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tasting menu at bar

I think the post is asking for places where you can walk in, find a seat at the bar, and have the tasting menu without prebooking.

about 6 hours ago
kathryn in Manhattan

I've done my homework, but would love your advice on my anniversary dinner picks...

$150pp after tax and tip is $116pp for food and wine. How much will you spend on wine?

Can you break out your budget for food only?

I'd do Babbo and maybe scale back on the wine. Make sure you sit upstairs. I don't think Lupa will be comfy enough. Minetta is great but it's a bit cramped and loud, and we always get the steak there, which would possibly be over your budget?

about 6 hours ago
kathryn in Manhattan

New iPad issue

FYI: it's a bad mobile ad that hijacks your browser and throws you into the App store.

This is an internet-wide problem that is becoming (sadly) more and more common... completely unrelated to any Chow redesign or new functionality.

http://readwrite.com/2014/05/15/app-r...

about 8 hours ago
kathryn in Site Talk
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tasting menu at bar

To clarify:

For Daniel, Del Posto, Le Bernardin & Jean Georges, I believe yes, you can get the tasting menu at their respective bars.

1 day ago
kathryn in Manhattan

tasting menu at bar

Yes, same menu, but can't you book the "Lounge" separately? That's what I meant.

1 day ago
kathryn in Manhattan

Low carber avoiding restaurants

Yes, it sucks. But you don't have to dwell on it. Are you looking for commiseration or useful & helpful advice?

1 day ago
kathryn in Special Diets

Low carber avoiding restaurants

You've been low carbing for a year now, right? At 75g/day?

I'm wondering if your cravings / desire to eat carby foods shouldn't have decreased by now.

Have you tried cutting carbs even further down to 25-40g? That may help with the temptation to eat the forbidden foods.

When eating out...I try to think more positively about foods that are OK to eat. Hack your brain!

Focus on the foods you can eat and how delicious they are. Go for the stuff that feels indulgent in other ways. Fatty 30-day dry aged beef, lobster, etc. Divert as best you can.

Focus on the people you're with.

Refuse the bread basket entirely if the others don't mind.

Remind yourself of your overall goals.

If all else fails, bring an "Oopsie" roll or two to simulate a bun?

Save a delicious low carb treat for yourself when you get home.

Eat a fat bomb or two before you go.

1 day ago
kathryn in Special Diets

Alternative to EMP

I'm a little confused. EMP does not have a prix fixe, only a $225pp tasting menu. EMP eliminated their prix fixe lunch ($75 I think) and prix fixe dinner ($125) in September 2012. Any threads before September 2012 are discussing the old menu structure.

What is your actual budget per person for food only if it is a prix fixe ?

Have you looked at The NoMad?

1 day ago
kathryn in Manhattan

tasting menu at bar

It really depends on the restaurant.

Some consider their bar area a separate room with separate menu, like the Modern. You can't order from the dining room menu in the bar room.

EMP has a bar area with a proper bar and booths. A la carte only.

Per Se only has the "salon" which is more like a lounge. No bar with bar stools. The Salon is a la carte only.

For Daniel, Del Posto, Le Bernardin & Jean Georges, I believe yes.

The JG bar area is actually in Nougatine.

And I believe Daniel considers their bar a separate area as well.

1 day ago
kathryn in Manhattan

Low carber avoiding restaurants

Seaweed salad has sugar; that's why it tastes so good. A lot of restaurants get it pre-made and frozen, by the pound, and simply defrost.

Miso cod or other fish with miso is often marinated with sugar as well. Same for the soy-sesame dipping sauce.

You should also watch out for imitation crab/crab stick, which has hidden carbs and sugar.

1 day ago
kathryn in Special Diets
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Restaurant suggestion for son and girlfriend

$150pp including tax, tip, and wine/alcohol?

1 day ago
kathryn in Manhattan

Best restaurant for a 40th Birthday with wife and 2 kids aged 10&15?

"my little one likes simple foods, mac & cheese, spaghetti, pizza etc."

2 days ago
kathryn in Manhattan

Best restaurant for a 40th Birthday with wife and 2 kids aged 10&15?

Scarpetta has excellent spaghetti, would that work?

2 days ago
kathryn in Manhattan

Where can I find Valrhona cocoa powder?

Try this place:

NY Cake & Baking Dist.
56 West 22nd Street
NY,NY 10010
212-675-CAKE
Hours Mon-Sat 10:00 am-6:00 Pm
Sunday 11:00 am-5:00 pm
http://www.nycake.com/cocoapowder-2.aspx

Jul 26, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

List of top steakhouses in NYC

What cut do you prefer? Porterhouse (since you enjoyed Keens and PL more)?

Many of the top steaks in town are not found in steakhouses these days.

Look at Momofuku Ssam Bar, Craft, Tertulia, Resto, Minetta Tavern...
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/876308

See also the Steakcraft column on Serious Eats.
http://newyork.seriouseats.com/steakc...

Jul 26, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

Best restaurant for a 40th Birthday with wife and 2 kids aged 10&15?

What about Craft?

Jul 26, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

Sour/Tart Cherries - where to find them in Manhattan

Manhattan Fruit Exchange doesn't pick up the phone readily in my experience (they want you to leave a message); you may have to go and ask someone in person if you have a question.

Jul 25, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

2014 Summer Restaurant Week--lunch

IMO RW has really, really declined over the years in Manhattan. The prices haven't kept pace with inflation. Many excellent restaurants have dropped out.

All we have lots of restaurants that ALREADY do a prix fixe lunch year round (so basically we have somewhat of a RW all year).

I would look at Lincoln, Riverpark, and Maialino for RW lunch.

Previous RW discussion:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/982055
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/965986

Year-round prix fixe lunch deals:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9247...

Juni: 2 courses for $30, 3 courses for $35, weekdays only.

Betony: 2 courses for $38, dessert for $10, weekdays only.

Jul 25, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

Seafood in Manhattan?

Had a nice Oceana pre theater dinner several weeks ago. Also enjoyed ZZ's Clam Bar last month.

Jul 24, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

Inexpensive, good restaurant in the midtown area?

What's your budget, per person, before tax, tip, alcohol?

Jul 24, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

Per Se salon, Marea or Momo Ko

You have reservations at Ko? Go to Ko!

Jul 24, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

Sour/Tart Cherries - where to find them in Manhattan

I would ask the Union Sq Greenmarket account on Twitter.
https://www.twitter.com/unsqgreenmarket

As of July 11th, Cheerful Cherry had them at the Union Sq Greenmarket. Could also give them a call, too.

The Cheerful Cherry Farm (607) 546-6695, 3723 County Road 2, Hector, NY

Jul 24, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

Blue hill at harvest

BHSB takes reservations 2 months ahead, BTW. So if you change your mind to late September for example, be ready to book soon.

Jul 23, 2014
kathryn in New York State (exc. NYC)

New york city Thanksgiving dinner

Little Italy and Hudson Square are not really near one another or adjacent. Where are you actually staying? Hotel name or intersection?

Most restaurants won't announce their Thanksgiving menus until late October. They will start booking around that time.

Most places do a prix fixe menu that's more expensive than their normal menu.

What's your budget per person before tax, tip, alcohol? $50pp? $75pp? $100pp?

Jul 23, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

A year in New York

I find the Breslin to be a little bit more varied in terms of menu, and a bit more ambitious. Had my birthday dinner there a few years ago and had an entire roast suckling pig. Including the head!

We avoid going to the SP primetime on weekends (only for early dinner or weird afternoon hours), sorry, can't help you there.

Jul 23, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

A year in New York

Go back to Ssam for dinner and try some other dishes, too!

Jul 23, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

A year in New York

BTW, The John Dory & the Breslin (sisters to Spotted Pig) usually have long waits but recently started taking reservations on OpenTable.com.

Jul 23, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

A year in New York

I think we may have similar taste, so I'd recommend Babbo highly to you.

Jul 23, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

A year in New York

For pizza, Brooklyn has a lot of excellent places.

Jul 23, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

Birthday Dinner for 8 people in Honolulu/Waikiki

So a table off to the side?

Have a great meal!

Jul 23, 2014
kathryn in Hawaii