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babbo past its prime???

I enjoy the pastas at Babbo. You seem to enjoy your food there. If you get Transcendence out of any dish in any restaurant, keep enjoying the place. You are expecting way too much of a restaurant.

about 15 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Returning to a "never again" restaurant (in my case EMP)

I suggest you do return to EMP. You can't judge a restaurant based on a one-time experience. More than likely you will have a different waiter, and most likely a different experience. As far as the sommelier goes, if you engage in conversation with the sommelier, and show some appreciation or knowledge of wine, I think you will get the interaction you desire. If they think 2buck chuck is what you want you won't get that attention. You say you were treated poorly , perhaps because you are young. I assume you are old enough to drink. Mark Zuckerberg is only 30 years old, I bet he would get treated well. Just don't be shy, smile, and expect good service. If service is lacking along the way, perhaps speak to a manager. Your water glass should stay full, your empty dishes cleared and you should be asked if everything is OK , and do you need anything. Go back with a good attitude, and see what happens.

about 15 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Little Park= Little food, Little taste

Little Park is in the old Plein Sud space. It doesn't appear to have been changed at all. The menu seems pretty limited to me, and no specials. The dishes do not come with sides i.e. rice, potato, veggie. The portions are small. I had the "beet tartare" i guess it sounds like Beef tartare. It was basically and mound of finely chopped beets, some horseradish sauce and trout roe. Nothing to write home about. I prefer the beet salad at the Odeon or many other places. Without referring to the menu, I think the price was about $14. I counted that as my side.
I then got the Dry Aged duck & kebab, the kebab I assume was the tiny duck sausage in the dish. It had some turnip puree and a tiny pile of grains ( I think) alongside of the meat.and 4 half slices of tiny grapes. A tiny portion, but the duck was perfectly cooked. There was no crispy skin on it, which would have been nice. The presentation on all dishes was very nice. The service was good. The dishes are Little, the flavors are minimal, the prices are high, ...I won't be back for dinner again. I'll give Breakfast a try.
I can't believe this place got 2 stars from Pete Wells.I guess when the chef has a name, the stars come automatically.

about 22 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Where to buy raw brisket - 1st and 2nd cut combined?

Any decent butcher will have what you want. Costco is good though. Not sure how many peoplel you are having, I usually get a 6 lb brisket. Put it in a covered pan with rack, throw some carrots onion, potato, celery, a bit of worcestshire , tomato juice or paste, salt ,pepper( or anything else that seems good), let that meat cook for around 6 hours. You can take it out early and slice it and put it back in. My recipe changes every time, and its always good. Btw 2nd cut is the deckle,( fatty)

about 23 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

sushi rec

+2 Gari,,,, I don't like Yasaka at all.

1 day ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Lets Talk Wings

I do lechon kawali there, I have to try their sisig. I like the sisig at Pig and Khao. But Queens for better sisig

Mar 27, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Pommes Frites and Sushi Park destroyed in east village blast

That's pretty amazing

Mar 27, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Can you help me map out my eating plan?

My lobster Roll picks are Ed's lobster and Red Hook Lobster Pound behind john Varvatos store on Bowery. Lukes is not bad. I'm not a fan of the lobster rolls at Pearl because too much mayo liquid drips.
I wonder why Katz's deli isn't on your list but shake shack is.
GG's is a good pizza stop. Ben's in SoHo has a good assortment of slices. If I were you I'd split a pie at Motorino's even if you leave a slice over.
Amorino on University place for best gelato IMO
Nish Nush in Tribeca for falafel, and it's within walking distance from Brooklyn Bridge... maybe stop by Arcade Bakery ( Tribeca) for a whiskey-pecan babka . if you're in Tribeca you might like Tribeca Japanese bakery for some coffee or green tea and some good Japanese pastries. Or coffee at Hugh Jackman's Laughing man for a Flat White.
Maybe Juliana's for pizza as long as your walking the bridge.
If you go to Luke's , perhaps you want to go across the street to Porchetta and get some potatoes with crispy pork.
Chikalicious dessert bar in EV

Mar 27, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Lets Talk Wings

+1 for Ugly Kitchen

Mar 27, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Lets Talk Wings

I don't think I've ever had any chicken wings that I didn't like. So I have nothing to offer in recs. I do love Bajan cooking so Chef Paul's cooking sounds good. I think Porgy is an underrated fish , it's so sweet tasting , great fish. I've had it at Ma Peche but before their new format , and it was delicious.
As far as the perfect bra goes , I got no results when I googled Ipsedixit's perfect bra. haha

Mar 27, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

steakhouse corkage venting

Duane Reade sells drugs not wine. Drugs may even make you feel a little nicer than wine.
Corkage fees are made to accommodate those with special bottles of wine. Not mediocre wines. Most times I would bring my own wine, it would be wines that would cost $300 and up in a restaurant. However I did bring an inexpensive bottle that a friend of mine's vineyard made just to check it out. But bringing your own wine , generally, should be reserved for "great wines'.
As far as tips go, many people will not include beverages and tax in their tip calculation. I tip on the whole bill, but I think most people tip on the food only.
Eliminate all corkage problems and have a few good beers.l

Mar 27, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Best Monday Night Omakase

Kura is as close as you will get on a Monday to the top tier.

Mar 27, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Business lunch, Tribeca

City Hall has comfortable seating and noise level is good for business. The food is hit and miss.
Other suggestions: Tribeca Grill, China Blue, Cercle Rouge, Odeon, Roc, Brushstroke,

Mar 27, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

So much food. Help!

I hope not.

Mar 27, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Pommes Frites and Sushi Park destroyed in east village blast

Thanks for trying. Sorry you're right there. Misoya is only 2 stores away from the the building . I think they are 129 and it was 123 is pommel frites. 125 got hit bad too.

Mar 26, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

eating near the Dixon Place Theater on Chrystie Street

BLue Ribbon Izakaya is nearby. Katz's Deli, Congee Village, Pala ( pizza).
And as others said Chinatown is right there, Little italy is only 3 blocks west of there. Plenty of options.

Mar 26, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

So much food. Help!

Well , the MQ on 2nd Ave in EV is the one I usually go to but the explosion is only a few blocks away and it will be a mess down there. So the one on Greenwich Ave is a newer one in the West Village and is very good. Their brontosaurus ribs and burnt ends I like a lot.
The one in Brookfield Mall, is a booth in food court. I don't think they cook the food there, I am pretty sure they just heat it up there and serve.

Mar 26, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

So much food. Help!

" All mimsy in the borogroves..."
Delis
- Katz deli-- This should be your only Deli Stop skip the rest. Including 2nd Ave Deli which has Pastrami that leaves a bad chemical taste in your mouth.
- Sarge's deli
- Carnegie deli

Pizza
- Keste--- Keste is worth doing, Motorino or Co. should be your second choice.
- Juliana's in Brooklyn (could possibly do both. Is it worth doing both?) Juliana's is not worth going to.

Fried Chicken- I can't comment on the 3 you mention, I go to Georgia's, Bubby's and Blue Ribbon.
- Sweet Chick
- Pies 'N' Thighs ( I see there are two locations. Are they both good?)
- Root & Bone

BBQ (mostly for wings, ribs)
- Mudville 9
- Mighty Quinn's (considering the Liberty St branch after a day at SOL and 9/11 museum) : MQ's in the Brookfield Mall by 9/11 museum, is more of a food court scene and not as good as the "real" Mighty Qunn's. Across the street is Blue Smoke and probably a much better eating experience.

- Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (in Harlem area. Worth travelling to?) Skip Dinosaur and go to Brooklyn to Hometown BBQ for great brisket etc.

Bakeries-l Add Ceci Cela, Arcade, Dominique Ansel, Sullivan Street Bakery,
- Two Little Red Hens
- Four & Twenty Blackbirds
- Dough

Chinatown Snacks- Hop Shing ( dim sum)
EB Corp Bakery for Cha siu bao and dan tat, or curry beef pastry
Happy Star ( on E. Bway) for rice noodle dishes for $1.75.

Mar 26, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Where Does Trader Joe's Food Come From?

Well you are on to something. On the Veggie Stix, they are exactly the same as Good Healths, and Goodhealth used to be in clear bags just like TJ. However, GoodHealth never made their own Veggie Stix, they had Bickel's make it. I am not sure if Bickel's still makes it for Goodhealth , as Utz bought the GoodHealth Co. and perhaps is now buying the veggie stix pellets ( raw product) from the same supplier in Spain, and frying it themselves. GoodHealth also used to sell private label potato stix or shoestrings to TJ , but didn't make them either a company named Rolets made it for them.
Companies that make private label for other companies, neither like to disclose their source. Because they want to try to get the best quality and do not want their competitors to go to the same source and perhaps undercut them.
Brands out there that you recognize quite often don't make their own products. Food Should Taste So Good has great multi grain chips, but initially didn't make it themselves. Eventually when they saw sales were great , and they needed more product they started manufacturing. Supermarket private label are usually as good as brand names. You just have to find the right brand. Victoria Foods makes tomato sauce for many other brands. They tweak the formula and promise not to duplicate it for anyone else. Do you like Rao's tomato sauce?

Mar 26, 2015
foodwhisperer in Features

Best Monday Night Omakase

Add to your closed list, Ichimura and Sushi Dojo.
Kura Sushi might be a good option, they are open.
Blue Ribbon Izakaya is also an option. Kura is a more quiet , smaller venue.
If you want to stray from sushi , and get a great Japanese meal including a sashimi course to to Hirohisa, they are open Mondays

Mar 26, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan
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Pommes Frites and Sushi Park destroyed in east village blast

Yes terrible. Pommes Frites was a regular stop of mine. I wonder if Misoya got destroyed.

Mar 26, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Hometown Bar-B-Que Red Hook

I am anxious to try that lamb belly. I think I will call first, and see if they have it. I will call early so they can't say "we are out of it", they would have to say " we didn't make it today". They made it sound like it sold out. I asked if it was good, and they said " yes, that's why it sold out so fast", I'll report back if I get to taste it.

Mar 25, 2015
foodwhisperer in Outer Boroughs

NYC Italian with Teen

The meatballs are real good at Bar Pitti. So are the mussels.
If you go next door to Da Silvano, the contadina pasta is real good. More dressy. BTW Bar Pitti takes no credit cards, nor reservations.

Mar 24, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Viable Italian Options LES/EV/WV for this Saturday

Well even if OP doesn't check it out. I will be there. Seems like it could be a good spot.

Mar 24, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Hirohisa: Amazing Japanese Dinner

Although Rosanjin is very good, I like Kyo Ya's dishes better.

Mar 24, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Hirohisa: Amazing Japanese Dinner

If one orders the Kaiseki meal in advance at Rosanjin, they ask you for special requests. So you can ask for wagyu, whatever is in season. I asked for hairy crab, So meal is tailor made for you. If you come as a "walk-in" you get a good meal, but not the special stuff.

Mar 24, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Breads bakery's chocolate babka, when fresh from the oven, is pure heaven

Although Arcade's Babka is not exactly traditional. It is the best tasting babka I've had anywhere in NYC. I had the Whiskey Pecan Babka. Breads was good, Moishe's is traditionally good. Try Arcade and you''ll find not only the best babka, but the best plain croissants and almond croissants around. The ham and cheese croissant and the chocolate pear croissant tasted great but were light on the filling. This place is literally a stand in an office building, with "ledge" seating and makeshift tables. Great Tribeca spot.

Mar 24, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Hometown Bar-B-Que Red Hook

The place itself has a great location, good for a scenic walk before or after dinner.
They have a few items I haven't seen elsewhere i.e. lamb belly, pastrami bacon, jerk ribs.
They were sold out of lamb belly when I was there. They sell it by the 1/2 lb , like all their meat or on Banh mi sandwich.
The pulled pork was OK, it wasn't great but it was not bad. The brisket, 2nd cut / juicy was amazing. Tender, succulent, different than other places. They seem to use a rub , reminiscent of pastrami seasoning. It is better than the brisket at Fette Sau, Hill Country, Mighty Quinn.IMO. A pound of it , I think was about 7 thick slices.
The mac n cheese was not bad. The potato salad very tasty. The collard greens I thought were weak. The slaw was good. The corn bread was dense and honey coated. One piece could be cut in two. The back room had a bandstand, I guess they have live music sometimes.
Excellent BBQ, even compared to BBQ that I had in Texas .

Mar 24, 2015
foodwhisperer in Outer Boroughs

Thai Town East Crawl

Great Report. Thanks

Mar 24, 2015
foodwhisperer in Outer Boroughs

Supermarket in Brooklyn for Passover items

+1 on Pomegranate. You can't get more Jewish than that.

Mar 24, 2015
foodwhisperer in Outer Boroughs