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Thought we needed a thread on places we walk by, places we hear about, places we want feedback on without starting a thread about it (yet)...   So last night we walked by Lure Fishbar. I love the l

Walked by that newish place Turquoise on E. 81. Nice fish menu - lots of whole fish, and meditarannean stuff. Not wacky expensive, believe it or not. If they do all the fish well, might be nice. N

I went a few months ago. I liked the wings; the potato mochi are good if you don't mind the typical mochi texture. They're served with a sweetish sauce and lots of butter. The place really is small

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Has anyone tried Underfinger (153 Division St., Chinatown)? This review on Immaculate Infatuation reads like an April Fool's joke:


I have no idea why it took us this long to make it to Underfinger (theyve been open for eleven days), but we finally had dinner here over the weekend. All we can say is that youve never seen anything like this before, and yet it feels so familiar. Heres the story.


The chef at Underfinger, Jesper Paulsen, grew in Copenhagen just a few miles from Noma, and has eaten there several times. Hes taken that training and applied to the Scandinavian tradition of serving minimalist finger sandwiches at funerals. The end result is one of the citys most impressive tasting menus, a somber celebration of farm-to-finger ingredients and classic Neo-Nordic techniques.


If youre having trouble picturing what that might look like, you arent alone. Underfinger has a strict no photography policy, which might explain the lack of Instagrams, or first looks or 10 Reasons Why This Place Will Make You Want to Nom coverage since they initially applied for a liquor license back in 2012. Paulsen believes very strongly in the idea of secrecy, likely a result of his years spent in the Danish army.

ETA: Pete Wells tweeted that, and a short while later, tweeted that it IS indeed a joke. There's no such restaurant.

No joke. :D

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Eater picks up a Steve Cuozzo piece about Lenox Avenue. He notes that the street is in the sweet spot, discovered and developing, but not trendy and white hot. The many houses of worship in the area may limit the availability of beverage licenses, however.



Most offer outdoor seats on Manhattan’s deepest sidewalk. Legendary Sylvia’s, early 21st-century pioneers Red Rooster and its downstairs club Ginny’s, Settepani, Chez Lucienne, Il Caffe Latte and Jacob have been joined by a batch of brave new arrivals.


Just 15 years ago, empty storefronts blighted the avenue. Now, cuisines include Italian, Southern, soul, Latin-American, Senegalese and French. Prices are lower than downtown. Attitude is nonexistent.




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Where to get the best canele.

The cannelé (Dominique Ansel's spelling, and others' too) recipe is in DA's cookbook, which I should be working on right now. So follow it (when the book comes out) and you can make one of the best on that list.


When I tasted it (bought at the shop), I thought the crust tasted a bit burnt, but apparently it will if it's done right. So that, like the too-too-sweet kouign amann, is a pastry I will leave to others. It is true, though, that the crust of his version stays crunchy well into the afternoon, and the inside is wonderfully custardy.

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