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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.

about 7 hours ago
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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!

May 25, 2014
jessbnjess in Australia/New Zealand

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
jessbnjess in Manhattan

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
jessbnjess in Manhattan

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
jessbnjess in Southeast

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
jessbnjess in Outer Boroughs

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

Aug 29, 2013
jessbnjess in Outer Boroughs
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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
jessbnjess in Outer Boroughs

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
jessbnjess in Manhattan

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
jessbnjess in Outer Boroughs

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
jessbnjess in Manhattan

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
jessbnjess in Manhattan

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
jessbnjess in Manhattan

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
jessbnjess in Manhattan

Louro Brunch

We're booked! We're huge Dexter fans and we loved our first trip to Louro so we're really excited for this dinner (I just really hope I'm not put on call at the last minute for Monday night).

Jun 27, 2013
jessbnjess in Manhattan

Louro Brunch

Do you know how long it usually takes them to respond when you email asking about a reservation for the Nossa Mesa dinners? I just emailed today and I don't expect a response tonight, but I know it is getting to be last minute for Monday's dinner so I'm not sure when I should expect to hear back. Thanks!

Jun 27, 2013
jessbnjess in Manhattan

Per Se dessert tasting menu

I think we were probably there for about 2-2 1/2 hours. We were really full before the last course even came. I think each of us only ended up eating one donut from the famous coffee and donuts and maybe 1 1/2 chocolates (we debated asking if we could take the rest of the chocolates home).

I'm not sure if you can share, but someone else may be able to answer that question for you.

Enjoy!

May 31, 2013
jessbnjess in Manhattan

Low-key romantic downtown dinner with spacious seating

My husband and I just went to Louro for the first time last week and I think that may be a good choice. While it might not be overly romantic (although I saw some couples sitting a corner tables, which some may consider romantic), it is in the WV, the food is good to great, it's casual, and I found the seating to be surprisingly spacious for the neighborhood. We were seated in one of the front booths, but from what I noticed nobody was banging elbows in the tables in the back area either. I'm sure someone who has more experience with Louro will correct me if I'm wrong about the tables in the back.

May 08, 2013
jessbnjess in Manhattan

Louro -- New David Santos Restaurant in West Village

My husband and I also really enjoyed everything we had last week when we went to Louro for the first time. We ended up doing the tasting menu (thanks to some comments above) and we asked if we could specifically have the uni dish (which the waiter said was already included) and I asked for the tempura egg. Somehow we ended up with a different dish with a poached duck egg instead, so I guess we'll just have to go back and order the tempura egg!

I had 2 cocktails and my husband had 1 cocktail and a glass of wine, all of which we enjoyed very much.

May 08, 2013
jessbnjess in Manhattan

Louro -- New David Santos Restaurant in West Village

Thanks Dave and Paula :)

I'm leaning towards choosing dishes to share, but we'll probably ask the waiter/waitress what they recommend in terms of which dishes to share or whether the tasting menu is a good idea. We're generally craft beer people, but we've been getting into cocktails lately so I think we might try out Louro's cocktails tonight! I'm so excited!

May 02, 2013
jessbnjess in Manhattan

Louro -- New David Santos Restaurant in West Village

Thanks! I feel like there are so many things that I want to try that it might just be easier to leave it up to them and do the tasting menu.

... And thanks - I successfully defended my PhD on Tuesday!

May 02, 2013
jessbnjess in Manhattan

Louro -- New David Santos Restaurant in West Village

Thanks!

May 01, 2013
jessbnjess in Manhattan

Louro -- New David Santos Restaurant in West Village

My husband and I are going to Louro for the first time tomorrow night, and I was wondering if anyone would be able to answer a few quick questions that I still have after reading through this thread.

It seems like most people order a la carte and get about 2-3 bites/small plates, 1 entree, and 1-2 desserts for 2 people - does that sound about right? Does anyone know how many courses are in the Chef's tasting menu and whether it is worth it? This is a celebratory dinner for us and we generally like to do a tasting menu when we're celebrating so we can just sit back and enjoy the evening.

My only other question I have is about the dress code. I know the OP said there is no dress code and opentable says casual, but I was just wondering whether nice jeans are appropriate or if slacks for my husband and a skirt for me would be a better idea. I enjoy dressing up for a celebratory dinner, so if jeans are not appropriate we have no problem dressing up a bit.

Thanks!

May 01, 2013
jessbnjess in Manhattan

Bring foie gras terrine back to CA?

That's fine. I just wanted to warn the OP since I had a different experience and flying with anything questionable is always risky since there are never any guarantees TSA, as you noted.

I wish the OP luck and I hope they are able to easily fly with the terrine and enjoy it at home in CA.

May 01, 2013
jessbnjess in Manhattan

Bring foie gras terrine back to CA?

I know the airline and the TSA have nothing to do with each other, I just assume the airline is easier to get in touch with and they would know the rules for what can be carried on. I was just letting the OP know that I had a problem with another food item that was pretty solid in my opinion and the TSA did not agree with me (this wasn't Brie, it was a cheese with a texture more like havarti)

May 01, 2013
jessbnjess in Manhattan

Bring foie gras terrine back to CA?

I know this may sound crazy, but I once had to argue with the TSA to bring a semi-soft cheese that was above 3oz onto the plane because they said that it is considered a gel or liquid. I'd try calling your airline just to make sure they let you carry it on without an argument so you don't have to give it up at the airport.

Apr 30, 2013
jessbnjess in Manhattan