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Birthday Dinner Suggestions

End of this month with the birthday on Thursday, August 29. I know drinks will add up quick, that's why I'm hoping to keep the food costs reasonable.

Aug 11, 2013
RobS174 in Manhattan

Birthday Dinner Suggestions

I'm hoping for some help planning my sister's 40th birthday in Manhattan. It's her, her husband's, and our other sister's first time in NY so I want to make sure they have a memorable time. I've booked lunch at Jean Georges to take advantage of the $38 lunch special but I'm a bit stumped for dinner. I'd like to keep dinner a little more casual and less stuffy, around $25-30/pp (not including drinks/tax/tip), ideally in a more charming neighbourhood (West Village?) that would add to the experience, at a more lively restaurant rather than fine dining.

Since NY is new to the three of them I thought they might appreciate checking out some of the places they might have heard of before, so my first thought was The Spotted Pig. I know it'd be quite the wait for a table for 4 at prime dinner hours but we can easily wander around the area and stop off for a drink somewhere while we wait. Very open to other suggestions though if anyone has any.

Only other criteria is that I'd like to keep it south of 23rd St.

Thanks for your help,
Rob

Aug 11, 2013
RobS174 in Manhattan

YEG - Frozen Butternut Squash

Success!

The downtown Planet Organic came through with the Stahlbush brand butternut squash. Luckily it was on sale so definitely a better option than peeling and cubing them myself.

I don't have a Costco membership so I wasn't able to try that but I'll find someone to tag along with the next time I need some. That would definitely be a cost effective and efficient solution.

Thanks to everyone for their replies.

Jul 11, 2013
RobS174 in Prairie Provinces

YEG - Frozen Butternut Squash

Thanks for the reply. I didn't see them at the downtown location but I'll try the southside one; they usually have a better selection.

Jul 08, 2013
RobS174 in Prairie Provinces

YEG - Frozen Butternut Squash

Has anyone come across bags of cubed frozen butternut squash in Edmonton? I've tried my local Save-On, Superstore, etc and haven't had any luck.

Thanks,
Rob

Jul 07, 2013
RobS174 in Prairie Provinces

Downtown Lunch Spots

Today is my last day in Vancouver so I thought I'd come back to this thread with an update. I've managed to try the following in the past few weeks:

-Street Meet - tried it a couple of times, their veggie burger is likely the best I've had. The pulled pork was good quality, but the apple overpowered everything and it just ended up too sweet. I liked the place overall though

-Guanaco – had the pork pupusas. It was delicious, but a bit small and not very filling. The yuca frita and slaw were forgettable.

-Japadog – delicious, but no surprises there since I’ve had it on a few previous trips to Vancouver

-Meat and Bread – ended up here three times. The first two, I thought it was a bit overrated considering all the hype is gets. Then I tried the porchetta. Wow. That one sandwich makes this place worth it

-Fujiya – this ended up my go-to when I had only had 5 minutes to grab something to eat at my desk. Solid, but not really spectacular

-Joyeaux – delicious, but only works if you get there by 11:45 because it gets way too packed. A little annoying that you spend all this time standing in line, but by the time you get close enough to see the menu, you’re at the front of the line and end up panicking and ordering the first thing you see. Or maybe that’s just me.

-Urban Sushi – ended up here twice. All in all it was good, but the service was really mediocre. There’s enough good sushi places around that there isn’t really a reason to go back.

-Giovane Café – had a delicious sandwich and soup. It was pricey though, especially for the tiny portion. I was still hungry enough afterwards to get a Japadog.

-Mogu – the pork miso katsu sandwich was delicious. A bit odd that the only side dish you can get is chicken karaage though. The sandwich itself wasn’t quite filling enough and it would’ve been nice to have a salad, some veggies, or even fries on the side. Having extra fried chicken next to your fried sandwich is a bit much.

-Dae-ji – it was a tasty, quick, filling meal. Did the job but overall it was forgettable.

-Ramen Jinya – perfectly respectable ramen, but again, overall it was forgettable.

-Bali Thai – great quality and delicious food for what looks like a generic food court dive.

-La Taqueria – went a couple of times but never for lunch. Really tasty and the Wednesday special makes it good value as well. I found the vegetarian and fish tacos were way better than the meat ones.

-Anatolia Express – really good quality durum wrap; they put some love and pride into their food and it shows.

-Kaboom Box – the hot smoked salmon sandwich was fantastic. Had the veggie burger another day as well; it was great, but not as good as Street Meet.

-Fresh Local Wild – I was craving fish and chips so ended up here to spend a fortune on their 2-piece cod and chips. It was definitely a great dish, but nearly $20 and having that greasy a lunch is never a good idea in the middle of a work day.

Thanks to everyone for all your suggestions. I appreciated them all and tried out as many as I could. Now to decide what to have for my last lunch here…..

Mar 15, 2013
RobS174 in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)
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Downtown Lunch Spots

I tried La Taqueria over the weekend. Great recommendation. The creamed corn and fish tacos were fantastic. The beef cheek and pork/pineapple tacos were likely good on their own, but seemed bland being on the same plate as the other two.

Tried Joyeaux for lunch today and had the lemongrass fish on rice. Wow. The food was amazing and after looking at other people's dishes, I'm convinced that there are way better choices on the menu. I'll definitely be back to try a few more.

Feb 12, 2013
RobS174 in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Downtown Lunch Spots

I ended up at Mogu yesterday and tried the pork miso katsu sandwich. Highly recommended, I'll definitely be back there to try the rest of the menu.

I'll give Joyeaux a try next week and report back. Looking forward to it.

Feb 09, 2013
RobS174 in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Downtown Lunch Spots

I'm blown away by the number of replies and options. Thanks, everyone.

The 20 minutes wasn't a hard and fast rule, just my way of saying that I wasn't looking for a sit-down restaurant, more of a take-out, quick eatery.

Now to decide if I want Mogu, Joyeaux Cafe, or Guanaco today. Hmmm.........

Feb 08, 2013
RobS174 in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Downtown Lunch Spots

Wow, great suggestions....thanks, everyone. I'll start working my way through these and report back.

Feb 07, 2013
RobS174 in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Downtown Lunch Spots

I'm working out of Vancouver for a few weeks and was hoping for some help finding places to try for lunch. I'm working at Burrard and Pender and am willing to walk 5-10 minutes. I'm looking for places that are more take-out/quick lunch spot than fine dining (i.e. $8-10, in and out in 20 mins). So far I've tried Meat and Bread, which is awesome, and Fujiya for sushi (not the best, but very respectable for the convenience and cost). Considering that sushi and sandwiches are two of my favourite foods, I’d likely be ok just alternating between the two for weeks but I figure I should probably make more of an effort than that.

The next one on my list to try is Mogu, but after that I’m running out of suggestions that aren’t the typical food court type chains. Does anyone have any other favourites? Perhaps some nearby ramen, Thai curry, banh mi, or Mexican? I don’t really have any preferences in terms of cuisine, just looking for whatever is tasty.

Thanks,
Rob

Feb 06, 2013
RobS174 in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)
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Joel Robuchon Restaurant or L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon?

Thanks, babreau. We considered La Table but the set lunch menu seems very pork heavy and my friend doesn't eat pork. It sounds like Joel Robuchon will be worth the extra expense and inconvenience; having "the best in the world of Robuchon" is what we're after. Thanks for the advice.

Jan 03, 2013
RobS174 in Japan

Joel Robuchon Restaurant or L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon?

I'm trying to decide between lunch at Joel Robuchon Restaurant or L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon while in Tokyo this month. We've always wanted to dine at Robuchon restaurant just to see if it's worth the hype, but most of the locations are in cities we seldom visit.

We've made reservations at Joel Robuchon Restaurant but are having second thoughts now. It seems that the Restaurant has better reviews on CH and other sites, as well as the extra Michelin Star, but it's also more much expensive and seems to be more formal as well. We'll be packing very light on this trip and I'd really like to avoid having to bring more formal clothes just for the one meal, whereas L'Atelier seems more casual.

Any recommendations from Chowhounders? Is Joel Robuchon Restaurant worth the extra money and inconvenience, or does L'Atelier hold its own?

Thanks,
Rob

Jan 03, 2013
RobS174 in Japan

Five days in Edmonton!!!

That's unfortunate; I've had fantastic service each of the four times I've been to The Marc this year. Maybe just one bad apple in the wait staff. Agree with Red Ox and Wildflower, both are fantastic.

Sep 11, 2012
RobS174 in Prairie Provinces

How to eat cheaply without getting chased down the street?

Correct. Copying and pasting from my recent Opentable reservation:

Thank you for making your reservation at Jean Georges. Please make note of our policies: Gentlemen are required to wear jackets for dinner in the dining room and lunch is casual-elegant attire. No jeans or sneakers are permitted. The age requirement in the formal dining room for children is 10yrs and older. We look forward to serving you.
Please note: jackets are not required for lunch service, however jeans and tennis shoes are NOT permitted in the dining room. The age requirement in the formal dining room is 12yrs and older. Thank you.

Sep 10, 2012
RobS174 in Manhattan

Five days in Edmonton!!!

I'm not sure how late in the year the food trucks stay out, Thanksgiving may be pushing it. The link below lists all the trucks in the city and links to their Twitter or websites. Best to check what their dates/times/locations are.

http://www.whatthetruck.ca/trucks/

I haven't tried them all but Drift and Nomad are a couple of my favourites.

Three Boars is definitely a good choice. A few of my other favourites are The Marc (French Bistro at a very reasonable price point), Duchess (fantastic pastries), and Corso 32 (great Italian)

Sep 10, 2012
RobS174 in Prairie Provinces

Fine Dining on a Budget

Thanks, kathryn, I was already leaning away from Le Bernardin, that just confirms it. The other reviews I've come across seem to reinforce that opinion.

Sep 06, 2012
RobS174 in Manhattan

Fine Dining on a Budget

Bringing this thread back....

So I've made lunch reservations at Jeans George and Del Posto. We'll be heading to WD-50 for dinner at the bar one evening as well.

I'm now trying to decide if we should go to Le Bernardin instead of Jeans George, or try to squeeze both in. Does anyone have any advice? Do both restaurants bring their 'A game' for lunch, or is one worth passing up? I'm a little hesitant to have too many set plans since that forces more structure into our few days in NY than I would like.

Sep 06, 2012
RobS174 in Manhattan

Dress codes

Do you know if LB requires jackets in the lounge as well or is it just the dining room?

Aug 22, 2012
RobS174 in Manhattan

Fine Dining on a Budget

I just gave JG a call. Lunch is business casual, so a jacket is not required and jeans are "not acceptable". Not a big deal, at least now I can plan accordingly. Thanks for your help, everyone.

Aug 17, 2012
RobS174 in Manhattan

Fine Dining on a Budget

Fair enough, good to know ahead of time!

Thanks again, kathryn. I've read through plenty of your other responses on the board and I've learned a lot. Very helpful and greatly appreciated.

Aug 16, 2012
RobS174 in Manhattan

Fine Dining on a Budget

It wasn't so much that we had a specific dollar amount in mind, but more the appeal of dining at a three-Michelin-star restaurant (or similar) for a song. ~$40 would be reasonable though.

Do you think a jacket with jeans would be ok, or would we need to dress it up a bit more at JG?

WD-50 sounds like a solid choice for dinner, I didn't realize they had the bar dining option. Thanks, kathryn, I appreciate the advice.

Aug 16, 2012
RobS174 in Manhattan

Fine Dining on a Budget

I'll be in NY for 5 days in mid-September with a friend. Does anyone have any suggestions for prix fixe lunches? I was hoping to try some of the more iconic or Michelin-starred or generally well-regarded restaurants I've always heard of but either haven't had a chance to try on previous trips or else couldn't afford for dinner.

So far I've found:

-the City Harvest menu at Le Bernardin (three courses for $45)
-the Tastes of Spring menu at Jean Georges (two plates for $38)
-prix fixe at Del Posto (three courses for $39)

Are there any others that are worth checking out? Del Posto and Jean Geoges seems like they're easy enough to get lunch reservations to a couple of weeks in advance. Le Bernardin may be a bit of a crap shoot with their no reservation policy in the lounge on the City Harvest menu.

Also, we'll likely be packing very light for this trip, so we're hoping for places where we could dress slightly more casual to avoid bringing outfits just for lunch. Del Posto seems fairly casual, and Le Bernardin seems a little more relaxed in the lounge. How is Jean Georges at lunch? As formal as dinner, or would we be ok in, say, a blazer, collared shirt, and nice jeans?

Thanks for your help,
Rob

Aug 16, 2012
RobS174 in Manhattan

Cooking Classes in Edmonton

Thanks for the info, that's very helpful. I think the size of the group is going to be the biggest problem for us. I've emailed Gail and it sounds like she'll be able to accomodate us, and the central location is a huge help, so that may be the way to go. Although if Kathryn an arrange a bigger kitchen that's centrally located, that could work too.

Feb 08, 2012
RobS174 in Prairie Provinces

Cooking Classes in Edmonton

I'm planning a team-building event for my office and was hoping to find a cooking class that caters (see what I did there?) to such groups. We've done similar events at Sorrentino's before and they were always a lot of fun, so we're hoping to find something similar but in a different venue. Our group is around 15-20 people.

Does anyone know of anyone else in the city who offers such a thing? Through some Googling I've come across Gail Hall (who unfortunately only offers it to groups of 10 or smaller) and 'Get Cooking' (who I'm not familiar with). Any experience with these or others?

Thanks,
Rob

Feb 07, 2012
RobS174 in Prairie Provinces

Dinner Recommendations Downtown YVR

Well, it turns out my decision was based more on availability than recommendations. I booked a table at Miku for Tuesday (I was selfish with this one, I want to try it even if my coworkers aren't the biggest sushi fans) and Market by Jean-Georges for Wednesday (a little more selfless, since there's plenty of selection for everyone). Some of the others that were suggested didn't have any tables available at the times we needed.

Thanks to everyone for your help, it's greatly appreciated!

Jan 19, 2012
RobS174 in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Dinner Recommendations Downtown YVR

Wow, Miku looks fantastic. I've been craving aburi sushi since I was in Tokyo a few months ago! Thanks, I may have to check that out on another night without the coworkers.

This is the problem I had in the first place, there are waayyy too many great options to narrow it down to just one....

Jan 18, 2012
RobS174 in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Dinner Recommendations Downtown YVR

Thanks, LotusRapper, those are some great suggestions. We have one night for dinner for sure, possibly a second, so I think we'll aim for Chambar and then try to squeeze in Provence Marinaside if we have the second night.

Jan 18, 2012
RobS174 in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Dinner Recommendations Downtown YVR

Ha! I was so focused on restaurants in the surrounding area that I didn't bother checking downstairs! Thanks for that suggestion.

The $30 isn't at all the limit, just a ballpark. I'll be with three coworkers so I was hoping to find a place with a bit of selection since not everyone is a huge seafood fan.

Jan 18, 2012
RobS174 in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Dinner Recommendations Downtown YVR

I was looking for some dinner recommendations near the Four Seasons on W Georgia and Howe for next week. Anything within a 5-10 minute cab ride or a short walk would be ideal.

After reading some reviews I was leaning towards Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill, Chambar, or Market by Jean-Georges, but am definitely open to any other suggestions in the area. I'm not too familiar with restaurants in Vancouver and the number of options is a bit intimidating! Looking for something in the $30/entree range. I know Dine Out Vancouver is happening right now, so maybe it'd be possible to take advantage of that?

Thanks!
Rob

Jan 18, 2012
RobS174 in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)