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Which Bakery makes the best sticky buns?

Thirding Balthazar: so good.

Dec 19, 2014
howdini in Manhattan
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Chaozhou Noodles, at a Vietnam Chaozhou Venue called Bo Ke ( Po Ji )

l've followed Lau's recommendations many times on ordering the country-style duck and Cambodian noodles: both are fantastic. The sauce on the duck is heavenly, and mixing the house hot sauces in with the noodles really kicks up the flavor. They sell their hot sauce to take out, too.

Dec 19, 2014
howdini in Manhattan
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Chaozhou Noodles, at a Vietnam Chaozhou Venue called Bo Ke ( Po Ji )

l've been using Lau's recommendation of asking for "mee pok" when ordering the flat egg noodles.

Dec 19, 2014
howdini in Manhattan
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Maille Mustard Boutique

"I think they all taste like kerosene fumes crossed with that weird two-week-old sprouted garlic head you forgot was in the bottom drawer of the fridge"

Fantastic, dead-on description. Thank you.

Dec 19, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

W. Village recs?

l'll take the wroth waxed, please.

[sorry...l had to do that]

Dec 15, 2014
howdini in Manhattan
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W. Village recs?

You make me brush! Uh, blush!

Dec 12, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

W. Village recs?

Old Tbilisi Garden?

Dec 12, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

W. Village recs?

l did a favor for a friend last night, and in return he offered to take me out to dinner. He works in the WV [Bleecker b't Cornelia & Jones]; l haven't eaten in the neighborhood in quite a while. What's good around there these days? Nothing too expensive, as l don't want to put him out, maybe $30-$40pp for food only, before tax and tip?

l've been craving aji de gallina lately, and l've heard Panca is good...?

Dec 12, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

Best Dishes 2014

My alternate-universe self has an expense account and regularly dines on menus like that. That whole thing looks amazing.

Dec 10, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

Chinese dinner (NOT dim sum) in Sunset Park - who's good these days?

Ah, gotcha. l hit East Harbor a few months back for dim sum lunch, and it was good, but l've never been for dinner.

Dec 10, 2014
howdini in Outer Boroughs

Utopia Bagels...is there any better?

Ha! This thread is from 2004, but good to see that it's still tops. l just had a lousy bagel, so this is making me misty...

Dec 10, 2014
howdini in Outer Boroughs

Chinese dinner (NOT dim sum) in Sunset Park - who's good these days?

Have you tried Top Taste outside the Fei Long Mall? Totally bare-bones, but really good.

This is an old thread, but l've been a couple of times in the past few months, and it's holding up quite well.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8261...

Dec 10, 2014
howdini in Outer Boroughs

Best Dishes 2014

Good lord. That's one helluva surf 'n turf.

Dec 10, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

Brunch in Chelsea Market today?

Thanks for the info, Ttr! l'll more than likely hit one up for a weekday lunch sometime soon.

Dec 07, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

Brunch in Chelsea Market today?

Thanks for the suggestion, Kathryn!

Dec 07, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

Brunch in Chelsea Market today?

Ah, thanks...we let too much time slip by, and went to our regular, Cafe Mogador.

Dec 07, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

Brunch in Chelsea Market today?

Did some lookin': Friedman's Lunch or Green Table, l guess?

Dec 07, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

Brunch in Chelsea Market today?

Sorry for short notice...what's good for brunch there?

Dec 07, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

God is my co-protein

Wow, both of those sound incredible!

Nov 29, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

Best roast duck and pork in Chinatown

l went yesterday, but a bit on the later side, about 3:15pm. Ordered roast duck and roast pork on rice, as they were out of siu yuk [ >:^( ]. The roast pork was good, not great: tender but a bit too lean for my taste.

The duck was a little bit inconsistent, but on a scale of good to excellent: some pieces were merely good, other pieces [including a really nice-sized end piece with only one small bone] were outstanding, with nice crispy skin and deep, rich flavor that could give Momofuku Ssam lunch duck a run for its money.

l'd planned on going again today at peak lunch time to try the siu yuk and more duck, but the weather caught me out. Next week for sure, and thanks for the recommendation!

Nov 26, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

Chef Laura Lam - anyone know where she is these days?

Have you tried the pho at V-nam Cafe on 1st and 1st? l think it's pretty good, but l don't really have a lot of experience with pho, outside of Gia Lam in Sunset Park.

Nov 26, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

used cookbooks and Sichuan in chinatown

lf it's not too late for a recommendation, Old Sichuan on Bayard St. is very good.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7539...

Nov 26, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

Ramen Setagaya - St. Mark's Place

lf it's anything like the old one on 1st Av., it's not *that* bad, but not as good as Misoya, fer sher.

Nov 26, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

Best roast duck and pork in Chinatown

l usually hit Wah Fung between 3 and 5pm: lines at those times are not bad at all.

Nov 23, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

Best roast duck and pork in Chinatown

Thanks again.

Nov 23, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

Best Place to eat a New York Strip Steak

Ooo, the only time l ate there was for my son's birthday two years back: he's a hamburger fiend, so he ordered the Black Label, and l got that NY strip. When l go again, with my gf, we'll definitely go for the côte de boeuf.

Nov 22, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

Best roast duck and pork in Chinatown

This sounds great, thanks...what's the cross street?

Nov 22, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

what's your favorite taco place in Manhattan?

Sorry, this has been gnawing at the back of my mind for a while: l didn't mean to step on you here, loratliff.

Nov 21, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

Brodo

hahahah! l went to Brodo earlier today, got the Hearth broth with the mushroom tea addition: good lord, but that's some delicious liquid! My lips were sticky afterward, like l'd just eaten some xlb.

Nov 12, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

The burger at Allswell

lt's been a couple of years since l've had it, but before the Billy Gibbons show at Brooklyn Bowl last night, a friend and l had the happy hour special at Allswell: $14 for a burger, fries, can o'beer.

The burger was absolutely perfect: excellent-quality meat, done to a perfect medium rare, well-seasoned. One of the best l've had in the city. Fries were good too, maybe a little too salty [tho they didn't feel that way going down...my lips for the rest of the night felt like they'd been rubbed with an alum bar].

Nov 12, 2014
howdini in Outer Boroughs