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Margaret Palca Rugelach

I totally agree. It is delicious. You know she also makes beautiful cakes, you can bring any photo or drawing and they will make a beautiful cake version. I had my son's dragon castle made there and it was delicious and beautiful. Her muffins are also, in mho, the best in the neighborhood. My favorite are the blueberry. And Margaret is the sweetest person, ha, no pun intended...

Apr 16, 2011
monicagtz in Outer Boroughs

Strong Place

I was just there last night with two friends. I was really looking forward to it since Boca Lupo is one of my favorite restaurants. I must say I was very disappointed. I had the oyster sandwich and as mentioned below, I could hardly taste the oysters, all I could taste was the very bland "breading" around the oysters. We also ordered the beet and feta tartare which was pretty bland and just mediocre and the potato and cheese cakes which again were bland and dry. How can you go wrong with potatoes and cheese?! My other friend had a lamb burger which she said was good. I am sure the owner can do a little review of his menu. He knows the business very well and his other two places are amazing. Hopefully he can do something to improve the menu. It is such a nice space it would be a pity to see it close. Last night though it was half empty at 8:30, restaurant rush hour. I would say, stick to Boca Lupo. The service was good though.

Jan 14, 2011
monicagtz in Outer Boroughs

Oaxaca - just opened on 4th Ave and President

One more place giving mexican food a bad name. Bad quality meat, you can't even chew the meat. They do not have a kitchen at the Smith Street location so they cook the stuff somewhere else and then keep it warm in an oven...pretty bad idea for a taqueria. I do not recommend at all. There are other options in Brooklyn with real mexican food. Fonda is one of them and Matamoros for tacos.

May 22, 2010
monicagtz in Outer Boroughs

Oaxaca on Smith St.

I completely agree with Elaine. I was incredibly excited to see a taco place open near me, I live right around the corner. To be fair, I must start by saying that I am Mexican so my standards are really high particularly when it comes to tacos, don't understand why it is so hard for New York restaurateurs to replicate what simple taquerias are. The do it much better in the west coast. Anyway, back to Oaxaca. The first time I went was on opening night, I had a Carne Asada taco, the meat was tasty enough and tender, the tortilla was not properly heated but I still thought it was an ok taco for a quick snack around the corner. The second time I went, I had a carnitas taco and carne asada taco, the meat in the asada taco was tough, gamy and somewhat stewey, definitely NOT what a carne asada taco should be. The carnitas taco was ok, but very fatty. Both had luke warm tortillas, not heated through and I find this to be a common problem in NYC. The last time I went was yesterday. I was still willing to give it another chance and was dying for tacos. I had a Chorizo taco and it was terrible, really bad quality chorizo. I like the owners and the staff is friendly too but it is NOT a real taqueria, not even close. I would agree with Elaine and give it a C. I would love it if someone opened a good taqueria near us.

Oct 21, 2009
monicagtz in Outer Boroughs

Anniversary Dinner, very tasty and cozy not too expensive.

Hi everyone,

We are celebrating our 12th anniversary and would love a place with very good food. Not too expensive, maybe $100 per person. I thought I had found the perfect place when I found Alegretti online but, unfortunately they are not open on Sunday. We love tasty well prepared food but not too precious, more on the rustic side. Romantic and cozy would be great too, a place where you can have a conversation and not trendy. I hope you can help me with this. Thanks!

Jul 03, 2009
monicagtz in Manhattan

Breakfast Near Marriot Wardman Park

Hi there,

We will be in DC for four days for the first time. We are traveling with our 9 yr old and 3 yr old. We would love any recommendations for really good casual breakfast places near our hotel. Good coffee, omelettes, pancakes sort of place and kid friendly..oh and not too expensive. Thanks!! Any other food recommendations for lunch or dinner would are also welcome. Kid friendly Easter brunch too please? Thanks again!

Middle-aged couple seeking bar in Brooklyn

I highly recommend Black Mountain wine house if you are around Carroll Gardens. It is almost like taking a vacation somewhere, you feel you are not in NYC. http://www.blackmountainwinehouse.com/

Jan 25, 2009
monicagtz in Outer Boroughs

My new favorite Pizza Place: Marco Polo Take-Out

Just wanted to tell you that I have had three pizzas now from Marco Polo take-out on Court Street and the have all been delicious. They are wood-burning oven pizzas with a thin crust, really delicious sauce and they seem to use top notch quality ingredients on their toppings. I am surprised this is such a teflon place and has not been mentioned in the "best pizzas" of brooklyn. I have also had many of their other dishes: pasta vodka, caesar's salad, chicken marsala and they were delicious too. They are also very kid friendly. On a recent day I was waiting for my pizza with my 2 year old and he pointed at the potato croquetes because he loved them, two seconds later the man behind the counter gave us one on the house!

Jan 25, 2009
monicagtz in Outer Boroughs

Chicory for Sale

I have to say, I disagree, I am so upset about Chicory closing. Am I the only one ?? I walked by there on Saturday and I just could not believe it. I never had a bad meal there. I absolutely loved the Buffalo sandwich ( my mouth is watering ), the tacos, the beet salad, the chicory salad, the collard greens, the burgers....ok, you get the idea, I was a major fan. It was one of the only places I would order in from. To be fair, they did mess up our order now and again but they were so quick. I really don't know where I will go now when I am in need of some comfort food. I will miss Chicory very, very much. I hope Gavin is thinking of opening up a place somewhere soon near here.

May 04, 2008
monicagtz in Outer Boroughs

What do you have for lunch at home? (moved from Outer Boroughs board)

Hi everyone,

I am really interested in what all you food lovers have for lunch when at home. I am not talking about complicated recipes or take-out but, your favorite lunch that you put together at home on a weekday if you work from home. I am at home a lot for lunch but am bored with my old stand by lunch food so looking for inspiration. I usually have quesadillas one day, tuna sandwich another day, turkey sandwiches and maybe some hummus on a pita another. Would be fun to see what other people have. Thanks!

Mar 29, 2008
monicagtz in General Topics

Terrible hot dog at Chicory (Degraw St.)

Sorry to hear about your experience. I do hope Gavin starts paying attention. I remember walking by eith my son when he was very hungry and they had the board outside with a drawing of the hot dog and he asked me for one. We went in and they were out of them! I can't understand why they had the board outside advertising them. Having said this, I think the food is usually very good. I eat their tacos all the time, both the fish and the steak are very good. I also love their buffalo sandwich and the beet salad. I have been dissapointed by orders missing jalapenos or forgetting something though. Their fried chicken and fries are delicious though, I must say. I hope it does not go downhill because it is one of the few places I order from.

Feb 02, 2008
monicagtz in Outer Boroughs

Marco Polo Take-Out...Delicious

Hi there,

If you live in Carroll Gardens and are tired of the usual take-out places definitely give Marco Polo take-out a try. I only order Pizza or from Chicory in this neighborhood because everything else seems to disappoint, so I really wanted to try something new. We ordered spaghetti with marinara sauce and chicken marsala ( trying to stick to basics ) and a caesars salad. The spaghetti was cooked perfectly al dente and the sauce was delicious, the chicken marsala was also very, very tasty as was the caesar's salad. They are on Court next to Marco Polo and you can also pick-up after work on your way from home. If anyone has any other recommendations for take-out that is yummy please let me know.

Feb 02, 2008
monicagtz in Outer Boroughs

Slices of Cake in Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill

The tea lounge on Court sells cake by the slice. Too bad you are not into red velvet because I think it is really good there. They also have a chocolate and carrot which I have not tried but that also looks pretty good.

Oct 03, 2007
monicagtz in Outer Boroughs

What to order at Chicory?

Hi,

I am not a vegetarian so I can't help with the seitan question. If you eat fish the fish tacos are really good. The mac n' cheese is not so creamy, it is very good. I love their collard greens if they have them and their mediterranean salad is truly delicious. So is the beet salad.

Oct 03, 2007
monicagtz in Outer Boroughs

Great breakfast around west 40's or Chelsea please

My husband and I are staying in the city to celebrate our anniversary (we live in Carroll Gardens). I am looking for recommendations for a place to have a good breakfast that has great coffee, good omelettes and breakfast food but not expensive around west 40's or Chelsea -we are going out to dinner the night before to a fancy place- After a good night sleep without kids I want to start the day with a great cup of coffee and comfortable settings. Thanks!

Jul 06, 2007
monicagtz in Manhattan

Fried chicken for a party in Bklyn?

I second the Chicory suggestion. Go try it and you will be hooked! Moist and delicious.

May 18, 2007
monicagtz in Outer Boroughs

tasty fried chicken to go in Park Slope/downtown Brooklyn?

One of the best fried chickens hands down is the one at Chicory, there is just no competition...it really is "killer". It is delicious, crunchy, moist...go now and try it. I am sure your friend will not be dissapointed.

May 18, 2007
monicagtz in Outer Boroughs

Exploring Carroll Gardens: Where to Go?

Chicory is one of my favorite places to eat in Carroll Gardens, everything is good, really good.,the fried chicken is incredible and all the tacos and sandwiches..mmm. It is also an excellent place if you are alone and want inexpensive. Another not-to-be-missed is Boca Lupo. Order the meatballs a salad and a glass of wine and life is wonderful..

Apr 24, 2007
monicagtz in Outer Boroughs

Anyone been to Tribeca Grill lately?

Taking my mother-in-law out for dinner. We are looking for a laid back place, ie, not trendy restaurant with really good food but not very expensive. Any thoughts?

Apr 13, 2007
monicagtz in Manhattan

Where should we take Mother-in-law for dinner?

Hi,

My mother in law is visiting from Ireland, she loves food but nothing spicy or too exotic. We have been to Gramercy Tavern and Gotham Grill. We would like to go somewhere new but not as expensive as the Gramercy Tavern but with great food. She loves simple great food and comfortable spaces. Any recommendations? Thanks!

Apr 10, 2007
monicagtz in Manhattan

Good Food and comfortable in Fort Green/Clinton Hill

A group of five friends is getting together to wish our good friend who is very pregnant a very happy birth. We would like a comfortable, not noisy place where the food is very good and we can talk. Most importantly, a place where a pregnant girl can sit comfortably ( not tight quarters where she will have to squeeze into a table : ) Any recommendations will be greatly appreciated.

Mar 10, 2007
monicagtz in Outer Boroughs

Getting a table at Al-Di-La

Thanks to all for the responses! Looking forward to a great meal there.

Mar 10, 2007
monicagtz in Outer Boroughs

Getting a table at Al-Di-La

Hi there,

So my husband and I went out on Saturday and tried to get into Al-Di-La...the wait as many of you will not be surprised was 2 hours. Could you tell me what would be a good night to go and at what time if we want a shorter wait? I really want to try their food after reading the article in Edible Brooklyn.

Thanks!

Mar 07, 2007
monicagtz in Outer Boroughs

Monteleone & Cammareri is open

I stopped in on Friday and asked for the cheesecake and the girl behind the counter said it would be out of the oven in 20 minutes..but I was in a hurry and could not wait. I stopped in on Saturday and the whole chesecake was nearly gone but I was lucky and got a big, very big slice for my family. I couldn't wait so I asked the girl as she was cutting it to give me a sliver of it right there and then. I had been waiting for so long...It tasted delicious, just like before...soooo good! I had been watching my wiight and doing weight watchers for three weeks but this is worth breaking any diet. I love how they kept the old fashioned flavor of the bakery. No more Dunkin Donuts please in the hood we need more of this!

Feb 13, 2007
monicagtz in Outer Boroughs

Chestnut Last Night

I went there last saturday and also had a bad dining experience which started with...haystack shrimp! I just think they should take it off the menu if nobody seems to enjoy it. I also made a bad choice with the entree which was the skate. It was just oily and tastless. So if anyone is going, stay away from the shrimp haystach and the skate!

Feb 06, 2007
monicagtz in Outer Boroughs

Chestnut dissapointment

Just wanted to share my thoughts on the dinner we had last night at Chestnut. I had been wanting to go there for a while so I was really looking forward to it. I started with an appetizer of haystack shrimp that was the best part of the meal, having said this, it was incredibly oily and the cilantro sauce that it came with had no taste at all. For entrees, my husband had one of the specials which was a wild bass. The bass was pretty good but not delicious, but the real dissapointment was the skate. The menu said it came with a savory caper sauce but the fish was almost dry. It really tasted like something I would have gotten at a fish and chip place. It was just fried and not seasoned at all. I asked the waitress about the sauce and she told me the green bits on top of the fish were the sauce, so I asked for more sauce. She came out with a little dish with sauce that I swear looked and tasted just like the sauce of the shimp, ie, tastless. Then came more dissapointment with the dessert. First of all, their options are very limited but we ordered the chocolate budin and it was again, just ok. The other high point of the dinner was the tea, beautifuly served and excellent quality tea. I am just baffled at the amount of wonderful and creative restaurants in Park Slope ( Al-di-la, Applewood, Flatbush Farm ) and the boring mediocre options on Smith ( Chestnut, Provence en Boite) We need a creative chef around here. My advice is, go somewhere else if you are looking for a memorable dining experience.

Feb 04, 2007
monicagtz in Outer Boroughs

Palmazul - TJ

I agree, I have always had a delicious meal at Villa Saverios. My family who lives there seems to like La Diferencia but when I went there I didn't think it was that great.

Jan 26, 2007
monicagtz in Mexico

The Grocery

I went there for the second time early september. The first time a couple of years ago I had the duck which was out of this world. This time, the service was fantastic as usual, the appetizer which was beets with goat cheese was truly delicious but the duck was not superb..just very good. I ordered a side of fingerling potatoes which were incredibly salty and to finish it off, dessert was mediocre at best. I was very dissapointed with the quality of the dessert. Perhaps it was an off night but I am not recommending it like I used to.

I have heard Al-di-la in Park Slope is very good.

Dec 10, 2006
monicagtz in Outer Boroughs

Best butcher in NYC

sorry, it is Los Paisanos not Paesanos and they are at 162 Smith st.

Nov 10, 2006
monicagtz in Manhattan

Best butcher in NYC

In Cobble Hill/Boerum Hill

I personally love Paesano's on Smith. I used to shop at Staubitz because, yes they do have quality but are frankly over priced. John the owner is adorable as are his sons but some of the butchers have an attitude. Paesanos on the other hand has an amazing selection and all the butchers are incredibly helpful. My husband and I actually compared a strip steak bought at Staubitz at $19.00lb and one bought at Paesano's $14.00lb and the Paesano's one won for flavor hands down. Paesano's meat is Prime Angus and you can really taste the difference. I still go into Staubitz once in a while for the experience but I suggest trying Paesanos. They also carry a fantastic selection of sausages, duck sausage, chicken sausage, merguez..But I still think Esposito's (on Court) sausage is the ultimate.

Nov 10, 2006
monicagtz in Manhattan