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Best Theatre District Restaurants

Another +! for Madangsui if you want Korean.

We recently went to Toloache after the theatre, and had a good meal. Focus on the starters. Their guacamole is very good, ditto their queso fundido (one of the best in the city), their tacos too are good selections. Their maduros were not up to par, however. Drinks also are good. Post theater they do a good business. Pre theatre they are packed, but can get you in and out in time.

Mar 19, 2014
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Pippali in the East 20s

To add to this brief discussion:

We went to Pippali the other night, and had an excellent meal. Since opening, the restaurant has more or less been packed. Getting a reservation is difficult. Indeed, we showed up having been told they were already full but, thankfully, the excellent manager, Samir, found us a table.

The restaurant is comfortable, service is good. There are many dishes not found on the menus of nearby restaurants. Two standouts were a starter of masala shrimp on a corn cake and a lamb shank ghost -- simply outstanding. Great nan, and other dishes, including a great saag paneer.

While this may be against our own self interest in getting a table: it is our new favorite Indian.

Mar 16, 2014
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EV Lebanese mentioned in NYT

This is another blurb about this new spot, yes it looks very interesting, will have to visit:

http://blogs.villagevoice.com/forkint...

Mar 12, 2014
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Late Dinner Suggestions after a Broadway Show

Hop into a cab, get out of the theatre district. While many restaurants in the area serve till 11 p.m. or midnight, it is a certain feeling when you know the restaurant is closing soon. The other week we did that, saw a show then got out of the area.

Balthazar is a good choice post theatre, and is always packed at midnight.

The two sushi sambas are also good later options. One on Park Avenue South, one downtown. Along with many others restaurants, outside the theatre district. Once outside that area you have many more options, and the food likewise generally improves.

Mar 12, 2014
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Chote Nawab - in Curry Hill

Thanks for the recommendations on Chote Nawab. A brief report:

We visited for dinner recently and had a very good meal. We also have eaten at Malai Marke a number of times and we think the two are similar and we like both a lot. If push came to shove I think we may have enjoyed some of the dishes a bit better at CN.

We started by asking for an app that they have at Malai Marke but not on the CN menu: spicy sauteed paneer with red peppers and onion. The waiter knew what we were asking for. I asked to have it made "super spicy" and, to my delight, the chef listened. It was great, spicy as all get out. Excellent. We also had an eggplant with tamarind starter, it was just Ok.

For mains we shared a butter chicken, excellent, really well prepared with a good sauce. And a biryani, lamb. Again, very well prepared, moist, well flavored and the meat was not dry. The garlic nan received mixed reviews. Some thought it perfect, I thought it a bit on the under cooked side. Bengal beers and the dinner was done. Service was good, generally prompt. The restaurant was crowded so, perhaps, it will stick around on that corner, which has changed hands a few times the past few years.

Feb 23, 2014
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Best Japanese/Korean Restaurant during RW?

Below is the link for Japanese Restaurant Week in NYC. Yet I'm not sure I see many "restaurant week deals" or menus.

http://japanweek.us/restaurantweek/rw...

Feb 23, 2014
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Eclair Bakery (Midtown East)

We have now gotten eclairs from this new bakery twice. Both times they were delicious. I think we had a chocolate and a coffee. As noted, the shell was not soggy at all, the filling was great, it is proper "filling," not whipped cream. Not too sweet. I thought they were much better than Eric Kayser's, which I was disappointed with. We will have to try the other options on offer.

Feb 21, 2014
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Mercer Kitchen - underwhelmed

Ironically I looked at the website for Mercer Kitchen earlier today, because I will be in that neighborhood one evening and was thinking about it as a dinner option. When I pulled up their menu - there were no prices next to any of the dishes. Not that I could see. I thought that so odd, in this day and age. Almost an insult to diners --- you don't need to see prices or, if you need to see prices, don't bother. It was an "no thank you" from my perspective.

Feb 19, 2014
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Authentic thai restaurants in NYC

Agreed. Head to Queens for a good curry.

Feb 19, 2014
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Restaurants during Restaurant Week where you actually get a good deal?

Agreed; been there, done that. Learned my lesson.

Ryan Sutton had a good blurb on RW just recently. It was spot on, to a great extent. HIs point about how you get served a tiny uninteresting dessert "thrown in," that you never would have wanted and most likely never would have ordered, while still paying for it, was too true. Many restaurants have lunch deals all week - aim for those. Or pick and choose what you really want from the lunch menu.

Feb 19, 2014
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Ngam for asian fusion birthday dinner?

Spice Market and Hakkasan are both good venues for a birthday. Yes, they get a lot of tourists, but a lot of locals too. If you stick with starters you can make a good meal.

Feb 13, 2014
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Middle Eastern restaurant

Maryums did a big business with the hospitals right there, down the block. Delivery, take out, quick lunches. Friendly owners and staff. Great home made lemonade. A lot of people miss it......

Feb 12, 2014
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Middle Eastern restaurant

There used to be a spot called Maryums, on 68th, between First and York. Informal, it was very good. Great salads and such. It closed....

Was that it?

Feb 10, 2014
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Brioche French Toast?

Artisanal, on park avenue south.

Feb 04, 2014
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Restaurants not listed on Open Table

Boy, lately I am amazed by how many restaurants are actually on open table. Restaurants that, a year or two ago, you would think would never go that route. Obviously the value of OT was too strong for many to resist. Yet, I find that its always worth calling even if OT says there is nothing available and, in truth, I prefer speaking to a live person than clicking through OT for a reservation, even if OT is easier. At times the brief discussion to make a reservation sets the tone and my expectations for a meal. I always think some restaurants undervalue how important that first contact is.

Feb 02, 2014
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Locanda Verde - I sense ambivalence :)

Agreed, at this point its more about the scene. We went right after it opened and had some very good food. We think over time that quality has declined. It is indeed always packed and loud. It gets a lot of left coast folk, and we've seen a number of celebs there, particularly in the small atrium.

Jan 29, 2014
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Kaitenzushi (Conveyor Belt Sushi)?

Genki sushi, in the 40s off of Madison,was always packed at lunch. We thought the sushi was fine, not great, not awful. Good for lunch. Many were surprised when it closed.

Jan 29, 2014
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Kokum (on Lex)

Thanks for the write up. I had looked at the website a week or two ago and between the pedigree of the chefs and the options on the menu, and the pricing, it looked great. We are looking forward to trying it soon.

Jan 27, 2014
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ramen in midtown east

Hide Chan, east 52d street, between Third and Second.

If you want closer to Grand Central then Menchanko-tei, on east 45th, off of Lexington. If you are willing to walk to 52d it is worth the walk.
Good luck.

Jan 27, 2014
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Best Chili Con Carne in Manhattan?

Thank you for the info on the recipe link. We want to make chili for the two big NFL games tmw and we do not much have a recipe to follow. We will look to the one you mention. Chili, as a focus, does not seem so very popular in NYC. Often it is an add on, for a burger or similar. While in other places it is a dish that many restaurants take pride in and competitions for best chili abound.

Jan 18, 2014
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Odeon? Les Halles?

Les Halles has excellent frites, some of the best in the city. Good onion soup, and good frisee salad with lardons. Pate is also good as is their baguette and butter. Mussels generally Ok. Yet, over the years we think the food has generally declined and would opt for the Odeon. Which also we think has a better vibe. We recently ate at Pastis (will post a review) and had an awful meal. Astonishing in how poor it was.

Jan 18, 2014
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TANOSHI-New sushi bar on UES @ 74/York

A brief update on a recent visit to Tanoshi. Three of us went for dinner the other night and had a great meal. We thought the sushi was excellent. While it is certainly not a very comfortable spot, and the ambience is both good and bad, every piece of fish served was terrific. They are still BYOB and everyone had brought either sake, wine or beer.

As noted the menu is small in terms of additional items to order, though we had a plate of king salmon sashimi in ponzu to start and that was superb. During the meal I asked for a bowl of rice on the side and they did not have that available. The price was, I believe, $65 for the omakase. If they had a cheaper option we did not see or hear of it and the person next to us likewise paid $65. So, it seems yes the prices have creeped up. If you are very hungry or a big eater you may well want to order a few more pieces after the omakase. Sushi Bento next door was open for dinner and was not crowded. In Tanoshi they said they may expand to that location or, more likely, start serving sushi as an option in there.

We will want to return to Tanoshi though, as we know, reservations are difficult.

Jan 18, 2014
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Best Margaritas + best mex food + cool scene?

Fonda on Avenue B also will serve, particularly at the bar or the tables up front. All around we vote Fonda as our best Mexican option nowadays.

Jan 16, 2014
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Delivery sushi-- really?! [moved from Manhattan board]

We have ordered sushi delivery a couple of times. There is no question that: some odd chemical reaction occurs when the raw fish/sushi hits the styrofoam container. It loses nearly all taste and enjoyment and you are likely better off with a tuna fish sandwcih.

Sushi is a dish best eaten in a restaurant....

Jan 15, 2014
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Chinatown guides?

Another plug for Lau's blog, it is great.

The postings above are also very informative. At the same time we are trying to branch out more to Flushing. General consensus is that the food is better out there...

Jan 13, 2014
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Union Square Cafe clone?

Agreed, Gotham is pretty close. Though tables are also closer together. We think the food better at Gotham. Have fun.

Jan 13, 2014
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Anthony Bourdain Hawker Center in the Works

I think its a fantastic idea, we have wondered why something like a Hawker Center was never opened in NYC. Yes, the culture of eating in SIN is different but, there are huge numbers of foodies and grazers in the city. The flushing food mall does well, as does the korean food court on 32d. The question is where best in the city this would work. Presumably downtown somewhere. It would have to be large, so that there are many options, but not so large that the rent breaks the tenants. I volunteer as an official taster.

Jan 11, 2014
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Are there any good chicago deep dish pizza restaurants in NYC?

The photos of the pizza at Emmett's look really good. Though i love thin thin crust, a good deep dish pizza can work, once every year or two. We will have to check it out. But its gotta be a good deep dish, not the dry and dense ones you can encounter. Who knows, maybe deep dish will catch on here.....

Jan 03, 2014
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Good Dim sum at Golden Unicorn - Report

I also think the dim sum at Golden Unicorn is most always good; in my visits, most always on a weekend, they have had a large selection. On New Year's Day the line there is literally out the door.

Dec 31, 2013
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Sarges, In Memoriam

About a week ago it still said "soon to open." Certainly looks like theyhave done a lot of work in there.

Dec 18, 2013
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