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Steve R.

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  1. Hey, its (still) a food board, right? I'd vote for "To Serve Man" as (potentially?) most topical.
  2. So, it appears that all the threads are now read only except for "WTF" which, apparently, has allowed me to start a new thread 🤯. At any rate, before this too ceases to allow comments, let me use the opportunity to thank Don for creating & maintaining this board over the years and to thank the rest of you for providing some interesting and entertaining commentary. I'll miss this forum, even though I remain active on several others & get some kicks that way. By the way, I think the messenger function is still working as well. And, just in case Don is only carrying out a lengthy April Fool's joke... well, ya got me. 😡
  3. Uh-oh. It seems that I can read everything but can’t post.🤯
  4. The best joke will be on April 16th when we all try to post and cant. 🤯
  5. Well, obviously our plan to be in Montreal for the month of May has been cancelled. To their credit, the folks renting the apartment to us waived their cancellation policy and are allowing airbnb to refund the entire amount. We'll remember that if/when we look to re-schedule. Since we were driving, that was really the only financial outlay, so we're fine on that front. I felt guilty cancelling the restaurant reservations that we already made, as I'm sure they will need the business if/when they re-open. Oh well. We're hoping that we all get through this in good health & think that maybe we'll try again for August. I guess we'll see.
  6. It took me a day to process that DaveO passed away 2 months ago and I didn't realize it. He was the person that I had the most (virtual) interaction with over years on this board and I'll miss him. We went back and forth, both on the board and thru pm'ing. He was supposed to go to a reunion of friends in Brooklyn awhile ago and we discovered that the friend's house was only blocks from where I live so we made tentative plans to go for a drink. Then the reunion got cancelled. And, when I was in D.C. a couple of years ago, we made plans to meet at Dino's Grotto. But he wound up having to go out of town that weekend so, again, we didn't meet in person. We were/are basically the same age, discovered that we had very similar ancestry, knew some of the same people and enjoyed discussions/arguments on sports, current events and anything else we came across. I loved his presence here and looked forward to reading his thoughts and ideas. We will all be the less for his absence.
  7. Had lunch today with a couple of old CH friends, one of whom worked mixing & sound engineering some of his work. His (Tyner, not my friend) style was never easy for me to listen to, but I appreciated it all the same.
  8. Most of the really good by the slice places are in Brooklyn and some are in areas that will take too much time to get to unless you really, really want pizza. And some of the very good Manhattan places, like Keste, are pies only. But I can give names if either of those options appeal to you. Specific to Midtown East -- I got nothin'. On a completely other thread drift note, if you have a hankering for a very unusual sandwich place (with short hours) in the East Village, some friends of mine opened Foxface on E.8th off of 1st Ave. Some of the past special sandwiches have included camel, snapping turtle, elk.... well, you get the idea: https://www.instagram.com/foxface_nyc/. If the owners are there (Sivan or Ori), tell them Steve R. sent you and you'll get the special surcharge added on.
  9. I assume that you want Manhattan and slices (not pies). So, here's one that some trusted friends (& Eater) are recommending on the Lower East Side:
  10. We may be around that week & I haven't been to Flushing in awhile so maybe we can arrange to join you for some hole in the wall food. Meanwhile, let me link you to a couple of blogs that you can read thru (if you don't know them already). Both cover all of NYC but have a bit of Flushing coverage: https://www.eatingintranslation.com/flushing/ Dave Cook is a friend whom I've gone to Flushing (& lots of elsewhere) with over the years &, if the timing works out, maybe a group dinner can be arranged. http://www.eattheworldnyc.com/search/label/Flushing. Jared also has high credibility & is worth reading And, although he's now in the business of doing food tours, Joe D. has written up some Flushing places in http://chopsticksandmarrow.com/about/ that are worth reading (some might be out of date). By the time you get here, the downstairs Golden Mall might be re-opened. It'll probably be a very cleaned up version, unlike the place where Bourdain "discovered" the first Xi'an Noodle stall or the where the Dumpling Lady (http://www.dumplinggalaxy.com) had her 1st stall, but we'll see. And, lastly, although I haven't been in a couple of years, I used to really like Fu Run (4009 Prince St) & Golden Palace Gourmet (140-09 Cherry Ave), a couple of DongBei restaurants that have gotten very mixed reviews since (from unknown yelp'ers etc) but may well still be good. Enough? Let me know.
  11. Wow. Great stuff -- just the kinds of things I need to know. Forget the rest of your day/life... keep writing 😏 Thanks.
  12. Le St-Urbain is on our list, as it was highly recommended by several other friends. I’m glad to hear that you also liked it. Thank you for your post.
  13. Got your map - great... thanks. It seems that we're in the same range and interest, as we're a cross from upper moderate to store front mom & pop places. I'm an old Chowhound person & the key is finding interesting, tasty, well made & non-fussy food. In NYC, that means from Flushing Chinatown dives & many ethnic enclaves up to Gramercy Tavern. Just about never in the high end stuff (Per Se, etc). Curious why everyone really loves Damas - we have many local Syrian, Lebanese, Yemen and other middle eastern places around us and we're definitely interested to go to find out. If you're curious about us and want to waste time, take a look at the listing I posted about our stay in Paris last May. Sort of looks like your Montreal list in my opinion. We get around, so we weren't so concerned about which neighborhood in Montreal to stay in. We'll get to all of them, as well as some places outside of the city. We rented an apt. in the high rise next to the Bell Center. It's a 2 bedroom & has 2 bathrooms (crucial to our marriage remaining viable), has a garage parking space, a roof deck, a terrace and is over the Metro & underground city. We'll do a lot of walking and get to both Atwater and Jean Talon Markets. No dog (allergies). Too much info? Again, thanks. eta: Weezy - thanks for the Soupe des Artes info. Sounds like a plan.
  14. Looking forward to your comments. Much appreciated.
  15. So, 8+ years later, when I'm finally going to spend several nights in QC, this place closes 2 months ago. Oh well. Anyone got any other wine bar ideas? Or restaurants (already interested in going to Le Pied Bleu, L'Affaire Est Ketchup (really) & Le Continental). Thanks.
  16. Its only January, but we just rented an apartment in Montreal for the month of May (we're driving up from NYC, stopping in Glens Falls for a couple of nights so my wife can revisit where she lived as a child). At any rate, except for 3-4 nights in Quebec City, we'll be needing recommendations on restaurants, places to see, some nearby day trips, etc. to fill the month. No need to recap what's already been said on this thread -- I've read every word of it & took notes. But, if anyone has any place that they've eaten at in the past year or so that isn't one of the places that I should be expected to know about (I'm talkin' Joe Beef, Pied De Cochon, L'Express, Nora Gray, Le Quartier General....), please share (I'm looking at you mnnchas & Mark D.). Same goes for Quebec City. For other than eats, please send me a message if there's no other appropriate place on the boards. Thanks.
  17. Hey, I'm even older than Dean (only 3 or 4 years) but I've been drinking wine since 1970. If you count Mateus (the bottle made a great candle holder). All these years later, I can now renew my disdain for many "experts", as they are focused on "natural" fizzy, cloudy stuff without any body.
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