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Les Halles (Financial District)

I was there Saturday mid-afternoon. It's a very consistent, reliable spot and good for off-hours dining. I will often just plop down for a salad, a slice of pate and a glass of wine.

Apr 07, 2014
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Ramen in NYC

Yikes. That is certainly not all you need to know. It's one guy's opinion and I suspect he has not visited all the noodle places around. It's missing mention of Tabata -- which is one of my favorites -- and to be honest, the curry Ramen at Bassanova, while innovative, is not the best thing out there.

Mar 09, 2014
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Pete Wells's Top Ten NYC Ramen

Tabata consistently provides a good bowl of soup in a better overall experience for the everyday eater than anywhere else.

The soup is fine and can in fact be superior. It's not often that you have to wait in line at the 9th ave. location. The decor is funky and not stuffy -- you don't feel like you have to watch your manners in the way you might at, for example, the new west side Ippudo.

I like to sit at the bar at Tabata where I can see their big 200-qt stock pots bubbling with broth.

Mar 09, 2014
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Ippudo Westside

Still very busy on a recent Saturday lunchtime. I got there at 11:20 am. and got one of the last two seats at the bar. Tables were all occupied. The line started streaming out through the waiting area and beyond shortly after. The good news is that they have plenty of tables, so it looked like people were being seated fairly quickly.

I had the fiery karaka-men and the steamed pork buns. Both were very good.

Mar 03, 2014
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Noodle Village – Hong Kong Style Food Worth Checking Out

This is one of my favorite stops in Chinatown. Last time I was there, though, the soup had a very strong ammonia flavor.

Mar 01, 2014
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Lava Ramen (w/ nyc Ichiban 一番: Black Sesame); tabata 是要吃日本式拉麵的目的地

I eat at Tabata fairly regularly. Usually I have the Tantan-men -- sesame broth with ground pork -- but I have also had the black ramen. (I think they call it Dark Ramen the menu.)

This is a great place to pick up a bowl of noodles without the fuss and lines of the other ramen places a bit further north in Hell's Kitchen. There is also relatively ample bar space, which is great for a solo diner on the run.

The owner and staff are Burmese and some reviewers have found a South Asian or Southeast Asian influence to the dishes.

Jan 20, 2014
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Favorite Thai places near west 42 and ninth or tenth ave

I lived in the neighborhood for a couple of years and we made it a point to dine at every 9th Ave. Thai joint. None of them really impressed me. The three adjacent Yum Yum restaurants are actually just fine and serve very affordable, edible food. But I think few people cross town to go to them. The mostly support a pre-theater/weekend crowd.

Dec 22, 2013
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Keens recs: What to get besides the mutton chop?

The chop is #1 on my list and the prime rib #2.

Dec 18, 2013
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Looking for Dim Sum in Chinatown.

I hope I didn't sound too critical. But just describing what Nom Wah is like. I quite like it because it is low-fuss for me. I was there yesterday, in fact. The food is fine. The only negative really for me is the crowds. It can be very busy in there on a weekend at lunchtime.

Dec 08, 2013
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midtown/times square survival guide (incl hell's kitchen)

For Southeast Asian food, there is Chapa's, a Vietnamese place a couple of doors down from Danji.

The new Midtown Ippudo on 51st St. doesn't fit one of your food categories, but I quite like it. Also for Japanese food, Tabata (more noodles) on 9th Ave. at 39th and Katsuhama (tonkatsu) at on 47th St.

Straying further, Tulcingo del Valle is an excellent Mexican cafe on 10th Ave., serving standard tacqueria stuff as well as regional Pueblan fare.

Dec 08, 2013
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Looking for Dim Sum in Chinatown.

It's fine for what it is: A trendy, tourist-accessible Chinatown diner that serves dim sum dishes that you order from a menu. Service is provided Western-style by an English-speaking staff, so there are few surprises for the casual diner who has just dropped by not knowing much or anything about the cuisine.

Dec 08, 2013
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Bassanova Ramen: A Worthy Newcomer to the NYC Ramen Scene

I like this place, though I have to admit that the green curry ramen is one of those things that I would try once for the experience, but stick with something more straightforward over time. I had lunch there yesterday. I arrived at exactly noon, their opening time, and there was already one table seated. It started to fill up shortly afterwards. No line, but looks like they do a comfortably steady business.

Dec 08, 2013
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Top two hand pulled noodle places?

It's been a couple of years since I was down on Eldridge St. for noodles, but of the two, I'd put Super Taste as the better one.

Nov 30, 2013
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Exceptional Ramen in NYC

I was here today and, yes, I had the tantan-men. I enjoyed the rich sesame broth with chili oil. Also had the agedashi tofu which was fine, but in retrospect, I maybe could have chosen something a bit more interest.

Nov 20, 2013
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Montmartre May Have Manhattan's Best French Fries

We went to Montmartre last night. I ordered the Jerusalem artichoke -- here called "sunchokes" -- appetizer and pappardelle in a lamb neck ragout. R. ordered chicken liver mousse and a duck breast. Portion sizes were large, everything was well-executed and the staff was friendly and efficient.

Tables are a bit closely set in the dining area -- not sure about the outdoor garden, which did not appear to be open. It's November, after all. But that's the only thing that I think prevents this restaurant from being a good destination for a romantic or intimate dinner.

A very good time. We will return.

Nov 20, 2013
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Jean-Georges or Del Posto for 30th birthday dinner?

We had a spectacular dinner at Jean-Georges a few weeks ago. Really. Just. Extraordinary. We had the tasting menu, with wine pairing, and it was just perfect. However, I would not say that the dining experience was romantic per se. Although there are some more private nooks, the main dining area is lofty and exposed and well-lit. If you get the tasting menu, it's really much more about the food than the company. If you want romance, you might go for a space that is a little more conducive to cuddly time.

If you're going mostly for the food, by all means, do go to Jean-Georges.

Nov 19, 2013
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Best Beef Jerky in NYC

I stop into New Beef King on Bayard St. in Chinatown every once in a while and get some. I'm afraid its not filet mignon, but seems more like a sliced brisket, but I like it. They have several types there.

Nov 19, 2013
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Nom Wah Tea Parlor – Surprisingly Good Dim Sum at One of Chinatown’s Oldest Restaurants

I hit Nom Wah over the weekend. I liked it. I can't say that the food was exceptional, but enjoyable. The steamed pork bun was really, really dough-y, but good. Steamed dumplings were fine. Rolls also fine, though a bit oily. The ambience is really quite nice, though. Staff was friendly and service was prompt.

Nov 19, 2013
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Bo Ky – Good Chiu Chow Noodle and BBQ Restaurant in Chinatown

Made another visit this last Sunday. Great bowl of soup. Still the same no-frills atmosphere. Busy right after it opened.

Nov 19, 2013
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Where to Find Cured Gammon Joint of Pork

And the answer is, what I'm looking for is a picnic shoulder or just picnic ham:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/751017

Dec 08, 2012
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Where to Find Cured Gammon Joint of Pork

I'd like to make one of these for the holidays:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/hon...

It's "ham" -- but not the U.S.-style cooked deli ham. This is a cut of pork that is on the bone, cured but not cooked. The gammon seems to be different than an aged Southern country ham, which is more like a prosciutto.

Any idea where I can get such a thing? It's highly possible, even likely, that I just don't know the name for the U.S. equivalent and it's available everywhere.

Dec 08, 2012
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Restaurants with Artichoke Dish on the Menu?

Some guests recently went crazy over the carciofi alla giudia at Trattoria dell'Arte near Carnegie Hall.

Nov 12, 2012
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Desperate: Where to Buy Foie Gras in Manhattan?

I asked for it at Citarella in the Village at the meat/poultry counter and the guy looked at me like I was insane. Finally, after I explained to him what I wanted, he sent me to the "counter near the smoked fish." I did not leave the establishment with fresh duck foie gras. Disappointed.

Nov 12, 2012
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12/28/12 Engagement night dinner recs for little brother

One of the weird things about New York is that so much of the best fine dining experiences are in restaurants that aren't at all romantic -- I think it's because so much of their business comes out of expense accounts and men dining together for work don't generally want to hold hands in a darkened room. And people who are there for the food generally prefer more illumination at the table.

Maybe something like River Cafe? The food is just fine and the setting is superb -- assuming that it wasn't too damaged by the hurricane.

http://www.rivercafe.com/closure-info...

Nov 06, 2012
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Any good pizza in Hell's Kitchen?

Oh -- how could I forget? There is now Don Antonio serving authentic Neapolitan pizza on 50th St. They have restaurant seating.

http://donantoniopizza.com/

Nov 06, 2012
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Any good pizza in Hell's Kitchen?

This is my old hood and I have to say that it's not the greatest place in the city for Pizza. But for sitting down, there is this joint that I always wanted to try:

http://pizzabarnyc.com/

Looks like a sharp/casual dining area inside.

Nov 06, 2012
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where to have dinner on thanksgiving

We go to Keans. I'm not sure that it qualifies as "high end" any more, but it's a real New York City classic. They roast a ton of birds and have an amazing mutton chop and prime rib on the menu as well. It's worth going just for the general flavor and the sense of being part of something with a long and revered history.

Nov 06, 2012
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Birthday brunch with big group & young kids

Landmarc in Time Warner Center is very kid-friendly and the food is actually suitable for adults. (They even have a parking lot for strollers outside their door.)

Nov 06, 2012
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Best Mexican?

I also like Tulcingo and their Pueblan special dishes are really very interesting and good. I ate at Toloache last week and ended up thinking -- you know, I'd rather be eating at Tulcingo.

Nov 06, 2012
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Desperate: Where to Buy Foie Gras in Manhattan?

Noted -- unfortunately, I don't have time to make an order, but I have saved this link for next time. Thank you!

Nov 06, 2012
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