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Wine (with Coffee?) and Work

There is a new bar called Bar Tano on 3rd and 9th street. or even their parent Bar Toto? Maybe? Ive been to Toto(6th ave and 12th st), but maybe the smaller bar Tano is better for the computer work? Also Frankies might have opened their new wine bar.

Feb 21, 2008
sharonm in Outer Boroughs

Worst grocery store in Park Slope

I am also a fan of the Key Foods on 5th ave. There is another Union Market which just opened recently on 7th ave between 13th and 14th st(I think). Though its a little pricey, a great place for produce and specialty items. LOVE DVine taste.

Feb 04, 2008
sharonm in Outer Boroughs

We're at the Brooklyn Marriott for four nights.

I would try Five Front in Dumbo, and then walk down the block for the wonderful views of Manhattan and the bridges. Palo Santo on Union would be great if you like unique Latin cuisine. There is a new charming French restaurant on 5th ave called Canaille,which has a small menu but is very good. I've been once. On 5th ave, there are many restaurants, Convivium, Tempo, Al di la, Rosewater on Union, Applewood in South Slope, Frankie's on Court st. Wow I need to visit some of these places again!

Feb 01, 2008
sharonm in Outer Boroughs

Wine bar recs

While on the upper west side definitely go to Wine & Roses. It's a couple of blocks from Bin 71. In the east village In Vino has a great selection of Italian wines. it's on 4th between Ave A and B. I would also go to 8th street Winecellar. For absolute perfection Monday Room on Elizabeth. Ive heard good things about Vin Noir, i think it's on Mott but have yet to visit.

Dec 28, 2007
sharonm in Manhattan

favorite junk food and wine pairings?

Gruner Veltliner and fried chicken
Rose and popcorn
Prosecco and potato chips
Aglianico and anything with barbecue sauce (not junk food but delicious)

Dec 26, 2007
sharonm in Wine

Looking for a "Latin American" place...

I recently ate at Lucy of Gramercy and it was amazing. There is also a place in Brooklyn, Palo Santo, and they have a tasting menu which is diverse and extremely delicious the times I've been there.

Dec 14, 2007
sharonm in Manhattan

Last trip to NYC: Gramercy Tavern. This time?

I would second Public. For New American I would try the Tasting Room, and for Italian definitely Hearth.

Nov 16, 2007
sharonm in Manhattan

Anything as good as Topolo/Frontera

I am from Chicago and love Frontera Grill. There is a new latin restaurant on 18th street, Lucy of Gramercy that is definitely worth checking out. I havent been lately but Mi Cocina on 12th street(or Jane st?), also specializes in Mexican cuisine. i would check out these two before trying Babbo.

Nov 16, 2007
sharonm in Manhattan

i want to have a good meal tonight in park slope or prospect heights

There is another new place on 5th ave, Canaille which is very good. Small french menu, romantic looking. It's cash only. There is also Bar Sepia on Underhill(?).

Nov 14, 2007
sharonm in Outer Boroughs

vin rouge on 5th ave/18th in brooklyn

Jerry,
I agree with you! I live more central slope near Berkeley Pl, but like to head down to Vin Rouge. The owner Jeff is a very cool guy, and the wine selections are eclectic, and it is exciting to try something new. I also hope this place stays open. There can never be too many good wine bars.

Nov 14, 2007
sharonm in Outer Boroughs

Bravo Next Iron Chef!

I comment once again! I say bravo because i'm happy to see real cooking and creativity, and loved the intricacy and weirdness of the technology challenge. but yes the editing is terrible, and yes what's up with Alton? While wiping chef Besh's, or Cosentino's face with a towel it looked like he was going to knock him out. He seems a little cranky and maybe envious. Who knows? He's no Padma, talks way too fast =), but doesnt have her charm either. He needs more enthusiasm, less sarcasm, and some charm to boot.

Oct 15, 2007
sharonm in Food Media & News

Wines by the glass: prefer different or the familiar?

I 've had to do both, make a wine list for a more a mainstream audience and also the freedom to do a far out list. At the more mainstream restaurant that attracted a large tourist, pre theatre dinner crowd, I had to have more mainstream choices like Chardonnay. Pinot Grigio, Merlot, etc. But I got a kick out of thowing a little eclectic into the mix by having a Chard from a country they didnt expect like South Africa. On that list where the kendal Jackson Cab was one of my biggest sellers, I could put a Slovenian Sauvignon Blanc, An Austrian Zierflander, and a Greek Xinomavro, without alienating those who wanted tried and true with those who wanted a bit of adventure. In the wine bar, I was able to have a list with 50 wines by the glass, featuring everything BUT the tried and true. And then... I would taste the gorgeous Merlot, Chardonnay, Cab, S Blanc, or Pinot Grigio that was so wondrous that it had "earned" a spot on the unknown and obscure list. I liked to blind my entrepid regulars on these to get them to give up their snobbish attitudes towards Merlot and such! As one who likes to push the boundaries, I like to do specials of grapes that come from wine regions people arent familiar with as opposed to the grape. So when they ask for a Cab it's from Lebanon, or "Cab like" from Georgia! Have fun developing regulars for the crazy stuff....

Oct 14, 2007
sharonm in Wine

Disappointing Dinner at Celeste

Try it again, and definitely on a week night. Towards the later side if you can! Have a cheese plate, it makes the world a better place!

Oct 14, 2007
sharonm in Manhattan

Bravo Next Iron Chef!

Alias wade, I agree with you. They do try to cover too much in an hour, and should really make this show 2 hours. But I still congratulate them for putting genuine chefs in the kitchen. 2 hours would really make this show! You're right on!

Oct 14, 2007
sharonm in Food Media & News

Top Chef 3 Reunion

Even though hung won it, I wish dale had won it. Hung came off as being the arrogant bastard he is, and Dale was a little catty about not winning. BUT... I still think he should have won. Casey should be grumpy. If all the questions are about who did she hook up with and pictures of her fake rack I'd be a bit miffed also.She's just begging to be taken seriously in the very male world of being a chef. Tre and Lia whom i think did not get to showcase their true talents were not really featured through out the show. I would have rather seen segments on them and even all the rest as opposed to the love fest for Howie and Chef holy crap whats his name? More real and less stupid questions. let the chefs talk!

Oct 14, 2007
sharonm in Food Media & News

Bravo Next Iron Chef!

Had a computer snafu. Congrats to food network for having a show about chefs who actually cook. The second installment of TNIC was awesome. The define yourself in one bite,amuse bouche challenge, was brilliant. The technology challenge and its difficulty showed both the traditions of the chef,and if technology has a legitimate place in culinary expertise. Some of the best chefs in America not using sous vide, xanthum gum, cryo something, and other futuristic techniques which basically champion food in itself. Chris Cosentino using in saor, a traditional Italian flavor and winning the challenge? exciting! Chef Besh? I think he's the one to beat. Love Chef Kaysen and the fact the he will be Chef at Daniel. I have a reason to visit! Chef Lola (my nickname) killed it with explosive flavors in the quickfire. This show blows Top Chef away, in that these are really top chefs already competing for an even bigger role in the culinary world. I like their commaderie and what they all represent, and their obvious admiration for each other. This is the ONLY FN show i will watch.

Oct 14, 2007
sharonm in Food Media & News

Bravo Next Iron Chef!

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Oct 14, 2007
sharonm in Food Media & News

Top Chef Finale Part 1 (spoilers)

I loved this episode, mainly because Ripert is such a fair judge who obviously did not judge on the chef's personalities but their food. Hung continues to bother me. He is always putting people down, and doesn't seem to have any ability or desire to work with others. His comment about cooking for cowboys, was "beans, beans, beans?" How rude. While i can see how Tom's comments might seem like Hung was expected in some way to harken to his roots, I was put off by Hung's last ditch effort to bring up his family and roots and his "passion" for cooking. It was not believable and very annoying in a kiss ass sort of way. But I side with Hung that he doesn't have to cook Asian food if he doesn't want to. Is anyone going to tell Rick Bayless that he cant be an expert on Mexican cuisine because he is not Mexican? Also historically French cuisine IS a huge part of Vietnamese cuisine, so Hung is cooking within his background. But Ripert said it best about casey, that she cooked with soul and that just steamed Hung to no end. Yes he is a great technician. To use the analogy of music, is the classically trained musician always the one pointed out as being the best, most soulful musician? No. Dale? Love him. His story really got me. He seems real and now seems to have come out of his shell once he was working with something in his strength. He also played to his strength by making an absolutely great sauce, for a complex dish, that just worked. I'm rooting for Dale or Casey, because Hung just doesnt deserve it regardless of his knife skills.

Sep 27, 2007
sharonm in Food Media & News

Dinner near Grand Central?

It might be out of your range, but I'd go to L'impero on Tudor Place.

Sep 27, 2007
sharonm in Manhattan

Favorite Brooklyn Restaurants

Awesome, love this old thread:
In no particular order

1. Palo Santo
2. Aurora- Williamsburg
3.Marlow & Sons- Williamsburg
4 Al di la
5 Rosewater
6 Alchemy
7 Bonnies grill- when need wings and burger fix
8 Frankies 457
9 Tempo
10 AOC Bistro

some of these are fairly new, but love them all!
also
frannies
Five front
Di Fara's

Sep 18, 2007
sharonm in Outer Boroughs

Best Restaurant Bars to Dine Alone

Get in line to have dinner at the bar at Babbo.I had dinner at the bar last night and it was amazing. Gramercy Tavern, Hearth, and L'impero are fantastic also especially Hearth.

Sep 14, 2007
sharonm in Manhattan

Batali got the boot (from FN)

Food Network's loss, Fine Living Channel's gain! I saw an episode of Molto Mario on the fine living channel. Much better for him. FN is ridiculous now with all the rack and no talent. While I find Giada blameless, the new Latino show is embarassing for me to watch. Please make real latin food, cover up, and have someone write a new script for Miss thing. Daisy scorches her with her show Daisy cooks! and does Rick Bayless. Gross. The new FN star? Dont embarrass France with your crap, please be good. So fine living, discovery home, and public television are now my destinations for food shows except I still love Iron Chef.

Sep 06, 2007
sharonm in Food Media & News

Top Chef what the %$@#!!!

First,what's up with the laptop and Sara gets nothing for her win of being executive chef? I think Sara should have won because while the carpaccio was good, nothing was cooked. Sara took the time to make a tomato bread pudding. I think her win the last time has given her the confidence to show her badass skills in the kitchen. I felt for her. Howie go home! Even though I did warm up to him this episode, he continued to think his shortcomings were acceptable. Those mushroom duxelle things? I hate mushrooms all over again.And please give these chefs a budget! If you want them to wow you give them some cash to do so. How much better would that tomato tart have been if it had been made out of heirloom tomatoes? Carpaccio? How about Wagyu or even Ostrich? Deviled eggs made of Quail eggs? Something drizzled with truffle juice which is as expensive as rent on the LES. Brian probably saw the catering episode where they ran out of apps and wanted to do more. But I wish he'd really taken the leadership role and demanded excellence in the dishes. Maybe 5 instead of 8. Dale should have chucked the chicken salad in favor of the goat cheese. Insisted on it. Hung? what are you doing? Where is his creativity that he brags about? Brian pulled it out with a Spam recipe I might try, it was beautiful. And CJ? FTP! Seafood sausage again? At least it worked in the context of things. Casey's carpaccio was great but her lack of chef love in the kitchen bothers me. She will throw ANYONE under the bus. She knew the other Sarah was strugglin with the burgers didn't even help. Admitted she was clueless to her surroundings. Bourdain is right, she is dangerous because she is cunning. Now that Tre is gone I'm looking to Sara. And why was Sara showing everyone else's dishes? Read Bourdain's blog on Bravo. Brilliant! Dead on! Give Sara some kick ass chef's knives or something....

Sep 06, 2007
sharonm in Food Media & News

New to Fifth Ave.: AOC Bistro

I had dinner at AOC last Friday. On a date with a French guy and he was clearly impressed. Wine list was solid bistro fare and the food was very good. I had the flank steak with some of the best gratin potatoes I've tasted in a while. The waiter was French and very good. i dont mind the modern setting. I think the other French places have the bistro look down, I liked the clean modern lines. While the music was loud, it was Friday, and I never mind hearing Stevie Wonder!

Sep 06, 2007
sharonm in Outer Boroughs

Best design and wine nyc?

This might be too late, but I would definitely try Insieme. Paul Grieco's wine list is spectacular, and the room modern or even Hearth his other restaurant. I would also try Bette and Trestle on Tenth!

Sep 06, 2007
sharonm in Manhattan

help me choose a Brunello!

Some small producers that I really like are:
Talenti
Collematoni
Collosorbo
Collelceto
Siro Pacenti
1997, and 2001 are definitely vintages to look for. Pricey but will drink beautifully. Schlott (sp?) glassware is very nice. I'm not too fancy with glasses, but I do like Riedel and Spiegelau though it's somewhat delicate. Are you on the east coast?

Sep 04, 2007
sharonm in Wine

help me choose a Brunello!

Brunello is the name of the Sangiovese Grosso clone they use in Montalcino. Prugnolo Gentile is used in Vino Nobile de Montepulciano.

Sep 04, 2007
sharonm in Wine

Best sommelier in the city?

Sorry it's taken me so long to reply, I was away for labor day weekend. Hmmm a wedding gift. If you want to give Champagne, it's worth the trek to head up to Martin Brothers on Broadway and 108th. On the west side, I like Pour, Beacon Wines & Spirits, and Nancy Wine Co for wines off the beaten path. Every single wine at Vestry Wine shop in Tribeca is awesome. Definitely go there for anything from Champagne to an awesome selection of small California producers. While you're down in Tribeca, Chambers Street Wines has one of the best French selections in the city. I love to shop at Union Square Wines. They have fabulous tastings also. Italian wine? Italian Wine Merchants cant be beat. The list could get long. Astor Wines, De Vino, Tinto Fino for great Spanish wine, and let's not forget Crush Wine on 57th. And for far off the beaten track LeDu's wines on Washington Ave, great tastings! My weekend hobby is to discover wine stores. Actually it's a great thread to start! These are some great places in my opinion to shop for wines with staff that are wine geeks through and through! Good Luck! Let me know what you get!

Sep 04, 2007
sharonm in Manhattan

Insieme - Review

Bravo jakew8 for not being that guy in the restaurant when it comes to wine. I work in the business and if I order a bottle which is sound but not exactly what I was looking for, I will finish that bottle. Sending something back is for wine that is actually corked or flawed in some way. I prefer Hearth and so does my bank account,but I admire what Marco is trying to do and will continue to taste through the progress when my cash flow allows.

Aug 27, 2007
sharonm in Manhattan

Best sommelier in the city?

There are so many great ones. In no particular order:
Paul Grieco- Hearth and Insieme
James Hamilton- L'Impero
Richard Luftig-Cookshop
Carmine- Celeste
Juliette Pope- Gramercy Tavern
That's just my top five, and I havent even mentioned my favorite wine stores!

Aug 27, 2007
sharonm in Manhattan