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Fantasy Cuisine or Imperial Wok for birthday dinner for Sichuan food lover?

Looks like Mapo tofu

Looking for a good Cuban restaurant in NYC

Margon is good for lunch, it's steam tables and a grill, no waiter service and 3-5 cramped tables which can be tough to get, most people take out. Terrific cubano, good cold octopus salad. actually, I haven't been in 6 months, maybe I'll stop by tomorrow.

1 day ago
vinouspleasure in Manhattan

food trucks lower Manhattan

I worked for many years down there, most of the trucks are closed on weekends and the ones that are open, aren't the beest. As Trockwood suggests, why not look at good, inexpensive chow? Chinatown is within striking distance, go-go curry is open and nish nush is great.

Aug 02, 2015
vinouspleasure in Manhattan

Pagoda - great food but multiple websites are confusing! [Scarsdale]

chengdu heaven is arguably the best szechuan in flushing but it's in the basement of the really ugly flushing mall. besides chengdu heaven, there's 3-4 other vendors making great food in the basement.

Pagoda - great food but multiple websites are confusing! [Scarsdale]

wow, look at all those szechuan peppercorns with the Chongqing chicken. the chicken itself looks a little wetter than one would expect, no? or maybe it got a little steamed in the takeout dish.

what is the restaurant decor like? I know this is off topic, but have have you gotten your kids to chengdu heaven? I convinced my wife to visit, she liked the food but won't go back...

Best Cheap Eats 2015

here are some of my favorites:
margon
xian
joes pizza
ess-a-bagel
Saravana Bhavan
desi galli

Jul 31, 2015
vinouspleasure in Manhattan

Pagoda - great food but multiple websites are confusing! [Scarsdale]

thanks, we're at stew leonards about once a month and pagoda looks to be 10 mins, so we'll definitely give it a try. looks like they also have xiao long bao!

elita's deli, ossining

I'd vote for elita's if you haven't been. a plate of rice, beans, pork or the stewed chicken is a good way to start. or ask if you can try both. then you have decide between the platains or fresh salad.

and make sure you ask for their hot sauce!

Lefteris in Tarrytown, what the hey

wow, you feel cheated at stew leonards? IMO it's a privilege to have such a great store within driving distance.

elita's deli, ossining

hadn't been since the winter, stopped by today, wow was it good! for some reason, the yellow rice was the best it's been in any of my visits.

Lefteris in Tarrytown, what the hey

I agree but while nyc has a cart every 2-3 or blocks, if you're in tarrytown or kisco, there's not a lot of choice. Having said that, I do like santinori in sleepy hollow quite a bit more.

some recent chinatown noodles

today was the last day of my project, finished up a little early, arrived around 4:45, I was the only person there. The spicy spicy beef brisket hui mian was a little flat, took your advice, mixed in a heaping spoonful of hot chili oil and added black vinegar until the flavors popped...and pop they did, what a great, great dish. thanks for the recommendation!

Jul 27, 2015
vinouspleasure in Manhattan
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some recent chinatown noodles

no noodles! what did you eat?

Jul 27, 2015
vinouspleasure in Manhattan

some recent chinatown noodles

half the time I've visited, there's a line of tourists out the door clutching guide books. Not a big problem as there's lots to eat in the area but you haven't had this problem?

Jul 27, 2015
vinouspleasure in Manhattan

big w [Wingdale]

that might have been the case when I wrote the op but imo mighty quinn's in the east village has better brisket.

Best of the UWS, 2014 Edition

couple of more good meals:
celeste - arrived around 10pm, I had a wonderful homemade tagliatelle with shrimp. My wife had good not great gnocchi and my son had wood fired pizza which was very good but the crust in the center didn't hold up to the ingredients. very reasonably priced.

redfarm - we had the pastrami egg rolls, crispy spicy beef, soup dumplings, bacon fried rice and smoked duck. Good, interesting, bold flavors but it took about 30 minutes for the grease to clear from the back of my throat. Probably our fault for ordering so many fried dishes. Pretty expensive lunch, about $120 w tip (no alcohol) for 3 people.

manhattan diner - we eat breakfast here as much for the old school ambiance as for the well-prepared pancakes, eggs and french toast. I think g clooney did some filming here.

we're loving our new neighborhood!

Jul 22, 2015
vinouspleasure in Manhattan
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some recent chinatown noodles

working near chinatown of late has given me the opportunity to try a bunch of places:

noodle village - nice room, good service, probably my favorite noodles and wanton soup in nyc.

Lan Zhou Handpulled Noodles - love the dumplings, noodles were very good.

tasty hand pulled noodles - my least favorite, hot cramped room, fried dumplings were greasy as were the pan fried noodles. having said that, the dumpling filling was delicious and the noodles had nice bite. maybe I ordered the wrong dishes.

xian - ctown is the only location I hadn't tried, pretty consistent with the other locations. Generally I love xian but imo a lot of the dishes share the same flavor profile

Jul 21, 2015
vinouspleasure in Manhattan

Fantasy Cuisine or Imperial Wok for birthday dinner for Sichuan food lover?

thanks, that's a great list for us to try!

Fantasy Cuisine or Imperial Wok for birthday dinner for Sichuan food lover?

>>I've had almost all the items on the Sichuan menu at Imperial Wok

wow! I've only had 5-6 dishes, what are your favorites?

Fantasy Cuisine or Imperial Wok for birthday dinner for Sichuan food lover?

are you sure you ordered from the separate szechuan menu or was it a "spicy" chinese american lunch special? in any case, the food mentioned in posts above will be spicy.

Fantasy Cuisine or Imperial Wok for birthday dinner for Sichuan food lover?

when we don't want to trek into flushing or manhattan, we head to IW.
I've had the szechuan at IW and fantasy and found IW to be much better. I don't recall any ma la spices at fantasy.

favorite dishes are dan dan noodles (I prefer theirs to some of the flushing renditions), dumplings in hot oil, double cooked pork. as others noted you;ll find the decor very nice on the 2nd floor; tablecloths on the tables, etc...maybe nicer than fantasy.

another idea is aberdeen for dim sum and/or peking duck. our kids usually pick it for their bdays.

Best ethnic, Upper West Side

we recently moved into the hood, of the restaurants mentioned we've tried and liked xian, szechuan garden (prefer to sit in back room), kefi, sura, awadh.

others to try:
- we had a good meal at legend chinese
- doaba deli for low down indian food
- Saravana Bhavan for dosa (not as good as downtown but good)
- indus valley - decent weekend brunch, little different flavor profile, but pretty good
- pio pio for good peruvian chicken, we get the matador combo which is a whole chicken, rice, beans, fries with little mini hot dogs, avacodo salad and tostones, easily feeds 4. the green hot sauce is addictive.
- halal guys - I dunno, I used to work close to their cart, it was good and this is good, but lots of other places are just as good imo.
- hungarian bakery - pretty good, only here once, liked it.

someone wrote about koko korean wings which we'd like to try. I think north of 125th there must be a lot to explore. also, we haven't been since the winter, but over the winter sura had great brunch specials.

I dunno, maybe our palates have gone downhill, originally we were spoiled by brooklyn heights/cobble hill/carrol gardens, we moved out and after 20 years in the burbs, it all tastes very, very good.

Jul 17, 2015
vinouspleasure in Manhattan

big island, fairmont orchid, is finding nearby chow hopeless?

johnsons, thanks for the reminder, I posted in the other thread a little review.

Jul 13, 2015
vinouspleasure in Hawaii

bbqhound, time for one bbq dinner, durham nc

thanks to DRC for reminding me in another thread that I didn't post a trip report. I ended up at Johnsons where I had a two meat plate consisting of chopped bbq and fried chicken. The chopped was really good, just about as good as I've ever had...and I've had a lot. The fried chicken was very good, IMO not in the same class as Prices in clt, but I'd be eating it every week if I lived in town. The brunswick stew was also one of the best I've had.

The ribs were ready just as I was getting ready to leave for my plane, so I figured what the heck and took a half rack to go. Some unrendered fat and I'm not a fan of their sauce, I'm afraid in the end I tossed most of them.

thanks fellow chowhounders for the fantastic recommendation! btw, made it to the airport with plenty of time to spare.

best,
vp

Best of the UWS, 2014 Edition

we had a really nice meal at the arco cafe. I had the fregola with baby octopus and mussels, the red sauce was light, briny and delicious. we'll definitely be back.

Jul 11, 2015
vinouspleasure in Manhattan

Redline Saloon, Cortlandt Manor. A delicious hole-in-the-wall.

I've been back 3 times and while the food and service has been great, I heard more f-bombs from the clientele in 45 minutes than I'd heard the previous year. I also tried to take my kids early evening one night and there were a couple of guys smoking pot outside the door. so not the best place for a family meal.

big island, fairmont orchid, is finding nearby chow hopeless?

unfortunately, we'll be on the big island saturday. is it worth visiting the market tues night? i think it's open from 7-10

Jul 07, 2015
vinouspleasure in Hawaii

big island, fairmont orchid, is finding nearby chow hopeless?

thanks, will find a way to get to dapokeshop...where would you go for a farewell, splash out meal? if it was just me, it would be a place dapoke or hawaiian style but my wife is expecting something...nicer.

tia!

Jul 05, 2015
vinouspleasure in Hawaii

big island, fairmont orchid, is finding nearby chow hopeless?

thanks kathryn, we made a reservation at Monstera and Kohala Burger & Taco looks good for a lunch or two. Looks like we have to find time for Hawaiian Style Cafe as well.

I'm using this thread for our 4 days in honolulu:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/923524

but I'll probably just make one reservation at aw, roys or MW (can't remember the initials) and the rest will be last minute decisions on places like onos, side street, lucky belly, etc. Seems like it's a food paradise...

actually kathryn, since you've been to flushing/manhattan ctown, is honolulu ctown worth a meal? I'd guess chinese/hawaiian fusion might be good/interesting/present?

Jul 05, 2015
vinouspleasure in Hawaii

big island, fairmont orchid, is finding nearby chow hopeless?

thanks, I reserved for sat night. I also have a reservation at merriman's, for another night, do you think it's worth the drive?

we're not looking for haute cuisine...a fish shack, a good bakery, shaved ice, bbq, chinese...anything?

Jul 05, 2015
vinouspleasure in Hawaii