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Best of August/September 2013
September 30, 2013

Since I moved here in August, I have embarked on an excursion through the New York restaurant scene. Some are unexpectedly awesome and some are not as great as I expectd. As many other New Yorkers already have great food blogs, I don't think there is much space for me to add any value on the restaurant review circuit. Plus - we just visit so many of them each month, I have no time to keep up. So instead of writing about each restaurant I visit, I decided to pick my favorite dish at the end of each month to profile.

Here is my very first list of places I have been so far from mid August through the end of September 2013, followed by my first "best dish" of the month.

Restaurant Stars Note
Ten Zen two stars Average.
Pierre Loti two stars Good service!
Clarke's Standard two stars Average.
The Smith (Midtown East) One Star It did not meet my expectation.
The Modern Bar Room 4 stars Service, food and atmosphere are all excellent. Awesome mushroom soup.
Jukai three stars Offer very reasonable Japanese course menu. The place was packed by Japanese expats.
Palma three stars Cute little Italian place. Garden seating is very nice and wonderful service.
Oyster Bar Brand Central One Star As I expected: a tourist destination.
Cannibal Beer and Butcher three stars Excellent service. Friendly. Fun place to go with friends. Great beer selection.
Momofuku Noodle Bar three stars Noodle (ramen) was just so so but buns were tasty. I did not get to eat their famous fried chicken so I'll have to try next time.
Darbar three stars Very good Indian and the price was great too.
Shake Shack 4 stars Exceeded my expectation. Great burger and I understand now why people are crazy about this place.
Blue Ribon Sushi Bar & Grill 4 stars Great service and atmosphere. Above average sushi quality. Grilled miso marinated cod was great.
Danji 5 stars Very creative. Some dishes were great and some were not but overall, great place. Their short rib was to die for.
>Daichan Ramen three stars Good solid ramen.
BXL East One Star Average.
Ma Peche One Star I guess my expectation was too high.
Aburiya Kinnosuke 5 stars I felt like I was in Japan in many ways. Loved this place.
Sons of Essex two stars Good music. Food was actually better than I expected but it is quite loud.
The Meatball Shop three stars Great concept. Loved the chicken meatball with mushroom sauce.
Duex Amis three stars Unexpectedly great and very reasonable.
Goat Town 4 stars Great neighborhood restaurant.

My favorite restaurant of August/September is Aburiya Kinnosuke! It made me homesick. They have a good selection of sake and shochu. They gave us really good service. Everything was great from the sashimi to Japanese-style grilled items.

And the best dish of August/September goes to Short rib from Danji. It was really succulent, melt-in-your-mouth meat with sweet and salty braising liquid. I could not stop eating this dish.

Aburiya Kinnosuke
213 East 45th St
New York, 10017
Tel:212-867-5454
Aburiya Kinnosuke on Urbanspoon

Danji
346 West 52nd Street
New York, New York 10019
Tel:212-586-2880
Danji on Urbanspoon

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