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Freshest nuts?

Trader Joes has a pretty good nuts selection (I like mine raw/unsalted but they offer other preparations as well) and very good prices.

Nuts.com has a great selection. I once received a rancid order but their customer service was excellent (no questions asked, no return refund).

I just hate paying shipping costs when applicable though I do try to leverage our Amazon Prime.

Apr 13, 2014
olympusnyc in Manhattan

UES Ramen with kids

If you go to Naruto early or for lunch, they should be able to accommodate. We take our boys, 9 and 7 there and they like it a lot.

Apr 10, 2014
olympusnyc in Manhattan

UES

Sushi of Gari, Sfoglia, Cafe Boulud

Apr 09, 2014
olympusnyc in Manhattan

Where can I get the best Chirashi?

Good question...and I don't know but I would think all of the good sushi restaurants, that also offer chirashi, would be on par. I just Yelped chrisashi and saw some interesting threads. Also, here is an OLD one on Chowhound - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/425119

Apr 05, 2014
olympusnyc in Manhattan

Brunch in UES with teenager

MeatBall Shop (2nd Ave/76th St) (cool/trendy)
Brother Jimmy's BBQ (2nd Ave/77th St) (Low brow/fun)
One of the restaurants in Bloomingdales -
Cafe Boulud (high end, $$$)
Boathouse in Central Park (memorable, decent food)
Serendipity (touristy, famous for their desserts)

Mar 10, 2014
olympusnyc in Manhattan

Where to take sushi loving teenager in midtown?

As written in my note, foodwhisper, I highlighted novelty over quality. However, I beg to differ with you on calling their quality poor. I would go with average. Plenty of Japanese families eat there so I think calling it poor quality is exaggerated.

Mar 05, 2014
olympusnyc in Manhattan

Where to take sushi loving teenager in midtown?

A few non-mainstream thoughts here. If you are willing to forgo "quality" for "average" (but nothing dangerous), and the price adjustment that goes with it, your son might find appealing, kaiten (conveyer belt) sushi. It is more novelty (if he has never done it before) than anything else but it is fun and you can eat a lot without breaking the bank. Prices are based on the color of the plate (and the fish that goes with it). They also have a vast menu with other Japanese/Asian foods. Has been there forever and there is a karaoke lounge upstairs. You just want to go during a normal busy time so there is good turnover. Also, the chefs will make anything you want if you ask for it, meaning you don't have take what is only on the belt. We take our two young boys there at least once a month. Restaurant is East on 3rd Avenue between 26 and 27th Street.. http://www.yelp.com/biz/east-japanese-restaurant-new-york-2

There are also the all-you-can eat places but the only one I know is on the upper east side, called Yuka. 2nd Avenue at 81st Street. It is nothing like a Yasuda nor Blue Ribbon but it is totally fine. Truly a bargain and they have interesting rules like you must eat all the rice (you get the idea). http://www.yelp.com/biz/yuka-japanese-restaurant-new-york-2

Finally, there is Hagi Sake Bar - really an izakaya - an eclectic variety of Japanese food but will likely have some sushi. Just a fun, busy place. Young crowd - http://www.yelp.com/biz/sake-bar-hagi....

Enjoy.

Mar 04, 2014
olympusnyc in Manhattan

I have been to Beauty and Essex-Loved it..Anything else like that?

Decibel, while a unique setting and worth the visit, has a really limited menu.

Feb 27, 2014
olympusnyc in Manhattan

Kaitenzushi (Conveyor Belt Sushi)?

Kaitenzushi and quality typically don't go hand-in-hand. It's just in Japan, the (quality) bar is set higher Why does one go to Kaiten anyway - Novelty? Fast? Fear of dialogue with wait staff? Thus, I think in general, expectations need to be managed.

That said, East (the sole survivor in NYC?) is OK and certainly not horrible. You can also order from the chef but I guess that defeats the purpose.

And, should you go with East, you can always go upstairs after the meal and sing your Katenzushi Blues away. :-) Enjoy.

Jan 28, 2014
olympusnyc in Manhattan

Bringing Home Whiskey and/or Bourbon and local or duty free?

So, to bring this to closure. Much appreciated, wife came home with bottles of Hibiki 21 and Hibiki 17, a bottle of Kobota Manjyu and Hakkaisan Honjozo. No issues at customs; sake in luggage, whiskey hand-carried. No inspection.

Happy camper.

Aug 15, 2013
olympusnyc in Japan

Bringing Home Whiskey and/or Bourbon and local or duty free?

Decided on Hibiki 21 (though about 24 hours to change my mind). Hard enough to find and the price seemed relatively reasonable.

Duty Free had a website (https://duty-free-japan.jp/front/hane...) which states - ¥15,000 Domestic Retail Price in Japan¥21,000.

Aug 09, 2013
olympusnyc in Japan

Bringing Home Whiskey and/or Bourbon and local or duty free?

OGguy -
Yes, you got it right. Thanks for clarifying my request. The trade-off is packing it your suitcase (risking breakage and additional weight) vs buying in duty free. Dealing with customs in the US is another matter and my sense is the incoming Japan flights get less scrutiny.

Aug 08, 2013
olympusnyc in Japan

Bringing Home Whiskey and/or Bourbon and local or duty free?

Still have sake and shochu from the last trip so was thinking whiskey...but all good advice. Do you know though, can you take more than 3oz via carry-on when going from Japan to the US?...that was another potential appeal of Duty Free....it is after security.

Aug 07, 2013
olympusnyc in Japan

Bringing Home Whiskey and/or Bourbon and local or duty free?

Customs and Home = the same. Interesting on the pricing...I have found it to be cheaper. OK...thanks for the input.

Aug 07, 2013
olympusnyc in Japan

Bringing Home Whiskey and/or Bourbon and local or duty free?

Forgot to add - I am also open to Japanese Whiskey...Yamazaki 18? Hibiki? ???? Cheaper in Japan?

Aug 07, 2013
olympusnyc in Japan

Bringing Home Whiskey and/or Bourbon and local or duty free?

Hi. Wife will be returning to the states in a few days and offered to bring home a bottle or two. If I recall correctly last time there, the American brand whiskeys were priced really well, cheaper than in the states. I assume the same with Bourbon. Not sure about the Scotch options. So, looking for some guidance and/or suggestions of what to advise her. What's a good deal and better to buy from a liquor or department store or Duty Free. And for example, is it worth it buying a bottle of Johnnie Blue?

One advantage of Duty Free I suppose is that she can take it carry-on and not worry about security (not sure if they have the same 3oz carry on rule from Japan). I welcome your thoughts.

Thank you,
RC

Aug 07, 2013
olympusnyc in Japan

please recommend a good takeaway salad place

I really like Just Salad (and better than Chop't). Google them for locations...I know they just opened one around 54th and Lex.

May 27, 2013
olympusnyc in Manhattan

Who has a good (and extensive) selection of Japanese Whiskeys?

While Sakagura is known for their extensive sake selection, I would suspect they carry a good J-whiskey selection...but just guessin'.

May 27, 2013
olympusnyc in Manhattan

Hiroshima - What/where to eat, what to do with kids?

Hi. We will be spending 3 days there (the rest in Tokyo) the last week of March. No set agenda so no real feel for how much high-end vs casual. Honestly, high-end is really not a high-priority unless there is a must-try restaurant. I would probably do that as a dinner solely with my wife (and leave the kids with my in-laws). For the remainder, my preference is to simply find some of the local favorites. Hope this makes sense. Thanks!

Feb 26, 2013
olympusnyc in Japan

Hiroshima - What/where to eat, what to do with kids?

First trip to Hiroshima (will be in Miyajima, Hiroshima City, and Onomichi). and given the upcoming Michelin guide suggests there is some really good food to be had. Not sure the guide will be out in time so looking for some recommendations. Happy to go off the mainstream of restaurants; open to high-end, mid-range, and low-end ($$) suggestions. I know Hiroshima is famous for okonomiyaki but any other must tries? I will be with Japanese friends so language will not be a problem. Some meals will be with kids and some, adults only.

Speaking of kids and on another note, I will also have my two boys with me, ages 6 and 8. Unrelated to food, any suggestions what I can do with them in terms of sight seeing and local ToDos?

Thanks!

Feb 20, 2013
olympusnyc in Japan

Jing Fong - Dim Sum all the time?

Thinking about taking a group to Jing Fong for dinner. Do they do the carts all the time or only certain hours/days? Cannot tell from the web site.

May 07, 2012
olympusnyc in Manhattan

Colleague Dinner for 24?

Looking for a nice place to take my team out for a team dinner. Open to Manhattan or Brooklyn (not too deep though). 24 of us, many from out of town. Looking for something subway accessible, nice atmosphere or interesting concept, good food. Budget is about about $100 pp including wine.

May 02, 2012
olympusnyc in Manhattan

Biz/Group Dinner in Chinatown?

Actually, I've been to some quite large banquets (maybe too large) at Jin Fong so I suspect they could easily accommodate us. Appreciate the response.

Mar 30, 2012
olympusnyc in Manhattan

Biz/Group Dinner in Chinatown?

Took a look...thanks. Pings looks good but I know not everyone is thrilled with seafood as I am. The other genres look more limited. A66 sounded good. Was there quite some time ago and don't remember the front room being all that big but maybe I'll go take another peek.

Mar 30, 2012
olympusnyc in Manhattan

Biz/Group Dinner in Chinatown?

Following a day of business meeting with colleagues from out of town, thinking it might be fun to take them to Chinatown for dinner. Waffling between Dim Sum or Banquet/Course meal. My guess is we will be between 20 and 24 people.

1) Any chance a restaurant has a round table to fit us all? Not mandatory but would be nice.
2) Thoughts on the dim sum vs the course meal? I'm thinking the dim sum (w carts) experience would be memorable for my guests.
3) Recommendations?

Thank you.

Mar 30, 2012
olympusnyc in Manhattan

Need alternative to Sparks, Bobby Vans, etc.

Thanks..might be in reach. Did not meant to imply steak at an Italian restaurant.

Dec 18, 2011
olympusnyc in Manhattan

Need alternative to Sparks, Bobby Vans, etc.

Taking my customer out for a holiday lunch. He likes steak, likes Italian, and American cuisine. Boundaries are 42nd-34th, between 5th and 3rd. Looking for high food rating, nice decor and service but not overly pretentious. Any suggestions?

Dec 18, 2011
olympusnyc in Manhattan

Chinese in Manhattan for a mixed family- Dilemma!

Another good option is Tang Pavilion on W. 55th. White tablecloths, good service, authentic. Probably within your budget and you can find the menu online. They also might have a course set. A bit more upscale but classic (and authentic) are Tse Yang on E. 51st, Shun Lee Palace on E. 55 st and Shun Lee West on W. 65th (perfect if it is a nice day and you can spend some time in Central Park). Good luck. Now go check out the reviews!

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Shun Lee West
43 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023

Shun Lee Palace
155 East 55th Street, New York, NY 10022

Tse Yang
34 E 51st St, New York, NY 10022

Tang Pavilion
65 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

Dec 14, 2011
olympusnyc in Manhattan

Eel other than sushi

Macy's, in the Cellar, used to sell smoked eel. Not sure if they still do.

Sep 30, 2011
olympusnyc in Manhattan

Unique Group Dining in Manhattan?

Need to take a business group of 25 out to dinner. Food budget limited to $100 per person. Drinks are not limited by budged. Looking for good food but for also something memorable whether it be the food, the room, the experience. It's a fun crowd so stuffy place not required. Looking for it to be in a neighborhood where people can hang out afterwards.

Thanks.

Sep 20, 2011
olympusnyc in Manhattan