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Restaurants MOST people HATE (except you)

CIMUI- I hope you don't mind, I twisted your great topic around :)

Have you ever raved about a place and get the look or the "you gotta be kidding me-that place is so over" deal? Even the critics pan it I have 2. One is Breeze on 9th Ave by 46th St...it's a Thai fusion place. Mabye people were expecting designer dining..I don't know, but the food was fantastic. Especially the scallops and also the beef noodle soup.

The other one, I want to see if anyone mentions it here first...

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  1. Well, I actually like Ollies. Apparently I'm an idiot.

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    1. re: scooter

      Ollies is good if one is stuck in a culinary wasteland (Morningside Heights) or on an abandoned island.

      Other than that, I do find it a rip off.

      But I don't find it hard to believe that people like this place. I don't find it appallingly bad like some nominations that I am expecting for this thread. =)

      1. re: PeteM

        ruby foo's! uws location!! :-)

        1. re: TBird

          I'll 2nd this. UWS location only.

          1. re: vvvindaloo

            I like - not love - both those places. They do perfectly decent veggie dumplings and steamed veg/tofu combos, both of which make me happy when I don't feel like cooking.

        2. re: PeteM

          well, i love ollie's... never had a bad meal there or felt ripped off, and their steamed veggie dumplings are great. (mostly the 84th st one. )

          i also think Carmine's (UWS one) is really not as terrible as everyone on here makes it out to be... There used to be times I went in the past where everthing sort of tasted the same, but now I don't go very often, and it's always been good. and Tony Dinapoli on the UES- same kind of thing, have always had a good time there with a group, and food has been fine.

      2. L'ecole. Seriously, I've went three times and all three times were absolutely top notch experiences - the service is always top notch, the food is great, and so is the wine. Most people on these boards don't like it.

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        1. re: nokitsch

          Carmine's - Altough popular with tourists it's hated by most foodies. I like it for a fun meal with a large crowd.

          1. re: bgut1

            Oh yes, fun place and the food is pretty good too. No babbo, but we aren't looking for that kind of quality....still a good place to take the group after a show...I forgot about this one :)

            1. re: ny.foodie

              As a holiday gift to my staff, I take them every year to the midtown location. I've tried to "expand their horizons" but they refuse to go anyplace else.

            2. re: bgut1

              carmine's if FUN! just go with the flow over here.. bistecca isn't a bad deal -- you can feed the a table of 8 with that one steak!

              1. re: bgut1

                Carmine's works for me too, but only the one on the UWS (not as crowded and loud as the one in midtown and larger space).

                I also like Sal Anthony's in (gasp!!!) Little Italy. So sue me.

              2. re: nokitsch

                me too! i've had two great birthday meals there (two years in a row) and enjoyed every bite. the food is a little heavy, maybe, but still tasty and the service has always been with a smile.

              3. Crumbs - although I've only tried the chocolate chip cookie dough cupcake, and that only at Dylan's Candy Bar. And I only ate half, because it was so large. And I knew it wasn't particularly gourmet. But it did put a big smile on my face anyway.

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                1. re: shivohum

                  I concur. I love their interesting varieties. And I think it's so much tastier than Magnolia.

                2. Two Boots. So there. Nothing wrong with the pizza AT ALL. Unless you're some sort of purist. Meh.

                    1. re: Melanie

                      I am so sorry for missing it...good one :)

                      1. re: ny.foodie

                        hey, great minds think alike! :) Plus, you're getting different responses. This may be one of those posts that needs to be reposted once every few months...