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Hoping that New York chowhounds are using discretion with their recommendations

I know a great place, amazing food, cheap, no lines. But my lips are sealed.

about 5 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Lunch in lower east side this Friday

Khe Yo has some good dishes. I almost OD'd on the sticky rice , taking it with my fingers and dipping in spicy chili fish sauce, the heat keeps building, but you can't stop eating it. here's a pic of the sauce.

about 5 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Hottest Restaurant in New York

Thanks for the Heat list. Batard made the list. Good to see Keith McNally still has the energy to open a new place, while Pastis sits dormant. I'll have to check out that new burger of his. Usually his restaurants stick around for a long time, Balthazar for one, Indochine he had sold but it's still around, etc.

about 5 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

East Village Help!

+1 Caracas Arepa
Lavagna
Ngam
Motorino
Mighty Quinn BBQ

about 5 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

UWS - Missing Saigon Grill's Ribs and Can Chua Soup!

Maybe they went to what was the Saigon Grill on University Place. They had union problems and changed the name to Saigon Market. Same ribs.

about 5 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Steakhouse lower Manhattan

I'd go to Wolfgangs for steak in Tribeca, it's loud so you could start your drinking there. Then you can hit a few loud rowdy bars like Raccoon Lodge on Warren Street ( they have one of those punching bags, where you see who hits hardest), or the Patriot bar on Reade St. They used to have barmaids topless at one time upstairs,, not sure whats there lately. NY Dolls is the closest strip club ( murray St.)

about 5 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Weakest cuisines

I occasionally go to Java on outskirts of Park Slope on 7th Ave around Prospect. Food there is acceptable, not as good as in Amsterdam. I haven't made it to Indonesia yet.

about 5 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Bâtard

I felt the vibe of CH'er in the place. Actually the guy at the next table from me was quite knowledgable about food and wine, as I overheard some of his conversation. I think I got there around 8 30 ish. I was wearing a Tshirt , so wondered how underdressed I'd be, but it was no issue at all. It was a mixed crowd. The people next to me were in their 30's I think, as was my daughter. There were some old people in the middle and some young people on the sides. I like the place a lot.

about 5 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

review of Batard in Discussion

In the discussion part i somewhat described the dishes. To the left of the octopus pic is the monkfish cheek pasta, surrounded by monkfish. to the right of the octopus is the lobster with asparagus and zucchini flower. All good dishes.

about 5 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

24 hours tween Chinatown and Little Italy

I think dim sum on weekend will be fine if before 11:30AM If you like carts I recommend Golden Unicorn. No carts many CH'ers like Red Egg, I like Hop Shing.
Good Cha siu bao I like Hop Shing and 162 East Broadway ( on corner, name is like EB Co.,,, used to be Golden Carriage. I recommend the place next door I believe called Happy Star, for fresh made rice noodle and beef or shrimp or whatever for $1.50 and fish balls from the cart diagonally across the street.
Pig and Khao could be fun for dinner a mix of Filipino, Thai, Viet Nam and Burmese dishes, outside dining area. Katz's is within walking distance, so is Russ and Daughter Cafe. Uncle Boon's on Spring St. has really good Thai food.
I can't recommend anything in Little Italy, except the cheesecake at Eileen's( the best) which is on Kenmare St.

1 day ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

review of Batard in Discussion

I searched for Batard on the board and it took me to the Discussion so I posted there. Anyway, Batard is great. Much better atmosphere than Corton was. Friendly, casual, fun. Here's a few pics of dishes. Octopus pastrami looks the coolest.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9769...

1 day ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Bâtard

Went to Batard tonight. No reservation but the place was pretty packed.
Drew Nieporent was not only there, he was actively there and even in the kitchen. I guess he cares. The place looks exactly like Corton, well same owner , same location, but no noticeable change in decor. The "vibe" is 1000% better than Corton. It's not pretentious, it's not "silent like a library",,,, It's vibrant, everyone seems happy. The wait staff is nice, the service great. Corton had waitstaff from another planet. They described French dishes with a Martian accent. Anyway, I like the place. I think the prices are reasonable for the type of food. I'm not exactly sure how one classifies this type of food. Maybe Creative Frenchish.
The portions are good size. I went for 3 course and then added a dessert 4th course. They did the math right, if you are a party of 2, and one person orders the 2 course and the other the 4 course, the bill will be same as if you both order the 3 course. Anyway.the food was very good.
The lobster appetizer was excellent(photo attached). The oyster with pigtails was very good, 3 oysters in the order.The tuna appetizer was very good, The octopus pastrami ( see photo) was fantastic and looked great too.The monkfish cheek pasta was good, and also surrounded by pieces of monkfish fillets. The duck breast was cooked to perfection, it tasted good, but slightly bland. The two desserts i had , both had ice cream, one with buttery bread, the other more fruity and citrusy. ( 2 of us shared all dishes). The red burgundy by the glass was exceptional. Bill all in, 2 people 8 courses , glass of wine, $230

1 day ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Weakest cuisines

I guess not much demand for Russian food in Manhattan. Although Russian Tea Room is an icon. Dacha tried to survive on La Guardia Pl, but is now closed. There's a few good Russian places in Brighton Beach and many bad ones.
I like what Simon said, that Manhattan "is a large island-shaped salad bar."
We got it all. Some more than others.

1 day ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Outer Borough Memories

Yes Susu's was a fun place to eat, and was packed all the time. The food was really good ( for that style of Chinese-American food). The family had opened the first Chinese restaurant in Riverdale.
Su Su ( the daughter has passed away) and yes one brother has Jake's on Columbia St. But SuSu's restaurant is a long gone but not forgotten restaurant.

Weakest cuisines

I find we just settle no matter what the cuisine. As far as Asian food goes, most restaurants main focus is to pay their rent. The way for say a Malaysian restaurant to do this , is to go fusion. An example is Rasa. They probably do more business with their sushi rolls than with their Malaysian dishes. They also offer Thai food, and some Chinese dishes. The owner and chef are Malaysian Chinese. Take Pig and Khao, the owner is half Filipino, and makes a good decent sisig, and a "modernized" crispy pata, but adds Khao soi to the menu, with Burmese noodle dish and some Viet Namese dishes. It's tough for a restaurant that wants to cater to New Yorkers, or tourists, rather than to a specific ethnic group to get by on one cuisine. That being said, I think most of the cuisines are lacking in NYC. Filipino food, mostly we eat at home except for sizzling sisig, or crispy pata or lechon kawali. The dinuguan, sinigang, tinola, kare kare etc are way better when we eat it at home. In the Phillipines you can eat in a restaurant and get same quality as you get at home. Even Outer boroughs lack in quality for Filipino food ( Tito Rad's being the best).
For Vietnamese food in Manhattan, there are a few simple places near Chinatown, and then more upscale like Vcafe, Indochine, Le Colonial, but they really aren't that good. Thai food, we like Uncle Boon, Zaab Elee, a few in Queens but really none are as good as in Thailand, Jewish Food( Eastern European) There is none that come close. Katz's has decent chopped liver, and OK matzoh balls. Kutsher's has nothing good, no one makes kreplach like my mother, I have never had really good stuffed cabbage anywhere ( including Polish and Russian restaurants), Kasha varnishkas, 2nd Ave Deli made an acceptable version but not really good. Mexican food, NYC always lacked in good ones ( including good tex-mex), Italian, there are many places we love. Marea being one of them, Bar Pitti a favorite of mine, but when you go to Italy and eat you just go wow, you're not getting a cannolo here like you'd get in Sicily. Japanese kaiseki, Kyo Ya does a decent job , so does Brushstroke and Rosanjin but in Kyoto the food is far beyond what you get here. Chinese I've been eating this dim sum for many decades so i'm used to it, but from what CH'ers say it's nothing compared to Hong Kong or even LA. Basically, with all the great food in Manhattan, when you evaluate it compared to home-made or food from the country of its origin, we have a lot of room for improvement. True the diner is disappearing, but I still have Gee Whiz, which is not as good as the old Market Diner, or Big Nick's.
That being said, I'm on my way to Nish Nush for a very decent falafel.

1 day ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Izakaya NoMad - Go!

Well, Spiritchaser's post got me to go try it. I was hungry and figured , why not. So I went . The place was fairly busy. I ordered a Hitachino white ale, very Belgian. $12 for one seems expensive.
I hear the waitresses speaking and recognize it as Korean, she confirms.Most of the workers are Korean. The waitress was advising me as to what she thought tasted good and not. I listened and she was pretty much right. She steered me away from the okonomiyaki, said most Japanese who go there that try it don't like it. I had a few yakitori skewers. The short rib is a good one, the chicken meatball is not bad. If you sit at the counter , you can see how patient the yakitori guy is. It takes so long until it is done. Id be serving them half raw. The fried oyster was good, crispy and I preferred to eat it with salt and lemon instead of the sauce they serve it with (sweet brown sauce). Beef tataki was very good. Onigiri was not something I'd get there again. Fried shrimp with mayo was good. I was afraid to order any fish. Some sanitary issues with the handling of dishes and food, but I've eaten where worse was done.
The beautiful waitresses made up for any ills. Service with a smile.
I'll be back, probably for yakitori and fried oysters. Not sure if the grilled mackerel would be a good idea or not. They also have oxtail stew that sounded interesting.
My bill for one person was $100. It appeared to be cheap when looking at individual items , but it adds up fast. Two beers gets you to $24.

Aug 25, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Izakaya NoMad - Go!

a Yelp review also says it was the old Izakaya Moku, but makes it sound better than Moku
"....The menu is legit izakaya focusing on some really good yakitori skewers, but don't ignore the other menu offerings. The sashimi is surprisingly well prepared (this is a Korean run shop rather than Japanese, but don't let that move you away from the fresh seafood) and each time I've ordered the yellowtail sashimi it's been on par with anything you'd find elsewhere in NYC among izakayas...."
Also, on their website they mention some high quality pork and chicken that they use( brand name). The culinary team's names are Godzilla and Astro Boy,
I wonder if they are Japanese.
Location is good, if Ootoya is booked up , it's in same area, so can walk to get fix of these type of dishes. ( although seems a bit different/ no sets), not as many grilled fish options either
They have Korean shoju on the menu. The menu also lists taco (aka tako) and hamachi collard ( aka collard) lol

Aug 25, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

QUIET restaurant, GOOD FOOD (that's it!)

Telepan Local ( Tribeca) not quiet at all

Aug 25, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

QUIET restaurant, GOOD FOOD (that's it!)

Jungsik ( meets good food and quiet requirement)
Jean-Georges ( ditto)
Kyo Ya ( ditto)
Rosanjin ( ditto)
Marea ( quiet enough requirement, good food)

Aug 24, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Mimi Cheng's Dumpling's: Meh Meh

I was walking by Mimi Cheng's and had to stop in. It looked very clean, and i saw them making fresh dumplings, not frozen. So many places have those frozen 6 for $1 dumplings. So I was excited and hoped they would be good. I ordered the pork dumplings. They should call them cabbage dumplings. There was very little pork in these. There was very little flavor in these. They could have used at least a bit of ginger, something to kick it up a notch or two. So, disappointed , I moved on to the special dessert dumpling. It was dough wrapped around the stickiest peanut butter. Not good, couldn't finish them. I won't be back there.

Aug 22, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Good Fried Chicken in the City

im glad im not alone on this :)

Aug 22, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Outer Borough Memories

I'll repeat some of what others mentioned only because they were memorable.
Jahn's ( kitchen sink)
Don Peppe's is not long gone it's alive and well (Ozone Park)
Mrs. Stahl's great knishes ( Brighton)
Someone actually remembered Grillo's( good fish) ( Foster Ave)
Lundy's ( new one didn't come close to the old one) ( Sheepshead Bay)
Crisci's ( great italian_( Williamsburg)
Nino's ( New Lots Ave.)
Herbie's International ( original roast pork on garlic bread ( Flatlands)
Big Bow Wow ( Cross Bay Blvd)
Coney Island Joe's ( Brownsville)
Joe's ( italian food by Pratt)
Grabstein's Deli ( Canarsie)
Mitchell's ( bensonhurst)
Nedick's ( hot dogs) Flatlands Ave.
Wetson's ( pre McDonald's)
Wee Three Cafe ( Park Slope)
New China Inn ( Flatbush)
Grotta D''Oro ( Flatbush)
Tad's $1.19 steaks ( 14th St.)
The Pawlding ( Morris Pk. Ave.Bx)
Pizza City ( Howard Beach)
Su Su's Yum Yum ( Henry St. Bklyn)
Galaxy Diner ( East New York)
Cono The Fisherman ( Maspeth)
Hero Inn ( Downtown Bklyn)
Solaways ( Downtown Bklyn)
Ariola's Bakery ( best cannoli, City Line)
The Pit ( great ribs, Bed Sty)
Dubrow's ( Kings Hwy)
Willy's Lemon Ice ( Atlantic Ave,)

Aug 21, 2014
foodwhisperer in Outer Boroughs

Best sashimi-only omakase (not in an annoying way!)

Please report back

Aug 21, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Anniversary Dinner in Tribeca

-1 for American Cut, I returned my pastrami steak. It was just about raw, place was too dark to see color. I'll stick with Wolfgang for steak in Tribeca.

Aug 21, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

10 day trip to NYC, input requested!

I agree with all in your post Pookipichu. Except I think Golden Unicorn's dim sum is very good ( was there yesterday), I prefer it to Jing Fong. If they want the cart experience OP won't get that at Hakkasan. Hakkasan has hit and miss dishes. Many dishes are same as places like Golden Unicorn but with an extra added ingredient like a mushroom ,and if the mushroom falls off its the same, but for several dollars more than Golden Unicorn. Overrall food quality is better at Hakkasan, but atmosphere is less stiff at GU , less fancy too.

Aug 21, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Japanese - East Vill/LES/Soho/Nolita

+1 Blue Ribbon Izakaya ( best choice)
Yokocho
Robataya ( counter)
Sushi Samba

Blue Ribbon reviews that OP refers to are to be disregarded. As all other posters on the thread say, the food is great. Sushi omakase at the sushi bar is amazing. Skewers (scallops, etc) great, bone marrow delicious, Tongue tastes great, oxtail bone marrow rice recommend,,,,, everything is fantastic.

Aug 21, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Good Fried Chicken in the City

Georgia's
Blue Ribbon Chicken
Bubby's
Golden Unicorn half chicken
Popeye's spicy ( ok shoot me)

Joints around Canal & 6th

I go to Walker's weekly, if you are intend to be in the bar area , it is a loud place. Possibly the best burgers in town though.
Cercle Rouge is much quieter. Odeon Is moderately quiet. Not sure if Bistro-y relates to Pubby.

Aug 19, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Anniversary Dinner in Tribeca

I agree with your statement that Nobu hasn't gone downhill. I have been there recently, and the food basically is the same as always. Of course some sushi chefs are better than others. Shin-san passed away and he was their best IMO. Anyway, they were the first place with jalapeño yellowtail and that is a must dish there, the King crab tempura also is a good one . Although BKeats doesn't recommend the "new style sashimi" , i happen to like that dish.
I agree that the other Tribeca choices will be a better option. Your recommendation of Batard, seems like a good choice. I have not yet been there, but I bet it is really good. Jungsik is far better than Nobu, Bouley would surely be a good choice. Brushstroke would be my number one pick. Rosanjin would also be a very good choice. Mark Forgione, although some dishes are really good, I don't think it would be "special" enough for the occasion.

Aug 19, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Best sashimi-only omakase (not in an annoying way!)

You can get a sashimi only omakase at all of the places you mentioned. Ichimura would start you out with his aged /fermented items ( served all at once) but then would continue giving you the rest of the meal all sashimi, a few pieces at a time, and a chawanmushi.
Sushi Gari has a sashimi option, as I used to order both sashimi and then sushi in the same meal, the last time I did that they charged me double.
15 East would certainly accommodate you .Just let him know "no carbs", not sure if that would include fruit for dessert or not.
Dojo , although I am not a big fan of the place, I will say that the female Japanese sushi chef, is as good as David the owner. So you won't go wrong with her.
I don't recommend Kyo Ya for a sashimi meal. I don't recommend Yasuda for anything. I do recommend Blue Ribbon Izakaya, as I have had some very creative sashimi dishes. I had a delicious scallop sliced in half and filled with uni and shiso the other day.

Aug 19, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan