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  1. Suggestions on brine for a 25 Lb pig we are roasting in a La Caja tomorrow? 8 hours enough time? Sugar, Salt and Water? Thyme? What about recipes for a sauce? Anyone have a foolproof sauce?
  2. May have stumbled upon a gem last night. Had an early dinner at Olympic Pita (very good but the bill adds up way too quickly) and then went to meet some friends (pre-Wilco show) for a drink at a new place called The Zipper Tavern. Nice, homey spot on a block that seems impervious to Manhattan's building boom - 37th between 8th and 9th. The restaurant is part of a theatre with the same name. Checked out the menu and was surprised when the bartender told us the chef makes most of the sausage, mustard and sauerkraut on premises. Absolutely stuffed to the gills, we ordered light; Niman Ranch kielbasa and smoked pork belly. Both were fantastic specimens, nicely smoked and cooked perfectly. Kraut was great and the yellow and Dijon mustards spot on. I’m excited to have a new food spot pre-msg, Hammerstein or maybe even pre theatre. According to Citysearch and NY Mag the chef is Larry Kolar. I grabbed this bio from a James Beard Foundation special event called "Grapes and Gramercy" Larry Kolar's early restaurant addresses ranged from Massachusetts to Colorado to Chappaqua, New York. In Manhattan, his résumé ran from the celebrated Quilted Giraffe and the beloved Sign of the Dove (where he spent four years as chef de cuisine) to a stretch as executive chef for sister restaurants Arizona 206, Yellowfingers, and Bolivar. These days, he has comfortably planted himself at Commune, Matthew Kenney's sexy Gramercy eatery. Time Out New York's Eating & Drinking Guide had trouble restraining itself, writing of Commune, "You'll succumb to platefuls of truffled macaroni and cheese, meaty braised short ribs, tender herb-rubbed salmon and sensational salty pommes frites."
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    15 East

    Had dinner with a party of 4 at 815 last night. Floor manager was exceptionally knowledgable and walked us through the Sake offerings and menu. Service, although lovely and attentive was quite slow. Took over 30 minutes to receive our hot appetizers. Common occurence or a little glitch? We started with the Kakiage which is a riff on latkes (with shrimp) - it was dry, flavorless and the only major miss of the night. The Kakiage which were julienned raw potatos in a smoky broth is a must try on your next visit. Fresh thin soba noodles with Uni alters the mind...how can they make past w.uni subtle and light? Somehow, it works. Clearly, 15 E 15's sushi and sashimi is spectacular. Not a single miss and at $55 a pretty damn good value. Needlefish, spring bonito, char, chu-toro, aji w/shiso - all fantastic. Next time, Im sitting at the sushi bar. $130 pp w/4 500 ml bottles of sake
  4. Yup, that is the place; Shanghai Restaurant. Its quiet because #1) they are in a soft opening and #2) they still (as of last week) don't have their liquor license. Owner told me the head chef and part of management is from the upper east side's Shanghai Pavillion. I did try their juicy buns on my "fly by" - they were good. Broth wasn't as fatty as I prefer but Id order them again. Ill hit it this weekend and report back.
  5. New, very interesting Chinese spot in soft opening on the east side of 3rd Ave, just north of the Rodeo Bar (27th?). I grabbed a take out menu the other day, tons of very interesting selections - ambitious and authentic (at least on paper). Looks like they sunk a lot of $ into the renovation. I only saw the ground floor but it appears to be 3 levels, highly styled. Will try this weekend and report back...
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    Ssam Bar

    Weird, Im pretty sure the NYTimes already reviewed it, no? I haven't read this whole thread but if the sweetbreads have not been raved about...let the raving begin. Best Ive ever had...simply grilled, fatty perfection.
  7. Oops, friend just told me it's from the APT folks and highly stylized. Not sure but doubtful its a food destination spot.
  8. Has anyone tried Tillman's at 165 W 26th St? High end Soul Food spot Ive heard some rumblings about.
  9. We had a fun jewish x-mas at Amazing 66. I was with some non-chowish friends so dish selection was pretty conservative. Highlights were spare ribs, lobster w/lo mein Under Neath (as spelled on menu), Flounder w/pork on top, chicken w/fried garlic and soy sauce. All were quite good. The pork, ginger, green onions and egg sauce under the lobster was exceptional. Couple duds were the salt baked pork cutlets w/chiles and the salt baked squid and scallops. Looking forward to a return visit w/some more adventurous friends...
  10. Had dinner with Ali on Monday night in Chinatown. Went to Hop Lee on Mott St. Very good meal. Highlight was a steamed live chicken w/aged ham. Other notable dishes included razor and another type of clam in a black bean sauce, fried oysters, fried halibut, shrimp stuffed peppers. We ate with one of the main seafood purveyors in Chinatown. He mentioned a positive buzz about a new place located at 66 Mott St. Looking forward to checking it out.
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    Cookshop

    Had a disappointing meal there last week. Loud, cramped and spotty service. Menu reads great but with the exception of a wonderful fresh pasta app with a decadently creamy sauce (robbiola?) and chanterelles, I was underwhelmed. A $17 special squab app was enemic with a melange of too sweet fruits, a $20+ plate of suckling pig was so tough I sent it back and the cauliflower side so overcooked I was looking for my grandmother in the kitchen. Im over this place.
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    Sasabune

    So funny. Im in LA today for work. Eating in Sasabune for lunch. Im a huge fan of the la outpost. One of my favorite restaurants in California. Omni, get your upper east side tushy over there pronto. Sasabune is the real deal.
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    Noodle Bar

    Wowza, feels good to be back on this site. The man has me chained to the desk - but it's Saturday - Im free. On a couple of friend's recommendations I checked out Noodle Bar today. Strange but can't find anything on it here on Mouthfuls. Is that possible? 26 Carmine, right next to 28 Carmine pizza joint. I was solo so ordered only a few things. Meal was pretty good but Im guessing there's gold in them dar hills. Started with a Taro crusted shrimp spring roll that was nothing short of spectacular. Incredibly light taro shell, tasty, slightly fishy moist filling. A definite must-have. Next, tried a salad of watercress, bean sprouts and crispy shallots. Was surprised to find shredded white meat chicken (menu omitted the chix). Salad came bathed in a heavy soy dressing. Way too heavy a hand with the soy...the faintest hint of peannt oil failed to cut the soy. Dish definitely missed the mark. Finally, had what is called Hunan Pork Bolognese. A heavy tomato based soup with excellent Udon noodles, tasty shredded pork and crisp fried lotus discs. They did a good job with the menu description - it did taste like a Chinese/Japanese/Italian spaghetti bolognese. Bit heavy for one and Im not sure if all the flavors come through the heavy tomato broth. That said, once the weather cools down, I could see craving a bowl. Anyway, lots more on the menu to check out. Place is cute with about 15 counter seats and a few tables. Service was very sweet and prices were certainly more than chinatown, bit more than your local chinese but nothing that will break the bank. Waitress knew little about the history but apparently one of the former Yumcha managers is involved.
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    BBQ NYC 2006

    Anyone have 1 extra ticket for the BBQ-NYC event on Sat?
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    Maremma

    Oddly enough, as "Heat" progresses one of the main characters (Maestro) spends 2 full pages describing why Chianina cows are no longer desirable for their meat. In short, they no longer work the fields which gave their meat an unusually firm texture and lean consistency. That said, Ill give Cesar the benefit of the doubt.
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