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Need one more dinner suggestion

I vote for Coquette or Brigtsen's. It might be fun to follow K Paul's with Brightsen's, since Frank Brigtsen worked under Paul Prudhomme at Commander's and at K Paul's.

about 12 hours ago
Blumie in New Orleans

For those looking for something new ...

Finally made it to Shaya. A wonderful addition to the NOLA dining scene. As JazzyB notes, the hummus is wonderful, creamier than any I've ever had before. Combined with the hot-out-of-the-oven pillowy pita that everyone is raving about, I could see sitting at the bar with a drink and just that as a nice late afternoon snack. In fact, as great as the slow cooked lamb is -- and it is -- I could see making a meal out of the starters and share plates. Better yet, go with a group so you sample lots of different stuff. (There were just two of us, and we ended up bringing a lot home because there were so many things we wanted to try.) Reservations are essential -- this may be the place with the most buzz right now. The service was superb. The hostess was a little frazzled, but still she was gracious and incredibly apologetic that she could seat us at 9:00 for our 9:30 reservation! (No apology necessary; we were more than happy to have a drink at the bar while waiting.)

By the way -- although this should be clear -- this is a wonderful restaurant but very much part of the new wave of New Orleans restaurants. If you're a first time visitor or otherwise are looking for flavors that are unique to New Orleans, this may not be the place for you. Shaya would be a great restaurant in any city, and any restaurant in New Orleans almost by definition has a New Orleans flair or vibe to it, but it's not a uniquely New Orleans restaurant.

Aug 28, 2015
Blumie in New Orleans

If you had $500 to spend on one meal for 2, where would it be?

This is obviously a very personal decision, but I would rather spend $400 at The NoMad than $800 at EMP.

Aug 26, 2015
Blumie in Manhattan

High Hat Cafe Is Legit

I'm reviving this four-year-old thread because I finally made it to the High Hat. It's one of those places that you kinda hear about, and I've walked by plenty of times, but never actually made it into. Sat at the bar for lunch today, ordered the Spicy Seared Gulf Fish with Shrimp and Potato Hash, which, at $20, is the most expensive item on the menu, and was VERY pleased. This honestly was one of the better pieces of fish I ever had had in New Orleans (and I've had a lot of great fish in New Orleans). The shrimp and potato hash was on the greasy side (I did my best to cut the grease with tabasco!), but was delicious nonetheless. I concur with the other posters on this thread that this place is a winner (at least based on my single experience).

Aug 26, 2015
Blumie in New Orleans

High Hat Cafe Is Legit

I'm reviving this four-year-old thread because I finally made it to the High Hat. It's one of those places that you kinda hear about but not a lot, and I've walked by plenty of times, but never actually made it into. Sat at the bar for lunch today, ordered the Spicy Seared Gulf Fish with Shrimp and Potato Hash, which, at $20, is the most expensive item on the menu, and was VERY pleased. This honestly was one of the better pieces of fish I ever have had in New Orleans (and I've had a lot of great fish in New Orleans); had I been served this at Clancy's, for example, I still would have been plenty pleased. The shrimp and potato hash was on the greasy side (I did my best to cut the grease with tabasco!), but was delicious nonetheless. I concur with the other posters on this thread that this place is a winner (at least based on my single experience).

Aug 26, 2015
Blumie in New Orleans

Help! 2 dinners + 2 lunches for a group of 35!

Even if you select a $45 fixed price menu, that's still almost $60 after tax and tip, assuming no one drinks anything other than water.

At that price, you're probably best off finding a place that'll do a buffet for you. Mother's has a 50-person minimum. Can't think of other options within walking distance of where you are.

Aug 26, 2015
Blumie in New Orleans

Trip Report - August 2015

I've been to Addiction, on Iberville between Burgundy and Dauphine, a couple of times since they've opened. As you say, a nice option to have a decent coffee shop in the Quarter.

As for Shaya, I've noticed that even though almost every other top restaurant in these dog days of August is relatively easy to get into, a prime time reservation at Shaya remains tough. I was able to snag a 9:30 for tonight, but nothing earlier.

Aug 26, 2015
Blumie in New Orleans

Help! 2 dinners + 2 lunches for a group of 35!

If your dinner budget is $45 per person all in, you can rule out every single place on your list.

Aug 26, 2015
Blumie in New Orleans

Feedback on Tentative Dining Plan:

I'm concerned that if you get both a Verti Mart po boy and a Central Grocery muff for lunch on day one then you won't be able to eat for the rest of your trip.

Aug 21, 2015
Blumie in New Orleans

Another Bar Goto Report!

I've now been there four times in two weeks, including last night and tonight. They just start to fill up at 7pm, so a group of five should be fine. It shouldn't be necessary, but it wouldn't hurt if one member of the group showed up at around 6:45. As long as you assure them the the rest of the group is on its way, I don't think they'll object to your grabbing a table for five.

Aug 19, 2015
Blumie in Manhattan
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Moving this week...Takeout suggestions (LIC, Sunnyside, Greenpoint)

Although I've never done takeout, I love Greenpoint Fish & Lobster.

Aug 19, 2015
Blumie in Outer Boroughs

NOLA Food Itinerary

I love Cochon Butcher, but think that the Bacon Melt (which I always dress with their hot saunce) is their best sandwich.

Aug 17, 2015
Blumie in New Orleans
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Skybokx 109 - Natick, promising...

Staying at the Hampton Inn tonight and was too lazy to go elsewhere. This place is nothing more than you'd expect: a sports bar serving all varieties of Sysco meals. The best parts of the place are (1) in addition to the typical crap beers, they have a small handful of really good ones, (2) the young couple performing acoustic covers was surprisingly good, while playing at a volume that did not rule out conversation, and (3) for a place serving Sysco crap food, the cole slaw was surprisingly good -- oniony and a very light dressing, probably vinegar and not mayo. The fish in my fish and chips was passable. The fries were terrible. The service was well intentioned and friendly, but not surprisingly on the amateurish side.

Look, if you're looking for a place that's showing a game you want to see and you want someone else to deep fry or microwave your frozen food, there's nothing wrong with this place. But I really wish I had driven five minutes down the road to Sichuan Gournet. This is not a chowish place by any stretch.

Aug 15, 2015
Blumie in Greater Boston Area

Best rotisserie chicken in NYC

Wonder whether the Eater editors saw this thread when they decided to publish an article on this very topic this week:

http://ny.eater.com/2015/8/14/9150705...

Aug 14, 2015
Blumie in Manhattan

Long shot: gumbo without pork

I'm glad someone more knowledgeable than me has responded. I wouldn't expect seafood gumbo to have pork in it. Call one of the seafood-centric places, Peche or GW Fins, for example, and ask if they use pork in their seafood gumbo.

http://www.pecherestaurant.com/
http://gwfins.com/

Aug 14, 2015
Blumie in New Orleans

Best time to walk into Neptune Oyster without waiting?

If you're interested in the lobster spaghettini, the Monday special, I would recommend going just before noon. They sometimes run out, and so it might not be available after the lunch rush.

great carrot cake in metrowest?

I'm a fan of Rosie's Bakery, which has a location in Chestnut Hill (a little bit outside of your search area).

Aug 13, 2015
Blumie in Greater Boston Area

Another Bar Goto Report!

I now have been twice and really like it a lot (and I agree that the wings are superb). The second time, Saturday night, there was a very short line out the door, as the space is small and they already were at capacity. We got in quickly, but not surprisingly it was a lot louder than during my mid-week visit. I did, however, really appreciate that Kenta and one of the bartenders recognized me as a return visitor. And both times I really enjoyed the drinks and the food (I really like the Watermelon Cucumber Cooler, which is a much better and more serious drink than its name would imply), I absolutely will return.

Aug 11, 2015
Blumie in Manhattan

Best rotisserie chicken in NYC

Balaboosta worked out well. My friend really liked the crispiness -- which of course you get with the chicken under a brick and not with a true rotisserie chicken. She only ate a handful of bites, but really enjoyed it, and I and our other friends really enjoyed the restaurant as well.

Aug 11, 2015
Blumie in Manhattan

Best rotisserie chicken in NYC

Thanks, all, for your input. I'm actually sitting at the bar now at Balaboosta, where in addition to the Chicken Under a Brick they offer a lot of vegetarian friendly options. Will report back!

Aug 10, 2015
Blumie in Manhattan

Fairway going downhill?

My experience at Eataly was much different than yours. When it first opened, I wanted to hate it, and I avoided it for about a year. But once I dipped my toe in the water I was hooked. Everything I bought there was of superb quality. The produce is markedly better than Fairway's and no more expensive. The meat and cheeses are of a quality that also cannot be matched at Whole Foods or Fairway. Now that I moved from the neighborhood, Eataly is one of the few things I miss.

The Big Box grocery store strategy is to overwhelm you with choice, which is why when you go into a Fairway, there's a remarkable amount of produce (and everything else) -- almost certainly more than can possibly be sold while still fresh -- which, as a consumer, gives us the feeling of control -- of the ability to choose the exact head of lettuce or tomato or cucumber that we want. I've come to appreciate stores like Eataly (where I live now, in Williamsburg, there is a wonderful store called Brooklyn Kitchen, which has a similarly small selection of produce and even smaller selection of meats and cheeses), where the selection may be small, but the quality is superb and the freshness can't be beat. And while I'm willing to pay extra for this, I found that at Eataly that generally was not necessary. Every time I compared produce prices between Eataly and Fairway, I found Eataly to be on par with (and sometimes cheaper than) Fairway, and the quality at Eataly was much better.

Aug 08, 2015
Blumie in Manhattan

Best rotisserie chicken in NYC

They're business is almost exclusivy midtown office workers grabbing lunch, or dinner to take home after work. I think it makes perfect sense for them to close on the weekends.

Aug 08, 2015
Blumie in Manhattan

Fairway going downhill?

I don't have extensive Fairway experience, but I used to live around the corner from the Chelsea location and found it to be nothing special. And with Eataly nearby for great meat, cheese, fish and produce (at high but not unreasonably high prices), I used Fairway only for the basics. And they have a decent beer selection.

Aug 08, 2015
Blumie in Manhattan

Best rotisserie chicken in NYC

I love that place, but might need alternatives: we might go tomorrow and I don't think they're open. I also should have mentioned that this is to eat in, not take out (although Chicken Provence -- primarily a take-out place -- can accommodate a few diners.)

Aug 08, 2015
Blumie in Manhattan

Best rotisserie chicken in NYC

A friend, a lifelong vegetarian, has decided that she MUST try rotisserie chicken. Where should I take her? I have a car; anywhere in Manhattan or the boroughs is fine.

Aug 08, 2015
Blumie in Manhattan

Need an EV or LES spot with great booze and decent food

Really liked Bar Goto a lot. Thanks for the recommendation. Great cocktails and really yummy food. And the intimate atmosphere was exactly what I was looking for.

Aug 07, 2015
Blumie in Manhattan
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Need an EV or LES spot with great booze and decent food

Not a fan of DBGB, as impressive as their beer list may be. Will try Bar Goto and report back. Thanks all.

Aug 06, 2015
Blumie in Manhattan

Did I just make a mistake?

That's a pretty absurd statement.

Aug 05, 2015
Blumie in Manhattan

Sexy and Hip Girls coming from California looking for great food and great vibe..

To me, sexy + hip + wine = Bacchanal.
Let me know if you need a guide.

Current Top Five

I would use different adjectives to distinguish Coquette and August. Coquette definitely is less formal (and thus less "refined," though I'm not sure what you mean by "a poor man's August"). I agree that August is a great restaurant, perhaps a candidate for best in the city. But if I had to choose, I'd opt for Coquette more often than August. I can't say it's because it's better in any objective sense, but I can say that it's more to my liking, especially the less formal (less "refined") service and presentation. (That said, of the more formal places, I would opt for August over Commander's, unless going to Commander's with a regular, which I am not.)

Aug 05, 2015
Blumie in New Orleans
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