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cafe du monde/coffee with chicory

Most Chinese restaurants that have coffee use a blend similar to Martinson's, no chicory in that.

Sushi lunch in east village or lower east side

+1 for Hasaki. Agree it is decent, and probably the best of those that are open for lunch

2 days ago
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Lin's Gardens

Well it's good to be positive. 69 Bayard and Sum Hey were also on Bayard and open 24 hours. I always like the chow fun at the 24 hour
17 mott ( wo hop, downstairs). There was a restaurant called Hwa Yuan I think on Bayard also that was good. I used to frequent Lin's Garden

2 days ago
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Restaurant or bar with a view?

Rooftop bar at the Gaansvoort Hotel ( oops , too trendy)
The bar at the metropolitan Museum had a nice view ( if that bar still exists)

2 days ago
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Prix Fixe Lunch in Manhattan

Daruma Ya

2 days ago
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Wine Mark up

The usual markup as Trockwood said is 300%. Some places like Landmark advertise a low mark up.
You are way off base with your saying a $29 glass of wine at Marea is $13 a bottle at a wine store. For example the $29 Brunello di Montelcino La Togata , a bottle in a wine store in Manhattan is $132. Another wine I looked up that they had was $32 for a $20, so yes a big markup but $13 is an exaggeration.

2 days ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Lin's Gardens

Are you sure it was Lin's Garden, it might have been 69 Bayard or Sum Hey Rice shop. they all had the same dishes. Not sure of a replacement, for any of those, maybe Hop Kee or Wo Hop upstairs.

Sep 19, 2014
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Nothing expensive in lower Manhattan

Glad you enjoyed your trip. Sorry I didn't get back to you on a few posts. But glad you enjoyed Robataya, it wasn't on my list but I do frequent that place.

Sep 19, 2014
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No reservations

Yep, I agree that most places it is possible to eat at the bar. But some are comfortable eating and some are too crowded.For example, Minetta for example is so packed at the bar it would be totally difficult to eat. Where En Brasserie is super comfortable eating.

Sep 19, 2014
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4 ladies in NYC

The Musket Room ( has some New Zealand hints to the food) fun place.
Salvation for Mexican food ( esp. tacos) and drinks ( in your area)
Motorino for pizza
Docks for seafood ( normal seafood)
Locanda Verde, Babbo, Bar Pitti ( italian)
Tribeca Grill ( very normal nice place)
Rosa Mexicana ( not great but Mexican and fun)
Katz's Deli ( your friends can get hot dogs, you can try the pastrami)

Sep 18, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Help us decide on an Italian restaurant for early December girls trip...

seafood salad, several pastas ( i like the Stracci which is wide noodles with wild mushrooms and rosemary oil, and the squid ink pasta
the Porchetta, look at the specials

Sep 18, 2014
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Best Dishes 2014

I've been to Saigon Grill quite a bit. It is now called Saigon Market. All the workers I've come in contact with were Chinese not VietNamese. The food was always decent , nothing special.

Sep 18, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Help us decide on an Italian restaurant for early December girls trip...

Osteria Morini is a good choice. It's lively, the food is good. Fun neighborhood (SoHo) to walk around before dinner. ( if you're not too tired from previous running around).

Sep 18, 2014
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PIg and Khao is AWESOME

Had the fried oysters tonite, delicious. The sisig was as good as it gets. And those Shan noodles delicious. The back room is enclosed now. New people firing up the food. Chef Leah Cohen overseeing it all. Still Awesome.

Sep 17, 2014
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Hop Lee or Hop Kee?

I'm pretty sure that my friend from HK, would go to Hop Kee and get weird or unimaginable things like Lion , dog etc Only stuff they would serve to Chinese people.

Sep 16, 2014
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Best dinner in the city for under $100 pp

+1 for Batard

Sep 12, 2014
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Per Se's Extended Tasting Menu Review + Photos

I don't remember reading this review in 2011, great review. It just made me change my plans from Jean Georges ( which I love their foie gras) to Per Se. I think we will skip the extended courses. I'll be paying for 6 people ( big ticket). I love the French Laundry so much, I hope my meal comes close to that. Thanks again for the well written review.

Sep 12, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Dessert and Drinks after Batard

Brandy Library definitely for drinks. Blaue Gans has good dessert, acceptable drinks. On same block as Batard ( heading south) there's a place up a few steps, Distilled, has good drinks and some "different" desserts, it's close.
Cercle Rouge is a nice place for drinks and has good dessert.

Sep 12, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

I've never been to Joe and Pat's, i'll check it out. The best pizza ever was in Staten Island, long closed though, Crispino's on Richmond Rd. better than Motorino for sure.

Sep 12, 2014
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Hakkasan

My closest and best friends are Asian. ( including Chinese).
I think if there are people that think badly of Chinese people , they are jerks. I love the food, the culture ( including martial arts) , the people. It is also interesting to see how the Chinese have influenced food all over Asia. I guess that means the food must be really good to have such an influence.

Sep 12, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

15 east (which day not to go)

He is off on Mondays. He is going on vacation in October

Sep 12, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Dinner for a large group (25 people), $100 incl. of tax & tip

Buddakan has a nice room ( LIbrary) could be a good choice.
Zio ( Italian) has a private room, that can serve 30 people, they can definitely fit the budget. The food is very decent. I had some pasta ,and a burrata appetizer , very good. Tasted ravioli good, and short rib very good. It's not in the league of the places you tried but , it seems like a very accommodating place.

Sep 12, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Need a partner for Sushi Nakazawa - Saturday

Sorry can't join you . Saturday at 5, is not a great time. I have gone 3 times thru invites on CH. I don't think anyone would expect you to cover the tip. But it is a nice gesture. Also, the 3 times I went once was with a CH'er the other was with a Ch'er's rez. I guess peoplel haven't seen your name here, so they don't want to show up at Nakazawa and you don't show up. Worst case scenario so you don't get charged, if you don't get a response, offer both seats, so you covered your reservation. Hopefully you get someone to go with you .

Sep 11, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Hakkasan

That's some strong statements you've made. My affluent Chinese friends both born in Shanghai , Taiwan, Hong Kong and ABC,love to eat Chinese food here and they also like Jean Georges etc. No one I know who is non Chinese thinks poorly of Chinese people nor of the food. I think your statement is very untrue.
All that aside, I like to eat Chinese food in NYC and always look to find something different or new. Especially from a region I haven't had before.
I like your posts , so hopefully you didn't take my comment as antagonistic.

Sep 11, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

Ziggy, for regular old school Bari oven pizza ( no wood or coal) Napoli on Clove and victory, good regular and good square grandma. Wonder your opinion if you're in that area. ( this is the SINY board right)

Sep 11, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Nothing expensive in lower Manhattan

As Trockwood said,there are so many places that are inexpensive and casual. Here;s a few:
Yokocho (EV)
Porchetta (EV)
Lukes Lobster (EV)
Soba Koh (EV)
Pig and Khao (LES)
Meat Ball Shoppe ( LES)
Katz's( LES)
Yopparai ( LES)
Fukurou (WV)
Rasa (WV)
Rockmeisha (WV)
Nish Nush ( Tribeca)
Baba Ganouj ( Tribeca)
Sole di Capri (Tribeca)
Grandaisy Bakery (Tribeca)
Num Peng ( Chelsea)

Sep 11, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Shawarma & Falafel Question

Nish Nush is still very good and is still Yemenite lol. I saw I didn't respond to sugar toof previously but I will say, I know the style of the falafel because I ask the owners and workers where they are from. That's how I know Ba'Al is Palestinian for example.
Anyway, I've been going to Baba Ganouj lately ( across street from Nish Nush) the falafel is made with a mix of fava bean and chick peas ( no flour filler) and is good. Their chicken shwarma is excellent and I like their "roll up" pita very much. better than pocket pita. I did not ask where they were from, but they do speak Arabic. In Paterson, NJ the Palestinian places use straight up chickpeas. So Im not sure of the ancestry of Baba ganouj owner/ chefs.

Sep 11, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

I've only had sausage pie there, it wasn't soggy, but it was spicy. Crust was perfect. Had it 3 times. Weird that you had a soggy one. I haven't been there in over a year though

Sep 11, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

I used to go to King Umberto's. They had good red sauce dishes.

Sep 11, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Hiyashi Chuka or other cold noodle for lunch? East Village-ish

Misoya in EV has cold ramen that's good.

Sep 11, 2014
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