2

2455Bklyn's Profile

Title Last Reply

John's Meat Market

I live nearby and have never heard of John's Meat Market, is this a butcher shop? I was raised in an old NYC neighborhood so it would be cool to have one around.

Jul 08, 2010
2455Bklyn in New Jersey

New Jersey is getting its own CH board [moved from Mid-Atlantic board]

Good news, I have been posting in the N.Y tri state and just found this board

Jan 23, 2010
2455Bklyn in Site Talk

Maplewood (NJ) Restaurant Week

Any word on restaurant week this year? Its always a great way to check out the village its such an cool town with the shops, art galleries and good food.

Jan 23, 2010
2455Bklyn in New Jersey

What is one tip that you learned about cooking that was simple but made a huge difference? [old]

I grew up putting salt on my watermelon its delicious.

Jan 23, 2010
2455Bklyn in Home Cooking

What is one tip that you learned about cooking that was simple but made a huge difference? [old]

When frying chicken, fry in hot oil until skin is brown place chicken on a rack, not a sheet and bake to finish. This will make your chicken crispy everytime and never greasy.

Jan 22, 2010
2455Bklyn in Home Cooking

Restaurant David Drake - What's Up?

I just heard about David Drake and am surprised since the place came across and expensive and high end. The space was small so I wonder how much did it actually cost to run. When I went last year around Valentines Day not on the day, my husband and I both had the chef tasting menu with wine pairing. We had a very good time and the food was good but we did think it was over priced and not a value. We had only gone once which says a lot since we are willing to pay for good food. It's a shame when any business closes since that is a tremendous toll on the owner and people who put so much effort into the place.

I checked the website for the place Alice's and although it looks nice there is no way I'll drive that far for dinner. I'm in Maplewood and there are plenty of good places locally.

Jan 22, 2010
2455Bklyn in New Jersey

Another "birthday dinner out with friends" predicament

I have had this happen to me many times. Its difficult when dining with those on a budget (unemployed) so usually I end up paying the shortage. The best practice is to say how the check will be split before ordering therefore for those who want to order up should be prepared to pay more.

Jan 06, 2010
2455Bklyn in Not About Food

What is one tip that you learned about cooking that was simple but made a huge difference? [old]

For fluffy pancakes add some butter to the mix. It's missing from the receipe on the box and on a hot grill the pancakes puff right up.

Jan 05, 2010
2455Bklyn in Home Cooking

Sending back food when you just don't like an ingredient. Is it good restaurant etiquette?

Nice summation!

Jan 03, 2010
2455Bklyn in Not About Food

Sending back food when you just don't like an ingredient. Is it good restaurant etiquette?

The responsibility is with the customer to know what is in the dish. If there are allergies or specific aversions such as coconut milk then something should have been said before placing the order. The only time a dish should be sent back is over cooked or under cooked meat and poultry or burnt or something that should not have been served. If the waiter was told before hand to leave out an ingredient then that justifies another dish.

Taking the perspective of the owner of the establishment this impacts the timing of the kitchen and cost of another meal. If dishes are sent back all the time this makes it impossible for the owner to make a profit.

With respect to a to go bag and ordering something else the expectation is that it will be consumed at home and should be paid for.

Jan 02, 2010
2455Bklyn in Not About Food

Moving to NJ - what town(s) have most interesting restaurants and food stores?

Both Jersey City and Hoboken are great cities to live with lots near by that are walking distance. I have friends in both and they all have cars. Eventually they want to leave and drive to other parts of NJ. The parking is expensive if your apartment doesn't have one,otherwise for a NY transplant its an easy transition to NJ.

Dec 21, 2009
2455Bklyn in New Jersey

Moving to NJ - what town(s) have most interesting restaurants and food stores?

I should have also mentioned Maplewood Patch which is linked into the NY Times. I'm not sure how they picked which town to feature but they landed on Maplewood in NY and the Ft Greene area of Brooklyn. I think it has to do with amount of blogers.

Nov 28, 2009
2455Bklyn in New Jersey

Just Moved to Summit, NJ (from Brooklyn) and struggling to find good food! Help.

I find the Indian Chinese food combination a bit strange but the variety can be good. I like to Chinese vegtables as an option.

Nov 25, 2009
2455Bklyn in New Jersey

Moving to NJ - what town(s) have most interesting restaurants and food stores?

Montclair is okay. I like to try different places as much as possible especially new places and sometimes they appear in places that are gentrified over time. I remember when SoHo was basically abandoned and it was a scary place for me and my friends as a child to venture when looking for adventure. The Bowery was full of real bums and hookers and no where was it considered trendy to live there. My how things have changed.

Nov 25, 2009
2455Bklyn in New Jersey

Moving to NJ - what town(s) have most interesting restaurants and food stores?

I worked in Newark for 6 years and still go in on occassion. I see the difference since the 5 years I have worked off site and do miss the convenience of having delis and coffee shops just downstairs. There are many more lunch choices than a few years ago. I am now in Iselin which is great so long as you don't mind driving to lunch.
I would not move to Newark especially from anywhere in NYC.

Nov 25, 2009
2455Bklyn in New Jersey

Just Moved to Summit, NJ (from Brooklyn) and struggling to find good food! Help.

Thanks for the tip my husband and I love Indian food and are always looking for the best place. Any place you would recommend?

Nov 24, 2009
2455Bklyn in New Jersey

Moving to NJ - what town(s) have most interesting restaurants and food stores?

Lots of educators and college professors in Maplewood. I suggest you checkout Maplewoodonline they have a message board and postings all the time from people interested in the town.

www..maplewoodonline.com

Nov 24, 2009
2455Bklyn in New Jersey

Moving to NJ - what town(s) have most interesting restaurants and food stores?

When you say not very diverse you can't mean either South Orange or Maplewood two of the most diverse towns anywhere and Springfield is a close third. If you are looking for just your ethnic background that may be true but that doesn't make it any more or less diverse.
I agree about the taxes they are high. I am a Brooklyn transplant and I am finding every other person I meet is from Brooklyn. All depending on what you want the taxes are worth the quality of life. In my first year I would blast my music and ran up and down my lawn barefeet not something I could do in Brooklyn. The towns are small but I would say the Short Hills Mall may be included as a shopping destination, and you will find the best resturants in these small towns.

Nov 24, 2009
2455Bklyn in New Jersey

Moving to NJ - what town(s) have most interesting restaurants and food stores?

I know what you mean I moved to Springfield in 1996 without a car and it was tough. At the time I worked in NYC would shop at KMart in front of Penn Station and carry everything taxes are not as big an issue in Union county and now that I have a son in grade school its worth every penny.

Nov 24, 2009
2455Bklyn in New Jersey

Just Moved to Summit, NJ (from Brooklyn) and struggling to find good food! Help.

I work in Iselin and around the corner from Ming and Mogul. I love Mogul and go there often but did want to let everyone know that their prices just about doubled since the renovation. No more cheap lunch buffets.

I also want to mention the BEST Chinese restuarant in the area is in Springfield the Szechuan Village on Mountain Ave near the post office. The food is real Chinese similar to NYC Chinatown not the American version. Prices are moderate and a real value for for the qualty and taste. Business is slow during the week I can usually call my order in 10 minutes before pick up and have it ready by the time I pick up my children from karate. You can also pick up homemade ice cream from Libby's next door.

Nov 22, 2009
2455Bklyn in New Jersey

Just Moved to Summit, NJ (from Brooklyn) and struggling to find good food! Help.

I have eaten at most of your recommendations and must say that it seems to be out of date with what is current as of the last few years. There are a few new favorites in town that aren't listed. I don't see restaurant MC in Millburn or Sapporo (Japanese) in Millburn or my favorite BYOB the new kid in town beating out Lorena's in Maplewood is Luke's Kitchen. The difference at Luke's is that they are more casual with a younger crowd full of real foodies that know what good food taste like at a value. They were reviewed by the New York Times Very Good in its first year of opening. And by the way all the cooking is done by the chef owner Rod Hernandez. If you haven't been there you must try it to be up on your game.

www.lukeskitchen.com

Nov 22, 2009
2455Bklyn in New Jersey

Just Moved to Summit, NJ (from Brooklyn) and struggling to find good food! Help.

I noticed a couple of good Indian restaurants missing from this post how about Sona in Maplewood and Begum in Madison. Begum has a wonderful buffet dinner on Sunday at approx 18 per person. Sona is also a wonderful place and in a great town for eating.

Nov 22, 2009
2455Bklyn in New Jersey

Moving to NJ - what town(s) have most interesting restaurants and food stores?

I can't believe no one mentioned Maplewood, South Orange or Milburn. First each town and they are all neighboring have some of the best resturants in NJ all depending on preference there is something for everyone. In Maplewood are Luke's Kitchen, Lorena's and now Indigo Kitchen (same owner as Indigo Smoke from Monticlair). In South Orange we have Eden Gourmet the specialty market and Millburn also known as Short Hills we have the high end shopping boutiques and eateries not to mention the mall. The Midtown Direct Train gets you into NYC in 20 minutes. Also not too far away is Summitt another nice downtown for eating (Huntley Tavern and Roots) and shopping and a train station.

You mentioned your husband worked at Lincoln Center, I suggest checking out Maplewood an enclave for artist and musicians.

Nov 21, 2009
2455Bklyn in New Jersey

Recommendations for authentic Chinese/Japanese/Korean restaurants near Summit

As far as dim sum I heard in Fanwood is a good place but I haven't tried it yet.

Jul 14, 2009
2455Bklyn in General Tristate Archive

Recommendations for authentic Chinese/Japanese/Korean restaurants near Summit

I live in Springfield and my go to place is the Szechuan Village in Springfield 244 Mountain avenue for real good Chinese food. I go at least once a week, sometimes twice and I am Chinese. The other place to try is Malaysian in Springfield center called Open the Sesame. The name is corney but the food is pretty good.

Jul 14, 2009
2455Bklyn in General Tristate Archive

restaurants in maplewood area, nj

Luke's Kitchen just got reviewed this weekend. They were rated Very Good.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/11/nyr...

You won't be disappointed. Luke is the place in Maplewood if you really want something good at a reasonable price.

Jan 12, 2009
2455Bklyn in General Tristate Archive

Joe's Stone Crab - An Institution

Well freezing is definitely out of the question. I think the swearing to best any where has a lot to do with the whole evening that may alter how the crabs taste. I would think an equally good place that know what they are doing with stone crabs can replicate that exact temperature that they must be served. Unless of course Joe's is adding to flavor ehance the crabs but let me not start up any nasty business. This is coming from the daughter of Hong Kong trained chef who knows all the tricks whispered from chef to apprentice ...without msg... that you will never find in any cook books. Ancient Chinese secrets that will never be revealed.

Jan 06, 2009
2455Bklyn in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Joe's Stone Crab - An Institution

I wish I had know this before about arriving early. The first time I went I was a vistor on a business trip so our host planned teh evening we went straight from the office and had a wonderful night. My second time around I was 9 months pregnant went in the middle of dinner hour and waited... I kid you not 4 hours. After that there was no way any stone crab could make me and my husbnd happy. Now that I know to arrive before they actually open maybe we'll try it again. By the way you cn actually get stone crabs else where and it's just as good.

Jan 02, 2009
2455Bklyn in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Chinatown Hop

yep I hear that.

Dec 31, 2008
2455Bklyn in Manhattan

Just Moved to Summit, NJ (from Brooklyn) and struggling to find good food! Help.

I have always been curious about Ming's the idea is a bit of a stretch for me but if you say so I'll give it a try... maybe this Friday for lunch.

Dec 31, 2008
2455Bklyn in New Jersey