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Hippie home cooking restaurants in NYC

I was not limiting my question to Brooklyn. Of course, the Candle on 3rd Av is precisely the type. Beans, rice, greens, tempeh and so forth. Souen is in the ballpark. The Souen that closed--I think it was 12th St--was considerably better. I have been intending to go Angela's Kitchen again. It used to be excellent, but I haven't been there in a long time. It always seems to be in the wrong part of town. But I am really tired of so called veg places that have "chicken" on the menu.

Oct 01, 2013
DBnyc in Manhattan

Where can I buy fresh tofu

Tofu is nearly as perishable as bred. Putting it in water is roughly the equivalent to freezing bread (of course, if you freeze tofu, you get something quite otherwise, which some people like, and can be good if it is properly prepared). The texture changes so significantly that I can only imagine that the chemistry changes. Of course, I can hope to find tofu straight out of the mold. But tofu is best to be eaten in three or four days. It will remain good if the water is changed daily. But soon it begins to develop an odor--something like vinegar.

Jul 10, 2011
DBnyc in Manhattan

Where can I buy fresh tofu

Thanks for the information. The best tofu is tofu that has never been put in water, straight out of the press, with a little soy sauce. My wife made it in the 70s (I ground wheat to make flour). Where did we find time to do all of that?

Jul 10, 2011
DBnyc in Manhattan

Hippie home cooking restaurants in NYC

I guess the Moosewood in Ithaca is almost the definitive case for this type. The best I know in nyc is Angelika's Kitchen. But there used to a solid, almost diner-like version. Bean, rice, tofu, tempeh, stir fried vegetables, various yam and squash dishes, great imaginative varieties of sauces to pour over vegetable, whole wheat bread. Before Court and Smith Sts went all upscale there was a great one in that neighborhood. Don't remember the name of it. Finding one of these in Brooklyn would be nice. But I would make some effort to get to a classic.

Jul 08, 2011
DBnyc in Manhattan

Where can I buy fresh tofu

Surely there is someplace in nyc that makes and sells tofu. Brooklyn or Downtown would be handiest for me.

Jul 08, 2011
DBnyc in Manhattan

Soup Specialists

Years ago--ten or twelve perhaps--there was a restaurant somewhere within an easy walk of the corner of Houston and Hudson that sold big bowls of soup and chunks of crusty bread. I was there only once and always intended to go back, but never did. Does it still exist? Or is there any place like it. I remember their soups as hearty, full-meal sized, and wonderfully rich and subtle.

May 24, 2008
DBnyc in Manhattan