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Joe's Pub: the best music/food venue in NYC?

the food at city winery is a big miss. same for the wine. avoid or keep it simple. im no fan of hill country or blue smoke bbq, i am super picky about my 'cue, but i like a lot of the other sides and things you can order there. those are definately leagues ahead of city winery's so-called food.

Jul 09, 2014
mrnyc in Manhattan

Joe's Pub: the best music/food venue in NYC?

oops! glad my spelling was ok tho ;)

Jul 09, 2014
mrnyc in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

when we think of beloved institutions like florent and rio mar we always say something like, "ah yeah that was another ny ago." wistfully meaning the city changes of course.

in the meantime we chow on -- i'm heading to flushing soon to see if i can find some fresh kaya jam spread in anticipation of our upcoming trip to singapore ;)

Jul 09, 2014
mrnyc in Manhattan

Which Ohio Graeter's Location Best?

ah yeah thats one of the graeters i was thinking of, in front of lane ave strip plaza mall. wasnt sure if it was cols city or ua.

but seriously, i would love if jim would hit up a columbus somali restaurant. not really sure, but i hear darbo is the best:
http://m.yelp.com/biz/darbo-restauran...

Jul 09, 2014
mrnyc in Great Lakes

Which Ohio Graeter's Location Best?

good to know you can get packos items in ne ohio as he'll find the stadium mustard too and he can hit up barberton all at once, that will save time.

Jul 09, 2014
mrnyc in Great Lakes

Downtown Cleveland OH happy hour?

you have probably already been to your event but my go to is johnnys little bar & grill on frankfort & w6th.

Jul 07, 2014
mrnyc in Great Lakes

Which Ohio Graeter's Location Best?

come on jim! you're in jeni's rome and when in rome have jeni's.

but if you insist on old school cinci graeters, aka that stick of butter they call ice cream, for columbus i would suggest either the one in upper arlington on lane avenue or better yet the one in worthington on north high street on the town square.

and shame on your sweet tooth, you should be scouting somali food for us if you are going to be in columbus ;)

ps - in nw ohio dont forget to stop in a grocery somewhere and grab a jar of tony packos pickles&peppers. and a squeeze bottle of cleveland stadium mustard if you can find it. also, if you head northeast of columbus skip the amish food temptations and instead hit up barberton for the hyperlocal specialty that is barberton style fried chicken, it has syrian origins and is unique.

Jul 07, 2014
mrnyc in Great Lakes

Breakfast in Cinci

just a reminder, but besides goetta for breakfast dont forget to get some cinci chili or a triple decker for lunch, say at camp washington or elsewhere. these are the trilogy of local specialties. check out the findlay market too in otr if you have time.

btw i agree first watch is an excellent breakfast chain, we always go to one in dayton with my inlaws and i enjoy it because they have healthy options and everything is uniformly very good.

Jul 07, 2014
mrnyc in Great Lakes

Joe's Pub: the best music/food venue in NYC?

no food at smalls!

Jul 07, 2014
mrnyc in Manhattan

Joe's Pub: the best music/food venue in NYC?

dont forget the russian supper clubs with the big cabaret acts going on while you feast and drink that vodka. beware them actually!

Jul 07, 2014
mrnyc in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

well mine tend to be in my neighborhood. the most dramatic would be rio mar. nothing like eating lunch at the bar next to guys in bloody, dripping meatpacking smocks. and what i always puzzled to as being beyond belief they had carpet in there, the most disgusting of all time haha. the bar tapas were famous, but they made a good steak too among other things and it was very friendly and i just loved the place. we also miss sweetheart bakery who fought the good fight but fell to gentrification. a simple bakery, remember those? and don't get me started about florent! much missed to say the least.

one of my favorites was le zinc, which was i thought of as my own private restaurant. i would get my hangar steak rare, greens and a glass of wine for lunch for $12 and watch the world walk by and i was the king. ha simple pleasures. i always looked forward to that when i had time. i didnt care for the long running black sheep before le zinc, but i do somewhat like that space's current incarnation, the spotted pig. one more? i miss caribe too, because who doesnt love jamaican food and we don't have any around here now (i still get my fix in the bx). memory lane!

Jul 07, 2014
mrnyc in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

if you can believe it i only recently got rid of my beloved sugar reef tee shirt - i took such good care of it like linus's blanket, but it finally fell to rags lol

Jul 07, 2014
mrnyc in Manhattan
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Union Square Cafe Closing

exactly. i thought the real reason was they wanted to close the restaurant. reality is probably a combination of that and the lease all being a good excuse. usc had a great run, i always had a nice meal and of course even tho its nonchowhoundy of me to say this, i will miss that patented, refreshing, unnewyorky friendly service.

Jul 07, 2014
mrnyc in Manhattan

Bus of college students who need cheap and delicious lunch on a Saturday

i forgot about this place - yeah i rec it over chelsea mrkt or eataly.

Apr 28, 2014
mrnyc in Manhattan

Bus of college students who need cheap and delicious lunch on a Saturday

i'd suggest eataly over chelsea market for you needs. definately has something for everyone.

Apr 28, 2014
mrnyc in Manhattan

AYCE Hot Pot and BBQ Opens in Manhattan Chinatown

these type of places are the rage in brooklyn and flushing chinatowns lately - i like'm.

Apr 28, 2014
mrnyc in Manhattan

Malacca, Malaysia - Nyonya lunch at Kocik Kitchen, Heeren Street

thinking about a day or wkend trip to malacca from singapore and this is very enticing - thx!

Apr 18, 2014
mrnyc in China & Southeast Asia

Best Pizza in Clevelend?

and since this thread was revived and as a longtime ny'er and ex-cleveland kid, i second vincenzas (avoid deweys cinci chain its bad). but really when in rome you might learn to love the local cleveland style, ie., angelos, mama santos, etc., which is thicker crust and great in its own ways. after all as they used to say ny may be the big apple, but cleveland's a plum.

Apr 18, 2014
mrnyc in Great Lakes

Great Mexican Food in Toledo Ohio?

the classic in toledo since the 1950s is loma lindas - everyone will steer you there and its fine but not great gringo-mex:
http://www.lomalindamexican.mobi/

Apr 18, 2014
mrnyc in Great Lakes

Open for Easter - Downtown Cleveland

if you need it i really like the breakfast at the arcade hyatt. a big bonus is you get to be inside our magnificent historic arcade bldg. they are having a champagne easter brunch which would be great:
http://m.hyatt.com/mt/cleveland.hyatt...

Apr 18, 2014
mrnyc in Great Lakes

In search of a well stocked bottle shop - Cleveland

you might also want to look for indigo imp brewery products and here is something about cleveland's new portside distillery you will be interested in:
http://www.portsidedistillery.com/

every beerfan will steer you to the wsm district and rightly so, but fyi also nearby is the harbor inn in the flats, which you might want to visit as it was the original craft beer bar in ohio (mucho bottles of questionable age, but awesome atmosphere).

btw yes ohio is pretty much opposite of tenn re alcohol sales, that is, better for beer, but much worse for wine/spirits, so good you are mostly sticking with hunting down local beers.

Apr 18, 2014
mrnyc in Great Lakes

Singapore - Sunday Luncheon at Chui Huay Lim Teochew Cuisine

lau thank you for the brain-picking and klyeoh for all the wonderful insight. we are going for 10 days this august looking forward to it. teochew cuisine looks like a wonderful opportunity to try along with hawker food - any updates or other suggestions you would care to make would be appreciated. thx!

Apr 18, 2014
mrnyc in China & Southeast Asia

visiting singapore for a couple of days in Feb

thank you all for this list - we are going for 10 days in august and i look foward to eating my way around town. any recs for sentosa island beaches or food options in other day trip destinations? thx

Apr 18, 2014
mrnyc in China & Southeast Asia

Any thoughts on La Lunchonette?

we go fairly often, usually for lunch. it never changes. sweet service. by far my fav dish is the leek and lentil salad appetizer, which i am addicted to. my spouse swears by the soups. a bottle of wine is inexpensive, so its the fitting way to go. love the classic chalkboard specials, but the menu items just as well. my only only downside is they serve string beans and scalloped potatos with just about every main, neither of which i like. also, no dessert to speak of and dont you be asking for fancy drinks, just get wine or sparkling water. oh, sometimes they have an accordian player, adding to its charm.

Apr 18, 2014
mrnyc in Manhattan

nyc ice cream strictly speaking

actually they should make an amazeballs flavor it would be amazing.

Apr 18, 2014
mrnyc in Manhattan

Victor's Cafe (Cuban) . . . anyone been recently?

i have - last fall - pork chops are a good way to go. its remarkably steady and i just like the place, but as someone said expensive for what it is, which is what keeps me from going more often (but i say that about the edison hotel diner too - ha).

Apr 18, 2014
mrnyc in Manhattan

Touristy Spots Worth Visiting

you are on the right track. make sure to walk along st marks/e8th st in the ev (a grays papaya opened up there) and also along broadway in soho (cronuts?) and bleecker st in the wv (magnolia). those are hits with our teen young ladies. fyi the highline has been a consistent bust with visiting teens although visiting adults love it (chelsea market+mp shopping is liked).

Apr 18, 2014
mrnyc in Manhattan

Keens Steak House, NYC

we finally went back to keens recently after sitting on a gift certificate for like two years - ha. we split a rare porterhouse. it was just fine and the service, if that is an issue for you, was excellent. we just walked in right when it opened, but i would highly recommended reserving. we werent going anywhere afterward so i took home a big doggy bag, including the flintstones-sized bone, that was all well appreciated later. after dinner, we even stayed and had a digestif in the pub side. it was just a lovely, nice night out to dinner. if you want your old school there is no reason not to go to keens and order steakhouse classics.

Apr 18, 2014
mrnyc in Manhattan

Manhattan restaurants with great bar areas

im not the biggest otto fan, but i will definately second that just because its so excellent for dropping in at odd hours.

Apr 18, 2014
mrnyc in Manhattan

dinner near joyce theatre (8th ave and 19th)

your in my neighborhood - i would rec el cid right across the street. good for tapas and wine. another nearby favorite for relaxing and catching up is pierre loti. they often have a little jazz combo playing. the food is good at both if not really memorable, but i think the option for small bites vs a big dinner setting and the atmosphere fits your need well. if you want similar but a bit fancier food dell anima is another option just a short walk down 8th ave in the west village.

Apr 18, 2014
mrnyc in Manhattan