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Philly Food Lovers recommend anything in NYC?

As a long time resident of Manhattan and London; I travel frequently to Philadelphia and enjoy the city, its restaurants and its amazing art collections as do many of my friends from Manhattan. Most comparisons of the cities are of the apples to oranges variety as both are quite unique and can stand on their own. I see no need for nastiness to support one preference.

Mar 04, 2014
Edwardrae in Philadelphia
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Philly Food Lovers recommend anything in NYC?

Quite good responses already and depending upon ones tastes all could satisfy. Of those mentioned ones I consider special are Bar Boulud, Spotted Pig, Balthazar , The Bar Room at The Modern. Difficult to narrow down the choices in the city based on your request. In a moderate price range try one of these: Landmarc and Bouchon Bakery at the Time Warner Center. Le Pain Quotidien or Cafe Luxembourg is on West 70th Street. Rosa Mexicano on West 62nd. Sapphire for Indian.

Feb 07, 2014
Edwardrae in Philadelphia

The Dandelion Pub was Fantastic!

I do recall thinking the Cumberland sausage was not served in the form I expected and seems less than the proper recipe. The Bangers and Mash were a bit on the soupy side although I would guess the BB were Heinz. Did like the Fish and Chip which could have had a bit more chips.

Thanks for your comments on the noise levels in Philadelphia. My sampling is less than a valid representation regarding this issue. I do struggle when seeking a destination for good food a Philadelphia venue supporting a normal(?) conversational environment.

Jan 22, 2014
Edwardrae in Philadelphia

The Dandelion Pub was Fantastic!

I usually avoid most "British Pub" manifestations in the States unless I have knowledge with or heard of them from a reliable source. I have frequented the Dandelion and enjoyed the visit with the exception of a few dishes not really executed in the manner to which I am accustom. The comment by PP about the noise is true to my experiences there, over-the-top. I am not sure if this is a Philadelphia thing or just generational but I have noticed it in Philadelphia more frequently than in other cities.

Jan 14, 2014
Edwardrae in Philadelphia

Looking for a good Italian restaurant for dinner

Malatesta Trattoria. 649 Washington St New York, NY

A long time favorite with great food, good service, honest atmosphere and no pretension or attitude. No reservations, cash only and VIPs waiting for a table just as we do.

Dec 17, 2013
Edwardrae in Manhattan

Craig LaBan's brutal review of Ocean Prime

The city ,country, type publication determines to where on the curve of taste/service a reviewer writes. His personal tastes are an integral part of any review. As physical taste is the basis for his judgement, it is always present. It then is knowledge of cuisines and specific dishes which create a mediation of his taste bias. The reader deserves an intelligent, informed and knowledgeable review from one defined as a professional and not a dumbed down, solicitous or patronizing review. Everyone has an opinion, unfortunately, what we look to a professional for, in any field, is one enhanced by some additional knowledge or insight.

Dec 17, 2013
Edwardrae in Philadelphia
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Craig LaBan's brutal review of Ocean Prime

Thanks for the update, been awhile since my dinner. Good to know the current situation. Then we have a clear choice of The Prime Rib. Thanks again , sorry for the outdated information.

Dec 14, 2013
Edwardrae in Philadelphia
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Craig LaBan's brutal review of Ocean Prime

My understanding thru friends in publishing is that Laban has been strongly considered for positions at major national publications, yes he can turn a phrase.

When paying todays price for a beef dinner I would want to hear a very critical opinion from one who has a professional standing, thus avoiding getting slammed for a C note + for what for many is annoying fluff onlyl

On the best steaks in Philly issue I would +1 for the Prime Rib running a close second for me would be Barclay Prime, it is only place where one can get a steak, specifically rib eye, that is same butcher from NYC that Peter Luger' uses ,known as top tier beef in Gothem.

Dec 14, 2013
Edwardrae in Philadelphia
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Craig LaBan's brutal review of Ocean Prime

Ya gotta love this guy LaBan! I have read some of his detailed reviews of other Philadelphia restaurants and found him extremely knowledgeable and interesting to read. The few times I have been able to compare my impressions with his notes I found him, for the most part, to be quite accurate. I have eaten at one other Ocean Prime in Atlanta and found it to be second rate in food and service, first rate in cost only. The times I have not agreed with his comments on food items it could certainly be that my palate is not as educated as his with regarding to what a specific dish should be. Philadelphia has a food critic worth reading who I am willing to use as a guide post to your food scene when in town.

Dec 13, 2013
Edwardrae in Philadelphia
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Amis First Time

Been there only one time for a business dinner. No one could hear a thing. Thus it was of no value to us as a occasion to conduct casual, conversational business. Al you may or may not be old and crotchety but in regards to this venue it matters little. Over-the-top loud!

Dec 10, 2013
Edwardrae in Philadelphia
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Non Italian-American Italian Restaurants in Philadelphia?

Finding exclusively regional Italian restaurant can be successfully done in large cities, ie. London, Paris, New York Tokyo and the like. Philadelphia does have some good representation of regionally exclusive restaurants but as mentioned most do incorporate a bit of a mixed offering. And as also stated previously these type restaurants are most often not inexpensive.

Dec 10, 2013
Edwardrae in Philadelphia

British Grocery Suggestion in Philly

Brilliant news down the line from caganer on the lifting of the ban on Eu beef and beef product which should have Bovril back on the shelf in the grocery and back in my cupboard. Sorry I should have known.

Dec 02, 2013
Edwardrae in Philadelphia

British Grocery Suggestion in Philly

Right your are, it's Wooster then? Clever indeed.

Dec 02, 2013
Edwardrae in Philadelphia

British Grocery Suggestion in Philly

Perhaps the answer lies in the American ear and/or mispronunciations of English words. Ok Yanks try these Beauchamp, Cholmondeley, Cockburn ,Worcester.

" We love your British accent", and we yours.

Dec 01, 2013
Edwardrae in Philadelphia
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British Grocery Suggestion in Philly

I would suggest A Taste of Britain in Wayne reminiscent of that small grocery and cafe found in any town, village or parish in the good old England. Quite lovely, indeed.

www.atasteofbritaininwayne.com

Dec 01, 2013
Edwardrae in Philadelphia
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No bread for you!

Parc had often been frequented at lunch in sidewalk table weather and Dandelion a dinner location in Philadelphia. I had quite enjoyed the breads not knowing it was from the hand of the same baker. I will certainly lament the loss of what I had thought were quite nice breads.

Nov 23, 2013
Edwardrae in Philadelphia

Need a place for a long, quiet lunch

Yes understand. Sorry I muddled my response a bit. I was not suggesting that other Philadelphia steakhouse meet the OP's request, having not been. Just noting that my limited exposure to those mentioned was as stated and my choice of local when possible. Then my bit on the "duty bound" comment by the lady unintentionally stirring a pot.

Nov 15, 2013
Edwardrae in Philadelphia

Need a place for a long, quiet lunch

I for one would always hope that my colleagues could select a steakhouse of local note, if there is one. Having only eaten at each of those mentioned in Philadelphia once, I have limited experience from which to draw a meaningful conclusion. However I did find CG more to my liking than the Palm, which I found very loud and quite to strident for what it is. With the wide range of personal taste involved in dining/food; I would suggest that one is only duty bound(as it were) to offer an honest opinion in respond to the OP's question.

Nov 15, 2013
Edwardrae in Philadelphia

Vedge Resturant

Yes, quite right BYOB. Thanks, it was a most memorable sweet delight.

Nov 12, 2013
Edwardrae in Philadelphia

Vedge Resturant

Funk, there has been endless discussions regarding Vedge here on CH both in local and national food and new outlets. The link provided by bucket should provide good insights. If you search the board here you will get an eye full. Many here, perhaps most, love it . I have been a few times and I find it overall underwhelming and overpriced: I am in the minority. I do love the bar and a desert(can remember exactly what it was) just blew me away realizing that there was NO dairy in it! It will be an interesting experience you may find spectacular and worth the money, or not.

Nov 11, 2013
Edwardrae in Philadelphia

Need a place for a long, quiet lunch

Thanks for the explanation of the term Freehouse in the states. I had only frequently encounter the name in the states and did understand that the meaning was not the same as in Britain. I did find the explanation provided at the link interesting as to the origins of that term and other Pub related British Terms. The single source provider concept at many managed pubs has met with distain: I enjoy the U.S brew pub concept which is also usually single provider but understandable as it is brewed in house. Even more enjoyable is the Pub's in the US that offer many different drafts and bottles, lovely experience.

Nov 11, 2013
Edwardrae in Philadelphia

Need a place for a long, quiet lunch

Will need to pop in on my next Philadelphia visit. To illuminate the distinction between Freehouse, Public House, Ale House and Tavern here is an informative link, http://pubology.wordpress.com/2008/06...

Nov 11, 2013
Edwardrae in Philadelphia
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Philly's Little Nonna's

Visited once on what I believe was close to their opening. I would mostly concur with your review. I did find it odd that they would not provide bread for the table and perhaps some olive oil. The menu is quite limited but with that said very thoughtful items offering adequate choices. I too loved the sauce and the meatballs, the egg plant dish was quite nice also. I thought my salad, the grilled caesar with lovely white anchovies, was quite a few leaves short of adequate even for a small salad. Interesting choices of affordable wines and special cocktails. Good service and ambiance at this small "family" Italian.

Oct 20, 2013
Edwardrae in Philadelphia

Mainland Inn

The Mainland had been a culinary oasis in a desert replete with chains and what was not was ordinary at best. Could be we will never see its like again in that area. The Mainland was a restaurant I would go further out of my way for when in the general area. Perhaps their problems was that their menu was out of step with the local wallet and appetite. They did play their tune for a good number of years to the delight of many. Sorry to see them go and here is hopes for a good effort at a quality establishment by the new owners they have a good start with a lovely venue.

Oct 20, 2013
Edwardrae in Philadelphia

Table Hogs and Coffee House Etiquette

One of the potential benefits of extending a courtesy. Good point!

Sep 26, 2013
Edwardrae in Not About Food

Table Hogs and Coffee House Etiquette

Again you are making the women the problem! Could she have done the things you suggested? Well perhaps she could have and perhaps it is not something in her nature to do. Politeness, courtesy, shyness, timidness, fear of conflict, any or all. She is not the problem by suggesting she is you are letting the other of the hook! Blame the woman, she should have done this or should not have done that! She is the innocent and injured(offended) party.

Sep 26, 2013
Edwardrae in Not About Food
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Table Hogs and Coffee House Etiquette

Thanks for your opinion, IndianRiverFL. It is a perfect illustration of the perverse logic used to justify bad behavior and a reason we see this type thing frequently! Ugh

Sep 26, 2013
Edwardrae in Not About Food
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Italian Winemaker garners outrage with racist facebook comment

" do not allege that it is authentic" , "been hacked", "or that the comment from "him" (is authentic) . Then why is it worth noting? Totally unverified on all count, unsubstantiated by your own words! Gossip of the worst kind!

Aug 27, 2013
Edwardrae in Wine

Craft Cocktails and Great Bartenders in or near downtown Philadelphia?

Interesting topic and while I have bar tenders that I find highly professional in their craft and who's skills I admire; I would not know their names beyond that visit.

What, in your opinion, are the characteristics the make one the "the single best bartender in Philadelphia" or that have some named in "the starting lineup"? In my experience I have found the real professional bar tenders in top tier hotels and some restaurants which emphasis their bar trade.

Aug 22, 2013
Edwardrae in Philadelphia

I'm not a "guy"!

Lagatta, you may have a feel for the word when used in France or their "colonies" but you are way off regarding Great Britain, especially England and in more proper society all about the UK. Ma'am is not pejorative and is certainly not obsolete.

Aug 09, 2013
Edwardrae in Not About Food