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Saffron Tea?

Since this has been bumped I'll mention that the masala milk at Saravanaas is delicious, and generous with the saffron. (Though the OP is likely lactose intolerant and may want to skip it). And also worth noting is that the saffron at Penzys is great.

Sep 03, 2009
brettnyc in Manhattan

Ah Ping Snack Bar: In Love

Yeah just was throwing that out there, no idea on the distinction, especially since I've just had the one so far.

There are definitely worse things than needing to eat side by side Ah Ping razor clam omelettes :)

Aug 27, 2009
brettnyc in Manhattan

Ah Ping Snack Bar: In Love

Thanks will check the loofah soup out. Also curious now to try the other razor clam omelette...Could the difference be atlantic vs pacific razor clams, given one is called "Chinese razor clams"?

Aug 26, 2009
brettnyc in Manhattan

Ah Ping Snack Bar: In Love

I've stuck to the more expensive razor clam omelette, so can't compare the two versions, but its excellent, and a great deal given how much razor clam they lay on.

I had the lychee pork on our first visit, because they were "out" of all the other items we requested--I think they were feeling us out to make sure we really wanted the authentic stuff. It was fine(and from what I understand lychee pork is an authentic dish) but you can do much better there than the lychee pork. That first visit there may have been some confusion from the pointing as well--I believe we may have inadvertently pointed near the price trying to just identify the item, rather than pointing directly to the character listing the item, and they perhaps thought we were trying to confirm the price, and maybe the price had risen slightly, so they said it wasn't available? Either way, if you'll be pointing make sure to go right for the character to avoid confusion. I've found the woman that runs it to be very nice btw...

Aug 25, 2009
brettnyc in Manhattan

Ah Ping Snack Bar: In Love

My girlfriend and I have been several times and never had a problem with the no-english. From the dishes Jim recs we've had the rabbit foo chow, razor clam omelette, and lamb with wine dregs, and definitely concur with the praise.

Jim, I haven't noticed the loofah soup on the menu(haven't been back since the new bigger menu arrived, although I believe you mentioned that dish in your original Ah Ping post, when they had the first menu), and from a quick look didn't see it on the menupages one either. Does this have a different name on the menu/do you order this off-menu?

Aug 25, 2009
brettnyc in Manhattan

PIO PIO CHICKEN???

The chicken is juicy, and the maduros are the side we usually go with.

Aug 17, 2009
brettnyc in Manhattan

Artichoke Pizza report

I also strongly disagree. As I've posted before, the square is excellent. I've never gotten anything other than the square. I believe the general consensus is the other slices aren't in the same league.

Aug 17, 2009
brettnyc in Manhattan

Wondee Siam - What to order?

You should definitely check it out, but prepare to be addicted--I went back three additional times in one week after my first meal there from the Mieng Ka Na cravings!

Aug 05, 2009
brettnyc in Manhattan

Best Restaurants on Curry Row?

I think the definition of fun per the late evening Haandi tea was relatively bustling, talkative, friendly, lively. I'll check this out to see if its an on-going thing, or if the woman I know who mentioned this lucked out when she went, maybe there were a couple of large outgoing groups there by chance.

Aug 05, 2009
brettnyc in Manhattan

Best Restaurants on Curry Row?

Interesting. Like I said I haven't been for tea yet(at any time), and also I don't know the person who mentioned this very well. I think she was talking about like 10pm-ish. I'll pop by there sometime around 10 to check it out. I don't think the woman who mentioned this is a regular there, so either it all depends on the timing, or she happened upon an unusual night there. But I'll note the dourness at the other times you mentioned!

Aug 05, 2009
brettnyc in Manhattan

Best Restaurants on Curry Row?

Yes it was indeed the chicken biryani. Will certainly post about follow up Haandi experiences per any additional chow-worthy food there! One thing I've heard but have not yet been myself, is that Haandi can be a fun scene for late-ish evening tea.

Aug 05, 2009
brettnyc in Manhattan

Best Restaurants on Curry Row?

BTW, got some biryani from Haandi last night and agree that it is surprisingly good. This was my first Haandi experience and am looking forward to more of their biryani soon.

Aug 05, 2009
brettnyc in Manhattan

Roast Meats Chinatown Problem

LOL! I think they've been pretty accurate with the weights in my experience, including with just half a pound.

Aug 05, 2009
brettnyc in Manhattan

Roast Meats Chinatown Problem

Hey Forunder,

This is great, now I have an excuse to have both soon in a chinatown suckling pig taste test.

BTW is the other place you mention for roast duck(west side of Mott) Hoy Wong? I believe Hoy Wong is below street level on the west side of Mott, and remember reading a very positive post about it a while back, but haven't been yet.

Aug 04, 2009
brettnyc in Manhattan

Roast Meats Chinatown Problem

Do you prefer Hsin Wong's or Noodletown's suckling pig? Will have to try Big Wong's roast duck as well.

Aug 03, 2009
brettnyc in Manhattan

Best Restaurants on Curry Row?

I'll have to give Sonali a go, I remember seeing some of your positive posts on it I think when it was Famous Curry.

Aug 03, 2009
brettnyc in Manhattan

Roast Meats Chinatown Problem

Interesting, I've never just specified large or small container, I've specified by the pound (and gotten half a pound). Perhaps its possible to do either, or perhaps one of the container sizes happens to work out to half a pound. I've gotten it to go, which may or may not have factored in.

Aug 03, 2009
brettnyc in Manhattan

Roast Meats Chinatown Problem

I've got to try the suckling pig at noodletown, have not yet. From other posts on the topic, I believe the consensus was that Noodletown has the best suckling pig, but Big Wong has the best char siu. Cant remember reviews regarding Big Wong's roast duck, but I remember the boiled chicken getting very good reviews as well. So far I've stuck to the char siu at Big Wong and its been great.

Aug 03, 2009
brettnyc in Manhattan

Roast Meats Chinatown Problem

Yes its by the pound, and you can specify to them if you want fatty/lean/half-fatty half lean, etc..

Aug 03, 2009
brettnyc in Manhattan

Roast Meats Chinatown Problem

I've had very good roast pork from Big Wong on Mott, and have seen a number of others report the same on this board.

Aug 02, 2009
brettnyc in Manhattan

Where can I get bitters other than the usual Angostura?

Ok, I just checked this out. Fortunately for your internet order, but unfortunately for easy Xocolatl bitters access, Kalustyan's does not currently have it. BUT...I spoke with the manager(?), the guy with the beard, and discussed with him. It sounded like he had not yet heard of this, but I mentioned to him that the Bittermen's Xocolatl and Grapefruit bitters are newly available to retail and very highly regarded, and he seemed intrigued. So maybe if we're lucky he'll order some and new yorkers will have an easy bricks and mortar place to stock up on this stuff, as opposed to needing to do online orders. I encourage other hounds to keep bringing this up to them so Kalustyan's will give Bittermens a go!

Jul 31, 2009
brettnyc in Manhattan

Where can I get bitters other than the usual Angostura?

LOL! I'll be strolling by Kalustyans later tonight and will report on the bittermen's situation.

Jul 31, 2009
brettnyc in Manhattan

Where can I get bitters other than the usual Angostura?

Yes Kalustyan's has great bitters/other cocktail related ingredients as mentioned. In addition to the other stuff mentioned, the Fee Bros Whiskey Barrel bitters is great stuff. I wonder if they're stocking the much anticipated Bittermen's Xocolatl Mole bitters, come to think of it.

Jul 31, 2009
brettnyc in Manhattan

Which burger- Spotted Pig or Black Label at Minetta?

Hey Steakrules. I haven't been to Minetta yet, but I remember hearing the fries are excellent. I believe they're supposed to be very similar to the fries at Balthazar.

Jul 31, 2009
brettnyc in Manhattan

Best Restaurants on Curry Row?

Yeah I agree with what comiendo said, I'm in curry hill pretty frequently but this gives me some new ideas. Looking forward to trying haandi's biryani in particular.

Regarding Kalustyan's, I actually think its best virtue is not for finding ingredients one has in mind and is looking for, but for discovering ingredients one has never even thought to seek out/variations on ingredients one didn't know existed. The array of what they have is pretty incredible and can provide for interesting discoveries. For more straight ahead spice shopping for example though, I usually go to Penzeys.

Jul 31, 2009
brettnyc in Manhattan

Eleven Madison Park - RW Lunch Menu and Dress Code?

Hey RGR. Yes they only served the goat's milk butter at lunch yesterday, not sure if thats a RW thing or if its a tweak in their lunch service. If its only for RW I would certainly request that they bring the goat's milk butter as well next time I'm there for lunch, its particularly good. I think I may need to grab some of it from Zabar's as well for the fridge, although that could be dangerously(but wonderfully) addictive!

Jul 31, 2009
brettnyc in Manhattan

Eleven Madison Park - RW Lunch Menu and Dress Code?

Funny, I just googled "Eleven Madison Park" and "butter" to see if I could find out what they were using, and stumbled on this article: http://themoment.blogs.nytimes.com/20... Basically a very similar musing to what I just posted. I assume from the description that she's writing about the same butter I tasted today, which she lists as Meyenberg goat's milk butter, apparently available at Zabar's at $6 for 8 oz.

Jul 30, 2009
brettnyc in Manhattan

Eleven Madison Park - RW Lunch Menu and Dress Code?

I happened to have lunch at EMP today. I was informally dressed(khakis, button down shirt, dressy sandals) and was completely comfortable.

I actually had forgot that it was RW, and had gone from a suckling pig craving, which wasn't on the RW menu, and for which they couldn't accommodate a special request! I had a delicious meal regardless. I thought the corn chowder with prawns and bacon was particularly good--super sweet corn, beautiful texture on the little corn kernels, first rate very fresh pieces of prawn, nice contrasting accents from the bits of bacon. The lamb sausage was good but I thought the accompanying tomato, and the pommes puree, was actually more memorable than the sausage itself, the tomato most and the potato secondly. The potato was very rich, I didnt think it was quite as good but reminded me of the signature at Joel Robuchon in Paris, really delicious. Very nice cherry crumble for dessert, cherries were really excellent. An interesting highlight for me was actually the butter, there was a great hay kind of note in the butter that I was loving, not knocking the rest of what was a wonderful lunch, but surprisingly to me the flavor of the butter is probably whats staying with me right now the most funny enough, and I wouldnt call myself a butter connoisseur. I lucked into picking a wine that went nicely with that butter, the only yellow wine I believe they have by the glass. I hadn't had a yellow wine before but its a french sherry-like wine which was delicious, and the one I had had a faint hay-like note in there as well. All in all was a really delicious lunch.

Jul 30, 2009
brettnyc in Manhattan

Wondee Siam - What to order?

Glad you liked it so much. Yeah the Mieng Ka Na really is exceptionally good, and consistently so. Its been about a week since my last visit, and I'm getting ready for another trip already.

Jul 29, 2009
brettnyc in Manhattan

Best Restaurants on Curry Row?

There's a ton posted on here on these restaurants, but search "curry hill" rather than "curry row". The quick version, most of the restaurants specialize in south indian cuisine, Tiffin Wallah, Saravanaas, Chennai Garden and Dhaba are the cream of the crop. My gf and I's favorite is Tiffin Wallah, although others prefer Saravanaas. And Kalustyan's is an absolutely excellent market. Regarding the new kebab place mentioned by goodhealthgourmet, its called Bhatti, and as mentioned in a different post we got delivery from it the other day and liked it, but based on only one meal we preferred Tiffin Wallah. But the specialization is obviously different.

Jul 29, 2009
brettnyc in Manhattan