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Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop now open (11th ave and 44th St). Ivan Ramen's 50 seat LES flagship will open January

Went this week and not a fan. We split the shio ramen and the roast garlic mamezan. The shio was too fishy and kinda oily with little discernible pork flavor. They charged extra for the egg and it was cold. Noodles were ok, but I prefer a thicker noodle. Maybe the rice bowls are better?

Nov 29, 2013
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Bassanova Ramen - new ramen place in Chinatown

Went yesterday for lunch and really liked it too. Had the deluxe lunch set - half a green curry ramen with the chashu donburi. Really delicious pork and nice thick, chewy noodles. The green curry broth was fine but not my favorite. Would definitely go back.

Nov 20, 2013
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Best almond croissants?

Runner and Stone in Brooklyn has far and away the best almond croissant in the city.

May 01, 2013
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Advice Ordering at Imperial Palace in Queens

Thanks again to all those who responded! We ended up having a great time and delicious food, highly recommend. My fellow diners weren't feeling adventurous and the waiter was uninterested in telling us the specials, so we ended up ordering the winter melon soup, crab with sticky rice, snow pea leaves with garlic, pork chop peking style, house special lamb chop, crispy fried half chicken, lobster with ginger and scallion and sizzling sable with black bean sauce. Everything was super tasty except the sable, next time I would definitely get the steamed fish like people on the board recommended. With beers this feast worked out to about $40 per person.

Wife and I Invited to Per Se by my boss. We are so excited to go, but my wife does not like seafood. Would they accomadate her?

At Per Se they are masters of catering to their guests' preferences and improvising where necessary. For example. our server overheard my husband mention that we prefer to foie seared, rather than terrine. Instead of the terrine that was on the menu, they brought us an amazing dish of seared foie with churros. It will not be a problem for them to make substitutions for your wife as necessary; this is what they do. While it might be preferable to give the restaurant a heads up in advance, I bet they would graciously accommodate your wife's preferences even if you didn't. Enjoy and report back how it goes!

Advice Ordering at Imperial Palace in Queens

Thanks Lau, Robotron and Queensj, this is super helpful. So if I went with 6 people we had a 5-6 lb crab, that would probably work out to about $50-60 pp for the crab...is that the right size for 6 people?

I'll be sure to post a report after to let everyone know what we had.

Advice Ordering at Imperial Palace in Queens

Thanks so much, these are all great tips. Definitely gonna get the casserole and see what seafood specials and mushroom/yam dishes are on offer.

Can anyone speak to how the pricing of the snow crab three ways works - is there a charge per person etc.?

Bakery suggestions for NYC trip?

Just wanted to pipe in to agree with lambretta that you should go to Brooklyn to try Four and Twenty Blackbirds for pie and to Runner and Stone for pastry. I think Runner and Stone has the best croissant and cannele in the city.

Apr 15, 2013
The Cookbook Addict in Manhattan

Advice Ordering at Imperial Palace in Queens

Thanks so much, AubWah. Do you by any chance remember what the tofu casserole is called on the menu?

Advice Ordering at Imperial Palace in Queens

Headed to IP next weekend with a group of 6 for a celebratory dinner. Big eaters but some more adventurous than others. Based on great info in other posts and articles online I'm eyeing the following:
Soup: winter melon, pork with mustard greens, and/or clam casserole vietnamese style
oysters with xo sauce
crab with stick rice (should we order 2?)
sizzling sable or steamed fish
clams with black bean sauce
pork chops peking style
deep-fried chicken with minced shrimp
golden bean curd
snow pea leaves with garlic

Would welcome any thoughts/suggestions on the above. Also since it's a celebration, would anyone recommend any of the seafood specials/upsells, or is there anything else we should ask for?

Thanks!!

Dassara Ramen - Anyone been?

Sometimes that deli ramen and spicy lamb ramen really hits the spot; rich broth and tasty toppings. Other times the broth hasn't been hot enough or the noodles have been a little clumpy. Haven't had good luck with the apps or other dishes. If you're a lover of ramen it's definitely worth checking out for the aforementioned two bowls.

Swedish couple on their way to the LES, Brooklyn and Queens, pls help!

For Mexican, we like Ricos Tacos at 5th Avenue and 46th Street in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Not a fancy place, but very tasty tacos and more authentic than most places in NYC. As others have mentioned, Sunset Park also has many Chinese restaurants. Its fun to walk around the Asian food markets and maybe grab some dumplings or hand-pulled noodles. Flushing, Queens has the best Chinese food, though. There are many threads about places in Flushing.

Based on your descriptions of what you are interested in, you might also want to look into biking to Williamsburg, Brooklyn. You might be interested in Brooklyn Brewery, Marlow & Sons, Diner or the Wythe Hotel. Have a great trip!

Buying fish in brownstone Brooklyn

Completely agree with the OP, Blue Moon is amazing and have had negative experiences with everything else, including Fish Tales. Is there anywhere in Brooklyn that has really good fish or seafood? Would be so grateful for a lead.

Runner & Stone

Got some breads this morning - spelt ciabatta, baguette and croissant. They were amazing.

Anyone been to eat at the restaurant?

Talde: How did he get so far in Top Chef All-Stars?

We've had some mixed experiences at Talde in the past as well, but went last night (a Wednesday night) and the food seemed much better. Dale wasn't in the kitchen, but the woman expediting was tasting everything carefully and keeping a close eye on things. The kale salad was indeed awesome and everything else was solid.

Kyoto - Yamashita Report

I think we did the middle one, but then had them add some grilled anago. I printed out some pics from tabelog of things that looked good and I thought might be in season so I could show to my hotel concierge to see what she could negotiate for me. Honestly I wouldn't worry too much, what we had looked pretty similar to what other people were having a la carte, and it's definitely the type of place where if you saw something that looked good, you could ask them to add it for you.

Nov 07, 2012
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Kyoto - Nakahigashi Report and Pics

I read that online too, but when my hotel called they said to call back on the first of the month before (e.g., August 1 for a September reservation). Totally different from Yamashita so hard to compare. Nakahigashi is completely unique and more challenging, Yamashita is a great time with lots of fresh seafood but not in the same caliber.

If you are booking far in advance, maybe also trying booking at Mizai? We couldn't get a reservation there...

Nov 07, 2012
The Cookbook Addict in Japan

Kyoto - Yamashita Report

Yes they do. If you go, would love to hear about your meal!

Nov 05, 2012
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First trip to Kyoto - a few questions please

Hey brismomo, sounds like you have an amazing trip planned. To second what other have said, I cannot emphasize enough what a great resource tabelog was for our trip. A lot of our favorite meals were places we found on tabelog.

You should definitely expect that most nicer places will want you to order in advance. This is pretty standard in Kyoto.

Re: photos, google and read up on the restaurants to see what others have said about the photo policy, and then just play it by ear when you get there. Every place is different, but in my experience most were pretty tolerant. There were some places that we didn't expect to be able to take photos, but other diners were snapping away and everyone was clearly fine with it, so we did too. Just don't let worrying about getting photos interfere with your enjoyment and pacing of the meal!

Finally, make sure to post after with reports and photos! Some of us won't be going back for a while and need to live vicariously. ;-)

Oct 26, 2012
The Cookbook Addict in Japan

15 East @ table or Starve

Call 1 or 8 in Williamsburg to see if they have a spot at the sushi bar.

Oct 26, 2012
The Cookbook Addict in Manhattan

The Pines

Went again last night (a Thursday night) and there were plenty of open tables. Had the oxtail agnolotti in crab brodo topped with a little buddha's hand zest. So awesome. They have a cocktail menu now too, haven't tried those yet. Had a glass of the dolcetto which was excellent.

Maison Premiere's New Tasting Menu

Anyone been yet? Would love to hear from someone who's tried it...

The Pines

Yeah, somehow the jicama dish as a whole was more than the sum of its parts. Everyone at the table thought it was amazing. The "lettuce" dish was also delicious. I think many of the chef's dishes appear deceptively simple, but a lot of care and thought and technique goes into his preparations.

The Pines

Ate The Pines tonight, thought it was spectacular. We had a group and got almost everything on the menu. Standouts were the prosciutto, jicama (this was crazy good, just chunks of jicama in a light coconut dressing with some crispy pancetta), pici with trotter ragu, pork shoulder and the short rib. Desserts were good too.

Anyone else been?

Ganso

We enjoyed Ganso a lot too. We got the soy sauce (pork) ramen and the short rib ramen, along with pork buns and various other apps. We thought the ramen was better than the apps, pork buns were nothing special. We'll be back there, too.

Kyoto Abyss

These look great, thanks for reporting!

Sep 21, 2012
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Trip Report - Tokyo Part 2 (Tsukiji, Konaya, En, Jean Francois, Pierre Herme, Butagumi, Takazawa)

As a long-time New Yorker, I would be thrilled to hear about where I could find any of the following in NYC:

(i) a breakfast that includes a copious amount of high quality uni

(ii) Pierre Herme macarons (NYC macarons are not comparable to PH, sorry)

(iii) curry udon as good or better than Konaya

(iv) a counter restaurant serving unpretentious kaiseki based on greens and herbs foraged by the chef in nearby mountains (Nakahigashi)

(v) egg yolks marinated in sake for 3 years (Mitsuyasu)

(vi) subway station vendor serving exceptional cream puffs filled freshly whipped cream.

Alternatively, jmatt, perhaps you could list some of you favorite typical izakayas in Tokyo and Kyoto that the average Japanese would eat at, that you would recommend to first-time visitors to Japan? Such a list would be very helpful to people consulting this board to get information for planning future trips.

Sep 18, 2012
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Trip Report - Tokyo Part 2 (Tsukiji, Konaya, En, Jean Francois, Pierre Herme, Butagumi, Takazawa)

Ninisix, I think the Tokyo X at Butagumi was about 5,000 yen for lunch? Wish I remembered what my husband got, it was much tastier.

Would definitely be interested to hear about the seasonal specials people have enjoyed at En, I wonder if part of the problem was that the English menu doesn't have those specials listed?

Sep 18, 2012
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Final Kyoto Report - Ippodo, Owariya Soba and Mitsuyasu

Finally got my last photos uploaded, so I thought I'd post one last installment.

Ippodo: Tea shop with tea room off to the side. Patrons seemed to be mostly ladies who lunch and businessmen on a lunch break. Teas were served with a lovely, fresh wagashi. If you order matcha, they will show you how make it. I had matcha and my husband had a very strong, almost smoky-tasting tea that we enjoyed.

Owariya: The soba itself was very good, although we prefer a heartier, more whole grain soba noodle. Tempura that came with it wasn't great. We went to the original location, which was a tourist trap. Soba was good but would recommend going somewhere else, since there are so many excellent soba joints.

Mitsuyasu: This very small, lovely, traditional restaurant appears to be the first floor of the chef's house. It has two tatami rooms and only accomodates two sets of guests per night, although the space is very comfortable for those two tables. The chef was very sweet but shy. The food is traditional and pure, soulful cooking. It is distinguished by the most exceptional quality fruits and vegetables, and perfect execution in preparing the ingredients. Some of the dishes we ate:

Fig with sesame sauce

Cold shrimp, okra and tomato with (yuzu?) jelly

Mackerel - very crispy skin, totally raw melty fish on other side. Most extraordinary quality mackerel. Served with a ponzu sauce/jelly.

Ayu in light broth

Cooked vegetables. Corn cut off the cob in hunk and just kissed by charcoal. Ginko. Potato that was so perfectly flash fried - Super-thin crispy exterior, no grease. Perfect grilled mushroom. I can still taste these vegetables.

Miso soup with a buckwheat dumpling.

Egg yolk. Marinated for three years in sake and mirin. (Wish I had a picture of this!) Sweet, creamy and indescribably delicious.

Rice with eel and matsutake.

Red bean soup with chestnut. We were amazed by how much we loved this. It was lighter than other places we've had it, and had a much complex flavor. Reminded us a little of really good southern baked beans? Chestnut was perfectly grilled.

Grapes. Wow. These went a long way to explaining those $80 grapes you see at the depachika. Unbelievably floral, flavorful grapes. The best fruit I've ever eaten.

I though this was the most perfect meal. My husband wasn't as wowed by it, he likes bolder food, but he loved the vegetables and fruit and agreed these were some of the best ingredients we ever tasted. I really admired this chef's approach.

ETA that they served us two different, excellent sakes in beautiful vessels. Both were on the light and fruity side, perfect for a summer night.

Photos from Mitusyasu:

Sep 17, 2012
The Cookbook Addict in Japan

Trip Report - Tokyo Part 2 (Tsukiji, Konaya, En, Jean Francois, Pierre Herme, Butagumi, Takazawa)

Thanks, Robb, that's a fair point. En was definitely one of our most affordable dinners, and the place was gorgeous. I also think we ordered badly.

Sep 16, 2012
The Cookbook Addict in Japan