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Riverview Restaurant in LIC

Maybe you should dispute the charges with your credit card company, too.

about 5 hours ago
Pan in Outer Boroughs

Thoughts for my birthday dinner?

I was really underwhelmed with L'Artusi the one time I went, which would have been in 2011, so discount that a bit if you like.

1 day ago
Pan in Manhattan

Do you remember Hagen Dazs ice cream when they first started making it??

I never saw Five Lemon. The Dulce de Leche is good, but that plus cinnamon was magnificent! I actually don't like their creme brulee. It doesn't taste right to me and doesn't have enough caramel flavor.

1 day ago
Pan in Manhattan

Do you remember Hagen Dazs ice cream when they first started making it??

Sold to Kraft in 1985 and then disappeared: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frusen_...

1 day ago
Pan in Manhattan

Thoughts for my birthday dinner?

I've never been to EN, but I wouldn't call Kyo Ya casual and, though you don't have to wear a suit to eat there, I would. It's upscale Japanese food, and that's refined and not casual to me.

1 day ago
Pan in Manhattan

Do you remember Hagen Dazs ice cream when they first started making it??

When I was in college (1983-87), my favorite Haagen-Dazs flavor was Elberta Peach. I still miss it. More recently, they had a Special Edition flavor of Dulce de Leche Cinnamon, which was great. Unfortunately, they discontinued it after their trial. The Special Edition Sticky Toffee Pudding flavor was also delicious.

1 day ago
Pan in Manhattan

Manousheh--Middle Eastern in the West Village is alive and well.

Terrific! I'll make sure to try it.

1 day ago
Pan in Manhattan

Roast Pig at Yee Li challenges view of nyc ctown

And in many restaurants outside of Chinatown, too.

1 day ago
Pan in Manhattan

best thai

Well, Larb Ubol is probably the best Thai restaurant in Manhattan right now, and certainly the best I've been to by a considerable margin. They do serve Pak Kee Mao, but I've never tried it. I'd recommend for you to go and try it before you reserve it for your birthday. Your alternative is to go to Queens.

1 day ago
Pan in Manhattan
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Do you remember Hagen Dazs ice cream when they first started making it??

I was thinking of my then-local Sloan's supermarket on Broadway near 98th St. I think they had it in their freezer, probably by 1977 if not (probably) 1975 or earlier.

Apr 16, 2015
Pan in Manhattan

Do you remember Hagen Dazs ice cream when they first started making it??

It was sold on the Upper West Side in the 70s.

Apr 16, 2015
Pan in Manhattan

Killer Meal at Wichcraft satellite at Lincoln Center

It's 'Wichcraft, that wicked, wicked 'Wichcraft... :-)

(Folks, if you don't hear a song when reading that, type "It's Witchcraft" into a YouTube browser. I'm sure you know the tune, mahler5.)

Apr 15, 2015
Pan in Manhattan

Killer Meal at Wichcraft satellite at Lincoln Center

I feel like it was better when they had a different name, a somewhat different menu, and were under different management a few years ago.

Apr 14, 2015
Pan in Manhattan

Stage Restauranted Evicted

I saw the man whom I believe owns the restaurant outside the restaurant tonight and spoke with him. He said that he wasn't guilty of anything and that he is suing the landlord but doesn't know what the outlook is.

Apr 14, 2015
Pan in Manhattan

Killer Meal at Wichcraft satellite at Lincoln Center

I thought that place on 57 St. was Aka, but in any case, I gave up on them because they raised their prices beyond an acceptable value for their merely OK food.

Apr 14, 2015
Pan in Manhattan

Stage Restauranted Evicted

I've been a regular customer of theirs for years, but if they're guilty, this action was necessary. It'll be interesting to see what their lawyer does, though.

Apr 14, 2015
Pan in Manhattan

Manhattan For A Week

I haven't checked prices lately at Txikito, but look them up. It's not on the Upper West Side, but Chelsea is a straight shot by subway on either the 7th Av. Line (which runs on Broadway up there) or the 8th Av. (Central Park West) Line.

Apr 14, 2015
Pan in Manhattan
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My Manhattan Dream Begins Tomorrow!

I was very disappointed by high-cornstarch and just not very good food the last time I went to Old Shanghai Deluxe a few months ago. I liked The Bao on St Marks Place the one time I went there. I know that Peter Cuce really dislikes the place, but I thought their crab/pork xiaolong bao were the best I had had in Manhattan so far.

I always like Momofuku Ssam Bar. I went to Patsy's yesterday, and they are still great. Their pizza margherita wasn't charred like it used to be (to excess, in my opinion), but it's still for my money really excellent Apollonian New York coal-oven pizza - great crust and just the right amount of ingredients, baked perfectly. I tried some of the Chicken Piccata that a dining partner got, and it was also very lemony and very good. Joe's makes very good gas-fired pizza. It's cheap, thin-sliced and way better than most corner pizzerias. I don't know the rest of the places too well.

Apr 14, 2015
Pan in Manhattan
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Your thoughts about a party at a deli

I've been to one or two parties at Katz's. Waiter service there was good. If you want your pastrami juicy, just tell the waiter. They'll bring it for you juicy.

You have to be prepared to pay the prices at Katz's or 2nd Av. Deli - neither is cheap, but both are good places for a party. They're just different. At Katz's, the pastrami is the really outstanding thing, though I've also had very good corn beef there, and the brisket is also good to great, but only if you order it very juicy (fatty). Even their turkey can be quite good if you order it juicy. And I remember also trying some good chopped liver there.

2nd Av. Deli is more of a full-service place, in that they have a wider menu, including a bunch of dishes that are traditionally "appetizing" items. For example, they have excellent kasha varnishkes. As someone mentioned, their matzo ball soup is excellent (the soup at Katz's is OK but not as good). It actually might be the best in the city, especially since if they had any competition, it might have been at Cafe Edison, which sadly was forced out of the Hotel Edison and hasn't reopened elsewhere. I find the pastrami at 2nd Av. Deli just fine, but what's special their is the tongue. They also have good roast beef, from what I remember.

If you have enough time before your function, have a meal at both places.

Barney Greengrass is an "appetizing" place, so instead of going there for pastrami or corned beef, you'd go there for great smoked fish. I've actually never eaten in there but used to get delivery from them the last time I lived on the Upper West Side (2011). I loved their lox omelettes for brunch!

I don't know anything about private rooms. I don't think Katz's has one, and I don't know where they'd put one at Barney Greengrass, but you can inquire when you visit.

Apr 13, 2015
Pan in Manhattan

Good "ethnic" restaurants which won't break the bank

I feel like the Brontosaurus Rib has to be shared by 2 people. I don't think I could ever eat one by myself.

Apr 13, 2015
Pan in Manhattan

Good "ethnic" restaurants which won't break the bank

Yeah, I don't like that sauce.

Apr 13, 2015
Pan in Manhattan

Good "ethnic" restaurants which won't break the bank

We just have different taste.

Apr 12, 2015
Pan in Manhattan
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Good "ethnic" restaurants which won't break the bank

The Brontosaurus Rib is basically a very good big piece of beef. I like it and was glad I had it, but I consider it a somewhat distant third in deliciousness after the brisket and chicken wings.

Which sandwich are you talking about? I've never got a sandwich at Mighty Quinn's because I'd rather have more meat there than stuff myself with bread. :-)

Apr 12, 2015
Pan in Manhattan

Birthday Dinner upcoming Friday

Well, suppose you liked it, too, before everyone else did. :-P hahaha

Apr 12, 2015
Pan in Manhattan

Birthday Dinner upcoming Friday

Just out of contrariness? Or because since everybody but _everybody_ loved it, it would be impossible to get into ("It's too crowded; no-one goes there anymore")?

Apr 11, 2015
Pan in Manhattan

Best Grand Sichuan

I think it's a much clearer dropoff for them vs. Hot Kitchen.

Apr 11, 2015
Pan in Manhattan

Cuisines from 30+ countries

Well, do consider Lavagna. Or you could try to get reservations at Lupa and ask about sitting in the back where it's quieter; however, I've pretty much given up on getting reservations there, because they never seem to offer anything between 6 and 10:30 or so.

Apr 11, 2015
Pan in Manhattan
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Cuisines from 30+ countries

Yes, you are allowed.

Apr 11, 2015
Pan in Manhattan
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Cuisines from 30+ countries

Cafecito underwhelmed me the several times I went there - the last time, they couldn't even make a good mojito. Granted, that could have been 5 or more years ago.

Apr 11, 2015
Pan in Manhattan

Good "ethnic" restaurants which won't break the bank

Interesting. I haven't been there in years. I've been going to BCD Tofu House for items with tofu.

Apr 11, 2015
Pan in Manhattan