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Marta - When in NYC, do as...

Reporting back on our first visit, earlier this week. With an 8:30 reservation, 10 minuted wait to be seated. Not unreasonable. We decided to get 2 apps and a pizza and see if we would still be hungry. Well, we needn't have worried. The fritto misto and rabbit meatballs were quite generous, so we were already well fed by the time the pizza came. This fritto misto was perhaps the best we've had, even better IMO than the one at Scarpetta. The meatballs could have just as easily been made of pork, veal or chicken (no particularly discernible rabbit flavor) but this did not make them any less tasty. I had been planning to try the sausage pizza, but we were tempted by a new one, Coppa Cotta, with ham, fontina, arugula and red onion, which was quite delicious. I was also pleasantly surprised that it was similar in size to what we have at Rubirosa, and that the crust was very similar to theirs. We liked the selection of beers on draft, and that you can get 3 different size pours. We chose the 22-ounce.

Service was excellent, just what you would expect from a Danny Meyer establishment.

about 16 hours ago
rrems in Manhattan

Madrid on a Sunday - what's open?

Thanks very much, Juan. This looks like a very good option.

Oct 21, 2014
rrems in Spain/Portugal

Venice, Umbria and Lake Como trip September 2015

Uh, okay... But you still haven't given any information, which is why you are getting few responses. What towns looked interesting to you? What restaurants were appealing? And don't forget that sightseeing recommendations are not permitted on CH, it is specifically for food and drink.

Oct 20, 2014
rrems in Italy

Madrid on a Sunday - what's open?

My partner and I will be in Madrid in mid-November for just one day, a Sunday. I am having difficulty finding a good place that's open for dinner. We prefer modern cuisine, and would like to keep it under 40 euros per person not including wine. Also would prefer to find something near our hotel, which is between Gran Via and Alcala, a few blocks West of Paseo del Prado, and don't mind walking 10 or 15 blocks.

Thanks for any help.

Oct 20, 2014
rrems in Spain/Portugal

Best tripe dish in NYC?

The best version of that dish I've had is at Shu Han Ju. For comparision, I've also had it at Szechuan Gourmet and SG 98. This one is better. Haven't had it at Legend but have generally found the food at SG and Shu Han Ju to be better than Legend.

Oct 18, 2014
rrems in Manhattan

Seville recommendation needed

I see you've only gotten one response, and sorry to say that's because you need to do some research and then ask more specific questions. Try putting "Sevilla" or "Seville" in the search box at the top of the page and read the many threads already here.

Oct 18, 2014
rrems in Spain/Portugal

Venice, Umbria and Lake Como trip September 2015

If you tell us what you found interesting in your research, it would make it much easier to make recommendations. Specific questions get much more attention here than vague "just tell me the best places to go" sort of inquiries. I hope this doesn't seem snarky, but I just want to help you get responses that will really help you.

Oct 18, 2014
rrems in Italy

Trip Report: Milan and Genoa

I don't know how I missed your original post, because I would have given a strong recommendation to Antiche Osteria di Vico Palla. Oh well, maybe you can keep it in mind for a future trip.

Oct 18, 2014
rrems in Italy

Shu Han Ju - New Szechuan at 6th Ave. and 11th St.

Went back to Shu Han Ju this week and tried some more dishes. My report on our first time there is on my blog, http://robertrems.com.

This time we started a very good and generous bowl of dan dan noodles. Then we tried braised beef with chili sauce, delicious and well-spiced, and Chengdu prawns, very tasty, spicy and made with cucumber which was refreshing. They are offering free additional dishes depending on how much you spend, so we also had soup dumplings, which were quite good, even though they are not something you normally expect in a Szechuan restaurant.

So far, they are not timid with the spices, which is a good thing. I highly recommend this place.

Oct 18, 2014
rrems in Manhattan

Serralunga D'Alba for a week

From my post in 2011 (part of a thread that allende provides the link to):

Dinner was at Trattoria Cascina Schiavenza in Serralunga d’Alba. This is a real find, and reservations are a must. It is very popular, and all the tables (8 of them) were filled by 8:30. Walk-ins were turned away. This was the first place where we heard anything other than Italian spoken since Venice. There were Italians, Germans and Americans among the clientele. The food is incredible, the sort of stuff we dream of. Started with an assortment of antipasti, raw veal, vitello tonnato, roasted yellow peppers with bagna cauda and crespelle stuffed with béchamel and porcini and topped with parmigiano. Next we shared veal ravioli with butter and sage, and then had beef braised in Barolo and roasted guinea fowl, both served with polenta and carrots. For dessert, chocolate and almond bunet (pudding) and poached peach filled with chocolate. Though this may seem like a huge amount of food, it was all done with a light touch and the pacing was perfect. And the wine. Schiavenza is a winery, and the selection includes both their own products and those of other producers. We chose their Barolo Bricco Cerretta 2003 for 29 euros. It was absolutely incredible. Barolos are normally way above our price range, but this was a bargain and too good a deal to pass up. Water was included and there was no cover charge. Did I mention the excellent bread and breadsticks? Total was 90 euros.

Oct 17, 2014
rrems in Italy

"Eating weekend" without kids in NYC: We want to live it up!

I would keep Annisa. Recette is great but maybe not as high-end as what you seem to prefer. Maybe consider Aquavit. Though Marcus Jernmark has left, the pastry chef is now executive chef, and I have not seen any reports of it going downhill. Maybe someone who has been recently can advise here. The Modern Dining Room is my favorite of the high-end spots. Again, I have not been since the most recent chef change, but reports on CH have been very positive.

Oct 12, 2014
rrems in Manhattan

Ricette, The Gander, or ?

Wow, what a change. I guess it was slower in the summer and now that everyone is back from their vacations it's picked up again.

Oct 10, 2014
rrems in Manhattan

Pirouette: an optimistic take with some hesitations

Well, yes, it's true that it is common usage today (not just in Northern Europe; I hear it in the US all the time, after all it is an American expression), but like so much of what has become common usage, it is the result of misuse and misunderstanding of the original meaning.

Oct 10, 2014
rrems in France
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Pirouette: an optimistic take with some hesitations

Love your report, phrederic, but this could not have been an "Indian Summer" evening. Indian summer means a warm spell after the first frost. In some far northern locations it might be in early autumn, but typically it would happen around early to mid November, so you're a bit early. Thanks for the detailed report, though.

Oct 09, 2014
rrems in France

Memorable meal in late November, anywhere in Europe?

Echoing the other posters, I recommend Akelare, definitely among the best meals I've ever had, and the setting is beautiful.

Oct 08, 2014
rrems in Spain/Portugal

Ricette, The Gander, or ?

The last few times I've been to Recette it's been only half full and not loud at all. Have you had a different experience recently?

Oct 08, 2014
rrems in Manhattan
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Italian dinner for 4 downtown; Dell'anima, All'onda, or Osteria Morini?

I've not been to Dell'Anima, but of the other 2 I strongly prefer All'Onda. I find the food much more interesting, and it's not as uncomfortably cramped and loud as Morini, just somewhat noisy as opposed to deafening.

There's a report on my blog about All'Onda, which also refers back to my CH posts about it:

http://robertrems.com/2014/04/

We've been there again more recently and still love it.

Oct 07, 2014
rrems in Manhattan

Moving to 105 and Broadway - Whats good up there?

Gnocchetti, which are made from flour and are just a particular shape of pasta, are really not related to gnocchi. The name is only a result of their resemblance to small gnocchi.

Oct 07, 2014
rrems in Manhattan
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Moving to 105 and Broadway - Whats good up there?

Interesting. When did the change occur? Have you tried the one on 105th and if so, how do you think it compares?

What's really funny, or perhaps a bit sad, is that in an earlier discussions about SG 98, I questioned how as more and more of these places open, will they be able to sustain the quality and spiciness, or will they dumb it down because there are not enough diners who appreciate the real thing.

I wrote about SG 98 in my blog, http:robertrems.com back in July, and we went there again in August. The second time, we ordered the cumin lamb and were disappointed that it was almost all batter, the meat hardly detectable, though the other dishes we had were fine.

Oct 06, 2014
rrems in Manhattan

Great restaurants Beacon or Cold Springs

Sorry to be a curmudgeon, but it's Cold Spring, not Springs. I'm not too familiar with that area, but if Poughkeepsie is not too far I would highly recommend Queen City Bistro. You can read my report on my blog:

http://robertrems.com

There's also a thread on CH with a report from John Talbott, a highly respected poster on the France board:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8267...

best restaurant in Poughkeepsie?

Thanks for this, John. We tried it last week for lunch and it was very impressive.

Full report on my blog:

robertrems.com

Moving to 105 and Broadway - Whats good up there?

Szechuan Gourmet 98 is very good. They also have one on 105th, which I haven't tried yet but have heard good things about.

Oct 06, 2014
rrems in Manhattan

Restaurants for Grown Ups

Re: Da Andrea. Yes, I think the cooking has improved. It's not spectacular, but very dependable. I always seem to find it better than I was expecting.

Have you tried Onegin?

Oct 04, 2014
rrems in Manhattan

Barcelona, San Sebastian, Bilbao trip report (long)

Beautiful report, a pleasure to read. Thank you for sharing your experience.

Oct 04, 2014
rrems in Spain/Portugal

paris restaurant list

Those are both the same thread. Was there another you meant to refer to? In any event, though I had read other recent comments that were positive, these negative comments from reliable posters make me think there is an issue with consistency that is disappointing.

Oct 04, 2014
rrems in France

paris restaurant list

Curious as to why you ruled out Pirouette. I don't recall any negative reports here. I haven't been since last year, but my Parisian friends keep going back.

Oct 03, 2014
rrems in France

Shu Han Ju - Fabulous New Szechuan

We tried this new place the other night, and were delighted. The Chengdu dumplings, ox tongue and tripe, and cumin lamb were outstanding. The place was almost empty. I hope that will change as word gets out.

Full report on my blog:

robertrems.com

Oct 03, 2014
rrems in Manhattan

Looking for good cumin lamb - Shu Han Ju?

For a full report on Shu Han Ju, visit my blog:

robertrems.com

Oct 03, 2014
rrems in Manhattan

Looking for good cumin lamb - Shu Han Ju?

Yes, we tried Shu Han Ju last night and it was wonderful. I will be posting a report tomorrow, but for now I will say they have the best cumin lamb I have tasted, better than Szechuan Gourmet, which until now I thought was the best, and way better than Legend.

Oct 02, 2014
rrems in Manhattan

Fabulous Dining in France, but outside Paris? Recommendations humbly sought

Have you tried searching these various towns/regions using the search box at the top of this page? I'm not sure you will find results for every place you are looking for, but I think you will find recommendations for most of them. Then you can come back and ask more specific questions. Sounds like a wonderful trip!

Oct 01, 2014
rrems in France