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Near B & H Photo

+1Larb Ubol
Hero Boy has always been a go to spot for me.
I occasionally go to Uncle jacks steakhouse, its not bad

about 9 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Four Seasons to close

I'd like your recommendations in Philly. I've never had an amazing meal there.
As far as the rents going crazy, rents downtown are higher than uptown. So I'm not sure what 4 Seasons is thinking. Tribeca has several blocks with all retail outlets moved out. They are waiting for high rent payers. That being said,I don't think restaurants will skimp on quality, i think they will drastically raise their prices to cover their overhead. They do however, love the "small plate" trend, as their profit is better on that then on the large plate format.

about 9 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

15 East without Masa discussion

I am a friend of Masa and a regular and agree with everything you say. Although, I wouldn't play down the size or style of the new place in Thailand. He has a lot of financing backing him. His supplier used to be True World, but then went with one of their salespeople who started their own distribution. I assume they will maintain the same distributor. It would be nice if Masa got his master's apprentice to come to 15 East. The guy worked there for 2 weeks last year. He speaks no English. But when I met Masa , his English was very limited.

about 9 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

West Village casual fare yet excellent food options for a new resident

+1 for Bar Pitti
+1 on the places Gforce and Kathryn mentioned
Adding Rockmeisha

about 9 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Degustation Review

Jewel Bako is definitely worth a trip. Masa from 15 East created the way the place operates , the service, how they buy fish. He got them their Michelin star. He is good friends with Yoshi the sushi chef now. The service is better than any sushi restaurant in the city. The fish quality is excellent. The price is right also. The sake and wine choices are excellent. The tamago is as good as 15 East. The anago is quite good. The tuna is top quality, as good as top tier. Highly recommend

about 9 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Kura -- Sashimi/Sushi Omakase? Kappo?

you can get half sashimi and half sushi. The kappo/sushi meal is not enough food to fill you . I had to add extra pieces.
Another suggestion is to try Jewel Bako.

about 9 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

George Mendez's New Portuguese Restaurant- Lupulo

The prawns at Lupulo were carabineros. Spanish Red Prawns or Red Shrimp. Big and delicious.
As far as the venting goes, (FInancialDistrictresident), the space is much bigger than Casa Mono, so if you sit away from the kitchen, the smoke shouldn't be an issue. You won't need a reservation for lunch , just show up.

1 day ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Degustation Review

Thanks for the review. I was thinking about going back to Degustation. I was going the other night and ended up at Jewel Bako, which still has the best service in town. I had a dessert at Jewel Bako that sounds similar to the bruleed french toast except with pistachios, it was amazing.

1 day ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Seeded watermelon

Do you think seeded tastes any better? I think it was great to have watermelon without seeds, as i do with grapes. I'm hoping for pomegranate without seeds one say, and raspberries too.

May 26, 2015
foodwhisperer in Outer Boroughs

Convivium Osteria OR Locanda Vini e Olii??

Several days late. But i'd go with Convium as the food is great. As far as fun, make your own fun. The vibe is good at COnvivium. Where did you end up? what did you think? Will you respond?

May 26, 2015
foodwhisperer in Outer Boroughs

fung tu or marc forgione? realize they're totally different(altho lower manhattan-ish), sort of like who's your favorite child, but really wanted to go to batard,couldn't get in, so i'm struggling between these 2 and oiji(but can't seem to get info on it)

Kajitsu although would be a good choice is not in Tribeca, or downtown,,, So I would recommend the vegetarian dinner at Brushstroke. When going to Bouley I recommend the Red Room downstairs. Mehtaphor might be a better choice than Forgione. Tamarind might be a good choice as well.
Oiji doesn't offer anything vegetarian, nor do I think it is very good.

May 26, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

George Mendez's New Portuguese Restaurant- Lupulo

I didn't realize their cost was so high. So perhaps they were priced right.. They were delicious and cooked perfectly

May 26, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Oiji, new Korean restaurant in EV

Nice write up. Interestingly, Grub Street reviewed both Oiji and Noreetuh in same review. I found the decor almost identical although I give Oiji the edge on a nicer layout., My guess is both places had the same designer or architect. Of interest is both places also had pork trotter on their menus. I think the owners know each other, based on an overheard conversation.
As far as the food goes, and probably unfair to compare the two restaurants, however , I will only say , IMO Noreetuh's food far surpasses Oiji's,
The beef tartare was interesting in that it was small cubes of beef as opposed to French style ground beef. It was much like Japanese Narutah tuna. If i didn't know it was beef I would have thought it was tuna. It was a good dish, perhaps too heavy on the sesame oil.
The next dish was tofu,,, I have had and enjoyed many styles of tofu. Perhaps I am unfamiliar with Korean style tofu, but this seemed like "broken" tofu. It was a soup or porridge like with small grains or curdles of tofu. Also tasteless. The waiter said it was homemade so it wasn't solid. I eat homemade Japanese tofu and it is solid, this was like pudding or costard that fell apart. What was most annoying about the dish was that the waiter saw we didn't eat it after we tasted it and inquired as to whether it had something wrong with it. He didn't say "would you like something else" , or "sorry you didn't like it" and also charged us for the dish.
The fried chicken, was like Japanese katsu. Slices of breaded chicken, but half the size of what you would get at a Japanese eatery.
The oxtail, was slow cooked, very sweet, 2 nice size pieces of oxtail. It was an excellent dish. I thought $23 was a bit pricey for this dish. Oxtails in other restaurants is much cheaper.
The sticky rice in lotus leaf , was done well, it was like lo may gai without the sausage, chicken, egg etc.
The potato chips made with honey and butter was quite delicious. The chips remained crispy , even with all the goo on it. One order would be good for 4 people, you can't eat too many of these chips. Very sweet.
Friends we met there , had the ssam platter and raved about it. Nothing I had reminded me of any Korean food i've ever had. I didn't recognize any Korean flavors either. Im sure if I had the pork belly with kimchi they offer , i'd retract that statement, I've had oxtails in Korean restaurants and they were not sweet like this. Never had Korean friend chicken like this, nor beef tartare like this. I have gotten beef tartare in many Korean restaurants served totally different from Oiji.
If i go back, big IF, i'd get the scam platter and the pork belly.
FYI I've been to Noreetuh 4 times and never had a dish I didn't love.
photos of chips, beef tartare and tofu attached

May 26, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Oiji, new Korean restaurant in EV

the eggs were scrambled in that pile with some other veggies and meat. We also had some shrimp with heads still on, to fill out the meal, and some fresh mango.

May 26, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

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

May 21, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

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
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

What are they thinking at Mamoun's?

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

May 16, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan
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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
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

15 East without Masa discussion

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

May 13, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

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
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

15 East without Masa discussion

He is moving to Thailand with his wife

May 12, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan
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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
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

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