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Any one check out Eton for dumplings yet?

A nice review in the New York Times today. Congrats Eton.
http://events.nytimes.com/2008/08/06/...

Aug 06, 2008
contempt in Outer Boroughs

Red Hook Ball Fields

Went there on Saturday around noon. First of all, my fear of Ikea traffic didn't happen. Hardly any traffic. The biggest competitor is the pool, which was overflowing and most of those folks came over to eat. Also, plenty of parking to be had. Could have been the timing. And last year when we would head over, it was always around 11am and there never any problems. Assume Manhattanites would arrive in the afternoon where it would be a mad house, but I wouldn't know.

There were about 6 vendors there. As someone pointed out, completely different vibe now that they're selling out of trucks. No more makeshift tents with benches that made it very neighborhoody. This just felt transient. I have no idea how the vendors survived cooking in their hot, tiny trucks with all those people to feed. More power to them.

Of the vendors, here's what I counted and what I partook:
1. Huarache truck. Last year, there were two vendors who sold huaraches. This time, only one truck and the longest line of all trucks, probably a good 45 minute wait, and that was in the morning. As we were eating, the line doubled. Quality not as good as last years but then again, since there were two last year, we always preferred the one on the southeast part of the field, not the north side. Not sure which vendor this was.

2. Juice/Corn truck: I remember the corn vendor at the entry and there's was always mediocre but at least it was quick. This time, the corn was again mediocre but they were selling the majority of juices (as opposed to all vendors selling their own homebrew juices). That made the line insanely long. About 30 minutes.

3. Papusa lady. Can't go wrong with her. Her papusa's were top notch as always. About 30 minutes wait. She had a ton of meat/cheese papusas ready and everything else was made to order.

4. Enchilada and some other foods: Shortest line of them all, only about 8 people in line when I got in line for the papusas. Food looked good. I heard somebody say grasshoppers, but not sure if they sold them. Could have been interesting.

5. Ceviche: Didn't venture over here, but by the looks of it, same ceviche vendor from last year serving that great jumbo shrimp. Looked good.

6. Didn't walk down this far so not sure what this vendor sold. Hardly any lines, this wa the furth east vendor.

We sat on the hills in the shade of the ball fields, right where my favorite huarache vendor was last year. Best to bring your own blankets as it's mostly dirt instead of grass. Half way into eating, the soccer matches started. Unfortunately, with the new set up, there's a clear delineation between the "gringos" eating and the soccer fans all the way on the other side as the bleachers were under the shade south of the field.

Hope this helps and we'll be standing in line with all of you next weekend as well. Hopefully more vendors. Show your support to these folks, god knows they spent a ton of their money just to comply and again, I don't know how they managed the heat to cook in their tiny trucks. Tip them well. They deserve it and since we all waited three months for them, an hour in line should be nothing.

Jul 21, 2008
contempt in Outer Boroughs

Any one check out Eton for dumplings yet?

Does getting a phone mean Take Out service soon? The only negative would be the wait, since they're making it fresh while you're there (in addition to the other people who ordered before you).

Jul 09, 2008
contempt in Outer Boroughs

Any one check out Eton for dumplings yet?

If you loved their dumplings, you'll love their shaved ice. I thought the shaved ice was even better! About 15 different flavors and lots of toppings like ice cream, red beans, mochi, etc. The syrups they use aren't too sugary and the ice is perfectly shaved and melts on the tongue. They'll definitely do well in the summer time heat.

Also, it's turning into a great place for kids. The shaved ice comes in these plastic "flowery" cups that the kids can save for building sand castles of playing at the local playground sprinklers.

Jul 04, 2008
contempt in Outer Boroughs

Red Hook Ball Fields

Wow, lots of responses. I hope I didn't imply that only locals went there as I mentioned 'finding a parking spot' as I live a 10 minute drive there. I never had issues with parking; however, I also don't remember too many vendor trucks parked (guess my mind was on the food not the parking). But I do remember the milk crates reserving the parking spots.

I suppose we'll all see in two weeks of what the vibe will be. Great that they're starting up again, too bad those vendors lost out on a lot of revenue from the beginning of summer.

Jul 04, 2008
contempt in Outer Boroughs

Red Hook Ball Fields

Sadly, because they have to use trucks, the whole communal nature of the fields will be different. There's no way they'll be able to set up tables right in front of their businesses, since I assume the trucks will be on the street and selling food on the sidewalk instead of on the ballfields area.

Not to mention the trucks taking up parking spaces, the influx of ikea traffic, will make finding a parking spot very difficult.

Jul 01, 2008
contempt in Outer Boroughs

Sweet Melissa's new ice cream wing now open

I had the ice cream scoops and agree with all comments that it was okay, nothing special. But I also ordered a malted. Based upon the guy who was making it, it doesn't sound like many people order it or they didn't really know how to make it properly. I would give it a 4/10. And super overpriced at $5.50

Jul 01, 2008
contempt in Outer Boroughs

California style or Chicago deep dish in NY?

Agreed that no pizza only place does it well. One of my favorite thin pizzas is at Mercer Kitchen: tuna sashimi with ginger and wasabi pizza. Unbelievable, basically wasabi paste instead of tomato sauce. I characterize Cali pizza as light not like the Wolfgang Puck heavy pizzas.

Jun 27, 2008
contempt in Outer Boroughs

Korean vegetarian?

Hangawi is voted one of the best vegetarian's and maybe it's something you're interested. However, being a Korean, I found the food very bland.

Not sure if you're a true vegetarian or vegan, but keep in mind that kimchee (the traditional fermented cabbage) is made with shrimp and mussels. The fact that I'm a carnivore, not having that in most of the spices offered at Hangawi, made it bland for me. But you'll have your fill of root vegetables and taro.

One of the issues is that most Korean food here is 'city food' rather than 'country cooking' which some of the vegetarian dishes you mention hail from.

Jun 27, 2008
contempt in Outer Boroughs

30 Rock Sandwich Day Shop Brooklyn?

Same here, as I was watching it, I swore it was Defontes. Longshoremen and teamsters go hand in hand.

Jun 27, 2008
contempt in Outer Boroughs

Any one check out Eton for dumplings yet?

I'm more excited by the shaved ice! I haven't had great shaved ice since a small hole in the wall place in Baltimore. If he offers marshamallow fluff as a topping, it's the real thing. (yeah, it sounds gross but it's good).

The only peculiarity with Eton will be the location. He's taken over that old pharmacy/notary space that looks tiny. But the proximity to Naidres should help draw them in.

Jun 27, 2008
contempt in Outer Boroughs

Moving to Cobble Hill/Boerum Hill/Carroll Gardens area -- Where is the best place to get produce?

Wow, I'm glad it's not just me because everytime I go people are stockpiling produce. I think the fruits there are the worst, goes bad in a couple of days. The veggies like broccoli and such are fine, never had a problem.

As for the milk that cgchow brings up, for me it's not the leaking. It's the fact it goes bad even with 2 weeks left on the expiration date! I think in winter times the milk was fine, but who knows how they store the milk now. Agreed, never buy the milk there from now on.

Jun 27, 2008
contempt in Outer Boroughs

Moving to Cobble Hill/Boerum Hill/Carroll Gardens area -- Where is the best place to get produce?

Agree, this is my favorite. But the lines make it pretty bad to shop inside.

Jun 27, 2008
contempt in Outer Boroughs

Warm Beer's No Fun

Why do cooler manufacturer's only make the handles long enough for small children??? Don't they understand that grown men usually pull this thing and the point of pulling it is less strain on the back but because of the poor handle design, we're slumped over pulling it. This really infuriates me and I wish someone would make a tall enough handle (I know there are some luggage style coolers, but they tend to break easily).

Also, for the All Terrain Cooler, is there a kick-stand so that it actually stays up straight or will it always tilt to one side of the wheel?

Jun 13, 2008
contempt in Features

What shouldn't I miss at Bklyn Fairway?

If you're eating there, my favorite is the Five Star Salmon. You pick your bagel and bring it to them (they're always out at the deli) and then they'll make a huge, thick smoked salmon with tomato, onions and cream cheese with a side of salad. A good meal while sitting outside watching the ships enter New York Harbor.

May 25, 2008
contempt in Outer Boroughs

Red Hook Ball Fields

I read on another blog that the baseball field vendors are SUNDAY ONLY. I haven't been nor witnessed this myself, just what I read. I might check it out tomorrow and report back.

May 24, 2008
contempt in Outer Boroughs

Best pizza in any borough?????

But the pizza slice that's bigger than the size of your head is something to be experienced. Drunk yes, and it helps if you're a broke Columbia student as well.

May 14, 2008
contempt in Manhattan

Best pizza in any borough?????

Definitely Lucali's. Go there exactly at 6pm when they open to avoid the lines.

May 14, 2008
contempt in Manhattan

Best pizza in any borough?????

Every time I've tried to go he's been closed. I know his prinicple of closing when he runs out of ingredients, but it's been like 10 times.

May 14, 2008
contempt in Manhattan

TOP MEXICAN IN NYC

The ballfields will be opening in two more weeks! Can't wait. The best huaraches in the city.

May 14, 2008
contempt in Manhattan

Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill delivery rut

Chinese is awful in the area, but Lichee Nut in Bkln Heights delivers, they're probably a 7/10 for Chinese, but the best in the area. Also, Nine D for Thai food. Get the Tofu Spices, you'll swear you're eating meat, it's really good. The flavors reminds us of Gobo in the city. Also Jake's BarBQ if you want to gorge yourself. They have a grilled Salmon that's terrific.

May 14, 2008
contempt in Outer Boroughs