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Striphouse: food is fine, but is decor offputting?

The atmosphere isnt offensive in any way - some of the pictures on the wall, out of context, might offend the most sensitive of people - so just request a middle table, where that wont be an issue. The food and the general vibe of the place is top notch I have happily taken clients there myself in the past.

Jul 15, 2008
maruvius in Manhattan

Help me eat like a local!

I was at L'ecole within the last two weeks and strongly recommend it. Its definitely not something you would get at home, and the value of a 5 course dinner for 40 bucks is amazing.

May 06, 2008
maruvius in Manhattan

L'Ecole at The French Culinary Institute

I finally got to go to L'Ecole last weekend after years of procrastination, and I would highly recommend it. The atmosphere is much more welcoming than your typical set menu establishment, and the service, at least for our table, was fantastic. The food seems well thought out and well executed, and the menu changes on a regular basis (not sure of the timing) so I imagine that keeps things fresh in terms of selection.

May 05, 2008
maruvius in Manhattan

Momofuku Waiting Time

How long, if at all, should I expect to wait for a table for 2 at Momofuku Noodle Bar at 730ish tonight (tuesday)?

Mar 11, 2008
maruvius in Manhattan

IS there any Good Sushi?

I grew up in central jersey and now live in hoboken, and while I eat most of my sushi in NYC or Hoboken, Mr Pi's is by far my favorite NJ sushi restaurant, and in my top 5 anywhere. Similar to great places like Tomoe, he uses a thin layer of rice on the outside of his rolls, which is the key to great sushi rolls. Make sure you get one of his specialty rolls with any of several colorful sauces he has created to top the sushi. He is also one of the few sushi chefs with live scallops, still in the shell, on hand at most times. Also the nutta appetizer is top notch, and if you are daring, ask him about his hot sauce collection.

Jan 08, 2008
maruvius in New Jersey

Five Guys vs. In-N-Out

As an east coaster with a Five Guys across the street from my office, I can compare it to In N Out, which I have visited around a half dozen times in Vegas and LA. I think I-n-O is on another level from five guys. The freshness and quality comes through in the flavor at I-n-O, while the taste at five guys is good, but not memorable. Five guys is a good solid burger, I-n-O is something you think about on the plane flying into Vegas. For reference, I am comparing a double bacon cheese burger at five guys with a double double animal style at In-n-Out.

Jan 03, 2008
maruvius in Chains

Why is Wendy's so much better?

Wendy's big advantage is the flexibility of the side orders on the value menu and the best chicken sandwich (spicy chicken) of any of the fast food burger for the chili, it is inconsistent b/c its supposedly made at each location using over cooked or unused burgers as the meat and im sure there are some batches that are more watery than others. For my part, I only find its a lousy chili if its a dirty Wendy's - not enough love goes into the chili in those places, and thats not how Dave Thomas wanted it.

Jan 03, 2008
maruvius in Chains