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New Years Day help

Any restaurants open on New Year's day on the outer cape? (Brewster to Ptown)

Dec 30, 2013
alfresca in Southern New England

Large group for birthday dinner with children

Great suggestion, it was on my list! Will call now..

Nov 22, 2013
alfresca in Manhattan

Large group for birthday dinner with children

Well funny you should ask.. I called Buddokan and they were happy to offer 1/2 of their center table for $75 pp not including tax tip or beverages, in other words for food only..that is a little over my budget for a 7yr old's b'thday .
For the 4 yr old's birthday the same group went to Fonda in Park Slope (her favorite restaurant), had a great meal with lots of margaritas (the kids had Boings), the bill came to $65 pp all in. So something like that is what I had in mind...
And the hour is getting late.. The birthday is in 2 weeks!

Nov 22, 2013
alfresca in Manhattan

Large group for birthday dinner with children

Actually for my sophisticated granddaughter turning 7, loves sushi and Asian. Benihana, last year's wonderful pick (considering..) not available for us this year :( we are 15 in all. Any ideas??

Nov 18, 2013
alfresca in Manhattan

Special dinners in Provincetown - recs requested

Ceraldi? What is that? We were devasted when Sol closed.

Jul 31, 2013
alfresca in Southern New England

Anywhere interesting to have dinner on the outer cape this weekend?

Looks promising! Interesting menu, we'll try it

Apr 15, 2013
alfresca in Southern New England

Anywhere interesting to have dinner on the outer cape this weekend?

Opens in May, I think

Apr 15, 2013
alfresca in Southern New England

Anywhere interesting to have dinner on the outer cape this weekend?

I can't think of what is open beside wicked oyster... Any suggestions, brewster to ptown...

Apr 11, 2013
alfresca in Southern New England

Help! Any recs for an upscale Chinese?

Wow chowhounds! I can't believe this thread started back up after a year! It's fully one year later..
We went to SL West and they put us in the cafe room, not even the main dining room..that said, we had a splendid time, the little ones ran around somewhat, crawled under the table and also sat sometimes, dining on who can remember by now, nothing exotic to us but it was to them, and mainly the ingredients were fresh and tasty and they ate as did the grownups who also imbibed bottles of delicious wines brought by the oenophile among us. The restaurant seemed not to have any issues with us byob! So it was kind of a private chinese banquet and all was well..
Thanks for all your inputs, want to try them all tho maybe not with little ones..
So the year ground on and then there was Sandy...kid's house in Red Hook trashed... Now the birthday will be pizza in the rental in Prospect Heights.. But not to worry, life goes on!!
We eat to live but also live to eat!!

Mar 18, 2013
alfresca in Manhattan

Lay it on me, hounds--best dining on Outer Cape

I could not agree more! Although in my two visits to the Bistro I never have had anything edible let alone memorable. Total rip-off. Such a pity, they turned that old clam shack into such an attractive spot and then dropped the ball. I also find the coffee disappointingly tasteless, but forgive them all for the spectacular pastries and breads. They also sell a few reliably good cheeses and sometimes you can buy slices of a pretty wonderful pate they make. I just can't understand how the Bistro can be so bad and yet be so busy.

Oct 19, 2012
alfresca in Southern New England

Daniel Boulud?

I never have either and I have eaten in every one of his restaurants, from the great Daniel, to dbBistro, to DBGB to Cafe Boulud, Boulud Sud and the Bar, and I have savored every sip and spoonfull. This is the reason I bothered to post on Chow, I was shocked and dismayed, not to say embarrassed, since my family came on my recommendation..wondered if it was me, or if others have had a similar experience..

Oct 17, 2012
alfresca in Manhattan

Daniel Boulud?

Do you have his phone #?

Oct 17, 2012
alfresca in Manhattan

Daniel Boulud?

This past Sunday

Oct 16, 2012
alfresca in Manhattan

Daniel Boulud?

What happened?? We met family who had gone to a concert at Lincoln Center at Bar Boulud and it was a nightmare experience. My salad, the autumnal of pear, endive etc, was a mess of wilted and tasteless garbage. My entree, the duck breast, arrived (after a lonnnggg wait) cold. I asked for it to be made hot and it came back 2 minutes later just as tepid. Worse that it was like sawing through shoe leather...I asked for it to be taken back as it was inedible. A real find for $30!! Our table was comped nothing for the inexcusably bad food (no one else was thrilled with their choices..) we paid the humongous bill and all went home feeling slightly ill. I was so embarrassed as I had touted the place...where is Chef Daniel in all of this??

Oct 16, 2012
alfresca in Manhattan

Lay it on me, hounds--best dining on Outer Cape

Actually we ate at the Bookstore several times at the end of the summer, each time hoping our meal was simply them having an "off-day"' but sadly for us, as we love the porch and have always in the past enjoyed the simple but well made and thoughtfully composed food, it just got worse... Which prompted my lament on a different thread about my disappointment in the Cape (well, Outer Cape, anyway) restaurant scene, which led to some shall we say "spirited" defenses of how hard it is to run a restaurant that can both please the tourist and the local, find good help AND be profitable...
It's too bad that this gorgeous place with its wealth of amazing ingredients doesn't support a more vibrant restaurant world. .
Back to the Bookstore -- the onion soup stock tasted canned, the mussels were served in a barely edible glop, fries cold and underdone, lobster salad tasteless and semi frozen. What more could you ask for??
We'll be scarfing down at the wild oyster table at the 'fest, and I'm really looking forward to that!

Oct 06, 2012
alfresca in Southern New England

Lay it on me chowhounds of the cape, part 2

I hope all is ok with them and look forward to their re-opening

Sep 18, 2012
alfresca in Southern New England

Looking for Some Flavor, Outer Cape

What are Mac's Shack and Winslow Tavern? And PB Bistro which I didn 't mention in this post because we hadn't been there yet, but that was the worst though for different reasons than the ones I mentioned.

Sep 18, 2012
alfresca in Southern New England

Looking for Some Flavor, Outer Cape

Well, what are restaurants in business for, if not to please, stimulate and excite their clientele? If you can't stand the heat, then get out of the kitchen, as they say. The restaurants I was referring to, with the exception of the Bookstore which used to be an exceptional pub, are high-end. Not to change your menu for 6 or 7 months is not acceptable, when seasons are spanned. If you are only in business for half the year it seems you ought to be able to take the pressure and give pleasure, because that is what you do! The customers who come in to splurge in September or October are no less worthy than the ones who came in April or May..
It's sad to me that a place like Cape Cod, endowed as it is with the bounty of sea and land, cannot match the beautiful ingredients with cooking that is as creative and inspired as one would hope. I'm sorry, but the bar seems to be set a little bit on the low side.
"Seasonal" is not an excuse, it's a challenge. There is a seasonal restaurant in Rockland Maine called Primo that is probably the best in all of New England. It's so good you practically have to reserve a year in advance!
Phelana, we went to Sol many times this year and had some wonderful meals and a lot of fun. I guess we do go out quite a bit and love to try new places as well as frequenting the ones we love. I was lamenting, truly disappointed in the meals we have had lately, wondering if any other hounds felt the same way or not.

Sep 17, 2012
alfresca in Southern New England

Lay it on me chowhounds of the cape, part 2

They called me and apologized for not being able to honor my res for Sept 15, saying they decided to close for the season on the 10th, so yes, they are closed. Don't know what happened there, because we have gone there even at Christmas time! It was wonderful. At least they called..

Sep 17, 2012
alfresca in Southern New England

Lay it on me chowhounds of the cape, part 2

Many thanks to all for your posts and suggestions..we were set for Abba for September 15 when they called last week and said they were suddenly closing for the season! So we decided to do something completely different and go to hear Leon Russell at the Payomet (awesome!) and got a late res (10 pm) at PB Bistro. We had last been there when it first opened and had a highly disappointing experience but were looking forward to trying again after 3 years...man, quelle d'hommage, it was not good! Place is beautiful, service efficient tho not friendly, but the food was so sub! We started with an amuse bouche of the pumpkin soup, a special for the night, tasted like a cloyingly sweet potage, bland, nothing to kick it up, then we splurged on the fois gras which came on a pile of mashed potatoes - because they had run out of spinach as well as having run out of all their specials - (weird) with whole roasted peanuts strewn on top (weirder) and a large slice of apple tart. The cod wrapped in zucchini with vanilla sauce was inedible and the rotisserie organic chicken was likewise drowned in a thick, gummy sauce that tasted like grey poupon straight out of the jar, served with more mashed potatoes and plain green beans. So boring and not what we had expected! We skipped dessert, which probably would have been the best part, but had had our fill of sweets, paid our rather large bill, went home and took alka seltzer.

Sep 16, 2012
alfresca in Southern New England

Looking for Some Flavor, Outer Cape

Had lunch at Bookstore twice recently and it was not good..every dish was kind of tired, as was the ambiance and the staff..kind of worn out. The bartender poured so much hot pepper or tabasco in the bloody maries they were undrinkable. We also had dinners at Mac's Shack (forgettable) and the "under new management" Winslow Tavern (regrettable, despite glowing review in the Cape Codder). Ditto a recent disappointing meal at Blackfish. It seems like many of my favorite spots on the (Outer) Cape never, or rarely, change their menu during the entire season and by the end of the summer everyone on the staff, from the front to the back of the house is so bored and can't wait until they close..

Sep 14, 2012
alfresca in Southern New England

Lay it on me chowhounds of the cape, part 2

What is in that?? Most cocktails on the cape that I have had tend toward the sweet..they haven't discovered the joys of smoky, peppery essences added to alcohol..
We have not been to Abba in a number of years. The dining room is not grand like 28 Atlantic looks to be but it was elegant in its own way and interesting food..

Aug 29, 2012
alfresca in Southern New England

Lay it on me chowhounds of the cape, part 2

Thank you all. Checking out websites..28 Atlantic looks gorgeous. I now remember going there a number of years ago when looking for a venue for my daughter's wedding! (they decided on the Caribbean..) It was spectacular site then but now looks way better and is exactly what I asked for.
Nauset Beach Club has an interesting menu too, obviously has changed hands since the last time I went down Main St.. We will definitely try that, but not for the anniversary.
Has anyone eaten at Abba lately?

Aug 29, 2012
alfresca in Southern New England

Lay it on me chowhounds of the cape, part 2

Need suggestions for celebratory wedding anniversary dinner saturday night in mid september..someplace that is not blackfish, wicked, sol or pb bistro, but not too far from eastham.

Aug 27, 2012
alfresca in Southern New England

Lay it on me, hounds--best dining on Outer Cape

Me too, they have the great raw bar, french onion soup when it's cold (if anyone can remember that..) terrific salads..what's not to like? Plus the porch is so great to sit on. The only thing i've ever objected to are olives in the bloody marys, just celery for me please..

Aug 27, 2012
alfresca in Southern New England

Lay it on me, hounds--best dining on Outer Cape

I know this is so weird to be replying a year later about Finbar, but I saw this old post when logging in to chound which I infrequently do..we had an awful lunch there early in the summer -- you are correct, tilapia not local fish, greasy everything and gross drinks selection(powered by Coca Cola Company) and fake ice cream! Too bad, they so sold out...

Aug 27, 2012
alfresca in Southern New England

Special dinners in Provincetown - recs requested

I admit I haven't been to Sal & Ciro's for many years, but I walked past it last Sunday and it still looks as wonderful as ever, though with so many other choices I probably would go somewhere else if having dinner In Ptown. Red-sauce Italian was SO Provincetown decades ago but I guess we've all moved on...and speaking of "old Provincetown" I used to love lunch at Fanizzi's after wandering through the art museum, the dining room on the bay with a breeze wafting through the open windows was a delight, seemed very 1940's tho I know it's not THAT old...

Jun 29, 2012
alfresca in Southern New England

Best Pizza on Cape Cod?

You are so right! I'm dating myself. But still wonderful pizza. thanks for posting the address so pizza seekers can find it.... I also love that they have those old fashioned small bottles of coke, icy cold (like we used to get for 10 cents...)

Jun 27, 2012
alfresca in Southern New England

Best Pizza on Cape Cod?

No one in this wonderfully long thread has mentioned Stella Pizza, in the little strip mall in Orleans on 6A before you get to the big one that has Shaw's. Thin crust, fresh local ingredient toppings, pepperoni to die for . Red Barn in Eastham is a definite pass unless you are with many children who need to watch TV while eating.

Jun 26, 2012
alfresca in Southern New England

Special dinners in Provincetown - recs requested

People still rave about Sal & Ciro's and Lorraine's is cute too, with 100's of tequilas though food is spotty, I m also dying to try Red Inn, if I were staying up there I would definitely go, looks amazing. Had a fun lunch at Pepe's Wharf, food average but fine, but the deck on the water was worth it.
If in Wellfleet you must try Sol, amazing and different from anything else on the Cape, lots of Asian inspired dishes and they have a sense of humor which you don't often find...plus they now accept credit cards...Mac's Shack is also delicious (no reservations) and Blackfish in Truro.

Jun 26, 2012
alfresca in Southern New England