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Blue Marble Ice Cream = Best I've Ever Had

I agree! I've been on an ice cream kick recently and have been all around the city, and this stuff is shockingly good. The strawberry really is the best ice cream hands down I've ever eaten. I wonder if they put a touch of balsamic vinegar in it. Wonderful sourness. Also the hot fudge is top quality. It's markedly better than any of the other ice creams people rave about on here, at least ones I've tried. Hoping to god they stick around.

Jun 20, 2008
HHH in Outer Boroughs

Little Pie Company Hell's Kitchen

Agree on that. Dry and dull. The only real flavor is the one you don't want -- an unpleasant blast of sickly sweetness in the frosting.

Apr 08, 2008
HHH in Manhattan

Where to buy freshly ground flour in NYC?

Anyone heard of a place, a health food store or maybe a bakery, that will grind up grains to create fresh flour for customers?

Thanks!

Apr 07, 2008
HHH in Manhattan

Why do old-school bakeries do such a bad job w/chocolate?

Not all, of course, but it seems like certain things at the traditional bakeries (esp Italian) are always at least decent, like cheesecake, and other things, like chocolate flavored desserts, are bad. The chocolate tastes cheap and fake. Maybe because real chocolate is expensive, whereas you can buy the most inexpensive eggs, butter and other dairy and still make a tasty cheesecake?

Apr 02, 2008
HHH in General Topics

Please Update Me on Curry Hill South Indian Options

I just went to Saravannaas for lunch, and was really impressed by the quality. I had the "mini tiffin" for $9, and it was very filling, and a good way to sample a few different dishes. I got a dosa, two kinds of chutney, a vegetable dish, a grain and a sweet. I always thought you had to go to Jersey City, Edison, NJ etc. to get great Indian food, and here it is, walking distance from my office!

Mar 20, 2008
HHH in Manhattan

Am I crazy for thinking that Magnolia cupcakes suck?

Have you tried Tribeca Treats cupcake? Maybe not the best in town, but definitely more flavorful than Magnolia. They have a variety of frostings...french buttercream, cream cheese etc. They also have these delicious crispy little mini-cookies with a layer of toffee filling.

Feb 18, 2008
HHH in Manhattan

Grand Harmony vs. Chatham Sq 6 ?

Hi,

I'm trying to decide between these two for a lunch for 20 people. Both will give me a set menu for the same price. I like the atmosphere better at Grand Harmony but have read raves on this board about the food and cleanliness of Chatham Sq 6. I've never eaten at either one. Opinions?

Thanks!

Feb 18, 2008
HHH in Manhattan

Help! Need slightly "upscale" Chinatown lunch spot for 20

Thanks everyone for your recommendations. I'm seriously considering Chatham Square 6, but also was wondering about Grand Harmony on Mott St. It has a very cheery atmosphere, but does anyone know if the food is good?

Feb 18, 2008
HHH in Manhattan

Help! Need slightly "upscale" Chinatown lunch spot for 20

Can anyone recommend a place that has really good food and is a bit nicer than usual? This is for a post-wedding lunch. We're willing to be adventurous, go off the beaten path. Banquet halls would definitely be an option.

Thanks!

Feb 16, 2008
HHH in Manhattan

Restaurant near City Hall for 20+ people for lunch?

Hi,

I'm getting married at City Hall and need to find a restaurant for 20 to 25 people who can spend a couple hours there starting noon. Is Chinatown the only affordable option? Do you think a restaurant would balk at giving over so much space to a party that clearly will be taking its time?

Any suggestions? There will be one or two vegans, everybody else is an adventurous eater. It can be a nice, reasonably pricey place, but we can't afford to rent out the space.

Thanks!

Feb 07, 2008
HHH in Manhattan

Life-changing Indian food

Agreed. I went to some highly recommended places in London and found them disappointing compared with the best NYC and suburbs has to offer, i.e. Jersey City and Edison, NJ. Even Queens beats the pants off London, in my opinion. I don't know about Devi, but I find it is hard to find Indian food that's genuinely delicious in Manhattan.

Jan 17, 2008
HHH in Manhattan

best chinese (HK?) restaurant near airport?

Hi,

I'm flying in from NYC for a really brief visit on the 24th and am really excited to visit one of the north Toronto Chinese restaurants I've been hearing so much about. Someone I know from Hong Kong told me to go to any restaurant in Times Square mall and order a stir fry, which will be so much better than any you can get in New York because the chefs are actually trained Hong Kong chefs, unlike here.

My problem is picking a restaurant. I will have a car. It would also be really interesting to check out one of these huge Chinese malls I've been hearing about (Pacific vs. Times Sq vs. ?).

As for cuisine, I'm very open (obviously not limited to stir frys!).....price is flexible too. This would be lunch, and not dinner, unfortunately, so maybe there won't be real chefs in the kitchen?? But still, I'm very excited to give it a go.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Dec 21, 2007
HHH in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Hope and Anchor

I had the chicken pot pie there once, and the inside was also broth-like liquid, while the inside skin of the pie was dough. When I sent it back, they said it was supposed to be that way.

The burgers are usually fine, and I love the pound cake with butter cream frosting, but they do screw up most things, and the greens are usually fridgey tasting and gross. Seems like it would be easy to rectify this situation by focussing on competency in the kitchen at all times, not just some shifts.

People in Red Hook go there because there's no other choice if you just want something simple and fairly cheap in a casual environment.

Aug 10, 2007
HHH in Outer Boroughs

Jill's- next to Miriam, Cobble Hill

It's sit down table service but watch out for the world's most awkward stools. I'm pretty sure they don't have alcohol.....

Jul 11, 2007
HHH in Outer Boroughs

I need coconut water AND coconut milk

the tetra pak (used by Brazilian makers) was developed by UN scientists as a way to preserve the nutrition in coconut water, which is apparently a big concern. They also apparently came up with a cold pasteurization method that keeps the nutrition (which I assume, and hope, the Brazilian manufacturers also use). Also I've heard that Asian coconuts sold in the US are usually soaked in a chemical preservative. So even though I think the taste of a freshly opened Chinatown coconut is the best by far, and canned Asian coconut water is probably the cheapest, it's probably best to stick to the Brazilian tetra pak ones if you're drinking for health reasons.

Jul 04, 2007
HHH in Manhattan

Jill's- next to Miriam, Cobble Hill

I went there recently. It was really nice to see that kind of restaurant finally open up in the area. Sometimes you just want really healthy food, and there's a strange shortage of it throughout the brownstone area, for some reason.

Some of the food was really tasty (the appetizer tart), some not great (bland, mushy fake sushi). I didn't have any of the salads, but they looked wonderful. Overall, the atmosphere was bright and pretty and the food prepared with great care, and I hope they survive.

Jun 19, 2007
HHH in Outer Boroughs

fairway in Red Hook

I don't think it means anything that the Fish Tales guys only see the fairway buyers once or twice a week. The fairway fishmongers say they have fishermen selling to them directly, and they do have a poster advertising one fisherman in particular. The little guys are on the defensive, understandably so....

As a Red Hook resident who did eight years of hard time at the co-op, I thank god for the Fairway. Of course their produce can't hold a candle to the co-op, but shoppers also don't have to work, fight their way through narrow aisles, stand in multiple lines or put up all the drama. There's altogether too many neuroses crowded into too small a space, but still....still....oh fuck it, I love that crazy co-op despite it all, and if I ever moved to Park Slope I'd re-join in a heartbeat. There's just something about it...you walk in and you feel like you're a part of something good. I guess it's the ultimate New York hassle-filled never-pay-retail experience, complete with kooky characters like the 90 year old lady who shoves you out of the way with her walker and screams in your face. Now I'm getting sentimental....

Mar 30, 2007
HHH in Outer Boroughs

dinner for 18 -- byo, help!

thanks, i'm taking your suggestion!

Mar 20, 2007
HHH in Manhattan

BYOB - Brooklyn

Abistro is fabulous!! The food is interesting and delicious, the atmosphere warm and charming, and they've been on the verge of getting that liquor license for at least the past year. i had my birthday dinner there last year and everyone raved about it.

having said that, i'm looking for another byo for my birthday this year, one that can seat 18 people and takes reservations. any cuisine, preferably brooklyn. suggestions would be much appreciated!

Mar 17, 2007
HHH in Outer Boroughs

dinner for 18 -- byo, help!

I need a spot for a b-day dinner anywhere in the city that's not too far out (not flushing for example) that's byo and has nice atmosphere and delicious food (any price range). it's a pretty adventurous crowd so the more eclectic the better, and it really could be any type of cuisine, as long as it's outstanding and can seat a big group.

Thanks!

Mar 17, 2007
HHH in Manhattan

dinner at babbo on a sunday?

i want to book a special dinner at babbo to do one of their tasting menus but my choices seem limited to late nights or sundays, which would work well for me except i can't help remembering the old advice that restaurants tend to be a bit 'off' on sundays, when the chef isn't working and ingredients aren't as fresh. does anybody know whether that would hold true for a restaurant like babbo?

Mar 06, 2007
HHH in Manhattan

Mazzat on Columbia St

208 columbia. near degraw i think. its a couple months old.

Mar 01, 2007
HHH in Outer Boroughs

Mazzat on Columbia St

Ate there the other night. I thought it was really good...some of the best babaganoush (sp?) I've ever had...really rich and smoky. It's too bad the place was so empty....I'm sure the construction out front is hurting them.

address: 208 columbia

Mar 01, 2007
HHH in Outer Boroughs

Xinjiang cuisine in NYC area?

Does anyone know of a restaurant in the New York/New Jersey area that specializes in cuisine from the Xinjiang region of China?

Feb 19, 2007
HHH in Outer Boroughs

best north jersey sushi?

Can anyone recommend a place, in Edgewater/Ft. Lee/Palisades Park etc. for a really great sushi dinner?

Thanks!

Jan 13, 2007
HHH in General Tristate Archive

delicious columbian guava pastry on Staten Island

It looked like an apple turnover. The very friendly Columbian woman behind the counter offered to heat it up, and man was it goooood! Inside was a layer of very flavorful guava jam. the pastry itself was oily but delicious!!

the joint is called country donuts, on richmond terrace a bit past the ferry.

Oct 20, 2006
HHH in Outer Boroughs

Great coffee in Brooklyn

where is this place in queens?

Oct 16, 2006
HHH in Outer Boroughs

Seeking Upscale Italian On Staten Island

It's not upscale but a lot of people from the south shore rave about that place in a strip mall in annadale, lougie's or louie gino's or something like that.

i went there after hearing the guy doesn't own a freezer because his stuff is so fresh. i thought i had walked into the set of the sopranos...have spent my share of time on SI and never seen a restaurant quite like this. everyone turned and stared at us as we walked in with that "who the fuck are YOU" look on their faces. but then they turned around and forgot about us.

i had veal with a lemon sauce that was so good i wanted to lick the plate. but it came with a side of what tasted like plain frozen vegetables (so much for no freezer!). the dish was not cheap, about $20 a few years ago. and i'm looking around at the tacky fake flowers on the tables, thinking why do staten islanders put up with this stuff? for those prices the atmosphere should be nicer. the wine was good and cheap though.

as for other restaurants, i keep hearing great things about angelina's and had a couple good meals a few years ago at trattoria romana on hylan in dongan hills, i think. but good non-italian places don't last long because diners are so conservative about what they like. and it doesn't help the restaurant scene that the reviewers at the advance generally don't know what they're talking about.

staten island....i have to agree with chow baby....it's mostly just a disappointment.

Sep 15, 2006
HHH in Outer Boroughs

Is it reasonable to expect good wine for $6 a glass? [moved from Manhattan board]

A new wine bar opened in my neighborhood (not Manhattan). It was lovely -- architecture, food, service, everything but the wine. We ordered several of the $6 and $7 glasses and to our surprise, they were uniformly awful. They just tasted like thin, harsh, bad cheap wine. The owner basically said he knew they weren't very good but that he couldn't afford to offer good wine for that price (and he wanted to have something inexpensive on the menu). We tried a $9 glass and it was better but just ok.

Fast forward to last night, when I went to Morrell's in rockefeller center. we ordered the cheapest glasses on the menu ($8) and they were utterly delicious. And that's got to be one of the most expensive locations in the city. I don't get it.

I want to like the little local joint in my neighborhood, and I'm also genuinely curious about how this stuff works. maybe an established place like morrell is able to order lots of great wine at a good price, or can count on volume or something. it's hard to believe that anyone would open a wine bar and get everything right but the wine, so i'm thinking maybe it's a lot tougher than it seems to pull off great wine by the glass at a decent price in this town. any thoughts from people in the business?

Sep 08, 2006
HHH in Wine

Farm on Adderly (Cortelyou Rd)

On a recent trip I found the service to be really awful. I'm usually not picky about that stuff, but it was beyond the pale. The staff didn't know what they were doing, from the host who predicted a wait time half as long as it turned out to be, to the waiter who knew we only had an hour to eat and did nothing to ensure our order arrived within the hour (it didn't).

Aug 31, 2006
HHH in Outer Boroughs