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Wegmans coming to Brooklyn in 2017

Cute article on Wegmans, as viewed by a NY'er. Personally, I've not yet been to one:

http://gothamist.com/2015/05/15/wegma...

Eim Khao Mun Kai: A Hainanese Chicken Rice specialist sets up shop in Elmhurst

We walked in earlier this evening (we had eaten nearby). The place was crowded, the chicken rice looked good. This noodle dish was featured on the blackboard just as you enter. Will have to try it next time. We then went to Sugar Club across the street for dessert. Great mango and stick rice, served almost as a sundae, with a large scoop of ice cream.

Rubirosa or Arturo’s

We like the pizza at Rubirosa a lot. Very thin crust. Good meatballs too. Had a good dish of simple gnocchi there too once. They are always packed in the evening, make a reservation. At a recent lunch they also were crowded and we were there late. Good strolling on that street, nearby streets.

Apr 21, 2015
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Has anyone tried Samudra Indian Restaurant in Jackson Heights, Queens?

Although this is an old thread - I wanted to give a short report on a recent visit to Samudra, a south indian vegetarian spot in Jackson Heights/Little India. We went the other day and had a great dinner. The restaurant is simple, long and narrow, comfortable

We have been on a dosa and utthapam kick lately, trying them in many places. The dosa we had here was the best we have had so far. Just great, well made, great filling, excellent side sauces. The utthapam too was excellent. We also ordered an eggplant curry that was great, one of the best we've had of that well known dish. The owner is amiable, always there, friendly. Service was good enough, quick. It is definitely now on our go to circuit.

20th Anniversary Night Out

Annisa, downtown.

Apr 19, 2015
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Annisa: Small and lovely, with gorgeous, sexy food...short review

We had a recent dinner at Annisa. It was excellent. A new favorite spot for us. Service too was great, excellent wine list.

Apr 08, 2015
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Pippali in the East 20s

We have been multiple times and have not found the salt level high, certainly lower than some other spots (I found the food too salty at Malai Marke on occasion, for example). Samir, the maitr'd at Pippali, is a great host. Their lamb shank is excellent. Ditto their other spicy lamb curry.

Apr 03, 2015
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Midtown Fine-Dining Destination Betony Goes Prix Fixe Only

Ditto.

Apr 02, 2015
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NYC Italian with Teen

Agreed on the Bar Pitti points. A 15 year old girl should like it a lot, and while not dress up, she certainly can get dressed up and won't be much considered over dressed. People go there in all sorts of outfits. Lunch there is a good idea. You can then take a stroll down Bleeker Street, right there on the corner. Dress up Italian - Marea may be your best option. And yes, Il Mulino is for a way older crowd. Have fun.

Mar 24, 2015
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Thai Town East Crawl

Great report, thanks for posting. We spend a whole lot of time in and around that corner on Woodside Avenue.

Corn Rye

Thank you! I'm not sure I ever knew it was seasonal. Only that sometimes they had it - and sometimes they didn't. They also used to make excellent corn muffin type things, in an oval shape, looking a bit like a cigar.

Mar 20, 2015
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Best of the Cancun Hotel Zone

Nearly across the street from your hotel is your best option: Puerto Madero. Their food is good, they are always crowded. Make a reservation.

Mar 18, 2015
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Surprise Birthday dinner for 18 year old

Another vote for Buddakan - there are few 18 year old girls in the NYC area who wouldn't like to have a party there. Maybe in the library downstairs. Focus on the apps for food. They also can then walk around a bit in the area after dinner. Have fun.

Mar 07, 2015
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40th Birthday Dinner for 12ppl NYC

Lupa on Thompson may be an option. They have a back room where they can set up a long table and I have on a few occasions had 12+ people there for dinner. I think nowadays for that size group they may require a set menu but that is not unusual.

ABC Kitchen and Cocina both sound like good, fun options.

Mar 03, 2015
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Sayulita, Nayarit (Mexico) Food

Thanks for posting. We also are heeding to Sayulita/La Cruz in a short while. Great photos.

Feb 24, 2015
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Empellon Al Pastor

Thank you, we will have to try it. Generally we want "real" sit down for dinner and drinks, so to speak, but my favorite taco is - al pastor.

Feb 22, 2015
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Lunch places in nyc for 15th birthday?

All in Chinatown:

Pho Grand
Xe Lua
Nam Son
Pho Viet 87

Have fun!

Feb 22, 2015
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Empellon Al Pastor

Is there table service at Empellon al Pastor? Or it is all self service? You go up to the front, order and then pick up your own food and drink? Thanks.

PS
On an unrelated note, Benny's Burrito's a block or so south, closed a few weeks ago. We are often near there and it looks very different with Benny's closed (though we hadn't eaten there in 20 years). When it first opened it was an outlier for the neighborhood. It looks though as if they opened a very small "to go" spot right next door.

Feb 21, 2015
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Lunch places in nyc for 15th birthday?

The idea for Chinatown/dim sum makes sense, and a large spot, like Jing Fong or Golden Unicorn also should be fun. Both are packed on weekends, JF is a bit cheaper than Golden Unicorn.

Pizza too is a good idea.

If Indian is an option then you can head to Curry Hill, most all spots have either a lunch buffet or - perhaps better - thali options. With a thali you get a very large round tray filled with separate dishes of food. You can go "meat or vegetarian." All should be in the $10 range or so. That way you know the cost heading in, plus tax and tip.

Vietnamese for Pho is also an option. One large table. You can get spring rolls and summer rolls and then everyone gets a Pho. That also should keep you in your price range. Have fun!

Feb 21, 2015
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Ferrara's Bakery - What To Get?

Their strawberry shortcake, both single serving, and cake, is delicious. Very light, not too sweet. Their ricotta cheesecake too wet think is outstanding They still sell many cakes to many restaurants around the city.

Feb 19, 2015
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Kokum (on Lex)

After saying about a year ago that I planned to get to Kokum, I finally did and had a couple of great meals over a few weeks' time.

On both our visits, the first a month plus ago and the second just the other night, Kokum was busy, essentially every table taken. One evening walks in were told there was no table available. When I spoke with one of the managers she said they have been packed of late. The restaurant is relatively small, well lighted, tables against the wall are close together. Service is quite good, informative, welcoming.

Having tried a number of dishes we think, perhaps not surprisingly, their strengths are southern indian dishes. Their masala dosa is excellent, we think better than the one from the "famous" chain across the street and south a block. Their uttapam too was excellent, we had one with peas and tomatoes and asked them to add chili. They have some of the same dishes found at some other of their restaurants, including chili paneer, sautéed with peppers, also excellent. And a very good similar fried cauliflower starter. Of the various lamb and chicken dishes we had all were good, the kori gassi in a red curry was great, lamb madras similar. Both curries, however, are on the "thin" side so to speak, in terms of sauce. We generally prefer thicker curries. For whatever reason our chicken kori seemed to us to be very sparse on the chicken. As in "where is the chicken...?" At the same time, a dish of tikka nasal at a table across from us seemed to have much more chicken, go figure. All the vegetarian sides were good, their saag paneer was great, the other few veggie dishes we had I don't recall precisely. Breads were all very good, including a stuffed paratha. Their coconut rice is delicious. A table next to us had the banana wrapped and grilled fish and it looked great, they said it was their second time there ordering the dish. Beers were had by all. They have a wine list but, like all too many mid-range spots nowadays, the pricing is high, higher than what you expect or should be charged in view of the food.

We had two very good meals and Kokum is certainly now in the rotation. Indeed, just as we were saying at our table, "this rice is delicious" we heard the table behind us say "well, I guess we found our new favorite Indian."

Feb 15, 2015
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Best Selection Coffee Beans

Another vote for Porto Rico, multiple locations, great beans, good prices.

Feb 14, 2015
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best ny style eggroll

Our Place Tea Parlor, in the East 50s, has a very good old school egg roll. When you don't feel well, or just in the mood for a blast from the past, they indeed hit the spot.

Jan 29, 2015
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Burrata

Bar Pitti's burrata is delicious, had some last week. $20 per plate, served with basil and some sliced cherry tomatoes. Have some with their good bread and olive oil. Its a good size portion, but still expensive....

Chiu Hong Bakery – A Hidden Gem In Chinatown

Lau,
Yes, you've been tardy with updating your terrific blog....
Thanks for posting.

Jan 20, 2015
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Kang Ho Dong in K-town - new contender for best Korean bbq?

The other night four of us went to Kang Ho Dong in K-Town following a sports event at MSG. We arrived near 11 pm and the restaurant was packed, we had to wait about ten minutes for a table. On weekends the restaurant is open till 6 a.m. We had a great meal and likely Kang Ho Dons is a contender for best bbq in K-Town.

The restaurant is part of a mini-chain out of Seoul, founded by a Korean comedian, I believe. The staff at the new NYC venue were all young, seemed to be mostly male, were on the ball, funny and quick. All wear cute black T-shirts emblazoned with the restaurant's name and slogan.

It seems there is indeed a generational change between some of the newer K-Town spots and those long known, visited and talked about on this Board. We have our "traditional" spots we go to, including a well known bbq spot on 35th street, but some of those have been declining in quality of late, at least that is our view. A couple of not up to par meals.

Kang Ho Dong specializes in bbq and that is the focus of the menu. There are not many other options, certainly less than in most other spots in K-town. No bimbimbap, no steamed mandoo (fried only), no japchae (although it appears on the menu that hasn't been "rolled out" yet), not many stews and such. The ban chan offered are very limited, perhaps three, though all are good. Excellent kimchi, a tofu dish and a squash option. But, the meat is the focus.

We had the meat combo and it was excellent. Marbled beef, three selections, good amount. Cheesy corn is spread around the corners of the grill and that was delicious. The grill and exhaust is very efficient. No baskets of lettuce on offer, here they offer torn romaine lettuce, with a light dressing. Not really useful to roll up the meat, though the marinated radish on offer does that well. Great shredded scallion mixture to add. Their gochujang is excellent, chunkier than others. We also thought their seafood pancake was excellent. Chock full of seafood, fatter than the traditional one you get, crisper and less oily. Could make a meal out of that. The fried mandoo we liked, but not as good as some other spots. Rather than a bimbimbap they offer something called a "lunchbox" which is rice with some toppings and a fried egg. It was good but, I still prefer a bimbimbap. They have a very good selection of mixed drinks and those were selling well. The crowd was young, everyone seemed certainly to be having a good time and enjoying their food. In short, the spot should certainly be considered a contender for best bbq, though if you are new to Korean food, it probably should not be your first destination, it is missing some other dishes you may be in search of. We will be back. A short blurb on the place from Eater is below.

http://ny.eater.com/2015/1/6/7503805/...

Jan 18, 2015
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Kips Bay recommendations?

Todaro's, across the street from Fairway. Its been there for decades. Please support local vendors - not to mention their products are generally terrific, good selection of meats, great cheeses, breads, olive oils, dried pastas, imported canned goods. Prices are often better than Fairway.

Its not akin to an "everything you need market" but its an outstanding local market.

Breads bakery's chocolate babka, when fresh from the oven, is pure heaven

I also just got one the other day. I should have gotten two.....
Late afternoon and it was warm. It was delicious.

Where to Have Good Coffee in Midtown

Little Collins, on Lex in the 50s has very good coffee, good vibe and good snacks/food.

Dec 28, 2014
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Buddakan

I'm not sure I've ever seen the place not filled/packed. Maybe it was the hour you went.

Buddakan is often a good option, particularly for out of towners, or if you are celebrating a birthday, office outing or similar. The apps are often good and we always aim to stick with those.

Dec 23, 2014
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