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Good Food in Briarcliff Manor

This place has seriously good food. Jon makes all his own breads and soups and everything is fresh and delicious. I've tried a few of his sandwiches and salads and they're always tasty and well-prepared. You can't go wrong, particularly at his prices. This is now my "go to" place when I want a quick, casual meal in Briarcliff.

Moscow and St. Petersburg in September

I can also add the restaurant Gorki, in Moscow, to the ones we tried. It is between the Mayakovskaya and Tverskaya metro stations, on Tverskaya Street (north or east side, depending on how you look at it). We were told by the hotel concierge that the food was Russian, but we found it a mix of international and Russian food. The food and service was excellent and the prices were very high! We paid close to $120 for two people and if my memory serves me correctly, one of us had just an appetizer, dessert and glass of wine; the other only had an entree.

Jul 17, 2012
queenmab in Europe

Moscow and St. Petersburg in September

I just returned from a week in SPB and Moscow. Wanted to 'pay it back' with some of the restaurants we visited, as I got a few good ideas from this board. First, let me say that when we were there (June, 2012), the ruble was 33 to the dollar and most restaurants seemed ridiculously expensive. And we live in NYC and are used to expensive restaurants but these two cities were on a whole 'nother level! Anyway, we tended not to go for the very high end places but inexpensive or moderately priced ones instead.

Our favorite was Stolle - they have a number of locations in SPB and Moscow. You can find their locations and menus here:

The service wasn't too great (long, slow lines and indifferent service) but the pies were amazing. We ate there 4 times in the week we were there and loved it every time. It seemed really cheap to us - less than $10 a person for a meal. The The one on Konyshennyi Lane is convenient to The Hermitage and that was our favorite - it was the busiest one we went to and the pies were all fresh and warm, straight out of the oven. The only downside was that it was crowded and *slow*. :-(

Teremok (Russian: Теремок) - one local described this as the "McDonalds of Russia", but I thought the blinis were really tasty and again, it was inexpensive. Little charm but efficient service and good for a quick lunch or snack.

As for Georgian food, we went one night to Kavkav, 18, Karavannaya Ulitsa in St. Petersburg. It's down the block from the Grand Hotel. The food was very good and the service was attentive. One of the rooms is non-smoking (unusual in Russia) and the waitress there spoke decent English and was very helpful with the menu. (They had an English menu but we had many questions due to the number of unfamiliar items). This place is more expensive than the previous two mentioned (it's a sit-down, tablecloth restaurant) but still moderately priced for SPB.

As for Moscow, be certain to avoid Drova, near Red Square. They have a huge lunch buffet for about 600 RUB (around $20 US at the time) but most of the food was inedible. I took a bit of about 30 different things and there was very little for which I wanted a second bite. :-(

I've got a few more experiences in Moscow in the pricey range but will have to wait until my credit card bill comes in, as I neglected to write their names down.

Jun 25, 2012
queenmab in Europe

N. Conway or Jackson Area - Money is no object!

A pub for a 31st wedding anniversary.........wasn't exactly what I had in mind! :-) Sounds like the Inn at Thorn Hill is the way to go.

N. Conway or Jackson Area - Money is no object!

My husband and I will be in the N. Conway area for our 31st wedding anniversary. I've checked previous posts on this area and can find little in the way of fine dining. So far, the only places I have been able to find are:

The Notchland Inn
1785 House
Inn at Thorn Hill

There seems to be a number of B&B in the Jackson area, but I haven't been able to pin any particular one down for a romantic, fine dining experience.

Any thoughts on the those above or other suggestions? I'd be willing to drive 20-30 minutes from North Conway.

Shiraz - Persian restaurant in Elmsford, NY

I was cruising along Rt. 119 through Elmsford last week and caught sight of a Persian restaurant, Shiraz, which I believe is new. I believe the address is 83 Main Street and it's on the north side of the street, east of Rt. 9A. Any chowhounds been there?

Help! Too much salt in my cookie dough...

Considering that the amout of salt in 1/4 C is 48 times that in 1/4 tsp, I would also vote for starting over.

Dec 18, 2008
queenmab in Home Cooking

Just got back from Gatlinburg

Just got back from Gatlinburg and most dining a pretty dreary experience. However, we did find one gem - Mojito's, a Cuban restaurant outside of the downtown up Ski Mtn. Road. It's a small, family run place. I had one of the Cuban sandwiches and it was hot, fresh and tasty. Don't miss the black beans - rich, creamy and definitely cooked with some type of pork in them. The fried plantains are dreamy also. Best part was the prices - my hubby and I ate for less than $20.

Need ideas for South Street Seaport area

We have tickets to see Absinthe near the Fulton Fish market next week and I would like some sit-down restaurant recommendations for dinner in the area. I used to work in that area two decades ago, but don't really know it any more. I just do remember that while the South Street Seaport is nearby, no one other than tourists eat there and that it certainly wasn't know for its fine dining. We love all sort of ethnic foods, so would be most interested in those type of places.

Jul 04, 2007
queenmab in Manhattan