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best place to buy filet mignon in Manhattan or Brooklyn

When I lived in Midtown, I used to buy all my meat (including filet migon (~$10/lb)) at Big Apple Meat Market at 9th and 42nd. Don't be put off the by the location and its appearance -- it looks really sketchy, but the prices can't be beat and the filet mignon I bought there was superb.

Granted, I haven't been there since I moved uptown, but if you're adventurous definitely check it out.

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Big Apple Meat Market
575 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

Feb 18, 2012
DaphneDuck in Manhattan

Need help picking a place for date night

I don't know how important ambiance is for you, but Boulud Sud is not very romantic - it's so busy and bright! I've read reviews that liken the decor to an airport lounge and I think that's exactly right. Though the food is great, mind you.

The ambiance didn't bother me so much when I was there, but perhaps it would have if I didn't live in Manhattan and didn't get out with my husband often.

Just something to think about.

Feb 02, 2012
DaphneDuck in Manhattan

Need dinner place near 40th and Park

Artisanal is at 32nd and Park.

Decent French bistro fare with an excellent cheese selection. I think they're also on Savored, so if you book through them, it's 30% off, including alcohol.

http://www.artisanalbistro.com/

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Artisanal
2 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016

Jan 26, 2012
DaphneDuck in Manhattan

Paging Upper Eastsiders: Fave places for takeout/delivery?

For delivery, we really like Buddha BBeeQ - 2nd between 91st and 92nd
The chili peanut noodles are fab, as is the Beef BBQ plate.

We also order solid Italian from Cavatappo Grill -- 1st at 89th.

For authentic thin-crust pizza, we order from Farinella at 79th and Lex.

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Buddha BBeeQ
1750 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10128

Cavatappo Grill
1712 First Avenue, New York, NY 10128

Dec 27, 2011
DaphneDuck in Manhattan

New restaurant across from Lukes on UES?

New place? I'm not sure there is a new place there.

There is Balon, a wine bar, across from Luke's, but I don't think it's that new. I haven't tried the food; the wine offerings are OK, nothing great. My boyfriend and I stop in there sometimes after dinner if we want to keep the night going.

There's also Spigolo, on the corner. I don't think that's new either, but the food is great. Definitely go, if you havent been.

Anyone else? Is there a new restaurant there? I was just at Spigolo a couple of nights ago, and I didn't notice anything.

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Spigolo
1561 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

Balon
245 E 81st St, New York, NY 10028

Jul 01, 2011
DaphneDuck in Manhattan

Help 2 Canadian Foodies Fall in Love with Baltimore this Memorial Day Weekend.

So we have a very nice (and hot!) weekend in Baltimore. Unfortunately we didn't get to try nearly as many places as we wanted, but here it is (sorry it is quite long):

Fri Lunch: B&O - I had the Pork Terrine followed by the Sweet Pea and Crawfish Ravioli. My SO had the watermelon gazpacho (soup du jour) and the ravioli as well. The pork terrine came out breaded (cornmeal?) which was not at all what I was expecting, but nonetheless it was very good. The watermelon gazpacho was delicious, a perfect mix of spicy and sweet, quite refreshing given the heat outside. We were both impressed with the sweet pea ravioli. For dessert , I had the Elvis Cream Pie, I think it is called, and my SO had the banana bread pudding. Both were good, but we both preferred the Elvis. To drink we had a bottle of the Boxcar Shiraz (I think..)

One minor quibble about B&O: the ambiance is a bit too corporate chain/hotel restaurant and the service is a bit too forced-friendly, if that makes sense (as opposed to the natural warmth of our servers at both Bluegrass and Charleston...but more on that later)...Although we ate at B&O twice (see below), mostly due to the proximity to our hotel (and they were open on Memorial Day) we only ate there during the day, so perhaps the ambiance improves once the sun goes down.

Fri Dinner: SALT -- I had the duck ragout gnocchi to start, and my SO had the Wagyu Beef and Foie Gras Slider. Both were excellent! Especially the beef. To follow, he had the Spring Vegetable Pasta and I had the Crusted Tuna with Seaweed and Pot Stickers. Again both were excellent. One minor quibble: My tuna steak was ENORMOUS. I mention this, not just because I felt bad because I was unable to finish it, but because the size of the steak (ratio of the tuna to pepper crust) affects the way it feels in your mouth. But minor quibble...
We both agreed we drank too much at lunch, so we had a half bottle of a Sauvignon Blanc, but I dont remember which one.

Sat Lunch: Lexington Market. We shared a lump crab cake at Faidley's which was very good, but we honestly don't have much experience with crab cakes in general, so can't comment on the overall quality, compared to others. However, the lines at Faidley's were long and diverse (both locals and tourists alike), which speaks strongly to the quality there. After we shared a sausage at Pollock Johnny's which was also very good. We checked out the Berger's Bakery booth, but the cookies didn't look that interesting and the line was quite long, so we decided to skip dessert. We also wanted to keep lunch light before Charleston.

Sat Dinner: Charleston.
We opted for the 4 course menu with wine. We also opted for a cheese course before dessert (so that is 6 courses total). Everything here, from the service to the food to the decor to the wine was excellent, as should be expected at this price point. I had the English Pea Soup, the Tuna Tartare, the Pan Seared Halibut, and the Duck Breast with Foie Gras. My SO had the Lobster Soup (which was wonderfully paired with a Spanish plum wine), the Asparagus, ???(I completely forgot his middle course, will ask him later), Pan-Seared Foie Gras.
Everything was excellent. In the range of Contemporary American, I would say Charleston is definitely more traditional than experimental, but the quality and skill here is evident. Also, the pacing and portion sizes were perfect and we finished our 6 courses without feeling overly full.

For cheese I had a hard American cheese that I dont remember the name of (I asked the fromager for something resembling Comte, which they didn't have) and my SO had a blue, which I also don't remember the name of.

For dessert I had the trio of creme brulee (excellent) and I must be getting old because I can't remember what he had for dessert (will ask him later...)

Sun Lunch: Bluegrass
We ended up here for a late lunch and we sat outside. The place seemed pretty empty, but we were obviously in between services. We started with a cheese/charcuterie board. We tried the duck prosciutto (excellent!) the guinea hen liver parfait (excellent), the peach bacon jam (excellent), and two blue cheeses (the oregonzola and the ewe's blue, I think)...anyway, I can't emphasize enough how impressed we were with the charcuterie here. In a word, excellent. We followed with the spring vegetable gnocchi which was also excellent. We had a bottle of white, I can't remember which one, but I do remember the wine list was atypical, and they had a lot of not often seen wines on the menu. Our server was great (he dropped our first bottle of wine, but he handled it perfectly) but I can't speak to the ambiance, because we ate outside and no one was there due to the time we ate.

Sun Dinner: Room Service (Boo! :-( ) We went back to the hotel to nap off the wine and the sun. We were planning a late dinner at Sotto Sopra, but we overslept and just ended up ordering room service.

Mon Lunch: We were hoping to get to Sotto Sopra for lunch but they were closed so we ended up back at B&O. My SO had the beet carpaccio which he loved, but I didn't (to be fair I am really picky when it comes to beets) and the sweet pea ravioli again. I had melon gazpacho (different than the one we had before, but still good) and the falafel burger, which was good for what it was. We had some time to kill (and it was HOT! out) so against everyone's good advice to stay away from the Inner Harbor for meals, we found a patio (I don't know the name of the place...beside the H&M...) and had a dozen oysters and a bottle of white. While the oysters were edible, they were the worst oysters I have ever eaten, but we were catching some breeze off the water, and all in all, it wasn't that bad. Our server made us laugh and people watching on the Harbor was a nice way to end our weekend.

I was disappointed not to get out to try all the restaurants we wanted to, but that just gives us reason to make another trip out to Baltimore.

I also wanted to thank everyone for their help. Without all your opinions, we surely wouldn't have eaten as well as we did this weekend.

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Lexington Market
400 W Lexington St, Baltimore, MD 21201

Sotto Sopra Restaurant
405 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

May 31, 2011
DaphneDuck in Washington DC & Baltimore

Help 2 Canadian Foodies Fall in Love with Baltimore this Memorial Day Weekend.

I just wanted to thank everyone for this wonderful response.

Right now, it looks like B&O for lunch on Friday (and I have no doubt that dinner would be a better choice, but unfortunately there just isn't enough time this trip). I am still undecided about Salt vs. Bluegrass for Fri dinner, I think I'll let my boyfriend decide that one. Either way, we will definitely get to Bluegrass this trip, just perhaps not for dinner.

Sat lunch is Lexington Market and Sat dinner is Charleston.

Sunday lunch/dinner I am tossing around Bluegrass, Jack's Bistro, The Wine Market, b Bistro, but I dont plan on making any fast decisions now. We'll play it by ear, depending on what we end up doing on Sunday.

Monday lunch will be crabs, probably Obrycki's.

At any rate, I will definitely follow-up with a post-trip report to let you all know where we ate, what we had, and what we thought of everything,

Thank you again for all your help.

And enjoy YOUR long weekend.

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Jack's Bistro
3123 Elliott St, Baltimore, MD 21224

Lexington Market
400 W Lexington St, Baltimore, MD 21201

Wine Market
921 East Fort Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21230

May 26, 2011
DaphneDuck in Washington DC & Baltimore

Help 2 Canadian Foodies Fall in Love with Baltimore this Memorial Day Weekend.

Yes, this is what I meant about Dogwood's mission.

May 26, 2011
DaphneDuck in Washington DC & Baltimore

Help 2 Canadian Foodies Fall in Love with Baltimore this Memorial Day Weekend.

Yes, definitely! We have the crab cakes covered at Faidley's, but you are right: we can't go to Baltimore and not eat steamed crabs.

Since we don't have a car, we'll have to cab it, so I'm thinking LP Steamers or Obrycki's.

I have never picked a crab before, so this will be interesting.

May 25, 2011
DaphneDuck in Washington DC & Baltimore

Help 2 Canadian Foodies Fall in Love with Baltimore this Memorial Day Weekend.

If everything else stays the same, then Dogwood actually might be our perfect solution for Monday lunch.

Regardless of food, I wanted to check them out anyway, so this might work,

May 24, 2011
DaphneDuck in Washington DC & Baltimore

Help 2 Canadian Foodies Fall in Love with Baltimore this Memorial Day Weekend.

Fair enough. So let me ask you:

Mainly we were considering Bluegrass for cheese/charcuterie, which is available at lunch. Is there something we'd be specifically missing out on the dinner menu?

Also, do you not recommend Jack's? The menu seems creative (and perhaps overly ambitious) and I expect it to be hit and miss, but it seems unique and worth trying.

I think we are starting to realize we need more than a weekend to adequately eat our way through Baltimore!

May 24, 2011
DaphneDuck in Washington DC & Baltimore

Help 2 Canadian Foodies Fall in Love with Baltimore this Memorial Day Weekend.

Ok, so then it looks like Bluegrass for Sunday lunch...

So...any ideas for Monday lunch?

May 24, 2011
DaphneDuck in Washington DC & Baltimore

Help 2 Canadian Foodies Fall in Love with Baltimore this Memorial Day Weekend.

OK this is where we're at now:

Fri Lunch: B&O
Fri Dinner: Salt

Sat Lunch: Lexington Market
Sat Dinner: Charleston (we were fortunate enough to get a late reservation)

Sun Lunch: ?
Sun Dinner: Jack's Bistro

Mon Lunch: Bluegrass...I am assuming they'll be open on Memorial Day...Is this a safe assumption?

Any ideas for Sunday lunch?

Sotto Sopra and Cinghiale are out because they don't serve lunch on Sundays, as is Clementine (we were only interested in the dinner menu).

So where should we eat on Sunday?

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Jack's Bistro
3123 Elliott St, Baltimore, MD 21224

Lexington Market
400 W Lexington St, Baltimore, MD 21201

Sotto Sopra Restaurant
405 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Cinghiale
822 Lancaster Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

May 24, 2011
DaphneDuck in Washington DC & Baltimore

Help 2 Canadian Foodies Fall in Love with Baltimore this Memorial Day Weekend.

The mixed reviews of Cinghiale are interesting.

We will do one Italian for sure. The menu looks great at both Cinghiale and Sotto Sopra.

So which should we do?

For reference, in NYC we have been repeatedly disappointed by Mario Batali's restaurants (although we haven't been to Del Posto) and loved Michael White's Convivio, which has unfortunately closed.

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Sotto Sopra Restaurant
405 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Cinghiale
822 Lancaster Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

May 24, 2011
DaphneDuck in Washington DC & Baltimore

Help 2 Canadian Foodies Fall in Love with Baltimore this Memorial Day Weekend.

I think we'd definitely check out petit louis if we had more time. As it is, I feel like we aren't going to have enough time to eat everywhere we want to in the city.

May 24, 2011
DaphneDuck in Washington DC & Baltimore

Help 2 Canadian Foodies Fall in Love with Baltimore this Memorial Day Weekend.

Yeah, we thought about Charleston, but my boyfriend doesn't want to pack a suit.

But I know it is considered Baltimore's best.

Anybody else? Is Charleston not to be missed?

May 24, 2011
DaphneDuck in Washington DC & Baltimore

Help 2 Canadian Foodies Fall in Love with Baltimore this Memorial Day Weekend.

Thanks for the rec's for the market. This sounds perfect! Will definitely follow your advice and suck back some oysters when we're there.

Any other not-to-be-missed stands in the market?

May 23, 2011
DaphneDuck in Washington DC & Baltimore

Help 2 Canadian Foodies Fall in Love with Baltimore this Memorial Day Weekend.

amaebi,

Thanks for this.

You bring up a good point about transportation. I had just assumed that most of these places would be accessible by public transportation. Is that not a safe assumption? We are willing to cab it if necessary, but for some reason I had thought it'd be possible to walk/bus it around.

May 23, 2011
DaphneDuck in Washington DC & Baltimore

Help 2 Canadian Foodies Fall in Love with Baltimore this Memorial Day Weekend.

foster,

Thanks for the Chameleon and Cinghiale rec's. The menu at Cinghiale looks fantastic, especially the chocolate tajarin with duck ragu and parmigiano. I think I want to go there just for that, and make my boyfriend order the cuttlefish pappardelle so I can eat from his plate.

Do you have any specific rec's re: the Cinghiale menu?

So now Chameleon and Cinghiale are definitely on my list, but Chameleon is only open for dinner and not open Sun or Mon, so we will have to keep that in mind. . .

Is the basement resto at Crush run by Crush or someone else? There is no mention of it on the website.

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Cinghiale
822 Lancaster Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

May 23, 2011
DaphneDuck in Washington DC & Baltimore

Help 2 Canadian Foodies Fall in Love with Baltimore this Memorial Day Weekend.

Thanks.

Yeah we'll probably hit B&O when we arrive for lunch or Fri dinner.

I think we will skip Brewer's Art and definitely try to hit Bluegrass for the charcuterie, maybe for a lunch.

I know Black Olive comes highly recommended, for their whole fish preparations, I am assuming. If we weren't going to have the fish, would you still recommend Black Olive?

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Brewer's Art
1106 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201

Black Olive
814 S. Bond Street, Baltimore, MD 21231

May 23, 2011
DaphneDuck in Washington DC & Baltimore

Help 2 Canadian Foodies Fall in Love with Baltimore this Memorial Day Weekend.

Just to add:

Also thinking about Bluegrass and Black Olive. What are your preferences between the two?

And: Brewer's Art? Recommended or not?

May 23, 2011
DaphneDuck in Washington DC & Baltimore

Help 2 Canadian Foodies Fall in Love with Baltimore this Memorial Day Weekend.

Hi Chowhounds,

My boyfriend and I will be visiting Baltimore for the first time this weekend (Fri-Mon) and I'd love to hear about your favourite places to chow. We love French, Italian (NOT Italian-American), and Contemporary American cuisine, but are pretty much open to anything. An ideal lunch for us is a couple of cheese and charcuterie boards washed down with wine; neither of us goes in much for beer. We lived in Paris for 3 years and loved the gastro-bistrot scene there, so anything similar to that (fine-dining quality food, casual/hectic ambiance) we'd love.

We are staying at the Sheraton on Fayette, but are willing to travel (no car) for great food.

We will surely check out Lexington Market on Fri or Sat for some of Faidley's fabled crab-cakes.

From checking out websites/menus, and the discussion around the list, we are thinking about checking out the following:

Salt
B&O Brasserie
Jack's Bistro
Clementines
Crush
Corks
Dogwood ( I love their mission, so I really want to go check it out )
The Wine Market

From this list, which are worth checking out? Or is there somewhere else we shouldn't miss?

Also, how organized do we have to be regarding reservations? We live in NYC now, and usually don't bother going somewhere unless we have a reservation, but we like to be a bit more spontaneous on vacation. Will it be impossible to get seated as walk-ins?

Thanks in advance for your suggestions. We're both super-excited to visit Baltimore.

May 23, 2011
DaphneDuck in Washington DC & Baltimore

Fire Escape Garden in NYC?

Hi,

I am thinking of starting a herb/vegetable garden on my fire escape. It is quite large, with sunny eastern exposure, so I am thinking it could be quite successful.

I know it is technically illegally to put things on your fire escape, but I am on the top floor of my building, and the way the landing and stairs are laid out, I would be obstructing no one else but myself and my boyfriend, which is a chance I am willing to take for fresh basil and tomatoes.

My biggest concern, however, is pests. More specifically, I am really grossed out by rats. Birds and squirrels are a problem I am prepared to deal with, but I don't know how I feel about rats outside my bedroom window!

Has anyone else done this? Have you had any rat issues? How did you deal with them?

Also, any general tips on fire escape gardens would be appreciated...

Apr 14, 2011
DaphneDuck in Gardening

Best Menu Dictionary?

Hi,

I had a great pocket gastronomic French-English dictionary.

I bought it on Amazon.fr for less than 5 euros. Seriously, it was great! But alas, I lost it. :-(

http://www.amazon.fr/Gastronomic-Dict...

Feb 15, 2010
DaphneDuck in General Topics

Need lactose-free milk in Paris

You can buy soy milk in big grocery stores like Monoprix or Casino, in the "bio" or organic section.

Nov 09, 2009
DaphneDuck in France

Parisian Local Favorites

I agree about Le Belisaire. I had a great stuffed salmon there once, and my boyfriend had the parmentier you mentioned. He loved it.

There is also another good, under-the-radar bistrot not too far away from Le Belisaire, called Le Petel, http://www.lepetel.com/

Nov 08, 2009
DaphneDuck in France

Christmas Dinner in Strasbourg?

Hi Everyone,

My boyfriend and I are spending Christmas in Strasbourg. What are your recommendations for a nice place for Christmas dinner? Or for not-to-miss places in general?

From what I've gathered from searching the board, it seems that Strasbourg is not a great dining destination. I hope that's not true!! We live in Paris and have gotten quite spoiled by the quality of restaurants here.

Does anyone have any suggestions for us? Also, are things generally open on Christmas, or will everything be closed?

Nov 08, 2009
DaphneDuck in France

Paris upstarts/hidden gems

I'm not sure about undiscovered, but there are many great gastro-bistrots around with great quality:price food ratio and 3 course menus ranging from 30 - 40 euros. However, the atmosphere can be casual and hectic, and many are on the edges of town.

But if you are looking for great food, some of my favourites are Chez L'Ami Jean (Crazy busy!! So be prepared.) in the 7th, Le Beurre Noisette, L'Os a Moelle, and Jadis, all in the 15th.

These places can all be quite busy, so you'd do best to make a reservation in advance.

Jun 19, 2009
DaphneDuck in France