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BRYANT PARK Turkish stand....MMm Enfes

Enfes closed :( , is now shwarma doner house, haven't tried it yet

Feb 27, 2015
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Ecuadorian at El Conquistador, Peekskill

I'd been meaning to push into El Conquistador in peeksill for a while as it;s often packed, especially on the weekends. Stopped by for lunch, I figured 1/4 chicken with soup and salad ($8) was a good bet as it was on a lot of tables.

The chicken soup was a meal itself, a big bowl of broth with noodles, chopped hard boil eggs, finely chopped herbs and tender chicken. Floating on top of the broth were about 10 french fries! The soup was served with lemons and popcorn. I looked around and some of my fellow diners were throwing the popcorn into the soup so I gave it a try. it was all delicious...honestly, it's worth coming here just to try this unique soup.

The 1/4 chicken looked much closer to a 1/2 and it was served with generous sides of rice, beans and fresh salad with black eyed peas. The chicken tasted like it'd come off a rotisserie, a little salty but perfect with the thick, green hot sauce on the table. I didn't come close to finishing but it was very good.

here's a link to the restaurant, with menus:
http://www.conquistadorrestaurant.com...

New to Mount Kisco, need the lay of the land

this thread is a good guide. not sure if la tulipe will have enough croissant/pastry on any given day, suggest if there are 15-20 of you, visit, figure out what you want and order for the next day. We like aberdeen dim sum for large groups but it's a 25 min drive. There is an indian grocery in thornwood that makes hot dishes for takeout. We've done very well with them for large groups.

UWS w/kids - refining list

we've been eating a lot at szechuan garden on 105th. definitely kid friendly, and you can get a mix of spicy and non-spicy food.

On Salumeria Rossi, the last time we were there we sat next to a family of five. It didn't work very well, seating was tight, the kids were bored and spilled into our table. Also, the kids didn't seem to love the food.

Feb 23, 2015
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zeytinia trouble? [Croton]

I was just going to post about this, I was buy there two nights ago, I think it says 'green and bean".

Albany area: Chinese barbecued pork

I've made this on a smoker, pretty straightforward if you can source a pork belly:
http://food52.com/recipes/28063-momof...

Le Chateau in South Salem Closing

35 years ago, I took my first gf here for her birthday. It was a great, romantic meal that I remember to this day.

Columbia Student with foodie aspirations

search this board for prix lunch suggestions. for example, jean george is $38.

Feb 19, 2015
vinouspleasure in Manhattan

Serious Eats: Where to Eat Chinese in NYC

good call, one of the guys at our table at big wong ordered it in cantonese.

Feb 18, 2015
vinouspleasure in Manhattan

Serious Eats: Where to Eat Chinese in NYC

at big wong, Singapore mei fun was on the menu but we had to special order Singapore chow fun (it was delicious). Based on this very small sample size (of 1), I wonder it he's right...

Feb 18, 2015
vinouspleasure in Manhattan

Serious Eats: Where to Eat Chinese in NYC

Yes, thanks for posting, I've tried about half the places on the list, it will be fun to work my way through the manhattan and queens suggestions...sunset park is, at present, a real hike, which is a shame as I understand it offers some of the best food in the city.

Feb 17, 2015
vinouspleasure in Manhattan

Hopscotch. Anyone been yet? [Croton-on-Hudson]

We started with buratta, which was very good, maybe not as good as we've had at a place like Lupa. I had the salmon with portobello mushroom in broth, it's pictured in the nyt review. The fish was perfectly cooked, the skin perfectly crispy. I had similar dish over the summer at grammercy tavern, this may have been better. My wife had the short rib, she loved it, it was a lot of food, she didn't come close to finishing.

In between courses, they brought over a little cheese platter which was great. Not sure if that's standard practice, but it was a very nice gesture.

Hopscotch. Anyone been yet? [Croton-on-Hudson]

we finally tried hopscotch a couple of weeks ago, it was absolutely terrific. Yes, the mains run into the 30s but the quality was on par with top nyc restaurants. We'll definitely be back.

great chow: amma's kitchen - harriman near woodbury commons

Unfortunately amma's has closed.

Westchester BYOB recs

I used to be part of a wine tasting group in nyc, we found many chinatown restaurants were good with byob. in fact, for many years there was a big dim sum/high-end cab tasting...not sure if it's still going. So I'm thinking you should give aberdeen a call.

Can one find good pasteis de natas in the city?

my understanding is that Macau was a portugese colony and from Macau they spread all over china. I've not been to Libson, but I live close to a portugese community and frequent a pastry shop that serves natas. I love them but have had better at New Flushing Pastry in flushing's chinatown. So I'd guess with some amount of sampling, you can find a good one in Manhattan's chinatown.

Feb 11, 2015
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shelf life of a pork bun

thanks, I'm not worried about texture, I'm worried about him and his friends getting sick.

Feb 10, 2015
vinouspleasure in General Topics

shelf life of a pork bun

Most kids ask parents to send brownies and cookies, my son asked for baked roast pork buns. I figure I can stuff a lot of buns into a two-day, flat-rate delivery box but I'm wondering what's going on inside the pork bun in terms of bacteria over those 2-3 days?

tia,

Feb 10, 2015
vinouspleasure in General Topics

Lake Placid

we haven't been back in a couple of years, last time we were there we liked the interlaken inn in addition to the other restaurants already named in this thread.

Chinese casserole distinctions

my daughter and I compete in a KCBS bbq contest every year, I think I have to borrow "Hognative Dissonance" for our team name.

Feb 04, 2015
vinouspleasure in Manhattan
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First Trip bringing the kids

you have great dim sum in toronto, so scratch that. How about katz deli? might quinn's bbq? peter lugers? the oyster bar at grand central has decent stews, pan roasts and fresh oysters in a great setting. I would also suggest some of our great pizza.

Feb 04, 2015
vinouspleasure in Manhattan

First Trip bringing the kids

from where do you hail?

We live in a northern suburb and when we started bringing the kids to the city I thought it was important they understood what a good bagel tasted like, good chinese/thai/korean and good Neapolitan pizza as it's impossible to find any of that where we live. And as it turns out, most of the ethnic restaurants were very kid friendly. Now that they're older, we've moved on to french, Italian and high-end american.

In any case, I suggest dim sum on the weekend (get there early) at one of the giant dim sum halls like golden unicorn, family friendly and enough variety that they'll find something they like. I'm sure you could take them to lupa for a midday lunch but my kids wouldn't have appreciated the food at that age.

Feb 04, 2015
vinouspleasure in Manhattan

Sichuan Hit Han Dynasty to Open on Upper West Side this Spring

thanks, we're looking north of 96th but I'm sure we'll wander down to grand sz at some point. Last weekend we saw a place at the northern end of cpw, seems to me there's a lot of undiscovered chow north of the park. pretty exciting!

Feb 04, 2015
vinouspleasure in Manhattan

Eater NY Article - Xiao Long Bao

However it's supposed to be eaten, we share a love of the dish. How do the Xiao Long Bao in flushing compare to what's served in shanghai?

Feb 04, 2015
vinouspleasure in Manhattan

Eater NY Article - Xiao Long Bao

I know this a pet peeve of yours from other threads. Is it possible there is more than one way to eat Xiao Long Bao in shanghai?

I typically slurp a little soup and then eat the remainder of the dumpling, which still has a little soup left. My fellow asian diners use the same method. in fact, if you google the subject, it's impossible to find a reference to eating the dumpling whole.

Feb 04, 2015
vinouspleasure in Manhattan

Sichuan Hit Han Dynasty to Open on Upper West Side this Spring

as a soon-to-be upper west sider, what are the best options? I've been to sz gourmet, sz garden, xian...anything else?

Feb 03, 2015
vinouspleasure in Manhattan

Best Chinese Roast Pig?

I like wah fung and ny noodletown. in midtown, I'll occasionally take out from hop won for my family as it's hard to find decent roast meat north of chinatown. If you go here, ask for a lean slice or you may end up with a whole lot of fat.

to be honest, given the fat content, I try to limit my siu yuk intake to no more than 3-4 times a year, so I haven't had the opportunity to try all too many places.

Feb 03, 2015
vinouspleasure in Manhattan

Curry Ya – A Japanese Curry Specialist Worth Checking Out In The East Village

thanks lau, btw, I really value your posts/blog. I've enjoyed eating at many of the places you've recommended over the years.

best,

Feb 03, 2015
vinouspleasure in Manhattan

Curry Ya – A Japanese Curry Specialist Worth Checking Out In The East Village

if we're just talking about katsu, seems like a simple dish; find some good pork, bread and fry perfectly. what differentiates the Katsuhama rendition from best in class? also, where have you had better in the U.S., I'd love to try it.

thanks,

Feb 03, 2015
vinouspleasure in Manhattan

Curry Ya – A Japanese Curry Specialist Worth Checking Out In The East Village

Loved this dish at tokyo lunch on john st, sad they closed. During my time working at a japanese bank, a lot of japanese ex-pats favored katsu-hana. They do a great job with their berskshire pork katsu and I recall the curry was very good. Also, very good ayce slaw, you ground your own sesame seeds for the dressing. Haven't been in a couple years, if in the area, worth checking out.

My sense on this dish is that it's hard to mess up. Many japanese restaurants are good at frying (think tempura), so you basically take a nice fatty piece of pork, bread it, fry it well and add curry gravy. Who's not going to like that?

Feb 03, 2015
vinouspleasure in Manhattan