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NYC for 2 dinners, which one would you pick?

I tend to agree with jba256, except that I think he/she was a bit over the top on the Jungsik space and service.I think the "feel" of Annisa is warmer. I liked my servers at Jungsik and love the food, but it is a bit cold. Jungsik food is different from anything else. I have taken people to both restaurants and although they love Jungsik's food, they always want to go back to Annisa. It is the feel.

Oct 15, 2014
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New York Michelin

But I love the fact that Zaab Elee received a star. It seems that every year they pick one inexpensive, non-Michelin seeming, restaurant to show that despite everything, they are "of the people".

Oct 01, 2014
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Italian Reccomendation for parents

Fair enough. My husband and I are 60+, but we mostly eat in restaurants where the average patron is half our age or less - it is simply where the good food is these days. But sometimes the noise is a bit overwhelming. I love Maialino and Lupa. I think of Maialino as a "fancier" restaurant, whatever that means. I think your parents would probably prefer it.

Oct 01, 2014
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Spontaneity

I think I agree with you Sneakeater that the answer is no. Having a good meal in NY (not a stupendous meal - just good) should be easier than it is.

Sep 29, 2014
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Italian Reccomendation for parents

This is a common problem. You should define "parents". Although you did help by referring to restaurants that they had liked and not liked, parents can be anywhere from 40's to 90's (and I suppose older). Just saying it would help.

Sep 29, 2014
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Spontaneity

Is there any way to eat well in Manhattan without either waiting an hour or planning a month in advance? We went to the movies on Friday night - UWS -Bway and 68th. Last minute plan. I thought maybe we would go to Red Farm (1 hour wait) wandered a bit and ended up waiting 15 minutes at Cottage Chinese (Not bad, but definitely not worth the wait). With so many good restaurants in NY, why does it have to be so difficult to just go out to eat?

Sep 29, 2014
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Rosh Pina

Staying for two nights in Rosh Pina. Do I need to book restaurants or is it possible to just wander into places? Also, if I do need to book, where?

Sep 29, 2014
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Does every meal out have to be so Chowish or not?

I think one end or the other: really amazing food, service, etc high end price or really good funky ethnic, low end price. It is the middle that is not worth it.

Sep 29, 2014
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What kind of vinegars do you keep on hand?

I think you are probably right - if by "fairly recent" you mean about ten years or so. I am pretty sure I have been using it at least that long. And, I like the idea of calling it "brown"

Sep 17, 2014
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What kind of vinegars do you keep on hand?

when people say "balsamic" do they mean only red balsamic? I am not too fond of red balsamic, but I love white balsamic in a vinaigrette, although I only use red for tomato mozzarella salad. Something about drizzling to me requires red balsamic. I have found that many good cooks do not know about white balsamic

Sep 17, 2014
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serving seared tuna

Thinking chimichurri, but definitely wouldn't sauce until I am ready to serve. Just trying to avoid having to do a lot of cooking (I know searing tuna is not a lot - but there are a lot of pple) during the meal.

Sep 17, 2014
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serving seared tuna

I want to serve seared tuna for a dinner party. I want to cook it slightly in advance (an hour or two) and then serve it at room temp. Will the fish go bad sitting on the counter for an hour after being seared?

Sep 17, 2014
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ribs near Hermitage Hotel

Arriving for business in Nashville at about 7 pm. We are staying at the Hermitage and probably won't want to travel much. But it is my only night in Nashville and I would like to have ribs. Where should I go?

Sep 03, 2014
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Havana Social in Hell's Kitchen

I just saw this on Open Table. Has anyone been? Is it even open yet?

Sep 02, 2014
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East Village Help!

somdum ter, Northern Thai, fun ambiance, lots of salad options.

Aug 27, 2014
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Cheap lunches in east 30s/40s

La vie en Szechuan.

Aug 25, 2014
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Dinner near Le Parker Meridien for US open championship weekend

+1 re Trattoria del Arte. But, Betony is not Italian

Aug 25, 2014
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Gotham/Gramercy Tavern/Annisa/Union Square cafe - which one this time?

I don't know why no one is responding regarding Annisa which is my favorite of all of them. I don't know why OP finds it intimidating. I think the servers are great - and usually you can chat with Anita Lo herself. As to portion size, I am not a very big eater, but I have taken many people (including large men) here and no one has complained. I think it is the most interesting of the restaurants you have mentioned.

Aug 21, 2014
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Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

Definitely remember Sumptuary. They served duck liver back when it wasn't a common thing.

Aug 20, 2014
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Delicious, Interesting, Inexpensive - any ideas?

Interesting. I have been to both now and I am curious as to why you say this. We have always shared at Zabb Elee without problems. Menu at ZE is much bigger, more choices, although I don't necessarily think that is a good thing. Loved Somtum Der and I think the atmosphere is a little nicer.

Aug 20, 2014
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MEAT DONENESS -- then and now

I am with your mom. My kids, especially dil's like them "fully cooked". it is all in the language. I am constitutionally incapable of making well done or even medium steaks.

Aug 12, 2014
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New job at 48th and Madison

have to give a shout out to brick lane curry. we had a group on and a reservation at the 52nd st branch. arrived and they had an emergency shut down. they called the 93rd st branch to honor our groupon and gave us a credit for the cab fare to get there. Could not have been nicer, really went the extra yard.

Aug 12, 2014
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Anyone know what's opening up next to the MeatBall Shop, UES?

so nice that restaurants are actually starting to come to the UES. It has been such a wasteland for so long.

Aug 11, 2014
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Delicious, Interesting, Inexpensive - any ideas?

zaab elee.

Aug 11, 2014
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Mother kicked out of restaurant for changing baby's diaper at table.

There are many "kids" who don't wear diapers. There is a difference btw kids and babies. BTW, I was in the situation once where my grandson, then under 2, needed to have his diaper changed in a hurry, for the reasons you intimated, and my daughter in law took him out to the mini-van. He created a scene in the parking lot - better than in the restaurant. I would have been pretty upset if she changed him at the table - and he is my grandson.

Best Brazilian Restaurant Manhattan

Zebu Grill on 92nd btw 2nd and 1st. not fancy but good food

Aug 06, 2014
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MEAT DONENESS -- then and now

I eat steaks (and everything else) very rare - black and blue. My daughter in law eats hers medium and can't bear the thought of rare. She also dislikes seafood. So, i started thinking about it, and it is true: many people I know who dislike very rare meat also dislike seafood. She says it is a texture thing. Thoughts?

Aug 05, 2014
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Uses for Duck Fat

thanks to both of you. I am grilling some duck breasts this weekend and i will take off the skin and fat first. Hate to throw out good duck fat potential.

Aug 05, 2014
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where can i buy shishito peppers?

so funny you mentioned this. I bought some this weekend, just charred them in olive oil, doused with sea salt and ate. awesome. But, i never see them around. Are they in season now? Is there a season for them?

Aug 05, 2014
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Uses for Duck Fat

Can you freeze duck fat - either before or after rendering?

Aug 05, 2014
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