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Eater's take on hottest sushi places

I agree, iki is the best sushi outside of Manhattan. It gets busy, but not with "sushi people", more with hotel guests and Flushing locals. Definitely not a hot spot.
Many of the other places they list are worth checking out "once". i.e. Nakazawa, Shuko, Oya,
Kura and Dojo are OK, not hot. Cagen I have to check out.
I'm surprised they don't list Ichimura, Masa, Kuruma, Azabu, Kanoyama, Blue Ribbon Izakaya, Jewel Bako, Sushi Gari, Seki, Sushi samba , sushi ko, etc.
They list Bugs, which I like, but it is not really a sushi spot, it is a home-cooked spot,, I hear she is closing up soon and going to Japan. She used to be sushi chef at Jewel Bako, and I think 15 East.

about 21 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Eater's take on hottest sushi places

http://ny.eater.com/maps/best-sushi-r...
They call O Ya, zen-like,,,, it's the opposite of zen-like.
They list Bugs as one of the hottest , meanwhile sadly Bugs is closing soon
They list iki in queens,,, although I love the place , it is far from Hot.. and they give acclaim to chef who worked at Nakazawa, shuko, neta,,, They do this with many restaurants,,, how long did the chef work there? what did he do there? etc
They list Dojo,,,, Shuko,,,,
Others ,,that I wouldn't call Hot,,,, the only one listed that I have not tried,,and is probably the best of the lot is Cagen.,
I welcome your thoughts on the Eater list

1 day ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

What's Wrong With This Picture

Ba'Al is a worthy mention on the list. Palestinian owned and style.

Jul 29, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan
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Yasuda vs Kuruma Zushi (2015)

The OP doesn't like Sushi Ann,, the new chef at 15 East is from Sushi Ann ( Takahashi). Dndcicco's review of Kuruma sounds pretty wonderful. My experience there , was not up to my expectations, maybe because of the price. Also , the chef wasn't friendly to me. I'd sooner go to Ichimura.

Jul 29, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

NYC for 3 days!

Co. for pizza ( Chelsea)
Sushi like Jewel Bako, hmmm either Dojo, Nakazawa, Kura, Kanoyama, I can't recommend 15 East, as I haven't tried it without Massa there.
Traditional food , +1 for Minetta, Cherche Midi ( same owner as Minetta), Osteria Morini
East Village for dinner is too general,,, what food? Kyo Ya for kaiseki. Ugly Kitchen for Filipino, Lavagna for Italian, Zaab Elee for Thai, Noreetuh for "Hawaiian"

Jul 28, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Scottish themed pubs/restaurants in Manhattan

McDonald's is the most famous Scottish restaurant in U.S,
and yes the meat is far more exotic than lung

Jul 28, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Scottish themed pubs/restaurants in Manhattan

Definitely a black market for it,,,but you pay through the lungs

Jul 28, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

What's Wrong With This Picture

The thing I see wrong is Nish Nush is missing and is better than the ones mentioned in the article, that I've tried.

Jul 28, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan
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Driving Hungry: cabbies worldwide share favorite food spots

Pakistani Tea House on Church St. is quite popular
Duncan Donuts on 37th and 10th is also

Jul 28, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Lunch near the Javits center

Uncle Jack's steak house, or Keens, that's where my clients like to go if attending Javitz convention.
For Issan Thai food Larb Ubol, but that is definitely not upscale.
Esca is another choice , upscale Italian ( Mario Batali), a few blocks walk

Jul 27, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Scottish themed pubs/restaurants in Manhattan

I didn't realize you couldn't get lungs anymore. My mother used to make Ukrainian stew dishes with beef lung, potatoes and other various organ meats, and meat. I loved the taste and consistency of lung.

Jul 27, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Lake Pavilion, new Chinese in Flushing

I was at Lake Pavillion today for dim sum. There were no tables for a single. But fortunately, a group of Chinese people were amenable to my joining them for dim sum at their table.
The dim sum dishes that I had were all very good. I didn't have too many because of the size of the dishes. I had lo may gai which was excellent today, congee with the 100 year egg, which was very good and roast pork with crispy skin, which I loved. In the take-out area, they have pigs hanging ready to be hacked. But I never saw them serving duck, and pork before from the carts. They also were serving several dishes that I've not seen before there. I think they are at the top of their game now.
Note: I had a few things from Yeh's on the way to Lake Pavillion, curry beef pastry, chicken pastry, and dan tat. So that helped to fill me up.

Jul 27, 2015
foodwhisperer in Outer Boroughs

Good Bye Four Seasons

I've been there, it was once a great place. Last time I went, several years ago , it was horrible
Im wondering if anyone has been to 21 Club lately. Is that worth checking out?

Jul 27, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Good Bye Four Seasons

It's sad to see " the out with the old , in with the new" trend. For those who haven't experienced service, atmosphere of a big beautiful room and great food in places like the Four Seasons, go now, before there are none left.

Jul 24, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Shuko Just Cancelled My Husbands Birthday Dinner- Alternative?

The twins both made the tamago, the octopus, and the anago at 15 East. 3 of the best things there.
However, since Shuko was the type of place the OP wanted,
I'd recommend Neta ( although maybe on its last legs most similar to Shuko)
O Ya very similar to that style, an 18 or 24 course dinner
Kura - can mix sushi and kappo
Kanoyama
jewel Bako
Ichimura for sushi or Kaiseki at Brushstroke
Sushi Gari Tribeca
PS I went to Shuko twice and have no desire to go back there.
I am awaiting mid August to return to Azabu, they got a Michelin chef from Ginza, Tokyo. A very nice guy, doesn't speak much English. He really knows his sushi.

Jul 24, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan
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Sushi Nakazawa (counter) vs. Ko 2.0 vs. EMP next week?

Jewel Bako has a new chef. The service is top notch. It would feel special. Worth checking out. The chefs name I think is Ishikawa, perhaps someone here knows of him.

Jul 24, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan
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Best place for cocktails before dinner at ichimura?

I would go somewhere in Tribeca. Seems senseless to travel after having drinks.
Not sure what atmosphere, or type of cocktails you want, or how long you plan on having cocktails for. I'll assume if you're going to Ichimura, you don't want a place like Raccoon Lodge or Puffy's, something a little more upscale.
How about Brandy Library
The Butterfly
Weather Up
Distilled
The Hideaway
Smith and Mills
Tribeca Grill
Marc Forgione
Odeon

Jul 24, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Sushi Nakazawa (counter) vs. Ko 2.0 vs. EMP next week?

Skip Nakazawa. That will be a very quiet and not memorable birthday.
You ask where to go for high end sushi, Masa is reputed to be the best. I've never been there. Ichimura would be a very good choice.

Jul 24, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Wan Chai Seafood in Flushing (Chow-meet Recap)

It was a terrific meal, with a good variety of dishes.

Jul 22, 2015
foodwhisperer in Outer Boroughs

During the late 60's, early 70's I patronized a French restaurant in Manhattan. It is now closed. All I can recall as you entered the restaurant there was a lobby that had seating around white columns, and the walls were a purple color.

The only place that comes to mind is Gavroche. But I don't remember what the inside looked like.

Jul 21, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Maison Kayser Tribeca

The baked goods are definitely their forte. the pastries all looked good.
The salads looked and sounded good( reading menu), the tartines also seemed good. I'll check it out again. The food I had wasn't fantastic, but was 100 times better than anything Sara Beth's had, which IMO is kind of an alternative in the neighborhood. So its a good spot in the neighborhood for breakfast lunch or dinner. Casual, and I didn't think it was too expensive compared to other Tribeca restaurants.

Jul 21, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Where to eat/buy pig ears in NYC?

Most pigs hanging in windows in Chinatown, have the ears removed already.
Most Cantonese restaurants serve pickled pig ear appetizers. I love them. I'm not sure about other types of Chinese restaurants.
Salvation has amazing Mexican pig ears. Its the best thing they have.
Filipino sisig has pig ears in it.

Jul 21, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Maison Kayser Tribeca

Maison Kayser just opened in the old Harrison/How's Bayou space.
A very welcome sight. I have not been to their other locations, so I had no idea what they were about. Pastries and bread seem to be what they are known for.
However, I had dinner there. They had a price fixed $33 3 course and a $25 3 course.
1st course Rillettes de Canard served with cornichons and toasts. It was good
but a salad would have been a better idea before a main course. Too much protein this way.
2nd course was Cocotte de Saumon in a ratatouille sauce ( they change this dish often I am told)
served with a side of bread. The salmon was a bit overcooked, perhaps because I asked for it medium. Next time i'll say rare. It tasted great. The ratatouille sauce was great.
The whole grain bread that came with the duck was excellent. The white / French bread was good but not as good as the whole grain.
3rd course was dessert. I had my choice of any dessert on the menu.
I chose cocorico,,, a coconut biscuit with creme brûlée center and passion fruit mousse. It was delicious.
The cappuccino was very good.
They also serve tartines, quiches, lots of pastries, cakes etc.
I think they will be very busy lunch time with the office workers in the area. At night I think not very crowded but a good go to place. Probably good for breakfast as well.
Hopefully, they get a liquor license , that would be nice.

Jul 17, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Red Hook Lobster Pound

Its strikes me as funny , to hear Luke's being more upscale than anywhere. Their tiny place in Manhattan, is not upscale in anyway; I've only had a take out lobster roll from Lukes in Park Slope, and someone brought it out to me, so maybe the restaurant is more upscale ( i haven't seen the inside).. It seems to me Red Hook uses mostly or all claw meat for the lobster rolls. I like Luke's lobster rolls better than Red Hook.

Jul 16, 2015
foodwhisperer in Outer Boroughs

Hakksan dish recs

+1 on the peking duck, the sea bass, and the dim sum

Jul 16, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

John's Pizza on Bleecker

I recently went to John's and it was excellent, as good as it was in its prime
I recently went to Lombardi's and it was terrible
I recently went to Artichoke and I won't go back
I recently went to Motorino and the Cremini mushroom pie was soggy, the Margherita pie was excellent.
I recently went to Co. and the pizza with sausage was excellent
I recently went to Ben's on Spring and it was as good as always for that type of pizza
I recently went to New Park queens and it was as good as always

Jul 09, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan
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Moving to 388 Greenwich - any lunch recos?

Is that in the Pecan space? Pecan was owned by Israeli guy, Gotan sounds Israeli, I wonder if it is same owner , new name.

Jul 08, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Favorite signature dishes?

It's how chawanmushi should be. Not that overly fancy stuff like brushstroke makes, or Brooklyn Fare. It should have mitsuba, gingko nut, maybe shrimp or fish cake,,, not loaded with truffles,, not broth on top,, solid custard,, good dashi,,,, Kyo Ya keeps it pure simple and perfect. It's not difficult to make, that's why I wonder why most don't make it right.

Jul 08, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Favorite signature dishes?

Basta Pasta - Spaghetti Con Uova di Pesci ( pasta with tobiko and shiso
Batard - Octopus pastrami
Ichimura - Double Otoro sushi
Jungsik- Crispy Snapper
Bar Pitti - meat balls in tomato sauce
Pig and Khao- Sizzling sisig
Lupolo- Grilled sardines
Rockmeisha- Tonsoku ( pig toe)
Kori- Delsot Bibim Bap Bulgoki
Kyo Ya- Chawanmushi
Marea - Dover Sole
Cercle Rouge- Seared foie gras with watermelon ( fruit varies daily)

Jul 07, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan
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O Ya? Anyone been yet?

Sorry about not being able to enlarge menu. I went back tonite, and the menu varied slightly from the other night. They did a tuna dish to replace the Kohada dish they had last time. They are very regimented, much like Sushi Gari. Everyone sticks to the set menu. The Wagyu beef was better tonite than last time, it was the best dish we had. A potato chip as a course was a waste of a course IMO.
This is a good place for people who aren't crazy about sushi but want to eat sushi. Most dishes have many ingredients in addition to fish and rice, also most fish dishes are seared. The fish is overpowered by the other flavors. Quite often the citrus is too strong. The sushi with Thai chili was a good dish. The foie gras dish was overpowered by the other flavors. If Sushi Gari is "modern sushi" , O Ya is "future sushi".
Bill for 2 with moderately priced sake and tip was $740.

Jul 07, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan
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