New York is supposed to be the best place in the US for food, with tons of celebrity chefs doing their celebrity thang there. I've personally always thought of the Bay Area as having the best food that I've had in the country. So, not to throw myself into the David Chang vs. the West Coast war, but here is a series of posts on the places *I* tried, and what I thought of them - categorized by my verdict.
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Few of the really hyped up places I went to in NYC lived up to their reputations for me. Marlow and Sons in Williamsburg was one that did.
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I stumbled onto this little hole in the wall near Grand Central, but after having one of their sweet Kolache pastries, I'm convinced this is the next big trend in New York City.
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Everyone has really different tastes, so there are very few spots that I feel comfortable recommending with no reservations. Thus, only two in the "You will thank me" group. But, there are lots of places that I enjoy and that I think others might also - but I don't think they are transcendent, and they have obvious weaknesses. That's this group.
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I recognize that I am a hard eater to please. If something isn't transcendent, I move to this complex value/connection/taste/emotion evaluation framework that basically boils a restaurant down to this - the food is fine (maybe even good) and I'm not unhappy I ate it, but it might be overpriced, over-hyped, overdone - something. These are them.
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This city is all about hype, and we all know how much I love hype. Luckily I didn't really find much to hate here in New York. Just some places that I think are probably over-hyped and really not worth all of the fuss.
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First, one word: Momofuku. Second, two more: Pork buns. This is where it is supposed to be at. This is supposed to be the best thing since sliced bread. Is it?
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Through some stroke of strange scheduling, the famous chef of French Laundry fame, Thomas Keller, came to Torrance for a book signing event. Lucky for me, it was at the local Borders, a mere minute walk away from my house.
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Now, I realize I'm quite far from any of this, but I couldn't help but feel like I should blog about the concept of the dinner co-op when I read about it in the New York Times. Imagine, a group of like-minded (and hopefully similarly skilled) cooks/families getting together to share the burden of making tasty meals every night. Interesting no? You can read more about it here:
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I tend to find high priced pizza to be something of an oxymoron. I associate pizza with late night post-party college face-stuffing, or with delivery guys who drive too fast, or with trying to save money when in Italy. Pizzas that cost twenty dollars generally annoy me unless they are the size of a small Uhaul. I've had my fair share of expensive pizzas that claim to use things like truffles, rare hams, and heirloom tomatoes that disappoint more often than surprise. Yet Pizzeria Mozza, part of Mario Batali's burgeoning restaurant empire, delivers pizzas that are worth every pricey penny. Rich in flavor with a substantive yet crispy crust and tons of topping choices, pizzas in Mozza show that expensive pies can indeed live up to their hype.
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Bottega Louie lords over 7th and Grand in downtown LA from its magnificent white-walled, heritage space on the southeast corner. Marked only with LOUIE at the corners of the building in bold, gold letters, the restaurant, with its soaring ceiling inside and marble-everywhere space filled with the fashionably dressed, is as much a statement of Louie's self-assured presence as it is the return of trendy destination restaurants to the once maligned area. The extensive patisserie at the front, filled with incredibly delectable-looking cakes, macaroons, and other forms of sugar, gives hope that Louie is all that you were expecting and more.
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I remember thinking that Casa was a really cool spot in the middle of Bunker Hill in Downtown LA when I went last year for dinner with a friend. One of the few places in the neighborhood that was still open and alive, sitting outside in the open air surrounded by Bunker Hill's skyscrapers was an experience I hadn't had before. Unfortunately, I don't remember any of what I ate. It just wasn't very good. However, when faced with the dilemma of taking a visiting friend out for a LA meal in Bunker Hill again, Casa seemed like the only choice (Starry Kitchen, which is a pretty decent restaurant that should be tried, just didn't have the ambiance I thought a visitor would be interested in.)
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