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The New Acme- a Delightful Meal which will make you smile and wonder...in more ways than one.

Thanks. Not to further this line of discussion, but I should note I don't actually have a res at Gwynnett, they just seem incredibly open at the moment.

If anyone can point to a pic of a recent Acme menu or a recent thorough blog review, etc I'd appreciate it. I'll eventually go to both, so it's not a huge deal...just trying to decide which is the most urgent for me personally.

May 29, 2012
serasyl in Manhattan

The New Acme- a Delightful Meal which will make you smile and wonder...in more ways than one.

Any idea where I can view the new spring menu in full? I have a reservation for next Saturday...trying to decide between that and Gwynnett St. (any comments on that welcome as well). Also have a res to il Buco Alimentari & Vineria, but I think that's a distant third at the moment.

May 29, 2012
serasyl in Manhattan

Fresh Kaffir Lime Leaves?

Can anyone confirm that Eataly is still carrying these? Are they next to the small clamshells of arugula etc? I was just there but didn't remember to specifically look, and didn't notice any otherwise. I haven't bought any there since the fall, when you could still buy them in bulk. They were also selling kaffir limes then too.

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Eataly
200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

Aug 02, 2011
serasyl in Manhattan

Great Lake wait strategy - specific questions

Thanks so much everyone! Got there at 4:40, was the only one there. A couple showed up at 5 til. They wouldn't seat me until my friend arrived but let me sit on the bench inside. I was a little concerned because my phone had died, and my friend took a little longer than I was expecting (I think she got there at 5:25.) Luckily though I think we got the last spots at the communal table along with another couple. Got the chard pie. The charred leaves reminded me a bit of the popeye at Co.

Couple thoughts. I actually thought this was quite a lot of pizza. We had three slices left. In New York I typically get one Neopolitan style pie per person and never have been not able to finish. And the cheapest I could get a decent plain margherita would be about $13. So ~$12/person = good deal to me. Though it could have just been so filling because of the thickness/breadiness of the crust. I found this a little disappointing because I would have liked to try the #1 as well but I think even if our party had a third person I only would have wanted one pie!

Thanks again...attempting solo dining at the bar first thing at Girl & the Goat tonight!

Jul 01, 2011
serasyl in Chicago Area

Great Lake wait strategy - specific questions

Thanks so much! And in case this wasn't clear, since I know I wrote this late last night I'm going tonight, Thursday, not Friday, so hopefully a little less busy?

Jun 30, 2011
serasyl in Chicago Area

Great Lake wait strategy - specific questions

In town from NYC for the week (third time but the first as a non-student with actual money to spend on gastrotourism!). Would love to run my whole itinerary by you but I'm afraid it's still very much up in the air and at any rate, I need to focus on the task at hand: making sure I get to try some Great Lake pizza tomorrow.

So the setup: I'm on holiday so I can show up there as early as need be, but I'm meeting a friend who works in uptown and won't be there til 5:15. So what would you suggest? If I got in line at 4:30, I would likely be seated at 5 (before my friend arrives), no? Now I realize even if I were seated at 5 it's unlikely I would have my pizza before 5:15, but I don't imagine them wanting to seat me if I say I have a friend that will be there in 15 min. Should I just wait and get in line a little later? They do take names and numbers for the list, right? Will they take your name down if your whole party isn't there yet?

Eager to hear your suggestions!

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Great Lake
1477 W Balmoral Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

Jun 29, 2011
serasyl in Chicago Area

"Real Mirin" help

THANK YOU.

May 11, 2011
serasyl in Manhattan

"Real Mirin" help

I don't remember seeing this...unless one of the ingredients was corn syrup and I discounted it. Thanks though, I'll take a look if I don't hear anything else.

I should mention the other difference between the ryori-shu and hon-jozo is that the ryori-shu has significantly less sugar, making it not very sweet at all (I think), which makes me wonder if the hon-jozo is actually what I want, regardless of the alcohol %.

May 10, 2011
serasyl in Manhattan

Scarpetta

What did you have? I'm curious as to the size of the portions, particularly the yellowtail...would also love to hear about lemon torte! My experience two years ago was that the pours were very small (not to complain, though), was that your experience?

May 10, 2011
serasyl in Manhattan

"Real Mirin" help

So I've decided it's time to replace the Honteri corn syrup in my fridge with some "real mirin". The only problem is that I'm not too sure which "real mirin" I want. I know Mitoku Organic Mikawa comes recommended highly, but I've already spent 20 minutes staring at the selection Sunrise has to offer, so I think I rather go with one of those than hunt down Mitoku.

So this means I'm looking at two different varieties from Morita, the ryori-shu with a 13% alcohol content and the hon-jozo with an 8.5% alcohol content. I know mirin is supposed to be 14%, so my instinct is the ryori-shu, but some of my reading suggests that ryori-shu is something slightly different from traditional mirin? I really have no idea what I'm talking about here, please help.

If you want to know what I'm looking to use it for, I often cook from the Momofuku cookbook, use it for burdock kinpira, would like to thin out ssamjang/gochujang to make sauces, etc.

I'm hoping to just pick up one of these at the midtown Sunrise on my lunch break. If you can recommend something/somewhere else, that wouldn't be too out of the way or more expensive (I work in Rock Center), I'm open to it but at this point would just like to go to Sunrise. I actually live in Queens, but the Pacific by me only carries the Kikkoman Aji.

These are the two products I'm talking about if you want to take a look:

http://www.asianfoodgrocer.com/produc...
http://www.asianfoodgrocer.com/produc...

Thanks in advance!!!

May 10, 2011
serasyl in Manhattan

Someone PLEASE identify this mystery Sripraphai ingredient/dish

Ah ha! I bet it is. Thank you!

Feb 08, 2011
serasyl in Outer Boroughs

Someone PLEASE identify this mystery Sripraphai ingredient/dish

So some friends and I were at Sripraphai for my birthday dinner the other night and ordered, among other things, the ground pork with ginger, chili, peanut and lemon juice (A-42). When it arrived, however, it looked like it had an extra ingredient that wasn't mentioned...namely tripe. One of my friends insisted that it wasn't tripe because it was too delicate and not chewy at all, but her tripe experience isn't anymore extensive than mine is, and I've definitely had tripe of this texture in soups. Apparently she asked the server while I was in the bathroom and was told it was "mushroom," and when pressed further as to what kind, "white mushroom". My apologies that I didn't get a pic in the restaurant. These are of the leftovers.

Can someone help? Is this in fact A-42 (which I have seen pics of before, and never seem to include this mystery ingredient), or was there a mistake and we were given an entirely different dish?

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SriPraPhai
64-13 39th Ave, Queens, NY 11377

Feb 08, 2011
serasyl in Outer Boroughs

Is anyone doing restaurant week this time?

I'm pretty sure they're only participating for lunch...

Jan 28, 2011
serasyl in Manhattan

To anyone who has dined solo at Marea...

Marea has been on my list now for far too long (I haven't yet been able to come up with a sufficiently special occasion to merit such extravagant pricing). But since I now have an OpenTable reward cheque that expires within the month, I figure it's time to treat myself to some solo dining at the bar.

So I'm curious, I've seen Marea mentioned several times as a good place for solo diners. How was your experience/what did you order? I'm mainly interested in trying the ricci and the fusilli, but I know the ricci is listed as something to be shared by the table (even though it's only two pieces, right?). Anyway, I don't really want to gorge myself on lardo so I was wondering if anyone has ever been successful in requesting a half order? I figure I'm going to feel slightly intimidated eating at the bar anyway, I don't want to annoy them with a special request that will make me look more ridiculous. Any chance they'd be more likely to accommodate me if I requested half portions of two starters (like the ricci and zeppole), or is this going to be something they just don't do at all?

Curious as to anyone's strategy at getting the fullest possible Marea experience when dining alone...I should also note I don't really want to spend or eat a ton, and I'm not interested in the secondi, just the pastas and maybe an app/crudo.

Oh and can someone please confirm for me- can you redeem OpenTable cheques at any OT restaurant regardless of whether you have a reservation, or do you have to have made an OT reservation for that night?

Thanks!

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Marea
240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

Jan 28, 2011
serasyl in Manhattan

Is anyone doing restaurant week this time?

anybody do lunch at Ai Fiori yet? looks like a great deal - basically all regular menu items: http://www.nycgo.com/restaurantweek/w...

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Ai Fiori
400 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018

Jan 27, 2011
serasyl in Manhattan

Is anyone doing restaurant week this time?

the swordfish secondo, or the smoked app?

Jan 27, 2011
serasyl in Manhattan

Is anyone doing restaurant week this time?

What was on the RW menu at Maialino? I don't see it posted anywhere, and I was just there for Summer RW so I don't know if it's worth it.

Jan 27, 2011
serasyl in Manhattan

Scarpetta

Do you happen to have that menu? I went for the first anniversary and am not sure if I want to go back for all the same things.

Apr 30, 2010
serasyl in Manhattan