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tasting menu at bar

OP might be, but IMO when you do a walk-in at Kyo Ya and order ala carte dishes, Sono-san will serve it in an order that is virtually a tasting menu. Brushstroke you can walk right in and sit at counter and get one of a few tasting menus.

about 10 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Best eats near Laguardia?

Its a few minutes( maybe 10) car ride to Astoria, get some Greek food there, maybe at Telly's Taverna or Kyclades

about 10 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Outer Boroughs

Lebanon bologna?

Call Weaver's in Lebanon, Pa. they are pretty much the only manufacturer of this item. They will send it mail order. Or call them and ask where in NYC you can buy it.

about 10 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Outer Boroughs

Anniversary Dinner - New thoughts?

I think you need more than 2 people for the tatami room

about 11 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

chinese roast pork sandwich-new york deli style. help my dad please.

I;ve never seen it in a deli, but it was as you say "a staple" in most diners in Brooklyn. I have never seen it in Manhattan, but I'm sure it existed. It is still available in Brooklyn diners. There's one on Flatlands Ave. near Ralph ( used to be Herbie International), Lindenwood Diner used to have it. I doubt if you can find it in Manhattan, except somewhere like Shopsin's could surprise with it, or if there is anything like Big Nick's still around in Manhattan.
The sandwich was the very red colored on the edges of the pork , on garlic hero bread and it had duck sauce on it.

about 15 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan
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I've done my homework, but would love your advice on my anniversary dinner picks...

I agree, Del Posto is a great choice

about 15 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Favorite Xiao Long Bao ( soup dumplings) in Queens?

I haven't found an xlb better than Kung Fu in Manhattan or Queens.
I go their just about weekly and they are very consistent.
I like many of their dishes. However, I was disappointed in Kung Fu's rice cake with seafood. The rice cakes were great, the taste was great but why would they add "fake crabmeat"(surimi). It just seems so inferior an ingredient. They would be better off leaving it out.

1 day ago
foodwhisperer in Outer Boroughs

tasting menu at bar

There are many restaurants with "chef counters" , does that count as a bar?
you can get tasting menu at Brushstroke, Hirohisa, Kyo Ya, Jungsik ( bar). of course omakase at good sushi restaurants. Maybe I'm missing the point, not sure.

1 day ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

I've done my homework, but would love your advice on my anniversary dinner picks...

I think Babbo would be a good choice. It is a nice place to celebrate an anniversary. The food is excellent and you can order to fit your budget. You can order appetizer ( share 1), pasta and main and for $90/pp, then gauge what your drinking accordingly.
Lupa will not feel like you're doing anything special. Minetta a bit too crowded and loud. Gramercy I'm not a fan of.
Babbo is my choice

1 day ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Which restaurant rating?

Years ago Zagat was helpful and reliable, I don't think it's the case now. Michelin was quite reliable for upscale but they seem to give stars more often these days.
NYT too inconsistent , I agree strongly with some reviews and disagree strongly.
Yelp I don't like.
I tend to agree with the reviews in Timeout and think they are pretty accurate.
Tripadvisor for most travel reviews abroad ( not for Japan)
Chowhound in general is my guide ( yes there are some CH'ers opinions I prefer over others). CH is the most useful for me.

1 day ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Costata: The Underrated Michael White Restaurant that Covers All the Bases

Thanks Kathryn, I can't believe I forgot the name Fiamma. That was a really nice looking place

1 day ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Trattoria Il Mulino- Worst Dining Experience in a very long time.

I think the food at Il Mulino on W. 3rd St is really good. Tables a little close to each other , but I never heard of Trattoria Il Mulino. Is that a new restaurant?

1 day ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Dim Sum Wedding Brunch recc

I second Golden Unicorn. They have 2 floors so can accommodate big party.
88 Palace is my second choice. I've never seen big parties at either during the day but I am sure they can both do it. I am no fan of Jing Fong

1 day ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Shanghai Asian Manor

A friend of mine from Shanghai recommended Shanghai Asian Manor. We went tonite. The place was full.
I heard a lot about the soup dumplings , so we had both the pork, and the crab. The outer dough wrapper was very good, not too thick. They were adequately filled with soup and the filling was tasty. They were the best i've had in Manhattan. But I don't think they were as good as Kung Fu in Queens.
The jellyfish was great, but I don't think i;ve ever had bad jelly fish.
the fried rice cake was with shredded pork and vegetables was excellent maybe even fantastic,
We had braised Kao Fu ( wheat gluten) very very delicious. Better than what I had at Kung Fu .
Lastly had a casserole of salted pork with bamboo shoot and tripe. It was just Ok, the broth didn't have much taste. i had to add a bunch of hot sauce to give it some life.
Overrall a good experience, and it is right there on Mott St. land of mostly not great restaurants. I'll be back.

Jul 22, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Costata: The Underrated Michael White Restaurant that Covers All the Bases

Thanks for the review. I've been wanting to get to Costata and i'm glad you highlighted some of the delicious sounding starters. The space was beautiful ages ago with what i think was a Mario Batali restaurant ( memory loss).
I wonder how it looks now. I can't wait to try it. Thanks again

Jul 22, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Toon Thai 30th & Park Avenue South?

I believe there are two Pam Real restaurants. I don't particularly like them. I think perhaps when you were at Toon's , Toon wasn't cooking. I believe she is training the cooks that are there now to learn how to make dishes properly. She is Thai, and is a good cook. I do hate their dumplings, fish cakes ( tod mon pla) and other things they get frozen. But the laab, and noodle dishes ( some of them) I like a lot. I like the whole fish a lot there too.
Uncle Boon is my favorite Thai place presently.

Jul 22, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Looking for AMAZING food trucks/stands/carts

Not an answer to your post. But related, is see the film Chef. Very enjoyable

Jul 21, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Food crawl LES/East Village

Why do people post and disappear? It makes you feel like you wasted your time responding.

Jul 21, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan
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Salinas in Chelsea?

Salinas is good.

Jul 21, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Who do you follow on the Manhattan Board?

I thought I saw some Ms Needle posts on Outer Boroughs. Micheleats has been gone for a year, even her blog has no new posts. I always enjoyed both of their posts. I dont remember hcbk

Jul 21, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Best Burger????

Burger Joint on 56th Street ( can't be seen from street)it's like a secret location. The location is the best thing about the place. The burgers are good. The fires are good

Jul 21, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Toon Thai 30th & Park Avenue South?

It did change its name, to noodle bar. It is the same as it used to be, except more noodle dishes have been added. This goes along with the name change "noodle bar". Since the name change business increased quite a bit. I used to frequent Toon's when they were on Bleecker St for decades.
The food at the Park Ave location is better than it has been, since Toon ( the owner) is presently the chef. She is an excellent Thai cook.
Several of the noodle dishes are good, The laab is excellent, the moo yang is good. They will make your food as spicy as you request. If you don't request hot , it won't be.
Their other locations are Tom and Toon on W 56th st.
Grand Central Station ( fast food)
John Street, ( a name with Basil in it)
I was at the Park Ave location twice in June and July. Definitely better than it was a year ago.
Nice waitresses too.

Jul 21, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Celebrity chef - whose got the best restaurant?

ditto

Jul 11, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Celebrity chef - whose got the best restaurant?

Correct me if i'm mistaken but I think of the one;s you mentioned Bobby Flay and Wyle would be the only one's cooking in their restaurant.

Jul 11, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Anyone know what's opening up next to the MeatBall Shop, UES?

If it's on the corner, a bank is a good guess. I've been noticing so many banks are on corners. And so many corners have banks on them in Manhattan especially.

Jul 11, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Slurp Shop at Gotham Market - a Disappointment

I'm very surprised with your review. I was at Ivan Ramen in Gotham the other night.I had the shio ramen, the noodles and broth were perfect and very tasty. My only complaint would be , I think the servings are smaller than most. But my ramen tasted great. I also had the whitefish/ikura rice. It was quite tasty and the flavors went perfectly in my opinion. There was also a good amount of white fish in the dish.
The ice cream stand I also enjoyed there.
I;ve been to Ivan in Gotham 3 times and each time it was consistently good.
I recommend you try again, maybe at a different time of day. I was there on all visits around 8 PM.

Jul 11, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Betony -- menu suggestions

wow, you all confirm the good things I've heard about Betony. I can't believe I haven't been there yet. Lobster , foie gras, corn angiolotti w/truffles, short rib, tagliatell ham hock, ...omg . I'm salivating

Jul 11, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Your favorite tapas?

Thanks for the info on morcilla. Now I feel better about the the food I ate at Kana(~ over the n).
Also vaPaula thanks about Pao, I do love portuguese food, but I guess i'll stick to Ironbound in NJ

Jul 11, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Who do you follow on the Manhattan Board?

I follow Foodwhisperer but i disagree with him quite often.
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kidding aside: As Darren said, I don't follow anyone, but I pay close attention to : most everyone. Yes , there are some in particular but I know i'll leave out someone.I like reading and commenting on all those mentioned. Those not mentioned that I can think of, that I like are Pookipichu, jonkyo ( don't shoot me, but I get a kick out of jonkyo),
I like Kosmose's blog. I do follow Silverjay on Japan Board.
Thanks to anyone who likes or reads my posts.
I do miss Micheleats, i wonder what happened to her. She doesn't post on her blog either.

Jul 11, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Dishes that look better than they taste?

Sadly there was a time when Veniero's made everything great. Before they had seating. I agree the Italian bakeries are not good. They may have one or two things that are passable, but not great. I used to like the Pasticiotti and pasticroce at Cafe Roma were once good but that was ages ago. Bruno's always had beautiful artistic cakes but they disappoint when it comes to taste. Ceci Cela still makes a good financier but they don't look beautiful.
Eileen's cheese cakes are still consistently excellent.
Dominique Ansel has beautiful looking pastries but only a few really taste good IMO.
Outer Boroughs- Staten Island has nothing good ( bruno may be the best there)
Brooklyn: Catania in Ridgewood has very very good sfogliatelle , especially in the morning when they are still warm.

Jul 10, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan