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best downtown happy hour?

Food and drinks would be great. Not looking to get tanked… just catching up with a friend over happy hour. I'm not entirely sure what she drinks, but it's 500 degrees out, so beer might be a good option. Then again a margarita could hit the spot, or a great white wine.

Aug 18, 2015
luckiestduck in Manhattan

best downtown happy hour?

Ha. Fair point. Thanks for the recommendation.

Aug 18, 2015
luckiestduck in Manhattan

cooking for a crowd over a weekend

Reporting back: Friday night I made citrus marinated chicken, quinoa pilaf and a garden salad. Should have had a little more protein for the vegetarian, but all were pleased. Saturday I did an extensive taco bar and that was a huge hit, especially the succotash I made with local corn, tomatoes, japaleno and cilantro. Saturday night I did massaman curry with rice noodles and on the side shredded chicken or tempeh and peanuts, cilantro, scallion, etc. It went over well over all, but one picky eater said he wasn't "adventurous" and just ate the chicken and sides. The weekend got cut short, so the few who stayed on had leftovers for Sunday lunch. Thanks for all the helpful suggestions :)

best downtown happy hour?

Hi Hounds- I'm looking for a downtown happy hour for tonight at 6p. We'll be coming from Union Sq, but will go a little further up or down for the right place. EV, WV, LES, Chelsea all good. Any favorites with great deals?

Aug 18, 2015
luckiestduck in Manhattan

cooking for a crowd over a weekend

Thanks everyone. I'm definitely going to do a taco bar for one meal an a sandwich bar for one. Assemble your own seems like a good way to go.

cooking for a crowd over a weekend

Thanks for all the suggestions! The plot has thickened a bit… I just found out one guest is vegetarian(including no eggs) and another is gluten/dairy/tofu free. Ugh! Also, I don't have an outdoor grill, unfortunately.

Aug 08, 2015
luckiestduck in Home Cooking

cooking for a crowd over a weekend

Hi hounds. I'm cooking for 8-10 people next weekend and need to come up with 3 dinners and two lunches. Several are gluten free and one doesn't eat pork or dairy. I have a garden with lots of salad veggies, but would love ideas for substantial entree type dishes that aren't too heavy. Any suggestions much appreciated!

Aug 07, 2015
luckiestduck in Home Cooking

Suggestions for picky eater....

A few more:

Back Forty West
Montmarte
Joseph Leonard

Jul 13, 2015
luckiestduck in Manhattan

Suggestions for picky eater....

You'll be able to find that, really. Of the top of my head I'm thinking The Spotted Pig for a fun environment and a bit of a treat in your budget, Westville for more affordable. Lupa is great Italian with a good steak on the menu. But really, I'd be surprised if places wouldn't take away ingredients or sauces that you don't want, so I'd say just go anywhere that you're interested in. If you're worried, you can always call the restaurant ahead and make sure they'll make changes.

Jul 12, 2015
luckiestduck in Manhattan

Suggestions for picky eater....

I don't think you'll have a hard time. Pretty much every restaurant has steak or beef options on the menu and will accommodate "no sauce" orders. What's your budget? What neighborhoods are you interested in being in? How long are you staying?

Jul 12, 2015
luckiestduck in Manhattan

casual dinner in Union Sq area with veggie options?

I'm meeting a friend for dinner around Union Square. Looking for a casual spot that has good vegetarian options. Something inexpensive… around $15 entrees. Any type of cuisine. Thanks for any suggestions!

Jul 12, 2015
luckiestduck in Manhattan

good place for a solo woman to get a drink

I'm mostly looking to challenge myself. I've had the impulse to get a drink alone, but always feel either a little self conscious, or like it's an invitation to get creepy dudes hitting on me. It's mostly about opening myself up to new experience.

Jun 24, 2015
luckiestduck in Manhattan

good place for a solo woman to get a drink

Where is a nice, quiet place for a woman to get a drink alone? Not too sceney or loud, but not abandoned either. Any neighborhood, but downtown is easier.

Jun 21, 2015
luckiestduck in Manhattan

Moroccan groceries / preserved lemons

Whole Foods carries preserved lemons that they make in house. I've gotten them at the one on Houston for sure.

May 03, 2015
luckiestduck in Manhattan

best chicken soup

I'm actually not partial… I love most variations. I'm looking for not too salty and high quality ingredients. I love everything from a simple broth, to matzoh balls, to noodles, and beyond!

May 01, 2015
luckiestduck in Manhattan

best chicken soup

Ooh, I love a generous spike of dill in chicken soup. Must try!

May 01, 2015
luckiestduck in Manhattan

best chicken soup

What's your favorite chicken soup in the city? I always hear that Katz' matzo ball soup is the best, but I find it to be way too salty. Any other top picks?

May 01, 2015
luckiestduck in Manhattan

where can I buy pizza dough in manhattan?

Thanks everyone! I didn't realize it was so readily available. I think I might have thought it was still the 90's!

Apr 17, 2015
luckiestduck in Manhattan

birthday dinner for a healthy almost-omnivore (no fish)

Thank you all for the suggestions! I think I'm going to make this pork in milk from inmamaskitchen.com, with a salad of arugula, peaches(if I can find them, maybe some other fruit), walnuts and red onion, and roast asparagus with parmesan. Dessert will be a parfait made of the vegan chocolate pudding from WF, blackberry sorbet, fresh whipped cream, fresh berries and crushed hazelnuts.

http://inmamaskitchen.com/RECIPES/REC...

where can I buy pizza dough in manhattan?

I'm assuming I can get pizza dough at Eataly, but does anyone have a recommendation for the best pizza dough?

Apr 16, 2015
luckiestduck in Manhattan

birthday dinner for a healthy almost-omnivore (no fish)

I'm not sure if he likes lamb. I love it but I think I remember him hating it. Or was that someone else? Ugh.

Apr 16, 2015
luckiestduck in Home Cooking

birthday dinner for a healthy almost-omnivore (no fish)

That's a great plan! He's made whole roast chicken for me several times, though. I love the rest of the menu and might work around that!

Apr 16, 2015
luckiestduck in Home Cooking

birthday dinner for a healthy almost-omnivore (no fish)

I'm cooking for a friend who is an omnivore, but doesn't eat fish or shellfish. He's a healthy eater and doesn't like real heavy food, but it's his birthday so I'd like to make something a little festive. I'm leaning towards vegetarian, but would also be up for making chicken or pork. The catch is that I'll only have about two and a half hours to cook, and no time in advance to prep. Any suggestions?

Apr 16, 2015
luckiestduck in Home Cooking

easily transportable vegan dishes

You're so reliably generous with your suggestions! Thank you!

what's good around 47th and 2nd?

Oh perfect! I've been to Salvation Taco and found it delicious... that cauliflower taco! It's dinner with a friend who lives in Sweden and I see very rarely... so the rooftop would be amazing, but the hotel lobby might be a little chaotic. I'll run that by her and Sip Sak (I've never been, looks great and like you don't need a reservation) and which she prefers. Thanks so much!

Apr 08, 2015
luckiestduck in Manhattan

what's good around 47th and 2nd?

Thank you!

Apr 07, 2015
luckiestduck in Manhattan

what's good around 47th and 2nd?

That looks really delicious! I'm uncomfortable with limiting what people can order, but I'll remember this for when I'm a bit more flush!

Apr 07, 2015
luckiestduck in Manhattan

What's your favorite vegetarian pasta recipe?

Wow , that does look interesting!

What's your favorite vegetarian pasta recipe?

This looks delicate and lovely. Just in time for spring!

what's good around 47th and 2nd?

I think she wants to stay in the neighborhood, so maybe 10-15 blocks north or south, 4 or 5 blocks west? But if there's something just outside the parameter that's great, I don't want to miss it.

Apr 07, 2015
luckiestduck in Manhattan