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Dinner at Bazaar Meat®; dessert at Ku Noodle @ the SLS (12 Sept. 2014)

Thanks, zin -- an outstanding report.

Sep 13, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Sequel to "The Trip" - Coogan and Brydon do Italy

In many ways I preferred The Trip To Italy to The Trip, but the sequel is a little less food-oriented. In exchange, Italy's scenery has rarely been better captured on film. And best of all, from my point-of-view, Coogan and especially Brydon rarely stop doing impressions.

5 lunches, 4 dinners

Thanks so much for reporting back. You done good.

Sep 08, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Couple's first time in Vegas - Tastiest cheap foods please

Thanks for the tip! Do you like anything there besides the dumplings?

Sep 03, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Soba, naengmyeon or other cold Asian noodle dishes

When I saw your headline, I thought of I-Naba immediately. I haven't been there myself, but it's high on my to-do list.

So sorry that Bejing Noodle Cafe closed recently. I loved their cold noodles.

I know you preferred off-Strip, but I'd sure be tempted to try Ku Noodle at the SLS.

Aug 29, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

The Griddle Cafe at SLS - the food lives up, the service needs work.

Alan,

I don't think that would do anything but punish the poster, who is just following policy. Why not go to the "Site Talk" board and complain?

Aug 28, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Just a comment/question

It's a good question, one that has been raised before. I think the answer has to do with tourism being the biggest industry in Las Vegas, and the preponderance of tourists who eat on the Strip. The result of this phenomenon is that the questions that get asked are extremely repetitive. "Which buffet should we go to?" "Here are 5 restaurants (the usual upscale suspects) and I have 3 nights in LV -- where should I eat?" "I keep hearing that Las Vegas has the best steakhouses -- should we eat at Cut or Carnevino or Prime?"

These are totally legitimate questions, but you can't blame locals for getting bored discussing the same restaurants over and over again, especially when relatively few people repay their efforts with a report about their dining. I don't think we have a big enough base of locals who are exploring new places. The locals who do post are extremely valuable, I think there just aren't enough of them. A cadre of regular posters is crucial -- a similar phenomenon is occurring on the Manhattan board. Traffic is very light and it has a much smaller percentage of questions from tourists.

I think locals would post more if more tourists filed trip reports, and more tourists would explore off-Strip places if locals wrote more about them.

I am totally guilty of the behavior I describe. I have probably answered some variation of "What should we order at Lotus of Siam?" more than a hundred times.

Aug 28, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas
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Best of the UWS, 2014 Edition

I assume you are referring to Doaba? Not trying to be the spelling police, just correcting so that folks who are searching for Doaba can find it. I've only been there once, several years ago, and wasn't knocked out, but it could have been an off-day.

Aug 28, 2014
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

A few quick Vegas notes

I just stumbled onto this thread and although I have no joy with a business going south, with the attendant loss of jobs, my forebodings of doom were right, just premature.

Best of the UWS, 2014 Edition

I'm happy to hear that 105 is better. I've been sorely disappointed by the 98th St. location.

Aug 26, 2014
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

Did anyone try SLS buffet today? I walked in and walked right out

Thanks to both of you for the first-day reports. I have no vested interest in SLS, but I would love for there to be a renaissance on the Northern part of the Strip. It was a different time when the Flamingo, Riviera, and the Stardust were thriving.

Aug 24, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Did anyone try SLS buffet today? I walked in and walked right out

Was the casino also empty? Did you check out any of the restaurants?

Aug 24, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

A Personal Announcement

You are one of the good guys, Jacquilynne. Go forth and conquer!

Aug 18, 2014
Dave Feldman in Site Talk
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Where can I find great Greek yogurt? I had some for dessert last night

Looks like you bought the lowfat, Gary. Next time, look for the blue print on the same white container, if they carry it. I can't eat too much of it, but it's just delicious. I agree that Kesso containers are hard to spot in the visually cacophonus yogurt case.

Aug 16, 2014
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

Where can I find great Greek yogurt? I had some for dessert last night

That's good to know, Gary -- I seldom roam the dairy case at Fairway -- I wonder if Kesso is carried in all their stores.

Aug 15, 2014
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

NY Times/Pete Wells Weighs in on Off-Strip Las Vegas

Yes, Kevin, it's fantastic. And I'd especially order dishes you haven't eaten anywhere else -- I guarantee you'll be enchanted. A big plus is that one of the owners, Aime, is from Southern Thailand, and the Southern dishes, to my taste, compare favorably to the formidable Jitlada in Los Angeles.

It's been too long since I've been in Las Vegas, and hope to remedy it soon. I just looked at the menu for the first time in a while, and see they've taken my two standbys off the menu. Definitely ask about specials. They're always worth considering.

And although Bank is in the kitchen, if you ask him to help with wine (or craft beer), unless he's absolutely slammed, he loves to help.

Aug 14, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Private room for Birthday Party - 12-14 adults, 6 kids

At tapas places, I do the Lotus strategy with big groups. Order several of each dish.

Aug 14, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

NY Times/Pete Wells Weighs in on Off-Strip Las Vegas

Wells visits many of the obvious suspects, and IMO does the right thing -- namechecks Lotus of Siam and Raku but reviews only places that the Times hasn't covered before, including Chada Thai, Kabuto, Raku Sweets, Honey & Salt, and Carson Kitchen: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/13/din...

Aug 13, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Local mid-high end restaurant with chef actually there?

I would highly recommend Raku, too. It's one of the most reliable restaurants in Las Vegas.

Aug 12, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Alize - review is coming, but first a question to the CH community

I have many friends who are graphic designers. I'm betting that they would blame the person who laid out the menu for all this confusion.

Aug 11, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Alize - review is coming, but first a question to the CH community

If the first two options are not "free," then the $20 supplement for the truffle caviar makes no sense. But it IS confusing. I think a call might be in order.

Aug 10, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Next trip coming soon, but first...

Could be, QAW, could be. If he has any rival among people I've met, it is Bill Chutima of Lotus of Siam. He was Bank's early mentor and back when Bill was working the floor at every service, he made great choices for me.

The vast majority of the best Thai restaurants I've tried in Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago are either BYOB or have only a token wine list.

Aug 09, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Where can I find great Greek yogurt? I had some for dessert last night

I haven't. I am nothing if not lazy.

Aug 08, 2014
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

Next trip coming soon, but first...

The wine and beer list at Chada is impressive, too.

Aug 07, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Casual Dining Recommendations

If simplicity is what you are after, fewer places in NYC offer simpler or more delicious food than Pearl Oyster Bar on Cornelia St., and they take no reservations, anyway.

Louro on West 10th is delicious but more adventurous. Upscale food in a very informal, relaxed atmosphere.

Aug 07, 2014
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

Where can I find great Greek yogurt? I had some for dessert last night

You don't need to go to Astoria or bemoan the loss of the Sullivan St. branch of The Yogurt Place to enjoy their yogurt in Manhattan. It is marketed under the Kesso brand and both the full-fat and low-fat versions are being sold at Zabar's. I believe that Westside Markets no longer carry it, which used to be my source for Kesso. The full-fat version is the best yogurt I've ever tasted from a store.

Aug 06, 2014
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

Firefly, any good these days?

What QAW says. To be fair, I haven't been to either Firefly in many years, but the two times I tried the Paradise Rd. location, I was mystified by the place's popularity. In fairness, I don't think Firefly even pretends to serve authentic Spanish tapas. I think you can do better, Chef.

Aug 03, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Chelsea Market recommendations

And buy some caramels at Liddabit to take home.

Jul 22, 2014
Dave Feldman in Manhattan
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Lotus of Siam: What else to add to our order?

Glad it all worked out. Did you have favorite dishes?

Jul 20, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Japanese Cuisine by Omae - my review

Thanks for the graphics, which look great, especially with the funky fish! Can't the two tops be combined to make four-tops, like Chada Thai? Wouldn't that be just as effective?

Jul 18, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas