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Dinner Near MOMA?

Oh, I had no idea. Well then, I'll look into that and Ma Peche. Thanks!

Apr 11, 2012
Elora in Manhattan

Dinner Near MOMA?

We're seeing a concert at MOMA this Saturday at 8:30pm. Looking for somewhere nearby that we can duck into for a couple of hours for dinner, in between spending time in the museum and going to the concert.

We'd prefer not to spend too much and not dress up (or we'd probably just go to The Modern). Also don't want to go out of the neighborhood since we won't have too much time before the show starts.

I used to know the neighborhood but haven't been there in WAY too long so I'm totally out of touch.

Type of food doesn't matter at all.

Apr 11, 2012
Elora in Manhattan

Best Indian in Union County These Days?

Darn! Wish we'd known about that! Not that we could have fit anymore into us but it would have been a treat to take home and have with the leftovers.

BTW, my BF's daughter deemed the meal the best Indian food she'd ever had. Now - being that I've had a lot of very good Indian meals, I won't say the same however, it was rather good so high praise from her :)

Oct 26, 2010
Elora in New Jersey

Best Indian in Union County These Days?

Well, we eventually did go to Moghul and had a very good dinner. We ordered way too much food (the waiter warned us but I told him I had no working kitchen at home and leftovers would be most welcome). A minced lamb with spinach, shrimp with a coconut curry sauce, chicken tikka masala, saag paneer, rice, dal (swimming in butter, fantastic), 2 kinds of naan, raita and mango lassi for all.

Very good service, huge portions. Had enough for 2 more dinners lol. Will go back for sure.

Oct 21, 2010
Elora in New Jersey

Best Indian in Union County These Days?

Hi Ambrose.

I have been to Moghul, I'm pretty sure that was the one I was trying to remember the name of in fact.

I looked at both menus and I think I prefer Moghuls. For one, Rasoii has no dal on the menu at all. And, Moghul has more interesting and varied choices that are out of the usual fare you get in most Indian places.

I'm going to give them a call and see if they require reservations for Saturday evening. Thanks very much again.

Oct 14, 2010
Elora in New Jersey

Best Indian in Union County These Days?

Thanks very much for that map!

Raagini was my first choice when I lived in Scotch Plains. Always consistent, good service and nice atmosphere. I've never been to Dabbawalla but nonetheless both are too far from my home right now.

Perhaps Rasoi fits the bill. Having the bar on the premises is a plus, and it's rather close by. If we wind up there, I'll post the experience for sure.

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Rasoi
1567 Oak Tree Rd, Iselin, NJ 08830

Raagini Restaurant
1085 US Highway 22, Mountainside, NJ 07092

Dabbawalla
427 Springfield Ave, Summit, NJ 07901

Oct 14, 2010
Elora in New Jersey

Best Indian in Union County These Days?

I know this has been covered before, but maybe not recently.

I have company coming this weekend, and they specifically asked to go for Indian food for dinner. I've been out of the dining loop as of late due to financial constraints (new house - a/k/a "The Money Pit") so I haven't been able to keep up on what's happening in the past year or so locally.

I live near Edison, and I remember there's a plethora of good Indian food in that area. I'd eaten in a couple of really lovely places, one of which blew my mind a few years back but for the life of me can't remember the name of it. The person who is coming to visit, I think, does not really know "good" Indian food - and probably wouldn't if it hit her over the head. I suspect, any place would make her happy but I'd prefer something better than average for my dining experience if I'm going to blow money on eating out when I can ill afford it anyway.

Frankly - I'd rather cook but my kitchen hasn't been finished completey yet and I'd rather not do dishes in the laundry sink in the basement for company :p (sink should have been hooked up this week but looks like next week *sighs*)

So, suggestions? We're willing to drive a bit out of the area (Rahway) but not too far. We would like to have a drink or two and I'm doing the driving so keeping as close to home as possible is preferable.

Thanks!

Oct 13, 2010
Elora in New Jersey

Anyone know where I can get burrata cheese in New Jersey?

The cheese shop in Summit gets it in periodically. You can get on their email list, and they will send out a notice to let you know when it comes in fresh, from Italy.

http://summitcheeseshop.com/24745.html

They also have a Facebook page (I just found out about this) http://www.facebook.com/pages/Summit-...

Oct 06, 2010
Elora in New Jersey

Moving to Cranford/Westfield area and looking for suggestions

Love Mario's! Great addition to the area since they came in. Their chicken cutlet sub is darn good too. Try the pasta fagioli soup - to die for.

Feb 17, 2010
Elora in New Jersey

Moving to Cranford/Westfield area and looking for suggestions

Third on Nagoya. Best sushi in the area - way better than Fujiyama Mama mentioned above, which is too westernized for my tastes - and far too noisy as well. The owner, Henry, is a great guy and takes pride in everything he serves. Hands down the place to go locally.

Feb 17, 2010
Elora in New Jersey

How long will salmon (lox) last? I think it is cured or smoked.

I've gotten more than a week out of belly lox (the salty kind). It keeps rather well if wrapped properly. Don't know about less salty versions (Nova, Scottish, etc.); I like them but prefer what I grew up with. 5 days does seem overly cautious to me.

Jan 02, 2010
Elora in Home Cooking

First Time Cooking a Duck

Nope. I have fresh rosemary in the house, lemons, olive oil and wine :) That sounds yummy. Might try.

Dec 24, 2009
Elora in Home Cooking

First Time Cooking a Duck

Surprisingly, I've never roasted a duck before. My memories of cooking duck surround the day my mom tried to make one and nearly set the house on fire.

/me cringes

I'm a much better cook than my mom was, particularly in technique so I'm not so worried about setting the oven to flames, however, I could use any cooking tips anyone might care to share.

Recipes, appreciated as well although I think I'll stick with the classic Duck L'orange since I have all the ingredients at hand, and am loathe to head back into the supermarket again after todays visit. Simple, nothing elaborate. It's a duck sized for 2 - just your average Long Island type, I think it's about 6 pounds or so.

Dec 23, 2009
Elora in Home Cooking

Need a Simple Ham Croquette Recipe

I went with the top version pretty much, mixed with the stuffing too. Would you believe I had like NO breadcrumbs in the house? Well not the Italian ones I wanted, only some Panko left, and barely enough to coat but thankfully it did the job. I decided against sauteeing opting for the oven, but drizzled them with butter. They came out really nicely, my BF was rather impressed. Mixing them with the stuffing helped cut down on the orange/salty flavor since there was something else in them to take the focus off the ham.

We have several left over for lunch today, and I barely even touched what was there. That ham bone is going to still make another meal or two for sure (soup anyone?).

Nov 28, 2009
Elora in Home Cooking

Need a Simple Ham Croquette Recipe

My sister blessed me with the leftover ham hock from yesterdays dinner. Has a huge amount of meat still attached, It has a bit too much of an orange flavor to it for my tastes, but still usable.

I'm thinking about making some croquettes out of it. Nothing classic, sort of makeshift. I also have leftover roasted asparagus and corn mixture which I'm thinking could be used as part of the binder, and some stuffing.

I guess, I need an egg or two, some breadcrumbs for the outside. But, somehow I think the interior needs something else? I'm used to making chicken or turkey croquettes, never did ham. I'm trying to figure out how to cut down on that citrus flavor (and the saltiness as well). I'm low on provisions at the moment, so winging it is in order from what I have in the pantry.

Nov 27, 2009
Elora in Home Cooking

Art & Soul - Brunch, Lunch, or Dinner Experiences

Just got back today and had a lunch and breakfast there. Enjoyed both completely.

Had the special Restaurant Week menu for lunch. I had the Gazpacho with Avocado Cream, which I found to be very good, just the right amount of spice to it and it had two nice sized shrimp in it which was not advertized - so that was a nice surprise. My entree was the Fried Chicken with Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes and Cream Gravy, the best I've had in years. Incredibly juicy. Ordered a side of Mac & Cheese for the table too because I HAD to try it since we'd eaten at Georgia Brown the night previous and sorely disappointed in their version (the meal in general in fact). Art & Souls was perfect, exactly what I expected it should be; just like mom would make, and really browned on top which I love. I finished with the Peach Crumble which was served with a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream and Caramel sauce. My boyfriend, had the Capitol Salad (apples, blue cheese, greens and candied pecans), the Vegetable Ravioli and the Lemon Cake with Blueberry Sauce. He liked his equally although was somewhat mystified by the entree; expecting I think a cream sauce and received sort of a broth with whole pieces of mini vegetables in it. But once over the surprise, enjoyed it quite well. We both had coffee (mine iced) with desert served with chunks of peanut brittle (this given to us for free because the waitress had forgotten to ask us if we wanted it prior to serving the desert).

Oh and we LOVED the bread they served before the meal - some serious amount of butter happening in that dish!

As for breakfast - may have been my favorite meal of the whole trip. Chesapeake Crab Hollandaise with Fried Potatoes and I ordered a side of Bacon grits ("because" I can't get a decent bowl of grits in NJ to save my life - these were darn good). Boyfriend had just very good basic Challah French Toast with Sausages. Excellent coffee again (sadly no brittle served with breakfast lol).

Personally we enjoyed this 100% more than Georgia Browns. People had mentioned they were "similar" but they certainly do not seem to be at all. For that matter, this put the meal we had at GB's to shame where something was terribly amiss in the kitchen the night we were there (although I do have to say service was much better there).

All in all a great experience and we'd go back for sure. On a sidenote about the atmosphere: We found it to be relaxing, rather quiet and laidback. Even though it has a kind of modern feel to it, not down-home looking, it is VERY relaxed.

Sep 07, 2009
Elora in Washington DC & Baltimore

DC Dining Recs Near Hyatt on Jersey Ave?

Wonderful amount of choices! Can't wait to look them all up!

Sep 03, 2009
Elora in Washington DC & Baltimore

DC Dining Recs Near Hyatt on Jersey Ave?

I'm going to be in DC this coming weekend for 4 nights. Looking for some dining recs near the Hyatt on Jersey Avenue for dinner specifically since we'll be out and around during the daytime. Nothing extra fancy as we've decided not to pack any of our dress up clothing for this trip, but we'd also not want to resort to eating in fast food places, you know.

We already have one night set, Saturday, when we're going to a jazz club to see a musician and they do serve dinner as well.

Preferably nothing ethnic this time around, we can get plenty of that at home.

Thanks!

Sep 03, 2009
Elora in Washington DC & Baltimore

Convenience foods you love?

Sylvia's makes a fantastic ready mix coating for chicken, and one for fish. The one for chicken is particularly fantastic. I don't know what it is about it, but every time I use it for boneless, skinless chicken breasts, the fried chicken comes out so moist and juicy that I'm shocked. And it tastes great too.

Sep 01, 2009
Elora in General Topics

"The Beer Cave" in Georgetown, DC?

We're there for 3 nights, so I'll keep the other 2 in mind. I'm sure they will want to have a drink or two while there :)

Aug 24, 2009
Elora in Beer

"The Beer Cave" in Georgetown, DC?

Ok, cool, That sounds much better coming from someone more our age. I don't mind it being a lowbrow beer-centric place, with average food. I am more concerned with it being a place filled with kids or tourists, and being uncomfortable as I'm drinking. One of my favorite places that I've been to was a place in Baltimore's harbor area, you'll have to forgive my ignorance on the name offhand, a very local kind of place which has their own specialty brew you can't get anywhere else at all. Very neighborhood kind of place; loud, raucous, etc. but it had the feel of people who were FROM the area - not coming there to see and be seen on a weekend night. I felt very at home there even though there were many people half my age.

I did take a better look at their beer menu on the website and was impressed. In the end, I really want the guys to be able to have a good time, and it really won't be a big deal if the place doesn't suit me. It really is, all about the company.

Aug 23, 2009
Elora in Beer

"The Beer Cave" in Georgetown, DC?

Yep, that's the one I feared. Ugh. My bf and I are 50, his friend, is quite young - in his mid-20's, hence the reason this place was brought up. Friend is from DC originally and I believe, has been there and raved about the place but since he's of the age that would appreciate it more now I understand. From what I read already, I just can't see being happy about the evening there. I like beer, however, I'm not a heavy drinker by any means.

I'd also seen info on Birreria while doing my research and it looked much more appropriate. I think I'm going to have a lot of cohercing ahead of me; or an evening of sucking up the situation for the sake of their friendship :)

Aug 23, 2009
Elora in Beer

"The Beer Cave" in Georgetown, DC?

I'm heading to DC in 2 weeks w/the BF to meet his best friend for the first time. Best friend and him are dying to go to what they think is called "The Beer Cave" in Georgetown. Sounds interesting, as we all enjoy a good beer.

I've searched high and low online to no avail for a place called this in DC anywhere. Now, I'm being told this isn't the "official" name of the establishment.

Does anyone know which place they are referring to? I'm trying to do some research if it's worth going to. Found some info on Beer Advocate a place which I think they may be talking about which hasn't gotten very good reviews lately (one person, aside from all the other complaints, specifically mentioned about it being hot as all hell in there, and since it's still going to be summertime, this does NOT thrill me as a pleasant drinking environment).

Anyone?

Aug 22, 2009
Elora in Beer

Help! Need Peace & Quiet In Financial Area

Thanks so much for this info! I'll check over there. Also, where exactly is the English Garden? I know where Stone Street is of course, and it's always a mad house, so I'm curious where a quieter area near there may be.

Jul 30, 2009
Elora in Manhattan

Help! Need Peace & Quiet In Financial Area

OMG, I'm going to go nuts! A while ago I posted for recs down in the Financial area for lunches. Now that I'm there for a couple of months and have found my way around, that isn't the issue any longer. My problem is it's TOO FREAKING NOISY!!!

I've found some decent places to eat - some I rather like (my favorite at the moment is Baluchi's, a small Indian place with rather fine food).

i can't find a cozy, quiet place to eat for the life of me. Every place seems packed with people rushing to eat in a pace the likes of which I have never experienced before. I used to work mid-town. Things seemed rather leisurely up there for the most part. I could easily find relatively mellow coffee shops if I didn't go during a peak hour but down here on Broad and Wall? It's rush, rush, rush with blasting music, frenzied conversations, too many tables crammed together no matter what time I go to lunch. You can't get any privacy, and I feel rushed out of each place I've tried. Let alone, the prices are ridiculously high for anywhere which has a decent menu that I would even consider spending any time in (*if* I wanted to have the noise level through the roof).

Am I doomed to eat my lunches outdoors with the rest of the crowds of humanity downtown (which isn't quiet either - the street noise seems a higher level there too) or must I start to bring my food up to my office (not a relaxing choice for the most part). Isn't there someplace where a person can feel comfortable with a book for an hour, somewhere that you aren't crammed up against your neighbor and their cellphone? Am I asking for too much?

Jul 28, 2009
Elora in Manhattan

Basic Tomato Soup, with a Twist?

Sounds delish and very easy. I have some thai basil growing out back too, may do this one soon as I have another bowl full of tomatoes on the counter as I type this!

Jul 25, 2009
Elora in Home Cooking

Basic Tomato Soup, with a Twist?

And your addition of sherry, was sorely missed. I can't wait to make it again with that addition. I was going to use some white wine I had in the fridge - or so I thought. Well, I did have it but the cork had fallen off some how, and I wasn't sure just *when* it had and wasn't going to take any chance on how the wine had fared since it could have been, who knows how long since it happened :(

Jul 22, 2009
Elora in Home Cooking

Basic Tomato Soup, with a Twist?

I loved the touch of garlic. I think it really was needed - although since I didn't make it your way, I could be wrong on that.

I didn't blend the basil in - I cut it into small, thin strips and mixed in (but took some out for the sake of the photo haha!). Used same amount you suggested, but I think I might use a bit more next time. I went easy on it this time because my BF always makes comments when I pick it, that my hands are very pungent - I think he's not as in love with it as I am, so being a bit judicious with it was necessary.

Jul 22, 2009
Elora in Home Cooking

Basic Tomato Soup, with a Twist?

Chef chicklet, I made your soup today - more or less ;) Tweaked it a bit, since I had no sherry in the house. Decided to add some garlic to it at the last moment (added a whole clove to sort of just sit in the soup as it simmered to meld gently into the flavors, instead of chopping it in). Also, used a bit of heavy cream with the milk. Served it with a large piece of French bread garlic crouton.

It turned out great - my orange tomatoes were very sweet, and tasted quite different from a typical red tomato so it was exactly the "twist" I was looking for.

Jul 19, 2009
Elora in Home Cooking

Basic Tomato Soup, with a Twist?

Chef & Harrie, both recipes sound perfect. I think I'll try both of them but will start with Chef's since I have some cream sitting in the house to use up at the moment along with a bumper crop of basil too. Sounds perfect, and the grilled cheese sandwiches alongside will be highly appreciated as well. Sounds like a plan for a simple dinner tomorrow evening!

Jul 18, 2009
Elora in Home Cooking