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SE Asian on the LES / East Village for a returning New Yorker?

Skyway (Allen Street near Canal) is really not all that far south of the EV, and pretty fabulous Malaysian food. Zabb City (for Isaan That) would be my second choice.

Mar 23, 2007
Mayur in Manhattan

30th Bday Dinner - Veritas, EMP, Cru or ?

Between those three, I'd go with EMP for food, Veritas for ambiance. Skip Cru; the food is excellent, but not on a level with those two.

Mar 23, 2007
Mayur in Manhattan

Birthday dinner - veg friendly - Red Hook

La Buena Forchetta on Van Brunt, right across from LeNells, has quite good food and, while the menu is relatively meat-heavy, they provided an excellent repast (mostly off the menu) for my father, who's a strict vegetarian (no eggs as well).

Feb 23, 2007
Mayur in Outer Boroughs

mead in the city.....

They do.

Feb 23, 2007
Mayur in Outer Boroughs

Papatzul -- recent visits?

Yes.

I've been there a few times recently, and the food and service have improved TREMENDOUSLY. I was thrilled when this place opened, then mildly disappointed by the actual execution. However, execution has improved, the menu now changes regularly, and service has been both friendly and professional, at least on my visits.

Feb 23, 2007
Mayur in Manhattan

LES Brunch for a biggish group?

That's a good idea.

Feb 22, 2007
Mayur in Manhattan

Champagne Brunch

Eleven Madison Park. Definitely.

Feb 21, 2007
Mayur in Manhattan

LES Brunch for a biggish group?

I'm assuming Clinton St. Baking Co. won't take 12? That would be my first choice off the bat.

Falai Panetteria or 'inoteca might be open for brunch, and they can take a fairly large group judging by how many we've been for dinner.

Assuming, however, that reservations are short notice or difficult to come by:

St. Dymphna's (St Marks btw 1st and A), perhaps? The atmosphere is nice (if spartan), the Irish and English fry-ups are tasty, and their coffee and drinks are high-quality.

Chinatown is close enough by: A big table for dim sum might be fun!

If you were thinking somewhere Schiller's-ish, I might recommend Public (Elizabeth btw Prince and Spring), which IIRC is open for Sunday brunch. Cool (if quirky) decor, similar crowd.

Feb 21, 2007
Mayur in Manhattan

East Village Indian Myth?

Devi can be traditional in style, if you ask Hemant to cook for you in a particular way. However, it's not really what Suvir and Hemant are trying to achieve; they're going for a more "contemporary" style. However, Indian cuisine is not really bogged down by traditionalist attitudes in most quarters; cooks in all quarters are constantly invigorating the cuisine by introducing new ingredients and preparations.

"Not saying much" re Brick Lane, hmm? I and my family and friends find that the food there is actually pretty darn good. It's definitely my pick for e6th, and I find it better than 90% of the places in Curry Hill, Jackson Heights, or otherwise.

Feb 21, 2007
Mayur in Manhattan

the NYC Dim Sum experience. Help me choose! :)

World Tong rocks.

If you're going that late, my definite pick would be Dim Sum Go Go. However, it's *really* not the quintessential dim sum experience because of the lack of carts.

Different dim sum places have their adherents, and familiarity with the cuisine doesn't seem to militate one side or the other. I personally am less a fan of Triple 8 (aka 88 Palace) and Jing Fong, and more a fan of Golden Unicorn, but I've also been to Golden Unicorn when they've sucked, so it's a hard call.

DSGG is the only place I've been in Manhattan where it's been good *every time.* Chinatown Brasserie is a close second (I live two blocks away and I go a great deal), but the prices are higher and it's definitely not authentic Chinatown (although Joe Ng knows what he's doing). Also, Chinatown Brasserie maintains high quality post-1pm... however, there aren't any carts. In general, cart places are a difficult option that late.

IME, Ping's has gotten steadily weaker on the dim sum front (as has Jing Fong). Dinner can still be excellent, but dim sum's a bit off.

Feb 21, 2007
Mayur in Manhattan