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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.

about 5 hours ago
Pan in Manhattan

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.

1 day ago
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.

1 day ago
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

Sky Cafe - Indonesian in Elmhurst.

Yeah, that does look great!

Jul 27, 2014
Pan in Outer Boroughs

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

Good luck, and there would be no reason for you to feel defensive. Before last night, I had a bunch of great meals at Malai Marke, so my post really didn't dissent from your original praise of the place.

Jul 27, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

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

When you say a simple menu, do you mean a menu that includes simple items like roast chicken or beef cutlet or grilled fish, or do you mean that any menu that is itself long or/and complicated in any other way (e.g., dishes with non-English-language names) is a problem?

Jul 27, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

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

Babbo is an interesting idea. They play mostly classic rock on their sound system, so there is a liveliness there. I went to Babbo quite a while ago, but I was reminded of that experience when I had a good restaurant week lunch at Esca last week and enjoyed the music they were playing. By the way, the best course by far was the dessert, a sour red plum crostata, as I recall, with creme fraiche in a brown butter sauce that was brilliantly paired with a moscato with just enough edge, and in general, the $14 wine pairings (one with each of 3 courses) were great and a great deal. The rest of the lunch was good, not mind-blowing, but service was excellent and it was a good experience. But I digress....Anyway, yes, Babbo could be a good solution.

Jul 27, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Site issues

I've never heard of adobetag.com. I'll play around with AdBlockPlus a bit. I guess I'm the kind of user Chowhound doesn't want, because I'm presumably blocking ads?

[Edit: Nope, adobetag is whitelisted on AdBlock.]

Jul 27, 2014
Pan in Site Talk

Site issues

Maybe, and I appreciate your efforts to help me. So not to seem negative toward you, I hope, but since I don't have these problems on any other site, the way I see it is that it's not up to me to figure out how to do a workaround. If I can't start new threads, I'll either post new content in preexisting threads or not post it. However, any bug that is preventing me from starting a new thread is a very bad bug.

Jul 27, 2014
Pan in Site Talk

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

I have been unable to start new threads since the latest site renovation, so I'm posting here. The title of my new thread would have been "Malai Marke, Downhill?"

I went there for dinner again yesterday. Until then, in several meals (I'd say over 5 but probably fewer than 10), everything I had had at Malai Marke was delicious, without exception.

The first warning sign was when I got the salty lassi I had ordered. Their salty lassi used to be actually a delicious, spicy, complex masala lassi bursting with flavor, but what I was given last night tasted only of rich yogurt, and the layer of spices on top was not tastable, even when I mixed it up thoroughly with my straw.

On to the meal. My appetizer was Kurkuri Bindi, and it was extremely aggressively oversalted, to the point that I considered sending it back and would have done so if I hadn't been so hungry.

My main dish was Chicken Xacuti, which was perfectly OK but not exciting, and with none of the explosion of taste I would have figured to have gotten previously when ordering a dish at Malai Marke that was described as "Chicken with roasted coconut, dark peanuts and poppy seeds."

The only thing that fully satisfied me last night was my order of garlic naan, but if I'm going somewhere just for bread, it kind of might as well be a bakery.

My overall feeling was that this was a mediocre meal of a quality I could have gotten at many other restaurants, but wouldn't really want to.

Malai Marke certainly was not having trouble attracting customers last night, but has the chef responsible for their erstwhile excellence gone on vacation or left permanently, and did I catch a downward trajectory in progress? I hope not, but after my experience last night, I don't plan on returning soon.

Jul 27, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Site issues

I don't have or use Ghostery. I do use AdBlockPlus and have no intention of turning that off. I'm using Firefox on a ThinkPad machine.

Jul 26, 2014
Pan in Site Talk

Which restaurant rating?

I remember seeing a bunch of underrating East Village places, but last night, I wasn't finding them.

Jul 26, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Which restaurant rating?

In order in which they appear on Yelp for me, keeping in mind that I haven't been to nearly every restaurant in or near the East Village:

Maharlika gets 4 stars. They don't suck, but that overrates them by at least half a star, in my opinion.

Stage gets 4 1/2 stars. I love the place for what it is, but that's quite excessive. If they get 4 1/2, Ukrainian East Village, which is better, should get what? 5 1/2? I'd rate them 3 1/2.

Mighty Quinn's gets 4 stars. How is it logical for them to get fewer stars than Stage when they are so great? I'd give them 5.

Momofuku Ssam Bar also gets 4 stars, which might be fair, but look at the inconsistency again.

And then Supper also gets 4 stars. I like Supper very much, but how are these three restaurants all in the same category, when they are so different in ambition? But at least I like all three of them.

Artichoke gets 4 stars and I thought both their artichoke and crab pizzas were a sloppy mess and would have rated them a 1.

Mamoun's St. Marks gets 4 stars, and while I've never had a complaint about their original location, this one definitely deserves no more than 3 stars, and that's generous - I think I'd give them 2 1/2.

Cafecito gets 4 stars, and they've never impressed me. Again, bad grade inflation, unless they've drastically improved since the last time I went there.

Cafe Himalaya at 4 stars is again grade inflation. They can be good for some soothing food, and they're sweet people, but I've found their meat substandard-tasting at times.

Giano is also 4 stars, and the time I went there, I thought they were overpriced and mediocre. Perhaps they've improved, but given how almost everything seems to get 4 stars...

Guayoyo is also 4 stars, and they are not consistently that good. I think they're overrated by a half a star.

Streecha (the Ukrainian church ladies) gets 4 1/2 stars, and their stuff is just OK (3 1/2).

Saint's Alp also gets 4 stars, and to be fair, their food used to be better and only relatively recently deteriorated, but though it's a pleasant place, I think that's probably overrating it a bit.

Three of Cups is also overrated at 4 stars.

Are you seeing a trend here? 4 stars is the most common rating in the East Village, and there's loads of grade inflation, to the point that it's impossible for someone who isn't already knowledgeable to be able to tell the really good 4-star places from the mediocre but popular-with-Yelpers 4-star places.

[This was for you, villainx. I don't know why it's up here now, but that's what happened after my browser crashed.]

Jul 25, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Which restaurant rating?

I never heard of San Pellegrino ratings. Yelp in New York, or at least the East Village, is complete crap. Restaurants I know to suck have excellent ratings, and vice versa. I actually wouldn't count on any of these ratings. It's best to see whose taste seems most like yours. For example, I rarely disagree with Lau's taste in restaurants, so I pay close attention when he loves a place.

Jul 25, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Site issues

And while you're at it, for weeks at least, I've had the problem that in order to post more than one reply in a thread, I have to refresh the thread for each successive reply, and that problem was not corrected in the latest update. Has anyone else mentioned this problem?

Jul 25, 2014
Pan in Site Talk
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Quick overview of my weekend NYC trip

I thought their sausages were not exceptional. As a matter of fact, their merguez, when I tried it (which, to be fair, was a few years ago, not too long after they first opened) was quite inferior to the much cheaper merguez at Cafe Mogador. There were other things there that I thought were great. I especially remember a great tarte tatin, and I also remember a good foie gras dish. I went there a couple of times and haven't been back, though.

Jul 25, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Quick overview of my weekend NYC trip

They use crystallized ginger in their kung bao chicken, I believe.

Jul 25, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Site issues

No form is opening up for me. I guess a normal topic is a "Discussion," but all I get when I click "Discussion" in the Manhattan board is this:

"Looking for in-depth food conversation? Our knowledgable Community is ready to discuss (and sometimes debate) all things food."

I've been posting on Chowhound on and off since 1999. I'm no newby.

Jul 25, 2014
Pan in Site Talk

Site issues

I can't figure out how to start a new topic. What's the simple way, if any, to start a new topic now?

Jul 25, 2014
Pan in Site Talk

Quick overview of my weekend NYC trip

Hahaha

Jul 25, 2014
Pan in Manhattan