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Midtown Bar Rec?

Any suggestions for a quiet pre-anniversary dinner drink in midtown (west of 5th, ideally in the 50th-55th street area)? Thanks in advance for any info!

Jun 21, 2010
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Suggestions for Wedding Hotel Welcome Booklets

For fancy, elegant, really New York-y (and expensive) cocktails, go to The Campbell Apartment in Grand Central (you have to go to the Vanderbilt Ave. entrance- the entrance to the bar is to the right of the entrance to the terminal. It is quite special.

Apr 29, 2008
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Best Bagels on the upper west side between 77th and 100 streets on or near broadway- with butter/jelly and a place to sit down

I also like Tal. The kosher place on Amsterdam between 78-79, on the East side of the ave., is also very good. what's it called?

Apr 17, 2008
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French Bistro near the whitney?

L'Absinthe, perhaps?

Apr 17, 2008
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35th Anniversary

Le Bernadin? Daniel? A Voce? Personally, I was not blown away by the food at Aquavit, but I was only there for lunch.

Apr 17, 2008
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UWS Suggestion for Professor's Retirement Dinner

There's also Symposium, the Greek restaurant that's been there forever, up by Columbia.

Apr 16, 2008
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Recs for/recent experiences at db Bistro?

We were there a few months back, post-theater. The service was great- of course, by the time we were halfway through the meal, the restaurant was pretty empty. We had the potatoes dauphin for a side, which were SO YUMMY. I had duck confit, which was extremely rich (as duck confit is wont to be), but I highly recommend it nonetheless; my husband had the burger, which is lights out.

Apr 15, 2008
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Upper West Side spot for carnivores and vegetarians?

'Cesca has both carniverous and vegetarian apps and entrees. It is not really organic, though.

Apr 14, 2008
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festive, elegant cocktails near Grand Central

Went to Campbell Apartment to check it out before the party next weekend- it was perfect! What a great place! I can't wait to go back. Thanks to all!

Mar 30, 2008
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festive, elegant cocktails near Grand Central

Any thougts for a group of women celebrating a 30th birthday? We want to go somewhere fun pre-dinner party.

Mar 28, 2008
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Seeking: best gin martinis in Manhattan

Have you ever had Old Raj gin? I had it at Northwest restaurant on the UWS. It is so, so good.

Mar 17, 2008
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Lovely meal at Marseilles

I want to thank all of you who have recommended Marseilles on this board. We went to see Gypsy and then walked over after the theater, and had a delicious meal. I had grilled sardines with delicious little pickled onions, and then sea scallops served with unexpected and really nice red cabbage with raisins. The frites with the steak that my husband ordered were perfect. The service was excellent. We will come back even if we're not going to the theater. Thanks again!

Mar 17, 2008
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Hip spot on the UWS w/good food, naturally!

I have to disagree about Roses and Wine, or Wine and Roses, or whatever it's called- we went a couple of weekends ago and it was disappointing, particularly because the bartender, while nice to look at, unfortunately knows little about wine, which is weird because it' s a wine bar. Also, the small plates they serve are quite expensive for what they are, and the cheese on the cheese plate was really mediocre. The food at Calle Ocho is fine, and the drinks are especially good, and it is rather hip, and it's fun to sit in the loungy part of the bar before or after dinner. I highly, highly recommend Ouest. I think it's hip enough, particularly when the quality of the food is taken into account. I personally really like Cafe Frida, but I don't think it's hip either. Josie's is definitely not hip, but it's good for lunch. Nice Matin is certainly always full of hip-ly dressed folks, and it has a nice wine list, but I don't love the food. Bar Boulud, maybe? All said, despite the UWS's recent and ongoing food renaissance, you might be barking up the wrong tree, neighborhood-wise, for "hip" atmosphere.

Mar 17, 2008
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Weekday lunch on Upper West Side

I would not go to Isabella's. It's only OK. I would sooner go to Ocean Grill. You could go to Bar Boulud (mixed reviews on this board, including mine, but I'm eager to try it again); does Picholine have lunch? If so, check that out.

Mar 11, 2008
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First Trip to NYC

In terms of eating on the day you're going to the Yankee game, you could eat on Arthur Ave. in the Bronx for really good Italian - if you want to make a day out of the Bronx, that is. The food is great. Look on the "outer boroughs" board for suggestions- I recommend Zero Otto Nove.

Mar 11, 2008
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Looking for great coffee on UWS that matches the village in taste

Bruno Ravioli has really good cappucino.

Mar 11, 2008
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Chicago Hound Seeks Recs

If you are going to the theater at all and need dinner either before or after, I would try db Bistro Moderne, which is Boulud's bistro in the theater district. They are also open for lunch. Actually, I would try it even if you are not going to the theater, since it's convenient if you're staying in midtown. For pizza, go to Arturo's on Houston (not Chicago pizza!). Ouest is another favorite.

Mar 03, 2008
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Upper West Side Recs

I like Sol Y Sambra for tapas. Highly, highly recommend Ouest- by far our favorite in the neighborhood. Manhattan Diner is a great choice for any diner food, and their moussaka is awesome. Neptune Room is a good bet for fish. Cafe Frida for Mexican, although I also like Rancho for basics. Bistro Citron isn't bad for basic French bistro (good oysters, good Caesar salad, good pork chop).

Mar 01, 2008
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Non-trendy gems - neighborhood Italian East 20's thru east 60's

Pietro's, 43rd and 2nd. Fits the description perfectly.

Mar 01, 2008
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Seeking Rest. Recs. from 25th to 45th Streets

Pietro's on 43rd and 2nd is great, great Italian.

Feb 27, 2008
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Bar Boulud Review

I went last week with my husband and mother. We sat in the front, which was sort of like sitting at one of those dime a dozen lunch places throughout the city, plus it was raining and cold, and when the door opened, it was slightly unpleasant. THe food, however, was very good. I had a beet salad with goat cheese and bacon, which was delicious, and a croque madame, with which you can never go too far wrong. My husband had charcuterie, which was lovely; my mother had the roast chicken, which was also terrific. I wasn't crazy about the service- it took far too long for us to get our wine, and the waitress kept spilling water on the table. I will go back, but I wasn't as blown away as I thought I'd be.

Feb 27, 2008
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Recs for brunch near Museum of Natural History

I second the Neptune Room. It'll be less crowded than the others and the fish is really, really good (although I've only been there for dinner, I'm sure the same is true at brunch). If you wanted something fancier, you could go to Ouest (Broadway and 83-84th), which is lovely, but more expensive (I think?) for brunch. Ocean Grill is good. Isabella's is OK, in my opinion not worth the wait. If you like healthy type food, Josie's (74th and Amsterdam) is good. Cafe Frida if you want Mexican.

Feb 27, 2008
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Good, inexpensive cooking classes?

I took a class at the JCC. I was disappointed, because it was too expensive and the recipes were only OK. Don't recommend.

Feb 27, 2008
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Fairway Faves

I will try Edward- although I feel intense loyalty to John...he was the one who suggested Tomme de Cabrioulet. If you haven't had it, it's high time to try it. I also love the Le Chevrot goat, but you probably already know about that.

Feb 27, 2008
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Looking for fig/cheese/bacon app.

They used to have it on the bar menu at Louie's on the UWS. The past couple times I've been there they haven't had it, though. They were, indeed, delicious. Also, they're not that hard to make at home...as long as you have all the ingredients and a broiler and some toothpicks.

Feb 27, 2008
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Alone in Manhattan on a Sat night / Sunday

If you want Greek for lunch on Sunday, try Snack- not Snack Taverna, but the original Snack (I assume it's still there?) - in Soho. It is tiny but has delicious Greek food and is reasonable for lunch. Also, if you wanted to get a few oysters at the bar, you could try Aquagrill if you're downtown, or it might be fun to drop by Grand Central just to check it out and grab a few oysters? Anyway, sounds fun.

Feb 26, 2008
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Fairway Faves

The cave aged gruyere, as I said in another post, is unbelieveable. If you can find John at the cheese counter he always has really good suggestions. Also the raisin pecan bread is good, from the bakery.

Feb 26, 2008
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First visit to New York

You should go to Arturo's (Houston Street) for pizza. It is really, really delicious. If you are a sports fan, you should go to a baseball game and eat a hot dog and drink a beer there. They are not the best hot dogs by a long shot, but it's a really American experience.

Feb 22, 2008
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Help me, I'm a tourist...

I enthusiastically second the suggestion of db Bistro Moderne. We saw A Chorus Line recently and then walked over for dinner afterwards, and it was absolutely delicious. Be sure to have the potatoes Dauphin. And the duck confit. And of course the foie gras burger. Be hungry!

Feb 22, 2008
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Fairway Gruyere

I just want everyone to know that Fairway has the best gruyere I've ever had, both for eating and grating. And melting. It is the cave-aged gruyere. They have it already wrapped in the cheese section, near the parmesan chunks.

Feb 22, 2008
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