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Grand St.: Bánh Mì Saigon or Paris Sandwich and other treasures?

Do try the duck. Sorry to hear about the deterioration. I haven't been there for a while but used to go there a lot.

about 13 hours ago
Pan in Manhattan

NYC Girls' Trip (Mid-May)

Great report! Thank you.

about 13 hours ago
Pan in Manhattan

Williamstown, MA

It seemed to be a very quiet intersession weekend.

We had dinner Thursday night at Pera. It was very good. I will post more about it later.

about 13 hours ago
Pan in Southern New England

Bennington

Thank you. I did, though it was briefer than I would have preferred.

We ended up having lunch at Blue Benn Diner, which gets 4 stars on Yelp. Grossly overrated. I liked almost everything about it - except the food, which was all mediocre at best (the gingered carrot soup, which was aggressively oversalted, was worse than mediocre), with the exception of the Indian pudding, which my girlfriend and I liked. I don't think I've ever posted a Yelp review, but I may do so tonight.

about 15 hours ago
Pan in Northern New England

Bennington

Looks good. Too bad they're closed for lunch, or we probably would have tried to get in there. I'll keep it in mind for another trip.

1 day ago
Pan in Northern New England

Bennington

Yes, we do. However we've had two dinners in Massachusetts and one breakfast at our hotel, and wherever we get lunch today is likely to be our last meal here for this trip.

1 day ago
Pan in Northern New England

Williamstown, MA

I'm guessing they wouldn't have graduation weekend coinciding with Memorial Day weekend. Thanks.

May 20, 2015
Pan in Southern New England

Grand St.: Bánh Mì Saigon or Paris Sandwich and other treasures?

Aren't there some decent Chinese restaurants on the north side of Grand St. in the general vicinity of Mott St.? I seem to remember that one with poultry hanging in the window (I can never remember its name - I think it has a number in it) was pretty decent.

The other place near there that I really like is KL Malaysian Beef Jerky, on Elizabeth just south of Grand. No place to eat there, but my favorites are the spicy chicken and regular beef jerkies.

May 20, 2015
Pan in Manhattan

Round out my Atlantic Ave run

When I was working in Downtown Brooklyn, I used to get delicious medjool dates and pistachios from Syria at the Oriental Grocery. The medjool dates were from Israel, so I feel sure they'd still be carrying them, but I'm equally sure no pistachios are coming in from Syria, may God save the poor country.

May 20, 2015
Pan in Outer Boroughs

Grand St.: Bánh Mì Saigon or Paris Sandwich and other treasures?

What about Bo Ky on Bayard St.? Has it also deteriorated?

May 20, 2015
Pan in Manhattan

Bennington

Thanks a lot. I will report back on anything noteworthy.

May 20, 2015
Pan in Northern New England

In Search of Otak Otak

I know it's Malaysian. I don't think I've ever had it in the US.

I'm sorry if I came across poorly in this thread. I'd chalk it up to a combination of a sleepless night and my own frustration at the dearth of good Malaysian food in this city.

May 20, 2015
Pan in Manhattan

In Search of Otak Otak

I get it.

Peter, Indonesian food is somewhat related to Singaporean but not the same.

May 20, 2015
Pan in Manhattan

Bennington

Hi, everyone. I'll be part of a party of 4 New Yorkers in Bennington this Friday and Saturday (two of us will actually be there till Monday, but we have to get a train back on Saturday). I understand our hotel provides some kind of breakfast if we want it, but we're interested in recommendations of good places for lunch and dinner - no more than mid-20s at most for entrees for dinner, less for lunch.

I'm not sure what to make of the Yelp eatery ratings for Bennington, because the highest-rated place - Elm Street Market, with 5 stars - is described as a proud purveyor of Boar's Head products, which are merely OK and not artisanal. Mind you, we could easily go there for a sandwich for lunch, but I wouldn't go out of my way for Boar's Head. The Brown Cow Cafe gets 4 1/2 stars and sounds more artisanal, from the descriptions. Lil’ Britain gets the same rating for fish & chips, which my girlfriend and I enjoyed when we were in London, and so does Crazy Russian Girls Neighborhood Bakery, though that would be for after the meal. :-) There are also various places that get 4 stars and have some reasonably recent reviews: Blue Benn Diner, South Street Cafe, Allegro Ristorante, Papa Pete’s, Ramunto’s Pizza and The Publyk House (but a couple of "elites'" reviews last year were poor).

Do you think all of these places are going to be mobbed on Friday and Saturday, and that we will need reservations?

May 20, 2015
Pan in Northern New England

Williamstown, MA

Frustrating how? [Edit: Nevermind, I found your remark in this thread: chowhound.chow.com/topics/983752?commentId=9088326#9088326 - I don't understand why this link isn't working...]

May 20, 2015
Pan in Southern New England

Williamstown, MA

Any current opinions about the best places in and around Williamstown? I'll be part of a party of 4 New Yorkers in Williamstown tomorrow night, and we could have dinner there or anywhere more or less between there and Bennington, where we'll spend the night. I think we'd rather not go to a place that has entrees clustering higher than the mid-20s at most.

Right now, for whatever it's worth, and not counting some high-starred places with few reviews and none by "elites," the highest-starred places on Yelp in Williamstown are Coyote Flaco, Hot Tomatoes Neopolitan Pizza, Hobson’s Choice Tony’s Sombrero Mexican Cuisine with 4 1/2 stars and Mezze Bistro + Bar, Hops & Vines, Spice Root Modern Indian Cuisine, Pera Mediterranean Bistro and Gala with 4.

Do you think we would have any trouble just showing up for dinner tomorrow without reservations in one of these places?

May 20, 2015
Pan in Southern New England

In Search of Otak Otak

The word's actually Nusa, Indonesian for "island".

I think your Singaporean friend might consider going to Flushing for regional Chinese cuisines instead of searching for anything that really reminds her of Singaporean food.

May 19, 2015
Pan in Manhattan

Lunch Between Penn Station and the Barrymore Theater

Yeah, I've enjoyed brunches there.

May 19, 2015
Pan in Manhattan

Best roast duck and pork in Chinatown

I'm sure you could get all three of those plus an egg, if the waitress understands your request.

May 17, 2015
Pan in Manhattan

Dinner for 10 in the Village

Otto is a good suggestion. It's super-loud, but if you mostly share antipasti, you could be under $40/person total, including tax and tip.

May 17, 2015
Pan in Manhattan

Best roast duck and pork in Chinatown

I'm glad you enjoyed!

May 17, 2015
Pan in Manhattan

Best roast duck and pork in Chinatown

The soy sauce duck, which you've had, and the char siew. Nothing else I've had there was more than OK, though I sometimes get a casserole just because I feel like having something large and soothing.

One suggestion, though: There's something on the menu called "Triple Delight on rice," "Triple Flavor on rice" or some such. That means you can get any of the soy sauce chicken, soy sauce duck or roast pork along with a fried egg on rice. It's very good.

May 17, 2015
Pan in Manhattan

Dinner for 10 in the Village

When is this for? $40/person in the Village with reservations is going to be very hard. I'll suggest that you consider a Chinese restaurant. One that came to my mind is in Chelsea, 2 1/2 blocks north of the Village: Legend. It's a Sichuan-style restaurant and it's big, so you will probably be able to get reservations for the day you want, and it's in the price range you're looking for. Hounds have disagreed about how good the place is. The last time I was there was a few months ago, and it's continued to be good for me almost every time. Just make sure you stick to Sichuan food and disregard the other sections of the menu.

I'm not familiar with the Sichuan restaurants in the Village, so I don't know how big they are.

By the way, I don't know whether Legend lists any tables on OpenTable, but I'd recommend for you to call them, instead.

May 16, 2015
Pan in Manhattan

Best roast duck and pork in Chinatown

Enjoy! I think their soy sauce duck is almost as good, but you've already had that.

May 15, 2015
Pan in Manhattan

Best roast duck and pork in Chinatown

Have you had the soy sauce chicken at Cheung Wong? Best I've had in Chinatown.

May 15, 2015
Pan in Manhattan

Lets Talk Wings

Send me an email through the "Contact" page of my website, which is in my profile.

May 14, 2015
Pan in Manhattan

Best roast duck and pork in Chinatown

You're getting a striking effect on your blog now - as I scroll down, the pictures seem to pop right toward me. Impressive.

May 14, 2015
Pan in Manhattan

Lets Talk Wings

Thanks for the report! We must be neighbors, given what you write about.

May 14, 2015
Pan in Manhattan

Best roast duck and pork in Chinatown

I ate there tonight. Roast duck and eggplant with garlic sauce. Both fine, though nothing incredible. I appreciated that the duck wasn't nearly as salty as New York Noodletown, but there was something not really special about the texture of the skin. The thing that was actually most notable to me was the idiosyncratic sound track that was mostly quite good jazz performances of top-40 hits from the 1970s-90s. I got the sense that the place was more for group dining, with all those big tables. I'm wondering whether some of their other dishes, like casseroles, perhaps, are more the thing to get.

May 14, 2015
Pan in Manhattan

Financial district or travel

You make Cafe Katja, don't you? I recommend it, too. It's not in the Financial District, though: Whereabouts in Lower Manhattan do you plan on staying daves_32?

May 13, 2015
Pan in Manhattan