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Sammy's Roumanian

Funny, Sammy's came up last night when I was out with some friends... I personally hate the joint and don't find it nostalgic (I am a MOT Russian/Polish/Lithuanian and a bit Sepahardi) except maybe for the chopped liver. The place is dirty, the food not too good and the entertainment is an insult to anyone that knows better. $120/bottle of vodka actually isn't so out of line but the food is overpriced.

You want nostalgia there are places (nostalgic places would actually be kosher...) but Sammy's is a bad joke

Aug 27, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Macy's Day parade

As pointed out.. you could eat before the parade or after and that widens your possibilities from just a few places to the whole of the UWS (or from the 80's and down).. I think Sarabeths (not a personal fave but prob toughest breakfast rez on the UWS) would be easier than a table for 10 with a view at Landmarc during the parade. (keep in mind, not all tables at Landmarc will be as good)

As to driving on the UWS... well... don't park on Columbus and expect it all to go easily... but if you park in the garages at the buildings on Riverside Boulevard (70th to 60th or so) you will have easy on / off to the West Side Highway and about 1/4 mile to the parade route.

Aug 20, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Need an Immediate Decision, Sushi Seki or Sushi Gari

That brings to mind the old adage... if a tree falls in the forest and a man's wife is nowhere around... is he still wrong?

Aug 14, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

SF Chowhound Asking for Review of Itinerary

OK... I happen to like Maya.. but am sort of surprised that someone from Ca would make Mex one of their meals in NY... you got better Mex back home.

I think there are better brunches than Jo Jo's (but brunch is unimportant to me anyway..)

And yeah, Artisanal can be easily beat. I like Beechers Cheese or Murrays

http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-cellar-ne...

http://www.yelp.com/biz/murrays-chees...

Aug 14, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

A Brit Hates NYC Fine Dining

Honestly this is stupid and bitter journalism... sort of a proletarian take on the world of fine dining.... she might as well have commented that Da Vinci spent too much timing filling in between the lines or that Mozart could have done with a smaller band.

And Per Se does digest better if you go for the lunch (esp if you get the foie gras course... need to digest that before bedtime) Oh, and the service charge problem she referred to at Per Se related to banquet service, not the normal dining room. I do not know how they pay their servers regularly... but that was not a part of the dispute.

Aug 14, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Where to buy shrimp in NYC?

I was of the understanding that farmed in the US, Northern Europe and even some South American countries was actually OK. If the source is Asia, particularly Indonesia and India, they are known as "Toilet Shrimp" for a good reason

Aug 11, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

New Rules for Serving Raw Fish

That you are less likely to get worms in your gut...
And since flash frozen is a common practice already (for freshness and safety...) no change in many places.

Jul 12, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan
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White Oak Oyster Bar

Anybody been? Location and menu suit for a get together I have coming up... But want to get some intel.

Jul 09, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Charming lunch spot near Lincoln Center

Walk a bit north, like 6 or 8 blocks and you're deep in the UWS. Parm, Salumeria Rosso, Gina La Fornanina (or whatever it is called)... many many others

Jul 03, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Jean Georges/Nougatine and the Trump Hotel

If it somehow benefited Trump I would avoid... but it does not.

I am glad he is getting slammed for his repugnant views and the stupidity to voice them. and so funny that the man who says all that has Chinese produced clothes sold under his label (and he prob does get some $ off any sales there.. so 2 reasons to avoid Trump clothes... quality/style... and him)

Jul 02, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

New catch herring at R&D

Are the offerings at GCOB as good... that is much more convenient for me than Russ and Daughters

Jun 26, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Defonte's-To hell with Quiznos, Subway and Blimpie

Blast from the past this thread is...

I remember Rosario's off Wall St quite well from the late 80s.. and Defonte's (now gone from Manhattan I think) My current fave old school deli (calling cappicola gabbagoul) is Faicco's on Bleeker (and the non sandwich stuff is pretty dang good too). This is a whole lot to be said for the heros at Parm and there are many other neighborhood places that still make a good sandwich.

Jun 26, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Lunch at Per Se anyone?

Honestly.. table or not, if I was dining along I would do so at the Salon. The dining room is a rather long meal to eat solo.

Jun 21, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Lunch at Per Se anyone?

The Salon area at Per Se is another way to experience the place if you can't sort out a 2 top.

Jun 20, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Your thoughts about a party at a deli

Here's what you do... get the sandwich anyway.. maybe that way by bedtime you won't be as weighed down by it and will sleep better

Jun 19, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Keens or Wolfgangs

I like Wolfgangs... but like 54th St the least if the Manhattan ones... zero character in my eye.

Jun 07, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

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)

May 27, 2015
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...

May 26, 2015
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