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Dan Tanas - what to order?

what are favorite dishes? How is the calves liver Venetian style - one of my favorite dishes ever in Venice, Italy.

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  1. Dabney Coleman steak.

    Shrimp Parm.

    Eggplant parm.

    White fish w white wine sauce.

    Chocolate Cheesecake.

    Shrimp Cocktail.

    Garlic cheese bread.

    And a copius number of drinks to wash everything down.

    1. Sapphire Gibson up - dry

      Scampi appetizer

      Dabney Coleman NY steak medium rare

      Potatoes Beckerman

      Special Cappuccino (has booze)

      I'm done. I'm full. I'm happy.

      (easy meal to split, but git your own booze)

      1. If you want the best calves liver, go to The Grill on the Alley in Beverly Hills. Musso and Frank also does a credible job.

        1. spaghetti caruso—pasta and chicken liver. my idea of heaven.

          1. DO order the tableside Ceasar salad…but be warned, there's tons of garlic.

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            1. re: schrutefarms

              best ceasar salad that i've tried.

              also, the cappuccino ice cream is great

              1. re: cdub

                AHH!!! I was going to put down the cappuccino ice cream but forgot! SOOO good!!!

            2. I followed the advice of previous posters and got the chicken Beckerman - dark meat only. Enjoyed it.

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              1. re: Wayno

                no copious drinks to wash it all down ??????

              2. Liquor
                Cheese garlic bread
                Fried onions
                Veal Karl Malden (piccata w fried eggplant)

                I do also like the Caesar, the steak and peppers and the chicken or veal parm but can't do it all.

                Always get the Alfredo as the side pasta.

                Sambuca closer.

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                1. re: jessejames

                  what's sambuco ?????

                  save me bar stool for crissakes.

                  you can't go wrong w JJ's recs.

                  and that garlic cheese bread packs a disgustingly, deliriously, devilishly, delicious garlicky wallop. it's junk food at it's finest hour. and it's quite perfect, a couple martinis into utter blissful, pastoral, oblivion.

                  though it's more non-houndish food, than houndish, to be sure.

                  1. re: kevin

                    its a licorice flavored liquor...you may have seen it served with the coffee beans...i find that last nip of sweetness and alcohol sets me well on my way at the end of a dan tanas feast. time for uber!

                    kevin, i haven't been back in almost a year but i love it there and would gladly saddle up to the bar with you.

                    the garlic cheese bread is awesome....we do that with the meatballs sometimes for starters, but it certainly goes with by itself, with steak,...sops up the liquor!

                    1. re: jessejames

                      i had the anisette, or licorice thing last time in a Courvegiosor or Cognac style snifter glass ?????

                      Maybe that was it ??????

                      But it was way way way too sweet for me.

                      1. re: kevin

                        exactly---it's sweet. i have an espresso with it, and a canoli, and spumoni, when im there.

                      2. re: jessejames

                        you got my email right there under the handle if you ever want to grab a bar stool in the future.

                  2. Dabney Coleman steak.

                    "Lamb chops".

                    Good Caesar. (too much garlic to be traditionally-perfect, but still satisfying).

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                    1. re: foodiemahoodie

                      I love their house salad.

                      anyone knows if theres anchovies in that vingarette, the vingarette is slightly pungent.

                      foodie, what's your drink of choice there ?????

                    2. Chicken Beckerman (all dark meat)
                      Steak & Peppers
                      White Fish
                      Pimento & Anchovies
                      Steamed Clams

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                      1. re: Thor123

                        they should call the Chicken Beckerman (all dark meat) Chicken Thor instead.

                        1. re: jessejames

                          Someone should start a campaign!

                          I always stress the dark meat because the first time I ordered the Beckerman (many meals ago) based upon the recommendation of a friend whose suggestions I respect very much, I did not order the dark meat and it was horribly dry. When I told my friend that I tried the Beckerman and thought it sucked, he mentioned that you have to order all dark meat. Wish I had known the first time. Since that time, I have had it countless times the right way and am always very happy. Every once and a while I will deviate for the Steak & Peppers and always steal some of my wife's White Fist.

                          1. re: Thor123

                            Nothing like a good white fist from your wife Thor!

                            1. re: Thor123

                              Now what's a "White Fist" ????

                              And more importantly what's your drinks ?????????

                          2. re: Thor123

                            I love the whitefish.

                            Great stuff.

                            You forgot the drinks,

                            What do you get in the way of drinks ?????

                            Bc that is crucial, necessary, and integral to the DT's experience. Unless you're a teetotaler which is also perfectly fine.

                          3. These recommendations sound great! Thanks to all. Current plan is garlic cheese bread, Caesar salad, cannot decide on main and probably cannot fit dessert. Will start with a Sapphire martini, up, dry. Will get the new Sapphire East if they have it (and I highly recommend this to any gin drinkers out there). I am thinking maybe the special cappuccino to end the meal. Just sad that no one recommends the calves liver. Only place I have seen it on the menu Venetian style which is cut in thin strips with onions. Will check it out at the Grill and appreciate that rec as well.

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                            1. re: dgusanz

                              The liver at the Grill is good.

                                1. re: dgusanz

                                  How is the Sapphire East different? I actually like the regular Bombay better than the Sapphire. My favorite Gin is Bootles, but you seldom see it any more.

                                    1. re: Thor123

                                      Re Sapphire East - It has peppercorns and lemongrass as well as other aromatics so lots of flavor - meant to be Asian, I guess. Just a really nice gin. I went from Sapphire to Hendricks but now like SE best.

                                    2. re: dgusanz

                                      the special cappachino is the HOUSE CAPPACHINO.

                                      that's the key.

                                      1. re: dgusanz

                                        Tana's waiter's will often tell diners that if they have any requests and the kitchen can oblige they will be happy to comply. Request your dish at Tana's and see what happens.

                                        1. re: ipsedixit

                                          The ice H double zero is quite exceptional there.


                                          Their tartar sauce beats


                                        2. Honestly, none of the dishes are great, but most are decent if you go in with low expectations!

                                          People rave about the steak, but I've never been blown away by it. The pasta sides taste like I'd imagine the Olive Garden tastes. People also swear by the garlic bread, but it doesn't sit well with me - I still taste it 48 hours later.

                                          I like the fried calamari, any of the veal scalopini and the cappuccino ice cream.

                                          FWIW, I've always enjoyed my evenings at Dan Tana's in spite of the less than stellar cuisine.

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                                          1. re: manku

                                            It's definitely an atmosphere>food type of place. I always leave happy though.

                                          2. Thanks to all your help, we had a truly enjoyable dinner last night. Our expectations were almost perfectly set. We had:
                                            2 Makers Mark Manhattans - up
                                            1/2 Caesar salad
                                            1/2 Garlic Cheese Bread
                                            Veal Parm with a side of Spaghetti w/ meat sauce
                                            1/2 Cappuccino ice cream

                                            1 Hendricks Martini, up, dry, olive; 1 glass of a pleasant Italian red that waiter recommended
                                            1/2 Caesar salad
                                            1/2 Garlic Cheese Bread
                                            Chicken Beckerman (all dark meat) with a side of Spaghetti w/ oil and garlic
                                            1/2 Cappuccino ice cream

                                            We enjoyed it all enormously. The food and adult beverages were quite good in their way. The service was excellent and charming as it so often is at more old-fashioned restaurants that have been around forever. The single disappointment was that the Caesar Salad was not prepared tableside. But the trade-off was that we were in the little room to the right of the entry at one of the 2 tables up on a little balcony and that was an excellent location to be seated.
                                            Ipsedixit - we had the ice water Gretsky as well as the above and found it quite refreshing.

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                                              1. re: dgusanz

                                                Was the Beckerman a la Thor as good as pitched?

                                                1. re: Thor123

                                                  Every bit as good as pitched. Boneless dark meat chicken with housemade potato chips and fried onions. What's not to like?

                                                  1. re: dgusanz

                                                    Very happy to hear it.

                                                    The seating you had is nice, but next time it might be fun to sit in the other room. Its quite the scene. Anyway, glad you liked the Chicken Beckerman-Thor!

                                                    1. re: Thor123

                                                      The bar side room is better these days and more rambunctious in my humble opinion, unless you were hoping for a romantic, softly candle-lit dinner, then the other side is better.

                                                      1. re: kevin

                                                        Thanks. Will keep that in mind for next time. And there will be a next time.

                                                        1. re: dgusanz


                                                          But once again, and you probably know and can appreciate this by now, Tana's is not exactly about gourmet, intricate, chef-driven, organic eats.

                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                            Like those as well, but, yes understand what Tana's is and sometimes that is exactly what one desires.

                                                2. re: dgusanz

                                                  Yay!! Glad you had a good time and enjoyed the food.