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Kauai Trip Report

Great report . . . the wife and I are doing your identical trip week after next. We're cocktail snobs too (from NYC) so I was googling around and landed on your post. Was hoping to see some more legit tiki places on the trip but I guess that's not to be (?)

Apr 23, 2013
rluczak in Hawaii

Best Butcher in the City

Agree re Lobel's but also just had the folks at Cannibal / Resto cut me a 28-day porterhouse . . . slightly more expensive than Lobel's (if you can believe that) but was amazing. Looking fwd to their 8-week aged ribeye . . .

Nov 30, 2012
rluczak in Manhattan

NYC Hound looking for best cocktails in London

Thanks . . . I'm only in London for one night (a Sunday to boot!) and we plan on doing lunch at St. John. Still haven't figured out a hotel either . . . we're leaving in the morning for a trip to Scotland (Islay . . . )

I'm hearing good things about Artesian in the Langham Hotel (?)

Here in NYC, there are a few cocktail destinations that are a must (PDT, Pegu Club, Death & Co, Milk & Honey) Just curious if there are any similar spots in London . . . I'll admit, my research is lacking so any advice is most helpful!

Jan 27, 2009
rluczak in U.K./Ireland

NYC Hound looking for best cocktails in London

Sorry if I'm posting to the wrong board re cocktails . . .

Where can I find the best cocktails in London IYHO? Many thanks . . .

Jan 26, 2009
rluczak in U.K./Ireland

Prune or Dovetail or Allen & Delancey

Underwhelmed with Dovetail . . .

Aug 12, 2008
rluczak in Manhattan

Cocktails in Manhattan [Moved from Spirits board]

Pegu really has slipped and become very hit or miss (more the latter recently,) as mentioned above. Death and Co still have the bext cocktails in Manhattan . . . Clover Club in Brooklyn. Brandy Library is also a personal fav . . .

Aug 11, 2008
rluczak in Manhattan

New England Seafood joint

Just went to Ed's Lobster Shack in SoHo and don't forget Brooklyn Fish Camp if you're up for a subway ride . . .

Apr 21, 2007
rluczak in Manhattan

Copper River Salmon sushi?

Going out on a limb here but I'll give it a go . . . can anyone recommend where I can find copper river salmon sushi? Has anyone ever had it somewhere in the city (like Yasuda, etc?) Thanks.

Apr 03, 2007
rluczak in Manhattan

NYC Hounds try Cuvee and August

In New Orleans for the weekend and had reservations Cuvee and August, based on recommendations received here.

Cuvee is absolutely beautiful, exposed brick and very welcoming. For starters I had the Eggs, Bacon and Toast, a scrambled egg served inside its shell accompanied with a cube of bacon and a piece of “toast” more like a scone. As simple as this seems, the dish was fantastic and the flavors played well with one another (I also like the idea that I was having breakfast for dinner, something that seemed appropriate being in New Orleans.) My significantly better half (SBH) had the lump crab meat and beet salad which was also very nice. For our mains, I chose the bouillabaisse (over the “Duck” which seemed to be a whole duck prepared in various ways . . . confit, foie gras . . . ) The bouillabaisse did not disappoint however, perfect bits of lobster and shellfish in a subtle fennel-based stock. My SBH had the appetizer portion of the scallops with a foie gras ravioli. This was a relatively simple dish but the ravioli seemed to overpower the scallop. For dessert, we shared the moon pie, absolutely fantastic. Overall, the food is very impressive at Cuvee and we’re looking fwd to going back (for the Duck!) However, the service was a little slow and sloppy and the wait staff appeared at times to be overwhelmed (this is something I’ve noticed at a few other placed around the city and my advice to any ambitious line cooks or waiters looking to make a name for themselves is to make for New Orleans post-haste. A wealth of opportunity here in a great city!)

August had a very different vibe than Cuvee, much more formal (almost pompously so I felt.) Nonetheless, the experience speaks for itself and I concur with the other Hounds who say this is the best restaurant in the city. To start, my SBH had the gnocchi. This was like no gnocchi I’d ever had before, delicately light and flavorful. I had the small ravioli-like dish (the name escapes me) of three smallish seafood-based raviolis in a delectable sauce. A great beginning! For our mains, my SBH had a perfectly cooked filet that was somehow infused with a savory porcini mushroom flavor. The flavor was pervasive but not so much as to over-power the cut. I had the catteloni stuffed with lobster, rabbit and sweatbreads (a strange mix I thought but one that worked perfectly.) For dessert, we shared the banana rum and white chocolate cake that in addition to being very tasty was beautifully presented. Also, all of the service issues I’d seen at other places was not in evidence at all at August. The wait staff was incredibly attentive and professional in the most welcoming sort of way (which again, seemed at odds with the décor and somewhat "stuffy" vibe.) Also, the best old fashioned I had this trip was to be found at the bar at August.

No reservations tonight, our last night in town and we’re playing it loose (would like to try the Pelican Club though . . . ) Many thanks all for your recommendations and for steering us to Cuvee and August!

Mar 10, 2007
rluczak in New Orleans

NYC Hound first trip down post-Katrina

My bad . . . =)

Jan 18, 2007
rluczak in New Orleans

NYC Hound first trip down post-Katrina

Hi All -- It pains me that it's taken >2 yrs to get back down to New Orleans . . . will be in town for three nights in March and have done all the reg haunts (Commanders, Brennans, Emerile, Jacque-Imos . . . ) Was hoping you could recommend something in town (not limited to the French Qtr, etc) . . . I'm thinking one night higher-end (a la Emerile's) and maybe some low-key, off-the-map must-sees (like Jacque-Imos a few years back.) Thanks in advance.

Also, I know this is off-topic but new bars, hotels and jazz clubs recommendations are also appreciated.

Jan 18, 2007
rluczak in New Orleans

NYC Hound in town Sat night . . .

Looking for a recomendations in the Boston / Cambridge area w/o reservation (maybe bar dining?) for two? Been to Salts, Stella and Oleana recently . . . what's next? Many thanks!

Nov 28, 2006
rluczak in Greater Boston Area

Bond Street Question

Ha! Had a hankering recently and attempted to go this weekend . . . I was completely thrown off by the new apartments they're building and literally thought they'd bought Bond St out (given the prices for the new apratments, I wouldn't have been surprised!) Guess I didn't look hard enough (have to memorize: 6 Bond St, SIX . . . . ) and we ate around the block at the bar at Hedeh. Nice looking place, attentive staff, but the sushi was mediocre. Their siganature roll, the fois gras roll, was ill conceieved (but I should have know better.) It was early on a Sat night but their fish selection seemed very limited. Chicken skewer app was bland. Had a nice cocktail menu but seemed to be out of the ingredients to mix half of them.

Now that I know Bond St hasn't been co-opted (get it?) I'll be back there instead!

Nov 22, 2006
rluczak in Manhattan

Striped Bass - How is it now?

Wow, I had no idea about the chef turn-over. I was there for dinner last weekend (hadn't been in 3 yrs or so) and was VERY happy. I had the flash seared tuna, fantastic. Wife and I split the banana split, great! Actually, probably one of the better dinners I've had all year (I live in NYC and eat out far too much.)

Oct 27, 2006
rluczak in Pennsylvania

Notable eats in Hudson, MA area?

So -- did the Hudson bar for a pint and some clams. I LOVE this place but the clams are a wee bit pricey, $20 / pint! They were also a little to fried for my taste. Oh well, the Bass was cold. Then went to the Coyote Grill in Maynard -- had the mussels app which was great! Basically mussels in your typical wine / garlic broth but enhanced with feta cheese (which added a great taste as it broke down in the broth!) and no shortage of bay leaves (I counted six!) The garlic bread was great too! Finished up with some ice cream at Erikson's. Off to Boston tonight . . .

Aug 25, 2006
rluczak in Greater Boston Area

Portland -- Real road food / lobster shack

BTW -- here's the post on AdvRider (a moto site) with some great pics and vid (including of the eats!) courtesy of my friend Nick . . .

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showth...

Loved Salts, loved Oleana, what's next?

Thanks, just made reservations to Blue Room after having seen the menu! =)

Aug 21, 2006
rluczak in Greater Boston Area

Notable eats in Hudson, MA area?

I actually have been to Hudson Bar -- that's the one where the bar is slanting inward / downward, like the floor beneath the bar is about to collapse, right? Great fried clams!!!

Aug 21, 2006
rluczak in Greater Boston Area

Notable eats in Hudson, MA area?

Will also be staying at my in-laws summer place in Hudson, MA. Any thoughts for eats near here (and I've been to Wellesley a bunch of times, can only do Blue Ginger so often!) =)

Aug 20, 2006
rluczak in Greater Boston Area

Loved Salts, loved Oleana, what's next?

Hi hounds -- Going to be in the Boston / Cambridge area this week and recently I've been to Salts and Oleana, loved them both. Any recomendations in the same area in the same vein? Many thanks!

Aug 20, 2006
rluczak in Greater Boston Area

Portland -- Real road food / lobster shack

We made the 150 mile trek from NH to Wiscasset to Red's based on your feedback. Traffic in Maine on a Sat morning was HELLACIOUS but we finally arrived at 1PM and the line stretched around the shack and out to the bridge -- the wait was 1 hr, 10 min's. Was not disappointed though -- the lobster roll was fantastic and the fried clams were the largest I ever had. A fun (if not long and circuitous!) trip to the best lobster roll in Maine. Thanks for all the insights, all the other places have been put on my "Must Visit" list for my next moto trip to Maine!

Portland -- Real road food / lobster shack

Thanks -- heading in due East on Route 25 from Sugar Hill, NH

Portland -- Real road food / lobster shack

Hi -- Heading into Portland on a moto ride and looking for a real road food / lobster shack for lunch on a Sat. Any thoughts?