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Outdoor Dinner Tonite in Williamsburg

Looking for a friendly place with a backyard and veggie or fish options for me and my wife in Williamsburg. Preferably near the L, but not necessary.

Thanks.

Aug 29, 2007
Ackerman in Outer Boroughs

Is there better frozen yogurt than bloomingdale's?

Yolato and Zabar's, both in the 80's on Broadway, are comparable to 40 Carats. I haven't tried the Lalo yet but have heard it is very good. . . My favorite of all I have tried is Yolato.

Jul 25, 2007
Ackerman in Manhattan

Place to Brunch ???

Turkuaz, 100th and b'way, for all you can eat

Apr 22, 2007
Ackerman in Manhattan

Upper West Delivery Help

Taqueria y Fonda beats Gabriela's by a long shot for delivery, tho they are slow. . . menu is now up on menupages.

Feb 21, 2007
Ackerman in Manhattan

Cheap steaks

I second Pampa. 99th, I think, and Amsterdam. Best 'cheap' steak i'v had in the city.

Feb 16, 2007
Ackerman in Manhattan

The Best of Miami

Thanks a lot. . . I am definitely going to hit as many of these places as I can.

What about sushi in SoBe? Any suggestions?

Dec 23, 2006
Ackerman in Florida

The Best of Miami

Hey Chowhounders,

I'm going to be in Miami next week for a little vacation and I'm looking to eat the best the city of Miami can offer.

I can do one super pricey meal, but otherwise I'mm going to be looking for entrees in the $20 or less.

I especially NEED to know what the best Cuban place is in town. I am also looking, specifically for a good Jewish deli and, since my wife doesn't eat meat, places that have tasty non-meat options.

I also would love to hear about any markets that deserve a look.

So tell me what Miami's got. I'm counting on you.

Dec 21, 2006
Ackerman in Florida

Best Ecuadoran Food in NYC

I'd love to hear what's good in Manhattan but I assume I'll have to go to the boroughs for the best. . .

I've tried a few and they usually come up short of what you'd get from any market lady's stall in Cuenca. Of those Hornado Ecuatoriano in Queens was probably the best but even their hornado was not sufficiently juicy and lacked the correctly oily salad accompaniement. I've also been to El Tesoro in Brooklyn and consider that a huge waste of time.

Specifically, I want excellent hornado, fritada, ceviche, churrasco made right (with avacados and fried eggs) and, if I can get it, corviche, patatas rellenas and some true camarones al aljillo with patacones on the side.

Dec 13, 2006
Ackerman in Manhattan

Best Halva in New York City

Also try Economy Candy on Rivington (I think) it's in the LES close to the center of the trendy mishegas. . . they sell large hunks by the slice.

Dec 13, 2006
Ackerman in Manhattan

Best Steak House in NYC?

Obviously, I need to try Luger for myself (pretty embarrassing that I have yet to go there). . . what about Brazilian Churrascarias (If I spelled that right)? I mean the all you can eat places where they bring the meat around on thick kebobs and carve pieces for you. . . I went to Plataforma II near Times Sq awhile ago and thought it was good but got the impression that there was much better out there.

Suggestions?

Dec 13, 2006
Ackerman in Manhattan

Best Steak House in NYC?

Decor and price are not important....just the best steak

Aug 22, 2006
Ackerman in Manhattan

Last minute birthday dinner anywhere

Birthday girl eats kosher style in restaurants so menu needs to have at least several shell-less fish or veggie options. Looking for mid-range price wise (which I say is less than $200 for 2 with wine, appetizer, and dessert) but otherwise any food-style, any location in Manhattan works. Just want some deliciousness in an elegant setting. And a place I can get a quick reservation.

Jul 21, 2006
Ackerman in Manhattan

Best Mexican food in NYC

Taqueria y Fonda on A'dam and 106th. I haven't been to any of the other mentioned places so can't speak for comparison but this place is sick sick sick. The first burrito I got there was a religious experience (on later tries it failed to meet my expectations but was still very good). Small storefront, great ambience if you like a mexican jukebox and glass fridge filled with mexican beers. Also try tacos dorados. The mole is also good if you like that kind of thing

Jul 21, 2006
Ackerman in Manhattan

Sandwiches on the UWS

I second that Panino is good but stay away from anything with cheese: it makes a cheesy mess that is hard to eat. A bit pricey for what you get, though. Subconciuos is very good. Exactly the place you want if you are looking for a big stupid greasy sub stuffed with nasty nonsense.

These are all a bit north, though. Further south, unfortunately, there is not much. Two good choices, though: Alibaba on A'dam and 85th is the best schwarma in the city. Pay the $10 and get it laffa. Expensive but comes with great all-you-can-eat 'salad' bar. Get the spicy carrot slices, the egggplant (greasy goodness) for sure but everything is good. Murray's on B'way and like 90th is also very good. Try the whitefish salad on a bialy.

Jul 21, 2006
Ackerman in Manhattan

Ultimate Foodie Tour of NYC

All this talk about bagels and no one has mentioned Absolute Bagel on, I think, 106th and B'way (if not right there then very close). It's a family run place. I've sampled all the places mentioned and Absolute kills them all (at least in the new NYC BIG bagel category). Very good selection of cream cheeses, too, but no good for whitefish and the like. Hot & Cruty is also good and very underrated. One vote for Ess-a-bagel for best whitefish salad. Also, you must go to Barney Greengrass. Overpriced and uncomfortable, it is still the best smoked fish breakfast in the world. Also great latkes.

Jul 21, 2006
Ackerman in Manhattan