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Recommendation near Marriott at Brooklyn Bridge

If you need to reserve a table or don't want to wait a while at prime dining hours the places that takes a reservation are Queen and Red Gravy and they also take credit cards.

Feb 27, 2015
Bkeats in Outer Boroughs

Recommendation near Marriott at Brooklyn Bridge

In addition to what Bob mentioned, I would add Red Gravy and River Deli. River Deli is cash only too but the food there is very good. Not your typical Italian fare either as the owners come from Sardinia.

Feb 27, 2015
Bkeats in Outer Boroughs

hors d'oeuvres

Fresh direct has many app platters.

Feb 26, 2015
Bkeats in Manhattan

Sentimental journey to Branford, Ct on Sunday, 10/12 [lunch, please]

What makes Home's prices out of whack? I think they are reasonable for what you get. We go pretty often. Good sized portions and the hand cut fries are very tasty. Its a nice place with a great local beer list. Its not a takeout sort of place.

If you want take out, try Foe at the corner of Main and Kirkham. The chef/owner there used to run one of the best restaurants in Branford. Interestingly, the last place it was in is the space that is Home. Foe is the nickname of the owner. Real nice guy. Makes some really unusual sandwiches.

Yooki Yama is a sushi place and they will pack to go. Some of the best sushi in the area IMO. Its right on the town green. Say hello to Seiko.

What to sub for ramen

You might get some similar coloring/texture but I think that soapy taste/smell from the baking soda will be an issue since baking soda is sodium bicarbonate and ramen more commonly uses potassium carbonate. Different alkalies but its an interesting shortcut. Maybe try adding koon chun kansui to the water instead. I should try that tonight.

Feb 24, 2015
Bkeats in Home Cooking

The best first date spot, especially for foodies: the Sushi Bar. Agree or Disagree?

So you would be more of the theory that likes attract versus opposites attract?

I've found that even among self ascribed "foodies" likes and dislikes vary quite widely. They don't all like the same things. Evidence of that would be the number of responses to the various like/dislike themed threads here on CH. Lots of "foodies" won't go near the reproductive organs of any critter (unintended double entendre).

But if its important to you, go for it. You're probably going to end up with a PB&J lover. ;)

Feb 24, 2015
Bkeats in General Topics

Best restaurant roast chicken: Barbuto, Mighty Quinn's, other?

Many like the chicken for two at NoMad though I found it a bit salty for my taste. Really moist though.

Feb 23, 2015
Bkeats in Manhattan

The best first date spot, especially for foodies: the Sushi Bar. Agree or Disagree?

CK, I don't think the setting that the OP has created contemplates ordering in the way you described. In my experience with omakase meals, I don't order and get a piece. Its quite a difficult meal to walk away from in the middle of. Not that it can't be done, but it would be more awkward than leaving between your app and entree. Its more like leaving in the middle of a tasting menu.

The best first date spot, especially for foodies: the Sushi Bar. Agree or Disagree?

That shared bowl of cereal could be a continuation of a good first date. ;)

Feb 23, 2015
Bkeats in General Topics

Food storage Russian roulette: what's your riskiest food safety gamble that went okay?

Hmmm. I don't know which food safety rules my story would violate, but I think there will be a lot of squeamish people who will think I was foolish.

Many years ago on vacation in the caribbean, I was free diving for conch in about 20' of water. Collected several and took them to the beach. Took a knife and counted between the rows of horns on the shell and plunged the knife in the spot to sever the muscle that attached the conch to its shell. Reached in to grab it and pull it out of the shell and the conch released a slimy secretion. Slippery as a greased pig now. Took the knife and cut its head off. Then scrubbed it in the beach sand to get off as much of the slime as possible. Rinsed it in the sea. Scrub in sand rinse in sea again. Skinned the body. Another quick rinse in the sea and then began cutting slices and eating them. It was marvelous. Sweet and chewy with just the right salty tang from the sea.

So how many FDA rules did that violate?

Feb 23, 2015
Bkeats in General Topics
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Kao Soy--new Thai in Red Hook

Went for lunch this weekend. There were a couple of open tables when we arrived but within 15 minutes of sitting down, every table was taken and there was a line.

I think there were a decent amount of review collectors there. Its definitely on the radar of the chow pack now.

Food was very good. I love the spice level in the food. There's some heat in every dish. Sometimes its a subtle note that takes time to build and it sneaks up on you after you've finished the dish and other times, its full frontal grab you by the throat and make you sweat kind of heat. So much better than almost anything else I've had.

Feb 23, 2015
Bkeats in Outer Boroughs

The best first date spot, especially for foodies: the Sushi Bar. Agree or Disagree?

I would be hard pressed to pick a worst first date place. You are describing the experience at a higher end more traditional sushiya.

Problem #1 - despite what you may think, not everyone likes sushi. Some people actually hate it. Others who say they like it mean they like those rolls, not the raw fish. You are taking a huge gamble for a first date since you won't know what the other person likes or doesn't like. Ignore this comment if your personal test for compatibility is a love of traditional sushi. Get those who can't pass the test out of the way quickly.

Problem #2 - The kind of meal you describe can be expensive. Expensive beyond the means of many people. Are you paying? If so, does the other person feel indebted to you? Not a good way to start a relationship unless you're hoping for some kind of payback (wink wink nudge nudge). Is this dutch? Can the other person afford this or is s/he going to resent the expense? Again, not good without knowing the person better. Unless this too is a test of financial wherewithal.

Go get a cup of coffee or meet at a bar. If you want Japanese, try an izakaya. If there are lots of awkward pauses, that's an indicator of a not good date and you can both bail instead of waiting for the itamae to intervene.

ETA: I found sushi to be a good third or fourth date. BTW, my wife likes sushi but she detests uni. Can't stand the texture or flavor. Still love her despite that fatal flaw. LOL. Even better, it means I get to eat her portion.

Columbia Student with foodie aspirations

When I was a columbia grad student the budget for a dinner for the girlfriend and me was $40 all in but that was a while ago. LOL

$40 per person gives you a lot of options. Only thing you can't do is the top tier places and you could even get close to your budget at lunch for some of the top tier.

Feb 20, 2015
Bkeats in Manhattan

Racine's Tribeca Restaurant and Wine Bar

We went for the first time a few weeks ago. Thought the wine list was really interesting and we worked with the somm to pick out a very good chablis.

We started with a mushroom veloute as the amuse. I thought it was really good and gave me high hopes.

Had the escargot too and I wasn't excited by it. The garlic chantilly tasted odd to me. There wasn't a lot of flavor in the dish.

We went a la carte. I had the steak which was very well prepared. I prefer my steak bleu and it was spot on. Wife had the chicken and she practically scraped her plate clean. My recollection is that the skin on her chicken was nicely crisped in contrast to yours.

We split the chocolate caramel torte for dessert. Normally I'm not a dessert sort of guy but I was ready to cross forks with my wife over the last bite. It was quite good.

Agree with you on the service. Very polished. Only hiccup was when they got a bit busy and my wine glass got to empty before it was refilled. I prefer the bottle being left on the table so I can refill as I please rather than risk having an empty glass.

Tab was about 2 and a half a good chunk of which was for the wine. I would save a lot of $ if I quit drinking which isn't likely. LOL.

We plan on adding Racine to the regular rotation.

Feb 20, 2015
Bkeats in Manhattan

On Being a Chef, Nobody Gets Out Alive

best and brightest are more likely to be head into tech these days

Feb 18, 2015
Bkeats in Not About Food

Family trip to NYC for three nights; dinner suggestions?

Jungsik isn't Korean. The chef is but if you want korean food, don't go to Jungsik.

Feb 18, 2015
Bkeats in Manhattan

Would you buy your neighbors' home cooked food

Is sunshine raining on the parade? ;)

Dinner in Manhattan for memorable occasion, but not $$$$$$$$

You've added a whole lot of ho hum. If you are looking for a special birthday dinner as opposed to just a place to get a meal, then the places on your list I think that merit a special occasion are:

GT
Lincoln
Annisa
Batard
Tocqueville

Several other options are nice, but not special occasion worthy IMO. Many others are only places I would eat at if I happened to be in the area. I wouldn't seek them out.

Feb 17, 2015
Bkeats in Manhattan

Would you buy your neighbors' home cooked food

I did read. I think a lot of these businesses start with no or little actual knowledge of local rules and they fly under the radar when young which is what happened with Airbnb. Once they get to scale and encounter issues, if they're lucky they have the ability to fight. Airbnb's business model evolved a lot since it started and it grew into its role as a rental service. Same could happen with this.

How about I just buy you a drink?

Feb 13, 2015
Bkeats in Not About Food

Would you buy your neighbors' home cooked food

Geez, ej I hate to seem like I'm arguing with you all the time, but whatever the registration process is, Airbnb isn't all that bothered about the legality of the service they intermediate. Have you been following the fight in NYC with the AG saying Airbnb rentals in NYC are mostly illegal? Its the same in other major cities around the world. Airbnb technically isn't breaking the law because its the people who are providing the rentals who are the scofflaws. Uber is having related issues. So what's being proposed here isn't all that different. Let launch a business and worry about the legal niceties if someone tries to enforce the rule later.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/16/bus...

Feb 13, 2015
Bkeats in Not About Food

Secrets to easy kitchen cleaning?

We do weekly. Twice as clean and twice as expensive. LOL

Feb 12, 2015
Bkeats in Not About Food
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Knives for a Paris rental kitchen

Get one of these.

http://www.amazon.com/Chefs-Choice-12...

It will sharpen serrated knives. Bulky for a carry on bag but it does work.

Feb 12, 2015
Bkeats in France

Four-day foodie vacation

I love the plane ride. Its like a baby roller coaster.

Feb 12, 2015
Bkeats in General Topics

Restaurant Week - Dining Opportunity or Cue to Turn & Run?

Hi ej!

Sorry about my comments on the other thread. I was commenting specifically about NYC. RWs in other places may be different.

I have a good friend who works at the organization that runs RW. In the beginning (back in the 90s) it was about what you described. Here is a synopsis of what I have been told along with what I have experienced.

The Idea:
Let's bring in new people to a place at a slow time and introduce them to our food. Perhaps they will order a cocktail with the app and a bottle of wine with dinner. Maybe they will return on a non RW occasion.

What Happened:
Over time, that promise went bad. Prices for the cost of preparing the meals went up far more than the cost charged for the meal. People didn't come back at non-RW times.

I was told many stories of the tables full of people who would show up for RW, drink only water and tip poorly. The staff was run ragged due to the crowds but made far less than on a typical non-RW night due to the smaller checks. To cap it all off, the regulars would avoid restaurants during RW. So you filled the place with small tabs at the expense of fewer diners that were paying full price.

The better places that still participate will (i) typically have a prix fixe menu that is already priced very close to the RW menu price so you really are not getting a bargain, (ii) do only lunch or (iii) worst of all offer a menu that doesn't really reflect what they are capable of (probably because the know that the RW diner won't be coming back).

That's been my depressing experience over time. RW started with great promise and it was fun. At some point it became quite dreary and I avoid it. The better places in NYC don't need RW to bring in new customers as they can't seat all the ones who want to come everyday.

Not liking small plates, tapas trend.

Yes, small plates intended to be shared with a few bites. You've participated on the France board. You missed the discussions about small plate places popping up?

Feb 11, 2015
Bkeats in General Topics

Not liking small plates, tapas trend.

Definitely seen small plates in Paris

Feb 11, 2015
Bkeats in General Topics

Four-day foodie vacation

The food in Marigot and Grand Case is probably better, but in my view, SBH is a much better island than SXM and if you know how to do it, its not really any more. Costs more to get there since you have to take another flight, but for food, there's no real difference in price though there are no lolos. There aren't any fast food places either.

Feb 11, 2015
Bkeats in General Topics

Only in America...

Next time the kids wants chicken, someone should hand the idiot a live chicken and a hatchet.

Inferior chicken breasts

That's good to know but I am not close at all. Might as well go to Fairway. The one I used to go to was only used as a last resort.

Why until recently were grocery stores in NY so pathetic?

Feb 11, 2015
Bkeats in Outer Boroughs

Best place for high Tea in NYC???

The american misunderstanding of what high means to the english. I've had english friends use the term high street with americans and its clear the americans had no idea what that meant. Its brilliant.

Cheers

Feb 11, 2015
Bkeats in Manhattan
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