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Generous portions, cheap prices, good food--is it possible in NYC anymore?

Have you considered Park Slope Ale House or Bonnie's? I think they both fit in your price range. If you get a sandwich/burger at the Ale House you'll have room left over in your budget for a beer.

Waterfront Ale House might also work. As will Henry Street Ale House. (Are you sensing a theme with my suggestions?)

Bar Toto and Bar Tano may also work, though they're both a little closer to the top of your budget.

Aug 07, 2014
egit in Outer Boroughs

Brining pork chops

This thread is several years old, but it looks like there's a part that's newer right here.

Servorg, here's why I love brining over marinating meat. I tend to buy a lot of meat at once and then freeze almost all of it. In the morning before I go to work I'll put together a brine (basics: 1 qt water, 1/4 c salt, 1-2T sugar plus whatever else I have on hand for flavor). Then I essentially defrost the meat in the brine in the fridge.

Before I started brining, things may or may not have been defrosted, then I'd have to marinate after I got home which often leads to rather late dinners.

Also, I don't know how others feel about this, but I typically reuse my brines at least once. This will be in quick succession, with the brine sitting idle for only a day or two. I can't imagine keeping a brine for more than 4 days. But maybe that's safe too. I don't know.

Jul 30, 2014
egit in Home Cooking

Smorgasburg (Sunday, Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 5)

Just to be sure you're not walking farther than you need to... as you come down off the bridge, there's a set of stairs leading down. Take those. If you walk ALL the way to the end of the long walkway, you're going a whole lot farther than you need to. The stairs take you down into DUMBO. From there I think it's only about a 5-10 minute walk to Pier 1.

Jun 20, 2014
egit in Outer Boroughs
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Marco's Brooklyn

I agree with your assessment of food prices vs. drink prices. But I really don't think it's for "profit" so much as it is about "paying rent" in NYC. I'm going to take a wild stab in the dark, and say that Marco's rent is probably around $10-15K a month. It's the same sort of economics in most NYC restaurants.

Also, I believe alcohol is taxed differently from state to state, so that may also inflate their prices over other cities. I don't meant to be an apologist for Marco's/Franny's drink costs. They're pretty high, even compared to other places in the hood.

Jun 17, 2014
egit in Outer Boroughs

substitute for cilantro

My very small sample set (one person) says no. I have a friend who is a Cilantro-Hater and I asked her about ground coriander. She said it doesn't taste the same to her.

By the way, when you say coriander, I'm assuming you mean the dried seeds.

A couple of years ago I had a cilantro plant that went absolutely bonkers and eventually produced almost a cup of seeds. After I harvested and dried them, they tasted *more* like cilantro than what you get at the grocery store.

Jun 11, 2014
egit in Home Cooking

Favorite mid-priced coffee beans in NYC?

You mentioned D'Amico's which would be towards the top of my list as well if it were more convenient for me. I like the Sahadi's Italian (espresso?) Roast, which is around 8-9 a pound. I usually buy Union Market's espresso roast, which I don't love but since I live in Park Slope is convenient enough for me. I don't love it, but at least it's under $10/lb. Oh, it just went up, by the way. I think it used to be 8.95 a pound and now I think it's 9.50. Still, not a bad deal. Brooklyn Fare, which used to be my local-est grocery has better coffee than Union Market, IMO, for about the same price point.

I do grind my beans every day for my morning brew. But aside from that, I am no connoisseur (snob!). I'm also on the lookout for other places that have decent beans for less than the $1/oz price point.

Though I don't own a car, so Fairway is a rare treat for me. I also don't stock up on beans. I buy a new pound as I get to the end of the previous one. Hence my convenience requirement.

Jun 04, 2014
egit in Outer Boroughs

Sahadi's vs. Trader Joe's: bulk prices

Hmm. I usually get their Italian or French roasts, and I'm happy enough with them. I suppose true coffee geeks would say you can hide bad beans with a darker roast. But I tend to like darker roasted coffee.

May 28, 2014
egit in Outer Boroughs

Britain Indian Restaurant cheat

You know, it's more likely they simply got confused with your Doggie Bag instructions. What, you think they're going to take the lamb OFF YOUR PLATE and eat it themselves? Serve it to someone else??

They work in a restaurant. They don't need your leftovers. And they're not going to scrape them back into the pot and serve them to someone else.

May 06, 2014
egit in Outer Boroughs

Sahadi's vs. Trader Joe's: bulk prices

Fairway definitely has it in their bulk section. Last time I was there about 2-3 weeks ago I got some. I should have gotten more because it's nice not to pay $12/lb or whatever it is at Union Markup or Whole Paycheck.

Since I don't have a car, a trip to Fairway is a rare event for me.

May 05, 2014
egit in Outer Boroughs

Sahadi's vs. Trader Joe's: bulk prices

Wait... hang on. I don't mean to thread-jack, but did you get the farro at costco or at Sahadi's?

I looked for it at Sahadi's just last week and I didn't see any.

May 05, 2014
egit in Outer Boroughs

Does anyone know where to find...

You may also want to check Bierkraft. Eagle Provisions probably has a larger selection, but Bierkraft is closer to the two options you list above.

I've seen it on tap within the last couple of months, but for the life of me I can't remember where. Maybe Bar Great Harry or 4th Ave Pub.

Apr 29, 2014
egit in Outer Boroughs

Pizza in South Slope for Saturday lunch

You should give Toby's Public House a try. Their pizza is very good. I think it should be okay for kids on a Saturday afternoon. It's both a bar and restaurant, and it definitely gets crowded.

Apr 25, 2014
egit in Outer Boroughs

Hibino review

I went there once with DGF probably about two years ago. After reading so much about how people love this place and their box sushi, I owed it to myself to try it since we were in the hood.

We waited about 45 minutes to get a table. I have no idea what we had as an appetizer, but I'm sure it was at least okay. I was *deeply* disappointed in my Spanish Mackerel box sushi. It did not taste fresh, and it was way too "cooked" for my taste. It was on the fishy side and the fish was so mushed that it was more like a mealy paste. Maybe I ordered wrong. I normally love mackerel sushi, so I was excited to try it. I know it's one of the stronger flavored fish, but this was beyond that.

If it were closer to us, we'd probably try it again. But with the long wait, and the nose-wrinkling food, there are about 100 places I'd go before this one. I'm sure it's good. The Hibino loyalists can take comfort that I will not be crowding their restaurant!

Apr 24, 2014
egit in Outer Boroughs

Sahadi's vs. Trader Joe's: bulk prices

I love Sahadi's. I love their bulk section too. if I lived closer it would be a place I shop several times a week.

If I have any quibble with it, it's that sometimes I only want 1 or 2 bulk things. But when I get there and get my number, I'm like 42 numbers away and the wait will be quite long.

I do sort of wish they made it a little easier for people who just want to pick up a half quart of olives and be on their way... Sort of like their coffee section.

Apr 10, 2014
egit in Outer Boroughs

Fancy Cocktails - North Williamsburg

It's on my list of places to go. I know it's ridiculous that a place only 3-4 miles from my home, as the crow flies, seems "so far away." But, I mean, the G train.

Since we'll be in the hood, if we're still up for an adventure maybe we'll hit up Torst. Though I've been feeling rather Crowd-Averse lately.

Feb 21, 2014
egit in Outer Boroughs

Fancy Cocktails - North Williamsburg

A Capital Idea!

Thanks, for some reason it didn't occur to me to investigate anything in the Wythe Hotel. The Ides looks great, and hopefully there won't be any wait at 5ish.

But seriously, if there is, I won't waste a second before walking over to Hotel Delmano. While it may be that the whole handlebar mustache and suspenders thing is slightly passe, so is waiting in line for a pre-dinner cocktail. I have my priorities, after all.

Feb 21, 2014
egit in Outer Boroughs

Fancy Cocktails - North Williamsburg

Hi Hounds --

On the auspicious occasion of my upcoming birthday, DF is taking me to Little Elm for dinner. (Yeah, I'm pretty excited about that). We have a pretty early seating, but would like to enjoy a fancy, grown-up cocktail beforehand.

We'd prefer a place that is a *short* walk, less than 10 minutes, to the restaurant. Can anyone offer any opinions of either The Counting Room or Hotel Delmano? Bear in mind we will probably roll in there pretty early-- like 5 or 5:30. Would either of them feel weird that early?

Any other suggestions are welcome. DF will probably want wine, as she's not a boozehound. Typically I like good craft beers, but before an eating event like Little Elm I don't want to risk crushing my palate or filling up on beer.

Feb 20, 2014
egit in Outer Boroughs

Bottle of Wine for Braising an Italian Beef Dish?

Steve, as I was reading your substitutions, I had to chuckle a bit. If you ever read comments on recipe sites, this may ring familiar for you:

"I didn't have beef, so I used a head of romaine instead. And I don't drink wine, so I used orange juice. Oh, and I didn't have a whole head of garlic, so I threw in an ice cream sandwich. This recipe sucks!"

:-)

Feb 14, 2014
egit in Home Cooking
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Pommes Anna Pre-prep

Thanks for your help. I knew the Big Brains on Chowhound would set me straight!

I'm not sure why it didn't occur to me to cook it in the morning too. That's what I'll do.

Thank again.

Feb 13, 2014
egit in Home Cooking

Pommes Anna Pre-prep

Hi Hounds --

For some reason I usually make pommes anna for Valentines Day, and this year I don't plan to make an exception this year. However, we also plan to have a quick drink after work to celebrate the fact that it's Friday as well.

How much pre-prep can one do with pommes anna in the morning before work? Would you recommend only peeling, shaping and slicing? Maybe I could build it in the pan then refrigerate? Would anyone recommend building it and crisping it in the pan, then refrigerating it? Usually when I've made it in the past I've peeled, sliced and then dunked the slices in acidulated water. Then dry each piece while building the cake.

What do you all think? Will any harm come to it being in the refrigerator all day? Should I even care if the slices turn a little brown while chilling for 10-12 hours?

Thanks!

Feb 12, 2014
egit in Home Cooking

Leftover cooked potatoes?

Gnocchi.

Jan 29, 2014
egit in Home Cooking
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I Don't Peel Potatoes

I guess it depends on what kind of potatoes, and what I'm making with them, but on the whole I'd say I very rarely peel them either.

I normally buy red potatoes, sometimes the new reds, but not always. They're great for roasting and home fries, and so are very rarely peeled. I suppose if I'm making mashed potatoes *for company* I'll peel them only because they look better and tend to be less lumpy. Or if I'm doing a gratin or something along the lines of Pommes Anna, I'll peel them. But I don't normally cook those kinds of things, as we typically try to eat a little lighter. And I don't usually do all of that work unless it's an occasion of some kind.

[EDITed: for bad typing and horrendous grammar]

Jan 24, 2014
egit in Home Cooking

Improvising with the wrong ingredient

A friend of mine has a term called "cultivated incompetence." I think it applies here.

Jan 24, 2014
egit in Not About Food
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Bottle of Wine for Braising an Italian Beef Dish?

My bar for wines that I enjoy drinking is pretty low, fortunately! ;-)

In all seriousness, for cooking I'd use a bottle of maybe $8-15 wine. I had a discussion about this once when I said "oh just use <whatever bottle>" and that Julia Child quote was inflicted on me. "Yeah yeah, I know, but unless Julia Child wants to replace a $40 bottle of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, just use that $10 CdR over there!"

That quote of hers is applied incorrectly, a lot of times, IMO.

Jan 24, 2014
egit in Home Cooking
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Improvising with the wrong ingredient

Well, in point of fact, I'm a man and I do the cooking at home. My fiancee certainly can cook, she managed to provide sustenance for herself for quite some time before we met.

And she STILL sometimes gets the wrong thing on the few occasions I ask her to pick something up at the store. As often as not it's because I wasn't specific enough about what to get. One time a product was mislabeled. e.g. "Yeah, I thought it looked like parsley, but the sign said cilantro and the guy at the store assured me the sign was right."

To your point about chowder from scalloped potatoes, that's the kind of thing I *love* doing. It reminds me of the time I made gnocchi from about 3 cups of leftover Thanksgiving mashed potatoes.

Jan 24, 2014
egit in Not About Food
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Help. Slow cooker Chicken

Once the deepest internal meat of the chicken hits 165, it will be cooked. You may want to check the docs that came with your unit, but I would imagine the very minimum temperature for low would be at least 165. Probably more like 190-200.

Jan 23, 2014
egit in Home Cooking

Improvising with the wrong ingredient

There was a time we sent a non-cooking friend to the supermarket to get "a head of lettuce" for a salad. She came back with an enormous head of green cabbage.

We made cole slaw instead. And we STILL get mileage out of that one.

Jan 23, 2014
egit in Not About Food
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Different ways to enjoy olive oil

A couple of years ago I went to Croatia with some friends. The region we were in, Istria, has a ton of good olive oil producers.

At first we were shocked. Then we were convinced. Very good olive oil absolutely deserves to be drizzled over very good vanilla ice cream, for dessert.

Depending on what your oils are infused with, it could be very good. (Lemon, Basil... hmm... things like that).

Give it a try!

Jan 16, 2014
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Update on Peter Luger Meal - Big Disappointment

Yeah, I understand there are many reasons why one may have to wait a little bit in the bar area, including simply trying to sell more drinks. To a certain extent, I'm okay with that.

Our wait was an hour, at the very least. That goes beyond acceptable. When I finally had enough waiting, I went up to the guy and asked when we might be seated. He seemed neither surprised that we were still waiting, nor apologetic in the least. The bar area was packed, so it wasn't even a comfortable place to wait. I think we were seated about 30 minutes after I went up and inquired.

After the fact a friend of mine asked if I'd offered him a 20. Of course we hadn't. And, I dunno, is that what is expected? Was that the source of his attitude? Between pre-drinks, dinner for 5, probably 3 bottles of wine, we probably dropped $750 at least. Probably closer to $1K. I was annoyed at that experience.

Jan 16, 2014
egit in Outer Boroughs

Update on Peter Luger Meal - Big Disappointment

No to hijack, but Jubilee has excellent mussels.

Back to Peter Luger. I went there ONCE I think in 2006. Our waiter was fine. A little gruff but very pleasant. We asked a few questions, we got polite, informative answers. I can't say I remember the steak all that well. It was a weeknight, so we were all dressed at least "office wear." I don't believe there were any jeans/sneakers. We sat in the front room.

What I DO remember is being made to wait over an hour (maybe 90 minutes) for a table for 5 which we had reserved well in advance. Not only did we not get even the faintest hint of an apology, the Maitre D' oozed such attitude that you'd think he was actually doing us a giant favor by seating us.

Will I ever go back? Sure, maybe. If it's someone else's idea. It's been 7-8 years at this point, so I feel like I've made my point. :-) But the real point is that PL is inconvenient for me to get to, and I just don't go out to high-end steak houses very often anyway.

Jan 15, 2014
egit in Outer Boroughs