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Joe Beef vs. Liverpool House

just make sure you get kouign amann from the patisserie on mont royal. and buvette chez simone is a favorite place for a glass of wine outdoors.

about 5 hours ago
sam1 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Joe Beef vs. Liverpool House

funny...ill be at le filet on friday and joe beef on saturday night as well.

about 7 hours ago
sam1 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Fish Burger/Sandwiches

westville...particularly westville chelsea has a great seafood burger as a special quite regularly. has scallop and shrimp and fish in it if i recall.

about 7 hours ago
sam1 in Manhattan

Decent restaurants near Jacob Javitz?

larb ubol for thai on 9th ave does the job.

1 day ago
sam1 in Manhattan
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Barcelona Itinerary. Thoughts?

i wasnt able to make it but one place that looked nice for a bite and a glass of wine was bodega bonavista in gracia...near diagonal if i recall. its a wine shop that turns into a wine bar and tapas bar in the evenings. really regret not being able to check it out...maybe you'd be interested.

Jun 25, 2015
sam1 in Spain/Portugal

Barcelona Itinerary. Thoughts?

go to the bar portion...not the restaurant at canete...totally different vibe. everyone who's had mixed experiences at canete went to the restaurant and not the bar. apparently the restaurant is much more formal.

id go to gresca for lunch and not dinner btw. its small and pretty sedate if you ask me. lunch was 60% full...some people on a business lunch...others just having a pleasant lunch like myself.

Jun 25, 2015
sam1 in Spain/Portugal

Le Chien Fumant and Joe Beef... redundant?

funny enough, i was looking for a joe beef alternative last year as joe beef was on summer break. i ended up going to chien fumant. to answer your question, yes, its completely redundant. it was fine enough but definitely not as good as my meals at joe beef over the years. my biggest gripe was that the dish i ordered came with more bones than meat if i recall. i was also surprised how empty it was on a saturday night. the location is very residential.

ill be in montreal in a few weeks and going to joe beef this time. i opted for le filet as my other dinner reservation. ive never been and figure it would be a good alternative to the meat at joe beef.

Jun 23, 2015
sam1 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Barcelona Itinerary. Thoughts?

all i can share is my experience. i had very high expectations based on the excitement from this board. it turned out to be my worst meal in barcelona. nothing was sadder than the look of our waiter's face as he was pushing his ice cream/dessert cart around the place.

it probably didnt help that the couple next to us took flash photos of everything in the restaurant. but it was the small bites of pre-packaged food and kitsch that we just werent fans of.

Jun 22, 2015
sam1 in Spain/Portugal

Barcelona Itinerary. Thoughts?

im sure i wont be able to convince you but tickets is absolutely overrated. like me, youll probably have to discover that for yourself.

glad you have la pubilla for lunch...gracia is a great area...we went for lunch after park guell stuff (which i didnt really enjoy due to the amount of tourists there).

i didnt go but tapas 24 looked like it was filled with tour groups from nebraska for what its worth (no offense to the people of nebraska). i had dinner at succulent and thought it was a throwaway. perhaps go there for a bite and a beer but not a whole meal.

i strongly urge you to make room for bar canete for dinner (not their restaurant but the bar portion). it was our best tapas meal there. super fun staff...really good time. i also thought bar mut was a nicer version of bar canete with similar food. maybe you dont need to go to both but we did and were happy to do so.

Jun 19, 2015
sam1 in Spain/Portugal

Hot fun restaurants in Manhattan!

you should check out the brunch at pranna.

Jun 19, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan
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Romantic Dinner in Barcelona and restaurant suggestions

i thought bar mut was a nice romantic meal to end my trip to spain last summer. be cool with the waiter and theyll let you into club mutis, their jazz bar around the corner. that would be a perfect night.

i liked my lunch at gresca but felt it was a bit too sedate...perhaps that changes at dinner but i doubt it.

i felt like boqueria was 2x the price of every other market. try Llibertat Market and get lunch at la pubilla.

id skip el xampanyet for dinner...go there for a bite but not a whole meal. go to bar canete instead.

tickets is utterly forgettable. youll eat better for 1/3 the price in a bunch of other places.

Jun 11, 2015
sam1 in Spain/Portugal

Via Carota on Grove Street in the Village

im not looking for a standout dish but as i mentioned in my post, i could barely remember anything i ate. a pasta dish...some salsify or root vegetable swimming in butter...and that pomodorini sundried tomato crostini that they serve at buvette.

Jun 05, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

Via Carota on Grove Street in the Village

totally overrated. it has a crusty top and swimming in oil and sage. may actually work with a bun but on its own, it was no big deal.

im a huge i sodi and buvette fan but i can barely remember what i ate at via carota. i had a decent time but the food wasnt particularly memorable.

Jun 04, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

Something similar to Gramercy Tavern, Tavern Room?

i like estela and ssam but both are so crowded and popular, you rarely feel comfortable or have decent service.

id actually suggest terroir in tribeca...great wine list by the glass, friendly staff, room to breathe and very underrated food.

Jun 04, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan
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Louro closing

i have no clue how bell book and de santos can stay in business while louro fails.

i went 2x and liked it but it just never had a good enough vibe or buzz for me to repeat. i feel bad.

Jun 04, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

First trip to NYC

i was on the top floor and the mid level...the top looked like any other irish pub in the area...the middle looked like the rejected set from gangs of new york, the scorsese film.

Jun 02, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

First trip to NYC

its such an unpleasant experience going to di fara, id suggest you skip it. ive found that the square at artichoke pizza (various locations) is about 75% as good as the square at di fara with less hassle.

tavern room at gramery is an enjoyable nyc experience but the menu can be lacking at times. a little secret...if you go early enough, see if they have any burgers leftover from lunch. they usually do and i usually have that as an appetizer with a friend.

estela is a good choice but its very cramped and very loud. if you get a good seat, youll have a good time. a bad seat and itll be not nearly as enjoyable.

do not understand the appeal of dead rabbit at all. to me, its a dressed up irish pub with guys wearing bowties.

Jun 02, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

Cosme (late) Review: Group Dinner for 6

good review. its a restaurant i was interested in but can only imagine that id feel the same way that you did. maybe ill just wait for someone to invite me to dinner there rather than go on my own dollar.

Jun 02, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

Six Nights in London

i wouldnt delete great queen street at all. ive been going there since maybe 2010 and my most recent meal in december was one of the most enjoyable there.

my favorite meal on my last trip was at trishna though...very pleasant experience.

Jun 02, 2015
sam1 in U.K./Ireland

Dominique Ansel Kitchen (not bakery)

stopped in to bring in some pastries for my office at 10am on a thursday...2 people ahead of me on line. the seating is a bit weird but the outdoor tables seemed nice...and the staff were kind enough to bring me my order outside.

sampled a bunch of pastries...deconstructed eclair was interesting in appearance but no better than any other eclair in terms of taste. flourless chocolate cookie was rich and delicious but nothing i havent had elsewhere. i think the only memorable item was their dark DKA...with lots of brown sugar. that was quite tasty and worth getting again.

i think i liked the place mostly because i had low expectations and they were met. id go here occasionally like i go to lafayette once in awhile. decent addition to the area though.

Jun 01, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

Breakfast place near 11 St. and 5th Av.

another option thats pretty close...hi collar? 10th off 2nd ave...not a huge detour.

May 31, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

Breakfast place near 11 St. and 5th Av.

le pain quotidien on 8th and 5th
grey dog on university and 12th
not sure if peace food has breakfast but thats a healthy option

May 30, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

Barcelona & Costa Brava Seaside Lunch

shame i just looked at this...

1) sa rascassa in begur (aiguafreda beach) has to be the best place for a leisurely lunch by the sea. avoid toc al mar...such a tourist trap.

2) in begur/girona area...sa rascassa for lunch and ideally for dinner, nu restaurant in girona for dinner, bocca was fun and casual for dinner and drinks in regencos.

in barcelona, bar canete is a must...bar mut was hip and fun...great food too.

May 29, 2015
sam1 in Spain/Portugal

2 nights in Barcelona - Paco Meralgo + ?

i was not impressed with any 'science' food i had in barcelona. if i had two meals in barcelona, id probably do bar canete and bar mut (followed by their club mutis).

id also get lunch at la pubilla.

May 29, 2015
sam1 in Spain/Portugal

Dinner for 10 in the Village

ive gone to da andrea probably 20x since 2007 or so. its delicious...everyone loves it.

i have better italian places but for the money, da andrea would please.

May 17, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

Dinner for 10 in the Village

id suggest da andrea on 13th. inexpensive, great place for quality italian. chef is from bologna, pastas are homemade and its a bustling place but you can hear each other.

its not a memorable meal but for a solid, italian meal on the cheap...for a group of 10...i really couldnt think of a better spot.

May 16, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

Bourdain Market - What do YOU Want to See

May 10, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

gramercy tavern - tavern wait?

probably no wait through 630-7...at peak saturday night, im guessing 45 - 60 min?

Apr 24, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

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