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Where to eat around Atlantic/Flatbush Ave. of Brooklyn??

Sushi, that's excellent! I can definitely do sushi 2-3 times a week. I will be searching for Taro tomorrow, thanks!

Sidenote: Is this the Boerum Hill/Park Slope area of Brooklyn?

Nov 08, 2009
asdf in Outer Boroughs

Where to eat around Atlantic/Flatbush Ave. of Brooklyn??

I recently took a new job in the Atlantic/Flatbush Ave. area, in the building of the Atlantic Terminal Mall, actually. The place feels like a culinary desert, compared to what I'm used to in Manhattan. PLEASE help me find some local places, that do take-out, and is walkable and ready in my 30 min-1 hour lunch breaks. I eat absolutely everything, and it is my preference to do a new cuisine everyday. Thank you immensely!

Nov 07, 2009
asdf in Outer Boroughs

Leaving Queens!!! What are the must eats before I go?

It is a Mexican food cart recently touted in the NYTimes, on the border of Elmhurst and Jackson Heights, not exactly Flushing.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/21/din...

Oct 30, 2009
asdf in Outer Boroughs

Trader Joe's Fresh Natural Brined Turkey

They won't allow you to preorder a turkey, but the 2 TJs I called in my NYC area did mention they would hold a turkey for me as long as I call the day of my intended pick-up. I think that's your next best bet.

Dec 07, 2008
asdf in Chains

Poor college students need cheap eats in Central London!

Hello, we're a group of very poor (albeit slightly more favorable exchange rate, but still not helpful) group of college kids that will be living at the Nido complex at King's Cross from Jan-Feb. We're looking for good food, any cuisine really, that has good portions so that we can maximize it into more than 1 serving (we're pretty light eaters to begin with).

Maybe something in the range of £10-15 for dinner? We'll be maxing out our Oyster cards, so don't mind a hop on the tube if it'll take us somewhere especially grand and cheap. No preference in cuisine either, we're pretty eclectic eaters from New York, and are especially excited to try London's famed Indian, Bengali, and even fish and chips. But where are they?? And we're partial to hand foods, as much as sit-down full meals, so all's fair game! Thank you greatly.

Dec 07, 2008
asdf in U.K./Ireland

Need pumpkin pie recipe, not from the back of the can!

I'm actually making this pumpkin pie from Paula Deen for Thanksgiving. It's gotten some rave reviews from the site. And it looks sooo easy, check it out.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/pa...

Nov 23, 2008
asdf in Home Cooking

What does it mean when a turkey already includes "8% basting solution"?

I'm very confused. The turkey I received as a gift today says on the label that it already has 8% basting solution. Does that mean the turkey does not require any further brining?

Should I still brine, in a case like this, since how strong is 8% really? I was intending to brine for 16 hours for an 18-lb turkey. But with this new discovery, maybe I should just brine for 6-10 hours? Is that a good decision, considering my family are not very fond of salty foods. PLEASE HELP.

Nov 20, 2008
asdf in General Topics

HELP - the "8% basting solution" label on my turkey is throwing me off!

I'm very confused. The turkey I received as a gift today says on the label that it already has 8% basting solution. Does that mean the turkey does not require any further brining? Or does that only mean the turkey has been processed with fat or butter, but HAVEN'T been brined??

Should I brine, in a case like this? I was intending to brine for 16 hours for an 18-lb turkey. But with this new discovery, maybe I should just brine for 6-10 hours? Is that a good decision, considering my family are not very fond of salty foods. PLEASE HELP, and thanks!

Nov 20, 2008
asdf in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's Fresh Natural Brined Turkey

I'm strongly considering the same turkey, and I'm cooking my first turkey/family meal ever, too! At $1.79/lb all-natural and prebrined, it sounds like a good deal, but it must be 12lb or more. Mainly, the thought of brining for 4 hours -1 day and defrosting for days in advance with other turkeys has won me over to Trader Joe's.

You can read up on some insight at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/65334

Nov 15, 2008
asdf in Chains

Vegetarian takes Manhattan

Gobo is first-rate in my opinion! My friends and I are all meat-lovers, but we left Gobo full and satisfied. Needless to say, we were surprised we would enjoy vegetarian fare so much. The price is also very, very reasonable - definitely give the place a visit, although it can get a little loud during dinnertime.

Apr 13, 2007
asdf in Manhattan

Tabla Bread Bar Recs

I would go with the chicken tikka, great flavor although the helpings aren't that large. The pulled lamb & mashed potato naanini is a winner for many - the company I was with loved it, I wasn't blown away, but a good try. Sadly, many of the naans we tried were surprisingly tough and very disappointing. For dessert, you can't go wrong with the doughnut holes that come with 3 different dipping sauces; caramel, vanilla and chocolate I believe.

Feb 04, 2007
asdf in Manhattan

Good breakfast place in Chelsea

La Petite Abeille is open at 9 am for breakfast on the weekdays. Very good food, especially the gaufres chantilly. Not as sleek as Cafeteria, but better food IMO.

Jan 17, 2007
asdf in Manhattan

Ice Cream Sundaes

Skip Serendipity's; it's really not all it's cut out to be. The frozen hot chocolate was surprisingly more icy than chocolatey. Lexington Candy Shop is definitely delicious, but their other menu items aren't so much.

Jan 11, 2007
asdf in Manhattan

First Time Solo for Wife and Daughter in NY

WD-50 is an excellent recommendation. Since your wife & daughter are very adventurous, WD-50 will fit the bill perfectly. Bizarre, but delicious.

Balthazar is a good rec, and I like it a lot, but more for the scene, which is great, but not something you can't find in LA.

Babbo offers incredible Italian food, and definitely works for the adventurous type; and the atmosphere is boisterous and fun.

Aki Sushi is always fun, it's inexpsensive and by no way authentic, but they have some pretty neat takes on innovative sushi.

Le Gigot is a great French bistro, both delicious and comfy.

Jan 10, 2007
asdf in Manhattan

Lunch at Lombardi's and then?

What's a good place to visit following lunch at Lombardi's? We'll be sick of standing in line, considering tomorrow's nice weather, so what's in the vicinity of the pizzeria with little wait-time - I recall Rice to Riches was near? Thanks.

Jan 05, 2007
asdf in Manhattan

Great NY Chow Experience

If you'd walked 6 more blocks uptown, you would have found the very delicious Chicken and Rice halal cart in front of the Hilton Hotel. It is easily discernable by the 30-40 minute line waiting in the cold, comprised of equally inebriated people as yourself :)

Dec 29, 2006
asdf in Manhattan

Great sandwich at 'Wichcraft

I was very underwhelmed by my roast pork sandwich at the Bryant Park kiosk - which I settled on only after they'd run out of my 1st choice pastrami and 2nd choice roast beef. Definitely not worth $10, and this after I'd asked for their suggestion and received the open-ended answer "Everything is good/popular on our menu, etc etc."

Is their Bryant Park location naturally less superior than their actual in-store locations? Maybe they deserve another go..

Dec 27, 2006
asdf in Manhattan

Best Street Food?????

Awesome, thanks. And many are in the vicinity of each other. Plans for an evening of vendor-hopping is definitely in the works.

Dec 24, 2006
asdf in Manhattan

Union Square Cafe?

I was at USC 2 weeks ago, and the service is definitely still up to standards. The entire front-of-house staff was friendly, and my waiter was very sweet. He was knowledgeable about the menu, and took a bunch of pictures for us, when we were fine with 1. When we left, the bar area was a madhouse, but the hostess made a point of bidding us farewell. Only funny thing was throughout the meal, I saw groups of waiters standing around, some dazed and some talking in groups. But my waiter was certainly there whenever we needed him - we did not feel abandoned at all.

Dec 22, 2006
asdf in Manhattan

Union Square Hospitality Group restaurants

I would highly recommend Eleven Madison Park. Divine food and impeccable service in an airy, yet sultry dining space. I love the place, but be prepared to spend big bucks. Union Square Cafe is enjoyable, although the food preparation doesn't compare to EMP's, and this after trying their standout dishes, at the waiter's suggestion. Their service is good, but I find their space lackluster in comparison to EMP's. I've never done Gramercy Tavern, but have heard good things about it.

Dec 20, 2006
asdf in Manhattan

blue smoke - what to avoid

I would avoid the pulled pork sandwich, vastly overrated - and costly for what you actually get. You're better off getting the Rhapsody in 'Cue, which lets you sample some of it, along with other much better BBQ items.

Dec 17, 2006
asdf in Manhattan

Going to Artisanal for dinner tomorrow night

Love Love Artisanal, it's like this lovely and casual bistro I always wanted to find and finally did - with a strong emphasis on cheese, albeit on the loud side. You can't go wrong with their cheese selection - the cheese fondue is always fun and delicious, as is their cheese puffs, and you should definitely round out the 'cheesy' evening (well, depends on how you look at it) with the cheese plate for dessert. They also have a nice wine selection I recall, although I don't usually go that route.

Dec 16, 2006
asdf in Manhattan

A Prolonged Goodbye (Leaving NYC in Six Weeks) and My Farewell Tour

You definitely want to visit restaurants that are a rarity in Asia. With that said, ChowDiva has a good list going, and I agree, say goodbye to Katz's for goodness sakes!

If I moved, I would certainly miss the coffeehouse experience that defines big-city lounging: Joe's, 9th St. Espresso, Sant Ambroeus, Via Quadronno, Zibetto for a great Italian experience.

Village favorites: Hearth, Prune, Little Owl, Blue Ribbon Bakery all offer great food in nice city dives. And 'ino for paninis!

Soul food: I've heard good things about Florence's, but never been. Try Charles' Southern Kitchen, Amy Ruth's, La Marmite for Senegalese.

Pizza is a must: hit up Grimaldi's, Lombardi's, DiFara's for a final farewell.

Bagels: I'm sure you've done it before, but do a final bagel-showdown, because nowhere is bagels more contested than right here - it will always be a NYC thing. Ess-A-Bagel, H&H Bagels, Murray's Bagels, Absolute Bagels.

Pastries: Poseidon Bakery, Almondine, Rocco's, Veniero's, Payard, La Maison du Chocolat - and many of those cupcake places.

Cap things off at Eleven Madison Park - you will have a sensational time, and it really defines fine New York City dining.

Best of luck, Simon - and Happy Happy Eatings.

Dec 15, 2006
asdf in Manhattan

Headed to Blue Smoke, What Do You Recommend?

Recently went there and we shared a variety of things. The chicken wings w/ blue cheese dip is a good starter. We also tried the pulled pork sandwich (overrated), the Blue Smoke burger (big and smoky), the Rib Sampler and Rhapsody in 'Cue - which is the best way to go. Let's you try a bit of everything, but you'll forget what's what and just start devouring. Mac + cheese is fine, and remember to get some of that sticky toffee pudding.

Big downside of the night was the undeniably weird waiter we had. He acted like he was on some strong medication, but from what I've heard, service is usually very friendly.

Dec 15, 2006
asdf in Manhattan

Brief BRGR review

Sounds like Brgr is definitely worth a try, albeit the price tag. I was disappointed at BLT Burger recently - haven't opened for long, but they've got a lot of kinks to work out.

Have you heard of Stand? Another new burger place that would be neat to check out. Apparently they're a very "rare well done burger place." Ha.

Dec 15, 2006
asdf in Manhattan

Top 5 Burgers

I definitely miss the burger at Shake Shack - the shack burger never did it for me, but their cheeseburg & shroom were delicious. It annoys me to see them closed with weather in the high 50's.

Anyways, the Burger Joint is the place to go to now. And JG Melon is good especially with some cottage fries.

Dec 15, 2006
asdf in Manhattan

Craving Pad Thai for lunch...any good take out places in east midtown?

For Penang's pad thai, you don't have to venture out to Queens for some, since they have a bunch of branches in Manhattan alone. If you're willing to travel, they have branches on UWS, UES, Soho and Chinatown.

Dec 12, 2006
asdf in Manhattan

Manhattan eats for dirt cheap prices?

I've never tried Dumpling House, but I've had my share of dumplings. I've also tried numerous bahn mi sandwiches, and they are very good indeed - but they're usually grab-and-go type of places. I would prefer somewhere I can sit and eat, that'll be a big plus+. Thanks for the suggestions so far, guys!

Dec 10, 2006
asdf in Manhattan

Manhattan eats for dirt cheap prices?

Can you direct me to some of these Cuban and Dominican places? They sound good.

Dec 10, 2006
asdf in Manhattan

Manhattan eats for dirt cheap prices?

Where can I find the cheapest eats in Manhattan, preferably $5 or less a meal - that is filling too. Something, or somewhere that will make it feel like I'm having an actual meal (i.e. drink included). I'm tired of Chinese and french fries, which seems to be the only food I can find for under $5. Is wraps and sandwiches the second best option I have? Any locale is fine, since I'm on a hunt. Please help out guys, and thanks.

Dec 10, 2006
asdf in Manhattan