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D'Amico gone?

I was going nuts on another site (mistakenly), trying to find this post so that I could make the same report (from a yesterday walk-by too). I popped my head in, asked 'you're still here?" and she laughed and said "yes, we are still here". Much rearrangement, inside.

Oct 25, 2014
JonL in Outer Boroughs

Planning Philly chefs road trip to Brooklyn

I suggest that you substitute Juliana's for Grimaldi's. Juliana's is owned by the original Grimaldi (and is in the location of the original Grimaldi's). He sold the business and the name, watched it go downhill (a little or a lot, depending on who is telling it) and reacquired the location and picked up where he'd left off. The current Grimaldi's moved over, next door. The tour books have Grimaldi's permanently listed but.....

disclaimer---it has been very many years since I've had Grimaldi's and I don't know their current quality. My last Juliana's, not as long ago, was excellent.

Needless to say, do your due diligence re: Monday hours.

Oct 18, 2014
JonL in Outer Boroughs

Brooklyn Pizza around Barclays

Let me walk that back---I should have said NOLA rather than Cajun.
I had originally read that this was a collaboration but I'm not sure if that's the case or if it is 100% Sugarfreak:

http://weheartastoria.com/2014/09/an-...

Oct 17, 2014
JonL in Outer Boroughs

Brooklyn Pizza around Barclays

The odd thing about the Krescendo situation is that the website shows the old menu. Their reopening is supposed to be a joint venture featuring a revamped cajun-heavy concept. Last time I noticed them, last week, they were still papered over.
I cannot explain the recent Yelp entry unless it's just one more indication that Yelp blows. But bottom line is....due diligence before making that a destination.

Oct 16, 2014
JonL in Outer Boroughs

Embarrassing question

NYC consists of five boroughs. Manhattan is one borough. The other four are the outer boroughs.
Long Island is not a borough, inner or outer.

Sep 23, 2014
JonL in Site Talk
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Calamari Surprise

Just a google guess---
887 Manhattan Ave.

https://www.google.com/maps/@40.72992...

Jun 27, 2014
JonL in Outer Boroughs

Great pancakes in Brooklyn

Thanks for the clarification. I am local and I was sort of dragged there by, indeed, visiting tourists who'd read about Tom's. I'm not a pancake person and actually, neither were my visitors.

Apr 11, 2014
JonL in Outer Boroughs

Great pancakes in Brooklyn

Lots of word of mouth on Tom's in Prospect Hts.
I've only been there once and only had a standard egg special breakfast that was fine. At worst it is a good old school neighborhood diner. But like I said, word of mouth is strong.
http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2011/0...

Apr 09, 2014
JonL in Outer Boroughs

Corned Beef hash...from a can. Preferred brands?

Then there's hope! Until it disappeared, it was always on the shelves of my NY supermarkets & bodegas--not sporadic. I'd never thought of it as regional. Something must have changed.

Apr 07, 2014
JonL in General Topics

Corned Beef hash...from a can. Preferred brands?

Are you saying that Broadcast still exists? I grew up on it (born in '53) in NY, I consider it the best canned CBH, and I thought it was no more as of around 8 years ago. You've seen it?

Apr 05, 2014
JonL in General Topics

The Outer Boroughs: great beer choices.

Pure satire. Not good satire but satire, nonetheless.

Dec 28, 2013
JonL in Outer Boroughs

Whole Foods opening in Brooklyn

I'm adding this for the purpose of clarifying my tone: I have no particular antipathy to WF. I'm simply well enough served by other options. And it is not conveniently located for me. No hostility to WF was intended.
The next item, on the other hand, was edited for maximum civility.

Dec 24, 2013
JonL in Outer Boroughs

Whole Foods opening in Brooklyn

A) I do not care about Whole Foods
B) I care significantly less about your 'recommendation'. What on earth gives you the idea that people are seeking your guidance?

Dec 23, 2013
JonL in Outer Boroughs

M. Wells Steakhouse

Any idea what "Topnecks by the Bottle" means on the raw bar menu? I'm coming up blank.

Nov 16, 2013
JonL in Outer Boroughs

pastrami in bay ridge?

As long as this ancient discussion is back on the board it wouldn't hurt to update it with the mention of David's Brisket House at 7721 5th Ave.

Nov 16, 2013
JonL in Outer Boroughs

Where in Bklyn can I have a nice weekday lunch?

"The waitress was Mexican, but....."

Shaking my head.

Oct 25, 2013
JonL in Outer Boroughs

Seeking Flushing Roosevelt/Prince Guidance

Thank you. We are a party of 3. Even if a private room were a viable option, it does not interest us. After discussion we have decided on Imperial Palace, armed with a handful of plan B's.

Oct 10, 2013
JonL in Outer Boroughs

Seeking Flushing Roosevelt/Prince Guidance

Old school usage. Street hustle bustle.

Oct 09, 2013
JonL in Outer Boroughs

Seeking Flushing Roosevelt/Prince Guidance

Thank you for the responses. I've done a bunch of reading and unquestionably, Imperial is a strong contender. I welcome more thoughts.
And btw, your point, swannee, is taken. Perhaps I overstated the level of serenity I was seeking or perhaps I was seeking unrealistic tranquility. I guess what I hope for is a place several steps up from a combat zone where people say "who cares! The food is amazing!"

Oct 09, 2013
JonL in Outer Boroughs

Seeking Flushing Roosevelt/Prince Guidance

I had forgotten this one. I just went and brought up Lau's splendid review from 3/12. Looks like a strong choice.
I'd love if you could elaborate on your recommendation. If not, thanks for the suggestion.

Oct 09, 2013
JonL in Outer Boroughs

Seeking Flushing Roosevelt/Prince Guidance

I am aware of the wealth of CH reporting on the several Chinese places in this area. Here's my situation:

Friends are in town for one night at a hotel. I was having a hard time coming up with a meeting place to dine & visit w/ them. Then they told me that a) they were totally committed to good/exciting food and b) they were staying at Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel (this is, like, right at Prince/Main/Roosevelt)......problem solved, I think.

I have never been to this area or to any of the talked about places like Spicy & Tasty, Fu Run, Szechuan Gourmet and Little Pepper.

Can I get guidance please. I need a place that will provide pleasant, unrushed, comfortable, non-mayhem dining. This is first & foremost a social occasion with friends I have not seen in 15 years. Can any of these places (or any other suggestions in the area) provide this sort of atmosphere along with good food? FWIW we will be dining on a Friday at 7.

Thanks in advance.

Oct 09, 2013
JonL in Outer Boroughs

E Taverna, lovely neighborhood Greek restaurant in Astoria: pile up the small plates

Thanks.

Oct 06, 2013
JonL in Outer Boroughs

E Taverna, lovely neighborhood Greek restaurant in Astoria: pile up the small plates

Appreciating this thread. This might be a good solution for a mid-point-located place to meet some friends next week.
Could you give me an idea about parking in the area?

Oct 04, 2013
JonL in Outer Boroughs

Where to buy Mortodella

Google pulls up a specific mention of Meat Hook's mortadella NOT being too salty. Esposito's (Court St, Bklyn) house-makes a lot of really good stuff but their mort. might actually be Italian import. It has been way too long since I tasted it so I can't comment on it (other than that I've never had anything bad there).

Sep 22, 2013
JonL in Outer Boroughs

What happened to the Outer Boroughs board?

Got it. Will do. Thanks.

Aug 12, 2013
JonL in Site Talk

What happened to the Outer Boroughs board?

Been down for quite some time. The only reason I did not report it here is that the error message specifically says
" The CHOW team has been notified and will check it out."

If that message is not accurate, someone might want to reconsider that auto-response.

Aug 11, 2013
JonL in Site Talk

Fish share/CSF/ fish CSA

I'm assuming that you have already found online info and don't need this:

http://mermaidsgardennyc.com/csf/

But I thank you for raising the subject--I had not been aware of the existence of fish CSAs. I'd also be very interested in feedback responses from participants.
My only problem is that the pickup time is not consistently convenient for me. Probably rules this out.

Aug 04, 2013
JonL in Outer Boroughs

Peasant Lard (Greenpoint)

Funny--I googled "bigos", being unfamiliar with this and after a wiki entry, the first item is a 2007 Chowhound 'Home Cooking' entry starting "A few weeks ago, or is it months, Silverjay asked me to post my mother's recipe for Bigos...."
And now I know what bigos is.

Jul 20, 2013
JonL in Outer Boroughs

Juliana's Pizza

Short line, 10 minute wait at 2:30 Sat (long line at Grimaldi), warm and gracious greeting/seating by....Juliana?....Mrs. Grimaldi. Just one lg. pie for 3 because we had dinner plans later. Margherita pie with 1/2 sausage (thanks for the sausage recommendation). Very pleased (out of town guests VERY pleased). Agree with the assessment--not life changing but really good. No negatives. Even longer line a Grimaldis when we hit the street.
Annie Hall moment---upon overhearing me telling my guests the back story, Mrs. G took the time to tell the REAL story. As I told my guests later, it was pretty much exactly the story I was telling them but I dug the scenario of the expert coming out of the wings to set the record straight, even if it already was (and she was perfectly charming--no sotto voce 'you jerk' implied).

Jun 09, 2013
JonL in Outer Boroughs

Best falafel in Brooklyn?

I have no interest in "best" discussions.

Kulushkat is very good.

http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/...

Apr 08, 2013
JonL in Outer Boroughs