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Recs Requested for 70th bday party

Hello and thanks in advance for any help you can provide. I'm planning my Mom's 70th bday party in SF and am looking for reqs for places that have either a private room or are ok to bring 2 kids ages 10 & 11. Here are some of the particulars:

1. 10 people total
2. Cuisine is pretty open - Italian, French, American - we like it all. My wife is a vegetarian but most places we go can easily accomodate that. I'd like something a bit upscale.
3. Cost is pretty flexible as well.

The kids are very well behaved but I'm not going to take them to a fine dining tasting menu type spot - it would be lost on them.

I guess what I'm asking is - if you were taking your Mom and immediate family out for a milestone birthday, where would you go?

Thanks again for the advice.

Jan 07, 2012
3crazydogs in San Francisco Bay Area

Question re: Peter Luger

Need some advice. Have searched the boards and don't see info re: the bar.
I'm going to Peter Luger for the first time this Saturday and will be by myself. Do they serve meals at the bar? Thanks very much.

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Peter Luger Steak House
178 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Aug 31, 2011
3crazydogs in Outer Boroughs

Eleven Madison Park, Jean-Georges, Del Posto, or Corton? Or something else?

Jean - Georges and Per Se are truly great with Per Se, in my opinion, coming out on top. Have not yet been to EMP or others you note although they are on my list to get there asap!

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Per Se
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

Oct 01, 2010
3crazydogs in Manhattan

Authentic Italian restaurants in Leesburg, Virginia or close by?

Thanks for the info re: La Lou. That's really too bad because I remember that the owner is a pretty nice guy but can definitely be a little abrupt sometimes. Lot's of potential but unfortunately I think they're doomed if that's how they execute.

Oct 01, 2010
3crazydogs in Washington DC & Baltimore

What to wear at Per Se?

Perfect.

Sep 30, 2010
3crazydogs in Manhattan

What to wear at Per Se?

Agreed with gutsofsteel - a jacket at the minimum. One of the best restaurants in the world, jacket is definitely called for.

Sep 30, 2010
3crazydogs in Manhattan

Vidalia 24 or Inn at Little Washington?

Having gotten married at the IALW 3 years ago and been there for our first two anniversaries, a number of dinners, overnight stays and planning to be there for our 3rd anniversary in October - fairly safe to say I recommend the Inn.

Sep 30, 2010
3crazydogs in Washington DC & Baltimore

Authentic Italian restaurants in Leesburg, Virginia or close by?

Curious about your experience at La Lou, why was it bad? I havent been there for quite a while and went only twice at that. What was your experience? May need another thread as OP may not be interested. ;)

Sep 30, 2010
3crazydogs in Washington DC & Baltimore

Authentic Italian restaurants in Leesburg, Virginia or close by?

Palio in Leesburg is great. http://www.palioofleesburg.com.

Sep 28, 2010
3crazydogs in Washington DC & Baltimore

Looking for Loudoun vegan friendly lunch spot - Help!

Folks - my wife just sent me a note that she is taking two vegan colleagues to lunch today and is looking for a place in the Sterling/Dulles/Ashburn area. Any advice you can provide will be greatly appreciated. I'm searching hard for her but as it's close to lunch I thought I would ask for your help while I search. My wife is not a vegan but is a vegetarian.

Thanks in advance!

Sep 21, 2010
3crazydogs in Washington DC & Baltimore

Great Italian - Bibiana

Sounds good, thanks for the tip.

Sep 13, 2010
3crazydogs in Washington DC & Baltimore

Great Italian - Bibiana

Wife and I had dinner for the first time Sat night at Bibiana. Great meal, great service, great atmosphere - definitely will be back many times.

Rice fritters - not overly dense or greasy - perfectly fried and the rice/cheese ratio was great.
Polpette - Veal meat ball over white polenta - moist, flavorful meatball over creamy polenta - great.
Marubini - braised veal ravioli - this was really terrific. Brown butter sauce was perfect, perfect seasoning.
Beef - Strip perfectly grilled over pizzaiola (sp) - served with potato wedges which were good but nothing out of the ordinary. The meat is served in two long pieces. Once piece was perfectly cooked and delicious. The other piece must have come from the end cut as it was almost all fat which was disappointing. After the first piece I was looking forward to the second. I wish this was caught in the kitchen as the one piece shouldnt have been served.

My wife is a vegetarian and loved the house made ricotta with honey, pepper chives and almonds. I tasted it and homemade ricotta is just a great thing.

She also had the Agnolotti which she liked very much.

Dessert was fried Nutella which was deliciously rich and over the top. Nutella gelato, Nutella powder and a fried pastry filled with Nutella pastry cream. This was a really great dessert and excellently presented. As a culinary pastry graduate I can tell you, this is a good one.

Great wines by the glass - I had a Sangiovese and my wife stuck with a couple of whites.

Overall - highly recommend Bibiana.

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Bibiana
1100 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005

Sep 12, 2010
3crazydogs in Washington DC & Baltimore

Fine Dining in DC

Hard to compare DC dining to Daniel, Per Se etc - I've been to Per Se etc in the past few months and having dined all over DC I don't think you're going to find anything quite at that level. That being said Restaurant Eve in Old Town Alexandria is superb, although outside DC proper. CityZen didn't do it for me. Mediocre food and poor service were my experience. Citronelle will probably fit the bill for you.

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Restaurant Eve
110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

CityZen Restaurant
1330 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

Citronelle
3000 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

Aug 28, 2010
3crazydogs in Washington DC & Baltimore

So...What's the most you've ever spent on a meal (for two)?

That's great to hear, thanks for the info!

Aug 28, 2010
3crazydogs in Not About Food

Ten-year anniversary. $500 to spend on one dinner. Hit me with recommendations

Agree with MVNYC that if you can squeak out a little over $500 Per Se is perfect, although a bear to get a table. Jean George is a great alternative. I was there this past weekend and without the wine pairing my wife got we would definitely have been below $500 for the tasting menus. Not much below it but below.

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Per Se
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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

Aug 27, 2010
3crazydogs in Manhattan

So...What's the most you've ever spent on a meal (for two)?

$863 for two at Per Se in Feb. $595 for two this past weekend at Jean George - both definitely worth it. Heading to Toque and Europea in Montreal in a few weeks, hopefully they prove to be worth it also!

Aug 27, 2010
3crazydogs in Not About Food

Please tell me the restaurant that has blown you away within the last 6 months...

Per Se was sensational a couple of months ago.

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Per Se
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

Aug 13, 2010
3crazydogs in Manhattan

Inn at Little Washington v. Citronelle (choice, and seating reccomendations)

Was just at the Inn 6 weeks ago for the 8th time and thought it was great. Food and service were top notch.

Aug 04, 2010
3crazydogs in Washington DC & Baltimore

Napa Valley Wine Train...please comment

I was in the glass top car a number of years ago and definitely echo the others on this thread - the food is sub-standard and this is not worth the price. Your money will definitely be spent better at any of the fine area restaurants. Even the train ride was disappointing. The train follows the main road for much of the trip so rather than rolling through the Napa countryside you're just paralleling the main road (29) most of the time. A leisurely drive in your car to a great restaurant is a much, much better choice.

Aug 04, 2010
3crazydogs in San Francisco Bay Area

Trailing in a pastry kitchen for the first time... what to expect?

soupkitten definitely has it right. Couple of other things to consider and be ready for - very often the pastry section of a commercial kitchen is very small and could even be shared with another section such as garde manger so the working conditions can be cramped. Pastry prep is done early in the day as many pastry items are made ahead and plated during service - some things just take too long to bake/prepare and can't be made during service. If you're there for the prep a large adjustment will be prepping in volume. If you're there during service the best advice I ever received was 'Slow down, I'm in a rush'. Be careful plating delicate items such as tuile - if they have been made ahead and you only have a certain amount don't rush with plating and break them. Most of all try to have fun with it.

Aug 04, 2010
3crazydogs in Not About Food

If you were going to splurge....

Per Se was one of the great meals of my life - can't recommend it strongly enough.

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Per Se
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

Jul 21, 2010
3crazydogs in Manhattan

Eastern Market

Thanks for the info.

Jul 16, 2010
3crazydogs in Washington DC & Baltimore

Eastern Market

Thanks for the great input, much appreciated.

Jul 16, 2010
3crazydogs in Washington DC & Baltimore

Eastern Market

I'm thinking of heading to the Eastern Market this week - finally - I've been here years and havent been yet. I searched the boards and didn't find much info outside of a few references to specific vendors. Can someone point me to a thread I may have overlooked or let me know if it's worth visiting? Thanks!

Jul 15, 2010
3crazydogs in Washington DC & Baltimore

Bread like in San Francisco

gonna have to get over there and try it - thanks for the tip.

Jul 15, 2010
3crazydogs in Washington DC & Baltimore

Per Se

yep - they definitely have it at Per Se, opened the meal with it when I was there. Was sublime...

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Per Se
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

Jul 15, 2010
3crazydogs in Manhattan

Bread like in San Francisco

Agreed - you can't go wrong with H&H bagels. Bagels are definitely done better on the east coast. And forget about bialy's on the west coast. Some places may sell something they call a bialy but its an abomination that should never be called a bialy.

Jul 15, 2010
3crazydogs in Washington DC & Baltimore

Wedding at Inn at Little Washington

I got married there about 2.5 years ago and highly recommend it. We stayed in the Gamekeepers Cottage and got married on the lawn behind it overlooking the mountains - very scenic. Its a great place to get married - and what a great meal after the ceremony!! As always, the food was great.

Jul 14, 2010
3crazydogs in Washington DC & Baltimore

Bread like in San Francisco

I lived in the SF Bay Area for 20+ years and moved to Northern VA a few years back. I'm going to give it to you straight, one bread lover to another - you will not find the same level of bread baking in this area that you will find in SF. That being said, there are a few places that are very good, some noted on this thread. There is a place in Old Town Alexandria that i've been meaning to try - the name escapes me but i'll track it down. I have found a pretty reasonable rustic sourdough at Wegman's but its a bit lacking in that chewy crust you're probably used to. Those old, SF sourdough starters are just really hard to duplicate here.

Jul 14, 2010
3crazydogs in Washington DC & Baltimore

Per Se

One other thing - ask for the donuts and coffee. Its a dessert that's not on the menu - definitely worth it.

Jul 14, 2010
3crazydogs in Manhattan