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Looking for a nice rooftop restaurant

i third the reef. they also have a great drink/beer selection. local 16 also has a nice roof top area. i have no idea about the food, but the roof top is really nice.

May 19, 2009
mikeismora in Washington DC & Baltimore

essential nyc restaurants/bars/anything for a frequent visitor?

the one at ssam bar was very good. they got all of the right flavors. i'll miss it, but i'm excited to try the rib sandwich that they replaced it with. if i have any time or room in my stomach, i might try out baoguette. i hear a lot about it and the menu seems simple and straight forward.

May 18, 2009
mikeismora in Manhattan

Hearth or Perilla? August, Annisa or Other?

i really like perilla. the vibe is really nice and the food is tops. the spicy duck meatballs and pork belly apps are heavenly. annisa is really great too. i don't think you can go wrong with either of those places.

May 15, 2009
mikeismora in Manhattan

essential nyc restaurants/bars/anything for a frequent visitor?

thanks! i always enjoy a good izakaya. my friend really likes sake bar hagi, but i was disappointed last time we were there. sakagura sounds like a winner for some late night eats.

May 15, 2009
mikeismora in Manhattan

where to buy glass bottles of coke?

you can purchase mexican coke in bulk on costco's website.

May 15, 2009
mikeismora in Washington DC & Baltimore

Best in Charlottesville, VA

yeah, the space isn't the best. it hasn't really changed much from when it was station. i haven't been in a while as i now live in dc, but i remember it was acceptable atmosphere wise when the house gets packed with diners and lively people at the front bar. then again, i've never seen zinc truly packed haha.

May 15, 2009
mikeismora in Mid-Atlantic

Looking for Farmer Brown-esque restaurant in DC Area

hi tiffani,

in dc, i think your best bet would be founding farmers. it has the same farm to table concept that you are looking for. also, they have an excellent rendition of fried chicken and waffles.

http://www.wearefoundingfarmers.com/

May 15, 2009
mikeismora in Washington DC & Baltimore

essential nyc restaurants/bars/anything for a frequent visitor?

thanks! i heard about the ridiculous lines. i even saw some pictures of the line winding around some park. crazy, it must be damn good.

May 14, 2009
mikeismora in Manhattan

Best in Charlottesville, VA

zocalo is really good. it's one of my favorite restaurants in cville. their menu rarely if ever changes, but they do everything perfectly. the chili dusted sea scallops with tostones and the grilled pork chop with roasted sweet potatoes are both excellent.

as far as french, i prefer zinc. it's on the way to the downtown area near the main street market. it's cheaper and the vibe is way more relaxed. they have traditional french dishes and great specials. i've had the moules in a saffron cream broth, excellent! i've also had frog legs cooked with a garlic butter and they were so tasty. i don't see either of those on the current menu, but regardless, zinc has great french bistro food.

http://zocalo-restaurant.com/
http://www.comptoirzinc.com/index.html

May 14, 2009
mikeismora in Mid-Atlantic

Nice, slightly upscale restaurant in DC

i really like blue duck tavern. it's in a hyatt hotel and i have read several reviews about people bringing their kids and enjoying it without a problem. it's a beautiful restaurant and they serve the dishes kind of family style. they are hefty portions and you get a lot for the money.

http://www.blueducktavern.com/

recommended dishes:
bdt fries - thick fries cooked in duck fat. so good!
crab mac and cheese - best mac and cheese i've ever had, really decadent.
roasted bone marrow - largest portion of bone marrow i've seen. great for sharing.
roasted fish - changes daily, i think. simply prepared with lemon and thyme, but it tastes great every time.
braised short rib - super tender and they give you a super large rib here.

ALSO, they have great and bountiful desserts. they have an ice cream selection that changes frequently and you get like 4-5 scoops. the fruit ice creams/sorbets are usually my favorite.

May 14, 2009
mikeismora in Washington DC & Baltimore

essential nyc restaurants/bars/anything for a frequent visitor?

hi kathryn,

thanks for the reply and the breakfast thread! i've been to chinatown brasserie and i would agree, really tasty food, but pricey for what it is. i've been to yakitori taisho and been pretty happy, but i have heard of totto so i may give it a go. i saw the wafels and dinges truck outside of a trader joe's or pharmacy during my last visit, didn't know it was recommended, thanks for that. i read another thread on chowhound about the halal cart so i think that may be a must try. lastly, thanks for the tips on pdt.

thanks again!

May 14, 2009
mikeismora in Manhattan

Foodie needs to compromise with boring eater. Help?!

i second blue ribbon and buddakan. both are pretty good. edamame dumplings at buddakan are soooo good! i still remember them like months later.

May 14, 2009
mikeismora in Manhattan

Foodie needs to compromise with boring eater. Help?!

i'm not from nyc, but i'm also a frequent visitor. in june, i'm going to try this small outpost in chinatown called wah fung. i've read that their roast pork and rice for like $2 or $3 is tasty and highly recommended. that seems pretty basic and not too creative, but being in the chinatown area leaves you with plenty other options. it's also very cheap!

May 14, 2009
mikeismora in Manhattan

Is there a restaurant in town that serves moving, living food?

i remember on an episode of "bizarre foods" he went to a sushi place called jewel bako. they had live lobster sashimi. i remember reading somewhere a bit ago that the head sushi chef left so i don't know if the same menu or quality remains.

May 14, 2009
mikeismora in Manhattan

essential nyc restaurants/bars/anything for a frequent visitor?

i'm from dc, but i'm a frequent visitor to nyc and i'm looking for new, interesting places to check out during my next visit in june. it feels like i'm discovering new favorites every time i go. location and price doesn't really matter, but i'm looking for chinese, japanese, street carts, and breakfast places to be more specific. i'd like to try a banh mi place. yes, yes i know that's the trendy food, but as you may know (or maybe not haha), dc has a large vietnamese community and i'd like to compare. oh, and if anybody knows a really good kebab place/cart. greatly appreciated!

here's what i have so far...
sushi yasuda (my favorite sushi place... probably ever)
shake shack (first time visit, i want to see if it stacks up to ray's hell burger.)
sugiyama (never been, but heard a lot of good things)
momofuku ssam (i was really impressed last time i was there in january)
blt prime (i'm sure peter luger is more recommended, but my friend picked this one)
perdition (read about this bar)
pdt (will attempt to get reservation, but don't know if i'll be successful)
xinjiang kebab cart in flushing (probably the best thing i've ever eaten for $1)
wah fung (heard about their pork and rice and have been dying to try it)
ippudo (heard the ramen was out of this world)

thanks for any suggestions!

May 14, 2009
mikeismora in Manhattan