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  • Location: New York, NY
  • Favorite foods: lobster, clam chowder, soft-shelled crabs, frozen custard, northern spy apples, niagra grapes, wellfleet oysters, miniature quiche
  • Last bite on earth: a freshly steamed lobster claw with drawn butter

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The Best Ice Cream, Gelato, and Soft Serve in NYC

I'm allowed to cry about the fact that only two (three if you count Shake Shack) of these are located above 14th street, right? Right.

Recommendations for Israel - Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Tiberias?

We won't be in Tel Aviv on a Wed/Thurs, so I've suggested Abarksas North to my family. Thanks again for the help!

Recommendations for Israel - Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Tiberias?

Yep, I already looked at that! But I'm really looking for recommendations for sit-down dinners.

Recommendations for Israel - Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Tiberias?

Thanks @aronh! We're actually only going to be in Tel Aviv for 2 nights, so give me your best recommendations. We are very adventurous eaters - normally we eat a lot of fish and seafood, but are open to everything. One high-end restaurant and one more moderately priced would be great!

If you have recommendations in Jerusalem and elsewhere, I'd love to hear those too.

Tell Us About Your Favorite Uptown Restaurants

Kefi for sure. It is just reliably excellent.
Had an excellent meal at Mountain Bird during the snowstorm a few weeks ago, and I want to go back.
Jin Ramen.
Bodrum, even with its weird Turkish/pizza hybrid menu.
Bar Boulud.
Land Thai.

Win Tickets to the Next Big Small Brand Award Ceremony on March 27th

Baking for college kids - parents who don't bake purchase sets, and then I send cookies/brownie care packages to their (neglected) kids.

Spice Hunting: How to Do a Spice Audit and Reclaim Your Pantry

I had a weird flat drawer in my kitchen that was originally used for utensils, but I turned it into a spice drawer. Spices are alphabetical, except for the things in weirdly shaped containers that get stuffed in the back.

Cook the Book: 'Home Cooking with Jean-Georges'

Thomas Keller, chilling at home, makin' oysters and pearls, no bigs.

Thanksgiving: What's Your Stuffing Approach?

Pepperidge farm cubes, doctored with onion, leek, celery, carrot, mushroom, chestnut. I'm trying to convince my mom to let me put oysters in it this Thanksgiving since our Rabbi isn't attending for the first time in 20 years!

Product lines named after celebrity cooks: are they any good?

Another endorsement for Emeril's nonstick pans, done by all-clad - mine have held up very, very well.

Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Ed's Upper West Side

How I know I'm doing well at being a food-person: these are all the places I go in my neighborhood.

I would add Bar Boulud for its good prix-fixe, and Luke's Lobster for the best roll around.

Lunch and Dinner in Cooperstown, NY: where to go?

That's great! Thanks, everyone, for the recs. Ommegang definitely makes the list.

Milk Burger in East Harlem: No, This Is Not Shake Shack

From a legal perspective: Milk Burger can copy Shake Shack's recipes all they want. Recipes are not copyrightable, and unless Meyer has patented some processes or made something a trade secret, he likely would not recover from an intellectual property perspective on the food.

However, he certainly has a case for copyright infringement of the website. It's word-for-word. And there's a decent trade dress argument to be made, as well. The menu emulates the design feel of the Shake Shack menu, which might be actionable. (Unfortunately, the closest case there is on this is the Ed's Lobster Bar/Pearl Oyster Bar bruhaha which settled out of court - no precedent!)

The Upper West Side H&H Is Apparently Closed For Good. What Does It Mean to You?

Losing H&H means losing one of my first NY food memories: the day I was old enough to stand in line by myself while mom went across the street to get a number at the fish counter at zabar's. "2 dozen: 6 sesame, 6 everything, 6 onion, 3 poppy, 3 pumpernickel, and the extras in cinnamon raisin, please." I was so proud. I was also maybe 8 or 9, and thought I was good at playing a cool city kid.

I'll go up to absolute more often now.

Soft Shell Crabs!

I buy em at citarella. For 4 crabs, melt 2-3 tbsp butter in a sauté pan. Dredge crabs in flour seasoned w salt and pepper. Smash 3-4 cloves of garlic and sauté for about 4 minutes, moving around. Sauté crabs for about 5 minutes per side, until golden brown on each.

This is my favorite prep. So simple, so good.

The Brunch Dish: Sarabeth's

I think I've eaten over 100 brunches at Sarabeth's. I'm not even kidding. But Adam, you are so so so so wrong: the only bread to get with your eggs is the SCONE. It is the best scone in existence. I'm not even kidding, I have tried scone upon scone upon scone elsewhere and nothing ever comes close.

I knew my ex and I were not meant to be when he ordered plain scrambled eggs and a croissant at Sarabeth's. For shame.

A Guide to UK Chocolate Candy

You missed the Lion Bar! That's my favorite UK candy.

Daily Slice: The Corner Grille, Worcester, Massachusetts

I grew up 5 minutes from Corner Grille. OneDomino is right: it's delicious, but useless as takeout - it gets cold in about 5 minutes, and is never as good when reheated in a home kitchen!

I wish they would offer a thicker crust to showcase their ingredients. The thin crust just doesn't do it for me. Fortunately...I live in New York now so I can pretty much have my choice of pizza. My parents in Worcester bemoan the lack of good pizza there, though!

Drinking the Bottom Shelf: Gordon's London Dry Gin

This is my new favorite column. There's a bottle of Gordon's in my fridge right now. To be fair, I also have a bottle of Sapphire. Which I use depends on whether I'm feeling generous with friends.

"I passed on the Burnett's for the obvious reason that A.J. Burnett is my least favorite baseball player (to be fair to A.J., he does not hold this distinction alone. He's tied with the other 24 Yankees)."

You, sir, have won my heart.

St. Louis, Missouri: Ted Drewes' Frozen Custard

Hey @ shady lane - I went to college there, too. :)

St. Louis, Missouri: Ted Drewes' Frozen Custard

Sorry, but Ted Drewes is what I dream about when I miss St. Louis. The Cardinal Sin sundae makes my life complete (vanilla custard, hot fudge, tart cherries.) It's an icon, and totally worth pimping out for some St. Louis love.

One Day in Philadelphia - Where Should I Go?

OK - went to Amada for lunch and it was delicious. I had the amarillo gazpacho (I am a sucker for yellow gazpacho - see Sunday Suppers at Lucques for my favorite) and the salad with chicken, roasted peppers, artichokes and a creamy garlic dressing. It was totally delicious all around! After a trip through the U.S. Mint, a stop in the Constitution center (law dork!) and a walk through the rest of the mall, I stopped into Capogiro for some gelato - I had the pistachio and the burnt sugar, which were delicious.

My host told me I was a fool not to get the dark chocolate gelato and is insisting that we go back tomorrow. I'm totally fine with that. :)

One Day in Philadelphia - Where Should I Go?

OK, here is my plan: Reading Market in the morning for breakfast and browsing and Amish-staring/buying of baked goods, Amada for a late lunch, hopefully outside, and Capogiro for deliciousness, possibly twice depending on how long I decide to work. I checked out the Amada menu and there are lots of options for a delicious pork-free meal - plus a really nice soup and salad or sandwich lunch deal. That is exactly the kind of thing I was looking for.

Thank you all for your fantastic input! For what it's worth, I will have one more brunch in Philly and will go wherever my friend takes me, but I hope he knows what he is doing just as much as you guys all do!


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