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#1335020 Bacari Grill...Washington Township

Posted by ngatti on 16 June 2015 - 08:25 PM

I've heard the pterodactyl burgers were EXCELLENT.


Dodo cutlet parm was the big seller

#1320255 Hot Dog Heaven...

Posted by ngatti on 30 January 2015 - 04:46 PM


#1319672 Joe Franklin

Posted by ngatti on 25 January 2015 - 05:26 AM




I grew up with this guy.  Parked in front of the B&W TV as a pre-schooler by my mom.


He came into and out of my life randomly during his late night show.  Always a blast to watch particularly through the marijuana haze of my late teens/early twenties.  The strangest mishmash of guests you'll ever see.  For all the trite, schmaltzy stuff; he was original as hell.  One of a kind.  He was never ever rude.

#1318637 Currently Reading...

Posted by ngatti on 13 January 2015 - 08:19 PM


Still re-reading Delany's Dhalgren.  Almost done


Met him once.  Made a comment about Jack Spicer which he misinterpreted and got huffy about.


Only book I've read is his non-fiction memoir about rough sex in Times Square.  :)


The sex thing permeates his books from the 70s on.  He won a nebula for a terrific little story called "Aye and Gomorrah" . 

#1317808 Reality show Chef...from NJ

Posted by ngatti on 06 January 2015 - 02:18 AM

What's the charity/event?


I am the restaurant chair for Table To Table.



#1317806 Allie Sherman, NY Giants coach

Posted by ngatti on 06 January 2015 - 02:03 AM



Goodbye Allie, Goodbye Allie, Goodbye Allie.  We hate to see you go.


At least I do.  One of those coaching names that will be forever intertwined with my tween/early adolescent years.


I remember being thrilled to see him dining with, I believe, Ed Koch at Fresco by Scotto (Just Fresco back then IIRC) in the 90s.

#1317476 How Much Is Too Much?

Posted by ngatti on 01 January 2015 - 05:31 AM

Reminds me of Tony Shaloub in Big Night

#1317164 How Much Is Too Much?

Posted by ngatti on 30 December 2014 - 01:09 PM

People bring occasion cakes all the time.  I haven't seen much more BYO food than this.  Usually it has to do with a special cake that frankly, I don't want to deal with.  Occasion cakes and such are out of my wheelhouse, so I would rather you went to a patissiere and worked out your own. 


Yeah, you lose a dessert sale (possibly?), but the good will fostered and the usually larger size of the table filled with people who haven't been to your restaurant makes up for the lost sale IMO.


At the same time.  A nominal fee--$2.50pp let's say--is not out of line.  The PR value of implementing and then waiving such a fee can also prove valuable.   

#1314820 Ian McLagan of The Faces

Posted by ngatti on 04 December 2014 - 01:50 PM

#1314201 Best Pizza and Lasagne I Had was at Savino's Pizza In Paramus

Posted by ngatti on 27 November 2014 - 01:04 PM


#1314189 Still looking for Thanksgiving dinner?

Posted by ngatti on 27 November 2014 - 01:21 AM

380 twixt 3PM and 6.  Each family gets an appropriately sized turkey from Goffle.


Somewhere north of 300 for takeout twixt 11:30 and 1


50 staff or si at 1:30 PM


It's difficult especially with the Weds nite 300 crowd for Deli Night.  Pastrami, Corned Beef, Tongue, Turkey, Kosher foot longs Matzoh Ball Soup all i kinds of smoked fish and Potato pancakes, chix in the pot, salmon and Roasted Broccoli..


My lament is that I didn't have the time to make Knishes.

#1313772 Today I played...

Posted by ngatti on 23 November 2014 - 05:12 AM


Great Cover IMO

#1312992 "First Date" restaurants in NJ

Posted by ngatti on 16 November 2014 - 02:45 PM

I invited 100 guests or so.  Tagged splits of Rose' (bought at wholesale) as parting gifts.  catered the event by myself and rented a volunteer firehouse for t5 dollars/hr including 3 fireman bartenders  (tipped separately).  The Mayor of Bergenfield NJ married us (and stayed and imbibed for a few hours) and we had a 10 hour party.  No photogs, a volunteer DJ and all liquor was bought wholesale through relatives in the business.  It cost about 1200 bucks in 1983 and we received about $800 in cash gifts.


We bought wedding bands for each other.

#1312684 Interstellar

Posted by ngatti on 13 November 2014 - 03:31 AM

Center seat during an IMAX matinee.


Yes, the score is too loud, but didn't interfere with the dialogue for me.  The drowned out dialogue and concepts were explained later. and yes there are plot holes.and some of the story line can be incredulous.


I found it thought-provoking.  I wasn't disappointed in the least.  it was one of the better films and best Sci-Fi I've seen in quite some time.


Too many chances to give away spoilers.  I'll just say that I recommend it.

#1312617 So...where'd you eat this week?

Posted by ngatti on 12 November 2014 - 05:09 PM

Local Seasonal Kitchen


About as good a meal as I've had in recent memory


Torchon wrapped in serrano with fig jam starter for me

Others had the Raviolo and the Tuna Sashimi


Middles of Hosue made Orriechete with pulled short rib; and Rabbit in a folded type pasta and a spicy sauce.  I forget what it was called, but it was filled with flavor.


I had the Cauliflower Steak

others had the Halibut and Short Ribs and Sea Scallops


Jessika's Donuts, Chocolate Budino and Bacon caramel Popcorn and gelato's were terrific.


500 all in for 4 incl tip.


Service was very very on point.