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EV Lunch

Yes, Motorino is perfect, and l don't eat there often enough. Minca is another one that l thought was only open for dinner...l've only eaten there once, had the char shu don, which was really excellent. Time to revisit!

about 12 hours ago
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EV Lunch

hahah exactly! Love the guys that work there late night, too: "Thanks, have a good night!" "Same ting!"

about 12 hours ago
howdini in Manhattan

EV Lunch

Too cold down there!

about 14 hours ago
howdini in Manhattan

EV Lunch

hahaha l really should have gone into more detail in the OP: all of those are regulars for me, with the exception of Oda House [l've yet to try] and Som Tum Der, which l've eaten at a couple of times, and enjoyed very much [especially the moo rong hai der]. l should definitely go back and explore more of the menu. Thanks!

btw, Stage's mushroom barley soup is particularly good, better than B&H, Veselka and Ukrainian Nat'l Home.

about 15 hours ago
howdini in Manhattan

EV Lunch

Oh yes! Those are two more places l neglected to mention in the OP. Miss Lily's serves breakfast all day, which is a real boon to me, and l love V-Nam: the chef/owner is such a nice guy, and the food is terrific. Have you had the pho? lt's really good, very flavorful broth.

about 21 hours ago
howdini in Manhattan

EV Lunch

Ah, thanks! l've been wanting to go for quite some time, but it seems that every time l remember to check it out, it's closed. l'll make a note to hit it this week while it's open.

ETA: just checked the hours: Fri/Sat/Sun 11-4

about 21 hours ago
howdini in Manhattan

EV Lunch

l didn't realize Oda House is open for lunch: l'll hit it today or tomorrow, thanks! Love Bobwhite, and MQ's, right around the corner, is a favorite that l should've mentioned in the OP. Tuck Shop is another one of those places that is so familiar that it becomes invisible, and l do like it a lot, so back into rotation it goes!

l haven't tried RHLP or Banh Mi Zon; l'll do so shortly. And speaking of banh mi, l need to explore more of the menu at Sao Mai.

l like Sigiri, but they tend to oversalt everything. l'll try them again.

l think the Cardinal is only open for dinner; l thought GG was only open for dinner, but it looks like they do lunch, so it's on the list, too.

about 22 hours ago
howdini in Manhattan

EV Lunch

This is exactly the kind of thing l'm talking about: l walk by Caracas all the time, but it's so familiar that it becomes invisible to me...l haven't even compared it to Guayoyo, which l like.

l haven't been to Porchetta in ages...time to re-visit! l remember l stopped going because the sandwiches were so disappointingly small, but they are very tasty.

l feel guilty after eating Crif Dogs, but they're SO GOOD.

l think we discussed Empellon Al Pastor a week or two ago: l find it pretty meh, and much prefer both the Morelos cart and restaurant.

Thanks for the reminders!

about 22 hours ago
howdini in Manhattan

EV Lunch

l work nights, so lunch [breakfast for me, really] is kind of the only chance for me to explore places to eat. Despite having been living in the EV for a number of years, l only recently learned of Cafe 81, the Filipino place on E7th St. Unfortunately, they're not open for lunch, but it got me wondering: what other tasty delights might l have been missing out on in the EV/NoHo/Upper LES?

Some of my faves include Downtown Bakery, Zabb Elee, Momofuku/Ssam, Misoya, Xi'an, Luke's, Gaia Cafe, Malai Marke...where else does deliciousness lie a short walk from 1st Av & 5th St.?

1 day ago
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Mission Chinese Food

That is one of the World's Worst Feelings :(

[that was meant for pookipichu's burned lunch experience: CH doesn't allow one to delete comments?]

Feb 27, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

Hou Yi to EV

2nd Ave. between 5/6.

Feb 26, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

Hou Yi to EV

Hot!

Feb 26, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

oxtail stew

Seriously, what is the matter with me? Cafe 81 is practically around the block from me...how did I not know about it until now?

Feb 25, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

Where is the best gyoza?

The EV location has been closed for so long...l really hope it re-opens, ideally before this brutal cold ends.

Feb 23, 2015
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Empellon Al Pastor

That's always my second choice! The barbacoa ain't slouchy, neither. And when l really wanna get my masa on, l get a sope or a tlacoyo.

The main reason l really dislike this cold weather is that it makes it so that l can't just order and eat at the cart.

Feb 23, 2015
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Empellon Al Pastor

When the weather is warmer, l eat at the Morelos cart about three times a week after work [night shift]. The al pastor from Morelos is fantastic, and light years better than Empellon al Pastor, which l've found to be spectacularly meh.

Feb 22, 2015
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oxtail stew

ls 69 Bayard good? l ate there once and thought it was awful, but maybe l ordered the wrong things?

Feb 18, 2015
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Oxtail Dishes? preferably organic/natural/etc

For my money, "ethically raised" is the most important distinction.

Feb 16, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

oxtail stew

...and now there's Filipino restaurants again on 1st Av!

Feb 15, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

Oxtail Dishes? preferably organic/natural/etc

Yeah, given the way the nabe's going, l'm not sure how long they'll be able to stay there. Hopefully a lot longer.

Feb 15, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

Best roast duck and pork in Chinatown

:(

Feb 15, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

Oxtail Dishes? preferably organic/natural/etc

Doubt that it's organic etc., but the oxtail stew at Castillo de Jagua on Rivington/Essex is one of the best deals in the city [funny: l just wrote the same thing in that 10-year-old oxtail thread that got revived].

Feb 15, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

oxtail stew

Who cares if this is a 10-year-old thread? lt is an important subject! l love the oxtail stew ["rabanos"] at Castillo de Jagua on Rivington between Essex and Ludlow: gigantic portion with great rice and beans for about $12.

Feb 15, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

Romantic Steakhouse?

l've only been there once, so they might mix it up, but it's definitely a nice overall experience. And that tomahawk steak....!!!!

Feb 14, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

Romantic Steakhouse?

lt's set to a very reasonable volume, not intrusive at all. lt's just kind of odd, because it's a classic rock playlist. You won't need to strain to the hear the conversation of whoever's sitting across from you.

Feb 14, 2015
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Peking Duck Buns At Go Believe in Chinatown

Went today: had the Peking duck bun and the crepe with savory pork. The duck bun was very tasty, as was the crepe: quite dry and crispy, not like a pancake-type crepe, almost greaseless, filled with finely chopped char shiu and an added bit of...mayo! Pretty good, and the two alone were enough for a [very, very] late breakfast for me. Seated next to me was 72y.o. caucasian LES lifer: very gregarious and friendly guy, made a couple of inappropriately dirty jokes as l was setting to leave, which just added to the appeal. He was a regular, knew the elderly Chinese women sitting across the table, asked them about some upcoming community event. He told me that the place is well-known for its red bean bun, which l'll try next time, and that they regularly get Chinese patrons from other boroughs, because they have stuff that's difficult to find elsewhere.

l'll definitely be back to try their other offerings, of which there are plenty. Especially interesting, in the tall freezer cases where the dumplings sold in bulk are kept, were dumplings which weren't listed on the menus in english anywhere: "dumplings with corn," "chicken and mushroom." l wonder if they're listed on the Chinese language menu somewhere?

All in all, it was a great NYC lunch [breakfast, whatever]. Here's photos of the guy making the crepe, and the finished product. Thanks again, Chandavkl!

Feb 12, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

Peking Duck Buns At Go Believe in Chinatown

OK, l was looking for an excuse to leave the house, and now l've got one...thanks for this!

Feb 12, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

Best roast duck and pork in Chinatown

Right, it's hanging in the window all day in a lot of places.

Feb 11, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

Best roast duck and pork in Chinatown

Most definitely; l thought that by going at a more prime time lunch hour, l'd get something fresher than l did the first time l went [about 3:30pm], when the duck was quite good. Maybe l'll go even earlier next time, even though l'm, uh, constitutionally disinclined towards the morning hours.

Feb 11, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

Best roast duck and pork in Chinatown

New Canal Best is now called August Gatherings: same location and owners, renovated and much nicer interior. l went for lunch at 1:30 on Monday, ordered two meats on rice: roast duck and siu yuk. Both were kinda meh; the duck was much better last time l ate there, and the pork was pretty dry, which l thought was very surprising.

Feb 11, 2015
howdini in Manhattan