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pretheatre meal near Ford Oriental Theatre

the problem is that the menu reads well enough. i was willing to stretch my mind around shrimp and grits with a tequila & maraschino drink, not knowing beforehand that the dish would be drowning in hot sauce. the notion of chicken and waffles with bourbon cocktails would have me running anywhere, but if the waffles are mush and the chicken has no flavor, there's not a drink that could save it.

of the four dishes we tried, not one possessed any sense of grace, subtlety, or delicacy so exhibited in their drink program. and, if i recall correctly, the menu does include fried onion rings, fried cheese curds, and more sliders than i could drink beers. i appreciate your position and your poise and will have to agree to disagree.

Apr 15, 2014
coasts in Chicago Area

pretheatre meal near Ford Oriental Theatre

i just returned from Chicago and dined at Sable while visiting. i was really disappointed in both the concept and the execution of the menu. really interesting cocktails, but the food doesn't pair with the drinks in any sense. it's upscale bar food that would be better served with some good beers. my wife and i found each dish to be in contrast of our drinks and struggled to order anything that might be more fitting. we gave up before we were full and opted for snacks at Eataly to finish the night.

Apr 15, 2014
coasts in Chicago Area

nyc ice cream strictly speaking

Cones and it is a great shop. seems to be run by a nice father and son, too.

Apr 15, 2014
coasts in Manhattan

nyc ice cream strictly speaking

it's outer-borough, but I had a transplendent espresso cookies and cream at Ample Hills Creamery in Prospect Heights the other day.

Apr 15, 2014
coasts in Manhattan

Balthazar downhill alert?

yeah, in a way that something covered in cheese shouldn't be capable of pulling off.

Apr 15, 2014
coasts in Manhattan

Xi'An Famous Foods

There are several locations around Manhattan and Flushing, plus a table-service spot in Flushing called Biang!

Plenty of talk about it here. Excellent and inexpensive. My favorite!

Apr 09, 2014
coasts in Manhattan
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Tavern on the Green accepting reservations

i'm certain they'll miss you and your local dollars, regardless.

Apr 08, 2014
coasts in Manhattan

Cupcakes made to order?

my office orders from www.kelsiscupcakes.com. they're amazing and she offers a ton of interesting flavors.

Apr 08, 2014
coasts in Manhattan

Tavern on the Green accepting reservations

at $34, the hake is the second most expensive dish on the menu. what are you getting at?

Apr 08, 2014
coasts in Manhattan

August Visit to Chicago - Itinerary and questions

i'm laughing as i read this, as so many of our points overlap. i'm headed to Chicago for a long weekend and am booked at Sable and Frontera. staying at Public and looking for nearby bars for some saturday nightlife - other than Zebra Lounge. Husband here - don't eat eggs. Definitely hitting Do-Rite and the French Market. Same; mid-30's and prefer exciting cuisine to fine dining.

so, that said, i'd love to hear of your experience at Public, specifically if you found any great dessert or bar or happenings nearby.

Apr 08, 2014
coasts in Chicago Area

Chinatown alternatives to Joe's Shanghai?

what's the matter with 456's xiao long bao? the skins aren't too thick, the broth isn't overly fatty, and they're plenty full of soup. unsure what you mean with your wood analogy.

Apr 04, 2014
coasts in Manhattan

Where can I find the best chocolate bunnies and more?

Jacques Torres recently opened on 57th street by Park Ave. i stopped in the other day during work and was surprisingly disappointed with what i had. the hot chocolate was thin and less special than i remember and the dark chocolate passion fruit heart was unremarkable. never had those issues at the UWS spot.

Mar 27, 2014
coasts in Manhattan

Best desserts in NYC

i like their yuzu eskimo.

Mar 25, 2014
coasts in Manhattan

New(-ish) UWS restaurants

The only italian that hasn't been mentioned is Bocca de Bacco, which was set to take over the space on the SW corner of Columbus and 74th where the shoes store was. Looks like they've backed out though, as I see a For Rent sign now.

Mar 25, 2014
coasts in Manhattan

good, cool reasonably priced place not too far from penn station to eat and hang out

my first thought was the Pio Pio on 10th Ave and 43rd, but when I looked to confirm the cross-streets I saw that there's another location very near to Penn. doesn't seem to be same ownership, though. i can only say that the one on 10th is quite good, inexpensive, and unusually stylish for a Pio Pio.

Mar 25, 2014
coasts in Manhattan

AYCE Korean Recs?

i wouldn't recommend anyone to eat at Picnic Garden or any other all you can eat type of restaurant - Korean or otherwise, but that's what boltnuts asked for.

Mar 24, 2014
coasts in Manhattan

AYCE Korean Recs?

Picnic Garden in Flushing is AYCE. That's the extent of what I know about it, though.

http://picnicgardenflushing.com

Mar 24, 2014
coasts in Manhattan

Calibrating Yelp reviews for Manhattan/NYC

Yelp is a fantastic resource for finding an address or phone number or looking at photos of various dishes. the ratings can't be trusted at all.

Mar 24, 2014
coasts in Manhattan
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New(-ish) UWS restaurants

Cotta is above average, but it can be loud, especially downstairs.

you could be thinking about Corvo Bianco. haven't been since the chef changed. hopefully it got better. somehow it didn't work with Elizabeth Falkner in the kitchen.

there's also Machiavelli on Columbus and 85th. it's been open for a while and often looks busy, but i haven't had the desire to check it out.

Mar 23, 2014
coasts in Manhattan

New(-ish) UWS restaurants

Barley & Grain recently opened on Amsterdam and is casual, pub food. Social house opened and closed in a short few months, and also served pub food. There's a new meatball restaurant opening soon. Saw it last night. Looks nice. The actual Meatball Shop is opening soon, as is Parm. Tessa is in soft opening and also looks nice.

Do you read Westside Rag? They have an Opening and Closing section that could help.

Mar 23, 2014
coasts in Manhattan

Do beech mushrooms take on spice?

I've tried pickling beech mushroom in a sichuan-style brine several times and have been consistently disappointed with the end result. they just don't get hot. i'm toasting the peppercorns, grinding them into a powder in a mortar and pestle, and then adding the powder to the boiling brine. I've also put diced chili peppers and still no heat.

today i sautéed three packs of white beech with garlic and three red chili peppers. again, no heat. is it possible that these mushrooms don't take on spice?

Mar 23, 2014
coasts in Home Cooking
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Critique my NYC food itinerary, please!

Manhattan Cricket Club is good for the neighborhood, but wouldn't make any top ten list of great cocktail bars. I'd add Booker and Dax to your list. It's part of the Momofuku family, so you can have great cocktails plus their famous pork buns.

Jacob's Pickle is often very busy with long waits - so long that I've never eaten there myself, despite living nearby. Their menu is very focused on beer, whereas the Cricket Club is definitely more about cocktails. Just something to consider if you'll be drinking with dinner and then after.

No great coffee shops on the UWS. As Kathryn said, there is a Joe not far. Irving Farm is on 79th.

For what it's worth, you can buy great Makgeolli in stores. You want to find the type that has an expiration date. We drink this brand: http://mykoreaneats.com/wp-content/up.... Don't know how to call it, though.

Mar 23, 2014
coasts in Manhattan

Casual bar/restaurant in the vicinity of W. 110th St.

gonna see the phoenix at St. John's, blumie?

Mar 19, 2014
coasts in Manhattan

Mezcal: Which Manhattan liquor store has the best selection?

Astor has a great selection, as does Chelsea Wine Vault.

Mar 19, 2014
coasts in Manhattan

Manhattan with the Girlfriend

agreed. i'd only add to grab a PB&J bar from Billy's on the way to High Line.

Mar 18, 2014
coasts in Manhattan

Top New Places in Last 6 Months

Empire Diner opened in January. Gato opened last week. Fung Tu opened late 2013.

Mar 17, 2014
coasts in Manhattan

Midtown: Where do Locals go for After Work drinks?

very near to my office. i like the bar at Ma Peche but many of my colleagues go to Whiskey Trader.

Mar 16, 2014
coasts in Manhattan

Midtown: Where do Locals go for After Work drinks?

Midtown covers a large area. Where does she work?

Mar 16, 2014
coasts in Manhattan

Restaurant Suggestion for Area Near 2nd Ave and 29th St.

Resto on 29th between Park & Lex.

Mar 16, 2014
coasts in Manhattan

March 15 - Free Event at James Beard Foundation

It was great! Five books for twenty-six bucks and an opportunity to see the place. It's old and seems to be under repair, but I'm glad to have seen it.

Mar 15, 2014
coasts in Manhattan