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Maiolino, Ai Fiori, Cafe Boulud or Ilily

Have you tried brunch at Ilili? It also follows the concept of the restaurant and isn't your standard eggs benedict, pancakes, soft scrambled eggs with bacon, etc., it might appeal to you.

The price has gone up to $28, but it's still a pretty reasonable meal.

Jul 30, 2015
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Eater's take on hottest sushi places

Finally, first mention of Iki by food media. It's not hot (i.e. ti's already been open for a while, it's got no buzz and is often pretty empty) but it certainly deserves a mention for serving the BEST Japanese food outside of Manhattan. Actually most of the list is not "hot". They should have called the list, "places you might want to check out".

Jul 30, 2015
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Balaboosta Last night

Ziggy, curious what soured you on Taim?

Jul 30, 2015
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Maiolino, Ai Fiori, Cafe Boulud or Ilily

Ilili is one of my favorite restaurants, definitely give it a try if the menu interests you. They have lunch specials and a great brunch special as well.

Jul 30, 2015
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Yasuda vs Kuruma Zushi (2015)

Thank you. The food sounds really good, I don't drink so that wouldn't be an issue.

Jul 30, 2015
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Nougatine vs Juni vs Bouley

I can't give you a comparison, have only eaten dinner at Nougatine and never eaten at Juni, but my recent lunch at Bouley was really fantastic. Food was prepared with care, delicious, some of the best restaurant bread in the city, service was amazing, attentive, friendly, beautiful room and at $55, it was really well worth it for the quality and amount of food. The only drawback was the meal took over 2.5 hours.

Jul 30, 2015
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Best lunch with clients in Midtown/Time Square?

Not to belabor, but being a chain doesn't mean the food is the same quality at every location. Also I don't think being part of a restaurant group an absolute indicator of mediocrity. Din Tai Fung is a chain that's of pretty consistently high quality but the best one, without question in my mind is in Taipei. BR Guest is a restaurant group that gets a lot of flak, some deserved, but Fiamma (a BR Guest restaurant) was one of the best Italian restaurants I've ever eaten at in NYC. Marea is a critical darling, much more so than Fiamma was but Michael White's food at Fiamma was better, with bigger portions and less expensive.

Jul 30, 2015
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Boston Hound 2 nights in SOHO with kids

Apparently math is in the eyes of the beholder too. I kid, I kid. But seriously, if you're going to compare desserts, the cakes are about the same price $7-8 and the cakes at Laduree are more delicately made. I'll clarify that I wasn't recommending Laduree for non-pastries. I'm not a huge fan of Laduree, but their prices are about the same as other fine pastry shops in the city.

Balthazar is expensive, a so-so steak frites for $40 vs. what I'd get at Tournesol for $16. I agree with you value is in the eye of the beholder but avg meal at Balthazar for OK French bistro food has been $80 for me (that's not even ordering the expensive items) which I don't think it's a good value unless you are very wealthy. What do you feel is not too expensive about Balthazar? :) Also is there something or dishes you recommend there that you feel standout? I haven't been a fan but perhaps I ordered incorrectly.

Jul 30, 2015
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Yasuda vs Kuruma Zushi (2015)

Your review sounds amazing. How much was the bill for 1?

Jul 29, 2015
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Maiolino, Ai Fiori, Cafe Boulud or Ilily

The OP is referring to Ilili :)

Jul 29, 2015
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Late lunch between Museum of Moving Image and LaGuardia

Iki in Flushing has lunch specials, one of the best restaurants in the outerboroughs and has space for large suitcases. The lunch specials are $12-15. Flushing is 5 minutes from LGA by taxi, taxis are found at the intersection of Roosevelt and Main Street 3 blocks from Iki.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1016...

Jul 28, 2015
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Best lunch with clients in Midtown/Time Square?

I've only eaten there once, but the food I had there was pretty bad, ordered the sashimi dinner, some of the fish was cut poorly, shrimp was not fresh (dry), fried oysters were fishy, hijiki was cloyingly sweet, the wasabi was the cheap paste-y kind, there was nothing there that was good. Have you eaten at the 46th street location, because it was a lot worse than my meals at Sushi of Gari on the UES. I also ate recently at the Sushi of Gari in Tribeca, which was better than 46th but still just ok. I don't frequent either the 46th or Tribeca locations so they could have been having off nights.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9803...

Jul 28, 2015
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Maiolino, Ai Fiori, Cafe Boulud or Ilily

The upstairs at Ilili is quiet too.

Jul 28, 2015
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Best lunch with clients in Midtown/Time Square?

The problem is the location of the group, if they need to stay close to the hotel, there aren't a lot of options that are good. The steak at Del Frisco's is pretty good, and to address mikeycook, they don't have the option of going to Wolfgang or Peter Luger's so we're talking about best option/location versus best steak in NYC.

Chain is not a bad word, the Daniel restaurants are practically chains (not great either if my experience in Vancouver was an indication) you also recommended STK which is a chain, Aureole is a chain. And out of those, I think Del Frisco is probably the best bet in terms of location/food. If they want something unique to NY they'd need to go to something like Annisa or Brooklyn Fare with a celebrity chef that only has one restaurant, or Grand Central Oyster Bar or Le Grenouille with iconic interiors that are part of NY history but none of those options are close to the hotel.

I like Le Bernadin, but it's a bit of a schlep. It all depends on how much time the OP has for lunch, how far they're willing to venture and if it's within price range.

I also like Oceana, but I haven't been in recent years and it hasn't been as good since Rick Moonen left a decade ago.

The OP should chime in with how far they can go and if they have a budget.

Jul 28, 2015
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Best lunch with clients in Midtown/Time Square?

If food quality is a consideration, the food at both Bar Americain and Ca Va are bad-mediocre with Ca Va being the worse of the two.

With the time constraints I'd recommend Del Friscos, food quality/location, it's pricey though.

Jul 28, 2015
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Boston Hound 2 nights in SOHO with kids

You're near Blue Ribbon Brasserie which is very family friendly.

I'm not a huge fan of Balthazar or Bar Pitti. The service at Balthazar can be really rude, it's loud and the food is really expensive, but only OK. Bar Pitti has OK food as well, but a little underwhelming,my last meal there, I had a veal in white wine sauce entree special and the portion was very skimpy, 5 1mm flat medallions of veal, the size of chewing gum.

I recommend you check out Dominque Ansel and Kee's Chocolates and Laduree since they're all very good in different ways, and in your neighborhood. Also if you like sweets and want to enjoy a dessert in a restaurant, the monkey bread for 2 at David Burke Kitchen is delicious.

Jul 28, 2015
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Healthy options in NYC

I'd scratch Nobu, Spice Market, Coco Fresh Tea, Empanada Mama.

How long is your stay? Do you have cuisine preferences?

Pleasing a foodie and a non-foodie in Manhattan

I was actually going to recommend Queens, hopping on the 7 train to PS1 Moma, and eating at M. Wells Dinette. If you've got a very limited amount of time, staying in Manhattan makes sense, but the boroughs have a lot of unique experiences to offer.

Jul 24, 2015
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Iki Restaurant - Flushing

I don't how it can be helped, I also noticed that they put that sandwich board, but I'm actually not crazy about it because it looks a little cheap to me and the food is actually so high quality. I think they need more word of mouth, newspaper ads, etc. PS - Ate at Rong..... beautiful interior, but the restaurant is definitely working out some major kinks.

Jul 23, 2015
Pookipichu in Outer Boroughs

Pleasing a foodie and a non-foodie in Manhattan

Have you considered doing outer borough restaurants?

Jul 23, 2015
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Which would you choose to host a group dinner?

FYI I don't know how Scarpetta is right now but Scott Conant has left.

I don't think the ambience at ABC Kitchen is feminine, but it's been extremely loud and I don't think it's great for groups, and I've never been impressed by the food, it all reads well on the menu but is never as good as it sounds.

If you're looking for a Tao-like option, the food at Buddakan is better than at Tao and also has that "hip" younger crowd and has spaces that easily accommodate 16 people.

Jul 23, 2015
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Wan Chai Seafood in Flushing (Chow-meet Recap)

Email me at yumyum1nomnom@gmail.com anyone and everyone is welcome.

Jul 22, 2015
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Union Square Cafe Will Take Over City Crab Space

I don't know if many chowhounders have eaten at City Crab, but I did and it was pretty bad. Definitely an upgrade, I'm glad that USC is not disappearing.

Looking for a fun place good for group of 10...

PS just fyi, the atmosphere at Baekjeong is more energetic and "hipper". As much as I love Wan Chai (I think the food is better than khdb), there are fewer young adults and even though I'm Chinese, I think the Korean crowd in Flushing tends to be a bit trendier/cooler than the Chinese crowd in Flushing.

Jul 22, 2015
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Looking for a fun place good for group of 10...

It's good for Korean BBQ, I like it, the meat is great quality especially the pork jowl. If you're looking for K-BBQ, definitely the place to go. Although I'm not fond of their egg cheese corn trough.

I personally would rather go to Wan Chai or Iki because there are more food options.

Jul 22, 2015
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Iki Restaurant - Flushing

Had some more fantastic meals at Iki both lunch and dinner. I seriously do not know why this restaurant is so empty, the quality is the best in Flushing and the prices are a great value.

They have specials, standouts include:

Live prawn with spicy mayo - huge prawn about 7-8 inches long, incredibly fresh, succulent, slightly spicy with pops of tobiko that add contrast. $10

Live scallop with foie gras - large, meaty, tender, impeccably fresh scallop, grilled with clean tasting, creamy foie gras. Very complementary flavors. $12

A5 wagyu - highest quality of beef available in NYC, speaks for itself. $48

Wagyu with truffles - intensely savory, beefy delicious. $36

Lunch dishes have sides that rotate, I've had rousong, pickled cucumbers with chili, wakame, hijiki salad. All delicious. The oyakadon lunch special was $12

Jul 22, 2015
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Hot Kitchen in Flushing

I ate at Hot Kitchen and Spicy Tasty back to back.

The best cumin lamb I've had at Hot Kitchen beats the best cumin lamb I've had at Spicy Tasty. Spicy Tasty has been more consistent in quality though (with regard to cumin lamb), I'd have to order the cumin lamb at Hot Kitchen over a couple more visits to have a more informed opinion.

The red oil wontons are also better at Hot Kitchen than Spicy Tasty. When it comes to the three pepper chicken, Spicy Tasty's version is superior.

Jul 22, 2015
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Looking for a fun place good for group of 10...

If you're looking for Cantonese food, I think Wan Chai is currently the best in Flushing.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1019919

Jul 22, 2015
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Wan Chai Seafood in Flushing (Chow-meet Recap)

Had a meal at Wan Chai Seafood with a group of Chowhounders, great "chow meet", such lovely company and conversation. Really enjoying these get togethers and thanks to everyone who can make them. Now onto the food:

Ordered:

1. Watermelon juice (made in-house) - basically pureed watermelon

2. Salt and pepper white anchovies - delicious, crispy, very savory bites

3. Soy braised duck tongue - gelatinous and creamy, not overly salty

4. Chinese okra with jalapeno dipping sauce - water cooked, very clean, well prepared and the slightly spicy sauce makes a light, refreshing bite

5. Bitter melon with xia mi - deliciously bitter, resets the palate and makes the other dishes have nicer flavor

6. Tai shan vegetable with sweet cured Chinese bacon - Tai Shan cai is like a mild broccoli flavor (texture more close to cauliflower), it was wok fried with sweet porky meat that has a slight chew

7. Dou miao in mushroom broth - very tender leaves and flavorful with mushrooms

8. Prawn with salted egg yolk - classic preparation, not salty, rich tasting

9. Egg tofu with ginger - soft texture with a browned exterior

10. Garlic lamb chops - Tender and very garlicky

11. Prawn with walnuts and melon - Nicely fried, large plump shrimp with fresh melon and honey walnuts.

12. A-po fried rice - A special fried rice that has tender fish fillets on top of rice with pork, bell peppers and rice cracker.

For dessert they gave us red bean soup.

I don't have photos of the duck tongue or the bitter melon so if anyone can add them that would be great.

The bill came to $45 per person. I hope everyone had a good time and looking forward to the next meet-up.

I feel that Wan Chai Seafood is currently the best Cantonese restaurant in Flushing and they have various specials and dishes that are less common and less generic than other Chinese restaurants in the US.

They recently changed their lunch menu. Their lunch menu used to be phenomenal, truly an amazing deal, but now they've reduced options (variety of dishes) and reduced the price as well (from average of $8.95 for a lunch special to $4.95) I haven't tried the new lunch menu but I'm disappointed about the changes. I think business wasn't good during lunch so they are trying to use price point to attract customers. I still highly recommend them for dinner and the dinner menu has not changed. Wan Chai is one of the more expensive restaurants in Flushing, but well worth it.

Jul 22, 2015
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Am I the only adult in America who doesn't like coffee?

I like bitter flavors too, bitter melon, bitter herbs, but there's something about the smell of coffee and the taste that makes my stomach feel unwell.

Jul 22, 2015
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