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report on umi nom in clinton hill

visited umi nom last night, the outpost of kuma inn in clinton hill. while the service was really super friendly and helpful, and the chef (maybe owner) came out to chat, i think the food was definitely not a destination spot. i am guessing though if you live in clinton hill it would be a nice place to go. the interior is quite nice too though it got mighty loud early on.
also they don't have their liquor license yet so bring your own for now.

as for food, the best thing might have been the "amuse bouce" of fried wontons with cream cheese and crabmeat. not something i would usually eat. we also had the special grilled pork belly that sounded delicious and had a nice sauce but it was too dry. the thai beef salad had the same result. it was fine, nothing special, and sometimes the meat was dry. the only other thing we had was the fried tilapia with a wasabi tobiko aioli. pretty good, but it was basically just fried fish -- hard to go wrong.

last we had the pancit canton with sausage, chicken, egg noodles soy and fish sauce and boy was it fishy. we wanted to try something different and maybe it was authentic but i just am not a big fish sauce person. and we were too stuffed for dessert though the summer fruit soup sounded like it might be good.

i have never been to kuma inn so i cannot compare but sadly at least for now i probably won't be heading back here.

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Aug 06, 2009
cherrypatter in Outer Boroughs

The General Greene ice cream cart

i just went today, and have been hoping it would be great. i had the salted caramel with fresh pretzels mixed in and while it was good, it did taste a little "watery" if that is the right word. and while it might be the best in the neighborhood, it was not as dense as i like ice cream (i am not really a fan of blue marble) and definitely wasn't better than jacques torres new icecream or even brooklyn ice cream factory ice cream off the pier. but still if i were nearby i would probably come by just to taste the new flavors, and they were very nice.

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Jun 22, 2009
cherrypatter in Outer Boroughs

what happened to fried dumpling on allen street

sad. ok, i'll check prosperity out. i did do a search but it was a little challenging to find "fried dumpling" and i did not hunt all the way back to last june. thanks so much.

Jun 20, 2009
cherrypatter in Manhattan

what happened to fried dumpling on allen street

i went by about 2 weeks ago and they were closed. do they have limited hours, only open for dinner, or are they not open certain days of the week?

thanks so much.

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Jun 20, 2009
cherrypatter in Manhattan

Does good Indian exist in Brooklyn?

we finally had baluchi's last night which we have not done since they opened last fall (even though they live around the corner). i was surprised at how relatively interesting their menu was but not so suprised that things were mediocre. the tikka masala was totally fine, as were the rice and naan, but the chicken wings were really terrible and the bhelpuri, though pretty tasty, was so saggy. not that i was expecting much but i was definitely sad it wasn't better. it does seem sad that park slope cannot get a really great indian let alone thai, chinese,etc....

Jun 16, 2009
cherrypatter in Outer Boroughs

Where to Eat: Now Working in Gowanus 3rd Avenue and 8th Street

thanks everybody. we've tried some spots, and others we know, so in a few months we can give a better update. and it would be great if the bell house had food during the day, but so far that's a no -- even better if they had great coffee.

Jun 12, 2009
cherrypatter in Outer Boroughs

Where to Eat: Now Working in Gowanus 3rd Avenue and 8th Street

We just moved to this part of Gowanus at 3rd Avenue and 8th Street, and we're looking for ideas for lunch. We'd like to be able to order in and of course if there is somewhere decent to go to get lunch that's fine too.

We know about Bar Tano, and we're going to check out Nine-D today (and they will deliver to us). Prime Meats will be too fancy for everyday as would Buttermilk Channel.

The only other references I got were for Caputo's and this deli at 9th Street and 4th Avenue that suprisingly we've never heard of.

Any ideas/suggestions would be great.

Thanks.

Jun 03, 2009
cherrypatter in Outer Boroughs

Where to Eat: Now Working in Gowanus 3rd Avenue and 8th Street

We just moved to this part of Gowanus at 3rd Avenue and 8th Street, and we're looking for ideas for lunch. We'd like to be able to order in and of course if there is somewhere decent to go to get lunch that's fine too.

We know about Bar Tano, and we're going to check out Nine-D today (and they will deliver to us). Prime Meats will be too fancy for everyday as would Buttermilk Channel.

The only other references I got were for Caputo's and this deli at 9th Street and 4th Avenue that suprisingly we've never heard of.

Any ideas/suggestions would be great.

Thanks.

Jun 03, 2009
cherrypatter in Outer Boroughs

Southside Coffee in Greenwood Heights?

i think that the coffee here is great. we've been trekking over from park slope because we prefer the coffee and the service over any place here (including regular (too much attitude sometimes despite lovely space and good coffee) and root hill (while i love the space and really want them to be successful, they are so hit or miss on whether they have a good barista and they can take forever). now that cafe grumpy is opening up we'll see if that's any better. also colson's also just upgraded coffee and machine with a marozzoco (sp?) though i have not tried it. i did see one of their cappucinos and was not so impressed with the froth.

on southside, i agree that the ambiance is not so great, and while they are serving some "baked" stuff it would be really nice to find excellent food and coffee all in one place that you could actually sit down (cafe abraco).

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May 17, 2009
cherrypatter in Outer Boroughs

Playa (5th Ave., P. Slope)

we have ordered once from playa and it was fine when we ordered, but we just went a couple of weeks ago and the service was truly terrible. we walked in, a family of 4, no one greeted us and after about 5 minutes we sat down, and then we were sitting for yet another 10 to 15 minutes despite trying to get someone's attention. and then finally when somone would finally talk to us they said they were out of guacamole and a bunch of other things so with 2 hungry kids we left. i have no idea what was the problem but if they had run out of stuff at least they could have told us. it was a sad experience. maybe they are having serious staffing issues. we have liked barrio (another of their restaurants better) though when we visited this spring service again was not as good as in the fall. the food was pretty good though.

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May 13, 2009
cherrypatter in Outer Boroughs

Vinegar Hill House

we were just there on saturday night, and although we went at 6 since we had two little kids with us so we didn't have to experience a wait, we did have a great meal.

and they are serving brunch. this weekend was their "soft opening" and they will be officially open next weekend and definitely for brunch.

and just to add to the posts about the food. we really liked our meal. first of all, they had amazing butter that came with the bread -- don't know where it was from but super tasty. we had two appetizers. the zucchini ribbons with hot bacon vinaigrette with a poached egg were good (the bacon especially) but there was too much water on the plate. we also had the chicken liver mousse with vinegar onions and pistachio and big buttered pieces of toast -- that was excellent. and our mains were also solid. we got the wattle country chop (very nice, cooked perfectly) with fingerling potatos, the appetizer portion of the tagliatelle with pork and fava beans and that was good, but really the best thing all night surprising was the broccolini served with some kind of parmigiano (but not exactly that) and that was fantastic. i also thought that the chocolate cake with guiness and creamcheese frosting, though nothing fancy was good. service was in fact slow. we would have thought that with 2 kids they would have hustled a bit more but we didn't get out of there till 7:30 (and that was not good for us) and they were getting swamped. the space, as others have pointed out, is really lovely.

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May 04, 2009
cherrypatter in Outer Boroughs

Fresh Soft Shell Crab Specials?

Was just at Brooklyn Fish Camp yesterday and did not have them on the menu.

May 03, 2009
cherrypatter in Outer Boroughs

SF hound seeks advice

al di la is great and they are definitely open for lunch though they are closed a couple of days so you should check. http://cherrypatter.com/2009/02/worth-the-trek-across-the-bridge/ if you can go during the week and get there sometime before 1 you shouldn't have to wait. definitely delicious and fresh. another option is frankies 457 which is pretty good up on court street and people have already mentioned franny's which i also love. and while you may get all the good mexican food you need in san francisco, i just went to la superior in brooklyn on berry street and that was excellent! i highly recommend that place, and also the red hook ball fields will be opening up this weekend. they are a bit of a trek but once you're there lots of excellent latin american street food, and red hook itself is very fun to check out (don't miss the bakery baked http://cherrypatter.com/2009/04/baked...

May 01, 2009
cherrypatter in Outer Boroughs

Zuzu Ramen on 4th Ave. - open yet?

i went for the first time this week and was definitely disappointed. first service was a bit odd. just kind of gruff and not particularly friendly, and it seems that they had reserved the entire front part of the restaurant for a party and so were sending everyone else to the small, dark back. the decor is also not so great. big air conditioning units everywhere though i did like the wood tables and stools.

we got the pork buns which i really though were super disappointing, and it is true that i love momofuku's buns but even if i try to separate that from this they were not good. first the meat and what few vegetables were there completely overwhelmed the bun and it was way too saucy. then i got the green curry ramen and my husband got the basic broth. i thought they were fine. the soups tasted pretty good (mine was a bit spicy) but i was very underwhelmed with the pork belly (just seemed dry and just a small amount) and the eggs seemed undercooked (not quite sure what was wrong with them) and then there were so few veggies in there it was sad. although i am super happy to have a ramen place in the neighborhood which we definitely need, i just wish the product were a lot better. also they had a pretty slim selection of beers and they should definitely improve on that.

May 01, 2009
cherrypatter in Outer Boroughs