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I've not been eating out too much the last year and every place I visit which I loved in the past disappoints me. Maybe my cooking has gotten pretty good or so I'm told ;) I'm in the search for restaurants that would wow me - I don't care if there is only a single dish that they make really good as I can just pick it up. Many of the food blogs I see out there just seem to be drumming up business for clients it seems. Are there any food blogs independently run by trusted individuals whose tastes you believe in? The kind of restaurants I'm looking to go to are that believe in simple cooking using the freshest of ingredients and that are innovative. I typically don't like the old world order and established restaurants often disappoint me

Hope I'm not confusing you folks with all this but hoping I can get some help in Manh, Brooklyn or Queens. Any recommendation directly for a restaurant (and the dish you like) or a food blog would help greatly!

Thanks!

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    1. "I've not been eating out too much the last year and every place I visit which I loved in the past disappoints me."

      "I typically don't like the old world order and established restaurants often disappoint me"

      Can you list some of the disappointments and why they disappointed? Any place that didn't disappoint?

      I trust Serious Eats a lot because they don't seem quite as influenced by the hype/PR machine; they also do a fair amount of non-Manhattan coverage. But they have folded their NY coverage into the main site and so there aren't quite as many posts as there used to be.

      "The kind of restaurants I'm looking to go to are that believe in simple cooking using the freshest of ingredients and that are innovative."

      Innovation + simple cooking? These two seem at odds. Can you given an example of that?

      1. >> I don't care if there is only a single dish that they make really good as I can just pick it up.

        Perhaps you should try some of the restaurants/dishes in the thread, Best Dishes 2014. We have some very good eaters on this board.

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9307...

        1. I'll try that list, it looks interesting but the very 1st recommendation was actually my last disappointment last night. Nha trang centre used to be good authentic vietnamese years ago and now the broths are just full of salt and seem very factory-made. The spring rolls are mostly dough & dozed in oil. SriPraPhai in woodside has been another bad one with everything they make overally flavored, far from auethentic

          I'll start hitting the first few items on the list. Also, is there a separate list for food that's not basically light to digest? If not, what words do you guys use to your server if you want low butter or low oil (they never seem to understand me)

          Lastly, has yelp been less reliable to you than in the past? It fails me quite often as I've landed myself in quite a few 5 star places because the sandwiches are priced at 4 bucks and everything average at best

          Thx

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          1. re: eateat22

            Personally I NEVER use yelp for a review, the only thing they are good for is addresses and contact information.

            1. re: Spiritchaser

              and it took me a long time to realize that, glad others feel the same way