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Lets do this again this weekend - ISO BEST Crispy Pig in Chinatown

You folks are fabulous!

Dec 17, 2011
r0cc00 in Manhattan

Lets do this again this weekend - ISO BEST Crispy Pig in Chinatown

Thanks for the suggestion fourunder!

Dec 17, 2011
r0cc00 in Manhattan

Lets do this again this weekend - ISO BEST Crispy Pig in Chinatown

I'm praying to the food Gods that GNN will have it available. Don't know if I can take rejection 2 years in a row!v ;)

Dec 16, 2011
r0cc00 in Manhattan

Help ISO: Definitive MID PRICE - UNPRETENTIOUS - CASUAL - GREAT FOOD List?

Going on our annual Gotham Holiday quickie trip this weekend.
Window gazing Mid Town - Rock Center - Down Shopping.

With the economy still shaky, we'd are paring back our gastro budget a bit this year
So in the spirit of getting something for nothing ... ;)

We are looking for any restaurant recs that is mid-price (entrees $20-$35), unpretentious, warm ambiance with great food. Nothing too fussy or fine dining in style or atmosphere or <too> loud (NYC being loud generally). In other words, your favorite everyday places in any of the following category - in any borough - lunch or dinner:

1) Italian
2) American
3) Asian
4) French
5) Mediterranean

Dec 15, 2011
r0cc00 in Manhattan

Lets do this again this weekend - ISO BEST Crispy Pig in Chinatown

As much as I love your idea & boldness, it would be too much food for just the 2 of us LOL!

Dec 14, 2011
r0cc00 in Manhattan

Dim Sum Recs

Please use the search box top right.
This really has been talked about a billion time.

Just use the phrase "Best Dim Sum" & make sure you are searching in the Manhattan board!

Dec 14, 2011
r0cc00 in Manhattan

Lets do this again this weekend - ISO BEST Crispy Pig in Chinatown

So last year - wrote in this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/752313

that I was looking for Crispy Pig & got some wonderful recs & a good education on differences between:

Golden crispy skinned roast pig (boon fay sow = 1/2 fat 1/2 lean.)

vs.

Red skinned bbq Roast pork (cha siu

)

But when we got to our destination of choice - Great NY Noodletown - it was out :(

So are the recommendations for Crispy Roast Pig the same this year or has some new establishment popped up?

Dec 14, 2011
r0cc00 in Manhattan

First NYC visit freak out - going to Midtown; need help

Agreed. Thank you for the list! Outstanding info!

Dec 12, 2011
r0cc00 in Manhattan

ISO: Chinese Restaurant serving best crispy roast pork?

Yes. Golden Crispy skin = Roast Pork boon fay sow = 1/2 fat 1/2 lean.

Just learnt that from all you folks today. :)

Waiting anxiously for your writing on roast pig.

Dec 09, 2010
r0cc00 in Manhattan

ISO: Chinese Restaurant serving best crispy roast pork?

Such artistry in epicurean ordering. Thank you!

Dec 09, 2010
r0cc00 in Manhattan

ISO: Chinese Restaurant serving best crispy roast pork?

Thanks for the clarification!

Dec 09, 2010
r0cc00 in Manhattan

ISO: Chinese Restaurant serving best crispy roast pork?

2 days to go till my Gotham holiday including touristy to-do's & of course great food at all price points.
Hope 2 days is enough :)

Anyhow: Looking for recommendations on where I can get the best tasting Chinese crispy roast pork?

Anywhere from Central Park down to Chinatown would be preferred on the island - thanks.

Dec 09, 2010
r0cc00 in Manhattan

Cancelling my Esca reservation - good idea?

Coming up to NYC this coming weekend.
Had a prime 800pm Esca reservation but after reading a bunch of reviews here - it seems Esca is all over the place.

In terms of quality & quantity.
Open Table even list it as a <$30 price point which in researching appears to be erroneous.

Anyhow, any thoughts on if I should seek a different seafood place that can provide a more bountiful & good meal in the $25-50 range?

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Esca
402 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

Dec 07, 2010
r0cc00 in Manhattan

Dress Code at Marea?

They won't turn down JayZ or Bill Gates or any other A-lister that's for sure.

Dec 03, 2010
r0cc00 in Manhattan

Dress Code at Marea?

Funny thing is, wealth usually is a sign of intelligence & accomplishment.
& using Gates as an example, he is also a philanthropist.

So if your definition of a restaurants' festive atmosphere is 'up-dress' & stuff your face in a chow pen with people who 'look' like you then I think most people would disagree that it would be a good time.

But the point is, eating with one's eyes close usually brings out the flavors.

Dec 03, 2010
r0cc00 in Manhattan

Dress Code at Marea?

We're not denying anything.
But It's only one method in a checklist full of methods to assess another person.

Bill Gates rarely wears a suit except for public speaking situations.
If he sat down next to you, in his polo & jeans...

Dec 03, 2010
r0cc00 in Manhattan

Dress Code at Marea?

No -actions make an impression on people.
Your interpretation of a book by its cover tells me the depth of your character.

Are you seriously going to tell me that a person with the taste & means for Marea & wearing jeans is going to signal to you what type of person they are?

Any intelligent person would absorb the context of the situation & environment before making an opinion of another individual.

You would seriously let MVNYC's nice jeans & button down person sitting next to you ruin your meal? Wow, waste of energy & way to let others effect you.

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Marea
240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

Dec 03, 2010
r0cc00 in Manhattan

Dress Code at Marea?

Except the crowd that seems to not have moved out of the 50's with their dining fashion rules.

If one lets a personal meal get ruined based on fashion, then that's one's own complex.

Dec 02, 2010
r0cc00 in Manhattan

Post Central Park Ice Skating Restaurant

I luv these types of questions, no matter how it is phrased, it is still asking the same thing many natives & out-of-towners always wonder:
Where can I find good meal for $35/pp (fill in your own values here), in a casual dining setting that doesn't require me to dress up.

LOL Kudos OP!

Dec 02, 2010
r0cc00 in Manhattan

Cupcake recommendations for Thanksgiving

Another vote for SSS.
Have to check out Chickalicious on this trip.

How are their prices vs. SSS?
I couldn't believe the prices (low!) that SSS was charging in NYC!
Another pleasant surprise in this economy.

Thanks.

Nov 23, 2010
r0cc00 in Manhattan

Go-To Neighborhood Restaurants?

You all eat so well in your respective hoods! Luv it.

Nov 23, 2010
r0cc00 in Manhattan

Go-To Neighborhood Restaurants?

loratliff - cheap is never a bad thing when it comes to prices!

& may I say your list is exactly the vibe I am looking for from the natives.
Thanks!

Nov 23, 2010
r0cc00 in Manhattan

Getting engaged in NYC this winter. Need a cozy restaurant (not too fancy) to go afterwards!

I know, I may be harsh on them esp. since V-Day is so commercialized.

Nov 23, 2010
r0cc00 in Manhattan

Getting engaged in NYC this winter. Need a cozy restaurant (not too fancy) to go afterwards!

I am looking for a similar list for a different occasion - so thank you OP for the ideas!

My non-recommendation is Savoy.

I fell in love reading about the ambiance but the service & food was NOT true to the reviews.

On your important day, would you like to take a chance on them treating you better than the indifference they showed on Valentines day towards us & other guests.

Best wishes on your final choice.

Nov 23, 2010
r0cc00 in Manhattan

Dress Code at Marea?

Credentials noted & so is advice! :)

Nov 23, 2010
r0cc00 in Manhattan

Go-To Neighborhood Restaurants?

I make my semi-annual Manhattan visit for the holiday season the second weekend of December.
Last Dec09, we had an enjoyable meal at Luna Piena Ristorante - Midtown East.

However on Valentines night Feb09, our meal at Savoy in which the cozy fireplace & window seat couldn't compensate for the disappointing, cramped, snooty serviced & overpriced meal.

So my request is for some of your go-to restaurants where you locals go to get quality food in a relaxed atmosphere over & over.

I am following requirements:
OpenTable.com's Price rating of below up to $$$ = $31 to $50.
Seafood, american, modern american, fusion, italian, chinese, vietnamese, french.
Any neighborhood in Manhattan from the 80's on down.

Nov 23, 2010
r0cc00 in Manhattan

Dress Code at Marea?

As a man who wants to always be dressed for what the occasion calls for, it always has confused me what to wear when they say 'jacket required.'

In other words, I have plenty of blazers but those can also be matched with nice dark jeans or in winter, chords.
At night this gives you a modern urbane style in lieu of the traditional slack+blazer combo.

So I guess my question: is this appropriate for these $150+/head places?

Nov 23, 2010
r0cc00 in Manhattan

Manhattan recs

Coming to town 2nd weekend of Dec. - Can I get away with a jacket & chords @ River Cafe (for man)?

Nov 17, 2010
r0cc00 in Manhattan

Need a V-Day Recommendation in Northern VA

Sorry - Have never been! Looks nice. Thanks for the recommendation! ; )

Feb 11, 2010
r0cc00 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Need a V-Day Recommendation in Northern VA

David - as I wrote in the other V-Day post today:

I will recommend some NoVa places that is inside the beltway (Alexandria): Del Merei & Carlyle Grand for American. Bastille & Fontaine Caffe Creperie for Euro.

Google reviews of them all & read up. YMMV.
Lets just say I've never had a bad meal @ any of them.

Feb 11, 2010
r0cc00 in Washington DC & Baltimore