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Coney Island: Worth the Trip?

I'm seeing a lot of love for Ruby's here. As you know the developers kicked them out. If you're a fan of Ruby's, Coney Island, family run businesses, good food and/or fun, please sign the petition to save them!

That said, you can't beat a beer and a sausage sandwich from Ruby's. Well, maybe a dozen clams. Oh, this place was not to be missed!)

Nov 09, 2010
Misscox in Outer Boroughs

Bacon of the month clubs !!!!

Out of Baconfreak, Grateful Palate and The Pig Next Door, which makes a better gift for someone?

Jan 03, 2009
Misscox in General Topics

Quirky, summery, fun outdoor bar

I'm thinking about having a Thursday night birthday party in Manhattan. I'm looking for something different, quirky, fun..I need a hook!

I've done Waikiki Wallys (last year, there was no a/ really was like being in Hawaii!), Otto's Shrunken Head, Ninja, etc.

I want something a little goofy, with an outdoor option or something with really good drinks that's only slightly kitschy. Personal favorites as far as themes are: Elvis, tiki, 1950s kitsch, diners, anything dreamlike, funny, or extreme (too divey? good! too slick? possibly good!)

I don't go out as much as I used to so I'm not as up on what's going on.

Thanks for any and all suggestions.

Jul 25, 2008
Misscox in Manhattan

Belcourt Opening in EV?

At there on Saturday night. Food was delicious, had the bitter greens salad with anchovies. My one complaint is that there should have been more than two anchovies on top of the salad!

Service was awful, though. We ordered a salad, the pork belly, the hangar steak and a side of fries. The first thing to come out was the fries -- and when we asked to send them back as we wanted them with the steak the waitress looked as us like we were nuts.

The salad was delish, the pork belly and hangar steak was great (though the marrow sauce could have used a little something extra).

The restaurant was only about 1/3 full that night; six tables were taken. There was one table of about 6 or 8 people that were extremely loud -- like as if they were at a sports bar. The acoustics were terrible, no one told them to be quiet and by the end of our entrees we were both stressed out (and barely able to talk so we ate in silence). We skipped coffee and dessert as it was so obnoxious we couldn't have a relaxing meal.

We wouldn't go back simply for that excessive, sports-bar-level noise. Food was delicious, though.

Oct 29, 2007
Misscox in Manhattan

Holiday leftover turkey potstickers

haha, I did sort of wing it and made them. I used wonton wrappers which might have been too small - they ended up more like little wontons that you'd get in your soup in Chinatown as opposed to a dumpling that you could take 3 bites out of.

As much as I love the turkey sandwich, it was fun to do something different with the leftovers. And it wasn't anywhere near as bad as you may think. Each one got a little bit of turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing.

I used the cranberry sauce and turkey gravy as two dipping sauces.

I'm not sure I'll rush to make them again next year, though. :)

Dec 31, 2006
Misscox in Home Cooking

Best Restaurant in Georgia?

Oh, we went to the Lady and Sons. What a waste of time, chewing and sitting. Ugh.

Dec 30, 2006
Misscox in General South Archive

Pizza in Jersey City

I have to agree with La Rustique. I tried it a few times and it's pretty good. Last time we ordered from there the pie arrived with the cheese slid to one side and the bottom was burnt. We called and they immediately delivered a new pie. I was impressed with that (but also less impressed that they originally let a burnt-bottomed pie go out in the first place).

Strangely enough, they food dishes aren't so great. The eggplant parm is better at a number of cheaper places.

Holiday leftover turkey potstickers

I cut out a recipe from one of the free NYC papers (either AM NY or METRO) for holiday leftover potstickers. Basically, you throw all the leftovers from the turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing into the wrapper and then make the potsticker. You use the leftover cranberry sauce as a dipping sauce.

Anyhow, my boyfriend accidentally threw the recipe out and I can't find it anywhere online! Did anyone happen to cut it out also and if so can you either post it or email it to me?! I'll be forever grateful!

Dec 30, 2006
Misscox in Home Cooking

Pizza in Jersey City

Does anyone have a recommendation for good pizza in downtown Jersey City? Stella's used to be my favorite (nice and greasy!) but there's new owners and the last pie I got was awful.

Esperanto's is decent but I know there's got to be better! Help!

La Michelda - Maggi seasoning

I was recently in Mexico (Yucatan area, specifically Merida) and was told that a Chelada was beer, lime juice and salt. A Michelada is prepared this way: Fill a Collins glass with ice. (You can salt the rim first, too) Add the juice of one lime. Then about 1/4 tsp Worstershire sauce, 4 drops of Tabasco, fresh ground salt and pepper and then fill the glass with beer. They recommended Negro Modela, but you can also go lighter.

Experiment with the seasonings, you can make it meatier or limey-er. I've noticed that the guys aren't into this drink so much, but the girls love it. Oh and when I asked a guy from Mexico about it he told me that he and his friends used to only drink it when they had hangovers.

When I have a bbq and people bring over bad beer, I just turn them into Micheladas. I love 'em.

Jun 30, 2006
Misscox in General Topics


I used to eat there once or twice a week when I worked in the neighborhood. Probably the best cheap indian food in the city. They can be inconsistent with spice, but taste is always delicious.

Jun 30, 2006
Misscox in Manhattan

fish / pearl / mary's

Yeah, I eat the PBR special at Fish pretty regularly (ordering a few rounds) and no one I know has ever gotten sick. As a matter of fact, they're some of the nicest oysters around. You don't get a selection (they are Blue Points), but for an inexpensive snack, and a chill atmosphere I love to start there then head elsewhere.

Jun 30, 2006
Misscox in Manhattan


Fish on Bleeker St has the greatest oyster deal ever. You're not going to get a selection, but you will get some delicious Blue Points for an amazing deal. The special (you can get it anytime) is called the Red, White and Blue. You get a house wine (red or white) or a Pabst Blue Ribbon and a half dozen Blue Points for $8.

They can price them so cheaply as the owner owns a fishing boat, so there's no middleman.

The rest of the food at the restaurant is so-so, but I always like to stop by for the special before heading out elsewhere.

Jun 30, 2006
Misscox in Manhattan

Goin to Tampa

I travel to Tampa pretty regularly on business and though I haven't tried SideBerns's yet, the original Bern's Steakhouse is divine. Being a NYer, I have a hard time with food in the area, but a co-worker and I were absolutely shocked with a meal that we both considered to be one of the best we've ever had.

I went back again when my boyfriend flew down to join me after a business trip. He's extremely picky and difficult to impress (also a New Yorker) and when he said, "I'm impressed" I almost fell over.

Steaks are divine and cooked to perfection. The truffle mac and cheese almost brought me to tears.

Go on the tour of the kitchen and impressive wine cellar. And absolutely DO NOT miss the dessert room. We enjoyed a 1/2 oz of an 1848 cognac and then went on to an 1830. An amazing experience.

Jun 30, 2006
Misscox in Florida

Fun Outdoor Dining

B Bar (Bowery and 4th). Great outdoor seating. Food/drinks are ok.

Jun 30, 2006
Misscox in Manhattan

Recs near the Apollo Theater?

Manna's isn't so great. Was just there after reading about it here. Granted, I didn't have a feast - just some mac and cheese (uninspired), collard greens (nothing to write home about) and some banana pudding. (complete with Nilla wafers. Pretty good). There are better places to go (M&Gs for one)

Jun 30, 2006
Misscox in Manhattan

What exactly is Bubble Tea?

If you go to the right place, it's absolutely wonderful. I've ordered it from some places and it tastes like pure chemicals, but others (St. Alps Tea House in NYC comes to mind) it's just delicious. There's nothing like it on a hot day. And an added bonus is that the tapioca pearls are REALLY fun to spit out. (Just make sure no one is around) : )

Jun 29, 2006
Misscox in General Topics