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Best NY Coffee online and offline

Porto Rico is incredible. I buy their "Double Nut Fudge" coffee and make a big pitcher of cold press coffee....it tastes like you're drinking chocolate milk.

Jan 23, 2013
foodchow in Manhattan

Critique my itinerary - 3 days in Boston

Thank you to everyone who posted a response!

I made the following changes:

Day 1: for lunch I think we are just going to wing it somewhere along the Freedom Trail. I didn't hear any objections to The Gallows, so we will keep that.

Day 2: lunch at Russell House Tavern. dinner at Neptune Oyster bar.

Day 3: lunch at Parish Cafe. dinner at the game (will roll the dice with some hot dogs and italian sausage!)

Day 4: brunch at Winsor. leaving boston around 1PM.

Thank you again to everyone -- feel free to continue the discussion if I am making any grave mistakes!

Jun 27, 2012
foodchow in Greater Boston Area

Critique my itinerary - 3 days in Boston

This is helpful, thanks.

Russell House Tavern looks like a good option, I think we will go there.

Neptune looks great, but I was a bit worried about not having a reservations -- it seems like it can get pretty busy there.

Jun 26, 2012
foodchow in Greater Boston Area

Critique my itinerary - 3 days in Boston

Thank you for those recommendations.

With regard to Cambridge, we don't have any set plans, I thought wandering around the Harvard Square area would be a good idea. I will definitely look into some of those beer spots.

Jun 26, 2012
foodchow in Greater Boston Area

Critique my itinerary - 3 days in Boston

ICOB has lunch menu on web site.

I saw Sonsie mentioned on the Improper.com web site as "Boston's Best" People Watching.

Thanks for the Fenway recommendation.

Jun 26, 2012
foodchow in Greater Boston Area

Critique my itinerary - 3 days in Boston

Forgot to mention:

We love seafood, especially fresh oysters and clams.

We are not looking for any more asian other than our Dim Sum brunch, and also not big on steakhouses.

We enjoy good beers and cocktails any time of day.....and are also very big coffee drinkers.

Jun 26, 2012
foodchow in Greater Boston Area

Critique my itinerary - 3 days in Boston

Wife and I (late 20's/early 30's) will be coming to Boston in a couple weeks from NYC. Looking to do some fun and unique restaurants. Not really looking for anything too fancy b/c we can do plenty of that in NYC.

Please feel free to comment on the itinerary, as of now nothing set in stone:

Day 1 (Thurs): will be doing the Freedom Trail.

Lunch: Regina's Pizza - looking for something casual to stop by as we walk.
Dinner: The Gallows - looking for gastropub type place. nothing too fancy, with interesting food.

Day 2 (Fri): will be in Cambridge in morning/afternoon. not sure what doing later in day (open to suggestions). will be taking 7PM sunset cruise

Lunch: EVOO or Catalyst -- could not find many lunch options in Cambridge.
Pre-Dinner Drinks: Patio at Dillon's -- have a cocktail outside
Dinner: Vinoteca di Monica - want to do one North End Italian place

Day 3 (Sat): walking around Newbury Street. Red Sox vs Yankees game at night.

Lunch: I see ICOB gets a lot of good reviews, but it seems a bit pricey to me, not sure what the draw is. Also considering Sonsie for scene on Newbury St.
Pre-Game Drinks: Bleacher Bar - any other good options?
Dinner: eat at Fenway.

Day 4 (Sun): leaving in afternoon
Brunch: Winsor Dim Sum

Thanks!

Jun 26, 2012
foodchow in Greater Boston Area

Korea Town Recommendations

I was at Hanbat the other night. Very reliable, inexpensive place. Nice banchan brought to table. Bibimbap is very good. Their Sul Run Tang is great, the broth has this great silky texture.

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Han Bat
53 W 35th St, New York, NY 10001

May 04, 2011
foodchow in Manhattan

Rehearsal dinner - 50 people, $50pp including beer/wine???

My budget is $50-$70 per person including beer and wine, but not including tax and tip.

Mar 24, 2011
foodchow in Manhattan

Rehearsal dinner - 50 people, $50pp including beer/wine???

No, $50 not including tax and tip...and can be a bit flexible if need to go up another $10-$20 or so pp..

Mar 23, 2011
foodchow in Manhattan

Rehearsal dinner - 50 people, $50pp including beer/wine???

Looking to have a rehearsal dinner in Manhattan this winter on a Thursday night.

Will be having about 50 people. Would like to keep the budget under about $50 per person including beer and wine.

Pretty flexible about food, atmosphere, location....but one requirement is that we have our own private space.

Thanks!

Mar 23, 2011
foodchow in Manhattan

Best Bibimbap in Manhattan

Agreed, had this the other week, very good. Rice gets nice and crispy from the hot stone bowl.

Dec 24, 2010
foodchow in Manhattan

East Village interesting Japanese? Similar to Kyo Ya?

Thanks for the rec...I have indeed heard excellent things about the uni at Soto, I need to get over there.

Dec 23, 2010
foodchow in Manhattan

East Village interesting Japanese? Similar to Kyo Ya?

Had never heard of this...got good reviews on Yelp...but whats the deal with what NYMag says -- exclusive club with only 200 keys given out?

Dec 23, 2010
foodchow in Manhattan

East Village interesting Japanese? Similar to Kyo Ya?

Interesting...might have to wait until this place gets a bit more buzz before I dive in...unique strategy to do locally-sourced Japanese, most places tout how un-local they are, fish from Japan, etc.

Dec 22, 2010
foodchow in Manhattan

East Village interesting Japanese? Similar to Kyo Ya?

I've heard excellent things about Kajitsu, it seems very interesting, and is on my list of places to try...alas I have a craving for uni that needs to be satiated!!!

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Kajitsu
414 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009

Dec 22, 2010
foodchow in Manhattan

East Village interesting Japanese? Similar to Kyo Ya?

I am looking for a restaurant in the East Village that has great and interesting Japanese food. Can be either a strictly-sushi place or a restaurant that does both hot food and sushi.

Kyo Ya was fantastic -- basically looking for something similar. I also enjoyed Kanoyama very much.

Thanks!

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Kanoyama
175 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

Kyo Ya
94 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

Dec 21, 2010
foodchow in Manhattan

Yasuda - Omakase or A La Carte?

I am going to Yasuda tomorrow night for the first time. I am planning on doing Omakase at the sushi bar, but I was just wondering -- in terms of strictly economic terms, how does doing the omakase compare with ordering off the menu?

I see that on the menu, for $36 you can get the Sushi Matsu, which is 12 pieces of sushi and a half roll -- the selection is fairly broad, i.e. sea urchin, orange clam, etc.

If I want to spend $100 on omakase (before tax/tip), how much sushi am I getting for my money? I mean, for the same $100 I can get three orders of Sushi Matsu (i.e. THIRTY SIX PIECES OF SUSHI !!!).

Thanks!

Sep 29, 2010
foodchow in Manhattan

Critique my itinerary - foodie couple coming to Chicago from NYC

Friday night - put our name down at Frontera -- 2 hour wait, so we went back to hotel, showered, etc., came back to the restaurant right in time to eat. Food was excellent, everything just tasted really solid, I was very impressed.

Saturday night - got into Schwa. This place is like nothing I've ever seen. The food is really different, really inventive, but the most unique part was the service. These guys are very funny, very over the top hipster vibe. Each dish was explained in great detail, but with a very "unique" flair, i.e. "So that black sh*t on your plate is aged balsamic, it's aged in Peruvian Oak barrels for 12 years or some sh*t...." We loved it. Very, very different. Highly recommended.

Also did lunch at Purple Pig, sitting outside was very nice. And grabbed a quick bite at Fox & Obel, which was a nice, typical upscale marketplace, but definitely enjoyed.

Trip was amazing, Chicago is a great city, and people are much more laid back than NYC.

Aug 20, 2010
foodchow in Chicago Area

New All Clad Stainless d5 line at W-S?

I read through this thread and may get myself some All Clad d5 pots and pans.

I was looking at the Williams Sonoma web site and am a bit confused -- I think people touched upon the difference between the d5 LTD2 that is anodize aluminum versus the d5 stainless steel, but what is the difference between the d5 Stainless steel versus d5 brushed stainless steel?

Is it looks only?

Aug 20, 2010
foodchow in Cookware

Long wait at Frontera -- nearby replacement?

I plan on going to Frontera Grill on Friday night for dinner with my girlfriend.

I am not going to be there when the doors open, and am concerned it is going to be a 2 hour wait when I arrive.

Any somewhat nearby alternatives -- definitely want to stick with Mexican food, and needs to be somewhere that has GREAT food like Frontera.

Thanks!

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Frontera Grill
445 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

Jul 26, 2010
foodchow in Chicago Area

Critique my itinerary - foodie couple coming to Chicago from NYC

Might just have to try North Pond then! In keeping with the NYC analogy, it reminds me of Union Square Cafe, which I loved, even though it's nothing out of the ordinary other than very fresh high quality ingredients cooked excellently...

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North Pond
2610 North Cannon Drive, Chicago, IL 60614

Jul 22, 2010
foodchow in Chicago Area

Critique my itinerary - foodie couple coming to Chicago from NYC

Thank you for those brunch recommendations; I think sampling some good Midwestern farm cooking would be an excellent idea!

Jul 22, 2010
foodchow in Chicago Area

Critique my itinerary - foodie couple coming to Chicago from NYC

Any recommendations for a quick and cheap breakfast? Not even looking for waiter service, maybe somewhere I can just grab a croissant or egg sandwich quickly...

Also, I'm a big coffee drinker -- I will be hitting up Intelligistia near Millennium Park -- any other recs for a great cup?

Jul 22, 2010
foodchow in Chicago Area

Critique my itinerary - foodie couple coming to Chicago from NYC

North Pond sounds good -- location sounds great. Food seems a bit on the "safe" side and expensive, but definitely will consider. Thank you.

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North Pond
2610 North Cannon Drive, Chicago, IL 60614

Jul 21, 2010
foodchow in Chicago Area

Critique my itinerary - foodie couple coming to Chicago from NYC

Thanks for these recommendations. I would like to stay a bit closer to the central city, as I will have to factor in cab costs.

Bonsoiree in particular looks excellent, although it is kind of getting out there on the map...looks almost twice as far from Mag Mile as Schwa...not sure how far this is in real life versus what it looks like on map...

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Bonsoiree
2728 W Armitage, Chicago, IL 60647

Jul 21, 2010
foodchow in Chicago Area

Critique my itinerary - foodie couple coming to Chicago from NYC

Good point on Frontera -- will try to get there before 9 then!

Purple pig looks excellent -- I know we were trying to keep this lunch on the very inexpensive side, but I think Purple Pig might just be able to sneak in there...

Jul 21, 2010
foodchow in Chicago Area

Critique my itinerary - foodie couple coming to Chicago from NYC

Going to Chicago July 30-Aug 1 with foodie girlfriend from NYC. Will be staying in North Michigan Avenue but will be around town doing various activities.

Friday:
Lunch: Picnic in Millenium Park (pickup food from Fox & Obel)
Dinner: Frontera Grill (no reservation, but will come try to come on late side, 10PM)

Saturday:
Lunch: Walking along Magnificent Mile, need recommendation -- something very casual and not expensive...but interesting and good...
Dinner: On wait list for Schwa. If I don't get in, need a rec -- pricewise would like to keep it under cost of Schwa. Looking for a unique/memorable experience without breaking the bank.

Sunday:
Brunch: The Publican

Thanks in advance for your help! We eat everything, love seafood, but don't have any restrictions...

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Frontera Grill
445 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

Jul 21, 2010
foodchow in Chicago Area

Best Omakase for the money?

Was recently at E 50s location of Tenzan. For some reason I found the fish overly cold, to the point of being distracting from anything else.

Did have a yellowtail collar hot dish that was very good.

Dec 01, 2009
foodchow in Manhattan

Home Cooking New York cooking classes?

Has anyone ever tried the Home Cooking New York (www.homecookingny.com) cooking classes?

I am thinking about doing this with my girlfriend. I am deciding between this and the Institute of Culinary Education (www.iceculinary.com) classes.

I think the one-on-one atmosphere and being in my own kitchen could be better than doing the group thing at ICE in a commercial kitchen.

Jul 27, 2009
foodchow in Manhattan