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Drinks Near Lincoln Center

Going to see a 7pm show at lincoln center on a Friday night. We're having dinner before the show and after the show my wife and I want to have cocktails and maybe a light bite around 9 or 10. We are celebrating a birthday. We are looking for something somewhat classy, comfortable, not over crowded, not too trendy, not too loud, romantic enough, with well made drinks.

PJ Clarks- Is it classy enough? Is it super loud?

Is there a comfortable bar area at Lincoln?

Is Library bar a good option?

Is there a comfortable bar area at bar boulud or it too cramped aka will seats at the bar be available?

Thank you

Jan 19, 2014
brickscoli in Manhattan

Littleneck (Gowanus)

The polish bacon was a win. Service was good. Priced fair. Long live alan harding and the dudes.

Dec 01, 2011
brickscoli in Outer Boroughs

Momofuku Noodle Experience.

There's been a lot of hype about the d chang empire. I've eaten at noodle bar on a recent sat night. It was great! A refreshing reminder that the hype is sometimes right. It was really a great experience. The service was fast, attentive, and earnest. The atmosphere was hip, casual, fun. The food was impressive- great flavor combinations, indulgent, fresh, well sourced quality ingredients all prepared perfectly: the ramen was not overcooked, in fact was the perfect consistency. The broths were really flavorful ( though a bit salty but not in any bad way) Yes 1 hour wait. No res. I thought the prices were fair. I will be back. The pork belly was some of the best I've had.

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Momofuku Noodle Bar
171 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

Nov 27, 2011
brickscoli in Manhattan

Gnocchi - which setting on food mill

I've made gnocchi several times with mixed success using a potato ricer. I recently acquired a food mill with 3 different screens. Which screen should I use for the potatoes - the fine, med or large holed screen?

Sep 22, 2011
brickscoli in Home Cooking

Dinning with Puppy

Three of us are going out to a restaurant this weekend. My colleague has a puppy and cannot leave her at home. He requested that we eat outside so he can bring the pup. My question: is it legal or realistic to bring a dog in a backyard seating area or front patio to any respectable restaurant in NYC? I love dogs and I personally do not mind but think it's pretty illegal due to health code. We are looking for a respectable restaurant in lower manhattan that would allow this. We love places like Hearth, or Pure Food & Wine. Any thoughts / suggestions?

Sep 15, 2011
brickscoli in Manhattan

Went to Bonnie's Grill tonight...are people kidding?

It's good grub. Cool place, great location. Don't think they have the best of anything but I recommend it for a beer and a burger / wings

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Bonnie's Grill
278 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Sep 12, 2011
brickscoli in Outer Boroughs

whiskey & oysters

Hmm. After trying some of the above I still say a dry beer or chilled vodka.

Sep 02, 2011
brickscoli in Spirits

Seeking: Oysters and wine/beer in PS

Not PS

Sep 02, 2011
brickscoli in Outer Boroughs

Rum-based drinks that don't use many ingredients?

Honey Bee

Dark & Light Rum
Honey
Lemon

Sep 02, 2011
brickscoli in Spirits

interesting Amari Cocktails

Nice!

I'm a fan of Amaro Montenegro. With a bit of coke on the rocks, otherwise straight in a cordial glass.

Sep 02, 2011
brickscoli in Spirits

White Russian - do not shake or stir???

I've had a fair share of white russians. Some better then others. I recently ordered a white russian at a pretty knowledgeable bar and they served it to me unstirred and unshaken. When I was given the drink the vodka & Kahlua was at the bottom and the cream was on the top in layers almost like a black & tan. I mean it was literally poured straight in the rocks glass without a stir. I looked at the waiter perplexed and he said that he actually asked the bartender if she forgot to mix it and she said that it was specifically meant to be made served this way. I said ok, stirred a bit with my straws and drank. What i had was one of the best white russians I ever drank. Unshaken, the drink had a much stronger flavor as it obviously was not diluted by shaking.

So whats the deal? Is this really the classic way to serve a white russian? Without mixing?

Sep 02, 2011
brickscoli in Spirits

Seeking: Oysters and wine/beer in PS

Disagree. Have consistently been disappointed by the oysters at bklyn fish camp. And it's expensive. Try blue ribbon or sidecar.

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Sidecar Bar & Grill
560 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Blue Ribbon Brooklyn
280 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Aug 21, 2011
brickscoli in Outer Boroughs

whiskey & oysters

I've heard that raw oysters and whiskey are friends. Is this really true? It seems odd to me. I usually drink a wheat or kolsch beer with raw oysters.

If so what kind of whiskey is recommended? Bourbon, scotch, rye?

Jun 10, 2011
brickscoli in Spirits

Question

It was a Porto Crusted. Red. I think a 2006.

May 30, 2011
brickscoli in Wine

Question

So I go to a sort of coveted Italian restaurant Sunday night with 3 friends. All is good - appi, pasta, main, wine. For desert I order a middle of the road dessert wine. It tasted great, but, my last sip was full of sediment, I mean FULL. Quite a bit of sludge in that. I told our server but she didn't really care. I thought I'd be actually helping the restaurant. But she was kind of put off by the comment as if it was unnecessary. I just want to know - is it abnormal to get an off-putting amount of sediment in you dessert wine, or is this a common occurrence? Am I just a dick? Or was our server evil?

May 29, 2011
brickscoli in Wine

need a chef's advice - pasta carbonara/ cacio e pepe/ mac n cheese cookoff idea

the move to incorporate a mild melting cheese like talegio is fantastic, thanks.

Feb 26, 2011
brickscoli in Home Cooking

need a chef's advice - pasta carbonara/ cacio e pepe/ mac n cheese cookoff idea

This sounds interesting - a bechamel sauce the way you make pastry cream. How do I do this? I've never made bechamel or pastry cream. Thanks!

Feb 26, 2011
brickscoli in Home Cooking

need a chef's advice - pasta carbonara/ cacio e pepe/ mac n cheese cookoff idea

Thank you. I want to use applewood smoked bacon (rather than pancetta or guanciale) because I've used it before when making carbonara and I actually liked it better.

I agree my idea is definitely not cacio e pepe - it is just influenced by it.

I'd like to learn more of this custard sauce - what were you thinking?

Feb 26, 2011
brickscoli in Home Cooking

need a chef's advice - pasta carbonara/ cacio e pepe/ mac n cheese cookoff idea

I am signed up for a mac'n'cheese cook off at my local bar. My idea is to create an italian inspired carbonara-cacio e pepe style mac n cheese offering. Black pepper, parmigiano, and al dente pasta is a winning combination imo. Add a bit of smoked bacon and egg to the mix and it will take it over the top.

What I'd like to include is:
-Penne
-Applewood smoked bacon
-2 or three white cheeses such as parmigiano/asiago/pecorino/grana
-a bunch of coarse ground black pepper
-egg
-scallion

I guess essentially it will be a very cheesy peppery version of carbonara so that it will be considered a mac n cheese.

I will be making a big hotel pan of this stuff. I'm concerned about the safety - the eggs are technically "cooked" from the heat of the pasta by turning off the heat of the pan and adding the eggs and cheese to the pasta. It's always been a tug of war for me to cook the eggs to a safe temperature without the eggs coagulating from the heat. For this I am cooking for the public, not for my guests in my kitchen so I'm very concerned about food safety with the eggs. Is there a way to ensure the eggs are cooked besides wishful thinking? Is there a way to "denature" the eggs before adding so that they can withstand a high heat temperature and get cooked? Do I need to use some kind of pasteurized eggs?

thanks

Feb 26, 2011
brickscoli in Home Cooking

Raw bar happy hour union square / flatiron

Thanks guys. Ended up skipping the happy hour due to scheduling and ended up at blue smoke who's oysters were delicious.

Sep 30, 2010
brickscoli in Manhattan

Raw bar happy hour union square / flatiron

Looking for a good raw bar / oysters happy hour for tonight in the union square / flatiron area. Quality is very important but also want a happy hour special on oysters. What I've found so far:

Shaffer City Oyter bar
Blue Water Grill
City Crab
BLT Fish

Leaning towards Blue Water Grill but not sure if they have a happy hour special.

Please offer your thoughts.

Thank you

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Blue Water Grill
31 Union Square West, New York, NY 10003

Sep 29, 2010
brickscoli in Manhattan

Italian Restaurant with Hearty Servings?

aunt suzie's kitchen park slope 5th ave

zio toto bay ridge

Jul 01, 2010
brickscoli in Outer Boroughs

Italian Restaurant with Hearty Servings?

heartburn is part of tha deal

Jul 01, 2010
brickscoli in Outer Boroughs

Best Burger in Park slope?

bar toto brooklyn burger

korzo deep fried burger

the burger at dram shop

Jun 30, 2010
brickscoli in Outer Boroughs

Italian Restaurant with Hearty Servings?

L&B Spumoni Gardens

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L&B Spumoni Gardens
2725 86th St, Brooklyn, NY 11223

Jun 30, 2010
brickscoli in Outer Boroughs

The Lady Will Have the Prawns

I order for my girlfriend all the time. She likes me to do it. She always has trouble ordering. She gets menu shock syndrome or something and can never order. It's always like a major life decision. We'll have to ask the waiter to come back three or 4 times.

Jun 30, 2010
brickscoli in Features

Best Raw Bars

I'm no expert but Blue Ribbon had the best oysters I've ever had.

May 25, 2010
brickscoli in Outer Boroughs

Lookin' to do a little foodie field trip

the greenwood heights crawl:

fried burger and pilsner // korzo
greenwood cooler // quarter
faro risotto and an abbey ale // lot2
spinach pecorino pizza and an ipa // toby's
aperitivo at the bar // bar toto
grill cheese w/ krinkle chips, shot and a beer // south
raw oysters, chicken liver pate and a saison dupont // sidecar
cappuccino // southside coffee
oatmeal, wifi, beards and a stumptown // roots

R to prospect ave

May 14, 2010
brickscoli in Outer Boroughs

The Castello Plan : anyone been?

Thanks. The food menu is priced reasonably. Are they super small servings?

May 06, 2010
brickscoli in Outer Boroughs

The Castello Plan : anyone been?

Hows the plates there? Recomendations? Wine recomendations? Do they have any special Belgian beers? Thanks.

1213 Cortelyou Rd.

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The Castello Plan
1213 Cortelyou Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11218

May 06, 2010
brickscoli in Outer Boroughs