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sue and hai asian fusion, yorktown heights

yes, it's similar to age tofu, it's a very big portion. funny, we thought about the sriracha chicken, we'll try it next time.

sue and hai asian fusion, yorktown heights

thanks, yup, it was paul ma's, and we thought it terrific when we first moved to westchester.

Charchaels Closes, License 2 Opens in Thornwood

Erica, there's another post here about your creative empanadas, looking forward to stopping by!

I'm Angry and I'm not Taking it Anymore! Westchester NY

ocean house in croton, $5 (or so) corkage fee.

sue and hai asian fusion, yorktown heights

we set out for jewel of himilaya, found it closed and decided to try Sue and Hai's. Once upon a time (~20 years ago), s&h was one of the top cantonese in the county, I think owned by david chen. Once it changed hands, the food quickly went downhill and we haven't been back in the intervening 15 years. We found some recent, positive reviews on yelp and gave it a try.

We decided to order off the thai menu, the fried tofu in peanut sauce looked a hot mess but we found creamy goodness on the inside with a nice, crispy exterior, the sauce had some sneaky heat and the vegetables were perfectly cooked. We also tried the drunken chicken, maybe a B to flushing srirpaphai's rendition, but good for Westchester.

anyone else been recently?

Mei Li Wah – A Cha Siu Bao Institution; Amazing Cha Siu Bao? No…The Best In Chinatown? Probably

I like New flushing bakery for dan tat. for whatever reason, I've not been able to find great Baked Char Siu Boa in flushing but there's decent pork-based pastry at tai-pan.

Jan 15, 2015
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Westchester Wish-list

Interesting, maybe the reason we didn't notice is that we order the white clam so there's no red sauce. Btw, I always spend a couple of minutes watching them maneuver the pizza around with 10 foot peels....quite a show.

Westchester Wish-list

oh no! we haven't been for about 6 months, hope it was just an aberration.

Westchester Wish-list

no love here for pepe's pizza in yonkers? We think it's great. And under the joints category, I like elita's deli in ossining for Ecuadorian food.

Actually, I don't agree with your main premise. Taking a "glass is half full" view, I think the food situation is pretty good in the county compared to the rest of suburbia. If I compare it to say where my family lives if fl, we have great ny-style pizza, great chinese (they have nothing like aberdeen or fantasy), great bagels (compared to the white bread stuff they have), great japanese, great greek, great itailian. the list just goes on and on. yes, it's frustrating to be so close to foodie nirvana but hey, it could be a lot, lot worse.

Westchester Wish-list

wow, do we disagree on bbq! nyc does have great bbq, brisket is the hardest meat to smoke properly and in the hands of a master, it's otherworldly. And while I agree kc has great bbq, it's hard to argue it's best (it's like trying to name the best artist).

and does london have great chinese food? The indian food is great, but I didn't find the chinese food exciting.

anyhow, I do like your list of restaurants...except I think squires is excellent.

Worth the Hype (Butter, Nobu, etc.)? And your recommendations!

ha! we're in violent agreement about the sea salt, in fact, if you search here for my review, I believe I mention it makes no sense to smoke a brisket for 14 hours and mar it with sea salt.

On hill country, we generally agree. I remember it something like this:
fatty brisket - as good as what I had in hill country, texas
chicken - very good
ribs - do not put in mouth

still, I think the ayce deal is fun/inexpensive.

Jan 08, 2015
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Worth the Hype (Butter, Nobu, etc.)? And your recommendations!

I'd skip the authentic dim sum as Toronto generally has better.

You might try the midtown Xian, they have a small, cramped counter in the back, too crowded for lunch but if you get there around 5-5:30, you should get a seat. Another good (but cramped) spot midtown is margon for their cuban sandwich.

Here's an off-the-wall suggestion if you've not been to texas: hill country style BBQ. A laughable suggestion 10 years ago, we now have world-class bbq. Try the moist brisket at Mighty Quinns in the east village.

why not try one of the prix fixe lunches at a top restaurant? Jean George, Lincoln, etc. Search here for "prixe fixe lunch", you'll find lots of great suggestions.

Jan 08, 2015
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fantasy cuisine hartsdale

also, were the noodles home made? ours were thin, about the size and consistency of packaged ramen. maybe it was ordered so much (we were there after the dinner rush) that they ran out of ingredients.

to be fair, I think the chicken was noted with one pepper on the menu, so maybe we just need to try the three pepper dishes.

Italian Beef Sandwich in NYC?

fw, you're replying to a post from 2007. I'm pretty sure this place closed.

Jan 07, 2015
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fantasy cuisine hartsdale

I've only been once but I don't think this place is serving authentic szechuan. as I mentioned in my op, the dishes we ordered lacked ma la spice profile. But it sounds like Elisa had a different experience, so we'll continue to explore the menu.

I do agree, I'd be hesitant to order extra spicy at say little pepper on college point ave as I have hard time with their normal spice level. On the thai front, my son and I once ordered jungle curry "thai spicy" at sripapah. We weren't able to eat more than a couple of bites.

Costco in Yorktown Heights?

we have a mixed marriage: I'm a costco kinda guy and my wife is a whole foods kinda gal. Will be great to see a costco in yorktown, can't help but wonder how it might effect turcos (which I think of as a rare treasure).

Now, if we could just get an H-Mart in the old zetinya space...

fantasy cuisine hartsdale

the week after our meal here, I had takeout kung pao chicken from szechuan gourmet in nyc (my office is a block away), I counted about 15 szechuan peppercorns and, as you might imagine, the dish packed some serious heat. Next time we're here, I'm going to ask for extra spicy and see what happens.

actually, at nan xiang, we usually get soup dumplings, a scallion pancake, a beef roll and maybe one of their cold appetizers...might take the same approach here.

coconut milk, northern westchester?

I make a good thai curry. The coconut milk in the local a&p and shoprite is not great so we usually stock up at kam sen after dim sum at aberdeen. we've run out and I'm wondering if anyone knows of an asian market closer to home (croton/ossining/peekskill)?

tia

Empanadas in Thornwood

we loved the previous incarnation of this place (Charchaels) and but were disappointed with a couple of meals after it became license 2. It looks like it might have changed hands again, will definitely give it another try.

fantasy cuisine hartsdale

sounds like we have a similar view of the restaurant. The host/manager (seemed like he might be the owner) said post the ny times review, there's usually over an hour wait during prime dinner hours so, at least for the near term, they seem to be doing well.

fantasy cuisine hartsdale

First time to fantasy chinese:
- pork soup dumplings: we frequent nan xiang and kung fu in flushing, these were just about as good. I like the sauce a little more in flushing but that's nitpicking.

Dan Dan Noodles - Most of the online reviews mention homemade noodles, maybe they ran out, these tasted like instant ramen soup noodles. The dish was seriously lacking the ma la spice profile.

Sauteed String Beans with pork - Competently made

Salt and Pepper Fish Fillet - fresh fish, delicately fried, good dish.

Beef Chow Fun - A good rendition, the beef was delicious but the dish lacked some of the smokiness one associates with the best renditions.

Kung Pao Chicken - light on the peppercorns (maybe 3 in the whole dish), the chicken was delicately fried and the star of the show.

On end, we loved the soup dumplings, liked the other dishes but the spice level in the Dan Dan Noodles and Kung Pao Chicken seemed dumbed down for Westchester palates. IMO, the szechuan food at Imperial Wok in North White Plains is better but we'll return here for the great soup dumplings and B-level (maybe A-level for Westchester) szechuan/cantonese dishes.

Chaozhou Noodles, at a Vietnam Chaozhou Venue called Bo Ke ( Po Ji )

that looks great, is that the same dish lau reviewed here and on his site:

http://www.lauhound.com/bo-ky-good-ch...

I've been wanting to get there, the duck looks great too.

Dec 18, 2014
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Best sushi experience in Mid-Town?

Interesting, I didn't realize the restaurant was on anyone's radar.

Dec 15, 2014
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Best sushi experience in Mid-Town?

I consulted at a japanese bank for 3 years and this was the restaurant of choice for our team.

Dec 15, 2014
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sweet sixteen prix fixe lunch and dim sum for 7

here you go:

http://www.domainebrusset.fr/uk/Wines...

it's about $13 on wine searcher, a very good wine for the price. Brusset is known for their gigondas, this less expensive wine is well made.

Dec 14, 2014
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sweet sixteen prix fixe lunch and dim sum for 7

cafe boulud was very good, the mains were flat out wonderful (chestnut parparadelle, hake and cassoulet), the appetizers were very good (salmon tartare and salad with roasted sweet potatoes and goat cheese) but the desserts were an intellectual exercise (coffee torte and a panna cotta) and, IMO, lacked soul. They had a nice brusset ventoux for $35 that was pretty much a must buy.

jin fong was a great choice, we arrived early enough to get a table for seven. The girls loved the room, the servers were wonderful and the girls got to try a lot of dishes. However it confirmed my conviction that the dim sum at aberdeen http://www.aberdeenwhiteplains.com/ in white plains is better than what one can find in manhattan's chinatown...albeit, at about 1.5 times the price. Flushing on the other hand is another matter, but it's not that easy for us to get there.

while the girls were in ave q (they forbid us from accompanying them!), my wife and I ate at larb ubol. It's walking distance for me from work, so I've been there many times for lunch but this was the first time for dinner. It was nice to see a packed house at 9pm and the som tam was just delicious.

we also took the girls to john's time square after the show. To be fair, I didn't try the pizza but it sure didn't look like the pie we were eating in the village back in the day.

thanks for all the suggestions and help!

p.s. The girls couldn't quite muster enough courage to speak chinese.

Dec 14, 2014
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Looking for Asian Comfort Food! (XLB, dumplings, Japanese Curry!) Midtown to Flatiron area

across from go go is tabitha 2, good, not great ramen, still very good on a cold day.

next to go go is a dirty chinese restaurant/bakery, btw 1:30 and 2 they have warm custard buns, if I'm in the area, I'll take one to go.

main noodle has big bowls of chinese roast pork noodle soup I usually pay the extra dollar for them to add thin skinned wontons. For me, this is the very definition of asian comfort food, and it's very good here.

Dec 11, 2014
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Looking for Asian Comfort Food! (XLB, dumplings, Japanese Curry!) Midtown to Flatiron area

I think onya closed :(

Dec 11, 2014
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sweet sixteen prix fixe lunch and dim sum for 7

thanks, but unfortunately my daughter is the only one in the family that's not a fan. She's much more likely to ask for a pork bun from MLW or the peking duck sandwich from Vanessa, two of her favorites.

Dec 09, 2014
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sweet sixteen prix fixe lunch and dim sum for 7

yeah, sorry, I meant to write hong kong. anyhow, I'm sure hilarious results will ensue!

Dec 09, 2014
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