I had nothing that would compel me to return.
One dish was very good, though. Grilled asparagus with black pepper-seasoned mascarpone. That was tasty.
The worst thing we had was, oddly enough, the thing most highly touted by our server. Under salads, it's listed as burrata with roasted cherry tomatoes and pesto. The tomatoes were generic "on-the-vine" hothouse tomatoes, and while they looked pretty, they were tough, pale pink, and flavorless.
To me, that's a pretty big blunder for an Italian place. A dish like that is so simple and so dependent on great ingredients it just seems bizarre they would serve this - especially considering heirlooms are still in season.
I doubt very much we'd return.
I haven't been to Bencotto, but Buon Appetito is better than this.
Not really sure what all the controversy is about--since I had kids, I don't really keep up with the food gossip.
However, was walking in LI looking for a late lunch today and saw DE open at 2PM. Super--friendly host gave me a choice of wherever I wanted to sit in a nice room. Gorgeous bartender (hope my wife isn't reading this) took my lunch order and served.
Glass of Prosecco ($7)--decadent at a weekday lunch. Roasted corn/mushroom salad ($8) was light, warm, and delicious. Order of prosciutto ($8) was 4 generous slices with some apple on top (which went really well). I asked for some bread and barkeep brought me 4 freshly toasted pieces of some kind of great crusty loaf and olive oil (free).
Not supercheap--but what a great lunch! Felt like I was in Italy, or North End of Boston, or someplace great. . .I hope somebody goes there to eat because it was really empty.
Who would ridicule you for going to this place? Granted, I take a strong position about this guy, but I limit my comments and behavior to my own.
I think we all visit CH for the clear and well-founded opinions of other 'hounds, and I can't recall ever seeing desultory opinions on the actions of others, IE: Someone might contribute,"The carne asada burritos at Super Sergios are the best in town <ok so far> and anyone who goes anywhere else is a stupid yelper". Clearly the latter half is unfortunate and disrespectful.
A notable exception would be a CH wearing the fashion of Ed Hardy.
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