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Help with final dinner decision: Babbo, Locanda Verde, Osteria Morini or...?

Of what you list I would do Babbo, but I wonder why you didn't have Marea on the list, that would be a good choice. Scalini Fedeli would be another good choice.
If you don't want as upscale, Bar Pitti has really good food.

Aug 24, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

CO - West Chelsea - Still great pizza

I like the hot sausage pizza at Co.
As far as the Roman pizza, the potato pizza is my favorite. Equally good at Sullivan and Grandaisy. If they come right on of the oven. Both places pizzas lose a lot if they are more than 45 minutes old. Sometimes they have some out for longer than an hour and those are pretty bad. Fresh they are great.

Aug 23, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Michelin New York Predictions 2016

Firstly, Le Grenouille i left out , definitely worthy.
Then , I agree Nish Nush for Michelin rated falafel. If they can give a steakhouse a Michelin star , and a noodle place, well why not a corn beef and pastrami place, and why not a falafel place.
The whole Michelin thing has gotten out of hand. They should stick to what they know best TIRES!

Aug 23, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Nakajima or Nakazawa?

I've been to Nakazawa a few times, not impressed at all.
Many sushi chefs from the better restaurants in NYC just had a party at Nakajima ( Jado) ,, I was told by 2 of them that it is very good. So that would be my choice between the two . But I personally haven't been there.
I'd recommend Ichimura over Nakazawa.

Aug 23, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Michelin New York Predictions 2016

Agree all the 3's will remain.
I think Ko, Jungsik, Marea and Bouley should be 3's
2's
I think Soto should drop to 1 star, it's not what it used to be.
Casa Mono a 1 it is not in same league as some others.
Since Kyo Ya only has 1 star, i guess it can't jump to 3, so I think it should jump to 2
Batard should be a 2, Brushstroke should be a 2
1's
Musket Room doesn't deserve a star
Pok Pok surely doesn't deserve a star, if you want a Thai restaurant to have a star
it should be Uncle Boon, and Chiang Mai
Noreetuh deserves a star but maybe too new
Keep your eye on Matsui it's going to get a star
Sushi Azabu got a star under different chef, should be removed.
Lupolo is as good as some of the 1star places
15 East has new chef, shouldn't keep the star until proven
Hirohisa deserves 1 star
Jewel Bako has new chef, no star yet please
Babbo should probably be 2 stars
If Carbone and Torrisi have a star ,,then Bar Pitti should have one
iki japanese deserves 1 star
Telepan has a star ? really?
Ok i'm done , i'm about to give Katz's a star since Peter Luger has one

Aug 23, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan
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Iki Restaurant - Flushing

I've had all of the dishes above and they were fantastic. I strongly recommend trying the omakase meal at the sushi bar.
here's a few of this weeks pics. They have 2 types of live shrimp, botan be and live shako... amazing stuff. Iki uses Osetra caviar, hokkaido uni, A5 wagyu, truffles, foie gras, high quality fish. They are not stingy with their expensive ingredients. This place rocks!

Aug 20, 2015
foodwhisperer in Outer Boroughs

Chiang Mai 293 Van Brunt St. Red Hook Just steps away

Sounds good.

Aug 18, 2015
foodwhisperer in Outer Boroughs

Looking for a fun place good for group of 10...

Wan Chai is way cool ,,hey they have live animals swimming around. Baekjeong has a bunch of dead meat where you can watch the butcher cut it up.
Now if you want something fun, go to Oh Crab on Northern Blvd,,, they give you crab claws, or crawfish , or crab in a plastic bag with lots of sauce of all different flavor or heat choices,,they give you plastic gloves because you eat it with your hands and its messy,,but the gloves keep you unmessy. The crowd is young,,,the music loud,,Tv's too,,,,, and have big tables for 10.

Aug 18, 2015
foodwhisperer in Outer Boroughs

Grand Army Bar

Thanks, I'm in mood for oysters, Cocktails, i stick to straight non-mixed drinks,,well a martini here and there but not a dirty one

Aug 18, 2015
foodwhisperer in Outer Boroughs

UES favorite restaurants

Thanks for the suggestions,, especially Vietnaam and Ristorante Morini ( I've been meaning to check that place out, since I love his other restaurants)

Aug 18, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

élan was so not good

Thanks for the review. It was an interesting read. As far as zucchini flowers go, i've only had them fried, or fried and stuffed and battered. So steamed and limp sounds pretty terrible. I'll make sure not to check this place out.
As far as the area goes, Cosme I find OK, the tortillas are very good there . Upland I've never been to. EMP isn't far from there, O Ya just opened in that area, and packs them in but is an overpriced, overrated Japanese-ish restaurant. I guess Gramercy Tavern is one of the most well known places in that area.
Ok, thanks for the review.

Aug 18, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Bites on/near Broadway for and end-to-end walk

Eisenbergs is a little further downtown on 5th and 22nd ( 5th is like 20 ft from broadway down there.) get a chopped liver sandwich or matzoh ball soup, or maybe a knockwurst.

Aug 17, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Bites on/near Broadway for and end-to-end walk

Thanks Ziggy,,,, 8th Broadway ,,, same same

Aug 17, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Where to go for omakase?

This new format , doesn't seem to have reply.
Jado just had a big party where many Japanese chefs from Manhattan restaurants were invited. I've never tried it, but I hear it is very good.
I don't recommend Nakazawa at a table. I don't recommend any omakase at a table,
Try Kanoyama omakase in back room. Ichimura, Jewel Bako.

Aug 17, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan
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Fairway going downhill?

As Fairway has opened more and more stores, their focus on quality seemed to have changed and they are looking more toward profitablility. They went from a few stores to a goal of opening 300 stores. They went public at $13 a share, now the stock is $2. I guess they should go back to their slogan of " like no other store" , because they are just like other stores now. The store near Little Neck Pkway I think is their best store now.

Aug 14, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Bites on/near Broadway for and end-to-end walk

Malecon in the 170's and Bway for Dominican ( there are others around there that are good too)
City Kitchen 44th and Bway ( is like a Gotham Eats) has a branch of Ippudo, a Mexican place, sliders, desserts,,,i forget all the names of the places in there,,a definite Broadway stop,,
Biryani food truck,,, for Kati Rolls and more ,,, Broadway near Wall St.

Aug 14, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Need an Immediate Decision, Sushi Seki or Sushi Gari

Which ever one your wife picks. Both are equal

Aug 14, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan
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Chiang Mai 293 Van Brunt St. Red Hook Just steps away

Went back to both KS and CM. Went with one of my eating companions who had been to KS before.. She said about KS "what happened here?" the whole vibe is so not Chiang Mai. No smiling staff, seemingly the care for the food has somewhat faded. The menu with its pad thai, pineapple soft shell crab, coconut shrimp,,etc
Not authentic Chiang Mai food. And their menu at KS says Northerm Thai Food.
CM restaurant on the other hand, has such a good vibe, like being back in LOS. In long conversation with the owner, you can't help but get the feeling from her , how important her food and her ingredients are. Everything must have the right taste, and everything did , and what we had was delicious. The Jin Som Mok dish was amazing.
I unquestionably, like CM much better than KS now.

Food factories in lower Manhattan?

Streits matzoh is in brooklyn and just sold the building

Aug 06, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Food factories in lower Manhattan?

Chinatown has noodle factories. On some level Grandaisy bakery is a factory. They have a large oven and other equipment.
All the dairy factories in Tribeca are gone. So are the Coffee Roasting places.
Yonah Shimmels technically is a knish factory. Let 'em Eat Cake could be considered a factory.
Im not sure why you want to know this, but you'd be better off looking in the surrounding areas of the city.

Aug 05, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Did I just make a mistake?

Based on your post history, Vancouver seems to be where you're from. The Italian food in NY is better than Italian food in Vancouver IMO. I don't know anyone who has ever eaten at Il Corso. Ny Magazine kinda says it's old school food with old people eating it. 4 blocks away is Marea, which has excellent Italian food. If only in NY for a short time, I would try Marea, and if you want simpler but delicious Italian food go downtown to Bar Pitti. Maialino is very good.
I will await your report back on Il Corso.

Aug 05, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Sushi of Gari or...

IMO the head sushi chefs at Gari are more skilled than at O Ya. Gary's sushi and sashimi are simpler combinations of flavors. O Ya's flavors sometimes are so overwhelming you can't taste the fish. The atmosphere at Gari ( Tribeca) is far more conducive to eating good sushi than O Ya.
Other options: Sushi Seki ( as similar to Sushi Gari as it gets)
Soto ( if you focus on the composed dishes and Soto-san prepares them)
Shuko - I think you will like this combination of cooked and modern sushi

Aug 04, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

What dish from which restaurant do you crave most often? What's the runner-up?

it's the burger that won't let you forget you ate it.

Aug 04, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

steak in a non steakhouse

Lupolol's wood grilled 60 day aged rib eye, is very good. It's a new place and is trendy too. ( Portuguese)
Botequim ( Brazilian) has excellent grilled dishes including several types of steaks.
Beautiful room and new.

Aug 04, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Chiang Mai 293 Van Brunt St. Red Hook Just steps away

I'll have to do a same-day comparison,,, I found them both on same level. I liked the papaya salad at KS better than the mango salad at CM. I liked the Khao Soi better at KS than CM ( thicker noodles). This week, I'll be there and order the same dishes at both

Aug 03, 2015
foodwhisperer in Outer Boroughs

What dish from which restaurant do you crave most often? What's the runner-up?

meatball sandwich - Terroir
potato rosemary pizza- Gran Daisy/Sullivan St Bakery

scallop-uni tempura - blue ribbon izakaya
sizzling sisig- Pig and Khao

Papaya salad - Kao Soy ( Bklyn)
shrimp bomb- Kori

Beet pasta - Gigino
Cha siu bao- E.B. Corp
White Castle Slider- White Castle

food trucks lower Manhattan

Greenwich St and Murray, Biryani truck ,, get the Kati rolls ,,, delicious $6

Aug 03, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Looking for a good Cuban restaurant in NYC

Pan- Cafecito has not improved. I liked it years ago and still like it. The pork shank I think is their best dish

Aug 03, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Recette's $40 4-course summer supper

The offer Summer Supper is 1 snack 2 plates and 1 dessert. I've been to Mondays with Jesse many times and it's delicious creative dishes. I think the $40 meal will be worth checking out.

Aug 03, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan
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Help with Suggestions PLEASE

Italian- +1 bar pitti,,, also Osteria Morini
Japanese food - En Brasserie,
Bistro- Cherche midi, Balthazar
Portuguese- Lupolo
Chinese- Mission
Wine Bar- Terroir
Thai- uncle Boon's
Hawaiian- Noreetuh
Korean- ( with atmosphere) Kori, Danji
Viet Namese ( old but still trendy) Indochine
Spanish tapas- Toro
Pizza= Co.

Aug 02, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan