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financial district lunch HELP!

Nothing great:

Ise - Dependable sushi on Pine Street
Mark Joseph - Pretty good steakhouse, on Front, I believe. Its a bit of a hike from Wall Street
Alfanoose - Very good felafel on Maiden Lane. Get there early or wait in line,

Mar 04, 2007
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Wine by the Glass

My two favorites are Bar Veloce in the East Village, and Fig and Olive, on 61st and Lexington.

Feb 06, 2007
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Telepan ordering suggestions?

The poached egg and frisee salad is a great dish.

Feb 06, 2007
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Tipping on Wine [ Split from Manhattan ]

Why shouldn't you include wine in the tip? The server has to open the bottle, pour it, and constantly refill your glass. In many cases, the wine needs to be decanted. The server also has to answer questions about the wine. If the server has done this for you, why haven't they earned a tip?

Jan 25, 2007
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Fine Dining Restaurant Near 61st and 1st

As much as Maya, but I was responding to the statement that "Rosa Mexicana is the most generic, overrated mexican restaurant in the city".

Jan 12, 2007
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Fine Dining Restaurant Near 61st and 1st

Rosa Mexicano is not innovative and does not take risks. I assume that that is what you mean by generic. Nonetheless, the food at the original First Avenue outpost is consistently good, and the guacamole is first rate. There is nothing wrong with unpretentious food that is made well.

Jan 12, 2007
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BEST fruits de mer plateau in the city...

I love the plateau at Balthazar.

Jan 12, 2007
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Eleven Madison Park

I'm very impressed that you knew about this in advance.

Jan 12, 2007
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Cafe d'Alsace - UES 'Sleeper'?

IMO, the food at Cafe D'Alsace is mediocre to good. The beer list is good to very good. The prices are reasonable. It would be a perfect neighborhood place if not for the aloof yet surly welcome from the host. Even if you have a reservation, even if the restaurant is a 1/3 empty (which it often is), they will not seat you until they've put you in your place.

Jan 04, 2007
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conveyor belt or boat sushi?

I don't know for sure, but I don't think that the East in Teaneck is still affiliated with the Easts in Manhattan. My main reason for believing this is that the East in Teaneck is very good, while the ones I've been to in Manhattan are bad.

Dec 20, 2006
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Best Italian restaurant in NYC

Robertos.

Second place would be the "Enoteca" at Del Posto.

Dec 19, 2006
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Sushi Yasuda

In my opinion, Yusuda has the biggest quality variance between sushi bar and table of any sushi restaurant in New York. If you can sit at the bar, I highly recommend it.

Dec 19, 2006
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Top 5 Burgers

One of the reasons I go to Houstons in Manhattan is so that I can get away from the snobs.

Dec 19, 2006
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best sushi high end best sushi day to day

Gari did indeed work at Ise before Sushi of Gari, but before that, he worked at Kabuki, on lower Broadway (now defunct), and before that at Tan Go, on west 54th Street (now defunct). He's been in New York for 25 years.

Dec 08, 2006
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telepan or eleven madison park?

They are very different experiences. EMP is fancier, has great food and treats its customers really well, whereas Telepan is more just about the food. Both places are great, so it really depends on the personalities of the people involved.

OTOH, if you really want "cool", go to Nolita.

Nov 20, 2006
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Sushi Yasuda or Kuruma Zushi?

If you don't sit at the bar at Yusuda, you may as well not go.

I prefer Sushi of Gari to either of the two restaurants you named.

Nov 03, 2006
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L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon (long-ish)

I had lunch at Robuchon on Wednesday. The restaurant is open about two months now, and seems to have hit its stride.

The amuse was a shot glass filled with three layers: foie gras on the bottom, a thin layer of port wine reduction in the middle, and Parmesan foam on top. I find that foam rarely works, but here it was perfect, enhancing the other two flavors and textures.

Sea Urchin parfait. A generous portion of sea urchin uni under a briny lobster gel, topped with cauliflower cream. This is a great dish if you like uni, with a contrast of three strong yet delicate flavors. My guess is that half the people who order this can't finish it, but I loved it.

Avocado and crab napolean. The avocado was bright day-glo green, and its texture was perfect. If the crab had a bit more punch it would have been perfect.

Sardine tart. A small tart loaded up with thinly sliced raw sardines, almost sashimi-like, and olives. It was not as salty as it sounds, very tasty, but the portion was a bit skimpy.

Poached egg over spicy eggplant stew. This dish sounds great, but didn't really work. The egg wasn't soft enough, and without really combining with the egg, the eggplant stew was boring. I thought the eggplant could have be spicier.

Smoked foie gras and eel. This was probably the best dish of the meal. The smokiness and and sweetness from the eel contrasted perfectly with the richness of the foie gras.

Stuffed quail with mashed potatoes and truffles. This is one of the famous dishes of the restaurant. To my taste it was good, but not as great as the hype would have you believe. The truffles on the masked potatoes were shaved too far in advance to really suffuse the potatoes.

"Burger". What looked like a mini hamburger was really a slice of hanger steak covered with a slice of foie gras. It was impossible to hold together, but you could alternate delicious bites of each components. It was served with tasty hand cut fries and a thin spicy catsup.

Baba au rhum. As 17$ desserts go, this was nothing to write home about.

The service at the bar was terrific, and the wine list had several interesting choices. The bread was as good as any I've had in New York.

The food is very good, probably the best food I have ever had in a "chain" restaurant. The biggest issue this place will have is pricing. The menu is very expensive. People will be willing to pay up for this food only so long as the quality stays very high. Right now it is in the 3 star zone (out of 4). If the food drops to two stars or lower, the word of mouth will kill it.

Nov 03, 2006
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New Michelin ratings

Any thoughts on the new Michelin ratings? It has made a lot less noise than last year.

Hard to believe that Daniel gets only two stars.

Oct 26, 2006
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Gordon Ramsey

I saw him in London on Friday, standing in front of Claridge's. I figured he'd be in New York getting ready, but I guess he has to focus on his restaurants in London too.

Oct 17, 2006
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I am done with Haru

In addition to the service, the quality of the food at Haru (East 76th, West 81st, Times Square) has gone way down.

Oct 09, 2006
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Dinner near Gold Street (Wall Street area)

Les Halles (on John Street) is pretty solid, in the middle of the road.

Sep 25, 2006
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Where in manhattan shall a Swedish family dine ?

Ulrika's is closed.

Sep 18, 2006
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Best Sushi West 80's

Neo is on Broadway and 83rd. It is probably the best in the West 80s, but it is expensive and inconsistent. You might do very well there, but it is far from assured.

Haru is on 81st and Amsterdam. It has gotten pretty mediocre since Benihana bought it. The pieces of sashimi are gigantic and sometimes rubbery, but the drinks are pretty.

Rappongi is across the street from Haru. It is popular but unspectacular.

Gari is on 78th and Columbus (outside your parameters). It is not in the same league as Sushi of Gari on the East Side, but it is still quite good but very expensive.

Sep 18, 2006
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best sushi high end best sushi day to day

Ise is by far the best sushi option in the financial district. It is very solid, especially for the price. It is not in the same league as Sushi of Gari or Sushi Yasuda, but it doesn't have to be.

Sep 14, 2006
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Hard to find place in the east village

Sep 14, 2006
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Frank Bruni's Reviews of Vong & Mercer

Bruni wrote a lengthy piece last year about how hard it is to be a waiter. To illustrate his point, he waited on tables for a week in Boston. I think he's pretty qualified to complain about bad service.

Aug 17, 2006
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Donguri chef

I'm not positive, but I heard somewhere that he hurt his back, and that was why he sold the restaurant.

They closed down the restaurant and hosted my 40th Birthday party, which was a private dinner for 24 people. It was an amazing meal.

I really miss them.

Aug 16, 2006
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a voce review

Dinner for six at a Voce

The environment was trendy, but kind of industrial looking. It was more fashionable than romantic. The noise level was ridiculously loud.

The service was warm but haphazard. When you could find the waiter, he was very friendly and informative. It sometimes took 15 minutes for wine orders to be delivered.

The meal started with good bread that had been lightly grilled served with amazing ricotta cheese. This is apparently delivered to every table when the restaurant gets a shipment. The ricotta is lightly dusted with sea salt fresh herbs and olive oil.

The restaurant's signature dish seems to be duck meatballs. The meatballs were fine, but its hard to see what the big deal is. If this is the restaurant's specialty, it doesn't deserve to stay open for very long.

Other appetizers included a good beet salad, with delicious yellow and good red beets, and a sea bass tartare, with a hint of citrus nicely balanced by the inclusion of pine nuts.

The ragu of lamb with gnocchi is not much of a summer dish, but I'd heard it was good so I gave it a try. The ragu was pretty good, but it didn't go very well with the gnocchi. The ricotta served with it didn't help much. I think the ragu would go better with papperdelle or penne.

I also tasted a ravioli special with sweet corn in a buttery broth that was delicious, and steak which was nothing special. The meal was taking way too long, so we skipped dessert.

The highlights were the ricotta cheese and the ravioli. The biggest negative was the noise.

Frank Bruni gave this place three stars, which is a wild stretch. If it weren't so loud, and if the service were more professional, I would probably give it two stars, which is approximately what the food deserves. With the noise and chaos, one star is more reasonable.

Aug 16, 2006
Fielding in Manhattan

Frank Bruni's Reviews of Vong & Mercer

Amanda Hesser's the one with the fetish for Jean-Georges.

Bruni has championed waitstaffs in the past, so I'm guessing that these two deserved it.

I think Bruni got this one right.

Aug 16, 2006
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best sushi high end best sushi day to day

The food at Nobu is very good, but sushi is the weakest part of their menu. IMO, the sushi at Nobu isn't in the top twenty in New York.

Aug 14, 2006
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