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Best iced coffee?

I had an Americano and the New Orleans iced coffee with chicory at Caffeteria Soho over the weekend -- went in with high expectations, and both were very, very tasty. The New Orleans had an especially strong, chocolatey flavor that I liked. Thumbs up on this spot.

Jul 18, 2010
FiveDanFive in Manhattan

Best iced coffee?

Gotta say -- Love the coffee at Abraco, it's easily my favorite cafe in NYC, but I never get the iced coffee there. I don't mind savoring a few sips of really good hot coffee/americano, but an iced coffee's gotta quench my thirst, and the iced coffee cups at Abraco are just way too small. I wish they had a larger option. I wouldn't mind paying a little extra for it.

Joe's and Think are my two favorites so far. I still need to give Kaffe 1668, Caffeteria Soho, and La Colombe a shot.

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Abraco
86 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

Kaffe 1668
275 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10007

La Colombe
270 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

Jul 13, 2010
FiveDanFive in Manhattan

Good ramen in e. village for early saturday dinner?

For what it's worth, I had an awful initial experience at Minca, but have had excellent ramen there in my 7-8 subsequent visits. The broth is what pushes it over the top for me. If you don't like garlicky broths, you won't like Minca.

I've always thought Setagaya was a bit middle-of-the-road, but a few of my Japanese buddies say it's the best in the city. Go figure.

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Minca
536 E 5th St, New York, NY 10009

Jun 12, 2010
FiveDanFive in Manhattan

Best Breakfast and Brunch in Manhattan, 2010 Version

Nice job, Kathryn.

I just tried the French toast at Blue Ribbon last Saturday and was underwhelmed. It was a bit too eggy for my tastes, and I also wished it had more crunch to it. Not bad, but I'm unlikely to drop $15 on it again.

The French toast sandwich with bacon and eggs at Shopsin's -- called "Moe II" on the menu -- is probably my favorite, but I've still got to try Pastis and City Bakery.

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City Bakery
3 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

May 13, 2010
FiveDanFive in Manhattan

Please suggest restaraunt: Best food in NY, romantic

One If By Land, Two If By Sea in West Village.

May 12, 2010
FiveDanFive in Manhattan

Cafe Grumpy's $12 cup of coffee

They're called "Nekisse" beans from Ethiopia. I'm not enough of a coffee connoisseur (i.e. nerd) to know why that's a good thing, but I have a feeling disappointment is inevitable. You pay that much for anything -- coffee, wine, steak, Allan Houston -- you're gonna expect the world.

May 04, 2010
FiveDanFive in Manhattan

Cafe Grumpy's $12 cup of coffee

Cafe Grumpy introduced a $12 cup of coffee to its menu today. It's supposed to be a pretty intense brew -- or as someone said in today's Post story, "It's a cacophony of nuances."

Much like with the Black Label burger, I think I want to try it just to try it, just so I can say I spent $12 on a cup of coffee. Plus, I'm a a huge Grumpy fan, so I have to admit I'm curious how this tastes.

Any of you guys try it yet?

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Cafe Grumpy
224 W 20th St, New York, NY 10011

May 03, 2010
FiveDanFive in Manhattan

your favorite desserts that make you fly like scooby doo

Pretty sure I'm cheating on my diet tomorrow. Thanks, guys.

Cured olive cookie -- Abraco
Tartufo (hazelnut gelato covered with chocolate and nuts) -- Lupa
Ice cream sandwich (gingersnap cookies w/ caramel ice cream -- Meatball Shop
Compost cookie -- Momofuku Milk Bar
Zeppoles -- Led Zeppole
Strawberry millefoglie -- Veniero's

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Lupa
170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

Veniero's
342 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003

Abraco
86 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

Momofuku Milk Bar
251 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003

Led Zeppole
328 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003

Apr 18, 2010
FiveDanFive in Manhattan

Dining solo in E.Vill/LES?

Minca and Max are both really good. Should be right up your alley if you're looking to carb up. I also suggest Casa Adela on 5th and Ave. C for the roast pork w/ rice and beans.

Mar 16, 2010
FiveDanFive in Manhattan

Best Brunch (Updated For 2009)

Checked out Shopsin's for the first time this afternoon.

I took a spot in the back of a long line at around 12:30 p.m., when a visibly upset cook walked out, looked at everyone in the line, and muttered to no one in particular: "WHAT THE F*CK IS THIS SH*T? WE'RE F*CKING CLOSED!" Then stormed back into the kitchen.

A minute later, after a few more people had arrived behind me, a different guy walked out and pointed at me and said, "This guy's the last customer for the day," so everyone behind me had to leave.

I thought this whole sequence was pretty funny, but only because I'd read about the mean Shopsin's guy beforehand and knew that profanity was part of the restaurant's, uh ... appeal. I can't imagine what people who didn't know about the restaurant must've been thinking. They're probably the ones who go on Yelp and give Shopsin's a one-star rating because of the rude service -- justifiably so, I think, but if you can roll with it, it's kind of a fun experience.

Other things that only Shopsin's could possibly get away with:
--I asked the waiter for a stirrer for my coffee, and when he came back with it, he sorta just flipped it on my table. Any place else, I think I would've said something, but again, since it was Shopsin's, I laughed it off and dismissed it as just being part of the experience.
--When I asked for the check, the waiter placed it on top of one of my plates, which was a little weird because the plate still had food on it, which I was kind of hoping to get wrapped up.

As far as the food itself, I had the mac and cheese pancakes and the sliders, which were both incredibly tasty. So good, in fact, that it'll make you say "F*ck!" while you eat it.

By the way, I discovered that it's not Kenny who's the mean guy; it's his son, the cook. Kenny actually seemed like a nice, sweet old man, but maybe I just caught him on a bad day.

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Shopsin's General Store
120 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

Nov 14, 2009
FiveDanFive in Manhattan

Moving to the East Village

Tried Porchetta for the first time today. The pork was decent, but I think the sandwich would've been much better with a softer bread, especially since my teeth almost shattered when I bit into the cracklins. I don't think I'd go out of my way to try it again unless a friend visits. I'd much rather pick up a couple of pork buns a few blocks up at Momofuku.

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Porchetta
110 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

Nov 13, 2009
FiveDanFive in Manhattan

Don't Leave NY Without Eating...

I actually always wait in line. I should've known the sandwich was gonna be bad when the pastrami sample I was given wasn't the usual "melt-in-your-mouth" good.

Next time, I think I'm just gonna wait for when one of the slicers pulls a steaming hot pastrami out.

Nov 02, 2009
FiveDanFive in Manhattan

Don't Leave NY Without Eating...

I don't know if there's a specific Katz's thread, but I feel compelled to write this somewhere because I'm so bummed right now after having my first horrible pastrami on rye there. The pastrami was cold and had an almost rubbery texture when I bit into it. First time I've ever said, "Blehh!" out loud after eating a Katz's sandwich.

Has anyone else had a similar experience, and more important, how can I avoid this in the future? I don't think time of day had anything to do with it, because the previous 4-5 times I'd gone, I went at the same time (around 7 p.m.), and the pastrami was always hot and moist.

Nov 02, 2009
FiveDanFive in Manhattan

Not Healthy Manhattan Tour

Maybe they just had an off-night, but I tried the Toroniku at Minca yesterday in an attempt to find an alternative to Ippudo/Setagaya, and I thought it was just awful. Everything tasted a day old, particularly the noodles, which I actually saw the cook pull out of a cardboard box. The pork used in the dish was almost all fat, and the parts that weren't were hard and lacked flavor. And it was COLD. And no wonder -- it had been sitting on the counter, wrapped in foil, for who knows how long.

This really bugged me. If you're gonna prepare dishes out in the open, shouldn't you be a little more aware that appearance matters?

I think I could've forgiven most of the above if the ramen actually tasted really good, but it didn't. This was a rare instance -- very rare -- where I didn't finish my bowl of ramen.

I dunno -- anyone else have a more positive experience at Minca? Was this just a case of them having a bad night?

Oct 18, 2009
FiveDanFive in Manhattan

Week in NYC; Review my line up please

I called 30 days in advance, right at 9am Central, to get the Minetta table for 6. They'll only offer you early or late time slots, though, because they keep the "prime" dinner hours open, presumably for big shots.

I actually wanted to try No. 28 pizza, then slide over to Famous Joe's right after to get a slice there, but my friends were all too stuffed. Lightweights.

A few of the things I'll definitely need to try when I move back to NY -- Ippudo ramen and pork buns, Eleven Madison Park, and the brunch at Clinton St.

Sep 16, 2009
FiveDanFive in Manhattan

Week in NYC; Review my line up please

Just got back from a weekend trip to NYC, as well, with a few of my buddies. Here was our lineup:

Thursday dinner: Lupa
Thursday after-hours: Halal cart on 53rd and 6th

Friday lunch: Katz's Deli
Friday snack: Doughnut Plant
Friday dinner: No. 28 pizza + Grey Dog Coffee
Friday after-hours: Gahm Mi Oak

Saturday lunch: Momofuku Noodle Bar
Saturday dinner: Minetta Tavern
Saturday after-hours: Famous Original Ray's (whichever one is next to Katz's)

I think the consensus favorite was the pork bun at Momofuku. I could've easily eaten 10 of those by myself, but I wanted to save room for the ramen. I actually liked the ramen a lot but wouldn't really go out of my way to eat it (i.e. it's not something I'd have unhealthy cravings for, like I do for the bucatini at Lupa). A few of my buddies noted that the broth was too heavy, a big reason why they couldn't finish their bowl, but they loved how tender and meaty the pork was. If you've ever had ramen in LA, I felt like the Momofuku pork was almost on par with the pork at Mitsuwa/Santouka.

Everyone loved the pizza at No. 28. We ordered the Reginella and another pie with prosciutto and arugula. The sauce was slightly sweeter than I would've liked, but I loved the crust, which was just right -- chewy, but with just enough crunch -- and the toppings, especially the prosciutto, were excellent.

It's hard to say I was disappointed in Minetta Tavern, because I had a great dinner, but honestly I've had better than the Black Label Burger. I liked the intense flavor of the meat, but found it a little too buttery. At $26, it's just not something I'd see myself eating often unless a friend visits from out of town and really wants to try it. The fries were a huge hit, though. All of my friends said they actually liked the fries better than the burger.

Sep 16, 2009
FiveDanFive in Manhattan

Chowhounds: “Picky eater challenge” - thanks in advance!

Schiller's Liquor Bar in Lower East Side might be good.

Sep 03, 2009
FiveDanFive in Manhattan

Ranking every NYC pizzeria I've tried (~70)

Is it just me, or is pizza the hardest thing to find agreement on in this board?

I can't seem to find an overall opinion on a couple of the places I'm looking to try when I'm in town next week: No. 28 on Carmine and Famous Joe's.

For every positive post I read, I read another that says I can do better.

Sep 02, 2009
FiveDanFive in Manhattan

50 Best Dishes in New York

Some of my favorites from when I lived in New York 4-5 years ago:

Lupa -- bucatini (pound-for-pound, my favorite dish in NY)

Fiamma (R.I.P.) -- garganelli, triangoli for dessert (I distinctly remember the extra layer of chocolate sauce the waiter spooned over this at the table, as if there wasn't enough chocolate in the dessert already. So freakin good.)

Cafe Habana -- spicy corn on the cob w/ cheese

Java Girl coffee (tiny cafe in Upper East Side)

John's pizza

J.G. Melon -- burger w/ tots

Alfanoose -- chicken shwarma w/ hummus

Mamoun's -- falafel sandwich

Old Homestead -- ribeye steak

Gahm Mi Oak -- sul lung tang w/ kim chi

Sep 01, 2009
FiveDanFive in Manhattan

Top 5 Most Underrated Restaurants in NYC

Can we still be friends?

Aug 23, 2009
FiveDanFive in Manhattan

Top 5 Most Underrated Restaurants in NYC

The search function is rather underrated.

Aug 22, 2009
FiveDanFive in Manhattan

Top 5 Most Underrated Restaurants in NYC

Aroma in the East Village.

Saigon Grill. The beef cubes are a cheap-eats favorite of mine.

Alfanoose in the Financial District. I'm sure it's appropriately rated by many, considering the long lines, but I haven't heard it mentioned here once.

Aug 22, 2009
FiveDanFive in Manhattan

Wall St Lunch

I recommended this place earlier on another thread, but a couple of blocks down, on Maiden and Broadway, there's a Middle-Eastern spot called Alfanoose. Awesome falafel and chicken shwarma there. The line is pretty crazy during prime lunch hours, but I used to go a lot at around 130-2, and it was far less crowded

Aug 12, 2009
FiveDanFive in Manhattan

Best Brunch (Updated For 2009)

Probably gonna make a reservation since it's a group of 6. What's good there? I've heard nice things about the mac 'n' cheese and spinach/artichoke dip.

Aug 10, 2009
FiveDanFive in Manhattan

Best Brunch (Updated For 2009)

I think we're actually gonna try Freemans on Saturday. The Clinton St. wait sounds like a killer.

Aug 10, 2009
FiveDanFive in Manhattan

Weekend in Manhattan!

Looks like you're a block away from the infamous chicken and rice cart (53rd and 6th). Be sure to go to the cart with the long line. The other one on the corner is neglected for a reason, as I found out one night when I thought I was outsmarting everyone. It isn't the same.

(One caveat -- I've never eaten this during the day or while I was sober.)

For lunch around Century 21 ..... I used to work in the financial district and always grabbed lunch at this Middle-Eastern place called Alfanoose. The chicken shwarma (plate or sandwich) is really, really good. Make sure you get it with their hot sauce.

Aug 09, 2009
FiveDanFive in Manhattan

Best Brunch (Updated For 2009)

Would the crazy lines at Clinton St. die down by, say, 1 p.m. on a Saturday? Or is it pretty constant?

Aug 09, 2009
FiveDanFive in Manhattan

Best Brunch (Updated For 2009)

You're amazing.

Aug 09, 2009
FiveDanFive in Manhattan

Best Brunch (Updated For 2009)

I was thinking of having brunch with 5 other friends at Clinton St. Bakery on a Saturday -- impossible? What's the next best alternative?

Aug 08, 2009
FiveDanFive in Manhattan

Road Trip: Memphis to Dallas

Nice. How long did it take you to get to Memphis? I've been wanting to do that for the longest time, just as an excuse to try the biscuits and ham at Loveless Cafe.

Jul 08, 2009
FiveDanFive in Texas