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Best Bourbon bars, Brooklyn or Manhattan

Char No. 4. It's located at 196 Smith Street in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.

Apr 05, 2010
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Locally made cream cheese

Does anyone know where I can purchase locally made cream cheese, preferably sustainable and organic? I know Russ and Daughters sells their own cream cheese. Do they make it themselves or do they purchase it from someone? I'd prefer Manhattan or Brooklyn if possible. Thanks.

Feb 11, 2010
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3 best farmer's markets in Manhattan?

Grand Army Plaza on Saturdays is very good. It has many of the same vendors that are in Union Sq, including Blue Moon Fish, Flying Pigs Farm, Lynnhaven Cheese, Bread Alone, Ronnybrook, Thistle Milk, and others. It definitely not as crowded as Union Sq. Are you looking for something specific?

Aug 18, 2009
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Where can I buy vintage cabot cheddar in Bklyn?

Not sure about Vintage cabot cheddar, but Stinky Brooklyn located at 261 Smith Street in Carroll Gardens has a Cabot Clothbound. Some company in VT purchases the cheddar from Cabot and ages it in cloth on their own. You should give it a try.

Jul 17, 2009
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Mexican Restaurant

Hell's Kitchen (unaffiliated with the TV Show) is also in the area that you're looking.

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Hell's Kitchen
679 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

May 14, 2009
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Pre-theatre No Reservations

It really depends on what cuisine you're looking for. Uncle Nick's offers nice Greek cuisine that's very reasonably priced. Hell's Kitchen (not related to the TV show) offers Mexican cuisine that will also not break the bank. There are plenty of other restaurants along 9th Ave that might be what you're looking for.

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Hell's Kitchen
679 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

Uncle Nick's
747 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

May 14, 2009
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Best Lobster Roll in Manhatten

CH'ers have various opinions on who has the best one. My personal favorite is at the Pearl Oyster Bar (the fried oysters, PEI mussels, and scallops are also great). I believe Rebecca Charles was one of the first chefs to offer this typical ME sandwich in Manhattan. Other places that you could go are Ed's Lobster House, Mary's Fish Camp, and the Mermaid Inn.

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Pearl Oyster Bar
18 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10014

May 14, 2009
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NEW: Red Hook Lobster Pound

Blue Moon Fish at the Grand Army Plaza Farmer's Market had lobsters this Saturday. I used one as the main ingredient in a bouillabaisse and it was very tasty. I don't know where it was from, but I would assume that they were from Maine. If I remember correctly, the price was somewhere between $8-9 a pound. They had mostly 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 pound lobsters. I'll definitely keep this place in mind, assuming I can remember to plan ahead. It sounds like they're very busy.

May 10, 2009
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Best Spanish in NYC

I've been to Sevilla a few times and others have told me that it's fairly authentic Spanish food, and it's not a tapas place (if that's what you're looking to avoid). I was at Xunta last night for Tapas and it was quite good as usual. As mentioned in a previous post, Boqueria is also good and it's a bit more upscale then the other two places. None of these places are very big, so reservations most likely will be necessary, depending on the size of your party. If you have any additional details, I'm sure CH'ers can help you find a place.

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Boqueria
53 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

Sevilla
62 Charles St, New York, NY 10014

Xunta
507 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

May 10, 2009
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Dutch Ovens for use with a Big Green Egg

Thanks all for the replies. Based on the advice below, I will be purchasing something cheaper, even if the LC would not get damaged by using it in the BGE with a place setter.

May 10, 2009
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Dutch Ovens for use with a Big Green Egg

I recently purchased a Big Green Egg and I'm looking to purchase a cast iron dutch oven that I can use in it. I was interested in purchasing a Le Creuset enameled cast iron dutch oven, but I'm not sure if it will get damaged by me using it this way. BGE sells its own dutch oven, but it is not enameled. Does anyone have any thoughts?

May 08, 2009
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BEST BAGELS IN NYC

I'm surprised no one has mentioned Russ and Daughters. It's usually discussed in the same breath as Ess-a-Bagel. CDB also made a good recommendation with Bergen Bagels.

May 07, 2009
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If I like Blue Hill, Red Cat, Little Owl, what other restaurants would you suggest?

craft, savoy, hundred acres

May 05, 2009
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Looking for Caputo 00 flour

Pastosa sells OO Flour (I don't remember the brand or size). They also have tons of other stuff that would go well with your pizza.

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Pastosa Ravioli
7425 New Utrecht Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11204

Apr 29, 2009
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Moving to Brooklyn Heights

Have you ever been to A Salt and Battery in the West Village? I'm curious as to how it measures up to your standards.

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A Salt & Battery
112 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10014

Apr 29, 2009
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Lobster Shacks mid coast Maine

I have not been to the other places on your list, because I always go to Cooks. It's not really a lobster shack, but more of a full service restaurant. I recommend it to anyone going up the Maine coast.

Apr 29, 2009
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Anything new at the Greenmarket?

This is a great link. Do you know of a similar link that provides updates on the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket?

Apr 27, 2009
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Best place to get fresh seafood and or chicken eggs near Brooklyn Heights?

As previously mentioned, the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket will have fresh seafood from Blue Moon and several different vendors have fresh chicken eggs. There are also a few vendors that will have fresh poultry. Los Paisanos on Smith Street is a good alternative to Staubitz. Fish Tales has very fresh stuff when you can't find something at the Greenmarket. There is now a fish vendor at the Court Street Greenmarket on Tuesdays. He is also at the Carroll Street Greenmarket on Sundays. Stinky Brooklyn is a cheeseshop on Smith Street that also sells chicken eggs if you don't like the selection at the other places previously mentioned.

Apr 22, 2009
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Best Sushi

Sushi Yasuda is considered by many to be the best sushi in the city. Jewel Bako is also highly regarded. Sushi of Gari is also very good. I haven't been to Sasabune yet, but from the descriptions, it probably compares quite favorably to Gari.

Feb 06, 2009
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First Trip to Buenos Aires

I was in BA back in November and the best steakhouse I went to was Don Julio in Palermo. I had a great meal: Empanadas to start and a huge Rib-Eye with a great bottle of wine. I seem to remember the dessert also being good.
In general, the empanadas are great from any street vendor as mentioned in a previous post.

Feb 05, 2009
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Fresh Cheddar

Try Hawthorne Valley at the Union Square Farmers Market. Their Cheddar (medium and sharp) is quite good. http://www.hawthornevalleyfarm.org/
The Grand Army Plaza Farmer's Market (on Saturday) would be even closer. Cato Corner Farms has excellent cheeses. http://www.catocornerfarm.com/
I've never made cheese before, so unfortunately, I can't help you with finding fresh curds.

Dec 30, 2008
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My Upcoming Las Vegas Vacation

Actually, if you don't mind me asking, what restaurant are you a chef at in Long Island? I live in Brooklyn, so I don't get out to LI much, but it's always good to have another restaurant on the list in case I'm out there for whatever reason. Based on your reviews, I would certainly be interested in trying your cooking.

Aug 07, 2008
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Foodie Book Discussion (Not Cookbooks)

I'm an ABC (american-born chinese), so I found it quite interesting. Also, the author is my friend's sister, so that probably helped too. Some of the chapters were quite fun, like the chapter on the best chinese restaurant in the world. Others were not as interesting, like the chapter on that poor family that moved down to GA (at least that's what I remember). I like the concept of twelve publishing. I've also read The Geography of Bliss (which was also a fun read, but unrelated to food).
I have a few other food related books that are on my list if you're interested.

Aug 07, 2008
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My Upcoming Las Vegas Vacation

LIChef - Thanks so much for your detailed posts. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your restaurant reviews from your Vegas trips. I'm planning a trip in October for my birthday and your reviews have been quite helpful. It's great to know that there are so many people willing to share their experiences at these places.

Aug 07, 2008
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Dim Sum

Most people will agree that the best Dim Sum is in Flushing. I live in Brooklyn, so I feel there are plenty of places that stack up favorably to the places in Flushing. If you don't mind going to the outer boros, I would suggest leaving Chinatown Manhattan behind.

Aug 07, 2008
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Foodie Book Discussion (Not Cookbooks)

Here are some books that I've read recently: Around the World in 80 Dinners : The Ultimate Culinary Adventure by Cheryl Jamison and Bill Jamison; Bottomfeeder : How to Eat Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood by Taras Grescoe; Animal, Vegetable, Miracle : A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver; The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals and In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan; The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food by Jennifer 8. Lee. The Zen of Sushi sounds interesting. I'll add it to my list.

Aug 07, 2008
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