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Dinner with the ex....

The Redhead is definitely good spot, however, I think the tables are very close together. Not romantic and a bit noisy but otherwise, I think it fits your bill.

Oct 17, 2008
Hanachan in Manhattan

Looking for good but not pricey pasta

I second Via Emilia and Basta Pasta. Via Emilia is cash-only FYI.

Aug 07, 2008
Hanachan in Manhattan

DiFara's on Friday night advisable?

People actually call in for pies especially on Fridays -- I don't advise if you are just walking over for few slices. If you still want to go, take whatever is out of the oven, don't be picky. Then you might not have to wait SO long.

Aug 01, 2008
Hanachan in Outer Boroughs

NYT has finally discovered Flushing

The dumpling place in Flushing Mall has great Korean cold noodles --- Technically, it's Chinese Korean cold noodles there because it is Korean noodles but how it's prepared in a certain area in China. Anyway, give it a try. Very vinegary soup and delicious homemade kimchi on top.

Jul 31, 2008
Hanachan in Outer Boroughs

Am I crazy for thinking that Magnolia cupcakes suck?

I hated Magnolia's cupcakes. Too sweet. My favorites are Sugar Sweet Sunshine, Downtown Atlantic and Little Cupcake something in Bay Ridge (the latter two are in Brooklyn).

Will try Tribeca Sweets today.

Apr 10, 2008
Hanachan in Manhattan

Best of the Q line

Ave J: DiFara
Ave U: Triple Z, Sahara's, Jay & Lloyd's
Brighton Beach: International

Jan 02, 2008
Hanachan in Outer Boroughs

Solo diner before concert at Time Square

Thanks for the ONLY reply :) I think I am going to venture out to Insieme this time instead for a quick bite. I was told that it is not as busy because of broadway on strike.

Nov 14, 2007
Hanachan in Manhattan

Wall Street Area restaurants on Seamless Web

There is another Indian place on Nassau and Maiden, but I cannot vouch for the quality.

Nov 12, 2007
Hanachan in Manhattan

Wall Street Area restaurants on Seamless Web

Sorry, it is a lunch place and with no ambience. But, great lunch specials.

Nov 12, 2007
Hanachan in Manhattan

Solo diner before concert at Time Square

Looking to find a $15-20 entree price range restaurant with quick but nice service before giong out to a concert at Time Square. Me, early 30s coming from Wall Street area. Please help!

Nov 12, 2007
Hanachan in Manhattan

Wall Street Area restaurants on Seamless Web

The name escapes me but the Indian restaurant on Fulton (across from STRAND annex) is on Seamless Web and is quite good.

Nov 12, 2007
Hanachan in Manhattan

Need lunch location near the Barnes Foundation (Merion PA)

Husband and I are planning a trip to Barnes Foundation on a Saturday in December. We're coming from Bucks County to visit Philly on a day trip. Please let us know of your favoriate restaurant near the Barnes Foundation or Merion, PA.

Thanks.

Oct 24, 2007
Hanachan in Pennsylvania

Tony Bourdain: Brighton Beach Place?

M & I -- otherwise known as the International. Few blocks from the subway stop. I don't remember if the menus were in English

Sep 04, 2007
Hanachan in Outer Boroughs

Where can I buy an Electric Takoyaki Pan?

I should note here not to go there on Sunday. You cannot get to the aisle with electronics due to Bergen County's law on selling certain things on Sundays. You've been warned :-)

Sep 04, 2007
Hanachan in Manhattan

Staying at the Hilton (53rd/6th)

Yakitori Totto is good and in that vicinity --- 251 W. 55th Street (between 8th Ave & Broadway).
No reservation after 7 PM
Casual Japanese chicken skewers place.
Good selection of sake :-)

Jul 20, 2007
Hanachan in Manhattan

Where can i find good naeng myun?

I went to Kunjip on 32nd (next to the NEW pinkberry) and I loved the naeng myun there. Fresh cucumber and daikon radishes, beef brisket and a slice of pear.

I've also had them at KumGang Sun and Dae Dong and I think it was the best out of those three places.

Jul 20, 2007
Hanachan in Manhattan

Financial district sushi -- Ise isn't it

I would try Koodo. Sorry to hear Sushi a la Kawa is not so good anymore. I used to go often, but not for the past several months. Where is Koodo?

Jul 11, 2007
Hanachan in Manhattan

Financial district sushi -- Ise isn't it

I like Sushi a La Kawa on Maiden Lane.

Jul 10, 2007
Hanachan in Manhattan

Ramen Setagaya (らーめん せたが屋) 1st Ave (btw 8 & 9)

I am not sure if that soup/broth that comes with tsukemen are for drinking... Tsukemen broth are typically made stronger, bolder so that the flavor stays with the noodle until your consumption.

I had shio ramen and yes, it is definitely for consumption :]

Jul 09, 2007
Hanachan in Manhattan

Pizza Fresca/Via Emilia-- thoughts?!

I like Via Emilia -- Great regional Italian wine selections, homemade pastas and a reasonable price. I think it's cash ONLY. BTW. I haven't been to Pizza Fresca.

Jul 09, 2007
Hanachan in Manhattan

Your thoughts on Restaurant Week

I went to Union Square Cafe (LUNCH only) last time -- I would do it again.
Mesa Grill -- Don't bother.

We're going to Tabla (LUNCH) and One if by Land (and only because we rather not spend the normal dinner price there). '

Jul 07, 2007
Hanachan in Manhattan

Ramen Setagaya (らーめん せたが屋) 1st Ave (btw 8 & 9)

I went there myself Friday 6:30 -- waited for about 15-20 minutes (not a group meal sorta place btw.) I didn't find the soup to be overwhelmingly salty. It's SALT ramen everyone! I love the al dente noodles and the lightness of the broth. It's my new favorite and cannot wait to see Ippudo come later this year? next year?

Jul 07, 2007
Hanachan in Manhattan

Need rec on soba place

Mind sharing your likes/dislikes of the two? I read reviews for both from NYT

Jun 06, 2007
Hanachan in Manhattan

Need rec on soba place

It's been few months since Honmura An closed its door for good.

My in-laws used to go to Honmura An every year on December 31st for Toshikoshi-soba (Soba to finish the year/enter into new year) -- and we need to start investigating for a new soba place to go now that Honmura An is closed.

Please share your best pick for a soba place in the city.

Thank you !

Jun 06, 2007
Hanachan in Manhattan

Best pizza in Oceanside/Rockville Centre area?

I am a fan of Pizziola (sp?) on Long Beach Road in Oceanside. Especially the veggie slice.

Jun 01, 2007
Hanachan in General Tristate Archive

Review: Apollo Grill (Easthampton, MA), Alchemist(Waterbury, VT), Cider House BBQ (Waterbury, VT) and Simon Pearce (Quechee, VT)

Yes, we asked how dinner is compared to lunch and the server included the word "fancy" in the description.

May 31, 2007
Hanachan in All New England Archive

Review: Apollo Grill (Easthampton, MA), Alchemist(Waterbury, VT), Cider House BBQ (Waterbury, VT) and Simon Pearce (Quechee, VT)

Thank you for the response on my prior post on my Memorial Day weekend travel plans from NYC to Stowe, Vermont. Here's my review:

1) Apollo Grill (Easthampton, MA): In an industrial development building on the first floor. We arrived as lunch hours was about to end. You ordered at the front of the restaurant and they'll bring it over the food. We had to wait for the coffee because they were out, but otherwise, the decor is very unique as the restaurant had different salt/pepper shakers for each table and local artists painting decorated the walls. The food was very fresh. I ordered a turkey, brie, cranberry sandwich. My partner ordered a turkey club. French fries were crispy and well-seasoned. The coleslaw was a bit of a disappointment. Hint of callaway seeds but otherwise, not much seasoning or sauce to it. The sandwiches were well constructed though my partner thought the tomato in the turkey, brie, cranberry sandwich was a mis-match. (See pic 1)

2) Cider House BBQ (Waterbury, VT): We sat near the local musicians playing guitar and fiddle. Our server answered all of our questions re: the menu without us even asking and not in a prude way -- very informative. I had the St. Louis style Rib (small) with collard green and with the server's suggestion, caramelized onions mashed potatoes. Collard green was cooked well. Needed a little more salt, but it was tasty. The rib was --- cooked well. It had a crispy crust and a juicy meat. The sauce however, I was not too crazy about. Too sweet. It comes with a biscuit --- but not so good. The cornbread that the server brings before the meal was WAY BETTER -- accompanied by maple butter. My partner had beef brisket with collard greens and horseradish potato salad. The brisket was juicy. I should not finish this review without mentioning the prices! Very reasonable.

3) Alchemist (Waterbury, VT): We sat at the bar and had two different kinds of beer. I cannot recall the names --- but they were both delicious. The mood at the bar was very relaxed. We didn't have any food there, but the french fries looked good.

4) Simon Pearce (Quechee, VT): Thank you thank you thank you for recommending the place! We waited only few minutes at around 12:30 on Memorial Day Saturday. Not so bad. The service was average but the food was a nice surprise. My partner had a Grilled Chicken sandwich with parmesean garlic aioli and roasted red pepper. It came with orzo salad with parmesean and roasted red pepper. The chicken was so tender and the bread was just the right :-) I had a portobello foccacia. Portobello mushroom, roasted eggplant and farmers cheese stacked on top of foccacia as an open sandwich. Delicious -- portobello was meaty and every component of the dish was delicious and beautiful in colors. We also ordered a rhubarb-strawberry tartlett for dessert. Topped with an organic vanilla ice cream....it was a little messy to eat, but nonetheless a great end to a great meal. (see pic 2,3,4)

As an afterthought, I'll add that we did go to the Tea Lodge at the VanTrapp Lodge. Mediocre service, passable soup, the wurst my partner ordered was tasty though. Thought it was overpriced for what they offered though.

If you are going to Stowe, I highly recommend taking 108 North and then Vermont 15 West to Boyden Valley Winery. Nice drive through the mountain and a sweet reward :)

May 28, 2007
Hanachan in All New England Archive

I-95 -> I-91 (through Massachusetts to Vermont) -> I-89 (to Waterbury)

Thank you for all who had responded. We are planning to go to Apollo Grill on Fri lunch on our way up, Cider House tomorrow night, Van Trapp Lodge at lunch on Sat, Simon Pearce on Sun lunch and we have a wedding at Mr. Pick something??

Will report back w/ pics upon return.

May 24, 2007
Hanachan in All New England Archive

Delivery in Midwood/Sheepshead/Gravesend/Homecrest Area?

I've lived in the neighborhood for almost a year now and only gotten delivery from Sahara in fear of bad food. Please share your favorite delivery/eat-in places in the area --- Thank you!

May 17, 2007
Hanachan in Outer Boroughs

Where to find Chimay cheese in NYC?

I've found them at Fairway in Red Hook and so I assume it's at Fairway in Manhattan. Cheers. Yum Yum

May 17, 2007
Hanachan in Manhattan