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Restaurant Recs?

I will look into Betony. Thanks, ellenost (ipsedixit, too!)!

Oct 21, 2014
pseudokiwi in Manhattan

Restaurant Recs?

Oy. Also, I'm coming from California: the place that was dumb enough to ban foie gras... Whether as a part of my friends meal or some other dinner... where should I be looking if I want to scratch that itch?

Oct 21, 2014
pseudokiwi in Manhattan

Restaurant Recs?

My favorite NY places when I was living there: Babbo, Le Bern. Soto. Yasuda (when he was still there).

In my previous trips back, I've been to (and enjoyed) Alder, Elan, Marea. Brushstroke (I still want to try Ichimura but will probably try Tanoshi?).

Oct 21, 2014
pseudokiwi in Manhattan

Restaurant Recs?

Have not been to Annisa since BEFORE the reno... I'll add that to the list.

Oct 21, 2014
pseudokiwi in Manhattan

Restaurant Recs?

former NYer coming back for a visit in December and looking for a couple of places to eat with some old friends. All cuisines and (most) price points are on the table. A place with good food and atmosphere for people to catch up on old times.

Was thinking of Lincoln, NoMad (Bar?), Betony, Ma Peche...

Thoughts or suggestions?

Oct 21, 2014
pseudokiwi in Manhattan

Honeymooning on Big Island, Where to Eat?

I have reservations at Norio's but wanted some other suggestions for good / great food (we like food, so, while nice, ambiance is a secondary consideration).

Any non-cheesy luaus? Must hit spots?

All food is good, seafood options are a plus...

We are on Kona side, but will be poking around all regions of the Big Island, so we can coordinate food with our itinerary.

Thanks!

Oct 01, 2010
pseudokiwi in Hawaii

Need help for one memorable dinner in Sydney.

Fellow SF'er.

Tets is supposed to be ridiculous. i was in sydney a couple years ago and mistakenly double booked there and Rockpool. I wound up going to Rockpool and, while a great meal, have regretted it ever since.

Looking for great seafood, cozy atmosphere mid-town and lower.

Mary's is great seafood, but I don't know if it's an anniversary spot. 1) I don't believe they take reservations. 2) while the west village is nice, I would not describe the place as romantic. Non-stuffy and cozy, sure; but romantic? Not really.

For the OP, I assume sushi does not count?

Sep 11, 2009
pseudokiwi in Manhattan

Saturday Sushi

Thanks, but most of them are only open for dinner or serve lunch on weekdays. My SO has never been to NY, so I thought I'd take her for some real sushi (Oh, Yasuda,why can't you be open for weekend lunch?)... Have not been to Blue Ribbon Sushi in some time; is it still good? What about Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar and Grill? The posts here are kinda dated.

Aug 31, 2009
pseudokiwi in Manhattan

Saturday Sushi

I am eating my way through NYC next weekend and I want to do sushi for lunch on Saturday. All the other meal times are spoken for... What's the best bet? Blue Ribbon?

Aug 30, 2009
pseudokiwi in Manhattan

Dare I ask, is Per Se really worth the cost?

I went to Per Se before TFL and I too found TFL to be a more pleasurable experience. I think it's the location. I believe Bourdain said something to the effect of, "one does not take the A train to Mecca." While overlooking the park is nice, Yountville adds a little something extra to the meal.

Aug 21, 2009
pseudokiwi in Manhattan

Yasuda Behind the Bar During Lunch?

Does he work the lunch shift? I'm in town for a Saturday through Monday and would like to eat at the bar but I recall that he does not work Saturdays (has this changed?) and they are closed Sunday so Monday lunch may be my only chance.... And for that matter, do you think the "no fish on Monday rule" applies to Yasuda?

Jun 22, 2009
pseudokiwi in Manhattan

Looking to celebrate Dad's 70th in NYC. Need spectacular restaurant. Can you help?

Le Bernardin. They have a private room for up to 14 people.
http://www.le-bernardin.com/

May 01, 2009
pseudokiwi in Manhattan

1st Visit to Gary Danko (got tips?)

Thanks for the tips, everyone. I went last night and had a wonderful time! Foie was excellent (as advertised), but I think the scallops were the winner for the evening.

Service and food was spot on from the cocktails to the coffee and I will certainly be planning a return engagement!

Dinner rec. for a 1st time NY visitor.....

to me, upstairs and downstairs are vastly different atmospheres.

Apr 23, 2009
pseudokiwi in Manhattan

Dinner rec. for a 1st time NY visitor.....

I was fond of davidburke and donatella's (did they name change?) but have not been in a while (obv) but for American(ish), I enjoyed it immensely... It might be pushing the envelope though... check out their menu:

http://www.davidburketownhouse.com/

Annisa is fun... possibly apropos of a girls weekend...

http://annisarestaurant.com/

Apr 23, 2009
pseudokiwi in Manhattan

What are you craving RIGHT NOW????

Foie gras.... I have reservations at a restaurant tonight known for their foie and I have been dreaming of it for weeks.

Apr 23, 2009
pseudokiwi in General Topics

Dinner rec. for a 1st time NY visitor.....

Babbo is a great place - certainly not stuffy, although a little loud for me - and if you don't get a ressy, they keep a couple tables open every night but there is a line out the door for them starting about 45 minutes - 1 hour before they open.

I am also fond of the Modern / Bar Modern... I like to do that when I take people to the MOMA.

What culinary styles are you considering? Seafood ? Japanese? Crazy WD-50 stuff?

Apr 23, 2009
pseudokiwi in Manhattan

1st Visit to Gary Danko (got tips?)

Which places, pray tell, do blow you away (as I hijack my own thread)?

1st Visit to Gary Danko (got tips?)

I did like the foie at One Market, TFL, and Aqua.... At least it's good to know that's about the league it's playing in. I imagine it will make it's way on to my plate....

It sounds like I may need to go twice (at least) to try all these high notes.

1st Visit to Gary Danko (got tips?)

Thanks. I had heard about the ability to "mix it up" with the menu - I think that's one of the things that got me to finally make a ressy. And I have been known to eat more foie than is probably good for me and it's nice to hear that they do it right.

I tend to be underwhelmed with desserts, generally, so cheese is a good suggestion, especially if it's as good as you are all saying....

Thanks ~

1st Visit to Gary Danko (got tips?)

I've been to Mina's a couple of times and when I do, everyone tells me "Next time, you gotta go to Danko's"... So, I'm going. Has anyone been lately (Spring Menu)? If so, what would you recommend? Any general tips? As it stands, I'll probably do 4 courses.

Thanks ~

Sushi in Seattle?

Thanks for the tips! Looking forward to dining at one (or more)!

Apr 06, 2009
pseudokiwi in Pacific Northwest

Sushi in Seattle?

Visiting Seattle for the first time with some friends of various "foodie-ness" levels. As such, I was hoping for quality recommendations at various price points. If there are any NYC people out here, I'm looking for a Yasuda type traditional sushi splurge and a Yama type casual.... Can probably stay away from places known for omakase, as I think some of the group are a little fickle with their palates.

Any other suggestions for Japanese (noodles, etc) also welcome.

Thanks!

Mar 30, 2009
pseudokiwi in Pacific Northwest

Juk (or Jook, or Congee): where to find

Ah, Hing Lung. I go there in the mornings on my way to work for their jook. i love their shredded duck jook. I walk from there to basically the Ferry Building and it's still warm by the time I get to my desk... Large portions, too.

SF Restaurant Deals Due to Financial Meltdown?

Yes. It was one of the better meals I've had in SF (recent NYC transplant making the foodie rounds). LOVED the lobster ravioli. Bone in rib eye and the pork were also fabulous.

SF Restaurant Deals Due to Financial Meltdown?

Go to Sutro's.

Best Sushi in SF is where?

Can't compare to LA, but I'm a transplanted NY'er and have been looking for good sushi ever since I got here. Haven't found a comp to Yasuda / Soto / Sasabune (my three faves).

So far, the best that I've had is Koo for straight up sushi. Sushi Ran was also good, but I have not been back in a while.

Agree that Ame is wonderful... One of my favorite restaurants in the city.