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Hudson NY September 2013

Lost interest in DABA quite a while ago. Maybe someone who has been more recently can chime in. I'd still highly recommend Swoon. We go to Red Dot occasionally, and though they try to emulate Swoon, it's not that exciting. For a splurge, Crimson Sparrow is still the way to go. We haven't tried Fish and Game yet, but I do intend to in the next month or so. It seems you either love it or hate it. Friends we consider reliable have had both reactions.

about 23 hours ago
rrems in New York State (exc. NYC)

Italian Restaurant near NYU

Thanks. This is less a concern than the food. How would you compare that?

2 days ago
rrems in Manhattan

Red Hook, NY

The CIA gets a lot of mixed reviews. Even though I've lived part time in the area for 25 years, I've never felt compelled to try it. It is a cooking school, after all, with everything done by students, so though it may be an interesting experience, I wouldn't expect to be wowed.

Definitely do not miss Mercato. Also, Queen City Bistro in Poughkeepsie is quite good.

I've written about both on my blog:

http://robertrems.com

Hudson is within a 1/2 hour drive, so I would put that on my list. Ca' Mea is not quite as good as Mercato, but still quite tasty and adds another Italian option. I would definitely try Swoon, and if you are up for a splurge, you MUST go to Crimson Sparrow.

Lunch in Gubbio

It's been many years since we were there, but Taverna del Lupa was a memorable meal for us. I still recall the coniglio alla taverniera (stuffed rabbit leg), which was the house specialty (don't know if it still is), and lasagna with white truffles.

May 24, 2015
rrems in Italy

4 hungry nights in Paris

I also prefer strong flavors, and love spicy food, yet I was very impressed with Ober Sale. We didn't find it bland at all. I think it would be a mistake to eliminate it based on that concern.

May 21, 2015
rrems in France

Italian Restaurant near NYU

No "sort of" at all. I'm very happy that we inadvertently ended up there. A better dinner than we would have had if Lederhosen had been open, though we need to get back there too.

May 19, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

Italian Restaurant near NYU

We tried Via Carota last night, and I found it to be quite reasonable, though I agree it may still be high for a student. The food is excellent. Portions are larger than I expected. Full report on my blog:

http://robertrems.com

May 19, 2015
rrems in Manhattan
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3 weeks in Spain - recommendations

We do what our Spanish friends do, no tipping in tapas bars, 3 to 5% in restaurants (high end or not).

May 19, 2015
rrems in Spain/Portugal

3 weeks in Spain - recommendations

There is quite a bit of information on this board already, for the cities you will be visiting, if you just do a search for these cities. To get you started, here are my reports on Granada and Madrid:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/996429

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/996428

May 18, 2015
rrems in Spain/Portugal

Spain report, Part 4 - Malaga, Benalmadena, Granada

How was your trip? Can you give us a report on where you ate?

May 18, 2015
rrems in Spain/Portugal

Feedback on 10-day eating itinerary

Louro and Recette are favorites of mine. We recently tried Rebelle and were very impressed with the food, and it's on the LES:

http://robertrems.com/2015/05/11/rebe...

May 17, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

Honeymoon in Italy (Genoa, Cinque Terre, Bologna, Modena, Parma, Venice, Tuscany, and Florence)

Don't feel bad. I've done it on occasion too.

May 16, 2015
rrems in Italy

Dinner, 5/13: James Beard House

I'm sure it varies depending on where the chef is coming from, what they are serving, etc., but I'm just reporting my experience.

May 16, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

Honeymoon in Italy (Genoa, Cinque Terre, Bologna, Modena, Parma, Venice, Tuscany, and Florence)

This thread is nearly a year old. The OP has presumably been there months ago (though he never did report back).

May 16, 2015
rrems in Italy
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Dinner, 5/13: James Beard House

<the tiny kitchen -- how you can do a seven-course sit-down meal (plus three sets of passed hors d'oeuvres) for 80 people in that space is beyond me!>

The way they do it is that the food is prepared in advance and brought in, to be reheated, plated and served from the kitchen. There isn't much actual cooking going on there. My one experience there was that the food was decent, but suffered from that logistical problem.

I'm glad your experience was better.

May 16, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

4 hungry nights in Paris

Drop Semilla. Substitute Pirouette or Ober Sale.

May 12, 2015
rrems in France
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Italian Restaurant near NYU

Da Marcella looks like a place I need to check out. How would you compare it to Da Andrea, my favorite inexpensive Italian?

May 11, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

Italian Restaurant near NYU

I read it quite thoroughly. I don't interpret the third sentence as taking precedence over the second. Besides, if the key word is reasonable (particularly for a student) I don't see All'Onda fitting that category. The uni bucatini is $32, and it's only appetizer size. Yikes.

Take note of OP's recent post below.

May 11, 2015
rrems in Manhattan
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Italian Restaurant near NYU

What is it about "old school" that you don't understand?

May 11, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

Rebelle - Paris On Le Bowery

Based on these reports, we gave Rebelle a try last week. We liked the food very much.

We started with sweetbreads and the scallops with sea urchin. Scallops are not a favorite of mine because I find them too sweet, but these were perfectly offset by the brininess of the sea urchin. Next we had the chicken and the monkfish, both delicious, and for dessert the excellent grape clafoutis.

We had a very good cotes du rhone for $40.

I'm looking forward to returning.

A more complete report is on my blog:

http://robertrems.com

May 11, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

Seafood in Santiago de Compostela

That's what I get for not reading carefully. It was late last night...

May 05, 2015
rrems in Spain/Portugal

Seafood in Santiago de Compostela

I just noticed this thread and thought I would chime in. Take a look at my CH post from last fall:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9963...

It also contains a link to my blog, with more detailed information on Santiago. Like you, I start researching trips, particularly the food, a year or more in advance, and it's really paid off.

May 04, 2015
rrems in Spain/Portugal

Babbo or like Babbo

Lupa. Never been to Manzo.

Apr 28, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

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.

Apr 27, 2015
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.

Apr 26, 2015
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