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  1. Thanks for the zabhiah tip, that's helpful.
  2. I am an immigrant married to an immigrant, and a mother of two children with weird names so they are as good as immigrants. So trust me when I tell you that I have nothing but respect for immigrants, for those who work three jobs, and bust ass to create better lives for their family by opening businesses in a tried-and-true mold. This isn't the point. How the cuisine isn't inclusive: Say I'm someone who only eats halal. Where can I get a fancy French meal? A well-made pizza? Awesome Chinese? A damn burger? A steak? Why must I be limited to kabobs and karahis? Halal isn't a cuisine. Mus
  3. Here is the dialogue I have with my DH on a biweekly basis that illustrates two main problems with the halal restaurants. "Let's go out for dinner tonight". "Not the fucking kabob or chicken karahi again." "Oh come on. It's a restaurant." "But are the napkins made of cloth?" I will break it down for you. The first problem with halal restaurants is that they operate in a ghetto of their own making, confining themselves to the known. This is typically the Indopak and the Middle Eastern variety, with little imagination or effort to get creative with other cuisines
  4. I think you Americans might have a saying about that, no? About you. And the horse you rode in on.
  5. Darlings! I can't believe this resurfaced. What fun! AGM, my seven-year absence didn't make me any less lovable. I am rather hurt you'd deny me admirers over that!
  6. And after three pages of attitude and platitude, the best and single most useful piece of information is: The joint is now open for lunch. Because ever since me evenings were hijacked by an 8-pound creature, lunch is well, the new dinner. And I will climb that mountain next week and report. 'Till later.
  7. The food at RH has as much resemblance to a true Russian fare as average American Tex-Mex to true Mexican cooking. Good, yes, authentically Russian, nyet.
  8. Had dinner with two girlies the weekend of Memorial Day. Very easy, comfy bar stools, serviceable food at reasonable prices. Considering the location, it's a solid B.
  9. And that's the reason some of us are freaking DELIRIOUS to be done with this, from both sides, done, jamais de ma vie, khalas!
  10. Central, which is now the place that gets a full half of my dining dollars. Food and service and everyone there from GM to busboys. Delicious, amenable and lovely.
  11. That place is cursed, I tell ya. Cursed. In my eight years here, this is the fourth business to move in. It was unmemorable Italian in Red Tomato in 1999 to my fresh off the boat palate. It was Shelly's West End three years later when I was into martinis and mingling. It was David Greggory when a foodie wannabe was born. And now, driving past a new marquee, I barely turn my head. Hudson, eh? I wish you the best. The history argues against it at the moment.
  12. Well, I've never experienced a "call to confirm or we'll cancel" policy, but it's pretty standard procedure to call large parties to confirm. And like everything else in the restaurant biz, it's a matter of gray, not black and white. Suppose a large party did not confirm, or is unreachable. The restaurant would still hold the table, but with a discernibly lesser degree of zeal than for a party that took pains to confirm. This is rarely an issue for parties under 4 people on a non-special day. Sample conversation: Walk-in party: "Can you accommodate six people?" Hostess: "Not right now...
  13. On my only visit to Shamshiry a few weeks ago I found it to be wholly pedestrian. I have wanted to like it very much, and it generally takes some work for anything Persian or Middle Eastern to disappoint me. Chicken kabobs were only marginally moister than beef jerky, bread unremarkable, rice alright but undistinguishable from a handful of other area mom-and-pop operations, and ambience nonexistent. I'm all for hole-in-the-wall delights but food has to be good, and grown-up restaurants ambitions, if entertained, have to be supported by reality on the floor. They have failed to deliver (to me)
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