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Loking for fresh or frozen smelt in NYC

Bought some fresh ones a couple of weeks ago - about 15 per pack for 5 bucks in the Sunrise market in the EV.

Nov 27, 2010
kayonyc in Manhattan

Arirang - New "must try" restaurant in ktown (kal gook soo)

I just had the seafood noodle soup yesterday for lunch. The broth was tasty and complex, with a hint of soybean paste and a nice assortment of seafood - 2 head on shrimp, small mussels, one clam in shell, and some squid. Do not do the takeout - if possible , as the noodles lose their texture. I loved the liquid chili sauce accompaniment.

Mar 05, 2009
kayonyc in Manhattan

Jamaican Dutchy Cart - solid

Agreed - it is very satisfying. You should try the curry chicken too - if you like yours caribbean style - Make sure the've had enough time to braise the chicken. Sometimes it hasn't been cooked long enough for all the flavors to meld together. When it is done right, it's pretty awesome too.

Oct 02, 2008
kayonyc in Manhattan

Why can't NY understand the croissant?

Although not in Manhattan, Almondine in DUMBO, according to an ex-baker friend of mine, supposedly has some pretty good ones. It's a pretty short ride on the F train into DUMBO, for you downtowners.

Sep 29, 2008
kayonyc in Manhattan

Eleven Madison Park goes off the rails

I just had dinner last week with my boyfriend and had the 4 courses with a nice bottle of wine. The food was fantastic. However, while I was hoping to be proved wrong, the service was definitely off. I'm not going to elaborate on all the issues we had, since we've already conveyed our disappointment to management but our intial wait for the Sommelier and Waiter was inordinately long (20-25 minutes total?) Another big complaint was being presented with the dessert menu when our third course (entree) had not arrived yet. Again, that was only two issues out of many. It was really odd, and totally not what I had expected from the restaurant given its reputation. I've had nothing but the best experience from GT or the Modern.

Aug 27, 2008
kayonyc in Manhattan

Is any "ethnic" food in Manhattan worth the trip from Queens??

Definitely Japanese, and I'm not talking just sushi. Ramen, Soba, Udon, yakitori, Izakaya.

Caribbean - especially Jamaican.

Vietnamese & Cambodian

Jul 07, 2008
kayonyc in Manhattan

Cambodian Cuisine Restaurant (somewhat reluctant review)

I did not notice any deliveries going out, but I wasn't really paying attention either. I found this number for them in a CH post: 646-207-0207. You can probably get delivery/menu information.

Not that I know anything about Cambodian cuisine, I'd recommend the curry dishes based on what I had. I also read somewhere that fish is very popular in Khmer cooking - I did notice a few fish items on the menu which looked good.

Jun 26, 2008
kayonyc in Manhattan

Cambodian Cuisine Restaurant (somewhat reluctant review)

I have fond memories about the old Cambodian Cuisine restaurant (since closed) in Fort Greene. The restaurant was one of my first food memories of NYC, and my very first introduction to Cambodian cuisine. So I ventured in last night, trying to keep my high expectations at bay - this was, after all, opening week.

The place is really spacious - definitely an upgrade from its former location. It's a clean bilevel space with high ceilings and modernish decor (along the lines of Sriphaphai's). The paint had barely dried - and in fact, I caught whiffs in between the wafting spice smells from around me.

The food:
I shared the fish patty app, 4 silver dollar sized whitefish patties with shredded lime leaf and kicky chilli spices, served with sweet/sour/spicy crunch veggie pickles with peanuts. The pickles were how I remembered them. The patties were perfectly seasoned. The chicken skewers (2pcs) with veggie pickles were tasty and seasoned nicely, though generally avg to good. The S.E.A. lemongrass (a hodgepodge saute of chicken and veggies) in a slightly citrusy lemongrass/galangal gravy was just eh. Not a whole lot of flavor for the intricate menu description, IMO. SO described as "boring" and it remained half eaten for the rest of the meal. The piquant coconut curry with chicken and vermicelli (more like a soup than anything) was tasty - with the right mix of spicy and sweetness. Those items plus two cambodian ice teas amounted to about 45 dollars. Fair enough pricing, for ample food, I thought. I'd love to return and try some of the other more exotic items when they've had time to settle in. There were definitely big issues with service (not that the staff weren't pleasant) and timing. I won't go into details of everything, but people waited (and waited) for their food and other things. Some were angrier than others.

After all I've heard about their labored and problematic opening process, I'm really rooting for them. They seem to have a lot of heart and I'm hoping they'll be able to bring it back to its former glory

BYOB for now.

1664 Third Ave (Nr 93rd St)

Jun 25, 2008
kayonyc in Manhattan

Mole Restaurant on Lower East Side - Who has been?

Just came back, from this place, having remembered some positive posts on the board. ( I am seriously distrustful of CH'ers now.) If only I'd read your post before going, it would have saved me from a truly BAD meal. Since when are "baja fish tacos fried" with Tartar sauce? I could have sworn I read "grilled" on the menu description. My SO's overpriced Oaxaqueno tamales were awful as well - no flavor at all, except in the accompanying dipping salsa. The food in this joint was as authentic as the Mambo tunes blaring from the speakers. My Pacifico and chips were the best things there.

Perhaps my expectations were too high from my LA trip last week....

Jun 08, 2008
kayonyc in Manhattan

NY'er going back for yearly pilgrimage - help!

Thanks for the recs. Do you know if the Musha Torrance location is about the same quality as the S.M. one? I went to the Torrance one about 15 years ago, and loved it then.

May 19, 2008
kayonyc in Los Angeles Area

NY'er going back for yearly pilgrimage - help!

I need some fresh all around suggestions please, from low end to high. I am particularly interested in thai, Mexican, dim sum, Japanese, and french or fusion. What are your top fives?

Last year I went to Hatfield's (loved it!), Abode (nice ambience but meh...), Sabor a Mexico (great!), the mexican place at the Fairfax Farmer's market, and a great little japanese place in Torrance with an incredible tasting meal (can't remember name). Thanks!

May 15, 2008
kayonyc in Los Angeles Area

Chanterelle recently?

thanks, the menu looks great so I can't wait.

May 09, 2008
kayonyc in Manhattan

Chanterelle recently?

I can't believe I've never been after 10 years in NYC but I am finally going tomorrow night. Has anyone been recently (this spring), and if so, what should I not miss? Also, any other advice would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

May 08, 2008
kayonyc in Manhattan

What Recent Meal "Blew You Away"?

I know i 'm not supposed to be commenting on LA stuff here, but agreed, Hatfield's is terrific and inexpensive to boot.

Just so my comment won't be booted, I'll add that L'atelier de Joel Robuchon, (esp the quail + foie + truffled mash and the Anguille app) as well as Allen and Delancey (apps only) and Spicy and Tasty (the cold fish appetizer) were pretty mindblowing.

May 08, 2008
kayonyc in Manhattan

Dinner at "One if by Land..."

It shouldn't be a problem although you might want to call them to discuss the issue. I recall quite a few veggie/seafood options. The great thing about them is that they are flexible with their tasting menu. They don't require the entire party order a preset menu, but rather, allow you to craft a menu yourself, even if your companion orders a la carte.

Feb 22, 2008
kayonyc in Manhattan

Whole hazelnuts?

Def. Sahadi's and possibly that Perelandra organic market on Remsen (they have a bulk dry goods section in back).

In Manhattan, check trader joes

Feb 22, 2008
kayonyc in Manhattan

Dinner at "One if by Land..."

I had to put in my two cents here, although it sounds like you are pretty happy with the restaurant choice. I went to Allen and Delancey for a Valentine Prix fixe which was 75/pp and was impressed. Romantic, good food, and decent service. Seafood options as well. I don't know if they normally do the prix fixe, but the $75 /pp is def. possible. Desserts are phenomenal, if that helps.

Also, Degustation is high on my list for great value as well as high quality. The tasting can be had for $50/pp and you get a front seat in front of the kitchen - a plus for a foodie in training. I can't recommend the place enough.

Feb 22, 2008
kayonyc in Manhattan

good place in e. village / LES to bring a pregnant wife

Not sure how crowded it will be - but I absolutely loved Allen and Delancey (at Allen and Delancey) They have cozy comfortable booths that are perfect for couples, and which I am sure your pregnant wife will love.

Feb 15, 2008
kayonyc in Manhattan

Peanut Butter Dessert

I just had a wonderful "peanut butter and jam" dessert at Maze today, involving a cherry sorbet and a dense mousse like layer sandwiched between thin sheets of peanut brittle pieces. I think that's what KT is talking about? Their entrees are likely to be more pricey, but maybe you could stop by for dessert after your main meal - maybe at the bar. The restaurant is stunning.

Jan 31, 2008
kayonyc in Manhattan

Lebanese food?

Here's my mini review on Ilili i posted to another thread. I went yesterday for RW.

Our service was sufficiently attentive but not polished enough. Timing was a bit off. Food quality ranged from very good (amberjack and baba ghanouj app, octopus app) to just ok-good (chicken entree and branzino entree). Desserts were fine, but not amazing. I wasn't thrilled with my wine. Overall, no real complaints other than waiting more than 15 mins for my 7:30 reservation and being seated upstairs in no man's land (does the confirmation of a RW reservation decide this?) The pluses: beautifully designed space and copious amounts of food (4 items) and a good value.

Jan 31, 2008
kayonyc in Manhattan

Restaurant Week - never again.

I'm happy to report that Maze RW lunch was awesome! Food, service, ambience all stellar. I just got back, happily stuffed. I'll try to do a mini review when I get a chance.

Jan 31, 2008
kayonyc in Manhattan

Restaurant Week - never again.

Our service was sufficiently attentive but not polished enough. Timing was a bit off. Food quality ranged from very good (amberjack and baba ghanouj app, octopus app) to just ok-good (chicken entree and branzino entree). Desserts were fine, but not amazing. I wasn't thrilled with my wine. Overall, no real complaints other than waiting more than 15 mins for my 7:30 reservation and being seated upstairs in no man's land (does the confirmation of a RW reservation decide this?) The pluses: beautifully designed space and copious amounts of food (4 items) and a good value.

Jan 31, 2008
kayonyc in Manhattan

Restaurant Week - never again.

hmmm. That sounds like a great idea! Let's!

Jan 30, 2008
kayonyc in Manhattan

Restaurant Week - never again.

yes, i did, thanks! I was gratified to see I had a reservation the very same day as Bruni's review. I've heard more than good reviews through this board, so am looking forward to it.

Jan 30, 2008
kayonyc in Manhattan

Restaurant Week - never again.

It's clear that some restaurants are better than others, and the OP 's review sounded more than objective. To be denied an explanation on a cheese plate (It also happened to me at Artisanal incidentally, during RW), and to be forced to eat a risotto that has been overcooked, or a fish that has been oversalted are pretty bad indicators of the quality of a restaurant. I think your response sounds unduly harsh and biased. (oops - the post i was responding to seems to have vanished!)

As the others have stated, there are plenty of RW selections out there. I've personally enjoyed Aquavit, Perry Street, the Modern, and Asiate. I hope to add Ilili to the list after tonight.

Jan 30, 2008
kayonyc in Manhattan

After work drinks/food in SoHo/NoLita - help!

I am a fan of Lure fishbar's happy hour, mostly for their dollar oysters. They have drink specials there too, which also make it worthwhile. I believe the happy hour lasts til 7 but I recommend that you get there early because it gets packed quickly.

Jan 30, 2008
kayonyc in Manhattan

Sakagura - what to order?

Hi,

I love practically everything there but particularly loved the duck with basil sauce. The sashimi and kimchee over rice was tasty too. The seafood, particularly raw (sahsimi) type items are also very good and fresh. What I recall is that the daily specials are always great. The one disappointment was the gomae oshitashi (spinach dish) whose microscopic size did not justify the expensive price. If you're overwhelmed by the sake, try the sake flights so that you can explore a few options, and go from there.

Jan 30, 2008
kayonyc in Manhattan

Good Poutine (With Cheese Curd!) in Manhattan?

Forgot to mention that I have been there recently - in the last few weeks. they are serving food at the bar.

Jan 30, 2008
kayonyc in Manhattan

Good Poutine (With Cheese Curd!) in Manhattan?

Inn at Little West 12 does, and they have a couple varieties - classic, with tomato and a beef one. I was hoping to try the pork belly one, but they recently stopped serving it. The classic one was pretty tasty.

Jan 28, 2008
kayonyc in Manhattan

Japanese buffet / Watami alike? / Black sesame ice-cream

I've had a black sesame gelato at Il Labratorio. That was this past summer, and I'm not sure what the status is now. It was amazing though. You might want to check out Whole Foods, since they carry the brand too.

Jan 22, 2008
kayonyc in Manhattan