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Junior foodie reviews Apizz NYC

A few New Yorkers recommended that instead of dining at Sette, I try Apizz for an Italian food dinner. The menu looked really good and I was excited about going and being let in on this secret "find." However, on the whole, my friend and I were really disappointed. The restaurant atmosphere is very nice, calm, and warm, however, after sitting our table for about ten minutes, we started to feel very, very warm. In the dead of summer I would think that they would run their air a little more, because it became very stuffy and uncomfortable. Our waiter had an attitude and was not very helpful or knowledgable about the food. Anyways... on to the food. We started with a crispy prosciutto with pear, walnut, and parmesan. It was nearly impossible to eat in any dignified way because all of the parts of the dish are hard (or crispy rather) and can't be easily skewered with a fork. And even after I devised a way to get all four parts in one bite, it didn't taste like anything special. The proscuitto had lost the special taste that proscuitto has and instead tasted like simple bacon because it was cooked so thoroughly. For my entree I had the butternut squash open ravioli. TOO SWEET. Really it was painful to eat. I could have had a smaller portion for dessert, but for dinner it was like eating candy and didn't really have a complexity of flavor. For friend had the lump crab pasta. The sauce was a typical red sause, somewhat unusual for seafood I think, and the density of the sauce masked any flavor in the crab. It was a shame considering that people who love seafood (like my friend) want a flavor that complements the seafood, not masks it. We skipped dessert, considering I had already eaten mine for my entree, and quickly left very disappointed.

What are other suggestions on this restaurant? Did I miss the boat on the entrees?

Aug 14, 2007
juniorfoodie08 in Manhattan

Help a junior foodie plan a trip to NYC!

Thanks so you such everyone. You have given me some great ideas. I never expected so many people to be so generous with their advice and experience! I am coming from L.A. and I will be there from Mon to Fri. It is a good time to go, I think, because so far it has been easier to get reservations etc. Its hard because I know that NYC is known for their diverse and amazing ethnic food, but the person I am traveling with doesn't really enjoy anything out of her ordinary (nothing asian aside from japanese/sushi or eastern european or middle eastern or african- you get the point). We are both very excited for the famous RGR tour for lunch and I will report back on our experience with it RGR.

Jul 12, 2007
juniorfoodie08 in Manhattan

Help a junior foodie plan a trip to NYC!

Thank you so much for the feedback. For ceiling prices for lunch I want to keep it somewhat simple, like 30 dollars tops. And fast stuff, like pizza, sandwiches etc. because we have A LOT of ground to cover in essentially three days. Ideally, I would like to keep the dinners around $100 including alcohol (wine). I am trying to have the dinners be one steakhouse, one new american (my favorite cuisine), one sushi/japanese or sushi/seafood (my traveling partner's favorite cuisine), and one italian (because its New York!) I chose Nobu because of its nationwide fame, but I am definitely going to check out the other options people mentioned. Additionally, I am still worried about Rachel's. I am thinking of splurging that night and going to Gotham's Bar and Grill, though I have read some mixed reviews on Chowhound. Any thoughts? Thanks again!!!

Jul 11, 2007
juniorfoodie08 in Manhattan

Best Breakfast in LA?

GRUB! Grub is amazing. I went there for the first time last week and was shoked at how good my breakfast was. The bacon, the breakfast burrito, the french toast. Everything was so yummy! And the restaurants in a very cute little house

Jul 10, 2007
juniorfoodie08 in Los Angeles Area

Help a junior foodie plan a trip to NYC!

Hi all!

I am a junior foodie... by that I mean that I have an intense love of cuisine (and I think a pretty refined palate from years of fine dining with my parents), but now that I am on my own (especially financially) I have to experience my passion modestly. I am trying to plan my first trip to NYC sans parents and want to experience great food, but on a early 20 year old's budget. If anyone has suggestions on amazing moderately priced restaurants, or can offer some critique to my very tentative schedule, I would be so grateful!

1st night: Rachel's American Bistro (I have heard such mixed reviews on this place... help!)
2nd day: lunch- katz's deli
dinner- Nobu (my parents are treating for one dinner so I can go all out)
3rd day: lunch- patsy's pizza
dinner- Sette (once again, very mixed reviews)
4th day: lunch- I am not sure, possibly 'wichcraft since I love Tom but can't afford Craft (and have heard not so good things about craftbar).
dinner- Roth's Westside Steakhouse

Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

Jul 10, 2007
juniorfoodie08 in Manhattan