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Nancy S.

Member Since 23 Jan 2005
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#1287363 Where to buy fresh peas in NYC now

Posted by Nancy S. on 10 May 2014 - 12:05 AM

I'm noticing that several NYC menus include English peas as an ingredient. I'd love to use them in a pasta dish I plan to cook tomorrow. I'm grateful as to sourcing advice. I was thinking maybe Eataly? Thanks in advance.

#1281583 Are these the best croissants in Paris?

Posted by Nancy S. on 31 March 2014 - 08:05 AM

The "best" for me are Des Gateaux et du Pain and Pierre Herme. And I've tried a lot . . .

#1274116 Five Leaves

Posted by Nancy S. on 07 February 2014 - 09:49 PM

The burger does look delicious, as do the fries, but I'm always skeptical of a place that chooses to serve truffle fries (given my assumption that the truffle part comes from truffle oil).

#1268939 Ten Years Ago in NYC Dining

Posted by Nancy S. on 03 January 2014 - 07:56 PM

Yes, fair enough.  Just looking it up, amazed to see that Flay was at Miracle Grill more than 23 years ago.  Before my time in the city.
(No reason to be amazed, as I first ate his food at Mesa Grill back in the 90s, but tempus fugit and all that.)

I used to go to Miracle Grill often, back in the day -- but only in nice weather, since the outside was excellent and the inside was dreary. The drinks were tasty and the food was quite good (and cheap), especially the excellent blue cornmeal fried chicken salad with buttermilk dressing!

#1268207 Austin in February

Posted by Nancy S. on 29 December 2013 - 04:54 PM

I'm planning a weekend trip to Austin in February. I'd love some advice on restaurants for dinner. I'm hoping to find 3 tasty and newish venues. I'm thinking of Barley Swine and Uchi for two nights. Thanks in advance. (Any other drinking and activity advice would also be great.)

#1260601 Espresso in Paris

Posted by Nancy S. on 31 October 2013 - 05:41 PM

Shitty, old burnt beans, at that, no?But the good places are good, and nice in a way that places in NYC often aren't. I really like Télescope.

Telescope is my favorite in Paris. The filter is brilliant. Also, for cafe creme, they use excellent raw milk. I prefer it to 10 Belles, though the eats at 10 Belles are quite nice and fresh.

#1255793 Contra

Posted by Nancy S. on 03 October 2013 - 06:20 PM

I met Linda at In de Wulf. Her approach to wine, and life, is fabulous.

#1255160 Earl's Beer and Cheese

Posted by Nancy S. on 01 October 2013 - 12:48 AM

Last night (Sunday) we went for a pre-dinner drink. (It's 6 blocks north of our home.) I loved the bartender and it's so cheap! This will be our Sunday night "local".

#1230421 Supper

Posted by Nancy S. on 21 April 2013 - 12:25 AM

Wow, a perfect specimen. My friend since my childhood lives in Bern and taught me this, and yours seems even more brilliant.

#1215080 Bread and Oysters

Posted by Nancy S. on 25 December 2012 - 09:25 AM

As usual, we have been buying fabulous bread at DU Pain et des Idees. Yesterday, on Christmas eve, an oyster seller was stationed outside with a great selection. We bought a few varieties and shucked them for dinner. These were the best oysters I have ever had. We also bought a whole crab which we will have tonight, along with the many other delicacies we have collected, including 4 year old comte, Bordier butter, a buche de Noel from Des Gateaux et du Pain, etc. For breakfast we are about to have brioche and chausson aux pommes from Patisserie des Reves, which is open today! Joyeux Noel!

#1210183 Aamanns-Copenhagen in New York

Posted by Nancy S. on 08 November 2012 - 06:32 PM

Aamanns is opening tonight -- the menu looks tasty and, if the results mimic the Copenhagen counterpart, the selection should be delicious. I'm especially eager to try the dessert called “Rød grød med fløde” – Danish red berry compote with vanilla and ice cold cream -- a few years ago we were told by the Danes that the name of this dessert is the hardest combination of syllables to pronounce in Danish and impossible for Americans to say.

#1207513 Acme Restaurant & Bar

Posted by Nancy S. on 15 October 2012 - 05:59 PM

I ate here last night and was cheered to find that everything seemed as good as on previous visits. I really enjoy eating here.

In the actual excitement of the evening, we were seated next to Bloomberg, Joel Klein and the General Counsel of Sony, plus spouses and one mystery man who is probably someone very very important. I am not willing to bet on it, but I would venture to say that nobody else in the restaurant knew/noticed their table. I guess they were all looking out for Gywneth Paltrow or Iman?

As noted above, I really like the food and festivity as well, but I wish that it weren't so noisy -- In a group of four, I had difficulty hearing my dining companions.

#1207000 Acme Restaurant & Bar

Posted by Nancy S. on 10 October 2012 - 03:05 PM

Just one silly question - you were there for 4 1/2 hours for a 3-course meal?

Three courses, but lots of liquids! (Also, my husband and I had dinner with friends who just returned from a few years abroad, so we had a lot to say to each other.)

#1175975 Charleston

Posted by Nancy S. on 17 January 2012 - 02:52 AM

These are a pair of excellent reviews -- impressive observations and writing.

#1173199 Acme Restaurant & Bar

Posted by Nancy S. on 22 December 2011 - 05:45 PM

I recently read that the "head consulting chef" at the new Acme Bar & Restaurant (same location as the former Acme Bar & Grill) will be Mads Refslund. My husband and I ate excellent dinners at Reflund's restaurant in Copenhagen, called MR, before it closed. Prior to opening his own place, Refslund, together with Rene Redzepi, launched Noma. I will be curious to see how his cooking translates in New York.