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Liquid Nitrogen

Maybe off-topic, but I was wondering just now about liquid nitrogen in restaurants and other food places in NYC. I just had some very good liquid nitrogen frozen yogurt at Blue Olive Market on 40th (or 41st?) just east of 3rd Ave. and wondered if there are other places.

Apr 07, 2014
rteplow in Manhattan

Please help fill in details for trip this week: chocolate, pretzels, Vietnamese and more

Another vote for Chelsea Market. Food is interesting but it's also fun architecturally and in a great food neighborhood.

Other food markets: Eataly is in Chelsea and quite upscale. There is also a new food market far west around 42nd St. though probably not worth a visit unless you're nearby anyhow.

Are you willing to go to Brooklyn or other boroughs? I hear a lot about Smorgasburg, though haven't been. Maybe check the Outer Boroughs board for other markets, etc.

Feb 06, 2014
rteplow in Manhattan

Neopolitan pizza on the upper west side.

BTW, sorry I didn't notice the indefatigable Kathryn's mention of Buca.

Oct 31, 2013
rteplow in Manhattan

Neopolitan pizza on the upper west side.

I've heard good things about Buca on 103rd between Broadway and Amsterdam. Anyone know if it's comparable to Keste?

Oct 28, 2013
rteplow in Manhattan

Chervil: where can I find it?

I saw it at Barzini's on Broadway near 91st St.

Jun 22, 2013
rteplow in Manhattan

Gluten Free in the city (not for the fad diet, but because I miss eating out)

Any gluten-free search will probably uncover Risotteria (on Bleecker St.). Mostly pizza and beer -- and breadsticks. There is a take-out area where they sell gluten-free items including baking mixes.

There is a store that sells gluten-free items on West 85th St. east of Columbus Ave.

In general, it's gotten much easier to find gluten-free food, both in restaurants and in food stores. Good luck with the diet!

Feb 08, 2013
rteplow in Manhattan

Hawaiian Poke in the City

Just noticed a Japanese/Hawaiian place called Makana on 1st Ave. between 115th & 116th. Looked it up on menupages and see that it has a single poke dish, plus a few other hawaiian items.

Feb 05, 2013
rteplow in Manhattan

Symphony Space area

I also like Malecon and Gennaro (remember the antipasta plate was good, though it's been awhile since I've been).

Best Indian in the area is Indus Valley at Broadway & 100th, though it's on the pricey side for Indian. You might consider Pio Pio at Amsterdam & 94th ( check menupages to see if you like the menu). Decent Mexican at Noche Mexicana on Amsterdam near 100th or 101st. Haven't tried it, but am curious about Warique, a Peruvian place on Amsterdam near 101st.

Cheapest of all, if the weather is good: the taco truck on 96th St. west of Broadway!

Jan 31, 2013
rteplow in Manhattan

smoked salmon bagel near 85th and broadway?

Another vote for Barney Greengrass. For takeout there is also Murray's Sturgeon on Broadway between 89th and 90th. They have a small selection of bagels, but you can go across the street to Tal's for that.

There's no better neighborhood for smoked salmon except, perhaps, the lower east side.

Nov 20, 2012
rteplow in Manhattan

Brooklyn Neighborhoods & Restaurants - Newbie

Happy exploring! There are other great neighborhoods with great food. Here's part 2:

Bay Ridge
Sunset Park
Brighton Beach

And then there's Queens...

Oct 16, 2012
rteplow in Outer Boroughs

Upper West Side

It's Kosher Marketplace and it's closer to 89th or 90th on the east side of Broadway.

Barney Greengrass is great! A classic. Kefi is good.

Basic go-to spot near you is French Roast on 85th and Broadway, which is open 24 hours. There are a couple of non-Starbucks coffee places: one on Amsterdam & 86th (Coffee, Tea, Leaf and Bean?) and another on Columbus near 85th (Joe, the Art of Coffee).

There is a new-ish kosher sushi/steak restaurant place near you: KO Prime on 85th east of Broadway. I don't know how good it is.

There are lots of vegetarian options, mostly on Amsterdam in the 80s.

Aug 31, 2012
rteplow in Manhattan

Jalapeno Bagels

Lenny's Bagels on Broadway at 98th St.: IIRC there is a "bad boy" bagel that has jalapeno, cheese and some other flavor. I'm not sure how pronounced the jalapeno is. I like their bagels, though: I might rank them above Tal's but not above Absolute.

Aug 15, 2012
rteplow in Manhattan

Scottish food in Manhattan?

Myers of Keswick (Hudson St. bet. Horatio and Jane in the west village): it's a food store not a restaurant, but he might be able to find some of the items he misses like candy or biscuits. They make their own sausages and savory pies -- and scotch eggs.

Jul 28, 2012
rteplow in Manhattan

An app to help you find a restaurant

Does Menupages have an app? If not, perhaps you could go to that website. You can browse by cuisine and neighborhood.

Jul 16, 2012
rteplow in Food Media & News

La Caridad....what happened?

I've always preferred El Malecon (Amsterdam near 97th) to La Caridad but haven't been for a couple of years. They probably have roast pork on Sundays. I liked it but it wasn't my favorite dish there (some nice moist pieces, some skin, but also some dry parts). I get everything there with yellow rice and red -- not black -- beans, by the way.

Jun 30, 2012
rteplow in Manhattan

Artie's or Barney Greengrass?

I recommend Barney Greengrass! It's been around for years and is still great. I can't speak for the pastrami, but the fish is great, and I also love the glass of borscht with sour cream.

Murray's Sturgeon is very good too, but there is no place to sit. You could take out and have a picnic. Artie's is OK but I much prefer the other two places.

Jun 29, 2012
rteplow in Manhattan

Near 65th St. & 12th Avenue in Brooklyn

I'm playing an opera at this location (Magic Flute this weekend and next -- come on out!) and tried to search this board but am not sure which neighborhood I'm in.

Have checked out 11th Ave. between N train stop at Ft. Hamilton Pkwy near 61st St. and 65th St. La Sorrentino is pretty good. Also found a couple of Chinese places that aren't great, unless I didn't know what to order. Did I miss anything? Thanks again, everyone.

Jun 02, 2012
rteplow in Outer Boroughs

Am I missing any Uptown good eats on my list ???/

Another vote for El Malecon. I prefer the red beans to the black, BTW. If you really don't want to go below 110th, I think they have a branch in Washington Heights (Broadway around 177th, I think). Also second Flor de Mayo. I love the stuffed potato app.

The Hungarian Pastry Shop is on Amsterdam bet. 110 and 111. I haven't been for awhile but it gets mixed reviews. Two alternatives: La Toulousanerie (not sure of the name) is on Amsterdam near 107th. Artopolis on Amsterdam near 114th and is a branch of the place in Astoria.

May 14, 2012
rteplow in Manhattan

Is there ANY decent pizza on the UWS?!

It's not classic pizza, but I like the slices (which are square) at La Grolla pizzeria on Amsterdam bet. 79 & 80. There's good variety and one $3.50 slice is just about enough for a light lunch. I don't see it mentioned much here.

May 07, 2012
rteplow in Manhattan

Chelsea Market

Just talking from a sightseeing standpoint, which may be off-topic, but: I agree with coasts that it's a great combination with the High Line. I like how they renovated Chelsea Market and think it's worth seeing. It's certainly not your average food court!

Apr 24, 2012
rteplow in Manhattan

Pretentious Foodie Bullsh!t

I LOVE the Supersizers! Are they still on the Cooking Channel?

Apr 23, 2012
rteplow in Food Media & News

Inexpensive lunch near 55th & Lex -- including food trucks

I have to be in this area next week. So far, mostly chains and generic delis. If it must be a chain, I don't mind Pret a Manger, but find it a bit pricey. Haven't yet tried Citibank food court offerings: anything worthwhile there? Tried Rocco DiSpirito's truck -- underwhelming.

Apr 22, 2012
rteplow in Manhattan

This Fri or Sat: not too noisy

My parents are making a spur-of-the-moment trip to NYC this weekend and want to have dinner someplace nice. Wishlist:

Not too noisy so that we can hear each other easily, but not so quiet that it's stuffy.

Lots of fish/vegetarian choices (my Dad keeps kosher and my Mom will eat beef, lamb or chicken but doesn't eat traif).

They're staying on the upper east side and I'm on the upper west. They probably don't want to go too far, but if it's a real destination place then maybe.

Not overpriced.

Thanks again, all.

Mar 06, 2012
rteplow in Manhattan


That may be because the rugelach was "parve" i.e. no dairy (or meat). I always check to see that there is butter (and maybe cream cheese) in the ingredients before buying.

Feb 23, 2012
rteplow in Manhattan

Chinese: where can I find these dishes?

Actually, scoopG, I don't mind Manhattan suggestions. I live on the UWS, but thought it more likely that I'd find what I'm looking for in Flushing or Sunset Park (and was too lazy to repost on Manhattan board). Thanks though.

Feb 03, 2012
rteplow in Outer Boroughs

Chinese: where can I find these dishes?

Just returned from China. I had some fantastic food that I hope I can find here. Most notably:

1. Had an epic meal at a hotel restaurant in Chaoyang (up north in Liaoning Province) where a standout dish was shrimp on skewers with red peppers. The red peppers where fried until dry and crispy. It was hot but not too hot for me (I don't have a lot of tolerance for too much heat). Generally curious about northern Chinese cuisine.

2. Also north: ate at a famous dumpling restaurant in Shenyang. Looking for great dumplings in NYC. Also looking for a wonderful tea they had at that restaurant: a beautiful combination of loose tea, flowers, spices and a lump of sugar sitting in the bottom of the covered tea cup. The waiter came by with a hot water pitcher with a spout that must have been 5' long and poured water into our cups -- didn't miss once.

3. Ate in the muslim neighborhood in Xi'an. Loved the spicy skewers of lamb, and the soup with some lamb flavor, but which was also made with rye bread, which imparted a nice flavor.

Have only scratched the surface of Chinese cuisine. Eager to try it all! Thanks in advance.

Feb 01, 2012
rteplow in Outer Boroughs

Greek Bakeries

Artopolis has an outpost on Amsterdam Ave. near 114th St. (across from St. Luke's hospital complex).

Second Gulluoglu: many flavors of baklava!

Artopolis Espresso
1090 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

982 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022

Feb 01, 2012
rteplow in Manhattan

Greek yogurt sales continue to soar

I'm a big fan of the Liberte brand. The flavors are interesting (I like plum & fig, pineapple, orange & passionfruit, and now they have black cherry). They used to sell mocha but haven't for a number of years.

Jan 24, 2012
rteplow in Food Media & News

What NYC food item do you send to 75 people from out of town - other than bagels?

I've heard great things about rugaleh from LooLoo's on 118th St. Not sure if I have the name right -- can anyone help? Thanks.

Lee Lee's Baked Goods
283 W 118th St, New York, NY 10026

Jan 13, 2012
rteplow in Manhattan

The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs (Episode 6 "Food Auction") [Spoilers]

Ironic. Did you mention it because Chef Zakarian almost got eliminated because of powdered sugar?

Dec 06, 2011
rteplow in Food Media & News