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Replacement for Terroir in the East Village

obviously we disagree. i think corkbuzz is quite horrible. ive read the owner's bio but all i can judge her on is the place she created. its filled with people who trust the staff to pick their wine. i find their choices to be extremely overpriced and mediocre.

the place reminds me of a wine bar in a denver airport. no soul whatsoever to me.

im a terroir guy. the staff there are friendly, the choices are thoughtful and priced right. and they have other bottles off the menu that we geek out over.

Apr 16, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

Cheap Sushi

i like bugs but not for sushi. their cooked food is nice. the problem is the place itself. its usually half empty with either crap music or no music on. the lights are on...they really could do much better in the ambience department because its a very endearing little spot.

Apr 08, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

Alternative to Ushiwakamaru?

yeah...that was me...i heard that from a waitress before they closed.

Apr 02, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

Alternative to Ushiwakamaru?

ive been meaning to try kura but i dont want omakase every time i go out.

thx though.

Mar 31, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

Alternative to Ushiwakamaru?

walked by the other day and saw a homeless person sleeping by their door...really sad.

any ex-ushi fans that have an alternative in the area? i havent been to soto in years but i dont remember if they had sushi or not. hasaki isnt cutting it and please dont mention blue ribbon sushi.


Mar 30, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

Replacement for Terroir in the East Village

i dont want to be taught a lesson on wine...i just want a good variety and as a bonus, someone to geek out with besides my partner.

i used to listen to primus and fugazi while drinking some marsannay at terroir...ill miss that.

Mar 18, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

Replacement for Terroir in the East Village

actually stopped by 50 paces last weekend to try it. very sad to admit, but im not returning. its kind of like they removed everything i liked about the place. the new staff are not really savvy on wine and not entirely the best. the previous staff...in its few incarnations...were kind of amazing. big difference now.

the wine list was very mediocre...no musar like i originally saw on their menu. everything was just passable. the food was the same but the portions seem skimpier.

music on the stereo was mostly cream and fleetwood mac...'nuff said.

Mar 17, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

Au Za'tar?

tried it for brunch for some reason...just seemed to be close that day. wasnt a huge fan of their brunch but the service was great and owner/manager was very welcoming. my lamb stew was satisfying on a cold february morning but not my ideal breakfast food.

id gladly try it again for dinner.

Mar 13, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

tickets at barcelona

you shouldnt be bloody desperate...tickets was absolutely mediocre.

Mar 10, 2015
sam1 in Spain/Portugal

Replacement for Terroir in the East Village

oh i disagree completely on corkbuzz. the markups there are much worse than any other wine bar i can think of. their btg offerings are always mediocre...domaine petitot is one of my least favorite mass producers in burgundy and thats always on their list.

i think i had a glass of luyt carignan from chile...bottle normally retails for $16-17...the glass costs $18.

and the place is super corporate.

Mar 07, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

Replacement for Terroir in the East Village

havent been to 50 paces but they have a lot of the terroir staples on the list...musar, lots of german and austrian offerings. sad to see them more of a restaurant than a bar.

8th street wine bar has a very underrated wine program. 10ish red and 10ish whites by the glass. more concentrated on languedoc and rhone than burgundy or the loire...but there's decent markups on whole bottles. not sure if that's too far west for you though.

dont get the love for ten belles. not a great by the glass list at all. usually find lots of cheap french wine passing itself off as something more than it is.

Mar 06, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

1 year anniversary - small, seasonal and intimate.

i liked that beef with tallegio dish but if i recall, its two slices of beef for $30-35.

estella can also be very loud and cramped unless they seat you in the back.

im gonna throw commerce in...though that could be loud on the weekends at prime time.

Feb 24, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

Empellon Al Pastor

totally agree with you here. at this price point, empellon works.

went here the night before the big snowstorm that wasnt a few weeks back. ordered 5 tacos each and that amazing kale with chorizo. for a cheap meal, i was super happy.

Feb 22, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

First date - with restrictions

well, first things first, you shouldnt sign up for a full dinner on a first date. what if you cant stand the person?

that being said, my suggestion is small plates. if you watch what you order and stick to tastes and not full glasses, you could probably get by at fifty paces, the former terroir on 12th off 1st ave. thats close enough to the 4,5,6. or they have the terroir in murray hill on 3rd ave and 30th if i recall.

otherwise, check out da andrea...just a favorite inexpensive italian spot near union square.

Feb 16, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

If you could eat at only one restaurant in NYC, what would it be?

how's the french toast at per se?

Feb 12, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

Any place like Raoul's?

interested to see what happens with le philosophe since the chef that gave them their name left a few months ago. looks like the place is much emptier.

Feb 11, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

Need Help! 40th Birthday Party Venues for my Husband!

if you liked bagatelle so much, perhaps pranna?


Feb 09, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

Sea Grill - 30 Rock

i havent been since a work dinner in 2005. it was perfectly good then but that was eons ago in the food world so who knows. i think ed cotton or some chef sort of made a name for himself from sea grill. i figure you can do better in 2015 personally...though i cant really think of many options in that part of town for cooked fish besides like, le bernardin.

Feb 06, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

Landmark Movie Theater - 1st Ave and Houston

aside for the myriad other great options listed...

boilermaker for burgers and wings
lil frankie's
mission cantina

Jan 30, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

Best not-"third wave" espresso/coffee?

i really cant speak about third wave but i dont dig science coffee. and i dont like places that take coffee way too seriously. and i really dont care about politics or single origin or anything when i want a cortado.

i go to la colombe often but the lines throw me off. i much prefer their tribeca location than the one on lafayette. jack's on 10th street also has become a bit ridiculous over the last few years but theyre still solid for espresso drinks.

Jan 23, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

Cioppino (fish stew) to try for comparison

i havent had it but upland makes a version of it.

Jan 22, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan


maialino for brunch is a good option.

i like your list a lot. id just swap marta for estela. marta is really a bit overrated. decent for a pizza and a glass of wine...not much else.

batard is delicious. i havent been to dirty french but the menu interests me. id also consider mission chinese for another fun option.

Jan 21, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

Quick dinner (<1h) near Walter Kerr Theater

don antonio for pizza? not sure if there would be a wait though.

Jan 21, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan


prime time on a sat? 45 min to 90 min.

i dont understand the appeal of brunch there. its not a comfortable place and the food isnt so great for brunch.

Jan 20, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan


its a great spot...the food is almost secondary actually. its just a nice night out. i usually get a bottle of syrah or something from languedoc, some cheese, 3-4 small plates and their chocolate mousse for dessert. their tarte tatin is also excellent.

its cramped and i prefer the bar to the tables but im a fan.

Jan 20, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

Marta tonight

agreed...the rabbit meatballs were ok but a small portion. the spicy octopus was the same thing.

the chicken entree was nothing special.

the only thing i was craving after was the mushroom pizza. id go again if i was in the area for a pizza and their great wine list but not much else.

Jan 17, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

Best biryani in London?

one of trishna's 'signature dishes' is a seafood biryani but i found it lackluster.

that being said, i loved trishna...particularly their aloo chaat and duck kebabs. they say that seafood is their specialty but i liked the meat dishes better personally.

Jan 13, 2015
sam1 in U.K./Ireland

LA Hound coming for birthday

$40-50 pp would not cover the restaurants you listed.

if you're down in the financial district, my best suggestion is terroir in tribeca. great small plates, amazing wine, big space that can handle your group and its well priced.

Jan 05, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

Critique My Itinerary

i live around the block and never cared to look at amelie. i checked the menu after the original post here and the wines by the glass are pretty damn overrated.

if you want a wine bar close to there, 8th street wine bar is just 4-5 stores down on 8th street. its perfectly decent.

if you want the best wine bar in that area, try terroir on 12th street...just make sure they havent closed yet.

Jan 02, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

Pete Wells's Top 10 New Restaurants -- thoughts?

we can disagree now and then. i still find your writing entertaining.

Dec 31, 2014
sam1 in Manhattan