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Upper West Side for a midweek dinner?

Fair point.. I read the OP and then just listed a few items in the zone without regard to the Thai/Japanese restriction... (and I agree... Jin is way better for what it is than Senn is for what it is)

1 day ago
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Upper West Side for a midweek dinner?

Amsterdam and Columbus from 79th to 86th are relatively good food turf. +1 to Jacobs Pickles. I also like Osteria Cotta, Tolani (a nice wine bar where a single would be comfortable eating and drinking at the bar), Jin Ramen, Polpette (great meatballs), Senn Thai, The Milling Room... and further down at 70th and Columbus is Parm where you will be very happy eating at the bar. there are more but that list should def give you at least one that pleases...

1 day ago
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Midtown west/UWS Sushi

Gari is well... Gari... inventive... high quality and big $$

Yasaka is excellent... pretty traditional and I will stop in there for a standard plate on a weeknight with no hesitation cause the $$ are very reasonable for the quality. But is it cramped and loud and not where I take a date on a Saturday...

There are also Masa and Yasuda and a a host of others in "the Best" category...but the $$$ can get serious

May 21, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Pete Wells on Javelina.

Awesome. In the book of great reviews with the Ninja review from a few years back.

May 20, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Italian UWS Semi-Urgent Request

Parm is good,... but loud. Agree on Polpette. Also look at Osteria Cotta (upstairs in the back)

May 18, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Jury Duty next week - what is new and exciting near the courts

NYS at 100 Centre fortunately

May 14, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Jury Duty next week - what is new and exciting near the courts

Actually Whiskey Tavern does sound like my kind of place... (and if I am trashed I won't get stuck on any jury)

May 13, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Jury Duty next week - what is new and exciting near the courts

@Stuart - Why Whiskey Tavern... because no Hound had yet corrected my plan... (plan is now corrected)

I must admit, it is rather fun being a tourist in my own town by ending up in unusual (to me) environs. I almost want to post my plan as an "Itinerary" and will file a trip report after.

May 13, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan
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Jury Duty next week - what is new and exciting near the courts

So here is current plan:

Arcade bakery every morning on the way from 2/3 at Chambers

Lunch list as time allows (and I will have a laptop and all so security may take me some time)

Pongsri Thai
Bassanova Ramen
Nish Nush (seems far but falafel will break up the week)
Noodle Village
Whiskey Tavern

May 13, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Jury Duty next week - what is new and exciting near the courts

OK... so the challenge with be to gain as little weight as possible on jury duty (I can already hear myself cursing Arcade)

May 12, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Arcade Bakery 220 Church St. - For Bread Pastry and Wow Pizza

Jury duty is looking better and better

May 12, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan
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Jury Duty next week - what is new and exciting near the courts

I had not seen that guide, thanks for pointing me to it.

One day noodles, one day falafel, one day red sauce... we'll see if I have to report more days than that.

May 12, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Jury Duty next week - what is new and exciting near the courts

Chinatown appeals for 1 meal.. what else should I take in while I am down there

We have an 75 or 90 minutes for lunch. I am happy to spend for quality..

I do not want the whole week to be Asian food

May 12, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Need to purchase wine and spirits for wedding

Wine - Wine Library in NJ

Liquor - Total Wine (great prices on spirits though a terrible place for wine)

May 11, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Unpretentious Italian restaurant booked; help with the rest of my itinerary please.

Keens is a great steakhouse, but it is actually known more for its mutton chop.

Other places that currently have tables on May 23... that this Chowhounder enjoys...

American Cut
Sparks
Strip House
Wolfgangs

May 11, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

What are they thinking at Mamoun's?

Soom Soom does a very good job, slightly better than Maoz (though Maoz on UWS has more seats so I do hit that up sometimes too)... but is is missing than last few points that make Taim actually worth the trip down when I want GREAT falafel.

Fortunately life has been good to me and I can ante up for 1%-er falafel nearly any time I want ;-)) (and haven't been to Mamouns in ages and ages...)

May 08, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Dinner upper west side

One of the good parts of gentrification is the departure or shrinking of those places... I remember my first meal at La Caridad... heard so much about it and was surprised to find it to be terrible. (and good riddance to Big Nicks as well... I think the EPA declared the grill area a Superfund toxic waste site after it closed)

The chicken at the Peruvian places though is fantastic

May 07, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

What are they thinking at Mamoun's?

My experience was different. I found that different kids had different levels of disposable income. There is probably a high level of correlations between certain schools and more pocket money. I would bet that on average kids at NYU have more disposable income than kids at City College or Baruch or Queens College. I have a niece at GW who shops for some fairly expensive clothes... as do many of her friends... (GW has a pretty fancy crowd these days).. there are guys at that school that get table at nightclubs and bottle service..

Is there a 100% correlation between family money and kids money no... but there is some and not all college students live poor

May 06, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan
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What are they thinking at Mamoun's?

NYU Students poor??? ha ha ha Not a poor kids school anymore (not sure it ever was but tuition and housing puts it north of $50k/year these days). They are the offspring of the 1%... They can eat at Taim if they want

May 06, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

any old new yorkers out there, Yorkville in the 1970's?

Where are The Blues Brothers and their $hit box car when you can use them

May 05, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Pre-theater dinner Lincoln Center

Also. The Milling Room - Columbus at 81st. long walk or short cab... but very good

May 05, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Pre-theater dinner Lincoln Center

How far is walking distance to you?

Café Luxembourg on W70th/Amsterdam is good at the moment. I am a fan of the bar specials at Lincoln Sq Steak... cannot comment on sit down dinners

Ocean Grill is a short cab ride at 78th and Columbus, Dovetail or Telepan might do (check those menus though as the prices may not meet your criteria.

May 05, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

3-story Chick-Fil-A opening in Midtown

Don't laugh... I read just this week that a Pollos Hermanos may indeed become a reality
http://www.eater.com/2015/5/1/8529509...

I have heard Chik Fil A makes a good chicken sandwich. Will I let the owners politics sway me.. dunno... not likely to be tested as live and work far from there. I do try to avoid things owned by the Koch Brothers due to their politics (like Sparkle paper towels and Dixie cups... but can't avoid Lycra as I cycle a lot) ((anyone remember the guy who filmed himself berating a Chick Fil A drive through attendant about the owners politics and proudly uploading it on You-Tube... apparently lost his job and ruined his life... ))

May 03, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

best chicken soup

Sarge's

May 01, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

best sushi west 70's?

And Yasaka

Apr 23, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan
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Burger question

Levels of doneness that are safe in a steak may not be in a burger. If you cook the outside edges of a solid piece of beef you kill the germs, apparently they cannot get inside... a burger is well... ground.. (but la Freida and the like that have good control and use whole pieces to then grind are way safer.

Burger question

Could be the chef doesn't know the USDA changed its stance. I do understand then refusing to serve you something they think (even if they are wrong) is unsafe so as to avoid liability.

Apr 20, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Burger question

True... they ask... and comply. Just a few weeks ago I was at Strip House... I got my NY Strip rare and my date asked for her filet medium well/well.. the server cheerily asked if they could butterfly it without batting an eyelash (I then snickered to him about why I didn't order steak for 2... cause they would have trouble incinerating her side while cooking mine optimally)

That said... work him down to a medium+.. or get him to taste your medium... realize a burger can and should be juicy.. maybe you'll convert him (I failed with my date so far but continue to try)

Apr 18, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Client lunch by Lincoln Center

Pomodoro Rosso... you're kidding. That place is a bad joke (and a great place for a break up as no one wants to linger there)

If you want pasta in that hood... head for Parm

Apr 17, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Visa Versa vs. Patsy's

Marea is great... and a slightly different price category.

Agree on Don Antonio for pizza

Apr 17, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan