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Sammy's Roumanian, never thought i'd see the day where it would be reviewed in the NYT times again.

Pete Wells mustve been bored. The food at Sammy;s is so bad. I guess it kind of reminds us of the Jewish cooking that is disappearing but I wish the food were better, as does Pete Wells.

19 minutes ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Yopparai is fantastc!

How come their other restaurant Azasu is so inferior to Yopparai food wise. They should step that place up a bit. I do like those glasses of sake, where you get to keep the glass.

25 minutes ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Best Lobster Linguine in NYC

The best lobster linguini Ive had in manhattan was at Bar Pitti, but it was a special. I had it twice there. Was delicious.

28 minutes ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Num Pang Midtown b/w Steve's Ice Cream

The menu seems the same as the other locations. I'm sorry the one on 12th street closed, I like their soup and corn on cob. Tiger Coconut shrimp is my usual sandwich there. My friends from Cambodia wonder why they say the food is Cambodian.

31 minutes ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

tasting menu at bar

Yes, You can order ala carte at Brushstroke. They do have a few different tasting menus that might sound good to you. Their oyster dish ala carte is really good btw

about 13 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Wine Mark up

I always thought it was poor form to bring a bottle that was not kind of special. But I guess it doesn't make much sense to pay $50 and bring a $20 bottle of wine in . I usually bring a bottle that costs over $80. Some places have higher corkage than $50 like Brooklyn Fare.

about 13 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Wine Mark up

I agree markup over 300% is unreasonable.

about 13 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Yuba Restaurant – A New Generation of Chefs and Excellent Innovative Japanese in the East Village

There's no good sushi lunch options around the village. Hasaki is best and if they are closed, you are left with Takahachi ( Ave A), not sure what else.
Maybe just have lunch at Cha'An Tea house on 9th street.

about 13 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

W 42nd... lunch?

Becco
Blue Fin
Larb Ubol ( might only be 5 blocks away depending where you are)

about 13 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Yuba Restaurant – A New Generation of Chefs and Excellent Innovative Japanese in the East Village

Did Shuko open up yet? That's Jimmy Lau ( your long lost cousin) and Nick Kim's new spot. They were Massa guys too. If they opened, might be a better choice than Yuba. I haven't been back to Yuba in a long time.
For sushi, mid range, I would highly recommend Blue Ribbon Izakaya ( omakase at the sushi bar). Also be sure to tell waiter/waitress you prefer one at a time and to order from the sushi chef directly. The head chef Taka is excellent.

about 14 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Special occasion restaurant

+1 for Marea
+1 for Jean Georges but the foie gras is the thing i like best there and OP doesn't want that.
+1 Modern
I also recommend Jung Sik,
Brushstroke
Kyo Ya
Le Grenouille ( i like the frog legs , does that count as seafood?
Gotham
Four Seasons ( it's a special place but I haven't been for a while)
Note: Brooklyn Fare although Jacket is required, you will be sitting at a counter,, I don't think it will feel like a "special" meal. To me , it is very "unspecial" and the jacket requirement there seems like a jacket being required at Yankee Stadium.

about 14 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao (Flushing)....Any Better Successors?

Kung Fu still great, was just there. But I still like the pork xlb better than their seafood one.

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Outer Borough Memories

and they had the original "hot" lobster roll.
The chow mein on a bun wasn't bad, better than mcrory's. There was a truck call Chow Chow Cup that used to serve chow main in a giant noodle the shape of a bowl, you eat the bowl.

Traif?? Anyone been there lately?

Went to Traif the other day. The sweet breads were very good. The ribs were over spiced with something like a cinnamon/nutmeg/5spice or something.
salads are real good.

West 59th st

Perhaps Blue Ribbon Izakaya

1 day ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

NYC 3 dinners

Type of food, budget, type of place would be helpful. Of the ones you listed ABC is the only one i'd go to.

Lin's Gardens

Wow, thats right, thanks. memory lapse

1 day ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Thai Chef for evening gathering?

Call Tom and Toon restaurant ( w 51 st street, or Toon's Noodle Bar ( park ave south), and ask for Toon, either she can cook or probably arrange for one of her Thai chefs to do so.
Mai pen rai

1 day ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

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

I never noticed the chairs or napkins. So it doesn't distract as far as i'm concerned. The food and service being good is what counts

1 day ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

cafe du monde/coffee with chicory

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

Sep 19, 2014
foodwhisperer in Outer Boroughs

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

Sep 19, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

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

Sep 19, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

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)

Sep 19, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Prix Fixe Lunch in Manhattan

Daruma Ya

Sep 19, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

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.

Sep 19, 2014
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
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

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
foodwhisperer in Manhattan
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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
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

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
foodwhisperer in Manhattan