About this blog

My mother was a great cook. My father loved to eat.
I am the Man from Pawtucket and this is my story. Here you will find a collection of observations, from Central Falls to Central Park, from Pawtucket to Paris, about Eating Well. Bon Appetit.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Down and Hungry in LA

Check out these places when you're in the city of angeles.

Also, Lazy ox Canteen, Wurstruche, Church and State & Varnish, inside the revamped Coles.

Capsella bursa-pastoris

Golden Mall 41-28 Main St Flushing, Queens.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Brooklyn's Chinatown

Places to try along 8th Avenue in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

1. Pacificana 813 55th Street for dim sum
2. Ba Xuyen 4222 8th Avenue between 42nd & 43rd streets for banh mi
3. Yun Nan Flavour Snack 775A 49th St @ 8th Avenue for sweet and sour soup with dumplings.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Happy New Year

Year of the Rabbit. Time to try some new places in Chinatown. here are some suggestions by Eddie Huang

Shanghai Cuisine (stir-fried eel, four seasons bean curd, pork buns with black vinegar & ginger)
89-91 Bayard Street

Ping's Seafood (dim sum)
22 Mott Street

Super Taste (hand pulled noodles)
26 Eldridge Street

Great Bakery (pork buns, taro and red bean bun; Macau-style egg tart)
303 Grand Street

Great NY Noodletown (not new to here but need to try again) - three meats on rice; beef chow fun; seafood pan-fried noodles; roast duck won ton noodle soup
28 Bowery

Grand Sichaun International (spicy or chicken broth in hot pot)
125 Canal Street

Excellent Pork Chop House (Taiwanese style shaved ice; Taiwanese mei fun)
3 Doyers Street


Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sischuan
42-47 Main Street @ Franklin Avenue, Flushing, Queens

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The John Dory Oyster Bar

February 1, 2011

Arrived at 1:00pm for lunch at The John Dory Oyster Bar at the Ace Hotel. Despite many open seats along the window bars, I was told it would be about a 20 minute wait. When my lunch guest arrived a few minutes later I enquired with the maître d'hôtel why there would be such a long wait, and here's what she said:

- Since we don't take reservations, we need to pace the restaurant.

-OK, I think I understand, you're a bit short on servers today?

-No, we need to pace the kitchen.

-Pace the kitchen? But there are many seats open and we still have to wait?

- Well, we can seat you but you'll have to wait 10 or 15 minutes just to order.

-Well, I would rather sit than stand here by the cold door.

- OK. Sorry about that but we had a bunch of people come in and order all at once and we need to pace the kitchen.

Hmmm? Really. There was a rush of people, all at one time. Was this a new trend? Oh right, it's called LUNCHTIME. Obviously a new concept at The John Dory.

Sure, the oysters were good, and so was the Parsley And Anchovy Toast and Escarole Salad. The glass of Riesling was good too but I could do without the 'wines on tap' description.

Good food - Yes. Service - well, not unless you liked to be paced. Baffling really.