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Tourist's 2 cents

mainahs | Feb 24, 200809:56 AM

My wife and I just returned from four days in NYC. Our thanks to Chowhound.com for helping us find restaurants. Each one was worth going to, we won't return to all of them and want to give our 2 cents.

Our hotel was half a block from Pigalle Brasserie and we had a breakfast, lunch and dinner there. All the food was good, plentiful and worth the price. The service was fine except for one waiter who seemed overwelmed. At dinner, my wife had salad, the tilapia and the chocolate mousse and found all very good. I had minced beets with a soft warm cheese, pear and walnut salad, smoked salmon tarte and pecan tart---all good. The salmon tarte was tasty but very rich and the pecan tart needed warming up. We would certainly return.

Uncle Nick's is another place to which we would return even though a couple of things were not up to par. Taramasalata with warm pita---yum. Cheese with olives also good and they did not stint on the cheese. Mousaka very tasty. Sardines did not seem fresh a complaint that I read from another review as well. The largest serving of baklava that I ever had was bland and doughy. Lady sitting next to us had a whole grilled fish that she said was very good and looked it. We love places like Nick's and will return.

Vice Versa---here's the rub. Do you return to restaurants where the food is very good but does not blow your sox off and is expensive? I would not. My wife had a salad and the seafood ravioli which was very, very good. I had mozarella with dried tomato, yellow pepper and basil. This came cold and needed to be warmed up before serving so that the flavors could really come out. Also, it is frankly something that is pretty easy to make at home. I had rigatoni with lamb meatballs---well prepared but no wow factor. Panna cotta and pistachio semifreddo were very good.

Marseille---some real good some not. Shrimp beignet appetizer wasn't very good. My wife had lamb and would not share. I had the Tunisian chicken. Tasty but the chicken breast was over done in the middle. Hazelnut mousse and creme brulee very yummy.

And last and least favorite---Milos Estiatorio which was our splurge dinner. This is a place that takes itself way too seriously. Food is for enjoyment. At Milos, I felt as if the staff were high priced lawyers intent on doing deals---no one smiled except the young lady who took our coats! Zucchini chips with a delicious sauce was very tasty but $27 for zucchini? Stuffed squid was very good as well. Pompano and Dover sole were excellently prepared but there needs to be more flavor for the price. I'm sure that good, complimentary sauces can be added that would not do damage to the owner's hushed reverence for fresh fish. My wife asked for potatoes cooked Greek style which to us is baked so that a thin crust forms. They were boiled with a couple of olives thrown on---$10. I asked for vegetables. Grilled eggplant and zucchini for $20? The cheese that they add to this dish is not necessary. Assyrtika wine by the glass was very good. We didn't even order dessert!

So there's our 2 cents. Hope that it helps future visitors as well as those natives looking for good food.

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