I have to agree on Kebab King. Absolutely fantastic; especially (not surprisingly) the kebabs. The Bihari beef kebabs and the boti (chicken) kebabs are just phenomenal. I am surprised you think the veg curries are good. I have found them to be inconsistent. I basically go there and just order one meat dish after another.
Definitely one of the best in the city, and I remain surprised by how little attention it gets here.
I just got back from a 2-week business trip to The Hague (Den Haag), followed by a few days in and around Amsterdam. As an avid Chowhounder (though infrequent poster), I felt I should put in my two cents on the places we ate.
But first I want to thank mgarland, whose thoughtful and thorough posting (http://www.chowhound.com/topics/366212) provided me and my wife with much direction.
Restaurants in The Hague
La Mano Maestra
[Ooh, I forgot one. In the Hague, on Oude Molenstraat, there is a shwarma place with a very typical name (something like Ali Baba) that also serves "Turkish Pizza", i.e., lahamacun (lamb "pizza" with cilantro and lime). I honestly don't understand why lahamajun isn't incredibly popular. It is a near perfect snack. This place was good, though the gold standard for me is a place in the center of Sanli Urfa, in eastern Turkey, up on the second floor, which served lahamacun wrapped in newspaper, a treat I will never forget.]
Restaurants in Amsterdam
Japanese Pancake World
Kanis & Meiland
Anyway, those are the places we ate. Overall, the food we ate in the Hague was better than what we ate in Amsterdam, with Bali, Maxime's, and Dayang providing the real highlights.
I second (third) Saravannas. It is much, much better than the others.
Not yet, but in the next few weeks I'm looking to eat pho at Pho Grand, salt-baked shrimp at Kam Chueh, shrimp and watercress dumpling soup and bamboo rice at Sweet n' Tart, I'm not sure what at XO Kitchen, roast baby pig and rice casserole at Yummy Noodles, roast pork at some no-name place on Chrystie, spicy noodles with ground pork, xiaolongbao and cold dishes at New Yeah, dumplings and sesame pancakes at Prosperity Dumpling, noodles at Hongkong Station, and ginger scallion lo mein with a side of pea shoots at NY Noodletown.
If a get a few more tips, I might even try Fuleen Seafood again, and if for some reason a cold weather spell kicks in, I might even get some hot pot at Happy Shabu Shabu.
Thanks everyone for the tips!
Those pictures sure look intriguing, especially the Stuffed Sesame Pancake with Vegetable. I've never seen anything like that. Unfortunately, both Dumpling House and Prosperity Dumpling are a bit of a hike from my office. Do you know if Prosperity sells frozen dumplings? If so, it might make the trek a little more worthwhile.
jungirl, I've been meaning to try Nha Trang's pork chops for a while, mostly based on your own recommendation in an earlier thread (http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...). I managed to get there today for lunch, and yes indeed those are some tasty porkchops. I've had the same dish at the uptown mecca of mediocrity, Saigon Grill, but never at one of the linoleum table places, where I order pho about 98% of the time. Needless to say, Nha Trang's porkchops were delicious and far superior to the Saigon Grill version.
I'll have to try the salt-baked shrimp at Kam Chueh. I was impressed by the steamed fish and remain somewhat dumbfounded by the emptiness of the place, considering the apparent quality of the food.
I also agree with you that Pam Real is good for Manhattan Thai, but I don't think it is in the same league as Sripraphai. I'll try to make it to Pho Grand, Sweet and Tart, and XO Kitchen. Thanks much for tips.
As for Fuleen Seafood, once again it seems that everybody else is having solid meals there while I am 0 for 3. Dungeness Crab with pepper dry seasoning sounds worth a try, but does anybody else have any concrete recommendations?
I am nearing the end of a year's employment near Manhattan's Chinatown, and wanted to post about my experiences in searching for good food. As background, my job is located a little southwest of Chinatown, so my eating primarily focuses on places closer to me rather than further away. I also try to eat cheap and fast lunches, but occasionally splurge. Anyway, I would love any tips people have about what I shouldn't miss before I leave (in about six weeks).
Great NY Noodletown - 28 1/2 Bowery (Bayard & Pell)
Big Wong - 67 Mott St. (Bayard & Canal)
Big Wing Wong - 102 Mott St. (Canal & Hester)
Dim Sum Go Go (5 East Broadway @ Chatham Sq.)
HSF - 46 Bowery (Bayard & Canal)
Golden Unicorn - 18 East Broadway (Catherine & Market)
New Green Bo - 66 Bayard (Mott & Elizabeth)
Joe's Shanghai - 9 Pell St. (Mott & Bowery)
Grand Sichuan - 125 Canal St. (@ Chrystie)
Banh Mi Saigon Bakery (138 Mott St. b/w Hester and Grand)
Fuleen Seafood - 11 Division St. (Bowery & Market)
Kam Chueh - 40 Bowery (Bayard & Canal)
Peking Duck House - 28 Mott St. (Chatam Sq. & Pell St.)
Pho Tu Do - 119 Bowery (Hester & Grand)
Nha Trang - 148 Centre St. (Walker & Canal) and 87 Baxter St. (White & Walker)
Pho Viet Huong (Nha Hang) - 73 Mulberry St. (Bayard & Canal)
Tasty Dumpling - 54 Mulberry St. (Worth & Bayard)
Pongsri - 106 Bayard (@ Baxter)
Finally, I can't forget:
Fiorlini's - 93 Baxter
Anyway, I guess this got kind of long, but I hope to hear any thoughts or suggestions anybody has about places that I've missed or dishes I should try.
Have you tried Dumpling House on Eldridge or Tasty Dumpling on Mulberry?
Do you know how to pick a ripe durian?
I agree that you should walk in and wait for a table. Especially if you are willing to sit at the big communal table by the window, you should be able to sit without waiting too long. It is worth the wait; it totally outclasses a place like Max.
I have had the pho at both numerous times, and have not found any noticeabale differences. Unfortunately I haven't tried the pork chops, though. That might be lunch tomorrow.
I have never been to De Guerreros, but I have been to both branches of El Paso many times. The Lexington Avenue branch is the best Mexican I have had on the east coast. Enjoy.
I personally love the tacos for the combination of deliciousness and value; at $3.50 or so, the Carne Enchilada, Al Pastor, and Chorizo tacos are phenomenal. I also highly recommend the guacamole, although the quality fluctuates depending on avocado season. I also have had excellend mole poblano there, but it seems to be more variable in quality from day to day. The tamales are consistently excellent.
At the Lexington Avenue place, there is a longer selection of Sopes (not soups, little pupusas). Tasty stuff.