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Fresh, Wild-caught Yellowfin Tuna

That's an amazing haul. Those are 25-30 pounds or so each? Are you looking to sell whole fish or are these cleaned and already cut into filets or steaks? All I ever get on the east coast are blues and strippers, maybe an albie. Need to go way offshore to reach tuna. How far out did you have to go to reach the tuna?

about 7 hours ago
Bkeats in General Topics

What "typical American Foods" would you serve to foreigners?

The english also do turkey dinners for Christmas

about 8 hours ago
Bkeats in General Topics

New Haven Pig Roast by Caseus's Jason Sobocinski and journalist Jack Hitt

EvaG, what kattyeyes and I were reacting to is that until a couple of weeks ago, a post like this was forbidden. Now as the policy has changed, ads are beginning to pop up all over the place and long time users are concerned that the value of CH will diminish.

about 8 hours ago
Bkeats in Southern New England
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New Haven Pig Roast by Caseus's Jason Sobocinski and journalist Jack Hitt

I know this isn't spamming/shilling. As I said before, I am glad to know about the event. Really like Caseus too. I just don't know where this all leads. That's my primary concern. Not your post specifically but what it may be a harbinger of. If I weren't going to be out of the country, I would probably check it out.

about 9 hours ago
Bkeats in Southern New England

10 day trip to NYC, input requested!

I think the options at 2nd Ave are better. No confusing set up either. Come in, sit at table, order, eat, get bill and pay.

Even if you're not necessarily a fan of steak in restaurants, I would say having the mutton chop at Keen's is something special assuming you like lamb.

If you like fish like I do, you may prefer LeB to EMP.

Smorgasburg is worth checking out. I was pointing out that you should temper your expectations for the food. Nothing there is going to rock your world. Most of its is ok but you pay a lot for the experience. Don't think South Street will be better. Have not gone to Hudson Eats. If you are going to be in the Brooklyn Bridge Park, check out Juliana's for pizza.

Check out Sushi Dojo. Really good and reasonably priced for what you get.

about 9 hours ago
Bkeats in Manhattan

Gotham/Gramercy Tavern/Annisa/Union Square cafe - which one this time?

I've always loved GT for the atmosphere and service. Its not knock your socks off type food but its always been technically executed well. I've thought that the prix fixe offers excellent value.

about 9 hours ago
Bkeats in Manhattan

Looking for the quintessential true sushi bar/experience in New York.

Ichimura or Nakazawa are the hot places now it seems

about 9 hours ago
Bkeats in Manhattan

10 day trip to NYC, input requested!

Very thoughtful post.

If you are coming from Europe, I would add a few things that are difficult to find there.

That would include a NY style steakhouse. Keen's or Sparks are favorites of mine.

Since you like japanese, I would add ramen. Ippudo or Totto Ramen would be good choices.

NY Deli would be also good to add. I like 2nd Avenue a lot but maybe that's because its convenient.

I like EMP. Been several times and I feeling a bit burnt out on tasting menus these days. I really like LeB as I am a big fan of fish.

For BBQ, check out Mighty Quinn.

I was at Smorgasburg last weekend at BBP. I would say while there are many choices, most of the stuff is only so so. The most worthwhile part of the experience is the setting.

about 9 hours ago
Bkeats in Manhattan

Inviting Professional Voices to the Community

So I came across this on one of my regional boards

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/986411

Its interesting to know about this event and if I weren't going to be out of the country, I might try to go and check it out, but its nothing but an ad. I'm kind of conflicted on how I feel about this one.

Inviting Professional Voice = Free ad space?

1 day ago
Bkeats in Site Talk
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New Haven Pig Roast by Caseus's Jason Sobocinski and journalist Jack Hitt

I guess this is another example of the professional voices (free ads) that CH has invited. This is interesting to know about, but I wonder where the rabbit hole leads.

1 day ago
Bkeats in Southern New England

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Outer Borough Memories

Just remembered another favorite.

Patsy's. Before it was Grimaldi's. Before it was sold and moved. Back when Patsy roamed the room. When there where all those posters of Sinatra and he sang from the jukebox. Yeah, I know that Patsy reopened in the same space with Juliana's but its not the same.

1 day ago
Bkeats in Outer Boroughs

DIrty Family Secrets

Hear, hear. I refuse to use that heart.

There have been threads where CHs have posted about things they eat that others would find not chowish or perhaps even disgusting.

For example

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7182...
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/906865

Original post seems churlish to me.

1 day ago
Bkeats in General Topics

Anniversary Dinner in Tribeca

Rock shrimp tempura in creamy spicy sauce. Be specific.
My other favorites are:
Kumamoto oysters
Tacos
Eggplant
Uni tempura
Wagyu beef

All washed down with Devil Killer sake.

I don't care for the salads or tiradito/new style sashimi.

1 day ago
Bkeats in Manhattan

N.Y.C. visit

I don't even know how to approach your list as it covers everything from a $7 burger to a $225 tasting menu. Its a random list of restaurants. They're not all even in Manhattan. What do these have in common other than you're interested in them? You need to give more to go on.

1 day ago
Bkeats in Manhattan
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How long will mustard keep in the fridge?

I have a bottle in my fridge where the best by date is 2007. Still using it.

1 day ago
Bkeats in General Topics
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DIrty Family Secrets

I know that quesadilla.
I've made that quesadilla.
What's the problem with that quesadilla?
If I walked into a kitchen and that's all there was, I would say that's a pretty good use of the available ingredients.

1 day ago
Bkeats in General Topics
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Anniversary Dinner in Tribeca

Lots of people dump on Nobu. Its one of those places where you have to know what to order. Order well, you will have a great meal, order poorly and you will come out thinking WTF? We go a couple of times a year. Been going since they opened. Still like it.

That said, I think you have a lot of other choices in Tribeca.

If you want sushi, try Ichimura at Brushstroke.

1 day ago
Bkeats in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Outer Borough Memories

Also, did you see the recent story about Alan Harding, the owner of Patois?

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/20/din...

Its too bad that the guy who started the Brooklyn dining renaissance has been left behind. Hope he starts something new.

1 day ago
Bkeats in Outer Boroughs

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Outer Borough Memories

I haven't been around long enough in Bklyn to go far back in the way back machine.

We loved La Bouillabaisse in its early days. Actually went the first week it was open. Neil came out of the kitchen to chat with us since there were only a few tables at the time. He told us his story and how he used to cook on cruise ships. That was a great place. It seemed so tiny then. The places that have come and gone in the space have had better design but not better food.

I really miss Leaf & Bean that was on Montague. Great coffee and brunch.

Also liked Coq Hardi on Montague. Never got a fair chance as it was on the second floor. Great french food and the owner was a really good guy.

Tanpopo and its later incarnation as Bistro. Tanpopo had the best and most authentic sushi in Brooklyn at its time. Spent a lot of time sitting at the sushi bar. When it turned into a french bistro, it morphed into a family hangout. Pictures of our kids along with half the neighborhood kids were hung up behind the bar. Jim was such a curmudgeon but Helen was always a wonderful hostess.

I started a thread years ago about "ghosts on Montague" and it got deleted after only a few posts because threads about past places was verboten then. Nice that they have changed the policy.

Thanks for starting the thread.

1 day ago
Bkeats in Outer Boroughs

The Clam Castle?

Yeah, they called me out for calling someone else out

Its not a bad place, but its no longer worth going out of the way for like it used to be

Aug 18, 2014
Bkeats in Southern New England
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Just ate lobster for the first time

Yes, but prime steak for me is $20+ a pound.

Aug 18, 2014
Bkeats in General Topics
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What do you eat when you don't know what you want?

chips

Aug 18, 2014
Bkeats in General Topics

Just ate lobster for the first time

I don't know why lobster has acquired a luxury image other than its pricey away from the coast. Last summer, Stop & Shop was selling them 3.99 a pound. Less than a steak. It was historically a cheap food. Some places it still is. There's a local place that does a lobster dinner for two for about $29 IIRC. But I'm not a big fan of whole lobster anyways. Prefer a CT style roll or the Spaghetti Homard at Joe Beef in Montreal.

If it was stringy, it was over cooked like mcf said.

Aug 18, 2014
Bkeats in General Topics

Any veggie restaurant in NYC like Greens or Millennium in SF?

Haven't been to Millennium but I like Greens.

How about trying a kaiseki vegetarian meal at Kajitsu? or Korean at Hangawi?

Aug 18, 2014
Bkeats in Manhattan

Do you like ramen?

Well if you prefer cup o noodles to the tonkotsu ramen at Ippudo or the chef's beef a roni to the malfattti al maialino at Maialino, I guess you will save yourself that $13 or $25. If packaged ramen and the chef are awesomeness, what would the others be?

Aug 16, 2014
Bkeats in General Topics

Do you like ramen?

Girl, if you're talking about doctoring up that packet of instant, you've obviously never had the real stuff. Putting all sorts of things on the 15 cent pack is the functional equivalent of using freshly grated parmigiano reggiano on chef boyardee beef-a-roni. It makes it better but you're still starting with crap. I don't know of any traditional ramenya in TX, but if you get a chance you should check one out. The scales will fall from your eyes and you will know the truth.

Aug 15, 2014
Bkeats in General Topics

NY Times Review of Giada's Las Vegas restaurant. Ouch

or what your stylist, manicurist and plastic surgeon can give you

Aug 14, 2014
Bkeats in Food Media & News

Call it something else, but please don't call it a margarita.

How old does one have to be before you can be an official curmudgeon? I've been unofficial for a while with my fake ID.

Aug 12, 2014
Bkeats in Spirits
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Any other hunters/shooters here?

I have to add my 2 cents. My experience has been that those of us who hunt and fish have a far greater appreciation for the animals we stalk than those who don't. In order to be successful, you have to understand the habits and habitat of the animal. I've come back empty handed more often than not. You come to appreciate the animals in a way that someone who hasn't ever stalked them can't really understand. When you're successful, its not just a hunk of meat that you picked up at the megamart or some frou frou shop. You caught, killed, dressed and prepared it. There is a connection from the animal to the meal that is visceral. That's why the hunt has been celebrated through many cultures over the centuries. Not a lot written about the shoppers of the world.

That said, I prefer hunting for gamebirds. A lot less work to carry out a bunch of ducks/quail that packing out a deer miles to the truck. I do love venison though. Never gone after elk. I can't imagine the work that would take to pack out.

Aug 12, 2014
Bkeats in Not About Food
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What food do you wash that you're sure no one else does?

If you're washing some food item that you are sure that no one else does, wouldn't that be a sign of some kind of phobia? If you think no one else does it, what are you worried about?

Aug 12, 2014
Bkeats in General Topics
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