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Underrated: Joe's Pizza

Bleecker Street pizza leaves Joe's in the dust. Sorry.

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Bleecker Street Pizza
69 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014

May 14, 2011
arisp in Manhattan

Top 5 Most Overrated in Manhattan

100% with Minetta Tavern and its burger. Talk about overrated. Dry, tasteless and small. I've had better and tastier burgers at about 50 other spots in the city. Why the love for this place, on this website, I will never understand.

May 14, 2011
arisp in Manhattan

Fast food chinese

As a recent LA transplant, I'm curious why there isn't a fast food Chinese chain in this city. I think something like Panda Express would work very well in this city -- there's certainly enough worse fast food chains here... Anyone have any ideas about this? I'm considering contacting that chain and looking into it. I live near the Flatiron, and the few "C" rated chinese takeout dumps I've eaten in makes me wonder why something like Panda - clean, tasty, inexpensive - similar to Chipotle - doesn't exist here...

Feb 28, 2011
arisp in Manhattan

Italian restaurant in the theater district

La Masseria.

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La Masseria
235 West 48th Street, New York, NY 10036

Feb 26, 2011
arisp in Manhattan

ISO Armenian "pastrami", aka Basturma...

Any place in the city that sells this, preferably fresh and not vacuum packed? Having moved here from LA recently, I find there is a dearth of decent middle eastern deli choices in this city, not to mention a complete absence of a real middle eastern market (which is a whole other debate)... Anyway, any help would be appreciated.

Feb 15, 2011
arisp in Manhattan

Best steak tartare

Artisanal gets my vote.

Feb 04, 2011
arisp in Manhattan

Grimaldi's in Manhattan

Still delayed, not open yet. Maybe by the end of the week. Then again, no credit cards, no slices, not for me.

Feb 03, 2011
arisp in Manhattan

Two days in NY with 7 people: Theatre District advice?

La Masseria.

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La Masseria
235 West 48th Street, New York, NY 10036

Sep 26, 2010
arisp in Manhattan

FoodParc

Anyone been yet? I passed by a few days ago for lunch - it was packed. Saw Bobby Flay, and heard him tell the person he was with, "what is this place"?

Ordered the italian pork on flatbread sandwich, which was pretty good. I had the half portion, which was more than enough. The food at the Asian counter looked delicious.

Ordering, using the many touchscreen kiosks, was a breeze. The wait, however, was quite long (took my order 20 minutes). Then again, they opened this week, so growing pains are to be expected.

Glad it's in the neighborhood.

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FoodParc
845 6th Ave, New York, NY 10001

Sep 26, 2010
arisp in Manhattan

Shake Shack is Amamzing

If you like In 'n Out, you'll like shake shack. pretty much the same. I don't see what the big deal is, especially if I'm waiting 45 mins for it.

Sep 25, 2010
arisp in Manhattan

BLT Prime - Need Intel

Went there last night. Didn't hang at the bar. Twice I've gone in the last 2 months, and twice I had an excellent steak, and meal. It's my go-to steakhouse for ribeye quality, in the city. They have always cooked my steak, and the meals of those I'm with, perfectly.

Jul 14, 2010
arisp in Manhattan

Top Steak in NYC

BLT was great when I went a few months ago. I find that steaks are often hit or miss (I've had great and not great steaks at the same restaurant many times). I had the ribeye at BLT (Prime, I believe) and it was superb.

Jun 19, 2010
arisp in Manhattan

I Think I'm Done With Katz's For A While...

As a Los Angeleno moving to New York next week, and having eaten at both Katz' and Langer's many times (not to mention Schwartz' in montreal), I have to say, hands down, that Langers has the best pastrami sandwich in the country. Jewish deli in the middle of "mexico"? Yup. They've all become touristic in the last 5 years (at least way more than they used to be), but Langers' quality is bar none. One of the many food spots I will miss in LA....

May 31, 2010
arisp in Manhattan

Los Angeleno moving to NYC

Thanks!

May 24, 2010
arisp in Manhattan

Los Angeleno moving to NYC

Hola fellow Chowhounders,

I'm moving to NYC in a few weeks and I wanted to start off my new adventure with some food suggestions. While I've been to NY dozens of times over the last 18 years (my folks live there, but I never did), and I've recently learned quite a bit about the food scene, there are certain cuisines I know nothing about.

Looking for solid places, not over-hyped, not super $$, and hopefully easy to get a reso! Here we go:

Chinese/Schezuan
Lebanese (or similar middle eastern) - Doesn't have to be a fancy resto
Greek (more for good, greasy gyros, etc, not Milos)
Sushi (been to Yasuda a few times and blue ribbon once - really liked Yasuda)
steak tartare - again, not really interested in going to a fancy french place...
BBQ
Bar food (a la DBGB)
Bakery
Where I can buy a good steak to cook at home?
And any other favorites of yours would be awesome!

Thanks!

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DBGB
299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

May 21, 2010
arisp in Manhattan

Zankou Chicken....TERRIBLE

Terrible?? Give me a break. Can't believe I'm even posting a reply to this topic.

May 07, 2010
arisp in Los Angeles Area

Has Father's Office gone downhill?

You guys do realize that it's the same meat at both locations right? Also, the vat of rendered bacon fat/caramelized onions was, for a while anyway, made at the SM location and shipped every day to the CC location. I've eaten at both many times, and it's the same thing.

Mar 04, 2010
arisp in Los Angeles Area

Good restaurants that make you sad because they're empty all the time

This is what I used to think regarding Kiyokawa, until JGold destroyed the calm, quiet and perfect atmosphere. Good luck getting a reservation now, not to mention being able to eat a meal in less than 2.5 hours... I'm sad that it's packed all the time (not to mention the smaller pieces and portions now)...

Mar 04, 2010
arisp in Los Angeles Area

Where is your favorite place for baby back ribs? Please don't say Chili's.

Houston's.

Mar 01, 2010
arisp in Los Angeles Area

Montreal smoked meat or bagels

Yes, sorry. Confused both Montreal bagel shops. The one in Beverly Hills is indeed St. Urbain Bagels.

Dec 06, 2009
arisp in Los Angeles Area

Montreal smoked meat or bagels

The bagels at St. Viateur Bagels in Beverly Hills are not anything at all like the real deal found in Montreal, on St. Viatuer street. Somehow the name was licensed, but that's it. I was born and raised in Montreal, lived there for 28 years. Some of the descriptions of the Mtl bagel on this thread are spot on.

Furthermore, the smoked meat at Schwartz in Montreal is very similar to Katz, yes, but brined longer and a bit more peppery. At this point I will say that Schwartz changed management/owners a few years back, and while the quality is still stellar, the taste has dropped off a bit. Again, I go to Montreal twice a year and always eat at Schwartz, so I'm not talking out of my a**.

Dec 05, 2009
arisp in Los Angeles Area

Kiyokawa ... anyone been?

Yes, unfortunately JGold has outed this place. I've been going there on a bi-weekly basis for 6 months now. It's always calm, half-empty, comfortable. Chef Sato and I often talk about pleasantries.

I just got back from there tonight, and it was a mad-house. I've mentioned this place twice on these boards.

Please go once and that's it. I don't want to wait like tonight.

Nov 21, 2009
arisp in Los Angeles Area

Sushi on the westside

Kiyokawa on Robertson is a gem.

Oct 16, 2009
arisp in Los Angeles Area

Help - Casual sushi on the West Side

Kiyokawa on Robertson south of Wilshire is quite good. Not super cheap, but not very expensive either. Omakase sets you back about 55 bucks. I've been going there lately.

Speaking of Masu, I went there for about 1 year twice a month, The last time I went was 3 weeks ago, and noticed a "B" rating. I'm not going to judge that rating as it could be for anything. But sitting right in front of him, where I always do, I noticed some very "tired" looking uni, as well as a few other fish. I'll still go, as I really enjoy his service and general disposition, but I think his quality has dropped slightly.

By the way, I asked for Uni and he opened a fresh box for me.

Aug 22, 2009
arisp in Los Angeles Area

The Bloody to beat all Bloodies- in search of the best Bloody Mary

How about a Bloody Caesar for God's sake?? Ordering that in this town is like asking for a rod of plutonium. They sell the caesar mix at Ralphs, so it can't be that obscure. It's time people here caught on to this -- it tastes way better than a regular bloody IMO. Tangier, sweeter...

Am I the only transplanted Candian here??

May 27, 2009
arisp in Los Angeles Area

Going to Animal this Saturday! Dinner for one? What to look for?

As a born and raised Montrealer who has eaten poutine for 20 years, I have to admit the poutine at Animal is the 2nd best poutine (regionally) I have ever had. It's definitely different than your standard poutine, but it is absolutely delicious and really brings out the spirit of that original dish. I spoke to Vinny about 6 weeks ago when I told his wife I was a Montreal - LA transplant -- he told me his inspiration was from Aux Pied de Cochon, an awesome little bistro in Montreal that serves foie gras on every single item... including the poutine (!!) Anyways, you wont be disappointed (and sorry, mentioning cheese fries in the same breath as this dish is, well, a head scratcher to say the least...

May 18, 2009
arisp in Los Angeles Area

Best onion rings in LA...who's got them?

Not sure about being the best, but I love the rings at Nate 'n Al...

Apr 23, 2009
arisp in Los Angeles Area

Miracle-Mile chow

Just moved to this section of town (Mid-Wilshire). I know of most of the restaurants on Beverly, 3rd, Fairfax, etc, which are not too far from this area... But any hidden gems in this hood? Any notable sushi?? I was a Masu weekly regular, until I moved here... Help... THANKS!

Mar 15, 2009
arisp in Los Angeles Area

Masu's gift to me [moved fro Los Angeles board]

I only get the omakase, and rest assured it's insanely fresh. (He often runs out of stuff late Saturday night and takes it off the menu board.) Stick to the omakase -- he won't have 12 different kinds of tuna or barracuda, etc (like Mori), but for the $55 dollar price, you'll eat well at the hands of a master chef, not to mention a very colorful character.

Nov 25, 2008
arisp in Home Cooking

Masu's gift to me [moved fro Los Angeles board]

So I was eating at Sushi Masu last Saturday night, a weekly occurrence of mine, sitting right in front of him, talking about his golf game and "American sushi" (ie, shrimp tempura roll that someone ordered), when the couple next to me ordered yellowtail sashimi.

So he gets this HUGE entire piece of fish and stars to cut it up in front of me in less than 3 minutes -- sublime. Anyways, he wraps up the vertebra/skeleton, or whatever you want to call it, and puts it to the side. I tell him "What are you going to do with that", assuming he'd say fish stock, or something else. He says to me: "It's yours". So after I pay, he actually gives it to me. He mentions soup, quickly gives me some tips on how to use it. I thank him, and leave. Needless to say, I didn't really understand a lot because of his accent.

So the question is: What DO I do with it? Any suggestions, recipes would be appreciated.

Nov 25, 2008
arisp in Home Cooking