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Roppongi with family

Hello - looking for luncha and dinner Japanese restaurant only recs around the Roppongi area that is baby friendly.

Thanks!

Mar 31, 2014
mgcmonkey in Japan

Recs for 1 dim sum and 1 chinese seafood dinner downtown

thanks for the recs and pointing out the summerlicious menu. i'll have a dc and preference would be to order a la carte.

It looks like LWH is the better choice for dim sum. However i looked at new sky, lee garden and taste of china and it doesn't look like any of them offer the unique dishes that are on LWH's dinner menu. Is LWH the only option for those type of dishes? I'd like to avoid dining at LWH twice.

Recs for 1 dim sum and 1 chinese seafood dinner downtown

Hi, will be in Toronto for a couple days and need recs for 1 dim sum lunch and a chinese seafood dinner in or around the downtown area.

I've read through most of the posts and am planning on lunch @ crown princess and dinner @ lai wah heen. I'm from Boston so we don't have restaurants like CP, Pearl or LWH so I'm looking to try something unique that offers a mix of luxury/good food. In regards to seafood, LWH's menu looks really interesting. Are there other restaurants that offer the same?

Should I hit up LWH for dim sum instead and another place for dinner? Thanks in advance.

Honolulu Izakaya

Gaku, Imanas Tei and Tokkuri-Tei are my favorites in Oahu. Don't think you can go wrong at any of them.

Feb 11, 2012
mgcmonkey in Hawaii

Hawaii Calls Restaurant at the Marriott on Kohala Coast

ok i'll bite. answer at link below:

http://www.marriott.com/hotelwebsites...

haven't tried it though :/

Feb 11, 2012
mgcmonkey in Hawaii

Craigie on Main brunch service

1:30, which is apparently their last seating for brunch. i told them i should've expected the burger to be sold out, but the manager said that a customer should not have to worry about things like that.

Nov 06, 2011
mgcmonkey in Greater Boston Area

Craigie on Main brunch service

Went to Craigie today for brunch and ordered a couple of coffees and a donut to start while we looked at the menu. Was informed that 3 out of the 8 dishes were sold out. Wasn't really interested in the remaining items and decided we would try our luck elsewhere. We politely informed our server of our decision and asked to get the donut to go. They bagged the donut for us and told us the items were comped. In addition, the Manager apologized and presented us with a gift certificate as well.

I wasn't expecting anything, but they definitely went above and beyond imo. Just wanted to share this story since Craigie seems to get a bad rep for service around here.

The 3 items they ran out of were the burger, scallops and panino.

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Craigie on Main
853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

Nov 06, 2011
mgcmonkey in Greater Boston Area

Easy lunch in Chicago from O'Hare to South Bend

After further research and taking your suggestions into consideration, I've narrowed my choices down to the following; M Henry, Lula and Tweet. Which should I choose? I noticed M Henry is out of the way, but have heard many good things and wouldn't mind going out of my way if its worth it.

Recs for Bongo room comes up alot, but mostly because of their pancakes. Pancakes aren't really my thing, but are the other items just as good? If so, then should I choose Bongo over the others?

Also, thank you for the detailed responses nsxtasy. I've been perusing the Chicago board this past week and your knowledge and participation is unparalleled. Keep it up!

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M. Henry
5707 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60660

Apr 20, 2011
mgcmonkey in Chicago Area

Memorial Day Help - Both options closed

Thanks for the recs nsxtasy & Amy. I made resversations @ Prime House & Quartino. May switch dinner to Roys though. I've dined at the Hawaii locations many times and have enjoyed it. I know the mainland ones are operated by a different group, but heard good things about the Chicago outpost.

Would it be a mistake if I did?

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Quartino
626 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60654

Prime House Restaurant
1401 Algonquin Rd, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

Apr 18, 2011
mgcmonkey in Chicago Area

Easy lunch in Chicago from O'Hare to South Bend

Hi,

Will be passing by Chicago and would like to do a yummy sit down lunch somewhere that has easy parking on a Saturday (do not want to pay for garage).

I've searched the boards and came up with Urban Belly & Hoanh Long. It doesn't need to be Asian food. I will be in the area around 10am, not sure if parking in the morning is easier in the city.

Thanks in advance!

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Urbanbelly
3053 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Apr 18, 2011
mgcmonkey in Chicago Area

Memorial Day Help - Both options closed

Hi,

Will be visiting Memorial day wkend. I was planning on going to Cafe Spiaggia and Sunda, but just found out they were closed on Memorial day (5/30). Any other suggestions around the same price range? Would prefer Asian or Italian.

Staying at Westin North River. Walkable options a plus.

Thanks.

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Cafe Spiaggia
980 North Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Apr 10, 2011
mgcmonkey in Chicago Area

Weekday lunch in Malden?

All Seasons Table and Exchange Street Bistro in Malden center.
Turner's Seafood Grill in Melrose.

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Exchange Street Bistro
67 Exchange Street, Malden, MA 02148

All Seasons Table Restaurant
64 Pleasant St, Malden, MA 02148

Mar 22, 2011
mgcmonkey in Greater Boston Area

Towne Burger

bartender takes orders from people sitting at bar and people who walk up. if you're sitting at a table in the bar area, then there is typically a server. at least in my experience. regardless, i asked 2 servers & a bartender and couldn't get a straight answer.

Dec 15, 2010
mgcmonkey in Greater Boston Area

Towne Burger

not suprised that you couldn't get a straight answer. i've never had the penchant to goto towne even though its in my neighborhood and is the brainchild of 2 very popular boston chefs, but when friends wanted to grab drinks and desserts i figure it was a good opportunity to see what all the fuss was about.

6 of us arrive to a packed bar downstairs at 9:30. decided to goto the upstairs bar area which was more subdued. grabbed one of the empty hightops and waited for a server. 5 mins past with no acknowledgement even though they were clearly overstaffed. no problem though, ordered a round at the bar. chatted away for another 15-20 mins, still no server. took the intitative and asked one of the servers who walked past for a dessert menu. he pointed me towards the hostess stand. feeling lazy, i asked another server. jackpot, the server brought a couple menus over including the cocktail menu. after perusing the menus and deciding what to order, i stopped another server and asked if we could order. he said it wasn't his section and walked away. second try with another server, was told to order with bartender. ok, tried to put in my dessert order with bartender, who told me to wait for a server. so basically, been here for > 40 mins and we can't get any dessert! after further discussions, the bartender relented and took our order. more drinks come and then dessert appears. wait, no utensils!! borrowed some from the table next to us.

side note, a group of 6 girls sat next to us for 10 mins and left after complaining (i overheard) that there was no server.

shame regarding the service issues because the drinks and desserts were good. won't be back and likely won't be recommending this to anyone. maybe the dining experience would be different though.

Dec 15, 2010
mgcmonkey in Greater Boston Area

Help with itinerary

Hi fellow hounds,

Visiting Paris soon and thanks to all the great threads on this board, I have made reservations @ Spring, Frenchie & Le Regalade St. Honore. Also planning to hit up Chez Dumonet, Chez Denise, L'grume & Chez Grenouille. Questions are;

1. How early do I have to make reservations for the restaurants I plan to hit up? Is a day or two before I go enough?

2. I want to try some Asian food in Paris. How are Yoom and Hokkaido? Any other suggestions for around the same price range?

3. Also plan on going to Le Comptoir du Relais (lunch) and Cafe Constant (dinner). What time should I arrive for minimal wait since these restaurants do not accept reservations.

4. Finally, any idea if these restaurants accept the American Express card?

Thanks!

Dec 09, 2010
mgcmonkey in France

Dinner Recomendations for a 30th Birthday

If price is not an object and you're not a fan of sushi, then I suggest the Chefs table @ L'Espalier. Only turn off may be the fact that the table is in the kitchen and the atmosphere may not be as romantic as you're looking for. Its definitely a unique experience though.

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L'Espalier
774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

Dec 08, 2010
mgcmonkey in Greater Boston Area

Peach Farm or New Jumbo Seafood

Jumbo for the best combined experience. Peach Farm edges Jumbo out on food, but absolutely zero atmosphere. Price is very similar.

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Peach Farm
4 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111

Dec 08, 2010
mgcmonkey in Greater Boston Area

Grill 23 vs Abe & Louies for steak?

O'Charley's owns 99..no relation to Charleys, which is owned by BBRG.

Dec 01, 2010
mgcmonkey in Greater Boston Area

Disappointed with L'Espalier

Escolar is deliecious. I eat it often when in Hawaii and almost always order it when I see it on the menu at a restaurant. There should be no problems if prepared properly and eaten in small quanitities (supposedly < 6 oz), but I've had more and never an issue. Dissapointed to read that the L'Espalier version wasn't up to par.

Le Bernardin, which is considered to be the best seafood resto in the States by some has had escolar on its menu for quite a while.

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L'Espalier
774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

Dec 01, 2010
mgcmonkey in Greater Boston Area

Chef Table for two?

L'Espalier does a chefs table dinner. Its 1 seating a night. The table is in the kitchen with full view. They're pretty accomodating to requests etc. Give them a call.

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L'Espalier
774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

Dec 01, 2010
mgcmonkey in Greater Boston Area

Poor grad student gets $100 to spend on nice meal out--where???

Rendezvous has a sunday prix fixe special. $38 for 3 courses. Plenty of choices for each course.
I've been to Coppa with my gf on several occasions and left very full for under $90 including tip. Not a very romantic atmosphere though, but food is amazing. Other possibilities includes; Grotto, Da Vinci and Island Creek Oyster Bar.

If you decide on brunch, my favorite is Mistral. Good luck!

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Island Creek Oysters
296 Parks St, Duxbury, MA 02332

Coppa
253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

Nov 17, 2010
mgcmonkey in Greater Boston Area

steakhouse recco for young b-day, please

tb is right re Grill 23. I mis-read and thought it was for a 21st bday.

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Grill 23 & Bar
161 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116

Nov 16, 2010
mgcmonkey in Greater Boston Area

steakhouse recco for young b-day, please

Flemings is my favorite out of all the chains. Otherwise, Grill 23.

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Grill 23 & Bar
161 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116

Nov 16, 2010
mgcmonkey in Greater Boston Area

suggestions for dinner in south end

If you want to try your luck, swing by Coppa and see how long the wait is. If its too long and you don't want to wait, head on over to Gaslight. Gaslight is owned by same restaurant group as Aquitaine. Same idea, lower prices.

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Coppa
253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

Nov 16, 2010
mgcmonkey in Greater Boston Area

Moules Frites in Brussels

warning heeded. thanks SnackHappy. Still looking for a good rec though :/

Nov 16, 2010
mgcmonkey in Europe

BEST brunch in Boston?

Best brunch in recent memory...Mistral. Sunday only though. Within walking distance of Downtown, I would recommend Market by Jean Georges.

Nov 12, 2010
mgcmonkey in Greater Boston Area

Booking two events in Boston in June... ideas?

Mistral and Towne.

Nov 12, 2010
mgcmonkey in Greater Boston Area

Moules Frites in Brussels

Chez Leon keeps coming up in my research, but the overall feeling I get is that this place is tourist trap. I only have time for one moules frites dinner. Where should I go?

Thanks!

Nov 11, 2010
mgcmonkey in Europe

Halloween Trip: Del Posto, Babbo, Bohemian, Jean Georges, Locanda Verde, Totto, Bouchon, Doughnut Plant

Visited NYC for Halloween weekend.

Del Posto Lunch - Welcomed by several protesters handing out fliers regarding wage dispute. Nice room with a old school grandeur feel. Noticed that every single male patron was wearing a button down shirt. Most wore jacket & tie. I was the only one wearing a sweater (figured it was only lunch). However they did not make me feel uncomfortable. Prix fixe menu is $29 for 3 courses (antipasti, pasta OR secondi and dessert). Additional course is $10. Wine pairing is $15 (extra $5 for each additional pairing).

Ordered the autumn veggies, cotechino, orecchiette w/ lamb ragu, seared duck breast, striped bass, chocolate tortino & butterscotch semifreddo with wine pairings.

Highlights included the trio of amuse bouche (aracini, gazpacho & crab pastry), freshly baked breads with whipped lardo, cotechino, orecchiette and duck breasts. Desserts were the most dissapointing. Pours were fine, but they did give an extra pour with our mains. The petit fours were ok with the exception of the lollipop one that tasted like a nestle crunch bar. That was really good.

Service was pleasant, but a bit awkward at times. Our waiter approached our table on several ocassions and stood there in silence as not to interrupt, but he stood there staring a bit too long. When the pianist stopped playing, I did feel as if I was eating in a funeral home. It was eerily quiet. The lunch value is excellent though and I will definitely return.

Bohemian Dinner - Did not get lost and was much easier to find than expected. A long hallway leading to the back of a butcher shop is where this restaurant is located. You will be buzzed in. Arrived after 10pm which meant the tasting menu was not available. Atmosphere is much more relaxed. The space is small, but efficient.

Ordered fried japanese sweet potatoes, wagyu sliders, roasted branzino, sashimi of day (amberjack & sea bream), mushroom risotto croquette topped with uni and sake panna cotta.

Everything was delicious. Fried sweet potatoes were thick slices and tasty, but ordinary. Only item I wouldn't won't order again. The croquette was amazing and one of the best things I've ever tasted. The whole roasted branzino was an amazing value. It was accompanied by a ton of roasted veggies. You could order this alone and be full. The order of sliders come in a pair. They came out last and we were already overly stuffed but forged ahead and shared one between us. The panna cotta was light and refreshing. Great ending to an excellent meal. Tried a few cocktails as well which were all very good. Will definitely be returning with friends.

Jean Georges lunch - Beautiful and busy modern room. Service appeared hectic as we entered, but soon realized that the servers were just quick and efficient. Atmosphere is total opposite of Del Posto. It was very lively and the dress was much more relaxed here. Prix fix is $32 for ANY 2 courses and $16 for each additional. Desserts are all $8.

Tried the crispy crab, red snapper, salmon, cod, beef dish and a few others. Quite honestly I don't remember because none were memorable. The technique and presentation were all nice, but nothing wowed me or my dining companions. All of us were underwhelmed beginning with the amuse all the way to the mignardises. Although we were glad we tried Jean Georges, we will probably not be returning. I am a huge fan of fusion cuisine and Alan Wong's is probably my favorite restaurant, but Jean Georges didn't resonate with me at all.

Babbo dinner - Been here several times before. Bustling, busy, loud and crowded. Upstairs is quieter though. We usually order several pastas and 2 mains. They always accomodate by splitting the pastas between us so its like a course.

Meal always starts with a chickpea toast amuse which is fine. We went ravioli crazy and ordered the goose liver ravioli, gnocchi with braised oxtail, beef cheek ravioli, lamb sausage ravioli & sweetbreads. This is definitely an exorbitant amount of food, but we don't visit often so we took advantage. Least favorite was the minty lamb ravioli. Nothing wrong with it in particular, but it was definitely overshadowed by everything else. It was very minty. If you love mint, get it. I didn't like the goose liver ravioli because of the balsamic reduction. I felt there was too much, but my dc loved it. Sweetbreads were excellent as usual. Wine prices are pretty reasonable. I looked at the wine menu online beforehand and found the prices were actually lower at the restaurant. Have never tried dessert because we always order too much food. One day though, we'll try to refrain ourselves and order more sensibly. Will return.

Locanda Verde brunch - First time in Tribeca. Area was very quiet that day. Everyone was probably recovering from all the Halloween parties the night before. Restaurant was definitely busy though. Glad we had reservations. My first celebrity sighting in NYC. David Schwimmer was with his friends at the table next to ours.

Ordered the hazelnut crusted french toast, lemon pancakes, pork hash with eggs, shrimp grits and sheeps milk ricotta toast. I'm not a cheese person, especially soft cheeses, but the ricotta toast was amazing. Everything was good, but we did feel prices were a tad high. Pancakes, pork hash & the ricotta toast were the standout dishes. Eggs were perfectly cooked. Only dissapointment was the coffee. Tasted water down. Not on my return ASAP list, but Will be back for the ricotta toast.

Dinner Yakitoro Totto - Staff is definitely festive. All were in costumes. Restaurant is smallish in size on the 2nd floor. Arrived for an early dinner @ 5:30pm. Seated immediately. We felt like we ordered a bunch of stuff, but everything came quickly. The 4 of us were in and out in less than 1.5 hours. All the skewers were cooked properly and very tasty. I especially enjoyed the kalbi and chicken oyster skewers. We ordered 2 chicken rice dishes (one in claypot and one regular). We were dissapointed that we weren't given the crunchy rice that was in the claypot. Thats the best part! Overall a fun experience but will not be rushing back. Better suited for an after party spot where you can relax, drink some sake and enjoy yakitori.

Other places visited was bouchon bakery(twice..only cause it was close by). The line this wkend was ridiculous. Took 15-20 to order a coffee. Their fall macaroon varieties are not as good as the summer ones. Wheres the lemon macaroon??!! Good place to swing by, get a coffee and relax.

Doughnut Plant - Friends loved it. Tried pretty much every variety of doughnuts. My favorites are the cake doughnuts. I'm not in love with this place. While the doughnuts tasted good, I don't think they deserve all the praise they receive. Friends favorites are the pb&j, tres leches and creme brulee. Worth a visit.

Overall a great visit to NYC and will be back soon. Highlights were the croquette with uni, duck breast, sweetbreads, the nestle crunch lollipop thingy and ricotta toast! We usually try to fit Levain and milk bar into our trips, but missed out on both this time. Wish I got a chocolate chip cookie to go though. Drooling thinking about it.

Overall a fun visit to NYC. Will be back soon!

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Babbo
110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

Jean Georges
1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

Del Posto
85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

Doughnut Plant
379 Grand St, New York, NY 10002

Locanda Verde
377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

Nov 02, 2010
mgcmonkey in Manhattan

Best chef's tasting menu restaurant that has a chef's table as well

L'Espalier. Chefs table is set up in the kitchen. IIRC, price starts at around 200/pp and they will consult with you beforehand regarding the menu (likes, dislikes, # of dishes etc). They are very accommodating. They only have 1 seating per day excluding Sunday.

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L'Espalier
774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

Oct 27, 2010
mgcmonkey in Greater Boston Area