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I'm sorry you don't like what I ordered, but keep your thoughts to yourself

I had assumed "Jim" was male and "Roz" was female given the names and pronouns used, but based on the evidence provided by the drink orders, I will now assume you threw a curveball with the names to protect the guilty. Chocolate martini??? I will probably get flamed for making this statement but I've never known a guy to order a chocolate martini.

1 day ago
Bkeats in Not About Food
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Weekend visit in 33 days' time

If you want to avoid tasting menus why are you looking at EMP? They will definitely accommodate special requests but you don't get to choose specific things other than what the main course will be. When we went about a month ago, our choice was duck or beef for the main course. We did have specific food issues that were brought up and dealt with but no other choices were offered.

1 day ago
Bkeats in Manhattan

Upscale Non-touristy Advice Needed

Didn't the Lever House restaurant close a while ago? I think there is an italian place in the space now. But I don't these will fit the OP's budget.

Apr 14, 2014
Bkeats in Manhattan

Upscale Non-touristy Advice Needed

This is one of the challenges of NYC. $100-150 for dinner two isn't a lot. While its not low end, it not in the upscale range. I think of that as the amount for a Wednesday dinner out with my wife in decent neighborhood restaurant. You can have a nice meal, it may be one par with the better restaurants where you come from, but it won't be close to the upper range of what NYC has. We could give you better advice if you provided more parameters. You have to keep in mind that a hamburger, fries and a beer can cost you $40+ all in at some upscale places so your budget doesn't go very far. If that's your limit for 4 dinners, I would follow sgordon's advice and go real cheap for a few meals to give yourself room on the others.

Apr 14, 2014
Bkeats in Manhattan

Touristy Spots Worth Visiting

Yes, its a chain but not like McD. There are two branches in NYC. Both spaces are real interesting with a unique design. The original is in Japan. I like to get the spicy pork buns and the Modern ramen.

Apr 11, 2014
Bkeats in Manhattan

Touristy Spots Worth Visiting

Skip Grimaldi's. Yes, walk over the bridge. Then have pizza at Juliana's, the pizza place owned by the actual Patsy Grimaldi as opposed to the place that just has his name on it.

Try Ramen. Go to Ippudo's. Every teen I have taken loves it. Adults love it too.

Apr 11, 2014
Bkeats in Manhattan
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Top 100 restaurants

Completely agree on the western bias of the list. In my personal top 100, plenty of non-western places would show up.

Apr 08, 2014
Bkeats in General Topics

Top 100 restaurants

I guess the Atelier was sort of a mini-chain, but away from that, I don't recall there being the same menu in all of Robuchon places. Pretty much every Nobu I've been to has the same menu. Taste pretty much the same in NYC, Miami, London, LA, Vegas.

Apr 08, 2014
Bkeats in General Topics

Top 100 restaurants

The question was directed at "anyone" so by definition the answer has to be yes. I was making a comment about the question being asked but that doesn't translate well in a website post. As an answer to the specific question, there could be no other answer.

Apr 08, 2014
Bkeats in General Topics

Surprising sodium content foods?

Scallops may be packed in a phosphate solution which is not exactly brine. I buy dry scallops when I can to avoid paying for water and getting better tasting and cooking scallops. Not to avoid sodium. I have never bought any shellfish that have been brined unless you count the fact that the clams/oysters/shrimp lived in briny water before they were harvested.

Apr 08, 2014
Bkeats in General Topics
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Eating pizza or burger w/ knife and fork

But it's mighty tasty

Apr 08, 2014
Bkeats in Not About Food

Cartilage in Calamari?

That's from the internal support structure of the squid. If you ever buy fresh squid, you separate the body from the legs. Then scrub the skin off and reach inside and pull out two pieces of cartilage from the body. They look like pieces of clear tapered plastic. So the explanation you received sound right to me.

By the way, there should never be sand in your squid. Maybe clams, but not squid.

Apr 07, 2014
Bkeats in General Topics

Foods Without Enemies

Meatballs
Cold Beer
Water

Offal - JK

Apr 07, 2014
Bkeats in General Topics

Foods Without Enemies

I hate, loath and despise peanut butter. Love roasted peanuts, but when its ground up and turned into the pasty sticky nastiness? I can't even remember the last time I tasted it. I refuse to touch it.

Apr 07, 2014
Bkeats in General Topics

Foods Without Enemies

Add another enemy. The taste of banana bread makes me want to puke. If I never ate another oatmeal cookie, I would die happy. Vanilla ice cream? Maybe not an enemy but meh. Its not even worth having the energy to make it an enemy.

Apr 07, 2014
Bkeats in General Topics

BEST SPORTS BARS IN CT. TO WATCH HUSKY MEN AND WOMEN BB?

LOL - Have you tried reading your title out loud?

I prefer my BB players on the svelter side so I can't help. ;)

Apr 04, 2014
Bkeats in Southern New England
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Top 100 restaurants

Has anyone dined at any of these?

Could the answer to that question be anything else other than yes?

More relevant would be how many of these have you been to or what do you think of this list?

I've been to several. Interesting that I've been to more of the top 25 than I have of the next 75 but that reflects where I have traveled. I think lists like this are of no particular help. One reason I have is the presence of Nobu on the list. Not once but twice. I recall once seeing a list with Nobu London as a top 10 place. Really? Nobu London and not Nobu NYC, LA or Tokyo? I've eaten at at least 6 different Nobu places. It's the same friggin menu. Its like saying this Olive Garden in Town A is much better than the one in Town B. Don't get me wrong, I actually like Nobu (have not been in a while and I should go and get me some rock shrimp tempura in creamy spicy sauce) but how can 2 parts of a chain be in different spots on the list? Decor can't be the reason.

Apr 04, 2014
Bkeats in General Topics

Surprising sodium content foods?

Yeah. One shouldn't ever be surprised by the sodium content of anything that comes packaged in a box, can or bag.

Apr 04, 2014
Bkeats in General Topics

16 food reasons Greeks are better at life.

You must have read this story about life on a greek island:

The Island Where People Forget to Die

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/28/mag...

Apr 02, 2014
Bkeats in Food Media & News
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Unisex bathrooms in restaurants

This topic has been covered a few times before

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8762...

Mar 27, 2014
Bkeats in Not About Food
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Relative always ruins good food

Claws? Curious as to why you thought I had claws out. I just thought referring to a version of guac as a Platonic ideal was sort of silly. The Platonic ideal doesn't have a form. So to have a particular recipe actually cuts against the whole concept. To give manifestation to the form is to vary from the idea. The idea is an abstraction. Or perhaps I should just drop the point all together as I don't want a thread drift into philosophy so never mind.

Mar 27, 2014
Bkeats in General Topics
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Relative always ruins good food

I'm with jj. Platonic ideal? Where did you get that? If you want to stick with pre-columbian version of guac, you would have avocado and salt, maybe tomato and jalapenos since those are new world. Limes? Well since that's old world, it couldn't be part of the platonic ideal. So not worth the fight dude. Relax. Eat what the family eats in their home. When you make it in your home, then its your rules.

Mar 25, 2014
Bkeats in General Topics

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish Tacos

LOL. Love the Hitchhiker's reference. Maybe meet you at the restaurant at the end of the universe for lunch. Good luck.

Mar 25, 2014
Bkeats in Site Talk
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Good mexican restaurant in Manhattan?

and chinos!

Mar 25, 2014
Bkeats in Manhattan

Have you ever been censored by Chowhound moderator? I have many times!!

Only if you hold Class A voting shares as opposed to the Class B non-voting shares. ;)

Mar 25, 2014
Bkeats in Site Talk
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The best of Connecticut?

That's too bad. I really liked the food there.

ETA: Duh. Just saw the other thread about Ibiza.

Mar 11, 2014
Bkeats in Southern New England

The best of Connecticut?

Are you barreling down 95 between Boston and NYC? I do that a fair amount too and there's very little in between that stretch that has fare that's worth going out of the way for as compared to what you can get in either of those cities. There's good stuff but most of it is not necessarily worth adding extra time or making a detour just to try it out as compared to what you can get at either end.

What comes to mind to me is fried clams/scallops at the Clam Castle in Madison.

The lobster roll and grilled clams at the Lobster Shack in Branford.

There's The Place in Guilford. Food isn't the draw, I go more for the setting though I enjoy the grilled corn and clams.

Le Petit Cafe in Branford is an outstanding value for the quality of the food but that's a dinner stop.

Ibiza in NH has better Spanish than you could find in NYC until very recently.

I agree that the trucks in New Haven off Long Wharf are worth a quick lunch stop. Better tacos than what I can usually get in NYC. Great value too.

I prefer the pizza in NYC and there are much better raw bars in Boston and NYC to get a variety of oysters. Much better Indian in NYC than Thali in NH though Thali is pretty good.

The market at Union Square in NYC is far far better than anything I've seen in CT.

If you discover something else, please post.

Mar 11, 2014
Bkeats in Southern New England

How Long Is Enough to Wait for a Reservation?

Ah, but you were able do the second part of my observation. You determined that there was viable alternative to the indeterminate waiting time. You had a true choice. If your friend said that the wait was an hour+ at the other spot instead, what would you have done?

Mar 10, 2014
Bkeats in Not About Food

How Long Is Enough to Wait for a Reservation?

But that's just some psychic benefit. It didn't really cost the restaurant anything. Sure you make the decision that you won't go back, but there are others waiting so the restaurant will be fine. I'm not defending any restaurant's practice of overbooking or mishandling reservations, but if tables are late because people are lingering, reservations may be late. You're faced with a Hobson's choice. Do you wait or not? Not waiting may give you the satisfaction of saying to yourself "serve's them right for not honoring my reservation" but it costs them nothing. Just pointing out the dilemma in game theory that the diner faces.

Mar 10, 2014
Bkeats in Not About Food

How Long Is Enough to Wait for a Reservation?

But there is asymmetric risk/benefit to your approach. If you are late by more than 15 minutes and the resto gives your table to someone else, it means that the place is quite busy and there are obviously people waiting for tables. So there is no loss of business to them. If on the other hand you arrive on time and the table isn't ready in 15 minutes and you decide to leave, it will probably cost you more than another 15 minutes to leave, go to another place and wait for a table there (since you won't have a reservation) or if you arrive at a place without any waiting time, its probably because its not as good as the original destination. It could take another 30 minutes before you have dinner at the next place. You don't actually benefit from your decision to leave. In the meantime, someone who was without a reservation that was waiting gets your table. Asymmetric results from the decision.

Now if its clear from a look at the dining room that there is no way that anyone is close to finishing, maybe you can come to a conclusion that its wiser to leave, but using a fixed 15 minute limit doesn't actually result in any benefit to you, IMO.

Mar 10, 2014
Bkeats in Not About Food
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