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Lunch near NY Stock Exchange?

Thanks! Fraunces Tavern looks perfect.

If the group decides to go the fancier route-- any feedback on Reserve Cut?

Apr 03, 2014
parnes77 in Manhattan

Lunch near NY Stock Exchange?

Any ideas for a really fantastic lunch within 10--15 blocks of the NY Stock Exchange? Could be formal sit down, casual sit down, even "fast casual" take-out type-- the only criteria is excellent food and no major chains please (small local chain would be fine if it fits the excellent food criteria).

It's a celebratory meal and any budget works-- $-- $$$$.

Thank you!

Apr 03, 2014
parnes77 in Manhattan

Dinner and brunch near Convention Center (DC)

Recently had a great brunch at this newish little place, Silo, at 919 5th Street NW. I had my kids with me and they were great (we went there because the wait at Busboys and Poets was insanely long and we were really happy we found it).

Casa Luca (1099 New York Ave NW) is very close to your hotel. It's on the fancier side but I brought my 2 year old and 3 month old for an early dinner and it was fine.

Mar 14, 2014
parnes77 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Rose's Luxury

Can anyone tell me how early I should arrive at Rose's Luxury on a Saturday to be pretty sure we'll get a seat? I was thinking 4 or 4:15 PM but didn't know if that was crazy.

Also, I would love recommendations re: what to order.

Thanks!

Mar 14, 2014
parnes77 in Washington DC & Baltimore

San Juan with Toddler

Any suggestions for best places to eat in San Juan with a toddler-- staying at the La Concha but will have a car so places around La Concha but also a short drive are okay.

Authentic/local food and off the beaten path type places would be great but just want to make sure they are welcoming/ comfortable with a young child.

Thanks!

Mar 13, 2014
parnes77 in Latin America & Caribbean

Jules Verne Eiffel Tower dress code?

And is it jacket requited or suggested (especially for lunch)? I've heard of people getting turned away for wearing jeans and I know no shorts but beyond that, how strict are they?
Thanks!

Mar 12, 2014
parnes77 in France

Jules Verne Eiffel Tower dress code?

Can anyone tell me what the dress is like for the Jules Verne restaurant in Paris? Both for men and women, dinner and lunch.

Thank you!

Mar 11, 2014
parnes77 in France

UWS or Midtown West, Festive Dinner for 7 adults, 4 children

Oooo, 'cesca, great idea! I see they have a private room too-- maybe their minimum won't be too bad or seems like it would be fine even without the private room.

The others seem like good options too. Thank you!

Feb 26, 2014
parnes77 in Manhattan

UWS or Midtown West, Festive Dinner for 7 adults, 4 children

Thanks Monica! I was hoping for something a little more special than Carmine's.

To give an idea of what I had originally hoped for-- I was looking at private rooms at Lincoln, Leopard at des Artistes and the Boulud restaurants. Though I probably wouldn't take the kids to those restaurants unless we were in a private room, I was hoping we might still be able to find an option that feels a little special even if not super upscale.

Maybe I'm being unrealistic?

Feb 26, 2014
parnes77 in Manhattan

UWS or Midtown West, Festive Dinner for 7 adults, 4 children

This is a follow-up to a previous question I asked-- My mom's 70th birthday is coming up in April. Originally we wanted a private room because we'll have 4 young children with us (my mom wants her grandchildren to celebrate her birthday with her so no, we can't leave them with a babysitter). But, the minimums for private rooms have all been too high because we're just 7 adults (lowest minimum I found was $1500). So, I'm reevaluating and looking for--

A festive and special restaurant where it will be okay to bring 4 children (ages 1, 3, 7 & 9) for an early (5 or 5:30 PM) dinner. Within 10-15 blocks from Lincoln Center is ideal.

Not stuck to these types of foods but some of my mom's favorites are-- Asian Fusion (she loves Budakkan & Tao but I think too trendy with the kids) and Lamb (so maybe Greek or Italian with good lamb chops).

Thanks for any help!!

Feb 26, 2014
parnes77 in Manhattan

Private Room for 10, Midtown West or UWS, moderate pricing

Help! I am looking for a restaurant with a private room for 11 people close-ish (10-15 blocks is okay) to Lincoln Center for my mom's 70th birthday dinner.

Part of the problem is that 4 of the 11 people are children (ages 1, 3, 7 & 9) and at least 2 of them will probably hardly eat. I had originally wanted someplace like Lincoln Restaurant but their private room has a $1950 food and beverage minimum. With just 7 adults, that is more than we likely want to spend. I envisioned maybe $150 per person for the adults (so more like $1050 total). Two other restaurants I checked were NoMad ($3000 minimum) and A Voce ($2000 minimum) and then I started getting worried that I'm barking up the wrong tree and looking for something that doesn't exist.

So. . . . I would love recommendations for more moderately priced restaurants that still have great food and might have a private room with a lower minimum.

Thank you for any help you can provide!!

Feb 11, 2014
parnes77 in Manhattan

Visiting Philadelphia after 5+ years away

Thanks for all the advice! Extremely helpful.

I made reservations for Friday night at Zahav (just to clarify-- if we want to do the Mesibah menu, do we have to reserve it ahead of time?). Then Barbuzzo Saturday night (I was won over by the salted carmel budino in the reviews) and couldn't get in at Bibou.

For Sunday morning I waited too long and can't get into Lacroix. They have 9:30 AM reservations but if I understand correctly that wouldn't be for the brunch but just the standard breakfast? Will probably give Kanella a try despite the mixed reviews I got here.

Saturday I think we are going to do Reading Terminal Market for an early lunch. May also try Federal Donuts to compare to some of the new donut/chicken spots in DC.

Any suggestions for a really great bakery or coffee shop with pastries? Either near Rittenhouse Square or somewhere else in Center City (probably going to stay at either the Palomar or the Hotel Monaco). We're used to waking up early with the baby so think we'll probably do some early morning walks and need a bite pre-brunch/early lunch?

Thanks again!

Feb 23, 2013
parnes77 in Philadelphia

3 nights in Philly

Ha! lenorel57-- we'll be there the same weekend as you and made reservations for Zahav Friday night too : ). Reading this post was helpful in finalizing our decisions for the weekend, thanks! Have a great trip.

Feb 23, 2013
parnes77 in Philadelphia

Visiting Philadelphia after 5+ years away

Wow, thanks to all for the input. Fantastic.

After reading all the suggestions and looking at menus and reviews we are still definitely planning Zahav for one dinner.

So, we have one other dinner to decide on. The ones that stick out to me are Osteria (has anyone been to Graffiato, Mike Isabella's restaurant in DC? Menu at Osteria looks similar, is it a similar restaurant?), Barbuzzo, Bibou (if we can get a reservation) and Farm and Fisherman. Thoughts?

Considering Kanella for Saturday lunch (though it seems to be pretty controversial) because it is one of the only places mentioned that does Saturday brunch. Anyone have any other suggestions for Saturday brunch/ lunch? We would be open to a really good counter service spot (we are about to get a donut/ chicken spot in DC-- Astro Donuts-- so I'll probably skip Federal Donuts and wait for Astro).

We are definitely considering Lacroix for Sunday Brunch. We're suckers for a big brunch buffet and don't have many great ones in DC.

Amazed that East Passyunk has become an "it" spot for dining-- I never had much reason to go down there when I lived in Philly. Excited to check it out even on just a quick drive-by if we don't eat down there.

Thanks again for all the help!

Jan 18, 2013
parnes77 in Philadelphia

Visiting Philadelphia after 5+ years away

Fantastic! Thanks so much, these lists give us a great place to jump off from.

We definitely plan on going to Zahav (trying to decide if we want to try to get a spot at the special "kitchen counter" or just order off the normal menu).

I have a feeling I may have some questions as I dig in and start researching these spots. Seems like we're going to have some hard choices-- wish we had a week instead of just a weekend!

Jan 16, 2013
parnes77 in Philadelphia

Visiting Philadelphia after 5+ years away

My husband and I are planning a weekend trip up to Philadelphia in March without our son before our second child is born. I lived there for 7 years about 5 years ago and haven't been back without my son since then. I think I've been to most of the restaurants that have been around for a long time-- most of the older Steven Starr spots (Morimoto, Budakan, Alma de Cuba), Le Bec Fin, good cheese steak places, etc. . . . But I was totally overwhelmed when I saw the latest lists of newer, great restaurants in Philly-- they all look great and I don't know how to start narrowing it down.

I'm looking for restaurants that are newish in the last couple years and special in some way (could be fancy/ expensive or hole in the wall). But interesting food. (we live in DC so have plenty of good restaurants here-- so interesting/ unique is really important).

We'd rather stick to Center City (though south, like Queen Village area is okay too) and will probably base where we stay on where we plan to eat.

Any help is appreciated! Thanks!!

Jan 16, 2013
parnes77 in Philadelphia

Baby-friendly special occasion restaurant

Thanks so much for all of the responses! Extremely helpful. We made a reservation at Michael's Genuine for the night of the birthday and but are also thinking of checking out Michy's.

Quick follow up question-- between Michy's and Michael's Genuine does one of them feel more like a "special occasion" spot?

May 24, 2012
parnes77 in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Baby-friendly special occasion restaurant

We'll be in Miami in June for my aunt's birthday. We will be traveling with my 1-year-old son so are looking for a special occasion restaurant that is also somewhat baby-friendly. We plan on eating very early (5 or 5:30 PM). We would prefer somewhere with outdoor seating and a place that takes reservations is a must.

We will be staying at the Doral and my aunt lives in Brickell so something close-ish to one of these would be great.

We are open to most kinds of food and cost of the meal is not a concern.

Thanks for any help!

May 21, 2012
parnes77 in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

West Village Dinner

This is a fantastic list! Thank you. You hit the nail on the head when you said something more unique to NYC and unusual-- that's exactly what we're looking for.

I think we ruled Annisa out-- definitely don't want something staid for our one girl's night out so might save it for a future trip.

May 06, 2012
parnes77 in Manhattan

West Village Dinner

3 friends and I are coming up to New York from DC for just one night to see a play at the New Ohio Theater in June. 3 of the 4 of us are new moms who don't get away much so are looking for a special dinner somewhere close-ish to the theater. Special meaning either really fun, new &/or different OR amazing food OR a little bit of a splurge/ special occasion spot.

Price range-- "dirt cheap" on up to low $30s for an entree.

No Italian. Most other cuisines okay.

A little over our desired price range but one we were considering is Annisa (feedback welcome).

Thanks for your help!

May 05, 2012
parnes77 in Manhattan

Personal Chef or Caterer in Buenos Aires?

I will be in Buenos Aires with a group of friends in early November. We have rented an apartment with a beautiful roof-top deck and a parrilla (BBQ). I had the idea of staying in for dinner one night and hiring someone (or a company) to cook us an Argentine meal on the deck using the parrilla.

Does anyone know of any personal chefs or caterers who might be open to doing a one-night, casual dinner at the apartment (located in Palermo Soho) for 5-7 people?

Aug 23, 2009
parnes77 in Latin America & Caribbean