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Made in NY Store - Locavores, does this exist?

For all you Locavores,

I have an idea for a store, or perhaps it already exists. What about a store that only sold food items and beverages made in NY? NY cheese, wine, jams, breads, even beauty great would this be?? For those of us wanting to shop local who don't have a major farmer's market nearby or for those local vendors unable to get a stall at the market, this store would be heavenly!


Sep 20, 2009
vicvicvictoria in Manhattan

Bakery with Wheat Free/Vegan Bread in Brooklyn?

Hi there! I'm trying to avoid wheat in my diet and love buying fresh, locally made bread. Can anyone recommend good bakeries in the Park Slope/Carroll Gardens/Prospect Heights area that has wheat free and vegan bread? I know this may be tough...I know I can find it at natural health food stores but was really hoping to be able to get it fresh.


Aug 31, 2009
vicvicvictoria in Outer Boroughs

Where can I grind my own peanut butter in Brooklyn?

I know I can grind it at Whole Foods, but what about in Brooklyn? Fairway? A natural health food store? I love PB and have never had the freshly ground kind before.


Jul 31, 2009
vicvicvictoria in Outer Boroughs

Authentic Japanese Ramen Recipe? Anyone??

My Dear Chowhounders,

I come to you for advice on making what I consider to one of the most delicious meals. My Google search and a sweep of this website's recipe section have left me unsatisfied. So many people love this dish! How can there not be numerous easy to follow recipes for it??

I'm looking for a recipe for authentic Japanese ramen. No "Top Ramen" or "Maruchun" now. I'm looking for recipes that include fresh noodles (well, just not "Top Ramen" noodles) and steps for making the broth. I'm also looking for places where I can buy the ingredients. I live in New York, but when I enter an oriental grocery stories, I have no idea which noodles to buy. For broths, I particularly love seaweed and miso broth. If anyone has any clues on this seemingly mysterious process, fill me in!

I am addicted to Men Kui Tei in the East Village, but I need to learn how to make this delicious dish myself, so I can have it anywhere at any time! If you know the ingredients and particularly where in the city I can buy them, that would absolutely fantastic.

Someone out there must know! Help!

Yours truly,
ramen lover

Jan 03, 2008
vicvicvictoria in Home Cooking

Black & White Cookies?

Veniero's, the bakery on 11th Street and 1st Avenue has some excellent ones. Cakey and light.

Apr 04, 2007
vicvicvictoria in Manhattan

East Midtown -- please save me from another Oriental Noodle lunch!

If you're willing to walk over 2 blocks, Cafe Zaiya on 41st between Madison and 5th is amazingly cheap and has awesome bento boxes and sandwiches. Also have a great bakery.

Mar 26, 2007
vicvicvictoria in Manhattan

$9.70 Well Spent (Seoul Garden)

I think squid is in seafood soondubu. There may also be shrimp. Seoul Garden is one of my favorite restaurants. For the quality and authenticity of their food, it's a pretty good deal.

Mar 26, 2007
vicvicvictoria in Manhattan

Good Sushi near Union Square

Sandobe on 1st Ave between 10th and 11th streets. Cheaper than most restaurants and fresh. Although I think the place is in the middle of re-naming itself "Ashiya" or something.

Mar 24, 2007
vicvicvictoria in Manhattan

Are Pinkberry Stores Opening In EV?

Also there is one located in Ktown - on 32nd between 5th and Broadway.

Mar 22, 2007
vicvicvictoria in Manhattan

AWESOME Asian burrito (at Momofuku Ssam)

I finally tried the ssam to realize it myself - David Chang is very talented and innovative. Who would have thought to put edamame and kimchi puree inside of a tortilla?? The original ssam, although pricey (about $10) bursts with incredible flavors that blow my mind. I can't believe Mr. Chang is able to invent dishes that sound so odd but taste very good and sell pretty well. I couldn't afford to have this wrap that much (when you can get a banh mi for $3.75?), but it's definitely worth trying.

Mar 20, 2007
vicvicvictoria in Manhattan

Raspberry Chocolate Tart recipe search

Try searching for recipes on They have some different raspberry chocolate ones.

Mar 18, 2007
vicvicvictoria in Home Cooking

New Korean Place - Totally Random

I love this place! While the food is not as good as it is in Ktown, I love the convenience and the prices. They have a lot of options for the deli, and I'd say the food is above average, but it's nice to have this option around the Union Square area. Also, there is another Korean food place called Mannas on 17th and Park. The food looks much better quality, is a little pricier, and trendier. Haven't tried it yet.

Mar 17, 2007
vicvicvictoria in Manhattan

Chinese or Mexican Delivery Williamsburg

El Loco Burrito is pretty good
345 Graham Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211-3708

Mar 16, 2007
vicvicvictoria in Outer Boroughs

Saigon Bakery has the #1 Banh Mi

No they usually have pork all day and into the evening, but if you go in the evening, they'll give you a pre-made one and it won't taste as good. However they run out of chicken earlier in the day.

Mar 14, 2007
vicvicvictoria in Manhattan

Noodle Soup for a cold!

Similar to Ony but a little farther away:

Menchenko Tai
131 E 45th St, New York 10017
Btwn 3rd & Lexington Ave

For more authentic, Tokyo style ramen:

Rai Rai Ken
214 E. 10th St.between 1st and 2nd Ave

For cheap and good (and in Chinatown):

Super Taste
26N Eldridge St near Canal St.

Mar 13, 2007
vicvicvictoria in Manhattan

Chocolate Bars

Actually, Trader Joe's has a small but nice selection of gourmet chocolate bars (and they're cheap!)

Feb 21, 2007
vicvicvictoria in Manhattan

Best Korean Stews and Soups in Manhattan?

I always thought the soon dubu at Seoul Garden was good.

Feb 21, 2007
vicvicvictoria in Manhattan

Japanese Desserts - mochi

I've been so addicted to those chewy rice cakes called mochi. I find ok ones in Japanese markets, but does anyone know of a Japanese dessert shop that sells fresh ones? I feel like a mochi cafe would be a huge hit. Mochi are those doughy cakes filled with sweet red bean or sometimes peanut butter or strawberry (although I"ve rarely seen the last 2 kinds around).

Feb 15, 2007
vicvicvictoria in Manhattan

Take out Lunch in NY for less than $10

for the working lunch, check out

Feb 13, 2007
vicvicvictoria in Manhattan

Saigon Bakery has the #1 Banh Mi

Hmm, have yet to try Momofuku Ssam. I didn't even know they had banh mi's. I'll definitely try them now! But I bet they're not as cheap as Saigon, and cheapness is a high priority for me.

Feb 12, 2007
vicvicvictoria in Manhattan

Saigon Bakery has the #1 Banh Mi

I had to make a rant: I tried Banh Mi So today, and it was bad. Many people claim this to be the #1 Banh Mi joint in Manhattan, but I don't believe those people have ever been to Saigon Bakery. First of all, the banh mi at Banh Mi So was significantly smaller than the huge ones Saigon has that are enough to satisfy 2 people. Also, Banh Mi So's bread wasn't nearly as thick and fresh (leading to the issue of the sandwich not being big enough). I ordered a spicy chicken banh mi, and the chicken was salted way too heavily and was of pretty poor quality. Finally, the sauce they use is fairly heavy, kind of sweet stuff. Now don't get me wrong: 3.50 for a sandwich is still an incredible deal. I just don't see why people would go here when Saigon Bakery is right around the corner (on 138 Mott Street) and has much fresher, larger banh mi's. Enjoy!

Feb 11, 2007
vicvicvictoria in Manhattan