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In/Out Lists for 2012/13...add your own?

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Simon | | Jan 5, 2013 08:41 PM

Note, not a comprehensive list...and: “Out” does not usually mean that it’s truly out/over/verboten, just that it slipped a bit and has been supplanted as a favored option -- in most cases, the “Out” places are ones i sincerely hope regain good status and turn things around...

Interested to see the lists of fellow Hounds :)

Out: Zabb Elee...the somdam is still very good, but other dishes have declined in quality...hope they pull it together as Isaan food is my favorite and the 7 train to Woodside is slow...

In: Sigiri...this hallowed BYOB East Village Sri Lankan is a nice (though of course very different) substitute for highly spiced food in the same area..

Out: Ten Bells...formerly my fav cozy wine bar, they expanded their previously all French/Spanish/Portuguese menu to include some fusiony junk, and it’s become too crowded anyway and the oysters too frequently had jagged shards of shell...

In: Pata Negra...good bottles of Rioja, comfier seating...i wish the menu had a few more seafood/veggie options, and i wish they had more non-Rioja wines...but it’s a lovely place...

Out: Soba Totto...too many mediocre dishes, and a faintly “off” vibe...

In: Sobakoh...it was IN last year too, but really at the top of its game these days and developing a very happy regular clientele...

Out: Scarpetta...i still love dining at the bar, and i still love the black cod, and the yellowtail crudo, and the staff...but the newer menu items haven’t thrilled me and the lean towards foamy emulsions is troubling...

In: Bar Pitti...much more casual rustic Tuscan that serves all day and has become not only my fav Italian, but also my fav non-Asian restaurant in the city...

Out: Kin Shop...still fine, but it’s too loud and i just got tired enough of it that it fell out of the regular rotation...

In: Yunnan Kitchen...a winner...is it authentic Yunnan food? - no...but it covers some of that ground and is a reasonably priced, healthy option that works for many types of occassions...

Out: Keens...horrendous service and mediocre food on my last visit in early 2012...i’d give them a pass, but they’ve had 130 years in operation to learn how to keep things steady...

In: St Anselm...worth a cab/L-train to W-Burg, and the food puts Keens to shame...

Out: Grand Sichuan...steady greasy chain-like decline...when the St Marks branch took bitter melon off the menu that was the beginning of the end for me...

In: Wu Liang Ye...one of the earliest true-Sichuans and still very very good provided you order well...

Out: ___ French Bistro...___ because all the ones i’ve been to were bad...

In: Rouge et Blanc...the new menu is more French than Vietnamese...i have some issues here: too many dishes are over-the-top rich w/ butter/pork-fat/cream...but the room is lovely and the wines delicious and the Vietnamese influenced options help......

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