Pinch does an upscale modern take on Chinese, with various regions represented. The menu is limited and prices are higher than we normally expect Chinese food to be, but the dishes are interesting and well-executed.
We started with pork soup dumplings and cumin lamb ribs. The dumplings were an excellent example of the genre, and the ribs were delicious, with a heavy dose of cumin which we love. Dan dan noodles were very good, and we particularly liked the three cup chicken. This was quite a bit of food and not really all that expensive. We enjoyed it and I would return, especially with a few more people so we could share some of the larger dishes.
Rahi means traveler in Hindi. The restaurants describes itself as a journey across India, and as artisanal Indian. I had checked out the menu soon after it opened, and was not excited by it. The selection was limited and did not look all that interesting considering the prices. After recently reading a review of Adda in Long Island City, which recently opened under the same ownership, I took a look at Rahi’s menu again, and was very pleasantly surprised. There is now much much more to choose from and the dishes looked really intriguing. We had friends visiting last week, so the four of us gave it a try. This was truly excellent. Up to now our favorite for Indian food has been Awadh on the Upper West Side. As good as Awadh is, Rahi takes the food a notch higher.
We had a much longer wait for our table than I would normally tolerate with a reservation, but they did give us a very nice table.
The dishes are artfully presented. We shared everything, starting with octopus, snails with merguez, and artichoke chaat. Main courses were goat curry, chicken leg with coconut curry in a banana leaf, three-mango cod, and prawns with lemongrass and uni butter. Can you get more creative than this? I don’t think so.
Service was very attentive and prompt. I am thrilled that we have this right around the corner from where we live.
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In early October we attended the Hudson Valley Dance Festival, sponsored by Dancers Responding to AIDS, at historic Catskill Point in Catskill, . Stanley and I continue to be members of the host committee, and we made more ticket sales this year than in previous years. Both the afternoon and early evening performances were once again sold out. Between the afternoon and evening performances there was the usual outdoor reception, and though it was a bit chilly and cloudy, we were spared any rain. We nibbled on some excellent charcuterie and cheese, and had a few glasses of wine. The reception was open to all who bought orchestra seats. Seven hundred attended in total, and ticket sales and donations were well in excess of last year’s $150,000.
After the reception, we moved indoors for the performance. This year featured performances by ten dance companies, which were quite impressive, as always.
Bryn Cohn and Artists – Photo by Whitney Browne:
Marcus McGregor – Photo by Daniel Roberts:
The Washington Ballet – Photo by Whitney Browne:
Doug Varone and Dancers – Photo by Daniel Roberts:
Annmaria Mazzini Michael Trusnovec – Photo By Nina Wurtzel:
Ricky Ubeda – Photo By Alon Koppel:
Wendy Whelan – Photo By Whitney Browne:
Ray Mercer – Photo By Nina Wurtzel:
The VIP reception following the evening performance was again at W + G Space, an art and photography studio in downtown Catskill. There were both passed hors d’oeuvres and a buffet, which made a fine dinner.
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Empellon Taqueria has been at the corner of West 4th and West 10th since 2011, and is still going strong. We love having it in the neighborhood. While so many restaurants either close or just become stale, Empellon has been consistently wonderful. We love the spicy cucumber Margarita, and the tacos are more imaginative and better executed than what is typical. They are not afraid to use organ meats (head cheese, sweetbreads, pork tongue) which we adore, and the service is always faultless. Ordering tip: Ask for corn tortillas, they are more flavorful than the flour ones, and more authentically Mexican.