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Need a good restaurant in Norfolk for Sunday

Help!

I need to find a good restaurant for dinner Sunday in Norfolk - good martinis, nice entrees, doesn't have to be super-fancy, but will be for a dinner with business colleagues, so not a dive. Needs to be in Norfolk proper, we will be downtown and taking cabs.

Thanks in advance!
Jules

Sep 30, 2009
JulesNYC in Mid-Atlantic

Spicy Mina, still around, and worth a try?

The Bengali that I know best, my husband, loves Mina's cooking! (more than his own mother's but sshhh, don't tell her that...)
He went last week with some Bengali friends and they were raving about a goat dish that they had.

Feb 17, 2009
JulesNYC in Outer Boroughs

Fish in Jackson Heights

In the very long Market Watch thread, there was a discussion about where to buy fresh fish in Jackson Heights. As of this summer, there is a great new, albeit temporary, alternative at the JH Greenmarket. A new stand appeared this year - I think it's called American Seafood - and it's really great quality seafood.

I went yesterday and picked up a haddock fillet and sea scallops. Cooked everything last night and it was all very nice. The guys who run the stand were also helpful and pleasant to talk with. Too bad it's not permanent, but good to have while it lasts!

Aug 18, 2008
JulesNYC in Outer Boroughs

Donuts

OK, so it took me 5 months to get to Peter Pan, but it won't be 5 months until I go back.
In a word - fabulous. I love the vibe, the setting (donut counter up front and a maze of counter seating at the back) and most of all, the amazing donuts! We bought a dozen of different varieties and not one was a disappointment. (I am kicking myself for giving away that second chocolate cake donut to the friend of a friend who we ran into on the street). I think the ultimate champion though would have to be the simple glazed cake donut, because I have never had a cake donut that was so good. Now we have to go back and try the rest, including the bagels which looked REALLY good...

Aug 03, 2008
JulesNYC in Outer Boroughs

Indo-Pak pizza at Famous Pizza in Jackson Heights?

I always get the "one hour delivery" warning when I order from them, but more often than not it's here in 30 minutes. I get the feeling they just say that so they can meet or beat expectations.
We order the cheeseburger pizza - a favorite guilty lowbrow pleasure...

Jul 05, 2008
JulesNYC in Outer Boroughs

Is Danny Brown better at dinner?

Interesting that your service experience was so different from ours! We liked our server and didn't get any of the rudeness that is mentioned above. I agree that you can't really judge a restaurant based on a "holiday" meal - but in our case, the restrictions that were put in place due its being V-Day didn't affect our experience (although I wish we could find a time now to go for the regularly priced menu!).

We also liked having a table at the back so we could watch all the goings-on in the open kitchen.

May 14, 2008
JulesNYC in Outer Boroughs

Is Danny Brown better at dinner?

I went on Valentines Day this year and had a good experience. Not earth-shattering, but a very nice dinner. I was quite impressed with the wine list - from the name of the restaurant, he is obviously interested, and it lives up to expectations on that front.

May 13, 2008
JulesNYC in Outer Boroughs

Espresso 77 in Jackson Heights

Julie from espresso 77 here - we don't brew flavored coffees, but we do have hazelnut syrup that you can add to any beverage.

Apr 17, 2008
JulesNYC in Outer Boroughs

Cake Delivery in LIC, NY

I diagree about "superior" - Ambrosia does an American style cake (more home-baked tasting), while Cannelle's is French and more fancy. Both are excellent - it's a matter of taste and what you are looking for...

Mar 13, 2008
JulesNYC in Outer Boroughs

Cake Delivery in LIC, NY

If you give them enough notice, Ambrosia Bakery can make and deliver tasty, nicely decorated and reasonably priced cakes. They are custom bakers, though, so huge or daily orders probably wouldn't work for them.

212-388-2811 or AmbrosiaBakery@aol.com

Mar 13, 2008
JulesNYC in Outer Boroughs

Donuts

When would you say is the optimum time to go to Peter Pan for the best of the best? Are the donuts ever warm right out of the kitchen?
I'm going this weekend - can't wait!

Mar 11, 2008
JulesNYC in Outer Boroughs

Starbuck's Jackson Heights

Julie from Espresso 77 here - I won't sell you a double espresso for $4.40 - our double espresso is $2 plus tax. A quad is $4 plus tax. Our shots are double ristretto, which take up less water volume than a regular double shot, but we can absolutely pull a shot longer for anyone who requests it.
Just want to clarify...

Feb 22, 2008
JulesNYC in Outer Boroughs

Espresso 77 in Jackson Heights

soymilk is 25 cents extra.

Feb 19, 2008
JulesNYC in Outer Boroughs

What's your favorite undiscovered gem?

I've been disappointed at DiFara...

Feb 07, 2008
JulesNYC in Outer Boroughs

Mina's back -- with her A game

I too had a fabulous Mina meal this week!
My husband called in a delivery order for me because I was under the weather. This was actually our first Mina-via-delivery - and it worked out great. The perfectly spicy chicken soup cleared up my stuffy nose and fulfilled that need for chicken soup that you get when you are feeling yucky. The dishes we ordered were tasty and fresh. Ironically, the dal fry, which I like precisely because it isn't soupy, was a little on the soupy side but it suited me perfectly in this situation.
I wish I could say that it was as good as my mom's cooking...but my mom's cooking isn't nearly as good!

Jan 19, 2008
JulesNYC in Outer Boroughs

Spicy Mina and SriPraPhai

We should start a thread about Mina's versus DiFara's - that should light up the board!

Jan 14, 2008
JulesNYC in Outer Boroughs

Spicy Mina and SriPraPhai

The subject of this thread is actually the OP's request for suggestions of what to order at each place - not comparing the two and deciding which is "better"...
I agree with the poster below - apples and oranges!

Jan 14, 2008
JulesNYC in Outer Boroughs

Spicy Mina and SriPraPhai

Call me a bore, but I really like Mina's chicken tikka masala - a totally non-Bengali dish, but always tender and nicely flavored. And I mentioned it before and I'll mention it again - if Mina is there, the chicken soup is a really good bet. It is what I want to eat when I have a cold - spicy and flavorful. But if Mina is not there, don't get it - the other cooks don't have her touch with it.

Jan 12, 2008
JulesNYC in Outer Boroughs

Spicy Mina and SriPraPhai

I have to disagree with Bob M and say yes, you did order wrong. (we can hash out the whole thing about how everything on the menu should be wonderful, blah blah blah later...). I would recommend the basics and those dishes that are written about lovingly here again and again - dal fry, palak paneer, shrimp dopeaja, etc. I've never had good luck with their specials.
BTW, if the mustard fish was anything like what my Bengali MIL cooks, it was frozen for a while and then thawed out. Also, the fish often used in Bengali home cooking is a smelly oily freshwater fish that my very American palate is not into - possibly yours as well (?).

Jan 11, 2008
JulesNYC in Outer Boroughs

Bistro-type food in Jackson Heights or vicinity?

What would be the closest thing to a French bistro-type place in Jackson Heights or close by? I have a hankering for steak frites or roast chicken or something similarly warm and cozy in this cold weather and don't want to venture all the way to Tournesol to get it.
Didn't someone post once about opening a place like this? Did it ever happen?
Thanks!
Jules

Jan 03, 2008
JulesNYC in Outer Boroughs

ShangriLa Tibetan street cart in Jackson Heights

I had momos on the brain today and went around 4:30 for my fix - they were as good as ever at that time. They have had lines of devotees at peak times (hence the 30 minute waits I have endured) - maybe they are away for the holiday?
I can see how they could wither if you don't get them right out of the steamer though. And I don't like the sauce either - I think it's too harsh and overpowers the dumplings. But without the sauce, I think they are excellent.

Dec 27, 2007
JulesNYC in Outer Boroughs

Espresso 77 in Jackson Heights

I have stayed away from the discussion so far and I will not add any further - but I must comment here. Gimme roasts to order for us - we get it 2 days after they roast it and it goes quickly.
Please don't post things that aren't true.
Julie, Owner of E77

Dec 26, 2007
JulesNYC in Outer Boroughs

ShangriLa Tibetan street cart in Jackson Heights

I always get the gyro platter at Sammy's - with white sauce, hot sauce and their green sauce if they have it.

I spoke with the Tibetan guy who runs ShangriLa about hours - he said they are hoping to do the lunch shift in Manhattan because JH is pretty quiet for them at midday and then come back to JH for the dinner/evening hours. I'm trying to convince him to set up near my office in Manhattan - then I could have momos twice a day!

Dec 26, 2007
JulesNYC in Outer Boroughs

ShangriLa Tibetan street cart in Jackson Heights

Apologies if there has already been a discussion about this place, but I couldn't find anything with a search...

I have to post about this place! For the past 6 weeks, I have been haunted by the amazing beef momo coming out of the small cart located on the north side of Broadway between 73rd and 74th streets. They are like Chinese soup dumplings, but with beef - very gently spiced, with a nice broth that will dribble all over your shirt if you are not careful when taking a bite. $5 for 8 is a bargain in my book.

They sometimes have shabalay, which is basically a patty of the dumpling filling encased in pastry for a turnover. They sometimes don't have shabalay and you occasionally have to wait a long time for the momo, which is a drag, but I think they are improving this.

They also do rice platters with meat, but I prefer Sammy's across the way for those.

The dumplings, though, are spectacular - even with a 30-minute wait.

Dec 26, 2007
JulesNYC in Outer Boroughs

Spicy Mina and SriPraPhai

At Mina, for appetizers I like the samosas, the chicken lollipops and most of all, her chicken soup (kind of like egg drop soup with chicken, cilantro and spicy peppers). We usually order the chicken tikka masala, beef curry, shrimp dopeja, dal fry, palak paneer, and/or whatever eggplant dish she is making that day. For dessert, she usually brings out little bowls of her yogurt-y rice pudding - very tasty.
I've never had an inedible or mediocre meal there, fwiw - we did have some samosas once that were a bit off, but we talked to Mina about it and she made new ones for us that were fine.

Nov 17, 2007
JulesNYC in Outer Boroughs

Espresso 77/Starbuck's Jackson Hts

We don't have a kitchen, so no brunch, but we will have baked goods and later on, panini, cheese plates and salads to go with beer and wine when we get that license.
I would love a great brunch place in the neighborhood! We know a great chef who lives in the hood and we have spoken casually about opening something up with her once the espresso bar is up and running. But it's hard to find a location with adequate space and a non-exorbitant rent!
Thanks for all the good words from everyone on the board!

Oct 19, 2007
JulesNYC in Outer Boroughs

Espresso 77/Starbuck's Jackson Hts

Julie here from Espresso 77:
We are back at work as of Monday after dealing with Building Department (not Health Department) red tape (LONG STORY, but related to our having to replace contractors). Watch the store for an open door - after months of saying "3 more weeks", I don't want to jinx it by saying anything!

Oct 16, 2007
JulesNYC in Outer Boroughs

jheights: which roti boti is better?

We always go to the original location (north side of street), but really just out of habit - I think they are pretty much the same. We always get the bihari kebab (spicy tender beef), a couple of naan, and a bowl of chickpea stew. I also need at least one can of soda to put out the flames of the bihari! The chicken kebabs are good too.

Oct 12, 2007
JulesNYC in Outer Boroughs

Are there only 5 chowhounds? Why are Spicy Mina and Kebab Cafe empty?

Funny that 3 of us were there on Saturday - I don't think she is hurting for business in the same way that the original poster was seeing in 2005!
We had our usual good experience - we had a friend and her parents with us and asked for less spicy for the parents. Mina obliged and the food was still flavorful if not the usual spicy that we go for.
One note - a poster above mentioned something about the lack of South Asians as being indicative of priciness as well as having better food at home. I would beg to differ - there was a crowd of about ten 20-something Bengali guys at one table and we often see Bengali customers, either eating in or taking out. And my husband's mother would love to see tha day when he doesn't complain that her cooking isn't as good as Mina's!

Sep 03, 2007
JulesNYC in Outer Boroughs

takeout coffee in Jackson heights

(This may get pulled down, because I am one of the owners, but I will offer this caveat to the moderator: I am providing info as requested by other posters in this thread. This is not any sort of advertisement or shilling for the business!)
We are in progress and aiming at a mid-August opening date.
Cheers! Jules

Jul 19, 2007
JulesNYC in Outer Boroughs