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#1 Wilfrid1

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Posted 02 February 2005 - 04:54 PM

I think we should take this from the uptown side of 60th up to - where? - 106th?

Go, omni, go! :lol:
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Posted 02 February 2005 - 04:56 PM

Oh no. Ugh.

Okay, 106 down to 60, Fifth to the River.

Let's just start with easy stuff. Sushi.

Best:

Tsuki
Seki
Gari

Next tier:

Gajyumaru
Ajisai
Sen-nin
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Posted 02 February 2005 - 04:58 PM

Bread: Pain Quotidien

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Posted 02 February 2005 - 04:58 PM

Pizza: Nick's (94th/2nd)

CAVEAT: Best doesn't necessarily mean good. Means best in the 'hood. True for all categories, right?
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Posted 02 February 2005 - 05:00 PM

Bread: Pain Quotidian

I think Payard gives Pain Quotidien a run for its money actually.

Best pastry: Payard.
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Posted 02 February 2005 - 05:01 PM

Most original cafe name: Cafe Nosidam :lol:

Best Chinese: Shanghai Pavillion
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Posted 02 February 2005 - 05:01 PM

Pizza: Nick's (94th/2nd)

CAVEAT: Best doesn't necessarily mean good. Means best in the 'hood. True for all categories, right?

right
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Posted 02 February 2005 - 05:02 PM

Name the best things at EAT.....?

chicken soup?
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Posted 02 February 2005 - 05:03 PM

This is a culinary wasteland, unless one is talking about restaurants at the level of Gari and Cafe Boulud pricing or above. There is no good food, and one is better off buying a tin of foie gras and eating it with a dessert wine in one's own home, than to venture out to restaurants if one is limited to UES restaurants.

So the UES is an especially bad situation within a generally bad situation of NYC.

Even my own marginally increasing, but still very poor, culinary capabilities exceed those of many restaurants on the UES, as far as I can tell, that are below Gari or Cafe Boulud pricing. Conditions like those that exist on the UES can drive a person to learn to cook. :lol:

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Posted 02 February 2005 - 05:04 PM

What about Wu Liang Ye? I sorta kinda like it. I haven't been to Shanghai Pavillion but it's on my list. And I have friends who swear by that Henry's Evergreen or whatever it's called now....
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Posted 02 February 2005 - 05:04 PM

Best Casual Italian (very casual): Mezzaluna
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Posted 02 February 2005 - 05:05 PM

Best Italian, when he's in a good mood: Giorgio's
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Posted 02 February 2005 - 05:06 PM

Best Mexican: El Paso on 104th/Lex

Best upscale Italian: Centolire (I know it doesn't meet the criteria for this list, but just sayin' )
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Posted 02 February 2005 - 05:07 PM

What about Wu Liang Ye? I sorta kinda like it. I haven't been to Shanghai Pavillion but it's on my list. And I have friends who swear by that Henry's Evergreen or whatever it's called now....

I kinda know Henry and have been on his wine mailing list for a long time. He was the maitre d' at Chiam years back and thats a place we frequented. Anyway, Henry's isn't as good as Shanghai Pavillion, IMHO.
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One is often told that it is very wrong to attack religion because religion makes men virtuous. So I am told; I have not noticed it. (Bertrand Russell)

Believing there is no god gives me more room for belief in family, people, love, truth, beauty, sex, Jell-O, and all things I can prove and that make this life the best life I will ever have. (Penn Jillette)

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Posted 02 February 2005 - 05:09 PM

Best bistro: Quatorze?
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