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Healthy Lunch around Bellevue Hospital (27th and 1st)

Lamazou.

Jun 08, 2015
zbs in Manhattan

Murray Hill and adjacent neighborhoods

Continuing the trend of a loose MH/Gramercy/Flatiron interpretation here.

Maialino and Gramercy Tavern are the best.

I would recommend Cafe China though I know there are many here who disagree.

Casa Mono also great. Nomad, can be a bit fratty at night but probably perfectly lovely at off hours.

Wouldn't really recommend Marta: pretty good pizza, not great though, and could never shake the feeling I was eating in a hotel lobby. Because it is?

Riverpark, however, is not bad, and is certainly... quiet.

Jun 01, 2015
zbs in Manhattan

Ridgewood Gets a Little Pizza Magic

Hmm...

Let's just say not a destination restaurant.

May 26, 2015
zbs in Outer Boroughs

Bourdain Market - What do YOU Want to See

Obviously some big open woks that are raging hot, surrounded by room temp condiments and crates of eggs and whatnot. Can they do that?

Also dürüm doner.

Those fried shrimp tacos they make in Boyle Heights, LA.

And banh mi, but from a boat. Maybe idly circling on a lazy river.

ISO Plain Focaccia

I found this to be a good recipe if your curiosity gets the better of you

http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

Muffaletta bread, in my understanding, is slightly different, with a denser crumb? The author of the above recipe suggests using sesame semolina rolls from Parisi Bakery on Mott Street.

Apr 23, 2015
zbs in Outer Boroughs

Good drinks near St. Anselm?

Yep. They're solid.

The house old fashioned is one of the best, tho that's not exactly a test of the higher reaches of mixology or whatever, it's my go-to there.

Apr 22, 2015
zbs in Outer Boroughs

Good drinks near St. Anselm?

Both in my immediate neighborhood so maybe I'm a bit blasé about em but for me those two aren't in the running.

Apr 22, 2015
zbs in Outer Boroughs

ISO Plain Focaccia

Fwiw focaccia is insanely easy to make yourself.

Apr 22, 2015
zbs in Outer Boroughs

Good drinks near St. Anselm?

Maison Premiere, possibly Rye.

There are a lot of other places—Post Office, Extra Fancy, Dram, St Mazie—that do cocktails nearby, but in my experience they're perfectly good but not really exceptional.

When I've tried them, Motorino on Broadway actually makes amazingly good cocktails, tho' it's not really the same feeling in a pizza parlor.

Up the street a ways there's the Shanty, which I wld say is the best of the lot for the whole of N Brooklyn.

Apr 22, 2015
zbs in Outer Boroughs

Best Burger in Willamsburg for Lunch

Commodore and Pies n Thighs.

Apr 22, 2015
zbs in Outer Boroughs

best thai

This thread format is confusing.

Anyway, Pan: try the "seafood suki"? The pad thai and kee mao are above the pack for Manhattan but they're not gonna blow you away.

Apr 21, 2015
zbs in Manhattan

best thai

Somtum Der's noodle dishes, while not their speciality, are actually superior across the board.

Apr 20, 2015
zbs in Manhattan

Real Sichuan food in Bay Ridge

Missed that one. Thanks.

Since I don't even live down there this pretty much eliminates it from contention!

Apr 16, 2015
zbs in Outer Boroughs

Real Sichuan food in Bay Ridge

Looks like it's 18 Ave & 63rd.

I think I first spied its address listed on the menu at "HK of Grand Sichuan," the much-loved spot on Main St in Flushing.

Apr 15, 2015
zbs in Outer Boroughs

Real Sichuan food in Bay Ridge

Thanks for the reminder.

Btw, have you been to the Hunan Kitchen branch in Bensonhurst? Seems to be under-reported on here.

Apr 15, 2015
zbs in Outer Boroughs

Best Cajun/New Orleans style in NYC area?

There's also a popup at a bar in the East Village called Nawlins, I believe. Haven't tried it yet but have had a muffuletta craving for some time.

Mar 26, 2015
zbs in Manhattan

Consistently good food in Chinatown?

Places like Spicy Village and Xi'An Famous Foods can avoid this problem by having short menus, but I'm not sure that's the point here.

Mar 23, 2015
zbs in Manhattan

Jerusalem Bagel

For the adventurous: they have "Jerusalem-style Bagels" at Kingsway Bakery in Midwood, Brooklyn.

Mar 18, 2015
zbs in Manhattan

#1 Somtum Der #3Kiin Thai #2 ???

One of the owners was involved with Cafetasia (which was at the Kiin location?) and the pretty poor Lantern Thai.

Glad I didn't know that before I tried Der!

Mar 02, 2015
zbs in Manhattan

Best calzone in NYC?

The porchetta calzone at Motorino Brooklyn

Feb 23, 2015
zbs in Manhattan

Chinese New Year 2015 - Year of Goat /Sheep

King Noodle: We're throwing our annual party for Chinese New Year, and this time it's a three day event! We'll be serving the spiciest chicken, the longest noodles and the most gigantic meatballs ever, as well as special cocktails and snacks.

Feb 20, 2015
zbs in Manhattan

Chinese New Year 2015 - Year of Goat /Sheep

Cafe China:

Chinese New Year Special 春节菜

Shredded Tripe In Chili Oil 红油肚丝 10.00
Steamed Spice-Coated Beef 粉蒸南瓜 15.00
Sauteed Pork Kidney in Garlic Sauce 鱼香腰花 18.00
Eight Jewel Rice Pudding 八寶飯 GF 9.00
Tiramisu(Glass) 提拉米苏(杯) 7.00

Feb 17, 2015
zbs in Manhattan

Shopping Suggestions for Housewares, Gourmet Ingredients, Cooking Resource Stores

As seasoned cooks you probably know this already but the Master Kitchen Supplies on Delancey is pretty stacked.

As for gourmet stuff and gadgets, Brooklyn Kitchen is really great for a relatively small place.

Feb 10, 2015
zbs in Manhattan
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Visiting Brooklyn for a day in May

Yeah age group probably doesn't really enter into it at this point.

St Anselm is really nice. Not open for lunch though afaik. Diner is, though, and "trés Brooklyn." Roberta's would also be a good one for that reason (be sure to get stuff from the kitchen, not just pizza). But that neighborhood is probably less interesting than Williamsburg proper.

Williamsburg is probably more interesting to visit in a short time frame than Park Slope, especially during a relatively calm time like Friday afternoon.

Feb 10, 2015
zbs in Outer Boroughs
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Nice BYOB spot for Valentine's day

The ones that come immediately to mind are potentially problematic because they don't take reservations: Tartine in the West Village and Lucali in Carroll Gardens (also the latter possibly not fancy enough for your purposes). In general that price point seems like it might be slightly above most places that allow BYOB. Consider coughing up the corkage fee?

Feb 03, 2015
zbs in Outer Boroughs

Best Northern Thai Larb?

Wow

Jan 21, 2015
zbs in Outer Boroughs

Williamsburg, BK- the hipster diaries

I mean, I don't really know what this means either. But if you want to look at rich kids trying to be cool, go to Greenpoint (e.g., Five Leaves). You want slightly less rich kids trying to be cool, gotta go to Bushwick and Bed-Stuy (a high percentage spot would be Happyfun Hideaway). Williamsburg—even on the east side—(where I live) is a jumble these days.

That said, Roebling Tea Room, which doesn't have very good food, often attracts a suffocatingly self-conscious crowd, or used to. See also: St Mazie. To a lesser extent: St Anselm.

Those spots full of bearded guys and skinny girls with fancy clothes and expensive haircuts are very different lot than The Levee though, so is this really all one group you're talking about? For the Levee set, long ago you might've said Bushwick Country Club. For the dance music crowd (and slightly more recently) Tandem or Bossa Nova Social Club. But last few times these places all seemed like they could be anywhere really. Bizarre Bar.

I'm curious why you're interested in this though?

Jan 20, 2015
zbs in Outer Boroughs

Best Northern Thai Larb?

Really? I made it a few times (though not that recipe) and it was stupid easy. Also love how precise you can control the heat since it's usually dried chile based. The only tricky bit is having glutinous rice to toast.

Does Andy's recipe include any unusual steps?

Jan 20, 2015
zbs in Outer Boroughs

GG's in the east village

I went back cuz my pal loves this place I guess.

The burger is also killer. Like, top-ten list quality. I would compare it to Fritzl's Lunch Box burger. And put it in my top-3 or so. (But never had the Minetta/Nomad/Brindle type version.) The fries are sorta like the fries at the Breslin. Not my fave style but v. well done.

My aforementioned pal also had a grandma slice (they sell 'em after ten?). I had a bite. Still not impressed. This town has a lot of good grandmas. (My pick? Williamsburg Pizza.)

Jan 14, 2015
zbs in Manhattan

GG's in the east village

The agnolotti was spectacular. Not super-impressed by the Gradma pizza. I thought it was slightly on the pricey side considering but my dining companion thought it was fine. Lukewarm recommendation!

Jan 12, 2015
zbs in Manhattan