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Going to Breslin for lunch today, what's best?

+1 to the lamb burger, I always ask for light salt on the fries, otherwise they are too salty for me.

about 7 hours ago
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Dinner for 7 - looking for a special-occasion, non-stuffy winner

It's a Shanghainese restaurant in Tribeca.

about 10 hours ago
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Dinner for 7 - looking for a special-occasion, non-stuffy winner

China Blue is good for groups, not loud, price is right. Service can be a bit scattered but nice.

about 12 hours ago
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If you had $500 to spend on one meal for 2, where would it be?

+1 for a lunch that's amazing, it's hard to beat Bouley. I'd sooner do a celebratory 2.5 lunch at Bouley, enjoy the rest of the evening than eat an elaborate meal at night and be digesting.

Aug 29, 2015
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METS/LaGuardia

For Danny Brown and Parkside you really need to make reservations. It might be too late for Parkside as they get really busy. Parkside has valet parking. Danny Brown and Magna both have street parking.

Aug 28, 2015
Pookipichu in Outer Boroughs

16-YO intro to fine (and funky?) dining

In the theater district, I personally like the food at Hakkasan and the decor might be considered different, interesting.

Another option is Qi in Times Square, the decor is very funky, bizarre and although the food is not great, it's not bad, I don't think the average 16 year old would dislike it and the vibe and reasonable prices might trump food.

Aug 28, 2015
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M. Wells Steakhouse

So it's been close to two years since they opened and I've eaten at M. Wells many many times now.

The space is still lovely, service has been competent, with minor snafus from the need to explain almost everything on the menu which slows down the speed at which waiters take orders from tables. There are almost no descriptions on the menu so you don't know the preparation or many of the ingredients in the dish.

One of the major issues I have with M. Wells is that the menu changes too frequently. It will change at least once every three weeks. Sometimes every week. Sometimes in the same week. Yet they do not post menus anywhere. I can recommend a dish and then the next week, it's no longer on the menu. I can recommend a dish and the next day, the preparation has completely changed.

I've had 2 amazing dishes at M. Wells, a poached lobster with yuzu soubise and short ribs with bone marrow. The lobster was perfectly poached in butter, tender, flavorful, the yuzu made the dish feel less heavy. The short ribs were very tender, had a flavorful woody char and came with deliciously astringent pickled chanterelles that made the dish come together. Both dishes will probably not resurface.

I've also had many clunkers, a wonton pot au feu with overcondensed intensely seaweed broth and a shrimp stuffing that was overcooked, clunky to eat and didn't mesh well with the chicken. A clever concept that doesn't work. The pork chop grand mere, ground pork in a burger like patty with a bone in. The patty is neither tender nor juicy. It's just dense. I've tried the hangar steak, strip, steaks have been lackluster with too much fat and gristle or overcharred. The desserts have been hit or miss, a brilliant ice cream potato then a riff on the blackout cake that was a great idea but had a dense clumpy crumb and was way too cold to be served.

Maddeningly inconsistent and hard to recommend when it's like this. There needs to be fewer menu changes and more recipe testing, they should bring back successful dishes from M. Wells Diner, successful desserts. They should bring cakes to room temperature before serving or stop keeping them so cold.

Aug 28, 2015
Pookipichu in Outer Boroughs

Favorite gnocchi?

Not downtown but the gnocchi at Modern (Bar room for more casual) was one of the best I've had in NY. The version in the main dining room has a black truffle option. If you're in that neighborhood, I highly recommend them for gnocchi.

Aug 27, 2015
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Good Indian in Murray Hill

I'm eating with one of my friends and we'd like to do Indian in Murray Hill. I've been to Kokum and really enjoy it. My question is where to go between:

Chote Nawab, Dhaba, Haldi and Bhatti, Kokum. They've had positive feedback recently, and I'm having a difficult time deciding. All opinions are appreciated, thank you. (Not looking to do vegetarian)

Aug 27, 2015
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Some suggestions for two dining issues!

John Dory, is in my opinion, one of the lousier restaurants I've been to in NY. Service is scattered, restaurant is loud, not particularly clean, but more importantly the food is expensive, light on protein, small portions and mediocre in quality, taste, preparation. The oyster selection is limited. The crowd is younger, attractive, and if you just go for raw oyster specials I can see the appeal I guess, but it's a very limited restaurant. Sort of like Grand Central Oyster Bar, only GCOB has a much larger selection of oysters and history/architecture vs. an attractive crowd with money.

Aug 27, 2015
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METS/LaGuardia

I can't tell if you're being sarcastic or taking affront, but I advised the OP to get reservations regarding MP Taverna, L'incontro, I didn't want them to think they could randomly stroll in and get seated.

Aug 25, 2015
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METS/LaGuardia

I think you know how difficult it is to get a table for four at Taverna on a Saturday. I advised the OP that there will be a significant wait, you didn't. Also MP and L'incontro fill up too. If you "don't see a problem" with not telling them, that's fine, but you don't need to be so defensive, when I'm adding information that's hopefully useful to the OP.

Aug 25, 2015
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METS/LaGuardia

On a Saturday night, whether it be L'incontro or MP Taverna, a group will need to plan ahead with a res. I don't disagree with your recs. but these are not places a group can casually stroll in at peak weekend times.

Aug 25, 2015
Pookipichu in Outer Boroughs

METS/LaGuardia

Kyclades often has 1-2+ hour wait and my experience has been their food is inconsistent. Might not be the best choice for people who want to just eat and relax since they'll spend quite a bit of time waiting for a table.

Aug 25, 2015
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METS/LaGuardia

Parkside - old school Italian American

Magna Restaurant - also Italian, homemade pastas

Danny Brown - American, "farm to table"

La Fusta - steak, grilled meats

Aug 25, 2015
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Early diner for seven on Thursday

+1 USC and Gramercy Tavern are both casual and comfortable and great for older diners, moderate noise levels.

Aug 24, 2015
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Cannelle Patisserie in Queens

The LIC location is closer to the 7 train, so more convenient for me bc I don't have a car, but it's a bit pricier and has a smaller selection of breads and cookies. If you do go, I'd recommend making a mini food trip with Mu Ramen, Tournesol, or LIC Market. If you have a car, Crescent Grill recently changed their menu/kitchen and the food is the best out of 3 kitchen updates, it's seriously delicious right now, albeit a bit too heavy on the salt.

Aug 23, 2015
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Cannelle Patisserie in Queens

Just realized this thread is 5 years old!

Aug 23, 2015
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Cannelle Patisserie in Queens

Thanks for your detailed feedback, sorry it wasn't all good for you. If they have cherry or guava danishes, I recommend those. Also, I don't know if the Jackson Heights location has flan, but the LIC location has cherry flan and passion fruit flan, both are delicious, light, not too sweet.

Aug 22, 2015
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A Brit Hates NYC Fine Dining

Your review seems to have more issue with decor and service than the food, and it's been three years since your meal. Not for nothing, but I tried your rec. Bar Pitti with some friends and my experience was mediocre, bread was chewy with hard crust, dry grilled chicken with haphazard presentation $19, the burrata was very good but expensive at $23. My friends ordered the veal special, $39 for a few thin, breaded chops. Veal scallopine portion was small. Ambiance is nothing to comment on, I sat in the far left back and it's dingy. Service was friendly, overall it was expensive and lackluster without being awful. This was 4 weeks ago. Perhaps if I was a regular or a celebrity, the food would have been better? In any event, we all have our quirks and preferences, but hopefully our metric for judging different restaurants stays somewhat consistent from place to place, cuisine to cuisine. If you had dry grilled chicken at Bar Pitti,I don't think you'd rant about it or dismiss the ambiance even if some of the restaurant is less than sparkling and there are flies. I respect those that enjoy Bar Pitti and I'm sure others have had good meals there, just as I've had good meals at Hakkasan. Not a perfect place, but based on my experience, the food I've ordered there is better than many places that are more popular on this board (I try pretty much any place that's recommended on chowhound). There are a couple of places commonly recommended that I've had truly awful meals at (not talking about Bar Pitti)... Just one viewpoint. *shrug*

Aug 21, 2015
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Our perception of "authenticity"

Not about authenticity, but I had a dish at a Chinese restaurant that was misleading in name. I ordered three chili chicken and I assumed it would be similar to other three chili chickens I've ordered in other Chinese restaurants. But instead of a chili, they used sweet bell peppers.

Aug 20, 2015
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RedFarm Recently?

I've been to the WV location and the UWS location multiple times now. I just am not a fan anymore. I've tried the chicken stuffed with shrimp. the skin falls off, the shrimp is rubbery rather than springy, I've tried the steak, chili chicken, steamed fish, most of the dim sum. I find the food is very inconsistent, with the dim sum/appetizers being more reliable. The steak was gristley, tough and at close to $50, I haven't ordered it again. I think you're better off going to Decoy, where oddly, the food is better, even though it's in the same family/sister restaurant and attached to RedFarm WV.

Aug 20, 2015
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Our perception of "authenticity"

Joonjoon, the funny thing about authenticity is that you won't find chicken with broccoli or chop suey in a non-"Chinese" restaurant lol. They may not have originated in China, but they're being produced almost exclusively by the Chinese diaspora in places purporting to be Chinese. I don't take the authenticity debates too seriously because they always wind up being a pissing match about who is more knowledgeable vs. anything relating to the taste or quality of the food. I'm Chinese and I've enjoyed chicken and broccoli many many times :) I find it especially funny when other Chinese write articles about what 1.2 billion Chinese do or don't eat, invariably with sweet and sour pork on the list as "fake" *eye roll*. :)

Aug 20, 2015
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Last minute help, please!

Tastes differ, I didn't say it's terrible, I think the food is over aggressively seasoned which leads to me getting tired of what I'm eating. I have the same problem with Ssam. Since both have their fair share of supporters, I'm offering one of the few contrary opinions with specific reasons why I am criticizing them. The portions are generous so I feel MCF is better for groups to sample different flavors.

Aug 20, 2015
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Last minute help, please!

I guess I eat a lot more than you, $50 if I'm not hungry. :)

Aug 20, 2015
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Gui Lin Mi Fen - Flushing

They have takeout, and they pack the noodles and soup separately. I also learned they do delivery (I wasn't aware before).

Aug 19, 2015
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Last minute help, please!

I wouldn't do both in one trip, they're too similar. I'd do YT first simply because it's next to your hotel and less expensive and then use TS as an excuse to come back to NY.

TS is open til 11:30PM Thursday to Saturday. It is not open for lunch.

YT is open for lunch M-F and open til 1AM F-S I've never been to YT for lunch so I can't comment.

Aug 19, 2015
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Last minute help, please!

Just curious, how many days will you be in NY?

Aug 19, 2015
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"Brooklyn Eats" 2015

I've never been to Chevela's, perhaps someone else can chime in?

Aug 19, 2015
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Last minute help, please!

Just FYI, Tori Shin usually is about $90-100pp for me, which is the same cost as Hakkasan dinner. Yakitori Totto tends to be about $70pp. If cost is an issue, you might want to go with Yakitori Totto. Also, the dim sum at Hakkasan is better than RedFarm.

Aug 19, 2015
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