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Lame Meal at Wd-50

I don't recall whether the wines were listed or not but they definitely poured the same wine for at least two courses. This was back at the end of 2008 during the financial crisis. Perhaps they were trying to cut costs?

Feb 24, 2011
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SOHO restaurant needed

Raoul's and Kittichai both meet the first two requirements. Not sure about the last though.

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Raoul's
180 Prince St., New York, NY 10012

Kittichai
60 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

Feb 22, 2011
Mlm2011 in Manhattan

Lame Meal at Wd-50

I have to agree with you. I went to WD50 with high expectations. While the food was inventive, I was surprised at the lack of flavor. Expecting flavor complexity at the beginning of the meal, by the end, I would have been happy with any flavor other than the slight chemical taste that sometimes accompanies molecular dishes. The wine pairing was lackluster as well as I didn't appreciate having the same wine over multiple courses. I left feeling like I had been ripped off.

Feb 22, 2011
Mlm2011 in Manhattan

new orleans chicory coffee (cafe du monde, community, french market etc)

Saigon Vietnamese Sandwich shop on Broome St. also sells it and has some of the best vietnamese bahn mi sandwiches in Manhattan. The Hong Kong supermarket in Chinatown on Elizabeth and Hester sells it too and is an interesting place to visit.

Feb 14, 2011
Mlm2011 in Manhattan

Opinions on two different NYC wine bar-hopping itineraries . . .

For oysters and wine, I would think Blue Ribbon, Aquagrill and Mermaid Oyster Bar would be a good itinerary.

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Aquagrill
210 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

Mermaid Oyster Bar
79 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

Feb 10, 2011
Mlm2011 in Manhattan

Grand Sichuan Saint Mark's - still good?

I ordered delivery last week and funnily, I was thinking the regular chef was away because the food was so much better than usual. I had egglant with garlic and beef with cumin and they were both excellent.

Feb 08, 2011
Mlm2011 in Manhattan

short ribs or comfort food

Gentleman Farmer on the Lower East Side is French comfort food right around your price point. I thought I had short ribs there but they don't seem to be on the menu currently. I really enjoyed the meal there a few months ago though I haven't manage to get back for a second try yet. It's a narrow, cozy place with a very small kitchen. It's the kind of place that seems to only exist in NYC.

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Gentleman Farmer
40 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

Feb 07, 2011
Mlm2011 in Manhattan

Hung Ry – Awesome New Modern Noodle Restaurant on Bond Street

I'm pretty sure something has changed there. I went several times after it first opened and it was as charming and amazing as you described in your excellent review above. I went I think six or seven times before word got out about the place. More recently, neither the service nor the kitchen appears to be able to keep up with the crush. The last time I went with guests from out of town, the host (a woman, not the owner) was incredibly rude as we waited embarrassed for 45 minutes for our reserved table. The food seemed less carefully prepared and the wait for noodles was lengthy. Hung Ry made me realize Yogi Berra's famous aphorism, "That place is so crowded, no one ever goes there anymore."

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Hung Ry
55 Bond St, New York, NY 10012

Feb 01, 2011
Mlm2011 in Manhattan