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Neptune, NJ: Learning to Love Pete & Elda's Cracker-Thin Crust

+1 for the Vics preference. Even though Vics has supposedly lost it's crispy edge a bit, it still hits the spot the 1 or 2 times a year I have it. Although, it's just as crowded.

Vegetarian: The Best Way To Grill Zucchini

I go planks for zucchini/squash and discs for eggplant. olive oil, kosher salt, pepper, and a mindful eye to make sure grilled evenly. Make more than you need - great to have in the fridge for leftovers.

Mexican Eats: Where to Get the Best Fish Tacos in NYC

I hesitate to ask, but where does the lone east coast outpost of Wahoo fit on the continuum?

Taste Test: Every Flavor of Chobani Greek Yogurt

Firmly in the addict camp. Summer breakfast is Fage 0% or 2% plain with some berries. Maybe a sprinkle of good granola. I recently tried Costco's own Kirkland Greek Yogurt (of course they jumped on the bandwagon). Not too shabby.

Daily Slice: The Portobello, Pine Nut, and Dried Tomato Pizza from Star Tavern

@ kenji - Where exactly were you looking to pick apples near Orange? Sounds like a very convenient detour to me!

The portabello pie is a regular menu item. I'm going to throw in a plug for the eggplant pie as well - nice thin crispy slices along with a boatload of garlic. But you do need to make sure there's a pepperoni pie in the mix.

Astoria, NYC: Jackson Hole Airline Diner, Where Bigger Is Not Necessarily Better

Thankfully so many other burger options than Jackson Hole. I lived next door to the former 85th/2nd location 20 years ago and still can't get the smell out of my hair

Oh, and pretty sure JFK used to be Idlewild, not LGA. LGA was North Beach airport or something like that

Ed's 10 Favorite Frozen Treats in New York City

I'll put in my vote for Van Leeuwen. Love the non-green mint chip.

And I'll always have a Softee spot for a certain truck!

Daily Slice: Viva Slice at Rigoletto, Upper West Side

The UWS south of Sal & Carmine's is home to some incredibly mediocre slice joints. Rigoletto might get a mediocre+. I've pretty much stuck to standard plain, fresh mozz, or standard single topping and it's been fine.

Nutley, New Jersey: Queen Margherita Is a Must-Visit

Great review Tim. How would you rank against Ah Pizz? I'm in Montclair and this sounds worth the trip

Adrienne's Pizzabar: Whatever You Call It, It's Great

Dean's (I think they're up to 2 or 3 location) is a cousin restaurant and serves similar pie.

A decent neighborhood proxy.

Star Tavern: A Shining Example of the Bar Pie in Orange, New Jersey

I grew up eating at Star and recently moved within dining/takeout distance so I'm eating it minimum once a week. If you like this kind of pizza, there is nothing better. And Adam, the pepperoni pie will also meet your expectations. Perfectly proportioned across the pie and each bite comes with a pepperoni crunch.

I do have the clam pie occassionally, but I'll throw out another fave. If you're an eggplant fan, hit up that pie for sure. Slivers of eggplant and carefully placed garlic cloves..

Let me know when the Slicers are coming back!

NYC: Big Daddy's New Location Continues Tradition of Mediocre UWS Burger Joints

Since the demise of the All State, the picture is a bit bleak.

For pricey options, upstairs at Fairway or the Kobe Burger at Bistro Cassis
Although they're both in the ballpark of Big Daddy's it seems.

Long Beach Pizza Joints

There are a couple places in Rockville Centre as well - Nick's (as in Forest Hills Nicks) and Blue Moon.

If you head back to Mother Kelly's try the Balsamic Chicken!

Fairway Cafe UWS slated for closure

I will miss the pancakes and the burger..but not the indifferent service.

Sal and Carmine's: A Post-Sal Pilgrimage

Thanks Ed. Like you, I would pass about 10-15 pie joints on the way from my apartment just to get one from Sal. Despite the ordinary ingredients, it was an extraordinary slice!

Keste vs. Luozzo

Thanks All.

Just returned from Keste and it was a big hit. 6 of us split 5 and it was plenty. We had
2 Margherita, del Re, Salsicca, Vegatariana

We all thought it was great. Crust around the middle was firmer than anticipated.

Sugar Rush: Raspberry Rugelach at Russ & Daughters

I'd put Zabars a notch above NJR.

Believe it or not, the pre-packaged rugelach from Delancey Dessert Co. (available at Fairway and, I'm sure, other supermarkets) is very respectable (and delicious)

Sugar Rush: Momofuku Milk Bar's Arnold Palmer Cake

Wow - looks like I picked the wrong week to give up beverage inspired desserts...

Salumeria Rosi: One Man's Pleasure in Feeding People

Another great addition to the neighborhood. Can't wait to check it out.

Did Cesare bring his famous Tuscan Fries to the menu? They were the best at both Beppe and Maremma...

Does Your Grocery Store Have You Crying Tears of Joy?

I have the UWS Fairway about 100 steps from my apartment. No place I'd rather get my daily (artisinal) bread.

I have some Wegmans experience from Jersey Shore summers - it is pretty great place once you figure out where everything is!

West Branch, the Neighborhood Restaurant of a Serious Eater's Dreams

Great news Ed. When you throw that stone it probably hits my apartment. I love the short ribs at Ouest so can't wait to try this version.

Cesare Casella's Salumeria Rosi To Open October 15th

Great news. Another nice addition to the neighborhood. I'm hoping his incredible Tuscan fries from Beppe and Maremma will be available.

Managing the Line at Shake Shack UWS

As an UWS resident, I hope I won't have to wait too long for my fix. I have a feeling with the proximity to AMNH and Central Park, it will get its fair share of crowds on location alone.

Maybe all those brunchers across the street at Isabellas will munch on a Shack burger while they wait in line..


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