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Movin' on up...need fish/produce market and new diner in East 60's

We stopped by but only saw terrine - is that what you like?

Apr 15, 2015
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Movin' on up...need fish/produce market and new diner in East 60's

We did take a spin through and found prices to be about 33-50% higher than at other specialty stores, including Eataly. I did enjoy their cheese samples and the selection was outstanding.

Apr 15, 2015
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Movin' on up...need fish/produce market and new diner in East 60's

We've been in our new digs for about a month and have settled in nicely at Eat Here Now as our "go to" diner. The prices are reasonable, the oatmeal is good and the crew really go out of their way for each customer. Silver Star had a less personal feel and a few cell phone yammers which was a bit much in the morning.
On the dinner-to-go front, we are in awe of the $3.49/lb rotisserie chickens at Citarella. I don't know how they do it at such a low price (of course, we never leave without all kinds of other prepared foods so maybe they're just luring us in - smart business!)
Whole Foods is great for lunch time salad bar and by 2p it's not too crowded at all.
And, although we asked for fresh fish recommendations, I do want to mention Roy's Fish Store (1st Ave/62nd) for sushi to-go. The scallop, salmon, uni and toro we had were excellent - and quite unexpected in such an unassuming storefront. We haven't tried his fresh fish yet, that's next.
So thanks to everyone for the recommendations, we'll keep exploring!

Apr 14, 2015
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Non-Kosher Passover To Go

We wound up ordering the whole meal from Baruch (Weiss) at East Side Glatt (500 Grand Street). Four pounds of brisket, 3 different homemade kugels, tzimmes, charoset, soup and a loaf of the best homemade gefilte fish in the city. Everyone loved it!

Apr 14, 2015
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Non-Kosher Passover To Go

They have a very generous package this year and we've enjoyed them in the past, as well. Just hoping for something more like what Mile End did - it was "gourmet" Passover and we could taste the difference - homemade matzoh, beautifully prepared brisket, unusual kugels. Just haven't been able to find anything quite like that for this year. We did see Elegant Eating, caterers in Smithtown, where coincidentally, we're visiting family that day and can pick up their Passover dinner for 8 (or Easter dinner for 8 which looks like a better menu!). They get good reviews but their Passover is pretty basic, nothing like the variety of Ben's, for sure...

Mar 24, 2015
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Non-Kosher Passover To Go

We love Sarge's...but since we order from them at least once/week, we're thinking we may want something different for the holiday. Also, they're either a la carte or per person, I don't see a group menu. We just moved so I'm looking for the easiest - and tastiest - way to host the family, without too many decisions.

Mar 23, 2015
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Non-Kosher Passover To Go

Thanks. I had checked their menu but only saw a la carte and I'm thinking a set menu for 6-8 or 8-10 will be a lot easier. Trying to figure out how many quarts and pounds and pieces...makes my palms sweat just thinking about it.

Mar 23, 2015
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Non-Kosher Passover To Go

Right! I haven't tried them yet...but heading to PJ Bernsteins shortly. How do they compare?

Mar 23, 2015
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Non-Kosher Passover To Go

We're having 8 people for Passover dinner and usually take out from Sarge's. Any other places we should consider this year? We're new to the Upper East Side (east 60's) but have a car so can pick up from anywhere in the city. We know we'll make a trip to Grand Street Glatt for Borach's homemade gefilte fish, of course, and maybe some of his kugels. We're definitely not interested in Fairway, Whole Foods or other chain supermarkets. The best Passover so far was from Mile End when they were preparing the whole meal for takeout from their Red Hook kitchen - now that was a gourmet Passover!

Mar 23, 2015
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Restaurant Gift Card

Thanks very much Scott & Ruth. I checked out Cotogna and the menu looks good, plus they do gift cards easily online. I think it will be a nice "thank you" for my colleague. Thanks for the quick replies!

Restaurant Gift Card

NY Hound here, looking for advice on a restaurant gift card for a colleague who works in Telegraph Hill. I'm not sure where she lives and don't know much about her food preferences but thought a $200 gift card to a nearby restaurant might be a nice surprise. Assuming she prefers a quieter, less "buzzy" venue with quality food for either lunch or an after work meal. Thanks so much for your advice!

Good neighborhood Italian near 29th and Park?

I Trulli is very good and if you prefer a smaller, (usually) quieter venue, their wine bar next door will serve from the same menu. Bistango is a favorite of the neighbors for convenience, with a more limited menu and much less expensive. I would skip Belvedere. One new addition that's very casual is Nick's Pizza Bar. The chicken parm was pretty good! (Pasta is a la carte.)

Jan 29, 2015
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Which chinese restaurant serves crispy noodles that look like this?

I grew up in Queens and went back to King Yum recently. Still the best crispy noodles!

Jan 29, 2015
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Movin' on up...need fish/produce market and new diner in East 60's

Thanks for reminding me - that's the diner I frequented after appointments at Manhattan Eye & Ear a few times last year. It could become our new "go to" - except I won't need to see a doctor first!

Jan 20, 2015
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Movin' on up...need fish/produce market and new diner in East 60's

Haha, sounds like the worst of the 24th Street and 14th Street locations rolled into one!

Jan 05, 2015
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Movin' on up...need fish/produce market and new diner in East 60's

Thanks, pbjluver! We've been in Murray Hill for 20 years so we're well versed in markets/restaurants from 42nd Street to the east village. For fish, we're partial to Eataly. The selection is excellent and price-wise, they're probably better than Grand Central Market. It's one of the things we'll miss most about our current home - and Madison Square Park!

Jan 05, 2015
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Movin' on up...need fish/produce market and new diner in East 60's

That should definitely solve the fish problem - looking forward to it!

Jan 04, 2015
gracefoster in Manhattan

Movin' on up...need fish/produce market and new diner in East 60's

Thanks! I haven't tried Eli's but I do like Agata and Valentina. We've tried their University Place location for convenience but the uptown store is more consistent. Silver Star on 2nd looks a little pricey for a diner - but I may have to get used to that in my new neighborhood!

Jan 04, 2015
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Movin' on up...need fish/produce market and new diner in East 60's

They both look great, thanks for suggesting. Seems we'll have a few good options for our morning breakfast.

Jan 04, 2015
gracefoster in Manhattan

Movin' on up...need fish/produce market and new diner in East 60's

Looks good! For eggs and oatmeal, I think we should be fine (as long as the coffee is hot and fresh). Thanks so much, we're looking forward to the big move...

Jan 04, 2015
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Movin' on up...need fish/produce market and new diner in East 60's

Thanks! Looking forward to Grace's for prepared foods, too. Bernstein's looks great but we need a diner that's open at 7a so we can eat before work. And make new diner friends. ☺

Jan 04, 2015
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Movin' on up...need fish/produce market and new diner in East 60's

Definetly for fruit/veggies but I've had bad fish from WF (24th/7th Ave) several times. I'm hoping QA is better uptown!

Jan 04, 2015
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Movin' on up...need fish/produce market and new diner in East 60's

We're finally leaving Kips Bay after 20 years, heading to 65th/3rd. We'll really miss the fresh fish and produce at Eataly, as well as their excellent cheese selection (and rotisserie chickens when we're too pooped to cook). Any suggestions for where to shop in the new neighborhood? We also need a new diner for weekday breakfast - hopefully with a friendly vibe. Thanks.

Jan 04, 2015
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Best Chopped Liver, Gefiltre Fish and Matzoh Balls

East Side Glatt on Grand Street has great gefilte fish (made fresh every Wednesday, I believe). It may be a bit sweet for some but my family loves it.

Dec 13, 2014
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40th Birthday Party Bar/Lounge Place Needed

If the east side is ok, try Harding's on east 21st. They can section off part of the bar area for a party and will work with a cash bar (not sure if you'll need to guarantee a minimum). Holiday season is tough but slower weeknights in January might offer more options. I just organized a fun party at the Galway Pub on east 36th St and they were very helpful. Gave us a separate room with a pool table, couches, etc - but it may not be upscale enough for your event.

Dec 09, 2014
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Delivered Thanksgiving Dinner Question

Glad you enjoyed it, we did too! Next year, we'll skip the cucumber salad and double up on the mac 'n' cheese. The bourbon sweet potato mash was also a favorite for our group, along with the turkey, of course. I also appreciated the orderly and efficient pick-up on Thanksgiving.

Nov 30, 2014
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Delivered Thanksgiving Dinner Question

Some alternatives to the prepared foods markets:

Second Avenue Deli - $400 feast for 12; the menu isn't online yet but it's available at the deli (maybe they can email it to you if you call). Have had many holiday meals delivered from them and they're always very good, if somewhat pricey

Hill Country - great 2014 Thanksgiving menu; they don't deliver. We live in Kips Bay and are planning to walk over and take a cab home with all the goodies!
http://www.hillcountryny.com/assets/f...

Dinosaur BBQ - not sure if they'll deliver; the menu looks good
http://www.dinosaurbarbque.com/

Nov 01, 2014
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Manhattan Prix Fixe Dinners

Great suggestions, thanks so much. I think Babbo may be too frenetic and Maialino, Junoon not "special" enough for a birthday. I didn't realize the Gramercy Prix Fixe is only $92 - that could be the winner! Checking some of the others I'm not up to date on. Really appreciate your help.

Oct 13, 2014
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Manhattan Prix Fixe Dinners

Haven't seen an update in awhile on the best prix fixe dinners in Manhattan. I'm looking for a quiet, adult restaurant, $100/pp tops (not including tax, tip, drinks) where I can take a pal who eats a lot. I love Juni but the 4 course tasting may not be filling enough for him! Thanks as always for your suggestions.

Oct 12, 2014
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Anniversary Dinner - New thoughts?

Last few times at Commerce it was over booked, extremely loud, poor service and definitely not romantic. After years of frequent dinners there, I'm sad to say I won't be back.

Aug 02, 2014
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