I know there are numerous threads throughout the site discussing the "must go to" spots throughout the boroughs, but I am posting to express my sadness with leaving the megopolian choices I've had for the past 12 years. As a working chef in the city and the Hamptons, I've followed Chowhounds rants, raves, and disses. I've quietly kept my figurative hand out of the pot because I've known some of the chefs and restaurants that have been lauded and scrutinized over the years on these pages.
Recently, I've begun reading the Pacific Northwest boards to get a feel for the dining enivronment in Seattle. [It's great and strong. Amazing Vietnamese, Thai, and Pacific NW cuisine.] Many educated diners with good options, and organic farming and sustainable agriculture are widely practiced. The quality of ingredients is one of the reasons I'm taking flight from King County NY to King County WA.
Despite leaving 20 pounds heavier than when I arrived in the city 11 years ago, I will miss not only the scope of dining options I have every night, but the quality and "authenticity" as well. While Seattle noodle soups are plentiful and voluptuous, I'll have a hard time finding a soup dumpling or pastrami on rye. My wife and I composed a list for the next week and a half, which we've coordinated with various friends and associates to meet for lunch or dinner. Given the expense of moving and me being between jobs, our list was limited to less expensive places we've been to before. Therefore, you may notice we didn't include any of Gotham's high temples of gastronomy. If you think we've omitted some important NY institutions (Chowhound approved or not), let me know: I've still couple a couple of days left to live...in Brooklyn.
Sri Pra Phai (oh how I'll miss the fried watercress)
Jackson Diner (not much Indian in Seattle)
Grand Central Oyster Bar (to get our fill of scrumptious East Coast oysters)
DiFara (I'll never eat pizza again!)
Katz's (maybe I'll have em send me a salami)
Al di la (Anna has been preparing thoughtful food for years in our favorite Brooklyn spot)
Joe's Shanghai (while not the best, it's an original)
Dumpling House (cheap and delicious)
Ba Xuyen (#1, #4, and Sardines, spicy)
Tom's Restaurant (the friendliest staff in all five boroughs)
Henry's End (my wife and I celebrate our special occasions here, food and wine are outstanding)
Burger Joint (the best burger in town, and we think the atmosphere rocks)
Be well New Yorkers!! Come visit me in Seattle! The dungeness crab season is in full swing!