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Anyone been to SRO pizza speakeasy?

I wouldn't judge based on Forcella. Forcella was designed to be a franchise, which I think made it uninspired after the first few months.

Feb 11, 2015
Jeffsayyes in Manhattan

Best pizza in SI, Joe&Pats or Deninos

I'm excited to try Elm Park out

Feb 05, 2015
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

Best pizza in SI, Joe&Pats or Deninos

I prefer J&P, but I'm a big fan of Giove.

Feb 04, 2015
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

queens: the lesson plan?

I'd concentrate on neighborhoods, maybe a main restaurant then a walk around to a market or other stores. I always recommend enclaves like:

Corona/JH (Bella Puebla for mex, gauchito for arg), jackson heights for Himalayan/Pak/bangla, elmhurst for thai, flushing, rego park, astoria (maybe steinway one day, and something else another).

something like that.

Jan 02, 2015
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

DiFara Square Pie question

haha, I don't know. It was listed somewhere up near the top here for some reason on the boards. No clue how it popped up, I didn't look at the question date. weird and funny.

Dec 30, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

DiFara Square Pie question

You cannot go wrong with Square or Round. The default topping is regular cheese and sauce. If you want it loaded, you order it loaded and pay extra for it. What to get on it? This is a highly contentious question.

Dec 29, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

Bronx Restaurant Week: Nov. 3rd. thru 15th!

It might be the best tasting, but have you ever spent 20.14$ on food there?

Nov 05, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

Thai in Queens

They do have a Michelin star...

Where to shop other than Trader Joe's / Whole Foods...sterility vs. other [moved from Chains board]

I just can't do Trader Joes. There's something about the complete concealatory branding that makes me utterly paralyzed about putting an item in my cart. It just feels sanitized of character, whatever the quality is.

I Love reading labels. Fairway you get the brand's backstory, where they're from, etc. Trader Joe's, it's all rewritten by someone in the Trader Joe's office - how can I trust that?

I have an aversion to Whole Foods too. Am lucky to live in Jackson Heights, not sure what I'd do if I live in Manhattan...

Nov 04, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

Bronx Restaurant Week: Nov. 3rd. thru 15th!

Any places in particular we should look at ?

Nov 04, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

Europa vs. Il Colosseo in Bensonhurst for Pizza

Definitely agree. Europa does have it's fans, but I thought the pizza from Il Colosseo is just so delicate in a great way. They definitely have different vibes, Colosseo seems a lot more like the owners are eating in the same room as you. Europa seems a little chain-ish.

Nov 04, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

Planning Philly chefs road trip to Brooklyn

Roberta's. I would not say Grimaldi's at all. Did you go? What happened?

Nov 04, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

Difference between Chowhound and Yelp?!

Yelp is great in areas that are mostly known to locals. You get voices from all over. Chowhound there's more of a barrier to entry, so while you may get the highly informed people (or more accurately, people who think they are), you miss out on a lot of information by the highly valuable plebes.

Oct 15, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Food Media & News

Best Ecuadorian cuisine in NYC

The trucks are usually coastal. I'm not sure if all of them are on Warren St, or just most of them.

Sep 21, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

ISO great empanadas for takeout -- Brooklyn or Queens

I just had a tuna one at Gran Uruaguaya Bakery. That place is crazy good on many different levels.

Sep 21, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

ISO great empanadas for takeout -- Brooklyn or Queens

First of all, there is A LOT of places. Just about any bakery, plus many more places have them. Baked, I think Broadway Bakery around 90th St and Roos is really good. I also love the ones made by Delicias Calenas in JH (at least 2 locations) - they do colombian ones, which are like a fried masa outside and the inside has a mix of meat and potato (I think). I have no idea how these measure up to the plethora of others around, but I think they are great.

Would love to hear of any which have olives in it.

Sep 17, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

Viva La Comida!

Last year, she wasn't there in person, just the cart, and I was surprised that most of the people didn't even care - lots of them didn't even know who -she- was. It's interesting how it's a brand now.

But yeah, she's supposed to be there in person on Saturday. Lots of vendors are arriving early, so you can even get there before 1pm.

Sep 17, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

Viva La Comida!

Tortas can't make it this year, he will be with us in spirit.

Sep 16, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

Looking for the Soul of Chicago

This is wonderful. I'm surprised the writer hadnt been into Italian beef before. Italian beef has got to be the crown jewel of Chi-food. How could there be anything better than beef, hot peppers, and good bread, juicy?

Sep 16, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Chicago Area

Best Ecuadorian cuisine in NYC

Those carts are great ways to experience the food because you can see everything on display. That area, from Warren St to Junction on Roosevelt is one of the biggest places for street food in NYC, and mostly all are Ecuadorian. The carts tend to serve the same things (see that website linked by churros), and the trucks tend to have more seafood dishes. They are there every single day. The carts are in the daytime, the trucks stay there through the night. And yes, these are full-meal type of places, surprising for street food, right? They also have chairs and tvs, so it's kinda like dining alfresco. The one at 80th Street is Guayaquileno, which has two locations at Warren St, and a brick and mortar right there on Roosevelt. I def recommend going to that area for Ecua food.

Also, I think it's 99th Street along Roosevelt is an Ecuadorian block, at least one restaurant, market, bakery, and other stores.

Personally, my favorite experiences have come from carts - but that's just fried pork, so that's easy. There are A LOT of Ecua restaurants in the area, and we need more intel from you. Areas in Corona along Roosevelt, 37th Ave, and Corona Ave are good places to start.

Sep 16, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

Jewish outdoor festival Sunday

I wish I could go to this. Great showing of the city's modern Jewish vendors this Sunday. Refreshing compared to every other generic festival in Midtown lately. Vendors like Taim, Shelsky's, Mile End, Kossars, Gefilteria, etc. Pretty damn good, everyone's there.

http://www.grubstreet.com/2014/07/tas...

Looking for the Soul of Chicago

Well, they were different. I loved Johnnies! Mr Beef is great too, but Pontillos just has it all. You guys got a great thing going.

Jul 22, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Chicago Area

looking for BETTER than TAQUERIA COATZINGO

I haven't been there in about a year, but it does look like you've had at least half of the menu. I definitely think it's a different kind of Mexican than Coatz and Nixt.
To me, it was refreshing to have this type of Mexican food in NYC - and not be overly pricey. My dishes were cooked how I'd expect it to be done though.

Looking at the menu, yeah it has changed a bit. I'd definitely go back to try more.

ALSO, regarding Tulcingo... The one on 83rd was independent of the apparent chain.

ALSO, I recommend La Esquina de Cameron on Roos/80th. It operates in the back of a deli, serving fish empanadas, fish tacos, fish tostadas, ceviche. I have had all but the tostadas and loved them all. Tremendous value.

Jul 22, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

Tournesol LIC

I agree it's quite enjoyable. You're either a Cafe Henri person or a Tournesol person.

Jun 25, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

looking for BETTER than TAQUERIA COATZINGO

Great question! There is A LOT, so it's hard to say definitively.... (and there was Tulcingo around the corner on 83rd st, but it went out of biz)...
I like Maravillas on 90th street a lot. Also the Mexican place in LIC is great and at a higher end - Casa Enrique

Jun 25, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

Looking for the Soul of Chicago

Hit up Johnnies b/c it was near Frank Lloyd Wright's house. I love Italian Beef.

May 29, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Chicago Area

Late night in Astoria

Do you see Egyptian as Mediterranean? Some casual places like Halal Sandwich Shop, and the street food further north on Steinway are great late night options.

May 29, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

Best of the Best

You know what... this is exactly what I was talking about. I would agree with the Katz's pastrami, the others are not as good at all (still good, but not in the same league). Maybe Schwartz's in Montreal is as good or better, but it's a different dish and a different city.

I don't think I can comment on others bc havent been able to compare. Would love to.

May 26, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

Best of the Best

been trying to scour the boards to come up with one.

May 19, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

Tipping a Personal Chef

Not true. Tips are always appreciated.

May 13, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Not About Food