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$18.45

Katz - couldn't believe the cost of a diminished Pastrami on Rye. Something had changed didn't even taste the same. Counter person was in a hurry and cut it too thick. Had to beg for more pickles. I'll think twice about a return visit. Let's leave it for the tourists. Price/Taste/ Value all out of sinc.

Aug 16, 2014
jfmirabella in Manhattan
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Calamari Surprise

Stopped in a convenience store on Manhattan Avenue near Greenpoint Avenue for a drink. Inside I was surprised to see a Pizza oven. Pizza looked ordinary. Paulie Gee is nearby. There was a sign for Fried Calamari. It was fresh not frozen and fried to order with a choice of sauce. Delicious.
L.A. Pizza presented me with the one of best Calamari I have ever eaten. $8 for a large order. There is a small eating area deep inside the store. This truly was a complete surprise.

Jun 12, 2014
jfmirabella in Outer Boroughs

Calamari Surprise

Stopped in a convenience store on Manhattan Avenue near Greenpoint Avenue for a drink. Inside I was surprised to see a Pizza oven. Pizza looked ordinary. Paulie Gee is nearby. There was a sign for Fried Calamari. It was fresh not frozen and fried to order with a choice of sauce. Delicious.
L.A. Pizza presented me with the one of best Calamari I have ever eaten. $8 for a large order. There is a small eating area deep inside the store. This truly was a complete surprise.

Jun 12, 2014
jfmirabella in Outer Boroughs

Lobster

You guys are right. I went to buy lobster and ended up with crabs.

Jun 02, 2014
jfmirabella in Home Cooking

Lobster

Went to TJ Lobster for my monthly Lobster fix. They have Golden Crabs from Florida. We'll I bought two and truthfully I don't know anything about them or how to cook them. Please help.

May 31, 2014
jfmirabella in Home Cooking

Soft Shell Crab !

I always enjoy Noodletown in Chinatown

May 20, 2014
jfmirabella in Manhattan

Looking for the Best Strawberry Shortcake in Manhattan

Veniero's- hard to beat.

Apr 07, 2014
jfmirabella in Manhattan

Lobster Secret in Brooklyn

They lose the claws fighting or in shipment. I bought a four pounder with only the large claw.

Mar 28, 2014
jfmirabella in General Topics

Lobster Secret in Brooklyn

Had the yen for Lobster again. Went to T. J. Lobster King on 26th Street. Johnny told me the secret of saving money. I bought Lobster Culls. These are full size but have only one claw. Commercially they are not marketable. The savings was substantial. I bought three lobsters for the price of two. Fresh, alive and delicious. Believe it or not dead lobsters are called stiffs. Don't buy them.

Mar 27, 2014
jfmirabella in General Topics

Where to buy a whole lamb?

Costco in Astoria has whole Lamb.

Feb 02, 2014
jfmirabella in Outer Boroughs

Suggestions for Sports Bar in Arlington, VA area

When I'm in DC I stop in at the LA Bar. Total package.
Friendly atmosphere, sports on many TV's, quick good burgers and hilarious Karaoke on Saturday. I particularly enjoy the Thursday jam nights. Bring your instrument and join in.

Best restaurants in East Harlem?

No wrong Joe. I live downtown.

Dec 13, 2013
jfmirabella in Manhattan

Best restaurants in East Harlem?

Try Patsy's on 1st and 117. Pizza from a goal fire oven.

Dec 10, 2013
jfmirabella in Manhattan

Outsourcing turkey cooking to Chinatown

Kam Man Supermarket on Canal Street.

Nov 23, 2013
jfmirabella in Manhattan

Best price to buy lobster in Sunset Park?

TJ Lobster King on 26th Street. John the owner is a good guy.

Sep 17, 2013
jfmirabella in Outer Boroughs

Best roast duck and pork in Chinatown

I eat I at Big Wong yesterday. I was asked if I wanted the Roast Duck hot. If I had said yes, it would have been microwaved. This time I was asked. Sometimes it's microwaved without asking.

Sep 06, 2013
jfmirabella in Manhattan

Best roast duck and pork in Chinatown

If is tepid when it is served- then it's not. But if its hot,
which has been the case, It's microwaved for sure. Watch it the next time.

Aug 31, 2013
jfmirabella in Manhattan

Best roast duck and pork in Chinatown

Both Big Wong and Noodletown microwave the duck before serving. It ruins the taste and becomes soggy. Both restaurants have new ownership and staff. Things have changed but not for the best.

Aug 30, 2013
jfmirabella in Manhattan

Danny Ng closed?

Word is a large Hotel Complex is planned. It will stretch from the Bowery to Elizabeth Street.
The entire character of Chinatown will change.

Oct 09, 2012
jfmirabella in Manhattan

Chinese Buffet [Albuquerque]

Sorry for not answering sooner. Big Wong has been sold to a new group. It still serves the great Chinese barbeque meats. I recently had two lobsters with scallion/ginger sauce for $20. The new owners are trying hard but those of us who know feel it's gone down a few pegs. I'm in Albuquerque thinking about roast duck, soy sauce chicken, spare ribs and roast pork. Take out order have gotten really expensive but with high rents and cost of doing business in NYC, it was inevitable. It's a must stop place for lunch when visiting.

Apr 24, 2012
jfmirabella in Southwest

Chinese Buffet [Albuquerque]

Thanks. My newly acquired Albuquerque friends love all the various Buffets. I settled for Chow's and it Was in the ballpark. We has Tsingtao Beer. What was funny is that when pronounced with a Hispanic accent it sounds like something else-a little more vulgar. I'm going home tomorrow. First stop will be Big Wong on Mott Sreet- not meant to be vulgar.

Mar 13, 2012
jfmirabella in Southwest

Chinese Buffet [Albuquerque]

I live near Chinatown in NYC. I spend half the year in Albuquerque. Friends of mine want to go
To a Chinese Buffet in Albuquerque. Which one is the best? Thanks

Mar 03, 2012
jfmirabella in Southwest

Been to Don Peppe in Ozone Park lately?

At a recent visit, we over ordered not realizing that portions were family style. When the food came we were approached by an older gentleman. He had a winter suntan, open shirt and at least four gold chains. Our festive mood immediately grew somber. In a lovely Brooklyn accent he inquired "Whoes Goin to the Chair". Was this to be our last meal or was our order truly excessive? In any event , we made sure we ate everything. I think of the frivolity and how the scene could have been in the movies. It was wonderful. So was the food.

Jan 24, 2012
jfmirabella in Outer Boroughs

Salumi in Brooklyn - best place/best prices?

I shop at Emily's on Graham Avenue in Williamsburg. It's an old fashion Italian Pork Store. Good prices and high quality for Italian standards. One stop buys all. Try the Barata.

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Emily's Pork Store
426 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Sep 15, 2011
jfmirabella in Outer Boroughs

Best Italian Restaurant

Well here we go. Considering all valued recommendations I went with three friends. As I am a guest in your beautiful town, all I can say is that my experience was a near miss. Every thing I tried was close and recognizable. If I didn't have my heritage I would have said excellent.
I think the devil was in the details. I don't know who was the chef or where he was trained but I think he should spend a sabbatical just learning presentation and finish.
We started with Caprese and fried Calamari. The Caprese was just a salad that needed dressing.
When I asked for vinegar, I was given rice vinegar. I requested and was given Balsamic. Once applied the dish was fine. The Calamari was small and very greasy. I think the cooking oil was not hot enough. No decent chef would have allowed it to leave the kitchen.
Next, linguini with white clam sauce and baked lasagna. To my surprise they used little neck clams but not linguini I think the pasta was home made so they used onesize fits all. theta was an excessive amount of pasta in ratio to sauce some of the pasta was uncoated. Where properly coated the dish would have been great. The lasagna had great taste but did not have sauce within the layers. It was top coated and dry inside. Once again it would have been notable if not for minor flaws. We finished with Chicken Marsala. It was a $18.00 dish with one piece of chicken a few mushrooms and inadequate sauce. Also on the dish was a dry serving of what appeared to be linguini. This dish was clearly not worth the price.
Desert was tiramisu and a cannoli. The cannoli was plain fried with no red wine in the pastry.
Needless to say my experience was as my good Chowhound friends had advised me. But I had a great bottle of wine. Aqua fa male, ma vino fa contare. (water gets you sick, but wine makes you sing). This restaurant needs some Italian music. The chef needs a little polishing. Maybe the owner should check all the dishes before they are served. The service was good and friendlly. It would Not take much to bring this place up to standards. My wine and friendship was good. So I really had an Italian meal. Next time I'll tell them what I expect and I'm sure with advise we can get Paisano's there. Buon appetito.

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Paisano's
1935 Eubank Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112

Aug 07, 2011
jfmirabella in Southwest

Best Italian Restaurant

Thanks. I split my time between NYC and Albuquerque. I've been here a month and have another before I go home. I use Utube to check out my favorite NYC restaurants. Di Fara Pizza, Katz Deli
And Peter Lugar's. Pizza, Pastrami and steak to die for.

Aug 01, 2011
jfmirabella in Southwest

Best Italian Restaurant

New Yorker looking for the best Italian Restaurant in Albuquerque. It's my birthday. Please advise.

Aug 01, 2011
jfmirabella in Southwest

Lunch at Caselnova

Enjoyed a great lunch at Caselnova Restaurant on Columbia Street. Italian trained Chef Dean prepared a special sampler and I enjoyed the freshness of his Pizza. I was great eating in an Italain Restaurant that actually had an Italian trained chef. I like the wine selection which featured a more earthy selection instead of the oak infused varieties we now drink.

Has anyone eaten here for dinner. I would love suggestions as I plan a weekend return.

It was a pleasant, friendly experience.

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Caselnova
215 Columbia St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Dec 15, 2010
jfmirabella in Outer Boroughs

Don Peppe Vesuvio

Thanks-I'm off to Alberquerque- Food limbo. When I returm in two months first stop will be Don Pepe.

Sep 13, 2010
jfmirabella in Outer Boroughs

Don Peppe Vesuvio

I know. How's their $65 steak. I made a mistake with the chicken parmigiana. Should have had
Linguini with white clam. What else? I'll try it next time.

Sep 12, 2010
jfmirabella in Outer Boroughs