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ISO: Jamaican food recommendations in Brooklyn

Stir it Up on Atlantic Avenue

Islands in Prospect heights

Nov 08, 2009
bussy26 in Outer Boroughs

Charles Fried Chicken-Welcome Back!

I made a much anticipated return to the buffet at Charles SoulStyle Kitchen newly renamed and reopened as Charles Panfried Chicken in Harlem. Despite a few changes (more $$), Mr. Gabriel's offerings are as delicious as I remembered. I tried the Fried Chicken, yams, greens, Mac and Cheese, barbeque pork ribs, cabbage and the corn bread.

Fried Chicken-Absolutely delicious, crispy skin, lightly and impeccably spiced. Just yummy, great stuff. Had too many returns to the buffet line to count for this. Mr. Gabriel's claim on the city's s fried chicken crown is still imo credible despite the numerous challengers.

Pork Ribs- Sweet sauce, melt off the bone meat. This was quite good although I don't remember having had this in the old joint. It was really, really good. It was unexpected and quite something else.

But we must get to the sides, the yams were pure unadulterated delicious sugar. It was perfection on the palate. So good, so bad for you. Mac and Cheese= yummy. Enough said. The greens were also quite something, they weren't too porky or salty. All in all, Charles was a really great experience. The service was excellent. My only negative is that the prices have gone up to $14.99 (this includes a drink) and I wasn't wowed by the cornbread.

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Charles' Country Pan-Fried Chicken
2837 8th Ave, New York, NY 10039

Nov 08, 2009
bussy26 in Manhattan

Best treat, savory or sweet, that is worth splurging calories for

Kati Roll
Porchetta Sandwich
Ditto Banana Pudding at Magnolia.

Jan 12, 2009
bussy26 in Manhattan

Sat night West Village--No reservation---Any recs?

Highly recommend Gradisca. Absolutely delicious.

Jan 07, 2009
bussy26 in Manhattan

looking for a great bar/lounge within walking distance from Tribeca

The lounge at Macao Bar might work. The drinks are pretty good. I like B Flat also but can be a little sedate.

Jan 07, 2009
bussy26 in Manhattan

Visit to NY - One dinner booked. Other suggestions wanted.

I think Hill country usually has bands playing downstairs if the entertainment aspect is of particular concern.

I third the Katz's recommendation, if you like pork, definitely try Porchetta.

Jan 07, 2009
bussy26 in Manhattan

A week on culinary bliss...where to next?

I went a bit nuts this past week and decided to eat my way through manhattan and indulge my culinary whims despite the cost and damage to my bank account.

First stop: Momofuku Ko. Strangely was able to get a reservation. Went solo and since much has been said about the various dishes on the board. I won't belabor the point but it was truly glorious and totally worth every penny. Chefs were surly, waitresses were pleasant and the food was spectacular. Personal favor: Pepper biscuit with chicarron, lamb belly and the delicious pasta dish. The famous frozen foie grass dish is just okay.

Next stop: Spotted Pig. The burger, the burger, the burger. Everything looked really good but couldn't pass it up. The accompanying fries were something else too. So good. If there are better burgers out there that doesn't involve standing in line for 2 hours. Please recommend.

Soccarat de Paella: Two visits to Soccarrat. The first for Tapas, the second for paella. The canelones were delicious, The calamari was just okay and the vegetables with Manchego was kinda yucky ( more of texture issue than flavor). The shrimp with garlic was good but that dish is pretty hard to mess up. Second visit: Paella de valenciana--pork rib, rabbit, snails, snow peas and asparagus- one word delicious. A little pricey. But the dish was quite good although the portion of meat added could have been more generous. Although the seafood paella looked very generous. Had the chocolate cake for dessert

Momofuku Noodle Bar: Of course had the pork buns. Also had the potato chips ($3), soo good and actually very resonable considering that Soccarat was trying to charge ($8) for their homemade potato chips. Also, had the mussels with chorizo. Soo delicious. The noodles as always were totally...meh.. a really overhyped item imho.

Anyway, the question to to other hounders is where to next? On my list.. El Faro, Dressler, the new pizza place by the old sullivan street.

Jan 06, 2009
bussy26 in Manhattan

Where to take 10-12 people for a fun dinner in downtown Manhattan

I just went to Macao bar. The food was great. Really great scene (not uptitty but really fun). The drinks were also really good.

Dec 05, 2008
bussy26 in Manhattan

chelsea...visiting NYC from Toronto

Oh about the Murray's cheese classes, the classes are pretty good but I have tons of fun just tasting different types of cheeses (they are pretty good with letting you taste) until i find something I really like.

Nov 20, 2008
bussy26 in Manhattan

chelsea...visiting NYC from Toronto

I live in Chelsea and would encourage you to leave the neighborhood for truly great food (with some exceptions--taza de oro is a great suggestion). I love walking to Bleecker (gourmet ghetto) and doing a mini village food tour: tasting cheese at Murray's or getting a grilled salami & mozzarella sandwich, go next door to Amy's for red velvet cake (avoid Magnolia at all cost), either Bleecker street pizza or Joe's for a slice, Blue Ribbon Bakery on Downing for different breads, proscuitto bread at Faicco's (next door to Murray's) and finish up with a Paneer Kati Roll (from Kati Roll on Macdougal). A cute coffee shop that I love with pretty good food and totally comfy when dining by my lonesome--Doma on Perry street (also in the village).

Nov 20, 2008
bussy26 in Manhattan

Salty Caramel Gelato in NYC?

Bar Stuzzichini in Flatiron has it. Not that crazy about the place but that was one of the yummiest things i have ever tasted. soo good.

Oct 10, 2008
bussy26 in Manhattan

Food near Financial District

Unfortunately, the financial district is basically a culinary wasteland. My likes --Sophie's Cuban (there is one on chambers and another on fulton). Zaitzeff for burgers (too expensive) I don't think there is any chinese restaurant worth recommending. Other options, if you are here for lunch, great falafel truck at zucotti park ( i think that's the name) on Liberty street (identify by the long time). See ja meh on John street (good korean).

Sep 16, 2008
bussy26 in Manhattan

How busy are PDT and Little Branch late Thursday's?

They are both pretty busy but I have always been able to get a drink at little branch although sometimes would just stand in the tiny bar area. You can make a reservation there also.

Not sure about reservations at PDT. Always just sat at the bar after a wait.

Sep 15, 2008
bussy26 in Manhattan

How's our NY itinerary?

For some good tequila (great drinks generally).. a bit off the radar and tiny spot in the village on Sullivan...Florencia 13. The food is pretty good also.

Sep 11, 2008
bussy26 in Manhattan

Help!!! 30th Birthday party(it's getting critical)

Fun and lively vibe, nothing to stuffy but not chaotic.

Sep 10, 2008
bussy26 in Manhattan

Help!!! 30th Birthday party(it's getting critical)

I am helping a friend plan her birthday and having a lot of difficulty picking a location. I have searched through the boards and haven't found anything.

We want great food, good drinks, great ambiance and nothing too expensive (average entre $20-25). The group will be around 15 people. Thinking either new American, Italian or Latin. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

Sep 10, 2008
bussy26 in Manhattan

SAN FRANCISCO Transplant Looking for a BURRITO

I echo the ewwwww's on Benny's. Try Florencia 13 on Sullivan. Not a Mission street level Burrito but pretty good. The family that runs the restruarant is from LA.

Aug 22, 2008
bussy26 in Manhattan

B'way and Fulton--lunch options

Second alfanoose. Sah Jah meh for decent korean, zaizeff for good but expensive burgers, supposedly a sophies just opened on fulton but have yet to visit or confirm if this is true.

May 19, 2008
bussy26 in Manhattan

megu tonight - what to order? what to stay away from?

Have heard great things about the burger. I am not crazy about the place but good drinks though.

May 01, 2008
bussy26 in Manhattan

weekday lunch in tribeca?

It is tough down here but there are a lot of lunch specials.

Sophie's: very popular cuban place. Pretty inexpensive.
A new discovery and very delicious: Capri Cafe. It is beginning to get some attention. Great little palce.
Pakistani Tea House: It is alright not amazing but solid.
Salaam Bombay: I think they do a buffet and although a little over your price range. It is not too bad.
Max: The very popular east village italian restraurant (with really good lasagna) has opened in Tribeca.
Also, I enjoy Nam, although it appears fancy, they have lunch specials and it is not that bad (price wise).

May 01, 2008
bussy26 in Manhattan

liege waffles? beignet mix?

Pretty sure the Whole Foods in Chelsea has the beignet mix from Cafe du Monde.

Apr 30, 2008
bussy26 in Manhattan

Wine Bars for Grownups in Flatiron area?

I second Flatiron Lounge.

Apr 29, 2008
bussy26 in Manhattan

When is Yogurtland opening?

It is open. I walked by this weekend.

Apr 28, 2008
bussy26 in Manhattan

August, Perilla, or Deborah for Brunch. Thoughts?

I was very dissapointed with the portions at Perrilla. The food was delicious but the portions were tiny. I am not a glutton by any means but I left pretty hungry. I like Deborah's brunch. It works nothing fancy but good comfort food.

Apr 25, 2008
bussy26 in Manhattan

Cozy, Romantic INDIAN Restaurant for First Date

I had a first date at Tamarind and loved it.

Apr 24, 2008
bussy26 in Manhattan

Looking for Meatpacking District Restaurant...

5 Ninth is great, Crispo, Merkato 55 are all solid choices.

Apr 24, 2008
bussy26 in Manhattan

sugar free chocolates...

Marine's (amazing chocolate shop in bloomingdales) has some.

Apr 24, 2008
bussy26 in Manhattan

Ultimate Food Destinations in Da Big Apple

I would maybe do a mini-tour of the west village (bleecker street) with food in mind. Grab a slice of Joe's pizza on Carmine street (no need to stand in line for marginal pizza at John's) or Bleecker Street Pizza on 7th ave. If Grom on the corner of bleeker and Carmine (right next door is open), follow with Gelato, if not, Cones on Bleecker would be an adequate alternative.Continue on to Amy's Bread around the corner on Bleecker and try their red velvet slice. Next door is Murray's Cheese, taste to your heart's content and maybe try one of their grilled sandwiches (Salami and Mozarrella is a good choice) and finish up at Faicco's next door (Proscuitto Bread is a calorie bomb but really good).

Also a bit of a detour, Kati Roll on Macdougal street is really delicious and have yet to see outside of NYC. The Paneer Kati Roll is really good.

Also if you are open to venturing out of Manhattan, Sripraphai in Queens is a must.

Apr 23, 2008
bussy26 in Manhattan

Best Birthday Cake?

Did Amy's red velvet once for a birthday. Not too pricey. I think ~$45 and it travelled.

Apr 22, 2008
bussy26 in Manhattan

Manhattan for 2, would like some suggestions.

Burger and Cupcakes in Chelsea has been closed for a while. Stay away from Magnolia, that place is no good. Cake is dry. At least for cupcakes. If you must, they have great banana pudding.

I would not recomment Le Pain for Brunch maybe for a snack at their takeout counter. Not a particularly interesting brunch menu. Loads of bread and more bread. Kathryn's suggestions on this topic are very helpful.

Adding to the bar/cocktail lounge suggestions, B Flat in Tribeca is in a similar vein and very low key. Little Branch in the west village also. I really like Billys in Chelsea. Also check out the red velvet at Amy's bread.

Apr 22, 2008
bussy26 in Manhattan