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Baby shower Manhattan

You should make your own thread with this info & the budget per person, before tax, tip, wine.

25 separate parties all paying their own tabs except for wine that someone else has paid for sounds really confusing, at least to me.

about 6 hours ago
kathryn in Manhattan

A Great Cheap Breakfast in the East Village

Well, it is a discussion from 2007!

about 19 hours ago
kathryn in Manhattan
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nyc ice cream strictly speaking

ONLY ice cream or gelato is OK, too? Seems like we're overrun with gelato joints these days.

What do you like at Humphrey Slocombe and BI-Rite? I know Slocombe has some unusual flavors.

1 day ago
kathryn in Manhattan

Birthday Dinner in Honolulu

Wow, that sucks! Hope you have a resolution soon.

1 day ago
kathryn in Hawaii
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Weekend visit in 33 days' time

Note the rules/hours/quirks of Shopsins. They are closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Cash only. They don't take down names, you must wait in line. Not for those with severe allergies & sensitivity to curse words, etc.

You realize that Russ and Daughters and Blue Ribbon Bakery Market are to go, only, yes?

1 day ago
kathryn in Manhattan

nyc ice cream strictly speaking

> I won't mention spots that have been tried because if you guys highly recommend it, i will give it another try.

Huh? This makes no sense. Now I'm not sure what to recommend as I don't know what you have tried already.

Oddfellows?
http://www.oddfellowsnyc.com/

It's more helpful if you can post:
- where you have already tried
- what you tried there
- what you did / didn't like about it

1 day ago
kathryn in Manhattan

PDX to NYC Late May - Research done, but would appreciate some help

Portland punches way above its weight for a city of its size for pizza (the two pies I tried at Scholls and Nostrana were quite memorable, drool).

I'd go to Motorino (though note it is more Naples inspired, and leans heavily on the char). And are you willing to go to Brooklyn? See if you can get to Paulie Gee's on a Monday when Adam Kuban is there (he founded slice.seriouseats.com). Adam is actually looking to open up a satellite Paulie Gee's in Portland, OR.
http://pdx.eater.com/tags/adam-kuban

1 day ago
kathryn in Manhattan

PDX to NYC Late May - Research done, but would appreciate some help

Louro has really excellent cocktails BTW done by the wonderful Mayur Subbarao, who makes his own vermouth, cordials, and collaborates heavily with the Bittermens folks.

Momofuku Ssam has a more extensive menu during dinner and you can visit their molecular cocktail bar next door, Booker & Dax!

The Momofuku Ssam program is also no slouch, and is headed by an ex-PDT bartender. Not sure if you tried the 7 Spice Sour on a previous visit, but it's back on the menu... for now. If you like "funky" rum in your drink, the Scottish Navy Sour.

I should also mention that a former PDT/former Momofuku Ssam Bar bartender Don Lee is now heading the program at Golden Cadillac, a collaboration with Cocktail Kingdom. A 70s themed bar, trying to claim drinks of the era, and add their own spin. He is currently revising the menu, and gave me a sneak taste of this lychee negroni (I know, right?) that was really interesting. And of course you can have his classic, the Benton's Old Fashioned.

If you are interested in cocktails and WD-50, note that Alder is doing some cool stuff right now, especially with cocktails on draft & doing 1/2 portions. The set up is also pretty convenient to eat at the bar, too.

We are also heavily into Pouring Ribbons lately, as well, created by an ex-Death & Co guy with some Violet Hour folks. Very interesting menu, calibrated against the characteristics of each drink, plotted on an x- and y-axis. And if tequila/mezcal is an interest, definitely look at what Empellon is doing.

And of course Dead Rabbit is also a favorite, should you find yourself all the way downtown in the financial district. Their bound cocktail book is gorgeously illustrated and feels a mile long, in a good way. I have a friend who is a regular who is attempting to drink every drink on the menu.

(I am assuming you've already done PDT, Death & Co, Milk & Honey, Pegu Club, Flatiron Lounge, Mayahuel.)

I'd make a note that there are 2 Ippudos, one in the East Village, and one in Midtown. Try to time it so you don't accidentally hit the Midtown lunch rush.

Minetta also feels more like a dinner destination to me, but we really go there for the atmosphere, crowd, and to drink and eat steak, not really the burger.

1 day ago
kathryn in Manhattan

Visiting from Toronto - thoughts/suggestions?

> thursday night arrival:
> - snack: halal chicken & rice, la esquina, or meatball shop
> - any evening activities?

Pretty wide spread there especially in terms of neighborhoods. Why these three? Maybe you'd be interested in going to a nice bar? Attaboy, Experimental Cocktail Club, Nitecap (all cocktail bars on the LES)?

> friday:
> - quick breakfast: wichcraft or eggs-travaganza cart
>- midtown shopping
> - lunch: jean georges for their 2-course prix fixe

Do you already have a reservation? Do you plan to drop off shopping bags in between? Will you go back and change clothing at the hotel?

> - more midtown shopping
> - snack: burger joint (at the parker meridien)
> - MoMa for uniqlo fridays

Free Fridays at MoMA sometimes have a looooong line, BTW. And having lots of shopping bags with you may be annoying.

If you need to be on the UWS at a certain time, you'll need to plan appropriately (esp. taking into account time in transit, like transferring from the E to the C).

> - dinner (needs to be in the upper westside and moderately priced): tum & yum, amy ruth's, the cottage, flor de mayo, xi'an famous foods

Why UWS? This sounds like an extremely long day.

> - sleep no more (either friday or sat night)

I hope that you realize that SNM is THREE hours of standing or walking or climbing stairs. You will be exhausted after shopping, JG, shopping, MoMA, dinner on the UWS, and then SNM.

Also, buying a "later" ticket time for Sleep No More merely means you get to see less of the show. The only difference between the 6:45pm ticket and the 7:45pm ticket is that you paid the same amount of money for less time inside the show.

There is also always a line outside to go in because they let you enter in batches so if you show up right at your designated time, you may still have to wait 10-15 minutes to enter. Bag check is mandatory, so definitely drop off your shopping bags before hand.

> saturday:
> - breakfast: balthazar (i'm wide open to better suggestions,
> especially if they're closer to the places we're going)
> - hell's kitchen flea market

Unfortunately, the HK Flea Market is near Port Authority, can't think of a lot of great breakfast places nearby. You need something open early? Maybe pastries somewhere in Midtown, near Times Square or your hotel?

Near your hotel, you could try Bouchon Bakery, Petrossian, Maison Kayser, or Payard for a light breakfast. Then go to the HK Flea Market.

I love Balthazar but geographically you are ALL over the map. Soho to Port Authority to Chelsea then over to Union Square?!

> - high line

The High Line has some pretty great food vendors!
http://www.thehighline.org/about/high-line-food

Delaney BBQ is excellent and not likely something you can find at home.

You're also skipping Chelsea Market, which is literally right by the High Line, and a worthy stop.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/844638

ALSO you need a backup plan in case the weather is bad this day.

> - lunch (trying to keep it light before peter luger's): 15 East (should we go with omakase or a la carte?) or Cha-An

15 East also has a $32 prix fixe.

> - union square + shopping
> - brooklyn flea (williamsburg) + oddfellow's ice cream

The Brooklyn Flea (shopping, not food) is in Ft. Greene on Saturdays.

I think you are mixing this up with Smorgasburg, which IS in Williamsburg on Saturdays in the same space, and is all food vendors. Do you want all food or do you want shopping?

Also note that this space is entirely outdoors, so the experience will be not as good if it is raining.

Or if it is very nice out that day, lines at Smorgasburg will be very, very, very long.

If you want to go to Smorgasburg you need to do before lunch time. Vendors can and do sell out of food, quickly.

> - early dinner: peter luger's (4:45pm
)> - SoHo shopping and/or sleep no more
> - late night: spot dessert bar or mad for chicken

You will run yourself ragged with this itinerary. Soho to Port Authority to Chelsea then over to Union Square then the Williamsburg waterfront and then Peter Luger (which is a bit of a walk from the WIlliamsburg waterfront -- like 20 minutes) then back to Soho or Chelsea then down to the East Village or K-town.

It will also be less than ideal if it is raining this day.

Another thing, you are not leaving yourself any time to hang out at Gallow Green (rooftop bar) or the Heath (restaurant with live music) before or after Sleep No More.

monday:
> - breakfast: norma's
> - central park or shopping
> - lunch: gramercy tavern (prixe fixe or a la carte?), the modern, ABC Cocina, or have a picnic at central park (grab food from ... whole foods?)
> - leave for toronto

Avoid Norma's. It is overpriced and not of high quality. Gimmicky menu.

For a Central Park picnic, I would go to Epicerie Boulud, Jacques Torres, Salumeria Rosi, and/or Zabar's to fill my picnic basket. Maybe also Levain Bakery or Magnolia Bakery (non cupcake items only).

1 day ago
kathryn in Manhattan
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Visiting from Toronto - thoughts/suggestions?

Hell's Kitchen Flea Market is held at West 39th Street between 9th & 10th Avenues and open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday all year long (weather pending).
http://www.hellskitchenfleamarket.com/home/?page_id=77

Smorgasburg is already back outside as of April 5. Saturdays in Williamsburg at East River State Park (where Kent Avenue meets N. 7th Street) and Sundays at Brooklyn Bridge Park (Pier 5). Outdoors until November 2014.
http://www.smorgasburg.com/

1 day ago
kathryn in Manhattan

Touristy Spots Worth Visiting

You're welcome! Thanks for reporting back!

1 day ago
kathryn in Manhattan

Upscale Non-touristy Advice Needed

Louro is great and has excellent cocktails. (But it is not really upscale.)

Apr 14, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

Peter Luger in Brooklyn

We have had the bacon previously, just didn't feel like it this time.

Apr 14, 2014
kathryn in Outer Boroughs

Lunch Near Bergdorfs & One Dinner in May

I would also look at
Recette
Louro
Acme
Public

Apr 14, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

Lunch Near Bergdorfs & One Dinner in May

What dates/days of the week are you here? Fri-Sun?

Why Nougatine and not JG proper? JG's formal dining room serves lunch daily. Betony only serves lunch on weekdays.

More prix fixe lunch deals:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9247...

Have you tried calling Pearl & Ash to see if they can accommodate two more people?

If you're thinking East Village/LES as well as modern/creative, also look at Empellon Cocina. Momofuku Ssam if you're willing to wait.

Apr 13, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

Peter Luger in Brooklyn

Just went tonight.

PL were very busy already when we sat down at 6:45pm tonight. Unlikely you'll be able to change an early reservation to later unless you choose much later on in the night, I'm thinking.

Lots of people in the bar. The lights are quite bright. The atmosphere is loud. Our table and a few others were wobbly.

We were banished to a back corner next to the handicapped restroom & the service station, where we were privy to some drama and f-bombs regarding a new waiter who wasn't doing so well.

The appetizers & sides are eh. It's a minimalist menu. The liquor selection, also alright, not great.

Steak for two is still $99.50. Steak was very good, well seasoned, nice char, with a good flavor. Ordered medium rare. Our steak seemed to come out within 15 minutes of ordering. So yeah they do really churn the tables there. We were in & out within 60-70 minutes.

BTW, Peter Luger accepts cash, debit cards, checks with ID, and the Peter Luger Credit card.

Apr 13, 2014
kathryn in Outer Boroughs

Maui Here's our homemade guide to places we like

Koiso, reservations required. No frills, in a strip mall, focused on nigiri, not maki rolls. Closed Sundays.

Apr 13, 2014
kathryn in Hawaii
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Touristy Spots Worth Visiting

On your way in or out from Ma Peche, stop and get a slice of pie, cookies or cake truffles at Momofuku Milk Bar.

Apr 13, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

Spanish Churros with Chocolate

La Churreria
284 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012
(212) 219-0400

Apr 13, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

Guided food tour of queens for the parents

You know he posts here, right? :)

Here is his CH profile:
http://www.chow.com/profile/16821

And his web site:
http://iwantmorefood.com

Apr 12, 2014
kathryn in Outer Boroughs

Aloha Hawaii! Please Critique SF Chowhounds' Visit to Kauai and Maui for Next Week!

Tortilla Republic also has a West Hollywood location so I guess it's kind of a Californian import?

Apr 12, 2014
kathryn in Hawaii

Best Theatre District Restaurants

I hope you already have reservations at Babbo?

Apr 12, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

Upscale Non-touristy Advice Needed

What places were already on your radar? What have you enjoyed in the past?

$150 for two minus 8.875% tax and 20% tip and 3 $15 cocktails or so leaves about $35pp for food max.

Is that what you're thinking? It's always better to give a per person food ONLY cost. For both lunch and dinner. What about brunch?

For example, $20pp for lunch and $35pp for dinner, is at the very low end of moderate in Manhattan nowadays, venturing close to cheap eats territory. Not really upscale.

It's almost impossible to eat where there are absolutely no tourists--I am thinking you mean you want to avoid tourist traps, but avoiding tourists (of which you'll be one!) altogether is very hard.

Also you don't mention what cuisines you ARE looking for--other than no Indian, Asian (except sushi), Mexican, or Italian/pasta. This cuts out a lot of what NYC is good at. Is pizza OK?

Any specific interests? Things you can't get at home?

Apr 12, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

a tale of two dumplings

The White Bear wontons aren't supposed to be Sichuan style. They are from a different region.

Apr 12, 2014
kathryn in Outer Boroughs

Touristy Spots Worth Visiting

Ma Peche takes reservations on their site. They seem to me to be much busier on weekdays than weekends. More of a post work crowd.

The line always seems to be long at Momofuku Noodle Bar, especially on weekends, lunch or dinner, and if your interest is ramen, the other suggestions do have better ramen. No reservations unless for big groups doing a set meal.

Casual dress totally fine for both.

Apr 12, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

Touristy Spots Worth Visiting

Great news!

Apr 12, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

Weekend visit in 33 days' time

If they're into early weekday lunch & have a car available & view it more as a tourist attraction (watching Dom work), it will not be that bad.

Apr 12, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

Weekend visit in 33 days' time

You're here 5/15-5/17? Did I get that math right? Thursday, Friday, Saturday?

I wouldn't worry about places not accommodating your wife. Just let them know well ahead of time what her restrictions are. And reiterate when ordering or confirming the reservation. Tons of people here dine out with allergies, aversions, medically driven restrictions, etc.

No breakfast/brunch plans?

EMP also serves lunch Thurs-Sat if you cannot get in for dinner.

The Momofuku Ssam menu is fuller/has more options at dinner rather than lunch anyway. I'd swap the two for lunch and dinner.

For Di Fara, be aware that seating is limited and it can get quite warm inside. ALWAYS check the Facebook page before you go as they can sometimes get off to a late start or have a random closure. Make sure you get there at least an hour before their stated closure. The stated closure times are when they lock the door, but they stop taking new orders well before then and keep cooking as the oven gets quite backed up with orders. They also have a mid day break, so mind the hours closely. We prefer to get there before they open to minimize the long wait. They also do private dinner parties several times a month, usually Tues and Thurs, but sometimes one Weds a month.

If you are driving from New Orleans to NYC, you'll be passing through BBQ country in the South. Why eat BBQ here when you can do so during the road trip? Skip Blue Smoke!

Do something completely different. Mexican?

I hope you're posting on the other CH regional boards about Southern food and BBQ!

I found your trip report from last time:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/878660

Apr 12, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

Touristy Spots Worth Visiting

Try to get there before opening to minimize the wait, I'm thinking maybe the Midtown one won't be quite as bad as the EV one on Saturday AM. Also the weather is quite nice right now. So maybe people won't be in a ramen mood.

There also Totto Ramen on 52nd, close by. Note that the other Totto Ramen location doesn't serve lunch.

Apr 11, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

Maui Here's our homemade guide to places we like

I like both, maybe it is how we ordered, but neither seemed like a huge splurge. Amasia -- we were seated near many families and due or the acoustics, did a lot of unintentional eavesdropping. Not exactly romantic.

Morimoto seemed much more romantic under the stars by the pool, outside. But also chilly!

Apr 11, 2014
kathryn in Hawaii