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Wine Pairing / Romantic Date

These guys at Hearth ... when it comes to good food paired with very good wines, they're one of the best.

Other restaurants may be good at JUST food, but Hearth knows wines to go with good foods.

Feb 08, 2014
RCC in Manhattan

Ridley Park for Saturday early dinner - ISO recommendations.

I'm meeting up a friends, also from out of town, to catch a show at Swarthmore that night.

I'm sorry that I don't know the area and its proximity (it's my first time) to the rest of Philadelphia. It would be safe to say that we will prefer not to stray far from Ridley Park or Swarthmore areas as there is a show to catch.

Feb 07, 2014
RCC in Philadelphia

Wait times at The Breslin for dinner

I've done brunch there on a few occasions. I never knew that they'd serve food at the lobby (of the hotel).

Feb 07, 2014
RCC in Manhattan

Ridley Park for Saturday early dinner - ISO recommendations.

We'll be at Spring Hill Suites. Looking for suggestions on Italian, Pizza/pasta places, American, Spanish, or any non-Asian casual place for dinner for 6 people. I'd say food cost per person is up to $30 per. Allows BYOB (with or without corkage fee) prefered, but not required.

Thanks.

Feb 07, 2014
RCC in Philadelphia

Where to buy chicken wing tips??

Ottomanelli in Bleecker usually offer to cut-off tips when one purchases chicken wings, so perhaps they might have some for sale.

Feb 05, 2014
RCC in Manhattan

BYOB Japanese

You can byob at Onya? The one on 47th?

Feb 05, 2014
RCC in Manhattan

Looking for a great restaurant to go before concert at Beacon Theatre

Of course, MIke, every wine list is a YMMV. Let's just say that my personal experience in other same level Manhattan restaurants that I go to did not have similar wines that I prefer.

I thought they had a robust wine list based on my preference. For example, and I'll relate based on a recent visit, I spotted in their list and ordered a bottle of a 2006 Clos Rougeard Les Poyeux for just slightly north of a C-note with just 40 minutes before our Beacon show. Very good pre-concert wine, an ex-chateau as per the Somm, can improve with more cellar time, but hard to pass up on a rare one even as wife and I had to rush drinking our bottle with 30 minutes to go before heading to Beacon.

I'm curious ... why do you ask about wine list at NIce Matin?

Jan 31, 2014
RCC in Manhattan

Will Peking Duck House seat 16 People + BYOB?

Both PDH locations at midtown east and Chinatown allow BYOB. $10 per person (call to confirm) with unlimited bottles. With exception of Wednesdays at Midtown East, where corkage is free.

Usua caveat: call to confirm

Jan 30, 2014
RCC in Manhattan

Looking for a great restaurant to go before concert at Beacon Theatre

I watch a lot of shows at the Beacon.

If we want something close to the theater, without much frills, but with good American food at good prices, we go across the street to Fairway Cafe. As long as you don't give a damn about the try-hard, but comical, service, you'll be fine. Plus, it has a locals ambiance in a very casual sort of way. If you get a window table, you can watch the going-ons at the front of the Beacon.
http://www.fairwaymarket.com/departments/upper-west-side-cafe/

If I want some good old Euro/French bistro and small plates stuff, I go to Nice Matin. Great wine list with plenty nuggets at great pricing, especially if you're a wine geek.
http://www.nicematinnyc.com/

A couple here had already mentioned Salumeria Rosi. We love the Italian goodies here. Very good service with great quality foods. Here's website, in case you need it.
http://www.salumeriarosi.com/

Jan 29, 2014
RCC in Manhattan

Locanda Verde - I sense ambivalence :)

Been there a couple of times and am agreeing with Monica and Ttrockwood.

Jan 29, 2014
RCC in Manhattan

Balthazar: worth the price?

Nothing out of line about the pricing, imho.
Good bouillabaise in French bistro can cost upwards of $44.

Jan 25, 2014
RCC in Manhattan

Cookshop or Red Cat?

+1 on T-o-T over Cookshop and Red Cat, in terms of both food and ambiance.

Jan 10, 2014
RCC in Manhattan

Gramercy/Murray Hill Dinner Recs

Maialino is close enough. Call or try for walk-in seats at the bar, if you don;t care.

Dec 05, 2013
RCC in Manhattan

Where's your fav Italian in the east and west village or downtown on the moderate side $36/ person

Barbone on Avenue B in EVill.

http://barbonenyc.com/

Oct 26, 2013
RCC in Manhattan

Which of the following after-Radio-City restaurant should I chose?

Since you have a wide range of retaurants that are being considered, I'll throw in Bar Room at the Modern.

Oct 23, 2013
RCC in Manhattan

It's time for that all-essential fall question: where's the good cassoulet?

Here's my question to you then: can you describe classic cassoulet style?

Oct 16, 2013
RCC in Manhattan

Best tripe dish in NYC?

The tripe dish, a la fiorentina, at Peasant is a must order for us.

Lupa's tripe dish is also very good.

Btw, your description of Toro's above sounds very much like how they do it in Madrid. it's on my radar now.

Oct 15, 2013
RCC in Manhattan

It's time for that all-essential fall question: where's the good cassoulet?

No I've not tried Benoit. What's the cassoulet style like?

Oct 15, 2013
RCC in Manhattan

It's time for that all-essential fall question: where's the good cassoulet?

While suggestions for La Sirene used to come up a lot when cassoulet is discussed, I've not been happy with their version over the last 2 times that I was there. OK, so, where's the good cassoulet these days?

Oct 15, 2013
RCC in Manhattan

Mid-Afternoon Cozy Restaurant near MSG

Don't know what your circumstances are for looking for good eats within MSG, but dammit this is Manhattan! Your $6 cab ride can get you to the better nabes for good foods!

Oct 13, 2013
RCC in Manhattan

the late lamented Veronica in garment district

Love, love, miss Veronica in the garment district. Will follow this thread for suggestions as well.

Oct 13, 2013
RCC in Manhattan

Quality gnocchi in Manhattan, Brooklyn or Queens

+1 on Hearth's gnocchi.

Oct 10, 2013
RCC in Manhattan

midtown east lunch this Friday

Japanese: Onya (47th, bet, 3rd and Lexington) and Donburiya (47th bet. 3rd and Lex.)

Oct 08, 2013
RCC in Manhattan

Are Manhattan foodie-worthy restaurants loud or are those looking for suggestions just have sensitive hearing? Huh?

Thank you for the valued responses.

One responded that "most of the really loud places ... are not food-worthy",

Another posted that " Those of us who really care about food are likely to be more sensitive to the noise".

Is there a trend here?

Oct 03, 2013
RCC in Manhattan

Are Manhattan foodie-worthy restaurants loud or are those looking for suggestions just have sensitive hearing? Huh?

There's just too many posts on ISO suggestions for Manhattan restaurants that are not loud and , for my curiosity, it begs the question.

Oct 02, 2013
RCC in Manhattan

Cafe Pomona - New Spanish restaurant on the UWS

I can't seem to find a website. Is there one?

Oct 02, 2013
RCC in Manhattan

best whole grilled fish

I had a very good whole grilled pampano at Il Pesce in Eataly. Picking through and sucking at the pieces of the fishes' head was the highlight.

Sep 28, 2013
RCC in Manhattan

sole di capri - italian in Tribeca

As far as I can get, chef was
- born in Ecuador,
- grew up in Torino,
- learned to cook in Piedmont, and
- cooks Southern Italian dishes.

Sep 28, 2013
RCC in Manhattan

iso soho/tribeca for 6-7 who want to hear each other but love good food

It's also very loud at Le Philosophe. Plus, the food that we had really didn't inspire us to go back in spite of the nice and engaging manager.

I'll second the Tribeca Grill for a large group. The food's decent, always had good service, and one can converse within a large group table.

Sep 27, 2013
RCC in Manhattan

Toro-new Barcelona style tapas

Good to know about another good Spanish place in that burgeoning tapas-crawl area of Chelsea.

The only online menu that I came upon was the Boston site and they have paella, different kinds. Are paella also offered in the NYC site?

Sep 24, 2013
RCC in Manhattan