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Some personal Chinatown Faves

AWESOME post.
I've had Peking Duck Palace, Shun Lee, and Mama Buddha as my big three for so long that I guess I stopped looking for others. I'm really looking forward to trying these!

One question:

Is there a hands-down Best Dim Sum in NYC?

Thanks!

Jun 15, 2009
ChuToro in Manhattan

Sushi question: white tuna v. albacore

What you ate A.K. is "Milk Fish" often served as sashimi, it is dead-white and very juicy. Great as sashimi, not so good as sushi, Often time Joints will call it White Tuna, but it has no relation to the tuna at all.

Jan 02, 2009
ChuToro in General Topics

Stockholm Eats?

Thanks for the advice. As it turns out, the final two weeks of the year, most restaurants are closed, but aside from a lot of Moose Burgers, and Herring, I did visit Pontus in the Green House and had one of the best meals of my life with Des and Martin Brathwaite Mörk. Thanks again!

Dec 31, 2006
ChuToro in International Archive

Best Black Cod

You certainly may be right Silverjay. My info on the thread is from from an interview with Chef Nobu Matsuhisa. He claims he came up with the name: Black Cod, because it sounded exotic and sexy, whereas Sable, mostly here in NYC is a fish most associated with Jewish brunch, and not particularly sexy. Perhaps he's in error and he did not invent the name or the dish, either way, he certainly popularized it.

Dec 06, 2006
ChuToro in Manhattan

Best Black Cod

If by "recent" you mean the 1950's, then you would be correct. It became a delicacy in Japan as a result of a marketing campaign by the Japanese goverment to help with shortages of Tuna, believed to be caused by weapons-testing in the Pacific.

As I said, "Black Cod" is a name invented by Nobu and now used by thousands of sushi restaurants and sea food restaurants world wide. You could call Sable anything you like, and obviously it would still be Sable.

Miso paste used for "Glazed Black Cod" goes for around $22.00 per 10 lbs. in NYC, enough for well over a hundred servings. The dish goes for just over $20 at Nobu (downtown). I'd say that is DIRT CHEAP, but obviously its just my opinion.

Dec 06, 2006
ChuToro in Manhattan

Best all around Japanese in NYC?

Your right.

Dec 05, 2006
ChuToro in Manhattan

Russian Food

I disagree, for the price (super cheap) it is quite good!

Dec 05, 2006
ChuToro in Manhattan

Best Black Cod

There is no such thing as Black Cod, pal. Sorry, but Nobu made up the name to sell his dish at a high price range. That's right, Black Cod is none other that common Sable. The same Sable that has been bought for decades in NYC for a few dollars per pound. Nobu re-named it and glazed it with a Miso paste (also dirt cheap) and then threw a high price on it. Nobu does have the best, but they are ripping you off big time.

Then again you got to hand it to the guy, a great money maker, that is delicious and sees a monster profit margin.

Dec 05, 2006
ChuToro in Manhattan

Best Sashimi Downtown

This is a difficult answer because downtown has A LOT of great Sashimi places. I'll tell you why I choose Blue Ribbon Sushi over other greats, like: Bond Street, Tomoe, Japonica, Omen, etc.

Blue Ribbon Sushi on Sullivan between Prince and Spring in SoHo is the best for variety. The list is split between the Atlantic and Pacific. There are always around 40 choices and the seasonal specials are almost always top notch.

Like you, I have a craving for truly fresh sashimi, and within that perfect universe lies ChuToro or if you prefer O-Toro, the decadent belly that knows no equal on this, our planet earth. However, Fluke Fin, Sea Urchin, King Salmon, Milk Fish, Baby Eel, and Arctic Char are also high on my "lovers" list. All can be found at Blue Ribbon Sushi!

I envy your next meal...

Dec 05, 2006
ChuToro in Manhattan

The best Pizza pick by Time Out NEW York

This is one of the never-ending debates, but if I did not mention "Bleeker Street Pizza" then I'd be in sin.

Dec 05, 2006
ChuToro in Manhattan

Best all around Japanese in NYC?

What sort of Japanese cuisine are you into? There are lots of choices:
Noodle Bars
Sushi
Dim Sum
Chiriashi, etc.

I'd suggest a few different types:

Blue Ribbon Sushi
Soba Ya
Sugiyama
Natori (if you are on a budget)

They are all great!

Dec 05, 2006
ChuToro in Manhattan

Why are there no burger places like The Counter (LA) in NYC?

Is "Jackson Hole" still around? That should keep you happy Cali.

Dec 05, 2006
ChuToro in Manhattan

Russian Food

VESELKA on 2nd Ave. between 9th and 10th streets. 24 hours!

Dec 05, 2006
ChuToro in Manhattan

Jack's Luxury Oyster Bar

That spells true for all of Jack and Grace's restaurants.

Dec 05, 2006
ChuToro in Manhattan

trendy nyc restaurant for birthday

Check out "Dylan Prime", its just the right age.

Dec 05, 2006
ChuToro in Manhattan

Dinner for 2 later this month

"BLT Steak" sounds perfect, but an interesting choice could be "The Tasting Room" instead.

Dec 05, 2006
ChuToro in Manhattan

sunday brunch for 10, incl. 2 kids, downtown?

ZOE on Prince inbetween Broadway and I think Mercer. Very large, moderate prices including wood oven pizza, great brunch specials, and a great young Chef: Michael Kaphan.

Dec 05, 2006
ChuToro in Manhattan

Casual italian place - downtown to midtown

I don't know Bobby, if I had to guess, I'd say that everything they use is fresh and handmade. It's great for groups.

Dec 05, 2006
ChuToro in Manhattan

Having Brunch at Blue Hill @ Stone Barns - worth the drive from NYC?

My two cents. Stone Barns is incredible. Easily in the top ten joints I have been to world wide. Of course this is just from a single visit last June, but the meal(s) were nothing short of greatness. We ordered the Chefs Choice, which was a 10 course meal, made up of 8 tiny dishes and 2 moderate sizes. At one point the grinning waiter approached us with a tray of dirty asparagus and snow peas and told us, that this was the exact pieces that would be used in the next 3 dishes we would consume. we glanced at eachother with a puzzled and somewhat funny look. Sort of like, "oh gee". The next 3 dishes from the ordinary looking vegetables were mind-blowing. I never would have thought that such flavor and exotic use could have come from two simple vegetables. One dish was a sort of clash between a broth and a hot drink, it was deep green, clean, lite, absurdly fresh, and delicious. I loved it.

Food is one of the few things in life that I do not mind paying a lot for. Blue Hill at the Stone Barns is one of those types of places. It's special and its reputation is true. Expensive, radical, beautiful, and out of the way.

alas... my office has moved to Armonk...

Yes, Schultz Farm is no longer there. Too bad to, they had great burgers that were flame grilled. It's a shame its gone.

alas... my office has moved to Armonk...

Mariachi Mexico...

Stockholm Eats?

I will be visiting Stockholm in Sweden in a few weeks and having never been there, I need advice on the best places to hit in 5 days. Expensive or inexpensive, it does not matter. I'm looking for great food that best represents this location. Thank you kindly.

Dec 04, 2006
ChuToro in International Archive

Casual italian place - downtown to midtown

Do yourself a favor and hit Johns on 12th street between 2nd and 1st (East Village). It is amazing, not fancy at all, and you will leave full. Order the Avacado Bruchetta (not on the menu), truly amazing!

Dec 04, 2006
ChuToro in Manhattan

Blue Ribbon, Tennesee's or FireFly's for a party

Blue Ribbon is hard to beat in NYC, and they have variety the other two cannot touch.

Dec 04, 2006
ChuToro in Greater Boston Area

alas... my office has moved to Armonk...

La Scala in Armonk is a good Italian Eatery. Very good for the suburbs.

dinner near the algonquin

You'll be 2 blocks from Grand Central Terminal, which has a few killer restaurants including the super-classic "Oyster Bar", "Michael Jordans Steak House", and a few more. Also right now in the main concourse there is a light show of NYC images being projected onto the magnificent walls and ceiling. Its pretty cool.

Dec 04, 2006
ChuToro in Manhattan

Good place in the village for a group to get a drink/snack

Try the Noodle Bar: Soba Ya in the East Village, 9th street between 3rd and 2nd. Great inexpensive little dishes and an interesting bar. Great on a chilly day.

Dec 04, 2006
ChuToro in Manhattan

best sushi high end best sushi day to day

That is an interesting list Lau, but why Jewel Bako? Weak selection of fish, out of season specials...

I find it interesting how many hounds love Kuruma Zushi and Jewel Bako, neither of which seem to make much effort to impress the seasoned sushi fan.

Dec 04, 2006
ChuToro in Manhattan