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METS/LaGuardia

Yeah, in this situation, if I wanted a burger, I'd do Shake Shack at Citifield before setting foot in Jackson Hole for one. Not to pile on Phreddy but Buccaneer sucks. I have driven by that place a million times in my life, have eaten there a few times under duress and not been happy about it.

I'm confused where the hotel is but if its the one overlooking the Grand Central and LaGuardia, I'd head straight down Junction Blvd for either Rincon Criolla Cuban food or further down to Esquina Criolla or El Gauchito for Argentine food. With dessert at Rio de la Plata bakery. Or as previously suggested, down to Parkside for old school Italian and Lemon Ice King while watching the bocce
players.
If its the hotel in Astoria, then yeah, walk and see what you like.

Aug 26, 2015
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

Casual in Port Chester (Westchester County)?

Just asking, not fighting why do you dislike Tarry Lodge?

Casual in Port Chester (Westchester County)?

Really? Every pasta under $20, and more then enough for one. With quality ingredients. All salads $11 to 14 and the one I had with chopped salumi, the two of us could not finish. We took home pizza as well because we had to have the dessert sundae

Casual in Port Chester (Westchester County)?

I saw Hot Tuna at the Capitol two weeks ago and ate at Tarry Lodge. Tarry was excellent, the Tuna was great. We were there at 6 and it was casual. Families with kids, most eating pasta, pizza and salad.

Saratoga Springs, June 26-28

Nice report. Yup, Hattie's and Mrs London's are two places I have never had anything but delicious food.

Saratoga Springs, June 26-28

Yup. I ate at Hattie's on Sunday for brunch and ordered the fried chicken to go consuming it on The Lawn. Brought back from Mrs London's on Monday morning and ate at the Gideon Putnam,though I did sneak a few bites in the car on the way back. All other meals were consumed at the Jazz Festival.

New Thai in Great Neck !!!

By the way, still BYOB. Still very good. Still hard to park. I use the lot across the street without incident.

Saratoga Springs, June 26-28

Still Mazzone. The music was great, the food not so much. Here is the run down, the good, the bad and the ugly. And more.

The good.
1. Lobster mac and cheese was not too creamy, my preference, and with more then enough lobster that the $16 price did not seem outrageous. The toasted bread crumbs on top were a nice touch.
2. Shrimp Jambalaya. Tasty, did not notice any shrimp but the chicken and sausage were good. Nice heat and the rice broth was delicious.

The bad.
1. Rib dinner. Ribs are not bbq despite the description, they are grilled. They were bad. Dry, salty, and barely room temperature. No smoke ring, no whiff of smoke. Beans right out of the Heinz can.

2. Pizza. Terrible. Super soft crust, loaded with cheap cheese and some dried out meat on top. I don't care if you bring in a wood burning oven if you can't crank the temperature up enough to get a good crust. Oh, and as expected,forget the wood burning oven as it tasted like it was cooked in a toaster oven. "They" say there is no such thing as bad pizza. "They" are wrong.

3. Tomato mozzarella salad. Bland tasteless mozzarella on top of overdressed greens and waxy tomatoes. I think there was some tasteless mushrooms as well.

The ugly.
1. Pigwich sandwich. Two paper thin yet hard as a rock pieces of pork,cold hard cheese and a ton of mayo on a too thick and too old roll.

The and....
All was not lost gastronomically this weekend though as Hattie's brunch was fantastic. My eggs benedict crabcake dish was stellar. My daughter loved her chicken and waffles and the egg dishes were as they should be, delicious. Fried chicken for lunch was also excellent. Drinks were solid as was the friendly service. The reservation was a must as by 10:30 they were full and taking names.

Finally, Mrs. London's was the Monday morning breakfast as I went out and brought back to the Gideon Putnam a box of pastries and savory items. Croque monsieur, and a quiche with smoked salmon were perfect. Pecan ring,cheese danish, cinnamon meltaway,chocolate croissant, Alsatian croissant, and apple tart were all delicious as well.

I love Jazz weekend and this was another fine event.

Saratoga Springs, June 26-28

FDR. Good to hear from you again. I remember you from when you reported from down state. Lots of good advise. The q is always bad,actually it is grilled meat. The pizza is worse, like cardboard with sauce. I do enjoy the Jambalaya served by the "rice guys". Off the top of my head I don't remember much more that was good. If you got something I will check it out. I will report after this year's event.

Saratoga Springs, June 26-28

" It sounds like we won't be able to bring our own food into the Jazz Festival." Most people bring their own food and drink. You would not believe the size and number of coolers I have seen people carrying in. Wagons, piled ten feet high. We bring coolers with adult beverages. and snacks.

Iki Restaurant - Flushing

I arrived Tuesday night at 6 pm,without a reservation and was seated at a big round table by the window. Only one other table was occupied at that point but when we left at 7:30 the bar was full as were all tables straight to the back by the window side. The rest of the place was empty.
My daughter and I enjoyed our meal. A head waiter type took our order,in English, with great difficulty but he was trying very hard and got it all right. They no longer had the uni,scallop dish so we got the scallop, foi and a side of uni. Great combination as we love all three. Scallop seared exactly right, as was the foi. The chopped toro and caviar dish did not have the avocado puree we had read about, and that my daughter loves, and was pretty small, but delicious.Just the right salty pop. Next was our "surf and turf" course. The perfectly fried and tasty soft shell crab with a little salad on the side and the A5 Wagyu,exactly as described by Pookipichu. While we loved it, a little more sear would have elevated it. It really did seem to just melt. My daughter eating it for the first time and a Peter Luger fan said it was unlike any meat she had ever tasted. Another head waiter type stood nearby making sure we didn't overcook it and I appreciated his interest in making sure we enjoyed the meal. We finished with some sushi and two things odd to me,happened. First,I asked the waiter if there was anything special that night, not on the sushi menu and he gruffly said no,everything is on the menu. I know there was a special cooked fish that night,but isn't there always something not on the menu when the menu only lists about ten sushi items? Second,the menu listed the fish and the price,indicating it was two pieces. The waiter said that was the price for two pieces of sashimi or one piece of sushi. Is that common?
I had no real knowledge or much experience with the cuisine before a trip two years ago to Asia,including Japan. Now I am slowly discovering and enjoying the cuisine but I have a lot to learn. This restaurant gives me some things I am familiar with and some things I am not. Everything was delicious.

Jun 24, 2015
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

Saratoga Springs, June 26-28

I have been going to Jazz Weekend for close to 25 years, almost every year. I stay at the Gideon Putnam, and the food there is nothing to write home about. Drinks on the front porch are about it. I always eat at Hatties and on Jazz Weekend they take brunch reservations so you will see me with my family in the front room at 10:00 am on Sunday. I will get the fried chicken to go, for lunch at SPAC as the food there is mediocre at best and way overpriced. Sadly the choice is the food there or leave and miss the music. One of the rice bowls or a bbq sandwich is usually the option I choose. Saturday morning I get breakfast pastries at Mrs London's. For many years when I arrived on Friday night I ate at PJ's bbq but it is under new management and I have not been there since the change,I wonder if it is any good.

Having breakfast on Long Island

I was at both Salt Air Café and Jo Jo Apples this weekend. In terms of taste and food quality,no comparison. Salt Air Café, hands down winner.
I also ate at Salt Air Cafe two weeks ago and as the menu is so short on choices,I have now had most of it. Sorta like a breakfast highlights of a menu. The bacon egg and cheese sandwich was excellent. Brioche bun(buttered),well done but not burned bacon(at JJA the waitress apologized and offered to take the burned bacon back as she put it down on the table) mild (too mild for me) cheddar and perfectly cooked egg(just barely runny). My son had the Beach Bum consisting of two runny eggs(he likes them that way)very well done home fries(our preference as well),cornflake crusted French Toast(needed more time to soak up the wash)plastic container of oj and solid fresh brewed coffee(East Coast Roasters?). Wife had a perfectly cooked and tasty vegetable frittata. A nice house baked muffin was devoured somewhere in the middle of all this. For those that care about such things the menu was littered with organic this and non gmo that. What I cared about more was that I was supporting a small family owned business,trying hard to provide good healthy food.

JoJo Apples has become almost like a suburban Greek diner in that the menu is about ten pages and spans breakfast, brunch and lunch. I think dinner as well. The food is just not good quality. By example,the burned bacon was cheap stuff anyway,and a banana nut muffin so chemical tasting we sent it back and the waitress acknowledged it was from a food distributor not even a local bakery. Oh, and the coffee stinks. No restaurant can have so many choices and the food be fresh.

Organic Salads [Port Washington, L. I.]

Hey Shoelace, hope all is going well for your friend. You ever get to bee organic? My daughter had a smoothie from there yesterday and really enjoyed it.

pizza crawl

Yeah the pizza at L and B was not my style, and though I enjoyed the spumoni the scene on the patio was right out of Saturday Night Fever and very entertaining. This was just two years ago.

Jun 16, 2015
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

Organic Salads [Port Washington, L. I.]

I once got bad shrimp from the fish counter but other then that have not had any problems.

Conti's in Little Neck

Yeah, I didn't get here 'till 2002 and through all the changes I can't break away. It is still a valuable resource, with reliable 'hounds, as proven by this thread.

Jun 10, 2015
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

Conti's in Little Neck

It does. A $16 veal parm,and good pasta and fish in a pleasant outdoor space,and local. I'm there.
Thanks Robotron, ZenFoodist and JK.
Discovering good food, supporting a local family run restaurant, and one previously unknown to you in your area is what Chowhound was like in the old days. Happily it still is at times.

Jun 10, 2015
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs
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Conti's in Little Neck

Hey John, glad you enjoyed. I am a veal parm guy as well. Can you tell me about the backyard? I love to eat outside on a nice evening.

Jun 10, 2015
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

Conti's in Little Neck

I don't get Il Bacco. I have been there a number of times,always at the request of others,and never find it anything other then average. On weekends it is deafening. What do you enjoy there?

Jun 10, 2015
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

Iki Restaurant - Flushing

How much was your 6/8 + meal? It sounds awesome.

Jun 10, 2015
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

Organic Salads [Port Washington, L. I.]

Guys, how about the prepared food section at Whole Foods on Northern at the corner of Port Washington blvd. Since they sell organics, I would trust them. They are also ten minutes away from anywhere in Port Washington.

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

Oy, don't get me started on them. Granted it was one dish, one meal and you don't fully judge a restaurant based on that one visit, but it was enough to keep me away in the future. I ordered a bacon egg and cheese sandwich. Bacon was so overcooked it crumbled to dust,insufficient cheese to have an effect but the whole wheat bread was good. Passed on the bun because it looked to thick for my taste on a BEC. Worst of all and totally inexcusable was the undercooked egg WHITE. The Egg Shop can't properly cook an egg? It was not busy, not that would be an acceptable excuse. Oh, with a six ounce glass of fresh squeezed oj, coffee, tax and tip I got change back from my twenty.

Jun 08, 2015
stuartlafonda in Manhattan

Conti's in Little Neck

Interesting. Never heard of it. We usually did Conti's (last time two months ago) or Il Toscano down next to the train station in Douglaston
when we want good Italian food,locally.

Jun 06, 2015
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

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

Not for everyone is an understatement. One of my Banh Mi group claims a few years ago after eating a particularly pungent one from the Saigon shop when it was in the back of a jewelry store that cats followed him around for a week.
Enjoy

Jun 05, 2015
stuartlafonda in Manhattan

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

Yes, You are correct sir.

Jun 03, 2015
stuartlafonda in Manhattan

What's good at Kung Fu besides the XLB

Scallion pancake with beef,indeed. As I pointed out below. Such a simple common dish,and this board's fabulous contributors are so knowledgeable about obscure dishes it is easy to miss.

Jun 02, 2015
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

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

I actually went back with my group about two days later to "settle" this. Five people who care about these things more than they should, or as much as a "hound does were the focus group.
There was a clear consensus among us. JungMan is 100% correct that the bread is superior. But also 100% agreement among us that the sandwich contents were better at Saigon. The #1 spicy at Saigon has that crumbled pork like the inside of an egg roll but soo much better. At Paris, I have to say, it looked like dog food. We also agreed the vegetables at Saigon are more "pickled" and tastier. The bbq pork was not very tasty.

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