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POLL: Tabla Is Closing: Will You Miss It?

My sentiments exactly! Expensive for poorly executed food. I was not impressed. Bad excuse for 'modern Indian' food.

On the other hand, we went to At Vermillion a couple of months ago. It's supposed to be Indian/Latin fusion. Interestting and well thought out food. however, since the restaurant is situated in Midtown East, it doesn't seem to attarct a lot of traffic.

Oct 05, 2010
fatema in Manhattan

Favorite French Restaurants

I like Le Gigot in the West Village.

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Le Gigot
18 Cornelia Street, New York, NY 10014

Oct 04, 2010
fatema in Manhattan

Rare night-out date suggestion please

Perhaps Aldea, although its not super downton.

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Aldea
31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

Apr 28, 2010
fatema in Manhattan

Best free bread in NYC restaurants?

Another for Scarpetta and Maialino

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Scarpetta
355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

Maialino
2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

Apr 22, 2010
fatema in Manhattan

Places to eat out when you want responsibly sourced meat...

or Marlow and Sons (Williamsburg) and Roman's (Fort Greene)

Mar 30, 2010
fatema in Outer Boroughs

Looking for a Williamsburg. Fort Greene and Cobble Hill dining expert.

I would add Roman's to the Fort Greene list. Also by the Marlow and Sons group. The menu is italian inspired, relies heavily on locally sourced ingredients and changes daily.

Mar 16, 2010
fatema in Outer Boroughs

West Village Favorites?

Morandi for brunch. It also has outdoor space for the summer.
Las Ramblas for tapas.

Mar 16, 2010
fatema in Manhattan

Reasonable & Delicious Dinner East 20's near Madison????

How about 'inoteca on 24th and 3rd?

Mar 05, 2010
fatema in Manhattan

best wine bar's known for food??....please help..

Another vote for Terroir and 'inoteca. Also adding 'ino in the West Village to the mix. Menu is similar to the 'inoteca menu, and space is really, really, tiny, but I've always enjoyed it.

Mar 05, 2010
fatema in Manhattan

Reasonably priced french restaurant in the Village

3rd Le Gigot. We had a wonderful meal in December.

Mar 02, 2010
fatema in Manhattan

Where to go for moist cupcakes?

I'm not a big fan of their Smores either, but absolutely adore the triple chocolate one. I like the caramel and mocha too.

Feb 03, 2010
fatema in Manhattan

Where to go for moist cupcakes?

Chikalicious!!

Feb 02, 2010
fatema in Manhattan

Tempo closing

I heard Robert say when I was there that maybe he'll write a book....nothing about opening at a new location.

Jun 06, 2009
fatema in Outer Boroughs

Tempo closing

I was there last night too, for the first, and I guess, the last time. This thread inspired me to finally make the trek out to Park Slope. Everything I had - warm goat cheese salad, Fregola with spicy calamari, chocolate gelati, and a quart of a nice Red (dont remember the name) - was wonderful. I wish I had made it out there earlier!

Also, I overheard one of the servers tell another diner that they are going to e closed today, 06/05, for a private graduation party. So please call ahead if you were planning on going tonight and confirm....that would leave only tomorrow night open for the public.

Jun 05, 2009
fatema in Outer Boroughs

Top Chef restaurants

Dec 10, 2008
fatema in Manhattan

Perfect way to end the day

Ok I just changed my mind already :)...I think cuisine-wise I would prefer something ethnic...so please keep this in mind when making your recommendations. Thanks!

Nov 19, 2008
fatema in Manhattan

Perfect way to end the day

My BF and I are having lunch at Cafe Boulud on friday as part of Open Table's Appetite Stimulus plan, after which we plan to hit up the MET and then a walk around Central Park. I'm looking for things to do in the evening that would be a perfect end to the day. Specially looking for recommendations for dinner/drinks places that are romantic, yet simple and kinda down-to-earthish. My BF is all about simplicity (I wonder how we even get along as I'm all over the top with everything), and I want to make this day really special as he's moving to France right after thnxgiving for about 6-8 months. Any cuisine or neighbourhood is good, though would love to be around the upper west/east side as we will already be around the hood, and also we hardly ever trek up there. Price range about 50 per person including a glass of wine, and tax.

Thoughts?

Nov 19, 2008
fatema in Manhattan

Momofuku Milk Bar-this ain't no Dairy Barn

I made it in to the Milk Bar at about 7:15ish last night..there was no line at all....just one party of 2 in front of me who took forever to place their order. They were extremely confused and so was the guy behind the counter...which prolonged the whole ordering process. Anyhow, as soon as I was up, I knew exactly what I wanted (I went especially to try the salty pistachio soft serve, but got the pork bun too!), so I ordered, and then waited, and waited, and waited......

Luckily for me, David Chang was also there supervising and coaching the staff I guess, but that did not improve the service experience for me. However, he noticed that I had waited for almost 25 mins for a small order, and hence put a slice of the chocolate chip cake, and the volcano bread as freebies for me in a bag.

Now for the food, this is what I ended up with finally after the 'free' items:
1 slice of the chocolate chip cake - I thought it was very interesting with the lemony layer in between. However, when I think chocolate, I think chocolate. So even though it was different, I was not thoroughly impressed. i guess I felt like I need to like it just because it was a nice gesture.
1 volcano - This one was good, though a tad heavy for me. I actually loved the potato, it reminded me of a patoto dish that my mom used to make when I was little and we always ate that with bread.
The salty pistachio soft serve - Now, generally I'm not a big fan of pistachio icecream, however, I decided to give this a try after reading all the great reviews. The conclusion is that I'm still not a fan. Somehow, the flavor just doesnt sit with me, the after taste especially kills it for me.
The prok buns - Did i mention that I got 2 pork buns, when I ordered only 1 :).

There were no cookies in the display cases, and very few cakes/pies too. The crack pie seemed most popular as I saw most of the folks in there get a slice of it. Maybe thats what I'll try the next time I go. It was an overall pleasant experience for me due to the freebies (free stuff always makes me happy) but I do hope they can resolve the service issues soon.

Nov 19, 2008
fatema in Manhattan

What's The One Thing You Can't Eat, even for money.

Its the total opposite for me....I am totally averse to the yolk...if I can see it or smell it, I will not eat it. I dont usually eat eggs that much, but if there is any presence of the yolk, its a BIG No No for me.

Other things on my list are tuna and bacon.

Nov 18, 2008
fatema in General Topics

Terroir

The sausage stuffed sage leaves are delicious...the arugula salad too! My 2 favorites on their menu...not particularly fond of the cod fish bruschetta.

Oct 08, 2008
fatema in Manhattan

Wine bars

Not in the West village, but I like In vino and Terroir in the E, Village. I've had wonderful experiences, with food, wine, and service at both the places.

Oct 06, 2008
fatema in Manhattan

Recommendations near Town Hall

Oh and we would also like a place with good wine/cocktails.

May 09, 2008
fatema in Manhattan

Recommendations near Town Hall

I'm meeting a friend for a show at Town Hall tonight (on 43rd St., b/w 6th and 7th aves). We want to get some dinner in the area after the show...the show begins at 8...I'm assuming we'll be done by 10:30ish. Any recommendations for a moderately priced restaurant around this area for a sort of late dinner. Any cuisine is good, as long as the food is good.

May 09, 2008
fatema in Manhattan

Dine in Brooklyn--2008

I'm new to this area, and just made reservations for Applewood on Saturday night at 10:15PM. The only slots they had were before 6:00PMor after 10:00PM. I chose the after 10:00PM slot.

It's my first time at DIB, and also at Applewood. The question I have is: what have your experiences been like when getting a late reservation for DIB. Have there been occasions when restaurants have run out of choices? Has the level of service remained the same (if it was good to begin with).

Any/all thoughts/suggestions/experiences welcome.

Mar 13, 2008
fatema in Outer Boroughs

Favorite Dessert after Indian food?

Thanks for the rec brooklynbrownie.

Unfortunately, my lunch had to be canceled on Friday due to some ciscumstances. Its now been rescheduled for 03/15. This gives me some more time to sample some of the items from the links above.

I will still post back after the 15th of what I ended up with.

On a side note - a friend of mine did bring me a box of gulab jamuns from a Bengali store in NJ and they were absolutely delicious. However, NJ is a long shot, so am going to stick around Brooklyn and see what I can find.

Thanks again!

Mar 03, 2008
fatema in Outer Boroughs

The Family Store Bay Ridge

I infact just used them to cater a small party of 12 people last weekend. Here are the details of my experiences and the food:

- My party was on a Saturday, and I went to the store (based on the reviews I read on Chowhound) on Wednesday to smaple their items, and also place an order if I liked what I saw/sampled. I reached a little after 7:00PM and Sam usually leaves the store at 7:00PM. I told the lady who was at the counter that I wanted to place an order for catering, and she called Sam for me, and Sam came right back to the store to discuss my order.
-I told Sam I wanted a complete Middle Eastern menu, and he recommeded the leg of lamb and the saffron rice to me for the main course, and the meat/spinach pies, hummus, baba etc as the appetizers. I told him I also wanted another dish, and he recommended the shrimp to me, but after pricing the menu out, I removed the shrimp as the shrimp was expensive ($3 per shrimp!!). For dessert, I tasted the Middle Eastern cheese cake (not sure what its called) and it completely blew me away, so I ordered a tray of that.
-Sam was very understanding in pricing and proportions as I told him what my budget was and he worked with me to price the menu out. My budget was 150-200, and 200 is what I ended up paying.
- He even gave me a free Minerva sandwich that night as I wanted to order something for dinner as well that night.
- On the day of the party, I reached the store at about 6:15PM and my order was hot and ready to go. His wife, Barbara, was at the store and she had her son help me load the car. How sweet was that!
- The food was a big hit with the crowd!!!! Everyone absoultely loved the appetizers and the spinach pies appeared to be the biggest hit! (I wish I had ordered more, as unfortunately I didn't get to taste them). The leg of lamb was also well received and well eaten :), and the saffron rice was very flavorful and tasty. unfortunately, we didnt even get to dessert as there were a couple of birthdays too and people were stuffed with the cakes only (I ordered the Brooklyn Blackout Cake from the Little Cupcake bakeshop in bay ridge - yummmmmmmmmmm)

So, all in all, my experience with The Family Store, in terms of food and service, was wonderful and they totally lived up to my expectations. I would however recommend that you personally go there instead of trying to decide your menu on the phone.

Hope this helps!!

Mar 03, 2008
fatema in Outer Boroughs

White poppy seeds in Park Slope

I usually get them at an Indian store - in the past i've got them from nj, but I'm sure you can get them in any Indian store in the city/queens.

Feb 29, 2008
fatema in Outer Boroughs

Favorite Dessert after Indian food?

Thanks for the recs and keep em coming!

I probably wont go the icecream route, but it sounds so delicious that I plan to get some for myself!

JFores - I'm new to the Brooklyn area. Can you recommend a couple of places on Church Ave?

Feb 29, 2008
fatema in Outer Boroughs

Favorite Dessert after Indian food?

I'm having a lunch for a group of friends on Sunday, and the menu is Indian. However, I'm unable to decide on what to do for dessert. I would like to order dessert, rather than make it at home - I'm just not good with my desserts. So my question is - if you live in Brooklyn, and have Indian food for a meal, where would you go for dessert. I live in Fort Greene, so recommendations around Fort Greene, Pask Slope, Bocaca, etc are welcome.

Feb 28, 2008
fatema in Outer Boroughs

Dinner at home for 10-12, where do I order from?

I just moved into the Fort Greene/Clinton Hill area, and am having a few people over for dinner next week. I am looking for places that I can order food from for a party of 10-12. Open to all and any cuisine as long as the food is great...also would prefer a place that delivers.

Suggestions??

Feb 12, 2008
fatema in Outer Boroughs