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HARLEM SOUL FOOD

Some of the best Soul Food in Harlem has vanished, sadly. This won't help you with your question, but here are some restaurants I continue to mourn: Charles' Southern Kitchen up on 151st and Douglas (best fried chicken in the city, hands down, but then some fool drove a car right through the front window, and thus a culinary gem was lost forever); Charles' satellite branch at 125th and Lennox, which has also passed away, though without the violent theatrics; and Copeland's on 145th and Broadway, which finally gave way to the Hispanization of Sugar Hill.

Soul food, oh soul food, where have you gone?

May 12, 2009
Arkilokus in Manhattan

Bar & Restaurant with a Twist

I've never actually seen B Flat get that crowded, which is part of why I like it. (I organize my NYC existence around enjoying good places while avoiding large crowds. It ain't easy, but it makes the city more enjoyable.) The house rules at B Flat are designed to discourage the proliferation of, you know, assholes. E.g., they won't serve you unless you're actually seated.

As for the intimacy level, it's hard to say without knowing exactly what you're looking for. Stop by, have a drink, and see how you like it. The worst that can happen is that you'll have a sublime cocktail while deciding that you want a slightly different atmosphere.

Jan 11, 2009
Arkilokus in Manhattan

Bar & Restaurant with a Twist

B Flat in Tribeca has precisely the atmosphere you're looking for. I go for the cocktails, which are absolutely sublime. The food is pretty good. I've had the baby arugula salad with prosciutto and the roasted duck breast. They were perfectly tasty, if a bit on the small side. But the main attraction is the cocktails. Dear GOD are they good! I recommend the Star Dust, the Scenes in the City, and the Kind of Blue; but you really can't go wrong. If you're on a date, sit at the bar, and watch the bar chefs work their magic. If you've got a bigger group, sit in the back area with the comfy chairs. They'll reserve space for you if you give them a call. Terrific place.

Jan 09, 2009
Arkilokus in Manhattan

NYC's Best Cafes/Coffee Shops to write in

I love this thread. Housing Works Bookstore and Cafe in SoHo. Yes, they have WiFi. Check it out: http://www.housingworks.org/social-en...

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Housing Works Used Book Cafe
126 Crosby St, New York, NY 10012

Jan 09, 2009
Arkilokus in Manhattan

Your favorite underrated slice?

Not really up my alley, since I still haven't been converted to NY style pizza. (I came up on Chicago style pizza, and God do I miss it. Don't judge me.) But I love the idea behind the thread, so I'll throw out Freddie and Pepper's on the UWS. Haven't been in a long while, but they make a good whole wheat pizza, as I recall, and the pesto-goat cheese pizza is pretty good, too.

Jan 09, 2009
Arkilokus in Manhattan

Best fried chicken?

I'm horribly, horribly bummed about Charles's. I heard the place could be hit or miss (as sugartoof and dietndesire attest), but I always had good luck there. The chicken was just divine.

I agree that Rack and Soul is a decent substitute for Charles's. Only problem is it's over-priced. I used to live 5 blocks away from Amy Ruth's. Maybe I just had bad luck, but I was never all that impressed with the fried chicken. Perhaps I'd feel differently if I'd tried the chicken and waffles instead of just the straight up fried chicken.

Still need to try Bon Chon etc. Damn, I'm hungry now.

Happy chowing, everyone!

Jan 09, 2009
Arkilokus in Manhattan

Good Place for Duk Gook

Not your fault. The restaurant is to blame, obviously. But I think I'm going to have to learn to make my own Duk Gook!

Jan 09, 2009
Arkilokus in Manhattan

Good Place for Duk Gook

Tried the duk mandoo gook at KGS and was disappointed. The broth was virtually flavorless; the beef was like unto a piece of leather, and the mandu wasn't much better. Man, there's gotta be a better bowl of duk gook somewhere in K-Town. Anyone got any ideas? I'm getting desperate!

Jan 01, 2009
Arkilokus in Manhattan

Best fried chicken?

Haven't been to Bon Chon yet, but my favorite is Charles' Southern Kitchen. It's a hole in the wall, but dear God, is it good!

http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/...

Jan 01, 2009
Arkilokus in Manhattan

Good Place for Duk Gook

Record time! Thanks for the tip. I agree about KGS in general, but I'll give their duk mandoo gook a try.

Cheers.

Jan 01, 2009
Arkilokus in Manhattan

Good Place for Duk Gook

Anyone know a place in Korea Town that makes good Duk Gook? I'm jonesing for some, it being New Year's and all. Any and all tips will be much appreciated.

Happy 2009, everyone!

Jan 01, 2009
Arkilokus in Manhattan

Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving?

Thanks for the information, everyone. I've discovered that holiday self-pity is actually rather enjoyable. I just hope it goes well with turkey and gravy. Will let you all know how things turn out if I end up at any of these restaurants.

Nov 23, 2008
Arkilokus in Manhattan

Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving?

So I'm going to be a stray this Thanksgiving, and I wondered if anyone can recommend a NYC restaurant that will serve a good turkey dinner on the holiday. I plan on treating myself so as to counter-act the self-pity that will be oozing through my soul, but I'd like to keep things under $100. Any ideas? Thanks in advance.

Nov 21, 2008
Arkilokus in Manhattan