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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.

about 1 hour ago
lexismore in Manhattan

Per Se salon, Marea or Momo Ko

I'd definitely do Ko.

about 4 hours ago
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.

about 24 hours ago
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
lexismore in Manhattan

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
lexismore in Manhattan

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
lexismore in Manhattan

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
lexismore in Manhattan
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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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Affordable Sushi?

No. The $75 was in reference to your post, where you said:
> I splurge one a month spending around $75.

In Manhattan, if your goal is to get full for cheap by eating a lot of rice and not particularly good fish, then go to a sushi buffet.

If your goal is to give someone who's never had sushi before a good experience, there are many better options. What those options are depends on price, neighborhood preferences, and ability to reserve in advance.

Jun 10, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

Affordable Sushi?

Sadly, for Manhattan sushi, $75 is nowhere near "splurge" prices. It would certainly help to know what "affordable" means to the OP.

That said, I think you'd be hard pressed to get anyone who knows sushi, and the Manhattan sushi scene, to recommend a buffet. The quality and care just aren't there.

Jun 08, 2014
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Surprise NYC 40th Birthday Best Restaurants

Like Kathryn said, Babbo VS Ko is tough, they're both places I like a lot, and completely different from each other.

Is it possible to swap your Babbo and Ko reservations? If Babbo is booked for lunch Friday, you could always just walk in early and grab a seat. A Babbo lunch can be a lot lighter than a Ko lunch.

Then you could keep your lineup without having a Mr. Creosote moment.

Jun 03, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

Soft Shell Crab !

Had this for lunch today. Delicious!

May 23, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

Sushi of Gari 46 or Shimizu?

Are you doing omakase at the bar? Have you been to Gari before? To me the comparison isn't really apple to apples.

Shimizu is very traditional, and slightly less expensive ($100ish for omakase).

Gari has all kinds of toppings for the sushi, and is around $150 for omakase. I think their menu says it "starts" at $100, but I've never actually gotten out of there for that amount.

Another solid place in the area is Sushi Zen - also traditional, and good. Similar price to Shimizu, with a less intimate decor.

May 23, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

Best Sushi: Yasuda, Ushiwakamaru, 15 East?

Yasuda reservations are for 90 minutes, not 45.

May 15, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

Best Sushi: Yasuda, Ushiwakamaru, 15 East?

I was a long time Yasuda fan, even after Yasuda left, but in the past year or so have found myself enjoying the experience at 15 East much more.

While I find the nigiri to be comparable between the two, the drink list, kitchen dishes, sashimi and service are all far better at 15 East.

The management at Yasuda has always been cold and mechanical. There also seems to be more of an interest in running the bill up and getting you in and out quickly - I've had chefs place 5 pieces of nigiri in front of me at once during an omakase.

May 13, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

carnegie hall area

I think the Thai place you're thinking of is Topaz

Apr 17, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

quick sushi dojo question

I've had very good experiences with their kitchen dishes.

What I've always done, which might work for you, is order the sushi-only omakase, but then supplemented it with any a la carte kitchen dishes I want to try.

Apr 14, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan
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A NEW Ciano, Falai, Osteria Il Paiolo (Williamsburg)?

I haven't been, but there is, quite literally, a new Ciano on the UES:

http://cucinaciano.com/

Apr 06, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

Kyo Ya or ? (seafood on a Tuesday)

For what it's worth, my recent dinner at brushstroke was pretty expensive and not particularly impressive - not bad, just no wow factor.

Mar 26, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

What happened to Neo Sushi Studio??

If by "innovative" you mean unusual toppings etc, I'd say check out Sushi Yasaka on W 72nd st. They do a 12-piece omakase for $45.

Also, I think Sushi of Gari and Sushi Seki have set courses at a similar quantity/price - it might be slightly less food (9ish pieces and 1 roll).

Mar 13, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan

Where to take sushi loving teenager in midtown?

Ah thanks.

Mar 04, 2014
lexismore in Manhattan