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Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong

I like Hyo Dong Gak for black noodle and fried dumplings, Cho Dang Gol for kongbiji and soondubu (soft tofu dishes), and Shilla for some standard fare, like stir fried pork with kimchi and tofu. i agree that most places are kind of average at best. i rarely eat barbecue outside of the house, as it's easy enough to prepare and way less costly.

Feb 26, 2015
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Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong

Surprised not to find a dedicated thread on this hyped-out, star-studded, top-trending spot in K-Town. Also surprised to find no line, no wait and a completely average meal on my first visit. They're said to be famous for their ssamgyeupsal and it was good, but I couldn't see what separates them from other places. the egg moat? so what. corn and mozzarella? not over proper banchan.

there's more on the menu than pork belly barbecue, none of which I had or can comment on, and I wouldn't be opposed to return to try any of it, but i can't see myself waiting for a table with so many other options nearby.

Feb 25, 2015
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UWS w/kids - refining list

my favorite dish there is Korean Rice Cake BBQ’d Pork Belly & Chinese Sausage, but it's probably too spicy for a kid. the pac-man dumplings are very popular, as is the Katz's Egg Roll.

Feb 24, 2015
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Eataly?

The point isn't if OP's gift certificate would be accepted at Raffetto's. It's whether or not it'd be best spent on fresh pasta at Eataly. i can't guess as to how you might have misinterpreted that, unless you were just being snarky for no reason.

Feb 24, 2015
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UWS w/kids - refining list

Parm is very much an eat-in kind of place.

Mermaid Inn doesn't suck but I'd stay out of that back room, if possible. I like it better in summer when the front is open and there are tables outside.

Feb 24, 2015
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UWS w/kids - refining list

Mermaid Inn can get loud and the back room is kind of dingy.

Kefi - I've actually walked out of twice due to service. i've never walked out of any other restaurant ever.

Nice Matin - fine, but not winning any awards.

You're definitely missing Parm from your list. I'd try Red Farm over Kefi.

Feb 23, 2015
coasts in Manhattan

Eataly?

are their fresh pastas better than Raffetto's at a third of the cost? it's the one thing i find out of whack, price-wise.

as for their produce, they have the best selection of mushrooms of anywhere in manhattan, MFE included. they should be stocking pineberries soon, too.

off the shelf, i'd definitely pick up a can or two of the Urbani truffles and mushrooms. the white truffle butter for $15 is definitely worth getting, too.

Feb 23, 2015
coasts in Manhattan

Empellon Al Pastor

you order at the counter, but they bring it to your table.

Feb 21, 2015
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Empellon Al Pastor

i'm a big fan of Empellon Taqueria and, while i enjoyed Al Pastor, I wasn't crazy about it. i would eat there if it were nearby but i'm not sure i'd travel to it again.

Feb 20, 2015
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Annoyed about $6 bottled tap water charge at CraftBar

i've never heard of a restaurant charging for tap water and i don't think i'd be too cool about seeing it on a bill.

Feb 20, 2015
coasts in Manhattan

Who makes the best THICK hot chocolate?

Marie Belle in Soho. Bonus points for having one of the most charming spaces to enjoy it.

Feb 20, 2015
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Best Selection Coffee Beans

The UWS shop is new, opened less than a week ago. They only sell coffee and a few pastries.

Feb 17, 2015
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Returning in April for a handful of meals

thanks for the Bad Wolf recommendation. i had Dominique Ansel's kouign amann this morning and am definitely open to traveling for coffee. glad to settle on Intelligentsia, in any case. been to a couple of Garces' places in Philly and enjoyed them both. Salero looks great, but may be too exotic for the group.

i mentioned Pastoral only to say i'm not biased against Chicago restaurants. truth is, i haven't had such luck on my past visits. i hit Pastoral twice and enjoyed it both times. i was at the French Market and didn't fare as well.

how is Purple Pig inside? the crowd in front under the heat lamps had me not wanting to get in.

Feb 16, 2015
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Returning in April for a handful of meals

thanks for the detailed reply. Vera looks excellent, especially with the focus on sherry. lunch will be Saturday, though, I prefer to avoid brunch-style dishes. the menu at Blackbird is appealing. Duck confit on spaetzle? yes, please.

the group dinner is for mixed-business with independent expense accounts. best to keep it reasonable but still interesting, if that inspires any ideas.

Feb 16, 2015
coasts in Chicago Area

First date - with restrictions

Sushi seems like such an obvious choice here. Gluten and dairy free, plus plenty of non-red meat options. Cheap and casual - i'll say East, the conveyor belt place. haven't been in ages and i know the board isn't into it, but i think it works.

Feb 16, 2015
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Lunch tasting: Bouley vs Juni vs Betony vs ?

I couldn't compare lunch at Bouley with lunch at Juni. The space, the service, and the food at Bouley are all leagues above Juni's. On my one experience, I wouldn't return to Juni.

I'll leave others to comment on Betony, as my one meal there was mixed. Great food, small portions, kind of disappointing service and space.

If you haven't, i'd say look at Del Posto for lunch.

Feb 16, 2015
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Returning in April for a handful of meals

Coming in from New York and have visited a few times before. Looking specifically for three recommendations: a group dinner near the Loop for 6-8 people with entrees around $25, a solo dinner at a chef-driven restaurant (any cuisine, but with a good BTG wine program), and a lunch for two someplace adventurous and exciting.

I've had mixed experiences at some of the more commonly mentioned places. Sable didn't satisfy, Frontera failed famously, and Little Goat only looked good.

Had better luck with lunch at Pastoral, tapas at Cafe Iberico and dinner with friends at Cho Sun Ok. Best bite was at Do-Rite, where i'll no doubt return too many times.

Thanks in advance.

Feb 16, 2015
coasts in Chicago Area

Board Consensus on Sable?

I'm also a regular on the Manhattan board (hi, Ellen!) and visited Sable in April 2014 based on recommendations on chowhound. i didn't care for it and wrote about why in this post: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/972319. surprising to have such a different take on it from Ellenost, as I tend to enjoy the Manhattan restaurants that she's quick to suggest.

i'll be returning to Chicago this April, so I came to check the boards for what's interesting these days. funny to see this post near the top!

Feb 15, 2015
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Korean BBQ: Shilla, Don's Bogam or Miss Korea

so glad you had a better experience than i did. maybe the poor service was limited to the waiter we had that night. regardless, seems they could benefit from being a bit more generous.

Most places rotate their banchan offerings, so it's not to say you won't be served the fishcakes next time.

Feb 15, 2015
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Best Selection Coffee Beans

Why go to Whole Foods to buy Stumptown and Blue Bottle when they both have shops in New York? The beans are always fresh and you'll find a larger selection. Joe's Pro Shop and the newly opened (today, actually) Box Kite on W 72nd rotate beans from different non-local roasters, like Heart, Ritual, Madcap, Coava...

Feb 14, 2015
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Birthday girl is turning 40 this month — and I need help!!!

i've been to Kajitsu at both it's current location and their old. while i prefer the previous spot, it'd be my recommendation for your wife's 40th, your dietary preference aside. they don't serve meat of any kind, but i'd be surprised if you missed it. unfortunately, they're closed on Mondays.

Feb 09, 2015
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Need opulent/gaudy Indian restaurant!

inside tip: everyone that has ever been to Panna II was there to celebrate their birthday, your daughter included. it is absolutely her birthday, no question. you cannot leave there without hearing the song.

Feb 09, 2015
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Need opulent/gaudy Indian restaurant!

Start at Panna II! Perfect for a four year old. Far from the best food but the room is crazy with all the lights. I think a kid would go wild.

Feb 09, 2015
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Korean BBQ for Valentine's Day

i think you'll do okay at Don's. you've enjoyed it in the past. hopefully my experience there was a one-off. please report back.

Feb 09, 2015
coasts in Manhattan

Korean BBQ for Valentine's Day

"That's not very reassuring."

I know, but I wouldn't have mentioned it if I didn't think it was a good recommendation for what you're after. As with Chinese, it's hard to find a Korean restaurant that is authentic, has any sense of atmosphere, and takes reservations.

about Madangsui, i mis-read your comment. i haven't been there in a long time. the food was always good, but it's a big, bare, bright room, as you know.

Feb 08, 2015
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Korean BBQ for Valentine's Day

i complained about them.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/831549

if you really want to stick with Korean, I'd call Bann. They have tables available and the atmosphere is better than Don's. it's a bit americanized - they serve banchan individually rather than for the table. they may be imposing a special menu. it's not shown on the website, but opentable mentions a prix-fixe three course for $55. keep in mind i wouldn't suggest this place if it were any other night.

Feb 08, 2015
coasts in Manhattan

Korean BBQ for Valentine's Day

I'm anxious to eat at Kang Ho Dong, but they don't take reservations and the lines have been crazy since it opened. it's also looks like a big bright room with a lot of tables on top of each other. Don's is at least dark and a bit more intimate.

Dani doesn't take reservations either, though, I don't think it'd be nearly as busy as Kang Ho Dong. It's small and loud. been a while since i've been there, but i remember really enjoying the bo ssam.

Feb 08, 2015
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Korean BBQ for Valentine's Day

Pan, it was me that posted about Don's not long ago. I've always liked Shilla, though more for kitchen prepared dishes than table barbecue. Their second and third floor has better atmosphere than the first.

Honestly, I'm at a loss for beef barbecue in Manhattan. Have you thought about Danji?

Feb 08, 2015
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Where to find the best crispy charred brussel sprouts

Empire Diner.

Feb 06, 2015
coasts in Manhattan

Affordable place near Lincoln Plaza?

Szechuan Gourmet at 56th Street. It's a short walk. Otherwise, I don't think you can beat Parm.

Feb 05, 2015
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