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Ogunquit/ Hancock/ Bar Harbor/ Southern Coast essentials

Thanks, Bob. Ogunquit is where we stop for lunch after the 5 hour drive from NYC. Then we head North.

Feb 25, 2014
CGeats in Northern New England

Ogunquit/ Hancock/ Bar Harbor/ Southern Coast essentials

Im staying in Hancock this summer and am looking for:

Essential Ogunquit lunch spot. This is our 1/2 way point lunch stop.

Hancock breakfast, lunch or dinner. Any price point and any cuisine.

Bar Harbor standouts? Any price point and any cuisine.

Southern Coast Essentials? Where MUST I go if Im on the Southern Coast?

Feb 25, 2014
CGeats in Northern New England

Chinese near Lincoln Center that is ~NOT~ Shun Lee West?

Recent SLW reviews have been pretty poor. We're going to a show at Lincoln Center and would love an alternative. It should be at least Ollie's level nice. Maybe we'll just go to Ollies but would love an alternative, more upscale like Shun Lee West but NOT Shun Lee West.

Thanks in advance.

Nov 26, 2013
CGeats in Manhattan

Highland or Poughkeepsie lunch?

Looking for a casual lunch spot in either of those towns after a November morning bike ride. Thanks in advance.

Nov 09, 2013
CGeats in New York State (exc. NYC)

Thanksgiving- seeking alternatives in NYC or BK

Looking to eat out for Thanksgiving evening- pescetarian-. Most places that are actually open serve standard turkey faire.

Aren't most of the fish restos closed for Thanksgiving?
Upscale Chinese?

We are up for anything. Any style, culture or price point. We're also open to places that offer great items on their menu in addition to the the Thanksgiving meal.

Thanks for this tall order,

Nov 06, 2013
CGeats in Manhattan

Reykjavik: fish/local faves/fine dining/street food/markets?

Thanks to everyone for the info I find in the Chowhounds archives. Im traveling to Reykjavik in late Summer. I am curious for recommendations:

-We are pescetarian. Any fish restaurants to note?

- We love "local" favorites. We're staying near Hallgrímskirkja. Any style, any price, any meal.

- I'd love to know the hot fine dining destination that I can still get a reservation at. Its Summer 2013, who's on the board?

- Street food other than the hot dog?

- We are staying at an apartment and will have our own kitchen for some meals. Looking for recos on local markets and perhaps farmers markets near Hallgrímskirkja.

Thanks everyone!

Jul 10, 2013
CGeats in Europe

No quality Moroccan in NYC? Seriously?

I used to love Lotfi's.

Zerza in the East Village is a joke.

Never been to Le Souk but from the numerous reviews I've read both here and on various sites say its best for drinks and party/bar scene and short on food.

I am eager to try Tagine Gallery but again, reviews here and elsewhere are spotty at best.

Where in NYC can I go for the Morocan "experience" and maybe belly dancing that ALSO has great food?

Is there no such place?

Bistro Lamazou?

308 East 6th Street, New York, NY 10003

Tagine Dining Gallery
537 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10018

Le Souk Harem
510 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY 10012

Bistro Lamazou
344 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010

Dec 21, 2011
CGeats in Manhattan

Christmas eve: Chinese, Indian, Moroccan or 7 Fishes feast w/o rezzies?

Looking for unusual Christmas eve dinner

The Chinese should be -fancy- banquet hall ish. Something regal. What about the Lobby Bar at the Mandarin or Asiate?

Indian but not on 6th street, also can't be Devi.


Moroccan but must be festive, have belly dancers and great food. Le Souk? We will be with our 9 year old daughter so no drunk dancing on tables.


Feast of the 7 Fishes without reservations?

I know, a tall order.

Dec 18, 2011
CGeats in Manhattan

Thanksgiving evening in Manhattan or Brooklyn- Vegetarian or Seafood?

Looking to do a special night out in Manhattan or Brooklyn on Thanksgiving night. Must be vegetarian or seafood based. Pre fixe is probably the way to go, but vege or fish. Vegan OK. Chinatown OK too but it better be -royal-. I realize it's short warning for reservations but looking for ideas...


Nov 14, 2011
CGeats in Manhattan

Dessert for kids Birthday party in Hells Kitchen?

I'll have a party of 15 eight year old girls in Hell's Kitchen. After pizza at 2 Boots, where can we go, sit down for dessert/ cake/ice cream? We'll be on 9th and 44th.

Apr 25, 2010
CGeats in Manhattan

What happened to Fairway??

I can't speak for the Plainview store, but the Brooklyn store is up to par. I do have my criticisms of this location but nothing quite on level with the above review of Plainview. Keep in mind when you say "I literally could've done better in a chain store!" that they -are- a chain. They are a family run, small chain. And each store has different managers and a different set of variables. As far as TV ads, maybe thats a LI thing. I can't recall seeing any here in NYC.

Again, sorry to hear about that store but there are many Fairways.

Apr 19, 2010
CGeats in Chains

Burger place on Smith in old Patois spot

Odd that you'd review Ultimate Burger and Dogs fries.

My review from October:

Apr 10, 2010
CGeats in Outer Boroughs

Spanish or Turkish near the Whitney?

Friday dinner.
And its all about the vicinity. Been to all the places you've mentioned. Not close any of them.

Apr 05, 2010
CGeats in Manhattan

Mothers Day in Brooklyn?

Mother in law is a traditional person but an adventurous eater. Would be just as comfortable with formal, old school white linen place as in a funky, trendy and hip . Want to book this now.

Bonus points for Cobble/ Carroll/ Red Hook/ Slope/ Ft Greene.

Apr 05, 2010
CGeats in Outer Boroughs

Spanish or Turkish near the Whitney?

Going to the Biennial this Friday and am looking for Spanish within reasonable walk/short cab.

Spanish: Malaga? El Porron? Solera?
I'm a bit scared of all 3 based on general online reviews, seem quite mixed.

Turkish: Uskudar? Beyoglu?

I prefer authentic atmosphere to trendy but if the food is better, trendy is fine.


200 E 81st St, New York, NY 10028

1405 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10021

216 E 53rd St, New York, NY 10022

Apr 05, 2010
CGeats in Manhattan

Costco meat & fish trip report, not sure about quality & value

While I admire your dogged commitment to your local butchers product accountability, I've gotta say you've been duped. Local butchers really don't know where their meat is from. And that they would know that their ground beef comes from one piece of meat is absurd. They might have an idea of producers and root sourcing, they rarelty have that close a connection. CSAs and farmers markets are a closer connection. Local butchers? Rare.

And they usually don't live in the neighborhood.

Mar 16, 2010
CGeats in Outer Boroughs

Seeking superb 'food oasis' for my wife's 40th birthday - - > details enclosed

Boy is that a tall order. Can't wait for the responses!

Mar 11, 2010
CGeats in Outer Boroughs

Carroll Gardens vs. Cobble Hill CSA (Brooklyn)

oolah and BklynChicken,
"Sorry to sound snappy and sarcastic" means please excuse me if my comments -sound- sarcastic. Its not my intention. I too have been frustrated and curious what you find. I'm convinced that its not just weather related but that growers and wholesalers are cutting costs across the board in all markets.

Mar 08, 2010
CGeats in Outer Boroughs

Brunch with Parents in Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill

I'll throw a peep in for Chestnut, but call ahead for 8.

Mar 08, 2010
CGeats in Outer Boroughs

Carroll Gardens vs. Cobble Hill CSA (Brooklyn)

Sorry to sound snappy and sarcastic but realize you are at the end of Winter season. Its pitiful. Also, there has been a lowered quality all around on quality veges. I've noticed it at every chain, every Mom and Pop and every indie market. I'd be surprised if any one CSA would vary that much in late February/early March. Best of luck!

Mar 08, 2010
CGeats in Outer Boroughs

Where can I buy Venison in New York City?

Staubitz on Court has it or can get it quickly. I'd ask Paisanos as well. Venison is best braised or stewed. Its not a fatty meat, needs a slow cook. Usually unless you are buying -premium- venison pieces, like a tenderloin, you are getting tougher meat. A long slow braise works wonders. If I remember correctly, braising with berries and red wine is a good combo. IF you are lucky to get venison steaks, pan frying works. Usually my budget only affords me the braising variety.

Mar 07, 2010
CGeats in Outer Boroughs

The Vanderbit ripping off The Wing Bar

"The Vanderbilt gets credit for something TWB has been doing for a while, "

And Dumont Burger in Williamsburg ( another " High Art" joint" ) gets credit for something ______________ (fill in the blank with any burger joint) has been doing for s while.

So what? There is a high art version of -everything-.

Mar 03, 2010
CGeats in Outer Boroughs

The Vanderbit ripping off The Wing Bar

Sorry but you can't patent a dish thats been an arab food staple for thousands of years.

Deep fried brussel sprouts? Yummy but how does the Vanderbilt doing the same dish 2 neighborhoods away constitute a rip off? What about the Wing Bar's onion rings, hamburgers and um, wings? Does Wing Bar have a patent on those? I'd say no.

No diss to Wing Bar; I've never been.

And Saul is a bit more than a short stumble away.

Mar 03, 2010
CGeats in Outer Boroughs

Where can I find Ajvar in Brooklyn?

Just back from Fairway. More brands and more vareities than my preferred Sahadi's. I got spicy Ajvar, which rhymes with "have jar" as in " have a jar in pantry at all times".

187 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Fairway Market
480 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Feb 01, 2010
CGeats in Outer Boroughs

Tanoreen- uphill alert!

I know it was my fault but....5:30 at a 1/2 empty resto turned away? I agree that its partially due to my raving ( not on Chowhound exclusively but I rave this place whenever I can ). I do reminisce of the old days when you could walk in there any day anytime before 7pm without a reservation and get a seat. My gripe is based in snobbery I guess. I probably won't go back if I have to make a reservation, at least not on a Saturday. I also remember DiFara when you could get pizza in less than 6 hours.

Jan 24, 2010
CGeats in Outer Boroughs

Tanoreen- uphill alert!

I arrived at Tanoreen at 5:30 last night, party of 3, looking forward to supporting Rawia's new restaurant location. The new spot is gorgeous, corner location, tons of windows and a full bar!

I was asked if we had reservations, which seemed odd for a party of 3 at 5:30 in a restaurant 1/2 empty. There were at least 15 tables open. When I said no I was told their first opening was at 9:30. Was there a hovering crowd of 5:30 diners waiting to get in? No. Were there empty tables pushed together waiting for a big party? No.

Tanoreen is not on Opentable nor do they take reservations on their website. As well, I've never recalled needing a reservation in the years I've been going there. Am I missing something?

Oh, how the mighty have risen.

Uphill alert.

Jan 24, 2010
CGeats in Outer Boroughs

Turkish- appropriate for Valentines date?

I'd like to take my wife out for Turkish and am looking for a combo of atmosphere and great food. It won't be on 2/14 but it will be a Valentines date.

I know the turkish players in NYC but many of them lack atmosphere.

Pera? Dervish? Turkuaz? Akdeniz? Pasha?

Jan 09, 2010
CGeats in Manhattan

Tanoreen: NO downhill alert!

There were many mains coming out to our neighboring tables. They looked pretty inspired. Having Raiwa in the kitchen was reassuring. The place has a different vibe when she is around...

Nov 23, 2009
CGeats in Outer Boroughs

Tanoreen: NO downhill alert!

There was chatter of a possible Tanoreen downhill alert on the Sue Perette thread. I did myself a favor and got over there last night. To my delight, Rawia IS back in the kitchen and serving her usual fare of -perfect- authentic Middle Eastern food. Large portion, fresh ingredients and the infamous Tanoreen spice are mixed lovingly into all her dishes. My wife and I ate 5 app platters and called it a night: Musakkan, Labneh, Eggplant Napoleon, and the best Brusell Sprout dish I've ever eaten- fried and caramelized and chilled with tons of garlic.

If you read her reviews ( proudly and loudly displayed on the website and the walls of her restaurant) its hard to disagree with the superlatives. Its in a class of its own above the Atlantic Avenue baba houses, Zaytoons, Olive Vine, Fatoosh etc. This is food your Middle Eastern Mom would make, but better.

7523 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209

Nov 22, 2009
CGeats in Outer Boroughs

Sue Perette (on Smith between DeGraw and Sackett)

Tanoreen's uneveness? I'm going to ignore that comment as I owe myself a trip there. Its one of my favorite places in Brooklyn. Uneven alert?

7523 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209

Nov 16, 2009
CGeats in Outer Boroughs