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Korean BBQ in Manhattan - Need Opinions

Definitely not Kunjip or Seoul Garden for BBQ. My 3 would be Wonjo (charcoal grills), Don's Bogam (good but don't like the untraditional watery ssamjjang), Madangsui (good variety of quality meat). With that said, I think the BBQ is pretty solid at Kang Suh and Kum Gang San too.

Aug 28, 2013
erha in Manhattan

Attire when fine dining in Madrid and Barcelona

Of the restaurants you've mentioned, I've only dined at Tickets.

May 26, 2012
erha in Spain/Portugal

Attire when fine dining in Madrid and Barcelona

Yes just understand that you can be in a suit and be dressed sloppily. If you saw what I was wearing, I'm not sure you would say I was dressed sloppily (they were nice casual sneakers, nice jeans, and a nice button down). And I do care enough and am culturally sensitive. Even at Can Roca, there were a bunch of diners wearing nice jeans and sneakers who did not look out of place at all.

I would say the general dress code is "neat casual" at most restaurants.

May 25, 2012
erha in Spain/Portugal

Attire when fine dining in Madrid and Barcelona

You can definitely get away with jeans and no jacket. I wore sneakers to all of my nicer meals (in Barcelona) too which was no problem whatsoever. I wouldn't wear flip-flops though.

May 25, 2012
erha in Spain/Portugal

San Sebastian - Question about tasting menus at Akelarre, Arzak, Mugaritz, Martin Berasategui, etc...

You can ask but I highly doubt they would even allow 2 people to share a single order of the tasting menu.

I could be wrong but from what I've experienced in Spain, lunch, not dinner, is traditionally the biggest meal of the day. So I would say you are not missing out on the "true dining experience."

Also, many restaurants don't even open for dinner until 8 or 8:30 and won't get busy until 10 pm.

May 01, 2012
erha in Spain/Portugal

Good combination of food and atmosphere in VAL and/or BCN

I ate a very good lunch at Hisop last week. Great value as I spent less than $200 for 2 lunch tasting menus and 1 wine pairing (50 euros each plus 25 euros for wine pairing). However, as exciting as the food is, the atmosphere in the dining room is rather quiet and reserved. The environment is definitely not "lively". It might be too late for a reservation at Tickets but the atmosphere there is probably what you are looking for.

Apr 13, 2012
erha in Spain/Portugal

Trip Report - San Sebastian

I also went to San Sebastian last weekend from the April 5-8. Weather was pretty bad for the most part there too but at least it didn't rain non-stop.

Had the tasting menu at Etxebarri which was pretty spectacular for such simply prepared food. The prawns were the best I've ever had and the steak was very flavorful and cooked a perfect rare. I thought the smoked ice cream with berry sauce was great too.

In San Sebastian, I experienced a bunch of the pinxtos bars. Some were great, some good, some not so good. By far my biggest disappointment was at Zeruko which was supposed to be one of the better modern pinxtos bars.

The bars I enjoyed were:
La Cuchara de San Telmo - didn't think the risotto was anything special but the foie was outstanding and dirt cheap at under 4 euros,
a Fuego Negro - another modern pinxtos bar where the ceviche was nice as was a mini kobe burger,
La Cepa - more traditional with a bunch of hams lining the ceiling of the bar...their fried goods were tasty as was their jamon.

As much as I loved the quality and the price of the food in SS, the pinxtos bars are just too much for me to deal with which made the experience a bit less enjoyable for me.

Apr 12, 2012
erha in Spain/Portugal

Trip Report - Barcelona

The weather has been brutal here...I arrived in Barcelona this past Tuesday, went up to San Sebastian Thursday until Easter Sunday, and came back to Barcelona. Still here in Barcelona but today (Easter Monday) was the first full day I had in Spain with no rain.

Paco Merlago was outstanding as was Tapac 24. Tapac24 easily had the best pan con tomate I've eaten on this whole trip. Also had some mediocre tapas at Cerveceria Catalana too. Paella at Can Majo was probably the best I've ever had (never been down to Valencia).

Went to El Quim shortly after I arrived in a downpour and was not disappointed. Great crispy artichokes and foie with egg and mushrooms. Going to Hisop and Tickets for my last 2 meals tomorrow before I return to the States.

Apr 09, 2012
erha in Spain/Portugal

Celler de Can Roca - reality intervenes

I made a lunch reservation for the week after Easter (2nd week in April) a month ago (January 28th to be exact). Maybe you should try calling one more time.

Feb 29, 2012
erha in Spain/Portugal

12 Days of Spain

I am going be in Barcelona and San Sebastian from April 3-12 and have come across a couple of restaurants on holiday during this period. Mugaritz will be closed during this time and El Celler de Can Roca is closed until April 10 too.

Jan 24, 2012
erha in Spain/Portugal

Yuba Restaurant – A New Generation of Chefs and Excellent Innovative Japanese in the East Village

The owners wanted to go more downscale in terms of the quality of the fish/menu. I'm not sure if the split was amicable or not but i believe that is why he left Yuba.

105 E 9th St, New York, NY 10003

Jul 31, 2011
erha in Manhattan

No more bar/cafe menu at No. 9 Park

new yorker here coming up to boston labor day weekend for some good eats....anyway, i have to disagree with the idea that "relinquishing a bar menu" distinguishes the restaurant as top tier.

there are several "top-tier" (not in the classical French view) in NY that offer separate bar menus at a lower price point. most notably, gramercy tavern, eleven madison park, the modern, and del posto. it's no coincidence that the first three i mentioned are danny meyer restaurants.

and unfortunately, i will now probably pass on No. 9 Park as i already have a couple more pricey meals planned in boston (o ya!).

Aug 19, 2008
erha in Greater Boston Area

You Chun closed - best naeng myun in the city gone

i actually thought youchun was really bad. i even tried it twice a couple of years ago. recently, i went to madangsui and enjoyed everything such as the denjang jigae, mul naeng myun, and of course the bbq.

on 32nd, i still prefer kangsuh and shilla over everything else for traditional korean food. of course, they all have consistency issues (meaning i've had pretty poor food and service).

Jul 16, 2008
erha in Manhattan


understood kobetobiko...wasn't trying to argue with you. they do still do the medley of mushrooms if you ask. i agree that all of the salads there are not memorable but they are still very good. as a matter of fact, i don't know if there is much that is "memorable" in my mind but all in all, just about everything is very good. for me, that makes craft one of my favorite restaurants.

Apr 22, 2007
erha in Manhattan


disagree about the salads and vegetables. they are definitely two of the high points of craft's menu. definitely get some mushrooms. they'll definitely be at least 4 or 5 different types. the onions and ramps are great, the potato gratin and puree are usually good too. the gratin has been at times undercooked.

Apr 22, 2007
erha in Manhattan

East Village- delivery or to go

westville east is my new delivery place of choice. i've probably ordered from them 10 times in the last month. burgers, dogs, great homemade oreo cookies, and that corn!

Mar 10, 2007
erha in Manhattan

Black Pearl last night

you are not getting clam bellies at many places in manhattan so i definitely want to check it out.

Jan 23, 2007
erha in Manhattan

Best Pizza Union Square

i've found that stromboli's is not very good when delivered. either take out or eat at the pizzeria.

Dec 26, 2006
erha in Manhattan

E.U., The European Union: Was Saturday a slow night everywhere, or is this place undiscovered?

I think EU has more of a late dining crowd. Both times I've eaten dinner there (weeknights), the restaurant was relatively empty until around 10 pm.

However, I want to report a small issue I had the second time I dined there. First off, I want to say that the food was pretty good overall each time. I've tried the oysters, saffron/mussel bisque, fish n chips, carbonara, and the english burger. I would say the carbonara was the weakest of the dishes but still decent.

Anyway, my gf and I finished our dinner and she ran to the bathroom. While I was waiting, I heard one of the managers/employees yell to a waitress something to the effect of, "start selling some dessert wines, we're doing crappy tonight." One minute later, my waitress gives me a dessert menu and starts raving about two of the dessert wines on the list.

I was pretty appalled at this point and actually confessed to the waitress that I heard the guy with the glasses just yell at someone about the dessert wines. So I see her take the guilty guy into the kitchen to inform him and the guy runs over with 2 glasses of dessert wine and slams them onto my table with no explanation whatsoever. Obviously it was a bit awkward as I paid the check and left. I think this was just a little slip up but something that the NY dining community should know.

Dec 25, 2006
erha in Manhattan

Charcoal Korean BBQ K-Town

won jo on 32nd st uses charcoal grills...personally i think the whole charcoal thing is overrated. i'd go to kang suh or shilla anyday for bbq with the gas grills over won jo.

Oct 30, 2006
erha in Manhattan

burgers, burgers everywhere burgers!

i believe that goblin market does a burger with grassfed beef.

Sep 28, 2006
erha in Manhattan

jean-georges booking

they are closed on sunday so monday is your only option...i would call 1 month in advance.

Aug 21, 2006
erha in Manhattan

NY hound looking for group dinner suggestions

if you are looking for a younger crowd that likes to party, the globe is your choice. food is pretty good as well.

Jul 19, 2006
erha in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Roman Artichokes

go to matricianella!!! be sure to make a reservation at least a couple days in advance. you look around the room and every single table (both locals and tourists) has the fried artichoke alla giudea. spectacular along with the carbonara and the bucatini all'amatriciana. my favorite restaurant in rome.

Jul 19, 2006
erha in Italy