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Mardi Gras Eating

So my wife and I are heading down to NOLA on Saturday afternoon and staying til Wednesday. This will be my 5th trip there but my 1st Mardi Gras, and so I'm wondering if folks here have any tips for Mardi Gras eating.

I don't have any reservations, so I imagine that eating at most of the city's better restaurants is out. Although I have heard that many places experience a high no-show rate during MG. Any advice about who might be most likely to have openings, and how to take advantage of this?

Also looking for tips for a good, quick meal while I'm on the go. Planning on hitting up Cochon Butcher a few times, maybe Cafe Reconcile.

I'll probably be spending most of time Uptown, but would be happy to have tips from all over the city as we'll have a car.

Places I've been to in the past include:

Brigtsen's
Commander's (jazz brunch, would love to go for lunch but it's booked)
Galatoire's
Herbsaint (loved it)
Cochon
Coquette
Lillette
Borgne (loved the oyster BLT)
August (liked it, but felt a bit overpriced/overhyped)
Patois (great food)
Emeril's
Green Goddess
Mr. B's Bistro
Drago's in Metarie (chargrilled oysters were awesome)

Thanks!

Feb 27, 2014
ml77 in New Orleans

last minute rec needed for out of the loop foodie!

Have you checked open table? First thought off the top of my head is Apiary in the EV.

Oct 07, 2013
ml77 in Manhattan

Spotted Pig Burger....Anything Better

Minetta and SP are two of my fave burgers. I also love the burger at the Breslin, which is also run by SP's chef/owner April Bloomfield. It's a lamb burger with feta cheese, and it's as big as your head.

Oct 03, 2013
ml77 in Manhattan

Don't Leave NY Without Eating...

FYI, this thread has been dead since Nov. 09. Might wanna check the date before replying.

Aug 20, 2013
ml77 in Manhattan

Anyone been to Topping Rose House? [Bridgehampton]

Yeah, the servers looked like college students, very young. Like I said, I would expect them to work it out over time, and it certainly wasn't a major problem, just a bit inconsistent. Sounds like a never ending challenge for restaurant owners on the East End to keep their summer staff up to standards.

Aug 20, 2013
ml77 in New York State (exc. NYC)

Anyone been to Topping Rose House? [Bridgehampton]

So my wife and I had a great meal at TRH two weeks ago. It was our anniversary, and they gave us menus with "Happy Anniversary" printed at the top for us to keep.

We shared the Sweet Corn Agnolotti with Shaved Black Truffle to start. This was delicious, rich but also light at the same time. A great summer dish.

For entrees, she had the seared scallops with sweet corn and a beautiful smoked tomato and mustard sauce. I had the strip loin of beef with roasted mushrooms and potatoes. Both dishes were excellent, with every component adding to the flavor of the dish. I had a glass of a Nebbiolo wine that went perfectly with the beef, my wife ordered a glass of white wine (I don't remember which one) at the suggestion of our waiter but it was not a great fit with the scallops.

Which brings me to the service. It was good, but inconsistent at times. I asked how a certain appetizer was prepared, and our waiter said that he did not know. He didn't offer to find out, and since my wife wasn't dying to get that anyway I let it go, but at a restaurant of this caliber this should not happen. He did recover at the end of the meal, however, when I asked what the sauce was on the scallops and he headed back to the kitchen to get an answer for me. I suspect that over time they will work out the kinks.

FYI, the menu is EXPENSIVE. Entrees were all about $40, and even our small order of agnolotti was $25. We decided against getting dessert in part because we had already spent a significant amount, even for a celebratory meal. We did feel that we got our money's worth, though, considering the high quality of the three dishes we ordered.

The space is beautiful. It feels grand and yet intimate at the same time, as it has a lot of character.

Overall, Topping Rose House is well worth a visit.

Aug 20, 2013
ml77 in New York State (exc. NYC)

Anyone been to Topping Rose House? [Bridgehampton]

Heading out to the East End in early August, and was thinking about checking this out. I see from the online menu that it's expensive, but the prices don't bother me, as long as the food is worth it. Searched the board and couldn't find any posts. Has anyone here been? Thanks.

Jul 09, 2013
ml77 in New York State (exc. NYC)

Thanksgiving Dinner on Long Island?

My mother recently had surgery on her foot and so is not up to cooking her usual awesome Thanksgiving meal. So I'm looking for a restaurant on LI (within about a 30 minute drive of Huntington) where we can have a great Thanksgiving Day meal. Definitely looking for the traditional fixings (turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, etc.)

Suggestions?

Thanks!

Oct 30, 2012
ml77 in New York State (exc. NYC)

Is Blue Hill at Stone Barns worth the aggrevation of making a reservation?

Wow, surprised at the lack of love for BHSB. It's been two years since I ate there, but I remember it as an excellent meal all around.

Aug 12, 2012
ml77 in New York State (exc. NYC)

The Modern Dining Room

Despite many visits to the Modern Bar Room, my wife and I have never been to the Dining Room. We'll be rectifying this tonight. Any suggestions for how to attack the menu? Favorites? Dishes to avoid? Thanks!

May 09, 2012
ml77 in Manhattan

Philly Weekend in Late March -- How's My List Look?

So, you're saying that when you have brunch at Lacroix, you don't eat again the rest of the day?! Our reservation is at 11:30. If we don't eat again the rest of the day, I would think we'll be hungry at least by 9 PM or so.

I get that it's a ton of food, but am I missing something? Even after a monster meal I need to eat again 8 hours later.

Mar 23, 2012
ml77 in Philadelphia

Philly Weekend in Late March -- How's My List Look?

Thanks for the info. I'll probably stick with the lamb, as a good ribeye is easier to get here in NYC than a great lamb.

Mar 22, 2012
ml77 in Philadelphia

Philly Weekend in Late March -- How's My List Look?

Am intrigued by the praise for Zahav. Can I get the lamb shoulder without ordering the tasting menu?

Mar 22, 2012
ml77 in Philadelphia

Dovetail?

My wife's birthday is coming up, and she is interested in going to Dovetail. I thought I would check on here to get opinions on whether this is a good choice. She is open to other possibilities if there are better ones. As this is a special meal, we're not that worried about price, but we're not going to Per Se either.

Similar places we've been to include:

Tocqueville (very good)
SHO (very good)
EMP (excellent)
Jean Georges (meh)
Cafe Boulud (very good)

We generally care more about food than ambiance, but an atmosphere worthy of a special occasion wouldn't hurt.

Thanks!

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Dovetail
103 West 77th Street, New York, NY 10024

Mar 05, 2012
ml77 in Manhattan

Philly Weekend in Late March -- How's My List Look?

Hey everyone,

Thanks so much for the tips -- keep em comin!

I should have mentioned but I already have resies for the meals listed. I've got an 11 AM for brunch at Lacroix, so I'll think we'll be hungry come dinner time, even if it's a bit later than usual.

I definitely love beer and wine as well as cocktails, so if you have any great spots for that I'd appreciate it. Especially local brews or something unique that I can't find here in NYC.

Thanks again.

Feb 25, 2012
ml77 in Philadelphia

Please Help Tweak My Itinerary

What you're saying makes sense, Bill. But not all of us can afford dinner at August. The lunch deal is such a steal that it makes too much sense not to eat there then instead of at dinner.

Feb 20, 2012
ml77 in New Orleans

Philly Weekend in Late March -- How's My List Look?

Hey Chowhounds,

My wife and I are coming from NYC to Philly to enjoy a long weekend, check out the Springsteen exhibit at NCC, and enjoy as much great food and drink along the way as we can. Would love to get advice. Here's my plan:

Arrive (Friday)

Dinner: Amada (Have seen that some think you need to order the right things here -- any advice on what the right things are? Or should we go for the chef's tasting?)

Saturday

Dinner: Vetri

Sunday

Brunch: Lacroix

Dinner: Talulah's Garden

Thinking about hitting DiNic's at some point for the pulled pork sandwich as well. Bars I'm thinking about include Franklin Mortgage, Ranstead Room, Farmers Cabinet, and Bar 201. Also looking for dessert advice: any great places for sweets, especially post-dinner?

Thanks in advance!

Feb 20, 2012
ml77 in Philadelphia

Birthday Italian choice (more difficult than expected)

If you're open to fine dining then I think Del Posto would be an excellent choice. I don't know if portions would be big enough for you, but I wouldnt call them precious.

Another excellent choice would be Maialino. If you enjoy pork, then you should get their signature dish, roast suckling pig.

Finally, Ciano is another great option. The veal meatballs are amazing, and the pastas are very good.

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Del Posto
85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

Ciano
45 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

Maialino
2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

Feb 15, 2012
ml77 in Manhattan

Cocktails in Flatiron district

+1 times infinity for Raines. EMP is closer if that's an issue but as kathryn said one of the curtained booth would be the ideal place to enjoy a cocktail before dinner.

I feel compelled to add that I think we get spoiled sometimes living in NYC. Most cities in the country, nay the world (cue Jame Lipton voice), would die to have bars as good as Raines, FL, and EMP within a five or six block radius.

Feb 13, 2012
ml77 in Manhattan

Looking for Good Cocktail Bars in Boston

Thanks, everyone! I think I'll start them out at the Hawthorne and go from there.

Feb 09, 2012
ml77 in Greater Boston Area

Looking for Good Cocktail Bars in Boston

I live in NYC, and when my brother-in-law and his wife visited us a few months ago, we took them to a bar here called Raines Law Room and they loved it. It's one of the "speakeasy" type bars, with a strict door policy that often leads to a long wait but also a lack of crowds once one does get inside. Raines has a sophisticated, even lavish decor, with large comfortable couches. And of course the drinks are great, though expensive.

When we left, they said that they wished there was a place like this in Boston. I'm hoping my fellow Hounds here can help me out. Where are the best places to get a good cocktail? Thanks in advance.

Feb 07, 2012
ml77 in Greater Boston Area

Commanders on Monday plus Bday rec

Well when I ate at Coquette I sat upstairs, which may explain the difference, but I definitely felt like it was a bit more upscale than Herbsaint and definitely more than Patois. This isn't a knock on any of them. I loved all three meals, and in fact probably enjoyed the food at Patois the most (though service was spotty). But Coquette seemed a bit more like what many people look for in a special occasion meal.

Jan 29, 2012
ml77 in New Orleans

Put on yer reading glasses! It's Kukubura's trip report! (Mr. B's, Commander's, Gal's, Dante's, Dizzy's, Green Goddess, more...)

You should definitely make a res at Commander's. Galatoire's depends on whether you want to guarantee yourself a reservation time (in which you have to sit upstairs) or whether you want to enjoy the "scene" of the downtown dining room (search the board for the many many discussions of this if you aren't already familiar with it) in which case you have to just show up and hope for the best as they don't take resies for downstairs. Mr. B's could go either way, depends if you're going during a prime time. The others should be OK. Cafe du Monde is basically a glorified coffee stand and does not take reservations (I usually get an order of beignets to go and then go sit by the river to enjoy them).

When in doubt, why not get a reservation if you know when you might want to go. That way you have it in your back pocket in case you need it.

Jan 29, 2012
ml77 in New Orleans

Brunch at the Dutch

If you're looking for a brunch partner, I've been meaning to get to the Dutch and could join you.

Jan 29, 2012
ml77 in Manhattan

Commanders on Monday plus Bday rec

For the birthday meal, Coquette would be a great choice. I love Patois and Herbsaint also, but they are a bit more casual so I wouldn't think of them as much as "birthday" meals (though if you're up for casual then they would be great).

Of course, Commander's would also be a great option for a special meal. Though the Garden Room is lovely during the day and at lunch you can enjoy $0.25 martinis.

August is nice but I was a bit underwhelmed at my lunch, and dinner is much more pricey. Plus, the ambiance at August is closer to what we have in NYC than the others.

Whatever you decide, enjoy! And report back.

Jan 26, 2012
ml77 in New Orleans

Parm

They're just really well done, almost platonic ideals of what these sandwiches should be. You might end feeling like it's "just" a chicken parm, but compared to the gloopy messes that most places call a chicken parm these days, it's a revelation.

Jan 26, 2012
ml77 in Manhattan

Looking for upscale-rustic Italian + critique my lineup

Ciano is definitely worth it! Fits your request to a T. And it's really not that far from your preferred area.

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Ciano
45 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

Jan 26, 2012
ml77 in Manhattan

really truly good pizza

Neither Motorino nor Artichoke are in your desired neighborhoods, though they're not too far away if you're willing to travel further east (I do like them both).

Zero Otto Nove makes solid pies in my experience, as does Co. on 24th and 9th. But these are pie only, not slice joints. If you're looking for a slice, then Artichoke is a good option (I prefer the cheese slice, not the artichoke). If you're willing to go to the Village, then Joe's on 6th Ave and Bleecker is another good slice option. If you're willing to travel down there and get a personal sized pie, then my top rec would be Keste on Bleecker between 6th and 7th.

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Joe's Pizza
7 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014

Co.
230 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

Keste Pizza & Vino
271 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

Motorino
349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

Artichoke
114 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Zero Otto Nove
15 W 21st St, New York, NY 10010

Jan 15, 2012
ml77 in Manhattan

Patois??

I had dinner at both Patois and Coquette when I visited NOLA last year, and loved them both. Patois is more of a casual bistro, Coquette a bit more intimate and formal but not stuffy.

Cant go wrong at either. Enjoy!

Jan 10, 2012
ml77 in New Orleans

New Orleans Outside-the-Quarter for NYE

Love the gumbo at Herbsaint and Commander's. Was actually a bit disappointed in the gumbo ya-ya at Mr. B's. It gets such universal raves here, but while I did enjoy it I preferred the two listed above.

Dec 27, 2011
ml77 in New Orleans