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  1. I was thinking more of the dim sum items; I'm already in love with their buns. :-D
  2. More than 10ish years ago, there was a Chinese market where the Moroccan restaurant and school uniform store is now in Parsippany, on 46 West. They would send a truck into NYC on Saturday mornings and load it up with fresh dim sum stuff - shumai, har gao, seven treasures rice in banana leaves, all the classics. Top Quality Food Market/Maxim's still does this but on a far smaller scale. Does anyone know if any Chinese markets in central NJ do this? I don't think Kam Man does, but I haven't been out to verify and I might just do that today.
  3. I thought McDonald's banned beef tallow so they could sell their fries to vegetarians? In any case, after seeing the details, I wonder how many people eat one hot dog's worth of processed meat every day for years on end to merit said cancer risk.
  4. I'll be in town from Thursday to Sunday for a convention, and I want to get some good steamed crabs. Obrycki's and L.P. Steamers came up but Obrycki's had some posts about bad service and crabs that were just okay. Is there any truth to this? Or is LP Steamers just better?
  5. Agreed: Five Guys is to fries as Rutt's Hut is to onion rings.
  6. I'm having a bachelor party of nerdly proportions, 6-7 guys and myself are going to be in a shore house down in Stone Harbor and I thought it'd be awesome to have a small roast pig. Anyone know of a place where I can get a roast pig or lechon?
  7. If you absolutely must have a burger, and a diner isn't within easy reach, Five Guys is decent, but they gave me TONS of fries for my Regular.
  8. I moved to Highland Park in March and we were delighted to discover that Hong Fu, formerly Shanghai Park (and still listed in Google and most phone books by that name) was less than two long blocks from our house and had xiao long bao on the menu! We've done takeout from them twice and did Sunday dim sum with friends after a convention. The takeout is really quite good, but the xiao long bao are hit or miss when they cool down. The first time they were unremarkable, the second time they were great: the broth was more intensely flavored and the filling was nicely packed, but fell apart in your mouth as it should. Not to be missed: the rice cakes with salted cabbage. They were perfectly chewy and had such a wonderful flavor to them. The dim sum menu was Sunday-only and included things like scallion pancakes, salt baked shrimp, fried crullers, and other dim sum fare. No carts, the place is too small for that. Their menu includes Generic Dragon staples but the Chinese items are in there and in plain English. Skip the bubble tea on their menu, it's only barely okay and the bubbles were mushy. Have your dessert at Tasty Bakery two blocks up the road - delicious cakes and Chinese sweets, and some of the best bubble tea I've ever had. If you're a Rutgers student or know someone who is, these guys do deliver to RU campuses and are the same price as the crappy Generic Dragons everywhere else. If you're equidistant between Hong Fu and Hunan Cottage in Fairfield, try them both, but I would say that this is good if you don't want to schlep up to Hunan Cottage. I wouldn't travel down to Hong Fu. Pithari Taverna in Highland Park, yes.
  9. I just moved to Highland Park, just across the river from Rutgers, and I'm dying for lack of chicarrones. Is there any decent Latin cuisine to be had, let alone delicious chicharrones? Or do I have to head on up to Union City to get my fix?
  10. Pad Thai in Highland Park is just okay... standard stuff, but the fact that they cook so much without pork (it's a very observant orthodox Jewish neighborhood) means that if you like it, it's added just at the end, not cooked as part of the dish like it should be. D:
  11. MJP


    I dunno, it's going to be a hard sell for quality sushi with Tomo two or three blocks away.
  12. Okay, my fiancee and I were hoping to take a shot at fondue for New Year's Eve dinner. Other than Magic Pot in Edgewater (Inbound tunnel traffic would probably eat us alive) and the Melting Pot chains (Way, way expensive), any suggestions?
  13. I have a friend whose brother will be in Minneapolis/St. Paul for his birthday and would love some Peking Duck. Anyone have any recommendations?
  14. Picnic Catering in Emerson is the gold standard; she's PicnicChef here on eG and her website is www.picniccaterers.com. Christine's catering our wedding in August and she's willing to work with any range of food and budget; I can't recommend her enough.
  15. I'm scouting around for mont blanc. Preferably mont blanc cake, the kind you see in Japanese cafes. The bakery in/near JAS-Mart on St. Mark's used to have it, but I've been told they don't anymore. I do know that Italian Tomato in Mitsuwa has it. I didn't see it at Cafe Zaiya last time I went, so any input is appreciated.
  16. Good thing we got our table before she got famous! ;-) Best of luck Ariane!
  17. MJP

    Chengdu 1

    Avoid the Fruit Shrimp - we got fried shrimp doused in mayo. I'm not kidding.
  18. Not sure if this counts, but Mi Bandera on 31st (I think) in UC has been my family's jumping-off point for very good Cuban with a focus on steaks. I've had steakhouse steaks and they don't compare to a good Cuban shell steak. Las Palmas (6153 Bergenline Ave.) is also very, very good for a more down-home Cuban fare.
  19. Heh, sorry for the lateness, but we had pre-existing plans. I'd have gone if I didn't have friends in from out of town. D:
  20. I've never heard of that place, nor has my fiancee who grew up on Lower Notch Rd. right in Little Falls. :-/
  21. MJP

    Best Rodizio

    Between Spain and Iberia, I'd go to Med Manor. ;-) Iberia Peninsula did an OK - just OK - rodizio to me. Spain I've been to for seafood and can speak volumes about a grouper special I had there once, but I didn't have the rodizio. Brasilia Grill actually is far better on the weekends. If you don't mind the admitted cafeteria size/ambience, when the meat has a high turnover it is extremely perfect. If you want a very strong rodizio and more homey/Iberian ambience, I have to back Jason's recommendation for Mediterranean Manor on Jefferson. I'm not sure how convenient it is to the Prudential Center, but it's been the acme of rodizio for my family and I since I was twelve. If you change your mind and want a more classic Iberian meal, Casa Vasca should be #1 on your list.
  22. Mitsuwa in NJ used to sell custard filled melon bread but then they inexplicably stopped. This stuff was delicious: melon bread filled with melon custard. Panya down in the East village has melon bread but not the custard filled kind. Does anyone know any place in the city that has this delicious stuff?
  23. I'm adding my $0.02 to the praise for Culin Ariane. This was one of the better Montclair dining experiences I've had. Protip: if the weather's nice, call the day of and see if you can get a table outside. We started with the crab cake off the menu and one of the specials: a frisee salad with grilled calamari topped with roasted heirloom tomatoes and fried shallot rings. The crab cake was very dense with crab and red/green peppers, and that was that - but the frisee salad was something else. It had a great blend of crispness and softness. Our mains were the halibut off the menu with fingerling potatoes, rock shrimp scampi, and bacon pieces with mango salsa. I opted for the special: strawberry bass over a faro salad with broccoli, topped with a smoked tomato and paprika cream sauce. Again, what a mix of textures, and of course, delicious. The desserts were not to be missed. Get the chocolate pudding with banana bread and walnut caramel, avoid the white chocolate and strawberry trifle: it was good, but too basic. Be sure to book in advance; this is a small place but it is a must-dine. BYO, too.
  24. Not sure if it's too much of a schlep, but Bourbon BBQ in Wyckoff is not to be missed for that part of Bergen County. The brisket can be hit-or-miss (either crusty outside and moist inside or one dry morass of sponge-like sandpapery brisket) and the pork is always perfect. Do not miss the collard greens.
  25. MJP


    The menu was definitely Chef Lo Pinto trying to shine through but I could kinda tell this wasn't for him. I hope his next place really lets him shine like Earth did. I probably will not go back to Crave; too clubby and Lo Pinto's food was the only real draw for me.
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