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Weighing Nakazawa vs Ichimura

The only reasons I would do Nakazawa over Ichimura is if you want a strictly nigiri meal, want to spend less money, or your favorite part of a sushi meal is tamago.

about 4 hours ago
lexismore in Manhattan

Burger quandary: Spotted Pig vs NoMad vs Peter Luger?

I find the Luger burger to be closest to the Minetta Black label - similar dry-aged "funk" It's far cheaper (I think around $12) but no caramelized onions and the bun is better at Minetta. I love cheeseburgers, but I find cheese on the Luger burger ruins it, kinda like putting cheese on a steak.

Spotted Pig is great, but a big part of the taste is definitely Roquefort.

Haven't had NoMad yet.

about 4 hours ago
lexismore in Manhattan

New York Michelin

Lincoln does indeed make damn fine Negronis.

I didn't realize they overhauled the menu to feature different regions of Italy, I'll have to keep on eye on that and give them another shot.

And yes, totally agree about Babbo re: a la carte pastas.

about 4 hours ago
lexismore in Manhattan

New York Michelin

I've been to Babbo several times over several years, but my most recent trip was over a year ago - it's certainly possible they've declined.

Lincoln is definitely worth trying - good food, great setting. I just wasn't as wowed by it as some others on this board.

It's tough - I always find when you combine different people's tastes with the possibility that restaurants themselves can be inconsistent night to night, it makes for some pretty wildly different experiences.

about 19 hours ago
lexismore in Manhattan
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New York Michelin

Funny - I find the pastas at Babbo to be amazing, but have been totally underwhelmed by everything else there (except the pig foot Milanese).

Meanwhile, I thought Lincoln was good but not special.

Much prefer pastas at Osteria Morini and Ai Fiori.

about 20 hours ago
lexismore in Manhattan

Jean George vs. Eleven Madison?

To me, JG is a very nice meal in a formal setting, while EMP is more of an adventure.

Both places have excellent service, decor and food.

JG is certainly top-tier NYC fine dining. And I don't mean to detract from it in any way - I just haven't found anything about it to be particularly special.

At EMP, the whole meal has a narrative. Courses have twists and concepts. You don't know what's coming next, but when it arrives, you're often surprised and impressed - with the ingenuity and the taste.

While I've never had anything remotely resembling a bad dish at either restaurant, I've had far more memorable dishes at EMP.

As you pointed out, they're roughly in the same ballpark price-wise. But when I leave JG, I think, "that was good, but expensive." When I leave EMP, I think, "that was expensive, but worth it."

Of course, don't discount ipsedixit's advice. You would hardly suffer at either place, so when the lady tells you what she wants, sometimes it's best to listen.

Sep 27, 2014
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Special occasion restaurant

Based on what you've described, I'd say EMP or Per Se.

The Modern Dining Room is also a great suggestion.

Or Blue Hill at Stone Barns, but that's outside of the city.

Chef's Table seating is fairly tight/less intimate for sure.

Sep 23, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

TIBERIAS NY GREAT PIZZA

Keste is great.

But it's not Kosher...

Sep 23, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

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

I think you'd have a great meal at any of those, but if you're thinking you want to focus on pastas, I would vote Osteria Morini.

Sep 19, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

Eleven Madison Park is still the NYC Champ

I have to say - I'm not a huge fan of most of the fine dining places that often get a lot of love on this board (Jean-Georges, Bouley, Tocqueville, etc). It's not that I hate them. The service is good, the decor is lovely. I just haven't found the food particularly great or memorable overall. I always leave thinking the experience was good, but not really worth the (high) price of admission.

One major exception, is EMP. I've only been once since the switch from the grid menu. On all previous trips it was not my name on the reservation, so as far as they could tell, I was a first time diner. There were only two of us. We didn't order expensive wine. There was nothing to indicate we should receive any sort of special treatment. And it was hands-down one of the best meals of my life.

I'm sure being known to the house comes with perks, as it should. But EMP is great even if you're not known at all.

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

I know I'm not foodwhisperer but...the Cappelletti is pretty amazing IMO.

Rich though, so I usually get one for the table to share.

Sep 18, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

old fashioned strawberry shortcake in nyc

I had a great version of this once at Craft, in LA.

No idea if the NY location offers it as well.

Sep 11, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

Yea, I grew up calling them Sicilian slices as well. Not sure what the origin is. Maybe it's Sicilian-American pizza :D

The artichoke slice is pretty much pizza dough with heaping piles of artichoke dip on top of it. You did well to resist their pushing.

Sep 10, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

Not sure what you had, but IMO the only thing worth getting at artichoke is the square slice.

Sep 08, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

Cheap lunches in east 30s/40s

The Hunan section of the menu at Hunan Manor has some great stuff.

Aug 28, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

Best BBQ in NYC

Normally, your post would lead me to the conclusion that you just don't like brisket, which would be fine.

However, you say the brisket you've had is "always dry." In that case, you simply have not had good brisket.

For example, the moist brisket at Hill Country is so juicy it literally soaks through the multiple layers of paper they wrap it in. I won't argue with you if you don't like the taste. But to say it's dry is simply factually incorrect.

Aug 27, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

Best BBQ in NYC

Completely different. Beef, not pork. More tender meat. I like a lot of the food there, but I think the brontosaurus rib is the best thing on the menu.

Aug 23, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

Good Fried Chicken in the City

Fast food or not, Popeye's spicy fried chicken is good.

Best sushi (delivery) East 80s/90s?

Inase on 1st avenue and 83rd st.

Aug 21, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

Looking for the quintessential true sushi bar/experience in New York.

Yasuda is definitely more rushed. They even inform you of a 90 minute time limit when you reserve. That being said, I've never actually had them kick me out.

My picks would be:

15 East with Masa if you want a more formal atmosphere.

Dojo with David if you want a more relaxed/party atmosphere.

I've also had great meals at Ichimura, Sushi Azabu, and Nakazawa.

Aug 20, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

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

I ate with Yasuda numerous times, and he never gave me more than 2 pieces at once. Certainly his personality was a bit overbearing at times, but I had some great meals with him.

Blue Ribbon soho does give you all the pieces at once, even if you order omakase and sit at the bar. I'll have to try Blue Ribbon Izakaya.

As for "sizing to the mouth," at Sushi Azabu, I've had them serve the ikura and uni gunkan maki to my wife in two, smaller pieces, while serving to me in one large piece. She thought it was adorable.

Aug 07, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

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

There was a theme to it. But it was still too many pieces at once. Most chefs (there, and elsewhere) do a similar progression, but without putting so many pieces down at once.

I definitely prefer the slower pace.

Aug 06, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

Is Halal Guys Much Better than your Favorite Halal Guy

If you went during the day on the SW corner of 53rd and 6th, you got the impostor cart.

I believe the real cart arrives at 7 PM.

The SE corner of 53rd and 6th is the correct cart during the day.

Aug 05, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

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

I ate with him once. He would give me like 5 pieces of nigiri at once. Not a fan.

Aug 05, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

Yes, they're still there. And they're still great.

Aug 04, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

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.

Jul 30, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

Chef Yasuda is leaving Sushi Yasuda

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

Jul 30, 2014
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.

Jul 30, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

Nice restaurant where we can wear shorts?

I would feel strange at Minetta Tavern in shorts.

But I imagine some people do it.

Jul 30, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

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
lexismore in Manhattan