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St. Lawrence

I love St. Lawrence! Agree that it's not really a destination or a meal but a bar with foodie-approved eats. The only thing I haven't liked is the pimento cheese dip and chips. The cocktails are outstanding, great little beer list, wines, and a Pimm's Cup daquiri that is suprisingly tasty and not too sweet. I pop in after work a lot because I work nearby. Worth a stop!

Nov 21, 2013
pizzajunkie in New Orleans

NOLA long weekend, please review itinerary, am open to suggestions

I would do Commander's for Friday lunch also.

Nov 18, 2013
pizzajunkie in New Orleans

Seeking recs based on these specific criteria

I also thought of Boucherie when I read the OP - for solo dining at the bar. But there are only 4 first-come first-served seats at the bar that usually are filled pretty soon after it opens, in my experience.

Nov 18, 2013
pizzajunkie in New Orleans

How to place my order like a local at Ess-A-Bagel?

So here's what happened Monday as my friends and I made our stop at Ess A Bagel before flying out. We split up and had one friend order the to-go bagels. I watched carefully the people in front of me and had already observed a "Don't get fancy, just tell me your order!" And a "Which one?! That one or THAT ONE?!" so I was already nervous. I believe I said, "one plain bagel, not toasted, lox spread, and one blueberry bagel [sorry CHs, my friend wanted blueberry], not toasted, with butter."

The guy looked at me like I was an idiot and said, "We don't DO blueberry bagels." Oops. I know I've gotten my friend one there before. "Okay, a plain bagel then, with butter." He walked away and came back. "Just tell me how many plain bagels you want!!" I thought I'd been clear. "Two, please." Then I repeated the lox spread on the first and butter on the second, which ulimately proved to be a mistake on an untoasted bagel as it was not hot like it usually is. But the rest of the process went smoothly. We had decided to bring them back to the hotel to eat so I didn't have the stress of ordering coffee, LOL.

Ironically, the person who had the most trouble was my friend who was trying to order bagels from the to-go/plain line. She asked for pumpernickel and plain and was advised that there would be a wait for both. Then the woman put a few plain bagels in a bag, disappeared, and never returned. Over five minutes passed. My other friend and I had already gotten our bagel orders and paid for them. Finally a new person appeared, just as a batch of plain bagels were being dumped into the bin, and my friend again placed her order, letting him know there was a bag somewhere with a few plain bagels in it. Geez!

I really do love the bagels at Ess A Bagel, but their system is so weird to me! There was also a very pleasant older man urging everyone to "keep the line moving" which I found really odd because we have no control over how fast the line moves. Having said that, I will still go back every year for my bagels. ;)

Thanks again to everyone for your very humorous and helpful advice! Had a blast in NY and can't wait to come back.

Nov 13, 2013
pizzajunkie in Manhattan

Go Right Now to the NoMad: White Truffles at Cost and "Yardbird" Snacks

I had the white truffles in a "toad in the hole" at brunch last Sunday for $45. I estimate that there were 10 or so shavings of truffle over each egg. They brought out the whole truffle before so we could smell it. So glad I did it!

Nov 13, 2013
pizzajunkie in Manhattan

Is PDT over-hyped?

Ah, gotcha. Any scoop? I thought it sounded like a fun place!

Nov 06, 2013
pizzajunkie in Manhattan

Mission Chinese closed by DOH until further notice.

Again? :/

Nov 06, 2013
pizzajunkie in Manhattan

Go Right Now to the NoMad: White Truffles at Cost and "Yardbird" Snacks

Thanks Ziggy!

Nov 06, 2013
pizzajunkie in Manhattan

Is PDT over-hyped?

I had written down that Golden Cadillac opens today - is it open already?

Nov 06, 2013
pizzajunkie in Manhattan

How to place my order like a local at Ess-A-Bagel?

I am totally cracking up at these replies - thank you so much!! This helps a lot - I think I will order with the lox spread, definitely. I am counting down the days - Ess-A-Bagel is the best!!!

Nov 05, 2013
pizzajunkie in Manhattan

How to place my order like a local at Ess-A-Bagel?

Every year for about the past six years, I make a trip to Ess-A-Bagel as part of my annual trip to NYC. I eat a bagel there and get bagels to take on the plane home. I know that there is a separate line for the to-go bagels. But how can I walk up and order my bagel (I am a purist, I just want a plain bagel, cream cheese, not toasted) and coffee and look/sound like I know what I'm doing? Do locals say "schmear"?

One employee in particular named Monte has good-naturedly given me a hard time more than once (ordering bottled water: "You want that wet?"). Please help me sound like I know what I'm doing when I place my order!

Nov 04, 2013
pizzajunkie in Manhattan

Go Right Now to the NoMad: White Truffles at Cost and "Yardbird" Snacks

Does anyone know if they would do the Taglietelle with shaved truffles at brunch, too?

Oct 29, 2013
pizzajunkie in Manhattan

Trip Report: 4 whirlwind days filled with lots of walking and even more eating!

Thanks for the info! And great report so far - sorry I neglected to say that!!

Oct 15, 2013
pizzajunkie in Manhattan

Trip Report: 4 whirlwind days filled with lots of walking and even more eating!

Joe's in GV is closed?! Any CHs know for how long? I just checked their website and don't see any mention of it.

Oct 15, 2013
pizzajunkie in Manhattan

Too many choices, not enough meals. Suggestions and comments on our short itinerary, please!

Even if you get a gift certificate, I would choose GW Fins over Root, unless seafood is not that important to you. If it's not that important, Root is a fun place. As you have noted, some dishes are more successful than others.

You will love Commanders and August!

Cochon Butcher is great. Between Stella and R'evolution, that is tough. Stella feels more like New Orleans to me, but I haven't been there for years. Many dishes at R'evolution are excellent. I would just choose whichever menu appeals to you more.

Oct 15, 2013
pizzajunkie in New Orleans

Get hoppin' and head to The Dead Rabbit

I'm just planning another trip to NYC and trying to find a way to fit this in. I just realized that I was under the mistaken impression that the Parlour had more options than the Taproom, when it appears that the opposite is true. I can't wait to check it out on a Sunday! Woot!

Sep 27, 2013
pizzajunkie in Manhattan

Commander's Palace - Chef's Playground

I've never done the chef's playground, as many times as I've been there. I'm sure it's great! The wine list is huge and I'm sure the sommelier could help you choose a great wine.

Jun 10, 2013
pizzajunkie in New Orleans

NOLA for NYC & Philly foodies

For cocktails, Sylvain, Arnaud's French 75 Bar, and the Carousel Bar at the Hotel Monteleone.

Jun 10, 2013
pizzajunkie in New Orleans

NOLA for NYC & Philly foodies

definitely commander's over Muriel's.

Jun 10, 2013
pizzajunkie in New Orleans

nola end of june

bistro daisy has breakfast?

Jun 04, 2013
pizzajunkie in New Orleans

Good eats near the W hotel

I like Luke and GW Fins the best of all the places you mentioned. But they are further away than SouBou and Mr B's.

Jun 04, 2013
pizzajunkie in New Orleans

June visit for fifth anniversary... So excited!

I agree with the OP and would skip Bon Ton.

Jun 04, 2013
pizzajunkie in New Orleans

June visit for fifth anniversary... So excited!

Herbsaint is infintely better than Cochon. I would do Herbsaint as your Thursday dinner or Monday lunch - no question.
I agree with the general sentiment on R'evolution. You could always pop in the bar and try a few things, but the dining room is still too clunky to warrant those kinds of prices. If you loved Dante's, I think you would like Brigtsen's even more. Boucherie is a bit more casual, and very tiny, so you would have to make a reservation asap (same for Brigtsen's too, actually). I agree with the OP on Soubou - just ok. Atchafalaya is fine but not worth the cab ride from downtown.
What about brunch at Commanders? Drinks at the Hermes Bar is fun, especially during happy hour. They also have live music sometimes, but not until later.
I have heard that Toups is just ok.

Jun 04, 2013
pizzajunkie in New Orleans

Trip Report!

Thanks for the report - although I'm trying to overlook your assessment of Herbsaint as underwhelming and one dimensional, LOL. Sounds like you went to a lot of places and had great food!

May 31, 2013
pizzajunkie in New Orleans

Good eats near the W hotel

If you don't already have a reservation at Cochon for 8 people, it might be tough to get one. I would skip Red Fish Grill. Also FYI you will need a cab to get to Coquette from either W location.

May 31, 2013
pizzajunkie in New Orleans

Trip report - Trujillo, Jimena de la Frontera, Sevilla, Granada, Madrid

Great report! I am making a note of your Madrid recs as I will be there for 2 days in May.

Jan 17, 2013
pizzajunkie in Spain/Portugal

Great Italian Restaurant in Barcelona

While I plan to enjoy tapas and Spanish food in Barcelona, I know that there must be some excellent Italian restaurants there, and that people who live in Barcelona don't eat Spanish food all the time.

Does anyone happen to have any recs for good Italian in Barcelona? Price not important - ISO house-made pastas, etc.

Many thanks for any help!

Jan 15, 2013
pizzajunkie in Spain/Portugal

1 meal in San Sebastian -- Akelarre or Arzak?

Thank you so much! I just made my lunch reservation at Akelarre and I can't wait. :)

Jan 08, 2013
pizzajunkie in Spain/Portugal

1 meal in San Sebastian -- Akelarre or Arzak?

please forgive the bump but I also had this exact question and wondered if anyone had recent opinions between the two places. Many thanks for any input!

Jan 07, 2013
pizzajunkie in Spain/Portugal

meeting spot - drinks/food

+1

Dec 11, 2012
pizzajunkie in New Orleans