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Francesco, Lucu, Giacomo and I drove to JFK airport to pick-up Mieta from Rome. Afterwards, we drove to Joe's Shanghai in Flushing for 3 bamboo baskets of very soupy pork dumplings ... Shanghai sauteed pork/soy-sauce noodles and a steamed yellow-fish with ginger and scallions ... very good food.

Flushing is a great place to enjoy Chinese food and the #7 subway is so very efficient. Three-year old Luca loves soupy pork dumplings with white rice! I can't wait to go with you to their branch on Pell Street ...

Joe's Shanghai, web site, 13621 37th Avenue, Flushing, Queens, 718-539-3838 [NYT | NY Mag | Gayot | Yelp]


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Posted August 15, 2008 04:17 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Chinese , Queens , The Best   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)


Grand Sichuan

Last night, ate at the new location of the Grand Sichuan, web site, 15 7th Avenue South (at Leroy Street), NY, NY 10014, in the West Village. 212-645-0222 [MenuPages |NY Mag | Yelp | Ubereater]

real authentic Sichuan cooking, no-holds-barred very-very hot & spicy mung bean noodles, cool cucumber with green scallion sauce, crab-pork steamed dumplings, dan-dan noodles, tripe & tongue slices, etc. ... so hot that I needed orange slices to cool my throat ... only ordered from the appertizers ... so far, bring your own beer or whiskey ...

See web site for other locations


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Posted July 12, 2008 11:57 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  The Best , West Village   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

$6 dinner ... includes dessert ... at Sanur

Last Sunday, I ate a very delicious Nyonya plate of rice with a choice of 3 dishes and a styro-foamed cup of clear soup ... for $3 ... a real taste of Penang island on the island of Manhattan ... also, 2 curry-puffs and 2 Nyonya Kuehs (coconut cakes) for $3 to go ... a perfect solution when I eat alone in this big City ...

Sanur Restaurant, 18 Doyers Street, 212-267-0088 [AGINY | TCEDG | MenuPages | Citysearch | Yelp]

Posted July 13, 2007 09:37 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Chinatown , Malaysian , Notes to a Friend , The Best , Top 10   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Shakespeare in Central Park - FREE

Shakespeare in Central Park started last night .... at the Delacorte Theatre ... Romeo & Juliet ... it was a beautiful evening to enjoy a comedy in the Park ....

The evening was cool and autumn-like with clear blue skies and a stiff breeze ... the open-air stage was surrounded by lush green trees, which gave a magical feeling to the show ... the stage was very minimal with a revolving wood-plank circle and a shallow moat of water in the centre ... movable iron bridges and shelving provide the changeable scenes ... the actors gave a fine performance with much water trashed about ... it was thrilling to be at the show on opening night and enjoy a free performance.

Next week, the Metropolitan Opera will perform on Tuesday in the Great Lawn ... Patsy's fresh mozzarella & tomato pizza and vino to go ... summer-time and the living is easy, fish are jumping ...

Pick up your free Shakespeare in the Park tickets on the day of the performance beginning at 1pm at The Delacorte Theater in Central Park or from 1 to 3pm at The Public Theater Box Office, 425 Lafayette Street.

The Delacorte Theater is located near Turtle Pond, just south of the Great Lawn, in Central Park. The closest Park entrance from the East Side is Fifth Avenue at 79th Street; from the West Side, Central Park West at 81st Street. After entering, follow the footpath to the Delacorte Theater ...




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Posted June 7, 2007 02:57 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Central Park , Sights & Sounds , The Best , Theatre   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Spicy & Tasty in Flushing

Spicy & Tasty, 39-07 Prince Street, Flushing, Queens, between 39th and Roosevelt Avenues, 718-359-1601 [Menu from Bridge and Tunnel | NYT | NY Mag | Village Voice | openlist | Yelp]

Previous review July 30, 2006

Finally, Frank Bruni has discovered Spicy & Tasty in Flushing ... very hot and delicious ... worth a detour from La Guardia airport on your next visit ...

"Where Playing With Fire Is Not Taboo," by Frank Bruni, The New York Times, November 29, 2006

Posted December 3, 2006 04:27 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Chinese , Queens , The Best   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Delicious roast duck dinner for 2 for less than $20

Writing about my roast duck dinner made me hungry ... I rode the subway to Chinatown and walked to the AAA Meat Market, 288 Grand Street, for the $8 whole Cantonese roast duck ... I had to wait awhile because they were sold out ... no problem, I went next door to a Chinese coffee shop for a cup and pastry, $1.30 ...

Next, I went to the grocery store and bought a 5 lb. bag of Thai brown jasmine rice for $3.50. At 70 cents a pound, not a bad deal ... next, to the vegetable market for a pound of $1.20 bok choy ... and then bought the duck!!!!

Rode the bus home and made a delicious dinner.

Before I forget, I stopped at the Deluxe Food Market, 79 Elizabeth Street, for a pound of ready-made transparent noodles and vegetables, @ $2.99. I could only polish off half the duck, with some cooked brown rice and the vegetables. To-morrow, I will finish the rest of my purchase.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Post by Peter

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Posted November 21, 2006 06:27 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  AGINY Good Value , Chinatown , Cooking & Food Prep , The Best   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Spicy & Tasty - Flushing

Another great Sichuan restaurant in Flushing, strongly recommended by AGINY, is Spicy & Tasty ... there is a counter with plenty of ready-prepared cold appertizers, one can pick and choose ... I love to eat the hot and spicey "beef tongue and tripe" and cold tofu with slivers of Chinese stalks of celery ...

Moreover, along this stretch of Prince Street, there are numerous ethnic restaurants which I still must find the time to enjoy, especially the Malaysian restaurant ...

Spicy & Tasty, 39-07 Prince Street, Flushing, Queens, between 39th and Roosevelt Avenues, 718-359-1601 [Menu from Bridge and Tunnel | NYT | NY Mag | Village Voice | openlist | Yelp]

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Posted July 30, 2006 11:57 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  AGINY Good Value , Chinese , Flushing , Malaysian , The Best   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Cappucino, ice cream and sorbet

The very best "ethnic" Italian cappucino and ice-cream is at Bottega del Vino, ... the real McCoy for $4 per cup ... the foamy milk is so thick it will float the sugar ... (a friend ventured into Starbucks and ordered an expresso that was served in an unappertizing paper cup - no class. What a contrast! I was ashamed for Starbucks) ... I enjoyed many World Cup matches standing at the coffee bar ... the ice-cream and sorbet are made in small batches ... $3 per two-scoops ... a great treat ... and just across the street from the Apple Store ... web site, 7 East 59th Street, 212-223-3028 [MenuPages | Citysearch]

The very best "ethnic" French ice-cream and sorbet is at Payard, also made in small batches ... the breads, pastries and chocolates are so delicious... web site, 1032 Lexington Avenue, 212-717-5252 [Yummy Baguette | MenuPages | NY Mag | Citysearch | Gayot]

Perfect after a meal in Chinatown, they both close at 11 pm ... Sweet dreams ...

Posted July 28, 2006 09:47 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Central Park , Dessert , The Best , Tips , Upper East Side   ·  Comments (1)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Macbeth at Delacorte Theatre - FREE

Macbeth is playing at ... through July 9, 2006 ...

Strongly recommended ... I saw the play last Wednesday and Thursday, even thought they posted a "Sold Out" sign ... there are tickets available at the last minute because of many no-shows ... sitting in the open fresh air in Central Park is so magical ... the blowing wind amongst the trees, the movement of the clouds, the airliners, the stars ...

The Delacorte Theater is located near Turtle Pond, just south of the Great Lawn, in Central Park. The closest Park entrance from the East Side is Fifth Avenue at 79th Street; from the West Side, Central Park West at 81st Street. After entering, follow the footpath to the Delacorte Theater ...

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    Posted June 19, 2006 08:07 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Central Park , Free , Sights & Sounds , The Best , Theatre , Tips   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

    28th Annual Free Museum Mile - FREE

    Mark your calendar for Tuesday, June 13, 2006, from 5:45 - 9:00 pm - the 28th Annual Museum Mile Festival ... FREE

    all the museums along Fifth Avenue will throw open their doors to the public for free, the Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic, there will be world music every few blocks, crayon drawing for children on the avenue, etc.

    I will head to the Cooper-Hewitt for their show of Hudson River School paintings and the National Academy for the American Art contemporary show.

    Participating Museums along Fifth Avenue

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    Posted June 11, 2006 10:07 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  AGINY Good Value , Art , Central Park , Holidays & Festivals , Museums , Museums and Art , The Best , Tips   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

    Joe's Shanghai

    The food at Joe's Shanghai in Flushing is very good and refined for a very simple reason ... pure Shanghai with no compromise because you are eating in the heart of Chinatown in Flushing ... their customers expect no less ... crab/pork soupy dumpling ... bowl of noodles with shrimps ... scallion pancake ... vegetables ...

    Joe's Shanghai was superb, especially the crab and pork dumplings...one of the best Chinese meals I have had in the US...
    -- Tyler Cowen

    Besides the crab/pork soupy dumplings, try the fish-head casserole, Lion's Head casserole, and pig shoulder stew ...

    Joe's Shanghai, 13621 37th Avenue, Flushing, Queens, 718-539-3838 [NYT | NY Mag | Village Voice | openlist | Gayot | Yelp | Citysearch]


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    Posted May 4, 2006 07:37 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Chinese , Flushing , The Best   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

    The best Malaysian and Indonesian food from a restaurant you've never heard of - Sanur

    Sanur Restaurant serves excellent Malaysian food at bargain prices ... hidden away on the lower level at 18 Doyers Street, 212-267-0088/0976 (laksa has posted pictures of the entrance on eGullet) [MenuPages | Citysearch]

    and although you may not have heard of Sanur, David Waltuck of Chanterelle has ...

    Sanur at 18 Doyers Street - follow the white arrow downstairs

    Sanur at 18 Doyers Street - follow the white arrow downstairs in the pic above ...



    Sanur - best roti canai in NYC

    best roti canai in NYC ...



    Sanur - Hokkien Shrimp noodle curry soup is incredible

    the Hokkien Shrimp noodle curry soup is incredible ... a phenomonal dish ...



    chicken feet and mushrooms with noodles is excellent

    the chicken feet and mushrooms with noodles is excellent ...



    Sanur - Hainan chicken with ginger and garlic sauce

    Hainan chicken with ginger and garlic sauce is also excellent ...



    Upstairs, Sanur has a bargain lunch: "Three Combination over Rice" for $3 - a fantastic deal

    Update May 9, 2006: Tyler Cowen says about Sanur: "The food, of course, was great. My favorite dish was the greens (Ok-Choy) perhaps but everything was a cut above other Malaysian places I have found in this country."

    previous mentions: Hainan Chicken at Sanur; Best roti canai in NYC is at Sanur


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    Posted March 1, 2006 06:57 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Malaysian , The Best   ·  Comments (1)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

    Tangra for excellent Indian-Chinese food

    Tangra Asian Fusion Cuisine opened in late-September, and according to Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld is the much-larger branch of Tangra Masala at 8709 Grand Avernue in Elmhurst (menu here) ... Chef-partner Peter Lo is no relation to Peter Lo of A Guy In New York ...

    This is a big place, and the food is excellent ...

    the Okra Tangra Masala is a truly outstanding dish ...

    the Okra Tangra Masala is a truly outstanding dish ...


    Tangra Restaurant : popcorn chicken
    Tangra Restaurant : popcorn chicken is very popular (every table we saw ordered it), but we thought it was just OK - too much cornstarch


    Tangra Restaurant : salt shrimp
    Tangra Restaurant : salt shrimp was excellent


    Tangra Restaurant : puffs
    Tangra Restaurant : puffs


    Tangra Restaurant : Tangra Masala lamb
    Tangra Restaurant : Tangra Masala lamb was also excellent


    Tangra Restaurant : spicey green beans
    Tangra Restaurant : spicey green beans were very good


    When we left at 10:00 pm or so on a weekday night, large Indian families were still coming in, a real testament to the popularity of Tangra ... conveniently located just across the street from the 40th St./Lowery St. stop on the 7 train.

    A mneu from the original Tangra in Elmhust is available from the BridgeandTunnelClub

    3923 Queens Blvd., Sunnyside, NY, 718-786-8008/8181 [mnemex]


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    Posted February 22, 2006 07:27 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Chinese , Indian , The Best   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

    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)   ·  TrackBacks (1)

    Best Hot-Pot in Manhattan is at Grand Sichuan

    The best hot-pot in Manhattan is at Grand Sichuan ... with a wonderful view of the Manhattan Bridge and points south ... sit by the window and order the hot pot ... be prepared for the very hot Sichuan peppers ... go with at least 4 people to enjoy the meal ... French champagne will be a good foil for the Sichuan heat ... since this is the holiday season ... drink and be merry ... 125 Canal Street, at Chrystie Street, 212-625-9212 [MenuPages | NYT | openlist | Citysearch]

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    Posted December 20, 2005 07:57 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  AGINY Good Value , Chinatown , Chinese , The Best   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

    Best blog posts of 2005?

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    We're looking for you to tell us about the great blog posts you've seen this year. At year's end, we'll post links to the best posts we come across. (We'll also post ALL link submissions, but our links will appear at the top of the post.)

    All submissions must be original material, although a post that is basically a link to another post will get a hat-tip acknowledgement.

    Posted December 19, 2005 10:57 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  The Best   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

    Impressionist Art and Good Chinese Food ... This Weekend

    This week-end at Rockefeller Plaza, free to the public ... a very great show of Impressionist paintings from the Masters ... Saturday, October 29, 2005, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm and Sunday, October 30, 2005, 1:00 - 5:00 pm ... next door to Wu-Liang-Ye ... yummy dan-dan mein, ma-po tofu, etc.

    "Impressionist & Modern Art - at Christie's," A Guy In New York, October 19, 2005

    Wu Liang Ye, 215 East 86th Street, 212-534-6032

    Posted October 26, 2005 12:53 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Art , Auctions and Appraisals , Chinese , The Best   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

    Learning to eat and appreciate Chinese food in Penang

    Rather than attend the Asia Society's dim sum talk ... I have made a decision not to attend because of the cost ... I'd rather ride the subway to Chinatown for a dim-sum lunch and do away with all the talk from the so-called experts ... I have eaten dim-sum since I was a little boy in Penang and have a very good reference from my own taste buds ...

    I owe my sense of good food to my 2nd uncle and 8th aunty ... growing up on Penang island ... my 2nd uncle, whenever he came to visit with his male entourage from Ipoh, would take me along for the meals at the restaurants ... in this manner, I grew up enjoying and developing my taste for all the fine Chinese restaurant dishes ...

    My 2nd aunty taught me to enjoy all the fine ingredients from her Nyonya home cooking! ... As a child, I am sure I refused to eat some types of vegetables, sauce, or meat ... I can still remember her standing behind me at the dinner table insisting that I eat, or else!!! One never refused her offer ... I have learned to appreciate her wisdom ... and good food ...

    see our "Best dim-sum in Chinatown" post ...

    post by Peter

    Posted October 11, 2005 06:40 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  The Best   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

    Malaysian food - Sanur

    Sanur Restaurant, 18 Doyers Street, 212-267-0088 ... best roti canai in NYC ... chicken rice ... curry noodles ... ice kachang (ABC) ... curry puffs ... lunch for two big eaters total was $12.80 ... excellent authentic Malaysian food ... we did not try the Kuih, but it looked good ...

    Our previous post on Sanur ...

    eGullet postings on Malaysian food, with pics

    AGINY Good Value
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    Posted September 29, 2005 06:30 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  AGINY Good Value , Chinatown , Malaysian , Restaurants , The Best   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

    Best roti canai in NYC is at Sanur

    The best roti canai is now at Sanur Restaurant ... there are two levels ...

    At the street level, a glass window displays all the Nyonya "kueh" (also "kuih") which can be purchased for home consumption ... I like the curry puffs for 70 cents each ... fried pies stuffed with curried potatoes and onions ... a great bargain compared to empenadas or pizzas for $2 a slice ... three tables where you can order three dish-combinations over rice with soup for $3.00 and no tip!

    From the ChennaiOnline web site, which has too many popups to provide a link:

    Straits Chinese or Nonya Kueh (cakes) are made from a variety of fullsome and flavourful ingredients such as coconut milk, sweet potatoes, tapioca, palm sugar and pandan.

    When presented together, they make up a colourful, pleasing platter, and because of this, they are among the most popular items to be enjoyed during tea time, as a sweet dessert, and as part of the menu on festive occasions.

    On the lower level ... is a serene restaurant for the best roti canai in NYC ... plus curry noodles, ABC, Mo-Mo Cha-Cha, Hainan chicken, lo-mein with chicken feet & mushrooms ... Yummy ...

    Sanur is Peter's girlfriend's favorite Nyonya restaurant ... 18 Doyers Street, 212-267-0088

    An AGINY Good Value

    Posted September 2, 2005 09:54 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  AGINY Good Value , Dessert , Malaysian , The Best   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

    Excellent Sichuan Food - Upper East Side

    We have written about Wu Liang Ye before, the Lexington Ave. location.

    Last Friday, we walked to the 86th Street & 3rd Avenue location for a meal at the Wu Liang Ye, 3rd ... it is up-town and I was fearful that the meal would not be as good as the mid-town location ...

    Good news ... the dishes we ordered were very competently prepared in the Chinese manner ...

    we started with three dishes ... Poached razor clams with Sichuan peppercorn and scallion vinaigrette ... Ox tongue and tripe with roasted chili and peanut vinaigrette .. Jelly fish julienne with scallion pesto ... yummy, yummy, yummy! ... the three dishes can be ordered as a combination for $20.95 ... worth every penny ... the sauces were delicious with the right strength of chili and green scallion ...

    next ... we ate an order of Chengdu wonton with Sichuan peppercorn vinaigrette ... swallowing clouds! $4.95 ...

    finally, we ate sauteed spinach with garlic $8.95 ... so very delicate ... with a bowl of steamed rice ...

    a perfect meal ...

    I had a glass of Wu-Liang-Ye, a colorless grain alcohol ... similar to vodka ... taste of lemon and lichi ... drink chilled ... can be considered as their house wine ... very smooth with the hot Sichuan peppercorns ... $6.00 with the meal ...

    very good service, too ... I will be back to try other dishes.

    And we got in some exercise ... walking twenty blocks each way on a Friday evening ...

    215 East 86th Street, 212-534-6032

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    Posted August 8, 2005 02:41 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  AGINY Good Value , Chinese , Restaurants , The Best , Top 10 , Upper East Side   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

    The Boatyard Ruins - web site - Highly Recommended

    The Boatyard (the elephants graveyard) is a photographic essay of the boatyard in Arthur Kill (Staten Island: Arthur Kill Road and Rossville Avenue - click on "Satellite" in the upper right corner of the map and zoom in) ... Shaun O'Boyle started photographing these old boats, which include ferries and tugs, in 1987 ... he went back in 2005 for another essay ....

    ... mesmerizing ...

    The Boatyard is part of Mr. O'Boyle's larger web site, Modern Ruins - Photographic Essays.

    The site is supported by sale of handmade Boatyard books with color photogpaphs and prints.

    AGINY Highly Recommended

    Posted August 5, 2005 12:17 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Art , Book and Web Site Reviews , NYC photoblogs , Sights & Sounds , Staten Island , The Best , Water   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

    The Food Timeline - web site

    The Food Timeline home page is just what it says - a timeline of food ... created by Lynne Olver, a reference librarian ... the Food Timeline is rich with links to more information ... including recipes, definitions, and photos ... Ms. Olver encourages visitors to ask questions ... she has answered almost 10,000 since starting the site in 1999 ... and we did not find one dead link on the site ...

    Ever wonder what foods the Vikings ate when they set off to explore the new world? How Thomas Jefferson made his ice cream? What the pioneers cooked along the Oregon Trail? Who invented the potato chip...and why? Welcome to the Food Timeline.

    Each item on the timeline is linked to an explanatory article for more information, such as:

    The Food Timeline is another demonstration of why we love librarians. Thank you Lynne Olver for such an interesting site.

    AGINY Highly Recommended and Top 10

    Posted August 3, 2005 12:08 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Book and Web Site Reviews , Cooking & Food Prep , Research , The Best , Top 10   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

    Roller Coaster - Kingda Ka

    OK, this is not in New York ... but some New Yorkers spend as much time commuting to work as they would driving ... to ride the Kingda Ka ... an amazing new roller coaster located at 6 Flags in New Jersey ... 456 feet tall ... it reaches a top speed of 128 mph ... going UP ... lines will be long ... if you're at all queasy, make sure you have a designated driver for the trip back to the City ...

    Update: Kingda Ka reopened August 4th ... and you can use an optional reservation service at the park ($ fee) so you don't have to stand in line for hours ...

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    Posted August 1, 2005 12:45 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Amusement Parks , New Jersey , Sights & Sounds , The Best   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

    forgotten NY - web site - highly recommended

    forgotten NY

    If you love New York, then you must visit, and bookmark, forgotten NY. Run by Kevin Walsh, forgotten NY includes text and photographs of all parts of the City, new and old ... he also conducts walking tours ... upcoming tours are announced on the home page ...

    Some of our favorite pages include

    An incredibly rich site, forgotten NY will keep you occupied for hours ... I bet most of you don't make it to this sentence ...

    For more about Kevin Walsh, see the gothamist interview. Thank you, Kevin Walsh, for a wonderful web site.

    AGINY Highly Recommended and Top 10

    Posted August 1, 2005 07:01 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Book and Web Site Reviews , Boroughs/Cities/States , Bronx , Brooklyn , Buildings & Architecture , Bus , Central Park , Getting Around NY , LIRR , NYC blogs , Queens , Research , Sights & Sounds , Subway , The Best , Top 10   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

    Great Sichuan cuisine - in mid-town

    Wu Liang Ye Restaurant is a find for Sichuan cusine in mid-town.

    The ma pao tofu (also called ma bo dofu, ma po dofu, etc. ... on the Wu Liang Ye menu as Chef's Ma Paul Tofu, which includes tofu, ground pork, green onion, green pepper, black bean sauce and spices) is the best we have had - anywhere ... spicy and served hot .. the tofu is fresh .. cooked just right ... try the razor clams cold appetizer ...

    338 Lexington Avenue (between 39th St. and 40th St.), 212-370-9647.

    Razor clams appetizer
    Razor Clams
    Razor clams appetizer
    Razor clams appetizer
    Razor Clams

    Chef's Ma Paul Tofu
    Chef's Ma Paul Tofu

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    Posted July 27, 2005 10:42 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  AGINY Good Value , Chinese , Mid-Town , Restaurants , The Best   ·  Comments (1)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

    Best block in Chinatown to buy fresh green vegetables

    The best block in Chinatown to buy fresh green vegetables is on Mott Street between Hester and Grand Streets ... the vegetable seller will call out his produce in sing-song Cantonese ... for good value, buy after 7pm when the produce will go on sale for $1 per package ...

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    Posted July 26, 2005 07:01 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  AGINY Good Value , Chinatown , Cooking & Food Prep , The Best , Tips   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (1)

    Crab meat and ground pork soupy dumplings - Green Bo

    Crab meat and ground pork soupy dumplings are a Shanghainese delicacy ... so one must patronise Shanghainese restaurants ... such as New Green Bo on Bayard Street, which is also famous for the scallion pancakes ... 66 Bayard St. (between Mott and Elizabeth St), 212-625-2359

    To eat soupy dumplings - xiao long bao - ... carefully (you don't want to tear the skin just yet) lift one out of the steamer basket/off the plate with chopsticks and put it in a soup spoon ... pour a little vinegar (should be on the table) over the dumpling ... carefully bite off the top of the dumpling ... put a little more vinegar into the now open dumpling ... then slurp and eat the rest of the soup dumpling ... fantastic ... careful, soupy dumplings can be very hot when they first arrive at table ... and don't forget to eat the cabbage leaves ...

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    AGINY Good Value

    Posted July 26, 2005 07:06 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  AGINY Good Value , Chinatown , Chinese , Restaurants , The Best   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

    “…one of the most sensual, graceful open spaces in New York City.”

    is how Gianni Longo described Bryant Park in "A Guide to Great American Public Places."


    Bryant Park


    Next to the New York Public Library in mid-town, Bryant Park is located between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues ... a gem of a park ... moveable chairs provided ... ride a carousel for $1.75 ... free wifi ... free movies during the summer ... fantastic people watching ... very relaxing ... you can play pétanque here ... beautiful flowers and trees ... what are you waiting for?

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    Posted July 25, 2005 06:15 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Mid-Town , Parks , The Best , Tips   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

    Best dim-sum in Chinatown

    Best dim-sum in Chinatown ... Chatham Restaurant (it used to be called Hop Shing), 9 Chatham Square, 212-267-0220 ... you can eat for under $10 per person ... keep an eye out for the fresh dishes carting out from the kitchen ... pick your choice and enjoy ... the chicken feet are outstanding ...

    I have been going there since I came to New York, circa 1968 ... the patrons used to spit the chicken bones onto the floor ... simply amazing, times have changed ...

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    AGINY good value and Highly Recommended

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