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Jamon salad at Amada?

Just had the salad de jamon at Amada last weekend and LOVED it! Since I dont' live in Philly, I'm trying to recreate it.

Anyone know what kind of dressing they use? Thanks!

Jun 26, 2007
mms in Pennsylvania

Parish Diner review - Wburg/Greenpoint

Hey nycgoodfood, no. I don't think my original review warrants secret-owner accusations. I just had a slightly better experience than you did. Is that OK with you?

May 24, 2007
mms in Outer Boroughs

Quiet Bar with a view of Manhattan

If you plan to do this in the future...you may want to check out DUMBO. The park under the bridge is beautiful and I'm sure there are some restaurants along side of it (just not sure what kind of sunset view they offer). This area has some very nice, and accessible views back at Manhattan.

May 21, 2007
mms in Outer Boroughs

Parish Diner review - Wburg/Greenpoint

I hear ya. Just fyi, the "Summer on the Farm" sandwich was only $10.50 and definitely big enough for two people. And I think the chicken was around $12. Plus, there were lots of appetizers that may work as small plates. Just a thought.

May 18, 2007
mms in Outer Boroughs

Parish Diner review - Wburg/Greenpoint

My boyfriend and I went to Parish Diner last night (Richardson and N. Henry, near the Graham L stop). Had a really nice dinner. Here's our review:

We got there around 9:30 and there were a few tables filled. The space is very tall, I suppose to be "Parish-esque". Assuming they figure out how to dim their lights a bit more, and raise their music -- the space will start to feel better and cozier. A huge screen over the bar (which looks like an altar) plays old black and white movies.

Bread basket is served with some kind of magical butter -- room temp, whipped with honey and herbs (rosemary? sage?). I would eat it off a spoon.

He ordered the fried chicken and loved it. Normally a dark meat eater, he still loved the white meat and said it was moist. The batter was very good and peppery. It came on a bed of beans and spinach, also very good. I got the "Summer on the Farm" sandwhich -- BBQ pulled pork, peaches and a biscuit, served with sweet potato fries (definitely enough to share between 2 people). Loved it. The flavors were fantastic and I actually liked the sweet/vinegary taste of the BBQ better than Fette Sau. Biscuits had a great, faint hickory taste. And normally I think sweet potato fries are totally over-rated and soggy, but these were fantastic -- shoestring, crisp and well-salted. The only think I would have changed was to make the temperature of the pork just a bit hotter.

Finally, we shared the banana split (enough for 4 people). And it was -- just as they promised -- exactly how we remembered. Three scoops, hot fudge, toasted pecans, cheap whipped cream and bing cherries.

I really think that once they work out their lighting and music (and playlist), it will be great. I'm anxious to try the rest of the menu....and here more reviews. Anyone else?

May 18, 2007
mms in Outer Boroughs

Coffee Crisps

My friend found them at a bodega near her apartment on the corner of Union and Grand in Williamsburg. Not sure which one, but sounded like it was right around the corner.

May 09, 2007
mms in Outer Boroughs

graham 'L' train stop choices?

AWESOME. The Graham stop is the best stop in Williamsburg. It still has an older Italian community. And it has fantastic food. Almost all the Bedford restaurants (and some of the Greenpoint restaurants) deliver to the Graham area.

GROCERY STORES: there's a basic C-Town, a good health food store, and some excellent butchers (Model T. Meats, Emily's Pork Store) and bakeries (Nunzio). There is a fruit/vegetable stand right near the intersection of Graham and Metropolitan that's excellent. Sunac is a very short walk away (Lorimer stop), if you're into have 1000 different kinds of organic frozen burritos. They've also started carrying more organic meats. And there's a fish market on the corner of Humboldt and Grand that's pretty good.

RESTAURANTS: All the old neighborhood Italian places (Cono's, Frost, La Piazetta, Carmines) will cover off on good meatballs, sausages, and spaghetti puttanesca. Fortunato Brothers (Devoe and Manhattan) has insanely good pastries, gelato, espresso and cheesecake. DuMont is one of the best restaurants in Williamsburg, on Union and Devoe. Fanny (Graham Ave) is pretty good. Oak Cafe just opened on Graham and has an excellent menu of sandwhiches, Balthazar pastries and soon they'll have wine. Grand street is covered with cheap mexican places (Grand Morelos is one of the better ones) and Bahia (El Salvadorian food).

Need more specific insight/info?

May 03, 2007
mms in Outer Boroughs

Moving to Brooklyn

You won't be disappointed with food in either neighborhood. You should decide based on what "scene" you prefer. Williamsburg is grittier with more warehouses and probably more litter, a bit younger, a bit hipper and much quicker/easier to access the city from. Park Slope is prettier with more brownstones, a tad older with more strollers, and a bit further from the city.

There's fantastic food in both areas. You should decide based on where you feel more at home.

May 03, 2007
mms in Outer Boroughs

Chicago classic restaurants?

By "classic" I mean been around for a bit and are uniquely Chicago. Not the trendy new place. The classic older place.

Apr 03, 2007
mms in Chicago Area

Chicago classic restaurants?

Visiting Chicago and want to know the classic restaurants to hit. I heard Berghoff's closed, right? Which other ones should I not miss? And what should I order?

Apr 03, 2007
mms in Chicago Area

Visiting Chicago - which hood is best for food?

THANK YOU, THANK YOU! These are all great responses. I'm taking tons of notes. Am very excited to check out all neighborhoods.

Apr 03, 2007
mms in Chicago Area

Visiting Chicago - which hood is best for food?

I'm visiting Chicago this summer, from NYC, and need advice on restaurants and neighborhoods. I live in Williamsburg Brooklyn, and am scouting areas in Chicago I may want to move to. I found Lincoln Park to be a little too preppy. I like Wicker Park...but found it a tad young and grungy. What other neighborhoods are offering artsy culture and great restaurants? Somebody said River West? Also -- if you can recommend a decent hotel, around $100/$150/night that's accessible to a good neighborhood (I don't care about staying on Michigan Ave), that would be great!!

Apr 02, 2007
mms in Chicago Area

What's good in Bushwick?

Looking to explore a little tomorrow afternoon. I remember the NYTimes wrote about a taco stand there, but they're closed on weekends. Anything else worth checking out?

Mar 30, 2007
mms in Outer Boroughs

Liquor store for unique brands?

What's the best store in the city to find unique, small-batch or hard-to-find spirits? Ideally below 52nd street.

Mar 30, 2007
mms in Manhattan

Friday Fish Fry?

Anyone know of a place that does a good Friday Fish Fry? Midwestern-Lent-Season style? Looking for one ideally with potato pancakes and apple sauce. But, will take what I can get. Hopefully it's something more than just the Chip Shop.

Mar 28, 2007
mms in Outer Boroughs

Friday Fish Fry?

Anyone know of a place in Manhattan or Brooklyn that does a good Friday Fish Fry? Ideally, it'd be Midwest-style with potato pancakes and apple sauce. But, I'll take what I can get. Would rather not settle on Chip Shop.

Mar 28, 2007
mms in Manhattan

German delicatessen.

You may try Usingers in Milwaukee. They have a very easy website to order from.

Mar 28, 2007
mms in General Midwest Archive

Milwaukee quick lunch

When I lived there, Beans & Barley was good. Also...if you just want to grab a sandwich and sit by the lake...go to Grebes on Wisconsin Avenue. It's in the middle of downtown and the old women will make you an amazing deli sandwich. I'm in NYC now and still can't find a deli that does it better than them.

Mar 28, 2007
mms in General Midwest Archive

Spotted Pig or Little Owl?

I rarely do dinner in the W. Village, but want to check out both. Which one should be the priority?

Mar 28, 2007
mms in Manhattan

Anyone ever found Luxardo Marasca cherries?

Looking for Marasca cherries from the brand/company Luxardo. I'm beginning to think they don't sell them in the US. Anyone have any luck? Or...find/make anything comparable? All for the sake of a good Manhattan cocktail.

Mar 24, 2007
mms in Manhattan

Stand? (The hamburger place)

Stand is pretty big. It's pretty good for large groups. My hamburger salad was decent -- but the meat was a bit dry. Others seemed to like the "bacon and egg" burger. The beers are wonderful! Try the Cascazilla.

Mar 23, 2007
mms in Manhattan

Cooking classes in Brooklyn?

Anyone know of some good local cooking classes? In restaurants or shops? Any part of Brooklyn.

Mar 23, 2007
mms in Outer Boroughs

New place for dinner in Williamsburg

SNACKY is a fun and quick place on Grand Street, between Bedford and Driggs. It's an asian pop-culture vibe, with small "snack size" asian foods for $2-5 each. And their sake cocktails are great. If you can get a seat at MARLOW & SONS (next to Diner on Broadway and Berry), they have good and quick small plates (better than their entrees) and an amazing atmosphere. You may also be able to grab a seat at the bar at SWEETWATER on north 6th, which has one of the best burgers ever. Let me know if you want more recs.

Mar 23, 2007
mms in Outer Boroughs

DineIn Brooklyn- any sleepers?

I've never been disappointed in 4 years of going to DuMont. I'm sure you'll love it. Also, Aurora is a great pick for Williamsburg. Those two, and maybe Bamonte's (classic old-timey Italian) are the only ones on the dine-in list that I think are worth the shot.

Mar 23, 2007
mms in Outer Boroughs

Anyone take a class at New School?

Wondering what culinary arts classes/chefs are best. I'm not really interested in a $1000 course on technique. More interested in the less expensive, unique courses.

Mar 23, 2007
mms in Manhattan

1st date - inexpensive drinks, quiet/Sat. night

Big Bar in the east village is always cozy, with good music that you can still talk over.

Mar 23, 2007
mms in Manhattan

Wine Bar/Casual non trendy in NY

Von is a relaxed wine bar, in the east village. Non-pretentious. And they'll let you order delivery from neighboring restaurants. That's a real NY experience.

Mar 23, 2007
mms in Manhattan

Fast Dining around Rockefeller Center

Don't do Prime Burger. It's a great little diner-style burger joint...but way too much of a dive/lunch counter than you probably want.

You may try The Modern at the MoMA -- I think their bar menu is extensive, and probably can be turned around fast (53rd street). Another good option could be the cafe inside Saks 5th Avenue, I think it's called Snaks. Supposed to have a great lobster BLT.

Mar 22, 2007
mms in Manhattan

New and different sandwiches downtown

Nicky's Vietnamese Sandwich in the east village.

Mar 22, 2007
mms in Manhattan

"Rare" ethnic restaurants?

Also - if you have the money, Wallse is incredible Austrian good. It's in the West Village. I've been doing an A-Z food tour of NYC (of ethnic cuisines) and a good place to start making your list is by checking the Village Voice or NYTimes list of available cuisines.

Mar 20, 2007
mms in Manhattan