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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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Need recommendations for high quality hot dogs - like Dicksons

We're purists so fried or lard soaked dogs or any with heavy toppings are probably not the right style. That's why we like Dicksons, we were just wondering if there are others.

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

Great minds think alike - that's on the agenda for Part II of the big celebration! We've toured the grounds on several occasions but the big surprise will be finally sitting down to the full meal. Shhh, don't tell. ;-)

Aug 12, 2013
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Need recommendations for high quality hot dogs - like Dicksons

Perfect! Thanks so much!

Aug 12, 2013
gracefoster in Manhattan

"Secret" Private Rooms & Chef's Tables

Thanks for sharing that, sounds like i don't need to make a trip over there (even if it is only a few blocks away!).

Aug 12, 2013
gracefoster in Manhattan

Need recommendations for high quality hot dogs - like Dicksons

Looking for recommendations for high quality hot dogs, like Dicksons in Chelsea Market. Eat-in or take-out, but not something we have to cook ourselves. Thanks!

Aug 12, 2013
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"Secret" Private Rooms & Chef's Tables

I just called and they said it's not a room or even enclosed, it's just an area in the back and a little off to the side, meant for 4 or 5 guests. I guess i need to see it...will try to do that this week!

Aug 12, 2013
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"Secret" Private Rooms & Chef's Tables

Has anyone tried Blue Ribbon Bakery's private room? I like that we can use their a la carte menu or create our own since some of the guests have particular dietary needs.

Aug 12, 2013
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"Secret" Private Rooms & Chef's Tables

I haven't, but my partner has..Thanks for thinking on this!

Aug 12, 2013
gracefoster in Manhattan

"Secret" Private Rooms & Chef's Tables

Thanks for thinking of these. Unfortunately, Picholine is closed for vacation until 9/10. We've been to Per Se, and just didn't love it. Artisanal's recording seems to indicate private dining is for 8 or more - have you had smaller parties there? Thanks again!

Aug 12, 2013
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"Secret" Private Rooms & Chef's Tables

Planning my partner's 50th for just 4 or 5 of us. Have been to the usual suspects for chef's table/private dining - Daniel, Maialino, Barbuto, etc. but am wondering if there are any hidden gems in Manhattan? Would even consider a catering kitchen or small event space that would allow us to bring in a private chef. Casual is great, as long as the food is excellent.
I hosted a larger party in the private garden at I Trulli - it's not on most "private room" lists but it turned out to be a great find!
Any suggestions? Thanks!

Aug 12, 2013
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STEER CLEAR LIST - Worst Meal You've Had in the Last Six Months

Yes, the pancakes were part of the problem. 3 thin pancakes that still managed to be soggy due to a heavy handed sauce, on top of all the butter in the batter. The baked eggs w/chorizo dish was drowned in spiced tomato that overwhelmed the other flavors; still not sure I was even eating chorizo. We took a quick peek at Menupages when we got home just to see what the general public is saying and it seems our experience is not unusual. So disappointed.

Feb 18, 2013
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STEER CLEAR LIST - Worst Meal You've Had in the Last Six Months

Brunch at the Breslin. Entrees are loaded with heavy handed sauces, some were barely eatable - and it's expensive! Definitely not for foodies. But if you're looking for a young, hip scene and a great bar, i'm sure it's fun.

Feb 18, 2013
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STEER CLEAR LIST - Worst Meal You've Had in the Last Six Months

Kin Shop. Should have known when they said the crab in the crab & noodle dish was "very small so you may not see it." Right-o. Expensive, too!

Nov 30, 2012
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Crispo....Again?! Other moderate places for 5?

Just want to thank everyone for the suggestions. Surprisingly, the gang decided they would love to have dinner at our place, with steamed lobsters from Chelsea Market! We'll keep these ideas on hand for the next time. Thanks again!

May 25, 2012
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Crispo....Again?! Other moderate places for 5?

Great to know about Babbo on Twitter for the future. I like Scarpetta a lot but still having trouble with reservations - who knew Memorial Day Weekend would be a challenge? Anyone know about The Place on West 4th? A friend just suggested it and it looks cute.

May 18, 2012
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Crispo....Again?! Other moderate places for 5?

Great choices, Peter, but alas, nothing on Open Table for any for 5/26 at 6 or 7p. Po or L'Artusi would have been perfect - I'm going to call to see if there's a wait list but in the meantime...any others? I definitely want to make a reservation.. Thanks again for giving this a think!

May 18, 2012
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Crispo....Again?! Other moderate places for 5?

When my family comes to the city, I always take them to Crispo for dinner but am hoping for another option this time. We're 5 adults, one vegetarian (fish ok), all foodies. Crispo is lovely but was hoping for a change; under $350 w/out alcohol, anywhere from the Village to the 30's, east or west. Thanks!

May 18, 2012
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Wine Bar or Cocktail Lounge - East 50's/60's

Thanks, Alan, I haven't been there but since we're only having small plates and wine, the prices are fine. Do you know anything about Vero Midtown or Uncorked? Our friends found these in NY Mag but I keep thinking the bars in the 50's will have a young, loud crowd on a Thursday night.

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Uncorked
322 E 59th St, New York, NY 10022

Vero
1004 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022

Jan 04, 2012
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Wine Bar or Cocktail Lounge - East 50's/60's

We're venturing out of our beloved Murray Hill/Flatiron for cocktails/wine tomorrow night. Any recommendations in the East 50's or 60's that will be comfortable, not too loud and not too crowded? In our neighborhood, I Trulli's Enoteca; Bar Stuzzichini, Wine:30 and 'inoteca are favorites for wine, as is Blue Smoke for the bourbon selection. Thanks!

Jan 04, 2012
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Thanksgiving Gourmet Take-Out/Catering?

Thanks so much, I'll be checking out some of these for sure!

Oct 29, 2011
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