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Fine dining in Berlin

I will be in Berlin, Germany in January and looking for some recommendations for where to go for fine dining business dinners - looking for a combination of great food and first class environment. I hear the fine dining restaurant at the Adlon hotel is great as is Rutz and Hartmann's. Any other recommendations? Open to types of cuisine - doesn't have to be European / continental. Thanks.

Dec 11, 2011
SamanthaNYC in Europe

Hounds to the Rescue?

+1 for both Annisa and Chikalicious. Both are excellent.

Dec 11, 2011
SamanthaNYC in Manhattan

Best sushi in Manhattan

Yasuda serves great sushi and is perfect for its price point. Don't need to spend crazy amounts of money on Masa. Book early - not easy to get a reservation.

Dec 11, 2011
SamanthaNYC in Manhattan

Buddakan review

Yum25, I would agree with you. The waiter should be thinking about providing good service to the customer, and not protecting his tab and tip. If good service results in a happy customer, then a happy customer will tip more too! On a busy night, I think Buddakan feels more like a night club than restaurant and then more aggressive/strict (less customer friendly) club bouncer rules apply.

Dec 28, 2010
SamanthaNYC in Manhattan

Masa review (is it worth it?)

I was thinking exactly the same! Was in Japan this past summer and had several of the best kaiseki / omakase meals in town for less than Masa's prices. Masa is very good (been there twice for business events when someone else paid), but not proportionately to their prices. When I spend my own money, I would choose Yasuda.

Dec 28, 2010
SamanthaNYC in Manhattan

Special Dinner for Two

I agree with ChemWork. Daniel did a very nice renovation several years back and the dining room is intimate and tastefully decorated. Good choice for a second wedding dinner!

Nov 03, 2010
SamanthaNYC in Manhattan

What would be on your NYC Restaurant "Bucket List"?

Also assuming unlimited money to spend, my bucket list top five would include:

Per Se
Le Bernardin
Jean Georges
Masa
Alain Ducasse

Nov 03, 2010
SamanthaNYC in Manhattan

Need Recommendation for a Ramen place in NYC for dinner with a 12 year old...

I also recommend Menchankotei - great ramen, and they allow you to customize to some degree.

Aug 31, 2010
SamanthaNYC in Manhattan

Mangosteens in NYC?

Mangosteens are definitely nothing like mangoes! Flushing/Queens Chinatown is definitely the way to go... I saw them earlier this year.

Aug 31, 2010
SamanthaNYC in Manhattan

Hotel Marlowe Cambridge- Recommendations

Within walking distance, definitely try Helmand - excellent food! Similans is good Thai food, but nothing special. Closeby and still in Cambridge, try Oleana - very good food from a James Beard award-winning chef.

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The Similans
145 1st St, Cambridge, MA 02142

Oleana
134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

8 Days of Eating in NYC

Chickaliscious serves amazing desserts, but it's a small place so try to go early if you can to avoid the lines.

Aug 31, 2010
SamanthaNYC in Manhattan

upper east side - chinese and pizza

Shun Lee Palace is still pretty good too for Chinese. Not the best and on the expensive side (depending on how you define neighborhood restaurant), but pretty good for UES.

May 19, 2010
SamanthaNYC in Manhattan

Le Bernardin tomorrow night - prix fixe or tasting menu?

The tasting menu is very good! Both the skate and octopus are amazing.

May 19, 2010
SamanthaNYC in Manhattan

Top 5 Most Overrated in Manhattan

I agree Momofuku and Momofuku Ssam are both not worth repeat visits. There are better Asian and Asian-inspired places in town. For traditional Asian noodles, try Soba-Ya - very good, but traditional, so you have to be into the food, and not the hype. For more hyped up scene (yet elegant) and good casual food, but expensive, there is of course Bar Masa.

May 17, 2010
SamanthaNYC in Manhattan