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Midtown dinner suggestions with diverse group

Hello NYC Hounds. Thanks for all the great tips I've been getting off these boards. I will be visiting NYC for a conference this week with my family-- wife and two kids, 7 and 10-- and a business partner. I need some midtown recs for this diverse group of 5 which includes one vegetarian. All are adventurous eaters. My son who is 7, for example, loves sushi. We will be looking for dinners close to our hotel which is right on the south side of Central Park. It looks like great weather at the end this week so we would prefer something within walking distance and not upscale. My wife and I are doing our special meal sans kids at Tocqueville on Friday night.

Jun 04, 2012
Dingod in Manhattan

Colorado Family in Vancouver for 3 nights and Victoria for 3 nights. We want to eat like locals...guidance please!

We splurged at two places, both of which I would recommend. La Brasserie had some wonderful lamb chops and great fries. While our meal at Goldfish in Yaletown was not perfect, the service was. My wife and I had the seafood tower. Everything, especially the oysters and salmon sashimi, was great except the lobster, which in my opinion should have been the star of the show. Goldfish is the kind of place I'd like to try again and order some of their prepared fish. I should have gone with my gut and ordered the halibut cheeks. Both places have a relaxed atmosphere, Goldfish being more trendy and Brasserie more like a pub.

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La Brasserie
1091 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6E1M5, CA

Jun 03, 2011
Dingod in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Colorado Family in Vancouver for 3 nights and Victoria for 3 nights. We want to eat like locals...guidance please!

Golden Dragon rings a bell. It was not amazing but we found it fresh and cheap.

Jun 03, 2011
Dingod in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Colorado Family in Vancouver for 3 nights and Victoria for 3 nights. We want to eat like locals...guidance please!

I just started this board which will help:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/786706

We particularly liked Guu for izakaya, a Japanese style tapas usually served with copious amounts of alcohol. The quality was high and the prices were very reasonable in a city more expensive than we are used to in NYC! When you enter the restaurant, the whole staff yells greetings from where ever they are. Food comes out really fast and the service is attentive. Some of our favorites were the seared tuna steak, salad with duck breast and sashimi sampler. They also have beef ribs and chicken wings for the less adventurous.

A fun fast food experience can be found at Japadog on Robeson or any of their food carts around town. Its really just a hot dog, a good and large all-beef one, with very interesting topping choices. The fries were just ok.

We also liked the food at the Vietnamese restaurant in Chinatown on the south side of Pender near Main. Wish I could remember the name.

Don't bother with the food at Steamworks Brewery. The beer however is quite good.

Go Fish on Granville Island was closed as we visited the island on a Monday. Tony's proved a good alternative for fish and chips. Spend the extra couple of dollars to upgrade from the cod to the halibut. We did a taste test and all liked the halibut better.

Hope this helps. We leave Vancouver tomorrow after 6 days here. It is a wonderful city. If I may, I'd like to offer some non-chow related suggestions: if you are lucky enough to have a clear day, go snowshoeing on Grouse Mountain; and, renting bikes to ride through Stanley Park provides beautiful views of the city, mountains, the ocean, hydro-prop planes and large ocean freights. Enjoy.

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Guu
838 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC V6E1W2, CA

Jun 02, 2011
Dingod in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

NYC Chowhounds with pups need suggestions for family dining in Vancouver

The family will be staying in downtown Vancouver near the West End next week and we need suggestions for family dining. We probably will want to stay close to the hotel (West End, Stanley Park, Gastown, Granville, Chinatwon) but will consider a little travel for a special spot. Our chowpups are very adventurous eaters; my son's favorite is ikura sushi. We are open to any cuisines but will probably not go to any South American or Mexican places as our local neighborhood is full of good examples. Basically we are looking for walk-in places that are very welcoming of families and under $20 per person. Breakfast is covered at the hotel. We are looking for good sushi, Vietnamese, Chinese, fish and chips, spot prawns, noodles or any other suggestions. We will probably have one more expensive meal out with the family. Suggestions on a place to splurge would be appreciated. ChowDad love craft breweries. Are there any that are family friendly? Thanks, in advance, for the help.

May 26, 2011
Dingod in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Most Impressive Restaurant in Manhattan?

I third Bouley. The difference between Bouley and EMP or Per Se is that Bouley is more intimate and ornate. I think the OP should consider what atmosphere s/he wants for his/her companions. For a date in early stages of relationship or a celebration with a spouse I might choose Bouley. For a fun night on the town with friends I would prefer EMP or Per Se.

One thing is certain-- the OP will get a great meal from any of these suggestions.

Cheers and good luck.

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Per Se
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

Mar 02, 2011
Dingod in Manhattan

Will I regret my res at David Burke Townhouse?

The exact same thing happened my wife and me when we came for a RW dinner before the extension. We arrived for our dinner reservations after reading the menu online which had a 3 course RW menu for $35, the price of all RW dinner specials. We were informed, after they sat us, that they were only participating in RW lunch. Why the $35 dollar price on their posted menu, then? They offered to reserve a table at their steakhouse down the street that is participating in RW dinner. I'm not too interested in steak and asparagus I can make at home so we ended up at Aquavit.

I don't think this is isolated considering my experience happened during the initial RW and the number of posters here who have complained. Shame on DB.

Feb 24, 2011
Dingod in Manhattan

Dinner before Lion King at 8pm

One of my pre-theater favorites that is in the area is Artisanal. The food is French bistro. The service has always been efficient without rushing. I've never had to run out to catch a show or hurry the server for the check.

The food is excellently executed traditional french bistro fare with an outstanding selection of cheeses-- make sure to walk by the marble table that features hundreds of cheeses on display. I am not a fondue lover but this is the only place I will order and enjoy fondue. I think there is a pre-theater 3 course dinner for about $38. The wine is reasonable.

The room is large, somewhat noisy but this sort of gets me in the mood for a night on the town.Good luck.

Feb 18, 2011
Dingod in Manhattan

Bar at the Modern--best dishes?

Cocktail: Hinny Kick

One: Spicy Steak Tartare, Upside-down Tuna Tarte (my fav)

Two: Egg in a Jar

Three: Lamb Saddle

Desert: anything

Feb 18, 2011
Dingod in Manhattan

Weekday Lunch - Finally have the opportunity and want to take advantage!

My wife's Birthday and our anniversary is on New Year's eve. We always go out for lunch to avoid the crowds at dinner. This year we chose Bouley and had one of the best NYE lunch experiences yet. We especially loved the crab and truffle flan, the garlic soup, the venison, the duck and the prune and Armagnac ice cream. The only miss was the roasted asparagus with Comte foam-- not bad, just not as spectacular as the rest of our choices. Be prepared for lots of extras and schedule appropriate time to digest and not rush through things.

A table near us had a whole roast chicken resting on a bed of hay that came out in a glass pot-- the lid of the pot was sealed with bread dough that baked while the chicken was roasting. To serve the chicken the waiter cut the bread into slices to release the lid and carved the chicken table side. The aroma that lifting off the lid produced was exquisite. Anyone know what that dish was? I looked on the menu online and could not find anything like it.

Feb 18, 2011
Dingod in Manhattan

Ultimate Westchester Restaurants 2006

I've only been in the area for 8 months so this list is only from my limited experiences thus far:

1) Tarry Lodge-- Port Chester
2) Aquario-- West Harrison (This only makes the list for the food-- the service here is infuriating.)
3) Santorini's-- Tarrytown
4) Tortilleria Los Gemelos-- Port Chester
5)Umami-- Croton-on-Hudson

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Tortilleria Los Gemelos
167 Westchester Ave, Port Chester, NY 10573

Aquario Restaurant
141 East Lake Street West, Harrison, NY

Santorini's
165 Atlantic Ave, Lynbrook, NY 11563

Tarry Lodge
18 Mill St, Port Chester, NY 10573

Top 10 Bars for Beer Snobs

I don't think anyone has mentioned Valhalla on 9th and 54th. Last time I was there they had a nice selection of drafts including Bear Republic, Left Hand, Boulder, Weyerbacher, Southern Tier, Oskar Blues, Dog Fish and some typical Belgians.

Not enough of these pubs carry our local gem Captain Lawrence from Pleasantville. I just had their Golden Delicious, a golden triple aged in apple brandy barrels. It was an exceptional take on a strong ale.

For a real adventure come up to Pleasantville on a Thurs-Sat for their free tasting. Be sure to stop by the Lazy Boy in White Plains for a draft list that rivals any of the Manhattan pubs, except maybe Blind Tiger. The Lazy Boys bar food, while somewhat pedestrian, is good enough to fill you while you're sipping suds.

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Blind Tiger
281 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

Feb 08, 2011
Dingod in Manhattan

Baked Goods In Westchester

Me Me's in White Plains on Mamaroneck is our favorite for cakes, not bread. They offer little bites of all their made to order desserts for $1-2. Do not pass up the brownie if you like chocolate. The best and cheapest afternoon chocolate fix in Westchester.

dessert westchester

Me Me's on Mamaroneck in White Plains is my favorite place for desserts, although it is a bakery. In addition to made to order cakes, they offer a plethora of bite size versions of all their made to order desserts for $1-$2 a piece. Three of Me Me's little bites and a cup of joe will be the best $5 you spend on any dessert in Westchester. Enjoy!

New Year's Eve Anniversary/Birthday Lunch

My wife and I celebrate our anniversary on Dec. 31 which happens to also be her birthday. We usually avoid going out to dinner on on New Year's Eve as we don't like celebrating amongst throngs of others and often find the special NYE menus a bit lacking. Instead of going out on a different night, we plan to go out for lunch instead.

We were hoping to make reservations at Eleven Madison Park but they are not serving lunch on the 31st. Any suggestions for a romantic lunch, maybe with a view or in a nice room, for under $200 for apps, drinks, meals and maybe one dessert?

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Eleven Madison Park
11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

Dec 13, 2010
Dingod in Manhattan

Pizza in Pittsburgh

Panini Guy, you're right. I'm thinking of that one.

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Panini's
317 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Dec 13, 2010
Dingod in Pennsylvania

Pizza in Pittsburgh

I second Betos for good pizza, fresh salads and a great beer selection.

Nov 12, 2010
Dingod in Pennsylvania

restaurants in tarrytown new york

I second Santorini as a very good real Greek restaurant.

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Santorini's
165 Atlantic Ave, Lynbrook, NY 11563

An ongoing collaboration of the BEST latin food in lower westchester county

I prefer the taco's at Los Gemelos (PC) to the ones at Sunshine (WP). First, the tortillas at Los Gemelos are so fresh, sweet smelling and substantial. Los Gemelos serves its taco traditionally, with two tortillas. I often find myself making 2 tacos out of one order at Los Gemelos-- the portions of meat are large and a single corn tortilla will hold up to the filling. I also like the presentation-- served in a hot metal pan with a grilled onion and grilled hot pepper. As for the fillings there: the carnitas and chorizo are great; the el pastor is good; the chicken is dry.

Transplant to Westchester Co. seeks tips on family friendly ethnic food without the Westchester attitude and prices.

Thanks Mr. Bill. Santorini's was great.

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Santorini's
165 Atlantic Ave, Lynbrook, NY 11563

Transplant to Westchester Co. seeks tips on family friendly ethnic food without the Westchester attitude and prices.

Thanks for all the suggestions. Cheers.

Transplant to Westchester Co. seeks tips on family friendly ethnic food without the Westchester attitude and prices.

Thanks Rafi. We have already found the Sunshine Deli. Once inside, the climate was very welcoming. I had some great El Pastor there. Still, I prefer Los Gemelos. Cheers.

Transplant to Westchester Co. seeks tips on family friendly ethnic food without the Westchester attitude and prices.

Bloombee, thanks for great the tips. I picked up a take-out menu for Kalbi House after an expensive and disappointing meal at the Greek place next door.

We tried Central Seafood but I was turned off by a very oily sizzling black bean and chicken dish, We'll have to return for the dim sum some day.

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Kalbi House
291 Central Ave, White Plains, NY 10606

Central Seafood
285 N Central Ave, Hartsdale, NY 10530

Transplant to Westchester Co. seeks tips on family friendly ethnic food without the Westchester attitude and prices.

Thanks Valerie. Misti was a great tip. We ate there yesterday and all enjoyed our meals. When informed that my son had dairy allergies, the waitress even helped him choose his meal. Overall we had great comfort food, received friendly and efficient service and brought enough home to feed us today.

Transplant to Westchester Co. seeks tips on family friendly ethnic food without the Westchester attitude and prices.

As a recent and temporary transplant to the White Plains area, I am seeking tips on restaurants to explore with my family over the next year. We are very adventurous eaters (my 5 year old's favorite dish is ikura sushi) and we do not shy away from visiting less gentrified locales if the food warrants the trip.

Our favorite restaurant, so far, is Los Gemelos Restaurant & Tortilleria in Port Chester. In addition to the authentic Mexican food there, we like the friendly service. It seems like smiles and courtesy are rare among Westchester wait staff, who confuse attitude and indifference with exclusivity.

We would prefer to stay within a 30 minute drive of White Plains. Some of our favorite cuisines are Chinese, Indian, Thai, Middle-Eastern, Eastern-European and Mexican. When eating out with the family we look for places where one can eat for less than $15 per person.