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Adam Kuban's Bar Pie Pop-Up: Feeling Like a Proud Papa

Lucky enough to have been invited to the F&F test run of Margot's Pizza.
I feel like I attended the birth of a beauty queen and Nobel Prize winner all rolled into one fine baby. Congratulations, Adam! You know that famdoc and family will be regulars once you pop up at Emily's. And, Ed, after all these years of reading your fine food writing, it was nice to make your acquaintance...and ply you with a drink.

Giveaway: Win a Pair of California Wine Country Prints

With tens of thousands of winemakers in Sonoma and Napa, it's difficult to pick just one favorite. Since I'm partial to Rhone varietals, Syrah and Grenache in particular, and since they were so hospitable to us on a visit to their Santa Barbara facility a few years back (including making my older parents physically comfortable) and since they've done some fabulous winemaker dinners here in NYC, I'll name Jaffurs as my favorite.

What's Your Favorite Sushi in NYC?

Katsuei in Park Slope.

BentOn, BentOff

I'm a big fan of "BentOn", which I still think of as "Soma by Nature".
Plenty of food, prepared well, for a fair price, delivered fast.
Their bimbimbops are also excellent, as is anything with squid.

Our New Favorite Sandwich at Russ and Daughters

Completely safe for work is the trailer for the upcoming Russ and Daughters documentary:
http://gothamist.com/2014/01/24/heres_the_charming_trailer_for_the.php

Can't Get Into Talde? Where to Eat and Drink Instead

1--I think Applewood has been in that space for more than ten years. Not sure, but just saying.

2--Katsuei, at the corner of Third St. and Seventh Ave., is a Park Slope newcomer featuring an omakase ($45 for nine pieces and one hand roll) that many are calling New York's finest.

The Story of Le Bernardin's 24-Foot Seascape Painting

I loved the old art at LeB...old school, yes, but depicting the Breton heritage of Gilbert and Maguy LeCoze.

Le Fooding's Anna Polonsky's Favorite Williamsburg Eats

Am I the only one who finds Le Fooding's constant use of the F-bomb in all its material a bit tiring?

The Food Court at Fei Long Market in Brooklyn's Chinatown

Paul: Did you wake up on the wrong side of the bed on the morning of your visit? Must everyone crave "mouth-numbing"? The hand-pulled noodles deserve better than lacking "spring or chew". In fact, I like them just fine. And, unless they've disappeared since my last visit, the Maine Lobster House features lobster, crab and other seafood done just fine. Maybe not as good as Pacificana, but just fine. While it isn't a Flushing-style food court, I think Fei Long satisfies most appetites.

Dim Sum at Pacificana in Sunset Park: Dumplings With a Side of Glamor

For many years, we were Pacificana regulars, loving both their dim sum and their fresh seafood. More recently, however, we've turned our backs on Pacificana in favor of East Harbor's deliciously raucous dim sum just a few blocks away at 65th St. Like Pacificana, one can expect a wait of anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour at peak times, but that time is occupied with conversation with fellow guests and the joy of listening to the host announce the next party to be seated(in Mandarin) and wondering whether we missed our announcement. The dim sum is superior to that of Pacificana (ok, bring it on, Pacificana regulars, let's discuss it) and the atmosphere is like that of an Atlantic City casino. Give it a try.

Where to Eat Near Columbia University (Our Updated Guide)

Several excellent Indian restaurants, catering mostly to taxi drivers, can be found up there.

Paulie Gee on Belief, Baltimore, and Being Your Own Boss (Part 2)

I consider myself a lucky man to know Paulie. What you see is what you get and let me congratulate Lance for putting together one of the most intelligent, articulate, respectful and informative interviews I've ever read. I'd read anything he writes hereafter.

Sauced: Puttanesca

An Italian friend of mine swears the best puttanesca used Redpack canned tomatoes. Go figure.

Brooklyn: New Franny's Going Strong

Franny's takes reservations for parties of 8 or more. When I go, it's usually just my wife and I. Rather than wait to be seated (too old to stand on my aching feet, posting to facebook/twitter/instagram and nursing a drink to do this), we sit at the bar. Same menu, excellent service and very little wait. Wish more restaurants would take reservations....I'd even be willing to guarantee my reservation with a credit card.

Brooklyn: New Franny's Going Strong

How long was YOUR wait? What night of the week did you go and at what time?
I love Franny's, but usually sat at the bar and ordered to avoid the wait.

A Sandwich a Day: So Good at Shopsins

Never been to Shopsin's. Never going. Would never spend my money at a joint where the owner regularly berates and insults customers. I thank Paulie Gee for the heads-up on this one.

Finding Hudutu at the Bronx's Garifuna Day

There are Garinagu communities in countries other than Honduras. One of the largest is in Belize.

Where to Eat Near the Barclays Center in Brooklyn

Kaz An Nou, 53 Sixth Ave., steps from the rear entrance to the arena.
Inspired French-Caribbean food, BYO.

Snapshots from the Caribbean: Eating Goat in Anguilla

When I'm in Anguilla I crave those big spiny lobsters they bring in off the coast. And, pepper pot.

Pizza in Easton, PA

emgroff: thanks. the clam pie at sette luna was exquisite. great beer selection: belgian ales and local brews. a winner!

Brooklyn Central Pizza: Neapolitan Pies Celebrate the Best of Two Worlds

I was floored at the quality of the pies being produced by Brooklyn Central at my first visit, a day or so after it opened. I've been back twice, with consistent impressions: this place makes great pizza and the pizzaioli there take great pride in what they produce. It is not hyperbole to say this is one of the best things to happen to Park Slope in many years.

Eater's Pizzeria Heatmap

Well stated, Paulie. Now, I've gotta find a new name for my knish stand. Yonah Schimmel is already taken.

Sugar Rush: Kouign Amann at Bouchon Bakery

Folks, this pastry is Breton, not French. The name is in the Breton language (a Celtic tongue, unrelated to French) and means "butter cake"
Patisseries (yes, THAT'S French) in Brittany feature great big buttery kouign amann and their prune-y cousin, the Far Breton. In fact, readers, have you seen any Far Breton in NYC?

Ask a Sommelier: How Do You Find the Best Value on a Wine List?

Don't trust a sommelier whose photo features a bottle of La Tache DRC.

Generally, I like the advice to seek wines from just outside of major appellations. I also like picking the minds of sommeliers for values.
However, watch for upsellers. I recently encountered a well-known sommelier who tried to sell me a $100 bottle not on the wine list, when the wine list had outstanding values in the sub-$50 range.

Paulie Gee to Open a Baltimore Location with 'Pizzablogger'

Congratulations to both fine gentlemen.

Pizza in Easton, PA

I'll be attending an art gallery opening in Easton, PA this weekend and was told there's a great tradition of pizza-making in this part of PA. Anyone out there have any suggestions of where to get the best pizza in town?

Zattar spices: Ever make your own?

My mouth waters thinking of the zattar bread I've had at Marhaba in Lambertville, New Jersey. And, the dish of zattar spices put on the table like a plate of salt at Zahav in Philly. Not to mention the zattar used generously at Mimi's Hummus in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn.

Which leads me to my question: have you ever made your own zattar spices? Seems to be an easy thing to do: a mixture of sesame seeds, a green spice and....sumac. What is sumac and where do you get it?

While were at it, what is the proper spelling (I've seen 'zattar', 'za'atar', and 'zaatar', among others)? And the proper pronunciation?

Where To Eat Near Yankee Stadium

In anticipation of the Yankee's Opening Day 2011 on Thursday, we've put together this list of inexpensive and easily accessible local haunts near Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. From Ghanaian to Dominican food, they represent the changing demographics of the borough. While there are a handful of decent vendors at Yankee Stadium, why not skip the lines for a $7 Nathan's hot dog or $8 garlic fries and venture a little further afield? More