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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

Restaurants suggestion near United Palace Theater (in Washington Heights)

haha. yup!

Apr 02, 2014
waxyjax in Manhattan

Restaurants suggestion near United Palace Theater (in Washington Heights)

bumping this thread in case any new places opened around there....

Apr 01, 2014
waxyjax in Manhattan

Lunch to go in Cobble Hill

+1 on Cobblestone.

also, Sahadi's has lots of great takeout options. I love their spiral spanikopita and their mediterranean salads. They also make pita sandwiches, but I've never tried them. While you're at it you could also check out Damascus a couple doors down - they also have some good middle eastern baked options and sandwiches.

Paisano's is for good Italian deli sandwiches.

Ted & Honey has nice sandwiches and salads (though their dollar per portion ratio is higher than the above places).

Feb 20, 2014
waxyjax in Outer Boroughs

Does any place exist where you can smoke a cigar and have a cocktail?

in brooklyn there's http://brooklyncigarlounge.com/

Jan 10, 2014
waxyjax in Manhattan

Cobble Hill-Carroll Gardens area brunch - reservations?

la vara's brunch menu isn't conventional (if that's what you're looking for) but i love it!

also, i believe chez moi takes reservations.

Jan 10, 2014
waxyjax in Outer Boroughs

Dosa Royale (Long)

thanks for your review!

i went last night...the lamb curry had great flavor! we got the coconut rice as the accompaniment, upon a recommendation from one of the waters. it was funny though, i was thinking about how i normally prefer plain rice when eating something that's saucy and worth soaking up. when the man from the kitchen brought out our food he pointed out that he prefers the coconut rice on its own or with sambar and would normally get the plain rice with the lamb curry. i think i would've preferred it that way, too. anyway, the coconut rice was very coconutty and also cold. perhaps the temperature is a conscious choice?

i normally don't love rasam, but i thought it was great there. what was it that you didn't like about dosa royale's?

i also tried the classic masala dosa....the dosa was nicely done but the curry potatoes were a bit flat in flavor.

all in all, i'm so happy it's in carroll gardens. i love that they're not just a generic americanized indian restaurant in a neighborhood with not so many great options outside of the american, french and italian-influenced realms.

Jan 09, 2014
waxyjax in Outer Boroughs

Más Wine Company Keg - First Release

reviving this thread....i saw there's another company making wine in a keg. has anyone tried it?

http://vintapwine.com/

Dover on Court St

the lamb ribs were nicely-portioned--I felt full before the last couple bites....as for the cod, my boyfriend would've been sufficiently satisfied had it been 10% bigger. for both we opted for the larger portion size.

Dec 27, 2013
waxyjax in Outer Boroughs

Dover on Court St

yeah, your estimate was pretty spot on...we got two cocktails and a glass of wine. I don't recall the exact total but it was something like $180

Dec 22, 2013
waxyjax in Outer Boroughs

Dover on Court St

I just went last night. I'm a little more into Battersby but only because everything I've ever (well there was one slightly off night - but it was very slight) had there was flawless, whereas at Dover there were a couple minor missteps. I think it's definitely worth a visit though and look forward to seeing how it progresses.

Here's a summary of what we had:

Cocktails - were awesome. Matthew, who created their cocktail program had also helped with the cocktails at Battersby. Great guy - it was a pleasant surprise to see him there.

Wine - I got a Moroccan syrah, which I found interesting and enjoyed. The slightly bitter finish isn't for everyone though - my boyfriend wasn't into it...but I thought was a nice contrast to the sweeter and smokier dishes I had.

2 amuse bouches:
-mini gougeres (awesome)
-shot of roasted vegetable soup, drizzled with olive oil (excellent - not sure what broth was used as a base, the chefs are so good at incorporating asian flavors so seamlessly that i assume what i tasted was a hint of dashi flavor, but that is just a guess - i regret not asking!)

fresh bread and flatbread served with whipped ricotta, and with white bean puree - baked as an oblong loaf...it was more crusty than the rounds at Battersby - my preference is to go round and get bigger soft inside-to-crust ratio. The whipped ricotta tasted sweeter than Battersby's - again, preferred Battersby's. The white bean puree was stellar though - I also picked up on an Asian flavor but couldn't quite place what it was.

raw oysters - i didn't taste it but my boyfriend lamented that the green apple and horseradish overpowered the oysters

uni with soba noodles - portioned to be an appetizer, but i could've definitely had a triple order as a meal! It's similar to an uni spaghetti Battersby did, but this time with soba - which made the sauce pop

Pork Belly - those guys are so great at cooking pork belly so you get the most of the flavor and texture without feeling like you've destroyed your arteries. Also, the plating with the brightly colored vegetables was a stunning sight to behold.

Chatham cod - had a taste and loved it. The sauce was made of brussel sprout leaves and beet juice - that fresh-from the garden flavor balanced with the smoked bacon made for a genius combination. My boyfriend had just wished the portion was a little bigger.

Lamb ribs - DELICIOUS! Again, a wonderful integration of asian (specifically southeast asian) elements. The meat itself was cooked perfectly, too.

Chocolate mousse topped with toasted marshmallow and pistachios - tasty. I wouldn't rank it with Battersby's olive oil cake or panna cotta but I'd eat it again ;)

Service was friendly and prompt. That night it looked like they were training a few runners who seemed to be implants from possibly Central America or Mexico. Upon presenting some of our dishes, it sounded like these guys were still working to improve their english pronunciation. They stumbled on pronouncing some words, which was more charming than distracting. I thought it was cool they were given this opportunity, considering a lot of front of the house staff from Mexico and Central America are given bussing duties but not much beyond that (I have seen a few other exceptions in NYC but am having trouble remembering which places).

But anyway, back to the food...like I said, there were a couple items that could've been better balanced but overall I'd be happy to go back. Perhaps try to the tasting next time.

As an aside, I'm kinda dorking out on the fact that I was the first on CH to review (well, mention and generally recommend) Battersby and now Dover. Maybe those guys will give me a gold star if they're reading this :p

Dec 19, 2013
waxyjax in Outer Boroughs
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Ayada was good. Thai, not exactly...

i love the raw shrimp salad - but the raw crab salad is also super delicious (warning: you'll have to suck the meat out of the shell though)

Nov 20, 2013
waxyjax in Outer Boroughs

Gelato in Williamsburg

i walked by there last week but i was too cold to try them! i did read that some people on the board find it too sweet - but i don't mind trying them out myself ;)

Nov 14, 2013
waxyjax in Outer Boroughs

Ayada was good. Thai, not exactly...

strangely, i didn't have a wonderful experience at Chao Thai -perhaps it might've been what i ordered...regardless, i do intend on giving them another chance.

Nov 14, 2013
waxyjax in Outer Boroughs

Favorite Counter Service spots

yeah i've always just stood there. i get lost in those sandwiches and feel like i'm floating on a cloud anway :p

Nov 14, 2013
waxyjax in Outer Boroughs

Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dish?

it's a tie between stuffing and mashed potatoes :)

Nov 13, 2013
waxyjax in General Topics

Ayada was good. Thai, not exactly...

Yes, well you know being fluent in one Asian language must mean one is an authority in a completely different Asian country's cuisine :p

Nov 12, 2013
waxyjax in Outer Boroughs

Favorite Counter Service spots

hmmm....i don't recall the BK location having tables at any time I've been there. but perhaps they whip them out on occasion.

Nov 12, 2013
waxyjax in Outer Boroughs

Ayada was good. Thai, not exactly...

i tuned out of this thread when the replies were being written in Chinese....is the consensus about Ayada still on the positive?

I'm Vietnamese-American, but am very familiar with Thai food, and really love the place.

Nov 12, 2013
waxyjax in Outer Boroughs
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Pok Pok lines and plan of action

I was also disappointed the one time I went. Considering how long I waited I could've taken the train to Queens and had something more mind-blowing. It is the best Thai(esque) that I've had in South Brooklyn, but this is also because there aren't any memorable Thai spots around. The Vietnamese fish sauce wings were nice, but I wasn't in love with them either.

Of the Thai places that aren't in Queens, I love Qi Thai Grill in Williamsburg and Zabb Elee in the East Village. Pok Pok would come in third place after these places (again because there isn't a lot of competition) - but again, if I'm going to wait that long to be seated I'll just take the train to Elmhurst or Woodside.

Nov 12, 2013
waxyjax in Outer Boroughs

Favorite Counter Service spots

of course!!! haha. I guess I was just thinking of places with seating - but who needs it at Defonte's when you can stand at that back counter and admire all those different celebrity head shots on the wall?!

Nov 12, 2013
waxyjax in Outer Boroughs

Restaurants: not hearing about the specials until you've already decided on your order

@plaidbowtie you do realize we're on a forum where hospitality is discussed - and not at a dinner table, right?

Nov 11, 2013
waxyjax in Not About Food

Restaurants: not hearing about the specials until you've already decided on your order

As I think more about why I've been so frustrated, it's because (and maybe it's just me) I've been conditioned to think that if a restaurant has specials they'd inform you at the same time that you're seeing the menu...and if you don't hear about the specials then this means they don't have any.

I don't know if it's the places I'd been going to - but this "specials psych-out" technique is something I've experienced more often in recent years [again, I'm curious to know if others have observed this pattern]. I feel like a decade ago if I went out and had a server tell me the specials just before taking my order, it was prefaced with an apology for forgetting to tell me earlier.

I hold onto to this expectation because there certainly still are places in NYC and elsewhere that are thoughtful enough to avoid doing the pysch-out. And in Europe it is most certainly the norm to inform patrons of the specials upon presentation of the regular menu - and 99% of the time they're written down with prices. Yes, I am referring to non-touristy restaurants.

So I'll say it again because my answer is buried in this thread and new posters keep on asking--if I know I'm at a restaurant that offers specials and I know they're not going to tell me at the appropriate time, and I find an opportunity to preemptively ask for the specials without barking it at them - then yes, of course I'll ask. It's not like I'm stewing in my seat waiting for them to tell me much later just so I can go on Chowhound, post about it and allow some random person on this forum to get so riled up over my post that he'd curse me out over it.

...but between getting settled and trying to ask the server about it before they rush off [full explanation in earlier post: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9230...], it's just not good hospitality to put that on a patron when there are so many simple solutions to this problem - solutions that have been put into practice for decades.

Nov 11, 2013
waxyjax in Not About Food

Restaurants: not hearing about the specials until you've already decided on your order

I agree with your points. However, my frustrations have actually occurred as a result of eating in (what appeared to be) very well-run restaurants. It seems those places in question have made a conscious point of psyching everyone out with rambling their list of specials just before they're about to take an order and so I'm trying to understand why that is.

Nov 11, 2013
waxyjax in Not About Food