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Kutsher's "upscale jewish food" in Tribeca

re: foodwhisperer comments
1-chicken need not be in matzo ball soup-that's called chicken matzo ball soup. ratners served matzo ballsoup for close to 100 years without a chicken in sight.
2-mashed potatoes were cold--send them back!
3-gefilte fish-ur right--the big 3 are carp, pike & whitefish-add sufficeient salt, pepper & onions-serve with chrain--nothing else matters--* add carrot slice to garnish.
4-latkes that are described as not bad--are not good.
5-caviar & sour cream with fried potatoes--sounds great. apple sauce with latkes-FEH!
6-falafel crusted salmon--falafel should stay in the pita bread--if it's a chic pea crust-fine--but it has nothing to do with kutshers-which was eastern european style.
just sayin--
*what would milton kutsher say?! he would say "upscale prices--what do u want a -maybe a room & free breakfast?"

Dec 13, 2011
sambolef in Manhattan

Eleven Madison Park Tasting Menu Review + Photos

even in OHIO they ask. didn't get what u expected? your fault--all a buckeye has to do is--ask. they would've bent over backwards to please. would like a tour of the kitchen--ask. i spent over $200 a head for LUNCH at ai fiori--ordered 5 desserts--no comps--food was delicious--guess what-didn't see the kitchen.

Aug 12, 2011
sambolef in Manhattan

Is Per Se and EMP in one day a horrible waste?

i would go to both restaurants, tell the floor mgr. it's ur birthday & that emp & per se are ur 2 favorite
restaurants & ask if it would be possible to share 1 tasting menu in each restaurant.

Aug 06, 2011
sambolef in Manhattan

Hungarian cuisine

not in recent years.

Jun 30, 2011
sambolef in Manhattan

Hungarian cuisine

only hungarian in town

First Hungarian Literary Society
323 E. 79th St., New York, NY 10021
nr. Second Ave.

Jun 30, 2011
sambolef in Manhattan

Riverpark Review + Photos (Spoiler: Not Impressed!)

not that it matters--having tried some of the same dishes you ordered--i can honestly say --you're way off! seasoning is not one the things their food lacks. coming out of the gate--the food is much better than collichio & sons ever was & for that matter, still is. if anything--the staff at riverpark is too honest & never should have confided in you that the beet souffle was not yet ready for prime time. most restaurants would have advised you that this how our chef likes it & is supposed to be. however, if it's not up to your expectations--we will be happy to replace it with another one of our fine desserts.

May 05, 2011
sambolef in Manhattan

Oriental Cuisine Cookbooks - Which are the Best?

the book by SUSUR LEE

Dec 01, 2010
sambolef in Home Cooking

For next week- Eleven Madison Park or Del Posto- Birthday dinner

great chefs visiting nyc make make EMP a must try. not so sure about DEL POSTO.

Eleven Madison Park
11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

Oct 13, 2010
sambolef in Manhattan

Tamarind Tribeca - what's all the hype about?

been there 3 times.
1-at the bar alone for the lunch menu
2-at a table with my wife for dinner
3-at the bar with a friend & asked the mgr. to put together a tasting menu.
all were superb! biggest problem was the portion size--way too much food.
tamarind flatiron vs. tamarind--no comparison--both are great, yet, totally different.

Aug 11, 2010
sambolef in Manhattan

Brunch in Gramercy/Murray Hill

emp, cafe at country, artisinal all great choices. but, much pricer than penelope. vertigo & la cocina for a mexican brunch. la cocina just got this new bartender from vegas & he does some killer drinks. my favorite is a fresh horseradish infused vodka that he uses in his bloody mary.

354 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010

La Cocina
430 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

Jan 07, 2008
sambolef in Manhattan

Herring - Where to Buy in NY Metro Area?

sorry, i forgot to mention. you can go to the kosher pickle guy, buy some sour pickles, ask for extra
brine & drop your herrings in after you finish the pickles.

Jan 07, 2008
sambolef in Kosher

Herring - Where to Buy in NY Metro Area?

it's easiest if u do your own. just find a pickling recipe. vinegar-water-cloves-salt-black pepper corns - onions-pickling spices (comes already done.) add creme fresh, or sour cream for creamed herring. white wine, or white wine vinegar .

Jan 07, 2008
sambolef in Kosher

kosher dairy

finally, a place that serves upscale kosher dairy that doesn't depend on it's pasta dishes
to impress me. la creperie on the uws serves creative sushi, soup & fish dishes that knocked my socks off. yes, they had pastas, as well, but no one at our table tried the pastas. but we did have crepes. out of this world french onion soup.
* downside, the room is not that exciting.

Jan 07, 2008
sambolef in Kosher

Kosher Vermouth?

re: kosher vermouth
take a bottle of kosher sparkling wine, let it flatten out , or just a shotglass, depending on how much u need & use it instead of dry vermouth. though it's called dry vermouth that description does not pertain to it's sweetness. a riesling might work, as well.

Jan 07, 2008
sambolef in Kosher