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Guanciale at Russo's in the East Village

Spaghetti a la carbonara made with guanciale is vastly superior to carbonara with pancetta. I was stunned that Eataly did not have it when I went the first month it was open - don't know if they've gotten it since. I know that they carry it at Biellese Salumeria, 378 Eighth Ave. @ 29th St., and I hope to try Murray's Milano's guanciale soon.

Salumeria Biellese
376 8th Ave, New York, NY 10001

200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

Apr 21, 2011
bergerqueen in Manhattan

Did a Restaurant Replace Wiener Factory?

I haven't been to the new place, but it is a middle eastern cafe and hookah bar called Vibe Cafe. Here's their website:

Mar 19, 2011
bergerqueen in Los Angeles Area

smoked fish?

Acme is truly terrible, but it is sadly one of the only surviving smokehouses around.

Feb 06, 2011
bergerqueen in Outer Boroughs

Green Apple chinese-Studio City (NY Style Egg Rolls)

Best New York style egg rolls are at Genghis Cohen on Fairfax near Melrose.

Genghis Cohen
740 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

Oct 18, 2010
bergerqueen in Los Angeles Area

Desperately seeking good smoked fish...

I'm desperate for a good smoked fish purveyor, preferably in Brooklyn. Apparently, Marshall's is no longer, and please don't say Acme - I think their fish is salty, chemically, and truly awful. I used to love Homarus in Mt. Kisco, but they have morphed into a new incarnation, and since my cousin moved, I no longer get up there. Where do Russ/Zabar's/Barney Greengrass get their smoked fish? Desperate for a great sable, nova, whitefish, et al.

Aug 12, 2010
bergerqueen in Outer Boroughs

Dover Sole in US supermarkets: is this the real thing?

The dover sole sold in US grocery stores and Costco is NOT the spectacular European dover sole, which is served as a whole fish there, perfect for one person. It is another genus entirely, a rather limp, ordinary, over-sized, cut-up, cheap pretender, which bears no resemblance to the delicious fish from which it steals its name.

Jul 23, 2009
bergerqueen in General Topics

Tiger Lily in Los Feliz - anyone been lately?

I'm sorry to hear about the emptiness of the place, because I was rooting for owner Sumant Pardal to succeed. Sumant used to own Tufaan in Sherman Oaks, which was the best Indian restaurant tin the city - even south-of-Mulholland friends were happy to come over the hill to join me there. After he sold it, it took a nosedive. Can anyone else offer a recent evaluation of Tiger Lily?

Feb 14, 2007
bergerqueen in Los Angeles Area

Matzo Ball Soup Challenge

Art's is wildly overpriced for ordinary food. At Brent's they put sugar in their soups. Good matzoh ball soup at Factor's and Roll 'n Rye. But as someone who was weened on the superlative mb soup at Sol 'n Sol in Englewood, NJ, my vote for LA's best is Langer's, with Greenblatt's in second position.

Jan 27, 2007
bergerqueen in Los Angeles Area