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Cheese - charcuterie recommendations Queens-Brooklyn ?

I would recommend Cheeses of the World on Austin Street in Forest Hills

Dec 02, 2014
jntnmlr in Outer Boroughs

Casa Del Chef: Blue Hill alum in Woodside

Haute cuisine in Woodside! A reasonably priced fine dining right off Roosevelt Ave. We went last Friday and had what a wonderful meal, carefully prepared by an obviously skilled chef who really cares about food. I had the $35 tasting menu, a very fair price for an outstanding meal. For a starter, I had an amazing dish of a variety of lightly cooked mushrooms in a flavorful sauce sitting atop a bed of greens. I had never seen or tasted these greens before ans was told they were grown locally. The chef explained that he visits the farmers markets for his produce. And it's still BYOB which is huge.

Nov 13, 2014
jntnmlr in Outer Boroughs

Fabulous Caterer - Jason Ungar

I had forty guests at my house last night celebrating my 60th birthday. Jason Unger of Jason's Kitchen did the catering. We asked him to prepare a number of finger foods that would feed a hungry crowd for several hours. He came up with some brilliant ideas. Bacon wrapped dates with cheese and nuts, Vegatable and goat cheese bruschetta, shrimp tacos with amazing sauce, assorted grilled sausages, grilled pork loin and a really fun Italian style hush puppy. He and his helper had done much of the prep before arriving but the acutally cooking was done in my kitchen. There was more than enough food and he worked very efficiently. Highly recommended. **I'm the spouse of the 60-year-old who just wrote the above lines, and I would just like to add that Mr. Ungar achieved in each dish (and I have to call his preparations 'dishes' because they were more substantial than hors d'oeuvres) a complexity of fascinating flavors and textures that all married to create one larger impression from the components. Wow. And he functioned so self-sufficiently in my tiny, inadequate kitchen. He'd brought everything he needed, and in such an organized way - like a true travelling kitchen. I enjoyed watching him working with his sous-chef - they're two young men who already are real professionals. I feel I should find something to criticize, to make my comments more believable, yet I can't. I have only praise. Thank you Jason Ungar!

Jun 21, 2009
jntnmlr in Manhattan

New Tortilleria opening in Corona

After reading the posts here, my wife and I headed over there. The tamales are the best I've had in NYC and the chicken mole enchiladas were fabulous with a bit more heat than you get at most places. The owner, Shauna, was wonderfully gracious and took us on a little tour showing us how the masa is made. They seem to be on a mission to make great food in a traditional way, something special. I wonder if they can really make it without serving the usual rice and beans but I hope they do.

May 22, 2009
jntnmlr in Outer Boroughs

Wafa's Mediterranean in Forest Hills

Bravo Wafa! We have eaten there twice in the past month and find the food lovingly prepared and delicious. My favorites are the grape leaves and the lentils. We bring our own wine and just keep ordering until we're full. Very very reasonable. There's only two small tables but it's not been discovered yet so its safe to say you'll get one of them.

May 01, 2009
jntnmlr in Outer Boroughs

Great Indian Queens

Just had a wondeful Indian meal in Flushing at Southern Spice. It's a really bare bones place with exceptionally food. I started with a serrving of Kodi Rasam, a southern style chicken soup, which was spectacular. Broth was amazingly flavorful - just the right amount of spice. We also had Pappu Kooraku, a spincah and lentil mash which was not too highly spiced and without excessive ghee. It was delicious as was the Chapa Pulusu a fish curry with a wonderfully rich, citrisy tamarind sauce. The Nilgiri Kurmam, a goat dish with coconut and mint curry was a good contrast with the fish. This is a neighborhood joint. There is nothing hip or happening here but the food. No wine or beer but the waiter pointed out to the deli across the street where I found KIngfisher. The address is 143-06 45th Ave.

Jan 30, 2009
jntnmlr in Outer Boroughs

1 day in Forest Hills, what's not to be missed?

What about My Kitchen also on Metropolitan near Dees. I highly recommend it. The food is usually high quality, eveything is priced well, you can bring your own bottle with no corkage and the atmosphere is really nice.

Jan 30, 2009
jntnmlr in Outer Boroughs

New in Queens, Splendid Pastries and Serious Espresso

For really superb French pastries in Queens, try Bonelle on Ascan in Forest Hills. Its next to Nick's Pizza which is also excellent.

Dec 30, 2008
jntnmlr in Features