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My brief visit with a 7 year old

I survived on Bagel Bob's 25 cent bagel deal during college, but I'd vote for Murray's over Bagel Bob's. Now that I don't live in the village, I wouldn't travel for Bagel Bob's

For good eats in the village I'd recommend, DoSirak for Korean. Cute place, good Bibimbap. You have to ask them if you want things to be really spicy. Warning, they're cash only. If you're up for a bit of a walk one of my favorite places in the city for Indian is Banjara on 1st Ave and 6th Street. Love the Butter Chicken, the bay goon ka goon (eggplant curry), and the lamb rogan josh. All of the curries are quite good and their is a spice shop called Dual Specialty Store right down the street in case you are inspired to take some goodies home.

John's Pizzeria is right near your theater and is good for a pre-show meal.

If you are up for eating food from a cart or truck. I'd definitely recommend getting dessert at Wafels & Dinges ( or at the Treats Truck ( pre or post theater.

Have fun!

30 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003

John's Pizzeria
260 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

Jun 21, 2008
brooklynbrownie in Manhattan

Please help! Need dinner rec with live music

Thanks so much, Lucia! I ran a search of the boards and for some reason that thread didn't pop up. My apologies for the repetition. Thanks again!

Jun 09, 2008
brooklynbrownie in Manhattan

Please help! Need dinner rec with live music

Hi all,

I'm trying to plan a special evening for my aunt and uncle in the city. It will be her birthday. They are both in their late 50s and enjoy good food. They will eat pretty much anything and are open to trying new foods so cuisine isn't an issue. But they are really keen on having some nice live music with their meal (I'm thinking some kind of jazz or guitar--nothing super loud). I'm drawing a blank and would be so grateful for any recommendations. Thanks in advance!!


Jun 09, 2008
brooklynbrownie in Manhattan

Cupcakes in Maine?

Hello New England hounds!

I'm going to be headed up to Maine next weekend to get my whoopie pie fix and I'm wondering if there are any delicious cupcakes in Southern Maine that I should check out. I'll be in coastal Southern Maine doing side trips between Bath and Kittery.


Mei Lai Wah closed by DOH?!?

Mei Lai Wah returns?!? Dare I hope?! Anyone see this? Anyone have any more info?

May 13, 2008
brooklynbrownie in Manhattan

Halal Carts in NYC

I've heard that the yellow bag "day cart" is run by the brother of the "night cart" on 53rd and 6th and it is delicious. Love that chicken in a pita or chicken pita platter. Here's a pic of the chicken pita platter (warning, viewing not recommended if you are extremely hungry and lack access to sufficient cart food):

For lamb I favor, Kwik Meal on 45th and 6th. It's tender, nicely marinated, and best of all, it's actual lamb. So, so good.

May 03, 2008
brooklynbrownie in Manhattan

absolutely delicious take-out snacks/treats around Manhattan?

Noooooo! First Mei Lai Wah, now Moon House?! That's my husband's fav lunch spot. :( I hope they don't have to close.

PS. the fried tiny buns are very good.

May 03, 2008
brooklynbrownie in Manhattan

Brooklyn Hound takes on Atlanta

Hi all!

I'm excited to be in town on business for the next week and I'm looking for some good Atlanta recs for breakfasts, lunches and dinners. I'll be staying in the downtown area and won't have a car, so I'd be looking for stuff within walking distance of the downtown or a short cab ride away. I don't eat beef and sadly, can't eat nuts, but otherwise I'm an adventurous eater.

I'd like to have a really good meat 'n' 3 while I'm here. What other only in Atlanta delicacies should I search out? I already had my first Chick-fil-a (yum) and dinner at the Varsity.

I'm a big fan of sausage and gravy over biscuits. Anywhere that's particularly good for that? And I have a certain weakness for cupcakes.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!


Calling all pork bun eaters....

vvvindaloo, I was a huge fan of the MLW coconut buns in addition to their roast pork buns. Sigh. My heart is broken.

Wednesday, after people's suggestions here, I tried Lucky King's pork buns and coconut buns and posted about them here:

The coconut buns were ok, but didn't match the fluffy deliciousness of MLW. The one that looked kind of like the MLW coconut bun tasted more like a Chinese coconut and cheese danish. Ok, but not what I was looking for. I'll report back as I continue my search.

May 02, 2008
brooklynbrownie in Manhattan

absolutely delicious take-out snacks/treats around Manhattan?

FYI, since you'll be in Midtown and may be short on time, they sell the Donut Plant Donuts at the Dean and Deluca near 30 Rock, though I can certainly understand and respect a trip to the source. There are no words to describe the Valrhona donut. Soo good.

Midtown does have a nice abundance of good snacky street food. I just tried out the Jianetto's Pizza Truck last week. Pretty good slice and I saw that they have rice balls on their menu. They are parked on 47th b/w Madison and Park. I recently did a post about them here:
They are located right near one of the many Rafiqui's carts which do good halal meat/pita or meat/rice.

Other good Midtown Eats:

Kwik meal, oh man, their lamb over rice or lamb and pita is a cut above. It's actual lamb, not composite lamb food product (which don't get me wrong, I can enjoy some nice composite lamb). The original Kwik Meal cart is on 45th st close to 6th ave. There is a satellite cart is somewhere nearer to 5th ave, but I'm not sure of the cross street.

Kati Rolls from either Kati Roll co: or the Biriyani Cart on 46th near 6th.

Another street meat fav for me is Chicken and Rice or Chicken in a Pita: from the halal cart on 53rd and 6th Ave on the southwest corner after 8:00pm or the southeast corner during the day. Look for the yellow bag and except no imitations:

For a treat of the sweet variety, I recommend the Treats Truck. It parks at various midtown locations throughout the week so check their schedule here:
I've been going through the Treats Truck Treats one treat at a time here:

And here are some pics of a wide variety of their treats:

Enjoy! And do report back on where you decide to go. It's always great to learn about new snacks. :


Treats Truck
, New York, NY 10001

Kati Roll Co.
49 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

Vanderbilt Ave and E 47th St, New York, NY 10017

Halal Chicken and Gyro
106 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

Kwik Meal
45th St and 6th Ave, New York, NY 10036

Biryani Cart
W 46th St and 6th Ave, New York, NY 10036

Dean & DeLuca
1 Rockefeller Plz, New York, NY 10020

Apr 29, 2008
brooklynbrownie in Manhattan

Does any place serve a clam and garlic pizza?

I've had the clam pie at Franny's. Maybe they'd be willing to do it red for you...?

Where to find galaktoboureko in Manhattan?

I had some fairly good galaktoboureko at Kellari's Parea a few weeks back

Parea Bistro
36 East 20th Street, New York, NY 10003

Apr 28, 2008
brooklynbrownie in Manhattan

Mei Lai Wah closed by DOH?!?

I made my husband walk by on Friday night and it was still closed. I am still keeping my fingers crossed.

Apr 28, 2008
brooklynbrownie in Manhattan

Looking for Restaurant VERY close to Lincoln Center

We like cafe fiorello and have taken my in laws there. Excellent antipasto bar.

Apr 25, 2008
brooklynbrownie in Manhattan

Cheap and Tasty...

I was just thinking Ba Xuyen. Definitely check it out. The sandwiches are incredible. I'm a huge fan of their spicy pork bahn mi.

Mei Lai Wah closed by DOH?!?

Oh no! That does not sound good.

For the past week I've been craving a pork bun, I almost went there for one last Tuesday, but I was short on time so I didn't. I hope that wasn't my last chance! :(

Apr 18, 2008
brooklynbrownie in Manhattan

Mei Lai Wah closed by DOH?!?

I just read the news on Eater that Mei Lai Wah was shuttered by the DOH.

Is it still closed? Anyone have any more info?

I LOVE their steamed pork buns and coconut buns. I will be so, so sad if this is the end of the line for this Chinatown institution. :(

Apr 17, 2008
brooklynbrownie in Manhattan

Has anyone been to the new Fig and Olive?

I got their roasted vegetable panini to go for lunch on Monday. It was good--the roasted veggies were fresh and delicious and the tomato panini was unexpectedly spicy which was nice.

I posted some more pics of the food to my flickr: and a full review here: The apple tart was delish, too. I'm definitely going to return to check out the other deserts.

Apr 17, 2008
brooklynbrownie in Manhattan

Trip Report

Nice writeup. Thanks for sharing! Mmm. I've wondered about that toasted marshmellow shake. I'm going to have to go check it out.

Sorry to hear you had a bad experience with the Chocolate Room...we go there fairly frequently and have never had a bad dessert there. What did you order?

As to cupcakes...I've never tried Michel London, but I agree with you that the ones at Buttercup aren't so great. As a side note, their layer cake is dry as well. I've found that their red velvet cupcakes were more moist, but still not the best. There are lots of good cupcake places in the city so don't write them off completely. I like Sugar Sweet Sunshine and I recently had a very good Lemon cupcake at Batch, Pichet Ong's new place in the West Village.

Apr 15, 2008
brooklynbrownie in Manhattan

where to buy good fresh pizza dough in brooklyn

We usually get our dough from Pizza Plus in Park Slope on 7th Avenue b/w 10th and 11th. I haven't gotten dough from Bene's on PPSW, but their pizza is very good for a neighborhood slice so I suspect their dough would do the trick and it's closer to you.

I've never really been a make my own dough kind of person, but I found a recipe on Slice that was easy and really worked well for me with my limited experience. Here's a link to my post about making my own DiFara's tribute pie: Good luck in your pizza making endeavors! :)

Wine bar for First date?

I like Kashkaval:

Apr 14, 2008
brooklynbrownie in Manhattan

Fantasy Pastry tour of NYC

This is one of the most awesome threads I've seen on Chowhound in a long time. Yum. I'm going to have to do a good bakery crawl sometime soon.

Much love for Rocco's. Excellent cannolis and a nice selection of traditional and not so traditional Italian pasteries.

For cupcakes, I love Sugar Sweet Sunshine as well. Recently, I also checked out Batch and I can vouch that they also make a delcious cupcake. Their Lemon Lemon Lemon cupcake was superlative. More about that here:

What about the Treats Truck? It's a mobile bakery. :) The owner is super nice. Maybe I just have a thing for food that comes from a cart or truck, but it's fun, too. Here are some snaps of treats from the Treats Truck:

Check out their site for the location and schedule:

What about the Dessert Truck? I have yet to try it myself, but based on the aforementioned love of food that comes from a truck or cart and a general love of dessert, I have a feeling I would like it, too. :)

Apr 14, 2008
brooklynbrownie in Manhattan

Ethiopian - Park Slope/4th Ave??

Thanks for the tip, girlacross! My husband and I went last night. They were still just serving appetizers and confirmed the 4/15 full opening. Can't wait. Everything we tried last night was delicious especially the Asa Tiklil, spicy raw tuna wrapped in toasted injera. Sooo good. There are no words. We spoke to the owner and it's one of her signature dishes. If I could have one RIGHT NOW, I would.

It's a nice space and they do have a full bar. Two of the walls were lined with cushioned benches and I counted 1 four top table and 11 two-top tables (that could be pushed together and reconfigured), and a number seats at the bar. We'll definitely go back within the next week to sample their full menu.

I posted a full review on my blog:

DiFara (Review)

Haha! That's awesome. Only in New York, kids. ;-)

Poland, Gray area of Maine

Do let us know what you think! My family is all Mainers going way, way back and they love Cole Farms. (And I mean it about the Indian Pudding...mmm, hard to beat with a scoop of ice cream...).

Biscuits and Gravy

I love the Biscuits and Gravy at Little Dishes in Park Slope. The sausage is house made and soo good.

Here's a couple of pics from brunch last weekend:

Little D
434 7th Ave Ste A, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Apr 13, 2008
brooklynbrownie in Manhattan

New Haven County's Best Mexican?

Hands down Guadalupe La Poblanita. Really nice people. Really great food. Really good value. We used to go to Baja in Orange and Jalapeno Heaven in Bradford probably the early 90s (?), but once we discovered Guadalupe La Poblanita, that was it for us.


Poland, Gray area of Maine

You've probably already celebrated, but just to throw my two cents in, we usually go to Cole Farm's when we're in Gray.

Good New England food in a casual environment. Really excellent desserts. Love their Indian Pudding. It feels like a throw back to an earlier time.

future in-laws meeting place?

I had a similar set up a few years ago. We had our post-graduation future in-laws meal at Le E'cole, the restaurant of the French Culinary Institute. Delicious meal. And around graduation time must be around their finals time so the kitchen should be extra on their game.
When we went, Jacques Pepin was at the table next to us dining and "grading."

Apr 09, 2008
brooklynbrownie in Manhattan

DiFara (Review)

Aww... MMRuth, after your awesome write up you deserve another trip to DiFara's and soon! I'll be sending good pizza thoughts your way! :)

Last week, I couldn't get out to Di Fara's so I tried my hand at a tribute pie for a pizza dinner party. Now I won't say that I have Dom's touch or his 900 degree oven...but the dough recipe I got from Slice was really good and not that hard to make--and I'm not a person who regularly makes dough in advance. Anyway, It was fun to put together my own version of the regular (semi) round pie. I even used scissors to cut the basil. ;)

Here's a link to my homemade effort:

Perhaps this will tide you over until your next Di Fara's trip!