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Top 10 Recent Dining Experiences

No particular order

1. Ivan Ramen
2. Katz Deli
3. Bunker
4. Pok Pok
5. Mayfield
6. Mission Cantina
7. DiFara's
8. Mission Chinese (now a pop up in Brooklyn)
9.Haejangguk
10. Han Dynasty

May 23, 2014
offtheeatenpath in Outer Boroughs

Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong – Finally Good Korean BBQ In NY

I think my friend called it N. Bergen but according to the internet it is in Fairview, NJ, just south of Ft. Lee.

May 21, 2014
offtheeatenpath in Outer Boroughs

Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong – Finally Good Korean BBQ In NY

I think you would also like Zen Zen in NJ as I found the quality of the meat to be comparable to this place.

May 20, 2014
offtheeatenpath in Outer Boroughs

Bangane – A Korean Goat Specialist And One Of The Most Exciting Restaurants In Flushing

Very educational thread, I think I checked Wikipedia four times which is a bit embarrassing being half Korean. I asked my mom about eating goat in Korea and she said women would eat goat and men would eat dog in summer to "rejuvenate". This was when my mom was very young 1950's & 1960's.

May 14, 2014
offtheeatenpath in Outer Boroughs

Ivan Ramen

I went last night at 6:15 and there was only maybe 4 or 5 tables occupied. I don't think there was yet a wait by the time we left around 7 PM. I like the novelty to the scrapple pancake and the fried chicken livers and hearts were great except maybe just a little too much breading. As for ramen, it was great and I do like his noodles but I am no expert to tell you that this one is better than any others. I will try the mazemen next time.

May 13, 2014
offtheeatenpath in Manhattan

shish-kabob house in Kenner

I use to frequent this place when it was Jerusalem Deli on Carrollton near Canal but it closed after Katrina. Did not know till about a year and half ago that they reopened in Kenner. I absolutely love this place and stop everytime I come to New Orleans. You can find my earlier review of Jerusalem Deli here.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1261...

The baba ghanouj, the shawarma and pretty much everything I tried is exactly as I remembered. Great owners too and I wish more people would support their business. Did have a conversation with owner's son who said they were looking for a location inside New Orleans proper. Also a great stop to/from airport esp. for visitors who may tire of the more common Cajun/Creole cuisine. Lots of interesting options out there on Williams Blvd. these days.

May 13, 2014
offtheeatenpath in New Orleans

Hometown Bar-B-Que Red Hook

I went once about two months ago and I enjoyed it. It's hard to recollect the particulars but I remember preferring the ribs and brisket over the pulled pork which looked like it's held in some kind of cooking liquid to give it moisture. The mac-n-cheese is a cheesy gut bomb if you are into that. I like the space which is divided into two rooms and quite sizeable. Went on a Sat. afternoon and it was mostly parents with toddlers, not that there is anything wrong with that. I think at night they are doing live music. It's very similar in style, price and quality to Fletcher's & Morgan's and worthy of a visit. Personally, I am grateful for all the new bbq options, will be interesting to see which ones stand the test of time once the whole craze has died down.

Mar 29, 2014
offtheeatenpath in Outer Boroughs

Hill Country - Brooklyn

The sausages come straight from Kreuz market.

Mar 06, 2014
offtheeatenpath in Outer Boroughs

Morgan's BBQ in Prospect Heights

I went again and the brisket and beef sausage were excellent. Also tried a bite of turkey, surprisingly good and moist. Collards lacked the vinegary/spicy kick from the previous time. I didn't see any of the Elbow Room mac n cheese on the menu and the regular is pretty pedestrian and borderline awful, go figure. Corn bread is great, it's very moist and dense, almost like cake, I dig it. Open tables the whole time I was eating from 6:30 to 7:30 last night. I think I have a decided preference for Morgan's over Fletcher's and it appears to me to be slightly more affordable.

Next stop Hometown.

Oct 09, 2013
offtheeatenpath in Outer Boroughs

Kang Hodong Baekjeong - New Korean in Flushing/Murray Hill

Went to this new place in Flushing/Murray Hill a couple of weekends ago. The story behind the place is that it is a chain started in Korea by a former wrestler turned comedian with a history of tax evasion. They have one in LA too and they recently just came to NYC. Seems to be pretty popular already. It’s not your typical bbq restaurant. They serve bbq but without all the banchan. You sit down to a pre-set table with just some strongly fermented kimchee, a small pumpkin pancake and some daikon radish. Everyone gets their own soy dipping sauce with some wasabi to mix in. The emphasis is on the meat and the quality was excellent. Instead of the usual lettuce leave, you get bowls of cut up lettuce or a bowl of shaved scallions to eat your meat with. A bit of a unique table setup (gas burners) with a fancy exhaust system with a total modern/hip vibe/decor. Waitress does the cooking for you and I have to say our server was absolutely top notch. We had one Korean speaker in the group so that helped, but she truly was gracious and welcoming. She told us about some off the menu Kobe/Waygu (whatever you want to call it) cuts and pork neck that is also available that I will have to try next time. You can also order kimchee jigae or tofu jigae, which I would rate acceptable. One unique item was a bowl of what I would describe as clear kimchee/pickle juice with ice in it. I was nursing a wicked hangover and I pretty much ate/drank the whole thing myself and loved it. If you are going expecting a typical Korean bbq restaurant, I think you will be disappointed. If you are looking for something slightly different with an emphasis on quality meats, you might enjoy the place.

Oct 07, 2013
offtheeatenpath in Outer Boroughs

Morgan's BBQ in Prospect Heights

They have an Elbow Room takeout window where you can get either a pulled pork or chopped brisket sandwich (and any of the mac n cheeses). If you are travelling far, might want to ask them to put slaw/sauce on side. Not sure if they are going to open for lunch or possibly expand the options at the window.

Sep 25, 2013
offtheeatenpath in Outer Boroughs

Morgan's BBQ in Prospect Heights

Been twice, place has potential but, understandably, not hitting on all marks yet. Meat (brisket and ribs) was slightly lacking in smoke flavor and the ribs were overdone and completely coming off the bone. They also go heavy with the pepper in the rub, you may or may not like that. Sausage was pretty good. Collard greens were awesome, some of my favorite. Had a chopped brisket sandwich at lunch from the take out counter. Served on a hamburger bun w/ cole slaw and sauce already on the sandwich, the thing was a complete soggy mess by the time I walked 5 min. back to my office. Stick to dinner for now. I think with time going to see improvement in the meat and will be a great option. Right now I still find Dinosaur to be a better option given the consistency of their product but time will tell and I will certainly be back.

Sep 24, 2013
offtheeatenpath in Outer Boroughs

Best of Prospect Heights - New To The Hood

Kimchi Grill for delivery for korean inspired tacos and burritos. Bar Corvo for date night. Second Franny's for pizza and I go to Antonio's on Flatbush for a slices. Also not necessarily in one of your categories, but I like Chuko for ramen. For brunch you can try Milk Bar or R&D on Vanderbilt though I have not been myself.

Feb 26, 2013
offtheeatenpath in Outer Boroughs

Anybody been to Boat House (Cajun seafood) in Brooklyn?

I went for the first time yesterday and was surprised to find they are bucking the trend in that it was Chinese owned and not Vietnamese as were the previous places I've been in Portland and Atlanta. Anyhow, my friend and I got the special buy 2lbs. of crawfish get one free, which came to $30 total. We ordered the whole Sha-bang because for $1 extra it had corn (two pieces) and a some slivers of sausage. If I understood correctly, the whole Sha-bang was the garlic butter flavor and not an amalgamation of all the flavors but actually referred to the inclusion of the above mentioned corn and sausage. Weird that we couldn't order that in Ragin Cajun flavor but nonetheless I found the crawfish to be very fresh and pretty darn good. Def. not the best I ever had but certainly good enough that I would like to return and order again (ragin cajun flavor this time) and maybe explore the menu a bit more. We were there at about 3 on a Sunday and not many people there. Service was friendly and beers are reasonable at $5/import $4/domestic. Also had the calamari app., nice breading but maybe slightly overcooked and chewy. I went to school in New Orleans so I have pretty high standards when it comes to a crawfish boil and this was certainly the best I've had in crawfish deprived NYC. Plus I like any excuse to head to the Bklyn Chinatown, cool Chinese New Year's related activities going on in the street to boot.

Feb 18, 2013
offtheeatenpath in Outer Boroughs

Red Hook Ballfields

Sorry if this has been posted already, but I just read this very disheartening update on the permitting process for the Red Hook Ballfields. On a personal level, it will be very sad to see if many changes come to the ballfields as I found the whole experince to be relevatory and very satisfying in a "salt of the earth" kind of way. Nothing like good street food to immerse you in a different culture, not to mention the sheer joy of hangin out in an open field in Brooklyn. On a more esoteric level, it's very sad to see the Parks Dept. deny these obviously hard working people their piece of the American Dream as the bureacrats continue to suck the proverbial soul out of this city. It would be nice if the patrons, celebrity chefs like Bourdain and the politicos could bring some pressure to bear on the Parks Dept. to allow the status quo to continue. I know Schumer held a press conference there last fall. Its not like they are being driven out by developers or people in the neigborhood as praise for the vendors has been universal. Clearly it's a money thing as the Parks Dept. wants its cut. Sadly, it may have been their own success that created all the publicity and brought it to the attention of the Parks Dept., that may in the end come back to haunt them.
http://blogs.villagevoice.com/food/ar...

Feb 14, 2008
offtheeatenpath in Outer Boroughs

Has success spoiled the owners of Moim? Answer is a resounding "YES"

We recently had a reservation for six and they sat us at what had to be a four top right next to the wait station. 'That sucked, but admittedly, the rest of the meal was quite enjoyable. Nothing over the top, but we all had a fun night and enjoyed the food, sake and the company. It also may have been partially our fault as one person in our party was a bit on the late side. I'm not running back tomorrow, but I find it to be a nice option in the neighborhood.

Feb 12, 2008
offtheeatenpath in Outer Boroughs

Where to buy slider buns?

I use Martin's potato dinner rolls when I make them. Available at Key Food on Flatbush.

Feb 08, 2008
offtheeatenpath in Outer Boroughs

park slope top ten

I've walked by Amorina quite a few times recently and I've never seen it open. I believe it has closed.

Feb 08, 2008
offtheeatenpath in Outer Boroughs

Pepe's P & P (Park Slope's Best Pizza...Shhhh...)

I feel like ordering a plain slice at Peppe's is like going to Luger's and getting fish. The stuffed slices and specialty pies, like the arugula and proscitto, are their best offerings imho.

Feb 04, 2008
offtheeatenpath in Outer Boroughs

fried chicken

A branch of Amy Ruth's is opening in the old Gage & Tollner space downtown on Valentine's day.

I haven't had any recent experiences, but I remember Blue Ribbon makes great fried chicken and it being pricey.

Jan 30, 2008
offtheeatenpath in Outer Boroughs

Lucali: Good, not Great Pizza

I would disagree. I would say that over several years of reading this board, it's not many others who report the same thing, i.e. a negative opinion of Grimaldi's, but a minority few who feel compelled to post their same spiel over and over at the mere mention of the word "pizza" on this board. Ok, we get it, it's gone downhill, it's no good, blah, blah, blah...

That being said, I made it to Lucali's for the first time recently and found the pizza to be quite tasty with it's nice char to the crust. Kept toppings to a minimum, which sounds like it turned out to be a good strategy from other posts. I also thought the calzone (w/ pepperoni) was the real winner. Thing was massive. We had a group of 10 (we got there when it opened), consumed plenty of BYOB wine, and combined with the great service, charming surroundings, and miniscule bill, it certainly made for a great meal.

Jan 30, 2008
offtheeatenpath in Outer Boroughs

Conveyor Belt Sushi

All, thanks for your responses. Does anyone know if Genki is still open on 46th street is still open. I recall seeing it when when I use to work in the neigborhood many years ago. The number I found on the internet is disconnected.

Jan 21, 2008
offtheeatenpath in Manhattan

Best Korean Barbecue in Koreatown

My family has been going to Kang Suh for bbq for the last 20 years and it's always reliable. We'll frequent Kum Gang San as well, but more often than not, go to the Queens location. Since most Korean menus are the same, I try to just make sure I go to a Korean restaurant that uses real wood charcoal instead of gas when choosing a bbq restaurant.

Jan 21, 2008
offtheeatenpath in Manhattan

Pepe's P & P (Park Slope's Best Pizza...Shhhh...)

Hmm, I went by last Monday and they were closed. I called and the new hours are 11a-10p Tues.-Sat, and noon to 9p on Sun.

Jan 21, 2008
offtheeatenpath in Outer Boroughs

Buffalo wings in N. Park Slope/Prospect Heights?

Without a shadow of a doubt. Of all the places I've tried, these are my favorite buffalo wings in any locale.

Jan 21, 2008
offtheeatenpath in Outer Boroughs

Conveyor Belt Sushi

Can any one tell me of any converyor belt sushi places in NYC? I know there's Genki in midtown and read there's one in the Whole Foods on Bowery called Sushiya. Anybody have any recent experiences at either?

Jan 18, 2008
offtheeatenpath in Manhattan

Sunset Park Mexicans - any recent updates

I made my first foray that way and we ate at Tacos Matamoros based on a NYT $25 and Under column I read. I thought the tacos were quite tasty and comparable to the ballfields in Red Hook and my favorite place in Atlanta, El Rey De Taco. We each had a "grande" size chorizo, al pastor and a lengua taco, listed in order of my preference. I think the chorizo just had onions and the others also had a creamy guac. on top. They served the standard lime wedges, radishes and red hot sauce on the side. We also shared an order of creamy guacamole and chips and an order of chalupas w. carne. Another companion had chicken enchiladas w/ green sauce which she deemed worthy, but I didn't try them. No alcohol, so we brought in some beers and also had some tamarind juice. Place was almost full with mostly familias on a Friday night. Sorry I can't add much with respect to veg. options.

Jan 14, 2008
offtheeatenpath in Outer Boroughs

Elementi on 7th Ave. (Spot where Snooky's was)

Though it closed before I arrived in the neighborhood, City Lights was located at the corner of 1st street, where Artesana furniture store is currently located, which was previously a fish store and a fruit store before that. The Gaslight is where Mr. Wonton is currently located and not next door. Anyone else recall when they use to serve Mexican food out of the back of the Gaslight. My recollection is of eating at some picnic tables on the sidewalk and this being, maybe, the only option for Mexican in the area. I also remember being in the Coach Inn the day the Knicks won the draft lottery which gave them the rights to Patrick Ewing. Even though I was nowhere near of legal drinking age at the time, I sure seemed to have spent my fair share of time in the local drinking establishments during the 80's.

Dec 19, 2007
offtheeatenpath in Outer Boroughs

Pepe's P & P (Park Slope's Best Pizza...Shhhh...)

Another trip to Pepe's. The regular slice is a perfect example of a New York slice. Nice paper thin, crispy crust, fresh tasting sauce and quality cheese which cuts back on the grease and salt factor. My habit is to get some of the stuffed slices to go and heat them in the toaster oven at home and it's remarkable how well it works. I had a stuffed chicken parm slice that was divine. Chicken, mushrooms, tomato sauce, cheese and nice hunks of garlic in the middle, a sprinkling of basil (or maybe oregano) and parmesan on top with a wonderful crust. Even after it sat refrigerated for a day and was reheated, the crust didn't lose all it's mositure and retained a nice chewy texture in the middle. And the best part is the service, which is so welcoming and such a relief.

Dec 03, 2007
offtheeatenpath in Outer Boroughs

Pepe's P & P (Park Slope's Best Pizza...Shhhh...)

I just noticed this place on my frequent runs to the Home Depot and after your post gave it a try yesterday. What a great place with excellent pizza. Great ingredients and a really friendly vibe. Usually I just go straight cheese as my barometer, but when I walked in, I was offered slices of several specialty pies. I ended getting a slice of everything he had available (I didn't see any plain cheese slices), one stuffed slice with ham, pepperoni and cherry tomatoes (nice touch), one slice of a thin crust w/ prosciutto and, I think, arugala, and another stuffed slice that had marinara and a sprinkling of parmesan on top and spinach and ricotta in the middle. The last slice being a very hefty and filling slice. They were all delicious and the thin crust on the prosciutto slice indicates they must make a mean cheese slice as well. Calzones looked great. Can't wait to go back to this gem.

Nov 26, 2007
offtheeatenpath in Outer Boroughs