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Sushi Nakazawa, has anyone been recently ?????

I liked it better than Kiriko's tamago, yes.

Yes, more like pound cake than the typical dense egg custard (attached a photo).

Have you been to 15 East? They also have that style of tamago, but I find the sushi to be better.

We do have a Sasabune on the UES, but it's not particularly good IMO. Sasabune in LA is better. But still not amazing.

1 day ago
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Chef Yasuda is leaving Sushi Yasuda

I've had great meals with Tatsu, post-Yasuda.

1 day ago
lexismore in Manhattan

Sushi Nakazawa, has anyone been recently ?????

Which places do you like in LA? Which have you tried in NY?

I found the food at Nakazawa to be somewhat, but not leaps and bounds, better than Kiriko and Zo. The tamago is the best I've ever had though.

1 day ago
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Nice restaurant where we can wear shorts?

I would feel strange at Minetta Tavern in shorts.

But I imagine some people do it.

1 day ago
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Alternative to EMP

The Modern is great. OP had asked for an a la carte option, so I think the Bar Room would be better.

Jul 28, 2014
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15 East - Pedestrian Sushi and A Scaly Foot

It was great. Just make sure when you reserve, you request a seat with Masa - he doesn't serve the entire bar.

That sucks about solo diners, although I actually prefer 15 East to Nakazawa (although I've only been to the latter once, due to the reservation process).

Jul 28, 2014
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15 East - Pedestrian Sushi and A Scaly Foot

The Scaly-Foot situation sounds like a real problem. It's a small bar, so that's not good. But it seems like this review is hardly about the food at all. The meal is dismissed in one sentence "...everything was average..." without even a mention of what was served. Meanwhile, paragraphs are spent talking about the (admittedly rude) people eating next to you.

I had dinner there last night. I hadn't been for a while, so I was curious if perhaps the quality had declined. I found the opposite to be true.

I'm forgetting some things, but the meal kicked off with sea bass sashimi, poached octopus, sea snail, uni/ikura "cocktail." Numerous pieces of sushi - some of the standouts were shinko (amazing), grouper, delicately torched kinmedai, tuna progression (akami/chutoro/otoro), a lightly smoked sockeye salmon, aji, iwashi, saba, giant clam, ark shell clam, an uni progression (Santa Barbara, Hokkaido, Kyushu), melt-in-your mouth anago, all finished off with a negitoro hand roll, with nori so crisp and delicious it rivaled the best I've had in Japan.

If this is pedestrian sushi, I'm scared to try the real thing.

Jul 27, 2014
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List of top steakhouses in NYC

I've never had the steak at Craft, so I can't comment on that specifically.

I hear what you're saying - it sounds like you like that dry-aged funk. An area which Strip House doesn't particularly shine.

I think of them as a great steakhouse across the board - not just a nice variety of quality steaks cooked correctly, but good appetizers, sides, desserts, service, wine list, even decor.

I'd be hard-pressed to name a steakhouse in Manhattan that is better overall, but if it's out there, I want to know about it!

Jul 27, 2014
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List of top steakhouses in NYC

I have tried the Black Label - imagine the funkiest-tasting dry-aged steak you've ever had, ground into a burger.

It's delicious. My only complaint is that it's SO much like a steak, I almost wish I was just eating a steak. But it's definitely worth trying, IMO.

I found Club A to be a totally average steakhouse. I think the high Yelp ratings may be a result of them offering a ton of promotions through groupon/Savored type deals.

In general, I avoid using Yelp scores. By all means, read into the 2-4 star reviews, but the 1s and 5s are often undeserved. If we follow Yelp, Del Friscos is better than Lugers, which certainly has not been my experience.

Jul 27, 2014
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Union Square Hospitality Group

I think the tavern room at Gramercy Tavern and Maialino are good choices - more a question of whether you want American or Italian.

If it were me, though, I'd opt for the bar room at the Modern.

Jul 27, 2014
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Alternative to EMP

I'd look at the NoMad like Kathryn suggested - same chef/owners as EMP.

Also Betony, which was opened by EMP alumni.

Jul 27, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

List of top steakhouses in NYC

Of the ones on your remaining list, I think Strip House is the best.

I don't think any of them are better than Luger's though.

Not your question, I know, but you could also check out Minetta Tavern. Not a steakhouse, technically, but their steak for two gets a lot of positive attention. I found it good myself - certainly better than Club A.

Jul 26, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

http://ny.eater.com/archives/2011/11/...

I'm glad not everyone likes it. The wait is long enough already.

Jul 25, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

Per Se salon, Marea or Momo Ko

As someone who did jump on the Ko bandwagon, this is good advice.

If you don't like the idea of bar seating around an open kitchen, definitely don't go to Ko. I just find the food there to be better (and more interesting) than at Marea.

Jul 24, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

Per Se salon, Marea or Momo Ko

I'd definitely do Ko.

Jul 24, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

Date - Upper East Side

I'm not sure I'd consider outdoor seating in Manhattan to be "quiet" but I'd look into Beyoglu on the corner of 81st and 3rd.

It's Turkish, their meze are good, and they have some good wine options.

Jul 23, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

Per Se or Eleven Madison Park?

I find both places to have similarly great service and food.

I find Per Se is a nice collection of courses. I find EMP is an amazing progression of courses. At EMP, there's almost a story to the meal. Each course has a purpose, has some character.

I find Per Se to be significantly more expensive than EMP. Per Se was about double EMP (both including tax/tip/alcohol) last time I went.

So for me, EMP.

Jul 21, 2014
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Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

I think the problem with DiFara's is the lack of consistency. When Dom is on point, his square pie is hands down the best pizza I've ever had in my life. And then sometimes, he burns the pie to death.

I don't see how the price is relevant when the goal is best as opposed to best value.

That being said, I certainly wouldn't put DiFara's in the "no fuss basic floppy cheese slice category.

Jul 21, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

Best Sushi: Yasuda, Ushiwakamaru, 15 East?

I think 15 East is among the best in New York. But, when the head guy (Masa) isn't there, it really isn't great.

Of course, ideally, it would be great all the time. But I don't think anyone on this board who likes 15 East suggests going if Masa isn't making your sushi.

Jul 12, 2014
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The Cheese Plate at Eleven Madison Park is Awful

It sucks that you had such an unimpressive experience there.

I'm a fan of EMP - I actually find it to be the best NYC restaurant in its class. A lot of what I enjoy is the full "adventure" if you will, of the regular tasting menu. Some dishes are better than others (on my last trip, I much preferred my wife's hot foie prep to my cold), but there's a real flow and theater to the meal that just isn't there when you dine a la carte at the bar.

I don't mean to make excuses for them - the cheese plate sounds thoroughly disappointing. But I don't think you got to experience the best they have to offer.

Jul 12, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

65th birthday, can I do any better than EMP?

EMP is pretty great. I find it to be the best fine-dining experience in the city. I think the service at Per Se is comparable, but the food at EMP is better.

The only place I like slightly more than EMP is Blue Hill at Stone Barns.

Jul 10, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

15 east - suffering any downturn ?

That's too bad about all the poaching. I thought Masa and Nakazawa were friends.

Jul 09, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

15 east - suffering any downturn ?

I've been many times, and find it consistently great - provided you're at the sushi bar when Masa is working (generally every night except Monday).

I've seen one or two negative comments, but they haven't been very forthcoming with any details beyond, "it was bad." So it's hard to take them too seriously.

Jul 08, 2014
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NYer Revisits NYC after long exile!

Yea - I find it hard to be a zealot about any place, since people have different tastes. There are certainly restaurants that get a lot of love on this board which I found totally underwhelming.

I just like to hear the minority report on such things.

Jul 05, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

NYer Revisits NYC after long exile!

As EMP and 15 East are some of my favorites, I'm curious to hear about your experiences there.

Jul 05, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

My current favorite in this category would have to be Prince St. pizza in Soho (formerly the original Rays).

Jul 05, 2014
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Celebrity chef - whose got the best restaurant?

I think you'll have a hard time with that price range for dinner at any celebrity chef place. Maybe Lupa or one of the Eataly restaurants?

Personally, I'd do lunch at Del Posto.

Celebrity owned (Mario Batali). $39 for 3 courses/$49 for 4 courses, plus amuse and mignardises.

IMO, you won't do better given your criteria (that price/celebrity chef).

Jul 03, 2014
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Sasabune NYC

Sucks that you had such an unpleasant meal. I've eaten there, and found it thoroughly underwhelming, but didn't have to spit anything out.

That being said, I'm not sure what hype you're referring to - I don't think you'll find any of the regular sushi eaters on this board recommending Sasabune.

Jul 01, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

Affordable Sushi?

When I do omakase at Yasuda, it is usually closer to $200, and that's without adding any pieces/alcohol.

Jun 14, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

Affordable Sushi?

I'm not the one posing the question, but my favorite "affordable" sushi is at Inase on the UES, at the sushi bar. $37 sushi special, comes with a mini appetizer, salad, 10 pieces of nigiri served 1-2 pieces at a time (and good stuff - kohada, bonito, uni, etc), a roll, tamago sashimi, and soup.

Not what I'd suggest for someone who's never had sushi. If you're just eating rolls, you can go to any number of the better places, sit at a table, and order a few rolls, and it won't cost much. I think the suggestions of Yasaka and Kanoyama are good ones - but it's hard to know without more info from the OP, which it doesn't seem we'll get.

Jun 10, 2014
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