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NYC food weekend advice and reassurance

I would switch up your breakfast order a little and head to Clinton Street Baking Company on a Friday morning and do Shopsin's on a Saturday. The line for Clinton Street on weekends is really really long, even if you get there before it opens. The line for Shopsin's is a little more manageable.

May 06, 2012
yt28 in Manhattan

sri lankan on staten island

We went on a Saturday night for dinner, so we didn't try the buffet. However, we had a wonderful experience at SanRasa. We managed to try almost everything on the menu and the lamprie was the favorite, followed by the pitu and hoppers. Everything was beautifully presented, the service was attentive, and the chef even came out at the end to give our birthday girl some dessert. The only time I had Sri Lankan before SanRasa was at Sigiri's in Manhattan - and this is by far a lot better.

Jan 26, 2009
yt28 in Outer Boroughs

sri lankan on staten island

Hi all. I'm bumping this up, because I'm also organizing a group outing (tentatively 10 pple) to Staten Island for Sri Lankan food. I've tried calling SanRasa (formerly Lakruwana?) but nobody picked up. Will SanRasa be better for a group dinner than New Asha? Are there any others I should consider? Should I make reservations? Are they all within walking distance from the ferry terminal?

Jan 06, 2009
yt28 in Outer Boroughs

Kambi Ramen House

I went last week to this brand-new ramen place (14st St and 1st Ave) by the owners of Minca. We had the pork broth and the spicy miso ramen. Now I have a great affection for hearty pork-based broth - my fave is Santoka over at Mitsuwa, followed by Ippudo - but I felt that Kambi's version was a little off. It was definitely thick and porky but had an earthy, almost bitter aftertaste that I didn't like. The spicy miso had the same aftertaste, though I admit I like it better than Ippudo's oversweet version.

However, at an average of $9/bowl, melt-in-your-mouth pork and surprisingly good noodles, I guess I wouldn't mind coming back if there's a wait at Ippudo.

Oct 21, 2008
yt28 in Manhattan

Ghenet - what to order?

Ethiopian restaurants here serve similar food. Since it's your first time, get the meat and veggie combo/sampler. Make sure it includes shiro and tibs of some kind.

Oct 06, 2008
yt28 in Manhattan

Craftsteak or L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon for RW Vegas

Thanks for all your replies. In the end we ate at both Craftsteak and L'Atelier, and enjoyed both experiences very much. However if we were forced to choose, our vote would have to go to Craftsteak. The service was phenomenal, the pacing relaxed, and the sheer quantity of food absolutely staggering. We thought that family style was a great way to sample most of the menu, and the highlights were, as Dave Feldman noted, the quail and the corn, as well as the roasted peppers and potato puree (I liked everything actually!) The desserts were slightly different from those noted on the website - they brought out a great berry crisp and a banana mousse cheesecake which we could barely finish by the time we were done.

L'Atelier was great too, but we felt somewhat rushed and unlike Craftsteak no dishes particularly stood out. I enjoyed the cheese course but felt that the salmon entree I had was pretty ordinary.

Sep 10, 2008
yt28 in Southwest

Craftsteak or L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon for RW Vegas

My boyfriend and I are fortunate enough to be in Vegas for Restaurant Week, and we can only afford one RW dinner. We have reservations at both Craftsteak and L'Atelier and have to decide on one. In your opinion, which place has the better RW menu that is representative of their best dishes?

Here's the menu for Craftsteak:
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And the one for L'Atelier:
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In other words, I don't want to be paying $50.08++ just to be served substandard fare for RW customers. Taking into account the menu, the value for money, the atmosphere - where would you go?

Aug 24, 2008
yt28 in Southwest

Other-than-Asian food in Flushing?

Check out Sentosa along Prince, and Malaysia Restaurant on 41st (I think) for Malaysian food.

Aug 23, 2008
yt28 in Outer Boroughs

E Eto's 7 Train post... for an LA hound

Nope, not at all. Like you, I had yak in all its forms (even in milkshake) when I was in Tibet, but curiously enough yak doesn't feature in the Tibetan menus here. The Tibetan/Himalayan restaurants definitely lean more toward Nepali and Indian cuisine.

Aug 12, 2008
yt28 in Outer Boroughs

Weird Eats Thread

Bull penis at Kenka on St Marks, in Manhattan. Hated it, but now I can say I've tried it!

Aug 11, 2008
yt28 in Outer Boroughs

New Indian on 74th Street, JH...

It's called Delhi Heights and you're right - it's very pretty. There's even a full bar. I haven't tried but I did look at the menu - it's standard Indian but also has an Indian-Chinese section with stuff I haven't quite seen before - like "chicken singapore style" and "chicken hong kong style". Also has a snacks section. Nice addition to the neighborhood.

Aug 07, 2008
yt28 in Outer Boroughs

Indian buffet in Jackson Heights?

Nanking's buffet is different from the rest of the Indian buffet places. It has Indian-Chinese offerings and some unusual buffet dishes like kurkuri bhindi (crispy okra). Also it comes with a small mango/sweet lassi and choice of dessert, which includes rose/mango ice creams, gulab jamuns and gajar halwas.

My personal fave is Delhi Palace - good vegetarian selection, better tasting biryani than any other buffet place, and made-to-order masala dosa (which Jackson Diner also does).

Aug 05, 2008
yt28 in Outer Boroughs

Babbo review - can you stand another?!

I was at Babbo last night and ordered the goose liver ravioli. You're right - the goose liver ravioli was almost orgasmic. I could not get enough of it - it was so rich and smooth! My dining companions had the beef cheek ravioli and the pappardelle with wild boar ragu - and while they were good, they tasted almost bland after the richness of the goose liver ravioli.

As appetizers we also had the crispy pig's foot, the lamb tongue, and the grilled octopus. The pig's foot was very unusual in its texture, but the surprising favorite was the grilled octopus. Perfectly grilled, with subtle sweetness.

Jul 29, 2008
yt28 in Manhattan

Porter House New York Review

I was at Porter House for their RW lunch and ordered the hanger steak. Insides were nice and juicy, good but not spectacular - but the outsides were completely burnt. I love a nice char but this just tasted almost ashy. I liked the raisin and pecan bread though.

Have you tried the porterhouse at Ben and Jack's?

Jul 29, 2008
yt28 in Manhattan

Zoma - new Ethiopian in Harlem- 113th St

I'm glad it hasn't gone downhill!

The meat and shiro dish is the bozana shiro, a very common dish.

I don't think doro wot is supposed to be extremely spicy. When I had it in Ethiopia it was exploding with flavor but if you wanted it more spicy you ask for additional mitmita or awaze on the side and dip the injera into it. Or maybe it's because my taste buds have been neutralized.

Jul 14, 2008
yt28 in Manhattan

JH. Best sitdown restaurant under the 7 train?

Does it have to be on Roosevelt?

I like Zabb Queens and Thai Son. Rice Ave has a nice, modern interior (but food is better at Zabb's across the street).

Jul 10, 2008
yt28 in Outer Boroughs

(Other) Thai in Elmhurst/Minangasli

I wonder if it's the "Original Thai Style Sausage" that's on the menu.

Jul 10, 2008
yt28 in Outer Boroughs

(Other) Thai in Elmhurst/Minangasli

I was having dinner at Minangasli and stuffed myself to the gills with the jackfruit curry and the assam fish. Jackfruit curry was all right - it tasted more like a Malaysian-style curry than Padang-style, but the assam fish was delicious and reminded me somewhat of Singaporean style fish-head curry.

We walked around the neighborhood after dinner and saw two other Thai places. Boon Chu (83-18 Broadway) looked like a smaller version of Rice Avenue in Jackson Heights; it was tiny and chic. My Thai (83-47 Dongan Ave) is bigger than Nusara and Chao Thai, and has that faux-wooden interior common to a lot of Malaysian restaurants. The signs are in Mandarin so I am wondering if the owners are Chinese.

Have anyone checked out these two places yet? I would love to hear from you!

Jul 09, 2008
yt28 in Outer Boroughs

5 Day Outer-Borough Eating Tour- HELP NEEDED!!

Check out Spicy Mina or Tangra Masala (you have to ask for it really spicy, otherwise it's not as good).

I would spend a whole day in Flushing alone. There's food from Xi'an, Sichuan, Taiwan, Korea, Malaysia, amongst others, all with very distinct cooking styles. Make sure you get the 'lamb burger' from the Xi'an stall.

I also like Arzu or Cheburechnaya for Uzbek (Bukharan Jew) cuisine - after 8pm on a Sunday is when it gets really festive. Don't go on Friday. Cheb is usually more beginners-friendly than Arzu.

Jul 08, 2008
yt28 in Outer Boroughs

ethiopian on a sunday?

I've lived in Ethiopia and QOS is the closest of all the Ethiopian restaurants in Manhattan in terms of food quality and atmosphere (still, nowhere near restaurants in DC and they're nowhere near restaurants in Ethiopia...sigh). I've only eaten at Meskerem once and haven't been back for a comparison (esp with QOS right around the corner) so I can't remember the details, except that I could barely finish my food. I do recall that the injera was really bland and dense and tasted like it'd been sitting around for a few days, the gored gored was severely lacking in any spices, and the rest of the dishes were just an oily mess.

Zoma's doro wot was delicious when I ate there about two years ago. Do check it out and report back!

Jul 07, 2008
yt28 in Manhattan

Zoma - new Ethiopian in Harlem- 113th St

Zoma is a lot better than Awash. The only thing I go to Awash for is its Harar beer, imported straight from Harar in Ethiopia (via DC), though sometimes you can get it at QOS.

Jul 07, 2008
yt28 in Manhattan

ethiopian on a sunday?

I would not recommend Meskerem. Definitely not on par with QOS. Since you're around Central Park I would check out Zoma in Harlem, which is open for lunch on weekends. I ate there when it opened and thought it was really good. Quiet and upscale.

Jul 07, 2008
yt28 in Manhattan

Onion Rings

Seconded! The rub reminded me of the Cajun fries at Five Guys.

Jul 07, 2008
yt28 in Manhattan

Favorite Restaurants on W46th Restaurant Row?

Queen of Sheba at W46th and 10th. Best Ethiopian in Manhattan.

Jul 07, 2008
yt28 in Manhattan

Lunch in Queens - easy from Midtown?

The E seems to come more frequently than the F, and I've timed it: 10 minutes from Roosevelt to 53rd/Lex. Afghan Kebab House (or Deshi Biryani or Zabb) is less than a 5 minute walk from the station. I say it's doable! And if the R/V train rolls into the station just as you step out of the E/F train (same platform) - take it one local stop to Elmhurst and you can eat at Nusara Thai, Chao Thai, Upi Jaya, Minangasli, or Taste Good.

Jul 06, 2008
yt28 in Outer Boroughs

Dining Disappointment from Chowhound Favs!!

Keens was definitely not a good choice - but I remember Four Seasons wanting to stay in Manhattan. Prime rib was seriously oversized and pretty bland, and the porterhouse simply not up to the standards of Peter Luger or even other Manhattan steakhouses like Ben and Jack's and Wolfgang's.

Jul 05, 2008
yt28 in Manhattan

Thai Noodles

Nusara Thai does noodles very very well. They definitely have noodles with pork balls (and liver); and their fish balls/cake is very fresh and tasty.

Jul 04, 2008
yt28 in Outer Boroughs

Healthy Eating In JH?

True. Stamatis, Agnanti's et al in Astoria has good fresh grilled fish and it's not too far away. On the other hand, I wonder if some of the Colombian/Mexican/Ecuadorian places on Roosevelt would do grilled fish. I had plenty of fresh grilled fish in Colombia and Ecuador. I haven't checked out the menus of the places on Roosevelt, but I have seen pictures of fried fish...perhaps the perfect grilled fish is waiting for you somewhere on Roosevelt.

Jul 03, 2008
yt28 in Outer Boroughs

Little Giant - LES

I was there for dinner with 4 other people, and ordered almost the entire menu to share. The food was a series of hits and misses (with more hits), and a standout was the chicken liver mousse with a fig-onion compote. Berkshire pork butt was a disappointment though - it came out dry.The freshly baked 'milk' and cookies were excellent. However service was rushed and perfunctory.

Jul 03, 2008
yt28 in Manhattan

Redang Island (Bath Beach)

Ah. I used to live in DC and Malaysia Kopitiam is hands down the best one around. Just a few doors down from Penang. But still nothing like what you can get in Elmhurst and Flushing. The scene might have changed since I left DC though...

And if the Nyonya in Brooklyn is anything like the one in Chinatown - then I feel you on the McDonaldization...I wouldn't call the Nyonya in Chinatown crazily bad or bland, but I do feel that the ingredients aren't as fresh as before, and they've dumbed down the spices a little. I've been going to Nyonya for over six years now and they've changed a lot.

Do report back on Sentosa. I haven't been yet, just because I always get distracted by other stuff in Flushing.

Jul 02, 2008
yt28 in Outer Boroughs