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Chengdu Heaven still great?

did little pepper split in two? One for hot pot and another on college point away from flushing ctown?

1 day ago
vinouspleasure in Outer Boroughs

dim sum in Rochester

cantonese house, we were there last year during a school tour, surprisingly good for rochster but I don't think it's even on par with nyc. Still, a pleasant way to spend the morning. It was very inexpensive, I recall about 1/2 the price of manhattan dim sum. I think our other meal was at dinosaur bbq which was fun.

sorry, just re-read your post, you said "now serves" which indicates a new (or improved) restaurant, cantonese house looked like it had been around for a long time....

Apr 13, 2014
vinouspleasure in New York State (exc. NYC)

Best Thai....Please tell me the very best....

never tried it with cucumbers, interesting idea. I've never made somtum, I do have a killer recipe for tom yum but it's a lot of work and some of the ingredients are hard to find in my neck of the woods.

Apr 12, 2014
vinouspleasure in Outer Boroughs

a tale of two dumplings

thanks, next time I'll try dumpling cafe.

Apr 12, 2014
vinouspleasure in Outer Boroughs

a tale of two dumplings

what ever region they're from, they use the words "wontons in spicy oil" on their menu. It's reasonable to expect some heat and there was none.

Apr 12, 2014
vinouspleasure in Outer Boroughs

Best Thai....Please tell me the very best....

yeah, I recall sugar in the papaya salad recipe too though I haven't made it in a while as I'm missing the tool to shred papaya.

Apr 11, 2014
vinouspleasure in Outer Boroughs

Best Thai....Please tell me the very best....

your experience certainly aligns with her recipe. Actually, I found it shocking how much sugar is in the dish. It doesn't taste sweet, but it's an awful lot of sugar.

Apr 11, 2014
vinouspleasure in Outer Boroughs

El Duraznito Ossining Ecuadorian

back here a couple of weeks ago, tried the seafood soup which was really a large stew with hunks of fish, fresh clam, mussels and crab. Served with a plate of rice, limes and hot sauce, squeeze the lime into the soup, spoon the rice into the soup, hot sauce to taste, you've got some mighty fine eating for $12. Saw this on about half the tables...

Apr 11, 2014
vinouspleasure in New York State (exc. NYC)

elita's deli, ossining

was back here the other day for some roast pork. Nice big chunks of roast pork, crisp skin and a little unctions fat attached to the skin on a heap of rice. Make sure you get the homemade hot sauce, it was surprisingly aggressive and good enough to eat on it's own over rice.

Apr 11, 2014
vinouspleasure in New York State (exc. NYC)

Best Thai....Please tell me the very best....

I took a thai cooking class with a woman from thailand that owns a restaurant here in the U.S. She said curry was a balance of hot, sour and sweet and when those ingredients balance, the taste of the curry will, to use her word, pop. I've since made the dish 100s of time and I've tried to cut the sugar but found she was right, there's is a point (reached by trial and error) where the taste pops.

It's entirely possible she taught us an americanized version of the dish, I have her email and can ask. Just to be clear, are you saying that in your travels in thailand, you ate curry and there was no trace of sugar?

Apr 11, 2014
vinouspleasure in Outer Boroughs

a tale of two dumplings

on the way back from a client meeting yesterday, didn't realize how close flushing chinatown is to the LIE. Stopped at nan xiang and white bear.

I've been to nan xiang 3-4 times, as usual, the dumplings were full of delicious broth and I love the delicate skin. As an aside, I was to taiwan cafe in boston this week, reputed to have the best in boston, and there was really no comparison.

First time to white bear, ordered the wantons in "spicy" oil, while I liked the dumplings, there was absolutely no heat and I found the whole dish a little bland. yes, a great bargain, but I've had better versions...and you do have to close your eyes while eating, I don't mind dumps (my wife claims I've created my own rating determined by the ratio of food to decor score) but to my eyes, this place was dirty.

a few steps to ten-ren for some bubble tea, then to tai pan for all manner of pastry for my family and I was back to my car just before the one hour parking limit.

Apr 11, 2014
vinouspleasure in Outer Boroughs

Gleasons in Peekskill: Reviews?

this was similar to our experience except we had a waiter. Waited about 15 minutes to take our order, food took 45 minutes and 3 out of five orders were wrong. They fixed the order (slowly) and then didn't charge us for one appetizer and one main dish...and the bill was still expensive for what was on the plate.

there were two other tables of people eating in the whole restaurant.

Mar 13, 2014
vinouspleasure in New York State (exc. NYC)

Top Pizza in Capital Region?

when I was in school (lived in the downtown dorms), we found lou-bea's was closest to nyc thin crust, oily (in a good way) pizza. There are recent reviews on yelp, so it's still alive and kicking.

we would also occasionally head to fountain pizza where they rubbed the pizza pan with garlic which made for a flavorful crust.

I'm sure there's better pizza but through the lense of a student, these were our best bets.

Mar 11, 2014
vinouspleasure in New York State (exc. NYC)

stone manor hawthorne

we've been twice, once with a groupon and sunday we took the whole family for their $30 prix fixe. The good on the prix fixe:
- crab cake (app)
- clam/oyster/shrimp platter (app)
- 18 ounce porterhouse: very good, tender, perfectly cooked and seasoned
- warm brownie with pecan sauce

imo, if you have the raw app, porterhouse and warm brownie, it'd be tough to walk out and say it wasn't a great deal.

worth a try.

Mar 10, 2014
vinouspleasure in New York State (exc. NYC)

Gleasons in Peekskill: Reviews?

we've given up on gleasons. Terrible, terrible service the last two times we were there and while the food was good, it's overpriced for what's on the plate.

Mar 10, 2014
vinouspleasure in New York State (exc. NYC)

Peekskill Ramen - Ramenesque

took my wife here recently and we had the tonkatsu mentioned in the article. The review characterizes the curry as "muddled" but I'd say it's muddled in the way a good stew is muddled. The pork was nicely fried, the curry had a little heat, we thought it a great comfort dish on a cold, winter day.

Feb 02, 2014
vinouspleasure in New York State (exc. NYC)

ramen in midtown east

yes, perhaps house made noodles would be more accurate. Everyone I've taken here has liked the udon soup, certainly popular with Asians, and for $8-$9 including a healthy serving of beef, hard to fathom how it's overpriced.

what places do you like more?

Jan 28, 2014
vinouspleasure in Manhattan

ramen in midtown east

If you'd consider udon soup with hand pulled noodles, onya is very good and about five minutes from gct

Jan 28, 2014
vinouspleasure in Manhattan

Peekskill Pub Food - The Branding Iron

me too! think Pour Wine Bar in mt. kisco does a nice job with this.

Jan 24, 2014
vinouspleasure in New York State (exc. NYC)

Peekskill Pub Food - The Branding Iron

agreed, though I'm not a fan of Birdsall food...think they try too hard and end up with dishes that don't work and are somewhat overpriced. Point in case, their burger, which to my palate tastes like meat loaf with too much pepper. I think Gleasons is solidly overpriced.

haven't been to firehouse, been meaning to get there. you should try the taven @croton landing for brunch.

Jan 23, 2014
vinouspleasure in New York State (exc. NYC)

Peekskill Pub Food - The Branding Iron

based on one visit to each place:
branding iron - great service, new american pub fare, fun menu
quiet man - great atmosphere, middling service, traditional irish fare.

toss up on which has better food. haven' t been to the brewery yet.

Jan 22, 2014
vinouspleasure in New York State (exc. NYC)

Peekskill Pub Food - The Branding Iron

Tried for the first time over the weekend. Don't let the crowded bar as you walk in deter you, there's quiet seating in the back. Great selection of burgers and pub food, service was wonderful and the food very good. We had the blooming onion, which had a nice sauce but was a little soggy and pulled pork tostados which were good. The star of the shoe were the burgers, served on a delicious, warm bun which tasted and looked homemade. the burger itself was generous, charred on the outside, perfectly cooked in the middle, served with hand cut fries. All the orders coming out of the kitchen looked good,: fish and chips, kids grilled cheese, prime rib...we'll definitely be back.

It's a fun place, give them a try!

Jan 20, 2014
vinouspleasure in New York State (exc. NYC)

Peekskill Ramen - Ramenesque

the non-ramen menu looks like it would be worth exploring:
http://www.ramenesque.net/

Jan 17, 2014
vinouspleasure in New York State (exc. NYC)

Peekskill Ramen - Ramenesque

I had a nice bowl of pork Shoyu Ramen at this newish Ramen house on main st. in peekskill. The broth was full of flavor and contained nori, fresh scallions, corn, half an egg, a couple of nice chunks of pork and noodles. no one is going to confuse the fare with ippudo but they serve a nice, hearty bowl of ramen, the owner is really nice and the food is well-priced.

The person next to me ordered gyoza and was told they were all out as they had to make more. I take that as a good sign. Give it a try and let us know what you think.

on a side note, there's an Ecuadorian deli on the same block and I couldn't help but notice the patrons were eating big bowls of soup followed by platters of fried chicken. that's up next!

Jan 16, 2014
vinouspleasure in New York State (exc. NYC)

Where can I find brunch that's not comically overpriced?!

chinatown

Jan 15, 2014
vinouspleasure in Manhattan

New York recommendation

we were at maialino last week for the first time, they serve until 11pm on friday. Think you'd be very happy with a bottle of wine, appetizers and a couple of pastas. There are good deals to be had on their wine list and it's pretty low key.

Jan 08, 2014
vinouspleasure in Manhattan

Spicy Village (Formerly He Nan Flavor) – Delicious Henan Food In Chinatown

How long have I wanted to try this place? I guess since mar 24th...finally got there around 2pm for lunch on a weekday. This place has been "discovered", was very crowded, I snagged the last table and then a line formed.

Not wanting to make a glutton of myself (ok, truth be told, afterwards I wanted to head to nearby vanessa's for sesame bread w duck), I just ordered Grilled Pepper Chicken with Rice. One minute later, they brought out a big dish of the stuff...clearly not cooked to order, it tasted like a homestyle stew and they must make a giant pot in advance. The flavors were a little muddled, while it was good, one could imagine eating similar food in american-chinese (sic) restaurants anywhere. it wasn't worth trekking to ctown for this but looking forward to trying some of the other dishes.

Jan 08, 2014
vinouspleasure in Manhattan

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

there's a dearth of good restaurants near woodbury commons, got a little turned around on the way home, drove by Amma's Kitchen and Groceries and it sure looked like it had high chow potential. Walking in it's a small storefront selling indian and pakistan groceries, they have four steam tables, two veg, two non-veg. It all looked very good, I ended up with the Bhurtha (eggplant) and pakora in a sauce.

both dishes were fresh, complex, spicy and well-made...really as good as anything I had india. turns out you can order off a bigger menu.

they just have two tables, most people take out but it was very nice eating there. The manager is very, very nice. I'll definitely be back next time I'm up at woodbury:

88 17M, Harriman, NY 10926
(845) 395-9000
here's a link to their facebook page, the food tastes as great as it looks:

https://www.facebook.com/ammaskitchen...

Dec 25, 2013
vinouspleasure in New York State (exc. NYC)

Mex-To-Go (in Croton-on-Hudson)

Respect what you've done with this site but suggest you spend a little less time understanding food and more time understanding people.

Nov 09, 2013
vinouspleasure in New York State (exc. NYC)

Mex-To-Go (in Croton-on-Hudson)

I'd given up on the place due to ridiculously small portion size (imagine a taco with a teaspoon of meat) except for the excellent rotisserie chicken. About a month ago I had dinner in nyc so my wife gave it a try, I tried a little of the leftovers and couldn't believe it was so good. turns out they had a change in ownership a couple of years ago and the food/portion size has improved.

on the rest of your note, restaurants are catering to the changed demographic in croton and now we have a very good japanese/korean in osagao, the tavern at croton landing is great for pub food and made from scratch brunch (featuring warm, homemade donuts), the salumeria makes good sandwiches and of course we have ocean house, arguably the best seafood restaurant in the county (featuring a great corkage policy).

>>.most Crotonites just have little experience with meat that's not grimly dried-out.

dude, kinda insulting...you come by this knowledge based on a couple of yelp reviews of a mexican joint? to use your own words, feels like you're "reinforcing ignorance and stereotypes".

Nov 08, 2013
vinouspleasure in New York State (exc. NYC)