m

MoxieMax's Profile

Title Last Reply

Sugar-coated herbs and flowers?

Does anyone know where I can get sugar-coated mint leaves and rose petals? I know you can make them but I'd rather just buy them. You can get them all over France in tea shops. Any chance anyone's seen any around?
Thanks!

Sep 15, 2012
MoxieMax in Manhattan

Where can I buy rock shrimp in or around Manhattan?

FreshDirect! Easy-peasy. I get them at least once a month.

Sep 15, 2012
MoxieMax in Manhattan

Lunch in Hamilton Heights (West 145th Street)

Not sure if it helps that much, but I was up there recently myself and I came across a restaurant that serves rotisserie chicken and other Caribbean food . Can't remember the name but it's on Broadway, between 144th and 145th, on the west side of the street. They had a sit down area.

Apr 28, 2011
MoxieMax in Manhattan

Fresh Direct unreliable

I've been using FD since 2003. Yes, there are occasional issues with items being out of stock or with things missing from orders but on balance, I love them. C'mon people - so you have to actually go to a store every once in a while. I get that it's frustrating if you've built a plan around a particular ingredient but in the grand scheme of things this string is kind of silly.

Mar 05, 2011
MoxieMax in Manhattan

Celebration dinner: Le Cirque or WD-50?

My two cents - unless you're looking for a very traditional experience, I would imagine you'd enjoy WD-50 more than Le Cirque. I ate at LC recently and I was not impressed. The food was ok, but then again, nothing spectacularly different from anything you can get a other, less expensive NYC restaurants. Had I been paying for it (rather than work) I would have been upset. WD-50 will combine good food with an experience, so you really can't go wrong.

-----
WD-50
50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

Le Cirque
151 East 58th Street, New York, NY 10022

Mar 05, 2011
MoxieMax in Manhattan

Reindeer?

I recently returned from a trip to Finland where I enjoyed several delicious reindeer dishes. Does anyone know of any place in the city where reindeer is served? I'm thinking Nordic restaurants are the best bet - Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian?

Mar 05, 2011
MoxieMax in Manhattan

Rosendo Fish Market - E 22nd and 1st Ave

I LOVE Rosendo fish market!!! They're truly great! So lucky they're in my neighborhood. They're open until 8:00pm most nights and they'll even deliver. They really know their seafood they go above and beyond for their customers. I've had their whole fish (which they'll clean, butterfly, and de-bone for you), their fillets, their shrimp, and their clams and lobster (which they'll even steam!). All have been excellent and fresh. My only complaint is that they're still small so sometimes they'll run out of stuff so it's best to call ahead for some of the more popular items. Please visit them. I want them to succeed! They're a gem!

Aug 27, 2010
MoxieMax in Manhattan

Good egg nog?

Where can I get good egg nog in the city?

Nov 25, 2008
MoxieMax in Manhattan

Saturday night post-wedding afterparty spot

I'm getting married in November in the midtown/gramercy area and I'm looking for a place to host an afterparty (post 1:00am). The ideal location would be nearby (possibly even walking distance) and wouldn't necessitate shelling out additional $$ for a "private space" but would be able to accomodate 20-30 people who want to continue the party without a hassle at the door. I'm thinking something akin to the type of place where you can cordon off a space for a birthday party or something. We would also love a place that either served food or was willing to let us bring food in for those late, late night munchies, though this is not really a requirement. Finally, decor, theme, etc... are less important than finding a spot where we can all hang out for at least a couple of hours after the reception ends at 1:00.

Also, if anyone knows of a place that isn't in midtown, happy to hear about that too!

Thanks so much, in advance, for your help!

J

Jul 08, 2008
MoxieMax in Manhattan

Rehersal Dinner Location in South Padre Island?

Hi Hounds,

One of the locations I'm considering for my wedding is in or around South Padre Island and in order to make the most educated decision I'm evaluating the broad picture of what each option has to offer. Can anyone recommend a rehersal dinner location or idea for about 75 people on South Padre Island? Budget-wise we'd like to stay around $100 to $120 per person (but are flexible) and we would like something classy and/or interesting. In other words, a nice restaurant is the default but we're also on the lookout for cool ideas like a catered beach boil or a funky (not reminiscent of spring break) spot.

I'm not very familiar with the area so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks so much!!!

Jul 13, 2007
MoxieMax in Texas

Monsoon lover visits Safran

So, I finally made it down to Safran last night. (I'm not a regular on this board so it took me a while to realize that Chef Laura had opened a new restaurant.) Having, literally, mourned the loss of Monsoon, I can't tell you how happy I was to find her again! Her new digs are pretty cool - minimalist space highlighted by the color orange (or safran!), airy dining room and great bar/bartender.

We ordered some of the bartender's drinks and were really pleased with them. I had a sake drink and my fiance had something with one of their infused vodkas. They also have vietnamese beer. We were originally seated next to a rather large and loud party but our lovely waitress came by a few minutes earlier and asked if we'd like to move to a more comfortable spot, which we did and appreciated.

I'm happy to report that a full half of the menu is Monsoon and the other half is new. Their summer rolls are still there, as are several interesting new options. I had the safran roll to start with and my fiance had the lobster ceviche. The roll was excellent and the ceviche was good, though a bit different than expected. When I think of ceviche I think seafood marinated in some sort of citrus. This was more of a lobster salad over greens and a nice vinagrette. It was still quite good, though.

We'd told our waitress that we were big fans of Monsoon and that we were so happy to find chef Laura again (as in when I temporarily moved to Dallas for school, my NYC visit routine included my fiance pre-ordering so that I could have my favorite meal as soon as I got home, and I'd always take an order of their hanoi cellophane noodles with me on my way back), so Chef Laura actually came up to speak with us and to tell us how please she was that we'd found her. She was such a sweet and lovely woman.

For entree we had the vietnamese pork chop and the seafood bouillabaisse. Both were excellent. The pork chop was perfectly complimented by the salad, green beans and new potatoes. It was almost like comfort food, but with a fabulous twist. And the bouillabaisse was soooo good. Light, refreshing, savory. Loved it!

For dessert, Chef Laura sent up complimentary banana cake with a drink that was amazing. The banana cake was sitting in a pool of coconut milk that cut some of the sweetness and came with delish sorbets. The drink (can't remember name - something pearls?) had tapioca and leeche, mango, melon, etc... It tasted like a liquid version of one of those asian gummy candies.

All in all we're thrilled that Chef Laura is back. Would highly recommend this place and I know we'll certainly be back.

Jun 24, 2007
MoxieMax in Manhattan

The Helmand, Oleana, or Trattoria Toscana for dinner?

Though all three are good, I think you're sister will have a hard time finding vegetarian (other than apps and pasta) at Toscana. Oleana is definitely overrated. Service is unspectacular and the food is nothing to write home about. Helmand, on the other hand, well, let's just say that I moved to NYC last year and I still make the pilgrimage. There's something about the way they're able to create a whole experience. Love it!

Jun 24, 2007
MoxieMax in Greater Boston Area

Cafe d'Alsace

I have to agree with Tom - Les Halles in February has the best choucroute but Cafe D'alsace's is still pretty good. I think it's more authentic than their tarte flambe is anyway.

Jun 12, 2007
MoxieMax in Manhattan

East Harlem Mexican?

I think you're definitely talking about Taco Mix. I myself found it by accident and LOVE it! Reminds me of the taco stands in Mexico City, though you can actually eat all the great sauces here without fear! I also love the woman who sets up shop outside on Sundays and sells tamales, corn on the cob, mangos and "chicharrones" (the flour, not the pork kind).

May 11, 2007
MoxieMax in Manhattan

Just back from Mexico and craving authentic Mexican food...

Depending on what you're looking for you should also try Maya (1st between 64th and 65th). There's more to Mexican food than tacos and snack food, so if you're looking for authentic Mexican, of the kind that people in Mexico eat on a more regular basis, it's a good place to try. Having lived in Mexico city for 12 years it's as close as I've come to higher-end, less snack-ish Mexican here in the city. Their crepas de huitlacoche, tampiquena, alambre, pipian, and carnitas are all excellent.

Dec 18, 2006
MoxieMax in Manhattan

Tarte Flambe in NYC?

Wow - I didn't really like the one at Cafe D'Alsace. Great place - love the Fischer and Kronenbourg 1664 and choucroute- but not a fan of their flammenkuche. Having lived in Strasbourg myself (2003-2004) I would kill for a Academie de Biere student special - large fischer and tarte flambee for 6 euros!

Which one do you guys think is most like that? Modern or Klee?

Dec 18, 2006
MoxieMax in Manhattan

Planning anniversary gathering in Durham... any suggestions?

Thank you, Dubedo. Aurora's been mentioned a couple of times by some work acquaintances. They sound like a good option. I'll give them a call.

Dec 04, 2006
MoxieMax in General South Archive

Planning anniversary gathering in Durham... any suggestions?

Thanks, Amy! I'll definitely check all three out. I definitely looking forward to my visit later this month.

Dec 04, 2006
MoxieMax in General South Archive

Fatty Crab is the worst meal I've ever had in New York

Alright everyone - got any suggestions for other Malaysian places in the city? I liked Fatty Crab, but then again, I just assumed it was Anglo-malaysian cuisine. I'd like to test that hypothesis with something people would deem "authentic"...

Nov 27, 2006
MoxieMax in Manhattan

Planning anniversary gathering in Durham... any suggestions?

My boyfriend is trying to put together a small anniversary celebration for his parents - trouble is we're planning it remotely with little local knowledge (they only go down there to visit his grandmother). Can anyone suggest a restaurant where we can host a small gathering (10-15 people) for cocktails/light dinner without spending an arm and a leg? Ideally we'd like someplace where we can all mingle for a bit before sitting down. Suggestions would be most appreciated!

Thanks so much!

Nov 27, 2006
MoxieMax in General South Archive

Dallas Observer's Best Vietnamese and Thai places - ever try them?

It's been a while but when I first moved down to Dallas from NYC I was faced with a serious dearth of good vietnamese (may favorite food by far and easily found in the city) and after repeated (and failed) attempts at finding something authentic, I finally found a place called Mai's. It's in a pretty crappy part of town, near Baylor, (4812 Bryan St.) but it was just what the Dr. ordered. I think I ate there at least once a week and true to form the place was full of vietnamese people. I'm back in NYC now, and though we have some great vietnamese places around here, I still crave Mai's lemongrass chicken, served with noodles and meant to be eaten in lettuce wraps WAY before it was popular to do so, and their clay pots. Highly recommended. Who would have thought?

Nov 14, 2006
MoxieMax in Texas

Looking for good indian or pakistani food in Dallas...

Thanks for the recommendations guys... I'll definitely take a look at Tandoor.

Nov 14, 2006
MoxieMax in Texas

Ethiopian???

queen of sheba is pretty good - 10th ave between 45th and 46th

also tried Meskerem's west village location on McDougal - not as good as Queen but Byob which can add to the fun

Nov 12, 2006
MoxieMax in Manhattan

Looking for good indian or pakistani food in Dallas...

Have some clients coming in from Pakistan and they usually like to sample the local indian or pakistani scene. Any good recommendations for good indian or pakistani food in Dallas? Any thoughts on Taj Majal (10455 N. Central Expressway)?

Thanks!

Nov 12, 2006
MoxieMax in Texas

Bar D'Alsace

Having spent some time in Strasbourg, I was really looking forward for some real tarte flambee and choucroute. Alas, not as authentic as I would have liked, but not bad. I haven't had the bad experiences others have had with the waiters or the maitre d'. I have, however, had some pretty BAD experiences with screaming and unruly children. REALLY didn't appreciate having my quiet brunch or my nice dinner ruined by kids, so I wonder if that may have something to do with it? Not trying to be confrontational, but worse than having a $10 beer spilled is having a $100 dinner ruined by a child who couldn't sit still.

Oct 31, 2006
MoxieMax in Manhattan