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Where Do Italians Eat in NYC

I took my visiting friends from Rimini and Milano to Tertulia last weekend and they loved it. They wanted "anything but Italian" food and Tertulia did the trick perfectly.

Jun 05, 2014
Rich D. in Manhattan

Boozy Lunch this Friday

Charlie Bird, especially if your booze of choice is wine.

Apr 24, 2014
Rich D. in Manhattan

Keens Steak House, NYC

How could I forget? Seconded.

Apr 15, 2014
Rich D. in Manhattan

Keens Steak House, NYC

There are indeed tons of reviews on this site, but I can jump in now to let you know that my experience this past Friday really exceeded my already high expectations. A group of three of us split the mutton chop (really, truly one of the best cuts of meat I've ever had), the porterhouse, tableside caesar salad, and the mushrooms/creamed spinach/and hash browns for sides. Unanimously, we loved each dish, which is to say nothing of the old world, classic ambiance.

I 100% recommend this place.

Apr 15, 2014
Rich D. in Manhattan

Louro at the moment: review + photos

Small h, if "skate and salmon aren't exactly the world's most special fish," why did you choose them for your entrees?

EDIT: After posing my question, I realized you and your companion may not eat meat. In any decent, I'm disappointed you didn't love Chef Santos's fish preparations. It's his specialty in my book (along with hus pastas).

Mar 12, 2014
Rich D. in Manhattan

Not So loud but Nice vibe

I've recently enjoyed brunch at Tertulia and the downstairs room at Lafayette. Both were quiet and delicious.

Mar 02, 2014
Rich D. in Manhattan

All'Onda

I'm heading to All'Onda tonight.

Has anyone been? Thoughts? Recommendations? Although it's gotten a TON of buzz on Eater and other sites (they have some PR spend), I haven't seen anything on CH yet. In any event, the dishes on the menu look interesting, but some of the flavor combinations seem pretty aggressive. I will report back.

Jan 10, 2014
Rich D. in Manhattan

What's the best sushi restaurant I can actually get into?

Something to consider -- I tried to make a reservation at Sushi Dojo a week or two ago for tomorrow night, 1/3, and was told that the restaurant would be closed for 10 days because their fish market in Japan was closed for the first week of the New Year. Hopefully, this is not an issue this week at other places in NYC serving top flight sushi.

Jan 02, 2014
Rich D. in Manhattan

Maison Kayser Bryant park is finally open

I grabbed a baguette on the way home from work the other night and it was fantastic.

Has anyone tried anything from the lunch menu? It looks really good and (somewhat) reasonable for the location, price-wise.

Is there a space for a sit-down meal with servers? Or is it more of an order and seat yourself situation. I did not see any seating when I stopped in the other night, but I also wasn't looking.

Nov 20, 2013
Rich D. in Manhattan

Italian in the city

In my opinion, Scarpetta or Maiailino seem to be exactly what you are looking for. Enjoy!

Oct 11, 2013
Rich D. in Manhattan

Tertulia?

I probably would not have ordered a single thing differently. I need to head back to Tertulia asap.

Oct 07, 2013
Rich D. in Manhattan

Louro -- New David Santos Restaurant in West Village

I'm heading to the Lobster and Suckling Pig Nossa Mesa dinner with two friends tonight. Can't wait! For those interested (I believe there are a few spots left as per Chef Santos's emails to his mailing list), below is the menu and the cost is $75, BYO:

Amuse
lobster and tete fritter
smoked paprika aoli

Cracklings
lobster ceviche

Cured lardo
lobster and charred scallion crostinis

Pancetta
lobster hash, truffle pudding, poached duck egg

Pork shoulder
hoppin john, butter poached claws

Porchetta
lobster ragu, creamy grits

Dessert

Oct 07, 2013
Rich D. in Manhattan

San Sebastian Splurge Meal- Best value

I am finishing my final day in SS as we speak. We dined at Mugaritz, lunch at Akelare, and Asador Extebarri. My wife and I loved the experiences at each and would recommend them all, but, for us, Akelare was tops. The service, food and view were unparalleled. It may have been our favorite meal ever. The pintos are incredible in town as well. The quality of food for the price is incredible I'm somewhat ashamed to admit that I had foie grad for 4 consecutive meals (I don't eat breakfast!). Our best pintxo bars were Zeruko, Atari, Gandarias, and La Cepa. Runners-up to Fuego Negro and Cuchara fi San Telmo. . We found that the best pintxos are the hot ones made to order, selected from the chalkboard/menu. If you feel overwhelmed, ask what's best. The friendly staff at each place will be sure to guide you. Enjoy!

Sep 06, 2013
Rich D. in Spain/Portugal

15 East without Masa or Ushiwakamaru?

The experiences in front of David and Makoto were very different, but the price points were similar -- approximately 100 dollars per head (there four of us on each trip) for the food. After some, but not a lot of sake and a beer or two, the bill came to approximately 150 per person.

Unlike some places that I've been to, conveying what you want your budget to be for the omakase itself was easy and succinct. I believe the omakase begins at $80 per person pre-tip/tax, and you can specify that. However, on both occasions I asked that the food cost around $100 per person because we were hungry (and because I decided--based on absolutely no info--that I would get more exotic fish that way). On each trip, this included two or three cooked dishes, a series of sashimi plates, umpteen nigiri pieces, and a hand roll to finish.

Jul 19, 2013
Rich D. in Manhattan

Louro -- New David Santos Restaurant in West Village

I debated whether to write a post about my group dinner experience this past Saturday because a) I've already praised Louro on this board enough and b) I'm not sure how often the rib eye steak for two (or more) is available, but I decided to do so anyway.

Long story short -- After two incredible courses spanning 8 or 9 different dishes, the final course, Chef Santos's rib eye for two was absolutely outstanding. A show-stopper. I believe he said that the one group had was 45-day aged (don't quote me on that), and served with an arugula salad and what appeared to be duck-fat fried fingerling potatoes. We had 3 orders of the steak, split amongst 10 guys-- it was more than enough food for these big guys and myself after the earlier courses.

The steak itself had a great sear, just the right amount of fat, was perfectly cooked medium rare, and had the mineral-funk that I seek in a steak dry-aged for a long time. I put it up there with one of the best steaks I've ever had the pleasure of eating, along with Minetta's cote de bouf, Peter Lugar, and Carnevino's bistecca fiorentina for two in Las Vegas.

I hope he makes it a more frequent menu item because it was worth a special trip on its own. As an FYI - I believe the MP on the steak for two was $95.

Jul 19, 2013
Rich D. in Manhattan
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West Village Dinner Suggestions

Excellent choice indeed!

Jul 19, 2013
Rich D. in Manhattan

15 East without Masa or Ushiwakamaru?

Sushi Dojo is fantastic. If you sit in front of David, it is a very traditional authentic experience (even if he isn't Japanese himself!).

Another itamae at Sushi Dojo, Makoto (forgive me if I've misspelled his name), appears to depart from traditional nigiri by using yuzu, ponzu and other ingredients to add some seasoning and extra flavor to his fish. But the omakase before him is also highly recommendable.

Jul 19, 2013
Rich D. in Manhattan

Louro -- New David Santos Restaurant in West Village

Dave - I went this past Saturday and the truffled pork and clams is as good or better than you described above. A total "wow" dish. I want to head back this week just to try it again.

Other highlights for me and my group (which sampled about 10 things ranging from good (suckling pig) to amazing (the aforementioned clams)); the broccoli in textures was a fun, delicious and most novel salad I've seen in a long time, the special of duck heart gnudi was impossibly fluffy and not-overly-rich, and the octopus bolognese remains one of the best dishes in NYC for my money.

Jun 11, 2013
Rich D. in Manhattan

5 Days in SF/Napa

I can second Redd, big time. My fiancee and I loved our tasting menu there.

Angele was very pleasant as well, though, to me, not on the same level.

We also loved dining outside at Cindy's Backyards Kitchen in St. Helena for a somewhat more casual meal that screams Napa Valley.

TANOSHI-New sushi bar on UES @ 74/York

I'm heading to Tanoshi tonight based on this thread. I'm looking forward to it for sure.

Any must haves that I should order on top of the regular omakase?

One thing additional thing to note -- they do take reservations. I was able to call at 1:30 to make same day reservations.

May 30, 2013
Rich D. in Manhattan

Best and Biggest Tournedos Rossini (Manhattan or Brooklyn) ????

I'm no expert in tournedos rossini, but I had La Sirene's delicious version last weekend - it was rich, smooth, and the beef was cooked to a perfect medium rare. My fiancee and I really enjoyed dinner sitting at La Sirene (and their BYO policy).

May 25, 2013
Rich D. in Manhattan

Louro -- New David Santos Restaurant in West Village

I too am very disappointed in Wells's review. I don't think it reflects the level of quality, inventiveness, and just deliciousness that was reached in the food served at Louro on my three visits. I went on Saturday with a group of friends and, in between raving about our meal, we were anxious for the Times review to come out and give Louro and Dave some of the accolades they deserve. I'm surprised by the review, but to me, it doesn't change the way I feel about Louro-- it's probably my favorite restaurant in the City right now.

Feb 19, 2013
Rich D. in Manhattan

Ideal Sushi (Omakase) for Group of 4

Tylerchris: 15East has been on my must-visit list for some time now. It appears that your meal was really enjoyable and the descriptions you gave only further cement 15East at the top of my list. If you recall, would you mind sharing how much you spent on the dinner you described above? Did it include sake? Thanks in advance and thank you for your thorough write-up.

Jan 08, 2013
Rich D. in Manhattan

west village restaurant ?

A new restaurant called Louro from Chef Dave Santos, formerly of Griffou, Bouley and Per Se, just opened this week in a prime area in the West Village.

I was there for a tasting dinner earlier in the week and I can say that the food is fantastic, as all of Chef Santos's food is. The prices are also in line with what you've requested here. While I can't vouch for the ambiance and noise level on a Friday night, I can vouch for Chef Santos's food and I can report that there is availability for a party of 2 at 7pm tonight.

Check out the menu and see if it fits your requirements - I think it may!

Dec 07, 2012
Rich D. in Manhattan

Are crabs still in season in Baltimore?

Hey Doc, how about North or Northwest of the City, in the Hunt Valley ara or somewhere on the drive there from NYC near I-95?

Best Burgers Miami 2012

Unfortunately, according to Eater Miami, Sustain is closing up shop.

Dozzino in Hoboken

With all of that said, I WILL give them another shot, because writing them off would not be right, especially if the owners are as nice as has been shared and the food is as good as has been relayed. Nevertheless, I did feel that I should share MY experience with the place though, and noted specifically in my first post that I could not comment on the food.

May 08, 2012
Rich D. in New Jersey

Dozzino in Hoboken

If you show up at a sushi restaurant on Friday night at 8 and there is no rice, that is inexcusable. If you show up at a steakhouse at 8 on a Friday night, and there is no steak, that is inexcusable. I don't see how you can compare running out of one type of bottle of wine (likely one of many choices of wine or other beverages for that matter) to a pizza place running out of pizza. I'm not criticizing them for running out of a special or an obscure topping. They only made exactly enough pizza dough for the FIRST seating of a Friday night?

I'll give them the benefit of the doubt, and defer to your glowing recommendations on the food, but I'm surprised that I'm getting so much flack for sharing what I perceived to be awrful service and management miscues. Ttoommyy, growing pains? They opened in November 2010. My experience is from March 2012.

May 08, 2012
Rich D. in New Jersey

Dozzino in Hoboken

I appreciate that. But we are talking about 730 on a Friday night. It is iinexcusable to run out of dough that early on a weekend evening. As for why we waited, because it is supposed to be good, that's why.

May 08, 2012
Rich D. in New Jersey

Dozzino in Hoboken

I can't comment on the food, but I feel compelled to share my experience with Dozzino's

I stopped into Dozzino's on Good Friday a month or so ago, with two friends of mine who had raved about the place. Unfortunately, it was an absolute mob scene-- un-bussed tables, toddlers running through the restaurant screaming, scowling servers-- and we stood for about 20-30 minutes before anyone approached us at the host stand. At that point, I kid you not, we were told that the wait would be another 30 minutes and they could not guarantee that there would be any pizza left by the time we sat down. That's right - 8 o'clock on a Friday night during lent -- and they couldn't promise that there would be pizza to serve.

I'm not sure if there was some sort of incident with the staff or maybe an emergency situation with the kitchen that night, but the lack of any attention for 20-30 minutes before being seated and the lack of PIZZA DOUGH (!) was pretty inexcusable.

May 07, 2012
Rich D. in New Jersey