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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.

Late night options in South Jamaica/South Ozone Park?

Two good Guyanese joints open past 12 are:
New Thriving and Hibiscus. Each about three miles and a short cab ride from the airport.
New Park closes at 12 and I don't know of a pizzeria open later nearby.

Apr 21, 2015
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

Lola in Great Neck - anyone been?

I know how old this thread is and Lola has been mentioned at other times but the big news here is a chef change. Chef Boah is moving on. I think he did an excellent job but for the most part it seemed he was just reproducing Chef Ginor's dish's. Once Chef Ginor stopped working full time the menu never changed, other then the fact it was cut in half, streamlined. I don't think Chef Boah was permitted to express his own vision. Now to be clear, I love the food at Lola. I think it is first and foremost delicious. It is inventive, interesting and utilizes the freshest and often uncommon ingredients. I still eat there about twice a month. The absence of Chef Ginor however has resulted in a decline in service. Too often they are also understaffed. Chef Ginor was an old school tough guy when it came to staff and his absence has resulted in the old adage, when the cats away....
Anyway, food is still great, room is comfortable and it remains a unique experience in the area.

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

What's good at Kung Fu besides the XLB

I usually add the scallion pancake with sliced beef.

Apr 08, 2015
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

Jury Duty, and help for a Chinatown neophyte

Yes, they are very good and they have a much larger selection then the dumpling shop on Mosco that we call "dollar dumps". When I want the pork dumplings I do d.d. When I want any other type I do Tasty.

Mar 27, 2015
stuartlafonda in Manhattan

Jury Duty, and help for a Chinatown neophyte

Sharkey's is 48 Mulberry just down from Tasty Dumpling.

Mar 26, 2015
stuartlafonda in Manhattan

Jury Duty, and help for a Chinatown neophyte

Have you heard about Arcade at 220 Church? Excellent baked goods with good coffee.

http://www.arcadebakery.com/?page_id=...

edit. sorry, I see you do know about it from another thread, maybe this will make others aware.

Mar 26, 2015
stuartlafonda in Manhattan

Best Pizza in Queens ??

Il Vesuvio.
If you search Chowhound to the early days you will see some posts, led by Mr. Leff, about how great it was, and it was. But even then it was not the pizza but the rest of the menu that was spectacular. The brothers that did the cooking moved on to Whitestone and then were gone from NYC. I wonder where they went.
It is good to hear that the new owners are producing tasty pizza.
Anthony's is as you said a chain, with a few spots up here. I like their pizza but you have to like it thin and crisp. They do a nice job and the ribs and pepper dish is also excellent. Good beer selection and a friendly efficient staff.

Try some of the other places mentioned in this ancient thread. Many are still around and going strong. Amore is still a semi regular destination for me and in 2012 Gloria's reopened in Forest Hills. I have not been there and will ask Manny at Amore (grandson of the original Gloria's owner) who owns it and how they can use the name. Umberto's on Jericho was still great when I was there last week. I was not a fan of Grimaldi's in Douglaston. .

Mar 25, 2015
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

Jury Duty, and help for a Chinatown neophyte

Best coffee depends on your route. Colombre on Church between Walker and Lispenard is my favorite. Many like the Brooklyn Roaster served at Sharkey's on Mulberry opposite Columbus Park. The carts on the street are terrible. Baked down the block from Colombre serves good Stumptown. Sam's Deli on the corner of Mosco and Mulberry does the best bacon egg and cheese and that classic Chinatown vacuum coffee.

Mar 25, 2015
stuartlafonda in Manhattan

Jury Duty, and help for a Chinatown neophyte

In New York County Supreme Court, 100 and 111 Centre, they only take your mobile devise during jury deliberations. 500 Pearl street is Federal Court and I am not aware of their rules. They did however have a cafeteria that served decent food at low prices though nobody I know has been there in years. I'm told it was excellent for salads. It was not open to the public. Do not eat inside 100 Centre at what is known as the "Roach Coach". Thankfully there are no dinning options at 111.

Mar 24, 2015
stuartlafonda in Manhattan

Jury Duty, and help for a Chinatown neophyte

Lan Larb (Centre street) is very good,also consider Kabab Bites (Broome street). For Italian, and I won't comment on " Little Italy", you could do Rubirossa or Parm (Mulberry) after the 4:30 mandatory dismissal as it is a little far and long for lunch. Nixtamal in the plaza by the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge is perfect for a delicious vegetarian lunch,and has seating if it is a nice day. For breakfast you could do a potato egg and pepper hero from Parisi. If you are getting here on the A/C/E you have to stop at the new Baked. I can't stay out of there. Cinnamon, orange, pecan buns. Crumb cake, fruit buckle and a stunning, slightly bitter sweet shattering crust chocolate croissant. The list of great sweets is long.

Mar 20, 2015
stuartlafonda in Manhattan

Plant Love House Another Personal Thai Food Spot

Yeah, I would stop there as I drove by but now will just sit and eat in Ayada.

Mar 18, 2015
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

Plant Love House Another Personal Thai Food Spot

Portion size is definitely down, particularly for "to go" orders. I was there Monday and got red curry and the "candy" pork to go. I was shocked when she grabbed the styrofoam clam shell and put barely one spoonfull in what I consider the little condiment corners. When I asked for more sauce she put a tiny bit on so it overflowed.

Mar 18, 2015
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

$1 Duck Buns in Flushing

I was at the old spot, Main and 40th on Friday night. As described, just inside the "door" to the right. One of my buns was stone cold because the guy making them is about three feet from a shredded plastic tarp serving as a door. The others were delicious. Bun slathered with sauce,few pieces of meat cut from the duck in front of you, two types of greens and some skin.

Mar 10, 2015
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

Rudy Merlin Executive Chef of Payard Caesar's Palace Las Vegas Turning out sublime confections in New Age Asian Market on Northern Blvd and 160th Street

I was there Saturday at about 11 am and was very impressed. All the éclairs' were available so I grabbed a selection of mini's and a coffee and sat in my car, listened to the FAN and ate. Delicious. So good I went back in and bought the full size version of the strawberry, coffee and chocolate to bring home to the family. Also had the fruit berry ring. Almost identical to the one at Ceci Cela. Excellent flakey crust and sweet crème. The only negative was the lemom/yuzu tart had no citrus punch. Oddly the coffee is from the metal squeeze container and did not taste very fresh.

Mar 09, 2015
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

Inexpensive ethnic CLEAN newish restaurant in Queens?

Hi Janie. What about Southern Spice just over the Queens line?. Excellent authentic food, simple and clean interior.

Sybarite Pig boca raton

Erica, have you gotten back to the Pig? If so, what was your experience?

Bamboo Fire Discount

I was there last Thursday. I don't visit family in Boca without a meal at Bamboo Fire. Start with the special lemonade. Move on to tostones, as good as any tostone I have ever had. Baigan choka (eggplant dip) is wonderful. Conch fritters didn't taste very "conchy" to me, but I love fritters so we always get them. If you love jerk go for the meatballs. The chicken curry is superb. Beverly makes her own roti, something very rare. Both are delicious and authentic. In fact you can put her curry on anything, vegetables or whatever protein she has that night and it will be delicious. The fish, usually whatever was fresh in the market that day, steamed, is also terrific. I would suggest you go on a weekend when she has more specials. You can even call in and ask her to get some lobsters or crab and let her put her spin on a dish.
Not sure what you mean by price/value, I am all about taste. I don't care if the cost is high or low, just tell me it tastes great. I think BF has great food at a more then fair price. Include the fact that you are supporting a family business and not a corporate entity and that adds "value" to me. I hate paying anything for mediocre food, let alone lot's of it.
Give them another shot.

Having breakfast on Long Island

Salt Air Café. I know it is the dead of winter and this place is perfect for a summer morning, out door breakfast, but I wanted to mention it before I forget. I spend the better part of my summer at Lido Beach and have given up on Jo Jo Apples for this place, practically next door. Excellent egg dishes and pastries, all with a farm to table, healthy eating ethos. They do have seats inside and as Gastronomous wrote that he lives nearby I thought he should check this one out.

https://www.facebook.com/saltaircafe/...