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your unsung heros?

chinaplate Mar 18, 2009 09:48 AM

Seems like same places are credited over and over again in every best of feature (NYTimes, NY mag, etc.) I live next to Milk bar and Momo and have had just as many misses as hits at both places.

BUT recently, wandering Soho, I happened upon a little organic wine bar and had an amazing octopus tapas and two glasses of really nice wine. Looked the place up and saw it is hardly highly acclaimed ...

would love to hear more about the places you love even if they are off the radar of most foodie talk.

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  1. Bob Martinez RE: chinaplate Mar 18, 2009 10:43 AM

    "BUT recently, wandering Soho, I happened upon a little organic wine bar and had an amazing octopus tapas and two glasses of really nice wine. Looked the place up and saw it is hardly highly acclaimed ..."

    Does this place have a name?

    1. LeahBaila RE: chinaplate Mar 18, 2009 11:22 AM

      Bridge Cafe
      Empire City Bagels (for bagels ONLY)
      Tre Dici (good pastas)
      El Centro


      1. Peter Cuce RE: chinaplate Mar 18, 2009 11:36 AM

        Well, that's what Chowhound is all about, having a place where people can report and discuss their finds, sung or unsung. So give us the name of the place, and we can talk about it.

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          chinaplate RE: Peter Cuce Mar 18, 2009 08:40 PM

          Oh, the little place was The Ten Bells. We didn't eat enough there for me to rave yet but just to want to go back. The warm octopus and potato dish was flavorful and the octopus tender. There was a savory cheese like phyllo thing the men next to us were eating that smelled really good too. One of the two oyster types we tried was really good, the other just okay. But both glasses of wine were recommended based on what I like and perfect for me.

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            Peter Cuce RE: chinaplate Mar 19, 2009 08:46 AM

            I've been to Ten Bells a couple of times. It has a great vibe, and I'd definitely return for a glass of wine and a bite of something. I took a friend there for his birthday, and we ordered practically everything on the menu. I can't remember any details, but I didn't feel moved to write about it at the time. It's good, probably some things rise above, but it's nothing I'd rave about.

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              financialdistrictresident RE: Peter Cuce May 12, 2009 06:14 PM

              I checked out The Ten Bells (open for about a year), next to Barrio Chino, when I was deciding where to grab a snack last night. I didn't go because they are an unknown newcomer to me and cash only. I ended up at Mole, had not been since the first day or so they opened 2 years ago. They switched to cash only too. Mole was still pretty good. Had the guacamole and scallop taco. Read the bill wrong and overtipped. But I digress . . .

              Anyone been to The Ten Bells recently? Is it worth a special trip?

            2. re: chinaplate
              il Trifulau RE: chinaplate Jun 1, 2009 02:05 AM

              Ten Bells is not in SoHo at all. It's in the Lower East Side.

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            stephaniec25 RE: chinaplate Mar 19, 2009 09:10 AM

            24 Prince

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              db963 RE: stephaniec25 Jun 1, 2009 06:34 AM

              Went to 24 Prince yesterday and I have never had worse service in all of Manhattan! The food was ok, not great. I really do not understand the extreme attitude from the servers there. Too bad, because it is a cute place, but not worth it.

            2. financialdistrictresident RE: chinaplate Jun 1, 2009 04:19 AM

              For me its the farmers and laborers. The quality of my meal depends on the produce they grow or poultry, etc. they raise. And of course the chefs (most who do not make millions) who are on their feet all day and work long hours to prepare our meals.

              Table Tales Cafe is a little gem in my neighborhood.

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              1. re: financialdistrictresident
                Peter Cuce RE: financialdistrictresident Jun 2, 2009 08:57 AM

                Yeah that's a nice spot.

              2. ChefJune RE: chinaplate Jun 2, 2009 09:03 AM

                I tend to sing the praises of the little places I like on these boards all the time. For the past almost 20 years, I have been well fed and served at El Charro Espanol in the Village, and have never had a complaint about anything I've ever ordered. Nor has any of my dining partners over the years.)

                Such a friendly place with outstanding service. I miss Vidal since he's retired to Spain, but the food is as good as ever.

                1. D...DF RE: chinaplate Jun 3, 2009 01:24 PM

                  Mee Sum
                  Ah Ping

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