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Tapas or other shared small plates on the UWS

Thanks so much for the suggestions. Dakota Bar had no problem with me reserving a table for drinks only

Mar 07, 2015
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Tapas or other shared small plates on the UWS

Great idea - I just contacted them to see if they take reservations. Thank you

Mar 05, 2015
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Tapas or other shared small plates on the UWS

Tolani actually looks like it may be a nice option for dinner

Mar 05, 2015
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Tapas or other shared small plates on the UWS

Thanks so much for your recommendations. I wasn't necessarily looking for swank (that's just the description of Beacon Bar I read in another thread).

Ideally, I'm looking for a place to have a nice late night cocktail or glass of wine with 8 girls, without too much of a wait. Even though this is a bachelorette party we're not looking for a clubby atmosphere.

Mar 05, 2015
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Tapas or other shared small plates on the UWS

Now that I'm a bit further into my planning, I have one more question I'd like to put out there. I have already made special dessert plans for after dinner, but I was hoping to find a place to have a nice drink (preferably wine and/or cocktails) later in the evening (around 10-10:30) in the same neighborhood. I have done a bit of research and came up with these options in the area - please critique, I'm open to other suggestions:

- Manhattan Cricket Club - is it even possible to get in with 8 people if you aren't a member
- Beacon Bar - I read a chowhound post describing it as "swank" but it looks sort of blah in the pictures on their website
- Dakota Bar - recommended by a friend, plus side is they take reservations for 6 or more people
- Bin 71 - I read that it was really small, so I'm not sure if it will be possible to get in with 8 people

Thanks!

Mar 05, 2015
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Whole Animal Dinner?

Both places are casual. Resto is a bit nicer (you wouldn't feel out of place dressed for a nice night out), and Cannibal is more rustic. They both have very good craft beer selections, as well as good wine and cocktails, if that is important to you.

Photos of both from their websites -
http://www.restonyc.com/photos
http://www.cannibalnyc.com/photos

Mar 03, 2015
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Whole Animal Dinner?

I had the whole hog at Cannibal for my 30th birthday party in October, which has the same large format menus as sister restaurant Resto (next door). We chose Cannibal because we had 25 people and they offer large format feasts for 8-40 people, while Resto offers them for 8-20 people, but it sounds like you may have less than 8 people. Everyone loved the charcuterie, salads, hog, and sides, and I would highly recommend it if you have the right number of people.

Mar 01, 2015
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Tapas or other shared small plates on the UWS

Thanks so much for all the suggestions everyone. I'll give Andanada a closer look and I'll check out Barcibo Enoteca too. I was actually thinking of Salumeria Rosa when I first started looking but it slipped my mind when I was writing this post. I'll look at Tertulia too - I have heard of it but haven't looked at the menu/website specifically for this situation.

I wish I could make it to all these places ahead of time to check them out, but I have a crazy busy few months ahead of me. I'll have to rely on reviews and looking at the menus online for most of my info, unfortunately.

Feb 05, 2015
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Tapas or other shared small plates on the UWS

I'm planning a bachelorette party for my sister in the late spring, and for dinner I was thinking of making a reservation for either tapas or shared small plates on the UWS (or maybe the northern part of Hell's Kitchen). After dinner we'll be going out around the upper 70s/lower 80s on the west side, so I'd like to be within walking distance or a short cab ride. We live in the area, but I almost never go out on the UWS so I don't know any restaurants around there, and all of the threads I found on the topic were pretty old.

Ok details - We'll be 5-8 late 20s/early 30s women, but we are not a super loud and girly/clubbing type of group. My sister is a chef so she appreciates good food and wine. We're looking to spend around $100/person for dinner including drinks (so maybe ~$50-60 for food only).

In my online searching I found Andanada, which doesn't have great reviews on chowhound, and Bueco 95. One of the other bridesmaids said she has enjoyed Xai Xai Wine Bar (http://www.xaixaiwinebar.com/), but I haven't been able to find too many recent opinions online.

Thanks!

Feb 05, 2015
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Num Pang Midtown b/w Steve's Ice Cream

Luckily it's just moving across the street because the building they were in is being converted into condos - http://www.grubstreet.com/2014/06/num...

Sep 24, 2014
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Jersey City suggestions

We recently went to Razza (http://www.razzanj.com/) and really enjoyed everything we had. They make everything from scratch in house, and they are especially known for their bread and butter.

Sep 08, 2014
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Good Fried Chicken in the City

My husband is obsessed with the fried chicken at Jacob's Pickles (and we went for the first time just after coming back from the South). Plus they have really good biscuits and a good craft beer selection

Aug 22, 2014
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Craft beers

Within the Hudson Square area (I wasn't familiar with this name - so if anyone else is also unsure of where this is it's the square made by the West St, Canal, 6th Ave, and Houston) is 508 Gastrobrewery - a nice little restaurant with a good selection of beers brewed on premises and pretty good food.

Slightly north of both of those neighborhoods is Blind Tiger, one of my favorite craft beer bars but it can get very crowded on weekends and event nights.

I'll post if I come up with any others, but those are the two I could think of off the top of my head close to where you'll be staying.

Jul 23, 2014
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Melbourne Chinatown sushi bar - I know it's a long shot

Hello Melbourne hounds!

My husband and I met in Melbourne 9 years ago while studying abroad, and we will be returning next year to celebrate 10 years since we were there (and my graduation from medical school). I've started making a list of places we want to make sure we re-visit when we return. I know it's a long shot, but I figured if one site would be able to help me find one particular place I haven't been able to remember clearly it would be Chowhound. We had what was technically our first date at a little sushi place in Chinatown while we were studying in Melbourne. From what we both remember, it was a small place (maybe 10-15 tables at most) very close to the Chinatown gate. The sushi menu was a list of ingredients and you could build your own sushi rolls with 1, 2, or 3 ingredients. From what I can remember the sushi bar was on the left when you walked in and the tables were on the right side of the restaurant.

Let me know if you have any clue what I'm talking about. I have tried to google sushi places in Chinatown but I'm coming up short since it is hard to find menus or pictures online from smaller places.

Thanks :)

I'll definitely be back for more restaurant suggestions when we get closer to our trip!

Wedding Rehearsal Dinner in Manhattan for 100 People

We looked into Hill Country for our rehearsal dinner. We had 40 people, so we wouldn't have been able to rent out the whole bottom floor and they had a rule that there couldn't be any speeches if you didn't rent the whole floor, but I think with 100 people you'd be able to get the whole space. From what I remember (our wedding was 3 years ago) it would definitely be in your price range. They were very nice when we went to see the space, so I'd definitely recommend checking it out.

Feb 14, 2014
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Sakagura- cant't miss dishes

Our favorites are the tofu salad (really simple but very good fresh tofu), hirame ponzu, sanshoku nasu dengaku, and ika shiokara. We usually try to get a dessert that has the black sesame ice cream on it.

Not fans of the jaga dango

Jan 16, 2014
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Sushi Nakazawa - Reservation help

My husband managed to get reservations at around 12:03 the other night but when I tried at the same time every time I clicked on "reserve" it just refreshed and didn't take me to the next page. I saw a 7:15 spot but he was only able to get 9:30. Maybe try to have multiple computers/phones trying at the same time?

I also clicked on "notify me" for the 7:15 spot. I have no idea if there is any chance of them actually notifying me, but if you're having so much trouble maybe that's worth a shot?

Dec 16, 2013
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Favorite lunch spot in/near Chelsea Market?

Num Pang (they opened a location in Chelsea Market a few months ago)

Dec 15, 2013
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Charleston for Christmas

I'm also planning a trip to Charleston for the same week (between Christmas and New Years), and I was just wondering how you have a reservation at FIG. I am also hoping to make one but on OpenTable it looks like they don't take reservations until 1 month in advance. Just wanted to find out if there is a trick I'm missing - thanks!

Oct 09, 2013
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Luksus @ Torst is incredible

No, I wasn't sure about how the lettuce was cooked. I know the egg was cooked in the sous vide circulator but since we weren't at the counter we didn't see how the lettuce was prepared and for some reason my husband and I both thought the waitress said sous vide when she described the lettuce. I'm definitely wrong on that one if you know how it's made.

Aug 30, 2013
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Luksus @ Torst is incredible

We had our first Luksus dinner last night and we really enjoyed ourselves. Based on some previous reports I had read complaining about the small portions I'm guessing they may have responded to the criticism by increasing the portion sizes because we were very satisfied with the amount of food we were served. We found the service to be amazing and extremely friendly (as mentioned above there were just 2 waitstaff and occasionally the host, who is also a Torst bartender, refilled our beers) and the beer pairing was great. I didn't take any notes, but I'll post a few comments on the dishes we were served from memory (and the card they gave us with the basic info on each course)

Snacks: Beer = Mikkeller It's Alive with Rhubarb
- Fried cippolini onion and buttermilk dressing - nice start to the meal. My husband joked that they were inspired to make a fancy version of the Bloomin' Onion from Outback. The onions were perfectly fried and the dressing went perfectly.
- Chicken oyster with eggplant puree on cabbage - Definitely our favorite snack. They were presented like mini tacos with the cabbage leaf acting as a little tortilla with delicious eggplant puree and nicely grilled chicken oysters on top.
- Lobster and squash salad with hazelnut mayo and seaweed crackers - This dish was very creative and tasty, but unfortunately my least favorite of the snack courses. We both felt like the lobster got a little lost with the stronger flavors of the red peppers mixed into the salad and the hazelnut mayo (which was delicious in itself).

Bread - very good homemade sourdough with sea salt butter

Courses:
- Beef tenderloin tartare with peppers, sungold tomatoes, pickled ramp flowers and black trumpet puree served with carmelized onion crisp sprinkled with togarashi - A very delicious bunch of flavors that were very good all mixed together or each eaten alone with the beef. - Beer = Hof Ten Dormaal Dark
- Sous vide little gem lettuce served with chantarelles, slow cooked egg yolk, and a chanterelle and ? sauce - Even though this is a main dish with lettuce as the main ingredient we both thought it was surprisingly substantial. It was perfectly seasoned and the runny yolk mixed with the sauce were a nice creamy coating for the slightly crispy lettuce. - Beer = Crooked Stave Surette (my favorite of the night)
- Pork neck served with millet with cranberry beans and shiso along with scrapple and pickled apple (?) slices - This was definitely our favorite main. The pork was perfectly cooked, the scrapple was very good, and the millet mixture was extremely flavorful. - Beer = Stillwater As Follows

Palate cleanser - Apricot ice cream with cherry cordial - Perfect palate cleanser, not too sweet.

Dessert - Sweet corn and wintergreen ice creams served with fresh blueberries and blueberry granita (?) - I thought the sweet corn was the perfect amount of sweetness (I'm not an overly sweet dessert lover) for the slightly tart blueberries. - Beer = Evil Twin Wine Barrel Aged Justin Blabaer

Mignardises - play on a Danish Schokokuss, which is sort of like a Danish cherry flavored mallomar (chocolate filled with cherry meringue) - very yummy end to the night

Dining Recs for Brooklyn

I know the Brooklyn Bridge Marriott isn't in Williamsburg, but if you're looking for good craft beer I'd add Barcade, Spuyten Duyvil, Fette Sau (BBQ place across the street from Spuyten Duyvil owned by the same people with it's own craft beer selection), and The Gutter (if you're in the mood for some bowling), all in Williamsburg to your list. Also, Torst in nearby Greenpoint is a must. Two craft beer bars in Park Slope that my beer-loving husband enjoys are 4th Avenue Pub and Mission Dolores.

Aug 26, 2013
jessbnjess in Outer Boroughs

Luksus @ Torst is incredible

Thanks for the reports Spiritchaser and bytepusher! My husband and I reserved our anniversary dinner at Luksus in 2 weeks and we can't wait (especially after all of the great reports we've been reading).

We also managed to grab the last 2 tickets to the Noma Reunited dinner during the North Festival in October. I'll do my best to report back on both!

Aug 13, 2013
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franziskaner

Whole Foods stores usually have pretty good beer selections, so the Whole Foods in the Time Warner building is worth a try

Jul 16, 2013
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Williamsburg food tour

We already have reservations for our anniversary! We're really excited so I'll try to remember to report back

Jul 16, 2013
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Rehearsal Dinner- 50ish people- <$60pp all in

I went to a rehearsal dinner at Pio Pio that probably had about 40-50 people and, while it was really good, we didn't have a separate room. We were at 2 long tables the length of the room at the back of the big room downstairs (sorry if that description is confusing). It was pretty loud in there so if you wanted to do speeches or something like that it may not be ideal.

For my rehearsal dinner we looked into Hill Country and they couldn't guarantee us a private room for our group of 50ish unless we paid a lot more than we were hoping to reserve the whole downstairs room.

Sorry that this post is more shooting down ideas than helping, but if I come up with a suggestion I'll come back and post again.

Jul 11, 2013
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Louro -- New David Santos Restaurant in West Village

I'm glad he replied to you since neither of us ever would have come up with that explanation

Jul 03, 2013
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Louro -- New David Santos Restaurant in West Village

Yeah, unfortunately I didn't get a chance to meet him - hopefully next time I'm able to make it I'll get to meet both of you! We were sitting in the back area.

I think the English breakfast is because during the intro he is making a full English breakfast, but I'm not 100% sure about that.

Jul 03, 2013
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Louro -- New David Santos Restaurant in West Village

After a lot of confusion during the day about whether I would have to work into the evening (I cancelled my reservation at 10am and Dave Santos graciously let me re-make it at 4pm), we were so excited to make it to the Dexter dinner last night. I just wanted to post a quick report/summary since we really enjoyed our meal and the whole experience in general. The menu was both extremely creative and very tasty.

Amuse - Maple bacon glazed doughnut - nothing I can say other than delicious

Season 1 - Ice truck killer ike-jime simaji on ice with soy and sea buckthorns - I have never had sea buckthorns before and after eating this course I would like a whole bowl of them. It was served on an individual block of ice for each person, which was a great touch.

Season 2 - 12 step english breakfast - The mushrooms made this dish super earthy and went great with both the blood sausage and chorizo. I'm not a huge baked beans fan but the smoky cannelinis (?) with a poached egg were great

Season 7 - Ukranian pierogi - I thought my husband was going to lick up the borscht vinaigrette.

Season 6 - Doomsday killer Luke 4-2 40 days and nights of temptation by the devil in the woods - This dish was also super rich and earthy with the escargot and truffle butter. I heard the buy at the table next to us say it was the best thing he ever put in his mouth and I can't disagree

Season 3 - The skinner cuban style pork - At this point I was getting really full, but I managed to make it through most of this crispy delicious pork belly. The mojo was a little lemony for me, but that's just a personal preference.

Season 4 - Trinity peaches 3 ways - Even though I was stuffed I scooped up every bite of this dessert. I pretty much cleaned the plate of the peach puree.

We can't wait to go back to Louro!

Jul 02, 2013
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Louro Brunch

Yeah, I'm in an MD/PhD combined program. I just finished my PhD and now I'm doing my medical school rotations to finish my MD. Unfortunately we get our monthly call schedule on the first of the month and have a chance of being on call that night.

... and to bring this back to food (sort of) - The first time my husband and I went to Louro was to celebrate me defending my PhD!

Jun 28, 2013
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