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Blueskying a Sunday picnic on the Highline

Hello,

I'm blueskying a Sunday picnic in June on the Highline:

http://www.thehighline.org/

I'd appreciate your picks for carryout picnic options near the park.

I eat a gluten-free diet (no wheat, rye, barley, oats) so Thai/Indian/Vietnamese/sushi/Cuban/salad is more workable than deli/pizza/bakery/Italian/Chinese (most soy sauce has wheat in it.

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And where are good picnic spots on the Highline?

AND what's the letter and practice of a discreet glass of wine with a picnic?

Thanks.

Apr 16, 2010
Vivaqua in Manhattan

Feast @ 4 East in Baltimore?

Hello,

I'd like to try Feast @ 4 East in Mount Vernon in Baltimore.

http://www.4eastmadisoninn.com/feast/...

Your opinion?

Thanks

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Feast @ 4 East
4 East Madison Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

Thai Grocery Store on Mosco Street - Other Picks in the Area?

We easily found Bangkok Center Grocery on Mosco Street from the directions on the shop website. I bought the Thai tea and a couple of packets of refrigerated curry paste from Thailand. There's recipes for the curry paste on the website of Thai Temple, Bangkok Center Grocery's online partner; http://www.templeofthai.com/recipes/

I was unchararcteristically frazzled from marching in from Canal Street (bad smells, heaps of repetitious junk, pushy creeps selling bootleg DVDs and fake Tiffany, hot, hungry) and so didn't poke around the more personable area of Chinatown that began a block or so south of Canal Street. Too bad - it looks like a grand area to pick up kitchen gadgets and spices.

Next time we'll skip Canal Street and enter Chinatown from the south or west. It would have been easy to do this time because we walked up from Ground Zero.

We did find Columbus Park hidden at Mulberry and Bayard. Flowering plum (?- they were purple) trees were just beginning to flower, an orchestra with a singer played traditional Chinese instruments and music, and beyond them a musical trio was playing as well. Is Sunday music usual in this park, or did we happen on a special occasion?

If it's a regular event it would be great to pick up food from one of the restaurants along Mulberry Street and have a picnic in the park, listen to the music and rest our feet.

Is it takeout or takeaway or carryout in New York?

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Bangkok Center Grocery
104 Mosco St, New York, NY 10013

Apr 13, 2010
Vivaqua in Manhattan

Sunday night near Megabus stop @ 8th Ave & 31st St - Penn Station

We ended up going with the Chimichurri Grill and really enjoyed it. I had asado tiro (spelling?), an asado of beef short ribs. Very full rich flavor, nicely chewy without being tough at all. The ribs are cut across the bone, which I've seen before in Korean cooking. The staff warned us the asado was the one thing on the menu that took a while to prepare - about 25 minutes - and it was worth the wait.

Small restaurant, nice atmosphere, good service. The location was perfect - an easy long walk from the matinee at Lincoln Center, and then an easier long-ish walk to Penn Station after dinner.

Txikito is on the short list for next time.

Thanks for the advice. We would not have found Chimichurri Grill without CH.

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Chimichurri Grill
606 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

Txikito
240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

Apr 12, 2010
Vivaqua in Manhattan

Dining and Dieting around the Inner Harbor?

Thai Arroy in Federal Hill south of the Inner Harbor is good. Small, casual, BYOB, affordable.

From the Inner Harbor, go south on Light Street from the intersection of Light and Pratt Streets. Pass the Maryland Science Center on your left, cross Key Highway (I think Key Highway starts right at the Science Center) and go south 2 or 3 more blocks on Light Street. Thai Arroy is on the left side of the street and has a big yellow awning. It's popular with the locals and small enough that you may have to wait a while if you're with a big group. They do a big carryout business.

http://www.thaiarroy.com

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Thai Arroy
1019 Light St, Baltimore, MD 21230

Staten Island Early Sunday Morning Near the Ferry

Ha! We missed it entirely.

It must be Tuttoriso:

http://www.tuttorisocafe.com
http://glutenfreenyc.blogspot.com/200...

It would have been perfect. We ended up with coffee from Au Bon Pain in the SI ferry terminal and gluten-free cookies from my daypack. We couldn't figure out why, with all that waterfront real estate and ferry traffic, there wasn't a pretty waterside cafe where we could get a coffee.

Next time - I love taking the SI ferry. And I found out that the MTA 1-Day Fun Pass that I buy to ride the subway and busses also includes the Staten Island Railroad. So when we're not under time pressure to get to a matinee we might take the railroad just to see a bit of Staten Island.

Thanks.

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Tuttoriso
36 Richmond Terr, Staten Island, NY 10301

Apr 12, 2010
Vivaqua in Outer Boroughs

Sunday Pre-dawn @ Megabus Stop 7th Ave & 28th St or South Ferry 1 Subway Stop

We went with the Malibu Diner. Arrived at the Megabus stop @ 7th Ave & 28th Street @ 4:42 am, got our 1-Day Fun Passes from the Farecard machine in the subway, and took the subway down to 23rd Street. Walked across 7th Ave and Malibu Diner was about 3 storefronts from the corner - we could see the diner awning from 7th Ave.

Good basic breakfast, great people watching as the last of the just-going-home crowd overlapped with the just-getting-up-real-early crowd. Lots of mirrors, might be a funhouse effect if one had been drinking a lot ;) Two coffees, two big egg, bacon, potatoes and toast (no toast for me) breakfasts cost $16.40 with tax but before tip.

We didn't make the SI ferry at dawn. There's a kerfluffle going on with the 1 line so we had to take a shuttle bus from Chambers Street to South Ferry and that delayed us a bit. Still was a beautiful spring morning on the water. I noticed coffee stands at the SI ferry terminal in both the boarding area and the exit ramp area , but didn't see hours of operation.

Next time, L'Express! It's only a mile walk further east on 23rd and south down Park.

Thanks to all for the local knowledge. Knowing where that caffeine lifeline was made getting off the bus a lot easier. ;)

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L'Express
249 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10003

Malibu Diner
163 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

Apr 12, 2010
Vivaqua in Manhattan

Thai Grocery Store on Mosco Street - Other Picks in the Area?

On to Step Two of my Trip Trifecta (take a boat ride (Staten Island Ferry), go to a grocery store, climb to the top of a tall place):

The CH archives recommend Thai Grocery on Mosco Street. I can't find Thai tea, that orange-ish spiced tea you get in Thai restaurants, around here. So Thai Grocery it is.

http://www.thai-grocery.com/

Other picks in the area?

Still working on a tall place with a food connection . . .

Apr 10, 2010
Vivaqua in Manhattan

Sunday Pre-dawn @ Megabus Stop 7th Ave & 28th St or South Ferry 1 Subway Stop

I picked two culinary wastelands - hope this isn't an omen ;)

Thanks for the picks. Malibu Diner is closer to a subway stop than Cafeteria, although I can't find a website for either restaurant.

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Malibu Diner
163 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

Apr 10, 2010
Vivaqua in Manhattan

Sunday night near Megabus stop @ 8th Ave & 31st St - Penn Station

RGR, thank you for the Argentinian picks. We'll check them out.

small h, turns out there's a Tir Na Nog here in Baltimore (Maryland, not Ireland). I walked right by it last night. I'll have to try the local one out next time I eat at the Inner Harbor. The Tir Na Nog menu does look unusually promising - around here an Irish place is usually a stealth sports bar with lots of flat screen TVs and food for drunks - so I hadn't paid any attention to Tir Na Nog.

I searched the archives and Txikito, in the other direction from Penn Station on 9th between 24 & 25, also sounds good.

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Tir Na Nog
5 Penn Plz, New York, NY 10001

Txikito
240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

Apr 10, 2010
Vivaqua in Manhattan

Staten Island Early Sunday Morning Near the Ferry

Hello,

We'll be coming off the Staten Island Ferry early on a Sunday morning and we're probably going to be coming off hungry. We'll get there around 7:30.

I've browsed the archives and it looks like Victory Boulevard has a lot of interesting restaurants. Is Victory within walking distance of the ferry stop? And would any of the restaurants be open so early on a Sunday?

We're looking for a solid breakfast and we're adventurous eaters. We like to walk.

I eat a gluten-free diet (no wheat, rye, barley, oats) and diner/Thai/Indian/Vietnamese/sushi is more workable than deli/traditional bakery/Irish/Italian/Chinese (soy sauce usually contains wheat.)

The reviews of Mai intrigued me, although I've not had Senegalese food. Dosa Garden sounds great. A bowl of pho is a great breakfast for me.

So, as we're getting off the ferry, which way do we turn and what do we look for?

Thank you.

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Dosa Garden
323 Victory Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10301

Apr 09, 2010
Vivaqua in Outer Boroughs

Sunday night near Megabus stop @ 8th Ave & 31st St - Penn Station

Hello,

We're catching a 9 pm Megabus out of town on a Sunday night. The Megabus stop is on 31st St. at 8th Avenue, by Penn Station. I've done this several times and haven't found a good place to eat nearby. There are some Irish bars and sports bars on 31st and the usual fare inside Penn Station.

We'll be coming from a Sunday matinee at Lincoln Center that ends around 6 pm. We're looking for a place to have a glass of wine or a coffee, definitely a snack, probably a casual dinner.

I eat a gluten-free diet (no wheat, rye, barley, oats) so Thai/Indian/Vietnamese/ is more workable than deli/Italian/pizza/Chinese (soy sauce usually has wheat in it). I'm traveling with a friend from Argentina - it's a long shot but it would be great if there was an Argentinian pick between Lincoln Center and Penn Station.

I've tried the Wee Molly Pub around the corner on 8th and it's a cozy pub but Irish pub food centers on bread and beer (barley) so it's not a great menu for me.

Thanks for your recommendations.

Apr 09, 2010
Vivaqua in Manhattan

Suggestions for diet and wallet restrictions...

Second the recommendation for Risotteria. Their gluten-free breadsticks are so good I double-checked to make sure they weren't made from wheat.

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Risotteria
270 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

Apr 09, 2010
Vivaqua in Manhattan

Sunday Pre-dawn @ Megabus Stop 7th Ave & 28th St or South Ferry 1 Subway Stop

When I go somewhere I like to take a boat ride, climb to the top of someplace tall and go to a grocery store. I haven't picked the someplace tall or the grocery store, but I want to be on the water at dawn.

Apr 09, 2010
Vivaqua in Manhattan

Sunday Pre-dawn @ Megabus Stop 7th Ave & 28th St or South Ferry 1 Subway Stop

Hello,

We're arriving 4:40 am on a Sunday morning at the Megabus stop at 7th Ave & 28th St., right in front of the Fashion Institute of Technology. We plan to get day Metrocard passes from the fare machine in the subway stop on the SW corner of 7th Ave & 28 St. (note: check to see if that entrance is open that early) and head down on the 1 line subway to the South Ferry stop and take the Staten Island Ferry and be on the water at dawn, around 6:30.

Looking for recommendations for coffee and a snack or breakfast either near the Megabus stop or down by South Ferry.

I eat a gluten free (no wheat, rye, barley, oats) diet so diner/Indian/Thai/Vietnamese is more workable that deli/traditional bakery/Chinese (most soy sauce has wheat in it).

We're adventurous eaters.

This is New York - there must be something great open that early in the morning!

Thank you.

Apr 09, 2010
Vivaqua in Manhattan