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Visiting expat ... what have I missed?

Thanks everyone, made a resy at Cragie on Main.

Jul 06, 2012
jimnorton in Greater Boston Area

Visiting expat ... what have I missed?

Moved to NYC 15 years ago, returning for one night. Looking for some of that new Boston I keep hearing about. Can be in Cambridge, South End, I don't care, I'm just looking for something that's not Davios, Olives, Stephanie's, Sonsie which were hot when I was there.

- no budget requirement, can be cheap eats, can be haute
- no white table cloth
- only requirement is that it's new and good.
- no specific type of food

Our NYC faves are Prune, Otto, Little Owl, A Voce, Freemans, Cafe Gitane. Casual spots.

Any suggestions would help, even it's a point to an existing thread.

Jul 05, 2012
jimnorton in Greater Boston Area

Where to take an 18yo girl from out of town

Public or Stanton social is perfect, thanks. Who the hell suggested going to elmhurst? Really?

Aug 19, 2011
jimnorton in Manhattan

Where to take an 18yo girl from out of town

(not a date)
My niece visits once a year and im short on ideas. Shes done the sushi samba and pastis thing, I'm thinking more LES or Evill. Less sex in the city. Food type not important, no budget ... Just atmsphere and scene.
Thanks

Aug 18, 2011
jimnorton in Manhattan

Daddy's got the night off! Need a suggestion for last minute walk-in or bar dinning.

No specific 'hood, no budget, no type (prefer non-Italian, no sushi).

I was thinking along the lines of:
Hearth
Casa Mono

I was not thinking:
Gramercy Tavern
Gotham Bar & Grill

Any suggestions? What's new?

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Gramercy Tavern
42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

Casa Mono
52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

Apr 07, 2011
jimnorton in Manhattan

Looking for fresh from-the-farm chicken ...

Thanks all.

Jan 06, 2011
jimnorton in Manhattan

Looking for fresh from-the-farm chicken ...

I can't seem to find farm raised chicken merchants at any of the greenmarkets. The vendors who sell eggs, do not sell chickens. Is there anywhere in Manhattan where one can buy from-the-farm chickens? Please do not point me to Whole Foods.
Thanks.

Jan 05, 2011
jimnorton in Manhattan

lunch salads

Couple suggestions. I just started work around there and discovered Cafe Macaroon or Macaroon Cafe. They have legitimately European salads, Mediterranean mostly. Menu is on website

Also, if u want to sit down hit Freds at Barneys for a chopped salad

Nov 08, 2010
jimnorton in Manhattan

Moving to UWS from Union Square .... need help with recs.

Looking to plot my new neighborhood (near museum of nat history), have limited experience. Where can I find the equivalents (or near equivalents) of the following: (I am aware the is a shake shack nearby, thanks)

City Bakery
Otto
Republic
Bar Jamon
Bread Bar/Tabla/Tamarind
The Grey Dog's Coffee
cheap tacos

Thanks!

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City Bakery
3 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

Bar Jamon
125 E 17th St, New York, NY 10003

Mar 22, 2010
jimnorton in Manhattan

Where can a couple of 40-yo married guys go for drinks?

Haven't been "out" in a while, but we've both got the night off. Somewhere after work where we won't stick out in our casual friday attire but won't feel like we're two guys away from the kids for the night. WV, SoHo, Union Square. No Murray Hill, no UES. Food important (of course), but not a priority.
Thanks!!!

Jan 28, 2010
jimnorton in Manhattan

Hallo Belrin cart ... where is it?

I checked yesterday, 54th & 5th. Wasn't there. Did it move or was I looking in the wrong place.

Oct 21, 2009
jimnorton in Manhattan

Grand Street fresh pasta help

Does anybody know the name of the fresh pasta store on Grand Street (i think), just east of Mullbery? They have a bunch of dried pastas in the window ... north side of the street. HELP..

Mar 27, 2008
jimnorton in Manhattan

Is dip as good as I hear?

Please, skip dip. It's more of a loungy frat bar for the cheesy neighborhood kids and their first dates. And for some reason, they have more tv's than a sports bar.

Feb 16, 2008
jimnorton in Manhattan

Why is it so popular to bash Peter Luger's?

I don't get the surliness of the waiters. How exactly is that supposed to be enjoyable dining?

Feb 16, 2008
jimnorton in Outer Boroughs

EV ... I miss my old 'hood. What's new?

Moved out a few years ago, been lazy about getting back. What's new and exciting? Done Saam/Momo done Hearth. Looking for a small place, any type of food besides sushi, any price level. Thinking something small-ish along the likes of Brick Lane, Lucien, Quartino and a lot less like Max, Lil Frankies, Boca Chica.

Thoughts?
Thanks.

Feb 01, 2008
jimnorton in Manhattan

cheapish, food near 30 Rockefeller plaza

Tuscan Square, south side on 51st between 5th & 6th but go downstairs. They have a serve yourself. Best secret in midtown, IMHO. BUT ... they raised their prices for the new year. Still good food for the price.

Jan 09, 2008
jimnorton in Manhattan

Strollers in Restaurants

I was tripping over strollers at Landmarc at Time Warner Center.

Jan 03, 2008
jimnorton in Manhattan

Best Private Dining Rooms in Manhattan?

wine cellar at 21 Club. VERY elegant but not stuffy. waiters & somelliers are very friendly and not hovering & overbearing.

Dec 25, 2007
jimnorton in Manhattan

Irving Mill or Blue Hill NYC?

Skip Irving Mill, at least until they get their act together. Won't go into a rant, or a long review ... just say that they need to work out the kinks. We had to ask the manager to take our order after our waiter forgot about us. My chopped liver, or chicken liver pate (I forget what it was called) was exactly that, no different from what grandma used to make. My wife's octopus came out rubbery, what a waste. The monkfish was rather dry, not really sauced or flavored well. The chocolate bread pudding dessert really runny, not thoroughly cooked. THe menu looked GREAT, they just need some time to get it together. Not writing them off yet. Good celeb spotting though ... won't say who.

Dec 18, 2007
jimnorton in Manhattan

turkey burger?

Anticipating getting berrated .... I like Burger Heaven. It's one of the few that I've had that actually keeps mostness and has flavor ... not the dried & overspiced type found everywhere. So far, it's my favorite.

Dec 10, 2007
jimnorton in Manhattan

Are you a cheap date?

Cafe Habana
Republic
Rice
Tanti Bacci Cafe

Dec 10, 2007
jimnorton in Manhattan

Wine Bar in Murray Hill/Flatiron District

On a side note, how is Punch? That's my block and I've always been hesitant about going in.

Dec 06, 2007
jimnorton in Manhattan

Oyster Bar in Grand Central--whadd'ya think?

Me third for being way overpriced. I remember the food being very good, but hardly worth the $$$$.

Dec 05, 2007
jimnorton in Manhattan

Old-School, Italian Red Sauce Restaurant

Rocco's on Thompson Street ... with the hanging sign. I remember having the staples: clams casino, veal piccata ... "antipasto" with cold cuts, peperoncino, tuna, canned olives, etc.

Dec 05, 2007
jimnorton in Manhattan

Anybody got some info on Milk & Honey?

Yeah. Me too!

Nov 29, 2007
jimnorton in Manhattan

Chickpea is going back FRIED!!!!!

Used to eat there a lot until I got fed up with their surly & snotty attitudes.

Nov 21, 2007
jimnorton in Manhattan

Going It Alone - Solo @ LB and JG?

Curious ... I've been to LB, but didn't see anybody eating at the little bar they have there. Is it a "drinks only while you wait" bar, or has anybody ever eaten there? Thinking more of lunch.

Nov 15, 2007
jimnorton in Manhattan

no tap water - and no good food - at Trattoria Pesce Pasta

I would have said 'no thanks' to either options, asked for an empty glass, filled it up at the sink and gave him a lousy tip for lousy service.

Nov 15, 2007
jimnorton in Manhattan

Best Turkish in Manhattan -- Pasha, Beyoglu, more?

I believe 101 is closed.

Nov 09, 2007
jimnorton in Manhattan

Tavern on the Green...

I'd hardly desrcribe it at trendy. It may have been back when the airport was called Idlewild, but it's not much better than banquet food you'd see at a Marriott wedding or barmitzvah.

Nov 08, 2007
jimnorton in Manhattan