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Most interesting restaurants for carnivores

Yes, Carnivore = Cannibal by an incorrect name. Between your original post and the news about the NSA surveillance (bringing to mind the Carnivore internet snooping program from the Bush years), I had Carnivore on the mind but meant Cannibal. I do agree with Kathryn below - set-up is more like a bar (one long bar for sitting at, tables out in the covered garden behind. I haven't been after work but could see it getting crowded, which is another reason we like to get there early for brunch when it's quiet and we can sit.

Jun 07, 2013
arturusthorne in Manhattan

Most interesting restaurants for carnivores

Very true - and I definitely didn't mean to put Carnivore down, since I'm a big fan (and my wife, who's from the south and a discerning biscuits and gravy fan, ranks theirs among the best in the city, while I love their Cuban sandwich). I'm in the mindset of thinking of it as a brunch place since we live nearby and it's a nice place for a weekend brunch in the garden out back but definitely a good all-around option for meat lovers!

Jun 06, 2013
arturusthorne in Manhattan

Most interesting restaurants for carnivores

Lots of good recommendations above. I was going to suggest Cannibal, too, though if you're looking for a "no expense spared" place I'm not sure it fits the bill - it's more informal, though it's a great place for a beer (or brunch) and meat. Definitely worth a stop at some point.

I'd toss Il Buco Alimentari into the mix. As far as meat goes, they've got great charcuterie (iirc, the Times review ranked it among the best in the city) and the monstrous rib dish is one of the biggest hunks of meat I've had in the last year, and I really enjoyed it.

Jun 06, 2013
arturusthorne in Manhattan

Really enjoyed Maysville!

I'll second this - I've been to Maysville once for dinner and once for brunch and both times were great... it's just a few blocks from home and I'm glad it is since it's on the short list of new places I've been this year that had me already planning a return trip while still dining (would have gone back for a second dinner already but for the fact that friends had to cancel a trip to NY when we were planning to go to Maysville).

The smoked trout dish is a winner and we've had the smoked oyster appetizer both times and really enjoyed it. The brunch menu is tasty, too, and my wife - from the south and a real Southern food fan - said that the Maysville biscuits and gravy are in the top two of any she's found in NYC (Tipsy Parson being the other, with Maysville's being more traditional). Both times I was there, the place was fairly full and I've noticed that prime time reservations have been booked out on Open Table - good to see a fun, casual place right nearby doing well, and glad you enjoyed it, too, Spiritchaser.

May 10, 2013
arturusthorne in Manhattan

Manzanilla - Interesting Spanish food and wines

Interesting review - when I got to the end of it, I was surprised he'd given the place even one star. To me (and admittedly I'm a bit biased after an underwhelming meal there), it read like damning with faint praise and more like a no-star than one-star review.

Apr 17, 2013
arturusthorne in Manhattan

Omakase that won't break the bank?

I'll second Kanoyama. As Kathryn notes, it's not the full-on "omakase" experience at that price point but I don't think anywhere in the city would give the true chef's choice omakase for that price. In terms of a high-quality set meal that showcases the day's special, the "sushi omakase" at Kanoyama is a winner - as is the sashimi omakase which I'd never ordered before my most recent visit, despite eating there all the time. Happy to report that the sashimi omakase is every bit as good: plenty of food, interesting presentation and good variety (for ~$40).

FWIW, the "super omakase" at Kanoyama - which is more of the true sit at the bar and eat whatever the chef prepares - is great, too. Make a reservation and sit at the bar back in the back room and have a great meal... we went about a year ago and it was one of our favorite meals of the year (in a year that included Per Se and two less-than-satisfactory meals at EMP).

Apr 15, 2013
arturusthorne in Manhattan

Shopsins? Is it True about getting kicked out?

Kenny's book is a fun, interesting read, too. I saw his daughter Tamara just put out a book, too - not sure it relates to the restaurant but I haven't had a chance to read it.

We were just there yesterday and had a great meal, as always. I'm consistently amazed to hear about the reputation since I've gone there for years, back to the old Bedford Street location and never had issues. Yesterday's meal was fantastic and the only yelling was between Kenny and his son. Used to go there a lot and they gave me a t-shirt when I headed off overseas, so I'll always be a fan, but just don't be a jerk, be prepared to wait in line, know what you want to order and it'll be a great experience.

Apr 07, 2013
arturusthorne in Manhattan

Manzanilla - Interesting Spanish food and wines

I'll agree regarding poor service. We ate there a few weeks ago and had high hopes but came away really disappointed (in contrast to, for example, the previous week's meal at Mayesville which we really enjoyed).

The service was lackluster and disinterested throughout and included things like bringing my wife the wrong sherry for dessert (which we didn't realize until we saw the check). She had clearly ordered one kind of the PX and they brought the other, more expensive one. We also ordered two "snacks" - the oxtail sliders (best thing we had) and the tomato tartare and asked that they be brought first then the octopus appetizer then our main dishes, and they just kept bringing the dishes out on top of each other so that we found ourselves with a table full of items that we hadn't had a chance to finish and were getting cold. I get that approach if we're at Shopsin's or a family-style place but if I'm paying upwards of $100 per person for dinner, they should be able to pace my courses correctly. One of my sherry glasses had a strange funky smell (reminiscent of fish oil) and I had to send it back - it wasn't the sherry but rather the glass itself.

The other dishes were okay but not particularly memorable - and my entree (the pollo) came out cold in the center. It would have been good otherwise but had clearly been reheated and not very well.

All around, my experience at Manzanilla was average at best, but average in that "there are plenty of much better than average places in Manhattan where I can spend this much." I really wanted to like the place but for this pricing with such uneven service and cold food, we won't be going back. Too many places that are comparable price-wise that I've enjoyed and too many new places to try.

Apr 07, 2013
arturusthorne in Manhattan

First Date on East Side Manhattan

Kanoyama for sushi?

Jan 25, 2013
arturusthorne in Manhattan

Del Posto was really good, but I'm still not quite convinced.

That's always been my thought on Del Posto, too - it was fine but didn't jump out at me, particularly at that price point. It's comforting to know I'm not alone in that assessment (given that I'm also not that crazy about EMP and feel like I'm alone in the wilderness on that one). I loved the Del Posto space but the food was "good" but felt somewhat uninspired.

Jan 25, 2013
arturusthorne in Manhattan

Where to buy soft candies such as fruit jellies, turkish delights, etc?

La Bergamote Patisserie (in West Chelsea and Hell's Kitchen) makes really good pate de fruits in a variety of flavors - they had lychee, mango, pear and raspberry when I was there last weekend.

Dec 10, 2012
arturusthorne in Manhattan

Dining alone (!) at Per Se next week - Questions!

Out of curiosity, how was it? We had been planning to try for reservations for dinner in January (as a Christmas gift to ourselves) but then found a lunch reservation for Saturday the 16th and may end up going that route... and now that lunch is an option, we're debating the extended tasting menu, too. If anyone has any thoughts or recent experiences to share, I'd love to hear them - hadn't expected to suddenly find lunch at Per Se as an option in two weeks, but we're excited!

Dec 03, 2012
arturusthorne in Manhattan

Dining alone (!) at Per Se next week - Questions!

Not to hijack the thread, but do either of you have any tips for getting reservations, particularly for the extended tasting menu? I've been once, 2-3 years ago, and got lucky with a last-minute opening that popped up on open table. I assume that the recipe for success is the usual "call early and often" - anything more to it? We're hoping to go in Jan/Feb for our usual holiday gift to each other treat meal, so time's drawing near to start trying to get in! Thanks in advance!

Nov 16, 2012
arturusthorne in Manhattan

Your Top 5 Italian Restaurants Below 50th Street?

Scarpetta
Ciano
Maialino
Piccolo Angelo
Torrisi

Depends what you're looking for, though, as certain of those places are quite different from the others in terms of pricing, formality and style of cooking...

Nov 07, 2012
arturusthorne in Manhattan

Bon Appitite West Village Bar/Restaurant???

Pretty sure that's it. The article says it opened in 1923 and Gene's website says 1919, but the pictures (the article only shows the bar) look alike. The article describes the cuisine as Italian meets Continental and the website's menu has pasta and Italian dishes alongside steak and chops and French fare.

Aug 23, 2012
arturusthorne in Manhattan

Zagat's top 12 sushi restaurants in NYC 2012

To be fair, the list is actually "Top 12 Sushi and Japanese Restaurants in New York" and was, I'm pretty sure, just organized by Zagat "food" ratings and not the critic's view.

Jun 21, 2012
arturusthorne in Manhattan

Shopsin's

Actually, the original was on Bedford and Morton, across 7th from the Bedford and Carmine location. They moved to Carmine maybe 2002 or so... I randomly had an apartment on the corner of 7th and Morton and kept wondering what "that little hole in the wall place" across the way was. Finally ventured in one day and it immediately became my go to brunch place - it was sad to see them move a few blocks away to Carmine though that location was much nicer and bigger. I have to admit, I'm not a big fan of the Essex location, partly because it's farther away now but also because it's smaller and more cramped and doesn't have the character of the original. Still, need to get down there sometime soon. Kenny's wife did pass away in 2003... I remember I'd stopped in for dinner that same week and the place was quiet and we chatted, then I came in for brunch the following Sunday with my parents and they had a sign on the door saying "R.I.P. Eve". Really sad...

Just this past weekend, I was wearing the Shopsins t-shirt they gave me when I told them I was heading for Africa in the Peace Corps... the only request "Take a picture of you with pygmies wearing the shirt." The shirt made it with me when I took a trip to Uganda and I did.

Anyway, rambling post, but it's one of my favorite "New York" experiences. Need to get back there sometime soon!

Jun 20, 2012
arturusthorne in Manhattan

The Rooftop at The NoMad - Our Wonderful Experience

Thanks for the writeup! I had a great meal at the NoMad a month ago (better than EMP, in my book) and can see the rooftop from my apartment so I've been looking forward to going sometime soon. Sounds like it's well worth it. Out of curioisty, is the "surcharge" just a fixed gratuity or is it something separate and you're expecting to tip on top of that?

Jun 20, 2012
arturusthorne in Manhattan

Asiate or Gilt?!

I loved Gilt - fantastic service, enjoyed the room, found the tasting menu to be really well composed and delicious and the wine pairings both interesting and well-matched. It's one of the best meals I've had in NYC recently; I'd put it ahead of the two EMP dinners I've had in the past year, for half the price. Our meal there was a real standout. I've only been to the Modern once and haven't been to Asiate but from my own experience at Gilt, I'd recommend it highly (over EMP for the price, over my meal at Daniel).

Jun 20, 2012
arturusthorne in Manhattan

Coming to NYC and had a few questions about reservation systems and brunch/lunch

Pretty sure it's concretes yes, shakes no in the B line at Madison Square Park. Never been clear on the distinction but that's been reason enough to always get a concrete and never a shake when I've visited.

Jun 15, 2012
arturusthorne in Manhattan

The next big thing on the Manhattan dining landscape?

I recently dined at both NoMad and ACME and thought both were fantastic. In each case, we were able to get in with reservations just a few days before. I'm not sure either will blow up to quite the extent you mentioned but I thought both deserved it.

May 17, 2012
arturusthorne in Manhattan

In desperate need of Dinner Recommendation between 23rd & 8th in Chelsea...

Cookshop and Tipsy Parson are nearby, too - both are good American restaurants, Tipsy Parson with a southern bent to it.

May 04, 2012
arturusthorne in Manhattan

Coming to NYC and had a few questions about reservation systems and brunch/lunch

For whatever it's worth, the Breslin is a hotel restaurant, which in turn means that they open earlier than many other places do for breakfast/brunch - 7 a.m. as opposed to the usual 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. If you get there on the earlier side, you can often get in without a wait... I live nearby and get in around 9 or even 10 without a wait on Saturdays and Sundays. If you're looking for more traditional lunch hours (or certainly for dinner), you may find yourself with more of a wait.

Totally off-topic but has anyone else had bad luck with their coffee? Last couple of times I've been there it's been chemically and almost undrinkable. I'm not all that particular about my coffee though I like a good cup, but theirs is so bad I'm tempted to skip coffee altogether and get something else.

May 04, 2012
arturusthorne in Manhattan

EMP - how often does the (tasting) menu change?

How often does EMP change its tasting menu? Do the "single ingredient" dishes on the main menu change at the same frequency? We went in January and enjoyed but weren't overwhelmed by the tasting menu, but we're lucky enough to be going again with guests in the next few weeks. If we order the tasting menu, will it be largely the same New York-themed "big apple and black and white cookie" menu or have they moved on to something more spring-like? We're trying to decide whether to spend the big bucks again on the tasting menu or go with the four course approach. Given the price tag, I don't want to repeat the tasting menu if it's more or less the same thing.

Also, we're about to start the fun of trying to make reservations. Is the lunch tasting menu the same as the dinner tasting menu (only less expensive because it's lunch)? Is it fewer courses? They still do lunch only during the week, right? I think we'll try for dinner but lunch may end up working better.

Thanks,
Arturus

Apr 10, 2012
arturusthorne in Manhattan