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How long does miso paste last?

It's been almost two years--has anyone died yet?

Nov 26, 2008
Ethan N in Home Cooking

Chicken fingers in NYC

How is it possible that no one on Chowhound has ever dedicated a post to chicken fingers? We are not talking chicken wings--no bones wanted. For instance, we love UFC in Queens: but there are the bones. Old Town's fingers--fine but forgettable; don't ask me about Acme; Ziggy's on 3rd Avenue has a good finger, I think, but always and only do I find myself there at four in the morning--I'd appreciate some back up on that one. Also curious about Royale's version, but it is hard to stray from the burger and so I have never tried them. New Yorkers: show me your fingers! (I've cross posted in "The Best")

Nov 15, 2008
Ethan N in Manhattan

Chicken fingers!

How is it possible that no one on Chowhound has ever dedicated a post to chicken fingers? We are not talking chicken wings--no bones wanted. For instance, we love UFC in Queens: but there are the bones. Old Town's fingers--fine but forgettable; don't ask me about Acme; Ziggy's on 3rd Avenue has a good finger, I think, but always and only do I find myself there at four in the morning--I'd appreciate some back up on that one. Also curious about Royale's version, but it is hard to stray from the burger and so I have never tried them. New Yorkers: show me your fingers!

Nov 15, 2008
Ethan N in Manhattan

Special Ramadan dishes in NW Queens?

Just thought I'd bump up this thread. Bangla Garden was recently closed and renamed, but it looks exactly the same. It is empty compared to Aladdin at the end of the day. Anyone tried these places--or anywhere nearby--this year?

Sep 06, 2008
Ethan N in Outer Boroughs

Zabb Astoria disaster

Gosh, I don't know whether complimentary side-soup, iced tea, and good-enough-for-leftovers are enough for me. Or at least not when there's a better option nearby. Mostly I was disappointed that they seem to have watered down the food from the Home Office on Roosevelt Avenue, which, granted, isn't my favorite, but is still awful good.

May 29, 2008
Ethan N in Outer Boroughs

2 new restaurants on 30th Ave in Astoria- Akti and Zabb Thai

Well, for a dissenting opinion, I kind of gave a thumb's down to Zabb Astoria a couple weeks back:

http://www.chowhound.com/topics/511655

In fact, am eagerly awaiting my Arharn delivery as I type.

May 09, 2008
Ethan N in Outer Boroughs

Zabb Astoria disaster

Oh, sorry, I may have gotten the name wrong--it's whichever one was on the north side of the street. I always thought Arharn was at least two clicks above anything else I'd tried in Astoria, Thai-wise, so haven't bothered with the others in a couple of years.

Apr 22, 2008
Ethan N in Outer Boroughs

Zabb Astoria disaster

So I was running some errands the other day on 30th Avenue in Astoria when I spied with my little eye a surprising sign across the street from me: ZABB. Bliss! I bolted through traffic without looking, didn't get killed, and sure enough, Zabb opened up a new branch a little over a week ago. Same owner, said the friendly waiter; same chef, said the friendly waiter. My girlfriend and I walked out with a Thai iced coffee and vowed to return soon, which I did today, with an old pal who pointed out that it seemed to be the former Thai Pavilion location. We ordered two lunch specials and a duck salad. When the friendly waiter asked, "spicy?" we nodded our heads vigorously; the friendly waiter smiled. Total disaster. The dishes weren't spicy, which fine, whatever, I can live, but they weren't *well spiced,* which is not fine. Sugary. Unassertive. I'm sticking with Arharn closer to me on 36th Avenue.

Apr 21, 2008
Ethan N in Outer Boroughs

Special Ramadan dishes in NW Queens?

There are two places on 36th Avenue between 29th and 30th serving a Ramadan buffet (sorry, not sure what you'd call it). I prefer Aladdin, but Bangla Garden has a nice spread too. Don't really know what's what, but I've tried a couple of dahl-ish dishes, a really yummy deep fried breaded hot pepper, goat biryani, beef patties, interestingly spiced chicken. You've got to get there before 6:30 at the latest though...

Oct 07, 2007
Ethan N in Outer Boroughs

The Indian Chinese dilemma

I just tried Tangra Wok last week and wasn't terribly impressed. The chili chicken was fine but a little one-dimensional heat-wise, and the chili-garlic noodles were kind of sweet and made me really really miss Desi Chinese, which used to be on 37th Avenue and 73rd Street--oh man those noodles were good. There's something new in its spot but it's not as good as the old place, which really did get the fusion thing right. I long with you, Bennyt.

Aug 24, 2007
Ethan N in Outer Boroughs

new(ish) places on Broadway in Astoria

Walked by a couple of places I'd not noticed before and wondered: anyone been to the Dominican place on Broadway around 23rd Street? How about Mr. Gyros next to the post office in the little mini mall off 21st?

Jul 22, 2007
Ethan N in Outer Boroughs

SF's La Taqueria and La Cumbre in NYC?

I'm an SF native--though I should say that burrito-wise I'm partial to El Farolito on Mission and 24th--who has lived here for many years. You just ain't gonna get an SF burrito in New York, but the Mexican food situation (as opposed to the Cal-Mex food situation) has improved considerably since I got here. You can get a pretty good carnitas burrito at El Mariachi on Broadway in the 30s in Astoria, but you can get amazing tacos a few blocks down Broadway near Crescent. Best al pastor tacos I've had outside Mexico City. Very authentic.

Jul 13, 2007
Ethan N in Manhattan

Help me recreate dish from momofuku saam

I asked the very same question a while back and did some experimenting here:

http://www.chowhound.com/topics/388880

I hope someone has cracked the code...

Jul 06, 2007
Ethan N in Home Cooking

Roast leg of lamb: bone in or boneless?

Smashing success. Bone in, seven pounds before the butcher trimmed it, a little over five and a half after he'd removed the aitch bone and some fat. (I had to tie some meat flaps together with some kitchen twine for presentation and even cooking.) Julia Child's mustard dressing applied a few hours before I popped the leg into the oven was delicious. Started at 425, lowered it to 325-350 after twenty minutes--took a little longer than I would have guessed, close to two hours to get the thickest part to 130 degrees. Did a terrible job carving the thing, but no one complained about the meat, which was incredible. Really easy, I'd definitely do this again.

Apr 22, 2007
Ethan N in Home Cooking

Fish World on 36th Avenue???

This is right by my place and I've been peeking at if hopefully myself, but I'm doing a LOT of expectation management. I'm guessing it will be something like the seafood place on Broadway in the low 30s, nothing special but certainly better than what's at Food World and probably fine in a pinch...but boy would I like to be surprised.

Apr 18, 2007
Ethan N in Outer Boroughs

Roast leg of lamb: bone in or boneless?

Great, this is helpful. I think I'm going to go with bone in, which sounds like a better presentation in any case. So what, the thickest part needs to register 135? I think I used mustard the last time I roasted a (boneless) leg of lamb, but I like the simplicity here. Any recipes for mint sauce to accompany? Thanks!

Apr 17, 2007
Ethan N in Home Cooking

Roast leg of lamb: bone in or boneless?

Thoughts?

And while we're at it, with bread crumbs or without? And what about mustard?

Apr 15, 2007
Ethan N in Home Cooking

NYC's All City Best Buffalo wings (2007)

Funny, I've always thought that the Old Town's wings are a city secret, they are really great. But the burgers are SO great that you never get the wings. Thus they stay a secret. Do "original" Buffalo wings offer degrees of hotness?

Apr 11, 2007
Ethan N in Manhattan

Momofuko Ssam brussels sprouts [moved from Manhattan board]

Hmm--I assumed there was some frying, the mint leaves gets pretty crispy, but maybe it can all be accomplished in the oven. Any ideas on the dressing/sauce? How would you go about duplicating it? I may try again this week.

Apr 07, 2007
Ethan N in Home Cooking

Momofuko Ssam brussels sprouts [moved from Manhattan board]

Anyone try to duplicate these bits of yumminess at home? I just tried, though I sauteed in some olive oil till brown and sort of crisp rather than deep fried. Some initial thoughts: I added too much fish sauce, too little mint, and the mint too late. More hot peppers needed. And no soy sauce, for some reason I added soy sauce. If anyone is trying to perfect this would love to know what you're doing. It seems doable.

Apr 05, 2007
Ethan N in Home Cooking

want to cook something that takes a long time

Indeed, jfood. My sarcasm conveyer must be out of whack, I was trying to make a joke about the female personal pronoun the previous poster had assumed was correct...and which error didn't really deserve the sarcasm.

Mar 20, 2007
Ethan N in Home Cooking

want to cook something that takes a long time

Yeah, my riff on Marcella (see below) did take some futzing around for an hour or so, but I anticipated that and got going before guests arrived--by the time the movie started the sauce was ready to simmer for a few hours so everything worked out fine. OP = he. Bolognese totally safe for dudes to cook.

Mar 20, 2007
Ethan N in Home Cooking

Absolute best burger in Manhattan?

And I never understand why the Old Town burger so rarely shows up on these lists--I'd take one of those over Corner Bistro's burger most any day.

Mar 20, 2007
Ethan N in Manhattan

want to cook something that takes a long time

Just wanted to thank everyone for the suggestions. In the end I couldn't resist the appropriateness of the bolognese. I took the meat selection from a Batali recipe and most of the ingredients--and all of the technique and timing--from Marcella Hazan and there were no complaints at intermission. By the way, watch this film! It really starts cranking in Part 2!

Mar 19, 2007
Ethan N in Home Cooking

want to cook something that takes a long time

These look great, thanks! For some reason I've got carnitas on the brain, but these ragus are sorely tempting, especially given the movie choice...

Feb 22, 2007
Ethan N in Home Cooking

want to cook something that takes a long time

Hi folks--I'm having a few people over in a couple of weeks to watch this six hour long Italian epic (The Best of Youth) and I want to cook something that will take many hours of sitting on or in a stove to serve somewhere around the half way point. I'm thinking of slow roasting a pork shoulder, maybe making carnitas? I guess I'd have to start even well before guests arrive, which is fine. Any other suggestions? Italian theme not required. Thanks!

Feb 22, 2007
Ethan N in Home Cooking

How long does miso paste last?

Inspired by the miso paste post below, I rooted (sorry) around the fridge and found a tub that's been sitting there since last winter. Can I still use it? And while we're at it, what are your favorite quickie recipes? I add various veggies and seaweed and a little tofu.

Jan 31, 2007
Ethan N in Home Cooking

Bars/Lounge in Long Island city

Afraid not! I live right there--the best you'll do for that kind of vibe is probably Cafe Bar up on 34th Avenue and maybe 34th Street and it ain't no great shakes, though perfectly pleasant.

Jan 27, 2007
Ethan N in Outer Boroughs

fresh mozzerella in astoria

There's some fantastic home made mozzarella on Ditmars a couple blocks east of 31st, south side of the street...can't remember what it's called, sorry!

Nov 21, 2006
Ethan N in Outer Boroughs

Shawarma...

My two faves in Manhattan are Jerusalem Falafel up on Broadway and maybe 104th Street and Mamoun's on Macdougal.

Oct 31, 2006
Ethan N in Manhattan