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Zio Ristorante

I think this place deserves a mention. It is a fairly spacious place on W19th St. with very comfortable seating. They easily accommodate large parties, with large tables or their private room.
The service is excellent. The management is very cordial.
The food is not gourmet like Marea or Babbo. But the food is solid and not one dish wasn't very good.
The manila clams in a spicy sauce with tomato and beans was delicious
The pizette appetizer was decent, crispy good taste.
The grilled calamari also tasty.
The papardelle with bolognese sauce was excellent.
The veal chop was excellent, and they cook it exactly to the temperature you want it. If you say rare it's rare ,if you say medium it's medium etc
The tuna was cooked to perfection.
The salmon was real good, perhaps a little overcooked for some, but I like it cooked so it flakes off ( old style).
The sirloin dry aged steak was very good.
All the desserts were good, from cheese cake, to semifreddo, to pannacotta .
The prices I found to be reasonable. A few friends from the outer boroughs thought it was not so reasonable.
Anyway, it's a good place for a good meal and a good time. I thought it deserved a mention.

Oct 17, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Best Dishes 2014

LOL, of all things to compare it to,, head cheese.. I find that humorous, I actually have eaten head cheese , it's not looking that appetizing. But I'm sure it was really good foie gras, sounds like torchon foie gras

Oct 17, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

36 hours in the city...

sausage and onions never ruined it for me

Oct 17, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

What ever happened to Paddy's Clam House?

Wow , that's way back. I was a kid when I went there. I think it was on 34th street. That was a special meal when we went. Lundy's was the other place that was special.. Sloppy Louie's I went to years later, it was the most popular place down at the Fulton Fish market

Oct 17, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

What do you think of my plans?

The only thing I get at shakeshack is the hot dogs
mostly the shack-cago dog ( i didn't realize it was a Chicago Dog at first)

Oct 17, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

NYC for 2 dinners, which one would you pick?

It's almost non-Korean. If you don't tell her it's Korean influenced she won't even know. The food is not spicy.

Oct 17, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

NYC for 2 dinners, which one would you pick?

Jungsik is probably 2 hours

Oct 17, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Eleven Madison Park is still the NYC Champ

Thanks. I will check it out. It may totally change my opinion.
I will try to go in next couple of weeks.

Oct 17, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Korean BBQ - latest and greatest

I haven't been there in a little while. I just tried calling and their phone doesn't work. Perhaps you are correct. I haven't read anything anywhere regarding their closing.

Oct 17, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Nobu

Agree that there has been little innovation lately. But I will say the menu is still considered innovative by me. They still have the best and I think they were first with the jalapeƱo yellowtail. The quality is not as good , as far as sushi goes. They lost their best Japanese sushi chefs .

Oct 17, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Dinner near WTC area with older grandparents

Table is better for a group of people to have a conversation . I was at a table there a few weeks ago , on a weekend and it was quiet. I was also at a table at Blue Smoke and the noise level was ridiculous and numerous young kids screaming. The Shake Shack customers migrated to Blue Smoke.
So +1 for Northend Grill
The Merchant River House, has tremendous view, it's right on the water, The food is decent and the place is quiet. ( except at the bar).
You can take a short cab if parents can't walk too far to Landmark in Tribeca or Tribeca Grill.

Oct 17, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Why is the raw frozen shrimp at Trader Joe's so expensive?

I'll assume that is 1 lb.. 12 per lb are big shrimp. Plus they are wild shrimp and cleaned. Probably high quality if from Trader Joes. That is a very fair price.
You don't want bargain China farmed shrimp. People in the shrimp business say Colombian white is the best shrimp. The frozen part is nothing to be bothered about as most shrimp are frozen on the boat in 2 kilo blocks of ice. Restaurants get charged by the pound and are paying for the water that is frozen.

Oct 17, 2014
foodwhisperer in Chains

one night, one dinner - help

Not sure if my post went thru, so i'll try again.
+1 on Matt's. food is great, but it's super casual, and not super fancy dishes. Great oysters.
Canlis is the "fanciest" and jacket required.
Ray's I have been to recently. There shouldn't be a problem getting in, the place is a huge "boathouse". It has a great view , right on the water.
Their soy sable dish is very tasty. The salmon was tasteless.
I would try to go to Walrus and Carpenter in Ballard. Check the hours though.

Oct 16, 2014
foodwhisperer in Greater Seattle

Is Filipino food embarassing?

There's Filipino turo turo across from Pikes Pl. Market, in the back of the Asian food market. They have good bangus, dinaguan and more

Oct 16, 2014
foodwhisperer in Greater Seattle

One Day in Seattle - the best of the best?

Matts in the Market,( lunch and dinner menus both have real good dishes), doesn't have an oyster selection, but they had the best kumomoto oysters i've ever had ( bigger than usual). All their food is great.
Your hotel is in a great location , terrific sunsets ( weather permitting).
I would definitely try Walrus and Carpenter. They don't take reservations its all walk-ins...be prepared to wait, It's a 15 minute cab ride.
People rave about Ray's, not all that great IMO.
Elliott's supposedly had the largest selection of oysters but they are closed while they renovate the pier.
Try the fresh sea urchin shots ( right inside the market).
Pike Place Chowder good to try for lunch.

Oct 16, 2014
foodwhisperer in Greater Seattle

Elan--anyone been yet?

Sounds good to me. I too used to go to Chanterelle, still go to the Chanterelle old space ( Jungsik) ,, I look forward to trying Elan, and the location is fairly convenient for me.

Oct 16, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Best Dishes 2014

is the foie gras seared? I hear good things about Betony, have yet to go.

Oct 16, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Eleven Madison Park is still the NYC Champ

I only went to EMP once. The service was terrific and they were very accommodating as far as substitutions etc. It was maybe 2 years ago that I went. i had no problem getting a reservation ( for 4). When I went the place was so very quiet, actually too quiet. A very cold atmosphere,( maybe because of the space with high ceiling )..
Is it usually more lively? I don't mean super annoyingly loud,, just not like a church or library. I was there early on a Sunday ( i think)

Oct 16, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Where to get pork neck in NYC?

Yes very different from pork neck bones

Oct 16, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Toro (Chelsea Tapas) - Wait Time / Reservations?

Thanks for reporting back. My daughter went last week ( walk in), and enjoyed the food very much.

Oct 16, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

What do you think of my plans?

I've never been to the Eddy. Tori Shin is good. Tori Shin vs Musket Room,,its like apples vs oranges. Musket room has some interesting dishes and is a nice place.
I'd recommend it over Tori Shin, perhaps because I eat yakitori quite often, so Musket Room is a change. I've been there twice. They initially had foie gras sliders that were real good but I think they took them off the menu. Steak and cheese is good, so is New Zealand red deer.

Oct 16, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Tour de Champagne - "Mondays with Jesse" tasting at Recette restaurant

Thanks for the report. I really wanted to go this month but had other plans ( Per Se). I think I might have liked Jesse's more.

Oct 16, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Anniversary Dinner 11/1

+1 for Modern. I did my birthday there and made rez a week before.
Jungsik shouldn't be a problem to get a rez
I'm surprised you're wait listed at Batard ( i'd call them again)
Maybe Babbo
Kyo Ya
Tocqueville
Mark Forgione i don't think is good enough to be wait listed.
Brushstroke ( kaiseki) very good
Kittichai- not amazing by any means but nice for anniversary
Did you try Jean -Georges or Al Fiori??

Oct 16, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Korean BBQ - latest and greatest

+1 NY Kom Tang Soot Bul Kalbi ( real charcoal) simple place , good food.

Oct 16, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Best Sushi for $100pp?

I thought it was, but you're right it's not. I passed by on Sunday, they are always closed on Sunday. Just put two and two together and figured that it was closed already... oops

Oct 16, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Best Sushi for $100pp?

Ushi is closed

Oct 16, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Per Se wine pairing

I was just at Per Se, Since only 2 of us were drinking wine, we opted for wine by the glass. A nice white burgundy and then switched to a red Bourdeaux. They give a healthy pour. Their wines by the bottle are quite expensive, most are over $250, and up to $14k by the glass varies. Mine was around $30 a glass. The vegetarian tasting menu is very good btw.
We didn't see any celebs, but we did have an enjoyable meal and the service is excellent. Tips are included in the price with optional additional.
Bringing your own bottle will cost you $150 corkage and they frown upon it , as their wine list is one of the best I've seen.

Oct 16, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Best Sushi for $100pp?

Kanoyama omakase was always charged for each piece. So you could leave out certain dishes or tell Nobu-san you had enough. It sounds like thinks are different now and he has a set price. Is that correct? Also, when you say the "new bar", you're saying he expanded again. So there are 3 bars now??

Oct 16, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Looking for fine dinning with large portions

Thanks. I guess it's been that long since I've been there.

Oct 16, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Ricette, The Gander, or ?

"He's the best in the west"
but I don't think many CH'ers have tried the Mondays with Jesse. They judge only by Recette's everyday menu ( which I like) but the Monday's put him in the upper tier. Truly underrated.

Oct 14, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan
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