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Good vs. Bad Pizza: Is there such a huge difference?

I believe most pizza in America is mediocre. There is then some decent pizza and a tiny sliver of really good pizza. Most people have never had really good pizza. I know I didn't until I was in my 20s. Over the years, I find myself willing to eat almost any pizza, but I find myself stopping after one or two slices as its just not that good. Yeah its food, but I wouldn't say its something to get worked up about. But when the pizza is truly good, I can eat an entire pie. I'm fortunate to spend my time in the corridor between NYC and New Haven so good pizza is never far.

about 18 hours ago
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Atlantic Antic today?

its too late to help but I think the best thing I ate was the roast pork sandwich from Building on Bond. That was spectacular. Too bad they don't have that all the time.

about 19 hours ago
Bkeats in Outer Boroughs

Regional Egg Roll Styles

My understanding is that the American style eggroll bears little resemblance to anything served in China and is most likely a western creation like General Tso's Chicken or Chicken Tikka. Here in NYC, the eggroll is a fried wrapper usually filled with veg mostly cabbage and a hint of meat typically pork.

Sep 24, 2014
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Japanese Raman: Do you mix the ingredients before eating?

You need to watch the movie. It is all about food but focused on ramen. The scene I referred to shows an old man teaching the young apprentice the proper way to appreciate and eat a bowl of ramen. Its a classic. Unfortunately not out on DVD. I think you can see most of it on youtube.

Sep 24, 2014
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Japanese Raman: Do you mix the ingredients before eating?

Don't mix the ramen. You must respect the placement of each piece and honor it. LOL. CK - you must have seen Tampopo. Remember how the master teaches the young guy to eat ramen? That was an amusing scene. I trace all this current ramenia to that point.

Sep 24, 2014
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near Brooklyn bridge park, photoville

Have not yet written a new post. Still suffering from some jet lag.

River Deli is only one block up from the park. Its uphill, but very short. Some of the better Italian food in the area IMO. The name probably confuses some people about what they serve.

Sep 23, 2014
Bkeats in Outer Boroughs

NYC visit October

Weather here is lovely. By October any given day could be great or it could be quite cold. October is a transition month. Gets much colder in NYC than London. When I used to work in London, winters were much milder than in NYC. You should check the forecast right before you come to figure out what to wear.

Many restaurants in NYC don't take reservations. So you have to be willing to wait if you want to try them. The other issue with reservations at some places is that mere mortals will have difficulty getting them at prime dining hours. Finally, most high end places open books at some time like 28-30 days in advance and fill them with 1/2 hour of opening the book. Check opentable.com to see what is available. It has many but not all restaurants that have been discussed here.

Sep 23, 2014
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near Brooklyn bridge park, photoville

Well the streets adjacent to the park maybe a dining wasteland, but if you only walk 1-2 blocks away, there are a lot of choices. Not that different than Prospect or Central Parks. But when you eat in any park, you roll the dice and take your chances

By the way, tried Armandos in Rome. It was allright. Was more impressed with Piperno.

Sep 23, 2014
Bkeats in Outer Boroughs

Wine Mark up

Well he can go, but he doesn't have to order wine. Stick with the tap water.

Sep 22, 2014
Bkeats in Manhattan

Wine Mark up

Disagree. I am not aware of many quality restaurants that have a 2x markup. That would be quite a bargain. I expect at least 3x and have seen more. One of the ways to avoid thinking the markup is "exorbitant" is to avoid ordering wines you know and have drunk before. That way you find new wines and don't know how much you are paying above retail. Also try to avoid buying wines in a restaurant that you can buy at your corner mart in general is a good idea when dining out. You're eating out hopefully having something different than what you would be eating at home. Match that up with some wine that you wouldn't have in your closet.

CT: Let's Thai one on--share your Thai favorites!

Siam Orchid in Branford used to be great. But about 1-2 yeays ago we noticed the food had gotten noticeably sweeter and less spicy. At the same time, it got busier. Correlation and an indication of the typical american palate? Stopped going as the food just wasn't as good. Anyone been recently? I'm thinking about going back and asking them to see if they can make the food like they used to. It was very good before.

Sep 22, 2014
Bkeats in Southern New England

Williamsburg. Manhattan Ave at Grand/Maujer. One week of neighbourhood haunts ? Verboten too ?

Have not been in a while but I think the burgers at DuMont Burger are quite good.

Sep 22, 2014
Bkeats in Outer Boroughs

near Brooklyn bridge park, photoville

That's too bad. I mentioned Fornino as its in the park so it would be convenient. Never eaten there but have had beers several times on the roof. I'm surprised the pizzas were cold since they appear to make them to order and you can see the oven with the pizzas in them. We're you downstairs or up on the roof? I haven't spent anytime inside, always been on the roof.

Sep 22, 2014
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Restaurant or bar with a view?

MO bar or the lounge at the mandarin oriental has a spectacular view. It's pricey but the view over the park day or night is beautiful. There is also a restaurant. Never eaten there but had drinks several times. I think you can get a classic NYC view from there no matter the weather.

Sep 21, 2014
Bkeats in Manhattan

near Brooklyn bridge park, photoville

Fornino in the park has pizza and a rooftop beer garden.

Lots of restaurants heading east down Atlantic. Some of the better kid friendly places would be Hibino, Chez Moi and Pete's.

You could also check out some spots in Brooklyn Hts. River Deli is just up from the park. Nice Italian spot.

Sep 20, 2014
Bkeats in Outer Boroughs

Lambs Club or?

Del Frisco has great steak and crab cakes but it is incredibly noisy when full. If you are at a big table, forget about hearing what the person across from you is saying.

Sep 19, 2014
Bkeats in Manhattan

Lambs Club or?

The only thing Lamb's Club has going for it is quiet. The food is boring as hell.

What's wrong with Oceana? Are you ruling out seafood? If so, LeB is quite nice but its all about seafood.

Sep 19, 2014
Bkeats in Manhattan

Help us decide on an Italian restaurant for early December girls trip...

I will second Maialino. I don't think there will be a problem finding things for the less adventurous to eat.

Sep 19, 2014
Bkeats in Manhattan

NYC visit October

I will add Red Rooster to the mix for places in Harlem. Try the yardbird.

Sep 16, 2014
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Marta - When in NYC, do as...

True that

Sep 16, 2014
Bkeats in Manhattan

Marta - When in NYC, do as...

I'm confused. Are you using kosher in a non-kosher way as I don't know how pork sausage is kosher on a pizza?

Sep 16, 2014
Bkeats in Manhattan

4 days and nights in Manhattan

The duck at EMP is ok. I feel as there is a bit of bait and switch with the main course. They bring this beautiful duck to present at the table then take it away. A little while later they bring you a plate with a strip of duck that's an inch wide an maybe 3-4" long. Tasted fine but it was kinda disappointing after the initial presentation. I actually prefer the duck at Ssam bar.

Sep 16, 2014
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Just Sayin'

Well..

How The Coffee Shop Has Ruined Customer Service

Changed for the better because when they put the milk and sugar in for you and serve in 15 seconds, as others have, it was swill you were drinking. I can still get coffee the way you have described, mostly in Penn Station when I'm taking Amtrak. It's awful stuff. Maybe people other than you have come to appreciate their coffee tasting good over convenience and speed. Not all change is bad.

How The Coffee Shop Has Ruined Customer Service

alwayshungrygal, I think hal2010 was waiting behind you and getting annoyed. LOL

Sep 16, 2014
Bkeats in Not About Food
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Which would rather have? Great Food or Great Service in a Restaurant?

Loud roaring foot stomping standing ovation in response to Harter's post

Sep 15, 2014
Bkeats in Not About Food

How The Coffee Shop Has Ruined Customer Service

have the coffee prepared perfectly and placed in front of you within 15 seconds
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If perfection for you can be achieved in 15 seconds, you have a far lower threshold for perfection than I do.

15 seconds? Really? Anything that can be done in 15 seconds is worth 15 seconds. I'd rather take a real long slow time to experience one good first. ;)

N.Y.C. visit

If it's any consolation I just got back from Rome/Lazio and I have such a hankering for spaghetti with meatballs and chicken pram so I'm happily heading to my favorite red sauce place tonight.

Sep 14, 2014
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Three Meals in Beautiful New Haven (long) 09/2014

We also love caseus.

Just got back from Rome. Perhaps the spaghetti carbonara you had was more true to the roman original because after having had it several times in Rome I would say that it's pretty subtly seasoned there and generally does not have punch as you refer to. Same with the spaghetti alle vongole. They don't like to use much garlic there.

Will try Olea. Loved Ibiza too.

Sep 14, 2014
Bkeats in Southern New England

Nutella taste comparison

That's the wife's lunch bag. Unique it is.

Sep 14, 2014
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