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Venice/Bologna- trip report

<We've decided if we're going to do something super upscale/Michelin *** that we would likely to Piazza Duomo in Alba instead.>

Of all the 3 star Michelin places we have been to (and there are many) Piazza Duomo was one of the most disappointing. With so many wonderful restaurants and trattorias in Piemonte, this is one I would definitely skip.

Sep 14, 2014
rrems in Italy

Nothing expensive in lower Manhattan

Lots of good suggestions here, but I don't think anyone mentioned Mighty Quinn's Barbeque, which I would highly recommend. It's fast, cheap, and delicious. For a really good burger, I like Corner Bistro. Recently tried the new Korean fried chicken place, Unidentified Flying Chickens, and it was quite tasty. All of these places have very good beer selections, too, if that is something that appeals to you.

Sep 14, 2014
rrems in Manhattan

Please Help in Providing the "Just-Right" Combination in Paris

We have not been to La Ferrandaise, but a reliable friend who went there last year raved about it.

We did get to Semilla, and were not impressed. The preparation was ordinary and the plating sloppy, and it took forever for the food to be served. The place was full of loud Americans and Brits. You did not say what you thought of it, but if you are looking for good "bistronomique" I would recommend Pirouette or Ober Sale, both miles above Semilla.

Sep 10, 2014
rrems in France

Good Fried Chicken in the City

Sorry I forgot to report on this. Our dinner there last week was very good, but in the end it's still just fried chicken. The fried shrimp appetizer was excellent, they have a great beer selection, and the chicken was quite tasty, but I have a hard time getting excited about it. If you are a big fan of fried chicken, you will probably have a very favorable reaction to this one.

Sep 05, 2014
rrems in Manhattan

Looking for a place for anniversary

Annisa or Tocqueville.

Best BBQ in NYC

I love your enthusiasm. We tried the new MQ on Greenwich Ave. last week and were wowed by the brisket too. Full report on my blog:

robertrems.com

Aug 27, 2014
rrems in Manhattan

QUIET restaurant, GOOD FOOD (that's it!)

+1 for Tocqueville

Aug 23, 2014
rrems in Manhattan

Good Fried Chicken in the City

<Popeye's spicy ( ok shoot me)>

This brought a smile to my face. I haven't had Popeye's in several years, but the spicy was always delicious, along with the dirty rice and the cole slaw.

I always described it to skeptical friends as "gourmet fast food".

Aug 21, 2014
rrems in Manhattan

Good Fried Chicken in the City

I haven't tried it yet, but I recently got a Blackboard Eats deal for Unidentified Flying Chickens, which recently opened in the East Village. It's Korean, and the original in Jackson Heights, since 2007, has gotten very favorable reviews. I hope to try it next week and will report.

Aug 21, 2014
rrems in Manhattan

Gotham/Gramercy Tavern/Annisa/Union Square cafe - which one this time?

These are good options, too.

Aug 21, 2014
rrems in Manhattan

Gotham/Gramercy Tavern/Annisa/Union Square cafe - which one this time?

+1

Aug 21, 2014
rrems in Manhattan

Steak Diane

Aug 13, 2014
rrems in Manhattan

Delicious, Interesting, Inexpensive - any ideas?

Zabb is great. If you think Indian would work, I would also highly recommend Malai Marke.

Aug 11, 2014
rrems in Manhattan

Besancon help please

It was a few years ago, but we had a superb lunch at Le Poker d'As. Updated regional food in a very traditional setting, very reasonable for the quality, and obviously popular with locals.

Aug 07, 2014
rrems in France

Tapas recommendation please?

Tertulia, Boqueria, Andanada. All good, but I think Andanada is the best of the 3.

Aug 05, 2014
rrems in Manhattan

Best contemporary Mexican for Sat. night dinner for 4?

You're joking, right?

Aug 01, 2014
rrems in Manhattan
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Malai Marke - a new Indian on (gasp!) 6th St.

<Perhaps it was the chef's night off, but if so, that's pretty rough.>

I agree. I was just proposing a possible reason, not justifying in any way.

Jul 31, 2014
rrems in Manhattan

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

Pan, let me start by saying I have always respected your opinions, but I think you may have just hit an off night (chef's night off, maybe?), not that this is a legitimate excuse for a mediocre meal, but maybe another try is in order. We have been going there about once a month and have never been disappointed. Last time we went there, about a month ago, I recall saying to my partner that the shrimp jalfrezi was not as spicy as it should be. Otherwise, all was fine. Partly as a result of your report, we went there tonight, and I am happy to say it was as delicious as ever. We had chili chicken to start, then shrimp curry and rogan josh. All was well spiced and tasty.

Jul 30, 2014
rrems in Manhattan

Seafood in Manhattan?

I really like Oceana. In addition to great fish, especially the composed dishes as opposed to the standard choices of fish with your choice of sauces, the desserts are exceptional.

Jul 24, 2014
rrems in Manhattan

Best contemporary Mexican for Sat. night dinner for 4?

Toloache is somewhat traditional but not old-fashioned. The food quality is high and I love the cucumber margarita.

Jul 17, 2014
rrems in Manhattan

Pick One

It may not be the most exciting, but we have enjoyed our many meals at Crispo over the years. Haven't been to the others so can't compare, but I think Crispo gets bashed unfairly on this board, usually being compared to places that are substantially more expensive. Order whatever looks most interesting and you will not be disappointed. It's excellent value for the money.

Jul 16, 2014
rrems in Manhattan
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Ledbury, or something else?

Ledbury is by far the best meal we have had in London. Not to be missed!

Jul 16, 2014
rrems in U.K./Ireland

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

While I agree with you that this itinerary is too rushed overall, I disagree regarding Cinque Terre. We were staying in Santa Margherita, and took the train to Monterosso, walked to Vernazza, where we had a nice lunch, then took the train to Manarola, strolled around the very small town, and took the train back to S.M., all in one very lovely day. You could spend more time, but this was a perfect introduction.

As far as one good meal per day is concerned, as I've often pointed out on CH, it depends on the person. When travelling, my partner and I usually have a substantial lunch and dinner (no breakfast or a very light one) and it works out just fine. We don't want to miss out on a great meal when we only have limited time to experience wonderful food.

Jul 16, 2014
rrems in Italy

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

<Florence. Latini. I'll say it as politely as possible. Don't go.>

Well said, allende.

We went there maybe 20 years ago. It was recommended by the concierge at the hotel where we stayed. Definitely one of the worst dining experiences we have had in Europe, with mediocre food at best, slapdash service, and being sandwiched between annoying people at communal tables. I guess it hasnt changed much. Yecch!

Jul 16, 2014
rrems in Italy

Should I Take My Hat Off at a Restaurant?

<Nonetheless, I like wearing my new baseball hat in a restaurant>

I'm trying to understand, but why? Do you think you're impressing anyone? And does that excuse you from proper behavior?

< believe that some hats should be allowed>

Which hats? Why?

Jul 14, 2014
rrems in Features

Any CHers up for Midtown weekday lunch?

The last emails were discussing this coming Monday or Tuesday, but I have not gotten anything indicating a decision on this. Does anyone know if it is happening?

Jul 13, 2014
rrems in Manhattan

following up - our dinner at louro

When we were last there about a month ago it was quite busy. July 5 would indeed be a dead time, with the city being virtually emptied out. Regardless, it is important to support restaurants like Louro. We would hate to lose it.

Jul 11, 2014
rrems in Manhattan

NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2014

Unfortunate that Riverpark is not doing dinner this time. It was the only restaurant we would bother with for RW. If I'm not mistaken, Perry St. offers the same prix-fixe every day of the year (at least they used to, I would call to check) so if this is still the case there is no need to go there during RW. Toloache is great if you don't mind the limited menu.

Jul 11, 2014
rrems in Manhattan

Interesting Indian in Flatiron area

I love Junoon. Tamarind is now located in Tribeca. The one on 22nd St. closed.

Jul 07, 2014
rrems in Manhattan

Szechuan Gourmet 98th opening

We tried it the other night and were very pleased. Food was delicious and properly spicy. The space is comfortable and service was good. It's a great addition to the neighborhood.

See my detailed report on my blog:

robertrems.com

Jul 04, 2014
rrems in Manhattan