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Large Format Aged Prime Rib at the Breslin

The funky bits are primarily on or around the bone, so if you get the one from Keen's don't get the English cut.

Aug 11, 2014
SomeRandomIdiot in Manhattan

Montreal Specifics

I'm not sure how far away it is for you but you can watch the fireworks from the grass/parking lot of the Hotel Sandman in Longueuil. It's across the street from the train station and a block away from a Poutineville.

15 east - suffering any downturn ?

I would also agree that it just gets better.

Jul 08, 2014
SomeRandomIdiot in Manhattan

NYC Fine Dining Reading List

Was it "Appetite City: A Culinary History of New York " by William Grimes?

Jun 15, 2014
SomeRandomIdiot in Manhattan

Join me for Eleven madison Park, Per Se, La bernardin

I'd be interested in the emp res on june 6th at 17:30. Please provide your email.

Jun 02, 2014
SomeRandomIdiot in Manhattan

Aquavit vastly exceeded expectations!

I also went based on what I read on this thread. I'm annoyed I didn't go sooner!

Everything was delicious but my favorites were:
their version of chawanmushi - just smoky, light and full of the sea.
FAUX BEET and FOIE GRAS - the presentation is nice and and the flavors work very well. i liked rolling pieces of foie in the "dirt."
UNI and PERIGORD TRUFFLE - the barley risotto really is very good. I liked it even better the second time when they changed the presentation and you didnt have to dig it out of the giant plastic golf ball thing.
HAVGUS- that combo of sweet and savory was perfect. it's gonna kill regular creme brulees for me.

An added bonus is the fact that they are on savored/groupon reserve. All that great food and a 20% discount.

10 hours in Manhattan - Sushi Yasuda and another tasting menu?

i'm a glutton so seven course.

i've only been to ai fiori four times. their fish dishes were consistently excellent but everything else i tried was sorta forgettable.

Mar 22, 2014
SomeRandomIdiot in Manhattan

10 hours in Manhattan - Sushi Yasuda and another tasting menu?

if you're as lazy as I am, you could do the tasting menu at tocqueville and then walk next door to 15 east and do the omakase. it was a coupla years ago but i was kinda full after the 7 course tasting and about 25 pieces of sushi.

Mar 21, 2014
SomeRandomIdiot in Manhattan

Dim Sum Favorites from NYC Parlors

I think he was talking about:
Royal Seafood - New York
103 Mott St
New York, NY 10013

Mar 15, 2014
SomeRandomIdiot in Manhattan
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Marea vs Esca Uni Pasta

Thanks for the link.

Dec 28, 2013
SomeRandomIdiot in Manhattan

Marea vs Esca Uni Pasta

is there an english name for it? i can't find it on the s & b foods website.

Dec 27, 2013
SomeRandomIdiot in Manhattan

Sushi Nakazawa - 4 stars from NY Times

it's the same at lunch or dinner.

Dec 12, 2013
SomeRandomIdiot in Manhattan

Sushi Nakazawa - 4 stars from NY Times

no sashimi. just nigiri. I usually stop at 25 cuz I just need a stopping point. I figure I could prolly eat 50-75 pieces but I don't wanna spend (140 x 3) for lunch.

Dec 12, 2013
SomeRandomIdiot in Manhattan

Sushi Nakazawa - 4 stars from NY Times

$120-140 gets you roughly 25 pieces at 15 East. $150 got me about 21 pieces at Nakazawa.

Dec 11, 2013
SomeRandomIdiot in Manhattan

Keens recs: What to get besides the mutton chop?

I like the eating the mutton chop with the prime rib hash and a cobb salad.

Nov 29, 2013
SomeRandomIdiot in Manhattan

looking for fully loaded poutine

I'm interested in more than just fries, curds and gravy. I want something along the lines of the hat trick from poutineville or the t rex from la banquise. Poutine topped with things like minced beef, hot dogs, bacon. it'd be sort of like the trainwreck fries from virgil's but covered in chunks of hot dog and gravy too. Any suggestions?

Nov 15, 2013
SomeRandomIdiot in Manhattan

Mission Chinese - what are the best things to order?

I wonder what determines the tip. My tip was roughly 2x the tax. I placed my order at around 11 and got my food at 12:45ish which was within the the 12:30 -1:30 timeframe.

The real time tracking was definitely interesting. It gave the wrong time and at one point showed the delivery guy 2 blocks north and 2 avenues west of my location.

Oct 31, 2013
SomeRandomIdiot in Manhattan

Mission Chinese - what are the best things to order?

40th and 5th. the food was still hot when it got here.

Oct 30, 2013
SomeRandomIdiot in Manhattan

Mission Chinese - what are the best things to order?

Just tried delivery today. Nice to be able to add it to my rotation of hunan manor, cafe china and szechuan gourmet.

Oct 30, 2013
SomeRandomIdiot in Manhattan

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in the Bay Area

I was telling someone that they give you the free soft serve to help you get the taste of the food out of your mouth. I tried a location near austin and one in upstate NY. ribs/brisket/pulled pork all pretty gross.

Where's your favorite chicken parmigiana served at?

I liked the chicken parm at the Palm and Benjamin steakhouse

Oct 22, 2013
SomeRandomIdiot in Manhattan

Sushi Nakazawa – How Does It Compare To Jiro? I Don’t Know Or Care, But This Is Some Of The Best Sushi In NY

If they're still cooking 'em the same way, in that steamer thing, the shrimp aren't live. They were prepped in advance and stored in those fridge/drawer things.

Oct 19, 2013
SomeRandomIdiot in Manhattan

Serious Cantonese?

i like the oyster casserole too. the peking pork chops are a bit oversauced so i ask for the sauce on the side. the beef flank casserole is also good.

Oct 10, 2013
SomeRandomIdiot in Manhattan

Tao Hong Bakery – A Solid If Unremarkable Chinatown Bakery, But Try The Mango Sticky Rice Ball

Your problem might be that the primary use of white/brown sugar sponge cakes for Cantonese people in Ctown (at least the ones I've been around) is for things like qingming, where you bring the chicken/roast pork as the primary offering along with things like the sponge cake to the cemetery. You'd grab it from wherever it was available, just to have it and not because it was something tasty that you wanted to eat. There's no incentive to make it good because people have to buy them. I haven't tasted any in a while because the last few that I tried were horrid.

Oct 06, 2013
SomeRandomIdiot in Manhattan

solo dining at the modern. can you get the squab?

I've done it but I doubled up on the 3 course + dessert prix fixe and used 2 of the courses to order the squab. It'd be nice to be able to order at the "additional" course price.

Oct 03, 2013
SomeRandomIdiot in Manhattan

[Lunch at Juni] one of the greatest deals in town

Kosmose7, I couldn't get the reply to post in the appropriate slot but here's what I had:

"hudson valley foie gras – apple composition – almond dust"
The foie was good, as it usually is, but none of the other elements did anything for me.

"zucchini blossom – gloucester scallop – ribbons – marigold"
this thing looked a lot better than it tasted. the scallops were at that stage of cooked/raw that I like but the uni was kind of separate and the whole thing just didn't meld. I just had a scallop/uni dish at aquavit. They did a much better job making the pairing of scallop and uni something that you would want to eat.

"anise hyssop – hudson valley duck – chef’s garden candy beets – natural jus"
Another dish that looked better than it tasted. This was just over sauced for me, plus i want my duck skin to be crisp so there's contrast with the layer of fat underneath.

"quinoa – veal tenderloin – burdock – mizuna – hon shimejis"
I liked the flavors of the mushrooms/quinoa/mizuna and the texture of the burdock but the veal was completely unremarkable.

"yukon gold – black bass – flourless gnocchi – truffle sabayon"
This was gooood. perfectly cooked fish. each of the other items were tasty individually and even better when combined. This wasn't true of most of the other dishes.

"chocolate – pistachio – black plum".
the pistachio plum tuile was nice to look at, actually the whole thing was very pretty but the sorbet was too soft and the ice cream too hard.

The petit fours were interesting and fun. a hyssop leave dipped in chocolate. a fig done into a beignet. a beet tuile with coconut bits.

Sep 29, 2013
SomeRandomIdiot in Manhattan

[Lunch at Juni] one of the greatest deals in town

I tried the 6 course last week. I didn't think it was a lot of food but the bigger problem was that much of it was sorta mediocre. The exception was a black bass dish that was fantastic.

Sep 29, 2013
SomeRandomIdiot in Manhattan

[Lunch at Juni] one of the greatest deals in town

How are the dinner portion sizes? I'm also having problems narrowing down the choices. I'm thinking that I'll just try everything I want by getting a 4 course + a 6 course. Just wondering if it might be too much food.

Sep 18, 2013
SomeRandomIdiot in Manhattan

What Do You Use Microwave For?

Leftovers.
Lobster.

[Lunch at Juni] one of the greatest deals in town

You're right. The courses listed in the 10 course don't look as appealing as the ones available for the 4 or 6 course. I wonder how the 6 course works, there appears to only be 5 sections to choose from.

Sep 11, 2013
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