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Where to grab brekkie near bowling green station?

Sorry for the late reply. I did see where Financier is (are) on the map, not TOO far away. Plus it really looks worth it.

Thanks to you both!

Jul 01, 2010
shannongr in Manhattan

Potentially silly question about bars

True, true.

I was just trying to plan ahead a little - to get something small in our stomachs but not enough to detract from that evening's dinner.

Thanks to all who answered.

Jun 26, 2010
shannongr in Manhattan

Potentially silly question about bars

Sounds like I may be in for a crap shoot then, eh?

Jun 26, 2010
shannongr in Manhattan

Potentially silly question about bars

You know your bars! (That's a good thing, by the way...)

Probably too much to ask if you know anything of RTR? Anyone, anyone? Bueller?

Jun 26, 2010
shannongr in Manhattan

Potentially silly question about bars

Me again,

I hope this isn't a stupid question, but here goes.

When out for "nice" drinks in Manhattan (upscale bar or restaurant bar), is it customary to get a complimentary bowl of nuts or something of that ilk?

I ask because we are going to the Russian Tea Room (I know, I know, it's touristy and food is mediocre but I wanted to see it without having to actually eat there) for their vodka tasting happy hour and are wondering if we'll have order anything to combat the booze or not. (We'd rather have something small just to nibble as we imbibe, like the nuts - hence my question!)

I suppose I'm wondering this for all "nicer" bars (not pubs) as well. When we lived in Chicago it was not customary, so I wondered about NY.

Thanks for any help!

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Russian Tea Room
150 W 57th Street, New York, NY 10019

Jun 26, 2010
shannongr in Manhattan

Where to grab brekkie near bowling green station?

Hello all,

My husband and I are going to be catching the SI ferry early-ish (9 a.m. give or take) on a Saturday coming up and want to grab a good breakfast for the trip.

Take-out is probably best - maybe a nice pastry and/or good bagel sandwich?

We'll be getting off the subway at Bowling Green. Any nearby ideas?

Thanks very much.

Jun 26, 2010
shannongr in Manhattan

Prixe Fixe options - help choosing

Thank you

Jun 18, 2010
shannongr in Manhattan

Prixe Fixe options - help choosing

Just to follow up on my original post, I saw that Brasserie 8 1/2 also has a decent-looking Prix fixe dinner. Can anyone recommend this place (or not)?

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Brasserie 8 1/2
9 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019

Jun 18, 2010
shannongr in Manhattan

Prixe Fixe options - help choosing

Hmmm, my "a" key is sticking - I meant "having" and "launching" of course

Jun 18, 2010
shannongr in Manhattan

Prixe Fixe options - help choosing

I'm hving trouble lunching the salon menu from their site - is it more like a Prix fixe?

Thanks

Jun 18, 2010
shannongr in Manhattan

Prixe Fixe options - help choosing

See what you get for not paying attention...thanks

Jun 16, 2010
shannongr in Manhattan

Prixe Fixe options - help choosing

Well, I realize he couldn't be cooking at every place every night, but I hoped his guidance would show through wherever he put his name.

Maybe Lupa is a better choice. Better pricing too. Plus it seems Babbo is the target of more "hate or love" messages...

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Lupa
170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

Babbo
110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

Jun 16, 2010
shannongr in Manhattan

Prixe Fixe options - help choosing

When is the last time you were at Cafe Cluny? I didn't see that special on their website.

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Cafe Cluny
284 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014

Jun 16, 2010
shannongr in Manhattan

Prixe Fixe options - help choosing

The menu on-site looks good! Better than Babbo maybe?

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Babbo
110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

Jun 16, 2010
shannongr in Manhattan

Prixe Fixe options - help choosing

Can I ask a potentially silly question?

People seem so divided over Mario Batali's places. Some think he's a demi-god, other think his restaurants are over-hyped, some think he's just good for pasta, etc. etc.

From what I've observed of him, he seems to have real cooking chops and knows a heck of a lot about Italiian cusine. I considered going to one of his more casual places for lunch. Is it worth the bother?

Jun 16, 2010
shannongr in Manhattan

Prixe Fixe options - help choosing

I agree - a swanky lunch should definitely be on the agenda!

Jun 16, 2010
shannongr in Manhattan

Prixe Fixe options - help choosing

Loved the photos! Make me definitely want to check out EMP.

I noticed that many of the JG places have a good deal- thanks for the idea.

Jun 16, 2010
shannongr in Manhattan

Prixe Fixe options - help choosing

Thanks for the ideas!

Lunch sounds good, it's just that we're not sure where we'll be at lunch time. But definitely something to think about.

Jun 16, 2010
shannongr in Manhattan

Prixe Fixe options - help choosing

About 50 bucks a person, give or take a few (before drinks of course!!)

Thanks,
Kris

Jun 16, 2010
shannongr in Manhattan

Prixe Fixe options - help choosing

Hello,

My husband and I are going to NYC in July (just before Restaurant Week wouldn't you know?). Staying in Midtown and want to stay on the island.

We want to go to some great places for dinner, preferably with good prix fixe menus to keep the budget more reasonable.

What I've found so far is: Artisinal, 21 Club, and Le Cirque, and Russian Tea Room (I know it might be past its prime but I've always wanted to eat there)

What would you choose from these? Or do you know of others?

We love French and Italian in particular and used to live in Chicago, so we "get" big-city fine dining.

Many thanks in advance,
Kris

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21 Club
21 West 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019

Le Cirque
151 East 58th Street, New York, NY 10022

Russian Tea Room
150 W 57th Street, New York, NY 10019

Jun 15, 2010
shannongr in Manhattan