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Restaurant ideas for a group of colleagues next week [San Francisco]

Thanks for all the recs!

One more request: Any good seafood? Not touristy (Fisherman's wharf...though I'm sure there could be good seafood there).

OR, great sushi?

For both of these, could be a smaller group of maybe 5-6 people...

Thanks!

Oct 01, 2013
laurenpk in San Francisco Bay Area

Restaurant ideas for a group of colleagues next week [San Francisco]

Hi everyone-

I'm coming to SF for a conference with several colleagues (up to 10 people) next week, and I was looking for fun/hip/great food & drinks places to suggest. Ideally, it'd be nice if we didn't need reservations (particularly because it may be that we don't all go to every dinner). We'll be there Wed-Sun, so looking for Wed, Thurs, Fri & Sat. dinner spots. We'll be staying in the area around the convention center, but obviously would be willing to go elsewhere for better food options/get away from the crowded area.

I've only been to SF once a few years ago, and enjoyed Slanted Door & Colibri, but it was just with 2 of us, so I'm curious about places that would accommodate more people. Cuisine could be pretty much anything: Mexican, Italian/good pizza (is Flour + Water still fun?), Chinese/Vietnamese/pan-Asian/fusion/Sushi, etc.

Thanks so much in advance!

Sep 25, 2013
laurenpk in San Francisco Bay Area

Going back to Paris for a week- review our restaurant ideas?

A couple other places that are intriguing: Ze Kitchen; Le Restaurant...

Aug 30, 2013
laurenpk in France

Going back to Paris for a week- review our restaurant ideas?

Hello again-

Ok, I'm trying to narrow down a couple meals, mainly for Tuesday & Thursday night.

I would like to try Yam'Tcha on one of those days, is it worth it for dinner or would it be better to go for lunch and then do a lighter, more casual dinner that day?

Also, still trying to decide on "the" restaurant. We loved Le Cinq back in 2011 (went for lunch), so we'd like to try somewhere else. I'm having a really hard time deciding though because while we're willing to pay for a very nice meal, we DON'T want a stuff atmosphere/service (which is the vibe I'm now getting about L'Astrance). What about Pierre Gagnaire? I've also been interested in trying Spring, but I'm getting the sense that that's not in the same league as Le Cinq, Guy Savoy, etc. Am I wrong? Would Yam'Tcha give us a winning combination of top-notch & innovative food plus a fun atmosphere?

Thanks for everyone's great suggestions!

Aug 30, 2013
laurenpk in France

Going back to Paris for a week- review our restaurant ideas?

Thanks for all the suggestions! Ill re-think on a couple restaurants, and I appreciate everyone's thoughts!

Jul 22, 2013
laurenpk in France

Going back to Paris for a week- review our restaurant ideas?

I agree ChefJune, particularly for cities with thousands of options. TripAdvisor doesn't seem to keep up with the most popular or newer places, or distinguish between Michelin-starred restaurants and others, etc.
Any particular favorite restaurants of yours in Paris? :) Thanks!

Jul 19, 2013
laurenpk in France

Going back to Paris for a week- review our restaurant ideas?

The hubby and I are doing an anniversary trip, 1 week in Avignon/Provence and then 1 week in Paris (Sat-Sat in mid-October). We had an incredible time in Paris back in the spring of 2011 (only 3 days though). Since we've got a whole week this time, I'd love some tips on restaurants. Food, wine & art will be our focus for the week :)
Here's a very tentative schedule right now:
Saturday- La Petite Cour (we're arriving late that afternoon and this place is a very short walk from where we're staying...could also move to Sunday)
Sunday- Having trouble finding a good place that's open on Sundays, tips?
Monday- Frenchie (will book as soon as October dates become available)
Tuesday- L'Astrance (Hopefully, was planning to call on Sept. 1 to try to get a reservation for Tues or Thurs) We definitely wanted at least 1 Michelin experience on the trip...
Wednesday- Au Petit Sud Oest, hubby loves duck, and again a repeat from our last trip
Thursday- Esens'All (again, was going to call in advance, we know it's a tiny place...); My husband found this one on tripadvisor, I'm not entirely sold and it's a bit far from where we are staying in the 6th arr.
Friday- Au Vieux Comptoir (our favorite bistro from our last trip)

Also want to try to do lunch at Yam T'cha one day (my husband is a big fan of fusion places, so I was hoping this would hit the spot)...

Would love any suggestions or substitutions, and thanks!!

Jul 19, 2013
laurenpk in France

6th or 7th Arr. Lunch Recs

Cuisine de bar for good sandwiches...we went in 2011 and they had a reasonably priced prix fixe lunch menu with a glass of wine, salad, and I think even a small dessert. 8 rue du Cherche-Midi

Jul 19, 2013
laurenpk in France

Options for May: French & Italian

My husband and I are headed to NYC for a couple days in late May. We're staying in the Chelsea area, but are willing and plan to use the subway to get to great food. We'll be there Sunday midday until we fly out mid-afternoon on Tuesday. Monday is Memorial Day, so I'm hoping we'll still be able to get reservations at some places (that they're not closed). I'm looking for a couple tips:

Trying to decide between Bouley and Le Bernardin (I know both are not open on Sundays, so this would either be for a Monday lunch or dinner), price is not particularly a deterrent but we're trying to get a sense of atmosphere for both and if either really has better food... Bouley is a lot closer to us, but again, we're willing to travel up to midtown if Le Bernardin is truly the superior experience.

Also, if we wanted to have an Italian dinner or lunch (probably Sunday dinner), should we do Eataly, or are there better places out there? Last time in NYC we had a lovely lunch at Lupa, so we're looking for some other fun place to try (preferably not too fancy, looking for outstanding food). I love pastas but my husband is big on meats, we both love fish and veggies...

Finally, we'd love tips on good bars in Chelsea/Greenwich Village area- gastropubs or just fun places with great drinks (we live in NC and don't have great places to go out, so we're looking for a fun experience, either pre or post dinner).

Thanks so much!

Feb 02, 2013
laurenpk in Manhattan

Need recommendations for 7-10 people tonight

I've read some on this board and am still looking for a place for about 7/8, maybe up to 10 people tonight. We're looking for good food, drinks and a fun atmosphere. We've done saltdog and had drinks at the hopping pig, also ventured to old town last night for Mexican... So possibly looking for Mediterranean, Italian, French or maybe Irish pub...primarily just a fun, lively spot for a bit larger group.

Suggestions highly appreciated...

I think Cafe Chloe might be a bit on the fancy side, Neighborhood looks a little too casual and we have a couple people who would want to eat a bit lighter than that...

Anyway thanks!!!

Oct 20, 2012
laurenpk in San Diego

Suggestions for next weekend?

P.S. We're DEFINITELY willing to take the subway for a while to get to good food and would like to visit different neighborhoods (Gramercy, Soho, Greenwich, east village/lower east side...even Brooklyn). Thanks!

Jan 06, 2012
laurenpk in Manhattan

Suggestions for next weekend?

My husband and I are coming for a 4 day weekend to NYC next Friday. We're mid-20's, consider ourselves to be laid-back foodies, and are looking for some good eats that we can't necessarily get in the triangle area of NC (which does have some pretty decent restaurants). We're staying on East 54th street, but I've heard that this area/the upper east side in general has more overpriced, touristy restaurants, so we'd love suggestions elsewhere.

In particular, I'm looking for the following:
- A fun bar/tapas place/post-theater spot to get drinks and a light meal (the theater is at 230 West 49th Street New York, NY)- Saturday night.
- A good brunch place for Sunday
- Lunch suggestions for Friday and Monday

Looking stay moderate in our prices, $20-25 per person for brunch/lunch (willing to pay more for something outstanding) and like $30-40 per person with 1 drink each for Saturday... (And please let me know if these are totally unreasonable, I know NYC is on a different scale than here...)

We really like Thai food, but again, I hear that's hard to find in Manhattan, sushi/seafood, would love some authentic Italian (we enjoy the simple Tuscan meats/veggies and good pasta in particular). I'm also hoping for something different/funky in terms of atmosphere (difficult to find in NC).

Thanks for your thoughts!!

Jan 06, 2012
laurenpk in Manhattan

Need restaurant recs for 3 nights in Siena, 3 nights in Florence, 1 night in Lucca late Aug.-early Sept.

Elizabeth, quick question. I had gotten excited about Osteria Personale- it looked like the atmosphere and splurge-kind of place we were looking for. Unfortunately, they're not open until the day we leave. Do you have anything along the lines of OP in terms of a little more innovative food and slightly more modern atmosphere? Thanks!

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Osteria Personale
Borgo San Frediano, 167r, Florence, Toscana , IT

Jul 13, 2011
laurenpk in Italy

Paris itinerary for November - please comment and all suggestion apprecieted

Another recommendation for your bistro in the 1st (not too far from the Louvre) is Au Vieux Comptoir. We loved it, wonderful beef bourguignon and wine and chocolate dessert; also enjoyed my cod dish and foie gras. Pretty reasonably priced too and a lovely, buzzy, bistro atmosphere

Jul 01, 2011
laurenpk in France

Need restaurant recs for 3 days in NYC in January 2012

Awesome, thanks!

Jun 29, 2011
laurenpk in Manhattan

Need restaurant recs for 3 days in NYC in January 2012

Thanks! Very good to know!

Jun 29, 2011
laurenpk in Manhattan

Need restaurant recs for 3 days in NYC in January 2012

Thanks for the suggestion. I wasn't sure how far in advance you need to make reservations for the top restaurants, but I will certainly try again in a few months.

Jun 29, 2011
laurenpk in Manhattan

Need restaurant recs for 3 days in NYC in January 2012

Thanks!

Other suggestions?

Jun 28, 2011
laurenpk in Manhattan

Need restaurant recs for 3 days in NYC in January 2012

I'm taking my husband on a trip to NYC for a birthday trip (MLK Jr. holiday weekend Fri-Mon), and I'm looking for a few specific kinds of dinners...but I'm also open to out-of-this-box suggestions, as well as lunch ideas. (We're mid-20's, laid-back foodies and enjoy wine and good draft beer).

We are staying in Midtown area on East 54th street but definitely will be willing to take a subway/taxi to great food.

Friday & Sunday night dinners are open in terms of time/location
Saturday night- we need a pre-theater dinner (Ambassador Theater, 230 W 49th St) for an 8pm showing. We would definitely like to go somewhere close so we don't have to eat too early or worry about getting back to the theater on time.

For the three nights, I'd like:

1 nice dinner- maybe up to about $250/300 for 2 people, including a few courses (appetizer, entrees and a dessert to share perhaps) or a tasting menu; include a glass of wine and/or a cocktail each. We would love to go somewhere with a fun/buzzy and/or romantic atmosphere; NOT stuffy/too fancy though we don't mind dressing up.

Food-wise, we really want something amazing that we can't get in NC (though we live in a pretty nice foodie area- the triangle). We particularly like Thai would love to find some sort of Thai/pan-Asian/sushi place for one night, whether it's our splurge night or a lower-key one.
We also like French food generally, wine bars/tapas places with good food, Italian, seafood, pasta/bread, beans/legumes, all veggies/fruit, proscuitto/bacon/salty meats generally, and my husband loves steak/beef (but I'm not a huge fan).

For our other two dinners, I'd love to have more laid-back experiences (and less pricey): Would love to try the "best pizza" in New York for either lunch or dinner, perhaps some other ethnic food from Thai (Chinese...).

Suggestions are appreciated, thanks!!!!

Jun 27, 2011
laurenpk in Manhattan

Need restaurant recs for 3 nights in Siena, 3 nights in Florence, 1 night in Lucca late Aug.-early Sept.

Thanks! I had seen your suggestions elsewhere and was hoping you might respond :). Appreciate it!

Jun 13, 2011
laurenpk in Italy

Need restaurant recs for 3 nights in Siena, 3 nights in Florence, 1 night in Lucca late Aug.-early Sept.

We'll miss you by a couple days, have a nice trip.

Jun 13, 2011
laurenpk in Italy

Need restaurant recs for 3 nights in Siena, 3 nights in Florence, 1 night in Lucca late Aug.-early Sept.

We are interested in stopping on our way, so we would be interested to hear about places in chianti; and/or wineries with a good restaurant for an afternoon meal. Thanks!

Jun 12, 2011
laurenpk in Italy

Need restaurant recs for 3 nights in Siena, 3 nights in Florence, 1 night in Lucca late Aug.-early Sept.

Great, thanks! I had seen this one actually, but it's nice to have such a stellar endorsement.

Jun 02, 2011
laurenpk in Italy

Need restaurant recs for 3 nights in Siena, 3 nights in Florence, 1 night in Lucca late Aug.-early Sept.

Thanks, this is very helpful. I'll look into the restaurants and wines. We've been to Florence but it was a while ago and our tastes have changed somewhat, so I wanted to get some advice such as yours.

Any other great places just for wine/appetizers, in Florence or Siena? I'm seeing a lot of wine bars, but can't decipher which ones would be great.

Thanks again!

Jun 02, 2011
laurenpk in Italy

Need restaurant recs for 3 nights in Siena, 3 nights in Florence, 1 night in Lucca late Aug.-early Sept.

Allende-
Our favorite bistro was Au Vieux Comptoir, and we also really enjoyed Au Petit Sud Ouest.

The splurge was for 2 people...just trying to get a sense of what we could do with that sum.

Thanks!

Jun 02, 2011
laurenpk in Italy

Need restaurant recs for 3 nights in Siena, 3 nights in Florence, 1 night in Lucca late Aug.-early Sept.

Thanks!

Jun 02, 2011
laurenpk in Italy

Need restaurant recs for 3 nights in Siena, 3 nights in Florence, 1 night in Lucca late Aug.-early Sept.

My husband and I are traveling for a week in Tuscany in late August/early Sept. We are mid-20's, consider ourselves laid-back foodies and enjoy (mostly red) wine (Italian-wise, chianti and montepulciano, and recently enjoyed some prosecco, but would love suggestions for other tuscan ones we should try). I'm looking for dinner recommendations primarily, and lunch ideas (quick paninis or places to put together our own picnics). We both enjoy Italian food generally, but want to focus on regional/local cuisines on this trip. We love pastas/bread, beans/legumes, fish, all veggies/fruit, prosciutto/bacon/cold/salty meats, and my husband loves steaks/beef. It would be nice to try a couple places with a more inventive take on traditional Tuscan food as well. Also, I love pizza, would like to hear thoughts on "the best pizza" in the three cities.

I'm looking for one splurge each in Florence and Siena (up to $200 USD for 1-2 appetizers, 1-3 first/second courses, dessert and wine), and then other places that are more reasonable, say less than $100 for the same courses. I like the idea of smaller and/or family-run trattorias or osterias, and am particularly looking for a good atmosphere- buzzy but not full of tourists, candle-lit/romantic, neat interiors, not stuffy/"fancy" restaurants. For instance, our favorite places on a recent trip to Paris were a couple smaller bistros that had fantastic food and wine with a fun, relaxed atmosphere, where people sat for 2-3 hours enjoying their dinner.

I've look some on TripAdvisor and on this board, but I'm feeling a little overwhelmed at the many options. I'm also curious if we'll be able to eat most places since it will be late August, and I've read that often locals shut down for part of the month. Finally, I'm wondering about whether or not we need to make reservations, though I assume it's restaurant-dependent to some extent.

I really appreciate your suggestions. The food and wine will be a key focus of this trip, so thanks for your help!!

Jun 01, 2011
laurenpk in Italy

Recommendations for Asheville this Sat. night- authentic, funky?

My husband and I are going to be staying in Black Mtn. this Sat. night, and I want to make reservations somewhere in the area for dinner (Asheville probably, we're willing to drive a bit). I've done some research on Trip Advisor, and am thinking about something like Fig, The Corner Kitchen, or Bistro 1896. However, I thought I'd see if we could get some suggestions for somewhere that is maybe a little funkier/not stiff/possibly with outdoor seating, but with yummy food. We eat pretty much everything, although I lean towards mainly fish and a little pork (not beef/chicken) but my husband eats all meats.

Suggestions? Would probably like to stay under $100 for sharing an appetizer & dessert, 2 entrees, maybe a glass of wine each?

Thanks so much!

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Corner Kitchen
3 Boston Way, Asheville, NC 28803

Bistro 1896
7 SW Pack Sq, Asheville, NC 28801

May 23, 2011
laurenpk in Southeast

Lunch recommendations for next Sunday in DC?

Thanks for the heads-up...we're actually going next weekend, Mother's Day, so Rasika has availability at the moment, but you need to give them a credit card to reserve. I'll check with the hubby and then decide. Thank you all for your great suggestions!

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Rasika Restaurant
633 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

Apr 28, 2011
laurenpk in Washington DC & Baltimore

Proposal Lunch/Dinner in Paris

I'm a little behind here, but I would recommend Le Cinq for a fantastic lunch and the "total experience" you are looking for. My husband and I loved it in during our March trip this year, the service was great and the food was pretty incredible. Pricey, of course, but the lunch fixed menu was MORE than enough food and definitely more reasonable.

I'd also like to recommend Au Vieux Comptoir in the 1st arr. off of Rue de Rivoli. It's an intimate, lovely bistro with very yummy food (good/reasonably priced wine selection, foie gras appetizer, to die for beef bourguignon and I had a great fish dish, and wonderful chocolate brownie dessert). We sat for over two hours enjoying the experience, so I had to throw in my 2 cents.

Good luck!

Apr 28, 2011
laurenpk in France