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Beef Suet in NYC?

Thanks for the recs, M. I'm near Citarella, so I'll start there. Making a few pies and was hoping to sidestep buying a few pounds of beef kidneys.

Mar 07, 2012
sebastianxx in Manhattan

Beef Suet in NYC?

Greetings... Does anyone know where to find beef suet in the city? Have a recipe for a Brit steak pie w/ marrow bone that uses beef suet in the pastry and wondering where to go to pick this up... any ideas?

Mar 06, 2012
sebastianxx in Manhattan

hatch chiles ?

This is why I do... to bring a little of this to LA.

http://www.newmexico.org/greenchilech...

Aug 28, 2011
sebastianxx in Los Angeles Area

Recent Artisanal visits?

The fondue... the fondue is the reason to go to Artisanal.

From the minute you walk in and are nigh-assaulted with the miasma of stinky cheeses, your eyes leaping from one simmering cauldron to the next, it is undoubtedly confirmed that this place is about the cheese. Artisanal has their own cheese caves, and even their own Cheese center (on the West side) where classes are held educating the masses on cheese variety, history, and of course, pairings.

They offer several varieties of fondue, usually with a nightly special as well. Wonderful for any meal, but dining with a group and ordering different varieties to share is the way to go. It's not inexpensive, but absolutely worth a pilgrimage for any cheese lover...

Sep 05, 2010
sebastianxx in Manhattan

Looking for burrata

Best burrata I've found is at Buon Italia- The Italian Grocery in Chelsea Market. worth a trip for hard-to-find pastas, flours, spices and oils. And certainly less expensive/mobbed than Eataly : )

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Buon Italia
75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Eataly
200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

Sep 05, 2010
sebastianxx in Manhattan

Chelsea (18th btw 7th & 8th) delivery

Work a couple of blocks away, and these are my go-to

Chinese- Grand Szechuan
Japanese- Daioh
Japanese Wings/ Burgers- Tebaya
Burgers- Lucky Burgers- surprisingly, arrives hot, and onion rings still crunchy
Thai- Spice- hit or miss- stick to the basics. Decent lunch special. Great crispy spring rolls.
Steak Sandwich- Pastis delivers, which is great for higher end bistro stuff
Pizza- Patsy's
Salads- Chopt

Happy Eating... you may wish to repost on the Manhattan Board for additional input...

Sep 05, 2010
sebastianxx in Manhattan

Seeking a "good" fun place for kids near Times Square.

You may wish to consider Ruby Foos... they've got both american-ized and more sophisticated dishes - and can probably handle the noodles/ fried things pretty well that all kids go for. Being noisy and rather garishly decorated ain't a bad thing either... have taken my son (11) and my niece (5) several times and they always enjoy it. The cocktails ain't bad either, and may stimulate appreciation for the Shrek spectacle : )

Jul 21, 2009
sebastianxx in Manhattan

Best donut in Manhattan?

Almondine, IMO, is the finest Parisian-style bakery in NYC - croissants, pain de chocolate, baguettes and tortes, etc...

But their Raspberry jam donut is ridiculously good - I think only available weekends.

Jul 19, 2009
sebastianxx in Manhattan

Soho/Tribeca anything great?

Have you been to Landmarc? Solid and delicious, never had a bad meal there, and usually lively but not noisy on my visits.

Jun 09, 2009
sebastianxx in Manhattan

Food gift to take to SF

...along with the bagels, the flavored cream cheeses travel pretty well, and most aren't available - if you're going to russ's maybe pick up some scallion or vegetable cream cheese to go with the nova or sable.

For what it's worth - I travel for work and I bring an assortment of Fat Witch Brownies (from Chelsea market) to my clients. They're outstanding, and I've had clients ask "where's the Fat Witch?" before "Hi!" If you've got a chocoholic, it's a guarantee.

May 22, 2009
sebastianxx in Manhattan

The L. A. Burger Hunt Map

A few updates (the post is a couple of years old after all...) Had to include the Umami Burger with the Malt Liquor Tempura Onion Rings. Malt liquor is the new bacon, you know; I'm waiting for Thomas Keller's Colt .45 gelato...

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?f=q&am...

Apr 26, 2009
sebastianxx in Los Angeles Area

My Chicken Pot Pie search is over!

I do like those... but I have to say hands-down the best chicken pot pie can be found at The Cleaver Company in Chelsea Market. I'll buy several (comes in individual and 2-person sizes) and keep them in the freezer. Yum!

Might be time for another trip, I might be down to my last one...

Apr 05, 2009
sebastianxx in Manhattan

great chile rellenos? chile relleno burrito?

Wish I could help... Bonita in Ft Greene had them as a special- it wasn't bad, but you have to readjust your scale on the East Coast. Best Chile-Relleno burrito I've ever had was at Tere's on Melrose in LA- still one of the first stops I make on my way in from the airport...

Mar 03, 2009
sebastianxx in Manhattan

Good Eats Near Escondido

Lots of great places in Escondido/ San Marcos... Chicken plus does have some great rotiserrie chicken; not sure where you're coming from, but if you haven't, you should try a fish taco - may get yelled at for recommending a chain, but rubio's is good and worth a try.

Take your kids to the donut corner on 9th and escondido, it's an institution and a treat for everyone. Regarding markets, Henry's is good for produce, and a healthier organic take on the rest - good selection of wines and beers as well, and you may want to explore El Tigre, a Mexican grocery chain that has an extensive selection of Latin ingredients you may not find outside of southern ca- and they have a great tres leches cake. Get a bag of Masa flour and a tortilla press there and try making your own...

Get some sub sandwiches at Agrussa's on Valley Parkway, and while you're in Escondido, take your kids to 100 -acre Kit Carson Park and checkout Queen Califia's Magic Circle (Bear Valley Parkway & Mary Lane) link- http://www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/8697 Very cool and my son loves wandering around and climbing all over it.

Feb 12, 2009
sebastianxx in San Diego

Music Industry Dinners

I'm a producer dealing mostly with international clients... on the last music video shoot took the gang (mostly German & Norwegian) to Aspen. The place has gotten mixed reviews, but they loved the kitschy atmosphere and upscale comfort menu. I was expecting the food to be mediocre - more style than substance - but was pleasantly surprised: the rack of lamb was one of the best I've had in the city. They have a private room for larger parties as well...

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Aspen
30 W. 22nd St., New York, NY 10010

Feb 03, 2009
sebastianxx in Manhattan

Wall Street Burger Shoppe? Freddo Cafe?

Wandered into this spot on a rare weekday afternoon off and headed upstairs to the bar -place has a great feel to it- apparently a lot of the diner, bar, tables, and decor transplanted from an old Pennsylvania diner-

GF and I started with the Short Rib Pudding (red wine, braised short rib served with country bread and pickles) WOW! really good, the ribs braised until reduced to, essentially, a marrow bone style appetizer to spread on toast. Perfect paired with a Belgian beer... Split the "Bar Room Burger" which had gruyere, sauteed mushrooms, onions and a slice of pork belly- tasty, though after the richness of the app suffered by comparison, not wowed by the pork belly; Better stick to the regular cheese burger and fries next time

We would definitely return, the bartender/server was great, polite and chill, nice to find a decent neighborhood spot, and it serves till midnight...

Mar 29, 2008
sebastianxx in Manhattan

Restaurants you love that are rarely mentioned on Chowhound

Discovered Roberto Passon this summer, wonderful meal, service was swell.

Sep 04, 2007
sebastianxx in Manhattan

Good, falafel Union Square, not Rainbow?

Afghan Halal is a cart right outside the Best Buy. Fella with a salt and pepper beard, more salt than pepper, makes a mean gyro. Really good, vouch for that, and I had a bite of someone's falafel that was a tasty treat. Haven't had a whole one on my lonesome but worth checking out. Anyone else had it? Bueller...?

Aug 23, 2007
sebastianxx in Manhattan

Best Burger in LA

Yes, it's a work in progress but may I humbly steer you towards the burger map I'm working on. plans are to finish this and then work on my bean and cheese burrito map...

That one might take a minute.

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?f=q&am...

Aug 23, 2007
sebastianxx in Los Angeles Area

The L. A. Burger Hunt Map

The recent ad for Carl's Jr's teriyaki burger had me thinkin' about the Hawaiian Burger at Island's. Pineapple, teriyaki sauce, lettuce, tomato, red onion, melted swiss...Used to drive to the nearest one half an hour away for that burger and their huge basket of fries. Not usually fond of seasoning salt on fries, but for islands it works.

Jun 23, 2007
sebastianxx in Los Angeles Area

let's share a cooking "trick"

Lapsang Souchong tea is smoked with pine needles, I believe, which imparts that wonderful flavor. Brewed as a tea, it is fantastic sweetened with maple honey.

A great appetizer is to crush the tea with equal parts sea salt and sprinkle over steamed edamame.

Jun 01, 2007
sebastianxx in Home Cooking

Financial District Standout?

Dodo might have new owners. menu has changed, and food ordinary or poorer. Favorite hummus is gone, guacamole was bland and chips were cold and from a bag.

May 21, 2007
sebastianxx in Manhattan

Bean & Cheese Burritos--Who has the BEST?

Mmm... Los Burritos is right around the corner, and I eat there anytime I need to immediately nap afterwards. A tasty treat, my friend! Also, the wet Chile Verde burrito is great as well.

Apr 27, 2007
sebastianxx in Los Angeles Area

The L. A. Burger Hunt Map

Thanks for the Pink's reminder, Sean! Not a big hot dog person, so every time I take the visiting tourists there, I wind up getting a burger. Chili Cheeseburger with a fried egg, hawaiian style, yum! Obviously I don't go too often...

Apr 26, 2007
sebastianxx in Los Angeles Area

The L. A. Burger Hunt Map

Do you mean Morton's on Melrose or the Morton's Steakhouse chain?

Apr 24, 2007
sebastianxx in Los Angeles Area

The L. A. Burger Hunt Map

Thanks for all the feedback! I will update as I can to keep it current. Glad y'all like it, sure beats doing what I get PAID to do. Now if I can only get work to subsidize a burrito map...

Apr 24, 2007
sebastianxx in Los Angeles Area

The L. A. Burger Hunt Map

As I attempt to burger my way through L.A., I armed myself with a handy map so I am never far from Medium rare Beef Patties and Melted Sharp Cheddar. Or Blue. Or Swiss. And I love Grilled Onions. Sigh...

There were a few mentioned that I couldn't find, so post the info and I'll gladly add them, as well as any other's. I didn't put any chains other than my nearest In n' Out, you know where they are.

I included an occasional remark from the original thread:

http://www.chowhound.com/topics/338345

Not sure if that's okay, lemme know and I'll gladly remove the remarks.

Enjoy!

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?f=q&am...

Apr 24, 2007
sebastianxx in Los Angeles Area

Bean & Cheese Burritos--Who has the BEST?

I'm more of a protein guy- still have yet to find a Roast Chicken Burrito here that compares to Valentine's in San Diego (and I'm open to suggestions,) but my SO loves Bean & Cheese Burritos, and in my generosity of spirit I offer to finish them for her. That being said, my two cents has to be a Taco Truck alongside the front-most gate of the Pico Rivera Swapmeet, Thursdays through Sundays (I usually go Thursdays.) There's a few dotting the place, but this is the only one along the front, between the two admission entrances. Here's what they do...

Perfect blend of tasty pinto beans and gobs of cheese, with homemade salsas green or red your pick. A smattering of diced onion. Cilantro if ya wish, I don't. The Kicker: They take the large flour tortilla, warm it, and line it with cheese. Then they brown it, creating a crunchy, cheesey envelope within the burrito that perfectly contains the gooey bean and cheese filling. Soft doughy tortilla, chewy crispy cheesy layer and spicy rich beans and cheese inside. So ridiculously good.

And don't get me started on their quesadillas made from scratch and fried...

Apr 24, 2007
sebastianxx in Los Angeles Area

Where oh Where Can I buy Cheap Rabbit!!!

99 Ranch market carries rabbit, the same frozen cryovac deal. Not sure of the prices, but as with most things there, fairly inexpensive. Not sure which store is closest to you, but the one on Van Nuys blvd near the costco has it.

Apr 14, 2007
sebastianxx in Los Angeles Area

Absolute best burger in Manhattan?

Well... The Burger One wasn't too bad. I ordered the Burger One Special, a 7oz cheeseburger with grilled onions and diced jalapenos and was having second thoughts on the toppings. Until it was served. Then I was glad I did as the burger was thick, expertly cooked, and completely lacking in seasoning. Salt, onion powder, pepper, I dunno, it needed something. The toppings perked it up, but with an inch-thick burger, that's a lot of meat. Fries were good though. Sticking with B. Julien for now...

Apr 02, 2007
sebastianxx in Manhattan