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Chinatown fruit report [Old]

When I was in Chinatown last month, I saw dragon fruit. It looked very interesting. What does it taste like and how does one eat it?

Jun 03, 2010
FLnow in Manhattan

Thoughts on a good Pre-Bowery Ballroom Meal? LES? Please.

I second Cafe Katja. They open at 5 PM.

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Cafe Katja
79 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

May 28, 2010
FLnow in Manhattan

2 Days in NYC... Please Help

For a neighborhood (West Village) lunch option, I don't think you can go wrong with Mary's Fish Camp at 64 Charles St. at W. 4th St. if you like seafood.

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Mary's Fish Camp
64 Charles St, New York, NY 10014

May 15, 2010
FLnow in Manhattan

Top 3 cheap eats (not street food)

I'm back from my 8-day trip to NYC. I tried South China Garden (formerly Cantoon Gardens) and probably chose the wrong dish--shrimp and minced pork with lobster sauce. Pretty bland. One of my party had the same dish and one had crispy chicken, which only came with white rice...no veggies of any kind. A 4th person had sweet and sour shrimp, which were crispy and the sauce just right. Also, their "lunch special" prices had increased by more than a doller over what is on the Internet.

I also ate at Cafe Katja the same day. Due to the dinner I'd just had, I opted for appetizers. The cheese plate with strips of toasted rye on the side was wonderful, and the soft, warm, fresh-baked pretzel with 2 spreads was delectable. The owners are warm, hospitable and anxious to please. A little gem on Orchard St. with very reasonable prices.

On another day, I had the lobster roll at Mary's Fish Camp on Charles St., which was fresh and tasty. I also tried my friend's lobster knuckles with melted butter and the hot fudge sundae, both of which were divine.

The remainder of my dining experience for the week was on LI, in the Huntington area. A new addition, Strawberries, was overpriced for what we got. The food was okay but nothing special and the place was crowded and loud on a Sat. night. Every other place I ate had great food, though I don't recall all the names. Martino's was very good.

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South China Garden
22 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

Mary's Fish Camp
64 Charles St, New York, NY 10014

Cafe Katja
79 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

May 14, 2010
FLnow in Manhattan

A-Wah - The best bo zai fan (claypot rice) in ctown

Can you tell me what is in the Chinese sausage?

Thanks!

May 01, 2010
FLnow in Manhattan

Top 3 cheap eats (not street food)

This is not my stance. I'm willing to carry enough cash to pay for a meal. But my friends are slaves to credit cards, so I'm noticing on the restaurant sites whether or not a restaurant takes them.

Apr 30, 2010
FLnow in Manhattan

Top 3 cheap eats (not street food)

Thanks for all the great suggestions! I do want to mention that I do not drink alcohol at all, though my friends will want beer. They also want a place that accepts credit cards.

Apr 29, 2010
FLnow in Manhattan

Top 3 cheap eats (not street food)

Thanks very much, Tex and Buttertart. I will check all those out. I've been in FL for years now and have yet to find decent (authentic) Chinese food. I'll be flying to the city next Monday! Can't wait!

Apr 28, 2010
FLnow in Manhattan

College student visiting Manhattan on an infinitesimal budget. Staying in Upper West Side.

I recommend The Symposium greek restaurant on W. 113th St., beloved by Columbia U students and neighborhood residents for over 40 yrs. I was there 2 yrs. ago and the prices had barely gone up. Check out the menu here:

http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/...

Apr 28, 2010
FLnow in Manhattan

Top 3 cheap eats (not street food)

Thanks, everyone, for the suggestions. More welcome. How about NY Noodle Town?

Apr 23, 2010
FLnow in Manhattan

Best "Old New York" Restaurants (stuck in the past)

I have to mention The Symposium on W. 113th St. Delicious Greek food, great atmosphere. I used to go there in the late 60s and went back 2 yrs. ago to find that even the prices hadn't changed much. They cater to the Columbia U crowd.

Apr 23, 2010
FLnow in Manhattan

Top 3 cheap eats (not street food)

I meant to say I'm trying to avoid tourist/very commercial spots.

Apr 23, 2010
FLnow in Manhattan

Top 3 cheap eats (not street food)

I doubt I will be in that area. Right now, I know I'll be in the Rockefeller Center area, LES, Village, Chinatown, and UWS.

Apr 11, 2010
FLnow in Manhattan

Top 3 cheap eats (not street food)

Thanks for the suggestions thus far. How about Chinatown? I went to Amazing 66 two years ago and wasn't impressed. Liked a downstairs hole-in-the wall better (can't recall name now, but it's on Mott St.) Food is more important than atmosphere and trying to afford tourist spots. I'll leave the outer boroughs and LI to my friend who grew up in Queens and now lives on LI. Will likely get pizza on LI. Brooklyn, SI, and Bronx are not an option.

Thanks again!

Apr 11, 2010
FLnow in Manhattan

Top 3 cheap eats (not street food)

I wasn't taking tax and tip into consideration, just the food. But if included, so much the better!

Apr 11, 2010
FLnow in Manhattan

Top 3 cheap eats (not street food)

Going to NY for a week beginning of May. Would like suggestions for inexpensive ($25 or less pp/no drinks) late afternoon/early evening, preferably ethnic, sitdown restaurants. I currently have Cafe Katja and perhaps NY Noodletown on my list. Prefer south of Rockefeller Center.

Thanks!

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Cafe Katja
79 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

Apr 11, 2010
FLnow in Manhattan

cheap ethnic eats

I recommend The Symposium for authentic, family-style Greek food--large portions and very inexpensive--W. 113th St. just east of Bdwy., in the basement.

Jan 01, 2010
FLnow in Manhattan

Jacksonville around New Year's

I just want to mention that for New Year's Eve. you should decide where you want to eat and MAKE RESERVATIONS NOW! Last year, my sister and her crew came down from SC on New Year's Eve. She called me from GA to make reservations at PF Chang's or Maggiano's at St. John's Town Center. Both were booked to capacity with a 3-hour wait for standby. We ended up eating at a Golden Corral, of all places--the only place nearby with available seating.

Dec 14, 2009
FLnow in Florida

Coming to Jacksonville for the Gator Bowl

The restaurant is called Safe Harbor, as well. A little further up the street from there is Singleton's Seafood Shack, also with a fresh seafood market. With both of these, you can pick out what you want and have it cooked for you. HOWEVER, they are some distance from where you will be staying.

I heard on the news the other night that they are planning to have food booths downtown for the Gator Bowl, on a slightly smaller scale than they had for the Super Bowl a few years ago. Area restaurants will be represented, so you might happen on some good food at one of the booths. The Gator Bowl is not far from Jacksonville Landing, but I wouldn't recommend any of the restaurants there.

Dec 14, 2009
FLnow in Florida

400 Beach Seafood & Tap House.. has anyone dined there?

What city?

Nov 14, 2009
FLnow in Florida

Joe's Crab Shack in Jax

Sorry, I didn't realize I had inserted the wrong link. I was, indeed, asking about the one in Jax Beach. I moved to the Beach recently. Sister was down here from SC for a very brief visit, after which she had a 5-hour drive back home. So I wanted to eat close by.

Megin, see above. Also, I don't drink, so was trying to avoid places where drinking is the primary reason for being there and food is an afterthought.

We ended up going to Singleton's. She loved the atmosphere and we were able to snag a table on the deck. However, though I tried to steer her towards the shrimp dishes, she had conch fritters and a crab cake sandwich, neither of which was terrible but also not as good as she had hoped. I had shrimp salad, consisting of at least 1/2 doz. large, whole shrimp in a mayo sauce with chopped egg white, lettuce, a quartered whole tomato, and lots of pickle chips. Fresh and tasty. We both had unsweetened ice tea which was good.

Nov 09, 2009
FLnow in Florida

Joe's Crab Shack in Jax

I know that it is a chain, but that's not necessarily awful. However, if the seafood is frozen, it probably is not very good. Never been there and was wondering. Thanks.

Nov 07, 2009
FLnow in Florida

Joe's Crab Shack in Jax

Jax Beach, that is. Anyone been there? How's the food? Any recommendations? How about prices?

Thanks!

Nov 05, 2009
FLnow in Florida

Barbara Jean's in Ponte Vedra?

gf, thanks for your impressions! I had read that they had a restaurant on Amelia Island and another further up the coast,, as well as the Ponte Vedra location.

Oct 05, 2009
FLnow in Florida

Jacksonville Beach (or Neptune, Atlantic Beaches)

Prodigalchef, let's face it--everything in NYC is better! I lived there half my life, so feel comfortable stating that. I do understand what you mean by wanting to feel the soul of the chef in the food, but that's hard to come by down here. As for Gene's, I admit I only went once. And it was at their FCCJ South area location. I had stuffed sole. It was so salty, I could barely eat it. The hush puppies were like rocks. I don't even remember the remainder of my meal, which says a lot. Perhaps the Penman Road location is better and I might give that a chance at some point.

FL32082, thanks for the links to other options. I will check them out.

Oct 04, 2009
FLnow in Florida

Jacksonville: breakfast place?

Thanks for the info, meatn3!

Oct 03, 2009
FLnow in Florida

Barbara Jean's in Ponte Vedra?

Have any of you chowhounds eaten at this restaurant? I've read some rave reviews in magazines.. Apparently, they are especially known for their She-Crab Soup and crab cakes.

Oct 02, 2009
FLnow in Florida

Jacksonville: breakfast place?

Is this the same Famous Amos whose line of cookies bear that name?

Oct 01, 2009
FLnow in Florida

Jacksonville Beach (or Neptune, Atlantic Beaches)

Well, no replies but I checked out the Singleton's site online and it still seems great...so that's my first choice, but need a backup. Sis's trip was delayed until mid-Oct., which gives me a bit more time.

Sep 25, 2009
FLnow in Florida

Jacksonville Beach (or Neptune, Atlantic Beaches)

Thanks, but none of those really appeal to me for various reasons. I happened to think of Singleton's in Mayport, where I went about 20 yrs. ago to meet my prospective in-laws for lunch. I had the best, freshest shrimp salad I've ever had. Has anyone been there in the past year or so? I would probably be taking my sister to lunch.

Sep 19, 2009
FLnow in Florida