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Despana Recommendations?

Their boquerones (white anchovies in vinegar) are on a par with what I had in Seville and are fantastic. Great with manzanilla.

Jun 27, 2008
chanbny in Manhattan


Financier in the World Financial Center has it and it is good. But homemade is better. Try Julia Child's cookbook. Great recipe if you also soak the cherries in some brandy or Kirsch.

Jun 18, 2008
chanbny in Manhattan

W 114th St: good eats nearby?

The block of Amsterdam between 122 and 123 (a pleasant walk from 114th) has become a restaurant row. And the restaurants range from mediocre to really good:

Max Soha and Lounge - good Italian
Sez...... (can't remember) - good Italian
Kitchenette - basic American with great bakery
Lyla's - good crepes and other things, huge menu
A new Japanese/chinese place.

Hope that helps.

May 14, 2008
chanbny in Manhattan

Lizano Salsa from Costa Rica

I use it to perk up my soups. It seems to do just the trick. Problem, I've run out. Where to buy in NYC?

Apr 22, 2008
chanbny in Home Cooking

Very special olive oil - what to do?

A friend gave me as a gift, a bottle of olive oil from an uncle's estate in Tuscany. It's wonderful, I've put it on risotto, but how else can I make the most of this? And how long will it last in my pantry?

Apr 01, 2008
chanbny in Home Cooking

Organic turkey

Check out the purveyors of the Wintermarket this Sunday.

Dec 12, 2007
chanbny in Manhattan

Madeira Wine in NYC?

Astor Place has Madeira.

Nov 27, 2007
chanbny in Manhattan

Cal Pep-ordering

I don't recall ever ordering. We said what we didn't eat and then the plates started coming. I remember some small clams and some beef. Everything was very fresh.

Sep 19, 2007
chanbny in Spain/Portugal

Good eats on Portuguese Coast?

We spent a day in Nazare and decided to return after we fell in love with this town. There are nice fish restaurants everywhere but we discovered a great one the last night after consulting the guy who sold us ice cream cones. It is at the end of the boardwalk by the tram up the cliff. I think it is called Santa Maria. After three nights of eating at other restaurants, this one had the best cockles (berberejos or something like that) and fish. You'll see lots of Portuguese families there.

Aug 01, 2007
chanbny in Spain/Portugal

Gateaux and Clafoutis

Le Financier in the World Financial Center occasionally has cherry clafoutis.

Jun 28, 2007
chanbny in Manhattan

Chicken Pho

Viet Cafe in Tribeca.

Apr 23, 2007
chanbny in Manhattan

despana - favorite sandwiches?

I just discovered their boquerones which are just as good as any I've had in Seville.

Jan 25, 2007
chanbny in Manhattan

Grocery delivery in Baltimore suburbs?

Is there a supermarket or grocery delivery service much like Fresh Direct in New York that caters to the Baltimore suburbs? My non-driving mother needs this.


Recs in Sherry Triangle-Jerez de la Frontera, el Puerto de Santa MarĂ­a, SanlĂșcar de Barrameda?

I went to Sanlucar a few years ago for a flamenco workshop and remember eating incredible tapas in a rather large bar on the main plaza. There were small very sweet shrimp that were boiled and are eaten whole. There are other larger shrimp that are incredible too. I ate here several times. You can get great young manzanilla anywhere in Sanlucar as well as in the bodegas. There is a cultural center near some old ruins and nearby (sorry no specifics) is a little cafe that serves huge meatballs (albondigas). Very, very good food overall.

Aug 15, 2006
chanbny in Spain/Portugal

Looking for restaurant for 100-person event.

I am looking for a restaurant with the following for an event in November:

Seating for about 100 people
Square-shaped space
Permission for live music and dancing
$40-50 per person
Preferably Mediterranean food, served tapas-style or buffet

Does anyone have any suggestions?

Aug 14, 2006
chanbny in Manhattan