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Fast Casual NYC

Lot of great options in this vein: Mighty Quinn, Porchetta, Crif Dogs, Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop (at Gotham West), Shake Shack...

Jun 05, 2014
bmdaniel in Manhattan

8 Night Tokyo/Kyoto/Hiroshima Itinerary - Feedback Greatly Appreciated

A lot of research - we had a trip fully planned back in 2010 (with the help of Chowhound) and then had to cancel at the last minute, so some of it was refreshing.

Will definitely report back.

Feb 11, 2014
bmdaniel in Japan

8 Night Tokyo/Kyoto/Hiroshima Itinerary - Feedback Greatly Appreciated

E Eto -

Just wanted to follow up if you had any thoughts on Hiroshima recommendations.

Thanks!

Feb 10, 2014
bmdaniel in Japan

Supper Club / Dinner Event for 10?

My wife booked out the whole counter at Kappo (at Ma Peche) for my birthday and it worked great. Only 8 seats though.

Feb 05, 2014
bmdaniel in Manhattan

8 Night Tokyo/Kyoto/Hiroshima Itinerary - Feedback Greatly Appreciated

Non-existent

Jan 28, 2014
bmdaniel in Japan

Very Special Birthday Sushi

I was pretty underwhelmed at Nakazawa. Yasuda is still my overall preference, but would also recommend Ichimura as a pretty awesome experience.

Jan 24, 2014
bmdaniel in Manhattan

8 Night Tokyo/Kyoto/Hiroshima Itinerary - Feedback Greatly Appreciated

Anything along the lines of your suggestions (seafood izakaya or yakinuku/teppanyaki both sound great)

Jan 24, 2014
bmdaniel in Japan

8 Night Tokyo/Kyoto/Hiroshima Itinerary - Feedback Greatly Appreciated

Any specific recommendations in Hiroshima?

Jan 23, 2014
bmdaniel in Japan

8 Night Tokyo/Kyoto/Hiroshima Itinerary - Feedback Greatly Appreciated

Alright, took a crack at re-working based on everyone's comments - let me know what you think:

Saturday - Arrive late afternoon Tokyo
Dinner: Birdland

Sunday - Tokyo
Lunch: Isetan (Depachika/Restaurants)
Dinner: Sushisho Masa

Monday - Tokyo
Lunch: Narisawa
Dinner: Uoshin Nogizaka

Tuesday - Tokyo
Breakfast: Tour/eat at Tsukiji (not sushi)
Lunch: Sushi Saito
Dinner: Den (after doing more research, ended up deciding to go with something more creative/playful, given that we will have a more traditional Kaiseki in Kyoto. If we can't get a spot, will probably go back to Ryugin).

Wednesday - Travel to Kyoto
Breakfast: Tokyo Ramen Street (Rokurinsha)
Lunch: Nishiki Market
Dinner: Hiiragyia Kaiseki (our hotel)

Thursday - Kyoto
Breakfast: Ryokan
Lunch: Shoraian
Dinner: TenYou Tempura (instead of doing Kondo and Tenko, figured we'd hit it here)

Friday - Travel to Hiroshima
Breakfast: Ryokan
Lunch: Mitchan Okonomiyaki
Dinner: Iraku-An Soba (hadn't managed to fit a soba spot on the list, and this place seemed to have pretty good reviews on Tabelog and from Michelin)

Saturday: Return to Tokyo
Breakfast/Lunch: Likely at station/on train
Dinner: Dons de la Nature (replaced Jumbo for a more Wagyu specific experience).

Sunday: Depart Tokyo in the evening
Lunch: Butagumi

Jan 22, 2014
bmdaniel in Japan

8 Night Tokyo/Kyoto/Hiroshima Itinerary - Feedback Greatly Appreciated

Thanks to everyone for the great thoughts. Have re-cut a bit; thinking I will drop Kondo for a seafood Izakaya (thinking Uoshin?) and do TenYou in Kyoto.

Also will drop tempura in Hiroshima - any suggestions on something local to do for dinner? Will have Okonomiyaki for lunch and wife is not an oyster fan. Was thinking about Anago Meshi, but it looks like its a bit of a hike from Hiroshima center. Another option would be to do beef there, any recommendations (that would free up another dinner in Tokyo in place of Jumbo).

Any strong thoughts for the one high end, non-sushi dinner in Tokyo? Not totally sold on Ryugin, seems like reviews are either very hot or very cold.

Jan 21, 2014
bmdaniel in Japan

8 Night Tokyo/Kyoto/Hiroshima Itinerary - Feedback Greatly Appreciated

Thank you Silverjay and Shirang.

Thinking about dropping Kondo and Tempura Tenko, and trying TenYou in Kyoto the second night. That would open up a spot in Tokyo for a Seafood Izakaya as well as something different in Hiroshima. Any specific recs on the Izakaya?

Thought on Jumbo is we'd like to try Wagyu in Japan, open to other thoughts on best place to do it?

Maybe on the first day in Kyoto we'll just do snacks at the Nishiki Market for lunch instead of the Udon.

Jan 21, 2014
bmdaniel in Japan

8 Night Tokyo/Kyoto/Hiroshima Itinerary - Feedback Greatly Appreciated

The wife and I will be making our first trip to Japan at the end of March - have done a lot of research and pulled together a starter itinerary, would greatly appreciate any thoughts/feedback/suggestions: We are staying in the Peninsula in Tokyo but obviously want to explore as much as possible.

Saturday - Arrive late afternoon Tokyo
Dinner: Birdland (wanted something nearby/lower key given we will probably be pretty jetlagged)

Sunday - Tokyo
Lunch: Isetan (Depachika/Restaurants)
Dinner: Sushisho Masa

Monday - Tokyo
Lunch: Narisawa
Dinner: Tempura Kondo

Tuesday - Tokyo
Breakfast: Tour/eat at Tsukiji (not sushi)
Lunch: Sushi Saito
Dinner: Ryugin (also considering Den/Takazawa/other thoughts?)

Wednesday - Travel to Kyoto
Breakfast: Tokyo Ramen Street (Rokurinsha)
Lunch: Omen Udon
Dinner: Hiiragyia Kaiseki (our hotel)

Thursday - Kyoto
Breakfast: Ryokan
Lunch: Shoraian
Dinner: Ryokan or Gogyo Ramen

Friday - Travel to Hiroshima
Breakfast: Ryokan
Lunch: Mitchan Okonomiyaki
Dinner: Tempura Tenko

Saturday: Return to Tokyo
Breakfast/Lunch: Likely at station/on train
Dinner: Jumbo

Sunday: Depart Tokyo in the evening
Lunch: Butagumi

Besides those planned meals, will probably work in some additional pastry stops, cocktail bars, and late night Izakaya visits. Thanks in advance for any feedback.

Jan 21, 2014
bmdaniel in Japan

Must haves at Carbone tonight?

I'll be there tonight as well. Not fish per se, but if you like lobster, I have found all of those dishes spectacular. Have really liked all the raw bar items as well My greatest hits list is:

Carpaccio
Scampi
Spicy Penne Vodka
Veal Parm
Lobster

Oct 11, 2013
bmdaniel in Manhattan

Kappo. An exceptional culinary adventure.

We went last night - this has to be one of the most exciting tables in NYC right now. If this was downtown, it would be the hottest thing in town.

More importantly, it sounds like the majority of the dishes have switched up since March - definitely worth revisiting. Highlights were the tomato sauce-monkfish liver ramen, jalapeño-corn duck, fried belly clams, and the duck fat challah with a 61c egg, onion soubise, and torched raclette.

Run, don't walk!

Sep 07, 2013
bmdaniel in Manhattan

What's great in Soho these days? Mid-range, just really good food.

Not quite SoHo, but I think Le Philosophe is a great solid mid-range option.

Aug 20, 2013
bmdaniel in Manhattan

Your take on my dining itinerary

For casual good food, might consider Brooklyn as well. Obviously check out the Outer Boroughs board, but I think Prime Meats may have the best steak in the city (and isn't a steakhouse). Also just had my best meal of the year at Battersby which is very casual (doesn't necessarily fit into one of the above categories though).

Aug 12, 2013
bmdaniel in Manhattan

Kid friendly lunch for foodies

I have taken infants/toddlers to all McGrumpy's suggestions except Ai Fiori with no problem. Would also add:

Any other Danny Meyer place (North End Grill, Gramercy Tavern - either room should be fine at lunch)
Balthazar
Minetta Tavern (Lunch or Brunch would be fine)
Lafayette
Batali Places - Lupa/Otto definitiely work, Babbo probably okay for lunch as well (have done with 6 month old)
Ma Peche

Have done all of the above as well - the problem with anything more high-end (including Bouley lunch) is that a longer, multi-course meal is hard with a toddler.

Jun 17, 2013
bmdaniel in Manhattan

What are some of the worst conceived burgers in Manhattan?

So does Thomas Keller

Jun 06, 2013
bmdaniel in Manhattan

NYC Dec 17-20 with a 5 month old....

Agree with the lunch/dinner distinction, but I think also if you are willing to do a 5 or 5:30 dinner, that can work as well.

Dec 04, 2012
bmdaniel in Manhattan

NYC Dec 17-20 with a 5 month old....

I actually think you would probably be okay with a 5 month old (either worn or in a carrier on a chair) at The Dining Room at the Modern if you thought the baby was up for it. The nice thing about that age is they just sleep most of the time anyway (have done the Gramercy Tavern dining room with an infant about that age and it was fine). Danny Meyer places in general are a great option with young kids.

Dec 03, 2012
bmdaniel in Manhattan

Closest lobster roll to Tenement Museum

Luke's Lobster is pretty much directly in-between

Nov 13, 2012
bmdaniel in Manhattan

Is Union Square Cafe kid friendly?

Yes, love all of Danny Meyer's places with kids, especially Brunch.

Nov 13, 2012
bmdaniel in Manhattan

Closest lobster roll to Tenement Museum

Luke's Lobster not too bad of a walk - probably three quarters of a mile.

Nov 13, 2012
bmdaniel in Manhattan

Where can I find Nueske's Bacon?

Also worth noting at CM - they have whole slabs in the deli counter that you can get sliced to your desired thickness. I usually do this because I prefer a thicker bacon.

Apr 15, 2011
bmdaniel in Dallas - Fort Worth

BYOB in downtown/uptown/knox henderson?

I don't know where you think 48 nights is, but it's about 2-4 miles from downtown/uptown. It's 7-8 miles from henderson/lower greenville. It's closer to downtown than henderson is.

Apr 28, 2010
bmdaniel in Dallas - Fort Worth

BYOB in downtown/uptown/knox henderson?

This is not exactly in your specified area, but by far the best BYOB experience right now is 48nights.

Apr 27, 2010
bmdaniel in Dallas - Fort Worth

Mid July Tokyo and Kyoto Trip

Thanks everyone, this has been very helpful. We were actually planning to go to Ukai on the day we leave for Kyoto, so I think we will just leave earlier and eat lunch at Junsei (that way we can still do Omen as well).

I've started the reservation making process - i just wanted to verify that I won't need them for Junsei, Tenyou, or Omen.

Thanks!

Apr 12, 2010
bmdaniel in Japan

Mid July Tokyo and Kyoto Trip

I'm thinking about replacing Omen with a Kyoto Tofu spot and then replacing Ukai with a Tokyo Udon spon.

Anyone have suggestions for either? The Bon Appetit article suggests Tousuiro and Kichisen?

What about Udon - Ideally something in the Minato area open for lunch?

Apr 09, 2010
bmdaniel in Japan

Frozen Artichoke Hearts??

I recently cooked with CM frozen artichokes. At the Dallas location they are in the part of the frozen food section immediately adjacent to the dairy.

Apr 08, 2010
bmdaniel in Dallas - Fort Worth

Mid July Tokyo and Kyoto Trip

Prasantrin -

Thanks for the great reply. Is there another Udon shop you would recommend?

Apr 05, 2010
bmdaniel in Japan