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Branching out in the East Village

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

about 23 hours ago
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.

1 day ago
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!

1 day ago
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.

1 day ago
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?

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

Thanks!

Jun 11, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

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

They're meant to be steamed at home, right?

Jun 11, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

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

Thank *you*!

Jun 10, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

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

Have you tried the zongzi from the lady on Chrystie and Grand, northwest corner? l passed by her yesterday on my way to Wah Fung, and meant to buy one, but forgot after descending into a stupor of char shu...

Jun 10, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

Breakfast place near 11 St. and 5th Av.

Ah, sorry: l got confused by "8th": thought you meant Ave.

Jun 02, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

Breakfast place near 11 St. and 5th Av.

Also for future reference (and I'm surprised that no one mentioned it): Coppelia.

Jun 01, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

Best Dishes of 2015

l want all of you to get together and have a love child, that grows up to be me.

May 30, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

God is my co-protein

Hong Kong Cafe does the same dish, and you described exactly my initial reaction to it. They use shiitakes; does Amazing 66 use the same?

May 27, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

God is my co-protein

Terroir in the EV closed and became 50 Paces [referring to the distance to the door of its sister restaurant, Hearth]. A few of the menu items are the same, the food is very good overall. l ate there with my gf a couple of weeks ago, but they were out of the sandwich with the maitakes. Dammit.

May 27, 2015
howdini in Manhattan

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

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

May 26, 2015
howdini in Manhattan
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The BEST KIELBASA....WHITE EAGLE (Brooklyn)

They made the best hot dogs I ever ate.

May 26, 2015
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