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Stone Park: I've had it with the attitude

i've only been there once, but had no problem with the service- the food was really average though. It seems like there is a consensus that if you go there often and get the burger or the rib sandwich, you will be happy. I went for a special occasion dinner, and was pretty underwhelmed. sauces for both of our dishes were overpowered by spiciness, couldn't really taste the ingredients. bummer, they seemed like good ingredients.

Oct 21, 2007
mpls brat in Outer Boroughs

Stone Park Cafe all its cracked up to be?

"the nature of boards makes it so that people are more likely to respond with a negative than a positive"
thats kind of an odd idea- do you have any evidence, or just conjecture? Maybe the restaurant is more hype than quality.
I have been to stone park only once, (quite recently) but ordered a couple of specials and found them both bad. They made a mushroom sauce with overpowering spiciness to go with sea bass, and a beet and horseradish puree that again overpowered the grilled scallops it was served with. the seafood was good, but scallops and seabass have flavors too subtle to stand up to these high school boy sauces. the best thing we had was the frisee salad with bacon and a crispy poached egg. tasted like a sunday morning brunch over a salad.

Oct 21, 2007
mpls brat in Outer Boroughs

Fun, inexpensive restaurant in Park Slope

wow, unless the situation has recently changed, I would stay away from perch- last time I was there, they were out of 1/3 of the things on the menu, couldn't get the food made, the waitress was apologizing and giving us free drinks all over the place...

Oct 21, 2007
mpls brat in Outer Boroughs

Cheap, Everyday Eats in Carroll Gardens

its not a restaurant, but have you discovered the often-mentioned Sahadi's on atlantic at court? they have lots of ready to go food in the back at their display case, and tons of good snacks and cheese and gourmet stuff. try heading over to clinton st. and walk around, there are hidden restaurants and cafes down there, mixed in with the brownstones.

Aug 08, 2007
mpls brat in Outer Boroughs

New ChowHound in need of help!

If you are going to be in Times Square, do check the other posts, but I always just head west a few blocks. By the time you get to ninth ave, you can get away from tourist hell holes and get to tons of real restaurants with better food and more reasonable prices. I always love going to the westway diner (9th ave and 44th) after or before a show. It is by no means fancy, but reliable and pretty reasonable. Burgers, shakes and of course the requisite diner Greek food, among a million other choices in the eight page or so menu, and lots of regular new yorkers, some having gone to a show, some doing the "I-refuse-to-ever-cook-and-eat-literally-every-meal-at-a-
diner-while- reading-a book" thing
The only thing worth having at Serendipity is the famous frozen hot chocolate- the restaurant is a tourist and suburban pre-teen feeding-machine, overpriced, over stimulating, long lines, not very big place, the food is nothing special.
Little Italy is a factory, too, but it can be fun. The food can be good, lots of old school middle aged italian dudes in bow ties serving red sauce over meatballs, etc. I used to go there with an ex-girlfriend, we always went to Da Nico because of the garden out back, but I can't give you a comprehensive guide to the restaurants. Have fun, walk around as much as you can.

Aug 08, 2007
mpls brat in Manhattan

Quick Veselka review

their meatless options are never as good as their meaty ones- The meat combo plate is definitely better than the veg version. The soups are usually terrific, lentil, all the versions of borscht, (hot, cold, vegetarian), the pancakes are really good. The meat filling for pierogies and cabbage can be a little cat-foody in my opinion- mystery meat ground fine fine fine. cheese blintzes are great. I always want to order the bigos, "hearty meal fit for a hunter" the sign says, but always cop out.

Aug 08, 2007
mpls brat in Manhattan

Best sushi in Brooklyn

first time at Taro last night, ordered omakase, they COULD NOT HANDLE IT. i don't know what was going on, 2 of us ordered omakase, two of us ordered ala carte. the ala carte order came quickly, and was complete. We waited 15 mins, finally got 6 pieces of sushi and a "6 more pieces and one roll coming soon" from the boss, who served us. 15 mins later, our table mates had finished eating, one of the waitresses came and cleared our plates, we said, "we're still waiting for the rest of our order" the boss kept smiling at us when we looked over at him expectantly. He came over and said "lots of people ordered omakase at once, have to be one at a time, coming soon!" Finally he brought 6 more pieces of sushi (which included tuna and salmon, not really "special"), and a "one special roll, coming soon!" we ate that, and again, waited 15 mins, while other tables around us who arrived well after we ordered were settling their tabs, finally I got up and had words with the boss, he said "sorry, sorry" and motioned to the sushi bar. 2 minutes later, he delivered a roll that looked like it had fallen out of a plane saying "special roll!" 3 out of 6 pieces had nothing but avocado, two pieces had some pink fish bits, and a dozen salmon eggs were sprinkled around the plate, some actually hitting the roll. much apologizing and a big "thank you" from the whole staff as we exited the restaurant. I noticed that people who appeared to be regulars got great service, and very solicitous welcome from the staff, where we, the newbies, spending more money, got IGNORED. I will say, the food was good, but i guess if you order something other than the standard, it throws a wrench in the works.

Aug 02, 2007
mpls brat in Outer Boroughs

ISO brooklyn, queens red sauce italians

the obvious one in park slope is Aunt Susie's on 5th ave and Garfield. definitely an institution, they were there before there were any other restaurants on the 5th av. Lots of lasagna and spaghetti w/ meatballs. Get the cold "auntiepasto" for an appetizer.

Jul 23, 2007
mpls brat in Outer Boroughs

Flor de calabaza/Zucchini flowers

cafe el portal on elizabeth st usually has them.

May 27, 2007
mpls brat in Manhattan

Will the real French Bistro please stand up.

i will now update my self- its "carniceria" now.

May 27, 2007
mpls brat in Outer Boroughs

Will the real French Bistro please stand up.

it's not called banania anymore- It was porchetta for a minute, but I think that is closed now too. Someone who lives across the street update us!

May 27, 2007
mpls brat in Outer Boroughs

Nice dinner for two under $150

I'm not sure if these are still in effect, but a lot of the restaurant week prix fixe menus were extended through the spring- We went to tribeca grill for two people and a bottle of wine off their wine manager's list for les than $150.

May 27, 2007
mpls brat in Outer Boroughs

Walleye!

wow, thats not a word I see anywhere outside of MN. I've certainly NEVER seen it here. Good luck with the search though.

Jan 31, 2007
mpls brat in Manhattan

Bagels

if you are a puffy bagel person, terrace is good. big puffy bagel. If you like the more arguably "traditional" smaller, denser bagel, then the bagel hole is the place to go.

Jan 31, 2007
mpls brat in Outer Boroughs

LOBSTER in nyc - big tasty ones

most people will tell you that you should just order an additional smaller lobster, because bigger is not really better in terms of lobster... which is why Mary's doesn't serve 6 pound lobster.

Jan 27, 2007
mpls brat in Manhattan

Aunt Catfish's

wow- I can't believe all the "we're just glad we have somewhere to eat" posts. The food at this place is a joke. "If it aint Fried, it aint good" seems to be their motto. Maybe instead of going to the same sub-mediocre place every time you go to town, you should consider spending your money at somewhere with better food.

Jan 27, 2007
mpls brat in Florida

Does authentic always = good and does un-authentic always = "un-good"?

good point- I don't often see that "a word" used in the context of representing something that seems like home to the speaker. Mostly it seems to be used by self-appointed experts.

Jan 27, 2007
mpls brat in General Topics

Does authentic always = good and does un-authentic always = "un-good"?

I think this is a question that can be discussed till the end of time.
I don't believe most people actually know what is "authentic". You would have to be unbelievably well traveled, and have spent years in a given country to know what is "authentic" or "typical". I feel like what diners are actually responding to is something different or unique, or something that suits their tastes. The poster above who says he likes things "thai spicy" is a good example. I'm sure you are right that there aren't as many restaurants here that serve things spiced to the level of a restaurant in thailand. When I was there, I found the food delicious, but sometimes inedibly, painfully spicy because my palate wasn't used to it. A restaurant that serves palate punishing food would most likely go out of business pretty quickly. I'm always interested (and frequently disheartened) by posts that ascribe authenticity based on ethnicity or race, too.

Jan 27, 2007
mpls brat in General Topics

where to buy pomellos in NYC area?

or pommelo. There are a lot of places that sell these in chinatown. They are pricey, 2.50 + each, and huge but very available around east broadway, and around grand av at the produce markets.

Jan 27, 2007
mpls brat in Manhattan

Need Kitchen Cabinets...Help!

MDF is a sponge for water, as is particle board. if you mop heavily or spill something really wet, there is always the chance of the water soaking into the cut edge, which will be in contact with the floor, and bubbling the wood and laminate. MDF is very structurally stable, because it has no grain to make it warp, but you have to be sure that the edges are sealed or painted.
There are fiberboard products that are used in some laminate flooring that are waterproof, but I am not sure if they are used to make cabinets. As I am sure you are finding, a lot of cabinet manufacturers offer pricing "levels", pay more, get plywood cabinet boxes, pay more, get interiors that match the outside of the cabinet, instead of one generic blond "wood" laminate. If you are getting glass fronts, you are probably already getting this option.
I have to say, even though the holes may not be the most attractive thing, I would guess that permanently setting the height of your shelves seems like a mistake. You never know what you are going to want to put into the cabinets in the future. you get a tall set of wine glasses, and you need to move the shelves, you get a new appliance, you need to move the shelves.
You can get estimates from custom builders, but custom is always way more expensive than factory built, in every kind of manufacturing. Economies of scale come into it. just stay away from the home depots of the world, and you should be able to find something of decent quality. If you can afford custom, then consider it, but if you have a budget, and a fairly standard project, it makes the most sense to try and find a manufacturer that you like, and buy from their stock. Get a variety of kitchen and interior magazines, and source things from there. The end product is unlikely to be so much different, but the price should be much better. Do a lot of research, ask friends, and friends of friends, look at a lot of stuff, and of course find carpenters and installers that you trust. Good luck.

Jan 27, 2007
mpls brat in Cookware

Question regarding RW:

they'll be happy to let you order full price items off the menu, at most places. They don't eliminate the regular menu, they just also offer the special menu.

Jan 20, 2007
mpls brat in Manhattan

Tacos - Flor de Calabasas, Huitlacoche like in the Puebla food markets

try cafe el portal on elizabeth and kenmare. Great food. they have the flor de calabasa for sure, don't know about the other one. great place, cheap, interesting fresh flavors

Jan 19, 2007
mpls brat in Manhattan

Non-fried fish tacos

don't know if its exactly the same, but I had some great non-fried fish tacos at Cafe El Portal last night. Elizabeth st near Kenmare. try it out. Their food is really great, pretty cheap.

Jan 19, 2007
mpls brat in Manhattan

race/ethnicity as a food topic

I have seen a number of posts questioning the race or ethnicity of particular restauranteurs, ("ethnic viet" on outer boroughs) or questioning the ethnic makeup of a particular area of town. (Repeated references to the possible bangladeshi origin of restaurant staff in the 6th st indian places in NYC.) when I have tried to point out that I think this is bordering on racism, Chowhound removes my posts. Am I crazy? When someone starts a post talking about the ethnic origins of the staff of a restaurant, isn't that kind of appropriate critique? My question is always, what does the ethnicity of the restauranter have to do with the quality of their food? people of different ethnicities can learn to cook food that they are not native to, and of course, this is NYC, no one who is cooking anything other than hot dogs is cooking in the foods' native location. sorry if I offended anyone but I am new to the site, and am stunned by the attitude that this is a normal topic.

Jan 17, 2007
mpls brat in Site Talk

Moroccan in Windsor Terrace

yes, thats the whole idea- braising is supposed to turn a cheap cut of meat into something tasty- which it does. I'm not complaining about that- I just think this particular dish is a little small and a little over-priced at this particular little neighborhood (nice) hole-in-the-wall.

Jan 16, 2007
mpls brat in Outer Boroughs

Moroccan in Windsor Terrace

i wasn't wowed by the lamb shank tagine. its $15 for a not very big, VERY cheap cut of meat (shank is not a top notch cut), with three prunes and two apricots,and a bowl of rice. It was pretty tasty, braised, pretty good flavor, but so little food for that much dough. Been there for brunch a couple of times- the french toast is good, and the beef balls with eggs and tomato sauce (can't remember the name of the dish) was great. gotta try the couscous next time, see if that seems more worth it. The staff will bend over backwards to help you, so nice.

Jan 15, 2007
mpls brat in Outer Boroughs

Terrace Bagel - Windsor Terrace

yeah, terrace is a big squishy bagel. nothing special

Jan 15, 2007
mpls brat in Outer Boroughs

Nuts!: Cashews, Almonds, and Walnuts

try bazzini on greenwich st. They have lots of nuts and such.

Jan 12, 2007
mpls brat in Manhattan

Biscuit - AVOID....

this place will go away soon, I predict. The previous two places in this location didn't last, doubt this one will. Was in there last night (Thursday), which should be busy, it was pretty dead. so was the food. Super spicy BBQ sauce on the ribs, couldn't taste anything but spicy and then no sauce on the pulled pork sandwich, no sauce on the table at all. Sides were pretty good, but $9 for a boring pulled pork sandwich, unforgivable. $16 for a half rack of ribs. They should be making it great for that much money. Too bad, BBQ is so good, I would love to be able to get it close to home.

Jan 12, 2007
mpls brat in Outer Boroughs

Perch

went to perch on Saturday night. the first three things we tried to order they were out of (a particular beer, lemonade, roast chix) then the waitress told us they were out of a number of other things. it was only 7:30, and half of the menu was gone. we ordered other things, and then the waiting began. We waited like 40 mins even though there were maybe 5 other tables in the restaurant with customers. when food arrived, my "short ribs" were luke warm, and more like braised beef chunks in beef stock. They warmed it up, and took all of our drinks off the bill because of the wait, but the waitress seemed to be giving away food right and left to compensate for long waits. they don't seem to have their act together, even though they have been open for a while.

Jan 12, 2007
mpls brat in Outer Boroughs