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Seeking Ligurian Cuisine

Try Perbacco. I went with a group of Genovese visiting New York and they loved it. They said it was not 'every day' but special Ligurian style cooking.

Perbacco, 234 E. 4th St. nr. Ave. B, 212-253-2038

Feb 04, 2008
Candida in Manhattan

Top 5 Burgers

Burger lovers please try the burger at La Esquina on Lafayette. It's a modest and homemade approach without tons of bells and whistles, but absolutely delicious every time.

Feb 04, 2008
Candida in Manhattan

Best Brazilian Food in NYC

Nobody mentioned Delicia, I guess because it's low-key and not fancy. It's on West 11th Street. Go here for a relaxed festive and real Brazilian food experience. A casual fun family atmosphere and good home cooking. Delicious camarão na moranga. Just don't go if you're in a hurry. And caipirinhas are not strong. For me their strengths override their weaknesses.

Jan 05, 2008
Candida in Manhattan

Small october wedding in Central Park, late night jazz @ the vanguard...need a good restaurant in-between, 30 people...

I admit I didn't read all of your requirements, but did you consider the Boathouse in Central Park? It's a beautiful location. Romantic though a little old-fashioned. Very good seafood on their menu (plus a fantastic lavender pannacotta) and a kind attentive staff. I went there with my fiance to announce our engagement to our families last October and it was perfect. I believe you can reserve a separate room there for a private party. Good luck!

Jan 05, 2008
Candida in Manhattan

Best Wine Bar

One more thought... Perbacco East 4th @ Ave B. It's a Genovese style italian place, not technically a wine bar, but they have a great selection of unusual wines that are lovingly selected, and there's always someone there to help you select well and give you some tastes. Their menu is extensive, and there are lots of small tasty bites. Try the stuffed olives... batter fried green olives stuffed with ground beef and served in a brown paper cone... yum!

Nov 16, 2007
Candida in Manhattan

Falafel

I second the vote for Azuri. People find Ezra's service abrupt, sort a falafel nazi type. But he's wonderfully caring about how he prepares his falafel pita... one layer at a time so your last bite is a s delicious as the first. Worth every drop of attitude.

Nov 16, 2007
Candida in Manhattan

best indian restaurant?

Has anyone tried Dimple on 30th Street? It's pretty cafeteria style, so don't go for a fancy atmoshpere. But the food is really good, not the usual menu.

Nov 16, 2007
Candida in Manhattan

Cantina LES... anyone tried it?

It's a relatively new Cuban place in the Lower East Side, Avenue B. Anyone been there yet?

Nov 16, 2007
Candida in Manhattan

Ñ at 33 Crosby Street

ñ is kind of romantic, it's dimly lit and cozy with groovy music and sexy bar atmosphere. the other way of looking at that is small crowded and dark. it's true the tapas are not so impressive. pretty average. but it does have good energy. other tapas places to check out are: pintxos, small, basque, not as bar like as ñ not overly crowded (spring st west); tapeo 29, bar atmosphere, yummy tapas, corner location, with lots of windows (LES); 1492, delicious tapas, big place, but cozy vibe (LES)

Nov 16, 2007
Candida in Manhattan

Bacaro

I ate there the first week they opened. Downstairs was unfortunately not open yet, so it was a tight squeeze, but a conscientious waitress got us seated fast. Extensive wine list, which the staff is not so familiar with, but we were able to taste at least three choices before deciding. Spicy meatballs were simple and delicious, mushroom gnocchi was great and gnocchi is not the easiest to do well, squid ink risotto was divine. My main critique was the bus staff. They were cleared not trained yet or well and were overextended since the waitstaff was limited and it was really busy. They were really sloppy with wine service and not quite sure what to do in general. Growing pains hopefully, I'm looking forward to going back when they open downstairs, the fried vegetable plate looked very inticing....

Nov 16, 2007
Candida in Manhattan

Tapas

I would second Pinxtos (spring) for the Basque experience and a lovely small-scale atmosphere. Their Spicy Chorizo is one of my all-time favorites. 1492 (clinton) in the east village is a great place, though NOT the friendliest service. A very festive atmosphere. And some delicious tapas. My favorite is the stuffed dates (very decadent). Tapeo 29 has a great thinly sliced beef dish. And 'ñ' (crosby) is a cute tiny place that doesn't have THE best tapas, but a great atmoshpere.

Nov 05, 2007
Candida in Manhattan

Best Wine Bar

what about Peasant Wine Bar on Elizabeth. it's downstairs from the more expensive but delicious street-level restaurant. has a cozy candle-lit atmosphere. but can get a bit crowded later on in the evening. or the recently opened Bacaro on Division street (it's also by the peasant people). they have a great downstairs which will be opened in two weeks.

Nov 05, 2007
Candida in Manhattan

French Speaking Waitstaff at a French Restaurant/Brasserie?

Try Jean Claude in SoHo on Sullivan Street. They used to be fabulous, and always had a french-speaking waitstaff. It's a little candle-lit bistro style place. Good wines. A delcious Spiced Squid appetizer. And their fish dishes are usually very good. Might be cash only.
http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/...

Nov 05, 2007
Candida in Manhattan