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Queen of Sheba - review

Hello..... I ate at Queen of Sheba this evening (10th avenue btwn 46th and 45th). Two of us ordered the Kitfo and Misir Wot (lentils) drank 4 beers and the bill including tax and tip was $48. The two entrees were more than plenty and very satisfying. I have only eaten Ethiopian once prior to this evening at Awash (Amsterdam and 106th). The food was equally delicious, fun and curious. The atmosphere at Queen of Sheba was more lively and they have 'traditional' (?) basket tables for parties of 4. As fun as the tables seemed, they looked very uncomfortable to dine at. The only disappointment at Queen of Sheba is their limited raw beef selections and their limited combination platters. They only offered two combination platters: vegetarian and meat (all cooked). The service was attentive and friendly.

Hopefully this helps anyone curious .....

May 11, 2007
shechow in Manhattan

Greek or Turkish for Bday Celebration?

Uncle Nicks, on 9th avenue, is a staple. The specialize in greek seafood but have all the basics. Their cheese flambe never ceases to thrill the people. They have an extensive tapas menu too. All the food is very good. In my opinion, the atmosphere/people are not very interesting but it remains super popular. 9th avenue offers a plethora of places to go before and after which is and advantage.

As alternatives, I think two other worthy suggestions are:

1. Turquaz (broadway on 100th street). The food is delicious and they have belly dancers! Very accommodating for groups.
2. Cafe Mogador (Moroccon). Humble hipster crowd in the east village. Again, delicious.

Apr 30, 2007
shechow in Manhattan

Cheese shop on 9th around 46th street, does anyone know the name of it?

Ok, I have answered my own question and in case anyone else was interested, I thought I would post it. The place is called Vintner Wine Market and it's on 9th between 46th and 47th. It is just north of Riposo wine bar which provides a very mediocre quality cheese plate but delicious pizzas and salads. Vintner Wine Market is the namesake of the sister wine store next door. As previously explained, it is a cheese shop up front with a cute cafe in the back. It smelled great but I did not taste anything. They have about 50 cheeses and about a dozen meditterean cold tapas in addition to a few other gourmet food items. The cafe offers cheese and meat plates, tapas, paninis, wine and beer all at very reasonable prices. The beer is an enormous global selection. I look forward to enjoying some cheese and wine there in the near future

Apr 30, 2007
shechow in Manhattan

Cancun restaurant for lunch - what to get?

Sorry, i realized i never answered your question. i think the fajitas quesadills are the best bets there.

Apr 30, 2007
shechow in Manhattan

Cancun restaurant for lunch - what to get?

The menu is typical and so is the quality of the food. The thrill of the place is not the food but the happy hour and post happy hour party scene at the bar nearly every night. It's bumpin'. It's a non-hipster packed bar scene reminiscent of NYC circa 1980s... a social treasure.

Apr 30, 2007
shechow in Manhattan

What Manhattan Restaurants (Hi, Mid, and Cheap) do you keep going back to?

Wow, like some of the others, your criteria only allows me to contribute to the low end and of course restaurants only visited more than twice a month. But nonetheless, here they are:

Low: Mandoo Bar, Basilica, Afghan Kebab House, Q2 Thai, Patsy's Pizzeria, PJ Carneys (Gaellic Burgers).

Apr 29, 2007
shechow in Manhattan

Cheese shop on 9th around 46th street, does anyone know the name of it?

Hi!

Does anyone know the name of the cheese shop on 9th avenue around 46th street?. It's on the west side of the street just up the block from a new trendy wine bar. The cheese shop that i am interested in retails cheese up front and has tables for tastings and wine in the back. It is a small space. It is not kashkaval.

Many thanks, in advance!!

Apr 29, 2007
shechow in Manhattan

Best Cheap Dumplings?

I love the dumplings at Mandoo Bar on 32nd street (korea town). They offer a variey of about 6 in addition to a few basic traditional korean dishses (bi bim bop and noodles). The Kimchee dumplings are my favorite. Not too much dough and packed with greatness! Surprisingly, I really enjoyed their steamed pork dumplings and consider them better than most fried pork dumplings.

Apr 20, 2007
shechow in Manhattan

$100pp (including wine) tasting menu for 10?

Hello-
I am organizing a celebratory dinner for about ten 30-something new york women. We would like to experience culinary treats, drink a good amount of decent wine and possibly champagne at a restaurant where we will fit in wearing stylish cocktail dresses or something more casual also. A tasting menu, if affordable, is preferred but any other recommendations would be great as well. The evening will be the weekend of may 19th. Food is a priority, a lively atmosphere but not too loud comes second. Any suggestions? Thank you.

Apr 20, 2007
shechow in Manhattan

col legno - still great?

funny, i was just thinking about col legno and their irrestible fried jerusalem artichoke heart appetizer. the last time i was there, about 2 years ago, they were sold out by 8pm. it was very dissappointing as that was the inspiration for eating there. nonetheless, the rest of the food was very good but nothing fabulous. the atmosphere, however, was a little dull.

Mar 20, 2007
shechow in Manhattan

Best West Village Restaurant

Moustache on bedford streets for the best lentiil soup and delicious innovative pizzas. all of their traditional middle eastern food is also great. great windows and a great space if not a little cramped.
I absolutely second Faicco's for their rice balls. mmmm mmmm!

Mar 20, 2007
shechow in Manhattan

the search for: nachos & authentic QUESO!

My favorite nachos are at Ariba Ariba in Hells Kitchen. The nachos are prepared as follows:
a single layer of flat tortilla chips is placed on a plate. then, a dallop of cheese, a marinated jalopeno and finally a generous amount of cheese (not chedder, not jack, and i don't think Oaxaca, but delicious and appropriate) is placed on each tortilla and into the broiler they go until they are each bubbly and nicely browned. you can order it with beans, chicken, or beef of course but the plain is too good for me to spoil with more flavor. the best i have every had in the city. i think they have the best margaritas too....fresher than others. i have never noticed queso on the menu.

Mar 20, 2007
shechow in Manhattan

BYOB Places in NYC

Afghan Kebab House on 9th in the low 50's is BYOB. No corkage fee. Great kebabs.

Mar 19, 2007
shechow in Manhattan

Soup dumplings

I just ate at Joe's Shanghai at 56th street tonight. After an unfortunate incident at Grand Schizuan in Hell's Kitchen, I have not been able to return. I have been missing their spicey fresh chicken dishes, the green parrot side spinach, and of course, their soup dumplings! IMO, the soup dumplings at Joe's were excellent...bigger in size than GS and the pork filling was more solid....GS's filling sometimes is too mushy. The JS downside on 56th street are the very high prices and subpar quality on everything. On a budget, we just ordered a "spicy" chicken entree. Not at all spicy and overcooked chicken. Next time, we'll order 2 soup dumplings!

Mar 19, 2007
shechow in Manhattan

B-day dinner party: Les enfants terribles or lil' frankies?

The atmosphere, incredible wine list, delicious pizzas and delicious tirimasu make lil Frankies a very nice place to eat. The aforementioned round table in the back room would be perfect for you. I have been there several times but les enfants terrible, only once. while it was fun to be there and in a very cool corner location, the food was very dissapointing and not at all memorable. I don't recall what I ordered, perhaps the special, but I do recall being unimpressed.

Mar 18, 2007
shechow in Manhattan

Lincoln Center

They are totally delicious. the basic margaretta (sp) is a whoppin' $18 and despite it's table-sized area, the overall volume satisfies one appetite (IMO). i have never regretted it. sooo good. i love sharing the pizza and an antipasti platter. That is plenty of food for two.

Mar 13, 2007
shechow in Manhattan

Lincoln Center

the antipasti bar at fiorello's, directly across from lincoln center. it's perfect for a date. you can order a small or large platter of hot or cold antipastis..... they are all amazing and some more exotic than others. it's the perfect delicious bite. their enormous flatbread pizzas are also delish. i would definately consider it as an expensive dinner experience but if you just want a snack, this is the place. it is always lively and the antipasti bouquet and people watching offers a million conversation starters.

Mar 13, 2007
shechow in Manhattan

Vynl on Columbus

If vynl is a sister to the hell's kitchen vynyl then it is probably pretty good. French roast on broadway in the low 80's is very good with it's usual brasserie look, feel and taste. they have outdoor sidewalk seating too.

Mar 13, 2007
shechow in Manhattan

Greek restaurants in Manhattan

There is an excellent Turkish restaurant in the west 100's, Turquaz. They have a private room that may be too small but I know that they do accommodate larger parties also. The food is excellent and they have belly dancers too!

Mar 06, 2007
shechow in Manhattan

Green Eggs

There is a great bagel shop on 1st Avenue between 66th and 67th that makes amazingly delicious spinach bagels on st. patricks day...or at least they did a few years ago. the information is a little out date and the location may not be suitable but they were so delicious I had to reply!

Mar 06, 2007
shechow in Manhattan

9th Avenue Recs?

I don't think there is any good Indian food in area, and per a recent request of mine, another user agreed. I think the best deal in the neighborhood is the Afghan Kebab House. It's BYOB and the kebab dishes are delicious and plentiful. Vinyl's good too. there is a new trendy wine and cheese shop bar but i ordered the cheese plate and it contained very common grocery store selections. the flatbread pizza, however, looked amazing. it's pretty packed every night and i don't think they take reservations. ariba ariba has much better margarita's than el azteca.

Mar 03, 2007
shechow in Manhattan

**Best Pizza Slice in Midtown????

Definately Sacco's! althought, believe it or not the fresh mozerall at the Bread Factory Cafe on 8th between 55th and 56th is also very above average. Sacco's is by far the best, and depending on your appetite, you can eat at least 2 slices without feeling stuffed!

Mar 01, 2007
shechow in Manhattan

Indian food in hell's kitchen

Does anyone have a great indian food restaurant recommendation in hells kitchen. i used to order from kiran until my patience could not handle seeing another hair in my nan. i was really dissappointed because i thought it was the best in the neighborhood. i experimented with almost all of them in the neighborhood. anyone have a hygenically correct favorite?

Mar 01, 2007
shechow in Manhattan

Great sushi around 42nd & 9th?

i have never been to simizu but i live in the area and i don't think any of the sushi qualifies as "great." however, i had sushi at pacific echo last night (56th between 8th and bdwy) and it was, to my relief, definately above average. at least half of their dishes were cooked. sushi prices were very reasonable. cooked prices ranged from $13-$21. check menupages.com for the menu with pricing.

Mar 01, 2007
shechow in Manhattan

Afghan in Hells Kitchen

I always go to Afghan Kebab House (over 20 times). It's great. i've never been to Ariana. BYOB makes it even better!

Mar 01, 2007
shechow in Manhattan

Looking for a decent burrito in NY. ANyone have any suggestions.

In my opinion, the one and only worthy burrito in this city is Cosmic Cantina on 3rd ave between 13th and 14th. burritoville, benny's, harry's, do not compare.

Mar 01, 2007
shechow in Manhattan

Dinners & lunches near the Hilton on 6th betw. 53rd & 54th?

definately go to Burger Joint for lunch. it is a super modest, super delish burger joint in the back of the swanky Parker Meridian hotel on west 56th.
Dinner recommendations: Remi, China Grill (definately not Ruby Foos), nobu 57 (yum!),
you should also have drinks at the awesome rooftop bar on top of the Dream Hotel on 55th and Broadway.

Feb 28, 2007
shechow in Manhattan

Great Place for a Long Lunch in Manhattan?

maybe Felix on West Broadway not sure about table availability
Pastis, meatpacking district, may be too difficult for a table
steak frites, union square

Feb 28, 2007
shechow in Manhattan

Is the Zagat guide reliable?

i used to love zagats because i knew real foodies were writing the reviews. however, ask yourself, doesn't the average person like average food? zagats now gets tons of people providing feedback, the more people, the more "average" the reviewers will be. take it for what it is.

Feb 28, 2007
shechow in Food Media & News

korean fried chicken

thanks! that's exactly what i was looking for. sounds like i need to try both!

Feb 28, 2007
shechow in Manhattan