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Wishing for Midtown Diners for breakfast

Within the last 3 months or so.

1 day ago
Pan in Manhattan

Please help me decide on Italian for my birthday

Way too big for 1 person. The last time I dealt with a steak of a similar size, it was shared 3 ways along with some sides at St. Alselm's in Williamsburg.

1 day ago
Pan in Manhattan

Please help me decide on Italian for my birthday

Thanks. About how many ounces of meat is that?

1 day ago
Pan in Manhattan

Please help me decide on Italian for my birthday

What is a Tomahawk steak? Is that the name of the farm, the cut, or some technique that's used in preparing the steak?

1 day ago
Pan in Manhattan

Please help me decide on Italian for my birthday

I'm not Spiritchaser, but when I've eaten there in the past, the Vellutata - and even more so, the Bouillabaisse - have been standouts. But really, I'd just recommend ordering what strikes one's fancy, as everything I've had there has been good. One of the cocktails with bourbon, I think the Fiori d'Arancio, also stood out, and they have a really good wine list, but I can't specifically recommend anything there, as I don't remember the name of the great then-$80 red that we got the night we really splurged.

2 days ago
Pan in Manhattan

Please help me decide on Italian for my birthday

I've had better meals at Ai Fiori than my one meal at Marea. Take that for what it's worth; I imagine you've eaten repeatedly at both.

2 days ago
Pan in Manhattan

Best pizza joint near Penn Station?

Which pizzeria? DiFara's?

2 days ago
Pan in Manhattan

Dieci - Excellent Japanese Style Italian Food

Thanks for the report. That stew looks delicious!

2 days ago
Pan in Manhattan

Wishing for Midtown Diners for breakfast

Probably not, but more so than a tourist.

2 days ago
Pan in Manhattan

First date - with restrictions

Yay! Glad to hear the good news.

2 days ago
Pan in Manhattan

Mr. Nilsson Restaurant in LIC

That was a really interesting report. Thanks.

As an aside, I didn't realize carrot tops were edible. Did you eat any of that green ice? How did that taste?

Feb 26, 2015
Pan in Outer Boroughs

Roast Duck and Roast Pork Plates

I know more of them in that area. I don't know western Chinatown as well.

Feb 26, 2015
Pan in Manhattan

Hou Yi to EV

Excellent. Thanks for the heads-up.

Feb 26, 2015
Pan in Manhattan
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Wishing for Midtown Diners for breakfast

I don't think so. Does the average tourist know about S&S Cheesecake?

New Sichuan Restaurant in Midtown West : Savor Sichuan

Really mouth-watering photos, though!

Feb 26, 2015
Pan in Manhattan

New Sichuan Restaurant in Midtown West : Savor Sichuan

Do you have favorite Zigong dishes? I'm not familiar with that cuisine.

Feb 26, 2015
Pan in Manhattan

New Sichuan Restaurant in Midtown West : Savor Sichuan

How is La Vie en Sichuan lately? I was disappointed by my last meal there, several months ago. It was just OK. The cloud ear cold dish was still great, but other stuff just didn't have the level of, well, savor that their stuff had had in previous visits some time ago. I've perceived a clear downward trajectory, and that's too bad, because my first meal there was the best Sichuan meal I had probably ever had in Manhattan.

Feb 25, 2015
Pan in Manhattan

NY Dim Sum [moved from Philadelphia board]

Asian Jewels was better than anything I've had in Chinatown. I refuse to spend the money I'd have to spend at Hakkasan, but if someone wants to treat me...

Feb 25, 2015
Pan in Manhattan

Georgian in Brooklyn: Pirosmani vs. Tbilisi vs. Tone Cafe vs. Mtskheta

Thanks. Was this meal at Pirosmani? Maybe I missed it, but I didn't see the name of the restaurant in the post.

Feb 25, 2015
Pan in Outer Boroughs

Vietnamese Breakfast at Mission Cantina

Thanks, Peter. The one advantage it really has for me is that the L train is easy for me to walk to, so I may try it if I can go off this low-salt diet for a day, which I don't want to do right now...

Feb 25, 2015
Pan in Manhattan

Vietnamese Breakfast at Mission Cantina

I did a little searching. It's in Ridgewood, right, without any other branch? I gotta say, they really have to walk the walk with this on their site:

"Good Pho-king Vietnamese Food"

Feb 25, 2015
Pan in Manhattan

2015 Restaurant Week?

That's OK, anyone who has can answer! :-)

Feb 25, 2015
Pan in Manhattan

Roast Duck and Roast Pork Plates

Yeah, that's my favorite place for soy sauce chicken and soy sauce duck in Chinatown, and their pork is also very good. Most of their other items are just OK, though I sometimes like to get their casseroles.

Feb 25, 2015
Pan in Manhattan

First date - with restrictions

Did you have the date yet? If so, where did you go and how was it? And will there be a second date? ;-)

Feb 25, 2015
Pan in Manhattan

How common is it for Italian restaurants to offer to plate multiple pastas per plate?

I wasn't offended in the least, just inexperienced in seeing this on menus. I'll look for it the next time I'm in Italy.

Feb 25, 2015
Pan in Manhattan

Help please with picking the tastiest.

Soulless how? Has that shown up in the food or drink for you, or do you just dislike the room?

Feb 25, 2015
Pan in Manhattan

Lunch places in nyc for 15th birthday?

If you decide against dim sum, there's always Great NY Noodletown. I think 9 people could fit at a big table without too much trouble.

Feb 25, 2015
Pan in Manhattan

2015 Restaurant Week?

I didn't know Conant left. How is their food now? Has the menu changed much?

Feb 25, 2015
Pan in Manhattan

Columbia Student with foodie aspirations

Yes, I agree. I like their shawarma a lot.

Feb 25, 2015
Pan in Manhattan

Two Chicagoans In NYC in mid April

Seriously? I haven't been there in a long time, but I never found their xiaolong bao all that compelling. I used to go there late at night and order offbeat-sounding dishes that were a lot more interesting.

I've enjoyed The Bao so far, but haven't really found any other place I've been to in Manhattan too interesting for xiaolong bao. I go to Shanghai Cafe and order kao fu, spicy cabbage, noodle soup and such.

Feb 24, 2015
Pan in Manhattan