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ditch plains for dinner?

Lobster Roll!!

Enjoy

Feb 27, 2008
gekko in Manhattan

maya- 64th and 1st

Maya's food is great; I've dined there probably 30+ times and I've never had a bad dish or meal.

Friends have expressed sticker shock, however, so be prepared. It is not inexpensive.

Feb 27, 2008
gekko in Manhattan

Picholine v. Grenouille v. 11 Madison

My last visit to Picholine was just a few weekends ago, and the crowd was a good mix of 30's, 40's and up. At least on a Friday night, it was not particularly "aged" for the cost and elegance.

Feb 27, 2008
gekko in Manhattan

Recs for brunch near Museum of Natural History

Another vote for Isabella's! It's my favorite pre-museum brunch spot.

Feb 27, 2008
gekko in Manhattan

UES-- Spigolo, Mainland?

Spigolo is excellent, and it deserves its tremendous reputation (and fantastic review from Bruni).

Seeking affordable and quiet on the UES? Kurio is the perfect choice, on East 92nd Street.

Feb 27, 2008
gekko in Manhattan

So where can i find good and not ridiculous prices raw oysters?

Without a doubt, go to Shaffer City Oyster Bar.

http://www.shaffercity.com/index2.htm

Jay Shaffer is an "oyster sommelier" and provides a fantastic dining experience.

Enjoy!

Feb 26, 2008
gekko in Manhattan

A 'hidden gem' for a birthday dinner...

Il Buco on Bond Street.

Feb 26, 2008
gekko in Manhattan

Picholine v. Grenouille v. 11 Madison

I've dined at all three restaurants in the past 4 months and Picholine's tasting menu was by far the best overall dining experience of the three. I still dream about the cheese course (we actually had TWO).

Feb 26, 2008
gekko in Manhattan

where to go for great pints and pub food

Select one neighborhood or area and focus on it. I'd suggest the Village. Whitehorse Tavern, Blind Tiger, Vol du Nuit, etc. (Don't miss the fries at Vol du Nuit.)

Unless you're a frat boy or want to hang out with frat boys, I'd avoid the 3rd Avenue row of bars. The same can be said about the UES and, to some extent, the UWS.

Feb 03, 2008
gekko in Manhattan

Review: Cantina ... Excellent!

A friend and I dined at Cantina last night (Saturday), 29 Avenue B at 2nd Street.

We did not have a reservation, but Toni took our name and when we arrived at 9:30, we were immediately seated (while others waited). Shortly thereafter we were greeted by Cantina's owner, Jason Swamy.

Cantina has a warm, friendly atmosphere. The restaurant is very small, and we were seated at a two-top with "neighbors" rubbing elbows on both sides. It was tight, but our neighbors were friendly young people, and we had a good time. Sound level is, obviously, loud.

Cantina is BYOB. Knowing this in advance thankfully, we arrived with plenty of wine for the evening.

Your placemat is the menu. "Pinchos" range from warm Spanish olives ($5) to decadent smoked chicken croquettes ($9). Our favorite dish was the sliced jamon serrano & manchego cheese plate ($9).

For our 2nd course, we chose one "bocadillo," an absolutely extraordinary sandwich with serrano jamon, manchego, aioli and pickles ($9). Words can't describe how delicious this simple sandwich really is. You must try it.

We also chose the restaurant's signature item, the pork shoulder dulce de leche ($16). It, too, was delicious, full of flavor but not too "wet" as such dishes can be. We sampled our neighbors' braised oxtail ($17) and it was great.

We ordered churros with saffron chocolate ($7) for dessert, and Toni was kind enough to bring the flan with kahlua caramel ($5) as well because we "just had to try it." Both desserts were excellent.

Along with our BYOB wine, we ordered a large bottle of Peligrino ($7).

We shall return to Cantina, soon.

Feb 03, 2008
gekko in Manhattan

Best BYO Downtown?

Cantina!
It's on Avenue B at 2nd Street. Excellent Cuban cuisine.

Feb 01, 2008
gekko in Manhattan

PF Changs-type Chinese in NYC

Ruby Foo's ... but it's about 1000 times better than your local mall's PF Chang's.

Buddakan -- no way. Not even close, and certainly not in the price range.

Chinatown Brasserie -- bad food. Skip it.

Jan 31, 2008
gekko in Manhattan

Best tex-mex in nyc?

Geronimo on the UES has great chile con queso and chicken burritos -- a classic tex-mex menu. It's new ... corner of Third & 90th, I believe.

Jan 31, 2008
gekko in Manhattan

Anyone been to the restaurant Jane in the village?

Yep, several times for weekend brunch. Excellent.

Unfortunately I can't comment on other meals ... I think of Jane as a great brunch spot.

Jan 31, 2008
gekko in Manhattan

UES rut - need inspired suggestions

Kurio! Yes! Great food with a personal touch (a wonderful mother-daugher team run the restaurant -- front and back).

I'd certainly add Kurio to my list. Like I said, so many options . . .

Jan 31, 2008
gekko in Manhattan

UES rut - need inspired suggestions

Sfloglia, Lex @ 92nd, is absolutely amazing and well-reviewed, but I doubt you'll be able to get in. It's small and books up 6 weeks in advance.

How about Cafe d'Alsace, 2nd @ 88th? Great Alsatian cuisine and a tremendous beer selection -- ask about the cellared beers. Far from boring. Call for a reservation.

Or Spigolo, 2nd @ 81st? Another well-reviewed Italian, but also small and tough to crack on short notice.

Zocalo? Another great choice.

So many options!

Jan 31, 2008
gekko in Manhattan

Romantic Dinner in the East Village

Oh my gosh, Lavagna's rigatoni is absolutely incredible! On occasion I'll ask for extra fennel sausage.

(And I'm not a rigatoni nut.)

Jan 31, 2008
gekko in Manhattan

UWS recs for casual (inexpensive) dinner tomorrow

The Mermaid Inn just opened a location on the UWS. Excellent lobster roll and a great atmosphere.

Jan 31, 2008
gekko in Manhattan

Peanut Butter Dessert

Lure has an amazing peanut butter dessert, as did Le Cirque when I was there last month.

Jan 31, 2008
gekko in Manhattan

Romantic Dinner in the East Village

On weekend nights, 99% of East Village restaurants will be "loud." 'Tis the nature of the beast.

On weeknights, however, the world is your oyster. Consider Lavagna, an atmospheric Italian with one of the best dishes in all of Manhattan, the rigatoni.

(And while I love Mermaid Inn, on weekends it is "loud.")

Jan 31, 2008
gekko in Manhattan

IS Tao worth it?

Tao wasn't worth it a decade ago when it was "hip."

It certainly isn't worth it now.

Jan 30, 2008
gekko in Manhattan

Telepan, not so good.

I've dined at Telepan many times in the past and consistently enjoyed excellent food and service.

(However, I've not been since last summer. If Telepan has gone "downhill," I'd suggest it is recent or perhaps the original poster simply had one isolated negative experience.)

Jan 30, 2008
gekko in Manhattan

Wine/Small Plates for group near Met??

Do you mean the Metropolitan Museum of Art?

If so, Pudding Stones is a good choice, on 3rd Avenue between 82nd & 83rd.

(The main entrance of the Metropolitan is at 82nd Street.)

Jan 29, 2008
gekko in Manhattan

What's good/interesting chow around E 64 & 3rd?

Add Za Za to the list for great Italian, and a new wine bar/restaurant *just* opened on the corner of 1st & 64th ... Felice.

Also Accademia del Vino is new and good.

Il Vagabondo is a neighborhood staple .. and you can play bocce.

Finally, for a great diner breakfast, you can't beat Tramway, on the corner of 2nd & 60th beneath the Roosevelt Island tram.

Jan 29, 2008
gekko in Manhattan

Soho nice ambience with good food

Mercer Kitchen is a great choice.

If you like seafood, Lure is fun, and the nautical atmosphere is unique.

Skip Allen & Delancey. First, it's not near SoHo; second, the food is mediocre.

Jan 29, 2008
gekko in Manhattan

Havanna Central/ West End Location

While I've never been to that location, I'm a "regular" at the original Union Square spot, and I love Havana Central's cuban sandwiches. I'm a bit of an aficionado, and HC's cubans are my favorite in the city (Cafecito on Avenue C is a close 2nd, tied with Havana Village on Christopher Street).

Jan 28, 2008
gekko in Manhattan

92nd Street Y places to dine...

For the love of all things holy, go to Sfloglia, which is one of the best restaurants in the city.

But be aware ... reservations are tough. Call WAY in advance.

Jan 26, 2008
gekko in Manhattan

San Juan Recap

Dragonfly! An incredibly memorable meal, extraordinary!

My group of 4 dined there a few weeks ago and we all loved it.

Any Recent St. Barth Eating?

A couple of weeks ago I had a tremendous lunch at Eden Rock and a great dinner at Le Ti. If you enjoy Moroccan cuisine, don't miss it when featured at Le Ti.

bourbon bar in/near tribeca?

Walker's is a fine bar, but it certainly isn't a "bourbon bar."

What Imoy wants is d.b.a., but it's not in Tribeca of course.

http://www.drinkgoodstuff.com/ny/bour...

Jan 25, 2008
gekko in Manhattan