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Favorite Xiao Long Bao ( soup dumplings) in Queens?

Been to Kung Fu twice in the last three weeks and it was excellent. Wrapper is indeed among the thinnest. Had the pork and crab. Enjoyed it a little more then Shanghai Asian Manor at 21 Mott which I believe is a sister spot to the Shanghai 33 discussed above. Both are excellent. My son also loved the scallion pancake and beef at Kung Fu.

Apr 11, 2014
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

Best Fries On LI?

Bumping an old thread...........

Fellow 'hound Erica Marcus reports Shake Shack has changed over to fresh cut fries

http://long-island.newsday.com/restau...

I had them last Saturday and was a little less satisfied then Erica. They were to short and skinny, though very tasty and still much better then all the frozen stuff out there that makes up 99% of the market.

For "fast food style" I still go All American one and Five Guys when done right, number two, followed by Shake Shack. The Shack is still my favorite "fast food style" burger so the improvement just adds to my pleasure. By the way, the lines even at peak hours is not terrible and moves fast.Last Saturday at 5, I waited a total of twenty minutes from in the door to food in my hands.

Apr 08, 2014
stuartlafonda in New York State (exc. NYC)
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Looking for a "dipped" roast beef sandwich

Great sandwich indeed. If I remember correctly didn't it have some type of mushroom crust or dusting?

Mar 13, 2014
stuartlafonda in New York State (exc. NYC)

Does Peter Luger take walk-ins?

They also take a debit card and there are ATM's nearby.

Mar 13, 2014
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

Miami/SoBe: any don't-miss NOT fine dining but great food?

tpigeon as "she" is like Jim Leff being called Jeff. Not sure why but it happens more then it should. Last month I stayed on the beach and I sent my 16 year old and her friend to sit at the News Café and have a non adult beverage, but explained what she would see. I also told her and a friend to walk all around. Espanola, Lincoln, south of Fifth and we met for lunch poolside at the Raleigh. I will say this, yes tpigeon is irreplaceable on this board, as Veggo is on the Mexico board. Hats off to tpigeon and Veggo for a ton of great advise I have received from you both.

Feb 28, 2014
stuartlafonda in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Lunch in Long Island $12 Limit

Soul Food on Long Island? Please share. I got Manhattan covered but I would love something more local so Nassau would be great.

Feb 28, 2014
stuartlafonda in New York State (exc. NYC)
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Lunch in Long Island $12 Limit

Hey, how did I get involved in this :) Yes I do really like LL Dent and don't know a better soul food restaurant on the Island. Never been to Zim and yes, A.A. is an all time favorite that certainly fits the original post. I find A.A. is a place people either love or don't get and see it as just another fast food hamburger joint.
As for Sabrosa, looks interesting. Not far from my long time favorite Dominican spot on the corner of Uniondale and Front, Dominican Diner. If you have been to both, how do they compare? I love mofongo, have you had it at Sabroso?

Feb 28, 2014
stuartlafonda in New York State (exc. NYC)

All American Drive-In of Massapequa

Fire? any serious damage?

Feb 24, 2014
stuartlafonda in New York State (exc. NYC)

New restaurant in Boca raton

Where are all the other reviews, Yelp? I go with Chowhound over Yelp, other then for an address. Might want to keep checking back here before you make a decision.

Feb 24, 2014
stuartlafonda in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Best Bunch Places in Miami

I know you are only kidding, sort of, but please accept my apologies on behalf of my fellow New Yorkers that have insulted local cuisine. We do not all feel that way, I personally have eaten a ton of great food over the years and am never at a loss for excellent meals.This is from a native New Yorker with over 100 years of family history "in the city" as we say.
Oh by the way, I love Michael's Genuine and every trip I make to South Florida that includes a Sunday I am out on the patio. I often get a second dessert to take back for later that day. My kids think all Pop Tarts should taste like the ones I bring them from Michael's. Shrimp and grits, kimchi benedict, wood oven double yolk ( when not over cooked) duck confit hash and breakfast pizza. Probably all the desserts,interesting juice selection and perfect Panther coffee....

Feb 17, 2014
stuartlafonda in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

best Indian long island

1. Southern Spice. No atmosphere, clean and food keeps getting better. Discovered a new favorite, chicken, hot green peepers and cut up parotha, unknown to me spice combination, stir fried. The tandoori quail special was also impressive. They do an excellent crab cake, nothing very South Asian seemingly, with mint chutney.
2. New Chile and Curry.Also excellent and the hottest tikka masala I have ever had.
3.Mumbai Express. Incredible choice of delicious chaat and other vegetarian dishes. Very small but clean.
Special Mention to Kerala Kitchen. Had the buffet again this weekend. So different then anything South Asian you usually see, and mostly very tasty, especially the mutton curry.

Feb 17, 2014
stuartlafonda in New York State (exc. NYC)

Hand Sliced Nova/Really Good Jewish Appetizing

Completely understandable. I would go right to Josh's then because while you won't pay to ship, everyone else does and just passes the cost on to you. That and the fact that only a culinary fool does not heed the wise advise of Frodnesor.... I had some wild Pacific from The Smokehouse today by way of Fairway and it was, as always, excellent.

Feb 12, 2014
stuartlafonda in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Hand Sliced Nova/Really Good Jewish Appetizing

I'm one of those people that asks to see the packaging of the smoked fish when it is sitting in the case and I can't read the label. Among the other usual mail order suspects is a place called The Smokehouse, the link is below. I mention them because they supply Fairway, another reliable provider of this stuff. Now if you can just find Ben's Cream Cheese...........

http://www.thesmokehouseny.com/Defaul...

Feb 11, 2014
stuartlafonda in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Best pizza in Little Italy?

Just trying to clear up some possible confusion. Sugartoof thought the mystery place made its own and I was clearing up the fact that if it is the place Pravit mentioned, and I was at, they don't make their own. I agree with you, a lot more goes into the making of a great pie. If that was the answer every joint within a few blocks of Alleva and DiPalo would make great pizza, and by the very existence of this thread we know that is not the situation.
I love Grandaisy (the one in Tribeca) but not the potato pie. Just doesn't do it for me, but I can see how it would for many.

Feb 10, 2014
stuartlafonda in Manhattan

Thin crust pizza in NW Nassau County?

Closed. It has been there at least 15 years. I don't know how they survived that long in such a bad spot. No foot traffic, tough parking and an out of the way location. Good, unique pizza that will be missed.

Feb 08, 2014
stuartlafonda in New York State (exc. NYC)

Best pizza in Little Italy?

Yeah that place was mentioned here on Chowhound last year, I think. It is just the upstairs of the restaurant on the ground floor. Took the elevator from the hallway only to walk down the staircase in the corner of the restaurant. No way they make their own mozzarella. Not bad, but I never went back and I think it is out of business now. I'll check and report next week.

Feb 07, 2014
stuartlafonda in Manhattan

Hand Sliced Nova/Really Good Jewish Appetizing

Been to both more times then I can count and they are both good for appetizing. I do Famous when it's for home and WBB when I am eating there. WBB also has a better selection. I do not like the bagels though at WBB. To much like a roll and not a bagel. Bagel Tree next to Famous is better then WBB or the bagged stuff they sell at the Famous counter. Famous also sells plastic containers of "lox ends" that I use for cooking lox, eggs and onions. For that dish the good stuff is a waste.
If I was mail ordering this stuff, I would go Russ and Daughters over Barney Greengrass.

Feb 07, 2014
stuartlafonda in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Best pizza in Little Italy?

Well, what's a pizza post on Chowhound without a disagreement? Don't say silly, because that is generally defined as: foolish, stupid, unintelligent, idiotic, brainless, mindless, witless. All that matters is taste, and I very much enjoy the taste. Is it a different style, sure.As is the giant puffy crust and paper thin middle of a Motorino/Naples style pie.
I know of no such secret pizza spot,probably just another urban myth. The two places in the area that make their own fresh mozzarella, Alleva and DiPalo do not make pizza. If anyone knows the secret, please share.

Feb 07, 2014
stuartlafonda in Manhattan

Best pizza in Little Italy?

I don't tell people that Rubirosa is Nolita. I tell them it is Little Italy. Then I tell them about Gotti and the Ravenite Social club further up the block and they are satisfied it is Little Italy. And they love the pizza as well as the rest of the menu.

Feb 06, 2014
stuartlafonda in Manhattan
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Best pizza in Little Italy?

Rubirosa 235 Mulberry street.

Feb 06, 2014
stuartlafonda in Manhattan

MD Kitchen

Go to the Difara Facebook page and all will be revealed to you.

Feb 05, 2014
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

MD Kitchen

Have you seen this?

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/903486

I have not been back to MD kitchen. Also, for what its worth regarding my opinion,I am staunchly in the "DiFara is among the best pizza in the world" camp. I go twice a year to the private pizza parties and it is heaven. All that is good about the place, the pizza, Dom and Maggie. None of the bad, crowds and mess.

Feb 05, 2014
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

Worst Dishes in 2014

Cheese ice cream at Murray's Cheese Bar. Lumpy, granular and chalklike. Not sweet enough. Saturday it was peanut butter flavor so there were pockets of cold hard peanut butter.

Feb 04, 2014
stuartlafonda in Manhattan

Best chicken francese in manhattan?

Right in the middle under sandwiches, but you can get it on a roll, hero or as a platter. Sometimes I get the baked clams and pour the garlic butter on it when I get it as a sandwich. The one time I had it at Rubirosa it was lacking, seemed to have been poached, and not much butter or lemon flavor.

Feb 03, 2014
stuartlafonda in Manhattan

Best chicken francese in manhattan?

My favorite is Parm at 248 Mulberry street.

Feb 02, 2014
stuartlafonda in Manhattan
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Long forgotten restaurants in Flushing, Queens

I go to Amore when passing by and still enjoy it as an excellent slice joint. I do not remember Gloria's though I probably passed it, and Gertz on my way to..............

The Holly Inn on Holly and Kissena. Great old Italian tavern restaurant. Long and rectangular, split in half with a bar on one side and restaurant on the other. Seats along the wall divider or the other side with the windows. Excellent pizza and sandwiches with pitchers of beer. Was a bodega now a Shabu Shabu restaurant. The place where I learned to love the "parmesan" hero, toasted bread.

Jan 27, 2014
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

Balthazar: worth the price?

I had breakfast there this morning and as always loved it. Yeah expensive, but everything was excellent and I go when they open, and it is quiet, a little classical music playing in the backround. I get a four top, spread out the paper with a bowl of coffee, then some eggs and home fries(a good size portion with sautéed onions) some bacon and wheat toast, plenty of butter. They leave me alone and after about an hour and the place is packed I leave. Many other excellentmenu choices. Nothing unique but for me it is in the right place and often enough, at the right time. Expensive but good quality ingredients, well executed in a perfect setting. Ya gotta pay for your pleasure.

Jan 24, 2014
stuartlafonda in Manhattan

Update on Peter Luger Meal - Big Disappointment

I am a Peter Luger semi regular, a couple of times a year for forever. I have always loved the place and still do. As for the dress code and appropriateness I will say this. In Brooklyn I am usually in a suit, having come from work, or in business casual. When dressed in such manner I have been seated in every single area in the restaurant, not sure if there is a "poorly dressed person" area. In Great Neck, I am always in jeans, in fact it is yet another one of the things I love about them. Sunday night, relaxed and comfortable with the family for a great steak meal. In jeans,casual shirt, and sneakers. Never had a problem, not sure where Siberia is at that location but there is nowhere I would be unhappy sitting. Never ever treated differently by my dress.

Jan 17, 2014
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs
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Thin crust pizza in NW Nassau County?

Eddie's is definitely unique, my wife who grew up eating there calls it matzo pizza. Some people really hate it though. I love the setting, old tavern style. Bar on one side dining room on the other. Pizza and salad with meat and cheese, don't think I have ever gotten anything else. They have no desert so we head a mile east to Hildebrandt's when we are in the mood.

Jan 16, 2014
stuartlafonda in New York State (exc. NYC)

What to Order at Bazaar?

In my two visits I sat in the White room under the giant shell fixture, it was calm and enjoyable. Some of the dishes I enjoyed were:
Colada Cubana, Gazpacho with lobster, Japanese Taco, Conch Fritters, Butifarra Flauta, Pa Amb Tomaquet (with manchego) Black Rossejat, Smoked Oysters, the shrimp and scallop dish and a very lemony greens dish. There is just so much to try, and I enjoyed every dish. Check out the "guide" to the menu on Frodnesor's blog. I actually saw another customer holding a print out of it as I checked with it on my phone.

Jan 15, 2014
stuartlafonda in Miami - Fort Lauderdale