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former swedish nyc foodie back in town for the summer (w kids): UWS lunch and dinner options on a budget?

brilliant!

Jul 10, 2012
rottenherring in Manhattan

former swedish nyc foodie back in town for the summer (w kids): UWS lunch and dinner options on a budget?

my mistake - we went to the place on amsterdam and 80th (we're staying around the corner); we spend a lot of time in Cairo and this passed the test.

Jul 10, 2012
rottenherring in Manhattan

former swedish nyc foodie back in town for the summer (w kids): UWS lunch and dinner options on a budget?

Excellent advice, and very helpful.

Jul 10, 2012
rottenherring in Manhattan

former swedish nyc foodie back in town for the summer (w kids): UWS lunch and dinner options on a budget?

update: have tried hummus place (thanks jaba), cafe con leche, shake shack, chirping chicken, land - around the 77-80th street columbus/amsterdam area. all good. Will try greek kitchen today (thanks john francis).
note: We used to live next to the papaya king on UES some years ago so I guess gray's papaya is similar or same owner?

Jul 10, 2012
rottenherring in Manhattan

former swedish nyc foodie back in town for the summer (w kids): UWS lunch and dinner options on a budget?

Dear Kathryn,

3 for lunch, 4 for dinner. Entrees in the range of USD 7-20 before tax, tip, drinks, would be about the range I had in mind, i.e. there's some flexibility in terms of the price point.

Jul 10, 2012
rottenherring in Manhattan

What Brooklyn dinner experience (tomorrow night!) will persuade my wife to move there with me?

in case someone saunters in on this now old trail... it was a draw. we moved back to sweden instead... but what great food memories of this city we have. Including Brooklyn!

Jul 09, 2012
rottenherring in Outer Boroughs

former swedish nyc foodie back in town for the summer (w kids): UWS lunch and dinner options on a budget?

Hi,

After a few longer (and fantastic) periods in the city over the last decade and a half, during which I managed to cover quite a few of the high end and trendy restaurants in the city (some of which apparently still catches the fancy of new york foodies as they are high on NYT/zagat/chowhound/michelin lists), I have now returned for the summer with my family to hang out w/ the kids on the upper west side while my wife spends time in an office cubicle. I am looking for places to have lunch (me and the kids) or dinner (whole family) that are on the other side of food universe from ultra high end menus degustation multi star restaurants. Ethnic, sandwich places, salad bars, roast chicken grills, burger joints, you name it and we will try it! Btw, the kids eat most everything and have grown up on a diverse menu so not too much of an obstacle. The budget constraint is cheap to mid level.

Looking forward to being enlightened by your aggregate wisdom, ye chowhounders of the mannahatta tribe.

Jul 09, 2012
rottenherring in Manhattan

What Brooklyn dinner experience (tomorrow night!) will persuade my wife to move there with me?

Our Brooklyn night was a blazing success.
Many thanks to all Chowhounds who opined.

We ended up leaving early from work, took the L train to Bedford, strolled about, seemingly without a plan, had perfect coffee at Blue Bottle Coffee, then wandered on and as by chance landed (my wife made the call) at Marlowe and Sons, where we had a spectacular dinner which seemed to mix the A. Portale approach to "New American" with more gutsy statements (the soup! the ice cream!) which made it work real well. The place soon filled up and the ambiance was incredible. Exactly right. One of the best dining experiences in new york all time for me.

What we had:
Fennel consommé and cream textured mussels for starters and a beautiful swordfish a la poêle for main courses followed by excellent icecream with sea salt and olive oil.

A Metro Normandy drink, some italian micro brew ale and a glass of beautifully oxidized Hautes Terres de Comberousse ('05) added to the concert of flavors. A free tasting of 12 yr old guatemalan rum at the wine shop next door to Dressler further helped position the evening as more than your usual Wednesday night.

Most importantly, I obtained the right to organize another food outing in Brooklyn (either Carrol Gardens+surroundings or Park Slope) soon, where I will use the other great suggestions on this thread.

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Blue Bottle Coffee
160 Berry St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Apr 15, 2010
rottenherring in Outer Boroughs

What Brooklyn dinner experience (tomorrow night!) will persuade my wife to move there with me?

All very cool suggestions - appreciate it very much! Closing the book soon and heading out to chow wonderland. WIll report on the choices made...

Apr 14, 2010
rottenherring in Outer Boroughs

What Brooklyn dinner experience (tomorrow night!) will persuade my wife to move there with me?

Jaingmaster - this point came up before and I had no clue. As of this morning, my wife seems to lean more towards williamsburg than park slope. So that's where we may end up for at least part of the evening...

Apr 14, 2010
rottenherring in Outer Boroughs

What Brooklyn dinner experience (tomorrow night!) will persuade my wife to move there with me?

thanks! I think I would very much like to wait in line at Di Fara or some place like that, but that's preaching to the already converted. My wonderful wife likes trendy/hip/cool spots in Chelsea, meatpacking, Nolita and lower east side - this point was raised before so just wanted to clarify.

Apr 14, 2010
rottenherring in Outer Boroughs

What Brooklyn dinner experience (tomorrow night!) will persuade my wife to move there with me?

LoL - but a good point! She does indeed know I am receiving expert help from an online community, but no more details than that... to keep it more of a surprise

Apr 14, 2010
rottenherring in Outer Boroughs

What Brooklyn dinner experience (tomorrow night!) will persuade my wife to move there with me?

sounds like a great place to have coffee or a drink in conjunction with dinner at some smith or court street resto.

Apr 13, 2010
rottenherring in Outer Boroughs

What Brooklyn dinner experience (tomorrow night!) will persuade my wife to move there with me?

good point: I am using a well proven strategy here: provide a feeling of choice (as in, there are a lot of great neighbourhoods in Brooklyn) then let the prospective brooklynite (my wife in this case) make the decision - to create true ownership!

Apr 13, 2010
rottenherring in Outer Boroughs

What Brooklyn dinner experience (tomorrow night!) will persuade my wife to move there with me?

vanderbilt is off the list. enter loconda vini and olli. menu looks really interesting, including wine list.

Apr 13, 2010
rottenherring in Outer Boroughs

What Brooklyn dinner experience (tomorrow night!) will persuade my wife to move there with me?

thanks for the good pieces of advice. Agree on Frankie's and Prime Meats and have not heard of/been to Buttermil Channel yet. Took my brother who was visiting from Sweden to Prime meats in December. Killer throwback cocktails. not to mention the waxed moustache of the 1870 clad lad who mixed it.

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Prime Meats
465 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Apr 13, 2010
rottenherring in Outer Boroughs

What Brooklyn dinner experience (tomorrow night!) will persuade my wife to move there with me?

These are important considerations! on the one hand, a great foodie destination can be set off in even better light by some contrast with the immediate surroundings, on the other hand, starting around, say, bedford ave and finding a good place may do more to create the feeling of "there's so many cool places here"...

Apr 13, 2010
rottenherring in Outer Boroughs

What Brooklyn dinner experience (tomorrow night!) will persuade my wife to move there with me?

thanks! looks great: it will make the short list

Apr 13, 2010
rottenherring in Outer Boroughs

What Brooklyn dinner experience (tomorrow night!) will persuade my wife to move there with me?

This is my first post at this excellent site.

Here's the situation. I want to live in Brooklyn, my wife in Manhattan. We decided on a fun way to make the call: each of us gets a few shots at persuading the other by way of finding a great coffee joint, restaurant, concert venue, park, farmer's markets and whatnot.

Time has come for my one shot at showcasing the restaurant scene in Brooklyn tomorrow night, and I have to pick one spot.... She likes the combination of great food, places which have put some thought into a trendy design/decor concept and a hipster crowd. Also, Peter Luger, Saul and Dressler are not eligible as we agreed to not include michelin star restaurants. Here's what I am contemplating:

Vinegar Hill House
Rye
Al Di La
Vanderbilt
Farm on Adderly

Any thoughts if you had to pick just one?

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Al Di La
248 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Peter Luger Steak House
178 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Vinegar Hill House
72 Hudson Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Apr 13, 2010
rottenherring in Outer Boroughs