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Pronto in Croton

Marge, I've heard their pizza is good but other food inedible. Have you blazed a trail to eatalia (or something like that?)

Where can I get zeppoles?

It's a short ride from Manhattan on the floo network.

Jun 30, 2015
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India House? [Relocation from Montrose?]

my kids say they're moving into the vacated tapas restaurant. not sure how they know but they're usually right.

big w [Wingdale]

thanks for the update, good to hear the q is still good. In my op I wrote about taking my son to camp, now he's a junior in college. How time flies!

Chows Caribbean Chicken, Ossining

I want to try the curry chicken next, only available thurs and fri. dreaming about those wings with a red stripe beer...

favorite pizza, northern westchester?

marge, we don't order the specialty slices, it's cheese maybe with fresh mushroom or sausage. anyhow, I've put pizza238 on the list to try.

I was also going to ask about basta, we had their gluten free, it was just ok, but do want to try the regular. the sandwiches are very good not great.

favorite pizza, northern westchester?

I've heard two brothers is good but I've never been, thanks for the reminder! have you tried paradise?

favorite pizza, northern westchester?

We don't like gaetanos regular pizza but I'm a sucker for brick oven, will give it a try, thanks!

favorite pizza, northern westchester?

thanks, our experience is that Pepes yonkers is inconsistent but when they're on, it's pretty close to new haven quality. we're not up county all too much but I do play in a tennis tournament every year in mt vernon so I have good chance to get to johnnies.

favorite pizza, northern westchester?

doesn't have to be by the slice...we like pepe's, but it's a hike.

favorite pizza, northern westchester?

we like capriccio II (more than the original) which I think of as a mid-level, NYC-style slice, the tavern at croton landing, and paradise in verplanck for their corn-meal brushed crust.

what does everyone else like?

a couple of meals in flushing

Until last year I never realized how close flushing was to lga. Now, instead of visiting 2-3 times per year, I'm there about once a month. Last week I was able to swing by on both legs of my trip:

outgoing:

new world mall - first time to the mall, tried the weird dumpling/crepe at Li's handpulled noodle. Delicious, but a lot of dumpling for a single eater. It would be nice to have a guide to new world mall including best dishes at each stall. The guide I found online seems dated and lacks detail.

ten-ren tea - black tea with pearls, I know coco has a following but I think the tea is better here.

new flushing bakery - took an egg tart and a portugese tart on the plane, ended up eating it for dinner after my flight was delayed for five hours(!). still very good, unexpected coconut in the portugese .

incoming:

white bear - parking in flushing at noon on a sat, what was I thinking? I've come to realize part of the charm of this place is that the dumplings are different every time. Dumplings were smaller and spicer than usual but still great.

chengdu heaven - I've eaten in this mall before, first time at this stall, a little full from white bear, decided on the dan dan noodles. Delicious sauce, huge portion, but I prefer renditions with home made noodles. As I slurped up the noodles I saw some amazing dishes coming out of the kitchen, the thick cellophane noodles, boiled fish and spicy dumplings are up next.

tai-pan - I'm starting to believe this bakery has the best egg tart in flushing.

prince st roast meat takeout - on prince st, on the side of the street of bland park, is a busy takeout serving hot dishes and roast meat. took some wings for my kids, didn't try one but given how fast they disappeared, I'll be back for some duck, pig and pork. if it's good I'll report back on name/address.

Ramen in Westchester?

The Japanese chef at Hmart said the special was his favorite too. Haven't tried it yet but the kimchi ramen was pretty good. Unfortunately, the ramen noodles, unlike the noodles in some of the Chinese dishes, don't seem to be handmade.

Challenge: Sunday lunch for 6 within 10 blocks of Grand Central; inexpensive (long)

I'd suggest picking an indian restaurant on lex. I like chote nawab, the dosas at Saravana Bhavan. It is a longer walk, 14 blocks or so, but if you walk out the lex entrance of gct you don't have to cross any avenues. or some of you could share a cab, would be pretty inexpensive.

there are also some decent indian buffets in that area...

May 29, 2015
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La Cremaillere in Beford: still very good?

we've eaten there with and without groupon, found the food was much better (and expensive) without. It seems to us that a lot of the groupon food was pre-prepared. Still, a good meal, just not what the kitchen is capable of.

please recommend [Will travel from Rockland and New Rochelle]

la panetiere is good

back to knoxville, what's new over the last year?

we're back from knoxville, we had a really good red curry at chaiyo thai, great burgers at stock and barrel and a good bargain burgers at copper cellar on burger day.

back to knoxville, what's new over the last year?

Hi,

we're back to what's become a yearly sojourn to attend our kids problem solving competition. We stay at the U of T dorms (ugh!) and won't have a car but will be able to take a bus to the convention center and from there, it's a short walk to market sq.

Last year we had a great meal at knox and mason, good burgers stock and barrel. Previous years have included copper kettle, tomato head, sunspot, calhouns and chaiyo thai (I think).

Would love some great tenn bbq but it doesn't seem like that's happening in knoxville with or without a car? anyhow, would love your suggestions, anything walkable from the university or the convention center.

tia!

Best roast duck and pork in Chinatown

thanks, if it's anything like the dish I get at big wing wong, those are ands rather than ors, so it's soy sauce chicken, duck and roast pork with an egg, yes? i haven't had the roast pork or the chicken, so that sounds like a winner!

May 17, 2015
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Best roast duck and pork in Chinatown

I found the duck meatier at cw and the soy seemed to penetrate the duck a little more yielding a deeper flavor. I do like Bo ky too.

Pan, thanks for the chicken recommendation, will give it a try next time I'm in ctown. What else do you like there?

May 17, 2015
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Best roast duck and pork in Chinatown

About three years ago jonkyo posted that he liked cheung Wong kitchen on Allen st for their Lu wei duck. I tried it with my family and thought it better than Bo ky. Haven't been back but if you like this style of duck, it's worth a try.

May 15, 2015
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Late Lunch/Early Dinner relaxing nice restaurant lower Westchester

no view, but we've come to really like MP Taverna. I had wonderful grilled branzino last time, my wife had the salmon, not quite as good. The octopus is a must order.

Pre-theater dinner Lincoln Center

Salumeria Rosi might work

May 06, 2015
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Peekskill Pub Food - The Branding Iron

we initially liked the branding iron but no mas. do they have a smoker at birdsall? if so, we'll definitely give it another try. It's a restaurant I'd like to support but just haven't liked anything I've tried.

Nabeyaki in Westchester or northern Manhattan

made my first trip to h-mart a couple of weeks ago, I believe I saw it on the menu there, one of the many dishes I want to try.

Youtiao aka chinese crullers ?

yeah, I guess I'd classify it as sweetish rather sweet. or maybe I'm conflating this with another bread at big wong...it seemed to me I had something with a little sugar coating.

I haven't had one these in many, many years...trying to avoid the carb load.

Apr 30, 2015
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Youtiao aka chinese crullers ?

I always thought Youtiao was eaten with congee, tonight I picked up roast meat at big wong and saw two tables eating Youtiao with roast meat. It surfaced a memory of 15 years ago when a chinese friend had one with roast pork noodle soup at big wong.

It seems a little strange to be eating sweet bread with savory dishes...is this a common practice?

tia

Apr 30, 2015
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Just looked at Wo Hop on Menupages.

yup, my friend wah fung explained they had two types of dung, old and new and the brown lobster sauce was made with the bean of mung. I recall wah fung's tongue sung eating young dung with mung.

Apr 28, 2015
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Just looked at Wo Hop on Menupages.

I'm embarrassed to admit that during college, on more than one occasion, we left the pub at 11:30pm, drove four hours, arrived at wo hops at 4am, joined the 45 minute line, ate a crazy amount of food, hopped back into the car and arrived back in the dorms around 11am.

I recall the chow fun as greasy but edible, the shrimp or clam with black bean was actually pretty good.

Apr 28, 2015
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Ethnic foods only in New York?

first, since you're staying in astoria, you might want to look at this:

http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/11/be...

my family is from fl. and I've not had good italian or bbq there. I vote for italian (try babbo or the price fixe lunch at lincoln) or hill country style bbq brisket (try might quinns).

Apr 27, 2015
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