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Dried Out Vanilla Beans

I was just given a large bag of vanilla beans from a friend who was traveling in Madagascar and brought them back from her friend's farm. They're a bit dried out so I was wondering how to get them back and now i can't WAIT to go home and set this up! Yay!

Dec 28, 2011
mitsy4400 in Home Cooking

Looking for great diner

El Greco! Thats the one in Sheepsehead bay!

Mar 01, 2007
mitsy4400 in Outer Boroughs

Looking for great diner

Vegas Diner on 86th Street and 16th Avenue in Bensonhurst. It is as old world Brooklyn as it gets. My family went there for years every Sunday morning for a post churc breakfast. Actually...i'm kind of tearing up thinking of those beautiful days with my Uncle yelling at the waitresses for more coffee, my mother yelling at me to pay my bills and move out of their basement, and my father and Aunt fighting over whose turn it was to pay the check that week....ahhh....family....
There's also Del Rio on Kings Highway and I believe West 9th Street (or somewhere around there) or Caraville on Avenue M and East 19th where many a post show, concert of SING event in HS was celebrated with cheese fries and milkshakes and such...There's another one in Sheepshead Bay that for the life of me I can't remember and its driving me crazy. A great diner, right off the water. Although the newer outdoor addition kind of adds something a little less traditional to it, its a great way to spend a late summer evening. Just wish I could remember what its called!

Mar 01, 2007
mitsy4400 in Outer Boroughs

standing corrected: Gravy

Gravy has always disappointed me. I've been a few times, when I lived in the area and also when I was working in DUMBO and inevitably there was always something wrong with our meal. Everything from rude service, to incorrect orders to a milkshake actually being sour and curdled. It was one of those places that I really wanted to work...but sadly it just never ever succeeded. At least for me. :(

Mar 01, 2007
mitsy4400 in Outer Boroughs

Family Brunch in LIC/Astoria?

My friends parents are coming into town this weekend and she's looking for a good brunch place in the LIC/Astoria vicinity. Her mom is on crutches so it would have to be someplace without stairs or too cramped a space. . We're looking for something good that can accomdate a group of 6.

Thanks!

Mar 01, 2007
mitsy4400 in Outer Boroughs

After dinner in Times Square

There are a bunch of places on 9th Ave in the 40's. A lot are really fratty though once the sun goes down. You might consider a hotel bar for a good cocktail. There are lots around there to choose from although of course I can't think of anything right now. :) (How's that for helpful?)

Feb 08, 2007
mitsy4400 in Manhattan

Delivery to Washington Heights?

Amy's is great for Chinese delivery. Super fast and everything I've had from there has been fantastic. Kismet for Indian has always been reliable and quick. Jesse's Place also delivers although they can be pretty slow. 107 West and Next Door also have pretty reliable delivery and have good food as well. Sushi Yu is also good but I tend to go more for the kitchen items then sushi for delivery.

Feb 08, 2007
mitsy4400 in Manhattan

Chipotles on 110/Broadway [moved from Manhattan board]

I like Chipotle both for their food (fresh, better for you then other fast food, good quality ingredients) and for their business model. They focus on one thing, and do it well. They don't try to be more then they are. And they are really generous with donations. A Brooklyn locatione donated a burrito bar to a family event I worked on last year. Was a great hit with both parents and kids alike!

Feb 08, 2007
mitsy4400 in Chains

The Modern last night - our visit

I agree about the non-tasting comment. I had dinner there in the dining room and thought the same thing. Oh, and the noise filters from the bar into the dining room so its not really that quiet in there either.

Feb 08, 2007
mitsy4400 in Manhattan

Healthy/Quick/Reasonable Eats around Lincoln Center?

Going to the ballet tonight with a friend. We usually go to Kashkavaal on 9th and 59th for a pre LC dinner but I was hoping for something a little more....waist friendly. :) Any suggestions for something other then cheese fondue in the area? O'Neill's is a bit more then I want to spend and I'm having a hard time coming up with other ideas.

Mille Grazie!

Feb 08, 2007
mitsy4400 in Manhattan

Bonnie's Burger

I miss Bonnie's since I moved out of Brooklyn!!!! You've just reminded me that I need to get back there. The wings also live up to their reputation!

Jan 27, 2007
mitsy4400 in Outer Boroughs

Molyvos RW Review

Restaurant week should have no affect on the quality of service. Their food offerings were great, very encompassing of their menu, high quality and enjoyable to eat. Just because I'm ordering off the restaurant week menu does not give the staff the right to IGNORE me. That does NOT make me want to come back at again to pay full price to be ignored. Not to mention had he tried to upsell at all (offering us a meze plate before our meal, a bottle of wine instead of a glass, an after dinner drink) we would have partaken probably in all of the above. RW does not imply CHEAP customers. And if a restaurant is going to have that attitude then why participate at all?

Jan 26, 2007
mitsy4400 in Manhattan

Molyvos RW Review

I had heard such great things about Molyvos that I was very excited to go there for restaurant week! The choices are the menu were good although i'm still not sure why the Hariatiki Salad appetizer came with a $4 supplement when it was chunks of cucumber, tomato with red onion and a small wedge of feta. There were 4 entree choices. I had the lamb ($8 supplement) which was wonderful. So soft you didn't even need to chew...it just melted in your mouth. My dinner partner had the dolmades which were good but too heavily sauced. Dessert choices were good and included a semonlina custard (very good) and a rich yogurt dessert with quince (spectacular).

What ruined the entire evening was the service. Our waiter barely took the time to take our order, practically refused to answer any questions we had on the menu items (when asked how to pronounce the yogurt dessert he had the nerve to look at us and say "Yogurt"), he would not (or could) not reccomend a wine other then offering us one from the "by the glass" list that was like a "merlot" and when it arrived, to our delight, it was nothing like a merlot but spicy with hints of currant and cherry. Don't ask me what it was because we never got to ask. Why? Because our waiter NEVER came back to the table. The bus staff and runners cleared and served but our waiter never deigned to show his face again. No one came to offer us more wine (had he told us about a bottle instead of running away after the glass suggestion we would have gladly ordereded one). No coffee with dessert, no after diner drink, no question of how was everything, did we need anything...nothing. After our dessert plates were cleared and our water glasses empty for about 10 minutes our waiter came over and placed the check on the table. Not a word was uttered. No thank you, not even eye contact. We left a note with our very small tip explaining why it was so small which was laughed at by the other wait staff while we were getting our coats. I sent an email to the owner letting him know of our bad service. I received a response back letting me know how his business is booming and implying that I was wrong.

Good food...but you can find greek just as good with better service elsewhere! I would most definitely NOT reccomend it.

Jan 26, 2007
mitsy4400 in Manhattan

Need a Sheepshead Bay Update

Wow...Lundy's shut down again! I moved out of the nabe about 3 months ago and am up in Washington Heights now. Still...that part of Brooklyn will always have my heart. There was also a good italian place on Emmon's....right off the water....the name is escaping me. Anyone remember? My mom had a few office dinner's there and we did a few family birthday dinners there. I wouldn't say it was great but it was good food with a nice view of the bay. If you'll excuse me I need a tissue...this conversation is making me nostalgic!

Jan 21, 2007
mitsy4400 in Outer Boroughs

DiFara's ripped by Rosengarten

I think its funny. A few years ago Dom was serving up pies to the locals with a smile and the occassional song as he'd sing while he made the pizzas. We'd wander in after school and he'd be back there making his pies. No one from outside the surrounding areas of Midwood would even consider coming out there for pizza. Years pass and suddenly Dom is the best pie in Brooklyn. The hot topic of conversation is how long people have to wait. This man has not changed during that time. Even back in the day, you had to wait. If he made someone else's pie first...you didn't argue. You just wondered how you could impress him better next time. Now he's the best pie in NYC...and it doesn't faze him in the least. You want it? wait for it. If not...there's the kosher deli down the street. Mannaggia....the way things change eh???

Jan 21, 2007
mitsy4400 in Outer Boroughs

Upcoming dinner with elderly relatives...need help!

$75 per person will get you a wonderful meal at Grammercy Tavern (unless its gone up since Christmas). Tables are perfectly spaced out, service is very attentive as well. May we all be in our 90's and worrying about where to dine!!! :)

Jan 21, 2007
mitsy4400 in Manhattan

Students (on a budget) searching for good steak dinner

its restuarant week this week and next. There were a few steakhouses listed!

Jan 21, 2007
mitsy4400 in Manhattan

Wogies: Brief Review

Ah Wogies. I don't do the cheesesteak but I'll do the wings...plus I've kind of got a loyalty to those guys since about a year ago when I was bartending in the East Village the staff there were my favorite customers .... hmm...guess I'm biased. Anyone know if Stu is still behind the bar?

Jan 21, 2007
mitsy4400 in Manhattan

Need a Sheepshead Bay Update

Lundy's - terrible. Has been ever since it reopened.
Istanbul is ok. Nothing spectacular. Randazzo's is consistently good and their rawbar is still excellent. Favorite thing down there will always be Roll N Roaster though. :)

Jan 18, 2007
mitsy4400 in Outer Boroughs

Dinner tonight near Ave X and McDonald? (F-train)

Joe's not so good as it used to be. If you head up to Avenue U then go to Fiorentino's. I grew up a few blocks from there and they always had really good Italian American food. There's also L&B Spumoni Gardens is in walking distance and besides fantastic pizza they have great italian food as well. Huge portions of pasta and the best fried calamari out there. Oh, and they make a really great pear salad (get it with ricotta salata). Stay AWAY from Concetta's which is right on the corner of X and McDonald. Just bad!

Jan 17, 2007
mitsy4400 in Outer Boroughs

Where to find sheep's milk ricotta in NYC?

DiPalo's should have it. Or you can head out to D. Coluccio & Sons in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn (60th Street and 12th Avenue I think). I've always found it there.

Jan 17, 2007
mitsy4400 in Manhattan

Carmine's

The reason the portions were huge is that Carmine's is a family style restaurant. Even so, the price is still high. Their food is good but you're right about there being better Italian in Manhattan. The place is a little too loud for me but they are great to get you in and out in time for a show. I took out of town friends to the theatre district location. I made the reservations for 7:30 when the theatre crowd would be leaving and it was much more enjoyable that way. Still...if you want family style italian and you're willing to travel head to Chianti's way out in Brooklyn. Half the price and twice the quality.

Jan 17, 2007
mitsy4400 in Manhattan

Timing of dining alone.

Depends on where you are going. If you're downtown/financial district then weekends are much quieter. If you're in the Village then its the weekends that are busier etc.... Whenever I'm on my own for food I generally try to go earlier then later.

Jan 17, 2007
mitsy4400 in Manhattan

diners in Bay Ridge

Hinsch's is great. A lil further down towards Dyker Heights on 86th and 16th Ave is the Vegas Diner which I think is probably one of the best (if not the best in Brooklyn). There's also the Bridgeview over on 3rd Ave in the 90's. Anopoli is very cute but the booths are tiny and the food is only ok at best.

Jan 11, 2007
mitsy4400 in Outer Boroughs

Group dinner with two babies below 14th street

I've been to Bar 89 and seen a bunch of families there. West Village - The back room at Minetta Tavern was where my family held a lot of our family dinners (including my communion party) although that was years ago. How many people are you looking at in total? I think that might affect your choice more then 2 babies.

Jan 06, 2007
mitsy4400 in Manhattan

Di fara: open today?

Christmas Day? An old Italian man running a pizzeria and you expect him to be there? Should have gone down to Kings Highway and paid a visit to Adelman's. Good matzoh ball soup! Or if you were in Coney pay a visit to Totonno's. Although I'm sure they were closed on Christmas too.

Jan 04, 2007
mitsy4400 in Outer Boroughs

Lavagna. Yay or nay

I have only good things to say about my experiences at Lavagna. Never been disappointed. I've dined there with large groups and dined alone and its always a good experience.

Jan 04, 2007
mitsy4400 in Manhattan

Babbo vs. Da Andrea

Agreed with above but if I had to choose one I'd rather go to Babbo.

Jan 04, 2007
mitsy4400 in Manhattan