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Lunch recommendation for Chelsea Market?

depending on date I am interested

1 day ago
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

Mt Sinai Roosevelt / St Lukes

Ramen place is Terakawa.

Mar 05, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Tapas or other shared small plates on the UWS

Beacon Bar is not really swank but is not blah either.. somewhere in the middle. I happen to like it.

Bin 71 is tiny and has good wine but no cocktails really. You'd never fit.

The Dakota bar is sort of swank... for a place on 72nd and Columbus

Barcibo Enoteca (68th and Broadway) or Tolani at 79th/80th and Amsterdam may fill the bill.

Closer to Lincoln Center is The Smith and Lincoln... both pretty nice places for a late drink

Mar 05, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

bagel recs

The Waldorf is not terribly far from the midtown Ess-a-bagel. And one of those will fuel you for your days adventures (and into the next)

Ess-a is one end of the distribution of good bagels in NY... the oversized thick skinned ones served with plenty of NY sarcasm at the counter (particularly if you order like a lame midwesterner)

Feb 27, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

UWS w/kids - refining list

Ha ha... I was at Kefi last weekend after a movie and the service was in fact inept... brusque... wrong appetizer arrived etc... but still good for a 6PM Sunday night meal at that $$ point.

Feb 24, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

UWS w/kids - refining list

Go to Parm at lunch... I am a foodie grown man... and I love me a good meatball or chicken parm sandwich at lunch. .. and the pasta is fine and at lunch eat in is fine there.

mermaid is not Le Bernadin... but it ain't dingy... it is a perfect UWS place for good fish with kids in tow.

Red Farm is a winner... so much so that the wait can be an issue on weekend dinners. .. but it couldn't be more kid appropriate or convenient to The Beacon

Feb 24, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

UWS w/kids - refining list

Yes... before 8 is family hour

Feb 23, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

UWS w/kids - refining list

For the 2 adults meal check out Bat Boulud by Lincoln Center. Def open late. Further than Saumeria Rosi but not far.
For convenient good comfort food check out Fairway cafe. If you like it go back...

Feb 23, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

UWS w/kids - refining list

Polpette is good red sauce Italian... is it best on the list... not sure... but it is good. Polepette has GREAT meatballs... better than Meatball Shop IMHO... But a kid may like meatball shop better.
Speaking of red sauce Italian; Parm on Columbus and 70th is a great lunch stop. Salumeria Rosi is tight and just less "fun" even while it is quite good

Are you staying at The Beacon?

Feb 23, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

UWS w/kids - refining list

All except Salumeria Rosi will fit

Fairway has a cafe and definitely fits.. Citarella does not.

Add Shake Shack (77th and Columbus), Jacobs Pickles, Meatball Shop (I like Polpette better but the 5 year old might enjoy Meatball Shop more), Jin Ramen at Amsterdam and 84th (or so) Maison Kayser at Broadway and about 76th is like a museum for pastries...

Feb 23, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

First date - with restrictions

Gluten free soy is available in Fairway and elsewhere pretty easily. As sushi is near and dear to the gluten intolerant many of them do carry their own bottles. My niece does.

Feb 17, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

First date - with restrictions

I would give a +1 to Risotteria Melotti (or the original Risotteria on Bleeker)

add Bistango (3rd/29th)

Mooncake Foods (28 Watts St)

Dessert at Tu Lu's Bakery 338 E11th.

on the UWS (so on the 1/2/3... not the 4/5/6) is Nice Matin which has a reliable Gluten Free menu as does its sister NIzza in Midtown west on 9th and 45th if memory serves (you can yelp them)

Check the menus online to ensure they $$ meets your limits. They are strict Gluten Free places so that is not a problem. And you didn't ask if it is wise to go on a dinner date for a 1st date so I won't opine...

Feb 17, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan