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Dinner in Hell's Kitchen...please help

Thanks, everyoin! I just made a reservation at The Marshal. It looks great.

Aug 14, 2015
gnosh in Manhattan
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Dinner in Hell's Kitchen...please help

I'm looking for the perfect place for dinner before a show at the Signature THeater (far west, on 42nd Street). Hoping for something not too expensive (we ate at 44x10 one time and it was perfectly nice but just not worth the price (to us)) Does anyone have a great idea (not Japanese, not Middle Eastern) that's good and comfortable but not too expensive? Thanks.

Aug 14, 2015
gnosh in Manhattan

HELP! ideas for restaurant for gift certificate

Yes, I added that to my list of suggestions. That would be a fun gift certificate to get (if you eat meat...)

Jul 05, 2015
gnosh in Outer Boroughs

Help with 16th birthday restaurant

Thanks, Kathryn. I didn't realize question precluded discussion! Thegforce ny. Batard seems PERFECT. Thank you. I just made a reservation.

Jul 04, 2015
gnosh in Manhattan

Help with 16th birthday restaurant

Odd--there does not seem to be a way to respond to someone's comment. Ttrockwood--there will be three of us, and does not need to be prixe fixe.

Jul 03, 2015
gnosh in Manhattan

Help with 16th birthday restaurant

Hi, Chowhounds.
My son is turning 16 and I'm trying to choose a worthy restaurant for dinner. He is definitely a restaurant lover (only aversion is most fish). In the past, he's loved the lunch at Jean Georges and at Bouley. Also, we had fun at Cherche Midi. Looking for something special-occasionish and interesting but not stuffy. Kind of expensive is OK, but want to be a price level down from the $100+ prixe fixe.
Slight preference for downtown, and the place shouldn't be too noisy. (I saw a a review for Virginia's on the Lower East Side that said they played loud, food-inappropriate music and ruled it out on that basis.)

I had thought Contra would be fun, but it looks like the set menu always has lots of fish, so that's not good. Thoughs? THanks!!

Jul 03, 2015
gnosh in Manhattan

HELP! ideas for restaurant for gift certificate

Thanks, everyone. I am passing all of these suggestions along. I realize how behind I am in my restaurant patronage. Of all these places, the only one I've been to is Al Di La (well, Junior's too!).

Jul 03, 2015
gnosh in Outer Boroughs

HELP! ideas for restaurant for gift certificate

A friend wants to buy a restaurant gift certificate as a wedding present for a young couple who live in Brooklyn. She asked me to recommend a couple of places since I live in the borough, but I'm drawing a blank. She asked for "romantic." They're a young, smart hip couple. Somehow I can't think of a thing except for Stone Park Cafe (since I was there recently--and it wasn't remarkable), and River Cafe (but it's too touristy). Is The Pines good? I haven't been--it just doesn't appeal to me as I've passed by. I think any of the standard neighborhoods (Cobble Hill, Park Slope, Williamsburg, etc.) would be fine. Price not an issue, though I'm guessing Brooklyn Fare is too expensive. Thanks, Chowhounds.

Jul 02, 2015
gnosh in Outer Boroughs

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

Nowhere near as good as the Highbrows. They markedly have that gluten free taste, which if you need something gluten free is worth settling for, but otherwise not.

Jun 17, 2015
gnosh in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015 [OLD]

Thanks. Found them! They were great.

May 20, 2015
gnosh in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015 [OLD]

Syrian.

May 15, 2015
gnosh in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015 [OLD]

Are they in the produce section? I don't think I've seen them (in Brooklyn). Where do you live?

May 03, 2015
gnosh in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015 [OLD]

I like the frozen brown rice. Oddly, the frozen organic brown rice is kind of dry and tasteless and the non-organic is really good. Go figure.

May 03, 2015
gnosh in Chains
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BBQ this Sunday in Kansas City--help please

Thanks! I see that it is open on Sunday, too. Would you recommend going there or to a more "classic" place?

Feb 10, 2015
gnosh in Great Plains

BBQ this Sunday in Kansas City--help please

I will be in Kansas City for the day on Sunday, and would like to have BBQ for lunch. We will be coming from Topeka, and have to catch a plane at around 5. Our hope is to see a bit of the city (WWI museum? the arts district--whose name I can't remember? The Negro Leagues museum?), and eat BBQ. For the BBQ, we'd like a place that seems kind of authentic (i.e. not a restaurant that serves barbecue, as someone wrote in describing a restaurant on a Chowhound post I just read). Also, just to avoid stress, it would be good if it weren't on the opposite side of the city from the airport.

Ideas? It is this Sunday, 2/15.
Thanks, Chowhounders.

Feb 10, 2015
gnosh in Great Plains

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