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Indian restaurants in the W. Village or Soho

Four friends and I are looking for a fun, relatively cheap meal tonight (under 30pp). Indian always appeals as a great option.

We'd like to stay in the W. Village or Soho, but could move, if compelled.

Thanks.

Sep 28, 2007
tsb2001 in Manhattan

Restaurants everyone loves--except you

Lupa.

I think it's generally mediocre and, in some cases, just plain bad.

Sep 11, 2007
tsb2001 in Manhattan

Gramercy Tavern (Tavern Room) Recs

A friend just invited me to join him for lunch at the Tavern room on Friday. I've been to the main dining room, albeit before the recent chef change, so I'm looking for some help. First, do people have any dish recommendations? Second, and forgive my ignorance, but the Tavern room is totally casual, right? I'm a jeans and a t-shirt kinda person....

Many thanks.

Sep 05, 2007
tsb2001 in Manhattan

Healthy Pancakes

I think Good Enough To Eat serves whole wheat pancakes.

Aug 22, 2007
tsb2001 in Manhattan

What to Order at Blue Hill?

We did the tasting menu. It was fantastic. Without question one of the best meals I've ever had (top five for sure). There was a fantastic lobster dish with a carrot broth that I could eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

It was summer cuisne at its apex.

Aug 21, 2007
tsb2001 in Manhattan

A great meal for one vegetarian and two carnivores?

How about Alta. My closest vegetarian friend and I always dine there when we're looking for equality of options. The tapas is wonderful, and some of the vegetarian options (the brussel sprouts) are better than the meats!

Aug 20, 2007
tsb2001 in Manhattan

Resto (short review)

When the nyc food critics unanimously swoon over a new restaurant I tend to take notice. So, last week, I girded my loins and ventured into Murray Hill for some Belgian fare. It was a Thursday evening, about 10, and we were told the wait would be about thirty minutes. We waited by the bar for the inattentive and overwhelmed bartender and eventually placed orders. The beer was excellent. I had wanted hard cider but, alas, they don't serve it so I was given an apple flavored alcoholic something or other; it was good.

Once we sat down, the service improved. Everything was brought promptly (bread, water, food), and our server was quite attentive. The food, however, was really disappointing. We started with the deviled eggs, which, aside from being the least healthy foodstuff on the planet, were quite good but really greasy. They left little pools of grease on the cutting board plate (that's sort of gross). We then shared a burger and mussels, both of which were thoroughly mediocre. The broth in the mussels had absolutely no flavor whatsoever (it was ale and orange, I think). The mussels were cooked properly (that's not particularly difficult) but the utter lack of flavor was truly confounding. The burger was so incredibly salty that it verged on the inedible. At first we thought it was us, but our closest table neighbors interjected that they too had a rather salty slab of meat. The fries were fine but not great. We skipped dessert.

All in all, I was left wondering what had others found so fantastic? Where was the cuisine that had won so many loyalists so quickly? I was puzzled.

Aug 17, 2007
tsb2001 in Manhattan

Harrison Update

No, the Harrison hasn't had a chef change: Brian Bistrong is still in the kitchen. I'm extremely surprised by your bad experience. I've had nothing but terrific meals there.

Aug 13, 2007
tsb2001 in Manhattan

Help me pick my birthday dinner!

Assuming you want your birthday meal to be memorable (and given the restaurants you've listed I assume price isn't a huge factor either), I'd select Blue Hill or Annisa in that order. I ate a Blue Hill last month, for the first time in summer, and was blown away. Everything was spectacular. We had the tasting menu and were not disappointed. In addition, we left feeling satisfied but not degusted (the food is light, as summer food should be, and fairly healthy). I'd run back tomorrow.

Annisa, which I tried last year, was also excellent. We had a tasting menu there too. I remember one or two courses being good and the others all being excellent. Desserts were particularly wonderful.

I'd skip Gotham. I think the place is past its prime.

Finally, I'd recommend The Harrison. I think some hounders feel the food is overrated but I love it. The food is seasonal, crisp and delicious. I think everything on the menu there is terrific, and I've had everything!

Good luck and happy birthday!

Aug 13, 2007
tsb2001 in Manhattan

Italian for 5

My parents and friends of theirs are visiting me in nyc next month, and while I've made reservations for four of the fives days they'll be visiting the remaining day is inducing a small headache. For starters it's Labor Day, which I think means a lot of places will be closed. What's more is what I (I mean my parents) desire; they want a nice Italian place that's not too loud nor too trendy. Ordinarily I'd do Max, Celeste or Gennaro but no reservations is a deal breaker. They've been to Babbo (ok), L'Impero (great), A Voce (too noisy), and Fiamma (good). I was thinking about trying something less fancy seeing as we've tried many of the fancier places (they've been to Del Poso and Felidia too).

So far all I've come up with is Crispo, but I'm worried it'll be too noisy and/or too trendy?

Any and all suggestions would be most welcome!

Cheers.

Aug 04, 2007
tsb2001 in Manhattan

Professional Knife Sharpener

Can anyone report a reputable place to have one's knives sharpened? I'm on the Upper West Side, but willing to travel anywhere in Manhattan.

Thanks.

Jul 22, 2007
tsb2001 in Manhattan

Help please on this itinerary

Wow, break out the elastic pants!

Your plans seem very methodical so I'm loath to suggest any major alterations. For what it's worth I'll laud a few choices and critique one. I think Bouley is a fantastic choice. Others on this board will cry to the heavens against it, but it's romantic, exquisite, and fantastic in every dimension. The Degustation menu is a wonderful option, if you're feeling up for 10+ courses.

In terms of cocktails, I think Pegu Club is an excellent suggestion. I'd also throw in Little Branch, the kid sister to Milk and Honey (no private number or reservation needed as with the mothership). The cocktails are simply amazing. You could certainly go there after your dinner at Buddakan, which is my lone critique. While it's too loud, too big, too over the top, I'd gladly suffer through it all for great food. Alas, I found Buddakan lacking. It semed to me the kitchen was trying too hard. Dishes were too elaborate, overly seasoned, etc. It does, however, fit the theme of the restaurant: excess!

Finally, I'd suggest one other stop on your culinary whirlwind tour: Cones. You've got to have some great gelato in August; it'll be scortching. Cones on Bleeker is my personal favorite. Fit it in after dinner at Buddakan or during your Shake Shack/cart lunch on Thursday, or just go both days! I assure you it's well worth it.

Enjoy your waist-popping saunter!

Jun 10, 2007
tsb2001 in Manhattan

Per Se-What to eat and wear?

In terms of dress, jacket is required for men. Jeans are prohibited. There was a piece somewhere about the restaurant, it might have been in the New Yorker, which mentioned that they've sent more than a few people to JCrew to get some khakis. It seemed to me most everyone was wearing a suit.

Can't speak to the vegetarian menu, but the regular menu is fantastic. In fact, I think any menu that doesn't feature oysters and pearls is not worth ordering.

Enjoy yourselves! It was certainly the best meal I've ever had.

Jun 04, 2007
tsb2001 in Manhattan

It's your last meal on Earth, you have $60...

Ditto on POB. Fried oysters to start or soup (depending on the weather). Wait a minute, I'm dying. I'm having both. Lobster roll, of course. Then I'd cheat by going around the corner and having Cones' Almond Cream.

Then I'd drop dead...

May 18, 2007
tsb2001 in Manhattan

overrated restaurants

Well, I assume he mentioned it to our server, since they weren't on the bill. He inquired if we enjoyed them, and my very blunt sister said they were inedible. The server nerver got involved.

May 04, 2007
tsb2001 in Manhattan

overrated restaurants

Sent back one pasta dish. It came back undercooked.

We gave our tip to the very nice busboy who was pleasant and noticed our distaste for all the desserts, taking them off the bill.

May 04, 2007
tsb2001 in Manhattan

overrated restaurants

We might disagree about Wallse and Felidia (at least on their degree of mediocrity), but I'm with you on this one. It might be my favorite place to go in all of nyc. If I had twenty dollars in my pocket and was about to die, I'd head straight for POB.

May 03, 2007
tsb2001 in Manhattan

overrated restaurants

Part of the first bad experience (I've been twice) stemmed from a long ordeal with the sommelier, which made the restaurant look unprofessional, but it's not necessarily germane to the food itself. I had the lobster with rosti, which was obscured by an overwhelming cream sauce of sorts. The entire dish was out of balance. My friend commented that his ghoulash, rabbit I believe, tasted of very little. The schnitzel was like eating veal coated in sandpaper. It has the most revolting texture of any breaded object I've encountered in a restaurant. The potato/cucumber mixture, which I've always seen treated separately at most Austrian restaurants, was revolting.

The desserts, I will conceded, were quite good. However, at that point in the meal things had been such a let down that I imagine anything would've pleased us.

Second visit was more professional, in terms of service, but the food, again, seemed overly thought out and poorly executed.

May 03, 2007
tsb2001 in Manhattan

overrated restaurants

Well, the forum called for overrated experiences. I expressed my disdain for Feldia and Wallse, not expecting to need to elabroate. In any event, Felidia served up thoroughly bland food and inedible desserts. The pastas we had (on several visits) were alarmingly overcooked and thoroughly underwhelming. Frankly, I can't even remember what we ate, aside from a bland duck ragu; I've tried to put it out of my mind. We had a sever who seemed irritating at my sister's finicky dining habits, asking for a simpler plate of pasta than was available. Her audible sigh was quite obnoxious. She spilled a glass of wine and failed to even apologize. My mother's main course, a seafood stew of sorts, was thoroughly overcooked. The desserts on our first visit were inedible. A rhurbab cake of sorts was so foul it got one bite from each person and sat on the table. They'd forgotten the sugar in a soggy apple streudel. Why, then, would I go back? My wealthy uncle took me. It was equally mediocre.

May 03, 2007
tsb2001 in Manhattan

overrated restaurants

I'd rather gouge out my eyes (a la Oedipus) than eat at Wallse.

May 03, 2007
tsb2001 in Manhattan

overrated restaurants

I think Felidia and Wallse are terrible. I will defend Prune and Bouley to the death.

May 03, 2007
tsb2001 in Manhattan

Marmite

Marmite has no business crossing the Atlantic. It deserves to stay in GB with its fellow revolting foodstuffs.

Apr 25, 2007
tsb2001 in Manhattan

Sad but True - Need a Restaurant Near Grand Central

Wolfgang's?

Mar 06, 2007
tsb2001 in Manhattan

Daniel, Jean-Georges or Le Bernardin

All three restaurants have a certain stuffiness to them, but I think JG's minimalist dining room is the most pleasant. LB looks like a yacht club, and Daniel, well, reminds me of a fancy upper east side apartment lobby. In terms of food and service, I'd again side with JG. The service is always extremely professional, striking the delicate balance between the attentiveness and hovering. The food, too, is exquisite. Their foie gras preparation is always intriguing (and delicious). I've never left disappointed nor hungry. You'll be treated well. Also, the sommelier was extremely helpful, guiding us towards reasonably priced and delicious wines.

Both of my visits to LB were disappointing. We found the service to be far from stellar and the food simply "good." Daniel's service was better as was the food, but I think JG is the most intimate and refined.

Mar 06, 2007
tsb2001 in Manhattan

Jean Georges or Aureole?

JG, no question. The food at Aureole seems dated. The restaurant seems dated. I realize JG has been around just as long, but the frequency with which the menu changes shows me they're keenly aware of gastronomic developments. My last meal there was ALMOST as tasty as per se. Almost, but not quite.

Mar 05, 2007
tsb2001 in Manhattan

Crumbs cupcakes?

I can't actually eat cupcakes from Crumbs. Why you ask? Well, the frosting irritates my mouth. Each time I attempt to try one of these sublime looking confections, I get no further than one bite. It's like pouring acid in my mouth. I'm dead serious, too.

I've been searching for the perfect manhattan cupcake for five years. I'm yet to find it...

Mar 05, 2007
tsb2001 in Manhattan

Best Brownie Sundae in Manhattan

Where should I go to gorge myself?

Many thanks!

Dec 20, 2006
tsb2001 in Manhattan

March closing - worth trying to go beforehand?

I very much enjoyed my meal at March. It was back in 2003, but it's still memorable. That being said, I'd be interested to see March as a more casual spot.

Save your money. Wait for Wayne Nish's new creation.

Dec 20, 2006
tsb2001 in Manhattan

Tasting Menu Recommendations?

I definitely wouldn't characterize Bouley as informal. I've never seen anyone dine there in jeans, but that doesn't mean it's prohibited. The jacket is requested but not required. Bouley's tasting menu is terrific. It's also quite reasonable at $85. I believe they also have a 7-course Degustation menu, which I've been tempted to try (you might consider asking). I know Danube has one.

I'd pass on Veritas. The wine is the star there. If you're a wine person, I'd consider Cru or Veritas, but in terms of food I'd stick with Bouley (Danube is excellent, too).

Also, WD-50's tasting menu is a lot of fun. The restaurant has its ardent followers and equally loud critics, but it's very casual and, at the very least, an interesting dining experience.

Dec 20, 2006
tsb2001 in Manhattan

Special meal in Manhattan; Daniel, Per Se, Jean Georges?

I'd put Le Bernardin second to per se in terms of food. The fish dishes are better than those at JG or Bouley (the decor is a little corporate in my opinion, but that's a product of its midtown location, I think). However, there are some days when one simply doesn't want to eat fish. For a complete package, I might say Bouley over LB and JG, with the concession that the food at Bouley might be marginally inferior. I think the decor puts it above the other two.

Dec 19, 2006
tsb2001 in Manhattan