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The bad news about our dinner at DANIEL......

Recently had a big birthday dinner for 2 with my partner at Daniel.
First time for both of us, it's been on our list forever, so naturally
we had high expectations.

Wow, what a letdown.

Almost from the get-go, the service was confused, lacking, and
disorganized, with many unexplained delays and lapses. The staff
looked positively frenetic scampering around the room. All this led to
an uneven and awkwardly paced meal. Doesn't management understand that
this conveys an atmosphere of behind the scenes chaos which is best
kept behind the scenes?

On top of that, our two primary servers could barely speak English. We
had to repeatedly ask for clarifications when it came time to describe
the dishes.

Then, the noise level. Way too high. A family group of four sitting
next to us were acting like they were sitting at home in their living
room - voices raised, shrill comments and all.

Now, on to the food. Lackluster. Unimaginative. Correct, safe, and
yes, tasty. But hello? This is supposed to be one of the top
restaurants in NY? Just not so. We both are regulars at Boulud Sud and
thought Boulud Sud is far superior. We had the eight course tasting
menu -- the sauces on all of the protein dishes were essentially the
same -- classic French, demi-glace. Very nice, but completely
uninspiring and totally redundant by the time you're on the third
iteration.

The only memorable part of the evening was when Liza Minnelli walked
in and sat in a nearby table.

All in all, a disappointing, completely fogettable, and very expensive evening.

Apr 07, 2012
hungrynewyorker in Manhattan

Dinner at Romera on Opening Night

Well, it was just a matter of time, wasn't it? Those of us who marveled at the misguided adventure and spectacular hubris (along with the ridiculous waters, pretentious menu cards, poor service and insipid flavors) can at least look back years from now and say that we were witnesses to one of the biggest train wrecks that ever hit NY's culinary world.

Mar 09, 2012
hungrynewyorker in Manhattan

Dinner at Romera on Opening Night

Tick-tock, tick-tock.

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Romera
355 W 16th St, New York, NY 10011

Feb 29, 2012
hungrynewyorker in Manhattan

Dinner at Romera on Opening Night

Pete Wells is a wus. He clearly didn't like the food, so why one star? Just because the food is visually appealing? The food is insipid, the pretension is off the charts, and the experience as a whole is in a completely lower league than other high-end restaurants, in NY or anywhere else for that matter.

Jan 18, 2012
hungrynewyorker in Manhattan

Dinner at Romera on Opening Night

The price isn't the problem. It's the food.

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Romera
355 W 16th St, New York, NY 10011

Nov 15, 2011
hungrynewyorker in Manhattan

Devi, Tabla, Or?????

Tamarind Tribeca. My favorite of this group by far. I've been to Junoon and Tulsi, and they don't match Tamarind Tribeca -- for food, decor or service. Enjoy!

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Tamarind
99 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013

Tulsi
211 E 46th St, New York, NY 10017

Junoon
27 W 24th St, New York, NY 10010

Oct 21, 2011
hungrynewyorker in Manhattan

Dinner at Romera on Opening Night

I echo the comments by choles and ImStillHungry. I've eaten in many fine restaurants around the world and have paid accordingly. If the food and experience are worth it, then I'm game. On top of all the absurdity and pretension, the fundamental problem at Romera is that the food is just plain tasteless -- one-dimensional, lacking distinction, depth or character. (Though, yes, the presentations are lovely - but that's about all that can be said in their favor.)

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Romera
355 W 16th St, New York, NY 10011

Oct 21, 2011
hungrynewyorker in Manhattan

Dinner at Romera on Opening Night

Yes, the Bruni piece sure was entertaining. I only wish he'd gone a bit more deeply in the topic of the insipid food itself. Oh well, I'm sure we'll be seeing many more like that once the official reviews start to hit the street.

Oct 19, 2011
hungrynewyorker in Manhattan

Dinner at Romera on Opening Night

Ann900, that's very nice of you, and much appreciated. No worries at all. I suppose it's hard to know sometimes where folks are coming from. Likewise, I guess we'll all be staying tuned for the next chapter in the Romera saga!

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Romera
355 W 16th St, New York, NY 10011

Sep 30, 2011
hungrynewyorker in Manhattan

Dinner at Romera on Opening Night

As bad as it is now, I suspect it'll get even worse once the official reviews from NYT and others come out. I give it till February or March, not much more. New Yorkers won't go for this. Maybe curious tourists on expense accounts, but that's about it.

Sep 30, 2011
hungrynewyorker in Manhattan

Dinner at Romera on Opening Night

Yes, nothing like a little Schaudenfreude. For more, check this: http://ny.eater.com/archives/2011/09/...

Sep 29, 2011
hungrynewyorker in Manhattan

Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Very surprised not to see Insomnia Cookies mentioned here. They opened on the UWS a year or so ago (on Amsterdam near 79th) and their cookies are really phenomenal. Soft, chewy, rich, warm, very gooey - absolutely perfect for those who prefer soft/chewy over crisp.

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Insomnia Cookies
50 W 8th St, New York, NY 10011

Sep 29, 2011
hungrynewyorker in Manhattan

Dinner at Romera on Opening Night

Thank you, ImStillHungry.For those who have asked for more details, this place is really not worth the effort. Silly, absurd, tasteless, pretenious, ill-concieved -- these are the words that come to mind. Likewise, I've been to many fine places in NY and all over the world - this one is nothing but a bad joke.

Sep 23, 2011
hungrynewyorker in Manhattan

Dinner at Romera on Opening Night

for those who have asked about the menu at Romera, check this out: http://ny.eater.com/archives/2011/09/...

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Romera
355 W 16th St, New York, NY 10011

Sep 22, 2011
hungrynewyorker in Manhattan

Junoon, Anyone been?

I was ok, but I was somewhat underwhelmed. For this type of upscale Indian, I far prefer Tamarind Tribeca.

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Tamarind
99 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013

Sep 18, 2011
hungrynewyorker in Manhattan

Dinner at Romera on Opening Night

Just came back from dinner at Romera - their first night - in the basement of the Dream Hotel.

Where to begin?

That the Dream is really a nightmare? That this was by far the worst (faux) gourmet meal I've ever had? That the service was a disaster? That with more than 10 courses, not a single one was even remotely worthwhile, let alone memorable? That the pretentiousness was off the charts?

The only open question is how long it will take for this misguided (and ridiculously overpriced) misadventure to go under.

Can't wait to see the NYT review - this is one flop that is truly of historic proportions.

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Romera
355 W 16th St, New York, NY 10011

Sep 17, 2011
hungrynewyorker in Manhattan

5 days in Paris -early Sept - Have I chosen well?

Thanks to you all. Souphie, I have a hunch you're right about skipping lunch, but with only 5 days, I'm torn!

Aug 14, 2009
hungrynewyorker in France

Dinner very near the Morgan Library

Madison Bistro, Madison between 37th and 38th, is very nice. Traditional French bistro. Very good, reasonably priced, not too crowded, especially for dinner.

Aug 06, 2009
hungrynewyorker in Manhattan

5 days in Paris -early Sept - Have I chosen well?

Hi - I'm going to have 5 days in Paris in early September and have decided to go all out. Would love reactions from folks here about my choices. Any mistakes? Any must-have dishes? Any places I'm missing that would warrant changing things around?

Thanks in advance!

Day 1:
Dinner, L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon

Day 2:
Lunch: Jules Verne
Dinner: Le Comptoir du Relais

Day 3:
Lunch: Guy Savoy
Dinner: Les Savuers de Flora

Day 4:
Lunch: Le Ziryab (at L'Institut du Monde Arabe)
Dinner: L'AOC

Day 5:
Lunch: Senderens
Dinner: Pierre Gagnaire

Aug 03, 2009
hungrynewyorker in France

Pierre Gagnaire open on Sundays?

Does anyone know if they're open on Sundays? Just tried to call, but they're closed for a few weeks. Also looked on their website, which isn't very informative.

Thanks all....

May 01, 2009
hungrynewyorker in France

Need advice: 5 decadent days in Paris

Souphie, thanks. Based on your comments, and those I've read elsewhere on the board, I've made reservations at Guy Savoy. I think the modern decor is more suited to our tastes, rather than the more formal atmosphere of places like Le Cinq.

I'm still in the market for a great place for a very special Sunday dinner with friends who will be travelling to Paris just for the occasion. I oringally picked La Table du Lancaster, but was afraid it might be too quiet (We want a place that's lively, but not deafening.) Then thought about Senderens, but there are so many mixed opinions about that. So would love any ideas about a place that's open for Sunday dinner, has spectacular food, and a lively, welcoming and modern feel.

Thanks all!

Apr 29, 2009
hungrynewyorker in France

Need advice: 5 decadent days in Paris

Thanks Kevin and everyone else for your advice. I will definitely consider L'Ami Jean, Le Cinq and Guy Savoy. Would love to hear more about Senderens too. Sounds like there are lots of conflicting opinions about that one!

Apr 21, 2009
hungrynewyorker in France

Need advice: 5 decadent days in Paris

Thanks, Kel.

Anyone else have opinions about the places on my list? Is this a good mix?

Apr 17, 2009
hungrynewyorker in France

Need advice: 5 decadent days in Paris

Thanks, Phil. I do have reservations for Comptoir du Relais (weekday night). I was there several months ago for lunch and it was amazing. I recall having a chilled watermelon soup with olive oil and mint. The only reason I chose Tour d'Argent was for the views (though I did hear good things about the food, too.) I wanted to stay away from the Jules Verne since I'd heard that was far too touristy.

Would love to hear from others about my mix of places. Is this truly some of Paris' best??

Thanks.

Apr 09, 2009
hungrynewyorker in France

Cal pep

I would choose Paco Meralgo over Tapac24 anyday. I'm just back from BCN and had an amazing meal at Paco. In addition to everything being wonderful, it was far and away the best pan con tomate I've ever had.

Apr 08, 2009
hungrynewyorker in Spain/Portugal

day trip out of Barcelona

Here's the link to the restaurant at the Hotel Emporda:
http://www.hotelemporda.com/restauran...

Apr 08, 2009
hungrynewyorker in Spain/Portugal

day trip out of Barcelona

Girona is an excellent day trip. Another possibility is Figueras. You can see the wonderful Dali museum and then have lunch at Hotel Emporda -- a truly landmark restaurant with an elegant 1950's modern decor.

Apr 08, 2009
hungrynewyorker in Spain/Portugal

best gelato/ice cream in barcelona

For something more "old school," try Farga. They have several outlets, but the one on Diagonal right off Paseo de Gracia is great.

Apr 08, 2009
hungrynewyorker in Spain/Portugal

Need advice: 5 decadent days in Paris

Thanks so much Capeanne. I think I may change my plans based on your suggestions. Would love to hear from others about my other choices. Is this a good sampling of some of the best Paris has to offer?

Thanks....

Apr 07, 2009
hungrynewyorker in France

Need advice: 5 decadent days in Paris

I will have 5 days in Paris later this year and want to really go over-the-top with the best of Paris -- We enjoy everything including contemporary, classic and well-done bistro fare.

Here's what I'm planning so far (and I have reservations at most of these already).

Any thoughts, comments or suggestions are more than welcome!

I'd be especially interested in hearing opinions about my celebratory dinner on Day 5 -- Is La Table du Lancaster a good choice? For that final dinner, I'd like someplace with amazing food and a lively (but not deafening) atmosphere.

Thanks in advance,
HungryNewYorker

Day 1: Dinner at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon

Day 2: Lunch: Tour d'Argent; Dinner: Le Comptoir du Relais

Day 3: Lunch: Pierre Gagnaire; Dinner: Les Saveurs de Flora

Day 4: Lunch: Le Ziryab (on the terrace of the Institut du Monde Arabe); Dinner: L'AOC

Day 5: Lunch: Senderens; Dinner (a special celebration with some friends who will come from out-of-town) - La Table du Lancaster.

Apr 06, 2009
hungrynewyorker in France