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Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Outer Borough Memories

Acadia Parish was one of our all time favorites.
Moroccan Star, also on Atlantic.
360 on Van Brunt--the first of the Red Hook dining scene

Going further back..
Camperdown Elm, on Union Street...used to go there with my parents for that "special meal" when I was in college. (Dating myself here!) Anyone around long enough to remember that? Later it became McFeely's.

Aug 19, 2014
jinx in Outer Boroughs

Specific recommendation in 5th

oh wow, thanks for this info, as we were planning for there next week. Sounds like its not a good idea!

Jul 01, 2014
jinx in France

Yet another food itinerary question

Macdog you'll be pleased to know that I've pretty much decided to switch out Robert and Louise for Le Taxi Jaune after reading a bunch more reviews of each. Taxi Jaune sounds much more interesting and unique. Anyway we can walk by each and make a final decision and reservation in person at one or the other on our arrival.

Also made one more change. Was having doubts about Spring the night after Septime and also was getting a mixed vibe about Spring due to many reviews that found it good, but not "memorable" or worth the high cost. So was able to get a reservation for Bistro Paul Bert for Friday night and will most likely cancel Spring (I know, after my annoyance with PB's NYT's quote, but it really does look like more fun and more Parisian than Spring for our last night. Living in Brooklyn, Spring sounds like a lot of places we go to here.) I am giving myself a couple more days to think on it--but don't worry, I'll cancel well over a week in advance :)

Jun 25, 2014
jinx in France

Yet another food itinerary question

okay, okay, I'll keep it in mind :) It does sound good and reasonably priced, which is a big plus given all our pricey meals!

Jun 19, 2014
jinx in France

Yet another food itinerary question

Thanks Macdog. I have to say that I eliminated Taxi Jaune based on the horse-centric theme--granted, there's other things to eat there but looking at photos on the web the horse is pretty "in your face" and I think I'd find it disturbing. Sorry, I know, stupid narrow-thinking American that I am, I just can't wrap my head around eating horse, its like dog or cat to me. :)

However Mary Celeste is on my short-list and we'd hoped to go for oysters, but it seems they don't serve oysters in summer. It might be a good choice for Sunday and perhaps we'll just play that one a bit by ear. It seems they take walk-ins after 7:30. Too bad they aren't open for lunch!

Metropolitain also looks good and is near our apt, we may just walk by there and check it out as an option for Wednesday. If its really hot that week we may not want to eat steak next to the open fire at Robert & Louise!

Jun 19, 2014
jinx in France

summer 2014 closures

I can add to the list:

HUITRERIE REGIS will be closed July 13- Sept 13.

Jun 19, 2014
jinx in France

Yet another food itinerary question

I actually just emailed Huitriere Regis as to closing dates, and they responded instantly--but they will be closed July 13- Sept 13. So we will just catch them in early July.

Jun 19, 2014
jinx in France

Yet another food itinerary question

Ahhh I just posted a separate query about that precise issue...I wondered...I guess I can call them before heading over.

Jun 19, 2014
jinx in France

Oysters in July?

Thanks, I did some further searching and found this informative thread (didn't find it the first time as I searched for "oysters in July".)

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/891589

But I guess I was wondering about places like Mary Celeste, their page specifically says "Plusieurs variétés d'huîtres sont également proposées entre septembre et avril." So it sounds like after April they no longer serve oysters--or am I interpreting this wrong?

Jun 19, 2014
jinx in France

Oysters in July?

Since July is already way out of oyster season in France (always quoted at October-April) I'm wondering what we'll find in early July. Huitriere Regis is recommended and looks great but where do they get their oysters in the off-months? What about other places that traditionally serve oysters, will they be off the menu in July?

Would love to have some French oysters during our trip!

Jun 19, 2014
jinx in France

Yet another food itinerary question

Well I actually snagged a reservation at Septime via La Forchette (after unsuccessfully trying via phone) so now my more-or-less final itinerary is as follows, I'm not making any more reservations from the States:

Friday: lunch will attempt Breizh Cafe; dinner Terroir Parisian (reserved via La Forchette, looks like a nice 20 min walk from our apt via the islands.)
Sat: Chez L'Ami Jean (have res)
Sunday: Open: probably Dans Le Landes (will reserve Friday on arrival)
Monday: probably Chez Denis, will reserve Friday on arrival)
Tuedsay: Verjus (have res)
Wed: Robert & Louise as it is right by our apt and we will be returning late from Versailles that day so don't want to go too far afield.
Thursday: Septime (have res via La Forchette!)
Friday: Spring (have res)

Possible lunches: Yard when we go to Pierre Lachise
Minipalais when we go to Grand Palais
Huitriere Regis for oysters
and wherever we may end up during the day, I have lots of suggestions from this board and blogs etc.

The big missing is Paul Bert but to be honest his interview in the NYT article, and the Americans segregated to the back room, turned me off. Still, we may end up there for lunch, who knows.

My only "concern" is Septime and Spring back to back, maybe too similar...but...well, we won't be back to Paris anytime soon so, we'll go for it!

Jun 19, 2014
jinx in France

Smorgasburg (Sunday, Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 5)

We were there a few weeks ago and most lines were fine (less than 5-10 minutes) other than Mighty Quinn, always the longest, but even that was only about a 20 minute wait. And there are always a few with no lines, if you aren't too picky. This was on a beautiful sunny day around 1 pm. There are a few picnic tables set up in the venue area but there are also plenty of benches along the promenade, so sitting shouldn't be a problem. There's some grassy areas a little further up as well.

Its about a 10 minute walk from Pier 1 BUT keep in mind that walking the bridge leaves you much, much farther out than you think. Whenever I have out of town friends walk the bridge they are surprised because they theink they are at the end, then its another 15-20 minutes to get off of it! Figure its another 10-15 minute walk back to Pier 1 from the bridge exit. (Back to the ferry though will just be 10 minutes.)

Jun 18, 2014
jinx in Outer Boroughs

Lunch after 2 near Eiffel Tower...and on a Monday yet!?

Thanks Parnassien that's a great tip--we plan to take mostly busses anyway--sounds like this may be our best/easiest option.

Jun 17, 2014
jinx in France

NYT

But wow--(re Bistro Paul Bert): "He has tried screening reservations to avoid taking too many from Americans. “I may just stop taking reservations on the Internet,” he said. “If you have to call and speak in French, maybe it will be a deterrent.”

That's almost enough to make me cross it off my list. I was just about to phone for a reservation in a few weeks--now having 2nd thoughts, if he really doesn't want my business as an American!

Also, as far as I know he doesn't take reservations on the Internet, so the whole thing is a bit confusing--

Jun 17, 2014
jinx in France

Lunch after 2 near Eiffel Tower...and on a Monday yet!?

Thanks for these suggestions. Au Dernier Metro looks perfect but it does seem a bit far in the opposite direction from where we'd likely go afterwards (not 100% set on plans, but one possibility was heading to the Grand Palais for the Mapplethorpe exhibit.) Perhaps it would be best to eat somewhere in that area--maybe even Minipalais as I see it serves all day long.

But it may depend how starving we are when we come down from the tower...may not want to wait to eat!

Jun 17, 2014
jinx in France

Lunch after 2 near Eiffel Tower...and on a Monday yet!?

I should add that we don't need a full lunch, a nice wine bar with small plates/charcuterie/cheese would be fine.

Jun 12, 2014
jinx in France

Lunch after 2 near Eiffel Tower...and on a Monday yet!?

I just purchased tickets for a 12:30 Behind the Scenes tour on a Monday--the only time the entire week we are in Paris that was available. But this kind of messes us up for lunch, as it is finished at 2, when most places close for lunch. Is there anywhere not terrible near the Tour Eiffel that is open continuously all day? At first I thought Cafe Constant, but while it says "open all day" it seems that from 2:30 on its just drinks only--not sure we'd get there by 2:30.

Jun 12, 2014
jinx in France

Croque Monsieur in Paris

TimeOut Paris lists the Croque Monsieur at Terroir Parisian one of the "50 best dishes in Paris." I can't speak from experience as I've yet to go, but I'm just being the messenger :) I can't figure out how to link directly to the Croque Monsieur slide but here's a link and just click on the photo of what looks like an Aztec Pyramid. It does look pretty tasty, if not quite traditional!

http://www.timeout.com/paris/en/food-...

Jun 08, 2014
jinx in France

Yet another food itinerary question

Thanks Parnassien. It does sound like there are plenty of alternatives if I can't get into Breizh Cafe as a walk-in. So, my FINAL decision--no reservation, I'll take my chances, and have your list of alternatives handy.

So #1 is decided!

No one has chimed in on #3....but I think I will call Septime today just to see if a reservation is even possible.

Jun 06, 2014
jinx in France

Yet another food itinerary question

I suppose I could make a 2 pm reservation, I'm fairly sure we should be able to get there by then. Its just five blocks from our apartment. Worst case I'd have to call and cancel if we're delayed along the way.

Jun 05, 2014
jinx in France

Yet another food itinerary question

Thanks for all the suggestions, I'll check them out. Now I'm thinking perhaps we should just go to Robert and Louise that first night...its only three blocks from our apartment. Just wasn't sure I'd want a heavy steak meal first night out and jet-lagged. My experience at first-night dinners in Europe has sometimes been falling asleep at the table ;)

Jun 05, 2014
jinx in France

Yet another food itinerary question

yes, that was exactly my thinking.

Jun 05, 2014
jinx in France

Yet another food itinerary question

hm two conflicting responses to #1 :) Well, I guess that means we can just try but have a back-up. Not sure what the back up might be as it will likely be between meal hours (could be 2-3 before we get over there.) My hunch was that during that time period it should be less crowded but, what do I know...!

Yes, it was Parigi's report that convinced me to give Chez L'ami Jean a try. It looks like a lot of fun.

Thanks JT re: warning on Cafe des Musees. I will look at the other two suggestions and the steak places you mention--all are ones I've not heard of yet. Of course, Chez Denise and Paul Bert may be steak as well...but don't have to be. I'd actually like to add more seafood (hence the Clamato idea.) One lunch--at least--we hope to find good oysters---

Jun 05, 2014
jinx in France

Yet another food itinerary question

Ah, thanks for the correction re: Chez Denise. Somehow I thought they were closed on Monday. That might be a good option for that night, then.

My limited experience when a restaurant is about to close on vacation--and some other reports I've read--is that they are out of many items because they do not want to have left-overs--and may have a limited menu. Just anecdotal for the most part, but it would seem to make some sense.

Jun 05, 2014
jinx in France

Yet another food itinerary question

We are 8 nights in an apartment in the lower Marais (Rue Bourg-Tiborg) in early July. Between Chowhound, JT's blog, ParisbyMouth, David L, and assorted other sources I've come up with a short list but I have a few questions/holes. First time in Paris but have eaten our way well through Barcelona, Rome, Venice, and much of Italy with help from Chowhound.

We don't like to plan lunches as we really don't want to be tied to an area during the day and prefer to wander at will, also not keen on two big meals a day and would rather have it at dinner...especially in the heat of the summer. We will probably eat most lunches at wine bars or might make a reservation but no earlier than that morning or the day prior if we know where we might be. So not worried about lunch.

For dinners we would like to try a variety of "types" of places--classic bistro, nouvelle bistro, tasting menu, etc, don't really have a budget but can't (or shouldn't :) do "blow-out" meals every night! Need a balance...

We arrive on Friday July 4 at around 10:30 and so not sure what time we'd get to the apt and finish checking in (we have to wait for the agent, etc.)

Here's what I have so far:

Friday: Open but would like to stay walking distance
Sat: Chez L'Ami Jean (have res)
Sunday: Open: maybe Dans Le Landes or Clamato
Monday: Open
Tuedsay: Verjus (have res)
Wed: Open
Thursday: Open (will try for res at Bistro Paul Bert)
Friday: Spring (have res)

So question #1: On Friday, is it possible to walk-in to Breizh Cafe at lunch time, possibly around 1:30 or 2? We were thinking this would be a good first lunch--near our apt, and since they are open non-stop. But don't think we can reserve as we really don't know the time (plane delay, etc.) This is my only lunch question :)

#2: Friday Dinner: would like something in the Marais or walking distance as we get our bearings, and we'll be tired; nothing too gourmet as we will probably be too tired to appreciated it fully. Maybe Cafe des Musees?

#3: It is still a week too early to try for Septime (I have already given up on Frenchie, nothing on their website and no answer by phone.) Should I even bother trying for Septime given that I already have Verjus and Spring?

Others on my short list:
Pirouette
Chez Denise (but they are closed as of July 11, as per the other thread--and they are closed Monday--which leaves going the night before they close--Wed the 10th--which seems like a bad idea.) Another "classic" bistro?
Robert and Louise or L'Aller-Retour for steak

uh, that's a pretty short list and I'm running out of ideas...hence this post :)

Ones I've eliminated:
David Toutain and Ze Kitchen Gallerie as we are not that keen on Asian-influence fusion.

Thoughts appreciated!

Jun 05, 2014
jinx in France

Marco's Brooklyn

We've been to Marco's and found it delicious, but the high wine mark-ups also deter us from going back. We have the same problem with Franny's (both the original and the new location) so we don't return as often as we would otherwise.

I imagine we'll go back to Marco's at some point but in view of the price--with wine--we would likely save it for a special occasion or if we are entertaining someone. And actually, thinking about it, at the price point there are places I'd rather go for a special occasion.

Jun 05, 2014
jinx in Outer Boroughs

Weekday lunch in Park Slope or Prospect Heights?

Thanks for the suggestions. 12th Street Bar & Grill might be perfect, didn't know they were open for lunch (have been there often for dinner.)

Stone Park and also Al di la were considered but not sure we want to go down to 5th Ave, its a bit of a hike from where we will be.

I think 12th St will work, although I can't seem to find a lunch menu anywhere.

Jun 12, 2013
jinx in Outer Boroughs

Weekday lunch in Park Slope or Prospect Heights?

I'm having a heck of a time trying to find a place open for a nice weekday lunch (Tuesday) for a small group of co-workers. Anywhere in Park Slope or Prospect Heights would work--somewhere along 7th Ave or above best (we'd be coming from Prospect Park). I've looked at Thistle Hill, Fonda, Talde, Franny's, Bar Corvo, and a few others--nothing's open for lunch! Want something a bit nice, but not too pricey for a celebration. Any suggestions?

Jun 11, 2013
jinx in Outer Boroughs

Pok Pok NY...good, not great

We struck out on Saturday....arrived at 5 and were third in line, but my friends had train trouble and arrived at 5:40...too late...the place was filled by 5:40 and the line was down the block. Since they only seat full parties, we were out of luck. And it was freezing. I can't even imagine how long the wait might have been for folks at the end of the line.

We didn't even attempt to wait and went to Talde instead. And there was an hour wait there at 6...but at least a warm place to wait inside at the bar! (Also, as usual, the wait they quote is always longer than reality...they told us an hour but it was more like 45 min...but I digress.)

Jan 29, 2013
jinx in Outer Boroughs

Battersby on Saturday night? Alternative?

I would suggest getting to Battersby by 5:15 at the latest. We arrived at 5 when we went on a Saturday, and were first in line; but by 5:15 or 5:20 the line was building. The place is very small!

However, personally I would not try to go to Battersby before an 8 pm show, it seems rushed to me (given the 20 minute walk) and its really not a meal to rush (I don't think we got out of there before 9, although we were a party of four and had many courses.) I'd save it for another night and try somewhere closer to Barclay's.

Envious that you are seeing the Stones, enjoy ;)

Dec 05, 2012
jinx in Outer Boroughs