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  1. In the former liquor store at Rhode Island and 11th, a new Eritrean coffee shop with a good number of comfortably distanced outdoor tables has opened. Unlike LaColombe, they are open for earlybirds; hours are 6am-8pm at present. It's pleasant, and I hope they can survive in this climate. https://dc.eater.com/2020/7/20/21331291/roasted-boon-cafe-coffee-shop-opening-shaw-d-c-rhode-island-ave-nw-wine-sangria-latte
  2. Spouse and I got the white squash and pepperoni pizza from Happy Gyro-- it *was* really good, and Spouse even ate a bunch of the squash rather than picking it all off. (Tangentially, the "steak" and cheese on a hoagie knocked my socks off.) But the pizza, while great, still doesn't compare to the margharita with intense basil microgreens that Komi served at lunch that first year they were open. The crust on the white pizza is pretty thin. Seylou is serving a pizza made with their more robust whole wheat flour-- much like their whole wheat croissants, if whole wheat isn't your bag, you are
  3. From a neighborhood email I just got: For now we’ll be open Thursdays-Sundays from 8am to noon (or until we sell out of bagels).To keep contact to a minimum, we're asking all customers to place their orders on our websitepearlsbagels.com ortoasttab.com/pearls-bagels. Orders will be ready for contactless pick-up at the front door of the shop in about 10-30 minutes.We’re in the process of staffing up to be able to make sandwiches, but for now we’re selling just bagels, tubs of cream cheese, cold brew iced coffee, smoked salmon and whitefish salad from DC’s Ivy City Smokehouse, Epic Curing b
  4. In the old Hogo spot, the long-awaited (Oliver and Allee and Pearl are our neighbors, we've been waiting very impatiently) Pearl's is finally open for same-day online ordering. I'm not a bagel expert, but these are some of the best bagels I've had in a long while. (not like I am getting back to NYC anytime soon, alas...) Good bite, good flavour, they toast up excellently and aren't too dense on the inside. RIP my waistline. https://www.pearlsbagels.com/
  5. So far my favorite things are: eggplant salad (smoky eggplant, shrimp, a dash of heat and citrus), the deep-fried asian pumpkin, khao soi gai, floating market noodle soup, and the mango and sticky purple rice. the eggplant, in particular, is very addictive. The fact that it will show up at my door is also addictive, although sipping a white lotus slushy while walking home is just a little bit naughty and therefor also enjoyable.
  6. I enjoyed momoyama and it was not very expensive, but it's been several years since I've been over there. gakyu was completely underwhelming and expensive at lunch. I hear that their omakase is good, but i can't say that i've been inspired to try it. i'm sure the sushi at nakazawa is excellent if expensive, but I refuse to go.
  7. Seylou is my local bakery/coffee shop. I'm just lucky that way They've really stepped up their weekend game this year. Weekend mornings are the only time to get a cinnamon roll with its topping of mascarpone icing, or bialy with cream cheese. (During the week you can get the plain raisin bun, or bialy with sauteed onion.) Weekend mid-mornings and afternoon brings Roman Pizza, which is a rectangle of thin whole wheat crust generously spread with tomato sauce and olive oil. Basically Pan Con Tomate gone super-sized. Friday and Saturday nights they do regular pizzas-- these vary, but the m
  8. A pre-tax service fee is not subject to tipping regulations, and *can* be distributed to the kitchen staff. This is partly why alinea/next went to the service fee model. I suspect that is likely influencing Komi as well. I suppose it may also result in slightly higher tips; my suspicion is that it would be slightly lower net but guaranteed and stable and therefor better for all involved.
  9. The Aji tataki has been on the specials menu most of the times I have been in recently; I know this because I can't resist ordering it each time I go. I suspect you could always call and ask before going? or just go to seki multiple times
  10. it's totally challenging without electronic devices, but fine as long as you have google maps! we rented a SIM (had it sent to the hotel, as I recall, because you can't just buy a temporary SIM like in hong kong); did not try wifi. And while my experience was likely tempered by when we went-- it was a couple months after fukushima, and tourists/americans were in short supply-- everyone seemed perfectly happy to cope with non-japanese speakers. We'd point, or pantomime, or try google translate, or they'd dig up a busboy that had a smattering of english, and somehow it all always worked out deli
  11. my elusive holy grail are the sheng jian bao. So if anyone knows where excellent pan-fried soup dumplings can be found, I am ALL ATTENTION. As for the other good eats-- I suspect my spouse will thank me if we don't eat all dumplings all the time the next time...
  12. aha! Clearly we should all coordinate a big NYC run sometime. We ended up walking by Tim Ho Wan last weekend and I was like-- oooh, now that's a name I recognize! But we were completely out of room for additional food this past trip, so no chance to investigate. Thanks for doing the hard work
  13. What can I say? I love dumplings. We went up to NYC for four days of dumplings and dumplings and general walking around. We had some excellent dumplings and some tragic ones. On the excellent side: Sheng jian bao: So far, I have not found any in the states better than the ones at 456 Shanghai at 69 Mott Street. The reality is that sheng jian bao are best from a standalone shop that is making 50 of these at once, and as far as I can tell I'm only going to get that in shanghai. but in the meantime... I can make it to 456 in nyc when I have a craving. Xiao long bao: for convenience and
  14. It had been a year or two, but we interrupted our four-day dumpling extravaganza last weekend for some Spotted Pig. Where, of course, we immediately ordered the gnudi. (dumplings! ahahah.) We also ordered and inhaled the Devils on Horseback as well as Deviled Eggs. We valiantly held onto the gnudi bowl and defended it against all service staff until my rillettes and toasted bread showed up... and our server volunteered to get us more toasted bread, for which I could have kissed her. and then the burrata and squash showed up, along with Nick's sage shoestring fries. We rounded it all out with h
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