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#1444329 current recs for decent dim sum in manhattan?

Posted by Sneakeater on 19 August 2019 - 08:49 PM

As opposed to a la cart?


(SOMEBODY had to.)

#1444254 nyc meal planning, second half of august

Posted by Sneakeater on 18 August 2019 - 12:06 AM

I was actually at Jew Stock. It was an unforgettable experience.

Three days of guilt and kvetching, and nothing but guilt and kvetching.

It gave me a whole new vision of what society could be like.

Was that where "brown acid" was what everyone called the gravy? Or was that Alter Kockermont?

The scary part was when the promoters couldn’t get a permit for Grosinger’s and had to move the festival on short notice to The Nevele.

#1443756 The Rest of Us

Posted by Sneakeater on 05 August 2019 - 05:37 PM

I agree that it has to do with elasticity around food prices.

I think we should all just leave this country.

#1443701 Eleven Madison Park

Posted by Sneakeater on 03 August 2019 - 01:55 AM

I find it very efficient to date psychotherapists. Nobody enjoys anything more than telling the person she’s going out with what’s wrong with him. So she gets to enjoy herself, and I get all this free professional advice/analysis. Win/win.

#1443680 Vespertine

Posted by Sneakeater on 02 August 2019 - 10:55 PM

Single Thread seems about as California terroir as you can get.

#1443664 Paris Bistros, Restos

Posted by Sneakeater on 02 August 2019 - 08:17 PM

What you do is, you hire underemployed Millennials to prop you up.


I think there's an app for that.

#1443600 Vespertine

Posted by Sneakeater on 01 August 2019 - 08:19 PM

I feel so guilty about posting in the Paris thread about restaurants I've never been to that I'm finally constrained to get around to writing about this restaurant that I have been to. It's been so long -- three months??? (I guess to mongo that's nothing) -- that my comments will be even more general than usual.

What's impressive about this restaurant is how it works as a gestalt. It's in a very Post-Post-Modern office building seemingly dumped by Martians into an otherwise unprepossessing warehouse area in Culver City. The restaurant was designed (in conjunction with Chef Jordan Kahn) by the same architects who designed the building -- and boy is it designed. But here's the thing: Kahn's reportedly intense participation in the design process means that everything about the restaurant springs from a single sensibility that you can feel at work. A more totalist experience than you ever have had in a restaurant. (If I remember right, they gave us not snacks but scents to take home.) (Of course, I've lost mine.) I can see how some people would find this more than a bit much. But to me, it meant that the loooooooonnnnnnng loooooooonnnnnnng dining period never got old. Even the postprandial visit to the garden for drinks and snacks, which some have complained about as a tacked-on time-extender, seemed a pleasant coda (no surprise: my date and I managed to close out the place).

So how was the food? Not quite memorable. Subject to exactly the objections you'd expect: complication for its own sake, willfully odd combinations, conceptual muddle. But I'll tell you what: nothing tasted bad. (I realize that seems like ridiculously faint praise when you're talking about a meal at a very expensive restaurant -- but how many Modernist meals fail in exactly that way?) Dishes ranged from inoffensive (good, even) to very interesting (and still good). I think you could make a good case, if you wanted, that Chef Kahn still thinks like a pastry chef: very precise deployment of ingredients and technique. When (read that Paris thread) what we value now is a little (this isn't quite the word) sloppiness (voyager would call it "soul").

So, not a great restaurant (like, say, Maaemo). Very much worth going to once. I doubt you'd feel you need to return.

#1443515 Eater's 29 Classic New York Restaurants

Posted by Sneakeater on 31 July 2019 - 08:15 PM

I'll bet they didn't list Forlini's in 2015.

#1443436 The Rest of Us

Posted by Sneakeater on 30 July 2019 - 06:00 AM

I think -- no, I know -- that this is the first time I've ever cooked for a date in my second round of singlehood.

#1443306 Memory Lane...

Posted by Sneakeater on 25 July 2019 - 06:05 PM

BOTH birthdays today . . . .


I guess this is what happens as time passes, but it's hard to get used to it, and hard not to feel incredibly sad.

#1443225 Places we're curious about

Posted by Sneakeater on 22 July 2019 - 11:03 PM

They claim to use mastic.  They claim to import it from Chios.

#1442994 The farmers market thread

Posted by Sneakeater on 14 July 2019 - 04:44 AM

That’s not Le Coucou.

#1442965 Keto

Posted by Sneakeater on 12 July 2019 - 08:46 PM

Wow. They would be kind of great if they had buns.

#1442962 Keto

Posted by Sneakeater on 12 July 2019 - 07:58 PM

a very clear sensation of impending doom

And I've had this for nearly 63.

#1442927 Eater Announces Their Restaurant Critics

Posted by Sneakeater on 11 July 2019 - 08:50 PM

I dream of having my falafel turn out to be Rocky Mountain Oysters.