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Bacaro

An ex-pat NYer pal of mine was in town from LA & requested Italian, so I figured Bacaro would be a good choice. I haven't been there since a couple of months after it opened, and what I remember from that visit was good food, slanty floors, and a really annoying crowd. The crowd's gone, but the floor's still slanty and the food's still good. I had the chilled pea soup with mascarpone, a perfect choice for a warm evening and something I need to start making at home, as it's the only pea prep I like. I had my heart set on the cuttlefish ink tagliolini with cuttlefish (say that three times fast). Alas, they were out of cuttlefish, but I was able to order the dish with clams instead. I enjoyed it, but it was crazy garlicky, so I wasn't quite as enamored of it as I expected to be. The bread and olive oil were both excellent, as was the service.

Side note: I think we were seated next to Nico Tortorella, aka Josh from Younger. Yes, I watch it. Judge not, lest ye be judged.

about 10 hours ago
small h in Manhattan

Lettuce That Won't De-Grit

Huh. Well, if the grit and the lettuce are that desperate to stay together, there's not much you can do. I think you did the only sensible thing: cut your losses and move on.

Jun 25, 2015
small h in Home Cooking

Lettuce That Won't De-Grit

My method is to fill the sink (or the bowl of the salad spinner) with water, swish all the leaves around vigorously until the dirt settles to the bottom of the sink, and then lift out the leaves and spin them. It works even on the filthiest spinach.

Jun 25, 2015
small h in Home Cooking

EXCLUSIVE: Whole Foods faces NYC probe for overcharges

Jun 24, 2015
small h in Chains

More Information on Tags and Upcoming Beta

So you're trashing the regional boards - hell, I'll say it, since you seem unwilling or unable to. That is very unfortunate, and I think it's a big mistake. The regional boards are communities, not collections of tags. I don't know what (the collective) you intend to accomplish with this move. I haven't seen any compelling arguments in favor of it, not from (the collective) you, nor from any of my fellow posters.

Whole Foods overcharging for pre-packaged food

There's a thread in progress on this topic here:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1017422

although Food Media seems as good a place for it as Chains.

Jun 24, 2015
small h in Food Media & News

Whole Foods overcharging NYers

Interesting. I had an unpleasant experience at the Union Square Whole Foods a while back, when the scale at checkout was so off that my 1 lb of coffee (which I had weighed myself) read as 2 lbs. I had to argue this point for much too long before a customer service rep stepped in. Now I'm a little obsessive about it. The other day I was almost charged for celery hearts ($2.79) when what I had was plain old celery ($1.99). Caught that in time!

Jun 24, 2015
small h in Chains
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More Information on Tags and Upcoming Beta

So just to clarify, since you're not eliminating regional boards, when I look at my "saved boards" list, the Manhattan board will be on it. Right? (I hate to keep asking what seems to me like the exact same question, but I still don't feel I have an answer to it.)

Jun 24, 2015
small h in Site Talk
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First date restaurants

Birkenstocks ain't cheap!

Jun 24, 2015
small h in Manhattan
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Shorts! - And Reservation Timing Help

Top of the Rock. Took me a while. First I thought it might be Tavern on the Reen, but that didn't look right at all.

Jun 24, 2015
small h in Manhattan

is this a good Japanese meal ,or what!

Globalization.

Jun 24, 2015
small h in Manhattan

First date restaurants

Use of the word "sammich" is an excellent method of birth control. Cheap, portable and effective.

My last first date was the Old Town Tavern, though, so I'm not much of a role model.

Jun 24, 2015
small h in Manhattan
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is this a good Japanese meal ,or what!

Yeah, it's you. I've seen pictures taken with the iPhone 6, and they're usually really nice. Whatever you did for the oshinko picture, keep doing that.

I haven't been to Hokkaido, but I know firsthand that Tokyo is lousy with cats. Maybe that's the case throughout Japan, and you did accidentally receive neko no shita (translation courtesy of Google).

Jun 24, 2015
small h in Manhattan

is this a good Japanese meal ,or what!

You are awesome in so many ways, but you have GOT to get a better camera. Good lord. That uni looks like a cat tongue.

Jun 23, 2015
small h in Manhattan

How do Manhatannites keep track of food trucks?

<Twitter?>

Precisely.

Jun 23, 2015
small h in Manhattan

More Information on Tags and Upcoming Beta

I'm seeing what looks like conflicting information, so please help me out. According to patsully's post, above, "Topical boards will stay the same..." Will regional boards also stay the same? Because the OP states that the "new Manhattan tag will contain its full archive of conversations from the current Manhattan board." To me, that sounds like the "current Manhattan board" is going bye bye.

Tags =/= board. Tags would make a nice addition. But a shitty replacement.

More Information on Tags and Upcoming Beta

<Your current experience in regional boards will continue to be fundamentally the same...>

I do not think this is true, and I think doing away with regional boards is a TERRIBLE idea. I would like to have the ability to search WITHIN the Manhattan board, for neighborhoods or for specific restaurants. But removing the board would be a big mistake, the loss of what now feels like a community.

Jun 23, 2015
small h in Site Talk
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What's with stars?

Not happening for me. No stars blocking the avatars.

Jun 22, 2015
small h in Site Talk

Near Bar Pitti, Film Forum?

The Pegu Club is five blocks from Film Forum.

Jun 22, 2015
small h in Manhattan

Crab with Ammonia Odor Question?

See, all this time I thought we'd been talking about crabs harvested off the coasts of the U.S. and Canada. I didn't realize you were actually interested in discussing tilapia from (and I'm quoting directly from the article you linked to, which doesn't mention crabs at all) "the Sewage-Treated Water and the White Nile." Or, as referenced in the article you linked to on 6/19, crabs from the Persian Gulf. Next I expect you'll be offering advice about seafood from outer space.

Crab with Ammonia Odor Question?

What is this YFSAH an acronym for? (Unless it's a word - I take nothing for granted at this point.)

And, yes, I will continue to prepare crabs the way I (and thousands of others) have been doing for decades.

The Informational "i" on the L.A. Board

Manhattan's is even older:

• Soho/W Village food crawl (w/ cookie focus and pre-ordered Cronuts) - Jan 24 - suggestions and companions welcome

Jun 21, 2015
small h in Site Talk
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Apizz

A recent report to add to these old-ish ones. We were a party of seven for an early dinner at Apizz. Overall, it was a positive experience. The margherita pizza was very good, as was the fresh ricotta and marinara sauce served with the bread (which made me eat way too much bread). The octopus salad was very nice as well, the dressing in particular. I prefer octopus with a smokier flavor - this was poached, I think. The skate and potatoes, though, was mushy and salty, not terrible, but I wish I had a do-over on that dish. Others at the table raved about the whole roasted branzino and the prosciutto pizza. We had very attentive service, perhaps because there weren't too many other customers at the time: water was refilled, bread replenished, and new drink orders taken with admirable frequency.

Jun 20, 2015
small h in Manhattan

Crab with Ammonia Odor Question?

You are conveniently avoiding my question. I asked whether you have evidence to support that crab gills need to be removed prior to cooking. I provided three sources to indicate that they do not. You provided zero evidence to indicate that they do. So absent any reliable third party information, I'll have to conclude that no, the gills don't need to be removed prior to cooking, and you just made that up.

Planning a Birthday Lunch - Do I pay for Birthday Girl?

<You pay,you're the host and issued the invitation. That is it, period.>

No, it's not. Chowhound is (as LeoLioness mentions, above) the only place I've ever seen this viewpoint so hotly and smugly defended. I've been going out for group birthday dinners at restaurants for three decades and change, at least 10 per year. I can count on the fingers of one hand the ones that were "hosted," i.e. the person doing the inviting paid for the meals of all attendees. On the rare occasions that happened, the person doing the inviting was both the celebrant and significantly wealthier than his or her friends. Your "That is it, period" applies to your experience, which is not universal, not by a long shot.

@OP - We pay for ourselves and split the cost of the birthday girl's dinner. Almost 100% of the time.

Biggest, most expensive bullshit at a fine dining restaurant.

Maybe you can make a silk purse out of it.

Jun 17, 2015
small h in Not About Food

Fresh seafood sticker shock.

Ah, I see. I very much enjoyed the golden crab boil (especially since the restaurant offers it for half price in the early evening), but it's a rare crab boil that I haven't enjoyed.

Jun 17, 2015
small h in General Topics

Fresh seafood sticker shock.

A newish restaurant opened up on St. Marks Place in Manhattan that serves Florida golden crab. I'd never heard of it before I saw it on their menu. I wonder why it's available up here and not in your area.

http://www.redandgoldboil.com/

Jun 17, 2015
small h in General Topics

Coming Soon: Post Tags

<Just to make sure it's clear>

It is now, thanks. That's definitely the way to go. Now get rid of the Q&A nonsense so I can stop hating on it.

Biggest, most expensive bullshit at a fine dining restaurant.

I don't know why you're asking me (I don't live in Boston, and I'm not hotoynoodle's alter ego), but this:

http://bandgoysters.com/

is my best guess. If I'm right, do I win something? Say yes!

Jun 16, 2015
small h in Not About Food