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#1 The Blissful Glutton

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Posted 25 January 2006 - 04:52 PM

Hi Sara.

Thanks for taking the time out to speak with us.

I was just wondering what kind of restaurants you frequent when you are not cooking or traveling?

#2 Sara Moulton

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Posted 26 January 2006 - 08:13 AM

I was just wondering what kind of restaurants you frequent when you are not cooking or traveling?


I usually try to eat the local fare. Like when I was in San Antonio I ate at several taquerias (sp?) and boy were they good.
When I was in Kansas city I had bbq.
Sometimes there is a more high end restaurant I must try like 40 Sardines, also in Kansas, or Boulevard in San Francisco.
I try to support women chefs by visiting their restaurants. I love Annie Quatranno's restaurants in Atlanta. I also try to visit all my chef friends who were guests on my show, like Kent Rathbun at Rathbun's in Atlanta.
Sometimes it is very hard to choose when faced with a town like say, Chicago - so many great restaurants, so little time...
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#3 Pan

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Posted 26 January 2006 - 08:26 AM

What are some of your current favorites here in New York?

#4 Gifted Gourmet

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Posted 26 January 2006 - 09:39 AM

I try to support women chefs by visiting their restaurants. I love Annie Quatranno's restaurants in Atlanta. I also try to visit all my chef friends who were guests on my show, like Kent Rathbun at Rathbun's in Atlanta.

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As a local Atlantan who deems good food essential to our city, I must commend you on these two choices .. they are both quite exceptional for what they have added to Atlanta's growing (and glowing!) culinary lustre!
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#5 Sara Moulton

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Posted 26 January 2006 - 12:42 PM

What are some of your current favorites here in New York?

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oh boy, that is a hard one.
If someone else is paying, I LOVE le Bernadin
Beppe
Rosa Mexicano
I trulli
Ouest
all of Mario's restaurants
Thalassa
La Taza de Oro
Nobu (again if someone else is paying)
Tabla
Gotham Bar and Grill
Balthazar
eleven madison park
union square cafe

I am sure I am forgetting so many. This city is such an exciting place to be in.
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#6 moosnsqrl

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Posted 26 January 2006 - 12:56 PM

When I was in Kansas city I had bbq.
Sometimes there is a more high end restaurant I must try like 40 Sardines, also in Kansas


So, what did you have and how did you like it? (If time allows.)
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#7 The Blissful Glutton

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Posted 26 January 2006 - 04:01 PM

Sara,

Thanks for answering my question.

Glad to see you enjoyed Atlanta. Anne's restaurants are amazing and I am proud that a woman (and alumni of my culinary school) is producing such quality fare in my lovely city. I also adore that she has her own farm. What a dream.

I saw on your blog that one of your resolutions was eat at more ethnic restaurants. Is there any cuisine you have not tried?

Thanks.
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Posted 26 January 2006 - 04:19 PM

You obviously are a big Danny Meyer fan. Can you explain why most of his restaurants are on your list of favorites -- I see Gramercy Tavern , the MOMA places and Blue Smoke to be the omissions, and the Shake Shack, of course! Yes, I also love Danny Meyer establishments.
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#9 Sara Moulton

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Posted 26 January 2006 - 06:47 PM

I saw on your blog that one of your resolutions was eat at more ethnic restaurants. Is there any cuisine you have not tried?


I have not tried or not tried enough of:

Korean
Cambodian
Vietnamese
regional African
regional Indian
regional Mexican
regional Latin American
and I am sure there are so many other cuisines out there that I have never tasted

I know there are many of these ethnic restaurants in the 5 boroughs of Manhattan, I just have to find them. Us Manhattanites tend to think that going to another borough is like going to Anartica.
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#10 The Blissful Glutton

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Posted 26 January 2006 - 07:31 PM


I saw on your blog that one of your resolutions was eat at more ethnic restaurants. Is there any cuisine you have not tried?


I have not tried or not tried enough of:

Korean
Cambodian
Vietnamese
regional African
regional Indian
regional Mexican
regional Latin American
and I am sure there are so many other cuisines out there that I have never tasted

I know there are many of these ethnic restaurants in the 5 boroughs of Manhattan, I just have to find them. Us Manhattanites tend to think that going to another borough is like going to Anartica.

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Sara,

Looks like you have your work cut out for you. :smile:

I am sure you can find loads of suggestions from the New Yorkers on this board. The people here really know their stuff.

Thanks for your answers.

The Blissful Glutton

Edited by The Blissful Glutton, 26 January 2006 - 07:32 PM.


#11 Pan

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Posted 27 January 2006 - 02:45 AM

[...]I know there are many of these ethnic restaurants in the 5 boroughs of Manhattan, I just have to find them. Us Manhattanites tend to think that going to another borough is like going to Anartica.

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:laugh:

Well, for excellent Korean, you don't actually have to leave Manhattan, though there's great stuff in Flushing, and Northern New Jersey folks like Jason will tell you that restaurants across the Hudson blow away anything on these offshore islands. But you can start here:

THE BEST: Manhattan Korean

If you want to go to Little Korea right away, Han Bat may be a good place for you to start. As I wrote in the first post of the Han Bat thread:

[...]I find that in terms of atmosphere, Han Bat feels like an excellent Korean diner, and the prices also reflect that, but the quality of the food is really excellent, making it arguably one of the best values in Manhattan.[...]

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They have really good bibimbap, and your waiter/waitress will probably show you how to mix it if you've never had it before.

I'll also mention that I had an excellent meal at Seoul Garden less than two months ago and look forward to exploring more of their extensive menu in repeated return visits.

Some of the other cuisines you're looking for are harder to find in New York, though we do have a "THE BEST: Vietnamese" thread (and also, by way of contrast, an "Is New York Vietnamese any good?" thread), but one of the best cheap meals I've ever had in New York was a banh mi from Banh Mi Saigon Bakery on Mott St. between Grand and Hester.

#12 Sara Moulton

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Posted 27 January 2006 - 05:23 AM

[...]I know there are many of these ethnic restaurants in the 5 boroughs of Manhattan, I just have to find them. Us Manhattanites tend to think that going to another borough is like going to Anartica.

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:laugh:

Well, for excellent Korean, you don't actually have to leave Manhattan, though there's great stuff in Flushing, and Northern New Jersey folks like Jason will tell you that restaurants across the Hudson blow away anything on these offshore islands. But you can start here:

THE BEST: Manhattan Korean

If you want to go to Little Korea right away, Han Bat may be a good place for you to start. As I wrote in the first post of the Han Bat thread:

[...]I find that in terms of atmosphere, Han Bat feels like an excellent Korean diner, and the prices also reflect that, but the quality of the food is really excellent, making it arguably one of the best values in Manhattan.[...]

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They have really good bibimbap, and your waiter/waitress will probably show you how to mix it if you've never had it before.

I'll also mention that I had an excellent meal at Seoul Garden less than two months ago and look forward to exploring more of their extensive menu in repeated return visits.

Some of the other cuisines you're looking for are harder to find in New York, though we do have a "THE BEST: Vietnamese" thread (and also, by way of contrast, an "Is New York Vietnamese any good?" thread), but one of the best cheap meals I've ever had in New York was a banh mi from Banh Mi Saigon Bakery on Mott St. between Grand and Hester.

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Thanks, That is really helpful. I am going to check those out and get back to you.
If anyone else has suggestions please let me know.
Sara Moulton