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Review of Dining in Charleston and Myrtle Beach - LONG

Just returned to NYC from a 10 day vacation to Charleston and Myrtle Beach and wanted to give my review of some restaurants as there are often questions about what's good in the area.
We stayed in NC Smithfield one night so I will review the restaurant in Smithfield as well.

Holt Lake BBQ in Smithfield - This place is a fried food paradise, the fried fish and shrimp were really good and the fried chicken was good too. Pulled Pork had good chili and vinager but I wished it was woodfired BBQ (missed that charcoal taste)...also very very inexpensive. Stay away from the Brunswick stew IMHO too sweet.

In Charleston we went to the following places
Blossom - Lunch - very good especially the Shrimp and Grits

High Cotton - overall good food in a great fancy pants ambiance everything was well executed and we would return...service was good too.

The Macintosh - this was a GREAT find...stick with the small plates and order lots of them, so interesting and really a must if you go to Charleston.

Bar Hopping on Monday is great for the specials- Pearlz Oyster, great fresh oysters,
McCrady's has possibly the best bar food I've ever had...EVER, skip the dinner do the bar, and the drinks are farm fresh and innovative too. I'd visit this bar again and again we ate every bar snack on the menu.
Cypress - $5 monday burger and chili dog night, chili dog was delish, bahn mi was to die for, burger was good but beware they won't promise to cook it anything less than medium...I had to beg the waitress to get it out medium rare and she refused to promise me I would get it that way...luckily I did so burger was a major score! Fried mac and cheese and flat bread were forgettable.
Fig- This is farm fresh at its best a MUST if in Charleston just great food
Martha Lous - Soul Food like I remember it as a kid, seriously possibly the best soul food I've had in a long time...and worth all the hype from Andrew Zimmer on Bizarre Foods.
Husk - So glad that chef Brock went back to his roots and left the WD 50 type molecular gastronomy behind! Husk was AMAZING...I know it gets mixed reviews but if you stick with the southern based stuff it's a huge hit...can we say pig ears and fried green tomatoes? (we had pork belly and shoulder with butter beans and potliker need I say more? But the BF had steak and though it was good it wasn't anything special).
Gullah Cuisine - disappointing, better 2 years ago...vegetables were still great but dry chicken and not good mac and cheese at all...fish soup was too tomato based and thick too...I would skip this next trip.

Try to get in a class or demo at Charleston Cooks Maverick Kitchens we did and it was great and fun and informative.

In Myrtle Beach we went to Tommy Bahamas, King Street Grille, Nacho Hippo and Gordon Bierch for happy hour and snacks in the Market Commons...all disappointing except that the beer spot had really good wine by the glass...typical chain restaurants with chain food not good.

Chive Blossom - this is a must if in Myrtle Beach, it's the best restaurant I've ever been to in the area and I would go back again and again! The atmosphere is great and live music with outdoor dining is a huge draw. Seafood is perfectly prepared and the menu is really innovative. It was wonderful from start to finish.

Aspen Grille - good steakhouse, nothing special or exciting but good and fresh food...a little pricey for the portions but meat was sourced properly and farm fresh produce was a definite plus! Service was also great, though things were a bit chaotic on a Saturday night (to be expected).

All in all a great foodie trip!

May 07, 2012
gremlin608 in Southeast

NYKers Charleston to Myrtle Beach please help with Myrtle Beach suggestions

Thanks BeachBacchus...I'm glad that the hounders are raving about Chive Blossom it's a must do then! I think Aspen Grille is worth a shot too, probably will just cook the rest of the time were there and catch up with family. Thanks again all for the suggestions.

Feb 17, 2012
gremlin608 in Southeast

NYKers Charleston to Myrtle Beach please help with Myrtle Beach suggestions

I saw the menu for Chive Blossom it looks like a winner! We will definitely be trying it.

Feb 03, 2012
gremlin608 in Southeast

Riverdale Restaurants

I had a pretty bad experience in La Estufa...They offered lobster empanadas with fake crab meat, and had a clueless waiter...pasta was uninspiring. Definitely underwhelmed but I'm glad to hear that someone else had a good experience

Jan 25, 2012
gremlin608 in Outer Boroughs

NYKers Charleston to Myrtle Beach please help with Myrtle Beach suggestions

We are heading to Charleston to a great B&B and then to Myrtle Beach to visit relatives in the beginning of May. I've been to SC alot and my family is originally from SC but my palate is very NYC. Love Charleston and everything about it...We plan to go to Husk, FIG, High Cotton, Anson's, Hanks, Pearlz/McCrady's for Happy Hour, Gullah Cuisine and Hominy Grill (any other suggestions would be appreciated and I wasn't impressed with Penninsula Grill last time I was down)...More importantly I'm heading to the culinary wasteland known as Myrtle Beach (no offense to the hounders from the area so I apologize for being so harsh). I don't like any of the restaurants in Calabash and was very unimpressed with Greg Norman last time I was down...We are going south MB this time so I looked at restaurants in Murrells Inlet but they all look either pretty bad or God awful! We plan to go to Aspen Grille (good choice?) and cook one night but need another rec.

I don't want to go to a place with a menu with 3 million variations of fried food with a side of frozen veg and baked potato with the sour cream in the individualized plastic container on the side with the sprig of curly parsley for garnish, cuz I can go to City Island in NY for that crap. Also please no chain restaurants. Any help would be SOOOOO appreciated!

Jan 25, 2012
gremlin608 in Southeast

Riverdale Restaurants

We really need to start a new Riverdale thread...anyway in response to Yummy Thai, I would consider checking it out but I luv Siam Sq and live on Kappock so when I order the food it comes in 15 min tops and is piping hot! Worth the expense IMHO...I agree with you Bronx Bree on the Empire 19 situation. Disappointing really. Btw has anyone gone to the Bronx Burger House on Moshulu yet...It's really good burgers a huge selection, potato skins, fajitas and wings are good as well. Consistently good bar food with some creative specials in the evening and the staff is really nice!

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Bronx Burger House
5816 Mosholu Ave, Bronx, NY 10471

Jan 24, 2012
gremlin608 in Outer Boroughs

Riverdale Restaurants

I went to the new Chinese/Japanese next to Ben's last week. I think that J Jade is definitely better but this will do in a pinch, they have the usual Chinese take out combo menu and a Japanese menu, being from part Japanese descent I don't trust the fish there, if I can't see it I can't trust it. Dumplings were ok I guess but the skin was way too thick for my liking. Orange chicken was pretty greasy. A note on J Jade, sushi quality is inconsistent...had 1 bad experience and 4 good (80-20 rule applies here). Metate has a new chef, I went last week at the end of the night and the Mole was better than before but they were out of a few other items, I'm going back next week to take advantage of Happy Hour and will report back. My parents went to New Riverdale Garden and said it was a beautiful garden but the food was mediocre at best, tiny portions and WAAAY over priced, they also didn't appreciate the really loud merengue music being played either. My bf was put off at "tiny portions" so needless to say we haven't gone. Jakes is still good, if you want a cheaper experience at dinner eat at the bar, the burgers are 1/2 the price at the bar that you would pay at a table. On another note I was disappointed with my last experience with Greek Express - really bland shrimp with orzo, overcooked salmon and dry pita...So sad because it was one of the few decent spots in the area.

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Jake's Steakhouse
6031 Broadway, Bronx, NY 10471

J. Jade Dim Sum Cafe
3260 Johnson Ave, Bronx, NY 10463

Greek Express
3733 Riverdale Ave, Bronx, NY 10463

Metate
3515 Johnson Ave, Bronx, NY 10463

Riverdale Garden Restaurant & Lounge
4576 Manhattan College Pkwy, Bronx, NY 10471

Empire 19
19 Knolls Crescent, Bronx, NY 10463

Nov 30, 2011
gremlin608 in Outer Boroughs

Riverdale Restaurants

Update on Metate they got their liquor license last week, food is pretty good for Riverdale (which doesn't say much)...I think they could up the spice anty a bit. On another note J Jade Dim Sum now has sushi and a whole Japanese menu!!!! It's better and much fresher than Planet Tokyo and Palace of Japan (which has mediocre sushi on a good day). Lastly Genrico's pizza Cafe (which took over Jaspers) is HORRIBLE!!!! Stay away!!!! We went for dinner (lured by the outdoor dining) had a cold antipasto that was deli salami and cheese with some iceburg lettuce and roasted peppers, lasagna that was frozen in the middle with no meat and marinara sauce that repeated for days! The worst of it is that their spaghetti and meatballs (oh did I forget they advertise spaghetti but only have linguini) is two lead meatballs in a separate bowl. My father ordered a sausage parm hero they forgot the sauce and cheese. My BF and I were going to give it a second chance, but my parents went back again and said it was god awful!

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Palace of Japan
3505 Johnson Ave, Bronx, NY 10463

J. Jade Dim Sum Cafe
3260 Johnson Ave, Bronx, NY 10463

Planet Tokyo
3532 Johnson Ave, Bronx, NY 10463

Metate
3515 Johnson Ave, Bronx, NY 10463

Generico's
3535 Riverdale Ave, Bronx, NY 10463

Sep 06, 2011
gremlin608 in Outer Boroughs

arthur avenue

There's a S American population too...I think there are 2 empanada restaurants on 187th between Hughes and Arthur, and a Mexican restaurant a few doors down from the Madonia, and I love love love Vincents meat market and Casa de Mozarella, but IMHO Dominicks is pretty bad. Roberto's is a much better choice for the area.

Nov 17, 2010
gremlin608 in Outer Boroughs

City Island

Lets be honest, most of the food in CI sucks from a purely culinary perspective. It's over fried, over red sauced and on the weekend don't get me started on the atmosphere. I'm not a fan of JP's either, but what choices do we have? Sea Shore is WAY overpriced for mediocre not that fresh food. Agreed Black Whale isn't good for Seafood but at least the food is decent and the garden is cute. Day boat Cafe in Irvington (I know not part of the outer boroughs) or spots in Manhattan are generally much better for Seafood...and I'd rather starve than go to Johnny's Reef.

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Johnny's Reef
2 City Island Ave, Bronx, NY 10464

Sea Shore
591 City Island Ave, Bronx, NY 10464

The Black Whale
279 City Island Ave, Bronx, NY 10464

Nov 17, 2010
gremlin608 in Outer Boroughs

Foods that are better made in SF than NYC?

I'm the ultimate NYer and I have to agree with Sugartoof...we have a bed and breakfast in the catskills and we are 95% farm to table, it takes alot of work, commitment and effort, but with NY growing season so short we have to serve frozen (albeit picked by me in July) berries in January, it is what it is...NYC is WAY behind SF in the whole locavore movement, but we are catching up, and NY diners and chefs are becoming more conscious and savvy. This can be easily noticed by the mobs and mobs of people who are at the US Greenmarket on Saturday, and the number of Whole Foods that have cropped up in the past 5 years in the city. Now with regards to access to ethnic produce, that's difficult, NYC is a mass transit culture, and many new immigrants don't have and don't need cars, most of our farms are not within 50 miles of the city, and with the exception of the few new urban rooftop gardens that have become popular most people who would request ethnic produce can't even get to the farms that would grow it...Produce has to move, and simply putting some in a truck and driving it 120 miles from Columbia Cty to the NYC Greenmarkets isn't enough to offload the amount of produce grown. So the farmers depend on locals and folks from NYC who have summer homes, and restaurants to purchase the bulk of their produce, so they grow what moves...and STILL there is a TON of waste because there is way more grown than what is actually used which is really sad...so the farmers still lose money. What the local small farmers go through is very difficult, and yes it doesn't help that NY is behind SF with regards to chefs recognizing the importance of farm to table...while I see a trend, it still frustrates me to no end to be in the Catskills and see a US Foods or Sysco truck in the driveway of a restaurant that is 10 miles from some of the best produce, meat and dairy around.

Foods that are better made in SF than NYC?

So funny that you mentioned that! I was just looking at the menu for Aziza, I'm headed back to SF in April and Aziza is definitely on my list!

The "ethnic" population in NY (truly ethnic) isn't really up on Farm to Table in a big way...but the quasi ethnic spots are beginning to get there with 1 or 2 farm to table items on the menu at times. Tabla and Chutney Masala (Indian), Buenos Aries (Argentenian),...but really not much happening that isn't "New American/French/Italian" inspired unfortunately.

Foods that are better made in SF than NYC?

As someone who is from NYC and also the Catskills/HV and travels to SF often, just for the record I agree with Pookipichu that the produce is Wonderful in the HV, but it's about to end soon, and SF (California in general) has one up on us for only one reason, the weather. They have a 12 month growing season, we have a 7 month growing season, now of course there is more available on both coasts in the late summer than in January but there is NOTHING available here in the winter. With regards to ethnic foods NY has SF beat hands down, not because there aren't good ethnic spots in SF but just the sheer number of different types of people in NY...you can have West African food from Queens that is kick butt one day and the next get great Pho in the Bronx, Koi is great but so is Ocean Jewel in Flushing (ok maybe not as good as Koi). Just a note to the OP I wouldn't go all the way to SF for Peruvian, there is great peruvian in Queens, Brooklyn, Yonkers and Port Chester and for caribbean food it's almost non existent on the WC. Yes, the Mexican used to be much much better, but in the past 10 years the Mexican population in NY has increased 10 fold so if you know where to go (outer boroughs) the Mexican is almost as good in NY. You will get better "Farm to Table" in Feb in SF than anywhere in NYC simply because there is nothing fresh at any farms here in Feb...but in reality I have to disagree with the poster who said that the SF food culture is superior to that of NY, it's different and there are wonderful spots in both cities (Incanto, Canteen, Slanted Door, Dynamo Donuts and Humphrey Slocombe all great in SF) but the list is equally long if not more so for NY...and there is little that you can get in SF that you can't get here, well maybe with the exception of great local wine, sourdough bread and Rancho Gordo Beans! And there is no reason to EVER go to SF for Pizza!

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Slanted Door
Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

Rancho Gordo
1924 Yajome St, Napa, CA 94559

Great New Orleans Spots for Lunch and Dinner

Love Lilette and Patois Littleman, I just didn't get there this time. I will try Coquette and Upperline and Cafe Atchafalaya on one of my other trips...I'm a huge fan of Lilette, not traditional NOLA food but excellent none the less. Regarding Bon Ton, not my style or taste and IMHO way too expensive for the ingredients that I saw on the plates.

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Bon Ton Cafe
401 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Lilette
3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

Upperline Restaurant
1413 Upperline St, New Orleans, LA

Cafe Atchafalaya
901 Louisiana Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115

Oct 20, 2010
gremlin608 in New Orleans

Fluke Restaurant in Newport

I second that...a really great meal and great wine list and wonderful service.

Great New Orleans Spots for Lunch and Dinner

Though I live in NYC I try to get down to NOLA at least once a year...it's an amazing food town!

I just wanted to share my thoughts about restaurants on my most recent trip...

Dante's Kitchen - Dinner - worth the trip, great eclectic southern/cajun food...not the super heavy heart attack laden stuff you associate with Southern cooking...and they really believe in farm to table, they list all of the ingredients that they get from local farmers right on the board above the bar...a WONDERFUL find and I will definitely go back.

Restaurant August - I went for dinner a year and a half ago, I thought the food was prefectly executed but the ambiance was stuffy and honestly I wasn't wowed, the food was typical upscale very well thought out food but nothing special...but here's the secret, they have a $20 3 course lunch!!!! It's the best deal in NOLA!!! Go for lunch its excellent and the atmosphere is more casual.

Cochon - I love Donald Link for so many reasons, I always go to Cochon, I love pork parts and love the fact that he took down home cajun cooking and made it something special. Casual but hip, a great place.

Masparos - Lunch Mistake, ok I guess I can't complain the Red Beans and rice side dish was only $3.50 but really touristy and there are so many better places in New Orleans...honestly often the best food is not in the FQ so in order to really get good stuff venture out of the quarter (IMHO).

Brigtsen's - across the road from Dante's Kitchen also really worth the trip...this isn't gussied up cajun, this is what you would get from your grandma. The food is really authentic, and really tasty and really heavy and the pecan pie and gumbo (oh my goodness) you have to do this at least once, its really that good. It's not celebrity chef innovative and doesn't try to be, you feel like you are home, but we went on a weeknight and I would recommend that, I think it might get crazy on a weekend.

Herbsaint - Lunch, delicious...not overly expensive either and really interesting menu. It's New American, French, Cajun with a wink and nod to Spain...really lovely and I really want to go for dinner next time.

Cochon Butcher - so the sauage/head cheese etc. is ridiculous, so much that I took a huge bag of ice with all of my pork in a paper bag and carted it to the airport and took the meat home with me! The sandwiches (which we ate on the plane because we had a late flight) were terrific as well, I wish they shipped!

Note: Stay away from Bon Ton Cafe(we went in for lunch because it was full, but we saw the food and ran out as fast was we could...frozen french fries and watery frozen greens greeted us). I don't care what the reviews say, it looked nasty.

To try next time
Feast New Orleans - just opened the week we got there, it looks great but I want to make sure the kinks are out before I go for dinner.
Luke - for lunch.
Dick and Jenny's dinner
Commanders Palace dinner

(I will report back)

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Cochon
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Brigtsen's Restaurant
723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118

Herbsaint
701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

Bon Ton Cafe
401 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Dante's Kitchen
736 Dante Street, New Orleans, LA 70118

Cochon Butcher
930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

Oct 12, 2010
gremlin608 in New Orleans

Good Steamer Clams in Newport or Middletown RI

Hi I'm going to Newport RI for the Mansions food and wine festival. We are going to dinner at Fluke and Zelda's, but were looking for a great seafood place (casual) for lunch on Friday that serves steamers (ipswich clams the ones with the tails). Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated

The Hunt for Fried Struffoli...

Ok the best Struffoli in the area as at Artuso Bakery on 187th Street in the Bronx's Little Italy near Arthur Ave...simply the best

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Little Italy
585 E 187th St, Bronx, NY 10458

Mar 22, 2010
gremlin608 in Outer Boroughs

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week--Your Picks?

I didn't get to post late last week...but last Thursday we went to Iron Horse Grill. It was excellent, service and food from the appetizer to entree to dessert. The rigatoni was the perfect portion, cooked perfectly al dente with the perfect amount of pancetta to give off a feeling of decadence but not too overwhelming. It also was a nice textural contrast. Short Ribs were perfectly tender in a standard "gravy". The Mocha Cake with expresso ice cream was incredibly complex flavorwise but at the same time very familiar. All in all a great meal from a great place.
Equus on the Hudson
on Friday - they sat us 40 min late for our 9pm reservation, and then they tried to sit us at a cocktail table, which was very uncomfortable. We complained and got a great side table, but the poor couple seated after us were subjected to the make shift cocktail table. Restaurant staff was overwhelmed though pleasant. It's clear that this restaurant isn't used to crowds or turning tables more than once an evening. Food was very well executed, the squid appetizer was perfectly cooked with standard (but not innovative) accompaniments of white bean, parsley, olives and tomato. The pork loin chop was also very well executed but not innovative, plainly roasted with a puree of sweet potatoes and spinach...The chocolate molten lava cake was very 1990's but absolutely wonderful...once again not innovative or creative but executed extremely well, and who doesn't like chocolate. The menu was better than the last 2 years but you really go to Equus for the ambiance, not necessarily the food. You can get a more satisfying meal elsewhere in Westchester.

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Iron Horse Grill
20 Wheeler Ave, Pleasantville, NY 10570

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week--Your Picks?

I just got back from Iron Horse Grill...the food was FANTASTIC!!! So was the service, ambiance a little loud because the room is small but overall one of the best RW experiences I've had EVER! The Chevre Salad was excellent, the cheese was so creamy and the salad was crisp with the perfect ratio of dressing, we had the lobster sliders to start (not on the RW menu) and they were the best sliders I've ever had, and the caviar on the lobster claw was a perfect touch. The attention to detail in the presentation in general is not to be overlooked, and the complexity of flavors and textures were incredible. The dessert that I had (mocha cake with expresso icecream) was perfectly presented, the perfect size and so delicate. The short rib was melt in your mouth. The wine list was fairly priced with lots of options, I could go on and on...we were so impressed we made a reservation for 3 weeks from now. Chef McGrath and his wife Catherine are two of the most down to earth, wonderful people Go, just go...

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week--Your Picks?

I just went to X20 tonight...the food was impeccable as always and they had additional RW menu items that weren't listed for all 3 courses. Rock Shrimp Risotto in Lobster Cream, (which I had and was DIVINE) 1/2 roasted duck with spatzle, pumpkin panacotta, and blueberry cobbler...I also had the salmon which was perfectly cooked with a wink and a nod to Japanese cuisine...the Red velvet cake is the same delicious red velvet cake that is on the menu! Bravo to Peter Kelly for FINALLY putting that cake on the RW menu! (and yes I thanked him personally for it, because I've been asking for that to be included on the RW menu for the past 2 years) I tasted the Mushroom Custard and it was silky and wonderful, and the duck which was moist and crisp...the pork was a little dry and uninspiring (which was the only disappointment on the menu) and the Pumpkin Panecotta was incredible. ...everything was great! Peter Kelly always does RW right, and doesn't make his guests feel like second class citizens. I have another reservation for RW at X20 next week because you need more than once to experience all of the choices. For those who didn't make a reservation you are truly missing out because from what I was told tonight there will be additions to the menu for the entire RW.

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week--Your Picks?

I went to Red Hat today for Lunch, it was GREAT!!! The dinner menu doesn't look so interesting though. I had the cauliflower soup and salmon burger and the chocolate dessert...dessert was to die for don't let the pedestrian appearance fool you, soup was not heavy and chicken stock based (a good thing because the dessert was so decadent) but perfectly smooth and creamy. The salmon burger was flavorful and crisp! A delight.

I'm off to X20 tomorrow for dinner I will report.

Riverdale Restaurants

I second the post on Greek Express...A huge welcome to the culinary wasteland known as Riverdale! The spreads are wonderful, so is the beet salad, and the moussaka and gyro's. Spanikopita is the only thing that was a little soggy.

Mar 10, 2010
gremlin608 in Outer Boroughs

Riverdale Restaurants

We finally made it to the Ale House for lunch...Great beer selection, too bad they don't brew on site. Terrible wine (ok it's an ale house). Cool scotch eggs concept though a little over cooked, pretzels were kind of soggy and not very tasty. The wurst (sausage) appetizer ROCKED! Bartenders are really really nice, and it's a really cute, cozy, comforting neighborhood spot...we would try it again, however on the weekends it tends to get a little out of hand (DH and Father tried to go on a Friday and it wasn't as inviting).

Dec 22, 2009
gremlin608 in Outer Boroughs

Riverdale Restaurants

Agree, I'm still a huge fan of Siam Sq...their street food menu is very cool as well...this and Jake's are the only 2 restaurants worth really going to in Riverdale if you don't live here...other than that we Riverdalians are forced to deal with a culinary waste land.

Dec 22, 2009
gremlin608 in Outer Boroughs

Stew Leonard's vs. Fairway

Fairway vs. Stews is like apples vs. oranges...Living in Riverdale we have NO grocery options, so we are left with Stew's, Fairway and Fresh Direct (which I love by the way but that's another post for another day)...The advantage to Stews is their dairy, and chicken stock or olive oil when it's on sale if you don't have a BJ's membership...the prepared foods can also be good if you get to them early enough and there is a very large selection of prepared foods generally less expensive than the prepared foods at Fairway. Stew's has the best and freshest dairy of all however Stews is also over priced, has terrible quality for herbs ($2.49 for wilted parsley is unacceptable)...and a really tired and small selection of produce (you will not get any poblano peppers, yellow beets, or oyster mushrooms there...you can't even get kale or swiss chard!!!!)...they also don't have whole fish very often. Stews in Yonkers caters to a "suburban mom with bratty kids" not a foodie...and if you want general "grocery" items forget it, no choice and sometimes no selection, it's not a "supermarket"...however I will say that Stews sometimes has fresher fish filet than Fairway (in Harlem as that is the only one I go to)...and not having fresh fish is a HUGE demerit for me...but the selection of fish (actually the selection of everything) in Fairway in Harlem is way better than Stews. I will also say that I wasn't impressed with the Fairway in Paramus the one time I went...it seemed like a slightly more glorified/gourmet Stop and Shop and didn't begin to compare to the "foodie offerings" and "ethnic" items found at the one in Harlem. If you have a receipe for anything that requires an "exotic" ingredient you can pretty much rest assured they have it in the Fairway in Harlem so if you are really into cooking and experimenting (and I am) Fairway runs circles around Stews...It's worth going to the Stews in Norwalk once for the "experience" I guess, but don't expect to do your weekly grocery shopping there...I only go because I live close to Stews, and sometimes they have good weekly specials.

What's the restaurant next door to Dominick's??

The original Enzo's on Williamsbridge is better...Just an FYI.

Sep 07, 2009
gremlin608 in Outer Boroughs

City Island

The Black Whale is the best on the Island...it's where the local's go and has a great garden. If not the Black Whale then Arties or JP's (I guess)...

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Artie's Steak and Seafood
394 City Island Ave, Bronx, NY 10464

The Black Whale
279 City Island Ave, Bronx, NY 10464

Sep 05, 2009
gremlin608 in Outer Boroughs

Great spot near Albany Times Union Center for Dinner PLEASE HELP!!!!!

Dale Miller looks really wonderful, once again I don't think so for the guys...I think my mother and I are going to do McGuires and Dale Miller by ourselves and suck it up and do something more traditional with the men (they are the fish and chips, pork chops and mashed potatoes type)...someone today that I was speaking to while shopping at For the Love of Wine at Crossgates said that the Thai/Japanese on Central Ave that just opened is pretty good...I'm afraid to try it, very afraid.

Great spot near Albany Times Union Center for Dinner PLEASE HELP!!!!!

Pinnacle Thank you so much this review site is great!