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Who has really good Patatas Bravas?

not in Manhattan but La Vara has great patatas bravas (same owners at Txikito and ELP - I like them more at La Vara though). you can only get them during brunch.

Feb 16, 2015
waxyjax in Manhattan

Gluten-free dining in Brooklyn- need recommendations

I'm sure the Finch can accommodate. I know the chef/owner is quite enthusiastic to flex his creativity around dietary constraints - though it would always be a good idea to call ahead.

Feb 16, 2015
waxyjax in Outer Boroughs

Budget Wedding Reception Ideas

I heard Brooklyn Masonic is quite inexpensive and you'll be in relatively close distance to some Caribbean and Southern food spots who could cater.

Feb 16, 2015
waxyjax in Outer Boroughs

Freshly squeezed orange juice in Manh/Queens

I've never bought fresh OJ in such a large quantity but Health King in Midtown makes reasonably priced fresh juices. Or perhaps try and call some Cuban, Puerto Rican or Dominican diner/coffee shops. I don't have a specific recommendation in Queens or Manhattan but I've found that some PR and Dominican spots in BK make very inexpensive fresh squeezed orange juice.

Feb 01, 2015
waxyjax in Manhattan

Best Dishes of 2015

This is in Brooklyn, but newcomer The Finch in Clinton Hill has a destination-worthy trout dish. They peel the skin and fry it so it lays like a flat trout crisp on top of the fish, which is very well-accompanied.

By the way, I'm so into Taste of Persia--what a gem!

Feb 01, 2015
waxyjax in Manhattan
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Hipster eats and drinks

Haha. I was wondering why you'd post such a question on the Outer Boroughs board!

Jan 18, 2015
waxyjax in Manhattan

steamed sea bass chinese banquet what size help!

Agree on skipping the sushi--doesn't seem necessary. Does the place have good fried rice? That's always a tasty way to fill up a crowd for not a lot of money. It's often served at the Chinese wedding banquets I've attended and hits the spot. Also agree on allowing each person a whole egg roll if the cost allows!

Jan 18, 2015
waxyjax in Manhattan

Williamsburg, BK- the hipster diaries

I've been talking sh*t about hipsters since my early 20s when the contemporary meaning came into use even though I often found myself on the same "lawn" as hipsters. There's been an excessive amount of debate about what constitutes a hipster and an excessive amount of meta debate about discussing the debate. In the end, all of that is a boring waste of time (even though I admit to having taken part here and the over the past decade ever since the term came back into use).

Silverjay's original post was still valid though in that "hipster" is a signifier that just won't go away and so deserved to get some practical responses. I'm sure if he wanted this other debate he would've referred to the many articles and think pieces that keep on getting published online.

Jan 18, 2015
waxyjax in Outer Boroughs

Williamsburg, BK- the hipster diaries

ha yes. hipsters are douchebags - but i was referring to the douchebags that aren't of the hipster/scenester variety but try to dress and act like they are.

Jan 17, 2015
waxyjax in Outer Boroughs

Williamsburg, BK- the hipster diaries

This is based on immediate experience - but obviously in no way is this based on an extensive scientific survey:

hipster -> in the mason jar, Wes Anderson film buff kinda way: everything already listed.

hipster -> in the young(ish), stylish(ish) and into music/art kinda way: for drink, would probably be Night of Joy, Commodore and Baby's All Right. these places aren't mixology joints, it's just where the above described seem to go. for food, crif dogs, best pizza, commodore, Samurai Mama, Simple Cafe/Bep and La Superior. The kids I know in this category generally leave Williamsburg when they want nice cocktails and more involved dining experiences (not to mention cheap ethnic) to avoid the long wait times and douchebags-cum-hipsters at the other more known and respected places (not that everyone who goes to those places are douchebags, but that there are enough that give them a reason to avoid those places and make a special trip to other areas).

also yeah, there's been more spread into greenpoint, bushwick, bed-stuy, clinton hill, fort greene and ridgewood as the prices and pretenses of williamsburg have been going up.

lastly, i hope what i typed above isn't inflammatory...i'm really just reporting what the general sentiments seem to be of the people i know who fit the hipster description - not my own!

Jan 17, 2015
waxyjax in Outer Boroughs

Kajitsu

Anyone want to take my lunch reservation at Kajitsu today? I spaced on a reservation I made after hearing that they have amazing ramen, which is only served during lunch. However, I'm too busy at work to make it and will get charged for a last minute cancellation. It's for a table for 2 at 1:15pm! Feel free to write me. My email address is [my CH screename]@gmail.com

Jan 14, 2015
waxyjax in Manhattan

Gallito's Kitchen on Montague - a decent option on such an underwhelming street

Anyone else been?

My husband and I have gone to Gallito's a few times now. We are both originally from California and have been pleasantly satisfied by their food.

Although I'd prefer it if their fish tacos had the full-on traditional fixings, at least they're beer battered and fried - the way fish tacos are meant to be! **I can appreciate the cornmeal crusts and grilled fish tacos of other spots in NYC, but it really isn't the same.**

It seems the chef has some experience in higher end established, as evidenced by their how they prepare and present their main dishes, such as carne asada and pork pipian.

Lastly, their chilaquiles are quite excellent - it's now on our regular brunch rotation.

I should also point out their service is warm and attentive. I do hope this place does well - not sure if I'd categorize it as a destination restaurant (and well, not sure it would hold up against the competition if it were in California) but it does satisfy our Mexican cravings when we aren't able to trek out to other parts of the city.

Jan 06, 2015
waxyjax in Outer Boroughs

Chez Moi on Atlantic - The old La Mancha space

it's one of my go-to spots. I will say the new chef's take on the spinach cheese crepe (served only at brunch) is actually not as good as the last chef's...but overall, lots of improvements.

the fried chicken sandwich, which you can get during lunch and brunch is one of the city's best kept secrets. crispy thigh meat - yum!

Jan 06, 2015
waxyjax in Outer Boroughs

Luu's Baguette

So far, I've tried the chicken pho and beef pho. I have to say, their pho is perhaps the "best" I've had in New York - of course, by "best" I mean that it's been the only bowl that wasn't offensive like most other places in the city (Nha Toi, which on a good day was actually very good is no longer open - as are An Nhau and Mai, which were a notch better than Luu's when they were around).

I still have yet to try Com Tam Ninh Kieu and Bunker but am glad there's a place to satiate my pho cravings near where I'm working right now. My main complaints about the chicken pho is that the chicken meat itself isn't so great - also the flavor of the broth could have a little more depth. It does taste like they're really relying on the fish sauce and crystaline sugar to give it flavor. But it's actually no different from when my mom makes a quick batch of chicken pho at home - maybe that's why I'm ok with it (when she takes her time to make chicken pho for special occasions though, it really is something else).

I got the beef ball pho today and liked the broth. I have a feeling they probably use canned pho broth, which is actually not bad (and in fact better than whatever other pho places in the city are doing) - it's what my grandmother uses when she's making a quick batch of beef pho at home and it's pretty solid.

So, there's my lukewarm-but-positive take on Luu's. Other places tend to be too bland, too greasy, or has other flavor elements that don't belong in Pho. At least Luu's pho is somewhere on the actual pho spectrum - even if it's of the shortcutted genre of pho.

Nov 18, 2014
waxyjax in Manhattan

Kao Soy--new Thai in Red Hook

I agree how nice it is that the heat builds up as you eat. What a nice way to experience all the dimensions of flavor!

Nov 16, 2014
waxyjax in Outer Boroughs

Kao Soy--new Thai in Red Hook

I ate there yesterday (Saturday) for lunch. The green curry had small eggplant AND slices of zucchini. Maybe they ran out when you were there. I also prefer this over green beans--it seems a more common approach with the places I went growing up on the west coast than in NYC.

I also had the Yum Som O (pomelo salad), which I personally loved. Banana blossom fritters were nicely fried for my meal, and the khao soi was also nicely done and in the same spirit of what I've had in Thailand ....though I admit khao soi (full disclosure I've only had it in Bangkok but not Chiang Mai) has always struck as a touch too sweet for my taste and is generally not a favorite dish of mine.

Overall though I was very very happy with my meal. I live in Cobble Hill so this is an excellent alternative when I don't have the time to go up to Queens. I'm not into Pok Pok, where the waits are as long as a commute to Sri or Ayada, the prices are quite high and in my opinion the cooking muddies an already exciting cuisine. The place was busy but not crowded at 1pm. We got a lot of food for a reasonable price--and, to me, is by far the best Thai in Brooklyn.

Nov 16, 2014
waxyjax in Outer Boroughs

Looking for a Bakery to Create Custom Designed Gingerbread "houses".

do you still need someone? i have friends who are professional bakers (some for bakeries, some who do it on a catering basis) and can ask if this is something they can do

Nov 14, 2014
waxyjax in Outer Boroughs

Taste of Persia at 12W 18th

I just tried it. i've never been to Iran, but there was a substantial Persian community where I grew up and I have Persian relatives by marriage. Based on that, I feel confident in saying this place tasted very legit. Can't wait to go back!

Nov 14, 2014
waxyjax in Manhattan

What bygone food fad do you still enjoy? [NYC]

i was just reminiscing about baked potatoes!

other items...

tiramisu, molten chocolate cake (only if it's more cakey than molteny), macarons (even though personally it's not a fad since i'd always been eating them for over a decade due to my frequent visits to france).

french food/presentation as understood by french restaurants in the US in the 1980s.

Nov 06, 2014
waxyjax in Manhattan

Michael Bauer's incomprehensible rating logic

just thought I'd revive this thread, because Michael Bauer just mentioned that he's not a cioppino fan on Twitter.

https://twitter.com/michaelbauer1/sta...

i don't understand how he can be employed as a food critic in San Francisco if he can't even appreciate one of its signature dishes....among the fact that he's a horrible judge of so many non-euro cuisines...actually, he gave a glowing review for a Spanish restaurant, which i tried and it suuuuucked. so i can't even say he's good with Euro cuisine, either.

Any tips on The Azores ? ( Ponta Delgada especially )

so it's been 2 years since i went to Sao Miguel...i ate well - unfortunately the best meals (i ate there twice) i had were at a place whose name escapes me! it's east of the town center, by the roundabout at Rua de Sao Goncalo and Ave Dom Joao III....i tried finding it in Google Maps, but the only place I see is one that opened recently. Perhaps it took its place?
http://www.avenidaecomida.pt/

there are similarities - the place i visited was a takeout/catering shop, but had a cute little seating area and a great selection of wine. You could have a nice dinner...despite the fact that the food was already prepared and heated for service, it was surprisingly delicious and very fresh. looks like this new place is also a takeout shop/restaurant.

another great highlight was having cozida at Restaurante Águas Quentes, which was recommended by a couple employees at the hot spring. I didn't try other places, but having looked at the cozidas elsewhere this place seemed to have the nicest looking one of the bunch.

Nov 04, 2014
waxyjax in Spain/Portugal

Any tips on The Azores ? ( Ponta Delgada especially )

oh man, i remember reading about this but had no idea how to find it when i went a couple years back. will keep this in mind. thanks

Nov 04, 2014
waxyjax in Spain/Portugal

Where Do Italians Eat in NYC

i feel vindicated with the mention of Da Silvano. a while back someone posted a very specific request for italian with outdoor seating in that immediate area. I've only been with a friend of mine who's from Parma and we've always had great meals, so i posted--that was followed by a firestorm of condescending replies in response to recommending such a place. i understand it has a rep of being more of a scene than a good place for food....but perhaps if you're italian they turn up the food factor.

back to the topic at hand, i've met quite a few italians who really love a good drunk corner slice...in fact, they're usually less picky than i am on where to go actually. ha.

i once brought an italian visitor to Mile End in Brooklyn and she loved it - that was back when Aaron Israel (now owner of Shalom Japan) was the chef though...and the dishes have changed quite a bit since

and yeah, my asian relatives eventually want asian food when they visit. they find it difficult eating breads/pastas/potatos more than 2 days in a row without breaking it up with some rice...and by that, risotto doesn't count for them.

Nov 03, 2014
waxyjax in Manhattan

Restaurant with 100+ capacity for private event?

Frankie's in Carroll Gardens has a spacious garden...not sure if they heat it in the cold months though. If they do I'm sure it'd be nice

Oct 16, 2014
waxyjax in Outer Boroughs

Search: Problems, bugs and suggestions

is there any news on this request:

"Main problem: When searching from a board, it should default to return results only from that board. It takes a ridiculous number of clicks to get there from the current default."

it's probably the most painful user experience issue i have to deal with on CH. if i go through the trouble of clicking through to a specific board, it'd be great not to get knocked back to the entire site when i'm doing a search.

Aug 24, 2014
waxyjax in Site Talk

Healdsburg/Cloverdale/Geyserville Tacos

oh nice! i saw some of these writeups - but not all of them. I'll keep the chicharrones in mind if we go with Gauanjuato. thanks

Healdsburg/Cloverdale/Geyserville Tacos

Wow! Thanks!! I'll start making phone calls :)

Healdsburg/Cloverdale/Geyserville Tacos

Hi everyone,
I'd like to hire a taqueria to cater a casual, medium-sized event. We're interested in serving tacos (chicken, carnitas, beef, veggie), and perhaps also quesadillas and tamales...problem is, I have to plan it and I live on the other side of the country!

Here are the places I'm considering:

- Taqueria Guadalajara (Healdsburg): I really liked it, but it's the only place I've tried so far
- Taqueria Guanajuato Taco Truck (Healsburg)
- Los Mares Market (Healdsburg)
- El Molcajete (Cloverdale)
- Abbie's (Cloverdale)

Are there other places I'm missing?
**I did read about a couple other trucks/stands - but there's no phone number to reach them

Last time I was in town I'd only tried Agave (good, but stronger in their non-taco dishes) and Taqueria Guadalajara (really liked it).

I'd read about Taqueria Guanajuato Taco Truck, Los Mares Market, El Molcajete and Abbie's but hadn't had a chance to try them on my last visit. I'm curious to know what your thoughts are on these places and if you could help me rank a top 3 so I can take that into account with other considerations (like cost).

So what are your thoughts?

Thanks!!

Nightingale 9

i finally tried it...i don't wanna talk too much sh*t because i can tell they're trying...but....let's just say it won't be on my list of comfort food spots.

Jul 21, 2014
waxyjax in Outer Boroughs

Hibino review

I live a couple doors down. I think their obanzais, tofu dishes and miso soup are usually quite good. I used to love their miso-marinated salmon but they've had to reduce the portion size and raised the price so I don't get it anymore. I don't love their sushi -- although I do think their futomaki is great (and I normally do not ever like futomaki).

I don't know if I'd particularly consider it a destination spot (depending how easy it is for someone to access some other Japanese spots in the city) - or a place I'd wait more than 20 minutes for. But a nice option if you're in the area.

Apr 24, 2014
waxyjax in Outer Boroughs