PAnhandler's Profile

Title Last Reply

Tito's Vodka

Very large liquor store at 67th-ish and Bay Parkway, Brooklyn

Feb 14, 2008
PAnhandler in Manhattan

Chip Shop

I'm not sure as I've never been to the Park Slope location. The space is quite small but the menu is a decent size.

Feb 14, 2008
PAnhandler in Outer Boroughs

Chip Shop

I always wanted to go to Atlantic but I never made it. We stopped for takeout last night at the new Bay Ridge location and got the fried haddock and Grannie's Mac. The haddock was delicious but I didn't love the fries or the mac. It was definitely overpriced.

Feb 13, 2008
PAnhandler in Outer Boroughs

Artic Vodka & Melon

Has anyone seen this vodka in Manhattan or Brooklyn? I'm having trouble finding it. The brand is Artic. It's Italian.

Feb 11, 2008
PAnhandler in Manhattan

Real Sichuan food in Bay Ridge

I've seen a few BR Chinese menus with sushi added to them. Weird.
I can't wait to try this place despite!

Dec 07, 2007
PAnhandler in Outer Boroughs

Update on Tanoreen in Bay Ridge

I just returned from my first visit to Tanoreen. I live two blocks away and have been wanting to visit for a long time but just hadn't made it until tonight. We got there around 8:30. There were three empty tables so we were immediately seated. The service was attentive and the appetizer and entrees were perfectly timed. We ordered the mousakahn which was very good but obviously not freshly prepared. Then we got the shepherd's pie and kibbie entree which was on the specials menu. The shepherd's pie was accompanied by fatoush (tomato cucumber salad). The salad was nothing special and the lamb in the shepherd's pie was dry and bland. The kibbie was also dry and the yogurt sauce was a bit too sour for my taste. The kibbie did come with rice that was quite good. We ordered the macaroni cookies for dessert. The cookies were ok, nothing special.
After all of the raves, I was really disappointed. The food was fine but I find it hard to believe that this is the best Middle Eastern in New York. Like I said, Tanoreen is two blocks from my house, even so, I don't think I'll go back. We've been to La Maison Du Couscous several times and I wish we would have gone back tonight. The prices are similar to Tanoreen but the decor and, more importantly, the food blow Tanoreen out of the water. I think the Zagats should have walked up 77th until they found La Maison.

Dec 01, 2007
PAnhandler in Outer Boroughs

Late nights eats bay ridge

Emphasis on 68th and 4th is open 24 hours and has decent club sandwiches and breakfast items. It may not be gourmet but it's open.

Nov 06, 2007
PAnhandler in Outer Boroughs

Less Than Two Years Old In Chicago

Thanks everyone. We're heading out tomorrow morning. I can't wait to see the city!

Sep 20, 2007
PAnhandler in Chicago Area

Less Than Two Years Old In Chicago

My bf has Mexican and pizza covered and it looks like Schwa isn't going to happen.
I think we'll try either Sweets and Savories or Avec (he hasn't heard of it).
Thanks for all of the suggestions. I can't wait to see Chicago!

Sep 10, 2007
PAnhandler in Chicago Area

Less Than Two Years Old In Chicago

My anti-ch boyfriend, who moved from Chicago to New York two years ago, is taking me to Chicago for a long weekend. We're going to visit his old haunts and sample the stuff NY lacks (good Polish sausage, deep dish, great Mexican).

I would like to find a place to take him that is less than two years old and where the food is amazing. I don't have anything specific in mind, just a place that won't break the bank. It doesn't have to be super cheap but not ridiculously expensive either. I'm not particulary interested in atmosphere - just food. Lunch or dinner is fine.

Please help me help my boyfriend to finally give chowhounds the respect we deserve!

Sep 07, 2007
PAnhandler in Chicago Area

Best Brooklyn Fruit/Veg Stand

Enjoy, Hanky. Just to be sure you're not misled, the cheese and yogurt is not gourmet but, on my budget, I would rather have theirs than none at all!
The real reason to go to Three Guys is the cheap and diverse produce. Also, be sure to stick your face in the basil before you leave :)

Jul 17, 2007
PAnhandler in Outer Boroughs

Trader Joe's Brooklyn

I will continue to shop my neighborhood "mom n pops" for produce, cheese, etc. but I might make regular stops downtown to pick up some things at Trader Joe's - cheap whole wheat crackers, whole wheat tortilla chips, tuna for cats, etc. Also, horror of horrors, I eat FROZEN veggie "meats". The Morningstar sausage links are at least a dollar less at TJ's than any other place I've seen.
I've only been to Sahadi's once while on jury duty because I couldn't justify going that far out of my way for just a few things. With TJ's and Sahadi's in the neighborhood, I will definitely save at TJ's then splurge at Sahadi's. In my case, Sahadi's just got themselves a new regular.

Jul 17, 2007
PAnhandler in Outer Boroughs

Best Brooklyn Fruit/Veg Stand

Since they're so close, I usually hit Three Guys and Circus Fruits. I love them both but Three Guys has parmesan and my favorite yogurt while Circus has the deli. I think wholesale produce is always a gamble and you can't escape the occasional disappointment. You just have to get what's good that day and do a thorough inspection. Usually if the lettuce looks bad at Three Guys I can find good stuff at Circus and vice versa. I take my produce and my budget seriously and don't think that visiting both is excessive, do you?

Jul 17, 2007
PAnhandler in Outer Boroughs

Salad in Bay Ridge

I'm getting ready for my beach vacation and I need to know, where's the best salad in Bay Ridge?

Jul 16, 2007
PAnhandler in Manhattan

What do Chowhounds do for a living (besides eat of course)? [old]

Dutchifying! You just made my day!

Jul 16, 2007
PAnhandler in Not About Food

24 Hours in Amherst/Northampton

I spent 24 hours visiting the Amherst/Northampton area from NYC this weekend. What a beautiful part of the country. My (non-foodie) boyfriend has been working in the area for the past few weeks so we snacked on his favorite finds and dined on recommendations from a local. Here’s what I thought.

Mulino’s Trattoria: Strong Avenue, Northampton - Quaint place with great service. We got the pasta salad appetizer (house-made mozzarella), the penne ala vodka, and the spaghetti and meatballs. The food was either bland or just salty. I wanted the mozzarella to be better. The place is great, the food is reasonably priced, and the portions are huge but the food was just ok.

Side Note: We stopped in at the Tunnel Bar across the street. The drinks looked great (I was DD) and the space was amazing.

Mr. Donut: On Route 9 – I would like to preface this by saying that I am not a doughnut person. I average about one doughnut per year. We stopped here for a mid-morning snack on our return drive to Northampton. The doughnuts were amazing. I could have eaten the chocolate glazed all day. Delicious.

Herrells: Old South Street, Northampton – I thought the ice cream was good but it didn’t blow me away.

Judie’s: North Pleasant Street, Amherst – AMAZING! We went for an early dinner on Sunday and there was no wait. By the time we got our food, the line was out the door. We got the Caesar Salad which was enormous and the Turkey “Pop” Pie popover. The popover was delicious. I cannot believe how tasty some turkey and mashed potatoes can be. I ended up taking most of the salad home because I ate so much of my boyfriend’s popover. If you’re in the area, Judie’s is definitely worth a stop.

Jul 16, 2007
PAnhandler in All New England Archive

Bay Ridge Help

Bagel - Dyker Bagels 86th and 7th
Chinese - Chopstix is a good, cheap crowd-pleaser. Lai Yuen is better but more expensive (101st and 4th).
Diner - Royal Restaurant 76th and 5th. Great breakfast, huge portions, cheap, pretty ugly inside.

Jul 06, 2007
PAnhandler in Outer Boroughs

What do Chowhounds do for a living (besides eat of course)? [old]

I am a full-time executive assistant (real estate) and part/some-time film producer (indies) with a psychology degree.

I grew up in a household that was, at some points, pretty strapped for cash. We ate a lot of hot dogs, potatoes, frozen veggies and chicken thighs. In addition, my (amazing, hard-working, dedicated) Pennsylvania Dutch mother had never really learned to prepare food so that any flavor remained when dinner reached the table. For this reason, I taught myself to cook as a teenager and have been a Hound ever since.

Now that I’m on my own and surrendering a significant portion of my paycheck to student loans. I eat on the slimmest of budgets. Thankfully, I live in New York, one of the best cities in the world for cheap eats. You will NEVER find a vegetable in my freezer!

Jun 27, 2007
PAnhandler in Not About Food

Tang Pavilion, Midtown - Closed?

Does anyone know why Tang Pavilion on 55th is closed until August or September?

Jun 22, 2007
PAnhandler in Manhattan

Glorious poutine at Sheep Station: The Real Deal!

I posted on the Toronto boards in anticipation of a poutine tour planned for my long weekend in TO a few months ago. I received some good-natured ribbing from the Toronto hounds.
I've learned that poutine in Toronto, while recently appearing in upscale restaurants in fancier forms, is comfort/bar/fast food and is not to be taken too seriously. You can get it at KFC, Burger King, and even Costco. My favorite was from a truck.
I'm attracted to the dish via my deep affection for cheese curds. You have to understand that "poo-TEEN" is delicious in a messy, gloppy, artery-clogging way, and -yes- best paired with cheap beer out of a plastic cup, or maybe a can. I think it's more of a comfort food for those who grew up on the stuff than an exciting new adventure into Canadian cuisine.

Jun 20, 2007
PAnhandler in Outer Boroughs

Authentic Dominican Food

Thanks, Nosher. I found your post before you replied! Great description. I'll have to check this place out for lunch as I work nearby.

May 31, 2007
PAnhandler in Manhattan

Authentic Dominican Food

This place sounds great. I'll try this one too.

May 31, 2007
PAnhandler in Manhattan

Authentic Dominican Food

I have very little experience with Dominican food and am interested in exploring. Are there any good Dominican restaurants in Manhattan? I work in midtown and live in Bay Ridge so anything in between would be great.

May 29, 2007
PAnhandler in Manhattan

Authentic Dominican Food

I have very little experience with Dominican food and am interested in exploring. Are there any good Dominican restaurants in Brooklyn or Manhattan? I work in midtown and live in Bay Ridge so anything in between would be great.

May 29, 2007
PAnhandler in Outer Boroughs

Itzocan on 101 St?

I realize I'm a bit late on this one, but we went last night. We had the ancho crusted duck breast and the roasted chicken. Both were very good as was the wine and dessert. The prices are great as well. I looked up the brunch menu this morning and it's quite tempting as we're dining on a budget. If Itzocan weren't over an hour away from Bay Ridge, I would frequent this cozy bistro.

May 18, 2007
PAnhandler in Manhattan

Regional "food quirks"

I'm originally from Central Pennsylvania. Here are some "quirks" from PA:

Already mentioned - Ketchup on eggs

Salt AND PEPPER on cantaloupe (I catch a lot of grief for this in NY)

Honky Eggs (also Hunky Eggs, Honky/Hunky Potatoes) - an omelette with onions, green peppers, and ham with home fries cooked into the omlette.

May 17, 2007
PAnhandler in General Topics

Harrisburg ...where to eat

I moved out of the area about the time of the downtown renaissance so I don't know much about the new joints. I loved the historic Warwick Hotel on Main Street in Hummelstown. I went back on a recent visit but only had a salad. It's a short drive from Harrisburg and the food is great American. It looks like they have a website under construction: thewarwickhotel.com.

May 09, 2007
PAnhandler in Pennsylvania

Dubai Restaurants

I tried and they said a reward is not necessary.

Apr 24, 2007
PAnhandler in Middle East & Africa

Dubai Restaurants

I would like to send a thank-you gift to a member of the housekeeping staff at a hotel in Dubai who really went out of his way to help me. Can anyone recommend a gift or maybe a place (restaurant or store) where I could buy him a gift certificate?

Apr 23, 2007
PAnhandler in Middle East & Africa

Help! Visiting Toronto Mid-March

Ok, ok. My first and only taste of poutine was at COSTCO!

Canadian's appear to have a great big love for the dill pickle. I receive regular shipments of dill pickle popcorn seasoning and dill pickle sunflower seeds from north-of-the-border. I'll try the chips this time.

Mar 05, 2007
PAnhandler in Ontario (inc. Toronto)