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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
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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
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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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College group Lexington & E 24th. Sushi? Ramen?

We live in the neighborhood and our "go to" sushi restaurant is Mizu, 29 East 20th Street. Their sushi/sashimi lunch specials are well within the budget - and they're very good.

May 27, 2014
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Your current top 5 favorite restaurants right now

Top choices for consistently great food in more casual settings, (so not including my all time faves, EMP, Bernadin & Blue HIll at Stone Barns).

Wong
Maialino
DBGB
Osteria Morini

Jan 02, 2014
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New Years Eve, a la carte in the neighborhood (Flatiron/Union Square/Murray Hill)

We were New Years Eve regulars at Steak Frites - it appealed to everyone's budget/diets and the food was serviceable. Last year didn't measure up so we're in the hunt for a new a la carte menu under $60/pp (without drinks, tax, tip) in the Gramercy, Murray Hill, Union Square, Flatiron area. For 4 or 5 people at 8p/8:30p, to be out by 10p/10:30p. These are not adventurous eaters so I generally stick to American or Italian restaurants. Any ideas? Giorgio's of Gramercy is an option so far. Thanks, as always!

Dec 26, 2013
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Lure Fishbar versus Catch

Went last night and ditto everything RCC and rrems said about Lure. Double ditto the deafening noise level and crass atmosphere (created by big tables of loud mouths) except for our sweet waitress, who was wonderful.
Still can't figure out why it's on the Eater 38. Sheesh.

Oct 23, 2013
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"Secret" Private Rooms & Chef's Tables

Just wanted to thank everyone for the suggestions and to let you know how it worked out. Blue Hill at Stone Barns was excellent. The tasting menu features more incredibly tasty and creative vegetable tastings than at other comparable restaurants (including a recent trip to EMP) and for us, that was a most welcome treat. The dining room is elegant, the service is friendly and we will certainly be back. (The $20 cab ride from the Tarrytown Metro North station is a breeze and the Stone Barns team has the timing of the ride back down to a science).

We were also very pleased with our chef's table experience at Blue Ribbon Bakery. The room just outside the bread kitchen is great; there's a lot to watch if you're so inclined, but if not, it's fun just to have a semi-private room that's quiet yet not closed off. The service was terrific and we liked the casual atmosphere. And the fried chicken is delicious!

Thanks again to everyone for the great suggestions!

Oct 07, 2013
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Need recommendations for high quality hot dogs - like Dicksons

Wow, 3 votes for Bark - must be worth the schlep to Park Slope (sorry, but we're only 10 blocks from Dogmatic!).

Aug 15, 2013
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Need recommendations for high quality hot dogs - like Dicksons

Oh, good to know - i'll check in with them before we go in September (I'm planning a few surprises for a birthday weekend).

Aug 13, 2013
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"Secret" Private Rooms & Chef's Tables

Their minimums and menu pricing seemed too much for what we need. We're only 4 or 5 people. But my friend had her (small) wedding reception there and was thrilled with the venue and the food.

Aug 13, 2013
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"Secret" Private Rooms & Chef's Tables

What a great idea, that looks really interesting! My group is a little small (and finicky) for it this time but I will definitely keep Bouley chef's pass in mind for future events. Thanks!

Aug 13, 2013
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