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Monday Night in Chicago need recommendation for restaurant for last minute reservations

Thank you for the recommendation. I made reservations there. Exactly what I was looking for. Everything on the menu looks great and the cocktails look amazing. Cannot wait.

Thanks again.

Aug 22, 2013
RIfoodie29 in Chicago Area

Monday Night in Chicago need recommendation for restaurant for last minute reservations

Thank you for the recommendation. If I was going with different people I Publican would be my choice. I am not sure that the other people in my party would be into the beer hall atmosphere and communal table thing, but for me that would be a perfect fit.

BTW- Sorry I meant to specify that Neighborhood Services is in Dallas, TX

Aug 22, 2013
RIfoodie29 in Chicago Area

Monday Night in Chicago need recommendation for restaurant for last minute reservations

I have 1 night to dine out in Chicago this coming Monday (8-26-13) I am staying in the Hyatt Regency on the Magnificent Mile so something relatively close to there would be great but I am willing to travel for a good meal.

Here are the criteria that I would love for the recommendations to meet:
1. Not Italian food. Traveling from Providence and regularly visiting NYC I have had my fill.
2. I need a place that I am likely to be able to get a reservation at (for between 4 and 6 diners) for monday (only 4 days away I notice top restaurants are booking out weeks and months).
3. Preferably laid back I would rather not have to wear a tie.
4. Creative cuisine- I am never good at describing this part of the request, but Chowhounders around the country have come through for me (NYC, Orlando, Dallas, DC, etc).
5. Love small plates if their is a large selection of them. For example I love Oyamel & Jaleo in DC
6. Service- Obviously everyone loves good service, but I am looking for well informed (know about the ingredients and techniques) but are not snobby about it if you need to ask questions (an ingredient/component I am not familiar with).
7. One of my favorite Chowhound recommendations ever was Neighborhood Services in DC. That is the type of food, service, and atmosphere I am looking for (if any Chicago area Chowhounders are familiar with that as a reference point.
8. Price Point- I would like to keep it around $150 pp including drinks if possible for dinner.

As always thank you to local Chowhounders in advance. For years Chowhound recommendations have led me to some of my most memorable meals ever.

Can wait to see what you come up with.

Aug 21, 2013
RIfoodie29 in Chicago Area

Orlando - Need Three Specific Recommendations near Convention Center

Pio Pio was really hard to find. Very tucked away in a side shopping mall. Almost gave up. Glad i didn't. Had a quarter chicken with rice & beans and casava. Chicken was amazing! I could have eaten 4 whole birds. Casava (which was like fried yucca) was awesome super crispy and not too dense or starchy. The white dipping suace (garlic sauce?) Was great. The green sauce almlst blew my head off and i generally like hot food but that was crazy. Rice was perfect and beans on the side so you coukd mix yourself. Ate every bite. Good red sangria. The two stars were the tres leches cake. Which was the best i have ever had by a longshot &the service. I was eating alone which can be awkward nut my waiter was ultra friendly. Great tunes playing too (i love latin music). Whole meal $29 with tip how can you beat that?

So you far have loved all the chowhound recommendations. Atlanta, Chicago, NYC, Dallas, Salem, Ma, Savannah, The Bershires, Block Island chowhound never fails.

Last meal tomorrow Press 101.

Thanks guys!

Sep 10, 2012
RIfoodie29 in Florida

Orlando - Need Three Specific Recommendations near Convention Center

Ok i am down here now, and here's the update:
1. Sunday -of started at Miller's Ale House &the it was perfect. Had a beer sampler that was cheap with a bunch of good beers, the house special zingers (garlic butter/hot sauce) which were very yummy, &the a $2.95 Captain & Coke (what a deal). JETS game was on 2with tvs &there was tons of wild Jets fans going crazy during the blow out win. Perfect recommendation.
2. Last night went to Tu Tu Tango. - the hostest was not good and did not listen to us about where we wanted to sit. The waitress was awesome however. Had a special mojito with basil &the some awesome rum $5.95 delicious. Had empenadas which were awesome, cilantro cream that came with it was excellent. Had tuna tacos on hard shells (my favorite). Had korean pork sliders recommended by the waitress. They were just ok. They seemed like they were trying to pull off a pork bun and it didnt work. I am a pork bun officionado Nycs bauhaus, fatty crab & momofuko). It was not in the class of nyc greats but tasted ok. The art in cttt is awesome. My co-worker bought three pieces of art for her office & loved it.

3. Went to Bakery Pao Gostoso today for lunch. WOW WOW WOW. Had a chicken & cheese, beef & cheese & guava paste epenada, a chicken &cheese cheese ball & a special soda. It was all $12the and amazing. I then went to an obesity presentation and felt real guilty.

Tonight i am about to head to Pio Pio. I would go to the Rusty Spoon but wanted to stay a bit closer because there is an event at the conference i am at at The Peabody.

Thanks to all those that gave recommendations. Everything has been perfect so far. Chowhound has still never let me down.

Thanks
Matt

Sep 10, 2012
RIfoodie29 in Florida

Orlando - Need Three Specific Recommendations near Convention Center

Whoops forgot about the Rusty Spoon. I will definitely give that a try.

Sep 08, 2012
RIfoodie29 in Florida

Orlando - Need Three Specific Recommendations near Convention Center

Even worse, The Ravenous Pig is not open for dinner on Sunday or Monday ARGGHHHH!

Definitely will hit Miller's for the Zingers and the game, put I don't have a dinner recommendations.

I am thinking Cafe Tu Tu Tango for one night and Pio Pio the other night. Anyone have any alternative recommendations for a dinner?

Sep 08, 2012
RIfoodie29 in Florida

Orlando - Need Three Specific Recommendations near Convention Center

You are hitting exactly what I love. The Rusty Spoon looks good as well.

Sep 07, 2012
RIfoodie29 in Florida

Orlando - Need Three Specific Recommendations near Convention Center

Guys thanks, I am looking into them. I would kill to go Cask & Larder. Unfortunately I arrive Sunday & leave tuesday at 3 do I won't be able get there. I would grab brunch there sunday but they are not open for brunch until next weekend. That is exactly the type of menu I like. Damn!

Sep 07, 2012
RIfoodie29 in Florida

Orlando - Need Three Specific Recommendations near Convention Center

I am flying into Orlando Sunday Morning and I need 3 recommendations:
1. I need a good place to catch the 1:00pm Football game. I need a place that will have all games playing because I am trying to catch the Jets-Bills game (huge Jets fan). Would love a place with great wings or pub food (wing deal would be great).

2. I was hoping to spend some time on a rooftop deck/bar. Need a reccomendation of a place that would be open on Sunday or Monday night . I don't need a great crowd just a cool place to look out over the city.

3. Need one good restaurant recommendation. I plan on having two dinners out (Sunday & Monday) I pretty much think The Ravenous Pig is a definite for me because that is my type of food. I am looking for foodie food. Probably not ethnic food because I go to NYC everyone in a while and feel I can pretty much get the best ethnic food there (or DC which I visit often).

Chowhound has never steered me wrong. Thanks in advance for any recommendations.

Matt- Charlestown, RI

Last thing, are there any local beers or spirits I should definitely try? If it's not beer I generally lean towards bourbon.

Sep 06, 2012
RIfoodie29 in Florida

Teen Friendly Place CT Shoreline

DonShirer. Thanks Oliver's was perfict. Food was exactly as you described (decent). I had wings that were fine. Had a ceasar salad that was aweful. Deserts were homemade and looked very good. Nice beer selection! Had Goose Island Honkers!!!!!

Game room was perfect for the kids.

Plus they had the Rangers game on and they won game 7. Tons of Rangers fans.

Perfect for what I was looking for.

Thanks again

Teen Friendly Place CT Shoreline

DonShirer. Thanks so much Olivers looks absolutely perfect! Love Chowhound. I let you know how it was Sunday morning. Thanks again.

Matt

Block Island dinner?

I wanted to go to Eli's last summer when I was out there but it just didn't work out, I have heard great things.

I would not go to Dead Eyed Dicks I have been there a bunch of times and never had a good meal based on the price.

I like The Oar, I think it is good food to price value.

My father in law stays out there for a month every summer on his boat in new harbor and eats everywhere. He swears by the small restaurant in the Narragansett Inn by new harbor (near Dead Eyed Dicks). Nto many people even know they have a restaurant.

There is also a place up the hill if you are facing the island when you get off the ferry. It is an outdoor place BYOB which is cool that has well made eclectic food. Had fun there once a couple of summers ago, but can recall the name.

Newport- special occasion lunch

I agree with Castle Hill although depending on when you go, you can have very different experiences. My wife and I have done our anniversary there for years. Generally on weekday nights. It is peaceful, amazing views, amazing service, and amazing food. Two years ago we went on a Friday night and the outdoor patio bar was hopping with cougars that had drank to much and the table next to us seemed like they were directly off of the set of the housewifes of New Jersey, it was not conducive to a romantic anniversary experience. All of our experiences there have been top notch.

Last year we went to the Spiced Pear at the Chanler and it was awesome. I thought the view at Castle Hill was better. Chanler was a spectacular meal with wine pairings (generous pours) really really expensive.

I have heard good things about Tallulah on Thames.

The Boat House (I think that is what it is called, it is in the same group as Castle Hill, Newport Restaurant Group) is very very good as well. More of a harbor view but very good food and very good service.

Went to Perro Salado in October and the food and service were both very good. Not nearly as fancy as the first two but good and fun.

Teen Friendly Place CT Shoreline

Looking for a place to grab dinner with a friend and our two teen sons. I would be great if someone could recommend a place with something for teens to do when they get bored:
1. Pool Table
2. Dart Board
3. Foosball table
4. Shuflleboard
etc.

I would be open to a cool food place with a nearby activity that we could hit. Restaurant with a bowling ally or arcade nearby.

There are places like this in RI like Dave & Busters, Rick's Roadhouse, etc, hoping someone can identify a similiar place in CT.

A good sports bar that would be tolerant of well behaved teenaged boys could be good as well.

Westerly RI dinner; South County breakfast

High street cafe in westerly is very good for brunch & dinner. Brunas table is supposed to be good, but I have never been there personally. The bridge is good as well. If anyone in your group likes beer, you must get a beer & pretzel at malted barley in westerly. They have the best fresh pretzels anywhere.
Enjoy westerly it is a great little town.
Matt

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Bruna's Cafe
98 Bay St, Westerly, RI 02891

Small Budget - Great nighttime view ---- Possible?

Just figured it out me bar's last night. That could be fun.

Still interested in this question "I know this is a lot of ground to cover but any can't miss pub/tavern type places between Runsey Field and Times Square. Maybe something very similiar to the Waterfront Ale House? I love that place and would love to hit something in between the concert and the bar with a view."

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Waterfront Ale House
540 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10016

Sep 25, 2011
RIfoodie29 in Manhattan

Small Budget - Great nighttime view ---- Possible?

Which place is closing kathryn? Me bar?

BTW thanks for a lot of other great reccomendations. So far I am following your pick of Baohaus on friday and Danji on Saturday night (reservation for 10).

Just found out that the Black Eyed Peas show is a no alcohol event so I should have a lot of cash in my pocket since I won't be dropping 11 per beer.

I know this is a lot of ground to cover but any can't miss pub/tavern type places between Runsey Field and Times Square. Maybe something very similiar to the Waterfront Ale House? I love that place and would love to hit something in between the concert and the bar with a view.

Thoughts?

Thanks,
Matt

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Waterfront Ale House
540 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10016

Danji
346 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

Sep 25, 2011
RIfoodie29 in Manhattan

Small Budget - Great nighttime view ---- Possible?

Thanks guys, I took a look at the view lounge. Might give that a try since it is around the corner from my hotel. If it is too expensive we can just do one and out. Always have Heartland Brewery to fall back to if it is real expensive.

It would be great if someone who has been there could quote some prices.

Will take a look at Rainbow and Stars.

Also found me bar at the top of La Quinta which is a little further south then where we are staying, but I have heard it is very low key which we will likely be looking for after 60,0000 people in the park with the Black Eyed Peas

Thanks

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Me Bar
17 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

Sep 24, 2011
RIfoodie29 in Manhattan

Small Budget - Great nighttime view ---- Possible?

Spending 3 days in the City next weekend. Going to the Black Eyed Peas in the Park Friday night. Trying to find a place to keep the night rolling with a great city view but on the affordable side.

After 6 $11 beers at the concert, I will be looking to give my wallet a break.

Looking for something with a view with reasonably priced drinks. ($7-8 beers, $10 cocktails). It would be cool if it had bar snacks as well.

Hitting BaoHaus and The Mermaid Inn Happy Hour and a half before the show.

I know this might be an impossible request, but i thought I would give it a shot.

A rooftop bar would be perfect or just a bar with a great view.

We are staying in the Times Square area so anything between Rumsey Field and Central park would be great.

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Mermaid Inn
96 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

BaoHaus
238 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003

Sep 23, 2011
RIfoodie29 in Manhattan

Happy Hour/Hungry Hour Specials near Westminster Street in Providence

Does Aspire list their appy hour menu anywhere, I cannot seem to find it?

Providence Pizza

Bobby & Timmy' Grilled Pizza (Spruce Street?) just off of the federal hill section is really good grilled pizza (although I haven't been in a couple of years). Also Al Forno just off of Wickenden street makes an amazing pie (the rest of their food is very good and very expensive as well). On Wickenden street Felini's also make a respectable slice (expensive slices).

Drinks & Bar Snacks Near Rumsey Field (69th @ 5th)

Coasts thanks for the reply. Not sure if that is what I was looking for. Hard to see what the drink prices are from the menu, and no happy hour specials listed on the website.

I'll keep searching

Sep 15, 2011
RIfoodie29 in Manhattan

Happy Hour/Hungry Hour Specials near Westminster Street in Providence

I have class at URI Providence on Wednesday nights and want to treat myself to a snack and possibly a cocktail before class (just one folks).

Looking for a place with good happy hour/hungry hour food specials in the area.

I have been to McCormick & Schmidts Hungry hour and really enjoyed it.

I noticed that Tazza reopened right accross the street and has $1 raw bar, but I don't know how much food they move so I am a bit suspiscous (any experiences)?

Wondering what else is around in walking distance.

Thanks

Dinner in/near Groton, CT

Olio - http://olioct.com/olio/index.shtml

It is in the same restuarant group at Bravo Bravo. I have had 2 great meals there. Creative specials. Very attentive staff and a friendly atmosphere. Watch out because the waiters like to push the booze.

Fun place when it is packed.

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Bravo Bravo Restaurant
20 E Main St, Mystic, CT 06355

Drinks & Bar Snacks Near Rumsey Field (69th @ 5th)

Trying to find a place with relatively affordable drinks (Beers<=$7 & Drinks<=$10) and really good affordable bars snacks/happy hour specials (Per plate <=$10) near the entrance of Rumsey field.

I will be going on a friday night (9-30-11).

It can be up to 8 to 10 blocks away.

I am going the night of the Black Eyed Peas Concert in the Park, so a place that others might not flock to would be great.

Thanks in advance!

Sep 15, 2011
RIfoodie29 in Manhattan

3 Days in NYC for 40th Birthday Celebration with friends - Need help fine tuning plans

I can be flexible with that amount. I would say no that is just food and drinks. Tax and tips on top of that

Sep 09, 2011
RIfoodie29 in Manhattan

3 Days in NYC for 40th Birthday Celebration with friends - Need help fine tuning plans

Heading to NYC from Rhode Island to celebrate my 40th birthday 9-30-11 to 10-2-11. Planning on celebrating with my 4 favorite things, friends, food, music, and the greatest city in the world NYC!

The whole weekend revolves around a couple of music events. We are all spending a good bit on hotels, concert tickets, drinks and the concerts, etc so we are looking to keep the food affordable (75 per person with drinks per meal).

Here is what I have come up so far. I open interested in opinions on what I already have and alternative suggestions that would make the itinerary even better.

A couple of the friends I am traveling with like food but are not very adventurous. Every place needs to have drinks.

Many of the friends I am meeting up with are joining me at the music events, but other friends might just join the celebration for meals so the reccomendations should be fun places that are not stuffy, and are comfortable to hang out at (they don't rush you out of your table if you are just ordering drinks after a meal)

Here we go:

Friday

Lunch- BaoHaus - for this meal I am really looking for a great pork bun. I have been to Momofuko a number of times and love it. Been to the Fatty Crab and loved the bun there. Looking for something different. Right now the plan is to grab some buns and eat at a nearby bar that allows you to bring in food so I could use a nearby bar reccomendation.

Early Dinner/Drinks/Bar Food- Lan Kai - for this meal looking for a bar with interesting bar food/ bar snacks.

Music - Black Eyed Peas in the park

After music drinks snacks - we are staying in times square (I had points and we are staying at the Distrikt which is very nice). We are open to anything from the field to times square.

Saturday

Lunch- Mollys- I want a place that we can hang out for hours. Has a lot of character (preferably irish) and a great burger

Dinner (Needs to be near Terminal 5) - Ardesia- again open to alternatives

Music - Ben Harper at Terminal 5

After music drinks/snacks - anywhere between terminal 5 and times square - Cheap drinks appreciated (after dropping big bucks at the peas and ben harper)

Sunday-

Jazz Brunch - Jules Bistro - looking for a jazz brunch with good food. Open to alternative reccomendations.

Can wait to see with what you chowhounders come up with.

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Jules Bistro
65 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

Fatty Crab
643 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

Ardesia
510 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

Terminal 5
610 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

BaoHaus
238 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003

Sep 09, 2011
RIfoodie29 in Manhattan

What to do in the Berkshires?

It is worth the trip down to Great Barrington. Lots of good restuarants and a very nice mainstreet for walking around. Monument Mountain in Great Barrington is a nice hike. Then hit Barrington Brewing company for a quick beer and a sandwich. The steak and stout is always satisfying.

Baohaus

I absolutely cannot wait for the bao there! Hopefully they will have some great speacial when I am there. My trip is already starting to fall apart a little bit. I was supposed to meet people for a Ben Harper concert and it sold out quickly with only me an my wife getting tickets. Hopefully I can just sell them and find some other awesome music to see.

I had found music in that area. Oh well, I am relatively confident (being sarcastic) that there will be other awesome music occuring in NYC.

Thanks for all the info.

Matt

Jul 19, 2011
RIfoodie29 in Manhattan