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Suggestions for gifts

I'm going to Hong Kong and Taipei. The food items I bring should be consumed within a week. I don't go back often so I'm not very familiar with what is available in Asia and/or what people might like.

I took a look at the thread and it is very helpful. I think the Mast Brothers chocolate and hot chocolate ideas are definitely going on my list! Coffee beans would be easy to bring back too.

I'd love to bring macarons from Lauduree. Do you think they will survive in my luggage?

Dec 16, 2012
abs28 in Manhattan

Suggestions for gifts

I'm visiting relatives in Asia next week. Any suggestions on food-related gifts I can bring back? I would prefer not to carry on any of these items.

Dec 16, 2012
abs28 in Manhattan

Favorite Scallops Dish

I've developed a love for scallops lately and so far the best ones I've eaten are at Craft. The scallops with miso at Blue Ribbon Izakaya are amazing too. What are some of your favorite places for scallops?

Sep 12, 2012
abs28 in Manhattan

Perla

Had an amazing experience at Perla this weekend. Definitely some of the best food and service I've had in a while. Highly recommend it!

Sep 02, 2012
abs28 in Manhattan

Best restaurants for low carb/paleo eaters when dining out

Maybe La Sirene? I really like the mussels and duck there. Pretty low carb as long as you skip the bread and desserts :)

May 06, 2012
abs28 in Manhattan

Tremont in the West Village

Has anyone been? I haven't heard much about the restaurant but the dinner menu looks great. Think I might try it out this week!

May 06, 2012
abs28 in Manhattan

L'Artusi Saves Dinner

I've been wanting to try L'Artusi for a while but every time I check Open Table there are only 5:30 and 10:00 options left. Do you have any color on how long the wait is during prime time on a weekend?

Apr 12, 2012
abs28 in Manhattan

really good seafood in Manhattan.

Any recommendations on what to order at Aquagrill, besides the oysters?

Apr 11, 2012
abs28 in Manhattan

name 5 overrated, or over hyped or famous restaurants whose food doesn't live up to reputation

I usually go to 15 East or Kyo Ya now. Nobu is convenient for me too and the food has never been bad, but when I want to spend $100 on a meal I'd rather take a cab and go somewhere excellent :)

Apr 05, 2012
abs28 in Manhattan

name 5 overrated, or over hyped or famous restaurants whose food doesn't live up to reputation

Here are my top over-rated and over-hyped restaurants. Keep in mind that I've only been to each of these places once, so maybe I just ordered the wrong things or it was an off day.

1) Alta - I was so excited to try Alta because I hear great things about it and everything on the menu sounded delicious but the food turned out to be very mediocre. Nothing we ordered tasted very fresh and everything was over-cooked or over-sauced.

2) Lure Fishbar - I had the octopus and the branzino. The food was good but there are so many other places in the city that has better seafood for the same price.

3) Balthazar - I went for brunch and we ordered the classic brunch dishes like the bread basket, eggs benedict, etc. Nothing was memorable. Plus, it was uncomfortably crowded and the service was not very good.

4) Il Buco Alimentari - The food was not bad, but definitely not good enough for me to go again given the noisiness of the restaurant and the terrible service. I seriously could not hear a thing my friend was saying and my throat was sore afterwards from having to shout the whole time. Also, had no idea who our server was.

5) The Spotted Pig - Mediocre food, long wait time and uncomfortable seating.

6) Perilla - Extremely disappointing, but I went during restaurant week so maybe the kitchen was just too busy? But the food was so bad I vowed never to return again.

7) Nobu - I've actually been here more than once. Tried all their well-known dishes like the black cod, yellowtail jalapeno, etc. I used to think the food was pretty good but then I discovered other Japanese restaurants in the city that are better and never went back again.

Apr 04, 2012
abs28 in Manhattan

Boqueria - which location?

Is the Soho location still better? I'm going next Saturday with a group of four. Also, does anyone know how long the wait is around 8pm on a weekend and if there's a bar area where we can wait?

Mar 31, 2012
abs28 in Manhattan