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#1111 shuhbonkboo

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Posted 26 August 2008 - 02:03 PM

I went to Shake Shack last time after seeing it featured on Food Network. It wasn't bad from what I remember.

What are your guys' opinions on Max Brenner's and Serendipity. I didn't get a chance to go to those two spots last time.
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Posted 26 August 2008 - 02:15 PM

All I know in the area is 8th ave.
Which is basically the brooklyn equivalent of chinatown/flushing.
Lots of asians (obviously), and a bunch of orthodox jews a couple blocks over.
Pretty diverse, mostly familys I think. About 45 minutes into the city by train during weekdays, dunno about night.
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Posted 26 August 2008 - 04:12 PM

^ alot of hispanics too

N train to chinatown in about 30 mins... 45-50 mins @ night (it runs local)
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Posted 26 August 2008 - 08:09 PM

max brenner's (and that vosges place) looks like the kind of dumb place that attracts tourists so i've never been in. if you're looking for french style chocolates pierre marcolini is the best, better than la maison imo.

max is ok if you're lazy but even i can cook better italian ffs
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Posted 26 August 2008 - 08:17 PM

if you're looking for french style chocolates pierre marcolini is the best, better than la maison imo.

blasphemy! la maison is king, the best chocolate in ny (i have an addiction so i visit few places regularly). brenner's is a joke, tourists and guidos only.
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Posted 26 August 2008 - 08:25 PM

max brenner's (and that vosges place) looks like the kind of dumb place that attracts tourists so i've never been in. if you're looking for french style chocolates pierre marcolini is the best, better than la maison imo.

max is ok if you're lazy but even i can cook better italian ffs


I disagree about Vosages, its leagues above max brenners which itself is like a Ruby Tuesdays for chocolate.

The price points alone at Vosages would dissuade most tourists from even setting foot through the door. Although I can see where you getting at seeing how they've grown from a single soho shop to like a dozen stores, I can see it becoming a mall store eventually and lowering their price points(no more 75 dollar boxes of chocolate).

I've only been to max once, nothing about it warrants a return visit. Truthfully I'm more into places like Dieci, and Greenwich Grill, lighter japanese style preparations of Italian cooking in contrast to places places like Sapori D'ischia and Lupa.
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Posted 26 August 2008 - 08:38 PM

Chocolate in ny (in no particular order):
Maison du Chocolat
Teuscher
Richart Design et Chocolat
Neuhaus
Martine’s
Jacques Torres
Christopher Norman
Kee's

Vosges is much better than Brenner's but I don't eat chocolate with peppers or some other nasty shit in it. Chocolate Bar and Maribel are similar but Christopher Norman and Kee's are both better than Vosges.
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Posted 26 August 2008 - 08:53 PM

i take it you've never been to marcolini? it's worth a stop by. martine's is the place in bloomies right? no comparison there.

lupa was the best italian in nyc when ladner was running it, i used to stop by a lot just to see what he was coming up with. it's gone seriously downhill since he left but i go to the del posto enoteca whenever i need a fix. he's responsible for two of the best mains i've ever had, a porchetta and a wood-grilled lobster.
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Posted 27 August 2008 - 01:12 AM

i've been to pierre macrolini but i don't like his truffles and pralines were also not the best. he does a lot of infused chocolates which i don't buy either.
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Posted 27 August 2008 - 01:13 AM

I'm getting tired of hairmates. I mean they give okay haircuts but not as good as the ones i get in the japland.

I've been to hairmates at least 5 times, had 3 different stylists.



Check out the back classifieds of Japion, theres always jr. hairstylists offering free cuts if you want to go ghetto.
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Posted 27 August 2008 - 07:55 AM

Fried Dumplingggg


place rules. 5 dumplings for a dollar. me and my girl happened to stumble in one day and we got 20 dumplings, 2 spring rolls, and 2 iced teas for like 7 dollars. definitely a great place for someone on a budget.
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Posted 27 August 2008 - 09:40 AM

i've been to pierre macrolini but i don't like his truffles and pralines were also not the best. he does a lot of infused chocolates which i don't buy either.


eh fair enough, it's really about the ganaches, hence "french style." the best pralines i've ever had were flemish joints in antwerp.
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Posted 27 August 2008 - 09:51 AM

go to soccer thread and tell me what are songs for pavlyuchenko :D
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Posted 27 August 2008 - 10:06 AM

Lets talk macarons

I've tried

La Maison - good but I need more variety
Bouchon - too damn sweet and chewy in consistency
Macaron Cafe - some days really good, some just okay
Payard- didnt seem fresh like they been sitting for days
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Posted 27 August 2008 - 01:21 PM

Ok, I'll have to make sure to stop by some of these chocolate spots.

Where can I find some great...
pizza
deli's/sandwiches
bagels

I went to one bagel shop in the upper east side (by New York Pipe Dreams) and I thought it was pretty good. What are your guys' thoughts?
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Posted 27 August 2008 - 09:53 PM

Lets talk macarons

I've tried

La Maison - good but I need more variety
Bouchon - too damn sweet and chewy in consistency
Macaron Cafe - some days really good, some just okay
Payard- didnt seem fresh like they been sitting for days


you mean macaroons? just make them yourself, they're not that difficult - getting them at a store that doesn't have a high turnover rate will always be a crap shoot since they need to be eaten straight away
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Posted 27 August 2008 - 10:02 PM

you mean macaroons? just make them yourself, they're not that difficult - getting them at a store that doesn't have a high turnover rate will always be a crap shoot since they need to be eaten straight away


no Macarons, the french almond based cookies.

Macaroons are them crappy kosher coconut cookies.
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Posted 27 August 2008 - 10:03 PM

seems like you guys obviously know all the local spots...
but for deli's, even tho its expensive and touristy, carnegie deli is an experience. i've been there a few times and never been disapointed. its around $15 a sandwich, but that shit is HUGE. you guys probably know a beter/cheaper place tho
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Posted 27 August 2008 - 10:12 PM

Ok, I'll have to make sure to stop by some of these chocolate spots.

Where can I find some great...
pizza
deli's/sandwiches
bagels

I went to one bagel shop in the upper west side (by New York Pipe Dreams) and I thought it was pretty good. What are your guys' thoughts?


pizza is a highly volatile and heavily debated topic. Una Pizza Neopolitana, but they're closed for the rest of summer. Its hard to find a crappy generic pizza by the slice, just look for a place thats busy for a high turnover. I just avoid places that look like the pizza has been sitting for a while.

Katz Deli

I dont eat bagels,
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Posted 27 August 2008 - 10:14 PM

i think the best italian sandwiches are in jersey and brooklyn but i guess katz is a must visit for every tourist. i'm not a pizza or bagel guy so can't help there.
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Posted 27 August 2008 - 10:19 PM

Where can I find some great...
pizza
deli's/sandwiches
bagels


For Pizza, Artichoke Pizza is pretty ridiculous, (price wise and what it is), not really a traditional NY Slice by any means, but it's still tasty.
For a NY slice I like bleeker st. pizza a lot more than the other famous touristy places (lombardi's, john's, etc.). But I really don't mind the neighborhood places at all either.
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Posted 27 August 2008 - 10:21 PM

For Pizza, Artichoke Pizza is pretty ridiculous, (price wise and what it is), not really a traditional NY Slice by any means, but it's still tasty.
For a NY slice I like bleeker st. pizza a lot more than the other famous touristy places (lombardi's, john's, etc.). But I really don't mind the neighborhood places at all either.


artichoke is good, but some times their pizza is really damn burnt.
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Posted 27 August 2008 - 10:22 PM

ah, I've only been there twice haha, so I guess I've been lucky so far.

Oh and for bagels I like Ess-a-Bagel or David's Bagels on the east side, though, I haven't really gone out of my way to try and find better.
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Posted 27 August 2008 - 10:28 PM

best nyc deli, pizza & bagels.... i'm pretty sure this subject hasn't been covered by any number of guide books and/or websites.

i just got a craving for a telly's grease bomb cold cut sub, thanks polish
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Posted 27 August 2008 - 10:31 PM

i wish you guys would've stated posting this stuff last week.... il; just have to remember these places for the next time i go
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Posted 27 August 2008 - 10:37 PM

I had Vito's hero few days ago in Hoboken. Sooo good
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Posted 29 August 2008 - 07:30 AM

Ok here's the deal. A friend and I are planning to take the overnight Neon/Megabus from Toronto to NYC for 1-2 nights. Just a much needed escape from this over-complicated life.

I've heard I could stay at Jersey city and take the PATH to NYC and save a lot of money on hotels. I plan on using Priceline, but it appears that their 4* hotels in Jersey City were downgraded to 3* so I'm unsure if I could get a hotel in a decent location. I suppose we could always just cab it back to the hotel if need be.

We're both poor students so we'll be scarfing down street food (compliments of another thread here) so that's our diet there.

What's there to see/do in such a short period of time? I'm thinking SoHo, 5th Ave, then Top of the Rock .. then chill at some classy bar/lounge for the night.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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Posted 29 August 2008 - 07:44 AM

Are you serious? Search. there is a NY in 3 days thread on the front page... 2 days? Is one better?
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Posted 02 September 2008 - 10:50 AM

Ok here's the deal. A friend and I are planning to take the overnight Neon/Megabus from Toronto to NYC for 1-2 nights. Just a much needed escape from this over-complicated life.

I've heard I could stay at Jersey city and take the PATH to NYC and save a lot of money on hotels. I plan on using Priceline, but it appears that their 4* hotels in Jersey City were downgraded to 3* so I'm unsure if I could get a hotel in a decent location. I suppose we could always just cab it back to the hotel if need be.

We're both poor students so we'll be scarfing down street food (compliments of another thread here) so that's our diet there.

What's there to see/do in such a short period of time? I'm thinking SoHo, 5th Ave, then Top of the Rock .. then chill at some classy bar/lounge for the night.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!



How much is the Neon/Megabus from Toronto to new york, both ways?
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Posted 02 September 2008 - 11:52 AM

where in jersey city? make sure you're very close to the path train otherwise it could get a little hairy.
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