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Catering near Jiminy Peak

It may be too much of a hike but check out Soma Catering in Richmond. Www.somacatering.com. We had a great experience with their Thanksgiving meal a year ago, have also enjoyed take out meals prepared in their kitchen. But they also do full scale catering as well.

Jan 30, 2013
Bookistan in Southern New England

Brooklyn Heights Vegetarian

It's not a restaurant but for fairly decent sandwiches, good soups, and some well made vegan deserts try Perelandra on Remsen near Court. It's a natural foods market, take out only.

Jan 30, 2013
Bookistan in Outer Boroughs

David's Brisket House: Renovation or Out of Business?

Looking forward to trying it out. Any comments on the corned beef? How about their breakfast items?

Sep 20, 2012
Bookistan in Outer Boroughs

old mexico restaurant

Old Mexico in Brooklyn Heights? That closed years ago. I remember a thread about it on this site, probably from a couple of years ago, so you might do a search of the archives. Only the old timers remember this one!

Sep 10, 2012
Bookistan in Outer Boroughs

Barclays Center

There are not tons of great options nearby. The 3 recs below are all great, but they all popular. Caffe e Vino and Stone Home get a lot of the pre-BAM traffic, so definitely reserve in advance. It'll be interesting to see what else opens very close by, but my guess will be a lot more bars than restaurants!

Sep 10, 2012
Bookistan in Outer Boroughs

Park Slope recommendations

Based on all all the dining blog buzz, I think Pork Slope might fit the bill. It opens this Saturday, on 5th av and I believe near Carroll. It is owned by Dale Talde who owns a highly popular restaurant; this will be a more casual outpost for well made bar food and a big beer selection.

Aug 16, 2012
Bookistan in Outer Boroughs

Do you know of any new restaurants coming/in the Berkshires?

Brava is a new wine bar featuring tapas in Lenox. In the old Fin space. I have not checked it out yet but their menu is on their Facebook page. Anyone been?

Jul 14, 2012
Bookistan in Southern New England

Itinerary Help

OMG where to start! Well, you've put a lot of work into this and you'll definitely have a great trip. But as others have said, edit, edit, edit.

I'll take a stab at your Saturday itinerary:
I* Breakfast @ Blue Fin - I've never been there but isn't this a seafood restaurant?
* Top of Rock: This might be more romantic at night, but do go when it's clear or you won't see much. ,
St. Pat Cathedral - great, won't take more than a half hour:
, Bloomingdale's: Take a cab to save time, about 10-15 minutes, But it's huge and your wife could easily spend 2 or 3 hours there. On the other hand, Saks is right across the street from St. Patrick's. There is a nice cafe overlooking 5th Avenue so you might consider having lunch there. Alternatively, you could walk over to the Museum of Modern Art on 53rd St. just west of 5th Avenue; they have a few nice places to eat inside, ranging from upscale counter service to The Modern, one of the best places to eat in midtown.
* Stop at Grand Central: OK but that would have to be AFTER lunch. It's about 10 blocks south of Saks/St. Pat's.
* Lunch @ ... Can't decide where to eat. Hunan, babbo, ciano, xian, Mesa Grill - IF you keep to this plan remember that most or all of these are downtown.
So if you want to go to the Empire State Building on 42nd and 5th, you'd have to backtrack up to midtown. But I would not go to Top of the Rock and Empire State Bldg. in the same day! And keep in mind that ESB often has long lines, that they snake through interior hallways of the building, and you have to thus schedule at least a couple of hours for this visit.
* Desigual, Ralph Lauren, etc. - even as an inveterate shopper I'd say a big NO to this one. You can shop at the mall at home.
* Dinner @ 6:00 Trattoria Trecolori - It's OK, very much geared for tourists. We just had a great dinner at La Masseria on 48th St. and it's a nice step up from many of the Theater District Italians. Lovely decor, good service, nice menu including a lot of seafood dishes.
* 8:00 Jersey Boys (Already have tickets)

I hope this is helpful. When are you leaving? I'll give you some comments on your Sunday itinerary soon!

Jul 08, 2012
Bookistan in Manhattan

Nudel vs. Alta, Lenox MA - relative pluses and minuses?

Nudel is tiny. If you value comfort and a more private conversation then alta would get my nod.

Jul 02, 2012
Bookistan in Southern New England

Best Peruvian Chicken/Pollo Alla Brasa in Brooklyn?

El Pollo just went out of business unfortunately. It's not chicken but if you are interested in Peruvian food I recommend Surfish on 5th ave. in Park Slope. Creative, very fresh seafood dishes.

Jul 02, 2012
Bookistan in Outer Boroughs

Inexpensive Restaurants in the Park Slope Area

A lot of restaurants have lunch specials in the $8 to $10 range. One of my favorites is JPAN, but the Thai and other Japanese restaurants along 5th or 7th Ave. have similar deals. Ditto on Zito's - a darn good sandwich. You can also get tasty Italian style sandwiches at M&S. Naruto Ramen is decent; you'll get a big bowl of noodles for about $10 and they have early dinner specials. La Villa is perfectly decently Italian; very hearty, tasty, and not popular on this board. Not the best place to dine alone, I'd say. There has been some talk about Littlefields on 3rd Avenue on this board but I have not tried; should be in your price range (fish). And Song (Thai) isn't bad for the price, especially if you sit outdoor in their garden (too loud inside!). Have fun eating in the 'hood!

Jun 06, 2012
Bookistan in Outer Boroughs

HELP: Park Slope Restaurant with Private Room

I believe I just read that Stone Park Cafe was turning the pizzeria next door into a private dining space. I would imagine the renovations would be completed by then.

Jun 06, 2012
Bookistan in Outer Boroughs

Nice Italian with tourists and a toddler?

Hi, we're taking out-of-town friends out on Friday night - a couple with sophisticated tastes as well as a rambunctious toddler. They would like a nice Italian place, preferably in Park Slope, Clinton Hill, or environs. Would love recommendations for a memorable meal where a toddler would be welcome. Maybe someplace with an outdoor garden or other nice setting? Or at least with tables spread apart enough so we won't bother neighboring diners. they had suggested Marco Polo but we've never been there and perhaps we can do better, food quality wise?

May 07, 2012
Bookistan in Outer Boroughs

Nice Italian for tourists and a toddler?

Hi, we're taking out-of-town friends out on Friday night - a couple with sophisticated tastes as well as a rambunctious toddler. They would like a nice Italian place, preferably somewhere in lower Manhattan (Union Square, Tribeca, West Village). Would love recommendations for a memorable meal where a toddler would be welcome. Maybe someplace with an outdoor garden or other nice setting? Or at least with tables spread apart enough so we won't bother neighboring diners. Food should also be great but we are not expecting Babbo!

May 07, 2012
Bookistan in Manhattan

Methodist Hospital Brooklyn

Wow, I hope I'll have such a great friend if I'm ever stuck in the hospital!

Feb 05, 2012
Bookistan in Outer Boroughs

Surfish

Agreed - somewhat under the radar particularly given the high quality of the food. I love the ceviche tasting - 3 of any of the ceviches on their menu. Almost too pretty to eat but it's always just scrumptious and they use impeccably fresh fish. We've never had a clunker there either and the service is very friendly and accommodating. I am no expert on Peruvian food, but this place is just great.

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Surfish
351 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Jan 22, 2012
Bookistan in Outer Boroughs

Where to eat near BAM?

I've had a couple of very nice meals at Caffe e'Vino before BAM performances. It's charming and the food is really good. Crowded, and sometimes difficult to get a table but maybe OK at 5:30. And it's very close to BAM - a long block away - maybe just the ticket on a chilly night!

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Caffe e Vino
112 DeKalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Jan 21, 2012
Bookistan in Outer Boroughs

Need Ideas for Private Party on a Friday night in Brooklyn

A couple of recommendations based on private parties I've been to - Bubby's upstairs room although it might be a bit large for your party size. However, great views of the Brooklyn Bridge and lower Manhattan. Also, off most peoples' radar is Gallery Restaurant in Dumbo. They do a lovely job of setting up the space for an evening event; don't be fooled by the casual cafe vibe you'll find at breakfast or lunch. And perfect for your party size.

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Bubby's Brooklyn
1 Main St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

The Gallery
108 Jay St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Jan 19, 2012
Bookistan in Outer Boroughs

Tamales, frozen, in Brooklyn?

Just my 2 cents on tamales - I like the F train place and it's a great choice if you live nearby. My only issue is that they are a bit hot - a little heavy on the chiles. But they are big and moist and quite good! We ordered a dozen from the place on 45th and when all is said and done, I think those are the best in Brooklyn.

Dec 26, 2011
Bookistan in Outer Boroughs

Surprise weekend trip to New Orleans - where to eat?

What is the difference between Emeril's Delmonico and Emeril's New Orleans? I checked out the Delmonico site and it seems there are different dining rooms - is one considered the most festive of "special"?
We had lunch many years ago at the Old Coffee Pot; our first trip to NOLA. Still have fond memories and it might be fun to go back. Thanks for all the information!

Dec 18, 2011
Bookistan in New Orleans

Surprise weekend trip to New Orleans - where to eat?

Greetings New Orleans 'hounds from chilly Brooklyn. I am planning to surprise my husband with a birthday trip to New Orleans. It will be for a weekend in January.

I'd love recommendations for a great, great dinner. He loves steak - which I don't think is a big specialty in NOLA - but keep that in mind. Stellar service and special surroundings will help make this a perfect meal.

Would also love breakfast suggestions - not an over the top brunch but still something nice and fun. We'll likely stay in/near the French Quarter area and with our limited time, I'd prefer to not venture too far.

Price is no object.

Thank you!

Dec 18, 2011
Bookistan in New Orleans

Help, need a good restaurant in Dumbo

I like Jack the Horse in the winter. They have a cozy vibe and maybe a fireplace? It's one of your better options in the area While DUMBO has several restaurants, I don't think there's a single "destination" restaurant in DUMBO save for River Cafe and Grimaldi's, which is pretty much tourists only and with a ridiculous line.

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River Cafe
1 Water St., Brooklyn, NY 11201

Grimaldi's
1 Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Jack the Horse Tavern
64 Hicks St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Dec 14, 2011
Bookistan in Outer Boroughs

Brooklyn bridge marriott area

I work in the area and recently discovered Oh My Pasta, definitely a cut above the more mundane restaurants along Montague. They specialize in house-made pasta and while it is not amazing, it's definitely quite good. Nice, clean, modern atmosphere. Across the street is Armando's, truly old school Italian and very good!

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Armando's
143 Montague St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Oh, My Pasta!
142 Montague St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Dec 14, 2011
Bookistan in Outer Boroughs

Seeking a steakhouse with pizazz

OK point taken; I was taken by the pictures of the rooms on their websites. But absolutely, we're going for the meat...

Dec 13, 2011
Bookistan in Manhattan

Seeking a steakhouse with pizazz

thanks so much for all these suggestions. What do you all think of Frisco's and Capital Grille on 42nd St. ?

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Del Frisco's
1221 6th Ave, New York, NY 10020

Capital Grille
155 E 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017

Dec 13, 2011
Bookistan in Manhattan

Seeking a steakhouse with pizazz

Hi hounds, I need advice on a truly great New York steakhouse that meets the following criteria:

1, Absolutely stellar meat but also very good sides and desserts.
2, We are celebrating a BIG birthday so I'd like it to scream "special occasion" place. All things being equal, I'll pick a place with elegant decor over, say, Keens or Lugers.
3. Anywhere in Manhattan, prefer midtown or points south.
4. Birthday boy likes correct, excellent service and we don't want to be rushed.
5. Money is no object.

All recommendations are most appreciated! Thank you.

Dec 12, 2011
Bookistan in Manhattan

Burgers in Brooklyn

Don't know Moo Burger but if you are on Court Street try Vinzee's Magic fountain. It's very good; they are making me eat burgers more than I should! At around 1st Street.

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Vinzee's Magic Fountain
412 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Dec 08, 2011
Bookistan in Outer Boroughs

Bay Ridge

check out Piattini on 98th and 4th.. It's really a hidden gem. Excellent mostly Sicilian style Italian and yummy gelato!

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Piattini
9824 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209

Sep 15, 2011
Bookistan in Outer Boroughs

Park Slope to Sunset Park area, child friendly rec with really good food - Please help!

La Villa has good but not great food. I find it to be reliable and a food value. The menu would please kids, and they are accustomed to big groups. Another possibility is Bogota especially if you go early.

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La Villa
261 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Bogota
141 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Sep 15, 2011
Bookistan in Outer Boroughs

Sunset Park/Brooklyn

Lengua and carnitas (the low-cal stuff!). Yummy yummy yummy.

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Tacos El Bronco
4324 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220

Sep 08, 2011
Bookistan in Outer Boroughs