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Trying to Eat Brains

navigeaters Oct 15, 2010 07:29 AM

We’re trying to sample different preparations of different animal brains—cow, lamb, pig, miscellaneous—and we're happy to go anywhere in the five boroughs. Does anyone have tips on restaurants that serve brains? Any favorites out there?

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  1. JungMann RE: navigeaters Oct 15, 2010 08:07 AM

    I know that Haandi has curried lamb brain as a special. It is one of my favorite Pakistani dishes, though I haven't had the opportunity to sample it there yet.

    1. daffyduck RE: navigeaters Oct 15, 2010 08:53 AM

      babbo has a lamb's brain pasta

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        kathryn RE: daffyduck Oct 15, 2010 10:30 AM

        Seconded, they're delicious!

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          rrems RE: daffyduck Oct 15, 2010 07:44 PM

          They are not bad, but I found the brain flavor elusive.

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          maneki neko RE: navigeaters Oct 15, 2010 10:27 AM

          Chez Zombie has an incredible prix fixe

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            kathryn RE: navigeaters Oct 15, 2010 10:29 AM

            You should post this on the Outer Boroughs board if you're interested in Queens, Brooklyn, etc. But the first place that comes to mind is Kabab Cafe in Astoria.

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              gutsofsteel RE: navigeaters Oct 15, 2010 07:30 PM

              I think SipSak, a Turkish place on 2nd Ave, serves brains.

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                rrems RE: navigeaters Oct 15, 2010 07:45 PM

                Chez Napoleon does the classic French preparation of calf brains, with black butter and capers. I love it.

                Chez Napoleon
                365 W 50th St, New York, NY 10019

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                  brooklyndude RE: navigeaters Oct 15, 2010 10:33 PM

                  I've had them at Blue Hill Stone Barns & Per Se.

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                    wasny RE: navigeaters Oct 17, 2010 11:29 AM

                    I've seen brains listed on the menus of Cafe Loup and La Lunchonette (sic).

                    La Lunchonette
                    130 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

                    Cafe Loup
                    105 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011

                    1. navigeaters RE: navigeaters Oct 28, 2010 07:10 AM

                      Thanks for all your help, guys! Rrems, you're right: The brains at Chez Napoleon were tasty! Just posted about it (and three other skulls we dug into) on Navigeaters. (This was our special zombie edition, of course...)

                      Chez Napoleon
                      365 W 50th St, New York, NY 10019

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                        YoungstownBoy RE: navigeaters Nov 9, 2010 05:30 PM

                        Just make them yourself. Fry up some pig brains in bacon fat or lard. When they are nice and cooked, kind of crumbly, mix them up with a few precooked scrambled eggs. You cook the eggs seperately, and then after the eggs are done, and the brains are done, mix them together. I like them best this way, so the tastes do not run together. Good with sausage cream gravy over the top, and with thick buttery biscuits. Really really rich tasting. One of those things where you have to actually have a good butcher, or a store that will at least order them for you. One of the reasons I am glad I got to live in the South. These, and greens cooked all day with fatback. Yum!

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