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Who creates the editorial voice for the NYT food section?

Really? lt's been a long time since l last read him in the NYPress, but l don't remember those annoying mannerisms when he was there.

Aug 16, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

Le Jardin Bistro on Ave. C

Thanks! Always looking for good, reasonably-priced stuff in the EV.

Aug 14, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

Who creates the editorial voice for the NYT food section?

l like "fetid." Even if it doesn't apply.

Aug 14, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

Who creates the editorial voice for the NYT food section?

I'm not sure if l'd call it florid...more the adjectives l used in the OP, twee and precious, with a soupçon of imperiousness thrown into the olla for good measure.

Aug 14, 2014
howdini in Manhattan
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Who creates the editorial voice for the NYT food section?

Agreed on the magic!

Aug 13, 2014
howdini in Manhattan
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Who creates the editorial voice for the NYT food section?

Immaculate Infatuation, eh? Haven't read it...is it irritating? lf so, Sifton's doing a great job!

Aug 13, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

Who creates the editorial voice for the NYT food section?

Ah, l thought he'd moved on, for some reason. lt's funny, l liked him when he was still at NYPress, now l can't stand him.

Aug 13, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

Who creates the editorial voice for the NYT food section?

"Here is [xxx]. And here is [xxx]. You wil [xxx]."

Twee; precious; incredibly irritating: here is someone in desperate need of punch-in-face.

Aug 13, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

Rare date tonight -- need recs for dinner LES

l'm late to this, but Blue Ribbon Izakaya is right next door in the hotel.

Aug 13, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

Georgia's Eastside - Most Underrated Ribs in NYC?

Whether or not they're "real" BBQ, they're pretty damn tasty and tender, and l think their BBQ sauce is very good. l work around the corner, and get takeout fairly regularly. The rib sandwich in particular is a great deal: $9.00 for five or so ribs on white bread with extra sauce and potato chips is a pretty good deal. The meat is easily pulled right off the bones, so a sandwich easy to make.

Aug 13, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

Georgia's Eastside - Most Underrated Ribs in NYC?

[that was ZaZa ;) ]

Aug 13, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

Georgia's Eastside - Most Underrated Ribs in NYC?

The cheese grits are really good.

Aug 13, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

Favorite Xiao Long Bao ( soup dumplings) in Queens?

Thanks for the rec! ls this location brand new? lt didn't show up in my google search...there's Shanghai Asian Manor at that location; did it become Shanghai 33?

ETA: just read scoopg's report...never mind!

Aug 06, 2014
howdini in Outer Boroughs

East Harbor for lunch tomorrow

l'll be with my son for lunch: what's the best time to get there? l was planning on 1pm: is that too late? l've read good things about their salt baked squid and octopus; any other must-try dishes, more in the dim sum vein? Thanks!

Aug 03, 2014
howdini in Outer Boroughs

Nice Green Bo - still don't get it

Yikes.

Aug 02, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

Which 4 breakfasts in Lower East Side would you choose?

Remedy is utterly sub-par. With all of the other excellent options in the area, and given the quality of the other restaurants that the OP lists, l fail to see how anyone can recommend it in good conscience.

Aug 01, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

Best Dishes 2014

l gotta hook up with some vendors....

Best Dishes 2014

Yes! l've been entering recommended dishes. lt lists by neighborhood, which is great.

Aug 01, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

Best Dishes 2014

Thanks for the rec...l've been looking for an app like that!

Aug 01, 2014
howdini in Manhattan
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北方美食 - New northern Chinese in Chinatown

Ah, man! l wish l'd known about this thread last week: l was right there, and checked out the outside, but went to 88 Palace for [meh] dim sum instead. Maybe l'll check it out this Friday...thanks for posting!

Jul 29, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

chinese roast pork sandwich-new york deli style. help my dad please.

lt was one of my favorite dishes in the diners l went to, growing up on LI.

Jul 29, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

Malai Marke - a new Indian on (gasp!) 6th St.

Yeah, l'm with Pan: we've grown to really appreciate Malai, and we've both recently been disappointed by meals there. l, for one, sincerely hope that it was just hiccups, but l was surprised by that last meal, how it wasn't anywhere near the level that l'd come to expect. lt was definitely a 5, 6 tops.

l look forward to your next dispatch, Bob.

Jul 27, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

NYC Itinerary (and suggestions to fill the gaps)

Haloumi eggs is my go-to dish at their St. Marks location: make sure to slather on the harissa. Their tagines are also good.

Jul 27, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

Looking for best Dim Sum for a Sunday Brunch in NYCity

l went to 88 Palace for lunch last week, as l'd read good reports about it here, but it was meh at best.

Jul 27, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

Malai Marke - a new Indian on (gasp!) 6th St.

The last time l ate at Malai, maybe a month ago, l was also underwhelmed in a way that had never happened before. l was considering writing it up, but hesitated because, hey, everyone's entitled to an off night, right? l can't now remember specifically what it was we had [l was with my gf and her two daughters], but it was a bunch of dishes, and every one was lacking in the complexity and oomph to which we'd grown accustomed, and a couple were oversalted, as well, making them taste not too dissimilar to Punjab on Houston. l'd planned on returning, but your post now gives me pause...

Jul 27, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

Mimi Cheng's Dumpling's: Meh Meh

None taken! I'll just post as a female from here on in.

Jul 26, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

Mimi Cheng's Dumpling's: Meh Meh

Cute spot, small but airy, with communal tables and counters [ledges?] along the walls. Counter service is very friendly.

l had the "Reinvented Classic" dumplings: minced organic pork and chive. l thought the filling was very underwhelming, but the skin was very good, thin and crispy from the frying. The much-hyped dumpling sauce was, um, much-hyped. Tasted like vinegary dumpling sauce to me, but it did make the dumplings taste better. House-made lemonade was very good, nice and astringent, not too sweet, quite refreshing.

At $8.00 for six dumplings, this place is no bargain, and, given my druthers, l'll take Prosperity or any number of others.

Jul 25, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

Which 4 breakfasts in Lower East Side would you choose?

Oo, why have l never tried this?! Next time 'round, thanks!

Jul 22, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

Which 4 breakfasts in Lower East Side would you choose?

I can't speak for Barbounia, as I've never been there, but can definitely vouch for Cafe Mogador, as mentioned above.

Jul 21, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

La Margarita, a relatively new place on Ludlow between Stanton and Rivington, makes some damn good pizza.

Jul 21, 2014
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