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Tempura Matsui

All I want is the tempura, I don't need most of the other dishes. I have never had good tempura in US. I look forward to trying Matsui.

1 day ago
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Tempura Matsui

FINALLY!!!! Real tempura in NYC. Thank you for posting

Jun 30, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

My review on Michelin 3 Star and other restaurants after taking a "tour" for a month

Bouley, has much improved, when I compare a visit after they first opened in the present location and recent visits. Actually my last dinner at Bouley was far better than my last recent dinner at Per Se. David Bouley was in the kitchen, I don't know if that made a difference.
Regarding the OP, thanks for a detailed review. I concur on disappointment with Le Bernadin. I like Jean Georges better than Per Se. I wonder if the OP ever went to The French Laundry, which I found to be one of the best restaurants I've ever eaten in, and far superior to Per Se. As far as Brooklyn Fare goes, I find the chef repeats flavors quite often. I do like his food, and I also liked it when he worked for Bouley. I also think Michelin restaurants in Europe seem to reach a higher level of dining. I also, find it hard to accept a counter dining experience as a 3 star Michelin experience. I know I've been corrected in that Michelin is about the food only, but it should be total experience i.e. service and atmosphere. I know that's a whole nuther discussion.

Jun 30, 2015
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Dinner tomorrow night - Cosme, Contra or Marea?

I would rule out Cosme, it's really not that good.
Marea is excellent. I have not been to Contra. But based on what others have said
they seem to be very different classes of restaurant. Kind of like comparing Per Se with Minetta

Jun 30, 2015
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Bouillabaisse--best & traditional service

I like the bouillabaisse at Lucien... I will check out Le Gigot

Jun 26, 2015
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How do Manhatannites keep track of food trucks?

The Truck further south that does the more business , with a huge Indian clientele is the best truck there. Even though the other one has the same name. The Kati rolls are all I get 2 for $6 The chef is better on the South truck. The teriyaki truck is not too good.
Note : Ziggy try these Kati Rolls, Chicken or Chicken and lamb with 2 sauces on it and fresh hot bread. Then you will see this food truck is very worth going to. I stopped going to Nish Nush as regularly in favor of these Kati Rolls

Jun 26, 2015
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Steakhouse dress code

Only if it is a Red Sox hat!

Jun 26, 2015
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Moving to 388 Greenwich - any lunch recos?

Since you don't state what kind of food and budget, i'll just name a few places. I'm not sure what the cross street is of 388, i'll assume the numbers go up as you go north, and i assume it is greenwich st not ave.
Daruma Ya for Japanese lunch.
Sole di Capri for inexpensive good Italian
Gran Daisy for excellent Roman pizza
Benvenuto for anything from Philly Cheesesteak to a salad where you pick and choose what goes into it.
Biruyani Food Truck for Kati rolls
Walker's for the best burgers around and good chili
+1 on Takahachi Bakery
+1 Nish Nush for falafel
Cornerstone Grill for take out burger, or BBQ chicken
Tribeca Grill for a little more expensive ,, scallops are good
Balucci for sit down Indian Food
China Blue for Shanghai food
Gee Whiz diner
Odeon for the country salad with lardons

Jun 26, 2015
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another slew of dead restaurants

Add another one, Kitchenette is closing. Many people liked it , because it was slightly better than diner food. The service was the worst. I hope something good opens in that spot. Preferably a Chinese restaurant.

Jun 24, 2015
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is this a good Japanese meal ,or what!

hahaha

Jun 24, 2015
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Less traditional sushi/omakase (like Gari)

Agree Seki is the most similar to Gari

Jun 24, 2015
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Steakhouse dress code

Wolfgangs, Peter Luger

Jun 24, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

How do you tip at omakase meal?

Leave tip on the check at the end. No need to tip the chef directly., just like anywhere else

Jun 24, 2015
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How do Manhatannites keep track of food trucks?

Greenwich and Murray St. has 2 Biryani trucks, serving Indian food. The Kati rolls are particularly good. They are there everyday. Right next to the Teriyaki truck.

Jun 24, 2015
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is this a good Japanese meal ,or what!

The chef at Hirohisa is a friend of the chef at Kyo Ya. Kyo is a much longer more formal meal. Kyo Ya is considered kaiseki and Hirohisa is considered Kappo.
I finished dinner in about 1hr 20 minutes. The chef asked if I was still hungry, I was not hungry, but it's nice to know they are flexible and would add a dish or two. I ordered omakase, but you can order ala carte also. Omakase usually has a sashimi course, both at Kyo Ya and Hirohisa. Hirohisa does a lot of grilled dishes. Turtle will be served in October. Hirehisa has less seating than Kyo Ya. It has gotten popular with Japanese business people. Last night the bar was full. The dress code however is casual. Business people wear their suits , I wear my jeans.
Kyo Ya usually is a 2 1/2 hour meal. So I recommend Hirohisa. Don't expect fancy, expect simple and delicious.

Jun 24, 2015
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is this a good Japanese meal ,or what!

Spell correct is my worst friend. Panna cotta, which can be a panacea.

Jun 24, 2015
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is this a good Japanese meal ,or what!

LOL its not the camera, its the photographer. Its an iPhone 6, can't be the camera ,right? I wasn't sure if the waitress said it was uni or cat's tongue, it tasted good though. It was from Hokkaido, do ya think it was Hokkaido cat's tongue. hmmm

Jun 23, 2015
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is this a good Japanese meal ,or what!

Dinner at Hirohisa in SoHo started with
homemade warm tofu,topped with hokkaido uni and caviar
next was snow crab
then abalone with some yuzu
followed by a sashimi course of hiramasa (kingfish), ika, kinmedai,Japanese Blackfish ( very firm,white meat)
Then marinated kohada sushi
followed by duck dumpling ( kamo manju)
Then grilled sockeye salmon
then grilled iberico pork
the finale ( before dessert) was grilled unagi, house made oshinko, and miso soup
Dessert was panacea with soy powder and berry
Very delicious, great service. Great meal.
Photos attached except for sashimi, and dessert

Jun 23, 2015
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New Korean Restaurant in Tribeca-Gunbae

I went back today , this time with a friend. We had the marinated short rib for BBQ it was good. Tried the seafood pancake again, not great. The japchae was a bit too sweet for me, but not bad, and the portion size was good. The bibimbap was good.
The service was good.

Jun 22, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Is there a better Egg Salad Sandwich in Manhattan than the one at Maman?

Wow, Eisenberg;s is still there. I used to go there a few times a week back in the 80's. My opinion of egg salad is ,its all pretty much the same. My mother used to add celery to it, and I like that , most places just add mayo to hard boiled eggs.
If i order it in a diner, i add bacon and tomato to it.

Jun 22, 2015
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Hot Kitchen East Village's incredible xiang la (fragrant and hot) crawfish

Thanks for the rec, i love crawfish

Jun 22, 2015
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Pig and Khao Brunch tomorrow

Their new Vietnamese noodle dish is excellent. The sizzling sisig is my favorite thing there.

Jun 22, 2015
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ayu w/ tade-zu

Are you saying it was good?

Jun 22, 2015
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good place for a solo woman to get a drink

There are always women drinking alone at Tribeca Terroir. Tribeca Grill and Puffy's also get quite a few women drinking solo.

Jun 22, 2015
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Best ice cream in manhattan

goatsmilk soft serve sounds good. I've never tried it but I will.
IMO Amorino pistachio is better than From. Grom seems to gummy to me.
Pistachio is my favorite flavor, hazelnut is next.

Jun 22, 2015
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Best ice cream in manhattan

I'll stick to an either gelato or ice cream recommendation, as this thread is mixing the two. Amarillo is my favorite, especially the one on University.
Ample Hill in Bklyn IMO puts too much "stuff" in their ice cream. If i want candy I'll buy candy. Although they now have black and white ice cream that sounds interesting. Chinatown Ice Cream factory may have 14% butterfat , but it tastes average to me. The ice cream sandwiches at the Gotham West are really good but I forgot the brand. Laboratorio Gelato has the most flavors that are to my liking.

Jun 21, 2015
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First date restaurants

I think Atlantic Grill UES is the most popular first date place in this city. Last time I went there 3 couples I either spoke to or overheard, were on their first date. That's my suggestion.
My first date was at 15 East, it worked out very well.

Jun 21, 2015
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Solo lunch ideas

The pastas are real good. The cavatelli with anchovies especially.
I also like the grilled sardine appetizer.
I've had the grilled fish there, and it is not bad. Not great though.
I never expect amazing here , just good. And it is always good.
It's part the McNally empire. i.e. Balthazar, Pastis, Cherche Midi, Minetta, Schillers, all good ( i'm no fan of Lucky Strike). Never amazing. But Morandi pastas are the thing to get there.

Jun 21, 2015
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Solo lunch ideas

Same owner as Cherche Midi, i believe .
Morandi's food is consistently good.

Jun 19, 2015
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Hungarian Heritage Festival Street Fair

Thanks. That used to be a very Hungarian neighborhood

Jun 19, 2015
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