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What Does 'Single Origin' Coffee Really Mean?

Where is the best value for buying great beans? I used to pay Intelligentsia $14 for 16 Oz of coffee. Now it's $17 for 12 Oz. Yet, everyone seems to have these prices: Stumpy, Toby's, Joe, Grumpy, Klatch, Terroir, Ristretto, Handsome, and so on. Is there a great coffee out there that doesn't break the bank?

nyc b&w cookie EMERGENCY!!!

William Greenberg Jr.

Ask the Critic: Non-Alcoholic Cocktails; Where to Eat in Ditmas Park and South Slope

Visit Coffee Mob on Newkirk & E 16th for some Toby's Estate (then go to the Dominican place near by for Oxtail stew)

More on Cortelyou: Cafe Madeline, San Remo Pizza (a classic Brooklyn pizza joint with pretty okay red-sauce Italian), Sycamore for drinks, music, and flowers. Oxcart on Newkirk for great burgers.

Welcome to the hood. Check out the DitmasParkCorner blog.

Open Thread: Best Places to Eat Outside in NYC?

Go to the Lobster Place in Chelsea Market and pick out a nice 2 1/2 - 3 lb "sea bug." They'll steam it, crack it, and serve it to you with lemon and butter, and with lots of wet naps.

While it's cooking you can round up wine, sides, bread, and dessert from the local provisioners.

Then take the whole passel up to the High Line and make the passersby jealous.

Ask the Critic: Best Murray Hill Eats; How Much Do I Tip a Bartender?

MH Eats: Todaro Bros. for Italian sandwiches and great housemade mozzarella. Bagels: Daniels on 3rd & 38th
Waterfront Ale House rocks
Gelato: Mia Gelato on 3rd & 27th
Pizza: There is no effing good pizza in MH. Sorry.

Valentine's Day Gift Guide: Where To Buy Chocolates In NYC

No Maribelle? Really?
No Michel Cluizel?
The brands you have are just the same-old. Neuhaus is fair at best. Vosages is all hype and bacon chocolate. If you're going to include those, then just list all the chocolate shops in NY (hey, why not have a google map for NY Chocolate? Include Lilac, Royce, Teucher, Godiva, and the M&M store

Best Single Bite in NYC

Go to Katz's. Tell the waitress, "I'll have what she's having."

The Scoop: On Pacojets

Ok Kenji, game on: when can we see your Pacojet hack? After all, you reduced the Sous Vide Supreme to a $19 beer cooler.

Grimaldi's Joins the Coney Island Pizza-scape

The Totonno's in Coney is incredibly delicious and worth the trek. The ones in Manhattan? Bad.

Omakase in New York

Are you looking for traditional Nigiri Sushi (e.g. Sushi Zen) or something more, er, modern with sauces and the like (e.g Gari)

Day Off in New York? 9 Food Adventure Ideas

Last I checked, Di Fara is closed on Monday AND Tuesday too. Also in the afternoon between lunch and dinner.

Perfect Apple Pie

Am curious that you choose cornstarch instead of tapioca flour...

Where to Take Tourist Visitors for NYC Pizza

one of the biggest challenges for me is getting tourist friends to just get a plain slice, and to leave the fru-fru toppings for, well, for the tourists.

And for great plain slices, just toodle over to sliceharvester and he'll give you a whole bunch to choose from.

Danish Pastry--Where do you get them?

Thank you!
@MMinNYC, I still grieve the loss of Sutters (mine was the Flatbush branch). And it was the closing of Leske's that started this quest. Good reminder about William Greenberg.

@Merstar, I'll try Moishe's, though I confess the name doesn't sound "Danish"

@BookMonger, I always thought of Lassen & Hennings as a sandwich shop. Do they make Danish?

The California & Denmark places sound yummy, but far. Jersey too.

@Lemonfair, which puff pastry do you recommend? I just might give it a whirl...

@jonfoxx, mail order? Wish I could plan that far ahead. For me, instant gratification isn't quite fast enough


The Coffee Bean finally arrives in Manhattan!

I peeked in and it seemed more like a Gloria Jeans than a 9th Street Espresso/Stumptown/Joe. How does it compare with the fabulous Culture Espresso, which is around the corner on 38th and 6th Ave?

Win Tickets to 'Singapore Takeout', September 17

Fish-head curry!!!
(Rolly polly fish-head curry)

Sam Sifton Leaving 'New York Times' Restaurant Critic Position

Lamont Cranston--the kitchen would never spot him

Easy Pie Dough

Which blade of the processor do you use? (Does it matter?)
I would have assumed that you use the plastic dough blade, but in the photo I see the glint of metal.

Egg in Toast: What Do You Call It?

Mom called it "Moon over Miami"

I call it delicious!

Corner Slice: Southwest Corner of Washington Square Park

Pizza Box on Bleeker is consistently above average.

"Do yourself a favor and check it out one time won't you please!"

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Two Peter Luger Steaks

kansas city strip! (like a NY Strip, but with the bone in)

Coffee Chronicles: Serious Eats Office Coffee Meta-Makeover!

I've been using the AeroPress for about 5 years now. It makes wonderful coffee. It's easy to use. The coffee is intense, flavorful, and delicious.

Coffee Chronicles: World Bean, First-Class Coffee at LaGuardia Airport

Stopped in last night and got great coffee. What a treat!

Which slice has a great cheese-pull w/out being totally cheesy?

Just had pizza in Miami that was all cheese pulls. Didn't taste as good as NYC, but it told me that stringy cheese is still out there somewhere.

Baking Cookbooks for Beginners

I have had great success w/ Baking Illustrated, by the cook's illustrated team. Fair number of drawings and some color glossies.

Cakelove is also good if you like pictures. But if you really like pictures, then just go for the Betty Crocker cookbook. 'nuff said.

Danish Pastry--Where do you get them?

Like Grendel in Beowulf, I'm never quite as happy as when I'm eating a couple of Danish: bear-claws, cheese danish, pecan rings, schnecken. But with Ebingers a distant memory, and Bread Alone's quality all but gone, where does one go for the good stuff? (We're talking Northern European style here, not the Italian, which are tasty in their own right).

So, Serious Eaters, where do you go for your Danish baked goods?

Which slice has a great cheese-pull w/out being totally cheesy?

You gotta love a good cheese-pull--those long strands of cheese that keep your bite connected to the slice, and which threaten to sag down your chin (or pull the rest of the cheese off the slice).

But lately I've notice a severe dearth of cheese pulls. Almost none of the slices I get around town have them. The exception is Ray's on 11th & 6th Ave, which has too much cheese on it.

So, where can I find an individual slice that has stringy cheese, but isn't a heavy cheese-bomb?

ISO Chanko!

One reason that Sumo wrestlers are so large is that Chanko Nabe, their staple food, is so darn tasty--it's hard to stop eating! This is doubly so during cold winter months when a good pot of Chanko hits the spot.

In Japan former wrestlers go on to open chanko specialty restaurants, each with their own proprietary recipe.But where in New York can one find a good one?

Any clews?

Great Coffee in the Schmatas District

Just stumbled across a real coffee find: Culture Cafe @ 72 W. 38th St. near 6th Ave.

They're serving Intelligentsia coffee and pastries from some of the better bakers in NYC (Sullivan St Bakery, Ce Ci Ce La, etc.) They have a La Marzocco espresso machine and they’re not afraid to use it.

Apparently, they are still in "soft opening" mode. Guess I'm letting the Black Cat out of the bag.

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