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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?

about 18 hours ago
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.

about 18 hours ago
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

Early dinner tomorrow before show at Irving Plaza

casa mono if you're going that early would be a great idea.

Jun 18, 2014
sam1 in Manhattan

Is Freeman's Still Open?

i walked by on sat or sunday and it looked like there were tourists coming and going inside like normal.

Jun 18, 2014
sam1 in Manhattan

Marco's Brooklyn

im with you 100%...had a completely forgettable meal here a few months ago for maybe 3x the cost of my meal at frannys.

i love frannys...including the hostesses and staff but i just found the food to be mediocre. i remember some pork entree that looked quite bare on the plate. i think theyre trying to make a more meat-centric, expensive version of frannys to make more money...which is great but not why i love frannys' food.

Jun 17, 2014
sam1 in Outer Boroughs

Barcelona trip report

thanks for this. i was actually waiting for you to come back and give a report. im going in september and staying nearby so this helps quite a bit.

any chance you can provide the cost for your lunch at gresca? i was contemplating dinner here and was on the fence about it.

Jun 17, 2014
sam1 in Spain/Portugal

NYC Restaurant Recommendations

table for 8 with less than a week with no reservations? and it's supposed to be good?

that's a tough one.

on opentable, seems like lafayette has space at 8. the food is decent enough but its a good spot for a group.

Jun 16, 2014
sam1 in Manhattan

Fuller's London Pride

dba occasionally has london pride...most times they have fullers esb which is held in higher regard but i actually prefer london pride.

Jun 13, 2014
sam1 in Manhattan

Traveling solo - recs for dinner needed

ssam bar is a bar but eating alone would be weird there since its mostly pairs facing each other.

if i was from out of town and needed 3 places with bar seat for dinner...id go to i sodi, terroir east village and sushi yasuda.

maybe casa mono instead of terroir.

Jun 13, 2014
sam1 in Manhattan

When Joe Beef is on vacation...

in the joe beef episode of 'munchies' on vice, mcmillian mentions a restaurant where an ex employee left and created joe beef in another part of town and 'will remain nameless'...

at the 6 minute mark...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zejk-...

Jun 10, 2014
sam1 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)
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Bar Bolonat

i went to balaboosta for the first time only 2-3 weeks after my bar bolonat dinner. i felt like balaboosta was fine but nothing remarkable. like, id consider going to balaboosta in the same way that id go to parm...itll be on my casual rotation.

but bar bolonat just doesnt do enough to justify its price.

Jun 08, 2014
sam1 in Manhattan

Dok Suni closed

another 90s east village stalwart gone.

do hwa is still in business...surprisingly. considering the location, im surprised it didnt go before dok suni.

Jun 07, 2014
sam1 in Manhattan