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Applewood - chef change?

Thank you. I think I read that the owner(s) had decided to move out of the city, but my understanding was that that was a while ago. I guess I didn't realize that the owner-chef was still working in the kitchen, though.

I hope the high-quality food continues and would be interested in any recent reviews.

1 day ago
uwsgrazer in Outer Boroughs

Russ & Daughters - food shop order

Already have capers in the pantry. I also thought capers should be part of the spread and was starting to question that as they didn't get included in posts with the red onion, tomato, etc. Now I know, and they will for sure be on the table! Thank you!

2 days ago
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

Russ & Daughters - food shop order

No chopped liver fans in the group, apparently. I mean, I potentially could be if given the opportunity, I suppose. But one person in the group for sure needs to stay away, I was told -- more for you.

Jul 30, 2015
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

Russ & Daughters - food shop order

Perfect. Thank you for that clarification, Ttrockwood. I was starting to worry about having a few pounds of cc sitting around in the fridge ... and no smoked fish or other good stuff to go with it. Whew.

Jul 30, 2015
uwsgrazer in Manhattan
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Applewood - chef change?

We thoroughly enjoyed our meals the two times we visited. Our latest meal was early this year. I happened to be looking at their site, and it looks as if the head chef has changed though my google search uncovered nothing.

Am I right, is there a new chef (who was the restaurant's former sous chef)? What happened to the prior executive chef?

Jul 30, 2015
uwsgrazer in Outer Boroughs

Russ & Daughters - food shop order

Thank you!

Jul 30, 2015
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

Russ & Daughters - food shop order

Ha, great idea! Maybe I will -- it's either that or pay a visit to El Rey Coffee Bar & Luncheonette, no doubt only more popular after the recent Times review

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/29/din...

Jul 30, 2015
uwsgrazer in Manhattan
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Russ & Daughters - food shop order

Gosh, that does sound good. Especially the chopped Granny Smith apples part. Something to look forward to. Next time.

Jul 30, 2015
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

Russ & Daughters - food shop order

Thanks - will have to pick up some Ben's cream cheese

Jul 30, 2015
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

Russ & Daughters - food shop order

Thanks .. I just placed the order. Yes, I'll definitely need to place another order again soon and try that Scottish salmon.

What's the "salty"? Is that the belly lox? I agree, I do love eggs, salmon / lox and scallions or chives (not sure which I actually had). I suppose if there is a fair amount of leftover nova, that could go into the eggs.

Good to know about the sable-sturgeon pricing. I felt so sure that I paid a fraction of the price ages ago (okay, admittedly a very, very long time ago!)

Yup, I bit for R&D's website description of the superiority of their cream cheese (all natural, no gums or preservatives blah blah blah)

Jul 30, 2015
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

Russ & Daughters - food shop order

Got it - absolutely no day-old bagels will be served at the brunch.

Thanks for your wise counsel!

Jul 30, 2015
uwsgrazer in Manhattan
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Russ & Daughters - food shop order

Sounds very tasty to me. And thanks for the pointer on sable quantity.

Jul 30, 2015
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

Russ & Daughters - food shop order

Thank you ZaZa and rmh17. I'll probably save a trip to Absolute and just pick up R&D bagels tomorrow for toasting Saturday. The added benefit will be I can pick up a couple of bialys, a favorite of one of the guests and not stocked by Absolute.

Jul 30, 2015
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

Russ & Daughters - food shop order

My understanding was that you place the sturgeon under the nova, to absorb the fish oil. But my recollection is that sable is pretty oily already. So, the question is do you eat sable the same way as nova, i.e., cream cheese and sable on a bagel and / or does it work as a base the way sturgeon presumably does?

Jul 30, 2015
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

Russ & Daughters - food shop order

I wouldn't mind enough leftovers for two people. Actually, I was kind of looking forward to that for Sunday morning. The other couple aren't big eaters, so I suspect there will be plenty to nosh on the next day (unless we eat it up the night before).

Yes, I see your point about the Gaspe, I just kind of thought it would be fun to try / compare different smoked fish varieties. But, you're right. It won't be a lot of salmon and everything will probably just blend together after a while.

Yes, I think that was the issue I had with the sturgeon I bought (not from R&D). Maybe I'll go with the sable.

Thanks for all your ideas and suggestions!

Jul 30, 2015
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

Russ & Daughters - food shop order

Yes, I also love scallion cream cheese - it's on the shopping list!

That pickled lox with cream & onions sounds good. Not sure if including that might be too much this time around, but I would definitely like to try it one day.

I planned to serve red onion slices, but I will also try to find a decent tomato or two to serve; your whitefish-baked salmon combo sounds delicious.

I also like toasted bagels, but when it's "fresh", as in bought within a few hours of consumption, I kind of feel as if it should be eaten untoasted, even though I'm not sure it might not taste better toasted. Put another way, maybe fresh bagels don't "toast" so well, and you actually need slightly stale bagels for toasting ... Now you have me thinking I should just buy R&D bagels tomorrow and toast them Saturday. It would be nice to avoid a trip on the subway to Absolute Saturday morning.

Jul 30, 2015
uwsgrazer in Manhattan
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Russ & Daughters - food shop order

Yes, I was planning to order the Gaspe salmon as the "primary" salmon served, but I thought of supplementing with a couple of others (western nova, Irish organic, Scottish smoked salmon ...). Maybe that's overdoing it, and I should just order 1 to 1-1/4 lbs of Gaspe and 1/4 lb of either sable or sturgeon.

I used to buy sable as a less expensive (by a lot, I thought) substitute for sturgeon, which I thought I loved, but then I remember finally having it again and not loving it as much, if that's possible. Not sure which to get this time, as sable and sturgeon are now priced so close ...

Fair point about the potato salad.

How do you serve the picked herring with cream & onions?

Jul 30, 2015
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

Russ & Daughters - food shop order

Thanks, tex. That does sound yummy - maybe I'll wait to feast on the Heebster in the cafe. While two of us on Saturday would likely enjoy the Heebster, I have a feeling the other two would not.

Couldn't agree with you more about Russ's sub-par bagels. I only had them once in the cafe and thought that perhaps I just happened to get a bum bagel. I guess it wasn't a one-off, after all.

Just for the record, Russ & Daughters' fruit strudel is "mixed fruit": apples, prunes, bananas(?), etc. I think I'll stick with rugelach (only) for Saturday

Jul 30, 2015
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

Russ & Daughters - food shop order

I plan to phone in an order later today for pickup tomorrow. The food will be served this Saturday. I figure I'll get some smoked salmon, sturgeon, whitefish & baked salmon salad, potato salad, cream cheese and rugelach.

Any "musts" to try that I've overlooked? The one thing I'm debating about getting is the fruit strudel (not sure if it's even available - it's on the paper order form I have but not listed on the website). I only need enough food for four people. While some leftovers would be fine, I'm trying to avoid an excess, especially among sweets.

I plan to buy bagels from Absolute Saturday morning.

Jul 30, 2015
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

Freshest whole garlic

I've also had a hard time finding decent garlic. Normally, I would go to Fairway (Broadway & 74th), but I've found that the heads are oftentimes dried up. Now I go to Eataly. The garlic I used this past weekend tasted good (subtle taste), though the skin was hard to peel off the cloves. I assume, but am not sure, that this is a sign that the garlic may be fresh ...? Regardless, it's a great excuse to visit Eataly.

Jul 30, 2015
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

Moving to 388 Greenwich - any lunch recos?

Arcade offers a few sandwiches. I like their ham and cheese sandwich, not sure if I've ever got around to trying others. The pizza was kind of disappointing the one time I tried it; perhaps my expectations were overly high, given how excellent I find the other stuff. Great baguette and I also liked the pear bread quite a bit. The lemon brioche was also delicious, though it can be hard to come by, I've found.

Jul 09, 2015
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

Moving to 388 Greenwich - any lunch recos?

+1 Sole di Capri

Jul 09, 2015
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

Birthday cake

I've also very much enjoyed Good Enough to Eat cake slices the couple of times I dined there a while ago. That said, I recall reading a pretty darn negative experience by a fellow 'Hound with a special cake order placed at Good Enough to Eat, unfortunately.

Jul 09, 2015
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

Birthday cake

I ended up buying that slice of black & white cake. Delicious. I may order a whole cake for an upcoming celebration. Or maybe I'll do some more sampling and order some more individual slices. The lemon cake looked yummy, as did some other varieties I no longer recall.

Jul 09, 2015
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

Charming lunch spot near Lincoln Center

"Pleasant service and not too crowded."

Just be careful, weekend lunch was chaotic and noisy in our experience, especially as the lunch "hour" progresses and / or when young children are among the diners (okay, admittedly, some may find kids charming!)

Jul 09, 2015
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

Birthday cake

Not sure if I will need the cake this weekend after all, but I appreciate the feedback. Good information to have for next time. Still, I'm tempted to order the Amy's black and white cake. Just because. Life is short, right?

Jun 01, 2015
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

Birthday cake

Right. I forgot about the Columbus Circle location - thanks for the reminder.

Jun 01, 2015
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

Birthday cake

Soutine had outstanding celebration cakes. If the shop were still around, I wouldn't have posted. I would have just picked up the phone and ordered. I once got a cake with whipped cream frosting, I think. Scrumptious.

Jun 01, 2015
uwsgrazer in Manhattan
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Birthday cake

The Brooklyn Blackout cake and the lemon cake both sound wonderful. Will definitely have to keep in mind for the future

Jun 01, 2015
uwsgrazer in Manhattan

Birthday cake

I dunno ... Magnolia would certainly be ridiculously convenient for me. We bought a couple of cupcakes a few years ago. I was very disappointed, I doubt I even finished them. Actually, it's probably a good thing -- I would probably be 10 pounds heavier if I liked them; they are that close by.

Jun 01, 2015
uwsgrazer in Manhattan