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Steven Dilley

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  1. I've been staying at Maison Breguet for the past several years and have usually found rates between 180 and 240. It's a short walk to Amarante (and Ambroisie).
  2. Funny... last I saw, Kevin was traveling all over Europe eating at a bunch of crazy spots. Say hi from me next time you see him.
  3. Don't sleep on the sole at Amarante. Also, there's a canard a la royale starter at the moment... it's part of the lunch menu but available a la carte.
  4. Right, I thought Ops a very enjoyable version of a style of pizza I don’t prefer. Indeed, I should have said not that I don’t like it. I’ll eat a soggy pizza. I just prefer a different style. Which reminds me, the Bufalina pizzas, although SD will speak up for the moist center, weren’t sloppy runny in my experience. I like Una a lot, but it's been on the soggy side the couple times I've had it. We switched to the DiNapoli organic tomatoes when they hit the market two or three years ago. (Last time I was at Ops, I think they were using them as well, at least on some of the pi
  5. Lol. What Sneak said. Still a good burger. What I didn't know is that you can get the burger (or any food) at the bar at lunch. I went to Keen's for the first time in ages awhile back... it was solid (as far as old-school NY steakhouses go), and they had some unexpected gems on the list, like '07 Allemand. And Gramenon BTG.
  6. We make a simple red pie: tomato, garlic, grated parm, chile, oregano, olive oil. No mozz. Every few months I convince myself I'd prefer it with pepperoni and every time I'm wrong.
  7. For those who appreciate fast-food-style smashed burgers, Burgers Never Say Die has arguably perfected the technique. Not for everyone (think McDonald's, not Minetta), but I found them excellent. On a weekday at 11am, it took about 15 minutes. I've heard lines can get nutty, though.
  8. My last meal there ran the gamut--nduja / stracciatella, charcuterie, salad, veg, pastas, pizzas, big steak--and was great. That was maybe 6 months ago. Hoping to check out the LA outpost next week...
  9. I'll never forget NOT seeing it. Had tickets but had to leave town for work the day of the show. My buddy (who used my tickets) still talks about it.
  10. I was there last Thursday. The pithivier (beef and foie), arctic char with sorrel, and desserts were the highlights. A couple of other dishes didn't really do it for me. My buddy liked his oyster prep, though I didn't try it. Wine list is surprisingly good and reasonably priced. We drank Lassaigne, Barthod, and BYO'd a bottle of '04 Raveneau Montmains that was screaming. Service was great.
  11. First place I remember in NYC with an exclusively natural list is 360 in Red Hook, though that was more restaurant than wine bar. That would have been '03/'04.
  12. I'd been hearing about this place for the past year, mainly from NY-based wine importers passing through Austin. Finally had a chance to visit a couple of weeks ago and had a blast. Daniel pretty much nails it. They also have a square pie, which is delicious, but I was partial to their Neapolitan. While they have a wine list online, there isn't one at the restaurant. Instead, you scan the walls and talk to the staff. That's not usually my favorite setup, but it worked. We ended up trying some really delicious stuff. It's obvious they have great relationships with Percy and Zev (who was
  13. Not much to add other than to underscore what's already been said on this thread. This place is awesome. We ordered too much food for 6 and it was $50 per, all-in. They're waiting on their beer/wine license and technically aren't able to offer BYO at the moment. If you bring, YMMV.
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    I hadn't been in over a year but returned on a recent trip to NY and had a similar experience. There were some updated dishes from the old Roberta's days (caviar with stracciatella, this time with citrus; uni with polenta), a bunch of updated Blanca standbys, and great service, as usual. This is a very tight crew, both front and back.
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