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Cheap Sushi

As I read it, the OP asked for good, low cost, sushi. I'm all for that and I hope some good suggestions come up, especially around my neck of the woods. Hoping good sashimi comes up, too.

Apr 08, 2015
RCC in Manhattan

Question re: Tapas and Spanish food generally

“Great” tapas would transcend any in NYC today, especially if one measures greatness to, say, the mind-blowing ones that one finds in every pintxos bars in San Sebastian or the terrific ones in Barcelona. Sadly, good lists of by-the-glass wines are also almost non-existent locally.

If pressed, and food is the main criteria, Bouqueria can be a front-runner; so is Txikito. The Basque-style pintxos at the latter have always been a more-than pleasant surprise for out-of-town visitors whom I’ve pointed or brought there. Plus, there is a $15 corkage that is well worth it, but it’s also worth remembering to bring your own stemware if you’re fuzzy about how you drink your poison.

The best of both worlds, both vinous and tapas, in my opinion, lies in Casa Mono. I try to make it to good Spanish restaurants that I hear about in every North American city that I may find myself in, but none comes close to having the robust Spanish wine list that they have at Casa Mono. Their btg offering is not lengthy, but is sufficiently better than most. The tapas are not the regular small-sized ones, but are called raciones and are about 2X the portion. While some say they are not "very" Spanish as commented by a few, their dishes are simple, while others are creative, but I’ve found almost no negative with the stuff we’ve ordered before.

I’d say skip La Fonda del Sol. Their tapas have no soul.

Apr 06, 2015
RCC in Manhattan

Vin jaune in Paris?

There's some vin jaune available at Caves Auge. http://www.cavesauge.com

Apr 04, 2015
RCC in France

Need Italian Rec's

I also checked out their website, as I read this thread, and didn't find a menu. Here's one from menupages (I can't verify on how updated this is, though):

http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/...

Apr 01, 2015
RCC in Manhattan

Lunch recommendation for Chelsea Market?

Interested. Date dependent, of course.

Mar 29, 2015
RCC in Manhattan

Lunch recommendation for Chelsea Market?

This.

Mar 29, 2015
RCC in Manhattan

steakhouse corkage venting

If Marea, it's sister restaurant, would the basis for Costata, then I would presume that the corkage would be at $50 per bottle. Very steep, but the wine list is deep and the wine service is very good. Definitely priced just to discourage byob.

Other NYC-classic steakhouses that charge anywhere north of $25 should be ashamed because other than Sparks, I've noticed how bad the wine lists and services can be in most others. Everything from bad stemwares to a server who'd play wine-know-it-all and will practice his baton-twirling methods while un-corking a 30+ year-old Bordeaux that you carefully stood up in your cellar for days leading up to the byo'd dinner. I byo'd at Quality Meats once and our server decided he'd empty the content of one of our red and equally fill to about 3/4 full each of 4 glasses in our party. I think we paid $30-$35 per byo'd bottle.

I find that Keens, whose wine list also sucks imho, provides one of the the better corkage fee value at $20 per and the servers are professionals with the wine service.

Mar 28, 2015
RCC in Manhattan

NYC first visit (kind of) - where to eat to feel like you're in NY!

Agree. But those are just random pickup games and not the organized chaotic ones played during the summer which are more skilled, more fun, complete with uniforms and some guy with a microphone-megaphone-speaker calling the play by play. Sometimes they even have cheer-leaders (sometimes hard to tell female from male).

Mar 24, 2015
RCC in Manhattan

NYC first visit (kind of) - where to eat to feel like you're in NY!

Don't know if they play these days. Too cold.

Mar 24, 2015
RCC in Manhattan

Acadian Cuisine at King Bee, East Village

... and in case you want to set the story in music, here's a good one by The Band.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=te7KW...

Mar 20, 2015
RCC in Manhattan
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Wells' EMP review

The last 3 times that I went were as a result of group invites from wine-enthusiasts friends. I've never been awed by the food and service and they're, at best, only as good as the mid-tier establishments in, say, western Europe.

Definitely over-rated.

Just to add, I've not read the aforementioned review.

Mar 18, 2015
RCC in Manhattan

Japanese. Lunch. Eastside. Christmas Day.

Yes, called them and they are open for dinner only.

Dec 23, 2014
RCC in Manhattan

Japanese. Lunch. Eastside. Christmas Day.

Thanks Blumie. We can go anywhere from UES to NOLITA. Price point at no higher than, say, at Ushiwakamaru. Good sushi and cooked foods are what we are looking for. 3 persons.

Dec 20, 2014
RCC in Manhattan

Japanese. Lunch. Eastside. Christmas Day.

Suggestions?

Dec 20, 2014
RCC in Manhattan

Cheap Lobster

Looks like this Fairway sale is store-specific. The Murray Hill store advertises their lobster sale at $8.99 per pound.

Sep 01, 2014
RCC in Manhattan

Which French restaurant?

I think it get's all the attention it can handle ... mostly from out-of-towners.

Jul 19, 2014
RCC in Manhattan

Taking 11 year old granddaughter to see Alladin,

I hate the food there, but the atmosphere has that very Broadwayee, uber bustling, and busy Times Squarish ambiance. So she's 11 and likes Mars, I'd say go to Carmine's.

Jul 17, 2014
RCC in Manhattan

Da Marcella

We've been there on a couple of dinner occasions and were never disapppointed. 85 degreee wine sure sucks, but we ordered beers, a bottle of white to start with and a red (I'm sorry I can't recall the producers or vintages). They were all served in appropriate temps. Also enjoyed all our pasta dishes.

Which Italian Restaurant for Sat. Nite?

Stay away from Pescatore. Apologies for my minimalist review, but it sucks!

Jul 17, 2014
RCC in Manhattan

Pick One

In this order:

1. Casa Mono - most inventive, with plenty of memorable dishes. The best Spanish wine list in the country, imo. Tough to reserve, though.

2. Hearth - Very good pasta and fish dishes. Well thought out fresh ingredients. Very good all-around wine list with A+ for geekiness.

Jul 17, 2014
RCC in Manhattan

Where To Go Now that 'Inoteca is No More?

There's plebny of love here for Louro, but I'll dissent and I don't think it's better than inoteca.

Jun 05, 2014
RCC in Manhattan

Wine Pairing / Romantic Date

These guys at Hearth ... when it comes to good food paired with very good wines, they're one of the best.

Other restaurants may be good at JUST food, but Hearth knows wines to go with good foods.

Feb 08, 2014
RCC in Manhattan

Ridley Park for Saturday early dinner - ISO recommendations.

I'm meeting up a friends, also from out of town, to catch a show at Swarthmore that night.

I'm sorry that I don't know the area and its proximity (it's my first time) to the rest of Philadelphia. It would be safe to say that we will prefer not to stray far from Ridley Park or Swarthmore areas as there is a show to catch.

Feb 07, 2014
RCC in Philadelphia

Wait times at The Breslin for dinner

I've done brunch there on a few occasions. I never knew that they'd serve food at the lobby (of the hotel).

Feb 07, 2014
RCC in Manhattan

Ridley Park for Saturday early dinner - ISO recommendations.

We'll be at Spring Hill Suites. Looking for suggestions on Italian, Pizza/pasta places, American, Spanish, or any non-Asian casual place for dinner for 6 people. I'd say food cost per person is up to $30 per. Allows BYOB (with or without corkage fee) prefered, but not required.

Thanks.

Feb 07, 2014
RCC in Philadelphia

Where to buy chicken wing tips??

Ottomanelli in Bleecker usually offer to cut-off tips when one purchases chicken wings, so perhaps they might have some for sale.

Feb 05, 2014
RCC in Manhattan

BYOB Japanese

You can byob at Onya? The one on 47th?

Feb 05, 2014
RCC in Manhattan

Looking for a great restaurant to go before concert at Beacon Theatre

Of course, MIke, every wine list is a YMMV. Let's just say that my personal experience in other same level Manhattan restaurants that I go to did not have similar wines that I prefer.

I thought they had a robust wine list based on my preference. For example, and I'll relate based on a recent visit, I spotted in their list and ordered a bottle of a 2006 Clos Rougeard Les Poyeux for just slightly north of a C-note with just 40 minutes before our Beacon show. Very good pre-concert wine, an ex-chateau as per the Somm, can improve with more cellar time, but hard to pass up on a rare one even as wife and I had to rush drinking our bottle with 30 minutes to go before heading to Beacon.

I'm curious ... why do you ask about wine list at NIce Matin?

Jan 31, 2014
RCC in Manhattan

Will Peking Duck House seat 16 People + BYOB?

Both PDH locations at midtown east and Chinatown allow BYOB. $10 per person (call to confirm) with unlimited bottles. With exception of Wednesdays at Midtown East, where corkage is free.

Usua caveat: call to confirm

Jan 30, 2014
RCC in Manhattan

Looking for a great restaurant to go before concert at Beacon Theatre

I watch a lot of shows at the Beacon.

If we want something close to the theater, without much frills, but with good American food at good prices, we go across the street to Fairway Cafe. As long as you don't give a damn about the try-hard, but comical, service, you'll be fine. Plus, it has a locals ambiance in a very casual sort of way. If you get a window table, you can watch the going-ons at the front of the Beacon.
http://www.fairwaymarket.com/departme...

If I want some good old Euro/French bistro and small plates stuff, I go to Nice Matin. Great wine list with plenty nuggets at great pricing, especially if you're a wine geek.
http://www.nicematinnyc.com/

A couple here had already mentioned Salumeria Rosi. We love the Italian goodies here. Very good service with great quality foods. Here's website, in case you need it.
http://www.salumeriarosi.com/

Jan 29, 2014
RCC in Manhattan