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Not So loud but Nice vibe

locanda verde can get pretty loud.

Mar 02, 2014
Ann900 in Manhattan

Wheelchair accessible nightlife in nyc

This is something I've been dealing with for a while. This is a tricky area to navigate here- Many NYC restaurants and clubs will describe themselves as "wheelchair friendly," which is absolutely meaningless and no guarantee that a place is really wheelchhair accessible- the place will turn out to have entrance stairs, for example ("but if someone can carry you down the stairs - in the case of this restaurant 8 stairs- and into the restaurant, we'd be happy to have you," one very popular restaurant told me.

One very good information source is AXSMap.com, a site founded by a wheelchair bound New Yorker. You can do a search for wheelchair accessible restaurants and clubs.

I've also found that it's important to call places and find out the details aboutt accessibility- can a wheelchair fit into the bathroom, for example.

Feb 26, 2014
Ann900 in Manhattan

Rao's in East Harlem, the original G

How to eat at Rao's:
1. Buy a Jar of Rao's pasta sauce (available at many, many food stores).
2. Pour over cooked pasta.
3. Eat.
4. As you eat, suddenly become aware that the sauce doesn't taste all that special or better than many other sauces on the market and is over-priced for what it is.
5. There- now you've had the exact same experience you'd have if you ate at the restaurant.

Jan 24, 2014
Ann900 in Manhattan
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Xian Famous Foods--UWS opening

BTW- they're actually on B'way between 101 and 102 St- west side.

Dec 21, 2013
Ann900 in Manhattan

Xian Famous Foods--UWS opening

The official opening was on the 7th, but they actually were open a week or so before that. I've already been there a half a dozen times- mostly for the wonderful noodles. It can get very busy- no delivery yet, but well worth the wait ( particularly considering that before they opened any branches in Manhattan, I Would travel to Flushimg for their food).

Dec 21, 2013
Ann900 in Manhattan

Looking for a wheelchair accessible restaurant for Thanksgiving near 72nd and York

Glad I could help.

Nov 11, 2013
Ann900 in Manhattan

Looking for a wheelchair accessible restaurant for Thanksgiving near 72nd and York

take a look at a great new app- AXS Map- it was started by someone who,is wheelchair bound. Type in a location or category ( restaurants, stores, museums, erc) in Manhattan and it will give you all of the restaurants in your area that are wheelchair accessible. don't trust sites like Menupages for this info. A lot of restaurants will say that they are "wheelchair friendly" a term that is meaningless- and often means that there are steps that require someone carry your wheelchair down or that the bathroom won't accommodate a wheelchair.

Nov 10, 2013
Ann900 in Manhattan

Anyone buy from the Flying Pigs Farm at the Union Square Greenmarket?

i've been buying from them for years, IMO you can't go wrong with anything you buy from them- some of the best pork around. more than worth the price.

Sep 28, 2013
Ann900 in Manhattan

Help in Bars Fashion for the Ladies in Manhattan

Agree with the last poster.Hard to go wrong with black in Manhattan- but avoid anything super blingy or skin tight (i.e.
Real Housewives of New Jersey)

Sep 08, 2013
Ann900 in Manhattan

Lupa or L'artusi?

I like Lupa, but romantic would hardly be a word I would use to describe it.

Aug 29, 2013
Ann900 in Manhattan

Cushman's Bakery in upper manhattan

A quick Google search turned up a website- Soyosunset.yuku.com with a long post about the history of Cushman's .
According to this site, Cushman's bakery was started in New York late in the 19th Century and at its height in the 1940's and 50's had as many as 45 retail locations around New York. It was bought out by the American Bakery Co. They closed down all of the Cushman's stores in 1964 .
Unfortunately, there are only street addresses for a few of their stores and I didn't see an address that seemed to be that far uptown- But you might have better luck determining the exact location of the store you're looking for.

Aug 18, 2013
Ann900 in Manhattan

Help an LA Foodie. What is considered the most renown power-lunch spot in NYC? Not dinner just lunch. Thanks.

I should have added that New York is much more of a power breakfast than power lunch spot.For many years the number one power breakfast spot was the Lowe's Regency Hotel. It closed for renovations at the beginning of the month and the owners have moved a lot of the staff to their restaurant Park Avenue Autumn - now called Park Avenue Winter. - and most, of their high -profile customers have followed.

Jan 10, 2013
Ann900 in Manhattan

Help an LA Foodie. What is considered the most renown power-lunch spot in NYC? Not dinner just lunch. Thanks.

Depends on which industry- but if you're talking about media people, it's definitely Michael's.

Jan 10, 2013
Ann900 in Manhattan

Visiting for the week...

I don't know if you realize Gray's Papaya is just a hot dog place- if you want a New York style hot dog you don't need to go to Gray's - any Sabrett ( kosher hot dogs) cart will get you the same thing.
Also, Juliana's has only been open for a few weeks so it's impossible to,know how their pizza ranks with NY 's best. If your willing to go to Brooklyn for pizza, stay on the subway for 20 minutes longer and go to DiFara in Midwood or stay in Manhattan and go to ome of the terrific pizzerias there, like Motorino.

Jan 05, 2013
Ann900 in Manhattan

Visiting for the week...

"If you had one last lunch to eat in Brooklyn, where would you go,"- is a pretty tough question to answer.. Not only is Brooklyn huge, but with 2.5 million people, the food choices are vast. Brooklyn is also home to a large number of foodies and the epicenter of the artisanal food culture on the East Coast. That said, some my recs would be DiFara, considered by many to make the best pizza in all of NYC ( forget Grimaldi's- their pizza has not been good for years- and you'll likely have a multi-hour wait to get in, because like you, many tourists think it is THE place to get pizza in NY), The Sunset Park neighborhood has a large Chinatown with some very good places, Brighton Beach for Russian food- I like the cafe at M& H International
Foods, a huge Russian grocery store that makes their own Russsian specialties, Al DI La in Park Slope- Fatty Cue in Williamsburg forAsian style BBQ - Peter Lugar, also in Willamsburg for some of the greatest steaks you'll ever eat ( they make a pretty great burger, too). I recommend you do a search on menupages.com for more ideas- particularly in the Wiliamsburg, Ft. Greene, Cobble Hill- Carrol Gardens,and Park Slope neighborhoods- foodie centers all, (particularly Williamsburg) and easy to get to from Manhattan.

Jan 05, 2013
Ann900 in Manhattan

Jerk Chicken in the city?

By far the largest Jamaican/Caribbean neighborhood in the city is in Flatbush, Brooklyn. Tons of food stores and restaurants. A post on the Outer Boroughs board should get you specific recs.

Jan 05, 2013
Ann900 in Manhattan

Visiting for the week...

River Cafe was badly damaged by Sandy and has not re-opened.

Jan 05, 2013
Ann900 in Manhattan

Where to buy city ham

Flying Pigs Farm, at the Union Square Greenmarket Friday and Saturday ( and at Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket in Brooklyn on Sat) sells some of the best ham in the city. They do special,orders as well. Their website will give you contact and ordering information.

Dec 09, 2012
Ann900 in Manhattan

Recs for Asian Noodle Tour of Flushing

many thanks-great list, Scoop. Although you're right that normally Flushing is very walkable, one of us has a bit of a mobility issue right now. So, for example, the walk from the 7 train to Rural ( and back) would be a little too far.
Haven't been to the New World Food Court, but I have been to the Golden Mall. While the Golden Mall is a little scruffy, I love many of the vendors there.
If we only had time to go to one, which would you suggest, New World or Golden?
Also, re Spicy and Tasty, I see their rating from the Dept of Health is still pending, I know they previously received a C, and I believe they were even shut down for a while.
Although I never had a problem with them since they've been on Prince St, years ago when they were in their old location I walked out on my first visit after a look at what was one of the filthiest restaurant kitchens I've ever seen. Wondering if I should be concerned now, given their DOH ratings problems?

Dec 01, 2012
Ann900 in Outer Boroughs

1950's style restaurant

While some of the places being suggested have been around for some time( like Keens) my sense was that the OP was looking for places with a 1950's vibe, not just places that have been opened since the 50's.

Nov 30, 2012
Ann900 in Manhattan

Recs for Asian Noodle Tour of Flushing

Going with a friend next week, in the afternoon. our plan is to try as many places as possible with great noodle dishes. My go to places in Flushing have been Spicy and Tasty, especially for some of their cold noodles and Sentosa for Mee Goreng and Chow Fun noodles. I haven't been to Flushing in a while, so I'm not up to date on where to go.
Looking for recs for other restaurants within walking distance of the 7 train
We're both pretty adventurous eaters, the only real criteria is that it taste good.

Nov 30, 2012
Ann900 in Outer Boroughs

1950's style restaurant

Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop- Fifth Ave and 22nd St.is definitely a time capsule. it hasn't changed it's decor or menu for many decades. Katz' s Deli also looks the same ( and saves the same food) as it has for many years.

Nov 29, 2012
Ann900 in Manhattan

Marea, Scarpetta and..? Need 2 more fancy ones!

Lincoln

Nov 29, 2012
Ann900 in Manhattan

Cheesecake help

Juniors, Carnegie Deli and Baby Watson cheesecakes are all cream cheese based and IMO overly sweet.
For really good ricotta cheesecake you'll have to go further downtown. As already mentioned Veniero's at E 11 St and 1st Ave ispecializes in ricotta cheesecake.- it's pretty good. It's a huge operation with a big retail counter and dining room.
Di Robertis, directly across 1st Ave from Veniero's is a family run Italian bakery that's been there for years. I'd give their ricotta cheesecake a slight edge over Veniero's .
But the very best ricotta cheesecake requires a trip to Brooklyn - to Court Street Pastries in Carroll Gardens.- one of the finest Italian bakeries in the Northeast. Great cookies, cannoli,. And it's not really as long a trip as it might seem- take the F train on 34th and 6th Ave to Carroll St in Brooklyn- it's the fourth stop once the train isin Brooklyn and a 20 -25 trip in total.
One place to avoid is Ferrara- a well-known Italian bakery in what used to be little Italy (Grand St., I think. It's a real tourist trap with extremely mediocre, over-priced stuff.

Nov 20, 2012
Ann900 in Manhattan

Farro: perlato (polished) and decorticato (spelt)

The Cayuga farro is absolutely NOT pre-cooked. None of their products are. take a look at their website or read the article about them a few years ago in the NYTimes food section (where I first learned about them.)

Nov 17, 2012
Ann900 in Manhattan

Farro: perlato (polished) and decorticato (spelt)

I'm guessing that it's not polished because it's a rich, brown color, which suggests the hull is still on.Cayuga also has a website you can order from. The farro ( also called emmer) is $5.99 lb. BTW- I've never found that it takes very long to cook- 20 minutes or so.I sauté it first with garlic and than add broth, red wine and simmer - One of my favorite ways to make it is to mix the cooked farro with a little olive oil,, sliced braised asparagus,, sliced black olives and some shaved parmesan.

Nov 17, 2012
Ann900 in Manhattan

Farro: perlato (polished) and decorticato (spelt)

Cayuga Pure Organics - from upstate NY- used to sell Faro and Spelt at many of the NYC greenmarkets ( and many other grains and flours). They no longer have stands at any of the greenmarkets, but are now selling their products at Whole Foods. All of their stuff is extremely high quality. I've been buying their faro for some time- it's the best I've ever had. Their polenta is also terrific.

Nov 17, 2012
Ann900 in Manhattan

Trader Joe,s UWS After Storm?

An hour or do ago, the line to get in was around the corner and down 72 St- and it was not moving very quickly.

Nov 03, 2012
Ann900 in Manhattan

Dec 4-8, 2012 Suggestions for Italian NYC

Totally agree.

Oct 11, 2012
Ann900 in Manhattan

Post-Theatre dessert?

I don't know how that would be doable. The NoMad does indeed close at 11 and Wicked runs 2 1/2 hours with an additional 15 minute intermission. which means that they won't even be leaving the theater until 10:45.

Oct 08, 2012
Ann900 in Manhattan