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#16 omnivorette

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Posted 14 January 2005 - 09:31 PM

What a timely thread. :rolleyes:

Best Chinese - are there contenders to Grand Sichuan?
Best Ethiopian (not that it's noticeably better or worse than others in the city) - Awash
Best Indian - Angon on a good day. I think none of the others can be described as good.
Best Takoyaki - Otafuku

But Wilf said: "If there's nothing much good in any category for this area, forget about it. Only looking for things you'd actually recommend someone who likes eating and drinking to go and do."
"It seems a positively Quixotic quest to defend food from being used as any kind of social signifier, as if it could avoid the fate of each other component of our everyday lives." -Wilfrid

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Posted 14 January 2005 - 09:32 PM

Best upscale restaurant:  Hearth (or what else would you call it?)

NOT looking for upscale restaurants. Can we take Hearth as mentioned?

(I se we are all repeating ourselves; never mind, 95% of members will soon get the idea.)
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#18 Orik

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Posted 14 January 2005 - 09:33 PM

But Wilf said: "If there's nothing much good in any category for this area, forget about it. Only looking for things you'd actually recommend someone who likes eating and drinking to go and do."

Do you want to turn this into a "how much most nyc restaurants suck" thread? :rolleyes:

I wouldn't post them if I didn't like the food.
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Posted 14 January 2005 - 09:33 PM

Best panini: Bar Veloce
Best Black Forest cake: Something Sweet, First Avenue at 11th St.
Best lox,eggs and onions: Second Avenue Deli
Best soups: Theresa's
Best salad: Garden salad with feta from Moustache--enormous, enough for a meal
Best kielbasa and ham:Kurowycky
Best hamentashen: Moshe's
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Posted 14 January 2005 - 09:33 PM

Best chocolate cookie: Something Sweet, East 11th and First Avenue.

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Posted 14 January 2005 - 09:35 PM

Do you want to turn this into a "how much most nyc restaurants suck" thread? :rolleyes:

I wouldn't post them if I didn't like the food.

Good, then you were right to post them.
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#22 omnivorette

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Posted 14 January 2005 - 09:37 PM

Sorry, I thought you were implying that Awash wasn't good.
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Posted 14 January 2005 - 09:37 PM

Best Cubano: Spanish American Food on 13th.

El Nuevo Costillo on D is excellent. I'll have to compare.

Is there a better slice than Muzarella's near the top of Avenue A? Little hole-in-the-wall, I think it's excellent. Omni, did you try it on my recommendation a while back?
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#24 omnivorette

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Posted 14 January 2005 - 09:38 PM

Yes I did, and I liked it.
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Posted 14 January 2005 - 09:40 PM

Minca - best ramen (I just saw that a location of Menkui-tei opened, which I haven't tried yet)
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Posted 14 January 2005 - 09:41 PM

any inputs on bread and beef?

Best Japanese market - Sunrise Market, with m2m a close second.
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Posted 14 January 2005 - 09:41 PM

I like the Filipino steam table at Elvie's (with or without the balut). I also like Grace Marketplace for general food shopping. Probably the best for a mainstream bread selection. I don't know a good general butcher in the neighborhood, let alone fishmonger.
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#28 omnivorette

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Posted 14 January 2005 - 09:43 PM

How's that East Village Cheese Shop these days (I think it's called that, right?)
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Posted 14 January 2005 - 09:44 PM

Minca - best ramen (I just saw that a location of Menkui-tei opened, which I haven't tried yet)

Minca is better than Momofuku? Haven't been to either.

I think Kasadela is good - better than Village Yokocho - but I haven't sampled the Stuyvesant Street area izakaya contenders.
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#30 Wilfrid1

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Posted 14 January 2005 - 09:45 PM

How's that East Village Cheese Shop these days (I think it's called that, right?)

Haven't used it. It might be the best, but from what I've seen it's not very exciting. Generally buy cheese outside the neighborhood.
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