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Scarpetta Menu pricing?

It looks like the prices are up :) it also looks like they took off that sick sweetbread pasta :(

Aug 24, 2009
CocHoliday in Manhattan

Week in NYC; Review my line up please

Aldea - Heard great things from most friends I trust
Bar Americain - Ok- I've only gone because I used to live near by - Pleasant.
Bar Boulud - Awesome.
Clinton Street Bakery (mostly for breakfast) - Very good!
Co. - Not worth the hype, but nothing can be with the amount of hype it has.
Convivio - Very good.
Di Fara Pizza - Disappointing.
Enoteca at Del Posto - Good deal.
Ippudo (for ramen) - Sick! Only get ramen, rest of the food is terrible.
James (in Park Slope, where I used to live briefly so I like going to dinner one night in my old hood) - Have no idea.
Matsugen - Stick with ippudo and save some $$.
Momofuku Ssam Bar or Noodle Bar? (which one if you had to choose) Ssam is probably your "must go" on this list. You'll have a great time by yourself and try lots of great food.
Morandi - No.
Perilla - Ok.
Porchetta (probably just for lunch) - Great for lunch.
Scarpetta - Very, very good. Great for solo dining at bar.
Taboon - No.
Thalia - Same as bar americain. Agree with other poster, only good for a proper martini pre/post theater.

Have fun!

Aug 01, 2009
CocHoliday in Manhattan

HELP: If you could Eat ANYTHING...

1) BREAKFAST: Truffled Egg Toast - 'inoteca
2) SNACK: Anything, Labrotorio del Gelato (near 'inoteca)
3) LUNCH: Jean Georges is a great lunch deal and will take the elegant meal out of the way
4) AFTERNOON TREAT: Oysters outside at AquaGrill
5) DINNER: WD-50
6) DRINK: Cocktails at Pegu Club or Sips at Brandy Library
7) LATE-NIGHT INDULGENCE: Snacks and more cocktails at Employees Only
8) FOOD TO TAKE HOME WITH YOU: Hit up momofuku milk bar

Jul 31, 2009
CocHoliday in Manhattan

Did I just get unlucky at Scarpetta?

I love the Michael White comment above. Classic.

Jul 21, 2009
CocHoliday in Manhattan

Top 5 Most Overrated in Manhattan

1) Babbo, hands down. I think it's flat-out awful from soup to nuts. It's become the new Il Mulino (B&T like it because they're supposed to).
2) Luger - Lame. Craftsteak, Wolfgangs are both better.
3) Jean-Georges - Change the menu already.
4) Daniel - Boring.
5) Le Bernandin - Fish on a plate.

Jul 11, 2009
CocHoliday in Manhattan

Hellow NYC Hounds - need some advice.

Awesome lineup.

May 16, 2009
CocHoliday in Manhattan

NYer's Recs for 2 days in Paris? - moved from Manhattan board

Oh, of course, I understand completely that Robuchon and Savoy and Tallivent are local treasures. It's just, living in NY and being in the rest. business, I've had my share of michelin-worthy dinners...but much respect to those guys...! Thanks for the rec's...

May 07, 2009
CocHoliday in France

Rec's for two days in Beaune?

I recently posted re: paris, but before that I will be in Beaune for Tuesday and Wednesday in late May. I have a car. Any must-sees? I'll be with the owners of Bouchard Pere e Fils on Tuesday and I believe they're taking me to dinner, but I have all day Wednesday to myself. What would you do with such limited time?

May 07, 2009
CocHoliday in France

NYer's Recs for 2 days in Paris? - moved from Manhattan board

My other day, as is looking unfortunately, is a Saturday. Thanks so far souphie, when do you ever get to NY?

May 07, 2009
CocHoliday in France

NYer's Recs for 2 days in Paris? - moved from Manhattan board

Thanks souphie:

I'm not interested in Robuchon or Guy Savoy or things like that. Locals' favorites, can't miss snacks or specialty places. Cool wine bars, classic institutions that haven't gone to touristy hell. I know I'm rambling a bit here! :) Thanks again....

May 07, 2009
CocHoliday in France

NYer's Recs for 2 days in Paris? - moved from Manhattan board

Oh, and I forgot one important tidbit...

One of the days is Sunday. Is that as bad as I've heard? Please say no!

May 06, 2009
CocHoliday in France

NYer's Recs for 2 days in Paris? - moved from Manhattan board

I know this should be on the France board, but Chowhound doesn't seem to be super-popular in France.

I'll be doing a long wine tour throughout the French countryside, and ending my trip with two days in Paris. I'm staying in the Latin Quarter, and this is my first time in the city.

I was looking for recommendations from fellow New Yorkers who (a) share my passion for honest and authentic food and (b) aren't into doing the "super-touristy" thing. I know I can't expect to even scratch the surface in two days, but was just hoping for some great rec's, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We're willing to bounce all around the city, but mainly between the St. Germain district, west to the eiffel tower area, and east to about the Panthenon.

Thanks so much!

May 06, 2009
CocHoliday in France

What has happened to service in NY?

The funny thing is...Aurora is quite possibly the only honest and eager to please restaurant on your short list. If you were solely interested in a "service experience" that would knock your socks off, I could list 50 places you could go right now off the top of my head. But I'm tired, so I won't.

Sep 04, 2008
CocHoliday in Not About Food

Best Manhattan Steakhouse

I run a super-high end steakhouse for a living...(not telling which one).

However...my favorite steak in the city is from Wolfgang's...haven't been to the new one, though. Wolfgang was a head waiter/manager at Peter Luger's and basically said, "I can serve this quality of steak in a restaurant that doesn't look like a shithole!" And, Voila.
Treat yourself to the thick-slab Canadian bacon appetizer. I would gladly shave 10 years off of my life if I could eat it everyday. I've been there for dating, for large groups, for lunch, and for dinner and it's always great.

Jan 25, 2008
CocHoliday in Manhattan

Crispo or Country Cafe

Agree...Crispo is one of my absolute favorite, regular dinner spots. For Valentine's, not sure.

Jan 25, 2008
CocHoliday in Manhattan

Barfry

I wrote a small thing: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/438215

Has it changed that much since the opening?

Jan 25, 2008
CocHoliday in Manhattan

bourbon bar in/near tribeca?

Much agreed. The Brandy Library is heaven!

Jan 25, 2008
CocHoliday in Manhattan

Great Italian in Midtown West

IMHO, Becco has always been unimpressive. I live around the corner, and keep trying it for some reason (mainly because of the breadsticks and the toco (bean spread) sadly enough. There are lots of good Italian options in the neighborhood, however, if you're on a budget.

Roberto Passon....50th and 9th...good pastas. A little loud, but friendly.
Vice-Versa...50th between 8th and 9th...more expensive...a little more elegant and upscale.
There's a new Italian small plate place from the owners of Marseilles on 9th avenue in the mid 40's. I unfortunately cannot remember the name so I can't find it online, but it was damn good when I went, and affordable. Really enjoyed it. Anyone know the name of this place?

Jan 25, 2008
CocHoliday in Manhattan

Being forced to go to Buddakan

I thought the cocktails were very nice...inventive but still enjoyable. My lady was digging on the coganc with strawberries and cinnamon...

Jan 25, 2008
CocHoliday in Manhattan

Being forced to go to Buddakan

It's funny, I finally ate at Buddakan last night- I'm a city boy, and I manage a fine dining restaurant for a living. I always heard such bad things about the place...I was super-suprised. I thought it was delicious. The service was perfect. Honestly, I couldn't find anything wrong with it. I had the taro-pork lollipops, the pork belly, the veal cheeks, the tuna spring rolls, and the scallion-short rib pancakes. The only slight miss was the the crab and crispy noodles. My lady and I could be called "foodies" I suppose, and we were impressed.

Jan 14, 2008
CocHoliday in Manhattan

Best Pasta-based Dish in NYC?

Garganelli with proscuitto and truffle butter at the old Fiamma- I believe Chef White is making it still at l'Impero, where he now resides.

Ricotta Gnocchi at Lupa.

I love the orichette with broccoli rabe and spicy sausage at Crispo- pretty standard dish but so f'n delicious!

Venison paparadelle at Robert Passon on 9th and 49th.

Everyone says it, but it deserves repeating: the gnudi at The Spotted Pig is one of the most deliciously rich dishes I have ever had.

Oh, and if you're in the neighborhood, my pasta kicks ass too.

Nov 20, 2007
CocHoliday in Manhattan

Montreal for Three Days...Where to Eat???

Just got back from my trip. I have to definitely thank Phedre for the great recs.

Started off with some coffees at Cafe Sante Veritas, as it was a block away from my hotel. Fortunately, the owner was there, and we had a wonderful discussion about coffee, good eating, and his passionate hatred of Starbucks.

Dinner first night at Au Pied de Cochon. Awesome. Almost comical. Started with the foie gras cromesquis (Sp?) which unfortunately my girlfriend missed out on the whole experience, trying to pick hers up with a fork. I still love her, though. Next, we had the venison tartare, one of the best I've ever had: huge portion, onion-y and spicy. Next, the foie gras over the potato pancake with bacons, onions, mushrooms, and a rich maple syrup sauce. One of the heaviest/best things I've had in a long time. I was disappointed in my appetite, because I really wanted the foot or the duck in the can or the pot-au-feux, but I just simply couldn't do it. I had the duck marget, and it was wonderful.

Stumbled home, spent the next day walking up and down St. Laurent, St. Denis, Lorimer, etc, snacking at various cafes and little shops. We had poutine at "Frite Alors!" and it was about as good as cheese fries with gravy can get, I suppose. Went to Schwartz's for the smoked meat sandwich, made sure to get the fatty cut, and had some delicious frites and cole slaw. While Schwartz's was very good, to all Montreal hounds I highly recommend a stop at Katz's Deli in Manhattan. There were some funny comics on the walls referencing their competition for the best pastrami.

Went to a great scotch bar on Rue Ontario- the name escapes me, but it was very cool.

I would have loved to have eaten more, but unfortunately, my trip was short and most things were closed (sunday/monday). I will return, however. If you guys need any NYC help, don't hesitate to ask!

Nov 07, 2007
CocHoliday in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Montreal for Three Days...Where to Eat???

Wow guys, thanks so much for the great recs. You speak about your city the way I do about NYC when I get these kinds of questions. I really can't wait to go and I will definitely post when I get back! You guys rock.

Oct 01, 2007
CocHoliday in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Montreal for Three Days...Where to Eat???

I've already made plans to go to "The Pig's Foot" (Au Pied Cochon, sorry about spelling) due to a friend's recommendation. My girlfriend and I are both restaurant maniacs, and I'm in the business myself. Where is the great local spots and the hidden gems? Places for drinks would also be appreciated. Thank you SO much.

Sep 30, 2007
CocHoliday in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Need a GREAT Italian restaurant 50's, 6th to 8th....

Hands down, Vice Versa, 51st btwn 8th and 9th.

Sep 11, 2007
CocHoliday in Manhattan

Best cocktails in the city?

Definitely cheaper than Pegu/Flatiron, but not by much. Order by spirit only, and let the bartenders craft some cocktails for you- I hope you're doing these places this way!

Sep 11, 2007
CocHoliday in Manhattan

Restaurants in Times Square/Javits Convention Ctr area?

Sara123 knows the neighborhood, trust her.

Sep 10, 2007
CocHoliday in Manhattan

Visiting and eating for 1 week in NYC - what not to miss?

That sounds like an awesome week. Some suggestions (my apologies if I repeat what anyone else has said):

Drop the lunch reservation from Jean Georges. Perry Street will be enough JG for the week. Replace with lunch at GOTHAM.

Don't do Crispo OR Casa Mono. Definitely do both. Personally, I like Lupa more than Babbo.

Davidburke and Donatella is dissappointing. If you want an inventive meal then you DEFINITELY need to go to WD-50.

I wouldn't bother with Lure or Robert Passon. They're good neighborhood spots, but not something to be included on this mammoth tasting adventure.

Balthazar isn't expensive for breakfast (Day 7.5).

I would do Daniel instead of Le Bernadin for lunch on Day 6.

Have lunch at 'ino in the West Village one day.

Have a liverwurst sandwich at McSorley's.

Definitely go to Laborotorio del Gelato. (sp?) The olive oil gelato at Otto IS worth it.

Bouley is awesome.

One of the days, you should eat early, then have a second late night dinner at Blue Ribbon in Soho. Or do a double blue ribbon day, hitting up the main restaurant as well as Blue Ribbon Sushi next door.

Enjoy!

Sep 10, 2007
CocHoliday in Manhattan

Distinctly New York eateries?

That's a good question....

As Daniel Boulud says, "The best eating in NY is if you get on the 7 train into Queens." At every stop, it's pretty much a different country, so you can have real ethnic food from all over the world.

Sep 10, 2007
CocHoliday in Manhattan

Best cocktails in the city?

Thanks a lot for the rec- I've walked past there but never tried it!

Sep 10, 2007
CocHoliday in Manhattan