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food options near wall and water

hubby started a new job on wall street and water. any financial district hounders? What are some of the recommendations for lunch. Salads, deli, thai, sushi. anything else that's a stand out. If there's another discussion please point me in that direction. Thank you!

Nov 02, 2010
brooklynsavory in Manhattan

Galatoire's, Antoine's, Arnaud's or Commander's Palace

This is my first visit to NOLA (from NYC). Will only be here for 3 days. Wondering where to go for that classic (and great) New Orleans experience. Is it even worth it to go to any of them.

So which ones, if any

Galatoires,
Antoines
Arnaud's
Commander's Palace.

and it there a waiter we should request? do we make a reservation (it's for 2).
Please share your thoughts.

Thank you!

Mar 03, 2010
brooklynsavory in New Orleans

Where to buy fresh plaintain in brooklyn (cobble hill area)

Thank you!

Jan 23, 2010
brooklynsavory in Outer Boroughs

Where to buy fresh plaintain in brooklyn (cobble hill area)

Just tried 3 stores in my area and no luck finding fresh plaintains. Any suggestions?

Jan 23, 2010
brooklynsavory in Outer Boroughs

Lunetta - telling it like it is

WHAT??I poor service? i am a regular there, and NEVER ONCE had poor service. Be mor specific by how you define poor service? Are the wait staff inattentive? or does the food takes some time to come out? Yes, the food does take some time to come. But that's because every dish is cooked to order by the chef. It is a tiny kitchen with one chef and one sous chef. If you order a pasta they will actually make it fresh for you, and cook the ingredients on the spot. Perhaps it is a slower dining experience but the taste one gets in 110% worth it. As far as the size of the portions. It is a small plate restaurant. Yes you're not going to get ridiculously huge portions that you will get at a red sauce joint, however the attention and complex tastes of the dishes that you do get are unforgettable. AND you get to try a few dishes without feeling too full. Having been to Italy a dozen times, i can say that tastes and portion sizes definitely compare to some great restaurants there. I love Lunetta, and it will continue to be my special neighborhood place. I recommend giving it another try.

Dec 27, 2009
brooklynsavory in Outer Boroughs

Buying Mushrooms

Thank you

Nov 23, 2009
brooklynsavory in Manhattan

Buying Mushrooms

Any suggestions on where to find a good source of wild mushrooms for sale in Manhattan (possibly brooklyn)? Thank you for your help.

Nov 23, 2009
brooklynsavory in Manhattan

Char #4 on Smith Street

If you actually type the word insane - you've already done the name calling. I am glad you enjoyed your meal. I however did not. Neither did anyone in my party, or a lot of other carroll gardens residents that I know. Just because you and your family have 6 decades of taste experience in pork does not make one an expert. By the same definition whatever my food experience is (which is considerable as both a taster and a chef) does not make me an expert either. There's not accounting for taste. I found it very underwhelming, and overpriced. I've had better. You enjoyed. Lets leave at that. No need to put other opinions down just because they disagree with yours.

Jun 30, 2009
brooklynsavory in Outer Boroughs

lunch around 42nd street btwn 2nd and 3rd (grand central)

We're moving offices to 42nd str btwn 2nd and 3rd. Wondering if i can get lunch recommendations.

Things like
Good Deli
Salads
Sushi
Mexican
Food Carts

and anything else that's good.

Thank you.

Jun 10, 2009
brooklynsavory in Manhattan

Boerum Hill Food Company closed

Nenha - the cakes and pies are in the back of the store.

Jan 29, 2009
brooklynsavory in Outer Boroughs

Char #4 on Smith Street

well the first thing you should know is that it is not really a bbq place. When I asked the waiter what's the focus of the restaurant they said "the chef is from texas." She couldn't elaborate beyond that. i was very MUCH underwhelmed by this place. The food was on the bland side (to a huge disappointment). There were couple of delicious things - like fried cheese curds, the squash side dish, BLT. However the portions are TINY. And the majority of the entrees really lacked in flavor. I say the worst was pork sausage - which was one of the blandest sausages I've ever tasted. Beef sausage was a little bit better. Steak.. well it's steak like everywhere else. I really wanted to love this place. I love pork, and the idea of a place that smells like smoked pork, and breaming with whiskey cocktails, and q seemed like heaven. Upon my dining visit, it turned out to be more of a manhattanite idea of what a creative Brooklyn restaurant should be like. However, in actuality, it's overpriced, unmemorable, over hyped joint.

Jan 29, 2009
brooklynsavory in Outer Boroughs

Baklava in Manhattan

Any suggestions? I need to buy for like 10 for a take out.

Jan 26, 2009
brooklynsavory in Manhattan

Birthday Dinner - French Food

Dear Chowhounders, I'm helping a friend arrange a b-day dinner for her hubby, and wanted to reach out to you for expertise and recommendations.

Here are the parameters.

Location is brooklyn - Brooklyn Heights, Carroll Gardens, Park Slope
Cuisine - french is his favorite - could be traditional or more experimental. Most importantly is it needs to something very memorable.
Price range - I'd say up to $100/person - and we're not big drinkers.

we will have about 7 people - so while it's not a large group, we might be too loud for a place that's very small and quiet.

Thank you for your help.

Jan 14, 2009
brooklynsavory in Outer Boroughs

Menu Change in Boerum Hill Food Company

So I went for brunch to one of my favorite places on Smith Street and, much to my chagrin, found that the menu has drastically changed. It was explained as "owner wanted to take new direction." Well.. the new direction meant taking all the best stuff off the menu, like thansgiving sandwich, curried chicken salad, and replacing it with other items in the same vein that are made with "high quality" ingredients. And of course, charging more money for everything.

I've gotten grits and eggs, and pulled pork sandwich. It was fine, but not exceptional. What's more sandwiches used to come w delicous fries or salads - no more. Also pulled pork was very one dimensional - nothign to contrast the pork.

I also looked around the room to see what other people were getting. All of the delicious salads were replaced by pedestrian, side dish size offerings, sandwiches seemed small, and unispired, breakfast dishes - no better then what i would get in any brunch place in NYC.

And there's another kicker - they replaced their coffee - they used to serve Gorilla which is IMO the best coffee around. They replaced with stumptown, a brew from Portland. Why would they change a perfectly good coffee and fly something from another side of the country? Beats me.

This new menu, and it's execution is not something that warranted such a drastic change in direction. I understand that cooking is a creative expression and chefs get bored and need new things. But to drastically change the menu, eliminate your customers' favorites, reduce the portions and charge more money for it. That's just bad business. Frankly - i'm probably not coming back for a while, and will be mouring a loss of a fave brunch spot.

Sep 04, 2008
brooklynsavory in Outer Boroughs

Lunetta - What Happened?

I'm very surprized by the negative posts as well. I've been frequenting Lunetta since the opening. If anything, they always keep things fresh - seasonal ingredients, new flavor combinations. Lunetta for me is the soul of smith street. Small, fun, exprimental. Yes, it doesn't always runs like clockwork, sometime we have to wait a bit for dishes. But when they arrive they truly satisfy. I think Lunetta has gotten better. The chicken agredolce was redone with crispirer crust. The bruschettas always fun and yummy. The salads, the pastas. I always seat at the food bar with my husband, so I see the preparation that goes into everything, and it's amazing the level of details and care that go into prep. of every dish. I've been to Lunetta in Flatiron, and while it's still got that flavor experimentation, it's run with that big restaurant Manhanttan efficiently - thus not as fun.

Jul 15, 2008
brooklynsavory in Outer Boroughs

Lunch Spots Around Park + East 33rd

Is that pamplona you're referring to?

Jun 05, 2008
brooklynsavory in Manhattan

New 2nd Avenue Deli

Any experiences??? Please share.

Apr 10, 2008
brooklynsavory in Manhattan

Lunch Spots Around Park + East 33rd

Thanks Guys... My mouth is watering just reading this... Can't wait to try.

Apr 10, 2008
brooklynsavory in Manhattan

Lunch Spots Around Park + East 33rd

Started a new job on Park Avenue and 33rd Street. Any good lunch spots suggestions?

Things like
Good Deli
Salads
Sushi
Mexican

and anything else that's good.

Thanks.

Apr 09, 2008
brooklynsavory in Manhattan

Terrible hot dog at Chicory (Degraw St.)

Chicory has gone waaaaaaaaaay down hill. I had to practically throw away the entire order because it actually tasted bad. As soon as I opened a container of pulled pork, the smell turned me off. The quality of the meat was disgusting, tough and fatty. I used to love their spaetzel, but it completely lacked in flavor. Husband's brisket, was soaked in weird oil. Beans totally tasteless. And this is the second time that I've been disappointed by their food. In short it was a flavor recession.
Chicory was a good concept in theory, but either their chef quit or they've gone lazy. In any case this food delivery only delivered disappointing sad meal. They're off my delivery list.

Jan 28, 2008
brooklynsavory in Outer Boroughs

PO BROOKLYN :: AS GOOD AS THEY SAY?

I second Lunetta's overall superiority. Lately Frankie's has been disappointing with food and services. Lunetta just got that "soul" factor. While there's nothing in particular wrong with Po, it's just not amazing. It's just so Manhattan. IMO, just does't have that Smith Street brooklyn flavor.

Jul 27, 2007
brooklynsavory in Outer Boroughs

Union Smith Cafe (formerly Sonny's)

I went to to Union Smith three times in one weekend! Couldn't get enough of it. Had dinner there Thursday and Sunday and brunch on Saturday.

Such a delicious, fresh, and comfortable food. Huge menu selection - something that I would normally be wary of - but I've yet to find anything unsatisfying.

The chanterelle mushroom soup is one of the best I've ever had. And turkey meatloaf absolutely fantastic. Can't lose with their $19.50 prix fixe. Great options, great quality. And to top it all off -- service is fantastic. A new smith street fave -- comforting, homey, goodness!

Jan 22, 2007
brooklynsavory in Outer Boroughs

Porchetta: Very disappointing

Yup, you read this right! After about 45 mins we started looking at our watch.

Jan 22, 2007
brooklynsavory in Outer Boroughs

Porchetta: Very disappointing

Went to porchetta Saturday night, around 9:30 PM with few friends. The experience wasn't totally bad... but as Carroll Gardens resident and a long time partron of Banania/Porchetta felt almost cheated.

We were seated fast enough and the servers were pleasant.

My problem really has to do more with food. Ordered beet salad... it was overly acidic in a effort to make up for it's overall blandness. Then shared a primi or black truffle gnocchi. I actually counted # of gnocchis -- 10! Not even a hint of black truffle and a strange citrusy taste. The main course: Husband ordered pork porterhouse served with chantrelle mushrooms. Meat was wonderful but it felt so unbalanced with the accomponiments. Mushrooms were bland didn't stand up to the flavor of the pork. I had fish with the most watery and unappetizing polenta.

The wait for the courses was insane! 1.5 between primi and secondi! No appologies from the staff. Apparently they were reviewed by NYTimes. So their excuse was they're unprepared for the volume. But it seems that the disorganization has been a problem before then, judging by reviews.

All in all the experience was just disappointing. Bring banania back!

Jan 22, 2007
brooklynsavory in Outer Boroughs