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looking for healthy lunch options in Brooklyn [moved from The Best]

this may sound weird but there is a hari krishna temple on Schermerhorn Street right off of Nevins that has a luncheonette in the basement called Govinda's Lunch Club and it is vegetarian (organic) and the chef prepares meals that range from $5-$8. She also makes deserts using agave. The mango cheesecake is great. She makes all the salad dressings as well. I believe all produce are organic and locally sourced. As for atmosphere...well it's a temple and the music is very soothing. Hope you can get there. You won't be dissappointed.

Aug 15, 2012
midtown diner in Outer Boroughs

Best fried clams in City Island.

I love johnny's for the whiting...onion rings and tartar sauce. As a matter if fact I believe they put crack in the tartar sauce. Sure it is as appealing as a public school cafeteria but if you get a henny colada and get you order with out the fries and sub the fabulous onion rings for just 2 dollars more you won't even notice the lack of atmosphere. I guess it isn't the kind of food you would rave about...the corn on the cob sucks but that whiting is the best I ever had...anywhere!

Jun 09, 2012
midtown diner in Outer Boroughs

south bronx eats?

The best rotisserie chicken in all of NY State is Nuevo Delicioso at 410 E 148th St !!!! They have a garlic/citrus marinade that makes every thing it touches DELICIOSO! I even use it on the avocado salad instead of oil and vinegar. It is Domincan and has all the regular dishes and sides but go for the chicken, yuca with onions, arroz con gandules and avocado salad. Ask for extra salsa/marinade.

May 03, 2009
midtown diner in Outer Boroughs

best restaurants with GREAT FOOD to have a wedding dinner (around 60 guests)?

I was thinking once about where I would hold a wedding dinner and I keep coming back to Charuscaria Plataforma. I don't know why but it just has that wedding feeling to it and no one would leave hungry. I has something for everyone (even the pickiest of eaters). The meat is good and the buffet is very nice. Let everyone get nice and drunk on that drink they make with the limes and mint (Caipriahnas?) or champagne. I believe they have a deal where you can bring your own champagne and wedding cake and just pay a corkage and cutting fee. I know others will recommend fancier restaurants but Plataformas always has a celebratory atmosphere and you can't beat their prime rib!

Apr 11, 2009
midtown diner in Manhattan

Favorite Frugal Meals to Cook?

Add some cured black olives and red chili flakes and you have Pasta Putnesca!

Jun 18, 2008
midtown diner in Home Cooking

Favorite Frugal Meals to Cook?

I sautee garlic, onions, cilantro, goya frozen sofrito, goya sazon con achiote, and adobo then I had a can of tomato sauce. Add the garbanzos and browned chorizo. Serve beside yellow rice (or on top) with fried sweet bananas. Buen Provecho! But try the corned beef it is really good too.

Jun 18, 2008
midtown diner in Home Cooking

Favorite Frugal Meals to Cook?

When I am cooking for more than one or 2 and I want a lot of food for a little money I turn to my mother in law, who grew up on a farm in Puerto Rico. She is now 80 years old and her "cheap" meals are my comfort food and my kids and husband love it. She taught me how to make yellow rice with cut up vienna sausages and corn. I was instructed to serve that with just a can of beets (cold) on the side or cold canned green beans. I know it doesn't sound appetizing on paper but it is really really good, filling, and I can usually find everything in my pantry. Another cheap favorite of hers is to take a can of corned beef sauteed with sofrito and tomato sauce served with white rice and ripe fried palntains. I make a poor man's paella by buying the mixed seafood at my chinatown market ($2.99 a pound) and have even found it frozen for the same price at my supermarket. I cook yellow rice and add the the seafood and olives, a can of white tuna and serve with a simple salad and some sliced avocado. My list of economical Puerto Rican meals can go on and on. Try guineos escabeche with chicken gizzards (boiled bananas and chicken gizzards with onions garlic and vinegar). Most meals for 3 are under $5. I also like her garbanzos with chorizo in tomato sauce on top of yellow rice (a large can of garbanzos = $1.29, 2 large chorizos = $2.50, rice and seasoning $.75) and it will feed 4. Save your leftover white rice to make arroz negro. Sautee garlic and onions in olive oil. Add your cold white rice. Sautee and add a can of squid or octopus in its own ink and continue to sautee untill done. Nice with avocado or fried ripe plantains. I could go on and on.

Jun 16, 2008
midtown diner in Home Cooking

Vegetarian Delish Picnic for Shakespeare in the Park

I have a suggestion. Try the International Grocery on 9th Avenue and 40th Street for a really nice vegetarion take out (perfectly suited for a picnic). They are Greek and have been there for years. The original owners still do all the cooking. Try the Tsaziki (sic), the eggplant, the potato-garlic spread (I don't know the name), fresh yogurt with honey, imported feta, spinach pie, almond cake, fava beans, Afghan bread (must be heated before packing for picnic), olives (I like the red pepper flake-garlic-lemon variety), halvah (sic), dried fruits..... As for non vegetarian, I can't get enough of their Tormasalata (sic) (the roe makes it non veg but it is sooooo good.. I hope your people are pescatarian and can enjoy it! There is also Italian meats (salamis, sopressata, hams....) If you are walking up to the Park from there, stop by the Greek Bakery on 9th and 44th (?) and pick up your Baklava, cookies, birds nests.....Try a nice bottle of Retsina (sic) or better yet ouzo! And don't forget to stop by Amy's Bread on your walk up 9th for cake, rolls and more bread!

May 30, 2008
midtown diner in Manhattan

Best papaya salad?

Vietnamese or Thai? I like the green papaya salad with grilled beef and shrimp chips at Pho Viet Huong on Mulberry St. Or for Thai, I like the Som Tum (spelling?) at Pam's Real Thai Food (49th off 9th Ave) with dried shrimp and order a side of rice to go with that. Tell Pam that you want yours to be prepared authentic Thai style or you will not get the heat or the dried shrimp. I don't know if these are the best but they are cheap and really darn good!

May 14, 2008
midtown diner in Manhattan

Best Colombian Food?

I used to go to Mi Tierra Colominiana or Mi Pequena Colombia on Roosevelt Ave. Both have slipped a little. Please try Cositas Ricas on Roosevelt. I believe it is on 80th Street. It must be good because the line is out the door (all Colombianos), the portions are huge and the menus have pictures of each dish so there is no guessing. It is a bakery and snack shop as well so get a pinono ( a sponge cake roll with leche dulce inside and out) to go or have it there with some excellent Columbian Coffee. Try a cholada (fruit, shaved ice, and condensed milk) good and rich at the same time. Not a traditonal Resaurant but judging from it's popularity the food must be authentic. I also like a Columbian restaurant in Union City, NJ, Noches de Colombia, 4329 Bergenline Avenue. You can take the $2 van outside the Port Authority on 42 between 8th and 9th. It leaves you just one block away. Again huge portions, La bedeja de pais is great. The beans are the creamiest I have ever eaten. My husband is Puerto Rican and would never admit it but their beans beat anyone's (including his grandmother's).

May 09, 2008
midtown diner in Manhattan

best affordable, sushi to go?

I know this will sound crazy but I love the sushi to go at the big aisan grocery store on mott between grand and hester streets. They don't have anything special, just the usual tuna maki, salmon maki, futomaki, eel and hamachi sushi and chirashi. But it is really fresh and cheeeaaappppp! Everything is $3.95 cents and the portions are huge. I believe the entrance for the sushi is on Mott Street. There is also an entrance on Elizabeth Street. Also pick up the rib tips in the cooked meats section for $2.99 a pound. They also have beautiful fillet of sole for $3.69 a pound in the fish section. And while you are at it stop at the 21 Century Bakery across the street and get a really good cup of coffee and a Bah Min (spelling?) for $3.00. And if you are really hungry go around the corner to the OK Restaurant on Grand Street between Elizabeth and Mottt for the Ginger Scallion Crabs for $10. Tell Tim (your waiter) that Michele and her mother sent you. OMG! I am getting carried away..........sorry for getting off the topic.

May 09, 2008
midtown diner in Manhattan

Best Takeout between Midtown & Lincoln Tunnels

I like the 99 cent pizza place on the corner of 41st and 9th (right at the turn for the entrance of the Midtown Tunnel). I don't know why it is so good but we love their thin, chewy crust and since that is all they do all day/24 hours a day, they are not only really good at it but we have never had a reheated slice in 3 years! Give them a try. A whole pizza only costs $8 and they have a 1am discount- $5 pies. My cousin-in -law comes from Bethleham PA and buys two pies each time (one to take home and one to eat on the road).

Mar 29, 2007
midtown diner in Manhattan

Best Soppresatta

Do you mean Salmuria Bellsomething on 28th and 9th or the pork store, Cuzins, on 38th and 9th, or Manganaro Grocery on 9th between 37th and 38th?

Feb 02, 2007
midtown diner in Manhattan

Pork Bun

I don't remember if the baked Char Su Bao is onion free but the place on the corner of Canal Street (and the block that runs behind the Tombs, I forget the name) has been our family favorite for over 30 years. Also try their coconut buns (also baked) and for the steamed buns try the combination buns. The restaurant/bakery is right off the triangle that runs in the middle of canal street and is directly across from the tourist booth.

Feb 02, 2007
midtown diner in Manhattan

Best Take Out Chinese?

We order out from there at least once a week. Usually we get the sauteed pumpkin family style and the chicken with chinese broccoli (both from the Schezuan part of the menu). Both are excellent and both travel pretty well. Stay away from the chef they use on Sunday evenings (not as good as the rest of the week). Oh and ask them to hold the schezuan peppercorns in the chicken dish. They are truly an acquired taste and can detract from an otherwise really good meal. (P.S. I am part Chinese and I just can't eat those whole peppercorns-the dried chilis are essential to the dish though)

Feb 02, 2007
midtown diner in Manhattan

Asian soup

The best soup I have ever had is anything on the menu at Bo Ky on Bayard Street between Mullberry and Mott. It is from a region in China that I am not familiar with and for a while I was under the impression it was Cambodian or something. Try the Can Gam noodles for 25 cents extra and the green vegatable for 50 cents more. Get the country style duck on the side and use one of the 6 condiments on the table to spice up your soup.

Feb 02, 2007
midtown diner in Manhattan

Best Italian Rum Cake and best Italian bakery

I like Pozzo Borthers on 9th Avenue between 48th and 47th Streets. It is convenient, does not have a huge selection but the geneology is good. It has been run by the grandsons of the original owners and they have kept most of the recipes that made it so popular back in the old days. Try the Cannolli filled, rum soaked cakes (they are specificaly requested for all family and work occasions). Their cookies are all made in house from scratch, and the Italian bread is very dense, chewy and has a really nice crust. Has been a Hell's Kitchen favorite for years.

Feb 02, 2007
midtown diner in Manhattan

Best Diners?

good fries, good waffles and so-so everything else. The young guy who owns it is nice and very accomodating but the food and the quality of the ingredients are not good.

Feb 02, 2007
midtown diner in Manhattan

Best *Whole Wheat* Pizza

I like the whole wheat pizza at Majestic Pizza, next door to Century 21, on Cortlandt Street.
It comes topped with crushed tomatoes, fresh mozzerella and fresh basil. I don't know how they get the bottom so crispy ( I believe the dough has an inordinate amount of oil that kind of toasts the crust while baking) Anyway for $2.50 a slice it is a bargain and a good way to start off shopping next door.

Feb 02, 2007
midtown diner in Manhattan

turning boneless, skinless turkey breast into soup

Not good for soup but great for all sorts of other things. First try making a couple of turkey pot pies. White boneless/skinless turkey is a great cut of turkey for pot pie. How about some turkey cutlets. Bread and fry for sandwiches, salads, parmigiana .... Next you can stuff and roll turkey cutlets with spinach, cheese, hams (procuitto, swiss, feta), mushrooms... Roll around fillings and tie with cotton string. Saute in olive oil or butter and braise by adding a little white wine. Don't over cook! Good luck but forget soup. Did I forget the turkey tetrazini? Old fashioned recipe but good.

Dec 26, 2006
midtown diner in Home Cooking

cheese on seafood pasta?

No

Dec 26, 2006
midtown diner in General Topics

What Santa Brought the Chowhounds for Christmas...

My sister-in-law gave me a T-Fal deep fryer. It is huge. I regret now asking for a deep fryer for X-mas. Who knew that they make such huge, oil guzzling fryers. I do great deep frying with my wok. But since there is no returning this gift I am seriously thinking of carting it up to our roof in Hells Kitchen this summer and having one huge fish fry.

Dec 26, 2006
midtown diner in Not About Food

Best Cuban Media noche sandwitch

I worked down the street from Las Vegas and the cooks, counter girls and owners are Dominican. Great Bacalao Guisado but not cuban sandwiches. Try the cuban restaurant on 8th avenue off of 21st Street. They make a really good and toasty media noche with real roast pork, not the entire lechon but a great big pernil, and the waitresses are cuban and surly, just as it should be. I have been eating their sandwiches for about 15 years.

Sep 22, 2006
midtown diner in Manhattan

Best dim sum brunch?

I like Jin Fong on Elizabeth Street off Canal. Big and pretty consistent quality.

Sep 22, 2006
midtown diner in Manhattan

Best Red Sauce Italian?

I have going been to Little Charlies for 25 years. I grew up with one of the old time waiters' sons. It is still the best red "gravy" I have ever had but the rest of the food has really gone down hill. We ate there a few days ago for my birthday and I was really disappointed with the fried calamari and shrimp (it tasted like the oil it was fried in had gone bad). The broccoli rabe with sausages didn't have those golden garlic slices that it used to have (the garlic tasted almost raw). The mixed seafood salad was also a big let down. I had stayed away for awhile when the old man stopped being there and now the food (except for the red sauce) is not half as good as it used to be. And the prices are really high not just in line with inflation and really not worth it.

Sep 22, 2006
midtown diner in Manhattan

Midtown West Groceries

I live on 9th Ave in the 50's and the grocery shopping is spread out. I go to Stiles (on 52nd if leaving from home or 41st if getting off the train on 42nd) for vegetables and fruit, for meat I go to the Big Apple Market, for just about everything else I go to Western Beef on 11th Ave in the sixties (I think it is on the corner of 63rd). I like Pozzo's for Italian bread (48th and 9th) though the Italian bread at the Big Apple is pretty good in a pinch. I also love there Cannoli Cake. I like the International Grocery on 9th and I think 39th. They have good salamis, olives, spices, fetas and the best Tormasalata and Tsaziki (excuse the spelling).

Sep 21, 2006
midtown diner in Manhattan

best tacos in the city?

The lady from Guerrero that has a taco stand on the corner of 116th st and 2nd Avenue in front of the Minaya Grocery. She makes the tacos fresh from scratch and cooks them up as you watch seperately just for you. She has several fillings (chicken, steak, carnita enchilada and chicharon (red and green). The tortillas are the size of dinner plates! She uses fresh cheese from Oaxaca and her homemade salsa verde has chunks of avocado in it. The last time we were there she charged $2.50 per "taco" (it seems more like a cross between a taco and a quesadilla). Everything is topped off with lettuce and crema. No cilantro, no onion. It is a different taco than the ones I am used to but it is so good and fresh.

Sep 21, 2006
midtown diner in Manhattan

Best street food in NYC

My husband and I were shopping on 116th street and we stumbled upon a Senora from Guerrero who makes fresh tortillas from scratch at her wooden cart on the south side of 116th off second avenue. She turns these platter size tortillas into tacos with 5 different kind of meat fillings. Her pitcher of homemade salsa verde has quarter size chunks of avocado mixed in and her cheese is shredded oaxacan cheese (which melts as she assembles your taco on the griddle that the tortilla was cooked on). Also try the sangrial ( a sangria flavored soda that is non alcholic but really good). Enjoy all this on a stool under the umbrellas that she has over her counter of her wooden cart. Then watch the show as she makes your order.

Aug 22, 2006
midtown diner in Manhattan

Best street food in NYC

I am sorry to say that item #4 is no longer there. I went to grand street the other day just to get some sticky rice buns and the shop you are refering to is now closed.

Aug 22, 2006
midtown diner in Manhattan

best by the slice in the Times square area

There is a place on 9th Avenue and 41st street that serves take out only. The pizza is 99 cents a slice and the owners are definitely not Italian but the crust is yeasty, the cheese is hot, the lines can be long, and they have run every pizza place out of business in a 5 block radius. All they make is pizza- 24hrs a day, seven days a week. And they deliver (each large pie plain is $8.00)

Jul 24, 2006
midtown diner in Manhattan