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Lamb & Penfold's Grange

That's too easy. Go to Veritas in the Flatiron District. They will have some hard to find vintages of Grange and their lamb is outstanding. You can check their list on their website

May 19, 2008
lukebdonnelly79 in Manhattan

Mermaid Inn - ho hum

Wow, I'm starting to wonder about the advice given on this website in general. Look, you're paying $20 for a generous portion of fresh, well executed seafood in Manhattan. No, the chef isn't Thomas Keller, but I think he does a good job of putting together flavor combinations that enhance but not overwhelm the delicate flavors of most seafood. Guess what? Skate isn't that flavorful of a protein, period. What do you want Bobby Flay do drench it in smoked paprika and then serve it with a chipotle coulis and ancho molasses on the side?

Dec 18, 2007
lukebdonnelly79 in Manhattan

Best lobster roll in the city?

I can't fathom the overwhelming support of Pearl's. Maybe I just had their lobster roll on a bad day, I don't know, but I found it to be terribly mediocre-, bland, too much mayo, the lobster meat was tough. For me Mary's and Mermaid Inn are way better.

Dec 14, 2007
lukebdonnelly79 in Manhattan

Mesa Grill-thoughts?

Ate there and it was good, but no better than good. The pork tenderloin and tuna nachos were good, but don't expect to be blown away by anything on the menu.

Dec 14, 2007
lukebdonnelly79 in Manhattan

Burgers! Please Opine regarding your faves

Dumont Burger kills every place listed except for Burger Joint and Stoned Crow.

Dec 14, 2007
lukebdonnelly79 in Manhattan

$100 to burn!

This is easy. Go to Prune. The food is excellent and it has a casual atmosphere. Or Mermaid Inn in the East Village, which is a great seafood spot with a cheap wine list. Look them up online and see what you like.

Dec 02, 2007
lukebdonnelly79 in Manhattan

First timer at Lupa -- What to order?

I know it sounds boring but the spaghetti con pomodoro is really good. Also, they have a kind of fruit de mer platter with lots of different cured/marinated fish that's good to share as an app. If I remember correctly they have a great prok shoulder.

Nov 30, 2007
lukebdonnelly79 in Manhattan

Best Late Night Dining

I'm going to post my top 3, which shouldn't be surprising, but I'm wondering what other people think are good late night dining destinations. I'll define late night as being open 1am or later. Also, food carts and trucks don't count.

1. Blue Ribbon
2. Momofuku Ssam Bar
3. Landmarc

Nov 29, 2007
lukebdonnelly79 in Manhattan

Mermaid Inn--UWS

Though it can be hit or miss, I'm generally pretty impressed with the EV outpost. Solid, sometimes very good food, reasonable prices, good ambience, and attentive service. Also, I really like their lobster sandwich, though I think I have different tastes when it comes to lobster rolls because I thought Pearl's was bland and used too much mayo, and everyone else on this board raves about it. Remember, the UWS site opened about a month ago, give them a little time...

Nov 29, 2007
lukebdonnelly79 in Manhattan

Best Sushi for $75-Food Only, 1 person

I'm interested in going to a Sushi place is manhattan where I can get an excellent meal for about $100-110 total. I'll have a few drinks so I'll probably spend about $75 on the food. I want to eat a pretty big meal so it seems that this precludes Yasuda. I'm looking purely for quality of food here, mostly sushi with maybe 1 or 2 cooked courses, and don't give a damn about scene, decor, even service really, as long as the food gets to me. Any suggestions?

Nov 06, 2007
lukebdonnelly79 in Manhattan

How far would you go out of your way for Babbo?

I've been there three times and you're guaranteed a high quality meal in a beautiful setting-IF you request upstairs. However the "wow" factor really wasn't there for me with any dish I had there, even the beef cheek ravioli. Everything is good mind you, but if you're looking for something where you're just blown away by the food I would try Alto or (and I've heard this from numerous industry friends who are obsessed with Italian food and wine), A Voce. The bar room at Del Posto was also better, actually. The rest of your lineup is pretty solid, I'd substitute L'Atelier de Joel Rubuchon for Bouley as the restaurant is a little dated and the meal I had there was uneven.

Nov 06, 2007
lukebdonnelly79 in Manhattan

Best Chinatown Restaurant Period.

If there was one restaurant you could eat at in Chinatown what would it be? Oriental Garden? Joe's Shanghai? New Green Bo? Let's hear it.

Nov 01, 2007
lukebdonnelly79 in Manhattan

Japanese in Williamsburg

Bozu on Grand is good but the tab will get up there pretty quickly. I honestly like Samurai on Bedford and N 6th. Nothing amazing but its good and reliable

Nov 01, 2007
lukebdonnelly79 in Outer Boroughs

Subway directions to Sriphaphai?

Take the 7 train to 61st street ( I think). Basically the 7 to queens puts you 3 blocks away

Nov 01, 2007
lukebdonnelly79 in Outer Boroughs