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Brittany lodging and restaurant reccs for 5-6 day driving itinerary in late Oct

There was a recent article in the NY Times about a relatively new company called TransferWise. They might serve you better than a bank for transferring payment to your B&B. (For the record, I have no experience with this company.)

about 17 hours ago
boredough in France

St. Tropez

Since no one has responded to your request, I'll add my 2 centimes to bump it up. I have little to contribute, however, as our short visits to St Tropez entail only lunches around the port. So for what it's worth, I'll suggest le Girelier as one of the better restaurants along the quai, especially if you enjoy looking out at yachts and imagining that one of them belongs to you. Maybe someone else will comment on whether a meal in Nice is worth a 2-hour trip (one-way). Warning: traffic in/out of St Tropez is usually a nightmare.

1 day ago
boredough in France

Walk-ins during restaurant week?

Just so there are no surprises for Carolinacrazy, the RW menu is unavailable tonight at Nougatine, as is the case for most (all?) restaurants on a Saturday.

Feb 28, 2015
boredough in Manhattan
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plastic butterdish .

Feb 26, 2015
boredough in Cookware

Annoyed about $6 bottled tap water charge at CraftBar

Although it's only happened a few times here in NYC, we've been to a couple of restaurants where they proudly offer their own filtered still or sparkling water at no charge to the customer --- as opposed to what happened to you. As has been already said, what happened to you is sneaky & totally unacceptable.

Feb 21, 2015
boredough in Manhattan
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Menu Format Changes at Picholine

We had dinner there on Jan 31, before the change. We went for the 5-course, and, of the dishes that remain on the new streamlined menu, we had the sea urchin panna cotta, sweetbread "tonnato", Scottish game (we had wild hare & partridge but they also offered pheasant & pigeon), and "sweet potato pie". Everything was delicious. We also had the wine pairings (which I don't see mentioned on their website but might still be on offer), at $80/pp. The pours were not stingy and the wines were well-matched to the dishes. Don't know if any of that helps you decide whether to go or not. We'd definitely go back, especially for more game. (They supposedly have grouse in the fall.)

Feb 18, 2015
boredough in Manhattan

lunch rec needed... anywhere between Penn Station and LES

Call Dirty French ASAP and see if they can fit you in http://www.dirtyfrench.com/#about
Chances are they can't (but it's worth trying), in which case check out Public http://public-nyc.com/food/dinner/ - you should be able to get in there. (Technically not LES but close enough.)

Feb 17, 2015
boredough in Manhattan

lunch rec needed... anywhere between Penn Station and LES

Just to emphasize the reason for the different orthography (to avoid someone else's confusion), it's worth mentioning that the NoMad apparently got its name because it is situated just NOrth of MADison Square. Sorry to hear you got stuck at the wrong restaurant.

Feb 17, 2015
boredough in Manhattan

Chez Etienne in Marseille-Hit The Spot-In Spite of Feeling Like the Elephant Man

I understood that, which is why I put "communal table" in quotes. I also tried to imagine this happening at a square table (where party #3 would have been right in your face), as opposed to a rectangular table where her presence would have been less obvious to your line of sight (off to the side).

Feb 17, 2015
boredough in France

lunch rec needed... anywhere between Penn Station and LES

Nomad is a restaurant that serves North African food (closed for lunch). The NoMad (in the NoMad Hotel) is a different 'world'(open for lunch): http://www.thenomadhotel.com/#!/dinin...
Easy to confuse the 2, unfortunately.

Feb 16, 2015
boredough in Manhattan

lunch rec needed... anywhere between Penn Station and LES

I realize it doesn't fit your description of a nice splurge w/wine or cocktails, but if you've ever thought about going to Katz's, mid-afternoon on a Tuesday couldn't be a better time. There shouldn't be much of a line (see other threads on this) - you could have a great pastrami sandwich on rye and leave the bigger meal for dinner.

Feb 15, 2015
boredough in Manhattan

Pre and post matinee

I've only done dinner but I see they serve spicy bossam sliders & k.f.c.wings, so lunch can't be bad! I have no idea how crowded it gets so you'd have to arrive early enough to ensure you get one of the first tables.

Feb 15, 2015
boredough in Manhattan

Pre and post matinee

Danji (52nd between 8th/9th) opens at 5:15 - no reservations but the timing should be just right for your schedule. http://www.danjinyc.com/menu.html

Feb 15, 2015
boredough in Manhattan
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Chez Etienne in Marseille-Hit The Spot-In Spite of Feeling Like the Elephant Man

Thanks for the report. Have never personally experienced the "communal table" there, nor have we ever seen it happen to others, but I can see how it must have been uncomfortable. Agree with your take on both the calamari & pizza. It's definitely an 'atmosphere' kind of place.

Feb 15, 2015
boredough in France

Family trip to NYC for three nights; dinner suggestions?

If you're willing to travel to 86th & Columbus Ave (UWS), you should look into la Mirabelle: http://www.lamirabellenyc.com
Be sure to ask to be serenaded "La Vie en Rose".

Feb 14, 2015
boredough in Manhattan

What's your favorite cake?

If you're like me (& husband), it's because if you make it, you have to eat it (all). There was a time that would not matter to us, but as we age we try not to eat too much of the "unhealthy" stuff. Oh, to be young & carefree :-) . . .

Feb 14, 2015
boredough in General Topics

What's your favorite cake?

I dream about it.

Feb 14, 2015
boredough in General Topics

What's your favorite cake?

Hazelnut dacquoise with mocha buttercream.

Feb 14, 2015
boredough in General Topics

Dining IN Lincoln Center?

Good suggestion - had a very good meal there 2 weeks ago.

Feb 11, 2015
boredough in Manhattan

Dining IN Lincoln Center?

Don't get me wrong - we were happy with the total experience at the Grand Tier & felt we had to do it . . . once. Where would we go instead? Maybe Picholine, although I'd prefer to make an evening out of that quality meal (as opposed to having to dine early in time for a show) - or Ed's Chowder House for a simple meal of fresh oysters & a lobster roll. I love the space at Lincoln (the restaurant) but haven't dined there in a while (& not all recent reviews are positive).

Feb 11, 2015
boredough in Manhattan

Dining IN Lincoln Center?

We ate in the Grand Tier Restaurant on Monday night. We sat down at 6pm and had appetizers & mains at our window table (lucky us), then ordered our dessert & cappuccinos before we moved to the theater. Chocolate soufflé & drinks were waiting for us when we sat down again at intermission, which gave us 30 minutes to 'relax'. It was enough time for us, but we did not understand how others could enjoy an actual meal in that short a period (as some were trying to do). The food was all very good, and the experience was quite enjoyable (& convenient), but having done it once, most likely we would do only intermission/dessert next time. Nevertheless we are glad we made the decision to go for the whole nine yards.

Feb 11, 2015
boredough in Manhattan

Birthday girl is turning 40 this month — and I need help!!!

Check out the menus at Picholine:
http://www.picholinenyc.com/Menus.html
We're not vegetarians but recently had a wonderfully delicious (meat-centric) dinner there, so I'd expect their vegetarian dishes to be equally memorable.

Feb 10, 2015
boredough in Manhattan

Need Help! 40th Birthday Party Venues for my Husband!

Maybe one of the smaller venues here:
http://www.thepresslounge.com/private...

Feb 09, 2015
boredough in Manhattan

Restaurant Name Has Nothing to do With The Food Served

I agree: no one hunts for game in NYC, but there are restaurants that do serve game - we're going to one on Saturday - and there are food purveyors here that sell it. The (my) point is the situation was comical to us, whether or not we should have realized what was meant by the menu's mention of "game night".

Jan 29, 2015
boredough in Not About Food

Fifth anniversary coming up - Please help me plan a meal that I can cook for my girlfriend.

The Lobster Place in Chelsea Market sells a selection of sushi-grade fish, but I don't remember which kinds besides tuna. While you are at CM, check out Giovanna Rana Pastificio, near the 9th Ave entrance. They sell chocolate ravioli, which are not overly sweet. It takes very little time to boil or sauté them; serve with whipped cream. (I happen to like Isigny Ste Mère canned whipped cream, sold at Fairway & not overly sweet either. No need to make your own!) Just 4 each would probably be enough. (Note: I just realized that ravioli after a meal that includes other pasta may be overkill. Unless you decide to skip the pasta course...) OTOH Harryharry's suggestion of Aux Merveilleux de Fred's meringues is a good one.

Jan 29, 2015
boredough in Home Cooking

Restaurant Name Has Nothing to do With The Food Served

No, the server was surely not kidding, nor was the 2nd staff member we questioned. This wasn't just a bar, it was a well-reputed restaurant that happened to have a bar (as most restaurants in NYC do), so the focus is the restaurant end. (By this I mean that we usually see signs for sports game viewing at dedicated bars.) Again, it all goes to one's frame of mind (ours was focused on food), and if either of the first 2 servers, whose job it is to serve food, had known that there is more than one meaning to "game", they would have immediately understood when we said "But chicken is not game". Instead they were completely baffled by our insistance for clarification. In retrospect, I totally get that the confusion was ours, but an immediate & simple explanation on our server's part would have been welcomed.

Jan 28, 2015
boredough in Not About Food

Michelin quality Catering in France?

I'd suggest you focus on finding a Provençal restaurant that combines great food with your dream of a villa/country house. Here are a few suggestions -
le Mas de la Rose in Orgon (no stars . . . yet) http://www.mas-rose.com/fr/accueil
Domaine de la Coquillade in Gargas (1-star) http://www.coquillade.fr/uk/index.php
Bastide de Capelongue in Bonnieux (2-star) http://www.capelongue.com
La Bastide de Marie in Ménerbes (no stars) http://www.labastidedemarie.com/3175-...
Each one of these hotel/restaurants fits your dream in terms of Provençal architecture and stunning landscaping, plus gives you (and possibly your guests) a wonderful place to stay. Weather permitting, they are well equipped for open-air dining (and, I'm sure, weddings). Of the 4, the only one where we have not dined within the last few years is Bastide de Marie, but you should be able to find reviews on-line. It is in the middle of a beautiful vineyard (as is la Coquillade). Mas de la Rose is the smallest in terms of hotel capacity, but is truly lovely. Capelongue, most likely the most expensive, would make for an unforgettable experience.

Jan 25, 2015
boredough in France

My Final Choices For Eclectic Dining in Paris & Marseille

Well, I'm a sucker for lit-up buildings, but if you're up for a big lunch, then that's a good idea. If you walk from your hotel (which, by the way, is a great choice), you can either walk around the Vieux Port, or - if it's operating - take the free "navette" that crosses the harbor to the other side, and then head towards the sea and walk along the coast. Not knowing what else you have planned for that day (& how much time you'll have), I think this is a good way to get to know Marseille. OTOH you should take advantage of the site on which your hotel sits, and find an excuse to sit outside on the terrace with its stunning view of the city after dark. If the bar is open & it's not too cool out, at least have a coffee while looking out at the illuminated Notre Dame de la Garde.

Jan 25, 2015
boredough in France

My Final Choices For Eclectic Dining in Paris & Marseille

Chez Fonfon does not have a terrace so you'd be dining indoors in any season. (Maybe you or your hotel's concierge can request a window table.) The Vallon des Auffes (a tiny inlet/harbor) should be filled with small boats; the view from the restaurant is mostly multi-colored houses across from the inlet, so, again, the season should not matter. The Château d'If - think Count of Monte Cristo http://if.monuments-nationaux.fr/en/ - should be illuminated off into the sea. But it all depends on whether you want to to sample this Marseille specialty (since you'll be there), and whether you really enjoy eating fish. (Personally, for me the highlight is the rouille that comes with it.) If you take a taxi, ask to be dropped off by the Monument aux Morts d'Orient on the Corniche JFK, and find your own way down to the Vallon. (I'm assuming you have no problem navigating a good-sized flight of steps.) Where is your hotel?

Jan 24, 2015
boredough in France

My Final Choices For Eclectic Dining in Paris & Marseille

I have never been to any of the Marseille restaurants you mention, but having googled them I notice that not one is along the water. Are you interested in having bouillabaisse? If so, I recommend Chez Fonfon in the Vallon des Auffes. The dish is served in 2 copious courses, so there is no need to order a starter. It will give you an excuse to see the Vallon des Auffes and the Château d'If in the distance.

Jan 24, 2015
boredough in France