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Graduation dinner recommendations

The dinner will be on a Thursday evening.

Apr 29, 2013
detroit1010 in Manhattan

Graduation dinner recommendations

We will be celebrating a graduation within the next few weeks. Trying to pick a quiet place for a party of 6 to eat dinner, probably either Italian or American. Must have great food for both meat-eaters and vegetarians. Price not a limiting factor short of Per Se and the like. We've recently been to, and loved Craft, L'Apico, ABC Kitchen.

Was considering Sfoglia but looking for other suggestions.

Apr 28, 2013
detroit1010 in Manhattan

Kauai Trip Report

What are some other local favorites besides Josselins?

Mar 08, 2013
detroit1010 in Hawaii

Great desserts on Upper East Side

Going out to dinner this weekend with a visitor on the Upper East Side but not thrilled with the dessert options. Want to take my guest out for a great dessert - preferably something in the 60s-70s. Nothing too extravagant (like a dessert tasting menu).

Feb 19, 2013
detroit1010 in Manhattan

One Meal in Baltimore

I am staying at the Tremont Suites on St Paul Place.

One Meal in Baltimore

I am traveling to Baltimore from New York for business and I'll be staying in the Downtown area. I am looking for something within walking distance or a short cab for a classic Baltimore lunch. Price not terribly important - just looking for the best Baltimore has to offer.

Best Meat Dish in NYC

While it is just as expensive as the terrific steak at Minetta, Craft occasionally has a dry-aged ribeye for 2 that is insanely good. In fact, those two are my favorite steaks in the city.

Oct 29, 2012
detroit1010 in Manhattan

Looking for something "fresh" on Upper East Side (UES)

I'm thinking about trying Amali. Anyone been recently?

Oct 04, 2012
detroit1010 in Manhattan

Looking for something "fresh" on Upper East Side (UES)

As the title suggests, I am looking for a restaurant with food that screams freshness on the Upper East Side. A place like ABC Kitchen or Northern Spy Co where the dishes are simple and the delicious ingredients speak for themselves.

I know a favorite is Beyoglu, which in some ways fits this criteria, but I was less than enthused on my last visit there.

I'm looking for anything from ABC Kitchen prices to a takeout joint. Ambiance not as important as food. Any suggestions?

Oct 04, 2012
detroit1010 in Manhattan

Best Black and White Cookies?

I'd recommend Glaser's on the UES way ahead of Greenberg. i've had both and in my opinion Glaser's is far superior (and significantly cheaper, if I remember correctly). Zaro's are good too.

Sep 29, 2012
detroit1010 in Manhattan

cheap, casual on the UES?

I've been to the Szechuan Gourmet a few times - its really good - far better than anything else I've had in this neighborhood. Also, I never dined in at Wa Jeal but there is a waiter at SG who I would definitely describe as gregarious - I'm wondering if he's moved down the street.

Sep 18, 2012
detroit1010 in Manhattan

Grand Szechuan - UES

I know Grand Szechuan is new on the Upper East Side but I haven't heard any reports on it so I wanted to write about my experience there last night. In one word: excellent. The restaurant was pretty empty when we first arrived (around 730) but filled a little more as the meal went on. Service was very attentive - we had a waiter who was willing to give recommendations and thoughts based on our likes/dislikes. We ate the cold noodles in sesame vinaigrette, cumin lamb, and a chicken dish (cannot remember the details). All around a really great meal. Anyone else been there? The menu is huge so I'm looking for other recommendations on dishes to order.

Sep 08, 2012
detroit1010 in Manhattan

fresh tagliatelle?

At Il Mulino in the Forum Shops I recently ate fresh pasta prepared with a bolognase sauce. It was terrific.

Jul 06, 2012
detroit1010 in Las Vegas

Las Vegas recommendations needed - 5 Dinners!!

Just got back from Las Vegas and wanted to report back on a few of our meals.

CUT: Great steak, great sides, good service - all together a very good meal and a fabulous steakhouse.

Nobhill: A disappointment. The food was mediocre and the service was not particularly accommodating.

China Poblano: Homemade noodles and buns were really good. Slightly overpriced but great for lunch.

BLT Burger, Holsteins: both places were great for burgers. Not sure which one I liked better - probably Holsteins - but you can't go wrong with either.

Bouchon/Bakery: Can't go wrong at either for breakfast/brunch.

Thank you all for your help. It was a great few days of eating. Please feel free to ask any questions if you have any.

Jul 05, 2012
detroit1010 in Las Vegas

Las Vegas recommendations needed - 5 Dinners!!

Thank you all for your comments. Unfortunately we will not have a car so we'll probably stay on the strip for all of our meals. After reading the boards and some other reviews, I've compiled the following list:

Dinners:
- Nobhill Tavern
- CUT vs. Delmonicos
- Valentino Grill

Low-key dinners/lunch:
- Public House
- BLT Burger vs. Halsteins
- DOCG vs. Otto vs. Wolfgang Puck Cocina
- Fiamma
- China Poblano

Breakfast/brunch:
- Mon Ami Gabi
- Bouchon
- Central

I'd appreciate any thoughts on these places and/or alternatives if you prefer something else to those listed above. Thanks!

Jun 13, 2012
detroit1010 in Las Vegas

Las Vegas recommendations needed - 5 Dinners!!

I am going to Las Vegas for 5 nights with my family and we need to figure out where to eat our dinners. Price is not especially important but we prefer traditional appetizer/entree/desert as opposed to prix fix meals. One member of my family eats mostly red meat (steak, burgers, etc) and another is a vegetarian.

I was thinking at least 1 night at a steakhouse (and browsing the boards it seems that CUT is considered the best), 1 night of Italian, 1 night low-key, maybe burgers (board opinion seems to be BLT Steak is best), and then 2 nights of something else.

Am open to all suggestions/opinions.

Also looking for breakfast/lunch recommendations. Maybe a trip to In-and-Out (we are coming from the east coast)?

Jun 12, 2012
detroit1010 in Las Vegas

Better than Peter Luger's?

The steak for 2 at Craft is remarkably good. Better than Luger's, better than Minetta, better than Keens (if you ask me).

Feb 22, 2012
detroit1010 in Manhattan

Another great meal at Hecho en Dumbo

Can anyone comment on how long the wait is for a table either on a weeknight or weekend?

Feb 14, 2012
detroit1010 in Manhattan

Exciting restaurant for dinner tonight?

I've been eyeing Ma Peche for awhile, so with this suggestion in mind, maybe I'll give it a try tonight! In any case, it looks like it might be a Momofuku night no matter what I choose. And that's not a bad thing.

Feb 10, 2012
detroit1010 in Manhattan

Exciting restaurant for dinner tonight?

I thank you for your suggestions and agree that WD50 would most likely be a great meal, but it's a little bit too expensive for me.

Feb 10, 2012
detroit1010 in Manhattan

Exciting restaurant for dinner tonight?

So I have to work a late shift tonight, until 9, so I wanted to go out for a delicious meal after work. Originally, I booked a table at David Burke Townhouse to take advantage of the last night of RW, but realized that I'm more interested in something much more...interesting.

My next (and current) thought is Momofuku Ssam bar. I've eaten here a couple of times before and have loved my meal ever since. I always find the food and flavors to be exciting, different, and fresh to me. But, I'm wondering if people have a suggestion for another restaurant (similar price range, preferably on the east side of Manhattan from EV to UES) where you find the food to be similarly exciting.

Feb 10, 2012
detroit1010 in Manhattan

It's my wife's 50th but she doesn't like Lamb's Brains

What about Rubirosa?

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Rubirosa
235 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

Jan 08, 2012
detroit1010 in Manhattan

birthday request (slightly odd)

So today is my birthday and I had plans to go with my family out to dinner tonight. But, as luck would have it, I had a bad case of the stomach flu yesterday and am still feeling a little off. We'd still like to go out to dinner tonight, but I'm looking for something a little lighter than the steakhouse dinner we had planned. Any location, any price in Manhattan should do. Odd request, I know, but I'm open to all suggestions. Thanks and Happy Holidays!!

Dec 26, 2011
detroit1010 in Manhattan

best DRY AGED steak in nyc

While your suggestion is interesting, I think the steak for 2 at Craft is already expensive enough (>$120!); therefore, I'm not sure I can afford any further increase in price. I'll keep my eyes, ears, and mouth open and hopefully I'll find something else out there...

Dec 14, 2011
detroit1010 in Manhattan

best DRY AGED steak in nyc

This thread is quite old (over a year) but your recommendation is nonetheless a great one. Since posting this question, I've twice dined at Craft. The second time, I had the ribeye for 2 and as I posted in another thread, I thought it was most likely the best steak I've ever had (a title previously held by Minetta Tavern).

Anyone know of any meat out there that can hold a candle to the Craft steak? I was thinking of trying the 65 day aged ribeye from Prime House but they seem to get very tepid reviews.

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Craft
43 E. 19th St., New York, NY 10003

Dec 13, 2011
detroit1010 in Manhattan

ABC Kitchen - farm fresh excellence

I'm looking to go to ABC Kitchen some time in the near future and am wondering if people have an opinion as to whether it is better for a weekend brunch or for dinner? Both menus appeal to me, maybe the dinner a little more than brunch, but it is (not surprisingly) easier to get a reasonable time at brunch compared to dinner.

Dec 09, 2011
detroit1010 in Manhattan

More than just great steak!

Reporting back:

Overall, a phenomenal meal. First, the cocktail program is fantastic - I had a drink with whiskey, honey, and ginger that was terrific. Second, and most importantly, the food. The steak at Craft is towards the top of my list of best pieces of meat I've ever eaten in my life - it was incredibly flavorful and tender. We also loved the sides - roasted brussel sprouts, butterball potatoes - and desert (I mean, how can you go wrong with fresh, hot donuts). Service was friendly and professional.

In my opinion, anyone looking for a non-steakhouse meal with an outrageously good steak, Craft is your place - a near perfect meal from start to finish.

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Craft
43 E. 19th St., New York, NY 10003

Nov 11, 2011
detroit1010 in Manhattan

More than just great steak!

Thanks, Kathryn.

We've been to Minetta Tavern and (of course) loved it, but it is impossible to get a dinner reservation at - ditto Babbo.

I guess I'm looking for something that's on the verge of being a steakhouse, but not quite there, if that makes any sense...

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Babbo
110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

Minetta Tavern
113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

Nov 03, 2011
detroit1010 in Manhattan

More than just great steak!

I'm going to dinner with an old friend this weekend - he is a real meat and potatoes guy but I like something a little more interesting, not an old-fashion steakhouse (ie/Keen's). We are thinking of Craft, which I've been to once before and adored, and I have heard that their porterhouse for 2 is phenomenal, but I am still open to other suggestions. Anything else out there? Or, is the porterhouse at Craft that good?

Nov 03, 2011
detroit1010 in Manhattan

Backup for Torrisi

This is my suggestion, too. Great food, fun environment.

Oct 29, 2011
detroit1010 in Manhattan