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cimui Sep 10, 2007 05:09 PM

Sometimes I think I must have mutant tastebuds: Everyone in the world seems to love Telepan except for me. What are the restaurants where your tastebuds stubbornly refuse to see things the way everyone else's seem to? The really divisive restaurants (like WD50) don't count.

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  1. Chow Baby RE: cimui Sep 10, 2007 05:34 PM

    Il Coralo on Prince St in SoHo is ALWAYS crowded.
    I've actually given it 3 chances. It's terrible. Really not good at all. What is everyone thinking?

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      bxgirl RE: cimui Sep 10, 2007 06:28 PM

      Hearth
      Ate their for my birthday (shortly after it opened), after reading the raves on CH. It was OK but nothing that great.

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        erin07nyc RE: bxgirl Sep 11, 2007 09:54 AM

        I'm going to second Hearth. We tried it this weekend, and maybe caught them at a hectic point in the night, but we were underwhelmed. The wait between our courses was really really long. And the service just didn't make us feel as "special" as we should have for the prices. We didn't stay for dessert cause we were just so tired. and $10 ice cream? really??

        The chilled corn soup w/ crap was great.
        My sturgeon wasn't really impressive, and the accompanying beans weren't cooked through thoroughly.
        The beet salad was good, but nothing new.
        His veal entree was small, but good.

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          goodhealthgourmet RE: erin07nyc Sep 14, 2007 08:45 PM

          can we assume it was, in fact, CRAB in the corn soup? :)

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            22sczi RE: erin07nyc Jul 16, 2011 11:30 AM

            agreed on hearth...small portion sizes negate the value of the prices and they rob you on the wine.

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            claireness RE: bxgirl Oct 2, 2007 08:15 PM

            God yes...Hearth. Nothing distinctive or memorable about the menu, over priced for what it is, despite the chef's pedigree. In general, a generic experience I could have had at any number of places in the area not worthy of the price tag.

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              Pan RE: claireness Oct 2, 2007 11:05 PM

              In that case, please name the other places, so that I can check them out.

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                claireness RE: Pan Oct 3, 2007 11:17 AM

                Maybe that should be on a separate thread? (But my main point is that Hearth isn't anything special--to me, it was like going to cafe deaville but with better service or pangea whose service is always good. For those prices i expected the food to me more memorable, with a little bit of a twist so i was disappointed. I felt I was paying mainly for atmostphere. I would have rather spent my money on a meal at Shima, devil moon, orologio or mercadito, typhoon.)

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                douglas525 RE: claireness Dec 8, 2007 01:58 PM

                What did happen to Hearth? Does anyone know? I ate there about two years ago and it was as memorable, fantastic, etc as I expected. In fact to this date, it's the best meal I ever had from appetizer to dessert. But lately, it's barely half full. Did something happen to the chef, or the staff?

            2. SweetPea914 RE: cimui Sep 10, 2007 06:29 PM

              Balthazar is one of those places that I find Ok, but not worth all the hype.

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                Ora RE: SweetPea914 Sep 11, 2007 07:32 AM

                COMPLETELY AGREE re: Bathazaar. I am less enthusiastic about Pastis lately as well--it has been taken over by the B&T crowd and the food quality doesn't match the prices.

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                  rosemary1008 RE: Ora Sep 12, 2007 09:27 PM

                  Pastis has always (for past 6 years) been overwhelmed by the b&t crowd and had trouble keeping it's serving (and food) head above water. Best are not-busy times, if you can manage---salad nicoise, fish & chips, cod dishes good.

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                    Ora RE: rosemary1008 Sep 21, 2007 05:54 PM

                    I had the fish and chips at Pastis in the last month--awful dish.

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                  Chinon00 RE: SweetPea914 Sep 13, 2007 12:49 PM

                  Could you precisely describe this "hype" that supposedly surrounds or surrounded Balthazar?

                  Thanks!

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                    michele cindy RE: Chinon00 Sep 14, 2007 04:42 AM

                    I am a fan of Balthazar. I like their steak frites, moules, and also when they have them, soft shell crabs. I've had a couple of dishes I didn't care for, but I still think the food is solid and good. I don't mind the noise of other people, so it works for me. It's right near my place of business, so for business lunches it's good. I've never been there for dinner. As far as hype goes, the place has been there long enough that I don't see any hype. Not sure what that would be. I think if there is hype it's because the food is good and hasn't changed much since it 1st opened.

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                      MMRuth RE: michele cindy Sep 14, 2007 04:44 AM

                      I agree with you - I enjoy their steak tartare, the frites, the plateau de fruits de mer, the reasonably priced house wines by the carafe. I've actually always had very good service there, despite the crowds, and often manage to snag a late lunch reservation for two on the morning I want to go. I've never tried eating there without a reservation though. If there is hype, I guess I've just ignored it.

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                        Chinon00 RE: michele cindy Sep 14, 2007 06:10 AM

                        In your post that I was responding to you stated:
                        "Balthazar is one of those places that I find Ok, BUT NOT WORTH ALL THE HYPE."
                        I'm asking you to clarify this "hype" that you mentioned.

                        Thanks!

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                          MMRuth RE: Chinon00 Sep 14, 2007 06:19 AM

                          I think it was actually SweetPea who wrote that.

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                            sugakc69 RE: MMRuth Sep 14, 2007 07:37 PM

                            Actually I feel the opposite -- love Balthazar and not so keen about Pastis.

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                              MMRuth RE: sugakc69 Sep 15, 2007 03:06 PM

                              Not sure if this threading is funny or something - but I agree with you - not a fan of Pastis and love Balthazar.

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                                HeyDeliciousBlog RE: sugakc69 Dec 1, 2010 04:36 PM

                                I feel the same...Balthazar has always provided me with a great meal. Pastis on the other hand always leaves something to be desired. It doesn't help either that they left a big wad of aluminum foil in my friend's entree... oops.

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                              SweetPea914 RE: Chinon00 Sep 14, 2007 08:45 PM

                              Sorry to make you wait for my response. I see you have been waiting on pins and needles ;-)
                              I think what I meant is that if you go to any post on this site regarding which restaurants are "not to miss" at least 3 people will tell the poster that they "must" go to Balthazar. I honestly have not been in a few years, but that is partly due to the fact that reservations always had to be made so far in advance for a "prime" time dinner.
                              I much prefer a low key place like Raoul's with wonderful French food over Balthazar any day. This is of course MY opinion, I guess since you are willing to go to Balthazar from PA that our opinions must differ. As someone who lives in the city, I think there are much better restaurants to go to. Although I have to say that I am a bit confused, since you seem defensive about a restaurant that you also seem to think has no merrit??? Can you please clarify the reason for your previous comments?

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                                Chinon00 RE: SweetPea914 Sep 15, 2007 02:26 PM

                                Having read Raoul's menu and having been to Balthazar it is obvious that the former's menu is much more ambitious. Having said that though as far as my idea of a French bistro goes Balthazar is a much more accurate example of one. The look, the noise, the speed, and the simplicity of the food define (for me) a French bistro. Of course there is "better food" but sometimes you're in the mood for a quick Steak Fritte and a bottle of Moulin a Vent.

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                                  Brian S RE: Chinon00 Sep 15, 2007 02:51 PM

                                  raoul's menu changed recently and became more ambitious. they used to have great steak frites.

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                          howboy RE: SweetPea914 Dec 4, 2007 05:41 PM

                          I'll second Balthazar. Totally underwhelming.

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                            mrszuhwiggins RE: howboy Jan 22, 2008 08:57 AM

                            Count me in too. Been to Balthazar twice, both times was totally unimpressed. Had dinner at Pastis one night recently and enjoyed the food and the ambiance much more.

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                            pancun187 RE: SweetPea914 Mar 26, 2008 12:16 AM

                            best staek tartar

                          3. Brian S RE: cimui Sep 10, 2007 07:04 PM

                            Gramercy Tavern and Union Square Cafe. Hated the food, hated the service. Strangely, I was entranced by Craft, which had the same chef as Gramercy Tavern (Mr Colicchio)

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                              princeofpork RE: Brian S Sep 10, 2007 07:11 PM

                              EMP. I found it pretentious and the food boring

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                                cimui RE: princeofpork Sep 10, 2007 07:36 PM

                                I like the food pretty well, but can see what you mean about the pretentiousness. It wasn't so much the service in my experience as it was some of the other patrons.

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                                  Yeo RE: princeofpork Dec 31, 2007 09:28 AM

                                  Agree. Pretentious, stuffy. Miniscule portions. I don't get it.

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                                    foodwhisperer RE: princeofpork Jul 13, 2009 09:44 PM

                                    I found EMP way too quiet in a huge space. Totally not happening , and the food missed the mark although it wasnt bad it just want all that it was cracked up to be.
                                    Yasuda I think is way overrated and the management need an attitude adjustment.
                                    Babbo is really not good.
                                    Malatesta deesnt deserve the raves, alot of cream and cheese.
                                    Sarge's is about the worst deli in the metro area.
                                    Blue Water Grill is not too good.
                                    BLT fish the blt myst stand for bad, lousy tasting
                                    Bubby's is absolutely horrible and always has a crowd
                                    Magnolia Bakery has inedible cupcakes and they always have a line to get in
                                    Mr. Chow's famous and overrated ,,is terrible and a rip off

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                                    cimui RE: Brian S Sep 10, 2007 07:32 PM

                                    Hmm, I think I agree with you on all counts! Not so unusual to like one place by a chef, but hate another. I'm the same way with Anthos and Kefi. I loooove Kefi. Anthos is just ok.

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                                      BaconBits RE: Brian S Sep 10, 2007 10:03 PM

                                      I second Union Square Cafe - although I didn't hate it. I was just terribly underwhelmed.

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                                        ESNY RE: BaconBits Sep 11, 2007 07:08 AM

                                        Agreed. Union Sq. Cafe was perfectly decent but far from great. I see no reason to ever go back there.

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                                        kathryn RE: Brian S Sep 11, 2007 09:09 AM

                                        When did you go to GT? Colicchio is no longer involved in Gramercy Tavern, and even before he left, he didn't have a big hand in the kitchen/cooking (from my understanding).

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                                          rosemary1008 RE: kathryn Sep 12, 2007 09:28 PM

                                          Since when and who is running GT now??? Who is cooking there too? And who is running Po (not related , but hey... :))

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                                            kathryn RE: rosemary1008 Sep 12, 2007 10:33 PM

                                            Colicchio left in August of 2006 to focus on Craft/Craftsteak/wichcraft/etc.

                                            John Schaefer, the chef de cuisine under Colicchio, ran the kitchen at Gramercy Tavern until Michael Anthony was brought in. Anthony took over in the fall of 2006.

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                                              goodhealthgourmet RE: kathryn Sep 18, 2007 09:00 PM

                                              the new issue [oct 2007] of cooking light magazine has an article about the curret trend of restaurant offering more healthful options...and there's a paragraph about the changes michael anthony has made to gt's menu, creating lighter, vegetable-centric dishes.

                                              unfortunately, people in this country have beecome accustomed to dining out on such unnecessarily heavy and unhealthy dishes, that i have to wonder if some of the dissatisaction with recent dining experiences at gt is not because the quality has gone downhill, but is instead simply because the food is now lighter/more subtle or less decadent than the diners have come to expect.

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                                              RGR RE: rosemary1008 Sep 12, 2007 10:34 PM

                                              Kathryn is correct that Tom Colicchio had not spending much, if any, time in the Gramercy Tavern kitchen for quite a while. Too busy with his various Craft restaurants. He finally severed his relationship with Gramercy Tavern and Danny Meyer's USHG in the middle of '06. Last October, Michael Anthony, formerly of Blue Hill, took over as executive chef. Also, Nancy Olson became the new pastry chef shortly before Chef Anthony's arrival.

                                              Here is info about Po: http://porestaurant.com/main/

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                                            sugakc69 RE: Brian S Sep 14, 2007 07:39 PM

                                            Thank you -- when I saw this -- the only place that I really don't like and can't understand is Uuion Square Cafe -- been there 3 times and all the time I just think it is an overpriced diner.

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                                              Raisel RE: sugakc69 Sep 14, 2007 08:11 PM

                                              Ditto, I never liked Union Square Cafe................

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                                              FoodWine RE: Brian S Sep 20, 2007 03:49 PM

                                              Gramercy Tavern has a new executive chef; Michael Anthony, who used to work at Stone Barns at Blue Hill. He has been at GM since September 2006.

                                              We have visited GM a couple of times during the past month and find chef Anthony's cooking quite delicious. Fresh, local ingredients, the flavors are clean & delicious, sometimes subtle, sometimes big. We love it that he uses broth a lot, instead of heavy sauces. Very refined, but homey at the same time.

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                                                RGR RE: FoodWine Sep 21, 2007 09:26 AM

                                                Actually, the bulk of Michael Anthony's time at Blue Hill was spent in GV. If he did spend any time at Stone Barns, it was relatively short. Dan Barber was, and still is, the guiding force at Stone Barns.

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                                                  FoodWine RE: RGR Sep 21, 2007 04:47 PM

                                                  Maybe you should let Danny Meyer, chef Anthony & whoever is on charge of GT's web site know that.
                                                  There it says:
                                                  "Prior to joining GT, he (Anthony) was Executive Chef of Blue Hill at Stone Barns and earlier, the co-executive chef of Blue Hill in Manhattan..." (etc)...

                                                  All I said was the he used to work there. Not how long -or even in what capacity. Did not feel the need to write his resume.

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                                                dkstar1 RE: Brian S Sep 21, 2007 08:45 AM

                                                agreed about Union Square Cafe.

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                                                  loveroffood RE: Brian S Feb 7, 2010 06:45 PM

                                                  Gramercy Tavern - exceptionally poor service given the hype, reputation and cost.

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                                                    ChairmanMeeow RE: loveroffood Jul 14, 2011 05:47 AM

                                                    I know this is an old thread, but I can only assume that this talk of Gramercy Tavern not living up to expectations of food or service are being made by people living in an alternate universe.

                                                    Seriously. There is no comparison. There is Gramercy Tavern and then there are all others. It is the restaurant by which all others should be judged.

                                                    The tavern side of GT is extremely UNpretentious - welcoming, served by knowledgeable and well-trained staff, extremely high level of quality control at all levels and components, with food that is delicately prepared, beautifully presented, expertly served, and extremely tasty. the dining room is an experience unto itself.

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                                                    42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

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                                                      MacGuffin RE: ChairmanMeeow Jul 14, 2011 06:53 AM

                                                      I haven't eaten there in quite a few years but my experiences have been as you described. Very nice staff, competent and (mercifully) unobtrusive service, excellent, non-cutesy food. I was the guest of a dear friend most recently and he and I were both bemused afterward when his lover claimed to have been "intimidated" by the place. Go figure.

                                                      I don't know that I'd rate it as the standard by which all others are judged but that doesn't detract from the fact that GT's wonderful.

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                                                        ChairmanMeeow RE: MacGuffin Jul 15, 2011 07:22 AM

                                                        My wife and I eat there at least once a week, sometimes more frequently. We actually find it tough to eat at other places, because of the standard being set so high by GT. I think that Danny doesn't hold this high level of service at USQ or EMP. It's a function of the GM Kevin Mahan and beverage director Juliette Pope.

                                                        Your comment about unobtrusive service is spot on. One (my wife calls it crazy) measure I use of a well-trained staff -- besides their extreme attention to thorough knowledge of what's being served every day and the wines/beers on the glass list -- is the lack of "clanking" of dishes, silverware, and glasses while serving and clearing.

                                                        This is not just in the formal dining room, but on the tavern side and even dining at the bar (which is where we dine a majority of the time).

                                                        Anyway - I'm a fan as you might be able to tell

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                                                          MacGuffin RE: ChairmanMeeow Jul 15, 2011 07:35 AM

                                                          :)
                                                          In addition to clanking et al., I don't like wait staff hovering to fulfill my every wish, either. I like them to be available and helpful but pretty much undetectable for the most part.

                                                          I remember eating years ago (actually, it was just prior to 9/11) at Cipriani in SoHo. We were repulsed that the maitre d' and waiters were alternately arrogant (with a hint of condescension) and obsequious. Needless to say, we never returned. Too bad because I enjoyed the food itself.

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                                                  Brian W RE: cimui Sep 10, 2007 07:58 PM

                                                  CELESTE. Ate there twice the first year it was open. The first time the food was good, the second time they forgot to cook my wife's mussels before serving them yet still had plenty of time to schmooz the regulars. The noise and the crowding were remeniscent of the subway at rush hour. Haven't been back.

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                                                    idia RE: Brian W Sep 10, 2007 08:00 PM

                                                    WD-50

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                                                      LeahBaila RE: idia Sep 11, 2007 05:54 AM

                                                      Ditto that!

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                                                        brownie RE: LeahBaila Sep 11, 2007 08:02 AM

                                                        Third that! And it wasn't b/c of the scientific food, either. I've eaten that inventive fare in Spain, but i didn't care for WD-50.

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                                                          22sczi RE: brownie Jul 16, 2011 11:32 AM

                                                          wd-50 was the second most disappointing meal in my life

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                                                      cimui RE: Brian W Sep 10, 2007 08:02 PM

                                                      Yes, I've noticed the completely bipolar service at Celeste, too. I've heard it's a difference of when the manager is in or not. There are evenings I've been where it's honest to goodness 5 star service. Other days, it' more like a 2. There's very little in between.

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                                                        offthebeatenpath1 RE: Brian W Jun 24, 2008 08:44 AM

                                                        I completely agree with Celeste. I have been twice in the last couple of weeks and thought it was so bad. The pizza was WAY to salty, the service was just annoying and the way they pack you in is terrible. They had to move two tables just for me to get out (and I am not by any means a fat person). I found everything to be soaked in olive oil, expect for the almond crusted chicken, for which their was oddly no sauce or olive oil at all and the crust was hard as rock. Look, I get the whole Italian bistro charm with the guys up front schmoozing and that, but the guy working the door and walking around was just downright annoying and talked to hear himself talk.

                                                      2. vvvindaloo RE: cimui Sep 10, 2007 08:09 PM

                                                        There is a restaurant called Trattoria Pesce Pasta on Bleecker St. On any given night, there will be a line waiting to get in. It's one of the worst impressions of Italian food that I have ever eaten. I was fooled once- won't happen again. Also, Arturo's pizza on Houston. I don't get the hype, both times I tried it I gnawed through crust that was dry and flavorless, with tomato and cheese that were only so-so, and definitely stereotypical restaurant-supply quality. If Arturo's was considered a local favorite, or a neighborhood poizza joint, that would be one thing. But it's consistently listed with Lombardi's, Patsy's and John's as the best pizza in NYC, and I find that bewildering.

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                                                          jdream RE: vvvindaloo Sep 11, 2007 04:14 AM

                                                          Maybe you need to give Arturo's just one more shot-- I really find it to be head and shoulders above just a local favorite. I know this is a board about places people love you but, but you should just one try pizza with garlic, basil and prosciutto there... it's perfection!

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                                                            vvvindaloo RE: jdream Sep 11, 2007 08:44 AM

                                                            I don't know- there's just so much good pizza out there. Don't you find Arturo's crust to be hard and overcooked (or maybe just a badly made dough)? I try to judge pizza on an even playing field- margherita vs. margherita. Sometimes I will get a topping or two, but I really am more of a purist at heart.

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                                                              jdream RE: vvvindaloo Sep 11, 2007 01:35 PM

                                                              Haven't found the crust hard or overcooked. Normally actually leaves a nice little bit of olive oil on your lips-- it's one of my favorite things are their pizza. Have you been recently? I won't preach too hard, just happens to be that good... to me at least :)

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                                                                NAtiveNewYorker RE: jdream Sep 11, 2007 07:10 PM

                                                                I LOVE Arturo's. So please give it another try.

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                                                                  vinegarhill RE: NAtiveNewYorker Oct 3, 2007 02:15 PM

                                                                  Arturo's is hit or miss. I had pizza with a terrible crust there once but the next time it was fine.

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                                                              musteat RE: jdream Jan 22, 2008 07:06 AM

                                                              Love Arturo's, great pizza's, stuffed clams to die for, Jazz at night. Did I mention great pizza! Fantastic crust, great cheese and perfect sauce. Not soggy like Lombardi's. Better than Johns. God I wish they were open now!

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                                                            aeros RE: cimui Sep 10, 2007 10:09 PM

                                                            The first time I went to Jojo's when it first opened, my wife and I were blown away. However, we went back a few years ago right after Jean George completely renovated the town house and the menu. We were sorely dissapointed both by the decore and the menu. Had a difficult time choosing something to eat. Everthing was much heavier, more traditional French rather than the light Asian influenced fare the old restaurant had offered. My wife even commented that she like my butternut squash soup better.

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                                                              ChefPeter RE: aeros Jun 26, 2009 08:27 AM

                                                              Are you talking about Jojo's on the UES??? I feel the menu is very asian inspired and light. Most of the items on the semi static menu utilize reduced juices and vegetable purees to lighten dishes and give and ad hoc asian flair. I don't really see the heavy (haute cuisine) or even nouvelle cuisine on the menu at all. In fact Jojo's though portions can be a little small is one of my favorite restaurants in NYC!!!!!!!!

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                                                                FoodWine RE: ChefPeter Aug 7, 2009 12:18 PM

                                                                I agree with Peter. I ate at JoJo twice last year and did not find the food heavy at all, and definitely not "traditional French". Far from it.

                                                            2. NAtiveNewYorker RE: cimui Sep 11, 2007 07:54 AM

                                                              Dosa Man in Washington Square Park

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                                                                cimui RE: NAtiveNewYorker Sep 11, 2007 09:02 AM

                                                                I love Thiru! But you're right: the dosas aren't the best, ever. (Too soft and thick, not beautifully crispy like you get at Chennai Garden or Saravannas.) It's in part the novelty of dosas from a cart, Thiru himself, the low prices, and (in a previous life, at least), the convenient location.

                                                                I will say that the vada on Tu are extremely good for not having been fried on the spot.

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                                                                  22sczi RE: NAtiveNewYorker Jul 16, 2011 11:33 AM

                                                                  nice one

                                                                2. kelea RE: cimui Sep 11, 2007 07:57 AM

                                                                  Burger Joint....not worth the $6 or the long wait. nothing special and tasteless. I can only enjoy it when it's drowned in ketchup and hot sauce.

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                                                                    TBird RE: kelea Sep 11, 2007 02:12 PM

                                                                    i agree with burger joint. and i would add corner bistro in there too.

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                                                                      janethepain RE: TBird Sep 12, 2007 07:12 AM

                                                                      Agreed on both counts. There's nothing bad about them (they're burgers!), but I don't see the fuss at all. Shake Shack on the other hand....

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                                                                        joeyz RE: janethepain Sep 21, 2007 05:00 PM

                                                                        Corner Bistro is a godsend. Shake Shack on the other hand indeed - good but nowhere near worth the wait, price, or hype. People, put down the Shake Shack Kool-Aid!

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                                                                        Liquid Sky RE: TBird Sep 24, 2007 02:39 PM

                                                                        I love Corner Bistro's bacon cheeseburger medium-rare... I do takeout because I do not find the gruff service charming.

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                                                                          joeyz RE: Liquid Sky May 22, 2008 04:19 PM

                                                                          Yeah, the medium rare bistro burger (ie bacon cheeseburger), that's what I get too. Getting it to go is a good plan, although I really do love the atmosphere in there. That's one of my top places to take friends from out of town.

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                                                                          carbonara RE: TBird May 22, 2008 05:47 PM

                                                                          They have two cooks - one is amazing, the other is underwhelming.

                                                                      3. LeahBaila RE: cimui Sep 11, 2007 07:58 AM

                                                                        Does the Shake Shack count?

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                                                                          racer x RE: LeahBaila Sep 12, 2007 03:26 PM

                                                                          Ditto Shake Shack. (I couldn't resist.)

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                                                                            merrymc RE: racer x Sep 16, 2007 11:24 AM

                                                                            I was going to add Shake Shack. I found the concretes, shakes, and burgers nothing special, especially for the prices and wait (and I only waited around 10-15 minutes at 4 PM one day). Shake was...very sweet and not all that thick. Burger was OK but not that juicy and lacked flavor. Didn't have the fries. Maybe I was just expecting something more because of all the hype.

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                                                                              artfuldestruct RE: merrymc Dec 5, 2007 09:19 AM

                                                                              hrmm i think your experience is quite different from the one i had. i do like the burger quite a lot but can't stand the line, so i rarely go. i found the shake so dense that i couldn't suck any through the straw, and the burger to me is all about the meat they use and the amount of salt that is put in. a good burger, yet i do think people overrate it a bit.

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                                                                                MHC RE: artfuldestruct Jan 22, 2010 10:58 PM

                                                                                Thought Shake Shack was very average. Definitely not worth the wait.

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                                                                                  Jonny Pops RE: MHC Jul 15, 2011 08:21 AM

                                                                                  There needs to be some series of psychological experiments done on people who wait in that line. These is no food, anywhere, worth waiting in a line that stretches a quarter of a mile for. Never has been. Never will be.

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                                                                                    uwsister RE: Jonny Pops Jul 16, 2011 11:18 PM

                                                                                    I think waiting for Shake Shack for more than 15 minutes is really a thing of the past - except for the original branch perhaps, on a nice day.

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                                                                                      Jonny Pops RE: uwsister Jul 23, 2011 03:03 PM

                                                                                      I'm talking about the original of course - and yes the line still stretches across the park for reasons that defy all logic and common sense.

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                                                                                        sugartoof RE: Jonny Pops Jul 23, 2011 03:32 PM

                                                                                        It most certainly does....and it's essentially a burger chain now.

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                                                                                          nmprisons RE: sugartoof Jul 23, 2011 05:49 PM

                                                                                          whatever, it is by far my favorite burger chain ever then.

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                                                                                            thew RE: sugartoof Jul 23, 2011 05:52 PM

                                                                                            it was essentially a chain when it started - a chain with one link.....

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                                                                                              sugartoof RE: thew Jul 24, 2011 02:17 AM

                                                                                              5 locations in NYC.
                                                                                              3 locations outside of NY.
                                                                                              4 more in development, 2 of which are in the Middle East.

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                                                                                                thew RE: sugartoof Jul 24, 2011 06:16 AM

                                                                                                yes. my point was the quality and approach were always about being a high end chain - even when it was only one place.

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                                                                                                  sugartoof RE: thew Jul 24, 2011 04:31 PM

                                                                                                  I'm not sure that was the original concept or intent, otherwise I was agreeing with you.

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                                                                              plf515 RE: LeahBaila Sep 18, 2011 03:18 PM

                                                                              I agree re Shake Shack . What is the hype about?

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                                                                                plf515 RE: LeahBaila Nov 16, 2011 09:29 AM

                                                                                I agree.

                                                                                I ate at the original. Very ho-hum.

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                                                                                pellegrino31 RE: cimui Sep 11, 2007 08:01 AM

                                                                                It would have to be Da Andrea - it's not like I completely dislike it, it was okay but kind of boring.

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                                                                                  nattie23nyc RE: pellegrino31 Sep 25, 2007 08:03 AM

                                                                                  I second that -- everything was completely underseasoned.

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                                                                                  sea97horse RE: cimui Sep 11, 2007 08:31 AM

                                                                                  Rolf's. Microwaved dishes, leaden spaetzle, the service is either arrogant or incompetent or both. Yet it's always packed. I think people are downing so many cocktails they don't notice anything else.

                                                                                  1. jfood RE: cimui Sep 11, 2007 09:14 AM

                                                                                    Not sure if it qualifies as an "everyone loves" but jfood would add

                                                                                    Ben Bensons
                                                                                    Cafe Un Deux Trois

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                                                                                      tsb2001 RE: cimui Sep 11, 2007 09:16 AM

                                                                                      Lupa.

                                                                                      I think it's generally mediocre and, in some cases, just plain bad.

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                                                                                        cricri7 RE: tsb2001 Sep 12, 2007 03:55 AM

                                                                                        Thank you!!! I went once to Lupa and all three of us hated it! The veal saltimbanco was just bad. The wine was boiling hot and the service was awful. They just don't care for you. I heard that the pasta was good but neither one of us had pasta. I was thinking of giving it another shot because of the pasta but I think I'll try another place before going back there!

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                                                                                          G3B RE: tsb2001 Sep 12, 2007 03:56 AM

                                                                                          I second Lupa, once was enough, mediocre food, lousy food, very very loud, and extremely cramped tables.

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                                                                                            synergy RE: G3B Sep 13, 2007 08:28 AM

                                                                                            While I love Babbo, I didn't like Lupa at all. My pasta was terrible, the service indifferent, crowded, the waitstaff kept bumping into my friend's chair - I just don't get why everyone loves Lupa.

                                                                                            I also don't like Artisenal - food was mediocre, service sucked.

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                                                                                            brooklyndude RE: tsb2001 Jul 13, 2009 11:02 PM

                                                                                            I couldn't agree more.

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                                                                                            MIKELOCK34 RE: cimui Sep 11, 2007 09:18 AM

                                                                                            Each Batali restaurant that I have been to and Bouley......................

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                                                                                              loveroffood RE: MIKELOCK34 Feb 7, 2010 06:48 PM

                                                                                              Agree Batali is generally overrated - particularly Babbo and Esca. Overpriced, nothing special about the food. And hate the "Mario's ipod" music selections.

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                                                                                                baconbitgirl RE: loveroffood Aug 2, 2011 08:05 PM

                                                                                                Babbo was one of the worst dining experiences I have ever had at that pricepoint. The food and music were extreme in an in-your-face way. I was sick to my stomach and had a pounding headache by the time I left.

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                                                                                                  madwells13 RE: baconbitgirl Sep 18, 2011 06:40 AM

                                                                                                  Ditto on Babbo. The food was bland and the attitudes were atrocious. I would have been happier and more satisfied eating pasta out of the box.

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                                                                                                    MissLori RE: madwells13 Sep 18, 2011 07:09 AM

                                                                                                    Apparently not a popular opinion, but i love Babbo. Everything I've had there every time has been consistently delicious, and the service always wonderful. And they have a dessert there that is one of the best I've ever eaten -- Mascapone Maple Cheesecake. Love, love, love.

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                                                                                                  plf515 RE: loveroffood Sep 18, 2011 03:20 PM

                                                                                                  I have split opinion on Babbo. I thought the food was great. But the staff is obnoxious and the music ridiculous. We won't be back

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                                                                                                lookingforpig RE: cimui Sep 11, 2007 09:21 AM

                                                                                                Celeste on the UWS. It's croweded but TERRIBLE.

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                                                                                                  aimeezing1 RE: lookingforpig Dec 4, 2007 03:50 PM

                                                                                                  Totally agree - been there twice and it feels like you are eating medicore food on the lap of people you don't know. Also UWS busy, but why - Cafe Du Soleil on 104th Street - eaten there 3 times and the food is tasteless, tables also too close together and the service seems to be by people who are not waiters but just wandered off the street and were given jobs.

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                                                                                                    cimui RE: aimeezing1 Dec 31, 2007 09:59 AM

                                                                                                    Interesting. That hasn't been my experience. I found the coq au vin and white wine / garlic roasted chicken to be pretty well made, actually, and all the potato sides (rosemary roasted potatoes, mashed potatoes, and fries) to be very enjoyable, as well. The burger royale was pretty skimpy with the foie gras and the meat wasn't as fresh as I like in a simple burger -- I want my burger meat to be good enough for steak -- but Cafe du Soleil does have it's redeeming aspects. Desserts are also good, though they are perpetually out of their blueberry bread pudding.

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                                                                                                  tm76 RE: cimui Sep 11, 2007 10:23 AM

                                                                                                  Otto - Ragu with spaghetti tastes better. I'm convinced they must put crack in that sauce. That's the only reason I can of think why people rave about that place.

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                                                                                                    christinag123 RE: tm76 Sep 14, 2007 08:37 AM

                                                                                                    Otto is the only Batali joint I've been too. While the antipasti were superb, the pasta and pizza were awful. Like sauce out of a jar, and disappointing crust. Will go back for the prosciutto though!

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                                                                                                      piccola RE: christinag123 Sep 14, 2007 04:58 PM

                                                                                                      I wasn't impressed by Otto, either. My experience wasn't as bad as yours, but I give the meal a definite "eh" rating. Plus the noise drove me crazy.

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                                                                                                        sadowsky RE: piccola Jul 4, 2009 11:08 AM

                                                                                                        Finally got to go to Otto last night and my, was I disappointed. The pizzas were totally mediocre. The spaghetti carbonara was the worst I ever tried----told the waitress it was inedible and disgusting and was still charged for it. Service was totally indifferent----had to hail a manager when our waitress disappeared and two items we ordered did not arrive. Otto is simply awful!

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                                                                                                          LeahBaila RE: sadowsky Jul 7, 2009 04:38 AM

                                                                                                          The service at Otto is horrifying and the manager was an unhelpful a-hole. I won't be going back.

                                                                                                          www.thelunchbelle.com

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                                                                                                    randumbposter RE: cimui Sep 11, 2007 02:09 PM

                                                                                                    amazing 66. I ordered a bunch of casseroles once. They were pretty bad.
                                                                                                    Di fara, it's run of the mill pizza joint.
                                                                                                    Most fancy burger joints.

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                                                                                                      janethepain RE: randumbposter Sep 12, 2007 07:15 AM

                                                                                                      Oh man, I thought I was the only one that didn't get all the hype surrounding DiFara's. Yes, it's a good pizza, but if no one had said anytihng, I don't think I would have been able to pick the place out as anything extraordinary. I have enjoyed a few pies there, but after an hourlong wait, I'm sure garbage would taste good to me. It's too parmesan-y to me and I don't understand the point of drowning it in olive oil.

                                                                                                      (takes cover from imminent flying tomatoes)

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                                                                                                        Brian W RE: janethepain Sep 13, 2007 02:30 PM

                                                                                                        Same here. I've had a couple of slices just out of the oven and they were not the epiphany that some others claim. That goes for the square pie, which I also sampled straight out of the oven. I kept thinking, "Is that all there is? Is that all there is to DiFara's?" Give me Patsy's at 117 Street and break out the booze and have a ball!

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                                                                                                        kenito799 RE: randumbposter Sep 13, 2007 12:09 PM

                                                                                                        "Di fara, it's run of the mill pizza joint."

                                                                                                        Love it or hate it, name ONE pizza joint in NYC that is similar to DiFara's in any way but decor. What he is doing is the exact opposite of "run of the mill", for better or for worse.

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                                                                                                          randumbposter RE: kenito799 Sep 13, 2007 03:17 PM

                                                                                                          It's a round pizza, heated in a standard pizza oven. It has sauce and mozarella. The whole of brooklyn, queens, manhattan does the exact same with their pizza. That pretty much says "run of the mill". Like this thread suggests "Restaurants everyone loves except you".

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                                                                                                            kenito799 RE: randumbposter Sep 13, 2007 09:39 PM

                                                                                                            OK, I get it, like Boulud's burger, the meatball sliders at Little Owl, Luger's burger, Corner Bistro, Shake Shack and Burger King are all producing round sandwiches made from ground meat on buns, that is, "run of the mill." Thanks for clarifying.

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                                                                                                              randumbposter RE: kenito799 Sep 14, 2007 09:05 AM

                                                                                                              Burger King is blech. i hate flame broiled taste. But yeah, you're getting the jist of what I'm saying though. If you notice my original posting, I panned fancy burger joints too. I eat my burgers well done. and most fancy burger joints serve their burgers luke warm or dry. Shake shack is good but I don't think its that much better than wendy's. Some run of the mill diners serve more satisfying burgers.

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                                                                                                                kenito799 RE: randumbposter Sep 14, 2007 12:58 PM

                                                                                                                yes I am understanding your palate more and more...to each his own...

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                                                                                                                  MacGuffin RE: kenito799 Jan 2, 2011 02:22 PM

                                                                                                                  Kenito799, would almost $30 for a (made-to-order-buffalo mozz-only) pie that was so salty as to be inedible qualify as an underwhelming pie? Because that's what I was served, TWICE, at Di Fara and yes, Dom is a nice guy and yes, the pie LOOKED gorgeous and I like the crust but $30 for crust is beyond my means.
                                                                                                                  Come to think of it, you're right: what Dom is doing really IS "the exact opposite of run of the mill," and in my experience, it's for worse. Sorry, but MY palate says the emperor is naked.

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                                                                                                                  racer x RE: randumbposter Jan 3, 2011 04:17 AM

                                                                                                                  It's not the flame-broiling that makes Burger King burgers blech. It's the microwaving. Back when there were giants on the earth, before all the fastfood chains microwaved everything, flame-broiled burgers were delicious.

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                                                                                                                NAtiveNewYorker RE: randumbposter Sep 14, 2007 05:52 AM

                                                                                                                The sauce is better and there are more cheese varieties on a DiFara pizza than at your basic NYC place. DeMarco's on Houston comes close, though.

                                                                                                                It's great pizza. And I usually hate hype-places (Magnolia Bakery, Peter Lugars, etc.).

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                                                                                                                  Pan RE: NAtiveNewYorker Sep 14, 2007 02:04 PM

                                                                                                                  You mean DeMarco's CAME close, since they're out of business.

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                                                                                                                    daveena RE: NAtiveNewYorker Sep 14, 2007 07:05 PM

                                                                                                                    Also the crust... don't forget the crust! Thin and crackly but not crackery, yet supple and elastic, blistered the way only a really, really hot oven can. Most crusts are too bready, or crackery, or doughy. DiFara's is just right.

                                                                                                                    The sauce tastes fresher and is more balanced (less sweet), and the proportion of cheese to sauce to crust is perfect. For me, the sauce might be even more important than the crust... I can enjoy a crackery or bready crusted pizza, but sweet pizza sauces make me gag. I'd rather go hungry.

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                                                                                                                      janethepain RE: daveena Sep 17, 2007 07:26 AM

                                                                                                                      Doesn't Dom use a normal pizza oven? How come others don't have the same crust?

                                                                                                                      The sauce, etc might taste good, but I can't taste anything but parmesan. I still don't understand the olive oil part cos the taste of parm dominates. That said, I do like his pizzas and see that they are distinctive, but I don't know how the distinctive qualities cause mass migrations to Midwood.

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                                                                                                                        daveena RE: janethepain Sep 17, 2007 09:07 AM

                                                                                                                        You're right - it's not the oven that's special (at least, relative to other good pizza places... also I'm learning that I don't actually prefer pizzas out of super-hot ovens... tend to be overcharred to my taste).

                                                                                                                        So it must be something about the dough itself - maybe the proportion of water? In any case, Dom's crust hits the sweet spot for me between crisp and chewy.

                                                                                                                        I understand your criticism of the excess parmesan... I think I'd prefer a little less parmesan as well... but it's still the only pizza I've ever had that made me weak at the knees (although I also haven't tried a number of NYC's other top contenders).

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                                                                                                                          Mr. Particular RE: daveena Dec 5, 2007 08:36 AM

                                                                                                                          Dom's dough is not only never refrigerated, but made fresh 3 times a day, allegedly. (I know that Totonno's makes dough fresh daily as well.) I am inclined to believe that fresh dough is part of the key to good crust. Also, Dom's ingredients across the board all seem to be very good quality; I imagine this includes the flour and other dough components...

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                                                                                                              HLing RE: cimui Sep 11, 2007 10:08 PM

                                                                                                              Shanghai Cafe.

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                                                                                                                kobetobiko RE: HLing Sep 12, 2007 08:00 AM

                                                                                                                And Joe's Shanghai and New Green Bo. Err...

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                                                                                                                  HLing RE: kobetobiko Sep 12, 2007 02:59 PM

                                                                                                                  Never been to Joe's Shanghai so I don't know it.
                                                                                                                  New Green Bo, however, has been very good for me so far if I order certain things only.

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                                                                                                                    gloriousfood RE: HLing Sep 13, 2007 06:01 AM

                                                                                                                    Curious--what do you order?

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                                                                                                                      HLing RE: gloriousfood Sep 13, 2007 08:30 PM

                                                                                                                      Gloriousfood, that's a great handle.

                                                                                                                      At Green Bo I get the following:
                                                                                                                      Peking Duck - on a good day it's amazing..on a so-so day it's quite good, with crisp skin and tender, flavorful meat.

                                                                                                                      Vegetarian Chicken - this is a house-made cold dish that's smoky on the outer layer and smooth, silky but firm on the inside. Subtle, and completely refreshes your palette if someone in your party decides to order gloppy stuff.

                                                                                                                      Spicy napa - another simple, cold dish that helps you with the general rich nature of the Shanghainese cuisine.

                                                                                                                      The tiny Fried buns and those long Pot stickers have been at worst, light and tasty...at best..great crispy bottom and juicy meat fillings. Their vegetarian buns are big and filled with green veggies. Not sure if Tuesdays are still the days they make them.

                                                                                                                      Fried Seaweed fish sticks(I never know what it's called on the menu, but it looks like these plump, light green corn dogs without the wooden sticks ) that comes with white pepper and salt mixture on the side for sprinkling. Usually very fresh tasting.

                                                                                                                      I've liked their deep fried baby eels at times. They are dark and sweet and slightly gooey. Might be seasoned with black vinegar and sugar.

                                                                                                                      Let's not forget Big Dog's favorite dish that has the fresh tofu skin and pickled vegetable, with or without pork.

                                                                                                                      Many years ago I had good beef stew there, but then one time it was too tough and inedible...so I haven't ordered it since.

                                                                                                                      The thing is, it helps to go when they are not swamped with tourists, and yet you want to be there when the main chef is there. I can imagine the kind of second guessing they have to do when the crowd seem to be the kind who wants Americanized food. ...so it also helps to have some sort of recognition there, that they know you and your preference. I know they make their own soy skin and soy chicken. I hope that they still do that despite being swamped by tourists.

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                                                                                                                        gloriousfood RE: HLing Sep 14, 2007 04:18 AM

                                                                                                                        Thanks, HLing! I passed by New Green Bo yesterday but was in a rush to somewhere so I couldn't stop by. Now, after reading your post, I'm craving for those buns and dumplings.

                                                                                                                        I managed to stop by Super Taste and had the vegetable/egg noodle soup instead of my usual hot and spicy beef noodle soup. The broth was great...complex and deep.

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                                                                                                                          Lau RE: HLing Dec 4, 2007 05:51 PM

                                                                                                                          do you have to order the peking duck in advance at NGB? i generally think its just okay, but you tend to pick good chinese places so i trust your taste

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                                                                                                                            HLing RE: Lau Dec 4, 2007 08:58 PM

                                                                                                                            Hi Lau, usually you don't need to order the peking duck in advance as in before getting to the restaurant.
                                                                                                                            Thanks for the trust in my taste, though sometimes I think there are really no absolutes. I mean often there are a lot of luck involved. Anyway, if you are going to get duck, do read this and be prepared :)
                                                                                                                            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/461115

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                                                                                                                      cimui RE: kobetobiko Sep 12, 2007 04:27 PM

                                                                                                                      I like New Green Bo, too. I think both of you have excellent tastebuds. =)

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                                                                                                                        kelea RE: kobetobiko Sep 12, 2007 10:25 PM

                                                                                                                        OMG Joe's Shanghai. WORST dumplings i've ever had in my life. i had half...and i stopped. and i almost never stop eating what i have on my plate unless it triggers my gag reflex

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                                                                                                                          cookieru RE: kelea Sep 14, 2007 01:44 PM

                                                                                                                          Totally agree, Joe's Shanghai bad, New Green Bo amazing. Thanks for your very detailed post HLing, I'll be going back soon!

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                                                                                                                            spyturtle008 RE: cookieru Mar 9, 2010 07:36 AM

                                                                                                                            Joe's Shanghai was recommended very highly via a NYC Not for Tourists app I downloaded before a recent trip to MoMA, and I stopped there with some friends for lunch. The food was pretty standard -- not bad, but nothing to get excited about. The service was another story altogether. We were seated at 2:30 (not realizing they close at 3 between lunch and dinner), and were rushed through the meal (we weren't being slow at all, either). At 3:30, as we were finishing up, the waiter very pointedly asked us to leave. Why seat us if you don't plan on allowing a reasonable amount of time for us to eat??

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                                                                                                                              rrems RE: spyturtle008 Mar 9, 2010 07:38 PM

                                                                                                                              Which dishes did you have? If you order standard dishes you cannot expect more than a good, but not spectacular, rendition of those. Some of the times I've been to Joe's I've gone with Chinese friends and learned what the best choices are. Get the jellyfish, crab and pork soup dumplings, braised pork shoulder, pork belly (described on the menu as fresh bacon with preserved vegetables), yellowfish fingers. Try the unfamiliar and you will find it more interesting.

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                                                                                                                                Lau RE: rrems Mar 10, 2010 03:10 AM

                                                                                                                                joe's is a very mediocre shanghainese restaurant. It became famous b/c they sort introduced xiao long bao (shanghainese steamed soup dumplings) to NY, however their XLB are mediocre, but b/c of a lack of quality ones Joe's became popular and alot of people thought they were high quality b/c they hadn't had a good version (the only place that makes a good version is Nan Xiang in flushing). The rest of their food is generally very mediocre, all of the shanghainese places in manhattan are fairly mediocre with a good dish here and there.

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                                                                                                                                  spyturtle008 RE: Lau Mar 10, 2010 04:47 AM

                                                                                                                                  I'm vegetarian, so I'm afraid I couldn't try anything terribly 'unfamiliar' because the selection was pretty limited. I had the mock duck appetizer, vegetable dumplings, and a tofu dish (don't remember the name, one of the only veg'n dishes on the menu). All pretty bland / uninteresting. I have had much better, more flavorful veg'n Chinese at hole-in-the-wall restaurants in tiny suburbs, so this was a big disappointment -- however all of that could have been made better by service that wasn't actively hostile.

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                                                                                                                                squid kun RE: spyturtle008 Mar 12, 2010 12:34 AM

                                                                                                                                I've seen a number of the Not for Tourists restaurant listings and commentaries. Unimpressive.

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                                                                                                                                  spyturtle008 RE: squid kun Mar 15, 2010 05:32 AM

                                                                                                                                  Yes -- this was the first I'd used them, and I was unimpressed! Guess I learn the hard way.

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                                                                                                                                  Pan RE: spyturtle008 Nov 19, 2010 05:13 PM

                                                                                                                                  Joe's Shanghai, not for tourists? That's such a tourist place, amazing! What else was in their list? Carnegie Deli? Lombardi's?

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                                                                                                                          feast RE: cimui Sep 11, 2007 11:19 PM

                                                                                                                          Recently , Union Square Cafe. The food and the service -really not good. And -
                                                                                                                          I cannot understand why everyone seems to love Red Cat, in Chelsea. I find the food just average, and the service really bad. ... like saying they do not have my (confirmed) reservation listed- but offering me a table right at the front door.....like taking away my bread plate while I was still eating (this happened more than once.)

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                                                                                                                            kobetobiko RE: feast Sep 12, 2007 07:59 AM

                                                                                                                            Agree with Red Cat.

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                                                                                                                            Pan RE: cimui Sep 12, 2007 12:07 AM

                                                                                                                            Does Veselka's count? Open at night and fairly cheap. Other than that? But those who've followed my posts already know how I feel about that place.

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                                                                                                                              janethepain RE: Pan Sep 12, 2007 07:19 AM

                                                                                                                              I never understood why anyone would single Veselka out for great food. In my mind, the only things it would be a good suggestion for are if the poster was inquiring about places open all night or a lively atmosphere. That said, I have suggested Veselka for those kinds of requests, and probably for diner food, but I wouldn't go out of my way to say that someone visiting NY should stop by. The meat pierogies at Ukrainian National Home are amazing, so I'd recommend a place like that for food, but for atmosphere, Veselka might be good.

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                                                                                                                                vinegarhill RE: janethepain Oct 3, 2007 02:18 PM

                                                                                                                                I'm boycotting Veselka after I got stuffed cabbage with a tomato sauce that tasted like they'd poured a bottle of ketchup on it. Ukrainian National Home is the way to go!

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                                                                                                                                  joeyz RE: vinegarhill Jul 5, 2008 05:22 PM

                                                                                                                                  I don't want to ignorantly lump all eastern european food together but Veselka and the various Polish places in the area have a good deal of crossover dishes and the Polish places fare much better, whether you want stuffed cabbage, borscht, pierogies, or what have you. Veselka's attempt at Bigos is a joke compared to the fantastic version at Little Poland but it might be out of their comfort zone being as it is Poland's national dish and Veselka is supposedly Ukranian. Veselka just tries to be the eastern european diner for the masses.

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                                                                                                                              digsnola RE: cimui Sep 12, 2007 03:25 PM

                                                                                                                              I love Peasant, especially the wine bar downstairs, but was unimpressed with The Orchard. It gets the highest Zagat rating in the area and everyone raves about the flatbreads. I've tried them all, and none of them are any good.

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                                                                                                                                steakrules85 RE: cimui Sep 12, 2007 03:41 PM

                                                                                                                                Neither of these are upscale by any stretch but they are constantly mentioned on the boards as "musts" for people visiting NYC. The burger joint- way overated and Clinton Street Baking Co. I really wanna like Clinton but I really think the maple butter makes those pancakes good (NOT GREAT) and their shakes suck. Totally not worth the value.

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                                                                                                                                  bklynbiker RE: steakrules85 Feb 4, 2008 04:01 PM

                                                                                                                                  Just curious, as huge fan of B. Joint, who's/which burgers do you think are top notch? Possible matter of style preference? (Thick vs. thin, dense vs. loosely knit etc). Went to the much ballyhooed Corner Bistro once or twice and was totally unimpressed. So just curious, like I said...

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                                                                                                                                  sylviag RE: cimui Sep 12, 2007 05:19 PM

                                                                                                                                  We have no desire to return to Telepan. Our experiences at Compass have been much more enjoyable - delicious food, excellent service.

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                                                                                                                                    princeofpork RE: sylviag Sep 12, 2007 05:22 PM

                                                                                                                                    Spotted Pig. Most people love it but we did not like any of the dishes we ordered except the Gnocci

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                                                                                                                                      rosemary1008 RE: princeofpork Sep 12, 2007 09:30 PM

                                                                                                                                      Bad experiences (two) with service such that difficult to separate from quality of food (being cranky makes me think nothing is right...)

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                                                                                                                                        brooklyndude RE: princeofpork Jul 13, 2009 11:04 PM

                                                                                                                                        I'm sure the Spotted Pig is great if you are Jay-Z.

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                                                                                                                                        City Kid RE: sylviag Sep 27, 2007 08:10 AM

                                                                                                                                        I couldn't agree more about Telepan: lousy, haughty service and lousy food. What is the fuss about! Did I mention overpriced? Compass has been consistently excellent: food, ambiance, and service for brunch and dinner.

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                                                                                                                                          steve h. RE: City Kid Oct 1, 2007 06:03 PM

                                                                                                                                          hmmm.
                                                                                                                                          i've had good food, great service at telepan. don't live on the uws, but if i did, i would eat dinner at the bar at least once, maybe twice a week.

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                                                                                                                                            ggbrock RE: steve h. Jun 16, 2009 06:32 AM

                                                                                                                                            Totally agree...I live on the UWS and we love Telepan's brunch. Very unique flavors that can be combined in a number of different ways when choosing one dish from each of the menus. The service can be a little haughty, but if you go once or twice they loosen up a bit.

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                                                                                                                                          plf515 RE: sylviag Sep 18, 2011 03:23 PM

                                                                                                                                          I strongly disagree on Telepan. Been several times and found the food and service outstanding.

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                                                                                                                                          kam0424 RE: cimui Sep 12, 2007 05:54 PM

                                                                                                                                          Don't all hate me but, momofuku ssam. Found it blah. Also, Old Homestead. blech!

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                                                                                                                                            LRS RE: kam0424 Sep 12, 2007 09:16 PM

                                                                                                                                            I have to second Momofuku

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                                                                                                                                              NYCfoodgirl RE: LRS Sep 13, 2007 01:33 PM

                                                                                                                                              Third Momofuku. Also Aquavit.

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                                                                                                                                                Ricky RE: NYCfoodgirl Sep 14, 2007 08:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                Fourth Momofuku

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                                                                                                                                                  Delucacheesemonger RE: Ricky Sep 22, 2007 05:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                  Fifth Momofuku

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                                                                                                                                                    bladerobbins RE: Delucacheesemonger Oct 2, 2007 11:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Ugh Momofuku gives me a stomach ache two fold- from their food and their snotty service...

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                                                                                                                                                      claireness RE: bladerobbins Oct 2, 2007 08:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                      DITTO MOMOFUKU. shows you what a good pr person can do for a business. blech.

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                                                                                                                                                        artfuldestruct RE: claireness Dec 5, 2007 09:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                        i like momofuku. yes it's not "traditional" japanese ramen, but i've found it to be really good. if anything the pork buns are amazing among other appetizers. i really don't care what anyone else thinks. the ssam to me however was way to much pork greasiness.

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                                                                                                                                                      Yeo RE: Delucacheesemonger Dec 31, 2007 09:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                      Sixth Momofuku

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                                                                                                                                                        cdub RE: Yeo Feb 5, 2008 01:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Seventh Momofuku. It's the epitome of overrated.

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                                                                                                                                                          naeel RE: cdub Feb 20, 2008 09:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                          Seriously. Why do people rave about Momofuku? I do not get it.

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                                                                                                                                                            22sczi RE: cdub Jul 16, 2011 11:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                            I eighth Momofuko.

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                                                                                                                                                      cayuga RE: NYCfoodgirl Jan 4, 2010 05:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Momofuku - may I pile on?

                                                                                                                                                      I don't get Momofuku and I don't like Momofuko.

                                                                                                                                                      Overated and not so good.

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                                                                                                                                                        uwsister RE: cayuga Mar 4, 2010 06:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Where is Momofuko?

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                                                                                                                                                          Pan RE: uwsister Nov 19, 2010 05:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                          I assume that when just the name "Momofuku" is used, the writer is referring to Momofuku Noodle Bar.

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                                                                                                                                                            thew RE: Pan Jul 15, 2011 07:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                            i dunno - if I just say momofuku i mean ssam bar. and i love that place

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                                                                                                                                                              tosharona RE: thew Jul 26, 2011 04:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Gotta defend Momofuku (ssam bar and noodle bar). Pork buns are amazing!! You have to be down with pork fat to like any of his dishes. Ssam bar is really hit or miss. My first meal there was out of this world, subsequent meals have been mediocre. It was rated something like #40 restaurants in the world, which I agree, is sort of ridiculous. Dont really love Ma Peche, and havent made it to Ko yet.

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                                                                                                                                                                Simon RE: tosharona Sep 18, 2011 01:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Those numbered rankings are a joke -- i can find you 40 better restaurants than Saam on a single street in many cities in Asia

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                                                                                                                                                  PhishFoodie RE: cimui Sep 12, 2007 11:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                  So many people seem to like Butter, and I don't get it. Just b/c celebs hang out there and idiots like Paris Hilton say it's the best food, others agree? I had one of the worst meals ever that I can remeber, food & service wise there. Left me feeling completley ripped off.

                                                                                                                                                  Also, Dennis Foy (though I haven't heard anything about it lately, if it's even open now) Appetizers & deserts were good, nothing amazing. But I really disliked the dish I had-felt it was very salty (and/or peppery or just overseasoned so that I didn't taste fish ( i think that's what it was), I tasted pepper. I also could not get a waiter's attention to do anything about it until everyone else at my table was done eating. By then, I'd lost my appetite.

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                                                                                                                                                    christinag123 RE: PhishFoodie Sep 14, 2007 08:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Second Butter. Dreadful place.

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                                                                                                                                                      aka frank RE: christinag123 Feb 12, 2008 12:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Amen!

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                                                                                                                                                    wryorwhite RE: cimui Sep 13, 2007 05:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                    david burke & donatella; hearth; babbo; otto; una pizza napoletano; tao

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                                                                                                                                                      Aquagrill. I've been there a number of times, but the last 2 times I was there (for lunch) the food was SO salty I could barely eat it. The 1st time I sent it back, the 2nd time I couldn't do so, the friend I was with had a plane to catch so I didn't want to lengthen the time of our meal. The chocolate tasting dessert was fun, the best part of the meal. I can't think of even giving it another try.
                                                                                                                                                      Lombardis. I would rather eat pizza from Two Boots then from Lombardis. At work they often order pies from Lombardis or it's our go to place for office events. The only thing that makes eating their slices tolerable is addiing the fresh garlic to it that they offer as a topping.

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                                                                                                                                                        gloriousfood RE: cimui Sep 13, 2007 05:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                        I don't see the big deal about Telepan either. Food so dull and service so lackluster (except for the friendly bartender at the front), it's a battle to stay awake during our meals!

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                                                                                                                                                          TBird RE: gloriousfood Sep 13, 2007 08:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                          i've only been once, but chinatown brasserie was a total letdown compared to the reviews....

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                                                                                                                                                            Pan RE: TBird Sep 13, 2007 11:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                            What did you order there? I had wonderful dim sum items and cocktails there in February. Best dim sum I've had in New York by far, and possibly in the U.S. But of course, that was then, and they might have deteriorated, although the same chef is still there, to my knowledge.

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                                                                                                                                                          elizabells RE: cimui Sep 13, 2007 09:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                          My grandfather would spin in his grave if he knew, but I can't stand Vong. Okay, I'm not a big fan of fusion anyway, but I found it mediocre even for the genre.

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                                                                                                                                                            MellieMac RE: elizabells Sep 13, 2007 12:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Ewwwww, me either. I thought everything tasted like body odor!

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                                                                                                                                                            uwser RE: cimui Sep 13, 2007 11:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                            Blue Water Grill - went once, totally unimpressed.. No plans to go back

                                                                                                                                                            Gennaro's - everyone raves about it, but I think it's nothing that special, and I hate cash only places.. Celeste I've never bothered going into, but I imagine I'd feel the same.

                                                                                                                                                            Spice Market - Maybe this doesn't qualify as "everyone loves it" - but man I've had better asian food at my local greasy chinese restaurant.

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                                                                                                                                                              rugburn RE: uwser Sep 24, 2007 12:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Gennaro's made me very mad. Always saw a crowd outside and was dying to go, then took my parents there and the service is horrible, it's LOUD, and the food was just so-so, oh, and the bill was rediculous!! I'm SO Sorry that i didn't try it out before taking my parents there and will never go back.

                                                                                                                                                              We were all a bit down when we left there...having spent so much money for such mediocre food...and it was so loud that we could barely hear each other!

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                                                                                                                                                                bklynbiker RE: rugburn Feb 4, 2008 03:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                went once years ago when first hyped as this terrific bargain place. walked out totally underwhelmed and $50 poorer, my friend carrying some kind of 'bruschetta salad' appetizer that i ordered and never touched. only memorable aspect was Geo. stephanopolis sitting at the next table. whoopee!

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                                                                                                                                                                atraxia RE: uwser Dec 5, 2007 05:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                agree about Blue Water Grill. the food was decent but service was horrible. we made reservations - arrived 15 minutes early. and it still took over 45 minutes to seat us. and that was just the beginning of the bad service - absent-minded waitress, being rushed, lack of silverware, asking repeatedly for silverware or cream for our coffee.

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                                                                                                                                                                  yumyum palace RE: uwser Feb 2, 2008 08:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Agreed on Spice Market. Not great and the fact that you have to order before they will bring a bread basket is infuriating. And I felt the food was mediocre.

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                                                                                                                                                                    msqueensfoodie RE: uwser Aug 8, 2011 08:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    agreed....2nd hated restaurant - The Blue Water Grill....the first being Joya Thai on Court street in Brooklyn. UGH!

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                                                                                                                                                                    kobetobiko RE: cimui Sep 13, 2007 11:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    Just remember this: Blue Ribbon Sushi.

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                                                                                                                                                                      Sugar RE: kobetobiko Sep 13, 2007 11:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Agreed. I went once and found it way overpriced for what you get. Similar quality fish and presentations are available at so many other places.

                                                                                                                                                                      I did really like Blue Ribbon Bakery though.

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                                                                                                                                                                        kobetobiko RE: Sugar Sep 13, 2007 12:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        yes, the bakery is indeed much better. Even for the flagship restaurant, I found most of the dishes to be uninspiring, except for the bone marrows.

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                                                                                                                                                                      MellieMac RE: cimui Sep 13, 2007 12:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      Babbo. I disliked everything about it.

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                                                                                                                                                                        hoosier RE: cimui Sep 13, 2007 12:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Per Se - completely underwhelmed; shockingly mediocre.

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                                                                                                                                                                          TBird RE: hoosier Sep 13, 2007 12:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Lazzara's. What am i missing?

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                                                                                                                                                                            fan4food RE: TBird Sep 14, 2007 08:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            the chicken parm sandwich.

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                                                                                                                                                                              claireness RE: TBird Oct 2, 2007 08:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              The John's Special. Seriously, give it another try.

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                                                                                                                                                                                TBird RE: claireness Dec 6, 2007 07:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                i have. thanks you two. i've given it another try. and another. and another!! seriously, i can't go wrong now. the chicken parm and the meatball parm are perfect. the pizza is addictive. i was wrong!

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                                                                                                                                                                              ny.foodie RE: hoosier Dec 6, 2007 03:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Yes, Per Se... me too. 250 a person for 9 courses of hor devours. The food was pretty good but .... Oh please.

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                                                                                                                                                                                msqueensfoodie RE: hoosier Aug 8, 2011 08:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Wow! You wasted a lot of money on Hoop La!

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                                                                                                                                                                                Ushi Wakamaru.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Nehna RE: cimui Sep 14, 2007 08:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Prune, definitely Prune. Went once, hated it, never returned. Too cramped, very uninspired food, way too heavy handed with certain ingredients like lemon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    bklyn99 RE: Nehna Sep 20, 2007 10:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    I will be brave and second you on Prune, which seems to be everyone else's darling. I liked the shabby chic atmosphere, but everything was heavy and drowning in brown butter when I went, to the point that I left feeling a bit queasy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm with the both of you on Prune. Everything drowned in the brown butter, though pretty bland, and I too felt sick afterward.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        GDSwamp RE: nattie23nyc Sep 25, 2007 09:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Possibly the best burger I've ever had. At least, lately. Makes it a four-star place in my book.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          Delucacheesemonger RE: GDSwamp Oct 2, 2007 10:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Not the best burger, but a super one, always do for lunch before Sunshine Theater

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                                                                                                                                                                                        jpmcd RE: Nehna May 30, 2008 08:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        totally agree, we even had the good table by the window - i felt bad for the people downstairs by the bathroom

                                                                                                                                                                                        food was fine but nothing special, pretty boring

                                                                                                                                                                                        seasonal shmeasonal

                                                                                                                                                                                      3. sgordon RE: cimui Sep 14, 2007 01:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Underwhelmed by:

                                                                                                                                                                                        Per Se - at half the price I would have been impressed, and while I appreciated the artistry I didn't feel as though I got my money's worth.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Jean-George - about half of what I've had has been top-notch, the rest... nothing I haven't had elsewhere.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Otto - Go for the funky gelatos, sure. But the pizzas (their ostensible reason for existence) - eh, no thanks...

                                                                                                                                                                                        DiFara's - agreed, run-of-the-mill. Not bad, not by any stretch - but not worth the hype.
                                                                                                                                                                                        Blue Ribbon Sushi - and mind you, I'm very fond of Blue Ribbon. But the Sushi outpost was... nothing. Mind you, I'm from Park Slope, and we've been spoiled by Taro Sushi over there.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Junior's Cheesecake - if you like cheesecake-flavored Jello, sure.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Country - like JG, only about half of what I've had has really done much for me. The rest... okay, but expected more for the price. On the other hand, I think the Cafe brunch is awesome. Pulled. Pork. Grits. Sigh.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          atraxia RE: sgordon Dec 5, 2007 05:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          juniors - the cheesecake is allright. but i got a milkshare there once. horrid! it tasted like water w/ fake strawberry flavoring.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Mr. Particular RE: sgordon Dec 5, 2007 08:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Same reply to you as to Wendy's-loving, aptly-named (couldn't resist) randumbposter, above:

                                                                                                                                                                                            If Di Fara's is run of the mill, what ISN'T? "Run of the mill" implies average, comparable to countless others. So let's go: name ten like it. Should be easy.

                                                                                                                                                                                            IF ONLY Di Fara's were run of the mill. Maybe in another galaxy...

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                                                                                                                                                                                              sgordon RE: Mr. Particular Jan 21, 2008 12:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Okay - fair enough - "run-of-the-mill" was probably an exaggeration. Maybe just "not worth going out of one's way for" - especially if John's, Patsy's, Totonno's or Grimaldi's happen to be closer.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                Mr. Particular RE: sgordon Feb 7, 2008 06:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                I like Patsy's in East Harlem, and Totonno's used to be my favorite--before I tried DiFara's. You're not going to find better pizza in NY than DiFara's, so for that reason it is worth going out of one's way for at least once, if you are a pizza buff. But maybe not all the time if you live near one of the others.

                                                                                                                                                                                                IF you go to DiFara's:
                                                                                                                                                                                                1) Be mentally prepared to wait for an hour
                                                                                                                                                                                                2) Don't get toppings on the round

                                                                                                                                                                                                I think a lot of negative posts about DF come from people not following these 2 edicts. Also, while IMO DiFara's is a couple of notches above its closest competition in NYC, and consistently approaches or attains pizza perfection, it's still 'just' pizza! Expectations run so high, some people seem to expect moon pie.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            EJFood RE: cimui Sep 14, 2007 02:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Totally subjective of course, but this is a great topic. My pick is GOTHAM...Overrated...this is my just don't get it. The dinner entress have hit the rarefied air of the $40+ range...and you literally touch elbows with the next table...ok if the food is out of this world, but it's just ok...these types of dishes are common in far more charming venues around town. I certainly would invest in this place...much like GT, they have become an occasion place for the B & T crowd, which keeps them full and noisy. They substaianted themselves years ago, and then have wisely played their name to folks who really don't have refined pallets. Again good business "formula", but not a place for true foodies anymore. Also, waiting for your table at the bar, the bartenders have that smug "we'll be busy no matter what" air about them...and seem to expect the customers to extend the courteous gestures first..."Mr. Bartender, if I could take a moment of your time, can I pretty please with sugar on top have a glass of wine,,,thanks so much!" Anyway, one man's opinion, but this place I don't get.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. oonth RE: cimui Sep 14, 2007 08:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Hi Cimui. I couldn't agree more where Telepan is concerned, it did nothing for me. And I'll take this point further and naysay all the restaurants who specifically promote themselves as using seasonal, organic, greenmarket etc produce. Big deal, what's there to get excited about, we should expect the better restaurants to use good ingredients at the very least. I feel as though I could buy the same ingredients and make similar standard food at home and quite often I do. My criticism extends to places like Cookshop and also Blue Hill Stone Barns which to be fair impressed me first time around but completely underwhelmed me on a subsequent visit.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                sugakc69 RE: oonth Sep 14, 2007 08:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                agreed about cookshop -- people love it -- personally not so great.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  cimui RE: oonth Sep 18, 2007 05:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Phew, glad I'm not the only one! I do really like Green Table, though, which is also greenmarket cuisine. I think it's something particular to Telepan, for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  (Wish you were back in nyc to critique more restaurants!!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. goodhealthgourmet RE: cimui Sep 14, 2007 08:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  while not everyone loves it, i don't really understand what ANYONE really likes about bond st.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  completely mediocre food...both the sushi and the cooked dishes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    oyster bar at grand central terminal is not very good. i'll concede a pan roast at the counter, maybe drinks in the backroom bar but nothing more. pity. i used to like this place way, way back when.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      sugakc69 RE: steve h. Jul 10, 2008 10:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      i agree -- my fave place for oyster Hands down is Aqua Grill!!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      hungrylikeawolf RE: cimui Sep 16, 2007 11:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Son Cubano in the MPD

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        La Grolla on Amsterdam. It's always crowded and when I ate there the spaghetti pomodoro tasted like noodles in V8.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          foodwhisperer RE: cimui Sep 16, 2007 06:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bubby's

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            GDSwamp RE: cimui Sep 18, 2007 11:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I know it's practically illegal, but I don't love Le Bernardin. Tried it once and thought it was kind of boring. Tried it again because hey, it's Le Bernardin, and thought it was kind of boring. I recognize that it's beautifully executed food - flawless, in a sense. But it's essentially conservative - unrisky dishes that rely on cool perfection rather than inspiration. Eating there reminds me (here comes a pretentious metaphor) of passing through certain galleries at the Met, full of monumental paintings of pink nymphs and cherubs that are lovely and classic, sure, but don't stir me 1/10th as much as Rembrandt's paunchy self-portraits.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              cimui RE: GDSwamp Sep 18, 2007 02:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I think there's a healthy contingent of folks on this board who feel as you do, GDSwamp. Me, included. I'll take clients there ... because hey, it's Le Bernardin, but I'd never take myself there for fun.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Delucacheesemonger RE: cimui Sep 22, 2007 05:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                OMG, there is someone else; Been there twice, once with my food class. 12 serious eaters and we all looked at each other wondering why rated so high

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Delucacheesemonger RE: cimui Jan 27, 2010 04:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Funny, friends wanted to go ,so went again. Still scratching my head, everything cooked perfectly and service was stellar, but food was unexciting and that is an understatement.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    dietndesire RE: Delucacheesemonger Jan 27, 2010 07:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I am with you except I do not care for the service.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ChowDiva RE: GDSwamp Oct 3, 2007 12:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I agree I agree!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ginsbera RE: cimui Sep 20, 2007 12:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Vong. I was just not impressed with the food here. The menu was not impressive and the flavors were not different (if not worse) than the typical Thai restaurant in Manhattan or Brooklyn.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    claireness RE: ginsbera Oct 2, 2007 08:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thank god. I was scrolling down the page and was wondering if i was the only person to find a meal at vong not only underwhelming, but uninspired, unmemorable, and a complete waste of my money and time. (Perry Street on the other hand...different story.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      baconstrip RE: claireness Oct 2, 2007 08:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      i only go there so that i can get the full-sized j-g chocolate fondant.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    gloriousfood RE: cimui Sep 20, 2007 12:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pearl's. Overpriced lobster rolls soddened with mayo. Nothing else on the menu impresses me--and believe me, how I have tried, for I know this is a much loved place for many!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Liquid Sky RE: gloriousfood Sep 20, 2007 03:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Not really a "restaurant", but I don't care for SHAKE SHACK at all... Blech!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh, and WD-50... expensive and Blech!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      synergy RE: cimui Sep 21, 2007 04:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm not a fan of Esca. While I don't have a specific complaint about the food, our entire experience there left me cold with no desire to return.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        another thread forced this memory jogged response:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Gray's papaya - jfood thinks the dog is oversalty, is not grilled all that well. If passing by and hungry he probably would not even fork over the paltry sum to fill his belly.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Brian W RE: jfood Sep 24, 2007 12:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I agree. Gray's dogs are always on the grill for way to long and are always dried out and salty. I'll pay the extra $2 and take Papaya King special any time.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Papaya RE: cimui Sep 21, 2007 08:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mary's Fish Camp - This too will be blasphamy, but I don't love it. The lobster roll is fine, but I thought the lobster salad itself was a little too runny. The brioche roll it came in was amazing though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          BLT Prime - BLT Prime and BLT Burger were both incredibly underwhelming. The steak we had at BLT Prime had too much gristle and though we ordered medium rare was actually cool overall. Enjoyed BLT Fish downstairs (great all you can eat mussels Wednesday night) and havent' been to BLT Steak yet, but I think I get the overall BLT "wanna be a chain, but don't want to admit it" mentality.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Shaffer City Oyster - While Oyster Bar is not the best, at least it has atmosphere. I can't understand why Shaffers gets recommended over and over again. Yes they have a wide selection of oysters, but they don't all taste that great.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            teezeetoo RE: Papaya Sep 22, 2007 08:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I love Le Bernardin, Babbos and thought Per Se matched Cote D'Or for michelin-three star heaven. These are all splurges for us and not every day ventures but we haven't been disappointed. I have been disappointed in Esca (blah on service and on food), Union Square Cafe (liked the service, found the food predictable) and think Balthazar is a bit of joke.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              FoodWine RE: teezeetoo Sep 22, 2007 08:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yes, the food is predictable.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I usually go to USC for lunch or brunch.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I like the service and the general attitude at USC; they are always so welcoming & so friendly & unpretentious -starting from the host/hostess. The food is sort of like very good "comfort food". (i.e. predictable)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              So when I feel like having great "comfort food" in an easy and friendly setting, I often wind up at USC for lunch or brunch. That's probably one of the reasons the place is so popular.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A total opposite is/was their neighbor, "Blue Water Grill". Especially the hostesses were so pretentious and full of "it" that we thought it was just ridiculous. There was a time (looong ago) when we sort of liked the place and had a few dinners & lunches/brunches there, but then something changed, and the attitude just became so silly that we dropped BWG from our list for good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Brigita RE: Papaya Sep 24, 2007 11:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Agreed. I was at BLT Burger on Sat. Underwhelming is the correct adjective. Not bad, but just not memorable. I had their BLT Burger.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                brooklyndude RE: Brigita Jul 13, 2009 11:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I ate there recently and thought that their burgers were not distinguishable in any way from any half decent bar burger.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              nattie23nyc RE: cimui Sep 24, 2007 01:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Annisa, downtown somewhere, I think in SoHo. Wow, was it aweful! I don't know what reviewers on sites like Menupages are talking about, particularly those who say foodies should come here, b/c I had a disappointing night out here for a friend's birthday, and most of the people I was with are chefs themselves, in catering, etc. It took 40 mins and two requests just to get tap water. We were a group of 6 doing the largest tasting menu possible, and they knew it was a birthday, and still the service was poor. I'd say it took about an hour for the first course to come; after only a half hour we inquired about the food and were told that "the chef had to create the menu" for us. Anyone who knows the restaurant business knows that the chef is not concocting a menu just for us. After another 15 mins we spoke to the owner. It was another 15-20 mins before the first course came out, a tuna tartar which was off the menu, as was everything else. There was about 30 mins between courses, long enough for you to stare at your empty plate for a while, since it was a tasting and the courses were tiny, then stare at the table, then look around anxiously wondering where your food is. Obviously, this really ruined our birthday festivities. They never even sent anything out compliments of the chef to tide us over, in spite of everything. But the most massive disappointment came with the bill, which worked out to $170 per person! Oh, and every plate that came out of the kitchen had greasy fingerprints all over it. The biggest slap in the face? The owner insisted on taking my friend's number, that she would call by the end of the week to make the situation right, and when she did not, he called her several times and got the run-around. No invite to the restaurant to give it another try, nothing. And I continue to see good reviews of this place in publications and online. It makes me want to scream.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                MMRuth RE: nattie23nyc Sep 24, 2007 01:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                So sorry to hear that - I had a great dinner recently at Annisa. It's in GV, by the way.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  dkstar1 RE: nattie23nyc Sep 25, 2007 06:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  yeah, I was underwhelmed by it. Also not mentioned on here...burger joint at Le Parker Meridien. Worse burger and less tolerable line than Shake Shack.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Liquid Sky RE: dkstar1 Oct 5, 2007 07:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yes! I don't get Burger Joint either. I think people just like the kitsch factor.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mcoleman RE: nattie23nyc Sep 30, 2007 02:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    restaurants can be inconsistent, but...two weeks ago we went to annisa for our anniversary -- aka a big night out -- and had about as satisfying experience as is possible in a nyc restaurant. how on earth could the nightmare described above happen at the same place? did the presence of chefs in your party psych-out the kitchen? and w/r/t the bill wouldn't you have set the price in advance? or refused to pay an obviously inflated check (tho you didn't mention wine or drinks)...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    come to think when we there the waitress said at one point, a little breathlessly, that we were lucky because the chef was cooking there that night instead of tending her other restaurants or "consulting at Montrachet" or whatever. so maybe when she's not there the whole place goes to hell, anyway so much for Annisa. and here we were like "why isn't this place better known" kinda bizarre, really.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      GDSwamp RE: mcoleman Sep 30, 2007 07:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Never had anything less than a splendid meal at Annisa, and never less than terrific service. That said, I haven't been in awhile. I wish I could justify a quick reconnaissance mission, just to investigate the poster's complaints.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    shisan RE: cimui Sep 24, 2007 01:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yama and Tomo. Fish quality at these place is mediocre, but I hear these two places get mentioned as "favorite" sushi place all the time. People rave about the large portion sizes, but for sushi this is in fact a negative. A piece of sushi should be comfortably bite size. I roll my eyes everytime someone recommends one of these places for sushi.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      nokitsch RE: shisan Dec 6, 2007 11:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I think these are largely a thing of the past. I haven't seen a good word on either on these boards in a while. And I totally agree with you, awful!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      eatman RE: cimui Sep 29, 2007 08:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tartine and Corner Bistro on west 4th. They are always packed. Tartine sometimes has an hour long line. I can't figure it out. It's goodd but I would not wait for an hour...And corner bistro, their burgers are fine but it must be the cheap beer...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Liquid Sky RE: eatman Oct 5, 2007 07:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Having lived in the West Village for 10 years, I think Tartine is packed because it's on a pretty street and you can sit outside. Plus, it's BYOB, so you can save a bit of money. But yes, the food is pretty lackluster. Does not seem French to me in the least.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Have to admit, I love Corner Bistro for my takeout bacon cheese burger experience!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        calconscious RE: cimui Sep 30, 2007 08:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        GROM - the single most underwhelming experience i have had in Manhattan. flat. boring. incredibly average for all the hype ... i really don't get it. (loved the frozen custard at Shake Shack!)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Delucacheesemonger RE: calconscious Oct 2, 2007 10:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Disagree, thought Grom giandulia was otherworldly, other flavors as well. If not for price and calories, would live there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I agree. Grom is great but much too expensive.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            brooklyndude RE: calconscious Jul 13, 2009 11:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I think about half the flavors are incredible. Almost any of the fruit stuff or the vanilla are great, the rest of the stuff is pretty ordinary.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            tatiana_nyc RE: cimui Oct 1, 2007 06:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Gramercy Tavern, Gotham Bar and Grill, Clinton Street Bakery (three times and no charm).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              jsmitty RE: tatiana_nyc Oct 2, 2007 11:15 AM

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Danube. Just not that good vs. $$$$.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Gowanus Yacht Club. What a bunch of grade A arseholes running that joint...and it 'aint that cheap. I sorta wish the grill never came back and

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lau RE: cimui Oct 2, 2007 09:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  doughnut plant....living off hype

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    NAtiveNewYorker RE: Lau Oct 3, 2007 06:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I hate chewy, yeasty donuts, so that's why I don't like Donut Plant. (I prefer the "cake" donuts.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lau RE: NAtiveNewYorker Oct 3, 2007 08:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      agreed and i just dont think they taste good in general...never understood the hype (maybe b/c its something different?)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      i'd take donut pub 100x over donut plant

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        daveena RE: NAtiveNewYorker Oct 3, 2007 11:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I hate greasy, tough donuts, so that's why I don't like Donut Plant (I prefer "edible" donuts.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I have such a vivid memory of getting a cold donut (I was there right when it opened - what kind of a self-respecting donut place sells day old donuts? ), biting into it, tasting the distinctly artificial flavor of the pear glaze (no way in hell is that color/flavor natural, much less organic), feeling the oily leaden lump travel down my esophagus, and experiencing the most intense disappointment, all while staring at the walls covered with press clippings, and thinking "what the hell just happened"?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          financialdistrictresident RE: daveena Oct 3, 2007 05:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Not my experience (had a melt in your mouth pear doughnut awhile back). Maybe I need to try again. Gotta be cheaper than Clinton which I tried today.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kwar228 RE: cimui Oct 3, 2007 04:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Spice Market---kinda like eating in a mediocre Disney Land-this-is-our-idea-of-Asian-food restaurant. Franny's in Bklyn ...niceish food but why is it taken so seriously? Ici in Ft. Greene--once again it's nice and pleasant but the food is so imperfect---been there a few times, tasted all my friend's meals, and almost everything had some flaw.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        MB fka MB RE: kwar228 Dec 12, 2007 07:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm with you on Franny's. $15 for a single-serving size pizza with a soggy crust in the middle? In general I found the ingredients to be of great quality - lovely olive oil - but the thing needed salt, too. C'mon. I like Ici, but find it to be very hit or miss.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Okay, finally dragged myself to Clinton Street Bakery this morning. Torn between Essex Market/Shopsin's slutty pancakes and desire to try Clinton after raves read here. Sat at the one availabe counter seat. Thought I might order the renowned blueberry pancakes (tourist next to me did) but opted for the banana pancakes instead (wanted to compare them to the fabulous ones I had at the Oriental Mandarin in Bangkok). They were light and fluffy. Maple syrup (or whatever they call it) was good. Had to request butter. Service was very good. But $10! It's basically a diner! Next. . . .

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          NancyC RE: cimui Dec 4, 2007 02:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Most of the places named on this thread are waaay out of my price range. When you pay less than $10 it's harder to be truly disappointed! But I can comment on a couple.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I love burgers, pretty much the way I love pizza....like, I think it's always good. So I will always eat them, but do not think the ones are Corner Bistro or Shake Shack are nearly as good as other people think. I think they are perfectly edible, however, and some visits are better than others. I think in comparison, the burger at Jane is very good but at their price, it's a rare treat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Many dim sum places in Manhattan disappoint me, even ones touted on the boards. But it's like the pizza and burger thing...I love it and will always eat it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Magnolia...blech. But not even close to the blech of Cupcake Cafe.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Joe's Shanghai is disgusting. I'm mystified at the popularity.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Pretty much every Mexican place I've ever visited in the West Village (below 14th)...bland and WAY overpriced. It really makes me sad when I'm in the WV and a friend is craving Mexican.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          And as for places that "everyone I know" loves, meaning people I know in real life but probably not the discriminating people on this board...I cannot stand Xunta, Spice, or Joya (Brooklyn). Was recently taken to Ayurveda which was apparently my friend's favorite Indian place EVAH! I thought it was so-so, but you can't say that in that situation! You also can't complain when taken out for your birthday, but also thought Tartine was only so-so.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I think there aren't that many places that I truly HAAAATE but again, I think the price I pay lessens the blow. I don't find either Bedouin Tent or Zaytoon's are any great shakes (Brooklyn, sorry, I know this is about Manhattan) but I am more willing to go if someone wants to, more so than I am with Joya. It may be simply that I've spent time in the Middle East and Thailand and am often pickier when it comes to those foods.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          However, with Lupa, I've only been twice, cannot remember what I had the first time... but most recently had the carbonara which was the best I'd ever had, including making it at home (although I don't claim it's a dish I'm expert at cooking).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            PeteM RE: cimui Dec 4, 2007 05:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            EMP - did not enjoy my meal there at all. Was very disappointed with the food

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              crinkle11 RE: PeteM Dec 4, 2007 05:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Second EMP, EMPhatically.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hearth, ok food, bad service and not nearly as charming as it thinks it is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Gotham Bar and Grill, snotty front of house people, over-priced, and some of the most over-rated, boring, forgettable food I have ever eaten.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fat and Happy Food Slut RE: jvish Dec 5, 2007 08:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My all time list:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1) Grand Central Oyster Bar: Don’t buy the nostalgic mash note reviews!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Table service is mid-market museum quality; food to match.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The raw oysters are inconsistent at best, especially at the start of a long weekend when they get rid of what they should have already thrown away.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Even the no brainer pan roast is way too rich. It’s a dairy disaster, cream without a purpose, a flavorless heart attack waiting to finish off the job begun by the raw oysters.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  In a city filled with wonderful seafood restaurants in tight competition for great ingredients (Pearl Oyster, Masa, Esca, etc.), Grand Central is a horrendous and potentially dangerous place to dine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2) Sushi Seki: Sky-high prices, cramped tables, cheap decor and expensive wine and sake lists with no middle ground (like Starbucks starting with “tall” size and Domino’s with “medium”). The fish is fine but not for what it costs, nor for the rush to turn tables. You don’t feel like they’re on your side, except when they hold the door on the way out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3) Tía Pol: Not Spanish enough for virtual gastro-travel, not tasty enough for a visit on its own merits. I know it’s hard to replicate a real tapas/pintxos experience in the States, i.e., toothpicks, honor system and a filthy napkin-strewn floor, but this place trades on an authenticity it doesn’t offer. Sherry list is impressive, but where’s the orujo for the digestivo crowd? Casa Mono and Bar Jamón get it right.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  4) Etats-Unis: Guide Michelin and NY Times, the Upper East Side doesn’t need your charity. This place is fine but not fine dining. Please don’t tell us otherwise. Like its country cousin River Tavern, Etats-Unis is stuck in Northern California circa-1985. Perfectly adequate for a Tuesday dinner, it’s by no means a destination. Yes, the area lacks upper-mid dining depth, but please let’s not fake it by reviewing a reality we’d like to exist. Spigolo is a much better bet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  5) Atelier Joël Robuchon. There is no fine dining without fine service. This is gourmet takeout with dressed up delivery men.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    GDSwamp RE: Fat and Happy Food Slut Dec 5, 2007 02:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I could not agree more about GC Oyster Bar. I have tried and tried to get a good meal there, because I like the ambiance, the history, and the whole idea of the place. But the food really kinda sucks. The panroast is a mess with the mushy white bread and the gouts of paprika. Chowder is goopy, floury and bland. And even the oysters - they have a great selection but they're in such a hurry that they shuck them sloppily, w/ lots of shell bits and ice water ending up in the half-shell, which makes for bland and crunchy eating.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The disparity between the quality of the food there and the adulation it receives is so great, I feel like I'm listening to cultists.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mr. Particular RE: GDSwamp Dec 6, 2007 07:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Have to pile on here to trash GC Oyster Bar for the 2nd time in 24 hours on these boards. A for ambience, F for food. And F for F@#$-ing expensive.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Working in the area, I went there 4 times this year hoping to find something they did well, with no luck. Overall, the kindest thing I can say about the food is that it is on the bad side of mediocre, like a train station canteen--wait a sec, that's kind of what it is! Anyway, a lot of the chow is truly, shockingly bad, while some is just okay. And the prices are an insult.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It's probably best to avoid GC Oyster Bar at all costs, unless to drink a beer at the lunch counter, munch packaged crackers and soak up some of the admittedly (and tragically, under the circumstances) wonderful ambience. Honestly, the adjacent food court offers better options--eat there, then go to GCO for the aforementioned beer. If you MUST eat at GCO, my advice would be to stick to the raw oysters and maybe a fried fish sandwich, although you might still be disappointed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      With the holiday season here, loads of out-of-towners seeking an authentic New York experience are going to be tramping to GC Oyster Bar. Some won't mind the sub-par fare--God bless 'em.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        jsmitty RE: Mr. Particular May 21, 2008 06:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        that's a good list! 3,4,5 on my list too. can't speak to 1 and 2, but i'd probably agree

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I don't know how anyone could actually eat that pan roast after watching it made. Ew. And you're not kidding about the horrible shucking job on the oysters.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Order a beer, chill at the counter, leave.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  gordoma RE: PeteM Dec 29, 2007 08:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I agree. Food was underwhelming. The decor was great, service excellent and plating very well done, but it just didn't taste extraordinary.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  liveloveat34 RE: cimui Dec 5, 2007 09:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tabla Bread Bar- just plain awful. I wouldn't pay a fraction of the actual prices that they charge to eat there. I really don't understand why people like it so much!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    nokitsch RE: cimui Dec 6, 2007 11:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Red Cat. It's a decent restaurant, but absolutely nothing special, and overpriced for what it is.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      afarooqs RE: nokitsch Dec 6, 2007 12:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Although it's not a proper restaurant but Mamoun's is famous for its falafels. I've given it a try 3 times and each time been disappointed. Maybe it's an acquired taste, but I have definitely had better falafels elsewhere. And the gyro wrap is absolutely aweful there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        artfuldestruct RE: afarooqs Dec 6, 2007 12:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        which mamouns did you go to? the one on st. marks is horrible compared to the original one on mcdougal.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mnmadhok RE: cimui Dec 8, 2007 05:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fatty crab.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      bleh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I do love Telepan tho - had another great meal there tonight.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        bevoray RE: cimui Dec 12, 2007 08:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        NOBU

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yeo RE: cimui Dec 31, 2007 09:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Aquavit. Sooo expensive. Nothing I ate was memorable. I don't get it. Why so special??

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ssl5b RE: Yeo Nov 5, 2011 10:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            the french fries from the bar were amazing. best fries ive ever had. other than that....i wouldnt go rushing back.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            meldrom RE: cimui Jan 21, 2008 12:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            HILL COUNTRY!!!!! Why do people eat here? The ordering system is absolutely retarded and the food is horrible. Please, please, please stay away from the mac and cheese. The ribs are tough and not meaty. The barbecue sauce is dusgusting. I am biased, I am from Texas. Please, dear NY'ers, don't let them fool you. And the price tag is pure comedy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              livetoeat RE: meldrom Mar 25, 2008 05:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I have to agree - I'm born and raised in South Texas and thus would like to consider myself pretty knowledgeable about barbecue. And this place is not good at all. Firstly, there is no differentiated "moist brisket" on menus in Texas - Hill Country's "moist brisket" is pure fat. And Hill Country's regular brisket is more dry than even the worst barbecue in Texas.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I too am perplexed at the accolades this place receives. Take it from a Texan - it's not good. I'm married to a Yankee who loves barbecue and he found Hill Country's food to be inedible.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              meldrom RE: cimui Jan 21, 2008 12:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              oooo....I second Gotham Bar and Grill from above. Servers so snooty that it's actually comical (I really just wanted to laugh at our waiter) and we had the most atrocious desserts that I have had in my time in NYC. Our apple tart was totally raw on the bottom, completely raw dough.....we did not eat it, pointed out the issue to the server and we were still CHARGED for it. A crime in FOH management.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                meobella RE: cimui Jan 21, 2008 10:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Wo-hop hate it hate it hate it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  slapyomama RE: meobella May 30, 2008 10:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I second that! Wo-hop was the WORST chinese food experience I have had to date. Not only did the food taste like *@#$! but the resturant itself was disgusting.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  bklynbiker RE: cimui Feb 4, 2008 03:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh boy thanks for asking! I'm really asking for something along the lines of what you get by bending over to pick up the soap in the shower of a maximum security prison by saying this 'here', but here goes: Pk slope's Convivium, and La Di Da, oops, I meant Al di la. OK go ahead, CHers, kill me now...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    FoodWine RE: bklynbiker Feb 4, 2008 07:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    :- DDD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Agreed. La Di Da, indeed...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Btw, that is exactly how I sometimes feel when I "dare" criticise Al Di La...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Pan RE: FoodWine Feb 5, 2008 02:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I haven't been there lately but had one of the best Italian meals I've ever had in New York in their Enoteca, with wine pairings selected by the bartender.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    lisachgo RE: cimui Feb 4, 2008 04:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lupa, Peasant and believe it or not, Daniel

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      cimui RE: lisachgo Feb 4, 2008 07:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hmm, I haven't actually been to Daniel and was thinking about heading that way in a few meals time. Just curious what you didn't you like about it. Poor value? Bad food?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        lisachgo RE: cimui Feb 5, 2008 11:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I was there last year with my husband and I can barely remember what we had! except for the foie gras starter that had my stomach doing flip flops and my husband having a meat dish that was just o.k. I love foie gras but in this case, it was just swimming in oil and I remember the upcharge for it being $$$. But... The service & presentation was wonderful and I remember the bar area being impressive. Sorry I can't be of more help.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          cimui RE: lisachgo Feb 5, 2008 12:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          that's helpful, lisachgo -- thanks!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      NeedHelp RE: cimui Feb 4, 2008 04:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sorry if this is unrelated to the topic here, but this chain came up under a search for Gotham Bar & Grill....so here's my question: I have a Valentine's Day reservation there and I've never been. Can anyone let me know what the atmosphere is like? Suitable for V's day? Thanks

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        lisachgo RE: NeedHelp Feb 5, 2008 12:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        If you are talking about Daniel, it is a beautiful and classy place to go for Valentines Day. Especially if you are trying to impress. Even though we were underwhelmed by our food experience, I believe we are in the minority.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nobu equals boo hoo.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          cdub RE: cimui Feb 5, 2008 01:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          db bistro - burger is completely overrated and everything else there looked nice but lacked flavor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          patsy's in east harlem - seriously? how can people actually compare this to difara's. not even the same game let alone the ballpark.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            lisettte RE: cimui Feb 17, 2008 11:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Good enough to eat used to be wonderful now not so much. I agree with lombardi's pizza , someone was actually complaining about how burnt the crust was when I was there. I agreed. I love Clinton street bakery though. good blueberry muffins. I am going to Grammercy tavern bar area. hope it is not too bad?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              petitechoux RE: cimui Feb 21, 2008 09:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Crispo. Visited because it gets such rave reviews from so many 'hounders.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I just don't get it. I was embarrassed because we took a group and I went on and on about how many Chowhounders said it was excellent. So not the case, IMO.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                marye RE: cimui Feb 21, 2008 11:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                the little owl, appies were not outstanding and entrees came out over cooked AND undercooked, waitress questioned my ability to cut into the meat properly...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  lisettte RE: cimui Feb 23, 2008 12:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Uh oh! Just made a reservation for Crispo. Please tell me what was wrong with it?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    lisettte RE: cimui Apr 6, 2008 12:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Crispo, the pasta sucks

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The first 2 are not restaurants but Magnolias and Venieros. I really disliked Aureole and Morimotos. I was totally underwhelmed with Oceana and Le Bernardin.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        delikado RE: misnatalie Jun 24, 2008 08:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ditto on Morimoto. Given all the hype, I was expecting the omakase to blow my head off but it was extremely unmemorable.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ChefPeter RE: misnatalie Jul 6, 2009 07:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ditto on Le bernadin, I spent $285 for lunch by myself and only had a few cocktails, it all seemed pedestrian save the desert which was outstanding. Oceana I think deserves another shot. I believe Ocean is one of the best restaurants in the country. However I think the menu has week some week points. What did you order?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          jsmitty RE: cimui May 21, 2008 06:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          bouley
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          this is a similar idea to a thread that i started last year regarding overrated restaurants. it got good response

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            FoodWine RE: jsmitty Aug 7, 2009 12:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bouley has moved to Duane Street, closer to its original location, where we had one of the best meals in our lives.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It seems as if both the chef and the staff have been re-energized by this move: both the service and the food seems truly inspired again. We have had two meals at the "new" Bouley this spring. We loved it and will go back.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            eatyououtofhouseandhome RE: cimui May 21, 2008 08:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Blue Hill, nice place, great service but I can barely remember the food. It was clean and fresh and boring.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              hotpinkkitty RE: eatyououtofhouseandhome May 27, 2008 11:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Blue Hill is subtle. A lot of people don't understand the concept of fresh quality ingredients prepared well without flash.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Del Posto is definitely overrated the wine list is fun, but you know a restaurant leaves something to be desired when your favorite thing was bread to start.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                eatyououtofhouseandhome RE: hotpinkkitty Jun 4, 2008 09:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ouch, me and my oafish palate. However, I thought this thread was about the problem of emperors and clothes, not mistakes about forests and the trees. I do pray that one day I can understand these concepts. I know that right now I lack the aesthetic as well as epistemological powers to grasp a 39$ poached chicken breast. Or a 5$ one for that matter. That said, the amuse were great (but isn't that more and more the case everywhere?).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  GDSwamp RE: eatyououtofhouseandhome Jun 6, 2008 11:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ha ha. Agreed. Tried Blue Hill 3x and I THINK I was equal to the challenge of understanding the whole "fresh/simple" thing, yet still found the food pretty boring.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Maybe the nights I was there, they experienced a lull in freshness - or simplicity?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                crabby_cakes RE: eatyououtofhouseandhome Jun 25, 2009 01:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I like this restaurant. I grew up on a farm and even though I have eaten at plenty of fancy, expensive restaurants as an adult, there is nothing like food that was just picked or butchered. It just tastes different and better. Maybe it takes time to learn the difference if you are not used to it. The way they cook at Blue Hill, it doesn't get in the way of the fresh taste of the ingredients.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. courtney.hami RE: cimui May 31, 2008 05:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Babbo-- I used to love it... but the last two times I went the food was sub-par, and the bread was burnt!! (what 4* or aspiring 4* serves burnt bread, ever?!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hummus Place-- again I used to love it. In it's first few months in the EV I easily brought 20 people there, and ate there 2x per week... but for the past year the hummus has been downright bad. Runny, bland, not at all fresh or even unique like it was when they first opened... clearly they've lost their spark and now are just cruising by on their name... (like... Babbo?)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  kelea RE: courtney.hami Jun 25, 2009 07:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  BABBO! Definitely....other than the tongue everything else was unmemorable. I would have to wreck my brain to think of what I ate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Scarpetta on the other hand...amazing. and I know some people aren't fans but I like cripso. fried risotto balls..u can't go wrong

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  foodoof RE: cimui Jun 23, 2008 07:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I can give you a list...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Blue Hill (too salty, too underwhelmed) went twice. (Blue Hill at Stone Barns was much better)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. P*Ong (not impressed, the combination often don't work)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. New Green Bo (horrible Shanghainese, sorry I've had better in Asia)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  4. Grimaldi's (never understand what's so great about this pizza place, I went once and will never come back even if it's for free)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  5. Gray's Papaya (no thanks, the smell alone turned me off already)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  6. Bouley (went there for my anniversary dinner, blend food, maybe it was his off nights)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  7. Fatty Crab (these aren't Malaysian food, come on... )
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  8. Momofuku (went there early last year after all the raves, totally disappointed)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  9. Peking Duck (Seriously now, these aren't Peking Duck, the duck is way too thick with meat)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  10. WD-50 (not sure what the raves are all about but the food was unimpressive, I'd prefer paying more for real haute cuisine)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mslex RE: foodoof Jun 23, 2008 08:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I agree on Peking Duck. There were so many posts I am not sure if Alta was mentioned- their cauliflower clams were nauseating. I really don't understand why anyone loves them.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Delucacheesemonger RE: foodoof Jun 25, 2009 08:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wow, you are 10 for 10 with me, and so spot on with New Green Bo, could have used their dumpling skins for small envelopes. Can add Il Mulino, Patsy's, and the new addition, very disappointing, Gramercy Tavern.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        thew RE: foodoof Jul 15, 2011 07:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        which momofuku?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. monasapple RE: cimui Jun 16, 2009 06:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        wow. at some point i will have to read through this entire thread. what a great discussion! i glanced over and saw one i agreed with - celeste - posted by brian W. amen! my other one? corner bistro. never had a drier, less appetizing burger in my life... sorry guys!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Stuartmc910 RE: monasapple Jun 25, 2009 07:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Just discovered this thread. I can understand people not being impressed after paying $125+ per person for a meal, but $6 for a hamburger and you complain? How about Wo Hop, $10 a person for Cantonese cooking? What did you expect a banquet in the palace at Beijing? C'mon, get a life.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Pan RE: Stuartmc910 Jun 25, 2009 08:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "How about Wo Hop, $10 a person for Cantonese cooking? What did you expect a banquet in the palace at Beijing?"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            (1) You've got the wrong part of China.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            (2) There are loads of cheap Cantonese restaurants in New York. I doubt many of them suck as bad as Wo Hop, and some of them are actually good. Try Great NY Noodletown, for example.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            (3) You say "get a life," a rather hostile but also totally misplaced remark, since Chowhound was always designed to be for those who "live to eat." If you think that cheap food really should suck, what's your purpose for being here?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          demigodh RE: cimui Jun 25, 2009 08:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Clinton St. Baking Company -- overrated pancakes. they're good but not the best despite the ridiculous price.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sullivan St. Bakery -- just don't get all the hype for the pizza bianca. it's also good but nothing noteworthy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Babbo -- great food but only one dish out of my entire meal met the expectations I had. i thought everything would be among the best Italian i've had but i prefer many places (for quality of food) that are a tenth of the price

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ippudo -- i'll take setagaya thanks

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tia Pol/Txikito/that other one (can't think of the name right now) -- not a fan of the unini, not a fan of most dishes at the other places as well. maybe i just get upset about how much money tapas ends up costing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          John's Deli (brooklyn) -- that black gravy is bad. the roast beef isn't special

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Al di La (brooklyn) -- great but wasn't blown away. i do want to try it again though, only went once and it was two years ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Franny's (brooklyn) -- disliked the clam pie and the bruschetta and everything else i had there

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Donovans (queens) -- not a great burger. this one might not qualify for the sake of this thread as i guess it's kinda controversial as is

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Southern Spice (queens) -- also good but not great, just don't get the hype after two visits

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            crabby_cakes RE: demigodh Jun 25, 2009 01:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Pretty much everyone on this board knows that Al di La is not very good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            What was the one dish that met expectations at Babbo?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              YummyInTheCity RE: crabby_cakes Jun 25, 2009 05:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              -Babbo - too much hype made it impossible to live up to. think Po is much better.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              -Gramercy Tavern - did not think it was worth the hype as well. Good, but not fabulous and not worth the steep bill.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              -August - people seem to love this place. I have only had so-so experiences here.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              -Clinton Street - used to LOVE it, but recently the blueberry pancakes have suffered do to a change in food distributors - no longer at all worth the wait.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              -Fatty Crab - didn't see the hype as well. Overly salty - left me thirsty for days.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pan RE: crabby_cakes Jun 25, 2009 08:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                "Pretty much everyone on this board knows that Al di La is not very good." Did you ask everyone? I had a memorably delicious meal there a few years ago. But I really don't know what the general opinion of the Manhattan board is, since it's a Brooklyn restaurant.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  crabby_cakes RE: Pan Jul 1, 2009 07:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You're the outlier.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pan RE: crabby_cakes Jul 1, 2009 10:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    How would you know? It's not a Manhattan restaurant, so I doubt there's any way to poll opinion of Manhattan board posters. Anyway, I suppose it's possible the place has deteriorated markedly in the last few years. Some of my friends have had very good meals there more recently than I, though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Elaine Snutteplutten RE: Pan Jul 7, 2009 03:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      If you're an outlier, Pan, I'll lie there with you -- I won't eat most of what passes for Italian food in NY, but I've always enjoyed Al di La. But this is an outer borough discussion -- and I'd hate to spoil one of my annual (these days) trips to Chowhound by getting scolded for lieing in the wrong place.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        GDSwamp RE: Elaine Snutteplutten Jul 13, 2009 07:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Had a few boring dishes from Al Di La over the years, but more that were delicious. I don't live in Brooklyn anymore so I can't speak for the '09 version, but I think crabby is overstating his majority, by a long shot.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      brooklyndude RE: crabby_cakes Jul 13, 2009 11:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My meal there was completely mediocre. Franny's is a million times better.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ginsbera RE: brooklyndude Aug 9, 2009 10:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Al Di La is a gem of a restaurant. Hands down would rather eat there than Franny's.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          22sczi RE: ginsbera Jul 16, 2011 11:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I've always enjoyed Al Di La...I wonder what people's expectations are that theyc ould possibly be that disappointed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    demigodh RE: crabby_cakes Jun 26, 2009 07:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Goose Liver Ravioli (in a balsamic reduction) was amazing. That dish met my expectations of transcendent pastas from Babbo.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      crabby_cakes RE: demigodh Jul 1, 2009 07:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ok. The goose liver ravioli is good. I did not like the mint letters.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    sugartoof RE: demigodh Jan 2, 2011 11:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fully agree about Sullivan Street Bakery's Pizza Bianca.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I actualy think it's a disservice to the place, as they make much better items, and the Pizza Bianca gives you the impression the bakery is a massive rip off. It took me a while before I ever ordered anything else and learned not to judge based on it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    snaporaz RE: cimui Jun 25, 2009 09:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Since it hasn't been mentioned in over a year, allow me to reiterate: NOBU.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    What a rip!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      iFat RE: snaporaz Jun 25, 2009 10:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      DBGB.. although the critics suck it off, it seems like the bloggers/eating public appropriately doesn't get it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Shang - wow. what a hot mess this place is. You couldn't pay me to go back to the Thompson Hotel on the LES. The LES is done. Roger Clemens done.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      rocknroll52 RE: cimui Jun 30, 2009 07:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Gramercy Tavern...what is all the fuss about this place? Tried this place for my 50th birthday on advice from this board. So, I figured that any place where you have to make a saturday night dinner reservation one month in advance must be pretty amazing. I have to admit to being underwhelmed by the food (bland smoked trout appetizer, rack of pork/pork belly tender but nothing amazing in the taste department, though I really loved my chocolate zucchini bread dessert which kind of saved the experience). For the price, just not worth it. I wish I had spent the money at home in Philly on a nice dinner at Le Bec Fin or LeCroix.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        tastyeating RE: rocknroll52 Jul 1, 2009 12:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Agreed. My food was oversalted. So disappointed. I wanted to love it. Maybe an off night? I would give it another try just to make sure.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          brooklyndude RE: rocknroll52 Jul 13, 2009 11:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Grammercy always seemed like simplified fine dining to me. I think it is very successful with its intended audience.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          dpastor RE: cimui Jul 1, 2009 07:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I agree with Telepan, had lunch last summer with four people and we all had horrible meals with mediocre service.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Gennaro's is another. The food is ok, the rabbit is good, too bad the polenta served with it is runny. Forget their risottos. Yet, there are lines every night when lisca is across the street with better pasta.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sarabeth's is also overrated. I've mainly had their egg dishes, which are pleasant enough but not worth a 30 minute wait. Tomato soup has gone downhill as well. If you want great pancakes, try Fairways - they are the best.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            sadowsky RE: dpastor Jul 4, 2009 11:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm surprised to read the negatives on Telepan. Went there last week (second visit) and we had an absolutely wonderful meal. Everything was wonderful and so was our waiter. The dish with 3 different pork cuts was off the chart! The sommelier picked me a wonderful wine as well. Couldn't have asked for a better meal anywhere.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              City Kid RE: dpastor Jul 10, 2009 10:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I could not agree more about Telepan and Sarabeth's! I've had lousy meals at both and just don't get their popularity!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              kim e RE: cimui Jul 9, 2009 02:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              don't hate me, but EMP. granted, i've only been there once for dinner and 2x for lunch, but i feel like that should be enough times to form an opinion. it was just decent. nothing awe inspiring.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              also, babbo was great, but i had the same reaction as EMP. what the heck is all that hype about? i think expectations for both might have been too high going in.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              AND just to defend Chang's restaurants, just because you hate MF noodle bar and/or ssam doesn't mean you should discount ko. Ko was one of the most innovative dining experiences I've ever had.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                blueyes425 RE: cimui Jul 10, 2009 09:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Peter Luger. Been there 3 times- the first by choice and the other 2 times i was dragged there...the food is WAY too salty, you feel like you are in a cafeteria...just not my idea of an enjoyable dinner.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mmmango RE: blueyes425 Jul 11, 2009 07:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I registered on this board to post a comment about Luger's. Ended up posting on the 5 most overrated thread after activating my account. In short: over an hour wait beyond reservation time for brother-in-law's birthday choice dinner. Jossled constantly in the tiny area between the overcrowded bar and maitre d's post. A tepid apology was the only consolation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I've recently been to Dressler which is diagonally across the street from Luger's. Much more pleasant atmosphere and well-made cocktails.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Everyone seems to love Bouley but it does not rock my world.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Matsugen. Everybody loves this place except me and my beloved. We find the food much too precious.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    davidm1108 RE: cimui Jul 16, 2009 10:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    a few I just don't get:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Corner Bistro--mealy, dried burgers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Magnolia-- mealy, saccharine, cupcakes

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Here's another: FATTY CRAB--UWS location. I simply don't like the flavor of the food. The cocktails sound interesting, but they simple don't taste good to me. My BF, who eat with me at my suggestion, really hated his food there and the bill!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        baconbitgirl RE: Ora Nov 16, 2011 02:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I agree. Everything is over-salted and overpriced which, as a diner, you focus on because it is also so crazy-loud that actual conversation is impossible.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        windycity RE: cimui Aug 7, 2009 01:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        'inoteca on 3rd. Huge crowds. I get that there aren't as many restaurants with that kind of vibe in the nabe but the food...I have few good things to say about the food.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          rebus03 RE: windycity Feb 10, 2010 06:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The truffle egg toast there is pretty good. I'd recommend giving it a try before crossing 'inoteca off your list permanently. I feel it's better than some of the other wine bars and restaurants in the hood.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          bk10013 RE: cimui Nov 28, 2009 10:04 AM

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mimolette RE: bk10013 Nov 19, 2010 05:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I do not like landmarc.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            WSfoodie RE: cimui Mar 2, 2010 10:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Alta! I am so shocked by all the great reviews both on NY Mag and Chowhound. I usually think the Chow boards are pretty reliable. The food was oily and sugary and came out way too fast!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              delikado RE: cimui Mar 2, 2010 01:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ko - Sorry! Other than one insanely delicious duck dish, everything else seemed very one-note and self-indulgent.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              DBGB - Ridiculously overpriced!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Maialino - I'm a Danny Meyer fan, but my meal here was terrible from start to finish: bad service, bad food, bad times.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                NAtiveNewYorker RE: delikado Mar 2, 2010 05:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dissent on Maialino:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It's not the tops (like Bouley, old Aureole) but the pastas are excellent (esp. lasagna and carbonara). Bread basket awful. Desserts good (espresso over gelato) and great (bread pudding). Very nice atmophere, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The hype is not worth it, however.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  sugartoof RE: delikado Jan 2, 2011 11:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Service at Maialino is clumsy, and that's putting it nicely.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ellenost RE: sugartoof Jan 3, 2011 07:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That's surprising to hear since it's a Danny Meyer restaurant.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      sugartoof RE: ellenost Jan 3, 2011 11:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You would never know it from the service.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've also had laughable service at Blue Smoke, which I'm just guessing is due to Danny Meyer's neglect, but who knows. They couldn't explain why there was a giant chunk of butter floating in my milkshake, and didn't seem shocked, or treat it as if it was abnormal. It's beginning to feel like an Applebee's gone haywire in there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        princeofpork RE: sugartoof Jan 3, 2011 12:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I couldnt agree more. The service, the atmosphere, the portion to price ratio....It must be the most overrated BBQ place in NYC.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Lalalove RE: cimui Nov 19, 2010 06:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Joe's Shanghai! Bleh!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    selenster RE: cimui Nov 19, 2010 08:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    - inoteca, it was just whatever when i went (back in 2003)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    - apizz (ibid)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    - peasant, i went last night and it was so mediocre and overpriced that i wanted to cry. steak for two was really fatty (pat lefrieda sourced? hmph), the taglioni w/ ricci was actually spaghetti and way greasy/garlicky and the burrata starter left me thinking that the best part of the dish were the roasted cherry tomatoes. bummer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    - sripaphai

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mimolette RE: cimui Nov 19, 2010 05:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I do not like telepan.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mlle_mustard RE: cimui Dec 3, 2010 04:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Frankie's 457.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I used to more or less live around the corner. It was spectacular as a neighborhood restaurant. Waiting 2 hours+ for a table? I don't think so.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          sheio RE: cimui Jan 3, 2011 12:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I know there's a lot of love for Recette but I can't agree. My entire party didn't find any of the dishes particularly exciting, and the portions seemed both small and expensive.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Checked my old posts on this thread and did not see my most unpleasant meal in three years in Manhattan; TaDa Marea. The people l was with and l again scratched our heads in where the glory lies.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                biondanonima RE: thew Nov 11, 2011 12:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                SO with you on SHO. I cannot fathom how they ever even got ONE Michelin star, let alone the two they have now. I have absolutely zero interest in returning.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mari mac RE: cimui Jul 19, 2011 08:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Craft. I love all of Tom's other restaurants and have never had a bad dish. Perhaps I make bad menu choices but I have been disappointed by every entree I have ordered at Craft. Not just disappointed because it was average and, but just not good to the point of being mad at having spent so much money on such a disappointing meal.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  steakrules85 RE: mari mac Jul 19, 2011 04:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Have you every had the porterhouse or short ribs? I actually am a big fan and love Craft. Their sides and desserts are yummy too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    nmprisons RE: steakrules85 Jul 21, 2011 06:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Had the porterhouse last Monday and it was awesome. I also really like the suckling pig for two and the pork shank.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  MissLori RE: cimui Jul 21, 2011 06:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lombardi's Pizza. It shows up on nearly every list of pizza one must try in NYC, and we did. Nothing special. Probably my least favorite of all the pizza I've tried while in New York.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    michele cindy RE: MissLori Jul 21, 2011 09:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    i agree.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kathryn RE: MissLori Jul 21, 2011 09:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      > It shows up on nearly every list of pizza one must try in NYC, and we did.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      If it makes you feel any better, it's basically universally panned here.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Delucacheesemonger RE: kathryn Jul 21, 2011 12:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A perfect example of a place that is only as good as it has to be. Many, many years ago it was great. Now serving crap, it is always packed, so why should they care if good or not.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          michele cindy RE: Delucacheesemonger Jul 21, 2011 01:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Totally agree. I work nearby so I've been there on and off for the past 17 years (not that long given it's age) and even back then it was just ok, except, their clam pie,. I have to say that was pretty good. And they get one + for giving you sliced garlic for the pie without charging you they typical 2.50 for an extra ingredient. .

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      msqueensfoodie RE: cimui Aug 8, 2011 08:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Joya Thai restaurant in Brooklyn. First time I went I was so not impressed the food was awful. But I always believe in giving everyone a second chance. (Thinking maybe I caught them on a bad night). So a year later some good friends invited me to go to Joya .I hated the restaurant even more.(and that is putting it mildly). The food was awful and the service was rudest service I ever experienced (and I am a native New Yorker) People swear by Joya as being one of the best Thai restaurants.....but I swear not to go back. For better food and service just go to the Lemongrass down the block. Better food....and no rudeness.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ssl5b RE: cimui Nov 6, 2011 07:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        meatball shop. great price point but i dont think their meatballs are worth the wait.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        oddly enough, i had much more memorable meatballs (Portuguese-style) at Macao Trading, but i dont think they are serving them anymore.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. morisaur RE: cimui Nov 6, 2011 02:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          the breslin. over salty and just... gross. the pig's foot was so fatty it made me feel nauseous.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          egg. everyone loves this place. it baffles me. it's overpriced and mediocre. same with prune, ippudo, and pies n thighs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and i gotta throw in the sandwiches at torrisi. disappoint

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            cricri7 RE: morisaur Nov 11, 2011 03:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Boulud sud....I can't imagine why they are getting great reviews. The food is okay but nothing to write home about. I had 2 small plates and I had notified the waiter that I would take one as an appetizer and the other as an entree. Well...he brought out the 2 at the same time. I felt rushed and I hate when a restaurant does that.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              sugartoof RE: morisaur Nov 16, 2011 09:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I really agree about Prune, and Breslin, and the Pies N' Thighs biscuits people rave about sure taste like altered poppin fresh dough to me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              steakrules85 RE: cimui Nov 16, 2011 06:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Since I've been to many other places since the last comment I made on this topic...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'll add Torrisi, Momofuku, Le Bernardin and Prune to this list.

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