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Grand St.: Bánh Mì Saigon or Paris Sandwich and other treasures?

This is the best thread I've read in a while.

about 2 hours ago
howdini in Manhattan

The BEST KIELBASA....WHITE EAGLE (Brooklyn)

They made the best hot dogs I ever ate.

about 12 hours ago
howdini in Outer Boroughs

Dirty French for Lunch

heh. Thanks.

May 24, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

La Gamelle

l went with my gf last night, after a blessedly short night at work. lt was practically empty due to the holiday weekend, but the service was absolutely charming, and they didn't rush us, despite the fact that we were the only ones there at about the 3/4 point in our meal.

Salad with goat cheese was excellent, as was the hanger steak in bearnaise sauce with frites and a short marrow bone [all mine, as my gf doesn't go for marrow]. We ordered the special vegetable of tomatoes provencale, but they mixed up the order and we got artichoke hearts with lardons instead: it was delicious, so we didn't complain. A glass of syrah, a glass of merlot: just a really nice meal.

Digression: We got into a nice conversation with our waiter afterwards: he's from Puebla, and l mentioned my love of chilaquiles and how l can't get a good dish of it anywhere outside of Las Brisas in Port Chester. "Not crispy, right?" he asked...l reacted as if he'd told me the secret of everything: that is *exactly* the problem l have with all of the chilaquiles l've had. They're always suave, never crujiente. lf a NYC restauranteur would only address this staggering problem, they'd have a customer for life.

May 24, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

Dirty French for Lunch

Le French Diner is good? l haven't been there since Zucco died.

May 24, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

Spring 2015: New in Chinatown

Heh. Thanks again for the info! Also, l love that those buns are pronounced "gobbly."

May 20, 2015
howdini in Manhattan
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Spring 2015: New in Chinatown

Have you tried Canton Lounge? lf so, can you recommend anything in particular?

May 20, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

Spring 2015: New in Chinatown

l went to Canton Lounge a couple of days ago, it's in the old Mottzar Kitchen space [l never checked that place out]. l had the Tianjin goubouli buns: pretty good, but not mind-blowing. Kind of a cross between xlb and sjb, much more like the former but with thicker skins and of course not nearly as juicy.

May 20, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

Best roast duck and pork in Chinatown

l had the chicken this past Friday: it was very good. Thanks for the rec!

May 17, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

Lets Talk Wings

Who picked up the Czech?

May 15, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

Best roast duck and pork in Chinatown

No, l think l've only had the roast duck and pork...l'll try that chicken today!

May 15, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

Lets Talk Wings

Will do.

May 15, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

Best roast duck and pork in Chinatown

That place looks amazing! Lau, do you know Macau at all? A musician friend of mine is working there for the next year, he's a foodie. Wondering if maybe you have any recs there?

May 15, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

Best roast duck and pork in Chinatown

l've been to Cheung Wong a couple of times: l like it a lot, but l like Bo Ky's duck better [that sauce!!!]. l was just checking them out on yelp...maybe l'll go back today and try a different dish: Congee with pork and thousand year old egg and Beef with hot peppers and scallion on rice seem to be popular.

Thanks for the reminder!

May 15, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

Best roast duck and pork in Chinatown

Mmmmm. l went out with a Singaporean woman for a couple of years, her dad was Malaysian. She introduced me to a lot of excellent restaurants and dishes in Chinatown, most of which are now closed, or have gone down in quality. l remember the Hainan chicken at Jaya was very good, l think they had a couple of Hokkien dishes as well. She introduced me to the late, lamented Happy Family Malaysian place, too...god, l miss it so much. Fresh peanut pancakes!

May 14, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

Best roast duck and pork in Chinatown

Have you found any other good teochew places of late? l know that you had a favorite that closed a while ago; l never got to go there, and l regret it! l'd love to do an eating tour of China someday...

May 14, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

Best roast duck and pork in Chinatown

Ah, ok, thanks! ln my mind l was just doing "inexpensive delicious duck." So it's more like poached, then?

May 14, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

Lets Talk Wings

Yeah, l live right near 3 of Cups. That K'ook place also has a kind of Scotch egg snack that's REALLY good!

l'm always available for lunch, if you're around during the day. Ziggy and l have been getting together semi-regularly.

May 14, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

Best roast duck and pork in Chinatown

Hmm. So it seems that, in terms of roast meats, it's just ok, sometimes very good. Brings us back to our quest: who's got the best roast duck, moist and tender with crispy skin? The best one l've had with non-crispy skin is the country style duck at Bo Ky [thanks, Lau!], which has a sauce that's just out of this world.

May 14, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

Lets Talk Wings

Tried a new Korean place on E6th [Little lndia block] yesterday called K'ook: it's pretty good, and right now, if you go and do a yelp check-in, you get a free fried chicken app, which l thought was pretty damn good: four nice, big meaty pieces, prepared a couple of different ways. l got the salt-and-pepper style, like salt-and-pepper squid or pork chops in a Chinese restaurant. Really crispy and tasty; l think you'd like it.

May 14, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

Bourdain Market - What do YOU Want to See

Couldn't agree more about their al pastor. The Morelos cart blows them away. Also: flour tortillas?!

May 09, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

Bourdain Market - What do YOU Want to See

l googled Kelantanese ayam percik: damn, that looks good.

May 07, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

Bourdain Market - What do YOU Want to See

A really good Malaysian restaurant.

ETA: reading more about the venture [l was unaware of it before] and Monica's comment, l think l really mean a variety of Singaporean/Malaysian street hawker food.

May 06, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

new Tone Cafe (Georgian) takeout on E.17th!

l was being magnanimous, and expansive! Well, my waistline is being expansive, at least.

May 05, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

new Tone Cafe (Georgian) takeout on E.17th!

Took a lovely bike ride from the EV at 3pm today for a late lunch [FINE: breakfast. Even later]: the place is *tiny*, the food is great. Nice service, too. They bake their own bread in a standard oven, no toné. l got the spinach pkali with a loaf of shotyko [both excellent], and, since the adjarian hachapuri [these Georgians really need to standardize their transliterations!] would've taken about 15mins to cook, l opted for a kubdáry, which is a longish, flat-ish roll stuffed with meat: it says veal on the menu, but the one l had today was filled with cubes of nice, mildly seasoned pork.

All of the above items and a 16oz bottle of Georgian berry-flavored soda, a *very* filling meal, came in at about $7.75 after tax. l'd suggest going there soon, cuz l'm not sure how long they can keep the prices this low.

May 05, 2015
howdini in Manhattan
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new Tone Cafe (Georgian) takeout on E.17th!

lf it's a tiny place, they probably don't have a toné. Neither does Oda House: they get their toné bread from We Are Georgian on King's Hwy. l still haven't tried the adjaruli khachapuri at Oda House yet, but the breads l've had that they bring in have been very good, so hopefully this new place is similar.

May 04, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

Cecina Sighting at Santina

"Next up on pbs: The Greedy Gourmet!"

May 04, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

Cecina Sighting at Santina

Greedy. Greedy, greedy, greedy. But that's ok when it comes to this kind of stuff, l guess.

May 04, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

new Tone Cafe (Georgian) takeout on E.17th!

Wow, great news, thanks!!!

May 04, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

Best Offal dishes in NYC served at Lunchtime?

Amazing list...l'm kinda shocked you left out the sweetbreads at Prune!

Apr 29, 2015
howdini in Manhattan