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Recette: Monday with Jesse: Amazing, Creative, Delicious

That's really nowhere near how much I thought it would be, actually.

2 days ago
Pan in Manhattan

site forgetting "read" posts

I didn't know that. Thanks.

2 days ago
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Sufganiyot (Israeli Jelly Donuts for Chanukah) in NYC

Man, I loved Krapfen in Munich!

2 days ago
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New Years midtown

Isn't Laotian food pretty much the same as Isaan food?

Dec 18, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

New Years midtown

If you want Asian food in that area, consider Yakitori Totto or Totto Ramen (I haven't been to their ramen house, but my sister-in-law, who's from Tokyo, says that it's "good," which is really high praise) and Szechuan Gourmet 56.

In terms of brunch, Landmarc is one possibility, and their space in the Time Warner Center is so big that I doubt it would fill up, but you can always get reservations. Look at their menus and see if they appeal to you: http://landmarc-restaurant.com/#menus

Also, what is Khe-Yo? Do you mean Kyo Ya by any chance? I had a memorably great kaiseki dinner there a few years ago, but you certainly pay (fairly, though) for the experience.

Dec 18, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Weekend report

Thanks for the report. I enjoyed reading it.

Dec 18, 2014
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Kid-friendly but interesting near Museum of Natural History

Yeah, the last time I went, a friend got the Groupon deal, and she was so disappointed with the mediocrity of the food we got.

Dec 18, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

site forgetting "read" posts

I previously missed this reply. I didn't realize that replies in "Site Talk" show up with the oldest one first and the newest one last. I think that that should be reversed.

Dec 18, 2014
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site forgetting "read" posts

Thanks, Elsie and Melanie.

Dec 18, 2014
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site forgetting "read" posts

I'm not seeing my post from yesterday. Nothing is showing up as "read" for me, rendering this site kind of useless. I'm using Firefox.

Dec 18, 2014
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Your favorite B-spots

Mogador works, but only on weekdays. Forget about trying to get a table there on a Saturday night.

Dec 17, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

site forgetting "read" posts

I haven't had this problem for some time, but suddenly, today, all of the posts in threads I've been following on the Manhattan board are open, and it's very difficult to tell which are new, but I've already read the great bulk of them.

P.S. This is on Firefox.

Dec 17, 2014
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Your favorite B-spots

Cacio e Pepe is a good one, as is their sister restaurant, Cacio e Vino. I like Supper for these purposes (except on weekends). I haven't been there lately, but Soba Koh works for this, too. All East Village.

In Koreatown, BCD Tofu is a good place to just show up, most any time.

In Curry Hill, I've never gotten a reservation for Anjappar. I just show up.

I don't even know where to start with Chinese restaurants, so I'll start with Szechuan Gourmet 56 (between 8th and Broadway). Never a reservation, hardly ever a wait, dependably good food. But lots of Chinese and some Thai restaurants are in this category. I've never had to wait for a table at Somtum Der (East Village), for example.

You could put Katz's in this category, too. If you don't want to wait on line (which I like to do), you can always have waiter service. It's rarely so crowded that no table opens up pretty quickly.

Dec 17, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Los Angeles family staying Midtown East between Christmas and NYE, please advise...

I'm interested in Kokum, too, as I believe I recall correctly that some hounds have enjoyed their food there.

Dec 17, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Which restaurant have you eaten at the most?

Well, I hate snails.

Dec 17, 2014
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Help with restaurant name, PLEASE

Unless Odessa suddenly closed, it's still on Av. A, though I don't think it's been good since the early 90s or so.

Dec 17, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Help with restaurant name, PLEASE

Neptune? Christine's?

Dec 16, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Kid-friendly but interesting near Museum of Natural History

I found their Midtown location much better and more consistent in deliciousness, but I haven't been to either location for some time (partly a function of the fact that even at the Midtown location, the prices crept up). What's your feeling about this?

Dec 16, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

2014 Omakase Odyssey

I'm not too knowledgeable about sushi and sashimi (I just know what I like when I'm eating it), but I want you to know I've really been enjoying your reports. Thank you!

Dec 16, 2014
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Which restaurant have you eaten at the most?

I realize that, but there's something psychological here. In any case, I really can't see crickets catching on among a mass market in the US or anything approaching one.

Dec 16, 2014
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Los Angeles family staying Midtown East between Christmas and NYE, please advise...

I certainly don't beat up on Manhattan Chinese. I'm very happy with the general level of Chinese food in Manhattan today. But LA's general level is better.

I think your point on Middle Eastern food is well taken. I had a fantastic dinner in Hummus House in Hawthorne which was categorically different from anything I'd ever previously had in Manhattan (but might be matched in Brooklyn - I couldn't say). I love Taim, but I'd sooner go to Hummus House, if I had the chance. That said, Taim makes fantastic sabichs, and I don't think Hummus House makes those. Moreover, LA has an Armenian area with great food, and of course Tehrangeles is unique and unmatched in New York.

Dec 16, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Great Midtown Restaurants for first time visitors to NYC

$100-200/person, right? Ai Fiori. Since you mention seafood, their Vellutata and Bouillabaisse have been stellar, in my experience so far.

Dec 16, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Kid-friendly but interesting near Museum of Natural History

Kefi thirded.

Dec 16, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Los Angeles family staying Midtown East between Christmas and NYE, please advise...

I'm not up on the state of Sichuan food in LA, but I'm hardly shocked and take your point.

Dec 16, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Which restaurant have you eaten at the most?

I don't believe it. Insects are a step too far for too many Americans, me included.

Dec 16, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

cheesecake

You can count on my visiting Eileen's again, but I'm interested in trying some of their non-cheesecake items.

Dec 16, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Casual Birthday Dinner for 15 People

Most places make you do a prix fixe of well over $40/person for groups that big. If you don't want to do that, your best option may be a Chinese banquet. The problem is, my usual standby, Oriental Garden, has reportedly gone downhill. But if you are interested in that idea, others will have suggestions.

Dec 16, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Los Angeles family staying Midtown East between Christmas and NYE, please advise...

Sichuan food is not what people really think of as dim sum. Dim sum or yum cha is Cantonese. And I fully agree that given what's available in the vicinity of LA, there's every reason for Angelinos to avoid dim sum while visiting New York.

Dec 16, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Los Angeles family staying Midtown East between Christmas and NYE, please advise...

I'm not even familiar with it. Where is it?

Dec 16, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Los Angeles family staying Midtown East between Christmas and NYE, please advise...

Ess-A-Bagel. "Ess" is the Yiddish word for "eat!"

Dec 16, 2014
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