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Dinner with Clients

Scarpetta?
Morimoto?
Toro?

about 1 hour ago
kathryn in Manhattan

Dinner with Clients

I think Babbo may max out at 6 people.

about 1 hour ago
kathryn in Manhattan

Dinner with Clients

When is this dinner?

What is the budget, per person, before tax, tip, wine/drinks?

about 14 hours ago
kathryn in Manhattan

Incoming tourist want foodie help!! (Original I know) Also- odd advice needed for little special needs girl.

So sorry to hear that. Hope you have a fantastic trip, regardless, making many wonderful family memories.

1 day ago
kathryn in Manhattan

Restaurants that offer a Thanksgiving dinner for entire month of November?

Delis and diners tend to serve a roast turkey dinner year round. Look at Sarge's or Second Avenue Deli.

1 day ago
kathryn in Manhattan

Help me choose among res options for last minute anniversary dinner

For PDT, if he is dying to go, you could show up right when they open (6pm) and try to get 2 bar seats. The bar is first come, first served.

Similarly for Death & Co, on a weekend night, you should try to get there right when it opens (6pm).

I rarely try either one on a Saturday night due to how small their respective spaces are.

For Amor y Amargo, it's really small & they don't have a no standing policy, so it's not difficult to squeeze in...BUT you're in there literally shoulder to shoulder with people when it's busy. Quite cramped! It's open earlier than the others on weekends, though, due to the "Double Buzz" menu.

Pouring Ribbons is definitely easier to get into even post-dinner on a Saturday night (I think it's a bit out of the way for many people). Same for Mayahuel (no wait last night around 9:30pm for 2 people, head bartender is ex-D&C).

You could also try the new Boilermaker (on 1st and 1st, Erick Castro, formerly of places like SF's Rickhouse). Or Booker & Dax, the cocktail bar attached to Momofuku Ssam. The good thing is that if you don't get into one place, there's literally a bunch of back up options nearby.

2 days ago
kathryn in Manhattan

Best Dishes 2014

Minetta Tavern: Black Label Burger, medium
The Dutch: Roasted chicken with kale and sesame seeds, sunflower tahini, yogurt, passionfruit sauce, brown rice
Saxon + Parole: steak with bone marrow béarnaise
The Breslin: oysters with dill mignonette
Toro: aged duck ham

Oct 18, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan
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"Eating weekend" without kids in NYC: We want to live it up!

You're welcome! Just put two and two together and realized you recently were on the Hawaii boards!

Esca, you can also dine at the bar, same menu as the dining room. It may be that they have their OpenTable configured to not accept bookings for 1.

Just realized Oceana isn't open for weekend lunch, alas!

Oct 18, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

Help me choose among res options for last minute anniversary dinner

We had a nice meal at Kyo Ya tonight. Decided to try some new items rather than get the ones we've had time and time again.

Blue fin fatty tuna sashimi from Boston was quite excellent. As was Tasmanian trout. Flavorful, high quality fish. For the tuna, since they charge $10 for one piece, and $30 for four pieces, it's almost a sin not to get the bigger portion size. At least that is how our logic went!

House smoked anago was only OK - I expected it to be fattier/less dry. Asparagus with yuzu dressing on the side was a nice touch. Very pricey matsutake mushrooms (seasonal special) grilled at the table using charcoal was a bit of a head scratcher. Was hard to tell when they were "done." And I couldn't really get a sense of flavor/aroma, though I know they are prized for their distinctive taste. Perhaps it was a bad batch? Or maybe I'm just used to other gourmet mushrooms more.

We really enjoyed the slow grilled duck with Mongolian salt, cooked perfectly medium, well seasoned. Slow cooked Berkshire pork belly was also good but not quite as falling-apart delicious as I've had elsewhere. But the Japanese mustard it came with was a nice touch as well, contrasting nicely with the fatty meat.

Oct 18, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

36 hours in the city...

Ah, gotcha!

Oct 18, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan
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36 hours in the city...

"however, the walk from 34th Street (by the Jacob Javits Center) to 42nd Street"

Maybe I missed it but I don't think the OP is going to the Javits Center?

Oct 18, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

36 hours in the city...

Actually "NY pizza" encompasses many different styles. For one, John's cooks with coal, Joe's with gas, and Keste with wood.

John's is better described as "New York-neopolitan" whereas Keste is more like "traditional neopolitan" with a wet center.

http://ny.eater.com/2014/3/20/6261635...
http://www.slice.seriouseats.com/arch...

Recommend Ed Levine's pizza book or Liz Barrett Foster's new pizza book for additional information on regional styles of pizza.

Oct 18, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

Classic NY Pizza in Lower Manhattan?

Oct 18, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan
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"Eating weekend" without kids in NYC: We want to live it up!

WD-50 closes on November 30. I imagine many fans are rushing to get there before then.

I'd do Esca or Oceana before choosing Blue Fin.

I would call JG and ask about your time constraints. Seems doable to me but cutting it close in case of traffic.

Oct 18, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

Help me choose among res options for last minute anniversary dinner

Give ZZ's Clam Bar a call. Excellent seafood and fantastic cocktails. Dark, intimate space. Pricey.

Am actually going to Kyo Ya tonight (a la carte). Will report back.

What cocktail bars were you interested in? It can be extremely difficult to get into the smaller bars after dinner on a Saturday night.

Oct 18, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

Meatpacking district rec for dinner

+1 Toro

Oct 18, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

MODERN DINING ROOM with Chef Bissell?

Oct 18, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

Annisa

They also have a bar area where you can dine.

They do seem to book up well before other, similar places. The reservationist told me they open their books 3 months ahead.

Oct 18, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

36 hours in the city...

Bleecker St pizza's cornmeal crust may be tasty (I think it's weird) but it's not truly "New York."

Oct 17, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

Why is the raw frozen shrimp at Trader Joe's so expensive?

FreshDirect sells "Wild Patagonian Red Shrimp, Extra-Jumbo (16-20 per lb)" for $13.99/lb. Uncooked, flash frozen for freshness.

It is reportedly sustainable and ocean-friendly as well. And these are not de-veined or peeled.

Oct 17, 2014
kathryn in Chains

Why is the raw frozen shrimp at Trader Joe's so expensive?

What country does it say it's from? What's the price per pound (not just per bag)?

It's unfair to compare prices of wild shrimp to farmed, especially farmed and from China, if that is your frame of reference.

Oct 17, 2014
kathryn in Chains

Dinner near WTC area with older grandparents

Darn! Maybe they can ask for a quieter table in the main room.

Oct 17, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

Dinner near WTC area with older grandparents

What is your budget, per person, before tax, tip, any wine/drinks?

I've usually found North End Grill to be at a reasonable volume. I wonder if it would be even quieter if you were seated at the chef's counter; it's set off quite a bit from the main dining room. There is also a semi-private table in the back of the restaurant; I was seated there with a party of 7, though. I would call and talk to them about noise issues. The service is excellent.

Oct 17, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

Kauai in January

What do you mean by Hawaiian cuisine? Foods unique to Hawaii? This can mean Pacific Rim/Hawaiian fusion (Roy's, Merriman's, etc) or it can mean plate lunch or it can mean produce grown on or seafood local to Hawaii. Hopefully you can get a bit of all three. When we're in Hawaii we also try to eat lots of fish and seafood and Hawaiian cuisine, like you... really trying to eat local. Especially because so much of the food (and other supplies) in Hawaii has to be shipped in from the Mainland across the Pacific. Naturally, things are quite expensive in Hawaii, a remote island chain the middle of the ocean.

The north shore of Kauai is gorgeous, but people don't really go there primarily for the food.

Poipu does have a nice "foodie scene" on the South Shore, especially given all the choices in the upscale Kukuiula Shopping Center (Living Foods market & cafe, Savage Shrimp, Josselins, Tortilla Republic (good margaritas), the Wednesday afternoon gourmet market, etc). You may also find yourself in Poipu during the day if it is rainy on the north side.

I would definitely be looking at more mom and pop, hole in the wall sorts of places, not just the upscale places you have mentioned so far.

I would also be open to doing takeout for dinner! Bring a soft sided cooler with you as you travel around the island. For example, if you find yourself South and headed back for the day, you could stop at Koloa Fish Market, get some poke (and bags of ice), and place it in the cooler for the ride home.

Look also on the East Shore in addition to North -- it may be convenient to stop somewhere in Lihue either on your way to or from the airport, or if you choose to do a helicopter ride. Kauai is a small island and not difficult at all to get around.

Perhaps you could do an early dinner at Hukilau Lanai, take advantage of their early bird tasting menu (5-5:45pm), and then drive back to Princeville afterwards.

On the North Shore, I would definitely research Tahiti Nui (famous for their mai tais but I would skip the food), Tiki Iniki (esp. for craft-style cocktails), the new location of Puka Dog (2nd Kauai branch, not high end but tasty), Kilauea Fish Market, Hanalei Dolphin, Pat's Taqueria, Wishing Well for shave ice (if/when they're actually open), Kauai Ono (BYOB, tasting menu 2 days a week out of a food truck), the Anahola Farmers Market.

Both Kilauea Fish Market and Hanalei Dolphin will also have raw fish you can take home to cook.

Stop at Ishihara Market in Waimea on you way back from Waimea Canyon. They have plate lunches and a huge poke counter in the back of the store. Then go to get some lilikoi chiffon pie at Wong's/Omoide's! If you still have room.

Local style eats around the island (dishes like kalua pork, lau lau, chicken long rice, spam musubi, teri beef, chicken katsu, pipikaula, saimin, huli huli chicken, tuna poke, loco moco, lomi salmon, etc.):

Waimea / Hanapepe / Ele'ele:
Jo-Jo's Anuenue Shave Ice, Shrimp Station, Ishihara Market, Wong's (esp for lilikoi pie, I think they have butter mochi as well), Da Booze Shop, Yumi's, Salt Pond Country Store

Poipu / Koloa:
Koloa Fish Market (takeout only, plate lunch, poke, bentos, haupia ube pie), Savage Shrimp (formerly a food truck), Kauai Food Truck, Puka Dog, Sueoka's Snack Shop (takeout only), Uncle's (for shave snow), Da Crack

Lihue:
Tip Top Cafe, Dani's, Mark's Place (plate lunch), Haumira Saimin (saimin and lilikoi pie), malasada lady by K-Mart (sporadic hours, go early), Ara's Sakana-Ya

Kapaa:
Pono Market, Kountry Kitchen, Ono Family Restaurant, Hawaiian Blizzard Shave Ice, Ono Ono Shave Ice, Shrimp Station

Anahola:
Duane's Ono-Char Burger (call ahead to order, don't miss the fries, get pineapple & teriyaki on your burger), Kauai Wild Boar & Fruit Stand (Fri-Sun)

Here is a very recent Princeville thread:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/987055

Did you do a search for "north shore Kauai" or "Kauai" or on Princeville? Lots of trip reports and recommendation requests from the last 1-2 years:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/841512
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/854654
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/855828
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/866903
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/887704
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/893020
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/894927
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/894927
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/895558
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/910002
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/913606
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/919120
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/921064
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/965715
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/977264

Kauai requests for where to buy wine, fish and local proteins and fruit and veg
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/961382

Oct 17, 2014
kathryn in Hawaii

Best recs near 70th and CPW

Ooh, forgot about that place -- great rec. Make a reservation since it's quite small. Now I want some of their tripe!

Oct 17, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

Best recs near 70th and CPW

And also Boulud Sud. Both have prix fixe menus available. So does Lincoln.

Oct 17, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

Pizza or Burgers Pre-Theatre

I've been there at 6pm before a Carnegie Hall show and the bar was fairly busy. Didn't see any open seats.

Oct 17, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

36 hours in the city...

Too many toppings weighs down the crust at many coal oven pizzerias. A mistake I see sometimes is to order multiple toppings and then wonder why it's so soggy.

A proper NY style pie should have a medium-thin, crusty and lightly chewy base, and some charring on the bottom (and no cornmeal). I believe Bleecker St uses cornmeal to get that very crispy bottom (a common trick of chain pizzerias).

Oct 17, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

Incoming tourist want foodie help!! (Original I know) Also- odd advice needed for little special needs girl.

Eating near tourist attractions:

Where to Eat Near Times Square:
http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2013/0...
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/833282

Where to Eat Near MoMA (the museum cafe is actually pretty good, as is the Modern next door):
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/771459
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/767638

Where to Eat Near Museum Mile (Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney, Guggenheim, etc) on the UES:
http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2013/0...
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/963070
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/906331
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/793684
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/795435
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/793684

Where to Eat Near the Museum of Natural History on the UWS:
http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2011/0...
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/793258
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/748686

Where to Eat Near Macy's/Herald Square/Penn Station/Empire State Building:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/894256
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/725320
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/757797
http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2013/0...

Where to Eat Near Grand Central/Midtown East:
http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2014/0...
http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2013/0...
http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2014/0...

Where to Eat in Soho:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/701593
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7577...

Where to Eat near 5th Avenue shopping / Bloomingdale's / Rockefeller Center:
http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2010/1...
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9064...

Where to have dinner before a Broadway show/pre-theatre dining (many of the same Times Square recs also apply):
newyork.seriouseats.com/2014/04/where-to-eat-theater-district-updated.html
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/671275
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/755684
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/715535
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/788254

Where to Eat Near the High Line:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/914864
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/912227
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/927420

Note that the High Line is quite long and has its own seasonal food vendors as well.
http://www.thehighline.org/about/high...

My recommendation is to start on the north end and walk south, as you can end at Chelsea Market near the southern end.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/966564
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/844638

Where to Eat Near the 9/11 Memorial:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8461...
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/979827

Hudson Eats, an indoor food hall, is also nearby:
http://brookfieldplaceny.com/dining/a...

Oct 16, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

Pizza or Burgers Pre-Theatre

They do have a bar area, but it can get busy.

Oct 16, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan