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NYC first visit (kind of) - where to eat to feel like you're in NY!

Hi All

Thank you sooo much for all your input - I'm sure it'll be of use to loads of visitors.

Apologies for taking so long to report back.

Well, obviously we could only consume a fraction of what's been mentioned and consumption in the end was influenced more by location, convenience and conditions of jetlagged stomachs than anything else. I seemed to succumb to being a tourist and actually enjoyed it. 

I'll try and arrange by theme

OYSTERS
Only had these at 3 places:
AOC - 'French' bar/restnt in W village.
Just don't. We'd just landed and were disoriented and succumbed to OYSTER HAPPY HOUR. Just don't

GRAND CENTRAL OYSTER BAR
LOVED IT! Sat at bar in main space opposite the chowder kettles. LOVED chowder kettle guy, loved attitude of servers, choice of oysters, the way they're displayed like destinations on a board. Also had some fried clams which were nice, and a roasted oyster with cheese dish I don't remember the name of but didn't like - I generally prefer raw oysters, not even with lemon, anyway.

MERMAID OYSTER Bar, McDougal
Just squeezed two stools at the bar for a quick half dozen oysters and some fried squid before catching a showing of The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!) Friendly efficient service (actually service was great everywhere, but then I'm used to European service, so felt like royalty at all times) and quality seafood prepared perfectly. Tried to return but never got in again.

DINERS
This formed our main source of sustenance.
Despite chowhounders' advice, we went to The Diner http://www.thedinernyc.com/
on way to the Highline for an early breakfast. Well, I was a snob and just had (crap) coffee. Husband had rather good huevos rancheros. I'd already had an Amy's Bakery sticky bun 'best in NYC' (it was the only one I had so wouldn't know, I enjoyed it though and it would be my breakfast treat of choice if it existed here back home).

COPPELIA
LOVED THIS. Had a really warm homely vibe. Had huevos coppelia. and pancakes. My first biscuits! Came twice. Good comfort food. Coffee not great.

Apollo Diner (I've written about this in outer boroughs - was pretty much our only non-Manhattan eatery). Loved it. Seemed proper, at least to me!

BREAKFAST
See diners
Also -
Hudson Clearwater. Read about this 'speakeasy' 'hidden' hipster hideout, found a normal looking, well signed restaurant with proper entrance on main street! Anyway, hipster servers were reassuringly stiff-faced but efficient. Breakfast burrito though tasty was beaten by hipster-sized (perfect for me!) but large on flavour huevos rancheros. Great coffee.

Jack's Wife Freda, Carmine St. Friendlier and livelier than HC. Spacious tables. I was egged out so had an inspired blend of granola, grapefruit, mint, labneh and honey. The fella had pancakes with duck bacon. More great coffee. Would definitely rec.

FOOD SHOPPING/TAKEAWAY
Murray's Cheese Market. Definitely worth a visit even if just to browse the cheese, charcuterie and beer. I flaked out one evening and browsed on goodies from here in the apartment.

The Pickle Guys. My god they're polite! Had no idea what to get so just pointed at likely looking pickles and got 2, which we eventually ate on our last day in Central Park on way to Guggenheim. Much milder than expected, but beautiful delicate and fresh flavour - it felt like a vitamin shot!

Chelsea Market. Probably got here too early but I wasn't wildly excited by the food mall feel. Wish we'd been there at the right time for oysters at Cull&Pistol/Lobster Place.

ESSEX ST. Preferred this to Chelsea. Felt more 'real' (ugh).
Nordic Preserves: went twice. First time just got a pickled egg which I ate on Brooklyn Bridge - a new tradition! Then got the Nordic Sandwich, which I ate on one of the few general tables in the market. One of my favourite things of the trip!
Also picked up a bag of Roni-Sue's choc bacon for me and one to give as a gift back home - good food souvenir!

LABORATORIO DI GELATO
Get chocolate and ginger. That is all.

UNION SQUARE
Really interesting. Great for food gifts though concerned NY rooftop honey or cider wouldn't last the flight! Sadly we weren't in an apartment when we passed through so couldn't buy stuff to cook at home.

PICKLES/DELI
(See Essex St and Pickle Guys above
)Russ & Daughters - went to sit-down restaurant. It was great but I think the shop would be a more interesting experience. One of the favourite meals of the trip. Mainly for my first egg creme. Wow. Also smoked vodka martini. Yum.
For eats - flight of herring, knish, heebster bagel toast (maybe even beats The Nordic), and the most enormous jar of liver pate. crazy.

BAKES
See Amy's Bakery above
Kept returning to doughnut plant. lovely people, doughnuts that filled you with flavour pleasure rather than sickening sugar highs. Coffee takes forever (of course it's drip!) but boy they're keen to please you with it!

PIZZA
Joe's Carmine. My only slice so nothing to compare it to, but I could have kept coming back - simple clear flavours, great char on base. Didn't feel like a tourist attraction or fossil. You do you, Joe's.

Numero 28, W Village. Ok, wouldn't rec. particularly.

TACOS/BURRITOS
La Esquina. Had a couple of other ok but blah tacos, these were the best, stuffed and flavourful, and relaxed by slightly party atmosphere - helped by entertaining doorman luring unsuspecting taco seekers into backroom bar. Great music.

A place near Joe's slice. Can't remember the name. Wouldn't go out of my way to go there, but it was perfect after seeing PATTI SMITH AT POISSON ROUGE!! They ran out of rice (!?) which I never want anyway, and we got the last scrapings of guacamole for free. Cool and friendly lateish place.

FANCY
Contra
Our one 'proper' meal. Hard to be unbiased cos I got on well with the guy who was something like maitre d'. Great reasonable (for NY - booze prices were a bit of a shock) wine list. Shamefully I can't at this distance remember any particular dish, though I remember my favourite was dessert. For me there were a couple of outstanding plates and the rest were really enjoyable. I would definitely return - it was my kind of combo of relaxed, easy, interesting and challenging. I'll report back if I recall more!

BURGER
Trestle, nice casual lunch spot. burger and fries - fine if not terribly remarkable.

RANDOM
Had pretty bizarre (to me) lobster california rolls topped with salmon and tuna and stuffed with mayo in Met museum cafe. seemed so American.

Cafe Sabarsky in Neue Galerie. So funny. Great for people watching and cream overdose - had cream topped coffee and sachertorte (of course).

Liked the look of the Society of Illustrators dining room. Think you need to be a member or with one to eat there.

Craft Bar
Not my normal kind of place, but was easy and convenient a couple of times. Had great shrimp and grits. I love grits! And wagyu beef tongue which was served too cold and in too large a portion. With a massive pickle jar. Including an eye-opening pickled jerusalem artichoke - one of the taste sensations of the trip.

Kee's chocolates
Insane! Bit of an odd experience - a tiny shop with one tiny cabinet with their very select range. But go go go and have one of each of whatever they've got. A magic hand.

Where to eat and drink to feel like you're in New York?

Thanks all for input. Unfortunately we spent almost no time in outer boroughs - we have to come back!
I only made it to the New Apollo Diner and a taco van (don't remember which one - it was fine but not standout, though I had a guava and cheese empanada which was interesting) in Brooklyn.
Loved the New Apollo - it felt like a proper neighbourhood joint. I had the most basic french toast and maple syrup, which was great, and partner had huevos rancheros (our whole diet the whole time in NY was basically huevos rancheros or variants and pickles).

For more see my report in the Manhattan board.

May 05, 2015
lapengia in Outer Boroughs

Gastro agriturismo or similar near Naples

Hi

I'm going to be in Naples 16-23 May and thinking of spending a night at an agriturismo or similar in the countryside that will do a great rustic but delicious dinner and have rooms.

If it also does cooking classes that would be a great bonus.

It doesn't have to be too fancy but lovely views and perhaps a pool would be welcome bonuses.

We won't have a car so would need to get there some other way - public transport/private transfer/cab, which would hopefully cost less than €100.

All help much appreciated

Apr 19, 2015
lapengia in Italy

Cooking class in Naples/Napoli

Going to be in Naples in mid-late May.
Looking for a cooking class - probably a day or half-day, preferably including cooking in the markets, then making a traditional meal. Something not completely basic, I'd like to learn something, but more social and relaxed than dead serious culinary training, obviously!
Any suggestions?

Apr 10, 2015
lapengia in Italy

NYC first visit (kind of) - where to eat to feel like you're in NY!

Where's and what's Vic's pleaseplease?

Mar 27, 2015
lapengia in Manhattan

NYC first visit (kind of) - where to eat to feel like you're in NY!

Have reservations nomad for midweek lunch and contra sat dinner. No other reservations so 11 MP may be tricky. But can we walk in and eat at bar you think?

Mar 24, 2015
lapengia in Manhattan

NYC first visit (kind of) - where to eat to feel like you're in NY!

Thanks you guys so so much. Anyone else been disappointed by lunch at nomad?

Mar 23, 2015
lapengia in Manhattan

NYC first visit (kind of) - where to eat to feel like you're in NY!

Yes I think you're right. Would you recommend diner ?
Thanks

Mar 23, 2015
lapengia in Manhattan

Where to eat and drink to feel like you're in New York?

I'VE ALSO POSTED THIS IN MANHATTAN AS IT COVERS ALL OVER AND I'M NOT 100% SURE WHERE STUFF IS!!

We land tomorrow in NYC for a week of flaneuring and eating.

We live in Hackney, London, so I'm particularly seeking stuff that's as different as possible from some of the trends/name chefs you see in both cities. Particularly interested in anywhere that showcases regional US cuisine, and the more 'obscure' ethnicities (sorry to be relativist!)

But also general tips for good eating and drinking and good times.

Looking for top tips under the following headings. Places I'm considering are below, please comment and add anything you think I've missed.

We're staying W Village & LES, but more than happy to travel anywhere.
Price less important than quality of food/experience - will be extravagant if it's worth it $150+ pp for food). But prefer casual and friendly to really fancy/bling/stiff. Prefer nowhere with strict dress code. Thanks!

Oh and prefer no queues (ha!)

DELI/PICKLES
Katz
Russ and daughters
NORDIC PRESERVES, FISH & WILDLIFE COMPANY
Black Seed bagels

HIGH END TRADITIONAL
Gotham bar and grill
ai fiori

HIGH END CREATIVE
Contra (I've booked this for Sat dinner)
Luksus
eleven madison park -
Betony
The NoMad - booked lunch thurs

OYSTERS
grand central bar
otbbk
Mermaid
Blue Ribbon (97 Sullivan St)

BAKERY
Dough
Petee’s pies

HOT DOG
Need suggestions!

BURGER
otbbk

PIZZA/SLICE
Roberta’s
Otto pizzeria
Joe's pizza
Ben's

SUSHI/RAMEN/ASIAN (shouldn't all be shoved together, really... sorry)
Obao
various momofukus
pure thai shophouse
Okonomi / yuji ramen
Prosperity dumpling
Red farm
Totto ramen
Bassanova Ramen
Mu Ramen
Momo’s Sushi Shack
Kyo Ya

ITALIAN
da andrea
Cottena
L'artusi Italian
Parm

BRUNCH/BREAKFAST
www.thedinernyc.com
Trestle, Chelsea
ma peche
Hudson Clearwater
Jack’s Wife Freda,

TACO/MEXICAN
La Esquina
Tacombi

STREET FOOD
Need suggestions!

FRIED CHICKEN
Need suggestions

BBQ
Mighty Quinns, W village

CHEESE
Clarkson

CHOCOLATE
Royce chocolate

CUBAN
margon

NEIGHBOURHOOD/MARKET COOKING
Market table
Shopsins
Wallflower

BARS
(love suggestions of places with music - jazz, new bands/indie/electronica/new folk
)Booker and Dax
Little Branch
Death and Co
Dead Rabbit
Terroir
Anotheroom
Nolita
Burp Castle East Village
Top Hops

FOOD & DRINK SHOPPING
Essex St Mkt
union sq farmers market

Thank you so much
Let me know if anyone wants London advice in return
x

Mar 23, 2015
lapengia in Outer Boroughs

NYC first visit (kind of) - where to eat to feel like you're in NY!

NOTE - I'LL ALSO POST THIS IN OUTER BOROUGHS AS IT COVERS MANHATTAN AND BOROUGHS

We land tomorrow in NYC for a week of flaneuring and eating.

We live in Hackney, London, so I'm particularly seeking stuff that's as different as possible from some of the trends/name chefs you see in both cities. Particularly interested in anywhere that showcases regional US cuisine, and the more 'obscure' ethnicities (sorry to be relativist!)

Looking for top tips under the following headings. Places I'm considering are below, please comment and add anything you think I've missed.

We're staying W Village & LES, but more than happy to travel anywhere.
Price less important than quality of food/experience - will be extravagant if it's worth it $150+ pp for food). But prefer casual and friendly to really fancy/bling/stiff. Prefer nowhere with strict dress code. Thanks!

Oh and prefer no queues (ha!)

DELI/PICKLES
Katz
Russ and daughters
NORDIC PRESERVES, FISH & WILDLIFE COMPANY
Black Seed bagels

HIGH END TRADITIONAL
Gotham bar and grill
ai fiori

HIGH END CREATIVE
Contra (I've booked this for Sat dinner)
Luksus
eleven madison park -
Betony
The NoMad - booked lunch thurs

OYSTERS
grand central bar
otbbk
Mermaid
Blue Ribbon (97 Sullivan St)

BAKERY
Dough
Petee’s pies

HOT DOG
Need suggestions!

BURGER
otbbk

PIZZA/SLICE
Roberta’s
Otto pizzeria
Joe's pizza
Ben's

SUSHI/RAMEN/ASIAN (shouldn't all be shoved together, really... sorry)
Obao
various momofukus
pure thai shophouse
Okonomi / yuji ramen
Prosperity dumpling
Red farm
Totto ramen
Bassanova Ramen
Mu Ramen
Momo’s Sushi Shack
Kyo Ya

ITALIAN
da andrea
Cottena
L'artusi Italian
Parm

BRUNCH/BREAKFAST
www.thedinernyc.com
Trestle, Chelsea
ma peche
Hudson Clearwater
Jack’s Wife Freda,

TACO/MEXICAN
La Esquina
Tacombi

STREET FOOD
Need suggestions!

FRIED CHICKEN
Need suggestions

BBQ
Mighty Quinns, W village

CHEESE
Clarkson

CHOCOLATE
Royce chocolate

CUBAN
margon

NEIGHBOURHOOD/MARKET COOKING
Market table
Shopsins
Wallflower

BARS
(love suggestions of places with music - jazz, new bands/indie/electronica/new folk
)Booker and Dax
Little Branch
Death and Co
Dead Rabbit
Terroir
Anotheroom
Nolita
Burp Castle East Village
Top Hops

FOOD & DRINK SHOPPING
Essex St Mkt
union sq farmers market

Thank you so much
Let me know if anyone wants London advice in return
x

Mar 23, 2015
lapengia in Manhattan

Special/unusual, but not loud or too creative (!) for Sunday lunch anniversary celebration

Thanks! Looks interesting. Not keen on the man's persona but suppose shldnt let that get in the way.

Any other suggestions or Gilbert Scott feedback, please?

Aug 22, 2012
lapengia in U.K./Ireland

Special/unusual, but not loud or too creative (!) for Sunday lunch anniversary celebration

Hi

We've booked Gilbert Scott for this Sunday lunch as anniversary treat for my in-laws. But I'm having doubts. Reports seem mixed - one friend said the room didn't feel very special, though the photos look fairly grand. I've been in the cocktail bar, which I love.

Can anyone share their experiences of the Gilbert Scott, particularly for Sunday lunch?

Can anyone suggest an alternative:

Criteria:
Not too noisy a room
Preferably a good view or grand-feeling dining room
Good but more importantly, friendly, service
Reliable and consistently good cooking more important than flash and surprising.
Prefer traditional-ish British or French cuisine
Open for Sun Lunch!
Likely to have a table for this Sun!
Something that feels a bit special but prob not trendy!
Price less important than value

Otherwise, I'm open to suggestions of wild cards - somewhere they would never go themselves in a million years and may be completely non-fancy but would be a real experience - a rooftop popup, say or something like Ben Spalding's Stripped Back.

Thank you all!

Aug 22, 2012
lapengia in U.K./Ireland

late lunch on a thursday in july: la regalade?

Gare de Lyon is quite near the Place Aligre in the 12th, so maybe you could walk briskly over there. If you're looking for something similar to La Regalade I'm not sure what to suggest, but if you're open to something different, I know people on this board seem to like La Gazzetta www.lagazzetta.fr. And there's Szechuan at Shan Gout 22 (rue Hector Malot, 12th, Tel. 01-43-40-62-14. Metro: Gare de Lyon. Closed Monday.)

May 29, 2010
lapengia in France

Paris: Long boozy birthday lunch near a park. Set menu up to 35e pp for 3 courses, not inc wine, coffee

Ha ha! you're right! (I just mistyped that as 'tight'. Call Dr Freud!). It wasn't as boozy as I expected. It was very restrained of us. The other two were feeling a bit under the weather, but I have no excuse. We stay with them in London and then we're usually at least a bottle each a night-ers. I think we were just too busy chowing to drink!

May 29, 2010
lapengia in France

Any more recent Corsica reports? Comments on these places.....

Hi All

Yes, I've read all the Corsican threads. Most are a few years old now, so I was wondering if anyone had been more recently and would care to offer up any comments/reports/tips?

The following places sounded interesting in previous threads. If anyone has any updates, or any comments at all, on them, they'd be gratefully received.

Flora or Chez Flora, on the D82 or D2 (anyone got more precise info on this?)

Le Pirate (http://www.restaurantlepirate.com/

)

Ferme d'Urbino, Ghisonnaccia (Haute-Corse),

Ferme Auberge Mare e Monti, Murato. I wonder if the poster got the name wrong, I can find mention of similarle named places online, but not this. Do you mean Ferme Auberge de Campo di Monte, Murato? Any more accurate details?

Auberge Santa Barbara

A Stella di Rustino, 0495387709 in vilage of Valle-di-Rostino,

Plus these from an old NYT article

Le Pain de Sucre on the packed Plage de Sainte-Restitude

Ustaria A Stonda, Sagone

A Pasturella Place du Village, Monticello

I'd also be delighted to hear any other suggestions. I'd probably favour rustic, auberge-y type places, traditional cooking showing sympathetic use of good local ingredients and friendly receptions. But we're open to anything and as there are so few recommendations on this thread, respond with any recommendations you have for the benefit of others.

We're camping in our VW van. so any food-shopping tips are welcome too - great weekly food markets, particular producers (a previous poster mentioned a cured sausage maker) for example.

We're planning on concentrating on the northern half of the island, but if there's somewhere in the south you love, throw it in. You never know!

Thanks all!

K

May 27, 2010
lapengia in France

Paris: Long boozy birthday lunch near a park. Set menu up to 35e pp for 3 courses, not inc wine, coffee

Sorry for not reporting back - had a slew of visitors and we're prepping for leaving Paris, sob.

In the end we went to La Regalade de St Honore, which we all enjoyed and certainly fitted the bill as relaxed place for long lunch. We were the last to leave and the lovely waitress (in whom I thought I detected a Spanish or South American accent - she had that kind of warmth, too!) really made us feel as though we could linger as long as we liked. Service, though, did have the odd glitch: some things had to be asked for a couple (or more) times. One waitress was not exactly rude, but was a bit brusque with plate delivery, but overall nothing majorly wrong.

Yeah, but what about the food?

The food? First, the famous terrine amuse bouche. Yes it's kind of fun to have a big hunking great slab of pate as an 'amuse' (we also had some ham - bayonne I think, fine) but it wasn't the best terrine I've ever had and I'd personally prefer something more 'amusing' but it is what it is and I would neither want nor expect La Regalade to change something that is now so them. But I would echo the plea for bread plates - I'm afraid we made rather a mess of our table that had the waitress smearing pate all over it as she tried to wipe the table with her fingers!

I think I won the battle of the starters with scallops and wild asparagus. V tasty scallops in buttery sauce, though they were rather stuck to the half-shell. One friend had the roast foie - a lightish serving of thin slices of foie- their peppery/lightly crisped edges made a good contrast to foie's buttery texture. Birthday girl had a tuna and roast onion tart which I thought was superb (guiltily, we shouldn't be eating tuna) and she was a bit underwhelmed by. But ignore her.
Mains were pork belly on lentils - my friend was disturbed by the presence of what he described as a 'strong tasting sausage' (he only mentioned this after we'd left) but I thought the bite he gave me was good if a bit one-note. Birthday girl had a beautifully cooked bit of bream and my chicken stuffed with foie (could have been more tender and was a bit overwhelming in size) was blown out of the dish by its bed of risotto: fluffy, creamy, deeply flavoured and pearled with the most delicious peas. Desserts were all very good - a pair of mousses (meeses?) chocolate and vanilla; the famous Grand Marnier souffle ("like eating a cloud") and a raspberry compote, cream and strawberry concoction which was my favourite. Simple, classic, well executed stuff.
Overall: Rich, hearty, unpretentious, good cooking in smart but not flashy surroundings with mostly kind and efficient service, all at a good price (about 150e for 3x3 courses, 1 bottle water, 1 bottle wine, 3 glasses dessert wine, no coffees). Not a wow place - more of a contented sigh.

May 27, 2010
lapengia in France

Brunch in the Marais

There are loads of Sunday (and now Saturday) brunch places - especially in the Marais and also around Montmartre and the 9th. Prices seem generally to hover around the 20 euro mark for a wide variety of offerings in terms of substance, quality and quantity. From walking past, Cafe Charlot on the corner of rue Bretagne and rue Charlot in the Marais seems exceedingly popular for brunch. I've had an enormous and pretty good brunch (pastries, tartines, eggs benedict, pain perdu, fresh squeezed juice, endless coffee) at Cafe Rouge on rue de picardie in the 3rd. Another cheap casual option is the Enfants Rouges market 39 rue de Bretagne, which has a variety of food stalls, mostly serving up 'ethnic' stuff: moroccan, japanese, asian, lebanese.. etc and a place that does veggy gallettes.

May 14, 2010
lapengia in France

La Régalade opens a central location on Saint-Honoré

No, I am talking about the same place - I know it's near the Louvre, but I quite like that walk through the Louvre into the Tuileries (I like taking photos of tourists taking photos), then we might go to jeu de paume or the orangerie. Not that you need to know any of that.

But with regard to second sitting, you're probably right. I've got a vague inkling of having to give up a table at lunch before but I can't say where or when, so maybe it's a memory leak from dinner sittings.

Hmmm, so it seems they're both wonderful, though reports from La Regalade seem to be more recent. Now I'm even more undecided. Never leave a decision to a Libran.

May 05, 2010
lapengia in France

La Régalade opens a central location on Saint-Honoré

I'm trying to decide between this and Au Gourmand for a friend's birthday lunch - which I've posted about elsewhere. Comparisons?

Really just looking for somewhere reliable, that feels a bit special and does a set 3-course menu for under around 40 euros. Friend's only request was for a 'long, boozy lunch'. Are these places that will let us linger (though we've booked for 1.30 so I'm presuming we're second sitting anyway). Are there enough wines under 40 euros a bottle? Any under 30?

Also liked these two because they're not too far from the Tuileries for a post-prandial stroll.

Any more comments from recent visits to both La Regalade and Au Gourmand gratefully received.

May 01, 2010
lapengia in France

10 year Anniversary Trip to Italy, Need suggestions

Can you give more details on Pistoia - why you recommend it as a place to visit - and can you give specific recs for places to stay and/or eat?

We're driving from Livorno (getting the ferry from Corsica) to Bologna. The ferry arrives lateish (7pm) so we're looking for somewhere to stay not too far away. We'll have spent 2 weeks walking and beachbumming, so we want somewhere with a bit of life, where we can do a wee bit of sight-seeing or perhaps an activity such as a cooking class, gastro tour etc and most importantly somewhere with good food. But, it would be nice to avoid tourist hordes. So we were thinking Lucca rather than Pisa but perhaps that's the wrong assumption. Would Pistoia be a good alternative? We're thinking of staying 2 nights, then driving on and spending 2 nights in Bologna.

Any recs for Bologna eating also greatly appreciated. Though that's probably another thread.

Thanks for any tips!

May 01, 2010
lapengia in Italy

Steak tartare - Le Severo (or Bis?) or Cafe des Musees - or elsewhere?

Thanks. Yes, saw that thread, but it didn't really help me to any definitive conclusion. Though La Rotonde did seem to come out well.

Apr 29, 2010
lapengia in France

Steak tartare - Le Severo (or Bis?) or Cafe des Musees - or elsewhere?

Yes, I've read other threads on the best steak tartare but it seems inconclusive - perhaps I should take that hint and just make my own mind up, but I wouldn't mind comments on the above from anyone who's been recently.

I've only had coffee (and amazing slice of chocolate terrine) at Cafe des Musees, but I've found the staff always lovely. But my husband has a weird prejudice against it. So I need some reinforcement from you guys - should we go?

I like the sound of the carefully sourced beef at Severo, though I've read it's cramped and service might be slow? And is Le Bis better/worse/same?

And please do throw in any other suggestions for best steak tartare joint - we don't mind travelling out of the way - in fact we'd quite like to explore a bit. We're in the far reaches of the 18th.

Thanks as ever

Apr 29, 2010
lapengia in France

Paris: Long boozy birthday lunch near a park. Set menu up to 35e pp for 3 courses, not inc wine, coffee

Thoughts on Le Restaurant, rue d'Assas?

Apr 28, 2010
lapengia in France

Paris: Long boozy birthday lunch near a park. Set menu up to 35e pp for 3 courses, not inc wine, coffee

What about l'agrume, and then jardin des plantes? Or is it not a place for long lunches?

Apr 28, 2010
lapengia in France

Paris: Long boozy birthday lunch near a park. Set menu up to 35e pp for 3 courses, not inc wine, coffee

Thanks both of you. Love the sound of La Ferrandaise's dishes but the room doesn't do it for me (from photos). Ditto L'Ardoise (though also less excited by the carte there). Not sure about souffles, so perhaps not La Cigale. La Mediterranee has a very enticing carte but the menu seemed a bit of a disappointment in comparison and the room seems, erm, a but fusty. God I'm picky! I think I just want La Table d'Eugene to move near the Luxembourg gardens for one day.

What do y'all think about Au Gourmand?

Apr 28, 2010
lapengia in France

Paris suggestions for dinner - special but not necessarily starred! Chateaubriand?

Not Le Point. Much as I love it I'm not sure it's more than a very good value 'we're in the neighbourhood and want something cheap, good and filling for lunch in a nice friendly atmosphere' place. And I've never eaten there at night - it might be just couscous for dinner? Anyway, I want to hear what you think of l'Aromatik for dinner.

Apr 27, 2010
lapengia in France

Paris: Long boozy birthday lunch near a park. Set menu up to 35e pp for 3 courses, not inc wine, coffee

Thanks

They're coming around the end of May so should be time to get a reservation, hopefully.

Apr 27, 2010
lapengia in France

Paris: Long boozy birthday lunch near a park. Set menu up to 35e pp for 3 courses, not inc wine, coffee

Hi everyone

A friend is coming to visit for her birthday and wants a "long boozy lunch". Ahem. They're not particularly (look away JT) "foodies", but I am. What does that mean? I suppose I'm looking for somewhere with that is based on traditional French cuisine, but the odd creative flourish would be nice.

As it's a 'special'-ish occasion, attractive surroundings would be nice. Leaning more towards the antique poster, well-chosen knick-knack, mismatched furniture, shabby cool antique end, or even textbook bistro shiny brass and polished wood, rather than the chic, slick, minimalist side of the spectrum. Somewhere with a terrace or garden would be lovely!

Service - impeccable would be nice! Would settle for friendly and relatively efficient. Or at least interested! Long aprons also good.

Atmosphere: Would prefer somewhere not too busy (this will be a Thursday lunchtime) and not too knocking-elbows-with-the-neighbours. Though people-watching opportunities would also be preferred (I know! I'm just a big bag of contradictions!)

Location - I'd like to take them for a post-prandial stroll so I was thinking somewhere near Jardin du Luxembourg, or the Tuileries.

Price - would like set menu with some choice, up to about 35e pp for 3 courses not inc wine or coffee. A good selection of wines under 25e also welcome.

Summary: A pleasant place for a relaxed enjoyable lunch near a park, with a set menu under 35 euros. Too much to ask?

Apr 27, 2010
lapengia in France

Paris suggestions for dinner - special but not necessarily starred! Chateaubriand?

Sorry if I'm getting boring on this, but Le Point pulled it back at lunch the other day. Sticky, juicy boeuf bourguignon, moist roast chicken leg, fabulous hand-cut chips. Plus they had great jazz on last Sat night. And warm welcome from owner. Sigh.

Apr 27, 2010
lapengia in France

Frenchie reservation??!!

So one should ring up and say "Alright geezer, wanna come round your gaff for a nosh wiv a few mates, giza table, willya? Lovely jubbly!" in Jamie-ese?

Apr 06, 2010
lapengia in France