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Outside drinks where the waitstaff won't kick you out!

The garden at Raines Law Room. You'll need to order drinks inside, but they'll bring them out to you. You're also in charge of pouring your own water. Lovely space. Very chill.

about 2 hours ago
kathryn in Manhattan

Stellar cocktail recommendations needed

Not much SIMILAR to the experimental / molecular drinks at the Aviary here in NYC., in terms of approach i.e. tiny Angostura ice balls that melt slowly into the drink, porthole infusions that infuse as you drink, old fashioned served in an ice sphere you need to crack, Rob Roy in a bag of lavender air, etc. Nothing reconstitutes at the table or in your mouth.

Maybe Booker & Dax, but less showy except for the red hot poker drinks in winter. ZZ's Clam Bar, but they are more about the presentation than the drink changing taste over time or being interactive.

Otherwise, if more of a classic cocktail approach is OK, check out Death & Co, PDT, Milk & Honey, Pegu Club, Raines Law Room, Lantern's Keep, Mayahuel, Amor y Amargo, the NoMad Bar, Dead Rabbit, Underdog, Nitecap, Experimental Cocktail Club, Attaboy, Little Branch, Employees Only...

about 3 hours ago
kathryn in Manhattan

Chengdu, Xi'an in Flushing

2nd White Bear's wontons, just note that while they have red oil, they aren't supposed to be super spicy like Sichuan style wontons in red oil.

Aug 26, 2014
kathryn in Outer Boroughs

Chengdu, Xi'an in Flushing

This map is probably somewhat out of date, but shows how the multiple entrances to the Golden Mall can be confusing:
http://newyork.seriouseats.com/images...
http://newyork.seriouseats.com/images...

Aug 26, 2014
kathryn in Outer Boroughs
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Best BBQ in NYC

Did you read the rest of this thread?

Literally no one is saying that they have good brisket at Dinosaur. The good items are the pulled pork, wings, and ribs.

Go to Mighty Quinn's, BrisketTown, or Hill Country for brisket.

Aug 26, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan
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Restaurant recommendatins in the Princeville area of Kauai?

OK, so maybe for dinners you'll stay closer to "home." Check out Tiki Iniki. Bar Acuda. The new Puka Dog location? etc.

But I imagine you'll possibly be out and about during the day to check out the south shore, Waimea Canyon, take a helicopter ride possibly from Lihue, etc.

Aug 26, 2014
kathryn in Hawaii

Cheap lunches in east 30s/40s

A colleague likes the savory pies at Pie Face, served with mashed potatoes, peas, and gravy.

Aug 25, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

Restaurant recommendatins in the Princeville area of Kauai?

Aug 25, 2014
kathryn in Hawaii

Cheap lunches in east 30s/40s

Aug 25, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

The NoMad Bar

I've only had the burger... The chicken pot pies that went by did look amazing, though.

Aug 23, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

The NoMad Bar

I would say if you're not a cocktail person it would be only because the room is gorgeous, you don't NEED a reservation (because they don't take them) so you can go spontaneously, and because they don't serve the burger at the regular NoMad.

Aug 23, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

solo casual breakfast soho, village, nolita

Doma reopened:
http://domanyc.com

Aug 22, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

Good Fried Chicken in the City

Pies 'n' Thighs in Williamsburg.

Aug 22, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

51st and 5th Walking Distance

Price range? Cuisine type? How many people?

Ma Peche?
The Modern--Dining Room or Bar Room?
Oceana?
Le Bernardin?
Quality Meats or Quality Italian?

Aug 22, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

10 day trip to NYC, input requested!

For both lunch and dinner, Eleven Madison Park offers a Tasting Menu for $225.
http://www.opentable.com/eleven-madis...

For Momofuku Ssam, I don't think shifting EMP to lunch is an absolute must -- they'll seat you eventually, you may just have to wait.

Aug 22, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

10 day trip to NYC, input requested!

I love night cheese.

Aug 21, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

Japanese - East Vill/LES/Soho/Nolita

Food there is excellent though it can be loud on weekends. Great bone marrow fried rice, fun maki rolls (esp the kyuri special), spicy cucumber, skewers (esp pork belly or miso butter scallop), marinated bean sprouts, tartares, duck breast, and more.

Aug 21, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

10 day trip to NYC, input requested!

Since you're fish lovers, look at Imperial Palace in Flushing.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/839141

Aug 21, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

10 day trip to NYC, input requested!

I've had the rib eye but not as part of the large format meal. It's really good. I saw someone getting the large format meal a few weekends ago--with the salad and fries, it looked like a ton of food. I think they might size it up if you do have that bigger group.

I'd stick with a la carte. Try some oysters, pork buns, country ham, spicy rice cakes, plus whatever is in season at the moment. Right now, it's the bluefish sandwiches, whole porgy Ssam, tomatoes. The menu changes seasonally so you'll probably catch some transitional items as well.

Aug 21, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

10 day trip to NYC, input requested!

Aug 21, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

10 day trip to NYC, input requested!

Did you mean Los Tacos No. 1? Not Dos Toros?

Aug 20, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

dining with picky eaters...

Blue Ribbon Bakery doesn't require a prix fixe for a big group.

Aug 20, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

10 day trip to NYC, input requested!

Angels Share does not allow parties of more than 4 people. OP has 5 people.

Aug 20, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

10 day trip to NYC, input requested!

> Wednesday or Thursday: you could do a make-your-own dessert tasting at the WD-50 bar,

Could be tough with 5 people, though.

Aug 20, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

10 day trip to NYC, input requested!

If you're willing to go on an off night / off time, it is definitely worth doing Momofuku Ssam Bar a la carte.

Since you love seafood, I'd still try for LeB. Just be aware that a lot of dishes are raw or barely cooked, and it's all about letting the stellar ingredients shine, with delicious sauces. Not really "bold" kind of cooking...

Read the chapter about Justo in Anthony Bourdain's Medium Raw before you go.

http://www.thebraiser.com/justo-thoma...

Aug 20, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

10 day trip to NYC, input requested!

MylesF, where are you from/what's your current city/country in Europe? What about your family members, if not the same location & country?

> Budget is pretty open, certainly 100 dollars a day aside from special meals.

BEFORE tax, tip, alcohol, or AFTER? $100 a day, per person, for all 3 meals?

> For those special meals, I have EMP in mind because it's raved about here, I'd like to get lunch reservations for Le Bernardin, and I'd like to eat at two of David Chang's places (Bo SSam to take away being the most likely, and maybe a drop-in somewhere.

If you have trouble getting an EMP reservation, note that they serve lunch Thursday–Saturday, noon–1:00pm in addition to dinner nightly.

For Le Bernardin, note that they open up reservations on the first business day of the month for the entire month following only via phone (not OpenTable). They already started taking reservations for ALL of September at the beginning of August. I would call and make this reservation ASAP if you have a specific date you want. Also they only serve lunch on weekdays. And don't forget that jackets are required for gentlemen in the main dining room during both lunch and dinner. (Ties are optional.)

Bo Ssam takeaway doesn't make sense to me as you'll be missing the rest of the GREAT menu at Momofuku Ssam Bar. Don't do takeout. Go there for dinner, go on the early side, go Mon-Weds to avoid waiting. If there is a wait, you can grab a drink at Booker & Dax next door if there is space.

> A recommendation for a seafood/raw bar place would be welcome (we also visited GCOB, and the reports in the interim seem very mixed), even if it's validation that the platter at Balthazar is worth it.

I recently had some very nice oysters at Blue Ribbon Brasserie. (Was actually thinking Balthazar but called a last minute audible.)

We also celebrated our anniversary at the very pricey, very intimate ZZ's Clam Bar, which was excellent. But very expensive. Great cocktails. The tuna, foie gras, bone marrow, and razor clam carpaccio is probably my husband's favorite dish of the year.

We also like Pearl Oyster Bar & Oceana for seafood.

Tertulia also has $1 oysters 5-7pm daily, not sure if you're into Spanish but I have had some awesome seafood dishes there.

For the white pie, maybe Totonno's in Coney Island if you're up for the trek?
http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/05/ny...

> Friday evening drinks LES (169 Bar?) and Rosette

If into cocktails, go to Nitecap, 151, Attaboy instead.

> Saturday morning run to Russ and Daughters, lunch/foodcart near the High Line, drinks (where?), then Blue Smoke Battery Park City. Drinks maybe in Whiskey Tavern or Apotheke.

R&D has a cafe now so you don't need to do takeout here unless you want to. On the High Line, try the Smoke Line, or get some great takeout (lobster rolls, chowder, whole steamed lobster, etc) from Lobster Place in the Chelsea Market and take it back to the High Line to eat. You can get drinks at Terroir @ the High Line.

http://www.thehighline.org/about/high...

For cocktails near Blue Smoke, North End Grill is the easiest choice. Hopefully the weather is nice enough that you can score a sidewalk bar table. Or you could walk to Weather Up or Ward 3. Blue Smoke itself also does some decent drinks. A bit further away are Dead Rabbit and Underdog.

> Sunday morning Dim Sum (Jing Fong or Golden Unicorn), maybe a baseball game and Bo SSam to go.

Yankees or Mets? Yankee games are expensive, and if you coming at the end of Sept, this is the end of the regular season and their last 3 games are away. If this is for the weekend of the 20th-21st, these are last remaining Yankees home games before Derek Jeter's retirement (unless they make the playoffs).... so expect $$$$ ticket prices.
http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/schedu...

For the Mets, demand is not quite so high... and they have Shake Shack at CitiField!

> Wednesday and Thursday are open; suggestions? A different BBQ place? Sweet Chick to get fried chicken? More unusual Chinese food?

Steak at Peter Luger/Keens/Minetta Tavern/Wolfgang's/etc? Burgers? Deli (Katz's or 2nd Ave)? Pizza? Korean BBQ at Madangsui? Modern Korean at Danji or Hanjan? Xian Famous Foods? Mission Chinese Pop Up?

You could also try the Red Hook Ball Fields on one of the weekend days.

> For the last 'big' meal, I was considering a Sunday evening trip to Picholine, but due to location (and thinking it looks awesome), I'm leaning towards WD-50 now instead.

WD-50 closes at the end of November so I imagine that will be a tougher reservation to get as we get closer to the closing date.

> Where can we get a 3*-style dessert tasting?

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/879997
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/854494

Aug 20, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

Best BBQ in NYC

Briskettown/SmokeLine
Mighty Quinn's

Aug 20, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan
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Restaurant Review - Japonais Morimoto

I've found Morimoto to be very hit or miss. I try to avoid the raw/sushi/sashimi/tartare and omakase there. The cooked dishes (like duck duck duck & ishi yaki buri bop) overall do tend to be better--at least at the NYC and Hawaii Morimoto locations.

Aug 19, 2014
kathryn in Chicago Area

Indian/Thai/Vietnamese in New York.

If you have a great interest in non-Western foods, I'd highly recommend taking a trip to Queens.

You can even get a guided foodie tour.
http://chopsticksandmarrow.com/food-t...
http://iwantmorefood.com/tours/

The LIRR leaves from Penn Station to Woodside or Flushing Queens and is much faster than the subway.

Aug 19, 2014
kathryn in Outer Boroughs

Indian/Thai/Vietnamese in New York.

Where do you live right now, and why did you choose these cuisines?

Aug 18, 2014
kathryn in Outer Boroughs
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