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What do you think of my plans?

are you interested at all in soba?...i think Sobakoh (esp w/ their inaka soba) is one of the best places in the city...

Oct 17, 2014
Simon in Manhattan

Recommendation for Indian in West 50's?

sadly, i've never had good Indian in any neighborhood in Manhattan...

Oct 11, 2014
Simon in Manhattan

Old Tbilisi Garden - new Georgian restaurant

i've been 5 or 6 times now and i like it a great deal...i recommend the Imeruli salad, pxali trio, lamb stew in clay pot, lamb khinkali, and the chicken kebabs...

Oct 08, 2014
Simon in Manhattan

New York Michelin

i think Ziggy was just referring to the creamy rigatoni dish as good for more American palates, not to the restaurant overall...

Oct 04, 2014
Simon in Manhattan

New York Michelin

Happy that you had a good experience there...the rigatoni on the regular menu is w/ turkey sausage and a tomato-cream sauce -- i've had a a couple bites of it once when a friend ordered it and it's a solid enough, very rich/filling dish that i'd prob recommend for big eaters who want something closer to Italian-American food...

Now that we're into rainy colder weather, Pitti will be less crowded...their busy season is the summer, but i like it year-round...

Oct 04, 2014
Simon in Manhattan

Eastern North Carolina style barbeque in NYC???

i've only had the pork choices and chicken -- i don't care for brisket in general

Oct 04, 2014
Simon in Manhattan

Il Cantinori- underrated and fantastic

wow, this is surprising...i trust you that the food was very good as we share many favorites (Pitti, Ichimura, etc)...but my last meal there about 10 yrs ago featured old fish cooked into the consistency of mashed potatoes and very nasty service and has made me avoid the place ever since...have you been many times recently?

Oct 03, 2014
Simon in Manhattan

New York Michelin

at Pitti, i recommend ordering off the chalkboard of specials (i usually ignore the other menu)...

i like the soups (esp the pureed leek), in truffle season the taglierini w/ black truffles has a generous portion of truffles (though the dish is a bit rich for me), veal meatball appetizer, braised lamb shank, grilled branzini...papardelle w/ wild boar ragu is good...grilled sardines...

Sometimes w/ a friend i'll do a three course meal that goes something like: 2 soups, split a pasta special, then split the branzini...and while i'm not a dessert guy, i've liked the little lemon tart w/ pine nuts...

Cash only...some people have complained about gruff service, and it can get a little hectic there when the outdoor seats are in high demand, but i've found the staff friendly...

I was there last night -- we did two leek soups, then some sauteed spinach (tender and olive-oil saturated but not as much tasty garlic as usual) and some gamberetti in tomato sauce (fresh but also a bit more bland than usual), and then split a veal scallopine, and a dessert...w/ 2 glasses of rose wine the bill was 107 before tip...

Oct 03, 2014
Simon in Manhattan
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New York Michelin

Ayada for Thai...Bar Pitti is my fav Italian, though i like a few others for specific dishes (e.g. Giorgione for risotto)...and Soba Koh is imo better than any restaurant on that list...

Oct 02, 2014
Simon in Manhattan

New York Michelin

well, based on their current choices (and previous ones -- e.g. Laut? which uses store-bought sauce), i just consider Michilen irrelevant...so i wouldn't want to nominate any restaurant that i like to that same list...but i can certainly think of 25+ restaurants that i think are better than the ones on that list...

Oct 02, 2014
Simon in Manhattan

New York Michelin

many of them, but i think i was amused by the Zabb Elee star, for the reasons others have mentioned here (Michelin including a cheaper non-Western place for diversity sake)...and i *like* Zabb Elee, but they don't even cook their grilled chicken on the premises! it's cooked in Queens and then reheated, and it's a wildly uneven place...

Others: well, i can't stand Babbo and Casa Mono and all the Batali places...and while Breslin serves up some yummy grub, it's nothing to get too excited about imo...Hakkasan was one of the worst, lamest meals of my life, both in food and service...i disliked Junoon, both food and service...i truly despised Azabu (3 visits: two very mediocre, one awful)...Cafe China made me laugh a lot too: it was good when they first opened but was simply terrible afterwards: undercooked kung pao chicken, nasty servers, etc -- it's like Michelin reads the NY Times and Chowhound/food-blogs from the previous year or two and then tries to make a list out of usual high-end suspects plus a few uncontroversial non-Western pics...just my opinion, but i put less-than-zero stock in their ratings...

Oct 02, 2014
Simon in Manhattan
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New York Michelin

Michelin never ceases to embarass itself w/ its absurd praise of mediocre and even flat-out-bad restaurants...i had a good laugh over the list...

Sep 30, 2014
Simon in Manhattan

Best place to buy "fresh" Halvah?

both Russ&Daughters and Kalustyans halva has been delicious...(and Sahadis if you venture to Brooklyn)

Sep 30, 2014
Simon in Manhattan

Won't be returning to Per Se

Expensive rent does excuse rudeness and rude policies...like i said: dining is more than a real estate battle...you proved my point...

Sep 30, 2014
Simon in Manhattan
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Won't be returning to Per Se

foodwhisperer, i agree w/ you completely on this...i'm continually dismayed when i see posters defending rude and short-sighted FOH behavior (e.g. insisting customers wait to be seated til full party arrives when the restaurant is empty at 3pm, refusing to seat solo diners, refusing parties of 3, refusing minor substitutions, charging a fee for eating a piece of home-brought bday cake, etc)...i think many Manhattan folk need to travel a bit more to understand that dining is better if it doesn't contain the viscious vibe of a real estate deal...it's bad enough that diners tolerate such restaurant attitudes, but it's worse to see them defended on CH...one doesn't need to go all the way to rural Portugal or the mts of Peru to see the difference: you can sense a healthier vibe in large cities like Madrid, or Bangkok, or even Philadelphia...

Sep 30, 2014
Simon in Manhattan
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Eastern North Carolina style barbeque in NYC???

i've enjoyed Mighty Quinn a couple times, but generally i find everything there (pork, all the sides, pickles, etc) to be way too sweet...

Sep 29, 2014
Simon in Manhattan

Looking for a amazing sunday dinner in Manhattan! Suggestions?

Soba Koh

Sep 29, 2014
Simon in Manhattan

Suggestions for wine for an Israeli-style dinner

a nice CDR red would work w/ much of this menu...

Sep 28, 2014
Simon in Wine

da Umberto

thanks for the report...glad the meal worked out well...

Sep 28, 2014
Simon in Manhattan

Chinese Takeout Union Square - Gramercy

just looked it up - i will try it...doubt i'd do XLB for a delivery option though so i'd try those while eating there, but might order their other dishes delivered

Sep 25, 2014
Simon in Manhattan

Chinese Takeout Union Square - Gramercy

sure...is it new? what kind of Chinese food?

Sep 25, 2014
Simon in Manhattan

Chinese Takeout Union Square - Gramercy

i live in that area and there isn't much that i like these days...Legend delivers to me and if you a) catch it on a night when the main chef is working, b) order off the Sichuan menu only, and c) preferably have someone order in Mandarin, then it can be quite delicious - on nights when one or more of those criteria are missing, it can be dreadful...

I don't have a backup place...i think Grand Sichuan St Marks has gone far downhill and i've disliked Hot Kitchen..if you want Thai instead, i like Zabb Elee, but there are some consistency issues there too...

It's a sad state of things: recently my only truly yummy and consistent delivery option is the whole grain crust pizza at Posto...

Sep 25, 2014
Simon in Manhattan

Ratatouille

this far from the best, but at Le Grainne Cafe they put a little bit of cold ratatouille on some of the salads (e.g. the poulet salade composee), which i like...

Sep 25, 2014
Simon in Manhattan

Please Critique My (Heavily Researched) Food Crawl Itinerary

i love Despana -- i get the seafood salad if they have it, and usually some crotequas and/or tapas w/ anchovy...also they always have free samples of some chorizo and/or cheese and/or almonds on the counter...

Sep 24, 2014
Simon in Manhattan

has anyone been to au zataar on ave a?

i wouldn't recommend it

Sep 22, 2014
Simon in Manhattan

Help us decide on an Italian restaurant for early December girls trip...

all Batali restaurants, and esp Lupa, have been criticized for their nasty front-of-house and entitled 'you're so lucky to be eating our oversalted pasta so shut-up and wait' attitude...i've eaten in all of them over the years and will never again...

Sep 18, 2014
Simon in Manhattan
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Help us decide on an Italian restaurant for early December girls trip...

i like OM too...pastas are all yummy...ditto seafood salad...it's a fun place w/ good location and w/o all the annoying nasty-vibe Batali BS of Lupa et al...

Sep 18, 2014
Simon in Manhattan

Best place for suckling lamb & pig and paella in Barcelona/Madrid/Sevilla/Granada?

so happy that you enjoyed it...hope the rest of your Madrid dining was yummy as well...we especially loved Casa Rafa (seafood specialist) when we were there, so that's one to consider for future trips...cheers...

Sep 17, 2014
Simon in Spain/Portugal

Beijing Pop Kebab -- new nothern Chinese restaurant at 122 Mulberry

sounds good -- i shall try it :)

Sep 14, 2014
Simon in Manhattan
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Kefi downhill alert?

when i went about 3 years ago, the salad was mostly shredded iceberg and the noise unbearbale and the service and other dishes mediocre and i've never had the desire to return...i've always been surprised by the good reports i've sometimes seen here...your review is pretty close to my first and only experience...

Sep 14, 2014
Simon in Manhattan