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This is an excellent restaurant serving quality American cuisine in an atmosphere inspired by the early 20th century architects Greene and Greene (wood accents with softly rounded corners, beautiful joinery). The food is generally of superb quality using fresh ingrediants, locally grown as much as possible. The menu changes with the seasons and always includes nightly specials. The soups are always wonderfully flavorable with a standout being a tomato based gazpacho enlivened with a scoop of lump crab meat salad. Other appetizers range from a fresh seafood platter (for 2) to meaty, falling off the bone spare ribs. Main courses feature fish, meat and pasta selections, usually served with flavored foams, reductions and vegetables. There is always a fish special and a meat special which I usually end up ordering one of these because they are always superb with unusual and very satisfying combinations of flavors. Desserts are uniformly well presented and delicious with the possible exception of the lemon tart which suffers from a leaden crust. My only criticism of the desserts is that sometimes they can go a little overboard, adding a superfluous scoop of intensely chocolate brulee to an otherwise excellent sour cream cheese cake.
Finally, a reasonably healthy fast food burger restaurant on the UWS! Until a couple years ago, we only had McDonald's. When you walk into Shake Shack, you feel better because you're aware of their eco-friendly marketing campaign. The burgers are 100% All Natural Angus Beef. No Hormones and no antibiotics, ever. The burgers are served on tasty brioche buns and while they're significantly smaller than other restaurant burgers, that's ok. You don't feel too full when you're finished eating. The menu us quite basic: Hamburger, Cheeseburger, Mushroomburger and the Shack Burger. You can also throw in a Flat Top Dog and an order of fries (which aren't the pencil-thin fast food fries) but rather crinkle fries. If you're feeling especially adventurous, there is an overwelming selection of shakes and concretes (i was never able to understand the different). But, beware of very long lines. At lunchtime, the lines are wrapped around a city block. While they do move quickly (and you'll get your fancy vibrating buzzer so you can wait outside), if you're hungry, you will have to wait. And, chances are, you won't get a seat.
My wife and I are fan of Talia’s and we love Talia’s very diversified menu. There is something for everyone on their menus. It's definitely more of American and Middle Eastern cuisines; but they also have terrific salads. My wife loves The Thai beef salad and I love thee Moroccan salmon. If you crave fish, this is the place. You can get a hearty, firm-flesh fish, grilled, sautéed or broiled salmon with two sides and… appetizer for $28. Good prices, portions and wonderful food. I will definitely visit Talia’s more than twice next week to enjoy the nine days menu which contains more than five types of fish. Talia’s 9 days menu last year was one of best nine days menu in kosher restaurant in Manhattan. The service is professional but sometimes you have to wait about half an hour for your main dish and therefore my wife and I start with an appetizer of Middle Eastern platter combo platter - regular hot dog, 1 spicy hot dog, 2 chicken fingers, Moroccan cigar and kibbeh with tahini sauce. The ambiance is very romantic, warm and cozy outdoor and indoor dining areas. Highly recommended!