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Delaware and Hudson - Patti Jackson in Williamsburg

The lunch offerings look good, too. Nice "About" page as well: http://delawareandhudson.com/about/

about 16 hours ago
Pan in Outer Boroughs

15 East - Pedestrian Sushi and A Scaly Foot

That's really good writing; sorry about the experience. Are there any sushi (or for that matter, sashimi) specialists in New York that you currently would feel comfortable recommending?

about 16 hours ago
Pan in Manhattan

Best Wings In NYC?

For the record, I'm perfectly happy with them the way they are. And yeah, they do have good beer, too, which is just the thing to drink with barbecue.

about 17 hours ago
Pan in Manhattan

A year in New York

I've been to Babbo only once but preferred Ai Fiori and, to a lesser extent, Scarpetta. I also had a Restaurant Week lunch last year at Lincoln that pleased me, but I haven't tried them for a regular meal to date.

about 21 hours ago
Pan in Manhattan

A year in New York

Sure, but there are excellent places in all 5 boroughs, so why not start in the Bronx?

about 21 hours ago
Pan in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

Fine & Shapiro still exists. They catered my bar mitvzah, but I always thought they were just OK and haven't gone in ages.

about 21 hours ago
Pan in Manhattan

moderate dinner for out of towner Wednesday night

Wow. I'm glad you made the best of things.

1 day ago
Pan in Manhattan

A year in New York

I like Malatesta, but it's an entirely different category of restaurant than Babbo - an informal, mid-priced trattoria as opposed to an upscale, more luxe ristorante, in Italian terms. People have different opinions about Babbo. I liked the one meal I had there some years ago, and I think it's certainly worth your going once, but don't overlook the cheaper Lupa, which continues to be a real bargain but is very hard to get reservations for. I don't see Ai Fiori on peter j's list, and I certainly recommend it.

1 day ago
Pan in Manhattan

A year in New York

Hi, babegourmand.

1. No, I have no personal knowledge of Korean places in New Jersey. Go to the New Jersey board for recommendations from people who know.

2. In Manhattan, most of the best Chinese food seems to be Sichuan, nowadays. You could start with the original branch of Sichuan Gourmet (39 St. between 5th and 6th) and then cycle through the rest of them. However, there are a whole bunch of regional Chinese cuisines represented in Flushing; search in and post to Outer Boroughs for those.

Greenpoint, Brooklyn is reportedly the best place in New York for Polish food. Again, Outer Boroughs. The East Village has some decent Polish and Ukrainian restaurants, my favorite of which is Ukrainian East Village in the Ukrainian National Home. I'm not sure any of them are destination restaurants, but you'll be here for a year, and it's fun, so go.

New York is weak in Vietnamese food, so you might want to skip that. We do have some good Thai food, though, both in Manhattan and Queens. In Manhattan, try Larb Ubol and Somtum Der.

We have Italian sandwiches, too. I don't have those a lot, though. Pizza is definitely something you should be getting here, and start with the Bronx (again, Outer Boroughs board).

Your best bet for tacos is Jackson Heights, Queens, and there's been some discussion on this topic in Outer Boroughs lately.

I don't know the Filipino places in Jersey City, but there are some in Queens, again with some recent discussion.

For Spanish, you should check out the best-reputed tapas places here. I've loved Txikito, but there are others, too (Tertulia is some people's favorite). This is also a much-discussed topic.

Persian is not a strength of New York, but you can get Bukharan food in Rego Park, Queens and also in Brooklyn.

3. I remember there being a lot of talk about an Egyptian restaurant named, I think, Ali's, in Astoria. There are other very good Arab restaurants in the Outer Boroughs, including Yemen Cafe, which has two branches (the one on Atlantic Av. is the one I know).

1 day ago
Pan in Manhattan

A year in New York

I wasn't very impressed by Maharlika.

1 day ago
Pan in Manhattan

Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

I've been to Joe's recently. I think it's just what every corner pizzeria should taste like but doesn't, and their prices are economical. I don't remember their sauce being anything but good tomato sauce.

1 day ago
Pan in Manhattan

Costata: The Underrated Michael White Restaurant that Covers All the Bases

Yeah, I think that's very undeserved, if that's what people think. I've been to Marea only once so far but found it much less impressive than Ai Fiori.

1 day ago
Pan in Manhattan

Costata: The Underrated Michael White Restaurant that Covers All the Bases

I've loved pasta at Ai Fiori. How do you compare the two?

1 day ago
Pan in Manhattan

Sky Cafe - Indonesian in Elmhurst.

Surabaya is very well known for great food.

1 day ago
Pan in Outer Boroughs

Sky Cafe - Indonesian in Elmhurst.

I'm really glad to hear about this place. Do you know what part of Indonesia they're from? Java?

1 day ago
Pan in Outer Boroughs

Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

I'm not suggesting there's no difference. And let's just say I wasn't surprised when they were closed.

2 days ago
Pan in Manhattan

Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

Per Se did get a BOH grade of C once, so they might not be the best counter-example for you to give.

2 days ago
Pan in Manhattan

Private room rec - near 42 & 9, Italian, for 60th anniv. party

May I ask how much? I've never had a large enough gathering there that I required a reservation in a private room, but I might want to do that someday.

2 days ago
Pan in Manhattan

Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream?

Savory ice cream? Sign me up!

2 days ago
Pan in Manhattan

Which 4 breakfasts in Lower East Side would you choose?

The shakshuka is called "Morrocan Eggs" there, and it's one of my standby orders.

2 days ago
Pan in Manhattan

Private room rec - near 42 & 9, Italian, for 60th anniv. party

I don't think I've ever seen that space. Good to know! Did they require a prix fixe from the group?

Jul 22, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Which 4 breakfasts in Lower East Side would you choose?

I'm not familiar with Barbounia.

Jul 22, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

California hound starting honeymoon in NYC...Need reqs please!

Yeah, there's some very good Indian food here. If you want to go to places in Queens, post to Outer Boroughs for recommendations. In Manhattan, Junoon is a lot of people's favorite, but it's upscale and I haven't been there. My two favorites lately (last 1-2 years) are Malai Marke, which just seems to make everything delicious, and Anjappar, a really fine Chettinad restaurant. In my experience, service at Anjappar can be brusque at times, though not really unfriendly; service is nicer at Malai Marke, which also has a bit more atmosphere. But I recommend both.

Italian food is one of New York's strengths, and different people have their favorites. I have so far preferred Ai Fiori to Marea, but both will stretch your budget considerably (the $94 4-course dinner prix fixe at Ai Fiori would already put you well over $100 with tax and tip, without even considering drinks), unless you go for lunch ($42/2 courses, each additional course $18 at Ai Fiori). You might consider a restaurant like Lavagna, which is a lot cheaper and not as luxurious but still really pleasant (and if you go, I can suggest things to order), especially if you get a table with a view into the garden, but if you really want the best, you have to pay for it.

Momofuku Ssam Bar is always a good idea, in my opinion; even though some of my friends who think it's not quite as consistently good as it used to be may be right, it's still damn good and a really good value.

I can't help you with Ben's Best, as I haven't been there. I did go to Katz's again a few days ago, though, and it was as great (and as tough on my stomach - all that delicious fat!) as ever.

Jul 20, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

California hound starting honeymoon in NYC...Need reqs please!

Classic New York stuff to me means places like Katz's and 2nd Av. Deli, and also old-fashioned pizza places. If that's what you're looking for, there are usual suspects that have been discussed here a lot.

For suggestions in Brooklyn, go to the Outer Boroughs board.

Jul 20, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

California hound starting honeymoon in NYC...Need reqs please!

I used to like Landmarc, but I always found it reliably good, not great, and its prices are just out of line nowadays, in my opinion. When dishes get priced in the high 20s and 30s, lunch at Jean-Georges starts looking like a much better value than going to Landmarc.

Jul 20, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

California hound starting honeymoon in NYC...Need reqs please!

Landmarc seems fairly similar to California cuisine, in my opinion - essentially American cuisine with some Mediterranean influence, using high-quality, fresh ingredients. So I wouldn't recommend Landmarc for our friend from California.

Jul 20, 2014
Pan in Manhattan
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Best eats near Laguardia?

Go to Flushing. There are a bunch of good places right near the Main St. stop on the subway, which is also the terminus of the Q48. This thread will probably be moved to Outer Boroughs, where it should be.

Jul 19, 2014
Pan in Outer Boroughs

One dinner, post Yankee game, (so no fancy duds), subway accessible....

Since they're staying near LaGuardia, I would suggest for them to eat in Flushing or another place in Queens near the 7 train, and I would suggest you post to the Outer Boroughs board for recommendations. One key point would be which neighborhood they're staying in. They may actually be staying in Flushing, but really, any part of Queens on the 7 line is pretty close to LaGuardia, so for all we can tell, they could be staying in Jackson Heights, Woodside, or even Astoria.

Jul 19, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Da Marcella

As you wish. I understand everything you're saying, but it still sounds pretty bad to me.

Jul 19, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Pick One

I always order the duck when I go there. My favorite pasta is the butternut squash ravioli, which I also always order.

Jul 18, 2014
Pan in Manhattan