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#2101 Post by Michel Abood » July 31st, 2019, 10:12 pm

I was in town with my wife and 4.5 year old boy for a week to visit family (and this was their first trip back since we moved to San Diego 3 years ago) so we hit up some of the usual spots (Wu's, Ops, Maialino). Wu's was a slight disappointment, the food was good but not great (though the fried anchovy, chive and squid dish was outstanding).

I wanted my son to know what real pizza was like (San Diego does not have good pizza) so I had to take them to Ops, which as usual was out of this world. God, I just love this place more and more. We ordered 3 pies and he ate more slices than either myself or my wife. The staff there were so happy to see him happy.
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And just before moving we had celebrated his first birthday at Maialino, where he devoured the pig face dish, so of course we had to come back to pre-celebrate his 5th birthday with another pig face. The other dishes were very good, though one cacio e pepe was slightly watery, but the pastas had a good bite to them and everything was delicious overall. Service was fantastic too.
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#2102 Post by Michel Abood » August 1st, 2019, 7:26 am

I forgot to mention we also visited a classic that doesn't get much press anymore: Balthazar. It's amazing to me that after all these years, not only is the place banging all day (we were there from 12:45pm to 2:30pm), but service is still outstanding and the food is still really good. It's not groundbreaking, but it is reliably delicious. I wish we had places like this in San Diego, which is really good-restaurant starved except for a few things.

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My cheeseburger was cooked perfectly (rare/medium rare) and quite tasty, the fries were on point, and while the wine list isn't the most adventurous it hits all the right quality and price points. Our Rose was delicious and perfect for everything on the table (several meat dishes and one fish dish).
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#2103 Post by mark rudner » August 1st, 2019, 8:40 am

awesome pic of your son and the pig
i'm not sure my kid would be in the same room with it!

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#2104 Post by Jeff Bloom » August 2nd, 2019, 1:59 pm

My wife and I will be in New York for a semi-impromptu one night trip in two weeks. Too late to get reservations at the big name places but we're really not looking for a pricey multi-course extravaganza. We're really just looking for a good dinner and a nice night out. Any suggestions, preferably French or Italian? If it helps, we had hoped for Frenchette as our first choice. Midtown is a benefit but not essential.

Thanks for all recommendations.

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#2105 Post by Michel Abood » August 2nd, 2019, 10:39 pm

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awesome pic of your son and the pig
i'm not sure my kid would be in the same room with it!
We've been adamant about introducing new dishes and foods almost from the day he was born. He is quite an adventurous eater, especially for a nearly 5 year old. We are very lucky.
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#2106 Post by R@y.Tupp@+sch » August 3rd, 2019, 7:15 am

Jeff Bloom wrote:
August 2nd, 2019, 1:59 pm
My wife and I will be in New York for a semi-impromptu one night trip in two weeks. Too late to get reservations at the big name places but we're really not looking for a pricey multi-course extravaganza. We're really just looking for a good dinner and a nice night out. Any suggestions, preferably French or Italian? If it helps, we had hoped for Frenchette as our first choice. Midtown is a benefit but not essential.

Thanks for all recommendations.
This time of year it generally isn't too hard to get reservations. Marea seems to fit your parameters.
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#2107 Post by Robert Dentice » August 3rd, 2019, 8:45 am

Jeff Bloom wrote:
August 2nd, 2019, 1:59 pm
My wife and I will be in New York for a semi-impromptu one night trip in two weeks. Too late to get reservations at the big name places but we're really not looking for a pricey multi-course extravaganza. We're really just looking for a good dinner and a nice night out. Any suggestions, preferably French or Italian? If it helps, we had hoped for Frenchette as our first choice. Midtown is a benefit but not essential.

Thanks for all recommendations.
The Modern Bar Room is a good option. Great wine list, very good food and you can visit the entire Moma or just the garden. If they do not have reservations you can still get seated at the tables in the Bar room, you might have to wait a short time but you can have a drink at the Bar.

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#2108 Post by Barry L i p t o n » August 3rd, 2019, 11:01 am

Marea is usually my first choice but I also enjoy the food at Ai Fiori if you want Italian on the southern part of midtown.

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#2109 Post by Paul Jaouen » August 7th, 2019, 9:05 am

Dined at Le Jardinier last evening with friends. Ambiance is lovely, service was excellent and food was beautifully plated and very good. Corkage is $60 with one bottle limit per couple and can't be on their list. List is not very deep but one can find something that pleases. I would return.
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#2110 Post by Jeff Bloom » August 8th, 2019, 3:20 pm

Thank you for the recommendations. Marea looked really good to me. My wife, who has seafood allergies, thought it was a bit too fish and seafood-centric and was not as enamored. We're going to try Maialino instead.

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#2111 Post by Sh@n A » August 8th, 2019, 3:56 pm

Jeff Bloom wrote:
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Thank you for the recommendations. Marea looked really good to me. My wife, who has seafood allergies, thought it was a bit too fish and seafood-centric and was not as enamored. We're going to try Maialino instead.
Maialino has ?$35? BYO corkage (can't be on their list, etc.). Friendly somms that I always let taste what I have (even though they probably already tasted it). Expensive but interesting by the glass list as well. Flatiron wines is only a couple blocks away (although you may want to order in advance so they can move stuff to their warehouse). Big fan of Mailalino.
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#2112 Post by Colin Haggerty » August 10th, 2019, 5:36 pm

In recent years we have enjoyed visiting New York and have dined in numerous great restaurants. I typically write up our restaurant experiences when we are in New York for the Wine Spectator New York Wine Experience. Hopefully some of the photos and restaurant descriptions will be helpful to someone planning a trip to the Big Apple.

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#2113 Post by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡ » August 11th, 2019, 10:39 am

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Dined at Le Jardinier last evening with friends. Ambiance is lovely, service was excellent and food was beautifully plated and very good. Corkage is $60 with one bottle limit per couple and can't be on their list. List is not very deep but one can find something that pleases. I would return.
Thanks for the note. I was hoping to roll this into the business dinner rotation and am glad to hear it isn’t a dud.

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#2114 Post by Jay Opperman » August 15th, 2019, 8:42 am

Jeff Bloom wrote:
August 2nd, 2019, 1:59 pm
My wife and I will be in New York for a semi-impromptu one night trip in two weeks. Too late to get reservations at the big name places but we're really not looking for a pricey multi-course extravaganza. We're really just looking for a good dinner and a nice night out. Any suggestions, preferably French or Italian? If it helps, we had hoped for Frenchette as our first choice. Midtown is a benefit but not essential.

Thanks for all recommendations.
You should try Rezdora....fabulous relaxed Trattoria with amazing Pasta and wonderful cooking!

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#2115 Post by Ethan Abraham » August 15th, 2019, 10:09 am

Jay Opperman wrote:
August 15th, 2019, 8:42 am
Jeff Bloom wrote:
August 2nd, 2019, 1:59 pm
My wife and I will be in New York for a semi-impromptu one night trip in two weeks. Too late to get reservations at the big name places but we're really not looking for a pricey multi-course extravaganza. We're really just looking for a good dinner and a nice night out. Any suggestions, preferably French or Italian? If it helps, we had hoped for Frenchette as our first choice. Midtown is a benefit but not essential.

Thanks for all recommendations.
You should try Rezdora....fabulous relaxed Trattoria with amazing Pasta and wonderful cooking!
I think pretty impossible to get a table now that it's gotten great reviews.

Shun and Jardiniere (same building) both from an ex-robuchon lieutenant sound good.

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#2116 Post by WvanGorp » August 15th, 2019, 2:47 pm

Shun is extraordinary.
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#2117 Post by Ethan Abraham » August 15th, 2019, 2:52 pm

Looking forward to it!

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#2118 Post by Greg K » August 15th, 2019, 4:59 pm

Ethan Abraham wrote:
August 15th, 2019, 10:09 am
Jay Opperman wrote:
August 15th, 2019, 8:42 am
Jeff Bloom wrote:
August 2nd, 2019, 1:59 pm
My wife and I will be in New York for a semi-impromptu one night trip in two weeks. Too late to get reservations at the big name places but we're really not looking for a pricey multi-course extravaganza. We're really just looking for a good dinner and a nice night out. Any suggestions, preferably French or Italian? If it helps, we had hoped for Frenchette as our first choice. Midtown is a benefit but not essential.

Thanks for all recommendations.
You should try Rezdora....fabulous relaxed Trattoria with amazing Pasta and wonderful cooking!
I think pretty impossible to get a table now that it's gotten great reviews.
Sadly true - but great food.
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#2119 Post by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡ » August 16th, 2019, 11:16 am

Plenty of walkins though at Rezdora. Good area to do walkins too...

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#2120 Post by Julius L » August 16th, 2019, 9:54 pm

For a midtown Italian, I would recommend Remi. It's been around a long time (because it's consistantly good - food and service). I was there a couple of months ago and it did not disappoint.
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#2121 Post by Robert Dentice » August 17th, 2019, 8:27 am

Went to Tori Shin last night and although good it was not what it once was and nowhere near at the same very high level as a meal last week at Secchu Yokota. I am not surprised they lost their star.

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#2122 Post by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡ » August 17th, 2019, 8:29 am

What a bummer to hear...

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#2123 Post by Ethan Abraham » August 18th, 2019, 11:04 am

As others have noted, Shun has fantastic food. The duck seems to be getting a lot of attention but the Wagyu ribcap from Snake River Farms did it for me. You know a meal is good when the perfectly cooked lobster is the worst course (not that it was bad at all!). OK, actually the amuse of tofu and cucumber was genuinely unpleasant, but everything else hit the mark. Fantastic and whimsical desserts as well. I've seen press that it's French-Japanese, but I think it's more straightforward modern French with maybe slightly more use of various Asian spices and flavors. The wine list is unfortunate. Overpriced and young, with upcharges ranging somewhat randomly from standard 3x to much higher. And nothing "hard to get" where I'd at least be happy to pay the upcharge to find something I couldn't get elsewhere. Even the Coravin selections are fairly boring, young, and overpriced - $35 for 3oz of Bouchard Genevrieres - I remember when NYC restaurants used the coravin to pour really good wines at low markups (since no worry about wasting)...no more! Corkage is $75 and probably worth it, though 1 bottle a table max.

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#2124 Post by Jorge Henriquez » August 19th, 2019, 3:57 pm

Went to Cocotte in West Village last night. French/Spanish Basque influenced. Everything on the small menu sounded delicious and with 4 of us we were able to try a good portion of it. Standouts were a delicious app of Boquerones on toast and paella stuffed squids that were quite inventive and yummy. Standout main was, and something I rarely order out, the roast chicken with zucchini and mushrooms and a Sherry vinaigrette....absolutely stupendous! But the dish I kept thinking of all day today was a side dish of cold lentils with jamón serrano and a PX vinaigrette that was absolutely stupendous. Wine list is inventive and varied focusing mostly on Spain and France (we got a CVNE Blanco Monopole & Herederos de J. Palacios Pétalos). Food prices were very reasonable but wine prices were on the higher side. Didn’t ask about corkage.

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#2125 Post by Sh@n A » August 19th, 2019, 4:44 pm

Coquette is good and offers corkage. I vaguely recall 35 but worth calling on.
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#2126 Post by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡ » August 19th, 2019, 8:32 pm

Has anyone tried Luthun yet? Seems like they’re byo while they get their liq license.

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#2127 Post by ybarselah » August 20th, 2019, 6:59 am

Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡ wrote:
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Has anyone tried Luthun yet? Seems like they’re byo while they get their liq license.
super curious about this, but if they're doing that byo thing while waiting for the license, that's super risky.
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#2128 Post by Jorge Henriquez » August 20th, 2019, 8:41 am

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Coquette is good and offers corkage. I vaguely recall 35 but worth calling on.
Shan,

Not sure your post was in response to mine, but the place I went to is Cocotte, not Coquette.

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#2129 Post by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡ » August 20th, 2019, 2:21 pm

ybarselah wrote:
August 20th, 2019, 6:59 am
Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡ wrote:
August 19th, 2019, 8:32 pm
Has anyone tried Luthun yet? Seems like they’re byo while they get their liq license.
super curious about this, but if they're doing that byo thing while waiting for the license, that's super risky.
I might go on Friday, will report back if I get a table / if they accept bottles.

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#2130 Post by Robert Dentice » August 21st, 2019, 2:38 am

Chef Samuel Clonts (Bar Uchu) is experimenting with a vegetable only menu 8/20 - 8/24. Extraordinary meal. One of my best this year.






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#2131 Post by mark rudner » August 21st, 2019, 9:49 am

saw knopfler at the beacon last night and had a better than expected dinner at 'cesca with some buddies. $30 corkage with decent glasses and warm service.
my grilled octopus was near perfect. i wouldn't go out of my way to eat there, but if going to a show at the beacon it's a good choice.

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#2132 Post by R@y.Tupp@+sch » August 21st, 2019, 5:19 pm

Neta closing in a couple of weeks. Haven’t been there in a few years but I was a regular until Nick and Jimmy left to open Shuko.
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#2133 Post by Robert Dentice » August 22nd, 2019, 1:40 am

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Neta closing in a couple of weeks. Haven’t been there in a few years but I was a regular until Nick and Jimmy left to open Shuko.
Never went back after they left. The high end sushi market in NYC is overcrowded

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#2134 Post by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡ » August 22nd, 2019, 6:53 pm

Crown Shy tables hard to snag! Any updates since the earlier notes??

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#2135 Post by A Rubin Stein » August 22nd, 2019, 10:42 pm

R@y.Tupp@+sch wrote:
August 21st, 2019, 5:19 pm
Neta closing in a couple of weeks. Haven’t been there in a few years but I was a regular until Nick and Jimmy left to open Shuko.
Neta made a 8th Street a dining destination, rather than merely the street I recall from high school to get fake IDs and concert posters. Loring Place also.
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#2136 Post by A Rubin Stein » August 22nd, 2019, 10:44 pm

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Crown Shy tables hard to snag! Any updates since the earlier notes??
I went last week to celebrate my fiance's birthday. We loved it. Top-notch in all respects, from decor to vibe to food, with service being particularly on-point. Wine list is great. Not an easy reservation. I sent an email about a month in advance.
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#2137 Post by Jay Opperman » August 23rd, 2019, 4:19 am

Totally agree about Crown Shy.Excellent food and vibe.Corkage at $35 with a great list at the high end being at about retail.Very smart and knowledgeable wine service.

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#2138 Post by scamhi » August 23rd, 2019, 5:30 am

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The Modern Bar Room is a good option. Great wine list, very good food and you can visit the entire Moma or just the garden. If they do not have reservations you can still get seated at the tables in the Bar room, you might have to wait a short time but you can have a drink at the Bar.
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#2139 Post by Barry L i p t o n » August 23rd, 2019, 11:47 am

I'm having to choose between two restaurants:

Gabriel Kreuther (been to twice before and enjoyed it)
Sushi Ginza Onodera

I know they aren't comparable in terms of cuisine, but they are within a couple of blocks of my hotel and I want to fit in a nice lunch into my workday. I have a $100 gift certificate good at both.

Anyone been to both and have a strong preference? The Onodera comments upthread were a little mixed.

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#2140 Post by rob klafter » August 26th, 2019, 7:19 am

looking for a long lunch wine based. italian.
anyone been to I Trulli relatively recently? Winelist is profound, but food?
after Marea, Mailiono, Ai Fiori, ideas?
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#2141 Post by Jay Opperman » August 26th, 2019, 3:19 pm

Just went to Ai Fiori..good food and lovely service.A little corporate feeling.Great wine list!

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#2142 Post by Sh@n A » August 26th, 2019, 3:25 pm

rob klafter wrote:
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anyone been to I Trulli relatively recently? Winelist is profound, but food?
+1. Also curious about I Trulli & cork fees
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#2143 Post by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡ » August 27th, 2019, 9:08 am

Went to Wayan last week as we couldn't secure a spot at Wayla and only were notified of an opening at Luthun rather late.

On my modified Tuppatsch scale (ugh, meh, eh, okay, woah, schisse), I'd put it in the eh+ range. As a caveat, we ordered largely vegetarian (as my wife doesn't partake in the meats) but I did order the cod main.

We ordered cocktails as the wine list had a few interesting things but we didn't want to drink a bottle (had been at CsV before and were headed to Bar Goto after an ensuing show). Cocktails were dressed up, somewhat reasonable at 14/per but not awe-inspiring.

They did a very good job balancing SE Asian spice with texture or acidity. Notably the Eggplant Balado side was creamy and delicious with accents of Thai basil.

The vegetable spring rolls were kind of boring, while the avocado gado gado was fresh and accented but not particularly complex. The Cod was really fantastic, sitting over lumps of delicate but textured squash with a lovely cream sauce to offset some of the heat.

In terms of decor, the back-area is far more enticing, as is the bar, compared to the front dining seats. They have an inviting round table at the front that reminds me of the curved booths at Pasquale Jones. Corkage is $38/btl max 2. Bring some riesling! Ideally this is a date spot. For me, I'd take uncle boons / ugly baby for this nexus of food. YMMV if you sample more of the non-vegetarian menu!
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#2144 Post by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡ » August 27th, 2019, 10:26 am

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#2145 Post by Ramon C » August 27th, 2019, 1:38 pm

My wife and I had dinner at Frenchette yesterday evening.

It's a Monday prime time, and this place is very busy. But, in spite, we can't find anything negative to note about the service which, I think, they've pretty much perfected as our efficiently attentive wait staff clearly know how to keep us casually comfortable. Noise, though, is up there at the medium-high level, but I've survived and even enjoyed much noisier restaurants.

Wine list? Well, it's probably already known by most that it is all-natural, of which I estimate about 35% are < $100. Given my described preference for minimal skin-contact natural whites, I took a recommended offer for a bottle of Jean Maupertuis "Puy Long" VdF, a chardonnay from Auvergne. Nice, fresh, medium-bodied, mineral-notes, slight oxidative character, Juraesque, and bone dry. This went very well with our hors d'oeuvres of Brouillade and Gnocchi Parisienne that were both very good.

Our entrees were not as successful. My Duck Frites tasted OK but was on the tougher side and, perhaps, cooked a bit longer than I would expect. Good, tasty fries, though. Our other entree was the Ris de Veau which we found the featured sweetbreads to be very gamy and quite unappetizing. I asked for, and was offered, a glass of Carignan form Catalonia to pair with my duck entree. Didn't work for me. This is where I've usually had trouble with restaurants that offer only natural wines. That their robust, usually roasted/grilled, meat dishes are quite difficult to pair with natural reds.

I still hope to go back, maybe not a Monday dinner, perhaps even for lunch, and will concentrate more on trying the other appetizers.
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#2146 Post by WvanGorp » August 28th, 2019, 7:43 am

Count me as a huge fan of Wayan. Maybe it was an off night. I’d recommend trying it again. Normally it’s great.
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#2147 Post by Barry L i p t o n » August 28th, 2019, 10:08 am

Lunch at Ai Fiori yesterday was A+. Portions in the small side but I knew that going in.

Both the trofie nero with scallops and the scallop main were A+. Dishes were more complex then usual Italian to excellent effect.

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#2148 Post by Sh@n A » August 29th, 2019, 5:41 am

I have a reservation for 2 @ Luthun on this Friday at 6:45PM that I will be canceling shortly, if anyone wants it.
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#2149 Post by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡ » August 29th, 2019, 6:46 am

WvanGorp wrote:
August 28th, 2019, 7:43 am
Count me as a huge fan of Wayan. Maybe it was an off night. I’d recommend trying it again. Normally it’s great.
Admittedly we couldn’t order the Nasi Goreng (made with animal stock), the skewers, or other mains...so it’s a limited review.

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#2150 Post by Robert Dentice » August 29th, 2019, 10:01 am

I tried Hutong for lunch given it is a block from my office. Huge, flashy decor. The calamari flower appetizer was excellent. Everything else including the duck was just ok. I have had much better Duck in NYC. The wine list was decent and fairly priced. I will go back given the dearth of options in this area but overall was underwhelmed.

https://www.hutong-nyc.com/

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