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Flushing: Lao Dong Bei replaces short-lived SN New Restaurant (former M & T)

Just had a lovely late lunch of a huge blotch homemade style soup. Perfect for a cold January day.
The menu is very accessible and well translated. There appears to be some specials on the wall that are probably not translated. The staff is nice and attentive but their English is limited. Since the menu is translated and navigatable, gweilos need not fear coming without a translator.

Jan 17, 2013
clareandromeda in Outer Boroughs

Bronx Jury Duty

http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2012/0...
I whole heartedly endorse The Feeding Tree and Fauzia's. Try Feeding Tree's homemade ginger beer. It'll put hair on your chest! The steam fish, jerk, oxtail and patties are great! Try their soups too!
Also check out the Food Bazaar in the Comcouse Plaza (I think that's the name of the big grocery there). It has an amazing selection of ethnic specialties from the Caribbean and South America for you pantry and fridge.

Jan 06, 2013
clareandromeda in Outer Boroughs

Favorites at Chao Thai

Any non spicy suggestions? I want to go after I pick my mother up at the airport. She's a total spice wimp... Anything suggestions that'll make her happy?

Nov 02, 2012
clareandromeda in Outer Boroughs

Good food, reasonably priced in Turtle Bay...

I'm thinking Hunan Manor maybe....

Oct 20, 2012
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Good food, reasonably priced in Turtle Bay...

I usually frequent ethnic hole in the wall joints but am thinking about classing it up a bit for my Bday. Signed up for Turtle Bay Tavern's bday package but I am thinking it might be a bit loud/hectic for some of my older friends...thinking of doing a dinner before the bar for my tamer friends/parents, Anywhere in the Turtle Bay Area that's worth splurging a bit?

Oct 20, 2012
clareandromeda in Manhattan

Inexpensive sit-downs Downtown

I second Otto!

Oct 19, 2012
clareandromeda in Manhattan

Good Flushing Chinese with a lot of people

+1, favorite for group dinning in Flushing.

Oct 10, 2012
clareandromeda in Outer Boroughs

Restaurants near Lehman Center, Bronx

There's also El Malecon on Broadway By 231st. Really good Dominican.

Oct 10, 2012
clareandromeda in Outer Boroughs

Restaurants near Lehman Center, Bronx

I'd say parking around Arthur and Broadway would be comparable (not great) but if your going to be tight on time I'd recommend Broadway. I had an evening class at Lehman last semester and getting from central BX (Belmont) to Lehman can take awhile. The Bronx River pkwy backs up onto southern/Kazmiroff. I'd steer you towards the Ale House. Parking can be tough by Jakes since Broadway is basically the only option. You should find a spot on one of the side streets below 238th. I usually find a spot by the little league field and that's alternate side not Meters.
If you go to the Ale House early enough you could get an S&S cheese cake. If you go to Jakes you could try Lloyd's carrot cake a few doors down.

Oct 10, 2012
clareandromeda in Outer Boroughs

Restaurants near Lehman Center, Bronx

Maybe Bronx Ale House or Jake's in Riverdale? How are you getting there... Train or car?

Oct 09, 2012
clareandromeda in Outer Boroughs

Pizza In Parkchester...?

I actually agree and usually delivery is comfort food for me as well. The pasta fagiole at Captain's is my go-to order. I also love the mole at Estrellita Poblano on Williamsbridge. I haven't been but saw someone comment on the serious eats/Bronx Eats that New Hawaii Sea on Williamsbridge in Westchester Square, was solid Chinese. They talked more about the fact that it's an old school Chinese dinning experience with waiters in bow ties. I always get the mofongo but Sabrosura on Castle Hill ave is dominican/Chinese food. The ingredients are always super fresh/high quality so that would probably extend to the Chinese dishes.
Flushing is super fast from our hood if you have a car. When theres no traffic I can be over the Whitestone and parked for free at the target/sky view mall in 15 minutes. It's a beautiful thing.

Oct 07, 2012
clareandromeda in Outer Boroughs

Pizza In Parkchester...?

A neighborhood over (Morris Park) has some of the best pizza in the BX. All on Morris Park ave I'd recommend; Patricia's, Captain's and Emilios. Patricia's (1082 Morris Park ave)is worth a trip to sit in the lovely dinning room and watch them cook your pizza in the wood burning brick oven through the glass wall. I love the quattro formaggi pie there. At Captains (1056 Morris Park) i love the margherita pie. Emilio's (1052 Morris Park) is all about the specialty slices. The Alla vodka slice is so sinfully good. There is also Coals on Eastchester and Morris Park, they grill their pizza, its supposed to be very good. Call but I assume they deliver to parkchester, depending where you are... Parkchester spots deliver to me in Morris Park so i assume it works both ways.I also remember having a good slice at Anthony's at White Plaines and Morris Park (technically in Van Nest but maybe closer to you). I'm in Flushing a bunch and get my Chinese fix there...the Chinese I've tried in Morris Park is awful....

Also taqueria Tlaxicalli is amazing, delivers and is in Parkchester. Neerob delivers as well I think...

Oct 03, 2012
clareandromeda in Outer Boroughs

Embracing all things pumpkin...

The availability of pumpkin lattes means its pumpkin season. I've decided to go on a pumpkin odyssey. I already love the pumpkin baos at the Golden Steamer, pumpkin gelato at Labratorio il Gelato and the pumpkin donuts at Doughnut Plant. In fact pumpkin desserts were covered by SENY last fall: http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2011/1...
Any one agree/disagree want to add to those recs?

I'm also looking to try some Chinese pumpkin dishes. What's everyone's favorites?

I love Jamaican style pumpkin soup. Although the best Jamaican is probably found in the outerbouroghs, has anyone had good Jamaican pumpkin soup in Manhattan?

Any other pumpkin dishes worth a stop on the pumpkin odyssey of 2012?

Sep 19, 2012
clareandromeda in Manhattan

What to get from X'ian if you're from LA

Liang Pi cold skin noodles are required eating....

Sep 05, 2012
clareandromeda in Manhattan

Need to find the Best Pistachio Gelato in NYC

I prefer Grom over L'arte.

Sep 01, 2012
clareandromeda in Manhattan

Bo zai faan (casserole) in Chinatown

It doesn't seem like a glowing review. You havent done sunset park? I enjoyed Yun Nan flavor.

Aug 30, 2012
clareandromeda in Manhattan

Bo zai faan (casserole) in Chinatown

http://www.eatingintranslation.com/20...

I'm not the only one on a Bo zai fan kick. Although not having the special soy sauce makes me think this place isn't taking the dish seriously.

Aug 30, 2012
clareandromeda in Manhattan

Bo zai faan (casserole) in Chinatown

We defiantly used the special soy sauce. They brought it out after we ordered. I tried to ask about the pork party but the women's English wasn't great so I just asked what she thought was good. Next time.

My whole team just went to Hong Kong for dragon boat but I was unemployed until recently and was unable to go. It's killing me that I missed out on going to China with a bunch of native speakers and missed out on feasting. I'll have to live vicariously through your post. Was the dish like Yummy and a-Wah or like Noodle Village in HK?

Aug 29, 2012
clareandromeda in Manhattan

Bo zai faan (casserole) in Chinatown

Reporting back... The Chinese sausage bo zai faan or fan at Noodle Village is amazing. Although the casserole dish is smaller than at other places, the shape of it ups the amount of the crunchy burnt rice at the bottom ( that is the best part of the dish). It is way better than the version I had at Yummy over the winter. It was so good I declined the hot sauce which is a rare move for me.
Couldn't find the pork party with salted fish on the menu so had some excellent soup dumplings. The milk tea was also delish.
Dessert of pumpkin and egg custard baos at the Golden Steamer topped off a perfect afternoon in Chinatown. Thank you for the recommendation. I can see myself heading back very soon to try the soups on a cool fall afternoon.

Aug 29, 2012
clareandromeda in Manhattan

Liang’s Kitchen – A Delicious Taiwanese Import from Los Angeles

The girls couldn't find it written on the wall or on the menu so we asked. Its a shame cause it's amazing. We have practice 4x a week and often go out after. This place has gotten my coaches seal of approval so I'll try to report back if we find a new exciting dish. It was hoping on a Tuesday night which is a good sign!

Aug 28, 2012
clareandromeda in Outer Boroughs

Liang’s Kitchen – A Delicious Taiwanese Import from Los Angeles

Just came from my second lovely meal here. Just want to thank you for the recommendation. I was with Chinese speakers so I didn't do the ordering but I requested the pork belly based on this post and it was sinful. The pork and basil with what I call bandage noodles was lovely, especially when I kicked it up with the homemade hot sauce. They provided a free ginger/pickled vegetable app that we loved and would have paid for. The service was awesome and I'm enamoured with the aloe honey green tea drink. Me and my dragon boat team loooove this place.

Aug 28, 2012
clareandromeda in Outer Boroughs

Bo zai faan (casserole) in Chinatown

Thanks! The pork sounds yummy and chinese sausage is always my favorite. I've had the pumpkin baos a few times, including last week. My mentining of the baos is actually what spurred the trip the whole trip.
I've never had to buy a box. Last week I bought 2 with the intention of bringing one to my friend but was unable to not eat it since it was oven fresh and I have terrible impulse control.

Aug 27, 2012
clareandromeda in Manhattan

Bo zai faan (casserole) in Chinatown

Ohh exciting. A new spot to try. Although a bit sad that casserole quality has fallen off. Any other your dishes you'd recommend there? Which bo zai faan, the salted fish? She also loves pumpkin so I was planning on taking her to the Golden Steamer for the pumpkin bao... Is it still the best pumpkin bao in Chinatown?

Aug 27, 2012
clareandromeda in Manhattan

Bo zai faan (casserole) in Chinatown

So I've been introducing my friend to different Chinese specialties in Chinatown and Ive decided it's bo zai faan time. I went to A Wah when it first opened and enjoyed it. It was so long ago that when I ate at Yummy Noodle over the winter I couldn't really compare. Both I loved. Which spot do you guys think I should take her? Are there any other casserole purveyors worth checking out?

Aug 27, 2012
clareandromeda in Manhattan

Xi'an Famous Foods Opening More Upscale Sit Down Branch on Main St. Flushing

I went today and for lunch everything was delish. They were out of the buckwheat noodles which was very disappointing.
My issue is the service. The front of the house was seriously understaffed and the kitchen was sooo slow. I had to ask multiple times for water (which is kinda a big issue with spicy food). I did love everything, especially the quail egg and chinese sausage dish. I just hope they work the service kinks out.

Jul 15, 2012
clareandromeda in Outer Boroughs

German food - Manhattan?

Wechslers! The currywurst!
http://www.currywurstnyc.com/

Jul 08, 2012
clareandromeda in Manhattan

5 dinners in Astoria area for the family - hoping for feedback :-)

Gregory's Corner. The octopus, the lamb, the lemon potatoes....sigh. http://www.villagevoice.com/2011-12-2...

Also, I don't know if they'll be in town (or if you have time) but a Mets game might be fun with 2 boys that age. Theres good stadium food(shake shack) or you could hit up Flushing!

Jul 04, 2012
clareandromeda in Outer Boroughs

One meal in Chinatown?

If you've never done Xi'an, I'd highly encourage it! Theres loads of fawning reviews about the place on here and all over the internet. Chinatown Ice Cream factory right next door for dessert would be a good cool down. The lychee is their most popular flavor for a reason. Prosperity is a total dive and a bit far from Xi'an so here's a decent dumpling round up from last year. Phttp://newyork.seriouseats.com/2011/02/the-best-fried-dumplings-in-chinatown-nyc-new-york-manhattan-potstickers-chinese.html
There's also the new Panda Dumpling House that's supposed to be very good and less of a hole in the wall.

Jul 04, 2012
clareandromeda in Manhattan

One meal in Chinatown?

Best Sichuan in Manhattan is out of Chinatown. Szechuan Gourmet, Lan Sheng or Legend. I eat in Chinatown quite often and I am always wandering back to Xi'an, especially now that I can sit down in the Bayard shop. Now that it's a mini-chain this may not be exactly what your looking for. Best dumplings are Prosperity.

Jul 03, 2012
clareandromeda in Manhattan

Just moved to Parkchester (The Bronx)...

Havent ventured much into Pelham Bay yet. Morris Park has such a wide variety of good slices which are all within 2 blocks of where I live I haven't been making too many pizza odysseys since I moved here a year ago. Captains, Patricia's and Emilio's are more than enough to fulfill most pizza needs.

Jul 02, 2012
clareandromeda in Outer Boroughs