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Little Cupcake Jun 18, 2008 11:12 AM

I had dinner at Dawat. I had a guava martini (fabulous), Baghari Jhinga shrimp app (loved the sauce). For my entree I had the cornish hen with green chilies. I loved the sauce, but it wasn't what I was expecting. I imagined that the whole cornish hen would come intact. However, they gave me about 6 legs, but no breast or anything else. I thought that was a little odd. At any rate, it was enough to fill me up, and it was tasty. The service was friendly, but not that professional. The waiter was trying to sell us more stuff like a used car salesman.

All-in-all I liked it. The flavors in my dishes were not the typical things you get at Indian restaurants. It was on the pricy side. I like it better than Chola, which is down the street.

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  1. MMRuth RE: Little Cupcake Jun 18, 2008 11:14 AM

    I also like Dawat better than Chola as well - never got around to writing a repost on the latter. I've actually been lucky, I guess, at Dawat and always found the service to be professional.

    1. LeahBaila RE: Little Cupcake Jun 18, 2008 11:18 AM

      Lure Fishbar~strawberry/jalapeno margarita and one of the better lobster rolls i've had


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        sam1 RE: Little Cupcake Jun 18, 2008 11:26 AM

        had dinner at soto on saturday for the first time.

        had the geoduck salad...tender pieces of clam and very tasty, the steamed yellowtail that was surprisingly light and good, the steamed lobster with uni mousse which was not as good i was expecting, a soft shell fried crab which i liked a lot and some o-toro sushi that was of great quality.

        that said, portions were tiny and very expensive. i think we had 6 cooked dishes and maybe 8 pieces each of sushi...dinner for 2 was $200 with 1 beer to split.

        id be hesitant to run back there but i liked the food.

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          Feaster18 RE: sam1 Jun 18, 2008 11:33 AM

          Le Zie - pretty good! Had a bellini - delicious... sauteed baby artichokes for an appetizer and a great halibut special served over a orange and fennel salad.

        2. MMRuth RE: Little Cupcake Jun 18, 2008 11:30 AM

          We were at Peking Duck House - was particularly impressed w/ their dumplings, after my recent Chinatown dumpling crawl. Peking duck was good, but better at Chin Chin/Tse Yang/Shun Lee West.

          1. JungMann RE: Little Cupcake Jun 18, 2008 11:34 AM

            I just got back from eating my way through Chicago so the last NYC restaurant I ate at was SriPraPhai a week and a half ago. Pork and crab dumplings and spring rolls were a great prelude to crispy pork with basil and chili and a side of coconut rice. If we're going to go strictly Manhattan, though, I got a tough everything bagel with delicious lox to go from Barney Greengrass for the walk home from work.

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              KiwiGirl625 RE: Little Cupcake Jun 18, 2008 12:03 PM

              Ethos for lunch. I really liked the appetizer assortment of spreads (tsatziki, one with red caviar, one with roasted eggplant and one with potato) and loved my moussaka. It was the first time I'd ever had moussaka and it was pure comfort food--layers of baked ground beef, eggplant and potatoes covered in a bechamel sauce. It was like a Greek shepherd's pie. My friend's octopus salad was also great--the octopus was perfectly cooked and not rubbery at all. Yum.

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                bastet212 RE: Little Cupcake Jun 18, 2008 01:10 PM

                Restaurant crawled the UES last night...

                Cafe d'alsace- bone marrow was spectacular
                Spigolo- caramel affogato with bombolini was perfect.

                Hit gauchas and kurio in between, but i wasnt as impressed with them...

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                  MMRuth RE: bastet212 Jun 18, 2008 01:11 PM

                  What did you have at Kurio?

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                    bastet212 RE: MMRuth Jun 18, 2008 01:28 PM

                    Well we wanted the spring rolls, but they were out- so we ended up with the pork buns. It was location 3 and we were getting full... it deserves another try- very cute.

                2. floretbroccoli RE: Little Cupcake Jun 18, 2008 01:18 PM

                  Fathers' Day. Late brunch at Compass. Very enjoyable. I like the way they handle brunch -- an assortment of appetizers for the table (mushroom tartlets, breakfast sausage, smoked fish, Greek yogurt with fresh fruit and granola), individually order entrees, then an assortment of desserts for the table.

                  1. bosun RE: Little Cupcake Jun 18, 2008 01:24 PM

                    Blue Smoke.
                    I had the scallops with blue corn grits, my boyfriend had the rib sampler, and my Mother had the pork chop. The scallops were huge and perfectlyu cooked and the grits were very good; even if the blue color mixed with the texture was a little off putting. My BF liked the ribs, and I tasted the "memphis" style and thought they were ok, but not outstanding. My Mom's pork chop was tender and very tasty! We drank a some great beer and cider as well: Allegash White, Kiuchi Hitachino White (love their ginger too), and Doc's Hard Cider.
                    Also! My Mom is a celiac and they had and Gluten-free menu on hand for her. Nice thinkin' Danny.

                    1. amyleechen RE: Little Cupcake Jun 18, 2008 01:38 PM

                      My husband and I finally made it to Little Owl to celebrate our wedding anniversary last week. So lovely. He had the sliders and pork chop. I had the sardines and steak. We switched plates half way through and we were both very happy with everything. My husband, not one to rave, prounounced it "the best pork chop I've ever had." The sliders were scrumptious. I enjoyed the sardines -- really nicey set off with buttery Panko (I believe). I was reluctant to order the steak because I thought I should order more creatively. But it was deeply satisfying -- juicy and perfectly done. My only regret was that I was too full to order a cheese plate for dessert. Beautiful location, gracious service, delicious food. It was a very fine meal on the most perfect day. We look forward to returning.

                      1. steve h. RE: Little Cupcake Jun 18, 2008 02:52 PM

                        sushi yasuda (yasuda's station). one of the best ninety minutes i've spent in a restaurant.

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                          ESNY RE: Little Cupcake Jun 19, 2008 06:42 AM

                          The bar side of the house at Bar Milano. A great pork and fontina panini and a very good orecchiette with lamb ragu and a side of braised greens. A salad with preserved tuna was just okay.

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                            esyle RE: Little Cupcake Jun 19, 2008 07:05 AM

                            Had a great meal at Mia Dona last night. The octopus was the most succulent I've ever had. It practically melted in my mouth. Also shared the artichoke (a little greasy but a very generous portion). I had the gnudi as my entree and it was just as advertised..a little bite of heaven. My friends had the cavatelli (nice but boring), the snapper and the hangar steak..all plates were clean when done. Shared the maple panna cotta and ice creams for dessert. The service was attentive and I loved the room..that wallpaper is fantastic. $55 per person (including a lovely $40 bottle of Nero d'Avola which for some strange reason was listed in the "esoteric reds" section, go figure). Just a wonderful night out w/friends.

                            1. thew RE: Little Cupcake Jun 19, 2008 07:18 AM

                              ear inn on west spring st on tuesday night

                              very nice garlicky spicy shrimp appy.

                              was there more for drinks and workshopping some writing with friends than fine cuisine

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                                Salsiccia Creature RE: Little Cupcake Jun 19, 2008 09:06 AM

                                Went to Babbo for the first time Tuesday night & had the pasta tasting menu. Some excellent dishes (Domingo's Pyramids, Casunzei), some good dishes (Garganelli & Pappardelle Bolognese) and the Tagliatelle was just above average for me. Any time I can eat 5 pastas for dinner, I'm very happy. I definitely prefer Del Posto, but I liked the more laidback atmosphere and quality food combination. Perfect midweek dining experience.

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                                  owlwoman RE: Salsiccia Creature Jun 19, 2008 09:57 AM

                                  Went to a wine dinner at Daniel last night, it was to honor Patrick O'Connell from the Inn at Little Washington (30 years), fabulous dinner, service and great company.

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                                    taboo RE: owlwoman Jun 19, 2008 12:12 PM

                                    I have to tell you how jealous I am owlwoman. I have stayed at the Inn at Little Washington and have been to numerous dinners at Daniel...I am sure it was amazing. My latest meal was at Olana on 28th and Madison. Very nice.

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                                  ginsbera RE: Little Cupcake Jun 19, 2008 01:03 PM

                                  last meal(s) were at Geido in Prospect Heights for great sushi, Murray's Cheese for lunch and Yankee Stadium for hot dogs....on the flip side, Luger's is tomorrow and Degustation Saturday.

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                                    N1k RE: ginsbera Jun 20, 2008 09:01 AM

                                    had lunch yesterday at havana central and loved the pollo asado with yellow rice. the chicken was so tender and whatever sauce they put on it is great- sweet enough for my craving but did not overpower the meal. the tres leches cake however was really sweet and one of the best cakes ive ever had...

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                                    cimui RE: Little Cupcake Jun 20, 2008 04:16 PM

                                    Milos for lunch, today. I got the "business set menu" and ordered the Greek mezze, whole dorade and raspberry sorbet. The food was very good as always (fish just a wee bit overcooked) but service was comically slow, tho the restaurant was not full. The sorbet was among the best I've had in Manhattan.

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                                      elizabeth2929 RE: cimui Jun 20, 2008 05:33 PM

                                      Telepan for lunch. Loved the lite vegetable/bread soup. Dessert -- buckwheat crepe with some cheese was a nice offbeat choice. Had another appetizer course but must not have been memorable (or my memory is failing). Only complaint was the odd prix fixe rules make ordering more complicated than it should be. The experience, the waiter, and menu layout made me feel like I had to "follow the rules". I didn't feel invited to order what I wanted, lest I be told NO -- rather like airline tickets bought with miles. Once I decided to order just what I wanted, I was ok, but it took some adapting on my part.

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                                        drumwine RE: elizabeth2929 Jun 20, 2008 09:22 PM

                                        Scarpetta.......everything was excellent.........the creamy polenta w/truffled mushrooms was perfection of texture and flavor, the duck & foie gras ravioli in Marsala reduction was swoon time, and the coconut panna cotta in guava soup w/caramelized pineapple sealed it all. The place gets noisy, so be ready for tonsil projection.

                                    2. thew RE: Little Cupcake Jun 21, 2008 05:40 AM

                                      dinosaur BBQ last night

                                      i stuffed myself like i rarely do anymore

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                                        taboo RE: Little Cupcake Aug 13, 2008 10:10 AM

                                        Just ate at Fig and Olive last night and it was good. Had the tuna and the zucchini carpaccio, the cucumber soup and the seafood salad. Main course was the tasting trio of salmon, scallops and branzino...... needless to say we were quite full.

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                                          G3B RE: Little Cupcake Aug 13, 2008 11:13 AM

                                          Sunday lunch/brunch at Community. The food was so great. We had the heirloom beets with endive and pistachio nuts, fried green tomatoes and potato pancake with smoked salmon and caviar cream. Can't wait to go back there. It is a little loud, but the food more than makes up for it.

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                                            steakrules85 RE: Little Cupcake Aug 13, 2008 01:07 PM

                                            Strip House- everything was excellent. Here is my review for reference if you care....


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                                              taboo RE: steakrules85 Aug 13, 2008 01:59 PM

                                              Strip house is great.....can't wait to get there soon.

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                                              westvillager02 RE: Little Cupcake Aug 13, 2008 02:47 PM

                                              Ate at Scarpetta last night. Went as a solo diner and had no problems sitting at the bar w/o reservation. Scallop ceviche was a nice summer dish and had the Agnolotti dal Plin. Great dish! Breads, as mentioned by others, were fantastic. Hope to go again soon.

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                                                taboo RE: westvillager02 Aug 14, 2008 04:49 AM

                                                Glad you liked Scarpetta. I am trying to get there in the next week or so.

                                              2. Spends Rent on Food RE: Little Cupcake Aug 13, 2008 03:05 PM

                                                Sunday had Shake Shack for lunch and Una Pizzeria Napolitana for dinner (one last time before they close for a month).

                                                That's what I call a good day.

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                                                  peachtart RE: Little Cupcake Aug 13, 2008 03:29 PM

                                                  Momofuku Ssam Bar yesterday lunch for a pork bun fix. Sometimes I go early lunch and get The bread and butter...have a coffee and I count it as breakfast.

                                                  1. thew RE: Little Cupcake Aug 14, 2008 05:26 AM

                                                    land northeast thai

                                                    went by myself

                                                    had a delicious medium spicy (well very spicy after i added a little nam prik pla) duck salad
                                                    and a very spicy stir fries sea bass with thai eggplants

                                                    1. Spiritchaser RE: Little Cupcake Aug 14, 2008 05:36 AM

                                                      The Little Owl Tuesday night. The oyster/tuna app was fantastic, the sardines that I used as a mid-course were perfect, the pork was very good but not my favorite of the evening. GF had sunflower/beet salad which was very nice, a risotto for mid which was fantastic, and then a variety of vegetables for her main which was beautiful and incredible fresh. Rice pudding for dessert was a perfect finish. Service was excellent.

                                                      1. PlomeekSoup RE: Little Cupcake Aug 14, 2008 06:03 AM

                                                        Bonne Saison in Bayside, Queens: goat cheese salad and mock duck in red curry. SO GOOD.

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                                                          fm1963 RE: Little Cupcake Sep 14, 2009 11:33 AM

                                                          Had dinner at Kefi yesterday. Mac and cheese was sublime.

                                                          1. ellenost RE: Little Cupcake Sep 14, 2009 11:37 AM

                                                            Momofuku Noodle Bar for the fried chicken dinner. Well worth the wait to get a reservation.

                                                            1. buttertart RE: Little Cupcake Sep 14, 2009 01:38 PM

                                                              Cantoon Garden yesterday for lunch - "the usual" - mixed veg with lotus roots, beef fried rice, crispy chicken with garlic sauce (a whole lot of sautéed garlic and soy sauce mainly, not American Chinese thickened nasty "garic sauce"), double steamed lobster with garlic. Mmmmmmm.

                                                              1. egit RE: Little Cupcake Sep 14, 2009 01:47 PM

                                                                Mmm.... Watefront Ale House Sunday night for Da Bears v. Packers game. And oddly enough, I was just in the Brooklyn Waterfront Ale House on Saturday night. That was just an odd, unplanned coincidence though. I'm not normally that rigid in my dining patters.

                                                                1. steve h. RE: Little Cupcake Sep 14, 2009 01:58 PM

                                                                  tia pol. cava at the bar followed by croquetas (cod), patatas bravas, razor clams, head-on shrimp, suckling pig, poached pear.


                                                                  1. Spends Rent on Food RE: Little Cupcake Sep 14, 2009 02:38 PM

                                                                    Brunch at The Smith yesterday... again. I ordered a double order of the jalepeno grits to have for breakfast today. I want them again tomorrow.

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                                                                      windycity RE: Spends Rent on Food Sep 16, 2009 08:51 AM

                                                                      Yeah, I had dinner at the Smith on Sunday to make up for a terrible brunch at Yuca Bar (they gave me the wrong plate, twice, and the food was not v flavorful), and I have to say, they are so incredibly consistent and efficient. We went there because we wanted a sure thing and that's what you get at the Smith - comfort food that is slightly pricey for what it is, but I have never had a really bad dish there, though I wish the mac and cheese had more flavor.

                                                                      The Weds fried chicken and potato waffles is really really good though.

                                                                    2. Little Cupcake RE: Little Cupcake Sep 14, 2009 02:47 PM

                                                                      I went to Mexican Radio. I had nachos & Platanos Rellenos. The menu said the Nachos were voted best in the city. YEAH RIGHT. The food was pretty mediocre, and the drinks weren't good. There service was inattentive. (The server didn't give us chips & salsa when we sat down & it was hard tpo flag him down to order things). My DH complained that it was expensive for what we got.

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                                                                        taboo RE: Little Cupcake Sep 15, 2009 07:11 AM

                                                                        Dinner last night at Novita. Solid food and always great service. Had the grilled shrimp and crab salad and then a special that was dover sole in a lemon wine sauce. BF had the grilled salmon salad and a special pasta.

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                                                                          hungrycomposer RE: Little Cupcake Sep 16, 2009 02:48 PM

                                                                          KO! It was even better than I expected. It was a birthday treat from my Mom, who also had a great time. Not only was the food fantastic, surprising, and innovative, but the pacing was so nice and relaxed. I love the open kitchen, and the fact that the cooks serve the food. Totally worth it. The weekend also included a great lunch at EMP and a nice trip to the Milk Bar. What an embarrassment of riches - since then I've been home cooking my green market produce and recovering from a celebratory weekend.

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