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Let's talk about Junoon

I wanted to update this thread:
This restaurant had great reviews and I have wanted to try it since it opened. Based on this dinner with three other people, I won't be back. The cauliflower app was encased in a soft, greasy dough; ditto the paneer. The crisp eggplant was excellent. The various types of nan were routine. A Brussels sprouts dish was oily and tasteless. My goat in the goat curry was very tough. A rice pudding was flavorless, we left it. Over all, the food was under spiced and wickedly expensive. Service was fine. The restaurant is attractive with pretentious hosts. The thumping music made me hoarse and gave me a headache. All four of us said that we won't be back.
I think that the Michelin man needs to pay this place another visit.

Mar 09, 2014
pups224 in Manhattan

Marzipan pigs?

Elk candy has a website where you an order them.
http://www.elkcandy.com

Jan 04, 2014
pups224 in Manhattan

Grace's Marketplace vs Eli"s Manhattan

Since I just saw that Grace's is moving to larger quarters this spring, I would like to revive this thread.
Fairway has arrived and since it had metastasized with the help of an IPO, has really changed, no more really special stuff. The veggies are pretty routine.
A&V, my favorite place still has decent produce and fish but their prices, which used to be modest are now almost on par with Citarella.
Grace's has never been a lure for me. Awful, tasteless takeout, and the rest is just not appealing. The fish and meat looks old and is just too pricey.
Eli's is just too expensive. Fifty dollars for a pound of chanterelles. Yes, great baked goods.

Nov 06, 2013
pups224 in Manhattan

quiet upscale restaurant manhattan

Dovetail

Jun 02, 2013
pups224 in Manhattan

UES chinese/Szechwan

I just called Wa Jeal since we order from them all the time.
It's even better if you eat there.
I asked them if they had a new chef and new owner.
She woman answering the phone said quite emphatically NO.

I tried the place on 2nd ave. and 73rd a couple of weeks ago for a quick lunch. Had the hot and sour soup and the tripe and beef. The soup was just so-so. The tripe was very nice but not as good as Wa Jeal. Need to sample more.

May 16, 2013
pups224 in Manhattan

Dinner at Lafayette

Just okay. Very disappointed. I would give it a 6.
The space is huge and glitzy.
The service was rushed and haphazard. A request for More bread and a glass of wine was forgotten. The hostesses wore fake smiles. The place was packed and it felt like it. A little bit of "Danny Meyer" here would be useful.

The food was strangely tasteless.
The foie gras was nice. The rhubarb was superfluous and hard.
The asparagus looked lovely on the plate and had no taste. The little pigs feet croutons could have been fried anything . Even the chopped egg with it was strangely tasteless. The Boston lettuce salad was very nice but did not need ham. The dressing was good. The appetizer potions were large.

My black pasta was just black. A little overlooked with no taste of the sea. An empty cockle sat on top of the pasta when it was served which signified how I felt about the dish and the carelessness of the kitchen.
The chocolate torte was good. The ginger ice cream was tasteless.

As much as I like Locanda Verde, this place needs some tweaking.

May 13, 2013
pups224 in Manhattan

83 1/2 Restaurant-(Ryan Skeen's) Is it closed??

Finally a really good restaurant on the UES and it closes.

Jan 19, 2013
pups224 in Manhattan

Buying Fresh Squab

I was at Eataly this week and noticed that a single squab from Pat LaFrieda was a whopping $23.00.
I've seen fresh squab in the Chinatown markets and I wonder if it is any good (livery, somewhat gamey, etc.).
I am not a big fan of D'artagnan squab. Once purchased some fabulous squab from Bo-Bo chicken at the new amsterdam market but they never have it any more.
Any thoughts?

Dec 30, 2012
pups224 in Manhattan

83 1/2 -New place on Upper East -between 1st and York-Review

Been there twice. Both times delicious. Love the appetizers. Had kale and octopus and liege and pigs ear salad. The chicken and pork and beans mains were very good as well.
The people I was with liked the restaurant very much too.
The wines are well chosen and gently priced. The prices on the food are more than fair.
The service was professional and warm.
The restaurant needs more deserts, so no four stars.
It also needs more diners. Please hurry over and help this place thrive.

Nov 28, 2012
pups224 in Manhattan

looking for head cheese

The testa at Eataly is wonderful.

Oct 29, 2012
pups224 in Manhattan

Square Meal news?

Sadly, Yura closed Square Meal. Apparently, the building was sold.

Oct 29, 2012
pups224 in Manhattan

Really good lunch around Eatontown

Thank you all for your replies. We went Kanji and it had very good, fresh fish. The service was excellent.
I highly recommend it.

May 12, 2012
pups224 in New Jersey

Really good lunch around Eatontown

I need to be in Eatontown on a Saturday.
Can anyone recommend a place there or north of there for an excellent meal. Light food is better. Japanese/Chinese/Thai is ideal.

May 01, 2012
pups224 in New Jersey

Going to Salisbury MD next week

Can anyone recommend several good restaurants in or around Salisbury. Fifteen mile radius if fine. Local specialties preferred.
Is there a good fish store where I can bring home some crab meat?
Thanks from Manhattan.

Apr 16, 2012
pups224 in Mid-Atlantic

Going to Salisbury

Can anyone recommend several good restaurants in or around Salisbury. Fifteen mile radius if fine. Local specialties preferred.
Is there a good fish store where I can bring home some crab meat?
Thanks from Manhattan.

Apr 15, 2012
pups224 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Suggestions for dinner pre-opera

Lincoln.

Dec 26, 2011
pups224 in Manhattan

East End Kitchen New UES Restaurant

I have now eaten at this bar and restaurant twice and it deserves more foot traffic than it is getting.
It is in the former space of Boeuf a la Mode. The chef cooked for Atelier Robuchon.
It is a nice size, well lit place with a welcoming bar. The theme of the restaurant is American food that is locally sourced.
My companions and I thought that dinner was delicious and extremely well executed both times that I ate there.

The first time, I had the vegetable terrine which was fresh and well composed. My pork with peaches was also very nice. The pork was obviously from a small farm as it was very "porky" and not at all dried out. My friends had the watermelon and feta salad which they loved and flounder with couscous and steak.
The second time I had the duck breast with lovely little dumplings in a wine reduction. The breast was rare and very tasty.
Deserts are delicious. I had a chocolate mousse with a fruit coulis and my partner had an outstanding sabayon with plums.
The bread is homemade. The butter is locally sourced. The drinks are well made and the wine list is very interesting. Prices are fair. Portions are on the smallish side.

The service is attentive and welcoming. The bar has a different, more informal menu and it looks like a nice place to hang out.

What I do not understand is why YELP only posts a selected number of reviews which are just terrible. If you look at the non-posted reviews that you have to go through hoops to get, they are excellent. Why would a website be so cruelly selective to a newcomer?

In any case, East End Kitchen is a welcome addition to the UES. Jut a little bit off the beaten track.

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East End Kitchen
539 E 81st St, New York, NY 10028

Sep 11, 2011
pups224 in Manhattan

Visiting Upper East Side - restaurant suggestion? Sushi?

This place is just another Korean run "sushi" bar. Their fish is boring and not fresh. The selection is awful and over priced. Stay away and cook at home!

Aug 02, 2011
pups224 in Manhattan

Upscale Birthday Celebration

A New Yorker friend of mine will be in Seattle during her 60th birthday. She is quite sophisticated and knows food and wine.

Can you suggest a place that preferably but not necessarily has seafood, has a good vibe and is upscale and delicious? Money is no object.
I looked at the boards and "Spinasseā€ seems to be recommended but my friends are very used to eating Italian.
How is Canlis? Can anyone recommend any other places for a party of four that takes reservations?
Thanks!

Jul 24, 2011
pups224 in Greater Seattle

Japanese on UES

I disagree about Gayjyumaru. When it first opened it was very good. Now it has a major attitude and the fish is just okay. Not worth it to me. Plus it is a very uncomfortable space.
I need to try Inase.
At Tokubei, the specials are very good and the lack of any attitude or pretense is even better.

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Inase
1586 1st Ave, New York, NY 10028

Jun 26, 2011
pups224 in Manhattan

Japanese on UES

I have started going back to Tokubei for diner.
This restaurant has been around since the mid 1970's when the only sushi restaurants in NY were Robata and Nippon.
It fell out of favor with the advent of all the new high end sushi bars.
We were there again last night. It's a really homey place with a salt of the earth, Japanese bar tender. No masters of the universe and no one from the burbs. The crowd is strictly Yorkville and very down home. The neighborhood characters hang out at the bar. The tables are covered in tacky oil cloth and the menus have cigarette burns from bygone years. The owner tends the sushi bar.
The sushi and sashimi was very good. We had Monkfish liver, a very good bonito tataki and superb toro. I loved my oshitashi.
My sashimi was very fresh. The chef used real assortments of seaweed, not the shredded radish that one gets at Korean owned "Japanese" sushi bars which have now populated the UES.
No, this is not Yasuda. My sea urchin was not from Santa Barbara and the salmon was a bit bland. Sake selections are very limited. But it was a quiet haven with a neighborhood feel without the wait and the attitude.
Make sure to ask for the specials of the night and you will get a very good dinner.

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Tokubei 86
314 E 86th St, New York, NY 10028

Jun 26, 2011
pups224 in Manhattan

Best Thai in Manhattan

Thank you so much for all of your replies. i shall try Zabb Elee.

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Zabb Elee
75 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

Apr 12, 2011
pups224 in Manhattan

Best Thai in Manhattan

I have German relatives coming to Manhattan. They love Thai food.
I have never been to Sripraphai, which seems to be the temple of Thai in NYC.
Is there a Thai restaurant in Manhattan that is comparable and that takes reservations?
Thanks.

Apr 09, 2011
pups224 in Manhattan

Great Opening Fish Tag

Sifton reviewed Fish Tag today. I thought that the review was so mean spirited and undeserved. This is a lovely restaurant and has delicious food. I just don't get it. I wonder if his palate has gone south to an unmentionable place.
I ate at Ai Fiore on Sunday. Not a truffle in sight. Food and service just okay. Wine list stratospheric.

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Fish Tag
222 W 79th St, New York, NY 10024

Mar 02, 2011
pups224 in Manhattan

Review of Corton

I am so glad that you had the same opinion that I did. This is an excellent restaurant and so worth going to.
It was not full the night that I went which made me apprehensive.
Was the restaurant full when you were there?

Feb 23, 2011
pups224 in Manhattan

Review of Corton

Enjoy it, Ellenost. Don't get me wrong, I am a huge fan of Danny Meyer and I adore The Bar Room at The Modern and Gramercy Tavern but Corton is really interesting and eating your dinner makes you think about what is going on in your mouth. The intelligence of the cooking is also very fine.
I guess that I need to go to Chicago and eat at Alinea.
Looking forward to your review.

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Gramercy Tavern
42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

Corton
239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

Feb 17, 2011
pups224 in Manhattan

Review of Corton

I just went for the first time. The amuses were amazing and kept on coming. The bread service was excellent. We had the prix fixe and added a course each. The pacing of the meal was perfect.
My seafood appetizer was very special, multiple small plates of yumminess.
The Mangalista pork was outstanding. The duck was presented two ways. First a little pie of leg confit and then the breast. The presentation was just beautiful. I am not a great fan of Lola duck. I prefer Moulard.
The desert was outstanding. A dark chocolate ganache log and the S/O had a French toast and fruit contraption.
The service was not intrusive and very professional. The wines and the sommelier were great.
The price was hefty, but we ate and drank a lot.
I would go back anytime. I thought that it was just as good if not better than EMP and certainly better that The Modern.
I loved the innovative food and platings. The plates themselves were gorgeous too.

Feb 17, 2011
pups224 in Manhattan

Has anyone tried Pan Asian on E86 yet?

That's what what I thought when I saw the menu. Boy was I mistaken. Not even close to Saigon Grill. Such a shame.
There is a place named "Spice Noodle" on the UES that is almost identical to Saigon Grill. They say that they have the old chef.
The woman taking orders barely speaks english and is kind of rude but the take out is pretty good.

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Saigon Market
91 University Pl, New York, NY 10003

Spice Noodle
1744 1st Ave, New York, NY 10128

Feb 06, 2011
pups224 in Manhattan

Great Opening Fish Tag

Go Early, Eat Well. Less Noise.
Four of us went. Excellent wine list. Great Waiter. Fabulous meal. Octopus, Prawn Bruschetta, Tuna confit bruschetta, Sheep milk dumplings with sea urchin, grilled swordfish. All excellent and exciting. Ice cream and sorbets were outstanding.

Feb 06, 2011
pups224 in Manhattan

Carnegie Hill Indian

Ordered out from Maharaja Palace. Just delicious. The spicing was not at all bland the chicken tandoori was not dried out. The flavors were excellent. Much better and more authentic than Tamarind.
A real asset to the neighborhood.

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Maharaja Palace
1350 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10128

Feb 01, 2011
pups224 in Manhattan