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Bâtard

Chowhound is littered with grievances about dishes that were not comped when hounds failed to call attention to the failed dish after the first bite or two. Not saying you should not have been acknowledged, both verbally and financially, but you did state you ate 2/3 of it. Sounds as if 4/5'ths of your meal was satisfactory.
3/3'rds of my meal was satisfactory. I didn't care for the noise level and found the service lopsided towards the big spenders.
I'll go back.

Bâtard

I found Juni to be the exception: very low noise level, even when full. But, all things considered, you are correct; most restaurants that have opened in the last decade are deafening.

Aug 29, 2014
famdoc in Manhattan

Calling all Bucks County Chowhounds

I agree with your assessment of the price/quality factor at HGR. Nonetheless, as long-time customers (and NYC residents who spend a lot of time in Bucks County), there's a certain comfort with the food and the personalities there. I'm a fan of Mark Miller on the grill and know when he's grilling, I'm getting quality. I also know he buys his provisions carefully, not cutting corners. His fish supplier is top-notch and he buys many vegetables from Bucks County farmers.

Calling all Bucks County Chowhounds

Special occasion? BYO? Outdoor dining? Seems like Hamilton's Grill Room fits that description 100%.

Curry Hill Thali favorite Bhojan CLOSED

Long-time Curry Hill favorite Bhojan, best known for its affordable thali dinners (and for its frequent appearances on Groupon) has closed. What are you other favorite Curry Hill Indian restaurants?

Aug 27, 2014
famdoc in Manhattan

Bâtard

Couldn't hear my dining companion at a two-top.
To some of us, that's relevant.

Aug 26, 2014
famdoc in Manhattan

Bâtard

Apparently, there are still tables available tonight.
Would suggest requesting tables near the front, as the noise level in the interior of the restaurant is extraordinary.

Aug 26, 2014
famdoc in Manhattan

Bâtard

3-star NYT review by Pete Wells:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/27/din...

Aug 26, 2014
famdoc in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

ZaZa: I'm a big fan of Arthur Russell's music. The last decade has seen a resurgence of interest in his music. Much of his unreleased material has been released (just check Amazon or iTunes) and his music has been used for the soundtracks of at least one film and a commercial in the UK (search YouTube for "Arthur Russell/This is How We Walk on the Moon/Commercial T-Mobile UK"). And, in a month, the Red Hot organization will be releasing a compilation of covers of Arthur's music by major contemporary musicians, benefitting AIDS charities.

Aug 25, 2014
famdoc in Manhattan

Calling all Bucks County Chowhounds

We were just at Hamilton's Grill Room on Friday. Portions were abundant and delicious. It was a bit of a slow night, I think they even seated a few walk-ins. No back-up at front, which seems to happen on busier nights. It's a bit pricey, by Bucks County standards ($17 for six oysters, fish and meat specials $32-38), but the setting is worth a few extra bucks, don't you think?

Aug 24, 2014
famdoc in Philadelphia
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Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

One "e" in Nedick's.

Aug 20, 2014
famdoc in Manhattan

Calling all Bucks County Chowhounds

Used to be a place in Newtown called Basil Leaf. Apparently closed. Liked their pho.

Aug 18, 2014
famdoc in Philadelphia

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

There was an urban legend that all the Indian restaurants on E. 6th St. shared the same kitchen.

There was also a macrobiotic joint in amongst all the Indian joints. I believe it was called The Cauldron.

Aug 15, 2014
famdoc in Manhattan
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kavkaz (kavkaze / kavkazi) food in kensington/ditmas/midwood?

Restarting this old thread to report an exceptionally unpleasant experience at the new location of Kavkaz (Coney Island Ave. between Webster and Newkirk). The experience is essentially a massive upsell and a "service charge" that is not a tip that appears on the check. To make a very long story short, we ate at Kavkaz for the first time this evening, having passed it with curiosity many times. We were greeted and served by a very pleasant young man and asked for his assistance with ordering. We ordered a salad and an appetizer. He then offered us a fish kebab, explaining that the kebab would include three different fish. The starters were wonderful. The kebab was essentially six large slabs of fish that had been grilled, served with buckwheat and a pomegranate sauce. We really didn't care much for the kebabs and found the portion size immense. That should have been our first clue. When the check arrived, we found we had been charged for three fish main courses, a total of $60. In addition, beneath the total and tax was a "service charge" of $8.90. When asked what this represented, our server told us it was for his boss and was NOT a tip. When we told him we were unaccustomed to a service charge in a restaurant, he googled the words "service charge in restaurant" and showed me his smart phone. Recognizing this was not a battle I cared to continue, I paid the check.

So, a classic caveat emptor situation, combined with a hidden additional charge makes a return visit to Kavkaz completely unlikely. Have others had a similar experience here or at other Russian restaurants along Coney Island Ave. or nearby neighborhoods? Am I completely missing a cultural norm?

Aug 14, 2014
famdoc in Outer Boroughs

Calling all Bucks County Chowhounds

You are right. I have tomago on my face.
Ooka is acceptable. Can't comment on Ota-Ya.

Aug 14, 2014
famdoc in Philadelphia
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Calling all Bucks County Chowhounds

Think you mean Jamie Hollander.

The Marhaba story is several years old. When it first opened, it had a different name. I told the owner that I used to go to a restaurant by that name in Brooklyn and that the cuisine was similar.
He became quite agitated and claimed to hold a copyright on the name of the restaurant and that he had sued to owners of the Brooklyn restaurant for using that name. I found his response a bit odd, but filed it under "curious", continuing to eat there because the food he served was really quite excellent. A year or so went by and the local press and the blogosphere briefly erupted with a report that the owner had been arrested for a horrible crime against his female companion. I'll say nothing further here, except to note that, following a lengthy closure, the restaurant reopened under the current name, apparently different ownership and, basically, the same menu.

Haven't been to the Lambertville Ota-Ya in more than a decade, although have been to the Doylestown location a few times. It's really decent, in my opinion.

Aug 14, 2014
famdoc in Philadelphia

The Inn at Phillips Mill, New Hope - has anyone been?

Still excellent. Still BYO. Recommend the pasta con sarde and whatever whole fish is being grilled that night. And, no meal is complete without a pizza.

Aug 12, 2014
famdoc in Philadelphia

The Inn at Phillips Mill, New Hope - has anyone been?

Our favorite Bucks County restaurants (geographic license: includes river towns in Jersey):
Lambertville: Hamilton Grill Room, D'Floret, Marhaba
Stockton: Via Ponte
Rosemont: The Pass
Perkasie: Maize on Main
New Hope: Sprig and Vine, Hearth

Aug 12, 2014
famdoc in Philadelphia

The Inn at Phillips Mill, New Hope - has anyone been?

Hey, Bacchus101, we've had this discussion before. Agree that Maize is loud. Agree that it is slow. The loudness issue can be dealt with by taking a table at 8 PM or later on weekends. The slowness is part of the experience there. Your opinion, however, has been shared by others, both here and on Yelp and Trip Adviser. The pace of the meal simply doesn't work for some people. I respect that.

Aug 11, 2014
famdoc in Philadelphia

The Inn at Phillips Mill, New Hope - has anyone been?

Search this board for excellent choices in Bucks County. Our favorite is Maize in Perkasie. If you'll allow for a little geographic freedom, The Pass, in Rosemont, NJ (a few short miles from the Center Bridge from Solebury to Stockton), is outstanding.

Aug 10, 2014
famdoc in Philadelphia

The Inn at Phillips Mill, New Hope - has anyone been?

We recently made our annual visit to the Inn at Phillips Mill. To summarize:
food: 8, service 2. The pureed watercress soup was delightful. The Caesar salad was generous and perfectly dressed (the anchovy taste was well-balanced, a characteristic missing from many restaurant Caesar salads) and the cod, again, was generous, with a great assortment of fresh vegetable surrounding a sizable piece of fish, at just the right doneness.

However, the service was woeful. As I've commented before, there is frequently a bottleneck at the entrance, where the hostess was absent for the first five minutes of our arrival (and the arrival of another party). Once she arrived, she couldn't quite figure out where to seat us. Our server, a very pleasant woman, was unable to pronounce several menu items (arugula and terrine). Our mains were brought out before our salads (the problem was quickly remedied, to the credit of the staff and kitchen).

Aug 10, 2014
famdoc in Philadelphia

Is there a great Farmers' Market in the Garden State?

Trenton Thunder Game-restaurants

Lots of great restaurants in Yardley, PA, 6 miles away. Search the Philadelphia board for recent suggestions.

Francisco's On The River serves excellent Italian food, particularly seafood. It's a bit on the pricey side, however...expect to spend $40 or more per person. It is located in Washington's Crossing, PA, 10 miles away.

Jul 28, 2014
famdoc in New Jersey

Restaurant Suggestion in Lambertville

Agree here, too. Not only is this "true Mexican fare", but it is "true Peruvian fare", as well. Order the ceviche tasting platter.

Jul 28, 2014
famdoc in New Jersey

Restaurant Suggestion in Lambertville

Spaetzle, this subject has been discussed many times here. Simply search for prior threads using the search feature, above.

That said, my favorite is certainly The Pass. D'floret is excellent, too, as is the Hamilton Grill Room. Via Ponte in Stockton for outstanding Italian.

Jul 28, 2014
famdoc in New Jersey

Unheralded Brooklyn Restaurants

As I said, it was excellent. Recommend the grilled octopus and grilled orata.

Jul 26, 2014
famdoc in Outer Boroughs

Bâtard

First visit to Batard.
Impressions:

Food is outstanding. An excellent value for $65/3-courses
Plenty of good wines for $50-100/bottle.

Noise level deafening by 9 PM, despite new noise-baffling ceiling.
Servers made no eye contact with us. Getting wine refilled, seconds on bread, check was major work.
There were several tables of big spenders in the room.
Needless to say, they got a great deal of attention.
Those tables in the middle are huge. Unless you're a party of 6 or 8, don't sit there (request a smaller table when you make your reservation).

Would certainly go back, but there are some bugs to be worked out....are you listening, Mr. Nieporent?

Jul 24, 2014
famdoc in Manhattan

Unheralded Brooklyn Restaurants

From Brooklyn Fare to Pok Pok NY and everywhere in between, there are scores of popular restaurants in Brooklyn. Which are your favorite "unheralded" Brooklyn restaurants?

The idea for assembling this list came after I enjoyed an outstanding meal at Park Slope's Okeanos, which has (quietly) been preparing excellent mezzes and fresh grilled fish for several years. Among the highlights of our meal were the grilled octopus, the taramosalata and the freshly grilled daurade (orata). A nice selection of affordable Greek wines, knowledgeable staff and a good price point (think $50 pp for shared mezzes and an appetizer, a fresh fish and a glass of wine).

Do other hounds have any opinion on Okeanos? Other "unheralded" Brooklyn restaurants?

Jul 23, 2014
famdoc in Outer Boroughs

Logan Inn

Thanks for taking one for the team. I'll stick to The Pass, Hamilton's Grill Room, D'Floret and other nearby tried-and-true favorites. Some of your experiences there were inexcusable, but I would have repetitively questioned the assertion that a popular New Hope restaurant was "first-come, first-served" on a weekend evening.

Jul 20, 2014
famdoc in Philadelphia

Would you eat at an AC casino that announced it is closing?

Why bother eating at a casino (unless you're a high-roller and get comped meals), when Atlantic City has many fine, independent restaurants, including this:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/07/din...

Jul 17, 2014
famdoc in New Jersey