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Modern Italian?

BTW would any of these suggestions offer a menu degustatione?

Mar 24, 2013
tony_brisbane in Manhattan

Modern Italian?

Many thanks for the responses - now the hard part - deciding which one!

Mar 24, 2013
tony_brisbane in Manhattan

Modern Italian?

Dear All

We are a couple of Aussie hitting NYC again for 3 nights in May. I'm hoping to lock in Per Se (again) for our last night and Spark's Steakhouse for a trip down memory lane on our first night.

I really enjoy "modern Italian" - but don't really want to open a can of worms on what constitutes "Modern Italian" - a look over past posts seems to lean to traditional Italian or "like Nonna used to make"! We'll be staying in Midtown but happy to travel - could I possibly ask for some recommendations?

Alternatively we might like to consider something a little different - and had been recommended Beauty and Essex by some colleagues - any comments?

Thanks in advance for any advice.

Best wishes from Downunder!

Mar 22, 2013
tony_brisbane in Manhattan

Prague - What's good?

Many thanks for taking the time to reply - I'll keep searching :)

Dec 04, 2012
tony_brisbane in Europe

Prague - What's good?

I'm wondering if I could extend this request for a recommendation? My family 2 adults 3 teenage daughters will be spending New Years Eve in Prague staying on King Winceslas Square. Could someone (vanderb you seem to have the place wired!) please recommend a nice - not radiculously expensive restaurant for us to celebrate the end of 2012? Happy for any suggestions....

Many thanks

Dec 03, 2012
tony_brisbane in Europe

Aussie Chowhound visiting Vancouver

Thank you all again for your responses and advice. While it's not germaine to the discussion can anyone advise a good hotel to stay in Vancouver? I've looked at the Fairmont Pacific Rim but would probably prefer something a little more "boutiquey" - would Opus Hotel fit the bill or should I look at a different area?

thanks again

Jun 08, 2011
tony_brisbane in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Aussie Chowhound visiting Vancouver

Wow!! Thank you so much to you all for taking te time and offering these great suggestions and advice. My appette has been whet - well and truly! Do I need to reserve any of the suggestions very far in advance?

Thanks again

Tony

May 25, 2011
tony_brisbane in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Aussie Chowhound visiting Vancouver

Hi Grayelf

Thanks for taking the time to reply. I've got 3 days in Vancouver before rafting for 12 days on the Tatshenshini - so I'm looking for some good food before "roughing it!" With respect to price range - I don't mind - I expect to pay for quality. I won't have transport and will stay somewhere central - possibly the Fairmont but am open to any suggestions. My favoured cuisine is French, Italian and Pacific Rim. As you might know we Aussies are fairly adaptable and easy to get along with so more than happy to hear of your favourite haunts!

Thanks again....

May 23, 2011
tony_brisbane in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Aussie Chowhound visiting Vancouver

G'day

I'll be in Vancouver for 3 nights mid-July and looking for some recommendations on the best cuisine Vancouver has to offer - hope you can help!

May 22, 2011
tony_brisbane in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Aussies stuck in LA

Many thanks again for all the responses - what a great benefit it is to be a "chow hounder"! We took the trolley bus to Manhattan beach and had Avery pleasant meal at Ton Roof Bistro just home & ready to crash! We'll check the recommendations for Disney area tomorrow - thanks again to all

Dec 26, 2010
tony_brisbane in Los Angeles Area

Aussies stuck in LA

We're from Brisbane and have nearly as strong a Greek influence as Melbourne! Unfortunately Daniels is closed Sundays - sounded ideal.

Dec 26, 2010
tony_brisbane in Los Angeles Area

Aussies stuck in LA

Thanks for the input I think we can get to Manhattan Beach fairly easily from here - any suggestions for that area.

Dec 26, 2010
tony_brisbane in Los Angeles Area

Aussies stuck in LA

Hi

My family & I are stuck in an airport hotel at LAX till Wednesday after our connecting flight (we just flew in from Oz this morning,) to DC was cancelled this morning due to the blizzard over there. I'll rent a car tomorrow and take the kids to Disneyland then Getty museum Tuesday. I don't have a car today - are there any decent restaurants near here (Renaissance LAX) for dinner tonight - perhaps Italian or Cal/Mex? Any recommendations for dinner near to Disneyland for tomorrow night? lastly how about Tuesday night - maybe around Malibu, Beverley Hills or Hollywood.

Many thanks for any advice

Dec 26, 2010
tony_brisbane in Los Angeles Area

Three weeks in Australia

Well Nickdanger

Firstly, tell them to watch the Oprah Downunder shows due to screen there very soon - she's just left Sydney after taping a couple of shows here and by all reports had a ball!

My kids who are at college would probably put in order - Cairns, Airlie Beach/Whitsundays, Fraser Island, Noosa Heads, Brisbane & Gold Coast in that order heading north to south in Queensland.

This is a very well-worn path and there are young people and backpackers galore in all of those spots - a word of caution however January is in the middle of the wet and cyclone(hurricane) season in north Queensland so the weather is very changeable!

Cairns - rainforest meets reef

Airlie/Whitsunday - access Barrier Reef & party town

Fraser Island - pristine sand island wilderness - not tobe missed

Noosa - Boutique beach resort & great surf

Brisbane - rest stop for tourists - urbane capital city

Gold Coast - think Fort Lauderdale with great beaches and theme parks and vibrant nightlife

Sydney - one of the world's great cities

Melbourne - great restaurant/cafe/coffee culture - ready access to wine areas - Yarra Valley, Geelong and Mornington Penninsular

Did you want specific advice recommendations?

Dec 15, 2010
tony_brisbane in Australia/New Zealand

Aussies wanting to sample casual American Food

Dear All

Thank you for all your responses so far.

I thought I should clarify my choices as I don't want to be seen rejecting sound advice! We only have 4 nights in DC and I chose Urbanna as we are staying at Hotel Palomar and will have just arrived after 23 hours on the move from Oz - it will be convenient.

I was in DC in May and ate at Cafe Atlantico (couldn't score a seat at minibar!) and thought I'd return with the family as it is quite different to the Italian, French and Pan-Asian/Mod-Oz fare we are used to at home.

We are going for Tapas/drinks/view at the rooftop in W hotel (my under 21 year old daughters aren't permitted after 5pm!) followed by pizza at Paradiso (probably).

I therefore thought an "American dining experience" should be pursued - so many thanks again.....

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Cafe Atlantico
405 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

Dec 14, 2010
tony_brisbane in Washington DC & Baltimore

Aussies wanting to sample casual American Food

My family and I would like to eat some casual American food (Ribs, Burgers etc) one night during our visit to DC later this month. We're already booked into Cafe Atlantico and Urbanna. Could you please help with suggestions in the Dupont or Georgetown areas - the link to the website for Tabard Inn seen in many posts doesn't seem to work - so I'm not sure if it is "casual" or not! Many thanks.....

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Cafe Atlantico
405 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

Tabard Inn
1739 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Dec 14, 2010
tony_brisbane in Washington DC & Baltimore

Sunday night dinner for 8 Aussies

Thanks for all the input - I've been able to get a table at Convivio - so fingers crossed!

I've also booked a pre-Rockettes dinner at Nios on the advice of a friend here in Oz - not much info on these boards about it - have I made a mistake???

Oprah' s just arrived down here and it's a big deal! Unfortunately all the reports are being driven/coloured by the sponsors/advertisiers (MacDonalds etc) so please don't judge Australia on all you see and hear over the next week or so ....... our food industry is exciting and vibrant and at the forefront of world trends with numerous excellent restaurants and cuisines to be sampled and enjoyed!

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Convivio
45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

Nios
130 West 46th St., New York, NY 10036

Dec 08, 2010
tony_brisbane in Manhattan

Sunday night dinner for 8 Aussies

Hi gutsofsteel (love the nom BTW)

I've lurked for a long time on these boards and always appreciate and am intrigued by your comments (& kathryn's!) So thank you for your thoughts as well

Dec 02, 2010
tony_brisbane in Manhattan

Sunday night dinner for 8 Aussies

Hi Pan & citykid426

Thank you for taking the time to respond.

Firstly we're at E39th and 3rd.

Secondly, I guess my comments about the 15 year old finding Convivio challenging was based on my preconceptions of it being a Michelin one star. Whilst they have eaten well in both Australia and Europe they have yet to attain their first "star" perhaps this should be the occasion.

I also greatly appreciate your other suggestions - Artisanal and Sakagura - they sound and look very interesting!

Lastly opentable doesn't exist "downunder" however I am rapidly becoming more familiar with it.

Thanks again for you advice......

Dec 02, 2010
tony_brisbane in Manhattan

Sunday night dinner for 8 Aussies

Thank you all for this advice. I have contacted Scarpetta and was told to call back on Friday (my time). I was then tempted by Convivio for the convenience but thought the 2 fifteen year olds may have found it a little challenging though I was very keen! Is there somewhere I should consider close to East 39th - it doesn't have to be Italian.

Many thanks again.....

Dec 01, 2010
tony_brisbane in Manhattan

Sunday night dinner for 8 Aussies

Hi All
I've checked the boards but hoping for a little more inspiration.
Our 2 families are looking for (perhaps) an interesting Italian restaurant on Sunday 2nd January. We will have eaten at Balthazar the previous night so similar price-point would be great. We're staying on east 39th but realise it will probably be better to travel.
Thanks in advance for any advice

Nov 29, 2010
tony_brisbane in Manhattan

W Washington Rooftop Bar

Many thanks for all this advice - regards from "downunder"

Oct 07, 2010
tony_brisbane in Washington DC & Baltimore

W Washington Rooftop Bar

Hi
Travellingto DC with my family from Australia in late Decembe. Had hoped to book for drinks and tapas at the rooftop bar for the view. I am concerned that in te US my kids not being 21 (they are 20,17 and 14) might not be permitted into the bar. Can anyone please advise - and suggest alternative for food and view in Washington.

Many thanks

Oct 04, 2010
tony_brisbane in Washington DC & Baltimore

Question about tipping at Per Se

It was at the bottom of our bill - which we subsequently paid by credit card

Sep 20, 2010
tony_brisbane in Manhattan

Question about tipping at Per Se

Hi ryansm - my experience with 3 stars in the USA is limited, in Europe and the UK however I have contributed some serious pounds, francs, liras and euros to a large number of 3 star establishments and the term "service compris" is well-recognised and commonly (though not always) used. The adage in these instances is always "pay the bottom line"

Sep 18, 2010
tony_brisbane in Manhattan

Question about tipping at Per Se

Perhaps it was my broad Australian accent and my dining partner's obvious English accent and the reputation our countrymen have for tipping - however I can assure you what appeared on our bill was as previously stated and caused some surprised conversation between the two of us at the time. As far as making a "false statement" - I guess you wouldn't know unless you were there to see our bill - as I said previously the night was extraordinary, I have no axe to grind and certainly no reason to make a "false statement".

Sep 18, 2010
tony_brisbane in Manhattan

Question about tipping at Per Se

Interesting question as I only recently posted a query on these boards about appropriate tipping in NYC! I was at Per Se in May - had a great meal/experience and was confronted by a bill that said service was included but not tax. It further said that if we felt the service was extraordinary the servers would certainly appreciate any further tips (I expected the service to be extraordinary). From this information I didn't know if Per Se were paying their servers 10, 15, 20% or even more! I thought this was somewhat ingenuous of Per Se - something I've never experienced in any 3 star anywhere else in the world. As good as the night was I paid the "bottom line" and added nothing further. Hope this helps.

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Per Se
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

Sep 15, 2010
tony_brisbane in Manhattan

Tipping Etiquette [Moved from Manhattan board]

Thank you to all for taking te time to respond to my question. I travel to either Europe or the USA every year & have found customs and expectations can change quite rapidly. I thought it better to be forewarned than embarrassed! Thanks again - now back to the Manhattan board to find those "special" restaurant recommendations......

Sep 13, 2010
tony_brisbane in Not About Food

Casual Italian restaurant DC

Thank you very much for these recommendations - would you have any other restaurant suggestions around Dupont Circle - my family and I will be staying at Hotel Palomar - walking distance would be great.TIA

Sep 12, 2010
tony_brisbane in Washington DC & Baltimore

Tipping Etiquette [Moved from Manhattan board]

Many thanks for the advice - I did search first however now realise I didn't search the "not about food section" - so apologies for asking about a thread which has been so well covered.

Sep 12, 2010
tony_brisbane in Not About Food