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birthday dinner w Indian boyfriend - want something new

I want to wow my boyfriend for his birthday.

We usually go to some michelin star place for birthdays, but last year our picks of Marea and Momofuku Ko were underwhelming. Eleven Madison Park one year was a huge hit. We've also loved Minetta and Spotted Pig, recently thought NoMad was cool but not really that special-occasiony, Babbo was good but they stuck us at a crap table and the sommelier was drunk, and my boyfriend has been requesting something with more spice (he's Indian).
I've been thinking about Jungsik or possibly Danji, although I don't like Korean that much. We've been to all the high end Indian places in town, love them all but need something new. He also mentioned Uncle Boons? He loves Thai food, we usually have to head to Queens to get decent versions of it. Some reviews weren't all that positive though.
I however have been tempted by the reviews of Carbone, sounds kind of awesome. Also - Atera? Think it's too late to try for Chef's Table in BK (bday is Jan 24).
Any advice?

Dec 26, 2013
sarah2k in Manhattan

indian in queens, post southern spice and spicy mina's?

yes see that's the problem, I don't have a car. And seva in astoria is soooo not a replacement for spicy mina's!

Apr 06, 2013
sarah2k in Outer Boroughs

indian in queens, post southern spice and spicy mina's?

my two favorite places in queens for indian, southern spice and spicy mina's, are both no more. where is now the best indian in queens? imo jackson heights has jumped the shark, but is there something i'm missing?

Mar 17, 2013
sarah2k in Outer Boroughs

French person coming to NYC for the first time - I made a list for him

Heh, yeah. I just wanted to make sure there were a few options for every type of cuisine. I sent this list to a few of my friends in France who are coming, so it's supposed to be sort of all-purpose. It's not supposed to be done all at once, obviously.

Jul 20, 2011
sarah2k in Outer Boroughs

French person coming to NYC for the first time - I made a list for him

This is the list. I wanted to post this, first for comments, also just as a reference for other tourists or new arrivals. I mixed in Manhattan and outer borough restaurants, so I'm posting this on both boards. Ignore the French commentary! I sorted by type of cuisine

Une liste pour Antoine:

Chinese
$$ Szechuan Gourmet (Manhattan: 39th and 6th ave): La cuisine Szechuane (très piquant)
- mapo tofu
- cumin lamb
- spicy sesame noodles (entrée - il faut demander que ce soit très 'spicy')
- braised whole bass with szechuan chili miso
- braised beef filets with napa
- sautéed lamb filets with pickled chili

$$ Imperial Palace (Queens: Flushing): Cantonese
- Dungeness crab with sticky rice
- Steamed scallops with bean curd in black bean sauce
- steam flounder

$ Nan Xiang (Queens: Flushing): Shanghainese
- Soup Dumplings (les meilleurs)

ou, si tu ne veut pas aller à Queens, à Manhattan il y a:

$ Joe's Shanghai (Manhattan: Chinatown)
- Soup Dumplings

$ White Bear (Queens: Flushing): Shanghainese
- spicy wontons

à mon avis ce serait cool d'aller à Nan Xiang pour les soup dumplings, et puis à White Bear pour les wontons, les deux sont des petits plats

$$ Spicy & Tasty (Queens: Flushing) Szechuan
peut-être le plus connu de tous les restos à Flushing - les meilleurs plats sont au comptoir, ils sont tous froids, tu peut demander pour ce que te parait frais et bon
- Double cooked pork belly
- dan dan noodle
- shredded beef with green chili pepper
- tofu with salted fish
- spicy tofu and celery
- water cooked fish

$$ Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan (Queens: Flushing) Hunan (cuisine du campagne)
- homestyle braised tofu
- cold noodles
- casseroles
- clay pot
- big head fish
- cumin lamb
- braised smoked bamboo
- sauteed dried string bing
- shrimp with spicy salt
- sauteed lamb with hot pepper sauce
- pumpkin cakes

$$ Hunan House (Queens: Flushing) Hunan
- pumpkin cakes
- mao's braised pork
- lamb with cumin
- flat green bean noodles
- pickled diced string beans
- duck with white pepper and turnips
- fermented rice coated pork belly
- cold tripe salad
- pigs ears salad

$$ M&T Restaurant (Queens: Flushing) Qingdao
- qingdao noodle
- razor clams and eggs stir fried with chives
- sea intestines
- stir fried squid
- pig's head with cucumber
- pumpkin pancakes
- pork chop with shrimp sauce
- chilled fatty pork with ginger, vinegar and garlic
- dried tofu with mushroom

Thai
$$ Sripraphai (Queens: Elmhurst) (un restaurant extrêmement connu)
- Green papaya salad
- Crispy catfish salad
- Drunken noodle
- Whole spicy fish
- green curry with lamb (et demander pour les aubergines thai!)
- Tom Ka Gai (coconut chicken soup)
- pork with chilis, cilantro and lime
- coconut rice (ca vient avec)
- dipping noodles with northern-style curry

$$ Chao Thai (Queens: Elmhurst)
- Prik Khing with crispy pork
- Duck salad
- Ped Ka Krow
- soft shell crab and mango salad
- rice stuffed sour fish
- coconut ice cream
- duck in spicy basil sauce
- nam sod

Pizza
$ Di Fara (Brooklyn: Midwood) Pizza à la New Yorkaise (coal oven)
Tu peux apporter une bouteille de vin ou des bières
- regular pie
- square pie

$ Motorino (Brooklyn: Williamsburg / Manhattan: East Village)
- pugliese
- Margherita DOC
- Rocky's Grandfather's calzone

$ Keste (Manhattan: West Village) Pizza à l'italienne
- margherita
- whatever else

$ Totonno's (Brooklyn: Coney Island) Pizza à la New Yorkaise
- margherita

$ Patsy's (Manhattan: Harlem) Pizza à la New Yorkaise (coal oven)
- slice of margherita

Japanese
$ Ippudo (Manhattan: East village)
extremement populaire, il faut y aller soit tout seul, soit très tot ou très tard, car ils ne prennent pas des réservations
- Akamaru modern ramen
- pork buns

$ Totto ramen (Manhattan: Hells kitchen)
- ramen

$$$$ Sushi Yasuda (Manhattan: Midtown east)
Il faut réserver
- sushi

$$$ Matsuhana (Manhattan: Midtown)
- sushi

$$$ EN Japanese Brasserie (Manhattan: West Village)
Il faut réserver
- sushi
- chirashizushi

Indian
$ Southern Spice (Queens: Flushing) Southern Indian
je crois que c'est le meilleur resto indien aux États Unis
- chicken 65
- nilgiri mutton
- lamb vindaloo
- onion kulcha / chili naan
- lamb varuval
- fried pepper fritters

$$$ Amma (Manhattan: Midtown) Haute Indien
- le menu

$$$ Devi (Manhattan: Flatiron) Haute Indien
- le menu

$$$ Tamarind (Manhattan: Flatiron) Haute Indien
le resto préféré de mon copain (qui est indien), c'est une bonne idée de faire une réservation

$$ Nirvana (Manhattan: Murray Hill) Northern Indian
- lunch buffet

$$$ Tulsi (Manhattan: Midtown) Haute Indien
celui ici vient d'ouvrir
- lamb chops
- okra
- manchurian cauliflower
- portobello mushrooms

Middle Eastern / Falafel
$$ Tanoreen (Brooklyn: Bay Ridge) Palestinian
la meilleure cuisine traditionelle du moyen orient à nyc
- eggplant napoleon
- makdous
- sujok
- kibbe
- arak

$ Azuri Cafe (Manhattan: Midtown) falafel sandwich à emporter
- falafel

$ Hummus Place (Manhattan: East Village) Israeli
- falafel
- hummus

$$ Kabab Café (Queens: Astoria) Egyptian
une atmosphère spéciale, c'est plutot une table d'hôte
- hummus plate
- lamb chops
- lamb cheeks

$$$ ilili (Manhattan: Flatiron) Haute Lebanese
le meilleur resto de la cuisine créative du moyen orient
- eggplant meze
- brussel sprouts
- phoenician fries
- cocktails
- moujadara
- chicken shish tauoek
- duck shwarma

Mexican
$$ Chavella's (Brooklyn: Prospect Heights) Brunch
- milanesa with chipotle mayonnaise
- mole
- tacos
- plato don

$ Dos Toros (Manhattan: Union Square) Tacos
- tacos
- burritos

$ Mexicocina (Manhattan: Harlem)
- tacos
- guacamole
- burritos

$ Tortilleria Los Hermanos (Brooklyn: Bushwick)
Ils font des tortillas à maison
- tacos (chorizo)

$$ Itzocan (Manhattan: East Village) Mexican fusion
- sangria
- guacamole
- epazote dumplings
- huitlacoche soufflé
- stuffed chicken breast with mole

Korean
$$ Hangawi (Manhattan: Midtown) Vegetarian
- le menu

$$ Don's Bogam BBQ (Manhattan: Koreatown) Barbecue
- barbecue

Bagels and Delis
Bagels sont pour le petit déjeuner, alors il faut arriver très tot pour prendre les bagels les plus frais
$$ Katz's (Manhattan: Lower East Side) Sandwiches
- pastrami on rye with pickle

$$ Russ & Daughters (Manhattan: Lower East Side) Smoked fish
- smoked salmon with scallion cream cheese on poppy bagel
- super heebster (whitefish salad)
- daughter's delight
- smoked herring, salmon à emporter

$ Ess-a-bagel (Manhattan: Gramercy) Bagels
- bagels

$$ Zabar's (Manhattan: Upper West Side) traiteur
très très très connu traiteur des spécialités juives

$ 2nd Avenue Kosher Deli (Manhattan: Murray Hill) Sandwiches
- corned beef
- matzo ball soup
- pastrami
- gelfite fish

$ Sarge's (Manhattan: Murray Hills) Deli
- matzo ball soup
- pickles
- corned beef
- reuben

Breakfast and Brunch
$$ Tom's (Brooklyn: Prospect Heights) diner
- lemon ricotta pancakes
- cherry lime rickeys
- omelettes
- grits
- waffles
- smoked turkey sausage

$$ Clinton Street Baking Co.pany (Manhattan: Lower East Side) brunch tous les jours
- pancakes
- chicken and waffles
- waffles

$ Johny's (décrit ailleurs)
$$ Chavella's (décrit ailleurs)

Burgers and Steaks
$$$ Minetta Tavern (Manhattan: Greenwich Village) Steakhouse
Il faut réserver au moins un mois en avance
- porter
- burger
- bone marrow (moêle)

$$$ Peter Luger's (Brooklyn: Williamsburg) Steakhouse
Il faut réserver au moins un mois en avance
- porter for 2
- burger (lunch)

$ Shake Shack (Manhattan: Gramercy) Burgers
- burger

$ Corner Bistro (Manhattan: West Village) burgers
- burgers
- beer

$$ PJ Clarke's (Manhattan: Midtown) burgers
- burger

$$$$ Keen's (Manhattan: Midtown) steakhouse
probablement les meilleurs steak à nyc, il faut réserver
- porterhouse for 2

$$ DuMont or DuMont Burger (Brooklyn: Williamsburg) burgers/café
- burger
- macaroni and cheese

$$ Ruby's (Manhattan: Nolita) burgers / café
- burger

Seafood
$$$ Pearl Oyster Bar (Manhattan: West Village)
- lobster rolls
- oysters (fresh or fried)

$$$ Mary's Fish Camp (Manhattan: West Village)
- lobster roll
- fish of the day
- oysters

$$$$ Le Bernadin (Manhattan: Theater District) haute cuisine
Il faut réserver un ou deux mois en avance; ce restaurant a trois étoiles michelin
- le menu

$$ Sabry's (Queens: Astoria) Egyptian
- fish of the day
- mixed seafood tagine

$$$ John Dory Oyster Bar (Flatiron)
- parker house rolls
- chorizo stuffed squid
- oysters
- smoked trout crudo

$$ Taverna Kyclades (Queens: Astoria) Greek
- fish of the day

$$$ Pylos (Manhattan: Union Square) Greek
pas seulement des poissons et coquillages, mais tous est très bon, surtout il y a un bon rapport qualité / prix
- shrimp pasta

$$$ Marea (Manhattan: Midtown West) Italian seafood
- lobster burrata
- octopus and bone marrow
- urchin spaghetti
- Dentice
- Uovo
- Ricciola

Italian
$$$$ Babbo (Manhattan: Greenwich Village) Mario Batali
Il faut réserver un ou deux mois en avance
- beef cheek ravioli
- pasta tasting menu
- bavette

$$$ Lupa (Manhattan: Greenwich Village) Mario Batali
Il faut réserver un mois en avance
- ricotta gnocchi with sausage and fennel
- pasta tasting
- charcuterie
- tripe garganelli
- carbonara

$$$ Scarpetta (Manhattan: West Village)
Il faut réserver
- duck foie gras ravioli
- spaghetti with tomato and basil
- cheese plate
- farfalle
- short ribs appetizer

$$$ Il Mulino (Manhattan: Greenwich Village) Italian American
Il faut réserver
- fried zucchini
- spaghetti alle vongole
- porcini ravioli

$$$ Maialino (Manhattan: Flatiron) Porc
Il faut réserver
- roast suckling pig
- tripe
- fried artichokes
- salumi

$$$$ Ai Fiori (Manhattan: Midtown) Haute Italien
- squid ink pasta
- lobster
- crab with avocado
- gnocchi with crab and uni

$$ Celeste (Manhattan: Upper West Side) Casual
Ils ne prennent pas des réservations
- pastas
- pizzas
- cheese plate

American - Traditional
$$$ Walter Foods (Brooklyn: Williamsburg)
- oysters
- lobster
- fried chicken
- cocktails!
- crab and artichocke dip
- short rib burger

$$$$ Gramercy Tavern (Manhattan: Flatiron)
il faut réserver
- le menu
- tout est très bon

$$$ Craft (Manhattan: Flatiron)
- short ribs
- halibut
- chicken

$$$ Blue Ribbon Brasserie (Manhattan: West Village)
C'est une bonne idée de faire une réservation
- marrow and oxtail marmalade
- fried chicken
- fried oysters
- fried shrimp
- trout

$ Johny's Luncheonette (Manhattan: Chelsea) diner
on s'appelle ce type de resto un 'greasy spoon'
- sausage
- eggs
- omelets

$$ Pies N Thighs (Brooklyn: Williamsburg) southern
- chicken biscuit
- macaroni and cheese
- barbecue
- banana cream pie
- apple pie

$$ Fette Sau (Brooklyn: Williamsburg) barbecue
- barbecue
- pork belly
- baked beans
- ribs

$$$ Spotted Pig (Manhattan: West Village) pub
c'est plutot anglais, mais c'est très connu et il faut réserver
- deviled eggs
- la carte change souvent

$$$ Buttermilk Channel (Brooklyn: Cobble Hill) restaurant gastronomique
- duck meatloaf
- fried chicken
- dessert

$$ Red Rooster Harlem (Manhattan: Harlem) soul food
Il faut réserver un mois en avance
- dirty rice and shrimp
- corn bread
- caesar salad
- mac and greens
- meatballs
- oxtail
- apple pie
- malted frosty
- fried yard bird

American - New
$$$$ Blue Hill (Manhattan: Greenwich Village) restaurant gastonomique
Il faut réserver
- le menu

$$$$ Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare (Brooklyn: Downtown Brooklyn) cuisine d'auteur
Il faut réserver
- le menu

$$$ Traif (Brooklyn: Williamsburg) tapas
- short rib sliders
- bacon wrapped dates
- strawberry cinnamon ribs
- tuna tartare
- cocktails

$$$ Dressler (Brooklyn: Williamsburg) restaurant gastronomique
- la carte est saisonale

$$$ Perilla (Manhattan: West Village) restaurant gastronomique
Il faut réserver
- duck meatballs
- cod
- seafood salad
- arctic char

$$$ Market Table (Manhattan: West Village) cuisine au marché
Il faut réserver
- le menu change souvent

$$$ Little Owl (Manhattan: West Village) cuisine au marché
Il faut réserver
- le menu change souvent

$$ Anella (Brooklyn: Greenpoint)
- brunch
- pork chop
- homemade bread

Fine Dining (trois étoiles michelin)
$$$$ Per Se (Manhattan: Hell's Kitchen)
le meilleur restaurant à nyc, il faut réserver trois mois en avance

$$$$ Daniel (Manhattan: Upper East Side)
il faut réserver un ou deux mois en avance

$$$$ Jean-Georges (Manhattan: Upper West Side)
il faut réserver un ou deux mois en avance

$$$$ Eleven Madison Park (Manhattan: Flatiron)
Il faut réserver un ou deux mois en avance

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Fette Sau
354 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao
38-12 Prince St, Queens, NY 11354

Kabab Cafe
25-12 Steinway St, Queens, NY 11103

Chao Thai
85-03 Whitney Ave, Queens, NY 11373

DuMont Burger
314 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Tanoreen
7523 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209

Imperial Palace
136-13 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11354

Joe's Shanghai
136-21 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11354

White Bear
135-02 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11354

Tortilleria Mexicana Tres Hermanos
271 Starr St, Brooklyn, NY 11237

Dressler
149 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Pies 'n' Thighs
166 S 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Spicy & Tasty
39-07 Prince St, Queens, NY 11354

Peter Luger Steak House
178 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

SriPraPhai
64-13 39th Ave, Queens, NY 11377

DuMont
432 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Totonno's Pizzeria Napolitano
1524 Neptune Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11224

Chavella's
732 Classon Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Tom's
782 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Taverna Kyclades
3307 Ditmars Blvd, Queens, NY 11105

Mulino
133 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Toro
1 Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Walter Foods
253 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Motorino
319 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Buttermilk Channel
524 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Brooklyn Fare
200 Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Hunan House
137-40 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11354

Anella
222 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY 11222

SN New Restaurant
44-09 Kissena Blvd, Queens, NY 11355

Traif
229 S 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan
42-47 Main St, Queens, NY 11355

Sabry's
24-25 Steinway St, Queens, NY 11103

Mexicocina
800 E 149th St, Bronx, NY 10455

Jul 20, 2011
sarah2k in Outer Boroughs

Specialty liquor store for pastis?

I think there is also a place called millesima. It's a wine store, which is why I mentioned it here. It seems kind of legitimate (based on the website):
http://www.millesima-usa.com/

Apr 23, 2011
sarah2k in Manhattan

Specialty liquor store for pastis?

Has anyone ever been to a place called Millesima on the UES?

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Millesima
1355 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10021

Apr 23, 2011
sarah2k in Manhattan

Specialty liquor store for pastis?

I agree that Sherry Lehmann is overall the better cave. And in some cases even has the better price point apparently

Apr 23, 2011
sarah2k in Manhattan

French person coming to NYC for the first time - I made a list for him

Where did you get great falafel in Paris? Just wondering.

I mean, my friend is from Marseille, where there is one place that serves falafel, and it is mediocre on a good day. I don't really think it's true that France has a ton of great middle eastern spots, they have a lot of maghreban food, but it's completely different. Regarding Egyptian, Palestinian, even Lebanese, I think they're definitely better here

Apr 23, 2011
sarah2k in Manhattan

Specialty liquor store for pastis?

I bought a bottle of Henri Bardouin... and lost it! Does anyone know where I can find specialty pastis in the city?

Apr 23, 2011
sarah2k in Manhattan

French person coming to NYC for the first time - I made a list for him

Thanks for the input. I have to say though, that I disagree regarding middle eastern food. Most of the falafel I've had in France has been mediocre and way too expensive. In Paris for example you have l'As du Falafel, which is essnetially a tourist trap. There isn't like legitimate middle eastern food. There is a lot of food from the maghreb, which is a completely different type of cuisine. There is no Moroccan falafel, for example, or not that I've ever seen. A lot of French people I've talked to don't even know what falafel is, if they're not from Paris!

I wanted to include some Italian, because I think first of all this city does Italian increasingly well, and this guy (Antoine) is not from Paris anyway, he's from Marseille. Restaurants in Italy are often not the amazing experiences you would expect, as Italy doesn't have the restaurant culture we have here in the US (although France has famously the best restaurant culture in the world). There is not good Italian in Marseille though, I can assure you that. I don't really know if there's amazing Italian in Paris, I haven't checked it out.

Maybe right about le Bernadin. But French people can be picky! I know a French guy who's been in New York for five months, and the only nice restaurant he's been to so far has been l'École (he liked it).

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L'Ecole
462 Broadway, New York, NY 10013

Apr 23, 2011
sarah2k in Manhattan

French person coming to NYC for the first time - I made a list for him

This is the list. I wanted to post this, first for comments, also just as a reference for other tourists or new arrivals. I tried to stick to Manhattan unless it was only possible to find food of similar quality and preparation in the outer boroughs. Ignore the French commentary! I sorted by type of cuisine

Une liste pour Antoine:

Chinese
$$ Szechuan Gourmet (Manhattan: 39th and 6th ave): La cuisine Szechuane (très piquant)
- mapo tofu
- cumin lamb
- spicy sesame noodles (entrée - il faut demander que ce soit très 'spicy')
- braised whole bass with szechuan chili miso
- braised beef filets with napa
- sautéed lamb filets with pickled chili

$$ Imperial Palace (Queens: Flushing): Cantonese
- Dungeness crab with sticky rice
- Steamed scallops with bean curd in black bean sauce
- steam flounder

$ Nan Xiang (Queens: Flushing): Shanghainese
- Soup Dumplings (les meilleurs)

ou, si tu ne veut pas aller à Queens, à Manhattan il y a:

$ Joe's Shanghai (Manhattan: Chinatown)
- Soup Dumplings

$ White Bear (Queens: Flushing): Shanghainese
- spicy wontons

à mon avis ce serait cool d'aller à Nan Xiang pour les soup dumplings, et puis à White Bear pour les wontons, les deux sont des petits plats

$$ Spicy & Tasty (Queens: Flushing) Szechuan
peut-être le plus connu de tous les restos à Flushing - les meilleurs plats sont au comptoir, ils sont tous froids, tu peut demander pour ce que te parait frais et bon
- Double cooked pork belly
- dan dan noodle
- shredded beef with green chili pepper
- tofu with salted fish
- spicy tofu and celery
- water cooked fish

$$ Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichaun (Queens: Flushing) Hunan (cuisine du campagne)
- homestyle braised tofu
- cold noodles
- casseroles
- clay pot
- big head fish
- cumin lamb
- braised smoked bamboo
- sauteed dried string bing
- shrimp with spicy salt
- sauteed lamb with hot pepper sauce
- pumpkin cakes

$$ Hunan House (Queens: Flushing) Hunan
- pumpkin cakes
- mao's braised pork
- lamb with cumin
- flat green bean noodles
- pickled diced string beans
- duck with white pepper and turnips
- fermented rice coated pork belly
- cold tripe salad
- pigs ears salad

$$ M&T Restaurant (Queens: Flushing) Qingdao
- qingdao noodle
- razor clams and eggs stir fried with chives
- sea intestines
- stir fried squid
- pig's head with cucumber
- pumpkin pancakes
- pork chop with shrimp sauce
- chilled fatty pork with ginger, vinegar and garlic
- dried tofu with mushroom

Thai
$$ Sripraphai (Queens: Elmhurst) (un restaurant extrêmement connu)
- Green papaya salad
- Crispy catfish salad
- Drunken noodle
- Whole spicy fish
- green curry with lamb (et demander pour les aubergines thai!)
- Tom Ka Gai (coconut chicken soup)
- pork with chilis, cilantro and lime
- coconut rice (ca vient avec)
- dipping noodles with northern-style curry

$$ Chao Thai (Queens: Elmhurst)
- Prik Khing with crispy pork
- Duck salad
- Ped Ka Krow
- soft shell crab and mango salad
- rice stuffed sour fish
- coconut ice cream
- duck in spicy basil sauce
- nam sod

Pizza
$ Di Fara (Brooklyn: Midwood) Pizza à la New Yorkaise (coal oven)
Tu peux apporter une bouteille de vin ou des bières
- regular pie
- square pie

$ Motorino (Brooklyn: Williamsburg / Manhattan: East Village)
- pugliese
- Margherita DOC
- Rocky's Grandfather's calzone

$ Keste (Manhattan: West Village) Pizza à l'italienne
- margherita
- whatever else

$ Totonno's (Brooklyn: Coney Island) Pizza à la New Yorkaise
- margherita

$ Patsy's (Manhattan: Harlem) Pizza à la New Yorkaise (coal oven)
- slice of margherita

Japanese
$ Ippudo (Manhattan: East village)
extremement populaire, il faut y aller soit tout seul, soit très tot ou très tard, car ils ne prennent pas des réservations
- Akamaru modern ramen
- pork buns

$ Totto ramen (Manhattan: Hells kitchen)
- ramen

$$$$ Sushi Yasuda (Manhattan: Midtown east)
Il faut réserver
- sushi

$$$ Matsuhana (Manhattan: Midtown)
- sushi

$$$ EN Japanese Brasserie (Manhattan: West Village)
Il faut réserver
- sushi
- chirashizushi

Indian
$ Southern Spice (Queens: Flushing) Southern Indian
je crois que c'est le meilleur resto indien aux États Unis
- chicken 65
- nilgiri mutton
- lamb vindaloo
- onion kulcha / chili naan
- lamb varuval
- fried pepper fritters

$$$ Amma (Manhattan: Midtown) Haute Indien
- le menu

$$$ Devi (Manhattan: Flatiron) Haute Indien
- le menu

$$$ Tamarind (Manhattan: Flatiron) Haute Indien
le resto préféré de mon copain (qui est indien), c'est une bonne idée de faire une réservation

$$ Nirvana (Manhattan: Murray Hill) Northern Indian
- lunch buffet

$$$ Tulsi (Manhattan: Midtown) Haute Indien
celui ici vient d'ouvrir
- lamb chops
- okra
- manchurian cauliflower
- portobello mushrooms

Middle Eastern / Falafel
$$ Tanoreen (Brooklyn: Bay Ridge) Palestinian
la meilleure cuisine traditionelle du moyen orient à nyc
- eggplant napoleon
- makdous
- sujok
- kibbe
- arak

$ Azuri Cafe (Manhattan: Midtown) falafel sandwich à emporter
- falafel

$ Hummus Place (Manhattan: East Village) Israeli
- falafel
- hummus

$$ Kabab Café (Queens: Astoria) Egyptian
une atmosphère spéciale, c'est plutot une table d'hôte
- hummus plate
- lamb chops
- lamb cheeks

$$$ ilili (Manhattan: Flatiron) Haute Lebanese
le meilleur resto de la cuisine créative du moyen orient
- eggplant meze
- brussel sprouts
- phoenician fries
- cocktails
- moujadara
- chicken shish tauoek
- duck shwarma

Mexican
$$ Chavella's (Brooklyn: Prospect Heights) Brunch
- milanesa with chipotle mayonnaise
- mole
- tacos
- plato don

$ Dos Toros (Manhattan: Union Square) Tacos
- tacos
- burritos

$ Mexicocina (Manhattan: Harlem)
- tacos
- guacamole
- burritos

$ Tortilleria Los Hermanos (Brooklyn: Bushwick)
Ils font des tortillas à maison
- tacos (chorizo)

$$ Itzocan (Manhattan: East Village) Mexican fusion
- sangria
- guacamole
- epazote dumplings
- huitlacoche soufflé
- stuffed chicken breast with mole

Korean
$$ Hangawi (Manhattan: Midtown) Vegetarian
- le menu

$$ Don's Bogam BBQ (Manhattan: Koreatown) Barbecue
- barbecue

Bagels and Delis
Bagels sont pour le petit déjeuner, alors il faut arriver très tot pour prendre les bagels les plus frais
$$ Katz's (Manhattan: Lower East Side) Sandwiches
- pastrami on rye with pickle

$$ Russ & Daughters (Manhattan: Lower East Side) Smoked fish
- smoked salmon with scallion cream cheese on poppy bagel
- super heebster (whitefish salad)
- daughter's delight
- smoked herring, salmon à emporter

$ Ess-a-bagel (Manhattan: Gramercy) Bagels
- bagels

$$ Zabar's (Manhattan: Upper West Side) traiteur
très très très connu traiteur des spécialités juives

$ 2nd Avenue Kosher Deli (Manhattan: Murray Hill) Sandwiches
- corned beef
- matzo ball soup
- pastrami
- gelfite fish

$ Sarge's (Manhattan: Murray Hills) Deli
- matzo ball soup
- pickles
- corned beef
- reuben

Breakfast and Brunch
$$ Tom's (Brooklyn: Prospect Heights) diner
- lemon ricotta pancakes
- cherry lime rickeys
- omelettes
- grits
- waffles
- smoked turkey sausage

$$ Clinton Street Baking Company (Manhattan: Lower East Side) brunch tous les jours
- pancakes
- chicken and waffles
- waffles

$ Johny's (décrit ailleurs)
$$ Chavella's (décrit ailleurs)

Burgers and Steaks
$$$ Minetta Tavern (Manhattan: Greenwich Village) Steakhouse
Il faut réserver au moins un mois en avance
- porter
- burger
- bone marrow (moêle)

$$$ Peter Luger's (Brooklyn: Williamsburg) Steakhouse
Il faut réserver au moins un mois en avance
- porter for 2
- burger (lunch)

$ Shake Shack (Manhattan: Gramercy) Burgers
- burger

$ Corner Bistro (Manhattan: West Village) burgers
- burgers
- beer

$$ PJ Clarke's (Manhattan: Midtown) burgers
- burger

$$$$ Keen's (Manhattan: Midtown) steakhouse
probablement les meilleurs steak à nyc, il faut réserver
- porterhouse for 2

$$ DuMont or DuMont Burger (Brooklyn: Williamsburg) burgers/café
- burger
- macaroni and cheese

$$ Ruby's (Manhattan: Nolita) burgers / café
- burger

Seafood
$$$ Pearl Oyster Bar (Manhattan: West Village)
- lobster rolls
- oysters (fresh or fried)

$$$ Mary's Fish Camp (Manhattan: West Village)
- lobster roll
- fish of the day
- oysters

$$$$ Le Bernadin (Manhattan: Theater District) haute cuisine
Il faut réserver un ou deux mois en avance; ce restaurant a trois étoiles michelin
- le menu

$$ Sabry's (Queens: Astoria) Egyptian
- fish of the day
- mixed seafood tagine

$$$ John Dory Oyster Bar (Flatiron)
- parker house rolls
- chorizo stuffed squid
- oysters
- smoked trout crudo

$$ Taverna Kyclades (Queens: Astoria) Greek
- fish of the day

$$$ Pylos (Manhattan: Union Square) Greek
pas seulement des poissons et coquillages, mais tous est très bon, surtout il y a un bon rapport qualité / prix
- shrimp pasta

$$$ Marea (Manhattan: Midtown West) Italian seafood
- lobster burrata
- octopus and bone marrow
- urchin spaghetti
- Dentice
- Uovo
- Ricciola

Italian
$$$$ Babbo (Manhattan: Greenwich Village) Mario Batali
Il faut réserver un ou deux mois en avance
- beef cheek ravioli
- pasta tasting menu
- bavette

$$$ Lupa (Manhattan: Greenwich Village) Mario Batali
Il faut réserver un mois en avance
- ricotta gnocchi with sausage and fennel
- pasta tasting
- charcuterie
- tripe garganelli
- carbonara

$$$ Scarpetta (Manhattan: West Village)
Il faut réserver
- duck foie gras ravioli
- spaghetti with tomato and basil
- cheese plate
- farfalle
- short ribs appetizer

$$$ Il Mulino (Manhattan: Greenwich Village) Italian American
Il faut réserver
- fried zucchini
- spaghetti alle vongole
- porcini ravioli

$$$ Maialino (Manhattan: Flatiron) Porc
Il faut réserver
- roast suckling pig
- tripe
- fried artichokes
- salumi

$$$$ Ai Fiori (Manhattan: Midtown) Haute Italien
- squid ink pasta
- lobster
- crab with avocado
- gnocchi with crab and uni

$$ Celeste (Manhattan: Upper West Side) Casual
Ils ne prennent pas des réservations
- pastas
- pizzas
- cheese plate

American - Traditional
$$$ Walter Foods (Brooklyn: Williamsburg)
- oysters
- lobster
- fried chicken
- cocktails!
- crab and artichocke dip
- short rib burger

$$$$ Gramercy Tavern (Manhattan: Flatiron)
il faut réserver
- le menu
- tout est très bon

$$$ Craft (Manhattan: Flatiron)
- short ribs
- halibut
- chicken

$$$ Blue Ribbon Brasserie (Manhattan: West Village)
C'est une bonne idée de faire une réservation
- marrow and oxtail marmalade
- fried chicken
- fried oysters
- fried shrimp
- trout

$ Johny's Luncheonette (Manhattan: Chelsea) diner
on s'appelle ce type de resto un 'greasy spoon'
- sausage
- eggs
- omelets

$$ Pies N Thighs (Brooklyn: Williamsburg) southern
- chicken biscuit
- macaroni and cheese
- barbecue
- banana cream pie
- apple pie

$$ Fette Sau (Brooklyn: Williamsburg) barbecue
- barbecue
- pork belly
- baked beans
- ribs

$$$ Spotted Pig (Manhattan: West Village) pub
c'est plutot anglais, mais c'est très connu et il faut réserver
- deviled eggs
- la carte change souvent

$$$ Buttermilk Channel (Brooklyn: Cobble Hill) restaurant gastronomique
- duck meatloaf
- fried chicken
- dessert

$$ Red Rooster Harlem (Manhattan: Harlem) soul food
Il faut réserver un mois en avance
- dirty rice and shrimp
- corn bread
- caesar salad
- mac and greens
- meatballs
- oxtail
- apple pie
- malted frosty
- fried yard bird

American - New
$$$$ Blue Hills (Manhattan: Greenwich Village) restaurant gastonomique
Il faut réserver
- le menu

$$$$ Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare (Brooklyn: Downtown Brooklyn) cuisine d'auteur
Il faut réserver
- le menu

$$$ Traif (Brooklyn: Williamsburg) tapas
- short rib sliders
- bacon wrapped dates
- strawberry cinnamon ribs
- tuna tartare
- cocktails

$$$ Dressler (Brooklyn: Williamsburg) restaurant gastronomique
- la carte est saisonale

$$$ Perilla (Manhattan: West Village) restaurant gastronomique
Il faut réserver
- duck meatballs
- cod
- seafood salad
- arctic char

$$$ Market Table (Manhattan: West Village) cuisine au marché
Il faut réserver
- le menu change souvent

$$$ Little Owl (Manhattan: West Village) cuisine au marché
Il faut réserver
- le menu change souvent

$$ Anella (Brooklyn: Greenpoint)
- brunch
- pork chop
- homemade bread

Fine Dining (trois étoiles michelin)
$$$$ Per Se (Manhattan: Hell's Kitchen)
le meilleur restaurant à nyc, il faut réserver trois mois en avance

$$$$ Daniel (Manhattan: Upper East Side)
il faut réserver un ou deux mois en avance

$$$$ Jean-Georges (Manhattan: Upper West Side)
il faut réserver un ou deux mois en avance

$$$$ Eleven Madison Park (Manhattan: Flatiron)
Il faut réserver un ou deux mois en avance

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Per Se
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

Lupa
170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

Russ & Daughters
179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

Pearl Oyster Bar
18 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10014

Perilla
9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

Eleven Madison Park
11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

Gramercy Tavern
42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

Corner Bistro
331 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

Ess-a-Bagel
359 1st Ave, New York, NY 10010

Babbo
110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

Keens
72 West 36th St., New York, NY 10018

Blue Hill
75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011

Devi
8 East 18th Street, New York, NY 10003

Tamarind
41 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

Shake Shack
Madison Ave and E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

Zabar's
2245 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

Sushi Yasuda
204 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017

Spotted Pig
314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

En Japanese Brasserie
435 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014

Hummus Place
109 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

Il Mulino
86 W 3rd St, New York, NY 10012

Minetta Tavern
113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

Joe's Shanghai
9 Pell St, New York, NY 10013

Celeste
502 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

Little Owl
90 Bedford Street, New York, NY 10014

Mary's Fish Camp
64 Charles St, New York, NY 10014

Market Table
54 Carmine Street, New York, NY 10014

Szechuan Gourmet
21 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

HanGawi
12 E 32nd St, New York, NY 10016

Sarge's Delicatessen
548 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

Blue Ribbon Brasserie
97 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

Pylos
128 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

Don's Bogam
17 E 32nd St, New York, NY 10016

Hatsuhana
17 E 48th St, New York, NY 10017

Second Avenue Deli
162 E 33rd St, New York, NY 10016

Craft
43 E. 19th St., New York, NY 10003

Azuri Cafe
465 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019

P.J. Clarke's
915 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022

Ilili
236 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10001

Itzocan Cafe
438 E 9th St, New York, NY 10009

Ruby's
219 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

Ippudo
65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

Amma
246 E. 51st Street, New York, NY 10022

Scarpetta
355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

Patsy's Pizzeria
2287 1st Ave, New York, NY 10035

Nirvana
346 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10001

Keste Pizza & Vino
271 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

Marea
240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

Clinton Street Baking Co.
4 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

Johny's
124 W 25th St, New York, NY 10001

Dos Toros
137 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

Maialino
2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

Motorino
349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

Totto Ramen
366 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

Tulsi
211 E 46th St, New York, NY 10017

Red Rooster
310 Lenox Ave, New York, NY 10027

The John Dory Oyster Bar
1196 Broadway, New York, NY 10001

Ai Fiori
400 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018

Apr 22, 2011
sarah2k in Manhattan

Sundays?

Anyone have recommendations for places that are open for lunch and/or dinner on Sundays?

Apr 09, 2011
sarah2k in France

Marseille!

I wanted to update this post, as I've now been in Marseille for four months, and have since visited a bunch of great spots that I didn't mention in the previous post. I'll try to make this more organized than last time.

Restaurants
- L'Aromat: Has a menu at 36 euros, they do their fish of the day (peche du jour) very well. A fairly sophisticated, 'gastronomique' menu for the comparatively low price and relaxed atmosphere. Service 'correcte' as the French say
- Le Côte de Boeuf: More expensive, very good for the namesake dish and literally what may (or may not?) be the most extensive wine cellar in France
- La Marche à Suivre: Off of the Cour Julien (and open on Sundays!), this place also does a decent Côte de Boeuf, as well as other cuts of meat. The salads are nice as well. Less expensive than the Côte de Boeuf at d'Estienne d'Orves, wine cellar less impressive
- Ummagumma: Also at the Cour Julien, a pretty casual place with Pink Floyd-inspired decor. A convivial spot with better than average, classic, fresh food
- L'Ambassade de Bretagne: Surprisingly good plats du jour, considering the prices and the fact that the rest of the menu is only crepes. Very inexpensive, obviously Breton food.
- Au Falafel: I know Cookingthebooks said she liked this place, and all my (French) friends did too. But I'm from New York, so paying 8 bucks for a mediocre falafel sandwich does not impress me. Everyone in Marseille seems to really like this place, but honestly I don't think the falafel bar is very high.
- Café Thai: Everyone in Marseille raves about this place. Do NOT be fooled. Unless this is your first taste of Thai food, you will be underwhelmed at best. The prices are ridiculously high for a notoriously cheap cuisine, the restaurant is huge for Marseille, with little thai statues all over the place. Well, to be honest, the ambience is nice. But listen, there are no Thai people in Marseille. As a general rule, avoid any and all Asian food in Marseille, even if a French person is assuring you it's great. It is not great. In fact it is the opposite of great.
- Le Gout des Choses: A néo-type bistrot just south of the Cour Julien, for 26 euro the menu is a great deal. Very solid food.
- La Poule Noire: Saucy, traditional cuisine very well done on the Rue Sainte, with very reasonable prices.
- Sports Beach: Down at the Escale Borély, I got brunch here. I would honestly say the brunch was mediocre, especially considering the price (30 euro!). However, the location is great, you can see the ocean, there's a pool that everyone is welcome to swim in, and as the brunch is all you can eat (sadly, a brunch tradition that has passed us by in the States it seems), you can try lots of cheeses, pates, tarts, omelettes, sausages. It's a pleasant brunch experience
- Club House: Also on the Vieux Port, my (French) friend is constantly raving about the buffet here. I think it's 18 euro in the afternoon and 28 euro at night, something like that. Also all you can eat, I haven't been yet, but she swears it's better than Sports Beach. Maybe not a bad idea if you want to try a lot of traditional French stuff at the same time.

Tapas / Wine Bars
- La Tasca: Extremely popular Spanish tapas place, kind of a cool (slash a little ridiculously over the top) ambience, with huge piles of melting candles everywhere. There's a tented outdoor area with a music set up in the back, so they may have concerts or something. Decent and better than decent classic spanish tapas, good seafood depending on what you get (don't get salmon or tuna, they're probably not local), prices a smidge higher than I would like
- Dos Hermanas: I have to give this place a good review because the barman is kind of a friend of mine. Well, more of a friend of a friend. In any case, one of the few places you can get wine and food at all hours of the day. The spanish style tapas are fine, the atmosphere is good, the wine is cheap. A solid pick.
- La Botte Rouge: It's only stools at this wine bar slash tapas joint at La Plaine. The wine we got was more than decent, the cheese plate very copious, the French-style tapas kind of just ok. A nice, relaxed spot nonetheless.
- La Cercle Rouge: It's a tapas place, but they're French tapas. They're also really good. Around 6-7 euro a piece. Nice, friendly place also near La Plaine
- Le Debouché: Open for lunch essentially everyday, but apparently only open on Friday night as a wine bar? It's confusing, but every Friday it's jam packed, the wine's are really good, the charcuterie top notch. The location is sort of... not as great, but it's sort of a cool, older crowd. A lot of high school teachers hang out here for whatever reason.
- La Part des Anges: I saved the best for last! The Part des Anges is great. Great wine, great atmosphere, right by the port, very good food. No tapas, though, it's all real assiettes. There's almost always a wait.

Bars / Cafés
- La Caravelle: Probably my favorite bar in Marseille. On the Panier side of the Vieux Port, it's actually in a hotel, on the second (or first, if you're French) floor. Compared to the rest of Marseille, the atmosphere here is a tad on the 'bourgeois' side, but with a terrace overlooking the port, great wine and beer, decent cocktails (extremely rare in Marseille) and frequent live music, this place cannot be beat
- Exit: Not very chic or even that comfortable (the terrace is small and perpetually crammed), if you can get a table you're privy to the best happy hour in Marseille. 4 euro caipirinhas! Also a view of the port.
- La Samaritaine: The classic Marseille bar, better during the afternoon than at night. Occupies probably the best real estate in Marseille. Also makes a decent Italian hot chocolate.
- Bar de la Marine: The famous, historic bar home to Marcel Pagnol characters of yesterday and today. Great views, as it's on the port, a younger, slightly 'chic' (for Marseille) crowd
- Le Locarno: Also on the Panier side of the port, I kind of hate the barman here, but the view plus the pillowy chairs make this a perennial haunt of mine on sunny afternoons
- L'Equitable: Hippie bar with live music, films, occasional random produce for sale. A cool spot at the Cour Julien
- Au Petit Nice: At La Plaine, a huge terrace and a nice inside area as well. Apparently serves some of the cheapest beer in Marseille, A mixed, fairly attractive crowd too. Probably my favorite place in the area
- La Passerelle: A wine bar, but I don't think they really serve any food. Also a 'cave' but it's really more of a bar. I think the main attraction is the room in the back that sells bandes-dessinés (comic books), although how or why you would want that in a wine bar is beyond me. I think they may do exhibitions. A pretty bare-bones atmosphere, but the wine is good and cheap, the crowd and barmen are friendly.
- Le Trianon: A random bar on the Rue Sainte that I sometimes end up at. Really nothing great.
- L'Unic Bar: Well... I almost don't like to admit that I've been here. It's open later than most places in Marseille... like 5 am or something. The decor is sort of... random shit everywhere. The place kind of smells. Very 'populaire' as they say in France. That being said, at 4am it's not a bad place to be.
- Le Pointu: Across from L'Unic, at the Cours d'Estienne d'Orves, a very large terrace spilling out into the rather unspectacular but agreeable plaza. A sunny place for a café, seems popular for lunch as well.
- Bar de la Plaine: A seriously Marseillais bar. Full of 'colorful characters,' and/or alcoholics, I like this place because everyone is basically just talking to everyone else. A very working class place, easy to meet people
- Bar Martin: My roommate's bar of choice, as he's tight with the barman. If you liked Bar de la Plaine you will LOVE Bar Martin. Even more working class and Marseillais, if possible, than bar de la Plaine, this place is off the Vieux Port on the Quai Rive Neuve. Very small, I would assume English is not spoken at all, but if you want to meet locals you can't miss here.
- Les Danaïdes: A brasserie/cafe, I've heard the food is very 'correcte' but I've only been here for cafés... oh, only like a hundred times. Very pleasant, leafy, open terrace at the top of the Canebière, one of the favorite bars in Marseille even if there is no view of the ocean.
- Café de la Banque: A Parisian-style brasserie/cafe, again I've only been here for coffee. The only place like it in Marseille, a historic place that despite its location and name attracts an eclectic (in the best sense) crowd. More French than Marseillais, in that it's clean, for one thing.
- Cup of Tea: In the Panier, with a very pretty little terrace looking onto a pretty little church, this place mostly does tea, as the name would imply. The inside is a little dark, but the terrace is great, seems almost Aixois.
- Téavora: A relaxing place with lots of teas, a sort of buddhist / beach inspired atmosphere. I typically don't like any place where I have to remove my shoes, but they do make smoothies.
- Biscuit & Biscuit: A sort of English place, they make cookies if you're longing for shortbread or something while in Marseille. They also have pottery painting or something. It's like ok.

Boulangeries / Patisseries / other sweets
- Sylvain Depuichaffray: Like I said in my last post, in my opinion the best patisserie in Marseille. Creative, a little pricey, a little salon du thé inside as well. I would get one of the inspired tarts, or those large macaron pastry things, I forget what they're called.
- Le Pain de l'Opéra: The best boulangerie that I've found still, they make good macarons, bread, sandwiches and tarts.
- La Boulangerie Aixoise: Just down the block from le Pain de l'Opéra, smaller and not as good, but still one of the better boulangeries in Marseille
- Le Four des Navettes: My to-go place for the Marseillais specialty, the crunchy, lightly orange flower flavored biscuit
- Les Navettes des Acoules: The other famous bakery that makes navettes, as these guys are on the other side of the port it is not my place of choice, but many prefer to le Four on rue Sainte. It's the Pierre Hermé / La Durée feud of Marseille, so you better check both out and decide for yourself
- Le Fournil des Rois: Also on the Rue Sainte, a very decent, larger boulangerie that is open on Sundays!
- Patisserie Orientale: The best Tunisian pastries in the city, according to my Tunisian friend (and me). I get the ones that look like egg rolls. If you like almond paste get ready for a treat.
- Le Glacier du Roi: An ice cream shop in the Panier, in fact THE ice cream shop, the best in Marseille, and named accordingly. Traditional French-style 'glaces,' they're only 2 euro apiece!
- Puyricard: The famous Aixois chocolatier, I love their chocolates, although my friend the French 'expert' deemed them not 'le top' as the ganache had butter in it. As I like butter I was not put off by this.
- Xocoatl: A less traditional chocolatier, they do interesting, different flavors I think once a week. I tried Szechuan Pepper, gingerbread, olive oil, others like honey, cinnamon, rose, lavender. I think there was no butter...
- Riederer: Situated in Les Galeries Lafayette, a department store that happens to house the best gourmet supermarket in Marseille, they have great specialty baguettes with olives, raisins; also really good macarons, pastries, chocolates. Worth a visit for sure especially as the Lafayette Galleries are a must if you're living in Marseille for the best gourmet foods (not as much if you've been to the ones in Paris, as they're essentially a mini version of those).

Markets
- Marché des Paysans: Cours Julien every Wednesday morning, all organic (bio) products
- Marché des Paysans: Place de Castellane, every Friday morning, also with a flower market
- Canebière market: On Saturday morning, it seems to be getting bigger each week. Antiques, books, flowers at the top in front of les Danaïdes, cheeses, other things as well.
- Aix: Simply the best open air market I've ever been to. It's Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings, sprawling over numerous places (squares) in Aix-en-Provence. Everything that comes from Provence. Extremely good. About 30 minutes from Marseille by the bus (5 euro)
- Marché aux Poissons: Every morning except Sunday in front of the Port in Marseille. Fresh fresh fish!
- Noailles - The opposite of organic, the cheapest produce you can find in the central city. In the little streets spreading out from the central square, there are tons of stalls overflowing with dates, olives, fish, spices. As this is in an Arab part of town, there are tons of Northern African products (including buttermilk, which I could find nowhere else, called Leben or Laban)

If anyone has any comments and/or thoughts feel free to message me!

Apr 03, 2011
sarah2k in France

Looking for néo-bistrots with a non-francophile French girl

I'm going to Paris with my friend (who is French) for four days. I'm a New Yorker, but both of us live in Marseille.

She wants to do all these American style things, which is kind of... awkward. Breakfast in America or something like that? Um.. pass? Also she's all excited to go to l'As du Falafel... which I've been to. Hopefully I can talk her out of both options.

In any case, I know she won't want to do like magret de canard, steak frites, etc etc. So I tried coming up with a list of options that could satisfy us both. Interesting stuff you can't find elsewhere, but inventive, not something she'll have eaten a million times. We haven't made any reservations yet, and I'm afraid it may be too late for places like Frenchie that are usually booked for a month. But, we'll always try calling the day of to see if anyone cancelled. We're leaving... like in two days. I didn't really plan this very well obviously.

In any case - any feedback on this (admittedly huge) list of possibilities that I've put together for us?

Frenchie (even though we won't get in..)
L'Avant Goût
Derrière
L'Entêtée
Jadis
Le Baratin
Le Pré Verre
Le Gaigne
L'Avant Comptoir
L'Epigramme
Les Itinéraires
Les Papilles
Le Chateaubriand
Afaria
Le Beurre Noisette (I figured if we can't get into Afaria this could be our second choice... or should it be the other way around?)
L'agrume
L'Épi Dupin
Bistrot Paul Bert

Thanks for any help!

Mar 01, 2011
sarah2k in France

Marseille!

Hey, sorry just came back to check out responses.

Anyways - yes! I do know a place to get cheaper bouillabaisse, but still very good. It's called 'Les Deux Soeurs' and it's essentially two women (sisters) cooking out of their kitchen. Very old place, extremely homey, very traditional food. I think it might be what you're looking for. If you don't have a car, you should take the metro to Chartreux and walk from there. Let me know how it is!

Feb 24, 2011
sarah2k in France

Marseille!

ah sorry for the double post!

Feb 09, 2011
sarah2k in France

Marseille!

I've been living in Marseille for the past two months, and as I've seen the recommendations on this board tend to repeat each other, and are also geared towards the more michelin-starred type places, I thought I'd add my two cents, since I'm on a chowbudget.

I live right by the Vieux Port, which is, as people say, dominated by tourist-friendly restaurants serving unexceptional food (the exception might be the very famous le Miramar, which is very expensive). But! A great place to check out just a few steps up on the southern bank is Rue Sainte. There's a great, casual wine bar called 'La Part des Anges' which serves great food, and has been shaking up the low-key culinary marseillais culinary scene recently. It's also one of the few places you can get a decent glass of wine, as opposed to a bottle. Also just a good wine store in general, very friendly owner.

For the even more budget minded, down the street is 'L'Ambassade de Bretagne' which is cheap and great, serves crepes but also has daily specials according to the season. A notch up in prices from La Part is l'Aromat', supposed to be great, I'm meaning to check it out.

If you go a little farther out, to the Cours Julien and La Plaine, there's a ton of great places to grab a beer and hang out. It's the young and cool place in Marseille. The other night I went to a tapas place called 'La Cercle Rouge' which was really good, we had like three tapas each and a few bottles of wine, came to 30 euro each. There's a cafe at Cours Julien called l'Equitable, it's a type of coop café, they also have fresh produce sometimes, you have to buy a membership (it's like a euro), but great hippie crowd. Another sweet bar is Au Petit Nice, at La Plaine.

That reminds me - there's the Marché des Paysans (farmer's market) every wednesday morning in the cours julien - way better stuff than you'll find at Noailles (ie organic). You can find all types of terrines, exotic eggs, confitures à la maison, eggs, juices as well. The other organic supermarket I've found is called the 'biocoop' or something like that, the address if 87 rue de l'Italie.

I also checked out 'Le Côte de Boeuf' which famously has the 'best' - or at least the oldest - cave (wine cellar) in Marseille. If you're in Marseille and you don't like fish, it's a step away from the Vieux Port and very intimate. The meat (steeaaak!) is definitely up to par, la moêle (bone marrow) was delicious. More expensive though for sure.

A few cafés that I'd like to give shout outs to - Café de la Banque, around the corner from the American embassy and the Préfécture, serves decent food and great coffee. Probably my favorite parisian style brasserie so far. While you're in town a nice little quarter to explore is the Panier, just above the Northern bank of the Vieux Port. There's a cute little café called 'Cup of Tea' overlooking a very picturesque square, a really great salon du thé, more for the tea lovers out there obviously, but nice for the location as well. Around the corner from there is a store called 'Places aux Huiles' where you can buy some nice AOC olive oil to bring back home.

For drinks at night, I also like Bar de la Marine on the port, it's a very old, famous bar, the setting for some Marcel Pagnol films. It even has it's own wikipedia page (in French)! You can drink outside on the port, in my opinion the best place for a drink when the weather suits. Make sure to try the city's specialty, Pastis.

And of course if you're in Marseille you've got to stop at La Samaritaine for a café, great historic spot, very Marseille. Another café by the opéra is Cafés Débout, which serves great coffée, a cut above. Not the best view however.

Someone else mentioned Sylvain Depuichaffray, amazing creative patisserie that makes these great green tea/rasberry tarts, they also have new creations everyday. For more traditional pastries, across from the Opéra is 'le Pain de l'Opera' which has great tarts, sandwiches, cakes, everything really. Macarons!

For great chocolate there's always the classic Puyricard - the chocolates are the same as you'll get in Aix. I REALLY have been meaning to go to this place called Xocoatl which has more creative/modern/international style chocolate. The other Marseille specialty you should get while in town are called 'navettes,' you can get them at more boulangeries, but if you want them straight out of the oven head up Rue Sainte to Les Fours des Navettes - it actually predates the French revolution. Buy a few, I prefer them when they're warm straight out of the oven. They're essentially long skinny sort of crunchy biscuits, not very sweet, but made with a flavor of fleur d'oranger, essentially the flowers from a bitter orange tree. I don't like orange even but I love these biscuits.

Oh and finally this has been mentioned to death, but there's the fish market every morning in front of the Vieux Port, from around 8 until 1pm, though I would suggest getting there before 10am if possible, that's when the fish are the freshest.

If someone knows of something great that I'm missing - and that won't break the bank - let me know! I've been meaning to check out La Lauracée close to where I live (close the Sylvain), but it's kind of expensive. Supposed to be really good though, Provencal style bistro food. Also of course Le Petit Nice Passédat, Café des Épices, l'Epuisette... but those are malheureusement kind of out of my price range. I'm probably forgetting some great stuff I've tried as well. If you're coming though I might reconsider if I can find someone game! My roommates are also all poor students.

Non-food type stuff that you should do in Marseille: walk from the Vieux Port along the Corniche to the Parc Borély. A bit of a hike but definitely worth it, the best scenery doesn't start until you pass the little cluster of bars and shops jutting out around Le Petit Nice Passédat (the famous three star Michelin place). Actually, a great thing to do (that's free!) is to go down towards the restaurant, and then turn right towards this little overlook, and bring a little picnic basket out onto the rocks overlooking the ocean from there. There's always a nice little crowd of French sun worshippers hanging out at that spot. Message me if those directions were not clear enough - it's really the best place to enjoy a nice day in Marseille in my opinion.

I would suggest also this useful little guide (in French) for all of Provence:
http://www.guidegantie.com/fr/

The French version of Yelp/Chowhound is cityvox.fr, also very helpful and obviously always up to date. French Elle also has a nice city guide for restuarants, food stores, everything:
http://www.elle.fr/elle/recherche/rec...

If people find this helpful, I can also post some things I've found in Aix en Provence, as I've been heading up there pretty frequently as well. By the way if you're heading to Aix out of Marseille, take the bus not the train. It's like 20 min versus an hour.

Feb 09, 2011
sarah2k in France

Miami - seafood with a view?

New Yorker here. I'm looking for a great place to go for an unconventional seafood Thanksgiving extravaganza. Doesn't have to have a view, but that would be nice. I've heard good things about Michy's (which is closed for tksgiving) and River Oyster House (which doesn't appear to have a view) - any other opinions? Thanks!!

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Michy's
6927 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33138

The River Oyster Bar
650 S. Miami Ave., Miami, FL 33130

where to get the best indian on oak tree road?

we're going today, i'm debating between ming and moghul, heard good things about both... any other recommendations?

Nov 07, 2009
sarah2k in New Jersey

Cachaca?

thanks

Sep 23, 2009
sarah2k in Manhattan

Cachaca?

Does anyone know where to you can find a nice, aged cachaca, anywhere in the five boroughs?

Sep 19, 2009
sarah2k in Manhattan

tonight: italian in queens - sapori d'ischia or uva rara?

I haven't been to either, I've heard great things about both. I'm in the mood for Italian, something light. What do people think about the pros and cons of both places??

Sep 04, 2009
sarah2k in Outer Boroughs

itzocan: village v harlem locations?

i got the huitaloche souffle last night which was really really good. amazing actually. worth going for that alone

Aug 28, 2009
sarah2k in Manhattan

Quick lunch between Ellis Island ferry and Bowling Green/US Custom House?

there's also always stone street. financier has good pastries, illy coffee and decent sandwiches. the other places don't have the best food, though i haven't shopped around all that much. mad dog has good guacamole but it's laughably priced ($24) so i don't know... also there's an italian sausage cart like across the street from flavor's that is pretty good. lots of options now that i'm writing them all down

Aug 27, 2009
sarah2k in Manhattan

Quick lunch between Ellis Island ferry and Bowling Green/US Custom House?

oh! also if you're looking for a nicer sit down place, not as quick, this area has some good steaks. be prepared to be eating with self-proclaimed 'masters of the universe' but harry's on wednesdays has a beef wellington that i love. also SHO has one of the best prix fixes available for a very reasonable price. delmonico's is another option, tho i like harry's better

Aug 27, 2009
sarah2k in Manhattan

Quick lunch between Ellis Island ferry and Bowling Green/US Custom House?

it's pretty bad around here. pret is one of the better options.

there is a bahn mi cart across from hanover square thats ok. serviceable. there's also veronica's, a soul food cart i think on front st, that's actually really good. i just can't eat there everyday. if u can walk up a bit check out ise sushi, one of the better low/mid price sushi places, definitely the best all the way down here.

also champ's deli is pretty great, the best deli down here by far. kind of hidden. good sandwiches. dicier soups. also there's a small salad/sandwich/soup place that has really good soups, cafe doppio, on broad right by the starbucks.

Aug 27, 2009
sarah2k in Manhattan

itzocan: village v harlem locations?

ok thanks. yeah everyone who seems to be talking it up is mentioning the uptown branch. more of a downtowner myself, just don't want to miss out!

Aug 27, 2009
sarah2k in Manhattan

itzocan: village v harlem locations?

which one is better? I've only been to the one downtown, is the one uptown significantly better?

Aug 27, 2009
sarah2k in Manhattan

Has LITTLE PEPPER moved yet?

went today still there

Aug 25, 2009
sarah2k in Outer Boroughs