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Authentic Panama Cuisine in NY

Ceviche, Plantanos Rellenos, Carimanola ... I want to get the closest to authentic that I can in NYC. Any suggestions? I need to know what this stuff really tastes like in order to replicate it!!! Ideas for restaurants that serves authentic Panamanian Cuisine? Recipes?

May 04, 2009
cadireon in Manhattan

Authentic Panama Cuisine in NY

Ceviche, Plantanos Rellenos, Carimanola ... I want to get the closest to authentic that I can in NYC. Any suggestions? I need to know what this stuff really tastes like in order to replicate it!!! Ideas for restaurants that serves authentic Panamanian Cuisine? Recipes?

May 04, 2009
cadireon in Outer Boroughs

Authentic Panama Cuisine in NY

Ceviche, Plantanos Rellenos, Carimanola ... I want to get the closest to authentic that I can in NYC. Any suggestions? I need to know what this stuff really tastes like in order to replicate it for a client!!! Ideas for restaurants? Recipes?

Apr 30, 2009
cadireon in Manhattan

International Dumplings - need info urgently

i suppose not gnocchi, there's so much to choose from that i want to be more selective on what 'dumpling' is. thanks very much for your suggestions. the articles are very helpful as well. and a lot of this stuff i've never even heard of!

Nov 06, 2007
cadireon in Manhattan

International Dumplings - need info urgently

not necessarily just downtown! will go anywhere within the city for the best!

Nov 06, 2007
cadireon in Manhattan

International Dumplings - need info urgently

I'm going on a day long food tour of international foods in dumpling form. Please give me suggestions. So far on the list - Mandoo Bar (Korean), Ukrainian National House Restaurant (Pierogies). I also want to visit someplace with good samosas, potstickers and any place with good 'dumplings'. Please also feel free to post regarding different international 'dumplings'. This is a research project to introduce me plus a friend about food in dumpling form and will definitely need to be a tasty one.

Nov 05, 2007
cadireon in Manhattan

horrible experience at peking duck house on mott

why would you order chicken and corn soup at peking duck house? why would you order chicken and corn soup at ANY chinese restaurant aside from chinese take out? i agree on their service, i find it too haughty. if you're feeling generous, try their peking duck, their fried dumplings and maybe a fried rice with a vegetable dish (ask for bok choy or tung choy- it's hollow in the middle or just ask the waiter what he suggests, even the sauteed string beans would be good) ... as a rule, in any chinese restaurant, check out what others (specifically if they look like locals or chinese) are eating. and if the name is peking duck house ....

Jun 23, 2007
cadireon in Manhattan

Seeking hidden gems, must-eat-at dives, etc...

little alley way in ctown - between elizabeth and bowery (right next to and i THINK south of Canal) ... yummy noodles - get the rice in pots (or casseroles) chicken with mushroom is good. the bbq items are great too.

BIG WONG's in CTOWN - DON'T get anything along the lines of chow mein/general tsao's chicken. PLEASE DON'T. get wonton noodles/ ANY BBQ ITEM / congee (if you like that stuff) ...anything that you see chinese people eat around you in the restaurant. on Mott's, cross street of canal ...

Feb 06, 2007
cadireon in Manhattan

cozy nice bar (downtown)

Pravda has a great space. Might be a little crowded with 40-50 ppl but i'm not sure.

http://pravdany.com/
http://nymag.com/listings/bar/pravda/...
281 Lafayette St., New York, NY 10012
between Houston and Prince Sts.
212-226-4944

Nov 27, 2006
cadireon in Manhattan

Brunch for a bridal shower in NYC

alice's tea cup (there are two locations) is very cute, very girly, very sweet and has a private room at the one we planned for our friend (on lexington). i'm not sure whether it accomodates 60 ppl, i think we were about 35 ppl and it was kinda crowded but perhaps you can take the whole second floor. the food is quite good and abundant with tea sandwiches, scones, muffins, and lotsa tea.

http://www.alicesteacup.com/

Nov 27, 2006
cadireon in Manhattan

Terrace on the Park- good for wedding?

Planning a wedding for next year. Visited Terrace on the Park this weekend and quite liked it, the combo of value and views from the top floor. Any opinions? They don't have food tastings but if we go with their hall, most likely we'll have outside Chinese catering (they suggested Ping's and Sweet n' Tart). Any ideas?

Food is a big deal for me and esp. for a Chinese family which is why this is posted on Chowhound! and not some femaley wedding site. Appreciate all opinions.
Thanks!

Nov 27, 2006
cadireon in Outer Boroughs

Greenfield Churrascaria

I DID go ... and yes, unforunately, it was not as great as I had it two years ago. It's still open. But the one on LI is closed and they are no longer linked together. The skirt steak was about the only thing that was at all tasty. Quite a disappointment.

Upon searching for green field, I found that Porcao has a NYC location. I've been there in Rio. Has anyone tried the place?

Nov 15, 2006
cadireon in Outer Boroughs

Greenfield Churrascaria

Last night, the worst thing happened to this chowhound. Craving a restaurant and found out it was CLOSED!!!! A brief search on google showed NOTHING!! Can anyone confirm whether Greenfield (churrascaria) in Farmingdale (on Rt. 110) AND Greenfield in Flushing (on Northern Blvd.)is definitely closed? I'm crossing my fingers that it is JUST renovating.

Nov 05, 2006
cadireon in Outer Boroughs

Thai and Malaysian? What are their differences?

To me, it's all related. But common sense tells me that it's possibly completely different. My question is, HOW?

Nov 03, 2006
cadireon in General Topics

What's That One Thing You Can't Go A Week Without????

RICE ... WHITE or BROWN it doesn't matter

Nov 03, 2006
cadireon in General Topics

Blue Crabs and Beer

Crossing fingers for visit to Cantler's next weekend!! Excited!! I hope I didn't miss the season yet!! Driving all the way from NYC ...

Nov 03, 2006
cadireon in Washington DC & Baltimore

Best Peruvian in 5 Boroughs?

CHIMU is AWESOME. go for the seafood ceviche, chicken soup, roast chicken, pretty everything i've had there has been good. also, if you have a bday bash there, they just might give you a gift cert.

Nov 01, 2006
cadireon in Manhattan

best chinese in china town

Big Wong's on Mott's bet. Canal and Bayard ... landmark. Peking Duck House on Mott's further down past Bayard, follow the road curve. Also, little ctown alley across the street from Elizabeth Center or 5th Precinct on Elizabeth Street bet. canal and bayard has some great places. Chinatown Ice Cream Factory ... be adventurous, if there's lotsa ppl in there ... usu. it's pretty good. Also, for a quick and cheap lunch/snack ... try Hong Kong Station (there's one on Bayard and Bowery) for noodles. Fay Da for bread (try the mango moichi- it's the orangey colored ball with coconut flakes on top).

Nov 01, 2006
cadireon in Manhattan

Tacos in NYC

a finalist of the Vendy awards! seems to be the most authentic around ... but this is a new yorker opinion who's been to So Cal

Oct 30, 2006
cadireon in Outer Boroughs

what's HOT? what's NOT?

fried coke?

Oct 27, 2006
cadireon in General Topics

what's HOT? what's NOT?

never had one. definitely intrigued

Oct 27, 2006
cadireon in General Topics

Long Island Restaurants

Hmm...yes, traditionally, I would say Sripraphai in Woodside takes it away. But there's something about Lemonleaf's pad thai that even ctown and flushing can't quite match. Well, it used to be. I do have to say, it wasn't quite the same when I went there three weeks ago after a long time not being there.

Oct 27, 2006
cadireon in General Tristate Archive

Is there anything HEALTHY to get at an Indian place?

I'd hate to say that despite all the good suggestions, the fact is vegetables and legumes in Indian cuisine tend to be very overcooked, and the food's many nutrients are taken away. Especially without the ghee and other goodies, it wouldn't be providing enough nutrients. How's this suggestion, pair Indian food with something lighter? Like a samosa with a salad/sauted lightly vegs? Dosa with a non cream based chicken curry? Or maybe combine a heavier Indian dish with something lighter? Something along those lines?

Oct 27, 2006
cadireon in General Topics

Blue Crabs and Beer

It was outside of Baltimore along a hwy. Just stopped for dinner on the way to NYC.

Oct 26, 2006
cadireon in Washington DC & Baltimore

Blue Crabs and Beer

I went to this bar/family restaurant that looked like a dive but I had the best crab eating experience. We ordered by the dozen or pounds or something then they spread out some brown paper on the table, gave us a mallet and told us to dig in. Can someone suggest a place like this? I have no idea where it is but I REALLY REALLY want to eat like that again. It was around this time of year, too.

It was outside of Baltimore along a hwy. Just stopped for dinner on the way to NYC.

Oct 26, 2006
cadireon in Washington DC & Baltimore

Long Island Restaurants

Laguna Grill is great. My bf used to bartend there. Go for the steak quesadilla and mojitos. Any of the locations are great.

Laguna Grille
1610 Old Country Rd, Westbury, NY
(516) 745-1400

Laguna Grill LLC - more info ยป
7927 Jericho Tpke, Woodbury, NY
(516) 682-8000 - 3 reviews

Laguna Grill II
146 Birch Hill Rd, Locust Valley, NY
(516) 671-9486

Lemonleaf's pad thai is so far unrivaled in my opinion (that includes chinatown/flushing/manhattan rest.). Their pineapple rice is tremendously satisfying. Start with the satay (ask for a mix order of beef and chicken).

Lemonleaf Grill
536 S Broadway, Hicksville, NY
(516) 939-2288

Oct 26, 2006
cadireon in General Tristate Archive

what FOOD is associated with history? or perhaps a piece HISTORY associated with food?

Mooncake season just passed with the end of the Autumn Festival. The mooncake is served for the full enjoyment of the Moon's splendor and to celebrate the end of a harvest season. Historically, it is also a reminder of a time when Chinese revolutionaries utilized this pastry to overthrow the Mongolian rulers occupying their country. Messages were hidden within the cake or were printed as code on top of the pastry. The moon is mysterious in many cultures and for the chinese, there are many myths and legends that speak of the moon.

What are some other specific pieces of history or perhaps myths that is associated with a food you know?

Oct 26, 2006
cadireon in Not About Food

what's HOT? what's NOT?

oh, so hungry!

Oct 26, 2006
cadireon in General Topics

Steamed Chinese Sponge Cake Recipe?

That looks like ma lai go to me! looks good too!

Oct 25, 2006
cadireon in Home Cooking

Steamed Chinese Sponge Cake Recipe?

I think Ma Lai Go is actually Malaysian, which is where the name derives from, Malay Cake. Chinese Sponge Cake is either the newer version found in Chinese bakeries with the paper wrapped around it or an older version which is much denser and more bland (texture of a soft cornbread). The latter is steamed and made (once again I think) with just eggs and flour.

Oct 25, 2006
cadireon in Home Cooking