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ISO West Village Bar with Outdoor Garden/Smoking

My office is moving to Hudson and Houston. We're looking for a nice, down home bar. Quiet enough for conversation. And with an outdoor smoking area. Any ideas.

Jul 03, 2011
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Best Pan Fried Bun (Sheng Jian Bao ) and other Shanghai dish

Not the best, but handy if you have a craving and are in the East Village:

Marco Polo Fusion Café

Marco Polo Fusion Cafe
102 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009

Dec 28, 2010
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Rockmeisha at 11 Barrow Street. It's Kyushu style (thin noodles) and some complain that the servings are small. But it's pretty good and the place is very hospitable and fairly quiet.

11 Barrow St, New York, NY 10014

Dec 06, 2010
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Puerto Rican food

Casa Adela at 66 Avenue C for some of the best arroz amarillo and colorados around. Their rotisserie chicken and pernil are pretty good too.

Casa Adela
66 Ave C, New York, NY 10009

Nov 20, 2010
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I'm pretty sure both Buon Italia (in the Chelsea Market) and Murray's Cheese on Bleeker have it.

Murray's Cheese
254 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

Buon Italia
75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Nov 16, 2010
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Who has the best JAR kimchee (not restaurant kimchee) in NYC?

Have you tried "Mother In Law's Kimchi"

They also have it at Northern Spy

Jul 29, 2010
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Korean food with atmosphere? Or nice place near Union Square?

How about Do Hwa on Carmine Street? Owned by the same folks a Dok Suni

Do Hwa
55 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014

Dok Suni
119 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

Jul 27, 2010
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Best gazpacho in chelsea

"El Gazpacho de Miguel" at Cafe Panino Mucho Giusto. It's not in Chelsea (Hudson and 11th), but - if you light a tangy, garlicky gazpacho - this is it. I call it "macho gazpacho" because it's not for the faint at heart.

Jun 21, 2010
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such thing as hashbrowns in NYC?

Shopsin's has several variations all of 'em pretty good

Jun 13, 2010
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desperately seeking Delish Bajan Pepper Sauce with cucumber

Jun 04, 2010
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Zen Palate recs

Just about any other restaurant

Mar 23, 2010
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In India "mutton" generally means goat

Mar 18, 2010
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Looking for "neighborhoody" old-fashioned Italian restaurant

It's not very good.

Jan 08, 2010
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Kokoretsi at 9th Avenue Food Festival?

The Turks call it kokorec. Tried it my first trip to Istanbul. It's been a while, as I recall, it's pretty greasy and gamey,

May 17, 2009
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Pan asian union square area?

By all means Laut (Malaysian/Thai) at 15 E 17th St (Btwn 5th Ave & Broadway)

Apr 19, 2009
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Oh yeah, check this out from the most excellent eating in translation:

Apr 17, 2009
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One word: Dive Bar.

Haven't tried anything else there, but I like the vibe (it's, sure 'nuff, funkier than Delta) and the muffalettas are outstanding. I think Sietsema really hits the nail on the head here:

Apr 17, 2009
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Best Pizza slice - west 50s?

I've worked in this neighborhood for over 30 years. I haven't been able to find a good slice since they closed the old Angelo's on 9th and 56th many moons ago. Sacco's is, at least, edible. Mariella's is terrible and (the new) Angelo's is merely poor. I'm desperate, if anyone knows of better options, please chime in.

Apr 14, 2009
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Best olive oil to buy in Manhattan?

Despana has a nice selection of Spanish oils and always has a few available for tasting. They describe their "IO" extra virgin like this: "Fruity, fluid, green and bitter, slightly moderately sharp and something sweet, with aromas to green apple, grass just cut and memories to banana, almond and tomato". Guess something was lost in translation.

Dec 03, 2008
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best spicy soups?

Pam's oxtail soup from Real Pam Thai. It's a hearty, sour and spicy soup served with rice. Pam tells me she starts stewing the oxtails early in the morning, so by lunch time they are falling off the bone tender.

Nov 17, 2008
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delicious rice and beans

Casa Adela at 66 Avenue C (Btwn 4th & 5th St). Adela makes black, red and pink beans, they're, all of them, scrumptious. I live right near Taza el Oro and am a semi-regular, but I'll take the hike to Loisaida for Adela's rice and beans.

Mar 25, 2008
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Best Soup in New York

Don't know if Kenney's still making it, but Shopsin's Brazilian, garlic, chicken, rice soup ranks near the top of my list (be prepared to smell like garlic for the next couple of days, though). Also, in a silmiar vein, there's Pam's (of Real Pam Thai fame) oxtail soup

Feb 05, 2008
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