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Is there anything decent in Amelia Island??

"Sketchy." Seriously? I'll agree to disagree.

Oct 27, 2010
nyny12345 in Florida

Is there anything decent in Amelia Island??

P.S.
Be sure to double check hours online/call, because you'll be on island time.

Oct 27, 2010
nyny12345 in Florida

Is there anything decent in Amelia Island??

For lunch: Happy Tomato & Island BBQ are my favorites. Happy Tomato has a secret garden atmosphere Downtown. Real simple, but good. I stick to their salads & sandwiches (particularly the chicken salad on a croissant). Island BBQ has great Carolina style pulled pork sandwiches & sweet potato fries. Hammerhead (the adjoining dive) has a great jukebox, pool tables, & possibly the most eclectic group of regulars I've ever seen.

For dinner: Anyone visiting the island, Moon River is a must--great pizza, calzones, Greek salads, & atmosphere. (Google "Moon River Pizza" for their website.) Even though it is just a pizza joint, it's the best food + atmosphere in Fernandina. It's off the tourist route (don't let the location fool you), but not hard to find. Cafe Karibo is everyone's pick (after Moon River) I know for dinner.

Definitly not foodie standards, but Kabuki & The Surf are tourist favorites. Kabuki has good sushi, okay hibatchi, & can be fun. The Surf is definitely a vacation/girls' night out destination. It has a large tiki beach bar & all the food is good, but is best for seafood specials & eating while having a cocktail, or two, or three... (Can also eat inside & move to the outside for more drinks, or vic versa.)

I vote against Joe's, Beech St., & The Verandah. For me, the food is so-so & over priced at all three, atmosphere blah. I just haven't had any fine dining experiences on the island that I thought were good. I haven't been to the other places listed above, though.

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Kabuki Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar
1147 Amelia Plz, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Moon River Pizza
925 S 14th St, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Cafe Karibo
27 N 3rd St, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

The Surf Restaurant & Bar
3199 S Fletcher Ave, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Island Bar B Que
2045 S Fletcher Ave, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Happy Tomato Cafe
216 Centre St, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Oct 27, 2010
nyny12345 in Florida

Texas visitor 2 days in Manhattan

P.S. Heads up, if you go to the Ukrainian East Village Restaurant, avoid the German dumplings. They are delicious, but it's like when birds eat rice. Bad idea. ; )

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Ukrainian East Village Restaurant
140 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

Oct 26, 2010
nyny12345 in Manhattan

Texas visitor 2 days in Manhattan

Hope you get this in time. Head Downtown. Thankfully, being NY, transportation isn't limited. Make the subway your friend. Google Maps or Hop Stop can help.

Italian: Best cheap eats Italian is Ray's on Prince Street, hands down. (27 Prince. The pizza side, not the restaurant side.) My vote is on the Meatball Parmigiana (sub-$8). The pizza is good, too. Nothing fancy, but really good. Handmade crust & sauce, fresh mozzarella.

Jewish food: Hit E. Houston between Chrystie & Ludlow. Most people will recommended Katz's Deli for pastrami or salami. It is good, but it can be a bank buster if you go in blind so I recommend checking out their menu on their website. Yonah Schimmel's for a knish ($3.50-$5). Get a Dr. Brown's soda &/or egg cream from either of those places. And Russ & Daughters for smoked salmon/belly lox, or at least some of their cream cheese. (Save money on bagels somewhere else.) These three places are within 2 blocks of each other. I'd probably get something at all three--it travels well.

Eastern European: Eat pierogies in the East Village. There's Odessa's (open 24 hrs). Little Poland. Or (best if you're w/bosses) Ukrainian East Village Restaurant. All these places are blasts from the past, not tourist spots, have good food, & dinner under $15 pp. There's also Vselka, which is super trendy & I think over priced & lack luster.

Street food: Best easy to find spot is Canal St. in Chinatown. Can also hit up a Chinatown bakery, where you can get pastries for $1-$3. They're everywhere, can't miss.

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Russ & Daughters
179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

Katz's Delicatessen
205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

Yonah Schimmel's Knishes
137 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

Ukrainian East Village Restaurant
140 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

Oct 26, 2010
nyny12345 in Manhattan

Pre-Halloween Parade late lunch/early dinner?

There are a TON of great places to pick from that are a 20-30 min walk/train ride from the West Village. It all really depends on what neighborhood you want to go to & atmosphere you want. Any idea where you might be? The East Village & Lower East Side are great food destinations, great for sightseeing, & will be be easy to get to 6th ave/the parade. SoHo/NoLita would be easy, too. If you can give us just a bit more direction we can help. And what is your budget? (I know great dinner places for $30 to $$$ for a couple.)

Oct 26, 2010
nyny12345 in Manhattan

4 girls-1 weekend....

Where to start? What neighborhood/s, cuisine, etc?

Oct 26, 2010
nyny12345 in Manhattan

Big Bday dinner for Mom--she loves ethnic and fun places she can't find in the 'burbs

Penang on Elizabeth St. in Chinatown may also be a good pick. It's Malaysian, BYOB, has a fun atmosphere (a little kitschy, but fun...my mom would love it), great for groups, plus has the bonus of feeling a bit off the beaten path. It has a mix of Americanized food for the less adventurous & really good Malaysian specials. (Looking @ $7-$15 pp for the main course.) They have good dessert, too, although it is a couple short blocks to Chinatown Ice Cream Factory.

I don't think Penang has a website, but you can find info on it by Googling "Penang Chinatown Restaurant."

Oct 26, 2010
nyny12345 in Manhattan

What food gift do I want from NYC?

Any (or all) of these would be my pick:

1. Belly lox...

2. &/or cream cheese from Russ & Daughter's.

3. U-bet Syrup (found in grocery stores, to make a chocolate egg cream)

4. Momofuku Milk Bar's Compost Cookie

5. Another Compost Cookie. : )

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Russ & Daughters
179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

Momofuku Milk Bar
15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

Oct 26, 2010
nyny12345 in Manhattan

Help! EV foodie transplanted to Morningside Heights. Good food in adjoining neighborhoods?

I second Jerusalem Restaurant @ 104th & Broadway. (Google for their website/menu.) I like the Jerusalem Platter. I ate here a lot when I briefly subletted on the UWS last summer.

Oct 26, 2010
nyny12345 in Manhattan

Where to find Topo Chico? Between Houston & Canal

Anyone know where I can find Topo Chico Mineral Water for sale (by the bottle) anywhere between Houston & Canal? I didn't realize I'd have such a problem getting my Topo Chico fix...

Thanks!

Oct 26, 2010
nyny12345 in Manhattan