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Casual Family (and baby) friendly places near Botanical Gardens

If I were you I would follow this thread with includes suggestions from two reliable 'hounds..........

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/998785

Dec 18, 2014
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

Casual Family (and baby) friendly places near Botanical Gardens

The Train Exhibit is wonderful. My family has gone a few times and each time we go, as well as after our zoo excursions, we head over to Arthur ave for a meal. A search of the site will reveal plenty of suggestions for specific restaurants. Zero Otto Nove is on Arthur ave and has been a good choice for my family.

Dec 18, 2014
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

New Thai in Great Neck !!!

The owners are very nice people as well. I called Monday for takeout and was told that while they would do take out for me they were having a Grand Opening and was invited to come over for free food. I did, and enjoyed some good noodles,apps and conversation with the husband, wife and chef.
The last all Thai restaurant in Great Neck was the one next to the movie theatre and it was very good. And always empty. And soon out of business. All while the numerous other Asian restaurants hum along making money and serving mediocre food. I will go regularly and pass on the good news and hope for the best for them.

New Thai in Great Neck !!!

Yes,looks very promising.I was there last Friday and had an excellent meal. They are trying to be an authentic joint no fusion or other Asian cuisines. Green curry, and pad kee mao were perfect, and hot. Crispy fish was delicious but oddly prepared. They cut the meat into chunks, fried them and arranged them back on to the fish. Then laid the whole thing on top of a mango,not papaya salad. Again, delicious, but different. The curry puffs were good but the pork ribs were boring and flabby. I talked with the female owner who told me she was Thai but not a chef so she partnered with a female chef from AM Thai in Brooklyn. I will continue to eat Thai in Elmhurst but I think this will be an excellent alternative and a legitimate rival to Sripraphai for area 'hounds.

Poutine on Long Island

Check with Lola in Great Neck. Last winter it was a regular item on the menu. It was delicious. It will probably be a special this winter.

Chowhound lunch at Zabb Elee in Queens

I enjoy Kabab King and Tawa, have you tried Kababish, the little spot around the corner from Tawa? Love the super hot gola kabab. A simple chicken tika wrapped in a fresh hot naan is another favorite of mine from Kababish.

Nov 18, 2014
stuartlafonda in Manhattan

Other Good Pizza In New Haven

Will, what about the pie was "kind of like Jersey pizza", the hair?

Cracker Barrel on Long Island

Is Biscuits and Barbeque the Cajun diner? If so, how was the fried steak? I really like the food there. Or, is it Mara's? Another excellent place that just opened a second branch on Merrick right at the exit off the Wantagh.

Who makes the best CROQUE MONSIEUR?

Really? I don't remember that. I came on board in 'O2.I was a Manhattan and Queens hound and don't remember the split of the City. My apologies!

Oct 31, 2014
stuartlafonda in Manhattan

Who makes the best CROQUE MONSIEUR?

Uh no, there was always a stand alone Manhattan Board. This would have gone on the "Best" board, I can't even remember the official name, that covered the entire region :)

On the subject at hand, Dominique Ansell has a nice one as does Cannelle in Queens.

Oct 31, 2014
stuartlafonda in Manhattan

Indian in/near Kew Gardens

...........and there is yet another incarnation of the Jackson Diner on Hillside ave just west of K.K.
Enjoy

Oct 29, 2014
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

bagel recs

For the record:I was at Utopia Bagels last week when Anthony the owner, he says 30 years, and some-time baker was present. I asked him about the Boca connection and he said it is his ex partner and when they split 18 years ago they agreed he could use the name.

Oct 28, 2014
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

Indian in/near Kew Gardens

uh oh, what pressure! Was Five Star the place on Jericho Turnpike that had a "crepe station" at brunch?

Oct 24, 2014
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

Indian in/near Kew Gardens

I have not noticed any change.I am not nearly familiar enough with Keralan cuisine to vouch for its authenticity,and would probably not be able to notice subtle changes. I know this though. It still is a tasty meal.If you find yourself nearby, check it out again. The food,at least most of the dishes, are still delicious and so different from what is usually offered in restaurants I would encourage people to try it.

Oct 23, 2014
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

Is Russ & Daughters Cafe everything l hoped it would be? Yes.

I love the place, as I love the old spot on Houston. That being said, they are not perfect. On my last visit I went with cooked items as I regularly bring home and enjoy the smoked fish and refrigerated items. The eggs benedict were good but the smoked salmon was overwhelmed by the spinach and Hollandaise,the great quality of the salmon was wasted. The whitefish chowder has to be reworked. It was a standard white chowder base with no discernible whitefish flavor. Buried like a needle in a haystack of potatoes were a few slivers of smoked whitefish. Finally, the babka French Toast. Great babka,I buy it at the store by the loaf but here it gains nothing but sogginess from the egg wash. I will stick with a bagel,shmear and lox. and herring plate. and sturgeon. Platters of fish are the way to go, a great way to go.

Oct 22, 2014
stuartlafonda in Manhattan

Indian in/near Kew Gardens

I don't know Jamaica for Indian cuisine but as for the Hillside ave/Nassau Queens border,I am there often and recommend:
Mumbai Express (chaat)
Usha Foods (veg and chaat)
Kerala Kitchen (weekend buffet if unfamiliar with the cuisine)
Southern Spice(anything on the menu)
Hot Bread(buns with Indian fillings)

Oct 22, 2014
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

Indian in/near Kew Gardens

The Indian restaurant around the corner from the Kew Movie Theatre is not very good,though obviously,convenient pre show. I have been to Tandoori Hut down Lefferts by Atlantic ave about a mile. It was excellent, though I have not been there in quite awhile. There are a many Indian restaurants within a few blocks of the corner, maybe other hounds are familiar with them. Tandoori Hut was one of my go to spots when returning from JFK on the V.W. They even got a nice review from Frank Bruni of the Times a million years ago. It has probably changed hands, certainly cooks, I wonder how it is these days.

http://www.tandoorihutrichmondhill.com/

Oct 22, 2014
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

Wok fried broad noodles

1. Pad Kee Mao at Ayada is a favorite Thai noodle dish, and favorite OB noodle dish.

2. GNYNTown Singapore chow fun. In fact I discovered it here on Chowhound and it is still the same delicious dish.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/660602

Oct 20, 2014
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

New York Times reports on Detroit restaurants and the burgeoning restaurant scene

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/12/tra...

I wish I had done La Feria instead of Byblos for lunch, but can't wait to read the local 'hound view of these restaurants.

Oct 15, 2014
stuartlafonda in Great Lakes

"Shake Shack Eyes New Hyde Park" (LI)

Wow,I may not be unbiased as I have loved Shake Shack forever but your experience has not been mine. My burgers are always cooked to the right temperature,less then well done. And delicious. I agree the "new" fries, soon to be the old fries,are sometimes limp but they are fresh cut and fried and I still enjoy them. I found Bobby Flay's place to be a decent burger, but all about the toppings,and the burger itself not as tasty.

Wither Hattie's? (Saratoga Springs)

My experience is once a year for almost twenty years while attending the Saratoga Jazz Festival. I always love the food. Fried chicken excellent, and last time I had a wonderful Jambalaya.

Trip Report - Cleveland: 24 hours and two dinners (long)

On our way to Ann Arbor this child of the 70's and Deadhead was not going to pass on the opportunity to see the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, awesome. I also had to eat so ...........

Sunday night driving in from New York and just about everything in Cleveland is either closed or has a kitchen closing at 9. I cancel my 8:30 at Lolita from the road and realize that the Aloft has an Italian restaurant with a kitchen that closes at 10. It was a beautiful night so we sat outside and enjoyed the little train going by every few minutes and sort'a water view. Welcome to the Midwest,land of huge portions. Started with the arancini, three huge balls.Tasty,perfectly fried. The burrata was another huge delicious piece with two rows of tomatoes slathered with basil pesto. Tomatoes tasted like summer tomatoes should so it was all good. Next up was Lasagna, meaty, gooey goodness and a nice shrimp fettuccini,clean and simple. Skipped dessert and with a couple of micro brews it was a nice delicious relaxing meal.

After a long day at the RRHOF, with lunch at the cafeteria that stunk but an outdoor seating area that was lovely with a view of the lake, we went to Lola for dinner.

Sat outside on another stunning evening, yes I am obsessed with eating outdoors. Excellent meal. Well worth the hype. Started slow with a Bellini that was terrible, bartender poured in a liqueur not peach puree. Wines by the glass were good. The first appetizer, bone marrow was odd and just not the right prep for me though my young son who loves anything fried buried virtually the entire dish. It was pieces of marrow breaded and fried. To me it could have been anything breaded and fried, I didn't really taste the marrow. I believe it is supposed to be crispy outside with a molten interior but it didn't happen that night. It is served with a boatload of condiments that to me just continued to mask the marrow taste. However, the beef cheek pierogi was one of the best things I have eaten this year. Long simmered,then shredded, inside a just the right thickness skin, dragged through the horseradish crème fresh. Perfect. Our other appetizer was a nice mixed green salad. Entrees were solid. Duck with a delicious rye spaetzel, cabbage, caraway and currants. I had to try the local fish, sturgeon, having only had it smoked, on a bagel or in scrambled eggs. It was very mild in flavor and greatly benefited from the bacon wrap. Scallops and lamb were delicious and the proteins rose to excellence with the accompaniments and sauces. Finished with the delicious 6 a.m. special, a Lola S'more, and an underwhelming,too subtle for me, peach dish.

A good friend just moved to Cleveland so I anticipate more visits to my friend, restaurants, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Sep 23, 2014
stuartlafonda in Great Lakes

bagel recs

Probably should be on the Florida board or General Topics, but............
how are the bagels, how similar to the original? If they are indeed similar does that destroy the old idea that its the water that makes the difference?

Sep 22, 2014
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

bagel recs

Utopia Bagels
1909 Utopia Pkwy
Whitestone, NY 11357

Sep 19, 2014
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs
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"Shake Shack Eyes New Hyde Park" (LI)

At least that is the headline on the front page of the local (Anton News)newspaper, New Hyde Park Illustrated News, citing Shack reps. Says they are looking for a fall 2015 opening in the recently departed and sorely missed Deli King spot in the Lake Success Shopping Center.

Sunday Brunch on Long Island?

You would love Lola in Great Neck. Delicious, somewhat adventurous cuisine with the highest quality ingredients.

http://www.restaurantlola.com/lola/br...

Black Seed Bagels

Uh, a term used by legions of born and raised New Yorkers to refer to a newspaper. Particularly one of the tabloids. I have to say for 'hounds having difficulty getting a hot bagel, ask. I find the young girl taking orders to be a bit of a throwback in that she usually turns and hollers at the baker in front of the oven about what is coming out next or what was last pulled from the oven. Be a pushy New Yorker and ask for exactly what you want.

Sep 16, 2014
stuartlafonda in Manhattan

Black Seed Bagels

I go there about once every two weeks though more often lately and I really like the bagels. My criteria is small, well done and crusty exterior still warm from the oven. I get all that there as I always asked the girl taking the order what is coming out next, or what was last pulled out. As for price, with a simple cream cheese spread and coffee it cost $5.75, not that far out of line. Once I add the cream cheese, I do not taste the honey water bake. Smoke from the wood oven is occasionally detectable. I sit in the window on a cool clear morning with my meal and the paper and all is right.

Sep 15, 2014
stuartlafonda in Manhattan

Best Ice Cream in NYC

No Turkish cofee tonight but a great black mission fig and a passion fruit gelato that was like a tart punch in the chops. The key lime pie was too suble in the lime department for me though the graham cracker crumble was a nice touch.

Sep 09, 2014
stuartlafonda in Manhattan
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Best Ice Cream in NYC

I had the chocolate nocciola at Il Lab yesterday and it tasted like a cold Baci candy, delicious.

Sep 09, 2014
stuartlafonda in Manhattan