After a recent mediocre meal at one of the more trusted Z-listers, I’ve decided to update the list more frequently. If you are familiar with NY dining, or currently researching, you may be surprised by these changes. But this is not a popularity contest. The difficult table is not necessarily the better choice today. Four out, four in.
In: Hometown BBQ, Scampi, Jeju Noodle Bar, Hunan Slurp
Estela – One of the most trusted names on the list, but quite the mediocre meal last time. Some of the menu staples we loved before, missing some of that oomph. And some of the “large” dishes are wildly overpriced. Estela just doesnt feel as relevant today.
Rubirosa – Another shocking exclusion. Its very popular with tourists these days, and that is one of the problems. But the main issue is the ever changing, over saturated pizza scene in that area with the openings of La Rossa and Sorbillo from Italian pizza legends and many more. And you can now get similar pizza at Joe and Pat’s in East Village without the hoopla.
Bar Bolonat – Is no more. Well, kind of. Balaboosta closed, Bar Bolonat then rebranded as Balaboosta and the menu and to some degree the concept changed. Once I visit the new place a few times, I may reconsider.
Mighty Quinn’s – The original location in East Village is still good. But its tough to keep a name on the list that now has 12 locations. For proper que, you can still go to the original east village location, or better yet go to Ducks Eatery on Tuesday for the brisket, or Hometown in Red Hook
The complete list can be found here