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potato shredder

My husband makes great potato latkes for Hanukkah each year, but he has trouble shredding them fine enough. Our old Cuisinart did not do the trick. A mandolin worked but was too time consuming. I see there is a new Kitchenaid food processor that is adjustable, does anyone know i that could work? Is there a new Cuisinart as well? Any advise would be helpful as I'm hopping to get him one for the holiday. Of course, in the end it is a gift for both of us.

Edit: We do have a Kitchenaid stand mixer. Would an attachment for that work?

Nov 18, 2012
maxine in Cookware

Quiet, comfortable East Village Spot

For a more casual coffee shop you can try Mud Spot if it is not raining. They have a nice outdoor courtyard and a few interesting wines.

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MudSpot
307 E 9th St, New York, NY 10003

Sep 08, 2011
maxine in Manhattan

NY foodie in Paris. Help

Just made a lunch reservation for Le Cinq! Very excited. Is lunch more casual than dinner? Must husband wear a jacket and tie?

Sep 07, 2011
maxine in France

NY foodie in Paris. Help

Thank you for all of your replys already and I am sorry for being so vague in my post. I guess I am not sure what I'm looking for and am feeling overwhelmed. For neighborhood places, I would probably not make advanced reservations and I am thinking they would be no more than 35 euro pp. As for "special" I will go up in price and try to make reservations ASAP. I am thinking that the whole trip will be romantic so I am not worried about that. I just want some experiences that I can't get in NYC, other than that I'm open. But I was put off by the "stratospheric" (good word) prices I noticed at many of the recommended restaurants (35 euro plat). We will be staying in Montparnasse.

Sep 06, 2011
maxine in France

NY foodie in Paris. Help

my husband and I will be spending five days in Paris next month and I am overwhelmed with restaurant decisions. I think we will eat mostly at small neighborhood places but I would like one or two special meals. Unfortunately I don't want to spend much more than $100 pp for the meals. Is this possible in the better Paris restaurants? Is lunch cheeper? And where should we go? (neighborrhood does not matter). Merci beaucoup.

Sep 04, 2011
maxine in France

East Village 1st date drinks

I was at Bahr Che at Astor place and I though it would make a great first date spot, if because no one knows about it. It is a quiet wine bar. Not East Village but I Ithink the bar behind North Square at the Washington Square Hotel is a great firth date spot (where I went with my husband) too.

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North Square
103 Waverly Place, New York, NY 10011

Bahr Che
26 Astor Pl, New York, NY 10003

Aug 06, 2011
maxine in Manhattan

Anniversary dinner in North Fork

my husband and I are thinking of driving out to North Fork from the city for our one year anniversary but we don't know any of the restaurants out there. Any ideas for someplace special? North Fork Table and Inn?

Aug 04, 2011
maxine in New York State (exc. NYC)

Best Pickles in NYC?/

Pickles and Olives on the UES. I live in the village and travel up there to get them. I like the half sour while DH prefers the sour dill.

Jun 25, 2011
maxine in Manhattan

Nice quiet place for drinks in Greenwich Village

It is AT Wasington Sq. But the bar at North Square in the Washington Sq Hotel is a great place for conversations.

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North Square
103 Waverly Place, New York, NY 10011

Jun 24, 2011
maxine in Manhattan

Birthday dinner ideas

My birthday is next month and I am looking for a place to go with my parents. Last year we had a great meal at Veritas and the year before went to Eleven Madison. I am looking for a similar place as those, comfortable and priced less than $100 per person before drinks. The only caveat is that my husband does not eat seafood so there must be other options. Have not been to Gramercy in years is it good these days? Anything new? I just have no ideas.

Jun 24, 2011
maxine in Manhattan

dinner? 1st visit to nyc

Great minds ... I am flattered that we had a similar idea. (BTW I did not suggest JG because the poster asked for "moderate".

Jun 24, 2011
maxine in Manhattan

dinner? 1st visit to nyc

Jean Georges Nougatine room. You get the great JG food for $65 prefix. It is in Trump Towers on Central Park. Very NY

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Jean Georges
1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

Nougatine
1 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023

Jun 24, 2011
maxine in Manhattan

Soft shell crabs

Thanks. I saw that. I was hoping for something more recent, now that the season is in full swing.

May 23, 2011
maxine in Manhattan

Soft shell crabs

it is that time again. Anyone have any current favorites? Preferably downtownish.

May 22, 2011
maxine in Manhattan

Bridal Shower

Mine was held at Lady Mendl's Tea Salon located in the Inn at Irving Place. The place is beautiful, makes you feel like your in an Edith Wharton novel and the food and champaign cocktails were great. It is not the coolest place in NYbut they do a lot of showers there so they know how to keep them running. It was great.

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Lady Mendl's Tea Salon
56 Irving Pl, New York, NY 10003

Mar 31, 2011
maxine in Manhattan

Feeding a 13-year Old Boy

How about Korean BBQ. It have found that fun with kids as it is adventurous, but you can also get great steaks, and you will be near manhattan's Koreatown on 32 nd street.

Mar 30, 2011
maxine in Manhattan

something like Babbo

I ate at Veritas for my birthday last year and it was wonderful and may satisfy both of you, assuming you don't go Italian. The food is simple, nothing too exotic, but prepared beautifully and great quality. The room too is comfortable and unpretentious. And then there is the wine ... The whole experience was great.

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Veritas
43 East 20th St., New York, NY 10003

Mar 30, 2011
maxine in Manhattan

Day time cocktails near union square?

How about the Tavern Room at Gramercy Tavern. It shouldn't be crowded at that time in the afternoon and is a beautiful room with interesting cocktails and great wines by the glass.

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Gramercy Tavern
42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

Mar 25, 2011
maxine in Manhattan

Anguilla report

I just got back from a wonderful week in Anguilla and since I see little recent threads I thought it would be a good idea to put in my recs. First, the best meal I had was a BBQ place that was just a shack on the road, Joan & Cyril"s BBQ Pit. It was some of the best BBQ I have ever eaten and the one meal that I am still thinking about. The sides are fine and the Johniecakes are a bit different than other places, they are baked so the come off more like saltless pretzels, but it is all about the BBQ, the chicken was great, crispy skin, flavorful meet, and those ribs. Yum.

My other favorite food of the trip was from the French bakery, Le Bon Pain. The pastries and croissants were buttery and flaky, and unlike any I can get in NY. I had them for breakfast almost every day.

Some of the other great meals were Straw Hat, which I think has the best grilled crayfish, Mangoes where I had a great red snapper Asian style and I like there banana split, and Madeariman where i had my favorite rum punch (maybe it was because it was my first). They also had a lovely bouillabaisse special and soup de poisson. I wanted to go back actually, next time.

We had good lunches at Smokey's, Palm Grove, and Gwen's. The latter was a scene on Sunday when they have live music, though we left before the music started because it was two hours late ... Anguilla time. The menus were similar, I had fish or fish sandwiched, the BBQ was good too. Trattoria Tramonto was good too for lunch. All of those places (like most of the island) were slow. But they are at the beach so they encourage you to place and order and go back to get some beaching in. They will let you know when your food is ready.

All in all it was a pretty great foodie trip.

Mar 03, 2011
maxine in Latin America & Caribbean

chowhound getting married yet another bachelorette dinner advice thread

I had my bachelorette this summer at Tia Pol in Chelsea and it was great. They have a back room with two big tables that is a bit quieter. We were only 8 and so took one of the tables though you could probably get both if you needed them. We just had the kitchen serve random tapas (umm chorizo with chocolate) and kept the sangria flowing. I am not sure of the price, but imagine it should be within your range. It was a perfect bachelorette party (after we went out for karaoke). Congratulations.

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Tia Pol
205 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Mar 03, 2011
maxine in Manhattan

Brunch before theater

A few weeks ago I had a very good brunch at Eatery. They have an extensive and creative bunch menu and my eggs and grits were so good, and surprisingly not heavy. The only problem is that they do not take reservations so you have to go early.

Mar 01, 2011
maxine in Manhattan

2 RW mini reviews

I went to two restaurant week dinners this year, Rouge Tomate and Maze, both were good experiences, especially the first one and interestingly had similar menues.

I had been to Rouge Tomate once before, early on in the restaurant so I understood that while the food is organic and they do not use sugar or butter the food does not suffer, but I was unprepared for how good the food was. They started us off with nice fresh bread and a cauliflower puree instead of butter which was not missed. I had the gravlox for my starter which was nice and mild, my friend had a curried cauliflower (must have been in season) which was also yummy. We also tried the hummus platter served with flatbread as a side. Great humus, unlike any I have tasted. For mains I had the duck leg and confit succulent but not overwhelmingly rich. My friend enjoyed her full trout (I think) that I tried too. Desserts were my least favorite, as expected because of the no sugar. I did not like my baked apple in a dry brioch but my friends citrus creation was nice and refreshing. Oh there was a lovely amuse bouch that I can not remember, as well as a pre dessert clenser)

The room was lovely and light and the service was appropriate and did not make us feel unconfortable for getting the RW menu, as I was scared they would be because it is a treandy restaurant. They also had a nice wine tasting to go along with the meal that we enjoyed.

I also had cured salmon and duck at Maze, and a friend had the cauliflower soup. But otherwise the places are very different. The room is sleek and clean looking but confortible and the service was also pleasant, if slow. It was empty when we were there so there was no excuse for the lag between meals. The bread and butter were very good, but my salmon was not as good as the one at Rough Tomate, it was a bit bland, overwhelmed by the condiments. My friends enjoyed the cauliflower soup, but it was a bit salty and I thought rich, and I liked the light beef ravioli of my other friend. For manes I enjoyed my duck breast, though it did not blow me away. The beef was nice and eligant (was $10 extra) and my friend enjoyed her risotto. The best part of that meal though were the desserts. I loved my chocolate pudding with stout ice cream, and the chocolate fondont was great too. My friend who had the cheesecake was also perfectly happy.

The drink list was nice, but expensive, I had a good gin mixed drink for $17 and an average Burgundy for the same price. I guess with it being a hotel bar they can get away with it. The one complaint that I read was true, the portions were pretty small. But it was ok as that meant we were not sick at the end of the meal. Though I would have liked more dessert which was rare for me.

In the end I would recommend both placed for the next RW dinner, but Rouge Tomate had more of a special occasion feel and I think is a better restaurant

Feb 08, 2010
maxine in Manhattan

lobster sashimi in NYC

I used to get it at Sushi Zen. it came in a big lobster/combo platter which was all delicious. It is no longer on the menu but worth a try for the sashimi.

Aug 11, 2009
maxine in Manhattan

Best Chicken in Manhattan?

I am a big fan of the roasted chicken at the Tavern Room of Gramercy Tavern. I usually do not eat white meat but there it is so tender and flavorful, yum.

Aug 04, 2009
maxine in Manhattan

Chowworthy places to stop as driving through Manhattan?

Manhattan is a hard place to just stop in. Maybe they should try to find a place in Queens near LGA. I suggest you post on the outer boroughs board. I think you can find some good places in Flushing and definitely Jackson Heights which is not far from there.

Aug 04, 2009
maxine in Manhattan

Seeking good midrange restaurant near Washington Square Park

Knickerbocker is good for a multigenerational group.

Aug 04, 2009
maxine in Manhattan

Bacholorette Dinner!

Duane Park has a burlesque shoe Friday nights. I have never been but I heard good things about it and the food there is pretty good.

Aug 01, 2009
maxine in Manhattan

Bacholorette Dinner!

Alta
Mercadito

Jul 30, 2009
maxine in Manhattan

Aquavit during RW - Great

My friend and I like to go out for our mutual birthdays every year and take advantage of the sometimes risky restaurant week offerings. For some reason we both simultaneously wanted to go to Aquavit, a place neither of us had been in many years.

The restaurant was fairly empty yesterday and the space is very pretty with light wood and clean lines, as a Swedish place should be. The waiter was very nice and did not give any attitude when we said we were ordering off the rw menu.

She ordered the house Pinto Blanc which she enjoyed and I had a glass of pinot noir rose, perfect for the humid day.

We both chose the fresh rye bread which was so good we each asked for another. For appetizers she had the chilled corn soup served over beets with slices of salmon. Although she was not sure what to do with the salmon, which was very good, the soup was great, tasted like corn in a bowl. (I have noticed that on menus a lot this year). I had the herring plate. Three types of pickled herring with a boiled potato, very good.

We both had the grilled salmon as mains, it may have been the best cooked salmon I have every had. It was a generous portion with crispy fatty skin and almost raw rich meat inside. It was served over grilled fennel with asparagus.

For dessert she had the goats milk dessert with mango and raspberry which was light and creamy and not as sour as I thought it would be. i had the also surprisingly light chocolate moose on a crispy peanut layer with raspberry ice cream. (I think that was what the desserts were, I am not sure if I remember exactly right.) They were both excellent.

All and all it was one of my best restaurant week experiences.

Jul 30, 2009
maxine in Manhattan

Theatre District for dinner

Saju, despite the name it is a French Bistro. Good food, good service, fun place.

Jun 04, 2009
maxine in Manhattan