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Looking for the best brunch for an occasion in Manhattan

Looking for a very special brunch in Manhattan. Not the most food, just really great food. Do tell!

Feb 21, 2009
vanessaknows in Manhattan

Looking for Outstanding Brunch in Brooklyn

Thinking that we want a change from Manhattan next weekend. We're looking for a restaurant in Brooklyn (any area) for an outstanding special occasion brunch. Some ideas include: Dressler, Applewood and Chestnut but open to suggestion.

Feb 21, 2009
vanessaknows in Outer Boroughs

Poughkeepsie gift certificate-- ideas?

Did you consider a gift certiicate to the cia, they have some fun eating classes and restaurants. He'll have the time given he's retiring:)

Who is the Fool? [Moved from Manhattan board]

Apr 01, 2008
vanessaknows in Wine

Who is the Fool? [Moved from Manhattan board]

That's pretty great then. Impressed. Thanks.

Apr 01, 2008
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Who is the Fool? [Moved from Manhattan board]

I just got an email from Oriel wines selling half price cases? Is this an April Fools joke or the real thing? I have no reason to believe it wouldn't be true but its an awesome offer off of ANY case. Has anyone else seen this?

This is the offer...you tell me if its true.

50% off a full case of ANY wine for 24 hours!

Our delicious Barona was picked as a favorite, included in the 'Dow Jones Albariño Index' and described as: "an Albariño of substance. Layers of tastes — earthy, luscious and fruity. Peaches, key limes and oranges, but with some restraint.
Good with pork."

Thank you Ms. Gaiter and Mr. Brecher – we are bowled over...!

To celebrate, we are offering 50% off FULL CASE orders of
ANY wine ordered between now and close of business on
Tuesday April 1st.

Simply enter promotion code WSJ08 at checkout.

i thought it was crazy but wanted to check before I ordered, because it seemed like a great deal.

Mar 31, 2008
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Red Sauce Italian on UWS

My ranking:
gennaros
acqua
bettola
celeste
la vela
regional

All good safe bets and all have a good red sauce.

Nov 18, 2007
vanessaknows in Manhattan

Hells Kitchen Spots

Really like West Bank ALOT.
Rachels
44 and 44 1/2 are really good
Nicks
Westside Sushi (very low brow basic)
Wondee Siam
Vinyl-burgers
Matt's Grill-burgers

Also, all the restaurants on 47th Street in the theatre district are offering 15% off due to the theatre strike to drum up biz. The list is on wcbstv.com That could be interesting. Might be some good bargains.

Nov 18, 2007
vanessaknows in Manhattan

First trip to Manhattan

You do have the Time Warner Ctr. options which are quite lush. All three to five star restaurants, but you also have other great options in the area. San Domenico, which is italian (you can find most menus and addresses on either www.opentable.com or www.menupages.com).

You are also just a shoot away from PJ Clarkes for a great burger/pub. Rosa Mexicana-really good mexican especially the guacamole. Or you can venture out since you're in the shot of every subway line in the city.

Personally if I had three restaurants in three days I'd try one great asian emporium, i.e. Tao, Spice Market or Buddakan
One great italian/pizza-Otto, Babbo, Del Poso
One great local ingredients-Gramercy Tavern (front room, its first come first serve), Cookshop, Five Points, Red Cat or Bette

This is a good start it can be overwhelming. Most of these places will run from $50 to $150 depending on your dessert and drinking.

Have fun. If you have more q's go to www.vanessaknows.com, there are alot of food ideas there too.

P.S. I'm always up for a trip to Chinatown.

P.P.S. You might want some good basic french- Pastis or Balthazar always fun.

Nov 18, 2007
vanessaknows in Manhattan

Best Brazilian Food in NYC

Has anyone had some great brazilian? I hear a little about Buzina Pop...but i'm looking for the next rock star brazilian chef? Is that Buzina Pop or does anyone have some ideas. Please help.

Oct 02, 2007
vanessaknows in Manhattan

Made in NY Event

Has anyone else seen anything on this? I was reading House & Garden and noticed that they are doing some heavy hitter food events. One of which is in the not even opened new Savoy restaurant, Back 40 and another at Italian Wine Merchants with Jay McInerney.

Both seem like they are pretty reasonably priced and might have some interesting chefs. They are also doing something at Union Square with chefs. All of this is in October, but I was wondering if anyone knew anything more? It was in the magazine but then I found more at their website www.designhappening.com

Is anyone going? Would love to hear more before I buy the tix.

Sep 25, 2007
vanessaknows in Manhattan

Batali vs Flay

Huge Fan of Batali. Think the food is so simple and special. He is doing a special meal for House & Garden that I read about, the tickets are on sale now.Is anyone going? I saw it on www.designhappening.com
Also saw some other events that are food relatd which look interesting.

Sep 25, 2007
vanessaknows in Manhattan

Restaurants near NYU

High, medium or low priced? You're in the midst of so many great places.
Otto, Babbo, Camaje (cheep, cheerful and delicious), Jane, Il Buco, Five Points..the list will keep continuing around every corner. But this should be a good start.

Aug 25, 2007
vanessaknows in Manhattan

Best Cheap Dumplings?

I must say its not original but I'm a fan of New Green Bo in Chinatown. The dumplings both soup and otherwise have never disappointed me.

Aug 25, 2007
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malatesta trattoria

I went on the 100 degree day and had the world's best experience again! The wait staff was considerate, the food exceptional. I had the chicken with the salad (not daring to say in italian) and it was perfect. Not too heavy for the summer, not oily and the freshest ingredients. My friend who was pregnant was sensitive to garlic and they were amazingly sensitive and didn't poo poo her and made her a delicious orchiette. Seriously good and reasonable. Such a treat.

Jul 21, 2007
vanessaknows in Manhattan

Looking for Prosecco

I personally love prosecco and I'm always looking for the next best, here are two of my most recent finds. One I've only read about Jay's pick but consider him a trusted source and one that is new.

The first comes from Jay Mcinerney and his House & Garden blog...
Col Vetoraz Brut Valdobbiadene Prosecco
By Jay McInerney
It's the season for prosecco, the next best thing to a trip to Venice. And yet … I find the average prosecco to be disappointing by the time it reaches these shores. This one, recommended to me by Sergio Esposito at Italian Wine Merchants, is the exception: a clean, fruity refresher which somehow already tastes peachy even before you add the peach puree for a bellini. Even a Champagne snob like myself can enjoy this all by itself. What's more, it comes in a thick, attractive, important-looking bottle, which will impress your guests. It's our new house bubbly—a quick, cheap trip to the Veneto. $16. colvetoraz.com or montecastelli.com

http://www.houseandgarden.com/winefoo...

The second is a new introduction from Oriel called 365 only out for a few weeks but I feel lucky to have tried it and loved it.

Oriel 365
Valdobbiadene, Italy
Name Story
365 is named for the essence of Prosecco—an invitation to celebrate every day!
Winemaker
Edoardo Trevisiol
Vineyards | Winemaking
Vines on steep, south-facing slopes overlooking the Piave River. Grapes hand picked before gentle pressing and fermentation a 18-20˚C in 100% stainless steel vats.
Grapes
100% Prosecco di Valdobbiadene.
Tasting Notes
Aroma: Honeydew melon and white peaches with a hint of brioche. Taste: Fresh pear and white peach with a bright mineral finish.

www.orielwines.com

Enjoy

Jul 21, 2007
vanessaknows in Wine

newbie and mom's 1st night in NY - late dinner/drink suggestions?

If you're in the 50s and Times Sqaure you may actually want to head west. There are several really good more "local" restaurants. West Bank Cafe on 42nd (its not middle eastern, its just delicious). Rachels (which is 9th and I believe 43rd), and a number of other fun places. www.menupages.com is a great resource to see what's in the area itself. There is also Blue Fin which is only a few doors down, seafood, fun cocktails, feels very NYC.

Jul 08, 2007
vanessaknows in Manhattan

malatesta trattoria

It is more than great. It is homey, sincere and delish. I never go back enough but the gnocchi was outstanding from my memory and the prices amazing. It means headache in italian someone told me and I always remembered it becuase its such a far cry from a headache.

Jul 08, 2007
vanessaknows in Manhattan

Oriel wines

Where is this wine dinner? That sounds very exciting.

Jul 08, 2007
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Your thoughts on Restaurant Week

In all honesty I'd rather eat in any restaurant any other week than restaurant week. I find that the minute you scan the cheaper prix fixe menu the wait staff loses interest in you. My attitude is that I'd rather have one great full course price option off the "real menu" than 3 lame tastes off the discount menu. My last experience was at Gusto and I was disappointed. Mind you I had a party of 6 for the restaurant week menu which probably generated more revenue than the table for 2 next to me, but the waiter didn't care. The restaurant was empty and our service was mediocre.
In our experience we weren't even offered coffee. We certainly felt like second class citizens. So not to frustrate you but before you head to the restaurant week menu, evaluate your full price options, it might be worth the compromise.

Jul 07, 2007
vanessaknows in Manhattan

Buzz restaurant / chef Boston

The chef I've been dying to try in Boston is Ken Orringer. I think he's up to 3 restaurants in the Boston area and if you google him, he comes up immdediately. Everything I've read makes him sound very inventive. One restaurant is Clio, one Toro and one is near Fenway. Definitely try them for me, I haven't gotten to Boston but have been dying to for these restaurants.

Most romantic dinner in Venice Italy for 25th Wedding Anniversary

Not sure what the food is like but we stayed at the Westin in Lido for our honemoon and it was one of the most romantic spots on earth. The beaches went for miles and the patio was gorgeous. Not sure how the dining was there, but if you start there, she won't be disappointed. The shuttles to Venice are frequent and you can arrange for private ones. Happy Anniversary.

Jul 07, 2007
vanessaknows in Italy

Rehearsal dinner help

I know this may not sound so "foodie" but Tony Danopolis at Times Sqaure has several large private rooms downstairs and albeit, its the rehershal dinner which shouldn't show up the wedding itself, it might be fun, reasonable and kitchshy (sp). The food might not be Malto but it is decent and would be fun for a crowd, especially in the center of Times Sqaure.

Jul 07, 2007
vanessaknows in Manhattan

Dinner off I-84 - Newburgh/Fishkill/Middletown/ Title

Oops. Didn't mean to be a copycat, I noticed 2 people were having the same thought I was! I guess its good.

Dinner off I-84 - Newburgh/Fishkill/Middletown/ Title

I grew up in the area and think there are a few places off the exit that are fairly good:
Cosimos, Brick oven pizza and salad. One in Middletown just before the mall on 211 (not in the mall) and in Newburgh across from Adams.

There is a chinese restaurant on 211 in Middletown near the Orange Plaza Mall (formerly the Hawaii Fountain, next to the party store and just past the McDonalds) that my dad has been raving about. I think they may even have sushi but its authentic (and I trust him).

A third place off the highway is Yobo the Japanese steak house in Newburgh that my parents also rave about.

If you're willing to go beyond the highway let me know because there are some other yummy restaurants up there.

Best white wine for a white peach sangria?

My mother in law used pinot the other week and it was good. Do stay away from any temptation to add additional fruit, if you do, I warn you it starts to taste like spiked Kool Aid. Personally if i was making white sangria, I'd go for a cava or a prosecco or even a vinho verdi to give it a little sparkle. Also, even if it doesn't call for lemons add them to cut the sweetness of the peaches.

If you want an alternative to sangria, try the summer lillet cocktail, its awesome.

Jul 07, 2007
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Oriel wines

I can't believe there is not more conversation going on about these wines. Literally I guess that i'm a year behind. They are my new favorite discovery. First of all high quality and so reasonable. Second of all, it gives me something to look for on a menu without feeling intimidated and I've been seeing them everywhere. My favorites currently are the Femme Fatale (not to be a me too), the new 365 Prosecco, which truly lives up to drinking 365 days, VQM from Chile and the Portia, which my friends POLISHED off. Literally I feel like its being a kid in a candy store, not being able to wait for what's next.
Would love to hear any others that people have loved.

Jul 07, 2007
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The Neptune Room [moved from General Chowhounding Topics]

Is it me or is this the unsung hero of the Upper West Side? Am I years behind or is everyone not talking about it, because its our little Upper West Side secret and I'm blowing it? Is this not one of the most approachable and yummy wine lists in the city or is it me? They had great rose before everyone was talking about it.

Also, the bait bar is like nothing else anywhere, I can't believe there's no conversation on this. I'd talk about the cauliflower, but they switched it and while the new cauliflower is excellent, I'd rather save it for winter. The specials are continually exciting and make it something to look forward to. I could talk all day but I'll spare you. Just wondering why I couldn't find more feedback.

Jul 07, 2007
vanessaknows in Manhattan

La Esquina-- review

Love this place. Can't believe its not reviewed. Went there for lunch a few months ago and felt like I was in another country. Loved the tortilla soup, a meal in itself. Loved the tacos.

Jul 07, 2007
vanessaknows in Manhattan

See's Candies

Dark chocolate nuts are the very best and the lollypops are a crowd pleaser. Never leave California without a box.

Jul 07, 2007
vanessaknows in General Topics