't but you might.

Hot Breads. A bakery opposite Southern Spice. I do the Indian stuffed bread. Tandoori chicken and curry chicken stuffed into a bun, phyllo or what they call croissant. Just don't let them nuke it, take it home and warm it up.

Usha Foods, but just for the chaat.

Fiza. For many years it was a regular spot for me. They have closed and moved east over by Herricks. I have not been to the new location but odds are it is very good. Eventually I will get there.


Erica, haven't you been to most of these places? I only ask because I don't have anything new.

North Shore restaurant options? (Waterfront would be ideal)

Yup, nothing waterside in Great Neck. A few in Port,in addition to Louie's there is Diwan for solid Indian and a perfect view from upstairs. Riverfish On The Bay is the most recent incarnation of a spot on the water that seems to change every year or so. technically Manorhaven, really just Northern Port. Good food on par with Louie's. Lastly, La Parma down the road from Louie's is average family style Italian, part of a mini chain.

http://www.riverfishny.com/menus/

Late night options in South Jamaica/South Ozone Park?

What happened?

Apr 28, 2015
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

Soft shell crab season!

Well, us old timers have to keep trying. Where to eat this is the next question. If it is Saigon then GNYNT,Columbus Park? If it is GNYNT then Saigon, perhaps the "park" at Spring and Mulberry?

Apr 27, 2015
stuartlafonda in Manhattan

Soft shell crab season!

Last Tuesday along with a friend we did soft shell crab banh mi. We picked up vegetarian banh mi from Saigon on Grand and then soft shells from Great New York Nooodletown. We put them together and it was fantastic. The soft shell crabs were excellent. Fried just right, and meaty.

Apr 25, 2015
stuartlafonda in Manhattan

Mother's day brunch in Great Neck, LI area

Huh? You have been eating at Ethos for twenty years? And don't recommend it? Ok,I'll bite. Why eat somewhere you don't like for twenty years?

By the way Ethos has not been around in Great Neck for twenty years. Close but not accurate.

Grilled fish and salad are good,and now that you remind me,so is the service. Other then those items I don't recommend the place.

Mother's day brunch in Great Neck, LI area

I pass that place regularly on my way to the Indian spots on Hillside, thanks for the heads up.

Also, based on that suggestion, what comes to mind is the Greek spot in Great Neck, Ethos. It does similar simple cuisine. Solid grilled fish and salads but most everything else is desultory. I would not want Gastronomous to eat there, he would be very upset.

Mother's day brunch in Great Neck, LI area

Sure, Limani is excellent and fits your needs well. If you can't get into Limani, don't rule out Hendrick's Tavern as the menu is wide ranging and delicious and the small plates are good for the young 'hounds.
Lola small plates are actually larger then one would think.

And if you go and believe the food is sweet, let
me know!

Mother's day brunch in Great Neck, LI area

Would those reviews be on Yelp? If so, I think like most yelp reviews they are unreliable, imho. Yelp provides great information on location, hours and phone numbers. Beyond that..............

It is not too sweet. Never heard it is too sweet. Sorry that's just dumb.

There are a couple of kosher restaurants in Great Neck but I can afford no guidance in that area. Check the Chowhound Kosher Board,not Yelp :)

Mother's day brunch in Great Neck, LI area

The only real brunch spot in Great Neck,and it is excellent, is Lola. Check the menu though as I don't know that the MIL will find what she wants.

As far as nearby, look at Limani, Toku and Hendrick's Tavern. Dim Sum on Northern blvd in Little Neck?

Yes, Café Rustica closed.