Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
r

rrems's Profile

Title Last Reply

Favorite gnocchi?

I loved the gnocchi with shrimp and tomato at Da Marcella.

Aug 27, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

Late Night Post Theater Dining

Orso. One block away and serves late. Great food and atmosphere.

Aug 25, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

Piemonte 2015 and some links to prior years

Hotel Langhe on the outskirts of Alba is lovely, and very reasonable. Perfectly located for getting to restaurants.

Aug 24, 2015
rrems in Italy

Trip report - Veneto and Emilia Romagna driving tour

Michael, please don't think that because you may not get thanks for your reports that they are not appreciated. I have written many reports on my travel experiences without much response, but I believe people are reading and using the information. I don't usually respond unless I have questions, but I appreciate tremendously posts such as the one that started this thread. Don't let it get you down.

Aug 20, 2015
rrems in Italy
1

Oiji, new Korean restaurant in EV

...and it just became impossible to get a reservation.

Aug 19, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

Da Marcella

After reading the positive comments on this and other threads, we decided to give Da Marcella a try recently. We were very happy with the food, and felt it was excellent value for money. We went back again this week, and again had a fine meal. Nice service too.

I didn't find any of the food bland, and I am a fan of strong flavors.

To each his own.

A description of the dishes we've had is on my blog:

http://robertrems.com

Aug 15, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

A Brit Hates NYC Fine Dining

Well, I have to say that as I started reading the article, my first thought was "a Brit getting a kick out of maligning top NY restaurants for the entertainment of other Brits", but as I read further, I found he was expressing much of my own frustration with the pretentiousness of restaurants like this. Rather refreshing...

The only annoying thing: He needs to learn the difference between "service" (when used as a verb) and "serve". (see last page)

Aug 12, 2015
rrems in Manhattan
2

Dinner in Bellagio

I don't know about Salice Blu, but I can guarantee that you will be happy at Silvio. There are a number of posts about it on this board. Just put "albergo silvio" or "silvio bellagio" in the search box and they should pop up.

Aug 12, 2015
rrems in Italy

Recette's $40 4-course summer supper

We just went last night and it was spectacular. You must arrive by 7 PM and it includes the entire menu, with supplement of $15 for only the two most expensive dishes.

A more complete description is on my blog:

http://robertrems.com

Aug 12, 2015
rrems in Manhattan
1

Oxford - any lunch reccs, please

We loved the Cherwell Boathouse. Easy to get to if you have a car, a fairly long walk otherwise.

Jul 26, 2015
rrems in U.K./Ireland

Moustiers-Sainte-Marie report

Thanks for the report. It was a number of years ago, but we also had great meals in Moustiers.

Just curious, was "poultry breast" the English menu translation for "supreme de pintade"? Pintade is Guinea hen.

Jul 19, 2015
rrems in France

Santa Margharita Liguria

As Jen pointed out above, things don't change that much in this part of the world. What was good several years ago is most likely still just as good. Instead of agonizing over the age of the posts, just follow the advice and I would be very surprised if you end up being disappointed.

Jul 15, 2015
rrems in Italy

Trip Report - a week outside Beaune

I really enjoyed reading your report. Thank you.

Jul 12, 2015
rrems in France

Oiji, new Korean restaurant in EV

My partner and I tried Oiji for dinner last week, interestingly on the same day we had lunch at Hanjan. I posted a comparison on my blog:

http://robertrems.com

The dishes we had at Oiji were wonderful, and we will definitely return.

Based on the comments above, I guess we also need to try Noreetuh.

Jul 12, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

Malai Marke - a new Indian on (gasp!) 6th St.

At least a few of our favorite dishes were missing from the new menu, including shrimp caldeen and the 2 goat curries. No goat at all any more. Very disappointing.

Jul 10, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

Best Indian food in east village

Have you been to MM since Hemant Mathur took over and recently changed the menu? It had been our favorite but our last meal there was quite disappointing, with a definite drop in food quality and in spicing, some of our favorite dishes gone from the menu, and it took 45 minutes to get the appetizer.

Jul 09, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

Puglia July Trip Thoughts???

It's touristy because it's one of the most beautiful towns in Italy. Would you not go to Venice or Florence because they are "touristy"? You should go to Martina Franca and Locorotondo also, if you have the time, but not instead of Alberobello. We visited all of these in one day, and had 2 nice meals in non-touristy restaurants in Alberobello.

Jul 01, 2015
rrems in Italy

Puglia July Trip Thoughts???

Bari is not a must if you have limited time, but why on earth would you pass on Alberobello?

Jun 30, 2015
rrems in Italy

Puglia July Trip Thoughts???

Try this for starters:

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

I also posted more extensively on both food and touring on my blog:

http://robertrems.com

There are other threads on Puglia too, just use the search box at the top of the page, search for Puglia and the individual towns/cities.

I don't have any experience with the places you mention, but maybe someone who does will chime in.

Jun 25, 2015
rrems in Italy

Where do you research restaurants outside of Chowhound

Being that you are asking this specifically on the Spain/Portugal board, I am assuming your reason is that this particular board is less active than the France or Italy boards, and therefore it is harder to glean useful information, particularly for smaller cities and countryside.

This is the problem I ran into when planning a trip to some of the less touristed areas of Spain (by Americans at least) last year. While my searches on CH did turn up some useful advice, I found myself using Tripadvisor and Michelin extensively, something I would not generally do in other countries. I also like TA because many restaurants take reservations through it, and sometimes there are discounts.

If you read user reviews on TA very carefully, you can weed out the obvious know-nothings and figure out who knows what they are talking about. Michelin, while providing less information, is still very useful, as I've found that just being listed in the guide is a good indication a place is worth considering. We ended up eating very, very well, and I have reported on CH in the hope that our experiences will be helpful to future visitors. CH is still the best place to get advice, so reporting on our travels is of utmost importance.

Jun 24, 2015
rrems in Food Media & News
1

Dinner with my mother - recommendations

OP asked for quiet. Market Table is one of the loudest restaurants I've ever eaten in.

Jun 21, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

Madrid dinning

A bit of friendly advice: This sort of (extremely) vague question is not going to get you any useful advice. If you want responses, you need to do some research on this board (type Madrid into the search box), see what interests you, what fits your budget and culinary style, and then come back to ask specific questions. Good luck!

Jun 16, 2015
rrems in Spain/Portugal

52 Main (Millerton, NY)

Certainly does! I hope to try it in the next couple of weeks. Looks like a great spot for a weekend lunch.

Went to Gato last night

erica,

We tend to do mostly more moderately priced places these days, but when I think of things in the upper-middle range a few examples of what I find more compelling are Riverpark, Andanada, Rebelle, Recette.

Jun 06, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

Went to Gato last night

I've only been once also. Liked the food, and would go back if it weren't impossible to get a prime time reservation, and if I could be sure we would not be kept waiting as we were that time. At this price point there are better choices.

Jun 05, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

Piemonte 2015 and some links to prior years

allende,

I have been drooling over your great reports. As I said at the beginning of the thread, it is a wonderful resource. Though a trip to the Langhe is not in the cards for this year, I am hoping it will work out for next year, and will be rereading your comments then. Thank you very much for all your effort.

Jun 04, 2015
rrems in Italy

Great Indian Restaurant in Manhattan?

Bob, have you been to Malai Marke since the menu changed?

We were there 2 days ago and it was disappointing. The menu has been reduced in size, just as it was at Haldi, and my fears have been realized. They've removed some of our favorite dishes, the food was not as spicy as it used to be or should be. Kitchen was ridiculously slow. 45 minutes to get an appetizer. I've emailed them with my comments, and have not gotten a response from Mr. Mathur as yet.

I would highly recommend Awadh, even though it's slightly more expensive.

Jun 04, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

Louro closing

What a shame! I have to say I wondered how he was surviving even at the old rent, as the last few times we were there it was pretty empty, and I worried that this might happen.

Jun 04, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

In NYC for a theater weekend

It would be very helpful if you would specify a dollar amount for food alone (before drinks, tax, tip) or price of a main course.

There is so much info already out there on this board. Has anything caught your eye so far?

Jun 03, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

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.