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  1. I've ordered from Lahori a few times but never been in person. Breads are great, as are most of the vegetables (okra, pakora curry, and saag get special shout outs). Even better (imo) is Jalsa, which I believe is owned by two ex-FOH staff from Lahori. Their paneer is the best I've ever had, like soft and fluffy dumplings.
  2. Do you have (or can you order) any ginger? I'm about to make a batch of ginger-scallion sauce a la Great NY Noodletown / Momofuku (Chang's version calls for sherry vinegar) with my boringly normal-sized scallions. Versatile (toss with noodles, roasted vegetables, goes with pretty much any protein) and lasts for a few days.
  3. My parents had it and have all but recovered, seemingly. They were able to get tested, though it took over a week for them to get the results. My friend's father had it and died five days after his first symptoms.
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    What happens to a place like Mekelburg's during the pandemic shutdown? Is the grocery open but the restaurant/bar closed? Daniel, how are you faring with everything?
  5. I really like this place. No clam pie when I went, but enjoyed a combination of salami and red onion. Great point about the bread competing with the excellent dough. Whit's End out in Rockaway Beach makes an outrageously good smoked bluefish dip served with pizza dough toast points that is almost better than the pizza.
  6. I completely disagree. Who decides what's "native" and what isn't? My point was that, while West African cooking is newer to NYC than Ashkenazic, after four-plus decades, it's become intrinsic to the city's dining landscape, even if food media and most people don't treat it that way.
  7. I'm partial to Toné Café in Brighton Beach.
  8. Of course New York is a great food city, and a world-class one at that. First, we have a much deeper local food culture than just Italian-American and Ashkenazi. West African cooking in the Bronx and Harlem. Staten Island's Sri Lankan restaurants. Astoria's Greek and Egyptian communities, to name just a few. America is young, we don't have 500-year-old soba shops. But after decades, these places are also very much part of the fabric of the city. I don't want to get Leffed off of this board, but there are excellent meals to be had even if these restaurants care more about serving their neighborhoods than Michelin. Now I wish we had a Sri Lankan Atomix. Secondly, while I don't travel a lot, I have recently eaten French food in Paris. Parisians certainly get a better value as far as price to quality is concerned when talking about mid-level upscale dining. I think that was kind of JTF's original point? And look, Le Chateaubriand is better than Contra and Wildair. At least we have Contra and Wildair. To Sneak's point, I actually do think Aska and Atomix would rank high anywhere in the world...but admittedly, my world dining experience is relatively limited. I also ate affordable-ish modern Korean food in Paris at a place that was very good, but nowhere near the level of Atoboy. The host was also just not nice. Really cold in turning us away the first night. Then, when we returned, I had one of the weirder restaurant interactions in my life, when I tried to switch one of our backless stools for another empty table's chair and not only did she scold me, she actually almost ripped the chair out of my hands. Apparently the tables are set like that on purpose, with two backless stools and two seats with backs. Anyway, it was jarring, and we debated leaving but it was late. Someone in my group very nicely told her that we felt her treatment was kind of rough and she kind of relaxed after that and apologized. In the end I was happy we stayed. One last thing about the greatness of NYC food: we have two great MFF examples right here. I'm reasonably confident that any city in the world would be more than happy to have a Mekelburg's or a Foxface set up shop.
  9. I'd like to see more non-diner restaurants take over fallen diners. The architecture should be preserved. The only other one I can think of, though, is Biscuits and Barbecue in Mineola.
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    Tacos Bronco

    I haven't been to the restaurant, just the truck (parked down the block from Melody Lanes iirc), but the only thing that really impressed me was the range of meats/cuts offered. The execution was fine but unmemorable. Daniel, what do you get at Mexico 2000? It looks pretty run-of-the-mill from a quick Googlin'.
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    Dover Sole prepared in the style of Napoleon's mistress? Sign me up.
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    Knives Out

    Most satisfying fun I've had watching a movie in a while.
  13. That’s the stuff! The “Le Meunière” brand, I think. (Until La Mercerie will sell me tubs of Bordier to-go.) You can buy Bordier butter at Le District in Brookfield Place.
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