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President's weekend in San Fransisco

Thanks, i noticed that there were a lot of dim sum places in Richmond, but we will only be renting a car for the day on Saturday. Parking at the hotel is ridiculously expensive, so didn't make sense.
If it turns out to be not that difficult to get there, we might make the trip. The last time we were in SF I remember going to a pricier, fancier dim sum place. We have our favorites here in NY, and believe it or not prefer 2 places that are here on Long Island to Chinatown or Flushing.

Jan 31, 2014
robinsilver in San Francisco Bay Area

President's weekend in San Fransisco

We are going to be out in SF for a wedding on Sunday of President's week-end. Luckily, we don't have to worry about a reservation Valentine's Day, as it's a wedding related event, but are looking for a few other things.
We would like to do Dim Sum on Sunday morning. We will be staying at the Drake, so closer to there would be great,
Monday night, we are looking for a nice restaurant with a good assortment of fish dishes, among others.
Will traffic be bad up to Napa/Sonoma on Saturday? We want to go visit our wine we have stored there, maybe arrange to ship it back to NY.

Jan 27, 2014
robinsilver in San Francisco Bay Area

Reasonable priced Italian

We are looking for somewhere to go with a group of about 10 in Manhattan, reasonably priced. The other person suggested someplace in the Bronx because it's not as pricy, but I would prefer staying in Manhattan. Appetizers in the $10-$15 range, pastas $15-$20, and $20-$30 entrees.

Jan 22, 2014
robinsilver in Manhattan

Carnegie or Katz's, and why?

Funny I should see this today, because yesterday I had deli from Ben's on Long Island, and was just thinking about how going to get a sandwich from Katz's was so well worth the trip, even if I decided to pay the toll at the Midtown Tunnel.
My son lives directly across the street from 2nd Avenue Deli, but don't think it compares to Katz's, and Carnegie, a definite no. Not sure which NY'ers they think eat regularly at Carnegie. Maybe it's the ones who don't want to spend the time or subway ride to get to Katz's.

Jan 20, 2014
robinsilver in Manhattan

David Burke Kitchen

Have a reservation there tonight to take my son and his girlfriend, who I am meeting for the first time. We just made the reservation the other day, and I wanted to stick with Soho, because her apartment is there, and that was the most recognizable that came up. Usually when we come in for dinner, we are either in the theater district, or go for some of the other name restaurants, although not even as up on them as I used to. After spending over $1,000 a couple at Per Se, I just decided that food can't possibly be good enough to cost more than than some people have to spend in a year.

Any thoughts on my choice?

Jan 17, 2014
robinsilver in Manhattan

Please update French Quarter choices

I guess that explains the price of airline tickets for that weekend. Luckily we made the hotel reservations through a packager quite a while ago.

Oct 08, 2013
robinsilver in New Orleans

Please update French Quarter choices

I did search this board, but there has been nothing posted since early in 2012, so would love if someone could update.
I am planning a trip to New Orleans with 5 women the week-end of November 7th to 11th. So far we have reservations at NOLA for dinner Saturday night, and the Jazz Brunch at Commander's Palace for Sunday. For some of them, I think these 2 are going to be their higher priced meals, so would like to stick to more reasonable places for other choices. We are staying at the Hyatt in the French Quarter. We won't arrive until after 7 on Thursday night, so if there is someplace close by for dinner it would be great. Not too heavy or spicy too for that one. Then would love suggestions for other breakfasts and lunches. We had planned to go last year, but ironically we had to cancel due to Hurricane Sandy. 4 of us are from NY.

Oct 02, 2013
robinsilver in New Orleans

Flushing & Dim Sum

If you don't mind driving out to Long Island, there are 2 places that, in my opinion, have better dim sum than Flushing. The Orient in Bethpage, and Fortune Wheel in Levittown. If you get to them around 11:00, or even 11:30, you probably won't have to wait. One of the things I like is that most of their things are not fried, and they have a large variety of choices.

Apr 16, 2013
robinsilver in Outer Boroughs

Gefilte Fish

That sounds a lot like my mother's recipe too. As a follow-up, it turns out that what I am going to do this year is go to my mother's house and make the fish there, so will follow her directions, then should be able to do it myself. She told me that the fish store will filet and grind the fish, and grind onion to put in with it. I didn't notice if that was in the Epicurious recipe. I will leave it at her house to cook, and she will test the seasonings. I am having 26 people, although not all are gefilte fish eaters, we love to have left overs. I will let you know what happens.

Mar 15, 2013
robinsilver in Kosher

Left Coast Kitchen and Cocktails in Merrick - How is this place?

Really enjoyed it, but not what I would call gourmet dining. More of a fun place.

Mar 14, 2013
robinsilver in New York State (exc. NYC)

Gefilte Fish

Does anyone make their own gefilte fish, and have a good recipe? I know there are plenty online, but won't go for Wolfgang Puck's with the cabbage, and can't really imagine making Martha Stewart's recipe, and haven't even looked at it.
My mother always made it, as did my mother-in-law before she passed away, but my mother just had a pacemaker put in, so can't handle the big pot of water needed.

Mar 14, 2013
robinsilver in Kosher

All time favorite Seder recipes

I make what I consider a traditional brisket, which is an enhanced onion-soup based gravy. I am having 26 this year, and I do 2 of them, with some kind of chicken dish. I made an Israeli orange spiced chicken for years, and have tried other things lately. This year I am going to do chicken with roasted fennel and red onion in an orange balsamic sauce.
I have always made a parve sweet farfel kugel that is like a sweet noodle kugel. Also, a mixed veggie kugel that I make with grated zucchini and carrots, with sauteed onions. I found a recipe on kosher cooking that I am going to try this year, it is a farfel kugel made with spinach, mushrooms and onions.
Does anyone make their own gefilte fish? My 90 year old mother always made the chicken soup with matzoh balls, and the gefilte fish for me. She had a pacemaker put in about a month ago, so doesn't think she can handle doing both, and the chicken soup is easier. I am going to try doing the gefilte fish on my own. I hate to see the idea of home made gefilte fish go by the wayside. If you have a recipe, or any tips, let me know.

Mar 14, 2013
robinsilver in Kosher

Polish or German potato dumplings

I am having a dinner party Saturday night and was to make potato dumplings. I found a recipe that seems similar to my mother-in-law's, so will use that, but can't find any information about whether they can be kept warm in any way until serving. I plan to saute chopped onions and butter and mix that with the dumplings once cooked.

Feb 21, 2013
robinsilver in Home Cooking

Favorite Long Island Supermarkets

Funny but I was going to say that the only thing that made $1.77 sound expensive was remembering when I wa first married in 1974 chicken cutlets was 99 cents, and filet mignon was $1.99.

Feb 08, 2013
robinsilver in New York State (exc. NYC)

Favorite Long Island Supermarkets

You think $1.77 is a rediculous price for chicken cutlets? I don't buy those because they are always the toughest and driest, and seeing as we like to eat good food, once I spend my time cooking it, I have made the decision to only buy Bell & Evans. For the pound I use to make our dinner, i can live with it, and whatever I make is cheaper than eating out.
The great thing is that there are now so many great places on Long Island, it is hard to pick one because there are certain things that are better at one than another, and times you prefer to go somewhere because of the convenience of it. The Fairway in Westbury was a little disappointing when it first opened, but I am starting to like it. Today I loved it, it was starting to ice up, and I pass it on the way home from work. Get stocked up for the snowy weekend, and am a happy camper.
I also have to mention that sometimes H-Mart has great things, and certain items that we used to have to go to Flushing for. The North Shore Farms in Mineola has a great bakery oven left over from the previous spot, and there are lines at the bakery department. They have an excellent variety of produce at fair prices, very good quality too. Their fish department, although expensive, has top quality and a great fish guy. Take out foods are also excellent. I won't eat their lasagna very often, but it is terrific.

Feb 08, 2013
robinsilver in New York State (exc. NYC)

H Mart great for lobsters

HMart is not really a place to go for hummus. They are an Asian market, not to take the place of Trader Joes or Stew Leonard's, but if you want different brands of tofu, Korean sweets, and lots of frozen shu mai, this place is for you. Campari tomatoes and cucumbers, which are less frequently used in Asian dishes, are also not the best.

Dec 26, 2012
robinsilver in New York State (exc. NYC)

Stamford gourmet pizza

Looking to invite about 20 people to a happy hour in Stamford where we could serve pizzas. Our office is in Landmark Square, so someplace close would be good. I know Zaza is right across the street, but not sure if that will work for the size of the group. Any other suggestions?

Dec 19, 2012
robinsilver in Southern New England

The Best Bread In Nassau County

The Freshways on Jericho Turnpike in Mineola is now a North Shore Farms. The bakery is still there, and better than ever. And from the size of the line there at the counter last Sunday, I am not the only one who thinks so.

Dec 18, 2012
robinsilver in New York State (exc. NYC)

Prime aged beef on Long Island

I use Prime Time Butcher in Roslyn, but their other location is in Woodbury, so closer to Suffolk County. They also have Dry Aged Choice. I ave gotten a filet roast from them many times.

Dec 18, 2012
robinsilver in New York State (exc. NYC)

Rehearsal dinner near Melville LI

There is a Piccola Bussola on Jericho Turnpike west of Route 110. I have not been to that location, but enjoy the one in Mineola, and it would be good for a crowd. They serve family style. There is also a Matteo's there, but I am not a fan.

Dec 18, 2012
robinsilver in New York State (exc. NYC)

New Uzbekistan restaurant in Port Washington

We went last Saturday night with a group of 6. It is not kosher, even though King David is glatt kosher. We also enjoyed it very much. We shared various appetizers and kabobs, then had our own entrees. We are all wine collectors, so like to bring our own, and their corkage fee is $15, so another plus. Also, the napoleon for dessert is great. It was not crowded on a Saturday night.

Dec 18, 2012
robinsilver in New York State (exc. NYC)

Happy Hour in Stamford

I am looking for someplace to invite people from my company for a happy hour. Our main office is at Landmark Square, so want to be close by. We will have about 20 people, and want to have hors d'oeurves with drinks.

Dec 13, 2012
robinsilver in Southern New England

Willing to make time to try NYC's BEST Southern Fried Chicken - But Where??!!

So glad you liked the fried chicken at Virgil's. I am taking my 90 year old mother to a Barry Manilow concert that is at the St James, on 44th between Broadway and 8th, so don't want to have to walk to far with her, so was thinking about Virgil's. She loves ribs, and fried chicken, and I love fried chicken. I know I can get better barbeque, h*ll, I can make much better barbeque, or my husband can anyway, but seeing as I have judged many barbeque contests with lousy barbeque, the thing here is location, location, location.

Nov 26, 2012
robinsilver in Manhattan

Thyme - Roslyn

I didn't search through the threads to see if there were any other reviews of this restaurant, but I would like you to support this restaurant for another reason, even if the food isn't perfect, although it is quite good. All through the recent Superstorm Sandy they have been sending out the greatest e-mails, and have been so wonderful. They opened for lunch as well as dinner, invited people to come to charge their electronics, allowed women to use hair dryers, etc., and had a special childrens menu. Some of us in the area are still without power, and they are continuing to invite us in, and are having their Long Island Restaurant Week menu this week, and also are having free meals for children under 10.

Nov 06, 2012
robinsilver in New York State (exc. NYC)

Emeril's New Orleans or NOLA

I wanted to thank you all for your ideas and replies, including those who have answered me on other threads. Ironically, 5 of us were coming from NY, so we didn't make it due to our storm. Thankfully Delta, who cancelled our original flight, credited us for our airfare, and the tour company that we had booked the hotel through to save some money also refunded all costs to us. We now know a bit of what it was like to live through Katrina. I still have no power after 8 days, and the biggest problem is that it has gotten rather cold, and we are now expecting a Noreaster tomorrow.

Nov 06, 2012
robinsilver in New Orleans

Restaurants Open on Long island

I thought I would start a thread about any restaurants that people know of that have power and are open, for all of us who are coping with the storm, and still are without power.
Thyme in Roslyn sent out the nicest e-mail about allowing people to charge their electronics when they come in to eat. They are also open for lunch, and have a children's menu for now, which they normally do not have. Some of the other restaurants in the town of Roslyn must be open too, because I know that the library has power, strange as it may sound because the water comes almost up to Old Northern Blvd there.

Mitch & Toni's in Albertson is open, but they are only taking cash.
Sotto Luna in Roslyn Heights - and the Starbucks that is right there as well
Morton's in Great Neck is open.
Wild Fig in Garden City
Mumon must be open too, because they are in the building where Healthtrax is, and they are open - if you are a member you can even take a shower there.
City Cellar and Dave's Bar-b-que, Capital Grille and Houston's - in and near Roosevelt Field
I am sure there are many others, but these are the ones I thought of off the top of my head.

Nov 02, 2012
robinsilver in New York State (exc. NYC)

Just back from NOLA-here's the recap before I forget-thanks for all the tips!!!!

One of the reasons sometimes the tourists go to places like Mother's is because it's different from what they have at home. I am sure I can get a much better breakfast where I am from (NYC), but that doesn't mean that I still don't appreciate a place like Mother's for what it is, although admittedly we didn't wait on the line when we were there 2 years ago, so probably haven't been in 10 years.

Oct 26, 2012
robinsilver in New Orleans

Just back from NOLA-here's the recap before I forget-thanks for all the tips!!!!

Great idea, they will love it. All straight, and only 2 of us are married, but will definitely be happy to look anyway.

Oct 26, 2012
robinsilver in New Orleans

Just back from NOLA-here's the recap before I forget-thanks for all the tips!!!!

Thanks for mentioning Somethin Else. It is not far from the hotel I will be staying in with a group of friends, so can do either breakfast or lunch there. I haven't read about it before on here.
We are arriving on November 1st. The plan is to go to Pat O'Briens to try the Hurricane. I can't imagine liking it, but someone told one of the women that we had to do that. I guess maybe I will share on with others. We plan to stay and eat in their Courtyard because one of the people is arriving later, and we thought that would make it easy. Any thoughts on that idea? We have 8 people all together.

Oct 25, 2012
robinsilver in New Orleans

Tampa / St Pete Beach recommendations?

Am staying at the Don Cesar right now, and had dinner last night at Maritana Grill, and the food was fantastic. I had the Scallop Duo appetizer, my husband had the carmelized cauliflower soup, both were great. We both had the Venison entree, which was fantastic too. Great service, atmosphere, would probably go there every night while here, and we just might.

Oct 17, 2012
robinsilver in Florida