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"Healthy" food around Radio City?

falalfel is not healthy - its deep fried. neither is hummus, its all oil.
not many nutrients in these foods.

we're doing French before we see the Decemerists tonight.

Jun 10, 2009
josefr in Manhattan

Is Ichiran in Greenpoint a no go?

Wondering when this ramen shop is set to open? I've walked by a few times and doesn't seem to ever want to open. Something happen?

Mar 15, 2008
josefr in Outer Boroughs

a ramen shop comes to greenpoint

OMG - not to seem over excited, but OMG!
I've just moved from 2nd and 13th to Greenpoint. Right as Ramen Setagaya opens in my hood. Well, I was looking for Tomcats barbershop in my new hood, get lost and saw this place. I am so excited!
BTW, found the barber shop.
2nd BTW, did make it Ramen Setagaya and its amazing. Hopefully this place will be just as good.

Aug 15, 2007
josefr in Outer Boroughs

$-$$ Mexican sit-down in Manhattan

Mexicana Mama is spendy for Mexican food. We're partial to La Palapa. The one on St Marks, not in the W Village. We go there like all the time...

Jun 27, 2007
josefr in Manhattan

Anyone tried Alias LES?

I've been to both about 3 times, but enjoyed Little Giant slightly more. That being said, I've always had a reservation for LG, but just showed up at Alia's. If you like LG, then Alia's is worth trying.

Jun 25, 2007
josefr in Manhattan

A Texan visits Hill Country BBQ

It's been a year since I've been to daisy may's, and while I remember enjoying the 3 times I've been - yes the pork ribs are great - its been a year.

Headed to Salt Lick next week. Like any regional food, funny that the reference point for Texas BBQ is Kreuz Market. As a child growing up in Texas, BBQ meant red-lined brisket on a bun with pickles (and gasp) tomato based (tangy) sauce from Demeris in Houston.

Great to see a BBQ scene in NYC, for when I need my fix, but like all NYC regional food interpretations, you'll have those that will say 'this is the best interpretation' or those who say 'its not the real thing.' As long as your belly is stuffed, and you didn't get ripped off, I don't care to split hairs.

Jun 25, 2007
josefr in Manhattan

A Texan visits Hill Country BBQ

Isn't the lean trimmed sometime during the smoke? Making for drier meat? I want the fat there until its fully smoked, but not when its dropped on my plate. Make sense?

Jun 23, 2007
josefr in Manhattan

A Texan visits Hill Country BBQ

It's great to have food I love and grew up with sprouting up in NYC. Anything is better than Dallas BBQ (gross!).
I'll be eating Saltlick on July 4th on my trip back home. $14 family style all you can eat meat. Now that's a deal.

Jun 21, 2007
josefr in Manhattan

Italian restaurants in the east village

Huge fan of both Perbacco and Lil Frankie's.

Jun 21, 2007
josefr in Manhattan

A Texan visits Hill Country BBQ

I've stopped going to BlueSmoke, last few times, the food was disappointing. I like Fette Sau in Brooklyn - 2 people can eat for $30 and I like Dinosaur - forgotten how much that is.

Jun 20, 2007
josefr in Manhattan

A Texan visits Hill Country BBQ

Too much fat on the moist meat (it would be trimmed for me at a real place), expensive, and stale bread were my 3 complaints. BUT this NYC, so I understand premium pricing, and not caring about something cheap and free like bread (then why have it?)
The burn on the meat was so great. Will probably go back for a group outing with some fellow Texans, but not make it a regular stop.

Jun 20, 2007
josefr in Manhattan

Hill Country Reservations?

8 or more is the criteria for reservations.

Jun 20, 2007
josefr in Manhattan

A Texan visits Hill Country BBQ

Ordered the moist brisket (as opposed to the lean), sausage and the creamed yams.

Both sets of meat were very good as were the yams. Except for all of the fat on the brisket.
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Given that they charge you for the meat by the pound, I returned the fat to the counter, and had it cut from my bill. I understand that you're going to get more fat on the moist cut, but this was ridiculous. Make sure to check your meat before you walk away from the counter, and only pay what's edible.

They also offer crackers or white bread. Never been offered crackers before, but the white bread is pretty standard. There white bread was stale, so why offer it? Its those details that show this is not a Texan run operation. The meat is about as good as it gets in the city (much better than Blue Smoke - won't go back there, now that Hill Country is open in the same hood) and need another trip back to Dinosaur to compare - its been over a year. I am also a big Fette Sau (in Brooklyn) fan.

Jun 20, 2007
josefr in Manhattan

Blue Hill - Stones Barn review

Returning the veal was so upsetting, I just wanted to move on to the desert. I was too full to try something else at that point. So no, I didn't make them aware of this.

The desert was a nice rebound.

I ordered another glass of wine as I finished my veal-paired wine while I waited for the pork. The pig-paired wine was not comped. Nothing was comped. I am sure I could've raised a stink, but I just wanted to move on, and will not return (never say never, the egg on the salad was amazing) and never eat veal again.

Jun 18, 2007
josefr in General Tristate Archive

Blue Hill - Stones Barn review

Went to Blue Hill last night to celebrate my 30th. The atmosphere was pleasant, it was nice to be out of NYC and on a farm.

We each ordered the 3 course tasting. I was about to jump at the Farmer's 7 course tasting where the menu is prepared just for you and off menu, but the entire table has to order that way.

I started with a yummy pickled ramp gin martini. Had never had anything like this before.
First two tasters were a pork breaded cutlet on a stick, and a mini 'burger' of beat paste on crunchy dough.

We then received mixed greens with a 'farmers' egg - something they are known for. Dreamy medium boiled then breaded deep fried egg. Have no idea how they did this, amazing.

Next I had the hake in pea and asparagus sauce. This was the some of the best piece of fish I have ever eaten. The peas were sweet and the asparagus was crunchy. When i had eaten most of the solids, I has a nice fresh green fish soup. My girlfriend has the gnocchi with the morels. She said it was great.

By this time, we had ordered a half bottle of the Borarolo. A nice complement (I like bold wines), but a bit spend-y for a half bottle ($52).

Next up was the third course: she had the chicken and I had the veal. Her chicken was succulent, and I had never had a chicken breast as dense as this before. Such strong flavor and a nice crisp on the skin.

But oh no - my veal. Center was really tough. I confirmed with the presentation waiter that this was in fact the veal, and he could see that I was only eating around the center, so he took it away, handed me a menu and said - select something else with no hesitation. I felt bad, given you see everything your about to eat as you drive in. So to think, this was messed up somewhere along the way to end up as waste didn't sit well with me. I will probably never eat veal again.

The veal was replaced with the Berkshire pork. Quite tasty, and dense meat (like the chicken) with a side of pork belly/bacon? The pork was over salted (and I like salty pork) and the belly/bacon was cold. The meat was on top of something like hominy that had very little flavor. Over all, the two 'land' proteins were a disappointment.

For desert I had a rhubarb compote with goat cheese and fresh honey. Great flavor profile. The cheese was almost like ice cream (waitress called it their cheesecake). We also had cappuccinos, which were also excellent.

Given the effort to get there, and the disappointment in the two proteins, it will be a long time before we will go back. I am really happy we went, and the meal will definitely be something to remember, just wish the middle of the meal hadn't been derailed.

Jun 18, 2007
josefr in General Tristate Archive

Looking for good steakhouse around Union Square

for a good steak why limit yourself?
I second the The Strip House. If you have to stick south of 14th.

Jun 14, 2007
josefr in Manhattan

Momofuku ssam-influences? [moved from Manhattan board]

As far as the idea for opening a restaurant serving burritos (Ssam) is concerned, he did name drop Chipolte in an Eater interview.

May 22, 2007
josefr in General Topics

overrated restaurants

Have to agree as well. Had very few disappointing meals while living in San Francisco (Zuni, Delfina, Chez Panisse). Maybe because the food is fresher, and the cooks are more laid back, as opposed to the NYC way of always GO GO GO.

2 that stick out for me: Mesa - felt like an expensive chili's. And Blue Smoke. Meyer may have started the trendy BBQ movement in NYC (thank goodness for the bbq fest in June) and I love Shake Shack, but Blue Smoke also feels like an expensive chili's.

May 03, 2007
josefr in Manhattan

E.Village mexican: Downtown Bakery II vs. Puebla

Huge fan of Puebla - both their tacos and their breakfasts. Best chilaquiles I've had on the east coast (and so spicy). We almost walked into Downtown Bakery II just down the street as we were a bit disoriented. I want to try that place now too.

Are they related? Which one is better?

Apr 30, 2007
josefr in Manhattan

What Manhattan Restaurants (Hi, Mid, and Cheap) do you keep going back to?

Blue Smoke has consistently disappointed. I am giving up on needing a restaurant setting and going to Daisy Mae's and Dinosaur from here on out. Even though I am from Texas, I am not a bbq snob, I just don't like getting ripped off for mediocre bbq. Opinion on 'go to bbq' may change after I try Fette Sau in the next few weeks.

Apr 29, 2007
josefr in Manhattan

3 for $300

so $50/per person per meal? including wine/drinks?
I've just booked blue hill stones barn for my 30th, thinking I would spend all the money on one great meal. If you like fish, I like Mermaid Inn, you could get away for $100 for 2.

Apr 29, 2007
josefr in Manhattan

Best Dim Sum in Chinatown

I like New Green Bo.

Apr 26, 2007
josefr in Manhattan

Best sake bars?

I triple Decibel.

Apr 25, 2007
josefr in Manhattan

enjoying the weather...outdoor happy hours?

shooot, I read that as dojo...sorry, I was mistaken.

Apr 24, 2007
josefr in Manhattan

enjoying the weather...outdoor happy hours?

"Yaffa Cafe on St Marks" is closed.

Apr 23, 2007
josefr in Manhattan

Banh Mi?

"Momofuku Ssam's banh mi" is tiny and pricey. I live on that block and still order Nicky's delivery. If your going to by the hype of Momofuku Ssam, I would try something more adventure-some and get you banh mi craving filled at Nicky's. We really need a good banh mi shop in midtown for my lunch time pleasure too.

Apr 16, 2007
josefr in Manhattan

Province mantou sandwiches

You prob saw a review of Vanessas Dumplings http://egustibus.wordpress.com/2006/0.... I am going to try this out for dinner tonight.

Aug 15, 2006
josefr in Manhattan