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Coffee/tea in Ossining

Quimbaya is good, we like cidade (cafe duoro now) more for Cappuccino and pastry. Just continue down main st, it will be on your right.

NYC first visit (kind of) - where to eat to feel like you're in NY!

I think CI is a great, great nyc experience but in truth, if we're just talking about food, I don't think the Nathan's dog warrants the time investment.

Mar 24, 2015
vinouspleasure in Manhattan

Peekskill Ramen - Ramenesque

Hmmm, my shoyu broth had deep flavor, I wonder if they took a shortcut on cooking method. I don't think the ramen holds up well against first or even second level ramen shops in NYC so I've taken to ordering the non-ramen dishes.

Last time I was there I had a gloriously prepared piece of salmon, I've been afraid to report back here as I don't think the kitchen is all that consistent but you might give it a try and let us know what you think.

Sichuan at Imperial Wok in N White Plains: thumbs up

I work about 3 minutes from the epicenter of midtown Szechuan alley so it's been hard to justify the 20 minute ride from our home. I did have a chance to stop by on the way back from a business trip, as Elisa says, it was startlingly good. The dan dan noodles had a nice ma la. the double cooked pork belly was heavier on black bean than most which made it a little salty but by the end of the meal, I was left wondering why everyone didn't make it that way.

Look forward to your report!

Ecuadorian at El Conquistador, Peekskill

somehow I missed your reply, glad you liked it! how was your husband's fish soup? I saw it on a couple of tables and it looked good.

Chengdu, Xi'an in Flushing

I finally made it to Tianjin, had the lamb dumplings, they were very good. I had hoped to also try a dish at chendu heaven but was too full.

I haven't been in the mall in several years, it's looking pretty long in the tooth and not all too clean. Not sure I'll be back.

Mar 18, 2015
vinouspleasure in Outer Boroughs

Patisserie Didier Dumas in Nyack

I thought the croissant stacked up well against say financier or kayser. it's tough to find a place in the burbs as good as the best bakeries in nyc.

Best fine dining: Westchester restaurant recommendation?

last week we had the (non-groupon) tasting menu at la panetiere paired with wine, it was excellent. not far from westchester, we like restaurant x in congers for a special occasion. Xaviar's in piermont, as suggested upthread, is also great but restaurant x seems a little bit more laid back.

Patisserie Didier Dumas in Nyack

we were there many times before the fire, one of our favorite places. good to hear they re-opened.

bbqhound, time for one bbq dinner, durham nc

I'll have to make do with cheerwine!

Mar 11, 2015
vinouspleasure in Southeast

bbqhound, time for one bbq dinner, durham nc

hmmm, looking over the menu, angus barn's prices are pretty high...$17 for a burger!I've never been to a Cookout, $4 for a burger with hushpuppies and slaw...might have to try that.

Mar 11, 2015
vinouspleasure in Southeast

bbqhound, time for one bbq dinner, durham nc

with a screen name like DRC, I'm surprised it took you so long to make the recommendation!

Mar 11, 2015
vinouspleasure in Southeast
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bbqhound, time for one bbq dinner, durham nc

thanks again for all the help! I'm arriving wed night around 9pm, probably 10pm by the time I get my car rental. I know most restaurants will be closed at that time, anything worthwhile within striking distance of the RTP or should I go for room service?

Mar 10, 2015
vinouspleasure in Southeast

bbqhound, time for one bbq dinner, durham nc

Thanks, sounds like it's Johnson's, report to follow

Mar 09, 2015
vinouspleasure in Southeast

bbqhound, time for one bbq dinner, durham nc

thanks for all the replies!

I can't afford to miss my flight home, I didn't realize traffic might be a problem. I'd like to return the car rental at 6:30pm so I was thinking:
4:00 - leave meeting
4:30 - arrive restaurant
5:15 - leave restaurant
5:45 - arrive airport
45 minute buffer for traffic

if I leave the restaurant at 5:15, is it possible I won't make it to the airport by 6:30? Which of the two (johnson's vs allen) would be better in terms of traffic?

also, can I get coarse chop, outside brown at these places or is it "what you see is what you get"?

Mar 09, 2015
vinouspleasure in Southeast

bbqhound, time for one bbq dinner, durham nc

thanks, Johnson's looks great. I'll see if they'll stretch the two meat platter to include pulled pork and fried chicken...maybe I can pay extra.

sorry to hear about ed mitchell's, I've had his que 2-3 times at different places and thought it outstanding.

Mar 09, 2015
vinouspleasure in Southeast

bbqhound, time for one bbq dinner, durham nc

I'm attending a meeting in RTP on a thursday, meeting will end by 4pm, flight is at 8pm, I'm thinking I have time for dinner. I've eaten a lot of bbq in nc/sc, occasionally cook in bbq contests and have served as judge in a bunch. Would prefer eastern nc style, is anyone cooking whole hog over wood? I've not been to allen and sons, probably a good place to start, but I see various recommendations here.

To throw in a twist, I've heard beasley's is good for fried chicken, if the q situation is not great, am I better off there? I find this is the case in charlotte where I often find myself at price's if I'm too tired to make the drive to lex.

Thoughts?

tia!

Mar 09, 2015
vinouspleasure in Southeast

Untamed Sandwiches?

it's close to where I work, I've been a bunch of times, usually get the goldie my co-worker likes the vegetarian sandwich. I've not a had consistently good experience, sometimes the meat has unrendered fat, sometimes the sandwich is small for the $. However, most of the time, it's solid.

Mar 06, 2015
vinouspleasure in Manhattan

BRYANT PARK Turkish stand....MMm Enfes

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

Feb 27, 2015
vinouspleasure in Manhattan

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
vinouspleasure in Manhattan

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.