Okay everyone... here's my dining report from last weekend stay in NYC... I'm going to mostly post my Manhattan comments here, and my Queens comments on the Manhattan Board so this doesn't get TOS'd...
Sampled 4 restaurants: Brazilian: Malagueta in Astoria, Egyptian: Kabab Cafe in Astoria, Pizza: Nicks in Queens (Forest Hills), and French Bistro: Gascogne in Manhattan (Chelsea).
My girlfriend and I would both agree to the following rankings of these restaurants: #1: Malagueta...this little place just blew us away, comments below #2: Nicks Pizza...very solid pie, we have recommendations on how to order below #3: Gascogne...charming place, some dishes good, some not quite as good, a bit expensive, might return but no hurry #3 (tie): Kabab Cafe...we messed up on the main dish (Veal Kababs) should have had lamb instead as veal is not a flavorful meat...probably would return, but no hurry INSTEAD we'd be interested in a GREAT TURKISH PLACE !! as turkish food seems to us to be a bit "spicier" and flavorful.
For a full review of all the dishes we had, visit the Queens board at:
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DISHES WE HAD IN MANHATTAN:
GASCOGNE: A) Mussels in Garlic Butter w/ Chardonnay...excellent food & wine match, very delicious B) Foie Gras warm w/ Raspberry: I brought a bottle of Sauternes which they corked for free because we bought some wine there. Was a good FG BUT at $23 not a bargain and the portion was probably too large for 2 persons unless you're an FG hound (which I am but my girlfriend isn't)...also had a slice of Roquefort to accompany the Sauternes and that was awesome (one of my favorite food / wine matches). C) Main dish: Tuna served w/truffle somehow...tuna didn't quite taste fresh OR the truffle's funkiness didn't help the tuna. Should have had a Pinot Noir with this due to the truffle but had a Chardonnay instead...not bad at all, but not memorable. D) Dessert: Creme Brulee, very nice but isn't most CB ? Overall not a great value at $110 or so w/ tip. IF you sit in the Garden DO NOT get a seat where you're staring at the wall...
That's it for now...looking forward to your comments and experiences at these establishments