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Casa Del Chef: Blue Hill alum in Woodside

Haven't posted here in ages but saw something surprising. In a previously haunted spot around the corner from Sripraphai where there was a string of restaurants including I think Hot N Sour and Maracas Cafe (which I always meant to try) there's something new called Casa Del Chef. The menu and signage looked like it was on a tight budget but there were some interesting choices. Confit Portaello Mushroom Tart? Braised Short Ribs with local cabbage?

A quick google lead me to their website: http://casadelchefny.com/

The chef was born in Ecuador and started cooking there, came here and worked for Bouley Bakery and for Dan Barber and was the head catering chef and manager of Blue Hill Cafe.

This is really something different and new for the neighborhood, definitely going to check it out and wanted to let other people know. I'm not even sure they're open just yet.

Sep 07, 2014
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Vernor's ginger ale anywhere in Brooklyn?

They serve it at the bar Daddy's in Williamsburg. Owner(s) are from Michigan. Was surprised to see it there, grew up drinking it on annual trips to visit grandparents in Cleveland. If you've never been, they have hot dogs as well. They also own Mothers up the street but I don't know if they serve it there as well.

Sep 07, 2014
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Delaware and Hudson - Patti Jackson in Williamsburg

Had a big meal hear in august and it was amazing start to finish. Lots of issues at the table from vegetarian to pescetarian to gluten and nut allergies and they went above and beyond, even at times coming up with entirely new replacements for dishes in the prix fixe when they could've just tweaked what was being served. Also surprised I haven't heard more about it as it was a more special meal than many I've had at much more famous places. Really nice people and amazing food.

Sep 07, 2014
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Looks like El Sitio in Woodside is done?

Walked by today, it's a filipino restaurant now.

Sep 07, 2014
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Yum Yum Thai Restaurant in Sunnyside

Last I checked (a long time ago), Thai Center Point delivered. I think once the owner/chef hand-delivered our food. I guess it was slow and they were understaffed. Maybe kids were busy with homework. Otherwise, it's Srip or Chao for us.

Nov 14, 2012
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Bizarre foods

Live octopus.

Aug 31, 2012
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Ayada: Better than Sripraphai?

They recognize us and we have to be careful. We go with Thai Medium, which is still hotter than American Spicy!

Jan 09, 2012
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Sunnyside: The Dog and Duck and Bliss 46 Bistro

thirded. Border of Sunnyside and Woodside and often go to Cuckoo's Nest for sunday brunch and get eggs and beans and sausage and chips. Had fish and chips for dinner during the sunday trad session and it was great.

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The Cuckoo's Nest
61-04 Woodside Ave, Queens, NY 11377

Jan 09, 2012
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F ottomanelli burgers in Woodside

I stopped by over the weekend and have mixed feelings. Obviously they're new and will be working out some kinks, but I don't know if the delay is just about being new. I mean, fast food places, good or bad, far as I understand, depend on thin burgers, and usually the kind that are cooked well done. These burgers are pretty thick, so I'd expect it to take an average of 8 minutes to cook, right? I think part of the style of place leads people to expect fast-food speed, and maybe that's what they're going for, or maybe it's a place to order a burger and expect it in about 10 minutes. Not quite McDonalds fast, but still a casual and relatively quick experience.

I wonder also about the cooking temp. I had the 8oz, two burgers, and they were both nicely medium-rare, which is what I'd expect and hope for anyway, but I wasn't asked. If they don't ask people and consistently serve them that way, I wonder if people will complain. I know there are people who refuse to eat a burger if it's pink in the middle, and I expect people will go there thinking they're getting a high-end fast food burger, like Five Guys or something and be surprised to find medium-rare.

As far as the taste of the burger, I had them once at the street fair and they were the same. They taste fresh and high-quality. Definitely not greasy or processed. They're flavorful but maybe a bit dense and dry, even being medium rare. I don't know if it's because the meat is lean or the juices are squeezed out. That's not a deal-breaker for me, I still liked it! Nice casual way to get a fresh burger with classic toppings like raw onion and pickles.

The fries were decent...don't know how belgian they are, they seemed more like steak fries, not quite as thick as Donovans but thick. I know they're supposed to be thick, but that thick? They were good, but came unsalted. They should definitely salt them soon as they're out of the fryer. And some more sauces for the fries would be nice.

I know this seems like a lot of complaints, but I feel pretty positive and hope they do well enough to stick around and find their footing.

Jan 09, 2012
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Pok Pok coming to Columbia St.

I live in Queens...eat at Srip, Chao etc all the time, for what it's worth. Visited Portland last year and went to Pok Pok. It was fantastic. If it's half as good Brooklyn is in for a treat.

Nov 22, 2011
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A pseudo hipster moving to Jackson Heights

Also worth mentioning is the recent arrival of Lucid Cafe in Woodside. No, it is not Variety or Guerilla or something, but it's a big improvement over "Cafescape" which was an improvement over "Esparks" which was an improvement over the Hallmark store it used to be. They at least seem to actually like coffee.

Nov 22, 2011
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Guide to Woodside

Haven't been reading the board lately and haven't seen it anywhere else, but looks like Rumphool is gone...replaced by another Thai that someone on yelp says is no good. Shame, while it's nice being able to walk to Srip, Ayada and Chao (on a nice day), Rumphool was my quick delivery option. Never got the cred of the others but was often really good.

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Ayada
77-08 Woodside Ave, Queens, NY 11373

Rumphool
57-17 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11377

Nov 22, 2011
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Newbie in Brooklyn

Go to Roberta's for breakfast/brunch after 11am I think. It has a more varied menu than Motorino and is always empty at that time except for artists with their kids...or their parents.

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Roberta's
261 Moore St, Brooklyn, NY 11206

Motorino
319 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Jul 02, 2011
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Southern Indian in Elmhurst/Jackson Heights

I recently went back to Dosa Place for the first time in years (or in the past it was Dosa Palace or some other name!), and the food was great. The service, less great, but the food was good.

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Dosa Place
35-66 73rd St, Queens, NY 11372

May 25, 2011
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Tibetan/Nepali roundup in Jackson Heights?

I almost want to take back my earlier positive reviews! Went back not long after the time mentioned above and got the dried beef dish again and while I enjoyed it, something was way off and it wasn't spicy. When I got the check, under the name of the dish it had typed up "NO SPC". I called over the waitress to ask about it and told that they made it not spicy because usually "people...from other places", as she so delicately put it, don't like spicy food. I told her I had had the same dish a few weeks before and loved it so much I came back for it, but it was better the first time!

Here's my suggestion. We come up with a petition stating that restaurants should cook food the way they think it should be served, and if they think it's going to be too spicy or too sour or whatever they're welcome to suggest changing it, but at least give us the option of having the food as it's intended!

Apr 15, 2011
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Tibetan/Nepali roundup in Jackson Heights?

Been wondering about that place. Also Katmandu Spice on Woodside Ave by 61st st, space that was Tibetan and Brazilian and went under is now Nepali and Japanese. And even Masala, the indian place on 61st st near the trains which I never particulary liked has a flyer up saying they're serving Nepali dishes.

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Masala
39-26 61st St, Queens, NY 11377

Katmandu Spice
60-15 Woodside Ave, Queens, NY 11377

Apr 15, 2011
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Sripraphai - Not overrated

I also went last sunday and had one of the most disappointing meals we've ever had there. We're never going on a weekend again. Drunken noodles and penang curry with ZERO heat at all. Really lacking in flavor. We had never seen that waiter before. Wonder if when they recognize you they give more standard spice levels?

Apr 15, 2011
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Tortas Neza - Great tacos in Woodside

They have an "everything must go" sign in the window.

Really depressing.

Apr 11, 2011
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Salt and Fat in Sunnyside

I haven't been to Salt and Fat, but the prior restaurant's interior was bizarre. All shiny black tiles.

Mar 29, 2011
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Tortas Neza - Great tacos in Woodside

I will check it out. That space has been a revolving door and I wasn't sure if this newest version was different or not.

Mar 09, 2011
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Chao Thai vs Ayada

From my experience, Chao Thai is better but I haven't eaten tons at both places.

However, my closet is bigger than Chao, so if space matters, Ayada has the advantage.

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Chao Thai
85-03 Whitney Ave, Queens, NY 11373

Ayada
77-08 Woodside Ave, Queens, NY 11373

Mar 09, 2011
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Tibetan/Nepali roundup in Jackson Heights?

Went back to Mustang Thakali Kitchen for the first time in ages after having one 3 times when it first opened. It was amazing. Veggie momos with 3 condiments. The soup with the broad noodles with tons of vinegar and whatever poured in. Pickeled veggies. And I had this dry beef dish what was basically like a jerky. It was super hard on the teeth but incredibly tasty. Nice place, nice people, interesting food. Definitely a nice sit-down place.

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Mustang Thakali Kitchen
74-14 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11372

Mar 05, 2011
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Getting fed up with Chinese delivery options in Carroll Gardens

Hunan Delight (union and 6th) and Hunan Wok (somewhere on 5th) both delivered to Cobble Hill when I lived there, and both offered classic american chinese. Hunan Delight remodeled and got a bit "trendy" so it may be a dollar or two more expensive, but the food was good. I live in Queens now where there is almost no good american chinese delivery and really miss the stuff.

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Hunan Delight
752 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Hunan Wok
106 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Mar 04, 2011
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Sripraphai - Not overrated

Regarding the watercress...you can get the veggie version, or you substitute fake ham for the meat or generally ask for other elements to be left out. I've found them really good at making substitutions.

I'll respond to this thread instead of the other one. Srip has always been a bit inconsistent in style and awesomeness, and I say this as someone in the neighborhood who's gone at least twice a week for around 5 years, and visited a few times before that, all after the expansion though.

We've noticed distinct differences based on a few factors, including how crowded it is and if it's the weekend, but discovered something else.

We went this past friday as well, and some of the dishes were good as expected, but the drunken noodles were almost terrible. Really bland. First I noticed for the second time that they did not supply the little dish of fish sauce with peppers in it, which has always helped make it great, so we had to ask for that.

Then last night we called in an order for pick-up. I mentioned the drunken noodles and the fish sauce and the woman taking the order said "we stopped offering that because nobody used it, everybody threw it out". So I ordered some.

Now I don't know if it's the fact that I knew about the fish sauce or the fact that it was take-out and most take-out is locals or if Sunday was just better, but some of the same dishes that we had gotten friday were WAY better on Sunday.

It's a shame about the fish sauce though. That's a perfect example of the dumbing down of food. Instead of getting rid of it they should be telling people that they're supposed to put it on the food!

Feb 28, 2011
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Brooklyn Egg Creams

That's interesting...but if you really want to save money in the long run and have the best stuff, I can't say enough good things about the Sodastream:

http://www.sodastream.com/

I got one back when it was still called Soda Club USA and you had jump through hoops to replace the CO2 canister...now there's tons of local places where you can swap it.

Feb 06, 2011
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Late night in LIC/Sunnyside/Woodside

Not sure how late Cuckoo's Nest serves food, but I love what I've eaten there. Stop Inn diner is 24 hours and the new latin/diner place where Free Time used to be is open late on fridays and saturdays. No idea if it's any good though.

For the more adventurous, Sik Gaek is open late, so you can snack on live octopus and fried korean drunk food.

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Stop Inn
60-22 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11377

The Cuckoo's Nest
61-04 Woodside Ave, Queens, NY 11377

Sik Gaek
40-01 149th Pl, Queens, NY 11354

Jan 24, 2011
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New Brazilian BBQ/Asian Fusion Restaurant in Woodside

Walked by tonight and looked at the menu. Still the same name, Kathmandu Spice, but instead of Brazilian BBQ, a large sushi menu, and instead of just some tibetan stuff, what looks like a pretty large and thorough selection of items. Will give it a shot soon.

Jan 09, 2011
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New Brazilian BBQ/Asian Fusion Restaurant in Woodside

I think everyone is tired of fusion. But if they make good japanese food, great, and if they make good nepali food, great. And if they find some way to marry the two and it tastes good, also great. I think it's an easy crutch to show some sort of uniqueness, but a bit naive these days seeing as how it rarely works. But when it does and it's done well, well good food is good food.

Dec 20, 2010
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Zabb Queens and Playground

Finally went to new Zabb a few weeks ago. Re-designed. The "boiled rice" is basically Congee, and the Pandanus flavor wasn't even that strong. It was nice to have on a cold night, but I could've gone for even more of that flavor. Started with a mixed salad which was very very tasty and extremely spicey. Got crispy pork with chinese broccoli to have with the boiled rice and it was fine, but not nearly as good as that dish was at the old Zabb, which is still my gold standard for crispy pork and chinese brocc.

Dec 17, 2010
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New Brazilian BBQ/Asian Fusion Restaurant in Woodside

Think I saw a sign that this is reopening as a Japanese/Nepali place. Hopefully better than Yeti of Heizan down on Queens Blvd. Did not have a good meal the one time I went there.

Dec 17, 2010
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