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Uncledave Mar 6, 2002 02:44 PM

IMO, the best chow town in the Westchester & Western Fairfield area is Port Chester. Here’s my criteria:

1)Number of consistently good places (food & service) relative to town size.
2)Diversity of cuisine.
3)Value.

PC is the epicenter of forces that have created a unique and special chow town. These forces include low rent relative to surrounding towns, a vibrant and diverse immigrant community and close proximity to wealthy towns. As a result, compared to all towns within 20 miles, PC offers better and more authentic food for more value across a wide spectrum of cuisines, price levels and day parts. Great little bodegas to shop, too.

Amazingly, PC is also among the most undiscovered town. I live next door in Greenwich and am amazed at how little my neighbors know anything about the delicious treasures around the corner.

OK, here’s a first of what I hope to be a series of PC recommendations I’d like to make. There’s still much I need to try, especially the many Latin American joints.

***** DON’T MISS ******

1)Alba: 400 N Main St. (914) 937-2236. Call for reservations.

Fantastic classic Northern Italian restaurant with superb service. It’s a classy place all around, valet parking, simple décor – carpeted floor, oil paintings on the dark wood walls - waiters wear tuxes and diners are dressed neatly. Strong wine list. Apps $7-12, Entrees $18-25. On a recent meal there, everything was absolutely first-rate. I had veal medallions topped w/ crabmeat, asparagus and a sauce I can’t remember. Wifey had a salad and a fish special which was filleted at the table and served with a wine sauce. Friend 1 also had the fish. Friend 2 had lobster ravioli and a veal entrée (sorry, can’t remember!).

The antipasto plates floating around the restaurant looked divine, as did the tableside prepped Caesar salad. Desserts are brought out on a cart, are all homemade, presented simply, and are superb. We had a fig tart, a bittersweet chocolate and almond cake, and a strawberry mouse.

I know others who go to Alba and are fiercely loyal. Go find out why.

2)Piero’s: 44 S Regent St . (914) 937-2904. Call for reservations.

My local cousins have been telling me to go here for a year or so. I finally went and am kicking myself I didn’t go sooner. It’s a South Italian family-run place on a residential street. It’s a small white stucco building that looks like it was a plumber’s office at one time. Piero used to run a restaurant in NYC and moved shop to up here. While waiting for our table, Piero the charming host poured us each a complimentary glass of wine.

Just go and enjoy the food and let them take care of you. We had salads and antipasto for starters. For entrees I had marvelous a seafood fra diavolo over linguini. Perfectly cooked. Wifey had rigatoni a la vodka. Friend 1 had monkfish and Friend 2 had veal picatta. Too full for dessert, but Piero sent over some complimentary Sambuca’s.

Prices are very reasonable and portions generous. Entrees $12-22.

3)Crossroads Café

I wrote about this place earlier, see link. Best breakfast around for the price of a crappy diner.

The sweet potato and sausage hash is to die for. Get it with a couple of poached eggs on top, or as a side to anything.

http://www.chowhound.com/boards/trist...

4)Coyote Flaco. On Midland Ave. across from Home Depot.

Very good Mexican food and people in the know come from all over to get it.

5)El Tio. 143 Westchester Ave. (914) 939-1494

More very good Mexican food. You’ll likely be the only gringo in the place. Locals debate Coyote Flaco vs. El Tio. Enjoy them both.

6)Famous Pizza & Souvlaki. 10 N Water St. Greenwich, CT (203) 531-6887

This is the Byram section of Greenwich, which is basically Port Chester with a Greenwich zip code.

The pizza’s nothing special, but the Greek side of the menu is very good. The place is family-run, lead by a CIA grad. The dips are wonderful – be sure to try the feta and hot pepper. A huge combination platter of gyro, souvlaki, and felafel will set you back just $12. Get that and the dill romaine salad and you’re set for two people. A great meal for $20.

Very good homemade greek desserts, too.

***** GOOD CHOICES ******

7)Machu Pichu. 40 Grace Church Street (914) 934-9090.

Interesting and reliable Peruvian. I’m no expert on this cuisine, but have enjoyed several meals there.

There’s another small Peruvian seafood joint in PC that’s on my list. It packs in the locals and gives off good vibes. Hope to post about it soon.

8)Tandoori. 163 North Main Street (914) 937-2727.

Reliably good Indian. Owned by the same group who owns about eight other Indian places around the area. This is among their better places. I prefer it above Malabar Hill. (Chola in Greenwich – different owner - is quite good, by the way
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9)Green Symphony. 427 Boston Post Road (914) 937-6537

Kosher chinese vegetarian. Nice change of pace. All the ‘meats’ are soy-based substitutes. Try the ‘chicken’ with apples and golden walnuts. Kosher folks travel from quite a while away to go here.

10)Tamarind. 112 North Main Street (914) 939-9103

Decent Asian-fusion. They’re working through a new menu and I expect the place to get stronger over the next couple of months. Try the Korean ribs app. Excellent Indian breads. Good curry entrees and tandoori fish and meats. Reasonable prices.

11)Café Mirage. 531 North Main Street. (914) 937-3497

Good French/Cajun/American mix. Late night – open till like 2:00 am. Patio open in the summer.

***** STAY AWAY FROM ******

12)Pantanal. 29 North Main Street (914) 939-6894

The two times I’ve eaten at this Brazilian place I’ve been very disappointed. It’s been around a while and there’s a large Brazillian population in town, so I’m surprised. Maybe I’m missing something.

13)Pasquale’s. 2 Putnam Avenue (914) 934-7770

Many people enjoy this place and I can’t figure it out. Service is miserable and the food is lousy.

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    KarenNYC Sep 2, 2008 08:26 AM

    Has anyone been to Pasquales recently???? I drive by all the time and never hear a word about it but it is always packed!

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      intrepid Jul 14, 2007 11:39 AM

      great chowhound place nobody ever mentions..Vinny 's lunch..go there anytime,,but esp friday lunch, pastas, tripe, clams, fab

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        billyparsons Jul 15, 2007 10:20 AM

        Hmm... did someone say Pat's Hubba Hubba? I also tried the new place in the mall across from the gas station. Ouch. Very cool place but you may want to eat before going there. The place turns into a sort of night club at night.

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          Flatrater Jan 21, 2008 07:34 PM

          Vinny's also has great breakfasts

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          Chuck Mar 15, 2002 06:49 PM

          I know this is a chow site, but the mere mention of Port Chester brings back wonderful memories of days gone by - drugs, sex and rock n roll. And, The Capital Theater was every bit as good as the Filmore East - Traffic, The Airplane, Santana, Joe Cocker, The Dead, Ten Years After, etc. You'd always want to go to the late show, which usually got out at around 4:00 AM. You know, what was really funny was all the smoke present in that theater!!!

          Sorry Hounds, but I cannot recall the specific places we'd eaten at after those shows - all I do remember was the huge, huge amounts of foods we consumed!

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          1. re: Chuck
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            Uncledave Mar 16, 2002 08:30 AM

            The theater is physically still in PC, and I think now and then some performance happens there, but it's obviously long past it's hey-day which sounds like a blast from your description. I've only lived in the area for 5 years.

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              The Rogue Mar 16, 2002 08:53 AM

              After shows at The Capitol was also my first experience of Portchester's burgeoning late night food scene. I wonder why so much food was consumed after those shows?

              When I was 17 and had just graduated high school I had an orderly job at United Hospital in Peortchester and one of my main responsibilities was locating new take out lunch spots for the hospital staff. I would also have to go pick up the phoned in orders and would usually make a run for a hundred meals that included Ecuadorean, Japanese, Chinese, Mexican, Italian, Texas Chili, hot dogs, pizza, you name it. One of the perqs was getting free lunch (or several) every day from some interesting cuisine or other.

              1. re: The Rogue
                menton1 Jul 2, 2007 06:34 AM

                Time for an update on Port Chester. Agree about it being a great resto town.

                Patrias, on N Main, bills itself as a Tapas Bar. It has a Spanish flag in the window and the owner/chef hails from Barcelona, but for some reason they have been categorized as "Peruvian". Didn't seem that way to me, but go and order several Tapas items and you will have a great time. Mussels ceviche, poqulli peppers with codfish mousse, grilled sardines are just some of the great choices.

                Is some good Peruvian BBQ chicken available in PC?

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                  KarenNYC Jul 7, 2007 12:52 PM

                  we like the Peruvian Chicken at Misti Cafe - cheap and succulent altho the plantains are nothing special.

                  I have to say we went to Alba's and it was AWFUL!!!!!! the food, the service and the general attitude. I was really looking forward to eatting there and was so disapointed.

                  If you have not gone to Nessa - run, don't walk and get the chicken under a brick. I never order chicken when I go out but this is well worth it. Piero's is also a great bet. we like Firehouse Deli as well.

                  anyone have any news on the Tarry Lodge overhaul? I've been watching them do work and I am praying that battali is actually going to open something there.

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                    debmom Jul 8, 2007 07:22 AM

                    I agree with you on all the above places-- but where is Firehouse Deli? We usually go to Park Deli, across the street from Pieros- It's very good, but would love to try a new one. Thanks!

                  2. re: menton1
                    adamclyde Jul 8, 2007 11:16 AM

                    a lot has changed in the 5+ years since this was first posted. Anyhow, there have been some very good reports on lots of places in PC over the past few months/years. The new search function here should yield some good results.

                    For highlights, paleteria fernandez for good mexican ice cream, el kiosko for huaraches and other mexican specialties, tortilleria los gemelos for good tacos, el zarape for some decent sopes (been a few years) asi es colombia for good colombian bakery and colombian food, Q for good BBQ, Misti Ala Brasa for good peruvian rotis chicken and ceviche, ebb tide for some decent seafood lunch fare (albeit overpriced), La Flor bakery for good tres leches cake, panaderia uruguayan for good churros con dulce de leche, rincon salvadoreno for good pupusas...

                    Lots of good places. All have been written up at times, though most need refreshing! Thanks for the patrias report. We could use more!

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                      laylag Jul 10, 2007 10:07 AM

                      Adamclyde, where are el kiosko and el zarape? Haven't seen those.

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                        adamclyde Jul 10, 2007 12:56 PM

                        I've linked to the google maps on both below. As I mentioned, it's been at least 2 years since I went to el zarape. That's a lifetime ago for a mexican restaurant...

                        On edit - I just noticed the El Zarape doesn't show up in the right place on the map. The one I know of is actually on the Post road, heading East, it is just before you get to Midland Avenue on the right. It used to be a "Pizza" place that had a little whiteboard out front advertising barbacoa. Then they showed their true colors (good for us) as a mexican restaurant. Very divey place when I used to go. Needs some updated reporting on whether it is any good...

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                        El Zarape Restaurant
                        24 Grace Church St, Port Chester, NY 10573

                        Kiosko Authentic Mexican Restaurant
                        220 Westchester Ave, Port Chester, NY 10573

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                          GDK Jul 13, 2007 01:48 PM

                          The star of the show at Kiosko, IMO, is the cemita de tinga. For those unfamiliar with it, this is a sandwich of tinga poblano with avocado, chipotles, quesilla, lettuce, tomato and papalo on a large seeded roll (a cemita.) They have other cemitas, but this is the one I would go for.

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                            adamclyde Jul 13, 2007 04:20 PM

                            ahh. thanks for the cemitas tip. I'd either forgotten or never saw that they had them. the last time I had a cemita around these parts was in sunset park brooklyn, I think. good to know local options exist!

                            that is one nice thing about kiosko. I don't think they are necessarily superb in most things, but they offer regional or less common dishes most taquerias don't (huaraches, molotes, etc...).

                            Great tip. Thanks.

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                              laylag Jul 13, 2007 04:26 PM

                              Adamclyde, do you mean molletes (love those) or are moletes a new thing I don't know about but need to try?

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                                adamclyde Jul 14, 2007 07:52 PM

                                no, I don't think so. Molotes are kind of like a deep fried tamale (well, not really, but that's the closest I can think of...) sort of like cross between a tamale and a croquette. Lighter than a tamale, but still masa, filled with something, rounded into a football shape and deep fried. Probably lots of regional variations on this, but that's the way I've had them.

                                Molletes, I think, are like memelas, but on split bolillos (french bread rolls) instead of on tortillas.

                    2. re: menton1
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                      HateCooking Jan 22, 2008 08:26 AM

                      I agree that Patrias is an excellent spot for tapas. One thing I've learned, though, is that it's a good idea to make a reservation. Even when the place is nearly empty, they often claim that all tables are reserved.

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                        laylag Jan 22, 2008 12:25 PM

                        Really disappointed in Patrias under the new ownership. Food was not good at all, meager and some of it tasted like frozen.

                        That said, the former chef/owner from Patrias is now the head chef at a new tapas place in Larchmont - España - on Larchmont Ave. and it's excellent. Been twice so far and everything has been great. The gambas al ajillo kick Patrias' version to the curb. The Almejas are addictive. Their serrano is perfect. The bread (from the bread factory in NR) is wonderful for sopping up the garlicky sauces. Last visit we also had the empanada of the day - wonderful, Argentinian style baked, not deep fried. Nice wine list - all Spanish. Definitely give España a try. I'd bet you won't bother with Patrias again.

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                Pepper1 Mar 15, 2002 01:35 PM

                Try the Firehouse Deli in Byram, just over the line from PC - very best deli sandwiches anywhere around here...

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                  bill Mar 8, 2002 05:57 AM

                  I have been trying to find out about a place called The Willet House, on Willet Ave. in PC. I have posted an earlier message (alternative to the CIA). Some friends and I are not willing to wait until July for reservations for a party of 10 in Hyde Park, especially since there seems to be good stuff around the corner.

                  Does the Willet House live up to the current PC reputation?

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                  1. re: bill
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                    Uncledave Mar 8, 2002 07:22 AM

                    It's been about 3 years since I've been there, but recall it to be a good time then. It's a classic steakhouse. Wish I could tell you more.

                    I know it's a popular choice with the US Tobacco execs from Greenwich.

                    FYI, Frankie & Johnnie's opened in Rye and it's always busy.

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                      rjka Mar 8, 2002 11:50 AM

                      I was at the Willett House last summer. It is your typical expensive steakhouse, ie. steaks (no sides) in the low to mid $30's in my recollection, mediocre side dishes, limited other entrees. Sort of like Morton's. There's a new steak house in Greenwich called uncreatively The Greenwich Steak House on Greenwich Avenue which has gotten very good local reviews, is a bit more expensive but apparently has a bit broader menu.

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                        Uncledave Mar 8, 2002 02:32 PM

                        Greenwich Steak House is in the location of the former "64" restaurant. I'd be glad to hear any news about it.

                        Also, Abis, the Japanese place at the bottom of Greenwich Ave. also promotes itself as a Japanese steakhouse.

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                      rjka Mar 6, 2002 03:20 PM

                      Thanks for the tips! I agree wholeheartedly on Alba's. The Famous Greek food is very good too (I actually like the pizza but it is not a classic style). I've been going to the Famous for about 15 years and it went through a phase when the CIA chef replaced Dad and tried to broaden the menu, which was poorly executed, but it has gone back to its roots. I was at Tamarind shortly after it opened and agree on the Korean ribs but had a mediocre Thai curry.

                      I was disappointed in Coyote Flaco, maybe expectations were too high. I had chicken mole and the mole was a sweet, tarry sauce with none of the fire, depth or complexity I expected from a mole. I will definitely try Piero's.

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                      1. re: rjka
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                        Jim Leff Mar 6, 2002 05:20 PM

                        Let me emphasize once again that coyote flaco does NOT make real mexican food. It's a talented Ecuadorian chef's attempt to make Mexican-American food.

                        it's delicious, but only if judged on pure aesthetics. Must drop all standard preconceptions re: Mexcian food, it just happens to be SHAPED like that.

                        ciao

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                          rjka Mar 6, 2002 05:50 PM

                          Sorry, even on those terms, my dish was not anything special, nor was the one my companion had. Not bad, just nothing to rave about. I guess I just made bad choices assuming the place was somewhat authentically Mexican.

                          1. re: rjka
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                            Jim Leff Mar 6, 2002 05:53 PM

                            Ok, gotcha.

                            do try the chorizo app if you get a chance.

                            it's not a great restaurant, and I don't mean to tout it as such. But I do like it, and I know a bunch of others who do. Some dishes may be better than others.

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                        Jim Leff Mar 6, 2002 02:58 PM

                        "I'm no expert on this cuisine...."

                        To calibrate on Peruvian cuisine (and you maybe should, since it's so thriving in Port Chester), I'd suggest a few meals at Rinconcito Peruano (803 9th ave 53/54, manhattan, 212-333-5685) and/or Chabuca Limeña (85-15 roosevelt, Jackson Hts, Queens; 718-779-PERU

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                          Jim Leff Mar 6, 2002 02:52 PM

                          Thanks especially for the Pantanal report. Suburban Brazilian is pretty consistently mediocre. For that matter, urban Brazilian's been pretty bad, too. And I LOVE Brazilian food. There are reasons (has to do with the mindset of immigrants) too complex to get into here.

                          The reason Coyote Flaco (115 midland avenue, 937-6969) has that certain something in their food is that they're actually Ecuadorian. so it's sort of like a delicious, inauthentic rendition of a stupid suburban Mexican place, and it works GREAT. Best dish: grilled chorizo appetizer. Note: great outdoor dining.

                          Can i run some other Port Chester names by you (and anyone else)? just random names I've got on my to-chow list:

                          bravo peru on grace church st

                          Tierra rosa peruvian. Used to be a brewery

                          Inca gaucho

                          Cafe Brazil 37 North Main St, 914-934-1600 f

                          Cafe Guatemala 28 Grace Church. steam table guatemalan

                          El Tio 143 Westchester Ave near train station for mexican (looks awful and touristy but waiter at guatemalan place likes it)

                          grill fx 112 north main street 914-939-4745 south african food (one chef is the guy who opened "Custard Beach"!)

                          Margot's Signature Restaurant & Gourmet Shop 35 1/2 North Main Street 914-934-0175 "best cheap brazilian"

                          Kneaded Bread 181 N Main St 937-9489 "good ingredients, small, some stuff overwrought. good pumpkin bread covered w/toasted pumpkin seeds. Bread, not pastries"

                          Retaurant Misti on N. Main st for pollo a la brasa 100 N. Main. 939-9347; 2-3 blocks N of the intersection of Main St. and Westchester Ave, on left heading north.

                          Two Moons 179 Rectory 937-9696 "inventive Southwest food, interesting atmosphere". Weekday lunch, 11: 30-3; mon-thurs, 5: 30-10; fri/sat, 5: 30-11: 30; sun 5-9

                          ciao

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                          1. re: Jim Leff
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                            rjka Mar 6, 2002 03:07 PM

                            Grill FX is closed, replaced by Tamarind at least a year ago. Two Moons is also closed, at least a year ago, replaced by a Latin fusion place called Sonora. Kneaded Bread is OK, some breads better than others, but do not buy the brioche, which has a bare minimum of eggs and butter in it.

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                              john i Mar 6, 2002 03:59 PM

                              Sorry to hear that you think kneaded bread is just ok. I go there all the time believe its the best bread place around and coffee is excellent. Also other good items are faccio,sandwiches, muffins and rolls. If you know of a better bread place in the area, please let me know. I would like to try.

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                                rjka Mar 6, 2002 04:15 PM

                                Actually the best bread place in the area used to be a place called Breadventures, which was on a side street off Greenwich Avenue. They used to basically reproduce the breads from the La Brea bakery in Los Angeles. Unfortunately they closed the retail location to focus on a wholesale restaurant business but their stuff is still available in a limited selection in places like the local Food Emporiums. I have not tried the supermarket product.

                                It's not that I think that the Kneaded Bread is bad. I just don't think that most of their bread is better than the high end breads that are being sold in some of the better supermarkets and gourmet grocery stores in the area, and they are usually higher priced. They do have some unique varieties though. I do have a real problem with their brioche, which is a total rip off with virtually no eggs or butter in it. For a much better brioche, try Whole Foods Market.

                            2. re: Jim Leff
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                              Uncledave Mar 6, 2002 03:35 PM

                              I don't have any info on the ones you mentioned -- still eating my way through town. Thanks for the Peruvian tips.

                              rjka let you know about those closings. (I was sorry to see Grill FX go)

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                                aliciaf2 Mar 6, 2002 06:28 PM

                                I used to work in Larchmont and recently tried to go to Two Moons and sadly it is no longer there. I have tried to find them via the phone company and the Internet and have not had any success. A true loss...

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                                  snakewriggle Mar 22, 2002 03:41 AM

                                  Port Chester, yeah! An oasis in the Westchester desert.

                                  My favorite is Rinconcito Salvadoreño, a down-home pupuseria. They're moving soon to 20 Broad St. because their building is being knocked down, like half of downtown, for some godawful development. Figures, right?

                                  I've been to some other good places there. I'll note the names next time I cruise by.

                                  Port Chester's reputation as a nightlife mecca dates to the days when New York's drinking age was three years younger than Connecticut's, BTW.

                                  1. re: snakewriggle
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                                    Jim Leff Mar 22, 2002 12:01 PM

                                    For those who complain I'm hording all my tips for my Chow Alert newsletter (profits from which support the site....see a free issue at link below), I'll let a find out of the bag from the upcoming issue:

                                    Michael's Pan Pizza, 125 Midland Ave, right near coyote flaco, makes really good greek-ish pan pizzas (I like with sausage and onions). Some of their (Italian) food is good, too....all with a "we're not showing off, this is just how we make it, and that's that" attitude that's by turns charming or disappointing (the latter for more expensive dishes, which are overpriced).

                                    important: the pizzas come with sweet or hot sauce. We asked for a mixture, and it was almost really hot but not quite. We all agreed that really hot would be even better (though, again, REALLY hot).

                                    ciao

                                    Link: http://www.chowhound.com/chowalert

                                    1. re: snakewriggle
                                      tbetz Jan 20, 2008 06:49 AM

                                      Last night we ate at Rinconcito Salvadoreño at its 20 Broad St incarnation, and I was a bit disappointed with the pupusas. They were greasy and moist on the outside, not browned at all as I expected. The accompanying curtida was crisp goodness, while the tomato sauce was so-so, almost a thin marinara.

                                      Can anyone point to a better pupuseria in the area?

                                      1. re: tbetz
                                        adamclyde Jan 20, 2008 04:28 PM

                                        rinconcito has the best pupusas in town, unfortunately. I've had them there, at pupusa loco on westchester ave, and at el tesoro II on main and rinconcitos are better.

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                                          laylag Jan 22, 2008 12:18 PM

                                          I'd heard very good things about Tesoro II from a Salvadoran native. She likes their pupusas best. Since I trust your Latin food chops Adam, what did you find lacking at Tesoro II?

                                          1. re: laylag
                                            adamclyde Jan 22, 2008 04:29 PM

                                            hi laylag. I have only been to tesoro II once, so it definitely deserves another try. The pupusas were good, they just weren't quite as memorable as rinconcito's, I guess. That's terribly vague and unhelpful isn't it!?!? Basically, my memory of them weren't as strong as the other places, but there was definitely nothing bad about it.

                                            What was interesting was the sort of split menu at tesoro, half being guatemalan and the other half salvadoran.

                                            this is a good motivator to get me back to tesoro again. I'll report back soon!

                                    2. re: Jim Leff
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                                      ML Mar 23, 2002 10:24 PM

                                      The list is a bit out of date. FX Grill is gone and has been replaced by Tamarind. Tamarind was fabulous when it opened a couple of years ago. My husband and I went back last summer and were incredibly disappointed. The menu had changed alot, the staff was all different and, most important, the food had gone from incredibly good to really mediocre. We called over the manager and made inquiries. It had been sold.

                                      Two Moons is now Sonora (since, last spring or summer, I think) a sister restaurant to the one by the same name in Manhattan on E39th St (roughly). Good trendy latin food.

                                      1. re: Jim Leff
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                                        KarenNYC Jul 7, 2007 01:00 PM

                                        Jim,

                                        saw your post below and the link to chowalert is not working - what exactly is chowalert and where would I find it on the site?????

                                        karen

                                        1. re: KarenNYC
                                          adamclyde Jul 8, 2007 11:21 AM

                                          In the earlier days of chowhound (prior to CNET) chow alert was a fee-based service that shared great tips (many from Jim himself) on places around town. Very cool... not sure if there's an archive or anything, though things change so frequently, it probably wouldn't be all that helpful any longer...

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                                            KarenNYC Jul 9, 2007 04:10 PM

                                            thanks - I was on chow back then as well altho my old login was taken when I resigned up. either way - I must have missed the chow alert. bummer. we should start a new one for the area!

                                        2. re: Jim Leff
                                          nbermas Jan 22, 2008 12:39 PM

                                          What is Custard Beach and what do they serve?

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