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Babbo or like Babbo

They do go a little heavy on the salt sometimes, never enough to really bother me, but I can understand others feeling that way.

about 3 hours ago
rrems in Manhattan

Babbo or like Babbo

The food at All'Onda is very good, including the pastas, but...

We were huge fans at first, then they shortened the menu and eliminated the most interesting dishes, while raising the price of pastas to the level of main courses, though the portions are appetizer size.

1 day ago
rrems in Manhattan

Best Offal dishes in NYC served at Lunchtime?

Check out the menu at Chez Napoleon. I particularly love their calf brains, but they also have liver, sweetbreads, etc.

Apr 25, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

Rebelle - Paris On Le Bowery

Great report. Reserved for week after next. Thanks.

Apr 25, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

MamaSushi - worth a trip to Inwood

We have a friend who lives in Inwood, and trying to get together for an occasional dinner there has always presented a challenge. MamaSushi is the first place we've tried that we really want to return to, sooner rather than later.

The Japanese-Latin fusion menu is extensive and not expensive. The gyoza, baby back ribs, and various rolls were imaginative and delicious. Portions are generous.

I highly recommend it not only if you happen to be in the area, but as a destination in its own right.

A full report on last night's dinner is on my blog:

http://robertrems.com

Apr 22, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

Betony -- menu suggestions

The second pronunciation is the correct one.

Apr 22, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

Do you remember Hagen Dazs ice cream when they first started making it??

ROTFLMAO!

Apr 16, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

It's Here! Latest NY Times Reccos for the Hordes of Tourists This Spring/Summer/Fall

Ugh.. Gag me with a spoon! These 36 Hours articles are always a joke. Just the writing style makes me nauseous. Semilla? I got fooled once, never to be repeated.

Apr 16, 2015
rrems in France

Birthday Dinner upcoming Friday

I've never had the tasting at either. Not generally a fan of them. Tocqueville's a la carte runs quite a bit less than the Modern's prix fixe, though we never order more than 3 courses. If the price is the same I'd go with the Modern for this occasion.

Apr 12, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

Birthday Dinner upcoming Friday

I've been to all of these, and my opinion is that the Modern is the top choice,if price is not a concern, Tocqueville is the best value, a good deal with great food, atmosphere and service, and Betony, with its new prix-fixe menu, is overpriced, unless the food has miraculously become spectacular since the price increase and mandatory four course menu.

Apr 11, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

20th Wedding Anniversary Dinner Suggestions

Annisa, if it's not too late to get a res. Tocqueville is great too. For something more casual but with great food and service, Recette.

Apr 11, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

Dinner near Symphony Space / Broadway & 95th St?

+1 for Awadh

Apr 08, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

The Daily Meal: 101 best restaurants in the US (NYC Edition)

Utterly ridiculous... Where do they get this?

Apr 08, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

Question re: Tapas and Spanish food generally

Unfortunately, I don't know of any Spanish restaurants in New York that can compare with what we have had on our trips to Spain, particularly for tapas, where we had wonderfully creative dishes, lots of organ meats, fresh seafood, etc.

Andanada separates their tapas menu into traditional and modern. We tend to lean toward the modern, so this will depend on your personal taste. As far as wine goes, Andanada does have an extensive list and they seem knowledgeable.

Apr 06, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

Question re: Tapas and Spanish food generally

I took a quick look at the threads and can see how this could be daunting, not to mention that some of the places recommended in them don't even exist anymore. You've narrowed it down to a reasonable list, which is a good thing, but I fear this post will either get few responses or just a rehash of what's already been said.

As for my personal favorites, I'd say Andanada and Boqueria, but not knowing your taste, it would be hard to say what you would find the most satisfying. I've not been to the others on your list.

You asked what's "great". Can you give us some idea what is important to you?

Apr 05, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

Clove Club first UK resto to go pre-paid

Maybe. I really wouldn't know, but it hardly seems to have started a trend (this is my final comment, I was not looking to get into a debate).

Apr 02, 2015
rrems in U.K./Ireland

Clove Club first UK resto to go pre-paid

So 2 restaurants in the US will start selling tickets this Spring. I guess this is a major development.

Apr 02, 2015
rrems in U.K./Ireland

Clove Club first UK resto to go pre-paid

I know it was tongue-in-cheek, but not everyone might have realized that, as evidenced by the reaction to my initial statement.

Apr 02, 2015
rrems in U.K./Ireland

Midtown Fine-Dining Destination Betony Goes Prix Fixe Only

Well, that's the end of it for me. We've been perfectly happy there with an app and main each, and a shared dessert, and I don't think it would have been $95 even if we did have 4 courses.

I'm sure those on expense account won't care...

Apr 02, 2015
rrems in Manhattan
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Excellent lunch today at Haldi in Curry Hill -- Hemant Mathur's new Kolkata-themed restaurant

So do I.

The menu at Haldi was not different from the previous, only much smaller. As I said upthread, I hope this does not happen to Malai Marke, but unfortunately I am sure it will. It doesn't seem like the objective is to be more creative, but to cut costs by having a smaller variety.

Apr 02, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

Clove Club first UK resto to go pre-paid

Yes, I read the article.

I was only referring to Manhattan. I don't know or care about anywhere else in the US, and it is clear that only a handful of restaurants in the entire country are doing any such thing anyway. The Manhattan restaurants you cite don't stand up to scrutiny.

Per Se does not charge anything in advance. They simply hold your credit card info and you must cancel within 72 hours of your reservation. Aldea only does an advance charge for a special tasting, on Mondays only, at the chef's table, not for a normal meal. WD-50 doing it for their last few dinners before closing hardly counts either.

So, the idea that this is somehow an American phenomenon that is invading the UK is ridiculous. That's all I was trying to say.

Apr 02, 2015
rrems in U.K./Ireland

Need Italian Rec's

Yes, but nowhere in the post did OP ask for "dress up" and many of the places they've been to are casual, some more so than Lupa.

Apr 02, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

Clove Club first UK resto to go pre-paid

Which restaurants in Manhattan? I'm not aware of any.

Apr 01, 2015
rrems in U.K./Ireland

Need Italian Rec's

It is casual, but don't get the idea that it's a bunch of slobs. It's comparable to Crispo, Scarpetta etc, in that regard. Most people dress nicely, and since you mentioned romantic, ask to be seated in the back room. It has a quieter, more refined ambience than the noisier front room.

Apr 01, 2015
rrems in Manhattan
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Clove Club first UK resto to go pre-paid

Please don't blame us Americans, John. I have never experienced or, until now, even heard of such a thing, and would not tolerate it. Believe me, it is as rare here as it is in the UK.

Mar 31, 2015
rrems in U.K./Ireland

Need Italian Rec's

Perbacco
Spina
Lupa

Mar 29, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

Portugal and Galicia restaurant recommendations

Yes, when I said it was still worth a detour I meant walking a bit away from the center, not traveling to Santiago specifically to dine there.

Mar 23, 2015
rrems in Spain/Portugal
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Piemonte 2015 and some links to prior years

Thanks so much, allende. As always, your reports are gems. Unfortunately I don't think we will make it to Piemonte this year, but I'm hoping maybe next.

Mar 22, 2015
rrems in Italy

Portugal and Galicia restaurant recommendations

Casa Marcelo is now a tapas bar, so no formal sit-down meals there, though it is still worth a detour. I included a link to my report in my post above.

Mar 22, 2015
rrems in Spain/Portugal

Lecce

This may help, though we only spent a day in Lecce, and can't advise on markets:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9250...

There is a full report on our Puglia trip on my blog:

http://robertrems.com

Lecce is lovely, but realize it is quite small, and a week may be a lot more time than you would want to spend there, particularly in the heat of summer. I hope you will have a car so you can explore more of Puglia.

Mar 21, 2015
rrems in Italy