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Mastic recs

Hi, I'll be spending a bunch of time in/around Mastic in August. Much obliged for any recs in terms of restaurants and food shopping.

I know about Mastic Seafood (anywhere better I should go?) and the farmstands twds Moriches. Beyond that all I've got is the King Cullen.

Restaurants in the area seem unremarkable but I would love for someone to tell me otherwise.

Many thanks.

Jul 23, 2014
Jack Barber in New York State (exc. NYC)

Best Steak Tartare in city

Indulge me please. Either I can't make search work or no one has asked in years:

What's best steak tartare in Manhattan?

(I know of 3 Brooklyn exemplars. But what about city.)

Pick one and why. Thank you.

May 23, 2012
Jack Barber in Manhattan

Smorgasburg: What a Pretentious Rip Off.....

Bob, I have always enjoyed and trusted your posts, but I don't get your anger here.

Understood that you're not into the artisanal twee vibe -- I personally don't find it prohibitive, but if you don't like it you don't have to partake. (If you do go, I would recommend going early. Right at open. Some vendors are still setting up but for a brief moment there are no lines.)

I completely agree with you on the Mighty Quinns -- as I said during this debate last year! -- it's not worthy. (My problem more with the saucing than the actual meat.) But if other people who don't know bbq from a slider want to wait in line 45 min who cares?!?

(The cemitas are fine. My mom got one once. She had never had one, and she enjoyed it. But I personally would never get one there when I can get a better and cheaper one any afternoon or evening at the truck on N7 and Bedford. But really there's nothing criminal going there.)

There is plenty of other good stuff though. And overall it's a nice scene, in my opinion, which you are tarring with pretty broad strokes. (Did you even eat anything?)

Also -- keep in mind that it's happening in a vacant lot that will someday house another unattractive EDGE condo bldg -- no disrespect to the humans who live therein, I just hate the way they look -- so I would say the Smorg is superior land use to the alternative and enjoy it while you can. Or at least live and let live.

May 03, 2012
Jack Barber in Outer Boroughs

Best Peruvian in 5 Boroughs?

What would either of you guys pick for the basic traditional ceviche de pescado (or mixto)? I used to go to places whose names I can't recall on Juntion Blvd and 100-something Northern Blvd, but they're gone. And the fancified (and pricey) versions at La Mar aren't really what I'm looking for. I would order a jalea as well, but ceviche is the thing. Thanks for any thoughts.

May 03, 2012
Jack Barber in Manhattan

Momofuku Ssam Bar Whole Rotisserie Duck Reservations

They'll tolerate (not in a bad way) but not accomodate.

If you can handle your baby in the uncomfortable chairs etc then not a problem. They'll make you fold up your stroller unless its super empty. (Which it hardly ever is, even lunch.)

Recommend lunch or early side when relatively speaking its less crowded.

May 02, 2012
Jack Barber in Manhattan

Coming to terms w/ the loss of Spicy Mina's

Jim, did you ever happen to catch the name of Mina's "sous chef" at last location? (Youngish guy.)

P.s. Service at Mina was fine, I would actually say delightful, if you spoke to your servers like humans and had reasonable expectations.

Feb 01, 2012
Jack Barber in Outer Boroughs

Oysters (unshucked) near Williamsburg Bridge?

You could try special ordering from the McCarren Saturday farmer's mkt people. (Pura Vida fishery -- prob Googleable.) They usually have some, and might deal if you're getting 3 doz.

Otherwise you're looking $1 each from Marlow + Daughters or Bk Kitchen.

Or maybe you ask Maison Premiere people if you can buy from them?

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Marlow & Daughters
95 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

McCarren Park Greenmarket
Bedford Ave and Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Brooklyn Kitchen
100 Frost St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Maison Premiere
298 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Feb 01, 2012
Jack Barber in Outer Boroughs

Good American Style Chinese Food for Delivery Williamsburg Area

M Shanghai is the old standard. (Although they don't have Crab Rangoon.) Not great but satisfying and not particularly greasy.

Soup dumplings, mu shu, kung pao, shredded chk chili pepper all good.

New place Wok Shop seems promising also.

Both easily googleable w/ menus online.

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M Shanghai
129 Havemeyer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Brooklyn Wok Shop
182 N 10th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Jan 06, 2012
Jack Barber in Outer Boroughs

Little Pepper--trying to get away from my favorites; Recommendations?

qongking chicken used to be epic. (last order from new location way too greasy though.) szechuan pickles.

Jan 06, 2012
Jack Barber in Outer Boroughs

Coming to terms w/ the loss of Spicy Mina's

I went to Neerob and found it fine but not destination food. I remain at an Indian loss, particularly with S Spice now too far away for a takeout run. Szechuan is my only succour.

Jan 06, 2012
Jack Barber in Outer Boroughs

Spots to Buy Padron Peppers?

Eataly has had shisitos pretty consistently. Still have seen padrones only during summer / early fall at greenmarket.

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Union Square Greenmarket
Broadway and E 17th St, New York, NY 10003

Eataly
200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

Jan 06, 2012
Jack Barber in Manhattan

What's best outer borough (Peruvian) ceviche now?

Pls advise.

All my old places are closed.

Many thanks.

P.s. I searched and there are no current answers......

Nov 30, 2011
Jack Barber in Outer Boroughs

Taquito Anaya truck FANTASTIC pastor and carnitas corner of airport and guadalupe

Thanks guys. Hit Rositas three times. Once excellent, the other two times somewhat dry.

Best pastor (for me), however, was Piedras Negras this a.m. en route to the airport. Really outstanding.

Denied by Franklin on day 1 but happened by on Mon late lunchtime just when they were putting sold out sign up. Went in anyway and there was one piece of brisket left. Got a sandwich. Entirely off the hook, and at $5.5 for what must have been upwards of 3/4 lb of meat one of the better food bargains a person can find.

Nov 29, 2011
Jack Barber in Austin

Taquito Anaya truck FANTASTIC pastor and carnitas corner of airport and guadalupe

Thanks, Slow. If you have a second what are your top couple picks for pastor specifically?

I fly in tmw a.m. and will go on a pastor foray if I get stymied at Franklin bbq....

Nov 22, 2011
Jack Barber in Austin

Taquito Anaya truck FANTASTIC pastor and carnitas corner of airport and guadalupe

Better than Rositas?

I am visiting Austin and particularly focused on pastor...

Thx

Nov 21, 2011
Jack Barber in Austin

Best / closest handmade tortillas to Wmsburg

On another thread I had asked about this place http://www.homemadetaqueria.com/ w/ allegedly hecho a mano. Slightly less of a haul than Nixtamal so may give it a try w/ Nixtamal as fallback.

Unless a Bushwick option presents itself next couple hours.

Nov 11, 2011
Jack Barber in Outer Boroughs

Best / closest handmade tortillas to Wmsburg

I guess you're right. I'm not sure how to describe distinction what I'm looking for then -- something more like Nixtamal or the places all over SF Mission or East LA where you can buy "homemade" tortillas warm in a bag than Tres Hermanos or Chinantla. (Not putting latter down, I buy them in delis all the time. Just wanted a slight step up for this particular cooking project...)

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Chinantla
657 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205

Nov 11, 2011
Jack Barber in Outer Boroughs

Best / closest handmade tortillas to Wmsburg

Thanks. There are a couple machine-made tortillerias nearby, including this one. Was hoping though to find somewhere I could pick up a couple dozen hand-made tortillas...

Nov 11, 2011
Jack Barber in Outer Boroughs

Brooklyn to Storm King (not necessarily around SK, cld be en route) anything remarkable to eat?

Or should I just pick a place in QNS or Bronx?

Thx for any tips.

Nov 10, 2011
Jack Barber in New York State (exc. NYC)

Best / closest handmade tortillas to Wmsburg

Short of Nixtamal.

Closer options in Bushwick or near(er) Queens?

Grateful for any tips. Thx in advance.

Nov 10, 2011
Jack Barber in Outer Boroughs

Smorgasburg: What a Pretentious Rip Off.....

Happened to notice this thread, and find much of the commentary out of useful bounds.

In the event any even-keeled open-minded people are reading it, here's the deal on Smorgasburg:

-- I think Smorgasburg is great. (Btwn it and flea I've probably been 30x past two years. Of course I live nearby.)
-- But not everything at Smorgasburg is great. Or a great value.
-- If you walk around; look at the food; figure out what you feel like eating; what's seems like a decent deal; and use some discretion.
-- You'll have fun and eat some good food.
-- re. the attitude talk, sounds to me like it was BYO. If you don't walk in there with an attitude and you treat people how you like to be treated it's pretty unlikely you'll have a problem.

Definitely worth trying, combine it with a ferry ride if you're a city person, and beers at Radegast or wherever. If you don't like it you don't have to go back.

Specific recs: echo the Bonchovie; Dough Donuts; and both Red Hook vendors. Mile End sandwich is good. Moto pizza is good, and a decent deal (relative to a Motorino type pizzeria). The cemitas and fish tacos are decent (although well short of exemplary). $5 liters of Q tonic. Etc.

For the community members who require / thrive on negativity: I don't think the pulled pork is worthy; and the (famous) sesame noodles have nothing going on. (But both vendors seem like nice people trying their best to put a good product out there, and they're certainly making no killing financially, so it seems unnecessary to denigrate them.)

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Smorgasburg
27 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Nov 10, 2011
Jack Barber in Outer Boroughs

Excellent Pressed Tortillas and tacos at Homemade Taqueria

Do they sell the tortillas to go? If so anyone happen to know how much? Thanks

Nov 09, 2011
Jack Barber in Outer Boroughs

Quick question -- driving shortly to Richmond Hill (exit 6 van wyck) from Brooklyn. What is the tastiest thing I can eat en route / near destination?

Many thanks -- these are great tips.

I unfortunately screwed up and chose Wafa's, which is closed today, and at that point was too far from Tandoori Hut to go back given my time frame.

Now I know though, and look fwd to checking them out some other time.

Thanks again.

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Tandoori Hut
119-08 94th Ave, Queens, NY 11419

Wafa's
100-05 Metropolitan Ave, Queens, NY 11375

Sep 27, 2011
Jack Barber in Outer Boroughs

Quick question -- driving shortly to Richmond Hill (exit 6 van wyck) from Brooklyn. What is the tastiest thing I can eat en route / near destination?

Thanks for any quick suggestions.

Sep 27, 2011
Jack Barber in Outer Boroughs

In the absence of Mina and S Spice

Don't flame me -- I can search, and there's no clear answer to my question -- where should I go now for great Indian takeout.

I will travel, although New Hyde Park is prob too much of a haul, unless I'm already out that way.

Thanks in advance. I'm grateful for a curated/selective list of new places to try.

Aug 23, 2011
Jack Barber in Outer Boroughs

Best Pizza is pretty bad

Ok, the slices don't have weird toppings!

Mar 31, 2011
Jack Barber in Outer Boroughs

Best Pizza is pretty bad

I don't think Best Pizza is worth traveling for but it sounds like you may have had a worse than median experience.

I've been a number of times and the slices have been fine to good. (Would say what you "heard" above is a fairly accurate description -- a good neighborhood slice joint w/ some interesting/weird slices. I like the pickled veg [not usually dried out] and many of the other options. But again I wouldn't travel for it, like I would DiFara or Motorino.)

What *might* be worth traveling for there is the Chicken Parm, which is pretty epic. Given your already highly negative opinion I wouldn't suggest you personally make the trip. But if you're ever back in the 11211, and you want a chk parm, don't rule it out.

I also like the Lion's Head tall boys they serve. Pils made in PA that's pretty good -- one of the better beers you can get as tall boy IMO -- http://lionbrewery.com/

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Motorino
319 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Mar 29, 2011
Jack Barber in Outer Boroughs

How are the noodle soups at Xi'an Foods?

I was in same boat as you -- always eating cumin lamb -- and tried Mt Q pork last time. Perfectly good but not really comparable to the lamb.

I do like the tiger vegetable salad b/w one of the lamb options.

Jan 27, 2011
Jack Barber in Outer Boroughs

Midoriya- New Japanese market in Williamsburg

It's adorable and the lighting teleports you straight to Tokyo via a Gursky photograph.

Jan 27, 2011
Jack Barber in Outer Boroughs

Anything new and noteworthy in Sarasota past 12 months?

Besides Cottage in Siesta Key, which I'm excited about?

Pls advise.

Also do you have to go up to Bradenton / Palmetto to find the Central American (or Mexican or Peruvian or other Latin) "holes in wall" I saw referenced in another post?

We're only visiting for a couple days this time, and I think it will be challenging to drag my family to far afield from Siesta Key (where we're staying).

Is Jose's in Cortez still the only Cuban? (I assume the Cuban place on Pineapple / Burns Ct has not reappeared?)

Several questions, I know. But I'm grateful for any info you can provide.

Jan 12, 2011
Jack Barber in Florida