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Chef friends in town - Need Great, but inexpensive rec's!

Thanks! That sounds delicious...

May 23, 2007
lisaclunie in Outer Boroughs

Chef friends in town - Need Great, but inexpensive rec's!

That's fine, actually, as long as we can go a bit cheaper on other days. Do you need a rez for Robertos?

May 23, 2007
lisaclunie in Outer Boroughs

30th bday dinner in Brooklyn

I love Rosewater. Have had many good meals there. I've also heard good things about Saul and Grocery, but have never been to either..

May 22, 2007
lisaclunie in Outer Boroughs

Chef friends in town - Need Great, but inexpensive rec's!

Hi hounders. I'm looking for some outer borough recs for authentic, outstanding and moderately priced restaurants to take a few foodie friends while they're visiting.
I'm thinking Sripraphai for Thai and Totonnos for pizza.

Can you recommend an amazing Italian dinner maybe around Arthur avenue? What about Greek?

Thanks so much!

May 22, 2007
lisaclunie in Outer Boroughs

Il Bastardo-Anyone been there recently?

I wish this place were great, but sadly it's disappointed us every time. Not very good. Best restaurant in chelsea though is tia pol. Great place for post wine tasting.

May 15, 2007
lisaclunie in Manhattan

Perilla Review

So my husband and I were able to get a reservation at Perilla for last night and let me tell you, it was fantastic.

We started with a martini for him and a glass of prosecco for me. Beautiful glassware, elegant space if a little unfinished looking. Started with the hamachi appetizer which calls itself 'thinly sliced' for some reason. It's beautiful sashimi style cuts in a yuzu cucumber broth. Very tasty. Was a bit surprised that 2 of our pieces had part of the bloodline, but wasn't deterred.

Husband ordered the black cod and I ordered the skate wing. The black cod was a sizable portion. It was flavored nicely and cooked perfectly. But the flavors really piqued with the sugar snap pea sauce underneath, the spaghetti squash and cruch of the almonds. A terrific dish.

I had the skate wing with pickled watermelon , thai basil and hibiscus broth. The skate was cooked perfectly and was also a healthy portion. The flavors in this dish were quite good as well, though I have to say the watermelon ever so slightly let me down. maybe it's because it's not quite the season? The taste was a bit too slight for me. But the cleanliness of the sauce went really well with the crunch of the skate. This dish was very good.

For dessert we ordered the smoked chocolate cake with cherries and kaffir lime ice cream and the coconut cake with basil watermelon salad and perilla ice cream. Both were divine. The chocolate cake was full flavored and rich. It had a bit of a spicy flavor to it and was perfectly complemented by the kaffir lime ice cream. This dish was served with cherries instead of the rhubarb chutney.

The coconut cake was amazing. Perfectly moist - like an amazing macaroon - and well paired with the perilla ice cream and watermelon. So good.

The bill came to a little over $100 and was brough to our table with 2 little spicy ginger cookies - deelish.

We had a great time and great food. Assuming we can get a table, we'll be back very very soon!

May 15, 2007
lisaclunie in Manhattan

Greek Groceries?

I'm having a greek dinner party and wondering if you can recommend a grocery store that carries greek specialty foods.

Thanks!

May 11, 2007
lisaclunie in Manhattan