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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

Japanese Cuisine by Omae - my review

Thanks so much for the review. This is the opening I've been most interested in. Is the dinner menu different (before the kaiseki menu starts)?

Jul 18, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

One dinner, post Yankee game, (so no fancy duds), subway accessible....

I'd send them for a one-of-a-kind experience at Kabab Cafe, a shoebox-sized Egyptian restaurant featuring the cooking of Ali Al-Sayed, who is as great a raconteur as he is a chef. And he loves kids, and it's fairly close to LGA. A search on the Outer Boroughs board will give you lots of info about it. 2512 Steinway St. Closed Mondays.

Jul 17, 2014
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

Lotus of Siam: What else to add to our order?

My strategy for dinners of that size is to figure one order will serve six people for tastes. So I'd double everything, even to the point of cutting out dishes. It's too frustrating for everyone to get one spoonful of a dish.

Jul 15, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Raku vs Yusho

If they don't ask you to commit (which they have sometimes when I've gone with a group), I might wait until you see what the specials of the day are before choosing the omakase. In some cases, the specials are on the omakase.

Jul 15, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

One great meal plus some quick places?

In general area of the Riv:

Peppermill Coffee Shop is walking distance (just head south on Las Vegas Blvd.) for 24-hours of good-not-great classics, with huge portions, good service, and great ambiance.

But for better food, try Viva Las Arepas just north of the Stratosphere, and right next door to it, Art of Flavors, for extraordinary gelato.

Or try the Cornish Pasty Company in the Commercial Center at 953 East Sahara.

Or Lotus of Siam, which depending on which dishes you order, could work as your relatively inexpensive place or the "fancy" one. You can eat well for $20 there or if you splurge on the "right" dishes and wine, spend much more.

Jul 14, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

New Amsterdam Market Permanently Closes

Sad news, indeed. The NAM was my favorite of all the regularly scheduled fairs. Several of my pet vendors said they liked it best, to, because of the camaraderie among the participants.

Jul 14, 2014
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

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