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Help Quick - Gatehring near the Marriot Cambridge (MIT)

Wonder whether State Park could rope off one of the front rooms (though they still might not be large enough).

about 15 hours ago
Blumie in Greater Boston Area

Italian couple doing AirBNB in Brooklyn (Bed Stuy) what are some great suggestions?

I gotta say that I don't buy the idea that you can't recommend an Italian restaurant to Italians. First, I assume that they're adults and can decide for themselves what kind of food they want to eat. But more importantly, it's not like Italian is Italian is Italian. Perhaps they love pizza and want to sample some of what Americans call pizza. On chowhound boards outside of NYC, people post all the time about how we shouldn't recommend pizza places to hounds visiting from NYC, which I think is absurd. There is plenty of great pizza outside of NYC -- just as there is plenty of great pizza and other food of Italian origin outside of Italy -- and there's nothing at all wrong with a New Yorker -- or an Italian -- wanting to try it.

about 17 hours ago
Blumie in Outer Boroughs

2015 Turtle Soup

EXACTLY!!!!

1 day ago
Blumie in New Orleans
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2015 Turtle Soup

... which goes to show how important "intangibles" are to enjoyment of a meal. We all like to pretend that it's all objective, when of course it can't possibly be so.

1 day ago
Blumie in New Orleans
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2015 Turtle Soup

Perhaps it's the same (or roughly the same) as Commander's, but Cafe Adelaide has what they call "Commander's Turtle Soup" on its menu.

1 day ago
Blumie in New Orleans

Italian couple doing AirBNB in Brooklyn (Bed Stuy) what are some great suggestions?

Sounds like they're on the Fort Greene side of Bed Stuy, so you and they might research Fort Greene options. The only place in Fort Greene I recall eating at is Walter's, which was excellent. My favorite place in Bed Stuy is Saraghina, but it's Italian and on the other side of Bed Stuy. That said, it's superb.

1 day ago
Blumie in Outer Boroughs

Lunch in Woodstock Vt

And as you may recall, there's almost always a wait during lunchtimes. But they'll give you a beeper, allowing you to wander around the store while you wait for a table.

Driving Hungry: cabbies worldwide share favorite food spots

The great Soho bookstore McNally Jackson is hosting a discussion this evening with Layne Mosler, who recently published a memoir about her blog Taxi Gourmet, in which Mosler documents stories and food recommendations culled from cab drivers around the world.

52 Prince St. at 7pm.

http://www.mcnallyjackson.com/event/a...

1 day ago
Blumie in Manhattan
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Lunch in Woodstock Vt

Perhaps fancier than you are looking for (but by no means stuffy), but I love lunch at Simon Pearce in Quechee.

http://www.simonpearce.com/pages/our-...

Can't Believe That We Are Going To New Orleans In August

Agree with you on the St. Roch neighborhood. I have walked there many times (even at night to Siberia, HiHo and Saturn Bar), but also agree that taking a cab or uber is entirely safe.

Jul 24, 2015
Blumie in New Orleans

New Orleans - restaurant reccos needed for casual lunch/dinner!

I'm so disappointed to hear about your experience at Coquette -- particularly as I have been trumpeting the place so much lately. I have LOVED my recent meals there (service, too). I'll be back there soon and will report on my experience. Do you care to share more about your experience?

Jul 24, 2015
Blumie in New Orleans

Can't Believe That We Are Going To New Orleans In August

Try to sub in Peche for GW Fins. More interesting. Less corporate feeling (although still part of the Donald Link empire, so it's hard to call it funky or non-corporate). And not in the Quarter, but not too far.

I agree on passing up Dickie Brennan's, but kinda feel the same way about Emeril's. I highly recommend Coquette, but again it's not in the Quarter, so you'll have to decide if it's too far afield.

Jul 22, 2015
Blumie in New Orleans

Boston dinner question

I live in Brooklyn and would happily go to Santarpio's. New Yorkers can and do eat pizza outside of NYC. In fact, if the rule were that we couldn't eat food elsewhere if we get great versions of it in NYC, we probably could never eat away from home.

Jul 21, 2015
Blumie in Greater Boston Area

Easy dinner first night in New Orleans

I sound like a broken record with the frequency with which I recommend Bacchanal, but I think it's the perfect place. I recommend it not because it serves the best food in New Orleans, although the food is plenty good. I recommend it because to me it offers an archetypal only-in-New Orleans setting: a hole-in-the-wall opening up to an Edenesque setting, a fun yet laid back vibe, a beautiful courtyard, wonderful live music, friends sitting around and enjoying each other's company. And for folks who may or may not be hungry, you can linger and order as little or as much as you'd like. When you walk in, select a bottle of wine and pay at the register. They'll open it for you, and you can grab a couple of glasses as you head into the courtyard (or upstairs, if the whether so requires). If you're interested in starting with a cheese plate, select the cheeses you desire from the cheese refrigerator and pay for those at the register as well. For a $5 surcharge, they'll take them in back and prepare a beautiful cheese plate for you and deliver it to your table. Walk around back and grab a photocopied menu near the window into the kitchen. Order whatever you'd like in that window and, again, they'll deliver it to your table. (Grab your own napkins and utensils as you walk back to your table.) Linger for as long as you'd like, take in the beauty of the setting, and let New Orleans wash over you.

That said, I like Cochon Butcher, too! :)

Jul 19, 2015
Blumie in New Orleans
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Brigtsen's/Clancy's/Commander's Palace (Help choosing)

Whatever one thinks of CP's service, it definitely is (or at least typically is) more formal, whereas Brigtsen's service (although certainly quite good) is more informal and relaxed; Clancy's is somewhere in between, but weighted towards the more formal. My personal preference is less formal -- one of the reasons I would choose Brigtsen's over CP -- but for those who like more formal, CP could be a better choice.

Jul 18, 2015
Blumie in New Orleans

3 Night Anniversary Trip in August

Bayona is very romantic, and if you're staying in the Quarter or the CBD, you can arrange for a horse-and-carriage to take you there. As for the food, it was once a favorite, but I haven't been recently enough to recommend it over Coquette or Brigtsen's.

Jul 17, 2015
Blumie in New Orleans

3 Night Anniversary Trip in August

Although Coquette may be my current favorite, I certainly support the recommendation of Brigtsen's as an excellent option.

Jul 17, 2015
Blumie in New Orleans

3 Night Anniversary Trip in August

My vote is Coquette for the anniversary dinner, Bacchanal one night, and either Peche or Sylvain for the third dinner. Three nights, three very different experiences.

Jul 17, 2015
Blumie in New Orleans

Brigtsen's/Clancy's/Commander's Palace (Help choosing)

My vote is to cut CP, but I also recommend not stressing about it as you're likely to have great meals at whichever among those that you choose.

Jul 17, 2015
Blumie in New Orleans
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Any decent brunch places reasonably close to Faneuil Hall?

Consider looking into hotels in the area. There's usually a hotel premium in the pricing, but in my experience it's usually worth it for a wider selection of foods (often including a buffet, which the kids may enjoy) and a more relaxed setting. It's been awhile since I've eaten breakfast or brunch in that area, but in the past I've enjoyed the offerings at the Boston Harbor Hotel, the Bostonian Hotel and the Hilton Downtown Boston (which certainly is not going to win any culinary awards, but gets the job done).

Jul 16, 2015
Blumie in Greater Boston Area

Any good cheap or somewhat cheap spots ($10-$20pp) in Williamsburg?

Here's another option:

http://lagoulettewilliamsburg.com/

Jul 13, 2015
Blumie in Outer Boroughs

New Orleans Trip Recommendations

Of the places on my recommendation list, reservations are suggested (and really are essential) at all except Bacchanal and Cochon Butcher, neither of which accept reservations (and, in fact, both require you to order at a counter and the food is brought to your table).

Restaurants in New Orleans are used to a high proportion of their customers being out-of-town visitors, so most require a phone call a day in advance to confirm your reservation. And as with any restaurant anywhere on this planet, if your plans change, call the restaurant as soon as possible to cancel a reservation you are not going to use.

Jul 13, 2015
Blumie in New Orleans
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Dinner Reservations

Based on that list, I'd say that you've barely scratched the surface of dining in New Orleans; it's really way too soon for you to be running out of ideas. There should be plenty of good ideas on this board, as well as these two eater.com lists:

http://nola.eater.com/maps/best-new-o...
http://nola.eater.com/maps/best-new-n...

A good number of New Orleans restaurants participate on opentable.com, making reservations easy. (That said, a good number of places you might want to try, like Clancy's and Brigtsen's do not, so you still might need to work the phones.)

Jul 13, 2015
Blumie in New Orleans
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Any good cheap or somewhat cheap spots ($10-$20pp) in Williamsburg?

Wrong.

Jul 12, 2015
Blumie in Outer Boroughs

Breakfast in Cambridge

Actually, my info was slightly incorrect. Although Henrietta's serves breakfast until 10:30, brunch doesn't start until noon. I take that to mean one can be seated as late as 10 or 10:30 and not feel rushed to get out, as the restaurant uses that 90-minute cushion to clear out the breakfast patrons and set up for the brunch.

Jul 12, 2015
Blumie in Greater Boston Area
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Breakfast in Cambridge

Luna takes reservations, so if this is your choice, better to make a reservation. People do line up before they open, and while most get seated, no reason to chance it when you can just make a reservation.

Jul 12, 2015
Blumie in Greater Boston Area

Breakfast in Cambridge

Henrietta's Table, at the Charles Hotel, serves breakfast on Sunday until 10:30 (at which point their very pricey brunch kicks in). It's my favorite breakfast in Cambridge -- very solid, very well prepared breakfast items at hotel premium pricing, but well worth it IMHO. (FWIW, I don't think their brunch is worth it. I personally cannot get $50 of "value" out of it, even with its extensive and good quality selections.)

It's not walking distance, but at 9am on a Sunday, parking in Harvard Square should be reasonably easy.

http://www.henriettastable.com/food-d...

Jul 12, 2015
Blumie in Greater Boston Area

Week in NOLA 7/17

Morning 40 Federation at One Eyed Jacks on Sat night.

Jul 07, 2015
Blumie in New Orleans

Favorite signature dishes?

The meatball sandwich at Frankies.

Jul 07, 2015
Blumie in Manhattan
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Jean Georges/Nougatine and the Trump Hotel

Sorry, I don't see where they claim ownership.

Jul 06, 2015
Blumie in Manhattan
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