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Need Vietnamese Restaurant Recs

Mai House in Tribeca isn't too far away from Chinatown and is great vietnamese. But is probably a bit more pricey than regular hole in the wall Chinatown restaurants.

Mar 21, 2007
souldawg in Manhattan

Does New York mexican food really suck?

I'm from texas as well and tex/mex is hard to find properly, but there is authentic mexican. Zarela, Paladar, Centrico all from the same family are amazing. Then again I am a push over for anyplace that has true cajeta. However, if it's crock pot queso you want, best do it yourself.

Feb 26, 2007
souldawg in Manhattan

Good BYOB in Manhattan?

I posted this in the other thread, but I read that Tribeca Grill is doing it on Monday's now.

Feb 15, 2007
souldawg in Manhattan

BEST BAGELS IN NYC

I whole heartedly agree. Ess-a is the place to get a truly authentic bagel, with the 21st slightly better than the 50th street.

Feb 15, 2007
souldawg in Manhattan

BYOB...preferrably Italian

I read that Tribeca Grill is starting up BYOB on the Monday front (montrachet replacement anyone?) but it's more american rather than italian.

Feb 15, 2007
souldawg in Manhattan

mai house

Vastly improved from when it started. Like a completely different restaurant. Extremely tasty. I'm not a big fan of Vietnamese, but I like it. They even have veggie dishes now, so now it accomodates more people, but I think the snapper/pork belly dishes are the best.

Feb 13, 2007
souldawg in Manhattan

north square by washington square park

Vastly improved since it started. Like another restaurant. Quite good.

Feb 13, 2007
souldawg in Manhattan

Quitting Gristedes - need better place downtown

Until they go around mugging their customers...I've read several complaints of FD's delivery guys (some with criminal records) harassing female customers. Secondly, FD produce is the worst. I used to use FD all the time, but stopped and won't go back.

Feb 05, 2007
souldawg in Manhattan

New Office Eats? - TRIBECA

Provence on Church and White is hopping. Get two little mini sandwiches for $5.00.

Jan 30, 2007
souldawg in Manhattan

TriBeCa Restaurant

landmarc actually was quite rude to a big take out party order we were going to make yesterday. We called at 11:50 to place an order for around $300, they said they didn't open for lunch until 12 and we would have to call back.

We then asked why we couldn't place the order and if it would be possible to speak with someone to just take our order to be made at 12PM when the restaurant opened.

They kept us on hold until 12PM precisely then picked up the phone and asked to take our order. We only stayed on the phone to see if this was what they were going to do, and laugh at the outrageous customer service.

I understand they don't open for lunch until 12PM, but you would think for such a large order, they could at least take the order, make it when the kitchen opens and then have us go pick it up afterwards. Keeping us on hold until the appropriate time was a bit much.

Jan 19, 2007
souldawg in Manhattan

Mai House might be my favorite new Vietnamese ...if only it was cheaper

I am still liking Mai House much to the detriment of my pocketbook. Maybe it's the cocktails lubricating me up before the meal, but I actually like it, much to my original hesitation.

BUT, my significant other has decided that neither of us can continue to spend this much when there are local Vietnamese dives. Therefore, are there any quality cheap Vietnamese places in the Tribeca area? I can head to chinatown for some crossover cuisine, but anything specialized?

Jan 09, 2007
souldawg in Manhattan

Fun, hip, reasonable group dinner next Saturday

Stanton Social is good for groups, I tend to do birthday parties there. Lots of fun. Mai House seems to be another up and comer, liked the food and atmosphere (very trendy) when I went and Bruni just gave it two stars so there probably will be some buzz.

Jan 03, 2007
souldawg in Manhattan

Business Lunch Far West Tribeca

I always see Citigroup type lunches there so it wouldn't be a bad choice on food selection. It's hardly quiet though so you might want to go somewhere else if you want to have a private conversation.

Dec 20, 2006
souldawg in Manhattan

Curry In A Hurry - Closed

I only frequent Saravanaa's but the naan at Curry in a Hurry was the best on the row.

Dec 20, 2006
souldawg in Manhattan

Good for Groups - downtown

Mai House in Tribeca. I just ate there again and I think the food is getting more even and better. It's still a new restaurant in the neighborhood, but is quite hip (or tries to be) and seems to be the new place to be seen by neighborhoodie people.

Dec 20, 2006
souldawg in Manhattan

Restaurants with a dessert tasting menu?

WD-50 used to have one with Sam Mason in the house. Don't know about the current pastry chef though.

Dec 20, 2006
souldawg in Manhattan

New Year's full dinner and dancing (live music)

I haven't gone out for New Year's in ages. However I was told that in Tribeca that the Tribeca Grill was doing a thing as was Landmarc. I'm sure the Harrison would probably do something as well.

Dec 12, 2006
souldawg in Manhattan

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie?

I had a great one at Tribeca Grill awhile back. I'm not certain it is still on the menu, but it was much better than Bubby's version.

Dec 12, 2006
souldawg in Manhattan

Keens-disappointed

I used to work next door (until last month) and never had a reduction sauce either. Maybe it must be new?

Dec 11, 2006
souldawg in Manhattan

Wanna try Afghan....

Bamiyan is hit or miss. I've been twice and once the pumpkin appetizer was great and fresh, the other time they definintely canned it.

I also don't like the fact you have to pay $1 for a piece of bread. Hopefully they changed that-how else do you munch on the hummous?

Dec 07, 2006
souldawg in Manhattan

Tribeca recs for dinner this holiday season

I agree with The Harrison, and for Petite Abeille I tend to hold out for brunch.

I just tried Mai House (Vietnamese) last week after talking about it for so long. Great. They have original cocktails that my friend and I enjoyed-and the food was absolutely beautiful. Much more fresh than I thought Bao 111 was (same chef). All in all, we spent about $60 with drinks per person. I don't know if you can get reservations on the weekend though. We went on a Wednesday and the place was already booked.

Dec 06, 2006
souldawg in Manhattan

Belgian Waffles

My guilty pleasure waffles are the ones from Petite Abeille here in Tribeca. AMAZING!

Dec 06, 2006
souldawg in Manhattan

Need A Trendy Restaurant in Manhattan

I said this in another post. I haven't been there, but Mai House, down in Tribeca seems to be getting a lot of press. It's Vietnamese, and on the same block as Nobu (pretty sure same owners), but I haven't tried it so the food isn't something I can say yay or nay about.

Nov 30, 2006
souldawg in Manhattan

Best all around Japanese in NYC?

Unfortunately I don't think there is one well rounded Japanese restaurant in the traditional sense. Most people associate sushi only as Japanese, and that an americanized version.

Overall I have to go Masa (I was treated there once by a very nice friend).

More affordable versions, I prefer Hasaki.

Nov 30, 2006
souldawg in Manhattan

New Years Eve party place?

I asked this in the what's my craving thread. I'm looking for a great place too as I usually stay in. I live in Tribeca, and would prefer to stay down there, but I could trek all the way up to Ciprianis. But any Tribeca recs?

Nov 29, 2006
souldawg in Manhattan

a horrible dinner at nobu (tribeca)

This is where I'm confused though. I go to eat the actual dishes at Nobu, not the sushi. It may be a japanese restaurant, but has it ever been billed as a sushi restaurant. The two can be mutually exclusive.

Nov 28, 2006
souldawg in Manhattan

Max Brenner Chocolates Union Sq not so good?

What's a good place for bakery goods and hot chocolate then that's below City Bakery? Is there any?

Nov 28, 2006
souldawg in Manhattan

How best to use an any Nobu restaurant gift certificate?

That's harsh! I live in the nieghborhood too and have eaten at Next Door and Nobu (haven't made it up to Nobu 57 yet) and I agree with jenniebnyc.

The sushi is okay, and I think that if you did the omakase, definitely spend more than the gift certificate you have, in order to experience the best dishes, BUT stick with the dishes. The black cod miso is always standardly amazing and the sashimi is equally good. Funny enough, I actually enjoyed the desserts while I was there, they even made us a special orange sponge cake type dessert that was killer. The sushi is good, but it's not Masa good-better than your average menu under the door place but not worth spending your gift certificate on when there are other options around.

Next Door and Nobu are the same restaurant. They share the same kitchen and if you walk past the two to the deli, you can even see it during the day with the same downstairs delivery opening into the same space. I think the only difference between the two is that Next Door doesn't do lunch. I've heard good things about Nobu 57, that the dishes are even more flavorful than the ones in Tribeca, so maybe spend your money there if that's an option.

Nov 28, 2006
souldawg in Manhattan

Okashi question

Rockstar! Thank you very much. I can only find these at one place here in NYc so to be able to indulge myself regularly will be awesome.

Nov 25, 2006
souldawg in Japan

Okashi question

Sorry, I didn't realize the link forwarded you back to the front page. Here is a direct link to the picture: http://www.taquitos.net/dbimages13/Ni...

Nov 25, 2006
souldawg in Japan