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following up - our dinner at louro

Thanks for reporting back, and glad that you liked Louro. Summertime is slow for a lot of restaurants, and I think it does behoove us make sure we support the restaurants we care about.

Jul 11, 2014
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

AYCE Sushi in Las Vegas

Thanks for all the info. Much appreciated.

Jul 11, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Famous Regional Food you find embarrassing or disgusting?

And Shakey's calls them Mojo Potatoeshttp://www.shakeys.com/menu/chicken.aspx

Jul 10, 2014
Dave Feldman in General Topics
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AYCE Sushi in Las Vegas

Just to be clear, I assume that these specials (e.g., pork belly, fish collars) aren't part of the AYCE? What is included?

Jul 10, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Non-casino restaurant suggestions for a party, about 20-30 people with kids

Maggiano's is a good idea, although it is a chain. The food isn't outstanding, but this kind of event is what they do, and the operation is usually extremely professional and polished compared to most family style places. Here's the menu -- it might be a little above the range needed, even with the "light" menu.http://www.maggianos.com/EN/LocationS...

Jul 07, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Blank Slate - (July 11-14)

Unfortunately, Chada Thai will be closed from July 7-27 for renovations and so that the staff can get their first ever long vacation since the restaurant opened.

Have you tried Raku?

Jul 06, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Lotus of Siam's lunch buffet

Wow, that's news to me.

Personally, I'm happy to see the change. Bill Chutima expressed to me, as far back as ten years ago, that he would have preferred to dump the buffet, but he felt loyalty to the locals who frequented the lunch buffet. The Chutimas "inherited" the buffet from the previous owners, and Lotus might not have kept afloat in its early years without the revenue from the buffet. In 2000 and 2001, it was not uncommon for me to eat dinner on a weeknight and see only one or two other tables occupied, but lunch business was always brisk.

I know that the Chutimas were concerned that if they took away the buffet, their buffet "regulars" might not be able to afford ala carte dining and LOS, and that would be my only concern, too.

Jul 06, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Joe's Pub: the best music/food venue in NYC?

I'm not quite as enthusiastic about the food at Joe's Pub, which is certainly the music venue I attend in NYC, but the food HAS improved and the burger and fries are comparable to what you'd get in a better than average restaurant. The service and attitude among the whole staff is so much friendlier and professional than most of the clubs in the city. Thumbs up.

I'm also not as enthusiastic about the food at The Library as you are, but it's an invaluable place, nevertheless. In my experience, it's never too crowded or too loud. You can do a civilized post-mortem about the concert or play you have just seen, with no pressure to leave. Prices are reasonable, too.

Jul 02, 2014
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

NY Foodie in Vegas

Is there some reason you want to eat on the Strip? lotus of Siam is off-Strip but serves much better Thai then you can find in NYC, along with a superb wine list. LOS has a huge menu, but the specialty is Northern Thai, including many Laotian influences.

Jun 30, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas
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Beijing Noodles Cafe: Excellent hand-pulled noodles in Las Vegas

Very sad. Good food and nice people.

Jun 30, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Cornish Pasty Co.

Thanks. Exactly what I needed to know.

Jun 29, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Cornish Pasty Co.

After all the fits and starts, I see this place has opened in the Commercial Center. Have any Hounds tried it yet? If so, what's the verdict?

In particular, I was wondering how crowded it is late night, and in particular whether it's big enough to fit a fairly large party (say, of 6 or 8 people).

Thanks!

Jun 29, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Louro - Dinner or Sunday Lunch

Be aware that you might not get the same menu as is listed online -- Santos changes the menu frequently. Also look out for some of his special meals (particularly on Sunday and Monday nights) -- they are usually great fun and a bargain.

Jun 28, 2014
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

Washington Heights and Upper Harlem

Expect Patsy's to be far better than Lombardi's. I happen to love Pepe's, and refuse to choose between the two, especially as the pizzas are a totally different style.

Jun 27, 2014
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

Louro - Dinner or Sunday Lunch

I have a strong preference for dinner at Louro. The goat burger at brunch is very tasty, and there are a few salads from the dinner menu, but the brunch menu, as with most restaurants, is more conservative.

If you might be interested in a more informal brunch, the new weekend brunch at Bustan is wonderful, although one of the standout set of dishes, the shakshoukas, have a tomato sauce base. The Bustan Kebab is a spectacular sandwich: http://www.bustannyc.com/#!brunch-men... Bustan has a nice garden -- it's very pleasant on a nice day.

Jun 27, 2014
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

Hipster coffee/bakery/dive/restaurant tee shirts...

The first thing that popped into my mind is that Sora Ramen, at 4490 Spring Mountain Rd., has cool t-shirts, especially the "No Ramen, No Life" one.

Jun 24, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Review #7: Lotus of Siam

I think they would probably take reservations now but LOS doesn't get booked that far in advance, even on the weekends. A few weeks in advance is probably all you need, even on a Saturday.

Jun 24, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

My extended (June 10-20) trip to Vegas

Ahh, you left us with a cliffhanger. OK, if that's the way you want to be!

I know the feeling of getting to an all-Asian binge. I think what separates the greater Spring Mountain area from other Chinatowns is the sheer variety of different cuisines so close together.

I'm coming in soon for the national bridge tournament, with an awful schedule for eating. It's nice to know that there are some great options, such as Raku, for late night.

Jun 22, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Best of the UWS, 2014 Edition

An Indian friend and I had the chance to have a quick dinner at Awadh, and we both agreed it is very promising. We shared two apps and two entrees:

Murgh Parda Kebab -- grilled chicken in a "wet" marinade with yogurt and spices. Superb.

Karari Bhindi -- the fried okra was well-executed but the star was the spicy dipping sauce, which was a little creamy, I'm guessing from peanuts added to chilies.

Aloo Chutney Pulao -- the only vegetarian biriani offered, I think we ordered wrong. Although there was hotness from chilies, the profusion of potatoes blanded out the dish, even though the rice was excellent. Next time, I'll try the lamb or chicken biriani.

Dahiwala -- baby goat in onion-tomato sauce was our least favorite dish. The sauce got a little tiresome.

Service was friendly and the owners are active and enthusiastic. I'm optimistic -- Awadh is probably now better than any other Indian on the UWS -- but many more visits will tell the tale.

With Szechuan Gourmet only a couple of doors up Broadway, this neighborhood is definitely looking up.

Jun 22, 2014
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

Some Lotus of Siam and Chada Thai News

I just spoke to Supunika (aka Sabrina), the younger Chutima daughter, and she confirmed that there will be a price increase for the buffet AND for some of the menu items, as well, in July.

And worse news for some: Lotus will be closed for some renovation starting July 7 and will reopen on the 11th.

And speaking of temporary closings, Chada is going to be dark for 3 weeks, from July 7-July 27, reopening on the 28th. This will be the first real vacation for the staff of Chada, although there will be some kitchen renovation being done during the shutdown.

Jun 20, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Review #7: Lotus of Siam

I'm so happy that all went well, but I'm not surprised. LOS is my favorite place to eat anywhere. Even when Saipin isn't in the kitchen, the love is on the plate.

Jun 19, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Review #6: The Verandah

Thanks. That sounds great, and would definitely solve some preference disparities in my family!

Jun 18, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Review #6: The Verandah

I've never been to Verandah but might remedy this in July. I'm a little confused about the setup for weekend brunches. Is the buffet mandatory? I assume the "packages" are not part of the buffet, but are they served in the same place and if so, does everyone at the table need to pick one or the other?

Jun 17, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Which Hotel Has the Best Restaurant Portfolio?

Would probably be Cosmo, Venetian/Palazzo, MGM, in that order. I wish there were more excellent Asian options (Japanese is an exception, I guess, but at a great price -- and I haven't been to LV Hakkasan yet).

Jun 15, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Return to Raku

Thanks for the great report, especially the heads up about the fried shrimp, which I don't think I've ever ordered.

Jun 15, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Visiting Manhattan in October and Need Some Specific Recs

Or if you don't mind spending more than a few bucks, you could have a "surf and turf" progressive meal by going to Katz's (where you can share a sandwich) and Russ & Daughters' new restaurant.

Jun 15, 2014
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

Trip report 6/10-6/12, Gallagher's Steakhouse, Yusho, and Lotus of Siam

OK, I have to ask: Are you a professional writer?

This trip report is full of so many wonderfully turned phrases that all I can say is that if you're not one, maybe you chose the wrong career.

Glad you had such a great experience, especially at Lotus of Siam (Yusho wasn't open last time I was in LV). You might be interested to know that after a long absence, Gallaghers reopened in New York City, to surprisingly little fanfare. It was never the best steakhouse in NYC, but it was a gorgeous space with wonderful, crusty, old-school waiters, and a lively scene. My favorite dish there was the roast beef hash, served only at lunch if there were leftovers from the night before.

Jun 14, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Review #4: Jaleo

Not yet. It was two weeks ago and I had actually been there the week before. We had some service issues that time, too, but mostly just poor timing of the rolling carts. The servers, in my experience, have been uniformly charming -- and I certainly don't blame them for the rubber band issue.

Jun 14, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Review of é by José Andrés

Was there any indication that there was "cross-pollination" between the E and Jaleo kitchens? I thought the whole idea of E was to serve as an experimental lab -- it would likely not be a source of profit. Maybe your meal/menu was an anomaly?

Jun 13, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Review #4: Jaleo

A similar incident occurred at a celebration dinner at Ma Peche in NYC. Five of us were sharing all the dishes and we ordered a "Thai chicken curry." It was fine, if meek, but the fourth person to dig in noticed that there was a large rubber band in the broth. We told our waiter, and he said: "Let me tell the manager."

The manager came by and we joked about it a bit, he took the bowl, including the rubber band away, and it occurred to me later that neither the waiter nor the manager actually apologized. We weren't offered an alternative and (I only subsequently learned -- one of us was treating the others), were charged for it.

Jun 13, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas