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Heart of India

Indian in The Village.

What We Had

My DH and I both had selections off the Prix Fixe $19.99 dinner menu.

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I had the crab samosa appetizer, followed by chicken tikka masala.
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My DH had the meat samosa followed by lamb rogan josh.

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Both meals came with naan and rice.

We also enjoyed a really good assortment of table chutneys (mint and tamarind) & pickled onions with crispy cracker.

All dishes were fantastically spiced and really well balanced. The samosas were perfectly fried and not greasy; the main dishes were deeply flavorful and wholly satisfying.

Decor

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A riot of rich colors and light Indian instrumental music. A good place for a relaxing meal.

Service

Out of the way and polite.

Overall Impressions

A really enjoyable meal for a great price.

Rating

4 out of 5 for fantastic food in a nice atmosphere.

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Strip House

Sexy burlesque-themed steak house around Union Square.

What We Had

Amuse of cauliflower soup with parsley oil. Really great. Not diet food but luscious and rich.

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New England sea scallops with edamame succotash, black truffle butter & corn broth – Stellar. Nice hard sear on the scallops with a delicate yet flavorful broth.

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Filet Mignon – Great steak. Good quality, cooked to perfection, and not messed with too much. It also came with A fabulous little roasted garlic head on the side.

Though it is sacrilege for both of us, the house steak sauce was really nice and we both had more than a single taste.

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Black Truffle Creamed Spinach – Holy crap amazing. I will dream about this. Perhaps the single best thing I’ve eaten since the foie at Modern. I need this in my life.

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Mac & Cheese – No complaints; good but not life changing.

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The largest slab of cheesecake I’ve had the pleasure to tangle with on quite awhile, which was fabulous as well.

And a surprise birthday hot brownie with vanilla ice cream – an unexpected treat that was really very good.

At the time, I wrote ‘fantastical’ to describe the desserts.

Decor

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Sexy reds and golds, with lots of leather, flocked velvet walls, dark wood, white tablecloth charm, celebs & tasteful nudie pics on the walls, and a swinging soundtrack.

Service

Impeccable service. White vest old school style steakhouse service, friendly manager making personal visits.

Overall Impressions

A gem. While we were slightly sad to see the dining room was more tables and banquette seating and less the high-backed VIP room booths of our imagination, this was a great place to spend a birthday dinner. Sexy but not trashy, and really great food.

Rating

5 out of 5 for top notch food and stellar service in a romantic but classy enough environment to take a date or celebrate a birthday with a long time love. Zero complaints.

Ramen Setagaya

Noodles in the village. Listed as a favorite ramen shop of Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto.

What We Had

Chicken gyoza – The gyoza was ok. Could have used more seasoning and TLC.

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I had the R1 Shio Ramen – BBQ pork, bamboo shoots, seaweed, scallions, scallop powder & salt taste egg.

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My DH had the R6 Spicy Miso Ramen – BBQ pork, bamboo shoots, corn, miso, salt taste egg, onions, bean sprouts & cabbage.

Chewy, perfect noodles wrapped in rich, luscious broth. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – ramen is the apex comfort food in my book, and the perfect remedy for the world’s ills.

My dish was more delicate than my DH’s, but it was still a great bowl of noodles, especially if you favor delicate taste over flavor bludgeon.

The BBQ pork in both bowls brought a nice smoky depth to the overall product, and is a must-have.

Decor

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You eat at long counters very informally. Lots of Japanese menu items on the wall.

Service

Standard for a busy noodle shop – they tend to leave you alone.

Overall Impressions

The only recommendation qualm we had was that our food came out at vastly different times; my DH was half done with his bowl when the gyoza arrived, which was followed almost immediately by my dish.

We still have to hand the ramen win to Ippudo, if for no better reason than the pork chunks. This is a great shop, and we will definitely be back – but Ippudo has our heart.

Rating

3.75 out of 5 for solid food but wonky serve times.