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manhattan - best shop for indian spice mixes

i would like to buy some ready made spice mixes for indian food (curries) to bring back home. i presume there are many specialized fresh spice shops which also offer mixes but i wonder which would be best

is zabar's good place for this?

Apr 03, 2014
MIross in Manhattan

decent brunch around 55th street 5 and 6 av. - possible on workday

kathryn, you are a foodie good fairy...

thanks for the answers (this one and all previous)...

a mile or so walk would not be a problem regarding breafast,
what is your opinion on Norma's, is ti really overpriced as some members claim? Watching a clip on one of the cooking channels i got impression it was "the" breakfast place of NY/the universe?

Apr 02, 2014
MIross in Manhattan

decent brunch around 55th street 5 and 6 av. - possible on workday

we are looking for a good to impressive breakfast/brunch place near our hotel (55th st 5/6 av.)

i was looking at Norma's at le Meridiane but a) their booking is offline + b) not many good references on Chowhound so i concluded is better to ask...

we would prefer a place where they take bookings (would like to avoid waiting in lines), is brunch mainly available on weekend or one can find it monday/tuesday?

Apr 01, 2014
MIross in Manhattan

best sushi close to 55th street, 5th/6th avenue

Kathryn,

thank you for reply... i don't mind walking/taking cab, anything in 1-1,5 mile radius is fine...

I got recommendations for MASA and Kuruma Zushi (which are fine, i guess)

however i would also like to try some great sushi without the "superbrand", do you have any tips?

Mar 30, 2014
MIross in Manhattan

best sushi close to 55th street, 5th/6th avenue

Coming to NYC first/second week of april, are there any top sushi/japanese places close to MoMA?

in addition i would also appreciate tips for classic NY cocktails bars close by for pre-dinner cocktail....

Mar 29, 2014
MIross in Manhattan

mixing good food and live music - does it work?

what would be good places in manhattan for a romantic diner or a drink involving some live music - smooth jazz/piano/r&b?

Feb 21, 2008
MIross in Manhattan

Favourite cocktail place with a view?

what would be your favourite pick for a pre/post dinner cocktail place with a skyline view and touch of romance in/close to midtown? Does one need to reserve places in a cocktail bar?

Feb 21, 2008
MIross in Manhattan

Top 5 Brunch Places with Breakfast Food

I love your post but unfortunately i do not know where these places are, can you recommend some closer to the east midtown area?

Feb 20, 2008
MIross in Manhattan

Favourite fine food shop in Manhattan

I am coming to New York for a week of restaurant extravaganza... however I would like to bring back home some fine foodie souveniers.

What would be the best choice (or at least your favourite) for a specialized fine food/wine/small cookware shop with good choice (pls. not a dept. store)

Location - prefrebly midtown east but for a nice place I am willing to invest a cab ride...

Feb 19, 2008
MIross in Manhattan

T&T Orahnjaca (Croatian Nut Roll) recipe?

dag means "dekagram", comes from latin Deci (ten) + gram, actually means 10 grams (1 kg =1000grams), unfortunately i do not know how to transfer to lb or ounces but I guess you will manage.

regarding recipe I have to check a cookbook...

Feb 19, 2008
MIross in Home Cooking

rules for buying cheap wine (under $10)

My rules are, get close to $10 or better to $15,
look at argentina and especially chile reds... there is some great stuff.
buy them young (if they can age) and wait...

I do not now if you can get it but Casillera del diablo is excellent, it can also take aginig if you can wait

Feb 19, 2008
MIross in Wine

T&T Orahnjaca (Croatian Nut Roll) recipe?

as an born and raised croatian (still living there) I firmly believe one should add raisins to the filling (after dipping them for 10 or so minutes in water)...

Feb 19, 2008
MIross in Home Cooking

T&T Orahnjaca (Croatian Nut Roll) recipe?

Kolache (Kolachee) in Croatian means cakes in plural. (kolach) is simply cake (generic name for anything from small one bite - this is the most frequent use - to orehnjaca/makovnjacha like cakes in pans/rolls).

Only exemption from Kolachee is Torta (which would mean round multilayer cake usually filled with different creamy fillings)

Talking of Orehnjaca and Makovnjaca after baking/cooling need to be preserved in air tight enclosure or wrapping as they dry very fast (then are "crumbly" and not so great

Feb 19, 2008
MIross in Home Cooking

rules for buying cheap wine (under $10)

Just a note on Dingac, it is a great wine area-with fairly limited capacity for wine production (yield is about 0,6kg grapes per stem-but with ot of essence), but chosen winery (vinarija) is real junk, if you can get Grgic Plavac (famous californian wine-enthusiast has a winery in Croatia, his old homeland) or Stagnum or Badel Dingac,

one note - unfortunately even in Croatia you cannot get good plavac under $20

Feb 19, 2008
MIross in Wine

Value for money breakfast on east 39th street

I am staying in W Tuscany hotel on 39th street betwee Lexington and 5th avenue.
Since I am not a big fan of standard hotel food I am considering to skip hotel breakfast (not included in room price and eat out. What are your thoughts?

If out is the choice what would be value for money options nearby?

Feb 18, 2008
MIross in Manhattan

high class great food Chinese - Does it exist?

I came across Vong , Joe's Shangai, Shun lee palace east and Asiate as candidates for classy chinese/asian food, which would you recommend (preffered location mid town but not a must)...

Feb 18, 2008
MIross in Manhattan

Sunday brunch in midtown

what would be the best sunday brunch place not too far from east 39th street. I am thinking about Norma's , seems pricy but may be worth it?

Does one need to book ahead for sunday brunch? Is "open table .com" a good place to do restaurant bookings in NYC?

Feb 18, 2008
MIross in Manhattan

Michelin star (or equal) romantic dinner with a view

Being European I am in love with Michelin stars (although I understand there is serious doubt if it really works in US.

In last week of February I am visiting NYC (staying in midtown). I am looking for a great (one/two star) romantic restaurant with a good view where booking a week ahead is sufficient.

Preffered location should be midtown, but for a great view I'll go anywhere in manhattan.

Feb 17, 2008
MIross in Manhattan