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Back to NYC for more eats

Another good brunch option, thank you!

Jun 03, 2013
jenna131 in Manhattan

Back to NYC for more eats

Well sounds delicious. Thanks!

Jun 03, 2013
jenna131 in Manhattan

Back to NYC for more eats

Thanks for your input, Kathryn! You seem to be one of the Manhattan experts around here, so I was hoping you'd chime in! I appreciate your suggestions; they all sound great. I'm particularly intrigued by Montmartre, and may need to add Lafayette for brunch instead of minetta tavern. My boss goes to Balthazar everytime he is in the City, so perhaps it's time to try it ourselves. I think we need more nights! Thank you!

May 31, 2013
jenna131 in Manhattan

Back to NYC for more eats

We love Underbelly, and haven't tried any of the momofuku places. So I think Ma Peche is another good options for us! Or Le Philosophe. Thanks!

May 31, 2013
jenna131 in Manhattan

Back to NYC for more eats

Sam, thanks for your comments. I think we will add Perla to the list. The menu looks awesome. Is it hard to make reservations there? I see it says exactly two weeks in advance...

May 31, 2013
jenna131 in Manhattan

Back to NYC for more eats

My husband and I will be in NYC 4th of July weekend (from Houston), and are looking forward to some more good eats. This will be our third trip to the City, and last time highlights included Scarpetta and Babbo for dinner and Mailino for Brunch. As I continue to research food for this trip, I am again confused about where to eat.

On July 4th, we will be eating dinner on the STK rooftop for fireworks. I've eaten here before and while the food was just average to me, we are going mostly for the view. This leaves us with two other dinners and lunches/brunches for three days.

Places I'm considering for dinner are:

- Locanda Verde
- Louro
- Blue Hill in the City
- Russ & Daughters for breakfast or lunch
- Any of Kathryn's pizza recommendations
- Ciano (or are they still moving?)
- Osteria Morini
- Minetta Tavern (Brunch)
- ABC Kitchen

Please let me know what other places I should consider, and any of your favorites from the above. We are considering these (what I would call) mid-range priced restaurants, with food being the focal point. I prefer a place we can make reservations as well. We like all kinds of food, mainly Italian, farm to table, French, seafood. However, we will leave a place like Le Bernadin for another (special occassion) trip.

Thanks as always in advance!

May 31, 2013
jenna131 in Manhattan

Trip for parents -- How are my SF restaurant choices?

Good to know! Thanks both!

Apr 19, 2013
jenna131 in San Francisco Bay Area

Trip for parents -- How are my SF restaurant choices?

Thanks for suggesting Absinthe. Looks like a place they would like! I'll add it to the list.

Apr 19, 2013
jenna131 in San Francisco Bay Area

Trip for parents -- How are my SF restaurant choices?

While I have not been to SF myself before, I have put myself in charge of researching and selecting restaurants for an upcoming trip my parents are taking with another couple to celebrate a birthday in SF. They prefer farm to table, French, new American and seafood cuisines. Birthday dinner will be the splurge around $100 per person without wine, and other evenings prefer to stay under $50 per person without wine. A good wine list is important.

I would appreciate any comments or other options anyone could offer on the following choices.

Thursday dinner: Quince. I plan to make reservations exactly two months before the day. Any recommendations on best reservation strategy? This will be the birthday dinner.

Friday dinner: The Girl and The Fig, day in Sonoma

Saturday dinner: AQ or Baker & Banker, pre-Opera. AQ is my first choice here. Jardiniere lounge, post-Opera

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts! Thanks!

Apr 18, 2013
jenna131 in San Francisco Bay Area

VERY LONG Paris trip report – Dinner Highlights

Might I note, we made all of our dinner reservations based on Chow reviews. Apologies, but had to share about the deliciousness :)

Sep 06, 2012
jenna131 in France

VERY LONG Paris trip report – Dinner Highlights

My husband and I just got back from a week long trip to Paris, and in hopes of helping someone like myself, I wanted to write a trip report of our eating highlights. Overall, we ate really well and had great service everywhere we went. We do not speak French, but a polite ‘Parlez-vous engles?’ went a long way. We enjoy a long dining experience, were never in a rush, and enjoy walking as much of the city as we could. First night’s dinner was nothing special, so I’ll start with the second night.

Tuesday dinner: Le Violon d’Ingres. Lovely décor; we sat at a bar level table near the entrance because the a/c was broken and we wanted to feel the breeze. The cheesy goodness puff pastry amuse bouche was airy and light. We shared the spring vegetables stuffed with pork as a starter and it was a beautifully delicate dish. My husband had the cassoulet (huge portion) and I had the night’s rotisserie special – lamb. Both were excellent, the cassoulet was a bit salty, but husband though it was perfect. Dessert was the highlight. We shared the frozen vacherin with black currant sorbet and bourbon ice cream. So, so good. Followed by espressos served with a madeleine and a caramel. Perfection. All of our dinners concluded with an espresso, but this one had standout accompaniments.

Wednesday dinner: Le Reminet. We sat outside on a cool evening night. Very cute, romantic restaurant. To start, we had the sautéed squid salad with watermelon and feta. Interesting combination, but tasty. I had the double pork chop with mushroom polenta and apples. Most of the chop was served off the bone, but it was still very tender. Apples always taste great with pork, but polenta was a bit dry. Husband’s meal was awesome. It was some sort of beef hash, topped with a potato galette, topped with a significant portion of foie gras, topped with pickled beet salad. Every layer was perfection and obviously worked great together. Dessert was not memorable, but we wanted something sweet. We split the shortbread with lemon cream, strawberries and lime sorbet. We weren’t sure if we should go here at first based on some not-so-great chow reviews, but were very happy that we didn’t skip it.

Thursday dinner: Les cocottes. Yes, another Christian Constant place. After an unfortunate reservation mix up, we were hungry and headed straight here after enjoying Le Violon so much. We didn’t want to have to wait long to eat or end up at a place that was just so-so. At the restaurant, without a reservation, we were seated right away at the bar. We heard there was better service at the bar, anyways. Husband started out with the country style pate and I had the langoustine ravioli with artichoke mousseline. The ravioli was so sweet and subtle in flavor; I had to mop up the entire bowl with bread. For our entrees, I had their chicken special cooked Asian style in honey with ginger and soy and husband had the pigeon stuffed with foie gras. He loved it. A lot. For dessert we had some Basque cheese with black cherry jam and more bread, of course. A great way to end this casual meal.

Friday dinner: Bistro Poulbot. After spending the day wandering the streets of Montmartre, this was a great find. We were the only Americans in the place, which we loved. To start I had the tri-color tomato salad and husband had the sea bass carpaccio. Both were good. But both entrees were awesome. Husband had the lamb shoulder (huge piece) served with roasted eggplant and I had the turbot fish fried with tomato and basil inside and served with lentils. Dessert was a champagne soufflé with raspberries. A nice light finish after a heavy, yet very delicious meal.

Saturday dinner: L'Affable. We initially had planned a dinner at Le Chateaubriand, but the restaurant cancelled our reservation and told our hotel that they were beginning several weeks of renovations that day. Initially upset, we ended up not even being hungry for dinner that day after a very big lunch. L'Affable was a quick find close to our hotel. Without a reservation, we waited for about 20 minutes at the bar and enjoyed a nice glass of champagne. For dinner husband had the sweetbreads and I had the cod. The fish was very light and exactly what I wanted and husband enjoyed the sweetbreads. I thought they were a bit too rich, especially after overindulging earlier that day.

For Saturday’s lunch, we took the morning market cooking class with Cook’n with Class. The whole experience was amazing, the abundant amount of food we made was delicious, and Chef Constance was a real pleasure to spend most of our day with. If you are looking to take a cooking class in Paris, I’d encourage you to check them out, located in Montmartre. Most of our other lunches were just a stop at a Boulangerie or Crêperie and we were more than satisfied. The galettes from Breizh Café were spectacular. The runny egg on top still makes me savor.

And for those that want to know, in general, we averaged about 150-200 Euros for each dinner that included at least one bottle of wine, appetizers, entrees, dessert and coffee for two people.

I hope you enjoy reading, because I enjoyed writing! Any questions?

Sep 06, 2012
jenna131 in France

Please rate my dining itinerary -- 1st time in Paris

A tapas bar could add good variety. I'll have to call them to see if they'll be open. Thanks!

Aug 09, 2012
jenna131 in France

Please rate my dining itinerary -- 1st time in Paris

Would Le Christine be a good option for a Monday night? I found them on lafourchette.com. I couldn't find Bar Au Passage, though.

Aug 09, 2012
jenna131 in France

Please rate my dining itinerary -- 1st time in Paris

Thanks again for your insight; gotchya about Astier. Au Passage sounds like it may work; another one to look into!

Aug 08, 2012
jenna131 in France

Please rate my dining itinerary -- 1st time in Paris

Ha. I'd be upset about the pig's feet, too! I'll look into Tintilou. Any others stand out to you on that list?

Aug 08, 2012
jenna131 in France

Please rate my dining itinerary -- 1st time in Paris

Parnassien, that's a good point! We'll consider moving Versailles to a different day. Thanks!

Aug 08, 2012
jenna131 in France

Please rate my dining itinerary -- 1st time in Paris

Plafield, thanks for your response about Astier! Although La Regalade looks interesting, we'd prefer to stay more central, especially since we'll be just arriving in Paris that morning. I saw Paris by Mouth had restaurants open by date -- http://parisbymouth.com/paris-restaur... -- so I'll try to pick a better option for Monday. Thanks!

Aug 08, 2012
jenna131 in France

Please rate my dining itinerary -- 1st time in Paris

My husband and I will be in Paris for a week at the end of August, beginning of September. Based on many reviews on this board, we put together a very long list of possible restaurants, and have narrowed it down to the following restaurants. I would greatly appreciate any feedback on our eating itinerary, either overall, or about specific choices. We like all kinds of foods, but are mostly concentrating on new style bistros, and traditional French restaurants. Our budget reflects our choices below, with one more expensive choice, for my husband’s 30th birthday. Where noted confirmed, we have already secured a reservation. On days where I have not noted a lunch meal, we plan to play it by ear.

MON: Dinner at Astier (confirmed)

TUE: Lunch at Breizh Café
Dinner at Le Violon d'Ingres (confirmed)

WED: Dinner at Le Reminet (confirmed)

THURS: Versailles day trip
Dinner – L'Ami Jean (confirmed)

FRI: Lunch at La Creperie de Josselin
Dinner at Bistro Poulbot (confirmed)

SAT: Dinner at Le Chateaubriand

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts! Thanks!

Aug 08, 2012
jenna131 in France

One day/night in Paris

Hello,

My husband and I will have a full day/night layover in Paris in August, and I am looking for suggestions for the best way to spend the day, and where to eat of course. We have never been to Paris before, and I realize one day is a very short time, but we hope to see some highlights and eat some great food.

We like to walk everywhere, and are thinking to start at the Eiffel Tower, walk to Champs-Elysees and Louvre, and wander around the gardens for whatever time we have left.

Are there any other places/ areas we can add for the day?

Also, I am looking for suggestions for lunch and dinner within a few miles of the Louvre. For lunch I would just like a quick place for crepes/ sandwich baguettes and for dinner a casual bistro, not fine dinning.

Any and all suggestions welcome. Thanks so much for your help in advance.

Jenna

Jul 11, 2011
jenna131 in France

Spending a 3-day weekend in New Orleans, Looking for great restaurant

I am leaning towards Herbsaint for dinner Friday and Luke for dinner on Saturdat night. I can see that NOLA hotel restaurants are better than most. Any other recommendations? For lunch/brunch?

Sep 21, 2009
jenna131 in New Orleans

Spending a 3-day weekend in New Orleans, Looking for great restaurant

Thanks May do Lilette for Saturday night dinner!

Sep 20, 2009
jenna131 in New Orleans

Spending a 3-day weekend in New Orleans, Looking for great restaurant

Thanks for the great suggestions! I think we would prefer to go to a restaurant thats not inside a hotel, although Luke looks great!

Sep 20, 2009
jenna131 in New Orleans

Spending a 3-day weekend in New Orleans, Looking for great restaurant

I was actually considering Herbsaint! Will look into it!

Sep 18, 2009
jenna131 in New Orleans

Spending a 3-day weekend in New Orleans, Looking for great restaurant

We are planning to be on foot, but don't mind walking further than most. Staying at the InterContinental.

Sep 18, 2009
jenna131 in New Orleans

Spending a 3-day weekend in New Orleans, Looking for great restaurant

My husband and I will be in New Orleans with another couple for his 27th birthday next weekend (Sept 25-27), and are staying right off the French Quarter. I am looking for some great restaurant recommendations and some fun nightlife suggestions in that area. Specifically, I am looking to reserve his birthday dinner on Friday night around 9pm. I have been to New Orleans once before during the tomato festival a few years back and loved it. I have already been to NOLA before, so I would like to try something new. And I would prefer something that is not too expensive. NOLA range is good.

Looking forward to reading everyone's responses. Thanks!

Sep 18, 2009
jenna131 in New Orleans