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NR Disappearing Manhatten= Colameco's Food Show

DrewBB Feb 23, 2009 10:27 PM

I loved this version on No Reservations, but if have yet to catch it, it was just like an extended version of Colameco's Food Show on PBS(without the kitchen footage). Talk about a TV show making you hungry, this should have been the 'Food Porn' episode, notwithstanding the Martin Picard segment!

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    tofuburrito RE: DrewBB Feb 24, 2009 06:28 AM

    I thought it was going to be yet another nostalgic jaunt around Tony's old stomping grounds (yawn) but I enjoyed the episode and it was better than I thought it was going to be.

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      bubbles4me RE: tofuburrito Feb 24, 2009 06:48 AM

      I freaking loved this episode! Made me want to both go to New York and seek out the old school joints in my area, sadly there are fewer and fewer here in LA. There was NOT ONE place he went last night that I would pass on, it all looked so good and like so much fun. Is it the finest of dining, nah, but they are what they are and should be perserved for many generations. So sad to think of our kids taking their grandkids to the Mimi's Cafe they went to as a kid......where everything is the same as the Mimi's Cafe where they live. A history of all the same is not very enriching....and damn that crunchy pork shank looked and sounded fantastic!

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        E Eto RE: bubbles4me Feb 24, 2009 07:06 PM

        Though you might feel there are fewer and fewer of these institutions in LA, there are even fewer in NYC. The common denominator seems to be (as Bourdain mentioned throughout) that these businesses own their own building. Whenever I go back home to LA to visit, I find it so refreshing to find so many places still around from my childhood. Not sure if people from NYC can say the same.

        Also, what happened to the rumor about Katz's closing to build a high-rise on that property, where they would once again open?

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          KTinNYC RE: E Eto Feb 24, 2009 07:32 PM

          That rumor rears it's ugly head every few months but I really doubt it's going to happen for a bit if at all. Building condos right now is not as lucrative as selling $15 pastrami sandwiches.

    2. Fritter RE: DrewBB Feb 24, 2009 11:52 AM

      This was a great episide and really in the chowhound spirit. Can I get a plate of the oeufs ala nage?

      1. pilinut RE: DrewBB Feb 24, 2009 09:11 PM

        Yup, that Veau d'Or segment made my mouth water! I wonder where in the Bay Area I can go for real retro French food.

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          Joan Kureczka RE: DrewBB Feb 25, 2009 03:06 PM

          Definitely an excellent show. Only place mentioned I've been to was the Heidelberg, which we did a number of year's back due to my husband's interest in the beers.

          Le Veau D'Or looked fabulous, I agree. Also the Italian place.

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            irishnyc RE: Joan Kureczka Feb 25, 2009 04:04 PM

            The Grosseria was to die for. DH and I may seek it out this weekend.

          2. PorkButt RE: DrewBB Feb 25, 2009 10:48 PM

            I must have walked by that nondescript sandwich shop (Eisenberg's) more times than I can count but never felt the urge to go in. The food didn't look any better than the long-time places that was in my old neighborhood but the redevelopment of the Upper West Side has wiped out most of those counter places. So cheers for surviving!

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              irishnyc RE: PorkButt Feb 26, 2009 07:20 PM

              I picked up breakfast and/or had lunch delivered from there every day for almost 4 years when I worked around the corner from them. Having grown up in NYC, it was just a great old lunch counter place that was hanging in there. Nothing spectacular, but world's better than any chain, and always great for a greasy breakfast.

            2. Davwud RE: DrewBB Mar 3, 2009 06:10 AM

              15 minutes in, Mrs. Sippi was already planning our trip to NYC and the places we'd eat. I pointed out that there are plenty more on the show and then by the end we were both laying on the floor with sensory overload.

              THAT is food porn. Not that stupid show he did.


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