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Deshi Biryani -- second best Bengali in Jackson Heights

I really enjoyed Deshi Biryani as well. As a non-Indian Manhattan person, I can't compare it to mom or even many other places in Queens. It is not the quickest sit in the world, but it is a pretty restaurant, and the food is head and shoulders above similar offerings in NYC. As for the cook to order issue which seems to occupy this page: this place does NOT look like the steam tables that occupy many of the other places in the area (and which are not real appetizing looking). Having said that, stewed meat has clearly been cooking well before any body sat down to order!

http://malemartha.blogspot.com/2008/0...

Jan 20, 2008
Ira.B in Outer Boroughs

Funky Diner

It appears to be replaced now with Cafe Blossom. Does anyone know more?

Nov 26, 2007
Ira.B in Manhattan

Momoya on UWS?

its pretty reasonably priced, and feels like you are eating in Chelsea and not a sushi bar in the UWS. Going there for the atmosphere is worth it. The sushi is good, but I like Matsu (83 and columbus) better from a fish point of view. But it was real fun to eat at Momoya and the service was excellent, too.

Oct 14, 2007
Ira.B in Manhattan

PJ Clarke's = PJ Clueless

you are so correct. I forgot how cool the urinals are!

Oct 02, 2007
Ira.B in Manhattan

Late dinner near Madison Square Gardens

Kom Tang Soot (it has various other names as well, but this one works), which is located at 32 W 32nd Street (212-947-9482). KTS, as I will now call it, has a charcoal bar-b-que and is open 24/7. We often go there after the Rangers. The Knicks, well they have their own problems!!! Its my current fave on 32nd Street. Keane's is good, but in my opinion there is better steak elsewhere. But its a great place to sit as opposed to Korean, which can feel a bit rushed if you don't hold your ground.

Oct 02, 2007
Ira.B in Manhattan

PJ Clarke's = PJ Clueless

This may be bit later than everyone elses post, but we ate here tonight and it was much better than billed, although I will agree that cheap it was not. The beer was cold, the raw bar quite tasty, and the burgers are good. While its not a destination, it was a great place to be if you are in the Lincoln Center Area and want some time and a table to talk and drink with your friends.

Oct 02, 2007
Ira.B in Manhattan

Kid Tolerant Restaurants in Toronto

life long ranger's fan. sorry.

Aug 01, 2007
Ira.B in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Kid Tolerant Restaurants in Toronto

Don't Forget Gretzky's, owned by the great one himself. They even brand a 99 on the burger. While it may not be the greatest food in Toronto, its certainly not the worst. If he gets bored, he can look at the little Wayne museum by the bathrooms.

http://malemartha.blogspot.com/2007/0...

Aug 01, 2007
Ira.B in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Pickled okra in NYC

Zabar's sells Texas Brand pickeled Okdra

Aug 01, 2007
Ira.B in Manhattan

Proscuitto Salami

Are you talking about Salame Di Felino? This is salami from the Parma region made from the same pigs. It doesn't really taste like parma ham but it is rather good. I have been trying to buy this in the States: where do you get it?

May 05, 2007
Ira.B in General Topics

Chinatown - Let's seperate the winners from the losers

I really liked Sichuan Garden. The food was quite good, as long as you stuck to Sichuan dishes. Others had commented that you needed to go with a Chinese frined: I did not find this to be true at all. The dan dan noodles were quite good, as was tofu in chile sauce. I did not eat it, but the hot pots looked great and were clearly on the tables of the vast majority of diners. (359 Spadina)
http://malemartha.blogspot.com

Apr 30, 2007
Ira.B in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ethiopian in Manhattan

I will throw my vote in for Awash at Amsterdam/106th. Their combo platters are well done, if you can't figure out what to eat.

Mar 18, 2007
Ira.B in Manhattan

"Yolato" on Sullivan

It ain't no Pinkberry! It sorted of tasted like chalk. (this is the one on broadway on upper west side.

Mar 17, 2007
Ira.B in Manhattan

xiao la jiao - Anyone been?

We just went with 16 people, including kids (age 7 to 15). The food was great, and they were able to take the heat out of several dishes to make the kids happy. This allowed all of us to have a good time. Some excellent dishes included the dan dan noodles, the crab in garlic sauce and the smoked duck. The tofu with pork in pepper sauce was exquisite. They were willing to take a reservation in english over the phone, too, but you have speak slowly and make sure they get the number right.

Mar 14, 2007
Ira.B in Outer Boroughs

Zoma - new Ethiopian in Harlem- 113th St

Although much slicker looking, I think the food at Awash, on 106th and Amsterdam, is better.

Mar 09, 2007
Ira.B in Manhattan

Brief BRGR review

I agree with the general feeling of too pricey and iffy service (we just missed the huge out the door line and were fine). However, paying a few extra dollars to eat in a nice place, as opposed to, say, Wendy's, is worth it. I would return when in the area if the line was reasonable.

Mar 04, 2007
Ira.B in Manhattan

ANY GOOD PLACES TO EAT AROUND 80'S WEST SIDE?

Land Thai is really quite good (Amsterdam near 82nd street). All local Chinese food should probably be avoided. Tamarind (near Land) has OK Indian food, but not great. Sido has good mid-eastern food, but its not a great place to sit. And of course, if you think of Buffalo as an ethnic kind of place, Blondies (79th/Amsterdam/Broadway) has excellent wings!

Feb 23, 2007
Ira.B in Manhattan

Upper West Delivery Help

Just finished an excellent takeout dinner from Land (212 501 8121). Their Pad Thai is good, and they have a really good curry chicken dish. Its spicy!

Feb 21, 2007
Ira.B in Manhattan

Harlem

Ms. Maude's Spoonbread 212/690-3100; 547 Lenox Avenue (near 137th Street) has great fried chicken and smothered chicken. Pretty good shortribs. They also have a restaurant at 110th near Columbus if you are near Columbia.

Feb 21, 2007
Ira.B in Manhattan