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Fun birthday dinner on Thanksgiving night

I guess we have different levels of tolerance or sensitivity to that taste.

about 4 hours ago
Pan in Manhattan

Al Bustan

Sorry for spreading misinformation. I see that I was remembering a map that didn't show that empire at its greatest extent.

about 5 hours ago
Pan in Manhattan

Al Bustan

Right, but Turkey didn't rule Yemen, which has traded with India for thousands of years and whose cuisine shows much more Indian influence than Levantine cuisines do.

about 7 hours ago
Pan in Manhattan

Al Bustan

The difference between Levantine and Yemeni food is a lot more drastic than the differences I've so far experienced between different regions of Italy, though I suppose that's a disputable point. Perhaps a good analogy would be between Italy and Spain.

about 9 hours ago
Pan in Manhattan

Fun birthday dinner on Thanksgiving night

You've never had tripe that tasted kind of bad, as if it hadn't been cleaned sufficiently or was old? I get that very commonly, and lots of hot oil doesn't mask that taste.

about 9 hours ago
Pan in Manhattan

Where is Manhattan food heading? Good or bad?

I heard some of the best Chinese musicians ever on the uptown 7th Av. Line platform at Times Square in the 90s. They were called something like the Chinese Traditional Instruments Group, and were playing to promote themselves to get more of the concert dates they usually played. The last time I had street food of comparable quality to that musicianship might have been the last time I was in Malaysia. Or perhaps some of the greatest barbecue at the summer barbecue festival in Madison Square Park that I went to years ago, but though that was in New York, those great pitmasters were from places like Mississippi and Memphis.

about 19 hours ago
Pan in Manhattan
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Where can I still find great "dairy" babka, rugelach, and cheese danish?

2nd Av. Deli isn't going to be what the original poster is looking for. They're a kosher meat restaurant, so they make nothing with any milk products.

As for delicious babka, you should consider coming down to Moishe's on 2nd Av. just south of 7th St. I think their babka day is Wednesday, but it might be Thursday, too; call and ask. And it's at its best when it comes still hot from the back of the store. However, this also won't help the original poster because everything at Moishe's is pareve except for the cheese danishes. I like their rugelach a lot, too, but they're pareve.

about 20 hours ago
Pan in Manhattan
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Fun birthday dinner on Thanksgiving night

For Brooklyn, post to Outer Boroughs for advice.

about 22 hours ago
Pan in Manhattan

Eating our faces off, any suggestions?

Pandan isn't a favorite flavor of mine, anyway. I would get flavors like mango, pineapple, taro, lychee, coconut and such, but aside from anything else, I think their prices are really too high for their quality now.

about 22 hours ago
Pan in Manhattan

Fun birthday dinner on Thanksgiving night

I'd rather have non-Americanized Sichuan, but this is only a bit farther from me than Hot Kitchen and Grand Sichuan St Marks, so I'll try it. You mention the tripe. I am wary of ordering it because it often has an off taste. Do they make it in such a way that it doesn't?

about 24 hours ago
Pan in Manhattan

Eating our faces off, any suggestions?

They're OK, but the really great ice cream is at Il Laboratorio di Gelato. They have such a great and interesting variety of flavors.

about 24 hours ago
Pan in Manhattan

Eating our faces off, any suggestions?

Oh, Greenwich Av., nice.

That guy takes good photographs. Do you find that blog generally reliable?

about 24 hours ago
Pan in Manhattan

NYC Michelin Discrepancies

Scallops not being fresh is unforgivable at those prices and supposed level of quality.

about 24 hours ago
Pan in Manhattan

Where is Manhattan food heading? Good or bad?

We'll have to go to some of these places some time. I'll be super-impressed if there's anything near the quality of the restaurant I went to in Amsterdam a couple of summers ago - that was like going back to Indonesia.

1 day ago
Pan in Manhattan
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Black Hound Closing

I always found their stuff high-quality and worthy of respect, but I think both of us probably reacted to what I would call a rather generous touch with the butter.

1 day ago
Pan in Manhattan

Fun birthday dinner on Thanksgiving night

Han Dynasty? I've passed that place a bunch of times but never really paid attention to it. I did a little web searching and see that it's Sichuan-style. Do you consider it the best Sichuan-style restaurant in the East Village now? Pete Wells for the Times wasn't impressed, rating it merely "Satisfactory" on January 21, 2014, and writing this:

"Independent thinkers find this hard to admit, but when you see crowds of New Yorkers standing outside a bakery or putting their names on the list at the door of a restaurant, more often than not the food they’re hanging around for is worth eating.

[...]And so far, the rule does not apply to the lines at Han Dynasty in the East Village, a Sichuan restaurant that has been quoting waiting times at dinner of 45 minutes or more since it opened around Labor Day. This is nothing new for its owner, Han Chiang. Lines have been a feature of the six Han Dynasties he operates in and around Philadelphia. Despite his habit of informing customers, in loud and profane terms, that certain items on the menu should not be ordered by anyone but children, Han Dynasty has been so popular that he plans to open 100 locations around the country.

I can think of quite a few towns where this would be great news, but I’m mystified by the popularity of Han Dynasty in Manhattan, where there are far better Sichuan restaurants. Han Dynasty’s translation of the cuisine has a thick American accent. Many main courses are heavy on sugar, bell peppers and especially MSG, which is often used in great, slashing doses. They come across as close relatives of the kung pao chicken made by the best Chinese takeout in your neighborhood. In fact, your local joint might do this Sichuan crossover hit better than Han Dynasty, whose version was one of the sweetest and least appealing things on the menu."

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/22/din...

Has a lot changed since then?

1 day ago
Pan in Manhattan

Eating our faces off, any suggestions?

Lumpia Shack - this is a place I don't know about. I like lumpia and have cooked it before, so this seems exciting to me.

1 day ago
Pan in Manhattan

"Eating weekend" without kids in NYC: We want to live it up!

Thanks for the great reports!

2 days ago
Pan in Manhattan
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What bygone food fad do you still enjoy? [NYC]

Koreans made money with those fruit and vegetable stores, sent their kids through college and retired. A similar thing happened with Chinese laundries, remember those? I remember the tail end of them in the early 70s. Opening a laundry was a way for a person with limited English-speaking ability and family in various industries to have an entry-level business. Many Koreans came with some money, so they had enough to start those stores. Now, Korean-Americans do anything they want.

Disclaimer: These are my impressions, so if someone did research that contradicts them, I would stand corrected.

Nov 19, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Birthday Dinner Suggestions

I was just clarifying, and culinary student food surely is by definition not amateur. And yes, I've been to L'Ecole, though not recently.

Nov 19, 2014
Pan in Manhattan
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Birthday Dinner Suggestions

Just in case you're not familiar with the setup at L'Ecole, the students there serve you whatever dishes they're working on at that point in their curriculum.

Nov 19, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Any place in Noho/East Village worth trying for pre-theater dinner?

I don't really recommend DBGB. First, I just don't think they're that good (or, rather, some things are very good and others are mediocre, but I don't find them dependable or, therefore, a good value), but second, they will be absolutely insane on a Saturday night.

Nov 19, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Looking for help with one more restaurant choice

Very little has been written about Degustation on these boards for the last few years. When's the last time you went there?

Nov 19, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

New Year's Eve

On New Year's Eve, it may be very hard to get into restaurants without reservations on the Upper West Side. New York is not as casual as Hawaii in terms of dress, but restaurants requiring jackets are very much the exception, so I think you can relax about that, but if you're in doubt, just inquire when you reserve. Most restaurants will charge a special, inflated prix fixe on that night, so if it's not obvious from their website, ask.

You might consider Kefi, a Greek restaurant I've found reliably good but haven't been to for some time, or Salumeria Rosi, a really interesting Italian restaurant serving a unique salumi-based cuisine (I've been there more recently, i.e. a few months ago, and I really like it).

Do you know where you're planning on entering the park?

Nov 19, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

New Year's Eve

I don't even know any bars that are super dressy, and I certainly wouldn't go to one if I did know about it. I've been to a few bars in Brooklyn, but I mostly stick to Manhattan, and you're best off asking for advice about Brooklyn on the Outer Boroughs board.

The fireworks are traditionally done in Central Park and Prospect Park. Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge might be a bad idea if it is very cold and windy.

Nov 19, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Luu's Baguette

Thanks for your remarks. I walked past the place the other day when going to a reception in the Armory on Lexington between 25th and 26th. I'll remember that this is an option if I want something other than Indian food while in that neighborhood.

Nov 18, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Pre Concert Dinner/drinks Near MSG

Would you consider soju at a Korean restaurant? If so, there are a few that I and others could recommend.

Nov 18, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Any place in Noho/East Village worth trying for pre-theater dinner?

Something happened to Momofuku? Not that I've heard of.

I usually eat a bit further east. What streets are the boundaries of the area you're willing to go to? Also, what day is this? That's a really important question, because a Saturday night is insane in the East Village, but a Monday night is quiet.

Nov 18, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Where is Manhattan food heading? Good or bad?

And most restaurants aren't good, either.

Nov 18, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Where is Manhattan food heading? Good or bad?

Where are the good knishes? I would like to know about those.

Nov 18, 2014
Pan in Manhattan