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NYChound in PDX needs brunch rec for 10 adults + 3 infants

Thanks JillO and cheeseisheaven!

I am going to suggest Ocean City, The Country Cat, and TeBo's in that order. We will see how adventurous everyone is feeling.

Being in NYC we love Dim Sum and have great places here. It is a fun group activity and can be a neat eye-opener for those who don't have it regularly.

Side note, my husband and I are going to make our way to PokPok on our own (; we have heard great things.

Ocean City Restaurant
3016 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97266

May 31, 2011
mjindrich in Metro Portland

NYChound in PDX needs brunch rec for 10 adults + 3 infants

I am willing to go downtown, but clearly staying in the east (sorry about mistakenly saying west earlier) suburbs is preferred. See, nkeane, the problem is that Milwaukie, Sunnyside, Happy Valley don't make many appearances on this board, so an out-of-towner like myself decided to ask. PDX choices are abundant. In fact, in Food & Wine tonight I saw three recommendations for great downtown options, but I did mention that we are transporting 10 adults and 3 infants, so near the house/hotel is preferred.

Any brunch, that is celebration worthy, no in a mall, with reasonable prices American fare or Dim Sum would be welcome.

May 30, 2011
mjindrich in Metro Portland

NYChound in PDX needs brunch rec for 10 adults + 3 infants

We will be in the western suburbs (Milwaukie, Sunnyside, Happy Valley) Sunday, June 5th. There will be 10 adults, 3 infants. We are looking for a nice brunch to celebrate a high school graduate. We must be able to make reservations, goal would be $30-40pp (no bar tab), and kid friendly is a must.

Would love to hear what the PDX Chow crowd has to suggest.

Thanks a ton!

May 30, 2011
mjindrich in Metro Portland

Sushi UWS in the 90s

I loved my sushi delivery from Kikuchi at 93rd & Amsterdam. But in the last two weeks they have closed their doors, stopped answering their phones and all in all shut down. I am devastated. Not only did they have great sushi (the unaig came hot), they were affordable, and the delivery guy was the happiest delivery guy in the 90s (he sang - on the bike, while coming up the stairs, he was wonderful). Talk about sushi with a smile!

Now I don't know what to do. I have tested out Kouzan -- which I really like in person, but the delivery takes too long and you can't have delayed sushi. And Kitaro -- which has high quality sushi, but on the first try the spicy crunchy tuna came with asparagus (a sacrilege for my husband) and the unaig was like rubber (gak!). I tried Asia Kan, but the sushi was really expensive -- $22 for lunch, would have paid $14-16 for same order at the others.

I looked at the past UWS sushi discussions on the board (,, and and they are all out of date. Most the restaurants are gone.

So my desire is:
Good sushi
West 84th --> 96th (further and you get rubber
)Tried and true on the spicy crunchy tuna, avocado unaig roll, gyoza, and stellar sashimi.
Even better if they are on seamless web
And triple bonus if anyone finds my smiling-singing-sushi delivery guy!

Asia Kan
710 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

510 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

685 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10025

656 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

Apr 12, 2011
mjindrich in Manhattan

Adventure-seeker in from Haiti, Wacky/Must Eats?

Last time he was here he had to go to the Pop-Tart Bar for pop-tart-sushi. This time he must have tix to see the "Spiderman train wreck." He asks, "where should we go that is new and unique, wacky and fun, and may not be here the next trip?"

So where, with the personality listed above, would you take him to dinner? No food restrictions, no money restrictions, and no neighborhood just has to be a "wow." He is in NYC Sunday 3/13 and Monday 3/14.

Mar 12, 2011
mjindrich in Manhattan

Visiting Sommelier in NYC

Thanks for all the great suggestions.

Oct 27, 2010
mjindrich in Manhattan

Visiting Sommelier in NYC

Great suggestions, Terroir looks like a must. Is Ushiwakamaru still open? Google has it listed as closed.

A few of my brother-in-laws friends have suggested PDT.

Please Don't Tell
113 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009

413 E 12th St, New York, NY 10009

Oct 24, 2010
mjindrich in Manhattan

Visiting Sommelier in NYC

My brother-in-law is a sommelier from L.A. in NYC for the next 6 days. We just moved here and have been getting out a little, but I am in need of some recommendations. He already has reservations at Per Se. We have recently tried Apizz, Zampa, and Buceo 95. I am looking for casual, comfortable, not to loud, not the new hip "scene," great wine, affordable, and the kind of place where the staff of other great restaurants love to eat. Any genre, sushi, pizza (suggested Posto by friends), French, Italian, Indian...

Also, I was thinking of taking him to Chelsea Market for lunch and to pick up the makings for a nice dinner at home.

And thinking of trying either Todd English's Plaza Food Hall or Eataly.

We are on the Upper West and are open to traveling out to the Brooklyn, Queens or Bronx.

Per Se
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

217 Eldridge St., New York, NY 10002

Buceo 95
201 W 95th St, New York, NY 10025

306 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10014

Plaza Food Hall
1 W 59th St, New York, NY 10019

200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

Oct 24, 2010
mjindrich in Manhattan

Soups in Austin

I enjoy Thai Tara for many other reasons, so I will head there and try it out.

Aug 16, 2008
mjindrich in Austin

Soups in Austin

Thanks for the tip, before the surgery we would order Portabla often for office lunches. I have tried the Lamb Stew once and I liked the flavors but it was too salty. It may have been the batch, I will go back and try it again.

Aug 16, 2008
mjindrich in Austin

Soups in Austin

I went to Din Ho, but after explaining my dietary needs the waiter told me to have the crab and asparagus soup because of the lack of chewing needed. Should have gone for the Hot & Sour. Next time.

NirvRush: The coconut curry sounds amazing and may be my next stop.

Jul 27, 2008
mjindrich in Austin

Soups in Austin

I had jaw surgery two weeks ago and now I am back up and ready to go out and about on the town. Problem is I am on a doctor ordered liquid only diet until the middle of October.

When it was time to go out to dinner with friends for the first time I rushed to the CH boards to see where to go. Lots of off hand mentions, but no soup only thread.

It was funny, I started calling some of my favorite places in town - but all had soup de jour. I didn't want to show up some place and find out all they had that night was cream of carrot.

Here is where I have been so far:

- Fonda San Miguel: Tortilla Soup
- Eastside Cafe: Chicken, Mushroom Artichoke
- Vivo: Tortilla Soup
- Sangra: White Bean and Prosciutto (this was a soup de jour, but it was a work lunch so I had no choice)
- Din Ho: Hot & Sour (I am headed here tonight)

So here it is. Where are the best soups in town?

And I am looking for permanent soup fixtures on the menu, no soup de jour. With one exception for any places like Eastside Cafe that has three soup choices a day - then you know one has to be good, and most likely all three are amazing. (Note, chunky soups are ok, I just request that they give me more broth than soup.)

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. No stone soup unturned.

PS: already hitting up Soup Peddler too, not to worry. :-)

Jul 26, 2008
mjindrich in Austin

Has anyone been to J. Black’s Feel Good Lounge on W. 6th?

This is all I can find out about it:

Besides this, the only thing on the web about this place is a bunch of different local social clubs putting up event notices about going there to check it out.

Can’t tell if it is fancy-fancy like StarBar and KeyBar, or if it is laid back and relaxing.

We moved her from DC where we had a local bar (Atomic Billiards) that was the best bar ever. Cheap pool, vintage couches, chairs to lounge in, TVs on the game muted, no food served (so you could bring in your own), and above all else nice staff that never rushed you and let you sit and relax all night.

Looking for that in Austin and have yet to find it. Suggestions welcome.

Jul 21, 2007
mjindrich in Austin

AUS -- Anyone checked out Woodland yet?

On the experience: We went, service was not so hot. The waiter was flaky, the hostess had a bit too much body odor for me (woodsy) and the manager was aloof. They are still doing BYOB. It was really drafty and cold. And it is by far one of the loudest places I have been too (#1 loudest was Hyde Park Grill-South). Also, they were out of bunch of things (coke, mashed potatoes which would have come with the meatloaf we ordered -- they did substitute mac & cheese which was good).

On the food: The oysters were done just right, the mac & cheese was close to what mama makes, and the burgers were one of the best I have had in Austin.

Mar 06, 2007
mjindrich in Austin

Gene's Po Boys in Austin is Great!

I reamember the pork chop, and the oyster po'boy. But, what I remember most was the banana pudding. I thought I had died. It comes in small, medium or large. I got the samll to take back to the office after the big lunch, but it was the size of a dressing cup you normally get with a salad. Trust me, the medium is where it is at.

Mar 06, 2007
mjindrich in Austin

Looking for best meat loaf in Austin

We ate at Woodland (S. Congress) on Sunday and tried the meatloaf. Huge portions, good texture, chunky tomato sauce (I myself prefer the BBQ-like sweet, smooth sauce).

Just watch out for the staff to be slow, the drinks to be BYOB, and them to be out of a ton of things. New place, new quirks.

We will go back.

Mar 06, 2007
mjindrich in Austin

The CHOW Guide to Eating and Drinking in Austin, SXSW edition

Wow, this is an abomination. I can’t believe anyone would write/print such junk let alone read it. Your bit on “how to drink more” is unbelievable. SXSW is a wonderful Austin experience and to cloud the image of our out-of-town guest with lessons on gluttony is just unfortunate. I hope that the people coming to town for this wonderful, educational and unique celebration don’t think you are our ambassador.

Nor do I hope that they think this list is all inclusive of the wonderful offerings this town has both culinary and culturally.

Mar 06, 2007
mjindrich in Features