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Letter from Our Editor: Zagat and I Don't Agree

"Maybe they'll get laid off." Way to keep it classy.

Sep 12, 2011
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Banh mi in Wmsburg?

Both Nha Toi and Bedford 172 are disappointing (though the Vietnamese place next door to 172 is surprisingly excellent). The best banh-mi (although the least authentic) in the nabe is TBD in Greenpoint

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Nha Toi
160 Havemeyer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Jan 20, 2010
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Fork in the Road's 10 best of the East Village

Soba-koh is one of the most underappreciated restaurants in NY

Jan 20, 2010
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Banh mi in Wmsburg?

Does anyone know what the deal is with Nha Toi's hours, or if it's even open. Never seems to be open when I stop by.

Apr 21, 2009
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Bamonte's open/closed(?) and recs...

Seconding the Frost recommendation. It's simple stuff, but done really well.

Aug 19, 2008
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The Number One BEST Thai Restaurant in NYC

Rhong is the best I've had in Manhattan so far, but watch out for those lightly-cooked Thai eggplants--serious stomachache if you're not used to them (even though they taste amazing)

Aug 19, 2008
CobblerNYC in Manhattan

Dovetail

I agree with much of what LC said. Went last night and found the scallop dish (and most other dishes) overloaded with flavors that don't necessarily complement each other well. Most dishes were cooked well, but I think would work better if he just pulled back one or two ingredients on each one. In that neighborhood, I've recently had better meals at Bar Boulud, Picholine and Fraser's former stomping ground compass.

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Bar Boulud
1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

Feb 21, 2008
CobblerNYC in Manhattan

Nirvana Cafe & Bar: Sri Lankan nr Gramercy Pk

Sorry to be the Nirvana naysayer, but I had an awful meal here last Saturday. Most of the problem was service. It was a 2.5 hour meal--kind of silly for this quality of food. Appetizers were tasty, in a fried bar-food kind of way, but they literally came an hour after we arrived. The table next to us, who obviously knew the owners, came 20 minutes after us and already had their entrees by the time our appetizers arrived. Lamprais came about 45 minutes after that, best entree of the night. Devilled seafood was too gloppy, with a cloyingly sweet sauce, and the roti with chicken was awful--roti was tough and chewy, and the chicken was a miniscule portion. White wine was lukewarm. Nothing was comped, even the dessert, which was odd because everything took so long. Also, the restaurant was freeeezing. Will never go back, which is a shame, because the hoppers sound good.

Personally, I'd much rather go back to Sigiri. Food was better, spicier, and less greasy, with much better service.

Feb 11, 2008
CobblerNYC in Manhattan

Best of Williamsburg?

I had a really nice meal A'Shay. Simple, fresh seafood dishes with a lot of heart. Wine list is way too pricey though.

Feb 08, 2008
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new-ish places in Williamsburg

my 2 cents:
Miranda: really nice food, sweet staff, but prices too high
Elote: great brunch, dinner's just ok for the price, margarita's not so hot
Oak Cafe: Only been once, but I had a really nice meal. No longer BYOB though.
Il Passatore: Maybe I just hit a bad night, but I thought the food was bad. Pastas were decent enough but I had a chicken cacciatore that was just bland mush.

Feb 08, 2008
CobblerNYC in Outer Boroughs

Kabab Cafe-Thoroughly Terrible Food

I had a very similar experience on my one visit there a few months ago. The platter was insanely good, lots of flavors coming through. Loved the falafel too. But it was pricey, and our entrees were pretty disappointing, especially the goat, which was quite tough. It was a fun experience overall, but I'm not sure I'm going to rush back to drop that kind of cash on such an uneven meal.

Nov 10, 2007
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Gravy is Big Trout

Oct 02, 2007
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Upscale Vietnamese?

I keep wondering about Saju, but there don't seem to be many reports. Anyone been?

Sep 17, 2007
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Wondee Siam....what am I doing wrong?

Totally agree, most overrated Thai place in the city. Bland, not spicy enough, and definitely not very fresh tasting.

Sep 17, 2007
CobblerNYC in Manhattan

Marco Polo on Court?

It's kind of fun as a snapshot of the neighborhood's old school vibe, but when I went a few years ago, the food was mediocre bordering on bad. And not that cheap.

Sep 16, 2007
CobblerNYC in Outer Boroughs

aurora soho... thoughts about it. anyone been?

I had a really nice meal there about a month after it opened. Appetizer were especially tasty. It is, as many have noted, very loud, and the crowd is kind of disgusting...Soho at its worst.

Sep 03, 2007
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what is the best new rest. in Bklyn?

My favorites are Zenkichi and Lunetta

Aug 30, 2007
CobblerNYC in Outer Boroughs

Does a Chinese restaurant exist in Manhattan that doesn't drown its dishes with brown sauce, black bean sauce or other jarred glop?

I definitely know what you're talking about. I grew up in the Bay Area in California, and the Chinese we ate there was not as gloppy. When I moved here, I started to wonder if maybe that was just a very West Coast-style of Chinese, rather than anything authentic. But, anyway, the closest thing I've found to it is in Williamsburg, M Shangai Bistro, run by former West Coasters. It can be a little inconsistent, but when it's good, it's really fresh and tasty.

Aug 29, 2007
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Empanada stand on Sackett nr. Smith?

I saw her at noon on Saturday, had never seen her before.

Jun 18, 2007
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Any good bars in South Slope that serve food?

I've heard nothing but good things about Sheep Station, definitely want to try it.

Jun 17, 2007
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Falai – The concept of sophistication for less $ unfortunately doesn’t work

I've only been to Caffe Falai, and while I will say the service was definitely a little cold and off-putting, the food was great for the price. The flavor were all really distincts and the fresh pasta was perfectly cooked, and very flavorful.

Jun 17, 2007
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Flatbush Farms - Review

I've had a good meal there, but hasn't the chef changed recently? Think he went to Nelson Blue.

Jun 12, 2007
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My Moon?

I had a good meal there right when it opened. Nothing amazing, and definitely overpriced, but there was nothing terrible at all.

Jun 07, 2007
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Anyone Been to Bodeguita Cubana?

I have to agree...had the toughest, funky-tasting bistec there. They were out of half of what was on the menu (which they forgot to mention until like 20 minutes after we'd ordered it!). Ropa Vieja was decent, but I definitely won't go back.

Jun 07, 2007
CobblerNYC in Manhattan

Satsko or Le Miu?

I'm trying to decide between these two tonight, seem to be similar menus and similar price range. I know Le Miu gets a lot of love around here, but I haven't heard too much about Satsko (nor have I been to the original sushi bar). Anyone have any strong feelings either way? I'm definitely more interested in the food than any kind of scene. Thanks!

May 15, 2007
CobblerNYC in Manhattan

Ciao, Porchetta

Agreed. My entire party was puzzled why I had dragged them there. I didn't ever do it again.

May 11, 2007
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Underrated Restaurants

Going to have to respectfully disagree on Our Place--the one time I went it was gloppy, oily, bland Chinese.

May 11, 2007
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Alchemy, Park Slope

They were called a gastropub in the PR materials,...

Apr 08, 2007
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Pizza Place Next to Gravy on Smith??

La Rosa is super inconsistent and lately seems to be just plain bad. I used to love a pie with pancetta and onions, but it does seem to have turned into a soggy mess.

I like Layla Jones too, but it doesn't deliver very well.

Mar 14, 2007
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Vamos Tacos- Mini Review

I really like the tacos and margs there. Waaay overpriced, and chips were not housemade, but other than that, not a bad spot for Cali-style Mex.

Mar 13, 2007
CobblerNYC in Manhattan