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#1951 Post by Robert Dentice » March 11th, 2019, 1:54 pm

Some recent meals

Contra - fantastic as always



Unagi--Ya Hachibei - I really enjoyed this. Felt like I was transported to Japan. A very black and DIY type spot on East 53rd street. The Unagi was overall very good. No wine only Sake & Beer.





Contra x Pujol - This was an outstanding popup. That really showcased Pujol's cooking. My pictures were not that great so I am highlighting others in attendance and it was a who's who of foodie and industry types. I almost booked a trip to Mexico city as soon as we got home.

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After Contra x Pujol I decided to hit up Cosme. It has been awhile since I was there last. Overall excellent. The Duck carnitas were delicious...just a WOW dish!




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#1952 Post by mark rudner » March 11th, 2019, 3:08 pm

the unagi and cobia collar look outrageous!!!
thanks robert

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#1953 Post by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡ » March 12th, 2019, 4:34 pm

Wanted to circle back on the vegetarian foray. We settled on Dirt Candy which was meh / meh+. 9 course tasting. Several were a bit contrived, others were quite delicious. I wasn't a huge fan of the sweet dishes (2). However, its a gratuity included menu and eminently reasonable ($95 all in for the 9 course). Corkage at $35 with grat included is also very reasonable. Great service, decent ambiance.

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#1954 Post by Barry L i p t o n » March 12th, 2019, 5:37 pm

Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡ wrote:
March 12th, 2019, 4:34 pm
Wanted to circle back on the vegetarian foray. We settled on Dirt Candy which was meh / meh+. 9 course tasting. Several were a bit contrived, others were quite delicious. I wasn't a huge fan of the sweet dishes (2). However, its a gratuity included menu and eminently reasonable ($95 all in for the 9 course). Corkage at $35 with grat included is also very reasonable. Great service, decent ambiance.
Thanks for the update. Very similar to my meal, except it averaged slightly higher than meh+ (but like you, there were clunkers in the meal, and I felt I got lucky with what I ordered overal).

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#1955 Post by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡ » March 15th, 2019, 12:32 pm

Anyone make it over to Wayan? Trying to snag a table for next week, but also in the running for Frenchette or Mimi. I'm surprised Mimi doesn't garner as much attention after such a hyped opening...

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#1956 Post by Ramon C » March 15th, 2019, 2:30 pm

Dined at Mimi over 2 years ago (I'm sure I posted here, somewhere). Good bistro, somewhat close to rustic, French fare. Didn't seem like it was a hyped restaurant then.
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#1957 Post by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡ » March 16th, 2019, 8:46 am

I do recall your note Ramon and it compelled me to get a reservation. If we end up going I’ll report back!

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#1958 Post by R@y.Tupp@+sch » March 19th, 2019, 4:26 pm

Went with a friend to Roberta's for lunch today. Shared three pizzas with a bottle of '98 Pol Roger SWC and a bottle of '11 Poggio di Sotto Rosso di Montalcino. Both good matches. Pizzas were very, very good, but in my opinion, and my friend's, short of great.
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#1959 Post by Herwig Janssen » March 20th, 2019, 10:15 am

Ray , what is your favorite pizza place in Manhattan ?

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#1960 Post by Robert Dentice » March 20th, 2019, 10:31 am

Herwig Janssen wrote:
March 20th, 2019, 10:15 am
Ray , what is your favorite pizza place in Manhattan ?
Not Ray but for me it is Una Pizza Napoletana limiting it to Manhattan.

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#1961 Post by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡ » March 20th, 2019, 4:03 pm

Dinner at Mimi was great. Very laid back atmosphere, Parisienne vibe, nice and cozy. Place started to get packed at 8 but we showed up at 615 like a bunch of geezers...Ordered a swath of the menu from a brioche uni snack to veal brain tempura, Japanese sea bream and an octopus ‘cassoulet’. Flavors were all elevated and richness was the hallmark trait.

Portions are small which is good given the heft. Brought a bottle of Metras Fleurie which was a perfect pair for the vibe.

Would go back to try the chef’s tasting!

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#1962 Post by Robert Dentice » March 23rd, 2019, 6:12 am

R@y.Tupp@+sch wrote:
March 19th, 2019, 4:26 pm
Went with a friend to Roberta's for lunch today. Shared three pizzas with a bottle of '98 Pol Roger SWC and a bottle of '11 Poggio di Sotto Rosso di Montalcino. Both good matches. Pizzas were very, very good, but in my opinion, and my friend's, short of great.
Fun lunch.
I had a fantastic dinner at Robertas last night before a concert. The pizza is very good but the quality of the pasta and multiple non pizza dishes were just amazing. Not to mention the service given we are regulars at both Blanca and Robertas.

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#1963 Post by Robert Dentice » March 23rd, 2019, 6:13 am

Superb meal at Wild Air. I don't go as much as I should partly because I love Contra and it is right next store. Fresh vibrant well thought out dishes.


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#1964 Post by R@y.Tupp@+sch » March 23rd, 2019, 11:33 am

Herwig Janssen wrote:
March 20th, 2019, 10:15 am
Ray , what is your favorite pizza place in Manhattan ?
Herwig,

That question came up at lunch and neither one of us had a definitive answer.
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#1965 Post by Robert Dentice » March 23rd, 2019, 3:04 pm

R@y.Tupp@+sch wrote:
March 23rd, 2019, 11:33 am
Herwig Janssen wrote:
March 20th, 2019, 10:15 am
Ray , what is your favorite pizza place in Manhattan ?
Herwig,

That question came up at lunch and neither one of us had a definitive answer.
If this is limited to Manhattan I would be interested in the contenders. All of NYC is much harder and involves personal preference.

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#1966 Post by ybarselah » March 23rd, 2019, 3:06 pm

for the neo-neopolitan pizza style plus the added benefit of it being a proper restaurant with great wine, service, larger non-pizza dishes, etc., i think pasquale jones wins hands down.

the best pizza in nyc is at lucali in carrol gardens. i'm still surprised i hold this belief as every time i go i wait for it to be not great, and that hasn't happened. there is no good reason the pizza is as good as it is, but it just is. they don't serve anything else really, so you need to be sufficiently motivated.
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#1967 Post by Robert Dentice » March 24th, 2019, 5:37 am

ybarselah wrote:
March 23rd, 2019, 3:06 pm
for the neo-neopolitan pizza style plus the added benefit of it being a proper restaurant with great wine, service, larger non-pizza dishes, etc., i think pasquale jones wins hands down.
It would be in my top 3 for all of the reasons you mention.

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#1968 Post by Victor Hong » March 24th, 2019, 5:40 am

ybarselah wrote:
March 23rd, 2019, 3:06 pm
for the neo-neopolitan pizza style plus the added benefit of it being a proper restaurant with great wine, service, larger non-pizza dishes, etc., i think pasquale jones wins hands down.

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Seeing your post, I went there last night and enjoyed a pizza Margherita at the bar. Truly enjoyable.
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#1969 Post by Paul Jaouen » March 24th, 2019, 6:52 am

[quote=ybarselah post_id=2701180 time=1553378796 user_id=4456

the best pizza in nyc is at lucali in carrol gardens. i'm still surprised i hold this belief as every time i go i wait for it to be not great, and that hasn't happened. there is no good reason the pizza is as good as it is, but it just is. they don't serve anything else really, so you need to be sufficiently motivated.
[/quote]

Agreed. Also the best calzone I've ever had.
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#1970 Post by Sh@n A » March 24th, 2019, 1:19 pm

Was at Lupa this weekend, first time in 5YRs or so. Food was OK, not nearly as good as I remembered (fried artichoke appetizer was a bit oily/not crunchy, bucatini wasn't as good as I remember). They also played 40 Beyonce songs in a row, no bueno (she has a lot more songs than I realized.. kept on coming). Wine list does have 2012 Burlotto Monvigliero for $160 though...
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#1971 Post by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡ » March 24th, 2019, 4:48 pm

How bad is the line at Lucalis though? I heard it went insane ever since its cameo on Ugly Delicious (ugh)...

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#1972 Post by ybarselah » March 24th, 2019, 4:55 pm

Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡ wrote:
March 24th, 2019, 4:48 pm
How bad is the line at Lucalis though? I heard it went insane ever since its cameo on Ugly Delicious (ugh)...
been like that for years.
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#1973 Post by Tony C » March 25th, 2019, 5:13 am

ybarselah wrote:
March 24th, 2019, 4:55 pm
Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡ wrote:
March 24th, 2019, 4:48 pm
How bad is the line at Lucalis though? I heard it went insane ever since its cameo on Ugly Delicious (ugh)...
been like that for years.
I was there on Saturday at 5:00pm, the next availablity was at 11:30pm. It was never that bad.
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#1974 Post by Robert Dentice » March 25th, 2019, 6:41 am

Tony C wrote:
March 25th, 2019, 5:13 am
ybarselah wrote:
March 24th, 2019, 4:55 pm
Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡ wrote:
March 24th, 2019, 4:48 pm
How bad is the line at Lucalis though? I heard it went insane ever since its cameo on Ugly Delicious (ugh)...
been like that for years.
I was there on Saturday at 5:00pm, the next availablity was at 11:30pm. It was never that bad.
Has anyone tried using Task Rabbit or a similar service?

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#1975 Post by Paul Jaouen » March 25th, 2019, 8:45 am

Tony C wrote:
March 25th, 2019, 5:13 am
ybarselah wrote:
March 24th, 2019, 4:55 pm
Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡ wrote:
March 24th, 2019, 4:48 pm
How bad is the line at Lucalis though? I heard it went insane ever since its cameo on Ugly Delicious (ugh)...
been like that for years.
I was there on Saturday at 5:00pm, the next availablity was at 11:30pm. It was never that bad.
Bring your own table. Set it up out front. They will serve you.
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#1976 Post by ybarselah » March 25th, 2019, 9:24 am

some people can make reservations. find one of those people.
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#1977 Post by Robert Dentice » March 25th, 2019, 10:27 am

ybarselah wrote:
March 25th, 2019, 9:24 am
some people can make reservations. find one of those people.
Good idea.

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#1978 Post by Jon Troutman » March 25th, 2019, 12:48 pm

Paul Jaouen wrote:
March 25th, 2019, 8:45 am
Tony C wrote:
March 25th, 2019, 5:13 am
ybarselah wrote:
March 24th, 2019, 4:55 pm


been like that for years.
I was there on Saturday at 5:00pm, the next availablity was at 11:30pm. It was never that bad.
Bring your own table. Set it up out front. They will serve you.
Is this real?! If so, that's a total power move. BYOT.
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#1979 Post by Paul Jaouen » March 25th, 2019, 1:09 pm

Jon Troutman wrote:
March 25th, 2019, 12:48 pm
Paul Jaouen wrote:
March 25th, 2019, 8:45 am
Tony C wrote:
March 25th, 2019, 5:13 am


I was there on Saturday at 5:00pm, the next availablity was at 11:30pm. It was never that bad.
Bring your own table. Set it up out front. They will serve you.
Is this real?! If so, that's a total power move. BYOT.
Yes. I've never done it but I've seen it done while I was there. Group of eight brought a folding table, folding chairs, their wine, etc. I was very impressed!
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#1980 Post by R@y.Tupp@+sch » March 25th, 2019, 1:33 pm

Paul Jaouen wrote:
March 25th, 2019, 1:09 pm
Jon Troutman wrote:
March 25th, 2019, 12:48 pm
Paul Jaouen wrote:
March 25th, 2019, 8:45 am


Bring your own table. Set it up out front. They will serve you.
Is this real?! If so, that's a total power move. BYOT.
Yes. I've never done it but I've seen it done while I was there. Group of eight brought a folding table, folding chairs, their wine, etc. I was very impressed!
I'd be more impressed if they brought their own pizza oven.
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#1981 Post by Robert Dentice » March 25th, 2019, 1:37 pm

Paul Jaouen wrote:
March 25th, 2019, 1:09 pm
Jon Troutman wrote:
March 25th, 2019, 12:48 pm
Paul Jaouen wrote:
March 25th, 2019, 8:45 am


Bring your own table. Set it up out front. They will serve you.
Is this real?! If so, that's a total power move. BYOT.
Yes. I've never done it but I've seen it done while I was there. Group of eight brought a folding table, folding chairs, their wine, etc. I was very impressed!
Zaltos?

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#1982 Post by Robert Dentice » March 25th, 2019, 1:39 pm

Another great meal at Aska. If you like Nordic cuisine, Aska is the best you can get in the U.S. They continue to improve on every aspect of the overall experience.


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