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foodwhisperer Jul 21, 2009 11:15 PM

Although Ippudo is most known for its ramen, I highly recommend their tako yamaimo ponzu, which is a cold tender octopus , they add some shrimp, layers of ponzu, tako, shrimp , yamaimo ( mountain yam) , and gelatin cubes. really good treat. The annin tofu dessert is amazing.
Can anyone recommend dishes in restaurants that arent what they are most known for?
Another example is the duck in Soba Koh. or the lamb chops in Megu.

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    steakrules85 Jul 22, 2009 05:27 AM

    Peter Luger french fries and onion rings. Both are some of the best I have ever had. Everyone always talks about the german potatoes but both of these sides far outshine them in my opinion.

    Strip House's creamed corn with pancetta is outstanding as well.

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      LeahBaila Jul 22, 2009 06:04 AM

      Luger's onion rings are incredible, as is their cheeseburger.
      While most go for the pancakes, I love the biscuit breakfast sandwich at Clinton St.
      Chips & guacamole: Chipotle
      Reese's Peanut Butter Cup cookie: Big Booty Bread Co.
      Burger: La Esquina


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        steakrules85 Jul 22, 2009 06:10 AM

        Oh yeah while on the topic of Clinton Street Bakery, their brown sugar bacon is unbelievable.

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          bothrops_asper Jul 28, 2009 11:29 PM

          I second the burger at la esqina.

          I also really like the number 45 at pho bang on Mott -- Bun Bo Xao Sauteed Sliced Beef Lettuce On Rice Vermicelli. I get it almost as often as their pho.

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            LeahBaila Jul 29, 2009 04:39 AM

            Right? The burger is great!


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              windycity Jul 29, 2009 08:37 PM

              At Pho Bang Mott, the pork belly on shrimp chips with mint and lettuce app is crazy good.

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                bigjeff Jul 31, 2009 10:04 AM

                sounds good, thanks!

        2. jakew8 Jul 22, 2009 10:59 AM

          Mussels and fries at Via Emilia. My wife vouches for the mussels (I'm not a fan of mussels) and we both raved about the fries.

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            sam1 Jul 23, 2009 01:41 PM

            the steak with marrow custard mustard is possibly one of the finest cuts of beef ive ever had at gotham...

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              steakrules85 Jul 23, 2009 01:48 PM

              I don't want to sound like I am insulting you .. but isn't it called the Gotham Steak because it is something they ARE KNOWN for. Gotham's steak has been on their menu since they opened and they will never take it off because it is a signature entree. The OP wants recs for things that places aren't known for.

              While on the topic of Gotham Bar and Grill, I would say their soft shell crabs and lobster are better examples..amazing!

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                sam1 Jul 23, 2009 02:27 PM

                it was a special when i last had it and not on the menu...i may be mistaken but i only think theyve added it recently.

                the reason i mentioned it is its definitely not your typical steakhouse. ive rarely heard anyone appreciate it until recently on chowhound boards.

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                  steakrules85 Jul 23, 2009 05:34 PM

                  Perhaps you are talking about the 65 day dry aged steak they were featuring recently and not their usual steak?

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                    foodwhisperer Jul 28, 2009 10:51 PM

                    the cheese steak at katz' is very good ,, better quality meat than usual cheesesteak.

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                      steakrules85 Jul 29, 2009 06:46 AM


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                        ConOrama Jul 29, 2009 09:16 AM

                        is it on the brisket?

                        *the katz cheesesteak. posted in the wrong spot.

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                          foodwhisperer Aug 12, 2009 04:12 PM

                          the cheese steak at katzs is not brisket

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                    big o Jul 30, 2009 08:57 AM

                    On the Gotham Bar & Grill website, the dish is listed as "Grilled New York Steak".

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                      steakrules85 Jul 30, 2009 11:47 AM

                      Yep thats their classic steak.

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                        big o Jul 30, 2009 04:41 PM

                        Just felt compelled to point out that the steak is not named after the restaurant and -- as Sam mentioned -- the dish is rarely mentioned on these boards.

                        I actually think the seafood salad is more widely considered to be the restaurant's signature dish.

                2. princeofpork Jul 30, 2009 10:08 AM

                  Most folks rave about the burgers at Mollys, but I think the Fish and Chips are the best in the city.

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                    curiousgeo Jul 30, 2009 12:11 PM

                    I'll keep that in mind for my next visit, thanks.

                  2. Polecat Jul 30, 2009 05:46 PM

                    The deep fried banana at Mei Li Wah:

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                      eeee Jul 31, 2009 01:56 AM

                      Artisanal is known for cheese and cheese-containing dishes but I have always had fantastic oysters there.

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                        foodwhisperer Aug 12, 2009 04:13 PM

                        Ive never been to Artisanal, but fantastic oysters sounds good to me, i'll be there soon

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                          bigjeff Aug 12, 2009 05:35 PM

                          how's their fruit de mer? or you just stick with oysters?

                        2. tbear Jul 31, 2009 11:11 AM

                          Veal Parm at Palm Too.

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                            foodwhisperer Aug 12, 2009 04:14 PM

                            Veal Parm at Palm ,, hmmm sounds like something worth trying ,, suprised they dont call it Veal Palm,,,,,lobster at the Palm is good too

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                            Pan Aug 26, 2009 06:31 PM

                            A few thoughts:

                            Brisket at Katz's - if you get it juicy, it's almost as good as the pastrami.

                            Orange (or is it called Tangerine?) Beef at Cantoon Garden - best I've had in years!

                            Fried Rice at Cantoon Garden - also excellent.

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