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What's especially good to buy at Zabar's?

I agree with everything said here, except for the prepared foods item. yes, most are not fantastic, but their soups are great. The matzo ball, chicken noodle, and the "cream no cream" are amazing. The "cream no cream" are flavors like cream of mushroom or asparagus made with tofu. It's very very hard to tell the difference.

May 18, 2009
food10011 in Manhattan

Help a New Yorker coming to Vancouver

Help! My boyfriend and I are heading to Vancouver next week. I have reservations currently at Ten01, Beast, C, Blue Water Cafe and Bishops. I think I want to add Le Pigeon to the mix, but if I do, I need to cancel one of the others. Thoughts? Any missteps?

Apr 14, 2009
food10011 in Pacific Northwest

Daniel Review - Very Long, Very Sad

Wow...maybe it's just me, but I couldn't disagree with this post more. I was at Daniel about a month ago, and also had the crab dish. I thought it was delicious, and it was meticulously prepared with the thinly sliced hearts of palm and the abundant amount of crab meat. I think the thing that annoys me most about this post is that the service at Daniel is fantastic. Yes, it's an expensive, special occasion place. I just don't understand why, if this diner had so many issues with the meal, he didn't say a thing to anyone. If he didn't like the crab (whether anything was actually wrong with it or not, he didn't like it), he should have said something to the captain. They would have remedied it right away. Waiting until he got home to write a post about it does no one any good.

Apr 10, 2009
food10011 in Manhattan

B-day Fiesta

La Palapa (either location) is good. There are plenty of things to share and they have really fantastic margaritas using fresh juices. The East Village location has a back garden area for warmer evening.

Apr 01, 2009
food10011 in Manhattan

Restaurants near the NY times building

Any suggestions there then?

Mar 23, 2009
food10011 in Manhattan

Restaurants near the NY times building

Going to see a Times Talk tonight. Is there anything yummy near there...for a date. Any kind of food is fine.

Mar 23, 2009
food10011 in Manhattan

Restaurants to avoid in your neighborhood?

sorry, but I find the negative tone of this post to be totally disgusting. il Trifulau...really? Lusso? I don't have anything to do with the restaurant, but I work in the neighborhood, and I know that they have only been opened less than 2 weeks. in this economy, that sort of rush to judgement is frankly irresponsible. If you are that concerned about avoiding a bad meal, why not just search the board for the places that people really enjoy and leave the negativity out of it.

Mar 04, 2009
food10011 in Manhattan

Hea: E. Village

Anyone been? Is it any good?

Jan 12, 2009
food10011 in Manhattan

Best whitefish salad?

Can be from anywhere, but must not be made with too much mayonnaise, or contain celery. Any suggestions?

Jan 08, 2009
food10011 in Manhattan

Elizabeth

I have been for dinner, and thought it was a cute spot. It works particularly well if you want to get something light before going out in the area. The grilled cheese sliders are great to share....very rich and buttery and oozy; they come 2 to an order and are more than enough. The garlic fries that you an request to go with it are also really flavorful. I would also recommend the beef tartare with quail eggs. It's a pretty classic presentation, and the seasoning is very well balanced. They have a terrific drink list, and the interior space is very cozy/romantic.

Jan 07, 2009
food10011 in Manhattan

John Dory Menu

Had an absolutely incredible meal here last week. Unlike the previous poster, we were seated right on time. We had the scallops and the octopus salad to start. There are actually two scallop dishes on the menu: one with pomegranate and one with olive oil and sea salt. We selected the latter, and I highly recommend it. The scallops were sweet enough on their own, and the simple prep really allowed the flavors to shine. The octopus salad was amazing. Charred just enough to bring out a really lovely color and flavor, the octopus was not chewy at all. The salad also had artichokes and beets which helped to balance out the flavors. For main courses, my boyfriend and I shared: he got the cod which was simply prepared and came on a bed of artichoke dip that was slightly spicy. it had the consistency of a mashed potato, and was awesome. The cod was well seasoned, and perfectly cooked. I got the black pepper crab. It is very messy, but totally worth the effort. The sauce is spicy for sure, but not overwhelming.. it is the perfect combination with the delicate crab. And, yes, though it is a lot of work, it yields quite a lot of meat. As a side, we shared the sweet potatoes with marrow. I can't even describe how delicious this was. The sweet potatoes are cut into large wheels and roasted with just a hint of salt and pepper and possibly a touch of cinnamon. The marrow is laid on top of the potatoes and literally melts in your mouth. Perfection. We skipped dessert (too full), but I will be running back here asap.

Dec 09, 2008
food10011 in Manhattan

Food blogs...what is missing?

I think it's also just the general mentality. Most of the responses here are regarding food blogs with recipe components but I was equally interested to hear thoughts about those blogs that are not recipe-centric. Tonally what is missing (or is nothing missing)?

Nov 10, 2008
food10011 in Food Media & News

Food blogs...what is missing?

it seems like every day there is a new food-related blog or forum. From all of the many choices, do you see any voids? Any ideas or thoughts not being addressed?

Nov 05, 2008
food10011 in Food Media & News

Need a romantic spot for an anniversary dinner...

Have been recommended JoJo, Aureole....any good? Any others?

Nov 05, 2008
food10011 in Manhattan

JoJo

Anyone been recently? Best dishes?

Nov 03, 2008
food10011 in Manhattan

Gift for a party

Heading to a party on Saturday. Wanted to bring something yummy and different to the hostess. Any thoughts?

Sep 18, 2008
food10011 in Manhattan

La Scarpetta continued

Roxie...maybe if you had gotten the name of the restaurant right (just Scarpetta..no La) you might have found some reviews. That said I do think that your claim that because you were dissatisfied with your dish that another one should be comped while you are waiting for a replacement is insane. Can you imagine if every time someone wanted their steak done a little more they got a free app while they were waiting?

Jun 04, 2008
food10011 in Manhattan

Sheridan Square Brief Review

I went the other night as well, and I agree...the food was great. But, the place was EMPTY and it was their 4th night open. odd. The shrimp app was stellar (with a white bean salad and artichokes), the pasta special (with braised veal) was flavorful and a very big portion. The seafood dish (clams, shrimp, mussels, calamari and scallops in a tomato broth) was also really great. The service was overzealous, but since the dining room was empty, I suppose they were just bored. My one complaint is the bread service. They have a server bring you one very slim slice of cold bread with olive oil....a lot of fuss and service for something not that good. A heartier bread or a full bread basket would work better.

Jun 04, 2008
food10011 in Manhattan

Chelsea Delivery

I cannot just eat Chinese food anymore. What are some great places that will deliver to 23rd Street b/w 10 and 11. Any food type is fine, as long as it is yummy.

May 30, 2008
food10011 in Manhattan

Scott Conant's Scarpetta

Went last night, and I was not so impressed. I think the kitchen and the service staff need a few more weeks to get things together. Service was uneven (sat 25 minutes after reservation with no explanation; asked no fewer than 8 times by the sommelier, manager, and 2 servers if we had decided on a wine selection in a 15 minute span, etc). But, all of that can be worked out. The food is, indeed, a greatest hits of L'Impero and that is not a bad thing. The tomato and mozarella salad to start was great (the mozz. is fried and layered between the slices of tomato). Frito misto was good, but came with no sauce or lemon on the side which I think would have elevated the dish. The two bean soups (one with sausage and one with bacon) were delectable...the puree itself is poured tableside, and the melding of the flavors is really great. For mains, the spaghetti with tomato and basil is amazing...as simple and delicious as it was at l'impero. The scallops (4 large scallops grilled with mushroom and sunchokes) were well cooked, but poorly seasoned..very, very salty. The Agnolotti with mushrooms and parmesan were very good. At the start of the meal, the chef sent over a complimentary tasting of raw hamachi, tuna and scallop....none of which were seemingly seasoned at all. We skipped dessert.

All in all, as I said, good, but could be better. My confusion, at the end of the meal, was this: the decor is practically the same as the old gin lane (the bar is exactly the same), and the menu is basically l'imperos. the whole thing seemed rushed, and i wonder why Conant (who had been out of restaurants for a bit of time) would want to open this one, in this location, with this menu?

May 21, 2008
food10011 in Manhattan

Il Vagabondo

Anyone been?

Apr 22, 2008
food10011 in Manhattan

Italian Help

Looking for a great romantic restaurant (cozy, warmly lit,etc) that also has fantastic chicken or veal parm on the menu...any ideas?

Dec 04, 2007
food10011 in Manhattan

Gluten Free: Does this exist

Looking for a "fun and hip" place to take 6 people for a bday dinner next week, where the birthday boy is gluten-free. Any ideas?????

Sep 07, 2007
food10011 in Manhattan

The Well Recognized Critic

Also, when you are getting paid for a review as it is your job (Bruni and now Freeman) is very different than an Andrea Strong. Her reviews are only on her website. The other food pieces she writes are editorial....more along the lines of FloFab.

Aug 30, 2007
food10011 in Food Media & News

Last Night at Centro Vinoteca - good but...

So glad you mentioned that. I had posted my initial review a while back when Centro first opened and I loved it (esp the skate and the eggplant you had). Went 2 weeks ago and had the Bucatini All' Amatriciana and the skate. Both were very salty (granted, the pasta has pancetta, but still). We also ordered a side of broccoli rabe, and it came after our main courses were not only finished, but had been cleared.

Still a solid restaurant with a low key, laid back atmosphere, but I hope that they pull together the loose ends before review time....

Aug 29, 2007
food10011 in Manhattan

Who would be a good Top Chef host?

What about one of the former contestants? They would be good as either the "mentor figure" as they've been through the grind, or as a judge, as they would now know what the expectations are of the judges. sam comes to mind...

Aug 23, 2007
food10011 in Food Media & News

Where can I find yummy bento boxes?

Win 49, while amazing, no longer exists.....

Aug 22, 2007
food10011 in Manhattan

The Well Recognized Critic

"Something else to remember, a good food critic is not going to walk in to a place once and then write his review. He is going to pay the restaurant repeat visits, and over time, just that fact will make him "recognizable" to management as someone they have served before, and thus someone worth cultivating further.

Actually, most just go twice before writing a review. And some (esp in NY) review when the restaurant has only been open a mere 2-3 months.

Aug 16, 2007
food10011 in Food Media & News

The Well Recognized Critic

In general, I think reviews from a source like Chowhound are much more reliable than the "real critics" because they are going in as (supposedly) anonymous diners.

Aug 16, 2007
food10011 in Food Media & News

The Well Recognized Critic

Of course most restaurants in the city know what Frank Bruni and Adam Platt look like, but the facade of not knowing who they are remains. The truth is that the "everyday diner" will never have the same experience at a restaurant as a critic.

Aug 14, 2007
food10011 in Food Media & News