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N.Y.C. visit

Well I have not seen anyone doing it yet. Are you volunteering?

Most of the NYers on this thread are arguing about Russian dressing on pastrami. Haven't seen anyone really discuss either list.

ETA: I didn't claim to speak for all NYers but was perhaps over claiming to speak for the half a dozen or so here who seemed to be more interested in sparring over dim sum and pastrami. Care to weigh in with your thoughts on all these places listed? I've been to a number of them but I'm not going to spend my time enumerating my thoughts about all of them without further guidance from the cousin. I don't have time for that and I think I have used too much time addressing this.

about 1 hour ago
Bkeats in Manhattan

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.

about 1 hour ago
Bkeats in Manhattan

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.

about 1 hour ago
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.

about 9 hours ago
Bkeats in Outer Boroughs

Steakhouse lower Manhattan

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

about 10 hours ago
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.

about 10 hours ago
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.

about 10 hours ago
Bkeats in Not About Food
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Why oh why did you not use my host(ess) gift at your dinner party?

LOL!

about 10 hours ago
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?

about 12 hours ago
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.

about 13 hours ago
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.

about 13 hours ago
Bkeats in Manhattan

How much is that dog in the window?

Tant pis pour Kevin

about 21 hours ago
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.

about 22 hours ago
Bkeats in Manhattan

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

Nope

1 day ago
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.

1 day ago
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.

1 day ago
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

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

What is omakase?

Reading this thread and your other thread, my thought is that "omakase" is more equivalent to "tasting menu". I often have omakase meals at both sushi and non-sushi places. I think your questions have confused those who have had omakase. An omakase is a meal of multiple courses set by the chef that brings a progression of different flavors. The menu is meant to highlight the contrast in flavors as the meal progresses. Omakase is not a buffet or several small plates set on the table at once.

Here's an example of a menu at a great spot in NYC

http://www.davidbouley.com/brushstrok...

Trying to do anything like that at home would wear me out.

Aug 26, 2014
Bkeats in General Topics

Iconic CT foods

I also had shad and roe this year. Bought some at Bud's from Hal like you but also got it in NYC. It's also a NY thing as there are shad runs up the Hudson River. Heck, I've heard they even have them in Virginia.

Aug 26, 2014
Bkeats in Southern New England

CT: clams casino or linguine with clam sauce, take me to the water!

I absolutely love white clam sauce. I've been craving it so much that I'm heading to Rome next week to get some. I'm haunted by memories of a plate of spaghetti alle vongole I had as a teen in Venice at a restaurant right off the Grand Canal. Nothing I've ever had since has come close.

I like clams in red sauce and on pizza too. I just love clams.

Aug 26, 2014
Bkeats in Southern New England

Looking for some planning advice in Rome

thanks

Aug 25, 2014
Bkeats in Italy