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Sushi midtown/UES

I recently tried Wajima on 61st and Lex and thought the quality of the sushi was excellent.

Mar 02, 2010
akk in Manhattan

Sunday Breakfast very close to Metropolitan Museum of Art

I really like Square Meal on 92nd betw. Madison and 5th.

Feb 24, 2010
akk in Manhattan

Not too expensive brunch, walking distance to Central Park

Square Meal on 92nd betw. Madison and 5th is lovely for brunch.

Sep 17, 2009
akk in Manhattan

What happened to Orwasher's?

I bought a cinnamon raisin round this morning. Nothing like what they used to sell. Not the same selection of breads anymore either.

Mar 28, 2009
akk in Manhattan

Square Meal

I'd like to take two teachers from my daughter's preschool out for an early lunch. They need to be at the school on E. 88th St. by around 12:30pm, so I need a place with a brunch/early lunch menu served during the week. Would Square Meal be a good choice? Other suggestions are welcome. Both teachers are healthy eaters, one is vegetarian. Thanks!

Oct 16, 2008
akk in Manhattan


Also at the Sedutto on 87th and 1st Ave, and I believe at the Corner Bakery on 93rd and 3rd Ave, though I may be mistaken about that one.

Oct 11, 2008
akk in Manhattan

Carnegie Hill/UES Grocery Shopping

Yes, the prices, esp. the sale prices, at Associated and C-Town are the best in the neighborhood. I agree that C-Town is much cleaner than Assoc. and is usually better stocked.

I can't bring myself to buy much other than bread at Eli's. Just too expensive. I don't love Agata but I do end up buying a lot of produce there so long as it looks fresh, and it's much more reasonable than Eli's.

For Fish, Dorian's on York at 83rd is very reliable, though expensive. If you find yourself near 82nd St. on a Saturday, you should check out the new fish stand that joined the small farmer's market betw. York and First (in front of the Hungarian church.) The fish is super-fresh and the prices are very fair. I've bought the scallops the past two weekends and they were amazing. The sole was good too.

Jul 28, 2008
akk in Manhattan

5 year old wants pasta & steak

My 4 year old daughter loves the steak at Ottomanelli New York Grill on 93rd and Lex. It's not a fancy place, so you don't feel at all uncomfortable with children. They serve terrific quality meat and huge bowls of pasta for extremely reasonable prices. You can look it up on menupages.

Jul 25, 2008
akk in Manhattan

Aji amarillo peppers, anyone?

I have seen aji peppers at a stand in the Union Square market that only sells peppers, all different varieties. I would doubt they are there at this time of year though, not sure.

Mar 18, 2008
akk in Manhattan

Where to buy a cast-iron tortilla press in Manhattan or Queens

Why don't you call Bridge Kitchenware at 45th and 3rd 212-688-4220( or Sur La Table in SoHo 212-966-3375 -- both have presses on their websites. You could also try Broadway Panhandler and Zabars.

Mar 07, 2008
akk in Manhattan

Any real italian spots in UES

I also am not a huge fan of Agata's mozz. I once saw them making it early one morning and was somewhat surprised to see them cutting up a big block of commercial mozzarella to start their own "homemade" balls. (Admittedly, I don't know anything about the process.) I buy mozzarella from Ottomanelli's butcher shop on 82nd and York and it's surprisingly fresh and good. It's unsalted, but obviously you can put it in salt water yourself. I live across the street from Otto's and am very happy with the quality of their meat. For fish I go to Dorian's on York and 83rd -- expensive but very fresh.

Mar 07, 2008
akk in Manhattan

Where can I buy farro?

I bought a 17.6 ounce bag for $4.99 last week at Fairway.

Nov 13, 2007
akk in Manhattan

Restaurant Gift Certificate ideas please!

These places aren't "hot", but if you would like to stick within a $100 budget, you could get a gift card from Tour de France which owns French bistros around the city. I like Nice Matin on the upper west side and Cafe d'Alsace on the upper east, I haven't frequented their other spots.

Nov 06, 2007
akk in Manhattan

E 80's or upper 70's not precious place!

B. Cafe on 75th betw. 2nd and 3rd serves solid, simple Belgian food without any pretense.

Oct 18, 2007
akk in Manhattan

Where can I get an insane 10-20 Scoop ice cream sundae??

Emack and Bolio's does something like that.

Oct 12, 2007
akk in Manhattan

A Great Baked here:

I like the two little red hens too -- namely the chocolate crinkle cookie, the whole wheat maple scone and the pecan coffee cake.

Sep 19, 2007
akk in Manhattan

Ideas for fresh and wonderful ricotta?

As an alternative to lasagna, I make the manicotti from of the Rao's cookbook. It uses homemade crepes instead of pasta which keep the dish very light and fresh.

Sep 18, 2007
akk in Home Cooking

What's your top 3 upper east side restaurants with moderate prices?

Yes, the steak is an unbelievable deal. The quality of the meat is excellent.

Sep 18, 2007
akk in Manhattan

Storing fruit pies

How did you know that my dog, who is the pickiest eater ever, went nuts for the pie crust?

Thanks for the quick reply. I'm a cake and cookie baker, but don't have the patience for pies really.

Aug 18, 2007
akk in Home Cooking

Storing fruit pies

My husband made a peach pie today. What is the best way to store it once cooled? Thanks.

Aug 18, 2007
akk in Home Cooking

What can I make with cooked shrimp...

I make a cold rice salad with shrimp, bell pepper, cucumber, chopped peeled and seeded tomato, capers, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, fresh basil and oregano. It's a great summer meal. You of course can add (or take away!) anything you like.

Aug 14, 2007
akk in Home Cooking

ISO super dense, moist, extra lemony Lemon pound cake

Sorry for the delayed response.

3 cups flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 sticks butter
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
2 tsps vanilla
3 eggs
4 cups apples (3 to 4 apples) cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 tsps cinnamon mixed with 1 tbsp granulated sugar

Sift dry ingredients. Cream butter, oil sugar and vanilla. Add eggs one at a time, mixing until blended. Add half the dry ingredients and mix on low speed only until blended. Add the remaining dry ingredients and again mix on low speed. Fold in apples with a wooden spoon. Spoon batter into a 10-inch greased tube pan. Sprinkle top with the cinnamon sugar. Bake in a 350 degree oven until top is firm and a tester comes out dry, about 1 hour and 5 minutes.

Jul 30, 2007
akk in Home Cooking

Bar with good Dessert?

Yes, the sticky toffee pudding at Etats-Unis is fantastic.

Jul 27, 2007
akk in Manhattan

Cold Italian Hero on the UES?

Ottomanelli Bros. on York at 82nd.

Jul 18, 2007
akk in Manhattan

Help a vegetarian find his seitan (gluten "meat")

I haven't been in years, but I always enjoyed Zenith.

Jul 14, 2007
akk in Manhattan

I'm disappointed and need some help in the UES

I haven't been there for a while, and I can't say whether they have good sake, but we always enjoyed the sushi at Tsuki on First Ave. betw. 74th and 75th.

Jul 05, 2007
akk in Manhattan

Question #1 - What to do with hotdogs other than in a bun?

My grandfather always made split pea soup with flanken, hot dogs, barley...I too keep meaning to try to recreate it. I might follow a recipe calling for all of the above ingredients from Mimi Sheraton's "From My Mother's Kitchen."

Jul 04, 2007
akk in Home Cooking

red and white blue dessert ideas?

Maida Heatter's New Book of Great Desserts has a recipe for a strawberry and blueberry tart with a cream cheese filling which she suggests for 4th of July. The filling is made with 1/2 lb cream cheese, 2 tbsp sugar and 1/2 cup cream. On top of the berries she spoons melted red currant preserves. Refrigerate for at least 2 hrs.

Jul 03, 2007
akk in Home Cooking

UES Burger

Not a happening place like shake shack or even JG Melon, but Ottomanelli New York Grill on 93rd and Lex serves up a great burger.

Jul 03, 2007
akk in Manhattan

ISO super dense, moist, extra lemony Lemon pound cake

Yes, you have the same link I posted for the Lemon Buttermilk Cake#2 from Maida Heatter. It's really wonderful. I myself have not made the E. 62nd St. one, though I'm sure my mother did.

If you want me to paraphrase the apple cake, let me know.

Jul 01, 2007
akk in Home Cooking