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Lunch Near Bergdorfs & One Dinner in May

Second Marea

about 4 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

why so confusing to pay @ katz deli

Lately, I sit at a table by the wall. I get waitress / waiter service. I can pay there with a credit card and not wait on the long line to pay the cashier. I think waiter/waitress will take cash also.
The back counter takes credit cards for take out orders, platters etc. I don't think they let you pay by credit card for dining in except thru a waiter/waitress.
If you lose your ticket there is a minimum charge, it used to be $50 , probably $100 now. I think it's negotiable.
Disadvantage of sitting at waiter/waitress service table, is that you don't get the extra meat on the sandwich, from tipping the counter guy. But I find the size of the sandwich quite adequate, so I don't need that extra meat.
The cost of beef has risen beyond what anyone could have imagined. Perhaps it set records for greatest increase ever. The cost of Katz's sandwiches are only based on their costs and they do not work on huge profit margin.

about 4 hours ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Veal Valdostano or Shepard's Pie with Lamb

I haven't had Veal Valdostano in years. You can get a good version of it at Il Mulino on W. 3rd St.
Monte's has a stuffed veal chop that is similar
other possibles but not definites
Il Giglio ( on request)
Casa Lever ( sometimes)
Accapella ( special order)

1 day ago
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Where do you go for tempura?

I also have never had tempura that compares to tempura in Japan. Tempura here is usually greasy and lacks that "right taste'. I did have a decent tempura dish at Kura part of the Kappo menu.
I had a good tasting uni/hotate tempura at Blue Ribbon Izakaya. It is not on the menu but special of the sushi chef.
If my memory serves me well Dojo did a good job with tempura.
But again, none of these are close to what you get in Japan.

Apr 12, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

The Gander

I went there and enjoyed my meal. The room is fantastic, quiet, comfortable, big and upscale. Amazingly that the bar area is even quiet and quite comfortable to eat at.
I ordered too much food, but I wanted to try everything.
The chilled pea soup with oysters and ramps was my favorite dish. Great for the summer.
Fluke crudo was well prepared.
Sea trout tartare was very good and was a play on steak tartare.
The suckling pig pasta had excellent flavor. Perhaps a bit too much meat in it. I know that's a weird complaint, but it was a bit too much with the cavatelli-like pasta.
The Tasmanian Trout with cocoa bean,chorizo and leeks was fantastic.
As a side, the grits with mushroom and pork cracklin was amazing. The cracklins were perfectly made. That was my favorite dish ( haha i keep changing favorites)
Appearances of the dishes were kind of ugly. I took a few pictures but none look at all appetizing. However, the taste of the dishes was great.
The staff needs to be upgraded a bit, I didn't think they were too knowledgeable. For instance the trout had an added broth. The waiter asked if we wanted broth. Apparently the chef wanted us to have broth or he wouldn't offer it. The pour on the better wines by the glass ( from cruvinet) was about 25-30% less than they should have been.
Attached is a menu. The desserts are great.
I will surely be back, and Jesse was there overseeing everything. I am a big fan of Recette and this is totally different but it shares Jesse's creativity.

Apr 12, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Is anyone taking this course with the old NY times restaurant critic ????

I'm going to spend the money on a good meal instead

Apr 09, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan
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Inexpensive to midrange Italian in park slope

Al Di La has good food. Another choice but not totally exactly Italian , but very simiar and great , is, Osteria Convivium on 5th and St Marks. It's more roomy than Al Di La.

Apr 08, 2014
foodwhisperer in Outer Boroughs

Hungarian food and/or cooks?

My aunt used to make something called kabbagedatesta ( phonetically) ,,, basically it was flat noodles with cabbage and some kind of oil or butter or animal fat. It was delicious.
I also liked Polacsinta crepe dessert.
Years ago , the East 70's had many Hungarian restaurants. My favorite was Budapest. Eva's was a cheaper one.

Apr 08, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Help for memorable second to last meal in Tokyo... all other meals accounted for :)

I recommend Kondo ( tempura) for last Tokyo meal , The meal I had there was very memorable and fantastic. Both food , atmosphere, and watching the chef at work. It was recommended to me by Massa from 15 East ( NYC) .

Apr 04, 2014
foodwhisperer in Japan

New Opening- The Gander

Thanks for the report. I frequent Recette,and look forward to this new place.

Apr 04, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Solo omakase

I second Kura. Ichimura is also very small and quiet.
You may also like Hirohisa although it is not sushi, it is great atmosphere.

Apr 04, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Looking for a fun restaurant in village/soho/meatpacking for foodies and their kids.

I don't know how old the kids are or what they like to eat.
My kids always loved Cowgirl. Buddakan might be interesting, as its design is pretty amazing. The dishes are surely kid friendly.
There's always Ninja in Tribeca for sushi, cooked japanese food served by waiters dressed as Ninjas and fireworks.
Jekyll and Hyde is still alive and well in W. Village so maybe good choice.
Yokocho is a lively fun spot in E Village with good yakatori and more.
Otto is big and fun, with pasta and pizza, great for kids.

Apr 03, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Decoy under Red Farm - anyone been?

It seemed same to me as Red Farm, somewhat louder.

Apr 03, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Solo omakase

I agree. Sushi bars are the ideal place for solo diners. Actually I always make friends when dining alone at a sushi bar, so you're not really alone.Any sushi bar ( except Nakazawa) will be fine for omakase. Big places like Blue Ribbon Izakaya, or tiny places like Ichimura or in between places like 15 East. Just Do It ! <swoosh>

Apr 03, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

New Opening- The Gander

Chef Jesse Schenker of Recette is opening a new restaurant tonite
at 15 W. 18th St.. The food is described as New American.
Only open for dinner at present. I look forward to checking it out.

Apr 03, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

blanca vs. brooklyn fare

I've never been to Bianca, but BF's food is hard to beat. The menu has changed a bit , in that it moved from less cold to more hot food. The wagyu beef I recently had was amazing. He also makes a delicious chawanmushi.
The OP asked for good atmosphere, I'm not sure BF offers any atmosphere to speak of. The 20 courses, however, leave one full and happy.

Apr 02, 2014
foodwhisperer in Outer Boroughs

21 Club for Special Occasion-Review

Thanks for the report. I'm glad to hear 21 Club still maintains a high standard of service and food.

Apr 02, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Cold Soba Noodles

I have had soba from the chef/owner at Soba Totto and enjoyed it very much. I have seen him prepare it from scratch and was quite impressed. I haven't been to the restaurant however, because of the long lines.
I do think Soba Koh is consistently excellent. I go there every few weeks.
I used to enjoy the Soba at Hanamura An, back in the day.
I look forward to Daruma-Ya opening in Tribeca. I hope it isn't going to be a ripoff like Jean George's Mesugen was.

Apr 02, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

French restaurants

Lucien
Le Grenouille
Paradou
Raoul's
Modern ( it's French in a way)
Chez jacqueline

Apr 02, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

A Short Visit to NYC - Trip Report

Thanks for the report

Apr 01, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Asian dinner for 6, 20-somethings in Manhattan/Brooklyn

I strongly recommend Kittichai (Thai fusion) in SoHo. It's a nice looking place and the food is good. Great bar also, in the Thompson Hotel. It's much better atmosphere and bigger than any of the ones you mentioned.

I also second Nomadmanhattan's suggestions on
Buddakan ( big and "special" in a sense), food is good and fairly reasonable.
Pig and Khao has good Filipino, Thai and Vietnamese food and I like the place a lot, ( loud music, good vibes)

Apr 01, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Seafood recommendations

I had the sea bass at Knickerbocker and it was exceptional.
The short rib is real good there too, but i'm not sure what kind of fish that comes from :)

Apr 01, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Uncle Boon's brunch

Try Pig and Khao

Apr 01, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Seafood recommendations

For SoHo area I recommend Aqua Grill, it's a great place.
also Ed's Lobster , Lure ( food is Ok)
Tribeca: Greenwich Grill,
Thalassa ( maybe too expensive)
Tribeca Grill has seafood options
W Village - Louro ( has seafood options)
Knickerbocker ( has good fish, good meat too)
E.Village - Robataya has grilled fish

Apr 01, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Crawfish!

This is what I would do:
http://www.lacrawfish.com/

the fish stores get it shipped up from Louisiana. So why go through so many middle men, when you can get it cheaper and fresher.

Apr 01, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Sushi Nakazawa

$9 for anago, $9 for bonito

Mar 31, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

best sushi close to 55th street, 5th/6th avenue

Blue Ribbon Izakaya ( W 58th)
Hatsuhana ( 48th and 5th)
Sushi Ann
Nada Sushi ( one of the 1st sushi restaurants in NYC)
Yasuda

Mar 31, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Wok N Roll, 68th anbd 1st

Went to a place with same name in Grand Cayman, but they also had Filipino Food and Thai Food

Mar 28, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

sushi nakazawa -seating

There are several high end places in Japan , where the owner just talks to the patrons and hands them the fish. But I like watching the sushi chefs do what they trained so long for. Fish knowledge, knife skills, sushi making skill.
But I will say, Nakazawa-san sure makes good tamago

Mar 28, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Best Grilled Cheese sandwich

haha New York has it's own language. did anyone ever axe you for a sangwich

Mar 28, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan