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New Restaurant Fusion 22 French Asian

I also ate there recently and enjoyed it. The corkage fee is long gone and the manager was very curious why people keep asking about it... we liked the food. I went with parents so they wanted some of the less adventurous menu items, but the fish I ordered was excellent. In my mind, there was not that much fusion going on, but the Southeast Asian food was tasty and definitely a good option in Central NJ.

Nov 21, 2010
katie570 in New Jersey

iso great food in Dhaka, Bangladesh

I left Dhaka in July. But before I left some new restaurants were opening up at the high end. My favorite was Izumi, which had amazingly good sushi (more amazing if you remember you're in Dhaka). The fish is flown in fresh from Bangkok, they have a Japanese chef, and the non-sushi food was really good too. Highly recommended. In Gulshan-1, the 8 was also aiming high--struck me as having a bit less substance, but the food was decent and the place is very attractive.

Of course, I can get similar food back in the U.S. now--so what I miss is Fakhruddin's kachi biryani!

Oct 02, 2010
katie570 in India & South Asia

iso great food in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Sorry I'm, like, a year late in responding. But Nagasaki is House 13, Road 6, Sector 1, Uttara. +88 02 8922284. And it is still awesome.

Apr 08, 2010
katie570 in India & South Asia

Back in Manhattan--what did I miss?

I used to live in Manhattan until March of 2008. Now I live abroad, but I'll be back in the city for 2.5 weeks next month. What's sprung up in the last year that I should know about? I am making an extensive list of old favorites to go back to, but I don't want to live only in the past :)

Apr 24, 2009
katie570 in Manhattan

iso great food in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Oh yes, Spaghetti Jazz is so unacceptably bad. I really can't figure out why people eat there.

New find: AMAZINGLY authentic Japanese place in Uttara that just opened called Nagasaki. The sushi, while much better than Samdado, is not stellar, but all the other food was incredible. The fried miso taste eggplant was a standout.

Apr 24, 2009
katie570 in India & South Asia

iso great food in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Now that I have been here a while, it's time to weigh in... a lot has been said on Bangla food. For other kinds, Santoor is a stand-out for Indian. I especially like their prawn malai curry. Sajna isn't bad either. Bamboo Shoot is impressively authentic Chinese--the Chinese Embassy people all hang out there, where they have tabs and sign for their food. I like Le Saigon for Vietnamese (though others have had less positive experiences). Ideas Manzil, the guesthouse/restaurant, is really great--great food, with an atmosphere unique in Dhaka. The hotel restaurants are all competent, if a bit dull. Long-term ex-pats might enjoy the overpriced but tasty sandwiches at Treats at the Westin, but for foodie tourists, they likely don't hold much appeal. Also, I am no Korean food expert, but there are many Korean restaurants serving the Korean ex-pat population that are all pretty tasty--I like Koreana the best, followed by Sura.

Restaurants that would not survive outside of Dhaka: Spitfire, Samdado (though I am glad to have it!), Casa Greek (oh my heavens, it's bad).

Dec 29, 2008
katie570 in India & South Asia

countries that just don't have good food/overlooked national cuisines

Yeah, I may be with you on Egyptian--it is one of the Middle East's weaker cuisines--but Moroccan, Turkish, Ethiopian? Pure amazingness, in my opinion.

And I'm of Polish descent, and while pierogi and stuff cabbage are comfort food for me, I am not going to pretend it's really good, esp. if you have to eat it for more than one meal in a row. That is a great way to throw a wrench in your digestive system...

Jul 01, 2008
katie570 in General Topics

Dinner near 37th & Lex?

Dean's (2nd Ave. between 42nd and 43rd) has really tasty brick-oven pizza... the red-sauce Italian isn't bad either. And the price is right. They have a lot of space and I imagine could accommodate the group easily.

Jun 17, 2008
katie570 in Manhattan

Casual place in Murray Hill

Hmm... for old-school Mexican (very Spanish influenced, with amusingly formal waiters), I love El Parador Cafe (34th btwn 1st and 2nd). Opinions of it seem to be divided on these boards, however.

For Spanish food with an authentic Spanish ex-pat crowd, try El Pote on 2nd Ave. (btwn 38th and 39th).

For an amazing hidden Japanese sake bar/izikaya, try Sakagura (43rd between 2nd and 3rd).

If they really want to eat "American" food, there's Hudson Place on 3rd Ave., or, if you are willing to pay a bit more for much much better food, there is the Dining Room at the Morgan Library (Madison and 36th).

For a really casual, pub-like atmosphere, I don't mind Benjamin's on 2nd Ave around 32nd-ish.

Jun 15, 2008
katie570 in Manhattan

Little Owl or Market Table Walk In?

I walked in at Market Table around that time on a Wed. recently with four people and had no wait. Possibly a fluke, but it's always worth a try...

Jun 15, 2008
katie570 in Manhattan

iso great food in Dhaka, Bangladesh

I'm going to be with the embassy. You? Thanks for the tips!

Jun 09, 2008
katie570 in India & South Asia

iso great food in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Nice to have this advice... I am moving to Dhaka for two years this July and was about to write in asking about food there, but someone beat me to it! The guesthouse sounds right up my alley...

Jun 04, 2008
katie570 in India & South Asia

Warsaw Recommendations

Do you want Polish food? I think many of the best Polish restaurants have been mentioned here. But if you are less interested in the Polishness and more in good food of any kind, there are many other options--more and more all the time.

Jun 04, 2008
katie570 in International Archive

Warsaw Recommendations

I lived in Warsaw for a summer three years ago, and I am having some trouble remembering names of places, but at least some of the restaurants you mention I recall being very touristy Old Town places. Which meant I didn't tend to eat at them, though the food may have been good. My favorite Warsaw guidebook (www.inyourpocket.com/poland/warsaw) on Przy Zamku: "You couldn't make this place more of a tourist trap if you added trip wire and land mines. Expect a horde of tourists and ordinary food."

Many ex-pats raved about the Polish food at Tradycja, though it was out of my budget so I never ate there. Delicja was popular at the high end as well.

If you want to eat less like a noble and more like a peasant, Chlopskie Jadlo is a popular chain in Poland--it's a huge phenomenon, and though the surroundings seem kitschy, many Poles love it. The food is delicious and hearty--they give you lard to put on your bread. Try some of the peasant eats with Okocim Palone--a really strong, intense Polish dark beer.

And if you want to eat Polish food with a twist with artsy Varsovians, try Qchnia Artystyczna (a favorite of my Polish theater-producer cousin), inside the Museum of Contemporary Art (itself housed in an old palace). The food is delicious, the view is beautiful, the crowd is stylish--what more can you want?

Jun 01, 2008
katie570 in International Archive

Warsaw Recommendations

Just don't let them put ketchup on your Polish-style pizza--Poles love it, but being half-Polish and a quarter Italian, my Italian blood was crying out against this...

Jun 01, 2008
katie570 in International Archive

anyone tried Darlington House?

Has anyone tried Darlington House, in the old Childe Harold space?

I only went to the lower level, with a pub atmosphere and sort-of publike food. I don't think I would recommend trying it yet. The gnocchi with mushrooms, ramps, and asparagus were wonderful, in my opinion, and the molten chocolate cake was really good (though when isn't molten chocolate cake good?). Also, good fries.

The bad: the crunchy chorizo ravioli were soggy, the tuna sliders were overcooked (in my opinion--my husband liked them) on stale-tasting brioche, and the worst thing of all was the schizza (like a flatbread pizza) with sausage, pesto, and ricotta salata. It literally tasted like no one had salted or seasoned any element of it at any point--there must have been no parmesan in the pesto either.

Did I say that was the worst part? That might have actually been the waiter, who brought all four dishes at once (to our tiny little two-top table), spilled beer on my husband, and took away our salt and our ketchup before we were done eating to give them to another table, and when we complained about the totally unseasoned schizza (literally, I swear, the first time in my LIFE I have ever complained to a waiter about a dish--normally I just chalk it up to experience, but this was AWFUL), told us, "The chef doesn't really believe in using salt" and walked away (funny, when nothing else seemed to be undersalted--a bit to the contrary, in fact).

Mostly I am just amused by how comically absurd the whole place was. All this being said, I could still see myself wandering in by myself one weeknight just for a bowl of gnocchi... it is around the corner from me, after all. Anyone else been? Maybe my experience was unusual--certainly my waiter seemed to be uniquely incompetent.

May 18, 2008
katie570 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Frustrated with DC

No, it doesn't.

@ keithdcil--thank you for your post--I really feel like that explanation helps me understand the dining scene here more. I keep wondering why people I know here are often going to the suburbs to eat, and what you said makes lots of sense--I think I was just in the mindset of a more compact urban center. I will definitely try your recommendations!

May 13, 2008
katie570 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Frustrated with DC

Thanks! I will try some of these. Some don't work for me as I don't have a car... others (Vidalia?) sound a little out of the price range of a not-a-special-occasion dinner out, at least by the standards of my wallet. I didn't mean to be confrontational in my original post--I just hadn't found a dining niche yet in DC. I am really looking forward to trying many of these suggestions!

May 10, 2008
katie570 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Frustrated with DC

Hi all,

I moved to DC from New York two months ago. I am getting frustrated, and I thought maybe 'hounds could advise. I am looking for restaurants that are nice, with atmosphere, that aren't excessively expensive (I'm thinking entrees anywhere in the $15-30 range), and with solidly good food.

In New York it seemed like such restaurants were everywhere. In DC, I am getting the sense that the really high-end restaurants can be great, but below that, people start recommending Ben's Chili Bowl. I guess Central sort of falls in this price range, and that was AMAZING, but other than that, everywhere I've tried has been really... mediocre.

Am I just not looking in the right places? I just want good places I can go for a nice dinner (but not a special occasion or anything) and really enjoy the food. I have not tried all that many places, but this is my first impression... please help me change my mind!

May 09, 2008
katie570 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Anyone tried La Kabbr (new mid-Eastern on 9th Ave)?

I visited due to the article in the NY Times, and while witnessing the eccentricities of the Times readership was indeed amusing (Table of well-dressed older ladies enters, one points and loudly announces, "That's the Iraqi flag!", they spend the rest of the meal openly staring at the one table of people who might conceivably have been Iraqis), the food was mediocre and the service was atrocious.

May 07, 2008
katie570 in Manhattan

Yays and nays from Trader Joe's, lately [OLD]

Oh, I almost forgot--the asiago and mushroom (I think?) ravioli were GROSS... pretty much inedible.

May 01, 2008
katie570 in Chains

Yays and nays from Trader Joe's, lately [OLD]

Recent yays:

Pizza dough
Frozen chicken enchiladas in salsa verde
Dark-chocolate-covered Jo-Jos (these are life-changing. Try putting them in the freezer)
Edamame hummus (doesn't really taste like edamame to me... it's just good)
This isn't really their product, but Fage Total yogurt that they carry.... mmm, even the fat-free is AMAZING.

Recent nays:

Various sorts of granola bars (I don't know, something just tastes... off)
Low-fat or lite or whatever French onion pita chips (blech... weird sweetness to them)
the oatmeal plus (I like that I am getting all those vitamins and minerals, and it is really filling and gives me energy, but to eat it I have to drown it in honey)

May 01, 2008
katie570 in Chains

Moving to DC for a few months--where should I eat??

Wow! These suggestions sound great! I will be living in Dupont and won't have a car... but I will travel as far as the metro takes me! Though I might have to rent a car at some point during crab season... :)

Feb 28, 2008
katie570 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Moving to DC for a few months--where should I eat??

Hi everyone,

I am moving from NY to DC for a new job--I will only be in DC for training, so I will be around a few months, a year max. I am really sad to be leaving all the food options of NY, but I figured this board would be the best place to start sniffing out the best of DC!

So if you had a few months to explore DC's food scene, where would you go? I am thinking high end to low end--the whole spectrum. I want the key experiences. So far I am very excited for a few of the high-end restaurants (Citronelle, Cityzen, etc.), the Eden Center (Vietnamese food in NY is pathetic), Southern food (Southern food in NY is pathetic), and lots of Ethiopian choices... what else? What is a great DC experience--bonus if it is something DC does better than NY?

Thanks!

Feb 27, 2008
katie570 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Cookbooks for newlyweds first time out of home?

I am mostly in the same situation as the OP's newlyweds... I only started cooking with any regularity and seriousness in the last year. My mom got me The Art of Simple Food, and I personally find it very discouraging! The recipes are simple--that's not the problem--though they are often very time consuming. But she makes you feel like if you aren't at the farmers' market every morning, cooking with a calendar of harvest times for seasonal ingredients by your side, then you're a failure.

I also own Bittman's How to Cook Everything, and I find it very encouraging and useful.

I also own one of Rachel Ray's books, and I agree with the earlier comment that it can be discouraging when the dishes don't come out well. I used some of her recipes during my earliest efforts, and my feeling afterwards was, "Yuck. This isn't so good. Maybe I'm not capable of cooking. Let's go back to take-out."

For my bridal shower, someone gave me The Newlyweds Cookbook, by Robin Miller, and cheesy as that is, it actually has some great recipes! Even my mom, who is a big fan of mocking my culinary abilities, loved the baked goods I made out of there for Thanksgiving and said I am now the designated family baker.

Feb 22, 2008
katie570 in Home Cooking

Good Eats for Group of 8 Chicks?

Ilili, the new Lebanese restaurant--we just had a group dinner there, and it is huge, it was easy to get a pretty last-minute reservation, the food is good, and the atmosphere is fun.

Feb 22, 2008
katie570 in Manhattan

E. Village cool little spot to impress non NYers

Hmm... Belcourt (2nd Ave. and 4th St.) is romantic to me... French food always seems romantic :)

I was incredibly underwhelmed by Back Forty. I like the EU and it impressed my out-of-town friends, but I think it is too cramped on a busy night and too bustling to be romantic.

I think Mercat (on Bond St., I think) is romantic as well.

Feb 22, 2008
katie570 in Manhattan

East Village restaurant recommendations

Oh well, guess I missed you in time for V-day, but I had the hanger steak with the fried tempura-like scallions on the side... it was DELICIOUS.

Feb 16, 2008
katie570 in Manhattan

TOP 5 RESTAURANTS WITHIN TEN BLOCKS

Hmm... you must live in my neighborhood. I have been meaning to hit Ali Baba and Waterfront Ale House.

Have you tried Cafe El Parador? It is really old school, upscale (but not in a trendy way) Mexican.

Feb 16, 2008
katie570 in Manhattan

Sat night in the west or east village

I love Perry Street! Worth a try for an early reservation. I think it is romantic, and also tasty :)

Feb 16, 2008
katie570 in Manhattan