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Best frogs legs

I am looking for the best and affordable frogs' legs in Manhattan. I am in love with the frogs legs sauteed provencale at La Grenouille, but unfortunately that isn't a place I get to go to without a special occasion! :)

Does anyone know of any other good French (or even non-French) restaurants that serve incredible frogs' legs for a good price?

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La Grenouille
3 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022

Apr 06, 2010
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Need recs for a decent bar on the upper upper east side

Eek, my then boyfriend (now fiance) used to live in the east 90s and all the bars we ever went to were extremely dive-y. The entire neighborhood was like a giant frat house!

Good luck finding a grown up bar! :)

Apr 02, 2010
nycfinedining in Manhattan

Good quality but affordable omakase

My fiance and I love to eat, and after all the raves we've heard about omakase, are interested in trying it out for the first time. Can someone please suggest an affordable restaurant for good quality omakase for a regular Friday non-occasion? Is there anything out there for around $40-50 per person before tax/tip is thrown in? How many pieces/servings can I expect with a price like that?

As this isn't a special occasion and I'm not looking for a huge splurge, I'm not expecting any high quality places like Yasuda, 15 East, etc., but would at least hope for something tasty and for the sushi to be served fresh and not warm!

Thanks all!

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15 East
15 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

Apr 02, 2010
nycfinedining in Manhattan

First Time NYC Visit - Family Restaurant Ideas

What about Serendipity on East 60th Street between 2nd and 3rd Aves? I know it's a tourist trap, but a lot of locals go there as well! It's a fun place to go for afternoon tea or for a rest stop to recharge your batteries after having shopped the whole day. The frozen hot chocolate really is to die for!! Also, I highly recommend the seafood fettuccine.

Great place for kids/families. :)

Apr 02, 2010
nycfinedining in Manhattan

Best "Old New York" Restaurants (stuck in the past)

Don't forget La Grenouille! It's been around since 1962... is that old world enough? :)

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La Grenouille
3 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022

Mar 26, 2010
nycfinedining in Manhattan

Looking for authentic Indian recommendations

Darbar Grill (on East 55th Street) has some of the best Indian food I've tasted in NYC, at least in the Midtown area! Great naan, tandoori chicken, curry, etc.!

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Darbar Grill
157 East 55th Street, New York, NY 10022

Mar 26, 2010
nycfinedining in Manhattan

BEST FONDUE NYC??...

I agree with Jane. Artisanal has amazing fondue! I wrote about it on my blog here:

http://nycfinedining.blogspot.com/201...

Another interesting place for fondue is Swizz in Midtown West, but it lacks the atmosphere and French bistro decor that Artisanal boasts.

Mar 23, 2010
nycfinedining in Manhattan

Wonderful Lunch at La Grenouille

Glad you enjoyed your time at La Grenouille! I completely agree about the beautiful ambience, excellent service and quality. It is one of my and my fiance's absolute favorite restaurants as well. In fact, on the day my fiance proposed to me, he brought me back for a surprise dinner. I absolutely LOVE the frogs legs sauteed provencale - nothing better in this world! :)

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La Grenouille
3 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022

Mar 19, 2010
nycfinedining in Manhattan

Tapas and Gramercy

I agree with Boqueria as well! :)

Mar 16, 2010
nycfinedining in Manhattan

What to Eat near Affinia 50

You'll be staying right across the street from one of my favorite restaurants, Gyu-kaku (50th and 3rd)! One of the most delicious Japanese restaurants in NYC for yakiniku; that is, grilling your own marinaded meat/veg/seafood to perfection. The food tastes great, prices are fair, and the style of cooking is fun. I highly suggest you give it a try for lunch or dinner. :)

Mar 16, 2010
nycfinedining in Manhattan

Where can I buy a green tea mille feuille cake?

I agree with the previous poster. You can find this at Lady M. Gyu-kaku (one of my favorite Japanese restaurants) also serves green tea mille crepe cake slices as a dessert!

Mar 16, 2010
nycfinedining in Manhattan

Taiwanese in Manhattan?

Thanks for the suggestion! I just looked at the website and the Cravings truck happens to be parked right near my office today, so I went on down and got a Taiwanese pork chop over rice. It is pretty good in absolute terms (large quantity of meat and rice, very tasty but a bit salty... I'm very thirsty now!) - I used to live in Taiwan though and this doesn't exactly compare. But hey, beggars can't be choosers!

Mar 15, 2010
nycfinedining in Manhattan

Rosa Mexicano - which one?

I've been to all 3 locations and really like the one at Union Square. I always order the queso fundido (melted cheese) and they make it the best there, in my opinion. However, it is large, somewhat loud, and has a water wall thingy as you described, but service is good. The Lincoln Center location is also large and crowded, as the previous poster mentioned. If I had to choose between both, I would go to Union Square. Perhaps you can make an earlier dinner reservation, as it is quieter then?

Mar 15, 2010
nycfinedining in Manhattan

Is Le Cirque Really Worth it or Should My Money Be Spent Elsewhere?

I LOVE La Grenouille and always highly, highly recommend it. (Like you, I love JG as well and am not a fan of Le Bernardin.) La Grenouille is the epitome of French - excellent quality and service. Only catch is I don't think they offer a tasting menu. They do have a 3-course dinner (with amuse bouche) for $95 per person, though.

That said, I have been to Le Cirque during Restaurant Week and was VERY impressed. Usually food during Restaurant Week is average at best, but Le Cirque really had a unique menu. Their pork belly was to die for!!

I wrote about my experience here, if you're interested:
http://nycfinedining.blogspot.com/201...

Mar 12, 2010
nycfinedining in Manhattan

Tapas and Gramercy

Casa Mono - great vibe and most excellent food. I'd recommend making reservations 2 weeks out though... it's hard already getting a spot one week early!

Check out my blog if you want to read more about the restaurant:
http://nycfinedining.blogspot.com/201...

Mar 12, 2010
nycfinedining in Manhattan

Will I enjoy Per Se?

My fiance and I have dinner reservations at Per Se in May in order to celebrate a special occasion. I'm VERY excited about trying the tasting menu at Per Se... but I wonder if I will enjoy it as much as I hope to?

A bit about me: I love fine dining and have been to several fine dining restaurants in NYC. My favorites so far are Jean-Georges and La Grenouille, and I've been a repeat customer to both. I love the amazing quality of food + French recipes, impeccable service, and the tasty amuse-bouches. I'm also glad these 2 restaurants provide enough quantity to keep my 6'4 tall fiance full!

On the other hand, I'm not a huge fan of Le Bernardin, Gilt, or Daniel. I didn't think the food was all that memorable, and Gilt had the tiniest portions I've ever seen. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad I made the trip to those restaurants, but once was enough to satisfy my curiosity. :)

Based on the above, do you think Per Se will be worth it for me and my fiance? I'm hoping the food quality and quantity will match my experiences at JG and LG. :)

Mar 11, 2010
nycfinedining in Manhattan

Sex on a plate/bun/napkin/hand/cup/bowl or things that make you go *insert homer slobber sound here*

There is absolutely nothing better than the frogs legs sauteed provencale at La Grenouille. Voila!

Mar 11, 2010
nycfinedining in Manhattan