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Chinese with a private room

Peking Duck House between 2nd and 3rd has a private space. And you might be able to arrange a reasonable corkage price there.

about 22 hours ago
serious in Manhattan

best whole grilled fish

Taksim or Sip Sak - 2nd Avenue at 55
th or 49th.

Sep 28, 2013
serious in Manhattan

The Specials of the Day

Is it disruptive to you to be interrupted in your table conversation to be told the specials? And isn't it more 'special' to find a supplemental list of the day's particular offering?

UWS - fun, laid back, "scene"

Gennaro's - 665 Amsterdam. Good Italian food.

Jan 12, 2013
serious in Manhattan

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - January 2013 [OLD]

From the new stuff shelf: Almond Bark Thins - delicious.

Jan 09, 2013
serious in Chains

Miami visit

Cuban food heads the list, destinations recommended?

Salt leftover from Salt Baking

All that flavored (is it?) salt from salt baking a fish or potatoes..has it any use at all. This question is not driven by economic concern but curious to know if I'm throwing away a flavored salt that might have a second life.

Sep 01, 2012
serious in Home Cooking

Best Italian restaurant in NYC

Gennaro, upper west on Amsterdam at 92-93.

Sep 01, 2012
serious in Manhattan

bouillabaisse in nice

I'm sure the bouillabaisse is good here, and the location overlooking the sea and the easy parking are all very appealing - but how about 160 euros per person for the experience - and this is the version w/o lobster..for that 200 euros pp.

Jun 17, 2012
serious in France

New York Breakfast?

Go to Barney Greengrass at Amsterdam, 86-87 and go early.

Jun 03, 2012
serious in Manhattan

Iconic NYC Restaurants?

Shopsins?

May 14, 2012
serious in Manhattan

Iconic NYC Restaurants?

iconic and not so good - Sammy's Roumanian

May 10, 2012
serious in Manhattan

Best whitefish salad?

Hudson Bagels on Hudson at Christopher has great whitefish salad - the best in NY from my perspective. And their bagels are different and good and recommended.

Apr 19, 2012
serious in Manhattan

Tight Brits Tucked Near Sutton Place

Taksim is a great choice. Panda is inexpensive but only a desperate local would go there. And Angelo's pizza is delicious.

Apr 19, 2012
serious in Manhattan

tempeh ? chips - City Bakery

Ok, the best chips I've ever had - does anyone know where to buy these? The catering department of City Bakery sells these with an edamame dip.

Mar 23, 2012
serious in Manhattan

How long will flour keep in the freezer?

I freeze flour, particularly whole wheat. And I keep it a long time, maybe even a year. Flour and nuts and chicken stock dominate my freezer space.

Feb 12, 2012
serious in General Topics

iso pizza near flatiron

too late for your movie plan but Grimaldi's in the old Limelight is good, 6th Avenue at 20th.

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Grimaldi's
47 W 20th St, New York, NY 10010

Jan 16, 2012
serious in Manhattan

Browning Cut Up Duck

I dislike this task, it smells up the kitchen and greases up the stove top. Any good tips? And - how far ahead of assembly can I do this ? I'm making a Saveur recipe with rice and turnips.

Jan 15, 2012
serious in Home Cooking

Duck

Search for a Manhattan restaurant that serves really good duck, not Chinese and no versions with a cloying fruity finish - just crisp, delicious.

Dec 23, 2011
serious in Manhattan

Chinese in Manhattan for a mixed family- Dilemma!

I would go to the Peking Duck House on 53rd between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. Comfortable, good service, great duck.

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Peking Duck House
236 E 53rd St, New York, NY 10022

Dec 14, 2011
serious in Manhattan

hyssop

Recently in Israel I asked what the herb used in zatar I was served. The surprising answer was hyssop. I've never had dried or fresh version, I bought a jar with what I think are tiny sesame seeds.
Does anyone use this for making zatar or in any other manner?

Dec 09, 2011
serious in General Topics

Bean Soaking Question

Is there any flavor to be gained by pre-soaking white beans - in this case, French Navy Beans - in stock rather than water? I know that the liquid is discarded after the soaking.

Oct 22, 2011
serious in Home Cooking

First NYC visit freak out - going to Midtown; need help

You should visit the Tenement Museum, lower east side, and around there you will find multi interesting places to eat.

Oct 07, 2011
serious in Manhattan

First NYC visit freak out - going to Midtown; need help

You give some terrific advice (except I don't see the charm or reason to be in Times Square). The Oyster Bar for lunch is a very good idea.

Oct 05, 2011
serious in Manhattan

First NYC visit freak out - going to Midtown; need help

I like Blue Ribbon Sushi (which has plenty that is not sushi) and that is at 308 W 58, facing the Time Warner building. Also near where you are staying, a Pain Quotidian, always handy for breakfast or lunch, just south of CPS on 7th Avenue.
Study one of those sites reviewing food carts -

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Blue Ribbon Sushi
119 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

Oct 04, 2011
serious in Manhattan

Elbows On The Table & Other Bad Habits - A Poll...

So many rules and contradictions, each culture has its own traditions - I'm certain the elbows are OK in some cultures that have tables.

Sep 12, 2011
serious in Not About Food

We're adults, aren't we??

Forget delish and yum-o. And what is gb (no, don't tell me). But EVO, never fails to irritate.

Sep 02, 2011
serious in Not About Food

Help with this scenario?

My choice would be same neighborhood, Broadway at 64th, Fiorello's. You can usually get a spot at the bar which faces an amazing selection of antipasti.

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Cafe Fiorello
1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

Jul 10, 2011
serious in Manhattan

Suggestions for party of 12-15

Obao on E 53 (2-3rd)
Peking Duck House - same block, private room in the back
Doubt that either place is offering decent wine but you might not be thinking wine at either.

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Peking Duck House
236 E 53rd St, New York, NY 10022

OBao
222 E 53rd St, New York, NY 10022

Jul 07, 2011
serious in Manhattan

Arugula Wilted

Ok, so what I did..thinking they were beyond crisping..I chopped them fine and used them as I would any herb. And that was pretty successful and imparted a good peppery flavor to an omelet.
They were from the farmer's market so had a bit shorter shelf life than those 'bred' for super market life.

Jul 03, 2011
serious in Home Cooking