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Noodle Pudding report

I second that on the lasagna! mmmmmm

Jan 24, 2008
manco in Outer Boroughs

Taro Sushi. Believe the hype.

If you are going to there for the first time seriously consider going with the omakase which is only offered at the bar. It's the best way to introduce your palette to this place but keep an open mind because crispy prawn heads ARE tasty!

Jan 11, 2008
manco in Outer Boroughs

Best Peruvian in 5 Boroughs?

Though not a chinese-peruvian dish, I agree the one on 100th makes an exceptional lomo saltado. I was thinking of that place but forgot the name and location so thanks for that.

Jan 11, 2008
manco in Manhattan

Best Burger in Park slope?

I went to Rhythm and Booze in Windsor Terrace last week and after hearing more good things about their burgers I have to agree it was pretty good. Served on an english muffin gave it the right amount of bread/meat flavor. The salad was a little weak but the onion rings were real good. And overall it was good for the price.

Jan 11, 2008
manco in Outer Boroughs

Best Peruvian in 5 Boroughs?

Coco Roco does a pretty good and inexpensive rotisserie chicken with their "Family Specials" menu. If you're picnicking in the park you can't go wrong with that. As for the rest, it's ok but I think overpriced. Though it's probably a result of the area real estate. As for authenticity, it's hard to say because on the menu the preparation and ingredients do look authentic. They even use beef hearts for anticuchos. Some places replace the hearts with regular beef because of the potential fear of beef hearts? (I don't know obviously) but trust me they are a very good if done right. I grew up in a peruvian household, having been to Peru many times throughout my life and the style of food I'm use to is simple and tasty. If you see authenticity as the average peruvian family in Lima or in the country side sitting down for a meal then no this isn't authentic. The taste of the food at Coco Roco is more complicated than it needs to be. In a sense it's more gourmet and even though they use "traditional" ingredients I taste a few other things that come from a cooking school repertoire probably to "enhance" the meal. A lot of the peruvian restaurants of this nature do this. This is not to say that it's a bad place or that it's unfortunate because if you haven't had peruvian food before then I'm sure this is still an authentic experience. I've taken my parents here and they've never mentioned it again, not that they didn't like it but had the same criticisms as me. After 30+ years of being in the US they still head to Queens and for the last 15 or so of those years we have gone to the Inti Raymi. Their Jalea is very generous in size and quality chunks of fish that I've never had in any other peruvian place. The food is good and simple, not like mom's :-), but good enough and more of the style I like. They've also enjoyed Pio Pio which for some reason have yet to try so can't really say anything about it. Ultimately I recommend going to Peru (if you can afford it) and exploring because it's a very diverse culinary experience that's hard to capture here. And for the more daring with a flare for cooking check out "The Exotic Kitchens of Peru" by Copeland Marks. I've found it to be very useful for the few peruvian meals I've made.

Jan 03, 2008
manco in Manhattan

Best Burger in Park slope?

If you're going to talk Manhattan The Royale on C and 10th (formerly the C-Note) is well worth the trip. http://nymag.com/listings/bar/royale01/

Jan 03, 2008
manco in Outer Boroughs

Brooklyn Burger, Park Slope: ugh

Thanks. To me Bonnie's = WINGS :-)

Jan 03, 2008
manco in Outer Boroughs

Brooklyn Burger, Park Slope: ugh

I don't know what I was thinking going to this place again. I was craving a burger and instead of opting with the far better 12th st bar burger I strolled into this meat mockery. I had the "Brooklyn Burger" with caramelized onions, mozarella and a side of shoe string fries. The onions were far too sweet and saw no point of having cheese because I couldn't see or taste it. The meat tasted like meat as in bland, unflavored, bland, chunk of "black angus". Did I mention it was bland? The fries were so thin and over cooked they tasted like bottom of the fryer fries, which I do like in very small quantities for some variety but not for my entire meal EVER. I wanted to flavor the meat myself with salt and pepper but there was only salt and no pepper on any table in sight. The service was crap for a 3pm and mainly empty place. I had been there once before and was completely dissatisfied and should have stuck with that first time opinion to avoid this place. I really hope it closes soon. It's not that hard to make a burger let alone a good one...I just don't get it. If anyone has any suggestions on a decent burger in the vicinity do tell.

Jan 02, 2008
manco in Outer Boroughs