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Table-turning at Twist

I noticed "millstone birthday" on the original post but I stifled snarkiness (temporarily!). Hope you have a fantastic celebration and that you report back about Twist.

about 13 hours ago
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Cleo at The SLS - bold but balanced, sleek yet sophisticated

This might have been a mailing for non-locals only.

1 day ago
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Caesars restaurants

It isn't just you, Pretender. I've only been to Mesa Grill in Las Vegas twice, once for brunch and once for lunch, but each time the meal peaked with the bread basket.

Oct 18, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

TR: Robuchon, LOS, MO Tea, Giada, and more (LONG)

Your enthusiasm is contagious, and thanks for sharing the highs and lows of your time -- and congratulations on your anniversary.

I was especially interested in your experience at the Laundry Room. The "secret but not secret" nature of it was a turn-off to me. So I was pleasantly surprised to hear that you were treated so well once you were inside. I've heard from others that Dan is a fantastic bartender.

Oct 18, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Lotus of Siam: Specific Wine Recomendations

I would ask for "Ae" (pronounced like the first letter of the alphabet, short for Aevil), who is both the general manager and wine director. He can usually be found behind the bar in the back room. If he's not available, ask for Joe. On the weekends, you might ask for Penny, the Chutimas' elder daughter, who has studied wine in the last year or two. Her father, Bill, no longer works the room very often, but he is extremely knowledgeable about wine. If he's there, he loves nothing more than talking about food and wine.

There is a wide range of knowledge about wine among the waiters, but Ae is giving regular classes for the whole staff.

Oct 17, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

China Mama needs more love on this board

Pretty sure the last line of his first paragraph meant to say "FOUR of us..."

Oct 17, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Special occasion dinner in Manhattan but with teens!

If only the food were better at The Oyster Bar. I found it a thrilling space when I was a kid. I do think the bar room at Gramercy Tavern is a terrific idea. So is the bar room at Colicchio & Sons. At both places, I think the teens will be treated with respect and not condescension. You can make a reservation at the Tap Room at Colicchio & Sons.

Oct 16, 2014
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

Lotus of Siam: Still wonderful but...

I know that Ai and the Chutimas have gotten more interested in sake, and the last time I was there, they were providing in-house education for their waitstaff on the subject. I've never tried sake with Thai food. Has anyone here?

Oct 15, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Lotus of Siam: Still wonderful but...

Jack in the Box used to run 5 small tacos for $1 specials. In 1979, I was reimbursed fo a bill for under $2 (for five tacos and a Diet Coke) on my expense account.

Oct 15, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Lotus of Siam: Still wonderful but...

Present!

I'm going to be in New Orleans at the beginning of April, but after that...

Oct 13, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Where to get pork neck in NYC?

Not in Manhattan, but the pork neck salad at Pok Pok NY is one of the highlights of the menu.

Oct 13, 2014
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

The Arepa Lady Moves Indoors

I agree with your opinion about Mishan, but don't understand the food/restaurant distinction you are making. Do you mean she isn't interested in service and ambience? I don't think that's true, as exemplified in this review.

Oct 10, 2014
Dave Feldman in Outer Boroughs

Lotus of Siam: Still wonderful but...

Arggh, I hope that this is an aberration. Like you, I'd rather up the price than lower the portion size, especially because most of the meals I eat at LOS are family style with at least four people. Haven't been to LV because of some things beyond my control, but I'm hoping to get out in a few months.

Oct 08, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Moving to 105 and Broadway - Whats good up there?

Thanks for the correction. And I realize on reflection, that few Italians would consider gnocchi a pasta.

Oct 07, 2014
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

Moving to 105 and Broadway - Whats good up there?

http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/... The Sardinian pastas are labeled as such, but sometimes there are Sardinian specials as well. Gnocchi is ordinarily one of my least favorite pastas, but I particularly like the gnochetti here, although the preparation is quite simple.

Portions are smallish and in general the food is lighter than even "authentic" Italian in NYC.

Oct 07, 2014
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

Looking for unique, interesting, or even strange experience.

It's not only hard to think of what "native" cuisine would be for Las Vegas, but offhand, I can't think of an obviously personality-driven restaurant in the sense that dicekmuro. The two places that lept to mind for me are both on QAW's list.

Bootlegger Bistro not only for the entertainment and old-school Italian, but also the long, continuous ownership.

And I've never been to Mountain Springs Saloon, but have seen it on TV several times, and it sure seems like a Vegas institution.

Another possibility is Dino's on Las Vegas. Blvd., for a Vegas take on karaoke. http://dinoslv.com/new/

Oct 06, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Moving to 105 and Broadway - Whats good up there?

I echo strangemd's recommendations. Of all those recommendations, I think Jim might be the strongest (although my affection for Sal and Carmine's is abiding).

I want to add a couple of neighborhood joints on Amsterdam. Arco, on 103rd and Amsterdam, is a Sardinian-Italian restaurant. Stick to the Sardinian pastas and specials and you will probably be happy.

Buster's, just a few doors north, is a tiny place, and the atmosphere is provided mostly by Fidel, the waiter-co-owner. His partner, Glenn, is in the kitchen, cooking light and most healthy "spatinental" cuisine. It's a charming place.

Oct 06, 2014
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

Il Cantinori- underrated and fantastic

Believe me, if the food is as you described, there has been some massive change. After an auspicious beginning, Il Cantinori was tired twenty-five years ago. Both Il Cantinori and sister restaurant Periyali were ahead of their time, and fell off in quality over the years. It's exciting to hear that Il Cantinori might have come back from the walking dead.

Oct 04, 2014
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

Trip report

Enjoyed your trip report very much -- thanks.

I'm curious what the FLAVORED smoked salmon was at the Bacchanal buffet.

Oct 02, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Trip Report August 21-27, 2014

I really enjoyed your report and appreciated you reporting back about the not great meals at the end -- these are the kind of places that rarely get mentioned on Chowhound, and now someone using the search mechanism can find some info about them.

And it was generous of you to report back. I hope you won't be afraid to post any questions you have before the next trip.

Especially glad you had a good experience at Wolfgang Puck's Cucina -- we get asked about places for relatively inexpensive rehearsal and wedding parties frequently.

Oct 01, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Won't be returning to Per Se

Can't help with the PerSe discussion, but can save everyone a couple hundred of dollars on granola! The recipe has been published in many venues, including the NY TImes. It's very adaptable, too, so free to substitute ingredients you like.

http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

One Dinner, Off Strip, Sunday, Have Car, Will Travel

I stand corrected. To be honest, I haven't taken a cab in LV in many years. And traffic is definitely the key to fares in LV cabs.

Sep 20, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

A quick note re: Honey Salt

Thanks for the nice report. I assume the owners are busy with the launch of LV Made in Tivoli Village, so it's nice to hear that they haven't dropped the ball on the flagship restaurant.

Sep 20, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

One Dinner, Off Strip, Sunday, Have Car, Will Travel

I think it would be considerably more than $15 from Mandalay Bay, on the far south side of the Strip, but I've never cabbed to Raku.

Sep 19, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

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

Haven't been to Las Vegas in a while, so your suggestions are most appreciated.

Sep 18, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

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