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What's hot in LA???

Anything that was hot in New York 2 years ago.

Jun 26, 2010
MBShapiro in Los Angeles Area

Are there Restaurant Week themes?

what, do you expect foie gras for restaurant week?

Feb 05, 2010
MBShapiro in Manhattan

L2O or Tru

Hey Chicago hounds! I'm visiting from New York for two nights in a couple of weeks. I already have reservations at Alinea (so excited) for one night but wanted to know if I should book L2O or Tru as my other dinner. I would love any input from people who have been to both as to what the differences are and which would be more of a can't miss. Also, what is the way to go as far as ordering in either place? Thanks!!

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Nov 06, 2009
MBShapiro in Chicago Area

Keste or Luozzo

I had delicious pizza at Keste - the margherita and the pizza del re were both really good. Be warned, however, that it's not like a traditional NY pie. The crust is not crispy, it's more chewy than anything else. As long as you're ok with that, Keste is great.

Jun 11, 2009
MBShapiro in Manhattan

Best place for pho in NYC?

Take Amtrak to Philly and go to Pho 75 there. Honestly, pho is not a strong point of NYC.

Jun 09, 2009
MBShapiro in Manhattan

Fresh Verbena

Does anybody know where I can get fresh lemon verbena? Are there any stalls at any farmer's markets in particular that have a lot of fresh herbs? Are there any stores in LA that might carry it? Thanks.

Jan 08, 2009
MBShapiro in Los Angeles Area

Looking for a good new BYOB

Meme is awesome, and BYOB for the time being... Make sure to get the pork dish for 2. One of the best pork dishes I've had in a while.

Nov 05, 2008
MBShapiro in Pennsylvania

Picholine - wild game tasting menu

That sounds/looks awesome. Do they have a bar and can you eat at it?

Dec 02, 2007
MBShapiro in Manhattan

private dining gems?

Insieme has a great private room and the minimum is $2500. Craft has one too, and I think that one's $3000

Nov 25, 2007
MBShapiro in Manhattan

Savoy or Cookshop?

Dinner with my parents and a couple of cousins on a monday night. Which is better? Quality? Price? All opinions welcome.

Sep 26, 2007
MBShapiro in Manhattan

Ditch Plains...worth a visit?

FWIW, i love the place at brunch, not so sure about dinner. But if you want breakfast for dinner (who doesn't), the eggs benedict with chorizo are awesome

Sep 02, 2007
MBShapiro in Manhattan

Splurge dinner?

Wow kobe, my top three choices exactly

Sep 01, 2007
MBShapiro in Manhattan

Ssam or Degustation?

Agree on both points. I'm one of the few in the camp that didn't really like the food at degustation. That being said, it's an awesome space - much more intimate and serene than MSB, which is very high-energy and can get raucous at times.

Aug 31, 2007
MBShapiro in Manhattan

Blue Hill or Eleven Madison Park?

I know this may be scandalous for this board, but I would choose Blue Hill over EMP. I was underwhelmed by EMP when I went (no thanks to the super high expectations set here), and was really happy with a meal I had at Blue Hill a few months ago. The food at Blue Hill is very fresh and flavorful, but light enough so that it doesn't put you in that food coma at the end of the meal. The room is more low key, but still elegant. So, my pick would be Blue Hill.

Aug 29, 2007
MBShapiro in Manhattan

Help me decide!

I was unimpressed with a voce. decent food, but i thought the room was horrific...

Aug 22, 2007
MBShapiro in Manhattan

We're Going to Per Se, So We're Eating Street/Really Cheap Food for the Rest our Trip. Ideas?

1) banh mi from saigon in chinatown
2) 5 for a dollar dumplings
3) gray's papaya

don't bother with burgers. in n out is better than anything you'll find here.

Aug 21, 2007
MBShapiro in Manhattan

What to order at Del Posto?

I totally agree with daniel, in that you should go somewhere else. Del Posto is a mess of a high end restaurant.

Knowing that that is probably not an option, just order some nice wine, and try to drink enough that you won't remember the food. Do not, under any circumstances, order the lamb. It was the biggest disaster of a dish i've ever seen. Literally, ever. The gnocchi is gummy, the gnudi, flavorless. I did have a nice mixed mushroom app and good dessert. And kobe is correct that the lardo is outrageous.

Just sit back, enjoy your company, take in the gorgeous room, and don't expect much.

Aug 20, 2007
MBShapiro in Manhattan

Momofuko - Noodles or Ssam?

if you're going during the day, stick with noodle bar, as the ssam bar menu is only ssams until 5:30. After that, ssam is a better bet, as the menu is bigger and more varied. right now, if you go to noodle bar, you have to get the shrimp and corn, which is outrageous. the pork buns are great at either place, and if you go to ssam, i would suggest the artichokes.

Aug 10, 2007
MBShapiro in Manhattan

Good, fresh, inexpensive Mexican?

Red hook ballfields on the weekend.

Aug 07, 2007
MBShapiro in Manhattan

Dining Alone - A Voce, Hearth, Craft, Gramercy Tavern?

They actually all have bars to eat at with full menus. My favorite of the four would be Hearth if you can snag a seat at the pass. Craft I would vote against, as the concept makes it better to eat there with a group of people, and I was underwhelmed with A Voce's food.

Jul 29, 2007
MBShapiro in Manhattan


what is wrong with asking if you need change. more often than not, the customer doesn't, and it just minimizes confusion.

Jul 16, 2007
MBShapiro in Not About Food

craftsteak or blt prime

craftsteak. had a meal there after the opening chef was fired and it was excellent. the blt restaurants are like a bad version of craft

Jul 16, 2007
MBShapiro in Manhattan

Where did you eat this weekend?

momofuku ssam bar friday night, lunch on saturday at caracas arepa bar, worked last night, lunch today at the dumpling place on eldridge, dinner tonight at casa mono. pretty typical of the manhattan chowhound board if i may say so myself, but my brother was in town, so i had to show him some stuff.

Jul 15, 2007
MBShapiro in Manhattan

HOTDOG showdown

I really like Dietz and Watson all beef hot dogs. I think they're a philadelphia company (where i went to college), but i see them in NY. Nothing like one of those at 2 am...

Jul 14, 2007
MBShapiro in General Topics

One Dinner in Philly

you have plenty of good italian in the north end, so i would stick to something that is more of a philly experience - the BYO. my favorites are marigold kitchen in university city (new american with a middle eastern twist), matyson in center city (standard new american) and melograno in graduate hospital area (italian)

Jul 10, 2007
MBShapiro in Pennsylvania

San Francisco 22 : New York 0

i think the best casual great food you're going to find is at momofuku ssam bar for dinner and casa mono for lunch or dinner. if you want to take it up a notch and have a nice-ish dinner but still somewhat casual, go to hearth, the bar room at the modern or perilla. all of these places are putting out innovative food that you simply don't find in LA. the list of places you went last time in NY aren't what i would consider the cream of the crop by any means. better luck this time. oh, and being from LA myself, i can tell you to stay away from any sushi, burger and mexican restaurant. it's a waste of time.

Jul 09, 2007
MBShapiro in Manhattan

Searching for tasting menu splurge

craft doesn't have a tasting menu...

Jul 08, 2007
MBShapiro in Manhattan

Reservations for late July in NYC

since you'll be in the theater district, i would consider insieme for lunch or dinner. it's certainly more upscale and interesting italian than vice versa. another place i would try for lunch is casa mono, in the flatiron district. great spanish inspired small plates in a laid back setting. also, don't bother with shake shack, as in-n-out is half the price, twice as good, and takes one fifth the time to get (i'm from LA and i miss it terribly) have fun!

Jul 07, 2007
MBShapiro in Manhattan

Menu at Ditch Plains angers me!

I think that's a bit of an overreaction. I don't think they're trying to pull a fast one on you and scam you into getting the dish because they think you'll want it if it has 2 sides. They're just letting you know how they plate the dish. Also, a classical omlette is just eggs. I agree that the fillings are a little pricey, but I don't think that warrants the venomous comments on your behalf. I was there today for lunch and had a great meal for not that much money with good service. No complaints.

Jun 24, 2007
MBShapiro in Manhattan

Solo Dining (anywhere)

hearth (at the pass), blue hill, perilla

Jun 17, 2007
MBShapiro in Manhattan