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Chiang Mai 293 Van Brunt St. Red Hook Just steps away

A friend of mine [and occasional CHer] just posted some pix from here on fb...man, l gotta go soon!

Jul 23, 2015
howdini in Outer Boroughs

Bad day at the Bagel Hole...

ah, jeez...l *really* hope they haven't changed the recipe: they're my favorite.

Jul 23, 2015
howdini in Outer Boroughs

Quick(ish) (who am I kidding - LONG) report from a thankful hound visiting the LES

Lower East Side

Jul 20, 2015
howdini in Manhattan
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Finding Couscous and Mushrooms

Union Market at Houston and Ave. A usually usually has a very good selection of mushrooms: l often find morels, chanterelles and maitakes there.

Jul 20, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

Hakksan dish recs

Lunch, or a Thursday or Friday, hopefully!

Jul 20, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

Quick(ish) (who am I kidding - LONG) report from a thankful hound visiting the LES

lt's really a shame: Zucco was great.

Jul 20, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

God is my co-protein

NEWS FLASH!!!

The always-dependable Blue Ribbon Izakaya has recently replaced their [pretty good] $16 baked-in-foil mushroom app with a FANTASTIC, really nice-sized *$10* bowl of assorted dry-roasted mushrooms [l detected maitakes, trumpets, buttons, and shiitakes]. Honestly, l can't imagine a better mushroom value.

l paired this last night with the skirt steak app: for $12, you get about 6oz of delicious steak, a bunch of greens, and...wait for it...a nice slab of absolutely delicious roasted enokis in a sweet-ish glaze.

A really great light meal for a great price.

Jul 20, 2015
howdini in Manhattan
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Quick(ish) (who am I kidding - LONG) report from a thankful hound visiting the LES

Great report! Also great that you got to see Jim Campilongo, who is an absolute guitar wizard, in addition to being a helluva nice guy.

Jul 20, 2015
howdini in Manhattan
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Les Enfants Terribles returns as Les Enfants de Bohème, and not a moment too soon

Ah, thanks!

Jul 14, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

Les Enfants Terribles returns as Les Enfants de Bohème, and not a moment too soon

There's an LES message board?! What other CH secrets am l not privy to? :(

Jul 14, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

Branching out in the East Village

I thought the crust was good, but I was never too crazy about the sauce: too acidic. Luzzo's sauce is my favorite.

Jul 13, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

Oda House - Georgian food in Manhattan

Jul 11, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

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

Nothing from the House of Chettinad? ;^)

Jul 10, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

Branching out in the East Village

l stopped by at just before 5p today [she closes at 5 to walk-ins, reservations only], and had an off-menu ravioli funghi [l'm pretty sure she was rolling out the pasta dough for it when l was a the counter] in a cream and black pepper sauce topped with a ridiculous amount of black truffles: staggeringly good, $13.

Jul 09, 2015
howdini in Manhattan
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Branching out in the East Village

l usually stick to the mezzes: the green bean dish [loubiye bzeit] is terrific, and most of the other mezzes are very good. The platters/entrees are a bit overpriced, imo: better to get a couple of mezzes for the same money, l think.

Jul 08, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

Branching out in the East Village

Really, just about *anything* at Gaia is worth getting.

Jul 07, 2015
howdini in Manhattan
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Branching out in the East Village

Balade is nice for a Lebanese fix; it'd fit into categories 1-3 depending on how much food you order.

Le Philosophe for cat. 3-4.

Jul 07, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

Branching out in the East Village

lt's definitely one of the best deals in the neighborhood.

Jul 06, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

Branching out in the East Village

V-nam has good pho, too, and the rice-in-crockpot dishes are tasty as well.

Jul 06, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

Branching out in the East Village

Oh, yeah: tried Miller's N&F for the first time last week with my son, the burgermeister: really excellent, and happy hour burgers for $5, with a beer for $9? Be still my hearteries!

Jul 06, 2015
howdini in Manhattan
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Branching out in the East Village

hahah when l say "breakfast," l'm pretty sure that l'm speaking your language: about 3pm.

Jul 06, 2015
howdini in Manhattan
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Branching out in the East Village

THANK YOU for creating this thread! Since we're neighbors, and generally keep musician's hours, let's get together for a latelatelatelate breakfast at Old Tbilisi Garden, maybe loraltiff and/or Ziggy would like to join?

Jul 06, 2015
howdini in Manhattan
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New catch herring at R&D

But I'd just shaved my arms that morning! Must be two o'clock shadow.

Do you really not like herring? I'm surprised...it's SO good!

Jun 27, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

New catch herring at R&D

Thanks!

Jun 26, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

New catch herring at R&D

lt was an older woman that l remember.

l need more herring!

Jun 26, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

New catch herring at R&D

Ay yi yi...how embarrassing! But are you sure it was you? l seem to remember making a beeline to the back fridge case when l got there, and the filets were already there in a plastic container; as l waited for my number to come up, another customer got what looked like a half dozen...

lf yesterday's wasn't all that, l can't wait to try some good ones! Maybe l'll go up to GCOB today...

Jun 26, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

New catch herring at R&D

Busted...l'm sorry! The woman right ahead of me ordered a bunch in a container; l was praying that she wouldn't clear them out.

They sure are special! l'm definitely going back for more next week.

Jun 25, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

New catch herring at R&D

Haha! l live only five blocks away, so l was able to go brush my teeth immediately after l was done. Even so, the fish is just about sushi, only very lightly salted, with barely any odor at all. They use vidalia onions, too, so the overall experience is not very smelly at all. Eating it immediately is most likely the best way [it's the only way l've ever done it]...they even laid it out on the counter for me to nom right there. l ate one at the counter, but took the other three outside. A bunch of tourists were very impressed! The Dutch guy who took the photo of me congratulated me, and said he ate them regularly in Holland.

You won't be able to get them on Sunday, unfortunately: l snagged the last four, and the woman at the counter told me they're due to get another shipment in next week. l guess it wouldn't hurt to call them tomorrow, just to make sure. They're absolutely delicious: very mild, very meaty.

ETA: you might be able to get them in time for when your friends are over, next week.

Jun 25, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

New catch herring at R&D

The corker on this big fish tale [if l may mix a metaphor] is that it was a Dutch guy who kindly snapped the pic of me with my phone.

Jun 25, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

New catch herring at R&D

l was lucky enough to catch[!] the last four filets today; they'll have another shipment in sometime next week.

What's this? A selfish! How was l able to take it? With a herring aid! All photos to scale!

Jun 25, 2015
howdini in Manhattan
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