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Wine stemware on Bowery: restaurant supply stores?

I went to the place 1 storefront south of the SE corner of rivington and bowery. Had a pretty good selection. No riedel, but spiegelau stuff for sure. You have to buy in "case size" which for the japanese spiegelau ripoff glasses i bought was 24 glasses. My glasses were $5, the spiegelaus were 9.

Jan 05, 2014
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baby-friendly dinner downtown

The smith on 3rd ave between 10th and 11th is excellent for this. We have a 7mo old and have been there multiple times. There is enough white noise that either a)your baby will sleep perfectly or b) nobody else there will hear her scream.

Jul 24, 2012
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NoMad Rooftop


Jun 15, 2012
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NoMad Rooftop

Went last night as planned. As it was my 9th anniversary, I was glad to get to do something different, but I will not do the roof experience again. It is just not worth it for the money considering that for the same exact price you could eat at EMP or have a great meal inside with better service, more comfort, and a longer tasting menu.

Space: Nice space, chairs could be more comfortable, pretty views, but it gets dark dark dark after sunset. I could barely see the food I was eating, which for a chef known for pretty food, was kind of disappointing.

Liquor: 3 pairings were available to complement the dinner: a rose tasting, a classic wine tasting, and a non-alcoholic tasting. The alcohol options were 75 each. The no alcohol tasting was 35. We both had the "classic" tasting. 1 glass of bubbly, 1 glass of dry muscat, reisling, chardonnay, then mourvedre, finishing with a rose desert wine which was some sort of cab mixed with cognac.
None of the wines were anything special.

Food: All of the food was great. I liked the Soda and the Eggplant the least.
Course 1: Clams, diced smoked salmon, cucumber ice, diced melon, and salmon roe
Course 2: Started with lemon verbena soda then the tomato flatbread. Followed by a really really good tomato salad with mozz.-Soda was awful. Every single table left theirs unfinished that we saw. Server tried to compare it to Dr Browns Celray, but, no. Flatbread was good. Tomato salad was excellent.
Course 3: Eggplant slice with some kind of sausage and quinoa. Good, but not great. I got served pieces of the stem.
Course 4: Black bass. Nice dish. Great flavor. Had some sort of crumb stuff on the fish that had the texture of sand but tasted nice.
Course 5: Duck. Nice slice of breast. Very tart and sweet apricot accompaniments.
Course 6: Cherry sundae. Excellent flavor, looked like there was bread? and some sort of nice liquid nitro stuff going on, but it was impossible to see.

Service: OK, not great. Served the same wine twice as part of the tasting and had to send it back. Food delivered before wine poured. Not enough light to see. It got cold and there are no heaters or blankets/shawls being offered to anybody. Cold also caused the plates to cool down very very quickly after they were served. Chairs could be more comfortable for a 2-3 hour meal. Food dropped off without complete description. Bussers waiting for my wife to finish her last bite before swooping in to take her plates.

Experience: Was it cool to be part of something exclusive? Yes. However, for this price point and the caliber food delivered, I would expect:
Bread should not be "part" of a course, it should have its own special service. Downstairs you get multiple breads if you finish one. No additional bread was offered after we finished ours.
Wine pairings were not great. All felt like real "value" wines versus anything knock your socks off. At least at EMP, there is a mix where some are value and some are real classic winners.
No petit fours, but there was a nice sorbet after the meal.
No "take home".

Again it was fun, but definitely a 1 time thing. That may be the point, but it could be a better 1 time thing than it is now.

Jun 15, 2012
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NoMad Rooftop

Did anyone go on Tuesday night?
Have a reservation for this evening. I was wondering what the courses were, how "fancy" it was, and what the drink pairings were like (also cost).

I'll report back tomorrow, hopefully with pictures.

Jun 14, 2012
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The Modern Dining Room

Was just there on Monday night. Menu has changed slightly from the online version.
Here is my report:

May 10, 2012
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The Modern

Had another wonderful dinner at the Modern the other night.

First, I always forget how loud the dining room can be when the bar room is busy. Asked to switch to a more quiet table and were moved immediately. Thanks.

Our Captain was Marco, who was more Old-school service than Danny Meyer Service, but that is always a nice change as well from the "let me hold your hand" through the meal attitude you get with some younger servers.

Overall a great meal. I think that the Modern has stepped up its game now that it is the highest end meyer establishment.

Opted for the 4 course prix fixe with wine pairings (half-glasses, which were great...lots to try and not totally wasted at the end of dinner).

Everything was excellent!
Wife had:
Trio of seafood, raw
Spring Pea Soup
Quail with Morels
Mango dessert

I had:
King crab cannelloni
Roasted Scallops
Rack of Lamb
Chocolate Palette

The raw seafood trio was great as was the king crab-picture perfect tweezer food.
Scallops were good, rhubarb compote was tasty and not too sweet. pea soup was very pea-ey...nice
The lamb had a pointless tableside presentation (which i enjoy, don't get me wrong), where they basically take a double chop out of the pan and slice it in half. Not like the duck where there are multiple slices, real craft work required.
The quail stole the show. With morels and jura wine it was a super fancy version of chicken marsala...very tender for quail and delicious.

We abused the chocolate cart after dinner.

Great time as always. I really enjoy the food and service here. I'll be back soon.

May 09, 2012
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Seeking Stroller Friendly East Village Restos

Back Forty (A) was very accommodating as well, but can get busy and no room for stroller. Would be fantastic for kids that can sit in a high chair.
Senor Pollo (A) chicken shack, room for the stroller. a little noisy, but not enough to be white noise.

Apr 14, 2012
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Seeking Stroller Friendly East Village Restos

Have a 4 month old girl. She is chill, and we are willing to eat at non-prime dining times (e.g., 5:30 or after 9:30).

So far, we've been to a couple of places. My ratings are below. Looking for recommendations also.
All price points are great, as long as they won't be freaked out by the kid.

The Smith (A). Good seating area and room for stroller, loud white noise kept kid asleep on a busy night.
Sao Mai (A) good about having the kid there, lots of room for stoller
Veselka (B+) usually good for stroller room, but can be a problem @ busy times. If you have a carrier, this would be a good place to wear it.

Apr 14, 2012
doubledoc in Manhattan

Recommendation for husbands birthday - we are foodies but i am pregnant

Went to EMP with pregnant wife and they didn't skimp at all. They made pregger friendly versions of all of the raw amuses and adjusted all of the main dishes to her needs without any problem. Email them beforehand and you won't be sorry!

Mar 15, 2012
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EMP: Bring The Funk

Actually there are differences, although, if you dine with regulars who are friends to the house, those differences evaporate. To start with, the amuses are significantly more limited and there is also no after meal cognac service.

Mar 02, 2012
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NGAM is meh.

On the recommendation of another thread here on CH, I checked out ngam on 13th and 3rd last night. I had been hesitant because the yelp reviews were "shilly". I mean, every time I walk by, its empty. If it was that good, surely there would have been some buzz by now...I wish that I had trusted my initial instinct to stay far away.

930pm on a Monday, music is literally BLARING which sucks, but there are actually people eating here, which makes me feel a little better.

Wife had the papaya pad thai, which actually was pretty good. Like a moo-shu cabbage pad thai.
I had the pork belly on the suggestion of the waiter. Wrong choice altogether. Absolutely zero edible meat from the belly. I have never had this happen when I have ordered belly before. I mean even at the cheapo sichuan places you get some meat along with the fat. It was gross. Overly sweet, served on a bed of red cabbage slaw that literally looked like loose stool. Not appealing at all.

Waitstaff equally needs extensive training, but it is clear that the owner/chef dont seem interested in doing anything about it. Both were there last night, and while we were trying to flag down our waiter to get a check to leave (which took 20 minutes, no lie), both saw us, and ignored us. The chef was on her cell phone for a good 25 minutes of the visit, and the owner was just scrambling from the back room up to the bar over and over again with no real purpose that we could ascertain.

For the same price point, there is Ssam bar around the corner, for great thai we have zaab elee, and if you want "fancy" apiary is 2 streets down.


99 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003

Nov 10, 2011
doubledoc in Manhattan

Fantastic meal at Ngam

Thanks for reviewing this place. It it literally right on my corner, but the yelp reviews seemed all "shilled" out...

Anyone else been there? Any other recommendations?

Nov 05, 2011
doubledoc in Manhattan

non european food NYC recommendations

Just there the other night for a late night pastrami attack. Had a nosh of my wife's frankfurter as well. Delish.

Katz's has the best pastrami in the city. Went to 2nd ave and to Sarges within the last month too, and neither hold a candle to the Katz's sandwich....Mile end on the other hand....

Oct 22, 2011
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Bar Room vs main dining room at the Modern

I just noticed that the bar room @ gramercy tavern no longer has the 35 price fix. This was a great deal, and gave me a good reason to visit the tavern room over the dining room...Now that this is gone, I'll probably just go to the dining room instead.

Also for the Modern, dining room is the way to go. That chocolate trolley is simply amazing.

Sep 22, 2011
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Extra Spicy Restaurants, Please

I've never once had something here that has made me sweat, let alone, hallucinate.

Sep 13, 2011
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Extra Spicy Restaurants, Please

Sigiri and the fish in spicy broth @ Szechuan Gourmet were the only things that I have found to be "hallucination grade" spicy rather than just "sweating and nose dripping grade" spicy.

Szechuan Gourmet
21 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

91 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

Sep 13, 2011
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rillettes in manhattan

Went to epicirie boulud on tuesday to check it out. They have a great charcuterie section there, but not rillettes.

I got the head cheese and pate de campagne. Both were excellent. Most of the pates and terrines were about 20/lb, there were some foie mouses that were about 30 bucks, they had boudin blanc, lamb sausages, iberico ham, thai sausages, and some other randoms...

I half wish this place was easier for me to get to (Im in E Village), but half thankful that it's not, because I would probably need bypass surgery sooner rather than later.

Epicerie Boulud
1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

Sep 08, 2011
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EMP Lunch or Dinner?

Was the shellfish cooked, or raw?

Aug 26, 2011
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The Modern Prix Fixe recommendations?

The duck breast has a great tableside presentation, if you are into that sort of thing.

Aug 10, 2011
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The Modern Prix Fixe recommendations?

The tartare is always top shelf, although I have had the mussels as well and they are excellent.
The risotto for course 2 is where it is at.
For course 3, the veal, while tasty, looked unappealing on the plate. The lamb was great, as is the chicken (i know!), and the lobster.

Aug 08, 2011
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Chinatown Roast Meats: Warning and Recommendation

My favorite is noodle king on Catherine and Henry...Great baby pig, great roast pork, and fantastic BBQ duck!

Noodle King
19 Henry St, New York, NY 10002

Aug 07, 2011
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need a new Butcher Shop

I can't recommend Florence Meats enough. Ive been going there almost exclusively in the 2 years that I have been here and I have yet to be disappointed. Always the best quality meats, hands down. I usually place my orders on the phone in advance, but when I do swing by and need a solo dinner steak or chop, they are always willing to take time to cut me one.

As said before, the newports are great...really just a tri-tip in disguise though.. I like to get them to season and tie it, and then slow roast in the oven...

Also, their veal is top notch.

The only complaint that I have is that their lamb prices are a little high, and the loin chops could always be trimmed more (although they did a fantastic job on the hotel rack of lamb that I ordered)...

Florence Meat Market
5 Jones St, New York, NY 10014

Jul 20, 2011
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Rouge et Blanc

I am looking for information on the tasting menu here. Searched the reviews here, as well as on yelp and opentable, but couldn't find any information.

I have only heard good things about this place, but it seems to have flown under the typical review radar screen, which may have limited the amount of info on this place.

Any help would be great!

Rouge et Blanc
48 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

Jul 17, 2011
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Cafe Boulud Tasting Menu w/ Preg wife...What will they cut? What should I pay?

My wife and I are celebrating our wedding anniversary this week with a dinner at cafe Boulud. We have been impressed with the tasting menu when it was 5 courses, so we thought that we would give the new 7 course a whirl.

Also, my wife is pregnant. This basically means, no raw fish, no raw/deli meat, and no soft cheeses. I called up cafe Boulud today to ask if they could accommodate her, and they replied that they could, but they would not be able to do 7 courses as usual.

So, I know that they used to do a raw fish dish as we will probably at least miss that course...any others? I remember a soup, pasta, fish, meat, and dessert....I assume that these will all be served.

Also, should I ask for a price reduction if there are going to be fewer than 7 courses? The cost is normally $125, wine pairings $95. What would be appropriate for a 5 course menu? 6 courses?

Any other advice, tips, insights, would be appreciated!

Cafe Boulud
20 East 76th St., New York, NY 10021

Jun 27, 2011
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Dining Room at the Modern?

The sepia risotto is simply amazing. Had it last time....

May 10, 2011
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Dining Room at the Modern?

Thanks, RGR.

Love the pictures, as always. Tried hard to get an EMP reservation for next week, but The Modern is our 2nd favorite place in the city to celebrate.

Glad to see the ice cream cones have made a re-appearance...they were absent when I was there in February.

May 10, 2011
doubledoc in Manhattan

Dining Room at the Modern?

Has anyone been recently? Any hits (or misses) on the new spring menu?

The Modern
9 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019

May 10, 2011
doubledoc in Manhattan

uhockey's NYC thoughts and reviews 2/16-2/20: Del Posto, Compose, Aldea, Lincoln, EMP, Corton, Breslin, Morini, and more.

I couldn't agree more. My wife and I loved, LOVED, the food at Bouley, but will not return until I start hearing more things about quality service there. If I am going to pay 600-700 bucks for a night out for two, then I want perfection or at least something close. Bouley's "apology" to us was simply filling up our glasses of paired dessert wine, which just doesn't cut it.

For me and my wife, the quality of food is one of our concerns when dining out. As you know from my posts here, we are always looking for the best overall experience when we go, which includes food, but also service and atmospherics.

We have a dinner scheduled at corton this thursday. I hope that our meal is up to par with yours, uhockey!

Mar 19, 2011
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uhockey's NYC thoughts and reviews 2/16-2/20: Del Posto, Compose, Aldea, Lincoln, EMP, Corton, Breslin, Morini, and more.

RGR, I totally agree. Sometimes the service at Bouley is impeccable, but other times, abysmal. Last time I was there, there was a 45 minute wait between the sorbet and the desserts proper. Twice there was food on the table for a good 5 minutes before our wine pairings arrived.

Mar 19, 2011
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