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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.

about 9 hours ago
howdini in Manhattan

Best roast duck and pork in Chinatown

Thanks again.

about 9 hours ago
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.

1 day ago
howdini in Manhattan

Best roast duck and pork in Chinatown

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

1 day ago
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

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Oh, l should have realized the other pic was of the thing you got in ltaly. That stracci looks amazing, too. None of this mitigates my hate and bitter jealousy.

Nov 08, 2014
howdini in Manhattan
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They just plop it down on the tablecloth, without a plate? Strange.

Nov 08, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

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l've been wanting to do lunch at Morini for a while, with that stracci at the top of the list of things l wanna try. lt looks amazing; how much food is it?

Oh, so went to ltaly and ate amazing food a few weeks ago, eh? SHUTUPIHATEYOUTOO.

Nov 08, 2014
howdini in Manhattan
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Brodo

Well, l don't think l mentioned anything about mushroom broth, but l'll take the credit for it!

Nov 07, 2014
howdini in Manhattan
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When l say, "l hate you," understand that l don't really mean "l hate *you*:" rather, l hate myself for not being in Madrid at this very moment, chowing down on that stuff.

Nov 07, 2014
howdini in Manhattan
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Brodo

ha!

Nov 07, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

Brodo

Chilled broth for the masses!

Nov 07, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

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Thanks, Monica!

Nov 07, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

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lt was SO MUSHROOMY. lt really was exactly what l was craving.

Nov 07, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

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hahaahah talk about your micromarketing! They should do a mushroom-only restaurant, duh.

Nov 06, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

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Oh, l heard them talking about it, but thought they were just talking about broth: l didn't know it was a new restaurant.

Nov 06, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

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So l went to Hearth, requested to sit down at the pass, looking in on the kitchen. l was greeted warmly by the kitchen staff. l told one of the line cooks that l’d been having this intense craving for mushrooms, and after doing my due diligence online, came here. He asked where else had been recommended, and l rattled off some of the suggestions on this thread.

l ordered the salad with pear, lettuce, some bitter greens, walnuts, and pecorino, and of course the roasted hen o’the woods. A different cook warned me that the order of mushrooms was on the smallish side. l told him l’d had a late lunch at Hot Kitchen [ok, breakfast. Breakfast and lunch are the same for me], so between the salad, mushrooms and bread l’d probably be ok.

A shot glass of curried chickpea soup topped with citrus-sweetened yogurt for an amuse bouche was a nice way to start the meal. The salad was very good, with a nice light vinaigrette; the only negative criticism l have is that l thought it erred on the side of being a little bit too sweet.

Then the star came out: the maitake. lt was SO GOOD, and exactly what l was craving: crispy and meaty, with the flavor of a deep forest. Well seasoned with salt, and prepared super simply, just roasted with oil, butter and thyme, finished with butter…it was absolutely perfect.

A gentleman armed with a MacBook Pro came and sat a couple of seats down from me a few minutes before l was served: he was served a salad almost instantly. lt turned out to be Marco Canora. After he’d finished his salad, he called to one of the chefs, asking who’d made the salad, and to send him over. The garde manger came over to him, and he told the kid that nothing is ever perfect, but his prep of the salad came pretty damn close, that he did a great job. lt was a really nice thing to witness, someone getting a compliment like that from their boss.

After the kid went back to his station, l looked over and gave Canora a big nod/smile/wink of approval. We got into a nice conversation about mushrooms, the different types, where he sources his from. He told that when he first started Craft, he was one of the first to introduce maitakes here. He sourced them from Japan, and they’d go through over a hundred pounds a week, so many that their supplier flew over from Japan to see what the hell they were doing with the things. This opened the door for his supplier to do domestic production of them, with a few warehouses around the east coast where they’re grown. l learned that they’re grown in sawdust: great warehouses full of sawdust and mushrooms. l told him that should be the title of his solo album. He told me that, while wild maitakes look amazing, they grow on the sides of trees, and crap falls into them, and the mushroom grows around whatever crap falls into it, making them almost impossible to clean. He only uses cultivated ones because they require almost no cleaning at all. One of the chefs busted out a whole uncooked one for me to check out [photo below]: so cool!

Anyway, it was a great light meal, l had a nice conversation with the chef/owner, learned a bunch of things, and l owe it all to you, my wonderful hounds! l’ll be trying the rest of your recommendations in the coming weeks. l’m totally psyched that a bunch of them are right here in the EV.

Thanks, everyone, and please keep the mycorecs coming!

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l think we're saying panini, but we're talking about regular sandwiches.

Nov 06, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

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Yes, one of the line cooks told me it's the duck ham panini that has maitake. I thought I'd had a duck ham panini at the EV location, but I don't remember hen of the woods being involved. Maybe I'm just imagining the whole thing?

Nov 06, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

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I'm waiting on them right now!

Nov 06, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

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l think l'm gonna do that RIGHT NOW.

Nov 06, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

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l am so glad l started this thread.

Nov 06, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

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ls that panini a new item? l've been to Terroir a bunch of times and don't recall seeing it on the menu...

Thanks for the SOS Chef tip: l didn't know about it! Sometimes they have a good mushroom selection at Union Market, too.

Nov 06, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

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Another sold...the one in the EV is six blocks from me!

Nov 05, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

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Oh, this is good news! Hearth and Le Philosophe are both within a couple of blocks of me; l've only been to Hearth for dinner once...l'd love to go more, but it's a bit out of my budget. l can definitely go for just the mushrooms and a soup, tho!

Nov 05, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

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Sold! The first time l had hen o'the woods was, l think, the very first time l ate at Prune: simply roasted, unadorned, fantastic.

Nov 05, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

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l've been wanting to try Marta since Ziggy's writeup.

Nov 05, 2014
howdini in Manhattan

God is my co-protein

Yes indeed, and the Shack Stack, too: both excellent.

Nov 05, 2014
howdini in Manhattan