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What's Your Biggest Gripe About New York Restaurants?

Bar seats the size of dimes, that are falling apart, and cut off your circulation to your legs. I'm talking about the Spotted Pig, Minetta Tavern, and the Breslin, among others. (And too many chairs at the bar upstairs at the Spotted Pig - by two!).

Overpriced wine: Perla: guilty.

"Click to enter" pages on websites, Prune, others. Its 2014. If you have one of these, you need to change things up and get a pro to design your website, get the hours and location on the very first page: Its INFORMATION.

Steakcraft: Smith and Wollensky's 32 Ounce Rib Steak

S&W Steaks, especially the Filet, are about half as thick as those from the nearby Bobby Van's... but the S&W costs about 10% less. So, 50% less meat for 10% less money and 20% more crowds.

I used to go to S&W Grill at least monthly for lunch for the Colorado. Never again. Also, BV's isn't burning the heck out of the outside when I'm asking them not to. The wine lists at both are not particularly amazing.

Best hot chocolate in NYC?

Mmmm. Hot chocolate birdbath.

Day Off in New York? 9 Food Adventure Ideas

Maialino is great fro breakfast OR lunch. Other day-off specials: Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, Prune, Bao Haus, Wollensky's Grill, John Dory/Breslin.

ANY restaurant bar you've not been able to get into, but now at 5:15 PM.

Best hot chocolate in NYC?

If you take the City bakery hot chocolate home and put it in your fridge, the next morning you have chocolate mousse.

Café China: More Exciting Sichuan Comes to New York

More importantly, some super-genius has fixed the rendering problem/replaced the lame old code in the Serious Eats Slide show widget!

THAT IS AWESOME!

First Look: Whitehall

Nice. Looking forward to it.

FergusStock 2011: Fergus Henderson at The Spotted Pig, The Breslin, and The John Dory

I have been to St Joh several times and have always been treated well, even when we asked for a larger table to hold all the dishes we ordered; and ever dish was super.

FergusStock 2011: Fergus Henderson at The Spotted Pig, The Breslin, and The John Dory

Also had Bone marrow & parsley salad, Deviled kidneys on toast and two orders of donuts. It was all fantastic!

FergusStock 2011: Fergus Henderson at The Spotted Pig, The Breslin, and The John Dory

The eyeball I ate there tonight had much the same texture and flavor of a sweetbread nugget - I was a bit surprised at how mellow it was, no big taste or texture shock at all. We had a half-head for four between two of us and ate a little more than half, and took the rest home where it will make carbonara, breakfast hash, and frise salads for the rest of the weekend. "...it seems common sense and even polite to the animal to use all of it." - Fergus Henderson

FergusStock at The Breslin

The eyeball I ate there tonight had much the same texture and flavor of a sweetbread nugget - I was a bit surprised at how mellow it was, no big taste or texture shock at all. We had a half-head for four between two of us and ate a little more than half, and took the rest home where it will make carbonara, breakfast hash, and frise salads for the rest of the weekend. "...it seems common sense and even polite to the animal to use all of it." - Fergus Henderson

Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Kenji's Morningside Heights and Columbia University

Tom's Restaurant has a good B&W Ice cream shake.

Kumato Tomatoes nyc??

And often at Union Sq. Whole Foods

Are you a serial menu changer?

Yeah, if yer out with me, other than at a short-order diner, and start pulling that, you are not coming out with me ever again. I eat out a lot, and if you want that, go to a short-order diner.

Serious Eats NYC-Maine Road Trip: Suggestions Please!

Lobster, steamed and a lobster roll at:
Day's Seafood Takeout Restaurant‎
1269 Route 1
Yarmouth, ME 04096-6964
dayscrabmeatandlobster.com‎

Serious Eats NYC-Maine Road Trip: Suggestions Please!

Lobster, steamed and a lobster roll at:
Day's Seafood Takeout Restaurant‎
1269 Route 1
Yarmouth, ME 04096-6964
dayscrabmeatandlobster.com‎

Serious Eats NYC-Maine Road Trip: Suggestions Please!

Rawley's Hot Dogs, Fairfield CT, for a pair of dogs with the works.

Serious Eats Goes on a Juice Cleanse: Day 2

Disappointing that Serious Eats would endorse this kind of "quackery and junk pseudo science."

Cleansing is a lot of fake marketing and nonsense.

Serious Eats Sandwich Festival: Vegetarian Life at the Fest

I'm having a hard time dealing with the price.

At most, I can eat what adds up to a sandwich, and maybe say three beers, given the heat. @ $65, that's really amazingly expensive! Especially with the economy in the crapper, and it not being a benefit of any sort.

A fair price would be forty, maybe 45 bucks.

Nasty Bits: Morcilla, or Spanish Blood Sausage

In NYC, Esposito’s, an Italian butcher shop, stocks Agriculture Department-certified beef blood. Blood is about 7% of the animal. You can get a plate of decent Boudin Noir with mash and pan juice at Les Halles.

Despaña Brand Foods has morcilla at 408 Broome Street
-Schaller and Weber upper east side @ 86th often has the German variety Blutwurst
-Morcilla at Despana (Broome St.)
-Polish Pork store on lower 2nd Ave (8th or 9th).
-Meyers of Keswick has Black Pudding
-Associated and Western Beef) often carry South American versions of morcilla made with natural casing and stuffed with rice.
-Salumeria Biellese (boudin noir) 378 8th Avenue (Corner of 29th Street)

Espositos:
354 West 38th Street
New York City, NY 10018
Phone: (212) 868-4142
Fax: (212) 868-0065

escargot help...

You can also get frozen puff-pastry cups, bake them to puff, and fill with a smattering of escargots and a sauce you like: parsley-butter sauce, a burgundy or dry red-wine sauce perhaps with some small mushrooms, thyme, garlic and basil all compliment escargots.

The Food Lab: Wicked Good Lobster Rolls

At a roadside shack on Route 27, Boothbay point in Maine:

Lobster roll guy: What size you want?
Us: What you got?
Him: Both sizes! Lawge, an' Huge. >grins
Us: >also grinning Him: Five bucks each. Come back in Octobah, and I'll give yah two for five.
Us: See you in Octob...ah.

Birreria, Eataly's Rooftop Beer Garden: So Recommendable, Once You're In

Like all (without exception) of Mario's places, Eataly and its Top-Hat beer garden are an over-crowded ripoff machine.

While his marketing machine is pretty awesome, and his food often tasty, the crowds and the maximum-wallet-extraction approach makes his places un-enjoyable as a whole. Batali's business' really stay focused on food costs a lot, and are about making money from a celebrity, not about providing an enjoyable experience to regular people any more... if they ever were.

Go to his places if you want to throw a few hours of hard-earned cash in the trash. There are a lot more scrappy less-famous hard-working tasty enjoyable customer-focused higher-value places where you could be spending your money and time in NYC.

Gravy: A New Southern Spot Best Avoided

ACTUALLY Sam Sifton's review of Imperial No. Nine is none too complimentary.

Its not like there's a quota for bad reviews.

Does anyone really like brunch?

There may be no better meal than Breakfast at Brennan's in New Orleans. Sure its too expensive, but the chance to have 3-4 cocktails, a bunch of fine white Burgundy, and some trout and poached eggs with some sauces and maybe artichokes or etc. etc. and get your friends slightly loaded before noon (gotta avoid the afternoon hangover, so stay a little drunk for the rest of the day, ok?) is not to be missed.

Best Coffee in Manhattan

Which is the best coffee vendor in Manhattan? 9th St.? The guys in the Orange Truck? Stumptown? Has there been a serious Manhattan-ONLY coffee-off that includes recent developments?

U.S.-Bound Spanish Iberico Pata Negra Hams to Lose Black Hooves, Cost Double

Black-hooved Iberico pigs in Spain. Photograph from Shoes on Wires on Flickr About a year ago, Iberico hams, the most gourmet of Spanish piggies, were first sold in the United States. They arrived with black hooves on—a symbol of Spanish hospitality and a guarantee of Iberico authenticity. Now after a USDA ruling effective January 2009, all hams will arrive "pata negra sin pata" (without the telltale black hoof). To make it worse, the ruling added a punitive 100 percent tariff on all bone-in Iberico hams, which will double the price of any delivered after March 2009. So one of these ridiculously expensive (and seriously delicious) $1,400 hams will now set you back $2,800. Talk about starting the year off... More