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Great bar menus

Hey all --

After a lot of trial and error, I've found that I have a lot more fun at restaurants if I sit at the bar. DF and I can chat with each other, the bar staff, and folks around us, and the food is often just as good (or sometimes better) on the bar menu as in the restaurant proper. So I put it to you, hounds: Which restaurants in Manhattan have a fantastic bar menu? Alternatively, which have the best bar staff?

Apr 17, 2009
drysil in Manhattan

Red Egg - one of the better dim sum places in manhattan

Yeah, regular price ran from $4 - $7.50, and that high end is a bit steep. At half-price, though? Totally worth it!

Apr 17, 2009
drysil in Manhattan

Red Egg - one of the better dim sum places in manhattan

Just went to Red Egg with DF and in-laws last night, and it was as wonderful and inexpensive as this thread suggests. We had two drinks apiece, all the dim sum we could handle (about 10 dishes), and two desserts for $85 + tip. We could have done without the dessert, but the coconut pudding was too tempting to pass up! A definite thumbs up.

Apr 17, 2009
drysil in Manhattan

Retirement dinner suggestions

Hey Hounds,

My mother is retiring next month after 35 years and will be visiting us in central MA shortly thereafter. We'd like to take her to dinner, and this special occasion is an excuse to head to a destination restaurant for some great dining. We don't mind driving a couple of hours if we need to, and any cost under ~$600 for four inclusive should be OK (I'll still consider suggestions that are more costly). We were thinking about Arrows, but it seems to have been panned pretty badly here (same with White Barn Inn, I guess). Is there anything in New England that is really worth the drive?

Jun 09, 2008
drysil in All New England Archive

Dinner near the Kanc

My wife and I are going to cruise the Kancamangus highway this weekend and look at the sights -- probably with our 1.2 million New England neighbors, but that's a topic for another board. We're looking for some good food for dinner afterward. It can be near either end of the highway -- that is to say, Conway or Lincoln, NH -- or if it's really, really great, a destination restaurant between Lincoln and Worcester, MA (home). Picnic dinner is an option if you know a place with good cheese and charcuterie. Any ideas?

Sep 25, 2007
drysil in All New England Archive

Disappointing Worcester weekend

I live very close to Zia and will walk there occasionally for breakfast, but I wouldn't seek it out as a destination -- there's better, even on Shrewsbury street itself. It's nice for me because it's convenient. I'll update once I've been there for dinner....

Sep 25, 2007
drysil in All New England Archive

Lobster near the docks?

So we ended up going to the Barking Crab. We had a fine time -- they've started putting on the Sox games now that we're at the end of the season, and the volume was a bit loud, but the waitstaff realized it early on and had it turned down some. The food was good -- I had a pound-and-a-half lobster for $33 that was perfectly done, and our calamari appetizer was melt-in-your-mouth delicious, and came mixed with some surprisingly pungent banana peppers. They're in the midst of reworking their menu, adding a wine list and changing around the desserts, so some things currently on the menu aren't available (we ordered key lime pie only to find out it didn't exist).

My wife got a lobster roll and fries -- the roll was mostly chunk lobster with little mayo holding it together and just a bit of celery for flavour, not filler. I imagine I could get an even better meal for less if we went up the coast, but overall I was happy. Thanks, hounds!

Sep 06, 2007
drysil in Greater Boston Area

Lobster near the docks?

Well, we delayed a little to help avoid crowds and are all going to the Barking Crab tonight. I'll post here afterward on how it goes!

Sep 05, 2007
drysil in Greater Boston Area

Lobster near the docks?

Hah! A great question, and you do a good job of pointing out what I was really concerned about, anyway. "Tourism" in this context refers to a restaurant overrun by holiday diners, be they from the local area or elsewhere. Thanks for bringing it up.

Sep 01, 2007
drysil in Greater Boston Area

Lobster near the docks?

My parents are going to be in town and (as midwesterners) feel that the thing to do is have lobster near the ocean in Boston. I don't want to disappoint them by not honoring their request, but I also want to find someplace that my wife and I can eat without feeling like we're surrounded by tourists. Any suggestions?

Aug 31, 2007
drysil in Greater Boston Area