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hamster Nov 18, 2008 11:00 AM

Hey, I'm doing the "appetite stimulus plan" for dinner this week with my picky boyfriend who doesn't eat any fish or seafood. Or mushrooms.
I have decided both PS7's and Zengo look promising. Which would you recommend?
Thanks!

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    beema Nov 24, 2008 10:36 AM

    PS7 for sure. Not that Zengo is bad though

    1. themeatguy Nov 21, 2008 08:36 AM

      PS7's is the way to go.....
      I have dined at Zengo 2 times and wasn't happy at all.....
      Pete Smith really does a nice job and his food is easy to look at.....
      I think that is the way to go!

      1. Melanie Nov 19, 2008 01:40 PM

        Glad you decided on PS7's. I went there last night for the appetite stimulus plan and it was wonderful. Regarding the menu, I had a chance to taste almost everything (thanks to generous members of my group!) and I would recommend the wild mushroom and gnocchi for the appetizer, short ribs for the entree and either the beignets or the pecan pie for the dessert. (The other option is some apple and spongecake thing which was incredibly bland and tasteless.) Enjoy!

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          hamster Nov 19, 2008 02:50 PM

          Thanks for your review!!

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            hamster Nov 20, 2008 11:19 AM

            Well, the trip to PS7's went okay. Keep in mind that I *never* go to expensive restaurants and when I do go I expect to be wowed. (Sort of like my successful lunch at Restaurant Eve I wrote up a few weeks ago.) I acknowledge this is perhaps an unreasonably high bar.

            I enjoyed my duo of beef dish a lot (braised short ribs and some kind of steak) although it really could have used something to lighten it up - it was just begging for some acidity or fresh herbs or something. The mushroom and gnocchi was alright, but too salty. The pecan pie was fine, but I found the texture somewhat off-putting.

            I was impressed by the range of options available for the Appetite Stimulus Plan, especially the entrees. I had a tough time deciding which one to get since they all sounded good.

            My bf got the salad (fine, nothing special, though delicious dried cherries were involved), the ravioli which I thought were just okay (they came covered in foam which I thought made for a strange presentation, and the interior was too sour and just sort of unsatisfying; I thought all the textures didn't work well together), and the apple roulade despite my warning.

            So overall, eh.

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              Jacey Nov 21, 2008 03:58 PM

              Zengo, Zengo, Zengo! You should have gone there. I would pick Zengo over PS7 any day. I think PS7's good deal on their happy hour gets translated over to their regular food. To me, Peter Smith finds ways to make light food heavier.

              Zengo has such an interesting/fun menu, and good food/presentation to toot!

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            MrsWheatie Nov 20, 2008 06:11 AM

            We went to PS7s last night and agree with everything Melanie said!! I love apple desserts, but not this one. Of the 4 or 5 visits there, the desserts have been the weakest part of the meal. Love the mix drinks and decent wine by the glass offerings.

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            hamster Nov 19, 2008 08:52 AM

            Thanks for all your replies! I was all ready to try Zengo until I read chaussonauxpommes' post -- and who am I question an apple fritter? Actually, I know I would have been extremely peeved if I didn't feel I'd gotten a good deal, so thank you for the warning!
            I will let you know how it goes at PS7's.

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              chaussonauxpommes Nov 19, 2008 06:21 AM

              I haven't yet tried PS7's, so I can't speak to it. But, last night I took the appetite stimulus plan as an opportunity to try Zengo. Much disapointed. The food was interesting and mostly quite good, but Zengo's small plate style makes the appetite stimulus plan much less of a bargain. Instead of the first, main, and dessert advertised on Open Table, at Zengo you get two small plates (which were appetizer size or smaller) and a dessert for $35. I didn't pay much attention to the normal menu, but i doubt this is really much of a discount. I'm all for tapas style dining, but it doesn't fit well into the Appetite Stimulus deal. Plus, I do have some complaints. The dishes at Zengo come out as they are ready, for all to share. I love this at Jaleo and other true tapas places, but Zengo often brings out plates that do not easily share. One dish we had turned out to be one small empanada (and not a very good one), this is not really a dish that lends itself to sharing. Between the truly small small plates, and the over priced cocktails, I wouldn't call this a bargain at all. Overall seems to be more about theme and style than substance. It made me feel like I was back in LA, which is not a good thing.

              1. ktmoomau Nov 18, 2008 05:38 PM

                Another vote for Zengo, their XO edamame is really good, so is the kobe beef and the cocktails are great. I normally do a bunch of small plates and I can't remember exactly what I get, but I have only ever been dissapointed with the sweet and sour noodles, everything else has been really good. I haven't eaten at PS7 except for bar food, which I have found extremely mediocre for bar food. But maybe their dinner is better?

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                  Jacey Nov 18, 2008 03:30 PM

                  Zengo is far better than PS7, which I find very boring. You'll get more for your money in terms of food and experience at Zengo. There is definitely non-fish options on the money. There's a latin influence so there's lots of meat on the menu too.

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                    keithdcil Nov 18, 2008 11:26 AM

                    I like both equally. For your bf, I would pick PS7 because Zengo's best dishes are seafood.

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                      chicken kabob Nov 18, 2008 12:51 PM

                      I have been to Zengo and liked it-I had some very good things that were not seafood-unfortuntely, I do not remember what they were- have not been to PS 7 so I cannot compare.

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                      Elyssa Nov 18, 2008 11:21 AM

                      I personally haven't been to Zengo before (and hear mixed reviews) but I LOVE PS7. I went there for Restaurant Week this summer and had a wonderful meal. You would never know there was a special deal going on---the portions, service, and food were top-notch. I like the dining room and the flavor combinations the chef uses.

                      Of course I would look at both menus to make sure there is something your bf can eat.

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                        dcfoodie13 Nov 19, 2008 06:53 AM

                        I second Elyssa's opinion. I've eaten a PS7s a dozen of times and only once had a so-so entree - every other time all the courses were excellent!

                        I was also there for the last Restaurant Week and was very impressed. I usually avoid Restaurant Week because food quality and service seem to suffer, but PS7's only made a couple slight changes to the menu (two types of bread instead of the usual three) and offered a great selection and very good service.

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