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xigua Nov 30, 2011 01:55 AM

It's been 2.5 years since I left the city and the country, so it felt like a homecoming being back for 4 days during late October. Thanks to you fellow chowhounders, I got to revisit places that I used to love and also try out some new restaurants.
We ate lots of Chinese food in New York given the lack of good Cantonese restaurants in Paris. Congee Village and Great New York Noodletown were my go-tos in the past, and I'm glad to see that nothing has changed. The roast chicken and homemade tofu were still yummy at Congee Village and my husband finally managed to track down some minced beef porridge at old-school Noodletown.
We also visited Old Yeah Shanghai Deluxe which has changed locations since mid-2009. The dumpling skins were too thick and I had a serious MSG attack after dinner, but that didn't stop us from finishing the big portion of dong-po pork, in its braised, wobbly glory.
A Flushing mention is C&L Imperial for fantastic home-style Taiwanese dishes including a warming pot of chicken in rice wine and the oddly-named fried fries' heads.
As for new restaurants, we had ramen at Hide-chan. Not bad, but I kind of regretted not just lining up at Ippudo as the broth (we got the thinner New York style broth) was decent though lacking some depth and I prefer my noodles to be thicker.
We met some friends at La Mar Cebicheria and really enjoyed the food. The Elegance ceviche and Nikei Tiradito were very tasty, a combination of very fresh fish and interesting seasoning combinations. The causas looked too cute to eat, and were indeed to small to satisfy any hunger pangs. We had lomo saltado and the arroz con mariscos for mains, both decently portioned and fully flavored. The dessert menu looked too challenging for us that evening (I like my desserts simple) so we skipped. My only gripes there are the loud noise level and a really long wait for our food.
Marea was the only meal we had planned prior to arriving, and we had a very enjoyable lunch. The fusilli with octopus and marrow was worth the hype afterall, especially the rich and meaty sauce that begs for one to sop it all up with bread. We got the affogato that other chowhounders had praised, and thought it would've been better separate so I can enjoy the gelato leisurely without having it melt under 3 minutes in scalding espresso!

Detailed trip reports on the blog:
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Great New York Noodletown
28 Bowery, New York, NY 10013

Congee Village
100 Allen St, New York, NY 10002

Ippudo
65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

Marea
240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

Old Shanghai Deluxe
50 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

Hide-chan
248 E 52nd St, New York, NY 10022

La Mar
11 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010

Ippudo
321 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019

C&L Imperial
59-14 Main St, NY 11355

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