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Looking for best Dim Sum for a Sunday Brunch in NYCity

If you want the push-cart ladies/dim sum palace experience, then I suggest Jing Fong. Good variety and the food is totally decent. If it is purely food excellence your after, then sure, digest the other threads. (pun intended) :-)

Jul 21, 2014
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Pig Heaven alternative

"Why they spell Vietnaam w 2 "A's" is beyond me"

...because it is a transliteration? (just guessing)

Jul 18, 2014
olympusnyc in Manhattan

LES brunch spots- takes reservations, patio a plus

Not sure they fall into your geo-boundaries but there is Back Forty and The Cleveland

Jul 16, 2014
olympusnyc in Manhattan

Chow-worthy takeout before hopping on Acela home

Ditto!

Jul 15, 2014
olympusnyc in Manhattan

I found the best organic eggs in manhattan

How much $?

Jul 10, 2014
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Anyone know what's opening up next to the MeatBall Shop, UES?

Anyone know what's opening up next to the MeatBall Shop, UES? I see the old Southern Hospitality spot is being gutted/renovated. Hopefully not to be a bank :-)

Jul 10, 2014
olympusnyc in Manhattan

Bye Bye CRUMBS

Jul 08, 2014
olympusnyc in Manhattan

Bye Bye CRUMBS

Right...there was boom back in the 70's (e.g. TCBY) and then it dried up. So, like cupcakes and croissants and donuts (not sure where the cronut falls), FroYo is like to come and go once again. Maybe a few will hold on but I suspect the bulk will fold. Similarly, will be interesting to see what's in store for the ramen boom.

Jul 08, 2014
olympusnyc in Manhattan

Bye Bye CRUMBS

FroYo the next thing to come and go....and come and go?

Jul 08, 2014
olympusnyc in Manhattan

Sasabune NYC

Went to Sasabune shortly after it opened it was a very enjoyable meal (what, 5 years ago or so?). Last year, the Mrs. and I (she is Japanese, btw), and we couldn't have been more disappointed. The sushi was truly unremarkable and the pace was too fast.

We will not be returning.

Jul 02, 2014
olympusnyc in Manhattan

Lunch near spring and lafayette for Friday!

Tartinery on Mulberry. Good food, really nice ambiance.
http://www.tartinery.com/

Jun 25, 2014
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Black Seed vs. Baz - Bagel Wars

Actually tried black seed today (coincidentally). Went in asking for a plain onion bagel (I figured that would be a good test) but they had none (not sure if that is always the case). Anyway, opted for the everything bagel and really enjoyed. It was crusty, chewy, and not over-sized. $1.69. I would buy again. Best bagel I've had in quite some time. Not sure though I would spring the $$ for the accoutrements.

Jun 25, 2014
olympusnyc in Manhattan

Which restaurants/stores have rewards for repeat customers?

16 Handles - $50 spend gets you a $5 reward (to spend)
Tasti D Light - 10 punches get you a free yogurt
Main Street Sweets (Roosevelt Island) - 10 punches get you a free ice cream w toppings

Jun 25, 2014
olympusnyc in Manhattan

Chinatown Fruit Report 2014

Was walking Canal street last week and was excited when I saw biwa...a fruit I experienced and enjoyed while living in Japan. The ones I saw did not look in great shape and they were selling for $6 per pound; I passed.

After some googling, I see that in Chinese, they are loquats, which I have heard of but never realized that they and biwa were the same.

My question to this group is when are loquats in season, what is a fair price, and where best to procure in Chinatown?

Thanks.

Jun 21, 2014
olympusnyc in Manhattan

Dinner near GCT: Friend has dietary restrictions: no soy, no wheat, no alcohol

Unless there is great concern for cross-contamination, I think almost any place should do depending on what she picks. Clearly, she can get a piece of salmon and broccoli at the Oyster Bar. How about Hangawi?

Jun 19, 2014
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Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

-Kiev on E. 7th and 2nd.
-America on E. 18th and Bway
-El Pollo (Peruvian Chicken) on 1st Ave in the 90s...great chicken and a great stuffed potato filled with ground beef and egg.
-Manny's Car Wash, 3rd Ave UES
-Sand Bar (1st Ave/85th St)

Jun 17, 2014
olympusnyc in Manhattan

Jing Fong still good for Dim Sum?

I generally agree but comparing Red Farm to Golden Unicorn/Jing Fong is like apples and oranges.

Jun 10, 2014
olympusnyc in Manhattan

Travel to Manhattan with 2 teenage boys

If your boys like Japanese cooked food and are willing to try some new things, Sake Bar Hagi is a cool hidden place..152 W. 49th, downstairs. Japanese Izakaya/bar food place.

Jun 08, 2014
olympusnyc in Manhattan

Jing Fong still good for Dim Sum?

Just Dim Sum or Dim Sum with ladies pushing the food carts? Read all the replies below. Jing Fong is not WOW but it is still decent. Plenty of local Chinese folks eat there each day.

Jun 08, 2014
olympusnyc in Manhattan

Katagiri to reopen this Thursday

Well, good to know I was not seeing it out of a totally different lens. On the other hand, sorry that we were both disappointed with the renovation. I wish I knew what they were thinking. Oh well, Mitsuwa on the agenda for this weekend.

Jun 06, 2014
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Katagiri to reopen this Thursday

Walked past it today and took a quick look inside. Sigh....another disappointing Katagiri renovation. Some re-design (registers now adjacent to the entrance) but it actually seems smaller/less shelves for product. Meat refrigerator case seems larger, produce section seems smaller. Even the prepared foods case seems smaller. Ironically, I saw two girls walk past the store carrying H-mart bags....perhaps an omen.

Jun 05, 2014
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Katagiri to reopen this Thursday

Re: Dianobu - To be honest with you, I haven't paid much attention other than that there are numerous non-sushi offerings. Also, I find their prices better than Katagiri.

Re: Sunrise....there is one one on E. 41st bet Mad and 5th...not too far from the E 50s....a couple of stores west of Zaiya.

Jun 03, 2014
olympusnyc in Manhattan

Katagiri to reopen this Thursday

Have you tried Dainobu and Sunrise?

Jun 03, 2014
olympusnyc in Manhattan

Katagiri to reopen this Thursday

Then I expect to be pleasantly surprised!

Jun 02, 2014
olympusnyc in Manhattan

Katagiri to reopen this Thursday

Hope this renovation is more exciting than the one they did two years ago (or so). Wish they carried the bread and rolls from Zaiya. Just managing my expectations but hope I am pleasantly surprised. Mitsuwa is great...wish they had a satellite store in NYC...maybe in K-town or the E. Village.

Jun 02, 2014
olympusnyc in Manhattan

Liquor store in Manhattan with the best prices for Bourbon and Whiskey?

I know Garnet...excellent store but on a quick spot check on 750ML of Woodford, Garnet was $10 more than PJ - $34.99 vs $44.99

Jun 01, 2014
olympusnyc in Manhattan

Liquor store in Manhattan with the best prices for Bourbon and Whiskey?

Liquor store in Manhattan with the best prices for Bourbon and Whiskey? Mainstream/popular brands are fine.

May 31, 2014
olympusnyc in Manhattan

Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream?

We also had Jahn's in Queens, in Rego Park. They would ring a bell whenever the Kitchen Sink was ordered. Good times!

May 29, 2014
olympusnyc in Manhattan

GROUP OF 10 Teachers seeking dinner/lunch in Upper East Side/Lower East Side

UES - I would suggest either El (Porron www.elporronnyc.com/home) for Spanish Tapas, nice ambiance and can handle a crowd your size. Also, there is Maya (http://www.richardsandoval.com/mayany/) for mexican...good food, a fun place, but can get noisy. Similar location.

May 29, 2014
olympusnyc in Manhattan

Nice Chinese Sit-down - E.60s - E90s.

Looking for a Chinese restaurant, situated between the E. 60s to E90s for a nice sit-down meal - good food, good service, good ambiance. The genre of Chinese does not matter all that much (for this instance). I know of Wa Jeal but the 2nd avenue construction is a bit of a turn-off. Any other suggestions? Thanks.

May 29, 2014
olympusnyc in Manhattan