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Lansky's (UWS) - Jewish deli opens 9/25

I am by no means an expert in traditional deli items. I have, however, had good and bad matzo ball soup, and Lansky's is on my list of really good ones. My boyfriend and I went just last night. Their matzo balls were light and fluffy, and there were chunks of white meat chicken in our generously sized bowls. The broth is very rich and flavorful. At $4.50, it's a really good deal.

Their latkes are good, but we preferred the ones at Barney Greengrass. I'm not sure if it was because they were busy last night, but the Lansky's latkes were not as crisp on the outside as I like.

We split a corned beef reuben, which we both enjoyed. The corned beef was nice and lean, but I would have preferred a little more sauerkraut. Portions are generous, so a bowl of soup each, an order of latkes and half a sandwich was filling.

I've been twice, and overall, I'd definitely go back just for the matzo ball soup.

Jan 03, 2009
ZerlinaVania in Manhattan

Astoria or Jackson Hts Recommendations?

Sorry that was a little ambiguous. I meant that our usual is E/SE Asian - My cousin is coming from Singapore and our family is Filipino.

Sep 27, 2008
ZerlinaVania in Outer Boroughs

Astoria or Jackson Hts Recommendations?

We're going out with extended family for an early dinner on Sunday. We're looking for a good place to go that's different from our usual: Chinese, Japanese, Thai or Filipino food. We are fairly adventurous eaters. Any suggestions for casual places, where we can sit, relax and enjoy a family dinner would be appreciated. Thanks!

Sep 22, 2008
ZerlinaVania in Outer Boroughs

Authentic Mexican Food in NYC?

I haven't been to the La Palapa in the East Village, but I have been to the one on 6th Ave and 4th St. I really enjoyed chile relleno and tinga de pollo tacos.

It's been a while since I've been to El Sombrero, but I remember not enjoying the food that much. The portions are big, but nothing to write home about.

Rosa Mexicano was okay, but again, the last time I went, the food was mediocre at best and so overpriced for the quality. Definitely not authentic.

I grew up in San Jose, CA and lived in SF before coming to NY. I've had Mexican food up and down the state, from Sacramento down to San Diego. After two years, I'm still searching for Mexican food in NY that reminds me of what I can get in CA. Good luck in your search!

Aug 03, 2008
ZerlinaVania in Manhattan

What not to miss at Dinosaur BBQ

I'm a fan of their BBQ fried rice and mac n cheese. Pulled pork is fantastic!

Aug 03, 2008
ZerlinaVania in Manhattan

New SF transplant in NYC: looking for good/similar SF Greats!

I would agree with most of the comments already made here. We relocated from SF to Manhattan two years ago, and attempting to replace restaurants like Burma Superstar and just about any taqueria or burrito place in the Mission with NYC equivalents would just be frustrating and disappointing. I've tried.

Surprisingly, I recently discovered Nha Trang One on Baxter (Chinatown, just up the street from the courthouse). As close to Bay Area Vietnamese food as you could get. It's also very reasonably priced. http://newyork.citysearch.com/profile...

For Harlem eats, if you haven't been to Amy Ruth's yet, you must go. Try the Terry Rivers - honey dipped southern fried chicken. To die for!

I might get some crap for this, but my recommendation for Thai is Pongsri on 23rd and 7th. http://newyork.citysearch.com/profile... I don't recommend the one in Midtown simply because they have the worst service ever.

Aug 03, 2008
ZerlinaVania in Manhattan

where is best Filipino food in manhattan

I'm coming into this kind of late, but we moved here from SF a couple of years ago... If you are looking for food in Manhattan as good as what you'd find in Daly City, you're gonna have a long search ahead of you. As far as Cendrillon is concerned, no their food is not authentic, and I could see how you would be disappointed if you walked in expecting your mom's cooking. However, I found the presentation beautiful. The lumpiang sariwa (fresh lumpia) was excellent when I went recently.

May 11, 2008
ZerlinaVania in Manhattan

the NEW UWS dining scene???

My boyfriend and I went to Blossom Cafe for lunch on a weekend about a month or so ago. It's definitely more casual than Blossom in Chelsea, but the food was fantastic! I think they've changed the menu since that visit, because I just checked the website and the sandwich my boyfriend had wasn't listed. I had the tofu BLT, The "southern fried tofu" had a crisp (not hard) outer crust, and a silky interior. The tempeh bacon had nice crunch but a mildly artificial bacon flavor... but then again, what would you expect from vegetable-based "meat"? That fake bacon taste was easy to overlook because the tomato and lettuce were fresh and the bread itself had a good, chewy texture that rounded out just a really well-put-together sandwich. It was a little expensive ($12 for a sandwich at lunch), but the portions were huge and the quality of the ingredients was well worth it.

Anyone else been there more recently than I have?

Apr 18, 2008
ZerlinaVania in Manhattan

Vegetarian Valentine's Day

I really appreciate the reminder, scarlet starlet. I forget about those cuisines when looking for "special dining" options, mostly because I do eat them quite frequently.

Feb 13, 2008
ZerlinaVania in Manhattan

First Trip to NY

I know you're looking for restaurants, but since you're staying at the Mansfield, stop at the M Bar right by the lobby and try their signature blueberry martinis before heading out for the evening. They are a gorgeous color, and a nice balance of flavors - not too sweet, but you definitely get a taste of blueberry.

Also, DB Bistro Moderne just on the opposite side of the street from The Mansfield has excellent food at relatively reasonable prices. It's a great way to get a taste of Daniel Boulud's style of cooking without paying an arm and a leg.

Feb 10, 2008
ZerlinaVania in Manhattan

Upper West Side Recs

I would have to second Ken J. on Acqua and Pizzabolla - reliable, tasty Italian food at reasonable prices. For sushi, I'd recommend Haku Sushi on Broadway between 89th and 90th.

Pudding Stones West just opened at the corner of 91st and Amsterdam: fantastic wine list, and great small plates made for sharing. It's new though, so as far as consistency, I can't say, but I will definitely be back.

Feb 10, 2008
ZerlinaVania in Manhattan

Cozy little wine bar with food

Has anyone here tried Pudding Stone in the UES? The wine list on their website is extensive and interesting, as is the food menu. http://puddingstoneswinebar.com/main....

We went to the one that just opened in the UWS. We had a great time - awesome cheese selections, very knowledgeable bartenders and fantastic wine list- but it's only a couple of weeks old and I want to revisit it in a month or two before I post an opinion on it.

Feb 10, 2008
ZerlinaVania in Manhattan

Foodie Valentine's Day Dinner on the Early Side?

I'm not sure if you can still get reservations, but my boyfriend and I had a lovely experience at DB Bistro Moderne. I'm not sure what they have going on for Valentine's Day, but their regular menu items are relatively reasonably priced. The food and the service were excellent... I'm partial to the duck confit. http://www.danielnyc.com/dbbistro/

Feb 10, 2008
ZerlinaVania in Manhattan

Vegetarian Valentine's Day

I am relatively new to vegetarianism, so Valentine's Day reservations were more about where we wanted to go rather than who has a good vegetarian selection. Any suggestions for a nice last-minute vegetarian Valentine's Day dinner in Manhattan? Thanks!

Feb 10, 2008
ZerlinaVania in Manhattan

Museum mile trip questions

The Sarabeth's in the UES is at 92nd and Madison. Very easy to walk to the Guggenheim from there, and I agree their breakfast is fantastic! There's also a Sarabeth's conveniently located in the Whitney.

Jan 07, 2008
ZerlinaVania in Manhattan

union square dinner recs for friends who don't like anything "weird"

Not sure if this is too far away, but how about S'Mac? It's all mac n cheese all the time, at 12th St, between 1st and 2nd.

http://www.smacnyc.com/home.html

Jan 07, 2008
ZerlinaVania in Manhattan

Stroopwafels

Stroopwafels are Dutch, but good guess with Denmark. :) I will have to try the Trader Joe's version. Their cookies are surprisingly good and very affordable.

Jan 05, 2008
ZerlinaVania in Manhattan

Dinner for 20 in San Jose

Thank you so much! I love that their website shows private dining menus on a sliding scale. Awesome suggestion - I'll definitely give them a call.

where is best Filipino food in manhattan

My vote is for Bayan Cafe in Midtown if you want traditional food. Their kare kare reminds me of my mom's. I've never been to Cendrillon, but I've heard really good things about it.

Jan 04, 2008
ZerlinaVania in Manhattan

Stroopwafels

I used to be able to buy stroopwafels from Barzini's in the UWS, but can no longer find them. Short of making them myself, where can I buy good ones in Manhattan? Thanks!

Jan 03, 2008
ZerlinaVania in Manhattan

VA CHEF IN BAY AREA JANUARY 7-14, WHERE DO I EAT? NO RESTRICTIONS

Scharffenberger is good, but I'd recommend Recchiutti for chocolate, also in the Ferry Bldg. Fan-freaking-tastic key lime pears (or apples) and burnt caramels.

Asian-Style Crab in SF?

Crustacean is good, but I much prefer Thanh Long in the (way) Outer Sunset. Thanh Long is owned by the same family but opened first. I don't know what it is, but I really liked the garlic noodles there better. The tamarind crab is so good.

Dinner for 20 in San Jose

I'd like to plan a dinner for my mom's retirement, but I don't want to spend a ridiculous amount of money. Are there any good places in San Jose that can accommodate a party of 20 for about $50/head? My mom is not that into super spicy food but has an otherwise adventurous palate, and there will be at least one gluten-sensitive person. Thanks!

Inexpensive Places to Walk To?

9th Ave is your best bet for tasty and affordable food in that area. Stay away from Broadway. If you like Cajun food, try Delta Grill at the corner of 9th and 48th. The jambalaya is spicy, jalapeno corn bread is amazing, and their portions are huge! Save room for dessert, though - their bananas foster is to die for.

Jan 03, 2008
ZerlinaVania in Manhattan