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In Paris for 5 Days.

Hi hounds,

I'm going to be in Paris for 5 days next week on vacation, and tho I'm familiar with french food, having gone to culinary school and having cooked in NYC, I'm completely unfamiliar with the city of Paris.

Where are the places you tell people to go when visiting? My travel companion and I are pretty open-minded eaters (though not a fan of offal), and though we may do one dinner as a splurge, we're just looking for those solid, satisfying ,great value for the money, meals for lunch and dinner (and will gladly take recs for a cafe's for morning coffee as well). There's a couple of dishes I want to have - a great cassoulet, a real steak au poivre, a coq au vin, but am open to just about anything.

Thanks in advance!

Oct 28, 2009
NYEpicuriosity in France

Going to LA for a week - need recs for a killer meal?

Amen...I've found my best eats off of a cart, out of a little hole in the wall, etc. Absolutely no pre-judging here.

Going to LA for a week - need recs for a killer meal?

Ya'll are too kind. Thanks so much - lookin' forward to getting my eat on in LA.

Going to LA for a week - need recs for a killer meal?

Hi everyone,

I'm going to be staying with a buddy of mine and his wife in Sherman Oaks for a week, and as a thank you I want to take them out for a great meal.

While I'd love to say money's no object, it kind of is, but I'm willing to drop a couple of hundred on them (with alcohol) for something that's worth it. I'm a foodie - trained as a chef in NYC, worked in some fine dining here, and while i'm not a food snob - I enjoy a dirty water dog as much as foie gras - I like eating somewhere where I can say "Wow, never had that before!". But really as long as the meal is quality and made with love, I'm good. My friends, not quite as adventurous eaters, but appreciate a good meal. Pretty much open to all cuisines, and I love it hot and spicy.

I've heard great things about Mozza, and Ford's Filling Station,but where's a place to get a meal that you'd say to your friends "Oh when you're in LA you've GOT to go to _______"

Looking forward to hearing the recs

Thanks!

New to Norwalk - What are the Must Haves?

Thanks JFood and Chefboyareme - Thali's on the short list to check out.

New to Norwalk - What are the Must Haves?

So here's one place I'll never step foot in again - Coromandel in the Good Wives shopping mall in Darien.

Now I'll be the first to admit - I lived in Jackson Heights, so I'm spoiled by both the quality, spice and price of the Indian food there. But I had heard great things about Coromandel, saw they had a buffet (more about that in a sec), and it's 5 minutes from my house.

Turns out the buffet is only for lunch, the menu prices are really steep (yes, I realize it's Darien but they were still double what I was used to for most entrees), but hearing just how great this place is, we decide to give it a fair shake. The air conditioning isn't on, and the doors are open and it's hot as hell in there. We're told they just turned it on, and once they close the door it'll cool off. 15 minutes goes by (and I was just about to get up and leave), and we're finally given water, and the waiter asks for our orders, no apologies, no sorry for the wait, nothing. Then not even a minute later our Samosas come out and they're microwaved AND bland (tasted like instant potatoes). I ask for a Taj Mahal, wait about 10 minutes, ask for it again, wait another 10 minutes, and ask one more time. 5 minutes later, finally the beer arrives. Then we wait about another 20 minutes (so this is now almost 45 minutes between courses), and after asking the waiter twice what's going on finally the food arrives. Now giving credit where credit is due, the entrees were pretty damn tasty, but at the prices they were asking, the service should've been spot on, and it was laughably bad.

We ask for the food to be boxed up, and for the check, and as is the coromandel way, the boxed food comes in 30 seconds, and we're waiting, waiting, waiting again for the check. At this point I'm digusted with the place, my girlfriend's furious, so she goes to the back, demands the check, hands her credit card over, and they bring the slip by.

We barely tip 10% knowing we'll never be back there. Shame too because they certainly hit on the entrees, but everything else was just so terrible it doesn't warrant paying those prices to go back.

New to Norwalk - What are the Must Haves?

So got a chance to check out Duo. While the service was a little off in terms of timing, everyone we dealt with was enthusiastic about the food and incredibly friendly, and WOW - the food was off the hook. We started with a sushi roll that was Eel and Foie Gras with truffle (...these are some of my favorite things...), and I had gotten the Duck, my girlfriend the Chilean Sea Bass for entress. We then went for the molten chocolate cake for dessert, and because of the lag time in between courses, we got comped another dessert (their Tira Misu with coffee ice cream) as well as two shots of their green tea infused vodka on the house. Totally reasonible bill too with 2 glasses of wine, a Laphroig for me to start, and this really delicious Japanese Microbrewed beer that's finished in cedar casks.

I hope they're around for a while longer because I want to go back. The website is still not live, and the fact that it was pretty dead this past saturday leads me to believe they're having some troubles, but then again from what I hear, all restaurants are struggling in this economy.

But thanks to Jfood and the hounds on his thread that gave it the recs it was really pretty amazing.

New to Norwalk - What are the Must Haves?

Man - a million thanks ya'll - can't wait to try EVERYTHING!

New to Norwalk - What are the Must Haves?

Hi Everyone,

After 34 years in NYC, most recently in Jackson Heights which was an amazing food neighborhood, I've moved to Norwalk with my wife. We're both unabashed chowhounds, always looking for the next great meal. She hasn't lived in CT in almost 9 years, and I don't know of anything that's around. So I'm asking my fellow hounds, what's your favorites in Norwalk, Darien, Stamford, Rowayton etc? So far I really dug the burger at Rory's, enjoyed a great meal at River Cat Cafe, and have been treating Trader Joe's like my local corner bodega (I'm in there everyday after my train ride home). What are the places that you LOVE? That you get overwhelming, uncontrollable hankerings for. That you insist on taking visitors to?

We're pretty much open to anything except for offal (we've both tried, just not our thing). Also we'd like to keep it reasonable, but we're always up for an occasional splurge (We celebrated our anniversary by going to Lola and Lolita in Cleveland just for the hell of it, and because Michael Symon was a huge influence on me when I was in culinary school.) Looking forward to hearing from all of you, and deeply appreciate your help!

Thanks!

MacMenamin's Grill - New Rochelle

If only I had read what the other Chowhounder's had said before attempting to go there for brunch today...

Having seen the place numerous times from I-95 while traveling to my girlfriend's parent's house, we decided to drop in for a quick drink and a bite to eat after running an errand up that way. The Valet parking for the parking lot should've been our first clue to avoid, but where we turned tail was when we asked the hostess if we could have lunch, and she said "Oh yes, we're serving brunch". When we asked if it was prix fixe she said, "Yes, it's brunch." So we finally asked "How much is brunch?" - and she said that it's $40 per person.

I'm pretty sure I laughed out loud, and we just left.

Drinks in Williamsburg?

I've gotta give big seconds to Harefield Road (same owners as Pencil Factory) and Spike Hill. Both have good vibes, great beer, and Spike Hill has one of the best fish and chips in NY.

If you want something slightly more cocktail-ish, Huckleberry Bar on Grand between Leonard and Lorimer, is pretty good if you're willing to walk a few blocks from the Lorimer stop, but I'd suggest it only on a weeknight as the weekend's get a little crazy.

Feb 26, 2008
NYEpicuriosity in Outer Boroughs

Best Taco Joint on Roosevelt Avenue in Queens?

I happen to love Tacolandia - never had a bad one from them ever.

Feb 22, 2008
NYEpicuriosity in Outer Boroughs

Best 5 restaurants in Jackson Heights?

hi pynchoff,

Did you also go see movies at the Benson Twin a few doors down? And if you're saying Pepino's is just as good as L&B's I'm going to have to foresake Rosa's for good (ordered a 1/2 tray grandma pizza for the super bowl and it was almost indedible).

Feb 18, 2008
NYEpicuriosity in Outer Boroughs

Dinner and drinks in Forest Hills

I've got to give Danny Brown's a big third recommendation. The place is cozy, casual yet upscale, great food, great service and won't break the bank. You won't be sorry you went.

Feb 14, 2008
NYEpicuriosity in Outer Boroughs

In the same vein as Sapori d'Ischia...

Hi Yong - two of my favorite restaurants in queens are DB Wine Kitchen - www.dannybrownwinekitchen.com in Forest Hills - and 718 www.718restaurant.com in Astoria. Both are nice, upscale (but totally casual) restaurants, where I've never had a bad meal.

Feb 01, 2008
NYEpicuriosity in Outer Boroughs

Greek in Astoria - Near 30th Ave

I've gotta give it to Aliada on B'way and 30th street. When I lived over there it was my go-to for affordable yet fresh, good greek food. Two other places that I've been to that are really good is Ovelia on 34th and 30th Avenue, and the newly reopened Philoxenia on 34th Ave between 32nd and 33rd (if you're willing to walk one more block south from Bway).

Jan 30, 2008
NYEpicuriosity in Outer Boroughs

Best 5 restaurants in Jackson Heights?

Unfortunately Dosa Diner's got a big old "For Rent" sign taking up the entire window (Think they put it up over the weekend). Though the food was good - that place has been kinda weird the past year or so with a bouncer guarding the door at night on weekends, and the place being a ghost town 4 nights a week.

Jan 28, 2008
NYEpicuriosity in Outer Boroughs

Best 5 restaurants in Jackson Heights?

Hi JH Jill - is Urubamba still open? I had strolled by a few nights ago - and granted it was like a Tuesday in Jan, but the place was absolutely dead - it looked like they had the specials board blocking the door too.

For what it's worth - I ate there shortly after it opened and it was KILLER, and I was hoping they'd stay open.

Jan 27, 2008
NYEpicuriosity in Outer Boroughs

Best 5 restaurants in Jackson Heights?

Joe, they can be inconsistent at times, but their squares remind me of L&B Spumoni Gardens in Brooklyn which I've been eating since I could have solid food, and which I've always enjoyed. All I'm saying in my list is that it's a personal top 5. There's no way I could give a definitive top 5 of the entire neighborhood and it's too subjective anyways.

If you've got a pizza place you think is better - please share.

Jan 25, 2008
NYEpicuriosity in Outer Boroughs

Best 5 restaurants in Jackson Heights?

Jahn's is on 81st and 37th Ave, and they're an old-school dinner/ice-cream parlour kind of place. I used to go to the ones in both Marine Park and Bensonhurst Brooklyn when I was a kid, and was stoked now 25 years later to come to Jackson Heights and find the original. It's nothing to rave about (sorry Goddess), but it's cool in that "you don't see 'em like this anymore" sort of way.

Jan 25, 2008
NYEpicuriosity in Outer Boroughs

Best 5 restaurants in Jackson Heights?

Hey sandrina - yeah I should've mentioned that one. BTW - has anyone noticed the addition of the "hot dog guy" in there now, and just how bizarre that is.

Jan 25, 2008
NYEpicuriosity in Outer Boroughs

Best 5 restaurants in Jackson Heights?

I totally agree with JFores - you're moving to one of the best nabes for eating. Here's my top 5 (in no particular order).
Texas Ranger BBQ
La Portena (argentinian steak house)
Rahjbog (vegetarian indian and sweets)
Sripraphai (technically Woodside, but close enough to count)
Rosa's pizza.

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Rajbhog
72-27 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11372

SriPraPhai
64-13 39th Ave, Queens, NY 11377

The Ranger Texas Barbecue
71-04 35th Ave, Queens, NY 11372

La Portena
74-25 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11372

Rosa's Pizzeria
75-63 31st Ave, Queens, NY 11370

Jan 25, 2008
NYEpicuriosity in Outer Boroughs

Who's got the best jelebi?

I'd say either Rahjbog on 37th Ave and 73rd, or Maharadja Sweets (diagonally across the street from Rahjbog) are two of the best. I'm not personally a fan, but my girlfriend Raves about the one's at Maharadja.

Jan 23, 2008
NYEpicuriosity in Outer Boroughs

"Guys' Night Out" in Ditmas and points south/southwest--any suggestions?

If you're considering Ditmas Park, I'd say check out The Farm on Adderly. It's supposed to be a killer place, and a friend of mine there used to work the line. He said the food was awesome and if he was cooking it, I know it was good!

Jan 16, 2008
NYEpicuriosity in Outer Boroughs

Korean in Jackson Heights

I've only eaten there once during lunch and it was okay. I had the bimbimbap and some kimchee. Place is kind of a dump, service is totally indifferent, but the food was decent. There's probably better Korean if you venture up Broadway a bit into Elmhurst, but that's just a guess.

Jan 10, 2008
NYEpicuriosity in Outer Boroughs

Espresso 77 in Jackson Heights

Finally got a chance to check this place out on Sunday. Quaint little place that serves good coffee, and a decent selection of scones/muffins etc. It's really small, and really bright which made it kind of uncomfortable to stay there for long, but the coffee/food/service are all right on. It's a good addition to the 'hood.

Dec 10, 2007
NYEpicuriosity in Outer Boroughs

Healthy Eating In Astoria

Hey Java Jay, well being that you're in Astoria, there's plenty of greek options where most of the food is charcoal grilled lean meats, and lowfat (if you stay away from the Tzatzki sauce). I'd say check out Ovelia - http://newyork.citysearch.com/profile..., which is a nice place for a b-day.

Dec 04, 2007
NYEpicuriosity in Outer Boroughs

Fave recipes for Jackson Heights

Thanks Kate, I actually bought the pork at Met on 37th, and I just bought a boneless loin, though I'm thinking something with a bit more fat may have been better.

Dec 04, 2007
NYEpicuriosity in Outer Boroughs

Fave recipes for Jackson Heights

hi Kate. I just made a pork and tomatillo stew last week, and bought the Tomatillos from Trade Fair on 37th ave. Turned out great.
http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/po...

Hope you enjoy it!

Nov 27, 2007
NYEpicuriosity in Outer Boroughs

Just moved to Forest Hills--Looking for recommendations

As a huge fan of DB Wine bar I have to third it. The place fires on all cylinders all the time, and has a really great affordable wine list not to mention really sweet help. It's by no means on the cheap eats list, but it's a great little restaurant that shouldn't be missed.

Nov 26, 2007
NYEpicuriosity in Outer Boroughs