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Cantoon Garden long review (w/ pics) - one of the best of Manhattan chinatown

Bloody chicken? is that, when you break up a bone, the marrow looks pink with blood? Or, is it the flesh? Never had the latter.

I'd also like to recommend Canton Gourmet for the Cantonese cuisine other than seafood (ie, chicken, hotpot, etc) @Prince St, corner of 38th-- in Flushing again. The wait line can be long, sigh...

Nov 21, 2009
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Chinese on Thanksgiving

What type of Chinese do you prefer? Would you be willing to go to Elmhurst for a better TW food as long as it is close to subway? Please let us know! I believeone can have a pretty satisfying Cantonese, Fujian, or Sichuan meal in the city (while the best Chinese food is found usually in Flushing). Anyways, IMHO:
(i) Cantonese hotpot and anything non-seafood (chicken, sand pot. etc): Amazing 66 @ 66 Mott St,
(ii) Cantonese seafood: Cantoon Garden (spelling!) @22 Elisabeth St,
(iii) dim sum: Dim Sum Go-Go @ 5 East B'way (somewhat dicey but is very rewarding with a little bit of luck), Chatham Sq restaurant (#9).
(iv) Chuan: Duo Yi (aka Sichuan Gourmet, @39th and 5th).

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South China Garden
22 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

Amazing 66
66 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

Nov 17, 2009
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Wafa's Mediterranean in Forest Hills

My humble advice to anyone new to Wafa's or MedT food, fwiw. If you are unsure of what you might want/like don't hesitate to talk to her: she knows her stuff and she has a very good taste indeed! I know the MiddleE cuisine like my own palm, yet I still remember her telling me, somewhat hastingly and forcefully (as much like an artist in the flow): so you said you like Middle Eastern food? now, you' re gonna have the best falafel you've ever tasted! by the way, do you want extra red onions? :)))) The falafel wrap was heavenly, never mind the pita...

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Wafa's
100-05 Metropolitan Ave, Queens, NY 11375

Nov 11, 2009
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Leaving Queens!!! What are the must eats before I go?

Good! And here's a suggestion on where to celebrate.:) Head to Katsuno, a Japanese restaurant @Met Ave. Top-quality Japanese food: mind-boggling noodles, excellent fish and seafood, harmonious food composition. Not cheap, yet worth every penny. IMHO

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Katsuno
103-01 Metropolitan Ave, Queens, NY 11375

Nov 11, 2009
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Olympic Pita Questions

1. Yes the waiters are fast and hard-working, although this doesn't always help: the restaurant is severely understaffed;
2. they Yemeni soup is excellent

Oct 29, 2009
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Any Chinese Resto's on 10th ave, 14th-42nd

is the Grand Sichuan @ 9th and 24th OK?

Oct 22, 2009
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Help a teacher!

That should be easy in the current economy. ;) Since you've posted on the Outer Borough forum, may I suggest a Taiwanese-style restaurant by the subway, yet not quite in Flushing? Andy's Seafood & Grill, @ 63 St in Queens, 15 min subway (E, F, or a local line) ride form Manhattan and you save your fare on a cheap and delicious cuisine.

I've been a regular there since the opening: the food is very good and rich (and not hot, unless you order it that way), and the service is fantastic. You can go as ethnic as you want or as mainstream as you prefer, and $20 pp is VERY generous provided you bring in 30+ people; in fact, you can have a Per Se level of service for that money. I can bring this printout in front of the owner if you like.

Why do I care? (1) I've been a devoted customer since day one: the food is very good and child-friendly ; (2) it's a community place; the service is fantastic: they know your kids names and your grandchildren birthdays; (3) kids can learn more about a tremendous ethnic variety of NYC; (4) the restaurant meets all of your criteria, and yes--that includes both the hard work and business challenges: the person who opened this unconventional restaurant took a huge risk and he's trying to do it the real American way--by hard work, he would be proud to discuss it with you; (5) as a compliment to their wait staff.

Please think about it.

Oct 22, 2009
diprey in Outer Boroughs

Great Indian Queens

OK. A few good old Indian friends came visiting some six weeks ago: 1 from Mumbai, 1 from Pune, a Gujarati born in Tanzania, and a guy from New Delhi who grew up in a Southern village. I know it sounds strange, but we felt like going to an Indian restaurant for food and have some King Fischer to wash it down, and Southern Spice was it. I do not usually recommend an Indian restaurant to my Indian friends: the guys work their cell phones to find a better advice from the local community. This time I did, and they all praised the food and I am pretty sure it was not out of mere politeness. So, chef Manny's food is now Indian-approved. :)

Oct 22, 2009
diprey in Outer Boroughs

Any new tea shops worth trying?

Maybe off-topic, but would you consider going to an ougter borough for a good tea? Flushing, Queens is on the 7 line, which starts at the Grand Central Terminal.

If you enjoy good-quality Chinese or Taiwanese teas, there are two stores I can recommend: both are in Flushing (and none in Chinatown, sorry). Lu Yu Tea Empire, @ 137-03 Northern Blvd and Fang Gourmet Tea, @135-25 Roosevelt Ave. IMHO, both are worth your time. Both have Web sites/Facebook accounts, but I would not recommend basing your conclusion on that.

Oct 17, 2009
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good Asian noodles in Midtown

@bearmi: Thank you! I love SG, and I am happy to consider myself their regular. If this is not too much to ask, can you be so kind as transcribe the Mme Song noodle dish in either Chinese or pinyin? Sorry and thank you so much again.

@greenteaqueen: Thank you! I love ma-po ramen noodles a lot!

Oct 15, 2009
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Midtown East Recommendations

Yes! I always entered the building from the other side, and that's 277 Park :). That might be # 500 on the Lex Ave side. As Google Maps reminds me, the store name is Beckman Liquors. Please don't ask for salesperson's name: all I remember she was quite knowledgeable and helpful (and I do think wine is food).

Oct 15, 2009
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Midtown East Recommendations

There is a good wine store in the old Chemical Bank building (now JPMorgan), precisely @ 48th and Lex. I believe it is cheaper than SL and can be a real fun to browse.

Sushi Yasuda is excellent, not just for lunch.

Some of my favorite restaurants in that neighborhood include Avra (Greek, more suitable for dinner or for a VERY long and leisurely lunch), Diwan (Indian), both on the E 48th. Sip Sak is a good inexpensive Turkish place @50 and 2nd, great for lunch (at least it was 4 yrs ago). Marrakesh is a popular Moroccan restaurant @53rd, between 2nd and 3rd, although it's quite small and at the basement level (hard to spot).

Well, there are some other choices: what kind of food do you like?

I believe there is no good coffee in that area, but I might be wrong. Then again, you may want to ask for some Turkish coffee @Sip Sak.

Oct 15, 2009
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Need A Tea STORE...

I was at Fang's last week, after a few months, and I really liked what I saw. They have expanded: now they provide a much greater variety of mainland teas, and most importantly, the quality hasn't slipped! IMHO, their quality is high enough to satisfy a demanding tea gourmet (i.e., not me, gee). In particular, some of their fermented teas do not need washing at all! (i.e., no dust, no staleness, professional handling and storage: what must be aged is aged, what must be fresh stays that way).

Fang's is not cheap by any measure, but I feel they might be worth it: I am talking about tea rather than teaware, mind you.

Oct 14, 2009
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Kimchi Specialist?

Looking for same as the OP, and no luck so far. Unfortunately, I don't speak Korean at all and I don't have enough Korean friends to guide me. I agree with Miss Needle that KGS could use some improvement. Please shout out loud if you find something worthy.

@burton: Is it worth showing up at Gahm Mi Ok with an empty jar and an open purse? I am not sure I quite understand what DOESN'T SELL means: am I off-base? (Mostly, I like kimchi on my breakfast rice porridge.)

Oct 14, 2009
diprey in Outer Boroughs

Best salted fish with diced chicken fried rice in Chinatown?

Why just Cantonese? I think most Fujian-style restaurants would have it too, if that's the dish that bigjeff transcribed. Just ask! Heck, I took it out of a Taiwanese restaurant last Friday. Yum!

Oct 14, 2009
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good Asian noodles in Midtown

I am sorry: I know this topic has been beaten to death, and then more....I was not able to get to a satisfactory conclusion. I am so sorry: please help me out if you can!

I am looking for a place where you can find REAL good Asian noodles (Japanese preferred, all kinds of Chinese are excellent, and willing to learn more) for a lunch or maybe dinner, no other concerns are the problem (i.e., will reserve in advance if required, willing to speak their native language, will bring a team of 6+ hungry Asian men:) . The point is the noodles: springy, lively, in any broth or a sauce. Any place between 42nd and the 14th St is fine. Will pay what it costs, at least once.

Oct 07, 2009
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Golden Sichuan in Flushing

Tea-smoked PORK, oh mine... Quite interesting: gotta try this! IMHO, one of the most distinguishing features of Sichuan tea-smoked duck is that it is not dripping with fat. My Cantonese friends were so much surprised at how duck can taste lean and delicious at the same time .

But then again, I am a Sichuan nut. A wildly controversial move of XLJ doesn't bother me much: there is a growing Chinese community in that neighborhood and the Q-line bus goes there too!

Sep 24, 2009
diprey in Outer Boroughs

Flushing Sichuan

wow, thanks for a great idea. will try!

Sep 22, 2009
diprey in Outer Boroughs

Need A Tea STORE...

What kind of tea do you like? There are a couple of truly good tea stores in Flushing, Queens I can recommend. IMHO, #1 is Lu Yu Tea Empire, http://www.luhyutea.com/, ask for Annie. The other one is http://www.fangtea.com/ , ask for Lee (Mandarin only!) or Teresa.

The best Manhattan tea store has went 100% online, but they are well-renowned for the best aged teas in the nation, by far. http://www.theteagallery.com/.

Sep 22, 2009
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HELP!! In Forest Hills

We went to Star of Siam twice during the past year or two. Nothing to report. :( I humbly suggest you work with the kitchen of the place on Queens Blvd: the chef undestands Cantonese.

Sep 15, 2009
diprey in Outer Boroughs

Taste of Shanghai (Shang Hai Xiao Chi) - delicious shanghainese in flushing

Guys, both your pinyin translations are extremely helpful, but there might be some minor dialect issues here. Thank you both!

Sep 15, 2009
diprey in Outer Boroughs

Wafa's Mediterranean in Forest Hills

Their pita might be not the greatest., but I can forgive and forget when it comes out wrapped around fresh-made falafel balls with tahini, lots of red onion and fresh herbs. I really dig their falafel and a side of grains and lentils (which I think is best with a drop of a freshly-squeezed lemon juice--just ask). The okra dish is heavenly too, but I am a sucker for Middle Eastern okra.

The food is great. Given the price, it's a pearl in the dirt. My understangding is, a bad pita is just an economy thingy.

Sep 15, 2009
diprey in Outer Boroughs

Columbia University Area; best chinese food (delivery)?

I apologize. I stuck to my opinions so close I failed to see anything but. I am sorry. It is not easy to recommend a decent Chinese place in the neighborhood that has none. If you kindly consider Malaysia Grill (@104), it's not exactly Chinese but you can get some Chinese dishes out of them. Malay food is tasty, too. Please tell us what your favorite tastes are and hopefully we can recommend something in particular.

Sep 14, 2009
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Flushing Sichuan

Still torn between Xiao La Jiao and Chengdu Tien Fu: both are absolutely top notch. Also, Spicy & Tasty is very much respected (and they have the widest selection by far). I wouls also consider Gourmet Sichuan @37 St, especially for their whole fish.
All in all, Flushing has the best Sichuan food. I would go as far as claim that XLJ and CTF are possibly the best Sichuan places on the whole Eastern US seaboard.

Sep 14, 2009
diprey in Outer Boroughs

Taste of Shanghai (Shang Hai Xiao Chi) - delicious shanghainese in flushing

Second the pork shoulder: so tender you don't need anything but chopsticks...

Sep 14, 2009
diprey in Outer Boroughs

Is Spicy Mina's still the best?

Spicy Mina is still great, if you like Bangladeshi (or maybe Bengali) food. As far as Indian food goes, Southern Spice is all the rave.

Sep 14, 2009
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SF CH looking for authentic or different Chinese and Taiwanese food

Flashing red warning sign!

I happen to work close to Rickshaw Dumplings @23rd St. I went there once lured by a hand-written Chinese sign. What a disappointment!

I am sorry to say their food is not worth the price. I can easily make better dumplings by using the frozen food section of any Chinese supermarket. :)

Sep 14, 2009
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Columbia University Area; best chinese food (delivery)?

Well, that's why I said I would be blunt. :) A conclusion is up to the OP.

I think their food is good and authentic at only $4.25 /lb. If you know a good Chinese place of comparable quality/price any closer, please post here.

IMHO, the Chinese offerings on the UWS are offensively bad. I am sorry, my posting was not quite helpful, but someone has to be the messenger.

Sep 02, 2009
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Sushi in Forest Hills/Rego Park

I am sorry, but I didn't like any sushi in FH at all, regardless of their price range. I've been to pretty much all restaurants mentioned in this thread and my bit of advice would be: avoid, no matter the price.

No doubt some people have enjoyed their meals. I am sorry if this sounds obvious, but sushi is a specialized offering: a decent Japanese restaurant wouldn't necessarily make a good cut.

Sep 01, 2009
diprey in Outer Boroughs

Near Penn Station.... anything?

I would completely agree with your assessment of Chef Yu. But then again, it's not a Korean restaurant, it's an ethnic theme park. And luckily, it's not even close to Penn Station.

I would disagree that K-town is always crowded: Asians like their dinner early. Besides, a common teenage crowd near Radisson is actually to the benefit of the disabled. Just ask them for some help with the wheelchair... seriously.

Sep 01, 2009
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