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Jeffrey Chodorow Has Lost His Marbles [moved from Manhattan board]

1. Agreed, but I'm not talking about the blog. I'm talking about info I gleaned from it. That's a source, not a subject.

2. This is a stronger argument. I though Chodorow was more NYC-centric than he actually is...

Jun 05, 2007
Odelay101 in Food Media & News

Jeffrey Chodorow Has Lost His Marbles [moved from Manhattan board]

Come ON, Chowhound! This is obviously more relevant to Manhattan than to Food Media and News.

May 31, 2007
Odelay101 in Food Media & News

Jeffrey Chodorow Has Lost His Marbles [moved from Manhattan board]

The critics don't like his restaurants, therefore they're idiots. Nice, Chodorow, nice.

Also, there is CERTAINLY such a thing as too many options. We go to restaurants for well thought out, well composed flavors. I don't want to mix and match, certainly not when there's 12 sauces to choose from.

Also, since when is the Pacific NW an undiscovered culinary region? Ay yay yay...

May 31, 2007
Odelay101 in Food Media & News

Lunch near the Flatiron building

I believe there's now a 'wichcraft at 19th and B'way

Apr 09, 2007
Odelay101 in Manhattan

where was I? all night asian snacks and drinks

One of the crazy Izakaya places on or around St. Mark's?

Did it have cotton candy and a giant creepy racoon statue? That's Kenka...

Apr 09, 2007
Odelay101 in Manhattan

The Best Brunch In Manhattan?

And (h) supply LOTS of water IMMEDIATELY. Normally I try not to be impatient with wait staff. But when I go to brunch, more often than not, I am HUNGOVER and need my fluids!

Apr 04, 2007
Odelay101 in Manhattan

Place to host party of 30-40 in LES?


Apr 04, 2007
Odelay101 in Manhattan

Where can I buy premium tonic water?


Apr 02, 2007
Odelay101 in Manhattan

Where can I buy premium tonic water?

I see where you're coming from, but I think you're talking apples and oranges here. The tonic waters widely available in the US are industrially manufactured using highfructose corn syrup and god knows what else. These new tonic waters are sweetened with sugar and contain a more "traditional" blend of seasonings (quinine, etc.).

This isn't like tap and fiji, this is like Budweiser and Dogfish Head...

Apr 02, 2007
Odelay101 in Manhattan

Where can I buy premium tonic water?

Looking to make a high class G&T with one of these premium tonic waters I've been reading about (Fever Tree, Q, etc.). Does anyone know where I can find them in Manhattan?

Mar 29, 2007
Odelay101 in Manhattan

Secrets of the Village

Da Andrea is perfect for dinner - delicious and affordable.

Mar 27, 2007
Odelay101 in Manhattan

Good Sushi near Union Square

I think Yama is perfect for what you're looking for. It gets beat up on on these boards at times, but as I understand it, the quality varies from location to location and the one off Union Square is the best. Fresh, HUGE pieces of fish. Simple and relatively inexpensive menu.

As to location, though, I think Maxine is confused. Yama is at 17th and Irving place, south of Gramercy Park and east of Union Square.

Mar 26, 2007
Odelay101 in Manhattan

Culinary Kudzu – who knew?

CAVEAT EATER: Be careful where you get your Kudzu. Many municipalities spray the bejesus out of the stuff with herbicides. It does nothing to hurt the plants, of course, but it won't do your body much good. If you're picking wild Kudzu, stick to areas where you know your county hasn't sprayed.

Mar 22, 2007
Odelay101 in General Topics

In search of (rarer) liquid refreshments

I love Madeira, but it can be a bit tricky to find. Try Astor Wines (4th & Lafayette); they have a great selection, and I'm sure they have other good sweet options as well.

And if you're into sweet: Ice wine, some proseccos, Sauternes, some Rieslings, some Vouvrays and Chenin Blancs are all good options.

Mar 20, 2007
Odelay101 in Manhattan

BYOB Places in NYC

Meskel Ethiopian in the East Village

Mar 19, 2007
Odelay101 in Manhattan

Favourites at Shake Shack?

RE: Hot Dogs

Apparently this year they've installed a griddle, so no more steamed dogs. We'll see how that works out.

They also now have those chain restaurant styl buzzers to let you know whne your food is ready, so you don't have to listen for your name.

Mar 19, 2007
Odelay101 in Manhattan

Let's talk bakeries, and what you like from each.

Can anyone recommend a good bakery in the East Village/Gramercy Area? Especially for a good loaf of bread...

Mar 12, 2007
Odelay101 in Manhattan

2nd Date -- any suggestions?

Frankie's Spuntino - 17 Clinton St., right below Houston. Great food. It's small, but the staff doesn't rush you at all. Very reasonably priced wine.

Mar 09, 2007
Odelay101 in Manhattan

Red Lobster

Haven't been myself, but I think City Crab (19th and Park Ave South) might do the trick...

Mar 09, 2007
Odelay101 in Manhattan

Ok..I have to get this out in 2006..I HATE TRADER JOES

I love TJs.

1. Lowest prices ANYWHERE. I shop at the Manhattan location, so this may not be true at all stores, but it certainly is here.

2. Cool, shifting selection of interesting items you can't find anywhere else.

3. Friendly staff.

and most of all:

4. Items with ingredients I can recognize.

People on this board are all up in arms about Tj's "processed" items. Ok, they sell a lot of frozen and prepared foods. But have you ever looked at the ingredients? Most have no chemicals or preservatives. Compare the back of a box of frozen lasagna from TJs with one from Stoffer's, and you'll see what I mean.

I don't do all my shopping there (I can't find everything I need, I like to buy local and organic produce from the greenmarket, etc.) but if it weren't for TJs, I'd be a lot hungrier and a lot poorer.

Mar 08, 2007
Odelay101 in Chains

Official Trader Joe's Manhattan Good/Bad List [moved from Manhattan board]

This topic is for people to post on their favorite items they've found at TJs and also the ones they'll never buy again.

Suggested guidelines:

1. TJs can have very similar items in different forms. Make sure you're clear on which variety you're talking about.

2. Taste differs! Feel free to disagree with someone's good/bad, but do so politely and without accusing them of a lack of taste buds or a mental disability.

Some of my recent purchases to get us started:

chicken & bean chili (soup in a can)
spinach and ricotta ravioli
lemon curd
granny apple granola
Tuscan vinaigrette - AMAZING!
herb salad mix
chili-spiced mango

microwave lentil soup (in the squat little yellow container)
pretzel sticks
southwest salsa – with tomato jicama and cucumber

Mar 08, 2007
Odelay101 in Chains

grand sichuan....whats the big deal?

I've been to GS on St. Mark's a few times recently. Some food is great, and some is not. But the service is INSUFFERABLE. Aloof and busy is one thing, incompetent and negligent is another.

Mar 07, 2007
Odelay101 in Manhattan

Viking 48" dual fuel range--grill or griddle

We had a built-in grill in our range when I was growing up, and it was a *%&$# to clean. Fat always collected and caught on fire. Even when there wasn't fire, there was often smoke. Maybe our grill was particularly bad, but I think it's in the nature of these things, because they have so little room between the grill itself and the base.

I'd go for the griddle and spring for a grill plan, which work much better for indoor grilling.

Feb 28, 2007
Odelay101 in Cookware

Most 'NY' brunch experience in East Village?


Jewish-Latin Fusion + 3 free drinks with $15 brunch = Awesome

Feb 23, 2007
Odelay101 in Manhattan

RW - trying to make the best of it

Who proved what point?

There are good RW deals and there are bad RW deals.

Yes, there are some places that offer prix fixe meals at the same prices year round, but there are also places you would never be able to get three courses that cheaply otherwise.

Yes there are places who put together boring RW menus and offer lousy service, but there are also places that go all out for RW week in hopes of winning over new business.

I can't help but feel that all these people who are so down on restaurant week are the people who can afford to eat at top-notch restaurants regularly. For people like me, fresh out of college, RW provides an opportunity to eat at places I wouldn't be able to otherwise.

There are RW ripoffs, but if you do your homework, there are real winners too...

Jan 31, 2007
Odelay101 in Manhattan

Chicken & Waffles

Where can I get the best chicken and waffles in the city?

I've heard good things about Londel's but am curious about Sylvia's and Amy Ruth's.


Jan 16, 2007
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Da Baffeto is AWESOME!!

Jan 12, 2007
Odelay101 in Manhattan

Best Ethiopian?

I had an excellent dinner at Meskel at 3rd and B. No corkage BYOB.

Jan 10, 2007
Odelay101 in Manhattan

What are your weeknight standbys?

Recent college grad's best friend:

Start a pot of rice cooking.

In a skillet cook up some good sausage in a little olive oil. Add in a hearty dose of peppers and onions and cook until everything softens up a bit. You can also braise all this in a little wine or beer.

When the rice is done, just dump the sausage, veggies, and pan drippings into the rice and stir together. I like to douse it with hot sauce (sriracha is excellent for this), but that's up to you.

Not elegant, but delicious and filling.

Jan 09, 2007
Odelay101 in Home Cooking

Little Owl - for Brunch?

Yeah. I generally agree. I just wanted to point out that this isn't nearly as bad as the people who start new posts on restaurants that have been discussed over and over again in preceeding weeks.

Also, as kathryn points out, there is a thread about Little Owl Brunch.

I too should have searched!

Jan 09, 2007
Odelay101 in Manhattan