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Sfoglini pasta

Ugh, we really don't like it. All the varieties we've tried have been consistently flavorless and under salted.

Apr 30, 2015
chompchomp in Manhattan

What's good at Kung Fu besides the XLB

We found their pan-fried noodles to be crazy greasy (but maybe that's the point?)...

Apr 08, 2015
chompchomp in Outer Boroughs

Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao (Flushing)....Any Better Successors?

I like the irony of howdini asking what kind of magic this is...:)

Lunch recommendation for Chelsea Market?

I fourth it.

Mar 29, 2015
chompchomp in Manhattan

Rec for business dinner in Brooklyn?

Reynard? Glasserie?

Mar 29, 2015
chompchomp in Outer Boroughs

Easter Sunday Brunch in Williamsburg

Perhaps Allswell? That might be nice as they have very good food take rezzies -- many other great places in Williamsburg do not.

Mar 26, 2015
chompchomp in Outer Boroughs

Where to eat and drink to feel like you're in New York?

good list! Essex Street Market is sort of dead, sadly. Chelsea Market is much more happenin.' I would add Maison Premiere in Williamsburg to the oyster list and Bedford Cheese Shop to the cheese list. For fried chicken, Pies n Thighs is very good. For high end traditional, add Gramercy Tavern. For "street food" you will find better luck in food trucks. Finally, I'd add sandwiches as a category -- Num Pang, Despana, Parisi and Meat Hook Sandwich all have great, interesting sandwiches.

Mar 26, 2015
chompchomp in Outer Boroughs

Wells' EMP review

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/18/din...

It read pretty underwhelmed for the 4 stars he gave it. I have reservations there in a few weeks and the review leaves me with frankly no idea what to expect.

Mar 18, 2015
chompchomp in Manhattan

Lunch in Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill/Downtown Brooklyn

Mile End!

Mar 14, 2015
chompchomp in Outer Boroughs

Inferior chicken breasts

yeah, unfortunately, buy cheap, get cheap.

Feb 09, 2015
chompchomp in Outer Boroughs

Williamsburg, BK- the hipster diaries

JonL FTW

Jan 18, 2015
chompchomp in Outer Boroughs

Ess-a-bagel sayonara?

say it ain't so!

Jan 16, 2015
chompchomp in Manhattan

Williamsburg, BK- the hipster diaries

I have no idea what constitutes hipster. I just listed the places I like in Williamsburg that are tolerable.

Jan 15, 2015
chompchomp in Outer Boroughs

Williamsburg, BK- the hipster diaries

Best Pizza, Marlow and Sons, Diner, Samurai Mama, Maison Premiere, Allswell, Shalom Japan, Lucky Dog, Hotel Delmano. In a pinch, Dos Toros, Meatball Shop.
Seems like lots of stuff is opening, none of it which looks very interesting.

Jan 15, 2015
chompchomp in Outer Boroughs

Tacis Beyti – Turkish in Brooklyn

Double-dated there on Saturday night for the first time! Verdict, pretty good, not terribly convinced it was worth the trek.
We started with the eggplant with spicy tomato sauce. It was OK, serving it cold does it no justice. The sigara boregi was really excellent; I was expecting a fried, heavy mess, but it was light and delightful. Our last starter was the lahmacun. It was the first time any of us had had that dish, but it didn't do it for us. It definitely has a funk to it, and probably would have been better served hot.
We were much happier with the mains -- the mixed grill (so much tender lamb) and the chicken kebab with yogurt. That was a real surprise, tender pieces of chicken floating on a bed of spiced yogurt and surprisingly crispy pieces of pita. (I'm not selling it well, but it was very good! My husband just wished it was spicier).
Finally, they came around with a dessert "tray" which was sort of hilarious -- each dessert saran wrapped on an enormous platter. We got the kunefe, baked to order and heavenly.
Notes on the place: it was absolutely bonkers crowded at 7:30PM last Saturday night. I thought the host was going to have a nervous breakdown (only slightly kidding). Parking in that area was awful -- we parked 6 blocks away, which I really would not have minded if it wasn't tundra conditions last weekend. The space is much larger than I expected, and has a really fun, convivial atmosphere. Plus, BYOB!

Jan 13, 2015
chompchomp in Outer Boroughs

Planning late winter trip to the Jura for Nordic skiing and eating.

haha, we were also inspired to plan a trip there after this article!! see you out there. :)

Dec 15, 2014
chompchomp in France

Premiere Maison Oyster Happy Hour question

Like 3:50PM. Oyster happy hours there are great, but extremely popular.

Dec 14, 2014
chompchomp in Outer Boroughs

Blue Apron - Fresh ingredients, great recipes delivered weekly to your home

tonnnnnnnnnns of reviews on yelp (local). http://www.yelp.com/biz/blue-apron-ne...

Dec 12, 2014
chompchomp in Food Media & News

Foods unique to France to buy in Paris?

also, fancy salts appear to be much cheaper in France, though I have done admittedly little price comparison.

Dec 04, 2014
chompchomp in France

Foods unique to France to buy in Paris?

Our favorite thing we have brought back to NYC is Bordier butter.

Dec 04, 2014
chompchomp in France
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Best dim sum for 15 people (with caveats) (cross-posted to Manhattan)

They don't knock my socks off, no, but I think if you're going with a large group of people, some of whom are new to dim sum, it would be just fine and feel quite accessible. A decent on-ramp to dim sum!

Dec 03, 2014
chompchomp in Outer Boroughs

Thanksgiving with Ottolenghi sides?

Thanks for everyone's helpful comments! To report back...we nixed the cauliflower cake after reading some of the comments here and the dismal reviews on Epicurious. We made the snow pea and bean salad with hazelnuts, which was very good, but not a total homerun. For an appetizer, we made the burnt eggplant dip. It was our third time making it. I like it a lot, but I think in the future, I'll add less pomegranate molasses. Finally, we made the sweet potatoes with figs, which was excellent. Low and behold, fresh figs were impossible to find in November, so we used dried mission figs. I don't think it was the best substitution and I look forward to making the dish with fresh figs some day. The duck didn't turn out great, but the duck hash we made 2 days later definitely did.

Hope everyone else had a great Thanksgiving too! Here's to learning as we go.

Uncle Zhou 大河人家 Elmhurst

Admittedly late to Uncle Zhou's party, but Thrillist (of all publications) reminded me that we should go. 3 of us went on Sunday night to round out the Thanksgiving weekend. it was GREAT. I only wish there was beer.
We got the lamb dumplings, of which I ate one, because they were so quickly gobbled up by my friends. To compensate, I ate at least half of a plate of spicy crispy shrimp, which was ma la, salty perfection. I could have eaten another plate of those, no problem. We also got the tofu skins, which were good, but I prefer Fu Run's version which comes with thinly sliced peppers. Finally one of the dial oil noodle dishes. (There are 2 renditions and it wasn't very clear which one we received.) The chicken that came with the dish was not so great, but the noodles were toothsome heavenly goodness. More please!
Grand total for the feast? $41. Really excited to return soon, I hope.

Dec 02, 2014
chompchomp in Outer Boroughs

Best dim sum for 15 people (with caveats) (cross-posted to Manhattan)

I *feel* like Jade Asian takes reservations. Red Egg in Manhattan could also be a nice choice for JV and less adventurous players.

Dec 01, 2014
chompchomp in Outer Boroughs

Best recipes for homemade Christmas gifts

we drink sort of an embarrassing amount of the recipe above every winter.

Nov 24, 2014
chompchomp in Home Cooking

Thanksgiving with Ottolenghi sides?

Ah shoot. Any swaps you could do to make it better? We just bought all the ingredients yesterday.

Nov 24, 2014
chompchomp in Home Cooking

Best recipes for homemade Christmas gifts

Nov 23, 2014
chompchomp in Home Cooking
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Thanksgiving with Ottolenghi sides?

Has anybody tried the Cauliflower Cake that Serious Eats made? http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

It sounds incredible..

Nov 23, 2014
chompchomp in Home Cooking

Black Hound Bakery in Greenpoint

Pretty sure they do not have a Greenpoint location?

Nov 22, 2014
chompchomp in Outer Boroughs

Marco's Closing

Just got the email blast from the Franny's crew. Total bummer -- we only went once but thought it was really great. Text of email:

"Ever since opening little more than a year ago, Marco's has been a labor of love. Our vision was to create a trattoria version of franny's - simple and rustic Italian food, the best ingredients from local farms and served in a beautiful and welcoming dining room. Unfortunately, as amazing as the food is and as warm and skilled our service, the business simply hasn't been profitable enough to keep the doors open. So on Saturday December 13, our team will cook and serve our last meal here.

We are eternally grateful to our outstanding team, led by Chef Danny Amend and GM Martin Gobbée. We will always be incredibly proud of our collective work at Marco's. We are also immensely appreciative of our guests who have dined with us and made memories here. It has truly been a pleasure cooking for you and serving you. While this is not the end we hoped for, we will use this moment as an opportunity to learn, grow and strengthen our company.

Marco’s has enjoyed a magnificent run, and over this next month, our hope is that the restaurant is filled with celebration and love for all that it represents, and brimming over with guests savoring their last great meals at this special place. Thank you for your support, and we hope you will join us soon to bid Marco's farewell.

With sincere gratitude,

Francine Stephens, Andrew Feinberg and the Marco's Team

PS. As for the space at Marco's, we are considering a few possibilities and will be sure to keep our guests posted on any news. And of course, franny's and Bklyn Larder remain open and continue to thrive in our beloved neighborhood of Park Slope."

Nov 21, 2014
chompchomp in Outer Boroughs