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Wildair (from the great team behind Contra)

Just looking back at the OP: there are a number of good things to be said about Wildair's menu, but I do think picky eaters (let alone "the most picky") might have trouble choosing from six dishes featuring ingredients like squid, lardo, clams, seaweed butter and smoked chili vinaigrette.

Jul 24, 2015
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Virginia's, New upscale restaurant on Ave C

Correct. Avenue C is now a corridor of pricey cocktail lounges--indeed, it has been for several years.

Jun 25, 2015
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Wildair (from the great team behind Contra)

I wouldn't go as far as "terrific," but it's certainly pretty good food, and the wine-list is exceptional--if you like funky, natural wines. The space is cramped.

http://www.pinkpignyc.com/at_the_sign...

Jun 11, 2015
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Replacement for Terroir in the East Village

Lois is the new place on Avenue C. A pleasant room, inexpensive wines from the tap, served in stemless tumblers. Casual. Not a realistic substitute for Terroir.

Jun 11, 2015
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Replacement for Terroir in the East Village

Wildair's list is remarkable.

Jun 11, 2015
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Chinese casserole distinctions

More ignorance than dissonance I suspect.

Feb 03, 2015
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great cocktails for less than a zillion dollars?

Definitely post the question on the Brooklyn thread, because that will turn up more cocktails under $12.

Dec 15, 2014
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great cocktails for less than a zillion dollars?

Summit Bar serves the list of signature cocktails at half price between 5.30 and 7.30.

Dec 15, 2014
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List of places serving the best burgers in NYC

The Piper's Kilt could be on the list. In fact both of them could (there's one in Manhattan and one in the Bronx, both decent).

Dec 11, 2014
Wilfrid in Manhattan

List of places serving the best burgers in NYC

And the Dram Shop is in Brooklyn, but there you go.

Dec 11, 2014
Wilfrid in Manhattan

List of places serving the best burgers in NYC

What you have there is a list of places serving a whole range of very different kinds of burger. The list could be twice as long. Curious why you want to narrow it down. To decide which burgers to try? If so, consider whether you have a preferred style of burger (bar burger, fast food burger, gourmet) OR if you want to sample very different styles, but good examples of those styles. Those would be two ways of narrowing the list.

Honestly, you could just pick half a dozen of those at random and have an interesting time.

Dec 11, 2014
Wilfrid in Manhattan

À la Recherche de Truite Meunière

Trout "au bleu" is just-killed trout cooked quickly in a broth so that it skin turns a blue-ish color. Trout (or any other fish) "meuniere" is flour-crusted and cooked in pan; so no, strictly speaking, you can't have it both ways. Which is not to say that the OP didn't see the dish described that way on an old menu.

If it's "au bleu" that's needed, M.Wells Steakhouse does it. It's rarely seen in New York. On the other hand, I should have thought many fish restaurants will prepare fish "meuniere."

Dec 11, 2014
Wilfrid in Manhattan

Eleven Madison Park is still the NYC Champ

A shill is someone who doesn't disclose his or her relationship with an organization. If someone who dines regularly at EMP posed as a first-time diner here in order to praise it, for compensation, that would be shilling. The complaints on this thread may or may not be valid, but what's going on is not shilling.

Sep 19, 2014
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Brooklyn Fare Manhattan - When Does it Open?

Time Out New York regularly runs pictures of food at places which are still construction sites. Eater is a more reliable guide to places actually being open.

Jul 16, 2014
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Which French restaurant?

No, it's still good. It just has trouble getting attention.

Jul 15, 2014
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Notice the marked deterioration of East Village Cheese?

It's like those roast duck buns for a buck you can find down on East Broadway. Sometimes people tell me the duck was stringy or fatty. That's why it costs a dollar.

Jun 16, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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'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
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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