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MA PECHE = NO!

I actually have to agree - my experiences on 6th haven't been good, either, in the past few years. A shame! I'll have to scout some new places.

I really appreciate your input!

Oct 19, 2011
Jel212 in Manhattan

MA PECHE = NO!

You're right - I should have been more clear, and I absolutely should have called the manager over, but my ability to explain the problem really wasn't there - I would have been too vague. Other than "I'm just not enjoying this". Which is probably fine.

It's hard to describe what made the food so bad. And I was very hungry, which is why I ate the it. I think the more-than-half-empty dining room probably sent the message to the staff more than my plate.

So, more than tasting like "bad something wrong" it was just..unappetizing, and then by the end of the meal I felt icky, instead of happily satisfied. Or even normally satisfied.

And yes, I like the occassional cheap Indian meal on 6th, and some places on 9th, but I also love Momofuko Noodle, Ssam, Daniel, Morimoto, Babbo, and other higher-end, better-quality restaurants that might be more in line with tastes in this thread.

Anyway! Let's see. The summer roll was fine. Nothing special, but fine. The octopus salad, touted by the disinterested waitress as "great", had barely-there, too-thin slivers of octopus that couldn't stand up at all to the huge pieces of cilantro. The large pieces of peanuts sprinkled on the whole thing seemed out of place and clunky. The flavor was barely-there, not sharp or vinegary or anything like one would expect. It wasn't even a delicate mild flavor.

The side of potatoes had some decent flavor with the aioli, and I was chowing on these, but I think they too, were super-greasy to the point where I felt slightly ill after leaving - and I like my share of fries and fried foods. Something was just off, and we left plenty in the dish.

The steak was almost raw, which I personally don't mind, but was super-chewy and had almost no flavor. The rice frites were also super-chewey, which was fine, but so greasy that they were glitening with more oil than a fry. Flavor was, once again, barely there. Just not worth eating.

My dish - the trout with bacon and broccoli rabe - I had to get it. Sounded delish. There were two big pieces of trout, rolled up like dowels in their own skin. I love fish skin when treated right. This was just soft. And dark brown. And mushy. And that was really unappetizing even though it tasted fine - like plain fish. There was almost no sauce on the plate, there was ONE tiny piece of bacon about 3 inches long tops (more of a garnish than part of the dish) and maybe 2 tiny slivers of broccoli rabe underneath. Again, almost no flavor, and no identifiable sauce of which to speak.

Conversely, I'd had a business lunch at the boring-but-reliable Red Eye Grill earlier in the day, and the boring-but-reliable sesame-crusted tuna over sauteed veggies and mushrooms was phenomenal and very tasty and flavorfull in comparison.

Hope this helps clear up my feelings, and I'm glad some other folks have had better experiences there. Thanks for the feedback/discussion!

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Ma Peche
15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

Oct 19, 2011
Jel212 in Manhattan

MA PECHE = NO!

David Chang, I love your restaurants and food and frequent them often. I happily write reviews of the various dishes, but it's really not worth my time here.

I went to Ma Peche for an anniversary dinner last night, excited to try another offering from you, and was stunned that you're selling this food to people. Every dish was severely lacking in flavor, balance, interest of any sort - to the point that they tasted BAD. In fact, the octopus salad, steak frites, and trout were so actually UNAPPETIZING that by the end I was literally taking huge bites to make the meal end more quickly. After leaving, we had to chew gum and rush home to brush our teeth because we were both feeling gross.

This dinner last night was easily the worst meal my husband I and I have ever paid for.

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Ma Peche
15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

Oct 18, 2011
Jel212 in Manhattan

Brand new and absolutely terrific in Rutherford - Grill Poblano

So sorry, but I have to disagree.

It was painting day. I was hot, tired, and picking up some more gallons from the Sherwin Williams across the street. I was delighted to see Grill Poblano's sign, and figured it would be the perfect hot lunch to bring back to my equally tired and paint-covered hubby. One of those new-home-meal-on-you-lap things.

Anyway, the place was cute and clean, the waitstaff the same. The menu was promising. The local mom and pop feel was, too. The chefs seemed really eager for the order, and had lots of friendly smiles.

It was late on a Sunday afternoon, I was the only person there. I ordered two burritos. Chicken. I confirmed with the hostess that there was no cheese in the dishes. And no sour cream, b/c my husband is lactose intolerant. She confirmed both: No Cheese. No Sour Cream.

Happily get home, ready to chow. First thing I notice: CHEESE. On both. Bummer. Fine. We'll manage. First bite. DISAPPOINTING. The chicken was fine. Plain, unseasoned grilled chicken. The mushy, plain, unseasoned white rice and the mushy, plain, unseasoned pinto beans were pathetic. The avocado, which sounded like an amazing addition, was another warm, mushy, and somewhat-sour tasting element. Nary one hint of flavor (e.g. cilantro would have made it!) and horrible mush-fest texture.

The one redeeming quality about the burritos: we were tired and hungry, and they were HOT FOOD. That's it.

Such a bummer, because everything else about the place was charming.

Oct 12, 2011
Jel212 in New Jersey

4 Days in Atlanta (with a wedding in between)

Thanks all! Einstein's was fantastic for brunch...omg had a salad and the "small plate" with egg and corned beef which was f*cking amazingly melty and fatty. (thanks Bob!). Had BBQ at Fat Matt's and was checking bags so could bring home a jar of sauce. I'm a rib gal, but the bbq chicken won my heart. We had one late late dinner at Top Flr which was pleasant. The beet salad with goat cheese was heavenly, the rabbit with pappardelle could have been done better - a little heavy without the delicious taste you want if you're going to go heavy. But great atmosphere (if a little loud) and happy to have that kind of menu at that kind of hour. And one lunch at Taco Del Sol...holy sh*t I needed that throwback to CA tacos - coming from NYC we have nothing like that. And fresh, unique and classic (if that makes sense) and the price was right. I would have easily gone back if not for the filling morning-after brunch for the wedding.

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Top Flr
674 Myrtle St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

Aug 06, 2011
Jel212 in Atlanta

4 Days in Atlanta (with a wedding in between)

One night at the Westin, the others near the old theater (Fox?) that is rented out for events.

Jul 25, 2011
Jel212 in Atlanta

4 Days in Atlanta (with a wedding in between)

Heading down to Atlanta for the first time, looking for breakfasts, lunch, dinner. Definitely interested in a BBQ meal, also something nice and local w/o being too heavy or traditional-southern focused. Also, moderate budget (around $20/plate at a nicer place), or cheap for breakfast lunch.

Thanks in advance for your tips - excited to explore the fair city!

Jul 18, 2011
Jel212 in Atlanta

Oyster happy hours?

Thanks all!

Also found this
http://newyork.metromix.com/restauran...

Jun 11, 2011
Jel212 in Manhattan

5 30-something ladies in AC for a night - one veggie, one pescatarian, 3 omnivores

We ended up at Cuba De Libra, which was okay. The prices were definitely reasonable. Will be referencing this again in a few months for the same group of girls, this time for a bachelorette!

Jun 09, 2011
Jel212 in New Jersey

Oyster happy hours?

Now that summer is here, I'm obsessed with finding oyster happy hours in Manhattan. Can anyone recommend good ones?

Thanks!

Jun 09, 2011
Jel212 in Manhattan

5 30-something ladies in AC for a night - one veggie, one pescatarian, 3 omnivores

Hi All,

Thanks in advance for your help.

5 of us are coming down from NYC for a weekend, and we're going to do a fun (but not particularly wild) Saturday night out on the town. I'm looking for a great dinner for one vegetarian, one person who eats fish, and 3 omnivores. Good food and drinks, decent atmosphere, within walking distance to various casinos (or preferably IN one), and entrees around $20 or under. Open to different kinds of cuisines.

Thanks so much!!

May 31, 2011
Jel212 in New Jersey

Meatball Shop - recipe help?

I fell in love with the tarragon-rich chicken meatballs last night. I feel like it wouldn't be TOO hard to get close to a recipe at home - anyone have any recipe suggestions? Or somehow have THE recipe?

Thanks in advance!

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The Meatball Shop
84 Stanton St, New York, NY 10002

Apr 29, 2011
Jel212 in Home Cooking

Midtown Restaurant Recommendations

You can't go wrong with Yum Yum Bangkok on 9th btwn 45th/46th for Thai, I'm excited to try the new location of Mooncake foods on 54th between 8th and 9th, Basilica is decent for a basic Italian fix on 9th between 46th and 47th, and I love (specifically) the chai at Coffee Pot on 9th between 48th and 49th. Good Korean at lovely Bann at 50th between 8th and 9th. Less lovely, but no less filling - huge, dirt-cheap bowls of noodle soup at Mee Noodle, 53rd and 9th. Hope that helps!

http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/mooncake-foods-3/
http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/basilica/
http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-coffee-pot-new-york
http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/mee-noodle-shop/
http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/...

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The Coffee Pot
350 W 49th St, New York, NY 10019

Yum Yum Bangkok
650 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

Mee Noodle Shop
795 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

Feb 20, 2011
Jel212 in Manhattan

Updated - Road Trip: SF-->Portland-->Seattle + national parks in between. Help us eat along the way!

Hopefully the Twilight craze will bring...some food development - the beer is definitely already there : )

Dec 30, 2010
Jel212 in Pacific Northwest

Help me kick off my road trip, SF-->Fort Bragg/Mendocino-->Oregon

Well, I ended up desperate for tacos when we got off the plane, and we found a nice little spot outside the Trader Joe's on the way out of town (Publico)? I'd been waiting since 2007 to have a true CA taco again (I'm in NYC) and I almost cried with joy when I bit into the Chicken Salsa Verde one. It was all I'd dreamt of, and with two weeks of dining, might have been my single favorite bite out of the trip.

Thanks for the recommends, and Happy New Year!

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Chicken Salsa
12019 Saratoga Sunnyvale Rd, Saratoga, CA 95070

Dec 30, 2010
Jel212 in San Francisco Bay Area

Updated - Road Trip: SF-->Portland-->Seattle + national parks in between. Help us eat along the way!

Sorry for the very, very late reply - life after vacation has gotten in the way!!

I loved this leg of the trip - PT was as lovely and quaint as promised. Loved Blue Gull Hill Inn - the proprietor was very kind and well-informed, the welcome brownies were VERY welcome (and tasty) and the homestyle, massive breakfast in the Victorian dining room was a delicious treat (so no other breakfast stops on the way to Seattle)!

We were exhausted by the time we drove into town, and ended up at Hanazono Asian Noodle for dinner, since it looked like it had a lot of our favorite go-to comfort food. We had the curry udon soup (hubby loved), stir fry basil/chicken (I loved), and an excellent salad. Everything tasted wonderfully fresh, homemade, and as spot-on as anything I've had in NYC. The only thing I didn't like was the summer roll, which was too cold (clearly had been in the fridge). A very enjoyable meal overall.

The night prior we were at the wonderful Manitou Lodge in Forks, WA, which was a culinary wasteland. Desperately-sought dinner was at Smokehouse: lovely, charming waitstaff, surprisingly-wonderful Twilight beer, gross, gross food.

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Hanazono Asian Noodle
225 Taylor St, Port Townsend, WA 98368

Dec 30, 2010
Jel212 in Pacific Northwest

Coast from San Fran to the Oregon Border - road trip food along the way?

Sorry for the very, very late reply - life after vacation has gotten in the way!!

The one specialty meal we ended up with in Fort Bragg was Mendo Cafe, which was a very nice, hearty-portioned, lovely-atmosphere discovery. (We had our breakfasts at the motel). I loved the very simple bistro salad - a heaping portion with enough for two. I had the Bucatini with flank steak and my hubby had the rigatoni with sausage. I wasn't blown away, but was pleased with both dishes. And did I mention the portions were hearty? (read: huge!). I particularly loved the excellent local beer and wine list - it really was a treat.

Thanks again!! And...Happy New Year!

Dec 30, 2010
Jel212 in California

Road trip - 2 nights in Ashland, then up to Portland, then on to Cannon Beach and up to WA

Sorry for the very, very late reply - life after vacation has gotten in the way!!

We hit up Dragonfly in (what turned out to be absolutely delightful) Ashland one night for a nice dinner. The patio was heavenly for atmosphere, and I discovered my favorite wine of the trip: Montinore's Reisling - perfectly not-too-sweet/tasted like sunshine. In fact, I liked it so much that we made Montinore Vineyards a destination along the way! The lettuce wraps were a very tasty start to the meal, for entrees, the hubby got the udon bowl with 1/4 chicken - wonderful, flavorful. I got the 1/4 chicken asian style - the chicken was very good but everything else was very bland, and came with just a small side of typical peanut sauce. Overall, definitely enjoyed!

We did only a quick drive through Eugene, and ended up in Corvallis for lunch. I'd hoped to hit Baguette, but it was under construction. New Morning was delightful to stumble upon (many long, long hours of driving makes one hungry/cranky!) for lunch, I delighted in the califlower-cheese soup, he got a tomato basil that I didn't enjoy, but I'm not a big tomato fan (a picky foodie - ha!). It was a sweet little oasis of a spot.

Cannon beach was a great little town...by the time we got there we were rather sick of eating out, so scrounged up some provisions at the local store and made simple pasta; shared a wonderful pino noir from Amity Vineyards (smoothest-drinking!).

As for breakfast, I was so disappointed to find Lazy Susan closed!! So we ended up at Pig and Pancake, which was a basic diner, but had cute souvenirs for sale.

I prettymuch just can't wait to get back out there! Thanks again for all of your help and wise advice.

Happy New Year!

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Lazy Susan Cafe
126 N Hemlock St, Cannon Beach, OR 97110

Dec 30, 2010
Jel212 in Pacific Northwest

Coast from San Fran to the Oregon Border - road trip food along the way?

Super, thank you, appreciate the detail, Melanie. And the tips, everyone!

Sep 22, 2010
Jel212 in California

Coast from San Fran to the Oregon Border - road trip food along the way?

thanks! Can't wait : )

Sep 21, 2010
Jel212 in California

Coast from San Fran to the Oregon Border - road trip food along the way?

Yup, 101, then 5 up when we hit Willamette Valley : ) Thanks for all the great recommends!

Sep 20, 2010
Jel212 in California

Road trip - 2 nights in Ashland, then up to Portland, then on to Cannon Beach and up to WA

In fact, Littleman, your information is so thorough I don't even have to copy and paste - I'm just going to print this out and bring it! Thanks.

Sep 20, 2010
Jel212 in Pacific Northwest

Help me kick off my road trip, SF-->Fort Bragg/Mendocino-->Oregon

Excellent tips, all!

Sep 20, 2010
Jel212 in San Francisco Bay Area

Coast from San Fran to the Oregon Border - road trip food along the way?

Thanks for the warning! Also looking for budget stuff, especially tacos...

Sep 20, 2010
Jel212 in California

Road trip - 2 nights in Ashland, then up to Portland, then on to Cannon Beach and up to WA

Wow, thank you for this very helpful and detailed list! I am cutting and pasting into my travel+food grid as we speak.

Sep 19, 2010
Jel212 in Pacific Northwest

Help me kick off my road trip, SF-->Fort Bragg/Mendocino-->Oregon

On this coast, you can only get dim sum on Sat/Sun. I'm definitely interested! Can you recommend any places?

Sep 19, 2010
Jel212 in San Francisco Bay Area

Updated - Road Trip: SF-->Portland-->Seattle + national parks in between. Help us eat along the way!

Thanks all!

Sep 19, 2010
Jel212 in Pacific Northwest

Road trip - 2 nights in Ashland, then up to Portland, then on to Cannon Beach and up to WA

Hi All,

Thanks for helping so far with my road trip. I have some specifics nailed down, so looking for: dinner two nights in Ashland, maybe breakfast-on-the-go around there, then a side trip to Crater Lake, so a lunch around there (or if you recommend a picnic, etc). Afterwards, heading up to a stop in Eugene (maybe lunch?) and then on to Portland (I'll check on the Portland board for that).

Somewhat on a buget, looking for local "musts", all cuisines welcome.

Thanks for your help!

Sep 19, 2010
Jel212 in Pacific Northwest

Coast from San Fran to the Oregon Border - road trip food along the way?

Hi All,

I'm heading from San Fran up the coast, and am looking for b/l/d and snacks along the way.
Specifically need a lunch spot between SF and Fort Bragg, for when we get in (closer to SF). Then
one night in Fort Bragg, so a dinner there, and then a breakfast for the morning afterwards on the way to the Redwoods, maybe a lunch around the redwoods.

Somewhat on a budget, and looking for local finds and your must-have picks. All kinds of food very welcome.

Thanks in advance!

Sep 19, 2010
Jel212 in California

Help me kick off my road trip, SF-->Fort Bragg/Mendocino-->Oregon

Tuesday - will do!

Sep 19, 2010
Jel212 in San Francisco Bay Area