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Toddler Friendly Eats in W. Village?

A bit beyond your limits but Markt fits the bill on W14th.

Aug 11, 2006
Bronte in Manhattan

Last minute solo visit to Sydney

Have lunch at Sailors Thai (upstairs in the Canteen) - long communal table and great Thai - the pad thai is a favourite. Or another Thai option is Prasits takeaway (but you can eat in) on Crown St Darlinghurst. Breakfast at Bills or Bills 2 (best scrambled eggs in the world).

Can't think of anywhere that would look twice at a solo diner so don't hold back. Icebergs at Bondi for a great view (or even just go into the club for a burger - it has "club" rules but if you're from out of town you can just sign in as a guest.

Personally I'm not a fan of Neil Perry & Rockpool, but it's an interesting room and I hope you enjoy it.

Also - another thought if you like Italian - there are 2 great places in Paddington (for dinner) - Lucio's and Buon Ricordo.

Aug 09, 2006
Bronte in Australia/New Zealand

Special Occasion Suggestions Needed but with a problem

I agree you should call the restaurant first - most are happy to help out. ALternatively, Danube is lovely.

Aug 08, 2006
Bronte in Manhattan

What's your opinion about Geisha on the UES?

I wouldn't say the food is "excellent" but I did have a nice meal there although the upstairs dining room is somewhat cramped. The service was good and the crowd certainly "beautiful".

Aug 08, 2006
Bronte in Manhattan

Papillon - E54th

Has anyone had any experiences here since it opened a few months back?

Aug 08, 2006
Bronte in Manhattan

Taboon dinner last night (longish)

How was the atmosphere ? You mention it got noisy, but other than that, would you recommend it as a "date" venue?

Aug 04, 2006
Bronte in Manhattan

Hard boiled eggs for caviar

Making the traditional accompaniments to serve with some caviar we received as a gift. With regards to the hard boiled eggs - what's the best way to "dice" the white and the yolk. How do I extract the yolk without it disintegrating into a mess and how do I chop the 2 successfully once I have separated them?

Any tips would be appreciated!

Aug 04, 2006
Bronte in Home Cooking

Tricky Italian Rec.

Your girlfriend sounds a bit like me - I rarely order pasta and never red meat/poultry.

I actually adore Babbo - either the 2 minute calamari or whole branzino. Also - Il Cantinori, Maurizio Trattoria, L'Impero, Felidia and of course Esca is very seafood orientated. But most places have a few seafood options (although I find Il Buco very difficult because of their limited entree selection.)

Haven't been to A Voce yet but their online menu looks a bit limited from a seafood angle - serving only the usual salmon (which gets very boring as it's every restaurant's "staple" fish) and black sea bass which is also overused.

Aug 04, 2006
Bronte in Manhattan

Florent

Has anyone had their moules frites ? Any good ?

Aug 03, 2006
Bronte in Manhattan

Il Buco or Le Gigot?

I much prefer Le Gigot. The room is certainly more romantic and the staff are great. I find Il Buco to be a bit limited sometimes on entree choice and several times I've eaten there with my husband and been sat at a big table with another couple (which pretty much kills the romance factor).

Aug 02, 2006
Bronte in Manhattan

Good italian in the village?

I second Maurizio Trattoria - it's a bit off the radar but very good.

Aug 01, 2006
Bronte in Manhattan

"The End of the Line"

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Has anyone else read this booking about fishing practices world-wide and the outlook for fish stocks? I've been horrified by some of it and am considering radically altering my eating choices.

Has anyone else done this? Have you found a good source of information for "sustainable" fish/seafood?

Aug 01, 2006
Bronte in Not About Food

big Asian food court in Sydney?

Was it in the city ? There are quite a few such food courts around the Chinatown area. I can't think of any actual names. There is quite a good one at Haymarket though above Paddy's markets.

Jul 31, 2006
Bronte in Australia/New Zealand

RW menus

Is there a centralised listing of all the restaurants' menus for RW? It is very tedious going to individual sites to see whether they have bothered to post them there.

Jul 31, 2006
Bronte in Manhattan

Crispy whole fish ?

Any suggestions on who does a good (and tasty) crispy whole fish (snapper, black sea bass etc) in the city.

I've had it at Pampano (ok), Le Coloniel (pretty good) and Rain (dry and served with chips). Open to different cuisines but something with a tasty sauce (tamarind, chilli etc to help cut the grease).

Jul 28, 2006
Bronte in Manhattan

Suenos or Centrico?

We ate at Centrico last night and were very disappointed. Everything was incredibly bland - even the surrounds. To start we shared shrimp ceviche in a tomato "salsa" (was more like red water), mahi-mahi tacos which were ok but nothing special and fried green tomatoes which were the highlight of the meal.
My husband had the braised short rib which he said was rich but probably not quite cooked long enough. I had the fish of the day (wild striped bass) with what was supposed to be a lime, chilli and cilantro sauce - but seemed to be straight olive oil with a dash of lemon juice. I wouldn't go back in a hurry.

Jul 28, 2006
Bronte in Manhattan

Anyone been to Max Brenner in Union Square yet today?

I haven't been to the new Union Square one, but I've been to the branch in Sydney a few times and it's fantastic for chocolate devotees. I assume the set-up will be similar in the US.

Jul 27, 2006
Bronte in Manhattan

Hugo's - what's the story

Thankd for the info - sounds pretty good. We'll have to give it a go!

Jul 26, 2006
Bronte in Australia/New Zealand

Aquagrill - oyster washing ?

Such a let-down. Although I must say we actually ate at GC Oyster Bar not that long ago and the oysters were great - fresh, juicy and briney - I honestly don't think they had been washed.

Jul 19, 2006
Bronte in Manhattan

Aquagrill - oyster washing ?

We finally had dinner at Aquagrill last night – something we had been looking forward to given the positive reviews and the prospect of some great oysters on a hot day. I can only say the experience was average. We ordered a variety of oysters to share and after eating a couple, my husband commented that they all tasted very similar and very mild (despite being different varieties and from different locations). Then I focused, and it hit me that they all tasted the same because they all tasted of water. Not the briny seawater that normally sits in the hollow of the shell, but regular NY tap water. They had been completely sliced off the shell and for some reasons, rinsed of all their natural juices. Such a disappointment! (My husband also came across a bad belon which added to his disappointment although this can happen anywhere and is just bad luck).

The rest of the meal was ok. I had the marinated herrings followed by wild white salmon with shrimp and mushroom salad. The herrings were enjoyable (served with traditional accompaniments) but the salmon was covered in an overly vinegary dressing and the shrimp were overcooked to the point of being inedible. My husband had the tuna tartare and the white sea bass with crab risotto and fava beans. He enjoyed both.

We went to Aquagrill with high expectations but the rinsed oysters let us down. Were we just unlucky on the night or was our experience not uncommon.

Jul 19, 2006
Bronte in Manhattan

Hugo's - what's the story

Thanks for the info. I'm sure I'll try it sometime but maybe not in a rush! mmmmmmm you've given me a craving for Pompeii Pizza though (love their potato one)

Jul 18, 2006
Bronte in Australia/New Zealand

How do you eat ice cream?

I like mine soft too - and actually can't always wait for it to soften naturally. I have been known to resort to a 30 sec zap in the microwave (depending on the quality/type of ice-cream) to hasten the process. This tends to soften the edges around the tub which can then be stirred through the harder centre. Yum

Jul 16, 2006
Bronte in Not About Food

Meat Pies, Sausage Rolls & VB

Are DUB, Tuckshop and Myers pretty much the only places in NY to get a half decent meat pie or sausage roll (Aussie style). I'm not a carnivore but my husband is missing these.

Also - is it true that you really can't get VB in the city ?

Jul 14, 2006
Bronte in Manhattan

Korean BBQ - seafood

Do any of the 32nd st Korean BBQ places have a seafood leaning ?

Jul 12, 2006
Bronte in Manhattan

Ping's or Oriental Garden ?

Which would you recommend for seafood eaters?

Jul 09, 2006
Bronte in Manhattan

Chatswood

Fook Yuen is great - better than Checkers and Kam Fook.

Jul 08, 2006
Bronte in Australia/New Zealand

Syndey Restaurants-advice please

From that list I'd choose Boathouse for sure - doesn't have the typical Sydney harbour views but is on the water and is open and breezy (and less of a "scene". Avoid Rockpool - overrated.

Jul 07, 2006
Bronte in Australia/New Zealand

Chatswood

Il Perugino in Mosman is a local favourite. Very cosy (no menus - the waiter recites the daily list) - plus BYOB (bottle shop up the road).

Also Crows Nest is great for a bunch of easy restaurants (good Chinese at Sea Treasure or Indian at Malabar).

Jul 07, 2006
Bronte in Australia/New Zealand

Hugo's - what's the story

We're moving back to Sydney and had planned to go to Hugo's at Bondi (and old favourite) as a welcome home - but it's closed down.

Does anyone know why ? Has it been replaced by anything good or are there any other newish places to go to (not Icebergs)?

Jul 07, 2006
Bronte in Australia/New Zealand

Esca?

I went about 18 mths ago and was very disappointed, but have been back twice within the past 2-3 months and really enjoyed it. The crudo tasting is great and they do a great whole fish - never had pasta there though. The service has always been very accomodating but the best to go after the pre-theater crowd or they can be a bit harried.

Jul 07, 2006
Bronte in Manhattan