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Where to grab breakfast in Barcelona/Madrid/Sevilla/Granada?

i figured that was what to expect.

what about satan's coffee corner? does that have any food?

Aug 28, 2014
sam1 in Spain/Portugal

Where to grab breakfast in Barcelona/Madrid/Sevilla/Granada?

i cant vouch for it since i havent gone but ill be in barcelona next week and plan to visit caravelle for breakfast.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/caravelle-bar...

Aug 28, 2014
sam1 in Spain/Portugal

Special dinner: Babbo?

i think le bernadin would be much more special than babbo.

i like babbo and was there just a week ago...but my honest opinion is the place is a bit tired...especially with all of the amazing italian that we have in nyc over the last 10-15 years.

Aug 20, 2014
sam1 in Manhattan

$18.45

ive noticed a decline in quality...particularly the cutting. nothing is worse than paying $20 for a smaller sandwich and dealing with being treated like cattle only to find that they cut the pastrami the wrong way.

i stopped going 2-3 years ago.

Aug 17, 2014
sam1 in Manhattan

Joints around Canal & 6th

i go to walkers regularly and while the crowd has been discovered by the occasional fratty dude and the unbearable catty girl, its still one of the best bar and grills on manhattan.

lupe's is still on 6th ave serving passable mexican. lucky strike is loud but a good spot on grand street off west broadway.

westville on hudson, american flatbread, ear inn are all decent options within walking distance.

Aug 17, 2014
sam1 in Manhattan

When Joe Beef is on vacation...

apologies for not replying sooner.

we stopped in after dinner on thursday evening and had a glass of mediocre burgundy pinot noir. we also ordered a dessert to split...some brownie that the waiter recommended.

perhaps we know where to go in nyc but i just expected more. a more inventive list, a livelier scene, a happier crowd, an enthusiastic server. pullman just reminded me of wine bars of a few years ago...basic bars with 4 glasses of red and 4 glasses of white and a bunch of bottles with no discernible thought that went into the list.

the brownie was the quality you'd receive at a wedding if you were lucky.

on the other hand, buvette chez simone had a lively crowd, friendly servers, some interesting options by the class and the food on everyone's table looked solid.

just my experience.

Aug 12, 2014
sam1 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

When Joe Beef is on vacation...

just got back from a weekend in montreal...figured id share a brief report. ended up going to hotel herman and chien fumant for dinner.

hotel herman...i liked the place quite a bit. we had an excellent server and really enjoyed the bar seating. wines were good but not great...at least not in the low/mid range price point. smoked salmon was a nice play on a bagel and lox. cauliflower with urchin was good but the urchin was barely noticeable. foie was tasty but standard. the berries along with it didnt help the dish. lastly, a lamb dish with shoulder and loin was good but not great. overall, liked the place but the food was secondary to the atmosphere and service for us.

late breakfast at olive and gourmando. never been and while it was filled with tourists and office types getting their lunch, we loved our food. a ricotta salad with garlic and corn was one of the best things ive eaten in some time. the smoked trout sandwich and peach tart were also great.

chien fumant...i liked this place quite a bit. very much off the tourist map for us and hard to find but the waiter we had was a great guy and helpful. had a late dinner with a veal steak with tomato and cheese...very tasty. the lamb t-bone was also great. a salad of tomatoes and feta and their chocolate dessert were delicious. my only gripe was the entrees had very little to actually eat. the veal was on the rib bone and the lamb t-bone had more bones than meat. and at $35 CAD, it couldve been a better value.

pullman wine bar was mediocre but buvette chez simone continues to impress. great place for a drink and a bite to eat.

Aug 11, 2014
sam1 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

NYC's Underground Japanese Eats

what's 'underground' in the internet age?

Aug 06, 2014
sam1 in Manhattan

So I got reservations @Babbo...Now what?

a few notes...

ess-a-bagel isnt really a sit down sort of place. clinton street isnt worth the wait. would you go to dottie's true blue cafe in SF? it's sort of the same thing. barney greengrass...i dunno...never really loved the food there...i wouldnt go out of my way for it.

ive recently given up on motorino...great crust but nothing else. id recommend keste on bleecker instead. katz's for dinner just sounds like a wasted night to me. its best to go there and split a sandwich or late night when drunk and its less crowded.

minetta and gramercy are very different. id say minetta but im also a fan of gramercy's tavern room. actually, the tavern room kind of reminds me of meals ive had at nopa if that helps.

Aug 06, 2014
sam1 in Manhattan

Barca, Costa Brava and Madrid report

im staying in barca for 4 nights and begur for 5...with a car rented from bcn airport (for begur only). figure we'll be in begur and beach towns but will spend a day in girona and perhaps a day in cadeques.

Aug 05, 2014
sam1 in Spain/Portugal

proverbial critique my barcelona list (and begur)

new york chowhound stalking your board for the last few weeks trying to make sense of your amazing food town.

ill be coming to barcelona for 4 nights in early/mid september and have made a few reservations. im trying to avoid the typical tourist spots as much as possible while still eating at some great places.

price point is on the low/mid side. i dont really have the interest in 300 euro+ dinners. i also want to have dinner/food plans without it consuming my ability to appreciate this city.

lastly, we're going to be in begur for a few nights prior to barcelona. if you have any opinion on those recs, i would be appreciative.

sun night: glass of wine at vinya del senyor, some tapas at vaso de oro and dinner at suculent

mon: wine at montvinic, dinner at hisop

tue: tickets for dinner...maybe pubilla for lunch

wed: bar canete for dinner...maybe gresca for lunch

in begur:

dinners at sa rascassa, toc al mar, nu restaurant in girona, bocca in regencos.

any places i should swap in or out would be appreciated...as well as some great lunch spots with great deals. is moments the best high end lunch deal in the city?

Aug 01, 2014
sam1 in Spain/Portugal

Torrisi - @ $100 prix-fixe, still worth it?

i went when it was maybe $65ish and i thought it was decent but pretty much fully valued at $65. i remember having a fantastic duck entree and a pasta dish with shishito peppers that i liked quite a bit.

my main gripe was that with everyone eating the same courses, you felt like it was a little like an assembly line or a wedding catering hall. service felt very formulaic. i wouldnt return.

i also thought the wine list was very mediocre. lots of new world reds.

on that note, i go to parm often. for that price point, it works.

Aug 01, 2014
sam1 in Manhattan

Chef Yasuda is leaving Sushi Yasuda

i havent been to yasuda in a few years...with hiro and yasuda gone, do you have any recommendations for which sushi chef to sit with?

Jul 30, 2014
sam1 in Manhattan

Mission Chinese pop-up

thx for this.

theyre bringing the pop up to mile end in august...the one in the city.

for $40/head, i figure ill just wait for the new restaurant to re-open and eat a la carte.

Jul 22, 2014
sam1 in Manhattan

Alta, lately?

actually, i went to cata too recently and felt it was rather inauthentic and mediocre as well. service was also pretty amateurish.

Jul 21, 2014
sam1 in Manhattan

Alta, lately?

i was there a few months ago. i used to like the place even though small plates have come a long way since alta first opened.

ill say i was less impressed by alta this time around. the service was rushed and not friendly like ive had in the past and the food felt very dated and boring.

barbuto has become overrun by tourists over the last few years.

id steer you to casa mono. i doubt the wait would be horrible on a tuesday night.

Jul 21, 2014
sam1 in Manhattan

Pick One

casa mono is the only place here that excited me.

hearth has sadly been dumbing down their offerings ever since the rent increase. i think they had a fried chicken 4th of july thing...very sad. also, there food is too heavy for summer if you ask me.

crispo is meh.

Jul 16, 2014
sam1 in Manhattan

Barca, Costa Brava and Madrid report

very helpful post...thank you.

we're staying at hostal sa rascassa in september and looking forward to it.

Jul 15, 2014
sam1 in Spain/Portugal

following up - our dinner at louro

oh thats sad. i liked my meal last summer but havent been back since. looks like we all should make an effort.

Jul 11, 2014
sam1 in Manhattan

Reasonable wait for ramen in/near East Village on Saturday night?

i really am amazed whenever i see lines at momofuku noodle bar. ivan ramen would be your best best...ive rarely had to wait longer than 5 minutes for a table at prime time.

Jul 10, 2014
sam1 in Manhattan

Your favorite tapas?

the OP's price point is hard but if price was no object, casa mono has the best raciones or spanish small plates in nyc in my opinion.

ive always been disappointed by the food at el quinto pino. now that the room has expanded, i like it less. used to be a great place for a small bite and a glass of wine...not so much anymore.

ill also add that i went to donostia recently after some positive recommendations and was utterly disappointed. food was absolutely worthless and the service was the worst ive had in some time. really was disappointed.

Jul 09, 2014
sam1 in Manhattan

Bye Bye CRUMBS

laugh all you want but whenever my old office ordered from them for some birthday, id request a black and white cookie...it wasn't bad at all.

Jul 08, 2014
sam1 in Manhattan

Mid priced/casual/good - Chelsea or Meatpacking?

txikito is a good option here for some small plates and wine.

izakaya ten...if that's still around on 10th ave is rather underrated for the area.

barbuto would be harder to get a table at and its a bit humid for their garage doors to be open but thats a good option further south.

Jul 08, 2014
sam1 in Manhattan

Best Chocolate Souffle

minetta though i prefer the grand marnier one instead.

unconventional pick? sakagura...one of the best ive ever had.

Jul 01, 2014
sam1 in Manhattan
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Best okonomiyaki?

no lines...er, ive been 2x and waited no more than 3 minutes.

but its not traditional at all.

Jul 01, 2014
sam1 in Manhattan

DQ on 14th?

Jul 01, 2014
sam1 in Manhattan

Ducks Eatery (East Village) . . .anyone been?

there was some small buzz on ducks eatery when it first opened. i went...i remember very little about my meal. maybe a short rib dish. nothing memorable at all.

Jun 22, 2014
sam1 in Manhattan

One dinner- solo, moderate budget

annisa isnt a place for solo diners in my opinion. the bar is more of a waiting area for the main dining room. its also a big place for couples in my opinion. i also dont think the food is so great.

cant really think of a place where you can have an elaborate meal at the bar in a comfortable way. most bar seating for me is for japanese, spanish or pasta.

perhaps gramercy tavern would be a good idea.

Jun 20, 2014
sam1 in Manhattan

When Joe Beef is on vacation...

so...2 last questions:

hotel herman or le serpent for dinner?

and lawrence for a friday lunch? do they serve similar brunch offerings? is it empty for weekday lunch?

Jun 18, 2014
sam1 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Early dinner tomorrow before show at Irving Plaza

get the sepia, the foie gras, razor clams and fideos.

oh man...that place can be awesome.

Jun 18, 2014
sam1 in Manhattan