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The Clam Castle?

So we were back at CC. Its better now than when we went right after they opened. The frying is crisper than before. While it tastes better it's not up to what is used to be. Small things matter. For example, we loved the tartar sauce they used to serve. It had a great lemony flavor. The stuff served now tastes like it was scooped out of a big jar. Not bad, but nothing special like it used to be. So the final conclusion is that we will stop by when we are in the area but I'm not going out of the way for it.

Aug 29, 2014
Bkeats in Southern New England

Bâtard

Well I thought Corton was too quiet.

Aug 29, 2014
Bkeats in Manhattan

Anyone been to Denny's yet?

Looks nice. Too bad the food is going to be the same as other Denny's. Probably pricier than the typical Denny's too.

Aug 29, 2014
Bkeats in Manhattan

Talking about restaurants that no longer exist

??? Is right

I missed this thread until now. I am participating in some memory lane threads right now. I tried to start some in the past and had them deleted and I was admonished for starting them. You ask "What Chow-worthy purpose does it serve?" You could say that about the entire NAF board and half the threads on GT. How the eff does bitching about whether a family member/friend does or does not appreciate some dish/function/get together/payment scheme or whatever serve any chow-worthy purpose other than to give posters the opportunity to vent, bitch, console or get out their pocket psychiatrist? Not like I haven't participated in those too.

If all posts had to pass a chow-worthy criterion, I suspect many of my and your posts would be deleted. At least memory lane threads talk about places we ate at.

Aug 29, 2014
Bkeats in Site Talk
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PIZZA: Experts rank the top 101 pies to find the 'perfect slice'

Having had the pizza at the supposedly #1, I am extremely dubious of the taste of the the Daily Mail. But on the other hand I was dubious of the paper long ago.

Aug 28, 2014
Bkeats in General Topics

N.Y.C. visit

If your cousin can come back and describe what he is looking for or what appeals to him about some of the restaurants on these two lists, I think he can get some real good feedback. None of the NYers here is interested in looking at a list of 50 different places and jotting down notes about them.

As a contrast look at this thread

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/986502

The poster gave great detail on what he wanted and he got lots of feedback.

Steakhouse lower Manhattan

I would think that a strip club called Guys & Dolls is not one that 15 guys on a typical bachelor party would go to but heck what do I know with all the changes have happened now. The bachelor party planned may not bear any resemblance to mine where if my fuzzy memory serves we ended up at a certain place on the east side favored at one time by Charlie Sheen.

Aug 28, 2014
Bkeats in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Outer Borough Memories

That's it. Lived for a short time in Cobble Hill way back then and I used to go there a lot. I just couldn't come up with the name. Was just a step below Patsy's and there was no wait. Thanks Steve.

Aug 28, 2014
Bkeats in Outer Boroughs

Steakhouse lower Manhattan

Make sure you tip the dancers & don't be rude
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ROTFLMAO

Aug 28, 2014
Bkeats in Manhattan

Steakhouse lower Manhattan

It's clear you haven't been. Murray Street just off West B'way. They do a lunch special IIRC.

Aug 28, 2014
Bkeats in Manhattan

Why oh why did you not use my host(ess) gift at your dinner party?

Was your guest 8 years old? Childish is all I can say.

Perhaps you need to review your guest list as you are fairly unlucky with your current ones.

Why oh why did you not use my host(ess) gift at your dinner party?

LOL!

Aug 28, 2014
Bkeats in Not About Food

1 Secret Ingredient for Better Pasta?

No No. Not canned. Must be in an artisanal 4oz mason jar labeled Pasta Sauca Blasta.

If you can have pasta rocks, why not?

Aug 28, 2014
Bkeats in General Topics

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Outer Borough Memories

What was the name of the pizza place in Carroll Garden that was I think on President? They made a pretty fabulous pizza in the days before all the pizza hype. I recall they brought a head of roasted garlic with bread when you sat down. That was awesome stuff.

Aug 28, 2014
Bkeats in Outer Boroughs

Pastrami - Bringing It Home on the Plane?

I also would not hesitate eating the pastrami after 8 hours. Katz and Second Ave sell by the pound. Get some ziplock bags. The meat will be wrapped in paper and the ziplock bags will be better for transport. Have the meat cut from a cold piece as it will travel better. Get a box and get gelpacks and stuff tightly with newspaper. Label and check the box. If you do this, get several pounds to make it worth it. Also remember to ask for mustard.

Aug 28, 2014
Bkeats in Manhattan

How much is that dog in the window?

Tant pis pour Kevin

Aug 27, 2014
Bkeats in Manhattan

Steakhouse lower Manhattan

Downtown you have Wolfgang's, City Hall, Palm, Dylan Prime. Wolfgang's is probably the best steak. I had forgotten about NY Dolls. When I used to work downtown I was always amazed by the number of guys I knew who went there for the lunch "special".

A bit further north is the Strip House but the only strippers there are on the postcards.

Aug 27, 2014
Bkeats in Manhattan

User profile: would you like to see more/different questions and/or mandatory info?

Nope

Aug 27, 2014
Bkeats in Site Talk

Steakhouse near Barclay's Center

The only steakhouse I know in the general vicinity would be Prime Meats. Very good steak. Its a hike from the Barclays Center but its not to far from Smith Street which has a lot of bars. No "gentlemen's clubs" in the area though. Its a bit too residential for that. You would need to head back to Manhattan or much further out into the OBs to find them. If you want to stay close to the Barclays, the Nu Hotel on Atlantic is a good option.

Aug 27, 2014
Bkeats in Outer Boroughs

Restaurant Serving Decent Sushi AND Ramen in Brooklyn?

Finding good ramen and sushi will be difficult. If I recall, 1 or 8 does ramen as a late night option on certain nights but its not on the regular menu. I think it was only served at the bar. They have very good sushi. Try calling them and asking if you can order ramen for table service.

Aug 27, 2014
Bkeats in Outer Boroughs

STINGY TIPPERS .....BY STATE

This. As far as I know I have never paid at a restaurant that used Square. They have the regular CC readers. The only place I can recall seeing Square being used are by the foodtruck/street vendor types so, duh low tips. Pointless article if this is based on Square data.

Winooski Vermont news story - Can This Be True?

Its Vermont outside of Burlington. Ever been there? Its no surprise to me. On the other hand, in NH it might be different.

Aug 26, 2014
Bkeats in Food Media & News

What to do with vacation okra

Try frying them. Cut them into 3/4" pieces, dust with flower, then egg wash and finally cornmeal and fry them up. I love fried okra and while 8-12" is big, I have used 6-7" ones for frying. Make a test batch and see how they turn out.

Aug 26, 2014
Bkeats in Home Cooking

Small town restaurant + Bad experience = Would you go back?

If you are referring to Kitchen Nightmares, do you know that the show originated in England and was called Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares and Gordon Ramsey was busy running around saving family run restaurants in Europe? There are many restaurants in Europe that serve boil in the bag meal from their Sysco equivalent. Plenty of threads about that on the France board. Its gotten so bad in France that there is a law that restricts how restaurants that make things in house can display a seal on their menus.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/29/bus...

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/23/din...

Its not only US restaurants that serve mediocre food.

Aug 26, 2014
Bkeats in Not About Food
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What is omakase?

As usual Silverjay comes in to point us in the right direction when it comes to all things Japanese. Thanks for the explanation. I loved that old thread. I would stick a thumbs up here if there were one instead of that danged heart.

By the way Silverjay, where's your favorite place to get omakase sushi in Brooklyn? I keep finding myself at 1 or 8 and was wondering if there was anywhere else I should check out.

Aug 26, 2014
Bkeats in General Topics

Chick fil a - Wallingford CT

I grew up with chick-fil-a and I loved them. I rarely get the opportunity to have them and it would be great to see a this place open up. I hope we can keep this thread free of the vitriol that often accompanies these sandwiches.

What is omakase?

I agree that's probably what happens in the run of the mill sushi places, but even in between the low and high end spots, you can get some very good chefs that know how to put a good omakase meal together. I usually find these type places have very little in the way of printed menu and rely more on what is available day to day. They don't have a menu listing CA rolls, spicy tuna rolls, etc. There's a small place not to far from my apartment where a chalkboard lists the fish available that day and they can put together a pretty nice meal for $50-60. Then again the chef is Japanese which isn't often the case in your local neighborhood sushi spot. But that's a topic for another thread.

Aug 26, 2014
Bkeats in General Topics

Where Were the Shad?

Shad are anadromous fish and as such have the same issue as atlantic salmon. There are also very few fisherman for shad left these days as they are usually netted during the spring spawning runs. I have been able to find shad every spring at my local fishmongers. Freshdirect even carries it. Its expensive though. No need to relegate it to your memories.

Aug 26, 2014
Bkeats in General Topics

Where Were the Shad?

If you are in NYC, there are some fish mongers I know that carry shad roe and fish in season. The season is brief, only a few weeks and so its easy to miss but I get some every spring.

Aug 26, 2014
Bkeats in General Topics

Sushi and small plate dinner ideas need.

This is one of my favorite izakayas. They serve small plates of what are often called Japanese tapas. Maybe there will be some inspiration here.

http://www.sakagura.com/

Aug 26, 2014
Bkeats in Home Cooking