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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
vinouspleasure in Manhattan

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
vinouspleasure in Manhattan

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
vinouspleasure in Manhattan

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
vinouspleasure in Manhattan
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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
vinouspleasure in General Topics

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
vinouspleasure in General Topics

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
vinouspleasure in Manhattan
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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
vinouspleasure in Manhattan

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
vinouspleasure in Manhattan

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

what a great, great chowhound find! My son and I loved the specialy burgers and the wings were very good. Given the rundown decor, I doubt I can get my wife into this place but can't wait to head back with my kids.

thanks to ryan for the great recommendation and the well-written review.

Peekskill Pub Food - The Branding Iron

I stopped at the hummingbird a couple of weeks ago, had the jerk chicken, I thought it good, not great...try the jerk at chows in ossining, (I posted today on it), it will blow your hair back.

Chows Caribbean Chicken, Ossining

In the old pon di riva space by the ossinning train stating, the owner did a nice renovation, it's clean and bright, 3 stools by a counter, obviously mostly for takeout. I tried the jerk wings, delicious, be warned, they are *really* spicy. I also had a side of home made corn bread, a huge hunk of moist, corny goodness, the texture was somewhere between a bread and pudding (much closer to bread).

They are also smoking(!) chicken over mesquite, that's next to try. Here's a link to the fb page which in turn has a link to their menu:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chows-...

Peekskill Pub Food - The Branding Iron

weedy, I think you should try Ryan's suggestion, a burger at the redline saloon, just be prepared for (very) run down decor. IMO, you're exaggerating on ramanesque, yeah, it's not ippudo but try some of the non-ramen dishes (salmon and chicken katsu curry). I've also had good tacos at Mercado Azteca & Deli.

have you tried any of the latin restaurants? I had a nice lunch at El Conquistador, I'd like to work my way through the rest.

Is John's Pizzeria the Best? Other suggestions?

I played basketball near thompson park for many years and our group became semi-regulars at Arturos. The space had a great, old, nyc vibe and there was often good jazz served with the pizza. Oddly, over the course of 10 years, the guys at Johns eventually came to recognize my wife and I while the servers at Arturos never seemed to recognize our group. We do prefer the pizza at john's to arturos but arturo's is very good.

I do strongly agree with the sentiment that it's time for OP to try somewhere new.

Apr 23, 2015
vinouspleasure in Manhattan

Peekskill Pub Food - The Branding Iron

wow! tried it with my son yesterday, now *that* is a chowhound find. The wings were very good but the burgers were amazing! My son had the saddlebag burger: 1/2 pounder with egg, cheese, hash browns and bacon. I had the saloon burger: bacon, fried onions and gorgonzola.

Unfortunately, the decor is a little rough for my wife
but my son is up for another visit and I can probably convince the other kids. Thanks for great, great recommendation. You might want to start a separate thread.

Soft shell crab season!

last year we noticed a big difference in the size/quality of the soft shelled crabs at nyn in-season. Not sure if they move to fresh crabs in season...or it might have been that the person ordering spoke cantonese and asked them for good ones.

Apr 16, 2015
vinouspleasure in Manhattan

Good "ethnic" restaurants which won't break the bank

I remember about 15 middle eastern restaurants within walking distance of tripoli but I don't remember 6 as yemeni. anyhow, I guess you like tripoli, I was there about 6 times but it's been a long while, maybe it's gotten better.

Apr 13, 2015
vinouspleasure in Manhattan

OMG!!! H Mart is opening in Hartsdale, NY!

3 years later, finally made it to hmart. it's a lot closer than i thought. we started with lunch in the food court: dumplings, seafood pancake and tofu/pork stew. Loved it all, they were out of the king dumplings, would like to try that next time.

as for the shopping, we loved the produce, marinated meat (Last night we had a fabulous bbq of pork belly and chicken thighs) and seafood.

Looking forward to heading back many times.

Good "ethnic" restaurants which won't break the bank

hmmmm, last time i was there (summer), it looked like the yemen cafe had closed. good to know it's still open for business. I was disappointed to see the waterfall cafe is now a hookah bar.

Apr 11, 2015
vinouspleasure in Manhattan

Chengdu, Xi'an in Flushing

no, but the food sings.

Apr 10, 2015
vinouspleasure in Outer Boroughs
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Good "ethnic" restaurants which won't break the bank

it's amazing tripoli is the last man standing on atlantic avenue, during my 15 years in the nabe, it was generally regarded as the weakest.

dunno, if was me, I'd walk across the bridge, down to the promenade, then through the brownstone brooklyn to lucali and then over to court st pastry for dessert.

Apr 10, 2015
vinouspleasure in Manhattan

NY Dim Sum [moved from Philadelphia board]

"Of course any time the subject of Philly's version of dim sum comes up on this board, there is always the caveat that this place is good, and that place is OK, but it's not like the REAL dim sum you'd get in NY."

ha! any time the subject of dim sum comes up on this board, there is always the caveat that it's not like the REAL dim sum in Toronto or hong kong.

You won't go far wrong picking a place or two from this article:
http://seriouseats.com/best-chinese-f...

the article has been dissected here and most of us think it's a solid list.

My personal recommendation is to start your tour with a pork bun from mei li wah or sesame bread with duck from vanessas. From there, walk to your next destination, with pork bun or bread in hand (don't eat in).

Apr 10, 2015
vinouspleasure in Manhattan
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Aberdeen Seafood and Dim Sum?

While I agree it's not a destination, dim sum is just about as good as flushing albeit at around 1.5-2x the price.

Apr 09, 2015
vinouspleasure in Outer Boroughs

Chengdu, Xi'an in Flushing

well...I'm not in flushing often...maybe 10-12 times a year, and I'm usually with my family...at this point in our lives, where we eat is more a function of democracy than autocracy and there's no way they'd agree to eat down there. and truth be told, I consider it a big win that everyone loves to eat at biang, fu run, little pepper, dim sum, etc, so I'm not going to push it.

still, I think you're on to something and next time I'm on my own, I'll make for c heaven.

thanks,

Apr 08, 2015
vinouspleasure in Outer Boroughs