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Beard Papa in Little Tokyo OPEN

I just tried the pumpkin Beard Papa this weekend in San Fran. I am going to have to visit the Little Tokyo store. The cheesecake and chocolate cake looked good, too.

Oct 28, 2007
rorosity in Los Angeles Area

Beard Papa to open in Mitsuwa building in Little Tokyo

Does anyone know if this has opened? I just tried my first Beard Papa cream puff this weekend in San Francisco. YUM! I didn't realize they were here in L.A., too. I work very close to Little Tokyo and would love to introduce these little gems to some co-workers. I know they would love them. I also saw on the Beard Papa site that some Famima stores have Beard Papa, but only until November 2nd.

Oct 28, 2007
rorosity in Los Angeles Area

A Texan visits Hill Country BBQ

I went to Hill Country BBQ on Wed. evening and I was really surprised at how good it was. I had read all the positive reviews here, but I was still skeptical. Everyohe in our group LOVED it. The food is fantastic. They were out of the moist brisket and the beef ribs, but the pork spare ribs, lean brisket, prime rib and the jalapeno cheese sausage were all amazing. The sides were great, too. Corn Pudding, Mac and Cheese, Sweet Potatoes, Corn Bread..yum! For dessert, I had the banana pudding (delicious) and my mom had the pecan tart (also, yummy). I highly recommend this place. The staff was super friendly and helpful. The service was great. We sat downstairs and ate at a long table while we listened to the live band. Really a fun evening. Definitely go try this out. I wish we had one in L.A. We have some good BBQ, but this is really the best I have ever had.

Jun 23, 2007
rorosity in Manhattan

Pre-theater - Maria Pia or Thalia?

When you describe Thalia as "not very good" and "mediocre", do you mean not memorable or inedibile? I definitely don't want a meal that is horrible. I am looking for something that tastes good, but it doesn't have to be super-creative. If the food is really that bad, I definitely don't want to go, since I am choosing the restaurant for the group and I will feel terrible if it's a huge disappontment. It's a pre-theater meal, so I know I am limited, since I really don't want to travel too far out of the way from our hotel (Marriot Marquis) and the theater.

Jun 18, 2007
rorosity in Manhattan

Magnolia Bakery

I really like Magnolia cupcakes but only the vanilla cake with vanilla icing. I do not like their chocolate cake or icing, at all. They are really sweet, but I love the consistency of the icing and the yummy vanilla flavor. My husband visits the city a few times a year on business and he alway brings us back a dozen or so cupcakes. We fight over them when he gets home.

I may try out a Buttercup Bakery cupcake while I am in the city next week. I've been curious to try out their goods.

Jun 18, 2007
rorosity in Manhattan

Hill Country Tidbit

Good to hear. I was planning on visiting Hill Country our first night in NYC (Wed.) I am really looking forward to trying it out. We have some decent BBQ here in the Los Angeles area, but I am always interested in trying out different styles of BBQ.

Jun 18, 2007
rorosity in Manhattan

Trendy w/ a good bar for out-of-towners

Sushi Samba has a nice lounge/bar area. I haven't been there in a couple of years, but it was very lively/trendy when I was there. I did not have dinner, just drinks. Not sure if the food is good. I am sure others on this site will know.

Jun 18, 2007
rorosity in Manhattan

Landmarc Time Warner or Tribeca?

Thanks for all the info. My mom liked the menu at Bar Americain, so that is where we are going and they were able to seat us at 8pm. I am definitely going to try Landmarc, though. I will probably go for lunch, though. There are just way too many places I want to try.

Jun 18, 2007
rorosity in Manhattan

Landmarc Time Warner or Tribeca?

I just made a reservation at Landmarc in Tribeca for 9pm. The only problem is that they said their largest table seats 10 and we are 11. They said they will add another seat, but it may be tight. Two diners are 13 year old girls, so maybe it will be ok. Is the restaurant crowded? Do you think that it will be uncomfortable? I just like the idea that the menu is well-rounded and would work for everyone in our party. I'm open to other suggestions, Chowhounds. Since everyone is putting me in charge of our dining for the week, I don't want to choose any bombs. Pressure!

Jun 18, 2007
rorosity in Manhattan

Landmarc Time Warner or Tribeca?

We'll be in NYC this coming week and some friends of ours (2 couples) will be arriving at JFK on Thursday evening, a couple days later than us. I would like to make reservations for dinner someplace nice, but comfortable for their first night in town. 8pm. I was thinking that Landmarc might be a good choice. Is the Time Warner location any different from the Tribeca locale? The menu looks like it has something to please just about everyone. Some other places I am thinking of are: Blue Ribbon, Bar Americain, Mesa Grill, Balthazar, Clinton St. Baking Co. Any other ideas?

Jun 18, 2007
rorosity in Manhattan

Favorite late-night restaurants

11pm-4am? We will probably head out for the evening after 10pm, probably more like after 11. So, anyplace that is still serving after 11 would be great.

Jun 17, 2007
rorosity in Manhattan

Favorite late-night restaurants

We are leaving for NYC on Tuesday night (red-eye from Los Angeles), so I am trying to get as much info as possible before I leave. (Sorry for all the posts!)

Since during the day and evening, I am going to spending time with my 13 year old twins, my mom and step-dad, I am looking to go out with my husband after-hours. I have had to find restaurants that work for everyone for dinner, but I would love to go out later and try some places with a smaller, late-night menu. We stay out pretty late when we are in NYC and usually end up downtown, but I am not opposed to uptown places. Any interesting places for drinks/dessert/light, interesting fare that are open late?

Thanks for any info. I am trying to find places that will work for everyone on this trip, but I would love to be a little selfish and find some fun places that my husband and I can visit alone.

Jun 17, 2007
rorosity in Manhattan

Pre-theater - Maria Pia or Thalia?

We have a group of 11 and I am looking for a nice place for dinner that is consistently good. None of us are major foodies, but we do like good food. It doesn't have to be the hippest, hottest place, but nice decor and atmosphere is a plus. My two daughters (very picky eaters) will be with us and I need to find a place with a basic spaghetti, steak or roasted chicken. I reserved a table at Thalia, but I have noticed that Maria Pia is in the area, too. Which is best?

Jun 17, 2007
rorosity in Manhattan

Pre-theater dinner for 11 - Saturday night

We have tickets to Wicked on Saturday, 6/23 and we have a party of 11. I would like to make reservations now, since I am sure a party of 11 will not be easy to seat without them. Do you have any suggestions for a nice restaurant in the area? I would prefer Italian, American/Continental, etc. Not too worried about price, but don't want anything overly pretentious. Just good food, atmosphere and close to theater. Thanks!

Jun 16, 2007
rorosity in Manhattan

Best time of day to visit Shake Shack?

I would love to visit Shake Shake with my family, but the more I read about it, the more I realize how popular it is and that I could be waiting a long time in line. What time of day is the least crowded? In what general area is it located? Any places to sight-see around Shake Shack? We are visiting NYC next week and I am trying to sight-see and eat at some cool places at the same time.

Jun 13, 2007
rorosity in Manhattan

Need Good, traditional restaurant suggestions

Thanks for the suggestions, everyone. It really helps. We are definitely going to Balthazar. It is one of my favorites and steak frites is the perfect dish for my very picky 13 year old twins. They love meat and fries. I was also thinking of trying out a BBQ place. Keens is on our list and maybe the Boathouse at Central Park for lunch. I have been to the Blue Ribbon Bakery and think that would be good, too. I know there is so much out there. I just wanted to have some good ideas already set up before I got there. I am open to more suggestions! Thanks so much.

Jun 13, 2007
rorosity in Manhattan

Bathazar or Pastis

I love Balthazar. I have always had really great meals there. The Mac & Cheese is delicious. Also a great place to have a glass of wine and a bowl of French Onion soup at the bar.

Jun 12, 2007
rorosity in Manhattan

Hill Country BBQ -- Opening Tonight?

I'll be in NYC next week and would love to take the family here. What time do they open? I'd like to get in line before it gets too crazy.

Jun 12, 2007
rorosity in Manhattan

Rosa Mexicana - Still Good?

I had a great meal at Rosa Mexicana. The best short ribs I have ever had. Everyone at the table had a great meal. I am planning on going back on my visit next week. Loved it.

Jun 12, 2007
rorosity in Manhattan

Need Good, traditional restaurant suggestions

I will be visiting Manhattan with my mother, stepfather, husband and twin daughters (very picky eaters) and husband next week. When I am in NYC with my husband, we are adventurous diners, but my parents and kids are more traditional eaters and l was hoping for some suggestions for good, high quality restaurants (steakhouses, Italian, etc.) that are not too frou-frou or nouvelle. We will be in Manhattan for 5 nights, so I need to find some places that they will enjoy. Some people we are meeting there wanted to go to Tavern on the Green, but I have heard it is not good, at all. Help!

Jun 12, 2007
rorosity in Manhattan