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prix fixe lunches?

Thanks--I'd say budget of around $50 before all for 3 courses, but not interested in the kind of spartan prix fixe where there are only one or two selections per course, or where everything that sounds vaguely interesting carries an up-charge. In those situations I feel like I'm depriving myself by not ordering off the regular lunch menu, and it's really ridiculous to be deprived after paying $60/per person or whatever it winds up being in the end! I am reading your very interesting and extensive list....

Dec 10, 2014
gnosh in Manhattan

prix fixe lunches?

I want to go to a festive and delicious restaurant for lunch without cashing in my IRAs. We've had some wonderful lunches at Jean Georges, but their price has gone up enough that it doesn't feel worth a return trip. This summer we had a transcendent lunch at Bouley--could go there again, but would like to try something different. Any suggestions?Is there any place that's the "bargain" that Jean Georges used to be?

Dec 10, 2014
gnosh in Manhattan
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Ridiculously Downhill Alert: Damascus Bakery

I can't comment on the fake butter issue since I rarely eat the baked sweets because I have never liked them when I've tried them.

Nov 05, 2014
gnosh in Outer Boroughs

Ridiculously Downhill Alert: Damascus Bakery

I wish it didn't have dill in it. I think that wrecks it.

Nov 05, 2014
gnosh in Outer Boroughs

Ridiculously Downhill Alert: Damascus Bakery

I think you may be misremembering. I've been going to Damascus for forever, and their baked sweets have always looked way better than they taste. Currently, I think their best products are the sambusak and a pepper spread in the refrigerator case called muhammara. Both those things are super-great as far as I'm concerned. For me, the spinach pies, etc., are too doughy and not very tasty. Always have been. I don't know if they outsource the spreads, but they're absoutely, definitely not mass produced. The hummos and baba are very particular and not exactly like any other that I know of. Some members of my family prefer their hummos to Sahadi's. I don't. It's too lemony or something (also more expensive than Sahadi's). The baba is good--smoky. That "home made" pita is pretty good. I feel like it's not as puffy as it used to be. In any case, I think it's kind of sensational and not very accurate to say that they've gone radically downhill. I think the baked goods are about the same, and the (relatively) newly-added spreads, etc., are nice to have.

Nov 05, 2014
gnosh in Outer Boroughs

Balducci's new york

I met Ed Koch there in the 80s. Not exactly the same, but kind of noteworthy.... I miss the place.

Oct 21, 2014
gnosh in Manhattan

D'Amico gone?

I'm wondering if D'Amico (the coffee store on Court Street) is gone for good. They closed supposedly for renovations around the end of August, and are showing no signs of reopening. Their web site says they're upgrading for more online ordering. Anybody know?

Oct 21, 2014
gnosh in Outer Boroughs

Special occasion dinner in Manhattan but with teens!

Last month went to Cherche Midi with my 15 year old son (my husband's birthday). He loved it. He does live in NYC and like food but still, I think it might be good for you. The place is festive and beautiful (in that French bistro way) and the food's delicious but not intimidating. I'm not sure I'd say it's "grand," but... The only caveat as far as first impressions go is that it's pretty unattractive from the outside, I think.

Oct 19, 2014
gnosh in Manhattan

Great Delivery Recommendations in Kensington/Ditmas Park

Cafe Tibet on Cortelyou next to the train station is good.

Sep 05, 2014
gnosh in Outer Boroughs

Great Delivery Recommendations in Kensington/Ditmas Park

I think Am Thai has declined. It used to be consistently good. To clarify--there are two Am Thais--the original one on Macdonald Ave., the other on Church Ave (it is fancier). Though I live closer to Church, I have usually ordered from the Macdonald branch because they seemed better set up for delivery. Recently, I got a really bad batch of everything from Macdonald--lower quality ingredients, really insipid spicing, etc., and after asking learned that they were under new ownership. So, I ordered from the branch on Church (don't know if they're under new ownership to), and it was not especially good either, but maybe a little better than the bad Macdonald.

Other places to order from in the neighborhood. Yen Yen on Church Ave. (Kensington) for passable Chinese food. Wheated for good but expensive pizza. San Remo for typical NY pizza--OK, not amazing, not terribly cheap. Tibet Cafe on Cortelyou. I don't think they deliver, and even if they did it would take forever. But good for takeout if you can pick it up.

Sep 03, 2014
gnosh in Outer Boroughs

Jojo lately?

Thanks. We wound up not going--went to Cherche Midi instead, which was really good and enjoyable. But thanks for the responses. I will keep Jojo in the celebration rotation.

Sep 01, 2014
gnosh in Manhattan

Jojo lately?

Has anyone been to Jojo for dinner lately? I've been there maybe half a dozen times since it opened way back when and definitely have a warm spot for it. My husband, feeling nostalgic, decided it would be fun to go for his birthday this weekend. However, I'm getting cold feet--poking around on review sites it looks like it might have devolved into an uncaring, under-frequented tourist place. I just don't want to have that kind of depressing evening. But--would like to go if it will probably be good, even if not trendy or super-surprising. Any thoughts? (p.s. We don't want to go to Jean Georges--too expensive.)

Aug 29, 2014
gnosh in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Outer Borough Memories

I remember that place. I used to work on Staten Island, and we would get takeout from Lum Chin on special occasions.

Aug 27, 2014
gnosh in Outer Boroughs

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Outer Borough Memories

I liked Plan Eat Thai, too. Your mention of it made me remember Oznot's Dish--great quirky brunch in Williamsburg before it became a total theme park.

Aug 19, 2014
gnosh in Outer Boroughs

Nine Chains Bakery

How about Dogwood?

Aug 19, 2014
gnosh in Outer Boroughs

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Outer Borough Memories

Yes--that was kind of sad. I remember when everyone loved to hate him, jealous of his success.

Aug 19, 2014
gnosh in Outer Boroughs

Wheated!!!

Good cocktails too. My favorite pizza is the Borough Park (I think that's it--I find the menu kind of confusing). Whatever they call it, it has arugula, blue cheese, mozzarella, and pineapple. I have taken to making it at home, adding some fresh corn.

Aug 18, 2014
gnosh in Outer Boroughs

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Outer Borough Memories

I remember fondly The New Prospect Cafe on Flatbush, one of the first in the area of its kind.

A vegetarian restaurant that had burritos and other things -- had a branch on Henry Street and also somewhere in Park Slope. I just liked the place, especially the one in the Heights. What was it called?

Great Shanghai in Sunset Park (my replacement for Little Shanghai in Chinatown, which had closed.)

Spicy Mina and Southern Spice in Queens.

Cino's on DeKalb. Red Sauce neighborhood place.

Helen's on Court Street. Ditto above.

Aug 18, 2014
gnosh in Outer Boroughs

Marble Arch questions (also Cambridge and Salisbury)

That sounds wonderful. We're going for Stonehenge, but figured we'd also see the cathedral and other Salisbury sights. Unfortunately, we're taking the train, not driving, so I don't think we'll be able to go anywhere in between. But thanks for the idea.

Apr 06, 2014
gnosh in U.K./Ireland

Marble Arch questions (also Cambridge and Salisbury)

Wow. That sounds remarkably terrible (albeit amusing to read about). I will definitely avoid it!

Apr 06, 2014
gnosh in U.K./Ireland

Marble Arch questions (also Cambridge and Salisbury)

Thanks. That sounds great. Even if it isn't warm enough to eat outside, we can buy some things to bring back. The cheddar sounds especially fabulous.

Apr 06, 2014
gnosh in U.K./Ireland

Marble Arch questions (also Cambridge and Salisbury)

That sounds great. Is it obvious where it is once you're on Marylebone High Street? Thanks.

Apr 04, 2014
gnosh in U.K./Ireland

Marble Arch questions (also Cambridge and Salisbury)

Hi, Gareth. I guess I was having a bad day. Sorry (in French) for misinterpreting, and many thanks for the advice!

Apr 04, 2014
gnosh in U.K./Ireland

Marble Arch questions (also Cambridge and Salisbury)

Thanks. Luckily, we'll be there just before that!

Apr 04, 2014
gnosh in U.K./Ireland

Marble Arch questions (also Cambridge and Salisbury)

Thank you. That is really helpful. I was just trying to get a sense of the neighborhood, and where people who live there like food tend to shop/eat—since we'll be staying there. But definitely do not intend to limit our eating to that area! Cannot wait to explore. Thanks again.

Apr 03, 2014
gnosh in U.K./Ireland

Marble Arch questions (also Cambridge and Salisbury)

Great. I will do. They do sound great.

Apr 03, 2014
gnosh in U.K./Ireland

Marble Arch questions (also Cambridge and Salisbury)

Helpful how? Because it's help I'm looking for!

Apr 03, 2014
gnosh in U.K./Ireland

Marble Arch questions (also Cambridge and Salisbury)

I just didn't understand the reply. Perhaps someone will enlighten me. I'm going to err on the side of charity and assume that no insult was intended; I've never understood those who patronize boards like this one then disparage people who attempt to use said boards for their intended purpose. Hard to imagine that a person couldn't come up with a better way of passing the time, particularly if one had the rare privilege of living in a thriving metropolis such as London.

Apr 03, 2014
gnosh in U.K./Ireland

Marble Arch questions (also Cambridge and Salisbury)

Thanks! That all sounds great.

Apr 03, 2014
gnosh in U.K./Ireland

Marble Arch questions (also Cambridge and Salisbury)

I don't understand this reply.

Apr 03, 2014
gnosh in U.K./Ireland