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Steakhouse near Barclay's Center

There is a Tony Roma's a few blocks from Barclay's. I realize that is is not really a steakhouse and it is a chain, but they can accommodate a large group. (I never eaten here, but I live nearby).

Dinosaur Barbecue is also nearby...

Jul 23, 2015
roux42 in Outer Boroughs

Knives for a Paris rental kitchen

We rented an apartment a few weeks ago in St, Germaine de Pres. Knices were bad! I bought a cheap bread knife at La Vaissellerie along with a few spreaders. They have a few different types of cheap knifes (steak, cheese etc..) When I was in Paris a few years ago, I bought a few knives at a hardware store. The bread knife was 12 Euros, spreaders, 2 Euros and the steak knives were 5 Euros. The open air markets sell them as well.

Good luck!

Feb 16, 2015
roux42 in France

Good quality wooden spoons?

Beautiful ones on Etsy.

Feb 14, 2015
roux42 in Cookware

Choucroute Garni and Coq au Vin in Paris?


I found a decent Coq at Vin at a restaurant a few steps from our apartment; Le Parisien. I was as sick as a dog the first 3 days in Paris, so this restaurant and the local outdoor market (on Raspail) were a great source of food.

We tried two new restaurants that were recommended by friends; Quincambosse and Le Philosphe. Both were excellent, interesting, entertaining, walkable to the apartment in St. Germaine and inexpensive.

As far as fun restaurants, we had lunch at Chez Louisette at the St. Ouen flea. The food was very adequate and the atomosphere is a blast. French singers accompanied by an accordion and a key board! Excellent!

As far as knives, we went to Lagniole and Dehillerin (lunch at Cochon de Pied). Lagniole had beautiful, but expensive things, out of my budget. I bought two Opinels and a Spanish chef's knife as gifts. Dehillerin reminded me of the old days of Bridge Cookware. Nothing glorious, but some good inexpensive knives. I bought a few Sabatiers as gifts and a small Thiers chef knife for myself that came in handy at the apartment.

All and all, an awesome trip except for being ill!

Feb 09, 2015
roux42 in France

Choucroute Garni and Coq au Vin in Paris?

Hello folks,

We will be in Paris for 6 nights beginning on February 2nd and I would really like to eat an amazing Choucroute as well a well prepared Coq au Vin. Any suggestions? We are staying in the 6th, we move around well and my French is passable. We tend to eat in casual restaurants and my husband will not have a tie or jacket with him. That being said, we do not mind paying a few extra Euros for a good meal (the exchange rate is in our favor on this trip).

On another note, I need to purchase a few good knives as gifts, any ideas?

Thank you in advance!

Jan 25, 2015
roux42 in France

Pate en croute?

If I bought it on Thursday, do you think it would last until Saturday? I have to start cooking and prepping on Friday night, unless I send my husband....

Dec 30, 2014
roux42 in Manhattan

Pate en croute?

We are having people over for dinner next weekend and I would like to serve pate en croute as and appetizer. Does anyone know where it can be purchased in Manhattan or Brooklyn?

Thank you in advance!

Dec 29, 2014
roux42 in Manhattan

Homemade Mozz...w/o rennet, et al?

I never used rennet, just cheese curd and hot salted water. Tyler Florence's recipe explains the technique -

Dec 28, 2014
roux42 in Cheese

Best salt grinder?

I think salt grinder's look nice on the table. Do I really need one, probably not.

A culinary technique book for the essentials

The Larousse Gastronomique has a lot of information as does the Pro Chef from the Culinary Institute of America. Pro Chef has good pictures and explains the techiniques.

My all time favorite is still the Joy of Cooking! I have heard good things about mark Bittman's How to cook Everything, but I have only glanced at it.

Dec 15, 2014
roux42 in Home Cooking

Freezing mac and cheese

I would add the topping before you cook it, if frozen it might lose its crispiness.

Nov 23, 2014
roux42 in Home Cooking

Homemade Mozz...w/o rennet, et al?

I have made fresh mozzarella and I did not use rennet, it came out great!

Oct 19, 2014
roux42 in Cheese

What's your best yard sale or thrift store cookware find?

My growing collection of Griswold cast iron cookware!

Sep 24, 2014
roux42 in Cookware

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Outer Borough Memories

We miss Snooky's!

Aug 27, 2014
roux42 in Outer Boroughs

Which 4 cheeses do you recommend for a rich, creamy Mac & Cheese?

All of the above, for extra creaminess American cheese is a must! Sour cream is a nice addition as well.

Hellmans Deconstructed

Very interesting! Thank you!

Jul 13, 2014
roux42 in General Topics

Where to get merguez in NYC?

Flying Pigs at the Brooklyn and Manhattan green markets has great sausages!

Jul 01, 2014
roux42 in Manhattan

Best rosemary to grow for culinary use?

I am a member of a community garden in Brooklyn, NY and up until this past winter most of the rosemary plants have survived winters. I grew two different types in my cold frame that I started in November and both of them made it through the winter. One is a prostrate rosemary that grows close to the ground and the other one is a pretty basic rosemary plant, do not remember what kind. All my herbs made it through the harsh winter in the cold frame including lettuces and radishes!

Jul 01, 2014
roux42 in Gardening

Where to find good, cheap, wood cutting board?

I have bought a few from Etsy. I design my own, not really cheap but always beautiful!

Jun 09, 2014
roux42 in Cookware

Skate cheeks?

They are skate cheeks! Kind of round, oval shape and they are the size of large scallops, but a little pink.

May 09, 2014
roux42 in Home Cooking

Skate cheeks?

I just bought a pound of skate cheeks because they look interesting and they were inexpensive. And ideas? There are very few recipes online.

Maybe, flour, lemon capers....

Please help!

May 09, 2014
roux42 in Home Cooking

Hot Cross Buns in Brooklyn?

One of the vendors at the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket sells them. The huge bread and muffin vendor...

Apr 17, 2014
roux42 in Outer Boroughs

Chefn Zipstrip

Ok! Is it worth it? I use tons of herbs in my food and I always wind up with woody bits. I usually do not buy stuff like this, but this is kinda clever! And the NYTimes....

Apr 16, 2014
roux42 in Cookware

Best food to cook in a cast iron pan

Just about anything that needs a nice crispy brown sear. I also use it to roast things in the oven, whole chicken, vegetables etc...

Mar 02, 2014
roux42 in Cookware

Fried Chicken in NO

We liked Fiorella's Cafe which was amazing. We tried to get into Mother's, but we got there too late. We to get into Coop's Place down the block that was crazy busy the first time we tried to go, when we went back for lunch I had the fried chicken and husband has the etouffe, both were great

Jan 19, 2014
roux42 in New Orleans

Marzipan pigs?

Economy Candy (LES) used to have them and I have seen them at Sahadi's in Brooklyn. I would call first before trekking to either one of these places.

Dec 30, 2013
roux42 in Manhattan

13 of the Most Extraordinarily Useless Food Inventions of 2013

The roll on olive oil gadget is pretty cool and would greatly limit the amount of olive my husband sops up with his bread. I cannot find it for sale online though.


Put the turkey in a cooler. It will stay hot and then you can reheat or finish cooking it later. The more hot things in the cooler the better! Potatoes, stock etc....

Linen Napkins

Sur la Table has decent ones and when they are on sale they are even better!

Nov 18, 2013
roux42 in Not About Food

Bar Hopping

Franklin Ave, Washington Ave and Vanderbilt in the Crown Heights/Prospect Heights area.

Nov 04, 2013
roux42 in Outer Boroughs