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Looking for a down-home, yet somewhat upscale in ambience, Italian restaurant...

Scaletta fits your description and is a pleasant 1/2 mile walk to Lincoln Center. http://www.delmonicosrestaurantgroup....

Closer is Nick and Toni's Cafe, Italian and "Mediterranean," another lovely place. http://www.nickandtoniscafe.com/

Oct 12, 2014
Elisa515 in Manhattan

Gallo's Deli in Dobbs Ferry

Mexigo in Croton. Way way better than what you described, although not quite as inexpensive.

Wither Hattie's? (Saratoga Springs)

There are some things (the sandwich, in particular, which otherwise is only available at the track in August) that are only available at the one by Exit 15.

I'll leave it to someone who has been to either or both locations recently to comment on the food quality. My mother is the Healthy Food Police when I visit, so even though she lives around the corner from the Phila Street location, she doesn't let me go there. :)

The fried chicken sandwich, at the track, is delicious.

4 lunches in Manhattan and 2 early dinners - it's all about the food!

You don't have to be a Twitter user to look someone up on Twitter. Just go to www.twitter.com the same way you get to Chowhound (somehow you're connecting to the Internet, right?), then search for @waffletruck

They list each day where each truck is, and for how long.

Oct 07, 2014
Elisa515 in Manhattan

4 lunches in Manhattan and 2 early dinners - it's all about the food!

It looks like the Wafels and Dinges truck at 66th and Bway closes up at 9 p.m. They're on Twitter at @waffletruck

Opera: no need to dress up, unless it makes you happy to do so. If you get inside early, or have enough time at intermission, go to the lower level to look at the picture gallery and/or stop by the different floors to see the costume exhibits.

Oct 07, 2014
Elisa515 in Manhattan

4 lunches in Manhattan and 2 early dinners - it's all about the food!

I go to the opera pretty frequently, and at this point we've decided the best way to dine is to picnic by the reflecting pool next to the Met. It's a lovely scene, and you have plenty of control over timing.

Then, if there's enough time after our salads and sandwiches, we like to go to the plaza across from Julliard and Century 21, and get dessert from the Wafels and Dinges truck. They also have good coffee.

If the weather isn't good, you can picnic indoors at the space (someone else will know what it's called) across from the State Theater where 'wichcraft has a concession. Their food is quite tasty, but you can also bring your own food into that space.

Honestly, getting in and out of restaurants in that neighborhood in time for curtain can be really stressful. Since you're eating at so many high-end places on your trip, this could be a perfect evening to dial it down a little.

Most people think the best treat during intermission is getting a glass of champagne at the bar near the balcony, looking out over the plaza and the fountain. If you want some sweets with your champagne, the bar on the lower level (below the orchestra level) has some desserts and small sandwiches.

Oct 06, 2014
Elisa515 in Manhattan

Interesting cheap eats in Midtown?

If I add my email to my profile, I can PM someone else? Or the other way around? Or both?

(I prefer not to put my email out in public--wouldn't mind messaging within CH though, which is what a PM normally is)

Oct 06, 2014
Elisa515 in Manhattan

Chef City, White Plains

Smiling here--I normally wouldn't be all that tuned into exactly which burger joint is where, but I am teaching some evening classes right now that keeps planting me at the traffic light in that area. And three times a week I think "I need to get here early one day to check out the kitchen store" and "I wonder if "Smashburger is open after 10 when I get out of class."

If I ever get my stuff together, I could just leave an hour early and accomplish both. But that would be too sensible.

Chef City, White Plains

Two separate stores. Chef City is in White Plains, Chef Central, further west on 119, is a sister store to the one with the same name in Paramus. The owner of Chef Central is the son of the owner (founder?) of the Bed, Bath and Beyond chain--but Chef Central is independent of BBB.

Chef City, White Plains

FYI, they're next to Smashburger, not Five Guys.

Interesting cheap eats in Midtown?

There's a way to send a private message on CH? I've been here since the beginning and have no idea how to do that.

(Maybe someone else can help?)

Oct 04, 2014
Elisa515 in Manhattan

Interesting cheap eats in Midtown?

Oh man...I'm so jealous! Black 47 is amazing live!

yes, I know, Not About Food.

Sep 30, 2014
Elisa515 in Manhattan
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Won't be returning to Per Se

I do understand the business decision. My specific response to CPalms was about his/her characterization of accommodating a solo diner as a charity case. It's not charity to accept a less-profitable customer. It's just...less profit. That isn't the same as charity, even if there's an opportunity cost.

Sep 30, 2014
Elisa515 in Manhattan

Won't be returning to Per Se

I certainly understand about maximizing revenue.

But your characterization of accepting a customer on whom they would make a profit--even if not the maximum profit potentially available--as "charity" is ridiculous.

Sep 30, 2014
Elisa515 in Manhattan

Won't be returning to Per Se

Exactly how is someone spending at least $500 on dinner considered a charity case?

Sep 30, 2014
Elisa515 in Manhattan

elita's deli, ossining

That menu bears no resemblance to anything I've actually seen at Elita's.

I don't think eat in prices would be different from take out. But then, I've only gotten food from the steam tables.

Hopscotch. Anyone been yet? [Croton-on-Hudson]

Adjacent to the Black Cow. In the space most recently occupied by Grouchy Gabe's.

Won't be returning to Per Se

I wonder if Per Se would seat three people at a four-top. Or is this no-seat-unoccupied attitude only for solo diners?

Sep 29, 2014
Elisa515 in Manhattan

Lunch in Cold Spring?

Any recommendations for lunch in Cold Spring? We have an errand to do downtown (Main Street), so would prefer a place walking distance.

There are some earlier threads on this topic, but none are recent.

Hopscotch. Anyone been yet? [Croton-on-Hudson]

Are they actually open yet?

(it's been a whole week since I've been nearby)

It looks lovely, and the owners are also behind Mint in Tarrytown. So...high hopes!

zeytinia trouble? [Croton]

If what's supposed to happen comes through, I expect we'll be pleased. I know that is a sentence full of weasel words, but it's not meant as a tease.

Every month that goes by without anything happening (anywhere, not just hear) makes me less confident that a proposal will be a reality.

I too am looking forward to the new A&S location!

zeytinia trouble? [Croton]

I was the one who said I know something is going on there. Unfortunately, I'm still not at liberty to say. I will say that I'm disappointed that nothing seems to be going on in the space.

where to find key limes?

Trader Joe's

Sep 24, 2014
Elisa515 in Manhattan

Speciality food related gourmet shops in manhattan?

Kitchen Arts and Letters

Sep 22, 2014
Elisa515 in Manhattan
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Birthday dinner for 2 carnivores under $100 in NY

Virgil's

(and is that $100 for both of you, or each? Including the wine, tax, tip?)

Sep 22, 2014
Elisa515 in Manhattan

Need recommendations for group dinner near the Hudson Hotel (10-14) hoping for private table or room.

Yes I could have found it. But then the OP (and everyone else who read the thread) will continue to think that native NYers know where every hotel is located.

Teach a man to fish...

Also, if the original post has the location, each person who checks the thread will see it immediately. Instead, each person can either look it up or read through the whole thread.

Or...just not bother.

So, putting a location in the OP will increase the opportunity to get info.

Sep 22, 2014
Elisa515 in Manhattan

Need recommendations for group dinner near the Hudson Hotel (10-14) hoping for private table or room.

Where is the Hudson Hotel?

Sep 22, 2014
Elisa515 in Manhattan

Mrs. London's & Max Londons [Saratoga Springs]

According to the TU, Max is taking over the whole business, which was owned by his parents (or maybe just the bakery was?). More like a generational change than the usual implications of "sold."

Central Avenue Updates - Scarsdale/White Plains

And Apple Farms!

Central Avenue Updates - Scarsdale/White Plains

Where is the Kmart complex on Rte. 119?

And do you know anything about Chef City? From what I could see as I was stopped at a nearby light, it has a lot of equipment more for professional kitchens.