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Aug 27, 2009 02:30 PM

itzocan: village v harlem locations?

which one is better? I've only been to the one downtown, is the one uptown significantly better?

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  1. I've been to both and think the food at both great. The one in the East Village is tiny and intimate, sometimes verging on claustrophobic, while the East Harlem one is a bit roomier and, I think more comfortable. Somewhat different crowds, as you might imagine.

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    1. re: City Kid

      ok thanks. yeah everyone who seems to be talking it up is mentioning the uptown branch. more of a downtowner myself, just don't want to miss out!

    2. Not a fan of the East Harlem one. I had an app that ok (goat cheese "flan"), if a bit haphazard, and a gnocchi entree that was truly terrible -- a mishmash of unrelated ingredients and flavors that went nowhere. They really should take this dish off the menu.

      Service was indifferent at best.

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      1. re: thousandrobots

        i got the huitaloche souffle last night which was really really good. amazing actually. worth going for that alone

        1. re: thousandrobots

          I've not had either of those dishes, and they are not ones that I'd think to order there.

          I went a month or so ago w/ a visiting hound, her husband and another hound, and with the exception of a dish in which the pork was slightly too well done, everyone raved. I love their duck quesadilla, the huitlacoche crepes, the lambshank, the huitlacoche bread pudding that came with said pork dish .... The tequila chocolate cake with brown sugar ice cream was fabulous.

          Not discounting your experience, of course - as you say, they shouldn't have so so or terrible dishes on their menu, but I think it's worth trying again. I've been going off and on for about five years, and have never had a problem fortunately.

          1. re: MMRuth

            I guess I should put a disclaimer at the end of all my messages on this board: I'm vegetarian. So, I acknowledge that the items I choose are not always in line with a restaurant's strengths. THat said, there really is no excuse for that gnocchi.

            I see a lot of raves about this place, so I will take another look at the menu, see what my options are, and maybe try again one day. But I'm going to hit all the other places on that block first.

            1. re: thousandrobots

              I took a vegetarian friend to the Harlem location several years ago and I remember her liking whatever it was that she had, but, as you say, no excuse for bad gnocchi. If you do go back, I hope you have a more enjoyable meal.

            2. re: MMRuth

              MMRuth, I'm surprised you wouldn't think to order the souffle cake--I think it's one of the best single dishes in NYC, period.