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Also, Sneak, did you happen to try the meatballs? Sutton called them "otherworldly," while Cuozzo says they're "flavorless."

No, I made the assumption that they'd be as Cuozzo ended up characterizing them.

We were there two weeks ago. Both of us had the spaghetti and meatballs. I thought the meatballs were flavorful and tasty.

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I ordered wrong.

In your review, you didn’t tell us what you ordered. By any chance, did you get the fried cauliflower? It was really delicious. And the garlic dots were fantastic.

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Is this really a new concept for NYC? I vaguely remember you have a Vapiano near University Place. I was taken to the first one, in Hamburg, like 15 years ago...

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Augustine also earned one star from this reviewer, no?

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I'm guessing that it's the concept (quasi fast food) that prevents any more stars. The review of Pasta Flyer reads as though if it were a regular restaurant, it would get two.

 

Vapiano is still there, on University Place, afaik.

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Martina yes, but I'm baffled that Pasta Flyer gets a star while Made Nice doesn't.

 

Do you mean because of what you think of the two places, or what is in the reviews? Most of the Pasta Flyer review is positive, even laudatory. OTOH, the Made Nice review includes:

 

 

But some of the food at Made Nice doesn’t just suffer by comparison; it can also suffer all on its own.

The curried cauliflower is said to be a callout to another standby at the NoMad. I don’t remember trying it there, so I can’t say whether it’s so unevenly cooked that some pieces are brown and collapsed while others are white, crunchy and barely cooked. That’s how the cauliflower at Made Nice was, though. It tasted nothing like a real curry, and only a little bit like curry powder.

Another dish is called chicken rice. The rice tastes like tomatoes and needs salt. The chicken seems exhausted. Imagine a chain of Cuban restaurants started by retired employees of the Olive Garden. This could be their arroz con pollo.

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I mean that I disagree with his assessments of both. I haven't had execution issues at Made Nice the way Wells describes in his review, and at least Humm and Co. are making an effort to be creative.

 

Pasta Flyer is perfunctory at best and boring at worst.

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Martina yes, but I'm baffled that Pasta Flyer gets a star while Made Nice doesn't.

That occurred to me, but I thought Made Nice was pretty good, and I'm unlikely to go to Pasta Flyer. Making the Made Nice dishes at home would be a chore, but I can cook good pasta without killing it.

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