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How hard is it to get a res at TAO?

Use opentable.com, you will easily find tables available there.

Jul 09, 2008
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Fun, hip sushi place

Sushi Samba on 7th Avenue.

Jul 09, 2008
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Robert's Steak House -- Dress Code?

Roberts is good for guys who are out to have a good time with a good, but way overpriced meal. You're paying for the experience of course. If you love stripclubs, the frat crowd, and megaclubs then Roberts is for you. It's all about eating meat with eye candy.

If you are looking for a great steak with old-school New York ambiance, Sparks, Lugers, Keens are for you. They do the steakhouse best. Then you can get a lap dance at where they do that best.

Jul 07, 2008
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Robert's Steak House -- Dress Code?

That's correct. They may say something to you at the door but they aren't going to turn you away from a $100 dinner.

Jul 07, 2008
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Does Del Posto live up to hype/price?

Agreed, whatever that somelier makes (woman when I was there) is too much. She couldn't be bothered with our table, and we plunked down over $1K for dinner.

Food was very good though and the service otherwise was great. We did the tasting menu and while the portions were small everything was unique and tasty.

May 09, 2008
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Artichoke Basille's Pizza on 14th St

How is their delivery and/or call in service? Anyone have any experiences?

May 05, 2008
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Artichoke Basille's Pizza on 14th St

When 95% of the shops selling "New York Pizza" sell you dry, re-heated and bland slices....a place like Artichoke (hype or no) is great.

Apr 20, 2008
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Steak doneness usually wrong (specifically: how should I order my Keens porterhouse tomorrow?)

Keen's has one of the best steaks in the city. I also prefer medium rare and Keens cooked it to perfection. To me, it means charred on the outside (of course) but also warm throughout, reddish-pink in the center half-to-third of the meat. Medium rare on a thick cut is easier to do than on a thinner cut.

If your night is going to be ruined by something not done to your standards, I would ask the waiter what they consider medium rare. Tell him that you are very picky about this, at the same time being nice, and I'm sure he will make sure you get it.

Apr 03, 2008
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Current list of Rafiqi Halal Carts in NYC?

The best thing to get is the chicken and lamb combo. The chicken is very flavorful (I don't know what the commenters below got, but if it was Rafiqi's it has flava), and the lamb is very juicy and flavorful as well.

Sometimes if you go too early the lamb can be undercooked. It should be browned to get the full flavor.

Get the hot sauce, it is made by them (not tabasco as you get at other vendors) and it's excellent.

Apr 02, 2008
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Current list of Rafiqi Halal Carts in NYC?

9th St. and Broadway.

Gotta love the Rafiqi's hot sauce!

Apr 01, 2008
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Artichoke Basille's Pizza on 14th St

I tried Artichoke this weekend, and really like the sicilian and the artichoke/spinach slices. Both are very good, but are not better than DiFara's - as some have claimed on SliceNY.

Skip the baked artichoke though, I found it to be lacking in taste and a waste of $8 or whatever it costs.

Mar 31, 2008
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Bread Bar (at Tabla) tonight. Recs?

Ok..here's my take.

Overall, pretty good. The location and atmosphere are great. I've been there before for drinks but never placed it as a food destination.

Onion rings, Tikka chicken, rosemary naan were very good. Other mentionables were the guacamole, crab cake, and the lamb.

Donut holes were excellent, although I didn't see you rec until today MMRuth. We ordered 2 orders of those. THe Kulfi was a very interesting and delicious combination. Recommended. Ceviche was good also.

Things that were blah: chicken meatballs (bland and not appetizing), chocolate dessert, shrimp (overspiced), and I wasn't a fan of the tamarind margarita...I found it to be overly bitter.

Mar 27, 2008
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Bread Bar (at Tabla) tonight. Recs?

Going to the Bread Bar tonight...any can't miss dishes?

Mar 26, 2008
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Di Fara's: How much is the best NY slice of pizza worth?

Look who made it in the Post! Dom's price is making news in the tabloids now...with that kind of advertising, he doesn't need all of us who are put off by his price increase.

http://www.nypost.com/seven/02182008/...

Feb 18, 2008
smokedgouda in Outer Boroughs

Di Fara's: How much is the best NY slice of pizza worth?

That's right, and in America we can complain about things as much as we want too. $4 a slice is equal to Una Pizza Napoletana charging $20 for a margherita...not from my wallet! Thanks though.

Feb 11, 2008
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The Smith....not so good.

I ate dinner there with a group and found the food to be pretty good. We had the mac and cheese (very good), the calamari (ok, but a skip), chicken w/ fries (tender and excellent flavor), the avocado salad (tasty), the arugula salad (very tasty), steak (chewy, not the best steak). Service was very friendly, although they are still ironing the kinks out since it took an hour to seat our large group. Otherwise, a good experience.

Jan 25, 2008
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Dinosaur BBQ NYC

Dinosaur is very good. Worth the trip uptown.

Jan 24, 2008
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Keens? Rec

I went with a group of guys recently and had a great T-bone. My friend had the mutton chop and was very satisfied. "New" steakhouses have a more polished look and better sides but will have nothing on Keen's where it counts: the meat.

Jan 03, 2008
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how pricey is Stanton Social?

$50 per person there is tough. I went there with my (very thin) sister and we put down $160 between the two of us, and we didn't go nuts.

Jan 03, 2008
smokedgouda in Manhattan

Recommendations at Lupa

One word for dessert: Tartuffo.

Jan 02, 2008
smokedgouda in Manhattan

stanton social. thoughts?

Absolutely no way would I buy a reservation for SS. It's good, but not that amazing that you need to pay extra for it.

Dec 18, 2007
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Lunetta NYC

Ricotta Buscetta was excellent. Overall, however, I found Lunetta in Manhattan to be average...nothing wowed me.

Dec 17, 2007
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Fish fry?

Does anyone know any good fish fry take-out restaurants? I'm not talking English fish-and-chips style, but the upstate NY type with crispy haddock fillets. I'm from Syracuse originally and the predominantly Catholic community there had many fish-fry options, especially during Lent.

Dec 14, 2007
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Friday dinner around 51st and Park?

I second Fresco (not to be confused with Fresco - On the Go, next door).

Dec 14, 2007
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Friday dinner around 51st and Park?

I've eaten at Haru several times for lunch and always find their fish to be very fresh.

Dec 14, 2007
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Lunetta NYC

My gf wants to go here so what should I get when we go?

Dec 13, 2007
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John's Pizza or Grimaldi's?

I prefer Grimaldi's over John's. Grimaldi's pies are saltier (in a good way) while John's tends to serve blander pies in my opinion. Lombardi's and Grimaldi's are both extremely good, and John's is a runner up.

Dec 02, 2007
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Di Fara [split from Manhattan board]

I assumed it was Romano, but it could be something else. Anyone know what the extra cheese is that Dom grates on his pies?

Nov 20, 2007
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Di Fara [split from Manhattan board]

I did not try the square...although I saw him preparing it. It looks like the same toppings, but sicilian style dough. Right?

Easy on the "don't mention Grimaldi's" thing. Di Fara is excellent, but Grimaldi's is still up there. Let's not get ridiculous, remember the typical pizza pie in America is the completely average Dominos.

Nov 16, 2007
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Di Fara [split from Manhattan board]

I am a pizza-geek and went to Di Fara's for the first time today (I know, I know, it was way overdue). Here's my thoughts:

As far as slices go, there is no better pizza than Di Fara's. Dom is a master and loves his work and it comes through in the pizza. Very simple process, dough, chunky tomato sauce, bufalo mozz, pecorino and olive oil. He bakes it then snips basil on top and a little extra romano. Crust layer (not the entire crust) is a little harder than other NY pizzerias like Lombardi or Grimaldi, not as salty. The cheese combination and oil is what makes this pizza stand above the rest. Just amazing.

Nov 16, 2007
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