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  1. djk

    Annisa

    what he said. i agree and had the same app - which i completely enjoyed. but then i had the scallops with sea urchin. perfectly cooked scallops but the sea urchin turned out to be more of an essence in the lite sauce that edged the plate. the food is always good, can be counted on to impress and satisfy but i feel like there's something missing, a little something that would have made it better. umami? ha.
  2. clearly nowhere as tragic as ms chavez but the end of an era in nyc and really global theatre. she died peacefully in her sleep last nite at the age of 91 according to the village voice. she was such a pioneer and visionary as well as being like a terrier with a bone when she wanted something (ie usually money!). and i'll never forget her ringing that bell welcoming you to la mama - whether you were at la mama or not!
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    White Slab Palace

    madame is representing herself in the case, too. i guess she wasn't hurt too badly. the best part of this story to me is that it turns out to be true! i thought you were all riffing on an idea (and well!) but this is real. and there is a caribou involved. ahhh, truth is always stranger than fiction. i had a late afternoon snack and cocktail there about 2 months after it opened and thankfully remained un-concussed as a result. i remember liking the shrimp and toast, and the oysters but i really deeply appreciated that they could do a bloody mary with aquavit - my favorite version. their being swedish and all made it an easy score. but i also remember that the service was incredibly strange. the waitstaff kept disappearing through a small door that must have led to a basement kitchen that they seemed to shut carefully so as not to intrude with all the behind the scenes mechanics and then they'd never return. we wondered what lay beneath. perhaps preparing the next caribou head.....but i think our simple meal just took its toll on them. always meant to return to see how it was progressing and to be able to post about it with more experience but never felt like going. does seem best as a lazy afternoon spot.
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    Bamonte's

    i think i had one of the funniest and worst meals of my life at Bamontes's about 7 or 8 years ago. it was all inedible - maybe one bite of one thing was passable but we laughed so hard at just how awful it was. and i believe remains. such a great space tho - it would have been heaven had it been even semi tasty. yes, rocco's good, and i still want to try casa calamari for the zeros.
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    Lost

    I didn't get that either. Shannon was long gone and all we've heard about since is Nadia. Who was in the church had nothing to do with who was on the plane. The people in the church shared in what was "the most significant" time in their lives. Presumably, Eko had another experience that impacted him more (probably being indoctrinated as a soldier as a child or something related). For Desmond and Penny, however, the island represented something far more significant, so they were there. one blog i read said that because it's really jack's focus, that he knew sayid with shannon and not with nadia so that's why we see it that way. and that yes, other people had their own thing to play out so presumably will be in the bldg they built to connect with their other pals! also read that eko asked for too much money for the finale or would have been there despite that he chose to leave the series etc...
  6. i was there once as well and it was fine, just didn't seem to have the kind of food i had fantasized about for dinner. it wasn't a little hill town in the marche! but i imagine that it would depend some on the nonna at the helm.
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    Tipsy Parson

    let me add a non review / review. i was there in december and have now completely forgot what three of us ate tho we liked it. does it count if you remember the impression if not the actual dishes? altho we did all share a side of the mac n'cheese and it was as good and as decadent as you might expect a southern mac to be. i know someone had pork and loved it. i think i had scallops but i shouldn't drag out the unhelpfulness any longer! we sat in the back, it was empty so very peaceful until the hordes came and it was as if a sound wave barrier was broken. just a tidge loud.it's pretty and simple and the service was friendly and i guess we all liked it. it hasn't really occurred to me to return tho i happily would. another key impression perhaps.
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    Zengo

    yes! that would be the draw for me.
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    Pulino's

    Sure. It's served on bottarga agliata; agliata being a sort of "mayo" made with bread crumbs, olive oil and vinegar but not egg yolks, and bottarga being, well, you know what bottarga is. I think sometimes it looks composed. But I don't remember ours looking composed, nor do I remember it looking like leftovers....iirc, it was escarole with the roasted hen of the woods, properly dressed and quite good. i guess i'm just used to salad on a plate maybe? haven't eaten it out of a bowl much since my nj childhood. but it was really good and i'll eat it however they serve it tho i will wish for at least a prettier bowl. Ours was served on a plate, not in a bowl, which probably counts towards it being handsomer. ha. so maybe mine was plate scrapings!
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    Pulino's

    I think sometimes it looks composed. But I don't remember ours looking composed, nor do I remember it looking like leftovers....iirc, it was escarole with the roasted hen of the woods, properly dressed and quite good. i guess i'm just used to salad on a plate maybe? haven't eaten it out of a bowl much since my nj childhood. but it was really good and i'll eat it however they serve it tho i will wish for at least a prettier bowl.
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    Pulino's

    so, did he get her the water? btw, the salad with hen o the woods mushrooms and parmesan etc was tasty but omg - it's presented like someone scraped leftovers from their finished plate into a bowl! a dining companion asked doubtfully if it tasted any better than it looked....
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    Great NY Noodletown

    i agree - you're right. i'm not dead yet and those soft shell crabs are in fact a rite of spring! i hope they reopen. and anyway, i imagine if they clean follow the citation orders - it will actually be one of the more sanitary places around. like flying an airline that had a recent crash - what are the chances it will repeat immediately? so....soft shells it shall be!
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    Great NY Noodletown

    oh that is upsetting. i'm not entirely surprised but now i'm not sure i could go back there (if reopened) without mentally gagging. such an old time favorite tho. i'll just celebrate the memory and leave it at that. they'd probably dread the grade thing!
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    Testaccio

    it's a popular meat neighborhood in rome - so here is the homage direct from queens. have not heard much good about it from various friends but haven't been myself.
  15. she should definitely check out Bacaro on division st....if you don't know it, it's a venetian wine bar with more than decent food, great atmosphere, nice staff. they have private alcoves and group dining is served family style. some dishes are great and some just okay but every dinner i've done there has been a great success. and there's always Aroma wine bar on east 4th st with the two downstairs rooms - one seats 22 but they may arrange it for less people. love it there too. these are both on the funkier elegant side than the posts above.
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