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RIfoodie29 Jul 14, 2011 05:32 PM

I have read the posts about Baohaus but still have a couple of questions:

1. Can you bring in your own booze? (At lunch time, yes I know I have a problem but I will be on vacation).

2. If you can't bring in your own booze, is there a bar anyone can recommend in the area?

3. On a friday afternoon, am I likely to be able to get a seat for 4 (I have read it is a single communal table).

Don't want to start a huge debate but.... last year I was in NYC. Had a pork bun at the Fatty Crab and thought it was the best I had ever had. Had one two days later at Momfuko and thought it was great (have been there many times) but not as good as Fatty Crab. I read all the Pork Bun posts and it seems like Baohaus is the clear favorite after Momofuko. There was another place mentioned but it had MSG which would cause my head to explode immediately killing my friends, a watress and likely a chef or at least a cook.

Thanks to all the hounds in advance!

Matt from RI

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Momofuku Noodle Bar
171 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

Fatty Crab
643 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

BaoHaus
137 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

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    kathryn Jul 14, 2011 06:26 PM

    1. Technically BYOB is against the law in New York State without a license to sell beer, wine, or liquor. http://www.abc.state.ny.us/bring-your...

    2. For cocktails around then, maybe the bar at Freemans? A lot of the nicer cocktail lounges in the LES and EV neighborhoods don't open until 6pm.

    3. Not sure -- maybe someone else can help.

    BTW, it's Momofuku, not Momfuko, and I assume you meant Momofuku Noodle Bar?

    Lani Kai now has a similar sort of item on the menu, as does Ippudo (perhaps the one with MSG you mentioned)?

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    Freemans
    Freeman Alley, New York, NY 10002

    Momofuku Noodle Bar
    171 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

    Ippudo
    65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

    Lani Kai
    525 Broome St, New York, NY 10012

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    1. re: kathryn
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      RIfoodie29 Jul 14, 2011 06:57 PM

      Haven't lived in New York for about 15 years, I have gotten so used to BYOB in RI. Although one of the restuants I plan on hitting in NYC during my upcoming brithday trip openly advertises BYOB. good to know it is illegal.

      Thanks for the correction on Momofuku.

      Ippudo is the one I am avoiding because of many posts about their use of MSG.

      I will check out Lani Kai.

      Thank you,

      Matt

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      Ippudo
      65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

      Lani Kai
      525 Broome St, New York, NY 10012

      1. re: RIfoodie29
        squid kun Jul 14, 2011 07:10 PM

        BTW he's openng a second BaoHaus soon on 14th Street ... http://ny.eater.com/archives/2011/07/...

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        BaoHaus
        238 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003

      2. re: kathryn
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        sugartoof Jul 15, 2011 01:16 AM

        Re: Kathryn's suggestion, I'm sure she knows but...
        Freeman's is a restaurant, so bringing outside food in would be frowned upon.
        There are probably closer bars to hit up anyway.

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          k
          kathryn Jul 15, 2011 06:30 AM

          Good point! I'd was assuming he'd head there for a drink after lunch.

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        sugartoof Jul 15, 2011 01:29 AM

        Baohaus is tiny, and mostly a take out shop with some stools along the walls.

        They do seem like they would look the other way if you brought booze...

        .... but you might as well take advantage of his 3 buns for $10 takeout special, and take your food to a nearby bar, or eat them on the street. They're small, and are partially premade, fast food style. I personally can't imagine how anyone would pick a Baohus bun over a Momofuko bun nut I know some people have...at least when they first opened.

        Nearby bars - Barramundi, The Magician, Local 138, maybe Lolita Bar. The area is packed with bars, so just plan to walk around and see what's open and looks casual.

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        Barramundi
        67 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

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          RIfoodie29 Jul 15, 2011 03:48 AM

          Thank you for all of the info. I would imagine that the new Baohaus will be open by the time I am there in September.

          Do bars really not mind if you bring food in? Wow that would be cool.

          I don't need the drinks but the couple I am traveling with requires every place we eat to also serve drinks.

          I was thinking of catching a late lunch at Baohaus and then maybe hitting a happy hour special somewhere nearby maybe the Lani Kai place looks like it has a pretty cool happy hour menu

          Thanks again for all the guidance!

          Matt in RI

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          Lani Kai
          525 Broome St, New York, NY 10012

          1. re: RIfoodie29
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            small h Jul 15, 2011 04:29 AM

            Bars that don't serve food are usually amenable to you bringing your own. If memory serves, Barramundi even has a collection of takeout menus, in case you want to have food delivered while you sit there and drink.

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            Barramundi
            67 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

            1. re: RIfoodie29
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              kathryn Jul 15, 2011 06:38 AM

              Sounds like a plan! Lucky for you, Lani Kai is open at 1pm due to their Summer Fridays specia, and happy hour is currently 1-7pm. $3 pork bun sliders!

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              Lani Kai
              525 Broome St, New York, NY 10012

              1. re: kathryn
                JungMann Jul 19, 2011 06:12 AM

                What is the summer Friday special at Lani Kai? Just their lunch menu?

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                Lani Kai
                525 Broome St, New York, NY 10012

                1. re: JungMann
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                  kathryn Jul 19, 2011 06:16 AM

                  Basically that happy hour starts during lunch only on Fridays.

                  Here's the email they sent out:

                  Summer Fridays
                  Happy Hour is Monday through Thursday from 4pm to 7pm, and in honor of Summer Fridays, we're starting happy hour every Friday at 1pm (lasting until 7pm). That's six hours of $8 cocktails plus beer, wine and food specials!

                  Hawaiian BBQ
                  Please come by and check out this delicious new addition to our Summer menu. You have your choice of Kalua Pork, Colossal Prawns, Skirt Steak, Huli Huli Chicken or Ribeye. All dishes are served with cold sesame noodles, Asian cucumber salad and our house-made kim chee.

                  1. re: kathryn
                    JungMann Jul 19, 2011 06:32 AM

                    Thanks for the information. The barbecue menu sounds great.

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                      kathryn Jul 19, 2011 06:36 AM

                      I was able to try a sample of the Kalua pork and it was fantastic; however, I went back another time and they were sold out. Seems to be pretty popular/made in limited quantities.

            2. re: sugartoof
              Chandavkl Jul 16, 2011 03:20 PM

              Indeed, it's so small I walked around outside while waiting for my order.

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              six dower Jul 17, 2011 09:16 AM

              I am still thinking of the beef bao I had last month. I ordered one to try and went back fto order three more. I asked the server if I could add my own toppings whcih he allowed. Hands down one of the top items I have eaten this year....please go asap!

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                RIfoodie29 Jul 19, 2011 03:22 AM

                I absolutely cannot wait for the bao there! Hopefully they will have some great speacial when I am there. My trip is already starting to fall apart a little bit. I was supposed to meet people for a Ben Harper concert and it sold out quickly with only me an my wife getting tickets. Hopefully I can just sell them and find some other awesome music to see.

                I had found music in that area. Oh well, I am relatively confident (being sarcastic) that there will be other awesome music occuring in NYC.

                Thanks for all the info.

                Matt

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