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  1. We will be visiting the area on thanksgiving any will appreciate any recommendations on where to eat. traditional not necessary. where are there price fixed menus?
  2. There is a new caribbean place that opened on 3rd or 4th and 1 block off the boardwalk. Tasty jerk chicken and very nice people. Also liked the trio of patties. It's a nice sit down restaurant. For OC it's highly recommended. But do not try BYOB in OC, it really is a dry town and no one will allow booze. I also suggest Tomato's in Ventnor. Expensive but the food is good. A bit of a scene after 10 PM.
  3. The Ironbound is on the way from the airport and certainly worth a visit. Typical Portuguese food, which means huge portions, and the neighborhood is unique. Rutherford is no more than 10 minutes from where you will be and there is a large selection of places to choose from. Unfortunately Mexican is not one of them. I wouldn't recommend Fiesta Hut. Typical American Mexican, or probably Canadian Mexican, just lots of melted cheese on everything. Park and Orchard has a reknown wine list and is worth it if that's your thing. The food is acceptable. Wondee's is terrific but it is a 20-25 minute ride. My recommendation in Rutherford is Sabor Peru. Not fancy, not expensive but really good food. The best cerviche I have ever eaten. And Cafe Matisse is a wonderful place. It will run about $60 without wine, they have a summer special, but the food and service is wonderful.
  4. It's been 2 years since last post. How is this place these days?
  5. Went to TFL last friday eve with a couple who are regulars. we were treated to a 15 course meal of which all but the lamb course had 2 different preparations. so 29 different dishes. many were extraodinary and many were just very tasty. most of the best dishes were the classics, tagliatelle with truffle, custard with truffles, oyster and pearls and some new creations were wonderful, shiso sorbet, lobster with corn. the main problem this evening was the heat. it is an old building and when it is hot, it can be unbearable. and it was. when dining for 4 1/2 hours and going out to the garden every hour to wipe the sweat off is ridiculous. OPEN A WINDOW! for the prices they get they could hire someone to fan each diner individually! seriously, there must be a way to circulate the air and make the evening more bearable. TK was not there as his father recently passed away and perhaps that had something to do with it. the service was very good but not perfect and that is what i expect at TFL. dirty plates sat in frony of us for too long and napkins were nor always folded when we lsft the table. nitpicking? perhaps, but when you are TFL you are expecting perfection whether TK is there or not. one other gripe. I ordered a $130 bottle from the list and was told they had sold out of at lunch. the wine steward suggested a similar one. when i looked at the list i saw it was $300. when i told him it was too expensive he recommended another in my price range that was very good. but since my original choice was $130 I think it is a crime to suggest a wine that is more than double the price.
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    Have any of you been to BXL near times square? I plan to go after a show when hopefully it won't be too busy. Just looking for some decent mussels and the selection of beer looks great. Not expecting high class Belgian cuisine but trying to avoid awful. Also, is there anyplace that serve eel frites? I had these in Bruges instead of moules frites and loved them.
  7. When I was in Chicago last September I snagged a reservation for the tasting and I was grateful for it. I was served the menu and they are very generous with additional courses. We were given the truffle explosion and a foie gras dish and numerous others. We also split one wine pairing between both of us and the pours were very generous. We did talk up the wine guy and the servers and that can certainly help to show your interest and appriciation.
  8. I've lived in River Edge for 20 years and I've never eaten here. Any reviews? And if you like Sanducci's in River Edge, please do not reply because that place is awful.
  9. eyedoc

    Lake Worth

    We went on a Sat. nite at 6:45 and were seated promptly. By 7:15 there was a line out the door. Service was very courteous and friendly and we were not rushed. If you do a search there are some recent posts. The menu is very large and changes regularly. We had seaweed salad, very simple, just a selection of 3 different seaweeds with 2 different dipping sauces, sesame and mustard. We also has conch over cooked seaweed. Both were very good. Small tapas sized portions. We then had a jack plate which is 8 pieces of jack, 4 pieces are sashimi and the other 4 are chopped with citrus and chive as a tataki. This was my favorite dish. We wanted to order the hamachi sashimi with jalapeno but instead ordered the cooked hamachi "cheeks". It was a cooked collar of yellowtail. Very tasty and unusual. I thought the collar would be more tasty but it tasted liked fried fish. We also had kabosha tempura. This is a squash. Very tasty and not greasy at all. We also had a pork belly dish, tasty but too simple and a pork and kimchee dish. Spicy and flavorful. In all we tried 8 dishes and the total for 2 was $75. I was surprised that no rice was served but we also didn't ask. Many people were eating their fried fish. They had about 5 types listed. They also had unusual sounding dishes like chicken gizzards and fish jerky. They also had a large selection of sakes. If you go, do a search before and be daring.
  10. eyedoc

    Lake Worth

    Just got back and thanks again. I keep forgetting that when I visit this area, I need to go out with Grandma, and that means we MUST eat before 6PM. We ended up only going out once in LW and sure enough we went to Dixon Li. I was totally underwhelmed. It is not Chinese food, it is Chinese American food. There is nothing authentic about it. The food is very fresh and the people are very friendly. But it is typical take out fare, lots of cornstarch in the sauces and very bland. Feh. The peruvian chicken place was a little too downscale to take granny, take out instead of eatin, but next time I would get some chicken there and some tacos up the road and make a meal of it. And if you are ever ariund No. Miami you must try Yakko-San. Terrific.
  11. eyedoc

    Lake Worth

    Thanks again. Really am not looking for "fancy" and these are terrific suggestions. Will be there at end of the month and will let you know. Am afraid of the winter crowds, y'know. And yes I have been to Le Tub many times. I also think its the best burger I have ever had. Thanks for the heads up on the changing demographics of south florida. New York is the same way, many more Ecuadorians, Guatemalans, Peruvians and less from Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic. Come to Jackson Heights in Queens. On one block there will be a Columbian, Ecuadorian, Mexican, Phillipino, Thai, etc. and they are all authentic. Amazing.
  12. eyedoc

    Lake Worth

    Thanks for the replies. There is no way I am eating egg rolls and spare ribs. Not what I'm looking for. Maybe Granny. And that's the problem with this area. It tends to cater to the mostly older people who live there. And I understand that. I'm not trying to be offensive or judgmental, but I put up this post to find some edgier places near by. Annecros has the idea. For instance, when I visit the other Grandma in Aventura, we will be trying Hiro's Yakko-San. We also have had cerviche on Biscayne Blvd and 138th st. so the Peruvian place sounds interesting. You understand my hesitation about Peruvian in Lake Worth, though. What is Two Jays? And is Riggin's a place with crabs and a mallet? Sounds great. I also saw other posts about golden crabs and I can cook! thanks again.
  13. Visiting grandma and am looking for good places to eat. not fancy, ethnic preferred. Plan to try the taco truck on Lake Worth Ave. which I passed but did not try last visit. Was told of a Thai place on LWA but when we went there, the menu had chicken marsala! We found another Thai place further east, on the north side, that was pretty good. Any ideas? Also prefer places that don't close at 8pm. Thanks
  14. Yucatan is a state in Mexico, not Central America. I expect you will dock in cancun or Cozumel. Expect Mexican food with an emphasis on seafood. If you will be visiting Guatemala or other C. American countries, I only know of restaurants in Queens. The closest to those I know in NJ would probably be Colombian. There are 2 in Hackensack, 1 on Mercer st. and Pollos Mario on Main st.
  15. With Wondee's so close, is there any reason to go here? Seriously.
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    are the pulmonias large enough for 4 adults? are these the only taxis or are larger, not golf cart, taxis available? when you say they are not cheap, how much? we can rent a car for the week for about $200, and while i would rather not, if we need 2 taxis every time it might be worth it. we are all walkers and will walk whenever possible. but we are also there for a week and are adventurous. we would like to see the countryside and go to stone island and go to cerritos in the north. the cost of taxis vs. the convenience (and inconvenience) of a rental? opinions? by the way, my wife is a chef and we plan to cook at home if those shrimp are as good as we expect. so we will also be going to the central market. walk? cab?
  17. eyedoc

    Sabor Peru

    I also finally tried this place on Wednsday night. We were the only ones there except for a party of 8. The cerviche was outstanding. Really. Not just marinaded in lime, but incredibly tasty. And the calamari was like butter. I've never had calamari like that and I've had cerviche in many places. The shrimp, pulpo, fish, mussels, clam were terrific. Definitely going back. We also had the parihuela which is a hot fish soup. Peruvian boullabaisse. Also very tasty. Lots of seafood including crab and a flavorful broth. Very sabor. The only things I didn't like were paper napkins, and not good ones either and no bread. But we will be back. I hope they can make it.
  18. eyedoc


    Gracias a todos. Great feedback and much appreciated. Is it safe to drive around Mazatlan? When I was in Oaxaca, it wasn't safe to drive and even Mexico City is iffy so I am concerned. Oaxaca is much further south and the the problem is carjacking, kidnapping and car crime in general. There were police roadblocks every now and then and we travelled with locals. Is Mazatlan different? There will be 4 of us and we would rather drive than take local buses.
  19. eyedoc


    Going to Mazatlan and probably will be the only American not staying at an all inclusive. Will have a car and am looking for any recommendations. Thanks.
  20. I was also there Thursday night. My first visit so I ordered based on what I read here. Excellent Sichuan. I did like the Mao dishes at Grand sichuan on 9th ave and I still think I prefer Spicy & Tasty, but GS is very good and very convenient. Had the tongue and tripe, what a great dish! Next time will try the rabbit as this is my favorite dish at S & T. Also had the dan dan noodles. not blown away but it never is my favorite. Had the whole bass with chili and it was incredible! Moist fish and not as spicy as the tripe even though it had 3 peppers on the menu. Also had the beef with leeks,, just ok. A large table in the back was eating a hot pot, it looked like shabu shabu, and it looked terrific. Service was excellent and the menu is large, so I'll be back.
  21. This is a silly discussion. NYC is the food capital of the world. Especially if you are including all 5 boroughs, there is NO restaurant in NJ that is better than one in NYC. Mitsuwa is a supermarket. I was there last year for the tuna fiesta and it was great. But not a destination place to eat. I love cafe matisse in rutherford. But why would someone come from NYC to eat there. I go there because its 15 minutes from my house. If 11 Madison Park of Union Sq. Cafe was 15 minutes away from my condo, do you really believe cafe matisse is worth the trip? c'mon. Wondee's is excellent Thai and it's 5 minutes from my place. If I was near the 7 train and Sripaithai, why go to Hackensack. When my friends from NY come to visit, we all loved China 46. But was it better than Spicy & Tasty? C'mon. Vietnamese in JC? Pretty good but I only eat there when I visit friends from JC. White Manna. Please. Edison- Jackson Heights. Passaic - Corona or Sunset Park. Paterson - Astoria. While I love living in NJ and love eating here, be real. It's not worth the effort. Come for a day trip and enjoy the experience. At least you could say you've been to Rutt's Hutt. I went to Chicago and ate a Superdawg and Gino's East Pizza. Went to New Haven for Pepe's pizza. Sorry, bad example. Pepe's is worth a trip from anywhere.
  22. We landed in Albuquerque last saturday and drove directly to Bobcat Bite for a green chile cheeseburger. While it was very good, I was disappointed. The burger was very juicy and the cheese/chile combo, my first, was excellent. But I thought the meat had very little flavor. I know they grind the meat fresh every day and it's one of the best burgers in the USA, but I think not. Maybe because it's cooked on a flattop instead of an open flame, but it needed more flavor. Toasting the bun is a genius idea though. Next was Harry's Roadhouse. Nice place and the food was very good. We only were eating Mexican/ New Mexican food this week and we did not have a bad meal. We also went back to Harry's for a breakfast. We both had daily specials. Should have stuck to the regular menu, but how many breakfast burritos can you eat in a week? Cafe Pascual's breakfast, while a bit more expensive, was the best we had. Terrific in all aspects especially the homemade chorizo. I had high hopes for the Pantry's breakfast, I had been reading so much about it, but it was pretty ordinary. But pretty ordinary in SF is really good. Tecalote's breakfast was a bit better and I would recommend it over the Pantry. Their bread basket is really good. And we also had breakfast at the Santa Fe Baking company. Although crowded, they have it down and I enjoyed the place. My favorite dinner was between La Choza and Maria's. I loved Maria's carne adovada and their tamales. Everyone's green chile was terrific and I will be missing the taste for a long time. Next year I will be buying some online at harvest time. We also tried Diego's which was just OK. On a day trip to Taos, we at at Orlando's. Very tasty, excellent green chile, but why did Bobby Flay think their carne adovada was the best. it was good, but not as good as Maria's. On the way back we stopped in Espanola. We asked a couple of peaple where to eat and ended up at Angelina"s. Again, high hopes, pretty good food, but nothing outrageous. On a drive through Madrid, we stopped for a green chile cheesrburger at the Mine Shaft Tavern. It was great. Not as big as Bobcat's, but much tastier and highly recommended. If they would only toast the bun. The highlight of the trip, foodwise, was Sugar's in Embudo. Great brisket burrito. Great. The nicest people and the tenderest brisket I ever ate. Not too smokey, just perfect. Unfortunately we didn't get a chance to try the Shed or Tomasita's. We also stopped at the farmer's market before we left on saturday and the flea market too. Picked up some green and red chile powder. Not sure what to do with the green but we will experiment. If anyone has a recipe for green or red sauce using the chile powder, please let me know. I know how to make chili, but I'm not sure about chile. Thanks to all.
  23. curious. i almost went to the peruvian place in rutherford this saturday. i have never been but we decided not to. it never gets mentioned, is it not worth the trip?
  24. here is my take. bishoff's, absolutely. baumgard's, always disappointing, i never understood it popularity. taipei noodle house, why bother, it's not bad but not worth a visit. louie's, you must be kidding. unless you are running for governor there is no reason. there are many places in hackensack, 5 minutes away. brooklyn pizza is very good. pollos mario is interesting colombian, if you like rice beans and meat. also very good roast chicken. don't worry that you are the only one speaking english, they are very nice. wondee has very good thai food. haven't been to bistro en yet, but its on the list. and if you're in this part of town, you have to have korean. my choice is soft tofu on main st in ft. lee. about 10-15 minutes away. if you enjoy the chains, they are 5 minutes away. i had to try cheesecake factory also. better than bennigans. there is also a turkish place in river edge, 10 minutes, babylon. it moved about 6 months ago and i haven't been but the old location was good. sadly, the best thing, foodwise, about teaneck is bishoff's ice cream. almost forgot. try the heavy crumb cake at b&w bakery in hackensack. mmmmmmm.
  25. OPENING DAY!!!!!! Who's here?
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