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Ratners Dairy Restaurant

The original Ratner's on Delancey Street closed in 2002. (I think there might have been one or two branches elsewhere.) http://www.lowermanhattan.info/news/r...

Jan 07, 2014
Wilfrid in Manhattan

Unpleasant experience at CAGEN Sushi in East Village (former Kaijitsu space)

I remember the good old days when restaurants were pushing bottled water to combat drought (or something), and I used to ask for an empty glass and directions to the restroom. Laugh?

Dec 03, 2013
Wilfrid in Manhattan

Unpleasant experience at CAGEN Sushi in East Village (former Kaijitsu space)

I'm sure you'd say that if you ordered a tasting menu in a "Western restaurant," then wanted a portion of potatoes after the amuse--even though there are potatoes with the entree--the restaurant should accommodate you.

Maybe so, but I think you should also consider whether such a request might be seen as strange.

Dec 02, 2013
Wilfrid in Manhattan

Unpleasant experience at CAGEN Sushi in East Village (former Kaijitsu space)

Are you saying Cagen charges $275pp? That doesn't look right.

Dec 02, 2013
Wilfrid in Manhattan

Best tripe dish in NYC?

Lupa used to serve a mighty tripe omelette at lunch, but I think it's long gone from the menu. The excellent Aldea tripes appetizer seems to be taking a break too.

Still there. I think L'Express on Park Avenue is still the only place serving the traditional Lyonnaise tablier de sapeur (sapper's apron)--tripe braised, then breaded and crispy fried, served a tartare sauce.

Jeepney has a rich fried tripe with banana ketchup--best shared if you can find someone willing.

Personal favorite, a bowl or cup of tripe soup at the Ukrainian National on Second Ave. Herby, tender strips of tripe. I've been eating it...well, for a long time.

Oct 15, 2013
Wilfrid in Manhattan

You're About to Die And You Only have $50

I'd go somewhere with a killer wine-list, and stiff them on the check. :)

Oct 10, 2013
Wilfrid in Manhattan

Where do you dine at least once a month?

Wow, that leaves you about two or three evenings to try new places, assuming you never dine at home.

Aug 09, 2013
Wilfrid in Manhattan

'Craft' - What makes it so good, so popular and constantly referred to by foodies?

Yes, and I don't believe Sushi Yasuda has ever had a star, while much less highly rated sushi restaurants have been honored. Michelin just doesn't do NYC well.

Jul 03, 2013
Wilfrid in Manhattan

'Craft' - What makes it so good, so popular and constantly referred to by foodies?

Right, the very first edition of the Michelin New York guide was packed with bad calls and plain factual errors. Over the succeeding years it has improved somewhat, but you should still trust a consensus of other sources--it's just not a very good and reliable guide.

Jul 03, 2013
Wilfrid in Manhattan

Most interesting restaurants for carnivores

Grilled by you, and I found most of the cuts very disappointing.

Jun 07, 2013
Wilfrid in Manhattan

Where to eat during the Bushwick Open Studios?

Are you looking for restaurant suggestions, or just bars? Restaurants are going to be a challenge, because the two obvious alternatives to Roberta's--Dear Bushwick and 983 Bushwick's Living Room--are both small, and can be hard to get into even when there isn't an arts festival going on.

Dear Bushwick has pleasant food--terrines and sausage rolls--if you can get in. A few blocks up the hill from there (away from the galleries), Miles on Wilson has an inexpensive bar menu (sliders, cheese, charcuterie, usually one entree like a shepherd's pie or pasta); evenings only. I like the Dominican-style chimi burger at Burger It Up.

I don't recommend Olive Valley (falafel joint on Bogart), or Momo Sushi Shack.

May 16, 2013
Wilfrid in Outer Boroughs

Restaurant in Lincoln Center Area

Bar Boulud would be my pick too: be sure to make a reservation ahead of time.

May 01, 2013
Wilfrid in Manhattan

Blue Hill NYC vs Blue Hill at Stone Barns

I'm in the minority on this, after schlepping out to BHSB in the rain. The Greenwich Village restaurant is less hassle, less pompous, and judging by my last two visits, the food is at least as enjoyable (BHSB is much more expensive too, if that's a consideration).

Apr 30, 2013
Wilfrid in Manhattan

Restaurant in Lincoln Center Area

Since any non-Italian restaurant will fit the bill, assuming your guest doesn't order shellfish or pork (and tells the server about the nuts), maybe give some other guidance: price, how fancy, etc?

Apr 30, 2013
Wilfrid in Manhattan

Carbone

Thanks for the report. I assume you mean Don Peppe and Roberto's (Arthur Ave)?

Mar 14, 2013
Wilfrid in Manhattan

Any suggestions for a LES dive bar tour, kind of in the same vain as RGR's "(in)famous Lower East Side food tour." ?

I forgot the classic Chinatown dive, Winnie's. Beware nightly karaoke (which can draw a lot of students). Great in the afternoon.

Jan 17, 2013
Wilfrid in Manhattan

Any suggestions for a LES dive bar tour, kind of in the same vain as RGR's "(in)famous Lower East Side food tour." ?

The dive bar is a threatened species, even in the LES/EV: we've lost many good ones recently. A lot of the suggestions posted so far are not really dives (Nurse Bettie is closer to a lounge; Donnybrook is a spanking new mock-Irish pub, 169 used to be a hellish dive, but is now more like a music venue with Hawaiian decor).

Here are some dive-like dives, above and below Houston:

Manitoba's (although it's much less a dive than it once was)
Double Down Saloon
Lucy's
Doc Holliday's
Welcome to the Johnsons
Lit Lounge (if you ignore the gallery space)
Josie's
Mercury Lounge
Sophie's
Ace Bar
Grassroots Tavern
Basement bar under Three of Cups
Iggy's and Parkside Lounge are borderline dives

This isn't a list of the most enjoyable bars in the neighborhood, but I think it's closer to what you asked for.

Jan 17, 2013
Wilfrid in Manhattan

Whole goat purchase - manhattan

Why not do it in the street. Take a broom and some water and sweep up after. Just not outside a school. People are so sensitive.

Jan 16, 2013
Wilfrid in Manhattan

Your Top 5 Italian Restaurants Below 50th Street?

SD26 is missing from the lists, as usual.

Nov 08, 2012
Wilfrid in Manhattan

Best Mexican?

Toloache.

Nov 06, 2012
Wilfrid in Manhattan

Latest disappointment: Empellon Cocina

Yeah, I wish all the Dominicans in this city would lay off trying to make Mexican, French and Italian food too. :stupid:

Oct 27, 2012
Wilfrid in Manhattan

Is there a French restaurant that straddles the great middle?

Le Veau D'Or (if it's open) or La Mangeoire would be a big step down. In addition to Benoit, consider L'Absinthe.

Oct 25, 2012
Wilfrid in Manhattan

Help for London hounds - interesting and different in New York

For flavors I don't think you'll find in London, consider Fatty Cue or Brooklyn Star.

Oct 23, 2012
Wilfrid in Manhattan

Fried chicken rant

I eat Popeye's, and it is indeed salty and greasy. There's some mediocre fried chicken around, sure, but Bobwhite's is good, as is The Commodore and Pies & Thighs. Manna's is good when fresh. My mother didn't make it, so I can only compare one restaurant with another - I don't have some internalized Platonic ideal.

Oct 12, 2012
Wilfrid in Manhattan

Female-owned bars?

Lucy's, Avenue A.

Sep 19, 2012
Wilfrid in Manhattan

Any new (Good) South African restaurants?

Braai, from the same people as Xai Xai is a better place to eat. Xai Xai is more a wine bar than a restaurant.

Sep 19, 2012
Wilfrid in Manhattan

Best Burgers in NYC.................

Maxwell's certainly calls it a burger, but it's a sliced beef sandwich.

Sep 14, 2012
Wilfrid in Manhattan

Manhattan nostalgic restaurant bucket list

Be aware that Casa Adela closes fairly early and the chicken can run out.

Aug 30, 2012
Wilfrid in Manhattan

Best BBQ in NYC

Georgia's food is pleasant enough, but note that they don't smoke their meats. They slow cook them, then apply sauces. Some might argue it's not BBQ, although I'm sure that's controversial.

Aug 23, 2012
Wilfrid in Manhattan

Best BBQ in NYC

Fette Sau - no. Strange chemical taste to some of the meat. Not as good as Mable's, and neither of them are in Manhattan in any case.

Aug 14, 2012
Wilfrid in Manhattan