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Favorite gnocchi?

Thanks for all these: we are near The Modern often for art reasons, near Boulud Sud for classical music reasons, live walking distance from Hearth, and since if I was somehow forced to eat at a Batali establishment I would likely choose the Spotted Pig: I am grateful for all four suggestions :)

Aug 27, 2015
Simon in Manhattan

Favorite gnocchi?

Any neighborhood, but downtown and casual preferred...no Batali places...thanks in advance...

Aug 27, 2015
Simon in Manhattan

Help with final dinner decision: Babbo, Locanda Verde, Osteria Morini or...?

+1 for Via Carota...nice place, reasonably priced, and they have some wonderful salads...

Aug 26, 2015
Simon in Manhattan

A Brit Hates NYC Fine Dining

sorry you didn't care Pitti...a three-course meal for two people w/ a glass of wine usually runs me about 100 bucks...fwiw i eat that organic chicken dish fairly often -- it's never been dry and it includes an endive salad that's always been fresh and delicious and the dish costs 19 dollars total...to each their own :)

Aug 22, 2015
Simon in Manhattan

A Brit Hates NYC Fine Dining

this was my awful experience at Hakkasan (following a merely poor experience at the London branch a yr prior):

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8421...

Aug 21, 2015
Simon in Manhattan

Good Indian in Murray Hill

that all sounds very good - when i make it there, i plan to duplicate your order :)

Aug 21, 2015
Simon in Manhattan

A Brit Hates NYC Fine Dining

to whom did your wife explain things in Chinese? when i went to Hakkasan NY (a place i will never return to) there was no one who spoke a word of Chinese serving the food nor anyone who understood an iota about the cuisine...

Aug 20, 2015
Simon in Manhattan
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Good Indian in Murray Hill

what did you order?

Aug 20, 2015
Simon in Manhattan

Ushiwakamaru to reopen in Chelsea by Aug 7

they'll have to fight keep me away from Kura -- Kura is my new overall fav

Aug 19, 2015
Simon in Manhattan

Favorite Vendors at Union Square Farmer's Market

+1 on Kathryn's advice to check daily website if you want a very specific vendor...

re: Quattro -- they are generally there Saturdays: they were there today...fwiw, i love their smoked and fresh/frozen pheasant sausage and their soups (winter only)...but they are not my fav place for eggs -- while I'm aware of the whole general cleaned-vs-uncleaned egg debate, I've never seen eggs quite as covered in chicken&*%t as the ones Quattro sells (though if you don't mind that, the taste and price of their eggs is fine)...

Aug 15, 2015
Simon in Manhattan

Good Indian in Murray Hill

i'll try Kokum since several folks here seem to like it...any specific dishes to try or to avoid?

re: NYC Indian food being poor -- I didn't say "all" -- i said "all that I've tried" (and I've tried a great deal), and also have enjoyed Indian food in New Delhi, Srinigar, Bangkok, London, and Los Angeles...

Aug 14, 2015
Simon in Manhattan

Good Indian in Murray Hill

JungMann, you know i value your chow knowledge, so i am happy to try any places you rec...re: London, i lived there for a few months in 2010, and my favorite was Durbar near Notting Hill
http://www.durbartandoori.co.uk/

Aug 12, 2015
Simon in Manhattan

Good Indian in Murray Hill

I've yet to have a single Indian meal in Manhattan in the last ten years that wasn't somewhere btw sub-mediocre and disgusting: that includes Tamarind, Chola, Junoon, Pippali, Anjapar (sp?) and others recommended here...

I've cobbled together a few half-decent meals from the cab stand places which i then take home and re-cook w/ more turmeric et al and an extra egg or two...

I've given up on all Indian restaurants in Manhattan til i get stronger evidence there is somewhere worth eating at...

Aug 12, 2015
Simon in Manhattan

Fairway going downhill?

Fairway was never "good" -- it just seemed that way because restaurants on the UWS have been and still are an embarrassment to the Borough of Manhattan, so when one had to live near there, one could say: "at least we have a good grocery store"...i shopped there regularly when I briefly lived in the W. 60's and when i housesat further uptown...if it was a choice btw some reasonably-priced lox ends fried up at home w/ eggs and some organic romaine (all from Fairway) vs some horrendous mediocre restaurant out of a Seinfeld episode or a long commute to a Civilized Neighborhood With Decent Restaurants, sure Fairway seemed like a Godsend...

So, like many others, i deliberately overlooked the plastic-wrapped cheese and the nastier customers bashing their carts in narrow spaces and was happy i didn't have to commute to eat...

But, personally, i'll never mourn the place if it ends...

Aug 12, 2015
Simon in Manhattan

Russ & Daughters - Disappointment

you might be right -- dried mud was probably closer to what they achieved there :)

Aug 11, 2015
Simon in Manhattan

Russ & Daughters - Disappointment

i got a knish from there once, in the 1990's...it tasted like sand...every since, i've been waiting for the place to die...

Aug 10, 2015
Simon in Manhattan

Red Hook Lobster Pound

i think it's definitely worth it -- you can also take the Ikea ferry to get there which makes for a fun day...we went last month and got the Tuscan roll and the Cobbster salad and assorted other yummy stuff...sweet staff too...

re: the Manhattan branch near Bowery -- has not eaten there but we peaked in recently and it has a bad vibe: too warm inside, not the best smell, only stools to sit on inside, and the outdoor tables face airvents, prefab buildings...

Aug 08, 2015
Simon in Outer Boroughs

Greenmarket Rant

Here's a meal we like do at home often: get a pound of fresh Greenmarket tuna (20 bucks) -- sear it and serve over rice (1 dollar?) as quasi-chirashi-bowls, and a salad w/ some Greenmarket butter-lettuce/cucumber/tomato (call it 7 bucks?)...some mango from the street fruit stand nearby (2 bucks)...delicious and healthy meal for two people: about 30 bucks...

re: eggs, Quattro are 4.50/dozen...the Sawkill Farm ones are 7/dozen and some of the best i've ever tasted...

Aug 08, 2015
Simon in Manhattan

Best spots for reading/studying/working with good food

a good idea in theory, but given that many others have discoverd it, imo the Ace lobby has the vibe of a dimly lit version of Penn Station/hipster version of a homeless shelter - ymmv

Jul 19, 2015
Simon in Manhattan
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What gets sold out fast at Union Square Greenmarket?

my favorite Un Sq Greenmarket eggs these days are the ones at the Sawkill pork seller, which is new-ish the market and only there Wednesdays...great bratwurst and Italian sausage too...

Jul 10, 2015
Simon in Manhattan

Pescatarian friendly in Lisbon? And other must eats

+1 on Ruas Flores -- wonderful place...we went twice for lunch...

Jul 08, 2015
Simon in Spain/Portugal

upscale Asian

if it's about the food rather than the vibe and it has to be Manhattan, i think Oriental Garden is a good idea...

Now that the OP has narrowed the continent of Asia a bit by eliminating Vietnam and Korea and maybe Japan, i think we need to know more about the atmosphere/price-pt/etc that's desired, and we'll continue to hone in on what is best...

Jul 06, 2015
Simon in Manhattan

Tempura Matsui

it's Tempura Takao -- the tempura is good, but the real draw is the free mentaiko as condiment

http://canalcity.co.jp.e.jx.hp.transe...

Jul 01, 2015
Simon in Manhattan

Tempura Matsui

wow...i've been hoping for good tempura in NYC for years...i'm excited to try it, but the website seems to indicate dinner is 200 USD omakase-only, w/ two diff 45/80 set options at lunch...mmm, it better be damn good ;)

What i'd been hoping for in NYC was something along the lines of the casual tempura(+mentaiko) chain in Fukuoka (forget the name) or the most casual of the Tsunahachi branches in Tokyo...

But i'm looking forward to trying it -- i'll prob start w/ the lower lunch option just to hedge my bets...

Interested to hear incoming reports...

Jun 30, 2015
Simon in Manhattan

Near Bar Pitti, Film Forum?

Glad you enjoyed Pitti -- re: exploring more pastas, the spaghetti ala aragosta (lobster) is fantastic, and my gf is very fond of their linguine ala vongole...

Jun 30, 2015
Simon in Manhattan

Shorts! - And Reservation Timing Help

this is a fun thread -- too much fun for me to take sides for/against such spirited, well-meaning, and veteran posters...but my own very-subjective, ymmv take is off-center: i dislike Batali restaurants and i dislike shorts, so imo they deserve each other: so i'll encourage all shorts/sandals/tanktop-wearing visitors to flock to Babbo and give the place the style i think it deserves ;)

Fwiw, i wasn't as anti-shorts in the past - but after living in Paris and Bangkok (two places where no self-respecting non-chav would ever wear shorts to a semi-nice place even during the steamiest weather), i've joined the anti-shorts battalion...cheers all...

Jun 29, 2015
Simon in Manhattan

Near Bar Pitti, Film Forum?

around 6pm you should be fine at Bar Pitti, esp if willing to sit indoors...cash-only, order off the chalkboard...i esp like the soups, the linguine ala vongole, the stinco de maile (sp?) and the whole spigola...

(though i wish could think of a place to recommend w/ zither music ;)

I also had two stellar meals at Via Carota recently, which is not far either...

Jun 22, 2015
Simon in Manhattan

Soft shell crab season!

the soft shell in the fritto misto at Via Carota was outstanding last week

Jun 22, 2015
Simon in Manhattan

Upland, Lartusi, Osteria Morini or Piccolo Angolo

i haven't been to Piccolo Angolo in a decade but while i remember the food being tasty, it was deafeningly louded and torturously crowded...

i like Osteria Morini, but also loud -- i prefer it for bar dining...

Haven't been to the other two, though have heard generally positive things...

There might be a fifth option that works better -- Giorgione perhaps?

Jun 19, 2015
Simon in Manhattan

Angeleno moving to NYC looking for help!

i think there isn't as much disagreement here as it seems: clearly we all love both discovering places via intuition/smell and by getting helpful direction via places like CH...

Personally, i think the proportion one should allot to the former vs the latter depends a great deal on the specific city in question...for example, i've said on other boards that imo London is a city with really fantastic food but that homework is really f&#$*n' important because on a week long trip, one might end up very upset if just winging it (yet in Paris i've happened on dozens of gems by pure chance/fate -- ymmv)...

re: Manhattan, i think a lot of it depends on context and length of stay...as kathryn stated, she advised hw esp for visitors...the OP, with a year or two or five at grad school, can afford to risk a few duds in the quest for a few yet undiscovered gems (and for those, we shall be grateful :)

As with the Nature/Nurture debate, it's a mix :)

Jun 16, 2015
Simon in Manhattan