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Melanie Sep 11, 2007 07:04 AM

A spin-off from cimui's post: which places get a (somewhat) consistantly bad rap on this board that you really like?

Mine would be Craft and and Paprika (in the EV).

  1. LeahBaila Sep 11, 2007 07:07 AM

    The Stanton Social, Magnolia/Buttercup (thought they aren't restaurants), Rosa Mexicano

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      princeofpork Sep 11, 2007 07:14 AM

      I second Rosa Mex. I love the lamb shank entree.

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        kelea Sep 11, 2007 07:58 AM

        A third on Rosa Mexicano. Best margarita's in town and a meal that has yet to disappoint

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          uwser Sep 12, 2007 12:25 PM

          Gotta give my vote to Rosa - I love the place, I'd probably eat there every day if I wouldn't gain 200 lbs..

          Also I'll put the word in for Isabella's.. I like most of the Steve Hanson places, but for some reason I really think Isabella's is fantastic.

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        kathryn Sep 11, 2007 08:51 AM

        I second Craft and Paprika and would add on Una Pizza Napoletana (although the service can be...variable).

        1. vvvindaloo Sep 11, 2007 09:04 AM

          I am always surprised by how many people HATE TAO. Granted, I have not eaten there in a quite a while- but I did go there three or four times during the first couple of years it was open, and everyone enjoyed everything we ordered (and we ordered a lot). I never went there looking for a "down-home", "authentic" experience that would transport me to Asia.... I just wanted a delicious meal in a fun surrounding, and got it every time. Have they had a rapid downhill slide over the past couple olf years, or am I (and my friends and family) just an oddball?

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            ellenost Sep 11, 2007 09:24 AM

            I've been to Tao (only for lunch) several times, and I've always enjoyed their $24.07 prix fixe lunch. Food has always been delicious (I love their Temple salad and the steak). Service has always been fine. It's not haute cuisine, but for $24 it's excellent value.

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              vvvindaloo Sep 11, 2007 10:24 AM

              Thanks for the tip- I've never tried lunch there, but I think I will soon.

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              Melanie Sep 11, 2007 09:39 AM

              I agree with you as well, vvvindaloo. Some people make it out to be absolutely dreadful, and I honestly think its kind of fun with decent food.

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                vvvindaloo Sep 11, 2007 10:35 AM

                Yes- even just on these boards, there have been several instances where a person has replied to a comment of mine just to say that "TAO is horrible", or something to that effect, with no helpful contribution relevant to the OP at all. Just to disagree with me! I always find that sort of post to be rude. That has actually happened to me with other restaurants, as well, but I won't get into that. I think TAO is fun for a group that doesn't mind pushing through the crowd in order to wait for the bartender's attention at the zoo of a bar, and a 45-minute wait past their reservation time for the table (yes, that has happened to me there), and a generally noisy/sceney atmosphere. It's fun once in a while, with good food and drinks. I consider it a step up from a place like Ruby Foo's (UWS), which was a favorite of mine about 10 years ago.

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              MIKELOCK34 Sep 11, 2007 09:20 AM

              Craft for their tasting menu.

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                kobetobiko Sep 11, 2007 09:29 AM

                Second that. Craft's tasting menu is one of the best I have tried.

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                  BW212 Sep 11, 2007 07:16 PM

                  When did Craft get a tasting menu? I never noticed them having one. thanks.

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                    kathryn Sep 11, 2007 07:41 PM

                    They had one for a while (for some reason it's listed on the menus that are on the way to the restroom!) but it's gone now.

                    Apparently if you ask the wait staff, they will create a tasting menu for you. (I haven't tried this yet, though.)

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                      MIKELOCK34 Sep 12, 2007 09:37 AM

                      They do not list the tasting menu on the menu. Just ask them to create one for you. They have served me enough food to feed three people each time I have done their tasting menu.

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                        MIKELOCK34 Sep 12, 2007 01:51 PM

                        Will add that I have done their tasting menu during truffle season only so far.

                2. tbear Sep 11, 2007 09:42 AM

                  I have always liked Spice Market - the food and concept - which is much derided on these pages.

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                    Sugar Sep 11, 2007 07:30 PM

                    I agree with that. The room is very nice, the people there are having fun, and the food was surprisingly tasty and well spiced.

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                      JeremyEG Sep 11, 2007 07:42 PM

                      I third Spice Market. I've never done a special occasion dinner there or anything like that but for drinks and apps it's always been delicious.

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                    randumbposter Sep 11, 2007 02:15 PM

                    I'm standing up for fast food restaurants. I like my wendy's burgers and my kfc/popeyes fried chicken.

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                      captkenjeroo Sep 11, 2007 05:14 PM

                      mmmm. Popeyes indeed.

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                        hot tamale Sep 11, 2007 06:35 PM

                        Does anyone ACTUALLY dislike Popeye's?

                    2. DarthEater Sep 11, 2007 04:33 PM

                      Coffeeshop on union square is my favorite diner. Best fries.

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                        piccola Sep 11, 2007 06:32 PM

                        Republic. I know it's loud and scene-y and the food isn't authentic - somehow it works.

                        Angelica Kitchen. Yes, it's simple (borderline bland) and veg food can be so much more complex. But there's something to be said for doing the basics right, and I will always love the dragon bowls and the corn bread.

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                          mrnyc Sep 11, 2007 06:53 PM

                          count me in as a fan of those too. bland is ok sometimes.

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                            Ora Sep 11, 2007 07:34 PM

                            I like REPUBLIC every so often as well.

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                          cimui Sep 11, 2007 09:14 PM

                          Haha. Great topic.

                          I am going to work off the premise that by "everyone" you mean the refined tastebudded community of Chowhounders. =) My lowbrau tastes bring me to Gabriella's, La Palapa Rockola, Onigashima, that Korean barbecue and Japanese tapas place right outside of Angel's Share, and yes, occasionally Ollies when the going gets rough.

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                            addictedtolunch Sep 12, 2007 02:34 AM

                            El Quijote on 23rd. Been going there forever. Great Sangria, most items better than average, prices reasonable (though going up) and portions large. And a great shlocky vibe.

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                              jimnorton Sep 12, 2007 06:43 AM

                              The old St. Marks Dojo

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                                Will4Food Sep 12, 2007 06:48 AM

                                Becco...the best pasta bargain in the city...and all wine costs $25 per bottle. Speedy service and above average Italian fare.

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                                  ChefJune Sep 12, 2007 09:42 AM

                                  ditto on Becco!

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                                  piccola Sep 12, 2007 06:07 PM

                                  Good call re: Dojo. I know it was super unsanitary but the place had soul.

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                                  MinhLikesFood Sep 12, 2007 01:53 PM

                                  Les Halles. It has such a bad rap, but I think the food is really enjoyable and the prices are affordable.

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