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Requiem for an Egg Cream: In Search of a New York Classic

U-bet actually has malt added. It tastes different than Hershey's, like the difference between a chocolate malted and a chocolate shake.

Requiem for an Egg Cream: In Search of a New York Classic

I don't like adulterated egg creams. The beauty of the egg cream is that the seltzer cuts the thickness of the chocolate milk, making it more like a chocolate soda, refreshing.

My grandparents, old NY/NJ jews, always had diet chocolate soda in their fridge. Vile stuff.

Requiem for an Egg Cream: In Search of a New York Classic

Egg Creams are one of those things I don't go out of my way to order out because they're so easy to make perfectly at home. 2:1 milk:seltzer in an 8 oz cup, 2 tablespoons of U-bet, stir vigorously. Canned seltzer is better than plastic bottled as it's more carbonated, but bottled is OK too.

I can't tell any substantive difference between my homemade egg cream and the Gem's version, which I always took to be the gold standard. I guess I'll give it a shot next time I hit Shopsin's.

The Age of the Vegan Tasting Menu: A Look at Del Posto's 8-Course Vegan Meal

No offense, but if you take two 5 year olds to a restaurant selling a $179 tasting menu, the other diners will likely kill you. These meals take 3-4+ hours. Even armed with personal ipads, no 5 year old will sit through that.

The Age of the Vegan Tasting Menu: A Look at Del Posto's 8-Course Vegan Meal

Only one dish featuring mushrooms and no eggplant at all. No use of "textured vegetable protein" (which isn't legit) or tofu (which IMO is) at all. Very impressive!

How to Cook Ribs for 12,000 People: 2 Days at the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party

Hometown beef ribs were AMAZING. Star of the event. I would never wait in line at a NYC BBQ joint at the big apple block party, and I used to look down on people that did, figuring they didn't know any better or didn't have the testicles for the lines. Thank god another member of my group "didn't know any better". They were crazy, crazy good.

How Ivan Orkin is Changing New York's Ramen Cuisine

Blogs like Seriouseats need to post updates every single day. Wacky new concept restaurants make for good copy. They come and they go. Some work and some don't, just like all restaurants.

Not saying anything about Ivan's joint in particular. I haven't tried it yet. It sounds gimmicky, but Kenji wrote the article and I find his tastes align closely to my own-- or in short, I trust him.

How Ivan Orkin is Changing New York's Ramen Cuisine

Ivan Ramen looks interesting in a WD-50 kind of way. What I mean there is that eating at WD-50 is an adventure, you exclaim over every little plate, and if you're a cute young asian woman take pictures with your cellphone, and are so very impressed at how inventive and playful it is. But would you eat there on a weekly basis? I wouldn't. If I could avoid the lines, I would hit up Ippudo every week or two for sure.

How Katz's Deli Makes Their Perfect Pastrami

Katz's cures the brisket rather than brining it, maybe that makes it too salty, and boiling removes some of the salt? Just my guess.

A Hefty Pastrami Burger for a Hefty Price at Jeffrey's Grocery in the West Village

If it's a presentation issue, perhaps the solution is to look at pictures before posting them and correct colors so they aren't deceptive.

The second and third pictures look disgustingly _raw_. That's why you got comments, not because we have an anti-rare meat agenda(?!). The fourth looks fine, could be rare or medium-rare.

Alternatively, if the site doesn't have a photo editor for color correction, just say something like "this came out looking underdone in the picture but it was a perfect rare as ordered."

A Hefty Pastrami Burger for a Hefty Price at Jeffrey's Grocery in the West Village

That is not medium rare, or even rare. That right there looks like fridge-cold, raw, ground meat. From the cross-section it doesn't even appear to be seared, there's no grey line at all.

Nasty.

Reopened Sarge's is a Keeper of the Deli Flame

Actually Trycaviar's $10 flat fee includes the tip, so really there is no scenario where ordering from Sarge's on seamless makes any sense whatsoever.

Reopened Sarge's is a Keeper of the Deli Flame

No conspiracy here, I'm just saying they make a fine pastrami sandwich, and straying away from the basic pastrami sandwich and fries may have been a mistake on your part.

And by fine I mean several orders of magnitude better than a bodega sandwich, something that is recognizably a jewish deli pastrami sandwich. Nothing like Katz's, but Katz's doesn't deliver on Seamless.

Katz's does deliver on TryCaviar, but they charge a $10 delivery fee. Since Sarge's charges a 25% fee and has a $35 minimum, this means that Katz's is actually cheaper if you order over $40 of food, which... doesn't make a lot of sense for Sarge's value or quality proposition.

Reopened Sarge's is a Keeper of the Deli Flame

@Guy: I would order a pastrami sandwich, 2 extra pieces of rye bread, and an order of fries and get 2 meals out of it. Pastrami was way better than bodega meat. It is a real jewish deli, but you're right that it doesn't even try to compete with 2nd ave or Katz's.

It DOES deliver on Seamless, but... $35 minimum and 25% fee = no sale.

Reopened Sarge's is a Keeper of the Deli Flame

Sarge's is a pretty good jewish deli, and I was really happy to see them reopen last week. They never aspired to 2nd ave or Katz's levels, but they delivered on seamless, which makes up for a lot.

Unfortunately, after reopening they now have a $35 minimum AND charge a whopping 25% delivery fee on seamless, which is basically unacceptable. So they're way out of my rotation.

A $20 minimum and 0% fee would be reasonable.

What's the Most Expensive Meal You've Had in New York?

Service for me at Per Se (I have been twice) was cooler than the overt graciousness at a Danny Meyer restaurant and Eleven Madison Park, that's for sure. But I didn't feel snubbed either; service wasn't exceptional but certainly wasn't offensive. It felt comparable to many other high-end restaurants like WD50, Alinea, Marea, etc. Maybe you went at a bad night?

You're right that none of the food was served hot, but I didn't find that at all offputting.

What's the Most Expensive Meal You've Had in New York?

Robert's steakhouse. Took a bunch of clients out. Food was a couple hundred bucks and wine+drinks a couple thousand... and the equivalent of several recent model cars went to the dancers.

If you're talking a dinner I paid for myself, tasting at Per Se.

Where Do You Take Out of Towners in New York?

@Graham: Go! Go! Curry! is a great call-out. I'm going to add it to my list!

Where Do You Take Out of Towners in New York?

Off the top of my head:

Pearl Oyster Bar
Marea
Katz's
Motorino
Great NY Noodletown
Kang Suh
Eataly

How to Find and Order Great Pizza in New York

Very good point about Patsy's. There are a couple in Manhattan and they're terrible. The crust is hard as cardboard.

The new Joe's pizza on 14th street is excellent, same as the original.

I'm sure we all came across that "best coffee near each subway stop map" last week. Would be pretty sweet if someone did the same thing for staples like pizza, chinese, egg on a roll, sushi, etc.

Would You Pay a $10 Fee for Delivery?

Caviar makes perfect sense here in NYC too. It's a terrible deal if you're ordering for yourself only, of course, but when you get a bunch of people in the office to order it works great. Also excellent for client visits, nothing like presenting a bunch of Katz's pastrami sandwiches.

Excellent service too, works really well. I like the delivery tracking.

Mexico City-Style La Palapa Offers Mostly Hits, With Some Misses

Yeah, 2 stars is about right. La Palapa was fine when it opened but curiously bland and flavorless now.

My favorite reasonably priced downtime non-celebration mexican is Mole down on houston and 1st ave. I searched to see if SE had a review already, but it's kinda hard to search for "mole".

Why I Took My European Boyfriend to a New Jersey Chinese Buffet

Oh they watched me much too closely for that. They would have loved to toss me out for just cause.

Why I Took My European Boyfriend to a New Jersey Chinese Buffet

Back when I was unemployed, I used to patronize a Chinese buffet in Northern Virginia called "So Good".

Set the scene, a grey tuesday, 1999. I would wake up around 10, 11AM, not shower, smoke a couple cigarettes and drink diet coke to open my eyes, then take a good book and hit the So Good around 11:30AM or so.

When I walked in, the Chinese owners would hiss at me, and make the sign of the evil eye.

So basically I would read my book and chill out at the buffet all damn day, grazing every 45 minutes or so. I always sat in the same seat, with a clear view of the kitchen doors, so I could quickly mobilize when they took out the king crab legs.

They tried to time the king crab legs to my bathroom breaks. It became a game, between us, a test of wills.

The Chinese proprietors loved to spit in my food. Back when I started going, they would bring me plates of "specials from the kitchen". I soon learned to decline. The buffet, of course, was safe. They wouldn't poison everybody, right?

I'd stay there until 5 or 6PM, then leave to go watch a movie at the theater nearby.

As I would walk out, they would comment loudly in Chinese. I am not fluent, but I imagine it covered my many failings as a man, as a human being, my lack of hygiene, my pathos. But hey, I just ate all day for $7.99. Screw 'em.

Steakcraft: Ristorante Morini's Fiorentina for Two

Yeah, I don't think the DoH would look kindly on that sort of thing.

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