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Dirty French Report

Here's the duck.

Dec 10, 2014
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Best Seafood Bets


Dec 10, 2014
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Dirty French Report

Two stars from Pete Wells.

Dec 10, 2014
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Celebrating my husband's 60th Birthday

I believe that Tocqueville can seat a party of nine in the main dining room.

Dec 09, 2014
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Best of the UWS, 2014 Edition

Parm will open on December 15.

Dec 09, 2014
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Maharlika: Filipino Pop-Up


"East Village Filipino Favorite Maharlika Currently Closed Due to 'Building Complications'"

Dec 09, 2014
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Best (take-out) Pastries in NYC?

We get pastries and croissants from Mille Feuille every Sunday. We also like Dominique Ansel's tarte tatin.

Dec 09, 2014
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Birthday cake for brother, or something else?

Momofuku Milk Bar has great cakes. I recently enjoyed the German Chocolate Cake with toasted coconut and crack pie filling.

Dec 05, 2014
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Best Dishes 2014

Yes that's the "al pastor" taco. It's very good.

Dirty French is a must.

Dec 02, 2014
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Best Dishes 2014

November roundup:

Jean-Georges -
- Bay scallops, caramelized cauliflower, caper raisin emulsion
- Black bass crusted with nuts and seeds, sweet and sour jus

The NoMad -
- Salmon rillettes, sorrel, rye toast
- Pumpkin salad, parmesan, roasted Bartlett pear
- Roast beef, black trumpets, sunchokes, bone marrow

Dirty French -
- House made flat bread, fromage blanc, Herbes de Provence
- Mille Feuille: trumpet royale, green curry
- Duck a l’Orange: 30 day aged roast duck, Arabic spices, preserved oranges

Benoit -
- Caesar’s salad with lobster
- Cassoulet
- Chocolate soufflé

Telepan Local -
- Sourdough pizette, Montauk clams, chili oil
- Fried chicken leg confit, spicy coleslaw, buttermilk waffle

Café Sabarsky -
- Creamed spaetzle, wild mushrooms, peas, carrots, tarragon
- Roasted bratwurst, Reisling sauerkraut, Dijon
- Milchramstrudel: quark cheese strudel, vanilla sauce

Casellula -
- Roasted cauliflower flat bread, goat cheese, spinach, lemon ricotta
- Pig’s Ass Sandwich: 5-Spoke Creamery Tumbleweed, Fol Epi, pickles, chipotle aioli
- Apple cheddar pandowdy, bourbon caramel, spiced maple bacon ice cream

Larb Ubol -
- Vegetarian som tum with avocado
- Duck Pad Ped, Thai eggplant, peppercorn, basil, spicy curry

Empellon Al Pastor -
- Spit roasted pork and pineapple taco
- Tripe, beef tongue, and bacon taco

Dominique Ansel -
- Rum raisin cronut

Dec 02, 2014
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Best Italian

Best high end - Del Posto
Best rustic - Perla
Best pasta - Lincoln
Best steak - Costata
Best vegetarian - Le Verdure (Eataly)
Best sandwiches - Parm

Nov 29, 2014
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Pre Theater Dinner: BofM and RofA

Butter Midtown

Nov 17, 2014
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Private room for about 40-50 people in Mahattan

With all due respect I don't think your budget is realistic but you can search Opentable Private Dining for possible options.

Nov 14, 2014
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Solo dining spots with social opportunities (20s-30s)?

Yes I've met a few solo female diners at the bar at Babbo. Usually visiting execs but some locals as well.

Vitello Tonnato

Del Posto

Nov 12, 2014
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Big celebration lunch for two - tomorrow

Call Del Posto. I can usually get same day or next day reservations over the phone even if Opentable shows no availability.

Nov 04, 2014
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"Foodie" Weekend in NY

Try Marta.

Nov 03, 2014
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"Foodie" Weekend in NY

No pizza?

Nov 03, 2014
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What bygone food fad do you still enjoy? [NYC]


Nov 03, 2014
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Tavern on the Green accepting reservations

Jeremiah Tower will take over Tavern on the Green.

Nov 03, 2014
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Best Dishes 2014

I read your review. I plan to visit Dirty French this month for the 30-day aged duck.

Nov 03, 2014
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Best Dishes 2014

October roundup:

Per Se –
- Agnolotti with mascarpone, mustard cress, haricot vert, eggplant, parmesan crisp
- Lobster quenelle, caramelized salsify, cranberries, arugula, butternut squash bisque
- Pear gratin, ginger sabayon, green tea ice cream

Ai Fiori –
- Ravioli di Uovo, chanterelles, basil, tomato confit

The Modern Bar Room –
- Tuna sliders, brioche, tomato, charred lime, shiso
- Crispy chicken, parsnips, buttermilk
- Coffee caramel dome, vanilla ice cream

Le Philosophe –
- Chestnut pasta, Matsutake, Piave cheese, sweet potato puree, greens, pickled peppers
- Lobster Thermidor, tarragon, mustard seed, lemon
- Crepes Suzette, caramel orange sauce, vanilla ice cream

Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria –
- Riso al Nero: squid, sofrito, squid ink
- Porchetta alla Romana: pickled vegetables, avocado, Cloumage, agrodolce
- Budino: layers of coffee mousse and chocolate mousse

Andanada –
- Calabaza y Queso de Cabra: roasted butter-nut squash, goat cheese, chistorra
- Alcachofas con Queso Manchego: fried artichokes with grated Manchego cheese
- Mixta Paella: chicken. seafood, peas, red peppers

Quality Italian –
- Corn gnudi, pistachio, basil, black pepper
- Berkshire pork chop, cherry saba, crispy sage

Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar and Grill –
- Oxtail fried rice, daikon, shiitake, bone marrow, omelette, hot pepper sauce
- Grilled lamb chops, sweet potato puree
- Mango bread pudding, mango sorbet, sweet coconut

Salumeria Rosi –
- Zuppa di Farro: potatoes, squash, beans
- Lasagna: pork and beef ragu, béchamel
- Matuffi: polenta, tomato rosemary ragu simmered with pork bone, Pecorino Romano

Epicerie Boulud -
- Blueberry dacquoise
- Opera cake

Nov 03, 2014
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Chicken scarpariello
Linguine vongole

Oct 05, 2014
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Best Dishes 2014

Nice Matin is a solid neighborhood place, nothing more than that. I did enjoy the pork chop Milanese which, unusually, had a bit of Parm and garlic in the breading. The sweet corn salad was a nice counterpoint. I think the Best Dishes thread should include low key restaurants as well as highly publicized ones.

Oct 03, 2014
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Best Dishes 2014

Not really, usually order in at the office if I'm not meeting clients for meals. On weekends I can do a PB&J. I tried making pasta once but it was terrible :)

Oct 03, 2014
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Best Dishes 2014

Thanks most of them were business lunches and dinners. Betony, Marta, Montmartre, Nice Matin, and Seasonal are all great. I hope that you will get to try them.

Oct 03, 2014
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Won't be returning to Per Se

"This was about Per Se (or the host specifically) not recognizing the VIP (whether real or self-perceived, I can't say as we've never met) on the phone asking."

Indeed, tweeting, blogging, or posting on CH or Instagram won't turn you into a VIP at Per Se. The restaurant has too many real VIPs among its regular clientele.

Best Dishes 2014

September roundup:

Del Posto –
- Vitello tonnato
- Luna Piena ravioli, Castelmagno, black truffle butter
- Heritage Red Wattle pork, apricot mostarda, baby fennel, sweet corn
- Pecorino Romano cake, honey gelato, roasted pears

Betony –
- Frozen green gazpacho, pumpernickel, yogurt
- Grain salad, labne, sprouts
- Sautéed skate, cucumber, green curry

Seäsonal –
- Pochiertes Ei: soft poached egg, lobster, hen of the woods, pumpernickel
- Kaisergulasch: veal cheeks, paprika, peppers, spätzle
- Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte: cherry, chocolate, cream

Tertulia –
- Choclo: charred hominy, diced pork belly, lime aioli, cilantro, chili
- Brandade de bacalao, baked egg, roasted peppers
- Arroz Negro: Calasparra rice, squid ink, calamari, sea urchin, chorizo, avocado
- Pan borracho: drunken bread pudding, raisins, walnut nocello ice cream

Montmartre –
- Fennel barigoule, walnuts, figs, arugula, goat cheese
- Roast chicken, oyster mushrooms, bacon, vin jaune

Marta –
- Polpo salad: charred octopus, cranberry beans, cherry tomatoes, purslane
- Funghi pizza: fontina, hen of the woods, red onion, thyme

Nice Matin –
- Pork chop Milanese, summer corn and tomato salad

Balthazar –
- Warm goat cheese and caramelized onion tart
- Beef Stroganoff, buttered noodles

Somtum Der –
- Crab pad thai
- Tum Mangsavirat (vegetarian papaya salad)
- Fried chicken
- Duck larb

Momofuku Milk Bar –
- German chocolate cake, flaky coconut, pecan crunch, crack pie filling

Oct 02, 2014
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Best Dishes 2014

It's as good as ever.

Sep 02, 2014
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Best Dishes 2014

August roundup:

- sea trout draped in trout eggs, crisped trout skin, lemon custard, dill puree
- battered sweetbreads, pickled peach, arugula, pink peppercorn, pea sprouts
- parmesan crusted chicken, artichokes, basil, lemon butter
- chocolate tasting: white chocolate ice cream, yuzu sorbet, milk chocolate custard, warm chocolate cake, hazelnuts, meringue, candied orange

- fried vegetables with citrus
- chickpea bara sushi (donburi)
- anmitsu (dessert): peach, apricot, cherry, black beans, white bean paste, mochi, maple syrup

- fettuccine con funghi
- chicken scarpariello with house-made cotechino

A Voce Columbus
- paccheri with guanciale, pecorino, matriciana sauce
- roast duck breast, pickled cherries, blackberry apple puree, pistachio
- bomboloni filled with pastry cream, warm bitter chocolate sauce

- Serrano ham croquetas, wild mushroom, smoked corn aioli
- arroz brut a la plancha: braised lamb, brown rice cake, Merguez sausage
- pulpo a la sarten: seared octopus, fingerling potatoes, olives, capers
- flan de mango: double cream custard, kiwi, mango granite, red currant

- quenelles de brochet, Nantua sauce
- peach melba, raspberry coulis, almond tuille

Bar Primi
- breakfast spaghetti, kale, pancetta, poached egg
- ricotta bruschetta, fig, Sardinian honey

Root & Bone
- grilled peach caprese
- fried chicken

Blaue Gans
- pork jäger schnitzel, herbed spätzle, bacon mushroom gravy

Empellon Taqueria
- lobster taco, corn, epazote
- crab cake taco, sea urchin guacamole

Sep 02, 2014
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