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The best of NYC

Update on the rest of the trip:

Sunday night we ended up at Mission Cantina - 1 block from our hotel and was pleasantly surprised as my expectations were moderate. Had Baja Fish Tacos (made with Catfish) on blue tortillas. Pretty decent spicing and nice flavours throughout.
short menu, and most were burritos. I enjoyed their guacamole - fairly chunky and unprocessed, with fresh zingy flavours.

Work lunch @ Westville, Hudson St. Went for the classic hotdogs with kraut and side of grilled asparagus. Decent enough dog and nice fries Can't complain!

Dinner @ Supper in East Village. Rustic and unpretentious Italian. Had veal with green beans which was OK, nothing stellar. Other accoutrements were decent - fresh and healthy (Tomatoes w/Mozarella, beets and goatscheese, chicken liver pate) . Bread with beans was nice and garlicky.

Chop Shop in Flatiron for another work lunch - had pork buns to start - a rather poor rendition. Would have loved to have tried the Momofuku version. Passable Spicy Drunken Noodles with Shrimp. Had a good amount of heat. Nice modern and casual spot for a cheapish lunch, but not exactly ground breaking.

Final meal @ Shake Shack JFK - we have this in the UK and it's great but I was dying to try the limited Roadside Shack burger, with melted onions on top. It was divine. Washed down with a vanilla milk shake, I boarded the plane feeling rather guilty and in need of a shower.

Think I need a serious detox: a month of exercise and healthy food!

Aug 26, 2015
foreignmuck in Manhattan

Chinese food in London...

crystal china on tower bridge road does great Szechuan food (look out for the 'special' menu for serious flavours. Ignore most of the regular menu. They also do an intersting looking 'dry hotpot' which i havent yet tried, but always loads of chinese folks eating it.

Chilli Cool is decent.

silk road in camberwell is worth going , although i feel it's been quite dumbed down these days, esp their signature big plate chicken. (this is not szechuan, but uigher). Homestyle cabbage is a must.

Aug 26, 2015
foreignmuck in U.K./Ireland

The best of NYC

no, actually it was in the shop. Went back today for the classic smoke salmon and cream cheese and it was much better. slight error in the bagel choice (onion, which burnt a bit) but was really very good.

Aug 24, 2015
foreignmuck in Manhattan

The best of NYC

Thanks for all the input on this post.

Have spent 24 hours in NY now - and managed to do a fair bit already! some thoughts:

Margarita on Ludlow for an 'after a few drinks' bite last night. went for the classic margarita slice. perfectly adequate slice, with crisp base - slightly under heated but passable. sauce was a little sweet, but all in all perfect for the moment.

Up early for a pre-brunch bagel at Russ & Daughters. went for the Sable and goats cream cheese on a lighly toasted Bialy. Had high expections and whilst it was perfectly pleasant, it wasn't quite as perfect as I expected it to be. Something fell short with the texture of the bialy. The goats cheese had a nice tang to it and the sable was rich, smokey and salty, in typically generous portions. However, is it worth paying $17 for what in basically a fairly small take out deli sandwich? I know Sable is expensive, but I don't think so. Might go again tho, and order different bits and bobs for a self constructing job.

A few hours later, brunch @ pies n thighs - went for fried chicken with waffles(with cinnamon butter and blueberry) as this is something you don't often get in the UK. Chicken was great, got a leg and a thigh - the leg was not as hot as i'd have liked but the thigh was perfect. Waffles were buckwheat, and having enjoyed the chewy fluffy versions in Belgium recently, these were quite stodgy and cakey and dare I say dry. A bit disappointing if i'm being honest. Service a little slow, but friendly.

Happened to walk by Joe's pizza near union square, so though it would be rude not to have a slice. Pretty much near pefection - just as i remembered from last time. Crispy, chewy base, with a more tart tomato sauce compared to Margartita last night. Can't fault it, really.

The real reason to head to that part of town was to head to Mighty Quinns on 2nd Ave. Went for the briket with pickled veggies and vinager slaw, and it was all divine. Preferred the black fatty edge bits to the leaner meat, which was a little on the dry side. Liked the fact it wasnt too sweet and worked well with the BBQ sauce. Noticed that the portioning seemed all over the place, with some folks getting much bigger portions than others, but to be honest with all the eating done already i wasn't going to complain about my modest portion! Was the perfect afternoon pitstop, washed down with a pint of craft lager.

So far, so good - curious to see what the rest of my trip brings!

The best of NYC

Thanks for the tip.

Funny that the buns are no longer on the momofuku menu. Very familiar with these. I got my sister the momofuku cookbook 5 years ago, and it inspired her to set up a business selling variations of the buns here in London.

She does a roaring trade here, and is yet to see a backlash despite various competitors springing up over the years. http://www.yumbun.com

Aug 17, 2015
foreignmuck in Manhattan
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Authentic Thai Food in London - Have not found a single one!!

agree - i loved the ideas behind the dishes at the Smoking Goat. But the excecution lacked punch... Would have loved bolder flavours to make it more memorable. Also thought the same about Kricket in Brixton which is a similar concept but Indian.

Aug 17, 2015
foreignmuck in U.K./Ireland

The best of NYC

Thanks everyone for the pointers. Looking like Russ & Daughters, katz, Quinns are must do's. Tempted by Fuku too..

Aug 17, 2015
foreignmuck in Manhattan

The best of NYC

thanks -
Pizza - good point - had a little side list going on there. Prob only gonna have time (and space) for a cheekly slice somewhere, so keeping Joe's or Rizzo's in mind... We have pretty decent pizza in London now - although predominantly Neopolitan these days. but little beats a NY slice (esp when drunk)..

thanks for the other pointers.

Aug 17, 2015
foreignmuck in Manhattan
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The best of NYC

Thanks for the tips
im sure Mexican on the east coast isnt a patch of what it is in LA and other parts of the US, but i imagine it's better than in London.

re Ramen - Tokyo is my second home so i'm pretty experienced in this field. There's an Ippudo in London which is OK, but nothig compared to places in Tokyo. Reason Ivan's on the list is because his take on Ramen is quite unusual so was curious to check. His place in Tokyo is pretty popular and i enjoyed his book. if it's not up to much, i'd rather skip.

def up for a bagel rec. Russ and Daughters is pretty close to where im at, but the reviews are pretty mixed.

thanks again

Aug 16, 2015
foreignmuck in Manhattan

The best of NYC

Hi All
Coming over to NYC for a very short visit next week, from London.

i've basically got one day free and 2 days of work. I'm looking for the best that NYC has to offer in terms of cheap eats for my day off, and places I can steer work lunches/dinners too (these will be casual, unstuffy).

We're spoit for choice in London, so looking for stuff that's very NYC/US that you guys do well.

ive been searching and made a list. There's no way i can do everything, but just wondering if there are any 'must do's' or 'avoids' on this list to help me choose. Or any others in this vein.

Staying on the LES, but planning to perhaps head over to Brooklyn on Sunday (technically not this board i know.)

.
cheeky sandwiches
Katz (pastrami)
Brindle room (burger)
Brisket town (bbq)
Dos toros (mexican)
ivan ramen (ramen)
Potato knisch at yonah schimell
Mission cantina (mexican)
Fuku (Chicken Burger)
Seoul chicken (Korean Fried chicken)

Many thanks

Aug 16, 2015
foreignmuck in Manhattan
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Hackney eats

Cant vouch for the place but looks interesting. Ten Bells (where the chefs previously ran), was very good. Its in Homerton

http://www.hot-dinners.com/Gastroblog...

Jul 29, 2015
foreignmuck in U.K./Ireland

Fashionable new london restaurants?

clove club

Mar 21, 2015
foreignmuck in U.K./Ireland

Jerk Chicken [London]

between the two, i'd say smokey jerkey.

Feb 02, 2015
foreignmuck in U.K./Ireland

Jerk Chicken [London]

Funnily enough - went to Jerk Garden on Brockley Road (near Crofton park) last night - wasnt bad, although not as good as Tasty Jerk. Also Smokey Jerkey on New Cross Road is a pretty good bet..

Feb 01, 2015
foreignmuck in U.K./Ireland

Wonderful "not fancy" asian places in London ?

don't think anyone's mentioned Silk Road in Camberwell yet- for great Big Plate chicken and homestyle cabbage.

also a fan of GoldMine in bayswater for decent cantonese (roasted meats especially)

Oct 17, 2014
foreignmuck in U.K./Ireland

Clove Club w/out reservation?

Sometimes they have seating in the bar area (not the regular set menu but a separate a la carte bar menu). although it might be a little harder since they got their michelin star...

Oct 10, 2014
foreignmuck in U.K./Ireland

Undercover Boss - tonight on ITV

was joking.
i very much imagine it's run by a bunch of suits who run half a dozen other 'interests' in their 'portfolio'...

Aug 21, 2014
foreignmuck in U.K./Ireland

Undercover Boss - tonight on ITV

quite hard to disguise Antonio Carluccio isn't it? :D

Aug 20, 2014
foreignmuck in U.K./Ireland

Kimchi in London

Picked some up at Wing Yip in Croydon today - home made stuff. havent tried it yet but looks pretty good. You need a car to get there tho.

Aug 17, 2014
foreignmuck in U.K./Ireland

Pre-theatre in Dalston, post theatre near Barbican

the Mangal on Arcola Street (pretty much directly opposite the Theatre I believe) still remains IMO one of the best Turkish in London. Always busy but get there early and you should be fine. haven't been for a year or so, but the quality was always good over the past 10 years i've been frequenting the joint. A mixed Grill with Quail and a starter between 2 is usually more than enough. The Bread is great. Very good value overall.

As for Barbican - I do like Pham Sushi on Whitecross street for good price v quality Sushi. I don't usually go for bastardised versions of sushi but do try the Crunchy Tuna Roll. It's a short walk from Barbican. There are other places on Whitecross street that i havent been to but perhaps others can vouch for.

May 12, 2014
foreignmuck in U.K./Ireland

LISBON - ARROIOS NEIGHBOURHOOD

HI there

Will staying a few days in the Arroios neighbourhood, not far from the fishmarket. Was wondering if anyone can suggest any great neighbourhood restaurants in the local area.

Looking for suggestions on any kind of good value, local food. Non touristy, non fussy places. Fresh seafood, great grilled chicken etc would be great!

thanks

May 09, 2014
foreignmuck in Spain/Portugal

'Special' Japanese - not Sushi

Just got back from Hunan. On the whole - great. I wont go into detail as it will take too long, but i'd say the vast majority of dishes were very well excecuted, with a few 'fillers'. Very generous amount (over 18 dishes) for a very reasonable price of £50 per head. It exceeded expectations. Most dishes were very elegant seasoned and well cooked. Favourites dishes included Spicy Squid, fried green beans, steamed Scallops.. the list goes on

Very friendly and efficient service.
Understated but classy decor.

Will definitely return

May 08, 2014
foreignmuck in U.K./Ireland

'Special' Japanese - not Sushi

Agree Koya is great - haven't been for a while but would love to try some of the new dishes - Below is a review I did from when it first opened and it was great then.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7025...

Min Jiang is certainly worth considering. Cheers!

May 04, 2014
foreignmuck in U.K./Ireland

'Special' Japanese - not Sushi

Given that it's seemingly quite tricky to meet our requirements and we've already been to the place most people suggest , I think we'll ditch the Japanese idea all together and go Chinese -

Hunan in Pimlico is currently top of the pile. Anyone been?

May 03, 2014
foreignmuck in U.K./Ireland

'Special' Japanese - not Sushi

Thanks. Good call. Funnily enough we went there for the last anniversary!

May 02, 2014
foreignmuck in U.K./Ireland

'Special' Japanese - not Sushi

Hi everyone.

Was wondering if you have any ideas on the following: I'm looking for a relatively high end Japanese restaurant (say £60-70 per head) in London for our wedding anniversary.

We love sushi but due to current circumstances, my wife cannot eat raw presently. We therefore are looking for somewhere that excels in other cooked things.

Other points to note is that we both are Japanese and lived there , so we know good Japanese food very well.

Good 'fusion' cuisine could work as long as it's good. Can't be too pretentious.

Would rather avoid anywhere too formal or stuffy (kiku and kikuchi we've been to before - both good but a bit 'vanilla'.

Hip is good but not hipster (eg that new Kurobuta place in Marylebone looked nice in a way but a but a bit too annoyingly hipster - anyone been?)

Been wanting to try Dinings but the menu looks a bit raw-heavy, which would be a bit frustrating! And a touch pricey too.

Can anyone think of anywhere 'special' that fits the bill?

Thanks!

May 02, 2014
foreignmuck in U.K./Ireland

[LONDON] Great Ramen @ Cocoro Bloomsbury

Know what you mean about being disappointed by London ramen in general. give it a go though. Be curious to hear what you think. I think the Takumi guy is relatively new.

Apr 11, 2014
foreignmuck in U.K./Ireland

[LONDON] Great Ramen @ Cocoro Bloomsbury

Yep, 25 Coptic street. interested to hear your thoughts..

Apr 11, 2014
foreignmuck in U.K./Ireland

[LONDON] Great Ramen @ Cocoro Bloomsbury

The ever evolving London ramen scene has seen a steady growth over the the past few years, but the quality in my opinion has ranged from dire (Cocoro Marylebone, Tonkoksu East) to mediocre (Ittenbari, Nagomi) to nearly there (Bone Daddies).. Nothing has quite yet hit the spot. The relatively new Cocoro in Bloomsbury (sister restaurant to Cocoro Marylebone) focuses on Ramen and curry rice at weekends, with a wider menu during the week. It was the nearest I’ve had to ‘real’ Japanese ramen in London to date, with a talented chef who has allegedly come over from Takumi in Dusseldorf, renowned by aficionados to be one of the best ‘serious’ ramen restaurants in Europe.

The Tonkotsu ramen (£10.80) was available in regular, light or kotteri (thick/rich) formats. I opted for the regular. The bowl appeared in a few minutes and had all the hallmarks of a quality bowl:

- Piping hot broth : Many restaurants fall down at the crucial first hurdle and serve lukewarm soup which brings down the satisfaction levels a few notches.
- Noodle texture : Perfectly cooked springy noodles - firm but not al-dente. Super satisfying .
- Oil : The soup was insulated by an oil slick of Exxon Valdez proportions. No-one can claim that ramen is a health food, but the wonderful garlic flavoured oil coats the noodles as you slurp, giving you unparalleled comfort and satisfaction. This is why it tastes so damned good!
- Depth of soup : a complex rich, porky broth was a cut above many competitors. Some serious care and attention has obviously gone into its preparation.
- Well made toppings including a ‘hanjuku’ boiled egg (glistening, gelatinous yolk) and lovely soft slices on char-shu belly pork along with nori, kikurage (wood ear fungus) and sweetcorn.

My wife had the miso ramen which was also pork based but had less of an oil slick and a full bodied, almost tangy taste from the fermented miso. There was also an Ume-shio which looked interesting too. (Japanese plum/salt ramen)

We were there about 4pm on a Sunday afternoon and the place was dead, which was a shame. It’s a purist, no frills kind of a place with very plain décor and clearly lacks the buzz of somewhere like Koya or Bone Daddies which seems more engineered to suit the London market. Hopefully the food alone is good enough to attract customers.

All in all, Cocoro (Bloomsbury, not Marylebone) can certainly put up a good fight against some of the higher ranking places in Japan, and it is without doubt a cut above many of its peers in London. Will be interesting to see how it compares with the daddy of them all – Ippudo, which is set to land on our shores imminently.

Apr 06, 2014
foreignmuck in U.K./Ireland

Dry fried beef strips @ Crystal China, Tower Bridge Road/Southwark, London

Wow - just got back from a visit to this place. Not far from work so popped in for dinner.

The Dry fried beef was probably the most intense Ma-La experience i've ever had. Even more so than the fish hot pot dish at Number 10. The fried squid with BBQ sauce was beautiful with slices of celery and and a spicy, cumin flavour. Salted Egg Yolk prawns were a steal (from the 1/2 price seafood menu) a good dozen fried prawns lightly coated in salted egg and crispily fried. We were going to order the lobster w/ ginger and spring onion, but the waitress suggested against it as the lobster was frozen and portions small. good call. The intensity of the Szechuan pepper in the dry fried beef however made everything else taste extremely salty to me. incredible how this tricks your tastebuds. Be good to get advice on what would best counter act this.

This was an outstanding meal - no messing around. A mix of western folks (mainly eating the standard fayre), and loads of chinese mostly tucking into the dry hotpot, which we have to try next time.

Prices not expensive but not particularly cheap. £50 for 2 with 4 beers and service.

Mar 14, 2014
foreignmuck in U.K./Ireland