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Duck King in Boca Raton

Returned after first visit 5 months ago. The young server who refused to let me order from the Chinese menu is gone. Instead, owner Logan, a young bespectacled fellow in t shirt, offered various suggestions with real heat. Shredded pork with sliced peppers left a nice burning ting around my lips. Alas, no Peking duck available for several months due to the need to replace equipment used to cook the duck.Logan told me a new menu is in the works that will incorporate more dishes from the Chinese version. And yes, it's BYOB if you choose. Avoid the Lucky Buddha "Chinese" beer. It's crappy lager from Australia.

Jul 13, 2014
dixdiner in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

chirashi / chirashizushi on Long Island

Kotobuki in either Babylon Village or Hauppauge.

Jun 26, 2014
dixdiner in New York State (exc. NYC)
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Why do chinese restaurants insist on having "secret" Chinese menus their English-Speaking customers can't decipher?

Try using an app called Waygo to translate the signs.

Jun 23, 2014
dixdiner in General Topics

Anyone been to Tao's Delicacies in Selden?

Just east of Nichol's Rd. Tao's Delicacies www.taoshomecooking.com/ offers Halal meat and some Xinjiang cuisine. Found it after researching recent Newsday item on Tao's Bakery in Stony Brook (same owners).

Jun 10, 2014
dixdiner in New York State (exc. NYC)

Popei's in bethpage--The Real Thing?

Been to the one in Deer Park. Meh. One of those places with a lot of food for the money.

May 13, 2014
dixdiner in New York State (exc. NYC)

Need for-real Top spots in Boca Raton/Delray-

LETTUCEINLOVE: You must be a Long Islander if you know John's Market in Plainview. Glad you started this discussion as I've found it useful as a Long Island snowflake in Delray Beach.

Apr 02, 2014
dixdiner in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Duck King in Boca Raton

What app did you use?

Mar 24, 2014
dixdiner in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Oh no! Comtesse Therese Bistro is changing hands.... [North Fork, L.I.]

From their website:

After 3.5 years of fun and enjoyable operations with our great customers and excellent staff, the Bistro is pleased to announce some changes.

We have decided to lease the space to famed Long Island restaurateur Tom Schaudel, who will create his newest restaurant in the space, to be called The Petulant Wino. The owner of several other restaurants on the North Fork and elsewhere on Long Island, Tom’s newest restaurant is sure to be a welcome addition to the North Fork food and wine scene.

Comtesse Thérèse wines will still be the featured wine, but Tom plans to add a few other Long Island wines and also have a full liquor license.

Tom said that he intends to keep most of the Bistro employees.

Mar 08, 2014
dixdiner in New York State (exc. NYC)

Having breakfast on Long Island

Any one try Jam's in Massapequa Park?

Mar 08, 2014
dixdiner in New York State (exc. NYC)

Duck King in Boca Raton

Dined there on Feb. 12. Despite what may have been one o the best renditions of hot and sour soup I have had, this place was a disappointment for this guailo. Two months after opening they are still using the excuse they are new and don't have everything on the men, i.e., duck rolls and even wontons for wonton soup (for the less adventurous at my table. There is a 2-page all-Chinese menu (no translation), but our waiter insisted the stuff on it was too hot for even him. I've been eating Sichuan food for decades in NYC and know what hot is, In any event, deep-fried, crispy duck was quite tasty, albeit salty, and one must debone it in order to eat it on the accompanying buns. Tea, BTW, is served by the cup. The dry-fried shredded beef was more beef candy w/a few studs of Sichuan pepper corns for decor, Way too sweet and I told our serve so. His reply, "Next time when you come in I will tell the chef to make it hotter." Seeing how they treat guailo as being unqualified to eat authentically spicy food, I'm not sure theis "foreign devil" will return.

Feb 14, 2014
dixdiner in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Best new in Delray Beach

The beers that I've sampled at Saltwater Brewery were extremely well made. They're full of flavor and well balanced. I reviewed them on my blog: http://www.corkscapsandtaps.com/?p=1835

Jan 28, 2014
dixdiner in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Boca to Boynton Area Happy Hour Birthday Location?

Brewzzi's in Boca.

Jul 12, 2013
dixdiner in Miami - Fort Lauderdale
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Looking for a Long Island restaurant!

Erik's Italian Bistro, Mineola www.ericsbistro.com
Passione, Carle Place www.passione-restaurant.com

Jul 12, 2013
dixdiner in New York State (exc. NYC)

Where to eat near Bethpage State Park?

The Orient, for Chinese. www.theorientonline.com/ Dim Sum on weekends for lunch/brunch.

Jul 12, 2013
dixdiner in New York State (exc. NYC)
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BYO Wine in Chinese restaurants

Wondering if places such as Silver Pond and Hong Kong City BBQ allow BYO wine.

Apr 18, 2013
dixdiner in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Nassau County

Had a wonderful off-menu dinner last weekend at The Orient in Bethpage: Oyster-Tofu soup, fried frogs legs, razor clams in black bean sauce. As its been said many times on this board, you have to negotiate your order with owner Tommy Tan.

Mar 08, 2013
dixdiner in New York State (exc. NYC)

Zinburger coming to Walt Whitman Mall, S. Huntington

Just saw a liquor license application for a Zinburger restaurant at Walt Whitman Mall by Briad Corp. They offer kobe and other upscale burgers with Nueske’s bacon, and a full bar, wine and tap brews. A few are on the NJ side of the Hudson and in Arizona. Anyone ever try?

Jan 22, 2013
dixdiner in New York State (exc. NYC)

Rehearsal dinner near Melville LI

La Strada's in Happuage (7 exits away), not Melville.

Might want to consider La Famiglia or Cirella's for Italian on Route 110. There is no Asian place in the area that can accomodate that big a crowd. Jewel, modern American food w/celebrity chef Tom Scheudel, on the LIE @ 110, might fit the bill since budget not a major concern.

Jan 16, 2013
dixdiner in New York State (exc. NYC)

Garden City area pub

Prost on Franklin Ave, just north of the tracks and south of 7th St. Specialty is German sausages and beer.
prostgrill.com

Dec 21, 2012
dixdiner in New York State (exc. NYC)

Taiwanese style cooking at Tao in Syosset

Tao, which replaced Empire Szechuan on Jericho Tpke in Syosset offers the usual pan-Asian mix of Chinese, Sushi and Thai but under the Chef Recommends section on the menu, you'll find more than a few Taiwanese offerings. I have absolutely no basis for comparison, but I did enjoy the Taiwanese Meat Roll, a dense loaf of ground pork (and maybe chicken) wrapped in tofu skin and deep fried, and Three Cup Chicken, a casserole of chicken on the bone, ginger slabs, whole garlic cloves and basil cooked with soy sauce, sesame oil and rice wine in a cast-iron pot. I'll go back to try some of the other offerings. A word of caution: service is abysmal. With a room full of empty tables we were told we had to wait 15 minutes. Another host seated us immediately, but we had to wait 20 minutes for someone to take our order. Our food was delivered haphazardly -- apps and one entree at the same time. I don't think it was deliberate. Rest of the Chinese menu was filled with Szechuan-style offerings.

Sep 25, 2012
dixdiner in New York State (exc. NYC)

Singapore in Glen Cove

Checked out Singapore in Glen Cove for lunch today after seeing an item on Newday's Feed Me. Disappointing, I think, since I have little to no context on which to gauge the food. Roti Canali was a thin, droopy,greasy pancake with a bowl of utterly bland "curry" dipping sauce with a couple of nuggets of chicken. Also had the Hokkien Chow Mee, a Malaysian specialty described on the menu as thick yellow noodles with heavily flavored soy sauce with pork, chicken, squid and vegetables. Thick noodles yew but it tasted like plain ol' lo mein, not a heavily flavored soy sauce. It was studded with one shrimp, one bite of calamari, a few leaves of Chinese greens and I'm not even sure if there was any pork or chicken in there. Photo shows Hokkien Chow Mee.

Aug 24, 2012
dixdiner in New York State (exc. NYC)

Long Island Wineries - where to go?

Long Ireland has been brewing in Riverhead for just about a year now.

May 25, 2012
dixdiner in New York State (exc. NYC)

BYOB in Nassau County (Long Island)

The Orient, Chinese, Bethpage, no corkage. Urbanspoon has a listing, but I can't vouch for its accuracy: http://www.urbanspoon.com/t/201/15/Lo...

Mar 14, 2012
dixdiner in New York State (exc. NYC)

Suffolk Couny - 60th Birthday celebration

Papa Joe's on Commack Road opposite the Tanger Outlets in Deer Park has a large party room and decent, though not spectacular, Italian-American cooking. It's not as upscale as the places on your lost, to be sure.

Other ideas: Jewel in Melville, Blackstone's in Melville, Insignia in Smithtown, Four Food Studio in Melville,

Mar 02, 2012
dixdiner in New York State (exc. NYC)

Chik Fil A looking for Long Island locations

Per Wall Street Journal and Newsday, this fast-food chain with a loyal following wants to bring its southern style cooking and way of doing business to Long Island.

http://blogs.wsj.com/developments/201...

http://www.newsday.com/columnists/jam...

Feb 27, 2012
dixdiner in New York State (exc. NYC)

Best near St. James

And don't forget Mirabelle, just up the road in Stony Brook.

Feb 22, 2012
dixdiner in New York State (exc. NYC)

Fairway coming to Westbury, LI

The ink is barely dry on the lease. I'd guess 3-6 months.

Feb 17, 2012
dixdiner in New York State (exc. NYC)

Fairway coming to Westbury, LI

This appeared last week in Long Island Business News. 69,000 SF store will open in former Home Depot Expo on Corporate Drive and Merchant's Concourse.

http://libn.com/2012/02/09/fairway-co...

Feb 14, 2012
dixdiner in New York State (exc. NYC)

waldbaums supermarkets on Long Island

Greenfield's Shop Rite in Commack is as close as I've seen to the old Waldbaum's. Its been so busy since they opened last summer, the nearby Waldbaum'si s shutting down.

Jan 31, 2012
dixdiner in New York State (exc. NYC)

Yao's wows in Centereach

Tried this place after reading about it on Newsday's Feed Me blog. Yao's Diner is located in a down-at-its-heels strip mall opposite Reptile Jungle You can't miss the big Chinese letters on the sign. Inside, we were the only guilows. Nothing fancy here. A few booths and a half dozen tables. There is no printed English menu, as yet (1-30-12) but the owner/manager gave us his iPad to read a proof of the English menu attached to an email! I already knew what wanted. Alas, no dan dan noodles (I was given the impression Yao's offered spicy fare), but the hot & sour soup was well-balanced, maybe the best I ever tasted. Also enjoyed fried lamb with cumin and hot pepper -- so addictive, I finished the entire plate of tthese crisp morsels. Snow pea shoots sauted with chopped garlic was vibrant in color and flavor. We made do with the smal takeout chopsticks, but the Asians in the restaurant were given full-length tools. BTW, tea was excellent, too. You can''t find this kind of food anywhere else on Long Island, not even at The Orient, but that's a different style of cooking. Hope they receive enough support from the local Asian community to stay in business since I doubt many non-Asians will be patrons.

Jan 31, 2012
dixdiner in New York State (exc. NYC)