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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.

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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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

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.


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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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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Holiday Party Queens/Manhattan: Spanish food

Pio Pio on Northern Blvd is likely a good option. Always crowded, great chicken. Salads, sangria, etc. Inexpensive.

El Gauchito, Argentine/Uruguayan steak house is also great, they do parties during the holiday season and have two rooms, likely the larger one may fit your group. Lots of pasta options for non-carnivores. Great empanadas.

Have fun.

Upper East Side Restaurants

Better make those reservations now....

Marea is a good bet. Most other must-eats are not so much in that neighborhood. To get more helpful info you likely want to identify favorite type of food, and such. Modern NYC dining will mostly be found south of where you are.

Dec 04, 2014
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Latin American Desserts?

If you are going to purchase something - head to Queens. Better taste at a way better price. Perhaps a tray of Argentine alfajores/cookies. You may simply want to make a large batch of Latin rice pudding. Not difficult to prepare, loved by most. Good luck.

Dec 04, 2014
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Guide to NYC's 10 Best Greek Restaurants and Tavernas

Went here, to Bahari Estiatoria, the other night, it is our go to spot for Greek. Never disappointed, their food is very good. Service good, friendly. As expected, they get crowded.

What do New Yorker's think about Dean & DeLuca and other expensive gourmet shops?

Funny; when i'm in the area sometimes I wander in and look. As if in a museum.....

They do have good chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies.

Nov 23, 2014
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Where can I still find great "dairy" babka, rugelach, and cheese danish?

I had some chocolate rugelach from Bread bakery earlier today. They were -- outstanding. Not traditional really, just delicious.

Nov 22, 2014
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Keens Steakhouse what to get?

If you don't want/like mutton, go for the prime rib.
Have fun.

Nov 22, 2014
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Yerba Buena or Fonda

We like Fonda a lot, and think they are serving some of the best Mexican in the city right now. Good drinks, home made tortillas, good flavors. Depending on where you sit Fonda can get loud. Its now near always crowded, especially on weekends. Have fun.

Nov 18, 2014
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Sunday dinner in Midtown East

PJ Clarke's, two blks away, on 55th and Third, is great for burgers and onion strings. Always crowded. Sip Sak is also a good recommendation. Sichuan Grand at 56th and Second also is an option.

For breakfast one morning Ess a Bagel is just two blks south of the hotel. That will be a way better option than a diner.
Have fun.

Nov 07, 2014
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Best Theatre District Restaurants

Another +! for Madangsui if you want Korean.

We recently went to Toloache after the theatre, and had a good meal. Focus on the starters. Their guacamole is very good, ditto their queso fundido (one of the best in the city), their tacos too are good selections. Their maduros were not up to par, however. Drinks also are good. Post theater they do a good business. Pre theatre they are packed, but can get you in and out in time.

Mar 19, 2014
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Pippali in the East 20s

To add to this brief discussion:

We went to Pippali the other night, and had an excellent meal. Since opening, the restaurant has more or less been packed. Getting a reservation is difficult. Indeed, we showed up having been told they were already full but, thankfully, the excellent manager, Samir, found us a table.

The restaurant is comfortable, service is good. There are many dishes not found on the menus of nearby restaurants. Two standouts were a starter of masala shrimp on a corn cake and a lamb shank ghost -- simply outstanding. Great nan, and other dishes, including a great saag paneer.

While this may be against our own self interest in getting a table: it is our new favorite Indian.

Mar 16, 2014
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EV Lebanese mentioned in NYT

This is another blurb about this new spot, yes it looks very interesting, will have to visit:


Mar 12, 2014
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Late Dinner Suggestions after a Broadway Show

Hop into a cab, get out of the theatre district. While many restaurants in the area serve till 11 p.m. or midnight, it is a certain feeling when you know the restaurant is closing soon. The other week we did that, saw a show then got out of the area.

Balthazar is a good choice post theatre, and is always packed at midnight.

The two sushi sambas are also good later options. One on Park Avenue South, one downtown. Along with many others restaurants, outside the theatre district. Once outside that area you have many more options, and the food likewise generally improves.

Mar 12, 2014
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Chote Nawab - in Curry Hill

Thanks for the recommendations on Chote Nawab. A brief report:

We visited for dinner recently and had a very good meal. We also have eaten at Malai Marke a number of times and we think the two are similar and we like both a lot. If push came to shove I think we may have enjoyed some of the dishes a bit better at CN.

We started by asking for an app that they have at Malai Marke but not on the CN menu: spicy sauteed paneer with red peppers and onion. The waiter knew what we were asking for. I asked to have it made "super spicy" and, to my delight, the chef listened. It was great, spicy as all get out. Excellent. We also had an eggplant with tamarind starter, it was just Ok.

For mains we shared a butter chicken, excellent, really well prepared with a good sauce. And a biryani, lamb. Again, very well prepared, moist, well flavored and the meat was not dry. The garlic nan received mixed reviews. Some thought it perfect, I thought it a bit on the under cooked side. Bengal beers and the dinner was done. Service was good, generally prompt. The restaurant was crowded so, perhaps, it will stick around on that corner, which has changed hands a few times the past few years.

Feb 23, 2014
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