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Rare date tonight -- need recs for dinner LES

I tried 151 the other day. It seemed off. The bar was completely empty, which I guess is understandable given that they opened a couple of weeks ago. The staff was were super polite but at times, preferred to answer questions about drinks in monosyllables. Their cocktail selection is pretty small and they seemed hesitant to go off menu (I did not ask them explicitly but usually, when you describe something that is not on the menu, places like go off menu in a heartbeat). I found that to be a little surprising since they seem to have the entire arsenal of ingredients that you would find at a cocktail bar. I asked them if the menu that they were using was for the initial few weeks until things settled down a bit but they said that it was what they planned to use in the long term. The drinks themselves were just OK.

Went over to Nitecap after this which was a very different experience. Nice atmosphere, good drinks. I would not put it in the same league as Dead Rabbit or even Attaboy but still very good.

about 12 hours ago
indiefoodie in Manhattan

Please help plan food centric vacation to Paris and possibly Lyon

Hello, I'm in the initial phases of planning a vacation to France with food being the only priority. I haven't looked into specific restaurants yet. I have a few general questions and I would appreciate some help with them.

A little bit of background info. that would be useful:
* I'll be traveling by myself and this will be the first time that I'll be traveling to France.
* I do not speak French.
* I do not drive (haven't driven in 8 years so I'm not going to start again in France).
* I eat everything.

I have about 10 days so I was thinking maybe a 6-4 split between Paris and another city (extra day for the flights). Lyon came up a few times in my research. Taking the above into consideration, is that something that you would recommend? I understand that without a car, large parts of the south west and wine would be impossible but that will need to wait for a 2nd trip.

At the risk of asking what may be a stupid question, if one were to do a 6 day Paris and 4 day Lyon trip with the objective of sampling as many unique things as possible, so maybe a couple of 3 star Michelin meals, a few 1 or 2 star types and maybe some at completely non-fancy (but super delicious) places, would it be possible to provide a very rough estimate of how much would it cost? Prices in Paris (at least the 3 * ones) seem to be higher in average than NYC/London/Tokyo so I was just trying to get an approximate idea.

Thank you very much!

about 13 hours ago
indiefoodie in France

When/how to go to Shiro's...

Now that Shiro is no longer there, is it not worth going? I'll be visiting Seattle later this month and was hoping to check out a couple of good sushi places. I have Shiro's, Sushi Kappo Tamura, Nishino & Kisaku on my radar. Thanks.

Aug 19, 2014
indiefoodie in Greater Seattle

Visiting London from NYC. Please help critique itinerary (researched)

My trip got postponed by a couple of weeks, hence the delay in reporting back. I had a great time eating my way around London! A lot of my co-workers smiled when I told them that I wasn't going to spend any time sightseeing and that food and drink were the top priorities during my time there :)

Here goes....

* Konditor and Cook: I tried a slice of the lemon chiffon cake. It was good but nothing that made me go wow. The lemon flavor was not over the top which I appreciated but it was a little too sweet IMO. And, the cake itself could have been a little more moist. Not sure if I ordered the wrong this here but I wasn't super impressed.

* Taylor St. Baristas: The ambiance brought a smile to my face. Casual, baristas jiving to deep house streaming on the speakers. I tried a long black. I liked it. Was it one of the best coffees I've ever tasted, no but it was good.

* Nightjar: I liked this a lot. I sat at the bar and the bartender, Tony was friendly, gave great recommendations and the drinks were very good. The presentation is completely over the top. I've never seen so much attention being given to how a glass looks. Purely from a taste perspective, I'll give Dead Rabbit in NYC a slight edge but that may have to do with the fact that I've been there a lot and have tried more than half of their exhaustive menu so a few more visits to The Nightjar may change my opinion.

* Clove Club: I really wanted to like this place and the first thing that I had was a clear winner (A chicken foot chip with some mousse) but after that, I thought it was just OK. I had the 5 course tasting menu but added 2 dishes from the extended menu that I wanted to try. The flavors on the Mackerel dish were good but texture was very one dimensional, a fish dish was too salty, the deer was OK, the blood sausage was probably the best I've had, the duck broth was good and the desserts were a let down. There were 2 dessert courses and both were ice creams (?!?). Although, the flavors were very different, why would you do that? No chocolate, nothing baked. I was very surprised. Another thing that I noticed was the service. At the beginning, there were a few empty seats and the service was excellent but as time passed and the place started filling up, it took more and more time between courses. My meal lasted more than 2 hours and it definitely shouldn't have. There was one large group that I identified (9 people) and that seemed to throw them off. All in all, a disappointment.

* Dishoom: I went here for breakfast and liked it a lot! Tried the bacon naan, the masala beans the house chai. The flavors were very good. If I were to nitpick, it would be the fact that the chai was a little weak on the tea flavor. The spices seemed to be a little more assertive than what I've experienced in India. Also, does anyone know if they bake the naan to order? I wasn't sure.

* Harp: This was very good. Great selection and very helpful bartenders. I tried an ale and a cider and liked them both (and I don't even like ciders that much). I love how you can get a pint and enjoy it on the sidewalk instead of having to squeeze into the bar like we have to in NYC.

* Barrafina: Tried the Carabineros prawn, lamb brains, pig ears and the lamb kidneys. Liked everything. The prawn was delicious but at 17 pounds, a little too expensive. I probably won't be ordering that again.

* The Wolseley: Went here for breakfast. Lovely ambiance. Opted for the traditional English breakfast. It was very good. Nothing that made me go wow but I'm not sure if that was the intention here.
Since, I'm not very experienced when it comes to English breakfasts, a question - there are probably 100s of places in London serving this. What makes Wolseley stand out? Are the flavors better than most places? I did feel that my blood sausage at The Clove Club was way better than what I had here.

* Paul A Young Fine Chocolates: Tried a couple of chocolates - the sea salted caramel and one with a hazelnut filling. I liked both of them.

* Ottolenghi: I wanted to try a dessert here. They recommended a chocolate something so I went with that. It was good but the real genius was the vanilla custard that they served with the dessert. The chocolate paired extremely well with the custard. Not the best dessert I've had but a winner.

* 69 Colebrooke Row: The Prairie Oyster was very innovative and I liked it. I also enjoyed the Soy Cubano and another rum and cirus based drink that I tried. However, I did not find this to be better than a lot of other good cocktail places. With the exception of the Prairie Oyster, it didn't strike me as a go to place. Personally, I liked Nightjar much more.

* St. John: I liked the casual atmosphere. I tried the much written about bone marrow, welsh rarebit, venison offal and the madelines. I've always had a mixed reaction to bone marrow. I love the texture but I never really get any solid flavor. That was true here as well. Although, the salad is a wonderful idea. It's very acidic and cuts through the heaviness of the marrow wonderfully. The only thing that I did not enjoy was the welsh rarebit. I found to be too salty for my palate. I love cheese but this was just too much salt for me. No complaints on the offal and the madelines were divine. They may have taken over from Dominique Ansel's madelines as my favorite :)

* Hawksmoor (Guildhall): My first time trying bubble and squeak. I thought it was very good; the very definition of comfort food. Greasy potatoes, eggs, meat, gravy. Hangover heaven :)

* Harwood Arms: I had the scotch egg, the snails, a deer special and their take on strawberries and cream. I liked this place. My least favorite dish was the egg (it was good, just not as good as the others IMO); I thought it needed more salt. The other dishes were better. I really liked the deer and the dessert.

* St. John Bread & Wine: Tried the porridge and prunes. I thought it was good porridge but nothing special. I would have tried the bacon sandwich if it weren't for the fact that I was planning to go to Borough Market an hour after this.

* Borough Market:
- Bread Ahead: Damn those custard donuts are delicious! I tried a lemon one. It's messy but I am definitely going to miss this.
- Monmouth: My first flat white. I liked it but I guess I prefer my coffee without milk. The next day, I went to another location and tried their Americano. I liked it better but I did not feel that it was something special.
- Neals Dairy: Excellent cheeses and very helpful staff. I told them that I was visiting and wanted to try a few local cheeses (with the objective of buying some of course) and ones that I liked a lot include Stawley, Ragstone, Montgomery Cheddar and the Colston Bassett Stilton. I brought some back with me to the U.S. and all my friends liked them.
- Brindisi: Sampled some jamón ibérico de bellota for the first time. Holy crap! This is good. Now I understand why it costs an arm and a leg.
- Roast: Tried the roast beef (weekend special). Thought it was OK. The horseradish gives it a nice kick and I probably would have disliked it if it weren't for that.

All in all, I'm glad that I was able to make some time to visit the market.

* Tayyabs: For reasons beyond my control, I ended up here for a late dinner. What a mistake! Definitely the worst meal of the trip. I asked them for a recommendation and they got me the lamb chops. Tough, chewy, just terrible. I also tried a curry dish with chicken and that too was sub-par.

* M. Manze: I had to try the famous Pie & Mash. I also got the jellied eels. The pie & mash was alright. It reminded me of something I used to eat as a kid - https://mealbucket.com/images/TA04Y53... except that in India the stuffing is made with potatoes instead of meat. I'm usually not bothered by how food looks but the jelly made me think twice about eating it :) Nevertheless, I tried it. By itself, it was a little too salty for me. Paired with the mash, it was better (although, I'm not sure if you're supposed to do that).

* Green Man & French Horn: I went here with a few friends and we tried the rabbit terrine, the mussels, a pasta, the lamb neck and the white chocolate mousse. Good, solid food. It's probably not something very exclusive but the hearty, rustic flavors were well appreciated. Our waitress suggested a Sauvignon Blanc that was very good.

* Churchill Arms: Stopped by for a quick beer. The beer was your average pub beer but the exterior of this pub was just magnificent. The walls were completely covered with flowers. A delight to look at.

* The Ledbury: Brilliant. Easily my favorite meal of the trip. I got the extended menu and loved almost ever single dish. If I had to find something to complain about, it'd be the desserts. Not that they were bad or anything. In fact, they were pretty good but I thought they were a little too safe, especially taking into consideration that some of the food was pretty imaginative.

* Bull & Last: My first Sunday roast. I liked it a lot. I did come across some fat on my meat that probably should have been trimmed but on the whole, a very tasty meal. I got the chocolate mousse for dessert and thought that it was very good.

On the whole, a successful trip. 2 things that I could not try were Hedone (it was closed) and Golden Hind (I wasn't able to find time for it). Something for next time :) Thank you so much for helping me plan a delicious trip!

Aug 17, 2014
indiefoodie in U.K./Ireland

Visiting London from NYC. Please help critique itinerary (researched)

I'll post a detailed review later on but Clove by far was the worst from a food perspective. Either they were having a completely off night or I didn't understand what they were attempting to do or for some reason, they reserved their worst for me :) I guess it goes without saying, I would recommend against it.

Aug 08, 2014
indiefoodie in U.K./Ireland

Visiting London from NYC. Please help critique itinerary (researched)

Thank you. How would you compare Palomar to The Green Man & French Horn in terms of food? I was originally planning to go to the latter but after your suggestion, I looked at the former's menu. To me it looks a little more exciting and harder to find (if at all) in NYC than GM&FH. But, I haven't read a lot about Palomar, probably because it's new. Thanks.

Jul 11, 2014
indiefoodie in U.K./Ireland

Visiting London from NYC. Please help critique itinerary (researched)

Thank you! I noticed that Craft Beer Co. has multiple locations. Is the Leather Lane location better then the others?

Jul 11, 2014
indiefoodie in U.K./Ireland

Visiting London from NYC. Please help critique itinerary (researched)

Thank you everyone! I made a reservation for a Sunday lunch at B&L.
@ManInTransit - thanks for the Sedap recommendation. Not sure how good is NYC but there are some places that do it.
2 more to go :) Saturday dinner (and a bar) + a Sunday lunch before my evening flight.

Jul 04, 2014
indiefoodie in U.K./Ireland

Visiting London from NYC. Please help critique itinerary (researched)

I'm open to another pub but I was just a little concerned that the food at Harwood and the other place may be very similar.

Jul 03, 2014
indiefoodie in U.K./Ireland

Visiting London from NYC. Please help critique itinerary (researched)

Thank you everyone for the helpful advice. I still have a few spots that I need to fill up:

1. Sunday lunch
2. Sunday dinner
3. Sunday lunch 2

Any recommendations for these places? Also, I know that London does Indian food way better then NYC. Are there any more cuisines like this? Thanks!

Jul 03, 2014
indiefoodie in U.K./Ireland

Visiting London from NYC. Please help critique itinerary (researched)

Thanks. Is there a fish n chips place that you think is very good?

Jul 02, 2014
indiefoodie in U.K./Ireland

Visiting London from NYC. Please help critique itinerary (researched)

I was considering afternoon tea (Brown's, Montcalm) but when I looked at their menus, they did not seem like they fell under the "must have" category. Is that not true? I understand that the tea experience is very local but I did not want to do it only for the experience if the food wasn't special. Thanks.

Jul 02, 2014
indiefoodie in U.K./Ireland

Visiting London from NYC. Please help critique itinerary (researched)

Thank you. I'll keep this in mind.

Jul 02, 2014
indiefoodie in U.K./Ireland

Visiting London from NYC. Please help critique itinerary (researched)

Thanks! Looking into it.
Any suggestions on which paces to hit? Based on what I read - bread ahead (custard donuts), konditor & cook (cakes), monmouth coffee, roast for lunch and neal's yard for some cheese.

Jul 02, 2014
indiefoodie in U.K./Ireland

Visiting London from NYC. Please help critique itinerary (researched)

Thank you! NYC has decent pastry (not in the same league as Paris or Tokyo I guess but OK) so I'll skip these places. Would you happen to have some dessert spots in London that you think are must-do's? Thanks!

Jul 02, 2014
indiefoodie in U.K./Ireland

Visiting London from NYC. Please help critique itinerary (researched)

Thank you! I updated my reservations at Nightjar and Colebrooke Row as per your suggestion.

Would you happen to have a suggestion to replace Euston Tap with? Cask & Pub Kitchen maybe? NYC has pretty decent beer and cocktails so I was just trying to hit a few places that I may not necessarily find here. I read that cask beer is pretty big in London and it's not here.

The gastropubs that you mentioned are the ones that I considered with Harwood. I understand that in terms of atmosphere, Harwood leans towards a restaurant but purely in terms of food, is Harwood and one of the others very different?

Thank you for your help!

Jul 02, 2014
indiefoodie in U.K./Ireland

Visiting London from NYC. Please help critique itinerary (researched)

Hello, I'll be visiting London for the first time at the end of July for work. Based on what I've read on this board, I've come up with a list and was hoping for some feedback. Also, I have a fee meals that I'm still unsure of so any help in figuring that out will be appreciated :)

Arrive on Saturday morning around 7:30 AM:
- Breakfast - ?? (Need to decide)
- Lunch - Will probably graze around so that I don't fill up for dinner
- Dinner - The Ledbury

- Lunch - ?? (Need to decide)
- Drink - Nightjar
- Dinner - ?? (Need to decide)

- Breakfast - Wolseley
- Drink - 69 Colebrooke Row
- Dinner - Clove Club

- Breakfast - Dishoom
- Dinner - Hedone

- Breakfast - Caravan
- Drink - Harp
- Dinner - Barrafina (the Adelaide street branch)

- Breakfast - Hawksmoor Guildhall
- Dinner - Harwood Arms

- Breakfast - ?? (Need to decide)

- Lunch - Green Man & French Horn
- Drink - Euston Tap
- Dinner - St. John

Sunday - I leave in the evening
- Lunch - ?? (Need to decide)

* I'd like to visit Master Superfish while I'm there.
* For desserts, I'd like to check out Paul A Young, Konditor & Cook, Gails, Bees of Bloomsbury & Ottolenghi.
* Coffee - I need to figure out how many can I fit but Monmouth, Flat White, Blacksmiths, Tap, Sacred, Taylor Street Baristas, Sacred Cafe, Workshop, Green & White, Kaffeine, Dose, Local Hero, Prufock, Cafe Fratelli, Lanterna, Timberyard, are on my list so far.
* I grew up in India which is why I skipped the likes of Trisna, Gymkhana, etc. Made an exception with Dishoom for breakfast.
* If I find time, I'll try to check out Borough Market some time.

What do you all think about the above?

Thank you!

Jul 02, 2014
indiefoodie in U.K./Ireland

Please help finalize Charleston destinations (researched!!)

Thank you! Any recommendations for the Marion Square Market? Thanks!

Jun 29, 2014
indiefoodie in Southeast

Please help finalize Charleston destinations (researched!!)

Thanks! Do you think it's a good spot for lunch? Any dishes that you would recommend?

Jun 28, 2014
indiefoodie in Southeast

Please help finalize Charleston destinations (researched!!)

Hello, 3 of us are traveling to Charleston over the July 4th weekend from NYC. The sole purpose of the trip is to sample Charleston's delicious offerings and to stay away from spots that do stuff similar to what we can find in NYC. Based on my research I have come up with a few places and also have some holes to fill. I would appreciate some feedback and help to fill up the missing spots :)

* Late night - Tattooed Moose

* Lunch - Hominy (Need to confirm if they're open on July 4th) - Shrimp & Grits, Shrimp Bog, Fried Green Tomatoes, Buttermik Pie, I couldn't locate the Tomato Pudding on the online menu

* Drinks - The bar at Husk (Need to confirm if they are open)

* Dinner - Fig (Have a reservation) - Seafood stew, okra, grits, tomato tartin

* Lunch - A combo of Tomato Shed (tomato pie) & Fishnet (jesus crab) since they are located close to each other

* Drinks - Gin Joint

* Dinner - Xiao Bao Biscuit - Thai duck, cabbage pancake

* Lunch - ?? Need to be filled up

* Drinks - Belmont

* Dinner - Ordinary (Have a reservation) - Oystersm Oyster slider, smoked oysters

* Lunch - ?? Needs to be filled up

One place that I was considering for Monday was Martha Lou's.

Some other spots that we plan to hit:
- Glazed
- Kudu
- Black Tap

I looked at the menus from Two Boroughs Larder, Macintosh, Grocery, Butcher & Bee, Cru Cafe and Hall's (for Sunday brunch). With the exception of the last one, they did not scream Charleston to me. It seemed like those kinds of dishes are probably possible at places in NYC. The last was different but I did not see a lot of reviews on it so wasn't sure.

Thank you for the help!

Jun 27, 2014
indiefoodie in Southeast

Things that Kansas City does better than NYC?!?

Hello everyone, I've been reading a lot about Stroud's fried chicken. Is it really that good or is it an over hyped tourist trap? How is it compared to the fried chicken at say Rye? Thank you!

Apr 09, 2014
indiefoodie in Great Plains

Things that Kansas City does better than NYC?!?

Hello everyone, we're finally thinking about doing this. Any suggestions on what area to find a hotel in if the objective is to be as close as possible to BBQ and Mexican/Latin American food, as well as local bars/breweries (not the cocktail & belgian/german beer bars that are common in NYC), etc? We'll have a car but would like to minimize the amount of driving that we need to do (and have a designated driver :). Thanks!

Mar 29, 2014
indiefoodie in Great Plains

Makosh - Hungarian Poppy Seed Roll

Hello, does any one know if I can buy a good Makosh Cake somewhere? If there are multiple places, any favorites?
Not sure if the outer boroughs would be a better place to look for this. Thank you!

Feb 28, 2014
indiefoodie in Manhattan

Best Wine Bar

Hi, just wanted to revive this old thread and see what the current favorites are when it comes to wine bars. I haven't been to a lot but out of the ones that I've been to, I liked Terroir a lot. Any other places that are a must? Thanks!

Feb 15, 2014
indiefoodie in Manhattan

Suggestions for non-frat'ish, conducive to conversation, bars/lounges that accept reservations for a large group (20-30) for a birthday

Thanks Kathryn. Yeah, I don't think my friend who needs this would want to pay and reserve a space in advance.

Feb 01, 2014
indiefoodie in Manhattan

Suggestions for non-frat'ish, conducive to conversation, bars/lounges that accept reservations for a large group (20-30) for a birthday

This is for a Saturday. I tried Middle Branch but am yet to hear back. The basement at Cask does the trick but it's booked for that day that I'm interested in. Any other similar places please? Somewhere south of 35th, north of FiDi would be ideal. Thank you!

Feb 01, 2014
indiefoodie in Manhattan

Le Bernardin desserts only?!?

Hello, is it possible for someone to JUST get desserts at Le Bernardin? I know that the lounge menu offers a trio of mini desserts but would it be possible for someone to order off of the dining room dessert menu without getting food? Thanks!

Jan 29, 2014
indiefoodie in Manhattan

Trip report!!

Just a thought - if you can go to Fuunji, you may want to try that instead of Rokurinsha. Unfortunately, it was closed when I went there but based on what I've read, it's better than Rokurinsha.

Jan 13, 2014
indiefoodie in Japan

Unagi restaurant in TOkyo


Dec 25, 2013
indiefoodie in Japan

Your current top 5 favorite restaurants right now

Hi foodwhisperer, I'm curious, what would be on your list if the only criteria is "best food"? Thanks!

Dec 24, 2013
indiefoodie in Manhattan