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Worst Burger in Manhattan

Silver Spurs, the 2-diner chain in the Village.....like a 10oz underseasoned brick on a bun.

Oct 06, 2013
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Village Pisco, Peruvian Chicken 8th St

I tried this place for delivery recently and was quite impressed. I think it opened during the summer in a previous bar space right near 6th Ave.

I'm not a Peruvian Chicken expert, so I'll leave it for others to judge, but I think this place is worth a trip, especially as there's not many similar places in the area. The chicken was nicely spiced, not dry, had excellent sides (boiled sweet plantains and beans were excellent) as well as 3 nice sauces with it.
http://villagepisconyc.com

Oct 06, 2013
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korean in albany?

I just tried Mingle last night and thought the Korean dish I had was great. I don't know the name since it was a special, but it was marinated meats (beef, chicken, and pork) stir fried with kimchi and Gochujang and served with lotus root and sticky rice. Quite spicy but well balanced and a huge portion....

Nov 24, 2012
streamwise in New York State (exc. NYC)

Great new Thai place in Tuckahoe

I just ate here today for the first time since it changed hands. The food is still very good with pretty large portions. That street is still closed, but there's room for about 3 cars to park on one end of the street and there was easy parking by the Squash place as well as on the other side of the building. They have the website up ( http://ariesfinethaicuisine.net/ ) and now offer local delivery as well as online ordering via grub hub, so I hope this place survives the endless construction!

Mar 14, 2012
streamwise in New York State (exc. NYC)

Best Mexican Food in Westchester?

Hmm, then I think I'm going to have to try something with their steak in it again, next time I go there!

Feb 06, 2012
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Bistro Latino in Tuckahoe

I didn't see any hours anywhere, but I assume it was dinner only. Tapas was something on the order of $8-19, and the smaller entree list was on the order of $19-28. Salad, two entrees, one soda, and one beer were $72 with tax.

Feb 05, 2012
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15 East @ the bar; advice?

I've had some amazing sushi dinners here. If you don't mind spending a decent bit of money (e.g. $150-250 pp without alcohol), just tell the sushi chef you want to do a sushi/sashimi omakase and go from there. Throw in the cooked octopus and the fresh tofu at the beginning, they're both excellent. Always make sure to sample the different kind of Uni's, as well as the selection of more obscure fish if you like....however, the sushi chef will pretty much follow your lead.
When the sushi chef starts to ask if you're still hungry (it might be a while), that's pretty much when it starts being charged a la carte above the omakase price. I assume that's normal, but just be aware in case you are really hungry, and decide to do a couple of tastings of the three kinds of tuna or uni or similar, haha.

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15 East
15 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

Feb 05, 2012
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Momofuku Ko - lunch or dinner ?

If you don't have anything important to do for the rest of the day and evening, definitely lunch. It's quite a marathon, especially with wine. On a normal slow night, just do dinner.

Feb 05, 2012
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New on Main St. Tuckahoe/Hearth in Eastchester

Bistro Latino is now open in Tuckahoe.

Feb 04, 2012
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First Impressions of Growlers Bistro in Tuckahoe

I agree. I was there recently and had excellent food. The bottled beer list is still pretty extensive, but I can't comment on whether it was all in stock or not. Growlers versus The Tap House is a pretty varied comparison....Growler's is definitely younger and more casual, the Tap House is more of an upscale with a much larger menu.

Feb 04, 2012
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Bistro Latino in Tuckahoe

Bistro Latino in Tuckahoe is now open. It's owned by the same guy as Sonora in Portchester, and they did a nice renovation of the inside from it's previous diner-incarnation. I stopped by tonight and had a few things, and overall it was good to excellent. We had the beet salad which was nice , as well as the Paella and the Branzino. The Paella was good....tons of seafood on top, but the rice seemed just average, no crunchiness on the bottom of the pan. The branzino was excellent, nicely pan fried over some delicious chorizo gnocchi. We didn't get a chance to try most of the tapas or charcuterie, but everything we saw come out looked good. Overall, its worth trying if you're in the area, and it's a very welcome addition to the growing Tuckahoe dining scene (which I also saw will gain a Japanese hibachi restaurant too in the near future). BTW, for solo dining, the bar is excellently designed and roomy with good service.

Feb 04, 2012
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Best Mexican Food in Westchester?

I go there fairly often, and the guacamole is *definitely* made there, as well as the salsa. Every time I've had it, it's been fresh and a fairly large portion to boot. I never order burritos, but their Mexican-style tacos are quite authentic (and enormous), especially things like the lengua and spicy pork. The green and red sauces (for the enchiladas) are also very authentic, and those are some of their best dishes. I would never order anything "steak" because it's not ever going to live up to your imagination....after all, it's "steak" that's going inside a burrito, so it's going to be a cheap cut. As per their mole sauce, I think the above commenter is correct...I didn't like it at all, and I don't think it's made in-house.

Feb 04, 2012
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Gem: Cuisines of China Yonkers, NY

I just ate there for the first time this night. I liked it, but it's on the high-end price point for Chinese food in Westchester (but not for NYC). Service was quite good. The only complaint I could possibly muster was that water wasn't refilled instantly like some old-school Chinese places, and that they took drink orders before giving everyone menus. Other than that, the server was very good, and the owner stopped by to check on everything toward the end of the meal.

We only had a few things. The clams in black bean sauce were OK, but the sauce was a bit bitter. The outstanding dish of the night was the (obscure) eggplant stuffed with chopped scallop and maybe crabmeat (?). A really fantastic combination. We also had the Schezuan shrimp on from the Chef's Special menu, which was nice, served with baby bok choy and cucumbers with a nice heat level.

The redesign of the restaurant is quite appealing. I'd go back and try some of the rest of the menu. There are some interesting dishes on there, not the typical Westchester Chinese menu.

Jun 22, 2011
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Where can I find barbounia fish in NYC

I was at Barbounia a few weeks ago and they had them as a special. You might want to call and ask.

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Barbounia
250 Park Ave South, New York, NY 10003

Feb 10, 2011
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Barbounia or Gigino?

I've only had drinks and appetizers at Barbounia, but I was pleasantly surprised at the food quality, especially the octopus. Since its Christmas, your other options that are going to be open in the area are pretty limited, so I wouldn't disagree with this choice.

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Barbounia
250 Park Ave South, New York, NY 10003

Dec 07, 2010
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Where to go for truffles

Del Posto has White Truffles right now for $10/gram. They'll pretty much do whatever you want with them. I also just got an announcement that Eleven Madison Park has them in now.

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

Del Posto
85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

Oct 15, 2010
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New Greek restaurant in Bronxville (Chester Heights)

FYI, they now also deliver within the local area, so it's great if you live nearby!

Oct 13, 2010
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Kin Shop in West Village - just opened

I just stopped in and tried a few things. The pork/oyster salad was great...about the only criticism I could muster is that the oysters didn't stay crispy long enough. I also had the braised rabbit which was really nice too. They could kick up the spice levels a bit, but they also give you a little bowl of spicy pepper to help yourself, so it's really not an issue.
Even though it was the second day, they were operating pretty smoothly, and it looks like it's going to be a great little place.

Oct 12, 2010
streamwise in Manhattan

What's up with Cru?

I walked by yesterday and it appears to be closed once again. No signs or info. on the door, and no opentable reservations are being taken.

Sep 11, 2010
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Owners of New Dishwashers, Please Respond

Cool to hear an update. I'm also now four years in now on my Bosch, and am very pleased. No problems to report at all.

Aug 12, 2010
streamwise in Cookware

Any good Montauk restaurants?

The chef was named 'Willy' and was from Antigua, I think. I don't know if he was new or not.

Jul 28, 2010
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Any good Montauk restaurants?

On a side note, I also happened upon some pretty good Carbbean/W. Indian food at the Montauket. If you happen to go there (great sunset!) try the Jerk West Indian Wings, which were great when I was there. We also had a good Roti ---the only thing we didn't like was that it was on a tortilla rather than Indian-style bread, but it was still good.

Jul 28, 2010
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Any good Montauk restaurants?

I went to ENE last night, and it's definitely still good. The best things we had were the salmon ceviche, a special of soba with sesame sauce and fried tofu, and the NY Strip with Gorgonzola butter, which was really well executed.

Jul 28, 2010
streamwise in New York State (exc. NYC)

Any good Montauk restaurants?

I haven't been to East by Northeast this summer. I was there last summer and thought it was worth a trip.

Jul 25, 2010
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Any good Montauk restaurants?

I also made it Second House Tavern recently. The service was slow, but the food made up for it. A cod entree was perfectly cooked and seasoned and the lobster roll was one of the best I've had out here (it's a little different too, no mayonnaise). We didn't try much else, just some raw bar, but I'd go back.

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Second House Tavern
161 Second House Road, Montauk, NY 11954

Jul 12, 2010
streamwise in New York State (exc. NYC)

Any good Montauk restaurants?

I finally got to Navy Beach. The location/setting is nice, the waitstaff is mostly friendly and competent, but the food was a bit mediocre and the front-of-house was a bit of a sh**tshow (took 20 minutes to get seated with a reservation, but the dining room was not full). Lobster "ceviche" was best thing we had. The grilled fish was cooked correctly but entirely unseasoned.The sides of grilled asparagus and fries were limp. A scallop special was unpleasantly overwhelmed with a basil broth. However, I'll most likely try the place again just because of the location and setting...

Jul 12, 2010
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Any good Montauk restaurants?

I second the South Edison recommendation. I just had a very good dinner there: nice raw bar, very good grilled porgy, nice fluke sashmi, asparagus salad with a soft-boiled egg,excellent homemade ice creams such as olive-oil and almond-maple, etc. I also second the Hideaway, but I didn't sea their taco tuesdays advertised anymore (they had great tacos lengua), which was one of my favorite specials out here.

I noticed a new place just opened in the last few days. It was called the 'Seafood Shack', on Montauk Highway between Cyril's and Clam Bar. I have not heard anything about it.

Jul 06, 2010
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Where to eat in Montauk/Amgansett? Please help.

For good Mexican checkout The Hideaway in Montauk. Inlet Seafood and Fishbar in Montauk are also usually good for seafood.

May 25, 2010
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Momofuku Ko reservations

I have to agree with cafin8ny. I just went for my fourth time recently, and the food and atmosphere had taken a bit of a nosedive. The dishes were uninspired, the chefs seemed bored and annoyed that they had to cook for us, and I honestly can't say a single dish would be worth going back for. The staff has turned over a bit since the beginning and David was not in the house, and these changes were blatantly apparent. The chefs even rudely snapped at the lady next to me for not informing them on the reservation that she didn't eat red meat, despite the fact she was on a date and most likely didn't even make the reservation. Such a classless remark by the chef set the tone for the meal, which pretty much was something I could get a dozen other 1-starred places. Ko is done unless Chang gets focused again.

Apr 06, 2010
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return trip to Taos, New Mexico

I was just at the Guadalajara Grille on the north side, and thought the food had declined considerably. The fish tacos were pretty terrible, and had an exceptionally fishy taste. The barbacoa and carnitas were also both really dry and underseasoned. I used to like the place, but this experience made me wonder.....

I went to Joseph's Table and bunch of times, and it was consistently good, except for the cowboy steak, which was an awful cut of meat that I would expect to find at a Denny's , not a fine dining restaurant. The more esoteric the dish, the better it usually was at Joseph's (e.g. the banana curry, the charred kale salad, the butter poached trout with crab pico de gallo, etc.). He was also getting in some great black trumpet mushrooms, and made a fantastic mushroom soup from them.

As for El Monte Sagrado and the Anaconda Bar/De La Tierra, they apparently lost their chef a while ago and have no replacement. The formerly fancy dishes are now very amateurish and poorly executed, and at the prices they are charging, I would suggest avoiding most things. They couldn't even find a steak knife in the restaurant when I was there (WTF?). However, the bison burgers were the exception; they were perfectly cooked, flavorful, and of course were topped with some green chile (i.e., stick to the bar menu and the simple stuff). I didn't have any problems with bar service, and the bartenders were quite good and pretty friendly, though they did get a bit overwhelmed when busy. Marriott just took over the hotel last week, so hopefully they'll be able to show some management skills and bring the food up to the level of the atmosphere of the resort.

Apr 05, 2010
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