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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

Please help me choose for a Thursday night dinner

Recette would be excellent, but it is more expensive than Louro and Perilla.

Jul 02, 2014
rrems in Manhattan

Please help me choose for a Thursday night dinner

I've not been to Forgione. Of the other 2, Perilla is probably safer, while Louro is more interesting and is the one I would choose, but either one would definitely be a good choice. Take a look at the menus for each and see which looks more likely to work.

Jul 01, 2014
rrems in Manhattan

Degustation now a days?

Louro is great. Went to Degustation a few months ago, after seeing a positive comment on CH. We hadn't been there since Wesley Genovart left. The menu was more limited and the dishes just didn't excite like before. Very disappointing.

Jun 29, 2014
rrems in Manhattan

One week in Puglia - Rate my choices!

You would have to be out of your mind to miss Alberobello. The reason it's "touristy" is that it is one of the most gorgeous towns in all of Italy. Take a look at my report from Puglia:

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

Jun 28, 2014
rrems in Italy
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Annisa or Union Square Cafe?

Thanks for the report. So glad you enjoyed it. Annisa is one of my all-time favorites.

Jun 24, 2014
rrems in Manhattan
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$$ or $$$ NYC restaurant for a celebration

The Gander might work. Also Andanada if you like Spanish food.

Jun 22, 2014
rrems in Manhattan

$$ or $$$ NYC restaurant for a celebration

Why such a vague question? Can you state the dollar amount of your budget for food only, per person, before tax, tip and drinks?

Jun 21, 2014
rrems in Manhattan

NYT

Sorry if I'm being pedantic, but "repetition of known facts or quantities" is pretty much the definition of boilerplate, hence my reaction, though I do see how you could interpret the type of writing we are discussing to fit the definition of pot-boiler.

"finding errors in the Times shows your age". How true!

Jun 19, 2014
rrems in France

NYT

"pot boiler"? I think you mean "boilerplate".

In any case, as a daily reader of the Times, I find that it is not only articles about France or French food that can be lacking in fact-checking. Many articles are riddled with erroneous statements and only someone really knowledgeable about the subject will notice the errors, leaving other readers to wrongly assume that what they are reading is in fact, fact. I take the Times with a grain of salt.

Jun 19, 2014
rrems in France
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Annisa or Union Square Cafe?

Great choice. Have a good time.

Jun 19, 2014
rrems in Manhattan

NYT

"just okay".

I remember when okay meant "great". Now anything that is halfway decent is described as "amazing" or "awesome", and "okay" has been relegated to "mediocre" or less. Oy!

Jun 18, 2014
rrems in France

Loud?

Of your list, I've only been to NoMad, Juni and All'Onda. Juni is the only one that is guaranteed quiet. The others depend on where you are seated and just how loud the diners around you are. That said, I will not be returning to Juni because I felt it was poor value for money. If you are willing to spend that much, I'd recommend Picholine or Tocqueville.

Jun 18, 2014
rrems in Manhattan

Annisa or Union Square Cafe?

Haven't been to USC in several years. It's always been reliably good but never exciting. Annisa is a gem and has been consistently wonderful all these years, even improving over that time.

I really hope you don't mean your intention is to cancel one of your reservations, I have to say, as has been pointed out many times on this board, it is extremely rude and presumptious to make a reservation at a very popular restaurant and hold it until a few days or a week before, preventing others from getting that res. By the time you cancel, those who had missed out will probably have made other plans and will not even be aware of the availability. You should ask your questions and make your plans BEFORE reserving.

Jun 18, 2014
rrems in Manhattan

Recs for Culinary Tour of Puglia

You should definitely have a car. Alberobello is a beautiful town and may make a good base. Depending on how much time you have, you may want to stay in a couple of different areas, as Puglia is a large region. We stayed in Monopoli because we have friends there. If you want to be on the coast, it is a good choice, The nearby town of Polignano a Mare is also very charming.

Jun 13, 2014
rrems in Italy
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Recs for Culinary Tour of Puglia

Can't help you with food tours, but if you are willing to strike out on your own, maybe my report will be of help:

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

Jun 12, 2014
rrems in Italy

Looking for great food between Leon to Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Thanks very much for the report. I am still researching but this is very helpful.

Jun 12, 2014
rrems in Spain/Portugal

Looking for great food between Leon to Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Any reports on the places you visited? We will be going to Leon and Santiago in November and restaurant suggestions would be very much appreciated.

Jun 10, 2014
rrems in Spain/Portugal

Spina versus Lavagna

I've not been to Lavagna, but I will say that Spina is excellent, particularly their pastas. I love it.

There is a recent report on my blog robertrems.com

Jun 04, 2014
rrems in Manhattan