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Brooklyn Pizza around Barclays

I think Sotto Casa is unlikely to have a wait at 5:30 on a Saturday.

Oct 16, 2014
Bkeats in Outer Boroughs

Am I being too cheap? Splitting restaurant bill on family vacation

Simple answer. Yes you are being cheap. So suck it up.

Am I being too cheap? Splitting restaurant bill on family vacation

Actually some of the Disney restaurants have very extensive wine lists. After a day at the park with the kids, plenty of adults need their own recreation.

Oct 09, 2014
Bkeats in Not About Food

4 lunches in Manhattan and 2 early dinners - it's all about the food!

IMO, there are no GREAT food trucks in NYC. OK ones, a few good ones but I've yet to encounter a great one. Most of the time after standing in line I find myself with totally underwhelming food.

Oct 08, 2014
Bkeats in Manhattan
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Looking for fine dinning with large portions

Another thread that contributes to the common misconception that fine dining leaves you hungry while a steak dinner leaves you full. You will not get plates large enough to share at a high end fine dining place. However, with the usual start of amuses and the ending of mignardises with the 3 - 12 courses in between depending on the menu, I've never left hungry. In fact I'm usually uncomfortably full. No one portion is large but you eat at lot of food over the course of dinner.

But if you want large portions, then some of the large format meals at the Momofuku places are a good suggestion. Other places like the Breslin do large format meals too. Its very good food but not what I think of as fine dining. They're pretty casual places. That's one of the recent great trends in dining. High quality food in casual settings. That I like quite a bit, probably more than fine dining.

Oct 08, 2014
Bkeats in Manhattan
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Food mythbusters . What's your belief or not ?

Interesting theory. Since its disintegrated it can't hold the shell closed when dead and raw but disintegrated it can hold it closed when cooked. I guess we don't have much in the way of science based contributions going on here so I'm going to drop this. I hope none of you eat raw shellfish.

Oct 07, 2014
Bkeats in General Topics

Food mythbusters . What's your belief or not ?

I bet they would have opened on cooking anyways. But I I guess you guys must must not eat clams/oysters on the half shell since how could you ever know?

Last point, here's what Bittman wrote in a recent article about clams. I guess many CHs look at him as a better authority than anonymous me.

"Conventional wisdom states that clams cooked in their shells shouldn’t be eaten if they don’t open during cooking. That’s a waste of money, and of what’s likely a perfectly good clam. Pry the shy ones open at the table as if you were shucking them. If they don’t look or smell right, chuck ’em; otherwise, enjoy."

I've never encountered a clam that after cooking which couldn't be opened with just a little extra pressure and was otherwise fine to eat. Conventional wisdom is often wrong.

Oct 07, 2014
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Food mythbusters . What's your belief or not ?

I think I read your post correctly. In both cases they're dead in your post which is contradictory. Either a dead mollusk has an open shell or closed. It can't be both.

Oct 06, 2014
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Food mythbusters . What's your belief or not ?

Completely contradictory. Obviously cooked mollusks are dead. So dead mollusks are open prior to cooking. You can tell a mollusk was alive prior to cooking because it was closed and then it opens upon cooking (because its dead). However, a mollusk that was tightly sealed prior to cooking and now isn't open when all the others are open was dead prior to cooking. Try an experiment next time you cook a mollusk. Take out the open ones and leave the closed ones on heat for a bit longer. I will bet they will open.

The open on cooked test also doesn't help those of us who eat raw oysters/clams. I've observed 10% or more of clams don't open on the initial cooking. If that was truly representative of the ratio of closed but dead to closed but alive mollusk, think of how many people who eat raw shellfish would supposedly be sick. That would imply that there would be a least one dead (and presumably toxic) mollusk in every dozen you eat and I can eat dozens at a sitting.

I think the rule is horse shit for these reasons. If you check the history of this "rule" you will find no science behind it.

Oct 06, 2014
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Food mythbusters . What's your belief or not ?

Shellfish that are open prior to cooking are dead - corollary tightly closed shellfish are alive. Most likely true.

Shellfish that remain closed after cooking should be discarded as they were dead prior to cooking. WTF???!!! See first case for inherent contradiction to this myth.

Oct 06, 2014
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Good vs. Bad Pizza: Is there such a huge difference?

Well in the NH area the pizza places have apizza in the names. Modern Apizza for example. So the story goes that a guy walks into one of these places and asks the owner why do you call this apizza place? The owner says well want to do you want to order? The fellow says a pizza. Ba dum cha (rim shot)

Oct 03, 2014
Bkeats in General Topics

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

As I posted earlier, I spend most of my time in the area bounded by NYC and NH. Modern Apizza is one of my regular stops. When we are heading to the weekend place, the normal routine is to call Modern when we hit Milford and by the time we roll up State Street its ready to be picked up. I prefer Modern to Pepe and I don't have the secret number for Sally's. I think I might have some tonight.

Have you heard the line about why they call is "apizza"?

Oct 03, 2014
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Good vs. Bad Pizza: Is there such a huge difference?

I totally agree with your last statement. I get your point about preferences. There are people in the world that don't like pizza so its all bad to them, but if your preferences don't create such an obstacle, you're spot on. I go back to my original statement that I think most people have never had good pizza.

mahalo

Oct 03, 2014
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Good vs. Bad Pizza: Is there such a huge difference?

Well Kaleo have you heard much rave/electronic music? What do you think of it? It draws huge crowds. The recent concert in NYC was massive. When I hear it, I think its bad music. The crowds who show up obviously think otherwise. One person's bad music is another person's rave. I think there is as divers a range of views about music as there is about food. No absolutes there either. Some people love JS Bach others prefer Sebastian Bach. Doubt there is much overlap between those groups and I don't think any amount of listening to the other group will convince one of the other's merit.

Oct 02, 2014
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Good vs. Bad Pizza: Is there such a huge difference?

yep

Oct 02, 2014
Bkeats in General Topics

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

I think most people have a misconception of what it means to be a supertaster in the genetic sense. My mother-in-law is a supertaster. She can detect the most minute quantity of flavorings in things. She is hyper sensitive to flavorings and because of that, she prefers her food to be very lightly seasoned to the point of being bland to a lot of people. Otherwise everything is overpowering to her palate. Imagine if you were a superhearer and every sound was perceived louder and more distinct to you. You would want to keep things around you quiet most of the time to avoid overloading your senses.

So you may actually find a lot of supertasters at Cici if the food isn't particularly highly seasoned. They will be enjoying the food as much as the non-tasters.

Oct 02, 2014
Bkeats in General Topics

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

But some people have a tin ear and some people may have an equivalent tin tongue. There is tone deafness. I'm pretty sure there is an analogue for taste. In the same way there are people who are supertasters (fewer true supertasters as compared to those who claim to be), there are those who can't physically taste the difference.

Oct 02, 2014
Bkeats in General Topics

Brooklyn Cancer free Celebration help needed...researched

How about French Louie? The atmosphere is very nice. My wife and I were there one Sunday night for dinner and it seemed to be a popular place for adult children and their parents. Might not seem to be the best way to recommend a place but the point is that its an upscale setting with a nice variety on the menu where everyone should be able to find something to eat, even your veg friend. Very convenient to all the trains that come to Boro Hall or Jay Street. If the evening is nice and the garden is still open, I would suggest trying to get a table there.

ETA: I like Hibino a lot but if you want sushi, try 1or8 in W'burg. The quality of the fish is better. They have an omakase plate of sushi that has 12 pieces IRCC and runs $45. I often get that with the shrimp/chive dumplings as a starter and its a perfect meal. If you want a real splurge, sit at the sushi bar and go for the omakase there.

Oct 02, 2014
Bkeats in Outer Boroughs

Won't be returning to Per Se

Nothing sad about it. I can eat anywhere I want. I usually dine out with my wife or friends. Do it regularly. A couple of times a week. I have plenty of friends that can afford to dine with me even at places like Per Se or EMP. But there are times when it's nice just to have a good meal and not need to engage in conversation. Time for me to enjoy a meal and just contemplate. It's not a sad thing at all. You don't enjoy alone time? I'm surrounded most of my waking life by family, friends and colleagues. Its great to get away from that at times and eat good food with some good wine.

Oct 01, 2014
Bkeats in Manhattan
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Won't be returning to Per Se

I'm surprised to hear that EMP is stingy with the granola. We've been several times and have gotten granola every time. After the second visit, my wife was very effusive to the server about how much she loved the granola. They brought a jar for every person at the table. There's a stack of the jars with the 3 leaf labels in the kitchen that my wife uses to store things.

We've done birthdays and anniversaries there and if you let them know that when you reserve the table, you get those chocolate boxes. My spoiled teen son loves them.

Oct 01, 2014
Bkeats in Manhattan

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.

Sep 29, 2014
Bkeats in General Topics

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.

Sep 29, 2014
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
Bkeats in Manhattan
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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.