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New to Montclair area: sushi, produce, burritos

Mind blowing sushi at Tomoe on Pompton Avenue in Little Falls just north of Bloomfield Ave in Verona.

Aug 18, 2010
isellny in New Jersey

Sushi Chef for Catering

Where are you located? I know of someone who is a well known semi-retired sushi chef who I've asked about this and they said they would be able to do it. Depending on where you're located I could ask them about this scale and possibly pass on their information to you, etc.

Final plans...any thoughts or comments?

I'd recommend Bar Pitti.

Apr 19, 2009
isellny in Manhattan

NJ Farmhouse Restaurant?

The place I'm thinking of isn't an Inn and I'm 98% certain didnt have the word "Inn" in the title.

Mar 13, 2009
isellny in New Jersey

NJ Farmhouse Restaurant?

Stone House isn't exactly what I pictured, but may be the one. My instinct is really saying that ain't it, but it's so close I may have to check it out anyway. Keep em coming guys!

Mar 12, 2009
isellny in New Jersey

Authentic tacos al pastor in NYC?

i seem to remember pineapple on the al pastor taco at la esquina takeout. might want to call em up to double check before trekking over there though.

Mar 11, 2009
isellny in Manhattan

Tacos in Chelsea, for lunch... today?

hows bout the truck by the chase bank at 18th/6th? Trucks are the way to go for cheap tacos in the city...haven't tried it, but they look like the real deal. let me know how you make out!

Mar 11, 2009
isellny in Manhattan

NJ Farmhouse Restaurant?

Trying to locate a restaurant that opened in the last five to eight years in an old stone farmhouse in western central NJ. I thought I remembered reading a review in the NY TImes, but wasn't able to find anything via an online search of the archives there. The chef/owner were a young couple, possibly with experience in a kitchen in the city. They had a great selection of cheeses and I thought I remember a picture of the guy having glasses and dark hair. Both were thin. I'm trying to make a reservation for dinner there, but first I need the name of the place! Driving me crazy! Any help would be appreciated!

Mar 11, 2009
isellny in New Jersey

Your favorite underrated slice?

LUIGI's. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE their Sicilian! The best i've had.

Feb 04, 2009
isellny in Manhattan

Family Friendly Lunch Near Mann/Please Touch Museum/City Line Ave?

Hi All,

I'm looking for a place to meet my parents and bring my kids for lunch this Saturday. We're headed to the new Please Touch Museum afterward, so the closer to that location, the better. Thanks in advance for your help!

Nov 14, 2008
isellny in Pennsylvania

Two Toms on 3rd? (brooklyn, that is)

I've been. It was a strange experience. the food wasn't particularly memorable. I would go once and only for a true New York experience that can only be found there. There was only one other party there when we were. that was a large table of men in their late 30's to mid 40's. Firemen? Police? Made members? Who knows? Who cares! I just didn't want to get on their bad side.

Aug 25, 2007
isellny in Outer Boroughs

Dune in Margate Review

I picked up on the above via various posts on this board that led to a complimentary review in the Philadelphia Inquirer. I made reservations without a problem. We were seated relatively promptly. The room was nice, which was reminiscent of the Floriday Keys thanks to old B&W photos hung on teh walls and intentionally weathered paint on the wainscotting. Lighting was decent even for the older eye. We were given menus and bread accompanied by olive oil with nice olives in it. We were asked what type of water we wanted and it came out as requested in a prompt manner. I had a hard time hearing our server and thought there was a slight accent, but it could have been me. I didn't need to ask her to repeat anything, but thought she could have spoken up as opposed to her normal conversational level, speak at a server tone. Firm, friendly and forceful. We knew what we wanted fairly quickly once we were told of the specials, which is when we were also told that they were out of a few things (the seared tuna). I ordered a half dozen oysters, two of which weren't on the menu, but I was told about only when I made it clear that I wanted oysters (Thursday is half off oysters). I ordered the shrimp risotto for my second course folowed by the skate, which, according to the server, is what what they are known for (note to server, never have that much convision in a dish because if it isn't to the patroin's liking it will be reflected in your tip). The skate comes with gnocchi and asparagus. My wife ordered the lump crabmeat followed by the crab soup and the red snapper, but changed her mind to skate thanks to the server's suggestion of the skate. The first course was outstanding. My oysters were great! The crabmeat was juice and fresh. Reminded me of Joe's Stone Crab in South Beach, but maybe a little better. The second course of Risotto and Crab Soup was also good, but wifey was jealous of the the Shrimp Risotto, so she asked me to order her her own. This is where the wrench was thrown into the mix. The risotto came out ahead of the mains, but the shrimp was underdone thanks to the rush that the kitchen put on it. Wifey liked the risotto, but wouldn't eat the shrimp beyond the first bite when she realized they weren't cooked. yes, she's a little paranoid. The server came by when she was in the bathroom and asked if she was still working. I told her that the risotto, which was eaten by this point was fine, but the shrimp was undercooked due to how we ordered and that she had eaten all she could. She simply said, "ok" and took the plate with no mention of making it right. I didn't mention it either, but simply stored it in my tip vault. The skate came out and the flavor was decent, but the texture was a little soft. the skate that I like is a little more firm than what was served. The gnocchi that accompanied it tasted more like small piece of fried fingerling potatoe than pasta (I do know that gnocchi is potatoe pasta). The asparagus was ok. Wifey liked the skate in general. One putoff was that due to this being a BYOB place, we brought our own wine. We were offered a bucket, which was placed on our table and the server came over to pour another glass for us after we poured ourselves two more glasses. After the they poured the first refill, we weren't asked again. All in all, it was pleasant enough, but I wouldn't run back.

Aug 24, 2007
isellny in Mid-Atlantic

Anniversary Dinner at The Jersey Shore?

Thanks for Girasole! Any other toughts? Steak, Seafood, Pan-Asian, French? Just some ideas, not wed to anything. Will definitely check Girasole out. Thanks again!

Aug 20, 2007
isellny in Mid-Atlantic

Anniversary Dinner at The Jersey Shore?

Looking for recommendation for our four year wedding anniversary coming up on 8/23. With our homebase being Ocean City, we are willing to go as far South as Cape May and North to Atlantic City. We both have eclectic palate's and are open to every type of food.

Thanks in adance for your ideas!

Aug 19, 2007
isellny in Mid-Atlantic

Best Halal Street Cart

Where and what is your favorite? I've been leery to try them for fear of food poisoning until recently, but I have since gotten hooked.

Jun 07, 2007
isellny in Manhattan

Fort Greene Recommendation

That vini place is for the birds! The owner's stuck up, the place is TINY or should I say tiny and WAY over priced. I'd rather spend my money on a cab to the slope and go to Ali Da or whatever that place is called on Fifth Avenue.

Dec 13, 2006
isellny in Outer Boroughs

Bonita in Ft. Greene

Funny you should ask! I haven't been. I drove by the other night and actually thought it was a new Sushi place. The signage is strangely Asian. Only when I stumbled across this thread did I figure out that this is the new Sushi place on Dekalb, which isn't Sushi at all, but Mexican! I think I might have to try and go all Apocalypto up in that piece!

Dec 13, 2006
isellny in Outer Boroughs

Bonita in Ft. Greene

Uhhh....No offense if there are some older clinton hill heads that have posted, but while I dig the new "scene" made by all the additions over the last five years or so, no one can hold a candle to the old, original Castro's on Myrtle across from the Post Office. Their Bistec Nachos are f-f-f-f-phenomenal!! the guac is the real deal. Their burritos are enormous. The best part is there are no WHITE people behind the counter. I went there the other day and was susprised that they didn't have the funky Mexican jukebox blasting. The place seems to be doing well based on their recent renovations, which IMO were unecessary. i liked the grimey authenticity of the place from back in the day. Check out their Limeaid concoction (non-alcoholic!).

Dec 12, 2006
isellny in Outer Boroughs

update our BAM Ft Greene list . . .

Some of the best BBQ I've had in the five boroughs cane now be found within a stone's throw of the BAM(!). It's called the Smoke Joint. Get it? Smoke (a) Joint?! Anyway, avoid the cole slaw...it's much better at a deli. The chicken wings are the stuff dreams are made of. The short ribs are BANGIN! The baby backs are pretty good, but don't have enough sauce applied while being cooked so come off as being a little dry, but the rub they use is tasty. The mac n cheese is decent. Nice vibe. Good selection of beer and soda. Nice, friendly staff. Also, the roast chicken is decent.

Dec 12, 2006
isellny in Outer Boroughs