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Greensboro Tips

I'm down here for the week for work and have a decent budget with which to dine. Need to know what I need to see, seems like a lot of the threads around here are fairly dead. Table 16 is on the list (but not open tonight). I also think its going to be worthwhile one night this week to take the drive from Greensboro up to Lexington for some good BBQ. Any recommendations there either? Seems like there is a TON of chains down here, any tips on where to find the local flavor?

Jun 25, 2012
pneubecker in Southeast

2 weeks in Boston, Where to go?

I agree with your comments about steakhouses and pizza btwn Boston and NYC and it never even occurred to me that I pointed out those two specific things when typing up the post. Thanks for your input, I'm looking into how far Cambridge is from where I am as it seems a majority of the recommendations are pointing me there.

2 weeks in Boston, Where to go?

I'm staying for the next two weeks at the Intercontential Hotel on Atlantic Avenue. I'm brand new to the area and feel out of water, normally having a very good hold on the NYC restaurant scene. I'm looking for good sources to investigate suggestions (think nymag's grubstreet) and also, but primarily, suggestions themselves.

Keep in mind, I'm looking for places I can only go to being in Boston (aka local restaurants and not chains). Price is not a concern, I will be looking to experience both ends of the spectrum when it comes to fine dining or dives and expensive or super cheap. I'm looking for anything that is excellent, be it a pizza joint or a steakhouse. What is superb and not to be missed?

When you have friends/family in town - where do you take them? In advance, thank you for all your suggestions and input.

Delivery near Grand Central

thanks and keep them coming.

Jul 25, 2008
pneubecker in Manhattan

Delivery near Grand Central

I work late almost every night, and when I stay past 8 pm I can order food for free on the firm. However, my team has taken to ordering from the same cafe metro every night. I realize Midtown East is not the culinary hot spot of Manhattan, but certainly there must be some good places to order from for some variety. I can't wait to hear your suggestions.

Jul 24, 2008
pneubecker in Manhattan

Baba ghanoush

I work near grand central and my boss is a big fan of baba ghanoush. Where can the finest Baba ghanoush in all the land be found? That meaning Manhattan of course, but if there are superior places by gc or can deliver to gc that would be ideal, suggestion-wise. Thanks

Jul 24, 2008
pneubecker in Manhattan

Tasting Tour in Europe

I'm a college student, rooted in NYC but for the present semester I have been living and studying abroad in Dublin. Although Dublin's restaurant scene is starting to mature, in my opinion it still has a long way to go and is outrageously overpriced.

In the next two weeks, however, I will be touring Europe and am excited to taste some real food, some local food, some completely new food to me. I will be making stops in Barcelona, Porto (Portugal's second biggest city), Paris and Amsterdam.

Having never been to Europe before, I am completely naive as to which or what or where good restaurants are in pretty much any of these cities. I'm all ears from recommendations, shared experiences, etc.

My one caveat is to keep in mind that I am a college student and have a very small budget, so out of the way, local, hole in wall type places that are authentic and delicious while offering great value are the types of places I'm looking to try. (If you're from NYC think Corner Bistro or Charles' Southern Fried)

Thanks a lot!

Where are the best wings in NYC

As a buffalo native displaced by college in NYC, duffs is but a wet dream and eternal mecca for me.

Surprisingly, in the Bronx there are a few decent wing spots.

Oct 24, 2007
pneubecker in Manhattan

Get a swipe at my dining itinerary for August

Denino's is a fine pie, but like you said the ferry might be a bit much

n.b. I love thier sausage pizza

Aug 01, 2007
pneubecker in Manhattan

Hidden Gems in the Bronx

thanks alot, can i still find that article on the Times website?
and the bronx recs article was very helpful, the places they are talking about are really not too far from my campus at all and am looking forward to trying

Jul 31, 2007
pneubecker in Outer Boroughs

Hidden Gems in the Bronx

I am an undergrad at Fordham U going into my junior year. I love eating out in nyc and am constantly finding new and exciting spots. Unfortunately, most of my first two years were spent exploring manhattan, but this year I've vowed to make it a point to get into queens/brooklyn on a more regular basis. However, finding recommendations for restaurants there is not a difficult task at the least. Rather, up in the bronx, where I live, all I seem to hear about is Arthur Ave, which I admit is great. However, after two years, I want something a little more and want to be proud of the good food that I'm sure the Bronx has. Other than Arthur Ave, I have heard of one place about 20 mins north called Frankie's and Johnnie's that I am planning on stopping, but is there any other hidden gems that I should know about? I'm sure there has to be some great spots around Yankee Stadium or anywhere for that matter. If anyone has any good eats in the Bronx, please do share. Thanks!

Jul 31, 2007
pneubecker in Outer Boroughs

Most Romantic Restaurant in the City

One if by Land, Two if by Sea is probably one of the most romantic restaurants in the entire city.

Should easily be able to keep it to 100 a head and the food is fabulous, try and see if you can get in the garden room for the spectacular view rather than the constitution room.

Jul 30, 2007
pneubecker in Manhattan

Good, moderately priced, near Columbus Circle

A good casual spot about 6-7 blocks away is Island Burger and Shakes which is almost a dive but really a unique and great gem of a spot. Have really original burgers with over 55 options. Would not be a good spot to stop if you want drinks, but if its very casual then Island Burger is great.

N.B. The Black and White Malt is out of this world.

Jul 30, 2007
pneubecker in Manhattan

Get a swipe at my dining itinerary for August

I would say that if you are willing to go to brooklyn for pizza, the best you could do in all the boroughs is di fara's, but if you don't want to leave manhattan then I would recommend John's on Bleecker.

Not on the pizza side, but for what I think is an under publicized restaurant with genuinely distinct and good food/atmosphere is Telepan on the UWS not far from Lincoln Center. I usually like what Chef Telepan brings to the table and they have the since most original and delicious take on carrot cake I have ever seen, highly recommended

Jul 30, 2007
pneubecker in Manhattan

Good Food on UWS

I went to Telepan for restaurant week last year and have been back several times for one particular dish - the carrot cake, its out of this world. Its on the higher end of restaurants, but still a quality local joint

Jul 18, 2007
pneubecker in Manhattan

Dealing with food snobbery?

Is wanting to eat at unique and individual establishments or at least local chains rather than national or regional chains considered snobbery? I look at it as I want to try something new or different that I won't be able to get unless I'm specifically right back where I am as opposed to anywhere in the country.

This doesn't mean if someone asks me to go to say olive garden that I'll refuse to go, sometimes I'll ask if they like another local restaurant that is similar to see what they say otherwise I'll just go along with it, but is this being a snob?

Jul 18, 2007
pneubecker in Not About Food

Books about Food [Moved from Not About Food board]

I don't generally read that much, but in the past few years I have managed to work my way through heat and kitchen confidential. Currently, I am about to finish the Nasty Bits (also by Bourdain) and am looking forward to reading the man who ate everything series by jeffrey steingarten.

I wanted to open it up so people can debate and/or share their favorite books about food (not cookbooks) and maybe give me a few recommendations for where to go from here.

Jul 18, 2007
pneubecker in Food Media & News

Using an electric smoker?

Thanks for the advice, and the exponential does make sense - except if it absorbed the most at the beginning wouldn't it the absoration curve be an exponential decay curve

Jul 17, 2007
pneubecker in Home Cooking

Veritas, Blue Hill, Anissa,11 Madison or somewhere else?? a splurge... I want it to be absurdly good!

Being on a college budget, my only true splurge thus far in my life has been taking my girlfriend out for a tasting menu at Po in the village, and it was fantastic and really not that much of a splurge. However, I've already decided that when I get back to the city, my next splurge will be the pasta tasting menu at Babbo or a stop in at Veritas.

Jul 17, 2007
pneubecker in Manhattan

Using an electric smoker?

I have some in-laws coming over in a few days and they have requested some extra-tender "falling off the bone" ribs. I already have a few racks of baby back ribs and I was thinking about throwing them in my electric smoker. I am familiar with the 3-2-1 (or 2-2-1 with baby back) method. I was planning on giving a lit rub before hand and then smoking for two hours, then brushing with apple juice to add some moisture and then in the last hour coat it with a sweet bbq sauce about every 20 mins or so.

Is there a better way about cooking some really tender and delicious ribs that would be better, or any specific objections to my plan?

Jul 17, 2007
pneubecker in Home Cooking