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May 13, 2014 08:58 AM

Best of the Best

Which restaurant is far and away the best more so than the number 2 best in the same vein?

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  1. We have been through this exercise before.

    Aren't you just trying to collect information for your food tour business?

    Why not list your "best of the best" list?

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      1. re: scoopG

        Much different question. That was the best DISH. This is the best restaurant that is much better than the number 2 - like is Sriprapai THAT much better than Ploy Thai? hmmm, good question.

        And yes, any recommendations for dishes I should have on my tour would be much appreciated. I will definitely give you credit on the tour (but no compensation, sorry!).

          1. re: Jeffsayyes

            do you really think there's a market for a brooklyn food tour these days?

            1. re: sam1

              been trying to scour the boards to come up with one.

      2. McDonalds - they are far and away the best by 3x:

        look at all that revenue.

        1. IMO NY Noodletown has by far the best roast duck and wonton noodle soup. Katz's has BY FAR the best pastrami. Fu Run has the best Muslim lamb chops. Peter Luger has the best steak. Quatorze has the best traditional choucroute garni. Spicy Village has the best big tray of Chicken (or did two months ago before Bittman wrote about it). Yogee has the best watercress with furu, maybe not a big deal, but.... Zabar's has the best novi lox, Russ & Daughters the best other smoked fish. Is that what you are looking for?

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          1. re: swannee

            thank you for the very helpful posting.Very chowhoundish.

            I think best watercress with furi is very good info - I dont know anything about Yogee - anything else of interest there?

            1. re: swannee

              You know what... this is exactly what I was talking about. I would agree with the Katz's pastrami, the others are not as good at all (still good, but not in the same league). Maybe Schwartz's in Montreal is as good or better, but it's a different dish and a different city.

              I don't think I can comment on others bc havent been able to compare. Would love to.

              1. re: swannee

                That's a great post by Swannee.
                But what really makes this whole thread silly is, for example, that there are only two places that do Muslim lamb chops and, imo, Fu Run's are only second best. And I would have said that my favorite place for Big Tray Chicken is the best by far, but I've never tried Spicy Village so maybe it's only the best by a little bit.

                1. re: swannee

                  Have you had the big tray chicken from the stall at the New World Mall in Flushing? I would offer the name but it doesnt appear to have any english language signage of any kind, just assorted neon posterboard with chinese (prices are in english). we did not try it on our last visit (already too full) but i'd guess that it would be fairly easy to overcome the language barrier since there were a TON of people eating it in the food court and id guess some of them would be nice enough to do the minimal required translating. that said, i do think spicy village's is pretty incredible (and i have been there post-bitman).

                  1. re: tex.s.toast

                    No I haven't. And that's my point.

                    1. re: el jefe

                      Wait, im confused - my question was intended entirely earnestly. what is your favorite place for Big tray chicken?

                        1. re: Cheese Boy

                          Yes, Uncle Zhou's. They also do a Big Tray Crispy Chicken that, imho, is even better.

                          I guess now we can't use Big Tray Chicken for Jeff's food tour since we have 3 different votes for the best. They may all be phenomenal but obviously #1 is not "far and away the best more so than the number 2 best in the same vein?"

                          1. re: Cheese Boy

                            compared to Spicy Villages that pic makes it look like UZ's is strained or something - at Spicy Village the broth/sauce/oil is chock full of cumin and fennel seeds, chili pods, star anise bits, szechuan peppercorns and assorted other stuff.

                            obviously looks dont always equal taste but id be shocked if that rendition (at Uncle Zhou's) had nearly the palate-kicking wallop of SV's based on the picture from that link.

                            1. re: tex.s.toast

                              Yep, it does look strained. (It's plated differently at SV).
                              Sietsema has a vid here ...

                              @el jefe ... Big Tray Crispy Chicken sounds fantastic !!!

                              1. re: Cheese Boy

                                The crispy rabbit at Uncle's is even better