Tamales in the Village, Whole Lobster and More Reader Questions


Hiya from the ultimate week of July! Summer time is absolutely in swing — are you consuming your daily ice cream? — and the requests preserve coming. This week, I’m serving to a reader who shall be on the town for the U.S. Open and wishes suggestions for the place to dine in Manhattan and on the best way again from the stadium in Flushing. Additionally, a reader is looking for nice tamales within the Village, and one other desires to eat entire lobster with out breaking the financial institution.

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I’m stumped as to the place to eat throughout our weekend on the U.S. Open. We arrive on a Friday late afternoon and are staying near West a hundred and tenth and Central Park West. What recommendations do you could have for us to dine shut by? Strolling distance, and we’re good walkers. We love good meals, nice design, a very good vibe, however not excessive costly. Then Saturday and Sunday we shall be out at Flushing Meadows till about 7 p.m., then again to Manhattan. So wherever in between the place we will hop off the practice, have a culinary expertise and again on the practice later is nice. — Marike B.

The excellent news is you gained’t should stroll too far for both of my Manhattan suggestions. To fortify you for the journey to Queens, it’s best to seize brunch at Melba’s, one in all Harlem’s most interesting soul meals locations. Rooster with a aspect of eggnog waffles (or is it the reverse?) are the specialty, however I counsel committing to the catfish. And for dinner, stroll over to the Peruvian restaurant Contento on East 111th Avenue close to Park Avenue. They serve my favourite yuca fries in New York Metropolis, and you may’t go fallacious with the fluke katsu or the quick ribs over shiny udon noodles (every demonstrating Japanese affect on Peruvian delicacies). For his half, my colleague Pete Wells really enjoyed the arroz con pato pictured above.

As in your practice trip again from Flushing, I can’t advocate the Tibetan restaurant Phayul sufficient. It’s a really homey, very low-key spot, and the beef-filled tsak sha momos with chile crisp are such a deal with. Disembark on the Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue cease to take pleasure in.

Any suggestions near the Village for tamales? I relish ones which might be beneficiant with corn meal. — Judi

Factory Tamal, anybody? There are two places: one on Ludlow Avenue and a extra Village-adjacent storefront on East Fourth Avenue close to Cooper Sq.. Because the New York Occasions Journal columnist Ligaya Mishan wrote in her 2017 review, it’s one in all only a few locations in New York Metropolis that makes masa the old-school (learn: historic) method. Her favourite tamales: mole poblano, chipotle, salsa verde, rajas con queso, and the so-New-York-it-hurts bacon and cheese; $5 every.

The place are the perfect locations to eat entire lobsters in Manhattan? We’re ready to spend some $$$, however not The Palm. — Pat L.

I wasn’t conscious we had been having one other assembly of the Finer Things Club! In all seriousness, an entire lobster isn’t too far out of attain for you. At Keens Steakhouse, in Midtown, the market worth for an entire steamed lobster is at the moment $35 per pound — they often high out at 5 kilos, or $175 — and so they even allow you to select your individual lobster. And in the event you recover from to north Brooklyn, please take a look at Greenpoint Fish and Lobster Company. Market worth at its restaurant is at the moment $49 to $59 per lobster, which the restaurant informed me is lastly coming down after last year’s whole lobster price spike. All its seafood is sustainably sourced, and better of all, your lobster comes with a bib!

  • In his newest overview, Pete Wells gave three stars to the yakitori restaurant Kono, the place the chef Atsushi Kono treats rooster as “not one ingredient but many ingredients.”

  • Openings: Le Rock, the newest mission from the staff behind Frenchette, is now open at Rockefeller Middle; HAGS, a queer-owned restaurant providing vegan and omnivore tasting menus, opened final week within the East Village; and after greater than two years, Russ & Daughters Cafe is again to full service on Orchard Avenue.

  • Need to bar-hop your method by the pure wine bars of Decrease Manhattan? T Journal has a mini guide for doing simply that.

  • Tejal Rao mirrored on the complicated legacy of Diana Kennedy, the British-born cookbook creator and researcher who “changed the way millions of people perceived Mexican food, and relished the power in that role.” Ms. Kennedy died on Sunday at 99.

  • Gas prices and rising supply costs have made proudly owning and working ice cream vehicles untenable for some house owners, Christina Morales reviews.

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