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beef short ribs

My all-time favorite recipe for braised short ribs -- Short Ribs Provencale on Epicurious. Amazing flavor and simple to prepare. The dish is finished with Nicoise olives which add a little something special.

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

Dec 28, 2009
smartpalate77 in Home Cooking

Dinner in Old Town section of Albuquerque?

My boyfriend and his mom will be staying overnight in the Old Town district of Albuquerque later this week and are looking for a good restaurant to have dinner. Any recommendations for a great place in Old Town (not Albuquerque in general) would be appreciated. Thanks!

Dec 27, 2009
smartpalate77 in Southwest

Sick Food

Whenever I have a cold I eat tons of the Thai soup called tom yum goong. It's full of lemongrass, galangal (like ginger), chili, garlic, fish sauce, and shrimp (or chicken), and has been shown to have antiviral properties that can help with cold and flu!

Sorry I don't know the Chinatown area, but these are some good Thai restaurants in midtown and uptown: Chanpen (9th ave near 51st), and on the upper west side there are Land, Charm, and Sura.

Jun 16, 2009
smartpalate77 in Manhattan

Blue Hill Alternative

Another option for farm-to-table cooking is mas (farmhouse).

Jun 01, 2009
smartpalate77 in Manhattan

More UWS recommendations...

Hunan Balcony on Broadway at 98th is pretty good. Better eat-in than take-out in my experience. Good sauteed dishes and soups, and I love their green tea ice cream.

Charm Thai - Amsterdam between 95th and 96th. Acqua - Amsterdam at corner of 95th - for Italian is also good.

Deli/sandwiches: Zabar's, Le pain Quotidien (Columbus in the 70s/80s and on Broadway near 92nd).

Jun 01, 2009
smartpalate77 in Manhattan

unpretentious outdoor drinks

New York Milkshake Lounge - on 47th between 1st and 2nd (across from the UN), in the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. It's very low-key -- maybe beyond what you're looking for -- but worth checking out. All outdoor seating. They have a grill, full bar, ice cream, and of course milkshakes. I had a nice egg cream there; my friends had burgers and really liked them. Prices are reasonable.

http://www.nymilkshake.com/lounge.html

Jun 01, 2009
smartpalate77 in Manhattan

Pre-theatre No Reservations

Hey eatinman - glad you enjoyed Nizza!

Have you checked out the restaurant scene in Montclair, NJ? Not sure how far a trip that would be for you, but it's worth checking out sometime - quite a foodie-oriented town, maybe due to the large influx of ex-Manhattanites. I lived there for a couple of years and had lots of great meals.

My favorite Italian restaurant in Montclair is Trattoria Giotto, on Midland Ave about 1 block north of the intersection with Bloomfield Ave. Excellent blend of traditional and modern Italian dishes (not a heavy red sauce place) - I would actually choose it over most NYC Italian restaurants!

The chef is from Italy and trained there, the staff is wonderful, and it's a very inviting and nicely designed space. They make their own pastas, including fabulous gnocchi. There was a bit of a wait on Christmas Eve one year - people were having a great time and evidently didn't want to vacate their tables - and after our meal the hostess presented us with a bottle of olive oil and a panettone as a "thank you for your patience"!

Another great place is Tuptim (thai) on Bloomfield Ave.

May 16, 2009
smartpalate77 in Manhattan

Metisse on 105 ?

I had thought about trying Metisse after moving to the neighborhood, then saw some awful reviews and decided against it.

Toast (southwest corner of Broadway at 105th) offers brunch. I've only been there for dinner, and really liked the food (great lamb burger, pulled pork sandwich, and they do little toasts topped with smoked salmon, sliced steak, etc).

There is also Cafe du soleil on broadway at 104th. It looks very cute but I haven't tried it. It's always busy when I walk by on weekends around brunch-time.

If you walk north on Broadway up to 112th/113th there are some places that offer brunch. Community Food and Juice is amazing, but I heard it's closed due to a kitchen fire.

May 15, 2009
smartpalate77 in Manhattan

Pre-theatre No Reservations

I was wrong about Bocca di bacco - they do take reservations! Sorry!

May 14, 2009
smartpalate77 in Manhattan

One night stand.

East village around 13th st and 2nd/1st aves - you could go to Momofuku Ssam Bar (went last night for the first time -- incredible), have dessert next door at the bakery and milk bar, then go to the Redhead (13th near 1st ave) for drinks (not sure if they serve food on Sundays).

May 14, 2009
smartpalate77 in Manhattan

Searching for lavender chamomile tea (dry).

Have you tried Kalustyan's? Also Alice's Tea Cup has a pretty extensive collection of loose teas, they might have it or know where you can find it.

I've gotten some interesting teas from the online store Adagio (adagio.com), and they can do customs blends too. (As a side note, I LOVE their wild strawberry herbal tea!)

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May 14, 2009
smartpalate77 in Manhattan

Pre-theatre No Reservations

My BF lives in the nabe so we eat there a lot. Below are some of our favorites:

Nizza, on 9th Ave between 44th and 45th: Italian. Creative and good quality pizzas pastas, and salads. The socca (chickpea pancake) is supposed to be excellent. I love their homemade mascarpone gelato and blood orange sorbetto. Nice wine selections. I've gotten in without a reservation on Friday and Saturday nights without much of a wait (and they have a nice bar to sit at and have a drink if there is a wait for the table).

Bocca di Bacco: Italian wine bar on 9th between 54th and 55th. Great selection of Italian wines, small plates, and terrific homemade pastas. Try the fried olives and mushroom bruschetta! They don't take reservations, and the wait can be long on Friday and Saturday nights but worth checking out. Same owners as Roberto Passon, which I've also heard is good.

Chanpen: delicious, reasonably priced Thai restaurant on corner of 9th and 51st and. Love their tom yum soup and curries, especially the yellow curry dishes.

Five Napkin Burger: right next door to Nizza, good burgers, fries, onion rings, etc. Cute and newish space, lively scene on weekend evenings but I've gotten a table for 3 with <30 minutes wait at the bar.

May 14, 2009
smartpalate77 in Manhattan

Favorite midtown east lunch spots?

Thanks for the recommendations!

A couple of other places I've found around the area: Crisp, which makes good falafel with homemade pita (corner of 3rd and 43rd), and Sophie's Cuban (Lex between 41st and 42nd) - love the goat stew, chicken soup, baccala, and plantains. Both are reasonably priced.

I will definitely try the coffee at Juan Valdez Cafe - I've passed by a few times but didn't know what to make of the place.

May 12, 2009
smartpalate77 in Manhattan

HARLEM SOUL FOOD

I like Amy Ruth's better than Sylvia's.

During dinner at Sylvia's on a weeknight it seemed to be mostly out of towners. We ordered a number of dishes to share; the catfish fingers were my favorite. Fried chicken and ribs were good too.

The Saturday lunch crowd at Amy Ruth's seemed more local, which I took as a good sign. Fabulous cornbread to start. Then I had the honey-dipped fried chicken - way too sweet for me (which I should've expected); next time would try the chicken and waffles which is supposed to be good. Collards and cheesy grits wree pretty good, although I was freaked out by the "processed cheese product" that permeated the grits.

May 12, 2009
smartpalate77 in Manhattan

Meyer Lemons: Where?

I've purchased them at Gourmet Garage, but I haven't seen them there for a while. Might try Garden of Eden too. But as Kathryn mentioned maybe the season is over...

May 11, 2009
smartpalate77 in Manhattan

Perry St or Blue Hill or Union Square Cafe

I had a terrific dinner at Blue Hill recently.

Wonderful local and seasonal menu, and the front-of-house team could not have been nicer or more accommodating. We were a table of 5; 2 of us had the farmer's feast (4-course pre fixe for $75), and the others ordered a la carte.

We were there for almost 3 hours, didn't feel rushed at all. The dining room was full but yet still serene. Lovely series of amuse bouche: little farm fresh vegies, veg salts with bread and butter (and lard), mini beet burgers. Yum. Food was great - especially loved this morning's farm egg.

Don't miss the chocolate bread pudding - we're still talking about it!

May 08, 2009
smartpalate77 in Manhattan

RE: Best smoked salmon and bialys?

Zabar's, Barney Greengrass, Murray's sturgeon shop all have delicious lox - if you're on the upper west side or willing to trek there!

May 07, 2009
smartpalate77 in Manhattan

Favorite midtown east lunch spots?

I work in the Culinary Wasteland that is midtown east (specifically, 42nd between 2nd and 3rd). Any suggestions for good, affordable lunches around here?

May 04, 2009
smartpalate77 in Manhattan

Independent coffee shops on Upper West Side?

Thanks! I had no idea Joe's opened a shop up here. Will definitely check it out.

May 04, 2009
smartpalate77 in Manhattan

Independent coffee shops on Upper West Side?

Are there ANY non-chain shops on the UWS that make great espresso and cappuccino?

Thanks!

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May 03, 2009
smartpalate77 in Manhattan

$10 or less for delicious lunches

Taqueria truck on 96th between Bway and West End - great Mexican for $10 or less, Charm Thai - Amsterdam btwn 95th and 96th - $8 lunch special, Sophie's Cuban Cuisine - several locations in Manhattan and lots of lunch options under ten, Lime Jungle on 9th ave and 53rd, Island Burgers and Shakes - 9th ave and 51st

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May 03, 2009
smartpalate77 in Manhattan

Why can't NY understand the croissant?

The French owner/baker at Nova Cafe, on 10th ave between 54th and 55th, makes the most amazing croissants. They're golden, flaky, and crispy on the outside, tender, airy and buttery within - and not overgrown like most Manhattan croissants. His chocolate and almond croissants are also excellent, as are the other baked goods I've tried.

Good espresso/cappuccino too (Illy, I think). Only problem is they do catering too, and so their shop hours are inconsistent - many mornings I've stood sadly outside after discovering the metal gate is closed, barricading me from croissant heaven.

May 02, 2009
smartpalate77 in Manhattan

midtown east dinner and drinks?

Sakagura (43rd between 3rd and Lex) has great Japanese pub food and sushi in an interesting underground space. Gets thumbs up from a friend who spent a year studying in Japan.

May 01, 2009
smartpalate77 in Manhattan

sunchokes

Whole Foods at Time Warner usually carries them; can also check Westerly Market (8th Ave at 54th).

May 01, 2009
smartpalate77 in Manhattan

50 Best Dishes in New York

Frisee au lardons, steak frites, creme brulee - Balthazar
This morning's farm egg, chocolate bread pudding - Blue Hill
Nova lox - murray's sturgeon shop, UWS

Apr 29, 2009
smartpalate77 in Manhattan

Where to take foodie husband for his birthday?

Of the three you are considering, I have been only to Jean Georges. As others have said, it is a must-try for a special occasion. The tasting menu is extraordinary - literally every bite is an amazement to the tastebuds!

The only dish that fell short of my (sky-high) expectations were the marshmallows they give you at the end of the meal; they were a little dry (maybe they're supposed to be, but I much preferred the coconut marshmallows at Blue Hill!). The dining room is beautiful, everyone is professional and accommodating. Just a wonderful dining experience all around. And compared with other tasting menus in NYC, the price isn't terrible.

Apr 29, 2009
smartpalate77 in Manhattan