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ethnic/quirky, MoMA vicinity

My friend and I are braving the crowds to check out the Tim Burton exhibit at MoMA tomorrow and have instructions to find an interesting/ethnic/quirky spot for dinner afterwards. Doesn't have to be confined to that neighborhood. I love Caracas Arepa Bar, Yakitori Totto, any number of divey banh mi joints, street meat, etc etc...but I would love to try someplace I haven't been yet.

Nov 21, 2009
savina in Manhattan

vegetarian/raw/vegan - midtown to Canal st.

A friend's sister making her first trip into NYC this weekend, and is looking for a nice-ish (maybe $15-20 entrees?) restaurant to dine at with her friends. They're especially interested in vegetarian, vegan, and raw food places - and they'll probably be in the midtown area, or maybe venture down to Canal St. (I don't know what part of midtown, or by what route they plan to traverse between the neighborhoods)

Any suggestions at all you could make? I'm quite the carnivore myself.

Jul 09, 2009
savina in Manhattan

ISO simple, booze-free escargot recipe

Thanks alk! I showed him a couple of recipes from the second site. He said "eww gross" at the pictures, but, given that he's a 3rd grade boy, I think that was a compliment.

Jun 09, 2009
savina in Home Cooking

ISO simple, booze-free escargot recipe

I'm a 3rd grade teacher, and one of the boys in my class is researching and writing an informational book about snails. He is fascinated by the idea that people eat snails and has been asking for a recipe to include in his book. I mentioned that they are cooked in garlic and butter, but all of the recipes that I'm finding also contain wine or brandy. Does anybody have a good recipe that won't lead to me losing my job for encouraging a 9-year-old to cook with booze?

Jun 09, 2009
savina in Home Cooking

Dinner w/ dad near Battery Park

My father and I are going to an opening at the Museum of Jewish Heritage tomorrow evening and would like to have dinner afterwards, preferably within walking distance. (He's driving down from Westchester, and I'm taking the subway from Brooklyn). Both of us are adventurous eaters. Entrees in the $20-30 range or less. We won't be drinking, most likely.

Is that area the culinary wasteland that google maps makes it appear to be? A search turned up literally nothing!

Dec 15, 2008
savina in Manhattan

inexpensive, un-trendy dinner tonight in Meatpacking District: an impossible dream?

Thanks so much for the suggestions everyone. We ended up at Los Dados, and it was just right.

Oct 26, 2008
savina in Manhattan

what's good in Park Slope?

Have you tried the Tuesday prix-fixe special at Melt? I've been curious about it for awhile, but 5 courses for $25 seems too good to be...well, good.

Back on topic: Seconding Palo Santo (one of the best and most affordable tasting menus I've had in the city). Little D for brunch (haven't been there for dinner yet but been meaning to).

Oct 25, 2008
savina in Outer Boroughs

inexpensive, un-trendy dinner tonight in Meatpacking District: an impossible dream?

My friend, her boyfriend, and I are going a party tonight at the Gansevoort Hotel and would like to have dinner beforehand someplace nearby. We would like to spend no more than $50pp and aren't interested in a "scene." Any type of cuisine will do. I'm a total 'hound, and while they're not as adventurous as I am (In terms of spiciness, offal, ordering food off foreign-language menus having no idea you're getting, etc), they have a predilection for quality over flash.

Oct 25, 2008
savina in Manhattan

Best Burger in Park slope?

Last night I was craving a burger, so I ordered one for delivery from Miracle Grill on 7th Ave. and 3rd St. If you like a rare burger, I highly recommend it, as it was red and moist all the way through, although surprisingly not drippy. It came with a chipotle mayo on the side, lettuce, and tomato, and I had selected grilled onions and jack cheese as add-ons. The only thing that fell short of excellent was the standard-issue sesame seed burger bun--I would have much preferred a fluffy potato roll or anything that tasted freshly baked.

Dec 18, 2007
savina in Outer Boroughs

Park Slope Delivery Favorites

My favorite delivery dish to order is the chicken curry with chips from Chip Shop. It's a huge portion that I can't possibly finish in one meal. Even though I tell myself every time that I'll get two dinners out of it, I always end up eating the leftovers for breakfast instead.

Also love many of the sandwiches at Press 195, and I find myself ordering sushi from Kiku at least once a week.

Oct 06, 2007
savina in Outer Boroughs

5th Avenue in Park Slope, North of Union?

Bogota is delicious (I'd recommend the arroz con pollo too, as well as the bandeja paisa, and definitely the arepa with chunky guacamole--yum!), but it might not have the quiet atmosphere the OP was looking for. The bar can be noisy at times, and they occasionally have live mariachi music. They do, however, have a back patio that is often quieter. Perhaps you can request to sit out there if the weather is nice.

Aug 09, 2007
savina in Outer Boroughs

Offensively bad NYT article

An old boyfriend of mine told me that he was smitten with me after our first date (at Red Cat) because I ordered the calves liver. It wasn't a decision made with the intention of impressing him, though; that would be foolish. There is some truth to the notion that men appreciate a woman who enjoys food; however, a general appreciation for the sensual aspects of cuisine is bound to be more attractive than the contrived "look at me! I eat steak, so I'm sooooo hot!" persona celebrated in the article.

Aug 09, 2007
savina in Food Media & News

Sat Lunch- Garfield and 7th- Park Slope

Miracle Grill has been my go-to brunch place throughout the year and a half I've lived in the Slope, but last time they really let me down. Cold coffee, inattentive service, eggs way overcooked (twice!). I'm hoping it was just an "off" day. I'd love to hear feedback from anyone else who has been there recently. I want to give them another chance; the outdoor patio is so lovely, and their version of eggs benedict (with cornbread and chipotle hollandaise) is one of my favorite brunch dishes.

While I do think 5th Ave has superior options, there are some good places if you would rather stay on 7th. If you don't have your heart set on a sit-down place, Tempo Presto (7th Ave. & 3rd St.) makes great sandwiches. You order at the counter, but there are plenty of tables. Their grilled chicken sandwich (on a crusty baguette with cilantro pesto, avocado, cuke, and caramelized onions) is a standby of mine.

Chiles & Chocolate is a Oaxacan place on 7th ave. near Lincoln (5 blocks north of garfield). I've never been there for lunch/brunch, but their dinners have been great (the much-maligned tamales notwithstanding). If you feel like Thai, I would recommend Mango next door to C&C over either of the other places in the vicinity (Lemongrass or T). 2nd Street Cafe on 7th always seems to be packed at brunchtime, but I've never been there and thus can't vouch for the food.

Jul 18, 2007
savina in Outer Boroughs

Solo for Restaurant Week

I enjoyed your review, fayth. Mesa Grill was one of the places I was considering. I found the Restaurant Week menu online, and it sounds delicious. I enjoy southwestern flavors like black beans, tamales, and lots of cilantro, so I might have to check it out! I'll report back on the experience if i do.

Jul 12, 2007
savina in Manhattan

Solo for Restaurant Week

I'd love that, kam! My email is _laurenco@gmail.com_ (just take out the _'s)

Opentable said Gramercy Tavern is booked, but that I could do a walk-in at the Tavern Room. Am I likely to find a seat that way?

Jul 12, 2007
savina in Manhattan

Solo for Restaurant Week

I'm a mid-twenties gal who is happily single but missing the scrumptious dining experiences that go along with dating. I'm comfortable eating solo at a taqueria or dim sum hall, but I rarely can justify the cost and pomp of fine dining when I'm all by my lonesome. I know that many on this board will poo-poo Restaurant Week as being the time when restaurants will trot out mediocre, dumbed-down food for the unwashed masses, but I'm going to look at it as an opportunity for me to have a delicious meal without waiting around for a handsome prince to sweep me off my feet. I'm looking for a place where I can treat myself to a nice meal but not be made to feel uncomfortable or rushed because I'm by myself. Eating at the bar would be fine. I'm a teacher on summer vacation, so I have all the time in the world for either lunch or dinner anywhere in Manhattan that's close enough to a subway that I can arrive without being drenched in sweat.

Thanks in advance for any help!

Jul 11, 2007
savina in Manhattan

Food Smuggling

I rarely go anywhere without a sample-sized bottle of Marie Sharp's Very Hot Habanero sauce tucked into my purse, just in case I'm faced with an unbearably bland meal.

Jun 04, 2007
savina in Not About Food

BYOB in Park Slope?

A friend is coming in from Philly tomorrow evening, and we were hoping to head out for a yummy dinner in my neighborhood when she gets here around 8. She suggested BYOB, but I can't think of any places off the top of my head. Does anyone know of any?

May 24, 2007
savina in Outer Boroughs

Doritos Fiery Habanero.....YOW!!!!

They taste very much like regular nacho cheese doritos, but the burn hits you right after you eat a few.

May 24, 2007
savina in General Topics

Favorite Hotdog Toppings

Sriracha and sweet relish.

May 16, 2007
savina in General Topics

Chinatown Dim sum for one,please

I've been to dim sum go go by myself for a weekday lunch. I ordered the dim sum platter and an ordered of the steamed pork buns (my favorite dim sum dish anywhere). The dumplings and buns were small, so the meal was about the perfect size for one person.

If you prefer to order off of carts, you should know that this place is menu-style. In general, I prefer carts, but I think that ordering off the menu is easier when I'm solo.

May 15, 2007
savina in Manhattan

Fast Food Special Orders

Bah, semantics!

Anyway, I think the Beef N Cheddar has some additional underwhelming sauce on it, so technically it would be a Beef N Cheddar, hold the cheese and the "zesty red sauce" (as described on the website)

May 12, 2007
savina in Chains

Really hot natural pepper sauces?

The green one is my favorite! I bought a bottle from my local Hispanic grocery, and the man at the counter looked at me suspiciously and asked, "You like this?"

I make a mean egg salad with diced fresh jalapenos in place of celery and a few dashes of the green El Yucateco.

Apr 26, 2007
savina in General Topics

Plantain burrito

Yeah, run of the mill flour tortilla burrito w/rice, beans, pico de gallo, but with plantain as the main filling instead of pork/chicken/beef. Never seen it anywhere else, but seems simple enough to get somewhere.

And yes, I have thought of just ordering a plain bean burrito with the plantains on the side and reconstructing in myself!

Apr 06, 2007
savina in Manhattan

Plantain burrito

When I was in college in Philly, one of my favorite lunches was the plantain burrito from the Mexi-Cali lunch truck. Since I moved to NY, I've been unable to find one. I live in Park Slope but would be willing to make a trip for a good one. The restaurant Los Pollitos II in my neighborhood serves burritos and serves plantains, but when I asked the gentleman at the counter if he could make a plantain burrito, he curtly said "no."

Any ideas?

Apr 06, 2007
savina in Manhattan

Best Churrascaria in NYC

I went with a group about that size and had a similar experience. It was a very lively and fun meal. Pricey, but well worth the money.

The only thing about the place that disappointed me was that I was hoping for some more exotic meat selections. Ostrich, perhaps? Or Kangaroo?

Apr 03, 2007
savina in Manhattan

paella in park slope?

My roommate has been craving it for a week, and I'd like to make him shut up about it -- er, I mean, help him out. Any recommendations?

Apr 01, 2007
savina in Outer Boroughs

Fast Food Special Orders

At Arby's, I like to order a Regular Roast Beef sandwich but get it on the onion roll that they use for the Beef N Cheddar.

Mar 24, 2007
savina in Chains

Soup dumplings

I first heard of soup dumplings from a friend who had them as part of a dim sum meal in Hong Kong. She's coming to town this weekend, and I thought she might want to replicate that experience. Maybe they do it differently there.

Mar 20, 2007
savina in Manhattan

Soup dumplings

Do any restaurants in Chinatown serve soup dumplings as an offering for cart-style dim sum?

Mar 19, 2007
savina in Manhattan