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The Princess

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  • Birthday 09/07/1964

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    New York
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    Hot Buffed Guys, Jimmy Choo Shoes, Designer Clothes, Modern Furniture, Old Masters Art, Pop Music, Blockbuster Flicks, British Women Novelists, French Poetry and Good Food. Not necessarily in that order.
  1. I'm actually curious the hear what people thought of this new place that occupy the old King Bee space. The restaurant has been open for about two weeks and the menu seemed to have some pretty interesting Korean based flavors. We stopped in for dinner on Saturday night, and ordered the Tofu appetizers, a Hwe Soba, Korean Seafood Pancakes and Soft Shell Crab. The Hwe soba was basically a dish of soba with cubes of tuna, cucumbers, hard boiled egg and shredded seaweed. The sauce has a good dose of gochujang in it. For me, this is more interesting than the typical poke bowls I see everywhere, but many purist would undoubted find the gochujang overbearing for the tuna. But, if gochujang is your thing, you'll love this dish. The tofu is a soft silky tofu baked Italian style with tomatoes and parmesan. Not exactly summer but oddly good. Soft shell crab had a light flavorful batter and a wasabi dipping sauce, and the seafood pancake had a really nice crispy crust and really tender pieces of squid, octopus and scallop with long pieces of scallion. It was like the kind of pancakes you get one most Korean restaurants but made very well and with better ingredients. The whole menu is a little disjointed but I like the chef's perspective on dish and her interpretation of flavors. They don't have a liquor license yet and encourage you to BYOB. Dinner came in at a reasonable cost of $52 for two people.
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    The NoMad

    I beg to disagree. Take a place like Miss Lilly's or even a drama place like Freeman's. You get there, they bring you the coffee and orange juice, you order your food, it gets to your table 15-20 minutes later. You eat and then you are off to do whatever you do. We walked in at 11:17 and did not get our coffee until 11:50. The server told us that the coffee is brewing that was why it took that long. That does not explain why the coffee got to our table on the cold side of lukewarm. With the time it took, I could have hobbled down to stump town, ordered a latte or espresso and still made it before them.
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    The NoMad

    I had dinner there last wednesday and the food was absolutely amazing. Brunch, however, is a different story. The food is mediocre at best and the service suck ass.
  4. Yes, and let us not talk about how bad Baohaus is in terms of food and quality....Success can be a dangerous thing.
  5. I was there more for the music than for the food. The Roots was playing. But, here is an interesting article about the whole event: http://observer.com/2012/05/gluttons-for-punishment-how-new-york-restaurants-survived-the-great-googamooga/?show=all
  6. My friend Joyce found a really cute kittie in her backyard, about 2 weeks old, do anyone know of any animal rescues? ASPCA refuse to take it because it's kittie season right now.
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    As excellent as the sushi and other composed dishes are at Soto, the service was overwhelmingly awful. Actually, if this weren't the worst service I had in NYC, it's in the top five. We got there for a 8pm reservation at the sushi counter and was directed to a table. The BF explained to the server that he had specifically made a reservation for the sushi counter and was told promptly that he must be mistaken because they do not accept reservations at the sushi counter past 730. We looked at the row of empty seat at the sushi counter and said, in that case, we should be able to sit there. The server said 'No, because they are RESERVED." Really, if they do not take reservations after 7:30, how come the seats at reserved at 8:30? We decided to ask for a manager what exactly is the reservation policy. We were told by the same server that they have no managers. We told her to go get anyone who is in charge, she came back and told the BF that he never said the sushi bar when he made the reservation. We asked if she was the one who confirmed it, she said 'no' so in that case, how did she know what he did or did not said. 9pm came and went and no one came to take our orders but food did magically appeared by 9;30. We were told that the only thing the restaurant was serving that night was Omakase. Although plenty of people at the sushi bar seemed to be ordering regular food. By then we were so hungary that we decide to go with it. In the meantime, a party of 4 at the next table asked for the check claiming that it was taking too long and left. Our courses suddenly stopped as well. Then it's half an hour of nothing, so we decided to ask the server if we could get some pieces of sushi instead. She stared at us blankly and said but you have Omakase, not sushi. I said, I get that but I am hungry and want something NOW!!!!! she said well, if I want sushi, it would have to be AFTER my Omakase was done. I told her to stop all my Omakase. She disappeared into the kitchen for another half hour and return with another bite sized plate of a composed dish or raw fish. By then I lost it and asked her if she actually have a brain cell to spare. She stared and smiled at me blankly. We asked for the check, which took another 15 minutes. First time in my life that I spent 3 1/2 hours eating and still left hungry. First time, I saw BF, normally an over tipper, left a 10% tip.
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    Went there for Brunch. A pretty good deal for some really nice food. Love the Dutch pancakes.
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    So my friend Gary told me about this place around the corner of my apt. He said: "You got to check it out because he's one of your peeps." I figure he meant that the guy who owns it must be Chinese, but it turns out that the owner and chef there is also a Corgi lover. OK, I am sold. On a quiet rain tuesday night, we were one of the two tables that were filled. The decor reminds me of some ritzy place in Thailand where ex-pats hang out and there's Louis Armstrong in the background. The food, however, is as authentic as one can get this side of the world. We started with a tangy sweet chili crab dip that reminds me of the chili crabs eaten at the night markets in Singapore. It came with mini mantao fried in butter. Fired bread dipped in chili crab sauce-life just doesn't get better than that. We also ordered a beet salad which has grapefruit nuts and fried coconuts in it-not very authentic but interesting and well balanced in texture and flavor. Then, there was a kangang balachung which is salty, spicy and delicious. The fish head curry-which was not really a fish head but a piece of very nice trout filet with eggplant, okra, and sweet potato in it (although they will do the fish head if you ask). The dish needed a little salt but overall still very good. I am dying to try the arctic char crudo and the rock shrimp and grits. BF had a smutty nose brown dog beer drink and I had two calamansi sodas all for a total of $60. We rolled out of there and went home to pet our corgi. So so glad I discovered this little spot.
  10. Jason, It would be great if you are around!!!! I will hit one of the bayless places next tuesday just to get away from everyone at work
  11. Thanks Suzanne! I will be there on the night of 10/25 and then again from 11/7 to 11/19 if any good citizens of Chicago would like to go eat with me.
  12. OK I am in chicago on business for the two weeks in November. Since I'll be eating alone a lot does any one have any dining suggestions in Chicago for solo diners? Oh if any Chicago dwellers wants to meet up for dinner. Let me know!!!!!
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    Not to be a snob or anything but I am not a fan of pan-Asian food-a little too 1989 for my taste. We passed by Wong by accident yesterday on our way to Pearl. Being that I am friends with Simpson Wong, I decided to change our dinner plans and check out Wong instead. The place has a cool modern laid back vibe, although I am not crazy about the triangle plates and school room furniture. The food is surprisingly good. Dinner started with a house made naan bread and curry dipping sauce. The naan was nice and hot, although I wish it has more butter on it. As for the dipping sauce, it was cold, which I wished it was hot. However, the kale and beet salad was fresh with sweet beets balancing the bitter kale and walnut for crunch, pretzel crusted fried oysters with kimchi dipping sauce has the perfect hot crunchy crust with breaks into hot sweet oysters. Albacore tuna sashimi was on the sweet side, but a good change from the typical spicy citrus flavoring that tends to go with this type of dish. Simpson sent out a black bass that was not on the menu, which it should be. Then there was a pan seared hake with pho noodles with was full of vietnamese flavors of sweet and sour. The dessert menu was kind of weird, with stuff like roast duck ice cream on there, so we decide to skip it. Definitely want to go back to try other dishes on the menu.
  14. I went there a few night ago. The food was good, not great, I agree that is was not as fine as Allegretti's, The Provencal Fish Soup tasted slightly more rough around the edges-it doesn't have the enticing garlicky scent its former incarnation did. Pasta with Serrano Chile and rock shrimp was competent, although I couldn't seem to find the serrano chile in it. My dining companion had some sausage app. which he said was quite good, and the cuttlefish ragout for main. Service was attentive enough (They paid enough attention to know that he was taking me out for a belated Birthday treat), the decor appears to emulate a seaside resort from the 1930's. I'd go there more often if I lived in the neighborhood.
  15. Looks like I'll have to do a field trip out there.
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