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Kum Gang San Manhattan vs. Flushing

My daughter is a Korean adoptee and we are bringing her and a group of friends down from CT for a Korean BBQ feast for her sweet 16 party. We have decided on Kum Gang San because it seems to have the coolest atmosphere, and the food sounds like it is good, even if it is not the absolute best in NYC. Any opinions on whether the Flushing or the Manhattan location would be better for something like this? Atmosphere trumps all here. On the one hand, Manhattan is cool, but we will not have a lot of time to walk around anyway. On the other hand, Flushing has some all night Korean groceries nearby, which she and the others would enjoy, and is a little easier to get in and out of from CT. Thoughts?

Dec 06, 2013
MTWfromCT in Manhattan

Question about Indonesian/Malaysian food in Queens

Hey all! Strange question that i hope someone can answer--

I am coming down next saturday with a group of 11 and would really like to have us finish the day with something different. I am thinking of one of the Malaysian or Indonesian places discussed on the board, but I have someone with me who is SERIOUSLY allergic to seafood of any kind. I won't do Thai (no Sripraphi!), because I know almost everything is prepared with fish sauce, but I don't know about other Southeast Asian cuisines. Any thoughts? Filipino may be an alternative as well. Just need to make sure it is "safe", and I know from experience that it is hard to get the severity of the situation across to servers sometimes. Any thoughts or other alternatives would be appreciated. this is a group who is well travelled and willing to try anything different. Queens would be best as it is on the way home to CT.

Jul 11, 2010
MTWfromCT in Outer Boroughs

Bagels and Coffee near Lincoln Center

My wife and I are going to Turandot at the Met on Saturday night and staying at the Empire Hotel nearby. Anyplace within walking distance we can get good bagels and coffee for breakfast the next morning (not Starbucks). Last time we were in town we stayed on East Side and ate at Essa Bagel ansd liked it. Anyplace similar?

(BTW-dinner Saturday evening at Picholine.)

Thanks!

Jan 14, 2010
MTWfromCT in Manhattan

Inexpensive with a large group of (mostly) kids

I am bringing a large group (30) to the city on a Monday and am looking for decent places that can easily handle a group that size. The kids are a group of orphans from Uganda who are touring the northeast for 6 weeks as a choir to raise awareness for their center, and range from 9 to 17. I get the fun job of entertaining them on their days off, and I am taking them to the city for the day. Type of cuisine is not really important, but a larger (non-mcdonalds-y) type place with reasonable prices would be great. We may do street food for one meal, but a sit down dinner would be nice. Any thoughts on a place that can handle a group like that? Pizza would be fine, and may be the cheapest way to go overall.

Thanks!

Sep 27, 2009
MTWfromCT in Manhattan

Large Group on Saturday Night in Brooklyn

Hey all! I will have a large group (14 or 15) with me on Saturday evening looking for a nice sitdown, share your food type meal at around 7:00. I am thinking maybe one of the Middle Eastern places on Atlantic Avenue. Any thoughts on who would be able to accomodate a large group? I love Yemen cafe, but I seem to recall them being a bit cozy. If I was in Queens, Sripraphi or Pio Pio would be perfect, but we really need Brooklyn. Any ethnic group would be fine. We have a mixed group with mostly adults and a couple of kids. Suggestions?

Nov 06, 2008
MTWfromCT in Outer Boroughs

Monday night hangouts with a 20 year old?

I'm coming into the city for a few days with a 20 year old friend, and we'd really love to hang out at a few places, have some snacks, and hear some music.. Jazz, rock, indie, whatever. If we were both 21, I'd just hit the LES and see what was around, but I'm afraid he wouldn't be able to get into many places. Any thoughts on where would be good? I know there are a couple of interesting middle eastern places down there with music/ belly dancing/ food, etc. Any of them that you know of allow a 20 year old?

Thanks!

Apr 19, 2008
MTWfromCT in Manhattan

Kebab Cafe Alternative?

OK, so I was going to hit the Kebab Cafe with a buddy tomorrow night. Expecting a cheap, unique meal, but recent posts have made me wary (as much because of the apparent increase in price as anything). I have a young (20) friend coming to the city with me for a few days, and he is looking for some adventurous, cheap eating. Going to Sripraphi on Tuesday night, and may stay on LES Monday for music and such (if a 20 year old can get in anywhere!), but tomorrow (Sunday) night is open. Inexpensive and unique, good food are the key words. (BTW, he has already done Jackson Heights, so a different option would be good.) Any takers?

Apr 19, 2008
MTWfromCT in Outer Boroughs

Quick dinner on the way out of the city in The Bronx?

Just browsing around online, checking out a few suggestions and noticed that you can get a $25 off coupon for Artie's of City Island (and MANY other restaurants listed on this board) for $10 from Restaurant.com. This is a legit site i have used before. You just need to read the fine print re:when you can go, how many in party, etc. But if you're heading out to a place anyway, might as well check this site to see what's there!

Apr 16, 2008
MTWfromCT in Outer Boroughs

Quick dinner on the way out of the city in The Bronx?

Thanks! I am a big fan of Arthur Ave as well. Just thinking of something a little different this time. Artie's sounds like a possibility...

Apr 14, 2008
MTWfromCT in Outer Boroughs

Quick dinner on the way out of the city in The Bronx?

Hey all-

I am coming to Queens with a friend for 3 days and leaving on Wednesday around dinner time. I know where we're going for most other meals, but I don't want to waste a single chance for good food. Anyplace you can think of to stop on the way out? Probably taking Whitestone to Hutchinson. Jerk chicken, maybe, or someplace on city island? Hole in the wall with great food would be ideal!

Apr 12, 2008
MTWfromCT in Outer Boroughs

Bakeries on Cape Cod

Wolfie's on Lower County Road in Dennisport is great for breakfast pastries...muffins, cinnamon buns, etc. Also good coffee. Nice to take out, or a few tables inside and chairs outside.

Breakfast in or near Plainville?

Sorry I missed the weekend for you, but for future reference, the Main Street diner on Main St in Plainville is the best in the area for breakfast or lunch. Any omelettes are great for breakfast, and I've been told by my southern friend their biscuits and gravy are right on. For lunch, they have one of the best burgers in the area.

Cheburechnaya alternative for Saturday Evening?

Thanks for the endorsements and info. I'm more convinced than ever to try the Kosher uzbeki places. However, we can't stay that late. Anyone have any thoughts on an alternate place to go?

Mar 25, 2008
MTWfromCT in Outer Boroughs

Cheburechnaya alternative for Saturday Evening?

Hey all! I have a group of 11 coming into the city and I am looking for a place for a good group meal. Cheburechnaya would be perfect (cheap, interesting, plenty of space, shared food, etc...), but of course it doesn't open until later on Saturday night. Any other good alternatives? A place like that where I could order for the table and we could share it all would be perfect.

thanks!

Mar 24, 2008
MTWfromCT in Outer Boroughs

Looking for some Polish Home Cooking

Just visited Old Poland Bakery and Restaurant at 190 Nassau on Saturday with a group. Very authentic and EXTREMELY inexpensive if that is what you're looking for. Zero atmosphere, but we're all about food, right?

Mar 03, 2008
MTWfromCT in Outer Boroughs

Best place for dinner with a large group in Jackson Heights?

I'm bringing a group of 11 in to Jackson Heights next Saturday. Looking for a good, inexpensive place for a large group to order as a group, share and sample food, etc. I'm thinking of El Chivito D'oro as I've been there before, and they have huge portions that could be shared, but any suggestions would be appreciated!

Feb 24, 2008
MTWfromCT in Outer Boroughs

Best Ethnic Counter Service/ Snacks in NYC

Here's the deal-- I am a Connecticut resident who enjoys bringing friends into the city to experience neighborhoods and tastes they normally wouldn't get to. I'm bringing a group of about 8 in for the day armed with subway passes and appetites, and we want to have small, quick tastes in as many unique places as we can get to in 12 hours. Places like Arthur Avenue market, any of the many counter service places in Jackson Heights, Mandoo in Flushing or Manhattan, Manna's buffet in Harlem.... stuff like that. (BTW it's a Saturday afternoon, so Kosher may be closed.) Any suggestions would be welcome!

Feb 22, 2008
MTWfromCT in Manhattan