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Spice Garden in Williamsburg

This indian restaurant opened up a while ago on my block (185 Grand St in Brooklyn). I was hoping that it wouldn't just be another neighborhood spot, but alas, that's pretty much how it started, average food. But somehow I kept trying (always takeout), and much to my surprise, the food started getting better and better. It has improved to the point where it's one of my favorite indian restaurants, including favorite places in Queens. I'm not sure if there's a regional style going on, but there are a lot of flavors and spices that I haven't had in other places.

Tonight I had the paneer tikka dish, which is similar to my other favorite version at Brick Lane, but this one is marinated in some kind of mustard sauce. My new favorite dish is the chicken malai kebab, which is baked with some kind of vinegary dairy coating until it browns on the edges, pretty amazing. The reshmi kebab is similarly flavorful, a ground chicken with a surprisingly light texture. I also had the saag aloo, which has become a deep and rich spinach dish. The dals are excellent, both the makhani and the yellow, with flavors that are complex and grow.

This restaurant is not the spiciest, not the most exotic or specialized, but I'm just so glad that my little neighborhood spot has turned into something much more. It only seems to be busy on weekends, and is pretty empty otherwise. I hope people figure out how good this place is, because I (selfishly) want it to stay.

Jun 04, 2012
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Corner Bistro

Yes, Sensation Neo Shanghai is definitely worth trying. I can't exactly give a normal recommendation because they prepared take-out for me for the no-sugar diet that I'm on, which is really unusual for any Chinese restaurant to do. I really enjoyed what I had, considering the circumstances. In fact I might do it again right now, and will post a proper topic about it.

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Sensation Neo Shanghai Cuisine
208 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Mar 17, 2012
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Williamsburg lunch thats close to subway

While there is this long-perpetuated rumor that Mexican food is bad in New York, I trust my experience more than the mumblings of disgruntled Californians, who just aren't used to the cold winters and grimey summers. No offense intended to anyone, just having fun. If you're in Williamsburg, there is excellent Mexican food, not authentic like you're eating in Mexico, but very very good. My favorites are Carino, Taco Chulo, La Esquina, and Mole. The last two are Manhattan transplants, and the first two are just local places. There's so much great food around here.

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Taco Chulo
318 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Carino
84 S 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Mole
178 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Cafe de La Esquina
225 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Mar 11, 2012
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Coming to terms w/ the loss of Spicy Mina's

I've been wondering about this too. There are thousands of places in Jackson Heights. Anybody have recommendations? Chowhound seems to focus on just a few places, and it's funny to feel like there's such a big hole, in the face of so many possible options.

Jan 07, 2012
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real chinese with no msg

I know MSG occurs naturally, and is used in sauces, but thank you for the reminder too. I just wanted to minimize it, so I can eat this food that I really like with less chance of feeling bad the next day. As that too much to ask?

So, more specifically, for the semanticians of the house: I'm looking for places with great food that don't spoon small or big amounts amounts of crystal or liquid synthetic MSG stuff into the food while cooking. I've seen the boxes out on the street, and a couple times gotten big gloms of the stuff in my mouth, when it didn't properly blend.

I have also recently learned that when food labels say "yeast extract" or "autolyzed yeast", that that's just a way of hiding added MSG. it's in almost all processed food. But that's another story!

Sep 14, 2011
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real chinese with no msg

I've loved exploring flushing, and south brooklyn areas, for real sichuan food and other regional varieties. I love spicy food and I love flavors that I've never had before. But lately I've had a real problem with MSG. It leaves me feeling hungover for 24 hours, not fun. Are there any restaurants that serve real chinese with no MSG, where you don't have to make a special request? Because of the language barrier, I'm not usually comfortable asking for food without it... plus if places rely on it to make their food tasty, what will the food be like without it? Any and all suggestions please! Manhattan ok too, even though this is the wrong board.

Sep 13, 2011
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Smorgasburg: What a Pretentious Rip Off.....

Sep 13, 2011
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desperately seeking Delish Bajan Pepper Sauce with cucumber!

apparently you are not so desperate!

Jun 25, 2010
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Spicy Mina? Am i missing something

wait, really? you mean that she is no longer cooking at the restaurant? that would be a big deal. is there any way to confirm this? I did think previously that she wasn't there every day... so maybe that's it?

Jan 02, 2010
apossibleworld in Outer Boroughs

The Case of the Disappearing Taco Truck

Huh. I'm glad to know where they are, because their quesadillas are the best street food we have, says me. But it's too bad they're in a place with less foot traffic. I used to stop at their cart on the way to the subway. Hope this works out.

Oct 30, 2009
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Spicy Mina the other day

I hadn't been to Spicy Mina in a year or so, and wasn't sure how it would hold up. Well I am pleased to report that it is better than ever, seriously. I took my friend who hadn't been before and we were both blown away. One slight change: the Aam Dal Mina Special was less soupy, and the lentils were the biggest I've ever seen. The mango or whatever it was tasted more pickled than usual, with skin on. Amazing. We also had the Fuska appetizer, and Navratna Curry and Shak Ponir, all of which were excellent. I can't speak to any meat dishes this time. Little green peppers in everything made it spicier than usual, which made me very happy!

We were almost the only people in there. Granted it was late on a rainy Wednesday.

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Spicy Mina
64-23 Broadway, Queens, NY 11377

Oct 30, 2009
apossibleworld in Outer Boroughs

V-Spot: the worst restaurant in Park Slope?

I've gotta chime in. They have this plate... I forget what it's called, but it's a vegan version of what you'd get at a Brazilian place, like rice beans "steak" yucca fries, etc, and I thought it was really good. And I've eaten at bad vegan places before. This place is not god's gift to TVP, but what I had there was not mediocre.

Aug 25, 2009
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Has LITTLE PEPPER moved yet?

They were there about a week ago.

Aug 23, 2009
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Di Fara Closed due to extreme weather

wow, somebody's unhappy. thanks for sharing.

Aug 21, 2009
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Di Fara Closed due to extreme weather

"Sripraphai: Going downhill?" "Little Pepper: bad meal!" "DiFara's: overpriced and too hot in there"

Dear Chowhound -- boy, folks are quick to complain. why all the whining? go someplace else if you're upset about a $5 slice or people who like to take a siesta when it gets too hot. Or if you don't like places that are weird and random, try living in the suburbs. New York has character (and characters), like it or not.

Aug 20, 2009
apossibleworld in Outer Boroughs

Cheap Eats Williamsburg

the small tacos are probably an attempt to be "LA style", which nobody in NY seems to do. NY tacos are huge things with lettuce and tomatoes and beans and who knows what else on them. LA style is just meat with cilantro and onions, with tiny tortillas. Of course they're supposed to be 50 cents at that size. I like all tacos, so long as they're delicious.

Jul 22, 2009
apossibleworld in Outer Boroughs

Croatian in Astoria

God I love Sietsema: "a fleshy inter-course of grilled infant squid"

Jul 01, 2009
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Thank you, Sietsema

I'd call Sietsema's excitement "inspired", and I'd take with a grain of salt some other reviews that are entirely too methodical.

Apr 13, 2009
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Santorini in Williamsburg

Also the lemon potato side dish is amazing. that, along with the salads, and the spinach/cheese pies makes for plenty good vegetarian eating. actually one of my favorite places for veggie things in the area, even though they only make up a smaller part of the menu.

While I'm at it, lemme just say that Santorini in general is REALLY GOOD! There never seems to be anyone in there, so I hope more people start going. I guess I only ever get takeout, but still. I really hope they stay in business.

Apr 05, 2009
apossibleworld in Outer Boroughs

New + Wonderful Taco Truck in Williamsburg

They seem to be there most days.... certainly later on in the week and the weekends. Not sure about Mondays and Tuesdays. They seem to be set up for most of the day, from noon til at least early evening or later. Sorry that's pretty vague.

Apr 05, 2009
apossibleworld in Outer Boroughs

New + Wonderful Taco Truck in Williamsburg

yes the quesadilla is definitely where it's at!

Apr 02, 2009
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Marlowe & Sons — Unhappy Experience

Everytime I've been to Marlow on a weekend day it's been pretty obvious. I go there to get coffee before going next door to Diner. They just don't serve brunch! Nor do they serve lunch on any other day. It's both a restaurant and "General Store". I understand that BrookBoy was confused, and I have sympathy, but the title of the thread implies a negative review of the restaurant, which this is not.

Maybe my opinion is skewed because I've never seen it crowded on a weekend morning.

Mar 22, 2009
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Gluten Free: Does this exist

and this pizza of theirs is amazing. best gluten free pizza that exists, i think.

Dec 25, 2008
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late night eats in Williamsburg

Just a little bit further down is Dumont Burger, Bedford Ave between S1st and S2nd I believe, and it's some of the best food you can get in the area after midnight....

Sep 27, 2008
apossibleworld in Outer Boroughs

Fancy tonic waters?

Hmmm, I don't remember it being so flat that it bugged me, but to compare it to sparkling waters, perhaps it is more like Pellegrino than Perrier. I'll check it out next time I try it!

Jul 14, 2008
apossibleworld in Outer Boroughs

Fancy tonic waters?

Q Tonic is amazing. It's sweetened with agave nectar instead of sugar.... I don't think most people realize just how much sugar is in regular tonic water. And it has real natural quinine. I think that normal tonic has chemically synthesized quinine. This stuff is so much better than any other tonic I've ever had that it's almost a different beverage altogether.

I believe they sell it at Whole Foods. Also at Marlowe and Sons in Williamsburg (they have another brand of fancy tonic there too, which I haven't tried). It's at Dean and Deluca in Soho, but costs so much more there that I just want to give them a good beating for being so uncool. enjoy it!

Jul 13, 2008
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Best liquor store in NYC (LeNell's) calling it quits?

Uh, I think the implication was about sexism in this thread, which seems to have turned up in more than one post.

Jun 03, 2008
apossibleworld in Outer Boroughs

Brazilian in BK. Finally.

Well I guess I have to answer my own post!

I went tonight to this place, which is called Miss Favela. It's on the corner of Wythe and S5th. The interior is really open and airy and friendly, and just a nice atmosphere in general. I sat outside on a small patio area that was just big enough for a few tables. The only downside is proximity to the Williamsburg Bridge, but the noise was much less bothersome than I expected.

I'm no expert in Brazilian food, though I've eaten a lot of it. I though Miss Favela was excellent. For appetizers we had a sort of little fried chicken chunks, which were about the best I've ever had that sort of dish. They had little bits of garlic on top, and were greatly aided by a hot pepper vinegar on the table. Finger food for sure. Also cheese bread, which were really small and round, like little half-dollar delights.

Entrees: we had two varieties of steaks, and I can't quite say the difference - maybe one was grilled and the other cooked in a pan? The grilled one had a nice charred flavor, but the pan-cooked one came with extremely delicious greens that I think they called collards, but reminded me of nothing as much as the "gambay" from Mr. Chow, which is flash fried kale.... of all strange references to make. weird. good.

Best of all, they came with bowls of rice and beans -- very white fluffy rice and rich black beans. There was a kind of fresh salsa that went along with it, a vinegary mix of onions and peppers and tomatoes I think.

We also had a really nice bottle of rosé that wasn't too sweet, and we tasted some cachaça infused with guarana that was definitely, er, eye-opening about 10 minutes later. All in all, a really welcome addition to the neighborhood, especially now that Pies and Thighs has left that block. Did I mention how friendly they were? I'll be interested to see how other folks like it, as I certainly can't speak to authenticity, etc.

Lastly, they had plenty of seafood and vegetarian options, like a really crazy sounding fish stew, and some concoction of the rice and beans with vegetables and various other things with varying degrees of vegetarianisms.

May 29, 2008
apossibleworld in Outer Boroughs

Best liquor store in NYC (LeNell's) calling it quits?

New York may be the "greatest city on the earth", but we sure do let some terrible things happen. LeNell's is great. I hope they can figure out another way to stay.

May 29, 2008
apossibleworld in Outer Boroughs

Brazilian in BK. Finally.

I walked past this today and they're open. It looked nice inside and the owners were really really friendly. Anybody been yet? It seemed to me that it had a different name now, but maybe I'm just mis-remembering.

May 27, 2008
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