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ParkBrooklyn, NY(718) 965-8951
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Adam Rubens reviewed 2 years ago
- Central Park was the trial run for the designers of Prospect Park. You can see the similarities without looking too hard... winding trails, various lawns, music space, large body of water... But what sets Prospect Park ahead of Central Park is something that is a lot harder to define. Prospect Park is content with you not visiting it, while Central Park basically begs. Prospect Park is happy to host your pickup soccer game, whereas Central Park can be a challenge to find a large swath of open space. When Daniel Stern said kids were afraid of the park, he wasn't talking about here.
Seafood Restaurant89 E 42nd St, New York, NY(212) 490-6650$$$
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Adam Rubens reviewed 2 years ago
- There are certain things I say about many restaurants that I visit. I'm not sure which one fits best for Grand Central Oyster Bar though. It's either "They have so much on their menu, and you need to only get specific good stuff" or "Living on reputation" I tried a lot of things. Some were good, others were forgettable. For the most part, the oysters were good. They could have been cleaned better, but that's a minor complaint. And one type of oyster was uniformly bad. But generally enjoyable. I had the scallops for my main course. They were average at best. When I asked the waitress for a side of steamed potatoes too, she said "Oh, they already come with them." I thought great. But little did I know that "them" referred to one small potato. Then when I got that side of potatoes, there were two to the order. Hmph. The creamed spinach was also pretty bad. I don't know how to so badly screw up spinach and butter, but they did. The service was not very good. Unattentive wait staff. Sub par bus staff. Disappointing. Maybe it's the kind of place you just go for oysters. I've heard their chowders are good. But my experience simply wasn't very good.
Cuban Restaurant3555 SW 8th St, Miami, FL(305) 444-0240$$
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Adam Rubens reviewed 2 years ago
- I'll buy the fact that Versaille "isn't what it used to be" to some folks. And that people's memories of the first time that they had whatever dish can't compare to how it is now. So what. This place was fantastic. My brother's lasting memory will undoubtedly be that despite arriving at about 11 PM for dinner, that there were a couple dozen older Cuban men outside drinking coffee, smoking, and loudly carrying on. It certainly set the mood, and informed us that we were indeed in an awesome place that the locals like. The food was plentiful and fantastic. I'd not had Fufu in awhile, and my dining companions had not ever had it. I'm always slightly nervous when giving somebody a dish for the first time, but they all liked it. I asked the waitress whether I should get the Ropa Vieja or the Oxtail. She steered me towards the oxtail. I'm still not sure if I should have just gone with the Ropa Vieja as it was more along the lines of what I was in the mood for, but the oxtail was good. Fatty, rich, and delicious. The combination dishes were good, drinks strong... Everything you could ask for.
Night Club96 Lafayette St, NY(212) 584-5492$$
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Adam Rubens reviewed a year ago
Atmosphere Poor to fair Decor Good Service Poor to fair - $22 for two vodka sodas, plus $4.66 for automatic gratuity got me two plastic cups filled with ice and soda water, drizzled with vodka. Never again.
Lounge158 Ludlow St, New York, NY(212) 505-3733$$
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Adam Rubens reviewed 2 years ago
- I don't like it when people write reviews about places they knew they wouldn't like going in. A vegan probably shouldn't review a steakhouse, unless they state up front that they are a vegan and this is the vegan's guide to Bob's Cattle Emporium. Or whatever. So with that in mind, Pianos is an okay place for the right crowd. If you're having a bachelorete party, if you're the type who enjoys standing in a line to get into a dancing establishment, or if you like what the Lower East Side is like on a Friday or Saturday night, this place is for you. And there's nothing necessarily wrong with that. No scene is intrinsically better than another. And just because it's not the place I'd enjoy hanging out on a Friday (though admittedly, the DJs were good) it might be right for you.
Ukrainian Restaurant144 2nd Ave, New York, NY(212) 228-9682$$
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Adam Rubens reviewed 2 years ago
- I want to give Veselka five stars, just to help pull its overall rating up, but because I'm an honest guy, I'll keep it at four. However, unlike a lot of places which get a three-and-a-half, I'd happily give four-and-a-half, if I could. For years I've been going to Veselka, and for years it's been really good. It's the kind of place where you can safely try new and interesting things on the menu that you may not normally eat, and be safe in knowing they will be good. Last night my friend got their sloppy joe special, and it was really good. Not only was the meat properly seasoned and tangy, but the bread was amazing. It was kind of like a cross between a croissant and a popover. But it was big, flaky, fresh, and delicious. Another friend had never even considered the bigos, but I recommended it, and he liked it. I'd never had the borscht before, but it made me happy, as did the burger, latke and pierogies. If you're searching for a rock, a solid meal whenever you need one, you can do a lot worse than Veselka.
New American Restaurant432 41st St, Miami Beach, FL(305) 538-8533$$$
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Adam Rubens reviewed 2 years ago
- Of the restaurants that I visited in my recent South Florida jaunt, The Forge had a. the most opulent decor (by far), b. the most interesting menu (yay), and c. the most bad words said about it by my grandfather. Maybe he was turned off by the unique setting, but that's about all I could gather... He's weird like that I guess. BUT the food was really good. The quinoa pancake stack was crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. I had the shrimp and asparagus risotto which was good, but also very much different than the three mushroom risotto. The steak was well-prepared and tasty, which you'd expect from a nice restaurant such as this. The duck home fries were crispy and fatty, like you'd expect, but not quite as luxurious as I've had in the past. Speaking of duck the crispy duck entree was full of flavor and tender. And yeah, the haricot vert was good. So was the chocolate soufflé at the end. So light and decadent. So, don't take old people here. Or kids I guess. But take everybody else, because it's delicious and unique.
Restaurant171 1st Ave, New York, NY(212) 777-7773$$
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Adam Rubens reviewed 2 years ago
- Every good thing that has been said about this place is probably true. The food is truly outstanding, the servers are nice, and it's an amazing experience. Even criticism like "It's too crowded" I actually thought was a plus, because it added to the communal aspect of the fried chicken dinner. The only thing I'd change are the seats, as I prefer a chair with a back instead of a bench, but that's fairly minor.
Steak House178 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY(718) 387-7400$$$$
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Adam Rubens reviewed 2 years ago
- After going to Luger's last night, I had a conversation in the car on the way home. Basically, we as residents of New York City, are spoiled. This is the restaurant capital of the world, and there are just so many fantastic options to choose from. Even in the world of steak, there are new places, old places, Brooklyn places, so many to choose from. And despite it all, Peter Luger has maintained. They do what they do, which is porterhouse. And it's wonderful. And the experience needs to be had by anybody that wants a glimpse of something that hasn't really changed much in the past century. However, at the core of it, the food isn't as exquisite as at other places. I prefer the spinach at Palm. I prefer the potatoes at Strip House. The steak itself was very good, but not otherworldly. I still like Peter Luger. I will be back in the future. But It's not at the top of my steak list.
French Restaurant60 E 65th St, New York, NY(212) 288-0033$$$$
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Adam Rubens reviewed 2 years ago
- I don't know much about fine French food. And I'm pretty sure that I can't afford to go to places like Daniel on a regular basis. However, when it's time for a special occasion, you should try to come here. Every single aspect of the experience was great. The food, the service, the cocktails, the wine, the ambiance... Simply amazing. The six-course tasting menu was a work of art. My favorites included the wagyu, the bass, the foie gras, and the lamb. I'm having a hard time thinking about it right now, because the flavors were so distinct and well-balanced, picking favorites is not easy. I don't know a lot about wine, but I know that the pairings were amazing. Each selection was delicious in its own way. There's not much more I can say that hasn't been said about Daniel. It is simply magnificent.
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