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Best of the UWS, 2014 Edition

There are now 2 Szechuan Gourmet uptown locations.
SZ 98 and SZ 105.
SZ 105 attracts ethnic Chinese from Columbia U.
SZ 98 gets typical UWS residents.
Go for 105.

1 day ago
RichardMW in Manhattan

Best of the UWS, 2014 Edition

I have been to Legend 72 a few times.
I keep going back to Legend 7th Ave because it is much better than Legend 72.

1 day ago
RichardMW in Manhattan

Best wine bottle opener

The pulltap is $20 at wineenthusiast and $10 at amazon.
http://www.amazon.com/Pulltaps-Double...

Dec 07, 2013
RichardMW in Cookware

UWS Delivery/Restaurants

I live on W. 87th St.
Try Saiguette. I ordered from them today.
Fast delivery tasty food.
This is a good replacement for Saigon Grill that closed because of labor and legal problems.

Aug 25, 2013
RichardMW in Manhattan

Katz's sandwiches have definitely gotten smaller?

Get it on "club". Much better than the low quality rye bread they use. They do charge extra, but it is worth it.

Apr 10, 2013
RichardMW in Manhattan

Masa review (is it worth it?)

I once ate at Bar Masa a long time ago. It was mediocre. Neighborhood sushi restaurant quality. But, it was priced about double what a good neighborhood restaurant would charge. A total ripoff.

Feb 01, 2013
RichardMW in Manhattan

what are the best dishes to order at Mission Chinese resto?

Don't forget the lamb ribs dish. They don't always have it on the menu and when they do have it they often run out early.

Dec 09, 2012
RichardMW in Manhattan

STEER CLEAR LIST - Worst Meal You've Had in the Last Six Months

My last meal at Tom's was as a graduate student in 1964, with 3 friends. All 4 of us spent the night on the toilet with diarrhea. Never again.

Dec 09, 2012
RichardMW in Manhattan

Best Indian restaurant in Manhattan

Junoon is expensive in the evening.
But their Prix Fixe $24 lunch is a real bargain..

Dec 09, 2012
RichardMW in Manhattan

Best Indian restaurant in Manhattan

It sounds like you have never eaten there.
Junoon does have great Indian food.

Dec 09, 2012
RichardMW in Manhattan

How does Fairway coffee compare?

Illy beans usually come in a can or sometimes in a bag. Roasted, who knows when. Stale. its like buying canned vegetables.

Sep 15, 2012
RichardMW in Manhattan

Fulton Street Fish Market

Thanks for the clarification. I knew it was gone and did not remember the details.

I once went to the old, Fulton St. Fish market around 5 AM one day in the early 1970s.
I do recall going to the last fragment of the fish market after the Seaport arrived. Probably that was in the late 1980s.

Apr 14, 2012
RichardMW in Outer Boroughs

Fulton Street Fish Market

I thought that the Fulton St. Fish Market closed years ago and moved to the Bronx.

The physical location was replaced by a tourist mecca: South St. Sea Port.
Perhaps I am wrong and the fish market is there at 4 AM. Maybe I am right.

Apr 14, 2012
RichardMW in Outer Boroughs

new policy at torrisi -- what is happening?

According to their web site, they are now taking reservations for a $125 prix fixe menu which will begin on 12/1. Seatings at 6 PM aqnd 8 PM.

They say this is an extended menu and that the original no-reservations $60(?) menu will be available on a first come first serve basis. They say they will take names for the walk-in each day at 5 PM. (It used to be 5:30).

Has anyone been there since this policy changed?

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Torrisi Italian Specialties
250 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

Nov 08, 2011
RichardMW in Manhattan

Torrisi strategy?

You might get lucky.
They have a seating for 3 at a counter near the front window.
When we, as a party of 2, were there, they placed us at that location.
That left room for a single individual who arrived aroun 6:30 and was seated there.

Since parties of 3 are also rare, they may seat 2 separate sets of people at that location.

I can speculate that if you get on line early, around 5 to 5:15, they may seat you there if they don't have a group of 3 people ahead of you.

Oct 25, 2011
RichardMW in Manhattan

Torrisi strategy?

I was not there on a Friday or weekend night and don't know for certain what happens then.

Other days, the 6 PM seating gets booked first.

Sep 29, 2011
RichardMW in Manhattan

UWS - Best Places in 90's and 100's?

You can get a good burger at 5 Guys. Bway & 110.
http://www.chow.com/food-news/89994/i...

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Five Guys Burgers and Fries
2847 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

Sep 17, 2011
RichardMW in Manhattan

Torrisi strategy?

I have been there twice recently.
Here is the drill:
1. They open at 6 for dinner.
2.They come out at 5:30 and start taking names.
3. There will be a long line waiting at 5:30. If you get there at 5:30 you probably can't get a 6 PM seating.
4. Try to have one person get there before 5:15 if you want a 6 PM seating.
5. The second seating is at 7:45. You get that reservation if you are there at 5:30.
6. They have a $25 wine pairing and pour generously. It was great the first time and good the second time.
7. If you are driving, you can park legally in front of the restauarant at 6 PM. Someone has to sit in the car until 6 if you are showing up earlier to get in line.

Sep 17, 2011
RichardMW in Manhattan

UWS - Best Places in 90's and 100's?

I agree. I have been to Wondee twice. It was OK. I have been to Thai Market many times. It is consistently good.

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Thai Market
960 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

Sep 17, 2011
RichardMW in Manhattan

where to get the best pastrami sandwich

My vote is for the pastrami on club (not rye) at Katz's. Much better than the rye.
Also, remember to ask for the pickled tomatoes. You don't usually get them unless you ask.

Final hint: Avoid the long cash only register at the front of Katz's. Pay with credit card at the takeout counter in the back.

Sep 17, 2011
RichardMW in Manhattan

UWS rejoice! Grand Sichuan coming to Amsterdam

I agree. Good. Best on uws. Not great.

Sep 17, 2011
RichardMW in Manhattan

recommendations needed: NY chow hound driving trip Vancouver->Seattle --> Portland --> Oregon coast

Thanks for the vinyard & restaurant recommendations.

We will definitely go to Pok Pok in Portland and try Ho Ho in Seattle.

Do you have any restaurant recommedations while traveling down the Oregon coast on highway 101?

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Ho Ho Restaurant
1911 Cascade Ave, Hood River, OR 97031

Jul 26, 2011
RichardMW in Pacific Northwest

recommendations needed: NY chow hound driving trip Vancouver->Seattle --> Portland --> Oregon coast

Arriving in Seattle July 28.
Driving north to Vancouver then south to Portland, down Oregon Coast and visiting friends in San Francisco. We have 2 weeks.

Looking for great Chinese (and other) restaurants in Vancouver.
Hoping to visit some interesting vinyards in Washington and Oregon.
Looking for great west coast restaurants along the way.
Expensive is OK. But, moderate cost, unique and interesting is even better.

What would you recommend?

In past years we spent time in Napa, Sonoma and San Francisco.
This is our first trip to Vancouver, Seattle and Oregon.

Jul 24, 2011
RichardMW in Pacific Northwest

Young couple looking for good, cheap eats in/around Manhattan

Mostly a very good list.
But, Convivio closed.
Shakeshack had just barely good burgers and mediocre fries. Five Guys is a national chain but their burgers are much better and their fries are amazing.

Apr 21, 2011
RichardMW in Manhattan

Young Couple on a budget May 13-19th

If you do get out to Flushing, one of the new favorites is "Hunan Kitchen of Grand Szechuan". Yes, it is Hunan style but is owned by one of the Grand Szechuan chains.

Mar 21, 2011
RichardMW in Manhattan

Save the Carnegie?

Maybe I just hit a few bad days there.

The last time I went I ordered a "bagel with nova and cream cheese".
The gave me a toasted bagel with lox and argued with me when I told them that it was lox (salty) and not nova (smoked). Also, in my opinion, the only reason to toast a bagel is if it was stale or if the customer asks for it to be toasted which I didn't.

Feb 06, 2011
RichardMW in Manhattan

Save the Carnegie?

Barney Greengrass, like Russ & Daughter's, is not a Jewish Deli. It is an "appetizing store". Russ & Daughter's is still very good. I live a few blocks from Barney Greengrass which is a dim shadow of what it once was.

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Barney Greengrass
541 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

Russ & Daughters
179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

Feb 04, 2011
RichardMW in Manhattan

Save the Carnegie?

Yes, Shake Shack is a tourist trap. Quality is just barely "good" and the lines make it not worth the wait.

I have not been to Carnegie Deli in several years since the last 2 times I went the quality of the sandwiches were a dim memory of what it once had been. Not loss if they close. Carnagie Deli is a NY institution. But, it is no longer a great deli. Sadly, there are very few great delis left.

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Carnegie Deli
854 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

Feb 03, 2011
RichardMW in Manhattan

Wa Jeal -New Sichuan Restaurant 83rd/2nd Ave

I think that mvnyc is basically correct. KWagle is mostly correct.
Wikipedia says:
"The term málà is a combination of two Chinese characters: "numbing" (麻) and "spicy (hot)" (辣), referring to the feeling in the mouth after eating the sauce.

The numbness is caused by Sichuanese peppercorn
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Dec 07, 2010
RichardMW in Manhattan

UWS rejoice! Grand Sichuan coming to Amsterdam

Once upon a time, a long time ago, the Grand Sichuan restaurants were pretty good. Then they opened many branches. With every new branch the quality seemed to drop down towards being just ordinary. The one at 50th and 9th avenue was good. But they closed.

Maybe this one will be better than the other Grand Sichuan restauarants that I had tried in recent years.

Dec 03, 2010
RichardMW in Manhattan