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Looking for trendy atmosphere

See if you can get a reservation at Cosme. For other options, here is Eater's list of the current "in" places:

http://ny.eater.com/maps/the-hottest-...

about 8 hours ago
Blumie in Manhattan

Japanese. Lunch. Eastside. Christmas Day.

Yes, be more precise on what you mean by "Eastside," since the east side runs the entire length of the city.

about 8 hours ago
Blumie in Manhattan

recommendations for NYE in New Orleans?

Good call!!

about 20 hours ago
Blumie in New Orleans

Decent Choices?

I don't recall specifically. It's certainky not bad, by any stretch, it just didn't wow me. (I've been several times, so this is not based on a single visit,) And their famous praline bacon doesn't do it for me either; good bacon doesn't need a candy coating imho!

It should be a pretty quick cab ride from canal st -- maybe 10-15 minutes (5 if I were driving, but this is New Orleans). No idea of the cost.

As an alternative, take a cab 10-15 minutes in the other direction to Surrey's for a better breakfast, and then go for a walk in the Garden District after. (You'll have to wait for a table at Surrey's, but it's not as long of a wait as Elizabeth's.)

1 day ago
Blumie in New Orleans

recommendations for NYE in New Orleans?

You would go out in Boston without a reservation if you were going to a place that doesn't take them! Most places in boston, and in New Orleans, do, but not all of them do.

That said, there are reservations available at Dante's Kitchen, a lovely place all the way uptown. You could ride the streetcar there, have a nice meal, and have them call you a taxi to get back.

1 day ago
Blumie in New Orleans

Children at Restaurant August

To be clear, I was not suggesting for a moment that the food be dumbed down for the kids, only that there are other places that I think would be better for pleasing both the adults and the kids, not because the the kids can be fed chicken fingers and french fries, but because the dinner would be more casual and less lengthy. And none of this is intended as a slight of August -- who's post in this thread beautifully states their desire to please patrons of all ages -- and if the OP thinks it's the right choice, I'm all in favor.

2 days ago
Blumie in New Orleans

Decent Choices?

Elizabeth's has LOTS of fans, but I must admit I am not one of them. In that area, I'd suggest Cake Cafe instead.

In terms of walking around, there's not a lot to see, save for Dr. Bob's (http://drbobart.net/), which is moderately amusing. If the weather is nice, you can stroll through the new Crescent Park across the street (http://www.nola.gov/city/crescent-park/).

2 days ago
Blumie in New Orleans

How to pickle your liver in 4 days flat: a round-up of weekend drinking in NOLA

Nola Defender (http://www.noladefender.com/), a terrific digital "newspaper" with the subtitle "BLOOD ● ALCOHOL ● CONTENT," has a weekly feature called "Drinking Culture," penned (er, typed) by Jospeh Toman. If you want to sample some of NOLA's real dive bars, this is the place to start!

2 days ago
Blumie in New Orleans

recommendations for NYE in New Orleans?

What kind of experience are you looking for? I personally prefer a restaurant that is serving its regular menu without a lot of fanfare, as opposed to a pricy, over-the-top, fixed-price menu with the champagne toast. So were I not leaving town a few days earlier, I'd consider heading to a place like The Franklin, which is wonderful and romantic and cool, and does not take reservations so (ironically) might be kinda easy to get into on New Years. I'd call to confirm whether they're serving their regular a la carte menu.

http://www.thefranklinnola.com/

2 days ago
Blumie in New Orleans

Lounge that can fit a big group of people

If you get to Salvation Taco early (they open at 5:30), you can take over a corner of their lounge (but not the rooftop!) without a problem. It's a great place for a gathering. (They also accept reservations for larger groups, but only with a $75++/person minimum.)

2 days ago
Blumie in Manhattan

Decent Choices?

Brennan's recently reopened after being closed for some time. I would see if anyone here has a first-hand experience with the "new" Brennan's, or look for on-line reviews, before committing to it.

Dec 14, 2014
Blumie in New Orleans

Children at Restaurant August

I think there are better choices in New Orleans with kids that age. There are so many great casual restaurants that your kids will enjoy more: Bacchanal, Booty's, Cochon come immediately to mind. Or Dante's Kitchen if you want to go a tad more upscale. These places are all great for adults, too, they're just not as formal and "adult" as August. And it's not that I'm of the mind that kids don't belong at certain restaurants, it's just that I think there are places where the adults AND the kids can have a great time without forcing the kids to sit through an overly long and formal dinner.

All of that said, if you have your heart set on August, you know your kids, I don't, so if you're good with it, so am I!

Dec 14, 2014
Blumie in New Orleans

Italian restaurants in Miami

I've been to Sardinia twice and Macchialina twice, and although I've enjoyed both, I would opt for Macchialina over Sardinia.

List of places serving the best burgers in NYC

For a great under-the-radar burger in a wonderfully relaxing setting, check out the Library at the Public.

Dec 13, 2014
Blumie in Manhattan

Decent Choices?

I would strike Pelican Club. Too many other better options out there (although perhaps they're booked for Christmas Eve already). Clancy's would be a great option.

My favorite breakfast spot is Surrey's. They have to Magazine St locations, one uptown and one in the LGD.

Since you're headed in that direction anyhow, consider a more casual dinner one night at one of the many great places in the Bywater. Bacchanal would be my top choice, or athe Franklin if you're looking for a bit more upscale.

Dec 13, 2014
Blumie in New Orleans

Late lunch on Monday afternoon?

Cochon.

Dec 12, 2014
Blumie in New Orleans

Critique this Itinerary, Please....resto at new Edition Hotel any good??

Had lunch at Seagrape last week. Food was fine but not worth returning for. The servers were all lovely, yet the service overall was remarkably chaotic. I'm not sure how long they've been open, but they have a lot of kinks to work out. But it's certainly no Michy's.

Market, which is the more casual restaurant at Edition, looks fun and interesting, but I haven't tried it yet.

R House Wynwood

I find it interesting that R House is listed on Eater's "Heat Map" as one of the hotter new restaurants in Miami, and is going to be dicussed on a Bravo show about the best new restaurants, yet no one here can provide a review other than a link to an artcle that a google search would have turned up!

I had planned to go -- the negative review in the link notwithstanding -- but the restaurant called me after I made my reservation to inform me that they couldn't seat us until late because of a private function, so we went elsewhere (27, at the Freehand Miami Beach, which we enjoyed).

Looking for Asian Comfort Food! (XLB, dumplings, Japanese Curry!) Midtown to Flatiron area

Hanjan, on W. 26th between 6th and Broadway for their spicy Korean ramen (served after 9pm only) and chicken wings.

Dec 11, 2014
Blumie in Manhattan

À la Recherche de Truite Meunière

Aren't "au bleu" and "meuniere" two distinctly different preparations?

In any event, a search on menupages.com turned up Nice Matin, on the Upper West Side, Chez Lucienne, in Harlem, and Le Veau D'Or,on the Upper East Side, as having it on their menus.

A search for trout amandine -- which I believe basically is meuniere with the addition of almonds -- turns up other options.

Dec 11, 2014
Blumie in Manhattan

New Orleans fine dining with kids! Need recommendations!

I think the larger, more bustling places will be fine for your kids. Mr. B's comes to mind.

Dec 09, 2014
Blumie in New Orleans

Carnegie Deli or Katz's?

I'm a fan of Katz's, but their rye bread really does suck. It's just plain bad.

Dec 09, 2014
Blumie in Manhattan

real sheppards pie

Technically, I think that's not true, but then again, probably not worth arguing about. The OP wants shepherd's pie with lamb, which is easy to accommodate.

Dec 08, 2014
Blumie in Greater Boston Area

real sheppards pie

"Real" shepherd's pie can have beef or lamb, although lamb is more commonly used. The Druid's is excellent.

Dec 08, 2014
Blumie in Greater Boston Area
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La Ferme- best new restaurant in Boca, hands down!!

FWIW, Sockster, I also thought your post sounded too hyperbolic to be credible -- with all of the exclamation marks and the "hands down" in the title -- and only gave it credence when I saw that you're an established poster on CH.

Best NYC pizza blog

Chowhound?

Dec 07, 2014
Blumie in Manhattan

Wynwood Recs, Please

Had a great meal at Shikany on Thursday night. And although the restaurant was disappointingly quiet, especially as it was the beginning of Art Basel weekend, there was a lively crowd at the bar.

New Orleans Bachelor Party Dinner/Private Dining

Clancy's wine room upstairs would be perfect!

Dec 06, 2014
Blumie in New Orleans

Children in bars

deleted my original post because you're clearly correct:

Q: Do you serve food and beverages inside the venue? Can I bring food and drinks inside the venue?

We do not serve food and beverages at Preservation Hall. Food is not allowed inside; however, you are more than welcome to bring in your own beverages, only if in a plastic container – no glass containers allowed.

Dec 04, 2014
Blumie in New Orleans

Children in bars

The one thing I'd add to this very informative post is that things are not as loose as they once were in NOLA (where for a long time the city enforced an 18-year-old drinking age even when the national drinking age had gone up to 21; finally the federal government threatened to withhold highway money if the city didn't change its policies -- hazelhurst, please correct me if I have my history wrong). So now most of the clubs on Bourbon and Frenchmen have bouncers at the door checking IDs. But as you point out, there will be plenty of bar/restaurants where it will not be a problem.

Dec 01, 2014
Blumie in New Orleans