Di Fara: Rant and Response

God I thought I was the only one :)

Philly natives, please recommend a great cheesesteak place

Is flying under the radar still possible ?

A) This was supposed to go in the NYC section my apologies.

B) Since I did not post it there fine so be it let's get to it than. Did I once ever say not make money ? Did I say I wanted to waltz right in to an empty restaurant and be the only one in there with my own table ? Treated like royalty ? That was a good one . I wont even bother with a reply to that one.

Let me touch on a few other things. Has technology only helped ? Has it not hindered it as well ? Sharing with others is great but is sharing with a ton of other's great as well ? More so if the food suffers while the kitchen cannot handle the sudden surge of its fame .

I have waited in more lines and bar's stools waiting for less than mediocre food than I care to admit so no that's not it either.

I guess maybe I should have used "discovered" as Burger used in his first post. Like it or not yes living in NYC does create its own problems good and bad . Without ever experiencing it you cannot explain it.

Laporte and seriousb thats more of the debate I was trying to illicit and I will definitely be checking out that sushi place as I go to Philly often .

Next time I will try to clarify much more my meaning and also pay attention to where I post . I was just looking for a few under the radar places that may not get the full recognition they deserve but they like it that way as do their loyal customers who are in the know without the aid of technology. A place that when you find it you feel like you discovered something for the first time.

What have you had/want to try at Shopsins?

Ohhh and don't be scared just go with the flow . Smile , laugh and you will be ok.

What have you had/want to try at Shopsins?

Love the slutty cakes !


How's boston treating you ???

Italian restaurant near West Village

Second del anima and they have a midnight pasta and wine menu for 25 bucks. I have been there the last two weeks and the pasta was great both times.

Waffle Fries

Anywhere else ? It seems the waffle fry options are limited . I will pass along the rec's .


excursion pt 2 ummm not so much

I am just now getting a chance to reply to my original thread as it's been a hectic month.

Apologies for the grammatical errors as the post was done via my cell phone while walking and getting yelled at . Obviously that was not a good combination.

It was meant as a follow-up to one of my prior posts . Anyway reading the replies made me chuckle.

No, I was not drunk but I wish I was as that night was a disaster! Please don't make me relive it . I will say I went through an entire roll of Tum's so let's just leave it at that .

I won't get into details but I think my future late night munchie sessions will no longer include Monday nights.

Simon- I will try harder next time not to butcher the english language but I appreciate the enthusiasm.

13- That night will not deter me in the least and hopefully those that are late night zombies such as myself who love food will be able to get some good grub based on my trial and error excursions. Thanks !

Kitchenista- Exactly !!! lol

Sorry for the long reply but this gave me another idea .The best drunk late night munchie spots. Oh wait White Castle has this title already .....

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Two Peter Luger Steaks

bone in sirloin.... Thank god im going Dec 8

Where To Buy Last-Minute Thanksgiving Pie in New York

Got to four and twenty blackbirds around 12 and they were already sold out.
I was told the line started at 7 and they went through a 100 pies . I am debating if I should try and get myself to go there at 7 tomorrow. I need to learn how to bake .....

3 Unemployed Recent Graduates, 3 Days, Vendors/Cheap Eats

Calexico cart and Mark. A dog from one of the numerous carts. A banh mi
sandwhich .

Locanda Verde is the heat normal ??


Quick note.

I ate here again the other night and it was really ,really good the kind of good were I finally said to myself ok now I can see what the hype was all about.
Hopefully on future visits it will be more of the same .

Good Steak in NYC

I'm a Striphouse fan myself along with Keens . If you're a scotch fan Keens has a great selection that wont disappoint.

Where to eat Thanksgiving dinner in NYC?

Not sure what your budget is but a couple of times the last few years due to various reasons my brother and I have gone to Dylan Prime. They do a turkey with all the trimmings and best of all for that day they waive the cork fee so we always bring at least two bottles.

Where Do You Get Your Favorite Pizza?

Deninos, Joe and Pats, Brothers .

My little 2 a.m. food excursion... were did I eat ??

Under 40 and yes had work but it wasn't until 3pm so it was not that bad ;)

I was debating on Blue Ribbon as I was making my way in but decided to skip it , maybe next time. I would definitely do another borough but it's easier for me to get into Manhattan than say Queens and I will be honest I wouldn't know where to go that late outside of Manhattan. I know there was a place in Brooklyn that was like a late night pizzeria/restaurant that was getting a ton of talk about a year ago that was open real late but I forgot the name and never made it over there.

Thanks for the other suggestions to I'll keep them in mind.

As far as next Tue no idea but i'll let you know Wed afternoon !!

Oh and don't knock Dennys I have had my share of late night run's there while on vacation as it was the only game in town . Ok it was for dessert but it was good .

And you thought you had a stomach ache from reading I wasn't kidding about the tums!

Gross or not ????

Some interesting responces . At least I have come back to win the bet as of now. I won't lie I got more "who care's" than I thought I would . Interesting to see all the different opinions.

From my vantage point there wasn't much I couldn't see and maybe that's why it bothered me so much. I mean right after he is mixing salad in a bowl with his hands right in front of me . I was just glad it wasn't my salad.

Locanda Verde is the heat normal ??

See that's what I was getting at . Dishes that I wouldn't have expected to be were and really there was no need for them to be .It didn't compliment the dish at all but I felt it rather took away from them . Hey at least it wasn't just me .


Gross or not ????

Just to clarify a little. I get it at home or even with some close friends , relatives etc. I agree ignorance is bliss sometimes to but and a big but
at a restaurant with a full view of what's going on and than go back with the finger for seconds ? That would still be ok with those of you that stated so ? I think I am about to lose this bet lol


Since you are a chef would you expect someone to tell you what had happened had it been your restaurant or would you rather not hear it ?

Paradise Lost: White Diamond of Linden, New Jersey Is Closed

Gross or not ????


You must be friends with my said friend he said same thing ;) So let me ask you this had you witnessed said action would you have just continued to eat no problems and just paid the high tab when you where done eating ? Would you have downed the salad had it come to your plate after you just witnessed his actions ? Hey more power to you if your answer is yes .

Gross or not ????

It was not the chef and I plan on letting him know but wanted to get a little consensus. Listen I am no fool and know things can go on behind the kitchen door but I guess the fact it happened so clearly right in front of me and it wasn't a late night after drinking food binge in some crusty dirty cellar it just made it worse lol

Moral of story if your going to have an open kitchen for everyone to see you better act accordingly unless of course your like my friend and don't mind a finger licking now and than.

Where to eat out for Thanksgiving Day in NY?

Dylan Prime has a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner and a no cork fee to boot(Thanksgiving) . Me and my brother have done it twice due to the fact we couldnt get to Florida and both times it was good.

Ladies your favorite date spots

SO it's a food sight so I wont get into "date" details but I'll use the food term
"bland" as a description for the date lol.

Thanks for all the idea's . At least I have a bunch of new places to try ;)



ummmm yea breakfast spot wasn't needed and for a change I was glad lol

Ladies your favorite date spots

See this is why I asked the ladies . There is only a small handfull of places listed that I had on my radar already . I knew I was doing something right finally .

Ladies thank you for the recommendations and since this has been fun lets see if we cant get a few more good ideas .

To be honest I wasn't even thinking breakfast but I like how some of you think(way to go Jacqueline) lol .... So if breakfast does happen first rounds on me to all that gave ideas ;)

Is flying under the radar still possible ?

In this day and age with blogs, twitter, facebook etc is it possible that there is a restaurant out there that can be good to great and remain under the radar ? A place that you stumble upon by chance and after your meal you feel like you found the Lost City of Gold or Noah's ark . A place you swear you wont tell anyone about for fear of it becoming overrun with tourists and foodies like yourself .

I know I am still trying to find such a place and if/when I do I'll be sure to tell you I am still looking .

So far I am having no luck how about you ?

Waffle Fries

A bunch of us were at Burger@Barell the other night and I was asked "who has the best waffle fries in nyc " . I usually can come up with some sort of an answer but I just had a stupid clueless look on my face. I drew a blank.

So what say you ???

excursion pt 2 ummm not so much

So I realized Monday is not the night to do a late night munch
Session. Mark supposed to be open till 3am 24/7 well 1:45 no dice. Dito for bubbys. My out of town friend's not so happy with me right now lol.

My little 2 a.m. food excursion... were did I eat ??

So this morning around 2 am I was bored and hungry so I got in the car and drove into the city which only took me 15 min by the way. Since their have been some questions on where to go eat late here you go.

1st stop Cafeteria
Mac and cheese and the Tuna sashimi.
I have to say it's been awhile since I hit up Cafeteria but I freely admit the mac and cheese was on the money and I was pleasantly surprised by the tuna . Cooked right ,with a nice peppery crust I was shocked . The music was loud as hell and it felt a little weird being solo in there as it seemed it was mostly couples but hey I had no one to drag with me . Off to a good start.

2nd stop Artichoke Basil
Hit and a miss. The sicilian was real good the reg slice ehhh ok. One out of two I guess isn't bad. I behaved and did not go next store to Led Zeppole.

3rd stop Veselka
At this point I started saying to myself I have major issues. The place was empty at 3:35 so sat at the counter enjoyed a little conversation with the waiter and cook. I always get the pierogies and this time would be no different. Potato, sweet potato, and spinach and goat cheese. I really don't get pierogies anywhere else except for Mrs T so I have nothing to compare them to but as usual for me they hit the spot.

4th stop Wo hop
Your probably saying to yourself right now he has issues and your right I do but wo hop brings back some fond memories and I was already in the city why not ?? This would prove to be a big mistake because by the time I finished my boneless spare ribs I was ready to burst . Oh well nothing a tums wouldn't fix.

Now if only I can find a dessert place open at 4 I would be golden. I think I figured when the best time to eat is in this crazy city. After midnight on a Mon ;) I was pleasantly surprised and everything I had was perfect for my late night munchies. Now to figure out what to hit up next Tue at 2 . Any ideas ?

Locanda Verde is the heat normal ??

Ok so I have read all the great things about LV and have enjoyed most of my meals their over a period of five visits but on most of the dishes the pepper or spice IE heat is overwhelming and takes away from some of the dishes in my humble opinion.

At first I thought ok it was an off night or they just where more liberal with the heat that day. To compare I ordered the same dishes on subsequent visits and again the heat was overpowering. I took my mom when she was up for a visit and although she loved her main course most of the apps where way to spicy for her to eat .

Has anyone else encountered this or is it just me ? Also I have no problem having heat when it fits the dish but not when the dish doesn't require it and overpowers taking away from not complimenting it .

I know everyones tolerance levels are different but for those that have eaten their have you felt the same way ?

I have a little bet going on so if you have a opinion one way or the other let me hear it .


Gross or not ????

I recently ate at restaurant that had a small open kitchen and had seats for about 15 people give or take with the open kitchen being one of the attractions. I Have eaten there before and have always loved the food. As I was enjoying my first course (table closest to said kitchen) one of the prep cooks spoons out something from a jar that appears to look like peanut butter. After he dishes the plate he puts the jar back in the see through fridge and than decides to use his finger to take a helping and eats it than goes back for another swipe than proceeds to mix a salad in a bowl with his hands. I watched the whole time and he did not wash his hands just wiped them on his apron.

I am not one to pretend that things dont happen in a kitchen etc but the fact It was done right in front of me and I witnessed it well that kind of completley turned me off.

So what do you say gross or hey its a kitchen it happens ???

Ladies your favorite date spots

So instead of asking the guys I figured I would do the smart thing and ask you what are some of your favorite "date spots" (NYC). It can be a cool low key place for drinks and finger food or a full blown 5 course meal. I know it helps to have a good date but the place cant hurt ;)


Tried Pop Bar on Fri and don't know if it was the weather or what but man did the vanilla rolled in coconut than dunked in dark chocolate taste good !! I know I know more expensive than your good humour stick but if it's a nice day out and it's not an everyday indulgence man did it taste good . Anyone else try it yet and what was your fav combo ?

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Columbus cirlce Italian spot ?

I will be at the BMW building for work and need a Italian spot for lunch near columbus cirlce. I went to a place last year that was pretty good but the name escapes me ? Any ideas ?

Heck any rec's let me know Italian or not


Trying to avod the time warner center

Anyone see the Pellegrino top 50 list ?

Just saw the list and it now has 3 US spots in the top ten . Ssam surprised me with there ranking as well. I know I am in the minority but I just don't get that place being so highly regarded . I have gon eback numerous tims to see what I am missing but I guess I will never get it.

I really have to splurge and finally due Per Se and Daniel.

need a cool spot for a Tue night

Some friends r coming in Tue and there big wine fans and are all single guys and girls so looking for a good spot to go after dinner .looking for a cool vibe low keyish but also fun.

Mimis Hummus mmm mmm good

I went to Mimis hummus today and I must say the SE article was on the money, MMM MMM good !!!

The eggplant caviar was my fav dish but almost everything was good . I did like the Tahini hummus better than the chickpea one but I wouldn't complain if you put one or the other in front of me. The meat phyllo was ok but next time i'll stick with the meatballs trust me ;)

It pains me to admit this but the mint tea and sage as simple as it looked and sounds was music to my taste buds on a rainy damp dreary day .

I Think I found my new fav Hummus spot .

I also went next door to the new wine bar and even though it's small it had a comfy feel to it and the bartender even let me try a few different wines .

Will def be going back .

Keste so what did I miss ??

Ok so after reading all the hype and hoopla surrounding Keste I gave it a try last week. Maybe it's my fault because everytime I read reviews before I go to a place that gets rants and raves I have been disappointed. I got the classic pie and while it was ok it was not great or even close to earth changing. The dough really threw me off and I cant exactly put my finger on it but was to doughy and seemed undercooked if you get what I mean.

I will try it again as everyone has an off night but my first impression of the place was ehhh it's ok. Little side note all three of us agreed which most of the time rarely ever happens, maybe I am over the artisinal pizza thing and just want my classic ny pie.

Secret spots for a late night munchie session ??

So it's 2:15 am and I'm starving . Just got out of work and a few of us are craving some eats. I know all the usual suspects i.e.: cafeteria, veselkas, the numerous food carts, blue ribbon yada yada yada . So tell me something I don't know were I can sip some beverages and pile on the calories . Upscale, nitty gritty it doesn't matter just shout it out . Lets hear you Favs and don't worry I wont tell anybody ;)

Craving Pancakes

So ladies and gents who do you think serves the best Pancakes in town ? I honestly can't remember the last time I had a good Pancake and I have been craving them all week . So let's hear your thoughts opinions.

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