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A Chinese restaurant for my 80-year-old mother-in-law?

Thanks for these suggestions. I've now read some of the recommended dishes in archived posts. Any other favorites from respondents or others?

Mar 08, 2011
dcreader09 in Manhattan

A Chinese restaurant for my 80-year-old mother-in-law?

We'll be in NYC this weekend, and my mother-in-law has v. fond memories of the "Shanghai Restaurant" (or "Cafe"? I've seen it referred to both ways, even on this board's archives) that used to be on 125th and B'way. My job: to find a comparable current restaurant.

So, basically, a Chinese restaurant for dinner in Manhattan that does the basics really well. The Platonic Chinese restaurant. From what I understand, the old Shanghai did do Shanghainese cuisine, so that would be a plus. But, basically, it's her first trip to NYC in a long time, and I'd like her to have as enjoyable a meal as possible. The restaurant needn't be white linen-sedate, but something more than divey.

Thanks in advance.

Mar 07, 2011
dcreader09 in Manhattan

Kuruma Zushi for Saturday lunch?

I've never been to Kuruma Zushi and am thinking of lunch there tomorrow with two sushi fans-not-experts.

a) if we order the omakase, will we be looking at a mortgage payment for a bill?
b) if we don't order the omakase, is it still worth it?
c) any thoughts on great sushi values in the midtown area that are open for Sat. lunch?

Thanks for your help.

7 E 47th St, New York, NY 10017

Nov 06, 2009
dcreader09 in Manhattan

Upper East Side in the style of Cafe Boulud for Sat. lunch?

In town for the weekend and want to try something other than Cafe Boulud (my usual) for Saturday lunch. I have reservations for DBGB but am wavering on it, both because of the meh reviews and the shlep downtown. We'll be midtown/UES all day and would like to find something along these lines.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Cafe Boulud
20 East 76th St., New York, NY 10021

East Side Cafe
352 E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

Upper East Side Restaurant
2327 1st Ave, New York, NY 10035

Oct 29, 2009
dcreader09 in Manhattan