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Best Italian Upper West Side

Spiga is another good one too.. good food and a romantic gem of a room

Dec 25, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Best Italian Upper West Side

I have always been underwhelmed by Celeste (and the wait can be a killer) I love some of the pizzas at Osteria Cotta, I really like the meatballs and other red sauce basics at Polpette (better than meatball shop IMHO, and the MBS ordering system is silly (flame away))

I am eating at Parm on Sat night.. will report in.

Dec 25, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Maille Mustard Boutique

Well, even though you are a downtowner (and probably recognizable by your all black wardrobe and tattoos and piercings) you are still a Noo Yawka and a Chowhound so you would venture beyond the official border (and besides... you probably get a kick out of staring at us UWS locals in our J Crew outfits as the moms and dads push the strollers on Broadway)

Dec 18, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Maille Mustard Boutique

Ok, not like we are debating the Cuba initiative or what to do about North Korean hackers...

But I find tourists from Lincoln Center do not cross 66th... indeed il Violino is an easy rez before curtain time and it is locals at Cafe Lux etc before a show. Though I do get asked by tourists in Central Park (or used to before Tavern on the Green reopened) where to eat nearby and they sometimes wander to Columbus

Dec 18, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Maille Mustard Boutique

Interestingly (or not perhaps) when you work out the cost of the initial purchase less a refill the burgundy colored ceramic pot used for the truffle mustard costs double what the white one for the other on tap mustard does....

Dec 18, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Maille Mustard Boutique

I'd believe that in other, more central to the tourists areas (Times Sq etc) Columbus and 68th is off the track (though quite near the uptown Magnolia Bakery) Most tourists in the area come and pose for a pic in front of the Dakota and then head for Central Park.

I did drop $85 on mustard 2 weeks back when I went (my Hannukah gift list is very short so can buy myself stupid things) Still, unlikely to repeat that spend any time soon

Dec 18, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Kid-friendly but interesting near Museum of Natural History

Well, the "meat" meatballs at Polpette win (to me). I could never compare the others as eggplant is very unkind to me, I'd be lucky to get home to 70th St before my intestines rebelled (I hear that some % of people have this sensitivity... some chemical in eggplant)

I do agree that the Meatball Shop could be more fun for kids too

Dec 17, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Kid-friendly but interesting near Museum of Natural History

Meatball shop is good.. but for pescatarians maybe not so much. (and Polpette has better meatballs anyway)

Dec 16, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Kid-friendly but interesting near Museum of Natural History

OK, not sure I can correctly decode lacto-ovo pescatarian... But here are a smattering of lunch choices in the hood

Shake Shack (they have a portobello burger for the vegetarians.. though it does have cheese)

Parm UWS just opened (Columbus 70/71) it is mostly first come/first serve seating and they make a good meatball parm sang-wich (flamers bring it on) as well as many other good things so all might be satisfied
Jacob's Pickles
Bustan
Kefi
Mermaid Inn (UWS)
Peacefood (vegetarian)

Check the menus to see if they would please all...

Dec 16, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Carnegie Deli or Katz's?

Back in the day (original 2nd Ave day...) for me it was 2nd Ave for corned beef and Katz's for pastrami (they machine slice at 2nd Ave)

I was also younger and thinner and could do that once a week, (the rest of the week was filled with wings, beer, pizza, General Tso's Chicken... all the food groups)

Dec 09, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Carnegie Deli or Katz's?

Egg-Zackly... and when I enjoy my juicy sammy and full plate of fries at the table I sometimes pay in the back with a CC just to be a real iconoclast (My father was born and spent his early years on Orchard St (the poor end further downtown). I have been going to Katz's for so long that paper tickets were high tech in the day

Dec 09, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Carnegie Deli or Katz's?

I have been to both, I like the pastrami at Katz's better than the smoked meat at Mile End. I do like the environment better at Mile End (sacrilege... or maybe I am a hipster (Not))... On occasion I have had waitress service at Katz's (specifying juicy and showing my license so they know I am a Noo Yawka) and the food is just as good as when I stand in line

Dec 09, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Down to Two - Please Weigh In - Quality Meats vs. BLT Steak

Forgot about those popovers... I still prefer Quality meats but those popovers are friggin good

Dec 08, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Down to Two - Please Weigh In - Quality Meats vs. BLT Steak

I am partial to Quality Meats when in that area...

Dec 08, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Carnegie Deli or Katz's?

Katz's is touristy for sure. And the pastrami is the best anyway.. I don't know what neighborhood places you knew of but I wonder who had better pastrami. I think you just like bashing on Katz's and hipsters.

That said; Sarge's feels like a neighborhood place and has my 2nd fave pastrami in the city, the UES 2nd Ave Deli feels neighborhoody (I like the corned beef better there). Fine and Shapiro on the UWS and Arties are both neighborhood places and I won't waste the calories on their pastrami (but Fine and Shapiro is a better hot dog than Papaya King on the corner)

Dec 08, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan
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Maille mustards

So I went this afternoon and did some tastings and dropped $75 on white wine mustard and black truffle mustard....

Dec 07, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Maille mustards

Why, don't you think a store trying to pay Columbus Ave rent by selling gourmet mustards is a clear win? I will stop in today to pick up something.

OTOH Parm will have lines out the door. That spot is very close to home for me and is a real plus for the 66th-72nd St Micro-hood

Dec 07, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

disastrous meal at The Marshal

I have gone to The Marshal and enjoyed it quite a bit. I am just as or more likely to return as they showed their customer service was good when their food service was bad.

I used to go to the Harrison a lot and once they just ended up deep in the weeds because it was a nicer night than expected, the outside tables were full... they didn't have the staff for it... meal was slow... really slow, they threw in a few comped sides, dessert and a drink and my grumpiness about my hunger evaporated.... Granted my dinner wasn't ruined... just slow... but I like it when they recognize the problem and work to mitigate the damage.

Dec 04, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

disastrous meal at The Marshal

I have had great experiences there....

Where to Buy whole pre cooked brisket in New York

Fresh Direct and Fairway both sell pre made Jewish Holiday style brisket (and latkes for that matter)

Dec 03, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Substitute for Per Se birthday dinner

Haven't been to Bouley in forever. Somehow fell off my special dinner places list. Will need to revisit on the next appropriate occasion. Love Per Se and EMP but the rezzies are such a pain...

Dec 02, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Please put in order

Lincoln and Dovetail are very good... I prefer Lincoln but the quality at Dovetail is high. It is then a good sized drop to Riverpark and an even longer drop to Club A and Gallagers hit the bottom and dug a hole

Substitute for Per Se birthday dinner

+1 on Betony, The Nomad, Picholine (I don't know Jungsik... so it is not thumbs down... just don't know)

I'd add Jean Georges, Tocqueville and EMP. Tocqueville is one of the best places I am usually sure I can get into. Annisa might be a good add too.

One If By Land would be good if it was 1982 and you were trying to get a girl into bed...

UWS-ish local food?

This place is very good, the food is all sourced locally (though not in Manhattan because as was pointed out... the pastures are in fact all gone), The web page has a story on their sources in fact. It is convenient to the UWS (10th Ave 44th/45th) if not on the UWS and the bread alone is an epiphany....

May or may not be what you're looking for but worth a look

The Marshal
http://www.the-marshal.com/index.html

Dec 01, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan
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Mermaid Inn or AquaGrill?

For a B-Day def Aquagrill. I happen to like The Mermaid, I like the Mermaid Oyster Bar.. But I think they are more appropriate for a Weds/Thursday night...

Nov 25, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Fairway Olive Oil.."we only sell oil from the most recent harvest"

I was in there this afternoon and noticed they had some bottles marked down as they were from prior harvest or so the sign saif, Actually picked up a bottle of the Catalan Arbequina (produced in 2014, best by 2016) a lovely fresh and mild oil

Nov 23, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

2nd Ave deli, Sarge's Deli or Katz?

Artie's may have improved to "bad" from "sucks"... but still is obviously not a destination (which is a good thing for me in reality because it is better for my health if good pastrami requires a trip.)

Sarge's is quite credible and their regular matzo ball or "souper" soup is very good too.

Nov 23, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan
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2nd Ave deli, Sarge's Deli or Katz?

They actually do serve meat there (at Barney Greengrass) which I found surprising when reading the menu...

Nov 23, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

2nd Ave deli, Sarge's Deli or Katz?

The OP said they were UWS. And they also said "meat" which is why I steered them away from Barney Greengrass which would be convenient for fish, but is not really known for meats.

Nov 23, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

2nd Ave deli, Sarge's Deli or Katz?

Do not go to Arties. In my post above I said it was not a good option. From the UWS another good option is Pastrami Queen on the Upper East Side.

Nov 23, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan