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Fun Place to Eat Solo In Manhattan

For the view and the music rather than the food, although they do serve a full Southern type menu - Dizzy's club coca-cola.

Jan 18, 2011
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Favorite macaroon flavor at bouchon bakery

I enjoy trying the seasonal flavors, and some are quite good, but nothing beats vanilla for me.

--also love their bacon scones and the chocolate bread when they have it!

Jan 18, 2011
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Aureole - new chef

What's up with Aureole - new chef? In any case, no longer scallop sandwich, at least in the bar room. Menu on website to be updated in a few days(?)

Jan 06, 2011
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Where'd you eat out on Christmas Eve/Day?

Christmas Eve, Shun Lee Cafe - in the neighborhood, and right next door to the theatre showing "Black Swan", next stop

Dec 26, 2010
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Is either A Voce worth trying?

It's definitely not a destination restaurant. But it's not a bad neighborhood or pre theater place.

Jun 05, 2010
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Must-haves at Babbo

My favorites last month were the pasta with foie gras and balsamic sauce, and the pasta with the goat cheese and pollen.

Jun 05, 2010
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Brand of olive oil served at Babbo?

Anyone know the brand of olive oil Babbo serves (with the bread if you ask)? I asked the waiter last time I was there, but didn't write it down and forgot. Help!

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Babbo
110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

May 17, 2010
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Tamarind

If either of you has any fondness for vegetarian, I highly recommend the vegetarian thali. It is a beautifully presented plate of small plates (I have a picture of it I will load in the next few days sometime): lentils (these may be quite spicy or not, it may depend on the night), palik paneer, yogurt, mango chutney, okra (good okra, not greasy), vegetable curry (not too curried, in a good way, vegetable biryani - I think that was it. It is usually served with poori (the puffed bread), but you can request a substitution of a different bread if you like (I usually get roti).

May 17, 2010
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Souen Restaurant Macrobiotic in NYC

Candle Cafe has counter seating. It's UES in the 70s.

Nov 30, 2009
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Robuchon La Maison tasting menu?

Thank you! They were very accommodating, and while I am still too full post full details, it was probably the best meal I have ever had.

Nov 27, 2009
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Is either A Voce worth trying?

we like the mezzaluna and the bomboloni.

i'd stay away from the pork belly, which i ordered once - it was actually dry.

Nov 27, 2009
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Robuchon La Maison tasting menu?

My husband and I will be dining at Robuchon's La Maison in Vegas. I am very excited, unfortunately), my husband does not eat many things that appear on the tasting menu (seafood, foie gras, mushrooms of any kind, to name a few). Does anyone know if it will be possible for only me to order the 16 course tasting menu?

Nov 25, 2009
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french macaroons

I also love Bouchon macarons. I think they have the perfect texture (slightly crispy on the outside like meringue, chewy on the inside, not soggy at all)! Agree there is too much filling, but I can live with that. And I've never experienced them selling any coated with chocolate.

I did not like Madeleine's - too soft, and personally I don't want to wait a day or two to have to eat them.

One thing about La Maison, the filling is all chocolate, which may or may not be to your taste.

Nov 11, 2009
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Best Black Cod

Yes, the black cod at Nobu is excellent. Also very much enjoyed the version at Koi (NY).

Oct 24, 2009
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Early Evening 40th Bday with 2 little ones- UWS Chinese- is it all awful?

You could try Shun Lee Cafe.

Oct 23, 2009
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Magnoila Bakery

Buttercup (which used to be affiliated with Magnolia long ago I think) on 72 near BW has very good cupcakes.

Oct 20, 2009
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Magnoila Bakery

In my experience the cupcake quality varies with the store. I've enjoyed the ones I purchased at midtown east location (have never waited long, but it's been a while). I've also made them at home from the cookbook, and mine tasted the same as the stores, frosting included.

I agree the banana pudding is amazing, and am also fond of their coconut cake and chocolate cake with chocolate icing (UWS broadway location). Cupcakes at UWS BW location are pretty bad.

Oct 20, 2009
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Union Square Cafe Still a Classic that Delivers

We hadn't been to USC in over a year. We enjoyed a recent visit, still comfortable and welcoming, lovely service, all of which will probably keep us coming back. The duck ravioli was very tasty. One of our party had the calamari, which he said was good but nothing special. My duck entree was good but not wow, although the accompanying sides (sweet potato mash, brussel sprouts, figs) were excellent and set it off very nicely. Overall enjoyable and enough to keep us coming back every year or so. Noticed that at 745p on a Saturday night there were a lot of empty tables. We enjoyed the wine selections, excellent expresso and capuccino, and skipped dessert because we were all full.

Oct 17, 2009
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French Macaroons...

Tried Whole Foods macarons: vanilla, pistachio, chocolate. Blech. Too chewy and dense, the word "sawdust" comes to mind. I would not even call these macarons. Ha! My husband even tried softening them up in the microwave briefly (I did not try this). I don't recommend these macarons at all.

Price wise, 99 cents at Whole foods, and they were slightly smaller then at Madeleine (they were 2 and change there), and Bouchon's were slightly more expensive (and much larger), but still under 3 dollars.

Btw, in addition to vanilla (amazing) and seasonal pumpkin, the other flavors at Bouchon were chocolate (I'm not a huge chocolate person, but hubby loved is, and loved it), pistachio (good), caramel (yum, but a bit sweet, could not eat one in one sitting), and strawberry (good).

Oct 17, 2009
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Best Chili in TOWN!!!

I don't know of any, but was wondering myself the other day where to get a great bowl of chili in Manhattan, UWS esp.

Oct 17, 2009
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50 Best Dishes in New York

Yes, I hope to get there soon. There is no menu on their website.

Oct 17, 2009
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50 Best Dishes in New York

Two of my all time favorites are no more: Porcini Gnocchi at Union Square Cafe, and Claudia Fleming's floating island dessert at Gramercy Tavern.

Oct 17, 2009
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French Macaroons...

I've been on a macaron kick (obsession!), so I though I'd add my thoughts. First of all, the macaron that kicked it off, and which is imo still tops, is the rose macaron at Nougatine. It is the base for a (vanilla custard?), I think - I can't remember the top because I ordered it for the macaron - YUM. I wish Jean Georges sold them by the box.

Across the Circle, Bouchon Bakery is my next fave. I find the large size a little overwhelming and would prefer smaller (and slightly less filling, although some may like this), but they do give you more for the money. I think these have the perfect texture, slighly crisp on the outside, and soft and chewy inside. My favorite is the vanilla. They have a pumpkin flavored seasonal right now.

I tried Madeleine, and while the macaroons there are the perfect (smaller) size, and love their flavor selection, I found them to be too soft. Not much crunch at all, which pretty much ruined it for me. The rose flavor was too sweet here, but the salty caramel was tasty, as far as flavor goes.

Will try Macaron Cafe and Whole Foods versions next. I wonder if the French Culinary Institute sells them? And while I'd bet that La Maison du Chocolat has great "cookie" parts, am not wild about every macaron having chocolate filling.

Oct 17, 2009
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