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Grand Sichuan International - Chinese

Grand Sichuan International Midtown ... according to the menu it serves "freshly killed chicken" ... what do they do when you order a half-chicken ...

Grand Sichuan International Midtown soup dumplings
soup dumplings ... the skins were a little too thick ... contents good ...


Grand Sichuan International Midtown spicy chicken and noodles
spicy chicken and noodles ... excellent ...


Grand Sichuan International Midtown bok choy
bok choy ... also excellent ...


Grand Sichuan International is a small chain of 4 restaurants in NYC, and is not affiliated with Grand Sichuan in Chinatown at 125 Canal Street (which has the best hot pot in Manhattan) ...

Grand Sichuan International's 4 restaurants are located at 1049 2nd Avenue, 229 9th Avenue, 745 9th Avenue (pictured above), and 19-23 St.Marks Place at East 8th Street ...

web site, 745 Ninth Avenue, between 50th and 51st Streets, 212-582-2288/3071 [MenuPages | NYT | openlist | Gayot | Citysearch]

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Posted January 31, 2006 07:27 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Chinese , Mid-Town   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)


Big Apple Blog Festival - January 30, 2006

Big Apple Blog Festival (BABF)

Welcome to the Big Apple Blog Festival (BABF), a representative roundup of this week's posts by NYC bloggers.

The Big Apple Blog Festival likes to go on tour ... if you don't like what we covered here, and if you have a NYC blog or you blog about NYC and would like to host an upcoming BABF, let us know ... The next BABF, on February 6, 2006, will be hosted by A Guy In New York ...

  • War Zone is a movie "about sex, power and what happens when men—either knowingly or unknowingly—threaten a woman's right to walk undisturbed on the streets. What exactly do catcalls, leers or a whole litany of other behaviors mean to a woman? And why do men engage in these behaviors?" ... free screening, Tuesday, February 21, 6:30pm - 9:00pm, New Lantern Events, at the Whirlwind Creative Gallery, 330 West 38th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues, Suite 511 ... cosponsored with Holla Back NYC ...

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    The Big Apple Blog Festival is listed on the ÜberCarnival page and in Carnival News.

    To nominate your favorite blog post about NYC, or if you have a NYC blog and want to see something in the next BABF ... or you have a NYC-related blog and would like to host an upcoming BABF ... send us a short write up and a permalink to aguyinnewyork [at] gmail.com ... or use the Carnival Submit Form ... see you next week ...

    You are free to repost the Big Apple Blog Festival so long as you leave this URL attached: BigAppleBlogFestival.com.

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    Posted January 30, 2006 10:37 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Big Apple Blog Festival   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

    Newspapers need to worry about the best and the worst of the blogosphere

    Like the long-gone typesetters, today's newspaper guild members believe that their job is somehow their "property," and that no amateur can step in to perform their difficult and arduous tasks. On one level, they're right. John Q. Blogger can't fly to Baghdad or Bosnia and do the work of a John F. Burns. But what a lot of guild members miss is that not everybody wants to read John F. Burns, not everybody who wants to read about Baghdad is going to demand coverage of the quality he produces, and not everybody wants Baghdad coverage, period. If you loosely define journalism as words and graphics about current events deliverable on tight deadline to a mass audience, the price of entry into the craft has dropped to a few hundred dollars. Hell, I can remember renting an IBM Selectric for $100 a month in the late 1970s just to make my freelance articles look more "professional" to my editors.

    So, when newspaper reporters bellyache about shoot-from-the-hip bloggers who don't fully investigate the paper trail before writing a story or double-check their facts before posting, they're telling a valuable truth. Bad bloggers are almost as bad as bad journalists. But the prospect of a million amateurs doing something akin to their job unsettles the guild, making it feel like Maytag's factory rats whose jobs were poached by low-paid Chinese labor.

    It's not just the best of the blogosphere drawing away big audiences that the guild need worry about. If Chris Anderson's Long Tail intuitions are right, the worst of the blogosphere—if it's big enough—presents just as much (or more) competition. Michael Kinsley made me laugh a decade ago when he argued against Web populists replacing professional writers, saying that when he goes to a restaurant, he wants the chef to cook his entree, not the guy sitting at the next table. I'm not laughing anymore: When there are millions of aspiring chefs in the room willing to make your dinner for free, a least a hundred of them are likely to deal a good meal. Mainstream publishers no longer have a lock on the means of production, making the future of reading and viewing anybody's game. To submit a tortured analogy, it's like the Roman Catholic church after Gutenberg. Soon, everyone starts thinking he's a priest.

    I'm not about to predict what the collapsing cost of media creation will ultimately do to the news business, if only because my track record at prophesy is terrible. But this much I know: The newspaper guild (again, reporters, editors, publishers) can't compete by adding a few blogs here, blogging up coverage over there, and setting up "comment" sections. If newspapers, magazines, and broadcasters don't produce spectacular news coverage no blogger can match, they have no right to survive.

    "Not Just Another Column About Blogging: What newspaper history says about newspaper future," by Jack Shafer, Slate, January 28, 2006

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    Posted January 30, 2006 06:07 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Pundits   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

    Travel blogs roundup - January 29, 2006

    A Guy In New York is a member of the travel blog network at Blogads, a group of independent travel blogs. Check out some of this week's headlines from the network:


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    Posted January 29, 2006 09:07 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Travel   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

    "In Chinatowns, All Sojourners Can Feel Hua"

    There is no consistent name for "Chinatown" in Chinese. Newspapers use one name, popular speech uses others. At the Canal Street subway station on Broadway the chosen translation is delicately pixeled together from colorful tiles: "huabu." Hua means "Chinese," but with a sense that transcends geography, independent of the nation of China. Bu means "place" or "town."
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    New York's Chinatown predates the Communist government, and even the one before that. When Chinese first settled in the crooked intersection of Doyers, Pell and Mott Streets, an emperor still ruled.
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    Chinatown exudes density. It not only rivals Times Square as the most crowded pedestrian area in the city, but also is one of the most visually cluttered, greeting you with a jumble of fire escapes, colorful store signs and streams of tattered flags. Like many crowded Asian cities, Chinatown has mastered the art of the vertical, inspired by languages that can be written up and down, not just side to side.
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    New York now has three Chinatowns — one each for Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, though only the original can claim the name. In 1946, a small group of United Nations delegation members from the Nationalist Chinese government settled in Flushing, in what was then a largely white middle-class community. Since the 1980's, the neighborhood has flourished as the Chinatown for Mandarin speakers from Taiwan, Shanghai and northern China. More recently, Manhattan's working-class Chinese population has been squeezed down the N subway line, emerging on Eighth Avenue in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, and in other satellite clusters farther out.
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    Today Chinatown is large enough to have two main arteries: Canal Street, the tourist-friendly thoroughfare that is still predominantly Cantonese, and East Broadway, which has become Main Street for Fujianese immigrants.
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    Flushing has many more Chinese bookstores and more men in suits.
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    Where Chinatown is shrouded in history, Flushing is bright and contemporary. The broad, flat cityscape of Queens is spiced up with the shiny metal-and-mirror aesthetic popular in industrial East Asia. "In Chinatown, everything is right in front of you," Charlene said, putting her hand right in front of her face. "In Flushing, you can breathe."

    The street food is more northern and western Chinese.
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    We trudged to Minni's Shabu Shabu, a hotpot restaurant off Main Street that is one of my mother's favorites for family occasions.

    "In Chinatowns, All Sojourners Can Feel Hua," by Jennifer 8. Lee, The New York Times, January 27, 2006

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    Posted January 28, 2006 10:57 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Chinatown   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

    Saturday catblogging

    Luca ... sleeping in the climbing tree ... Loco may not fit, but I do!

    Luca sleeping in the climbing tree

    Life in the City is good ... so many places to sleep and relax ... especially when Loco isn't here ...


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    Posted January 28, 2006 10:54 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Catblogging   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

    This Week in NYC Reviews - January 27, 2006

    This Week in Reviews (TWIR)

    Each Friday, A Guy In New York publishes "This Week in NYC Reviews (TWIR)," with quick links to New York City restaurant reviews and mentions from the previous seven days in blogs, magazines, and newspapers.

    Winter Restaurant Week starts January 23 and runs for 1 more week, excluding weekends: January 30-February 3, 2006 ...

    Also see our roundup of Michelin 1, 2 and 3 star restaurants with links to reviews ...

    For a roundup of DC restaurant reviews from DC food bloggers and media, see This Week in DC Reviews at Hobnob Blog ...

    NYC Restaurant inspection results online

  • Culinary Historians of New York will feature Joanna Waley-Cohen talking about "Gastronomy and Gluttony in Early Modern China" on January 31, 2006, 6:30 pm sign-in ... flyer here (1-page pdf) ...

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    Link to TWIR

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    Posted January 27, 2006 10:37 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  This Week in Reviews   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (2)

    Important Old Master Paintings - at Sotheby's

    Important Old Master Paintings, Auction Sale N08162, January 26-27, 2006, New York

    • Lot 10, "Study Of An Elderly Woman In A White Cap," by Rembrandt Harmensz. Van Rijn, Leiden 1606 - 1669 Amsterdam, oil on panel, 21 by 14 3/4 in. ; 53.3 by 37.5 cm.

    • Lot 15, "A Bearded Old Man," by Gerrit Dou, Leiden 1613 - 1675, signed middle right GDOV (GD in monogram), oil on panel, 7 by 5 in.; 17.8 by 12.7 cm.

    • Lot 54, "Still Life With Wild Strawberries In A Late Ming Blue And White Bowl," oil on panel, by Du Mélezet, Active Mid-Seventeenth Century, 13 1/2 by 22 in.; 39.5 by 56 cm.

    • Lot 72, "Flowers In A Terracotta Vase On A Marble Ledge," signed lower right Jan Van Húysúm / fecit, oil on mahogany panel, by Jan Van Huysum, Amsterdam 1682 - 1749, 31 1/2 by 24 in.; 80 by 61 cm.

    • Lot 74, An Important Italian Terracotta Relief Of The Madonna And Child, By Donato Di Niccolo Di Betto Bardi, Called Donatello (1386-1466), Formerly Belonging To The Borromeo Family And In The Church Of San Giovanni Battista In Lissaro Di Mestrino, Circa 1450, Padua, modeled in half-length, the Child supported in her arms and on her right hip, His loose swaddling cloth partially covering His torso, the Virgin’s head inclined downward to the left; as He touches His cheek to hers, they gaze lovingly at one another, His left arm pulls at her neck and the right hand gently tugs on her bodice, the Madonna’s thin veil falls about her neck and shoulders revealing parts of her body beneath it, remainders of original polychromy and gilding. height 32½in; width 20½in; 81.2cm; 50.8cm

    Sotheby's New York, 1334 York Avenue, at 72nd Street, 212-606-7000

    Posted January 26, 2006 10:47 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Auctions , Auctions and Appraisals   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

    Best hamburgers in America?

    Slashfood looked at the GQ list of the 20 best hamburgers in America ... and suggests that they need to add another ...

    the best fast-food hamburger there is: a double-double from In-N-Out Burger, the popular California chain. Actually, with its two juicy, 100% pure beef patties, hand-leafed lettuce, tomatoes, secret spread and two slices of American cheese (not processed cheese) on a freshly baked and toasted bun, the double-double is better than a lot of non-fast food burgers, too.

    "D is for Double Double and the Top 20 Burgers?" Slashfood, January 18, 2006

    We think they need to add another burger from NYC ... Tony Dragonas ... also see "Make Your Own Belly Bombs, a simple instructional course" on eGullet with many pics that will make you go Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, sliders ...

    It may come big and ungarnished, the East Coast ideal, tender and untroubled by bones or gristle, everything you look for in a filet mignon but seldom find. It may be the West Coast model, swelling with vegetation, brimming with health and well-being, piled high with all that a seed catalog can provide. A great burger, regardless of regional differences, instills a sense of optimism and fulfillment, that all is right at the table or the counter or the woodgrain, screwed-to-the-floor, fast-food booth.

    "The 20 Hamburgers You Must Eat Before You Die," by Alan Richman, GQ, July, 2005

    The list included these NY-area burgers:

    Here's CitySearch's list, Best NY Hamburger 2005 ...

    Lots of other regional comments ... Texas ... our own NY ... all over ... all over, too ...

    Posted January 25, 2006 06:07 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Hamburgers   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (3)

    Davidburke & Donatella turns in to Circus

    Last week I had hoped to impress a friend from out of town (the Dean of the Mathematics faculty from a well known university in Canada) by taking him to DavidBurke & Donatella. When I made the reservation they said I could be in the "lounge". What they didn't tell me was that I may as well have had a table in the middle of a subway car in rush hour.

    Needless to say I had to run out of there rather than try a New York Jets offensive drive to get to my table. Fortunately for me and my out of town friend, Circus restaurant was just across the street. Great Lo had taken us there at one time (and I feel sure we shall return the favor one day soon).

    At Circus we found a beautiful hostess with a great smile ready to seat us, a lively setting without the chaos, and a relatively quiet corner where we could carry on a conversation. The food was also a pleasant surprise. Given the late hour I asked for two appetizers - a tropical salad that included fresh fruit and was delicious; and a plate of steamed clams and muscles in a marvelous broth.

    My friend had a well prepared halibut and we topped it off with a nice bottle of Chianti. The prices were reasonable, service was excellent (they were very pleasant about my two appetizer requests) and we appreciated it all the more due to our close call with disaster.

    To top off a perfect ending for the evening I slept over at my old friend Peter Lo's apt. which was only 6 blocks away. Since I had a major round of events at work, this saved me a late commute and early morning return to and from Ridgewood. Not to mention the next day beginning with a nice cup of fresh brewed black coffee and a little chat with Lo before heading out into the concrete jungle.

    Circus: (previous review: Forbes (TWIR, September 30, 2005)) ... web site, 132 East 61st Street, between Lexington and Park Avenues, 212-223-2566 [MenuPages | NY Metro | NYT | Citysearch]

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    Posted January 24, 2006 08:57 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Restaurants   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

    Big Apple Blog Festival - January 23, 2006

    Big Apple Blog Festival (BABF)

    Welcome to the Big Apple Blog Festival (BABF), a representative roundup of this week's posts by NYC bloggers.

    The Big Apple Blog Festival likes to go on tour ... if you don't like what we covered here, and if you have a NYC blog or you blog about NYC and would like to host an upcoming BABF, let us know ... The next BABF, on January 30, 2006, will be hosted by A Guy In New York ... Last week's Big Apple Blog Festival was hosted by Harleys, Cars, Girls & Guitars ...

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    The Big Apple Blog Festival is listed on the ÜberCarnival page and in Carnival News.

    To nominate your favorite blog post about NYC, or if you have a NYC blog and want to see something in the next BABF ... or you have a NYC-related blog and would like to host an upcoming BABF ... send us a short write up and a permalink to aguyinnewyork [at] gmail.com ... or use the Carnival Submit Form ... see you next week ...

    You are free to repost the Big Apple Blog Festival so long as you leave this URL attached: BigAppleBlogFestival.com.

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    Posted January 23, 2006 06:07 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Big Apple Blog Festival   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

    Travel blogs roundup - January 22, 2006

    A Guy In New York is a member of the travel blog network at Blogads, a group of independent travel blogs. Check out some of this week's headlines from the network:

    Inside the Alcazar
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    Posted January 22, 2006 08:37 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Travel   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

    Saturday catblogging

    Loco ... wondering ... "Do I fit in this?"

    Loco wondering if he fits

    Life in the City is good ... so many places to sleep and relax ...


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    This Week in NYC Reviews - January 20, 2006

    This Week in Reviews (TWIR)

    Each Friday, A Guy In New York publishes "This Week in NYC Reviews (TWIR)," with quick links to New York City restaurant reviews and mentions from the previous seven days in blogs, magazines, and newspapers.

    Winter Restaurant Week starts January 23 and runs for 2 weeks, excluding weekends: January 23-27, 2006 and January 30-February 3, 2006 ...

    Also see our roundup of Michelin 1, 2 and 3 star restaurants with links to reviews ...

    For a roundup of DC restaurant reviews from DC food bloggers and media, see This Week in DC Reviews at Hobnob Blog ...

    NYC Restaurant inspection results online

  • Culinary Historians of New York will feature Joanna Waley-Cohen talking about "Gastronomy and Gluttony in Early Modern China" on January 31, 2006, 6:30 pm sign-in ... flyer here (1-page pdf) ...

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    Posted January 20, 2006 08:07 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  This Week in Reviews   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (1)

    New Big Wang Restaurant - Chinese

    A new discovery in Fine Cantonese cuisine ... the New Big Wang Restaurant ... no need to order from the menu, simply speak to the head waiter, a very pleasant middle-age man, always smiling (who resembles General Eisenhower) ... ask him to create a menu of the fresh sea-food (Dungerness crabs, lobsters, fresh water sweet shrimps, fish, razor clams), tofu, mushrooms and green vegetables ... the e-fu noodles and roast duck are very good ... BYOW or champagne ...

    The breakfast menu is also very good ... with congee, fresh lo-mein, wontons, fried Chinese dough-donuts, BBQ spare-ribs, soy-sauce chicken, squid, and braised tripe or beef ...

    ... 1 Elizabeth Street, 212-219-3686

    P/S: we are going there this Saturday to celebrate the New Year ... with a huge party of 40 adults and children!

    Post by Peter

    Posted January 19, 2006 08:37 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Chinatown , Chinese   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

    Winter Restaurant Week

    Winter Restaurant Week starts January 23 and runs for 2 weeks, excluding weekends: January 23-27, 2006 and January 30-February 3, 2006 ... three-course prix-fixe lunches for $24.07 and three-course dinners for $35 ... beverage, tax and gratuity additional ...

    Jennifer Steinhauer writes about Restaurant Week meals: "once a diner has added a glass of shiraz, some sparkling water and a side of spinach - not to mention tax and tip - the check swells far beyond what most people think of as economical." ...

    In the list below, links are to restaurant web sites or to a MenuPages or Citysearch profile. These links open in a new window.







    21' Club
    , Lunch/Dinner

    66, Lunch

    Abboccato Ristorante, Lunch/Dinner

    Ada Restaurant, Lunch/Dinner

    Alfama, fine Portuguese cuisine, Lunch/Dinner

    Alto, Lunch

    Angelo & Maxie's, Lunch/Dinner

    Aquaterra Restaurant, Lunch/Dinner

    Aquavit (Café), Lunch/Dinner

    Aquavit (Dining Room), Lunch

    Arabéllé at the Hotel Plaza Athenee, Lunch/Dinner

    Arezzo Ristorante Bar, Lunch/Dinner

    Asia de Cuba, Lunch

    Asiate at Mandarin Oriental NY, Lunch

    Atlantic Grill, Lunch

    Aureole, Lunch

    Barbetta, Lunch

    Barbounia, Lunch/Dinner

    Barca 18, Lunch

    Beacon Restaurant & Bar, Lunch/Dinner

    Ben Benson's Steak House, Lunch

    Bice Ristorante, Lunch/Dinner

    Blue Fin, Lunch

    Blue Smoke, Lunch/Dinner

    Blue Water Grill, Lunch/Dinner

    Bolo Restaurant & Bar, Lunch/Dinner

    Bond 45 Italian Kitchen Steak & Seafood, Lunch/Dinner

    Brasserie, Lunch/Dinner

    Brasserie 8 1/2, Lunch/Dinner

    Bread Bar, Lunch/Dinner

    Butter, Lunch/Dinner

    Café Boulud, Lunch

    Café Centro, Lunch/Dinner

    Café des Artistes, Lunch

    Café Fiorello, Lunch

    Calle Ocho, Dinner

    Capsouto Freres, Lunch/Dinner

    Carlyle Restaurant, Lunch

    Caviar & Banana, Dinner

    Centolire, Lunch

    Centrico, Lunch/Dinner

    Chanterelle, Lunch

    Chez Josephine, Dinner

    Chin Chin Restaurant, Lunch/Dinner

    China Grill, Lunch/Dinner

    Church & Dey at the Millenium Hilton, Lunch/Dinner

    Cité/Cité Grill, Lunch/Dinner

    City Crab & Seafood Company, Lunch/Dinner

    City Hall Restaurant, Lunch/Dinner

    City Lobster, Lunch/Dinner

    Coco Pazzo, Lunch

    Compass, Dinner

    Craftbar, Lunch

    Cub Room, Lunch/Dinner

    Dawat, Lunch/Dinner

    DB Bistro Moderne, Lunch

    Dévi, Lunch

    Django, Lunch/Dinner

    Dos Caminos, Lunch/Dinner

    Dos Caminos SoHo, Lunch/Dinner

    Duane Park Café, Lunch/Dinner

    Eleven Madison Park, Lunch/Dinner

    EN Japanese Brasserie, Dinner

    English is Italian, Lunch/Dinner

    Esca Restaurant, Lunch

    Estiatorio Milos, Lunch

    F.illi Ponte Ristorante, Lunch/Dinner

    Fiamma Osteria, Lunch

    FIVES at The Peninsula New York, Lunch/Dinner

    Fleur de Sel, Lunch

    Frankie & Johnnie's Steakhouse, Lunch

    Frankie & Johnnie's Steakhouse, Lunch/Dinner

    Gabriel's Bar & Restaurant, Lunch

    Gallagher's Steak House, Lunch

    Gigino Trattoria, Lunch/Dinner

    Giorgios of Gramercy, Lunch/Dinner

    Gotham Bar & Grill, Lunch

    Gramercy Tavern, Lunch

    Grotta Azzurra Ristorante, Lunch/Dinner

    Gusto Ristorante e Bar Americano, Lunch

    Hatsuhana Sushi Restaurant, Lunch/Dinner

    i Trulli, Lunch/Dinner

    Icon Restaurant - W Court & Tuscany, Lunch/Dinner

    il Cantinori, Lunch/Dinner

    Il Giglio Restaurant, Lunch

    Inagiku, Lunch/Dinner

    Isabella's, Lunch/Dinner

    Jean-Luc, Dinner

    John Villa's Dominic, Lunch/Dinner

    JoJo Restaurant, Lunch

    Josephs by Citarella, Lunch/Dinner

    Jovia Restaurant, Lunch

    KAI Restaurant, Lunch/Dinner

    Kittichai, Lunch

    Le Colonial, Lunch/Dinner

    Le Perigord, Lunch/Dinner

    Lenox Room, Lunch/Dinner

    L'Impero, Lunch

    Lucy Latin Kitchen, Lunch/Dinner

    Lupa Osteria Romana, Lunch

    Maloney & Porcelli, Lunch

    Mark's Restaurant, Lunch/Dinner

    Marseille, Lunch/Dinner

    Maya, Dinner

    Mercer Kitchen, Lunch

    Mesa Grill, Lunch/Dinner

    Métrazur, Lunch/Dinner

    Michael Jordan's The Steak House NYC, Lunch

    Moda Restaurant, Lunch/Dinner

    Molyvos Restaurant, Lunch/Dinner

    Monkey Bar, Lunch

    Montebelló Restaurant, Lunch/Dinner

    Montrachet, Lunch/Dinner

    Mr. K's, Lunch/Dinner

    Naples 45, Lunch/Dinner

    Nice Matin, Inc., Lunch

    Nick & Stef's Steakhouse, Lunch/Dinner

    Nino's, Lunch/Dinner

    Nino's Positano, Lunch/Dinner

    Nino's Tuscany, Lunch/Dinner

    Nobu, Lunch

    Nougatine at Jean-Georges Restaurant, Lunch

    Ocean Grill, Lunch/Dinner

    Oceo, Lunch/Dinner

    One if by Land, Two if by Sea, Dinner

    Ono, Lunch

    Opia, Lunch/Dinner

    Orsay Restaurant, Lunch/Dinner


    Oscar's American Brasserie, Lunch/Dinner

    Osteria del Circo, Lunch/Dinner

    Palm Too Restaurant, Lunch


    Palm West Restaurant
    , Lunch

    Pampano, Lunch/Dinner

    Park Avenue Café, Lunch/Dinner

    Patroon, Lunch/Dinner

    Payard, Lunch/Dinner

    Periyali, Lunch/Dinner

    Perry St., Lunch

    Pershing Square, Lunch/Dinner

    Petrossian Restaurant, Lunch/Dinner

    Pigalle, Lunch/Dinner

    Pulse at the Sports Club/LA, Lunch/Dinner

    Rain Restaurant, Dinner

    Redeye Grill, Lunch

    Rene Pujol Restaurant Cooperative, Lunch/Dinner

    Restaurant Thalia, Lunch/Dinner

    Riingo, Lunch/Dinner

    Rock Center Café, Lunch/Dinner

    Rosa Mexicano at Union Square, Lunch/Dinner

    Roy's New York, Lunch/Dinner

    Ruby Foo's Times Square, Lunch

    Ruby Foo's Uptown, Lunch/Dinner

    Ruth's Chris Steak House, Lunch

    Salute!, Lunch/Dinner

    San Domenico NY, Lunch/Dinner

    Sarabeth's Central Park South, Lunch/Dinner

    Shelly's New York Steakhouse & Oyster Bar, Lunch/Dinner

    Shun Lee Palace, Lunch

    Silverleaf Tavern, Lunch/Dinner

    Smith & Wollensky, Lunch/Dinner

    Spice Market, Lunch

    Steak Frites, Lunch/Dinner

    SushiSamba 7, Lunch/Dinner

    SushiSamba Park, Lunch/Dinner

    Tabla, Lunch/Dinner

    Tamarind Restaurant, Lunch

    TAO Restaurant, Lunch

    Tavern on the Green, Lunch/Dinner

    Terrace in the Sky, Lunch/Dinner

    Thalassa Restaurant, Lunch/Dinner

    The Bull and Bear Steakhouse and Bar, Lunch

    The Modern - Bar Room, Dinner

    The Post House, Lunch

    The River Café, Lunch

    The Sea Grill, Lunch/Dinner

    The Water Club, Lunch/Dinner

    Tocqueville, Lunch

    Trattoria Dell'Arte, Lunch

    Tribeca Grill, Lunch/Dinner

    Trio Restaurant & Bar, Lunch/Dinner

    Tropica, Lunch/Dinner

    Tuscan Square, Lunch/Dinner

    Union Square Cafe, Lunch

    Vento Trattoria, Lunch/Dinner

    ViceVersa, Lunch/Dinner

    Victor's Café, Lunch/Dinner

    Villa Berulia Restaurant, Lunch/Dinner

    Vong, Lunch

    Water's Edge Restaurant, Lunch/Dinner

    Zoe Restaurant, Lunch/Dinner

    Posted January 18, 2006 10:17 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Restaurants   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

    Burke Bar Cafe and Burke in the Box at Bloomingdales

    Burke Bar Cafe and Burke in the Box at Bloomingdales ... serves a variety of dishes ... including the excellent sliders and incredible fries ... the margherita pizza was excellent ... as were the braised spare ribs ...


    Burke Bar Cafe pretzels

    The bread basket contains excellent pretzels


    Burke Bar Cafe sliders with fries
    Burke Bar Cafe sliders with fries


    Burke Bar Cafe sliders with fries
    Burke Bar Cafe sliders with incredible fries - the fries are crispy, not soggy


    Burke Bar Cafe fries are excellent
    Burke Bar Cafe fries are excellent - this is the bottom of the container


    David Burke bacon Flavor Spray
    David Burke bacon flavor spray for use on the sliders
    - an interesting way to add bacon flavor with 0 calories


    Burke Bar Cafe margherita pizza
    Burke Bar Cafe margherita pizza - Excellent! - Adam, come review this!


    Burke Bar Cafe braised spareribs
    Burke Bar Cafe braised spareribs - very good


    David Burke (r) stopped by - a very gracious host
    David Burke (r) stopped by - a very gracious host


    (previous reviews Previous reviews in This Week in NYC Reviews (TWIR): Slashfood and A Hamburger Today (TWIR, December 16, 2005))

    general web site, Burke in the Box web site, 1000 Third Avenue, 59th Street entrance, between Lexington and Third Avenues, 212-705-3800 [NY | The Strong Buzz | Daily News]



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    Posted January 17, 2006 01:17 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  American , Hamburgers , Mid-Town   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

    Big Apple Blog Festival - January 16, 2006

    Big Apple Blog Festival (BABF)

    Welcome to the Big Apple Blog Festival (BABF), a representative roundup of this week's posts by NYC bloggers.

    The Big Apple Blog Festival likes to go on tour, and different blogs host it ... if you have a NYC blog or you blog about NYC and would like to host an upcoming BABF, let us know ... The next BABF, on January 23, 2006, will be hosted by A Guy In New York ...

    This week's Big Apple Blog Festival is hosted by Harleys, Cars, Girls & Guitars.

    Some excerpts:

    • Why do we fear Friday the 13th? Suitably Flip has the answer.

    • My colleague in multimedia, nyc stories, announces a two week theater festival based on the life and works of Edgar Allen Poe.

    • Living the Scientific Life has been nominated for “Biggest Blog Whore.” Vote once every 24 hours.

    • The Tin Man wants to impeach President Bush. “The wiretapping is the last straw.” Ain’t gonna happen. One of the delights of performing my turn as host of this blogfest is that I get to surf so many sights with pictures of men in their tighty whiteys sharing a kiss. You don’t see that at Harley shows.

    • Ace of Spades suggests that the way to influence the Muslim world is to pay “… millions of dollars to get broadband internet there and all the free porn we can.” He also reports on the threat that a radical Muslim Iman perceives in the dancing of John Travolta.

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    The Big Apple Blog Festival is listed on the ÜberCarnival page and in Carnival News.

    To nominate your favorite blog post about NYC, or if you have a NYC blog and want to see something in the next BABF ... or you have a NYC-related blog and would like to host an upcoming BABF ... send us a short write up and a permalink to aguyinnewyork [at] gmail.com ... or use the Carnival Submit Form ... see you next week ...

    You are free to repost the Big Apple Blog Festival so long as you leave this URL attached: BigAppleBlogFestival.com.

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    Posted January 16, 2006 01:07 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Big Apple Blog Festival   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

    "Pizza's Next Act"

    One of the nation's favorite junk foods is getting a makeover. Thanks to Atkins-style diets, gourmet chefs whose toppings extend as far as sashimi and heavy discounting by the big chains, the independent establishments that account for the majority of pizzerias have been getting squeezed for years. In response, many new places are dedicating themselves to the basics. Instead of stuffed crusts and Thai seasonings, the idea is to focus on pure ingredients: the dough, the cheese, the sauce.

    "Pizza's Next Act: Buffeted by low-carb diets and chains that serve pineapple-topped pies, the local pizzerias that still dominate the business are fighting back -- focusing on basics like crust and cheese. Our look at the country's hottest joints," by Katy McLaughlin, The Wall Street Journal, January 14, 2006

    According to a sidebar (1-page pdf) accompanying this article, the "pizza places that are getting buzz ["Hot"], as well as highly regarded but more traditional spots ["Classic"]" in New York and Washington, DC are

    NYC

    DC

    Although we're not pizza experts (see slice) ... Chug made hand-tossed pizzas and "little hats" (a calzone) for 2 years during high school in a pizza place that made everything from scratch ... we wonder why Pizzeria Paradiso wasn't on this list ...
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    Posted January 16, 2006 08:37 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Pizza   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

    How not to get sick on an airplane

    According to an ABC News story, the way to avoid getting sick on an airplane is to wrap yourself in a sterilized bubble before boarding ... or don't fly.

    Actually, some of the advice is just as impractical: don't sit within 5 rows of anyone sneezing or 3 rows of anyone coughing.

    Other suggestions are a bit more under your control: Don't use the lavatory. Don't use the tray table. Use a hand sanitizer. Use a surgical mask. Turn the overhead air on.

    The longer you're on a packed airplane, the greater the chance you'll walk off sick.

    A lot of travelers blame stale recycled air. But scientists say that's not the problem. Most larger planes now have special systems that filter out germs and let some outside air in.

    "The problem is actually your [fellow] passengers that are seated in proximity to you," said Dr. Philip M. Tierno, Jr., director of clinical microbiology and diagnostic immunology at New York University Medical Center. "The closer the passengers are to you the worse it is for you if they have some sort of illness like a simple cold."

    "Fliers Must Dodge Hidden Germs: Where Are the Germ Hotspots? Hint: Avoid the Restroom," ABC News, January 14, 2006

    The longer you live, the greater your chance of getting sick...

    See "Products that promise to keep you healthy on planes," by Conor Dougherty, The Wall Street Journal, January 7, 2006

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    Posted January 15, 2006 10:37 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Tips , Travel   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

    Travel blogs roundup - January 15, 2006

    A Guy In New York is a member of the travel blog network at Blogads, a group of independent travel blogs. Check out some of this week's headlines from the network:

    Badeschiff, or Bathing Ship, in Berlin
    Badeschiff, or Bathing Ship, in Berlin


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    Posted January 15, 2006 09:57 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Travel   ·  Comments (1)   ·  TrackBack (0)

    Saturday catblogging

    Loco ... wondering where the water went ... but he'll be ready when it comes back!

    Loco wondering where the water went

    Life in the City is good ... so many mysteries to solve ...


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    This Week in NYC Reviews - January 13, 2006

    This Week in Reviews (TWIR)

    Each Friday, A Guy In New York publishes "This Week in NYC Reviews (TWIR)," with quick links to New York City restaurant reviews and mentions from the previous seven days in blogs, magazines, and newspapers.

    Also see our roundup of Michelin 1, 2 and 3 star restaurants with links to reviews ...

    For a roundup of DC restaurant reviews from DC food bloggers and media, see This Week in DC Reviews at Hobnob Blog ...

  • Culinary Historians of New York will feature Joanna Waley-Cohen talking about "Gastronomy and Gluttony in Early Modern China" on January 31, 2006, 6:30 pm sign-in ... flyer here (1-page pdf) ...

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    Subway MTA map | Straphangers interactive map | schedules | HopStop | Interactive Transit Map

    Did we miss your favorite review?

    Let us know: aguyinnewyork [at] gmail.com ... we're especially interested in hearing from NYC bloggers ...

    Link to TWIR

    If you want to place a TWIR logo with a review that was featured, feel free to link to one of the banners on the TWIR page.

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    Posted January 13, 2006 09:27 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  This Week in Reviews   ·  Comments (1)   ·  TrackBack (1)

    Tony Dragonas - best grilled hamburger in NYC?

    Tony Dragonas, street vendor who has been serving great hambburgers and souvlaki at the southwest corner of East 62nd Street and Madison Avenue for many years ... just one block from Central Park/5th Avenue ... weekdays only ...

    Tony Dragonas grilling
    Tony Dragonas grilling ...


    Tony Dragonas may have the best grilled hamburger in NYC
    may have the best grilled hamburger in NYC ...


    Tony Dragonas outstanding chicken pita with lettuce and tomatoes
    try the outstanding chicken pita with lettuce and tomatoes - it is a large meal with a very generous portion of bite-sized grilled chicken ...


    Tony Dragonas gyros plate with rice and salad
    and if you like lamb get the gryos pita ... and make sure to get the secret tzatziki sauce (a yogurt sauce with cucumber and herbs) and on the pita offerings ... you can also get the pitas as plates (pictured above), with salad and rice, for an additonal $1 ...

    Tony Dragonas was a finalist in the 2005 Vendy Awards

    previous post: Tony and John Dragonas - street vendors

    AGINY Good Value

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    Posted January 10, 2006 06:07 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  AGINY Good Value , Central Park , Hamburgers , Street Vendors , The Best , Upper East Side   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (1)

    Monday evening catblogging

    Loco and Luca yukking it up ... or would be if they had their toys ... we need toys!

    Loco and Luca: We need toys!

    Life in the City is good ... so many great places to get into trouble and still look innocent ...


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    Big Apple Blog Festival - January 9, 2006

    Big Apple Blog Festival (BABF)

    Welcome to the Big Apple Blog Festival (BABF), a representative roundup of this week's posts by NYC bloggers.

    We didn't break it up this week ... just presenting it in all its Big Apple bloggy goodness ...

    The Big Apple Blog Festival likes to go on tour, and different blogs host it ... if you have a NYC blog or you blog about NYC and would like to host an upcoming BABF, let us know ... The next BABF, on January 16, 2006, will be hosted by Harleys, Cars, Girls & Guitars ... Last week's Big Apple Blog Festival was hosted by A Guy In New York ...

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    The Big Apple Blog Festival is listed on the ÜberCarnival page and in Carnival News.

    To nominate your favorite blog post about NYC, or if you have a NYC blog and want to see something in the next BABF ... or you have a NYC-related blog and would like to host an upcoming BABF ... send us a short write up and a permalink to aguyinnewyork [at] gmail.com ... or use the Carnival Submit Form ... see you next week ...

    You are free to repost the Big Apple Blog Festival so long as you leave this URL attached: BigAppleBlogFestival.com.

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    Posted January 9, 2006 02:07 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Big Apple Blog Festival   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

    Travel blogs roundup - January 8, 2006

    A Guy In New York is a member of the travel blog network at Blogads, a group of independent travel blogs. Check out some of this week's headlines from the network:




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    Posted January 8, 2006 06:27 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Travel   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

    This Week in NYC Reviews - January 6, 2006

    This Week in Reviews (TWIR)

    Each Friday, A Guy In New York publishes "This Week in NYC Reviews (TWIR)," with quick links to New York City restaurant reviews and mentions from the previous seven days in blogs, magazines, and newspapers.

    Also see our roundup of Michelin 1, 2 and 3 star restaurants with links to reviews ...

    For a roundup of DC restaurant reviews from DC food bloggers and media, see This Week in DC Reviews at Hobnob Blog ...

  • Culinary Historians of New York will feature Joanna Waley-Cohen talking about "Gastronomy and Gluttony in Early Modern China" on January 31, 2006, 6:30 pm sign-in ... flyer here (1-page pdf) ...

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    Subway MTA map | Straphangers interactive map | schedules | HopStop | Interactive Transit Map

    Did we miss your favorite review?

    Let us know: aguyinnewyork [at] gmail.com ... we're especially interested in hearing from NYC bloggers ...

    Link to TWIR

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    Posted January 6, 2006 07:47 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  This Week in Reviews   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (1)

    Back up your data ....

    When Linda Cerniglia went back to school, it took her almost seven years to get through all the prerequisites, the labs, the research. And it took a thief just moments to grab her purse, with the only copy of her master's thesis stored on a tiny jump drive inside.

    For anyone who's ever obsessed about a project but forgotten to back up the data, watched a computer screen fizzle just before a deadline or left crucial documents in a cab -- here is a story about backing up, and moving forward.

    It's about how Cerniglia almost went crazy, then took a deep breath and thought like a crook, acted like a cop and ended up in a big trash bin -- all in pursuit of her master's degree.

    "Student Finds a Stolen Thesis by Thinking Like a Thief," by Susan Kinzie, The Washington Post, December 22, 2005

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    Posted January 5, 2006 06:17 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Technology   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

    How to cook a delicious pot of white rice

    My 8th aunt used the same method to cook rice, many years ago, in my youth in Penang ... Happy New Year!

    1. Place 11/2 cups Japanese-style short-grain rice in a bowl and cover with cold water. Stir, then drain. Repeat until the water runs clear. Place the rice in a medium-size heavy saucepan and add a scant 2 cups cold bottled water. Let sit for 10 minutes.

    2. Place the covered pot over high heat and bring to a rolling boil. Do not lift the lid; the water is boiling when the pot hisses. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until the water is absorbed, about 5 minutes. Raise heat to high for 30 seconds. Remove from heat and allow rice to stand, covered, for 10 minutes. Makes 4 cups.

    From "Washoku: Recipes From The Japanese Home Kitchen," by Elizabeth Andoh, in "Free Ranging," by Amanda Hesser, The New York Times, January 1, 2006





    Posted January 3, 2006 08:57 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Cooking & Food Prep   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)