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Cook the Book: 'Coco'

Kind of partial to David Chang, but Gabrielle Hamilton deserves a lot of exposure.

Who Makes the Best Buffalo Wings in New York?

Brother Jimmy's UWS has great wings. Also a big fan of Blind Tiger Ale house in west village and Dinosaur

Should A Service Charge Be Included at Restaurants So That Servers Can Have Benefits?

One could disagree with the premise of the question itself: "How can restaurants attract more professional, committed and inspired workers and how can they persuade current waiters to be proud of their work?"

I would argue that the American tip culture provides fantastic professional service. While NYC service culture may be transient (wanna be actors, models, etc.) for the most part, they are very professional and take great pride in their work.

Breakfast of Champions: Momofuku Milk Bar Pork and Egg Bun

One of my favorite dishes in NYC. Probably one of the reasons I also will create the MomofukuAtHome website as a 'Cook the Book' when it comes out on Oct 27th...

Momofuku Milk Bar Ice Cream Cake

Just waiting for the pork bun and poached fried egg ice cream.
It's bound to happen...

Curious purple vegetable in my CSA box

What does everyone think kohlrabi taste like?

The farmer suggested it was like a crispy apple. Gf and I thought it was similar to a soft broccoli stem. Curious about other opinions.

Summer reading and food: Anyone read these two or suggestions?

Wine books are more interesting these days with the glut of food books on the market. As others have mentioned, you can't go wrong with Heat or any of the Ruhlman books. Bourdain deserves more recognition because he made food writing look so easy and most of the later tell-alls just don't hit the mark.

If you like wine, I highly recommend George Taber's "Judgement of Paris". It gives a good history of some key players in Napa Valley and pends a decent amount of time on the wine industry and trends in general. The movie Bottle Shock was loosely based on the events, very loosely as in most of what in the movie never really happened!

Another good wine book is Billionaires Vinegar. Some good stories of the wine world and the excesses of the 80s and trophy wines.


@bessfour: it sounds suspiciously like this guy

Cook the Book: 'Modern Spice'

Indian food, definitely. It would be a great way to incorporate more veggies and less animal protein which China Study, Michael Pollan and Bittman's Food Matters recommends.

Your Mission, Should You Choose to Accept It ...

@donnie: click through the link to get to Ruhlman's blog, he outlines the process there.

'Top Chef Masters' Host Kelly Choi: 'Food Bloggers Are Mean'

Her points seem very straight forward and valid. Anonymous criticism that is either malicious or personal (i.e.: not constructive) is cowardly whether it occurs in a owners blog, through comments, or in reviews such as Menupages, Yelp, etc.

I wonder what the participation of comments would be on Serious Eats if they could not be anonymous...

Do you know the secret of the water in which you cook your pasta

Does anyone else collect the steam from their boiling water? I set up an upside down wok to capture it, it condenses in the wok and drips off into a cup like a distilled liquor.

Adding that to the sauce: penne vodka squared...

Win Tickets to the New Taste of the Upper West Side Event

Salumeria Rosi

Favorite place for a bite, and a must pop-in to pickup meats and beans before visiting Mom during the holidays.

Turkey Meatballs

Two secrets to great turkey meatballs: soak bread in milk (not breadcrumbs) and pecorino cheese (rather than parm). For some reason, pecorino and turkey just goes much better.

NYC's Burger of the Month Club (BOTM)

Slightly more appalled by Spotted Pig ranking at 41. Maybe they don't like the roqueforte, or maybe its an anti Pat La Frieda bias...

Best Slice in the East Village

Luzzo's is my favorite in the EV.

@cybercita: I'm with you on UPN, but we seem to be in the minority here. It is the most over rated pizza in the NYC, a little soupy, not flavorful and definitely not worth the price.

Quintessential NYC Eats

Barney Greengrass is a great recommendation... Often overlooked.

Maybe it's time SE: NY developed a recommendation section, by Neighborhood and/or by cuisine type. The Guide is a nice start, but would like to see something User Generated and fluid...

Quintessential NYC Eats

Grimaldi's Pizza, Brooklyn Ice Cream, and a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge... doesn't get more NYC than that.

Pastrami is a good recommendation, not my favorite, but definitely Katz or Carnegie.

I'm a fan of the jazz at Blue Water Grill for a good tourist experience.


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