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Where to eat near Rubin Museum?

Thanks - I guess I could have spent time looking up restaurants, but recommendations are always better when they come from Chowhound.. Thanks!

Caturday: I had heard it was good, but a recent blog by Rozanne Gold (of 1-2-3 Cookbook fame) said it isn't what it used to be, so I think I'll opt out on this one.

small h: I'd forgotten about Legend, have to give it another go.

Toot: Haven't tried El Cocotero yet, so thanks for the recommendation, I've e-mailed all the recommendations to our friends and they can make the final, although for me it's Union Square recommended by RGR or El Cocotero.

May 03, 2012
bkiley in Manhattan

Where to eat near Rubin Museum?

The Rubin Museaum is located at 150 West 17th Street. We'll be attending one of the exhibits with friends from out of town - the only out of question option is Italian. Anyone have a clue what's really good food for a lunch within walking distance of the exhibit?

May 01, 2012
bkiley in Manhattan

Great Hot Dogs at Rutt's Hut? Fuhgedaboudit!

Wizard and hotdoglover. As a kid I actually ate the dogs with plain mustard and relish at a place, now long gone in Paterson,"Tobys" My wife ( she is bkiley) introduced me to the Paterson dog while we were dating 50 years ago and she was from the Bronx! After that first bite at 19, (it was at the original 'eat them in the car' Johnny and Hangie's) there was no turning back. As far as the Hutt, if I ever go there, I would put on only mustard. I tried a couple of years ago there special relish and stongly disliked it. Better yet, I would go to one of the Paterson places and take out some sauce in a cup with onions and take it to the Hutt. By the way I am not sure of the name of the original Hot Dog plant, I though it was Best Provisions in Newark. But I am not certain. Maybe it was Haydu.

Mar 25, 2012
bkiley in New Jersey

Great Hot Dogs at Rutt's Hut? Fuhgedaboudit!

I grew up in Paterson and for me it is all about the sauce. Thus Rutts can't play in my league. Since my Aunt lived in Newark my family travelled there in the late 40s and 50s along the old route next to the Passaic River. We often stopped at Rutts. Back then there were several hot dog stands in a sort of hot dog stand row. When they built the new highway and connected route 3, all the hot dog stands were lost with the highway improvements except Rutts Hut. I don't care for their relish at all. But as I said it is all about the sauce to this Paterson boy. The secret for me is to order my dog "all the way" (mustard onions and Paterson sauce) and have the dogs "extra extra well done" so that the dog snaps when you bite in. All the Paterson location are great and for me its Libbys (which is the oldest ), but I like Johnny and Hangie, Pappys, Coral, Getty Grill . The Hot Grill has a touch too much cinnimon for me but is excellent as well. The original hot dogs used by all these places was made by a company in Newark which I believe does't exist anymore, so nothing really is the same. Max's near where I now live is terrible. Katz's in NYC is great but that is a different animal and is Kosher style with mustard and kraut.

Mar 23, 2012
bkiley in New Jersey

Need some suggestions in Gramercy, West Village, East Village, Soho

Definitely try Giorgio's of Gramercy. It's been a neighborhood favorite for years. The food is always great, the bartender knows his stuff and best of all you can actually hear the conversation at your own table instead of having to listen to the one going on next to you.

We went about three weeks ago and the hands down favorites in our party of eight were the veal osso bucco, the scallops, the upscale ultimate comfort food mac & cheese, not that anyone else complained about their meal. Whatever you order plan on getting a side of the creamed spinach or the mustard coated Brussels sprouts for the table. And although the desserts were proclaimed fabulous by all at the table I was happy with my cheese plate - which I could have eaten for dinner, it was pretty big.

Try the link for a better idea of what to expect http://www.giorgiosofgramercy.com/

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Giorgio's of Gramercy
27 East 21st Street, New York, NY 10010

Jan 25, 2011
bkiley in Manhattan

Chatham is back

Lau - we went for the dim sum this weekend and I think you should give it another try. A;though someone on the other Chatham is back discussion mentioned that you had to order from the steam cabinet, we were happy to see the carts being pushed around by the same old staff. We sampled the tripe, chicken feet, duck feet, fish balls, turnip cake, the little spareribs in black bean sauce, pork and shrimp siu mai, chive dumplings, shrimp rice roll, the deep fried taro balls and of course the cha siu bao which is not on the carts and has to be ordered from the front case.

The only negative vote was for the chicken feet - the black bean sauce just wasn't great and the chicken feet bordered on oily. The duck feet was incredible though and almost made up for the lack of flavor on the chicken feet.

Someone else also mentioned that they had made the cha siu boa smaller, but the size seemed fine to us - and the flavor was up there with the best. And, best of all, they still brew the tea instead of relying on tea bags, and you can request Jasmine if you want it instead of the regular brew.

We expected the place to be a little less busy because the OTB isn't around, but the place was jammed and stayed jammed for the time we were there. So, try it again and hopefully you'll find the dim sum to your taste.

Jan 24, 2011
bkiley in Manhattan

Chatham is back

No, not related, not even Chinese, just friendly. We have been going to the Chatham since it's first opened many years ago. We became friendly with three of the waitresses, I guess because they saw us there so often and because we're fairly adventurous and would take their suggestions on what to order. The waitresses usually leave by 6:00 PM and we tried to get to the place before then because their English and pateience level was better than most of the waiters. A few times we were delayed and had trouble ordering the special dishes we wanted. When we mentioned that to our favorite waitress she said that we should call her before 6 and she'd put our order in before we got there. And so that's how we got her phone number; When they first closed in June we called her to find out the story and have been calling for updates during the year. Although she's not one of the women who returned to work there, she did us the favor of calling as soon as she heard that they were reopening for sure. Pays to be friendly - it isn't as if the NJ shore newspapers were going to report the reopening.

Jan 17, 2011
bkiley in Manhattan

Chatham is back

Yes it is back and some of the staff is the same. Two of our favorite waitresses are gone, but we still recognized some of the other faces. We changed other dinner plans for Saturday night, because we got a call on Thursday from one of the waitresses that the place was opening on Friday. Even though it's just opened, word of mouth is traveling fast - each table was full. Our group shared, Wor Wonton, Broad Noodles with Fresh Pork, Lobster Cantonese Chinese Style; Steamed Sea Bass with Ginger & Scallions, Beef & Bitter Melon, Steamed Minced Pork with Canton Vegetables and Salt & Pepper Squid. Each dish was terrific. Since they closed back in June we have been trying different restaurants, even making the ltrip to Flushing, for a replacement favorite. We found lots of resturants with a few good dishes,but we couldn't find one that met the standards set by the food at the Chatham. We have missed this place and am happy they are back in force. We're going back next week for the dim sum which we always felt outclassed even the bigger dim sum houses.
Oh yeah, it's been all cleaned up and the kitchen is brand new.

Jan 16, 2011
bkiley in Manhattan

X-Mas Tipping- Chinatown [moved from Manhattan board]

Thanks for the even number fact and glad to have confirmation of the amounts as well.

Dec 08, 2008
bkiley in Not About Food

X-Mas Tipping- Chinatown [moved from Manhattan board]

We eat there about once a month. It seems that the waitresses pool the tips, but I'm not sure if that trickles down to the cart handlers. Some of them have gotten to recognize us and always make sure we get the things we like even if they have to skip over a table or two in front of us. I thought about $10 for them and $20 for the waitresses who usually take care of us.

Dec 07, 2008
bkiley in Not About Food

X-Mas Tipping- Chinatown [moved from Manhattan board]

We frequent one place for dim sum on a regular basis, although we tip each time I think we should also give a bit extra for X-mas. Anyone have a clue what the right tips would be for the waitress and the women who wheel the carts around?

Dec 07, 2008
bkiley in Not About Food

Non BBQ in Nashville

Taveling to Nashville in August and need some recommendations for dinners. I already read the BBQ recommendations and warnings, but would like some fine dining recommendations for the evening as well. Southern style or ethnic - pricey or not.

Jun 26, 2008
bkiley in General South Archive

Glens Falls, NY Fabulous Find

If anyone is up in the Glens Falls area I recommend Bistro Tallulah at 26 Ridge Street, and its fabulous young owner/chef Shawn Whalen. The menu was varied, dishes ranged from suckling pig to lovely fish and then to lamb shanks that melted on the fork. The salads were great, pan seared scallops mixed with dried cranberries and Maytag Blue or a salad with duck confit and pignoli nuts. The waitstaff knew every dish and was able to suggest a wine to go with it. We were a large and talky group yet the service stayed friendly throughout the meal. And the desserts, particularly the warm white chocolate bread pudding with pralines, are worth living for!

LSBabe