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Joints around Canal & 6th

I go to Walker's weekly, if you are intend to be in the bar area , it is a loud place. Possibly the best burgers in town though.
Cercle Rouge is much quieter. Odeon Is moderately quiet. Not sure if Bistro-y relates to Pubby.

1 day ago
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Anniversary Dinner in Tribeca

I agree with your statement that Nobu hasn't gone downhill. I have been there recently, and the food basically is the same as always. Of course some sushi chefs are better than others. Shin-san passed away and he was their best IMO. Anyway, they were the first place with jalapeño yellowtail and that is a must dish there, the King crab tempura also is a good one . Although BKeats doesn't recommend the "new style sashimi" , i happen to like that dish.
I agree that the other Tribeca choices will be a better option. Your recommendation of Batard, seems like a good choice. I have not yet been there, but I bet it is really good. Jungsik is far better than Nobu, Bouley would surely be a good choice. Brushstroke would be my number one pick. Rosanjin would also be a very good choice. Mark Forgione, although some dishes are really good, I don't think it would be "special" enough for the occasion.

1 day ago
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Best sashimi-only omakase (not in an annoying way!)

You can get a sashimi only omakase at all of the places you mentioned. Ichimura would start you out with his aged /fermented items ( served all at once) but then would continue giving you the rest of the meal all sashimi, a few pieces at a time, and a chawanmushi.
Sushi Gari has a sashimi option, as I used to order both sashimi and then sushi in the same meal, the last time I did that they charged me double.
15 East would certainly accommodate you .Just let him know "no carbs", not sure if that would include fruit for dessert or not.
Dojo , although I am not a big fan of the place, I will say that the female Japanese sushi chef, is as good as David the owner. So you won't go wrong with her.
I don't recommend Kyo Ya for a sashimi meal. I don't recommend Yasuda for anything. I do recommend Blue Ribbon Izakaya, as I have had some very creative sashimi dishes. I had a delicious scallop sliced in half and filled with uni and shiso the other day.

1 day ago
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Reuben at 2nd Avenue Deli?

Totally agree. Reubens and also Philly Cheesesteaks at Katz's are meant for tourists. So is extra lean pastrami and corned beef. Juicy is the only way to go. Katz's has by far the best pastrami and corned beef. I had a very disappointing sandwich the other day in Queens at Ben's. I think people need to go to other places to appreciate how good Katz's really is. Get the pastrami, hold the cheese! Leave the TIP for the carver, if you're really hungry. For me half sandwich and soup is plenty of food. Btw Katz's french fries are terrible. They'd be better off buying from Nathan's

Aug 14, 2014
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Delicious, Interesting, Inexpensive - any ideas?

+1 Ootoya
also
Yokocho
Nishnush
Motorino
Misoya
Georgia's
B&H Dairy
Stage
Ukrainian Home
Meatball Shoppe

Not to start a war with Boston ( and yes I'm a Yankee fan) there are not many good restaurants in Boston. There is a small Chinatown and they do have dim sum ( so I didn't recommend),,There is some OK Vietnamese, there is ok old school Italian on the Northend. Seafood is Ok, I like the Clam Chowder at Fenway ( Legal Seafood). Fire and Ice used to be interesting. But in general most foods , including pizza, in NYC is worth going to.

Aug 14, 2014
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Two very good meals this past week

I've been to river park twice , wasn't thrilled but willing to try it again. I've never been to feast on 13 and 3, sounds interesting . Wish I would've seen the post earlier , I might've gone tonite . Ended up at hearth, for porkchop

Aug 13, 2014
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Best Dishes 2014

The BBQ chilled peach soup with octopus terrine , hazelnuts .BBQ essence and baked bean crumble at Recette was amazing. Also a foie gras ,uni, with black truffle, mustard and cherry was amazing.

Aug 13, 2014
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Kajitsu

Atsushi Nakaigashi is a very nice guy. And he seems to have a good feel for kaiseki cooking. I had the Chef's special seasonal dinner, $185 with sake pairing. ( you seem to get substantially more sake if you buy a bottle instead of pairing.) . This8 course meal is quite filling, and as Coasts said, the rice or noodle dish at the end you don't have to finish. Actually they gave us a "to-go" bag with our black truffle rice. The soba dish was out of this world and served cold. The first course was based around tomato, which included tomato mouses, a pretty and very delicious dish. I'm having computer problem so can't post any pics. The meal in general was very good. The vibe eating at the counter was better than at the original location. I strongly recommend the counter over a table. The interaction and observing the chef prepare each dish is an important part of the experience. The meal was pretty much traditional , as compared to what you would get in a restaurant of this type in Kyoto. Although, I liked the food a lot, it wasn't as good as what I've eaten in Kyoto. As far as the presentation, many of the dishes looked nice, but some could have been somewhat more artistic or creative or prettier,,, maybe a couple of flowers.
In any case, I strongly recommend Kajitsu. They opened a restaurant downstairs that does ala carte and serves fish. They also have a tea shop in this location on 39th Street.

Aug 11, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Reuben at 2nd Avenue Deli?

Katz's has Reubens, katz's isn't kosher.

Aug 11, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

NYC's Underground Japanese Eats

Sounds like a film I want to see

Aug 11, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Diner

thanks for reporting back. So many OP's never get back with where they went.

Aug 11, 2014
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Le Bernardin Tasting Menu for Lunch in the Lounge

I'm an old geezer that takes young women to Le Bernadin ( which I think has gone downhill in the last couple of years). I also take young women to Pig and Khao, and Yokocho, Marea and Ippudo, actually . Anywhere, if i'm hungry and they are hungry. None are mistresses and some are good friends. I think the OP needs his own private restaurant. Where there are no other people. OP seems to be obsessed with those around him. Hates Le Bernadin clientele, and hates 15 East clientele.

Aug 08, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan
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NYC's Underground Japanese Eats

I ate at Mitsuwa today ( not Manhattan) , I had a saba set, but i love the Green Tea Kit Kats they sell.

Aug 08, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Diner

All diners are Greek diners,,, aren't they?
Oh Trockwood reminded me of a place called Mi Chinita on 8th and 18th that no longer exists. it was a Aluminum shiny or stainless diner serving Cuban and Chinese food.
Moondance diner and Market diner used to be downtown, no longer exist

Aug 08, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Diner

Ditto to Citykid's questions. Empire Diner is Chelsea, it's higher end type ,and it looks like an old fashioned diner, if that's what "cool" means, but is Chelsea downtown? 57th street has Brooklyn Diner , probably cool in a lot of ways, but that is uptown I guess.
THeres the Square Diner in Tribeca, the only cool thing about Square Diner is it looks like an old fashioned , stand-alone, silver colored diner. Tribeca is cool but Square diner sucks, better off going to Walker's for a burger. There are no cool diners downtown. Gee Whiz in Tribeca is a Greek Diner, has the same menu as most diners, but it would be called a coffee shop , nowadays.

Aug 08, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

What's the name of the famous coffee joint uptown, where the matron makes tiny cups of espresso to order and there's a literal line around the block ??????

I'll check it out. I know exactly how to get there. I used to eat Italian Food on that block , at the Pawlding. It was an almost all Italian neighborhood. Not sure what it is like there now. I guess the outer borough board may have something on this place.

Aug 07, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Katz's has anyone ever seen a reenactment of a Meg Ryan moment there ????

I think I saw something on you tube where like 50 women were all reenacting the orgasm at once. I also think I reenacted that orgasm while biting into a juicy pastrami sandwich.

Aug 07, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Where to buy onigiri (Japanese rice balls)?

This is a little off topic. But I saw a great funny Japanese film called
Kamome Shokudo ( Kamome Diner) about a Japanese woman who opens a diner in Finland of all places. Rice Balls were her feature item.

Aug 07, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

NYC's Underground Japanese Eats

I will have to check out Ichibantel. I believe I'll be in Japan in November, if all goes according to plan. I was there Golden Week, but only in Tokyo and Kyoto area.

Aug 07, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Georgia's Eastside - Most Underrated Ribs in NYC?

Yes Ziggy, you're on my wavelength. I love when I'm not alone in my rib thoughts.

Aug 07, 2014
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Azasu Japanese "street food" and drinks

You live and learn. I find it all interesting. I remember an old woman stirring shochu into a big pot of tea with a big wooden spoon, and serving all these old guys who were eating noodles. I guess the tea may have been a way of stretching the shochu.

Aug 07, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Azasu Japanese "street food" and drinks

I didn't seee any posts on CH. But I found this place tonite on Clinton St. I think its been there since May. They have things like potato salad, Takoyaki, Okonomiyaki, fried chicken, curry dishes, gyoza, meatballs more more.
They have sake in the glass ( single serve) with a lid on it. Shochu, and Hoppy Beer. What I didn't know until I got home and googled the place, is that the owners are the owners of Yopparai, a place I like quite a bit as do other CH'ers.
Here's a quote from Eater or somewhere ( i forgot where) about the drinks.

"There are only a few places serving Hoppy stateside right now. One of them is Azasu, the new casual izakaya from Yopparai owners Gaku and Christy Shibata, where it is poured into a frosty mug over a shot of slushy, frozen shochu. In Japan, the shochu is chilled down but not completely frozen. Taking the shochu to the next level of cold creates an ultra-cool, refreshing drink that tastes how you wish a light beer tasted: The first sip is sweet foam, then there’s a hit of icy shochu, which floats to the top, then the flavor of crisp, thirst-quenching beer. “The people who try it really like it,” Christy says. “A friend of mine tried it and days after told me, ‘I keep dreaming about Hoppy.’”

Right now, the classic Hoppy drink is the only way to drink Hoppy at Azasu but there are talks of adding it to the restaurant’s frozen yuzu shochu drink to make a sort of Japanese beergarita—which sounds like it could be an icy home run."

Worth checking out. It was not crowded tonite.

Aug 07, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Where can I find great Greek yogurt? I had some for dessert last night

I will certainly go to 86 and 2nd for the sheep milk yogurt. Hopefully it will compare to the sheep milk yogurt I ate for around 90 days everyday in Greece ( Corfu)

Aug 07, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Georgia's Eastside - Most Underrated Ribs in NYC?

The BBQ I've eaten in Texas was beef. In North Carolina I do pork. The ribs at Texas Hill Country were big and beef and tough. I think NC is all about their sauces. But Texas has the flavor within and not so wet and drippy.. Ive had Texas BBQ that I liked more in the Dallas area than in the Houston and Austin area.

Aug 07, 2014
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NYC's Underground Japanese Eats

The food of Hakata and Kyushu are too good to overlook. My next trip to Japan is going to have time at onsen in that area. I also have an old friend who lives in Nagasaki prefecture, i want to visit there too.
On another note, I was on LES tonite, spotted a spot that billed itself as "japanese street food". It was a pleasant place to have a drink and some snacks. They have those glasses of sake with the lids on them, shochu, beers. The menu is has some good items. The potato salad is good. The chicken karaage ( i had it with curry rice) was decent.They have gyoza, fish and chips, okonomiyaki, takoyaki, meatballs,tofu
I wanted to try the potato croquette. Maybe next time I will try the seasonal chilled ramen soup. Oh the name of the place is Azasu ( on Clinton St.)

Aug 07, 2014
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NYC's Underground Japanese Eats

Wow, very related to this thread. However, it is surprising that they didn't mention places like hakata ton ton or Rockmeisha , both having great Tonsoku. I don't even think the article mentioned tonsoku ( which is a great dish).
No mention of Hirohisa which is far beyond the kappa at Kura. No mention of Rosanjin for kaiseki. It is so much improved since its opening. No mention of places to eat shiokara ( just another dish I really like with shoju or sake).
They mentioned Sushi Azabu, but I think they are just remembering when Tirado-san was the chef, ( he is now in Nagoya at their other restaurant). The sushi presently there, is not as good as it was before. And my lately go-to place for dinner was left out, Ootoya.

Aug 07, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

NYC's Underground Japanese Eats

Oh I should've clarified. The place I ended up in in Kyoto, was a Private Party.There were about 10 guys and several Japanese hostesses, karaoke. Lots of drinks. I think they rented the place for several hours. I walked in by mistake and ended up hitting it off with the Japanese leader of the bunch. So I didn't have to pay anything, however I think I did tip one of the hostesses. It was a total fluke that I was there, with these funny, crazy, gangster type guys. But I didn't get ripped off. I once went to a hostess type place, where they had Romanians, who talk to you , and drink and charge a fortune for nothing.

Aug 07, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

15 East - Pedestrian Sushi and A Scaly Foot

Since you apparently, based on your comments, are fluent in Japanese. I think you should have spoken to Shimizu-san in Japanese about your problem with the woman next to you. Personally i'd go back and hope I have a mini skirted open legged woman next to me. However, without scaly feet. Maybe she saw that spoof youtube where you take your shoes off at a sushi restaurant.
As far as the fish goes. 15 East uses the highest quality fish. The sushi chef has bought fish at Tsukiji for many years with his master and the famous Jiro <cough>. His master is Jiro's best friend . Shimizu-san is one of the most knowledgeable sushi chefs around. Karuma is a total ripoff place IMO.
When Shimizu-san was at his previous location Jewel Bako, which got them a Michelin Star, it had the atmosphere you hoped for. Quiet, perfect service, high quality fish, stored in wood boxes ( Bd of health now scared 15 East so he switched to refrigerator). It was a Sawada like atmosphere.
New York is a party , active, city, and from a business standpoint 15 East tries to be more Geijin friendly. More loose , more understanding of those who are not that familiar with sushi. But if you had a conversation with the chef, you would have gotten better treatment and more concern for your issues.
I think the perfect sushi restaurant in NYC, that would be suitable to your liking is Ichimura at Brushstroke. it is an 8 seat sushi bar. Very quiet, Very much Japanese atmosphere. The chef is an old guy, who is very humble and specializes in his aging of the fish. It is possible to have the finest tea from Japan there. Hon-Kokuro tea. It is the tea where you can eat the leaves after you drink your third brew of it. I think this is more the place for you.
I am sorry you had the bad experience at 15 East, as I love the fish there, I love the tamago, and I love the sushi chef.

Aug 07, 2014
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NYC's Underground Japanese Eats

i;ve been to Japanese Only clubs in Japan and they had karaoke. It was a blast. Only one of the 10 guys that invited me in spoke some English. His English was about as good as my Japanese. It was very memorable. If I went here, I'd go with a Japanese friend.

Aug 07, 2014
foodwhisperer in Manhattan

Georgia's Eastside - Most Underrated Ribs in NYC?

Firstly, I love roasted pig, and I've had whole slow roasted cow , in the Phillipines. I understand what you're saying about BBQ. and therefore I take back my statement of Georgia's having the best BBQ ribs. I will change it to they have great tasting Babyback ribs. As far as sous vide, no just steamed is not sous vide, it's faux sous vide.
Texas Hill Country I had assumed would have good ribs. Their brisket is good. Why are their ribs so tough and hard to eat? If these guys are supposedly experts in BBQ, why would they put out almost inedible ribs?

Aug 07, 2014
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