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George Mendez's New Portuguese Restaurant- Lupulo

Erica thanks for your review. I agree with you for the most part about the wow factor not being there. But dishes perfectly and simply prepared although not a wow, will make me come back for more. The sardines are exactly that dish. The red shrimp although excellent tasting are overpriced, so I probably will skip that dish next time. If they gave 4 shrimp instead if 2, I'd order it

about 23 hours ago
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Dinner for 10 in the Village

I think Da Andrea can be memorable. I don't think it is cheap though. A large group might be tough in Da Andrea though. Pepolino although not in the Village (in Tribeca) has big tables upstairs and has good food. Might be easier to do with a big group.

May 16, 2015
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What are they thinking at Mamoun's?

Nish Nush is my choice. But aside from falafel, their hummus is amazing.

May 16, 2015
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15 East without Masa discussion

Masa does a little "trick" with pressing a slight dent in the shari, he once explained it to me. Masa is away this week on vacation. Reservations are tight until he leaves. But there are still some for 2nd seating. I turned one down. I like the early seating.
As far as Ichimura being more expensive. Ichimura raised his omakase price to $195. 15 East always comes out about the same price , all in. Totally different experience from Ichimura.
Then again, me and Masa go back a long time, so that makes it a different experience aside from the fish.
I think if Taka at Blue Ribbon Izakaya has great skill. I also think if they put him in 15 East, with what I feel is better quality fish than BR, and real fresh wasabi, Taka could excel. Would he be as good as Masa? Nope. No one will be as good as Masa.

May 16, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

George Mendez's New Portuguese Restaurant- Lupulo

Thanks ZaZa for the response. The only issue I have with the place is their vent system is not great, and if you sit close to the burning coals/wood you leave smelling smokey.

May 16, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Kanoyama - still pretty damn great

I was going crazy here trying to remember the name. I used to go to Iso all the time. At that time, it was one of the better sushi spots. I also went to a big birthday bash for Keith Haring at the Palladium back then. I still have the Tshirt from that night, signed by Keith.

May 16, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

George Mendez's New Portuguese Restaurant- Lupulo

Interesting post FW,,,, hmmm i love talking to myself lol

Kanoyama - still pretty damn great

Kanoyama had a different name,,, i'm thing when i'm typing. Nobu-san worked there.I can't remember the name.
I always get the Super Omakase with Nobu. It used to have no price, as it was ala carte, but he recently changed it to a set price and set number of pieces.

May 16, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Kanoyama - still pretty damn great

i like their gyoza. I also like their oyster with uni and ikura.
I just looked at the menu and they have 16 pieces of sushi for $54,, also you had omakase for $30,,, how come it always costs me at least $150 for omakase.
did you eat in back with Nobu-san or in front in main restaurant?

May 14, 2015
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15 East without Masa discussion

Read other posts , and you will see Arizona is not where he is going

May 13, 2015
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Geo Si Gi – A Korean Gamja Tang Specialist In Flushing

I look forward to your upcoming posts. I'll give Bada a try.
I've been hitting the Korean cafes along Northern Blvd.

May 12, 2015
foodwhisperer in Outer Boroughs

George Mendez's New Portuguese Restaurant- Lupulo

I haven't seen any posts on Lupulo. It is located on 29th and 6th. It seems even that neighborhood is getting hot. The room is quite nice, with a huge counter to eat at , as well as many tables. The place smells like wood and/or charcoal burning, I guess because they are burning quite a bit of it. Many of the dishes offered are charcoal grilled. Actually they could use a better vent system.
The food is fantastic. if you close your eyes and taste the sardines, it will bring you back to Portugal. These sardines are fantastic. Grilled with a touch of salt.
The red shrimp from Spain , with heads on and charcoal grilled are sweet and flavored perfectly , for another amazing dish.
The chicken liver pate, had a good taste but it was a bit dry to me. I prefer a smoother pate.
The grilled lamb was cooked to perfection, seasoned exactly right. A great dish.
I noticed people enjoying the bacalao dish served in a pot with egg, potato , and not sure what else ( see menu pages). It looked great.
Also the octopus dish looked quite good. I was told the octopus was tender and flavorful.
There are lots of dishes to try, I will surely be back. I need to get some more of their cucumber gelato/sorbet.
Has anyone else been there? I'd like to hear your comments. If you go early, there is not problem getting a seat. If you go after 8, forgettaboutit

May 12, 2015
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15 East without Masa discussion

He is moving to Thailand with his wife

May 12, 2015
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another slew of dead restaurants

Many places more definitive of Tribeca than Bubby's, have come and gone. Some of those are
Hamburger Harry's, How's Bayou, Riverrun, Tommy Tang's, Teddy's, Bazzini's, Sea Wok, Delphi, Capsouto Freres, Mudd Club,Tier3, Montachet, and all the dairy places like Hotel Bar Butter , and Kubrick's Coffee Roasting Plant, on and on.
In any case there hasn't been a mass wipeout before. A whole block on Church St and Warren ( bargain stores, cheap Pakistani restaurants etc), the block mentioned with Racoon Lodge and NY Dolls,Mangez aver moi etc,,, We also lost recently The Harrison, Tribeca Pizza, Telepan Local, Dry cleaners, nail place, Deli,
Landlords are moving them all out and going to replace with banks, Calvin Kleins, Banana Republic, etc,,, The character of Tribeca will disappear. Surviving definitive places are Puffy's, Odeon, Tribeca Grill, Gee Wiz, Takahachi, Bouley,
Gigino,, there are many more that have been here for a while. I just hope we keep some neighborhood feel in Tribeca.

May 11, 2015
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Oiji, new Korean restaurant in EV

my spam scrambled egg breakfast sunday. Of course with rice.

May 11, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Suggestions for egg custard tarts in Chinatown (or anyplace else in Manhattan)?

I had amazing ones in Queens today at Lake Pavillion. Right out of the oven.

May 11, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

15 East without Masa discussion

Masa is a sushi master. He trained most of the others working there except for the older Japanese chef. Masa has a relationship with the people that sell him the fish. He knows how to prep the fish, age the fish, cut the fish etc. He trained for years in Japan, He definitely is more skilled than the others there. Therefore, the result is better sushi. He has his technique of rice making. But I am certain he passed that info on to others , so they can do that. He does have a special technique of forming the shari to make sushi.
He has taught others there how to make the tamago, and how to make the octopus and the anago. 3 amazing dishes at 15 East. So I don't think those will change. There are things about fish that only Masa knows. He can take the tail of a tuna, which others tend to discard , and do some knife work on it and a little sear , a touch of sea salt, and it turns into deliciousness.
When you were there, Masa still supervised, still bought the fish, still was in charge. That will be different when he leaves. There was a time when another sushi chef was at 15 East for a couple of weeks. That person trained with Masa's master. He was only here for a visit but then went back to Japan to work at his Master's shop. Perhaps he will be recruited. He has been trained well. Or perhaps, another excellent sushi chef, like Taka from Blue Ribbon will be recruited, that might result in far better sushi than Blue Ribbon has presently and although it might not be the same as Masa's style, but great in its own right.
Bottom line is, 15 East will survive, as Jewel Bako survived. But it won't be the same. Masa will be missed, he is the Best.

Lake Pavilion, new Chinese in Flushing

I had enjoyed Lake Pavillion since its opening. However, when I was there in twice in March and April, the fish was not as good as previously. I was there this week for dinner and the fish was very good. It seemed that they were back on track.
I went for dim sum today, the last time I was very disappointed . But everything seemed great today. Last time the lo may gai was horrible, today it was excellent. The dan tat were amongst the best I've ever had. Right out of the kitchen, perfect consistency, warm and crispy crust.

May 11, 2015
foodwhisperer in Outer Boroughs

Queens Night Market kickoff tonight

It looks great. I have to check it out. The article said it is going on every Saturday until October. But it didn't say what time it opens or closes. Does anyone know the hours?

May 11, 2015
foodwhisperer in Outer Boroughs

Geo Si Gi – A Korean Gamja Tang Specialist In Flushing

Thanks for the review. Although you were disappointed with the dish you hoped would be great. I need a go to spot for Korean other than BBQ. This seems to be a good place with perfect location for me.

May 11, 2015
foodwhisperer in Outer Boroughs

Seeking Cantonese restaurant in NYC for banquet for 100

I recommend Lake Pavillion. They are conveniently located right off LIE on Main St., they have a big parking lot. They have several banquet rooms , and the food is very good. Today I went and had dim sum, it was excellent. They have nice stews, and great fish, and crab dishes. Also , many kinds of alcohol from low to high end. Here's a pic of the dim sum I ate today. The dan tat ( egg custard, not in the photo) was equal to the best I've had. Hot right out of the oven, crispy crust.

May 11, 2015
foodwhisperer in Outer Boroughs

Suggestions for egg custard tarts in Chinatown (or anyplace else in Manhattan)?

QQ Bakery on E. Bway
EB Corp (corner bakery) ( formerly Golden Carriage)Ebway and rutgers/essex
those remain my favorites.. Serious Eats has these listed in Scoops link, but I don't think they included them in their judging. They chose their 10 favorite places. Anyway, I go to EB everyday, and get my cha siu bao and dan tat.

May 09, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Italian Restaurant near NYU

Yes, Otto is always very loud. But the OP wants a place where his NYU student could go back to. Loud is bad to us, but good to the kids.:)

May 09, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Old Homestead recs?

Don't consider the Kobe Beef, it's a ripoff. If driving look for parking South of there, near W12th St. and Washington, or Gaansvoort and Greenwich.

May 08, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Italian Restaurant near NYU

Villa Mosconi is totally as old school as it gets. A favorite of the Genovese family members.
Da Andrea is more upscale and no old school dishes. But the food is real good.
Monte's is old school but I hate the food there , i don't recommend.
**Otto** is in the area and reasonable and probably the best choice. it is frequented by NYU students, they serve pizzas as well as pastas and mains.
Gene's is Old School and reasonable, not a bad choice.
+3 on Bar Pitti ,it is fantastic ( cash only) a bit more expensive than the others , but great food, i love their meatballs.

May 08, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan
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Been to Jungsik lately?

I haven't been to Jungsik in many months. After seeing Jungsik people now at Noreetuh, I felt it was time to visit Jungsik again. So tonite was the night.
The restaurant was full but we were lucky enough to get a table at our desired time. Warm greetings when we got there. it is nice to be recognized by staff and given such greetings.
Much of the staff changed but the service is still very good. The chef is the same, I was told and the food is exquisite.
Yes there are many threads on Jungsik, but I thought I'd start a new one, because this restaurant is fantastic and underrated. The meal I had tonite was far superior to the last meal I had at Per Se ( just to put it in perspective).
The menu changed in that there are no more large and small dishes a la carte. One size and that's the large. The tasting menu is $160, quite a fair price. You leave very satisfied, in fact slightly too much food.
They have a portable wine cruvinet system ( I forgot the name of it), so high end wines can be gotten by the glass.I had a few good ones. They do a 3 oz and a 5 oz. size. So you can design your own pairing.
I didn't take notes , but my blurry pictures will help me remember the dishes.
The banchan was terrific. the rods ( see pic) had eel inside, they had the "lollypop" of korean fried chicken ( one of my favorite things), and several other little tastes ( see pic).
Not in photo was my first course of bibim starter ( tomato, arugula, sorbet) a refreshing amazing start ( substituted for the egg)
Egg with Truffle sauce ( see photo) my fellow eater said it was amazing.
Fried Oyster- was so good , great flavors ( see pic)
Braised octopus was very delicious,,,
scallop dish was a great dish, ( photo of it I think came out good too)
Crispy red snapper- they do really well, the skin so crispy,,accompanied by very tasty and different salsa. Perfect together.
Congee- Was not really congee, it was a broth from the Wagyu and on bottom had rice. It was quite tasty. ( photo attached)
Wagyu Beef- a nice size piece of good quality Wagyu, cooked to perfection ( no pic) it looked so good ate it before remembering to shoot pic.
Dessert was 3 rounds, all great.
They also have a rice shochu,, strong but tasty.
Sorry for not giving lengthy descriptions, drank too much but it was a delicious meal.
I urge those who haven't been there to go there. The reservations are not hard to get ( got mine 10 minutes before I ate). For those who have been there, go again. This place I would rate as top 5 in NYC.

May 08, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Bourdain Market - What do YOU Want to See

I used to shop at Balducci's ( now Citarella) quite often,,, perhaps in a sense a mini Eataly. But never even thought of shopping in Eataly, go figure. I go for the gelato and a cup of coffee. I've also eaten in the "nothing to write home about" restaurants there.

May 07, 2015
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Le Veau d'Or

You'd be better off going to a place with a similar name Le Chèvre D'Or, in Eze, France. Amazing food.
The name Veau d'Or reminded me of the one of the best restaurants around.

May 07, 2015
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Oiji, new Korean restaurant in EV

Spam is spam. I eat it at least once a week with my eggs and rice. However, Hormell has so many varieties now. From low sodium to chicken spam. In 1937 Spam was created by Hormell.
ttp://www.hormelfoods.com/About/History/Com...

May 07, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

another slew of dead restaurants

Oh sheesh. That block too?? I was at the Raccoon not too long ago. I used to frequent the place. Mangez Avec Moi, the owner is actually from Laos. Two blocks from there on Church St and Warren , the whole block was emptied of retailers. All those bargain stores and cheap Pakastani restaurants all gone. West of there in Tribeca on Greenwich St, Telepan Local gone, The Harrison gone, Dean's gone, Il Mattone gone, the nail place, the cleaners, Tribeca Pizza,Peace Cafe, Independence Deli, the other cafe and Ivy's,,, all closed. Rents went from $6000 to $40000 a month. All we are going to see there, is banks, retailers like Ralph Lauren, etc,,,, I don't think many good small restaurants could survive in Tribeca with the crazy rents.

May 07, 2015
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