how come u show >500 talk topics, but only allow pgs 1-6 showing only the 1st 60??
serious eats shows 464 "talk" topics, although only able to view 60 (pgs 1-6) - why?
list of restaurants on the UWS that go to regularly - pros & cons:
part of steve hansen's empire: isabella's, ruby foo's, ocean - cookie cutter, but reliable (?);
dock's - decent; shun lee - 1 of nyc's best chinese!
french: café du soleil - can't make up my mind whether like or not;
café des artistes - overpriced, but still enjoyable;
alouette??; metisse - have to try?
by all means, not a complete list, but for me, the UWS is STILL a wasteland, seems like all the good fun restaurants are below 14th, or the "hated" e. side :) :
café luxembourg - overpriced, bad service, mediocre food, owner just uses as cash cow - just WHY do people still go????????? & go, they do!!!!???
nice matin - ridiculous layout, another faux-french, just what the UWS needs; same with
bistro cassis/citron: another brazilian-owned, faux-french themed. owner lives in great neck & has multiple-themed restaurants, ex. mexican, italian, etc.... just open - "they will come" theory!
left off many others due to another posting, ex. celeste, etc ... as well as the huge number of places that all seem as "1 & the same", i.e., those on amsterdam bet 78th - 88th......
look forward to additions, subtractions, observations, criticisms, critiques, etc....
also, still looking for COQ AU VIN recs - since this site does NOT "jump" topics to the top when receive more recent comments, they are left to die a slow death, forgotten & lost within the postings - reminding those that are reading this of that earlier topic - maybe someone at "serious eats" is reading????????????
very difficult to find a (French) restaurant that serves a good (& proper) Cassoulet! any suggestions, s'il vous plaît?
somewhere, i recently read a food article discussing french cuisine which discussed that the french pretty much only use 3 herbs in their cooking.
somewhere, i recently read a food article discussing french cuisine which discussed that the french pretty much only use 3 herbs in their cooking. i have tried to remember which herbs? where i read the article? but i can't recall - driving myself crazy - can anyone help??
another insipid coq au vin at La Mirabelle on w86th just west of Columbus. is there anyplace in manhattan that actually serves this deeply rich dish instead of the watered down versions found at everyplace i've tried (except see #1) ?
#1. the best i EVER had was at Artisanal, which unfortunately was removed from the menu; however, Terry Brennan was gracious enough to respond to my email & offered to make the coq au vin, given several days notice. a very nice touch by Chef Brennan!
#2. as much as i want to "love" La Mirabelle, each time i have gone, the food is amazingly bland, & nothing stands out throughout the entire menu + the specials. the average age of its regulars appears to be ~70, maybe that's why so bland; however, the service is quite good, & pleasant. is there any hope for a real bistro on the UWS, & i don't mean the terrible café luxembourg, the faux nice matin, etc, etc.........
has anyone been? 330 5th ave @ 5th st
WSJ sat/sun jun 17-18 wk end ed. pg P6:
"virtual reality" column by steve stecklow re: websites "where the web's foodies dish" (email@example.com)
thought u "might" find this particular column interesting, as well as follow-up for future inclusion of YOUR website.
ok, it's just after the hugely successful bbq block festival. now, how about a list of everyone's top 5 bbq "places" (only) in manhattan, sans dinosauer, and why.
had the fried clams at the bar last nite. just don't know what the big deal is.
true, they are not like howard johnson's frozen clam strips, but what is???
true, they are better than the insulting offering at ditch plains; however, they have very little of their "bellies", & sadly,don't come close to any of the "shacks" on the way to, & in the Cape. i find it fairly incredible living in manhattan, there doesn't appear to be anyplace to find delicious fried clams with belly
the only above average part was the excellent tartar sauce. to add insult to injury, mary is not shy about prices, but has the nerve to serve wine in heavy little "juice" glasses. either charge less, & or buy some real wine glasses.
& still never ceases to amaze me what new yorkers will put up with as regards to quality & outrageous prices?????
any manhattan suggestions for fried clams (EL's favorite) & fried shrimp?
stopped at "on the avenue" hotel east of bwy on 77th to inquire about the recently shuttered "fishing eddy" space on the corner. a hotel front desk rep said the space was to become a french restaurant & had been rented to "Daniel"!!?? she pronounced daniel the american way, so i'm not sure if it is THE daniel; although, she did say it was rented to an exclusive french restauranteur...
not sure she knew who or what exactly, but the good news - a new neighborhood restaurant; the better news - competition for the nearby crappily-serviced nice matin, & the trek all the way up to ouest on 84th for overpriced drinks & food, & crappy service; the amazing news - would be if it really is THE daniel.
oddly, i have been thinking about this space for awhile, & thought it would make for an excellent location for a restaurant: perfectly situated, easy to get to, & hopefully filling a void in the immediate neighborhood; & "IF" smart, somewhat of a lesser menu than "DANIEL", perhaps something along the lines of a quatorze bis, which i happen to think is the quintessential bistro in manhattan (obviously those of the la goulue & le bilboquet persuasion would beg to differ)
always on the lookout for "relatively real" french bistros (i know, redundant). usually disappointed, & basically believe they just don't exist, except in PARIS!
my current list, without trying to list every french bistro in manhattan, with comments & in no particular order:
Le Veau d'Or - pretty decrepit, no bar due to lack of servers, way past its prime
La Petite Auberge - average age ~ 90, service acts as old, food below average
Le Biarritz - amazing its still there. caters to the rent-controlled crowd nr 57th
Tout Va Bien - the food is absolutely terrible. serves frozen or canned vegs!
Chez Napoleon - the "grand-mere" (i believe) is ITALIEN - why go?
LCB Bras. - recent change, food still amazingly overpriced & still below average
La Goulue - anyone who goes for the food, doesn't get "it"
Orsay - never underestimate the pomposity & stupidity of the UES "wannabes"
DeMarchelier - no soap in the men's restroom - where does the help wash their hands after...?? the manager could not have cared any less!!??
L'Absinthe - beautiful, but jesus, nose-bleed prices for 67th & 2nd
La Tour - the owner hangs out at Orsay - enough said
Jacques Bras - good neighborhood bras., but dining room prices ridiculous
Quatorze bis - possibly the "ONE", but nr 1st on 79th = neighborhood only
Pastis - must be under 30, if go past 5:00
Balthazar - always crowded, but now only B&T, & tourists who didn't get the memo
Le Singe Vert - the owner(s) confuse hi wine prices with quality
Gavroche - replaced previous chef with the sous chef, it shows
Café Loup - why, unless stranded in neighborhood
Bar Six - ditto
Village - ditto
Nice Matin as well as all Simon Oren french "bistros", unless 1 likes faux-french cookie cutters, regardless of gael greene.
it's clear, french-like bistros are popular & appealing, & it strikes me the public is not tired of the motif. why then, aren't there more "good" ones????
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