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Hawaii visitors need your help-- please!!!

Thanks for your input. We were thinking about Chinese food-- not my favorite but I do enjoy dim sum. My only criteria is that the restaurant be clean and not in a scary part of town.

Also was considering Katz, but leaning towards Russ and Daughters. However, Hubby wants Matzo ball soup. I looked at their menu online and I don't think they have it there? Can't get any in Hawaii, except when he makes it himself!! Suggestions?

As it gets closer to the one month mark I will probably ask for more input-- a lot of the restaurants don't take reservations until then....

May 29, 2013
honolulufoodie in Manhattan

Hawaii visitors need your help-- please!!!

Thanks for your input. Still on the fence between Keens and Quality Meats. leaning towards Quality Meats, because I do enjoy my sides with my steak....

Sorry, forgot to ask-- any recommendations for pizza? Sad to say that the best pizza in Hawaii is probably Pizza Hut.... :( Ate at Lombardis the last time we were there, and wasn't too impressed. It was way too crowded and the pizza was soggy.
I've seen some posts re: NY pizza but there are so many different styles of pizza. Which restaurant best exemplifies NY pizza?

May 25, 2013
honolulufoodie in Manhattan

Hawaii visitors need your help-- please!!!

Did the tasting. I liked it, but husband wasn't impressed. We have been to Alinea in Chicago. Did not like it. We did a wine pairing with the meal. For certain courses, they asked us if we wanted to "upgrade" to a batter wine. The waiter made us feel that we were "cheap" if we didn't upgrade. Food wasn't memorable. However, The Dining Room in San Francisco was one of my favorite restaurants. Sadly, they have closed its doors....

I enjoy steak, and yes, I thought NY would have some better options than Hawaii. We have Morton's, Ruth Chris, BLT, Wolfagangs..... Of those, Morton's is my favorite (I love the onion rings and parmesan fries there)

May 25, 2013
honolulufoodie in Manhattan

Hawaii visitors need your help-- please!!!

Thanks for all of your input!! If you venture to Hawaii again, you need to go to Izakaya Nonbei. They have a frozen sake that is to die for...... Ted's Bakery for their Chocolate Haupia pie..... Delicious!!!

I should clarify-- i love tasting menus, but hubby doesn't. however, I would like to go to at least one upscale restaurant, as we are traveling to NY for my birthday. That being said, do you think we should go to Eleven Madison Park? Or try something different?

I listed Jungsik because we don't have any upscale Korean restaurants in Hawaii, and I love Korean food.

I was considering Peter Luger, but it's in Brooklyn, and we are staying in Manhattan..... Is the steak worth the trip?

Thanks again for your help!!!!

May 25, 2013
honolulufoodie in Manhattan

Hawaii visitors need your help-- please!!!

Thank you. I feel the same way-- especially with Per Se. I had to wake up at 3 am for 3 days straight before getting a reservation, and was really disappointed. We also ate at WD-50, and both my husband and myself were highly unimpressed......

I will look at the menu for Keens. Thanks for your input!

May 25, 2013
honolulufoodie in Manhattan

Hawaii visitors need your help-- please!!!

My husband and I are coming to NY for the third time from July 2 to 9. We will be staying at the Four Seasons. Our previous dining experiences have included Per Se, Eleven Madison Park, Sushi of Gari, Babbo, Maialino, Del Frisco, to name a few. We really enjoyed Sushi of Gari so we will probably be dining there again when we attend Book of Mormon on July 3. we felt that Per Se was too pretentious, Babbo-- I didn't enjoy, as my food was way too salty, Del Frisco-- ok, but nothing outstanding-- I would consider it similar to Morton's, which we have in Hawaii. Maialino was great-- my husband really enjoyed the roasted pig, so we may return there. I've already searched through many of the threads on this board and am considering ABC Cocina, Jungsik, Quality Meats, The Modern, Momofuku Ko (but I understand that you can make reservations only 2 weeks in advance....). should we return to Eleven Madison Park? Or try another formal restaurant? Price is of no concern, however, we'd like to eat at a restaurant that we do not have in Hawaii, and something unique to NY. Any suggestions??? Thank you in advance for your help!

May 25, 2013
honolulufoodie in Manhattan

best fried chicken in honolulu

KJ's Local Grindz is also pretty good.

Sep 12, 2009
honolulufoodie in Hawaii

Dining suggestions in Las Vegas????

My entire family (my husband and 2 year old son, my parents, sister and her husband, and grandparents) will be flying to Las Vegas for Thanksgiving weekend to celebrate my grandmother's 92nd birthday. I need a few dining suggestions. First, my husband and I have one free night to go to a restaurant of our choice. The last time we were there, we ate at L'Atelier and LOVED IT! Should we eat there again or venture somewhere else? Second, any suggestions for a family Thanksgiving dinner? We will all be staying at The Mirage. My husband and I once ate a Thanksgiving buffet at the Four Seasons in Texas, and really enjoyed it. Does the Las Vegas Four Seasons have anything similar? Lastly, any dining suggestions for my son? How is the Rainforest Cafe?? We don't have one in Hawaii, but he LOVES animals, especially elephants, so I thought it would be a good choice. Your suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!!

Sep 12, 2009
honolulufoodie in Las Vegas