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Getting into Island Creek Oyster Bar

You missed the point: I want to be seated, not thrown out on my ass!

1 day ago
Blumie in Greater Boston Area

Whole belly clams vs. strips

Ouch!

1 day ago
Blumie in Greater Boston Area

Whole belly clams vs. strips

For some reason, people keep digging up this 9-year-old thread.

I was thinking about this question recently, and came to the conclusion that clam strips are kind of like training wheels for whole belly clams. I can understand why someone who is not used to whole belly clams might feel a little squeamish at first. So start with the strips, see if you like them, and then step up to the real thing. (BTW, whole belly clams are a great vehicle for hot sauce. I find tabasco sauce works really well with them!)

1 day ago
Blumie in Greater Boston Area

Getting into Island Creek Oyster Bar

I hear you. Just not looking to eat at 5pm and be done by 6:30 or even 7pm. Not a problem if we need to wait a bit.

1 day ago
Blumie in Greater Boston Area

Meal Delivery for New Mom

I love the food from this food truck, although I haven't tried their food delivery:

http://renulas.com/in-home-dinners/

1 day ago
Blumie in Greater Boston Area

Getting into Island Creek Oyster Bar

Thanks for the suggestion of calling. They did offer me a 5:00 table, but I think if we were to show up that early, we'd just assume sit at the bar, so I declined.

1 day ago
Blumie in Greater Boston Area

Getting into Island Creek Oyster Bar

Nothing available on opentable.

1 day ago
Blumie in Greater Boston Area

Getting into Island Creek Oyster Bar

Going to see Gogol Bordello at House of Blues on Friday (watch this: http://youtu.be/p_81l4DXlwM) and thinking of hitting ICOB with a group of 3 or 4 beforehand. No reservations available. No Red Sox game. Any advice on getting in? Assuming we want to be at HOB around 8:30 or so, can we show up at ICOG at, say, 6:30 and expect to be seated at a table or at the bar in time to get out around 8:15 or so?

Thanks!

1 day ago
Blumie in Greater Boston Area
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Inexpensive, good restaurant in the midtown area?

I like the Marseille recommendation, and they will take a reservation. I also like the Pub Room at Keens, which, while not "inexpensive," I would describe as moderately priced so long as you stick with the more casual pub menu over the more extensive dining room menu (and I prefer the pub menu in any event, as it covers all the bases and offers more reasonably sized portions at more reasonable prices). They do not, however, accept reservations in the Pub Room, so if you are going at prime time you might need to be prepared to wait for a table.

1 day ago
Blumie in Manhattan

Joe's Pub: the best music/food venue in NYC?

So I've had occasion to eat at City Winery a couple of times recently (Buster Poindexter -- aka David Johansen -- last week; Robert Hunter this week) and was more impressed than I expected to be. (In prior visits, I had stuck with the good, if overpriced, Murray's cheese plate.) On these visits, I tried one of the flatbread pizzas and the LaFreida burger (is there anyplace left in town that does not have its own LaFreida burger?), and found both to be quite good, or at least better than I would have expected from City Winery. Of course prices are high, but that's generally par for the course for music venues.

1 day ago
Blumie in Manhattan

Family Celebration in Greater Boston

Ok, I'll admit that I've never been, but the idea of "white glove service" coming from a restaurant with Legal in the name makes me a little nauseated. (Of course, I'm not a fan of "white glove service" from any establishment. I love good service, but am a much bigger fan of good friendly service, as opposed to good obsequious service. And, yes, I'm sure I'm being unfair to Legal here, especially as I've never been; I just can't help myself!)

Jul 23, 2014
Blumie in Greater Boston Area

Easy question: Any good *dinner* buffets in Boston area?

"You'd think they'd want to get some more authentic food."

When I travel to Asia, I'm not looking for authentic American food (whatever that means). What makes you think they want Authentic Chinese food (whatever that means)?

Jul 23, 2014
Blumie in Greater Boston Area

I know this is vague, but looking for dim, cozy, music bar/restaurant

Really? 3,000 cozy, dimly lit, reasonably priced places with live music in Manhattan?

Jul 22, 2014
Blumie in Manhattan

To the new Market Basket management team.

I agree with you that the actions of the employees suggests there's more going on here than we really know, and that's of interest to me. That said, I have no interest in second guessing the actions of the board in terms of their capitalization and dividend policy. I'll make my determination of whether to shop there based on their products and prices, and on other business practices to the extent that they conflict with my moral or ethical beliefs, but not because I think they're poorly capitalized. (And on that front, the fact that they've paid out 60% of cash is irrelevant. The only question is whether they are left with enough cash to continue to operate their business.)

Jul 21, 2014
Blumie in Greater Boston Area

To the new Market Basket management team.

"The likely endgame is that either the company folds entirely and liquidates its property holdings or a diminished shell of the company is sold off to another owner."

That's an absurdly broad overstatement. Having some amount of debt is fundamental to accepted (and desirable) corporate finance practices. The vast majority of U.S. corporations operate with some permanent level of debt. Of course, too much debt can be crippling, but that doesn't mean that all debt is bad. And having debt can have an extremely positive impact on the value of an equity investment in a company. The fact that the board wants to add some debt and pay dividends to equity holders is not necessarily a bad strategy. Moreover, as a customer, I am indifferent to it, so long as it doesn't impact my experience as a customer. Of course if it does, I'll make a decision at that point whether or not to continue shopping there, but this type of decision is hardly they type of moral or ethical matter that would cause me to boycott a store.

Jul 21, 2014
Blumie in Greater Boston Area
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Any special MA or NE foods to look for try out/buy?

Plus, I think the markets only carry the pint size containers, which is hardly enough for one sitting!

Jul 21, 2014
Blumie in Greater Boston Area
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Group lunch near 8th ave + 16th street?

Park is open for lunch:

http://www.theparknyc.com/

Jul 21, 2014
Blumie in Manhattan

To the new Market Basket management team.

So there's nothing they could do that would cause you to think twice about shopping there, so long as you are happy with the product and the price?

Jul 21, 2014
Blumie in Greater Boston Area

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

In my mind, the only reason to boycott would be to show solidarity with the employees if one thinks they have a legitimate beef. Since I do not shop at MB, though, I haven't taken the time to investigate and have no view on that. (There are other reasons I would boycott a store -- don't look for me at Hobby Lobby any time soon! -- but I haven't heard anything about MB other than a family dispute that makes me think there might be other reasons to support an MB boycott.)

Jul 21, 2014
Blumie in Greater Boston Area

Group lunch near 8th ave + 16th street?

If Park is open for lunch, it's a good, moderately priced place that can accommodate groups.

Jul 21, 2014
Blumie in Manhattan

Help, please. Rehearsal Dinner for July 2015.

Frankie & Johnny's has been cleaned up considerably, and although I still don't necessarily equate it with a rehearsal dinner, I imagine they might be willing to do something relatively inexpensive (yet still tasty) in their back room, particularly in July when places are not as quick to fill up.

I'm not a huge fan of Mother's, but it's worth calling them to price out a buffet dinner for 60 in their private space.

Jul 16, 2014
Blumie in New Orleans

Chelsea dinner tonight, entrees in the $20's

I've been to each of Bo's Kitchen & Bar and Raymi, both on W. 24th between 6th and Broadway, a couple of times recently and have enjoyed them both.

Jul 16, 2014
Blumie in Manhattan

Restaurant after the Sox game

Of course, you can make a reservation at ICOB and Eastern Standard, and some of the other places being suggested. No harm in making an 11:00 reservation, which should give you priority over the rest if there's a herd after the game.

Jul 16, 2014
Blumie in Greater Boston Area

Help, please. Rehearsal Dinner for July 2015.

I could be wrong, but I think in July a lot of places will be happy to have your business. Maybe give Frankie & Johnny's a call to see if they can accommodate you. If you're going to be at least 50 people, you can book Mother's (although pulling up the menu on line, it's not as cheap as I would have expected).

Jul 15, 2014
Blumie in New Orleans

July 2014 Openings and Closings

Good to know that us Cantabrigians still have options for our Slurpee fix.

Jul 15, 2014
Blumie in Greater Boston Area

Sunday Lunchtime Steak?

Check out the Mistral brunch menu to see if there's anything on it your boys would like (it does include a steak option). That's where I'd want to go for a fancy lunch on a Sunday in Boston.

http://mistralbistro.com/menus/brunch/

Jul 15, 2014
Blumie in Greater Boston Area
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July 2014 Openings and Closings

The other one on Mass Ave. in Central Square closed?
It's not showing on the 7-Eleven store locator, but then again neither is the one at the intersection of Prospect St, and Hampshire St., and I'm pretty sure that one is still there, no?

Jul 15, 2014
Blumie in Greater Boston Area

Chow-worthy takeout before hopping on Acela home

No, I did find it, but it's not obvious because when you click on "where to buy," it takes you to a list of locations around the country, some of which are in NYC but not particularly close to Penn Station!

Jul 15, 2014
Blumie in Manhattan

Chow-worthy takeout before hopping on Acela home

Am I the only one who has no idea what you're trying to communicate by providing this link? Is there a particular establishment at or near Penn Station you are trying to recommend?

Jul 15, 2014
Blumie in Manhattan

Chow-worthy takeout before hopping on Acela home

Sorry for the chain recommendation, but I'm a fan of Pret a Manger for a simple salad or sandwich on the train. There's a location at 29th and 7th.

BTW, if you want a beer with your meal, it's hard to beat the Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA that's sold on the Acela for $8 a pop.

Jul 15, 2014
Blumie in Manhattan