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Visiting from Washington DC - Any good recs for Asian or Fusion food?

Forgot to mention, it's French/Thai fusion

Oct 24, 2006
ruckus2330 in Manhattan

Visiting from Washington DC - Any good recs for Asian or Fusion food?

The Elephant on 1st St. bet. 1st and 2nd Avenues. The place is small and very festively eccentric in decor. I ate there with a group of six and everyone had an amazing dish. The chicken satay and cucumber salad are musts for appetizers and I had the sea bass, which was unbelievable. A bonus - they take reservations. Check it out:

http://www.elephantrestaurant.com/

Oct 24, 2006
ruckus2330 in Manhattan

pickles: what is going on here?

I think you may have run into a string of bad-pickle-luck, and I send my condolences :) It's happened to all of us. If you would like your faith restored in burgers and pickles simultaneously, go straight to Molly's Pub on 3rd Ave. bet 21st and 22nd Streets. And if you do follow this advice, please update us on how it went, breaking your pickle hex!

Oct 13, 2006
ruckus2330 in Manhattan

Recs for dinner tonight--thoughts on Spotted Pig, Fish, Pastis, Other?

Their lobster roll comes highly recommended, as does the hamburger, believe it or not. It's the only item on the menu that isn't seafood but they get their meat from Ottomanelli's butcher shop across the street. The soups are amazing (best clam chowder) and the fries are great. I don't think you can go wrong. Enjoy your evening!

Oct 10, 2006
ruckus2330 in Manhattan

Recs for dinner tonight--thoughts on Spotted Pig, Fish, Pastis, Other?

I really have to second the opinion that The Spotted Pig is not worth it. It is usually so crowded, the chairs are uncomfortable and (the worst part) the food was just okay. I was very disappointed.

Oct 10, 2006
ruckus2330 in Manhattan

Recs for dinner tonight--thoughts on Spotted Pig, Fish, Pastis, Other?

I emphatically recommend Fish. I have only recently discovered this place and I can't get enough. The oysters are top notch and at happy hour (until 7) they have great deals. The fried oysters are unbelievable(a must), as well as the Angels on Horseback (oysters wrapped in double-smoked bacon...yum) The service is friendly as well, which is always a pleasant surprise. If you do go, please post back and let us know what you had. There are so many things on that menu that I want to try!

Oct 10, 2006
ruckus2330 in Manhattan

Italian Bday Dinner For 8 girls?

I would definitely recommend Paprika (on St. Marks bet. 1st and A). It's such a lovely, cozy space with friendly staff. Although the space is relatively small, they are excellent at accommodating groups of your size. I've had my birthday dinner there for two years and have yet to be disappointed. Last year 8 of us went for dinner, we shared a few appetizers, each got an entree, shared two desserts and had 6 (!) bottles of wine for less than $50/pp.

p.s. IMO, don't go to Otto. It is a consistent, expensive disappointment.

Sep 28, 2006
ruckus2330 in Manhattan

Corner Bistro burger

Thanks to those for the Molly's suggestion. I went there last night and the burger was great! Really cozy place.

Sep 21, 2006
ruckus2330 in Manhattan

burgers, burgers everywhere burgers!

Bar 89 in Soho has a very cool, casual atmosphere and an amazing burger that is very affordable. And while you're there, you should definitely start with the bacon wrapped water chestnuts. Oh yes.

Sep 21, 2006
ruckus2330 in Manhattan

If you were picking one Brooklyn restaurant?

If you like Japanese, Blue Ribbon Sushi is fantastic. The beef negamaki, soft shell crab roll, and the daikon salad are a must.

Sep 21, 2006
ruckus2330 in Outer Boroughs

Anyone Been to Cheesesteak Factory on Houston?

Wow, this crowd seems divided. I tried a cheesesteak there a few weeks ago and I loved it. I was with a group of 6 other friends and they were all smitten with their sandwiches too. The seasoned waffle fries were awesome, fyi. I think you should definitely try it.

Sep 06, 2006
ruckus2330 in Manhattan

Trader Joes Greek Style Yogurt 0%

With granola and/or toasted almonds, walnuts with honey drizzled on top. Sooo good. Makes a great dessert on a summer night.

Aug 27, 2006
ruckus2330 in Home Cooking

Absolute most romantic restaurants?

The Place in the West Village. As for the setting, you'll think you've stumbled into a French film and the food is reported to be superb.

Jul 10, 2006
ruckus2330 in Manhattan