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doughnut plant vs dough

The Tres Leche and Creme Brulee doughnuts from doughnut plant are better than anything else I've had from either place.

Dec 17, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan
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2014 Omakase Odyssey

Masa used to serve lunch Tuesday-Friday.

He now only serves lunch on Fridays.

Dec 17, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

2014 Omakase Odyssey

I did the omakase at Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya last week. I was at the sushi bar.

While the food was good, they served it platter style, not piece by piece.

Also, the omakase was mostly sashimi, very little sushi. My request to have more/only nigiri was (politely) declined.

And the roll was spicy lobster.

Take from that what you will.

Dec 16, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

American Cut -- My new favorite steakhouse!

Went here last night. Not a bad experience, but not top tier for me.

Arrived a few minutes late (less than 10) for a reservation, we ended up having to wait at the bar for 45 minutes for a table. They came by and apologized after 30 minutes - the table before us was taking a long time to leave. Not the restaurant's fault certainly, but still not great. Otherwise, service was good and attentive throughout the meal.

The food, overall good but very few standouts. There were four of us and we shared everything so I was able to try a good number of dishes.

--bread--

EVERYTHING BISCUITS
This was the standard bread service - very good. Warm flaky biscuits with vegetable cream cheese spread.

--appetizers--

BATCH 22 SHRIMP COCKTAIL
This was unusual for a shrimp cocktail. It came in a bowl and the shrimp were covered in a hot, sweetish sauce, so you couldn't see the the shrimp really. It wasn't bad, but not special.

BACON, SCHALLER & WEBER
Two thick cut slices of bacon. This was good - but again, covered in a sweetish sauce when it arrived. Definitely enjoy Luger's version better.

CHILI LOBSTER
This was a bowl of a thin orange soup-like chili sauce with chunks of lobster tail and thick wedges of buttery Texas toast. The bread was great. Overall the dish was ok, but not memorable.

STEAK TARTARE
This was hands down the best appetizer we had. Great version of steak tartare.

--mains--

NEW YORK CITY CUT
This is the 20oz pastrami bone-in ribeye. Best dish of the night. Perfectly cooked, with a smoky, pepperiness to it. I know some posters mentioned it was too salty. Maybe we just got lucky, but this was perfectly seasoned.

52-DAY DRY AGED PORTERHOUSE FOR TWO
This was a special, finished table side. Honestly, for the price ($150) I would have liked a lot more of that aged "funk." It was a big, good steak, and the presentation was impressive. But the flavor just wasn't.

--sides--

LATKES
These were great - a mini stack of potato pancakes layered with crispy chicken skin, sour cream and apple. One of my favorite sides at a steakhouse ever.

KENNEBEC FRIES
Big, dry potato wedges. Probably the weakest dish of the night.

--desserts--

To be fair, I'm not a huge dessert person - but if something is amazing, I'll gladly devour it. None of these hit anywhere near the amazing category for me, or anyone else at the table. We tried:

-CRACKERJACK SUNDAE
-CANDY BAR CAKE
-CINNAMON TOAST PANNA COTTA

Dec 11, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

The Red Rooster - anybody been?

I've only been once for lunch (about a year ago) but food, drinks and service were all good.

Shared chicken and waffles, yardbird, and a fish dish (i think grouper but not seeing it on the menu now).

ibew, what is it that drew you to Red Rooster in the first place?

Nov 23, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

What bygone food fad do you still enjoy? [NYC]

I'm a big fan. It's a big pricey for what you get, but good.

Nov 11, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

God is my co-protein

Maybe not what you're looking for, but have you tried the 'shroom burger at Shake Shack?

Nov 05, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

What bygone food fad do you still enjoy? [NYC]

Have you tried Parm?

Nov 05, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

best chicken soup MIDTOWN EAST

Just to be clear - I wouldn't consider it a destination spot, but certainly a good option for the area.

Their house made (I think) bread is good, and comes with everything.

Their spreads are good (tarama, lebni, etc) and tabuleh.

I enjoy their Turkish gyro (not the pita thing - it's sliced rotisserie lamb over rice).

Their chicken and lamb kebabs are also solid.

Also the "sultan's delight" looks good but I've never had it:

http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2010/1...

Nov 01, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

best chicken soup MIDTOWN EAST

A different take on chicken soup (and definitely not matzo ball) but I think the chicken soup at Akdeniz is great.

Oct 31, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

Know anything about Jacques Brasserie 200 block of E. 85th St.?

I've been several times, but not for a couple years.

Not a destination, but it was always a solid, reasonably priced place with standard French bistro fare.

Moules-frites, steak-frites, etc.

Oct 28, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

International Wing Factory

I've never been, but I've walked by - it definitely didn't strike me as a sit down place. It seems to be about the same size as your typical NYC Americanized Chinese takeout place.

Oct 28, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

Emilio's Ballato, has anyone been recently, is it a great version of a red saucer ????

I think Carbone is great, and deserving of its praise.

But definitely expensive.

Oct 24, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

Best Sushi for $100pp?

I understand the inclination to eat sushi prepared by trained Japanese sushi chefs. However, it seems prejudiced to make that a hard and fast rule.

The first time I ate sushi made by David, he was working at 15 East, under Masa.

Was I surprised to see a white chef serving at 15 East? Absolutely. But the quality and skill of the food was just as good as what I'd come to expect.

David may not be Japanese, but he is Japanese-trained.

If his sushi is good, who cares about his ethnicity?

Oct 24, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan
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Around Museum of Modern Art

Agreed - I love Ssam Bar and Ko, but have find Ma Peche to be underwhelming, both before and after the switch to dim sum.

Bar room at the Modern is a great choice, especially if budget is not an issue.

Oct 17, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

What do you think of my plans?

Whether or not Shake Shack is "skippable" is pretty debatable.

If you're after a thick juicy burger, or a fancy gourmet burger, they're not the place to go. But if you want a fast-food style burger, I personally think they have the best in the city.

If you do go, the custards, the 'shroom burger, and the double shack burger to all be great. (I find the ratio of meat-to-bun works better with the double burgers than the singles).

Oct 17, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

Best Sushi for $100pp?

Yea - food is great at both, but $100 will definitely take you further at Sushi Dojo.

Oct 14, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

Won't be returning to Per Se

That's helpful, thanks!

I'm sure I'll make it to TFL eventually.

Oct 14, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

Won't be returning to Per Se

I'm curious to know that myself -

I've always heard TFL is the better of the two, but I'm not sure what exactly that means.

Oct 14, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

hamburger in Midtown?

That's been my experience as well.

Clearly we could be burger friends.

Oct 14, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

hamburger in Midtown?

There are indeed lots of good burgers in Manhattan.

I used to LOVE the Blue Smoke burger, but found they changed something several years ago, unfortunately for the worse. Not sure if it was a chef, meat, or seasoning change.

Regardless, Shake Shack and Burger Joint are both fast food style burgers, while Blue Smoke is not.

Oct 13, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

hamburger in Midtown?

Eh, that's a hardly a universally-accepted sentiment.

With the exception of the cool "hidden" decor, I enjoy Shake Shack far more than Burger Joint.

I'd say it's worth trying both, then deciding for yourself.

Oct 12, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

Looking for fine dinning with large portions

I think you'll find the portions at Keens and Lugers to be similar.

I think Keens has a cooler atmosphere for sure. The steak and bacon (and burger, but lunch only) at Lugers are better than anything I've had at Keens, but otherwise I find Keens has a more interesting menu.

Fine dining and large portions aren't the most common combination.

I've found Oceana and Carbone both serve substantial amounts.

Oct 07, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

Cronuts that good???

Amazing - so it would actually take less time to fly from anywhere in the world and wait in line than to make one from scratch.

Oct 06, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

CARBONE..recommendations?

Spicy rigatoni vodka (incidentally, I don't find it spicy at all)

Oct 05, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

Eastern North Carolina style barbeque in NYC???

Does your dislike of brisket extend to beef ribs?

I'd say the brontosaurus rib is the best thing on the menu.

Oct 04, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

la grenouille - weekday lunch questions

I had lunch at the bar there not long ago.

I found the dover sole to be great.

Oct 03, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

Il Cantinori- underrated and fantastic

Zabaglione is probably my favorite Italian dessert of all time. May have to check this place out just for that...just how "secret" is it?

Oct 03, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

hamburger in Midtown?

I've always found Angelo's to be solid for pizza.

Not a typical NY slice joint though.

Oct 03, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

Won't be returning to Per Se

Whereas I find both places to have phenomenal service, from start to finish.

Oct 03, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan