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  1. http://somtumdernewyork.com/index.html I had a wonderful and unique meal here a couple days before Thanksgiving. It reminded me of the very early days of Bangkok Golden in Bailey's Crossroads (I haven't been to Thip Khao yet so I can't compare the two). What I mean is, there were a lot of different flavors and presentations that prior to going to Bangkok Golden, I was completely unfamiliar with. Lots of bright acidy flavors alongside of some nice heat. You sit at big, long communal tables and we were seated next to a local pro who was showing the place off to some out of town friends. It was quickly apparent that he was quite familiar with the place and most of the dishes offered. We took his advice on what to order and I honestly don't remember what we got but it was all great. His advice in a nutshell was, "everything is good, but their signature dishes are the ones with the biggest pictures on the menu". (The menu was many pages long and each page had one large picture (covering 1/3 - 1/2 of the page) and a few more small pictures with the descriptions of the dishes, obviously). The menu is presented on their website and it's kind of cool and kind of annoying at the same time. There are photos of each dish with a description, but you have to click on each one individually, which opens up a new page with a full size photo of each dish, so it will probably take you 50 clicks ( and 50 back buttons) to see the entire thing. The reservation process for this place was a bit of a mystery and I couldn't get it to work. On their website when you click the Reservation button, you get a choice to make the reservation through Yelp or through Open Table both via the restaurant's web site. Every time and date I picked on both systems showed there were no available reservations. I even went out a month and tried to make a lunch reservation on a random Tuesday and it still told me there were no reservations, so I'm guessing something is jacked up on their end. I ended up calling them (Apparently, they don't pick up the phone until the restaurant is officially open...…..At 5:59, no answer. At 6:01 someone answered!) and found that they take walk ins and they had room that night. [Another bit of weirdness: their website says they're open from Noon - 11pm, but yelp lists them with lunch hours (12 - 4) and dinner hours (6-10). My experience mimicked yelp's hours not their website.] Sorry this "review" is so light on details of the food. It was all a bit of a blur, but it was a tasty blur! We went to the East Village location, but they also have one in Red Hook Brooklyn. Here's the link to the NYC Michelin Guide: https://guide.michelin.com/us/en/new-york-state/new-york/restaurant/somtum-der
  2. Nothing except the cameltoe and the fact that the guy was uncomfortable. Those details were nowhere in the original posting. Gimme a break. The exact same words, delivered in a different manner and with different body language can convey two totally different messages. I complement people at work on their outfits or hair cuts all the time. I simply say, "You look nice today" or "Your haircut looks great". It's to people I know and am friendly with, and it's obviously nothing more than a complement. I don't look a woman up and down and up again and smack my lips and say "Umm-umm-ummm, you look niiiiceee today. Grrrrrr" It's obvious from the poster's reaction that this was more than a throw away, polite compliment. It's also interesting that you chose to assign the "uncomfortable" emotion to the man from out of the blue, yet you ignored the poster's description of the hostess' "nervous laugh" Classy. I know you play the role of the cranky curmudgeon in here a lot, but calling me brain dead* based on my reading of the situation is pretty ironic when fully 1/3 of your original post is presumption/assumption. You trying to slam me with the opening line of "I didn't presume anything" is rich. You fundamentally changed the story with your presumptive editorializing. * Yes, I know you didn't actually call me brain dead, but the implication was clear. Don - No worries. I think I'm done with this!
  3. You "don't know the context" but somehow presume there's a cameltoe involved?!?!? and then you assume the guy was "uncomfortable" by a woman in tight pants?!?! That's one reading of the situation I suppose, if you supply unmentioned and extraneous details. But if you objectively read the quote and if you've been alive anytime in the last 1000 years, I think a much more likely conclusion to make was a dirty old man was clumsily hitting on a much younger woman in tight pants. And if you've been alive anytime in the last 50 years, you know that tight pants on women (and men) are hardly noteworthy sightings.
  4. I think this has been discussed in DR.com before, be the $30 dinner doesn't appear anywhere on their website. Or at least I couldn't find it. I've only been there once, 100 years ago, but these last few posts, and a quick once over of the menu makes me want to head there soon! Carpaccio of Lobster with Drawn Butter $15 - WOW!!
  5. I don't know if this is the answer, but in Tom's chat last week, someone (maybe you! ;-) asked why he doesn't mention Corduroy much/ever in his chats anymore. His answer was that the menu has been unchanged for years, and the place/decor could use a refresher.
  6. I checked out this place over the weekend and had some great dishes and some nice pours of wine. It definitely ups the Front Royal restaurant scene a couple dozen notches. The menu is interesting and varied. There were lots of other dishes that I wanted to try but didn’t have room for. Roasted cauliflower and octopus salad
  7. Thanks for bringing this up. I'm taking my college aged kids up to NYC for a few days before Thanksgiving, and I'm looking places to eat....both "famous" places like this, as well as the little hole in the wall joints. Don - This is from their website: Abbey de la Rosa, Chef de Cuisine (Taylor Naples is not listed)
  8. A little off topic but related...……….. Everyone should go to a dermatologist for a skin cancer scan. A good friend of mine had a mole on her back and her boyfriend suggested she get it looked at. She did. It was cancerous and by the time they found and removed it, it had spread to other part of her body. She fought it for two years, with awful treatments, horrible side effects, major weight gain, etc, but it was too late. She was only 35. Go to a dermo and get checked!!
  9. Don't miss Egg Slut (I hate the name) in the Cosmopolitan. The line that I heard countless times about the place was "The lines are ridiculous but it's worth it!" I went in the early afternoon and there was no line at all, but I understand at breakfast and lunch hours the lines are nuts. Who would have thought they could make simple egg sandwiches a destination meal, but they did!
  10. I think I mentioned this in the Kinship thread but it bears repeating. A few years ago in fairly typical fashion, I over ordered at Kinship and one of the dishes was the Roast Chicken. By the time it arrived, we were pretty stuffed and we ended up taking a lot of it home. They packaged up in little cardboard boxes like take out Chinese is served in, the only difference was these were brown. Anyhow my son ate a bunch of it that night and the boxes got lost in the fridge somehow and I didn't discover them until 6 days later. When I tried the chicken it was still more moist than a Costco chicken fresh from the store! The Kinship chicken sat in the 'fridge in a cardboard box for almost a week and it was still better than just-purchased Costco chicken!!
  11. Just out of curiosity, are they a couple, romantically? The only reason I ask is they always seem to be mentioned together.
  12. Sorry if I wasn't clear on the political part. I'm not judging him on his politics. I'm judging him for being mean and petty and it reminded me how Trump spitefully fired the former Director of the FBI one day before his retirement date therefore cutting his retirement compensation. Yeah, Frank signed the agreement, so that sort of negates my argument/feelings on this, but having him work in another restaurant won't hurt Mirabelle in any way. Could you imagine Jose Andres doing this?!?! Me neither. Some of the places I won't go to for political (and other) reasons are Chic-Fil-a and Jimmy Johns.
  13. I don't have a dog in this fight, but that's not going to prevent me from shooting my mouth off! I've never eaten Ruta's food (I tragically missed the whole Palena thing somehow) and I've never eaten at Mirabelle, but this lawsuit seems so petty, vindictive, mean spirited and Trumpian, that I see no reason to ever go to Mirabelle or any of Hakan Ilhan's restaurants. My little protest-of-one is not going to be felt, especially since I've never been a customer of any of Ilhan's places, but I'm not going to give my money to places that I disagree with politically or ones that are run by jerks.
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