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Nordic Preserves and Wildlife...

Yeah, it's a helluva sandwich! The Sol Öga l had today was very good, but l liked the Nordic better. l figure l'll hit 'em up once a week.

Mar 26, 2014
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Nordic Preserves and Wildlife...

My pleasure! What'd you get?

Mar 26, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

Nordic Preserves and Wildlife...

Nice display!

Mar 26, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

Nordic Preserves and Wildlife...

Another winner: the Sol Öga. Peppered mackerel, egg yolk, red onion, capers, beets, apple.

Mar 26, 2014
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Nordic Preserves and Wildlife...

lf you walk in the northernmost entrance and make a quick right into the market, it's there on the left, just before Heritage Meats. You can't miss it.

Mar 25, 2014
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Nordic Preserves and Wildlife...

Yes, l'm going to go back fairly regularly to sample more of their wares: a lot of interesting house-smoked and cured fish, as you said. Definitely less traditional than R&D.

Mar 25, 2014
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Nordic Preserves and Wildlife...

lt was *really* good, and a genuine bargain.

Mar 25, 2014
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Nordic Preserves and Wildlife...

Ah, sorry: Essex St. Market. l didn't know they had another location.

Mar 14, 2014
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Nordic Preserves and Wildlife...

...makes one helluva sandwich. Sometimes l'm slow to pick up on awesome things that are right under my nose [no jokes about nose picking, please].

This is the Nordic: Nova, black lumpfish caviar, "Nordic pico de gallo" [diced red onions and tomatoes, capers, flat leaf parsley], creme fraiche. A big, filling sandwich, piled high with the good stuff, on a good-quality, crusty, fresh ciabatta. Ten frickin' dollars.

Mar 14, 2014
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Who makes the best duck fat potato chips? (Hint: The Marshal)

l think the last place l bought them was at the A&S market ["We Have Grab and Go's!"] on the SE corner of Allen and Stanton. Look for the ones called "Grandma Utz."

Mar 14, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

Who makes the best duck fat potato chips? (Hint: The Marshal)

l've definitely bought Utz chips made with lard at a few places here in town...?

Mar 14, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

Flushing - a little food crawl with Chow-friends

Ah, l thought you were a NYC local. Yeah, l'm gonna hit up SteveR, Dave Cook and Ziggy now.

Mar 07, 2014
howdini in Outer Boroughs

Flushing - a little food crawl with Chow-friends

Ashamed to admit l still have not had the Flushing experience...my chowhound dinner at Lagidze a couple of weeks ago was great; please contact me too if you do another Flushing crawl!

Mar 07, 2014
howdini in Outer Boroughs

Lagidze: new Georgian restaurant in Midwood

"I Want To Try All The Places" should be printed on the official chowhound tee shirt.

Mar 04, 2014
howdini in Outer Boroughs
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Lagidze: new Georgian restaurant in Midwood

Excellent summation, Steve. l think the only thing you left out was the basket of very good bread brought to the table. The vegetable appetizers are definitely worth returning for, as are the stuffed breads. The chicken was fantastically boring, although dipping the bread in the sauce was nice. The pear soda was good, but could definitely have benefited from the addition of ice cubes.

Here's pics of the stuff:

Mar 02, 2014
howdini in Outer Boroughs

Bo Ky – Good Chiu Chow Noodle and BBQ Restaurant in Chinatown

I had to go to Lendy Electric today, just a block west of Grand Bo Ky: the snowy weather made it a perfect day to try the Cambodian noodles. Absolutely fantastic, especially when doused with the hot oil and vinegar.

It was funny when I was ordering: the waitress didn't understand what I was asking for when I ordered Mee Pok; she kept pointing at the two types of noodles pictured on the menu. I was persistent, though, and she finally called the owner over, a very nice and pleasant man, who knew instantly what I was talking about. Turns out the waitress was from mainland China, and didn't know what mee Pok was. I think it's called cho mien in Chinese? That's what another waitress said.

Anyway, Lau, if you'd be so kind as to just leave a trail of bread crumbs behind you for me to follow as you dine on the LES, I'd much appreciate it!

Feb 15, 2014
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Hidden gems that you don't wanna tell even the closest friend?

Ugh. That is kinda tragicomic, tho, you must admit. As long as Gaia's cooking l'll come back. l have a nice relationship with her, too: we kibbitz, she gives me a free cookie or two, and l leave an exorbitantly high tip.

Feb 13, 2014
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Hidden gems that you don't wanna tell even the closest friend?

Well, it's heralded to me haha! When the young ltalian guy is working there, the one with dark curly hair and glasses, the service is ok, but she really has trouble finding good help.

Feb 13, 2014
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Hidden gems that you don't wanna tell even the closest friend?

Gaia. My favorite. She's on vacation in ltaly for the next couple of days, getting a well-needed rest. She gave me a bad scare last month when she tried to close up shop! The people would not have it, tho, and forced her to re-open.

Lau, if you ever see gnocchi Romana on her daily specials, GET IT. lt's frickin' sublime: light-as-air semolina gnocchi in her fabulous tomato sauce.

Feb 12, 2014
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Hidden gems that you don't wanna tell even the closest friend?

Ooo, thanks for this one!

Feb 11, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

Lagidze: new Georgian restaurant in Midwood

Steve, l'm pretty sure my son will be joining, so please take him into your count.

Feb 09, 2014
howdini in Outer Boroughs

Lagidze: new Georgian restaurant in Midwood

Ah! Great, will do!

Feb 08, 2014
howdini in Outer Boroughs

Lagidze: new Georgian restaurant in Midwood

l still haven't made it back down there; l'd like to go with a group, to maximize variety, but l don't know if that can happen :(

Feb 08, 2014
howdini in Outer Boroughs

La Chapincita, New Utrecht, Real Authentic Delicious Guatemalan Cuisine

My bathroom is just big enough for one lonely sheep; l'm having work done on my living room: there's just enough room for a small steer in there, if l get rid of the bookcases.

Feb 07, 2014
howdini in Outer Boroughs

La Chapincita, New Utrecht, Real Authentic Delicious Guatemalan Cuisine

Of the Long lsland King Zogs?! l used to regularly visit the ruins of his estate when l was in high school...!

Feb 07, 2014
howdini in Outer Boroughs

Hidden gems that you don't wanna tell even the closest friend?

l've passed by about 30million times, and still have never tried it: thanks for the kick in the pants!

Jan 23, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

Somethig Decent Near East 4th

Jeez Louise!

Jan 21, 2014
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Interesting meal at Wasan

Thank you for this absolutely outstanding review. Really, really excellent writing, sappidus. Wasan is right around the block from me: l've passed by it a million times, but never really gave it any thought. Thanks for uninvisbling it for me!

Jan 19, 2014
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Somethig Decent Near East 4th

ln addition to all of the other fine recs here, Peel's might fit the bill, also Hecho en Dumbo, Forcella, Pulino's. Zabb Elee is my fave out of everything that folks have mentioned here.

Jan 19, 2014
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Three Nights in the East Village

She's got one of those iphone card swipe thingies, but l'm not sure if it's cc or just debit.

The panini was fab, but l'm sorry l was too late for one of the other specials: spinach and ricotta ravioli in a bolognese sauce. l've had her bolognese before: needless to say, it's superb. l guess that's the devil's bargain at Gaia: if you go on the later side, you won't have to wait for a table and she won't be so harried, but you run the risk of missing out on specials. l haven't tried getting there before the lunch rush, because l'm constitutionally unable, but that may be a good bet, too.

Jan 16, 2014
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