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Restaurant or bar with a view?

I agree. The view from the bar at the River Cafe is terrific.

A place in Brooklyn that flies below the radar is Giandos in Williamsburg. It's opposite the lower east side so it's got a view of both the lower Manhattan and midtown skylines. You'll need to take a cab to get there.

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http://www.giandoonthewater.com/

The Rainbow Room has just reopened. It's now mostly used for private events but it's open for brunch on Sundays and drinks and dinner on Mondays. They're still working out their schedule so it's best to call them.

http://www.rainbowroom.com/

Sep 18, 2014
Bob Martinez in Manhattan

Craft beer bars near Brooklyn Heights / Cobble Hill?

I went to Bar Great Harry twice, both times on a Friday night. The first time was fine. The second time it was so earsplittingly loud that I turned around at the door and walked away. I've got no idea whether that 2nd experience was atypical but I figured it was worth a mention.

Waterfront Ale House has a nice beer selection, good pub food, and tolerable noise levels.

Sep 17, 2014
Bob Martinez in Outer Boroughs

Leave Guy Fieri alone: Why he has nothing to do with the Food Network’s decline

What? You don't like theme nights devoted to Ancient Aliens or UFOs?

Al Di La - Whats Good These Days

You need to get some new friends. :-)

I've been to ADL about 10 times. I like it but I've never considered it to be anything better than a nice neighborhood place. That's not a bad thing at all.

They got their reputation when the quality level of Italian places in NY was lower than it is today. They're as good as ever but other places have caught up.

Sep 15, 2014
Bob Martinez in Outer Boroughs

Nothing expensive in lower Manhattan

Understatement of the year. :-)

Sep 14, 2014
Bob Martinez in Manhattan

Do you think wheat is "the root of all evil" or staff of life?

Vegans are delicious. I prefer the free range vegans over the farm raised variety. The taste is subtle and rich.

Sep 11, 2014
Bob Martinez in General Topics
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Do you think wheat is "the root of all evil" or staff of life?

Could you explain an alternative means of finding the truth other than the scientific method?

While it might have started in the West it's been fully embraced around the world. In India. In China. In Africa. Everywhere.

What's your method?

Sep 10, 2014
Bob Martinez in General Topics

Do you think wheat is "the root of all evil" or staff of life?

Science is a process. But of course you knew that. Nobody on this thread has said that all things are known. A hundred years from now we'll know more than we do today.

Part of the process of science is that its findings are reproducible. Scientists publish their results and then other scientists confirm them.

Magic is different. It's rules are murky. If and when it doesn't work the magician says something like "the stars were not in alignment" or "there was an unbeliever in the room and the spirits were vexed."

If there's an ancient Chinese herb that is supposed to cure the common cold it can be tested on a group of patients. Half can be given the herb and half can be given sugar pills. If the cure rate for the herb is the same as the sugar pills then the herb doesn't work. If it does work we can all rejoice. The scientific process is a way of finding the truth.

If you *don't* test drugs that way you're practicing voodoo.

Do you think wheat is "the root of all evil" or staff of life?

Science has given us cures for polio, yellow fever, and malaria. It's brought us electricity, computers, and satellites. Smart phones, airplanes, and yes, the Internet.

OTOH magic has brought us psychics, faith healers, and astrology.

Science is peer reviewed and reproducible. Magic is anecdotal. If you ask for evidence you're considered to be a bad sport.

Sorry. I vote for science.

Do you think wheat is "the root of all evil" or staff of life?

It appears a lot of people do. American voodoo.

Magic diets that say "eat what you want and lose weight by taking this little pill."

Magic knee braces that eliminate back pain by pressing on a secret pressure point on the back of your calf.

Magic wrist braces that are made with copper that make you feel like you're 23 again.

Do you think wheat is "the root of all evil" or staff of life?

Right - I follow science too since the alternative is magic.

Sep 08, 2014
Bob Martinez in General Topics

2 Burn-Your-Face-Off Spicy Dinners?

I'd buy you a drink for that post if I could. Spot on.

Sep 05, 2014
Bob Martinez in Manhattan

Anyone been to Denny's yet?

FinancialDistrictResident has been a respected poster for years. This time around she's just having a little fun. On another food board where I post we're doing the same thing.

Sep 05, 2014
Bob Martinez in Manhattan

Plate sharing fee- why?

You did what I would have done. In fact my GF and I so it regularly at our local casual bar/restaurant.

Honestly, I think your server just misinterpreted the restaurant's splitting policy. You weren't splitting one dish - you bought 2 and cut them in half.

Sep 05, 2014
Bob Martinez in Not About Food

Anyone been to Denny's yet?

You owe it toy yourself to go at midnight. I'm imagining the bar from Star Wars.

Sep 05, 2014
Bob Martinez in Manhattan

"I Don't Cook"

You're aware this is a food board, right?

Sep 04, 2014
Bob Martinez in General Topics

Site prone to crashing on every browser. Why?

FWIW I'm using XP and the latest version of Firefox on my laptop with no problems. With Adblock too.

Sep 02, 2014
Bob Martinez in Site Talk

Site prone to crashing on every browser. Why?

No crashes for me.

Firefox on my laptop - Chrome on my phone and tablet.

Sep 01, 2014
Bob Martinez in Site Talk

New York Michelin

Fair enough.

I do strongly recommend Little Pepper in College Point. It's a bit of a haul if you don't have a car but the food is teriffic. Not a glamour spot by any means but well worth a visit.

Aug 31, 2014
Bob Martinez in Manhattan

New York Michelin

LAN Sheng is one of the 2 best Sichuanese restaurants in NYC and richly deserves its star. (The other is Little Pepper in College Point.) You might not like that cuisine but that's a separate issue from the quality of the restaurant.

They're going to keep their star.

Aug 31, 2014
Bob Martinez in Manhattan

Continued Feedback on Moderation Changes, and More Guidance for Bloggers

FWIW I haven't noticed any spam on my home board - Manhattan. On the other NYC board, Outer Boroughs, there's one spam post . No one responded to it and it's quickly sinking to the bottom of the date sorted list.

Aug 31, 2014
Bob Martinez in Site Talk

Continued Feedback on Moderation Changes, and More Guidance for Bloggers

Long before the recent changes there was a short list of posters that I worked hard to avoid.

Reply posts not allowed with Firefox?

I don't think that's an issue specific to Firefox. It has occasionally happened to me using Chrome on mobile devices.

Aug 28, 2014
Bob Martinez in Site Talk
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Sadness

Good point. I have CH friends who've gotten great tips from hounds in other cities.

Aug 28, 2014
Bob Martinez in Site Talk

Sadness

Really well put.

The other thing about the early days is that we were new at participating on a food board. We got tips, we shared tips, we posted about our experiences and other like minded people responded. It was like falling in love for the first time.

Even if all those posters were still around we wouldn't be posting with that same level of wide eyed innocence. And as you said, the uniqueness of Chowhound has been diluted due to the large number of alternative information resources on the web.

It's *still* the premier source of information on ethnic cuisine. That's not a bad niche to fill.

Aug 28, 2014
Bob Martinez in Site Talk
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Sadness

See ya!!!

Aug 28, 2014
Bob Martinez in Site Talk

Sadness

Perfectly said.

Aug 28, 2014
Bob Martinez in Site Talk

Reply posts not allowed with Firefox?

I'm a Firefox user - works for me.

Aug 28, 2014
Bob Martinez in Site Talk

User profile: would you like to see more/different questions and/or mandatory info?

It will be days before I can forget that picture. I deserved that for being a smartass.

Aug 27, 2014
Bob Martinez in Site Talk

User profile: would you like to see more/different questions and/or mandatory info?

"How would any of it be verified, anyway?"

Sworn affidavits. Receipts. Polygraph tests. If necessary, waterboarding.

Piece of cake.