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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.

about 11 hours ago
dyrewolf in Manhattan
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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.

about 12 hours ago
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

Your thoughts about a party at a deli

Katz's will be the best choice storywise and experience wise. 2nd Ave nearly as good.. None are cheap but both are worth it (to me) (flame away but quality costs and the sammies are big etc etc... it won't cost 7.99)

Apr 13, 2015
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Cheap Sushi

Momoya UWS hits the spot at its price point

Apr 08, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan
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What says NYC to you?

I'll have to try that.. in all my years... never had stuffed cabbage in a restaurant...

Apr 07, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan
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What says NYC to you?

And if you can't get to Katz's... Pastrami Queen or Sarges (or 2nd Ave... though when there I get corned beef)

Apr 07, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan
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What says NYC to you?

Artie's is not worth going to... the rest of the food is not good..

Apr 07, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

What says NYC to you?

Lunch at Tavern on The Green does not say NY... it says some tourists from Ohio are in (and if one of them is your 70 year old aunt you're stuck eating there)

Apr 07, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Lunch recommendation for Chelsea Market?

depending on date I am interested

Mar 30, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Pommes Frites and Sushi Park destroyed in east village blast

Ummm this was huge fire... people were hurt, some critically... a lot of people are now without homes and possessions... Perhaps it is a tad early to worry about the loss of a few places to eat (though people that worked there may now be out of work)

Just sayin..

The Upper West Side

72nd and down is worse than above it. The 80's on Columbus and Amsterdam is where the better eating is these days. The sushi place you are trying to think of is Yasaka on 72nd

Mar 27, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

The Upper West Side

I think Polpette has The Meatball Shop beat in every way.

Eyes closed... meatballs on a plate - Polpette wins
Polpette is nicer (I had a Saturday dinner date there just last weekend) and the menu is a complete red sauce Italian. TMS is sorta one dimensional

I can't stand the ordering method at TMS either (though if you have 8 year olds in tow the ordering method which feels like it should be completed in crayn may appeal)

Agree on Kefi and Keely's

I am not 100% on Senn being same owner.. either way better food. Land used to be much better and I think we are not alone in calling it downhill...

If 76th is not too far... Tessa on Amsterdam is quite good too

Mar 26, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan
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The Upper West Side

Polpette (meatball and other parm sandwiches at the bar) 84th and Am

Senn Thai - 2 doors from land... oddly the same owners and better food (per me)

Jin Ramen - 82nd (or so) and Amsterdam. Best Ramen on the UWS (granted there is only 1 choice in the category... still quite good)

Tolani - 79th/80th and Am - really much better than the other wine bars in the area

Osteria Cotta - 84th and Columbus

Mar 26, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan
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NYC Italian with Teen

L'artusi, Dell'anima, Spasso, Scarpetta...

Mar 24, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

NYC first visit (kind of) - where to eat to feel like you're in NY!

There is a very recent thread discussing EMP... read that before investing the time and $$ in it. It is a great meal... but it is long and involved and expensive.

Mar 24, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

NYC first visit (kind of) - where to eat to feel like you're in NY!

I don't disagree about the noise level at 33rd... but would argue it is the most NY of the Wolfgangs. I might not eat there for that reason but would send a visitor. Tribeca is nice... and I hate 54th St even though the food at all 3 is entirely equivalent I find 54th totally lacking in charm.

Mar 24, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

NYC first visit (kind of) - where to eat to feel like you're in NY!

Ha... but a true NYer knows better than to eat a dirty water dog.. only tourists buy those since they seem so NY. (public bathrooms being both rare and sort of unclean I would advise against raising the risk of needing them)
I park my car at street level or below and probably won't be recruited by GQ as a source for fashion advice any time soon... so that excludes me from the .01% you mention... I will admit to having eaten at Grays Papaya (but almost never when sober).

Mar 24, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

steakhouse corkage venting

. if you bring plonk you are being cheap .. I am working through my 95/96 Bords into my 2000s and I do like them with steak

Mar 23, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

steakhouse corkage venting

Check corkage at Keens, Old Homestead, Quality Meats etc. They might be less than $50. Or drink beer. When I am at a place with silly or no (Lugars) corkage I suck it up and buy off the list or drink beer.

Mar 23, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

NYC first visit (kind of) - where to eat to feel like you're in NY!

If you go to Wolfgangs... 33rd St is the one.

Mar 23, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan
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NYC first visit (kind of) - where to eat to feel like you're in NY!

Well, you have a pretty good list already.

If you want to survive the week I might limit the top tier dinners to just 3 in the week. I would pick from Luksus, Betony, Marea, Per Se (you can also hit the Salon at Per Se on an early eve of an off night)

For Steak go to Lugars or Keens or even Old Homestead... all are very NY (and very good)

For Ramen hit Ippudo or Totto in midtown or downtown but read up on when the line starts and get there early

Burgers
Nomad Bar
The Breslin

Cheese - Murrays and/or Beechers

Hot Dog - really??? If you must, Katz's or any good deli... not a street cart and not one of the papaya places (sorry... they $uck)

Mar 23, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Pat La Frieda vs NYC steak houses

My method is similar. Cast iron pan (the cost of a good Lodge pan is pretty low) Get it hot... real hot... a drop of avocado oil (high smoke point) a minute or two per side and then finish in an oven on medium (gets a more uniform cook than the pure stovetop method)

Mar 21, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan
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Carnegie Deli or Katz's?

Katz for pastrami , 2nd Ave for corned beef... Carnegie for your relatives from Ohio.

Mar 21, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan
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going to beacon theater next friday night

Oh... I like them all for different things... check the menus and take a leap... everything mentioned by me and others is a good pick

Mar 15, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

going to beacon theater next friday night

I have been there but only for the burger and beer special which was good and even better for the price. I like the wine selection as well.

Mar 15, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

going to beacon theater next friday night

To start...

Telepan
Dovetail
Cesca
Bustan
Tessa
Cafe Luxembourg
Lincoln Square Steak

Mar 13, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Tapas or other shared small plates on the UWS

Cafe Telullah has been the scene of 2 bad dates of mine... not sure if the bad luck is mine alone but I'd never recommend it for a bachelor/ette party

Mar 05, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan