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Dave H

Member Since 14 Nov 2005
Offline Last Active Sep 14 2010 04:21 PM

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In Topic: The Sam Sifton thread

18 March 2010 - 11:29 PM


In Topic: Birdies

04 February 2010 - 05:53 AM

It occurs to me that Artichoke is the East Village's answer to Magnolia Bakery.

In Topic: The Sam Sifton thread

09 December 2009 - 10:17 PM

QUOTE(Sneakeater @ Dec 9 2009, 12:18 PM) View Post
and I don't think we'd be willing to make a blanket statement that New York's Cantonese restaurants aren't very good.

I'd be willing to make that statement. Or at least, I think I'd be willing to make that statement. Certainly I thought it was generally agreed that NY did far better with Sichuan and related cuisines than with Cantonese. Of course that doesn't mean Imperial Palace wouldn't be worth two stars under Bruni's approach, merely that being the best Cantonese place in New York wouldn't have guaranteed them.

Or shouldn't have guaranteed them. I'll admit it's difficult to picture Bruni calling a restaurant "the best <name of ethnicity> restaurant in New York" in a one-star review, but I ascribe that to Bruni's tendency to shade his reviews to maintain the fiction that the stars were entirely based on how good a place was within its category rather than incorporating the category itself. This is entirely consistent with the Sripraphai review, which deserves two stars not because it is better than any other Thai place in NY (that alone would only merit one star), but because many of its dishes are good enough, and complex enough, to place it in the two star category even taking into account its service, decor, etc.

The problem with this view of things is giving two stars to Spicy & Tasty, but I'd always assumed that was just a difference of opinion.

In Topic: Michelin 2010

17 November 2009 - 12:27 AM

“You’re looking for something that really tests a number of quality ingredients and then something that’s a little complex, because you want to see what the kitchen can do,” she said. “We would never order something like a salad. We rarely order soup.”

Goes a ways toward explaining their evaluation of Sripraphai.

In Topic: Please Help to Pick a Birthday Dinner Restaurant

09 September 2009 - 08:16 AM

It strikes me now that the correct answer is Ssam Bar, as long as your daughter is ok with New New American.