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Any good "Special Tables" without a minimum?

Zio might be good for Italian, they have large tables and a private room. No minimums. Blue Ribbon Izakaya could accommodate you.
Takachi in Tribeca has a back area that could seat 12 no problem.
Terroir Tribeca has a "party room" downstairs but i have no idea how many people are needed for that, might be worth a call.

Feb 26, 2015
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Taking opinions - Saturday in May

I wasn't thrilled with Gato, nor with Cosme.
Since you like McNally spots , you could certainly do Cherche Midi or Balthazar.
But DBGB is similar and is near your play. I think that would be a good choice.
Indochine is open until midnite, not sure if midnite is their last orders taken or not.

Feb 26, 2015
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NY Dim Sum [moved from Philadelphia board]

The edamame dumplings at Buddakan in NYC are my favorite thing there. A definite dim sum dish. But anyway, Golden Unicorn would be a good choice. I've heard good things about Amazing 66, but I haven't personally tried it.

Feb 26, 2015
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NY Dim Sum [moved from Philadelphia board]

I remember chatting with a manager of a Banquet style Chinese restaurant that did dim sum. He complained about dim sum in the day time. That it was not profitable because some folks sit for hours with a congee and maybe 1 other dish. They made much more money on weddings and events like that.

Feb 26, 2015
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Dieci - Excellent Japanese Style Italian Food

Last night there were 2 of us. But quite often I eat solo. Sushi bars and izakaya usually works out best and most enjoyable for me dining solo. But reservations are just tough for me to even think about. I just have to think positive and I know I'll get in , even to hard to get into places. Recently I was at kyo Ya, Ichimura, 15 East, Bouley, Brushstroke, Racine's,Deici, more,,, all with no plan or reservation. Izakaya is on deck for next week sometime.

Feb 26, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Roast Duck and Roast Pork Plates

Im going to try it , it actually looks better than the usual lo mein.
Was just strange the menu had the regular lo mein in the noodle section of the menu and a separate section for the HK lo mein. It almost looks like pan fried noodles, i think they used to call pan friend noodles Cantonese chow mein at one time.
Pan: you know all the little restaurants

Feb 26, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Best roast duck and pork in Chinatown

Ive been doing CH for so many years and still don't know how to use it lol
Thanks for the help

Feb 26, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

NY Dim Sum [moved from Philadelphia board]

DSGG offers dim sum in the evening, but I've found it to be not fresh like when you get it in daytime. Probably the case with all dim sum

Feb 26, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Fitzcarraldo--Ligurian food in Williamsburg

Sounds like a good idea. It's a pretty easy recipe

Feb 26, 2015
foodwhisperer in Outer Boroughs

Dieci - Excellent Japanese Style Italian Food

I want to check out Izakaya based on your post. The NYT reviewer basically spit out the spaghetti with ketchup and mirin. So i was skeptical.
I'll have to get lucky , as far as getting in. I can never plan in advance to eat somewhere. Somehow I've managed to eat in many places without reserving. Tonite I was lucky with Dieci

Feb 25, 2015
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Dieci - Excellent Japanese Style Italian Food

I was inspired to go tonite. So showed up and was lucky to get a seat. The place was packed. The shrimp dumplings were really good, they looked like ravioli ( photo below). The pork belly buns you get two, and that too was very good. The chawanmushi was very similar to that which Brushstroke makes. Actually almost identical. A very good version of chawanmushi.
The beef tartare was recommended by our waitress, It was made with a quail egg, uni, and aioli. It was good, but i've had better.
The gnocchi was excellent. The sauce was a cream sauce with crabmeat and fish roe. The portion was split for two of us. The serving size was very substantial and a good deal.
Overall I liked this place very much. The service was cordial and terrific. Even though the place was packed there was no delay in getting orders out. The Pinot Noir i had by the glass was really good. My only complaint was that the restaurant was the heat was turned way up, a bit too hot in there.

Feb 25, 2015
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Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong

The BBQ there is very good. Especially their marinated pork collar. I go their other place on Northern Blvd and Murray St.

Feb 25, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Sunday reunion dinner for party of six?

Zio, Crispo, The Standard

Feb 25, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Dieci - Excellent Japanese Style Italian Food

This article was interesting, about another spot that has a Japanese chef who had a pizza shop on outskirts of Tokyo and learned some cooking in Naples. Does anyone know this place?
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/25/din...

Feb 25, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Best roast duck and pork in Chinatown

I posted something earlier but I don't see it anywhere. So here I go again.
I was looking for the place Lau mentioned on Grand Street for duck pastry, but I didn't see it.
I came across a place on the corner of Hester and Allen called Yummy Kitchen also called Cheung Kong. I had the roast pork, 2 strips of it and hacked up.
The hacker ( a good kind of hacker) carefully chose 2 good pieces for me. Kind of like at a sushi bar where the chef grabs a piece of fish looks at it and puts it back and takes another. The duck looked great too.
The chefs were eating some eggplant and rice , looked good.
On the take out english menu they have standard lo mein i.e. roast pork, chicken, beef etc,,,but a separate section has Hong Kong Sytle Lo Mein, with pig feet, fish ball and fish cake, dumpling, or beef stew ,, these sound interesting ,, But what is Hong Kong Style lo mein.

Feb 25, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

NY Dim Sum [moved from Philadelphia board]

Do you want dim sum from carts or no carts?
The closest thing to dim sum I've had in Philly is Buddakan, and it was pretty terrible. Especially compared to Buddakan in NYC.
NYC dim sum IMO
Hop Shing
Golden Unicorn
88 Palace
Hakkasan
I haven't had dim sum in Flushing that was better than dim sum in Manhattan.
Royal Queen was decent.
Places I don't like in Manhattan: ( although these are CH favorites)
Jin Fong
Red Egg
Dim sum Go Go
Nom Wah

Feb 25, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Roast Duck and Roast Pork Plates

I'm not sure if the roast duck, roast pork plates, are the same thing as the hanging roast pork and duck that is hacked, and sold by the pound.
If that is the case, I had some delicious roast pork today at Yummy Kitchen/Cheung Kong 38A Allen Street ( corner Hester). The hacker carefully picked out a couple of good pieces for me. This is a good kind of hacker, not the ones Malware is used against . The pork was excellent.
The chefs were eating a nice looking eggplant dish ( not on menu) , and another guy had a nice looking rice cake dish. I notice on their take-out menu
under noodles they have the usual types of lo mein an chow fun i.e. pork, chicken, beef etc but on another park of the menu they have a section for Lo Mein ( Hong Kong Style) and the varieties sound good pig feet lo main, beef stew lo main, fish ball and fish cake lo main , ginger scallion lo main and dumpling lo main.
I guess the question I have , is what is Hong Kong style lo main?

Feb 25, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Dieci - Excellent Japanese Style Italian Food

Yes Greenwich Grill closed down and it is Daruma-Ya now. I go to Basta Pasta often and it is consistently good. But leaning more toward Italian than Japanese. Greenwich Grill was fantastic. I look forward to Dieci.

Feb 25, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Dieci - Excellent Japanese Style Italian Food

Thanks for the review. I will certainly check out this place. I've also enjoyed Greenwich Grill and Basta Pasta in the past, also serving Italian/Japanese dishes.

Feb 25, 2015
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Most Sumptuous Crab dish in Flushing?

Dungeness crab at Lake Pavillion is real good. I had it with ginger and scallion but they do it many different preparations.
My last visit , though I was disappointed with the fried flounder. It wasn't as good as previous visits. A bit mushy meat. The fish was big enough for 4 people also and we were 2 people.

Feb 24, 2015
foodwhisperer in Outer Boroughs

Real Maple Syrup

Cafe Orlin serves real maple syrup with pancakes and french toast.

Feb 24, 2015
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Best calzone in NYC?

Ben's on Spring St. it's regular but it's good. I also used to enjoy the giant calzone at Lombardi's ( Spring St.). Napoli on Victory Blvd S.I. is good ,

Feb 24, 2015
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Vietnamese Breakfast at Mission Cantina

Thanks for the report. Sounds good.

Feb 24, 2015
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Birthday dinner near St. Marks Place

Lavagna has good Italian food and is near St Marks. Pastas are around $17, mains are around $23. So you can share one of each , and you'll be in price range and it will be enough food.

Feb 24, 2015
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Two Chicagoans In NYC in mid April

+1 on Chikalicious for dessert
All my meals at Pepolino have been good
I recommend OP skips Prosperity Dumpling. It is pretty inexpensive but that's about it. The Bao or Shanghai Asian Manor for soup dumplings is better choice.

Feb 23, 2015
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Where is the best gyoza?

Rockmeisha

Feb 23, 2015
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Lunch places in nyc for 15th birthday?

John's pizza in West Village or Lombardi Pizza in SoHo might be a good idea or Pala in LES
Other inexpensive ideas might be Ramen, but you need a large ramen place like Ippudo.
The Chinatown idea as others said is good, the food is not expensive.
For Japanese food you can go to Village Yokocho and get some things that are in that price range. Or Taisho on St. Marks Pl, they have some inexpensive dishes.

Feb 20, 2015
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Japanese restaurant for large group

+1 on Blue Ribbon Izakaya, and it is less expensive than Aburiya and a larger space.
En Brasserie has the nicest private rooms.

Feb 20, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Annoyed about $6 bottled tap water charge at CraftBar

I would have told the waiter about your policy of taking $6 off the tip when you get charged for tap water.

Racine's Tribeca Restaurant and Wine Bar

Thanks for relating your experience at Racine's. The wine list by the bottle looked interesting, as opposed to the limited list by the glass. Had I gone with drinkers, I would have gotten a bottle, but last night 2 glasses was enough. Afterall, too much wine and I might slip on the ice walking to my car. ( shhhh about the driving)

Feb 20, 2015
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