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Going to Gotham Bar and Grill tonight. What are the best menu items.

I always get the tuna tartare for a first course. For entrees, you can't go wrong with the fish selections or the rack of lamb. I especially like that the entrees all come with delicious and interesting accompaniments so that there is no need to order side dishes, as in many restaurants with a la carte menus.

Sep 28, 2007
nycgourmet in Manhattan

Cooper Square area dinner suggestions?

If you like Mexican, La Palapa on St. Marks between 1st & 2nd is good. But, after going there for over 15 years, I still love Noho Star on Lafayette & Bleecker-- the food is always good and there's something for everyone. It's comfortable to sit and chat.

Sep 17, 2007
nycgourmet in Manhattan

Italian in the Meatpacking District???

I've been to Vento only once and it was during Restaurant Week but liked it very much-- our party of four was impressed with the food & friendly service.

Sep 06, 2007
nycgourmet in Manhattan

Need restaurant rec in theater district

We' ve been going to Trattoria Trecolori for years and it's better than ever since they moved to a bright, modern, larger space on 47th bet. Bway & 8th. Standard Italian selelctions but well-prepared & very reasonable. Virgil's for ribs & barbeque on 45th is good,

Aug 29, 2007
nycgourmet in Manhattan

Best steakhouse...

Wolfgang's is very good. Skip Old Homestead-- steaks had no flavor, service not very nice.

Aug 29, 2007
nycgourmet in Manhattan

Where can I get a great omelette?

L'Express at the corner of Park Ave. South & 20th St. makes delicious French omelettes.

Aug 27, 2007
nycgourmet in Manhattan

Oysters

Sitting at the bar at the Grand Central Oyster Bar is fun. The other 2 places that have the best & most extensive oyster selelction NYC are Aquagrill in Soho (Spring St. & 6th Ave.) and Shaffer City on 21st St. between 5th & 6th. Aquagrill is a livelier atmosphere. Shaffer City is more casual-- it has a beautiful wall-size aquarium behind the bar in the front room. All have huge selections of East & West coast oysters..

Aug 27, 2007
nycgourmet in Manhattan

Lima's taste: peruvian

Loved Lima's Taste! Excellent chicken dishes and pisco sours.

Aug 27, 2007
nycgourmet in Manhattan

Wine Tasting Class

My husband & I have been to at least 5 or 6 wine classes at ICE (the Institute for Culinary Education) on 23rd St. between 5th & 6th. It's small, fun, unpretentious and resonably priced. The wine director, Ron Ciavolino, is entertaining and knowlegable and has worked as a wine store buyer and a sommelier. You can take single calsses on one theme or a series. Enjoy! Look for their fall catalog online or call them for one. 212-847-0700 or www.ICECulinary.com

Aug 27, 2007
nycgourmet in Manhattan

Best overall: EMP, One If By Land, or Café Boulud?

While the quality & preparation of the food may not be quite as upscale at OIBL, you can 't beat the gorgeous, romantic setting. I found the food to be very good every time I've had dinner there. It is well worth a try.

Unfortunately, I've been extremely disappointed with EMP. All of the courses seem to be tiny squares of food and even all the extra amuse bouches and tiny candies with dessert do not make up for microscopic portions-- two green beans do not make a side dish!

Gotham Bar & Grill is a lovely place that not only offers fairly-sized portions, but entrees include 2 or 3 (or more) interesting accompaniments. It is not prix fixe like the others restaurants you mentioned so you're not oblilgated to have 3 courses. The food is outstanding.

Aug 27, 2007
nycgourmet in Manhattan

Fun CELEBRATORY dinner - NYC

I don't understand why people are so crazy about Eleven Madison Park-- tiny squares of underseasoned food. Extremely disapppointed! I'd rather forego the extra amuse bouches and receive more substantial courses.
I'll go with Gotham Bar & Grill, Aquagrill or Balthazar for celebrations. Also, Peasant on Elizabeth St. is really lovely.

Aug 22, 2007
nycgourmet in Manhattan

Stuck in Times Square - where to chow?

Trattoria Trecolori in its new location (47th bet. Bway & 8th) is better than ever-- spacious, modern plus a pretty front bar. Reasonably-priced Italian.

Virgil's is always good, though sometimes loud & crowded.

Aug 15, 2007
nycgourmet in Manhattan

Crema on 17th St. report

Went to Crema during the Spring and haven't been back because the service was so bad that all the food arrived at our table cold. What we ate good but clearly, it had remained in the kitchen for a while before being served. The table next to us wasn't cleared & reset until almost 1/2 an hour after the customers left.

Aug 14, 2007
nycgourmet in Manhattan

What's good in Murray Hill?

El Parador, the oldest upscale Mexican restaurant in Manhattan-- and not pretentious like many of the newer ones. Went there recently for the first time in 30 years and it was superb. Small dining room-- make a reservation. It's on 34th St. near 1st Ave.

Aug 14, 2007
nycgourmet in Manhattan

Picnic Ideas?

I like to make chicken sate. You can make a cilantro dipping sauce for it or a salsa verde instead of or in addition to traditional peanut sauce. Everyone loves eating food on skewers. I cut the chicken in generous strips, put them on 8" wooden skewers and roast at 450 for 25 minutes just before going out.. When they cool a little, wrap them in aluminum foil and then pack in ziplock bags. Delicious at room temp. If you have time earlier in the day, marinate the chicken pieces in olive oil, lemon juice & chopped garlic for a few hours.

Aug 13, 2007
nycgourmet in Home Cooking

Great MD Seafood and Crabs

We live in Manhattan and just got back from a trip to Baltimore. We took the suggestions of the owners of the B & B where we stayed and had a delicious dinner at Mama's on the Half Shell on O'Donnell St. in Canton. It's worth the scenic trip by water taxi. Also, the local favorite place for steamed blue crabs is Obrycki's-- a lot of fun, helpful servers, too.

Cape May - anniversary dinner

After having enjoyed many restaurants in Cape May over the last 15 years, we finally tried Tisha's on the beach last August. It was fabulous. Beautifully prepared food, lovely service. Go at sunset. Have been to the Ebbitt Room 3 times and found it not as good as it had been in years past. But drinks in the piano lounge at the Virginia Hotel or on the porch are highly recommended.

Aug 02, 2007
nycgourmet in Mid-Atlantic