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Nov 10, 2013 07:59 PM

Notes from the weekend

Carnegie Deli - just like I remember it. Solid, if a little insane.

STK- meh. Steak was the best part, but the blue cheese bread was in edible, and my steak tartare was uninspired and needed an egg on top. Wine list was shamefully thin and obvious.

Todd English PUB - second time here. Good for lunch and sandwiches, with a great beer list. All food is very fresh.

Hakkasan - the big wild card of the weekend, and it really impressed. Food was all top notch. Highlights were the quail appetizer, and the lamb chops. Wine list is outstanding - deep, diverse, and thoughtful.

Carnevino (bar menu for lunch) - the spago pasta, one long noodle with braised lamb, may be the best thing I've eaten in a long time. Added plus of nice choices of wines by the glass.

DOCG - also very good, though the pisto pasta, very similar to the spago above but with duck, didn't achieve the same heights. Wine list is excellent.

What I love about eating here is that, even after so many trips and so many meals, there's always new gems to discover.

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    1. re: uhockey

      Very true. The crowd I came with on this trip wasn't up for off-strip detours, even though I extolled the virtues of Raku. I'm hoping my spring trip takes me to Chada, which is on my list of places I haven't yet tried.

      1. re: marcdhauser

        Just went for the first time last week - the Century Egg Basil is a game changer.