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Current list of Rafiqi Halal Carts in NYC?

at least a couple are on park avenue south, 15th st on the SW corner and 23rd on the NE side. i've seen one around just north of 42nd near grand central between park and lex.

Mar 28, 2008
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Paris Sandwich - Good Bahn Mi?

i didn't read the earlier post but i was actually craving a bahn mi yesterday. when i remembered the last 1 ate at paris sandwich, i went to get a hamburger instead. terrible for all the reasons mentioned above. so bad i couldn't finish it. rubbery meat is what made me throw it out.

Mar 26, 2008
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Sasabune - very good

It's essentially the same menu every day at Sasabune -- that tired albacore sashimi dish all the way through the dull hand roll (looks like monk fish liver is the one unique exception). This makes that "no California roll, no spicy tuna roll, trust me" sign seem like such a gimmick, not a chef's choice. The quality is good but I dislike how the sushi rice falls apart even if I try to pick it up as gently as possible with two fingers.

Mar 10, 2008
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cheapest food in NYC contest

$1 fishball, cheung fun, egg cakes at chinatown cart vendor.

$2 hummus or $2.50 falafel sandwich at mamoun's.

Mar 03, 2008
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Sarabeth, Taste or Florent for breakfast

sarabeth omelets are excellent and you could also pick up some items while in chelsea market

Feb 21, 2008
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ONO

Been many times and the food seems to get progressively worse. I went when it first opened and thought the cooked dishes such as the skewers over the hot stone and most of the big plates were tasty. Went back for a Valentine's Day dinner to be disappointed by the prefix but gave it the benefit of the doubt since it's hard to judge any place in NYC on that particular day. I also worked in the area so I would go there for lunch meetings where I finally figured out how awful the food is after several more disappointments.

One of the worst things I ever ate: oyster shooter with quail egg and toasted sesame seeds on the rim of a shot glass. Could be good right but it was warm, slimy, and yet somehow dry with the sesame. Used to love oysters on the half shell. I had this about a year ago and still haven't been able to look at an oyster the same ever since.

Probably a decent place for drinks in the open area in the back.

Feb 20, 2008
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Cheong Fun anyone?

i think "chee" means "sticky" rolled rice noodle

Jan 22, 2008
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Cheong Fun anyone?

how was it served? there are two street carts i know of that serve cheong fun (rolled rice noodle / crepe) steamed with a soy, peanut, hot sauce. on the corner of east broadway by the food market and on grand & bowery.

Jan 17, 2008
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Sushi Yasuda - need your input!

i was envious when i first saw that grass sushi being served to the dinners next to me. then i was served it some time after that. it was to cleanse our palette the chef advised. i would guess that it's relatively inexpensive and they charge accordingly. glad i got to try it but i agree i can do without it from now on.

Dec 11, 2007
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Sushi Seki?

also agree with skyflyer about the platter for a 1st visit. it's many pieces used in omakase and for less of a cost.

Nov 28, 2007
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Chef's Table at Park Ave Summer/Fall

the chef's table is located downstairs in the middle of the kitchen. it is enclosed with two glass walls, it is temperature controlled and sound proof once the door is closed. there is music which you can also control. the service from the staff is great. although the table is isolated from the main dining room, i thought it was cool to spend it with my party and be able to see the action going on in the kitchen.

Oct 15, 2007
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Search for the best Pork Belly in Manhattan!

i love the braised pork belly at sakagura and thin slices korean bbq at sheilla.

Oct 12, 2007
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Don't Go to Sasabune!

I tried Sasabune several times in the past but haven't been back in months and don't intend to based on these key bad experiences:

-Same omakase menu each time.
-Warm rice is ok but rice falls apart when picked up.
-Inconsistant service. It might have been understaffed on some nights but it took more then 20 min waiting between servings.

Aug 24, 2007
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What happened to ChickPea??!!!??

what about the shawarma? anyone tried it since the falafel recipe changed?

Aug 23, 2007
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Is Son Cubano worth it?

i agree. it's been sometime since i posted here but i went the other week and i am usually not the type to let bad service get in the way of enjoying a meal but the attitude and lack of attentive service ruined my evening. i'd rather not bash too much but i feel if you're paying for atmosphere, there are many better places around meat packing. for good cuban in the area, hopefully Chelsea Havana has or is near reopening.

Aug 16, 2007
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Gari Sushi vs Sushi by Gari

never been to gari west but it should be fine. i usually go casual for sushi at places like gari east, yasuda, seki, kuruma, etc.

Jun 09, 2007
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Sweet Thai Chili Potato Chips

Any idea where I might find them in NYC? Hoping to find a store that imports Sweet Thai Chili with Corriander flavored potato chips by Marks and Spencer or Walkers from the UK.

May 02, 2007
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First 1st date in a LONG time

That's it. Macelleria. Thanks.

May 02, 2007
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First 1st date in a LONG time

i work in chelsea next to morimoto and craftsteak. i go to both often on business. avoid it for a first date. it's too much of a scene. in that area, there is a rustic italian place on gansevoort but sorry i can't think of the name.

May 01, 2007
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Mamoun's Shawarma

one of my all time favorite ny chow! ate it almost every day for a couple of years when i worked in the area. i didn't care much for the new st marks location the one time i tried it. for other places, i've grown to really like the shawarma at chickpea. it's a different style and not always lamb (sometimes chicken or turrkey depending on the day) but still great.

Apr 30, 2007
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Yasuda or Ushi Wakamaru

I had omakase sushi in front of Yasuda last week. I'm not a regular, I go maybe once every few months. I thought he offered excellent and kind service. He explained the rare pieces when I showed particular interest. My memorable piece -- red crab liver. Total for two not including tip was about $180.

Apr 30, 2007
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The best sushi ?

Sushi Yasuda!

Seki is also one of my favorites but is not all traditional style.

Apr 05, 2007
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Ex-Manhattanite in town for Cantonese

I grew up with Sun Lok Kee as our regular destination with my family. We now go to Fuleen neaby on Division St. It's Cantonese cusine and specializes in fresh seafood.

Mar 29, 2007
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Babbo letdown

I went to Babbo for the first time last week after waiting a month. I was not disppointed. I asked to be seated upstairs. The waiter and GM were helpful. My girlfriend and I shared the Lambs Tongue, Black Spaghetti, Beef Cheek Ravioli, Sicilian Calamari. We liked the 2 pastas most but glad we tried the Antipasti and Secondi. I worried I might have been let down but thought it was the best pasta I've ever had! I would go back more often if not for the long reservation for gauranteed seats.

Mar 27, 2007
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mamoun's - downhill alert?

The location on St Marks is awful, I ordered the falafel and shawarma. I loved the Macdougal location but I think the problem is too little turnover at Mamoun II as it tasted the falafel sat around too long before it was served to me.

Mar 06, 2007
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Lunch at Sushi Yasuda: prix fixe? should we bother?

i did the set menu at dinner during my first visit where you pick from the standard list of fish like salmon, tuna, etc. you can ask to see the sushi list and the choice ones will be marked in red, so it'll be good to select a la carte from there, or you can ask if at the counter. the prefixe is not the same experience. however, it's still tasty and a good deal.

Mar 05, 2007
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Should I leave my husband at home: Yasuda or Sasabune?

thanks for info. i had the same experience as ow77, it was fine but totally not what i expected and wanted at that moment. have to give ushi another shot and ask for sushi only based on the feedback on this board.

Mar 01, 2007
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Should I leave my husband at home: Yasuda or Sasabune?

no question that it should be yasuda over sasabune. yasuda is an experience!

i've went to sasabune twice and got the same servings so it's more of a set menu. i had to wait about 20 min between servings last time at sasabune so it's off my list at least until for a while.

i was let down at ushi but sat in front of the younger chef. also, i expected more sashimi and sushi, i was also disappointed with the fish selection. most of the dishes were cooked and didn't taste that great. to be fair, the menu did say there were cooked dishes as part of the omakase.

Mar 01, 2007
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Best cut at Del Frisco's????

i've been there often for lunch. the steaks are good but i would never go there on my own. i really don't appreciate the servers asking people to cut through the steak (at a high-end steak house). shouldn't the grill men be able to feel when it's cooked to the desired temp.?

Feb 23, 2007
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Best Delivery - no price limit

yasuda does deliver, it may not be as good as sitting at the counter but still the best delivery i've had.

Jan 26, 2007
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