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40 Something overweight couple looking for nice lounge or quiet place to have drinks and some food after a show...

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Feb 26, 2014
Daniel76 in Manhattan

40 Something overweight couple looking for nice lounge or quiet place to have drinks and some food after a show...

If you are going to be in the Theater District and are looking for a fun place to grab a drink, check out Bar Centrale.. I have not been in a long time and something is telling me they may have been bastards but, I definitely didnt have a reservation..

But, as I remember it, it's a fun, sort of hidden spot. Make a reservation

I just went on the website, it appears they have food.. Has anyone else been recently?

http://www.barcentralenyc.com/youfoun...

Anyway, If someone else can confirm if the vibe is good and the food is good.. The space is definitely fun.

Feb 26, 2014
Daniel76 in Manhattan

La Vie En Szechuan Brief Report

Has anyone been here recently?

Feb 19, 2014
Daniel76 in Manhattan

86 Super Star (老地方): Hot Pot, Noodle Dishes...Best House Made Hot Sauce

Thank you for the review. In English and Chinese.. When I put the address into google, the name of the restaurant appears to be Hottest 86 Asian Fondue and All You Can East Sushi..

You didn't mention the all you can eat sushi, was the being served as well. Also, do you know if the hot pot is AYCE too?

Dec 23, 2013
Daniel76 in Outer Boroughs

Malaparte - for the love of God, avoid this place

I do remember their water service standing out as one of the better offerings of the evening.

Dec 13, 2013
Daniel76 in Manhattan

Malaparte - for the love of God, avoid this place

Brought to you buy the owner of Malatesta. Interesting as the people I was with mentioned the Italian Waitstaff.. They were all wonderful.. The problem is, the entire kitchen staff was not.. I would much rather have Italians in the Kitchen. But this place was definitely designed with a certain purpose.. . The exposed brick walls and the antique scales and other nick nacks set the mood that felt a lot older than a place that has been opened for a couple of years. It's a great idea, have an attractive Italian guy hand you mediocre food. If some runway model handed me a plate of mama celeste pizza bites, well, they would most likely be the best damn pizza bites i ever had. The food, well, the appetizers were much better than any of the entrees I tasted.

We tasted the fennel salad, the sliced artichoke salad, the mussels, and the sausage with polenta cakes.. Everything was good.. The only issue was with the polenta cake and little sausage patties.. Patties were pretty tasteless and dry. Salads were over dressed, nothing stood out. The main courses are where the wheels fell off..

I ordered the cornish hen.. It was pretty scrawny.. They menu mentioned black olives, there was none.. It was covered in this really generic sauce. Strangely enough, my buddy sitting across from me had the same generic sauce on his pork chop, which was very overcooked.. I also tried the two lasagna options they have on their menu.. These were not good.. The lasagna bolognese, I have had better from a frozen microwaved meal .. It was terrible.. The vegetarian lasagna, was covered in this floury improperly made béchamel sauce.. It was so thick, not good. The room is very charming, the entire staff is super nice. The food eh.

Dec 13, 2013
Daniel76 in Manhattan

Unpleasant experience at CAGEN Sushi in East Village (former Kaijitsu space)

i am not sure I do get your point.

I have a question about the rice they provided you. On your first bowl of rice, was it sushi rice or just like white minute rice.

I am pretty sure, a fancy sushi place must go through a painstaking process to make their rice. I know they season it, I know they have special rice cookers.

I am sure they must make a certain amount with anticipation of the evening.

So, you speak about the fact that because it's a Japanese place and you could see the rice, you must assume, it's should be there for anyone's taking.

I personally can't really comprehend most of what occurred at this restaurant. Not only did you ask for one bowl but, after getting the idea that the restaurant didn't want you to do it, you have the audacity to ask for a second bowl.

Then to top it off, you left in the middle of the omakase with your nephew and his friend. Your nephew who you said is in the restaurant world.

Was he mortified? Embarrassed in front of the staff and his friend?

And then, you have the complete lack of awareness to understand that you were the wrong person in all of this. It's baffling.

This is truly one of those only in NY type things.. I am sure you are a very reasonable person, or maybe not, but, by your explanation of this story, is like, one of the craziest things I have heard where, someone is trying to justify their actions.

Dec 03, 2013
Daniel76 in Manhattan
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Unpleasant experience at CAGEN Sushi in East Village (former Kaijitsu space)

rice cakes are always going to be a cheaper option.

Dec 02, 2013
Daniel76 in Manhattan

Any good smoked salmon in/near Greenwich Village?

My evidence comes from their catalogue.

Dec 02, 2013
Daniel76 in Manhattan
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Wu Liang Ye

Has anyone been here in recent years? Since the Sichuan Explosion, does this place still stand up to the test of time. I don't remember the last time I was here.

Dec 02, 2013
Daniel76 in Manhattan

Acme Smoked Fish

I was there at Acme around the same time as you and the line was very long.

Dec 02, 2013
Daniel76 in Outer Boroughs

Any good smoked salmon in/near Greenwich Village?

I would argue that almost every place gets there salmon from the same exact place. Acme.

Dec 02, 2013
Daniel76 in Manhattan

Unpleasant experience at CAGEN Sushi in East Village (former Kaijitsu space)

I am just so confused. Is this a medical condition that you have? Is it low blood sugar, or diabetes or some type of Hypoglycemia.

What happened to the rest of your courses once you stormed out. I am assuming you paid for the entire meal. Did your eating partner, just take on the rest of your courses.

What did you do when you left? Did you quickly run to the nearest Chinese Take out spot and get rice. Where did you eat after there?

Thanks.. This is really fascinating to me.

Dec 02, 2013
Daniel76 in Manhattan

Chow in Fort Greene?

I really think you should look into Umi Nom.

Oct 16, 2013
Daniel76 in Outer Boroughs

Chow in Fort Greene?

At that point, the poster may as well hit up Manhattan Chinatown which is even closer.

I can also make it to Elmhurst in my car faster than Sunset park.

Leaving for China in a couple of days, it is just on my mind. I am not trying to be too big of a jerk!

Oct 15, 2013
Daniel76 in Outer Boroughs

Chow in Fort Greene?

Why not just go to China? :-)

Oct 15, 2013
Daniel76 in Outer Boroughs

Chow in Fort Greene?

There is really one option for that type of Cuisine and it is slightly further down than Forte Greene. That place is called Umi Nom.

Other than that, yelp will tell you of Kum Kang or something like that. That place is an Americanized CHinese Restaurant.

There is also a very average Korean Restaurant in Clinton Hill.

If you want ok Ramen with not that great sushi, you can also go to Waza. So, basically, if Asian, Thai, Fillipino type Fusion sounds good, brought to you by the same people who own Kuma Inn, then this is the place. .

I live close by and really like the place..

Oct 15, 2013
Daniel76 in Outer Boroughs

Hou Yi Hot Pot Restaurant

I went to Hou Yi last night, we were way to, K Tasty Hot Spicy Dip on Eldridge when my wife spotted this place.

After reading the menu, we decided we were in.

You can order a few different broths at a few different spice levels. We went Sichuan and the spiciest. Damn it was spicy. Like almost too spicy. Seriously, spicy. Miss A struggled. The whole pot was essentially just chile oil. It wasn't very rounded or balanced. But, after adding water the ratio was better. So the premise is, for 24 bucks, you are given a two hour time limit and it's all you can eat and drink.. Beverages are soft drinks, water and tea. The also have beer but, that is extra.

Pot is sitting on an induction burner. They will refill your pot as it starts to boil down.

So some of the things you can get are: Noodles, bean thread, udon and rice cakes. Vegetables. Enoki mushroom, button mushroom, watercress, potatoes, bok choy and napa cabbage. There is intestines of pork and beef, there is beef, lamb, fish, shrimp, two kinds of fish balls and pork belly.

They offer black vinegar, sesame paste, peanut paste, chile sauce. It's all good.. Ingredients of good quality. We had a fun time sitting around and doing a hot pot. Weather is just about perfect for it.

Sliced fish, watercress, bean thread, bok choy were my favorites

Sep 19, 2013
Daniel76 in Manhattan

Best price to buy lobster in Sunset Park?

I would be careful of best price.. I have been getting some pretty shitty lobsters lately. They must be molting or something.. The 799 lobsters these days are pretty gross..

Sep 19, 2013
Daniel76 in Outer Boroughs

Katz’s menu items, other than pastrami

I am pretty sure, John the Hotdog guru said, they were Sabrett's, the same recipes used at Papaya and Grays.

Sep 18, 2013
Daniel76 in Manhattan

Katz's Deli vs. Carnegie Deli

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present you with a pretty damn good deli sandwich from Barney Greengrass.

Turkey, roast beef, coleslaw and chopped liver

Sep 18, 2013
Daniel76 in Manhattan
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Han Dynasty in E.V. again, but has anyone eaten there?

I have read several reviews of this place and though I see people really wanting to like it, the most they could muster is a good but not great.

Sep 17, 2013
Daniel76 in Manhattan

What is the best Churasscaria in Queens?

I remember a watercress salad at La Fusta being good, there are also pickled calves tongues which were really nice.. skirt steak is good. Sangria is good. I was screwing around with the waiter the last time we went and I ordered chicken fingers. He took it one step further and brought them out. I don't think I have had chicken fingers in 10 years prior to that. they were really delicious.

Tubs of chimichurri on everything..

Jul 23, 2013
Daniel76 in Outer Boroughs

Antica Pesa

Me and my wife arrived on a Saturday night to a large clubby atmosphere. There was this trancy house music bumping through the place.. They had the DJ printed on the menu. As if I needed to know who to blame for my headache.

It was more than we could take. With our reservation, we were seated promptly and then ignored for 15 minutes..

We left. I wouldn't go back.

Jul 23, 2013
Daniel76 in Outer Boroughs

Qi Thai Grill in Williamsburg

We were really impressed with the space, It kind of had that vibe that Spice Market has. The space is beautiful and you can tell a lot went into it. Firstly, the ceilings are huge and they have an exposed second floor. It is darkly lit and there seems to be all sort of Thai wooden furniture and decor around the room. It is like the ABC Carpet showroom meets a lounge. We were digging it.

The menu is very interesting too. The first page has dishes that were designed by the owner or chef from Sripraprhai and Pichet Ong. Remember Pichet Ong, he opened P*ONG a few years ago. Anyway, the fact that they have guest dishes is something I really enjoy. Right now, Speedy Romeo's in Clinton HIll is having guest chef's design pizzas, great idea. So, after the first page with perhaps 12 guest appetizers, the regular menu begins. There are noodles, salads, soups, appetizers, curries and noodles. A really complete menu. It kind of scared me to see how large the menu is and how large the space is.

We started with three appetizers, two from the guest menu, one from the regular menu. We started with grilled pork jowl, beef tendon salad and a papaya salad. My wife is a huge fan of papaya salad so, we have to try it everywhere.

The pork jowl was Delicious. It was slices of heavily marinaded jowl. Don't be bugged out by the word jowl, it just looked like sliced bbq pork. Served with a very strong and not so pleasant side container tamarind sauce, it was much better on it's own. I highly recommend this dish.

The beef tendon salad was actually beef tendon. They were really careful about telling us this.. This and actually the last dish we ordered they were fearful of us ordering. They kept saying, people are returning the beef tendon dish because they didn't realize they were getting actual beef tendon. They also said, people were returning the pork dish we ordered because it was too spicy. People it's thai food, it's supposed to be spicy. The tendon were these little gelatinous balls of beef tendon. Served with toasted rice, red onions and lettuces. There was also a really nice spice to this dish. More spicy than you would expect.

Lastly was the papaya salad. It too had a nice spice. Nothing out of the ordinary. A good version.

Now, this is where things sort of went bad. It is always disappointing when the best part of the meal comes early and then it ends on a down note. This was the case here..

We ordered the Pad Thai and the Spicy Pork with Eggplant Curry..

The description of the Pork Curry was that it is possibly the hottest dish in NYC. Now, my prior experience to someone making this claim was at Brick Lane Curry house. Brick lane curry house is pretty spot on in their claim. That Phaal Curry is stupid hot. After reassuring the waitstaff that we were not going to return our dinner, no matter the heat, we were green lighted. We ordered the dish. What can I say, it was hot. It was not mind blowing hot. They used Bird Chiles. They are not really that hot. The curry itself was delicious. My problem was, the pork. They used little bits of pork. I wish they used larger pieces. Maybe even shoulder would have been better or just larger cubes.

The pad thai was really the most disappointing dish of the evening. I never order pad thai. However, there was this write up on the menu about how they add sun dried shrimp and they make it super special here. I found the noodles were swimming in sauce. It was a heavy sauce. It kind of reminded me of Thai vodka penne sauce. There was some spice but, it was really too creamy.

If we just stopped at the appetizers we would have been happy.. There are tons of other things on the menu i would like to try.. The space is dark and comfortable and really sexy. I think this would be great for a group of people. Definitely a fun date spot.

We had a few cocktails. They were made well. The bartender came over after the first round and asked us how we liked our drink. He said, i can change it to your taste, would you like sweet or more sour or can i add more kaffir limes. As the food was slightly above your average spice level, they must have trained people on water. As my water was refilled every time before it go to a half a glass.

Jul 23, 2013
Daniel76 in Outer Boroughs
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Rehearsal Dinner Suggestion?

If you like, i have a private brownstone where I do private events. Please contact me at www.nybiteclub.com. Please put chowhound in the title.

Jun 04, 2013
Daniel76 in Outer Boroughs

Best Mexican restaurant in Brooklyn for a Date Night?

I have heard the opposite.

Jun 03, 2013
Daniel76 in Outer Boroughs

Any recommendations for food in or around the Brooklyn Flea at Fort Greene?

Unfortunately, the food at the flea is not that exciting. Or perhaps for me as I have lived next door to the place for the last 4 years. There is a pizza place which becomes that best pizza place in Fort Greene/Clinton Hill when it opens. There is a pupusa stand which has perhaps the slowest human beings on the face of the planet working there.. Like, I use to think it was just popular but, upon waiting in a two person line the other day, I still waited 8 minutes, only to give up and leave the line.

The guys making BBQ seem to have a very pretty product.. Making brisket sandwiches. I have wanted to eat there for a few months.

You have Freedom Pops or something like that which has a line of 15 to 20 people at all times.. Which I have never successfully purchased anything from.

You have the people at porchetta making a decent porchetta sandwich until they place it in that incredibly chewy and terrible sandwich bread.

The best thing to eat at the Brooklyn Flea in my opinion is the mango with chile they serve at one of the places.

In terms of sweets, their use to be the little cupcake people, they still may be around, you have blue marble ice cream truck and then you have the people from Choice making Donuts.. The donuts are pretty damn good..

Jun 03, 2013
Daniel76 in Outer Boroughs

Kittery in Carroll Gardens

My wife and child ate here and were both incredibly put off by the quality of the food. They will not go back.

Jun 03, 2013
Daniel76 in Outer Boroughs

Brooklyn Chinatown

White Guy or Cracker may be too offensive.. Hipsters sounds more general.

Jun 03, 2013
Daniel76 in Outer Boroughs
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