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Minetta Tavern: Still thinking about last night's dinner!

Thanks for your report. 3.5 out of how many stars in your rating system?

Aug 06, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Eim Khao Mun Kai: A Hainanese Chicken Rice specialist sets up shop in Elmhurst

I don't know how they make Hainanese chicken rice in Thailand, but in Malaysia, it would be totally wrong to use skinless white-meat chicken. The chicken is supposed to have taste, and you get more taste by leaving the skin on and serving dark meat.

Aug 06, 2014
Pan in Outer Boroughs

Best Cocktails 2014

I'm shocked to hear that. That's really sad.

Aug 06, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Best Cocktails 2014

I've really liked Booker & Dax, but I haven't been there recently enough to be fully confident in recommending any cocktails in particular. Here's their menu: http://momofuku.com/new-york/booker-a... And of course they'll make other cocktails for you if you ask.

Aug 06, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Trip down Memory Lane: Nom Wah Tea Parlor

Not so fresh - you mean old-tasting seafood and such? That's very bad. Maybe I shouldn't talk about DSGG anymore until I go back, as I probably haven't been there in at least a year and a half if not more.

Aug 06, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Trip down Memory Lane: Nom Wah Tea Parlor

I tend to think that at this point, Dim Sum Go Go is better, though not as good as places in Flushing. Is Fortune Wheel in Flushing?

Aug 04, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Trattoria Il Mulino- Worst Dining Experience in a very long time.

That's great. I hope they do things right the second time.

Aug 04, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

I've done my homework, but would love your advice on my anniversary dinner picks...

I hope their current pianist is better than the one that was there when I went for a not very impressive lunch a few years ago. He screwed up a lot and also repeated one tune 3 times while we were there, and otherwise just wasn't very interesting. (Note that my girlfriend and I are both professional musicians, and my brother is also a good musician who has previously done professional work.)

Aug 04, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Site issues

Update: The major problems seem to have been solved a few days ago, without my having done anything. There are still issues with scrolling through threads with lots of old posts, but the things I complained about upthread don't seem to be happening anymore, at least for now.

Aug 04, 2014
Pan in Site Talk

Best classic cannoli south of 34th Street?

Thanks for explaining that weird thread format, ellkay.

Aug 04, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Fun restaurant for kids with good food for adults?

Don's Bogam also serves excellent barbecue and other stuff.

Aug 04, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Who has Blueberry Ice Cream?

When I last went to Laboratorio del Gelato a couple of days ago, blueberry was one of their featured ice cream flavors. Their gelato is wonderful, though I haven't tried that particular flavor. If you call them in advance or walk in and wait a few minutes, I believe they would pack a container for you to take out.

Aug 04, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Best classic cannoli south of 34th Street?

Where's kathryn's answer? Did she recommend Villabate? I really doubt you'll find a great cannolo in Manhattan. If you do, please tell us where you found it.

Aug 04, 2014
Pan in Manhattan
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Best Dishes 2014

Except for a pastrami sandwich at Katz's - which was as great as ever and kept me up all night because of indigestion from all that fat but was worth it - I think the best things I've had this past month or two were all desserts. Several of them have been from Il Laboratorio del Gelato. Favorite gelato flavors I've had there recently (actually, last several months): allspice, butternut squash, toasted coconut, crème fraiche, Mexican cinnamon (not sure that's the exact name - it's a concentrated cinnamon flavor with a touch of chili), rosemary (and if I have to pick a single standby favorite, I think it would be the rosemary). Favorite sorbets: blood orange, passion fruit.

I also had a Restaurant Week lunch at Esca, and by far the best course was the dessert, which as I recall was a sour red plum crostata in a brown butter with creme fraiche, with the inspired wine pairing of a moscato which was sweet but with an edge.

Aug 03, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Where can I buy authentic Basmati rice?

Aren't you thinking of Dual, between 5th and 6th, which has already been mentioned? There aren't any big Indian stores south of there on 1st, though maybe some small shop somewhere still remains open (I can't remember anything).

Isn't the place on 28th St. called Spice Corner? I agree, that's a great place, and I would expect their basmati rice to be as good as Kalustyan's but cheaper. The countermen always offer samples of products to taste, too (not raw rice, of course, but some kind of sweet, dates, what have you).

Aug 03, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Which 4 breakfasts in Lower East Side would you choose?

I agree.

Aug 02, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Best restaurant for a 40th Birthday with wife and 2 kids aged 10&15?

You said "special birthday dinner." What makes Landmarc a special birthday place to you? White tablecloths are not an important reason, in my opinion. I never thought their food was great, merely dependably very good, and now grossly overpriced, in my opinion, unless they've drastically improved since the last time I ate there (which, truth be told, was probably at least 2 years ago).

Aug 02, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Epicerie Boulud dirty lettuce

I think it's very bad at those prices, and considering what one would expect of such a shop. I got one of their boxed meals to go while I was a Hurricane Sandy refugee for the week and was quite impressed with it, but though I thought it was a fair value, I would have been very upset if the lettuce had been sandy, and if they don't want people to complain about such things, they should try harder to avoid doing them.

Jul 31, 2014
Pan in Manhattan
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Where can I buy authentic Basmati rice?

Dual is always cheaper than Kalustyan's, I believe. There are other shops in Curry Hill that sell basmati rice, but Dual is my local store, and they're perfectly reliable.

Jul 30, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Malai Marke - a new Indian on (gasp!) 6th St.

Perhaps it was the chef's night off, but if so, that's pretty rough. By the way, when I said to a couple of staff members that the okra was "extremely salty," they had nothing to say to me.

Jul 30, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

chinese roast pork sandwich-new york deli style. help my dad please.

Is it possible he means a banh mi?

Jul 28, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Dim Sum Wedding Brunch recc

Just checking: Flushing is not possible?

Jul 28, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Best restaurant for a 40th Birthday with wife and 2 kids aged 10&15?

I'm surprised to read this. What says "special birthday dinner" to you about Landmarc?

Jul 28, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Restaurant for my NYC mom's 70th birthday.

Including drinks is difficult, because we don't know how much you all will drink, and an average wine list may have bottles ranging from $40 to several hundred dollars or more.

Do you have any preferences for cuisine or particular kinds of ambiance, etc.?

Jul 27, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Best restaurant for a 40th Birthday with wife and 2 kids aged 10&15?

Does River Cafe still require all men to wear jackets? Definitely fancy!

Jul 27, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Best restaurant for a 40th Birthday with wife and 2 kids aged 10&15?

My brother and I were on the 2nd floor when we ate at Babbo, and it definitely was far from deafening, but we did eat late (10:30 reservation or so).

Jul 27, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Best restaurant for a 40th Birthday with wife and 2 kids aged 10&15?

I was very disappointed with my last visit there, which as I recall included a soupe de pistou with sand at the bottom of the bowl. Granted, though, that was in 2011, but it didn't really feel like a birthday place to me, even when it was good.

Jul 27, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Restaurant for my NYC mom's 70th birthday.

Yes. First of all, happy birthday to her in advance! Secondly, please be more specific. None of us have any idea what "outlandish" means to you. Any specifics you could give us in regard to preferences will help us help you.

Jul 27, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Restaurant suggestion for son and girlfriend

If they like Japanese food, consider funding a kaiseki meal at Kyo Ya for them. If Kyo Ya's kaiseki is still as good as it was a few years ago, when I went there with my girlfriend for her birthday, it will certainly be a special experience, and they will definitely include some great fish and seafood. As I recall, the sashimi course was actually our favorite.

Jul 27, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Best restaurant for a 40th Birthday with wife and 2 kids aged 10&15?

That's a good point. Their spaghetti bolognese is very tasty.

Jul 27, 2014
Pan in Manhattan