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Mac 'N Cheese

I like s'mac too. I'm in love with their buffalo chicken one (with blue cheese crumbles on top). Their regular is quite good too.

Nov 07, 2014
pernodoj in Manhattan

Food spectacles in NYC

I agree with the suggestions (esp Korean BBQ).

Another suggestion is Empellon Cucina. They have a large window that looks into the kitchen. We used to go for brunch (which I think they stopped serving), but my kids used to love to watch the guys in the kitchen prepping. They were also super nice so used to wave and the like to the kids.

Roasting Plant has pneumatic tubes so you can see the coffee beans go from the tubs to the machine and then they brew you a coffee. Coffee is meh, but it's fun for the kids. If they're actually roasting the coffee, it's more fun.

There's a guy in Chinatown on weekends that makes little cakes on the corner of Grand and Bowery. It's $1 for 10-20 cakes (I can't remember). They're pretty tasty.

If your kid likes lox (and the weather is nice enough since there's no seating), Russ and Daughters can be a really lovely experience. You get tastes of the various lox to figure out which he likes etc. I realize that there's a cafe, but I really love the shop.

Pickle guys if he likes pickles. They have a lot of different things pickled and they're super nice about letting kids try various things to try (mango, cherry tomatoes, etc).

Jacques Torres also has glassed in area where you can see chocolates and the like being made. I haven't been in a long time, but I'm sure you could check.

Nov 04, 2014
pernodoj in Manhattan

Any places that have heritage turkey on the menu right now?

I've never seen it on a menu anywhere. I've gotten the heritage (red bourbon, I think) and I didn't really care for it. I just get the regular from Quattro now.

Oct 24, 2014
pernodoj in Manhattan

Possible to do a foodie-level lunch in UES with 2 toddlers?

Did you go to the Children's zoo or the main zoo? The Children's zoo is a much better area for toddlers ime. I also used to make a point of standing in front of the clock at the half hour and hour marks.

Oct 23, 2014
pernodoj in Manhattan

36 hours in the city...

I've recommended it before, but mainly for the view. I would agree that it's expensive, but I like the meat.

Oct 16, 2014
pernodoj in Manhattan

36 hours in the city...

I personally don't like the brisket although I order it with some regularity for my children. I'll have to try to order it juicy next time.

Oct 15, 2014
pernodoj in Manhattan

A few specific questions about my quick trip to the city this week.

Abraco olive oil cake is better. I also really love their olive cookie (shortbread and olives).

There's seating at the back of Essex Market if it's raining. You could also pick up a sandwich at Nordic Preserves instead of at R&D (depending on what you generally get at R&D).

Oct 15, 2014
pernodoj in Manhattan

Won't be returning to Per Se

+2. I find you have to be willing to reserve two months out. That said, I'm super happy that she's moving to a bigger space. It's a place I would love to frequent without having to plan two months out.

Bouley used to only give their pound cake to the ladies in the party. Not sure if they still do that.

Oct 03, 2014
pernodoj in Manhattan

Anniversary dinner near Dead Rabbit in Financial District

closest best restaurant is prob north end grill, but at that point you might as well go to tribeca (bouley or brushstroke).

Sep 30, 2014
pernodoj in Manhattan

Spontaneity

on weekends, we try to eat really early or really late. but if you want to eat prime time on weekends, it's pretty impossible.

Sep 29, 2014
pernodoj in Manhattan

Please Critique My (Heavily Researched) Food Crawl Itinerary

vanessa's imo. i usually grab one when i try dumplings at other places and vanessa's is the best.

Sep 29, 2014
pernodoj in Manhattan

where to find key limes?

dean and deluca or gourmet garage. haven't been there lately, but that's where i check when i need key limes.

Sep 24, 2014
pernodoj in Manhattan

Bar & Coffee advice

there's a blue spoon on williams.

Sep 24, 2014
pernodoj in Manhattan

Restaurant or bar with a view?

gaonnuri has a lovely view. It's on the 30thish floor and is Korean. There's a bar area and a restaurant. The views from the restaurant area are nicer.

Not trendy at all.

Sep 18, 2014
pernodoj in Manhattan

Tamales

I've tried the tamales from the woman that walks up the Bowery in the morning (although it's been years) and the tamales from the lady at Union Square on the weekends. They've been decent, but I don't have super high standards for tamales in Manhattan. I'm just happy when I come across them. For some reason, it's never occurred to me to get tamales at Zaragoza. Thanks for the tip.

Sep 12, 2014
pernodoj in Manhattan

NY'er returning from LA -- looing for suggestions

I don't know a knish from a knosh, but I'm very happy when someone brings me knishes from Knish Knosh (Queens). If you're going to stop in at Katz's, you might as well stop at Yonnah Schimmel for a knish (down the block) although I don't care for them.

Sep 10, 2014
pernodoj in Manhattan

Black Seed Bagels

If you're biking to R&D in the evening, Kossar's generally has bagels and almost always has bialies in the evening. Their bagels are a bit big for my tastes, but they generally bake through out the day.

Sep 08, 2014
pernodoj in Manhattan

Reccomendations for a 50th birthday [food gift]

I have a friend who got many such gifts for his wedding. I believe his favorite was the GC from Despana.

Sep 08, 2014
pernodoj in Manhattan

Pastrami - Bringing It Home on the Plane?

another option is to get the three meat platter from katz's. they'll pack mustard, bread, and pickles for you too.

Aug 28, 2014
pernodoj in Manhattan

Weakest cuisines

The cha is the egg cake, the suon is the pork chop.

Aug 28, 2014
pernodoj in Manhattan

Weakest cuisines

Thanks! I couldn't figure out what the shredded tendon was. Cong Ly makes a decent version of Com Tam Bi Suon (cha). They used to make an excellent version, but their cooks have changed and I can't vouch for it being excellent anymore. But most items there are decent. I went through a broken rice stage there, but now I pretty much just get their pho or their bun bo hue.

Aug 27, 2014
pernodoj in Manhattan

Help! Where can I buy Kinder Bueno?

I've bought them at Economy Candy. They don't have them all the time, though.

Aug 18, 2014
pernodoj in Manhattan

Best restaurant for a 40th Birthday with wife and 2 kids aged 10&15?

Not sure if this is special enough for you, but my family really enjoys Blue Ribbon Izakaya on the LES. My picky eater likes the fried chicken there (although he picks off the skin and we get regular honey instead of wasabi honey). The rest of us have a lot of different options and we like to share. It's quiet if you go early, but gets more lively the later it gets.

Gramercy Tavern in the front bar area would probably work well for you (although no reservations are taken). I also agree that Union Square Cafe would be another good choice.

Jul 29, 2014
pernodoj in Manhattan

Fast Casual NYC

xi'an
saigon banh mi
yuji ramen
defonte's

Jun 05, 2014
pernodoj in Manhattan

Seamless Recommendations FiDi/Wall Street?

I've done seamless for Nicky's and Luke's. I noticed that Sushi a la kawa is on there and I get take out from them a lot. I've noticed a seamless sign at diwan e khaas and at arroya dee which are decent indian/thai. Is shorty's on seamless?

May 22, 2014
pernodoj in Manhattan

Bar seating LES with a view of the kitchen?

aldea has a chef's counter.

May 13, 2014
pernodoj in Manhattan

HUNDRED ACRE

I eat lunch at the spotted pig by myself. There are always a number of solo diners at the bar. You can also eat at a table, but I prefer the bar when dining solo.

May 07, 2014
pernodoj in Manhattan

Touristy Spots Worth Visiting

Agree. I would drop Dylan's and substitute Economy Candy.

Apr 09, 2014
pernodoj in Manhattan
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Where can I find the best chocolate bunnies and more?

La maison du chocolat has stunning easter stuff for top dollar. And it's delicious (altho you might not be willing to pay that much). I've bought the real egg that has chocolate inside.

For cheaper stuff, Economy Candy has nice European candy. They have the Kinder Eggs, but may run out for Easter.

Mar 28, 2014
pernodoj in Manhattan

need rec for kid-friendly, foodie-friendly, beer-friendly downtown place

What about Cafe Katja? I eat there with my kids and the beer is good. Not sure if that fits into a foodie category or not. There is always one fish and one veg entree, but you might want to check the menu.

Mar 28, 2014
pernodoj in Manhattan