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PIZZA ON THE WEST SIDE? MIDTOWN?

Not a fan of B Side & Annabel. The former was feh at first bite, literally. The latter I liked initially but not the second time around.
I like Merilu and Sacco for a quick slice. Both are very different.
My favorite pie in Hell's Kitchen right now is Capizzi on 9th/41. Not very busy, comfortable, like eating at an old school pizza parlor in Staten Island or Brooklyn. And the pizza is getting better with age. I had it today
I alternate between Don Antonio and Capizzi

about 1 hour ago
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Manhattan Report - I LOVE THIS CITY (very, very long. and wordy)

Usually here the establishments list the main ingredients without specifying the form. So ye, "Sausage" can mean ragu, links, shaved, tiny bits, anything you can imagine really. "Ragu" is generally reserved for Italian cooking. Generally.

Oh that dish did have plenty of heat. It was actually a little too spicy for Mrs Z (and she likes spicy food) so I had to finish the entire dish myself and did sweat a little (ok a little more than a little) as a result. I dont recall if it was peppercorn or chili or a nice combination of both but it was definitely spicy

about 7 hours ago
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Babbo or like Babbo

I had a lovely goat shoulder tagliatelle at Manzo recently. I had no idea goats have such delicious shoulders.
Manzo is a good suggestion but the atmosphere different enough. There's no mistaken that you are eating in a food emporium.

about 8 hours ago
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Manhattan Report - I LOVE THIS CITY (very, very long. and wordy)

Now this is a report! Well done. And on the eating part as well, you did very well.

The pasta with the wild boar ragu at Bar Pitti is most likely the papardelle. Its pretty good. That place is a celebrity magnet for some reason.

I was a little surprised to read your description of the rice cakes at Ssam. Did they change it (a question to the rest of the board) as it sounds totally different. Yes, its gnocchi like which I like with sausage "ragu", but with incredible flavor and plenty of depth and heat. I dont think that dish would have worked with sausages instead of ragu. I couldnt stop eating it, and I didnt

about 12 hours ago
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looking for good italian with good fish in midtown/broadway district

Not in your preferred area, but I really liked my lunch in Santina a few days ago

Apr 25, 2015
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Ethnic foods only in New York?

Are you driving?

Apr 25, 2015
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favorite Fish&Chips these days? here are mine; looking for more...

Good stuff Simon. Glad you enjoyed it. C&P is a nice little oasis in that Chelsea madness.

You already returned a favor assuming I'll make it to Konoba in Vienna next month. Its the first place I marked

Apr 25, 2015
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Is John's Pizzeria the Best? Other suggestions?

It's as much as a NY institution as anything else mentioned here, and on the way to Totonno's. I'm not in love with it and I won't make a special trip, but we all have to try it at some point.

Apr 24, 2015
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Is John's Pizzeria the Best? Other suggestions?

I was thinking the same. Stopping at L&B for a slice on the way may not be a bad idea.

But that's a long schlep for pizza (coming from someone who just drove an hour with his kids for lunch at Roberta's)

I live here for 30 years, love pizza, obsessed really, and I dont believe I've ever been to John's on Bleeker

These days I'm partial to Capizzi in midtown

Apr 24, 2015
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Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop now open (11th ave and 44th St). Ivan Ramen's 50 seat LES flagship will open January

I've been a couple of times. Its ok, nothing to write home about. Mostly your basic Patatas bravas, bacon wrapped dates etc, Spanish tapas. In food halls like this, the kitchens are not full they are more limited with their offerings. I've never been to sister Tertulia (I should I know) but I imagine there's no comparison there, and to all the Chelsea spots

The best thing about Gotham West by far IMO is the sandwiches... Court Street Grocers, Cannibal, Genuine Roadside

Apr 23, 2015
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Barbounia's Lamb Terracotta

Bustan's former head chef is now doing the same at Taboon

Apr 22, 2015
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Birthday Lunch for me near Sony Bldg. West 50's

Yes, that one.. ran out of ink

Apr 22, 2015
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Birthday Lunch for me near Sony Bldg. West 50's

Ma Peche
Betony
The Modern

Apr 22, 2015
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best thai

Its a good time to mention that the chef in charge of the Lan Larbs is Ratchanee Sumpatboon of Larb Ubol

Apr 22, 2015
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Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop now open (11th ave and 44th St). Ivan Ramen's 50 seat LES flagship will open January

Ample Hills is the lone bright addition to the market among some poor ones lately. Choza and what looks like a relative of Choza (same owner) just opened "Indie Fresh" selling $13 soups, and $11 bone broths a la Brodo (Large at Brodo is 8.50)

Apr 22, 2015
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Rubirosa or Arturo’s

Lets keep it simple... Rubirosa. Solid thin crust pizza modeled after the great Joe and Pats in Staten Island. I only had one red sauce pasta (the seafood, fine). Sounds like the place you are looking for

Apr 22, 2015
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Cherche Midi or Osteria Morini?

Love Osteria Morini. Havent been to Cherche.
I'm not sure in your situation Costata is necessarily a better option since you are looking for steak for one sounds like, and Costata is known for the Tomahawk which is 3x the price and feeds 3-4. They are both owned by the same group so I'd imagine OM steak is pretty darn good too

Apr 20, 2015
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best thai

I had the Pad Kee Mao at Larb Ubol once and it was surprisingly quite pedestrian. They do have good stuff but this is not one of them. The seafood Pad Kee Mao at Pam Real Thai is more like it.
Best Thai can be a confusing subject because there are all kinds, but if you are looking for the popular mainstream dishes I would look at Wondee Siam 2 or maybe even Pam Real.

Apr 18, 2015
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Burger question

+1. And then lose to the Islanders

Apr 18, 2015
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Guelaguetza Reopens as Parada 47

Not sure how many here were familiar with Guelaguetza but this used to be my go to bodega/Mexican in Hell's Kitchen until they closed more than a year ago. Yesterday I noticed they finally opened under a different name, and there was David and his lovely wife, and there were tables (5 of them) instead of a deli counter. When it was a bodega, there were a few small tables in the back where I used to eat and watch Dora the Explorer with David's kid. Sometimes the fun episodes, when Diego was around.

Just about the same menu, but not the same competition. Lately, a major influx of Mexican eateries in the area including Choza at Gotham West (much prefer the previous tenant Little Chef) and El Original (Hot place but yelpers not too keen). Otto branch opening soon. I can think of about 10 Mexican joints in the immediate area. So it will be interesting to see how little Parada will fare among all these corporate giants but I'm rooting for this mom and pop. Best burrito in the area if its still the same

Parada 47
526 W 47th St (between 10/11 across from Sullivan Street Bakery)

Apr 18, 2015
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Visa Versa vs. Patsy's

Between the two... Mercato

Apr 17, 2015
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Piemonte Short Itinerary 2 ladies - Suggestions please :)

It was faith then that took me out of hibernation and to this thread connieboo. Thanks for the kind words, and hope your temporary displacement is just that, temporary. Hosteria Giusti is perhaps the biggest tip I ever got on CH. There's nothing like it.
But it would be really nice to have a car in ER so you could get to some of the producers, castles, and other gems like Locanda Mariella in the mountains. Maybe next time

If staying near the station (or not) dont miss Via Serra. Enjoy

Apr 16, 2015
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Urbo - major disapppointment

Its owned by a Russian mogul. Recent news suggest some trouble in paradise.. http://ny.eater.com/2014/11/24/727627...

I stepped inside once. Felt like a giant cruise ship restaurant, so got noxious and stepped right out. Plenty of options in the area

Apr 15, 2015
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Piemonte Short Itinerary 2 ladies - Suggestions please :)

Ca del Re is a winery so you are visiting a winery by simply staying there. You can organize a tour during the day (maybe when you arrive will make the most sense) and taste what they make. They are known for their Pelaverga, one of only two in the region I believe that make Pelaverga. They also, happen to be good cooks, so a meal there is not exactly a waste.

On Friday I would explore the area near you.. do the Barolo, Serralunga d'Alba, Grinzane Cavour circle with a long leisurely lunch at Trattoria La Coccinella. Striking views all over.

Saturday, Alba. The market will be all over the city, but the North end part (google map: Rainbow Board Shop just to get a location idea) with one stand in particular will satisfy your chocolate needs. You should also visit one of the chocolate makers in Turin, and since you are near Cherasco, one of the Baci Di Cherasco makers. Dont rush Il Centro lunch if they are open. After lunch you can visit Neive.

Apr 15, 2015
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Lets Talk Wings

How are the wings at Pig and Khao. I'm in the area today, thinking what to eat. What else is good at PK

Apr 12, 2015
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Good "ethnic" restaurants which won't break the bank

That is some shocking development right there Pan. The chicken wings over that magnificent melt in your fork beast. I actually think the rib is their best option. Here's my up to the minute rankings at MQ

1) Brontosaurus Rib
2) Pulled Pork
3) Ribs
4) Brisket
5) Burnt Ends
6) Wings

Apr 12, 2015
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Good "ethnic" restaurants which won't break the bank

Yemeni café in Bay Ridge is the real thing. So authentic I felt a little out of place there. I need to get some arab friends.

Apr 11, 2015
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The Daily Meal: 101 best restaurants in the US (NYC Edition)

I frequent both, tho more Totto than Ippudo for convenience reasons. I go to Totto for a quick spicy ramen fix, and I go to Ippudo for a complete meal. I love both ramens equally, but if I need to choose a place to bring a guest I choose Ippudo for the total experience. I would be much more surprised to see Totto on that list

Apr 10, 2015
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Cuisines from 30+ countries

Its a tough list with way too many skippabble options, but I'll play...

Canada - Mile End Deli, King Bee for Acadian if thats acceptable?

USA - Minetta Tavern, Mighty Quinn's, The NoMad or NoMad Bar, Katz's

Austrian - Wallse (great rabbit spatzle if still available)

Italy - Osteria Morini, Mercato, Don Antonio, Eataly

Sweden - Ikea!

Czech - Korzo

Caribbean - Lali

Portugal - Aldea, City Sandwich (Portuguese inspired sandwiches)

Spain - Despana, Tia pol

China - Mission Chinese Food. Not the most authentic, but worth bending the rules for

Balkan - Balkanika comes to mind, tho I havent been

Morocco - Cafe Mogador

England - Malai Marke for the British Chicken Tikka Masala ;)

Turkey - Turco (Doner kebab that should cover German as well)

Apr 10, 2015
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A Tale of Two Sittings: Ma Peche v. Oda House

No giant Acharuli Khachapuri? Too much, I know. Love those Georgian salads, and the use of walnuts, and pomegranate. And red beans, gotta have the red beans. Acquaviva is a small village in Tuscany. Whats her real name ;)

Sorry about Ma Peche. I believe some Trouts are almost identical to Salmon. They are from the same family. Once I've had one too many salmon look-alikes I stopped ordering trout. As for the habanero, Ive had it many times in the past two years, and while its always fine, it hasnt been consistently awesome. Still my favorite fried chicken in the city

Thanks for the report.

Apr 09, 2015
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