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Romantic(ish) lunch in SOHO

totally contrary to my experiences there. i've never seen it packed with tourists, take-out counter aside. The few dishes i've had were well composed, fresh, and sophisticated. Haven't seen any of the chaos you experienced, though, i imagine it's possible during weekend brunch. When were you there?

1 day ago
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Romantic(ish) lunch in SOHO

Laduree, if you'd find a French tea parlor romantic. They serve a full menu and some very beautiful pastries for after.

1 day ago
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Revelatory new Sichuan restaurant--Legend on 7th Avenue at 15th

Seeing as this post got bumped, I'll take the opportunity to say that the latest "Legend" in midtown east has only the name in common with the Chelsea location. I don't think I've had a worse Chinese experience in Manhattan. With so many Sichuan options nearby, this one should be avoided at all costs.

Sep 28, 2014
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Looking for Wine and Cheese Paring

Murray's Cheese Bar would be an excellent option. Better yet, why not do an event at Murray's? I went for the Old World Wines with New World Cheeses and really enjoyed it. It was informative and fun and we tasted seven wines and cheeses, starting with sparkling and ending with port.

Sep 28, 2014
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best fancy chocolates

Jacque Torres has really gone downhill, in my opinion. I've stippped going there entirely.

Sep 26, 2014
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TIBERIAS NY GREAT PIZZA

There's also Pizza da Solo in the Sony Building.

http://www.pizzadasolo.com/pizza.pdf

definitely worth trying if you keep kosher, but as pizza it's not better than Keste.

Sep 21, 2014
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Wine Mark up

Corkage fee is listed at $50. You could call to verify and check if there are any other restrictions.

Sep 20, 2014
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Favorite wine shop recs?

D'Espana's wine shop is excellent for Spanish-only. Great selection of sherries and very helpful staff.

Sep 18, 2014
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Amy's Bread

Not close but convenient on the 1 train, Maison Kayser is opening on Broadway and 76th.

Sep 14, 2014
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Kefi downhill alert?

For what it's worth, the restaurant was closed for a private party during Saturday afternoon. It's possible the dinner service suffered as a result. Not an excuse, but could be a one-off.

Sep 14, 2014
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Is it possible to get a quality cup of coffee between W. 57th St. and W. 84th St.?

The new crepe & delices on 72nd bet. Columbus and Amsterdam is also serving La Colombe. As said, Box Kite is opening a few doors west of them and will hopefully fill the void. Joe is also opening on Columbus bet. 69 & 70. They're taking over the Bombolini space.

Sep 13, 2014
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Reccomendations for a 50th birthday [food gift]

You could put together a nice basket from Urbani. they do retail sales out of the distribution center in Hell's Kitchen check the hours before you go, if interested.

Sep 08, 2014
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2 Burn-Your-Face-Off Spicy Dinners?

Brick Lane Curry is home of the Phaal Challenge, which contains ghost pepper and is prepared by a chef in a gas mask. May be a gimmick, but I've seen it bring people to tears.

Sep 04, 2014
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Notice the marked deterioration of East Village Cheese?

So, truce and better cheese for everyone!

Aug 31, 2014
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24 hours tween Chinatown and Little Italy

Dim Sum Go Go shouldn't have a wait if you get there by 11:30. I'm still crazy for Cafe Hong Kong's string beans and my wife for their lobster in XO sauce. I could eat at Xi'An Famous Foods nearly any day. Best dumplings are 456's sheng juan bao, though, I know many will disagree. I also like the steamed dumplings at Spicy Village, especially when eaten with the big tray of chicken plus noodles.

For Italian in that area, best to avoid the ever-shrinking Little Italy proper and go for Rubirosa or Parm.

Aug 27, 2014
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Lunch in lower east side this Friday

Not LES, but I love lunch at Tertulia, particularly the Bikini sandwich. I was there for lunch a few weeks ago and tried the hominy dish with mixed results. I was back last weekend for dinner and really enjoyed the grilled corn, the grilled octopus, the house-made emulsified sausage, and, of course, the croquetas.

Aug 27, 2014
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Best BBQ in NYC

"The good items are the pulled pork, wings, and ribs."

and chili! besides the wings, it's my favorite thing on the menu.

Aug 27, 2014
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How much is that dog in the window?

in a touristy area, a bottle of water is often marketed at $2, but they'll take one rather than lose the sale. hot dogs can be as much as $4 near Central Park.

Aug 26, 2014
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QUIET restaurant, GOOD FOOD (that's it!)

Chez Napoleon is especially quiet when grandma is sleeping.

Aug 24, 2014
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solo casual breakfast soho, village, nolita

ah, i know them from The Plaza and Hudson Eats, where they're open early and serving breakfast.

Aug 23, 2014
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QUIET restaurant, GOOD FOOD (that's it!)

Juni was so quiet, I found it difficult to enjoy. Could work better for you.

Aug 23, 2014
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solo casual breakfast soho, village, nolita

As a non-egg eater, I have no business here, but maybe Tartinery would work for you.

Aug 22, 2014
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Good Fried Chicken in the City

unrelated and wrong board (ok shoot me) , but the fried chicken waffle sliders at Pork Slope in Brooklyn could be my execution meal.

Aug 22, 2014
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51st and 5th Walking Distance

The Modern, on 53rd & 5th, Monkey Bar on 54th & Mad., Kellari Taverna on 44th & 5th or The National on 50th & Lex.

Aug 22, 2014
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Good Fried Chicken in the City

The Dutch during lunch.

Aug 21, 2014
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Sweet 16 in NYC?

If you wanted to do a tea party, you'd be well served at Laduree Soho.

If you like the idea of Buddakan, have you also looked at Tao? It gets trashed on chow hound, but I prefer it to Buddakan. it's also a bit louder and fun, in my opinion.

Aug 20, 2014
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What's your favorite Little Wisco restaurant?

If you say Loratiff three times fast, she may appear.

Aug 19, 2014
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Hoping that New York chowhounds are using discretion with their recommendations

Secret's out on dollar dumplings. Has been for a while now.

Anyway, it's an educated tourist that reads Chowhound. Others rely on Yelp and Trip Advisor, but most don't even bother researching restaurants, at all. Why not reward those that dig deeper? They're not the ignoramuses you hope to avoid.

Aug 17, 2014
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Help! Where can I buy Kinder Bueno?

you won't find them in the US at all. they're illegal here.

http://souvenirfinder.com/2014/01/22/...

Aug 16, 2014
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Suggestions for dinner, super flexible and open

the obvious choice would probably be DBGB. It's kinda LES, definitely meaty, and with one of the best beer lists in New York. I'd say to check out Butter, though. it's a bit less casual. but still cozy and cool. the beer list is dreadful, though.

Aug 14, 2014
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