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Piccoli Risotteria--surprisingly good fare in Windsor Terrace

So a new place just opened up fairly near to where I live in Windsor Terrace. It took over the space that the Cheesesteak Factory occupied (a take-out place that never seemed to keep regular hours or have customers) in a little storefront at the corner of Prospect Park SW and Vanderbilt Avenue next to Uncle Louis G.'s WT outpost (closed for the winter). Named Piccoli, it's strictly a take-out and delivery place and serves mainly risotto as well as panini and a handful of other Italian specials.

Although skeptical, my partner and I ended getting some takeout there on a particularly cold night when we were too lazy to trek up to Park Slope. We kept it simple--she had a chicken milanese and I ordered the basic risotto with parmesan (reggiano, as it turns out). It was very good, far better than I'd expect from such a place. I was particularly surprised at the really excellent texture of the risotto--not overcooked or mushy, as is often the case even in a sit-down place. My partner said the milanese was cooked just right, with nicely flavored chicken (I'm vegetarian and so can't confirm). And the guy who runs the counter (the owner?) also seems really nice. Always a plus.

We have very, very few decent places to eat in WT, but I must say that I'm cheering for Piccoli. The location does not seem ideal, so it probably needs all the help it can get. But for the price (my risotto was $7.50, I think), it's really good, solid, and carefully made food.

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Cheesesteak Factory
3923 Bell Blvd, Bayside, NY 11361

Piccoli to Go
157 Prospect Park SW, Brooklyn, NY 11218

Jan 17, 2011
guspup in Outer Boroughs

Semi-vegetarian restaurant in OC

Many thanks for all the helpful suggestions. I am sitting in front of a takeout container of bun tom nuong from Vien Dong. I've had this dish before elsewhere but never with the subtle variety of flavors. What a great place!

Jan 12, 2010
guspup in Los Angeles Area

Semi-vegetarian restaurant in OC

I'm in town for just a few days, staying near enough to Little Saigon to make nightly trips for Vietnamese food. Here's the thing, though. I'm a sort-of vegetarian in that I do eat shrimp once in a while and love using fish sauce but get sick from fish flesh, beef, chicken, or pork. So I'm looking for some recommendations of places that aren't necessarily vegetarian (I tend to fear strictly vegetarian restaurants, which often suck the joy right out of food) but have a good number of options that might suit my limitations.

Thanks!

Jan 11, 2010
guspup in Los Angeles Area

What do you think of Sam Sifton as a reviewer?

I'm in total agreement with newhavener07. I had to put down the last review in the middle because the faux-poetry attempts annoyed me so much ("kiss in a rock club"...yecch). And as strange as this sounds, I also find Sifton's reviews a little sexist. Each of them seems to suggest that the eater is a man, and while we know that this reviewer is, many of his readers are not. That said, I found Frank Bruni no more appealing, with his reviews that lingered on decor and noise and seemed to mention food only as an afterthought. Sheesh, I still miss William Grimes, despite his overuse of the word unctious.

Dec 13, 2009
guspup in Food Media & News

Visitor needs good takeout options mid-Pen

Thanks to everyone for your suggestions. Much appreciated!

Mar 23, 2009
guspup in San Francisco Bay Area

Visitor needs good takeout options mid-Pen

Thanks. Sounds good. I'll probably try the one in Foster City--right on my route.

Mar 23, 2009
guspup in San Francisco Bay Area

Duarte's Tavern

"Kid" friendly? I hope so!

Mar 23, 2009
guspup in San Francisco Bay Area

Visitor needs good takeout options mid-Pen

I'm a New Yorker working at Stanford for the week and staying near SFO. I need to find some decent takeout in between the two--something not so far from the highway (I have a car and a GPS, so that's good). I'm so pooped at the end of the day that I don't feel like going up to San Francisco, where I know the restaurants a bit better, or driving to someone's favorite hole in the wall in Sunnyvale. I should also mention that I'm a vegetarian (although I tend to avoid vegetarian restaurants) and so would love to find a decent Indian or Thai place.

Many thanks for whatever advice you might have.

Mar 23, 2009
guspup in San Francisco Bay Area

Wine in small bottles?

I am looking for a wine shop that has a good selection of wine in small bottles--not those four packs of mass-market merlot that you can get at supermarkets, but something a little better. I don't drink wine, but my partner does and would like to have a glass or two of something decent with dinner occasionally. However, if she opens a regular sized bottle, inevitably she doesn't have the opportunity to finish it within a decent window of time. Anyway, I'd like to get her a few small bottles for drinking with dinner. We live on the UES, but anywhere on the east side would be fine. Any suggestions?

Feb 09, 2009
guspup in Manhattan

UES bagels

After weighing all the recommendations, I bought three sesame bagels for Saturday morning's test: one from Corner Bagel Market, one from Bagel Mill, and one from Bagel Bob's. Bagel Bob's won, hands down: "it's very much like Orwashers," she said, "with a nice density and nice crust." Thanks to everyone who helped me solve the weekend breakfast dilemma.

May 04, 2008
guspup in Manhattan

UES bagels

Many thanks. Good suggestions all. Maybe I'll set up a tasting tomorrow.

May 02, 2008
guspup in Manhattan

UES bagels

My girlfriend loves the bagels at Orwashers (78th/2nd), and I always buy some during the week so that she can have them for breakfast on the weekend. Under the new owner, however, they no longer sell bagels during the week--just on weekends. I just found out about this yesterday.

Since I don't relish getting up early on a weekend to go to the bakery (we live around 85th/1st), does anyone have any recommendations for places that sell equally good bagels? I'm not looking for something like Tal Bagels (she doesn't care for their bagels) or Hot and Crusty (ditto). Even a deli with a good supplier is fine.

May 02, 2008
guspup in Manhattan

Chicken for One

Thanks so much; this is exactly what I need. I would try game hens, but I'm trying to cut a few corners here (I've noticed that thighs and drumsticks are often sold cheaply).

Nov 14, 2006
guspup in Home Cooking

Chicken for One

I'm a vegetarian who lives with a non-vegetarian. My partner really needs to gain weight (I know, I know), and I don't mind cooking meat for her. However, since I don't eat it myself, I don't want to cook a huge amount at once. Specifically, I would like to throw two chicken drumsticks (or drumstick-thigh combos)into our toaster oven and bake them, but I have no idea how long to bake them for, at what temperature, and what to put on them (glaze, oil, butter, etc.). I'm a very good cook but have no clues with meat. Any suggestions? All the recipes I see are for large quantities, so I need something for just one or two drumsticks.

Nov 14, 2006
guspup in Home Cooking