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Review of Maya Taqueria on Vanderbilt

Only 6 months behind here but the spicy shrimp burrito here is awesome! It is REALLY spicy, filling and delicious. Hope you get a chance to go back and try it.

Aug 01, 2010
atandt in Outer Boroughs

Your mom's weird cooking ... and other stories? (recipes encouraged)

I love this thread and I love my mama! I have an immigrant mother too - she got here in the 70's from India. She is actually an amazing cook, my family and friends always talk about her delicious food. Growing up we would ask for 'American' food, and while she is actually quite adept at replicating those tastes, I guess occasionally she felt they were way too bland and she made her own concoctions by adding millions of spices to recipes that didn't ask for them. Her crazy hot Indian-spiced spaghetti sauce, fried chicken and meatloaf were actually awesome, as were chicken curry and keema curry grilled sandwiches (made in those sandwich presses - pre-panini popularity). I was not a big fan of her improvised 'tartar' sauce for fried shrimp, however: ketchup mixed with mayonnaise. I can't recall other misses at the moment, but there were certainly some flops.

Sep 11, 2009
atandt in Home Cooking

Deep fried kimchee?

yes! i think it was a salt and pepper flour batter. they look sort of like popcorn chicken/shrimp, but that salty batter works so well with the sour kimchee!

May 26, 2009
atandt in Manhattan

Deep fried kimchee?

I just had this at a great restaurant in Portland (Biwa), and have been thinking about it for a few days now. It was battered and deep fried, so it was crunchy, salty, sour and spicy!!

Surely this is available somewhere in NYC?

Thanks for any leads!

May 26, 2009
atandt in Manhattan

Middle-aged couple seeking bar in Brooklyn

Char No. 4 on Smith St. - weekdays only - weekend nights are very busy and loud. They mostly serve whiskey/bourbon/scotch and all their incarnations, but you can get beer, wine and other liquors too. Plenty of great food, too, if you like.

Jan 26, 2009
atandt in Outer Boroughs

Meat and Vegan menu options

Ah yes, my good friend is vegan so we often have this dilemma.

Westville has vegan options and plenty of meat - casual American food.

the General Greene in Fort Greene has vegan options, plus you can go to Red Bamboo across the street for a vegan dessert.

Alma in Red Hook is a great date spot, and just let them know and they will modify dishes to make them vegan.

Ki Sushi on Smith St is also pretty and they make an awesome Warm Mushroom Salad and interesting veggie rolls.

Ghenet on 4th Ave. in Park Slope also is a great choice (they have a Manhattan location too, but haven't been). Nice looking place and their vegan dishes are delicious. I also liked their steak tartare appetizer.

And I agree Middle Eastern/Mediterranean is a great choice for both diets. You can find plenty of stuff to eat in both low end and high end environments. Beyoglu, on the UES is a cute place for a date, I haven't been to any other fancy places lately so I couldn't tell you any better restaurants, though I'm sure they are out there. Check out all the cafes on Atlantic Ave offerings for cheap, tasty Middle Eastern meals from all different countries in the region.

Jan 26, 2009
atandt in Manhattan

Bread pudding?

I have an insatiable craving for bread pudding and I must know where to get the best! I am also interested in those almost custardy French toasts.

What are your suggestions?

Jul 30, 2008
atandt in Manhattan

Korean vegetarian?

Franchia on Park Ave. is owned by the Hangawi people and is also completely vegetarian - but they are more tea-centered (that's not a phrase, is it? their main focus is tea and they serve food as well) and seem to have a very spiritual philosophy. It's very quiet and the decor is very spare. Sort of feels like you're in a temple.

That said, they do have a lot of things I'm sure are not served in any temples, like sweet and sour fried mushrooms (not good at all). The pancakes and dumplings and vegetables over rice are usually very tasty.

Maybe the atmosphere at least is what you're looking for?

Jun 25, 2008
atandt in Outer Boroughs

Tapas for Vegetarians?

Aye, sorry, and I forgot to add Sala in there, too. I often go there with my veggie friends (I know a lot of Indian people!) and they are big fans of this place too. I think Sala Bowery has a lot more to offer for vegetarians of the two places (I like the mushroom tapas and goat cheese and honey best) and as you said it's near fun bars. Hope your date goes well!

Jun 25, 2008
atandt in Manhattan

Tapas for Vegetarians?

I actually just went to Boqueria the other day with three vegetarians (they eat dairy) in tow and they were very happy (one of them actually suggested it!). Spinach with chickpeas, patatas bravas, pan con tomate of course, peppers, the salads, and I believe they asked for all mushroom croquetas as well. Hope that helps.

Jun 25, 2008
atandt in Manhattan

Stanton Social - where to sit?

Went there recently for the first time, and we were a big group of girls (bachelorette party). We sat near the back stairs, like jsgjewels. The long table doesn't necessarily facilitate conversation between the whole party, but it was fine. While it was kind of tight, it was nice to kind of be away from everyone downstairs, and have our own little party.Wasn't too loud, but still very festive. By the way, I was really, really surprised that the food was so good - I was scared that this place was all hype. I think it's a great choice for a party.

Sep 20, 2007
atandt in Manhattan

Fun Manhattan challange

shake shack is a great idea - and i agree with what rose water said about the line.

when my cousin and her husband came in from texas earlier this year we went on a pizza tour. they went to coney island while i was at work and went to totonno's and nathan's at 11. then they met me uptown at patsy's. we wanted to go to una pizza naepolatana but they were on vacation for a week, oddly. so we ended at grimaldi's and had dessert at jacques torres and a beer at superfine afterward. i ALMOST didn't want to eat pizza for a few days. my cousin loves di fara the best (but that was just way too far out for this tour) and her husband is a grimaldi's fan. i think i like totonno's and di fara the best.

i really like itzocan cafe also, its tiny and funky and fun on a summer night.

question: is NYC the only place that has these restaurants devoted to one specific food? like s'mac, rice to riches, the pb and j place and the grilled cheese sandwich place?

Jun 20, 2007
atandt in Manhattan

Need the best cupcakes and Carrot cake

i have had the carrot cake cupcake (two birds, one stone) at two little red hens on the UES and it is delicious. very moist and raisiny and nutty and cream cheesy. i'm not sure how many of those are actual words, but i hope the point gets across that it was very good. and their little cakes are so pretty - they are lovely to bring to a party.

Jun 20, 2007
atandt in Manhattan

Why don't you eat in Chinatown?

i just ate at moon house for the first time at my friend's recommendation and it was pretty darn good. we had shredded beef with jalapenos - which i noticed a lot of patrons eating. we also had tiny fried buns and steamed crab and pork dumplings.

i avoid chinatown for many of the reasons listed above. it is far from where i live, it smells unpleasant in the summer, it is often crowded with annoying tourists and there is just way too much restaurant/ snack joint selection. i am scared to randomly walk into a place, and regret not picking the place next door later. i have to go with some prior recommendation. i basically only go there once every 2 months because i get my hair cut in chinatown. and i usually leave with great hair, containers of $1 dumplings, and a bunch of different bakery buns.

Jun 20, 2007
atandt in Manhattan

Hosting a Mexican Fiesta (themed dinner party) - any suggestions? [Moved from General Topics]

i agree with kmr - a jicama salad or jicama anything would be a nice and refreshing counterpart to all the other good (but a little heavy) recipes you have here. maybe a good tortilla soup, too?

man. now i want to have a mexican-themed dinner party!

Jun 20, 2007
atandt in Home Cooking

Hosting a Mexican Fiesta (themed dinner party) - any suggestions? [Moved from General Topics]

what about dessert? tres leches cake! or mexican wedding cookies. i love mexican wedding cookies.

Jun 20, 2007
atandt in Home Cooking

Maggie Moo's vs. Cold Stone

i haven't been to maggie moo's, but cold stone isn't that great to me. the ice cream tastes kind of grainy, i just wasn't a fan of the texture. and the 'sundae' portions are ridiculous! there is no way a human being can eat the thing they serve you. you end up spending $6 for a few spoonfuls before it melts away.

May 31, 2007
atandt in Chains

Shake Shack or Rare Bar and Grill?

i am not sure if you are still in the city - but please go to shake shack! it's worth the wait. go around 4 or 5, and you should be golden. well, golden is about a half hour wait, mind you. i am going today. i have heard that you can have the shroom burger on top of a single shackburger and i must try this combination!

personally, i thought the burger at rare was not very good at all. it was just a lot of meat, and dry meat at that. even topped with a million fattening and delicious add-ons, it was not a good burger. but you should definitely have a drink at the bar on rare's roof, it's really lovely.

May 31, 2007
atandt in Manhattan

Tenzan Sushi now on UES

ichiro is not that great. the special rolls i had were pretty bland. the management is quite friendly, though.

May 24, 2007
atandt in Manhattan

dark loungey cocktail place - ideas

Hi-Fi has the most kickass jukebox of all. I think it's 10th and A, not too divey. Sucks on the weekends, but great every other day. Then I liked the jukebox at the Magician - which is actually LES. The Holliday Lounge on or near St. Mark's place is a dive bar with a decent jukebox also.

Mar 02, 2007
atandt in Manhattan

dark loungey cocktail place - ideas

Fuelray Bar, I think might fit the bill. I have only been there once and did get extremely drunk but I do recall heavy drapes, couches, and other assorted mood enhancing decor. It's on W. 3rd St. Wait - but I don't know about drinks - I got drunk on crappy beer!

http://www.fuelray.com/

Mar 02, 2007
atandt in Manhattan

Burgers! Please Opine regarding your faves

Seriously, please never go to RARE for a burger. Go for anything else - and especially go to their awesome rooftop bar - but please do not go here expecting a good burger, which is supposedly their star player. You will get a baseball sized portion of ground beef with no flavor on a bun. Even slathered with all kinds of toppings, the burger's suckiness managed to stand out.

Feb 23, 2007
atandt in Manhattan