Rolling NYC Food Snob 'The Yelp Of ILX' Kill Yourself Thread

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Just had dan dan noodles at Ivan Ramen which was pretty okay

Disappointed they didn't have the Mazemen for the lunch menu so had the next closest thing

, Friday, 2 January 2015 18:22 (seven years ago) link

Anybody been to Root and Bone?

One foodie friend on fb exploded about it and said this write-up was pretty accurate http://ny.eater.com/2014/8/26/6166071/root-bone-serves-manhattans-best-new-fried-chicken

, Friday, 2 January 2015 18:26 (seven years ago) link

saw IR in the Times this week

let's eat soon, dude

touch of a love-starved cobra (Dr Morbius), Friday, 2 January 2015 18:26 (seven years ago) link

For sure!

, Friday, 2 January 2015 18:28 (seven years ago) link

i've only been to the ivan ramen in that weird food court in hell's kitchen. i had the whitefish donburi, which was also pretty okay. i am reasonably curious about the full menu at the main spot.

had a good meal at cherche midi the oher night, mostly b/c it is pretty and the service was excellent.

i have also recently hit alder (ok, great wine list) and prune (dope).

is this thread fancy joints only? or can we talk abt "new restoran malaysia" on 40th rd in flushing that had the best rendang i've ever encountered. i am considering getting on the train right now just thinking about it.

adam, Friday, 2 January 2015 18:35 (seven years ago) link

Nah this thread is all purpose

, Friday, 2 January 2015 18:36 (seven years ago) link

awesome.

oh the best fancyish place i ate at last year was russ & daughters cafe. my wife is east village/les jewish born and raised and she was poised to be disappointed w/ the cafe (and i was braced for another disappearing-old-new-york rant) but everything we've had there is fuckin good man. even shit like whitefish salad and wasabi tobiko on "bagel toasts" is delicious.

adam, Friday, 2 January 2015 18:47 (seven years ago) link

Only been to the appetizing store

Want to go back and get a pound of everything

Think the cafe has m/l same options right?

, Friday, 2 January 2015 19:00 (seven years ago) link

there are more highfalutin preparations but the basic fishy thrust is the same.

dude i tried to take my mom out for lunch on a sunday the other week and the brunch yups have taken over **everything**. russ and daughters was bonkers, katz's was bonkers, everywhere. except somehow mission cantina where we walked in and sat down and were like the only ppl in there. it was decent.

adam, Friday, 2 January 2015 19:09 (seven years ago) link

i liked the meal i had at ivan. they are efficient as hell, not for leisurely meals

max, Friday, 2 January 2015 19:37 (seven years ago) link

Yeah

Definitely a great food for eating while a party of one, ideally you'd get a bowl within 5 minutes of ordering and be out within half an hour

, Friday, 2 January 2015 22:16 (seven years ago) link

Checked out the new Mission Chinese

The 'classics' are still great but wasn't feeling some of the new stuff like the fried chicken

Interior feels oddly sterile, cool bathroom downstairs tho

, Thursday, 15 January 2015 19:37 (seven years ago) link

Also I worry for 169 bar - hope they don't have to go respectable now

, Thursday, 15 January 2015 19:40 (seven years ago) link

was the wait at mission chinese crazy?

furor over discount omakase place tanoshi (on the ues) has died down enough that i got a reservation for my wife's bday next week.

adam, Thursday, 15 January 2015 19:42 (seven years ago) link

No wait for seats at the bar, but it was like 10PM on a tuesday night when temps were 10 degrees

, Thursday, 15 January 2015 19:43 (seven years ago) link

Is Tanoshi the place where you have to physically go and write your name on a list for reservations

, Thursday, 15 January 2015 19:43 (seven years ago) link

phaps gbx wd wanna meet for some quality foodstuffs when he visits this weekend

touch of a love-starved cobra (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 15 January 2015 19:45 (seven years ago) link

i would like to know more about new restoran malaysia! i like pasar malam in williamsburg a lot (by the same dude who used to run laut) - the less fusiony stuff is the way to go, plus they deliver

i've been meaning to check out tanoshi. i've had the omakase at sushi dojo a couple times, which is a great deal for the price imo

the portentous pepper (govern yourself accordingly), Thursday, 15 January 2015 20:10 (seven years ago) link

tanoshi recently added a 21st century online reservation system. there is exactly zero chance i am trekking to 73rd and york twice in one day. i am willing to trade eccentricity for convenience.

that being said, i would happily trek out to flushing to new restoran malaysia any damn time. a similar enormous menu to skyway, my main point of malaysian reference (ie i am not an expert). a couple different rojaks, a savory fruit salad that is apparently a common street food. we got one with many sour things and a tamarind/shrimp paste sauce. i liked it but i am not self-aware enough to know if it was for orientalist novelty reasons or true gastronomic affection. giant plate of chicken gizzards, livers and hearts with an excellent sweet/hot dipping sauce for $5--maybe one of the most unattractive plates i have ever seen, just a mound of gray offal, the livers were delicious in particular. good roti canai. also, most importantly, maybe the best beef rendang i have ever had. i guess rendang is cross-cultural and primarily associated with indonesian cuisine but this topped renditions from dedicated indonesian places that i've been.

adam, Friday, 16 January 2015 00:00 (seven years ago) link

ILX FAP there imo

, Friday, 16 January 2015 00:01 (seven years ago) link

they got big tables

adam, Friday, 16 January 2015 00:06 (seven years ago) link

not a big fan of ivan; they were in NYM's top cheap eats list or w/e which made me raise an eyebrow bc I don't find them worth the price or hype for what are basically "classic" versions.

thought bossanova ramen was a better value and more interesting.

Tasty Hand Pulled Noodles on doyers got a writeup and now it's impossible to get in there which bums me out but good for the family.

Bringing the mosh (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Friday, 16 January 2015 01:47 (seven years ago) link

Hah where did it get a write up? I think it's just an okay place

Everytime I've passed Lam Zhou on East Broadway recently I've noticed it's packed to the gills with white ppl, wasn't even the case like a year ago

, Friday, 16 January 2015 01:51 (seven years ago) link

also in the NYM cheap eats. which is lam zhou?

Bringing the mosh (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Friday, 16 January 2015 02:38 (seven years ago) link

Between Allen/pike and Rutgers

My fav cheap Chinese noodle place is super taste fwiw

, Friday, 16 January 2015 02:44 (seven years ago) link

http://luckypeach.com/the-state-of-ramen-david-chang/

^ We were hating on this on ILH but 3 days later I still wanna hate on this some more

, Monday, 19 January 2015 12:19 (seven years ago) link

I recently got a rec for this place:
http://elgauchitony.com/

Anyone been there, or, alternatively, have a good argentinian steakhouse rec?

walid foster dulles (man alive), Monday, 19 January 2015 15:25 (seven years ago) link

three weeks pass...

upi jaya in elmhurst is a+, fried fishcake DUMPLINGS! and hard boiled eggs in peanut sauce. also that stretch of woodside ave is loaded with awesome looking thai places, wish i hadn't sold my car as it is a drag to get to from bushwick.

also had a delightful meal at sevilla on w 4th st, the food wasn't all that great but the vibe was fantastic.

adam, Wednesday, 11 February 2015 14:41 (seven years ago) link

Sevilla has been open since 1941. I like the idea that in 1941 you could get Spanish food at Sevilla or at El Quijote on 23rd St. and you still can today. My impression is that El Quijote has preserved more of its Spanish-ness however, but haven't eaten at Sevilla in about six years

Josefa, Wednesday, 11 February 2015 15:50 (seven years ago) link

Yeah there's a big Thai-American population there I think? xp

, Wednesday, 11 February 2015 15:53 (seven years ago) link

yeah i think there is a thai temple nearby. i've been to ayada and khao kang both were very good. khao kang kind of a buffet where you choose a couple of items from a steam table: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/16/dining/hungry-city-khao-kang-in-elmhurst-queens.html?_r=0

there's a really fun thai bar, pata paplean, across the street too.

mizzell, Wednesday, 11 February 2015 15:56 (seven years ago) link

Supposed foodie spot Cheburechnaya in Rego Park is disappointing (kosher uzbeki kebab place) -- meat was dry and not very good. I'm guessing part of the problem is that kosher meat tends to be more expensive for the same quality meat, so in order to serve reasonably priced food, which Cheburechnaya is, you have to serve lower quality meat than a similarly-priced non-kosher place. The various kinds of dumpling-ish thingies were probably the best thing (Chebureki, which resemble giant fried wontons, and something whose name I forget which was kind of like a pumpkin knish).

walid foster dulles (man alive), Wednesday, 11 February 2015 16:08 (seven years ago) link

best thing i've had there was the lamb fat kebabs, not dry at all. obviously can't eat very many of them. haven't been there in a few years though.

mizzell, Wednesday, 11 February 2015 16:11 (seven years ago) link

i am planning an eating excursion to rego park soon, thanks for the heads up. further suggestions for that area are welcome.

as far as day to day eating i work around union square now and despair at the preponderance of garbage corporate fast casual joints. i like rainbow falafel on 17th and the roti from terry's gourmet deli at 16th and 6th but would again welcome cheap interesting lunch joints in the area.

there was seriously a line out the fucking door in like 20 degree weather for "chop't" which i assume is terrible. there's also like 3 potbelly sandwich places and 3 chipotles.

adam, Wednesday, 11 February 2015 16:37 (seven years ago) link

Chop't is okay for what it is, I like Just Salad better

, Wednesday, 11 February 2015 16:52 (seven years ago) link

Jackson Diner just opened near Union Square and I think they're pretty okay for Indian food

, Wednesday, 11 February 2015 16:52 (seven years ago) link

Also I'm eager to try the MHT Pies 'n' Thighs

, Wednesday, 11 February 2015 17:04 (seven years ago) link

I think Chop't is very good, just pricey for what it is. They kind of figured out how to solve *The Salad Problem* -- they do enough volume that they can stock a wide variety of ingredients and still keep them all fresh, and the chopping/tossing process somehow makes the salad taste much more like a meal and less like a pile of lettuce with some heavy objects on top of it.

walid foster dulles (man alive), Wednesday, 11 February 2015 17:14 (seven years ago) link

Also their choppers are fucking insane with those moon blades -- I'm amazed fingers don't wind up in the salad with the speed at which they operate.

walid foster dulles (man alive), Wednesday, 11 February 2015 17:16 (seven years ago) link

ok i assumed it was like chipotle for salads or something

adam, Wednesday, 11 February 2015 17:31 (seven years ago) link

ugh chopped up salad is the worst

iatee, Wednesday, 11 February 2015 17:35 (seven years ago) link

It's sort of Chipotle-like -- they have a very large menu of pre-determined salads and a lot of different dressings but you can also make your own or take one of their planned salads and substitute things. Honestly it's good, I just wish it was like 20% cheaper.

walid foster dulles (man alive), Wednesday, 11 February 2015 17:37 (seven years ago) link

Make your own = tell them the ingredients you want, like in a chipotle. Similar assembly line sort of concept.

walid foster dulles (man alive), Wednesday, 11 February 2015 17:38 (seven years ago) link

yeah their salads are fine as long as you stop them from transforming them into a gruel-like consistency

iatee, Wednesday, 11 February 2015 17:41 (seven years ago) link

num pang is also good btw if kinda pricey.

yall almost had me til assembly line gruel salads

adam, Wednesday, 11 February 2015 18:22 (seven years ago) link

Yeah once in a while I go to the Num Pang near Grand Central for lunch.

walid foster dulles (man alive), Wednesday, 11 February 2015 19:21 (seven years ago) link

I do not like potbelly at all.

walid foster dulles (man alive), Wednesday, 11 February 2015 19:22 (seven years ago) link

Rise of Potbelly is weird but if they are keeping out Jimmy John's I will go to a Potbelly's every week

, Wednesday, 11 February 2015 19:56 (seven years ago) link

protip potbellys generally have clean unsecured bathrooms

adam, Wednesday, 11 February 2015 21:11 (seven years ago) link

Potbelly is foul. I wonder why somebody doesn't invent a good-tasting fast casual sub shop? Potbelly, Jimmy John's, Subway, Quizno all roughly equally dispiriting in my experience.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Wednesday, 11 February 2015 21:59 (seven years ago) link

hard to say which of those is the worst. i have fond memories of schlotzky's but haven't been in probably 15 years.

mizzell, Wednesday, 11 February 2015 22:06 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...

http://www.grubstreet.com/2015/03/ganso-yaki-opens.html

Ganso Yaki has opened (It's good but expeeeeeeeeeeensive)

Bringing the mosh (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Wednesday, 25 March 2015 14:49 (seven years ago) link

those chairs look really uncomfortable

adam, Wednesday, 25 March 2015 15:58 (seven years ago) link

two weeks pass...

http://ny.eater.com/2015/4/13/8399095/east-broadway-dive-169-bar-could-be-shut-down-over-underage-drinking

:(

Wonder if Mission Chinese is turning the screws

If 169 goes that part is gonna get turned upmarket real quick

, Monday, 13 April 2015 21:08 (seven years ago) link

that being said, i would happily trek out to flushing to new restoran malaysia any damn time. a similar enormous menu to skyway, my main point of malaysian reference (ie i am not an expert). a couple different rojaks, a savory fruit salad that is apparently a common street food. we got one with many sour things and a tamarind/shrimp paste sauce. i liked it but i am not self-aware enough to know if it was for orientalist novelty reasons or true gastronomic affection. giant plate of chicken gizzards, livers and hearts with an excellent sweet/hot dipping sauce for $5--maybe one of the most unattractive plates i have ever seen, just a mound of gray offal, the livers were delicious in particular. good roti canai. also, most importantly, maybe the best beef rendang i have ever had. i guess rendang is cross-cultural and primarily associated with indonesian cuisine but this topped renditions from dedicated indonesian places that i've been.

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Me n my friend went here and it was great! Got the beef rendang and curry seafood laksa n of course stir fried water spinach

, Sunday, 19 April 2015 13:14 (seven years ago) link

Then went to see I don't want to sleep alone @ momi and reminisced about the trip I took to malaysia

, Sunday, 19 April 2015 13:14 (seven years ago) link

two really amazing meals recently: dinner at carmellini's new nuamerican spot little park, and brunch at estela. recommend both wholeheartedly

max, Sunday, 19 April 2015 13:17 (seven years ago) link

dayo i am glad you liked that place! since i foolishly sold my car my queens eating trips have been curtailed but i am hoping nice weather will inspire me to travel more.

had a bad dinner at briefly hyped tuome. overpriced but decent carolina pulled pork at arrogant swine.

my most enjoyable recent meal was at east village og john's, carafe of cheap wine and a plate of eggplant parm the size of a rugby ball. this was after walking by javelina, the gussied up tex mex place on 18th, and being horrified by the decor (90s santa fe pier one chic) and the crowd (happy hour creatives). maybe the food there is legit but i'm not braving that scene.

adam, Sunday, 19 April 2015 21:20 (seven years ago) link

adam I'll teach you to take the Chinatown van

, Sunday, 19 April 2015 22:32 (seven years ago) link

yes please.

oh i also went to royal seafood on mott st and had a kinda boring meal. the most interesting thing by far was a dish of lotus root in "tofu sauce." i don't know if this is a common cantonese thing but it was delicious and i would like to find other examples in perhaps better restaurants.

adam, Monday, 20 April 2015 14:21 (seven years ago) link

four weeks pass...

http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/eats/chinese-burger-chain-uncle-sam-open-monday-nyc-article-1.2221278

Everything about this review is so bad

, Monday, 18 May 2015 16:04 (seven years ago) link

So the Chinese have built a better burger, eh? Americans are likely to be quite skeptical about this Tiananmen takedown of our dietary staple.

eh?

adam, Monday, 18 May 2015 16:13 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...

chomp chomp was good but not great

, Saturday, 27 June 2015 13:16 (seven years ago) link

very intrigued by superiority burger i love veggie burgers maybe even more than rela burgers?

, Saturday, 27 June 2015 14:14 (seven years ago) link

good veggie burger is better than all but the tip top best real burgers. a bad veggie burger is no worse than a bad real burger. superiority pictures look good but i have been burned by hot young things in this city too many times, might wait til the lines die down

adam, Saturday, 27 June 2015 15:49 (seven years ago) link

giving you an exclusive mott street review in non-77 space - taiwan bear house is pretty new but i just had their minced/braised pork and i like it alot! rest of the stuff on yelp seems good too from pictures would like to go back again

http://www.yelp.com/biz/taiwan-bear-house-new-york

, Sunday, 28 June 2015 23:58 (seven years ago) link

this is not exactly a secret pick but paulie gee's pizza is really fuckin good

adam, Friday, 3 July 2015 12:48 (seven years ago) link

i wanna try some of the russian restaurants in deep Brooklyn like avenue u Bensonhurst graves end

, Friday, 3 July 2015 13:57 (seven years ago) link

I passed by a sushi restaurant that was 100% kosher and under the strict supervision of a rabbi last time I was there

, Friday, 3 July 2015 13:58 (seven years ago) link

i've been to a (good) georgian restaurant in gravesend but i find it hard to resist l&b spumoni gardens if i am in that neighborhood. the russian joint sietsema wrote about this week sounded great tho.

have you been to the uighur place in brighton beach, cafe kashkar? i've only had takeout from there but it was excellent

adam, Friday, 3 July 2015 14:06 (seven years ago) link

No but I think in orbit has been

need to explore south Brooklyn more

, Friday, 3 July 2015 14:14 (seven years ago) link

i will go anywhere that has pickled oily fish on the menu tbh

, Friday, 3 July 2015 14:16 (seven years ago) link

Everyone and I mean everyone raves about Spumoni Gardens. I'm gonna have to go to see what the fuss is all about even though I can't eat probably anything! Also I biked past a large fresh pasta place on New Utrecht Ave yesterday that looked intrsting.

It was actually chinavision's other half that sent me to Kashkar! Was good, a bit more Central Asian cuisiney than the other place I like on Brighton Beach 2nd with the giant golden bowl on the awning.

Orson Wellies (in orbit), Friday, 3 July 2015 14:40 (seven years ago) link

Uhhhh Varenichnaya

Orson Wellies (in orbit), Friday, 3 July 2015 14:43 (seven years ago) link

When I had a Russian model roommate for a minute last summer she brought some oily fish home one night and shared it, with tasteless pasty boiled potatoes and some pickles (which admittedly were great). I thought I liked fishy fish but uh no it was awful.

Orson Wellies (in orbit), Friday, 3 July 2015 14:46 (seven years ago) link

Lol

i'd better buy some creamed herring in a jar before i fully commit

, Friday, 3 July 2015 14:49 (seven years ago) link

Kashkar doesn't serve alcohol btw tho they let us BYOB.

Orson Wellies (in orbit), Friday, 3 July 2015 15:05 (seven years ago) link

spumoni gardens is that crazy throwback pre-foodie place that people think of when they say "red sauce" Italian. easy to build up into some kinda elysian fields ideal when it's just good kinda greasy pizza and ices. summer in the city yall. we sat inside the "formal" dining room once on a super-humid day and had pasta - wish i could make sauce like that. after the waiter took our orders and walked away, my son (a native new yorker albeit manhattan) looked at me wide eyed and said quietly "is he faking that accent?" and I laughed and said no! like i said, old-school brooklyn.

got the club going UP on a tuesday (m coleman), Friday, 3 July 2015 15:11 (seven years ago) link

read about superiority burgers, sure don't look vegetarian!

got the club going UP on a tuesday (m coleman), Friday, 3 July 2015 15:13 (seven years ago) link

i was all set to walk over to superiority burger and wait in line but they are doing the fake scarcity thing rn, no lunch and weekends only, lame

adam, Friday, 3 July 2015 15:30 (seven years ago) link

Maybe do the opposite food wise and go to fuku instead

, Friday, 3 July 2015 15:43 (seven years ago) link

lol everyone I work with now talks like that.

Orson Wellies (in orbit), Friday, 3 July 2015 16:08 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...

hadn't seen this thread.

Not russian but Ukrainian, Cafe Glechik was great.

dan selzer, Tuesday, 4 August 2015 21:12 (seven years ago) link

i love the look of that place but i heard it moved (off of coney island ave by the black sea bookstore)

speaking of brighton beach have yall been to the former movie theater/current russian fancy grocery store? it's not as good as brighton beach bazaar but it is a cool scene

adam, Thursday, 6 August 2015 01:04 (seven years ago) link

gourmanoff it's called

adam, Thursday, 6 August 2015 01:04 (seven years ago) link

two weeks pass...

yo fuku is trash, i've had better chicken sandwiches at rally's

adam, Thursday, 20 August 2015 01:58 (seven years ago) link

that's what i've been hearing??

, Thursday, 20 August 2015 11:47 (seven years ago) link

super salty, v little flavor. mushy frozen steak wedge fries covered in seasoned salt were honestly kinda perplexing.

adam, Thursday, 20 August 2015 13:31 (seven years ago) link

https://twitter.com/tkretchmar/status/633251595145318400

see you guys there http://i.imgur.com/9vWlFfy.jpg

, Thursday, 20 August 2015 14:36 (seven years ago) link

http://ny.eater.com/2015/8/25/9205725/kings-county-imperial-restaurant-review

as someone who enjoys mission chinese i'm not entirely against the concept but i'm struggling to see what new ideas they're bringing to the table

, Tuesday, 25 August 2015 15:51 (seven years ago) link

two months pass...

Has anybody been to decoy? i'm intringued

, Monday, 16 November 2015 19:01 (seven years ago) link

M. Wells steakhouse recently for my birthday, actually second trip. I love it overall, but weirdly the steak we got was the least exciting thing - NY Strip, which they char on the outside no matter how you ask for it done and oversalt. Best things were actually the fresh oysters, which had some kind of an apple-chive topping, and the trout, which comes fresh from their tank and is served whole.

Generally really love what they do, both at the Steakhouse and at the little joint at PS1.

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Monday, 16 November 2015 19:21 (seven years ago) link

two weeks pass...
two weeks pass...

http://i.imgur.com/xnZ9725.png

, Tuesday, 22 December 2015 15:17 (six years ago) link

IA @ that

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Tuesday, 22 December 2015 16:27 (six years ago) link

article is dumb too, basically sounds like any restaurant that isn't brand new/cutting-edge falls into the author's definition. E.g. in my old neighborhood he includes both a cheap Polish diner and a good but standard-issue French bistro.

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Tuesday, 22 December 2015 16:32 (six years ago) link

three weeks pass...

white bear in flushing is sort of amazingly mediocre but im happy white people have been tricked into thinking its good

, Monday, 18 January 2016 18:16 (six years ago) link

my theory is when white ppl see the wontons come out splashed in red oil they feel scared but since its not actually spicy at all white ppl feel proud of themselves for being able to eat soemthing that looks spicy

, Monday, 18 January 2016 18:16 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

http://ny.eater.com/2016/2/24/11110200/69-bayard-closing

argh

, Thursday, 25 February 2016 16:18 (six years ago) link

r u flocking?

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 25 February 2016 16:20 (six years ago) link

six years pass...

I guess I'm here through the holidays... any recommendations as to what's open on Thanksgiving?

(Under normal circumstances, I'd go to 69 Bayard as xx-posted above but belated RIP)

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 24 November 2022 01:10 (two days ago) link

https://ny.eater.com/maps/best-thanksgiving-restaurants-nyc

haven't been to any of the above. if you're looking for something in chinatown i'd try uncle lou's.

, Thursday, 24 November 2022 02:29 (two days ago) link

Yah, I'm not much of a holiday food fan so I figured I'd just walk around Chinatown and see what was open. Thanks for the Uncle Lou's tip.

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 24 November 2022 03:21 (two days ago) link


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