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Phoenix Garden?

Miss Needle, I noticed their sauteed snow pea shoots have not tasted quite as good as when we first discovered the dish there a few years ago. Hopefully it is just a seasonal thing. They have been more watery, not as full in flavor, AND the portion got smaller but the price stayed the same.

Jan 29, 2009
abud in Manhattan

Best Brazilian Food in NYC

I'm half Brazilian. The food at Casa is fine enough, if a tad west village-ified. You could find it in Brazil but it would probably be considered average bland food. Fine not great. Maybe I'm annoyed at the prices. I find it really pricey for what it is. Food like that is what you'd get at one of the pay what it weighs lunch buffets all over Brazil, even in SP airport--a meal that does the job but little more and costs you a fraction of Casa's price.
When I'm talking authentic brazilian food I'm talking little soups with little muscles in it and dende oil, farofa with bits of meats in it, I'm talking feijoada with a mess of all sort of crazy animal parts in it, I'm talking chicken hearts on skewers, tapoicas or acarajes stuffed to the brim with coconut and cheese or dried shrimp, I'm talking parts of cow that you didn't even know cow's had nevermind what you can eat, and tons and tons and tons of yuca (made into a powdery meal, fried, made into a paste and mixed with dende oil, mixed into cakes, etc). Or, I don't know...maybe this is just what my family eats. Brazilian chowhounders--please feel free to step in here.

Jan 29, 2009
abud in Manhattan

Calling all Wu Liang Ye Frequenters--any great veg dishes?

Wow--thanks, diprey. Thanks, all of you!

Jan 29, 2009
abud in Manhattan

Calling all Wu Liang Ye Frequenters--any great veg dishes?

Are there any great meat/fish free dishes?

I am a vegetarian and went last night for the first time. I ordered the vegetarian dumplings, which I loved--they were freshly made and packed with veggies and very tasty.

I also ordered, upon the waiter's suggestion, a fried tofu dish in a red chili pepper sauce. It was really oily for my taste. And not enough vegetables (mushrooms, and scallions and thinly sliced root vegetable--but very few pieces in comparison to the tofu).

Also, is the breakfast good there? I asked the waiter if they had snow pea leave dumplings and he said only during "tea house" in the mornings, which I assume is dim sum?

Thank you!

Jan 29, 2009
abud in Manhattan

ISO: weekday breakfast near 45th/46th and 3rd

I second Macchiato, or consider Amish Market. Or if you want non pastry food that you can sit and take your time to eat, I like Morning Star Cafe better than John's or Comfort. (on 2nd ave btw 50th and 51st)

Jan 28, 2009
abud in Manhattan

What not to miss for first time visitor?

I went to Luzzo's for the first time the other night (Sunday) and was really, really impressed. I like Patsy's and Arturo's too but the pie we got at Luzzo's was beyond. I guess they have good night and bad nights.

Jan 27, 2009
abud in Manhattan

What not to miss for first time visitor?

I suggest Artichoke or Luzzo's for pizza.

Jan 27, 2009
abud in Manhattan

Good Health Burger - E 53rd

Hi, swim12. I believe it's called Good Health Burger, not Better Health Burger. I love this place too. It's an offshoot I think of the Good Health Cafe up in the 70s east. I am a veg and my husband is not and we both love the place. They have chicken and fish options (my husband loves the salmon club).
I love the black bean burger and the tempeh wrap. You must try the sweet potato soup, if they offer it there. They always have it at the uptown place and it is marvelous.

Jan 27, 2009
abud in Manhattan

For my vegetarian aunt, Hangawi or Franchia or others?

I have never found the place packed and I have never found it empty. Usually a group of us will order a bunch of dishes. The one I remember not loving (it was fine, just not wonderful) was the bibimbop. My faves there are the Tofu and roasted kabocha pumpkin in sesame soy sauce and the cheese cake.
I recommend not getting the prix fix. I usually enjoy my meals there more when ordering straight from the menu.

Jan 25, 2009
abud in Manhattan

Does anyone go to L'ybane

Been twice. Pretty average food for the price.

Jan 25, 2009
abud in Manhattan

For my vegetarian aunt, Hangawi or Franchia or others?

I have only been to Franchia and love it. And if this means anything to you, a Korean friend of mine prefers Franchia to Hangawi (this is why I tried and stuck to Franchia in the first place).
Happy dining.

Jan 25, 2009
abud in Manhattan

chocolate peanut butter cake

I absolutely love PB and Chocolate.
If you are OK with throwing bananas into the mix, BOY AM I, try the Elvis Cake. This is a truly excellent cake. One of my favorites.
http://www.foodaphilia.com/2007/07/el...
I wonder, has anyone made both the Elvis and Smittenkitchen's?How do they compare?

Jan 23, 2009
abud in Home Cooking

Dining Level at Grand Central

I know the upstairs market really well but not the downstairs dining level.
Do any of the downstairs places actually have good food?

Jan 22, 2009
abud in Manhattan

cashew cookie recipe?

Funny, cashew cookies have been on my radar lately too. This is the one I printed out but haven't tried yet. It got good reviews. I plan to chocolate coat instead of frosting with the confect. sugar/whipped cream.

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Cashew-C...

Jan 21, 2009
abud in Home Cooking

21st birthday lunch with a vegetarian

Franchia (veg Korean teahouse on 34th and Park) is really nice if you DON"T do the prix fix.
They have an entree with kabocha squash which is great. Organic wines and teas. A GREAT vegan cheesecake. Plus it's a really beautiful restaurant. Chic.

Jan 21, 2009
abud in Manhattan

black sesame ice cream/bubble tea and egg custards? where!

Wew! What's the name of the place on 41st?

Jan 13, 2009
abud in Manhattan

What's your 'go-to' vegetarian main dish?

These two are killers:

"Marrakesh Vegetable Curry"

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Marrakes...

"Seven-Vegetable Couscous with Chunky Onion Harissa"

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

Jan 07, 2009
abud in Home Cooking

Brandied Pear-Walnut Tart

I made this for Thanksgiving. I used Whole Wheat Pastry Flour, Pure Cane sugar, and Calvados for APF, white sugar, and Pear Brandy.
It was excellent. THank you for posting!

Nov 27, 2008
abud in Recipes

Red Bamboo or VP2?

Thanks everyone. We went to Red Bamboo. The soul chicken app is so good. I haven't tasted "meat" like that in ages. And the good news is that I was able to get a lovely veg dish for my main (the grilled vegetable platter). It was wonderful-- hearty and healthy.
The butterpecan ice cream was really good.
Vegan cheescake is better at Franchia--not quite as heavy.
The atmosphere was nice (good music) and the meal was pretty cheap. I'll be back.

Nov 12, 2008
abud in Manhattan

Red Bamboo or VP2?

Thanks! Will do!

Nov 11, 2008
abud in Manhattan

Red Bamboo or VP2?

I have never been to either.
I am not huge on mock meats--prefer large plates of a variety of fresh, well prepared veggies, but I am going with two meat eaters who need to be convinced of the glories of vegetarian dining.

thanks!

Nov 11, 2008
abud in Manhattan

Rhong Tiam - going tonight

Went back last night. Still really like this place. Very nice food and very nicely priced.
This time I ordered the vegetarian chinese water spinach dish. My brother had the farmer's market dish with chicken. That taro nest is so delicious.
This time we checked out the desserts as well. We ordered the mango sticky rice (really nice) and the pumpkin custard which was so different from most desserts I find in nyc. There is a big wedge of baked kabocha squash on your plate, with a wonderful custard in the middle and some whipped cream and berry drizzle around it. So different and it worked. It was delicious.

Sep 24, 2008
abud in Manhattan

Searching for vegetarian birthday dinner for two

Karen, yay for becoming vegetarian! I am a veg, love to cook but love to eat out in NYC too. New York is a great place for us. For special occasions, I have had great meals as a veg at Blue Hill. Just let them know beforehand that you two are veg. Everything farm fresh and different and wonderful.
Other places I love for other not as special occasions are Saravanaas for Indian, Franchia for Korean, I like Pam Real Thai for cheaper more casual Thai--so many tasty fresh ingredients, Kuma Inn has some excellent veg dishes and it's byob, Dim Sum Go-go has some lovely veg dim sum dishes, El Paso Tacqueria has such wonderful mexican food just talk to the waitress about what is veg, Turkish Kitchen for their weekday lunch or sunday brunch.

Sep 18, 2008
abud in Manhattan

Business dinner-Murray Hill area?

I second Artisanal.

Sep 16, 2008
abud in Manhattan

Veg dim sum house, Buddha Bodai, or Dim Sum Go Go?

I went to go go and both my omnivore husband (who is half chinese and very picky about his dim sum) and I loved it.
We had previously resorted to going to 9 Chatham for him and then Veg dim sum house for me! Now we can both get our dim sum in one place! I got the veg dim sum platter. Everything was marvelous. Thanks, you two.

Sep 12, 2008
abud in Manhattan

Rhong Tiam - going tonight

Went there tues and really liked it. My friend and I both ordered the vegetarian farmer's market platter. Comes with a little bundle of carrot shavings and a little bundle of beet shavings and a small cone of brown rice. The main part of the dish is a taro basket (deep fried I think and delicious) filled with tofu and fresh veggies.
Is the Kao Soi vegetarian, or can it be modified to be vegetarian?

Sep 11, 2008
abud in Manhattan

Veg dim sum house, Buddha Bodai, or Dim Sum Go Go?

I have been to veg dim sum house and loved some dishes, not so much others.

Which of these three places would you recommend for a veg diner? (I realize Dim Sum Go Go is not veg, but I read on Chow that they have a large veg menu).

I like mock meat foods but prefer dishes with lots of fresh veggies and more simple protein sources, like tofu.

thanks!

Sep 11, 2008
abud in Manhattan

Brazilian food? (not churrascaria)

I agree about Casa. The caipinhas and pao de qeuijos (cheese rolls) are good but beyond that, the food is very ordinary for the price.

Sep 11, 2008
abud in Manhattan

Veg side (that could also serve as a main) for a Goin dish

I believe the salmond is served hot. Need to go back to the goin book. with warm salad. but I am guessing.
I think I will go with the grain side. Wild rice/ brown rice mix with almonds maybe.
I'm thinking cornmeal shortcakes with cream and a fruit maybe peaches for dessert.
For the salad, served before the main, a big green leafy possiby with limas beans in it. that will help with the protein for me. Gail, where did you find your recipe? I don't think Goin's has potatoes in it.

Sep 10, 2008
abud in Home Cooking

Veg side (that could also serve as a main) for a Goin dish

I am thinking about making Suzanne Goin's "Wild Salmon a la Lutece with Sweet Corn, Green Cabbage, and Bacon, and Brown Butter Vinaigrette" for a dinner party this weekend but need a good side to go with it that will serve as a main for the one vegetarian diner (MOI!)

I suppose I could just serve a big salad to start and some sort of grain to go with the fish.
Maybe wild rice with pine nuts? Maybe roasted summer squash or sweet potato?

Any suggestions?

Sep 09, 2008
abud in Home Cooking