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My Gentile palate is craving great Haroset this week! Where to find?

By now you may be out of luck for store bought. It is a seder food, not really a whole week food... so if it is in the stores it is days old by now. But, as others have noted you cane make it with a few ingredients and a knife...

2 days ago
dyrewolf in Manhattan

why so confusing to pay @ katz deli

Bit of an overstatement there. Going to Katz's and skipping the pastrami or knobbleworst or reuben and instead ordering a tuna sandwich (do they even have one??) is like going to Disney and skipping the rides. Skipping the line is like missing a picture in front of the castle...
I am a local, have eaten there many times just like my father and his father (my father was born a few short blocks away on Orchard St)... when the counter line is long and I'm not in the mood... I sit and order and eat and pay and go. That said... hanging on toa ticket that they told me to hang on to is not so hard and I manage it just fine when I order at the counter.

Apr 16, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Quintessential Dining Spots for a First-Timer in Manhattan

These suggestions seem out of date, Some like Mamoun's for cheap felafel (like under $5) but Taim is the "IT Girl" felafel for about $8
The Indian on East 6th is generally looked down on, Cefe Reggio is on nobody's radar.
If one wants to work for a pastry a Cronut is a goal or anything from Dominique Ansel bakery...
Not sure if there is a good ramen scene in LA but in NY it is growing.
Go to Chelsea Market and Eataly... those are very NY things.
Go to Shake Shack and compare to your hometown In and Out

Apr 03, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

New(-ish) UWS restaurants

the upstairs is okay. downstairs is nuts

Mar 23, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

MInetta Tavern - The Big Conundrum

Cote. The BL is a great burger but the cote is a great steak. Compare a Lugars lunch burger (which is awe inspiring) to the porterhouse... my last meal before execution would be the steak

Mar 23, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

New(-ish) UWS restaurants

Yes, I have been... but only for pizza.. which I like. I live low 70's so not sure how often I'll go back but I like it.

I also like Osteria Cotta at Columbus 84th / 85th for pizza. Their meatball pie is a thing of beauty (IMHO)

Bustan will be on the rotation for sure when I go to the movies at 84th and Bdway - (the new all reserved, all electric lazy boy recliner theater)

Mar 23, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

New(-ish) UWS restaurants

The second hand info I got on Barley and Grain is not good...

Bustan is mid eastern tapas, it was good enough, but the bread that they rave about can't hold a candle to Taboon. The spreads were decent. The setting is excellent

I also have some recollection of a new Italian on upper Columbus/Amsterdam. Maybe it is Numero 28 Cucina at Amsterdam and 92nd?

Mar 23, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Mezcal: Which Manhattan liquor store has the best selection?

Beacon has it (UWS), Winfield Flynn near Union Sq also has it.

Mar 20, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Terakawa ramen on Lex - any good?

Yes it is. Def not a contender for best or even 10 best... but it was my go to when I was spending a lot of time with a woman who lived near Union Sq

Mar 19, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

any suggestions for restaurants on upper west side that hold Passover Seders?

Well, Talia's may be a disaster at regular times... but the menu is set for Passover...
If you want a restaurant on the UWS that runs a Seder it is pretty much the only choice. If you want to run your own Seder and have appropriate food served there are other choices...
Indeed, some may find that chaos at the table reminds them of family meals...

Mar 18, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

San Fran - girls weekend

I was just in The Nomad bar room yesterday. It is a winner and there are many things nearby as well.... like Eataly and Birreria.. the beer garden on the roof

Mar 17, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

any suggestions for restaurants on upper west side that hold Passover Seders?

Talia's Steakhouse. ($85 includes the bad red wine.. ) It is the real thing. You need to pay in advance, they will not process money on a holiday. They run a seder for the full place.

Telepan ($95 without wine) does a much more casual thing. You run your own seder at your own table

I don't know what is the story about Fairway but presume the food is good. Prob more they Telepan model than Talias.

There is no assurance that the places on 72nd WSt My Most Favorite Food and Mikes Bistro are even open. Since they are Glatt Kosher it is a huge job to do Passover

There may be seders at temples...

Mar 15, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Birthday DInner; annisa vs. recette???

Well, whoever was around and seemed a worthy companion... fortunately the eventual companion was/is worthy...

Mar 06, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Birthday DInner; annisa vs. recette???

I had the rez before even meeting the girl.... was wondering who I'd take... and yes the bar has to be reset... we are having dinner at some local dive this Saturday

Mar 06, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Birthday DInner; annisa vs. recette???

Was just at Annisa on Sat night. Lovely room, great food (5 course tasting menu)... all around special night. (and it was a 3rd date... warned her that it was not the standard she should expect going forward)

Mar 05, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

40 Something overweight couple looking for nice lounge or quiet place to have drinks and some food after a show...

I would argue that if you're friendly and not totally yokelled up (fanny pack and headed for the Olive Garden or Bubba Gump in Times Sq) you will be fine. If they know you are from out of town they might offer advice they'd never give a local.... and at some places like ess a bagel they will tease you for being a tourist but still happily serve you with a smile..
On the other hand, plenty of locals are a hole customers.. restaurant staff isn't good to them note the service declines during Restaurant Week

Feb 27, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

UWS or Midtown West, Festive Dinner for 7 adults, 4 children

You would not need a private room at 'cesca, the room is big, it will be relatively empty, you can be far from others (and it will be all families anyway) There is a table in an alcove that could prob handle you I have had wine dinners there with 10 or so adults.
Loi does have private rooms but if you are enough people.. you are good.. none of this minimum BS

Feb 26, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

UWS or Midtown West, Festive Dinner for 7 adults, 4 children

You would be welcome anywhere on the UWS at 5:30 with kids in tow... Those of us without kids know better than to go out then.. it is family time.

Red Farm - (76th and Bdway) for really good chinese would be good
'cesca - for Italian (74th and Am) (it will be empty enough that you can have your own corner

Loi for Greek (70th and Amsterdam)

Landmarc in the Time Warner center

Really, virtually anyplace on the UWS except Picholine and Lincoln (full of pre opera adults) would be great

Feb 26, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Where to get U-bet chocolate syrup before Passover

It should be relatively easy to find the week before the holiday. Fairway on 74th and Broadway has a large Passover section. It will probably be in other markets as well

Feb 26, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

I like anything fresh out of the oven at Rigoletto, esp the Sicilian (which sorta bites when reheated)

Feb 25, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

I'll do you one worse... the building where the machine shop was, good sized structure... 12 or 14 story, maybe 100 feet across was offered to my uncle (whose business I worked at) for $250,000 in the 70's... def more than $25 million now...

Feb 23, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

51. It was industrial back then and the artists just started moving in. On the NW corner of Spring and Broadway there was a cheap diner... there were no designer boutiques and the first galleries had just started opening...

(there are still machine shops making things out of metal... they just aren't anywhere in Manhattan anymore)

Feb 22, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

+1 on Bens. I used to eat there in the early 1980s when I worked in a machine shop on Spring and Mercer. The area has changed, Ben's has not (really, it hasn't... same counters, booths etc)

Feb 22, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Captain comp'd the drinks, asked for cash

Comping a drink or two on a sizable bar bill is common is common and gets a server 20% or better... the situation you describe is theft... tell management.

Feb 15, 2014
dyrewolf in Not About Food
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Gradisca - has anyone been there any time in the last couple of years???

very good neighborhood place... maybe the best Italian in a several block radius (depending on whether the real contenders are close to its location)... but not best in the city.

Feb 12, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Valentine's day ... restaurant

How long has this place been there. I live right in the 'hood... and have never been. And good chatter on CH.. Yelp is mostly good but a few reviewers seem like paid slammers

Feb 07, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Valentine's day ... restaurant

On Friday there is virtually nothing,.. avoiding French, since you didn't come all this way to eat french...
best I saw was I Trulli

For Saturday there is Novita or Pampano

Feb 06, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Dining at the bar at Eleven Madison Park

Weller 12 year is great stuff at about $30. DeWine in Brooklyn has it

Jeffersons Very Old (make sure it is the Very Old) has a lot of layers to it at $60

Willet Still Pot - is smooth as a baby's bottom, possibly too light

Buffalo Trace is a wheater and I suspect you might like it.

Old Forester Birthday Bourbon (already sold out till Sept 2014) is a great one

Go drop that silly $45 , contemplate carefully and then try the Weller and Jeffersons later that night... not the cheapest test but it is worth the learning I think

Feb 06, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Dining at the bar at Eleven Madison Park

@fooder - how was pricing of the bar menu at the moment. As an aside, that bar was like my departments "after work lounge" when I worked upstairs... that was back in the early 2000's before all the stars were awarded...

@prince - I have been a Pappy drinker for years, fortunately I bunkered a bit through 2+ years ago when it was still gettable. It is a wonderful many layered drink... but $45 a shot... not a chance for me as I have tasted it many times, though that is a good way to see what the fuss is at a place where it is quite likely the bottle is filled with what is on the label (there are places where I am sure it is not). I'd never pay $500 a bottle in the secondary market...

There are options...

Feb 06, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

BYOB Japanese

Ha, I haven't been there in forever... I just remember the BYO thing. (and the long line)

Feb 05, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan