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Peter Luger in Brooklyn

Bring cash. That's all they take (besides the PL credit card)

Apr 13, 2014
Elisa515 in Outer Boroughs
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the original pancake house (white plains)

Keep in mind that restaurants are at the mercy of when Con Ed and the Board of Health are willing to connect things and approve their opening. That's why most places in Westchester open way past their planned dates.

Apr 13, 2014
Elisa515 in New York State (exc. NYC)

Oh great, we'll never be able to get into Restaurant North (Armonk) again

Apr 12, 2014
Elisa515 in New York State (exc. NYC)

Upscale Non-touristy Advice Needed

A place my son (30) and his fiancee enjoyed with me is Black Tree, on Orchard Street on the Lower East Side. Informal and fun, and definitely even below your price range.

Another fun place in the area with delicious food is Pala, on Allen Street. Very very fresh ingredients, not a "pizza joint" even though flatbread pizzas are one of their specialties. If the weather is nice, the front of the restaurant is opened up completely.

Apr 12, 2014
Elisa515 in Manhattan

Is anyone taking this course with the old NY times restaurant critic ????

No, this is not a course that can be taken by non-Princeton students.

Apr 11, 2014
Elisa515 in Manhattan

Where can I buy schmaltz (chicken fat)?

At the risk of sounding like a CH cliche...it's not hard to make (if you're stuck), especially if you don't need all that much.

Let me know if you want to learn how, or post in the Home Cooking board.

Apr 08, 2014
Elisa515 in Manhattan

Deelite Bakery, Yonkers

Another place that makes a great half-sheet or full-sheet Napoleon is Home Style Bakery in Peekskill.

Apr 07, 2014
Elisa515 in New York State (exc. NYC)
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Gentleman Farmer, Black Tree, North River

Check out Pala's website. http://www.palapizza.com/ You'll be sharing most things. It's best to go there in nice weather. Maybe check out on not such a special occasion?

Can't comment on the other places since I haven't been to any of them.

She sure better appreciate all your effort!

Apr 07, 2014
Elisa515 in Manhattan

Gentleman Farmer, Black Tree, North River

Black Tree was on Diners, Drive-Ins etc? I wonder why. (I like that show)

How about starting at Black Tree first for drinks and appetizers. Stay if she seems into it, or walk around the corner to Allen Street to Pala for dinner. Then maybe go back around the corner to Stanton Street for coffee (cute espresso shop between Allen and Orchard, north side of street).

Shows planning on your part, which is something she appreciates. Plus, with the variety, there has to be something she'll enjoy.

Or if the weather's nice enough, you can walk up 1st Ave. for coffee and dessert at Veniero's.

Apr 07, 2014
Elisa515 in Manhattan

Gentleman Farmer, Black Tree, North River

I like Black Tree a lot. But it's really informal. Make sure that's a vibe you want for a birthday meal.

Apr 06, 2014
Elisa515 in Manhattan

Monday lunch in Rockland County (or northern NJ?)

I thought I was there more recently, but I sort of lost last summer.

Guess it's time to try the other restaurants in that center!

Apr 05, 2014
Elisa515 in New York State (exc. NYC)

Shut up Noah!

No. All advertising of every kind is gone with Ad Blocker Plus. It's rather amazing actually.

I don't mind ads, I know they pay the bills, but like you I mind the sounds that start up with no warning or easy ability to shut down. And the scripts that hang up the browser and the computer were making me crazy.

Apr 04, 2014
Elisa515 in Site Talk

manhattan - best shop for indian spice mixes

Nope, not thinking of Penzey's. They closed in that location a few years ago.

Apr 03, 2014
Elisa515 in Manhattan

Monday lunch in Rockland County (or northern NJ?)

Rats. When did that happen?

Apr 03, 2014
Elisa515 in New York State (exc. NYC)

two vegans and a picky eater

Yes I did, and thanks for catching my error. I ate there with someone who needed gluten free and another person who is a carnivore and picky (like, to the point of crazy-making) eater, and we were all really happy. Wasn't spicy necessary, just very fresh.

Tiengarden on Allen Street is another vegan place that pleases plenty of non-vegans. Also Pala on Allen, which isn't vegan but has plenty of vegan options.

Apr 03, 2014
Elisa515 in Manhattan

Lunch near NY Stock Exchange?

Fraunces Tavern is historic and unique:

http://www.frauncestavern.com/

(disclaimer: I haven't eaten there since the remodel--anyone have a personal experience?

)

Another iconic place is Harry's:

http://harrysnyc.com/

Apr 03, 2014
Elisa515 in Manhattan

two vegans and a picky eater

Caravan of Heaven

Apr 03, 2014
Elisa515 in Manhattan

manhattan - best shop for indian spice mixes

There is a spice shop in the Grand Central Marketplace with a large variety spice blends sold in bulk. Worth checking out, not just for Indian blends.

Apr 03, 2014
Elisa515 in Manhattan

Fairfield County, Ct.

No, he wants it grouped with suburban NY, which is currently in NY State. Manhattan has its own board, and so does the Outer Boroughs.

Apr 03, 2014
Elisa515 in Site Talk
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21 Club for Special Occasion-Review

I was writing about the dining room. Food and service and ambiance are wonderful there. Wish we could still afford to belong.

Apr 02, 2014
Elisa515 in Manhattan

Staten Island - near ferry

I'm going to second Enoteca Maria. We went there for my son's 30th birthday (a few months ago) and we're all still raving about it.

Doesn't open until 4:30, so it's late afternoon snack/dinner only.

Apr 02, 2014
Elisa515 in Outer Boroughs

21 Club for Special Occasion-Review

Although access is restricted to members and their guests, I'd add the Harvard Club to that list.

Apr 02, 2014
Elisa515 in Manhattan

Dinner on the South Shore - Nassau

He says the blue cheese salad and the pork butt sandwich.

Apr 02, 2014
Elisa515 in New York State (exc. NYC)
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Monday lunch in Rockland County (or northern NJ?)

The new tapas place is not (yet?) open for lunch--I was going to mention it in my earlier post, but checked first.

Apr 01, 2014
Elisa515 in New York State (exc. NYC)

Dinner on the South Shore - Nassau

My son (discerning, and not a kid) is enthusiastic about Lawson Pub. http://www.lawsonpub.com/

Mar 31, 2014
Elisa515 in New York State (exc. NYC)
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Nassau/Suffolk Board

They're quick because people flag the messages. The mods aren't spending time looking for subject headers that need to be fixed--that's our job.

Mar 31, 2014
Elisa515 in Site Talk
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Monday lunch in Rockland County (or northern NJ?)

There are a lot of great places in Nyack, and I'm sure you'll hear from other people with ideas for there.

In Nanuet, I really liked Fortune Garden. It's in the little shopping center next to the Midas dealer. Delicious Chinese food.

In New City, there is a small shopping center with quite a few restaurants, several of which looked really promising to me. I keep going to Wasabi Grill, though. There's also a Kabob place, and what looked like a vegetarian restaurant, and at least a couple others.

Wasabi in Nyack (same owners as Wasabi Grill) is lovely but a bit pricey. Not overpriced, but maybe more than you want to spend for lunch.

I've always wanted to try Alain's French Bistro in Nyack, but I can't give you a personal report. It is open on Mondays.

Mar 31, 2014
Elisa515 in New York State (exc. NYC)

Dinner on the South Shore - Nassau

Not on your list, but is Oceanside an area you'd consider?

Mar 31, 2014
Elisa515 in New York State (exc. NYC)

Moderately priced in West Village (Sheridan Square area)

How about Bell Book and Candle? West 10th & Greenwich Ave. Entrees a bit higher than you indicated, but you could put together a nice meal with smaller plates in your price range.

Here's the dinner menu:

http://bbandcnyc.com/wordpress/wp-con...

Mar 29, 2014
Elisa515 in Manhattan

For those of us who use Chowhound for real research in a new city, THIS NEEDS TO BE IMPLEMENTED

On the tree hugger front...how about copying and pasting into a document, then just keeping the document online (say, in Dropbox or Instapaper or Evernote), then pull up on your smartphone or tablet when you want to read it.

I do that with lots of things, including recipes. Really convenient when food shopping and cooking.

Mar 28, 2014
Elisa515 in Site Talk