Just Back from NYC
Chowhounds, I have to thank you, as well as the Cheap Eats Guide 2009 from New York Mag, for making my recent 4 day/night jag in NYC so delish!
Tasty Hand Pulled Noodles Inc at 1 Doyers near Bowery was definitely tasty. Could see the noodle master plying his trade from our table, though the room would likely scare off Marge and Biff from the burbs at first entrance. It's a traditional tiny noodle room. Recs: dumpling soup, holy hannah that was yummy. Knife peel noodles with veggies, also awesome.
Superior: Williamsburg: 295 Berry nr South 2nd Street: tacos were delish, would rec chicken if you like spicy shredded pollo and fish if you love the beach style tacos of Mexico; these tacos are NOT the Bell-size fast food gunk some may be used to and so, be patient and order at least 4 each if starving. Rajas are acquired taste tacos for some, I loved mine. Guac to die for. Diner room, cheap, great loud vibe and tiny menu print. Bring yer glasses...:)
Veselka: ahh, well, kind of disappointing but we were in for long days of walking and gallery stuff so we caved. But as a result we found MUD coffeeshop on 9th so all was not lost.
DiRobertis sucks as much as anyone on here says. Stale cannoli and weird vibes.
Frankie's 457 Court Street Brooklyn was AWESOME and I cannot say enough: if you want a romantic, delicious and finely served meal for an occasion at a reasonable price [ie you are not an asshole who thinks a meal under 100 buys you slaves for the night] with ambience and great desserts, look no further! Prime Meats may be the trendy new arm of this place but me, I loved the Ital-romantic flare of this youthful but respectful little spot.
Souen: awesome curry miso ramen soup and steamed kale to go for my sick wife when we needed it. Can't wait to go back.
Sichuan Gourmet at 39th and 6th Ave...ROCKED! Pickle was incredible if slightly odd at first, scallion pancakes were almost SF Chinatown grade, hot and sour soup rolled nice and spicy, and dumplings and Sichuan broccoli were so good I breathed happy fire all the way to bad dessert at LES;)
Oslo in Williamsburg had the best Americano of the whole trip: Roebling location.
Knish: a good idea in the mind, a bad idea in this stomach. Otherwise, the LES is a fun chowhounding paradise.
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I've never tried Hot and Sour Soup at Szechuan Gourmet. Is it real Sichuan style - really hot and really sour, not sweet and not gloppy - or American-Chinese style? I've had some good Hot and Sour Soup at Congee Village, but it's usually disappointing in New York. Even my local Grand Sichuan (St Marks) makes American-Chinese style, lousy Hot and Sour Soup.
Next time you're in the East Village and want Ukrainian or Polish food, you can try Little Poland, between 12th and 13th on 2nd Av. I'm not gonna say everything there is good, and I haven't explored their whole menu, but so far, I've found it pretty good. Stage Restaurant, right next to the Loews Orpheum Theater just south of St Marks is also cheap and reliable, if you don't mind sitting on bar stools at a lunch counter.