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Morels! I want morels!

I'm visiting SEA and had the most amazing dish of morels at Terra Plata this week. Where else are they popping up on menus? I've had a morel and farro salad at Dahlia Lounge, and the lovely morel has made a guest appearance on a few other dishes, but Terra Plata wins hands down so far in terms of the morel as the star of the show. Recommendations?

Jun 24, 2012
MB fka MB in Greater Seattle

Brunch in Gramercy/Murray Hill

I second Resto -- really solid offering. One of my favorites in the area.

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Resto
111 East 29th Street, New York, NY 10016

Mar 27, 2011
MB fka MB in Manhattan

New Job, New Area (Murray Hill, 31st and Park), Cheap Lunch Options PLEASE

Not cheap, but under $10 - walk over to No 7 sub at the Ace Hotel. Giant, delicious and award-winning sandwiches. I had the Cilantro Chicken last week, but gave the second 1/2 away (too full).
http://www.no7sub.com/home-01.html

Kati rolls from Roomali on Lex between 26th & 27th -- $5-$6
http://roomaliny.com/

Kathi Rolls on Lex and 27th -- $5 (bigger than Roomali, IIRC
)http://www.kathirolls.net/home

The lunch specials at Vezzo are fantastic. Lex and 31st --$5-$11
Great thin crust pizza (2 slices for $5), the salad and 1/2 chicken pesto sandwich is great for $8.
http://www.vezzothincrust.com/lunchsp...

Super cheap and filling, walk over to Woorijip in Ktown on 32nd between 5th and B'way. Spicy pork and rice is like $5-$6 and you'll easily get 2 meals out of it.
http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/...

A bit of a walk, but the grilled cheese at Birch Coffee is darn good:
http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/...
27th between Madison and 5th

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Woorijip
12 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

Vezzo
178 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

Roomali
97 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

Kathi Rolls by Kabab Factory
101 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

Birch Coffee
5 E 27 St, New York, NY 10010

No. 7 Sub
1188 Broadway, New York, NY 10001

Mar 27, 2011
MB fka MB in Manhattan

Fort Greene to Gramercy Relo' - Neighborhood Recommendations?

I tried Lamarca last month and thought it was absolutely terrible. And the only other places I've tried are Pipa and Rosa Mexicana (meh), so thanks for the suggestions!

Feb 09, 2010
MB fka MB in Manhattan

Fort Greene to Gramercy Relo' - Neighborhood Recommendations?

Oh, and what about my local pub/dive bar?

Feb 09, 2010
MB fka MB in Manhattan

Fort Greene to Gramercy Relo' - Neighborhood Recommendations?

I just landed in my new place near E 18th & 2nd....Picked the neighborhood based on proximity to the Greenmarket, but the fact that one of my favorite restaurants is nearby (Casa Mono) is certainly a plus. I'm familiar with the area, but not as a resident. Can you help with recommendations? I'm going to Murray's Falafel tonight and I'm looking forward to trying the burger at Molly's, getting to The Smith for brunch and having Ess-a-Bagel nearby. What else should be on my list?

I'm looking for:

1. inexpensive mid-week dinners (dine in or take away)

2. great delivery (all cuisines)

3. the weekend brunch spot

4. the best coffee in the neighborhood

Feb 08, 2010
MB fka MB in Manhattan

Tamarack Farm (pork!) now at Ft. Greene Farmers Market

I've been a fan of this farm since I moved to NYC two years ago. The meat tastes like that from the animals my family raised growing up. The chorico is hands-down my favorite and is a wonderful ingredient. Today: steamed mussels with chorico, shallots, garlic, tomatoes and grilled bread. Tomorrow: potato and chorico frittata. Mmmmm. The bacon is pretty rockin' too.

Normally Tamarack is at Union Square on Wednesdays and Fridays, IIRC.

I didn't notice the Tello's farm folks - did they depart the market? Or was I just late?

Sep 27, 2009
MB fka MB in Outer Boroughs

This weekend near Union Station (recs needed)

I tried the ahi tuna dish and thought it was just okay. the components just didn't seem to go together at all. I also had a sip of the worst martini I've had in recent memory. A bummer.

This weekend near Union Station (recs needed)

Hey 'Hounds. I'm coming in from NYC for a weekend away. Staying at the Affinia Liaison Capitol Hill 415 New Jersey Avenue NW.

Tried to get a reservation at Citronelle a few weeks back, but no such luck. Will likely try the lounge.

I'd love some recommendations for:

1. walking distance - kickass good coffee, maybe a breakfast brunch
2. Vietnamese (NYC is not as good as Boston, which I hear is not as good as DC)
3. solo bar dining (small plates preferred)
4. any good "local flavor"/dive bars

Can you help a girl out?

What is your favorite rhubarb recipe?

Rhubard custard pie. Growing up, my New England grandmother would make this every spring and every season I dream about. Sheesh I'm a horrible baker but maybe I'll finally have to give it a whirl.

May 07, 2009
MB fka MB in Home Cooking

TOP "essential" New York Restaurants $ to $$$$

thew - Def. try Flatiron Lounge. I was really impressed when I first tried it last month.

Mar 12, 2009
MB fka MB in Manhattan

Feeling spendy (French) and no reservations

great tips - these were all places I was thinking about for a backup plan. My friend gets into town at 6:45 and we were going to head out asap and see what works.

Feb 26, 2009
MB fka MB in Manhattan

Feeling spendy (French) and no reservations

(Another question from a previous post of mine.) My best friend is coming to town tomorrow and we're looking to have a rock star meal. Problem is, no reservations. Nor do we actually like to make reservations. (I know, I know - pain in the neck!)

We're going to pass by Le Bernardin on the early side to see if we get lucky with timing for seats at the bar (I didn't realize it was so small). If not, where else should we try? Preferably somewhere high end with a sizable bar or a place that is known to hold a few tables for walk-ins. What about Bar Boulud? Is the bar at the London big? We really just want a bottle of champagne and a couple courses and to enjoy some really great service.

Bonus question: we're going to be in the LES on Saturday, open to recommendations for lunch and/or an early dinner/nosh. Thinking Degustation or maybe the Ssam bar or one of the speakeasy-ish places.

We'll probably do brunch at No. 7 in Fort Greene on Sunday (it's in my 'hood). Though might consider brunch in the city...

Feb 26, 2009
MB fka MB in Manhattan

Fine (bar) dining recommendations?

Thanks for all of the recommendations!

It looks like we're going to aim for the bar at Le Bernardin on Friday night (a bit early). What are our chances of getting a couple of spots? Do you have any favorite dishes on the current menu?

We might try to do drinks at the Modern early Saturday evening. Although I've become quite a regular at No. 7 and it might be better for Saturday, being more of a neighborhood place.

Feb 24, 2009
MB fka MB in Manhattan

New job = new chow 'hood...Help! (Chelsea)

I'm such a regular at Casa Mono that I could probably recite the menu from memory.

Thanks for the rec's - I went into City Bakery and didn't like the layout of everything and left. Maybe I'll give it another try. Favorites there?

Feb 24, 2009
MB fka MB in Manhattan

Fine (bar) dining recommendations?

Well thanks for the input. I've not been to either (yet!)

Feb 24, 2009
MB fka MB in Manhattan

Fine (bar) dining recommendations?

I used to work in the building and EMP seemed rather subdued. I was hoping for something a bit more lively?

Feb 24, 2009
MB fka MB in Manhattan

Fine (bar) dining recommendations?

My BFF is coming to visit this weekend. We were talking about a bottle of champagne and a light bite somewhere. Would do a lunch, too, but we really enjoy dining at the bar.

Is there a bar at Le Bernardin? What about Jean Georges?

Other recommendations?

Feb 23, 2009
MB fka MB in Manhattan

New job = new chow 'hood...Help! (Chelsea)

I should have been more clear - I'm at 6th and W 20th

Feb 09, 2009
MB fka MB in Manhattan

New job = new chow 'hood...Help! (Chelsea)

I went to Sala 19 for lunch and had the lentil soup with chourico and the tortilla espanola sandwich. A lot of food for $9. Will definitely get back for happy hour.

Feb 05, 2009
MB fka MB in Manhattan

New job = new chow 'hood...Help! (Chelsea)

I'm day 4 on the job and in need of some recommendations for...

1. cheap/fast lunch

2. treat yourself lunch (Boqueria? Markt?)

and

3. after work drinks/snacks.

I've grabbed a quick baked falafel at Chickpea (fine), walked over to Rohm for a late lunch. Last night had some truly fantastic cocktails at Flatiron Lounge.

Where should I go?

Feb 05, 2009
MB fka MB in Manhattan

need an excellent spot for brunch in brooklyn

ICI and No. 7 are my go-to spots. But be forewarned that they do not offer eggs benedict/entirely predictable menus -- safe to check it out online first.

I liked Stone Park but have heard on this board that it can be hit or miss, so you might not want to risk it.

Jan 30, 2009
MB fka MB in Outer Boroughs

Smoke Joint - any recs?

I'm with bigjeff in my experience: DRY. That said, friends in the neighborhood have been encouraging me to give them another try (but they also know someone there).

My suggestion: Be really forthright and just ask what's the best right at that moment. Mac n cheese was boring, but I recall really liking the vinegary greens.

Or dine in the bourbon bar next door. I bet the bar staff will steer you in the right (best?) direction.

Jan 30, 2009
MB fka MB in Outer Boroughs

General Greene or Good Fork?

I've had a couple meals at General Greene and they've been hit or miss. I'll try it again, but not too fast. Like quizkidd, I really like No. 7. But they don't take reservations for smaller parties (IIRC) and so there will likely be a wait. I've not been to Good Fork but it's been on my to-try list for a while now.

Jan 30, 2009
MB fka MB in Outer Boroughs

Pupusas at El Continental, 5th Ave (BK)

Stopped in yesterday to try the pupusas. I've lived in NYC just over a year and have not yet sought out a go-to source for these treats. Unfortunately this was not a real winner for me. The pupusas could have used a little more of a crispiness, although I liked that the cheese was seasoned with herbs. (The only other pupusas I tried were at a stall at the Fort Greene flea market and those were horribly overcooked and dried out.)

I also had a small bowl of beef soup at El Continental, which I loved. Will def. go back for this.

FWIW be forewarned, the bathrooms were NOT clean and my water had floaters. If you're a germ-aphobe, well, likely this is not the place for you.

That said, 2 pupusas with the fixings, plus a small beef soup, came to $8.15 inc. tax.

Jan 25, 2009
MB fka MB in Outer Boroughs

Chinese-style Shrimp & Scrambled Eggs

I'm just looking for a solid version. New to NYC and feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices in Chinatown.

I tried Fu Wong at 100 Bowery - cheap and greasy and delish for $4.50, containing 5-6 40/50 count shrimp, crispy edges, great flavor. But it was essentially a fried omelette and I'm seeking more fluffy scrambled eggs and shrimp.

Recommendations?

Jan 19, 2009
MB fka MB in Manhattan

Chicken & Waffles in BK

Actually, No. 7 in Fort Greene has chicken and waffles (a la carte) at Sunday brunch. Definitely more of an upscale version, as an homage to the neighborhood perhaps, but damn good.

Found this on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/arthuroh...

Jan 16, 2009
MB fka MB in Outer Boroughs

BAM-----we need a restaurant for after theater

I have to disagree about Epoca. My worst NYC dining experience EVER in that place and I hear they are trying to sell.

Walk a little further up Fulton and to go No. 7 on Greene. FWIW - I'm now a regular because I live in the neighborhood - but the food is fantastic either way. Thoughtful wine list and nicely done specialty cocktails, too.

Neighbors have steered me (far) away from Thomas Biesel.

It's a little bit more of a walk, but you could consider James in Prospect Heights. Thoughtful menu, lots of seasonal focus on my last visit, but that was a couple months ago.

I had a nice meal at Saul but the space feels pretty stuffy. Very different from No. 7 and James which are much more lively.

In Williamsburg I would just go to Marlow & Sons. Had one of my best NYC meals there. Simple, well executed food.

Jan 07, 2009
MB fka MB in Outer Boroughs

Fantastic brunch at No. 7, Fort Greene (photo)

Hey there! Thanks for the shout out. This place is one of my favorites and reminds me of all the good things people love about The Franklin.

I should be a bit more active on the Boston board - I still get back for a visit pretty often. Feel free to email me if you're coming this way. It's been a while, but I'm at mbfkamb AT gmail.

Jan 02, 2009
MB fka MB in Outer Boroughs

Great tapas in NYC?

yup.
I think when I go with my friend we get two of the smaller plates (left side of the menu), two sides (always the mushrooms) and usually one of the larger dishes (right side of the menu) and very rarely is there ever room for dessert.

FWIW I had a FANTASTIC espresso there. I was surprised.

Dec 19, 2008
MB fka MB in Manhattan