Spicy Food to NYC
As far as seafood - what Manhattan recommendations with good food, good service, good value and not a gourmet rip-off? How about Aquagrill vs. Pearl Oyster Bar?
What comments on Blue Hill, Mas, Pylos? Breakfast or lunch at Russ & daughters? How about Katz's Deli - breakfast, lunch or dinner? I've heard there is protocol to ordering at Katz's - what needs to be done and what should not be done?
Getting to Brooklyn - How about Di Fara for pizza? Al Di La for a Saturday night dinner? Any problems getting in around 6 p.m. for a party of 2?
i love pearl - but they dont take reservations so be prepared to wait
russ and daughters is a shop - no tables or anything
ignore this protocol nonsense. you walk in the hand you a ticket. you find the counter that sells what you want ( i assume the pastrami sandwich) order what you want hand the guy your ticket, take the ticket back, (tip or don't as you wish) sit dow and eat. do not lose the ticket, you need it to pay on the way out.
For seafood, a lot depends on what kind you want -- raw oysters, lobster roll, grilled/steamed/sauteed fish, fried fish...
Blue HIll - the Obamas were just there, so make a reservation as soon as you can.
I love Pylos but the wait can be really long (I always have trouble trying to make a reservation on weekends).
Re Katz's Deli, it's not that complicated, just follow what RGR's LES tour says:
For Brooklyn, you need to post on the Outer Boroughs board.
Aquagrill v. Pearl's: very different places, hard to compare. Pearl's( a place I love) is a play on the N.E. fish shack while Aquagrill is more laid back Manhattan local crowd serving some classic seafood and more modern fish dishes.
R&D breakfast or lunch: you tell us, do you like your bagel cream and smoked salmon for breakfast or lunch because that is what you go there to eat.
Katz's "protocol" tip or not and waiter service or self service have been discussed in almost as many threads as ...
Difara for pizza... yes if you have the time and love pizza.
As good as Al Di la is, and it is indeed excellent I don't know that I would make a special trip from Manhattan. Many great new and recently opened Italian in Manhattan so unless you were going to P.S., in which it would be a great choice, I would not make the trip.
Re seafood: Get a lobster roll at Lure Fishbar, which also has a great atmosphere, great drinks and a great raw bar
Re Pylos: Solid Greek restaurant w/ a slick atmosphere
Katz's: Must-do...As far as protocol, I think you may be referring to tipping the guy who slices your meat?