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See ya tomorrow NOLA!!!

Sounds like a great idea. But we'll be at the cities only 5 "A" dining establishment at that time, Atchafalaya. Followed by a pilgrimage to Hansen's which I'm not missing this time. Enjoy everyone!

about 19 hours ago
Ziggy41 in New Orleans

Good but not too too expensive Italian restaurant in theatre district?

Its Mercato over Becco for me, even with the special. I would take the short cab ride if needed.

Four months ago I would suggest Il Melograno on 51st/10th, but after a recent visit I'm not so sure anymore.

about 19 hours ago
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

See ya tomorrow NOLA!!!

Flying tomorrow as well. 7 am Newark.

Packed my green mankini for the last of the Sunday parades and ready to roll. Cousous and Quinoa diet is over

http://eatingwithziggy.com/2014/04/17...

1 day ago
Ziggy41 in New Orleans

Bar Bolonat

Good to know thanks. No dessert?

I have resvs sometime next month

Apr 15, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Top New Places in Last 6 Months

Gotham West Market worth mentioning

Apr 15, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Cochon Butcher Expansion?

Will be closed Sunday-Tuesday before opening on Wed

Apr 12, 2014
Ziggy41 in New Orleans

Weekend visit in 33 days' time

Di Fara will be extremely time consuming.. perhaps half a day for a few slices. It can be quite painful, and the pizza is arguably not much better than many other places. Consider in Brooklyn Juliana's, Paulie Gee's and Best Pizza

If you wont find good BBQ on the way, try Mighty Quinns.
You may also like the new cart format at Ma Peche.
And I hope you take advantage of NOLA food scene as well. I'll be back there in a few days

Apr 12, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Touristy Spots Worth Visiting

Juliana's is great. Another idea after visiting Dumbo is Smorgasburg at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Apr 12, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Touristy Spots Worth Visiting

They do now. The menu is a bit more limited at lunch but getting better every week. Much less of a wait if any than the 52nd.

Apr 12, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Best bagels near the London hotel?

Yes. Google maps has it as "Stix", their old name.

Ttrockwood may have read my response too quick. Sounds the same but Ess-a-bagel is a actually a different place, and not very close (3rd ave.)

Apr 11, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Best bagels near the London hotel?

Pick-a-bagel 8th/53rd

Apr 10, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan
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Vegetarian?

Hummus Kitchen (very good Hummus for a chain) and Gazala's are good ideas.
Meske for fun Ethiopian
Little Chef my newest favorite veggie joint -- RIP

Apr 09, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Pre Theatre Lunch on Saturday - suggestions for more American type food

Gotham West Market
The Marshal

Apr 07, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

French restaurants

I think the consensus with Le philosophe and from my experience was that nothing is as it seems on the menu and its more of creative plays on some of the classics while others may just be revived or slightly updated. e.g. "Escargot" is a mixed salad with chickpeas and black garlic instead of your normal dish (although I dont see it currently on the menu). Frog legs are actually deboned and mixed with mushrooms, sunchokes and garlic.

Apr 07, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan
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Best Thai....Please tell me the very best....

Whats wrong with Thai in Staten Island

Apr 06, 2014
Ziggy41 in Outer Boroughs

Narcissa

Wife and I went last night to Narcissa at the Standard hotel, Named of course after Narcissa the cow at the owner's farm. Good, not great meal overall with some hits (mainly veggie dishes), misses (mains) and service issues.

The space is an absolute stunner with 3 spacious rooms, which leads me to the first complaint. Where and when is it ok to sit customers at the worst possible table right behind the busy reception desk while the room is completely empty. I asked for a different spot and got a much nicer table in the same empty raw, only to hear a similar complaint from the next couple who opted eventually to stay there. Not sure if its inexperience or poor policy.

Interesting cocktail list with the least imaginative names: "Roll in the Hay", "So Pretty". Or fairly imaginative depending on how you look at it. I especially liked the herby "gentleman framer". I don't take notes while I eat so to the best of my memory...

Started with the short rib with pastrami spices, buttermilk and radish salad with a nice amount of mustard presence. Two well cooked pieces, although flavorful, the pastrami spice wasn't evident much. The sweet "meaty" Crisped Beets with bulgur salad, apples, and creamed horseradish was similar in some ways to the short rib dish. Just a nice combination of textures and sweet, tangy flavors. I never ever order beets anything as I don't particularly care for them but this was really nice.

Carrots Wellington followed as the middle course. Best dish of the night. Should have ordered it as the main course and the Barley Risotto as the middle as originally planned, but commitment issues prevailed (its a freakin carrot dish!). The sweet, tender carrots did a great job replacing the beef in those pastries, and the accompanied veggies especially the earthy Bluefoot mushrooms elevated this thing to the next level. The carrot dish to beat perhaps (over Pioras) in NYC

The two mains were far less thrilling. The duck breast was lacquered, undercooked (for my taste) on the rare side, covered by a fatty layer, with cranberry sauce. Just didn't care for the overall texture and flavor. The best part was the gingered butternut squash on the side with spice cranberries. Should have ordered the much better looking lamb loin. We expected much more from the "whole" Branzino. Topped with a salad that included fennel and arugula and somewhat off-putting oniony vinaigrette according to the wife. Dried up fairly quickly for me to enjoy. A rarity - we prefer the way we cook it home, with the bones and skin and all, and lemon and olive oil. Carrot fries tempura style side was the saving grace of the mains. Just get all the carrot dishes here.

Speaking of.. desserts were stellar. Just about the best carrot cake you will ever eat, and an even better runny creamy chocolate tart with toasted bananas and espresso ice cream. Yummo! Though as I started to wonder if they forgot about our cappuccinos we finally get them when we were almost done with the cakes, with only one spoon for me and no sugar. So we waited some more and when I mentioned if I can get another spoon and sugar I got a "Sure, of course" instead of an apology. Dont mean to sound snobbish about something like this but it felt sort of insulting.

The staff outnumbered the guests especially early on. Some just walking around trying to look busy. One manager in particular was more engaged with the furniture than the patrons, moving the chairs ever so slightly. A couple of bathroom tips in a place called The Standard. Remembering how you got there may not be enough. Pay attention to the tiny red light on the door. Close the lock all the way (learned the hard way - sorry strange lady).

Blog post to follow soon...
http://eatingwithziggy.com/

Apr 06, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Prix Fixe Lunch in Manhattan

Consider Lincoln as well ($36). Very imaginative pastas

Apr 06, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Where can I get the best Chirashi?

Just their more expensive lobster roll at Cull and Pistol next door. Agree they have a nice sandwich selection (Oyster Po’ Boy!). Just cant get excited bout fried clams tho. Even in the famed clam shack in kennebunkport I preferred the lobster roll

Apr 06, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Chicane -- dreadful fail at Provencal food...avoid

But how do you really feel?

Thanks for the warning

Apr 06, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Where can I get the best Chirashi?

I can count the number of Chirashis I've had in Manhattan on one finger. But that was one heck of a tasty bowl @ The Lobster Place. Not the one from the takeout menu, but from the counter. Other than a soggy flavorless piece of octopus everything was fresh and plentiful

Apr 06, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

near the Javits Center

Mercato
Larb Ubol
Capizzi for pizza
Tehuitzingo just opened on 9th/42nd

And big yes to Gotham West

Apr 04, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Mercato Hells Kitchen

1) No brunch menu at Mercato. Just brunch hours with the same lunch/dinner menu

2) Big yes to Ma Peche

3) Thank You ;)

Apr 03, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Best Dishes 2014

It wasnt on the menu today. Get the Strozzapreti

Apr 02, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Best Dishes 2014

Brontosaurus Rib @ Mighty Quinns
Scrambled Eggs @ Gato
Rice Cakes @ Ma Peche

Its not quite April roundup time yet but I have to share this strong dish of the year nominee I had today

Strozzapreti (invented I suppose when someone witnessed a priest being choked). Lobster Coral Pasta, Lobster Scallop Sausage (OMG!), Tarragon, Peas @ Lincoln

Apr 02, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Lunch at Ma Peche

Well, I'm just 5 1/2 Citybike blocks away and I'm joining the fan club.

And did you see this? Hot off the presses...
http://wp.me/p2zSmJ-1cD

Apr 01, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

French restaurants

Le philosophe

Apr 01, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan
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Lunch at Ma Peche

I had a great lunch there yesterday but I see your point. The fried chicken and Brussels sprouts were on the menu (not specials I don't think) and both excellent still tho the chicken I thought was slightly different than before.
We then got pork buns which were sort of small and ok tasting. Much prefer Ippudos.
Then the rice cakes came which I absolutely had to have and it was pure awesomeness. Thanks to Kathryn I think I'm now addicted to the Momofuku rice cakes.
Then we sort of waited for a few mins and when the waiter asked if we were done I told him we would really love to try the wings which came straight to our table a few mins later. So we pretty much ordered it from the cart menu. Oh, and some of the tastiest, juiciest wings I've had in a long time.

So a great lunch overall but I have mixed feelings about the carts thing. I was just interested in select few items and I would prefer to order them instead of wait for the carts to arrive. There were some items I wanted to try that never came. But I'm def coming back soon for those rice cakes, wings, chicken, sprouts...

Apr 01, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Uzbek food in Manhattan (not Taam-Tov)

None as far as I know.

Head to Kashkar Cafe in Brighton Beach for delicious Uzbek/Uyghur. After you taste the lagman, manti, and kebabs, plov will be the last thing on your mind.

Apr 01, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Times Square Area Restaurant Suggestions

Italian: Mercato
French: Chez Naploean (old school)
Seafood: Not much for the price. Esca is the logical choice but it will be over budget
Soups: Bis.co.Latte. Specializes in Biscotis but really excellent soups, and daily Risottos
Sandwiches: City Sandwich. Gotham West Market.. http://wp.me/p2zSmJ-1cp
Salads: Café Ole, tiny hole in the wall - a little pricy. Little Chef at GWM

More Hells Kitchen ideas here.. http://wp.me/p2zSmJ-DD

Mar 31, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Bar Bolonat

I got excited until I saw Chocolate Falafel on the menu. I love my falafels and chocolates but I want them to have as much distance as possible from each other. Also surprised to see "Yemenite Curry" again as we've seen at Balaboosta. Like very light thai curry

The good news is that Schug, that Yemeni hot pepper sauce is spelled correctly here. Taim still spells it S'rug for some reason.

Mar 31, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan