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Cool Bday Dinner for 10 - So far The Nomad & L'Artusi

I love L'Artusi! it's not very new or unique - but great food, great wines, solid atmosphere, etc. Hard to get a table there too, so I'd be excited in your shoes. NoMad is much more formal and fancier (and I found it overpriced, though delicious), but especially for a group, I'd go with L'artusi hands down. For a group of that size I don't have any terrific new suggestions and in fact will be watching this space to see if anyone has ideas that I can poach :)

Mar 15, 2013
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Fun Unique Place With Good Food Near Penn Station

Adding to the chorus for Hanjan and Num Pang. Have heard good things about Don's Bogam, and for something a little different, would suggest Pars (Persian food), which I believe is on 26th St.

Mar 15, 2013
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Brooklyn venue for 50-60 person Friday night dinner?

Thanks for the above ideas - nothing quite right for us, but all good thoughts - fyi for anyone else who sees this and is in a similar situation, Chestnut said their building is being sold so they can't commit to dates past March, I believe. (My event will be in June.) We're still looking, so, any more ideas are welcome! Open, at this point, to Brooklyn generally....

Feb 15, 2012
starvomarvo in Outer Boroughs

Need Ideas for Private Party on a Friday night in Brooklyn

Seems like there are a lot of us in the same boat! Tex.s.toast: when I contacted Chestnut on Smith to see if they could accomodate us, they said they weren't taking bookings that far out (my date is June) because the building is up for sale, but recommended Invisible Dog. If you don't mind bringing in everything 2 nights back to back, maybe that would work for you?

Jan 25, 2012
starvomarvo in Outer Boroughs

Need Ideas for Private Party on a Friday night in Brooklyn

Hi choco, I am in a similar situation and ran across your post - wondering if you would mind sharing where you ended up having your event? Thanks!

Jan 19, 2012
starvomarvo in Outer Boroughs

Brooklyn venue for 50-60 person Friday night dinner?

Hoping to find a creative thinker out there to go beyond the usual Frankies (booked) or Ici (which is a maybe, but not drawn to it for some reason) for a very large group in Brooklyn on a Friday night in June. Anywhere within a reasonable radius of Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill would work, open to all types of food, and doesn't have to be too fancy but would like something presentable. All ideas welcome! Thanks!

Jan 04, 2012
starvomarvo in Outer Boroughs

Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill - best delivery options? (any cuisine)

Hm, I thought I was the one asking the questions! Thanks folks for your recommendations, all of which I look fwd to trying - anyone know what happened to Em Thai? Has been apparently shuttered since last weekend I believe. JennS: I've never ordered from or eaten at Cobble Hill Coffee Shop, but pass by often and it looks cute/seems to have a strong following, so you might try there.

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VIP @Thai
278 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Cobble Hill Coffee Shop
314 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Nov 10, 2011
starvomarvo in Outer Boroughs

Smorgasburg: What a Pretentious Rip Off.....

Just wanted to chime in with a third on this sentiment - went to Smorgasburg for the first time last weekend and while I didn't think everything I tried was excellent, it was an enjoyable way to spend a an hour or two. More importantly, I didn't observe any pretentiousness either and would hate for people to avoid this experience because of a perceived attitude problem! I am far from a hipster and thought all the vendors I talked to were friendly and enthustiasic about their wares (especially the new lard folks). Foodwise, I loved the fried anchovies and a Dough donut, had an ok empanada, and while I didn't love the cemita, for $9 it would easily have been enough for 3 people...and the folks at that stand were especially friendly! Plus the backdrop is beautiful on a clear day. To my knowledge, the organizers aren't attempting to offer a cheap/"authentic" street food experience, just getting together some like-minded vendors, so why not assess them on that basis? also: aren't the red hook ballfields still around?

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Smorgasburg
27 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Nov 09, 2011
starvomarvo in Outer Boroughs

Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill - best delivery options? (any cuisine)

Moved to the neighborhood over the summer and loved roaming around to try all the new food...But, now that it's dark at 5pm, delivery beckons. Any great suggestions around? For context: so far we have really loved Fragole (oddly better for delivery than dine-in), and highly enjoyed Em until they mysteriously closed. Did not like Oaxaca and found Palmyra to be so-so. Any and all recs welcome and appreciated! (we're smack in the middle of CG if that informs a delivery radius at all.) Thanks!

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Fragole
394 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Oaxaca
251 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Palmyra
316 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Nov 08, 2011
starvomarvo in Outer Boroughs

Montreux?

Indeed - can't say we found anything all that interesting to eat, although it is a gorgeous town. We enjoyed a meal at Le Palais Oriental (and loved the weirdness of the name) - strictly stuck with the Iranian food and it was on par with decent options in NYC, just about 150% of the price. One thing I was surprise by was the bountiful portions - we could have very easily split one or two starters/mains and been just fine. We also thought the "American breakfast" from Fairmont room service was, in the context of Montreux, a pretty darn good deal - very tasty and way more than enough food for two people, for something like 35 CHF. I would not, however, recommend the Terrase (sp?) restaurant at the hotel - very very average food. Overall wasn't a foodie trip but the views more than made up for it!

Aug 22, 2011
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Montreux?

Hi all - I know this is a really narrow question as Montreux is a small town, but I wonder whether anyone can recommend a restaurant or two for dinner. We will be staying at the Fairmont, and would also appreciate any intel on the dining options there for any time of day! I'm expecting expensive mediocrity (we're not going there for the food), but if there's anything worth trying would love to know about it... thanks!

Aug 12, 2011
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Where to buy a capon?

Ooh - we are close to Staubitz and Paisanos and will definitely give them a look - I'm a terrible defroster, but it's good to know frozen might be available as well. Thanks to you both!

Aug 12, 2011
starvomarvo in Outer Boroughs

Where to buy a capon?

Does anyone know whether it's possible to purchase a capon in Brooklyn someplace? Are they seasonally available? (I understand D'artanagan carries them, but not all year round.) Any leads appreciated, thanks!

Jul 18, 2011
starvomarvo in Outer Boroughs

Chelsea (18th btw 7th & 8th) delivery recommendations

yes, I'm under the impression Persepolis and Shalezeh are under the same ownership. Haven't been to Colbeh since the re-do, actually, so, probably awhile. It used to be great but not sure what the story is with the sushi either! now I'm really craving some Moustache...

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Persepolis
1407 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10021

Colbeh
43 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

Shalezeh
1420 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10021

May 02, 2011
starvomarvo in Manhattan

New Jersey's best burgers: Where Are They Now?

I've also loved that delicious burger! And nearby, Clydz does some good work as well (no idea what their burger philosphy is there, but it sure is tasty).

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Clydz
55 Paterson St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Apr 27, 2011
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Minetta or Marea?

Thanks, that is exactly the kind of perspective I was hoping for - we've been to a lot of the "special occasion" places in town and they're a little sterile at times. So especially on a Tuesday night, the "bustling, crowded, dark-wood pub experience" might be just the ticket! Of course, not knowing of my quietly laid plans, the boyfriend has since expressed an interest in Sushi Yasuda (neither of us has been there yet), but he may be persuaded otherwise by my ability to snag such a rare reservation.

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Sushi Yasuda
204 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017

Apr 27, 2011
starvomarvo in Manhattan

Chelsea (18th btw 7th & 8th) delivery recommendations

thanks to both of you - all good ideas to cure the delivery doldrums!!

Apr 27, 2011
starvomarvo in Manhattan

Chelsea (18th btw 7th & 8th) delivery recommendations

Yes, that is certainly a good point! Thanks for all the recs - esp Pastis & Morandi, I like those both in person and never think of them for delivery. Tried Fatty Crab last night, actually, by coincidence, and although their prices are too high for certain items, the food was very delicious! Wasn't aware Hill Country delivered - that is great news.

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Hill Country
30 W 26th St, New York, NY 10010

Pastis
9 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014

Morandi
211 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

Fatty Crab
643 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

Apr 27, 2011
starvomarvo in Manhattan

Chelsea (18th btw 7th & 8th) delivery recommendations

I'd imagine there are actually more places the further east you go - no? I get all sorts of options on Seamless, but many are terrible (looking at you, Chelsea Ristorante), and I just can't tell when a new place is worth the risk. This is a much more reliable source than the reviews on there!

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Chelsea Ristorante
108 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Apr 26, 2011
starvomarvo in Manhattan

Chelsea (18th btw 7th & 8th) delivery recommendations

I will look into Moustache, thanks! As for Ravagh, my boyfriend is Persian so that is his total comfort food, and we order from them a ton since they're neaby & on seamlessweb. But it's definitely not the best Persian food in the city, and a far cry from what his mom whips up at home! Their stews are sometimes too oily and the rice is always very buttery/oily, but I generally like the chicken kebabs, whitefish, shrimp, & lamb, love their hummus, like the stuffed grape leaves.

Nearby, Colbeh is also good (but there is some reason we don't order from there that I can't recall), don't recommend Pars at all, and the best I've had in NYC thus far is Shalezeh on the UES.

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Pars
249 W 26th St, New York, NY 10001

Ravagh
11 E 30th St, New York, NY 10016

Colbeh
43 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

Shalezeh
1420 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10021

Apr 26, 2011
starvomarvo in Manhattan

Chelsea (18th btw 7th & 8th) delivery recommendations

Wondering if I can revive this thread, but with a slightly different angle... I've lived at 19th & 10th for a few years now and am SO BORED with our delivery go-tos: Dirty Bird, Westville, RUB, Ravagh, Gotham (as a sidenote, such good neighborhood pizza w fresh veggies), Rin Thai, Tebaya. I like all of these places just fine, but could use some new options/variety in cuisine, and have been disappointed and/or grossed out by a few places that seemed ok per menupages :)

So, I'd welcome any delivery-specific recs!! Esp Chinese that's not Grand Sichuan, which might be different for dining in, but I haven't ordered for delivery from them since one fateful night when I ordered bok choy and received, essentially, a container of oil with a few bok choy leaves inside.

We eat pretty much everything, if it's delicious...Thanks!

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RUB BBQ
208 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

Tebaya
144 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

Grand Sichuan
229 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

Ravagh
11 E 30th St, New York, NY 10016

Dirty Bird
204 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

Gotham Pizza
144 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Rin
265 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

Apr 25, 2011
starvomarvo in Manhattan

Looking for fresh from-the-farm chicken ...

I second Dickson's! Have never tried any of the other vendors listed above, but compared to any other chickens I've tried from more mainstream outlets, they're really incredible. A completely different experience.

Apr 25, 2011
starvomarvo in Manhattan

Minetta or Marea?

Thanks folks! This is all very helpful, esp knowing about Marea's seafood policies and the stuffier feel - am beginning to lean more towards Minetta...

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Marea
240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

Apr 22, 2011
starvomarvo in Manhattan

Minetta or Marea?

Btw, to clarify, I'd love thoughts on either place generally for a special occasion on a Tuesday...not only from those who have been to both :) Hearing what others have liked and disliked is always a help! thanks again!

Apr 22, 2011
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Minetta or Marea?

So, I am taking my boyfriend to dinner for his birthday and these are the top two contenders. (Yes, I'm aware reservations are hard to come by, let's assume I have that part covered.)

I know they're totally different restaurants, but if any of you have been lucky enough to go to both, which would you go back to first? The boyfriend loves both great steak and great seafood, and we don't mind a scene if the food's good, so I'm torn! All thoughts welcome - thanks!

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Marea
240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

Apr 21, 2011
starvomarvo in Manhattan

Chelsea Market Brunch

Very good to know re C&S, thanks! And I'm amazed I didn't notice 202 closed since I am in the Market almost daily. Have always liked the food there (esp the unsung dinner), but man was the waitstaff incompetent. Re Ronnybrook, btw, I've only tried twice but found it super overpriced for what you get and not very comfortable, as noted above.

Apr 05, 2011
starvomarvo in Manhattan

Chelsea Market Brunch

I have a hard time imagining a toddler in that place (though admittedly have only been there at night)...if you're willing to go nearby rather than in the market proper, The Park, while not the greatest food ever, is actually an excellent toddler joint - a lot of space and a lot to look at. I also love Sarabeth's, and the tables are usually pretty empty (I suspect many people don't know this location serves real food and not just baked goods). Although the food's ok and it's kid-friendly, the service at Friedman's is really abysmal so I'd steer clear of that joint, personally. 202 suffers from the same problem. (If pressed, I'd choose Friedman's bwtn those two.)

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Sarabeth's Bakery
75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Friedman's Lunch
75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

The Park
118 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

Apr 04, 2011
starvomarvo in Manhattan

chowhound getting married yet another bachelorette dinner advice thread

Indeed I was - that was the grand total, and there was quite a bit of wine flowing. (And I don't remember whether we picked more- or less-expensive wines, either.) I do think costs could be kept down quite a bit without so much to drink! The set menu is $40 and they were also nice/friendly there, etc., if that matters - I bet they'd work with you to make sure you cap costs at a certain amount.

I also second the Balaboosta suggestion below if they can work something out for a group! Or, Supper, though I'm not sure of their reservations policies.

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Supper
156 E 2nd St, New York, NY 10009

Balaboosta
214 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

Mar 24, 2011
starvomarvo in Manhattan

chowhound getting married yet another bachelorette dinner advice thread

I recently did a bachelorette party (for a mostly mid-30s group) at Boqueria Soho and it was pretty great - $50pp set menu was an absolutely enormous amount of food, though adding a few bottles of wine did up the price a fair amount (so much wine in fact that i don't recall my exact total bill, but maybe $80ish, and we paid for the bride). If cost is a factor, bear drinks in mind, obviously, wherever you end up.

Stanton social is also fun but might be annoyingly crowded & very young on a weekend, I'd not recommend Alta in warm weather, don't know Kuma Inn. Food at La Bottega is only fair, scene is usually very lively, but mgmt and service are really, really hit or miss and I'd bet it's the type of place where they won't guarantee outdoor seating.

One other place I'd suggest for a big group is Otto, not as far downtown but fun scene, very reasonable set menu, etc.

Hope you have a great time wherever you end up!

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Kuma Inn
113 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

La Bottega
88 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

Boqueria
53 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

Mar 03, 2011
starvomarvo in Manhattan

Foodie group of 15 ppl needs a place to drink on a Saturday night

Anyplace in Manhattan will be tough for 15 on a Sat, but those are all good ideas, especially if your group can get to them early. I would also add Lani Kai, Summit Bar, and Keg 229 to the mix of options; all of them will take a group reservation if you call or email ahead.

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Lani Kai
525 Broome St, New York, NY 10012

Jan 25, 2011
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