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Saturday Night in Soho

I tried to make a reservation for 8:30 at Aquagrill for four people tomorrow night, but the best they could do was put me "at the top of the waiting list" for 8:00, which doesn't sound promising in terms of getting a table. My question is this: if Aquagrill doesn't work out, is there a good restaurant in the area (preferably seafood) were we would have a decent chance of getting a table around 8:30 without reservations? I know Blue Ribbon is nearby, but I'm guessing that would be just as, if not more, crowded. Thanks for any suggestions!

Sep 28, 2007
slynnkiino in Manhattan

donovan's burger - short note

Totally agree--the meat was very good, but the bun is certainly an important part of the burger experience too. My bottom bun disintegrated completely from the juices, and I had to eat the thing with a fork and knife. The burger was a very good deal and I would go there often if I lived nearby, but I don't see how it can be considered the best burger in the city.

May 25, 2007
slynnkiino in Outer Boroughs

A Good BYOB in Queens?

Unidentified Flying Chicken, Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights. A really friendly place with super-tasty Korean-style fried chicken. We prefer sitting in the downstairs area. They are awaiting their liquor license, but encourage you to BYO in the meantime.

--sarah
http://www.avenuefood.com

May 13, 2007
slynnkiino in Outer Boroughs

Zabb Queens--closed for good?

Both times I've tried to eat here--last Sunday afternoon, and yesterday (Saturday) afternoon, the place has been shuttered. I'm bummed because I've heard so many great things about it. Does anyone know if the place is out of business or are they only open for dinner? Thanks, Sarah

http://www.avenuefood.com

May 06, 2007
slynnkiino in Outer Boroughs

Ft. Lauderdale

Looking for a good, casual seafood restaurant for dinner tonight. Any recommendations would be appreciated. Thanks!

Apr 22, 2007
slynnkiino in Florida

Time Out's "EatOut" Awards--Jade

This place is nominated for "Best New Queens Restaurant" but Danny Brown isn't? How annoying. Clearly no one from Time Out knows anything about the (admittedly pathetic) scene in Forest Hills.

http://www.timeout.com/newyork/static_content/surveys/?surveyid=650

--Sarah
http://www.avenuefood.com

Mar 05, 2007
slynnkiino in Outer Boroughs

Lunch at UFC (Unidentified Flying Chicken)

My husband and I went there this past Sunday afternoon. We expected it to be crowded, with all the recent press, but it was almost empty (this was the downstairs part). We loved the chicken--the soy garlic and spicy--because it was so flavorful and crisp. Didn't love the fries--really oily and no flavor. Next time we'll get one of the salads, maybe.

--Sarah
http://www.avenuefood.com

Mar 02, 2007
slynnkiino in Outer Boroughs

Bouchon Bakery tonight

My husband and I were thinking of eating here tonight, around 6, before the ballet. Anyone know if there's typically a wait at dinnertime? We've only been on weekend afternoons.

We were also thinking of Rosa Mexicano, since it's so close to Lincoln Center--is this a type of place where you can just walk in and get a table or do we need a reservation? Do they have a bar area? Thanks for your help!
--Sarah
http://www.avenuefood.com

Feb 15, 2007
slynnkiino in Manhattan

HELP! Valentine's Day sugg's.....

If you can get there early, The Little Owl on Bedford keeps two tables open for walk-ins (at least on regular nights--I would definitely call to confirm that they're doing it on Valentine's Day, too).

Il Posto Accanto is a cute Italian wine bar on 2nd street--a place like this might be a good idea, since I'm pretty sure they don't take reservations. Or Inoteca on Ludlow, though again, you'd have to get there early because it's very popular.

--Sarah
http://www.avenuefood.com

Feb 10, 2007
slynnkiino in Manhattan

Manhattans in Manhattan

Recently, my husband and I have been on a quest to find the best Manhattans in the city. Our favorites so far have been at Pegu Club, Angel's Share, and Flatiron Lounge. Last week, we finally made it to Gin Lane, whose cocktails we'd heard so much about. The Perfect Manhattan had clearly been shaken--there was a noticeable layer of foam on the top
--and it had little ice chips floating in it. I also thought the drink tasted watery.

My first question is this: I always thought the proper way to make a Manhattan is to stir it--am I wrong? Is it more a matter of personal preference?
Also, Gin Lane is always mentioned in the threads about where to find the best cocktails--do you all think they're on the same level as Pegu, Flatiron, Gramercy and the other top-tier cocktail places? Were we just there on an off night?
--Sarah
http://www.avenuefood.com

Feb 08, 2007
slynnkiino in Manhattan

ran - new japanese on metropolitan ave.

Looks like one person tried it:

http://www.chowhound.com/topics/35762...

Feb 04, 2007
slynnkiino in Outer Boroughs

DB Wine Bar - report from last night

The steak is really good and so is the chicken. Danny Brown does an excellent job with meats--the pork, which you mentioned, is always perfectly cooked (even if you don't ask for medium that seems to be their standard temp) and the chicken is as juicy as I've ever had it. When they get the skin crisp (hit or miss) the chicken is positively dreamy.

--Sarah
http://www.avenuefood.com

Feb 02, 2007
slynnkiino in Outer Boroughs

Manhattan - orange garnish?

I use jarred Italian amarena cherries, which are deep purple in color, tangy, and much more flavorful than maraschino cherries. I also mix about a half-teaspoon of the cherry syrup into the drink.
--Sarah
http://www.avenuefood.com

Jan 31, 2007
slynnkiino in Spirits

Ginger beer cocktails?

My husband and I like to do our own colorful little twist on the dark 'n stormy that we call the Bloody Port Royal (after the Jamaican town that supposedly sank into the sea due to its wickedness).

2 oz. dark rum
2 oz. blood orange juice (now in season!)
4 oz. good, spicy ginger beer

shake rum and juice in a shaker with ice, pour into an ice-filled highball glass, top with ginger beer. We like to garnish it with candied ginger, though you could also use a little blood orange peel.
--Sarah
http://www.avenuefood.com

Jan 31, 2007
slynnkiino in Spirits

12 st bar and grill experience?

When my husband and I lived in the neighborhood (about four years ago) 12th Street's next-door bar was our second home. You get the same food, but in a much more relaxed setting (though I suppose it might be a little too relaxed for some). I don't remember the food being fabulous, but it was great for bar food--an excellent burger (especially with blue cheese) and a good tuna steak sandwich.

--Sarah
http://www.avenuefood.com

Jan 30, 2007
slynnkiino in Outer Boroughs

Valentine's Dinner w/o the BS?

I'm sure wine bars like Inoteca on Ludlow and Il Posto Accanto on 2nd street would be doing their regular thing on Valentine's Day. They're casual, but fun and have great food.

--Sarah
http://www.avenuefood.com

Jan 29, 2007
slynnkiino in Manhattan

help - leftover rice!

I like to eat leftover (Japanese) white rice topped with a couple soft poached eggs for breakfast. Yum!

--Sarah
http://www.avenuefood.com

Jan 29, 2007
slynnkiino in Home Cooking

Pegu Club, Milk and Honey - any others?

Bemelman's in the Carlyle (sp?) hotel. It's very old-school--not trendy like Pugu, Flatiron, and most of the downtown places--but they have excellent cocktails. In fact, Audrey Sanders, owner of Pegu, used to work there.

--Sarah
http://www.avenuefood.com

Jan 29, 2007
slynnkiino in Manhattan

Help introduce us to the Outer Boroughs

I love Danny Brown Wine Bar--in fact I go there all the time. But if you were to pick it up and drop it in the middle of Manhattan, it would be just another pretty good restaurant and not particularly special. If you're going to come out to Queens, you may as well try something that you won't find the likes of in Manhattan--like
Sripraphai, Spicy & Tasty, or perhaps an Indian place in Jackson Heights or a Greek place in Astoria.

--Sarah
http://www.avenuefood.com

Jan 25, 2007
slynnkiino in Outer Boroughs

gems at Trader Joe's

I like the Tuscan Pane, too, toasted and buttered for breakfast.
I also like the chocolate-covered, peanut-butter-filled pretzels.

--Sarah
http://www.avenuefood.com

Jan 24, 2007
slynnkiino in Chains

Waverly Inn..Bruni's review

I enjoyed the review, too--I thought the voice was pitch-perfect and very funny. But it starts out sounding like he's about to skewer the place, and then the review actually turns out to be a positive one. I think. I'm not sure if he likes the place or not. But he definitely seems to be a fan of the food.
--Sarah
http://www.avenuefood.com

Jan 24, 2007
slynnkiino in Food Media & News

Gramercy Tavern bar tonight

Hi--

I wanted to check out the bar at Gramercy Tavern tonight--mainly for the cocktails, which I've heard so much about, but we'll probably eat there too (in the bar area).

For two people, does anyone know if it will be difficult to get seating at, say, 7:30 or 8:00 or should we go earlier? I've never been and have no idea how big the place is. Thanks!

Sarah
http://www.avenuefood.com

Jan 24, 2007
slynnkiino in Manhattan

Favourite pizza topping combos?

mozzarella, ricotta, anchovies, red pepper flakes (no tomato sauce). But it must be on a good NY-style pie.

--Sarah
http://www.avenuefood.com

Jan 24, 2007
slynnkiino in Home Cooking

Can anyone recommend good Asian cookbooks?

"The Breath of a Wok" by Grace Young. A fabulous introduction to wok-cooking and stir-frying as it should be done. Recipes are user-friendly and not terribly complicated.

--Sarah
http://www.avenuefood.com

Jan 24, 2007
slynnkiino in Home Cooking

anchovies- how do use them?

Dissolve one or two in spaghetti sauce (add to olive oil at the beginning of the process) and they will sort of melt away.

The best panino in the world: Mozzarella, anchovies, red pepper flakes (based on the Italian Mozzarella in Carrozza sandwich)

--Sarah
http://www.avenuefood.com

Jan 24, 2007
slynnkiino in Home Cooking

Anthony Bourdain's Show-No Reservations

Yeah--and his politeness and graciousness toward his hosts never wavered--he even had seconds. As tough as it was for him to stomach the meal, he never loses sight of the fact that he's being invited to share a meal with people who probably don't have a whole lot to share--what they cook must be hunted or foraged first. When you consider how labor-intensive the meal was, I guess it makes sense that they don't waste anything . . .

--Sarah
http://www.avenuefood.com

Jan 24, 2007
slynnkiino in Food Media & News

7th Ave S. area dinner suggestions???

Little Owl has great food and is very charming. If you don't have a reservation, they set aside two 2-tops for walk-ins and have a tiny bar.

For more casual places, 'ino is good (panini) and so is Moustache (Middle Eastern).

--Sarah
http://www.avenuefood.com

Jan 23, 2007
slynnkiino in Manhattan

Sushi Yasu in Forest Hills

I'm really looking forward to checking this place out--I've lived in Forest Hills for almost two years, but never knew it existed! Thanks for the tip.

--Sarah
http://www.avenuefood.com

Jan 21, 2007
slynnkiino in Outer Boroughs

Birthday Dinner - Great Atmosphere - Somewhere Downtown - Up to $30/head all-inclusive- Help! :)

Loreley--fun German place on Rivington. Best during the warmer months when the garden is open, but food is pretty good and within your price range. They have large tables, too. Be sure to order some of the hot bretzels.

--Sarah
http://www.avenuefood.com

Jan 19, 2007
slynnkiino in Manhattan

Valentine's Day recs?

Little Owl is very good--simple, well-prepared food. If you can't get a reservation, they keep two two-tops open for walk-ins (at least on regular nights)and have a tiny four-seat bar. Get there early, though, because it's a tiny space and they're very popular.
Don't know if they're doing a special menu for Valentine's Day.

--Sarah
http://www.avenuefood.com

Jan 19, 2007
slynnkiino in Manhattan