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Tips and expensive restaurants

they must really love you at Denny's

2 days ago
Bkeats in Not About Food
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"Country club casual" dress code. What is it?

Nice pair of shorts and a polo shirt for lunch. Khaki style pants for dinner.

Is someone inviting you to a meal at their club? Most country clubs (code in the U.S. for place that guys pretend to play golf and mostly drink a lot) are private and the dining rooms are for members and guests. If so ask your host. Depending on the poshness of the club, casual can mean different things.

16-YO intro to fine (and funky?) dining

My teens have always loved ramen. Go to the Ippudo in the east village. Plenty of bustle to keep teens enthralled.

I would also suggest a sushi place where they can watch the itamae prepare their meal. Try a more reasonably priced place like Sushi Dojo.

Aug 28, 2015
Bkeats in Manhattan

Fresh tuna ideas

Got back a couple of days ago. Made three meals from that piece of tuna. It's hard to tell from the original picture but the piece of fish was resting on a platter and it hung off the sides. Top to bottom that slab was nearly 18 inches. Only took a picture of the final dish. Did a tataki style seared tuna with some frites and mango. Was the most unbelievable tuna I've ever eaten. Never caught one myself so this is probably as fresh as I can get. The fish was caught the morning of the day we bought it.

Aug 28, 2015
Bkeats in Home Cooking
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Is sushi supposed to smell at all?

That's a common misconception. Freshness is important but there are other things that sushi chefs do to bring out the best flavor. Aging is used selectively. Even how a fish is killed affects the flavor.

But to the OP what's the point of eating something if it's odorless and flavorless? Might as well suck on an ice cube then. Curious as to where you got that notion. Every type of sushi tastes different. Pieces from the same fish taste different. Look at tuna as an example. Maguro, chutoro, o-toro all come from the same fish but are completely different in taste and texture. No different than different cuts from a cow.

Fresh tuna ideas

Lol. It does look like a face. Didn't realize it until you pointed it out

Aug 12, 2015
Bkeats in Home Cooking

Fresh tuna ideas

Down in the Caribbean on vacation. Went by the local fish market this afternoon and got this slab of tuna. About 5 pounds for 30€. Pretty amazing price to me. Going to make some crudo with the belly. Will make some grilled or tataki style. Looking for additional simple ideas. Have a very basic kitchen and not a lot in the house without having to drive across the island to market. What would you do with this piece of fish?

Aug 12, 2015
Bkeats in Home Cooking

Toning Up

Wow. Is your family generally that thin? If so, you have genetics working against you bulking up. Food by itself isn't going to bulk you up in the way I expect you want. This isn't the site to go into body building advice but what you need is a weight lifting program plus lots of protein.

I lift 2-3 times a week. Basic rotation of bench press, standing press, squats, dead lifts and power cleans. Lift as much as you can. 10 reps, 2-3 sets. Add more weight as you build strength. Follow up with protein shake.

Aug 07, 2015
Bkeats in Not About Food

EMP Late Dinner Reservation - will we be rushed?

more likely to be exhausted by the end as it will be late for a school night

Aug 07, 2015
Bkeats in Manhattan

Best airport restaurant/bar

Aerosnack - SBH

Aug 06, 2015
Bkeats in General Topics

Little Italy

Not the Italian ones. Some decent chinese though.

Aug 05, 2015
Bkeats in Manhattan

"Until Clams Open"

I do all the time and haven't had any issues. The whole they're dead if they're open before cooking and dead if they're closed after cooking is so inherently contradictory that the advice is meaningless. There's no logic to it. But then again a lot of people lack logic but have plenty of dogma.

Aug 05, 2015
Bkeats in Home Cooking

Roti Bread Question

"What is it about baking threads that brings out the pedant in everyone?"

Because baking is science and cooking is art? ;)

Aug 05, 2015
Bkeats in Home Cooking

Dinner recs near NU Hotel in Brooklyn

Hey, that was my review and I was going to suggest the same thing. LOL. It's probably the "funkiest" place nearby. There was a bit of '70s vibe going on with some of the people I saw there.

Aug 04, 2015
Bkeats in Outer Boroughs

Grand Army Bar

I have been wanting to try this place since it opened and we finally made it there.

Nice upgrade of the space from the coffee house days. Sound level was amazingly reasonable. You can have a conversation.

Very friendly staff. Interesting cocktail list but the curmudgeon in me sticks with the classics alike a Negroni or martini. They made both nicely.

Got a couple seats at the bar. Ordered a dozen oysters. 3 different types. All nicely shucked and very fresh. Ordered another dozen of two different types. Just simply great.

Looked over the short menu. They don't appear to have a real kitchen so all of the items are either prepared earlier or can be assembled with minimal cooking.

Had steak tartar. Only ok. The bread and butter was fabulous. Don't know what they put in the smear of compound butter but it was addictive. Mackerel was very good too.

Very lively crowd. Interesting background music. This could become a regular addition to the rotation.

Aug 03, 2015
Bkeats in Outer Boroughs

Seafood shack near Stamford, CT

I don't think its a batter. I think its a flour based crust but not battered. Still pretty good.

Next time I'm there I will ask Tom.

ETA: I clicked through on the hollyeats link. She must have gone there a long time ago. I was trying to place the pictures and I realized those were taken prior to the renovation that expanded the place. That renovation was probably done around 10 years ago. There are three eras in my memory of Lenny's. There's the pre-salad days where the only veg were french fries and coleslaw. The credit card era (Holly's visit was after salad and pre-credit cards) and then post expansion (Holly's picture show it as the one room narrow shack). Still going strong.

Aug 03, 2015
Bkeats in Southern New England

Is Gatorade an acceptable generic name for sports drinks?

Growing up in the South a Coke was a Coca-Cola and nothing else. If I asked for a Coke and was given a root beer, lemon lime, orange, or bottled water, I would ask the server what the problem was. When I've asked for a Coke and the place carried another cola like Pepsi, they would tell me that they didn't have Coke only Pepsi and if that was ok. Don't know what part of the south you are from where Coke means a bottle of water.

Seafood shack near Stamford, CT

You should try Clam Castle again if you are in the area. The place changed ownership about year before and the new owners took time to get it right. I was originally concerned they had mucked up a winning formula but its much better now. Never been a fan of L&J's Fishtails as I think they are overly greasy. You could also try Lenny's Indianhead Inn in Branford. Several years ago the NYTimes picked it for the best fried clams between NYC and Ipswich.

St. Martin/Maarten in August

There really aren't many restaurants in Terre Basse. You will have to head towards Cupecoy or Marigot to find restaurants. If you go to Baie Rouge during the day, the two beach bars (Gus and Chez Raymond) there serve very good local food.

The drive from Terre Basse to Grand Case is about 20-25 minutes. There are some closer places in Sandy Ground. Mario's and Santal are popular.

Need help- chicken breasts

Ironic POV if 90024 is your zip as the median home price there is $1.7mm and the average income is >$300,000 a year.

Jul 31, 2015
Bkeats in Home Cooking

lamb dish for a virgin to the meat

If it's surf and turf, I would say stay away from burgers, stews, etc. If you are going to try for an elegant meal, get frenched rib chops about 3/4" thick. Season simply and grill. Cook no more than medium.

Jul 31, 2015
Bkeats in Home Cooking

Juliana's Pizza

Well it finally happened. Juliana's is the #1 pizza in America according to tripadvisor. So will there now be equally long lines at Juliana's and Grimaldi's? I guess I share a little bit of the shame and glory in this. LOL

http://gothamist.com/2015/07/30/spoil...

Jul 31, 2015
Bkeats in Outer Boroughs

Boston Hound 2 nights in SOHO with kids

Well, the wife and I eat out pretty regularly. Several times a month and my perspective is that a basic weeknight dinner with drinks for the two of us runs $150 - $200. I don't think that's atypical for NYC. So when I'm at Balthazar, the cost isn't unusual but the atmosphere is so much more engaging.

I'm not getting the steak frites. We often have a couple of apps and then the small seafood tower as our main. Really like the brandade and the liver mousse as starters. The red onion jam that comes with the mousse is fabulous. We often ask for extra. Smear the mousse on a slice of that bread they bring, dab on the onion and I'm very happy. Throw in a martini and I'm even happier.

I think they do a real nice job with seafood and am more likely to order fish that steak. Their frites are pretty awesome though.

I'm not wealthy. Far from it. But we work hard and we enjoy eating out. A dinner at Balthazar is a meal and entertainment so I think it's fairly priced for what we get.

Jul 30, 2015
Bkeats in Manhattan

Boston Hound 2 nights in SOHO with kids

This is where value is in the eyes of the beholder. I think of Balthazar as a fun place to get a casual meal that's not too expensive. Never had rude service there.

On the other hand, I think that paying a couple bucks for a single 1 1/2" cookie at Laduree is the height of overpaying for what you get. For the price of a box of cookies, I could go get meal at Balthazar. I do like their macaroons but they are pricey.

To each his own. LOL

Jul 30, 2015
Bkeats in Manhattan

Best lunch with clients in Midtown/Time Square?

I've had business meals at Strip House. The biggest problem with the place is that they don't have large tables and so if you are a big group, you get crushed in an itty bitty space at your table. The one in midtown east has much more space.

Jul 30, 2015
Bkeats in Manhattan

Best lunch with clients in Midtown/Time Square?

Well so is Wolfgang's and plenty of people recommend it whenever anyone asks for a steakhouse. At what point is a restaurant a chain? More than one? By that definition Luger's is a chain. Local maybe.

Jul 30, 2015
Bkeats in Manhattan

Best lunch with clients in Midtown/Time Square?

Have had a lot of business lunches at Del Frisco's, Oceana and LeB.

I like Del Frisco's. Their steak is on par with pretty much most steakhouses. Atmosphere is a bit loud since the place is huge. I really like the crab cakes.

Oceana is good, not great seafood. Nice choice if its not a steak crowd. Pretty reasonable price too.

LeB is the top of the three but the budget for lunch is quite a bit higher than Oceana. Love those little madelines you get.

Bar Americain is only worth going to for drinks. Not worth the expense for the food.

Also wanted to point out Bluefin as another alternative. Food isn't up to Oceana, but I think its a decent spot and very convenient.

Jul 30, 2015
Bkeats in Manhattan

Best lunch with clients in Midtown/Time Square?

The food at Lamb's Club is dreadful. Wouldn't take a foodie there.

Jul 30, 2015
Bkeats in Manhattan

Looking for Foods that you can just stick in your mouth and Eat!

But I do like to taste some people on occasion...

Jul 29, 2015
Bkeats in General Topics

Looking for Foods that you can just stick in your mouth and Eat!

Well then you wouldn't be eating it. The alternatives are a lot less pleasant than feeding someone else. Involves needles and tubes.

Jul 29, 2015
Bkeats in General Topics